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Casco Bay Island Alliance (formerly Casco Bay Island Development Association)

Annual Meeting Notes – September 13, 2017


The annual Casco Bay Island Development Association was held Tuesday, September 13th, at Diamond Cove. Two major organizational changes were proposed and accepted. One was to change our name from Casco Bay Island Development Association to Casco Bay Islands Alliance, to better reflect our purpose and goals. The second proposal was to increase the annual dues from the current $7 to $15 (individual and family) while keeping the supporting, sustaining, and patron levels of $25, $50 and $100 respectively.

We also added two new board members: Beth Marchak from Long Island and Marcia Sharp from Cliff Island.

Information about our new “brand” was presented, as well as a new “Welcome to Casco Bay” poster, which is posted on various ferries and will be seen in the ferry terminal. Special thanks to Judy Paolini for her work on our brand (including name, logo, and colors) and this poster.

We then heard presentations from our grant recipients, including Alanna Rich, President of the Parents’ Club, who spoke about the new greenhouse which we funded – it will be attached to the school, and the vegetables grown will supplement the school lunch and snack program. Amy Tierney, chair of the Aging-in-Place Committee (now the Wellness Council), spoke about the new health clinic in the basement of the library, which will allow our islanders easier access to health care (CBIA helped to fund some of the equipment. Other presentations were about the Island Commons (residential care center) on Chebeague (replacement of some of their worn furniture), Fay Garman House (independent living for seniors) on Peaks Island (funding of their vegetable garden), the Peaks Island Library (digitization and housing of their historical collections), and the Fort McKinley Museum on Great Diamond Island (purchase of PastPerfect, a collections management software also used by Long Island Historical Society). We all were able to tour the Fort McKinley Museum before heading home on our respective ferries.