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Bernard Boutin, 88, former president of Saint Michael’s College and Burlington Savings Bank

first_imgThe obituary notice follows: Bernard L. BoutinMeredith. NH—–Bernard L. Boutin, 88, of 77 Barnard Ridge Road, Meredith died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Mr. Boutin was born July 2, 1923 in Belmont, N.H., the son of Joseph L. and Annie E. (LaFlam) Boutin.  He was a longtime resident of  the Lakes Region  and had attended the Belmont  public schools and was Senior Class Valedictorian.  He attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. from 1942-1943 and  graduated  Ph. B (Cum Laude) and Valedictorian from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont in 1945.  In 1963, he received an honorary degree, LLD,  from St. Michael’s College.  He received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, N.H. in 1969 and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Plymouth State College of the University of New Hampshire in 1970.  Mr. Boutin was a partner of the Boutin Real Estate Company from 1945-1963, President and Treasurer of the Boutin Insurance Agency, Inc. from 1945-1963 and Partner of the Busy Corner Store from 1956-1959.Mr. Boutin served two terms as Mayor, City of Laconia, from 1955-1959.  He was the Democratic Nominee for Governor of New Hampshire in 1958 and 1960 and was in charge of the John F. Kennedy Campaign for President in the 1960 NH Primary.  From 1956-1960 he was a member of the Democratic National Committee.  Mr. Boutin was appointed by President Kennedy as Deputy Administrator, General Services Administration, Jan. 1961 to November 1961 and then was appointed by President Kennedy as Administrator, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1961 to December 1964. In 1964, he was co-coordinator of Johnson for President for New England States and New York.  From 1964-1965, Mr. Boutin was Executive Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.  In 1964, he was co-chair, with Gregory Peck,  of one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls, Washington, D.C.  In 1965 & 1966, President Johnson appointed Mr. Boutin as Deputy Director, The Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, D.C. and then appointed Mr. Boutin as Administrator, Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C. from 1966-1967.From 1967-1969, Mr. Boutin was Director, Corporate Information Services and member of the President’s staff of Sanders Associates, Inc., Nashua, N.H. and was consultant to the company from 1969-1976.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian Head National Bank, Nashua, N.H. from 1967-1969, a member-at-large of the, National Advisory Council, Small Business Administration in 1968 & 1969 as well as a member of the Resources Panel (consultant) of the American Bankers Association. He was also a member of the N.H. Coordinating Board of  Advanced Education and Accreditation and Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education in 1968 and 1969. Mr. Boutin was a Representative to the Board of Governors, Catholic University of America  from 1968-1973.  From 1970-1975,he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont  Federal Savings & Loan and from 1972-1974 he was a member of the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Facilities.   Mr. Boutin was on the Board of Directors, National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities from 1970-1974.From 1970-1972, Mr. Boutin was on the Board of Directors of HI-G Inc., Windsor Locks, Connecticut and was on the Board of Directors of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. from 1969-1974.  He was a member of the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee, U. S. Dept. of Transportation in 1969 & 1970, appointed by  President  Johnson.Mr. Boutin was President of St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont from March 1969 to November 1974.   He was Executive Vice President of the Burlington Savings Bank from May 1975 to August 1976, President of the Burlington Savings Bank, Burlington, Vermont, from August 1976 to October 1980 and on the Board of Directors, First Deposit National Bank of San Francisco from September 1991 to January 1994.Mr. Boutin served on several committees including The First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, The President’s Committee for Equal Employment Opportunity, the Cabinet Committee on the National Stockpile, The President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, The President’s ad hoc Committee on Disposal of Surplus Federal Land, the President’s ad hoc Committee on the Architecture for Federal Buildings and Government Office Space, the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts, the President’s Committee on Rural Poverty and the Vermont Private Schools Study Committee.Mr. Boutin had been a Minister of the Eucharist since 1983 and in 1992, he was named by Pope John-Paul  a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.Mr. Boutin was a former member, Board of Directors, of the Hillsborough County Community Action Committee, a former director of the American Standards Association, NYC, Past President of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, former chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority, former National Director and State President of St. Michael’s College Alumni Association, former Vice president of the Laconia Chamber of Commerce, former director of both the Laconia and Burlington Rotary Clubs, a former trustee of Laconia Hospital, past Exalted Ruler of the Laconia Lodge of Elks #876, former member of the Government Advisory Council and American Management Association, a former member of the American Society for Public Administration, a former trustee of St. Michael’s College, a former member of the International Platform Association, former director of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, consultant, National Council of Catholic Men, 1967-1975, former member of the Fanny Allen Hospital Associates, Board of Governors, The Medical Center Hospital of Vermont from 1973-1980, Trustee, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont 1975-1980, Treasurer, 1977-1980, Chairman and Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council, 1975-1978, member of the Board of Rice Memorial High School from 1976-1978, member of the Ethan Allen Club, Burlington, Vermont   from 1975-1980, trustee of the Vermont Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., 1976-80 and a former member of the Finance Committee, Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont.Mr. Boutin was the recipient of many awards including the Award of Excellence for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the Home Building Industry of America by the Crestline Manufacturing Company in 1966, Top Performer Award in the Field of Housing, House and Home Magazine, in 1966, Outstanding Service as Administrator of General Services Administration, Contracting Plaster and Lather International Association in 1965, Certificate of Appreciation, Mississippi Conference NAACP in 1965, Distinguished Service Medal, General Services Administration, 1964, Commendation, the President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped in 1964, Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Government, The Catholic University of America in 1963, the Award for Outstanding Achievement, St. Michael’s College Alumni Association, 1959, the Certificate of Commendation, the National Guard, 1957, the Policyholders Good Citizenship Award, the Mutual Trust Life Ins .Co. in 1969 and the Eastern USA Outstanding Service Award, the National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities  1974, the Delta Epsilon Sigma and National Honor Society.  In 2002, Mr. Boutin was inaugurated into the first class of the Saint Michael’s College Academic  Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Alice M. (Boucher) Boutin, of  Meredith; six sons, Edmund J. and LindaAnne Boutin of Chester, N.H., Joseph L. and Dale  Boutin of Burlington, Vermont, Louis B. and Carole Boutin of Bedford, N.H., John P. Winooski, Vermont, Paul R. Judy Boutin of Colchester, Vermont and Bernard L. and Gay Boutin II of Fremont, N.H.; five daughters, Bernadette  A. and Bruce Fischer of Colchester, Vermont, Michelle A. and Dennis Lamper of Meredith, N.H., Marie J. Boutin of South Burlington, Vermont, Elizabeth J. and John McGrath of Manchester, Vermont and Suzanne T.  Boutin of Rochester, N.H.; twenty-three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and four nephews and two nieces.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Boutin was predeceased by two sisters, June Fitzpatrick and Lorraine Morin.  Calling hours will be held at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services on 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. on Monday, August 29 from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday August 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route 25, Meredith, NH by the Very Reverend  Dennis J.  Audet, V.F., Pastor of the Church. Burial will be at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H. at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Boutin Family Scholarship Fund at Saint Michael College or to the Building Fund at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.  For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com(link is external). Bernard Boutin passed away in Laconia, New Hampshire, on the evening of August 24, 2011.  He was born in Laconia on July 2, and died peacefully after a short illness during which his family was constantly with him.            Mr. Boutin was a well known New Hampshire native and was prominent in national affairs throughout the 1960’s.  He was a valedictorian graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Class of 1945 and Mayor of Laconia from 1955 to 1959. In 1958 and 1960 Mr. Boutin was New Hampshire’s Democratic nominee for Governor. In 1959 and 1960, he was heavily involved in the primary and general election campaign of President John F. Kennedy, with whom he had a close relationship.             Shortly after President Kennedy’s election, Mr. Boutin was named Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration, one of the largest federal agencies, and became its administrator from 1961 until 1964.  After leaving the government for a short period, President Johnson appointed Mr. Boutin to be Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, a newly created federal agency, and then as Administrator of the Small Business Administration.  One of Mr. Boutin’s proudest accomplishments was the redesign and reconstruction of Lafayette Square across from the White House, a project that he worked personally with the President and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.  Among other positions, Mr. Boutin also served on the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts and the First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capitol.            Mr. Boutin’s career also included the Presidency of Saint Michael’s College from 1969 to 1974, a period where he is credited with stabilizing the college financially, bringing it to co-education and building its endowment.  Boutin retired in 1980 after serving as CEO of Vermont’s largest bank.  He was active after his retirement as an outside Director of several publicly held corporations.             Outside of his professional career, Mr. Boutin devoted his life to service.  He served on boards of medical facilities, educational institutions, business development organizations, and Catholic charities and committees.  Mr. Boutin was also an advocate for the handicapped and for the preservation of historic sites and the reclamation of surplus federal lands.            Boutin is survived by his 11 children and by his loving wife Alice (Boucher) to whom he was married for 67 years.  last_img read more

Jokowi raises BPJS Kesehatan premiums, again

first_imgThe premium for the third-class service was increased by a smaller amount, from Rp 25,500 to Rp 42,000, and the government will provide a Rp 7,000 subsidy for this service category, so participants only have to pay Rp 35,000.Read also: BPJS Kesehatan to return excess payments as participants continue to pay higher premiumsThe decree also states that the premium raise only applies to workers who pay their premiums independently, rather than paying through a cost-sharing structure between employees and employers.According to the decree, the premium hike takes effect immediately.BPJS Kesehatan manages Indonesia’s national health insurance (JKN). In October last year, the President signed Perpres No. 75/2019, which stipulated a similar rise for BPJS Kesehatan premiums.However, the Supreme Court revoked the regulation in March, arguing that the provision violated a number of prevailing laws. (dpk)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has raised the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) – roughly two months after the Supreme Court annulled his earlier decision to increase the premiums.The higher rates are stipulated in Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 64/2020 on health insurance signed by Jokowi May 5. The Perpres is the second amendment of the previous regulation, Perpres No. 82/2018, on the same matter.The new regulation raises the premium for the first-class service to Rp 150,000 (US$10.11) per month per person from Rp 80,000, while almost doubling the cost for the second-class service from Rp 51,000 to Rp 100,000.last_img read more

Polish parliament gives auto-enrolment law the go-ahead

first_imgPoland’s auto-enrolled employee pension plans (PPKs) passed their first legislative hurdle on last week after politicians in the country’s lower house of parliament voted in favour of the bill.The lower house, known as the Sejm, voted the government’s bill through by 229 in favour to 197 against, with two abstentions. The bill now needs approval from the Senate (the upper house) and president Andrzej Duda.If it is passed, the law will come into effect on 1 January 2019, with the first tranche of enrolment – for large private companies with at least 250 employees – starting on 1 July.Auto-enrolment will subsequently be implemented for other tranches of companies in six-month intervals, with the final deadline – for small private companies with fewer than 20 workers, as well as all state-owned companies – set for January 2021. The system is obligatory for employers and voluntary for employees. Workers up to age 55 years will be automatically enrolled with the option to opt out, while workers aged 55-70 can choose to opt in.The government is aiming for a 75% participation rate – some 11.4m by the end of the last enrolment phase.Employers will contribute a minimum 1.5% of gross salary and employees 2%, with the option to increase this by a further 2.5% and 2% respectively.In order to reduce the burden on those earning lower wages, the law has scaled down the basic employee contribution rate for workers earning less than 120% of the minimum wage to a minimum 0.5%.In all cases the state will contribute a “welcome” bonus of PLN250 (€58), and an annual subsidy of PLN240.The government estimated that, by the end of 2027, the total value of accumulated PPK assets could range from PLN138bn, with the minimum 3.5% contribution, to as much as PLN294bn with the maximum 8% contribution.Stakeholders back reforms Wawel Castle in Krakow, PolandAccording to a recent survey conducted for the Polish Insurance Association, 66% of respondents assessed the new system positively and 22.2% were negative.The most appealing feature was that PPKs were deemed private, inheritable funds, the survey found – particularly significant after the previous Polish government transferred sovereign bond assets held in second-pillar funds to the first pillar in 2014, prompting legal action from some savers.Respondents to the insurance association’s survey were also positive about the voluntary nature of the schemes, and subsidies from employers and the state.The range of providers, initially limited to investment fund companies, was expanded to include open pension fund managers (PTEs), insurance companies, and managers running existing employee pension funds (PFEs), all with at least three years’ relevant experience.Mariusz Wnuk, vice president and chief investment officer of the Pocztylion-Arka PTE, said his firm would be offering PPKs.“Our company has managed an open pension fund for 20 years since the beginning of the second pillar reform, and PPKs are very close to the idea of a second pillar,” he said. “As a matter of fact, they seem to be better designed as an important part of our pension system and capital market.”Each PPK provider will have to offer at least four funds or sub-funds with investment strategies tailored to the age of the participants. OFEs, in contrast, can only provide one portfolio, with no exposure to Polish government bonds.Both PPKs and OFEs are subject to a cap on investment in foreign assets of 30%.Wnuk added: “The PPK act will regulate eligible asset classes, investments and allocation limits for different age groups. On the other hand, [permitted] allocation differences will reach 30%, which gives us space for discretionary decisions.“Our first view on investment strategies is to use the legal limits and guidelines to build core portfolios and use more active strategies the younger the members are.”Participants will be able to access their fund for retirement purposes after age 60, with the option to take 25% as a lump sum.The remaining 75% is paid out in a minimum 120 monthly instalments, or a shorter period but with the penalty of capital gains tax.Members can also access 25% of their fund should they or a dependant fall ill. Participants can also tap their fund for a short-term loan to build or purchase a house or flat.last_img read more