Annual Meeting 2023

Virginia at WIscasset Town Dock

Sarah’s Cafe
45 Water St
Wiscasset, Maine 04578

Sunday March 26, 2023 - 3pm

Sarah's Cafe, Wiscasset Maine

The annual meeting of Maine’s First Ship will be held on Sunday March 26, 2023 from 3-5pm at Sarah’s Cafe in Wiscasset Maine. Following the meeting we will have a community social from 5-6pm. We ask our supporting Members and active Volunteers to come and help us navigate our course into the future. The meeting is open to everybody but only Members of Maine’s First Ship can vote. If you are not a member you can join at any time (including at the meeting). See the Support Us page to become a member.

2022 was a banner year in the history of the Maine’s First Ship with the launch and the first voyage of Virginia. It also marks a year of transition from construction to having a ship in the water. These changes will continue in 2023 as we make further progress in making Virginia operational. 

The meeting will include thanks to retiring officers, the election of new officers, reports on the status of the organization, and discussion and voting on new bylaws. Details and materials for the meeting will be posted here before the meeting.

We invite curious souls to join us after the conclusion of Member business for a social hour from 5pm-6pm at Sarah’s Cafe. You can learn more about Virginia, meet our people, and hear Maine’s nearly forgotten history.

All who join us on March 26th will enjoy seeing Virginia at the dock and taking in “Moods of Virginia” – a pop-up photography exhibit  by Keith Spiro. MFS will also be sharing and celebrating a new documentary about the first 25 years of the project.  Sarah’s Cafe will be providing light refreshments and a cash bar to help us celebrate a remarkable 2022 and kick off another historic 2023 for Maine’s First Ship.

Reports for Annual Meeting 2023

Maine’s First Ship’s Annual Report for 2023 is now available. This report will be discussed at the Annual Meeting. You can read it before the meeting by clicking on the image below.

MFS Annual Report 2023

A significant set of changes to Maine’s First Ship bylaws will be discussed at the Annual Meeting. Select the following links to see the proposed changes.

In 2022, Maine’s First Ship received a Maine Community Foundation Community Bulding Grant to record first person interviews with current and past volunteers to keep a video history of Maine’s First Ship. This a a 10 minute video created from those interviews along with video and images from the launch of Virginia.