With a focus on strengthening partnerships with its local and regional communities, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum founded its Friends Board in April, 2015.
CBMM”s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.
The Friends Board is an initiative of CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, who began her tenure at CBMM in July, 2014. In addition to the new board, Greenaway’s first-year initiatives included launching a 50th anniversary celebration, two new exhibitions, strengthened community relations, and numerous improvement and restoration projects of CBMM’s campus, historical boats, and structures.
“I was thrilled with the response from the members who attended the first meeting, and who have pledged their support in helping CBMM expand its reach,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “And we’re thrilled that a rotating representative from the Friends Board will attend each meeting of the Board of Governors to give an update on activities.
“A member of the board wrote to me the day after we first met: ‘I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to be a part of something very special. I think we have a very diverse group which will lend itself to be able to be as creative and helpful to not only the community but also the museum. I look forward to seeing this group do wonderful things.’”
Greenaway said CBMM wants to better support Eastern Shore organizations that are focused on improving the well-being of our citizens. In reflection of this, CBMM now has partnerships in place with several local organizations, including the St. Michaels Community Center, Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences at Horn Point, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, YMCA of the Chesapeake, Academy Art Museum, Benedictine School, and more.
“I feel very strongly that we have a responsibility to not only preserve and explore the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Greenaway, “but to work to ensure that all citizens believe CBMM to be relevant to them, and a safe place where they can reflect on their own heritage in dialogue with that of the Bay.”
2017 Friends Board
Sherri Marsh Johns
Mary Lou McAllister
Estela Vianey Ramirez