Spirit of America

The Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME in 1990 to honor volunteerism.

The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute is presented in the name of Maine municipalities to local individuals, organizations and projects for commendable community service.

Since Alma Jones received the first Spirit of America award from Augusta Mayor William Burney on Nov. 26, 1991, the tribute has been presented at 500+ ceremonies!

Spirit of America Foundation gives special thanks to these corporate sponsors: Ballstown Fire Arms, Capitol Chapter MSEA, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Kennebec Savings Bank, Maine State Credit Union, Sprague & Curtis Real Estate, and Financial Services Agent Shirley Ezzy.

 

The 2018 Guilford, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute
Honors Hardwood Products Company for commendable community service.

A Resolution by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford as follows:

  • Whereas, Hardwood Products Company has consistently supported most Town endeavors year after year through monetary donations and sponsorships as well as supplying men and materials to the Town of Guilford on many occasions including delivery of tables to the annual River Festival, use of the Genie-Lift for installing banners among others; and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company converted all the period lamp posts on Elm and South   Main Streets from incandescent to LED with no charge to the town for men or equipment; and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company has generously supported the Guilford Fire Department financially every year; and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company has traditionally allowed its employees to serve on the Guilford Fire Department during work hours with no loss of pay, and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company employs over 500 people from Guilford and surrounding municipalities accounting for millions in local payroll dollars; and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company has fostered higher education by providing scholarships for the children and grandchildren of its employees and by providing summer employment to hundreds of college students over the years that they may earn tuition dollars; and
  •   Whereas, Hardwood Products Company is celebrating the commendable occasion of its 100th anniversary in business;

Therefore Be it Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, that Hardwood Products Company is hereby recognized for exemplary citizenship and outstanding achievements, and the honors brought upon this community, with the 2019 Town of Guilford Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Award.

 

The 2018 Guilford, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute
Honors Christina “Kirsty” Pratley for commendable community service.

A Resolution by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford as follows

  • Whereas, Kirsty initiated the first and ongoing Free Thanksgiving Dinner event in Guilford in
    2003 and has dedicated her time and energies organizing, soliciting other volunteer help,
    preparing food, gathering paper products and providing for entertainment, and feeding well over
    1000 citizens over the years; and
  • Whereas, Kirsty is well known for assisting seniors one-on-one at Community Fitness Center to
    maintain agility and general health; and
  • Whereas, Kirsty is a consistent volunteer at the local hospital, helping with community dinners,
    and other events; and
  • Whereas, Kirsty participates in many walk, runs and events including the March of Dimes
    Parade, Community Fitness Turkey Trot, Piscataquis River Festival and others for any and all
    charitable purposes; and
  • Whereas, Kirsty coordinates infection control education clinics for local nursing homes and
    volunteers at municipal organizations such as Milo Health Fair, Piscataquis Valley Fair First Aid
    Station, Guilford Girl Scouts; and
  • Whereas, Kirsty has provided additional service to our town as a sworn ballot clerk;

Therefore Be it Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford, in sincere gratitude and
appreciation, that Christina “Kirsty” Pratley is hereby recognized for her exemplary citizenship and
outstanding achievements and honors brought upon this community, with the 2018 Guilford Spirit of
America Foundation Tribute.

 

 

The 2017 Guilford, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute
Honors The Herring Family for commendable community service.

A Resolution by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford as follows:

  • Whereas, the Herring family was among the very first to venture into the wilderness to parts
    unknown to become the first settlers of the Town of Guilford in 1806; and
  • Whereas, members of the Herring family have volunteered and held many official municipal
    positions from the beginning of town through many generations; and
  • Whereas, the Herring family has been continuously represented within town as citizens thereof
    for over 210 years; and
  • Whereas, there are yet two direct descendants of the Herring family born unto that name and
    being the last thereof to reside in Guilford, namely Andrea Herring Gilbert and Sherrill Herring
    French; and
  • Whereas, the Herring family has continually engaged in many businesses beneficial to the
    commerce of the Town of Guilford and its residents throughout these two centuries, current
    Herring Brothers Meats and, by marriage, French Construction; and
  • Whereas, through these family businesses, numerous contributions have been made to the town
    and its success from the Adopt-a-Pole program and 39 day raffle initiated by Sherry, to the Pig
    Scrambles and Firemen’s Feed assistance from Andrea’s side, to the Elton John Tribute they
    accomplished together, along with donations to and participation in virtually every benefit;

Therefore Be it Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford, in sincere gratitude and
appreciation, that The Herring Family is hereby recognized for its exemplary citizenship and its
outstanding achievements and honors brought upon this community with the 2017 Guilford Spirit of
America Foundation Tribute.

 

The 2016 Guilford, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute
honors Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union for commendable community service.

A Resolution by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford as follows:

  • Whereas, MHFCU has continually financially supported the annual Piscataquis River Festival in Guilford
    each year since its inception in 2005; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU has supported all food pantries in Guilford by collecting food and money throughout
    the year and presenting thousands of dollars in cash donations to assist in feeding the hungry; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU has helped to beautify their area of downtown Guilford including paving the entire
    sidewalk along Hudson Avenue; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU has supported the Town of Guilford’s efforts in celebrating its Bicentennial by serving
    on our committee and participating in the planning thereof; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU has provided a free Breakfast on the Bridge as part of said Bicentennial celebration
    with great contribution of time, volunteer effort and expense; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU in this their Golden Anniversary year has been a stable part of Guilford’s business
    community for thirty years; and
  • Whereas, MHFCU annually offers Moose Tech, a local school program to introduce young students to
    the world of finances and to teach the important values of savings;

Therefore Be it Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Guilford, in sincere gratitude and
appreciation, that Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union is hereby recognized for its exemplary
citizenship and its outstanding achievements and honors brought upon this community with the 2016
Guilford Spirit of America Foundation Tribute.