Last June the Select Board, at the group’s request, voted in support of maintaining Hull NPFH as a town committee, comprised of 11 voting members serving staggered terms. During that meeting, the board appointed the 11 current participants in the program to various terms on the NPFH committee.
Seven of those appointees were present at this week’s in-person NPFH meeting and were sworn in, outdoors, by Town Clerk Lori West. They are: Deborah Bayer, Gabriel Ben-Yosef, Valerie Carlson, Steven Greenberg, Celia Nolan, Pam Wolfe, and Paula Nesoff.
Attendees who were not present were Laurie Girdharry, Heidi Clermont, Rhoda Kanet, and Lynn Mazzeo.
During the meeting, NPFH officers who were elected unanimously included Kanet, continuing in the chair role; vice chair, Valerie Carlson; treasurer, Pam Wolfe; and clerk, Celia Nolan.
“NPFH has never been a private entity of any type,” Nolan told The Hull Times. “Its existence shows the town’s commitment to valuing all who live and visit here.”
Carlson shared with the Times what it means to her to be a member of this committee. “I am so grateful to have found this group. I moved to Hull in 2019, and I didn’t know anyone who lived here,” she said.
As an educator for the Boston Public Schools, much of the work she does is around anti-racism. “I am also an activist who stands up for social, racial, and environmental justice. I was looking for a way to meet my neighbors and also get involved in my community. When I reached out to Hull No Place for Hate on Facebook, I had no idea it would lead to my becoming vice chair of this committee.”
The passion of Hull NPFH is “contagious,” Carlson said. “We all share a common goal of wanting our beautiful town to be inclusive and welcoming to all. We share a willingness to have difficult conversations and to learn from one another. We are excited to get to work.”
During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee discussed outreach in the community, in line with a guest who spoke about the importance of town events being inclusive and information on events and town services easier to find.
“The next Hull NPFH committee meeting will include a discussion about upcoming events and being a more welcoming community,” Nolan said.
The committee meets monthly.