Greater Boston


Please join the 

Greater Boston PCC 

and 

MSMA New England Chapter 

as we present 

"Mail Through the Millennia"

on 

June 22, 2017

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

   

 


      Register Now!
              Location: 
Commander's Mansion     in Watertown MA

    Upcoming PCC Networking Event for 2017

     






                                   Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Logo

The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ 
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive 
—Saturday, May 13, 2017—

Six Decades of Public Service Honored!


Pictured—Anthony Rauseo Jr. with District Manager Mike Powers

After a government career spanning more than six decades, Anthony Rauseo Jr. received a heart-warming send off from his coworkers at the Woburn Detached Mail Unit. District Manager Mike Powers, Boston Postmaster Nick Francescucci, Operations Manager Barry Begley and a host of District employees were on hand to join the celebration.

District Manager Powers noted, as he presented an award to Tony that “When you think of it, this is like working two careers.” Mike recalled a ceremony 10 years ago when he presented Tony with his 50-year pin and thanked Tony again for his years of service and his commitment to his craft.

Read more: GBPCC Newsletter Issue 14.pdf

PCC Closes Out 2016 In Style!

On Wednesday, December 15, 2016, The Greater Boston PCC had their year-end event at American Legion Post 440 in Newton. To open the event, Mark Fallon gave a presentation on the new postage rates going into effect in January 2017.  Mark explained how organizations should prepare for the change, and how mailers can take advantage of the new weight allowances. 

Next, Nicolas Francescucci, the Postmaster of Boston, led the unveiling of the 2016 Military Service Cross stamps. Joining Nick was Mike Powers, USPS District Manager; Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Dan Clark, retired State Trooper and Marine veteran; and Adam Lewenberg, PCC Co-Chair (pictured left)

After the unveiling, the PCC presented Secretary Ureña a special gift to honor and assist local veterans in the Commonwealth. The PCC donated custom sets of note cards, Military Service Cross stamps and pens for veterans. The pens were hand-turned, wooden barrel writing instruments crafted by our own Al Silverstein. Thanks Al! 

Our special guest, Dan Clark (pictured right), is also known as "The Singing Trooper". Dan performed a special rendition of the National Anthem, other patriotic songs and Christmas carols. It was a fantastic way to close out a great event – and an exciting 2016!

Read more: GBPCC Newsletter Issue 13.pdf


Nick Francescucci Sworn in as Postmaster

On September 16, 2016, Nicolas R. Francescucci stood in front of 200 guests (including governments officials, colleagues, friends and family) in the flag room of the State House, placed his hand on the Bible (held by his wife Theresa) and took the traditional oath, administered by Mike Powers, District Manager (pictured). With this, Francescucci was officially sworn in and became the 53rd Postmaster of Boston, Massachusetts.

As Postmaster of Boston, Francescucci will oversee 100+ stations, branches, retail units and carrier annexes encompassing zip codes 021, 022 and 024 (with the exception of Cambridge). This includes over two million customers and approximately 708,000 delivery points. He will manage over 4000 employees.

Postmaster Francescucci’s installation was emceed by Michael Haggerty, former Postal Executive.  Guest Speakers included:  Daniel J. Ryan, Massachusetts State Representative, 2nd Suffolk District, Chief John Barros, Chief of Economic Development under Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Michael Rakes, Senior Plant Manager, Greater Boston District. The National Anthem and God Bless America were sung by Michelle Kippenhan, wife of George Kippenhan, Manager of Consumer & Industry Contact, while the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by their daughter Mary. Frederick White, Korean War Veteran and Retired USPS Supervisor delivered the Invocation. Mike Powers, District Manager, shared stories of Nick’s leadership and his dedication to the Postal Service and their customers before swearing in the new Postmaster.


Jack-o'-lanterns Stamp Unveiling & Student Educational Event

Highlands School, Braintree MA




Betsy Shortell Receives 

The Silver Industry Person of the Year Award

At the 2016 National Postal Customer Council Awards in Washington DC, Betsy Shortell, of the Greater Boston PCC, received the Silver Industry Person of the Year Award.

Betsy, Manager of Harvard University Mail and Distribution Services (HUMDS), has been a Greater Boston PCC Executive Board Member for 6 successful years, serving as the Industry Co-Chair for 2 years, helping lead Greater Boston to Platinum and Gold Level Awards on National PCC Day. During her tenure as co-chair, Betsy led the Executive Board in developing creative and innovative ideas, programs and seminars.  These seminars included presentations about Mail Fraud, the Power of Networking and Industry Certifications to name a few.

Read more: GBPCC Newsletter Issue 12.pdf

2016 National PCC Leadership Award

PCC Partner of the Year

Central MA PCC, Greater Boston PCC, Southeastern MA PCC,        Western MA PCC, New Hampshire PCC and Providence PCC

Invitation to Attend

Click the images for registration link


 

Social Media for Print and Mail Professionals

By using the power of the Internet, you can successfully network with other people - regardless of title, profession or background.  In this webinar, you'll learn how to build and maintain your business and personal networks to improve your chances of success in today's competitive marketplace. We'll discuss methods for online networking, including social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Participants will learn to:

  • Leverage social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter
  • Build professional and personal networks
  • What “Not To Do” when you’re online

Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at noon from the computer of your choice.

Participation is limited to the first 50 attendees, so register today!



Special thanks to our

Sponsors 

who are participating in National PCC Day 2016 at Gillette Stadium:   

 

 

Gold Sponsors

 

 



 



Silver Sponsors




 


Bronze Sponsors  

Asendia USA

Compunetix

DeBourke Company

Design Advantage

IMEX Global Solutions

Jet Mail Services

JLS Mailing Services

RR Donnelley

SCLogic

The Allied Group

Window Book, Inc.

WINN Solutions

 

Corporate Sponsors  

AAA Northeast

Direct Associates

New Balance Athletics

Sungard Availability Services

The Berkshire Company 

 

Benefactors

Cathedral Corporation

Colonial Printing

Harvard University

MSMA New England Chapter

National Postal Forum

New Balance Athletics

New England Journal of Medicine

Postal Customer Council of Providence

Sherman Printing 

United States Postal Service


    Upcoming PCC Networking Event for 2017 Get Your Tickets Now!

             


2017 Postage Rates & Military Service Cross Stamp Unveiling

Join the Greater Boston PCC for a special 3-part event!

Thursday, December 15th 2016

 

To open the event, Mark Fallon will discuss the new postage rates going into effect in January 2017.  Learn how to prepare for the changes and gain insights into how they will impact your operations.

The second part of the program will be an unveiling of the 2016 Military Service Cross stamps.  Join Nicolas Francescucci, the Postmaster of Boston, as he presents the stamp dedication.

The final part of the event will be a special presentation to honor and assist local veterans in the Commonwealth.  

   


Special guest, Dan Clark "The Singing Trooper" will be on hand to perform during the event.

Door prizes will be given away and lunch is included in the registration cost.

Date: December 15th 2016

Time: Registration at 9:30 AM Event begins at 10:00 AM

Location: American Legion Post 440 Newton MA 

Cost: $20 GBPCC Member Rate - Corporate & Premiere

$25 General Rate 

Event contributors whose support is greatly appreciated:

                     

PCC Day 2016

Friday, September 23rd - Gillette Stadium    

Event Agenda: PCC Day 2016 Agenda.pdf

                                                                     

Keynote Speakers

 

                                                                                                    



                                                                                                    

                                                                                             

                                                                                                    



PCC Day 2016 Raffle Prizes

                     2017 NPF Complimentary Registration (2 Each)
                     Free Pair New Balance Shoes (Online Order Coupon)
                      $100 Gift Certificate Patriots Pro Shop
                      $100 Gift Certificate Bass Pro Shop
                     Various Gift Baskets donated by each PCC 
     
      Ronald A. Stroman

         Deputy PMG and Chief    
    Government Relations Officer


  20th Deputy Postmaster General and second-highest ranking postal executive
     
      Dr. Sean Joyce


       Omega Consultants


   Motivational speaker who has
 traveled the world working with
     multinational organizations
     Steve Grogan

   Former NE Patriots QB

 16 year career with the New England Patriots and member   of the Patriots Hall of Fame






    

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Early Bird Raffle Winner - Attendee

Two Patriots Tickets

Jerry Caracciolo

Roger Williams University

Congratulations!!!

Sponsored by: MSMA New England

         

   

 



           


Early Bird Raffle Winner

Gillette Stadium Tour

John Joyce

Boston College

Congratulations!!!






    

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Early Bird Raffle   Winner - Sponsor

Two Patriots Tickets

Steven Parker

Cox Communications

Congratulations!!!

Sponsored by: 

Working Together For Others

On Saturday, March 19, PCC Board Member Mark Fallon and The Berkshire Company sponsored the National Postal Forum - Habitat for Humanity event.  A wonderful group of NPF attendees, USPS employees and local community members worked together to help build the dream of owning a home to a deserving family.  22 people from 9 states spent their Saturday priming, painting, caulking, hanging doors and installing trim.

This is another example of the mailing industry and the USPS working together and giving back to the community.  Thank you to all of the volunteers for all of your hard work – and all of your smiles – to help make the day such a success. 

    


Mail Technology Awards

The U.S. Postal Service recognized Harvard University and New Balance with its Mail Technology Award for their companies’ support of the success of mail and their commitment to a successful business relationship with the Postal Service.  Awards were presented at the 2016 National Postal Forum in Nashville, TN.


L-R: Mike Powers (USPS Greater Boston) , John Nolan (Harvard), Megan Brennan (USPS PMG), Betsy Shortell (Harvard), Pete Shepherd (WITS), Rick Uliski (USPS NEA VP)


   L-R: Mike Powers (USPS Greater Boston) , Megan Brennan (USPS PMG), Genevieve Sandoli (New Balance), Joe Caniglia (New Balance), Rick Uliski (USPS NEA VP)

Boston Hockey Teams Up for Mary

Many of you may know George Kippenhan as a Postal Customer Council Executive Board Member.  Others know him as the Manager of Consumer and Industry Contact for the United States Postal Service who is quick to respond to any of your issues or questions with a resolution in a timely manner.  What you may not know is that he spends most nights and weekends with his 11 year old daughter Mary, in the most unimaginable environment for a girl who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2…an ice hockey rink.

Three years ago after watching a Boston Bruins game, Mary told her father that she wanted to learn how to ice skate.  George and his wife Michelle heard that a “Learn to Skate” event was being held in the Kippenhan’s hometown of Rockland.  Mary’s diagnosis and low muscle tone essentially made even learning to walk a huge challenge.  So although hesitant, George and Michelle borrowed some hand-me-down skates, pads and helmets and watched Mary fall on the ice for the first ten minutes.  George states, “She was wiping out, but with a big smile on her face.” 

Read more: GBPCC Newsletter Issue 10.pdf 

PCC Night at the Boston Celtics

The sold-out PCC Networking night at the Celts was a fun night!  On February 3rd,  the Greater Boston PCC enjoyed a full evening that featured a delicious pre game meal and networking at The Harp, a guided private tour of the New England  Sports Museum and an escort to our seats to watch the Celtics earn a 102-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons.  Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 17 points.  PCC Members from as far away as CT came to the event and all had a memorable evening.


    Upcoming PCC Networking Event for 2016

                    

 

USPS just announced that postage will be coming down on Sunday, April 10, 2016, as the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge is removed and rates are returned to the Consumer Price Index-capped levels.


 Thanks to everyone who attended the Power of Networking session! 


 Thanks to everyone who attended the 
             Boston Celtics 
       GBPCC networking event!

 

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

George Kippenhan, PCC Executive Board Member and USPS Manager of Consumer & Industry Contact, has been visiting elementary schools in the Greater Boston District with his original presentation entitled the “Power of Mail”.  Kippenhan shows the students how important it is to simply put a pen to paper and write a letter to those who you care about.  At the end of each presentation, the new Charlie Brown Christmas Stamps are unveiled much to the delight of the children (and teachers) in attendance. 

Read more:  GBPCC Newsletter Issue 9.pdf

 

  

Betsy Shortell honored as outgoing PCC Co-Chair:

 

The Greater Boston PCC would like to thank Betsy Shortell for the amazing work she did as Industry Co-Chair.  Here are some of her greatest accomplishments over the past 2 years:

· Helped organize two very well-attended National PCC Day events at Gillette Stadium and at the New England Journal of  Medicine.

· Oversaw numerous educational and networking events.

· Provided a framework for education and support.

· Led the Greater Boston PCC Board to further its mission.

Read more:  GBPCC Newsletter Issue 9.pdf

 

 

 

First Price Increase In Three Years for Commercial Priority Mail Scheduled for January 2016

• No Increase in Forever Stamp Prices or Other Mailing Product Prices
• No Increase in Shipping Prices Until After the Holiday Season

October 16, 2015     Download Icon Download PDF  

WASHINGTON — Today the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of proposed price changes for its Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the conclusion of the holiday season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Mail or any other Postal Service Mailing product such as the Forever stamp.  

The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.

The new prices, if approved, represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail.  The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year. 

        

Special thanks to our

Sponsors

&

Vendors 

who participated in National PCC Day at Gillette Stadium:   

 

Silver Sponsors

 

                      

  

 

  

 

 

Bronze Sponsors 

 

  

 

 

PCC Day 2015 Photos

Vendors

  

Direct Associates

Winn Solutions

Design Advantage

Printing Industries of New England (PINE) 

OPEX Corporation

RR Donnelley

T-Mobile

Cathedral Corporation

National Postal Forum (NPF)

Worcester Envelope Company

Bay State Envelope

IOPC MultiSort

BUDGETCARD Inc.

Ricoh

Jet Mail Services

Sungard Availability Services

Neopost USA

International Bonded Couriers, Inc.

DeBourke Company

SCLogic

JLS Mailing Services

Colonial Printing

United States Postal Service

 

 

Copper Sponsors  

    

The Berkshire Company 

Lindenmeyr Munroe

Mail Systems Management Association (MSMA) New England

Data Mentors/Relevate

Silver Direct

Renaissance IMAGING

 

 

Meet the New Senior Plant Manager of the

Greater Boston District:

Michael Rakes

Rick Uluski, USPS Northeast Area Vice President has announced the selection of Michael W. Rakes as the new Senior Plant Manager for the Greater Boston District.  Mike prides himself on being one of the more customer-centric Plant Managers in the Nation.

Read more:  GBPCC Newsletter Issue 8.pdf

  

USPS Unveils Special Olympic Stamp

The United States Postal Service (USPS), in celebration of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, unveiled a national commemorative stamp on Thursday, July 30, 7:30 pm, at The Company Theatre, in Norwell, MA. 

Mike Powers, USPS Greater Boston District Manager, was on hand to unveil the new stamp, and mark the occasion with The Company Theatre’s Artistic Directors and many Special Olympic athletes who have benefited from the theatre’s charitable generosity. 

Read more:  GBPCC Newsletter Issue 8.pdf

ZIP Codes Tamed The Postal Service Boom 52 Years Ago

(Click the picture link for WGBH news article)

 

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