Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Year In Review

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 than risk an accident.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Gil Krispien. The facilitator for this week will be Pat Rosenthal. 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, Gil will talk about the “Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) 2016 Year in Review.”

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Year In Review

This will be a brief slide show summarizing the significant statistics occurred during the 2016 year of the HNG group. This will include attendance, total money collected, expenses, gifts to St. John's church, landings, new members, HNG fund, speakers and proposed gifts to St. John's for 2017. At the end a discussion will take place setting the direction about the HNG meetings for 2017 in regard to speakers, network exercises, and open forum topics. Hopefully, the attendance will be high to provide input.

Recap of HNG Meeting of December 16, 2016

Our 181st meeting had 14 people, this is 7 less than the previous meeting; two signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were two introduction speeches.

We had 14 Eskimo types who battled the cold temperature, and we put two round tables together and had an Open Forum Discussion on Various Topics. It was a lively discussion and we didn't finish until 12:25 PM.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:
January 20, 2017 TBD

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
Pat Rosenthal
Bill Wilson

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