Maine Sea Coast Mission

November 2010 
In This Issue
Planting Begins as New Executive Director
Mission Scholars Recognized
Mission Honors Sabah-Maren and DeLong
Annual Meeting - Mission Finances Strong
Tennis Tournament Supports EdGE
Join Us For Holiday Open House
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Scott Planting
Executive Director

Planting Begins as
New Executive Director
Scott Planting

Scott Planting,

Executive Director

Rev. Scott Planting began serving as the new Executive Director of the Maine Sea Coast Mission on October 18. Prior to coming to the Mission, Scott was pastor of three rural churches in western Maine for 35 years and the executive coordinator of the Mission at the Eastward (MATE), a "cooperative parish" of churches that serves rural communities and offers programs on housing, health care, emergency food, heating assistance, and other areas of need. Scott graduated from Amherst College and has a Master's of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Scott has relocated to Mount Desert Island with his wife, Marsha. The Plantings have two adult children.

Scott reflects, " I am very impressed by the scope of programs offered by the Mission, the devotion of the staff to the good work being accomplished, and by the overall commitment to excellence by the organization. I am very happy to be on the job, honored to serve the Mission with its long and distinguished history, and looking forward to meeting everyone connected with the Mission." Lee Judd, Board President said, "The board is excited to have Scott at the helm. His experience in rural Maine with programs similar to ours will make him immediately productive in helping our Downeast Maine and Island communities."

Mission Scholars Recognized
Scholarship - Ruth Colket and Ariel Bothen
Ruth Colket, Board Member, presenting scholarship to Ariel Bothen.

A scholarship reception for Maine Sea Coast Mission scholars was held on July16 at the Colket Center. Over 130 students and parents attended. This year, the Mission awarded 104 scholarships totaling $107,000 to students from coastal and island communities in Washington, Hancock, Waldo, and Knox Counties. Upper classmen shared their success stories with new scholars. The Mission is committed to supporting the Mission scholars during their college career.

Mission Honors Sabah-Maren and DeLong

Gala - Gary DeLong and Lee Judd
Lee Judd, Board President, and Gary DeLong 
Gala - Jill Goldthwait and Emily Sabah-Maren
Jill Goldthwait, Board Member, and Emily Sabah-Maren

At the seventh annual Sunbeam Awards Gala on August 20, the Maine Sea Coast Mission honored Emily Sabah-Maren and outgoing Maine Sea Coast Mission Executive Director Gary DeLong for contributing to the well being of Downeast and island communities.

Emily was honored for her philanthropy on Mount Desert Island and in Downeast Maine which was made possible through the Thomas H. Maren Foundation. Emily also helps individuals who want to work and live on the island. She initiated a program, with the assistance of the Island Housing Trust, to provide affordable housing on property she owns. Emily commented about philanthropy, "We need to take the focus off of the money and ourselves and put it where it belongs, on the families we raise and the community that nurtures us."

Gary was honored for his many accomplishments as executive director; for initiating the EdGE program, an aftershool and summer program, and the Island Health Services program, which provides health care to Maine's outer islands through a nurse and telemedicine equipment on board the Sunbeam V and in island clinics. Gary said, "The Mission has been honored to work with people who, when treated with love and respect, find their way back on their feet and stand tall in the face of enormous odds."

Annual Meeting - Mission Finances Strong

Annual Meeting - Stephanie Alley and Anna Fernald
Islesford residents, Stephanie Alley and Anna Fernald
Annual Meeting - Gary DeLong
Gary DeLong

The Maine Sea Coast Mission held its 105th annual meeting on July 14 at the Colket Center. Gavin Watson, Board Vice President/Treasurer, said, "The Mission is in a strong financial position. These are challenging times for investors and especially non-profits, but the Mission's investments performed well." Martha DeTurris, daughter of Mission Superintendent, Rev. Neal Bousfield, presented 201 letters to be placed in the Mission's archives which document the transition from Superintendent Orville Guptill to Rev. Bousfield. The letters show how the Mission had touched the lives of the island communities.

Gary DeLong, Executive Director, who retired on October 15, was honored. Stephanie Alley and Anna Fernald representing Islesford said, "Gary guided us with a gentle commanding presence and relaxed sense of humor." Pat McEachron from Frenchboro said, "Gary talked to us and not at us. He listened to us." Sonny Sprague from Swan's Island said, "He was just like one of the islanders." Jodi Burgess and Henry Seavey from the EdGE program said, "EdGE gave them the tools to become confident leaders." Gini King from Machias said, "Gary described the Mission as, "making life better, kinder, and more loving now for those who have the least."

Tennis Tournament Supports EdGE

EdGE Tennis Tournament 2

Stanley Subaru and J.T. Rosborough team members: (left to right) Jim Murray, Susie Flack, Debbie Crowley, Eve Harrison, Mark Politte, and Ben Rowell. Missing from this photo, Kim Tate and

Steve Kassels.


The team sponsored by Stanley Subaru and J.T. Rosborough Inc. captured the 6th Annual EdGE Open Tennis Tournament on October 11 in a tie breaker over last year's defending champion, Small Animal Clinic. This was the first time in six years of tournaments that there was a tie which was won in the finals match.

Larry Hudgens, Tournament Director, observed: "The enthusiasm and competitiveness of 64 avid tennis players from Eastern Maine in support of the EdGE program provided a very entertaining and rewarding day."


The tournament's 11 sponsors and tennis players came from throughout eastern Maine including Bangor, Machias, other Downeast Maine communities, Ellsworth, and Mount Desert.

Join Us For Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House Committee Members Stacey Smith, Ponzi Reed, and Kathy Woodside decorating the entry Christmas tree before the 2009 Holiday Open House,
Join Us!

Holiday Open House
at the Colket Center
127 West Street,  Bar Harbor, Maine

Support the Christmas Program which gives 16,000 gifts to children, families and elderly

December 3, 2010
5:30 - 7:30pm

Hors d'oeuvres, music, wreath silent auction, and
tours of Colket Center

  Silver Bell - Kelco Industried
 Green Bell - Maine Mountain Man Christmas Trees

                                                A donation to the Christmas Program is
                                                  encouraged in lieu of an admission fee.
                                                 Patrons will be recognized in the program.
                                               Contact Sarah Clemens at 288-5097 
                                                   if you would like to be a patron beginning at $100.

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