Meet the New Director of Rainbow Seniors at our Holiday Potluck

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invites you to

Meet the New Director of Rainbow Seniors
at our
Holiday Potluck
Kenneth Mercure headshot

Kenneth Mercure

A message from the outgoing director:

My dear Rainbow Seniors and friends,
I am delighted to introduce you to Kenneth Mercure, the new Director of Rainbow Seniors.

Kenneth is a born organizer. A Berkshire County native, Kenneth’s earliest effort was the founding of an LGBTQ youth program in Great Barrington – at age 15! The group flourished for two years.

Kenneth began working as a Lyme disease community organizer and patient advocate in 2010. Kenneth went on to found the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires, which has grown from a support group into a full-fledged organization that holds monthly meetings and workshops. Kenneth works directly with those affected to help them educate themselves and their families and to guide them in the direction of the care they need. To date Kenneth has moderated 70+ meetings.

I first became aware of Kenneth last year when he contacted Rainbow Seniors to learn if we were planning a countywide Pride celebration. We weren’t, so Kenneth assembled a large and enthusiastic volunteer team and they created one – last June’s successful Pride Festival in the Pittsfield Common, attended by over 500 beautiful and diverse people.  It was a wonderful example of inclusivity that gave the emerging LGBTQ community a voice. Berkshire Pride has since grown to be more than just a festival and is now working to help grow the community through a variety of events.

I was delighted when Kenneth expressed interest in the job of Director, and after a few conversations about our shared sense of the Rainbow Senior’s mission (including securing funding to support our activities and services into the future), Kenneth was hired.

We will work as co-Directors for a month or two, until Kenneth gains his sea legs and is ready to lead Rainbow Seniors into a solid future.

I am proud of Rainbow Seniors and feel confident that Kenneth will preserve and grow our merry band.RainbowSeniorsBizcard2016

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Rainbow Seniors

Did Judy Garland steer us wrong?

St Patricks Day 1

The pot o’ gold isn’t OVER the rainbow.

It’s at the END!

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anyway. Old-school.

at the

Rainbow Seniors Potluck

Tuesday, March 21 at noon

First Congregational Church of Williamstown

Corner of Route 2 and Chapin Hall Road

shamrock  Rainbow Seniors will supply a hunk of corned beef.

shamrock Maybe others will contribute corned beef too?

 shamrock Maybe people will bring cabbage or boiled potatoes?

shamrock  Or just dump some green food coloring into your tuna casserole.

Whatever we eat will bring us the Luck o’ the Irish

. . . because we will all be together.   

Rainbow Seniors to focus on new and interesting programs for our 2017 meetings

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Help Us Design the Year to Come

Some of the best programs we have had at our meetings came from suggestions provided by the members. (And it was clear right from our very first meeting in October 2015 that the members wanted an interesting program at all our meetings, with or without a potluck.)

So let’s do some brainstorming at our January 7 meeting and see what we come up with.

And while we’re at it, let’s celebrate the New Year over cookies — provided by Rainbow Seniors — and whatever other snacks you’d like to provide.

Berkshire Athenaeum
2nd floor conference room
Saturday, January 7
2 pm – 4 pm
For more information, contact Ed at 413-441-6006 or ed@rainbowseniors.org
(If you’re planning to attend the Four Freedoms rally beforehand, the rally will be held right at Park Square, a block and a half from where we meet. For info on the march and rally:  https://berkshireonstage.com/2017/01/01/berkshires-united-in-support-of-americas-four-freedoms/