During the quarter, Harry Sedgwick, a founding member of MCCD, resigned from the board; so is now our first Member Emeritus. He will be sorely missed. In February, we welcomed two new board members: Susan and Frank Cummiskey joined as new board members in February. They had been attending meetings regularly for the past couple of months, and had contributed generously to our organization for some time.

Working on educational programs dominated much of the time of MCCD members during the quarter: helping students prepare for and then helping to judge Old Lyme’s Middle School Science Olympiad;
helping fifth-grade students with the “invention-convention” program in Old Lyme’s two elementary schools; and lining up speakers and preparing programs for the STEM program at the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, along with a concomitant program at New London’s Renzulli Academy for gifted students. At the request of the LOL school, half a dozen MCCD board members have devoted an hour a week to mentoring Middle School students. Additionally, career counseling was provided those who wished it, at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme, and preparations are underway for a repeat of last year’s career training seminar to AmeriCorps volunteer teachers at NESS (New England Science and Sailing Foundation). It is our belief, along with those of the officials at AmeriCorps, that our myriad experiences can be used to help young people write resumes and prepare for jobs with mock interviews.

We were asked to help out with Work Vessels for Vets (WVV), a non-profit based in Noank, Connecticut. WVV is an eight-year old organizations that helps veterans start or continue businesses. An owner of a franchise business in Old Lyme asked for our help in terms of increasing revenues. MCCD remains committed to helping the community sparkle: that means working with schools and other educational organizations, for-profit businesses, eleemosynary groups, individuals and families who can benefit from our mentoring.