Food Drive a Success!

Our food drive last Sunday was a roaring success! We ended up delivering 238 pounds of food to the Springfield Open Pantry! So many generous and friendly donors, and of course, our group was amazing in the effort. We even brought in some kids! My son and Alan’s two kids staffed the tables, greeted the shoppers/donors, and purchased food inside the store with cash donations.
We even had a Springfield Republican reporter come to interview us and take our photos. The article will be published in the next month or so.
All our members that worked at the event affirmed that it was such a worthwhile, fulfilling event…. as our food drives ALWAYS ARE!
Yours,
Christine Thibodeau, CPA

FEBRUARY FOOD FEST

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EBBE always puts on a rockin’ food drive.  Lots of laughter, welcome, and tons of donations!  This upcoming drive will be  no exception.  Please join us at the collection tables or to donate on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 2pm at the East Longmeadow Stop and Shop.

Realize Your Dreams!

If you can dream it, you can make it happen! Many of us are in business for ourselves because of a talent driven by passion. If we have a dream related to our business, it is a good sign that we are in the right field. In our last EBBE meeting, we practiced ways to make our dreams a reality by using group input in a supportive brainstorming session. The framework to follow can be written or verbal:
-Describe your dream in technicolor, hold nothing back.
-What have you tried so far to make it a reality?
-What roadblocks did you encounter?
-What do you need to make it happen?
-Is there a particular person or kind of person who could help?
-If money, physics, time, etc were no object, what would it take?
-What would you do if you knew you COULDN’T FAIL?
To try it on for size, our group chose the dream of hosting educational seminars that would bring in enthusiastic prospects and closed business. In the spirit of mutual respect and support, we kept our comments honest yet constructive. The recipients of the critiques and suggestions agreed to take them in the spirit intended, to help encourage growth.
I personally had a dream when I started my business, and the first year or so it seemed like I would have to change or water down my dream to fit what I was seeing, but then, all of a sudden, I started landing the type of business that fit my original dream… so, I urge you, ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR DREAMS.
-Christine Thibodeau, CPA, Springfield, Massachusetts, member EBBE

EBBE Minutes 6-6-13

Weekly meeting held at Glenmeadow, June 6, 2013, 7:15-8:30 am. Our meetings are now held on the second floor Harris Living Room.

Members & applicants present: Norm Corigliano, Alan Druckenmiller, Dick Forrest, Tracy Goodman, Sydney Hirsch, Jeffrey Rahn, Christine Thibodeau, Deborah Whitford

Members absent: Lamont Johnson, Kim Majane, David Rosen

Guests:

Alan called meeting to order and members gave their 1-minute introductions

20-minute presentation:

Dick Forest read notes from a SlideShare.net online presentation about social media statistics as they relate to business. Social Media has grown by 713% in seven years. If you aren’t using social media in some form to promote your business, you are not reaching all your potential customers. Dick will email the group the online presentation.

Referrals: Deborah for Alan

Testimonial: Jeff for Kathy Bowan (former member)

Announcements:  Alan and Sydney will be away for next meeting. Deborah will chair the 6/13 meeting. Jeff will follow up with JCC to arrange for a meeting for our lunch event on 6/20.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.

Respectively submitted by Deborah Whitford

EBBE Minutes 5-30-13

Weekly meeting held at Glenmeadow, May 30, 2013, 7:15-8:30 am. Our meetings are now held on the second floor Harris Living Room.

Members & applicants present: Norm Corigliano, Alan Druckenmiller, Dick Forrest, Tracy Goodman, Sydney Hirsch, Lamont Johnson, Jeffrey Rahn, Christine Thibodeau, Deborah Whitford

Members absent: Kim Majane, David Rosen

Guests:

Alan called meeting to order and members gave their 1-minute introductions

20-minute presentation:

Alan presented on Alternative Investments and passed around a handout summarizing key points. Among the differences between alternative investments and traditional stocks:

  • Alternatives have less volatility and less “media risk” than traditional investments.
  • Alternatives usually have different content, e.g., they are not traded day-by-day but are based on what assets are held.
  • Alternatives have different “containers,” e.g., business development, real estate

Referrals: Sydney for Tracy; Dick for Deborah; Deborah for Kim

Testimonial: Christine for Lamont; Jeff for Lamont; Sydney for Norm

Announcements:  A Charity event will be postponed until Fall and may involve either a food or a blood drive. Discussions continue about moving our Lunch venue to JCC pending Sydney’s research

Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.

Respectively submitted by Deborah Whitford

EBBE minutes 5-9-13

Weekly meeting held at Glenmeadow, May 9, 2013, 7:15-8:30 am. Our meetings are now held on the second floor Harris Living Room.

Members & applicants present: Norm Corigliano, Alan Druckenmiller, Dick Forrest, Tracy Goodman, Sydney Hirsch, Lamont Johnson, Kim Majane, Jeffrey Rahn, Christine Thibodeau, Deborah Whitford

Members absent: David Rosen

Guests:

Alan called meeting to order and members gave their 1-minute introductions

Highlights from meeting:

  • Jeff gave the presentation on Medicaid Planning. He noted that you are allotted 100 days of Medicare in a long-term care facility. After that it is private pay. Rules have tightened up regarding transferring or gifting your home to family members. There are also rules on the amount of money you can keep before qualifying for Medicaid. Consult an elder care specialist EARLY—before you actually need nursing care—to set up trusts or make decisions about property and bank accounts.
  • Discussion of our Bulk Mail Stamp. Sydney to follow up with new paperwork.

Referrals: Sydney for Dave; Sydney for Lamont; Jeff for Norm; Christine for Lamont (2x); Jeff for Deborah

Testimonial: Deborah for Norm’s recent work at her home.

Announcements:

Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.

A half hour Board Meeting immediately followed today’s meeting

Respectively submitted by Deborah Whitford

 

EBBE Minutes for 5/2/13

Weekly meeting held at Glenmeadow, May 2, 2013, 7:15-8:30 am. Our meetings are now held on the second floor Harris Living Room.

Members present: Norm Corigliano, Alan Druckenmiller, Dick Forrest, Sydney Hirsch, Lamont Johnson, Jeffrey Rahn, David Rosen, Christine Thibodeau, Deborah Whitford

Members absent: Kim Majane

Guests: Tracy Goodman, with Weber & Grinnell

Alan called meeting to order and introduced Tracy Goodman, guest of Sydney Hirsch

Highlights from meeting:

  • Alan asked that we think of one word to describe our business as we made our 1-minute presentations.
  • Alan began his presentation by asking “What age do you expect to retire.” A lively discussion followed, covering the topics of having enough $$ to retire earlier rather than later, the growth in expected longevity, the differences between how and when our parents retired and our own expectations. He also passed around a handout called “8 Bad Sales Habits You Need to Quit.”
  • Norm volunteered to take over new membership applications.
  • We unanimously voted not to join the Greater Springfield Chambers this year, with the understanding that we can reconsider this option in the future if members are interested.
  • Our 2nd Lunch Meeting will be held at Tokyo on 5/16 from noon to 1pm. Our topic for informal discussion is “What is our big dream for our business in the coming year.”
  • Alan suggested that we spend some time at our next meeting discussing our on-in-one meetings with fellow members.

Referrals: Syndey for Jeff; Dave for Alan

Testimonial: Deborah for Alan in his follow up with her request to divest her account of fossil fuels after she watched the documentary video, “Do the Math.” Deborah also urged other members to go to YouTube to see the movie. Dave emailed everyone later in the day with a link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfinOCgRQ0 Thanks, Dave!

Announcements:  A Board Meeting will be held after our May 23rd meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.

Respectively submitted by Deborah Whitford