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On the 2nd of August, the members of the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, have been alerted to the tragic news of Past President Earl A Goodwin’s demise. It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of a fellow Rotarian this evening. Please let us keep his family in our prayers. 
On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest sympathies to his family. It is a sad day for all of us. Earl “The Pearl” was truly one of a kind. May his soul rest in peace.

Brenda Pollock the 5th woman to lead the 102-Year-Old Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club

July 28, 2022

Brenda Pollack is the new president of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club. From left are: Emily Thayer, Maddison Thayer, Hunter Thayer, Brenda Pollock and David Pollock. Courtesy photo

BIDDEFORD — Brenda Pollock became president of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club on June 29. She is the fifth female president of the 102-year-old club. Helene Plourde was the organization’s first woman to lead it. Julie Villemaire was the second woman to accept the role in 2010, followed by Karen Chasse in 2012, and Lucie Kay in 2016.

Pollock’s first club meeting was held on June 13 where she presented her goals as president of the organization. Her grandson, 7-year-old Hunter Thayer, helped her lead the Pledge of Allegiance at her inaugural meeting. “My family is my inspiration,” said Pollock. “And seeing me lead this amazing group of professionals, committed to make our world a better place, will inspire them to help in our communities where we can.”

The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has made substantial contributions to the Biddeford – Saco area, including establishing the 72-acre Rotary Park on Main Street in Biddeford that offers citizens walking trails, two playgrounds, a lighted softball field, youth football field, a teen center, dog park, skate park, a boat launch, sliding hills, picnic grove with tables and grills, swimmers beach with seasonal lifeguards, sand volleyball court and a 9-hole disc golf course.

Each year, the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club actively engages in ways to help its communities. The main focuses are helping children, seniors, and veterans. In 2020, the club organized a raised bed garden project and took addressing food impoverished assistance to the next level. Ken Farley, a past president of the club and a Rotarian since 1987, leads this committee each year.

Every Christmas, Biddeford-Saco Rotarians take on Christmas gift wish lists from more than 80 children and make them come true. Adopt-A-Family is a Rotary holiday project designed to assist families who are in crisis because of unemployment, homelessness, medical issues, or other difficult circumstances, and who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to celebrate the holidays.

“Our Club brightens the Holidays for needy children,” said Heather Gendron, committee chair. “This committee organizes the list of families, manage the shopping, organize giftwrapping, and the delivery of presents. It’s a gratifying cause for Rotarians.”

Pollock outlined a budget for the 2022-23 Rotary year, that will provide scholarships for seniors, summer camp sponsorships for local youth, an essay contest with prizes for the top finalists for eighth graders from Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach schools; leadership camp grants for teens entering their sophomore year of high school; and more.

“Joe Moreshead is chair of the charitable giving committee,” Pollock said. “He and his team review applications from local citizens who sometimes, fall through the cracks for much needed assistance. That’s when Rotarians are able to step in and help.”

In addition to the many service projects these Rotarians will sponsor, one of their goals is to invite anyone who may be interested in becoming a Rotarian, to attend a meeting.

“It seems like everything is just a bit more difficult today,” Pollock said. “The fun, the fellowship, and the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process is deeply rewarding.”

For more information on the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, it’s committees, events, and meeting times, visit www.biddeford-sacorotary.org.


Mayor Casavant 2019
It is truly a pleasure to welcome you to the City of Biddeford! Over the past several years, our community has witnessed a resurgence of community pride and investment in what has become known as the “Biddesance”. We are emerging from years of simply defining ourselves as a mill town into a modern, vibrant community that is proud of both its past and its present, while excitedly anticipating its future. Our citizens are passionate about the changes we are making here, and the community energy that has been discovered is what makes Biddeford a special place to live, work, and play.
With our diverse new local restaurants, shops, and our engaging artistic community, we have something to offer everyone in our growing downtown. Our once-abandoned mills are thriving again, thanks to business owners and entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to make the space their own.  Our growing partnership with the University of New England and its students is helping to bring a youthful vibrancy to the City (our median age is 35), and it is an honor to have Maine’s largest private university call Biddeford home. We are also fortunate to have such unique natural assets like our picturesque sandy beaches, the Saco River, and our diverse set of public parks available right at our fingertips.
Because we are so proud of the work we are doing here to make Biddeford better for our residents, we want to make sure information about all that we have to offer is easy for everyone to access. As part of this commitment to transparency, we have recently updated our website to ensure that we are providing the best service to our citizens that we possibly can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Whether you call Biddeford home or are just stopping in for a visit, we hope you thoroughly enjoy your time here.

Fellow Rotarians,
Planning has begun for our 3rd Annual Mini Golf for Good Tournament on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 at Raptor Falls, Arundel, Pirate's Cove, Old Orchard Beach, and Martel's, Saco.
We will host a special Rotary challenge on Saturday at 3pm at Raptor Falls, with an award ceremony to follow at Bentley's Saloon. Come play a friendly round with a $10.00 ante (in addition to course admission fee). Lowest score takes home 50 percent of the ante money AND the highly coveted Mini Golf for Good Championship Trophy. The other 50 percent will go to the club to support worthy causes in our community.
Want to help??
1. We are asking all club members to find two hole sponsors ($100 each) for the event. These can be your place of business, personal sponsorships or your favorite frequented establishments. Please use the attached form.
2. Volunteer to help set up and take down hole signage at the event locations. You can sign up through this google link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S7-LLJG0pOwefEI7A0bCR2MIRU2eq7svtQBsUGTebXw/edit?usp=sharing
3. Join the Mini Golf for Good Committee and help us make this event a wild success! This is a huge fundraiser for our club and allows us to support wonderful programs for youth and veterans in our community. If you are interested in joining this fun committee, please let Haley Thompson know at haley.thompson@thorntonacademy.org.
Thank you for your support!

Fellow Rotarians,

Let me begin by thanking you for entrusting me to be your President for the 2022-2023 Rotary year. It is an honorable privilege and a responsibility I accept humbly and seriously.
It is indeed a pleasure to be at the helm as we forge into our one-hundred-second year of existence as a service organization. The benchmark is set so that we expect only an upward trajectory in the years to come. I must commend the charter members who had a vision of creating a vibrant club that would act and has acted by Rotary’s standards of contributing positively to the society, and ultimately do good in the world.
I look forward to a year of fun, fellowship, and doing good in our community and around the world. This is our time. To share our talents and be a gift to our communities. What we do this year as Rotarians, will endure forever. It may not be carved in granite or marble, but in the lives and hearts of generations. This is our time.
I was honored to have my husband David, my daughter Emily, my grandchildren Maddison and Hunter, present for my inaugural meeting. My son, Billy Hanson, joined via Zoom from Los Angeles. Thank you for your constant support and encouragement. You are my inspiration.

The committees of this organization are our foundation. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to chair a committee. Set your goals high. I look forward to your innovative ideas and seeing of your many success stories. At your earliest convenience, please submit to me your schedule of events for the year. I’ll be preparing a calendar of events that will be posted on our website. By the 25th of each month, kindly communicate all committee volunteer hours to our club Secretary. As we look to apply for future Rotary grants, these hours are critical to include in the application.

Anyone interested in assuming the role of Assistant Secretary to help our club Secretary this year, please contact either Julie Villemaire or myself. We’ll be happy to discuss with you the duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary role.

Joe Moreshead, Sergeant of Arms for the day, was happy to commence fining his fellow Rotarians for any number of reasons. He reminded the group of his infamous declaration; It’s for the children. The role of Sergeant of Arms is a group effort this year, led by Jim Labelle. There is lots of fun to come from this group this year. Reminder – 50/50 Raffle will commence next week. To help with the managing of this event, we respectfully ask Rotarians who would like to participate in the weekly event, to please bring cash. From L to R are : Emily Thayer, Maddison Thayer, Hunter Thayer,
Brenda Pollock, and David Pollock.

I am excited to announce the COMMUNITY PROJECT I have selected for my year is a SPLASH PAD. More to come on this project.
We are excited to have our fellow Rotarian, Bill Paterson as guest speaker next week at our meeting. He will give us an update on the District’s Recovery Initiative Committee and discuss some of the Program Committee’s ideas for the upcoming year.

I look forward to seeing you next week. July 20th at Dizzy Bird’s Rotisserie, 65 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005 at 12:15 pm or via Zoom:
Join Rotary Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3330952382?pwd=U0VkVzZ6bW1IMzdhZmFpRHdwUG1aQT09

Choose Kindness. Brenda
Hello all,
If you have already shared your committee selection(s) with me, thank you! If you have not, please try to do so by the 18th. Thank you kindly.
Justine Bassett
Essay & Scholarship
Paulette Bonneau
Essay, Rotaract/Interact, & Vocational
Michael Burman
Rotaract/Interact & Environmental
Karen Chasse
Red Ribbon, PR, Charitable, Membership
Melissa Cilley
International & Program
Sarah Curley
Brian Dallaire
Foundation & Website/ClubRunner
Ray Demers
Vocational, Youth Officer, Raised Beds
Paul Deschambault
Foundation & Membership
CJ Cote-Dubois
Adopt A Family & Membership
Denis Elie
Scholarship & Vocational
Roland Eon
Ken Farley
Foundation & Raised Beds
Jane Foley
Adopt a Family & RAISED BEDS
Jen Fullmer
International Service & Environmental
Roland Gagne
International Service & Maple Syrup
Susan Gajewski
Adopt a Family, Foundation, & Scholarship
Heather Gendron
Adopt A Family, Scholarship,
Cynthia Giroux
Membership & Fashion Soiree
Pierre Giroux
Jim Godbout
Red Ribbon & Vocational
Marty Grohman
Program & Environmental
Charles Hennessey
Keith Jacques
Charitable Fund, Foundation, & President's Day
Shelley Kane
Tack Rotaract-Interact & Adopt A Family
Billy Kany
Sergeant-at-Arms, Awards, & President's Day
Jim LaBelle
Sergeant-at-Arms & Membership
Dana Lane
Kristen Lane
Charitable Fund
Heather MacLean
Raffle & Fashion Soiree
Phillip Mateja
Membership & Program
Sabine McElrath
Red Ribbon & Environmental
Joe Moreshead
Sergeant-at-Arms, Charitable, Scholarship, & Fashion Soiree
Steve Morin
Charitable Fuds & Raised Beds
Jessica Muise
Sergeant-at-Arms &
Mark Nahorney
Alan Nelson
Elaine Palmitessa
Bill Paterson
Red Ribbon & Program
Fausto Pifferrer
Scholarship & Fashion Soiree
Donald Pilon
Awards & Golf
Brenda Pollock
Jeremy Ray
Awards & Membership
Dan Reed
Kimberly Regoulinsky
Sergeant-at-Arms & Fashion Soiree
Kathy Shea
Morgan Stoner
Membership & Environment
Cheri Sullivan
PR & Red Ribbon & Registration
Haley Thompson
Essay & Golf
Mark Tuller
Matt Tuller
Charitable Fund, Vocation, & Raised Beds
Julie Villemaire
Awards & Adopt a Family
Conrad Welzel
PR, Raffle, Red Ribbon, Program & Raised Beds
Joe Bassett
Peggy Bean
Dr. Joe Boyle
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.
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.



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
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation
Club Protection Officer
Upcoming Events
Jim Cohen
Aug 17, 2022
Maine Street Solutions
Derek Volk
Aug 24, 2022
CEO, Volk Packaging
Barry Woods
Sep 07, 2022
Electric Vehicles
Nancy Smith
Sep 14, 2022
GrowSmart Maine
Yellow Breen/MDF
Oct 05, 2022
“Making Maine Work” report
Dr. Don Hoenig
Nov 02, 2022
Veterinary Cuban trip
Nov 23, 2022
Dec 28, 2022
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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
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
Eon (+1) Roland May-96
Farley Kenneth May-08
Fullmer Jen Jun -22
Gagne (+8) Roland May-03
Gajewski (+1) Susan Jun-14
Gendron Heather May-11
Godbout (+6) Jim  May-09
Goodwin (+8) Carl  Apr-90
Goodwin (+1) Earl Jan-84
Grohman (+1) Martin May-21
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(+1) 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 (+2) Julie Jun-06
Welzel (+1) Conrad May-17