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Bell rang at 12:15

Pledge of Allegiance

Susan lead our banner-less 4 way test

Paul lead the prayer

 

Don Pilon announced the handful of guests that attended including a Rotarian from Smokey Hill Colorado; Bev Edwards. Most guests were brought from Roland, Bonita Pothier, Nyles Edwards, Jim Farr, Michelle, and one guess of Heather Grendron; Josh Precourt.

 

Heather started up with the happy dollars and Jerry was first to talk about new changes coming from the Biddeford School Department and the three pillars the schools are sticking to, 1. They will not be a “one size fits all” and will cater to each students needs 2. They will continue to educate themselves and the community about serving the whole child, keeping in mind things like trauma and substance abuse and the direct relation these things have with the child. 3. They will support all learners, those who struggle as well as those who excel will be taught in a way that fits them best.

 

On a less serious note, Roland gave what he called a “kiss up dollar” for a raffle he had won and walked away with a product from Whimsical ME, probably hoping he can cash that in as a token when he gets fined in the future.

 

Visiting Rotarian Bonnie gave a happy dollar, happy to be surrounded by rotarians again.

 

Regan gave the last happy dollar excited that her new season about to kick off!

 

Plenty of fines, as always!

 

Peggy and Mark both paid $1 for having birthdays

 

Fausto paid $1 for having the shortest presidents message which was the inspiring presidential words of “Have a great day!”

 

Roland paid $1 for his outfit in the picture posted on facebook which Heather stated was “probably culturally appropriate but still need to pay”

 

Karen paid $1 for being the cutest dressed for the day

 

Joe paid a very questionable $1, something about his inappropriate language that had him and heather both sharing shifty eyes so who knows what he said, he stated it was for telling Kaitlyn she looked nice, but Heather quickly argued no no it wasn’t that….

 

Bill Patterson paid $1 for winning the 50/50

 

Ken paid $1 for being the last one to arrive

 

Although Fausto didn’t get fined this week, he got a warning that if he has to sit by himself with all his friends one more time heather will have no choice but to fine him.

 

Some general housekeeping notes from Fausto:

-Rotary Rocks will be held on October 5th for anyone wanting to attend

-The Rotary investment committee meeting will be on September 18th

-Please send Julie any service hours still floating around

-A church program called “In a Pinch” is looking for toiletries. It was suggested that rotarians pick up 2-3 extra toiletries next time they go shopping (Shampoo, deodorant, soap, etc) and bring it to meetings for a hopefully continuous flow of donations from the club

-Jim briefly updated us on the progress of the Biddeford rotary house, he let us know the demo permit has been approved and they will start tearing down the back end of the house

-Still more detail to come, but this year will be the 100th year anniversary of our club and the Bideford, England Club who will come visit, as well as Rotary’s Bi-Centennial Year. So brainstorming for an amazing party soon will happen!

 

After lunch we had a great presentation via video chat thanks to Roland. We got to listen to Amanda talk about all the great work Rotary is helping with in Jordan. The grants we have given to help has helped them improve the much needed youth program which impacts 2500 youths. The grant has allowed for them to hire 75 staff members as well as train them to be the best fit. She told us about their “All Star Program” which focuses on vocational trainings to help prepare them for the future, but also makes sure they are educated in English, literature, and basic IT skills. It is always great to hear about how what we are doing is truly making a difference and making the world a better place.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:15

 

 

 
President Elect Don Pilon presided at the meeting in the absence of President Fausto
 
The bell rang at 12:15pm
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Larry Boyle
4 Way Test: Lucie Kay
 
Visiting Guests: Marty Grohman introduced our guest and announced our meeting location and time of each meeting. Jeremy Ray's daughter Kennedy Ray
 
50/50 Raffle: Karen Chasse(winner) $24.00
 
Happy Dollars: Numerous happy people/many happy dollars.
 
Prior to the commencement of lunch Conrad Welzel announced there would be no guest speaker but we would be playing the game "Who Is It". instead.
After lunch Conrad explained the objective of "Who Is It" and each table would be a team. The team with the most points at the end of the game was the winner.
Everyone was given a piece of paper and was asked to put their name at the top and write one unusual thing about themselves.(and the answer if it was a multiple choice or true false question) Conrad collected all the papers and added additional names to the bottom of each paper. For example; Of the following 3 people which one is younger than Bill Kany? Ken Farley, Roland Gagne or Keith Jacques? Of course Bill struggled accepting the fact this person is younger than him but he did include the correct answer.
 
It was a good game with lots of laughs. Thanks Conrad.
 
Meeting adjourned 1:15pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Tack Notes 8/27/19 from Reegan Hebert
 
Visiting Rotarians- Chris Soulias, visiting from Middletown, CT.
Jackson Brown wins the 50/50
Sargent in Arms, Heather M., begins with happy dollars:
Brian is going to fine himself because of no lobster bake, Jeremy is happy because school is open!, Brenda is happy that Madison’s last doctor visit went well and she has full mobility of her hand and started school today.  Jim is happy to be leaving for vacation tomorrow.
 
Heather M. Then moves on to fines:
President Fausto is fined for boxers or briefs, Mark is fined $2for being away on vacation and enjoying anchovies.  Gross!  Brian is fined for his gracious lead in the 4-way test, Alicia is fined for having a birthday recently in which she argues was over a month ago!, Brian is also fined for being away for so long and Heather shares that she is never able to pay a fine again because she has adopted a very sick German Shepard and the vet bills are costly.  Brenda is also fined. 
 
President Fausto moves on to housekeeping related topics:
Conrad shares that moving forward we will begin to share classifications one time per month.  Someone will be reaching out to individuals to schedule these presentations at least one time per month to help us all get to know each other.  Fausto took the lead by volunteering to do his during todays meeting.
 
Wine Tasting- save the date for February 8th.  We will host at Duffy’s again and the event will run similar to how it did this year.  There will be an auction as well.
 
Julie would like members to share volunteer hours as soon as possible for the board meeting next week.  Email your hours to Julie!
 
Jim provided updates on the next Rotary House project.  Saco River has signed off and we have obtained certification of no Asepsis.  Plan to begin demolition soon. 
 
President Fausto shared that there is a board meeting next week on Wednesday morning and all are able to attend.  He also shared that Karen Chasse is doing well since her recent surgery and is back to work part time.
 
My Place Teen Center is hosting a high end dinner fundraiser at their location in Westbrook.  60 people can attend at $1000 per ticket. 
 
United Way of York County has toiletries to donate to organizations that need them.  Reegan will make sure Biddeford School Dept and Seeds of Hope in Biddeford get these resources. 
 
Fausto shared his compelling story of how he ended up in Maine and a leader in the catering industry. 
 
 
 
 
President Fausto opened the meeting with the customary Pledge of Allegiance. Jackson Brown was so good at leading the 4-way test the prior week that Fausto called on him to do the honors this week and he crushed all four of them once again.
 
Joe provided us with a heartfelt invocation.  Two guests attended: Conrad's granddaughter Whitney, who wore a striped shirt that was similar to her grandpa's (planned ahead of time?), and Paul, a visiting Rotarian from the Saco Bay Sunset Club. 
 
Kaitlyn Tito is a potential new member that Jackson is sponsoring.  It was noted that this meeting represented her second posting. If any Rotarian has any comments/objections to the posting they need to reach out to President Fausto as soon as possible.  If there aren’t any objections the next step in the process is the “Induction Ceremony”. 
 
We were disarmed by the lack of a Sargent at Arms, as both Heather and Heather's designee Sarah were absent (possible self-fine next week?), so Fausto asked who was happy, eliciting the following:
 
* Joe Moreshead was thankful about the successful auction item redemption of a lobster bake with Jim Godbout... he was impressed with Jim's wine selections and had nice things to say about everyone's contributions, especially his own.
 
* Mark Nahorney was happy about his successful singing tour of the Netherlands with wife Valerie. The group performed 5 concerts, saw fantastic sites, and met many people including the Dutch and people from Holland too. It was helpful for Mark that this wasn't a country our President wants to buy currently. 
 
* Jim LaBelle was happy to invite all fellow Rotarians to the Chamber of Commerce's annual appreciation event on Thursday, 8/22 at Mechanics Park in Biddeford. 
 
* Haley Thompson recently celebrated both her 15th wedding anniversary as well as the birthdays of her sons aged 8 and 10 - a big August.
 
* Bill Patterson was proud to announce that his daughter got married last weekend - a storm passed through just minutes before the event, which was fitting since his daughter married a meteorologist.
 
* Dr. Joe was thankful to be back after a 5-week absence due to what we inferred was excessive demands on his gracious hosting by summer guests.
 
* Fausto shared that Sophia turned 13 recently - the teenager years are marked by grace and gratitude so he should have no problems going forward.
 
* Bill Kany enjoyed working the mini-golf fundraiser with Dr. Joe, and also announced that he recently celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary.
 
* Not to be outdone, Conrad was happy to trump the others by sharing that he recently celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary.
 
* Jeremy was happy that his kids are heading back to school and that daycare bills are a thing of the past. 
 
* In addition to winning the 50/50, Morgan Stoner announced that he (well, his wife technically) recently had a baby boy, with a name that makes it likely this child will be famous one day: Vaughan Banks Stoner!
 
* I believe another guy was happy too but I couldn't keep up with all the excitement. 
 
The only fine levied was Fausto who gave himself a blanket fine for all past, present and future transgressions on his Facebook account. 
 
Our guest speaker was Maine State Treasurer Henry Beck.  It was an engaging presentation, with Henry detailing the many responsibilities of his office, including cash management, board participation, trust fund account management, and inviting bond rating flunkies from New York to Maine to be wined and dined on microbrews and lobster rolls so as to maintain our strong credit rating.  The state's cash reserves are strong, as are monthly yields on balances in the 2.4% annualized return range.  Some of the state's demographic challenges were mentioned, though it was noted that York County and Biddeford in particular are bucking the trend.  Henry concluded by reminding everyone about Unclaimed Property that the state is more than happy to return to rightful owners. Marty Grohman indicated that he's got about $25 he's been working to retrieve for a while, good cash for future club fines potentially if he can navigate his claim successfully.  Overall, it was an interesting presentation - the club thanked Henry and welcomed him to Biddeford as a recently arrived resident living now in the Pepperell Mill.
 
Meeting adjourned by Fausto.
 
 
 
 

Speaker Presentation:  Conrad W. Introduced the speaker-  Tracy, Mike & Matt  from the Saco Steam – which stands for Saco Alliance for Science -Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Focusing on K through 8

 

Spoke about the History of Saco:

21% of Saco residents are >18

31% Free Reduced Lunch

53 English as 2nd  Language

17.2 % Use special services

 

Funding:

15th out of 18th in neighboring counties

 

Mission Success: 1st 2 years

3 Parts

  1. Advocate for schools and resources
  2.  
  3. Connect community resources to schools
  4.  
  5. Fundraise money and provide direct grants
  6.  

 

Successes:

  1. Advocated for budget
  2.  
  3. Connected aquaponics experts to SMS (Saco Middle School) project based learning team
  4.  
  5. Raised $17,000 -Provided $10,000 in grants.
  6.  

 

1st Grant :

        Distributed to CK Burns school $2,500 for Robotic Program

Other Grants:

       Let’s Go Code-                     Grade 1 & 2

        Engineering-                        Grades 3-5 

        Ecology-                                Grade 6

        Maine Learning Field Trip  Grades 6-8

        Mapping- (Camp Ellis)        Grade 7

 

Sponsors:

        Jim Godbout, Paquin & Carroll Insurance,  Saco Biddeford Savings Bank, Peoples Choice Credit Union, etc.

 

Press:

        Courier, Tribune & WMTW

 

Matching Grant Opportunity:

         Music & Coding Wall at Saco Middle School – Incorporate in cell phones or other technology, Code in Windchimes.  In fences with metal of all different sizes.  We have ½ the money to fund this project. 

         Funding Levels- Founders Circle $5,000 a year and Innovators Corner $2,500 a year. 

 

         501 C Status

         A Teacher Initiative Project  

 

Saco Steam Open for Grants !!!!

         Teacher Applications will close November 15.  Grants Awarded in the Spring

         To apply:   https://www.sacosteam.org/grant-application/

 

                                    

Date: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Lead by President Fausto Pifferrer
 
President Fausto requested  a moment of silence in the honor of Bill Kany who recently passed
 
4 Way Test:  Jackson Brown
 
Invocation:  Joe Bassett
 
 
 
President-Elect Don Pilon:  informed  us that there were -No visiting Rotarians & Guests
 
50/50 Drawing:  Won by Peggy Bean.  Peggy donated $17.00 to the Red Ribbon
 
Sergeant at-Arms- Heather MacLean-
                                ** Happy Dollars:
      
                                     Joe B. – Had a wonderful weekend.
                                         
                                     Ron D.- Happy that he felt well enough to be with us. 
                            
                                     Paul D.- Donated $5.00.  Excited for this weekend -- he will be attending his 50th Class Reunion.
 
                                     President Fausto- Had a stressful weekend.  He is happy it is over.
 
                                ** Fines:
 
                                     Joe M.- Fined for taking his wife out on a date – Brought Andrea to Rotary- ( She does not like the Rotary) .  At Bill K. funeral he bumped his head so he was fined for not paying attention.
                              
                                     Sara B.-Fined because her birthday is this month.
 
                                     President Fausto- For exercising and building up his muscles. 
 
                                     Julie V.- Paid $1.00 for several missing badges at today’s meeting.
 
Announcements:
 
Golf for Good Event:  President- Elect Don Pilon spoke about the Golf for Good Fundraiser held on August 3 & 4th, at Schooners, Martels and Pirates Cove.  A very successful event.  Raised $9,200.00.  He thanked all the Committee members, Sponsors and Volunteers for their help in making the event successful.
 
Charitable Fund:  Denis E. Spoke about the individual in need of $700  to be able to maintain his rent.  The request was approved and money was distributed.  Two other requests that were approved.
  1. Backpacks- Over 1,000 backpacks were distributed to needy  students in the area.  (2)  Day Camp – Approved to donate $500 to.
 
Sweetser: In need of volunteers for grilling for an event on September 8th – Cycle or Stroll for Suicide Prevention.  Anyone interested, please call Sara at (207) 294-4482 or email stowle@sweetser.org
 
St. Andre’s-My Place Teen Center: Jim G. who is involved in this project expressed that there is going to be a lot of work available to be done in the very near future.  This will be a club project.
 
Get Well Card: President Fausto announced that Karen C. is recovering very well after her surgery.  A Get Well Card is being circulated for Rotary members to sign and send good wishes her way.
 
New Menu:  This week, we had a few new menu options – half sandwich/half soup, two hot dogs with fries, etc.
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Thanks!  Our goal is to have 7 to fund the expense for ClubRunner.
 
 
 
 
Don’t let this suit throw you off – I’m still the same fun Fausto – but I am doing an experiment to see if you will give me the same respect as Mr. Kany if I dress like him. 
 
I have come a long way from growing up in a very poor neighborhood.  I learned really quick that you can beg, borrow or steal—or work really hard—to succeed in life.  For this Rotary year, I am pulling from my experience and have settled on the tactic of borrowing from the many wise Presidents before me to ensure success.  Of course, this does not rule out the need to beg on occasion so I hope you will all indulge me when it comes to that.
 
To kick-off my year, I will emulate Past President Roland Gagne by giving you all a glimpse into what it is like to have me as your new President.  Then suddenly in August, I will disappear and my fellow Leadership will reign over you in my absence.  No, I am not going to another country like Roland opted to do but rather making dreams come true for 10 lucky couples – five of whom, according to divorce statistics, may look back and regret this August. 
 
From Ken, I am going to see if he would like to join me in keeping the speedo alive.  No?  Well, it was worth the ask.  Do you remember Ken videotaping every meeting?  Yet, none of us have ever seen them so we are all wondering if he forget to press play? 
 
From Bill, I will borrow the key to the bank so I don’t have to keep going to Lucie for loans.  I know you’re all surprised I’m switching sides.  I’d like to take a moment just to thank Bill for kicking-off my award-winning with my cherished Paul Harris Fellow.  Since that confident boost, I have managed to reinforce my office wall with 25 plaques.  I hope one day to have the medallion to go with the award.
 
From Lucie, I will borrow the enthusiasm and strong desire to be in the community working on projects.  As much as Jackson and I (Jackson more…) appreciated her free entertainment of UNE college girls undressing on the way back to our cars from the Fireside Chat, I will opt for more appropriate behavior my year.  In all honestly, one of the things I admire most about Lucie is her ability to laugh at herself.  I plan to continue that legacy.
 
From Jackson, I won’t need to borrow anything because it is obvious we are both cursed with the same attractive qualities that catapulted our success.  Comparative to the magic of Mary Poppins when the messy bedroom suddenly becomes tidy, I believe you will all magically want to plan and participate in the many service projects about to unfold.
 
From Joe, I will borrow the focus on service hours over meeting attendance.  As a small business owner, I know work has to come first in order to be able to serve Rotary so if you can’t make a Wednesday meeting—serve!  Yes, we get a lot out of the fellowship and forming of friendships while we talk at lunchtime but we get even more when we gather for service projects.  Read the Tack and emails.  Be aware of projects coming up and give an hour or two.  Bring your family and friends. Just get involved and keep track of your service hours.  This is far more important to me and the club than breaking bread together.
 
And, yes, I have some ideas of my own.  After all, I am not like anyone else in this club, right? 
  • One Wednesday a month I would like to get out of our normal routine of meeting here and get out in the community—have our meeting at a nursing home, the schools (obviously not in the winter months), UNE, a local non-profit or business, etc.  Embrace the bag lunch if we need to and learn about the things happening in our community first-hand instead of through a speaker preaching at us. 
  • Another Wednesday a month, I would like to go “old school” and feature Classification Talks.  Some of my favorite meetings have been when we learn about our fellow Rotarians and the road that led them to where they are today.  Keep in mind this is not meant to be a crash course in fearful public speaking but rather giving a snapshot into things you are comfortable sharing – where you grew up, how many siblings tortured you along the way, did you go on to trade school or somehow graduate college despite the partying, do you have a family and work that keep you busy outside of our weekly meetings, etc. 
  • I’d like to take a look at how we can increase impact on some of the money we spend.  For example, we spend $7,000 on one day for Christmas gifts.  It’s a nice thing to do and it feels great that day but I’d like to do some follow-up and see how we can continue to help these families in need.
  • During my year there is also the 100th year anniversary of our club and the Bideford, England Club will come visit, as well as Rotary’s Bi-Centennial Year.  If I know anything, it is how to put on a hell of a good party so let’s make this year one to remember!   #BiddefordSacoRotary2020
 
I also want to increase membership and awareness of our good work in the community.  I’d like to bring back Fireside chats and mentors so new Rotarians feel engaged and involved but we also need to prove that service organizations are not dead yet!  It is important to expose the younger generation to the selfless feeling volunteering can provide them—through family-friendly service projects, working with the schools on projects or strengthening our connection with Interact and Rotaract students. 
 
I’m keeping committee assignments as they’ve been the last two years unless you speak up (thanks Conrad, Heather, Bill and more).  If you’re not sure what committees you’re on, just assume all of them.  No really, if you want to be involved, just speak up or stay after a club meeting when they gather and be part of it.  Anyone can jump in and be on any committee they want—PLEASE JUST SERVE!
 
In closing, my ultimate goal is to BE IMPACTFUL!  Rotary has most definitely had an impact on my life—through friendships I’ve made and service we’ve done together.  I want each of us to walk away from my year as President feeling like we made a significant impact on individuals, our community and the world.  We will all be better for reaching that goal together. 
Thank you for entrusting me as your next President.
 
 
 
 
First, thanks to all the club members who did show up for the meeting and stayed.  It was a very crowded room and an even more crowded parking lot (Keith Jacques didn’t even come in because he could not find a place to park and Haley Thompson parked at the train station).  Clearly, the good crowd and the warm applause after each award made the recipients feel appreciated.  Second, thank you again for all of your thoughtful nominations (except one of Heather’s which will never fly). 
 
Finally, thanks to all of the people who fibbed to get our recipients there.  The winner of our Private Sector Award, past club member, Tammy Ackerman, thought she was the speaker for the day and even brought her laptop and set up the projector and screen (never play poker with Conrad).  The Public Sector award winner, Martha Jacques from Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center, thought she was speaking (thank you Karen, you liar).  I called Elaine Fournier, our Humanitarian Award winner, and told her we were giving Open Hands Open Heart an award and she thought we were giving them money and I did little to dissuade that impression (hell, it comes natural to me, I’m a lawyer).  Finally, Jeremy Ray received the Vocational Service Award and Jeremy came and stayed with his young son (no daycare) because Karen told  him Martha was getting an award.  Oh my God, the truth!
 
 
Tammy was surprised.  Martha was very appreciative and indicated that when she graduated from high school one of her goals was to receive a Rotary Service Above Self Award because I think her grandfather was a long time Rotarian.  We were happy to make that goal come true though in reality Martha herself made it come true.  Elaine was thankful but made sure to thank her volunteers who prefer to stay well out of the limelight.  Finally, Jeremy thanked us and invited everyone to come and check out the improvements being made at the COT.
 
I also had the privilege and honor to give Ron Drouin the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award which was a bit difficult for me and chocked me up.  Ron is a true gentleman who has done so much for Rotary and our club.  His work as District Governor was tireless and Ron truly deserves our respect and our incredible appreciation for all that he has done. 
 
We also gave Paul Harris Awards to Mark Nahorney and Bill Paterson.  Both work hard for our club and are very deserving.
 
President Joe then gave out his Presidential Awards to Heather MacLean for consistently working check in every week, filling in as sergeant at arms and for the wine tasting event to just name a few of her contributions to the club.  Joe also gave a Presidential Award to Karen Chasse.  Trust me, Karen is like an iceberg.  You only see the tip of what she does for the club.  Because Joe had Julie order the awards he got flowers for Julie instead of a plaque. Joe, did it every dawn on you that I was ordering awards too?  Joe then thanked Heather for helping him pick out tokens of his appreciation for each of his Board members which was a classy gesture.  Finally, Joe named Conrad as Rotarian of the Year.  While it is absolutely true that Conrad did a great job coordinating programs (he was either related to, sleeping with or worked with most of them), the fact is that Conrad is the consummate hardworking, can do, volunteer who makes our club what it is and we all owe Conrad a huge thank you.  Rotarian of the Year was well-deserved recognition for all that Conrad does.
 
 
 
 
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR- Conrad W
 
 
 
Again, thank you all for helping make awards day a success including getting all but one of our recipients to the meeting.  As I stated earlier, below is my awards presentation, though I have to chuckle because I suspect the only people who read the Tack are the people who were at the meeting anyway.
 
Each year we give out our Public, Private, Humanitarian and Vocational Service awards 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.  Year in and year out I can assure you that most of our recipients have not been people looking for recognition, and in fact, most of them would prefer to keep doing what they do outside of the limelight.  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.
 
 
PRIVATE SECTOR AWARD
 
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.
 Past Winners
2014 Leo P. Menard, Jr.
2015  Leon Chick
2016 Andy Greif
2017 The Esther Residence
2018 Laurie Bruce
 
                The revitalization of a downtown is not inevitable.  It only occurs if a number of factors come together to create a new pride and a renewed energy.  In the case of Biddeford we had the removal of MERC, the acquisition and development of the mills, a renewed commitment to City Theater and a number of other factors that led to vast improvements to the downtown. In the midst of all of that were the Heart of Biddeford and Engine, serving as catalysts to all of the change.  Whether it was raising money to encourage downtown improvements or sponsoring increased pride in the revitalization efforts or promoting and cultivating a new interest in the creative community which is itself helping to revitalize downtown Biddeford, the Heart of Biddeford and Engine were and are at the core of a transformation.  Those efforts were not accidental and instead came through the vision and commitment of a number of individuals  led in large part by this year’s private sector award winner.
This individual is a shining example of someone with the vision to see how creating collaborations and funneling varying degrees of energy can truly be transformative.  We are pleased to recognize those efforts by giving this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Private Sector Award to Tammy Ackerman.
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD
 
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.
Past Winners
 
2014 Carlton D. Pendleton
2015  Michael Tremblay
2016  Alan Casavant
2017 Bill Paterson
2018 Chief Robert MacKenzie
 
                It is so easy to focus our attention on student athletes, outstanding academic students who are off to prestigious post-secondary schools, or young people whose community efforts help to improve the lives of others.  By doing so it is also easy to forget the students who struggle for a variety of reasons including homelessness, abusive families substance misuse or bullying to name a few. The fact is that all students deserve our attention, support and encouragement to enable them to achieve what they want in this world.
 
                This year's Public Sector Award winner is a person who strives every day to make a huge difference in the lives of students who have significant real life challenges.  The person who nominated this person stated: “She helps these students build resilience and cope with significant issues no child should have to overcome – homelessness, anxiety, mental illness and more.” However, the words of the students are a better tribute:
[She] is probably the most genuine person I have ever met.  No one at the Alternative Pathways Center will tell you differently.  Her heart is so full of love for each and everyone one of us.”
“If it wasn’t for [her] I wouldn’t be graduating.”
 
“[She] really cares about her students like no other teacher I have had in the past. She is one of the major factors why I enjoy coming to school. She always makes sure we are okay and it feels really good. I’m going to miss her so much when I graduate!”
 
The results of such caring and thoughtful efforts can be measured.  School attendance of students in Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center increased 27% to an almost 89% rate this year.  Students who previously dropped out have come back to school.  The person who nominated this recipient said that she does all of this without reward, but I suspect that every student who stays in school and graduates is her reward.
 
                That fact is that we desperately need more such inspirational mentors and educators and this year’s Public Sector Award winner is a shining example of what caring and dedication can do. This year's deserving recipient of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club's Public Sector Award is the Director of Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center, Martha Jacques.
 
 
 
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
 
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.
Past Winners
2014 Paul Deschambault
2015  Dennis P. Robillard
2016  James Godbout
2017 Jim McAllister
2018 Reverend Shirley Bowen
 
                It is fairly common to hear:  “But what can I do, I am only one person and the need is so immense.”  Well, thank goodness not all people feel that way and thank goodness for people like this year’s Humanitarian Award winner who clearly knows that one person can make a difference.  The reality is that many of the world’s problems are huge, but if we all take the position that problems are too big so why even bother, we will never start to address those problems little by little.
 
                This year’s honoree is an individual who recognized a significant need in our communities and decided to do something about it.  She saw that many children simply don’t have the clothing they need for living in Maine.  She started by working with the Saco Food Pantry to distribute clothing and now, with the help of the local Rotary Clubs, her organization has its own home adjacent to the Saco Food Pantry.  The organization is Open Hands Open Heart and it was the vision of and sustained by the efforts of this year’s winner whose can do attitude is helping cloth infants through teenagers in York County.  She is living evidence that one person can make a huge difference.
 
                In recognition of her vision and leadership for and her dedication to Open Hands Open Heart the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club is proud to give year's Humanitarian Award to Elaine Fournier.
 
 
 
 
                                                VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD
 
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
Past Winners
2014 Marcel Bertrand
2015  Kenneth Crepeau
2016  Thornton Academy
2017  Biddeford City Council
2018 Kristy Kendrick
 
I think we can all agree that the need for vocational education is as great as it has ever been.  The demand for the trades is growing yearly and it finally seems that secondary schools are recognizing that the pursuit of four year post-secondary degrees is not for everyone.  All we need to do is look at the exploding student debt associated with sometimes questionable educations while the demand for good paying skilled jobs is ever increasing, and we all know that technical education is simply becoming more and more important. 
 
                While we can all agree with those facts, vocational programs and opportunities for our students have to come from the people in a position to both recognize the need and to do something to address the need.  They have to find the money and they have to be willing to be creative and not just accept the status quo.
 
                Getting permission to allow students to work on our off campus Rotary house was not a given. In fact, convincing the City Council to convey the house to our Club was not a given.  While we can all agree that the Main Street Rotary house was a huge success, it took people with clout to make that happen and at least one person had to stick his neck out to make all the pieces come together.
 
                This year’s vocational award recipient is someone who time and time again has demonstrated an uncharacteristic willingness to think creatively to make things happen with the vocational curriculum or even in doing such things as figuring out how to fund significant improvements to Waterhouse Field.  He is the kind of leader we must thank because he does not just see a need, he also tries to figure out how to address it.
                This year’s Vocational Service Award goes to Biddeford School Superintendent, Jeremy Ray.
 
 
 
 
 
GOODWIN OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
 
                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.
 
Read names of Past Winners
2014 Julie Villemaire
2015 Jim McAllister
2016 Paul H. Deschambault
2017 Karen Chasse
2018 Jim Godbout
 
                Sometimes it is difficult to admit when you have screwed up, but in this case it is easy.  As many of you know I have been the Chair of the Awards Committee for a long time, long before the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award was created.  In all that time there was an individual in this club who truly should have received this award probably right after Carl and Earl.  This club member is someone who has lived Rotary every day of this person’s existence and has poured his heart and soul into Rotary and all that it stands for.  This person is the Rotarians Rotarian who has led with conviction and grace for a very long time. 
                It is with my deepest apologies that this has been so long in coming, and it is my humble honor to give this year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award to Past District Governor Ronald Drouin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities.

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Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to anyone who contributes (or in whose name is contributed, using Foundation recognition points) a gift of $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Annual Fund, the Polio Plus Fund, or an approved global grant.  
 
 
 
Each year the club awards Paul Harris Fellows to a few club members who have made significant contributions of effort by donating $1,000 points in their names.
 
This years meritorious Paul Harris Fellow are awarded to Mark Nahorney and Bill Paterson.
 
 
 
Each recipient is presented with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin.
 

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

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The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

 

 
Thanks for all you do.
 
Brian Dallaire
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Foundation Chair
 
 
 
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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Sept. 18 -- Heather M and Conrad W
Sept. 25 -- Heather M and Jim L
 
Oct. 2 -- Heather M and Bill P
Oct. 9 -- Heather M and Jim L
Oct. 16 -- Joe M and Karen C
Oct. 23 -- Heather M and Jackson
Oct. 30 -- Joe M and Karen C
 
Nov. 6 -- Reegan and Jeremy
Nov. 13 -- Heather M and Jackson
Nov. 20 -- Heather M and Jim L
Nov. 27 -- No meeting
 
Dec. 4 -- Heather M and Mark N
Dec. 11 -- Don P and Peggy
Dec. 18 -- Heather M and Don P
Dec. 25 -- no meeting


 
 
PAST RECIPIENTS
Private Sector:
1988 Tobie Nathanson
1989 Robert Melville
1990 A. William Kany, Jr.
1991 Myra Van Fleet
1992 Conrad Crepeau
1993 Dennis Flaherty
1994 David Lowe
1995 Robert Provencher
1996 Andy Michaud
1997 Edward Caron
1998 Ester Emmons
1999 Rene Fredette
2000 John Wasileski
2001 Carrie Shaw
2002 Alan Nelson
2003 Joe Grondin
2004 Lou Chantigny
2005 Curtis & Sonya Gerry
2006 Wayne A. Sherman
2007 Kevin Savage
2008 Robert H. Begin
2009 Roland Eon
2010 Robert Nichols
2011 William Douglas Sanford
2012 John Andrews
2013 Paul Remmes
2014 Leo P. Menard, Jr.
2015  Leon Chick
2016 Andy Greif
2017 The Esther Residence
2018 Laurie Bruce
2019 Tammy Ackerman
 
Public Sector:
1988 Joan Susi
1989 Clayton Cartmill
1990 Dennis Dutremble
1991 Robert G.Dodge
1992 Debra Choroszy
1993 Ellen Dunton
1994 Bryce Milne
1995 Dr. Thomas H. Reynolds
1996 Rebecca Dyer
1997 Donna Dion
1998 Tom Lizotte
1999 William Soucy
2000 Roland “Ron” Michaud
2001 Carl J. Stasio, Jr.
2002 Dick Tryon
2003 Gen. Wallace H. Nutting
2004 William Johnson
2005 Mark Johnston
2006 Renee S. O’Neil
2007 Sherry Sabo
2008 Eric Cote
2009 Carl Walsh
2010 Senator Barry Hobbins
2011 Chief John Duross
2012 Jerry Lapierre
2013 Roger Beaupre
2014 Carlton D. Pendleton
2015  Michael Tremblay
2016  Alan Casavant
2017 Bill Paterson
2018 Robert F. MacKenzie
2019 Martha Jacques
 
Humanitarian:
1988 Richard Nason
1989 Dr. Andre Fortier
1990
1991
1992 Agnes Flaherty
1993
1994 Dr. Francis J. Kleeman
1995 Donald W. Charland
1996 Rita Riley, Dick Lagarde
1997 David Beattie
1998 Roger Coulombe
1999 Tony Gatti
2000 Ruth Anderson
2001 James Audiffred
2002 Mary’s Walk
2003 Roland Gagne
2004 Thomas Haley
2005 Leon Tranchemontagne
2006 Father Reynald Labarre
2007 David & Carolyn Flood
2008 Andy Greif
2009 Burton Howe
2010 Julie Villemaire
2011 Rick LaChance
2012 David Lowe
2013 Phillip Dennison
2014 Paul Deschambault
2015  Dennis P. Robillard
2016  James Godbout
2017 Jim McAllister
2018 Reverend Shirley Brown
2019 Elaine Fournier
 
Vocational Service Award:
2000 Carl Goodwin
2001 A. William Kany, Jr.
2002 Ron Gagnon
2003 Steven Foran
2004 Frank Paul
2005 Wayne Hapgood
2006 Dr. John Fitzsimmons
2007 Arthur R. Willey
2008 James McAllister
2009 James Godbout
2010 Denis Elie
2011 Mark Boissonneault
2012 Officer Jeffrey A. Cook
2013 Joseph Moreshead
2014 Marcel Bertrand
2015  Kenneth Crepeau
2016  Thornton Academy
2017  Biddeford City Council
2018  Kristy Kendrick
2019 Jeremy Ray
 
Goodwin Outstanding Service Award
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 James Godbout
2019 Ronald Drouin
 
 
 
 
 
Audiffred (+1)JamesMay-96
BarnettBronwynMay-18
BassettJosephJun-18
BeanPeggyApr-97
Boyle (+3)LawrenceJan-98
BrownJacksonMay-09
ChasseKaren Jun-06
Dallaire (+8)BrianDec-02
DeFrancescoFrankMay-07
DemersRaynaldJun-18
Deschambault (+1)Paul3-Jun
Drouin (+6)Ronald 16-Jun
DumaisFrankJun-03
Kay (+1)Lucie Jun-10
Early(+1)MatthewMay-02
Elie (+3)DenisJun-03
EllisJoshuaMay-18
Eon (+1)RolandMay-96
FarleyKennethMay-08
FearonJoshuaMay-15
Gagne (+8)RolandMay-03
GagnonRonald Feb-01
Gajewski(+1)SusanJun-14
GendronHeatherMay-11
Godbout (+3)Jim May-09
Goodwin (+8)Carl Apr-90
Goodwin (+1)EarlJan-84
Hennessey (+2)CharlesMay-92
JacquesKeithFeb-01
Kany (+1)A. WilliamMay-92
Kany (+1)BillMay-94
Lane (+1)DanaJun-05
LoweDavidMay-91
MacLean (+1)HeatherFeb-06
McAllister (+2)JimJun-10
Moreshead (+2)JosephMay-08
MorinSteveMay-07
NahorneyMark
Jun-19
NeaultSarahJun-16
NelsonAlanOct-99
PalmitessaElaine
May-15
PatersonBillJun-19
PifferrerFaustoJun-16
Plourde (+1)HeleneMay-96
SimmonsMatthewMay-18
ThompsonHaleyMay-12
TullerMarkJun-98
Villemaire (+1)JulieJun-06
WellsThomasJun-95
WelzelConradMay-17
WoodBernice Jun-10
 
 

Clynk

Our Club is in first place of 10 Rotary Clubs who participate in this program!

 

Total Raised:
$2,566.75

Containers CLYNKed:
46,697

Environmental Impact:

  • Energy: Saved enough energy to light 64.3 lightbulbs—24 hours a day—for a year.
  • Emissions: Saved the emissions equivalent of driving a car 12,166 miles.
  • Volume: Diverted enough containers to fill 468.0 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

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 of America
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Sep 18, 2019
Community Bike Center
Sr Anastasia
Sep 25, 2019
OPLA, Vulnerable Populations in Kenya
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Oct 23, 2019
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