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BOCA minutes – member meeting 5/22/23

BOCA Minutes – Member Meeting

May 22, 2023 at 3:33 PM

Location of Meeting:

Virtual (GoToMeeting):

In Attendance:

Rebecca Compton Dr. Day Care
Amy Vogel Dr. Day Care
Joseph Tomchak Boys & Girls Club Newport

Members & Guests:
Kaleigh Perkins
Cheryl Lafond -CCRI
Colin Danly (PPS)
Kate Afonseca
Lori Viner – The Children’s Workshop
Matt Netto, AARP
Michelle – Treasurer Diossa
Robert Craven, Office of the General Treasurer
Rebecca Madden

Meeting began at 3:33pm

Meeting Notes:

  • Joe reviewed agenda
  • Kaleigh Perkins (Chief Impact Officer) & Kate Afonseca (CEO) – Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Reviewed Mentoring
    • Foundation offers fundraising clothing bins
    • Centers can have bins to raise money and help keep textiles out of landfills
  • Retirement savings discussion
    • Colin Danly introduced Matt Netto, AARP
    • Discussing retirement planning options
    • If someone doesn’t have access through work, they are 15 times less likely to save for retirement
    • Introducing state sponsored individual retirement program (IRA) – 100% free to employer
    • Robert Craven – this is part of an ongoing effort, Office of General Treasurer’s goals is to provide a vehicle for employees to save for retirement.
    • Matt Netto – reviewed Secure Choice statistics and information
    • No cost to employers, customer service is run through the provider
    • 17 other states have similar programs, RI & NH are the only New England states without a retirement program
    • No required match – business is not allowed to contribute
  • Stacy Sullivan, CCRI to give an overview of the CDA and School aged childcare training programs and solicit feedback on the design
    • Cheryl Lafond piloted prek program in 2010, here to provide input
    • CDA program to cover topics important to ECE age groups
    • If completed, employee would be eligible for credits at CCRI
    • Went over CCRI course options, about 42 hour class
  • Meeting adjourned at 4:17pm

Next meeting:

June 26, 2023 – in person

(skipping July, Aug)

September 25, 2023 – in person

October 23, 2023

November 27, 2023

(skipping Dec)

Minutes submitted by Tracy Martin-Turgeon