Meeting opened at 5:30pm

Attendance: Doug Rawlings, Sally Chappell, Jon Chappell, Peggy Akers, Larry Gilbert, Peter Morgan, Eric Herter, Adam Toothaker, Dan Glover, Kathy Coughlin, Lynn Ellis, Richard Clement, Martha Spiess, John Morris

Inspiration: Poem read by Lynn, “Ode To The Mystics”

Secretary’s Report: April minutes accepted as written

Treasurer’s Report: Income: $364.58, Expenses: $3,267.23, Checking Account,: $3319.07, Savings Account.: $16,437.16, 7 month CD: $40,292.57. Total amount in Treasury: $60,048.80

Peter raised the issue of the desirability of some sort of oversight of our Chapter funds. Discussion was held with one suggestion being the formation of an oversight committee. The matter will be considered further at a future meeting.

Eric asked about the woman who would like to will her house in Addison to the Chapter. Doug reported that he has been in contact with her but nothing definite has been agreed upon concerning the transaction, if it should ever get to that point.

Common Ground Fair: Doug reported that we are registered to have a table at the Fair in September.

Brunswick Air Show: Dates are August 3 and 4. Meeting members expressed enthusiasm for a protest as we have done in the past. More discussion at the next meeting.

Memorial Day Parade in Topsham-Brunswick: Monday, May 27 @ 9am.We march together with Peace Action Brunswick. Seven members present at the meeting indicated they would march.

Larry reported that the unveiling of Rob Shetterly’s portrait of Dr. Bernard Lown as another one of the “Americans Who Tell The Truth” will be held at the Bates Mill atrium in Lewiston at 5:30pm on Saturday, June 7th. All are invited to attend.

VFP Peace Walk: Doug reported that the Walk is proceeding on schedule and that a Go Fund Me account has been set up on the website (peacewalk2024.org) to cover ongoing costs for continuation of the Walk.

Lynn reported that the Maine Gun Safety Coalition gun buy back event will be held at various locations in the state on Saturday, June 1. Volunteers are still needed to assist with the project. Contact Lynn if interested.

Lynn also reported that June 7th has been designated as Wear Orange Day in support of gun legislation efforts. She also reported on the status of gun bills in the State Legislature.

Doug reported that Rachel Clark will be part of the 2024 VFP Peace Speaking Tour in Japan. A possible contribution from the Chapter will be considered at some point.

Doug reported that his personal papers on Vietnam have been incorporated in the collection of Vietnam material at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Peter reported that the new Chapter business cards, featuring not one, but two, QR Codes, have been printed and are now ready for distribution.

Peter reported that a commemoration of two British pilots who died in a crash over Sebago Lake as part of a WW2 training exercise was held recently at the Lake.

Lynn reported that MaineShare will hold a gathering of participating organizations at the Wood Shed in Manchester on June 12.

Sally asked about the film “What I Want You To Know” (interviews with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans). Peter reported that it has not yet been released for public showing.

Don Kimball (by phone) thanked the Chapter for his farewell party and reported that he is continuing to help feed the homeless since arriving in San Diego and that his WMPG program “Friendly Fire” will continue. We thanked him for his many contributions to the cause of peace while he was with us here in Maine.

Meeting adjourned at 7pm.

Next meeting will be again at Lynn’s residence in Brunswick on Thursday, June 20th at 5pm.