Hometown Bank’s Everyday Hometown Hero for June is making his mark in service to America’s heroes

OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank’s Everyday Hometown Hero for June, veteran William H. Moore is the ideal honoree as we approach the July 4th holiday.

Serving in the United States Air Force as a crash rescue firefighter in the 1970’s, Bill and his fellow firefighters successfully rescued two pilots from a burning F-111. Injured in the process and honorably discharged in 1980 with a service-connected disability, Bill was granted full disability by the Veterans Administration in 2007. Since that time, Bill has volunteered countless hours supporting veterans and their families.

First, he produced and hosted the Route 9 Veterans Forum cable access show with viewership in over 100 New England communities, informing veterans how to access services. In 2010, Bill was inspired by a website for a Minnesota organization called Project New Hope that provided free weekend retreats for veterans and their families. Bill liked the idea, contacted the founders and was invited out to see their program in action.

In January 2011, he formed the Massachusetts chapter of Project New Hope, Inc. Building upon the concept of weekend retreats, Bill tailored each retreat to a theme — Women Veterans, Male Veterans, Veterans and families, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), LGBTQ and Gold Star and Surviving Family Retreats. Project New Hope retreats were so successful that first year in Massachusetts that veterans in surrounding states started to take notice.

Now, the retreats are offered for free to veterans throughout New England and their families. They are open to all eras of veterans where rank takes a backseat to bonding over their common experiences, with an emphasis on reconnecting with civilian life, spouses and families. Sports activities and workshops are staffed by unpaid volunteers, most of whom have some military connection. Workshops range from yoga and meditation to counseling sessions with special programs for children of veterans. In addition, Bill goes above and beyond with care packages for the troops, toy and school supply drives for the children of military families. “Bill puts 100%+ into everything he does supporting our veterans, military members and their families as well as families of fallen soldiers and strives to continue to help them on a daily basis,” said Tracy Vaillancourt, who nominated Moore for the recognition.

“We congratulate Bill on his selection and thank him not only for his service to our country but to the many veterans who have also served,” said Hometown Bank President and CEO, Michael D. Hewitt. In addition to a $100.00 honorarium, Hometown Bank has made a $100.00 donation to Project New Hope, Inc. of Massachusetts.

Hometown Bank Community Bancorp, MHC Conducts Annual Meeting

OXFORD, MA – The annual meeting of Hometown Community Bancorp, MHC was held on Thursday, May 22 at Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester.

Chairman of the Board Jeanne L. Katrenak presided over the meeting, welcomed attendees and provided a brief summary of the role of Corporators in the newly-formed mutual holding company.

Clerk Henry J. LaMountain, Sr. presented the report of the nominating committee and the following nominees were elected as Corporators: Norma Collins, Sharon Dimopoulos, Michael D. Hewitt, Joseph J. Klimavich, Kathryn Latour, Michael P. Mahlert, Deanna Mills, John Nutter, Jonathan Oglebay, Susan Simeone, Karen Yancik and Edward Woodcome.

Corporators re-elected Trustees Steven H. Duvarney, Jeanne L. Katrenak and James O’Coin for three-year terms and Henry J. LaMountain, Sr. for a one-year term as Clerk of the Corporation.

Hometown Bank President and CEO Michael D. Hewitt reported on the Bank’s activities during the prior year, its financial performance and its favorable standing among other Massachusetts banks of a similar size for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013. “At year-end, Hometown Bank had total assets of $365 million, and increase of 10.9% over the previous year,” Hewitt reported, “compared to a growth rate of 6.5% by other banks in our peer group. Our net income was at 0.98% compared to an average of 0.58% for our peers.”

Hewitt went on to describe a number of activities that will mark Hometown Bank’s 125th anniversary year, including its new “Everyday Hometown Heroes” program that is shedding a light on monthly honorees who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism in their local communities. He also announced that the Bank is offering special 125th anniversary rates on 12, 24 and 60-month CDs and Super Money Market Checking accounts.

Ms. Katrenak concluded the meeting with a presentation to retiring director, Daniel S. Rovero who has served Hometown Bank in that capacity for 12 years.

“Dan has always been an active and valuable member,” she told the group, “and he has served on each of our committees over the years.” Mr. Rovero will remain a Corporator and continue to be involved with the Bank, she said.

At a subsequent annual meeting of the Trustees of Hometown Community Bancorp, MHC, the following individuals were appointed as officers for 2014: Michael D. Hewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Oglebay, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and Henry J. LaMountain, Sr., Clerk