Ugly (Sweater) is in the Eye of the Beholder!  Metro-Boston Chapter Hosts Festive Meeting

An ugly sweater contest and toy drive for Toys for Tots were only two of the reasons over 60 people gathered at Florian Hall for the Metro-Boston Chapter’s December meeting on Tuesday. There were holiday cards to sign for our troops serving abroad; pictures with Santa; door prizes galore; generous portions of delicious appetizers; and of course, networking with colleagues and friends. The event was sponsored by Boston Firefighters Credit Union.

Two local Marines were on hand to collect an avalanche of toys donated by individuals and by the Chapter itself. They spoke of the ongoing needs of families in our community and praised the generosity of our credit unions year after year at this event. Shoppers from RTN Federal Credit Union brought two carloads of toys; members also came with armloads; and the Chapter and some of its members added monetary donations which will go to give many, many children much happier holidays!

There were many creative ugly sweaters, too, so judging was difficult. Design/build firm PW Campbell representatives Alan DeToma and Carlin Campbell attended the event and were good sports. They must have forgotten their sweaters, so Chapter President Karla McCarron intervened by providing temporary ‘sweaters’ printed on storyboards. Those who wore their holiday ‘finest’ were dressed in hats, sweaters, dresses and socks but in the end, Jason Lasko (Members Plus CU) took first prize. His sweater depicted a very creative interpretation of a cozy fire as seen through a window on a snowy night! There were also twin runners-up in the form of two ‘elves,’ Susan Connolly (City of Boston Credit Union) and Cindy McBurnie (Members Plus CU).

The good cheer at the chapter meeting – and all those donations – were reminders that our credit union community is peopled by deeply caring, generous individuals making the world a better place. It was also a great way to kick off the holidays. 

The next meeting will be held in March 2019. In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Prosperous New Year’s Wishes to All!