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Minutes of September 19
 
 
Minutes of September 12, 2016
 
Prez. Bob Beaumont called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15 and led us in the pledge of Allegiance. He then called for a minute of silence in remembrance of 9/11 (15 years ago yesterday).
 
Prez. Bob then called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. With the first real chill in the air that morning Bill had a  happy dollar for the on-set of fall weather. Prez. Bob had happy dollars for a visit to Martha’s Vineyard to visit family. Bob Guerette had a happy dollar for spending time at his camp on Pleasant Lake in the County.  Pastor Ron had a happy dollar for time at Reid State Park and Five Island Lobster Wharf. Cliff Hodges had happy dollars for the University of Michigan football team win resuming continuing professional education. Ron Kozlowski had a happy dollar for joining us at the meeting. Gordon had several sad dollars commenting that likely we could all recall exactly where we were when hearing of JFK being shot and the attack on the Twin Towers. Late arrival Bob Davis had a happy dollar for great weekend weather.
 
 Under announcements Bob Davis said the speaker on Monday, September 19 would be Peter Lindsey from United Way / Success by 6.
 
Bob Beaumont reminded us to RSVP to Bill Brillant regarding our 10th anniversary function at the Black Lantern B & B at 6 PM on Thursday, September 29. Bob also passed a sign up sheet for working the Pack Back program on from 5 to 7 on Tuesday, September 27. We need a minimum of 6 but more is better.
 
We had a Club Meeting primarily discussing how the events of 9/11 had changed life in America and impacts on our daily lives. It was a very thoughtful, interesting discussion with all members contributing.
 
See you all Monday, September 19.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minutes of July 25, 2016
 
 
 
 
Minutes of July 18, 2016
 
Prez. Bob Beaumont called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15 and led us in the pledge of Allegiance. He then called on Pastor Ron McLaughlin for the invocation and Ron delivered, calling us to serve Rotary in the Community and throughout the world.
 
Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie had a happy dollar for summer and another one for one of his baseball quizzes – none of us knew the answer. Prez.Bob had a happy dollar for all our work on the Habitat Build day on Saturday. Despite the heat we got a lot done and enjoyed the camaraderie. Bob also had a happy day for family visiting from Sacramento, CA. Newly retired (actually transitioned to self employed consultant) Bob Davis had a happy dollar for the Habitat work. Bob Guerette kidded about there being two many Bob’s in the club but also echoed Bab Beaumont and Bob Davis thoughts about the great Habitat Build Day. Joel had a sad dollar for the recent police shootings. Pastor Ron had a happy dollar for a visit with grandkids. Gordon had a dollar for his amazement at watching his adult grandson (a great addition to our work crew on Saturday) and Bob G climbing through the roof trusses on Saturday installing the final bracings.
 
Bob Beaumont announced that our guest next Monday, July 25, will be District Governor Marge Barker and our local Assistant Governor, Claudia Frost. All are urged to attend and show our support for the District Governor. Bob passed around the Defeat Polio can and pointed out the article in this months Rotarian magazine highlighting our continued success to eradicate Polio with only two countries remaining.
 
There will be no meeting Monday, August 1. We will have a “service day”, no meeting based on our club service day working on the Habitat build day on Saturday.
 
Our scheduled speaker, Jon Larssen, from Mid Coast Hospital failed to show so we had a Club Meeting, focusing first on  a discussion of the expansion of the facilities of the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention program and related non-profits followed by a very interesting discussion by Joel regarding the difficulties individual Law Enforcement personnel are facing in light of increased resistance and hostility by a small segment of society and how it effects all of law enforcement personnel. Truly challenging times striking the right balance of personal safety and effective, respectful law enforcement. Thanks Joel!
 
Remember: District Governor Marge Barker tomorrow, July 25
                    No meeting Monday, August 1 – Club Service Day
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of July 11, 2016
 
Outgoing Prez. Bill called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then requested incoming Club President Bob Beaumont give the invocation. Bob called for a moment of silence to reflect on both the current racial unrest in the country and all the good that Rotary does in this country and the world.
 
Bill then passed the gavel to Bob, officially assuming the duties as Club President. Bob presented Bill a certificate for his year of service as president and noted that the Club had made a donation in his name to the Save Our Swinging Bridge non-profit in the amount of $50.00.
 
Bill Gillespie started Happy / Sad dollars with a happy dollar for the sunshine after nearly a week of overcast weather with frequent drizzle. His baseball question, what was the original name of the Boston National League Baseball team, stumped us – Boston Beaneaters.  Prez. Bob had a number of happy dollars, for Bill as President this past year, for the strong community we live in and a great week for sports in England with success in the Tour de France and Andy Murray winning at Wimbledon. Bill B. had a great past week. Joel had a sad dollar for the current racial troubles, having just returned from a conference in Minneapolis, site of one of the newsmaking incidents. Bob Guerette commented that while the past week had been dreary there was not enough actual rain to eliminate the high fire hazard, particularly in the County where he has a camp. Cliff commented that he enjoyed watching Soccer the past two weeks on TV with both the Copa tourney for teams in the Americas and the Euro Cup. Fred had a happy $5 for Bill as Prez. And spoke of the need for support of the Rotary Foundation. Gordon had a fun quiz on the Declaration of Independence.
 
Under announcements Bob reminded us of our commitment to the Habitat project this Saturday, July 16.
 
Our Club is scheduled to work on the latest Habitat project on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 until 3:30. The site is on Hope Lane, Brunswick. Take Harpswell Rd (rt 24) just past the Bowdoin athletic field. Hope Lane is on the Left.  If you see the Maine Pines Fitness you have gone too far. Please plan on being there.
 
The Rotary International theme for the year is “Rotary Serving Humanity”
 
Bob discussed his view of the club, stressing our history of strong leadership, with most members as past presidents, and high rate of participation at all of our activities and service projects demonstrating our commitment to community service. He commented on our strong presentation programs, coordinated by Bob Davis. He encouraged us all to use the introduction to the club cards Fred generated for us all last year as a means of encouraging potential new members to join us for a meeting. Bob distributed the new Rotary pins highlighting this years RI theme.
 
He talked about some of our activities for this coming year including the planning for our 10th Anniversary, the Music at the Museum fundraiser, support for early childhood literary with the children’s book program for the Topsham Library. The Diaper Drive Challenge will be a new activity for us this year. He encouraged us all to support the RI Foundation by making a contribution on our Birthdays with every member making a donation of some amount during the year. We will continue to support the Eradicate Polio program by passing the can around weekly for whatever change we have. Bob is optimistic that our club will submit and be awarded a District Local Grant this year. He plans on our continued support for the Backback Program and likely support for the expanded food pantry in Bowdoinham.
 
It looks to be an exciting, interesting year.
 
Monday’s speaker will be John Larson of the Topsham Fair Mall.
 
See you all on Saturday at Habitat Build Day and at Monday’s meeting.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of June 27, 2016
 
On his last official meeting as Club President Bill Brillant called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15, ringing the bell and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a request for an invocation from incoming President Bob Beaumont. Bob gave a nice invocation followed by his first official proclamation. He plans on rotating giving the invocation among all the club members.
 
Under Happy / Sad dollars Club Sheriff  Bill Gillespie had happy dollars for the Cardinals winning. Bob Davis had a happy dillar for outgoing Prez. Bill. Incoming Prez. Bob was looking forward to a happy 76th birthday with family on Martha’s Vineyard. Fred had some words about a Finnish celebration of the summer solstice this past week. Bob Gurette had a happy dollar for time on then golf course. Gordon happily passed out billing notices for Club dues, due July 1.
 
Prez. Bill read a letter from Karen Parker of MidCoast Hunger Prevention, thanking us for our recent donation. That led to an interesting discussion about the extent of poverty caused hunger in our region and the fact that it is a problem in all of the communities in our region. The extent was documented by a study performed by a Bowdoin College student for MCHP who plotted the addresses of those receiving Federal Food stamps on a map to identify specific areas with the greatest need. Despite the need and positive publicity the hunger prevention program receives some eligible people do not utilize the resources available to them feeling that there is a stigma associated with participating.
 
Our Club is scheduled to work on the latest Habitat project on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 until 3:30. The site is on Hope Lane, Brunswick. Take Harpswell Rd (rt 24) just past the Bowdoin athletic field. Hope Lane is on the Left.  If you see the Maine Pines Fitness you have gone too far. Please plan on being there.
 
There followed a general discussion about planning for our Club’s 10th anniversary function, to be held in late summer / early fall.
 
See you all on Monday, July 11 when Bob Beaumont takes the reins from Bill Brillant.
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of April 25
 
President Bill Brillant called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15, ringing the bell and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. After first welcoming our guest speaker, Amy McLellan, Bill then called upon Pastor Ron for the invocation and he delivered with his usual aplomb. Bill then called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill G started it of with a happy dollar for being treated to a nice dinner in Boston by his two step-daughters, the clear inference being that Dad usually pays. Bob Davis had a happy dollar for our guest speaker, Amy McLellan. Joel Merry, with not to many more gray hairs, was very happy for a very successful “Patriot” tour the previous week, chaperoning 60 or so 8th graders on a tour to Washington, DC, Philadelphia and NYC, among other locations. The highlight was hearing a presentation from an actual Holocaust survivor at the National Holocaust Memorial in DC. Bob Guerette had a happy dollar for a fun, and successful, fishing trip to Sebago Lake with a long time friend. Ron McLaughlin was still raving about the Celtics great comeback, overtime win the previous evening. Fred had a happy dollar for the progress on building a new garage and the hope for getting the storage containers, in use during the garage construction, off his front lawn. Cliff Hodges had fun weekend with yard work in the nice weather and activities with his family. Gordon was happy for a welcome spring.
 
Under Announcements Prez. Bill reminded all of the up-coming District Conference June 10 – 12 at the Tarry-A-While Resort in Bridgton, ME.
 
Bill then turned the meeting over to Bob Davis who introduced our guest speaker, Amy McLellan and her presentation on Age Defying Living. Amy is an RN with a lot of experience with seniors and aging whose passion and conviction is that the baby boomer generation, presently becoming seniors, will be healthier and, as a group, will live longer, than recent generation seniors, and will be seeking a more physically active, and mentally stimulating lifestyle then is presently offered by senior and assisted living facilities. She provided some interesting statistics regarding the aging population of Maine, While presently 16% of the population is over 65 that percentage is forecasted to increase to 27% by 2030. Amy is presently spearheading a project to convert the Schofield House building on Union Street in Brunswick, previously used for assisted living into up-scale apartments / assisted living for seniors still living active involved lives. While extolling the advantages of the location, close to the center of Brunswick and within walking distance of restaurants, the college, bike trails and even grocery shopping she relayed the difficulties of complying with the towns zoning and building codes that appear to discourage in town apartment living.
 
An very interesting, thought provoking presentation. Thanks Bob for scheduling it.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of March 28
 
As is his custom Prez. Bill led us in the Pledge of Allegiance promptly at 07:15. He then called upon Pastor Ron for the Invocation and Ron responded with a nice invocation calling us all to service for the community and Rotary around the world.
 
The meeting was scheduled as a Club Meeting (no guest speaker) but before getting to Club business Bill called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill started with some stories of the annual meeting of the Maine Citadel Alumni Association held over the weekend. The grad from the oldest class, class of 1932, died over the past year with the grad from the class of 1934 now the oldest. Bill said while they continue to lose members due to age there are recent grads as well and he is presently working to recruit several high school students to attend, including a female sharpshooter for their rifle team. Bill Brillant told of being exhausted from watching his young niece. Bob Davis and Joel Merry had happy dollars for nice Easter’s with family, with Joel getting a start on spring yard work as well. Sports fanatic Ron McLaughlin had kind words for the U. Conn Woman’s Basketball Team. Bob Beaumont also had a nice Easter with family, enjoying his 9 month old niece and watching her try to walk, bypassing the crawling stage. Cliff had some sad dollars for the people of Belgium and recent terrorist attacks. He has some family living in Brussels. Gordon told of going to a great Easter buffet.
 
Under announcements Prez. Bill reminded all of the no-host gathering of Rotarians from local clubs 5 PM Thursday, March 31. 
 
March 28 is the deadline for submitting proposed amendments to the District By-Laws.
 
The District is sponsoring an essay contest fort High School students on the Four Way Test.
 
Saturday, April 2 is the District Assembly at USM – Portland.
 
Cliff Hodges has agreed to be our Club Foundation Chair for next Rotary year.
 
Bob Davis presented the $100 check to Bill Brillant for the Save our Swing Bridge event. Bill serves on that committee as well.
 
Short minutes as I had to leave early to assist with breakfast.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of March 14
 
President Bill Brillant called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15, ringing the bell and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. With Reverend Ron missing in action he than called upon Bob Beaumont for the Invocation. With no guest speaker Bill then called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill G started it of with a happy dollar for being a week closer to opening day of the baseball season and commented that the Red Sox, not his team, are not looking good in spring games. Prez. Bill had a happy dollar for a quiet weekend. Bob Davis then started, what turned out to be a running gag for the morning, commenting that Joel Merry has one of the few business, that of running the County jail, that never seems to lack for customers. Joel had to ruefully agree, putting in a sad dollar for a busy weekend with over 50 “guests” for the weekend against an average of 30 or so. Bob G. had a happy dollar for visits with old friends from Bangor, including  having lunch at the seafood restaurant in Damariscotta. Bob Beaumont had a happy dollar for a great sunrise and pleasant weekend weather allowing for a walk along the waterfront. Gordon had no news, just a happy dollar for being able to attend the meeting.
 
Under Announcements incoming club president Bob Beaumont gave a brief summary of attending PETS (incoming Club President Training) outside of Boston over the weekend. The District Assembly, to be held at USM Portland, will be April 2 with the District Conference held in western Maine on June 10, 11 and 12.
 
Prez. Bill reminded all that there will be a no-host social get together for members of all 5 local clubs at Joshua’s Tavern, 123 Maine Street, Brunswick on Thursday evening, March 31. Time 5 to 7 PM. Please plan on coming for some social time with fellow club members as well as with fellow local Rotarians.
 
This was a scheduled Club Meeting with various items of Club business discussed some of which I got involved in discussing and failed to take notes.
 
  1. A motion was made and seconded for the Club to donate $100 toward the Save or Swinging Bridge event. Passed unanimously.
  2. This year is the Club’s 10th anniversary. After some discussion it was agreed we should plan for an event in the fall marking this Club milestone.
  3. Bob Davis gave a financial recap of the Music at the Museum event. Gross receipts, at $23,896.21, were down slightly from last years record high. The Pledge Round receipts, this year for Hunger Prevention, were up totaling $6,133.50. After expenses the amounts for Success by Six and Family Focus will be right at $7,000 and change each.
  4. Kudu’s by all to Bob Davis for chairing the planning committee and for he and Mechanic’s Bank staff for doing much of the work.
  5. Under general discussions for next year it was agreed to continue to have the event at the Maine Maritime Museum, recognizing that decision restricts the capacity to just over 200 but feel that that is the correct size for our event. More focus will be placed on finding items for the Silent Auction that will generate greater interest (read higher) in bidding. We will continue to change beneficiaries of the Pledge round. We will get a Tax Exempt stamp to use on receipts given to Pledge Round participants.
 
A good working meeting. See you tomorrow – assuming no serious snow.
 
Submitted: Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of March 7
 
President Bill Brillant called the meeting to order promptly at 07:15, ringing the bell and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He than called upon Bob Beaumont for the Invocation. While informally welcoming guest speaker Brad Smith, Superintendent of MSAD #75, and acknowledging that Brad Smith is leading the initial planning to build a new High School for the District Bill told Brad, that he, Bill, was part of the first class of students to go Grade 7 – 12 in the present High School building and knows first hand some of the deficiencies of the open plan layout of that building.
 
Prez. Bill then called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill G started it of with a happy dollar for being a week closer to opening day of the baseball season. Both Bob Davis and Joel Merry had happy dollars for having Brad Smith as our guest. Bob Beaumont had a happy dollar for being with grandkids over the weekend. Ron McLaughlin delivered dire predictions for the Red Sox this season. Cliff Hodges had happy dollars for nice weather and being outdoors with his children over the weekend. Fred had happy dollars for several recent Bruins wins.
 
Under Announcements Prez. Bill announced that there will be a no-host social get together of members of all 5 local clubs at Joshua’s Tavern, 123 Maine Street, Brunswick on Thursday evening, March 31. Time 5 to 7 PM. Please plan on coming for some social time with fellow club members as well as with fellow local Rotarians.
 
Bob Davis then formally introduced Brad Smith, Superintendent of MSAD #75 for about three years now, stating how fortunate the community is having Brad as a follow on to the now retired Mike Wilhelm as great superintendent’s.
 
Brad gave a very interesting presentation, starting out by talking about the very good joint Middle School – High School production of the show Annie over the past weekend , commenting not so much on the production qualities but rather on the numbers of students involved in all aspects of the production and how statistically it has been established that involved students are much less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior.  
Brad then went on to describe how the State Department of Ed requires all students / school staff take a self evaluation survey every several years regarding the mental health issues and substance abuse behaviors of grade 5 through 12 and that he had just received the results of the most recent survey. MASD is slightly better than most districts in most areas, below average in a few. Statewide 31% of students are judged to have some mental health issues. Brad then related to process of issuing suspensions and expulsions. Principals may suspend for up to 10 days, suspensions beyond 10 days or expulsions require action by the School Board and he explained that he spends time with any student recommended for a long suspension or expulsion and that invariably there are domestic problems at home or significant mental health issues with those students and that recognizing and treating mental health and home domestic problems are major tasks for school staff, at all schools throughout the District, for students to be successful.
 
Brad gave a very short update on the HS project. Essentially the original configuration of the existing school as roughly square make the building impractical to modernize into traditional classrooms with natural light and ventilation. Parents were also adamant about not having students in portable classrooms during construction of the new school. While the existing HS site has plenty of acreage wetlands and other geographical features restrict the area for siting a new HS building to the existing athletic field and student parking area. That will be the site of he new school with the site of the existing school reconfigured to athletic fields following opening of the new school.
 
Great presentation.
 
Submitted: Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of January 25, 2016
 
President Bill Brillant rang the bell promptly at 07:15, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and then calling on Pastor Ron McLaughlin for the Invocation. Bill apologized for missing the previous meeting on January 11. A fallen tree from a storm had taken down his power line and he was waiting for CMP to show up. Bill welcomed guest speaker Phil Giordano to the meeting then called on Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill, as did others had sad dollars for the Patriots loos to Denver. Bill also continued his weekly countdown until the start of spring training. Bill Brillant had a sad dollar for relatives in Virginia snowed in by the blizzard over the weekend. Bob Guerette had happy dollar for spending time with friends over the weekend. Bob Beaumont had a happy dollar for being able to babysit his 7 month old grandchild over the weekend, happy but exhausted. Ron McLaughlin, lifetime Giants fan, had, for the first time ever, kind words for Tom Brady’s performance at the end of the game, nearly bringing the Pat’s to a tie as the game ended. Bob Davis added happy dollars for living to hear Ron say positive things about the Patriots. Gordon Donley happy dollar and told a very poor joke. Cliff had a rough morning spilling a full cup of coffee as he tried to tell of his weekend activities.
 
Under Announcements Bob Beaumont requested members sign up to participate in the annual Success by Six Read Aloud on March 1. Our Club is a major sponsor of the event.
 
Bob Davis gave a brief update on planning for the Music at the Museum event, scheduled for Friday, February 12. More to come next Monday, February 1 as that will be our topic for the day.
 
Prez. Bill then introduced our guest speaker, Rotarian Phil  Giordano from the Scarborough Club. Phil is the volunteer Co-Chair leader of our districts RYLA program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. RYLA is a Rotary sponsored program for High School youth, not limited to Interact Club members, to provide leadership training for use throughout their lives. Our District program is a 4 day outdoor, interactive program for students who have completed their Sophomore year of High School. It is held at Camp Hinds in late June. Clubs nominate students to participate and are encouraged to contribute to the funding of the program. The program is in it’s 25th year with a maximum of 144 kids per year participating.
 
An informative program on a topic most of us had heard about but did not know any specifics.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of January 11, 2016
 
Bob Beaumont ably stepped in as acting President in the absence of Club President Bill Brillant and rang the bell a minute or two after our usual start time on 07:15. After leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance he called for a moment of silence in lieu of our usual invocation. After welcoming our guest, Jordan Cardone, from the People Plus Teen Center, located in Brunswick, he called upon Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy / Sad dollars. Bill started off with a happy dollar for the count down to the start of spring training – 5 weeks. Bob Beaumont had a happy dollar for the very unusual occurrence of all for visiting teams winning their NFL playoff games over the weekend.  Bob Davis had a happy dollar for our guest speaker, Jordon. Joel Merry had a sad dollar for failing to wren the PowerBall jackpot but a happy dollar for his sump pump working during the very heavy rain over the weekend. Fred Burgess had a sad dollar for the overnight death of Rock & Roll legend David Bowie. Cliff had a happy dollar for a great weekend with family. Gordon had a sad dollar for the stupidity of Sean Penn meeting with the drug lord in Mexico.
 
Under announcements Fred reminded us of the District mid-year dinner February 1 at the Fireside Inn in Portland. Bob Davis requested items for the silent auction for our Music at the Museum fundraiser Friday, Feb 12. Charlie Ault and Dill Paiste are handling the live auction items. Gordon had a reminder that semi-annual Dues ($60.00) are due.
 
Bob Davis then introduced our guest speaker, Jordan Cardone, coordinator of the teen programs for People Plus. Jordon has been with the program, in several capacities, for 10 years and it has shown  steady growth and is now essentially at capacity based on physical space in the People Plus facility on Union Street in Brunswick. They average about 20 teens a day. Nearly all the teens served are “at risk” kids where the teen center provides a safe, non-judgmental environment. They serve food as many do not have adequate food at home. While many of the teens are from Brunswick it is open t all within the service area of People Plus. The Union Street location, though short on physical space, is a great location because it is convenient to the homes of many of the “at risk” kids.
 
Very informative presentation.
 
Thanks Jordan and Bob Davis.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
Minutes of January 4, 2016
 
President Bill Brillant rang the bell calling us to order promptly at 07:15 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then called upon Pastor Ron McLaughlin for the Invocation. After welcoming Dill Paiste and Laura Larson from Family Focus to the meeting he called upon Bill Gillespie for Happy / Dad dollars. Lots of Happy dollars for good time with family over the Christmas season.
 
Bill Gillespie started with a reminder – 6 weeks until the start of spring training! Bill Brillant had a great visit with his step-dad over the Holidays. Bob Davis, after commenting on the great times over the Holidays welcomed guests Dill and Laura and late comer (and always welcome Charlie Ault). Dill had a happy dollar for the support Rotary provides Family Focus through our major fundraiser each year, Music at the Museum. Rom McLaughlin had a happy dollar for a visit with his one year old grandson. Joel Merry and Bob Beaumont added their happy dollars for the Holidays. Bob Guerette commented on the very unusual experience of having an enjoyable walk along the beach on Christmas in Maine. Cliff added his happy dollar for a low key Holiday with family and the fun of having young children at Christmas. Charlie Ault through in a dollar for being late but glad to be with us. Gordon had a happy dollar for the start of a new year.
 
Under announcements was a reminder that the new, second location, for the Bath Y was opening at the Brunswick Landing this week with a fundraiser dress function Friday night, January 8 and open house to try the recreational facilities on Saturday, January 9. The new facility is adjacent to the Family Focus Child Care Center and Town of Brunswick Recreation Center.
 
Ron McLaughlin thanked all who contributed to the Christmas gifts for the needy family that we supported this year.
 
Gordon had a reminder that semi-annual Dues ($60.00) are due.
 
Bill then turned over the program to Bob Davis for an update on the planning for the Music at the Museum benefit for Early Childhood Development. As in past years all proceeds with be split between Success by 6 and Family Focus. Again as in past years the event will be at the Maine Maritime Museum. This year on Friday, February 12, time 6 to 8 PM. Music entertainment will be from the Matt Fogg Trio. Food, heavy Hors d’oeuvres, will be catered (Joel Merry’s son) with desert furnished by the staff at Family Focus. Bob Davis and Charlie Ault will coordinate furnishing wine, water, soft drinks and coffee. Amanda from Maine Events will operate the bar (liquor licensed) and will donate all tips to the event. Bob Davis will send out “Save the Date” letters this week as well as reminders to purchase tickets - $30.00 each – through staff at Mechanics Savings Bank.
 
There will be both a live and silent auction, with the higher value items part of the live auction.  Silent Auction items should have a value around $50.00.  Contact Dill if you have an item to donate. There will also be a pledge round for donations for a specific program related to Early Childhood Development.
 
Bob Davis has started soliciting sponsors. For a $300 sponsorship they get 4 tickets. Capacity is limited to 200 people (the maximum capacity of the hall with tables set up). Club members will work with Family Focus staff on guest check in and payment at check out. All agree the stumbling block at check out is tabulating the amounts from the live auction, silent auction and pledge round into a single invoice for the guests.
 
This is our major fundraiser of the year and for our clubs major focus. Please support it.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
Minutes of December 7
 
President Bill Brillant rang the bell calling us to order promptly at 07:15 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then called upon Pastor Ron McLaughlin for the Invocation. After welcoming Guest Speaker April Caron, Executive Director of the Central and Mid-coast Region of the American Red Cross to the meeting he called upon Bill Gillespie for Happy / Dad dollars. Lot’s of sad dollars following the Patriots poor performance on Sunday.
 
Bill Gillespie started with a sad dollar in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Bill Brillant had a happy dollar for having April with us. Bob Guerette had a happy dollar for the nearly spring like weather. Ron McLaughlin had a sad dollar for, in his words, watching Tom Brady grow old in the course of Sundays embarrassing loss. Fred Burgess had a happy dollar for being tapped to be the incoming treasurer of the Districts Foundation / Grant fund. Cliff had happy dollars for the good will that accompanies the Holiday season in Maine and for his family returning to join him at home after an extended visit to South Carolina. Gordon had a happy dollar for attending the Interdenominational festival of holiday music on Sunday at Saint John’s church.
 
Prez. Bill then called upon Fred to read the Rotary Four Way Test and remind us to follow it’s precepts. Good to be reminded of them. Thanks Bill and Fred.
 
Ron McLaughlin reminded all of our commitment to help the Salvation Army on Saturday by ringing the bell and manning the kettles at both entrances to Wal-Mart on Saturday morning, December 12. He also passed around the sign up sheet for donations / gifts for the needy family we are supporting this Christmas.
 
Prez. Bill announced the mid-year District dinner meeting to be held at the Fireside Inn, off Exit 48 on I-95, on Monday, February 1.
 
Bill then formally introduced our speaker, April Caron, Executive Director of the Central and Mid-Coast Region of the American Red Cross. She gave a very informative talk, addressing first the governance changes and then some of the changed emphasis on services provided. Under the revised National structure, approved by an act of congress the American Red Cross now manages all the local chapters, still using local Boards of Directors, rather than each chapter being totally independent as had been the case. Within Maine the Lewiston and Mid-Coast chapters have merged into one, operating principally from the Topsham office.
 
April stressed some of the traditional responsibilities of the Red Cross including blood collection and distribution as well as supporting the US Military through official notice of death and illness to military units of family members. Even in this age of instant communication the US Military relies on the Red Cross official notification system in evaluating issuing emergency leave orders to service members.
 
Our local chapter now works very closely with individual town fire departments on fire prevention, providing smoke detectors, and with Serve-Pro on disaster assistance and preparation.
 
A very informative and interesting presentation.
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Minutes of Monday, November 30
 
President Bill Brillant called us to order promptly at 07:15, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then turned to Pastors Ron McLaughlin and Bob Beaumont and asked which one was on tap for the Invocation. Bob Beaumont answered the call with a nice invocation that while acknowledging the darkness in the world also highlighted the brightness, as exemplified by Rotarians doing good works here and abroad.
 
Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie then started Happy / Sad Dollars with a sad dollar for the NY Giants with the quote “they suck”. Bill Brillant had a happy dollar for a great, long Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. With Bob Davis, Joel Merry and Bob G also throwing in happy dollars for the same reason. Ron McLaughlin went back to sad dollars, relating how his Dad used to, in a fit of frustration. throw a shoe at the TV when his sports team made a dumb play. Ron then admitted to throwing his shoe at the TV during that same NY Giants game that Bill G had referred to as “they suck”. Cliff Hodges relayed having a great time on a visit to family in South Carolina. Contrary to Bill G and Ron M recent experiences with their sports teams Fred Burgess had happy dollars for the Bruins winning several recent matches. Gordon Donley thanked all for the condolences for his departed wife Audrey.
 
Under Announcements Ron McLaughlin passed around a sign up sheet for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Wal-Mart on Saturday morning, December 12. We will be staffing both doors.
 
Ron also passed around a sign up sheet for donating for a needy family. The family has two children and the suggestion was provide each child with a new bike so that was the primary item with several members contributing for each bike.
 
Bob Davis than introduced our guest speaker, Alex Petroff, Topsham native, Graduate of Hampshire College and founder and CEO of Working Villages International, a non-profit developing self sustaining farms in the poorest region of the  Democratic Republic of the Congo. Alex gave us a very interesting presentation of progress / developments since he last spoke to us in early November 2014. On a personal side he has become very active participating in Men’s Roller Derby and coaching Woman’s roller derby, losing about 40 pounds in the process. Professionally he gave us an update on the progress on the two major farms he has helped develop. On the downside the Government levied an unanticipated, and very high tax on the original farm – even though established as a non-profit. With considerable difficulty he said they were able to raise the funds and pay the tax. He said the second farm had been organized differently, more as a co-operative with all families having ownership making it much harder for the Government to locate and tax all the individual owners and that thus far they had avoided the ruinous tax on the second farm.
The key to the success of the farms is irrigation and the key to that is to build the dams required to catch the abundant, but seasonal, rainfall. Over time Alex said he has learned that he needs heavy equipment for that work, manual; labor is simply too slow to make significant progress. He relayed his experience of trying to rent equipment from the neighboring country of Burundi only to have them refuse at the last minute due to friction between tribal fractions and having to then travel to Dubai to purchase earthmoving equipment and then managing to get it through customs, paying an excise tax equal to the price of the equipment. That accomplished they have completed work on the dam and irrigation and the second farm, serving about 1,600 families is now productive.
 
On the very positive sign Alex reported that the local villagers, from several different tribes, who had been at war with each other were no longer at war with each other as they all were reaping the benefits of the farms, with wages increasing more than 10 fold, from $200 / year to $2,400 per year. Additionally the villagers were pooling some of their increased income for more and better schooling for their children.
 
Alex remains a very inspiring individual who is truly changing the world.
 
Thanks!
 
Submitted:
 
Tom
 
 
 
Hi Fellow Topsham Rotarians,
 
Prez. Bill requested I notify all that there will not be a meeting on Monday, November 23. See you all on Monday, November 30.
 
Tom
 
 

 
 

Minutes of August 10 meeting of the Topsham Rotary

 

A lively pre-meeting with Steve Trockman in attendance for the first time since his illness last Thanksgiving time and Fred having hic cousin, Collette in attendance.

 

 

President Bill Brilliant kicked off the meeting promptly at 07:15 by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by an invocation by Ron McLaughlin.

 

Under announcements (Prez. Bill shaking things up by varying the usual sequence of things) Bob B discussed the hours of our Build Day for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, August 22. The revised start time (on site at Hope Lane, Brunswick) is 08:00 and we will work until 1 PM.

 

Bill B. gave us a heads up to listen to former District Governor Lawrence Furbish on Public Radio at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 18 as part of a panel discussion on volunteerism.

 

Bill Gillespie passed around the Happy / Sad dollar bucket after first putting in a few for having Steve T back with us again. Bob Davis went “me too” with several dollars as did most members. Joel Merry had happy dollars for having Lois and Randy as our guests. Bob Beaumont told of visiting family on Martha’s Vineyard with traffic problems caused by the Presidents vacation visit to the Island. Steve Trockman had happy dollars for being able to join us again and for all the kindness shown him and his family by his fellow Topsham Rotarians. Cliff had happy dollars for our guests. Collette (Fred’s cousin) had happy dollars for visiting family and being in Maine.  Not surprisingly Fred also had a happy dollar for a visit from family. Gordon had a happy dollar for eating out with family at his favorite restaurant, The Tugboat Inn in Boothbay Harbor.  

 

Bob Davis then introduced our guest speakers, Lois Skilling and Randee Reynolds, CEO of Mid-Coast Health Services (formally Mid-Coast Hospital) and Parkview Adventist Hospitals respectively, though rapidly transitioning to the new title of Mid Coast Parkview Health System. Their joint, very interesting presentation covered a range of topics from the impact of the merger on staff (no layoffs with economies of scale achieved by attrition), shifting of services between facilities to reduce duplication (Emergency Room at Cooks Corner site), the changing role of Hospitals to managing preventative care of  the public / patients on an outpatient basis to minimize / avoid visits to the actual hospital as the most effective vary of controlling escalating medical costs Nationwide.

 

Lois gave the example of their new Topsham clinic on the Route 196 By-Pass using the Medical Home Model where added staffing there outreaches patients on a recurring basis to determine if medicines are working and recurring conditions being controlled as a way to avoid repeat Emergency Room or other hospital visits explaining that the added cost of the additional staff at the Topsham clinic is more than offset by reduced costs at the Cooks Corner facility. 

 

Randee outlined the continuing role of the Main Street, Brunswick (Adventist Hospital Facility) as a walk in Clinic, Physical Therapy, minor, same day outpatient surgery, Community Health – Wellness, and an expanding role in cancer treatment through a new partnership that Mid Coast Parkview Health Services  is establishing with Maine Medical Center.

 

A very interesting, timely presentation.

 

Below is an invite to the 100 year gala the Portland Rotary Club is organizing for Saturday night, September 12 that Prez. Bill requested I include in the minutes. I was unsuccessful in attaching the flyer. Pertinent details are that it will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay with a cost off $100 per person Please go to PortlandRotsary.org to see the actual flyer for the event.

 

See you all on Monday.

 

Submitted:

 

Tom

 

 

 

“Dear Fellow Rotarians,

 

Please join the Rotary Club of Portland, ME for its Centennial Gala, September

12, 2015. See the attached invitation card and send it on to friends, business

associates, clients and colleagues who share your enthusiasm for Rotary and

the work that we do!

This will be an event celebrating 100 years of service of the Portland Rotary

Club. We are very excited to have United States Senator Angus King as

our Keynote Speaker. The Centennial Committee has been hard at work

recruiting sponsors to support our efforts in Childhood Hunger and Education

 (CHE). 

Please join us in celebrating 100 years of 'Service Above Self.'

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CHE.

To register online please click here or go to: portlandrotary.org
 



Thank you,



Kathleen Grammer


Centennial Committee


Rotary Club of Portland Maine”

 

Minutes of August 10 meeting of the Topsham Rotary

 

A lively pre-meeting with Steve Trockman in attendance for the first time since his illness last Thanksgiving time and Fred having hic cousin, Collette in attendance.

 

 

President Bill Brilliant kicked off the meeting promptly at 07:15 by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by an invocation by Ron McLaughlin.

 

Under announcements (Prez. Bill shaking things up by varying the usual sequence of things) Bob B discussed the hours of our Build Day for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, August 22. The revised start time (on site at Hope Lane, Brunswick) is 08:00 and we will work until 1 PM.

 

Bill B. gave us a heads up to listen to former District Governor Lawrence Furbish on Public Radio at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 18 as part of a panel discussion on volunteerism.

 

Bill Gillespie passed around the Happy / Sad dollar bucket after first putting in a few for having Steve T back with us again. Bob Davis went “me too” with several dollars as did most members. Joel Merry had happy dollars for having Lois and Randy as our guests. Bob Beaumont told of visiting family on Martha’s Vineyard with traffic problems caused by the Presidents vacation visit to the Island. Steve Trockman had happy dollars for being able to join us again and for all the kindness shown him and his family by his fellow Topsham Rotarians. Cliff had happy dollars for our guests. Collette (Fred’s cousin) had happy dollars for visiting family and being in Maine.  Not surprisingly Fred also had a happy dollar for a visit from family. Gordon had a happy dollar for eating out with family at his favorite restaurant, The Tugboat Inn in Boothbay Harbor.  

 

Bob Davis then introduced our guest speakers, Lois Skilling and Randee Reynolds, CEO of Mid-Coast Health Services (formally Mid-Coast Hospital) and Parkview Adventist Hospitals respectively, though rapidly transitioning to the new title of Mid Coast Parkview Health System. Their joint, very interesting presentation covered a range of topics from the impact of the merger on staff (no layoffs with economies of scale achieved by attrition), shifting of services between facilities to reduce duplication (Emergency Room at Cooks Corner site), the changing role of Hospitals to managing preventative care of  the public / patients on an outpatient basis to minimize / avoid visits to the actual hospital as the most effective vary of controlling escalating medical costs Nationwide.

 

Lois gave the example of their new Topsham clinic on the Route 196 By-Pass using the Medical Home Model where added staffing there outreaches patients on a recurring basis to determine if medicines are working and recurring conditions being controlled as a way to avoid repeat Emergency Room or other hospital visits explaining that the added cost of the additional staff at the Topsham clinic is more than offset by reduced costs at the Cooks Corner facility. 

 

Randee outlined the continuing role of the Main Street, Brunswick (Adventist Hospital Facility) as a walk in Clinic, Physical Therapy, minor, same day outpatient surgery, Community Health – Wellness, and an expanding role in cancer treatment through a new partnership that Mid Coast Parkview Health Services  is establishing with Maine Medical Center.

 

A very interesting, timely presentation.

 

Below is an invite to the 100 year gala the Portland Rotary Club is organizing for Saturday night, September 12 that Prez. Bill requested I include in the minutes. I was unsuccessful in attaching the flyer. Pertinent details are that it will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay with a cost off $100 per person Please go to PortlandRotsary.org to see the actual flyer for the event.

 

See you all on Monday.

 

Submitted:

 

Tom

 

 

 

“Dear Fellow Rotarians,

 

Please join the Rotary Club of Portland, ME for its Centennial Gala, September

12, 2015. See the attached invitation card and send it on to friends, business

associates, clients and colleagues who share your enthusiasm for Rotary and

the work that we do!

This will be an event celebrating 100 years of service of the Portland Rotary

Club. We are very excited to have United States Senator Angus King as

our Keynote Speaker. The Centennial Committee has been hard at work

recruiting sponsors to support our efforts in Childhood Hunger and Education

 (CHE). 

Please join us in celebrating 100 years of 'Service Above Self.'

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CHE.

To register online please click here or go to: portlandrotary.org
 



Thank you,



Kathleen Grammer


Centennial Committee


Rotary Club of Portland Maine”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Minutes of the Monday, July 20 Meeting

 

OK, Time has gotten away from me this week so very abbreviated notes.

 

District Governor Shelia Rollins will be our guest speaker Monday, July 27. Please make every effort to attend!

 

Please mark you calendars for our Habitat Build day, Saturday morning, August 22. Reminders will follow.

 

Bob Davis has paid our Semi-annual Dues. We are in good standing in the Rotary World.

 

Prez. Bill led us in a discussion regarding possible fundraising. The intent is to increase the funds in our Operating Fund, allowing us to  periodically transfer funds to the Charitable Fund and support more local and worldwide causes. Two topice discussed.

 

  1. Increase he weekly “dues” from $2 by a small amount. Bill Gillespie with review our Club bylaws to determine if and how we can do it  before we conclude a discussion on the amount.
  2. Possible fall fundraiser in conjunction with a local restaurant. Frab Burgess to investigate and report back.

 

See you all tomorrow.

 

Tom

 
 
 

Minutes of Monday, July 13

 

Newly installed Club President Bill Brilliant called the meeting to order sharply at 07:15 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by an Invocation by Bob Beaumont. We then went slightly out of our normal sequence with a brief discussion of District Governor Shelia Rollins attending our meeting two weeks hence on Monday, July 27 and an upcoming Build Day for Habitat for Humanity before Prez. Bill demonstrated his authority by getting us back on track, calling on Club Sheriff Bill Gillespie for Happy  / Sad dollars.

 

Bill G had sad dollars himself as the St. Louis Cards had just lost two extra inning games. Joel Merry told of exchanging photos with a friend of last winters snow storms to remind him to appreciate the great weather we were presently experiencing. Bob Guerette also had happy dollars for the great weather and also for a vacation to his camp in The County next week. Bob Beaumont had happy dollars for family and friends assisting with yard work and preparations for visits from family. He also had a very big happy dollar for being able to attend a working rehearsal of The Music Man in MSMT’s rehearsal hall next to Hannaford’s on Elm Street in Brunswick. He is stoked to see the show this weekend. Cliff had happy dollars for all the great family summertime activities..

 

Under Announcements there was a brief discussion of District Governors visit on July 27 – and the drinking of bug juice – and Sheila’s goal of making Rotary activities and functions more affordable for more members. Bob Beaumont again passed around the Date / Time “preference” sheet for the  Club working “hands on” on the next Habitat house on Hope Lane in Brunswick. The morning shift on Saturday, August 22, 07:30 - noon, was the clear favorite. Please mark the date and time on your calendar. Bill B. also gave an update on our possible participation in a food bank type project. Bill has met with local coordinator Mary Turner. Mary said that there is a fairly new, small food bank serving the Bowdoin / Bowdoinham community (physically located on the waterfront in Bowdoinham) and they need additional volunteers. Mary thought our small club would likely be a good fit with their schedule and needs. Bill B will contact them and keep us informed.

 

Next weeks topic (Monday, July 20) will be on possible fundraising activities, expanding on the initial discussion of a few weeks ago. Please attend. All input needed.

 

Joel introduced our guest speaker, Craig Phillips, Executive Director of Tetford Housing. Craig gave a very informative talk on the origin and history of Tetford Housing and it’s evolving / expanding mission. Initially founded in 1987 by the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council as an emergency shelter for the homeless it is named after the individual who donated the first building used as a shelter on 10 Pleasant Street in Brunswick. The area of service and mission has expanded over time, presently serving much of the mid-coast from Freeport to Newcastle and west to  Auburn. The focus has gone from solely emergency shelter encompass counseling and medium range stays for the homeless, singles and families, while working with them to address and find solutions to the short and long term causes of the homelessness. This includes specific programs for children, including teenagers who might be on their own as well as the children of homeless adults. They work actively with the staff of all three local school districts and Craig was especially commendatory of the MSAD programs and School Based Health program at Mt Ararat High School. Craig stressed the Tedford Housing’s coordination and support from a wide range of faith based organizations, local businesses and the United Way. A very interesting, informative program.

 

See you Monday and plan on the following Monday, July 27 and District Governor Shelia Rollins visit.

 

Submitted:

 

Tom