President’s Message

President’s Message


LVIS President, Anne Thomas

As the LVIS embarks on its 121st year, we continue to honor our original mission as conceived by the 21 ladies who founded the Society in 1895.  Today, we:

  • care for the 3,500 magnificent shade trees that line our Village streets
  • award $158,000 in scholarships to twenty East Hampton High School seniors and two women returning to college
  • maintain eight acres of Village greens
  • provide care for our 24-acre Nature Trail
  • advocate for the preservation of historic landmarks and open spaces
  • maintain our headquarters, the historic Gardiner Brown House, a Village landmark on Main Street

In order to sustain these ambitious programs, we operate our Bargain Box and Bargain Books where LVIS members and volunteers give well over 14,000 hours a year in staff time.  The shops provide an array of affordable clothing, furniture and books for shoppers from throughout our surrounding communities.  Our annual Summer Fair earns income through our booth sales, silent auction and barbeque, all the while providing thousands of Fair-goers with the perfect summer day’s entertainment.

The LVIS is vigilant in allocating its resources.  We do so with a strong commitment to our mission, with careful stewardship of our assets and with total devotion to the betterment of our beloved East Hampton.

We are able to accomplish all these tasks only with your generous support and, for that, we thank you.

With all best wishes,

Anne Thomas