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Our club is having a Dine to Donate fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in Scarborough on October 24th from 5 to 8 pm. We’ll receive 15% of your dine-in, To Go, and gift card purchases when you join us on Thursday, 10/24 between 5 pm and 8 pm. It’s easy, just print the attached flyer and bring it with you to show your server or simply show your server the flyer on your phone. Texas Roadhouse is donating $50 to our club plus the 15% mentioned above and they are giving us a $30 gift card to raffle that night. 
We’ll have a table set up in the front of the restaurant so we can answer questions about ‘what is Rotary’ and have our raffle. Our new banners will be perfect there. Fausto will be at the information table from 5 to 6 pm and we’d like someone to join him, we need two volunteers from 6 to 7 pm, and Roland and I will be at the table from 7 to 8 pm. Please respond to this email if you’re able to help with the information table. Thank you!

Please invite your family and friends to Texas Roadhouse next Thursday evening to help our club raise money for our charitable giving. Make sure they bring the flyer!
It’s a win-win! Great food and fellowship with friends plus a chance to help us raise money for the Biddeford Saco community. Thank you. 
Yours in Rotary,





Our visiting rotarian this week was Peggy Belanger who will be our District Governor for 2020-2021

Peggy Belanger pulled the 50/50 ticket and the winner was…Peggy Bean!


Happy dollars started with Dr Joe giving a happy dollar for getting a prime parking spot out front.

Joe M gave a sad dollar for the Journal Tribune paper announcing it will be closing down. A sad day to see a paper that has had such a long run close its doors.

Kathy gave a happy dollar simply for just having a good day! She was also grateful to be in such a great group of rotarians.

Brian gave a happy dollar because he is gearing up to drive down to Naples for the winter

Visitor Peggy gave a happy dollar for having the chance to attend one of our meetings. She also reminded everyone that October is breast cancer awareness month so reminder to all the ladies to get checked.

Peggy Bean gave all of her 50/50 winnings back to the club, assuring us she will not starve without it!


Jim Labelle got fined for allegedly dissing Heather’s outfit last week. Although he doesn’t seem to remember what he said

Joe got fined because he offered to do this weeks prayer, then dashed out of the room to visit some friends in the restaurant and completely missed the whole prayer.

Fausto got fined for being the cutest man of the day

And lastly Julie got fined for messing up last weeks tack.


Some housekeeping notes:

Our 100th anniversary celebration will be May 14-17 at Riverwinds Farm & Estate. If anyone is interested in a tour of the facilities reach out to Fausto and he can set something up.

We are also going to be making that Saturday’s party into a fundraiser, selling tickets and tables to help raise money for the lub.

Sue told the club October 24th we will have a fundraiser going at Texas Roadhouse, all people have to do is print off (or show on their phone) the flyer that is posted on our facebook page and 15% of peoples bill will go towards rotary. With that being said we need some volunteers from 5-8 on that day to help with a table we will have set up outside selling 50/50 tickets and telling people about our club. Run of the mill will also be doing a similar fundraiser for us in November with more details to come.




October 5th is Rotary Rocks event for anyone interested in going.


The presentation today was a little jumbled…since 2 out of the 3 members signed up to talk today didn’t show, I’m sure they will have a fine waiting for them when they get back.

The one who did show is our newest member Kaitlyn Tito. She told us about her history of growing up in Maine, then moving to LA, and then returning to Maine about a year ago. She is a real estate agent fo Coldwell Banker and loves being able to help people during a huge decision of buying a house. We learned how Coldwell uses different technologies to find the best houses and she did a lot of research regarding their standards and picked Coldwell because of their high standards of Ethics, which was also a reason why she choose to join Rotary.


After her presentation, Conrad spoke to fill in the spots of those who didn’t show. His presentation I think was just as interesting as everyone thought it would be. I think my favorite part was learning his nickname used to be Radical Rad. Or maybe the backstory between him and Jim Goodbout in the parking lot of a burger king? That sounds like it could be a whole presentation in itself. Conrad is such a people person, and over the years he has learned how small the world truly is with people from his past overlapping into the people from today. Growing up as a German Italian in Boston and both illegal and legally running in the Boston Marathon he has a lot of stories to tell. He wrapped it up with the joy and confidence rotary has brought him in helping him become a better speaker, and the happiness of giving back to the community.


Meeting adjourned at 1:15

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Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
Rotary members have contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $8 billion to the effort.
Polio Today
With our partners, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to just 33 cases caused by the wild virus in 2018. Only two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases and create lasting impact in other areas of public health.
Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance. Afghanistan and Pakistan face unique challenges, including political insecurity, highly mobile populations, difficult terrain, and, in some instances, logistical barriers. With sufficient resources, the commitment of national governments, and innovations that improve access to remote areas, we are optimistic that we can eliminate polio.
Ensuring Success
Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year. These funds provide much-needed operational support, medical workers, laboratory equipment, and educational materials. Governments, corporations, and private donors all play a crucial role in funding.
Rotary in Action
More than 1 million Rotary members have donated their time and money to eradicate polio, and every year, hundreds of member’s work with health workers to vaccinate children in countries affected by polio. Rotary members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute informational materials for people in areas that are isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. They also mobilize to recruit fellow volunteers, assist in transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
Celebrity Support
Rotary has a growing list of public figures and celebrities who support our fight against polio, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; actor and wrestling superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action-movie star Jackie Chan; actor Donald Sutherland; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angélique Kidjo, and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help Rotary educate the public about the disease and the fight to end polio for good.  
September 25, 2019
Respectfully submitted by Julie Villemaire
President Fausto was MIA so today’s meeting was presided over by President-Elect, Don Pilon.  Don started the meeting at approximately 12:17 p.m.  Apparently, the presidential gavel was also MIA.  It sounded like Don was using a piece of cutlery to ring the bell.   Joe Bassett was called upon once again to provide a moving invocation and Jackson Brown showed the crowd that he knew what he was doing when he flawlessly led the 4 Way Test with a strong air of confidence.
Vice President, Marty Grohman, introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.  We were pleased to have Past District Governor, Dave Underhill, and Jim Far (?-Not sure of his last name-I couldn’t hear very well.) from Kiwanis join us today. 
The 50/50 Drawing was won by Karen Chasse.  The pot reached $22 today!
Conrad announced that Classification Talks will start next week.  Due to the fact that he had zero volunteers, Conrad put everyone’s name into a “baggie” and he pulled 3 out.  The lucky winners, or “presenters” for next week, which is actually tomorrow 10/02, are: Kaitlin Tito, Bill Kany and Paul Deschambault.  Unfortunately, Paul announced that he will be absent for the next 3 weeks so Conrad had to go back to the baggie.  Heather Gendron was the lucky winner this time.  Don’t forget to thank Paul, Heather!  Each of the presenters will have 10 minutes to talk about themselves or whatever topic they choose.  Although the purpose of these classification talks is for the other members of the club to get to know you a little bit better.  Just keep in mind that someone, probably not me, will be taking notes for publication so you want to keep it family friendly!
Don forgot to call on SAA Heather MacLean so that cost him dearly.
Happy Dollars were collected for:
Dr. Joe Boyle gave $5 for 5 days of bliss during a solo stay at the Samoset, where he had an incredible room with an excellent view while his 3 step daughters were visiting his wife.
PP Joe Moreshead was happy for a Sea Bag at Whimsical ME that Andrea likes.
Brian & his wife Debby are celebrating their 15 year wedding anniversary.
Mark Nahorney & his wife Valerie celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary at the opera.
Julie & her husband Dan are celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary.
Jim LaBelle was happy to be the Greeter today.
PP Karen Chasse gave a “poor Don” dollar for enduring spending time with her ex-husband while he power washed Don’s house. She also donated back a portion of her 50/50 winnings.
Past DG Dave Underhill was happy for his “past” title & happy to give away money as the Global Grant Coordinator. Watch out Lucie Kay, Dave is Roland’s new BFF!
PP Roland is happy for Past DG Dave Underhill & future Global Grant opportunities
Conrad was happy for having a great Birthday weekend and of course a party. 
PP Ken Farley was happy he survived “Homecoming Weekend” at Maine Maritime.
Fines were collected for:
Happy Birthday Jim Godbout!
PP Julie for 15 year anniversary in Rotary
Mark Nahorney for 4 year anniversary in Rotary
Jim LaBelle was hit up for something but I was only able to write his name down before SAA Heather was on to the next victim L I’m sure it was a doozy!
PP Keith Jacques and Brenda Pollock were the recipients of the “cute outfit” designation club.  SAA Heather named both a male and female recipient because she wanted to be fair to all concerned.
Bill Kany was fined for his “look of horror” when Conrad drew his name from the baggie for the official round one of Classification talks.
PP Roland was fined for SAA Heather not knowing why he had a “buffalo” in the back of his car.  I’m not sure if I heard that one right but it sounds like something Roland would be carrying around with him.
Our speaker today was the CEO & Founder of Our Lady of Perpetual Support for People Living with Aids and Orphans (OLPS), Sister Anastasia, also a Rotarian.  PP Roland introduced Sister Anastasia. We have done a lot of projects in Kenya & formed a wonderful partnership since the early 2000.  Office equipment for her NGO, education sponsorship for orphaned children, support for post- election violence in her community, Microlending program supporting HIV + individuals and our current educational sponsorship of two young girls, Judith and Antoinette.
Sister Anastasia said her Tribe wanted to thank Roland and our Club. We have built a strong relationship that was started in Faith and is also built on Trust.  In 2001, their priority was having a means to communicate to make their working environment easier. Our club helped provide funding to purchase a computer, printer and fax machine.
Sister Anastasia mentioned that there were many “vulnerable kids”.  These were high school age kids who were unable to attend school because they couldn’t afford it. We were able to send enough money to support 10 students.  One of the students is now working in Chicago. Juliana was born with HIV and is now residing in Boston. She is a champion for kids living with HIV.  Another student, Brian, is a land surveyor. One student went into politics. Another student is working with people with HIV & TB & helps with organizing fundraisers.
2007 was the year of the Microlending Project.  They received $10k from our Club and another $10k from the District.  This program empowered the Women & some men.  The men received support from the women.  This program allowed the women to have some independence so they did not have to rely on the men for everything.  They were able to buy medicine.  Sister Anastasia said, “No one beats you because you are able to live on your own.”  “Dependency Syndrome”, which used to be, is no longer there.  High school is expensive but they were able to go to the bank and borrow money. 
Sister Anastasia’s Tribe still honors the Bible in that “man is head of the house” but there is a big difference from then and now.
December, 2007, election for President was a very tough time. Accepting defeat was not easy.  More violence was created because of this.  People died.  It was hard for people to go out.
They started a camp & encouraged other people to join. Our club was able to send some money to help support and feed some of these people.  Some were also able to attend school.
Sister Anastasia said, “HIV/Aids is the leprosy of my time.” She said it was now harder to contract the disease due to “Prevention Positive”.  If I’m positive, I’m not going to spread it.  Their bishop is on board with promoting the use of condoms.
Sister Anastasia is good at identifying the needs but finance is not her thing.  She works with another person who is very good with money and puts it where it needs to go.
Two of the students mentioned above, Judith and Antoinette, wanted to send their Thanks and appreciation for the support of our Club.  They are very grateful and said, “You have made us what we are today!” 
Note:  The money that we raise with the CLYNK program goes to help support the education for Judith and Antoinette, so drink up and put your empty bottles in the green CLYNK bags earmarked for our Rotary club!
If you’d like to learn more about Sister Anastasia and OLPS please visit their website at www.olpskenya.org or you could tap into the knowledge and experience of our own Past President, Roland Gagne.
Everyone’s Phone Number at Your Fingertips
Have you done the easy ClubRunner download yet?
How would you like to have not only your own Rotary Club members contact information but also the entire District at your fingertips? You can and so much more by downloading the new and improved ClubRunner Mobile App. You can also access club and district leadership, stories and events all with just a few clicks. Connecting to them is as easy as clicking on the phone number or email address.You can download it on the AppStore or GooglePlay and be on your way in minutes. Now would also be a good time to make sure that your profile is current, and if you do not have a picture saved, or your birthday listed, considering updating your information now! Reach out and collaborate with other like minded Rotarians from around our district and be the People of Action that your are!

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
                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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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.
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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.
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

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
1988 Richard Nason
1989 Dr. Andre Fortier
1992 Agnes Flaherty
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
Boyle (+3)LawrenceJan-98
ChasseKaren Jun-06
Dallaire (+8)BrianDec-02
Deschambault (+1)Paul3-Jun
Drouin (+6)Ronald 16-Jun
Kay (+1)Lucie Jun-10
Elie (+3)DenisJun-03
Eon (+1)RolandMay-96
Gagne (+8)RolandMay-03
GagnonRonald Feb-01
Godbout (+3)Jim May-09
Goodwin (+8)Carl Apr-90
Goodwin (+1)EarlJan-84
Hennessey (+2)CharlesMay-92
Kany (+1)A. WilliamMay-92
Kany (+1)BillMay-94
Lane (+1)DanaJun-05
MacLean (+1)HeatherFeb-06
McAllister (+2)JimJun-10
Moreshead (+2)JosephMay-08
Plourde (+1)HeleneMay-96
Villemaire (+1)JulieJun-06
WoodBernice Jun-10


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


Total Raised:

Containers CLYNKed:

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


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100 Main St
Saco, ME  04072
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