Adages For Small Investors—Avoiding The Big Mistakes
featuring William J. Towle '59

Thursday, May 5, 2016  |  5:30–8:30 p.m.
Seasons Grille, 155 Riverside St, Portland, ME 04103



Picture this – it’s early May, the snow has melted from all but the deepest woods, most lakes have thawed, the birds are singing…. in other words, it’s finally Spring again, even here in frosty Maine. Last month was April, with the last of the season’s snowstorms, mud everywhere and - oh yes -Tax Day. But even those worries are over for most of us, by now. Or are they? The snow and mud may be gone, but do the doubts persist? Are there regrets for the way we did – or didn’t – manage our finances last year? Could we do it better next year? Well-informed investment advice, anyone? Help!

Enter William J. Towle ’59William J. Towle ’59, who holds multiple degrees in engineering and public policy from Tech and Georgetown, attended Delft Technical University as a Fulbright Scholar, and has traveled much of the world for work, study and the joy of discovery. He has lived in locales as diverse as Boston, Bethesda, Los Angeles, Geneva, New Delhi, and Raymond, ME.

Mr. Towle’s professional resume is studded with familiar acronyms including MIT, Avco, TRW, WHO and TASC, and over the years, his work has taken him on missions to 53 countries (so far).  A common thread in the story is his mastery of complex, mathematics-intensive subjects, first as a Systems Engineer, then as a Management Scientist and finally as a Registered Investment Advisor – with the unique perspective of an investor with 55 years of personal experience, i.e. an expert outsider within the field of finance.  He’ll be “wearing this hat” when he addresses our group, and sharing his insights as to best practices for small investors – i.e. “Avoiding the big Mistakes” as he puts it.  Some of his “adages” may surprise us all! This promises to be a fascinating talk, and one that will provide us with a variety of immediate and very useful takeaways. 

Please join us for dinner on Thursday, May5th, at Seasons Grille in the Ramada Inn Plaza in Portland to hear Mr. Towle’s talk on this very timely topic. We will begin gathering at 5:30 P.M. Cash bar service will be available at that time. A buffet dinner featuring chicken marsala will be served at 6:00, and Mr. Towle’s talk will begin at 7:00. Cost is $28 per person.

To reserve a place for yourself and your guests, please click on the Registration button at the top of the page, to register online with a credit card; or download a printable form that can be mailed with a check to our Club Treasurer. Registration deadline is Monday May 2nd. Please call Ervin Davis (207.202.8096) or Bill Bisson (207.317.1995) if you have any questions.

To reserve seats for yourself and your guests, please use either buttons above to register online with credit card, or mail in the register form with a check for $28 per person to our Club Treasurer by Monday May 2nd. Please call Erv Davis at 1-207-282-8096, or Bill Bisson at 1-207-797-6356 for more information.

Driving Instructions to: Seasons Grille
155 Riverside St, Portland, ME 04103

From I-95, coming from either north or south:
1. Take Exit 48 for Larrabee Rd, toward ME-25 / US-302 / Riverside St.
2. From the exit, continue onto Larrabee Rd
3. Turn right onto Riverside St
4. The Seasons Grille is in the Ramada Inn Plaza, at 155 Riverside St. (Directly behind the Ramada Inn).


Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, http://www.tutoringplus.org/home.html, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at: mclaughlin@tutoringplus.org, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.

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