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The Westerly Sun

WCCU Hires New Financial Services Manager

WESTERLY — Westerly Community Credit Union has announced that Amy Kelly has joined its staff as the financial services manager for the main office, located in Westerly. She will be responsible for overseeing all branch operations, staffing and member needs.

Kelly comes to WCCU with more than 12 years in the banking industry.

She lives in Richmond with her husband.

Montville personal finance students tour Chelsea Groton Bank

GROTON — Thirty-eight Montville High School sophomores studying personal finance boosted their knowledge and appreciation for this essential life skill with a behind the scenes tour of Chelsea Groton Bank’s 904 Poquonnock Road location on Jan. 6.

“Chelsea Groton wants students to become financially responsible adults and create the life they envision. The process starts with a solid foundation in personal credit, which these sophomores are getting at school, and is enhanced when they come here,” explained community education specialist Pam Luketich. “Along with banking fundamentals, the students received invaluable interviewing and résumé building tips from our human resources manager and were awakened to the consequences of teen gambling and mishandling their money.”

The students also spoke with loan officers, customer service representatives and bank executives about how to open a bank account, the importance of saving and what it takes to run a successful bank.

For more information about the students’ field trip and how to arrange a field trip for your student group, contact Jessica DeConto at 860-448-4118 or

Groton Business Association announces dates for major events

GROTON — The Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has announced the dates for its major events in 2014, and is seeking sponsors for both.

The GBA has set Saturday, Oct. 11, as the date for Groton’s annual Fall Festival. This will be the ninth fall festival on the traditional Columbus Day weekend. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Poquonnock Plains Park.

The 16th annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. This is a special event to celebrate the holiday season.

The GBA created these two events to promote the greater Groton community by drawing thousands of attendees to Groton.

Businesses interested in becoming sponsors for these events should contact the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at 860-572-9578 or email Tricia Walsh, GMCC president, at Check the GBA out on the Internet at and on Facebook.

Sponsors who sign up for the Groton Fall Festival in October are also promoted and listed as sponsors for the annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade in December. This is an added value and offers sponsors a second major marketing opportunity.

NS school district accepting proposals for food operations and management services

NORTH STONINGTON — The North Stonington School District is accepting proposals for a food operations management services contract for the school district of approximately 800 students until 2:30 p.m. on March 28. At that time, proposals will be opened in the administrative offices, located at 297 Norwich-Westerly Road. All proposals submitted after that time will be returned to the sender. Proposals should be labeled “Food Operations Proposal” and sent to North Stonington Public Schools, 297 Norwich-Westerly Road, North Stonington, 06359, Attn: Kim Allen, business manager. The fax number is 860-535-1470.

Call 860-535-2800 for more information.

Crystal Mall seeks businesses, children product vendors for Diaper Derby event

WATERFORD — Crystal Mall is accepting interest from family-friendly businesses and children product vendors for the second annual Diaper Derby event on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature toddlers up to 12 months old who will be participating in a crawler contest, and more family fun.

The displays will allow residents to see which local stores, programs, products, etc. are offered throughout the community that could benefit their families and children. Your business can be featured in several creative ways, from logo presence to sampling efforts, brochure distribution, tabling and much more.

“Crystal Mall is looking forward to another successful and fun Diaper Derby this year,” said Ashley Keating, director of marketing and business development at Crystal Mall. “It gives local babies a chance to participate in a fun and entertaining ‘race,’ and presents a terrific opportunity for local companies and organizations to gain exposure within the community.”

Interested businesses and vendors should contact marketing assistant Taylor Ferraro at Crystal Mall at 860-442-8501 or email

Toastmasters seeks new clubs

Toastmasters International is offering new opportunities to create speaking clubs in southern Rhode Island. Its first new club is presently forming in Coventry.

Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with a membership of 292,000. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations.

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop leadership skills. Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Advanced manuals expand into speeches for special occasions, humorous speaking, entertaining speaking and more.

If you are interested in joining a new speaking club in southern Rhode Island, contact Eric Holmstedt at For more information on Toastmasters International, visit

Workshops to focus on structuring a successful business plan

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition will host the second in a series of free workshops aimed at helping attendees structure an effective business plan that will grab the attention of investors. Set for Thursday, the workshop will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Betaspring, 95 Chestnut St., Providence.

Jack Derby, a consultant to emerging and middle market growth companies, active investor and veteran business executive, will explain how the architecture of your business idea drives your written plan, specifically, what a written plan should communicate, how to create an architecture for your plan, what to include, and in what order, and the “rules” that shape good written plans

For more information and to register, visit


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