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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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Speakers
Drew Dumsch
Oct 25, 2017
The Ecology School
Jessica Leclerc
Nov 01, 2017
St Andre Health Care
Jesse Harvey
Nov 08, 2017
Journey House Sober Living
Nancy
Nov 15, 2017
Eastern Trail
NO Meeting
Nov 22, 2017
Laura young
Nov 29, 2017
Maine Community Foundation
Al Carrigan
Dec 06, 2017
The Rotary Party Story
Jen Fuller
Dec 13, 2017
Boot2Roots
NO Meeting
Dec 27, 2017
 
 
Home Page Stories
 
he 3rd Annual Celebration of Suds will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 6-9pm at the Pepperell MIll Campus Community Room (near Portland Pie). It will bringslocal craft brewers and craft beer lovers together to experience the best craft brews in the area. This event supports the charitable giving of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club who has been making a difference in our community since 1920. 

Support Rotary and have a great time doing it! Tickets only $25 each! Must be 21 to attend and bring ID.
 

DATE AND TIME

LOCATION

Pepperell Mill Campus

40 Main Street

(Next to Portland Pie)

Biddeford, ME 04005

NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR!

The link to purchase tickets online is below:
 
 
 
 
 
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 
 
For those of you who thought I had forgotten how to write, you were correct, but after a refresher I am back for at least one week’s worth of rant for the Tack.
 
            Have you noticed that as you grow older change is more and more inevitable, but, with each passing year, you attempt to resist change with every ounce of your being? Or maybe that is just me.  Well, our Club is about to experience some significant changes which many of you know about, but about which I only recently became informed.
 
            Before last year’s TV auction, Time Warner became Spectrum.  Right after the auction Spectrum fired all of the employees who used to help us with our auction and announced that it would be discontinuing that type of public support going forward which you can do when you’re a monopoly.  That left our Club and Saco Bay wondering what we would do to still put on the auction or do we scrap it and come up with a new fundraiser to replace the $25,000.00 +/- we received each year from the auction.  There was some inquiry to Thornton Academy and Biddeford Public access about continuing the auction on the local public access channels without Spectrum, but ultimately our Board voted to end the auction and replace it with another fundraiser.
 
            The fundraiser suggested by Saco Bay is a much larger $100 raffle.  The details of the fundraiser must be worked out, but the concept is truly promising.  I would encourage everyone to be open minded and really step up and support the new fundraiser which we will continue to do with Saco Bay. 
 
            It is incredibly important, however, that we recognize that this new fundraiser means that we will no longer do our traditional fall $100 raffle that has been an incredibly successful fundraiser for the club for about 40 years.  It was successful because of Earl and Carl Goodwin and it was the brainchild of Earl.  It was an event that poured $14,000.00 +/- into our coffers every year without fail.  The fact is that it does not make sense to do a $100 raffle in the fall and another larger raffle in the spring.  What does make sense, however, is to stop and acknowledge what the $100 raffle has meant to our club and to thank the Goodwin’s for their years of devotion to that event before we bury it.  Yes, change is inevitable but respect what preceded the change.
 
            It is also important that we acknowledge the death of our TV auction after 28 years.  Our auction was the envy of the district and often imitated.  I was involved in all of them and Bob Begin and I hosted the first bunch of auctions staying on the air all day.  The auctions were hard work, collaborative, successful, but most of all fun.  We used the auctions as training for our vice presidents and we quickly realized if you can pull off the auction you can certainly run the Club.  The auction brought out the best in our best Rotarians.  Julie Villemaire, Karen Chasse, Denis Elie, Rollie Eon, and many more stepped up every year to make the auction a huge success. 
 
Unfortunately, our auction is another victim of corporate American, but in this day and age of social media and instant gratification, let’s pause for at least one second to acknowledge that the auction was and will always be a huge part of the history of our Club and should not be summarily discarded like yesterday’s trash without at least some acknowledgement.
 
Yes, change is inevitable, and it is caused by all sorts of factors.  We need to embrace and welcome change, but not at the total expense of history.  I, for one, will miss the old $100 raffle and the auction and what they meant to the Club, but I will do all that I can to support our new fundraiser, the success of which will come from all that we learned from our past efforts.  Okay, now I can kick the dirt onto the old $100 raffle and the TV auction knowing that at least I have given their proper respect.
 
 

 
I have heard from several Rotarians offering to volunteer, however I need more.  If you are going to the event please let me know so I can put you down for a shift at the entrance to give a glass, take tickets, sell 50/50 or pour at a table.  Remember, many hands make light work and we can all have fun!!
 
I am still looking for more silent auction items.  Please ask any businesses you know for gift certificates, sports tix, framed photos or paintings, etc.
 
Setup will happen at 12:00 noon as that is the earliest we can get into the space.
 
KEEP PUSHING TICKETS - Facebook is free!!!  
 
THANKS A LOT!!!!
 
Ken Farley
Pledge of Allegiance:            Jackson Brown
 
4 Way Test & who led it:       Brian Dallaire                         
 
Invocation (prayer) & who led it:                              Joe Moreshead                                               
 
President-Elect (Bernice Wood) Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests: There were no visiting guests this week
 
Announcements: 
 
50/50 Drawing:  Pfausto won this week, but since he didn’t choose an Ace, the winnings are once again rolled over until next week. The 50/50is up to $284.00.
 
Sergeant At-Arms (SAA):Denis Ely- Happy Dollars: Joe Boyle is happy that so many women were concerned about him at Rotary last week when we thought something happened to him; he had just taken a nap, he is also happy that the club donated an extra $3000. Conrad is happy that he had a great BBQ, a nice canoe trip, and an extra week off; Matt is happy school is back in session, and its football season; Don Pilon is happy that he is officially a candidate for Mayor; Denis is happy that the TA varsity team won and the JV team won on Monday.
FINES: Mark Tuller for his long vacation from Rotary, Joe M. for his lack of Prayer notes, Ron Gagne for speeding past Denis, Bernice for posting year old news on FB, Lucinda as a new member, Don & Heather for talking during induction of a new member, Randy for a corn hole board with his company Norcom name on it, and Pfausto for parking out front.
 
 
Speaker Presentation
This week we had a visit from Kristin Pollard and Judith Vardamis with the American Red Cross. They educated our members about their mission, which is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Did you know that 94% of their workforce is made up of volunteers in our communities?
 
They provide blood services, service the armed forces, health and safety preparedness, CPR services, and disaster services to those in need.
 
You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Volunteers are currently needed to go to Texas for a minimum of 10 days at a time. You can also donate blood, and there are other ways to help as well.
 
For more information, check out their website at www.MaineRedCross.org. You can also reach Julie at 874-1192 ext 102.    Have a great week everyone!
 
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
 
 
The beer festival committee has been busy working to set up the Celebration of Suds this year (for you new Rotarians this is our craft brew festival).  Again this year the event will be held in the community room at Pepperell Mill Campus (same room as the wine tasting) on Saturday October 21 from 6 to 9 pm.  
 
Tickets and posters should be ready by next week sometime.  We will also have the ability to sell tickets online through www.Eventbrite.com.  I will send the link to that webpage once it is setup.  Selling both physical tickets and online tickets has worked the best for us.
 
We will be setting up an event on Facebook and inviting as many of you as possible.  Please use this free advertising tool to "invite" your friends and promote this event.
 
We are looking for sponsors for the event.  Please see attachment for the various levels.  
We are always looking for more brewers, if you know someone at a craft brewer that you would like to invite please let me know so that we aren't hitting them multiple times.
 
We will be passing around a volunteer sign up sheet sometime next month.  Please help make this a fun and successful event and sign up to help.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Thanks a lot!
 
 
Ken Farley
Sponsorship Opportunities
 
Saturday, October 21 2017 6 – 9 pm
Pepperell Mill Campus, 40 Main St, Biddeford
 
 
 
 
Keg:  $500
 
                             Proceeds benefit our charitable fund
 
 
  • Named in press releases
  • Listing on event and Rotary website
  • Acknowledgement on Rotary Facebook Page
  • Thank you sign at event
  • 4 complimentary tickets
 
Growler:  $250
  • Named in press releases
  • Listing on event and Rotary website
  • Acknowledgement on Rotary Facebook Page
  • Thank you sign at event
 
  • :  $150
  • Listing on event and Rotary website
  • Acknowledgement on Rotary Facebook Page
  • Thank you sign at event
 
Any other amount is appreciated.                                                                                                                                            
 
Company Name (as you wish it to be publicized): ______________________________________________
Contact Person: _________________________________________________________________________   
Address: _______________________________________________________________________________
Town/State/Zip Code: ____________________________________________________________________  
Phone: __________________________   Email: _______________________________________________
 
 
 
Please make checks payable to Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco and mail to:                                                           
              Celebration of Suds
              Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco
              PO Box 298
              Saco, ME 04072
 

 

Oct. 25: Linda Verville and Mark Nahorney

Nov. 1: Heather MacLean, Matt Simmons
Nov. 8: Heather MacLean, Don Pilon
Nov. 15: Rae Smith, Jessica Holland
Nov. 22: Karen Chasse, Mark Nahorney 
Nov. 29:
 
Dec. 6: Karen Chasse, Peggy Bean
Dec. 13: Don Pilon 
Dec. 20: Conrad Wetzel, Heather MacLean
Dec. 27:
 
Jan. 3: Heather MacLean, Don Pilon 
Jan. 10:
Jan. 17:
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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Clynk

Total Raised:
$2,021.30

Containers CLYNKed:
36,891

 

Environmental Impact:

  • Energy: Saved enough energy to light 52.1 lightbulbs—24 hours a day—for a year.
  • Emissions: Saved the emissions equivalent of driving a car 9,853 miles.
  • Volume: Diverted enough containers to fill 375.8 lobster traps

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