Paul McLellan, Bette McLellan and Jeremy D’Entremont of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses were presented with ALF Len Hadley Volunteer Awards during the American Lighthouse Foundation’s annual Gala, which was held at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, on May 1, 2022.
Paul and Bette McLellan
During the 2019 season, two people stood out amongst our family of volunteers. Paul and Bette McLellan gave a great deal of their time and commitment to Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Bette staffed our pop–up gift shop during many of our Sunday open houses, helping to increase sales of the merchandise that we sold. She also embroidered shirts with an image of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, and she created beautiful embroidered bookmarks with a lighthouse design. Her items were very popular with both volunteers and visitors to the lighthouse.
During many of our open houses, Paul positioned himself in front of the main gate to Fort Constitution and served as sort of a traffic cop. Paul directed people to the lighthouse and ably answered visitors’ questions about the lighthouse and fort. For all of this and more, the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses are pleased to honor Paul and Bette McLellan with 2022 Len Hadley Volunteer Awards!
The decision to honor Jeremy D’Entremont as volunteer of the year for the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses (FPHL) in 2021 was an easy decision. Summing up everything he does for FPHL, however, could take a very long time. It’s hard to know where to begin.
When we think of lighthouse history and preservation, Jeremy instantly comes to mind—something many people within the lighthouse community concur with. He puts in countless hours giving tours at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, organizing fundraising events for the chapter, and always doing whatever it takes to make FPHL the best it can be. Jeremy defines what it means to be a truly selfless volunteer. He brings his knowledge and love of lighthouse history to each tour he gives and to each person who visits the lighthouse.
Surprisingly, Jeremy has never received the Len Hadley Volunteer Award. As founder of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses in 2001, the chapter believes it is long overdue because he embodies the spirit for which the award stands. This is an award that could have been given to him every year over the last twenty years for all he does to better the chapter. For all of this and more, the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses are pleased to honor Jeremy D’Entremont with 2022 Len Hadley Volunteer Award!