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December 2014 - Issue 6
Upcoming Events
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
 
World Understanding and Peace Dinner
TBA
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
 
National Awards Services Inc.
Russell Hampton
Sage
 
 
 
          Family Month
 
December is Rotary Family Month, a perfect time to think about what family means to each of us. Sometimes you hear the phrase, "family comes first." That is a good thing to keep in mind, but I don’t think that is what is meant by Rotary Family Month. It is about celebrating the family of Rotary. Think about how much our lives are enriched because of the close friendships we have made with fellow Rotarians in our clubs, in the district, and around the world. My wife, Barbara, talks about how when I retired and we moved back to Maine, she left many close friends and all of her family behind in Connecticut. She made new friends here, but when she joined our Rotary Club, she was immediately made to feel so much at home that before long, she was thinking of our club as her new Maine family. When you think about it, a Rotary club can be a lot like a regular family. Some members are old, some are young; some members are quiet, some are boisterous; some members can be cranky, some are always cheerful. Doesn’t that sound a little like your family? So, during this holiday season, try to make time to reflect on, and be grateful for, the support and love you receive from all the families in your life.
 
 
 
                                   
                                                                                            
 
 
 
 
 
District History Trivia
DECEMBER'S TRIVIA QUESTION
 
This Month’s District History Question – We have had conferences all over Maine and New Hampshire plus the two in Canada.  Which place have we been to the most, what were the years and who were the District Governors?
 
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.
 
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Help Wanted
 
The District Youth Exchange Committee is currently seeking to fill the position of Youth Exchange District Outbound Director, effective immediately.  The position entails the following duties:
 
                         •     Long-Term Outbound Director/Committee
             ◦     Recruitment of long-term outbound students 
             ◦     Interviews with outbound student candidates
             ◦     Outbound orientation for students
             ◦     Resources, e.g., Rotary blazer, business cards, pins, etc.
             ◦     Maintaining contact with students during their year abroad
 
Funding Wanted
 
Please also consider asking your club to help sponsor an Inbound exchange student. There are clubs in our District that would love to host a student and have already found host families, but do not have the financial resources to do so. A small donation can make a big difference. For additional information please contact Israel Collins, District Youth Exchange Chair  at 207.450.1905 or israelcollins@gmail.com
 
 
 
District Vision to Plan Workshop
32 FROM 14 CLUBS ATTEND VISION TO PLAN WORKSHOP 5
DATE:  OCT. 23RD, SOUTH PORTLAND MAINE
 
 
 
 
Following a “get - to - know - one - another - social”,  a hard working team of District members, representing more than half of the District’s 26 “visioned” clubs,  got down to work.    As you can see in the photos, we were well represented by District Officers, including DG Furbish, DGN Barker, Treasurer Rice, and 4 AG’s.
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Exeter Rotary has inducted two more new members:
 
The Rev. Mark Pendleton 10/20/2014 and Jennifer Morse 11/10/2014
 
Welcome Mark and Jennifer!
 
 
 
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
 
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club
SUPPORTS LITERACY
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To support literacy efforts, on October 24th the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region distributed dictionaries to all third graders at two of our local elementary schools in the Lakes Region. 
 
Brunswick Rotary Club
RAISES MONEY FOR "PACK A BACKPACK"
 
   
 
                                                                    
The Rotary Club of Brunswick's "Pack a Backpack" fundraiser on October 29th, raised $3000 for Midcoast Hunger Prevention's weekend food program for food insecure families. Rotarians and their friends enjoyed an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, while supporting a program which provides healthy food for the weekend. The Brunswick area schools participate in this program by identifying needy children and distributing the food on Fridays.
 
 
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Fryeburg Rotary Club
EARLYACT COLLECTS FOR UGANDA
 
The Fryeburg EarlyAct Club with Rotarian Diane Reo, as well as the Interact Club, recently participated in a collection of socks and underwear for the children at the Mbabali orphanage and Bweye school in Uganda. The campaign began October 21st - November 21st.
 
 
 
STUDENTS GIVE PRESENTATION AT CLUB MEETING
 
After Rotarian Mary Bastoni, visited their school and gave a presentation to all the classes about her Rotary experience, and shared photos and videos of the children at the orphanage and schools in Uganda, these three girls were so inspired and wanted to help, they spearheaded a campaign at their school and set a goal to collect school supplies, socks and underwear to be shipped to Uganda.
 
The girls, Erin Ohlenbusch, Polly Vallient and Rian Mcnevich are students at the Robert Frost Charter School, located in North Conway, NH.  They came to our club meeting this morning and today and gave an OUTSTANDING presentation and presented the items. They are amazing young ladies and leaders dedicated to helping community.  
 
 
 
Hampton Rotary Club
ROTARIANS SAY "THANK YOU" TO THE FLYING SANTAS
 
Hampton Rotarians, Bud Palmer and Anne Russell
 
In 1929, a wonderful tradition was born assuring that children residing in isolated light houses would have a Christmas to remember. Packages of gifts were dropped from a plane to lighthouse keepers and their families along the New England coast. Thus began the tradition of the Flying Santas. It was later expanded to cover Coast Guard Stations as well. Flights have continued, nowadays using helicopters. Since the start of the tradition, excluding World War II, it has been a way of expressing gratitude for the work performed by the US Coast Guard.
 
In 1949, Flight Engineer Allen G. Palmer (Bud) flew with a crew from the Coast Guard Station in Salem, MA, dropping packages to light houses and stations along the coast of New England. A most unforgettable moment in his military career!
 
In October, 2014 we joined a group at Fort Constitution in New Castle, NH to celebrate this wonderful group and have a chat with good old St.Nick. For us, it was another opportunity to thank a group so dedicated to spreading the spirit of the season.  ~ Anne & Bud
 
Click "Read more" to see pictures of our Flying Santa
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Kennebunk Portside Rotary
STARTS NEW PROGRAM IN SCHOOL
 
Kennbunk Portside Rotary has started a new program with the fifth graders at Consolidated School in town.  Four times a year they will accompany the students to local businesses to learn about how they function and contribute to what the town is.
 
The first trip was on October 30th to the Nonantum Resort, where Tim Ames, the Marketing Director, spent an hour and a half explaining how the hotel functions and led them on an exciting tour of the hotel, starting in the ball room in the old part of the facility, which was initially built in 1882, and showing them many of the guest rooms, no two of which are the same. The students asked Tim many questions and were very enthusiastic about their tour.
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Portland Sunrise Rotary
DONATES COATS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portland Sunrise Club recently donated 90 warm winter coats to children in need in the Portland area.  Working with Operation Warm, the club was able to purchase new coats in a variety of colors and styles.  This is the third year the club has participated in this project and we were able to give to both an elementary school and to immigrants living in one of the local communities.
 
 
River Valley Rotary Club
FELLOWSHIP MEETING
 
The River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship meeting was held at the local HOPE Association this week, Tuesday the 18th, and our guest speaker was Carolyn Johnson, Past District 7780 Governor. She spoke on the importance of donations to the Paul Harris Foundation, which receives matching grants from the Bill Gates Organization.  She also touched on the Global Literacy Project (GLP) grant for which the Club donated $300.
 
 
 
Rich Allen presenting the check to Carolyn Johnson along with Catherine Johnson, River Valley Rotary Club President. 
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Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club
COMMUNITY PROJECT
 
As one of our community projects, we elected to do a “map” project at one of our public schools. The Carl J Lamb Elementary School was selected, and the map was painted by many of our club members.  We were also assisted by two young men, that we hope will be future Rotarians.
 
      
President Heather celebrates the completed project.
 
Click "Read more" to see more pictures from our project in progress . . .
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HALLOWEEN MEETING
 
Being the fun club that we are, Halloween is a fun, dress-up meeting. Here are some of the characters . . .
 
District Governor, Lawrence Furbish and Barbara Sutcliffe, our DG's Mrs.
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Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
WREATH SALE
 
Our 2014 Holiday Fundraiser is now on and the wreaths are available!!
 
Please click the link below for the 2014 Holiday Wreath Order Form to print and fill out to get yours today.  
 
Contact Susie Reed at or 207-725-8362 or gr8escape@comcast.net to place your order. 
 
We will be selling till they are all gone!
UPDATE 11-25-2014: WE ARE OUT OF 50 INCH WREATHS
 
 
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN FUNDRAISER
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region is selling 100 tickets for an amazing chance at “A Night on the Town”.  The winner receives one night at the Hyatt Place, Old Port, Portland, a $75 gift certificate to Walter’s Restaurant, a $100 Visa Gift Card and free admission for two at the Portland Museum of Art.  Tickets are only $25.  Proceeds will go to youth programs in our club area.  Email mody@botros.org for tickets!
 
 
Portland Sunrise Rotary
PIZZA FUNDRAISER
 
Take a break from your holiday shopping and stop by Flatbread Company at 72 Commercial Street in Portland on Tuesday, December 16th, between 5 pm and 9 pm.  Every pizza sold, both dine in and take out, will earn funds to benefit Portland Sunrise Rotary Club's local and global projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a Safe and Happy
 
Holiday Season!
 
 
 
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 January 2015 Newsletter Submissions:  December 26th

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