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


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery
100 Main St
Saco, ME  04072
United States of America
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District governor John LoBosco
Oct 17, 2018
Presidential Citation for Jackson
Nov 21, 2018
Dec 26, 2018
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12:15 Pledge of Allegience
Sue Gajewski led us in reciting 4 way test Joe Moreshead gave the invocation

President Joe Moreshead passed around a thank you letter from Thornton Academy thanking us for the saplings we donated this spring.

Ken Farley made announcement about Celebration of Suds to be held on 20 October.
- Please promote it on social media
- Set up time will start at 1:30
- Will be getting pizzas delivered from Portland Pie
- Need silent auction items still
- Will need 6 large coolers

Lucie Kay gave an update on the food drive scheduled for 27 October.
- It will be held from 9 to 2.
- Need volunteers
- Joint effort with Saco Bay Rotary Club

Joe announced that starting 1 January 2019, the 1st Wednesday meeting of each month will be held in an area school.

There is still space in the Tack fro those looking to advertise. 2 spots are available at $100 each. See Don or Brian Dallaire.

No Sargeant at Arms since Matt Simmonds is on holiday, but Joe solicited some happy dollars:

- Adam moving to new house on Friday.
- Bill Patterson heading to Corpus Christi
- Joe M. heading to DC.
- Laura Warner - son scored winning soccer goal
- Kristen Lane - daughter lost her first tooth
- Dr. Joe - had great visit with his family in Maryland.

Peggy Bean won $20 in the 50/50

New member, Sherry Norton, was inducted.

Dr. Joe introduced our guest speaker Hayden Anderson, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council.

Hayden began his presentation reminiscing about his grandfather who was a Rotarian in Amsterdam NY. He would sometimes bring young Hayden to meetings in noisy rooms much like our setting today.

The Maine Humanities Council is one of 56 councils in states and territories of the United States.

The mission of the council (as per their website) is to "use the humanities— literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries."

They do this thru various initiatives; partnerships with public libraries in 85 towns across Maine, as well as working with Adult Education programs in the state.

They support local efforts through grants. Annually the spend about $200,000 in grants; but the median grant amount is only about $1000.

They are starting a Veterans Book Group here in Biddeford. It will start November 1st and be held at the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center on South St.

The council is also evaluating how to prepare for Maine's becentenial in 2020; seeking answers to the question, "How can history inform the future of Maine?"

Meeting adjourned at 1:15.

Sherry Norton, our newest member.
None of the members of the Tack Committee stepped up to do the Tack in October (I have to thank Sabine for offering to still do it at the meeting) so you are stuck with me.  I will do my best to report the facts (no I have lied already).
Where:  The October 3 meeting was at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology so for those members who went to the Run of the Mill I am assuming you eventually noticed that there were no banners, no bell, no President and no meeting there.  The COT is really nice and we had this meeting in a large classroom with incredibly comfortable chairs (now I know what a $35,000,000 bond can buy).
Greeters:  We were greeted by the York County Federal CU TV star, Moriah who does a fantastic job in their TV ads about putting you more in debt or something like that.  Oh, yeah, Lucie Kay was a greeter too.
Recess time? Since we were in a school, the bell rang and Joe Bassett immediately got up and went out for recess.
Formalities:  Brian Dallaire led us in the 4 way test and Joe attempted to violate the concept of the separation of church and state by having Joe lead us in a prayer but the kids’ constitution rights were protected and we were without a prayer.
Earl:  It was announced that Earl Goodwin continues to recover from fall earlier this year and he will not join us until after the holidays.  That means we all need to fill the Earl’s huge shoes and step up and sell a lot more raffle tickets to insure that we continue to sell 100% of the $100 raffle tickets when we start that effort later this fall.
Member Changes:  Rae Smith will be leaving our club and we wish her the best.  She promised that she would continue to volunteer for events whenever she can.  Fear not, however, because YCFCU employee Sherry Norton hopes to join the club so we will have at least one good member from the CU.
BEER:  No, not a reference to Justice Kavanaugh, but instead the beer festival is coming right up on October 20 from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Pepperell Mill Campus.  Tell your friends, sell tickets, volunteer the night of the event, drink beer.  I drank beer in high school. I drank beer in college,  I still like beer.  A quote from the Kavanaugh hearings?  Maybe, but I believe those are the same words that 95% of people who attended college would say if asked.
Tickets are now $30.00.  Please sell all that you can.  Incidentally, if you missed the meeting on the 3rd you missed a very nice cat fight between Sue G. and President Joe over the signup sheet and Sue won!
Stuff the Bus:  We will be stuffing the bus, truck, car, plane, not sure on October 27 at Hannaford in Biddeford and probably Market Basket but there is nothing official from them yet.  More details to follow but we need to do our part to help to feed the hungry and this drive brings in a lot of food and money for the local pantries.
New Banner:  A new banner featuring our club and our very own Denis Elie and Jim Godbout has been ordered and will be displayed at various events.
Shocking:  The Board voted to fund two new defibrillators, one of which will be placed at McArthur Library and Biddeford and the other may  be placed at the Dyer Library in Saco.  People sometimes get overstimulated reading so it is a good idea to have the paddles ready.  Jeremy Ray indicated we may be able to purchase them through the schools at a discount.  This is a nice gift for our communities.
Presidential Appeals:  Joe indicated that while he said attendance requirements are relaxed we really should make more of an effort to attend meetings to see great programs like the one we saw on October 3.  He also announced that a number of members are in arrears on their dues for a few billing cycles and he was going to call them and see if they want to pay or if they wish to bow out of the club.  It would appear that some house cleaning may be appropriate.  Joe also thanked Matt Simmons for setting up and bringing everything over for the meeting.
50/50:  Brian Dallaire won, but lest you sigh too loudly take solace in the fact that it was for some reason a small pot.  Perhaps some members felt it was inappropriate to gamble in school or they are just cheap.
Sergeant at Arms:  Matt decided to turn things down a notch (after all we were in school) and go with happy dollars instead of fines.  Lots of people were happy and here are a few:
  • Sue Gajewski is going to be a grandmother for the first time.
  • Dr. Joe, aka Larry, is heading to Virginia for a visit.
  • Fausto’s company has been selected to the Leading Caterers of America which is a huge distinction.  Blue Elephant Caterers will represent New England in that organization. 
  • Mark Nahorney is back from Spain.
  • Denis Elie went to the Patriots and kicked Matt’s ass in raising money as the Sergeant at Arms.
  • I believe Brian defecated himself in Las Vegas.  Brian, what happens in your pants in Vegas should stay in Vegas.
  • Brian was happy to give Denis his multiple sapphire Paul Harris Award.  Congrats Denis.
  • Candidate Grohman sucked up to the students in an election year.  Hopefully they are 18 and can vote.
  • Tammy Ackerman survived two festivals in Biddeford and is looking forward to the Maker’s Fair at the Pepperell Mill Campus on October 13, a free event at which local businesses and organizations can display their items or services.
  • Heather Mclean announced she was headed to the Patriots on the 6th and to the Bruins home opener on the 8th.  What color miniskirts go well with tailgating?
  • Jeremy Ray admitted his short comings as a single dad and was looking forward to his wife coming home.  I was wondering why his kids were in cages on his front lawn with hamster wheels and water feeders.
  • Conrad Welzel thanked the club for its support of the Programs and finally admitted he does very little.  I doubt that.
  • Jim Godbout is headed to Ireland for some golf.
  • Matt Simmons was happy for 6 years of being licensed.  I would have thought he had been driving longer than that.  He was also happy for Paulette Bonneau and all that she does and for his opportunity to teach adult education which may explain a lot about the financial literacy in our area.
  • Lucie Kay and Fausto had to mention their Ménage a Trois wine.  Let’s discuss multiple sexual partners and alcohol in school.
            Last year our club helped finance the BHS Odyssey of the Mind Team when it attended the World Championships at Iowa State University.  Our program featured the coach of the team, Vicki Salo and three of the team members, Jerod, Gabe and Lucas.  All three of the young men were very well spoken, incredibly well rounded and thrilled to be a part of the team.  It was clear that they work hard as members of the team while playing sports, participating in Interact, participating in plays and taking difficult course loads.  At least one of them described going to the World championship last year as the greatest experience of his life.
            The team is built to problem solve and they have selected a structural problem in which they have to hold up 100’s of pounds with a balsa wood structure.  Last year their balsa wood structure held up around 800 pounds which was 10th best in the world.  They also must use their imaginations to come up with a skit for a particular theme and then they have to participate in a secret spontaneity part of the competition.  Last year they were 17th in the world competition and they are hoping to crack the top 10 this year.
            They gave members of the club a pipe cleaner and a poker chip and asked each member to make something with them.  I was impressed with our club’s creativity in the two minutes though Mark Nahorney’s sperm model may have been a bit over the top, but funny.
            Biddeford High School will host the regional and state Odyssey of the Minds this year and the top 2 teams from the state go to the World Championships at Michigan State.  BHS has qualified for the world championships for the last 4 years and hopes to make it 5 in a row.  This is a great opportunity for these kids and we should be proud that we helped them in their endeavors.
Respectfully submitted by your lowly, and I hope temporary, scribe.
            Okay,  so the Peanut Gallery has been on hiatus for a while.  The Gallery has a few belated and a few current observations to share.
            It was heartwarming to walk into the Tin Tin Buffet with Matt Simmons like we were walking into Cheers.  Every employee there yelled “Matt” and I walked by a table with a brass plague on the back of a chair saying reserved for Matt Simmons.  I just love celebrities. 
            Speaking of the Tin Tin Buffet, I am betting you are wondering where the name came from.  I did some research.  Apparently, the original name was the Rin Tin Tin Buffet and it was co-owned by, you guessed it, Rin Tin Tin.  You have to invest those residuals somewhere. That name stuck for a while, but then they had a German sausage night and the co-owner mysteriously disappeared so they shortened the name to Tin Tin Buffet.  Now you know.
            Ken Farley has announced that he is trying to recruit a celebrity guest for the beer festival, Brett Kavanaugh.  I could only imagine that throughout the Senate hearings Justice Kavanaugh had one of those thought bubbles over his head with Homer Simpson in it sighing “BEER”.  I kept waiting for his Dr. Seuss beer rhyme to come out.
            One Beer, two Beers, three Beers, four
             I love my beer until I hit the floor
             Five Beers, six Beers, seven Beers, more
            That hoppy flavor I do adore.
Stay tuned to see whether he shows up on October 20.
            Now I realize that Matt Simmons’ marketing life blood is contained in the Journal Weekend addition, a newspaper hurled in our driveway, run over by 1,000’s and read by dozens.  I am wondering if the Journal really thinks that putting its paper in a baggy and then throwing it on the ground really protects it from getting wet.  Short of hermetically sealing those bags, it seems to me that all the baggies do is hold in the water long enough to completely blur Matt’s face and insure that we will be taking the wet sack directly from the driveway to the trash can.  Sorry Matt, that means I missed your article on the benefits in investing in Pokémon cards.
            Finally, I have a social experiment I would like to try.  At the next meeting at Run of the Mill, some members should get to the meeting early and sit at the cool kids’ table.  I want to see how they react if they can’t sit there.  I love social chaos.
            That’s all the peanuts to be hurled right now.  Enjoy the rest of the week.
Jim Godbout lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
Joe Moreshead announced new member posting for Sherry Norton.  
On 17 October, District governor John LoBosco will be visiting to give Jackson Brown a Presidential citation.
Reminder that the Celebration of suds event will be held on 20 October. All members have been given tickets to sell and the price for the ticket will be $25 until September 30. Starting October 1 the ticket price jumps to $30.
Our meeting on October 3rdwill be held at The Center of Technology at the Biddeford high school. There will be a presentation on Odyssey of the mind.
Stuff the Truck food drive is being held on 27 October. 
Ray Demers’ father passed away.  Rotarians are invited to attend the wake at Hope Memorial on 27 September at 6 pm.  
The 50-50 drawing was won by Peggy Bean and she donated it’s Red Ribbon.  
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Joe M. Is offering $1000 reward for anyone finding him a skilled machinist.  
Joe B. Is happy for his new great-grandson. 
Don is happy Jackson is getting award. 
Conrad happy to have celebrated his 65th birthday and is also grateful his daughter had a fire extinguisher to put out her furnace buyer.
Luci is happy to have gone on vacation.
Jeremy for looking so sharp; Heather M. for reserving her table; Jackson for delaying deposits and Adam for finally making a meeting.  
Presentation by Roland Gagne and Sue Gajewski giving an overview of their travel to Jordan and the Collatoral Repair Project.  
Sue began with some of the travel highlights with many photos of fellow rotarians and their exquisite hospitality in hosting Roland and Sue! She also shared with us some of their tourist travels visiting sites like Petra and the Dead Sea.
Roland shared the practical points of the grant as well as some staggering numbers.  Jordan is a country with about 10 million people in it of which about 4 million are refugees from other countries. Only about 1% of refugees are resettled.  
He shared with us some personal stories about some of the refugee families they visited with. 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
Joe Boyle lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
Joe Moreshead inducted new member Morgan Stoner.  
Reminder that the Celebration of suds event will be held on 20 October. All members have been given tickets to sell and the price for the ticket will be $25 until September 30.Starting October 1the ticket price jumps to $30.
Our meeting on October 3rdwill be held at The Center of Technology at the Biddeford high school. There will be a presentation on Odyssey of the mind.
Our meeting this week is a service project. Several members have gone shopping for items to prepare a birthday cake and wants these bags are packed we are donating them to local food pantry’s. There was a call for Volunteers to drive them to the pantries and Matt, Joe Moreshead, Morgan, Don and Brenda volunteered.
The 50-50 drawing was won by Denis Elie and he kept most of it.
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Denis was happy to win money; Brenda is happy her husband is returning from Amsterdam; Joe M. is sad he will not be able to ski this season because he needs shoulder surgery; Don is happy that he and Jackson won the golf tournament; Conrad is looking forward to celebrating his birthday; Karen is delighted her daughter is studying nursing.
Paulette is happy that Biddeford schools were chosen to Be the pilot site for middle school career and technical education. Also the Department of Education approved an EMT program at the school, and she was very grateful for Karen Chasse’s work on Waterhouse field.
Jeremy wanted to thank the Rotary club for donating for cross-country T-shirts for kids. Matt was happy to see Ken Farley and Keith Jacques at the meeting as well as being grateful Sabine was able to get out of her driveway given all the construction on South St.  
After lunch was completed the group and participated in assembling all the materials for a birthday party into gift bags. The bags will be donated to local food pantrys. This will allow people who use the food pantry to request a birthday bag for children celebrating a birthday.
Meeting was adjourned at 1 o’clock.
Biddeford Saco Rotary is walking to End Alzheimer’s today 💜 Thank you Mary, Debbie, Paulette, Kristen, Moka, Roland and Paula for walking and helping us raise $1625 for Alzheimer’s research.
First, thank you all for making my first meeting great. I really am honored to hold the position. I get to follow some fantastic folks who have served as great stewards of our great club.
I wanted to write an article for the TACK because sitting outside on the deck for our first meeting was not really conducive to giving some words about what I would like to see us accomplish over the next 12 months.
Our motto this year is “ Be the Inspiration”. I will make sure to put the banner out this week. So, what are some of the goals we need to accomplish so we can “Be the Inspiration”- more meetings; not really. One of my biggest goals is to not waste your time. You are willing to give one of the most precious possessions you own, your time. I recognize that fact and will do my best to utilize your time to the fullest.
Seriously, as president elect everybody feels that they can give me their advice regarding what is wrong with the club and I have to agree with them on some issues. Even little ones like the check in sheet that we use to check in members every week, it was not working for everybody so it was reformatted and updated; you can thank Julie, our Secretary. People are not crazy about our meeting space, the food, the acoustics, the temperature, the number of meetings we have, etc. Until someone can come up with a better venue we will be at Run of the Mill for a while.  I secretly fantasize that a nice hotel with a great restaurant will open with a beautiful dining room, perfect for hosting meetings. A guy can dream.
With respect to meetings, we will still have some 50 or so. I will do my best to be there every week however, I don’t expect you to. I will be proposing a new focus on service work instead of attendance. In order to do that I will need help with a lot of ad hoc committees for the in meeting service projects I want to propose. For example, I want to make a “birthday party in a bag” geared towards children, for the local food pantries. The bags will have everything for a child to have a birthday party. It will include, cake and frosting mix, table cloths, candles, etc. My vision is that 3 to 4 people will go shopping for the items on a Wednesday meeting day instead of coming to the meeting. The following week the club will assemble the bags at lunch- that will be the “program”.
I plan on having at least 3 in service meetings such as the birthday bags, hygiene kits for some of the shelters, writing cards and letters to service men and women serving. Help me think of some more.
Another project will be field trip meetings. I have already contacted the 3 principals in the local elementary schools, just realized I did not contact St. James… I told the principals that we have 20 to 30 volunteers that would love to show up at their schools on a Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:30 to participate in a project. We could read to the kids, have lunch with them, rearrange furniture, etc. . One principal has already emailed me and is very excited about the idea.
We will still have a club assembly meeting the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will be a briefing on what happened at the Board meeting earlier in the day, a classification talk or two, charitable fund committee discussion and vote and any other issues that need to be dealt with.
In order to accomplish all of the things we want and keep people informed it is going to take communication. Bill Kany has agreed to take over the TACK this year. He has 12 volunteers who will each be responsible for the month. The TACK, Facebook and other social media will be important this year as we tackle our ambitious meeting schedule and goals. We have also added all of our past presidents to our email list so that they get the TACK and can be aware of the club happenings.
I have not planned any new fundraisers. If you have an idea let’s hear about. I have picked the following people for committees, if I am wrong and you are not interested please let me. My goal with most of the committees is to leave it up to the chair to recruit members. The list is as follows and is not complete:
TACK      Bill Kany
Charitable Giving              Jim McAllister
Scholarship         Heather G and Fausto
Front Desk           Heather M
Foundation         Brian D
Website               Brian D
Past President    Keith J
Awards  Bill Kany
Stuff the Bus       Lucie K
Alzheimer Walk  Sue G
Beer Fest             Ken F
Wine Fest            Conrad, ?
$100 raffle          Karen / Earl
Prom / Dance     Bernice
Program Chair    Conrad W
Youth Protection Officer               Chief Ray Demers
Youth Service     Paulette B
In closing, 2018/2019 will be a good year to be a part of Rotary; to be the inspiration for people we interact with. I know people get a chuckle when I say my prayer “ Dear Lord, you give us so much yet expect so little in return. Let us live through your example.” I am not overly religious but, I do realize how lucky I am, how fortunate I am. I have been given so much. And as a result I have a deep need to want to give back; I know you feel the same way. Isn’t that why you joined Rotary.
Oct. 17: Don Pilon and Mark Nahorney
Oct. 24:
Oct. 31: Kristen Lane
November 7: Haley Thompson
14: heather MacLean
21: no meeting
December 5:
12: heather MacLean and Alicia Girard
26: no meeting
Below is the final copy of the Mission - Vision Statement and Guiding Principles of the Red Ribbon Committee as primarily authored by Andy Grief.  We have also revised the Red Ribbon logo to address Rotary requirements.  I thought it was important to share this with all of you.
Mission – Vision – Guiding Principles  
Red Ribbon Committee
Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco
Mission Statement
The Red Ribbon Committee of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club exists to mobilize the community to encourage healthy and thriving behaviors without the influences of illegal drugs and other misused substances.
Vision Statement
As a result of the efforts of the Red Ribbon Committee, members of the Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach communities will lead healthier lives free of the harmful influences of misused substances.
Guiding Principles
  • Rotary has the power to effect positive change through its leadership and resources.
  • Rotary believes in the necessity of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention efforts.
  • Rotary believes in the importance of information to effect positive change.
  • Rotary believes in the power of positive experiences to effect positive outcomes.
  • Rotary believes in the power of people sharing their personal stories to effect change.
  • Rotary believes in the power of caring mentoring relationships to empower people.
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Audiffred (+1)JamesMay-96
Boyle (+3)LawrenceJan-98
ChasseKaren Jun-06
Dallaire (+8)BrianDec-02
Deschambault (+1)Paul3-Jun
Drouin (+6)Ronald 16-Jun
Kay (+1)Lucie Jun-10
Elie (+3)DenisJun-03
Eon (+1)RolandMay-96
Gagne (+8)RolandMay-03
GagnonRonald Feb-01
Godbout (+2)Jim May-09
Goodwin (+6)Carl Apr-90
Goodwin (+1)EarlJan-84
Hennessey (+2)CharlesMay-92
Kany (+1)A. WilliamMay-92
Kany (+1)BillMay-94
Lane (+1)DanaJun-05
McAllister (+2)JimJun-10
Moreshead (+2)JosephMay-08
Plourde (+1)HeleneMay-96
Villemaire (+1)JulieJun-06
WoodBernice Jun-10


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