WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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1970s and into the mid-'90s. Revolutionary at the time, she success- fully initiated and pushed forward the town's recycling programs. Yet for all her dedication to the Wellesley community and with the numerous honors she received for her innovative leadership, none of it compares to the commitment she has shown to her family. When Lee was a teenager and attending Rivers School, Martha and her husband, Jay, decided to foster her nephew and two nieces after her brother was tragically killed in a car accident. From three children to six, overnight the Stone family learned that not only was mom a ball of fire when it came to getting things done in the community, she was also a world- class source of nurture. Lee appears to have inherited his mom's nurturing nature, but he got involved with Hope For The Children of Haiti in an unexpected way. With two teenagers of his own and the natural desire to ensure that they would grow up with good values, he went to church one Sunday at Grace Chapel in Lexington and found himself raising his hand (right after his daughter Sophie raised hers) and volunteering to join a summer mission to the Marion Austin Orphanage and School in Port-au-Prince. He's still not sure why exactly he did that, but some lingering memory of his family taking in his homeless cousins so long ago may have spurred his decision. Nor was it all that big a surprise when he started attending orphan- age board meetings, volunteering to do administrative chores, and, one day after participating in a mission to Haiti, going so far as to accept the position of executive director of Hope for the Children of Haiti. Lee describes the orphanage in this way: "We raise our orphanage kids as part of a cohort," he says, "so while they may have lost their birth family they become part of another one, if on a much larger scale. Through cooking and cleaning, along with schooling, socializ- ing, and prayer we make sure they also end up as self-sufficient young adults. And whether it means becoming a plumber or carpenter—or going to college or a technical school—we stick with them all the way so they leave us with marketable job skills." Calm in the face of a constantly changing set of circumstances—the orphanage board recently decided to take in a new cohort of kids left good works "inherited his mom's nurturing nature" 156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Lee Stone Martha Stone P E T E R G O L D E N K I M R O D R I G U E Z

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