Greater Boston Concierge Association


July 2015



President's Letter 





Dear members and friends:


This has certainly been an exciting summer. The GBCA has been very busy (and lucky!) to be invited to so many exciting meetings and events!


A great big thank you to Della Grallert of the New England Aquarium for hosting an incredible all members meeting on June 29, 2015. There were more than seventy members in attendance to enjoy the new Turtle Exhibit and more. We were thrilled to have some terrific guest speakers sharing what they do and offering information on the best Boston has to offer to all its visitors and guests. Thank you everyone that participated in making the evening such a great accomplishment.


Also a big thank you to Joe Donlavey of the City Performance Center for spearheading the generous invite to see Newsees with tickets donated to our concierges by Ann Sheehan and the folks at Broadway In Boston. Congratulations to all our concierges who were able to experience this electrifying show first hand.


Our Morton's July 6, 2015 Patio Party was another great opportunity to share information about what makes Boston the best city in the world. We had several informative guest speakers sharing what they do and inviting our members to experience their services first hand. There were also many generous raffle prizes and giveaways donated by our speakers. All this along with the delicious cuisine that Morton's is so well known for! A special thank you to Dina Trueheart, Sales & Event Manager for organizing this special occasion. A big GBCA thank you also to Alissa Parziale Sales Assistant and Reservationist for making the night such a special one!


Don't forget we have plenty more exiting events planned for you this summer. Our all members August meeting will take place on August 11, 2015. Be sure to RSVP for a leisurely cruise aboard the BHC Salem Ferry where we will be met by our friends at the Salem Trolley and whisked away to the famous Peabody Essex Museum. This event is sure to bring lots of fun and exciting news from our good friends at Destination Salem. So don't miss out and RSVP today. I look forward to seeing you all soon.


With Pride in Service;

Betty Salemme

GBCA President





Meeting Minutes By Bonnie


Click on the link below for the meeting minutes from our All Members Meeting at the

New England Aquarium


New England Aquarium Meeting Minutes




Saturdays and Sundays Through November 1, 2015 
 Look for the trolley in this photo.
Leaves from the Copley Square Bus Shelter at St. James Avenue and Dartmouth Street
9 am, 10 am, 11 am 12 noon, 2 pm, 3 pm
Leaves Columbia Point to Copley Square Bus Shelter
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Other ways to get to Columbia Point:
MBTA red line to JFK/UMass stop.  Board a free shuttle to Columbia Point.
By car - Exit 15 from 93 North or South.  Free parking on Columbia Point
The recent opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate now completes the tourism triangle on Columbia Point.  The JFK Presidential Library and Museum, the EMK Institute and the Commonwealth Museum share not only geographic proximity, but each offer irreplaceable encounters with American history and democracy, and history's relevancy to today's issues. Together they span three centuries from an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Massachusetts Bill of Rights which was the basis of the U.S. Bill of Rights, to a Museum focusing on JFK's thousand days in office and his great accomplishments in that short time, to simulations of debates in a recreated Senate Chamber and an opportunity to become "Senators-in-Training" as Visitors grapple with one of the big issues Senators themselves are tackling today.







This summer, discover the neighborhood for your home: Back Bay Design District. The Back Bay Design District is an exciting new destination for luxury home design services and home décor stores in the Back Bay, Park Square, Downtown, and Beacon Hill neighborhoods of Boston.

Within walking distance you will find all of the home furnishings and home décor stores and service providers you need to make Boston your home, and your home in Boston. The Back Bay Design District welcomes visitors into the showrooms all of BBDD members, which include: Bang & Olufsen, Christofle, Circle Furniture, Daher Interior Design, International Poster Gallery, Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Marcoz Antiques, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Poggenpohl Boston, Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, and The Shade Store. 

Visit any Back Bay Design District showroom for a BBDD map or visit the website to download a copy. For the latest news and events follow the Back Bay Design District on Facebook at




 At the heart of Clarins is a love and respect for women and nature.  For 60 years, Clarins has been a beauty innovator dedicated to listening to women's skin care needs.  We have a passion for our customers and a commitment to delivering the most pleasurable beauty experience. 

-        It began in 1954, when our founder, Jacques Courtin-Clarins opened his first spa in Paris The immediate success of the spa led to the creation of new products for his customers.

 -        Today, Clarins is the leading brand of luxury skin care in Europe. 

-        Our products are available in 150 countries in prestigious retail locations, specialty stores and Clarins Skin Spas.

-        Protecting nature and the planet is a priority for Clarins

-        We give back to the environment through special community programs

-        Clarins is passionate about products, our customers and the future of the planet.  We strive to provide the best advice, the right products with the most pleasure experience to everyone.  With Clarins, life is more beautiful.

What Can We Offer You and your Guests from Your Hotels? A Clarins personalized Skin time application, Make up application and tips to enhance your beauty. Please call us at 617-357-3335 for your appointment.





This year we will be hosting a gospel concert tour in the Citi Wang Theatre, featuring award-winning stars like Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, and Hezekiah Walker. It should be "an awesome evening of inspiration filled with a message of hope and restoration."


Festival of Praise Tour

October 29, 2015 at 7pm

Citi Wang Theatre


YOUR Prices $49.85 - $112.85

Regular Prices $55.00 - $125.00

Save 10%! Use code: Concierge


To Order tickets with your savings code Concierge:


The biggest gospel tour of the year comes to Boston! Festival of Praise 2015, features some of the best names in Gospel music including multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Hezekiah Walker. The tour also features Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez. Marcus Wiley of the "Yolanda Adams Morning Show" will be this year's festival host.

The family style tour, a phrase coined by Hammond and McClurkin, is a platform to uplift, motivate, encourage, inspire and entertain. The tour will feature some of Gospel's biggest and brightest on the same stage with ensemble performances and music by each artist highlighting their classic hits and most memorable anthems.







Attention all seafood lovers! Please join us at the 4th annual Boston Seafood Festival, Sunday, Aug. 2nd from 11 am to 6 pm at the Boston Fish Pier. Enjoy the freshest seafood, all-day lobster bake, Harpoon beer garden, local chef demonstrations, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a blessing of the fleet, notable speakers, face painting, costumed characters, and so much more! Plus, don't miss the very exciting Battle of the Shuckers oyster-shucking and fish-cutting contests.
The Boston Seafood Festival is presented by the Boston Fisheries Foundation. For full festival schedule and ticket information, please visit





 A THANK YOU from Evan Martin


I just want to thank Barbara from La Summa Restaurant in the North End for having dinner with me at her restaurant the other night.  The food was awesome and the company was even better!





GBCA 2015 Board

 Betty Salemme

Vice President of Operations:
Debra Hegger

Vice President of Public Relations:
Evan Martin
 Vice President of Membership: Daymeyn Gantt
 Chief Financial Officer:
 Gina Guange

Recording Secretary:
Bonnie O'Hare

Affiliate Representative:
Kristen Beal
Elizabeth Carey


Help Wanted....


Craigslist Boston  






The links above will direct you in your search for concierge positions and other industry related careers.


if you have a position at your hotel or condominium and business concierge desks, please let us know.


Please send details to us so we can announce them here.


Thank you and Good Luck!



Aug 2 -

Boston Seafood



Aug 11 -

All Members Meeting Peabody Essex Museum

Aug 15 -

GBCA Family Fun Day


Important Links

GBCA web site 


Les Clefs D'or 


Convention & Visitors Bureau  


Aquarium Photos

By Evan Martin



Morton's Photos

By Evan Martin




GBCA Information

The Greater Boston Concierge Association
PO Box 52440
Boston MA 02205

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MASS BAY LINES would like to invite all GBCA concierge to receive a VIP Pass for future cruises.

Ted W. B. Regan
Director, Sales & Marketing
Massachusetts Bay Lines
60 Rowes Wharf
Boston MA. 02110
o. 617.330.7326
c. 207.749.3520
GBCA Lapel Pins

Show your GBCA pride at your hotel with an official GBCA lapel pin!

Available at our next meeting for only $10!