Vaughan Award seeks nominations

EngAGING NH and the NH State Committee on Aging are pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for the annual Joseph D. Vaughan awards.

This is a joint effort to recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership or meritorious achievement as volunteers on behalf of New Hampshire’s older citizens and others.  Direct service to and/or advocacy for older citizens is an essential but not an exclusive requirement. Nominees must be residents of New Hampshire whose volunteer work is in the Granite State.

A joint committee of EngAGING NH, the NH State Committee on Aging, and a member of the Vaughan family review all nominations and select one person or a couple from each county to be honored. Recipients will be recognized in a ceremony highlighting their accomplishments. The awards ceremony is scheduled for May 7, 2018 at the State House in the Executive Council Chambers.  The Vaughan family will be invited to join us.  Governor Sununu will be invited to participate in the presentation of the awards, schedule permitting.

The Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan.  A New Hampshire legislator, Representative Vaughan was an early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in creating a state agency dedicated to the wellbeing of older people.

Attached is a listing of award recipients from the past six years. We welcome resubmissions of prior years’ nominees who were not selected, but who continued to volunteer in 2017, as well as new candidates.  Every nominee (not only the award recipients) will receive a letter of commendation to let them know that they are appreciated by their community.  It is not too soon to start identifying potential nominees.  There is no limit on the number of people one may nominate.

A copy of the Nomination Form follows.  ALL Nominations must be received no later than March 9, 2018.  Emailed nominations are preferred. Nominations may be emailed to or they may be mailed via the USPS to:




c/o Roger Vachon

19 Centerwood Drive

Concord, NH 03301

Nominations are acknowledged within 72 hours of receipt.

In the absence of acknowledgment, please call Roger at 603-223-6903.