YARMOUTH PORT- William(Bill) Joseph Driscoll, 88, of Yarmouthport, formerly of Cummaquid and Hingham, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020.
Bill was born November 21, 1932 in New Haven CT to the late Joseph and Leila Driscoll, and was raised in Waterbury CT.
It is with great sadness,respect and enormous sense of loss that we honor his life. Bill will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family, his investment intellect, and his large personality.
Bill graduated from Cheshire Academy in 1952, and then spent one year at Bates College before transferring to Fordham University where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Business. Bill was enrolled in ROTC and achieved the rank of Captain in the US Armor Corps. While in NY, Bill met Jeanne Snee, the love of his life, to whom he was married to for over 63 years.
Bill started his very long investment career with Irving Trust & Co. and worked for many firms, both large and small, along the way including Blyth Eastman Dillon, Merrill Lynch and Tucker Anthony, before starting Driscoll and Associates on Cape Cod.
Over his career he sold everything from stocks, bonds, oil & gas tax shelters, real estate limited partnerships, annuities and long-term care policies. Bill belonged to The Osterville Men’s Club where his friends valued his investment advice. He also was on the Board of Arbitrators for the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Bill loved his yellow highlighter and his yellow post-it notes. After he finished theWall Street Journal, or really anything he read, it would be covered in bright yellow highlighter with additional post-it notes scattered around the outer edges of his computer screen and desk.
He would always mail (US Post Office style) friends and family highlighted comics and articles that he felt were interesting or amusing.
Bill loved talking to people; he had the gift of gab! He would go out for a simple errand that should take 5 minutes; for instance the Post Office; and would return hours later. He loved to engage absolute strangers,both young and old, inlengthy conversations.
Bill loved to entertain and always enjoyed a good evening out. He was well known for bringing his collapsible top hat and being the life of the party. He enjoyed singing along to his favorite songs on his player piano. He also enjoyed golf, cycling, gardening and traveling.
Bill is survived by his wife Jeanne, his children William Jr, and his wife Deborah of Stowe VT, Kathleen O’Meara and her husband Jim of Scituate MA, Tim Driscoll, and his wife Karen of Norwell MA, and Sean Driscoll, and his wife Jenny of Duxbury MA. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Meghan and John Driscoll, Christopher, Conor, and Jack O’Meara, Elizabeth, Tom and Darcy Driscoll, and Charlie, Ryan and Catherine Driscoll.
Burial services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation (https://support.givetocapecodhealth. org/donate) or mailed to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation PO Box 370 Hyannis, MA 02601.
I do hope this message finds you all well. Your OMC organization is still busy helping in our community and, where ever possible, please reach out to each other just to stay in contact. This message is as close as we can get to our April luncheon meeting. We did hold our Executive and Chairmen Meeting with a ZOOM meeting and the minutes are available for your review. As limited as video conferences can be it was great to see and hear friends. The decision to cancel the May 6th luncheon was unanimous so the next scheduled OMC Luncheon Meeting will be September 2nd.
As difficult as this has been on everyone several of the OMC’s community services have continued. The Meals on Wheels program, under Wes Harrington’s direction, has expanded to include more routes and can always use more drivers. Several of the drivers have offered to take additional routes to support the increased demand so if you would like to contribute your time to this important program please contact Wes directly at click here for email
The Miracle Kitchen, under Ken Molloy’s direction continues to provide critically needed meals on the first Monday of the month at the Cotuit Federated Church. Additional volunteers are needed to help prepare the meals, which are now sandwiches. Any OMC member under the age of 65 (due to Covid 19) is strongly encouraged to participate. Ken can be reached at click here for email
The Scholarship Committee, under Jim Ruane’s direction, has announced they have received 65 applications for the 2020 OMC Scholarships. The committee will select 4 recipients following the review and interview process. The Awards Presentation format will be announced at a later date.
The summer events have been canceled. The other groups including bowling, poker, Rennie Discussion and Investment Club are canceled until September. Don Lee has sent information on the Golf Program to those who have signed up in the past. As we continue to do our part by social distancing please reach out to others who may live alone or are struggling day to day during this difficult time. As we continue to keep our distance, we are finding more ways to stay together.
Wishing you all well,
President, Osterville Men’s Club
Osterville Men’s Club Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Schedule: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
NOTE: This meeting was conducted by ZOOM Video Conference due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the Massachusetts Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order. Additionally, OMC Committee Chairs were asked to participate in this video conference, as well, to provide reports on committee activity.
The regularly scheduled monthly Executive Board Meeting and Monthly Membership Luncheon Meeting, routinely held at the Doubletree Hotel in Hyannis, MA were cancelled as a result of this situation.
Board and Executive Committee Members Present (12):
• Robert J. Callahan • Anthony J. Cerce • William Cutcliffe • George E. French • Stanley Goldstein • J. Paul Goyette • Wesley E. Harrington • Donald P. Lee • Don MacDonald • James F. Ruane • John C. Townes • Frank P. Ward
Committee Chairs Present (4):
• John Caney – Chair, Events • Kenneth Molloy – Chair, Miracle Workers • Bill Keto – Chair, Good Guy Award • Dave Reid – Chair, Investment Club
• Kevin C. Hall • John R. McLaughlin
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CALL TO ORDER
The April 1, 2020 meeting of the Executive Board of Directors of the Osterville Mens Club was called to order by the President, Don MacDonald, at 10:02 am by ZOOM Video Conference.
The regularly scheduled OMC Executive Board Meeting, and the Monthly Membership Luncheon Meeting originally scheduled for April 1, 2020, at the Doubletree Hotel in Hyannis, MA, were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and by the Massachusetts Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order.
Due to the cancellation of the April Membership Luncheon Meeting, President MacDonald asked for Chairs of the OMC Committees to report on the activities of these committees, and he invited them to participate in the April 1 video conference meeting.
The Assistant Secretary, Wes Harrington, confirmed the earlier release of the draft Minutes for the March 4, 2020 meeting of the OMC Executive Board and asked for a vote of approval. It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Meeting Minutes of the OMC Executive Board of March 4, 2020 as prepared and distributed. [Attachment #1]
The Treasurer, Frank Ward, distributed a financial report for the period: March 2020 [Attachment #2]. In his report, he noted that the beginning fund balance for March 1, 2020 was $41,366. During the period March 1 – 31, 2020, OMC received cash receipts $2,065 against cash disbursements of $1,511 which resulted in a fund balance of $41,911 at the end of the period.
Mr. Ward noted that the Scholarship Fund had a balance of $30,709, while the Operating Fund had a balance of $10,657 as of March 31st.
It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented.
Mr. Ward sought approval from the Board to issue a donation of $600 to the Osterville Village Library as it has historically done in recent years in acknowledgement of the services that institution provides to the Club. It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to instruct the Treasurer to send a donation of $600 to the Osterville Village Library.
PROGRAM AND SPEAKERS:
Program Chair, John Townes summarized that the April 1st Membership Luncheon Meeting previously had been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Following a brief discussion, it was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to cancel the May 6, 2020 Membership Luncheon Meeting due to the current health situation. Mr. Townes stated that he would notify the speaker for that event, Gilbert Newton / Naturalist, Educator and Author, to inform him of the Board’s decision and explore the opportunity of re-booking Mr. Newton for another OMC meeting in the future. Paul Goyette stated that he would cancel the arrangements with the Doubletree Hotel.
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Mr. Townes noted that his committee would not be making any additional changes to the balance of the upcoming monthly meetings for the OMC during 2020 which do not start again until September. Those meetings are:
• September 2: Speaker: Bill Higgins / Retired Sports Editor, Cape Cod Times • October 7: Speaker: Janet Milkman / Executive Director, Barnstable Land Trust (Ms. Milkman will be joined by Joseph Hawley, President of the Barnstable Land Trust.) • November 4: Speaker: Military representative (Virginia Gaglio will be invited)
George French, Chair of the Membership Committee, presented a membership report for membership activity in March 2020. He stated that the OMC had a total membership of 198 individuals of which 191 were considered active.
He noted that one member had passed away since his last report, John J. McCartney.
Mr. French announced that several Club members, or their spouses, were recovering from recent illnesses and/or surgeries, including: Edmund Polaczak; Frederick Messinger’s wife; Norman Robinson; Richard Filosa; Bernard Suszinski; and, George E. Lloyd, Jr. He encouraged the Board members to reach out to them to offer support and get-well wishes.
David Reid reminded the Directors that David Richardson had died recently. He noted that David’s wife, Diane, thanked the members of the OMC for their kind expressions of sympathy for her and her family.
President MacDonald said that Club Member, Paul Ruane, had asked him to consider an effort by the OMC to reach out to the entire membership of the Club, particularly those who are experiencing personal difficulty or loss at this time. He further suggested that Board members could be called upon to contact members directly by telephone to check on their wellbeing and to provide a comforting connection during this time of self-isolation. Mr. French stated that that approach also would be a valuable way to keep in contact with the most recent members of the Club. President MacDonald noted that he would forward a list to the Directors and Chairs of individual members of the OMC who may benefit in great measure by such an outreach effort by the organization.
Several of the Directors and Chairs recommended that the organization take an aggressive posture in not only communicating with the Club membership during this time of uncertainty, but also in demonstrating how the Club is taking an active and important role in the community through activities such as Miracle Workers, Meals on Wheels, and the Scholarship program.
It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Membership Report as presented.
There was no formal report presented for Honorary Membership Committee.
GOOD GUY AWARD:
Co-Chair, Bill Keto, announced that a Good Guy nomination had been submitted by Chuck Wry. This submission is under review and may be presented in the future to the Executive Committee if the nominee meets the Good Guy criteria.
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Mr. Keto also reminded the Board members that the Committee had revised its rules regarding the eligibility for this award, and that the revised criteria would be sent to the Directors shortly for their review.
RENNIE DISCUSSION GROUP:
The Chair of the Rennie Discussion Group Committee, Robert Callahan, reported that there would be no further meetings of the Rennie Discussion Group during the spring of this year. He noted that a decision on the schedule for the fall program would be made during the summer.
James Ruane, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announced that the Committee had received 65 applications for the 2020 OMC scholarships, from which the Committee will select 4 recipients following a thoroughly review and interview process. He does not expect that there will be any additional candidates since Barnstable High School is now closed. He noted that the Committee will have to change its interview format due to the impact of the Coronavirus, and that a new plan for interview and selection was now being discussed by the Committee.
Mr. Ruane added that the selection date for the 2021 recycling shed assignments had been postponed from April 6th because of the current health situation. It is not certain at present when the new selection date would be scheduled. He expressed his optimism that the OMC will once again be able to conduct its scholarship fundraiser at the Barnstable Transfer Station in the fall of 2021.
It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Report of the Scholarship Committee as presented.
John Caney, Chair of the Events Committee, reported that the committee had met to discuss the status of two upcoming events:
• A summer luncheon with spouses to be conducted at the Wianno Club on June 17, 2020.
• A luncheon at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth followed by a 3-hour cruise in Nantucket Sound aboard the 74’ three-masted schooler, Liberte, on July 16, 2020.
Mr. Caney recommended that both of these events be cancelled in consideration of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Directors agreed with his assessment, and, therefore, it was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED that the OMC cancel both the 2020 June Summer Luncheon at the Wianno Club, and the August 2020 Summer Lunch and Cruise in Falmouth. The Board did, recommend, however, that Mr. Mr. Caney should explore the possibility of moving the July cruise to August, if possible, otherwise, cancel it altogether for this year. He said that he would follow up directly with each of the sites for these events and notify them of the Board’s decision. It was suggested that the OMC consider rescheduling both of these events for 2021.
Don Lee, Chairman of the Golf Committee, described the difficulty that his committee was having in determining the fate of the spring golf schedule due to the Coronavirus situation. He announced that, as a result of the current situation, the Golf Committee will meet shortly to decide to cancel the first two golf events of the Spring 2020
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schedule: April 29th at the Pocasset Golf Club, and May 4th at the Plymouth Country Club. Mr. Lee was encouraged by the Directors to determine if these cancelled events could be rebooked as part of the fall 2020 schedule.
Mr. Lee reported that the status on remaining four events on the spring schedule would be determined shortly within the next few weeks.
Mr. Lee concluded his report by noting that he would like to begin the search for a successor to serve as Chair of the Committee in 2021. It was recommended that the membership be notified of this potential committee position and seek interested individuals during the coming months.
It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Report of the Golf Committee as presented.
Chair of the Investment Club, Dave Reid, noted that the meetings of the Club had been cancelled through the spring, but he indicated that it was possible that the Committee may try to meet electronically in the future to continue its activities online.
MEALS ON WHEELS:
Meals on Wheels Committee Chair, Wesley Harrington, noted that the OMC participants in the program have been exceptionally and passionately committed to continue the critically important effort of delivering much needed meals to some of the region’s most at-risk individuals. He stated that while two drivers have had to take a temporary leave from the program because of health concerns, the majority of the OMC delivery team continues to faithfully meet all of the demands for service as part of the Club’s commitment for the Meals on Wheels program. He also noted that several of the drivers have offered to drive additional shifts in order to support the increased client load now being experienced by the MOW program because of the Coronavirus situation.
Mr. Harrington concluded his remarks by encouraging the Directors to promote the program whenever possible as new drivers are still needed for the program.
It was MOVED, SECONDED AND UNANIMOUSLY VOTED to accept the Report of the Meals on Wheels Committee as presented.
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS
Bill Keto announced that the remaining 2019/20 Bowling season has been terminated. The 2020/21 Bowling season will begin Thursday, September 10, 2020. He said that anyone interested in joining the OMC Bowling League should contact Gerry Fortier at (508) 778-5249. Any current bowlers not planning to bowl next season also should contact Gerry.
Ken Molloy, Chair of the Miracle Workers Committee, stated that committee continues to provide critically needed meals on Mondays, despite the current health crisis. He noted that the Coronavirus had necessitated a change in the type of food and the process in which it is now being served: Currently sandwiches are prepared at the Cotuit Federated Church and handed out at the Hyannis Salvation Army. He announced that the organization needs
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additional volunteers to help prepare these meals and strongly encouraged participation by any OMC member under 65 years of age.
Stanley Goldstein, Chair of the Poker Club, announced that the group was no longer meeting during the current health crisis.
There was no other business for discussion and action.
The Executive Board of the Osterville Men’s Club, and the Chairs of OMC Committees, will meet on Wednesday morning, May 6, 2020, by ZOOM Video Conference, beginning at 10:00 am. Mr. Harrington agreed to set-up the arrangements for the conference meeting. It is anticipated that this meeting will require approximately 90 minutes.
#1: Minutes of March 4, 2020 OMC Board Meeting
#2: Report of the Treasurer
The Executive Board Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am by President Don MacDonald.. .
Wesley E. Harrington, Assistant Secretary April 1, 2020
Walking/Running Shoes for the Mothers at Angel House
Angel House helps mothers with children get back on their feet so they can provide for themselves and their children. They have started an exercise program to help instill discipline, structure and healthy habits. These 13 mothers need workout shoes and Hanlon’s of Hyannis has agreed to sell them at cost at $72 each. Any donation is welcome. Make check out to OMC. and send to Paul Ruane
22 Angus Way
Centerville, Ma. 02632
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