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Record WEMO crowd greets Lt. Gov. Polito

January 30, 2015

An audience of nearly 250 attendees of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Convention enthusiastically welcomed newly elected Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at the 12th Annual Women Elected Municipal Official (WEMO) Luncheon on January 23, 2015. In her upbeat speech, Polito touted the increasingly important role that women play in governing the Commonwealth and its cities and town.

Exclusively sponsored by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike since its inception in 2004, the WEMO Luncheon annually celebrates women serving in local and state government. It is held on the first day of the annual MMA Convention with an audience typically comprised of 75%-80% women. This year's event was the largest ever held, according to the event's organizers.

Polito's remarks at the WEMO Luncheon caught the attention of the region's largest newspaper. In an article title, "Karyn Polito Sees Active Role as Lieutenant Governor," the Boston Globe quoted Polito: "With the transition in the executive branch, we have an opportunity to turn the page and start a new chapter in our working relationship," Polito told the crowd at the MMA's Women Elected Municipal Officials luncheon. "We view this relationship as two sides. It's a true partnership. State government can't succeed on its own."

Polito spent time before the speech meeting with audience members and reconnecting with old friends from her days as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen.

Approximately 20 members of FST attended the lunch, including President/CEO Peter Howe, directors Bill Reed, Chris Yannoni and Brian Shea, and several of the company's growing number of women engineers.

The WEMO Luncheon was one highlight of FST's involvement in the Annual MMA Convention. The company also featured a 1914 Model T at its booth in honor of its year of founding, and three FST engineers – Jennifer Ducey, Dave Anderson and Andrew Johnston – delivered a timely presentation on the Resiliency Trend and its effect on municipalities.