WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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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Volunteerism Pat has also held various roles in Weston's Women's Community vivor support initiatives, as well as for political candidates who share League that have increased participation in town-based activities. She his values. A supporter of gun violence prevention efforts for over 20 was the league's chairwoman and spearheaded several groups, includ- years, Angus felt a moral obligation to do more after the tragic shooting ing a Computer Club, Investment Club, Singles Group, and Empty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut took the Nesters Group to engage new constituents. Today Pat is active in the lives of 27 people in December of 2012. In February of 2013, he served Community League Garden Club and is the originator and chair of as the convener of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun the October scarecrow event, the organizing force behind the seasonal Violence and has coordinated the Coalition's meetings and activities decorations that grace lawns and storefronts across Weston for all to ever since. This umbrella organization brings together over 30 organi- enjoy. "Frankly, I make a lousy follower, so more often than not, I'm in zations and institutions to "educate, advocate, and hold those in power charge of a project, or at least part of one where I can organize and be accountable for bringing about substantive change that will lessen the creative," explains Pat of her boundless philanthropic energy. likelihood of a loved one becoming a victim of gun violence." "While Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, and advocacy as an effective means for change correspondingly the second lowest gun fatality rate in the nation (sec- Weston native and Wellesley resident Angus McQuilken finds meaning ond only to Hawaii), there is still room for improvement," explains advocating for gun violence prevention, for cancer research and sur- Angus of his determination. pat gowdy "Frankly, I make a lousy follower, so more often than not, I'm in charge of a project, or at least part of one where I can organize and We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 be creative." 82

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