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Positively Maine: Noteworthy News, July 13, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — Cathy Kidman has been named interim executive director of the Maine Women’s Fund, succeeding Elizabeth Stefanski, who will continue her leadership in social change as part of the Business Innovation Factory in Rhode Island.

The Maine Women’s Fund reports Kidman comes with a plethora of skills and experience to lead the fund forward over the next six months, paving the way for a smooth transition to permanent leadership.

Kidman has extensive experience in organizational development and strategic planning across private, public and nonprofit organizations and brings hands-on experience as a former executive director, interim executive director and consultant.

She is also recognized as having an excellent reputation for working with nonprofit boards and staff to help them achieve their organizational goals during a time of transition.


CAMDEN, Maine — During its annual luncheon in June, the Camden Garden Club announced the recipients of this year’s club scholarships.

Camden Hills Regional High School senior Sam Vail will attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and major in environmental science and sustainable agriculture.

Jessie Mathews, a sophomore at Boston University majoring in marine science, and Adrienne Horne, studying environmental engineering at Smith College in Amherst, Mass., were first-time Camden Garden Club scholarship winners and Asa Peats, a junior at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston majoring in landscape architecture, received his third club scholarship.

The garden club is also providing scholarships for Tanglewood’s residential camper program, focusing on environmental and nature studies.


ORONO, Maine — An Eagle Scout is the new executive director of the Katahdin Area Council of Boy Scouts.

Marshall Steinmann, formerly of Georgia, stepped into his new position at the Orono facility on June 16.

The council serves Scouts age 7-21 in northern and eastern Maine.

Before arriving in Maine, Steinman, who graduated from Greensboro College in North Carolina, served five years with the Old North State Council and later served with the Scouts in the Newport News, Va., area. He joined the Flint River Council staff in 2008 in Griffin, Ga., as an assistant scout executive.

A former cross-country college athlete, he competes in half-marathons and marathons and is training for a half-Ironman.

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer branch of the U.S. Coast Guard, Steinmann is a past member of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

For more information about activities and programs of the Katahdin Area Council, call 866-2241 or visit http://www.katahdinareabsa.org.


SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Fundraising barbecues held recently at all Hannaford Supermarkets locations raised a total of $53,800 for 100 charities selected by local stores.

The event, Summer Celebrations 2011, invited community members to a barbecue June 18, the Saturday before Father’s Day, at their local Hannaford.

For a $1 donation to charity, each person received a meal of a hamburger, hot dog or sausage; and potato chips and soda or water. Hannaford associates prepared and served the food.

“This was a fun way to celebrate summer and raise money for important local organizations at the same time,” said Michael Norton, director of corporate communications.

“We really wanted to make it easy for customers and associates to contribute to their community at a time of year when many people are busy with family and summer activities.”

More than 50 vendors joined Hannaford in sponsoring the barbecues, and eight donated products such as beef, cheese, buns and condiments.

All proceeds went to charity. The top recipients were United Way, $11,744; American Cancer Society, $5,688; and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), $3,953.

All 178 Hannaford stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York participated with barbecues held either in the store or store parking lots.

“The associates at each location put their own stamp on their barbecue, making it a real community celebration,” Norton said.


BANGOR, Maine — More than 800 volunteers are needed to help the American Folk Festival host this celebration of culture, music and dance for more than 100,000 guests. The festival still has more than 400 volunteer shifts that need to be filled and the greatest need area are 40 shifts for safety escort, 40 shifts for setup-strike, 65 shifts for stage area services, more than 100 shifts for vending, 110 shifts for the bucket brigade and more than 120 shifts for the donation station greeters. For detailed information about available shifts, visit the volunteer page atwww.americanfolkfestival.com, call Debbi Melnikas at 974-3216 or email debbi@americanfolkfestival.com.

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