There have been many members of the Maine Association of Planners. Some have even served as officers and board members. To those folks who went above the call of duty, we thank you for a great 50 years!
We said goodbye to a few Board members this year. So the group is slim, trim and still providing the membership with the best possible products. We are focused on the NNECAPA Conference/50th Anniversary, membership, finance, awards, and communication. The Annual Meeting associated with Build Maine in June and Board retreat in September focused primarily on these projects.
Amanda Bunker, Professional Development chair, is spearheading the NNECAPA Conference planning effort. The small group of volunteers are doing yeoman’s work to pull together an incredible conference. We hope to see many Maine planners there.
There is an additional committee working on the MAP 50th Anniversary party to be held on October 24th the night before the NNECAPA Conference. Lobster bake, skit, historic review and chatting with old and new friends. I hope you can join the fun!
Tune in to Maine Calling at 1:00pm on October 24th on the ride to the conference or listen in here. You will hear fellow planners Mark Eyerman, Sarah Marchant, and Ben Smith interviewed by Jennifer Rooks.
Jane Lafleur, Treasurer, is working with me to trim the number of accounts we have. Simplify, simplify, simplify is our cry! She is also working with our bookkeeper, Kathy Cirillo, to organize and keep track of our finances more closely and provide monthly reports.
Each state association as well as the NNECAPA Board have signed the MOU to begin the process of each State becoming sections of NNECAPA. NNECAPA membership will be voting during the 2018 Conference at Point Lookout. MAP will be voting on the new Bylaws and voting on becoming a section in January/February 2019 at the General Membership meeting. Look for more information on the list serve and website. We have already started planning where and what it will include. Think snow and legislation.
Happy 50th Anniversary!
Carol Eyerman, AICP
PS: If you want us to decide everything, then by all means sit on the sidelines. If not, join one of the committees or volunteer for the short projects, we would love to hear from you.