Date: 8/18/2015
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Range Ponds State Park, Poland Spring, ME




Look - up in the sky! It’s a bird! No - it’s a plane! No - it’s a quadcopter drone?

Yup.  And if you're at the MIT Club of Maine’s 2015 Lobster Luncheon, you’ll have the chance to see up-close one of Maine’s newest and most talked-about exploration tools, and hear first hand about the way it and its kin have been revolutionizing the field of aerial photomapping.  Weather permitting, you’ll have a chance to see it fly.

Before the show-and-tell, you’ll be treated to a 1 1/4-lb fresh-caught lobster boiled and delivered just in time, hot dogs for the kids (and for adults who mysteriously still have room after the lobsters), locally-grown husk-steamed sweet corn, fresh coleslaw, potato chips, home-made desserts, coffee and fresh lemonade.

The event will take place on August 18 at the Picnic Shelter at Range Ponds State Park in Poland Springs, beginning at 11:30 AM, rain or shine. (All of the outdoor picnic tables and benches are under a roofed shelter.) Lunch will be served at 12:15 PM. In addition to complete picnic facilities, the Park offers fresh-water swimming from a large, sunny beach, changing rooms, and hiking on trails through the adjacent woods. Come and spend the day!

More about the program and the drone: it’s an FAA-licensed aircraft and definitely a precision instrument. Proudly wearing tail number N109SM, the quad-rotor “Land Cruiser UAV” (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is owned and operated by Cumberland-based Sevee and Maher Engineers. It’s the brainchild of S&M president Guy Cote, PE (who’ll be our presenter), and is maintained and flown by a team that includes engineer Charles Burnham - who led the FAA permitting process - and IT technician Tyler Dunlea, who mans the drone’s FAA-mandated ground station.

So, come and kick-off the 2015-2016 Club program year with your fellow Tech alums, and have a good look at a brand-new way to measure the world we live in! Y’all come!

To reserve places for yourself and your guests, please send a check for $22 per person to our Club Treasurer using the Pay-By-Check Form, to arrive by Friday August 14th. (No charge for kids who are having hotdogs in place of lobster.) Cancellations received by that date will be fully refunded. Alternatively you can make credit card reservations by registering using the button at the top of this page.  Please call Ervin Davis (207.282.8096) or Bill Bisson (207.797.6356) with any questions.


Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge,, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at:, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.

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