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Oct. 2014 - Issue 4
Upcoming Events
District Conference Committee meeting
Westbrook campus, Husson University
Oct 08, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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
 
Bridge the Gap to End Polio
Prescott Park
Oct 25, 2014
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
Rotary UN Day
Nov 01, 2014
 
District Conference Committee meeting
TBD
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
TBD
Jan 28, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
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
 
 
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE
 
October is Vocational Service month. This is probably one of the least understood avenues of service in Rotary, in fact, it seems that the five avenues of service are rarely referred to these days. For those of you who have forgotten, they are Club Service, Vocational Service, International Service, Community Service, and Youth Service. Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as community leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process. This avenue of service is rooted in the second object of Rotary: to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society. If you look around our district you will find many Rotarians who exemplify this area of service. Dr. Roger Fagan of the Portland RC uses his skills as an audiologist to assist people with hearing problems in the Dominican Republic; PDG Carolyn Johnson of the Yarmouth RC uses her teaching skills to bring literacy to Guatemala, and district treasurer Patty Rice uses her skills as an accountant for her position as our District Treasurer. We should all be more aware of this important avenue of Rotary service and how it benefits our communities and the world around us.
 
 
 
District History Trivia
OCTOBER'S TRIVIA QUESTION
This month’s District History question – Which Past District Governor was the first one to serve a three year term as District 7780 Foundation Chair and what were the years?
 
If you can find the answer in the District Website’s Yearbook page, 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
 
We had three people come through with the answers to last month’s history question -
 
First - Elias Thomas III from the Sanford/Springvale Club on 9/1/14 at 4:44 AM!
Second – Julie L’Heureux on 9/2/14 at 9:29 AM
Third – DG Lawrence Furbish from Sanford/Springvale Club on 9/3/14 at 11:45 AM
 
Last month’s question:
Who was the first Rotarian in District 7780 to receive the Service Above Self award, what year and why?
 
The answer:
William “Bill” Skinner was honored with the Service Above Self Award in 1995-1996 for his efforts on behalf of Rotary Projects in Honduras.
 
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MEMBERSHIP/FOUNDATION SEMINAR
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:00-8:30 p.m.
 
Do you or your club have questions about Membership or the RI Foundation?  Come to the Membership/Foundation seminar for information and answers.
 
Keynote Speaker
Kristi Govertsen 
"RI Membership Nerd"
Portland, OR
 
 
 
Breakout Speakers
Satya Mitra 
Past President
RC of Worcester, MA 
Colin Gerschon  
Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Zone 32
 
Breakouts, social hour, full buffet dinner, Fireside Inn, Westbrook. ME
 
 

In honor of World Polio Day, which is recognized on October 24th, Rotary District 7780 and Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH are sponsoring “Bridge the Gap to End Polio” on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9AM. As many as 300 Rotarians, family and friends are expected to walk onto and span the new Memorial Bridge to raise awareness and funds for Polio Plus, Rotary International’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease. Rotary Clubs from District 7780 (southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire) will be participating, helping to make the final push to eradicate Polio.  REGISTER HERE

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District Visioning
 
The District Vision and Planning Committee (Tony Wagner, Dick Hall, Vic Taylor, Carolyn Johnson, Sue Gesing, Kris Rosado, and Peggy Belanger) is pleased to announce an opportunity for visioned clubs to better handle development of a strategic plan, to provide a framework to establish goals and objectives, and to optimize your resources.
 
Thursday, October 23rd
 ($8.00/person paid @ time of event) includes appetizers
 
 Snow Squall Restaurant
    18 Ocean St., So. Portland, ME   207-329-0272 
    4:45p - 5:45p Social Hour 
 
   South Portland Housing Authority
    100 Waterman Drive, So. Portland, ME 
6:00p - 8:00p Workshop
 
    Both are just over the Casco Bay Bridge
   
As requested by clubs in the past, this workshop is the 4th in a series focused on the Vision To Plan (V2P) process.  The purpose of this evening is designed for each club to send 2 representatives to work on: Key Goals, Primary Objectives and an Action Plan.  Samples/Templates of Strategic Plans will be available to attendees prior to the workshop, making this focused time very interactive.  Specific club actions will be developed during "roundtable" working discussions.
 
To register contact:  Vic Taylor, vtaylor@tpointsolutions.com, 207-380-5660 or
Tony Wagner, tony.wagner163@gmail.com, 207-799-7997
 
       
       
        Kittery
        Ed Babcock
        Mike Ross
        Larry Knowles
 
 
 
 
 
Bethel
 
Maisey Griffin -  Maisey is the past president of the Interact at Telstar High School. She graduated in 2014 and is now a member of our Club. She moved effortlessly from Interact to Rotary.
 
Kathy Ruby - Kathy is excited about having an Interact Club at Gould Academy and Maisey will work with her.
 
Steve Smith - Steve is ready to go and help with fundraisers we are planning. 
 
 
South Portland Sunrise
 
Kristy Plourde - Kristy is a Registered Nurse at Maine Medical Center.    Her hobbies include weaving, motorcycling, gardening, and working and home improvements.   
 
DG Lawrence Furbish had the honor during his official visit to present the Rotary pin to Kristy.
 
 
 
Hunger Awareness in Rotary
 
 
You probably saw the article in last month’s District newsletter about the project Sebago Lakes Rotary Club is spear heading-repackaging bulk foods into single servings, delivering to local food pantries, and all with the help of fellow Rotarians from all over the District.  Well, we wanted to share some of the other the amazing projects that have been taking place throughout the District which share the same focus-Hunger Awareness.
 
  • Rochester, NH has been raising money for the End 68 Hours project.  This is a non-profit organization helping to provide school age children with needed food items which will carry them through a weekend.
  • Seacoast, Exeter and Portsmouth are planning a repackaging program similar to Sebago Lakes.
  • Bridgeton Lakes Region helped with the local Empty Bowl Supper.
  • Oxford Hill members are bringing non-perishable foods in each time they meet.  Anyone forgetting pays a $1 fine.  The food and the funds are dedicated to a local food pantry.
  • South Portland Cape Elizabeth will not only be helping Sebago Lakes but will continue their practice of serving meals at a local community kitchen-Preble Street.
  • Bethel Rotary has a “Drop It Off or Pick It Up” table which shares its bounty with the local Food Bank.
  • Brunswick Coastal is partnering with Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention to raise funds which will go towards providing foods to youngsters who are at risk of not having proper foods Friday night until Monday morning.
  • Hampton will begin cooking and serving meals at their local soup kitchen in October and continue throughout winter.  The club also supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger project with monetary donations and collects food at their weekly meetings.
 
So many great projects goings on throughout the District and this is just a sampling.  Clubs are working on so many other types of projects, servicing those in need.  Thank you to all the great wok you are doing. 
 
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
CELEBRATES 25 YEARS  
 
Saturday, November 1st, from 6:30pm to 9pm, Bath Sunrise Rotary will celebrate its 25th Anniversary!!!
 
The event will be held at the Winter Street Center, at the corner of Washington and Winter Streets, across from the Patten Free Library. There will be a cash bar, appetizers, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and lots of memories.  Tickets purchased at the door are $10/person, $15/couple. Check our Facebook page for more details and info on some of the items for the auction over the next few weeks.  Some of the items already promised are fresh lobsters, native American flutes, hand-crafted baskets and much more to come.   https://www.facebook.com/BathSunriseRotaryClub
 
Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club
BOOTHBAY HARBOR VOTES TO SPONSOR NEW CLUB IN REGION
 
The Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club has agreed to sponsor the soon-to-be-born MidCoast AfterHours Rotary Club.  The new club, brainchild of BBH Rotarian Chris Austin, will be a "pub club”. It will meet from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Boothbay's Watershed Tavern microbrewery.  Chris envisions that the new club will attract a sometimes younger group of business leaders, perhaps those with family obligations (he himself is a single parent), who do not have the time to devote to a weekly dinner meeting, but who wish to be part of a club and to give back to the community. The two clubs hope and expect to work together on big projects including the existing club's signature fundraiser:  the Charity Auction and Flea Market.
 
MidCoast AfterHours fits exactly into the kind of extension that Governor Lawrence is promoting during his official visits! The new club's first organizational meeting will be October 8.
 
Congratulations to the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club for supporting this exciting new venture!
 
 
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club
GOVERNOR'S VISIT
 
Rotarians from the five western clubs enjoyed a picnic dinner and fellowship at Papoose Pond Campground in Waterford on Tuesday, September 9th to welcome DG Lawrence Furbish and his wife, Barbara.
 
 
 
 
Above Photo:  ADG Beth Abbott, Fryeburg President Bonnie Gould & District Treasurer Patty Rice
 
Photo on Left:  DG Lawrence Furbish and Barbara Sutcliffe
 
 
 
 
Durham-Great Bay Rotary Club
UNH FOOTBALL HEAD COACH SEAN MCDONNELL WINS PRESTIGIOUS PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARD
 
Sean McDonnell receives Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Assistant District Governor, Ann Schieber.  Also pictured: John Belcher, President, Rotary Club of Durham-Great Bay.
 
Durham, N.H. – The Rotary Club of Durham-Great Bay presented University of New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell with the Paul Harris Fellow Award on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The Harris Award is the highest Rotary award a club can present.
 
McDonnell, a 1978 UNH graduate, is in his 16th season as head coach of the Wildcats. Since 2004, UNH has qualified for the NCAA Division I FCS postseason a nation-leading 10 seasons in a row.  The Wildcats have been ranked in the top-25 for 144 weeks in a row, the longest streak in the nation.
 
Paul Harris was the founder of the Rotary in 1905 and the award, in his name, is given to those who exemplify his principles. One of the avenues of the Rotary club is youth service, empowering youth through leadership development.
 
McDonnell has developed teenagers into adults through his strong leadership, coaching skills, empowerment and ethics. Coach Mac has always embraced the Rotary rules and leads his team and staff by example.  To learn more about Wildcats in the Community, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
 
 
River Valley Rotary Club
INSPIRATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER
 
This week’s guest speaker at the River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship meeting held at HOPE ASSOCIATION was the very inspirational Ann Lee Hussey, Past District Governor and Polio Plus Chair.  Seen here are Rotarians who attended the meeting, who together donated $450 toward the eradication of Polio Worldwide!   This donation is being matched by the River Valley Rotary Club itself making the donation $900.00 which will be matched by the Bill Gates Foundation for a total of $1800.00!
 
We are so very close to eradicating Polio that it is projected to be gone by 2018!!!!
 
 
 
 
If you would like to make a donation contact fellow Rotarian Rich Allen at 357-8023!
Together, We Can Make A Difference! 
 
 
River Valley Rotary Club
FIVE CLUB SOCIAL
 
On 9/9/2014, five members of the River Valley Rotary Club attended a Five Club social held at the Papoose Pond in Waterford for District Governor, Lawrence Furbish and his wife from Sanford!  The five clubs that attended the social were Bridgton-Lake Region, Fryeburg, Oxford Hills, Bethel and River Valley.
 
 
 
FELLOWSHIP MEETING
 
This week's guest speakers at the River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship meeting held at HOPE ASSOCIATION on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 were 3 young ladies who are Juniors at Dirigo High School, and this year's recipients of the 2014 RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. They spoke on their experiences attending the 2 week training held at Camp Hines in Raymond, Maine this past summer.

They addressed the club's membership on how they learned to overcome being shy to becoming leaders among their peers and the importance of being helpful and kind to others.

We, Rotarians, are so very proud to be able to promote and support such a program for our area youths!

Seen here are the three 2014 RYLA recipients with the Club President, Charley LeDuc, presenting them with a pin depicting this year's International President's theme "Light Up Rotary".
 
 
Saco Bay Rotarian John Hart talks to fellow Rotarian Dennis Robillard, pushing a cart at a June work session at Cascade Falls in Saco.  Below:  A view of the recently refurbished trail leading down to the area at the foot of the waterfall at Cascade Falls park.
 

Rotarians improve Cascade Falls trail

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 pm
By LIZ GOTTHELF | Staff Writer
 
SACO — The path to the foot of the waterfall at Cascade Falls park is now smoother, thanks to the work of some local Rotarians.
 
The city acquired the Cascade Falls waterfall and surrounding acreage off Cascade Road in 2008. Local volunteer group Saco Bay Trails, in conjunction with the city’s parks and recreation department, developed a master plan for a trail system for the area.
 
In 2011, the first trail, the 1/3-mile, handicapped accessible Trout Pond Loop, was completed, but due to lack of funding and labor, plans to expand the trail system were put on hold until a recent effort by the Rotary Club of Saco Bay.
 
Rotary Club volunteers, under the guidance of Saco Parks and Recreation Director Joe Hirsch, refurbished an old footpath, which was eroded and in rough condition, that led down the hill to the foot of the falls. The work was completed in June, according to Saco Bay Rotarian Dennis Robillard.
 
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Saco Bay Rotary Club
EDUCATION FOR ALL – NEW SCHOOL IN NIGERIA
 
Equal access of education is a basic right for everyone in our communities. Children have the chance to achieve their dreams. Children want to be nurses, technicians, teachers, or farmers when we ask them what they desire to be when they are adults. Basic education is the best investment towards learning essential lifetime skills. It unleashes the potential in children and improves their likelihood of building a healthy and fair society.
 
 
 
 
After an initial visit in November 2013, Kerstin and Uwe Kirchner traveled to Nigeria in April 2014 to evaluate the situation in Sauka, after the RC Abuja Metro had broken ground for a new school building in February.  During our visit, we met with the village head chief, Bala Zaki (who has a youth leader and a woman leader in his cabinet), as well as the RC of the village. 
 
 
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Sebago Lake Region
FEET FOR FOOD WALK
 
The Feet For Food Walk to benefit the Sebago Lake Region Food Pantries raised approximately $2000 from the walk on Sunday, Sept 21st.  Over 40 Rotarians and local supporters walked in the rain, "Getting a little wet is nothing, compared to going hungry."
 
 
 
Wells Rotary Club
WRAP A SMILE
 
PDG Carolyn Johnson recently was in Uganda for a Rotary trip and delivered some Wrap a Smile quilts from Terry Hodskins, president of the Wells Rotary Club. Carolyn visited Mlago Hospital in Kampala where Rotarians and Gift of Life support a pediatric heart unit.  As you can see, the quilts were very well received. Thanks Terry for your fabulous Wrap a Smile project.
 
   
 
 
Bath Rotary Club
4-WAY 5K RUN/WALK
As part of Bath, Maine’s Autumnfest and Citizen Involvement Day, the Rotary Club of Bath will be having our inaugural event, the Bath Rotary 4-way 5K Run/Walk.  We are using the 4-way test as a theme, getting folks to run so we can raise money for all the great things Rotary does.  Mid-Coast Hospital is our lead sponsor and we are emphasizing our desire to work toward a healthy community.
 
It will take place Saturday, October 11, at 8 am.  Information can be found at www.bathrotary.org.  
 
 
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
BULB FEST FUNDRAISER IS ON !!!!
 
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of these members and others, we have the bulbs ready for sale one week earlier than scheduled!!!!!!!

Beginning Saturday 9/27, and every Saturday through October, as long as supplies
last, we will be at the Bath Farmers Market from 9 am to 12 pm and in the entryway of Brackett's Supermarket from 10 am to 1 pm.

 
 
 
Many, many thanks to Halcyon Yarn for getting our labels and brochures printed!! You rock!
 
Check our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BathSunriseRotaryClub for copy of brochure and prices!!
 
 
Hampton Rotary Club
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
 
or for information contact David Longo at 603-929-0960
 
 
Bridgton-Lake Region & Fryeburg Rotary Clubs
FUNDRAISER
 
 
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!
 
 
 
  In Memoriam
 
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle sadly announces the deaths of two members.
 
Joe Kindred was a gentleman, polio survivor, banker, Paul Harris Fellow +9, club Foundation Chairperson, and an incredible Rotarian.  A highlight of his life was reuniting with his childhood sweetheart and marrying, moving to Pemaquid Maine.
 
Dr. Stephen Gerson was a psychiatrist, with a special interest in Geriatrics.  He and his wife divided time between Weston, MA and Bristol Maine... his interests were many and he enjoyed life.  His health issues had prevented him from joining us this summer; he will be missed.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Sebago Lake
 
Toby Pennels, a 13-year member of the Sebago Lake Rotary Club, died Thursday morning, September 4th, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in early August. Toby was a longtime Windham resident who served 11 years on the local school board, helped organize the Sebago Lake Rotary Club’s Ice Fishing Derby, and served two tours of duty in Iraq.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of the Fryeburg area lost one of its most active and beloved friends and Rotarians recently.
 
Wendell Webb passed away after complications from heart surgery on September 28, 2014.  Wendell "Webby" Webb was a longtime Rotarian, serving as President in 2012. Wendell was a Paul Harris Fellow and one of the original architects of the club’s Annual Bountiful Harvest Dinner Auction.
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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.
 
Because of vacation in October, if at all possible, please send me your November newsletter submissions as soon as available.  Thanking you in advance.
 
Deb Marsolais, Newsletter Editor
Rotary District 7780
 
Deadline for NOVEMBER Newsletter Submissions:  October 25th

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