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Stacey Raffi & Bea Hait Selected as HR's 2018 Outstanding Achievers

by Bobby Blair
December 4, 2018

If you belong to a group or organization you'll know that the club is generally run by a few at the top. Others help from time to time, others do nothing, and life goes on. Rare is the individual who is a constant, attends every meeting but rarely speaks up but is a one person show unto themselves behind the scenes. "Worker bee extraordinaire without the buzz" is a term which fits Bea Hait nicely. Self employed from her Wingate Road home, Hait is a resume writer along with editing. In recent years, Hait has headed up the Volkswalk program which leads various groups on walking tours across the area. Hait has included Holliston as a site walk on numerous occasions. Hait has been involved in the Holliston Business Association, Holliston Historical Society, and Holliston in Bloom.

Paul Saulnier who shares the duties with Hait at the Historical Socierty as joint vice presidents said we're grateful for Bea's involvement as Vice President of external affairs. As such Hait heads the society's Harvest Fair, Oktoberfest  & 18th Century Days. Holliston in Bloom co-chair Kathy Shore told the HollistonReporter.com: "Bea is an invaluable member of HIB. She quietly donates her editing and writing skills to any and all of HIB projects. She has been invaluable each year we competed with the endless amount of paper work that needs to be completed and submitted to AIB for every competition.  AIB has told us many times that our town's presentations are some of the best that they have seen, and are amazed that it has all been done by a volunteer. Bea is wise, kind and generous with her time and talents, a quiet leader. I always look to her for a unbiased and compassionate solution to any and all questions.  HIB has benefited countlessly from her behind the scenes work, no drama, the volunteer writing and editing just happens, almost magically!"

A one man band, Hait independently takes on tasks without being asked, only because the need is there when no one else is. .Bea has also assumed the responsibility of caring for Gooch's Corner in her neck of the woods, planting, weeding and weekly watering with her milk jugs. If ever there was an unassuming team player Hait fits that image whether it be lugging chairs and tables back to their storage place or planting beauty  for others to behold. Staff writer Mary Greendale here at the Reporter aptly summed up Hait to a tee, "She's the Energizer Bunny without the drums." Hait is expecting to become a grandmother again on December 14th and will be helping out her daughter in Vermont.

Stacey Raffi is everywhere. If you attend a local event and Raffi is not in the crowd it's most likely that she's volunteering at another event. Raffi has belonged to the Holliston Business Association and helped in the past with their bi-yearly strolls, as well as helped with the group fundraising for the Community Action Fund. Raffi in an earlier article in the Reporter said she has volunteered since her school days being involved in Students Against Drunk Driving and the Key Club. Raffi has painted schools in Boston as part of Care Days and cleaned up parks in Worcester. She's visited the Pine Street Inn which she said kept her grounded. Dr. Brad Jackson had this to say about Raffi: "My mother always told me that if you wanted to get something done and done right, then you should give it to a busy person.  Stacey is just that person.  In spite of being a working mother of two active boys, she volunteers for everything.  Since she joined the School Committee, there hasn't been a task she's shied away from.  She is eager to step forward whenever there's work to be done.  She's organized and keeps a group focused on the work that needs to be done.  She's the consummate volunteer.  The Holliston Public Schools is lucky to have her!" 

Visit a Celebrate Holliston meeting and there is Raffi at the table. Fellow school committee member Lisa Kocian said "She has worked tirelessly for all students by promoting a sound budget, improved communications, and strong relationships with our state leaders. Not only is Raffi a member of the school board but the chairwoman to boot.




Previous Outstanding Achievers were:

2017: Bryan Clancy for affordable housing and Cherry Fenton for work with Holliston in Bloom

2016: Gina Stucchi for combating drug abuse, AJ Collins for youth involvement, Chris Leoncini for supporting charitable organizations

2015: Ken Szajda for town finances and Ed Daniels for work with the Friends of Holliston Trails

2014: PJ Kilkelly for work on the Ag/com Butterfly Aviary, Ellin Austin for work with the Pantry Shelf and Historical Commission

2013: John Moore for plantings at the golf course, Martha Ellis for protecting feral cats and work on the rail trail

2012: Kathy Shore for Celebrate Holliston, Herb Brockert for work on the rail trail and Mike Tyman for scouting and working with Holliston youth

2011:Robert McGrath for work with the Holliston Citizens Scholarship Foundation

2010: Tony Bellomo for Pop Warner Football,, Frank Melle, for 100th Anniversary of Holliston Historical Society, and Robert Weidknecht for Holliston Rail Trail.

2009: Angela Lawless for heading up the painting of the Fire Station and George Johnson for preserving Holliston's open space.

2008: Gene Crowley for restoration of the Cerel (Fiske) Block in the center of town








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Comments (4)

I am humbled by this honor and delighted to share the recognition with Stacey. Thank you, HollistonReporter.com.

- Beate Hait | 12/6/18 5:16 PM

Congrats Bea and Stacey a well deserved award for all the great work that you both do.

- Pj Kilkelly | 12/6/18 3:26 PM

Congratulations Bea!!! It's great to share a headline with you! What are we working on next? ?? Thank you HR for this honor! Stacey

- Stacey Raffi | 12/6/18 12:11 PM

Besides all the items mentioned, Bea has served every year on the judges reception committee to help organize the community wide reception held at the Historical Society. If you have Bea on your team you can't go wrong. Congratulations Bea. Very well deserved

- Pat duffey | 12/6/18 11:01 AM



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