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Martha's Mass-ALA Membership Matters 1-20-17

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I don’t know about all of you, but I am finding it hard to believe that it is already mid-January.  

 

December was an incredibly busy month for all of us at Mass-ALA. We moved our offices on December 28. Moves are never easy but this one went fairly smoothly and we all got settled into our space with very little trouble and have been able to find just about everything we need to so we can have a great start to 2017.  

 

IMPORTANT - Just want to remind all of you that your Mass-ALA membership dues packet was mailed on December 16 and that your dues payment is due here no later than January 31, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-622-5999 x110 or mchamberlin@massalfa.org.

 

On The Road with Martha

I didn’t put a lot of miles on the Green Monster in December due to our move and preparing the membership dues mailing and then I was blessed with the wonderful cold that seems to be affecting so many of us so I missed a couple of days of work.  

 

A huge thank you to Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood for hosting our December Member Networking reception on December 6. The food was wonderful and the conversations between our members were so interesting. All of us in attendance enjoyed the tour of your community and learning about all of the innovative programs you have put into place for your residents.  

 

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Sarah Turcotte, program director; Jean Norton, executive director; and Richard T. Moore, Mass-ALA president,

enjoying each other’s company at the networking reception

 

I was able to attend a wonderful 100th birthday celebration and present a proclamation from Mass-ALA for Dorothy Corey, who is a resident at The Residence at Valley Farm in Ashland. It was a wonderful party with her family and friends.

 

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Dorothy Corey and her wonderful husband of 72 years

 

If any of your residents are celebrating special moments in their lives (anniversaries, milestone birthdays, etc.), be sure to let me know, as Mass-ALA would be pleased to acknowledge them. And of course if there is anything taking place at your communities or businesses that you would like me to participate in or recognize, just let me know. I am always ready to jump in Green Monster and head out, barring any snowstorms, to visit you.

 

Member Happenings

There have been some wonderful events taking place at our member communities and I am so pleased to share them with you.

 

On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, a day, as President Roosevelt said, that “will live in infamy.” Ninety-four-year-old Bill Keith, a resident at Brookdale Quincy Bay, is one of the few remaining survivors of the attack and he was honored at a celebration at Quincy Bay. His story is of historical significance and I have included two links that I encourage you to click on to learn more about this gentleman. All of us at Mass-ALA thank him for his service to our country.

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/07/pearl-harbor-survivor-honored-quincy-nursing-home/k4LOrWimadg1JA9UleICsK/story.html

 

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/12/07/pearl-harbor-survivor-honored-quincy-75th-anniversary-attack/

 

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Pearl Harbor survivor Hospital Corpsman 1/c William “Bill” J. Keith is escorted to the ceremony by Chief Petty Officer Lakisha Hinton from the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

Residents at Carmel Terrace had a fun, music-filled party during the holidays. They were entertained by the Merrimack Valley Ringers, who were voted “Best Group Performance of the Year” by the residents.

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Merrimack Valley Ringers

 

Michael Goodwin educated everyone on some Christmas carol history and then wowed the crowd with his gorgeous tenor voice.

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Michael Goodwin, singer and historian

 

And speaking of Carmel Terrace, BIG congratulations to executive director Emily Collins on the recent birth of her baby boy Donald!

 

I would also like to encourage ALL of you to send me pictures and stories of what is going on at your community or business -- and yes, Business Partners, we want to know what is happening to you. We are proud of all you and honored that you are members of Mass-ALA.

 

Mass-ALA Membership is Growing!

Mass-ALA welcomes four new members:

  • Small Provider: The Dorothy Frances Home based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Dorothy Frances Home is a special care residence designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementia. www.thedorothyfranceshome.com

  • Magnolia Management Company is a new Management, Owner, Partner Organization (MOP).

  • A big welcome back to Manor on the Hill based out of Leominster who recently rejoined Mass-ALA as a provider.  www.manoronthehill.com

  • Mass-ALA is excited to welcome a new student member: Michael Banville. Michael’s name may sound familiar to many of you since he was the vice-president of Mass-ALA for more than 12 years. Michael resigned from Mass-ALA in July and is going to Salem State College to pursue a degree in social work. Nice to have you back with us, Michael!

 

Final Thoughts

I am looking forward to meeting so many more of you in 2017. It promises to be an exciting, busy year for all of us. I hope that all of us have a fantastic, happy and healthy year. Thanks for all you do and for being members of Mass-ALA!

 

Martha

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