Dear Essex County Estate Planning Council Members,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 membership year. I am honored to serve as this year’s ECEPC President and I anticipate a successful season of educational events, networking and camaraderie.
First, I’d like to acknowledge the leadership of our immediate past president, Ed Cahill. Under Ed’s leadership, the Council made great strides in improving our educational programming and implementing many best practices on our Board, which helps us to better serve you, our members.
The mission of the ECEPC is to provide educational and networking opportunities that aim to build and strengthen relationships among its members. I’d like to thank those who serve on our Board of Directors, both past and present, for working to achieve our mission and contributing to the continued success of our Council. Like past Boards, the 2016-2017 Board is an enthusiastic and intelligent group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to increasing member satisfaction and creating a greater public awareness of the Council so that we can sustain and grow the organization and our services, not only for our members, but also for the greater community.
I would also like to recognize and thank all those who support the ECEPC, both as members and as sponsors. This year, our Elite Annual Sponsor is YMCA of the North Shore. If you don’t already know about all of the contributions this organization makes to Essex County, I encourage you to visit them online and to chat with Paula Vogel, director of major gifts and planned giving, at one of our upcoming events. We are very happy to have them on board this year.
On Sept. 11, your 2016-2017 membership invoice was emailed to you, along with a schedule of events for the upcoming year. As in past years, we are once again offering a Season Pass, which allows you to prepay for the entire season of events and offers an overall savings over the span of the membership year. If you were in attendance at the Sept. 20 event with Stephen Richardson of the Social Security Administration, you are already familiar with the high quality programming we offer.
Currently, the ECEPC is over 100 members strong and we look forward to your continued involvement in the Council. We would greatly appreciate the timely renewal of your membership. Online renewal is the easiest and preferred method for renewal of your membership.
In closing, I encourage you to invite your colleagues to register to attend any of our events, or to contact us for more information on joining the Council. We all benefit when we have a growing and diverse group of members committed to sharing ideas and working cooperatively to advance the estate planning field.
As always, please feel free to contact me, or any other member of our Board, with questions, concerns or ideas for the Council. You can find contact information for all of our Board Members on our website. You can also contact our administrator, Michelle Xiarhos Curran, at email@example.com with any questions.
As a reminder, you can stay on top of all ECEPC news by visiting our blog, ECEPC News.
Brian T. Eddy, MBA, CFA, CFP(R)
President, Essex County Estate Planning Council