I heard Dr. Potee speak over a year ago, and she is really good. This is the flyer –
I heard Dr. Potee speak over a year ago, and she is really good. This is the flyer –
Ron Griffin emailed town officials yesterday to confirm his long planned, and much deferred, retirement as the town’s Veterans Service Officer, leaving huge shoes to be filled.
First and foremost, I want to thank Ron for his exemplary and expansive service to the Town of Medfield, its veterans, and really, by his extension of the scope of the VSO work, to all of our residents. It has been one of my great pleasures to see how he used that VSO position to make so many things happen to honor the veterans, but also to involve so many facets of the town in the process. Thanks to Ron the Blake Middle School students now meet annually with veterans, Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year honorees receive flags flown over the Capital, the town this year is honoring Vietnam War vets, and the town now celebrates all veterans on Veterans Day with a breakfast in their honor served by the Medfield High School students from their Warriors for Warriors club. Also, through his Legion connections, housing for veterans is now being explored at the Legion. Ron is clearly a leader of both vision and action.
The defeat of Ron’s motion to amend the Veterans Service Officer budget at the annual town meeting (ATM) was the low point of that meeting. That was when I first learned that the Warrant Committee was not supporting that funding request, and the issue had not been discussed by selectmen. In hindsight, I wish I had added a plea for support on its behalf, since the expanded position could have coordinated with Medfield Youth Outreach and the Council on Aging to serve those most in need in Medfield (see Ron’s proposal below).
Below are Ron’s email, and then Ron’s previously presented plan for the expanded VSO position. Maybe a future town meeting, as a tribute to Ron Griffin and his extraordinary service to all Medfield residents, will enact his recommendations:
April 27, 2017
Dear Selectman Pete Petersen, Mike Marcucci, Gus Murby and Town Manager Mike Sullivan
In October of 2015 I submitted my intention to retire at the end of that fiscal year. I gave advance notice so as to give the town time to prepare a solution to the states full time service officer requirement and to find a suitable replacement. When neither was accomplished by the end of that fiscal year, I agreed to continue in my position until December 2016 with the understanding that the town would be able to find a replacement and achieve state compliance by that time frame. Now the 2018 fiscal year is approaching and to the best of my knowledge there has been no advancement by the town to fill the position nor actions planned to secure compliance to the State’s General Law.
This places me in the intolerable position to abandon my post, which I will do at the end of this fiscal year.
As the position of Veteran Service Officer carry’s with it appointments to the Memorial Day Committee and Committee to Study Memorials, I am resigning from those committees as of July 1, 2017.
As the town moves forward to find solutions to serve it’s veteran population I fear it will encounter difficulties. If the town tries to fill the position and not also meet compliance with State law, the appointment will be rejected by the State. In addition the state might freeze certain Veteran reimbursements through the Cherry Sheet until the town is in compliance. The State is under some pressures to take actions on the few communities that are not in compliance with State Law in providing Veteran Services. I fear Medfield will become the example used to prod other communities into compliance. I also fear that the veteran community statewide along with the media, will strongly vocalize and condemn the town for its non-actions to bring the town into compliance with the state law. I also fear the Town of Medfield will be depicted as hostile community to veterans. This will greatly sadden me, as I know the Town of Medfield is one of the most supportive veteran communities in the state.
It is also possible that none of my fears will materialize. However it is these undesirable real fears along with a strong concern to insure that the valuable services provided by this office continue without interruption that has motivated me to continue my duties throughout this past fiscal year.
Please understand, I regret the actions I am taking now. I trust you can agree that I have done all that I could to insure that an orderly transition of my position was achieved.
Until then, I remain at your service.
Medfield Veteran Service Officer
From Tracey Rogers, ANGP Co-chair –
Please support the CLASS of 2017 by making a donation to this year’s All Night Graduation Party (ANGP). Medfield’s ANGP is a time-honored tradition that has provided a safe and fun way for Seniors to celebrate on graduation night for 25 years. The party held at the Medfield High School could not take place without the support of our community. Graduation Day is Sunday, June 4th, for 218 Medfield Seniors. Use the blue form in the ANGP flyer that was recently sent to all Medfield residents or simply mail your contribution to MHS All Night Graduation Party, PO Box 38, Medfield, MA 02052. On-line donations can be made at medfieldhspto.org. THANK YOU!
Tracey Rogers nominated Linda Frawley for the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards mainly for her work with Girl Scouts, but also for her All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) and Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) service.
This was Tracey’s nomination:
St. Francis would tell his disciples, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” I begin my nomination for Linda with this quote as I can think of no better way to convey her lead-by-example style and dedication to Medfield Girls Scouts (MGS) over her 13 year involvement.
During this period, Linda has served in many capacities. Most notable was her six year tenure as Service Unit Manager where she was responsible for both the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for MGS. Each year MGS typically encompasses nearly 400 girl scouts and their familes and over 75 adult troop leaders. Additionally, Linda has served as a troop/patrol leader (12yrs), community service coordinator (3yrs), treasurer (3yrs), CORI coordinator (5yrs) and she has organized the following events – end of the year Bridging ceremony for Scouts (5yrs), the parent/volunteer appreciation dinner (3yrs), encampment for over 100 scouts (4yrs) and MGS’ 100th anniversary celebration in 2016.
As you can see, Linda is a doer. No job is too big or too small for her. Her efforts have increased awareness of the benefits of scouting to Medfield families and within the overall community. This is why MGS is one of the largest and longest running service units in the Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ organization.
Linda has taken the principles of a national organization that is steeped with tradition and shaped them into a relavent and vibrant LOCAL girl scout organization that meets the needs of girls ranging in the age from five to 17. She accomplished this by developing a program that offers scouts a range of opportunities to grow as individuals and at their own pace as well as one that equally supports adult troop leaders working with scouts in the field.
But more importantly, Linda has made a true impact on the lives of the girl scouts themselves. Even with all her managerial responsibilities, Linda maintained her role as patrol/troop leader for her daughter’s grade as she never lost sight of the importance of working directly with the girls and the significance of her time with her daughter, Hannah. Under Linda’s guidance, 17 scouts in the Class of 2016 bridged to adults and eight of the scouts earned Gold Awards – the highest award a girl scout can attain.
The benefits of a strong and active MGS to the Medfield community are numerous. MGS is an organization that is open and accessible to all Medfield girls. It is an organization that is collaborative and works to improve the common good. For example, MGS is one of the largest supporters of the Medfield Food Cupboard, organizes the annual Spring clean-up at Wheelock fields, visits regulary at Upham House, Tilden and COA. Linda’s work has built MGS into what it is today – an organization that Medfield non-profits have come to depend. When she retired last year, she left in place an infrastructure and culture that will support MGS for many years.
When I think of Linda the following expressions come to the forefront – gets the job done, breath of fresh air, sigh of relief and tireless worker. With these characteristics in mind, please accept my nomination of Linda Frawley for MFi’s Volunteer of the Year. Given the longevity, scope and lasting results of her work in the Medfield community, she is truly the most befitting choice for this award this year.
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
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.”
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.
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Lily was nominated by Beth Sancher, her Mentor/Adviser at Medfield High School, who submitted the following nomination:
Lily Doctoroff will change the world without any pomp or circumstance.
I first met Lily when she was in 3rd grade. And from that moment I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. Lily, at a young age, possessed a quiet confidence rarely found in adults, let alone in a child and to this day carries herself in such a manner.
Lily has performed more service for others than most adults I know. While many volunteer in a desultory fashion in order to “pad up” a resume, Lily does not. She’d actually be repulsed by the idea.
Let me tell you why Lily Doctoroff is the ideal candidate for Medfield Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Since 5th grade Lily has given back to her community through her volunteer efforts with the Vine Lake Cemetery Restoration Committee. As part of her service she has cleaned gravestones, helped maintain the grounds, and participated in large-scale clean-up events.
At the age of fourteen, Lily organized the “Bigger than Bullying” initiative created to combat bullying and its impact on the community, and to raise money for several anti-bullying organizations. She designed this program to increase awareness and empower middle school students to fight back against bullying. The program was so successful that it was incorporated by the Ben Speaks Foundation, a prominent local anti-suicide and bullying organization.
For the past two years Lily has been an intern and a member of the Medfield State Hospital Planning Committee. In her volunteer role she is responsible for the meeting minutes, writing a weekly newsletter, and she also wrote articles for the town newspaper. As a member of the Communications Sub-Committee, Lily has worked with town officials on the use of social and traditional media to maintain dialogue on the ongoing work of the committee between town and residents.
This past year, Lily has added one more act of service to her large repertoire and has volunteered at New Life Home Refurnishing. New Life Home is a local non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and refurbishing furniture to supply individuals and families in need with furniture when they find new homes after overcoming difficult situations. Lily has personally refurbished over 25 kitchen sets over the course of a three month period.
Lily’s volunteer efforts are also demonstrated in her school-life.
As a 9th grader, Lily decided that Medfield High School needed a Gender Equality Club and sought out an advisor and a space to hold the meetings. The club was founded with the intention of promoting awareness of gender and sexuality in society and provide a forum for political discussions within the school and larger community. As the president of the club, Lily partnered with the Medfield Gay Straight Alliance to fundraise for LGBT homeless youth.
Lily is also the president of the Medfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. In her role as President this year Lily has led multiple fundraisers such as selling candy bars in order to raise money for the senior scholarships. Not only is she president of the NHS, but Lily is an active member of the National Art Honor Society and the Chinese National Honor Society. As a member of the Chinese NHS, Lily has helped to host programs and events that promote Chinese culture nights for the public.
Moving beyond the Medfield domain, since 2010 Lily has visited the Medway House Family Shelter to provide childcare and organize activities for children aged between 6 months and 13 years. Lily’s biggest contribution, however, was when she organized a fundraiser where she collected supplies for families during their transitions.
Lily’s volunteer efforts in the Medfield community not only directly affects the lives of those she serves, but she is an inspiration to all. As a mother of two young girls, I can only hope my daughters will give of themselves so diligently and selflessly.
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:
Sunday, Dec. 11 – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
MHS Jazz performers: