| Meet TPC’s New Officers and Board Members
We are very pleased to announce our new Officers and Board members, whose terms begin on January 1. Officers are selected from current Board members and include President, Treasurer, and Clerk. We are all grateful to Susan Benford, who has served tirelessly as President for the past three and a half years and been involved in multiple roles within TPC. Susan will remain on the Board, but is handing the presidential reins to Barbara Gaskin, a long-time TPC member who has chaired our Grants Committee and been Treasurer, among other roles and responsibilities. Says Barbara, “I’d like to thank Susan for her commitment to TPC and particularly for her leadership over the last several years. During that time, TPC has transitioned from a start-up to a mature, thriving organization.” Cathy Konicki will be taking on the role of Treasurer in 2020, with Cheryl Wakeham remaining as Clerk.
You may remember that we solicited your ideas for those women you believed would be strong additions to the current Board, and you responded enthusiastically, with several women receiving one or more nominations. The Governance and Nominating Committee had spent considerable time identifying the current Board’s strengths and weaknesses and used its findings to help select candidates that were thought to best meet those perceived skill needs. Other criteria included one’s capacity to do the job and prior service within TPC. As a result of the Committee’s hard work, we are pleased to introduce you to the following six new Board members, who will begin their terms on January 1: Jennifer Angarita, Val Basnight, Kathy Dunigan, Bridget Dunn, Leslie Levenson, and Jenny Morrison.
Check out our new Board members’ bios
TPC Liaisons, Out and About
On November 21, grantee FriendshipWorks held its 35th Anniversary Gala, celebrating decades of working to end elder isolation. The event helped bring the spirit of FriendshipWorks to attendees by incorporating key elements of its program, including performances by members of its MusicWorks program, which brings music to isolated elders, as well as a pet park with dogs from FriendshipWorks’ PetPals program, in which volunteers bring their pets to visit over 650 elderly residents in long-term care facilities each week. In addition to these programs, FriendshipWorks offers a variety of other ways to volunteer, from accompanying elders to medical appointments to short-term assistance with specific tasks. To get involved, learn more and apply here.
TPC Liaisons Jennifer Chesnulovitch and Cassandra Trujillo loved playing with the dogs in the PetPals dog park and enjoyed hearing stories of the impact FriendshipWorks is making in the lives of both isolated elders and volunteers.
Upcoming TPC Events:
Jan 15, Downtown Boston, 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Connect the Dots with grantee Project Citizenship. Register
Jan 30, Cambridge, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Special Book Discussion “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” with author Danielle Allen. Register
Feb 12, Boston, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Philanthropy Dialogue about “Education and Activism” with grantees Boston HERC, The Wily Network, and Friends of the Children. Register
Mar 4, Brookline, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Philanthropy Dialogue about “Community and Activism” with grantees Cambridge Women’s Center, Food Link, and FriendshipWorks. Register
Save the Date for this spring’s Grant Awards & All Member Meeting! This year we are excited to announce a new venue for our Grant Awards Meeting! Board member and YP Cassandra Trujillo has arranged for us to hold our meeting at Wayfair Headquarters in Copley Place! We’ll be gathering on the evening of Thursday, May 28 from 6:30-9:00 pm.