GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Annual Meetings

2000 Annual Meeting (Aug 16)

Minutes of meeting


Emily Colby (standing)
Ada Rice, Charlene Allen

As usual, the annual meeeting was a fun time.  A packed house was gathered as the meeting opened with an original play, Bits and Pieces, written and directed by Lesley Horvath.  The play was a celebration of the Cranberry Island Ladies Aid 100th anniversary, and had the setting of a quilting bee at a Ladies Aid meeting.  Sixteen women portrayed different Island women from 1900 to the present year, discussing timely church- and island-related events that took place during the century.  Mention was made of walking over the frozen Western Way to Southwest Harbor to shop, problems with a local firebug, the island's response to the great fire of 1947 at Bar Harbor, a visit from president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and many other funny remembrances of island events.

Following the play, the usual business meeting took place.  First there were greetings from President Wini Smart.  Then the 1999 minutes were read by Secretary Judy Whitney, followed by reading of the Treasurer's report by Treasurer Bruce Komusin.

Next came the matter of election of officers and trustees.  Current officers, having been voted in last year, continue their two-year terms.  All current trustees also continue their five-year terms.  Charlotte Harlan of the Nominating Committee read a list of five proposed new trustees for the current year: Sonja Colby, Hal Newell II, Robin Richman, Owen Roberts, and Leslie Watson.  No additional names were nominated from the floor.  The proposed new trustees were all voted in without opposition.  This brings the board to 14 trustees to oversee the new historical museum that opened Aug 6th in the Longfellow Schoolhouse, Great Cranberry Island.

President Wini Smart next reported on the museum's opening, as well as plans in 2001 of installing a Multimedia Video Display, to bring sound and motion, thus making history more interesting to young and old alike.  In addition, a special hands-on section will be created for young children, both educational and fun.

At the close of the meeting, Susan Story Frank sang a beautiful "Song for the Island", accompanied by Bill Goldberg on the piano.  This song was specially adapted by Jim Gertmenian and Susan King from "Song for the Mira", words and music by Allister MacGillivray.