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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NOTE - NO MEETING ON MONDAY, JANUARY 12 - Martin Luther King Day

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Topsham Rotarians,

At our meeting on Monday, May 12, Special Guest Peter Lindsey Executive Director, Success by 6 of United Way of Mid Coast Maine announced to the Club that we would be recognized at the annual United Way Annual Meeting for our continuing support of Success by 6 through or annual fundraiser. The United Way Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, May 2 from 8 to 10 AM at Long Reach Hall, Maine Maritime Museum (same place as our fundraiser). Peter invited us all to attend. It would be great if we can have a large turnout.

Bob Davis forwarded the details on making reservations a few days ago but I am remiss in distributing them and  apologize for not allowing you more time. Reservations are due by tomorrow afternoon, Friday, May 16. The cost is $20.00. You can RSVP on line at http://www.uwmcm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=17, by email to caparratto@uwmcm.org or phone: 207-443-9752.

Again the meeting is next Thursday, May 22, 8- 10 AM. I hope to see you all there.

Tom

 

 
 
 
 
 

Hi Topsham Rotarians,

 

Just a reminder of our meeting tomorrow, May 7. Our guest speaker will be Judy Lloyd, manager of the Orion Performing Arts Center. Having been involved in it's construction I am very interested in hearing her speak. I hope you will all be there. Charlie Bridge, last weeks speaker on airline safety and the possible scenarios regarding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight was very interesting and informative.

I had suggested a short meeting to discuss possible Grant Proposal projects following tomorrows meeting but with Judy still out of town and guests tonight I will need to leave right at * am to fix breakfast. We will plan on next Monday, May 12.

Tom

 

 
 

Fellow Topsham Rotarians,

 Just a remainder of our meeting tomorrow, Monday, April 28. Our speaker, Charlie Bridge, will be discussing Airline Safety. Given the recent spate of airline safety issues including the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight, the wheel well stowaway to Hawaii and the the passenger trying to break into the cockpit on another flight it should be a very interesting presentation. I hope to see you all there at 07:15.

Oh yes, and Fred is likely to give us an update on the Bruins playoff progress.

Tom

 

 
 

Topsham Expresso Rotary Club

Monday, April 7, 2014

 

President Tom, with smiles galore, tapped the bell on this beautiful April Day and brought the group together for the pledge to the flag and an opening prayer by yours truly.  Smiling Tom no doubt was greatly influenced by another smiling presence, Charlie Ault, our program for the morning.  After introducing Charlie, Tom called on Bill Gillespie for happy/sad dollars.  As Bill dropped his buck into the pot he asked if everyone was aware that the anniversary date of the Topsham Expresso Rotary was coming up on April 19.  (Do you know what year we were incorporated?)  Tom Connelie threw in his Washing ton One to celebrate his newborn grandson in NYC.  His name: Duncan Boaz.  Bob Davis celebrated his CT roots by a proud dollar for the CT men’s and women’s basketball teams who were heading to the NCAA finals.  Doug Stone had a fabulous day, “best April skiing ever”, at Saddleback Mtn over the weekend.  Charlie Ault declared as he put in his dollar, “I am just HAPPY.”   Bill Brillant had a good weekend visiting family in NJ.  Joel Merry was happy that his mother was in good health.  Yours truly put in a CT Husky celebration dollar.  Ron McLaughlin declared, “Go UConn”.  Fred Burgess reminded us that the Bruins are ending the season as Number One Seed for the NHL.  New member Cliff Hodges was grateful for the good weather to start up the motorcycle and the chain saw.  He also participated in the Big Brother Big Sister Bowl A Thon.  Gordon Donley, the third member present with CT roots, put in a proud dollar for the state and for his 21 YO granddaughter who has been a good help for them recently. 

 

Tom reported that two members had attended the District Grant Seminar qualifying us for a grant application.   All grants are due on June 1.  We will discuss grant possibilities at our April 21 open meeting. 

 

Bob Davis introduced Charlie Ault, a guest, but no stranger to the Topsham club.  Bob said he knew no one who had more personal acquaintance with top brass in the Red Sox, Sea Dogs and Celtic’s teams.  Bob was grateful because the tickets and items he manages to get bring top dollar at our auction.   Charlie Ault was invited to come and share one of his passions, refereeing basketball.   Charlie began by complementing on the great connect he shared with us in supporting Success by Six of the United Way and Family Focus with our annual Music at the Museum.  He began by quoting one of Yogi Berra’s lines, “I am 100% dedicated to refereeing, 50% of the time.”  He stated there were a million kids in high school basketball across our country.  In ME there were 565 boys and 436 girls playing high school basketball for a number of years Charlie has been a basketball referee in Maine, each year committing to about 20 games a year.  He is passionate about the sport and committed to helping kids enjoy the sport.  Most of the time the referees get “the stare” from both teams for the questionable calls that make.  But once in awhile a team, like a team recently from Lisbon Falls, will actually come up to them and thank them for their service.  The monetary reward is minimal, around $50.  The emotional reward is what keeps him attached to the sport. 

 

Thanks Charlie, for your work you do in our community for us and for HS basketball.

 

Meeting on April 14:

Seth Levy on Estates and Wills

 

Scribe du jour,

Bob Beaumont

 

 
 

President Tom gathered the faithful together when he tapped the bell at 7:15.  After a pledge to the flag and a heartfelt prayer by Ron McLaughlin we were off and running.  Sergeant at Arms, Bill Gillespie, was called on to solicit Happy/Sad Dollars from the group.  He couldn’t wait to cup his hands to his mouth and proclaim, “Play Ball” noting that it is only days away for major league baseball to begin.  President Tom Connelie couldn’t wait to share his views of college basketball noting that his alma mater, University of Dayton, is in the sweet sixteen.  He reminded us that little UDayton beat the mammoth Ohio SU and that in regular season schedule they were never able to play each other.  Oh the triumphs and travails of Bracket-ology. Tom also shared that he watched the ice skating exhibition at Bowdoin College over the weekend.  Bob Beaumont gave a happy dollar for President Tom whom he saw at the St Charles Community supper serving slaw.  Bob shared more dollars to honor St Charles one of the most community responsible faith groups he has ever seen.  Every Lent they raise money for MidCoast Hunger, Tedford, Oasis, Habitat, etc.  Bob Davis put in a dollar for seeing the Red Claws in action with Charlie AultBill Brillant put in a sad dollar noting that while happy that he has a new employee to orient today he is sad that he has to leave early.  Joel Merry laid down a dollar and proclaimed “I witnessed a miracle of nature.”  He shared how he watched the birthing of kids (goats – not children) at the Goranson Farm where his son works.  Fred Burgess put in a sad dollar noting the death of a neighbor Elaine Carlson who died of cancer.  Ron McLaughlin recently revisited the book “The Boys of Summer” a telling of the game of baseball.  Doug Stone announced with his dollar that he had a foal on the way at his farm in Brunswick.  Cliff Hodges shared that his brother from Detroit visited him this past week.  Gordon Donley couldn’t miss the opportunity to say, “This Old Goat…” then went on to say he saw Kerri Prescott Bickford recently.

 

President Tom informed us that District 7780 is having their assembly in Westbrook on April 12.  The District t Conference will be May 16-17.

 

Fred Burgess came to the front and asked new member Cliff Hodges to join him for his official induction into Rotary.  When finished Cliff was asked to share a few words.  He told us that he has always had a place in his heart to help people.  After college he went to Trujillo, Peru, to work with street kids helping them get back into school.  After dental school he volunteered for the National Health Service Corps.  Cliff wants to stay connected to the community to help those who need a hand.  Welcome Cliff.

 

Joel Merry led a discussion of the Marijuana Project of the week before.  He had met Mr. Boyer a few days later in Augusta and thanked him for coming to give his presentation of the support of legalizing marijuana.  Joel, and many others, agreed that it is difficult to put controls on marijuana and that it cannot be compared with alcohol.  Most agreed that no real research has been done to make a compelling case for against legalizing it.  The debate goes on.  There may be a vote in November.

 

Bob Beaumont,

Scribe du jour

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Topsham Expresso Rotary - With apologies to our scribes these are abbreviated minutes of the March 10 and 17 meetings

 

Notes of March 10 meeting

 

We were greeted on this brisk March day with the smiles of five fifth graders who had come for a presentation to the Topsham club.  With the tap of the bell and all rising the group turned to the USA flag and gave allegiance.  This was followed by a heartfelt prayer by Ron McLaughlin.  President Tom acknowledged Stacy Frizzle, who had organized the girl’s visit for this morning.  Stacy, a Brunswick Rotarian, introduced the girls as well as one parent and Stacy’s older daughter Daphne who will be going on the DC trip with Joel Merry in a few weeks.  Sgt at arms, Bill Gillispie, solicited Happy/Sad dollar.  Bill started off with announcing that in three weeks Major League Baseball will begin.  Tom Connelie acknowledged the girls and announced that his wife was the school RN where they attended.  Joel Merry smiled and threw in a happy dollar for lowering the average age of people in the room that day, noting that it is usually quite high.  Ron McLaughlin also acknowledged the girls.  New member Cliff Hodges announced that his family now owns a travel trailer for exploring  the beautiful sights along the Maine coast.   Fred Burgess gave a hope dollar for the improving Bruins as they come down the long stretch of the season.  Gordon Donley shared that his sister-in-law recently had her knee replaced and was recouping at their home in the Highlands with his daughter assisting as RN. 

 

Ron McLaughlin, President Elect, gave a report of the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) held in MA for district 7780.  Ron was pleased to announce that last year $172,000 was distributed for district projects.  Fred Burgess, also an attendee and an Assistant  District 7780 Governor shared that new lines will be drawn for the NE US and Canada that will affect our district.  Under the new arrangement all of ME will be in District 7780.

 

The girls visiting our Topsham Rotary today are from Woodside School in Topsham.  Sixty students, all from the fifth grade at the school, will be taking a trip to Boston to visit the Boston Science Museum.  Each of the girls gave a brief description of what they hoped to experience on the trip.  The cost of the trip is $5000 for the sixty children going.  They are raising money by speaking to groups and by putting on the Wicked Good Maine Suppah on March 28, to which all are invited.   President Tom called Stacy to the front to receive a check for $100 from the club toward the students adventure.

 

The students and guests departed and with some time remaining a discussion was held about moving our club ahead in the next year.  All felt very pleased and proud of the fine job we did with the Music at the Museum.  Members were encouraged to be thinking about recruiting new members.

Submitted: Bob Beaumont

Minutes of Monday, March 17:

Our guest speaker was David Boyer, Political Director for the Maine Marijuana Project. David gave a very interesting and cotroversal presentation advocating for the decriminalization of Marijuana. Providing some history of the growth of Marijuana as a recreational drug, some comparison with alcohol use and abuse, and efforts and progress nationally and in Maine to decriminalize it's use. Two States, Washington and Colorado have done so with implementation experience thus far only in Colorado, and that only a few months. The basic points David stressed is that Law enforcement efforts are expensive and unsuccessful and that the dangers are less that those of alcohol abuse. The decriminalization would free police budgets to fight real crime and recognize the public's acceptance of it as a social activity. 

Lots of good question and answer activity with some dispute of David's facts and conclusions. A very interesting provocative topic.

Submitted: Tom Connelie

 
 
 

Topsham Expresso Rotary                           

 

Notes from Feb 24 meeting

 

Spring was on the minds of many as we gathered for our weekly meeting overlooking  the  Androcoggin River in Topsham.  Though we were nearly four weeks away from the March 21 the lingering cold and nagging dirty snow piles made Spring sound pretty sweet.  President Tom called the meeting to order with the tap on the bronze bell.  We were off and running.  Ron McLaughlin offered up a heart felt prayer after all stood pledging allegiance to the flag.  Bill “The Judge” Gillispie was summoned to solicit the Happy/Sad dollars, but alas only happy dollars flowed this day.  Bill began by reminding all that Baseball Spring Training is in full swing.  Joel Merry smiled as he said, “Things are looking up with the promise of Spring” as he dropped in a Washington one.  Bob Davis chimed in to celebrate that Spring is Coming.  Bob Beaumont spoke of walking the Brunswick bike path over the weekend.  Fred Burgess had thoughts of Canada on his mind having traveled to that country to the north of us in recent days.  Dill Paiste, a visitor, dropped in a happy dollar to say “Thanks” to the Topsham Rotary for their continued support of Family Focus.  Ron McLaughlin began his happy dollar declaring, “I have always liked the championing of the underdog.”  He recently watched “Miracle on Ice” about the 1980 defeat of the Russians in Olympic hockey by the underdog Americans.    Cliff Hodges smiled as he declared that this day was his birthday.  Janine Thompson, a guest, celebrated a wonderful weekend with grandkids.  She also announced they sold their home in July and have hopes of buying/building a small home that will be “off the grid”.  Gordon Donley, as usual, was happy to be present.

 

President Tom reminded members that April 3 was the Grant Seminar for District 7780.  We need two from the club to qualify for funding requests.    He also reported that more cribs need to be taken to Portland for transport to Haiti which he was planning to do.  Joel Merry reported that the  BBBS Bowl for Kid’s Sake was April 5.

 

Janine Thompson was asked to come to the front of the room.  President Tom thanked her for the job she did arranging and serving food at our Music at the Museum.  Tom presented her with a gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Tom also presented her with a check for $500 for Jr Achievement, a program she works closely with.

 

A word of thanks was given by the club to Dill Paiste for the work he and Family Focus did at the Auction.  Unfortunately Charlie Ault was unable to come today for us to thank him for his efforts.

 

Bob Davis gave a wrap up of auction.  Gross receipts came in at $18,874.  Expenses were about $2000 which leaves the rest to distribute.  A special thanks went to Bob Davis from the Club.  In return Bob Thanked all who helped make this a great success. 

 

Program for March 3:  Hideaway Farm of Topsham, with John Sczynecki, arranged by Ron McLaughlin.