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November 2014 - Issue 5
Upcoming Events
District Conference Committee meeting
Nov 12, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
District Conference Committee meeting
Westbrook campus, Husson University
Jan 07, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
District Conference Committee meeting
Jan 28, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
World Understanding and Peace Dinner
Feb 23, 2015
Rotary Leadership Institute
York Community College
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
November is Rotary Foundation month and a great time to be reminded of this key component of our organization. It is one of the very top-ranked foundations in the world in terms of how much of the money donated goes to fund projects rather than administrative costs. It is also one of the few charities that lets us, the donors, decide how the money is spent. Each year, our District gets back half of what we donated three years before, to use directly on our own projects. The rest is used by TRF to match global grants and to fund the Peace Fellows program, and much of that money also benefits our district’s projects. This year, our Foundation Committee had $73,427 to use, $36,714 for Global Grants and $36,713 for District projects. From the latter, we allocated $18,713 for Community (local) Grants initiated by clubs, $9,000 for Springboard Grants (smaller international projects), and $9,000 for our International Vocational/Cultural Exchange. (Teaser - very soon you will be hearing more about this year’s exchange which will be with a country very few District 7780 Rotarians have ever had a chance to visit.) Please donate generously to the Foundation this year, both as clubs and as individuals. Your donation will help a child learn to read, bring clean water to a village, provide expectant mothers with medical care, and promote peace in areas of conflict.
District History Trivia
This Month’s District History Question – Each year we celebrate the District Clubs at a District Conference.  Have we ever held a District Conference in another country?  If yes, who was the District Governor, what was the date of the conference and where was it held?
If you can find the answer in the District Website’s History Yearbook pages, send it to me at mawilliamspdg@comcast.net along with your name and the name of your Rotary Club.  The answer will be in next month’s newsletter along with the name of the person(s) to give me the correct answer along with their club name.
Marie A. Williams
District Historian
Click "Read More" for the answer to last month's trivia question.
District 7780
An amazing Saturday this past weekend (October 25th) as Rotarians from throughout District 7780 turned out to "Bridge the Gap to End Polio."  We marked World Polio Day (Oct 24th) by spanning the Memorial Bridge from Portsmouth, NH to Kittery, ME to raise money and awareness for Rotary's PolioPlus campaign. 
Three countries remain with endemic polio: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. When we eliminate polio there, we have done it.  We are this close!
This photo courtesy David Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com.
Peter Johnson the District 7780 Foundation Committee Chair
presents a History of the Paul Harris Foundation
Peter Johnson is bringing the good news about the Rotary Foundation's history and charitable projects to all clubs on his tour of District 7780.
PDG Peter Johnson (left) with Rotary Club of Portland Foundation Chair Amy Chipman who presented the Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Robert Clark (center), his first award. Joining the photograph is newly installed Portland Rotarian Karen Dempsey Carney with President Kris Rosado, on October 3, 2014 in Portland.
Boots on the Ground – Success against Ebola in Nigeria
In late July, Nigeria received their first Ebola case.  Everyone froze in fright, except Dr. Faisal Shuaib, but he was concerned since it was in Lagos.  Of all the places in Nigeria, Ebola entered the city of Lagos, with a population of over 21 million.
Sebago Lake Rotary Club
Mike Reynolds has lived in Raymond Maine since 1995 with his wife and son.  A member of the Select board in Raymond since 2004, and current chair.  Commission member of the Board of Overseers of the Bar.  Board member of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, past President.  Owner of Renski Inc., a real estate investment and management company.  He enjoys skiing, golfing and recently took up fly fishing.
Peter Brunette is recently retired.   His career was in training and development of people at International Paper and ISO New England, which manages the New England electrical grid.  He is married to Karen and they are settling in Raymond.  Peter was born in Massachusetts, worked in Maine for 23 years, was transferred to Mass, and feels back home again in Maine.  Peter and Karen are eagerly awaiting their first grandchild and will be helping daughter and son in law in Otisfield.  Peter enjoys winter and summer hiking and loves to snowshoe.  He enjoys community service and has been a vice president of Habitat for Humanity in Massachusetts, a member of the board of directors of the Westover Air Force Reserve Base Community Council, and is a member of the Maine Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) that supports service members who are working or returning to work after deployment.
Laurie Noel is Vice President of Personal Lines for Cross Financial Corporation. Also, Regional Manager responsible for the management, profitability and growth of 9 Cross Insurance locations in Maine and Massachusetts. She is returning to the Sebago Lake Club after several years away while building her business. The loss of dear Rotarian, Toby Pennels, inspired Laurie to return to Rotary to continue the commitment he made to “Service Above Self”.
Yarmouth Rotary Club
Matt Gredler (a returning Rotarian) and Barbara Tuttle
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region co-hosted a Spaghetti Dinner on September 15th, as part of Hunger Awareness Month, with other local non-profits to bring awareness to food insecurity concerns in our area.  The proceeds of the dinner were divided between local food pantries.
The Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region held a dinner raffle fundraiser which was “redeemed” in October to the winner, Honorary member Gloria Morris.  President Emma Bodwell and her husband, Chef Peter Bodwell provided a four course dinner paired with wines to eight lucky guests. 
Rotarian Mody Botros from the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region has received First Place in the Division A Humorous Speech Contest at the Mt. Washington Valley Toastmasters Speech Competition.
For those of you who know Mody and his sense of humor, this is no surprise!
Brunswick Rotary Club
The International Rotary Foundation awarded a $35,770 Global Grant to the Rotary Club of Brunswick for a project to train teachers to recognize common illnesses in Lusaka, Zambia. The local club has partnered with the Nkwazi Rotary Club of Lusaka as well as “Healthy Kids/Brighter Future,” a local non-profit, and the N’Gombe Health Clinic, in Lusaka. This alliance will bring health screening, health education and treatment for common illnesses to 16,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable children in Zambia. 
The genesis of this project came from a visit to a Brunswick Rotary Club meeting last March from Lonnie Hackett, a Bowdoin College senior. While Lonnie was a student at Bowdoin College, he had an opportunity to travel to Zambia during summer break in 2011 to teach English and math. While there, he noticed an alarming gap in his students’ knowledge of  basic health care including common and preventable childhood diseases, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.      
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Stephen Loebs, chair of the newly formed board of directors of Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, thanks Claudia Frost, Global Grant Chair for the Brunswick Rotary Club, for her work on forwarding the Global Grant.                                                                       
Durham-Great Bay Rotary Club
We’ve moved our meeting out of the Three Chimneys Inn.  We are now meeting at the Madbury Police/Fire Complex at 334 Knox Marsh Rd (Rte 155), Madbury, NH.
The telephone number at that location is 603-742-5566.
The new location and a map are posted on our club’s website.   http://www.durhamgreatbayrotary.org
Hampton Rotary Club
On October 14th, DG Lawrence Furbish and PDG/District Foundation Chair Peter Johnson, were invited to our weekly meeting to present Hampton Rotarian Edward “Sandy” Buck and his wife, Sharon, with an engraved crystal piece and lapel pins, which recognizes them as supporters and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.
Oxford Hills Rotary Club
Oxford Hills Rotary sporting their new club t-shirts, hoping to improve their public visibility and to Light Up Rotary!
River Valley Rotary Club
At the River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship Lobster Lunch fund raiser, held on 9/30/14 at HOPE ASSOCIATION, guest speaker Joe Sirois, Retiree and Fellow Rotarian, spoke on Universal Health and how the United States is the only nation which does not provide it and how the poor are not being adequately cared for.

Seen here is Rich Allen, Acting Club President with Joe Sirois, Rotarian.

River Valley Rotary Club
The River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship meeting held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 had a very pleasant young lady as a guest speaker sponsored by Dick Lovejoy, Fellow Rotarian.
Kaitlyn York is 16 years old, a junior at Dirigo High School and has received an opportunity of a life time.  The People to People program has invited her to attend their European Heritage trip, a multi-country trip next year!  The trip will allow her and others from New England, as student ambassadors, access to important places in history throughout the European Countries (a total of 7 different countries in 20 days). She has indicated that as a young teen with a small family, the trip would not be possible without quite a bit of fundraising.  It will cost about $7,400! Besides working at part time jobs this past summer and after school now, she is selling whoopee pies for a $1.00 each and $1.50 with special fillings made by her grandmother, Diane Mitchell – your support is welcome.
Following her very impressive presentation, fellow Rotarians attending the meeting collectively raised and donated $181.00 to her cause.  More monies are expected from the River Valley Rotary Club during the next board meeting!
Seen in the photo left to right:  Fellow Rotarian and sponsor, Dick Lovejoy, Mrs. York (Kaitlyn's mother), Kaitlyn York and current River Valley Rotary Club President-Catherine Johnson.
Saco Bay Rotary Club
Our club has a new meeting location starting on November 6,2014. 
New address:     Jimmy The Greek's Restaurant
                          215 Saco Ave 
                          Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 
Sebago Lake Rotary Club
Over 60 Rotarians, families and friends from the Sebago club, along with other Rotary Clubs in District 7780, gathered at the Maine Mall on Saturday, Sept 27th, to package over 31,000 meals which will be distributed to food pantries in each of the participating clubs' region: Saco Bay, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Wells, and Seacoast Portsmouth.
Rotary District Governor Lawrence Furbish dedicated the day as a Rotary Work Day to help impact the food insecure across Southern Maine and portions of New Hampshire.
In Maine, 1 out of every 4 children experience hunger and Maine's "food insecure" rate is 15.5% of all families.
Steve McFarland and Cyndy Bell of the Sebago Lake Club presenting the organizers, Sheri Huff and Allen Faraday, of the Octoberfest Event with $2,000 raised by the Feet For Food Walk held in Sept. The Octoberfest event raised over $17,000 for area food pantries.  The 31,242 meals that were packaged in late Sept. were also on display and distributed to area food pantries at this event.
South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club
On September 27th the South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club hosted a concert of the Boston-based all-saxophone band, the Saxyderms, at the Marshwood High School auditorium.
The concert raised money for a district grant to provide 6 AEDs (defibrillators) for the town of Eliot – the local club raised over $2000 and Rotary District 7780 granted the rest of the funds for this life-saving project.  This was great publicity for the club and Rotary as a whole, with announcements broadcast on the radio, articles in all the local newspapers, posters around town, on the town website & Facebook pages and blogs.
South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club
The South Portland – Cape Elizabeth club celebrated World Polio Day on the weekend of October 25-26 with “Polio Dine-Around 1.0*.” Rotarians gathered at 3 different homes for fellowship and DELICIOUS meals, thanks to chefs Barbara & Laurenz Schmidt, Shirley & Dan Mooers, Nancy Irving and President Kathy Cotter, who all outdid themselves. Thanks also to Ellie & Chris Speh for donating their home even though they were away. The idea came from the Facebook page
“Rotary: World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio” – check them out at wgmeal.com. 
Yarmouth Rotary Club
Yarmouth Rotary celebrated its First (Annual) Fall Festival by organizing a Saturday morning family event for parents and kids to come make scarecrows that they could take home to decorate their home for Halloween.  Though the day was rainy and we had to move inside (the event was planned to take place on the town green), about 75 families came for fun and fellowship. In addition to the scarecrow making, we had information out about Rotary projects - our own club projects and international efforts.  We even set up a ShelterBox Tent and display! It was all hands on deck to help the kids stuff the scarecrows - who knew that hay was so much fun to jump in!  All in all, a great, fun (and really inexpensive) community service project!  
Picture on Left: Scarecrow Make & Take Organizer and Yarmouth Rotarian Craig Fox assists in building a scarecrow at the Yarmouth Family Harvest Festival.
Picture on Right:  Rotarian Ed Nolde helps a young builder with his scarecrow.
Several dozen families with young children brought old clothing and made scarecrows from hay and wood collected by the Rotary Club of Yarmouth and Yarmouth Community Services.
Exeter Rotary Club
When:  December 8th, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:  The Exeter Inn, 90 Front Street - Exeter, NH
Cost:  $50.00 (includes hors d’oeuvres & wine or beer)
Silent and Live Auction Items include . . .
a Magician for an event, a 3-days and nights stay including meals and boat transportation on Star Island, an airplane ride to “wherever” for a few hours, a week’s stay at Deer Park Mountain Condo, dinner for eight at Scheiber’s residence at Phillips Academy, a week at Lakefront Tomhegan resort cabin with use of kayaks to explore, a week at YMCA Camp Lincoln, professional teeth whitening, cases of wine, 4 Red Sox tickets, vintage jewelry, a Chura portrait . . . and MUCH MORE!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, click the link to view the different sponsorship levels available.  SPONSORSHIP FORM or for more information contact MAE BRADSHAW.
Click "Read more" to read about the Auctioneer's, Sherry Truhlar, Rotary Moment.
Yarmouth Rotary Club
It is Maine’s Fastest Mile, a Fund-raising Foot Race produced by the Rotary Club of Yarmouth.
Saturday, November 29th at Yarmouth High School
Pre-race registration begins at 7:30 am
Family Fun Run at 8:30 am / The Race at 9:00 am
Register by October 31st to get a Race T-shirt. 
The principal beneficiary of this year’s race is to be the Yarmouth Community Garden.
Go to www.yarmouthmerotary.org to find a link to the registration form and more info.
We’d love to have some other Rotary Clubs represented in the race.  Indicate your Rotary affiliation on your registration form.
  In Memoriam
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has lost Rotarian, Phil Denison.
Have Something You'd Like to Share with Us?
Updates and short articles with images or videos, and the names of new members and those who have passed, 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 December Newsletter Submissions:  November 26th

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