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Russell Hampton
SEPT 2014 - Issue 3
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
District Membership/Foundation Seminar
Fireside Inn (I-95 Exit 48, (207) 774-5601)
Oct 22, 2014
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary UN Day
Nov 01, 2014
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 Assembly
York Community College
Mar 28, 2015
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
District Conference 2015
Wentworth by the Sea
Apr 24, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015

September is New Generations/

Youth Services Month

This is a great time to celebrate all of the wonderful work being done with young people in our district. Much is going on right now as our restructured Youth Exchange program looks to recruit students for an exchange next year. RYLA is working to rebuild the physical elements of it’s outdoor adventure course. Interact students and advisors are preparing for the UN trip in November and the Youth Services Conference in the spring. Several Rotarians are developing strategies to strengthen our existing Rotaract Clubs and create some new ones. When you think about it, the primary goal of all of these programs is to build better, more involved young citizens who are committed to service and making the world a better place for everyone. If, as a result of their activities, at a later date we can attract these young people to join Rotary, that is just a a bonus. We, in District 7780, are lucky to have a group of committed and involved Rotarian leaders in all of these areas. Check the District Directory for their names and contact information. Invite them to your club to  speak. Get involved with Youth Services programs. You won’t regret it. Our young people are the future of Rotary.

District History Trivia
Who was the first Rotarian in District 7780 to receive the Service Above Self award, what year and why?
If you can find the answer in the District Website’s Yearbook page, send it to me at mawilliamspdg@comcast.net.  The answer will be in next month’s newsletter along with the name of the first person to give me the correct answer along with their club name.
Marie A. Williams
District Historian
Click "Read more" for the answers to last month's trivia questions . . .
District Membership/Foundation Seminar
Put Wednesday, October 22nd on your calendar for the District Membership/Foundation Seminar. It will be held at the Fireside Inn in Portland beginning at 3:00 pm. There will be breakout sessions in the late afternoon on both membership and the Rotary Foundation. After the breakouts, we will have a social hour and dinner followed by a major speaker on the topic of membership. We will hear from Kristi Govertsen, a Rotarian from the Portland, Oregon area who will speak about how to attract potential new members from the younger generation. Kristi was featured in a major article in the October 2013 Rotarian Magazine. This will be a great opportunity to learn and to enjoy fellowship with other district Rotarians. We all know how important membership growth is to our clubs and there is always more to learn about the Foundation. Details will follow shortly on the website, and you will be able to register there as well. Hope to see many of you there.

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a marvelous opportunity to learn more about Rotary.


As all of you are no doubt aware, the RYLA program in District 7780 is one of the most successful youth programs in this part of the country. We have a rich history of developing the young leaders in our district with a curriculum based on  building a lifetime of service. While our history is solid, our future is in jeopardy. We have been presented a new challenge that will take a collaborative effort to resolve and we are reaching out to you.
Jared E. Avery, Executive Director of RYLA, received many heartfelt responses from the program participants; the messages received also included telephone calls, personal interactions, note paper cards and hand written messages. All of the responses are meant to share with the RYLA team.  "All of us deserve to be proud of what we've accomplished," said Jared.  
Here are a few messages Jared posted for District 7780:
"Our daughter Erin Martin had an absolutely AMAZING experience at RYLA!! She was very emotional and talked all the way home (from Raymond to Biddeford) about her experiences. We are so very happy for Erin, and grateful to you and all involved in this special, exceptional experience in our young daughter's life. She will always remember, as well as continues to share, with younger students and wants to be a part of thsi RYLA program next year, if possible.  She has also been asked by the President of the Rotary Club of Biddeford/Saco to speak at one of their Rotary luncheons, abut her experience with RYLA."
"It takes a special person and community to work with teens to help guide them to reflect within and believe (trust) in themselves as individuals. We plan on personally sharing this RYLA program experience with our wonderful new high school principal.  He is a strong advocate for these high school teens and there was only a presence of interest from a hand full of 10th graders in our school community of students this year.  I know there is a more effective way to get this information to teens/parents, to promote this program to teens, that could really use some help seeing their potential. I do recognize it is sponsored by our generous Rotary Club, but am curious how many teens they would sponsor in a given year. Anyhow, thank you, thank you for your time and commitment to the RYLA program."
"Hi Sarah and Jared. Just wanted to say thank you for a thoroughly wonderful Tuesday experience. You and all involved did a wonderful job and truly make a difference in the lives of those you touch. You know, I'm an advocate for the program and will spread the word.  It did make me miss doing camps with that age group. Thanks again."
"Dear Jared, Thank you...RYLA has a very fond place in my heart and the work you and your team are doing is remarkable.  Really making a difference in the lives of these young people."
"Dear Jared, So happy to hear about your recognition on Wednesday night. I was aware this was happening and I must admit it came as no surprise to me. You have really given your all to RYLA. You exemplify Service Above Self.  I know it is not always easy being away from your family, but the opportunity you present to the hundreds of students as they pass through Camp Hines is invaluable. Thank you for all you do."
"Hi Jared, I am sitting here at the Bath Sunrise Rotary and hearing a presentation about a project helping to bring water filters to Guatemala and one of the presenters was a RYLA participant. Before his presentation, Marina mentioned how this was the best camp experience she ever had and she has been to many. Kudos to you and your team!"
"Dear Jared, Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to attend RYLA this past week. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my entire life, and I know I will carry the experiences and skills I learned throughout my entire life.  I was able to gain so much confidence that I never thought I would have. Thank you for everything you do for RYLA and I hope to be a staff member in the future. Thanks for everything!"
"Jared, I just wanted to thank you one last time for the beyond amazing RYLA program and everything that you have done for it.  Words, honestly, can't describe how amazing the whole experience has been for me. I still don't want to believe that it's over. I had learned SO much and made so many new friends. I can promise you that you'll be getting an application from me to come back and be on staff next year. I will honestly do anything to be back in such a welcoming, warm environment and assist new campers and have them have such an unforgettable experience, like that I have had.  Even if it's jut all the behind the scenes work, I knew from the first day that was something I would be beyond interested in coming back to; and that feeling only progressed more and more with each day that passed. Hopefully, our paths will cross again next summer, and I can start making this an annual tradition for myself and be the role model for the campers like all the staff that were here, this year, were for me."
"Dear Jared, I didn't get a chance to personally thank you for everything you've done for me, all the other kids, your staff, and just everyone else involved. You have done an amazing job with RYLA and you truly deserved the award today. You are just an outstanding person who loves to help even though you are a busy man.  If you didn't set up this program, myself and many others might not have had this experience.  For me, it has changed me into a whole new person and it has given me many new friends that I can relate to and open up to with my personoal thought/feeling/experiences. Again, thank you for all your hard work and keep doing what you're doing. I can't thank you enough. Sincerely, one of the happiest sophomores ever."
For information about RYLA contact Jared E. Avery, Executive Director at jared.avery@maine.edu
Durham-Great Bay - Frank W. Reinhold, Jr.
Exeter - Paul Sullivan & Robert Desrosier
Hampton - Jim Latimer & David O'Connor
Kennebunk - Tom Martin
Portland - Jerry Angier, Tom Nickerson, Alex St. Hilaire & Anne Fisher
Sebago Lake - Mike Reynolds & Peter Brunette
Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club
The weather was (almost) perfect for Boothbay Harbor's annual charity Auction and Flea Market!  The Club traditionally starts off setup day with breakfast for all Rotarians and volunteers; and this year, breakfast was enlivened with an induction of two new members. 
Here, (left to right):  Sponsor Tony Curulla, new member Joyce Ward, sponsor (and auction chair) Henry Wyatt and new member (and spouse) Margi Spratt are congratulated by membership chair Marty Helman. 
Then the work began.  At the end of the weekend, the numbers told the story:  The club grossed a record $41,000, all by turning cast-offs into treasure!
Brunswick Rotary Club
The Brunswick club now has a permanent home!
Starting August 25th, meetings will be held every Monday at 12 Noon
112 Pleasant St
Brunswick, ME 04011
An enthusiastic crowd sang and danced to the Mariachi music of the Revelacion Marantha Band from the Dominican Republic at sunset on August 20th at Brunswick Landing. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Portland, Brunswick, Freeport and Topsham, as well as Seeds of Independence, concert donations will benefit the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, DR. The Rotary Club of Portland, with support of area Rotary Clubs, is seeking a Global Grant called “3-H” which will provide prosthetic hands, hearing aids and potable H2O for migrant cane cutters, mostly Haitian, in La Romana.
Band leader and Good Samaritan Hospital administrator and Rotarian
Moises Sifren Juan, plays keyboard, center.
Brunswick High School Interact member, Marina MacKinnon, traveled to Guatemala for 3 weeks in August to install water filters in the homes of villagers and to provide education on the importance of using safe water. Marina used “safe-water dolls” as instructional toys in the classrooms. The Brunswick High School Interact Club, co-sponsored by the Brunswick Coastal and the Brunswick Rotary Clubs, was chartered on May 12, 2014 and Interactors wasted no time with their first project of mass-producing the cuddly dolls for Marina’s trip to Guatemala. “Seeds of Peace” campers and local Rotarians also joined the sewing effort.
This is the second year that Marina, along with her mother, Brunswick Coastal Rotarian, Patty MacKinnon, have worked on the Guatemalan safe water project.


Picture #1 Marina attracts a crowd of small people at the Brunswick Mall.  Picture #2 Marina with hundreds of safe water dolls and donated toothbrushes.


Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle has been very supportive of the local Food Pantry, collecting foods and cash on the first meeting of every month. The 2014-15 Club President, Bob Duke (Floor Magic) had a new idea to collect weekly.  He and Past President, Judy Speers of Newcastle created “Duke’s Dough Boxes” which are put on each table at each meeting.  Members and guests may donate cash or change which is passed on to the Food Pantry, which is able to leverage each $1 into $8.  The Pantry serves approximately 1,000 individuals or 315 families in our community.
Since July 1st we have collected about $300 which the Food Pantry will leverage into $2,400 worth of food for our neighbors.
Hampton Rotary Club
Rotary fills backpacks for students in need
Thirty Hampton Rotary Club members stuffed backpacks Monday as part of a community support effort that will distribute school supplies to 126 students.
By Kyle Stucker
August 22, 2014 
HAMPTON — Shopping bills can quickly climb when it comes to back to school supplies, which is why Hampton Rotarians decided to step in when they learned over 125 students in the area would return to school next week without a backpack and other essential items.
Kennebunk Portside Rotary
Since 1992, the Kennebunk Portside Rotary has had a summer duck sale to raise money for its Rotary Outreach Projects.  A $5.00 donation gets you a chance to win $1,000.00.  This year, on Aug. 23, 2014, the club again succeeded in creating fun for the viewers and drama for the boat people in the water capturing the ducks in the Kennebunk River.  We did meet and exceed our goal and many happy children, parents and friends enjoyed the display of dumping the ducks into the river, collecting the thirty fastest ducks to race again, and then catching the fastest one for the $1,000.00 prize.  A huge thank-you to all who participated during summer weekends selling ducks at two or three local spots.  Many town people cooperated with us to achieve our goals, including the Town Manager, the Town Police Department, and many businesses, and we are very grateful.  Now, we can do all the wonderful things we have planned for here in our community and in Bikaner, India to advance literacy, health, and well-being in our world.  Kudos to all.  For more information contact Cornelia Stockman, President, at 207-468-4586.
Below:  Dumping the Duck
Right:  Ki Leffler and Owen Conway, PP selling ducks
Top Right:  Cornelia on race day all ducked out
Kittery Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Kittery is recipient of Pete Taylor Award at luncheon on July 31, 2014
L to R: Bonnie Rice, 157th Air Refueling Wing Airman & Family Readiness Program Manager at Pease Air Force Base; Randy Kassa, Maine Department of Education Military Family Education Liaison; Dr. Maryann Minard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard School Liaison Officer; Lieutenant General David L. Goldfein Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Mary Keller, President and CEO Military Child Education Coalition; Captain William C. Greene, Commander Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; Sarah Smiley, Military Interstate Children's Compact Maine Council member; Andrew Glazier, President Rotary Club of Kittery, ME. 
Ogunquit Rotary Club
The Ogunquit Rotary Club is currently developing a project to provide a mobile kitchen and platform for a rural school in the village of Tubara in Columbia, South America.  A member of the Ogunquit Rotary Club served in the Peace Corps in Columbia in 1964. The local Rotary Club in Tubara contacted the Peace Corps about establishing a feeding program so that the local children could attend school; the Peace Corps in turn contacted our Ogunquit Rotarian. The plan is to develop a Global Grant to accomplish this goal. This may be the first international involvement our District has had with Columbia. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting project, contact Joe Boyle, President of the Ogunquit Rotary Club at lawrenceboyle8@yahoo.com, and he will be happy to share information with you.
Portland Sunrise Rotary
Portland Sunrise Rotary will be holding an eWaste collection on September 27th, from 9 - 12 in Lowe's parking lot on Brighton Ave. in Portland.  Plan to drop off those unwanted, obsolete and inoperable electronics that you need to pay to get rid of.  Monetary donations, which will be used to support Rotary projects, are happily accepted!  Stop by on your way to or from the District food project at the Maine Mall.
Portsmouth Rotary Club
Portsmouth honorary Rotarian Karen Pierce and club member John Rice prepare for the race. Karen’s late husband George was one of the founders of the Thunder Chicken Road Race.


Now we know why he crossed the road.




Who are those two folks with DG Lawrence?

They’re off!


Rochester Rotary Club
Dr. Walter Hoerman of Lilac City Pediatrics was honored at the July 28th meeting of the Rochester, NH Rotary club with his 6th Paul Harris Fellowship. Dr. Hoerman, a past president of the club, has been donating monthly to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus campaign. He is excited at the prospect of completely eradicating this disease within his own lifetime. He was awarded his most recent Paul Harris Fellowship by past president, Dan Hussey.
Dr. Hoerman has been a member of Rotary for nearly thirty years. In addition to his contributions to the Foundation, he currently serves the club by chairing the Howies Field of Dreams 5K, a road race to benefit a local Buddy Ball field built by the club in honor of past president Howie Seckendorf. In 2013, the race drew 163 participants and raised $6,500 for the Buddy Ball field.
After practicing in Rochester for several years, Dr. Hoerman opened Lilac City Pediatrics in 1996 to provided family-centered, up-to-date pediatric care in southeastern New Hampshire. For more information, visit their website at http://lilaccity.com/.
Sebago Lake Rotary
Located at Raymond Beach in Raymond, Sebago Rotary Club's Adopt-a-Garden in full bloom.
Marshall Noel March spoke to our club about how the Marshall Service works in Maine and how, last fall, they were able to apprehend one of the top 15 fugitives in the country right here in Portland, ME. The fugitive was featured on John Walsh's "Most Wanted" just several weeks prior and, through a tip, was informed that he was backpacking through Portland showing up at the same time each day in the same place. The Marshall Service (just like on TV) were undercover throughout the area and he was apprehended. Having said all that, he did share that Maine was still the safest place to live.
Click on "Read more" for Marshall March's Bio . . .
So. Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club
Photo from left to right:  Larry Flohr, Footprints Food Pantry, Robin Wheeler, South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club, Dave Stansfield, South Berwick Food Pantry, Deidre Prescott and Chris Stolpe, Tables of Plenty.
At their July 27th meeting, South Berwick-Eliot Rotarian Robin Wheeler presented checks of $3334 apiece to Tables of Plenty, the South Berwick Food Pantry, and Footprints Food Pantry, thanks to our Help Feed Your Neighbors fundraiser this past spring.  Each guest spoke about the urgency and impact of these funds from Rotary.  Deidre Prescott and Chris Stolpe from Tables of Plenty said that last year they served 11955 meals and the need continues.  Dave Stansfield from the South Berwick Food Pantry spoke of the non-profit SoBo Central which is a group that gets so much done around the town, including the Food Pantry which last year spent over $11000 for food, mainly to purchase items that do not come from donations or food drives.  He thanked the Rotary Club for their leadership in establishing the Food Pantry, their generous financial support, and for serving clients on the first Thursday of every month.  Larry Flohr of Footprints food pantry said they serve Kittery and Eliot, and last year they provided food to 85 families per week, but this year it has grown to 105 families.  Their budget has grown to over $90000 this year vs. $75000 last year.  We appreciate all these tireless volunteer groups who help feed our neighbors.
South Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club
So what do you know about the governance of our Foundation?
Here’s a primer:
Bridgton-Lake Region & Fryeburg Rotary Clubs
Members of the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region and Rotary Club of Fryeburg will be selling stuffed baked potatoes and sweet potatoes at the Fryeburg Fair from September 28th to October 5th.  We would love to see Rotarians stop by our booth to say hello and enjoy a great snack!
Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club
This child is one of 260 residents at the Mbabali School for Orphans in Uganda, where malaria nets are in desperately short supply. Malaria claims the lives of 483,000 children every year -- 90 percent of them in Africa -- while accounting for half of preventable absenteeism in African schools as well as learning disabilities. So the Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club, whose members have visited the orphanage, is hosting a fundraiser to purchase nets on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Proceeds will also go to the Youth Weekend Food BackPack program, which provides meals for local school children who are known to go hungry over weekends and vacation periods. Partnering with the Rotary Club on this project is Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention.
The dual fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Bowdoin College's Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St., Brunswick, and will feature appetizers and desserts from local restaurants, cooks, and club members, a cash bar, free soft drinks, and entertainment from John Dennen the Singing Lobsterman. A live and silent auction will include hand-carved musical instruments, jewelry, gift certificates to local businesses, and specialty baskets. Admission is $15 per person and $25 per family, with children under 12 free.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or offer silent auction items, please contact Dalit Wolfe at 207-798-0118 or dgulak@gmail.com
Exeter Rotary Club
On Friday, September 26th, Exeter Rotary will be holding its Annual Apple Sale at the bandstand in downtown Exeter.  We will be selling apples, cider, donuts, and apple crisp.  Funds from the sale benefit the Exeter Adult Education Program and local scholarships for the Exeter High School and the Seacoast School of Technology.
Please visit our website at www.exeterrotary.org
 South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club
“Stayin’ Alive with the Saxyderms”
This event will take place on September 27th at Marshwood High School’s Wesley Kennedy Auditorium in South Berwick, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Saxyderms and perhaps a couple of local opening acts (some of our own talented Interact kids) will entertain people with a variety of great music. You have never heard a group like this – saxophones of all types playing an eclectic mix of music – popular classical and patriotic pieces, Queen, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, the Muppets and more crowd-pleasing music. Refreshments prepared by our Rotarians and students in our high school Interact club will be available for sale.
The $10 ticket price will also be a raffle ticket for a naturally-raised Thanksgiving turkey from Bondgarden Farm.  The winner must be present at the event to win the prize, as we will need to see the ticket number to verify the winner. The turkey will be ready for pick-up on Monday of Thanksgiving week for people to cook or freeze that week.
Proceeds raised will help us match the grant funds from the Rotary District for 6 AED’s for the town of Eliot.
York Rotary Club
The selling of car raffle tickets ($100 each, drawing October 19 at York Harvest Fest) to benefit York Rotary Club's annual summer fundraising endeavor takes place over several months. On a very hot, windy Friday afternoon, June 20, our club offered free soft drinks and hot dogs outside Hannafords in York.  4 tickets were sold within 2 hours!
Mascot Rotarian Roger Poisson assisting 20 year veteran Rotarian Anna Kristina Sawtelle with a friendly hug and smile, and in another picture, Rotarian Paul Salacain happily waves the hot dog sign.
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Deadline for OCTOBER Newsletter Submissions:  September 26th

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