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Martha's Mass-ALA Membership Matters 5.17.2017

Martha's Mass-ALA Membership Matters


May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive. --Fennel Hudson


Isn’t May a beautiful time of the year? The flowering trees and spring flowers are so beautiful and hopefully the April showers that brought them are done for a little bit.


On The Road with Martha

Since last I wrote Green Monster and I have definitely been adding up the miles traveled. 


On March 30, Brookdale Attleboro graciously hosted our second Member Networking Reception of the year. Thank you so much Karen Wheaton, executive director, and Meghan Colantonio for allowing us into your beautiful community! It was a wonderful time.


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Beautiful flowers and a wonderful time at Brookdale Attleboro


In April, I really started to put the miles onto the Green Monster. On April 4, I attended a wonderfully informative Town Hall Meeting at Broadreach Assisted Living in North Chatham. Senator Julian Cyr, vice-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Elder Affairs, and Dottie Smith, chief of staff to Rep. Sarah Peake, spoke about finding/funding and keeping qualified nursing care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living.


Senator Julian Cyr speaking to the residents of Broadreach Assisted Living


Carolyn Wass, executive director of Broadreach Assisted Living, talking with her wonderful residents


On April 5, it was back into the Green Monster and off to another great Member Networking Reception. This time it was hosted by the great staff at Heywood Wakefield Commons in Gardner. Dale Proulx, executive director, and his entire staff were so welcoming. And the craft beer donated by the Ale House was an added bonus. Special thanks to Lorna Stone for my personal tour of the VERY BIG CHAIR in Gardner. I loved it!

The awesome staff of Heywood Wakefield Commons

Just as a reminder: we have a Member Networking Reception on June 13 at Atria Marland Place in Andover. This will be our last networking reception until August.


And as I write this I am getting ready to attend the May Member Networking Reception at the Stafford Hill Community in Plymouth. Can it get any better, a gorgeous 80-degree day and I will be in Plymouth, Massachusetts?  Yes, it can, because I will be meeting more wonderful Mass-ALA members.


New Members

Mass-ALA welcomes two new business partners this month:


Human Service Solutions, located in Framingham, specializes in website design, development and Internet marketing services that empower organizations of all types to connect with target audiences, reach strategic goals and solidify a professional identity.


NextWave Care, located in Brighton, is a full-house inbound marketing agency that will work for you, to reach your goals, grow your business and build your reputation online.


We also welcomed two new student members. They are Patrick Curtin, a student at Merrimack College, and

Leslie Russo, who­ is enrolled in the gerontology program at UMass-Boston.


And we also welcomed a new Individual member, Jonathan West from Mattapoisett.


Welcome to all our new members! We are excited to have you as part of the Mass-ALA team!


Final Thoughts


As so many of you know, Mass-ALA held its annual Excellence Awards Dinner on May 8, 2017. What a special time it was. Each year, I am privileged to read all the nominations that are sent to us. This year we had more than 150 nominations and all of them told incredible stories of dedication, caring, compassion and service to community and the assisted living industry. 


Please know that I think ALL of you who work in this world of assisted living are all winners! Thank you so much for all you do to help your residents live their lives with respect, caring and dignity. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

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