The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors voted unanimously to confer the honorary and perpetual title of Chair Emeritus upon Carole Thorpe. Current JATP President Mike Basile made the presentation to Mrs. Thorpe at the group’s monthly meeting held in July in Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building. Delegate Rob Bell (R-58th District), slated as that evening’s guest speaker, was in attendance.
Mrs. Thorpe served three one-year terms as Chairwoman between 2010 and 2014. During her tenure, she was the driving force behind establishing a business-like foundation to ensure the JATP’s long term effectiveness, including the adoption of by-laws, becoming incorporated, and creating a voting membership.
In the early years, Mrs. Thorpe also personally handled numerous duties which are typically delegated to others by those holding her equally high level of office. These included executing detailed tasks for many public events, writing the e-newsletter and press releases, maintaining the database, and performing as the media spokesperson.
Following the presentation, Mrs. Thorpe thanked Mr. Basile, the Board of Directors, and the members of the JATP. She reaffirmed that the success of the JATP is a collective effort, and she expressed gratitude for the hard work and support she received during her years in leadership. Mrs. Thorpe pledged to “continually earn” her new title by being accessible as a senior advisor when called, and to fill the occasional need for help with media relations.