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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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Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Renee Oyster
Jan 31, 2018
Jumior Achievement
Linda Edgerton
Feb 21, 2018
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center
Danny Kochanowski
Feb 28, 2018
Biddeford Peer Support Center
 
 
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Good morning Brian,
 
I hope the holidays are treating you all well and that your staying nice and warm!
 
As the committee is hard at work setting up this really fun event (our club has a lot of fun events) we ask that you promote the event through social media and especially Facebook as it is free advertising.  Below is the link for people to buy tickets online.  Just as in years past, the cost of a ticket is $25 and the fees to purchase online are approximately $2 and are passed onto the purchaser.  
 
 
Please use this weekend and the New Year holiday to promote the event and begin selling tickets for a great fundraiser for our club.
 
Thanks a lot and have a Happy New Year!!
Ken Farley
 
The Biddeford Saco Rotary is hosting our 12th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting on Saturday January 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Pepperal Mill Campus in Biddeford next to Portland Pie. 
 
Check out our YouTube site   http://youtu.be/aEXgRDpM1EQ created by Joe Genender for our event. 
 
Also please share this YouTube site with your Facebook and other Social Media friends as well as any appropriate email sites like your neighborhood email list. 
On the You Tube site to make it easier we decided to drive  people to buy tickets on line. Feel free to sell them yourself also. 
 
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Heather MacLean or my self.
Thanks, Heather & Conrad

 
 
 
                   
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
The early registration deadline for the Toronto Convention, June 23-27,  expires this Thursday, December 15th.  After that, registration goes up $75, from $345 US to $420 US.  To register for Toronto, click on this link:  riconvention.org.    
 
Why should you sign up?
 
1.  Toronto is a wonderful city.  We will have FUN!
 
2.  Your bucket list.  Every Rotarian should attend at least one international convention.  This one is really close!
 
3.  Check off 2 bucket list items.  Take the Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls on the way to the convention. It is really cool!
 
4.  Thank our Canadian neighbors.  Hundreds of Canadians streamed into Maine to help us with our recent power outage.  Let's say thank you and help support the convention hosted by these good neighbors.
 
5.  Make new friends.  During recent Rotary meetings in Hartford, my wife became fast friends with the wife of one of the incoming district governors from the Toronto area.  They've been texting ever since about their favorite tv show (This is Us) and lots of other things.  You will make new friends from around the world!
 
6.  Get great ideas.  The convention brings together many wonderful people who are doing wonderful things.  We can get new ideas for our clubs and our district.  I need your eyes and ears to help find these new ideas.  
 
7.  Engage with others.  You will be able to meet and engage with others who share your passions or spark new passions.  We can bring this energy back to our clubs and our district!
 
8.  Celebrate with our District Governor Nominee, Andy Glazier, as RI officially elects Andy our District Governor for 2019-20 and elects more than 500 other governors from around the world.
 
9.  Our district will hold a special event on Monday June 25 at the Second City Toronto improv center (more details and an opportunity to sign up coming after the holidays) and our zone will hold a special event at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sign up for the Hall of Fame event at http://tinyurl.com/BeyondBorders2018.
 
10.  Experience the “internationality” of Rotary.  
 
Our district is planning a get-together in the Portland area prior to the convention to coordinate our plans and ensure we maximize our Toronto experience. Be part of the fun!
 
John
 
John LoBosco
District Governor Elect, District 7780
 
 
 
By Grant McPherson 
Staff Writer Courier

SOUTHERN MAINE – Local volunteers will participate in a national campaign next week to address 
substance use among young adults and encourage prevention at an early age. 

The BiddefordSaco Rotary Club will bring the Red Ribbon Campaign to Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard 
Beach schools for the third year in a row and to elementary age students for the first time. The Red Ribbon 
Campaign, which will run locally from Monday Oct. 23 to Tuesday, Oct. 31, was started in 1985 by the 
National Family Partnership in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agency member Enrique 
Camarena in Mexico. His 1985 death sparked communities in the U.S. to wear red ribbons as a symbol of 
the violence caused by the war on drugs. 

Karen Chasse, cochairman of the Red Ribbon Committee of BiddefordSaco Rotary Club, helped form the 
group with Jim Godbout three years ago. She said the club saw substance use as a problem in the 
community and one everyone ended up paying for. “We ultimately decided our mission was to encourage healthy and thriving behavior without the influence of 
illegal drugs and other misused substances,” Chasse said. This year Ryan Esbjerg of Flex Your Face, a Portland based organization focused on encouraging positivity 
among children, will hold an assembly at the high schools to talk about finding something in each day to 
smile about. Representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency will also bring canine units to talk about 
substance use prevention. The emphasis with younger students will focus on developing healthy habits that 
they enjoy. “If kids get involved in something they’re passionate about they’re less likely to be derailed by drugs,” 
Chasse said. “If you’re finding those good, positive moments you tend to be more positive and not turn to 
drugs and alcohol.” 

Godbout said he wanted to form the Red Ribbon Committee because he’d seen too many people he knew 
fall victim to substance use. He said he watched children he coached in youth sports die in their early 20s 
and 30s from addiction. “I firmly believe we need a culture change,” Godbout said. “Substances are used and accepted on such a 
wide basis. Pain management is a big factor in the opioid crisis and we haven’t taught people how to do pain 
management properly. If you’re going to use substances there is a time and place.” 
 
The Rotary Club spent about $700 on three pairs of drunksimulation 
goggles, one each for Thornton Academy, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach High Schools. There will also be a Tshirt 
design competition, the winner of which last year received a $500 cash prize. All three schools will also be able to compete in a 
national photo contest for a grand prize of $1,000 and an iPad. 

“We have the money to give back to make this happen thanks to large donations and a lot of different local 
businesses,” Chasse said. “Promoting healthy behavior will lead kids down the right path.” 
The Rotary Club itself doesn’t get involved in school activities but helps departments with funding and 
education resources. 

“It’s been a focus of mine to make sure we are able to maintain the education process and create success 
stories of students struggling with substance use,” Godbout said. 

The Rotary Club partners with Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition to provide information to school 
systems. The coalition is part of the University of New England and promotes healthy lifestyles throughout 
York County. Its Project Alliance advisory board was formed three years ago to address youth substance 
use in York County. The program’s new director, Laura Overton, took over the position in September and will 
work in the Biddeford Intermediate School to help students better understand the health implications of 
substance use.
 
“We use a module of having kids identify their values and goals as reasons to stay drug free,” Overton said. 
“It’s really important to teach kids there are risk factors they can’t change, such as their family’s behavior. 
We want to make sure people understand this is a health issue.” 
Overton said heart disease is an example used with young students to demonstrate how family history can 
play a role, but changes in behavior can mitigate risk factors. She said often students feel pressured into 
using substances because it’s perceived as normal. She wants to send children the message that there are 
other outlets for them. 
“They’re not alone if they don’t want to be using,” Overton said. “Lots of student groups, athletes and kids 
their own age are not using. What they see in the media or hear in their music might not be the norm. We’re 
not saying drugs are bad, those messages don’t work. One effective strategy is having them be as open as 
they want. We know kids are seeing it in homes and some data shows kids in intermediate school are using 
substances.” 

Marijuana legalization has been a challenge for Chasse and other rotary club members. She said children 
receive different messages depending on who their parents are and navigating those conversations can be 
difficult. The rotary club will continue to focus on providing resources for schools to help students and 
parents make decisions around what’s right for each student. 
“We want to be sensitive to each family,” Chasse said. “We’re not going to change everybody. But if we help 
one kid that’s more than nothing.” 

Contact Staff Writer Grant McPherson at news@inthecourier.com 
 
District Governer, Dave Underhill, recently sent me an updated email in regards to the help needed in Louisiana and Texas.  Below is his message:
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7780,
 
Since my latest message to our Club Presidents and my update in yesterday's district newsletter, The Rotary Foundation has established a single fund to support Rotarians in their relief efforts for the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
 
It's called the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief donor advised fund (DAF).
 
This DAF has been established by Past RI Director Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin in consultation with the District Governors of the Gulf region, through The Rotary Foundation.  The fund is collecting relief contributions; Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts. 
 
I've just made an online donation to this DAF - it's easy to do.  Will you please consider joining me?
 
Updated information about contributing to the Gulf Coast DAF is available on the Rotary website. Club Presidents in particular, save this link: this page will continue to be updated as needed.  You can send a check, or you can make a credit card donation from a link on this web page: just specify that it is for the "Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund" account #608.
 
Other ways to help:
 
ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.
 
Clubs may contact me at any time, and you can reach out to RI about specific initiatives by writing to relief@rotary.org.
 
Thank you for caring and Making a Difference.  
 
 
 
Jackson
 

Nov 22: NO MEETING

Nov. 29: Heather MacLean and Karen Chasse
 
Dec. 6: Karen Chasse and Peggy Bean
Dec. 13: Don Pilon 
Dec. 20: Conrad Wetzel, Heather MacLean
Dec. 27:NO MEETING
 
Jan. 3: heather MacLean and Don Pilon
Jan. 10: Joe Morsehead and Don Pilon 
Jan. 24: Don Pilon
Jan. 31: Don Pilon
 
 

 

 
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
 
 
Board
Lucie Kay
Jim Godbout
Matt Simmonds
Jackson Brown
Peggy Bean
Bernice Wood
Elaine Palmitessa
Sue Gajewski
Joe Moreshead
Fausto Pifferrer
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Denis Elie
Assistants – Bill Kany & Sabine McElrath
 
$100 Raffle
Karen Chasse / Co-Chair
Sabine McElrath / Co-Chair
Earl Goodwin
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
 CJ Dubois Cote
 
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
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
Elaine Palmitessa
 
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
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
 
 
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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