Monday, February 14, 2011



Much has been made of the Facebook reports that my son Mark issues each night, but it should be noted that none of the success would have been possible without the wonderful support of my family and my friends. I particularly point out Mark’s efforts as virtually every night after a full day at work, Mark stops at the hospital to review what has been accomplished that day and issues an appropriate report.

The Essex Heritage Audit Committee has recently met to consider the audit report that has been provided by the long term accounting manager Peter Dinsmore that has provided services to Essex Heritage for years. The report has been accepted by the Audit Committee and they were most complimentary of the work the ENHC-COO Susan Lippman for her efforts in producing such a quality report. We appreciate the work of the all volunteer Audit Committee and thank them for their efforts at the Spring meeting of Essex Heritage. A comprehensive report will be presented on the findings of the Audit Committee and no report is more important than the Audit Committee report which indicates that the company is well managed and the financial affairs are in order.

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article in the local newspaper with great interest. The article indicated that a local Salem teen has been sworn into the governor’s youth Council to advise the Governor on youth matters. The young man who will represent Essex County is Victor “Manny” Cruz who just a year or so ago was the “Youth of the Year” at the Salem Boys and Girls Club. Manny is currently a freshman at Salem State University and I predict this is just the first of many times you’ll hear Manny’s name mentioned. I had the privilege of sitting next to Manny at a Rotary luncheon a year ago when he received a scholarship from the Salem Rotary to help him attend Salem State University. He is a bright, energetic, engaging young man who will represent the city and the region very well on the Governor’s Council. This is a wonderful example of what the Boys and Girls Club turns out every year.

The Boys and Girls Club is currently in the process of examining the possibility of a major expansion at the current location. In the not too distant future, funds will be necessary to open that expansion effort. This expansion will allow the club to continue to offer the kind of programs that turn out youngsters like Manny Cruz, and others like him, who will become the leaders of this region in the not-too-distant future.

The development committee of Essex Heritage has been very active under the direction of Charlie Cullen, President of the Provident Bank in Amesbury and a group of wonderful volunteers who together have reached out the business community for their support. They are raising funds for ongoing operations through the corporate program and are continuing to reach out for support for the 2011 The Heritage Hero Award.

One of our corporate partners is Anna Jacques Hospital. They recently announced that they received a 22.5 million dollar tax exempt loan to continue to expand that facility. Our development chair Charlie Cullen is also on the board of Anna Jacques Hospital and I am certain that his involvement played a role in successfully obtaining the loan. Any program that expands any medical program in this region is most positive.

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