Maine Chapter founded in 1986
“The year was 1982, and Doris Allen was offering a psychodrama course at the university of Maine. She spoke to her class about CISV and its goals and philosophies. Two students, Mary Banfield and Anne Anglin, found themselves sufficiently inspired. Together , with Doris’ guidance, and the mustered support of friends such as Lynda Kaysey, they decided to start a Chapter in Maine.
Anne called upon her dad, who was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Boston, for help. His organization contributed $1500 for Anne and Mary’s expenses to attend a national convention. They were so excited that when they returned to Maine and reported to the others, it was decided they would raise $50,000 and host a Village immediately.
There was no shortage of vision. However, it was soon realized that their goal, though noble of purpose, may have exceeded their reach. Enthusiasm did reign, and with patience, hard work, and the added encouragement and guidance of CISV founder Doris Allen, Maine became a Chapter in 1986.
Has it been fifteen years? How quickly time passes, and yet so rich and timeless are stories and traditions we share. Board members come and go, many remain. Delegations, leaders, and junior counselors are selected. They travel. Memories are made. Experiences are shared. Villages, Interchanges, and mini-camps are hosted. Our Kaleidoscope Village for area youth grows each year. We reach out to the community through our Local Work and spread the CISV message.
Doris’ dream has grown and become ours as well. It lives, breathes and becomes reality in all that we as a Chapter do and say.”
– from the CISV 50th Anniversary Booklet, “Celebrating 50 years of Peace Through Understanding”