Dedicated to Maine Athletes…Past, Present & Future
The M Club seeks your support
The M Club’s annual appeal for your support is underway, with a new approach and with the backing of a new partnership with the University of Maine Foundation.
In a letter mailed in July to “M and Honorary M Recipients” who have been dues-paying supporters in recent years, President Guy Whitten ’63 noted a few changes as the M Club seeks renewals for 2015-16.
Rather than continuing as a dues organization, the M Club simply seeks your support in the form of totally tax-deductible contributions to the M Club Fund held at the UMaine Foundation. With this approach, the M Club will be able to have maximum positive impact on the lives of current Black Bears.
As a non-profit, the M Club’s sole goal in seeking your enthusiastic support is to pass on your contributions to the athletes in the form of:
* Senior Night and M Plaque Awards for graduating seniors
* Scholar Athlete Banquet and Dean Smith Awards
* Team banquets and special events for current athletes
* Consideration of other requests that benefit current Black Bears
* Honoring alumni Silver (25 year) and Gold (50 year) letter winners
* Hall of Fame Banquet
The initial letter went out to about 1,300 recent dues payers. The campaign will continue as we attempt to reach all of the estimated 5,000 letter winners living all over the world.
If you have lost your letter and contribution form, or if you are one of those letter winners we failed to reach, and you would like to contribute, make your check to UMaine Foundation (NOT the M Club) and mail it to:
University of Maine Foundation
Buchanan Alumni House
Two Alumni Place
Orono, ME 04469-5792
Order your own “M” plaque
The M Club has been awarding wall plaques with a chenille “M” under a plexiglas shield to all graduating University of Maine varsity letter winners since 2013.
The athletic department now awards certificates, but not actual chenille letters or the M sweaters and M jackets that you may remember.
For former Black Bears, the sweater or jacket may no longer fit, but a wall plaque is forever. You can order the same plaque with a plate engraved with your name, sport and year of your first varsity letter. By doing so, alumni letter winners can not only obtain this handsome keepsake for their offices or dens, 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 Foundation and mail as directed. 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 email@example.com with the URL. Thank you!
(The M Club board meets every third Wednesday, September through May.)