Cheeseman and Formica Honor East Lyme Public Trust’s Retiring Directors

March 5, 2018

Pat and Jack Lewis of East Lyme served the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation for 23 years since its inception in 1995. As members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, it was bittersweet for the foundation to celebrate their retirement during last week’s meeting. State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) and Senator Paul Formica (R-20) presented Mr. and Mrs. Lewis with an official Connecticut General Assembly citation to commemorate their hard work and dedication to the town.

“I sincerely thank the Lewises for all they have done to help the East Lyme Public Trust promote, provide and protect an improved quality of life for all people in the region and state,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “Their years of service have truly made a difference in our community and I wish them all my best on their future endeavors.”

“I applaud the Lewises for their dedication to our community and I wish them all the best in retirement,” said Sen. Formica. “The entire East Lyme community thanks them for their many years of work to make East Lyme a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”

For the past five years, The Lewises served on the Publicity Committee of The Promise of Tomorrow’s Trees project and each year would take on the task of delivering posters to all of the businesses on Niantic Main St. In 2016, they were both crucial organizers of the Boardwalk Re-dedication. The Foundation will miss their enthusiasm and counsel, during 23 years of volunteer service.

The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, which created the Niantic Bay Overlook, is currently working on Boardwalk and beach maintenance, the study of beach sand movement and preservation, marine vegetation research, UConn Sea Grant sponsorship, and co-management of memorial bench and tree-planting programs in town parks. The Foundation also continues to manage a popular commemorative plaque program on the Boardwalk. For more information, or to get involved, please visit