East Hartford Rotary Expands Membership Offerings and Meeting Times

EAST HARTFORD, September 21, 2016- The Rotary Club of East Hartford is looking to
attract new members by offering two new ways for people to join. A satellite club is forming and will meet twice a month in the early evening, a convenient time for those who are unable to meet at the regularly scheduled meetings at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Meetings of this group will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or what the new organization decides at a local place chosen by the members and will begin in late October.
In addition to the satellite club, a new type of membership is being offered to small companies, large corporations, non-profits, police and fire departments. One individual who serves in a management role will be named as the official member, and four or more persons from that same entity can attend the club’s weekly meetings, share Rotary’s fun and fellowship experiences, participate in service projects in the community, and attend club social events.

“The East Hartford Rotary Club has a long history of providing members with numerous
opportunities to truly make a difference in our own community, our nation and our world.
People join Rotary for many reasons, including personal development, professional networking, camaraderie and community involvement. By expanding the ways for people to get involved in their local Rotary Club, we are expanding our reach into the communities we live in, work in, and care about,” said Bill Saunders, Club President.

To find out more about both these new membership opportunities, please join current members of the East Hartford Rotary on Thursday, October 6th at Savvi’s Pizza Restaurant, 1555 Main Street, East Hartford, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of East Hartford, please visit http://www.easthartfordrotary.org.

Connecticut’s 2016 Legislative Session

The new federal overtime regulation doubles the salary threshold which determines eligibility for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476, with an implementation deadline of December 1, 2016. The new rule also requires unprecedented, automatic increases to the salary threshold every three years thereafter.

However, there’s still an opportunity for Congress to pass legislation to push “pause” on the rule or to make changes to make it more workable, but lawmakers need to hear from you now about the challenges this new rule is imposing.

There’s bipartisan concern in Congress about the negative affects these pending rules changes will have on businesses, non-profits and universities. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the “Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act” (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773) to push “pause” on the rule, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the “Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act” (H.R. 5813) to phase in the rule over a longer period of time.

Clearly, members on both sides of the aisle are concerned with the new overtime rules changes. Although the current bills are gaining support, a request from you to your lawmaker to will urge Congress to act on this important issue.

 Please take a moment to send a quick message to your Federal lawmakers, today!     http://www2.cbia.com/ga/get_involved/contact_ct_legislators/-A1

East Hartford Rotary Expands Membership Offerings and Meeting Times

EAST HARTFORD, September 7, 2016- The Rotary Club of East Hartford is looking to attract new members by offering two new ways for people to join. A satellite club is forming and will meet twice a month in the early evening, a convenient time for those who are unable to meet at the regularly scheduled meetings at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Meetings of this group will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at a local place chosen by the members and will begin in late September.

In addition to the satellite club, a new type of membership is being offered to small companies, large corporations, non-profits, police and fire departments. One individual who serves in a management role will be named as the official member, and four or more persons from that same entity can attend the club’s weekly meetings, share Rotary’s fun and fellowship experiences, participate in service projects in the community, and attend club social events.

“The East Hartford Rotary Club has a long history of providing members with numerous
opportunities to truly make a difference in our own community, our nation and our world.
People join Rotary for many reasons, including personal development, professional networking, camaraderie and community involvement. By expanding the ways for people to get involved in their local Rotary Club, we are expanding our reach into the communities we live in, work in, and care about,” said Bill Saunders, Club President.
To find out more about both these new membership opportunities, please join current members of the East Hartford Rotary on Thursday, September 15th at Savvi’s Pizza Restaurant, 1555 Main Street, East Hartford, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of East Hartford, please visit http://www.easthartfordrotary.org.

Contact: Susan H. Klock, suehklock@gmail.com, 860-989-0101- cell.

Jenny Bergeron Receives the Edward Jones’ Eagle Award

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jenny Bergeron of Marlborough recently received the firm’s Eagle Award for her “clear vision of both client and business goals” over the past year. Only 1,959 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisors received the award.

“When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service,” Bergeron said, “it’s quite an honor to be singled out for your service record.”

Jim Weddle, Edward Jones’ managing partner, added, “Jenny is an outstanding member of the Edward Jones team who personifies the ideal financial advisor, someone who is 100% dedicated to serving the financial needs of her clients. I am very pleased to present this well-deserved award.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Carolyn Welch Joins Chelsea Groton Bank Lending Center in Hartford County

Carolyn Welch recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer.  She will be based at the Bank’s Lending Center in Glastonbury. In this position, Carolyn will work to develop commercial loan relationships with centers of influence in Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties.

“Carolyn is a veteran of the industry. She has extensive commercial lending experience, specifically with SBA programs,” said Tony Joyce, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Manager at Chelsea Groton Bank. “She has spent years cultivating new borrower relationships and working closely with commercial real estate brokers, accountants, lawyers, and other professionals. We are excited to welcome Carolyn to Chelsea Groton, and look forward to having her build upon existing relationships as the commercial lending team works to expand business relationships beyond the Hartford County area, and into Middlesex and New Haven counties.”
Most recently, Carolyn was Senior Vice President, Market Manager -Business Banking at Citizens Bank, responsible for managing new acquisition, retention and expansion goals of her team across the state of Connecticut.  Prior to that, she was a Commercial Loan Officer at Community Investment Corporation.
Carolyn graduated from Niagara County Community College with an AAS in Business Administration and also attended Niagara University.  Carolyn is a graduate of Leadership Niagara. She has also completed several courses at the American Institute of Banking, and advanced courses in leadership, commercial credit and investment training throughout her career.  Carolyn resides in Wallingford, CT with her husband and daughter.

MARGARET WILCOX NAMED 2016 WOMAN OF FIRE!

MARGARET WILCOX NAMED 2016 WOMAN OF FIRE!
Margaret Wilcox – Vice President of Sales, William Raveis Real Estate in Glastonbury and Team Leader of Margaret Wilcox & Associates, has been named a 2016 Woman of FIRE by The Commercial Record. Women of FIRE is an annual award that recognizes the key female players in the local FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sectors. The annual Women of FIRE award celebrates the best and the brightest women in the industry.
“We searched for the best of the best – those women who are making a difference through innovation, hard work, team-building, philanthropy, mentoring or leadership – and these women demonstrate these exemplary qualities,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record.
Margaret’s business philosophy is to provide every customer with personal, professional and detail-oriented service in a prompt manner, utilizing current technology to its full capability.  Her commitment to listening to her customer’s needs is a core feature of providing the highest level of personalized real estate services.  Margaret’s acceptance speech focused on the importance of giving back to the community and helping to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs!
Margaret Wilcox may be reached at the William Raveis Real Estate office at 218 New London Turnpike. 860-916-3517 or online at MargaretWilcox.com.
About the Women of FIRE awards:
The Commercial Record is shining a light on the female innovators who are making a significant impact on the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) industries. There is a growing amount of women who are paving the way in these once male-dominated sectors, and as more and more women rise to the top of these industries, their achievements should be illuminated to acknowledge them and inspire others.

Granby Education Foundation Gets $2,500 Grant from GoodWorks Insurance

GoodWorks Insurance recently gave a $2,500 GoodWorks Community Grant to the Granby Education Foundation (GEF). Based in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is a regional independent insurance agency with other Connecticut offices in New Milford, Avon and Columbia.   “The people at GoodWorks Insurance are truly committed to Granby and to furthering the vital mission of our foundation,” said Kristina Gilton, Chair of the GEF’s annual Gran-Bee.
Since its founding in 2000, GEF has raised more than $700,000 in cash and pledges in support of education. In addition to building the Salmon Brook Ecology Center, creating an Arts Endowment, and funding both the Global Learning Academy and the Summer Drama Academy, the GEF awards several community grants each year.
Uniquely, GoodWorks Insurance gives 50 percent of its operating profits to local charities. GoodWorks Community Grants go to nonprofits that support education, healthcare, public safety and community development.
“Our grants are made possible by the families and businesses in the Granby area who purchase their insurance from us,” said Curt Johnson, senior vice president at GoodWorks Insurance and a West Granby resident. “Thanks to our customers, we can reinvest more in communities like Granby every year.”
The Granby Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that operates separately from the Granby school system. Its mission is to enhance educational opportunities for all of Granby’s citizens by funding educational and community initiatives of merit. GEF’s financial supporters include individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations. More information is online at http://www.granbyeducationfoundation.org.
GoodWorks Insurance also has Massachusetts offices in Great Barrington and Worcester. More info is online at http://www.goodworksinsurance.com.