Business Community Honors Dr. Daniel M. Asquino at Three Chamber Breakfast

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Visionary. Collaborative. Energetic. Dedicated. Pioneering. Inclusive. A true leader.

 

 

 

These were among the words and phrases used by area legislators, mayors and business leaders to describe retiring Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino during a breakfast sponsored in his honor by three regional Chambers of Commerce.

More than 200 business and community leaders gathered June 24 in the college’s South Café to toast, and occasionally roast, the long-serving president, who has announced his plans to retire in early 2017 following three decades at the helm of the college and 47 years in Massachusetts public higher education.

“Dan’s resume is long and is far reaching, not only in North Central Massachusetts, but throughout the Commonwealth and in higher education nationwide,” said retired State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, who served as master of ceremonies. “He is a visionary leader whose emphasis on community engagement and collaboration has left a continuing legacy.”

The president was lauded for his leadership in key areas, including championing access to higher education; K-12, business and industry and community partnerships; civic engagement; and sustainability.

State Sen. Anne Gobi and State Rep. Jon Zlotnik shared remarks on behalf of the region’s legislative delegation. Additional speakers included Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, who are both alumni of the college; Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale; Raymond LaFond, senior vice president at Enterprise Bank, who spoke on behalf of the college’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors; and Jim Bellina, president of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce.

Bellina, along with Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Fetterhoff and Roy Nascimento, president of the North Central Chamber of Commerce, presented Dr. Asquino with a $1,000 donation to the MWCC Foundation for student scholarships.

“Thank you, President Asquino, for giving us leadership by example,” Bellina said.

Senator Gobi shared a story of working with determined MWCC students on a legislative bill focused on consumer protection as an example of the president’s impact on encouraging young people to become engaged citizens. “Students and the community. That’s something that President Asquino has never, ever forgotten.”

President Asquino acknowledged that there is still much to do during the remainder of his tenure, including completing construction of the college’s $42 million science and technology building and campus renovations. “My focus right now is on Mount Wachusett Community College.”

He said he is most proud of the service provided to students by the college’s faculty and staff, the college’s economic impact on the region, and leadership in academic, workforce and community endeavors.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and to achieve my dream,” President Asquino said. “I certainly will miss all of you. I’ll miss the opportunity this position has given me to give back.”

In addition to the three chambers, event sponsors included Advanced Cable Ties, Inc., Heywood HealthCare, MWCC, HeathAlliance Hospital, Heat Trace Products, Workers’ Credit Union, GFA Federal Credit Union, RCAP Solutions, Perkins, Fidelity Bank, GVNA Healthcare, Inc, Lynde Hardware & Supply, C.M. Chartier Contracting, MassDevelopment, Gervais Ford, Apple Valley Center, IC Federal Credit Union, The Shine Initiative, Enterprise Bank, Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Daly’s Property Shoppe, and the Gardner Redevelopment Authority.

 

2016 Super Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Super Raffle Winners!

$10,000 Grand Prize – #193  Rick Cairns, Midas Auto System Experts

Ticket sold by Jeffrey Ashworth, Athol Savings Bank

$1,000 – #165         Anne LeBlanc and Alan LeBlanc, John’s Sport Shop, Gardner

Sold by Anne LeBlanc, John’s Sport Shop

$750 – #259           Ann Marie Gabis, Templeton

Sold by Chamber Staff

$750 – #40             Andrew Boucher, Boucher Funeral Home, Gardner

Sold by Andrew Boucher, Boucher Funeral Home

$750 – #134            The Labove Family, Charles Lobove

Sold by Ken Tomasetti, Advanced Cable Ties

$750 – #118            GVNA HealthCare Team, Gardner

Sold by Ann Racine, GVNA HealthCare, Inc.

$250 – #21              Aubuchon Hardware Team, Westminster

Sold by Jeffrey Aubuchon, Aubuchon Hardware

$250 – #142             David Huhtala and Paul Huhtala, Huhtala Oil & Propane, Templeton

Sold by Paul Huhtala, Huhtala Oil & Propane

$250 – #140             Joanne Woodcock, Orange

Sold by Chris Woodcock, TYCO/SimplexGrinnell

$250 – #310             Lam Nguyen and Johnny Boupha, Advanced Cable Ties, Gardner

Sold by Ken Tomasetti, Advanced Cable Ties

$250 – #72               Peter Gallant, Sam Gallant, Devin Williams, Brandon Williams, Gardner

Sold by James Gallant, Priscilla Candy Shop

Thank You to Our Ticket Sellers

Super Sellers

Jeffrey Ashworth, Athol Savings Bank

Ken Tomasetti, Advanced Cable Ties

Anne LeBlanc, John’s Sport Shop

Joseph G. Sova, Avidia Bank

Paul Huhtala, Huhtala Oil & Propane

Michael Budwick, Gardner Ten Pins

Jeffrey Gallant, CPA

Ken LaBrack

Andrew Boucher, Boucher Funeral Home

Dawn Casavant, Heywood Hospital

Additional Sellers

Jeffrey Aubuchon, Aubuchon Hardware

Scot Barrett, BDO USA, LLP

Jacqueline Belrose, Mount Wachusett Community College

Greg Charland, Charland Technology

Christof Chartier, C.M. Chartier Contracting

Stephen Coswell, Plantscape Services, LLC

Chris Daly, Daly’s Property Shoppe

Anthony DeSando

Celeste Drake, Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc.

Caroline Fluet, UNITIL

Arthur Gagne, Eastern Propane & Oil

James Gallant, Priscilla Candy Shop

Sarah Galvin, Barre Savings Bank

Attorney Mark Goldstein, Law Office of Mark A. Goldstein

Ryan McGuane, Advent Financial Planners

Attorney Ann Meilus, Landry & Meilus, LLP

Kandi Perry, AGERA Energy

Ann Racine, GVNA HealthCare, Inc.

Chris Woodcock, TYCO/SimplexGrinnell

Thank you to our event sponsor Williams Restaurant

 

Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour Tickets, donated by Agera Energy, to be raffled off!

Agera Energy has donated two tickets for Comcast Coliseum Club Seats at the XL Center in Hartford CT for the Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour performance on Sat. Feb. 27, 2016 8:00 pm.

The Chamber will hold a raffle drawing for these tickets in early February 2016.

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, by phone at 978-632-1780 or online Here

The Comcast Coliseum Club and Restaurant features 310 theater-style seats overlooking the arena floor, private entrance, 34 HD Flatscreen TVs, in-seat dining service, and a full service bar.

 

Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee presents a Special Lunch Program with MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee, in conjunction with the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, The Gardner Rotary Club and the Athol-Orange Rotary Club, will present a Special Lunch Program with MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

Monday, Nov. 30, 12 noon- 1:30 pm, Williams Restaurant, Gardner, 184 Pearson Blvd. Gardner MA, 01440.

Attendance is $25.00 per person. Advance registration is required by Friday, November 20.

For more information or to register, contact the Chamber at 978-632-1780, or register and pay online Here.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tickets donated by Agera Energy to be raffled off on Nov. 6!

Agera Energy has donated two tickets for Comcast Coliseum Club Seats at the XL Center in Hartford CT for the Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:30 pm performance of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

The Chamber will hold a raffle drawing for these tickets on Friday, November 6, 2015

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, by phone at 978-632-1780 or online Here.

The Comcast Coliseum Club and Restaurant features 310 theater-style seats overlooking the arena floor, private entrance, 34 HD Flatscreen TVs, in-seat dining service, and a full service bar.

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce supports the City’s Eminent Domain moves.

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce applauds the announcement of the Gardner Redevelopment Authority’s eminent domain seizing of the old cinema at 32 Parker Street.

We view this as a most positive step in the revitalization of downtown Gardner.

The process of eminent domain and individual property rights are, by definition, in conflict and the business community should always be cognizant and perhaps wary. In addition it is always difficult for longtime residents of a great community such as Gardner to see buildings with memories eliminated.

In this situation, however, it is certain that this was the right move regarding the property. A useless and dangerous eyesore is of little value to anyone. Demolition alone will bring improvement to the property and, more importantly, it will open the door of potential for the downtown area.

The City of Gardner has an excellent Urban Renewal Plan. The recent taking of the building at 158 Rear Main St. and this seizure are part of that plan. While progress might not be as fast as some would like, there has been nothing but progress for the last several years. The Gardner Redevelopment Authority and City of Gardner are to be congratulated and encouraged toward further positive moves.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tickets donated by Agera Energy to be raffled off on Nov. 6!

Agera Energy has donated two tickets for Comcast Coliseum Club Seats at the XL Center in Hartford CT for the Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:30 pm performance of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

The Chamber will hold a raffle drawing for these tickets on Friday, November 6, 2015

Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, by phone at 978-632-1780 or online Here.

The Comcast Coliseum Club and Restaurant features 310 theater-style seats overlooking the arena floor, private entrance, 34 HD Flatscreen TVs, in-seat dining service, and a full service bar.

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gardner to host “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts”

The Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gardner are pleased to announce that they will hold a seminar, “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts”. This seminar is designed to help local vendors and contractors better understand the process for doing business with the City of Gardner and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The session will be held on Tuesday, October 20 2015, 7:30-10:00 am in the Community Room of the Gardner Police Station at 200 Main Street, Gardner

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 am. Subject presentations will begin at 8:00 am

There is no charge to attend “The ABC’s of Local Government Contracts” and the seminar is open to all businesses, Chamber members and non-members.

Advance registration is requested. To register or for more information, please contact the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce at 978-632-1780. Registration is also available online Here

Multi Chamber Networking Event, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Great Wolf Lodge 5-7:30 pm

We are doing it again, this time with SIX Chambers!

Last year’s event at the Great Wolf Lodge was incredibly successful and even more business people will attend this year.

Participating Chambers of Commerce for 2015 are:

Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce

North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce

Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Admission is $20.00 for Chamber Members, $50.00 for non-Members

To register call 978-632-1780 or order online at: http://www.gardnerma.com/members/make-payment/