Frank's Footnotes: Empowering Women, Issues that Matter to You, and a Sign of Spring Returns

Ready For Success: The first “Empower, Educate, Engage Women’s Conference”

“I arrived not knowing what to expect, and left feeling filled with hope.” That was what one participant said about my first “Empower, Educate and Engage Women’s Conference.” Nearly 60 women took part in the four-hour event Friday morning at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium. A wide array of successful local businesswomen shared their career experiences, insights and advice. Several attendees told me afterward the conference was particularly helpful to them as they prepare to return to the workforce.

The conference was part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative. In addition to Friday’s conference, I’ve also hosted four job fairs, including one for military veterans and their families.

My sincere thanks to all of our panelists for their time and involvement:

  • Kim Bavaro – Executive Director of Upper Room
  • Catherine Bengel -- Human Resources Manager, Aavid Corp.
  • Maureen Beauregard – President & CEO of Families in Transition
  • Mary Ellen Humphrey – Economic Development Specialist, Rochester Economic Development
  • Dianne Mercier – President of People’s United Bank of New Hampshire
  • Teresa Rosenberger – President of Devine Strategies
  • Marsie Silvestro – Executive Director, A Safe Place
  • Marcia Silk – President & CEO of CASA of New Hampshire
A Conversation in Derry: Staying in touch with people

Listening to Granite Staters is the best way to represent New Hampshire values on Capitol Hill. It’s one of the many ways to serve constituents. I continued that focus this week with a District Discussion town hall-style meeting in Derry on Tuesday afternoon.

We covered a lot of territory in this discussion, from how we can create more jobs and cut our debt and deficit to national security and what I’ve been doing to help Granite State veterans. Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend.

Speaking of constituent services, it’s been a busy 14 months representing you in Congress. I’ve hosted 19 Town Hall and District Discussion meetings, with more to come. I’ve also hosted 17 Tele-Town Hall conference calls to keep the dialogue going with Granite Staters when I’m in Washington, with thousands participating in each one. In addition, I’ve sponsored four job fairs and other events as part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative.

My staff has held 92 Open Office Hour sessions in every municipality in the First Congressional District, and has responded to nearly 130,000 pieces of correspondence, with an average turnaround time of 48 hours for replies. I will continue using every available avenue for staying connected to you while I represent you in Congress.

Breaking News: New, targeted e-newsletter outreach begins

I’ve been hearing from many of you about how much you enjoy “Frank’s Footnotes,” my weekly e-newsletter, and the direct communication it provides on what I’m doing in New Hampshire and Washington. This month, I’ve decided to expand it.

I’ll be writing monthly targeted e-newsletters to update Granite Staters who are interested in specific issues, such as education, seniors, non-profit organizations, women, military veterans, and small businesses.

If you would like to receive any of these new monthly e-newsletters, please e-mail the correlating contact in my office:


Small Business


Military Veterans

A Sign of Spring: Cherry Blossoms bloom again – ahead of schedule

Spring can’t be far off now! Nature is sending its annual reminder through the cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital. They’re currently in full bloom right now and are expected to reach their peak next week, about ten days sooner than usual. It’s a good way to kick-off the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 20th through April 27th.

Remember, if you’re visiting Washington now, or any time during the year, please contact my DC office in advance. My staff is happy to assist you in planning to make sure your time is memorable and enjoyable. Be sure to come by my office in the Longworth House Office Building and say hello, too! The welcome mat is always out for all Granite Staters.