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         24th Annual Meeting

Barr Foundation President Speaks at Community Foundation's 24TH Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th with a keynote address from Jim Canales, President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts held its 24th Annual Meeting at the UMass Dartmouth Charlton College of Business.  With an audience of more than 110, the Community Foundation announced its new Strategic Plan and elected two new board members and eight new corporators.

Guest speaker Jim Canales shared with the group the Barr Foundation’s appreciation of the critical role of community foundations as strategic partners and leaders on behalf of their regions.  Acknowledging the evolution of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts over the past few years under the leadership of John Vasconcellos, Canales stressed the importance of “investing in leaders who are effective, visionary, and collaborative, as we know they motivate others, drive change, and produce results”.

Canales discussed the importance the Barr Foundation’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative - its partnership with five community foundations throughout the Commonwealth - as it strives to address the challenges behind access to funding and the opportunity to experience art and creativity as unequally distributed throughout Massachusetts. Canales closed out his comments with a compelling argument of the importance of art and creativity as essential to vibrant, inclusive communities, and not merely as a vehicle for economic development.

President John Vasconcellos announced the adoption of a strategic plan, Re-Commitment 2019-2023.  The new plan calls for robust investment in expanding and improving the capacity of the Community Foundation, ownership of its role as a catalyst for effective philanthropy, and a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of our region with a particular focus on education, arts and culture, and economic opportunity. Vasconcellos also acknowledged the departure of Val Bassett from the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts and the importance of this next phase for the Fund as it embraces its own new strategic plan.

The Community Foundation also elected two new members to its Board of Directors: Priscilla Ditchfield, Marion resident, retired financial systems professional, and long-time volunteer and supporter of various non-profits with a particular emphasis on the arts; and Trish Arnold, Mattapoisett resident, retired educational consultant, and avid volunteer with educational institutions.

Elected as officers were Linda Bodenmann, Chair, Eric Strand, Vice Chair, Louis Sousa, Treasurer, Carl Cruz, Clerk and Seth Garfield, Immediate Past Chair.

The Community Foundation also elected a new class of Corporators: Michael Benevides, Terry Boyle, Gail Fortes, Doug Glassman, Helena Hartnett, Jayne Rebello Korn, Charlie Merrow and Stacy Mullaney.

Linda Bodenmann also acknowledged the service of two outgoing Board Members, Terry Boyle and Erik Domingues.