Email Bulletin
March 2007

In This Issue

Chamber Meetings, a New Board of Directors and Auction!

Director Spotlight: Ken Simms

Community Events

How to Get Your Event Listed

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance


Chamber Meetings, a New Board of Directors and Auction!
Save the date--March 30th--for the Chamber's Annual Auction!

3.8 Ambassador Committee, Citizens Community Room, 8 am.

3.16 Hudson Savings Bank Seminar Series presents: Five Things You Should Know About Selling Your Business with Dr. Jack Holder of Redloh International. $15 members. $25 for nonmembers. Light breakfast served. Reservations required.

3.21 Board of Directors Meeting, Citizens Community Room, 7:45 am.

3.27 Marketing Committee Web Site Design Meeting, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Location: TBA

3.28 Maynard Matters Meeting Maynard Town Bldg., Rm. 201, 8 am.

3.30 12th Annual Chamber Auction, Stow Acres CC, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. $25 pp., $230/table of 10. Reservations appreciated.

4.4 Maynard Fest Meeting, Maynard Town Bldg, Rm 201, 8 am.


This past January, at our Annual Award Ceremony, the following Board of Directors were approved for 2007.

Serving on the Executive Board are Dave Rykbost of Dave's Landscape Management (Chair), Bob Larkin of Frick & Frack (Vice Chair), Linda Dodge of Marlborough Hospital (Secretary), Chuck Randall of Randall Properties (Treasurer) and Past Chair, Dave Herrington of Active Oak LLC.

The Balance of Board members include; Ron Remillard from American Speedy Printing, Mary Holtorf from Art & Soul, John Kovacs from Boyd Coatings Research Co., Mary Beth Parker from Citizens Bank and Ken Simms from Hudson Savings Bank.

Also on the Board are; Tony Loureiro from L & S Kerrigan Insurance, Bill Ross from Padgett Business Services, Paula Copley from Middlesex Savings Bank, Bill Sullivan from RW Holmes Realty Co. and Steve Ziegler from Star Custom Framers.

Additionally, the Board bid a fond farewell to both Dick Downey (Boyd Coatings) and Alice Pillivant (Gramps' Garage). Both served maximum six year terms. The Board also bid farewell to Gavin Livingstone (Bryley Systems) and Don Schiavone, who had served four and three years respectively.

Mark Your Calendars for Chamber's 12th Annual Auction at Stow Acres CC

Friday, March 30th marks the date of the Chamber's Annual Auction. This casual and fun event features hundreds of items--big and small--from gift certificates to your local eatery to sports and theatre tickets in Boston. Ultimately, this event showcases members products and services and insures that there's something for everyone.

In addition to a spectacular selection of product, the event features features a splendid pasta, salad and dessert bar and live jazz music with CuBop. And, once again, we are sure to be amused with the antics of our long-standing auctioneer, John Cain of Cain Electric.

Cost is $25/person or $230 for a table of ten. For more information, call 978.568.0360 or email info@assabetvalleychamber.org.

Some say that a failure to plan, is a plan to fail. So, it's important, every once in a while, to take time to consider trends and how it will effect our businesses and communities. Almost 30 members and government officials had this opportunity at our Metrofuture Forum last week. Below are brief synopsis of demographic, economic and global trends most likely to affect our region.

Slow Growth: Based on historical trends, MA population growth will be slow, but steady. MAPC expects 465,000 new residents by 2030. This signifies an 11% growth rate, compared to the Nation’s projected rate of 28%. Our region will need to build 307,000 new housing units, however, slow growth could turn into no growth if more people move out or fewer immigrants move in.

An Aging Region: By 2030, our over- 55 population will increase by 75%. In 2030, one-third of our residents will be 55 or older. This means that over-55 housing will remain in demand, and it is anticipated that the region-wide, school aged population will decline by 6%. However, fast growing suburbs will still have enrollment increases of 10%.

Increasing Diversity and Segregation: By 2030, MAPC expects that 31% of our region will be of non-White race. If recent trends continue, most of this growth will be confined to a dozen urban cities, and the racial mix of suburbs will change little. This trend will increase segregation and especially challenge urban school systems.

Moderate Economic Growth: MAPC projects that our region may add 240,000 jobs (10.3%) by 2030. Half of all new jobs will be in Professional and Business Services and Education and Health Services. Mirroring national trends, manufacturing jobs are expected to decrease 16%. High Tech may decline from 12% to 8% of the region’s total employment.

Global Trends: Increasing demand for oil and depletion of supplies is likely to drive up energy prices. Global warming may also increase the demand for renewable energy. Modernization of China, India and other countries will increase international economic competition and off-shoring of jobs at all skill levels.

For more information on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and their Metrofuture project, log onto mapc.org and metrofuture.org.

  • Director Spotlight: Ken Simms
  • Ken Simms has served as VP of Marketing for Hudson Savings Bank since 1998. He currently chairs the Chamber’s Marketing Committee and received his MBA from Lowell Tech.

    Ken started in banking in 1974 and has extensive experience in the areas of marketing, retail banking and bank administration. He successfully completed the School of Bank Marketing Program at the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the School of Bank Administration and Management at the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Leominster with his wife. They have four grown sons, who are all (thank heavens) on their own.

  • Community Events
  • 3.9 River's Edge Community Band presents a Sweet Dreams Concert, Hudson Town Hall, 7:30 pm. $. Also includes visual art exhibit and reception hosted by Chloe Bistro. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    3.10 Arts Alliance Discovery Series presents "Meet the Accordion." Walker Bldg. in Marlboro, 11 am. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    3.10 1st United Methodist Church of Hudson Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Open to all! Two seatings. Tix at door. $25: Maximum family price. 34 Felton St. 978.562.2932. www.hudsonfumc.com.

    3.13 A Women's Guide to Financial Freedom presented by Nancy Fredrickson of Edward Jones. This is a series of classes taught at Assabet Valley Center for Continuing Education. For more info, call 978.567.9729 or log onto www.assabetafterdark.com.

    3.16 and 3.17. Hudson Catholic HS presents Guys and Dolls at the Marlborough Middle School. For more info or tickets call 508.303.3717.

    3.17 Arts Alliance Discovery Series presents an Irish Magic Show. Walker Bldg. in Marlboro. 11 am. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    3.18 Symphony Pro Musica presents the Opera Hansel & Gretal with the Longwood Opera Co. and the Pro Musica Youth Singers. Hudson HS. 7:30 pm. For tix, call 978.562.0939. Opera is also presented on 3.19, 3:30 pm. at the Westborough HS.

    3.23 Night at the Disco Ball to benefit Andrew's Helpful Hands Foundation. Riverview at Hudson Portuguese Club, 7 pm. Featuring 70s music with DJ Ray Richard, door prizes, "hustle" lessons and a pasta dinner. Tickets are $15 or $20 at door. For tickets call 508.380.1797.

    3.23 and 3.24. Arts Alliance River's Edge Players presents "But Why Bump Off Barnaby?"--a murder mystery farce. Hudson Town Hall. 7:30 pm. $. For tickets or info, call 978.562.1646 or visit www.upwitharts.org.

    3.29 and 3.31. Forums on Climate Change based on An Inconvenient Truth presented by Mark Durrenberger of New England Breeze. Forums at Hudson Town Hall. Durrenberger was one of 2000 volunteers recently trained by Gore in TN. 3.29 Forum is at 7:30 pm. 3.31 Forum is at 3 pm. For more info, call 978.212.2665 or visit www.newenglandbreeze.com.

  • How to Get Your Event Listed
  • To get your event listed on the Chamber's Monthly Email Bulletin, email information to info@assabetvalleychamber.org. For additional listings, visit www.assabetvalleychamber.org.

  • Open Enrollment for Health Insurance
  • April 1st is open enrollment for Chamber members and employees. This is an opportunity for members to make changes to their group policy or move from one carrier to another. In general, the open enrollment period closes on April 30th.

    If currently on a Chamber Plan, contact the administrator directly. If not currently on a Chamber plan, but interested in garnering more information, contact the Chamber at 978.568.0360 or info@assabetvalleychamber.org.

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