Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Middlesex Chamber Support the Troops & Honor the Veterans Member Breakfast

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 11th Annual Support the Troops/Honor the Veterans Member Breakfast Meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012. 

The Breakfast will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell, 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, with Networking beginning at 7:00 A.M., Breakfast Buffet opens at 7:45 A.M. and the Breakfast Meeting Program 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.  Cost is $20 for Chamber members and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and $30 for non-members.  The event is sponsored by Middlesex Hospital. 

Former Army Captain Paul W. “Buddy” Bucha, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be guest speaker at the event.  The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States of America. 

Each year at this event, the Chamber presents The William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award.  This award is presented to a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has shown a selfless commitment to community and public service in Middlesex County. 

William E. Currlin of Middlefield has been selected as the 2012 recipient of The William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award.

Mr. Currlin, a Veteran of the United States Army who served in Vietnam, has engaged in a variety of community service initiatives in the Town of Middlefield.  He was a member of the Board of Education for the Region 13 School District from 1994-2011, and served as Chairman of the ACES Board of Governors during that same period.  He was the Co-Founder of Project Graduation, an initiative that promotes a safe and healthy graduation experience for high school students that is free of alcohol and drugs, and has been a Justice of the Peace for over 40 years.  Mr. Currlin also dedicates himself to Veterans’ Affairs by serving on the St. Luke’s Elder Care Board of Directors Vets4Vets program, administering the Wounded Warrior Project, and serving as Veteran Chairman of the Middletown Elks, just to name a few.  He is a member of the American Legion Post #75, VFW in Middlefield, and is a life member of the Vietnam Veterans.  He is also Co-Founder and Partner of The Town Times, a weekly newspaper that covers Durham and Middlefield.  Mr. Currlin lives in Middlefield with his wife Nancy.  They have a daughter, Jenna-Brynn Currlin. 

Past recipients of The William J. Pomfret Veteran Community Service Award are: 2003-C.J. Larry Marino of Middletown, 2004-Robert Wamester of Middletown, 2005-Jack Monahan of Essex, 2006-Philip Cacciola of Middletown, 2007-Arthur Lerner of Middletown, 2008-Richard Anderson of Cromwell, 2009-Ronald Organek of Middletown, 2010-John Krasnitski of East Hampton, and 2011-Peter Galgano Jr. of Berlin. 

Immediately following the event, there will be an informal Resource Fair for Employers.  This event will provide local employers with information on the many financial incentives available for the hiring of Veterans.  Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Connecticut Department of Labor Office for Veterans' Workforce Development will be in attendance.  Any questions or can be directed to Jeff Pugliese at the Chamber at 860-347-6924 or

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