'State of the Clubhouse' 2021-2022

Despite the limitations imposed by COVID, the clubhouse saw a lot of activity in 2021, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of the Maine Colony residents and our supporters.

Our, now monthly, Concerts for the Roof series kicked off in June, bringing new voices to the clubhouse and generating needed funds for our roof replacement. The concert series has also been successful in bringing new audiences and attention to our community and clubhouse. Our next concert is Sunday afternoon, Jan 23 at 2pm, featuring Maine colonist, Gwen Fogt.

Speaking of the roof, Maine Colony resident and realtor, Merryl Koven has made an incredibly generous offer to our community! She is offering 10% of her commission for every sale made from referrals she receives from those who mention the offer. Her donations will go towards the clubhouse's roof replacement.

This past year, another generous supporter, neighbor, Chris Zelinski and Fahey Pest and Lawn Solutions, stepped up to help protect and preserve our historic wooden clubhouse by donating a sorely needed termite fumigation.

PCC Board Vice President, Tom Hicks, with George Karabatsos and Ray Williams installed new windows and continue to make progress in restoring the clubhouse kitchen. Jim Ferguson replaced the east side dormer windows. And Joe Steplyk and Fiona Hope lent their expertise by patching our ailing roof. In addition to her ongoing support, PCC Board member, Leslie Drinkwater donated new flooring for the clubhouse bathroom.

We are close to completing our application to become a 501(c)(3) non profit. Although "Phillippi Crest Club, Inc." has been a not for profit corporation since the 1980's, having the 501(c)(3) designation means donations will be tax deductible and will increase our eligibility to apply for grants.

We are excited to be planning the first ever (at least in this century!) Maine Colony Community Day, this spring. We will have food, performers, vendors, speakers and exhibits. We welcome your input into creating this event, which we hope will increase awareness and appreciation of our historic clubhouse and its mission. Please contact us if you have any suggestions, ideas or resources that will help make this a successful event.

Sneak peek of what will be part of a historic exhibit we are creating for the community day: This video is of home movies of our neighborhood in the 1930's and was discovered in the archives of the state of Maine's Northeast Historic Film collection. It features Maine Colony homes and the clubhouse. Please take a look and let us know if you can identify any of the homes so we can add them as titles in the video.

Sadly, we wished the Clausen family a fond farewell last month as they departed Sarasota to start their next chapter. Melissa and Paul have been tireless contributors to the clubhouse. Melissa has been our board's meticulous secretary and, among other tasks, Paul has been the audio/visual expert for our events. Along with their children Mabel (featured in this clubhouse promo!) and Henry and dog Rosie, they will be missed on Burlington Lane.

The new year means renewal time for members. You can renew using this link. New members can join using this link. Those who joined late in 2021 won't be expected to renew until next year. For an additional donation, you can receive a "Maine Colony" poster, framed or unframed.

A reminder that the PCC Board meets at the clubhouse every first Tuesday of the month at 6pm and anyone is welcome to attend.

Thanks to all who contributed in 2021 and looking forward to an active 2022 at the clubhouse!

Jeffrey Frank & Anja Palombo

Co-Presidents of the Board of the Philippi Crest Club, Inc