Thank you for coming to our Annual Meeting & Celebration May 19th

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting & Celebration on May 19th! This was unfortunately rescheduled last-minute due to the rain on Saturday, and we are sorry to anyone who was unable to attend on Sunday. We did have a wonderful turnout of over 70 staff and board members, tutors, learners, community members, and families.

The afternoon started out with everyone mingling and playing lawn games. Children and adults were able to pick up free books at our free book tables and there was a book themed scavenger hunt in which the children could be seen running all around the building trying to solve the clues. Thanks to Katie, our Program Director, for organizing this, it was a huge hit!

Midcoast Literacy board members provided hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers and attendees brought a large variety of finger foods and desserts. Thank you to everyone who brought food, it was an amazing and delicious assortment!

Capping off the afternoon, Executive Director, Dan Burson, and several MCL board members reviewed the highlights of 2023 and handed out awards to outstanding tutors, learners, and community partners. Dan thanked MCL volunteers for their support in meeting increasing demands for our programs, noting that our volunteers donated over 8100 hours of their time in 2023. Dan also informed everyone that staff and board members have started working on a new strategic plan in which we will need input from volunteers, learners, and the community in the coming months. Sue Ellen Damour, who left the board earlier this year, was thanked for her years of unmatched fundraising efforts while on the board and Julie Hendrickson was thanked for the two-and-a-half years that she spent as board chair.

For awards, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick was awarded Community Partner of the Year for being a true partner to Midcoast Literacy. Library staff, and particularly Hazel Onsrud, were acknowledged for creating such a welcoming space and for so readily assisting our tutors and learners. Also awarded were Ricky Bikali of Topsham (Outstanding Adult Learner), Emery Trask of Phippsburg (Outstanding Read Together Learner), and Pamela Barry of Edgecomb (Newton Blakesley and Cyndy Lewis Outstanding Tutor award), who has been working with her learner for six years!

Thank you again to everyone who came, participated, and brought food! It was a delightful afternoon.