I think it’s important to both look back and reflect on how far you’ve come and to look forward to the future. That’s one of the things I like about our Annual Meeting—recognizing both our history and where we are headed.
Despite school delays and questionable driving conditions on Tuesday Jan. 29, we had a great turnout of about 150 friends, partners, donors and volunteers at our 2013 Annual Meeting. I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who attended and to the network of people and partners who support Middlesex United Way and our community.
It’s important to point out that Middlesex United Way is locally based. Your dollars stay local, our partners are local and decisions are made locally. As we elect new members to our board each year at the Annual Meeting, we want to remind you that our board members live and work here in Middlesex County and care about our community.
In the spirit of looking forward, I am so thrilled that we have elected five new members to the Board of Directors, three of whom are under the age of 30: Jay Mills, financial advisor for The Oakley Wing Group at Morgan Stanley in Essex, who will also serve as chair of our Investment Committee; executive director of Middletown’s Downtown Business District and city treasurer of Middletown; and Anne Ryczek of A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists, who will serve as chair of our Young Leaders Society. We are so excited to have the next generation of leaders joining our board.
We also welcomed to the board: Lindsay Parke, of Middlefield, project manager in Community Programs for Northeast Utilities; and Vin Capece, president and CEO of Middlesex Hospital, who will serve as Campaign Chair in 2013-14.
Clifford O. Straub, president of Lifestyle Financial Strategies LLC in Middletown, was elected to serve as president of the board.
In the spirit of looking back, we present several awards at the meeting and recognize retiring board members, committee chair and committee volunteers. Congratulations to award winners Wilfredo Nieves, Joan Youngs and Even Start Family Literacy. Many thanks to outgoing board president Gary Simonsen and board members Elizabeth Morin and Andy Rapp. Andy served for two decades on our board. It was also our pleasure to honor outgoing committee chairs: Jim Mansey, from the Community Impact Council; Judith Felton, from the Positive Youth Development Team; Clifford O. Straub, from the Investment Committee; and Justin Carbonella, from the Young Leaders Society. A big thank you also to outgoing committee members: Jean Shaw, from the Community Impact Council; Elizabeth Northrop, from the Education Impact Team; Cullen Murphy and Cheryl Rogers from the Income Impact Team; Frank Kuan from the Positive Youth Development Team; and Paula Ferrara, from the Health Wellness Team. We couldn’t do it without all of our wonderful volunteers.
Thank you again to everyone who came out and celebrated with us Tuesday morning. If you were there, and even if you were not, I hope you feel like you’re a part of what makes Middlesex County great—because you are. In this community, we LIVE UNITED and we should celebrate united!