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MaineShare Welcome Two New Board Members

MaineShare Welcome Two New Board Members

MaineShare’s Governance committee has been focusing on ensuring that our by-laws are up to date and aligned with the needs of the organization and that our board is made up of the right mix of people. 

Our goal is to build MaineShare to 15 board members with 8 seats reserved for member groups. We see a more robust representation on the board by member groups as mission critical for the future success for MaineShare. 

After asking for nominations from the membership, two candidates asked to be considered by the Governance committee. After reviewing both candidates, we presented both candidates to the membership at our October 29th Virtual Annual Meeting. Both were accepted enthusiastically by the membership.

We are thrilled to welcome our two newest board members.

Ryan Martin, Executive Director of Viles Arboretum.
Ryan brings to us the perspective of a newer leader in a member group and we have loved working with him in his role at Viles and appreciate his energy and insights.  Ryan’s desire to to serve on the board stems from his belief that MaineShare is extremely valuable to small organizations like his.  Additionally, he wants to learn and contribute to MaineShare’s success. 

Ryan is a graduate of Green Mountain College with a master’s degree in Sustainable Food systems and the University of Maine at Machias with a degree in Environmental Studies. Among other pursuits, Ryan has worked as a Science Teacher with MidCoast School of Technology and Kennebec County Community College and as a Program Director for the Maine Trust for Education in Conservation and the Town of Islesboro.

Robinson “Robin” Drummond, Board Member of GLSEN. Robinson Drummond
Robin brings to us the perspective of a long-term board member of a MaineShare member group and is passionate about MaineShare’s mission.  In addition to valuing the MS mission, he wants to be on the board because he admires that MaineShare is “homespun” and he grew up in Maine and is “hopelessly committed” to a life here.

Robin is currently a senior at Bates College, runs a Bed & Breakfast, and has launched a design and life-style business, Atlantic Seaboard, in the Portland area.  His experience and interests include: work with an international car rental company, a major furniture retailer, a large resort; he loves interior and furniture design.

MaineShare is committed to building a representative board and we are doing our own homework on issues related to board governance and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are excited to welcome Ryan and Robin to this work!

October 2020 Newsletter – Winter is Coming

October 2020 Newsletter – Winter is Coming

Winter is coming, but MaineShare members are doing all they can to make sure Mainers have what they need to survive and thrive.

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we are pleased to share with you inspiration, events (VegFest!), and updates from our member groups and from MaineShare.

Here in the MaineShare virtual office, we are working hard with our workplace partners to have a successful campaign during these unprecedented times. So far, the results are more promising than we expected, however, some workplaces and their employees have been incredibly hard hit by the pandemic. Our thoughts go out to them and their families and we are so grateful for their continued support when they, themselves are facing hard times.

We also launched a major website tune-up – check it out!  Thanks to board member, Jodie Lapchick, for her design influence and to our website beta testers for making this happen on a shoe-string and quickly.

We’re pleased to have a new “News & Events” section which we hope to build out over time. Right now, we are posting our newsletters there as well as our events & occasional news pieces. Check out our recent post on our two new board members and our new video about our network.

Now onto the inspiration from our member groups!  Read more.


September 2020 Newsletter – Innovating, Adapting, and Building a Better Maine

September 2020 Newsletter – Innovating, Adapting, and Building a Better Maine

Watching our member groups innovate and adapt has been inspiring. The first story in this newsletter is about an event planned before the shutdown and canceled 24 hours before it was to begin. In the events section of this newsletter, our members are really evolving and creating exciting virtual experiences.

This additionally is an incredible time for our democracy. MaineShare member groups are working to make sure all of our voices are heard, our votes are cast and counted, and democracy thrives.

Unrestricted, reliable streams of income, like the funding MaineShare provides to our member groups, allows nonprofits to be nimble and adaptable when the only thing that is constant is change. Many of you are loyal supporters of MaineShare and thanks to you, we are contributing to our members’ ability to flex!

Read our September Newsletter for stories about how our member groups are innovating, adapting, and inspiring