July - In This Issue:

Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
*Cynthia Peterson
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center

Past Chair of the Board
*Brian Johnson

*Alisia St. Florian
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane 

*Jim Kivlehan
Blue Hills Bank

General Counsel 
*Thomas Flaherty
Bacon Flaherty LLC

*Thomas O'Rourke

Previous Past Chair
*Dana Bottorff
G.T. Reilly & Company

Shawn Alexander
Universal Technical Institute

Anthony Brown
Dedham Savings

Todd J. Chipman, MST, CPA
John T. Chipman & Co., CPAs

Susan Cwieka
New Pond Village

*James Donellon
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP

*Robert Ferrini

Jim Forrest
Dedham High School

Steve Forrest

Rhonda Kale
Bank of Canton 

Kim Kelley
Norwood Hospital 

Paul Kouri
Keller Williams 

*Nancy Levine
Residential Mortgage Services

Jon Levy
American Holt Corporation

Mark LoVuolo
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Najwa Murphy
Fairfield Inn & Suites

*Member of the Executive Committee
New Members!

From the President: 124 Years and Growing
fourth-july-header2.jpgThe Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 125th Anniversary  in 2019!

In preparation for the anniversary, the Board of Directors is forming a sub-committee of members who would be interested in helping to put together a plan to appropriately celebrate the year.  This could include a special event or events, member recognition opportunities, video or other media programs.

If you are someone with a creative mind, a party planner or just want to help out, email me at and let me know of your interest.

One way that we'll be commemorating our big year is with a new visual image.  Our Branding sub-committee has issued an RFP for members to bid on re-imaging the Chamber's logo, color scheme and overall brand image.  Thanks to the great response we had on our recent member survey, we gained an understanding of how the Chamber is and isn't viewed by members.  Our goal is to present a visual image that reflects best how we are viewed as we move on to the next 125 years.

This work will occur over the summer and ultimately lead to us incorporating the new image into our print materials and most importantly an updated website.  

In separate news, you read here last month about a Member Recruitment Breakfast on June 15th.  I am happy to say that in June we had 12 members join the Chamber.  You can see them below in the left hand column.

Many thanks to Little Bird Events for hosting the breakfast.  Also to our sponsors, Bacon & Flaherty, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, Wegman's and Brigham & Woman's/Mass General Health Center. 

We also appreciate those members who brought along a guest to learn about Chamber membership and its benefits.

Have a great Fourth of July!

Tom  O'Rourke
President and CEO
Golf Tournament July 30 - Early Bird ends July 4
Don't miss out on your chance to save before July 4th. Register your foursome now, before the price goes up.

The Chamber's annual Golf Outing will take place at Blue Hill Country Club on Monday, July 30th.

The event includes a boxed lunch before a shotgun start at 12:00 pm followed by a delicious dinner, awards and silent auction.  

Sponsor opportunities can be  found here.

Sponsored by:
Prep for the Golf Outing and Support Chamber Members at the Same Time
Chamber members are invited to come support the League School of Greater Boston and the 2018 Falmouth Road Race team at this wonderful Networking for a Cause event!
This Par 3 event includes:
  1. Networking w/ Appetizers
  2. Driving Range for golf practice
  3. Trivia Night for group fun
July 17 at 5:30 PM
We will be  meeting at Emmett's Pub of Norwood (in the Hampton Inn on Route 1) for a happy hour. Ticket price will include entrance into the networking event with light appetizers & cash bar, a small bucket of balls for the Norwood Country Club driving range, and then Emmett's will be having their weekly trivia contest night!
Have an upcoming golf tournament and need to work out the kinks?
Looking for some good networking in the area or a night out with friends?
Love trivia and just having a good time?
This is the event for you!
All profit from the event will go towards the 2018 League School Falmouth Road Race fundraising race team and benefit the League School of Greater Boston.
(please note that if the driving range is closed due to rain you will receive a token for future use at the range)
Education Secretary Meets 
with Business Groups 
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) affiliates, including the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, met with Secretary of Education Jim Peyser on Wednesday to discuss affiliate priorities and the Baker Administration's agenda, in a
Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser
discussion that focused on empowering educators to drive school improvement, increasing student exposure to growing industries while still in school, and promoting access to STEM education, especially for under-represented students. The event was co-hosted by MBAE and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce at MathWorks in Natick.
Secretary Peyser told affiliates a greater sense of urgency is needed if Massachusetts is to accomplish the next phase of education reform and deliver on the promise of a world class education for all students.
Affiliates are concerned that students are not leaving school with the skills needed for 21st century success, and the impact that such skills shortages will have on member businesses. They also shared steps that they are taking to help address their concern. The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce partnership with the MetroWest STEM Education Network provides students and teachers to engage in STEM learning activities. The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce works with middle and high schools to provide students with exposure to possible career paths through the School to Careers Partnership. The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce convenes a Higher Education Leadership Council  that creates collaboration between businesses and local higher education institutions.
This event is part of a series of events that convene MBAE Affiliate Network members to learn about current education and workforce development challenges, and share their experience helping solve these issues. 
Tricia Lederer, MBAE
Chamber Members in the Community
New Pond Village recently hosted an open house to show off their new renovations.  Chamber members attending included Laurie Blake, Home Instead Home Care, Brian Johnson, Platinum Real Estate Solutions and Marcy Leiman, New Outlook Home Care.

Norwood Hospital's dietitians were at the Norwood Farmers Market Chef's Table  doing a nutritional cooking demonstration using locally grown produce.  Allison Prior, Clinical Nutrition Manager and Dietitian Jocelin Hurley, prepared a healthy recipe of Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad.  Tom O'Rourke, President of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce also dropped by to say hello.
Member Promotion

Member Benefit of the Month:
Connect on Social Media

The Chamber offers a variety of great ways to network with fellow business people face to face.  Business After Hour, Networking breakfasts and lunched and Referral Exchange Networks put you in touch with the people you need to meet.  

But the Chamber is increasingly active on social media and we encourage you connect with us there.  By following and liking our social media pages you will gain access to other to Chamber members who are active social media participants.  We can also like and re-post your content, expanding your audience exponentially.  

Click any of the above icons in which you are active and engage with us today!

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
520 Providence Highway, Suite 4
Norwood, MA 02062
(t) 781.769.1126 (f) 781.769.0808