Vision, Renewal and A Farewell
As SAGE Maine approaches the fifth anniversary of its incorporation, it’s a time of celebration, vision and change.
As the first state-wide chapter of SAGE - Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders, SAGE Maine has much to honor and even more to look forward to. SAGE Maine’s mission is to improve quality of life for older LGBT adults living in Maine through advocacy, education and social support. Building this environment of compassion and acceptance from Kittery to Madawaska is no minor endeavor, particularly for a small grassroots organization. However, determination is strong and the recognition of need is even greater.
Chairman of the Board, John Hennessy, is pleased to announce that 6 new Board members have been appointed to join those currently serving. New Board members are: Sue Estler of Orono, Don Hamlin of So. Portland, Jean Lavigne of Orono, Marc Libby of Hallowell, Erica Magnus of Windham and Marie Louise St.Onge of Kennebunk.
At its recent retreat, the Board of Directors galvanized its determination to expand and deepen the essential statewide services it now provides. These goals were articulated through an updated Strategic Plan and demonstrated by the reconstitution of several committees populated by Board members and generous volunteers from throughout local communities.
SAGE USA, a national non-profit, was founded just over forty years ago. It is the country’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to providing services and advocacy to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults.
SAGE Maine was founded in 2013 by individuals with vision and commitment. They recognized the needs of the LGBT aging community right here in Maine. Several understood the challenges first hand. Forty years ago, Doug Kimmel was the co-founder of SAGE USA in New York City; five years ago he was an essential part of the founding team here in Maine. Subsequently, he has served as the Executive Director.
After years of service at both the national and statewide level, Doug has decided to step down from his position. Doug’s insight and dedication have long served these two organizations and the countless numbers of individuals who are a part of the LBGT older community. With gratitude, the Board of Directors bid him a fond farewell and welcomes him to the growing ranks of SAGE volunteers. The SAGE Maine executive committee is developing a transition plan with Doug and looks forward to announcing the next steps by the end of the year.
The LGBT community in Maine is large, it is diverse, widespread and talented. We are your neighbor, your employee, your daughter, your lawyer, your baker. LGBT older adults are here and we are committed to being a visible and vibrant part of the places we all call home.