September 2017

Ernestina in New Bedford Harbor
                                                                                                                      photo by Roland Morin
September 30, 2017

Fall is here in full force today as we look back to a successful and busy summer full of festivals and amazing work on the Ernestina-Morrissey in the shipyard.  We look forward to hearing about the progress on the ship's rehabilitation at next week's Commission meeting and will be sending you a full report.
SEMA's fundraising continues as we work to raise the match to the Manton Foundation's challenge of a 1:1 match of all the funds we raise.  Thank you to all who supported our "Celebrating Ernestina-Morrissey" Gala in June and to the Island Foundation, The Carney Family Charitable Foundation, the Ebay Foundation, Nancy and John W. Braitmayer and the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus for their generous gifts this summer.
You can help us "Meet the Match" with your donation today.  CONTACT US!
Fair Winds,
Mary Anne
You're Invited to the October Schooner Ernestina Commission Meeting 

Licy DoCanto, Chair of the Schooner Ernestina Commission, invites you to join the Massachusetts Schooner Ernestina Commission for its public meeting on Friday, October 6th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the  Cape Verdean Association of Brockton ( 575 North Montello Street, Brockton, MA 02301). A formal public meeting notice is forthcoming.
We are grateful and thank the Cape Verdean Association of Brocton for hosting the Commission meeting.
We hope you can join us for an important discussion on the continued work to strengthen the future of the Schooner.
The agenda hasn't been posted yet but you can follow this link to and you can  access the minutes of previous Commission meetings by following the link and scrolling down the chronological list to the Schooner Ernestina Commission entries.  

We look forward to meeting the new Commissioners!

Thank You, Gene Monteiro!

Gene Monteiro introducing recepients of awards.
After two terms as a member of the Schooner Ernestina Commission, Gene Montiero fulfilled his last duty as Master of Ceremonies of the "Celebrating Ernestina-Morrissey" Gala.  Gene's broad connections to the SouthCoast and all of its communities served the Commission well as support for the vessel was cultivated and planning began for her future.  SEMA looks forward to Genes' help and participation in our role as an advocate supporter of Ernestina-Morrissey. 


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