Rotary District 7810


Bugle-Observer Article on "Battle of Houlton" Meeting



All Rotarians are invited to the attend the Rotary World Community Project. Please see attached invitation with details on the event. This is the fourth year of this event that has been held in partnership with six clubs in the district: Moncton Sunrise Club, Dieppe Club, Shediac Club, Moncton Club, Fredericton Sunrise Club and Moncton West & Riverview Club. The focus this year will be on providing clean drinking water to villages in India.


If you are interested in learning more about the project or would like to attend this evening please call me or email me.


Best Regards,


Susy Campos

Tel: 506-386-1330



Ms. Delong's grade 3 class at Andover Elementary School raised the largest amount of money in the recent "Nickels for Polio" campaign. The class won a pizza party, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Perth-Andover, for their efforts in raising the largest amount in the campaign. Joining the students for the photo are Ms. Delong, Club President Margie Brooks and Rotarian Marsha Lang.




A cheque for $200 from Andover Elementary School was presented to Rotarian Marsha Lang. The money was raised by the children for the "Nickels for Polio" campaign. The Rotary Club of Perth-Andover will match that amount.




On November 10 a cheque from the Rotary Club of Perth-Andover for $20 000 was presented by President Margie Brooks (right) to Carolyn Dixon (center), Victoria Glen Manor Foundation Chair to help furnish two small living rooms for the new manor which is nearing completion. Rotarian Cheryl Reed, VGM Executive Director was on hand for the presentation.

Following several months of work ;getting approval from both the District and International bodies of Rotary and being sponsored  by a local Rotary club—the Rotary Club of Gagetown,  fourteen local residents from the Hanwell area including business owners, teachers, government and private sector professionals met together at the regular supper meeting of the Gagetown Rotary club at Orchard View Nursing Home, Gagetown  on Nov 4th at 6 p.m for induction into Rotary. All of these members will become the charter members of the new Rotary Club of Hanwell.
 Present at the induction were the District membership Chair Paula Hiltz and the Assistant Governor Dr Jerry Misener
Betty Daniels,the President of the Gagetown Rotary club chaired the evenings events.  Twelve of the fourteen new members were inducted at that time‚Äč.
Sitting from left: Paula Steffler, Jenny Scott and Valerie Drury
Standing from left: Paula Hiltz(District membership chair) Diane LaFramboise,Tim Porter Jason Lutes,Jeff Stewart, Steve Butler,Paul Archer,Bernadette Lam, Chris Scholten,Adeline Misener, Dr Jerry Misener(Assistant Governor) and Betty Daniels (President of Gagetown Rotary Club)Sitting
 Perth-Andover Rotary Club President Margie Brooks presented a cheque in the amount of $3000 to the Andover Elementary School fence project.  On hand for the presentation on October 26 was Rotarian Nancy Hanscome, President Margie, Jennifer Hanscome and Julie Birmingham who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Parent School Support Committee.



It's an exciting time to be a Rotarian!

And it will never be more exciting in 2014 than in Moncton between September 18th and 21st at the District 7810 Annual Conference as we Light Up Rotary!



Look for this LIVE graphic link in the coming weeks. Below is a link to the RLI session in Truro on Oct 25 2014.



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District Clubrunner Administrator


Four members of the Florenceville Rotary Club take the Ice Bucket Challenge to a new level. 
They just used a BIGGER BUCKET than most that have taken the Challenge.

Pat Perry (PDG) awards Significant Achievement award from RI to the Sackville Rotary Club.  Accepting the award is Gayle Key.


Fred Clark was guest speaker at the July 28th meeting. He presented information on the Care to Share Community Center to be located in Carlingford. Fred started the Care to Share project fourteen years ago and has almost single-handedly made it into a valuable community service, providing donated appliances, clothing and household items to needy families at no cost. Work is expected to begin on the Center in September with the help of volunteers. The estimated cost of the building is $200000.



Perth-Andover Rotary Club volunteers recently weeded and spruced up the Andover Elementary Community Garden.




Rotarians Barb Green, Rhonda Kennedy, Nancy Hanscome and her grandson, Marianne Bell and her daughter Victoria,  Louiselle St. Amand, John Larsen and Margie Brooks worked hard and at the same time had fun improving the appearance of the Garden.





The Perth-Andover Rotary Club and the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club held their combined Annual Meeting at the Aroostook Valley Country Club on June 26. It was an enjoyable time of fellowship, good food and awards. DG Pat Perry joined us for the celebration. The two clubs from two countries have been holding their annual meetings together for several years, which we believe is rare in the world of Rotary.


P-A Rotary Club President, Margie Brooks (R) presented the "Rotarian of the Year Award" to Louiselle St. Amand



Larry Plant, (R) FF Rotary Club presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Club President Carl Young



DG Pat Perry presented the Presidential Citation to P-A Rotary Club Margie Brooks



P-A Rotary Club 2014-2015 Executive: L to R: Cheryl Reed, VP; Louiselle St. Amand, Secretary; Mike Allen, Treasurer; John Larsen, Director; Marsha Lang, Director; Rhonda Kennedy, Director; Margie Brooks, President




DG Pat Perry presented Certificates to the Club.




The Club invited families & attendees of Camp Rotary to a dinner and presented a contribution of $6,950 to Easter Seals EO Julia Laitham. Some of the attendees were at Camp and unable to attend the dinner.

This is the largest contribution we have ever been able to make.  There are many communities and businesses that made this possible by supporting our Annual Dinner & Auction and our Raffle Calendars.



Photos (Courtesy of Brunswick News)





The Perth-Andover Rotary Club held another successful Cash Draw on May 2nd. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser is approximately $14000.

The top prize of $10000 was won by Gerald Toner.  Additional prizes, including door prizes and Early Bird Draw, were also awarded to lucky winners, for a total of $16800 in prizes.



The Rotary Club of Newcastle recently awarded Paul Harris Fellows to three deserving individuals from Miramichi.

Steve Myles has been involved in the community as a member of the Miramichi Kinsmen Club and the Miramichi Hospital Foundation. He has been president/chairperson of both organizations, as well as holding most executive positions along the way. As a Kinsmen, he initiated both the "Pay It Forward" and "KIVA" programs, and has been twice honoured with Kinsmen of the Year. In his role with the Miramichi Hospital Foundation, he chairs the Miramichi Cares Charity Golf Classic, as well as being involved in various initiatives which have raised in excess of 3 million dollars for local hospital equipment. He is a founding partner of Myles-Garrish Financial Group.

Donnalu Derry has been a member of the Newcastle Rotary Club for several years, where she has been a great contributor to our club's success.  As a member of the pond hockey committee, she was responsible for the setting up and tearing down of the site, as well as coordinating the volunteers needed for this. She has been the Foundation Chair for the club and very involved in our local "purple pinkie" campaign, part of Rotary International's Polio elimination fund-raising efforts. Donnalu is a co-owner of Match-It Supplies Ltd.

Melanie Daley was recognized by District Governor Patricia (Pat) Perry for her planning and organization of the District 7810 Conference, which involved Rotarians from across New Brunswick and northern Maine coming to Miramichi. Melanie is a former member of the Newcastle Rotary Club, where she served on the executive in the position of Sgt-at-Arms, and helped out with many fundraisers within our club. Melanie is a co-owner/manager and salesperson for Royal LePage Miramichi River Realty.

All three individuals give of themselves to their community in many more ways than be described in a few lines. The Rotary Club of Newcastle is very proud to recognize these deserving individuals.

Rotary was founded by Paul Harris in 1905 in Chicago. Giving a Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow on an individual.


Photo: L to R, Lowell Loveday, Assistant District Govenor, District 7810; Donnalu Derry, recipient; Stephen Myles, recipient; Melanie Daley, recipient; Pat Perry, District Governor, District 7810; Valerie Comeau, President, Rotary Club of Newcastle.



The Perth-Andover Rotary Club honoured two community members with Paul Harris Fellowships on March 21st.

DG Pat Perry was on hand to present Rod MacIntosh with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  He was honoured by the PA Rotary Club for his volunteer work with local youth hockey, serving as coach for many years.  Rod organizes "The Gathering of the Scots," the very successful Scottish Festival held each year in May in Perth-Andover.  He is a big booster for rural living.  Rod exemplifies "Service Above Self" through his volunteer work.


DG Pat Perry presented Mike Allen, member of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Mike is branch manager of the local branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.  He is Past President of the club, having served two consecutive terms.  He has served as Club Treasurer, Youth Exchange Officer, Fines Master, and he participates in all club fundraisers.  Mike has been a member of the Scotiabank Relay for Life team for several years.  He has served as a volunteer paramedic.  Mike and the "other" Mike Allen co-host the annual Miss New Brunswick Pageant.  Mike exemplifies "Service Above Self" both as a Rotarian and a member of the community.





In a tri-club joint meeting with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, TransCanada Pipeline presented on the energy East Pipeline project.   An overview the project, pipeline safety and the economic impact was provided.     

fredericton tri club pipeline

From the left is: Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside, Guest speaker Philippe Cannon, TransCanada Piplelines. Rotarian Al Thomas and Chris Johnston, President of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.



For the past two years, the Port Elgin Rotary Club has held a unique fundraiser.  For Valentines Day the club has hosted a "Death by Chocolate" evening.  Held at the beautiful "Victorian Veranda" bed and breakfast located beside the picturesque Gaspereau River in Port Elgin,  it was a romantic evening of scrumptious chocolate desserts, tea and coffee and soft music.

It was well attended and enjoyed by both the Rotary members hosting it and the public who came out for the evening.  The club plans to make it an annual event and invites everyone to come out with their sweetheart or friends and join us next year.

port elgin desserts

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Our past District Governor,  Allan MacLellan and his wife attended our "Death by Chocolate" evening in 2013.



The Houlton Rotary Club recently presented McGill's Community Band with a check to fund the building of a storage unit.  This unit will house the chairs used by the band members during a concert.  The proceeds were raised during the annual Rotary auction in November.  The band members have started practicing for the up-coming concert season and are excited for the summer fun to begin!  

Accepting the check from Rotary Club President Lori Weston is the band's new conductor, Kevin Mania, and the band manager, Michael Clark.

houlton mcgill band



Pictured here are Scott Dionne, past president with our guest speakers today Sara Williams, Matthew Williams and Linda Williams.

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Matt and Linda live on their farm in Linneus. They grow organic wheat and oats. They mill not only their own products but other farms as well. For other Maine farms they will do Custom Cleaning and Custom Milling. Matt explained that they have been growing products and selling them mostly wholesale to bakery's, Co-ops, and through the Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative. He stated that they specialize in Maine Organic Products, they are the only mill in Maine that produces only Maine products! Sarah their daughter moved back home this past year to help with the farm. Sarah is a wonderful addition to the business, and is looking at the farm/business from a different perspective. She has made connections to Bakery's in New York and other large markets that want Quality Maine Organic Products, and they have them. Matt showed pictures of the milling process and explained that it is pretty much the same as it was in the old days, with slight improvement variations. Matt and Sarah discussed briefly the process of growing, selecting and milling their products, which is very interesting, but too much for me to recall, you can find that on there website in great detail.  You may ask just what do they grow and most importantly where can I buy it? They grow: Hard Red Winter wheat-variety- Maxine, Hard Red Spring wheat-variety- AC Berry, Oats- variety- Alymer. You can find locations to purchase their exceptional products on their website at and at the Houlton Community Market this spring and summer. In fact Matt made an amazing bread for our lunch and I would strongly suggest you try as soon as you can! Sarah discussed her ideas on expanding to more local and adding Bakery items to the local market and they will be introducing stone baked pizza which I am positive you will be pleased. Sarah plans on bringing some of these delicious baked goods to the Houlton Community Market and the County Coop and Farm Store when it opens. She also encouraged everyone to become  member of The County Coop and Farm Store in support of buying local. Last but not least I could not end with out talking about the Aurora Farm's Organic Oatmeal Ale which is made by The Atlantic Brewing Company, they  have chose to use Aurora Mills  flavorful Alymer oats to create a deep ruby ale with a crisp, clean finish. True to the style, Aurora Farm's Oatmeal Ale is moderate in alcohol with an ABV of 5%. This is currently available in Houlton at The Courtyard Café and at The Lounge Down under. The Williams are great supporters and promoter of Maine and in particular Aroostook County, so if you have a chance to try some of their products do not hesitate - You will not be disappointed!!




Tammie Mulvey was the speaker at Rotary on 02/24/2014


She started with a brief history, Rob is from New York, went to Unity College and stayed:) He worked at Robbins Lumber on Christmas Trees and in their Mill and plantations. In 1996 he became self employed contracting out work on Christmas Trees.


Tammie is from Montville, where she was raised in a Restaurant, Convenience Store, Chainsaw shop and Dance hall. She sold insurance, was a Cosmetologist, waitress, cook, then CLA, and now Community Health and Counseling Services.


Pleasant View Tree Farm “started” in 2002, with Christmas trees and wreaths. Expanded to Strawberries, and Fall mums in 2008, then we added Fruit trees and hardwoods to see if their was a need in the area, and we have expanded over the last few years tremendously.


Tammie’s main topic today was speaking on Trees for Troops.


In 2005, the National Christmas Tree Association developed the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation (CSF) as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to advance the spirit of Christmas year-round. The foundation quickly developed plans for a national Trees for Troops program that could unify the individual programs of tree growers and state Christmas tree associations.


This year, Trees for Troops® provided 17,051 free, real Christmas Trees to military families and troops, bringing our total since the inception of the program to more than 139,000 trees. This year's trees were delivered by FedEx to 62 military bases in the U.S. and Middle East, covering every branch of the armed services.


While a donated Christmas Tree may seem like a small gift, CSF receives countless e-mails and letters from families saying it was the best gift they could have received during the holidays. Not only are many military members away from their families during the holidays, but many military families are also away from their extended families. In some cases, “Dad” or “Mom” is overseas, while the rest of the family is also far from home. It is our hope that the gift of a Real Christmas Tree will help bring the feeling of home a little closer, wherever they may be spending their holiday, as well as alleviate some of the financial burden the holidays can bring.


The Trees for Troops program continues to grow with the generous support from many involved.


About Trees for Troops

Imagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and express shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of free, real Christmas Tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops® makes this vision a reality!


Members of the National Christmas Tree Association and many state and regional Christmas tree associations began donating trees by the thousands. This is quite a logistical undertaking and a sacrifice, as these are quality, sellable trees being harvested, donated and collected during the busiest possible time for growers, and no doubt the busiest time for FedEx and its employees. They do it because they love the opportunity to say "thank you for your service and sacrifice" to troops and their families. In total, 9,685 Christmas trees were donated by growers this year.

Consumers supported Trees for Troops by donating funds or by visiting the 60 farms and retail locations across the country that hosted FedEx trailers during Trees for Troops Weekend, Dec. 6-8, 2013. During Trees for Troops Weekend, consumers purchased and donated 7,216 trees that were placed in the trailers and delivered to U.S. military bases.


This past years was started in Indiana with 150 trees shipped to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia and to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.


The Maine Christmas Tree Association has been involved since the beginning. They donate 300 trees each year and for the last 6 years have also been donating Ornaments for the trees, they make or buy 10 ornaments for each tree. We prefer hand made ornaments just for the extra care that goes into them. This was started by some of the wonderful ladies, Joanne Bond, Melba Fisher and Norma Corliss of the Maine Christmas Tree Association. Many of the ornaments are made by these ladies as well, but there is always a bit of a shortfall that I am hoping we can help out with. The ornaments must be non breakable, they do not need to be handmade, but that does give a little extra touch. We are getting close to the time when we send these out – I know it is not even spring yet and I am asking about next Christmas, we send the ornaments in April to go with the trees, they are packaged in a decorative plastic bag and a note is included thanking them for their service.


If anyone would like to donate either ornaments or money please contact Tammie Mulvey either by Facebook – Pleasant View Tree Farm,, or call 207-538-7217 If you would like more information about Trees for Troops or become a sponsor you can visit


Tammie also mentioned that Rob in conjunction with Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District is doing a demonstration on pruning Apple Trees on Saturday March 27th for more information call 207-532-2087 ext3  or visit




(Fredericton NB, Feb 25/14)  Thousands of ball hockey fans across New Brunswick can look forward to next May 23-25 when the Fredericton North Rotary Club will organize a major amateur ball hockey tournament in the capital city.

    With prizes for the winners and entertainment for spectators, the tournament will be open to teams of seven players competing in eight “rinks” laid out in the parking area of the city’s Grant Harvey Centre.

    The ‘Fredericton Ball Hockey for Rotary” tournament will be held under basic rules of the Canadian Ball and Street Hockey Association. These include the need for hockey helmets to be worn by players. Games will be played in a rink 100’ long and 50’ wide with a puck about double the size of a tennis ball.

    Says Don McKay, chair of the event’s organizing committee, “We expect to see team competition from businesses and ball hockey clubs, high schools and middle schools, towns and cities. We’re in the process of finalizing some basic rules and regulations and want this to be a real fun event for adults as well as youngsters.”

    “Ball or street hockey has over the years increased in popularity. Saint John and Moncton, for example, have had tournaments with hundreds of competitors. We’re aiming for our event to be just as popular. The City of Fredericton’s tourism department has been integral in helping us prepare for this event.”

    The Fredericton North Rotary Club is renowned for its earlier Killarney Cup pond hockey events in Fredericton plus its fundraising for good causes such as Camp Rotary, youth literacy, helping the elderly, and polio eradication.

    Early bird registration for the tournament will open on March 10. More information is available on the event’s website:



Media contact: John M. Bowles. Tel: (506) 449-0562



The Rotary Club of St. Stephen-Milltown held its 40th Annual Super Draw Dinner Feb. 26.2014 at the Legion Hall and gave away a total of $21,200 in prizes and donations. This event has supported youth hockey programs since its inception in 1974 and more latterly supported other community initiatives dealing with children. The Charlotte County Boys and Girls Club is a major beneficiary of this draw as well as proceeds from the Kiwanis/Rotary Radio Bingo, a joint service club effort of the past decade.


st stephen milltown draw 


Rotarians, friends, and Super Draw boosters gathered for the 40th Annual Super Draw Dinner to watch the St. Stephen-Milltown Rotary Club give away prizes and donations. Top prizes of $7,000, $1000, $500 made people happy and 27 consolation prizes kept the crowd interested all evening. The real winners of the evening were the youth of the community as Rotarians presented cheques of $2000 to the St. Stephen High School boys and girls hockey program, $2000 to the St. Stephen Minor Hockey Association and $4000 to the Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club. Susan Schnier, Rotary president, left, made the presentations to Jeff Haley of the High School, Jaclyn Fitzsimmons of the B&G Club and Wally Morrow from Minor Hockey, assisted by Super Draw co-chairperson Rob Mann, right.

50/50 draw 

Rotary friends come in all ages and styles. Here student Marley Woodside (her mother is a former Rotarian who helps organize the Super Draw) helps 3rd generation Rotarian Joan Flewelling, right, sell 50/50 tickets to president Susan Schnier. This draw raised $227 for the club's 'Foundation account'.


st stephen milltown 50 50

The 280 Super Draw tickets fuel a great many community service donations and have always been well received by the community. The $100 tickets also give you a delicious Legion dinner and an opportunity to see Rotarians in action during a fun social evening. The real work, of course, is selling the tickets in the 3 months prior to the dinner!

st stephen milltown draw full house



The Easter Seals 2014 Campaign Launch was held at Government house on Monday Feb 24th at 12 o’clock.  In attendance were approx... 75 persons representing Community partners; Easter Seal Board members; Rotarians; Staff of Easter Seals ; school children and supporters of the Easter Seals from every realm.

Easter Seals Launch

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Share Our Love” for Camp Rotary

February 14, 2014

Delta Fredericton


On Friday evening, February 14, 2014, at the Delta Fredericton, the Rotary Club of Fredericton hosted a Gala in support of Camp Rotary.  The evening began with a reception where ladies were provided with a rose and Mario Theriault serenaded guests on his accordion.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mayor Brad Woodside.  The Fredericton Ladies’ Barbershop ensemble, “The Meadowlarks” provided entertainment during dinner and Hugh Cameron auctioned over 12 live auction items.  The evening concluded with the “Downtown Blues Band” providing music to midnight.  Sponsorships, the purchase of Corporate tables in addition to monies raised through ticket sales, personal donations, raffle draws, 50/50 draw, Klik Pics Photo Booth, coat check and the live auction totaled $23,778.13 for Camp Rotary.  As Brandon Liston, a camper at Camp Rotary and our Easter Seals representative said, “You put a smile on our faces with your support.”



The Rotary Club of the Village of Gagetown held its 32nd annual Variety show on Feb 22nd at the Gagetown Elementary Show. This fundraiser raises money for bursaries for students of the local area attending post-secondary schools.  To date they have awarded 37 bursaries and after this event one more was added to the list. The evening included a variety of local musicians and singing groups. 

Gagetown Variety Show

Read more about the evening here



At a recent meeting of the Washburn Rotary Club, Rich Duncan and Sue Fuller spoke about the campaign that is under way to build a Hospice House in northern Maine.  Duncan, who is Chairman of the Board for Aroostook Hospice Foundation, noted that land has been donated, and fund-raising has begun to build Aroostook House of Comfort at 255 Caribou Road in Presque Isle. This is a 2.5 million dollar project, with expansion planned after the initial phase is completed.  Building is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated opening in 2015.   During the presentation,  Rick Duncan
presented Rotarian Larry Bull with a jacket in appreciation of his continued support of the hospice project.

Shown in the pictures are Rick Duncan and Larry Bull, and Rotary President CIndy RIchendollar presenting Rick Duncan with a speaker mug to thank him for his evening's presentation.

Washburn Hospice House

Washburn Hospice House 2



Pictured are Lori Weston and Jane Torres, who spoke at our January 27th Rotary Meeting.

Houlton Literacy


Our District Governor was scheduled to be our guest speaker today, however due to the weather was unable to attend. So Lori Weston stepped up to the plate and gave us information on events and what’s happening around town. She started by explaining her position as the Community Development Director for the Town of Houlton. Many of us see Lori working away at all the wonderful events that the Town and the Chamber do together, but there is a lot more to her job then that! She explained several grants she has submitted for various things around town including beautifying Market Square with new trees, snowmobile bridge, and many others that will improve our community in ways that you may never think of. Lori showed us some of the applications that needed to be completed for various grants and wow, they were vey long, some well over 100 pages. I recall a conversation that Lori and I had when she first started with this position regarding training that she was going to Central Maine on installing water lines and safe construction – it was very intense and inspirational to see just how far she is willing to go to improve our community, she was laughing as she is explaining the “field trip” with a hard hat on and learning what is the right way to do this, she is truly inspirational! Lori and Jane spoke on a meeting that they attended in Hallowell for the Farmers Market organization on learning what others are doing in the State and how we can improve or expand on our wonderful Community Market. It is still a little while before spring, but it will be here soon, and when it comes you really should spend a little time at our Community Market, it sure has grown over the years. I do not know the numbers but it was like just three years ago they had less then 10 vendors, and last year around 30-40. You can get many different items there, I will not list them here you will have to come check it out for yourself. You will want to come on a weekly basis because there are some that can not make it every week and if you are not there that week they are you just don’t know what you are missing! The greater Houlton area is a wonderful place to live with lots of things going on, if you are not sure what there is to do, check out the Pioneer Times, or stop into the Greater Houlton Chamber or even the Town Office. If you are lucky you may even get a chance to see Lori at the office. Lori spoke of Moosestompers that I sure hope you all got a chance to go and experience, and The County Coop and Farm Store that is working its way to opening maybe this fall. Lori expressed her gratitude for all the community members that give of themselves to make this a wonderful place to live, in return the Houlton Rotary Club would like to say thank you to you Lori, you are doing a great job!! 



At the weekly Rotary meeting on February 10, Houlton Rotarians were honored to welcome Dixie Shaw as their guest speaker.  Dixie Shaw is the Program Director for Hunger and Relief Services of Catholic Charities Maine and oversees the two food banks in Caribou and Monticello.  She also heads the Farm for ME and State Disaster Services for CCM.


The food banks in Caribou and Monticello distribute once a month to 25 food pantries in Aroostook County including Saint Mary's and Adopt-a-Block in Houlton.  The food bank warehouse in Monticello also houses the only clothing recycling center in Aroostook County.  Donated clothing is either sold in the thrift stores or recycled to other uses.  The income from the thrift stores and recycled clothing helps to fund the operation of the food banks.


Rotarians also learned about the new Farm for ME project started last growing season.  The Farm for ME project came together through funding from the WalMart Foundation, one family's generous offer to allow Farm for ME to use their 200 acres of farmland, and a partnership with Northern Girl of Van Buren to process and store the produce for winter.  Volunteers worked together on this new venture and produced beets, squash, and rutabaga on three acres last year, and the goal is to quadruple production this growing season.  All produce from the farm is distributed by the food banks to the local food pantries here in Aroostook County to help those in need.


How can someone be a part of this project of neighbor helping neighbor?  Shop the thrift store, donate food and other items, and volunteer.  The number to call for more information in Presque Isle is 493-8919 and in Monticello 538-4051.  

Houlton Food Bank



“Let’s Talk Local” and Literacy at Rotary

At the weekly Rotary meeting on February 3rd , Rotarians were introduced to a new program for the area entitled “Let’s Talk Local”, a component of the Maine Humanities Council’s “What it Means to Be a Mainer”. This program encourages thoughtful, public conversations about our future as a community. Houlton’s public conversation is scheduled for April 9, 2014 at the Houlton Rec Center. 

Rotarians were also updated on their local literacy project.  Houlton Rotary is partnering with other community organizations and schools forming a “Literacy for ME” Community Literacy Team.  Currently the team is focusing on the importance of vocabulary and number awareness from birth to school.

The “Let’s Talk Local” presentation was made by Linda Faucher of the Cary Library.  The literacy update was made by Sally Cole and Janet Murakami from RSU 29. 



Pictured are Mike Hammer, Rotarian and RSU 29 Superintendent, Linda Faucher, Cary Library, and Otis Smith, Rotarian.  Sally Cole and Janet Murakami were unavailable for the picture.

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Rotary President of Florenceville, Garth Hatheway, while on vacation in Panama, visited the Club Rotario el Dorado, Panama, on Jan. 16, 2014 by invitation of president Jose Gonzalez Chea. Hatheway brought greetings from the Florenceville Club and was privileged to hear guest speaker District Governor, Jose Rafael Bolanos, for Rotary Clubs in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador. District Governor Bolanos encouraged dedicated service for high profile  Rotary Global projects; such as, polio eradication, clean water, disease prevention and adequate shelter. He stressed the need for cooperation among rotary clubs and individual members. President Gonzalez Chea is interested in cooperating with the Florenceville Rotary Club in a joint effort project.


The first gentleman on the left is: District Governor, Jose Rafael Bolanos; the man in the middle is Garth Hatheway, president Florenceville Rotary Club. The man on the extreme right is the president of the Club El Dorado, Panama, Jose Gonzalez Chea. The first banner has the Rotary Club  four way truth test in Spanish.



The Rotary Club of Oromocto received a Business Excellence Award from the Chamber. There was approximately 120 local business owners, Rotarians and dignitaries present.

The Award was accepted by Charter Member Rotarian Ralph Harris and President-elect Liz Neilson. Liz spoke briefly about Rotary in Oromocto and thanked the Chamber for selecting our Club. Dr Spietzer also received an award for her contributions to the SPCA.

In the picture L - R : Ralph Harris, Liz Neilson, Mayor Robert Powell and Dr Spietzer.

Oromocto Chamber Award


“Share Our Love” for Camp Rotary”


Camp Rotary is owned by the Rotary Club of Fredericton and is operated by Easter Seals New Brunswick.  Children who have special needs, physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer have an opportunity of a lifetime attending the camp.    Brandon Liston who is the Easter Seals representative is quoted at a recently held meeting of the Rotary Club of Fredericton saying,” Rotary Camp has provided all of us an opportunity to meet others just like us.  We are a family and I look forward to going every summer.   You put a smile on our faces.”


On February 14, 2014, at the Delta Fredericton, the Rotary Club of Fredericton is hosting a Gala in support of Camp Rotary.   The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm.  Roses will be provided for the ladies.  Mario Therieault will serenade us on his accordion.     Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm:

Roasted pumpkin with nutmeg cream soup

Herbed pork loin with merlot poached plum chutney

Classic crème brulee


Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Mayor Brad Woodside.  The “Meadowlarks” Fredericton’s Ladies Barbershop ensemble will provide dinner entertainment.  


Hugh Cameron, auctioneer will entertain us with a live auction.    In addition to several wonderful packages, we have two tickets to see Michael Buble in concert in Toronto, Ontario June 28.  Air Canada will fly two to Toronto on June 27 with return on June 28.  Accommodations are included.


The evening will continue with the “Downtown Blues Band” providing us an opportunity to enjoy more live entertainment where we can chat and enjoy our friends and dance to midnight.


The cost of the evening is $125 per person.   A tax receipt of $75 dollars is provided.

Corporate tables are $900.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting Marion Brien at 459-8022, from members of the Rotary Club of Fredericton or by purchasing them at Westminster Books, King Street, Fredericton.


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