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Public Sector Award: Jean Saunders, Age Friendly Saco
Humanitarian Award: Delilah Poupore, Heart of Biddeford
Vocational Service Award: Tracey Collins
Goodwin Outstanding Service Award: Conrad Welzel
Paul Harris: Kathy Shea
Additionally, we highlighted multiple Paul Harris awards to Jim Godbout and Elaine Palmitessa.
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.
“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”
As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”
Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.
Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.
The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.
For Mary's president’s awards, we gave:
Brian Dallaire: for the Tack, the website, and all the event invites, from wherever he is in the world, 52 weeks a year.
Jim Labelle: for serving capably as Sergeant-at-Arms, keeping the mood light and fun, and involving everyone, and offending just enough
Susan Gajewski: serving as Treasurer, preparing budgets, monthly reports to the board, and managing the bank account and all Club finances professionally and capably
Brenda Pollock: attending to all our district obligations and conferences, overseeing the Essay Contest, getting us all sorted out with new Club shirts and jackets, and serving as President-Elect
Richard Guay: for tirelessly and thanklessly serving as crossing guard at Biddeford Middle School, every morning and every afternoon, rain or shine, for 22 years and counting
Rotarian of the Year: Karen Chasse. Karen ran multiple programs for the club including Red Ribbon and the Raffle, resulting in raising more than $50,000, as well as helping with communications and outreach, as “CEO Mom”. She has a can-do attitude and dives into any Club project. If Karen is involved in a project, you know it will happen, on-time and on-budget.
Welcome to the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s annual awards meeting.  I know some people are here to make presentations and we will get to them shortly.
At the outset I want to thank all the Rotarians who took the time to suggest some incredibly worthy candidates for these awards.  Your input to the committee was invaluable and most of this year’s winners came from your suggestions.  Unfortunately, we cannot honor all of the people you suggested, but I can assure you they were all worthy of recognition.
Stephen King once said:  “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”  Our Club has made the effort to say thank you to people or organizations that make a difference in our communities since 1988 in giving out our Private, Public and Humanitarian Awards and since 2000 in giving out our Vocational Service Award.  The awards have gone either to club members or to individuals or organizations outside the club whose acts of kindness, generosity and caring help to make our communities and the world a little better.  I have had the privilege of chairing this committee for longer than I can remember, and I know that most of our past recipients have not been people looking for recognition, and in fact, most of them would prefer to keep doing what they do away from the spotlight.  Our club, however, feels that our award recipients deserve a resounding thank you for their good works and it is our hope that by acknowledging the wonderful things these folks do we will inspire others to get involved and do great things.
The Private Sector Award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment usually in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, outside of his or her employment. An example of a past recipient would be a building contractor who works towards helping the hungry through setting up a self-supporting meal program.
In the past I have read off some of our most recent winners of this award but this year I thought I would go back to 2000 and list off some of the winners during the early 2000s.   They included:
2000  John Wasileski
2001 Carrie Shaw
2002 Alan Nelson
2003 Joe Grondin
2004 Lou Chantigny
            Recipient was not able to make it on June 15 so we will give this one later.
The Public Sector Award is awarded to a citizen who, in the course of their employment or funding, serves the public with government and/or public monies. Recipients are usually employed by a government agency, hold a political office, or have their good works funded in the course of their employment. An example of a past recipient would be a state senator who has worked towards promoting the good of the community.
Read names of Past Winners
2000 Roland “Ron” Michaud
2001 Carl J. Stasio, Jr.
2002 Dick Tryon
2003 Gen. Wallace H. Nutting
2004 William Johnson
            May Sarton, a Belgian American poet once said:  “Do not deprive me of my age.  I have earned it.”  We are all getting older, it’s inevitable and certainly beats the alternative.  We live in the oldest state in the nation.  Our elderly deserve our respect and our gratitude, but so often they are an overlooked segment of our society.  While they may be getting older many of them are a hardy lot too stubborn or proud to ask for our help.
            A few years ago Saco took the step of developing Age Friendly Saco, A Community for a Lifetime.  The initiative was based on concepts developed by the World Health Organization designed to enable people of all ages to participate in community events while insuring that all people are treated with respect regardless of age.  It keeps older people connected while enabling them to remain in their homes.
            It is a highly collaborative effort involving a separate tax exempt organization, the City of Saco as well as other organizations.  Creating and then developing the programs of this organization took true vision and leadership.  Such efforts frequently fizzle without strength at the top.  Age Friendly Saco is a vibrant action organization thanks in large part to its President who has served in that role since its inception.  Her hard work has insured that a concept is now an admirable set of services and benefits for our seniors.
            For all of her hard work to support our seniors, this year’s Public Sector Award winner is Jean Saunders.
            While I was researching quotes about aging I came across this anonymous quote that I loved.  “I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, … not screaming and yelling like the passengers on his bus.”
The Humanitarian Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to further the good of humanity in the community. Past Recipients include a nurse who set up a hospice program in the area.
Read names of Past Winners
2000 Ruth Anderson
2001 James Audiffred
2002 Mary’s Walk
2003 Roland Gagne
2004 Thomas Haley
            Most of you have heard of the Heart of Biddeford.  Its mission statement says “Heart of Biddeford, powered by the strength of community involvement, fosters a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable downtown for residents, businesses and visitors.”  Started back in 2004 the HOB has worked tirelessly to promote a revitalization of Biddeford’s downtown from attracting new businesses, promoting the arts, improving the overall quality of life and working to beautify the urban core.  Mayor Casavant observed of downtown:  “This is the place to germinate the rediscovery and renaissance of Biddeford.”  As someone who has lived in this area almost my whole life I can tell you the transformation of downtown Biddeford is nothing short of miraculous.
            All of the HOB’s efforts recently culminated in the HOB receiving the prestigious Great American Main Street Award which recognizes communities for the excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization.  That is National recognition.
            The HOB is a volunteer driven group with an executive director and an office manager. Its executive director is the conductor of a huge orchestra which has composed an absolutely incredible symphony.  The HOB’s leader has unbelievable enthusiasm for all that is Biddeford.  Her ability to promote the area and its arts while respecting and preserving its history and culture is inspiring. 
There is no question that the heart of the HOB is this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient, a past member of our Club, Delilah Poupore
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
Read names of Past Winners
2000  Carl Goodwin
2001 A. William Kany, Jr.
2002  Ron Gagnon
2003  Steven Foran
2004 Frank Paul
            Imagine you’re a high school student who doesn’t particularly like school a lot, doesn’t really think traditional college is for them and their goal is to graduate from high school, get a job and make some money.  Their family role models, if any, are not always positive.  They are not really sure what they want to do.  They are frequently late for school, so the concept of being on time is illusive.  They have never been taught how to shake hands or how to dress for work, and they definitely don’t like being told what to do.  Prime candidates to be good employees, maybe not.
            However, concerns about making good career choices and improving  employability are being addressed at the Center of Technology.  This year’s recipient of our Vocational Service Award helped create the COT’s  career development program from scratch which is helping students find their career pathways.  She is teaching career readiness and working to help students develop the soft skills needed to make them good employees.  This person also coordinates real job opportunities with local businesses to expose students to job and career opportunities while providing businesses with potential candidates to fill job vacancies.  This person regularly checks in with the employers and holds students accountable when they don’t show up, show up late or have other issues with their workplace. She teaches two classes at the COT which help students select a career and provide them with readiness and employability skills. Those are things many of us take for granted, but in fact they really need to be learned.
Paulette Bonneau said of this person:  “At home and in her work, she brings compassion, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, intelligence, and humor while holding our students to high expectations and accountability.”  Paulette went on to state:  “She is always willing to help her colleagues and is a true team player.  She is a true professional and I am very proud of her, not only for her contributions to make COT successful, but also for her work ethic and integrity.  She is one of the best hiring decisions I have made and truly appreciate her as one of my colleagues.”
I have heard from several people that this person has an incredible passion for helping her students succeed while always striving to make her programs better.  As parents, employers and civic leaders we all know how important such passion and drive can be.  I am very happy to give this year’s Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Vocational Service Award to Tracey Collins.
            As many of you know, back in 2007 our Club decided to honor all of the dedication and contributions of Carl and Earl Goodwin by creating an award in their honor.  In my opinion it is truly the highest honor our club can give to one of its past or present members. 
Based on the significance of the award I will take a second and share the  names of all  Past Winners:
2007 Carl and Earl Goodwin
2008 Richard Buffum
2009 David Lowe
2010 Robert Begin
2011 Roland M. Eon
2012 Roland P. Gagne
2013 Helene Plourde
2014 Julie Villemaire
2015 Jim McAllister
2016 Paul H. Deschambault
2017 Karen Chasse
2018 Jim Godbout
2019 PDG Ronald Drouin
2021 Joe Moreshead
In 2017 when I gave this award to Karen Chasse I said that if I was ever building a new Rotary Club from scratch I would recruit Karen and just add water.  If I was building a Club today I would enlist Karen and this individual knowing the rest would without question fall into place.  A relative new member, by my standards, if you look at photos from every Rotary event or every meeting this person is not only there, but this member is getting things done.  This person has done it all for the Club while also reminding us week in and week out that family is of number one importance.  This person has achieved an incredible balance in life that has enabled them to become friends with just about every person in the State of Maine.  While this person has never been the President of our Club, he has been the best friend of every President of this club since he joined the club about 6 years ago with a tireless commitment to doing whatever it takes to help others.
When this person received our Humanitarian Award I said:  ‘He provides all of this help with an incredible sense of humility and family and with a sincerity that is unsurpassed.  For his willingness to put his family, his communities and those in need ahead of all else, this year’s Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Humanitarian Award now cross that out and replace it with “this year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award” goes to Conrad Welzel.
Paul Harris Recipients
In 1896 a young attorney from Wallingford, Vermont moved to Chicago.  He met a man named Bob Frank who demonstrated a camaraderie with local shopkeepers that impressed him and reminded him of his small town in Vermont.  That desire for the fellowship of a small town inspired him to have a meeting with 3 other men on Feb. 23, 1905 which was said the be the first Rotary meeting ever.  Of course, that man was Paul Harris who went on to create what became Rotary International.  Unfortunately, Harris suffered from poor health and passed away in 1947.  He asked that in lieu of flowers people donate to the Rotary Foundation.  Upon hearing of his death, Rotary created the Paul Harris Memorial Fund which eventually included awards given in Harris’ name.  Paul Harris Awards are arguably the highest distinction that can be given to people by Rotary.  Our Club has had a practice of recognizing deserving members and non-members for their work in and outside the Club.  Each past Paul Harris recipient has been very worthy and this year we have two more equally notable winners of the award.
In no particular order:
A Rotary Club, as large and as active as ours, requires a lot of hard work to make it run smoothly.  It requires people to step up on a regular basis not only to complete hands on projects, but also to keep up with the day to day administrative demands.  It is my sense that our first Paul Harris recipient this year is an exceptionally quiet person who took a while to get comfortable with Rotary, but this person has stepped up in a big way to help keep the club running smoothly while repeatedly showing up to help out wherever needed.  Her efforts have meant a lot to Marty and to our Club, and therefore I am happy to give this year’s first Paul Harris Award to Kathy Shea.
As many of you know, as we give to the Foundation we generate credit toward Paul Harris Awards.  Many of our members are multiple Paul Harris recipients because of their Foundation giving including Brian Dallaire, Carl Goodwin, Roland Gagne and Joe Moreshead to name a few.  It is always nice to announce when the generosity of our members results in further Paul Harris recognition for them.  We have two such announcement to make.  Elaine Palmitessa and Jim Godbout.
What an amazing day we had for Past Presidents! Thank you to PP Keith Jacques in particular for your help pulling this successful meeting together -- it was wonderful to reconnect. Our Club has done, and continues to do, so much for the community.
Next Wednesday the 15th is Awards Day -- I'm really looking forward to it and hoping for a good turnout. Please do make a point to join us. So many in the club have gone the extra mile this year. Please come out to honor them. Members of the community that have been nominated will be in attendance as well. And you never know, you could be receiving an award yourself! 


About the Vet to Vet Maine Program

Friendships That Can Last a Lifetime

Vet to Vet Maine is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving veterans in the state of Maine. Formed in June 2018, Vet to Vet Maine offers support, companionship, a friend who understands, and a link to services to lonely and socially isolated veterans.

Vet to Vet Maine matches veteran volunteers with other veterans who need a friend and/or mentor. The two veterans visit on a regular basis (at least twice a month), sharing stories, enjoying activities together, and developing a friendship that can last a lifetime. Trained volunteers also guide their veteran friends in applying for needed services and benefits.

For soldiers just returning from the battlefield, they provide a mentor who can help lead the way back to civilian life, a fellow soldier who has been there and understands, a friend who listens and offers a helping hand.

For the older veteran dealing with illness, aging, the loss of a spouse, or other challenges, Vet to Vet Maine’s volunteers provide companionship, a link to the greater community, assistance in obtaining well-deserved benefits and services, and a friend who shares stories.



Your Support Can Make a World of Difference

With your help, we can fulfill the values of a just society by supporting our veterans and helping ease the social isolation that too many of them face.

It costs approximately $1,000 to support one volunteer/veteran match for a year.

Your donation of any amount can make a world of difference to a veteran in need of a friend.

Veterans have pledged their lives to protect us and our loved ones. Now it’s our turn to pledge our support for them.

Listen to our video to learn more about how Vet to Vet Maine volunteers make a difference in the lives of the veterans they visit. Click HERE for video.



Our meeting this week was fun and interesting. Chef Tom made lasagna bolognese with an unusual and tasty watermelon salad as a side.
We had Judie Alessi O'Malley from Vet2Vet Maine as our speaker. Please take a second (literally, 1:58) to learn how the Vet2Vet program works. (Earlier this year our Board approved a $1000 donation from Company B to Vet2Vet Maine).
Recently, we have made a number of other high impact charitable donations as well, with the funds that you have raised from our minigolf, raffle, and syrup events:
  • $1100 from Company B to cover rent for a Navy veteran whose VA disability case is on hold (referred from Sanford Vet Center)
  • $500 to the Biddeford High School Odyssey of the Mind team to travel to their national competition
  • $400 to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy to sponsor a camper from Biddeford
  • $500 to the ArtBus program, which is a student arts program
  • $1100 to cover the cost for free breakfast and lunch for a low-income/food insecure student that attends Thornton Academy
  • $500 to My Breast Cancer Support for support services for a breast cancer patient
Happy Dollars:
  • Mike Burman -- traveling to conference in Italy
  • CJ got over Covid
  • Brian got second booster
  • Joe -- thank you to City of Biddeford employees for being so helpful
  • Bill Paterson -- $5 -- daughter Clara is 28
  • Phil -- $5 -- happy to be here
  • Conrad -- $5 -- daughter is 38
There is no meeting on Wednesday June 1. However, the board does have a brief meeting at 745AM on Zoom, we have a couple important agenda items.
Past Presidents is at Dizzy Birds on Wednesday June 8. (There is no Zoom option for this meeting. Outdoor seating will be available, weather permitting)
Don't miss our Essay Contest winners presentation, on the evening Monday June 6. Thanks to PE Brenda for all your work organizing this. Watch for an invite.
We did not have a speaker at our meeting this week. It was a wonderful chance for us all to catch up. Chef Tom made chicken caesar salad. I guess he's trying to get us slimmed down for the summer 😀. It was very good.
Happy dollars:
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Jim LaBelle is happy that the grand opening of Sublime Taco and Dunn Bar was such a success
  • Carl Goodwin was fined $1 for his phone ringing (but we always love to see you Carl)
  • Mark Nahorney is happy at the success of the current production at City Theatre: On Golden Pond. There is one more weekend for this great show, get your tickets.
  • Carl notes that his brother Earl is wheelchair bound and his health is declining severely.
  • Conrad is going on a nice trip this weekend
  • Cheri $2, daughter graduated from college in 3 years
  • Brenda $5 attended district conference on our Club's behalf and brought back the Club's Foundation Banners for achieving 100% participation, Every member every year, and $100/member contribution for year 2020-2021!
Thanks to Heather Gendron & Paulette Bonneau's leadership, our four $1000 scholarships are going out shortly, to graduating seniors at all the area high schools (Biddeford High School, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Old Orchard Beach HIgh School, Thornton Academy). Thanks also to Joe Moreshead for helping out with this. We are blessed to be able to have such a successful Club and help students succeed!
The mini-golf committee is forming up. This is a fun event that raises a lot of much needed charitable dollars for our Club. It is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. It is held in early August. We sell sponsorships to area businesses for $100 to $500 per hole, and the businesses get signage on the course and mention in our promotions. If you can serve on the committee please let Marty or Karen know. We will also need people to staff the golf courses on the weekend of the event, probably the weekend of August 6-7. Then stay and play a round -- minigolf is fun!
Upcoming meetings & events:
May 25: speaker from local veterans group. Featuring Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests encouraged.

Thursday May 26 at 9AM, place Memorial Day flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Street, Biddeford. Due to construction in the cemetery, park on Marion or Bernard Street and walk in. Rain or shine.

June 1: no meeting (holiday week)

Saturday June 4: Syrup Distribution at Pension Professionals, 9AM, 180 Pool St, Biddeford (when picking up, you can also help label syrup you sold to others to be shipped)

June 8: Past Presidents. Not to be missed. All past presidents of the Club and their spouses invited.  Usually our biggest crowd of the year. Note: we don't have working emails for all Past Presidents so please be in touch with any you are in contact with and encourage them to attend.

June 15: Awards Day. We will be presenting all of our Club awards, and we have some exciting and very deserving awardees selected.

June 22: just us, no speaker. Fun, fellowship. Trivia contest. 

June 29: presidential handoff. Welcome, Brenda!

Note that we do not have a meeting on June 1 (because of the holiday week). Past Presidents, a meeting not to be missed, is June 8, and Awards is June 15 (the committee met this week and has chosen some very deserving awardees).
All meetings are at Dizzy Birds, 65 Main Street, Biddeford, at 12:15. Thank you for putting your profession to work for the good of the community!
Fourth graders Jason Mbele and Mousa Al-Ghezi read a grave stone at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Thursday.

BIDDEFORD — For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a day off from work or school celebrated with family get-togethers and other festivities. Local students learned this week that the day has a deeper meaning.

Memorial Day, a federal holiday observed the fourth Monday of May, was established originally to honor those who died in the Civil War and later became a day to honor all American veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country.

For about 30 years, Vietnam veteran Raoul Goulet has helped organize an annual event to put flags on veterans’ graves at St. Joseph’s cemetery. On Thursday morning, Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club members joined fourth graders from Biddeford Intermediate School and fifth graders from Biddeford Middle School in this year’s effort.

Raoul Goulet, right, talks about Memorial Day at St. Joseph's cemetery in Biddeford
on Thursday, while Martin Grohman listens. 

“The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club is honored to be part of this project, as we have been for many years. It reminds us all of the meaning of Memorial Day,” said Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club President Martin Grohman.

Goulet spoke to the students about his time serving as a combat photographer and discussed the importance of honoring veterans. Students were given flags after Goulet told them the proper way to place them, and they spread through the cemetery looking for veterans’ graves.

Fourth graders Jason Mbele and Mousa Al-Ghezi eagerly scouted out veterans’ graves, flags in hand. As they placed the flags, they paused for a moment to read the graves and learn who they were honoring.

“They are so excited. We did a nice presentation yesterday, so they understand why we’re here and what to do,” said teacher Lori Flynn.

On Memorial Day, a group will gather at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at the central flagpole at noon to raise the US Flag to full staff, with each grave of a veteran in the cemetery marked with a flag.

In all, 2,000 flags were provided by the City of Biddeford. The flags will be removed in late June and reused next year.

Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.


We've been having fun, interesting meetings, with a good core group turning out. We need about 17 people to break even at Dizzy Birds. It's nice if you sign up, to make it easier for me to plan the meeting (such as choosing someone to give the invocation), but it's not a must. Feel free to bring a guest. We had two great guests last week, Brad and Ramin. Chef Tom always makes something good (it's not just chicken). In fact, last week, it was Thanksgiving, which was fun. The week before that, it was fajitas. There's always plenty, and if you're in a hurry, grab a takeout box and bring lunch back to the office. 
For your calendar, here's our schedule of upcoming meetings (all at Dizzy Birds) through the month of June, as well as other events to get involved with:
  • May 18, just us, no speaker. Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests welcome
    • Saturday May 21, Raised Bed delivery & setup, 9AM -- noon
  • May 25, just us, no speaker. Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests welcome
    • Thursday May 26 at 9AM, place Memorial Day flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Street, Biddeford. Rain or shine
  • June 1, no meeting (holiday week)
    • June 5, Syrup Distribution at Pension Professionals, 9AM, 180 Pool St, Biddeford (when picking up, you can also help prepare the syrup you sold to others, to be shipped)
  • June 8, Past Presidents. Not to be missed. All past presidents of the Club invited, usually our biggest crowd of the year.
  • June 15, Awards Day. We will be presenting all of our Club awards, and we have some exciting and very deserving awardees selected.
  • June 22, just us, no speaker. (Marty on vacation, looking for guest host. Got a fun idea? Let's do it!)
  • June 29, presidential handoff. Welcome, Brenda!
Note that we do not have a meeting on June 1 (because of the holiday week). Past Presidents, a meeting not to be missed, is June 8, and Awards is June 15 (the committee met this week and has chosen some very deserving awardees). 
All meetings are at Dizzy Birds, 65 Main Street, Biddeford.
We had a fun meeting last week, although turnout was a little light, and interesting speakers from the 9,300 acre Rachel Carson preserve, which makes up much of our Maine coast from Wells to Scarborough. Our presenters, USAF Veteran Tom Wall, and biologist Rachel Stern from the US Fish & Wildlife Service were interesting. One takeaway is that this is a large preserve with lots of programming for the community, including for children, and they encourage to visit and get involved -- it's a hidden gem (notwithstanding the fact that there is a picture of the preserve on the wall at Dizzy Birds -- $5 from Marty for anyone who can point it out!). We do not want a Silent Spring, except maybe from PP Joe!
This week, let's make sure to all turn out for Jen Fullmer & Team Hakim's presentation. Last fall, Jen presented on their dramatic exodus from Kabul, Afghanistan. Now this family of eleven is settled here in Biddeford. You won't want to miss this story; along with our usual good food and fellowship.
Today, we are sending $595 from Clynk proceeds to a young student, Onyango, in Kisumu, Kenya. This is an incredible amount of help for her, and will pay part of her high school tuition. C'mon now, I know we all drink four cans of seltzer water a day... please use our Rotary Clynk bags! I will have some bags & stickers at Dizzy Birds this week. 
Happy Dollars:
Sergeant at Arms Jim led a very interesting challenge, for each member to give the next line of the Star Spangled Banner, as we went around the room. If I asked you right now, could you give the first line of the second verse? I didn't think so. That'll be a dollar!!
  • Julie gave $10 for her 55th birthday -- happy birthday, Julie! Thanks for all you do for our Club, as secretary. Literally every day we have you doing something, including complex wire transfers to Ukraine, board meeting minutes, and many more items.
  • Don Pilon piled on with $1 to thank Julie and Saco Biddeford Savings Institution for their generosity. 
  • Conrad is happy and sad to say, that his Aunt, who is 98, has been admitted to hospice.
  • Bill Paterson gave $5, that his youngest daughter is graduating from UMaine. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Brian was $5 happy to be back in person. Thank you for all your help, Brian!! Good to have you back from Florida.
  • Phil Mateja (a retired athletic trainer, who has worked with many elite athletes) is $5 happy to be fine, 17 days after Covid
  • Your happy dollar here! Join us this week... Chef Tom is cooking up good stuff, and the outdoor awning will be up!
On 3/23/2022, we had a very compelling presentation from PDG Sergii Zavadskii of RC Kyiv. This was our largest Zoom meeting ever, with members of our club, and clubs all over the world, adding up to more than 100 people. We had attendees from at least six countries (USA, Ukraine, Canada, Jordan, UK, & Romania). 
There are 62 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine, eleven of them in Kyiv alone. During the presentation, Sergii, who is an executive in the chemicals business and has two sons in the military, was not in Kyiv but had taken his grandchildren to a rural, hopefully safer area in western Ukraine near Uzhgorod and zoomed in from there.
Thanks in particular to Roland Gagne and Melissa Cilley for arranging the presentation, and to Brian Dallaire for capably managing such a large meeting. 
Sergii showed this map of where clubs are vs the fighting, and attempts clubs are putting together to supply food and medicine:
Image of where Rotary Clubs are in Ukraine
Today at noon, we'll have a follow up meeting, hosted by Melissa Cilley on Zoom.
Topic: Conversation with Ukrainian teen and her grandmother who fled to Romania
Time: Mar 24, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

PS: missed yesterday's presentation from Sergii? Here's how to access the recording:
Meeting Recording temporarily on Zoom:
Access Code: ?U4Yj#^V
Alternatively Rotary Zone Representative Steve Miller posted it on YouTube for us at this link:
Here's a link to where we posted it on YouTube.
Pure Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser 2022
We are now open for sell, sell. sell!  We are off to a great start almost $1,000 in the first few days.
Here are the stats:
$ 15,078 RAISED
75% raised of 20,000 Goal
Total Supporters160

Member Leaderboard

Martin Grohman
Peace Keepers
William Paterson
The Funsters
Roland Gagne
Peace Keepers
Steve Morin
Sap Suckers
Kathy Shea
The Funsters

Team Leaderboard

Peace Keepers    $4,820
Sap Suckers    $3,959
The Funsters    $2,466
Sticky and Sweet    $2,356
Sweet Leaf    $711

Member Prizes

Top Member  Marty Grohman

Paul Harris Fellow Pin

1,000 Paul Harris Fellow Recognition points will be transferred to your name.

Happy New Year! I'm excited for 2022, and it gives me a chance to provide some updates on goings-on at our Biddeford Saco Rotary Club:
  • We have a new member proposed, Phillip Mateja. He is sponsored by Heather Gendron. Phil is a Realtor and has volunteered with the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Knights of Columbus. He has been to a few meetings and was approved for membership by the board at our December meeting. However, I did not do a good job of "posting" or announcing his prospective membership at our last two meetings (our process for new members is attend a meeting as a guest, be placed on the agenda for board approval, followed by announcing or "posting" the proposed new member at two consecutive club meetings, then induction at a meeting). So, if you have concerns about adding Phil to our club, please contact me ASAP, otherwise he will be inducted at our meeting this Wednesday January 5 at Ricetta's at 12:15.
  • Speaking of new members, it has really been great to see you stepping up and getting so involved with our programs, and bringing new energy to our group. Volunteering and getting involved is the best way to get to know the Club, and you have been doing that. Welcome!
  • More volunteer opportunities: Wreaths Across America is seeking our help at St Joseph's Cemetery on Saturday January 15 at 9AM to pick up the wreaths we placed last month. Cold, unglamorous work -- our specialty :)
  • Before too long it will be time for our Raised Bed Gardens to be built and delivered. Look for a note from Ken Farley about that in the next couple weeks. We hope to provide as many as fifteen or twenty "gardens ready to go" for area families in need this year. The work involves building, delivering, and filling the raised beds with dirt. Again with the unglamorous work.
  • Someone who does a lot of unglamorous work for the Club but doesn't always get much mention is Brian Dallaire. Thank you Brian for setting up all the Zooms, the meeting invites, and the website.
  • Please do register for our weekly lunch if you get the chance. It helps us plan. But then we always have extra food, so don't hesitate to just show up if your plans change -- we love to see you.
  • Omicron is a wild card. We do have masks available at the restaurant, will make them more prominent, and Zoom is always an option which seems to be working fairly well. We'll be discussing this at the Board meeting Wednesday morning, so please bring your ideas and concerns to your favorite board member (listed on the left column of the website).
  • Our signature holiday program Adopt-A-Family was a great success. We helped a record number of families, a total of 97 children. So rewarding. Thank you for participating, and thanks again to Karen Chasse and Heather Gendron for coordinating. All this was made possible by our Raffle, which was a huge success, and provided us the budget to give the most we've ever given this year.
  • Speaking of thanks, here's to our nominating committee for developing a strong slate of officers for 2022 (starting in July). As we head into our 102nd year of Service Above Self, we'll be in good hands.
  • Sometimes I don't do enough to mention our international activities.  Lots of communities around the world can use our help, and Roland Gagne does an amazing job keeping us involved. 
Internationally, we have two projects underway:
  • Monday, January 3rd  (today!) at 9AM we’ll be holding a Zoom meeting with Rotarians in Uganda; a local Portland, ME environmental engineer; and two community members from Biddeford to discuss/review water project proposals received for a hydrogeological study for a community near the borders of Rwanda and DRC. Our club will be helping fund and support this project. Any Rotarians interested in joining the Zoom meeting, email Roland for the link: rotaryroland@gmail.com.  And here’s a Google Earth link to the community in Rwanda where the proposed water project is being developed:  Rwanda Water Project
  • The Children’s Rescue Center in Kisumu, Kenya is in need of support for orphaned children being cared for at the center.  We continue to engage with the center to understand the most pressing needs that we can support.  Anyone interested in joining the discussion, email Roland at rotaryroland@gmail.com.
  • Looking ahead, we have exciting programs in the works. For example, in March we'll be doing our Maple Syrup fundraiser. It was a big success last year thanks to Roland Gagne, and we have it in the works again this year, so don't buy any syrup between now and then... also, in late April, we are looking at a new event, together with the Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative, called a "Recovery Workforce Job Fair"... In May, We'll be back at St. Joseph's Cemetery, where together with students from Biddeford Schools, we place flags on veterans graves for Memorial Day... and in June we'll have our essay contest, which provides a chance for student authors to show their stuff. Lastly, coming up soon, we'll be looking for volunteers to help sort, organize and hang pictures and historical articles at the newly renovated lodge at West Brook Skating Rink. More with the unglamorous work.
The nominating committee made up of Paul Deschambeault, Kathy Shea, Morgan Stoner, Kristen Lane and myself have met and agreed to make the following nominations at tomorrow's weekly meeting:
Vice President - Melissa Cilley
Secretary - Julie Villemaire
Treasurer - Susan Gajewski
Director - Haley Thompson
Director - Ken Farley
Once these nominations are made, President Marty will open the floor for nominations.  Should you wish to nominate anyone for an open position you can do so at the meeting tomorrow or by forwarding the name of a nominee to President Marty prior to the election at next week's meeting.  The election of officers is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 15th during our regular weekly meeting.
Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or President Marty.
News of the Saco Food Pantry
About the Pantry:
Location: 67 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME
Phone:   207-468-1305 (during business hours only)
Mail:   PO Box 246, Saco ME 04072
Email: meals@sacofoodpantry.org
Like Us on Facebook
Hours:   Monday – Friday 9 – 10:30 am, Last Tuesday of the month 5 – 6:30 pm
Board Members:
President: John White
Chairperson & Rec. Secretary: Toni Clark
Treasurer: Ron Bolduc
Corresponding Secretary: John Reynolds
Members: Gwen Adams, Grace Farr, Dustin Nadeau, Jodi-Marie McCarthy, Sharon McKenna Molleur, Katy Nicketakis, Sheldon Nightingale, and Shelice Wilson
Requirements for Clients:        
While the pandemic is upon us, we have dropped the requirement that clients be Saco residents (we now have approximately 30% from other towns). We estimate that we give 18 meals to each family member. Working with Age Friendly Saco, delivery is possible for folks who cannot get to the pantry.
Foods We Need Most
  • Grape Jelly
  • Instant hot oatmeal
  • Stews, Soups, Chowders
  • Pancake mix & Syrup
  • Canned Fruit & Pastas
  • Pet Foods
  • Personal hygiene products
Feeding people:
2020-21 Fiscal Year:  2,116 families, 5,579 people, (1,580 children and 784 seniors) 100,422 meals. Our numbers have gone down since the pandemic, so, we are giving out more food. In addition, we are working with Age Friendly Saco to deliver to folks who cannot get to the pantry.  Surplus has also been shared with Youth Full Maine over the past several months as we worked alongside school meal distributions.
 Pantry Workers:   Paid staff: 0 Volunteers: 50 approx.
Covid - changes
We require all volunteers and clients to follow CDC guidelines with masks and social distancing. Before the pandemic, clients came into the pantry and were taken around to select the food they needed. This cut down food waste.
Now, clients select the food they need from a list, and volunteers bring the food selected to the client’s car. The list of non-perishables can be downloaded from our website.
Goals 2022
  • Storage shed for non-perishables
  • Box truck that’s on the road more than in the shop
  • Client data computerized
  • Paint the exterior
  • In 2023 Purchase solar panels already installed (we have already raised the money through grants and memorial donations)
Pantry Food Sources:                                                                                         
We get food from many sources.
< >Good Shepherd Food Bank sells us food – roughly 6 pounds of food for each dollar.Hannaford and Shaws donate perishables that are nearing their Use-by Date.TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program from the federal government) gives us significant amounts of food every other month. We average 20,000 – 30,000 pounds of food yearly in donations through food drives (our own, those sponsored by other groups and individual donations).We pay a small annual fee to Wayside (Portland) and pick up food monthly.For items we cannot get from the above sources, we purchase in Hannaford or Shaws (occasionally Market Basket). A board member studies items on sale. Since the pandemic struck, it has not been possible to buy in bulk the way we once did.Other expenses include transportation, energy bills, maintenance, insurance, and cleaning. On average, 70% of our monthly expenditures go to food.     
Open Hands, Open Heart:
Open Hands Open Heart is an outreach program located adjacent to the Saco Food Pantry. The organization was founded by Elaine Fournier in 2008. Its mission is to provide clothing for needy children in York County.
Location: 67 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME (next door to the pantry)
Hours: Tues., Wed. and Thurs. 9:30 – 11:30 am & last Tues. of the month 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 207-286-9939(during business hours only)
Mail:   PO Box 246, Saco ME 04072
Web:   http://www.openheartsaco.org
Volunteers Needed
We are always seeking new volunteers to help from 1 or more days a week. Almost all work is done in the mornings. There are 4 main types of jobs - food pickup and storage,  perishables processed, shelves restocked,  and clients helped. If you are interested, contact Lynn (207) 494-8662 lsteed203@gmail.com and/or Sheldon snight52@gmail.com.
Ways to donate:
Please specify where donation is to be applied (Saco Food Pantry, or Open Hands, Open Heart)
< >By check – mail to Saco Food Pantry, PO Box 246, Saco, ME 04072Website – www.sacofoodpantry.org (can donate by credit card)Amazon – go to smile.amazon.com and select Saco Food Pantry for your charity. Amazon donates a portion of their profits directly to the pantrywww.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1283706There is a secure donation slot outside of the pantry.
John Reynolds:
My wife and I retired from teaching in independent schools in New York City in 2009 and moved full-time to our home in Biddeford. I taught math and computers to middle school students. We wanted to do volunteering here in Maine and took our therapy dogs to visit folks in local nursing homes.We also volunteered at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. A dear friend got us involved in the Saco Food Pantry, and I was asked to become a board member around 2015, becoming Corresponding Secretary in 2017. When Covid came along, we had to stop going to nursing homes and AWS, but happily continued with the pantry. We are also part of the Gems (Geriatric Education Mentor) program at UNE, mentoring medical students. We also play with the Village Ringers, a local bell choir.
Passcode: 1ThpIw@8




CLYNK bags are available at Whimsical Me on Main Street Saco. Stop into Heather’s store to pick-up several bags. Drop your bags off at the CLYNK DEPOSITORY In the Hannaford Shopping Center. Scan the bag tag on the outside of the door and place the bag inside  Help us support Roland Gagne’s school in Kenya. A few cans and bottles goes a long way to improve the lives of these children. Let’s fulfill our commitment. .
Thank you



Our Club is in first place of 10 Rotary Clubs who participate in this program!  But Saco Bay is gaining on us.

Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco


Total Raised


Containers CLYNKed


Saved enough energy to light 80.2 lightbulbs—24 hours a day—for a year.

Saved the emissions equivalent of driving a car 15,188 miles.

Diverted enough containers to fill 584 lobster traps.

 Fill up those green bags.  If you need more bags and/or labels, just let Julie Villemaire know and she can hook you up…no charge!

Simple fill with returnables and drop off at any Hannaford.

Alternately, if you already have a CLYNK account of your own, you can designate you funds as a donation.  Hit the Donate button and search for Rotary and you'll find our account.


Club Information
Welcome to our Club! Rotary District 7780 -- Club Number 6294 -- Est. 1920

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Dizzy Birds Restaurant
65 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005
United States of America
Hybrid Meetings on ZOOM
Future Meeting are held on Zoom
 We will continue with Zoom as a hybrid meeting.
Start signing on at 12:00 PM.  Meeting starts at 12:15 PM.
Dr Brian Dallaire is inviting you to a scheduled Rotary Zoom meeting.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Club Protection Officer
Upcoming Events
Jul 06, 2022
President Brenda
Jul 13, 2022
Club Goals for 2022-2023
Rotary's 4-Way Test
Website Sponsors (FMI click on logo)
Red Ribbon Committee
End Polio
Past Presidents
Year President
1920 Percy Sylvester
1921 John P Deering
1922 Dr George R Love
1923 Dr CE Thompson
1924 Arthur Burnie
1925 Charles Garland
1926 Joseph G Deering
1927 William F Goodwin
1928 Robert M Moore
1929 Dr Edgar Minot
1930 J Burton Stride
1931 William H Deering
1932 William Deering
1933 Thomas Coates
1934 Edwin T McDowell
1935 Dr Fred Lord
1936 Harold J Staples
1937 James W Wood
1938 Cecil F Clark
1939 Howard E Handy
1940 Harry C Hull
1941 R Pierpoint Jordan
1942 Benjamin C Shaw
1943 King Woodman
1944 Herbert W Chambers
1945 Arthur J Pariseau
1946 Clarence Craig
1947 Arthur L Corriveau
1948 Stanley A Gould
1949 George Butler
1950 Sargent Jealous
1951 Roy MacNauhton
1952 Alfred Lawe
1953 Harold J Hallsey
1954 Clayton Cartmill
1955 John E Barrett
1956 John R Gibson
1957 Daniel G Falvey
1958 Maurice CE Roux
1959 Mark B Black
1960 Raymond L Karnan
1961 F Turner Brown
1962 Stuart V Flavin
1963 Joseph A Haley
1964 Joseph G Grondin
1965 Harry M Wooster
1966 William L Smith
1967 Albert P Deshaies
1968 Herny A Tarte
1969 Richard E Sweeney
1970 E Raymond Noiseux
1971 Donald E Scribner
1972 Graenville S Arsenault
1973 Albert E Carignan
1974 William C Langevin
1975 Frank DeFrancesco
1976 Earl A Goodwin
1977 Norman R Faucher
1978 Robert W Cole
1979 Richard J Reny
1980 Harold M Arsenault
1981 Royal N Sheltra
1982 Gregory F Clifford
1983 Ronald Drouin
1984 Dennis Petit
1985 Thomas Moore
1986 James F Pastorelli
1987 J Richard Martin
1988 David Beattie
1989 David Lowe
1990 Steven Fennell
1991 Donald Lauzier
1992 Robert Begin
1993 Mark Thomas
1994 Richard Buffum
1995 Gilbert Dominque
1996 Thomas Wells
1997 Bill Guay
1998 Helene Plourde
1999 Richard Lagarde
2000 Mark Tuller
2001 Keith Jacques
2002 Stephen Ives
2003 Keith Gosselin
2004 Paul Deschambeault
2005 Roland Eon
2006 Scott Simmonds
2007 Denis Elie
2008 Frank Gooding
2009 Steve Morin
2010 Julie Villemaire 
2011 Frank Dumas
2012 Karen Chasse
2013 Roland Gagne
2014 Ken Farley
2015 Bill Kany
2016 Lucie Kay
2017 Jackson Brown
2018 Joe Moreshead
2019 Fausto Pifferrer
2020 Don Pilon
2021 Martin Grohman
Active Paul Harris Fellows
Bassett Joseph Jun -18
Bean Peggy Apr-97
Bonneau Paulette May-19
Boyle (+6) Lawrence Jan-98
Brown Jackson May-09
Chasse Karen  Jun-06
Dallaire (+8) Brian Dec-02
DeFrancesco Frank May-07
Demers Raynald Jun-18
Deschambault+1 Paul Jun-03
Drouin (+6) Ronald  16-Jun
Elie (+3) Denis Jun-03
Eon (+1) Roland May-96
Farley Kenneth May-08
Gagne (+8) Roland May-03
Gajewski (+1) Susan Jun-14
Gendron Heather May-11
Godbout (+5) Jim  May-09
Goodwin (+8) Carl  Apr-90
Goodwin (+1) Earl Jan-84
Hennessey (+2) Charles May-92
Jacques (+1) Keith Feb-01
Kany (+1) Bill May-94
Lane (+1) Dana Jun-05
MacLean (+1) Heather Feb-06
Moreshead (+4) Joseph May-08
Morin Steve May-07
Nohorney Mark May-19
Nelson Alan Oct-99
Palmitessa Elaine May-15
Paterson  Bill Jun-21
Pifferrer(+1) Fausto Jun-19
Plourde (+1) Helene May-96
Pollock Brenda Mar-22
Ray Jeremy May-21
Shea Kathy
Stoner Morgan Jan-21
Thompson (+1) Haley May-12
Villemaire (+1) Julie Jun-06
Welzel Conrad May-17