Volunteer

From time to time, the Town of Chester needs new members – both regular and alternate – on one or more of its Boards, Committees, and Commissions.  All of these organizations’ meetings are open to the public; dates and times are posted at the Municipal Complex and on the front page of the Town’s website.  You should expect to attend a certain number of meetings as a guest before committing to becoming a member.

If you need further information before making a decision, each organization’s webpage has contact information, and its Chair will be happy to assist you.  The Board of Selectmen’s office is also happy to assist in any way – please contact Debra Doda at 603-887-4979 or email at DDoda@chesternh.org.

Please complete a Volunteer Application to let us know of your interest.

 

The following Boards, Committees, and Commissions accept members by appointment rather than by election:

300th Anniversary Committee:  Established to plan the Town’s 300th Anniversary celebration, which will begin in October 2021 and conclude at Town Fair in 2022.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Rangeway Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Agricultural Commission:  Established to promote and preserve farms, agricultural land, and the rural character of the Town.  Meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month (January/March/May/July/September/November) in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Conservation Commission:  Established to help preserve and protect the natural resources of the Town.  Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Rangeway Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Public Access Cable Television Committee:  Established to support and foster Public Access Television in the Town.  Meets as needed in the Rangeway Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Planning Board:  Established to manage growth and development in the Town.  Meets the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Recreation Commission:  Established to manage sports and recreation activities and facilities in the Town.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Rangeway Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Spring Hill Farm Board of Trustees:  Established to oversee the activities of the 400-acre Spring Hill Farm property.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Spring Hill Farm Advisory Committee – The Board of Selectmen has created the Spring Hill Farm Advisory Committee in order to seek community members who would like to be actively involved in making recommendations regarding the future use of Spring Hill Farm (400-acre farm, land, farmhouse, barn and outbuildings).  Meets the 3rd Monday of each month in the Rangeway Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Strategic Land Protection Committee:  The Strategic Land Protection Committee is a committee that identifies and makes recommendations regarding land purchases or conservation easements for Chester NH. In recent years, the committee has existed as a subcommittee of the conservation commission and has helped save several key properties for conservation purposes. Because we are a growing community and have other town needs we would like to expand the scope of  this committee to include properties  for other uses.  This committee will act as a new standalone committee with a mission to look beyond conservation and view other lands important to recreation, sports, schools, cemeteries, municipal complexes, and perhaps the arts.  Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Wason Pond Commission:  Established to oversee the preservation and management of the 105-acre Wason Pond property.  Meets the 1st Monday of each month in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Zoning Board of Adjustment:  Established to review applications for zoning variances, special exceptions, equitable waivers from dimensional requirements, and appeals from the decisions made by administration officials.  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Complex.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community.  They represent the community as a whole, and although their work is not financially compensated, most volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure from the work they do.

Let us hear from you!