The Suffield Observer Chairman’s Note

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The mission of The Suffield Observer is “to build a sense of community throughout the town of Suffield and to provide a forum where all sides of issues can be addressed.” Achieving that mission in a newspaper which is printed and distributed to everyone in town ten times a year, and is produced almost entirely by local volunteers, is a challenge we take seriously. The paper’s operations and volunteers are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from our community. Under its bylaws, Directors may only serve two consecutive three-year terms, a rule that promotes a continuing input of potentially fresh ideas and viewpoints. As a result, the Board this year, as always, will have some new Directors installed before our next meeting in the fall.

The Directors provide oversight for the organization, reviewing both the important and mundane as well as having overall responsibility for policy changes, bylaws revisions, and selecting its officers (including the chairman). In addition, hopefully, cumulatively it provides a perspective representative of our entire community. Notwithstanding its importance, being a Director does not entail a significant time commitment, with regular meetings three times a year and periodic electronic votes or very rare special meetings on time sensitive matters. If you have an interest in being considered for a Director position, or simply have a question, either send an email to or telephone at 860-668-7442 (leaving a message if necessary) and someone will get back to you. Thank you.

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