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Every year, RVMS looks back on achievements and highlights upcoming projects at our Annual Meeting. The Annual Community Meeting is a great opportunity for neighbors, friends, and the general public, to get a peak behind the scenes and learn more about what it takes to push forward all this great community work. On behalf of the organization, I want to extend a HUGE heartfelt thanks to the many people who made the event possible and made it a truly community affair: 
Glenn Williams (a.k.a. The Voice of Roslindale) for helping with sound.
Alia Hamada Forrest (RVMS Program Manager) for planning the event, coordinating volunteers, running the projector and presentations, and helping with set up and break down.
Hilary Sullivan (Interim President) for emcee'ing the event and for helping with set up and break down.
Sue Forti (Treasurer), Richard Chalfin (Farmers Market Committee Co-Chair), Jocelyn Hutt and Carolyn Donovan (Marketing Committee Co-Chairs), Elizabeth Sherva (Substation Committee Co-Chair), and Dennis Patch (Economic Development Chair) for presenting the great work of the committees.
Chris Kollett (Board Member), Rokeya Chowdhury (Board Member), Silvana Ragusa (Board Member), Elizabeth Swanson (outgoing Board Member), and Elizabeth Hawley (Marketing Committee Member) for greeting attendees. 
Some of our great local businesses provided refreshments: thank you to Birch Street Bistro for the fruit platter, Boston Cheese Cellar for the cheese platter, Diane's Bakery for the cupcakes, and Roslindale House of Pizza for the pizza and salad. We also thank Saint Nectarios Church for the use of the space and for helping to provide drinks from the bar. 
Thank you to the elected officials who joined us: City Councilor Tim McCarthy's office, Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu, and Representative Liz Malia's office. We also had representatives from the City of Boston Office of Business Development -- both Abby Furey (Neighborhood Business Manager) and Steve Gilman (Boston Main Streets Program Director).
We want to take a moment to thank again our outgoing board members who have so generously supported RVMS: Denge Agola, Max Fripp, Lucy Galvan, Jennifer Madar, Emily Meneer, Vinny Marino, Mary Perry, Elizabeth Swanson, Ben Warner, and Vernee Wilkinson. Thank you for all you have done and for giving your time and talents to our organization. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
We want to also say welcome to our incoming board members, Anthony Giordano, Daniel Johnson, Liz Graham-Meredith, Robert Orthman, Nina Pralour and Anthony Paciulli! We are gathering their bios so stay tuned for more info about the background and interests of these great folks.
We were honored to celebrate our 2015 Volunteer and Business of the Year winners -- longtime Farmers Market volunteer Marna Persechini (who passed away suddenly this winter) and the Boston Cheese Cellar. Boston Cheese Cellar owner Adam Shutes was a double winner at the Annual Meeting -- not only did Adam receive a big round of applause for his nomination as Business of the Year, but Adam also won our raffle prize! 
The RVMS Annual Meeting also serves as the kick off for our Resident Appeal. Thanks to folks like you, RVMS is able to achieve all the great things we celebrate each year at the Annual Meeting. We count on contributions from residents to comprise a substantial portion of our program funds. Thanks to you, we've put up murals, expanded Holiday Lighting, launched a Winter Farmers Market and so much more. Donate now so we can make as much happen in 2016 as we hope -- your community is worth it.
Last, and certainly not least, I want to thank all the folks who joined us last night -- it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to meet new residents, new prospective business owners, and new community leaders. Stay tuned for more great RVMS events and for more opportunities to connect and share with your neighbors. 
Events like the Annual Meeting always remind me how great my job is and how much I love being a part of this fantastic community, serving Roslindale Village in my role as Executive Director.
Here's to 2016 and all the awesome-ness to come,
Christina DiLisio