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2018 Leaders & Luminaries Awards

by Kelly McCormack

MANP is proud to partner with Camden National Bank on their Leaders & Luminaries Awards that honor board members who have successfully used passion, innovation and resourcefulness to advance their organizations and help our communities thrive.

This year, the Leaders & Luminaries Awards will be presented at our 2018 Executive Leadership Forum: The Secret Sauce to Boardroom Success featuring dynamic presenter Susan Meier of Meier and Associates. Through The Bank of Maine Foundation, four award recipients will each receive $5,000 for their respective organizations.

Last year’s honorees included board members from Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO), Camp Sunshine, Susan L. Curtis Foundation, Junior Achievement of Maine, Sarah’s House, and Maine School Garden Network. Awardee Sherry Cobb, immediate past president of AIO, recalls feeling thrilled upon learning she was being honored and said the check they received was an encouraging boost to their Weekend Backpack Program funding, an initiative she directs for food-insecure children. The gift enabled AIO to provide weekend food for an additional 44 children during the school year.

Leaders & Luminaries honorees are selected because they have demonstrated exceptional leadership and resourcefulness, as illustrated by this story from Cobb. “The biggest challenge (and there have been many) came when the treasurer reported that AIO had only $6,000 in our accounts and a lot of pending emergency assistance vouchers were coming in soon to be paid. We immediately stopped issuing vouchers (we could still supply food), and I wrote a letter to the community, explaining the problem, describing the need among Knox County’s poor. Every newspaper featured the letter and The Free Press printed it on the front page of the Thanksgiving Day edition, large and above the fold. By January we had more than a hundred thousand dollars.”

Cobb recognizes that volunteering as a board member is not an easy task, but it is worthwhile: “Volunteer work has many rewards. Everyone who volunteers knows that. But sometimes the job can become all-consuming, putting the rest of life on the back burner. If it’s important work, then you take a lot of deep breaths and do it. It’s not about getting credit, but it’s lovely when people say you did well.”

Since 2011, Camden National Bank has awarded $107,000 to Maine nonprofits and has recognized more than 30 nonprofit board members.

Do you know someone who is deserving of this honor? Nominate a board member that has made important contributions in your community through outstanding strategic leadership by Friday, August 24!

We hope to see you in October!

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