Allison Burch and Michael Rogers Appointed to Board of Directors at American Eagle Financial Credit Union


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(East Hartford, CT) American Eagle Financial Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Burch as Director, and Michael Rogers as Associate Director, to three year terms on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors.

Allison Burch joined the Credit Union as a volunteer in 2009. She has served as an Associate Director since 2012, and is currently Chair of the Supervisory Committee. Allison is a Transportation Engineer in the Asset Management Group at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, where she has worked since 2005. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer. A resident of Simsbury, Connecticut, Allison joined the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in 2005 and began serving as President of the organization in January 2017.

Michael Rogers joined the Credit Union as a volunteer in 2010 serving on the Marketing Committee for five years before moving to the Supervisory Committee in 2016. Mike is currently the Managing Director for the National Accounts Northeast Region at the Travelers Companies in Hartford, CT. His career at the Travelers spans over 27 years covering territories in CT, MA, NY, and Canada. He previously held supervisory positions with General Motors before joining Travelers in 1990. Mike holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Bryant University, where he remains involved with Bryant University’s Alumnae Association. Mike resides in Glastonbury, CT.

“Allison and Michael bring quality years of business, finance, and technology experience to the Credit Union board,” said Credit Union President & CEO Dean Marchessault. “I know they will work with our entire board to help guide the Credit Union on behalf of the membership,” added Marchessault.

About American Eagle Financial Credit Union

American Eagle Financial Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative headquartered in East Hartford, CT. It is the largest community credit union in Connecticut with 13 community offices, 122,000 members, and $1.5 billion in assets. AEFCU has retail offices in Bloomfield, Cromwell, East Hartford, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Manchester, Newington, Plainville, Southington, South Windsor, West Hartford, and Vernon. The Credit Union offers banking services to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school and businesses in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties in CT. The Credit Union was founded in 1935 by employees of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Member deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency.

CHELSEA GROTON FOUNDATION Gifted $5M Endowment; Now Accepting Grant Applications




Gifted $5M Endowment; Now Accepting Grant Applications

GROTON, Conn. – The Chelsea Groton Foundation was recently given a $5 million endowment from Chelsea Groton Bank. The gift, made possible through the sale of stock, was given with the intent of providing the Foundation with additional funds for the continued support of organizations that impact our region in the areas of health, human and social services; education; economic development; and arts and culture.

The Foundation is accepting applications for the spring grant cycle until Friday, April 21, 2017. Local and regional charitable organizations interested in applying should visit to access the fillable application and information on specific requirements.

“Since the Foundation was formed, we’ve supported organizations who work to lessen homelessness, alleviate hunger, treat mental health, improve economic opportunity, enhance recreational programming, and more,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank. “Having additional funds available to award to worthy organizations is very exciting for us.  We’ve always been honored to partner with local non-profits who strive to better our community, and we look forward to supporting more organizations in more ways in the future.”

The Foundation accepts grant applications two times per year.  Formed in June 1998, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $2 million in grants to hundreds of organizations located within the Bank’s market area.  Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 200 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of last fall’s grant recipients, is available at

About the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $2 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit:

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management and investment services. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


Please Welcome Claudia Williams to William Raveis, Glastonbury

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The Bodeau Realty Group at William Raveis Real Estate is thrilled to announce the addition of Claudia Williams as a Sales Associate in their Glastonbury office.

Claudia is passionate about real estate and technology. She brings with her an innate ability
to establish meaningful relationships and client focus to the industry. Her dedication to
clients and love of helping others are what motivate her most. The combination of these
qualities along with her education will prove invaluable for her clients.

She earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Spanish from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Claudia joins the company after nearly a decade in the aviation industry working in a multitude of customer service roles.

A lifelong resident of Connecticut for 33 years, she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and volunteering in the community through the United Way and Relay for Life. Claudia is a talented professional and we are excited to welcome to the company.

Sunday Brunch with the Real Life Real Women Committee


The Real Life Real Women Event Committee is honored to invite you to our Sunday Brunch in support of the Goodwin College Foundation. The Foundation makes it possible for our hard working students, many of whom are women, succeed and finish their degrees.
Treat the women who have made a difference in your life to a gathering of delicious food and lively conversation while enjoying a program honoring outstanding women leaders.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gershon Fox Ballroom
960 Main St, Hartford, CT
For tickets and more information please visit or contact Karen Gilbert, Advancement Coordinator at or (860)291-9934.

An Evening Presentation Sponsored by the Historical Society of Glastonbury

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The Historical Society of Glastonbury (HSG) brings you “An Architectural Gem: Connecticut’s Old State House and its History” presented by Sally Whipple on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30pm at the First Church Congregational, 2183 Main Street in Glastonbury. This is the second of four free presentations open to the public which the HSG sponsors throughout the year.

Connecticut’s Old State House is an architectural gem designed by American architect Charles Bulfinch.   Completed in 1796 it has ties to every town in the state. As the seat of government from1796 to 1878, it housed the Senate, House, governor, and courts, as well as the state library and a museum featuring curiosities from around the world. Important local and national stories played out in its halls, including the first Amistad Trials and legislative activities related to State Heroine Prudence Crandall. Noah Webster and PT Barnum served in the legislature here and many famous people passed through its doors. Today, the Old State House is a museum that brings a lively mixture of history and civics to students and tourists from both near and far.  Old State House Executive Director, Sally Whipple, will share pictures and stories of the Old State House and its impact on life in the Nutmeg State.

In addition to her position at the State House, Sally Whipple serves as Chair of Connecticut Humanities and is a member of the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Civic Health Advisory Group. She also serves on the boards of Discovering Amistad, Inc. and the Coltsville Heritage Partnership. She is past president of the Connecticut League of History Organizations, a member of the editorial board of “Connecticut Explored” magazine, and past vice president of the Colchester Historical Society.

In 2015 she received an Award of Excellence from the New England Museum Association for her commitment to the Connecticut museum community over the past thirty years. She and her Old State House colleagues lead the Connecticut affiliate of National History Day for middle and high school students as well as a nationally award-winning 5th-grade school program, Connecticut’s Kid Governor, created by CPAN in 2015.

Whipple has a BA in History from Seton Hill College and an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She has served as director of education and executive director of the Noah Webster House, director of education for the Mark Twain House, director of the Lebanon Historical Society and as an anti-hunger advocate for the Connecticut Association for Human Services. She has also consulted on strategic and interpretive planning with many Connecticut history groups.

She and her husband live in Colchester where they foster collies for the Collie Rescue League of New England.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. Parking is in the rear of the Church. Enter through the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury is a non-profit organization located at the Museum on Hubbard Green, 1944 Main Street, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and the third Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE.

The Welles-Shipman-Ward House Museum, located at 972 Main Street (Route 17) in South Glastonbury, also run by HSG, is open for special events throughout the year and Tuesdays during the summer months.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury strives to educate through the preservation and promotion of Glastonbury’s extraordinary historical legacy. It has been instrumental in preserving and maintaining historic properties and a driving force in establishing five National Registered Historic Districts (NRHD), as well as a Local Historic District. Support comes primarily from over 370 member households, local businesses, foundations, donations, events and the state and town.  Visit the Historical Society of Glastonbury at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Commissioner Klee Shares CT Plan to Maximize Growth Potential in Clean Energy

All signs point to monumental growth in local economic development and jobs in Connecticut’s clean energy sector.

“Connecticut is committed to moving forward with cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable sources of energy while creating jobs and supporting local economic development,” Robert Klee, Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told local chamber executives in a briefing call this month. “Clean energy is important for energy affordability, job growth, and regional competitiveness.”

The call was co-hosted by the Middlesex Chamber, the Connecticut River Valley Chamber, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. It attracted chamber executives representing more than 10,000 member businesses.

“Local chambers in Connecticut want to help their member businesses take advantage of the growing economic development opportunities in clean energy,” said Connecticut River Valley Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski. “This briefing was a great opportunity for local chambers and businesses to learn first-hand about important statewide programs designed to boost savings, investment and jobs in this field.”

Highlights shared by Klee and Bill Dornbos, Director of the Connecticut Acadia Center, include:

  • Job growth: There were more than 52,000 clean energy jobs in 2016. An estimated 33,000 of these jobs were in energy efficiency, a 100% increase from 2015. The solar industry saw 11 percent more jobs since 2015.
  • Energy savings: Local business owners save $40 million a year through energy efficiency programs offered by Energize Connecticut. The program has also created approximately 33,000 local jobs in construction, HVAC, lighting, precision manufacturing, and related industries.
  • Solar growth: Connecticut is one of the fastest growing of the smaller states in the solar industry, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. There are nearly 150 solar companies in the state. Several large-scale retailers have also installed solar, including Ikea, Staples, Khol’s, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.
  • Low-cost financing available for local businesses: Nearly $100 million in financing has been awarded to local businesses during the past four years through the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) program. CPACE is designed to help local business-owners increase their bottom lines and lower their energy costs by transitioning to clean energy.
  • Grant opportunities for manufacturers: Approximately $800,000 in funding is available to subsidize manufacturers making efficiency upgrades through the program, Energy on the Line. Manufacturers are eligible for up to $50,000 in grant funding and technical support.

Klee also said that Connecticut is expected to release a Comprehensive Energy Strategy that will outline a three- to five-year roadmap for the state’s energy use and reduction in March.


For more information, contact Jessica Bergman, New England Programs and Engagement Director, at