Dedicated to Maine Athletes…Past, Present & Future
Help the M Club Reach Its Goal
Your M Club’s campaign to sign up more than 500 dues-paying members for the 2014-15 academic year is closing in on the magic number.
As of Jan. 14, we had reached 457, just 43 short of 500 letter winners and honorary M’s who have sent in their yearly $35 dues. We are a totally dues driven organization and the proceeds from the annual membership fees are used entirely toward supporting UMaine athletic teams, their student athletes and coaches.
The M Club is 82 years old this year and over that time has likely contributed upwards of $1,000,000 in support of the university’s athletic programs. Due to budget cuts over the years, awards to our undergraduate “M” winners have virtually disappeared to the point that they now get only a certificate. The M Club has always prided itself in the ability to “give back” and help enhance the athletic experience of the undergraduate athletes who represent our university in such an exemplary way. We have initiated a program to give every graduating senior the beautiful M plaques that we also make available to former letter winners.
If you have not yet paid this year’s dues, and would like to help us achieve the 500 mark, your check for $35 (if you can spare more it will go toward the M Club’s project fund) should be made out to the UMAA (NOT the M Club, but indicating on the “for” line that it is for M Club dues) and mailed to:
General Alumni Association
University of Maine
P.O. Box 550
Orono, ME 04473-0550
Another option is to pay by credit card on the UMAA’s website (www.umainealumni.com) by clicking on The ALUMNI FUND “Donate Online” logo and scrolling down to M Club Dues.
Thanks in advance for your support and know that your contribution will be 100 percent used to support the young men and women who so capably represent themselves, our University and your legacy as a UMaine athlete.
Order your own “M” plaque
Beginning with the Class of 2013, the M Club initiated a program to award wall plaques with a chenille “M” under a plexiglas shield to all graduating University of Maine varsity letter winners.
The M Club is proud to have begun this program. The athletic department now awards certificates, but not actual letters, M sweaters or M jackets.
Former Black Bears can order the same plaque with a plate engraved with their name, sport and year of their first varsity letter. By doing so, alumni letter winners can not only obtain this handsome keepsake for their office or den, but will also be helping to finance the program for upcoming letter winners.
To do so, print out and fill out the order form, enclose your check to the University of Maine Alumni Association and mail as directed (ignore the directions for a red envelope). The plaque will be mailed directly to you.
Haskell strikes again
Former University of Maine athletic director Stu Haskell has done it again. Building on his epic effort, “The Maine Book: University of Maine Athletics 1881-2007,” Haskell has compiled comprehensive all-in-one lists of both men and women’s “M” winners over the years, and centuries, 19th into the 21st.
It totals up to approximately 13,000 names, according to Haskell, although he did not count them line for line. Nevertheless, when added to all the information in “The Maine Book,” these new lists, A to Z, combining all sports, Black Bear enthusiasts now have as complete a history of UMaine sports as is possible.
The M Club appreciates Stu’s efforts, and his allowing us to bring this priceless information to you.
The Maine Book on-line
“The Maine Book: University of Maine Athletics 1881-2007,” a massive undertaking and labor of love for former UMaine athletic director Stu Haskell ’56, is posted on-line on the M Club website.
Every team, every athlete, everyone who ever performed for the Black Bears through 2007 is here. The records, the statistics, team photos. If it’s not in the book, it didn’t happen.
The M Club owes Stu many thanks for making the complete record book, almost 800 pages, available to everyone.
Links to former Black Bears
If you know of any newspaper or magazine stories about former Maine athletes in their current lives, be it business, family or still in sports, let M Club board member Bob Kelleter know and we’ll link it up below for all to see. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org with the URL. Thank you!
(The M Club board meets every third Wednesday, September through May.)
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