James E. Dolin was re-elected as President of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Citizens at the annual meeting held June 24 at the Venus de Milo in Swansea. Other officers elected were First Vice President, Jacqueline Cummings, Second Vice President, Raymond Almeida, Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, and Ronald Costa Secretary.
Dolin recognized three former members of CFC that recently retired. Long time Executive Director, Mark A. Sullivan, Jr., former Head Start Director, Neil Lynch and Arlene Greenhalgh from the finance department.
CFC President James E. Dolin Opening the Annual Meeting
The presentations of scholarships and awards to members of the community were given. Receiving the Edward “Jud” Sullivan Scholarship was Danielle Simoes presented by Jackie Cummings. Ms. Simoes is a 2015 graduate of Westport High School ranking 2nd in her class with a GPA of 4.375. She was a student at CFC’s After School Child Care Program as well as CFC’s Family Child Care program.
Danielle is the President of Students Against Destructive Decisions a member of the National Honor Society and a mentor in the Peer Mentoring Program.
She will be attending Bridgewater State University majoring in education. Her professional goal is to become an elementary teacher in Special Education.
The Adam Clayton Powell Achievement Award was given to Jessica Souza by CFC Treasurer; Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr. Ms. Souza recently graduated from BCC with a GPA of 4.0. She will be entering BCC’s nursing program this fall with hopes of attaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing with the aspiration of becoming a nurse practitioner.
CFC Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr presenting the Adam Clayton Powell Achievement Award to Jessica Souza
Mr. Kosinski explained the importance of the people who the scholarships were named for. Edward “Jud” Sullivan was CFC’s first Executive Director. Adam Clayton Powell, the first African-American Congressman from New York elected to congress. As chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee, Powell presided over passage of federal social programs such as, minimum wage, Medicaid for low-income households and equal wages for women.
Crystal Arpa, CFC Food Pantry Coordinator spoke about Bruce Aldridge, the gentleman who runs the Toys for Tots program with the Marine Corps in Somerset. Ms. Arpa said the Operation Christmas Program has been the recipient of countless toys during the years Mr. Aldridge has been involved with the program. Mr. Aldridge was awarded the Robert J. Nagle Community Service Award for his untiring work for the program.
Also receiving the Robert J. Nagle Community Award for work in the City of Taunton was Kathy Rodriquez. Ms. Rodriquez received toys for her children from the Taunton Operation Christmas Program in the past. Taunton Office Manager, Debbie Araujo, presented the award and told how Ms. Rodriquez contacted her when the company she now works for was seeking a program to donate toys, books, hat and mittens too. Kathy headed up the drive for these donations and delivered two cars full of items for distribution to the children in the Taunton area.
CFC Executive Director, David A. Biltcliffe presenting the annual report
CFC’s Executive Director, David Biltcliffe presented the Director’s annual report. He reported that since his appointment as Executive Director less than five months ago the transition was continuing along well and he looked forward to celebrating CFC’s 50th anniversary. He thanked the board members for their confidence and the staff for their work they provide on a daily basis.