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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
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Aug 22, 2018
Joint Club Meeting with Saco Bay & Sunset
Aug 23, 2018 6:00 PM
With District Gov @ Duffy's
Jim Bennett
Aug 29, 2018
Biddeford City Manager
Club Assembly
Sep 05, 2018
Shawn Moody
Sep 12, 2018
Candidate for Governor
Service Project Meeting
Sep 19, 2018
Birthday Bags for Food Pantry
Hayden Anderson, PhD, Executive Director
Oct 10, 2018
Maine Humanities Council
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President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
Jackson – Four Way Test
Joe B – Invocation
President Joe:
  • Asked Bernice to introduce visiting Rotarians and Guests:
    • Welcome Tyler who is here visiting with his father Matt S.
    • Heather brought her daughter Chloe to work with her today for Bring My Daughter To Work Day. 
    •            Welcome to Tyler and Chloe.
The winning 50/50 ticket was pulled by our young visitor Tyler – winner Tammy. She donated the $26 winnings to Red Ribbon.
Sargent-At-Arms Matt S.
  • Matt S is happy to have his son join him today.
  • Bill is happy to announce his daughter was engaged over the weekend.
  • Luci is happy about being able to talk with her friends and colleagues.
  • Dr. Joe is happy because for his birthday, his wife surprised him with a train ride in Brunswick and an overnight in a B&B. It was a most pleasant birthday.
  • Heather gave a happy dollar for her daughter Cloe, who was turning 8 in a couple weeks.  Matt S asked if she had bought her daughter a pony for her special birthday.
  • Conrad was happy for his 37th wedding anniversary and remarked the reception was held at The Hut (The Old Colonial).
  • Laurie was happy about playing golf last week.
  • Jim G. was really happy that he played golf at Pebble Beach last week.
  • President Joe – Fined for not wearing a colorful outfit this week. When asked if the rumor of him gardening naked, President Joe proudly stated, ‘Yes I do.” That was another fine.
  • Bernice was fined not being the President this year.
  • Sarah was fined for taking way too long at the hairdresser.
  • Paul, Denis and Jim M were fined for all having thinning hair and seated together at the same table.
  • On the topic of hair, Mark N was fined for going to the barber shop, walking past Matt S and not waving. That’ll be two bucks, one for not waving and the other for having enough hair to go to the barber.
  • Heather was fined a buck because she should have given a Happy Dollar for the purchase of her new house. 
  • Bill – you obviously are trying to mimic President Joe with your colorful shorts, that’s a buck.
  • Matt S asked his son Tyler to look around the room and pick out the one person who is having way too much fun. He selected Luci. Another dollar fine for that Luci!
  • Scooters are $2.00
REMINDER: No ROTARY Meeting next on Wednesday. The joint meeting will be held on Thursday August 23 @ 6pm at Duffy’s in OOB. 
Meeting Adjourned at 12:25.   
  • Bernice – The backpacks will be distributed on August 28 at the Second Congregational Church and Seacoast Chapel from 12-2 and 2-4.  Volunteers are still needed.  Contact Bernice if you’re able to help.
  • Randy – There are still tickets available for the Cruise for a Cause cruise. Tickets are $40 each.  There is still room for about 30 people. Mark your calendars for next Thursday, Aug. 23rd from 6 – 9:30.
  • Reminder: AUG 23 is the JOINT MEETING of the ROTARY CLUBS. It will be held at Duffy’s. Time: 6 pm social followed by the joint meeting with the District Governor. 
  • President Joe announce Kristin Lane has accepted to chair the Biddeford Saco ROTARY fund committee. We thank Kristin for taking this project on.
  • Roland announced $23,000 for the refugee program was just wire transferred to fund the program for the next three months. This money will provide for an education specialist, a staff supervisor, materials for the school, a literacy center, healthy after-school snacks and for a parent’s program. This is part of an $89,000 grant received for the refugee program. 
  • President Joe announced this is the second posting for Morgan Stoner, nominated for Biddeford Saco ROTARY club membership by Mark N.
Randy Forcier's annual charity fundraiser this year will support our own Rotary's Red Ribbon Efforts!
Thursday August 23rd from 6-9 Casablanca Cruises out of Portland.
Hello Newman is the Band Tickets are $40 per, all proceeds go to the Red Ribbon Committee Here is the link to purchase tickets:

21+ event ONLY. Boat sails at 6:00pm sharp. Suggested arrival time & boat boarding begins at 5:30pm (Tickets are non-refundable).

Come and enjoy an evening on the Casablanca! Cruise through Casco Bay, circling the islands and jamming to the music of Hello Newman, while mingling with local professionals and friends. This year all proceeds will go towards Red Ribbon Committee of Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club whose organization is working diligently to educate the local youth about making healthy decisions free of the harmful influence of misused substances.

NOTE: Please bring paper ticket with you to board the boat

NOTE: If you purchased tickets for tentative guests, be sure they arrive to board the boat with you, in person. Otherwise, they could be denied access.

NOTE: Cash bar available onboard, as well as light food/pizza.



Organizer of Cruise For A Cause - Ride For Red Ribbon

Jordan Fields - MetLife Auto & Home Insurance (Portland, ME area) (207)494-8510

Randy Forcier - Norcom Mortgage NMLS#322749 (Saco, ME area) (207)590-0337


Our very own Brian Dallaire.
Brian graduated from Thornton Academy. He lost a family member to cancer at a young age, so Brian decided then to do study and have a career in cancer research.   He attended Pharmacy school at the University of Rhode Island and obtain his doctorate’s degree(Pharm.D.) at University of Cincinnati.
Brian began his career in cancer research  Park Davis then on to DuPont then to IDEC in San Diego.
Winner of a Nobel Prize in 1908, Paul Ehrlich completed successful research in the area of Chemotherapy. He proposed the first antibodies that were approved in 1986. 
In 1993 Brian was lead a small team their first successful human trail and carried on to complete all the trials that resulted to it's approval.
In 1997, they submitted their research to the FDA and received approval later that year.
RITUXAN is a $9 billion-dollar drug used around the world, number one for fighting cancer and number two for all drugs used worldwide. Combined with CHOP (classic Chemo medication) RITUXAN has cured more than fifty-thousand people per year with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
President Joe presented our speaker with an official Biddeford Saco ROTARY coffee mug for his presentation.  Thank you, Brian, for your informative presentation and your dedication to a career in cancer research.
President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
PJ – Four Way Test
Joe B – Invocation
President Joe:
  • Welcomed everyone and introduced Brenda P to welcome her guest.
Brenda Pollock introduced a special guest, her granddaughter, Maddison Thayer.  Maddison was a recipient of the Charitable Contribution after she suffered an accident to her hand. 
Maddison Thayer Nine-year-old Maddison is going into fourth grade at Biddeford Intermediate School.  She has a younger brother (3 yrs. old), Hunter and “Fabulous Mom & Dad”. Maddison came today to thank the Biddeford – Saco Rotary club in person, for “your” generous donation.  On May 19th, Maddison’s left hand got caught in a running treadmill resulting in full-thickness burns to her left hand. She and her family traveled to Shriners Children Hospital up to three times per week for treatment. Her recovery is expected to be a long, up to seven years, but her wounds have closed.  She now wears a compression glove twenty-three hours a day for the next year. At Shriners, she is treated by eight top specialists.  As her way of saying thanks to everyone, Maddison made “a traditional family favorite recipe” Peanut Butter Fudge. 
We thank Maddison for coming in and for the treat!  Her experience has impelled her to be an advocate for treadmill safety and is requesting companies to add a release bar feature on new treadmill devices.
Sargent-At-Arms Matt S.
  • Maddison was asked to help by collecting the money.
  • Ken finished the Beach to Beacon 10k race
  • Wowed by Maddie, Maddie dollars were donated by Joe, Julie, Brenda, Elaine, Peggy & Conrad
  • Conrad was happy to have his children and grandchildren visit – always a treat
  • Marty – Welcome back to our club after visiting every other club. That’ll be a buck.
  • Sarah & Mark T – Happy Birthday – Pay a buck.
  • Kristen – Happy second anniversary with our club – costing you a dollar.
  • President Joe –First, fine is for the pants you stole from Kermit the Frog. The second, the TACK again. You spoke about the importance of attendance – well good job with that. Look at the attendance today. 
  • $1 for anyone who did not attend either the Kinney Shore or the After Hours events. 
  • Bill – You left out attendance in the TACK.
  • Bernice – for the coffee or lack thereof coffee
  • Julie – did I see you post bunnies on a Facebook yard sale? That’s a buck.
  • Peggy – parking up top. You look like you’re 29.  Now, now.  Mark T. paid the fine on her behalf.
  • Anyone who works at Saco Biddeford Savings – you are fined a dollar for making us all look bad with the new ad in the Courier about donating a portion of credit card funds for supporting the lunch program. 
  • Alicia – you gave my seat up to Jackson so you owe a buck.
  • Roland – we’ve had this award sitting around collecting dust for four meetings waiting for you to get back.  You owe a dusty award buck.
  • Luci – I am fining you for being transferred to the Saco branch.
  • Scooters are $2.00
  • President Joe announced Morgan Stoner has been nominated for membership by Mark N. This is Morgan’s first posting so he was unable to attend the meeting.  He works in post-production as a sound engineer and has a medical marijuana company.
  • Update: Earl Goodwin is doing well. He hopes to return to the club in the fall.
  • Business After Hours was a good event and thanked the Chamber and everyone who attended.
  • The Alzheimer’s Walk has now raised $700 to date.
  • Reminder: AUG 23 is the JOINT MEETING of the ROTARY CLUBS. It will be held at Duffy’s. Time
  • Bernice – The backpacks will be distributed on August 28 at the Second Congregational Church and Seacoast Chapel from 12-2 and 2-4.  Volunteers are needed.  Contact Bernice if you’re able to help.
  • Jackie sent thank you cards to the supporters of the Kinney Shores event. 
  • The ROTARY house insurance was due. $1,407 was approved for construction insurance coverage. Josh assumed ½ of the cost of the insurance. 
  • Jim M presented two requests:  A $500 donation for Maine Inside Out on Aug. 11th .  It was approved and the funds will be drawn from the Company B fund.  The second request was for City Theatre. A $600 donation to place a ½ page ad in their program book. Since this committee can only authorize up to $500, Ken made a motion to forward the request to the board for consideration. Peg seconded motion. All approved.
Betsy Fleurent, Hotline/Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Caring Unlimited
PO Box 590, Sanford, ME  04073
207-490-3227 x102
Their 24 Hour Confidential Hotline is:  1.800.239.7298
PJ introduced our speaker.
Betsy is Coordinator for one of nine centers of a Maine coalition to end domestic violence. Before coming to Maine, Betsy worked as a Victim Witness Coordinator in Manchester, NH for six years and three years in Dover NH as Domestic Violence Specialist.
Betsy began with some by presenting startling stats:  One in three women and one in seven men are victims of domestic violence.  Their agency receives more than 300 calls per month. Some of the services the organization offers are:
  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing
  • Legal assistance for victims
  • Obtaining parental rights
  • Assisting with divorce matters
  • Outreach services such as Support & Education Groups
Fifty percent of all Maine homicides are domestic violence related. This number is one of the highest in the country. 
It would not be impossible for this organization to be able to operate and meet the needs of the communities we serve if not for the organization’s volunteers. 
Last year, 1,500 calls came from York County alone.  245 were from Biddeford and 113 from Saco.  Their agency is the busiest agency operating in the state with the least amount of resources. 
Last year stats were:
  • 40 people spent an average of 300 nights in a shelter. 
  • 400 people came to support groups.
  • Just under 100 volunteers offered 500 hours of their time.
Two of their fund raisers include Nicole’s Run ( in honor of Nicole Oliver whose death resulted from domestic abuse ) and the Atlantic Plunge. 
There is an upcoming training session on Sept 8th to volunteer for Kids Watch and on Sept 11th for anyone interested in serving as a phone volunteer. Please contact Betsy if you are interested in attending a training session.
PJ added that the organization is working diligently within the educational system as a way to educate our youth.  President Joe added that Seeds Of Hope in Biddeford has a $50,000 loan pool to assist people transitioning to new housing.
President Joe presented our guest speaker with an official Biddeford-Saco ROTARY mug.  Thank you, Betsy, for everything you do for our communities and for taking the time to share this information with our club.
Classification Talk:
Sabine – her three wishes were always to move to Maine, have a Boxer and to buy a special Volvo. Although she always hoped to be an architect, she graduated with a degree in economics.  She moved to Maine and purchased The 1964 House in Biddeford and operates a B n’ B welcoming guests from around the world.
Sabine has been a Real Estate agent for 18 years and has purchased several homes.  She is pleased to announce the launch of her newest company Clean Slate Builders.  Their Motto is Renovate Homes; Rebuild Lives & Strengthen the Community.
Welcome Sabine!
            Okay,  Mr. President (President Joe that is) which is it?  Does attendance (like size) matter or not?  You campaigned on a platform of more service and less attendance requirements and you were unanimously elected.  Okay, in reality Bernice stepped aside, we begged you to step in, and you agreed, but we still had to vote you in.  But, you have said repeatedly that we don’t have to worry about attendance and instead you want an aggregate of 1,200 Rotary service hours out of the club.  We were all feeling warm and fuzzy about that.  Now, when I say “we” were all feeling warm and fuzzy I mean the 6 people (I doubled my earlier estimate) who read the Tack (same readership as the Journal Tribune) and the 30 or so members of the Club who come to the meetings because the rest of the club has no idea about this alleged shift in focus from attendance to service. 
On August 1, however, you made a point of telling the Club that when the Board met on August 1 it spent time talking about the members of the Club who have poor attendance.  Now, I realize we have to pay the RI dues for all of our members, but if the members are paying their dues and not showing up for meetings it is not a dues issue, it’s the old attendance issue.  Now, if members are not paying their dues then they should not be members of the Club at all.  So Mr. President what’s the true story, does attendance count or not?
Having busted the President’s hump about whether attendance is required or not, let me make a few observations.  Three weeks ago I sat across from Chuck Hennessey.  Chuck has been in the club forever but I am sure many of you do not know Chuck who was career military and then the owner of an insurance agency until he retired.  I had no idea that Chuck has lived on Little Sebago Lake for years and that he has a bunch of grandkids.  I only learned that because I went to a meeting.
Two weeks ago we played Rotary trivia and learned some cool things about some of our members.  We learned those things because we were at the meeting.  We also laughed a lot and got a great break from the day.
This week we heard all about our Past Presidents’ Fund and our Company B Fund.  We learned about those funds because we are at the meeting.  Our Club is very unique in having that kind of money available.  Other Clubs have little or no reserves to use or fall back on.  I know about the funds because I was at the meeting.
Furthermore, Sabine gave a great classification talk.  She was very funny and she has led a cool life.  She has done things about which I had no idea and she has started a business/ community service organization which is absolutely incredible.  She set goals at a young age and achieved them.  I would not know all of that, and I would not have enjoyed her delivery if I missed the meeting.
In the end it is nice to think we are not going to get drummed out of the Club for missing a few or a lot of meetings if we are otherwise contributing to the overall good done but the Club, but there are the intangible benefits of laughter and knowledge that come from showing up at a meeting every now and then.
Another peanut thrown from the gallery.
Calling all walkers! We need you and hope you can join us on September 15th to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We’re meeting at York County FCU in Biddeford at 8 am on 9/15. We’ll car pool to York to register before 9. The ceremony begins at 9 and the 2 mile walk begins at 9:30 at the York Beach Ball Field on Railroad Ave. 
Please go to, click ‘find a walk’ at the bottom of the page and type in Biddeford Saco Rotary. You can join our team or donate to our team if you’re not able to walk with us. Our club is trying to raise $2000 for Alzheimer’s research. Invite your friends and family! It’s a fun morning. Roland usually brings donuts!
Please email me at with questions. 
Thank you for supporting our club activities. 
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.
Aug. 8...Don Pilon and ?
Aug. 15...Heather M and Joe Boyle
Thursday evening at Duffy’s: Heather M and ?
Aug. 28...Bill P and Heather M
Sept. 5...Haley Thompson and ?
Sept. 12...Heather M and ?
Sept. 19...Kristen Lane and ?
Sept. 26...Conrad Wetzel
Oct. 3...Lucie Kay and Rae S
Oct. 10...Heather M and Conrad W
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.
For more info, follow us on facebook:
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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