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Franklin Pierce Alumni Board Elections

Currently, I am running to serve a second three year term on the Franklin Pierce Alumni Board.  Since I won my first election, I have helped organize the 50th Anniversary Celebration, multiple Alumni Weekends and events, and hosted some of the events off campus.  I look forward to kicking off the Alumni Weekend this year as the headlining entertainment for our Hawaiian Luau!  
I shall also be attending the Red Sox v. Yankees game. :-)

I wanted to share with you the questionnaire that I filled out when I first ran for office as well as the updates I resubmitted last month.  I hope that alumni will vote for me and spread the word among your classmates, too!  The results will be announced at the next alumni board meeting at the end of March in Manchester. There are many changes with FPU this year and I am excited to be part of it. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

Why did you join the Franklin Pierce Alumni Board?  
One of the reasons I chose to transfer to FPU was to have an active alumni networking group.  Living near the university, I have the ability to help with regular, weekday events as well as providing support for special events.  I still believe that creating an active alumni business network is an important first step for our FPU alumni to become financially independent of the university,  while being in a position to better help fundraising, community involvement and creating  frameworks for additional social opportunities.

To help us identify your strengths and interests with alumni opportunities, please answer these few questions. Your answers will help the current alumni volunteer leadership learn more about you. Please feel free to provide additional materials as appropriate to your experience.

A. Please describe your leadership and volunteer experience, listing any positions held or organizations volunteered for.

I shall focus my responses upon the three years since my election to the alumni board, while forwarding my answers to these questions from before 2012.In March, I was elected Selectman for the Town of Fitzwilliam.  I currently represent our board on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Historic District.  I've enjoyed attending many conservation meetings, but my membership is limited to the Fitzwilliam Garden Club.  I shall be helping at the New England Garden Club meeting in Portsmouth in October.  This July is also the 40th anniversary of the Annual Fitzwilliam Antiques Show.  Approximately a third of all of my DJ work is related to charities and fundraisers.  This year I am returning to the Walk for Animals for the Monadnock Humane Society, and will be chairing the entertainment committee.  Next week I am hosting the Snow Ball for Joy's Network, providing local support for people with cancer. I'll also be helping the We Run with Boston Event in March on behalf of the Keene Police Department to benefit several philanthropies, like the Martin Richard's charitable foundation/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc..     
After collaborating with various Lions Clubs over the decades, I decided to join the Gap Mountain Lions Club in 2014.  I have enjoyed being able to build their social media presence  as well as provide event support for annual activities and special needs.  I continue to do many of my annual events, like a prom for the elderly and disabled at one home which requires the help of many volunteers from neighborhood high schools.  While we celebrated our 50th anniversary at FPU, my town celebrated it's 250th; I hosted events for both.  Next year is the 100th anniversary of Camp Takodah (Cheshire YMCA) and I have been attending meetings for more than a couple years preparing for this milestone.  Two to three months of holiday gigs end each year; this year I helped local groups like the annual Toys for Tots campaign (Marlboro Community Connection and VFW), to providing assistance across  the state hosting a fundraiser for the Seacoast Santas.  Being a town and business leader, I have also have the privilege to have some great opportunities to work with local high school and college students.  I've had two teens pick perambulation for a Senior Project and Boy Scout Badge goal respectively.  
Currently, another senior from MRHS has been working with me to learn aspects about my business and community involvement.  DJ Isaiah is starting a community based drive for recycled jeans and is petitioning to entertain his Senior Prom. I try to make the most of the educational opportunities offered by these new positions and I often attend conferences and participate in workshops.  My education is diverse with many regular interactions between boards, departments and businesses.  I strive to create additional opportunities when possible for local education and arts by sponsoring events.

B. What characteristics of leadership, work ethics and personal traits will you bring to your volunteer activity with the alumni association?

Organization, time management and transparent goal management are the skills that will help me provide leadership to our board.  With MC, DJ, photography and event management skills that augment any meeting or activity, I often plan my schedule years ahead while having a better understanding than most of all the potential changes and adaptations needed for success.   Long range planning is what our organization needs as we look towards the second half of this century, and having a local alumnus nearby to serve as an ambassador and potential host is an asset to our campus staff and general alumni body. I am a dependable worker who does not rest until a job is done, however, I like the process to be fun and memorable with a sharp attention to detail.  My suggestions for our events have brought about changes like the memorial we created in classmates' honor, and the addition of Tapsnap photos at many of our fun events. 
With my network of local resources and experience professionally organizing functions, serving on the Alumni and Reunion Weekend Committee has been a joy I'd like to continue these next three years.  I've learned much about the growing programs and institutions FPU offers; I understand the economic and municipal issues that have affected institution development, regional politics and student opportunities.  I continuously find unique ways to promote FPU and strengthen Ravens' neighborhood ties. 

C. Have you previously participated in Alumni and Reunion Weekend, regional chapter activities or other university sponsored events or alumni opportunity since your graduation? If so, how many and which ones:

If we can find a co-chair to help with communications, I have offered to step up as a NH Chapter Alumni Co-Chair to help organize and get the Raven Alumni involved in more activities closer to home.  I have attended almost all of the board meetings from the past three years and despite having had weddings planned before many of our weekend events, I still attend as much as possible; I often do this helping with sound for Awards Dinners, Senior Toasts, preceding live entertainment, etc.   I have attended events in Manchester, Portsmouth and Boston, offering to help with our upcoming Red Sox v. Yankees adventure in July.I've invited alumni to local American Legion events, as well as to support (at the time) undergraduate bands like Mountain Road Ramblers at local venues; I have personally created FPU based karaoke events, as well as a beer and wine tasting event for alumni.  Rocky Raven joined me this past summer when I was MC for Musical Chairs for 100 people; they shut down Main Street in Jaffrey for Riverfest and this activity helps to cover the cost of the staffing. 
 I donated radio commercials during a local Sunday night blues show to promote our changing FPU social calendar.  There are many exciting and unique ways that I have been fortunate to bring our educational and local  communities together, by supporting our sports and fine arts programs, while promoting our campus publications and productions. I enjoy the opportunities this commitment to the university creates and enjoy making friends with some students from each graduating class.  With your vote, I hope to continue to provide help and leadership to the FPU Alumni Board through 2018! 

Subject: Alumni Association Board of Directors Nomination Form (A, B, C)
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012
A. Please describe your leadership and volunteer experience, listing any positions held or organizations volunteered for. 
    Starting in Junior High, I have regularly dedicated dozens of hours each week to numerous volunteer-based organizations, many of which I have been actively helping for as many as two decades. In many of these groups, I have held multiple leadership positions or lead in the organization or development of special events.  As a DJ and photographer, my skills are vital to every type of organization that relies upon social fundraising or multi-media marketing.  Approximately one third of all my work annually is for charities, non-profits, religious & military organizations, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for these causes each year.  Here are just a few of the many organizations with whom I have been involved: 

AIDS Services for Monadnock Region – As a volunteer starting in high school, this is one non-profit organization for whom I worked immediately after graduating college. With a full range of experiences, highlights included successfully writing grants to the Dept. of Health and Dept. of Education. This began a lot of my networking within community organizations, as I became certified for HIV pre & posttest counseling, as a Red Cross HIV in the workplace instructor, & began independent courses like the one I organized specifically for RA training at KSC. 

American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) – Each year, I have numerous benefits for neighbors affected by Cancer, as well as fundraisers across New England, most recently helping a Marlborough Mass. Bar, The Prospector, with their Halloween benefit. Three years ago, I sat on the board for our local Relay for Life, attending regional conferences and serving as Recruitment Chair, building the most successful kick-off event this area has ever had. 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – As a high school student, I began my experiences as a “Big” for our local community program, and after college, I was the photographer for their marketing brochures. 
Brattleboro Area AIDS Project – Since 1997, I have volunteered for this organization, as a peer educator, DJ for dozens of dances for more than a decade & participant of the Men’s Program.  Through networking with this organization, I have maintained contacts with VT People with AIDS, for whom I have often entertained their annual retreat. 

Cheshire YMCA – I have been involved with this community organization since childhood, having worked or helped each part of the programs at some point (counselor at Camp Takodah, Assistant Director Emerson after school program, member of Golf Committee, Special Events Committee, etc.) as well as doing entertainment for their events and fundraisers. In the past years, I built their online “Cause” site on Facebook, which has been the launching point to fundraise hundreds of dollars.  I maintained that site, while also serving as an Incorporator for the organization.

Fitzwilliam Recreation Program – The beginning of my volunteer experience, I spent multiple years as a young employee of my town, providing activities for other children in town. 
Freedom to Marry – A strong proponent of marriage equality, I have been supporting organizations that advocate for marriage equality for more than a decade (HRC, GLAAD, PFLAG, numerous state-wide FTM groups, Standing Up for Families, etc.). Most recently, I organized a benefit dinner this past Monday with Rep. Richard Dwinnell for residents against the marriage repeal, particularly from his district of Fitzwilliam and Richmond. 

Gap Mountain Lions Club – Often I collaborate with neighborhood community service organizations for immediate projects, like a dance at a local VFW to raise thousands to help a local family quickly rebuild from a house fire. 
GAYLA & UU Church Organizations – I have been attending spiritual groups associated around the UU Church since my teenage years, including more than a decade and half of experiences with GAYLA, an annual weeklong men’s retreat in Saco, Maine.  GAYLA is oldest GLBT organization in the state; in the winter of 2009 I hosted a weekend of activities for the winter retreat in the Monadnock Region.  As the coordinator for dozens of men from multiple states, I was solely responsible for a wonderful weekend of winter fun. 
 Helping Hand Center – My most recent focus has been upon bringing together multiple businesses in our region to raise awareness and donations to the Helping Hand Center, which is maintained by a collaboration of all the churches of Fitzwilliam & Troy. My most regular venues, Ed’s Crossroads Pizza & Subs and the Dragon Palace have become additional drop off points.  This week I host three activities to raise donations including Surrell’s Accessories Fashion Show and Dragon Palace Dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
 Keene Dog Park – Having referred my brother in law Robert Nute as designer for the park, I have been invested into its development since its conception.  With a fundraising goal of $10,000, accompanied by a commitment to use zero tax dollars, I was happy to host a karaoke benefit at the Fitzwilliam Inn in 2011. Also, my photography of my dogs is the month of “May 2012” in the first Dog Park Calendar, available for $12. 
Kiwanas/Key Club – Starting in high school, this organization was the first that helped me understand the meaning behind community service, particularly through the great variety of volunteer work we can perform through this type of organization, from raking yards for the elderly to sponsoring theatrical productions. 
MCAFD – Living next door to a historic firefighting training facility and department, it has been extremely disheartening these past years to see its decline, particularly due to a lack of committed volunteers that understand the responsibilities of maintaining the facilities.  Although I am not a member, I have helped the Executive Board this past year with my photography, creation of marketing materials for their bi-annual fire school and other courses, and creating a budget and series of goals that will hopefully allow them to resume operations. 
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention – They first added GLBTQ information to their library with my help fifteen years ago, back when they were still called Women’s Crisis Services. I have continued doing benefits for them, as recently as this past spring with Monadnock Women’s Health Fair. It was the third event I did for Monadnock Women, another non-profit, within a year. 

NH State Foster Parent – Certified in 1998 by the Dept. of Children, Youth & Family Services, I have also had additional training by Monadnock Developmental Services to work with children with disabilities. I had two long term foster children, both close to my age.  One of them recently got in touch with me this past holiday season, now the happy father of a three year old. 
Pumpkinfest Dance – A new benefit dance I began this fall with several downtown Keene businesses, this will hopefully become an annual fundraising dance at the Marriott to benefit Keene’s largest philanthropy and public relations event. *This would be an ideal event to get the alumni association involved with, setting a special rate for alumni at one of the hosting hotels.* 
PRIDE – Fifteen years of my involvement in pride events culminated when I hosted Boston Pride’s holiday party 2010.  Other Pride events in which I have been involved include Manchester, Hartford, North Hampton, Worcester, etc.

Rainbow Networks – As a DJ, I am naturally networking each day and don’t often join chambers of commerce or other organizations that require payment for that type of networking unless I am able to barter it for services.  Largely, I would be unable to attend these types of events because of my busy schedule, but if I do attend any, I prefer to affiliate with the Rainbow Networks because I feel that only by uniting GLBT businesses will be able to achieve the last civil rights movement.  I have attended events for these networks across New England and New York, and have locally been the co-chair of our first GLBT Business Expo on National Coming OUT Day 2010. I am also an honorary member of the GLBT alumni network at USC. 

Santa & Easter Bunny – As Regional Manager for Noerr Programs, overseeing all operations and dozens of employees at the lucrative malls in Burlington and Nashua, I ensured that our characters were involved in local Kidgit programs, did volunteer work for charities like the Cheshire YMCA (selling Christmas trees) and volunteered for the annual holiday radio kick-off at a Manchester theatre. 
Southwest Regional Planning Commission – While attending classes at Franklin Pierce, I was appointed by the Selectmen of Fitzwilliam to a four year term representing the town for this newly formed organization (1996-2000).  It is during that time I learned much about town meetings processes and started my involvement with other regional organizations like the Harris Institute and Citizens Against the Troy Bypass. 
Sportsmen Clubs/Rod & Gun Clubs – This past year in Fitzwilliam, benefits with this organization helped raise funds for repairing their own roof as well as support their annual charity; this year it is to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association. Other local groups in Royalston and neighboring towns also have had me entertain their benefits.
Twin States Network – Although I have worked with dozens of AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) over the years, this group is the one to which I have more recently attached myself with fundraising dances for its camps, youth, and other programs.  The only ASO that works in both states, I am in contact with them now discussing additional fundraisers for 2012, and a possible position on their Board of Directors. 
Veteran’s Organizations (American Legions, VFW’s, etc.) – The largest portion of my volunteer work is for local veteran organizations, sometimes with a half dozen events in a month.  I greatly discount events for veterans and their families, while hosting local fundraising dinners, karaoke nights and other events for legions in our region.  My third annual Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at the Winchendon Legion will be February 11. 

West Swanzey Community Church – Another recent example of my photography being used for a Benefit Calendar (2011), money raised from the sale of the calendars, as well as the auctioning of the original artwork, went towards reparations to the historic steeple. 
     I have become well respected as a community leader and organizer of philanthropic events.  Already this year, I have been approached by school organizations, homes for the disabled & elderly and sports/recreational groups with purposes like the Elm City Roller Dames upcoming scholarship drive. I shall do numerous fundraisers for groups like snowmobiling groups to sports tournaments in memory of loved ones. 

    Much of my FPU experience I was more greatly involved in the larger community (I was managing a photo studio and had my own home), I did have much more undergraduate volunteer experience from my time at USC.  There, I served as Undergraduate Student Senate Secretary, tutor for Neighborhood Academic Initiative (turned down opportunity to run this program), Philanthropy Chair for Trojan Knights, Philanthropy Chair, Recruitment Chair & Vice President for Phi Sigma Kappa, Omega Deuteron Chapter, etc. I was honored with my chapter’s annual Outstanding Active Award, a national fraternal leadership nomination (and two national trips for leadership school and conclave), and citations from community leaders and residential and Greek Life for my work on campus.  
    Each group and person I meet through this volunteer work and commitment to community becomes a future resource.  As a business, I have become the most popular one on social sites like Facebook for our small town and have been asked to represent the interests of other businesses in terms of their community involvement.  I have the ability to effectively motivate and organize people, and can put these great talents to use for the Franklin Pierce University Alumni Association.
B. What characteristics of leadership, work ethics and personal traits will you bring to your volunteer activity with the alumni association?
    With my networking and time management skills, I am an ideal candidate to become part of the FPU alumni association during this historic year – the 50 anniversary of Franklin Pierce University; I am in the best position personally and professionally to easily build and facilitate additional activities to celebrate this period.  Having had much experience recruiting volunteers and organizing memorable community events, I have numerous advantages including an extensive knowledge of local businesses and resources upon which I can rely. Never one to shy from public speaking, a course which I excelled at while attending FPU, I have the ability to articulate the goals of our organization to individuals at ALL events in which I participate, while providing our organization additional opportunities to become more actively involved in meaningful activities that will continue to build community spirit while improving FPU’s social standing within the larger community.  At a time when class enrollment is declining, a positive spin locally, with a recognizable reinvestment by alumni, particularly local alumni, could help immeasurably. 
    This week I begin a course on the Fundamentals of Professional Fundraising at Boston University. With this additional formal education, from which I hope to become certified as a professional fundraiser, I hope to become more greatly involved in larger capital campaigns, national charities, and other worthwhile causes; I feel that there is no Board position at this time that I am interested in involving myself moreso than with the FPU Alumni Association. I maintain a commitment to continuously improving my skillsets to bring additional talents to the organizations I help, as well as becoming a local pillar and host for alumni that return to the region.  Already I have started posting alumni events of interest on FPU and local business websites, including having hosted the first ever off campus alumni weekend event this past fall at Ed’s Crossroads. 
    I recognize the importance of having a large, local alumni organization where I would reside and maintain my business; this is a large part of why I chose to transfer to FPU, my local university and the Alma Mater of my mother.  By creating subgroups within this larger umbrella organization, we can find a place at the table for all alumni and their types of involvements. As a creative, independent thinker, I shall help explore various avenues to build and maintain stronger relationships between the alumni, staff, students and community of FPU while working upon improving upon the successes we have already had.  As a well-known and respected personality in our region, I can recruit and lead alumni in the direction of the goals we set.

C. Have you previously participated in Alumni and Reunion Weekend, regional chapter activities or other university sponsored events or alumni opportunity since your graduation? If so, how many and which ones: 
     Since graduating, I have been fortunate to be able to participate in a large variety of university sponsored events, particularly because I live so closely to the campus. I have attended theatre presentations with alumni gathering (most recently RENT), a Red Sox game, a computer course for alumni with my mother (BS in Accounting - FPU Class of 1978), art openings & speakers, like Cleve Jones.  As a Commissioner for Southwest Regional Planning Commission I often attended forums organized by the Harris Institute. There are periods when I use the library or other university resources regularly, and I often visit campus where I still have many friends whom work, teach or attend classes. As a local business manager for the nearest landscape materials business, I regularly facilitate delivery of goods to the university, often based around events and building projects. My family has provided the materials and plants for the start of school, graduation, and other special events.
   Most recently, I helped organize the first alumni weekend off campus socializer at Ed’s Crossroads Pizza & Subs in Fitzwilliam.  A late edition to the busy schedule, I was still very excited when guests wearing FPU name badges began to arrive.  I would like to see more neighborhood interaction, with students coming to more community events and the community supporting more of the students.  I am in a very unique position to help facilitate this, while greatly growing the level of alumni involvement.  I have much experience with long range planning, particularly of meetings and special events that will be of utmost importance while I represent the classes of the 1990’s as a Board Member of the Alumni Association.

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