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Lunch and Referendums with Matt Dunlap

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Marianne Pinkham | BDN
Marianne Pinkham | BDN


Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center will host its Wednesday Lunch and Learn program on October 19, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. at the Wavus Camp for Girls, Wavus Road in Jefferson (just of Route 213). Following the luncheon guests and community members will have the opportunity to hear Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap clarify the wording of and discuss the pros and cons of the five citizens’ initiative questions to appear on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Referendum Election ballot:

• An Act To Establish Ranked-Choice Voting.
• An Act To Establish The Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education,
• An Act To Legalize Marijuana.
• An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage.
• An Act to Require Background Checks for Gun Sales.

By learning about the issues on this year’s referendum ballot and by voting, you are keeping Maine’s democracy strong and continuing a long history of citizen participation in the governing of our state and nation. As noted by the Bangor Daily News “depending upon how community members vote on November 8 Maine could be transformed into a state where adults can smoke legal, recreational marijuana and elect their leaders without fear of “wasted votes.” The lowest paid employees would make substantially more than they earn today and will keep more of that money because of the elimination of the income tax”. Gun sales would be subject to background checks over and beyond those currently required by licensed dealers.

The process for adopting a law by citizen initiative or referendum is established by Maine law in very specific terms. The wording of the initiative must be approved by the Secretary of State, which in this case was accomplished October 13, 2015. The approved wording appears on the petition signature sheets; the full text of the proposed law is attached to each petition signature sheet. Maine law requires the petition to be supported by 60,000 voter signatures on approved signature petition sheets that must be submitted by February 1, 2016 in order that the referendum be on the November 2016 ballot.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap of Old Town, Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in that office since 1880. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State. During his previous tenure, he served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State and was named Maine’s Public Administrator of the Year in 2008. In 2005, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta to serve on a national rulemaking panel on driver license and identification card security, and has remained active in the national debate on privacy and national security.

He previously served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing part of Old Town and the Indian Island Voting District; he served three terms as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as well as House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee. A founder of the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, he is an award-winning monthly columnist for The Northwoods Sporting Journal and is active in many civic endeavors, including board positions with The Windover Art Center, University of Maine “M” Club, Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium, and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He was recently named a Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was raised in Bar Harbor and holds degrees from the University of Maine.

He lives in Old Town with his wife, Michelle Dunphy, and their daughter Emily Charlotte Dunlap.Advanced Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon a.m. on Monday, October 17 to make your luncheon reservation and enjoy home-style pot roast and gravy dinner prepared by Chef Mary and the culinary team at Wavus. $5.00 per person for luncheon guests over 60 years of age. All others $6.00. Can’t make it to lunch? Community members are always welcome to attend the Center’s Wednesday Learn portion of the day’s Lunch and Learn program, which will begin at approximately twelve -noon. Come to Matt’s presentation on October 19 for insights into how Maine’s citizen’s initiatives work, how a quirky ritual of Maine democracy determines, through some kind of random drawing, the order of the citizen initiative referendum questions on November’s ballot and proposals that are brewing to change the referendum process in Maine.

Before, during and after lunch Center visitors can also participate in and enjoy the following Wednesday programs:

TNT Whole Body Fitness: Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. A fitness class taught by senior fitness professional Robin Maginn that offers a total body workout. Drop in fee $5.

Morning Yoga with Carol Krajnik: Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. For your whole being, gentle movements calm the mind & relax the body. Fee: $15/class.

On Balance: Getting Stronger-Living Longer, Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Gentle exercises for strength, flexibility and balance with Robin Maginn for those who
are a little bit timid or who haven’t exercised in a while. $4 per class. Sign-up and pay for lunch and the class is only $2.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Drop In/. Become a part of SAGE’s bi-monthly gatherings aimed at bringing together older adults living in the midcoast area. Please contact SAGE board member Mitzi Lichtman at mitzijoy23@gmail.com or by phone at 207-338-5889. Donation $1. Unless otherwise noted SAGE meets at the Coastal Community Center on the first and third Wednesday of the month, 1:00 p.m. —3:00 p,m,. SAGE gatherings are intergenerational discussions which are open to all community members.

Private acupuncture sessions with Sharon Gordon, M.Ac.
FMI: Sharon at (207) 482-0725. Special SG CCC private rate for seniors: $45 for a one hour appointment, Wednesdays in August beginning at 11:00 AM. To schedule your appointment call 563-1363.

Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging’s mission, vision and service plan is based upon the premise that: The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level enables a person to live a more physically and socially healthy life. Visit our agency’s website at: www.spectrumgenerations.com. Like us on Facebook.