Friday February 8, 2013

Pittsfield: Vincelette to serve on Greylock panel

Ozias "Chuck" Vincelette of Pittsfield has been appointed to the Greylock Federal Credit Union’s voluntary Supervisory Committee by the financial institution’s board of directors.

The Supervisory Committee functions as the representative auditor for the credit union’s membership and overseas compliance, policies, rules, regulations and the performance of officials and employees.

Vincelette has a financial services career that spans more than 30 years. His previous experience includes serving as CEO and treasurer for the Credit Union of the Berkshires. He also spent 15 years as a mathematics teacher.

Vincelette holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, and a master’s degree in education from North Adams State College, now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is also a graduate of the New England School of Banking at Williams College.

A member of the Pittsfield School Buildings Needs Commission, Vincelette is also treasurer of the Friends of the Pittsfield Council on Aging. He has formerly served as a director of Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, treasurer of the Berkshire County Chapter of Credit Unions; and represented Ward 4 for four years on the Pittsfield City Council.

The Supervisory Committee’s three other members are chairman Anthony J. Rinaldi, Jean A. Doak and Daniel E. Donovan.


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Sheffield: March 1 deadline for agricultural fund

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has set Friday, March 1 as the deadline to receive applications from nonprofit organizations or public entities to the Green Pastures Fund.

Established in 1999 by an anonymous donor, the Green Pastures Fund’s mission is to preserve and encourage small, community-based agricultural ventures that might include, but are not limited to: community-supported agriculture; local farmers markets; urban garden programs; agricultural scholarships; cooperative programming; internships; grantwriting; and marketing.

Last year, 18 nonprofits received support for innovative community-based agricultural programs.

Applications will be reviewed by the anonymous fund advisors. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors. Applications and guidelines are available online at http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/grantseekers.