Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HNG Meeting March 6, 2015; Agenda: Speaker on "Medical Insurance Options"

Hello Everyone,

We are in the winter months, so if the Hopkinton schools are cancelled on the day of our meeting then we do not meet; however, if there is a delay, then we do meet.  Even if the schools are not closed, if the weather is bad, it is best to stay home then risk an accident.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by speaker, Robert Gaughan.  The facilitator for this week will be William Lam. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM.  In the second hour, Bob will talk about "If you have to pay for your own Health Insurance – maybe I can help."

If you have to pay for your own Health Insurance – maybe I can help……

The following will be covered:
* Rules related to enrollment in Health Insurance
* How Health Insurance plans are structured
* How premiums are determined
* What to look for/think about when selecting a Health Insurance plan
* Discussion of "subsidized" Health Insurance
* Discussion of penalties for not having Health Insurance
* Dental/Supplemental/Life and Long-term Care Insurance

Robert Gaughan

Bob has had an interesting life:
* Sold insurance many years ago in college (graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), before most of you were born,   then led a checkered career after college. 
* Restaurant waiter, built a bar, worked for a private detective, worked nights in a textile mill.
* Then got involved with communications, high tech.  Did that for about 25 years, traveled around the world evangelizing   the latest greatest technology.
* Came back to insurance in the last few years focusing on Health Insurance

Recap of HNG Meeting of February 20, 2015:

Our 140th meeting had 12 people,  this is one less than the previous meeting; four signed the New Member list. Gil Krispien was our facilitator. There were four introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Lee-Ann Johnson, Career Center Manager at Employment and Training Resources in Framingham, who talked about "Best Kept Secret - Massachusetts One Stop Career Centers." A brief summary of her talk was:

Many jobseekers realize they may need training and the career center can assist you with guidance and funding.  On the Job Training is another alternative that can help you get a foot in the door at an employer.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

March 6, 2015        Robert Gaughan          "Medical Insurance Options"
March 20, 2015      Lee-Ann Johnson

General Information

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose the first and third Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* Skills and Value Statement
* Where have you been?
* Where are you going?
* Your title
* Your target companies
* Geography of search
* Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Sheri Ablaza  
Grace Carcich  
Emilia Gordon  
Gil Krispien        
William Lam     
Ronaldo Lu             

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