PORTLAND, Maine (7/13/12)--Nearly a thousand people gathered at Payson Park in Portland, Maine on Saturday--the United Nations' International Day of Cooperatives--to welcome bikers who participated in the Cabot Creamery Cooperative's 2012 Community Tour.
2012 Cabot Community Tour Bike Riders Bob Spiegelman, left, and Myron and Kathy Skott, right, and Roberta MacDonald, Cabot Creamery Cooperative senior vice president of marketing (sunglasses), hoist a giant globe above their heads in celebration of the conclusion of the 2012 Cabot Community Tour. MacDonald joined the riders during the final 300 miles of their 2,300-mile journey that began May 12 in Miami, and ended on July 7 in Portland, Maine. (Photo provided by PRNewsFoto/Cabot Creamery Cooperative)
The 2012 Community Tour, a 2,300-mile bicycle ride along the East Coast Greenway sponsored by Cabot Creamery, was created to spotlight the power of cooperatives--including credit unions--during the International Year of Cooperatives, as well as to celebrate those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. The tour started in Miami on May 12.
The Portland event marked the culmination of more than eight weeks of Community Tour celebrations all along the east coast that featured eight major events in cities including: Miami; Charleston, S.C.; Durham, N.C.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Wilmington, Del.; New York City; Providence, R.I.; and Portland and dozens of smaller stops along the route.
Cabot Creamery is a farm family-owned cooperative located in Vermont producing all natural, award-winning cheeses and a sponsor of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Home & Family Finance Radio.
The Community Tour's focus on community, volunteers and cooperatives was deemed a great success by Cabot, its sponsors, partners, elected officials, and the thousands of people who attended the events.
"All along the way, we spread the good word about cooperatives, celebrated communities, and honored volunteers for the work they do to make this a better world," said Roberta MacDonald, Cabot's senior vice president of marketing.
MacDonald thanked the tour's major sponsors, including CUNA, East Coast Greenway Alliance, AARP Create The Good, HandsOn Network, Marriott, National Life Group and other non-profit, volunteer and civic organizations.
The "Celebrate Portland" event on Saturday focused on engaging families. The event featured booths, activities and organizations for kids and adults. Among the participating organizations was the Maine Credit Union League.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued a Congressional Record
statement that will be read on the floor of Congress acknowledging Cabot and the Community Tour, and recognized Cabot for its leadership role in the world of cooperatives and as an integral part of the state's dairy industry.
Three bike riders, Cathy and Myron Skott, and Bob Spiegelman, rode the entire distance of the 2,300-mile Tour.