Club 50 eNewsletter
February 2020
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Connie Braceland
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Community Relations & Club 50
617-928-2338
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Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is 2020?!?!

2020 is a big year for us here at the Bank.  The Bank turns 150 years old, and Club 50 turns 25 years old!

Two very big landmarks.  The official date for Club 50 is November 1st.  We will be able to celebrate all year long!

We have some great trips planned.  The list was revealed at the Travel Seminar, and I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year.  The sign up for the first trip, Celtic Woman, is on February 20th, at 10AM, in the Club 50 Department, at the Main Office.

Until then, I wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Year, New Trips!

We're On the Road Again in 2020!

I hope everyone is enjoying 2020 so far--a lot has already happened during that very long January! Are you prepared for an extra day in February? That's right...it's a Leap Year!

And we have already a lot planned for the 366 days of 2020.

On February 6th, we had our Travel Seminar. We introduced our Travel Program for the Club 50 trips in 2020! It's safe to say that it is the year of boats--we have a lot of small cruises planned. We will be mailing out the official glossy, double-sided Travel Program with the 2020 Calendar on the back next week. There will also be a flyer for Pickity Place, our upcoming trip in April. For now, if you missed the Travel Seminar, see the Forms section of the newsletter for a copy of the 2020 Travel Program.

Our first trip of the year will be to Celtic Woman at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA. We're trying something a little different...we're forgoing lunch! We opted for good seats in the Orchestra Section, but we will be providing snacks on the bus, and we will also be arriving a little early for everyone to peruse the snack bar. If you missed the flyer or we missed you*, see the Forms section of the newsletter for a copy of the Celtic Woman flyer.

Of course we covered our two big trips for the year, to Spain & Portugal and the Canadian Rockies. We are SOLD OUT. However, we are currently seeking suggestions for big trips in 2021, and we are hoping to make a decision as soon as possible. Please let us know what you are interested in! A majority of the trips we take are taken from your suggestions from the Surveys -- you know the ones we're always handing out? Yes! We read those! If you missed the Travel Seminar, please feel free to call us at (617) 928-2337 or email me at agoldhaber@watertownsavings.com to give us suggestions/opinions/requests for those 2021 big trips!


*Please let us know if you would like to receive physical mail, but you are not! We will double check our labels to make sure you are being included. Thank you for your patience!

Our 150th Anniversary
Something New to Celebrate...

Thank you for your help!

We have asked in the past few newsletters that you share your memories, photos, stories, and memorabilia in order to help us build a beautiful image of the past 150 years of Watertown Savings Bank.

Be on the lookout for any special events and items we may be releasing!

Customer Choice Awards
The Results are In!

We are celebrating our 150th Anniversary! Our President and CEO Mr. Brett Dean has graciously doubled  the donation amount to $150,000!

Now that you have cast your votes...THE RESULTS ARE IN!

However! We will not be disclosing the award amounts, including the Top 3 winners, until the night of our Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 8th. We hope you are as excited as we are for the final announcement!
If you would like to see a list of all of the local businesses, non-profits, etc. please see the Forms section of the newsletter for a non-ranked list of winners!


Thank you to all of you who voted, and helped spread the word.

More information to follow...stay tuned!

Readers Choice Awards
Wicked Local Readers Choice 2020 voting is Underway!

VOTE!

WSB has be fortunate to win the Regional Gold/Favorite Community Bank category for the past 10 years! Last year, we also won the Number One Bank Category in Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Waltham, & Watertown.
And we are hoping to win again this year!

This annual contest is a great way to recognize your favorite local businesses.

NEW THIS YEAR!!!

This year, Wicked Local has decided to hold this contest exclusively online -- no paper ballots will be accepted. In order to vote, you need your email address, and that's it! And you can vote every day.

In order to help you vote, we have provided a link via our website at watertownsavings.com.

We have also created "How to Vote" step-by-step instructions. These instructions included easy, step-by-step infographics to make the process as easy as possible. Please see the Forms section of the newsletter for a copy of our How to Vote - Readers Choice 2020.

Please vote every day if you can! And for any Branch of Watertown Savings Bank.

The deadline to vote is Sunday February 23rd, 2020! So head over to the website ASAP!

Thank you!

Club 50 Referral Program
Refer a New Member, Get Rewarded, Have Fun!


Don't forget about our Club 50 Referral Program! If a current Club 50 member refers a friend to become a NEW Club 50 member, that current Club 50 member receives a $25 coupon towards their next day trip with Club 50.

Help us spread the word about all of the fun we have in the Club!

Offer details: The $25 is not redeemable for cash. Redemption value not to exceed $25.00. Offer subject to change without notice.

Club 50 Trips
Don't Miss Out!


Celtic Woman Celebration:
The 15th Anniversary Tour


TRIP DATE: Sunday, March 29th 2020
*Reserved Orchestra Seating*

Be transported to Ireland during this uplifting celebration of heritage through song and dance. The fully staged Celebration tour features 4 fantastic Celtic Woman soloists, plus a booming band, pipers, drummers, and traditional step-dancers. This show is a collection of their favorite songs that have earned them Grammy nominations & Multi-Platinum status as the most successful all-female group in Irish history. 
We will be doing something a little different this time -- we are forgoing lunch! We will be providing snacks on the bus, and we are arriving early to allow time for everyone to grab their own food and drinks.

Complete form listed under the forms section of the newsletter.

Upcoming Bank Holidays & Closures


Holidays:
The Bank will be closed on Monday, February 17th 2020 in observance of President's Day.

Thank you, and we will see you soon!

Medicaid and Nursing Home Care
Infinex Investments, Inc.



Medicaid and Nursing Home Care


As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning as much as you can about Medicaid right now and planning appropriately, you may be able to resolve these issues and create a more secure future. (Read on for the full story)

 

Investment and insurance products and services are offered through INFINEX INVESTMENTS, INC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Infinex and the bank are not affiliated. Products and services made available through Infinex are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits or obligations of nor guaranteed or insured by any bank or bank affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value.

NOT FDIC-INSURED. NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY. NOT GUARANTEED BY THE BANK. MAY GO DOWN IN VALUE.

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Connie Receives the Community Achievement Award

Connie Receives the Community Achievement Award from the WCC
"[On January 17th, 2020] a number of us were on hand to see Connie Braceland receive the Community Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the Waltham Chamber of Commerce.  When the retired Executive Director of the Chamber cannot get through his introduction of Connie without choking up, you really understand the magnitude of the impact Connie has had (and continues to have) on so many organizations.

Congratulations Connie, you represent WSB extraordinarily well!"

Brett W. Dean, President and CEO of Watertown Savings Bank

Spring Shred Day

Saturday, April 18th 2020 from 9:00am-12:00pm
@ North Waltham/Lexington Branch - 1075 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421

Bring the piles of documents you have sitting at home...sensitive or not, we will shred them for you FREE of charge! It will feel good to unload your car, and create space. Let us handle it!

More than Words Book & Textile Drive


Beginning the week of February 17th through March 10th, WSB will be accepting donations that will go directly to MTW to help fuel their youth-run business model. All donations are fully tax deductible (yay tax season!). Look for bins in WSB lobbies, where you can drop off books or textiles!
This is a great way to transition your closet from Winter to Spring. Or if you have a grandchild, this is a great way to donate any books they may have outgrown! Books taking over your household or bedroom? We can pass them on to a great organization.

MTW accepts:
Gently used clothing & shoes
Any and all books, CD's, DVD's, & Video Games!

Does not accept:
Encyclopedias
VHS tapes, audio cassettes, magazines/periodicals

"More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business...Graduates of More Than Words pursue education and keep employment at rates that far exceed their peers: 93% of our youth and graduates have or are on track to earn a High School Diploma or equivalent, and 83% are working. We're proud of these hard-earned accomplishments and each and every young person who works with us to take charge of their lives."

To learn more about More Than Words, please visit their website at https://mtwyouth.org/.

Understanding Autonomous Technology: The Basics of Self-Driving Cars


The idea of self-driving cars used to be hypothetical, but with high-profile companies like Google, Apple, IBM, Uber and more making headlines for their autonomous efforts, it’s beginning to feel like an inevitability.
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