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Chief Justice Saufley to Swear in Maine AmeriCorps Members

Published September 10, 2014

Maine Welcomes 20th AmeriCorps Class in Commemorative Ceremony

americorps 20th anniversary logoMore than 100 AmeriCorps members and alums from all across the State of Maine will gather in Maine's Hall of Flags to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the AmeriCorps program by participating a simultaneous nationwide pledge ceremony led in Maine by Leigh Saufley, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

 On September 12th 1994, the first AmeriCorps members were sworn-in by then president Clinton at the White House in Washington DC.  That year the first members began serving in Maine and across the country. Since that day more than 5500 Mainers have served over 7.6 million volunteer hours in AmeriCorps.

This event is part of a nationwide simultaneous swearing-in with events in every state and territory involving tens of thousands of the 75,000 AmeriCorps members serving nationally.  In addition to the Chief Justice, there will also be presentations from the offices of Maine's US Congressional delegation and a brief speech by Melanie Ramos and AmeriCorps member who served in that first group as a member of the Maine College Conservation Corps in 1994 and who is currently serving another term with FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program teaching young Mainers about good nutrition.

The Maine event will take place starting at 10:45 am in the Hall of Flags of the Capitol in Augusta. Alums and community supporters unable to attend can participate virtually in the national live streaming of AmeriCorps Members pledging to serve. Live streaming at whitehouse.gov/live will begin at 11am. 

FMI about Maine event contact service.commission@maine.gov or call 207-624-7792.

FMI about national celebration including events with Presidents Obama, Geoge W Bush, Clinton, and George HW Bush, visit AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary site.