Arwin Fletcher Bashaw Garellick Sexauer


Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Arts, Writers

Notable Facts

Poet and musician from Richford, Vermont wrote the lyrics for Vermont for the U.S. Bicentennial Song in 1975. Founded and ran the Music Mission for World Peace, Inc. with her second husband, Jack Garellick.

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Date of Death


Primary Residence


Historical Significance

Arwin Fletcher(married names of Arwin F. Bashaw, Arwin F.B. Garellick, and Arwin F. B. G. Sexauer) was a poet and musician. She was born in Richford, VT, the daughter of Alson B. and Linnie A. Fletcher. She lived in both Richford and Montpelier, VT, marrying three times, each time after the death of the previous husband. In 1942 she married Charles Bashaw. In 1963 she married Jack Garellick. In 1979, she married Howard Sexauer.

n 1975, Arwin F. B. Garellick and her husband Jack were commissioned by the Montpelier Bicentennial Commission, headed by Mrs. Lawrence Leland, to write the Bicentennial heritage song for Montpelier. The song was titled "Forward together - Vermonters Give All" and was played and sung by both professional and amateur groups around the state.

In 1963, the Garellick's organized the Music Mission for World Peace, Inc. Using nondenominational songs and hymns, the mission of the organization was to promote peace and understanding through words and music. Music Mission was recognized nationally and placed in the Archival Deposit of the President's Committee and the People-to-People Committee at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Organizations or Movements

  • Richford Bicentennial Committee
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Academy of American Poets


  • Poet
  • Musician
  • Librarian


  • Doctorate

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Words to "Forward Together" Link

  • Richford, Franklin County Driving Tour Link