Thursday, April 14, 2016

HNG Meeting: "If you have to pay for your own Health Insurance – maybe I can help……."

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Robert Gaughan. The facilitator for this week will be Bill Wilson. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and 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……

I am a Licensed Insurance Agent and Broker in Massachusetts, I represent all of the Health Insurance companies in Massachusetts and I get compensated by the them – so my help costs you nothing. I can assist in the enrollment process and answer questions related to the ins and outs of health insurance.

If you have lost coverage –
* had Mass Health – but recently disqualified,
* laid-off, on COBRA, or contemplating COBRA
* turning 26,
* recently moved into Massachusetts,
* divorced, widowed, etc.

Or – self-employed/small business trying to get coverage for yourself and/or employees.
Or never had Health Insurance in Massachusetts – and totally confused about how to go about it.

Also Medicare questions/concerns.
We’ll discuss the following-
1.) Who can enroll and when
2.) How Health Insurance plans are structured
3.) How to decide which plan is best for you
4.) What we need to do to enroll.

Robert Gaughan

First - I am older than dirt Have a son 45 years old, and a daughter 26 years old. I used to have a child every 20 years, but I had to stop. Grandson – 15 years old . My son is a car audio genius – been doing it for years. My daughter graduated from college and worked in fund-raising at Harvard Business School and now moving onto to be a Development Officer at the Museum of Fine Arts. Been married 34 years Sold insurance many years ago in college, 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 for about 35 years. Travelled around the world evangelizing the latest greatest technology. Came back to insurance in the last few years.

Hobbies – ride my bike (weather permitting), read three newspapers every day for the last 35 years, spend time with my son, grandson, daughter, big

Syracuse University basketball/football fan – that’s where I grew up.

A little tip – I solved my retirement problem. Going to work until I drop dead.

Recap of HNG Meeting of April 1, 2016

Our 165th meeting had 58 people, this is 7 more than the previous meeting; 13 signed the New Member list. Vincent Rocheleau was our facilitator. There were 13 introduction speeches.

We had a panel of IT professionals consisting of Lyn Baird, Rob Dandrade, Wende Malster, Jaemie Sibbald, and Donelle Wright. The panel discussed “Job Search for the Mature Worker”. This was very well received and many questions were asked.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

May 6, 2016 Linda Waters "Interviewing With Confidence"

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. CVS 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:

Emilia Gordon
Gil Krispien
Ronaldo Lu
Vincent Rocheleau
Bill Wilson