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Jean Mineo, Medfield Foundation 2017 volunteer of the year

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Jean Mineo – 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Jean Mineo was selected as the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year just last month by the judges.  Jean was nominated by both Chris McCue Potts and Minta Hissong, a first having the same person nominated more than once in one year.  Jean and all the remarkable eight other Medfield volunteers who were nominated this year will be celebrated at the reception next Sunday, March 19 at 3PM at The Center. The public is invited to attend.

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsored the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards and support was also received from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below in the order they were received are the nominations first by Chris McCue Potts, and then the one by Minta Hissong.


 

It is no secret that Jean Mineo is the “chief cultural Officer” for the town of Medfield — past, present and future! Her past work includes making possible innovative and visually interesting community art, including a sculpture trail at MSH site, power boxes painted with historical or other images relative to Medfield, and outdoor pianos for all to enjoy. Additionally, Jean founded the Cultural Alliance of Medfield so that the town would have an active cultural projects/events/advocacy organization to supplement the grant-making role of the Medfield Cultural Council. Her current work involves a number of initiatives, from making the vision of the Straw Hat Park and Holiday Stroll both a reality — and highly successful ones indeed evidenced by Town Meeting support for park funding, and the enormous turnout and positive feedback on the 2nd annual Stroll!  For both endeavors, Jean had to oversee all aspects — from fundraising, volunteer and partner recruitment, political navigation, logistical details, publicity and so much more.  Through it all, Jean always does it thoughtfully, with a calm and focused demeanor, and in a way that inspires others to get involved. Rarely does Jean get frustrated when confronted with a hurdle or challenge (which is sure to happen) — she just focuses on what needs to get done to keep things moving forward.

A hugely beneficial initiative that Jean led was the town matching initiative for Medfield Cultural Council funding for local nonprofits. For very little money (but big impact), Jean successfully made the case for the match, rallied residents to turn out for the Town Meeting vote (and speak up), and then played a role in making sure residents knew what kind of impact the doubling of available funding could have on local cultural groups and projects, including Zullo Gallery, Gazebo Players, Medfield Music Association, Medfield Public Library, and others.

Jean’s current efforts serving on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, have the potential to provide future payoff with expansion of the town’s cultural offerings. She has spent countless hours pulling together local cultural groups and representatives who have a shared vision for the huge impact cultural initiatives/a cultural focus could have at the MSH site. Her work has required endless meetings, bringing in unpaid expertise for a visioning session, rallying the community to support the hiring of a paid consultant to conduct and report back on a feasibility study, and building relationships and navigating all levels of town politics, and the work is ongoing. Jean even launched an artistic competition for the creative reuse of the old waterworks gears from the MSH site!

Jean’s commitment to Medfield’s cultural vitality and overall town character, and the impact her time and energy has made on our community, is nothing short of amazing.

In terms of impact and results, consider this:

1) The thousands of people who have visited and enjoyed the Straw Hat Park so far…including all of the attractions that were in place prior to the official ribbon-cutting in the fall of 2016. This includes piano players, sidewalk chalk art viewers, and so many others wanting to envision the possibilities!

2) The thousands of people who have taken part in the Holiday Stroll for the past two years – whether volunteers, residents, out of town visitors, or artisans selling their works or providing services. The Stroll helped deepen the sense of community that is so strong in Medfield, and helped to lift so many spirits. The community-wide event also helps to support the livelihood of many artists, and also showcase Medfield’s own
artistic talents, including visual and musical.

3) The thousands of people who drive or walk by and appreciate all of the various community art Jean has made possible through the Art in Public Places initiative (via Medfield Foundation).

4) The tens of thousands of people who will benefit if MSH redevelopment includes one or more cultural components – this would include residents, visitors and contributing artists.

As a testament to Jean’s work as former head of the Medfield Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded her with a Leadership Circle Award in 2015, and the town recognized her contributions with a special event at the Zullo Gallery. https://www.mass-culture.org/lca_honorees.aspx

In addition to all of Jean’s cultural work, she served on the MAP board (including president) and has also been actively volunteering with community projects sponsored by United Church of Christ in Medfield (prior to and separate from working there).

Jean Mineo is long overdue for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Let’s make 2017 her year!

 


 

I am nominating Jean Mineo for the volunteer of the year award. Jean serves on many boards, organizations, and donates hours of her time to our town. I will focus on one of her big accomplishments of 2016, the Straw Hat Park. This park would not have been created but for Jean’s vision, drive, patience, knowledge and fortitude. I was lucky enough to be on the Straw Hat Park committee with Jean from the beginning when we first started meeting in December of 2013! Jean worked tirelessly from the beginning when in the summer of 2013 she started gathering ideas for the park with public art in the space. From there the selectman gave her permission to gather a team and see what could be done with the pocket park. Jean spent hours and hours on administration, attending meetings, meeting with key players in town, surveys, PR, social media guru, fundraising, speaking at town meetings, and finally working with the tradesman to get the work done. It was her project and she kept plugging away when politics and obstacles got in the way. I watched her work from behind the scenes and her dedication to our town is second to none. She always had a way to make it work. The Straw Hat Park is a beautiful new space in our town that is already getting a lot of use. This creation of this space from dirt/grass to our new park is because of Jean’s work and she deserves to be formally recognized. Thank you for the consideration.
-Minta Hissong

MCPE’s Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament 3/24

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MCPE will host its second annual Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament, at the American Legion in Medfield on Friday, March 24. LCR is a fast-paced team dice game. This highly entertaining game of luck promises a night of laughs and fun, and a chance at winning $100! LCR is played in teams of eight to ten players. Visit www.medfieldcoalition.org for more information or to register your team. All event proceeds will support grants to the Medfield Public Schools.

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The Trac(e)y’s – MFi volunteer awards nominees for the ANGP

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Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers

The Trac(e)y’s, Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers, were nominated for the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by Ann Whitla for chairing the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) for three years.

The Trac(e)y’s and all the other remarkable 2017 volunteer nominees will be feted and honored for their service to the town at the reception at 3 PM on March 19 at The Center.  The public is invited to attend and be inspired – come to hear the magical stories from the nine 2017 volunteers of what they have done, and leave amazed.

Brothers Marketplace is the generous sponsor of the 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards, with support also from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below is Ann Whitla’s nomination of The Trac(e)y’s:


 

Representing an army of All Night Graduation Party volunteers who happily toil under
the brilliant leadership and tireless efforts of Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers, I enthusiastically nominate “The Trac(e)ys” for the Medfield Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

The All Night Graduation Party (ANGP), celebrating its 25th year in 2017, takes place at
Medfield High School from 9pm – Sam on graduation night and is one of the most highly anticipated traditions for Medfield graduates. Over 4,500 MHS seniors have celebrated their graduation at the ANGP and each year, 97% of the graduating class (200+ students) attend this extraordinary event. MHS is truly transformed for the ANGP, with 15 distinct areas of the school decorated in the spirit of that year’s theme. So complete is the transformation that students often forget they’re at school. Instead, they might enter the world of Harry Potter or Candy Land, or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beyond the phenomenal decorating, the party is buzzing all night long with activities to delight and entertain for eight full hours, from dancing and blackjack to jumping castles and magicians. At the ANGP, kids who have been together since kindergarten come together for one last joyous gathering – a festive farewell that requires a community of volunteers to pull off, and the leadership of The Trac(e)ys.

ACTION – what do the nominees actually do

2017 marks the third year Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers have co-chaired the ANGP, an eight hour event that requires nine months of planning and execution.

In 2016, work began even earlier, as The Trac(e)ys decided to participate in Medfield
Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ANGP. Their award-winning booth raised
much needed funds and significantly raised awareness of the event within the greater
Medfield community.

Party planning begins in October, as The Trac(e)ys recruit captains to head up
decorating, fundraising, food and beverage, prizes and gifts, and chaperone
coordination. They also recruit the 100+ volunteers required to assist these captains.
They also oversee early stage meetings where the party theme is established and nine
month plans are put in place. Every decision is made with the graduating seniors in
mind – what will make it festive and fun and memorable for them.

Throughout, The Trac(e)ys also manage the enormous fundraising arm necessary to
pull off such a large scale event. The cost of the ANGP is typically $30,000-35,000, or
$150 per student – a bargain for an eight-hour non-stop extravaganza. The ANGP
receives no funding from the school and, while much of the funding comes through
contributions by graduates’ families, all contributions are voluntary. The party is open to all graduates regardless of their ability to contribute. The ANGP Fashion Show (another tradition, where senior students model the latest prom fashions), a solicitation mailing to all Medfield residents, and a one-day fundraiser at Roche Brothers provide additional funds, all managed by The Trac(e)ys. The Trac(e)ys’ fundraising efforts mean that every year they’re able to break even.

In January and February, The Trac(e)ys meet with the decorating captains  (one-on-one and at larger meetings) to ensure all the captains understand the theme and have a plan for their designated area. They brainstorm the design, needed materials, and how to display the theme in the best possible way, while still allowing for the safe movement of kids in each room. January is also the time when The Trac(e)ys work with the Fashion Show co-chairs to begin planning that event.
Every Wednesday night, from the first of March through graduation, The Trac(e)ys host decorating workshops, assisting the decorating captains and their teams of volunteers to help bring their artistic vision to life. The Trac(e)ys purchase supplies, coordinate collections of craft materials, and all the while, behind the scenes, continue to head up fundraising, safety, banking, prize and gift purchasing, chaperone recruitment, and record keeping.

And then the party weekend arrives. The Trac(e)ys coordinate the transformation of a school into a party in just a matter of hours. The school is turned over to the ANGP at 3pm on Friday. The Trac(e)ys lead the 100+ volunteers who work into the night (and often into Saturday morning), installing the elaborate decorations and setting up food stations and entertainment venues. Everything must be completed by Saturday, when the Fire and Police Chiefs come through to perform their inspections. Saturday afternoon The Trac(e)ys play host to the Medfield public, who are invited to tour and admire the amazing display (if you haven’t yet done this, I encourage you to go – you will be blown away!). The Trac(e)ys host another tour, for the graduates’ families, following graduation on Sunday afternoon. Graduates themselves are not allowed in ahead of the party – the theme and decorations are a closely guarded secret.

During the event itself, The Trac(e)ys oversee all aspects of the party. They manage the arrival and display of food and beverages (with multiple vendors providing a  variety of food choices, staggered throughout the night). Each student leaves the party with several gifts and prizes (typically dorm room items), which have been coordinated, shopped for and delivered to the school by another host of volunteers,  under the direction of The Trac(e)ys. They also oversee the Volunteer Chairs, who coordinate the staffing of chaperones across three different time slots. When the party ends at Sam, another team of volunteers comes in to disassemble and clean the entire space. Just two hours later, at ?am, undergraduates arrive for Monday morning classes.

Following the party, The Trac(e)ys catalog and store all reusable decorations and
supplies, conduct follow up meetings and surveys to collect feedback for the following
year, and wrap up the financial paperwork.

NEED – what community need do they address

The ANGP provides Medfield’s graduates with a phenomenal, inclusive, memorable, safe, and drug and alcohol-free evening – with nearly 100% participation. In fact, the Medfield ANGP is so good that The Trac(e)ys often host visits by other school committees looking to emulate Medfield’s success.

In the words of Police Chief Meaney, “In many communities, graduation night is a night when you hope that nothing bad happens. Unfortunately, having hope about anything is very nice but it is not a plan to deal with a situation. In Medfield, we have a positive event for each Medfield High School graduate to attend. That is what the All Night Graduation Party accomplishes with style and surprise each year. I went to several as a parent and I have attended each one since 2006 as Chief. The best part is watching the expression on the faces of the new alumni as they walk into a building that has been transformed. The number of young people who I watch and listen to each year as they come up to parent volunteers and sincerely thank them for their efforts is remarkable. You know you have filled a need when you see the expression on their faces. It is always the best part of the night for me.”

IMPACT – how does their work make a difference

The Medfield community comes together to ensure our children are well-cared for on a night that could otherwise go disastrously wrong. It’s an opportunity for parents and
friends of graduating seniors to give their children one last wonderful gift before leaving.

Again, Chief Meaney writes, “As far as impact, the record will show that nearly all the
graduates show up that night. Some of these young adults have been together since pre-K and this will be the last time that they are all together in one place. They don’t want to miss it. I rest much easier that night knowing where most of the graduating class is. There is a lot of supervision that night but you really don’t see the graduates’ fun being the least bit crushed. They have a brilliant time. All you have to do is be there for a couple hours to understand the positive impact of this night.”

INSPIRE – in what ways do they inspire others to contribute

From several ANGP volunteers inspired by the work and leadership of The Trac(e)ys:

“The Trac(e)ys exude enthusiasm, high energy, and fun, which is how they recruit the 100+ volunteers required for this event. For months, they roll up their sleeves and keep the laughs coming. They lead, they manage, they oversee – but by all means, they work, right alongside every other volunteer, to make every ANGP the best it can be. Volunteers are motivated to do their best because of the passion and commitment of The Trac(e)ys, and we have a great time along the way, enjoying the preparations as
much as the graduating seniors enjoy the party itself.”

“The Trac(e)ys together make an incredible team. Both have competencies that play off each other and allow them to successfully create and lead a huge team of volunteers to a truly fabulous result. Tracy Fedak has boundless energy and an artistic eye. Tracey Rogers is detail oriented, organized and works behind the scenes diligently to manage the administrative process. They bring out the best in each other as well as the best in everyone else. They inspire all of us to contribute, to work hard, and to have fun.”

“It seems a natural fit that Tracey Rogers and Tracy Fedak would take the reins as ANGP co-chairs. Both are born hostesses with a great knack for entertaining and hospitality. Oftentimes, Tracey and Tracy open their homes for ANGP committee and decorating meetings, putting out a spread of food and drink and making everyone feel welcome. Remarkably, they pulled off one of the most amazingly decorated ANGPs for a large class that included their own children. That gift of time and dedication speaks volumes.”

And finally, from Robert Parga, Principal of Medfield High School:

“The All-Night Grad Party is an event that our seniors look forward to each year. It’s an opportunity for them to celebrate one last time as a class and to share memories and reflect on their time as students in the Medfield Public Schools. Most importantly, the event provides a safe and supportive social environment for the graduates. I have always been amazed at the amount of work that goes into putting that whole night together. Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rodgers have spent countless hours over the past several years volunteering their time to the Medfield High School community. What
they have done with the ANGP is above and beyond what any school could ask for. They are creating memories for our students and their efforts are to be applauded.”

POST SCRIPT:

As if their work co-chairing the ANGP isn’t enough, The Trac(e)ys donate their time in other ways as well. Tracy Fedak joined the Blake PTO as co-president shortly after moving to Medfield and performs volunteer work at her church.

Tracey Rogers has been very active in Girl Scouts, is co-vice president at the Medfield Food Cupboard, ran the Rocky Woods Feast at Wheelock as well as the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Blake.

Thank you for your consideration of this nomination. For any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ann Whitla
419 Main Street
Medfield
617-763-8775
ann.humphrey@gmail.com

Angel Run opportunity

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This from the Angel Run –

The MFi Angel Run is looking for a volunteer to chair the Publicity Coordinator position. This person will coordinate press releases, social media and other marketing activities. This is a two year commitment with the first year working directly with the current chair with the goal of transitioning the role fully in the second year. The role requires approximately 1-2 hours per week August – December. If you are interested, please email Rose Colleran (rosecolleran@yahoo.com) for additional information.

Angel Run funds relief to families in need

Medfield Youth Outreach and Pastor Phil of the UCC explained why the Medfield Foundation’s Angel Run has become so important to Medfield families in need – this was MYO and Pastor Phil’s letter to the editor before the race –

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Medfield Youth Outreach urges residents to participate in the 2016 Angel Run! Whether through running the race or the many facets of volunteer help needed, your participation makes a difference.  What other event in town so seamlessly builds community? The MFI took the Angel Run on in 2012 as they saw a community event that was slated to end, that met a critical need for residents.  The majority of the proceeds from the Angel Run serve residents who have come upon hard times.

The Angel Run is so much more than just a 5K race.  It is a joyous event that fills so many community needs. Whether finding an opportunity to give back and volunteer, running a race that builds one’s running statistics, or enjoying a family fun event close to the holidays, participants may be unaware that this is just the beginning of how this race blesses members of the community. From its inception, a large portion of the race’s proceeds have met the needs of residents who have hit hard times through the Angel Run Fund.   All of this is done confidentially through Medfield Youth Outreach (MYO) and in partnership with Pastor Phil and the staff of The United Church of Christ in Medfield.  While MYO provides the screening for the Angel Run Fund requests, the UCC-Medfield distributes the funds and provides as a secondary screening source for accountability purposes.  MYO is uniquely poised to field the requests for financial assistance, and form ongoing relationships with residents, through their requests, opening them up to additional services and supports that benefit their home and family. The following is a few examples of how the funds raised by the race benefitted residents over the past year.  The stories have been altered to preserve confidentiality.

Merry Jo contacted the MYO office in late February.  She could not pay her whole rent as so much of her income had been going to afford the child care that helps her sustain her job. “When my husband left, I went back to work.  It has been impossible to find a job that pays as well as my job did before I left the workforce to raise my children. The costs of child care, my rent, utilities, and car expenses often surpass what I am bringing home.  My kids have been through so much. They have lost their house, moved to an apartment and are grieving the loss of the breakdown of my marriage. I had to use part of my rent money to cover a car repair.  I was issued a letter that the land lord will take me to court if I can’t pay my rent in full soon.”  The Angel Run Fund stepped in to cover the portion of missing rent.  MYO then met with Merry Jo to apply for fuel assistance, food resources, and child care resources that took some of the financial pressure off of the family. A thank you letter appeared a few weeks later: “Dear Angels, You all have no idea what the rental help meant to me.  Beyond helping me and my kids keep our apartment, I felt less alone for the first time in a very long while. I feel like things might actually get better. Thank you again and again…thank you.”

The Hardees are long term Medfield residents.  Both parents were employed and the family enjoyed a comfortable middle class life.  When Mrs. Hardee got sick, she eventually had to leave her job.  The care -giving demands placed on her husband forced him to step down from his job and take a lower paying position with less responsibility.  The family was barely making ends meet when they came to MYO for help.  They had amassed a large utility bill, that during the winter could not be shut off, but as spring arrived came the new shut off threats from the utility company. The stress from the fear of shut off was too much for Mr. Hardee to carry.  “I am humbled.  I never thought this could happen to us.  We were just one illness away from practically losing everything. Between the medical bills, less income, and so many demands on our income as the kids get older…I never owed anybody anything and now I can’t pay for my utilities and my credit cards are to the max!” MYO reached out to Pastor Phil at UCC with an Angel Run Fund Request toward the Hardee’s utility bill.  The request was met in full so that the family could divert its resources elsewhere. MYO then referred the family to Medfield Angels/Neighbor Brigade to provide meals for the family during the medical crisis and sports organizations to help with scholarships for the children.  Through the Angel Run Fund’s giving significant stress was reduced for this family.

The Angel Run keeps our most vulnerable residents connected to the community and reminds them that even though times are tough, they still are valuable and thought of.  Be a part of bringing this joy to the community, both through the run this December 4th, and through the year via the Angel Run Fund.

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season,

Dawn Alcott, LICSW, Director, Medfield Youth Outreach

Pastor Phil Bauman, United Church of Christ Medfield

MHS Jazz at Lovell’s & Blue Moon this weekend

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MHS Jazz at Lovell’s & Blue Moon this weekend

 

The jazz will be flowing from the greenhouse and bakery!  Take a break from holiday craziness and cold temps, and stop into the colorful greenhouse at Lovell’s Nursery on Saturday, Dec. 10, or take in the warmth and great aromas at Blue Moon on Sunday, Dec. 11, to hear some music from members of MHS Jazz Band!  The students will be fundraising for their trip to Cuba in April. All donations are welcome; checks should be made payable to Medfield Music Association (receipts available on site).

 

Lovell’s Nursery (greenhouse) w/hot cocoa & candy canes!

Saturday, Dec. 10 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.

 

MHS Jazz performers:

Francis Brooke

Brigitte Cronin

Dana Cruickshank

Micah Grinnell

Nolan Melia

Joe Pagliazzo

Justin Plakias

Brendan Tormey

Jack Wagenseller

 

Blue Moon

Sunday, Dec. 11 – 9:30-10:30 a.m.

 

MHS Jazz performers:

Melanie Baime

Gavin Connolly

Julie Han

Kyle Infantino

Patrick O’Connor

Dan Stromland

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2016 Angel Run race results

 

Angel Run race results
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The Results are In!

What a difference 24 hours makes. Natasha was surely smiling down on all of us yesterday for the 11th annual Angel Run. It was a beautiful day and another very successful event. Thank you to everyone that volunteered, donated or participated.

A proper thank you will be coming out soon but for now we have received a number of requests for how to find out finish times. You can view your time on Cool Running.

We will be sending out more information on how to get copies of photos and more. If you haven’t already done so, we ask that you Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter so you can get important updates. So for now, on behlaf of the Medfield Foundation, thank you!

 

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