Vermont Governor's Inaugural Ball held at Norwich

Governor DouglasNORTHFIELD, Vt. - A festooned Plumley Armory was the scene of the Governor's Inaugural Ball, held Saturday, January 11 at Norwich University.

During formal ceremonies, which took place on a raised stage, Dr. Richard W. Schneider, president of Norwich University, presented The Honorable James H. Douglas, Vermont's newly elected governor, with an official Norwich hockey game jersey, with "DOUGLAS" emblazoned across the back.

"You're a Middlebury grad, so we know you're a hockey fan," quipped President Schneider.

The evening's formalities concluded with a toast to the gubernatorial couple, led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, after which the Douglases danced the first dance.

The Douglases, the Dubies, Adjutant General Martha Rainville, and State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and his wife, Susan, graciously received the more than 1400 friends, supporters and constituents who were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

President Schneider presents hockey jersey to Governor DouglasThe evening gala, which was elegantly catered by Sodexho services, featured an ice sculpture of the State House, music by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, and vocal performances by The Half Steps barbershop quartet and Sounding Joy. Net proceeds from the event supported the alcohol and drug rehabilitation and prevention programs of the United Ways of Vermont.

In last November's election, the former republican Vermont State Treasurer narrowly defeated Lieutenant Governor Douglas Racine in the race to replace Governor Howard Dean, who vacated his post to pursue the Democratic presidential nomination. Douglas, who attended Middlebury College, is Vermont's first new governor in eleven years.

dweggler@norwich.edu, January 2003

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