The Rotary Club of Gettysburg has awarded longtime Gettysburg resident, borough council member, and contributor to many borough activities the 2021 Dwight D. Eisenhower Humanitarian Award.
According the nomination form, after arriving in Gettysburg in 1990, Judge Oscar Spicer asked her to serve on the newly-formed Citizen’s Task Force for the Adams County Prison System. She worked to establish a lending library for the inmates. Additionally she was active in the group’s advisory capacity for the design of the new prison.
In 1998 Butterfield was appointed by the Adams County Commissioners to the (formerly known) York-Adams Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board where she served two terms. To this position she brought her expertise in preventing drug use among children.
Butterfield also served on the Board of Directors of the Adams County YWCA where she was a member of the Executive Committee as well as Chairman of the Nominating Committee
In October 2006, at the request of the Gettysburg Borough Council, she and her husband planned, organized and executed the re-dedication of the historic Gettysburg Train Station at which President Lincoln arrived in 1863.
In 2007 she designed and built the Gettysburg Borough local government website and until 2017 served as an unpaid volunteer continually modifying and updating it on a daily basis.
Butterfield was appointed by the Gettysburg Borough Council in 2008 to serve as Chair of the Citizen’s Committee for Recycling. Within 6 months, the Borough was deemed to be in compliance with state mandated requirements. As a result of the committee’s public information success, residential recycling costs were reduced by 12%. She continues in this role, organizing electronics recycling opportunities and writing a monthly recycling column for the Gettysburg Times.
Since 2019, Judie has represented Gettysburg’s Third Ward on Gettysburg Borough Council where she is an active and engaged councilwoman.
Judie’s contributions as a volunteer and donor to the Adams County Arts Council are immeasurable. Since 2006 she has served on the Board of Directors and on the Nominating, Masquerade Party, Program, Gingerbread, Juried Art Exhibition, and Book Events Committees. She served 3 years as president, a role she will resume in January. She and husband John have been generous contributors and played major roles in starting the Arts Council’s first arts classes for students and in the establishment of the Arts Education Center in 2011.
The Award is in recognition of an individual’s outstanding humanitarian service and positive influence in one or more of the following areas: public/ civic service, peace, and world understanding that have contributed to the betterment of humanity locally or globally.