If you missed the Leadership Luncheon in April, you missed one heck of a day. The speakers were honest, open-hearted, and left us in tears several times. I am, the full Board is, so pleased with how we brought the event back from our short hiatus. If you missed it, or just want to see it again, we'll have some key moments on the website in the next few weeks.
On to our favorite time of year - our annual grants decisions and the grand announcement. Today we are happy to introduce our 2018 - 19 grantees: some are brand new to us and some of our long-time friends back again this year. As we said earlier, we received 70 letters of intent this year, all great organizations serving Maine women and girls and all deserving of our limited funding. Alas, we cannot fund them all, so we invited a much smaller cohort to submit full proposals, and again, all were very convincing. In the end, who did our grants committee choose? More below!
As the parents and students in the audience know, its graduation season, and as always, there have been some really touching commencement speeches this year. Soccer star Abby Wambach delivered a
to the women of Barnard College, citing issues from fair pay to being the wolf instead of Little Red Riding Hood. At Colby, Senator Collins urged the grads
to choose civility
and community over the heated (non) debates Congress has been known for. At MECA,
Marie Shurkus, chairwoman and associate professor of academic studies, told the students not to fear failure but to view it as a bridge to success. "Look fear in the eye and invite it to tea," she said.
It is a time of renewal and growth for all things tied to the Earth, animal, vegetable, and mineral. Whether embarking into the future with a graduation or simply being able to open the windows and let the sun shine in, when we come out of a Maine winter, we rejoice. Look out into your community: when you see someone you do not know, invite her to tea.