Members Turn Out at New Location
Mass Retirees’ kicked off its 2023-2024 meeting season with the Annual meeting that was held first time at a new location – the enVision Hotel and Conference Center in Mansfield. With any change in a meeting’s location, there’s always some uncertainty about attendance, and that was also true as we prepared for our annual meeting.
Well, our members didn’t disappoint. As shown in the photos here, there was a strong turnout, and from their comments, members enjoyed the new setting as well as the speakers.
President Valeri opened the meeting with welcoming remarks and introductions. He highlighted the Association’s legislative legislative priorities – raising the basic life insurance to $10K, enhancing the COLA for long term retirees and increasing the vets’ bonus to $1,000 annually.
He was followed by CEO Shawn Duhamel who spoke on the Mass Retirees’ outreach programs, as well as a wide range of retirement issues. That included our efforts to increase the State/Teachers’ COLA, working with the GIC and UniCare, and supporting the Ibis program.
Our guest speaker was Sen. Paul Feeney of Foxborough who was joined by Sen. Walter Timilty of Milton. Both, longstanding friends.
Sen. Feeney thanked the audience for their public service. Recognizing Mass Retirees as one of the most influential organizations on Beacon Hill, he urged the attendees to continue supporting the Association.