2015 April

Jane Austen Society – Maine Region Spring Meeting, Saturday, April 18, 2015 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine

(directions on last page

“A Home of Her Own” in Sense & Sensibility

A presentation by popular Austen lecturer Ingrid Graff of New Hampshire

Social time and library browsing Speaker/Q&A
Special Meeting (see letter next page)

1:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m. 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be available
The Jane Austen Library will be at the meeting

Please return this portion of form (or PRINT and return form if you received invitation electronically) with payment to Sheila McGarr, Treasurer, 148 Hennessey Drive, Portland, ME 04103 by April 11. After this, please call Sheila at 207-878-3459 or email smcgarr1@maine.rr.com.

Name(s):________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Telephone:_________________________ Email:_____________________________

Meeting fee: $10 per person/$5 students $__________ Total (checks payable to JASNA-Maine) $ __________

A message from the Coordinating Team:

Dear Janeites,

Ted Poland was recently contacted by Isa Schaff, who manages the database for JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) membership. While JASNA National does not require local dues, they do require that regional members join JASNA National. This has never been our policy, although many of our members do pay dues to both entities. (A partial listing of JASNA dues follows this letter.)

However, since the regional group of which we are a part is under JASNA, there are several perks of which we are the recipients:

  1. We use National’s not-for-profit status. Their tax I. D. number is used to establish bank accounts and frees us from responsibility from paying state and federal taxes.
  2. JASNA provides insurance coverage for the region and their meetings.
  3. National JASNA has a Traveling Speakers program for which any region may apply. Financial support is available for these programs.
  4. National provides a database manager to keep track of regional members.

We have, until now, been allowed to take advantage of these perks, even though we’ve not been in compliance with JASNA’s membership rules. We’ve been asked to rectify this.

Once we have identified our options for dealing with this issue, we will advise members so we can all discuss it at the April 18th meeting. We welcome your input.

Ted Poland, Regional Coordinator Sheila McGarr, Treasurer
Kathy Whitmore, Programs
Gail Burnett, Library
Judith Clarke, Membership

March 2015

JASNA (National organization) Dues – Partial listing Student annual (full-time) $18 Individual annual $30

Family annual ** $45
** Family membership: 2 persons at the same address, each of whom is a member; the household receives one subscription to JASNA News and Persuasions.


Sunday, July 19 – Summer Picnic from 4-7 p.m. on Bailey Island at the home of Bill and Judy Cobau, and co-hosted by Karin and Bob Jackson.

Saturday, September 12 – A talk by Nancy Yee of JASNA, Massachusetts

Saturday, December 12 – Jane’s Birthday Meeting with talk by writer John Gould

A very warm welcome to recent new members of our JASNA-

Maine regional group: Judith LaPlante of Portland

We are sad to announce that longtime member Ruth Bowman passed away in December 2014.

Directions to St. Paul’s

From the South:

  • Take I-295 N
  • From I-295, take exit 28 to Route 1 North.
  • At the third traffic light (about 2 miles), continue straight

    ahead onto Pleasant Street.

  • St. Paul’s is on the right at the next traffic light, at the

    corner of Pleasant and Union Streets.

  • Parking is located behind the church off Union Street, or

    park on the street. Two parking spaces are available in front of the church.

    From the North:

  • Take I-295 S
  • Take exit 31A to merge onto ME-196 E/Lewiston Rd toward


  • Continue on ME-196 E for about 1 mile
  • Turn right on US-201 S/Main St
  • Continue onto Maine St., Brunswick for approx. 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Cumberland St.
  • Take 2nd left onto Union St.
  • Turn left onto Pleasant St.
  • Destination will be on your right.
  • Parking is located behind the church off Union Street, or park on the street. Two parking spaces are available in front of the church