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

Biddeford-Saco

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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No Meeting, Instead on Jul 27
Jul 26, 2017
District Governor Dave Underhill
David Dilley, CEO,Global Weather Oscillations Inc
Aug 02, 2017
Global Weather Oscillations
Don Crisman
Aug 09, 2017
Super Bowl Super Fan, 51 years and counting
Crossroads
Aug 16, 2017
Rite-Aid
Aug 30, 2017
Al Carignan-TBD
Sep 29, 2017
Our National Cemeteries
 
 
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Pledge of Allegiance:            Jackson Brown 

 
4 Way Test & who led it: Paul Deschambault 
 
Invocation (prayer) & who led it:      Joe Moreshead             
President – Elect Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests: Bernice Wood introduced visiting guests. This week we had William (Bill) Ferrigno join us once again.
 

Announcements:

 
-Please note there will not be a rotary meeting on Wednesday, July 26th. Instead there will be a dinner meeting on Thursday, July 27th at Duffy’s. Jackson emailed the details to all Rotarians, please review the email and make sure you let him know if you can attend. 
 
-July 29th is the Red Ribbon event at Kinney Shores, from 12-5pm. Lunch will be served, and there will be a clown, children’s games, sandcastle competition, ping pong, dunk tank, and Jim mentioned that he needs bodies to help with the scavenger hunt. If anyone goes missing, we will know they are buried in the sand!! Jim needs plenty of helping hands for that day, please reach out to him for more information or to volunteer. Thank you in advance.
 
-Lucie is making plans for an annual Fellowship Meeting in Hills Beach on August 26th. More information to follow.
 
-Wishing our president Jackson Brown a Happy Birthday this week! He turned 36 on July 15th and still has great hair. 
 
-Two new members were pinned today! Please welcome Bill Patterson, and welcome back Dennis Elie! Welcome to our Club!
 
-Rotary House Update: There will be an Open House on Sunday, July 23rd from 12-2pm.  The completed Rotary house located at 471 Main Street in Biddeford has been listed for sale and is now on the MLS. The list price is $240,000. Please contact Sabine with the Maine Real Estate Network for a showing at 415-8730. 
 
50/50 Drawing:  Jackson won the 50/50 this week, but since he didn’t pick an ace, the winnings are rolled over until next week, we are now up to $97! 
 
SGT At-Arms (SAA):  
Dennis Elie: Happy Dollars: Sabine is happy not to be SAA today, Jackson is happy that Dennis is back! Paulette is happy to be back from vacation, and Jim is proud to have trained a young student who is now helping with demo at 518 Main St!
Fines: Sarah C. for her last SAA, Bill was fined because he won’t live up to the club’s expectations, Joe M. for talking during Lucie’s swan song, and trying to run with the young bucks, Karen C. was fined for not burning the banana hat, Elaine for not purchasing a rocker style chair, Peggy for not missing Dennis, and Jackson for his birthday. Paulette was fined for her boss, Jeremy. Bernice was fined for following Jackson around, and any new members who joined rotary since Dennis left were also fined. Ed was fined $2 for having a building named after him.
 
 
Speaker Presentation: This week our guest speaker was Ed McGeachie, who is the president and C.E.O. of Southern Maine Medical Center. He is a past rotary member of our club.  Ed showed us a presentation that outlined the challenges that healthcare facilities are facing in southern Maine. He explained the reasons behind the increased costs of healthcare and the role in which private healthcare companies play, when they have to make up the difference in cost that the hospitals lose with Medicaid and Medicare. 
SMMC is a part of Maine Health, the largest employer in southern Maine, with over 2200 employees. Their mission includes never turning anyone away regardless of their ability to pay, as well as improving health and healthcare within our communities. 
More information about this local hospital and the merge with Maine Health can be found on their website, www.smmc.org. 
 
Have a great week everyone!
 
 
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Jackson Brown

4 Way Test & who led it: Earl Goodwin

Invocation (prayer) & who led it: Joe Moreshead

President – Elect Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests: Bernice Wood introduced visiting guests. This week we had William (Bill) Ferrigno and Joe Bassett join us.

Announcements:

-Please note there is NO rotary meeting on Wednesday, July 26th. Instead there will be a dinner meeting on Thursday, July 27th at Duffy’s. Jackson emailed the details to all Rotarians.

-July 29th is the Red Ribbon event at Kinney Shores, from 12-5pm. Lunch will be served, and there will be a clown, children’s games; sandcastle competitions, and more. Jim Godbout needs plenty of helping hands for that day, please reach out to him for more information or to volunteer to help with this.

-Lucie is making plans for an annual Fellowship Meeting in Hills Beach on August 26th. More information to follow.

50/50 Drawing: Fausto won the 50/50 this week in the amount of $54, but since he didn’t pick an ace, the winnings are rolled over until next week.

Sargent At-Arms (SAA): Sabine & Bill Kany:
Happy Dollars: Nicole is happy that Coldwell Banker is moving next week to their new office in Mill 4! Earl is happy to be celebrating 53 years of marriage. Brenda is happy that her sister’s health is improving, Don is happy to be back in Maine after visiting very hot Florida. Joe Boyle is happy to be on vacation, Mark Nahorney is happy that the play The Wizard Of Oz is now in session and he also noted that he met his wife on stage many years ago, a fun fact! Fausto was happy he went to Banger, not happy he got a ticket for $250! Fines: Ray Demers put in a dollar to the “Fausto ticket fund”, Bernice for opting to take the stairs and then tripping on the first one, Jeremy, for his salmon colored shirt, Bill for blood stains on his shirt, Nicole for finally putting Spring St. under contract, Fausto for drawing on a mirror in a girl’s store, Sarah because she was supposed to be Faustos DD, and Don Pilon; he’s needed for the dunk tank at the Kinney shores event. Jeremy was also fined for working in Biddeford and living in Saco, Matt Simmons, Sarah, and Fausto were also fined by Bill “just because”, and Jackson was fined for making rotary great again.

Speaker Presentation: We didn’t have a guest speaker this week.

Have a great week everyone!
 
 
As a reminder, we will not have our regular scheduled meeting next Wednesday, July 26th at the Run of the Mill, instead we will be meeting on Thursday July 27th, at Duffy's, where our District Governor will be attending a joint meeting with us, Saco Bay Rotary Club, and the Saco Bay Sunset Club.  There will be a social hour from 5PM - 6PM and the meeting will start at 6PM and run till 7:30PM or so.  For the meal, there will be a two entrée option, salad, two sides, and a dessert.  The cost of the meal will be $29 for that night.  I will be asking for a head count at the July 19 Meeting so if you are unable to make the meeting then but will be attending next week's meeting, could you please let me know by the end of the day July 19.
 
Thank You.
 
Jackson
 
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Jackson Brown

4 Way Test & who led it: Jackson Brown

Invocation (prayer) & who led it: Joe Moreshead

President – Elect Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests: Bernice Wood introduced our visiting guests. We had Sabena Allen, Libby McGahey, Renee Huot, Taryn Wentworth, Rick Nadeau, and Deborah Brown join us today.

Announcements:
Today was Jackson’s first meeting as our new president. Christian Doyon sponsored him, way back 13 years ago. He announced some changes he will be making throughout the upcoming year. He plans to “make Rotary great again” and had many of us laughing out loud. This year’s theme will be “making a difference.” He is eager and excited to lead the group and he’s going to do a wonderful job! Congratulations, Jackson!

Rotary House Update: The property will be listed with a real estate agent from our club, Sabine! More details to follow.

July 29th- Red Ribbon Event @ Kinney Shores. More information to follow per Jim Godbout.

August 12th- There will be a lobster bake at Buganut at lunchtime, see Joe Moreshead FMI.

50/50 Drawing: Brian won the 50/50 this week, in the amount of $27. Since he didn’t pick an ace from the card pile, his winnings are carried over until next week! The winnings will carry over each additional week as well, until an ace is picked.. imagine how much the winnings will be at that point!

Sergeant At-Arms (SAA):
Happy dollars: Ken is happy to be on vacation, Carl for celebrating 46 years of marriage (congratulations!) Peggy was happy she didn’t have to take the minutes at the board meeting. FINES: Sarah and Matt for being immune to fines for a year, as SAA. Chris was fined for his outfit, Jackson for his SAA not showing up for their first meeting, Fausto for his animated Facebook posts, Bill Kany for not standing with Sabine, and Ken Farley was fined for wearing his “Brunswick” outfit.

Speaker Presentation: We did not have a guest speaker at today’s meeting.

Wishing all of you a great week
 
 
 
President Brown has attached the 2017 Committees so please take a look to see what committees you are on.  Feel free to jump aboard other committees that you are not currently on to help out if you are interested in a certain committee.  The more help the better the committee does. 
 
 
 
 
 
Editor / Publisher
Jackson Brown
Officers
Jackson Brown, President
Lucie Kay, Past President
Bernice Wood, President Elect
Fausto Pifferrer
Sue Gajewski, Treasurer
Joe Morsehead, Assistant Treasurer
Peggy Bean, Assistant Secretary
 
Board
Lucie Kay
Jim Godbout
Matt Simmonds
Jackson Brown
Peggy Bean
Bernice Wood
Elaine Palmitessa
Sue Gajewski
Joe Moreshead
Fausto Pifferrer
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
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Assistants – Bill Kany & Sabine McElrath
 
$100 Raffle
Karen Chasse / Co-Chair
Sabine McElrath / Co-Chair
Earl Goodwin
Shannon Kashinsky
Matt Simmons
Lucie Kay
 
Adopt a Family
Julie Villemiere / Co- Chair
Heather Gendron / Co-Chair
Laurie Jo Ready
Bernice Wood
Paulette Bonneau
Heather MacLean
Bronwyn Barnett
 
Alzheimer’s Walk
Do we want to continue doing this?  Lucie & Sue will not be able to help with this year.  Does anyone have any interest in taking the reins on this one?  I will announce at next week’s meeting as well.
 
Auction
Fausto Pifferrer
Karen Chasse
Ken Farley
Sue Gajewski
Bill Kany
Laurie Jo Ready
Julie Villemaire
Lucie Kay
Shannon Kashinsky
Conrad Welzel
 
Awards
Bill Kany / Chair
Keith Jacques
Joe Moreshead
 
 
Beer Festival
Denis Elie / Co-Chair
Ken Farley / Co-Chair
Adam Parent
Heather MacLean
Paulette Bonneau
Mark Nahorney
 
Polio Plus Bingo
Julie Villemaire / Chair
Ray Demers
Rob Moody
Earl Goodwin
 
Charitable Fund & Company B (Disbursements)
Joe Morsehead / Co-Chair
Pierre Giroux / Co-Chair
Peggy Bean
Karen Chasse
Adam Parent
Nicole Carroll
James Godbout
 
Community Service Projects
Sabine McElrath / Co-Chair
Joe Morsehead / Co-Chair
Sarah Curley
Matt Early
James Godbout
Carl Goodwin
Keith Jacques
Bill Kany
Jim McAllister
 
Company B Investment
Denis Elie / Co Chair
Mark Tuller / Co Chair
Kristin Lane
Matt Simmonds
Roland Gagne
 
Essay Contest
Brenda / Co-Chair
Elaine Palmitessa / Co-Chair
 
Fellowship
Sue Gajewski / Co-Chair
Lucie Kay / Co-Chair
Conrad Welzel
Matt Early
Andy Grief
Steve Morin
Elaine Palmitessa
Heather McLean
Matt Simmonds
 
Foundation
Brian Dallaire / Co-Chair
Matt Simmons / Co-Chair
Roland Gagne
Denis Elie
Bill Kany
Rob Moody
Steve Morin
Matt Early
 
Interact Club
Paulette Bonneau / Chair
Karen Chasse
Chris Indorf
Jeremy Ray
Fausto Pifferer
Jessica Holland
 
International Youth Exchange
Roland Gagne / Chair
Susan Gajewski
Jackson Brown
 
Invocation
James Audiffred
Joe Bassett
Joe Morsehead
 
Marketing
Sarah Brouillard / Chair
Sarah Curley
Brian Dallaire
Chris Indorf
Elaine Palmitessa
Shannon Kashinsky
Mark Nahorney
 
Membership
Heather Gendron / Co-Chair
Bernice Wood / Co-Chair
Bill Kany
Nicole Carroll
Brenda Pollack
 
Stuff The Bus
Tammy Ackerman / Co-Chair
Sabine McElrath / Co-Chair
Jessica Holland
Randy Forcier
Steve Morin
Fausto Pifferer
Jeremy Ray
Lucie Kay
 
Past Presidents Day
Keith Jacques / Chair
Bill Kany
Roland Eon
Ken Farley
Frank Gooding
Mark Tuller
 
Past Presidents Scholarship Investment
Denis Elie / Co-Chair
Mark Tuller / Co-Chair
Randy Forcier
Matt Simmons
 
Programs
Conrad Wenzel / Chair
Brian Dallaire
C.J. Dubois-Cote
Matt Early
Josh Ellis
Sue Gajewski
Heather Gendron
Chris Indorf
Keith Jacques
Lucie Kay
Jeremy Ray
 
Red Ribbon Committee
Jim Godbout / Co-Chair
Karen Chasse / Co-Chair
Conrad Welzel
Bernice Wood
Don Pilon
Bill Kany
 
Registration
Heather MacLean / Co-Chair
Peggy Bean / Co-Chair
 
Roster / Website
Brian Dallaire / Chair
Bill Kany
 
Rotaract Club
Don Pilon / Chair
Fausto Pifferer
Mark Nahorney
Tammy Ackerman
 
Scholarship
Denis Elie / Chair
Rae Smith
Paulette Bonneau
Sara Brouillard
Joe Morsehead
Fausto Pifferrer
Karen Chasse
 
Tack
Nicole Carroll / Chair
Sarah Curley
Paulette Bonneau
Don Pilon
Sabine McElrath
Delilah Poupore
Heather Gendron
Chris Indorf
Adam Parent
Bill Kany
Linda Verville
 
Vocational
James Godbout / Co-Chair
Carl Goodwin / Co-Chair
Ray Demers
Denis Elie
Chris Indorf
Jeremy Ray
Jim McAllister
Steve Morin
Paulette Bonneau
 
Wine Tasting
Heather MacLean/ Co-Chair
Conrad Welzel / Co-Chair
CJ Dubois
Ken Farley
Randy Forcier
Heather Gendron
Chris Indorf
Paulette Bonneau
Mark Nahorney
 
World Community Service
Roland Gagne / Co-Chair
Rob Moody / Co-Chair
James Audiffred
Joe Bassett
Jeremy Ray
 
Youth Protection Officer
Ray Demers
 
 
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Recognizes Community Members for their Outstanding Work
 
 
BIDDEFORD, Maine – The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club recognized eighteen outstanding community members for their commitment to serve the community.  The awards included: Rotarian of the Year, Private Sector, Public Sector, Humanitarian, Vocational Service, 11th Annual Goodwin Outstanding Service, Paul Harris Fellowships, Presidential, Service Above Self, and special club recognition awards.
 
Karen Chasse, of Biddeford School Department, was named Rotarian of the Year in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary.  President Lucie Kay states, “Karen truly exemplifies what it means to be a Rotarian with her hard work, dedication and kindness.  She was my Rotary ‘go to’ always willing to help and working on every Rotary event and fundraiser.  She is instrumental to our Club, and I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done.”
 
The Esther Residence was presented with the Private Sector award for breaking the cycle of recidivism by providing a safe and structured place to live while women get back on their feet and work to become productive members of society.  The Private Sector award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, while being privately employed or not employed by a government or community entity.
 
Bill Paterson was presented with the Public Sector award for sharing his extensive knowledge in an effort to lead the battole against the imposing threat of drug misuse.  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.
 
Jim McAllister was presented with the Humanitarian award for his dedication to people in need while being a good steward of Rotary’s charitable funds.  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.
 
Biddeford City Council was presented with the Vocational Service award for demonstrating courage and creativity to support technical education via the Rotary House Project.  The Vocational Service award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs. 
 
Karen Chasse, of Biddeford School Department, was presented with the 11th Annual Goodwin Outstanding Service award.  This award was created to acknowledge the contributions of Carl and Earl Goodwin to the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and to the Biddeford and Saco areas.  The Goodwins’ commitment to Rotary and to making the Biddeford/Saco area a better place to live has been an inspiration to a number of people and this award acknowledges the contributions of individuals in Rotary.  Chasse was acknowledged for her years of continued community service and infectious enthusiasm in promoting the ideals of Rotary while helping those in need. 
 
Paul Harris Fellowships, named for Paul Harris who founded Rotary over 100 years ago, were presented to Conrad Welzel, of Maine Turnpike Authority, Jeremy Ray, of Biddeford School Department, and Jim Godbout, of Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating, for exemplifying the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  Welzel was recognized for consistently taking the initiative to ensure details of multiple fundraisers were successful.  Ray was recognized for being a true connector who consistently brings parties together to promote better results and improve technical eduation.  Godbout was recognized for his endless giving to our community above and beyond reasonable expectations and presented as the first multiple Paul Harris Fellow the Rotary Club has ever awarded on a Rotarians behalf.  They were presented with a pin, certificate and $1,000 was donated by the Club to the Rotary Foundation in their honor.     
 
Bill Kany, of Biddeford & Saco Savings Institution, was presented with the Presidential award for being “the backbone of the club” helping President Kay navigate difficult situations, juggle countless activities and being a sounding board.  This award is presented to a Rotarian who went above and beyond in demonstrating immense dedication to the President during their term. 
 
Service Above Self Awards were presented to Susan Gajewski; Laurie Jo Ready of Goodwill Industries; Fausto Pifferrer of Blue Elephants Catering; and Roland Gagne of Pension Professionals.  This award is presented to Rotarians who have displayed exemplary humanitarian service to the ideals of Rotary with a focus on active involvement in putting others needs before their own.  Gajewski, Ready and Pifferrer were recognized for being engaged, involved, and consistently providing support for Rotary events and club activities.  Gagne was recognized for leading the Club’s efforts in the Rotary International community securing funds to help those less fortunate in other countries.
 
Other special club recognition awards related to club duties were also presented to the following individuals for their outstanding efforts: Elaine Palmitessa of Goodwill Industries; Joe Moreshead of Precision Screw Manufacturing Products; Jackson Brown of Harbor View Lending; Ken Farley of MEMIC; and Bernice Wood of Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.
 
 
 
Saco PD request for donations. If this is possible we will take money (of course), prizes or food donations. Monetary donations will give us more options, but we will take whatever people are able to provide. If this could be done it would be appreciated.
 
 
 
BIDDEFORD-SACO ROTARY AWARDS DAY
 
PRIVATE SECTOR AWARD
 
            There are institutions throughout our communities that do great work and we are familiar with most of them.  Last year, we learned of an organization that has been quietly serving a segment of our population long overlooked.  How many times have we heard of people going to jail and getting stuck in a vicious cycle of getting out, committing crimes and going back to jail.  One group is helping to break that cycle by giving women leaving incarceration a safe and structured place to live while they get back on their feet and work to become productive members of society.  Through the promotion of faith, discipline, hard work and interactions, this organization has succeeded in saving women from inevitable repeated incarceration which is not only good for those individuals but great for society in general.
 
            As Rotarians, we should embrace and recognize such quiet examples of success.  We do so by giving this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Private Sector Award to The Esther Residence.
 
 
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD
 
            There are people with the knowledge and tools needed to help solve problems who for whatever reason choose not to use their expertise to address the issues which confront us.  There are others who use their skills to run headlong into a crisis in an effort to improve the world.
 
            Our Club knows all too well that drug misuse and addiction are at epidemic levels.  While organizations like our Red Ribbon Committee can work to raise awareness and promote  healthy alternatives, our Red Ribbon Committee is much more effective when armed with information.
 
            This year's Public Sector Award winner is a person who has been more than willing to share his extensive knowledge in an effort to lead the battle against the imposing threat of drug misuse.  His career has focused on addiction, but he has volunteered an incredible amount of his time to lead efforts locally and at the state level related to the dangers of drug use.  He has been an incredible resource to our Red Ribbon Committee in its efforts to raise drug awareness.
 
            We should all be grateful that we have this person on our side of this incredibly important fight.
 
            This year's deserving recipient of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club's Public Sector Award is
Bill Paterson
 
 
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
 
            Over the last several years, this Club has had the privilege of donating 10s of thousands of dollars to individuals and other charities from our Charitable Fund and the Company B Fund.  It is essential that we insure that the funds we work so hard to raise are responsibly distributed to those who most need it.  It is important that we are good stewards of all of our charitable funds so that they get into the hands of those who really need them.  While it is wonderful to give away large sums of money it has to be done in a systematic and caring way.  Those efforts require a compassionate person who thoughtfully reviews requests in an objective manner.
 
            We are really lucky to have someone so dedicated to the Club and to the effort of giving.
 
            For doing such a tremendous job for so long while truly caring about all who approach our Club for money, this year's Humanitarian Award goes to
 
Jim McAllister
 
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD
 
            In order to improve anything, frequently we must think outside the box.  After decades of building modular-style homes as part of the COT's building trade curriculum, some felt that a change was needed to bring the building trade education to the next level.  When asked if the City of Biddeford would think outside the box and create what Jeremy Roy called a win, win, win situation, this group said yes.  Yes, let's promote technical education by letting students work on a real house, yes, let's get an abandoned property fixed up and back on the tax rolls and yes, let's help Rotary raise money to continue to support young people entering the trades.
 
            It would have been easy to do the same old thing and just try to sell the tax acquired property at auction but this group took the bold step of entering into an agreement with our Club to let us develop 471 Main Street which has clearly been such a huge success that we have another house coming our way.
 
            For demonstrating the courage and creativity to support technical education, this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club's Vocational Service Award goes to the Biddeford City Council.
 
GOODWIN OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
 
            I am going to make this perfectly simple.  If I was starting a Rotary Club, I would do two things:
 
            1)         Pick a name;
            2)         Recruit this person to be the first member of the Club.
 
            No more needs to be said.  This year's Goodwin Outstanding Service Award winner is
 
Karen Chasse
 
 
Paul Harris Recipients
 
Paul Harris Awards are arguably the highest distinctions that can be given to Rotarians.  Our Club has had a practice of recognizing worthy members of the Club 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 three more equally worthy winners of the award.
 
In no particular order:
 
 
In order for a club of our size and level of accomplishment to do all of the things that it does,  it takes the dedication and commitment of club members to get things done.  They not only need to take the tasks on but they have to do them well and they have to take the initiative to make sure that all of the details are addressed.  Our first Paul Harris recipient is a person who has taken on projects with enthusiasm and seen them through to successful conclusions.  From the Wine Tasting event to the Rotary house thank you celebration and many other events in between this person is truly a go to person in the Club who works to make our Club so successful.  Furthermore, this member does all this with a smile and a “can do” attitude which is infectious.
 
Our first 2017 Paul Harris Award goes to Conrad Welzel.
 
In Malcolm Gladwell’s Book, The Tipping Point in which he discussed how little things can make a big difference, he talked about people who are connectors.  Connectors are people who can bring parties together to get things done.  Our next Paul Harris recipient is a true connector in that this person has consistently demonstrated a willingness to bring parties together to promote better results.  Through this person’s leadership and willingness to be creative our club has been able to vastly improve technical education by giving students new opportunities to learn skills.  This member has gone to bat many times in an effort to have the students learning a trade work on a real house.  At the same time this person has demonstrated a willingness to roll up his sleeves and get the job done when needed.  The person’s efforts have benefitted our communities while extending the influence of our club.
 
Our next Paul Harris Award goes to Jeremy Ray.
 
Last and certainly not least, it is simply a fact that our club has very infrequently, if ever, given more than one Paul Harris Award to a member.  Being a multiple Paul Harris recipient is clearly a high honor and most of this Club’s multiple Paul Harris recipients have achieved the distinction through their giving to the Foundation.  There is a member of our Club who just keeps on giving to our communities way above and beyond anyone’s reasonable expectations.  Whether it is with this person’s hands, back, wallet or heart, this person’s tireless efforts help so many in so many ways. 
 
Another plaque seemed inadequate and I am guessing there is no room on this person’s walls for another plaque.  Making this person a multiple Paul Harris winner from our club, however, is a distinction worthy of all that he does.
 
Our last Paul Harris winner for the second time from our club, with our sincere thanks and extreme gratitude for all that he does for our club and for Biddeford and Saco goes to Jim Godbout.
 
 
 
 
A single family home on Main Street in Biddeford sat shuttered for years. The abandoned home was less than 1000’ from the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (BRCOT), and despite its woeful condition and back taxes owed, Superintendent Jeremy Ray saw a perfect educational opportunity.  As a member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, he worked with their Board of Directors to consider sponsoring a renovation of the house.  They agreed and the city deeded the property to the Club for the duration of the renovation.  A year later, a celebration with an open house will take place on May 31 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. followed by lunch.  Park and gather at the BRCOT.
 
“It’s a win-win-win,” Ray said of the renovation project undertaken by Club volunteers and BRCOT students.  “The club has generously supported our Building Trades programs for over 20 years.  We have constructed several modular homes, sold them for a modest profit, and the funds have supported both the Rotary’s community work and the Center of Technology.  The benefits of a project like Main Street are even greater: our students get real-life, on-the-job experience in a challenging build environment.  The neighborhood is improved by our work.  Volunteers and those who have donated services and materials feel proud of their investment.  The city is paid the back taxes, and when the home is sold, it returns to the tax rolls.”
 
“The Rotary House is an exemplary model of technical, hands-on training for our students,” said BRCOT Director Paulette Bonneau.  “They are learning valuable skills, working side-by-side professionals in the field, seeing their success first-hand, and enthusiastic about their learning.  We are extremely proud of the students in this project from Biddeford High School, Kennebunk High School, Old Orchard Beach High School and Thornton Academy.” 
 
 
 
Rotarian and major project sponsor Jim Godbout agreed.  “The kids are working so hard, sustaining a months-long effort, adapting to conditions ranging from weather to codes to working with the various trades.  This project is solely managed by the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, logistically and financially, so we are grateful to our Rotarians and local businesses who have volunteered hundreds of hours and contributed countless thousands of dollars.  It’s truly a community investment with a community payoff.” 
 
Major donors to the project included: Master Level – Anderson Insulation, BRC Bedard Roofing and Construction, Maine Granite & Marble, Spang Builders, Tremblay Kitchen Cabinets, Moody’s Nursery, and Coastal WinAir Company; Journeyman Level - Quality Floors, Kevin Bedard Construction, and Distinctive Tile; Apprentice Level – Nate Libby Masonry, Kamco Supply, Biddeford Painting, Ventura Staircase & Woodturning, K&S Overhead Door, Deering Lumber, Southern Maine Builders, Parent Drywall, Boise Cascade, and Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith and Jacques; and other donors - Taylor Rental, Dupuis Hardware, Builders Supply, Maine Street Design, Hydronic Alternatives and Ray Dusseault Masonry.
 
The house is in the final stages of renovation and will culminate with a celebration recognizing all those who contributed. Local businesses who contributed will be honored during lunch at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.  “The City was so impressed with the work of our students and volunteers that they’ve agreed to deed another property in arrears to the club.  In September, a new group of Building Trades students will again partner with Rotary volunteers to restore a shuttered property and improve our community,” Ray said. 
 
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.
 
 
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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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Total Raised:
$1,764.80

Containers CLYNKed:
32,198

 

Environmental Impact:

  • Energy: Saved enough energy to light 44.8 lightbulbs—24 hours a day—for a year.
  • Emissions: Saved the emissions equivalent of driving a car 8,484 miles.
  • Volume: Diverted enough containers to fill 322.5 lobster traps.

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