Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Ladies Village Improvement Society, Inc. of East Hampton NY

  • East Hampton, NY
  • http://www.lvis.org

Mission Statement

The LVIS is made up of almost 400 volunteers who address four major concerns; Preservation, Conservation, Education, and Beautification.

In 1895, 21 East Hampton housewives formed the LVIS. They immediately began raising funds to finance watering down the dusty streets and installing oil lamps, as well as hiring a lamplighter. Soon the ladies expanded their efforts to include the continuing projects of maintaining the Village street trees and the Village greens.

In 1925, the LVIS began a successful movement for Village zoning and the elimination of billboards. In the early 1950s, the battle against Dutch elm disease began. LVIS projects also include awarding student scholarships and recognizing student achievement in various areas in grades 4 through 12.

The organization was instrumental in the establishment of the Village Planning Board, the listing of large areas of the Village on the National Register of Historic Places, and placing those areas under the protection of local Historic Districts. The LVIS strives to keep its membership informed about issues that may impact on the community.

Main Programs

  1. Student Awards
  2. Village Greens
  3. Historic house and Grounds
  4. Village Street Trees
  5. Nature Trail
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Village of East Hampton, New York

ruling year

1949

President since 2015

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Ms. ANNE P. THOMAS

Keywords

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Preservation, Conservation, Education, Beautification

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Also Known As

LVIS

EIN

11-1841901

 Number

0319353826

Physical Address

95 Main Street

East Hampton, 11937

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Student Awards

In 2008  eight  East Hampton young men and women were selected by the
Student Awards Committee to receive $10,000 each toward their  college
tuition. In addition two students received $5,000 each for use at
two-year colleges. Destinations of these students include the College
of Charleston, the State University of New York at Cortland, Columbia 
University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wesleyan
College, the University of Michigan, and Keene State College.
 
 The Madelon DeVoe Talley Scholarship of $3,000 is given to an East
Hampton woman 25 years or older who wants to return to college for a
degree. This year's recipient currently attends
St. Joseph's  College and intends to pursue a career in education.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Female Adults

Budget

Program 2

Village Greens

The LVIS maintains the Village Greens at Town Pond, the nearby Flag
Pole area, Hook Mill Memorial, the North End Common and the grassy area
surrounding the East Hampton Railroad Station. Annually over $60,000 of
LVIS funds are spent on a comprehensive organic turf-management
program. This includes mowing, irrigating, soil testing, organic
treatments, seeding and soil aerating. In addition, weeds that are
resistant to organic treatments are pulled by hand.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Historic house and Grounds

The LVIS House at 95 Main Street serves as our headquarters. In
addition to offices, it houses our Thrift and Book Shops. The House,
circa 1740, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Our
grounds are well-known as the site for our annual July Fair. In
addition to the open spaces, there is a large walled Sunken Garden. We
believe this feature, designed in a style dating from the 1920s, was
originally built for a wedding. The garden consists of an oval of grass
surrounded by a ring of daylilies, hostas, astilbes, Japanese iris,
daffodils and other annuals and perennials. It is set against a
backdrop of ferns and beautiful stone walls. At the north end is a
stone water fountain rebuilt as a gift from the Garden Club of East
Hampton to the LVIS.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Village Street Trees

From its beginning in 1895, the LVIS has been involved in the care of the Village street trees.  In the early 1950’s LVIS began a vigorous battle against Dutch Elm
Disease (DED) which was devastating elm trees throughout the country.
Today the LVIS, in partnership with the village, watches over 144 elm
trees in consultation with Dr. Jay Stipes, a renowned arborist from
Virginia Tech University. Each year about one third of the elms are
treated with the fungicide Arbotect as  a preventive; however, if a
tree shows signs of distress, it is treated with the fungicide Alamo.
In addition, twenty trees each year receive deep root feeding. We are
delighted to report that in the last two years we have not lost one elm
tree to Dutch Elm Disease. 
During 2003 the LVIS and East Hampton Village hired the Davey Resource
Group to conduct an inventory of the 3500 trees which line our streets
using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This inventory is
accessed by computer by the Village Department of Public Works and the
LVIS.  It lists facts on each tree such as date of planting, pruning,
inoculation and treatment for disease. Sites where new trees might be
planted are noted. A separate hardcover Tree Management Program was set
up to note action recommendations for care of specific trees.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Nature Trail

The LVIS is one of the guardians of a 28-acre village preserve known as
the Nature Trail, which is a favorite spot for families to feed the
many duck who congregate there. We share this responsibility with the
Village and other community groups. Entered from Davids Lane, the Trail
runs through Huntting Lane to Fithian Lane. Our Nature Trail Committee
continuously monitors the Trail's paths and makes sure the winter fowl
have food. In addition, we give significant financial support to an
ongoing program to remove invasive material and restore native plants
to the area.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Village of East Hampton, New York

Funding Needs

Much of our funding is generated by donations of gently used merchandise which we sell in our thrift shops Bargain Books (http://lvis.org/bargain-books) and the LVIS Thrift Shop Bargain Box.(http://lvis.org/bargain-box-thrift-shop) These funds are supplemented by the money raised at our annual LVIS Fair(http://lvis.org/fair) and additional monetary contributions through the efforts of the Development Committee. The money raised annually allows us to continue our ambitious programs of trees and greens maintenance, college scholarships, and other community projects. Any financial support that you can give us would be used wisely to carry out our mission.

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THE LADIES' VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY OF EAST HAMPTON LI INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Ladies Village Improvement Society, Inc. of East Hampton NY

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President

Ms. ANNE P. THOMAS

BIO

The original goals and objectives of the founders of the LVIS are just as valid today. Our members work diligently to preserve the quality of life in East Hampton by maintaining Village Greens, preserving Village trees, and supporting historic preservation. The Dutch Elm Beetle has raised its head again. The LVIS will begin a new treatment, maintenance, and replacement program for Village Elms this spring. We need to raise substantial funds to endow this program.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anne Thomas

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Term: Sept 2007 - Sept 2009

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