MeMBer neWs – powered by integrated enterprise solutions, inc. Book Buddies program expanded to Orange County’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District thanks to a gift from Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, through the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. Book Buddies is a program of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley that provides adult volunteers an opportunity to read one-on-one with elementaryschool children in first, second and third grades. In addition to books, flash cards and reading games, volunteers work with instruction material from the Reading A-Z program to address students’ individual needs. The students, who are selected by their teacher to participate in the program, are those who are reading below their grade level, need extra practice reading, or lack confidence in their reading ability. For more nformation, visit uwdor.org and LiteracyConnections.org.
ArchCare hires staffer to oversee new facility ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home, a healthcare facility in Rhinebeck recently announced it has named Charissa Brown director of its new Center for Neurodegenerative Care. In her new role, Brown will oversee the programmatic approach for the 38-bed specialized facility, which caters to those with neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). She will ensure all staff meet the needs of this population and that residents’familiesreceivetheeducation and support they need. ArchCare is the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York and one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic Catholic healthcare systems. ArchCare provides quality care to thousands of people of all faiths. For more information, visit ArchCare at www.archcare.org.
Children’s home director to retire this month
Bank hires Business Development Officer
Theresa Kerin, director of development and public relations for the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, recently announced she will retire in early September. Kerin helped establish the development office in 2006 after serving more than 15 years in senior level advancement positions in higher education, followed by several years as a development consultant. Development Associate Erin Cafarelli will assume the director position upon Kerin’s departure. Cafarelli has helped lead the agency’s fundraising and public relations efforts for three years. Established in 1847, the Children’s Home provides services and programs for abused and neglected children. Last year, it served 300 children and their family members, providing a full range of residential treatment services, including campus-based care, community-based group and boarding homes and independent living programming. It also trains and serves foster-home parents. For more information, visit www.childrenshome.us or call 845-452-1420.
Ulster Savings Bank recently announced the hire of Lake Katrine resident Marian A. Odenwald as business development officer for its 180 Schwenk Drive headquarters in Kingston. Odenwald has more than two decades of marketing and sales experience. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the bank’s business development efforts at its 13 branches in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange counties. Odenwald serves on the Leadership Council of Raising HOPE, a women’s mentoring program offered by the United Way of Ulster County, and has chamber memberships in Ulster and Dutchess counties. For more on Ulster Savings, contact Odenwald at 845-3386322 ext. 3279, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ulstersavings.com.
Hopewell Depot starts fundraising for tower The Hopewell Depot Restoration has started a crowd funding campaign to raise cash to build a replica of the tower that stood next to the Depot from 1892 to 1938. The tower will have high-quality restrooms on the first floor and be open to Depot visitors and Dutchess Rail Trail users. The second floor will be a museum withreplicasoftheoriginalswitching equipment used at the time. Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.hopewelldepot. causevox.com or http://hopewelldepot.org. The Hopewell Depot is a restored 1873 train station and museum at 36 Railroad Ave. in Hopewell Junction at the southern end of the Dutchess Rail Trail.
An SBA preferred lender, KeyBank provides investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment products and services to individuals and companies throughout the Hudson Valley. For more information visit www.key.com or call Fred Swint, Vice President/SBA Specialist at 845-483-3031.
Timed event perfect for boosting network
ooking for ways to expand your business network this fall? Chamber Connections is a speed-networking event that allows 40 businesspeople from diverse fields to get acquainted and cultivate professional relationships. Attendees deliver strategic two-minute promotional pitches to all participants. It’s fast, fun and produces results. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and be ready to talk about your business. This month’s event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, at Arbor Ridge Catering, 17 Route 276 and Route 55 in Hopewell Junction. There is no cost to attend. Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to reserve a spot. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
will be available at the event along with a cash bar thanks to the sponsor, Ulster Savings Bank. Founded in 1851. Ulster Savings Bank remains locally focused and operated with locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Every year, Ulster Savings Bank supports hundreds of local organizations throughout our community. To learn more about Ulster Savings, visit www.ulstersavings.com or stop in at a branch near you.
wla tours omega institute
The women’s leadership alliance toured the omega institute campus on august 11, enjoying a buffet lunch and listening to a talk by omega’s Chief external affairs officer Carla goldstein. The day ended with a meditation session in the sanctuary. Thank you to omega institute for sponsoring this inspiring day.
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