Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Lawrence Furbish

2013-14 theme
We are a diverse group of 1700 Rotarians who meet in 39 clubs located in southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. We come together to assist our local communities as well as the larger world community. We know that the key to service is fellowship and fun as well as commitment, and we are always looking for others who share our goals and wish to join us.  Check out these pages to learn more about what we do and see if Rotary is right for you.


Recently the work of the Rotary club of Biddeford-Saco was featured in the Portland Press Heralds "Franco-American Blog". 
Click on the Read More link to view the article.
We still have grant money available! Our available pool this year for Community and Springboard Grants is roughly $27,000, and $7,000 of that has not yet been awarded.  So, we are reopening the grant application window now, closing on September 1st.  If you had an idea for a project, but missed your chance, here's your opening.  If you need some help on structuring an application, we suggest you start with our district grant coordinator, Penny Jett, pennyjett@comcast.net.


The Rotary Club of South Portland Sunrise will be selling grilled food items at the annual Art in the Park on Saturday, August 9th , 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event is being held at Mill Creek Park in South Portland.



Rotarians and Clubs throughout District 7780 are invited to participate in a unique event to help feed hungry people in our communities. It is quite simple. Dozens of volunteers work on a food assembly line packing dry ingredients into smaller plastic bags, heat seal them, pack them into boxes, and deliver them to local food pantries to be distributed to area residents.

How can 7780 Clubs be involved? Donate funds to help purchase dry ingredients and/or volunteer to work on the Food Packaging line.   Any donation amount or any number of volunteers is welcome; a guideline is $1000 purchases 4000 meals and takes 12 volunteers working about 2 hours to package. Working with our partners, End Hunger NE and Outreach Inc, we have the potential to provide delicious and nutritious meals to tens of thousands food insecure people in our district.
To get involved, call Lawrence Furbish, District Governor at 207-490-6840, or Steve McFarland, Sebago Lake Rotary Club at  207-400-9284.  FMI – check out the End Hunger NE video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH7U6u06sqM&feature=youtu.be

An exciting adventure awaits your Rotary Club, as a potential Sponsoring Club of a Rotary Outbound exchange student and the Host Club of a fascinating Inbound Student from France, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Brazil, Auto name a few.  This program will expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before. This program provides the following opportunities for a student:
· Live in another culture
· Learn another language
· Make lifelong friends
· Become more confident
· Represent America
If your Club would like to be a part of this exciting adventure please contact the District Chairman of Rotary Youth Exchange to request a visit to your Club for more details on how this program works.  Contact Don Dyer (Rotary Club of Sebago Lake)   at 207-423-5371 or email at don@52acorn.com


This year, 13 clubs from our District used Rotary Foundation grants to support projects important to their local communities  or an international community where they have a special interest.  Six Rotarians from our District traveled to Uganda on a cultural exchange - all supported by our previous support of the Foundation.  Every Global Grant includes a bit of our individual contributions - dams to provide clean water in India, hearing aids and prosthetic hands in the Dominican, books and teacher training in Guatemala, medical equipment in Mongolia - and so many other projects developed and managed by Rotarians to improve and change lives for the better.    The dollar amount isn't important, what is important is that we each support our Foundation on a continuing basis because it is our contributions today that determine the resources available for service projects that we determine in the future.  


South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary has been presented the Significant Achievement Award.  The Rotary International award, which recognizes that service begins at home, acknowledges clubs that identify a local need and finds a way to address it.  Its purpose is to encourage clubs to find new and meaningful projects that address a local need, to promote awareness of exemplary club efforts, and enhance awareness of Rotary in the local community. This year, of the more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, 209 were selected to receive this high honor.  Though this was a great example of a fully engaged club, mention must be made of President Ellie Speh and Project Leader Tony Wagner.  Congratulations, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotarians, for Engaging Rotary and making a difference in your community!




A rainy and cold start but still the 2,500 Trekkers biked, all for a good cause raising funds for healthy air - 2014 marked the Trek Across Maine's 30th anniversary of cycling for healthy air in Maine!  From the mountains in Bethel, to the sea in Belfast, all experienced Maine from border to border at the largest American Lung Association cycling event in the country.    Our Rotary team provided great awareness for Rotary and Polio Eradication.  The American Lung Association also assists polio survivors with respiratory issues!   

Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus, the youth group that performed so movingly at the District Conference, has several members whose families are refugees from the horrors of war in Sudan. They know first-hand what it is like to spend all of one’s waking hours simply trying to survive, with little thought to the luxury of school. And so the chorus has decided to raise money to build a school in South Sudan in honor of Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani girl who the Taliban attempted to assassinate because of her desire to get an education. Already, the governor of a territory in South Sudan has donated the land upon which to build this school.



Rotary received extensive media coverage throughout 2013, with more than 626 news organizations in 35 countries featuring our humanitarian efforts. 

Of those, 58 articles appeared in top-tier international news outlets, including nine out of the 10 most influential as ranked by Forbes magazine, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, BBC, Agence France Presse, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. 

Rotary’s role in the fight to end polio was highlighted in top-level, global media at unprecedented levels last year.  And Rotary’s partnership with its celebrity ambassadors for polio eradication helped raise our digital visibility to new audiences via posts on endpolio.org and social media outlets.




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