On November 10th, CELT members and friends gathered at the Annual Meeting at the Purpoodock Club for news, business, light snacks, and discussion!
Our guest speaker, Judy Camuso, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, spoke passionately about the challenges that land managers face in achieving the dual missions of creating habitat for wildlife and supporting recreation for people. She shared a few of her stories about her tenure as Maine’s first female IFW Commissioner, and her journey from being the only female biologist in a wildlife management district office of over 40, to managing the entire department (and extracting a personal promise from major outdoor gear retailers to create hunting gear that is actually made to fit women)! She left us with good advice — get outside and get involved!
A special gift was presented, “To the employee/owners of ETHOS/VONT with grateful thanks from the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust,” in recognition of the company’s generous support for the land trust over many years. ETHOS graciously provides pro bono graphic design services, and VONT was responsible for our recent website upgrade this past spring. In appreciation, CELT presented a framed photograph of Great Pond to Ted Darling representing the company. The photo was taken and donated to CELT by Claudia Dricot.
Among other orders of business, Sherm Altenburg, Elizabeth Goodspeed, Tom McInerney, and Nick Owens were elected to 3-year terms on the Board of Directors. Congratulations to Elizabeth Goodspeed, Wyman Briggs, and Liz Murley on their re-elections as Board President, Treasurer, and Secretary, respectively, and special congratulations to David Briman, our new Vice President!
Thank you to everyone who joined us and to all of our volunteers who helped make this happen–we’ll see you at next year’s Annual Meeting!