Chebeague Island Hall Community Center
October 5, 2015
Thanks to all for making the Nonagenarians' Birthday Party such a fun event. The Hall board would like to extend particular thanks to special guests Donna Damon and Sandra Rice. Donna gave a fascinating talk on what Chebeague was like when the honorees were new to the world. She brought some terrific pictures of the way life was here back in the 1920s and 1930s. Of course, Sandra Rice got everyone dancing and ended the party on a totally joyous note.
Fall is coming, and October 7 marks the first soup lunch at the Hall, so get your soup spoons ready. Susie has already opened her Wednesday morning coffee hour, and it will continue until May.
The first Community Lunch will be held October 21, with the second on November 18, and the third on December 16. All dates are currently open for sponsorship. If you choose to underwrite a Community Lunch, the Hall's dedicated chefs will prepare the feast you desire, from entree to dessert! As always, a $5 donation is asked for the lunches, and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Any way you look at it, you win!
In other Hall news, the renovation project is complete, and we are awaiting pictures of the process to post for all to see. We hope to hold a party next summer to celebrate our newly snug space and to thank all those who contributed to the fund with money or time or both. The Hall board continues to be humbled by the overwhelming support for the project. The Hall may be a plain ol' New England gal, but she obviously holds a special place in the hearts of many.
The Hall's annual meeting will be held Thursday October 22. Be sure to get your proxy in by then, and please let the board know whether you are interested in serving as a member.
Finally, the Community Center will be installing a new furnace this fall. This much-needed improvement will ensure Islanders a warm refuge in case of power outages this winter, as well as complement the recent upgrades in insulation. Even though the Hall's formal name is the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center (CIHCC), the "Community Center" moniker more properly refers to the entire building, which houses three totally service-oriented non-profits--the CIHCC, the Chebeague Island Library, and the Chebeague Island Council. The three organizations are forging an even closer relationship in the hopes of increasing their ability to serve the island community. As always, please feel free to contact the Hall board with comments and suggestions for additional ways in which the Hall and her neighbors can serve you.
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October 28, 2014
To All Full-and Part-Time Chebeaguers and Islanders at Heart:
Chebeague Island Hall Community Center, the simple clapboard building where we all come to vote, watch our children's plays, find shelter from coastal storms and winds, shop the Commons yard sale, raise money for an ailing neighbor, take our pet to the vet, and grab a warm meal and a friend to chat with every wintry Wednesday, needs her underpinnings replaced and her roof insulated. After years of deferred maintenance, she has a serious moisture problem and critter infestation below and no barrier above to keep the heat in and the costs down. Her sole source of secured funding comes in the form of a $4000 payment from the town in return for serving as the de facto town hall. Otherwise, the Hall relies on building, chair, and table rentals and the Fourth of July ice cream sale (which netted just over $400 this year). The Hall is a private nonprofit whose mission is to serve our small island community. The Hall does not charge dues or have an annual appeal. Now, faced with a bill of $39, 800, the Hall is asking for your help. Save our lovely old lady and ensure that she remains the vital center of this little island that we all love so much.
The fundraiser has begun! We hope that the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center will be able to benefit from this new method of fundraising. This approach represents a collective leap in thinking for some members of the Hall board, most of whom remember when the indoor outhouse at the Hall was considered a wondrous innovation. (Unless, like Gina, you were introduced to the Hall as a bride at your wedding reception and faced with the realization that you would have to actually use that indoor outhouse while wearing your beautiful white gown.)
Photo - The Hall was adorned with many of Louise Todd's wonderful paintings today for the Memorial Reception.
Ruth Slagle and Mabel Doughty, presidents, Susie Stavropoulos, Gina Ross, Sam Mclean, Bev Johnson, Pat St.Cyr, Tad Runge, Martha Hamilton, Dianne Brewer and Barbara Hamilton, Tad Runge