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AUGUST 2014 - Issue 2
Upcoming Events
Deadline for District Grant Applications - Round 2
Sep 01, 2014
Rotary Leadership Institute
Lewiston Auburn College
Oct 18, 2014
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Rotary UN Day
Nov 01, 2014
Mid Year Leadership Dinner
Jan 26, 2015
World Understanding and Peace Dinner 2015
Feb 21, 2015
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Wells CommunityCollege
Feb 28, 2015
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Northeast PETS training
Framingham Sheraton
Mar 12, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015
District Conference 2015
Wentworth by the Sea
Apr 24, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015


August is membership month, and there are few more important issues facing North American Rotary clubs than this one. We all wish there were some sort of magic wand that we could wave and our clubs would automatically fill up with new members. If any of you have one, please let me know. I believe we just have to work at it. There is nothing more effective than a personal "ask" or invitation to join us at a club function. I know that isn’t easy for everyone; some of us feel uncomfortable approaching a friend with such an appeal. But think about this: you may get "no" as a response, but if you don’t ask, it is definitely a "no." And the invitation doesn’t have to be to a meeting. It can be to a social event, a fundraiser, or even better, a service project. Also, think about inviting a member of your family - your spouse or partner, your brother, sister, son, or daughter. You can find membership materials to assist your club at www.rotary.org. PDG Carolyn Johnson of the Yarmouth RC is our district membership chair this year. She and her committee will be working to help clubs develop specific and targeted plans to increase their membership so don’t hesitate to get in touch with her. So get out there and Light Up Rotary with some new members.

District History Trivia
As District Historian, I have once again been asked to have a District History Trivia Question in each District Newsletter starting in August.  So here we go!
Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have several awards to honor Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotarian Spouses/Partners for their dedication to Rotary and Rotary Service. 
This month’s question has multiple parts to make up for no question in July –
What Rotary Awards have been awarded to District 7780 Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotarian Spouses/Partners? 
What are the names of these awards? 
What award has been given to both members of a Rotarian couple?
What are the names of the Rotarian couple?
If you can find the answer on the District 7780 Website under Yearbook or District History, send it to me at mawilliamspdg@comcast.net along with your full name and the name of your club.  The answer will be in next month’s news bulletin along with the name of the first person to give me the correct answer and their club name.
Marie A. Williams
District Historian


The District received 13 requests for Community and Springboard Grants by the June 1 deadline.  The amount available was roughly $27,000, and $20,000 was approved to support 10 different projects ranging from trail and community garden improvements to school projects to an orphanage in Cambodia and more.  Awesome. 
Our policy is to reopen for applications for the $7,000 still available, with applications due Sept 1st.  That's the short story.
The longer story is that is a great opportunity to review where the dollars come from in the first place, and a bit of how the process works.
The amount of dollars made available each year is simply determined by the amount of money contributed by our clubs and our individual Rotarians to the Rotary Foundation three years prior.  Lower contributions = fewer grant awards.  Increased contributions = increased grant awards.  It is really just that simple.  The grant applications are reviewed by a group of club Foundation Chairs – your peers – one for each of our nine assistant governor areas.  That group makes it recommendation to the District Foundation Committee, which made adjustments at its meeting on July 8, and clubs were notified of its decisions the next day.
District policies regarding grants are all published on the district website and receive regular reviews to improve clarity and consistency.  Please let us know where we need to improve.  Questions regarding district grants should be directed to the district grant committee chair, Penny Jett, RC Hampton, pennyjett@comcast.net, or the district foundation chair, Peter Johnson, RC Yarmouth, peter.johnson@ubs.com.

We are proud to announce that our district is endorsing an excellent candidate for Rotary’s Peace Fellow program.  Jose Gonzales, nominated by South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary, was enthusiastically  recommended to participate
in the 2015-17 Peace Fellow Studies program.
Jose has a keen interest in getting to the root cause of conflict.  He and his family emigrated from Guatemala during the years of that country’s civil war.  Jose, a graduate of USM, has a background in international studies.  He speaks five languages and is an avid reader and researcher.  Jose is currently participating in a management training program with UNÛM.  His background includes volunteer work, both locally and as a participant on international missions.
Certainly each day’s headlines illustrate the need to find peaceful means to resolve conflict among people in so many corners of the world. As Rotarians, we can take pride in our programs to build peace.  Rotary Peace Fellowships, a two year masters level degree designed to improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty by supporting research and field experience on the issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict and world understanding.  The Peace Fellows program identifies sixty individuals each year to study at one of five universities:  Duke (Chapel Hill, NC), International Christian Univ. (Tokyo), U. Bradford (England), U. Queensland (Australia), or U. Uppsala (Sweden).  The program is funded by the World Fund of the Rotary Foundation; district grant resources are not used.
This year, three individuals applied to clubs in our district to participate in the Rotary Peace Fellows program.  Thank you to the clubs who promoted the program and reviewed their applications.  The district interview committee was led by District Foundation Scholarship Chair Suzanne Ilsley (Wells) and included AG Marion Cheney (Dover), Club Foundation Chairs Amy Chipman (Portland) and Mark Mikertz (Sanford) and DG Carolyn Johnson (Yarmouth).
Jose’s application will be reviewed in a world-competitive process, by a selection committee identified by the Rotary Foundation Trustees.  We will learn this fall if he is selected.  At that time, he will need to apply and be accepted for admission by the university.  If all goes well, he will begin the Peace Fellow program in the fall of 2015. 
If you know someone that would be a good candidate for the Rotary Peace Fellows program, they can learn more about it on the Rotary International website.  Applications for the next program cycle will be due in June of 2015.

Yes, there is still time for clubs to submit suggested changes to Rotary's rules and procedures!
Our rulebook – the Manual of Procedure – gets an update once every three years.  Rotary Clubs – not our individual Rotarians – may make suggested changes, but in order to be considered, any such recommended change must be approved at the district level, and it must happen before year-end.  Your district is unaware of any proposed changes currently in the works, but any club interested in the mechanical steps should contact our District Council on Legislation Representative, Peter Johnson, for details.
For most of us, the exciting part is not about making changes to Rotary's official rules and procedures.  Rather, the exciting part is that this process reminds us of several attributes unique to Rotary:
  • Rules are only changed by affirmative vote of over 500 COL delegates, one per district, once every three years.  RI Directors don't vote.  Past RI Presidents don't vote.  THE RI President himself doesn't vote.  Only you vote, through your representative.
  • Unlike most other organizations, even our Board of Directors cannot change our rules.  They have freedom to interpret, but not to change.
  • The week-long conference is conducted in the six – yes, 6 – official languages of Rotary.
  • Every organization needs rules and procedures, and ours must cover a multitude of cultures.  Remember that Rotary flies its flag in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members.  Americans and Australians look for flexibility; Swedes, Germans, Japanese all look for structure; India is yet again another story.
The next Council on legislation convenes in early 2016.  If you have opinions on rules changes that might arise, Peter is the person to call.
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
Bath Sunrise has changed their monthly meeting format, please see our website for all info. We now meet the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month for breakfast instead of every Friday.

Bethel Rotary Club
The Bethel Rotary Club celebrates its 40th Anniversary and past president Bruce Powell (on right) presents the Rotarian of the Year Award and a second Paul Harris Fellow pin to Dan Hart.
Congratulations to the Bethel Rotary Club and to Dan.
Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region
“The Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region will host its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, August 21st from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall in Bridgton.  Rotary members register donors, provide a light meal and keep the lines moving!  One pint of blood can save up to three lives!  Platelet donations also available.”
Past President Holly Dvorak donates blood at a previous Blood Drive
Brunswick Sponsors Two Events
The Rotary Club of Brunswick sponsored two events for local youth and their families this summer. Along with the local fire and police departments, as well as "The Merrymeeting Wheelers," a local bike club, Rotarians turned out for the "Brunswick Family Bike Rodeo & Family Safety Day" on May 31. Rotarians provide 'all-hands-on-deck' assistance as well as new helmets for all children in attendance.
The Rotary Club of Brunswick has sponsored the annual "Fourth of July Fun and Games on the Mall" for over 30 years. This year was no exception in spite of the threatening clouds and a few sprinkles. Prizes are awarded in all age categories for sack races, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, as well as pie eating contests, to name a few events.
All ages sport a blueberry pie mustache as they vie for awards in the pie-eating contest
Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club 
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle and the Lions Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle held their annual auction on Friday, July 18th at the 1812 Farm in Bristol.  Over 100 people enjoyed an evening of hors d’oeuvres donated by Stone Cove Catering, about 40 Silent Auction items and an hour of lively bidding on 60 Live Auction items, including many unique experience opportunities.   
Auctioneer John Bottero from Thomaston Place Auctions sold some very popular items such as a ride-along on a Hagar snowplow during a storm, a day on a lobster boat (opportunity to pull traps or just watch), a wine & cheese sunset sail,lobster bakes, etc.  And, as always, the final and most sought-after item was loge seats at a home Red Sox game.  The proceeds will be divided equally as will the proceeds from our annual Lions-Rotary Golf Tournament held on July 26 at Wawenock Golf Club, Walpole.
The Rotary Club of Portland
The Rotary Club of Portland has elected to focus its attention on “Childhood Hunger and Education” over the next several years. With that cause in mind, their members are volunteering for the Feeding Minds - Feeding Bodies project in partnership with the Greater Portland United Way to read to youth at several of the summer free food sites.
If you are interested in being a reader at one or more of the locations, please contact Laura Young at lyoung@mainecf.org
Rotarian Laura Young and student
Student and Rotarian Rusty Atwood
2 Contacts at food sites and Rotarian David Small
Hampton Rotary Club
The Hampton Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser of the year is being held on September 5-7, 2014.
Look for our bright yellow Rotary shirts as Hampton Rotarians, along with family and friends, will once again be manning the gates at the 25th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – New England’s LARGEST Beach Party!
Come down for the day and enjoy Seafood Galore, a Fireworks Display, the Lobster Roll Eating Competition, End of Season Sales, Arts & Crafts, a Culinary Chef Demonstrations, Continuous Entertainment, a Sky Diving Extravaganza, and So Much More!

For more info or tickets contact George Rice @ 743-2285 or Dave Preble @ 743-7836
Portsmouth Rotary Club
The Portsmouth Rotary Club’s Annual 5K Thunder Chicken Road Race will be held on Saturday, August 23rd.  A part of the “Run Portsmouth Road Race” Series, it is in its 22nd year, and the race is held in honor and memory of Rotarian George Peirce, the founder of the Thunder Chicken Road Race.
The race begins at 9 A.M. at Peirce Island and winds its way onto Marcy Street, out to South Street, Lafayette Road, Middle Street and finally Court Street where at the end of this street, the racers turn right to arrive at the finish line in front of the beautiful Prescott Park flower gardens.
To register on-line from now until August 23rd, visit www.portsmouthrotary.org or
www.portsmouthchamber.org or www.millenniumrunning.com. The cost to register in advance is $20 and $10 for children under 12. On race day, registration will be $25 and $10 for children under 12, at the Strawbery Banke from 7:30A.M. to 8:30A.M.
The first 500 registrants will receive a “must have”, free, tech hat! Raffle tickets will be sold for $10/each to win 4 Red Sox Tickets for Friday, Sept 5, 2014 vs. Toronto Blue Jays. Seats are at the State St pavilion. In addition, the new Golden Egg Award will be presented to the runner with the best chicken costume.
The Portsmouth Rotary Club continues its “Service Above Self” mission with 100% of  net funds raised, going back to local charities.  The Club was chartered in 1923 and leads fundraisers throughout the year to support worthwhile charities that make a positive difference in people’s lives. Visit us at: www.portsmouthrotary.org
Rotary Club of Saco Bay
This year’s tournament will be held September 5th, 6th, and 7th.  Our club has organized this tournament for many years.  The tournament provides one of our largest fundraising opportunities, with 100% of the net fundraising proceeds earmarked exclusively for club use.  Historically, the tournament’s net fundraising proceeds have been earmarked to support payment of the 10 post-secondary education scholarships our club offers every year to area high school graduates.  These scholarships total $6,000.00, and are designated as follows:
1.“Tom Winston Memorial Tri City Golf" - $1,500.00  
2.“Charlie Snow Memorial Scholarship” - $500.00    
3.“Biddeford Regional Center of Technology” - $2,000.00
4.“York County Community College” - $1,000.00 
5.“University of New England” - $1,000.00 
The club raises funds by selling 1’ x 2.5’ hole sponsorship signs to area businesses for $100.00 each.  These signs, with the sponsoring business’ name on it, are placed around the golf course tee boxes each of the 3 days of the tournament.  Additional acknowledgement will be given to the sponsors on our club's website.  Our goal is to sell 75 signs.  Doing so should raise enough funds to cover tournament expenses and provide funding for our entire scholarship need. 
We need everyone’s help!  Please consider purchasing a hole sponsorship sign for your business and/or solicit the sale of one sign (or more) from a business you patronize.  You will find below the “Hole Sponsorship Form". Phil Hatch will be collecting all sign sponsor forms and proceeds.  Completion of the entire form and timely submission of the form with payment is crucial.

Sebago Lake Rotary Club
The Sebago Lake Rotary Club continues to raise funds for the purchase of ingredients for the End Hunger Maine packaging event at the Maine Mall on Sept. 27th by rising to the challenge of setting the Maine record for the number of meals packed in a day (over 25,000). A matching grant (up to $2500) from a generous business is on the table toward their $10,000 goal.
If your club is unable to attend or help with a donation you may make a personal donation by going to www.gofundme.com/add9p8 and donate there or mail directly to the club.

They will also be serving a BBQ for the seniors at the Unity Gardens Retirement home on August 14th, you are welcome to join them reply to Deb McPhail (for head count) and if you’d like to bring a dessert. mcphailda@gmail.com
Have Something You'd Like to Share with Us?
Updates or short articles, along with images or videos, may be submitted to our Newsletter Editor, Deb Marsolais, at newsletter@rotary7780.org, to  be included in our Monthly Newsletter. The District Newsletter is a means of communicating  to other clubs  in our district; items of interest, upcoming events, fundraisers or opportunities of service.
Deadline for September Newsletter Submissions:  August 25th

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