Posted by Susan Gajewski on Nov 10, 2019
 
 
Please mark your calendar for Thursday, December 12th at 5 pm for our annual Rotary Christmas Party. This year, we are invited to Don Pilon’s home in Saco for our gathering. Thank you Don!
 
We’ll be having a gift exchange coordinated by Heather and I’ll be organizing the pot luck. Sign up sheets will be passed around at our lunch meetings. More info soon...our big event is only 5 weeks away. Hope everyone is able to attend. 

 
 
 
Annual Christmas Party Susan Gajewski 2019-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Oct 29, 2019
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
The $100 Raffle night has been set for Wednesday, December 4th, 5-7pm at Duffy's in Old Orchard Beach.  It will take the place of our regular club meeting for that week so please mark your calendar and attend if you can.  Tickets are being printed, then sorted and will be distributed on Wednesday, November 13th.  This only leaves you TWO WEEKS to sell them before the event!  Please consider this email as my plea to start asking your family and friends now (and collect the money while they are in a Turkey coma).  
 
The Excel spreadsheet (and PDF) from last year's sales is sent by email if you would like to see who you sold to.  If there is a member no longer in our club, I will reassign their tickets to new Rotarians or any Rotarian who sells less than three tickets to ensure I am spreading the pain evenly.  :)
 
Thank you,
Karen and Kaitlin
Co-Chairs
 
 
 
Annual $100 Raffle Karen Chasse 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Pollock on Oct 23, 2019
 
 
 
 
Chief – John Duross & Lieutenant Karl Finley
 
Chief Duross
  • October is fire prevention month. The catalyst for fire prevention week came from The Great Chicago fire on October 9, 1871 that killed approximately 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city and left more than 100,000 residents homeless.
  • in 2017 – 1.3 million fires in the U.S. causing 3,400 deaths and a loss of $23 billion.
  • In general, 30% of all fires begin at home from heating, cooking & smoking related problems.
  • Saco Fire Department works with the Planning & Development Departments to set standards for multi-unit inspection programs, fire safety & code compliance overview. 
  • The Knox Box program, allowing the Fire Department to gain access quickly, is growing in the city.
  • Residential sprinklers are not required in Maine. Fires that start in homes with an installed sprinkler system, are out 97% of the time before the fire department arrives.  Approximately $4,000 to install in a new home. 
Lt. Finley
  • Responsible for Public Education
    • School Programs K-3rd grades
    • Bike & Helmet  Safety
    • Life Jackets & Boating Safety
    • CPR Classes
  • Upcoming Event May 2, 2020 – Join Us To Sound The Alarm – A tri-county Community Event in conjunction with the American Red Cross. It’s part of a national push to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services during our Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.
  • Sponsor a Ride to School in a Fire Truck contest for kids.
  • Their current smoke house is 30-years old. They’re looking into replacing it.
  • Recommended homeowners keep bedroom doors closed at night. Should a fire occur, it holds the smoke back.
President Elect Don presented Chief Duross with a Rotary coffee mug. 
 
 
Saco Fire Dept Chief Brenda Pollock 2019-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Pollock on Oct 16, 2019
 
President Elect Don rang the bell at 12:17
 Mark N. – Four Way Test
Joe – Invocation
Conrad introduced visiting Rotarians and Guests:
               Kim Veilleux – guest of Alicia Girard
President Elect Don:
  • Don announced President Fausto had a last minute appointment he had to attend and was unable to be at today’s meeting.
  • Asked Jim for update on the Rotary House:
    • The house at 518 Main Street, Biddeford will be a 4-bedroom, 3 bath home. Demo crews will be on site soon. Mobile Design Studios in Biddeford, comped most of the work for this project. Plans of the home circulated.
 
50/50 $23 was won by Sarah Curley. She donated it to Red Ribbon.
 
Announcements:
  • Sue G. Reminded members of DINE TO DONATE FUNDRAISING NIGHT Thursday, October 24th, from 5-8pm.  15% of the money raised during these 3 hours will come back to the club. Still looking for volunteers to help from 5-6 and 6-7 time slot.
  • Bill – Kennebunk Club announced a new support groups for families dealing with addiction. Held at the Seven Mile Church in Kennebunk on Tuesdays beginning on October 29th from 6:00 – 7:30.
Sargent At Arms Heather
Happy Dollars:
  • Joe played Sargent At Arms last week and collected a lot of money.
  • Ken was happy about celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving.
  • Bill was happy about having Turducken.
  • Conrad was happy about babysitting his grandchildren for four days.
  • Joe was happy to announce his 3rd great-grandchild.
Fines:
  • President Elect Don– for starting the meeting 2 minutes late.
  • Keith – Happy Birthday fine.
  • Joe M. – Anniversary fine.
  • Karen – 19th Rotary Anniversary.
  • Heather – fined herself.
  • Joe and Paul D both received parking fines.
  • Stoner – Welcome back fine.
  • Sarah C – fined for being beautiful.
 
Meeting Adjourned. 1:30
 
 
Week in Review 10/16/2019 Brenda Pollock 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Gajewski on Oct 15, 2019
Don't forget! This Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm is our fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in Scarborough. Whether you dine-in, order take-out or buy a gift card between 5 and 8 pm, the Biddeford Saco Rotary will get 15% of your purchase donated back to us from Texas Roadhouse when you show the attached flyer. Good food, friends and raising money for charitable giving - it’s a trifecta!
 
Thanks to all the raffle/information table volunteers:
 
5 to 6 pm: Fausto and Morgan 
6 to 7 pm: Joe B and Paulette
7 to 8 pm: Susan and Roland
 
Fausto will bring copies of the flyer to the meeting tomorrow or you can show the attached flyer on your phone. It’s that simple! Please join us tomorrow night and let’s raise a bunch of money for our charitable giving. 
 
Thank you!
 
Susan
 


 
 
 

 

 

 

Dine to Donate fundraiser Susan Gajewski 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Oct 08, 2019
 
 
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!
 
 

Click to: Download on iTunes App Store (free) 

Click to: Download on Android App Store (free)

 
 
CLUBRUNNER MOBILE Brian Dallaire 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Girard on Oct 02, 2019
 

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!

 

Fines!
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

 
 
Week in Review 10/02/2019 Alicia Girard 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 

 
Polio
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.
 
 
PolioPlus
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.
 
 
Challenges
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.  
 
 
 
 
Rotary World Polio Day 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
TACK
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!
 
Announcements: 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/25/2019 Julie Villemaire 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Sep 19, 2019
 
 
 
To all Tack note takers,
 
Please submit your Tack notes to Brian Dallaire at bdallaire@usa.net and with copy to Julie Villemaire at Jvillemaire@maine.rr.com, no later than the Tuesday AM before the next meeting.
 
Thanks
Brian
 
 
Note From The Publisher Brian Dallaire 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 18, 2019
Conrad conducted the 4 way test, and Joe Bassett gave the invocation.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Phil Smith, Saco Bay
Guests: Todd & Rocco from Charter Oak Financial
 
Don Pilon won the 50-50 and donated it to Red Ribbon
 
Phil from the Saco Bay Rotary would like us all to enter their club’s Duck Pluck raffle
 
Happy dollars:
  • Joe Bassett is happy to be here
  • Julie is happy for the cool weather
  • Sabine is happy to demolish things, and likes working on the house
  • Don P is happy to have received a $1000 check from Pirates Cove (good job Don)
 
Happy fines from Sgt at Arms Heather M:
  • Conrad, for his birthday and for not making any mistakes in the 4-way test
  • Lucie fined for her birthday, and again for swearing at President Pifferer (something we all want to do, so it was worth it)
  • Stoner (not present) fined for having a baby
  • Alicia fined for calling Jeremy “Jerry” which she promptly did again, so it didn’t work
  • Reegan fined for looking nice today
  • Conrad fined for his hunt & peck "button masher" typing style while texting
 
President’s report:
 
-Investment committee meeting follows lunch
-Fausto has worked out a proposed deal with Run of the Mill to donate a portion of Tuesday sales to fund a free community Thanksgiving meal
-Jim G reports that a portion of the project house is demolished (thanks Sabine) and foundation work is beginning. Watch for an email with more volunteer opportunities.
-As the year shapes up, our big projects are the raffle with the $100 tickets, the wine tasting, and the 100th anniversary visit from the Bideford, England club (likely held in May 2020)
-There will be an important speaker next week 9/25 which you should not miss, Sister Anastasia from Kenya. Arranged by Roland. We have been funding her work for many years and it will be a nice chance to see the impact of our efforts. Don’t miss it.
-In sad news, Harold Boudreau (Company B Fund) passed away.
 
Speaker updates from Conrad:
-There will be classification talks on Oct 2 & Oct 30. We need 2-3 Rotarians to volunteer to speak at each. 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/18/2019 Martin Grohman 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 18, 2019
Guest speaker:
Melissa Cilley from the Community Bicycle Center located at 45 Granite Street in Biddeford gave a talk. The CBC provides mentorship and growth opportunities to more than 700 kids from Biddeford and Saco. Melissa has been the interim Executive Director since last November.
 
The CBC will be changing their name and logo, and will hold a launch party for their rebranding effort on 10/24 at 5PM at Banded Brewing. All are welcome. Please plan to attend.
 
A signature effort of the CBC is the Kids Bike Factory in which the kids in the program work in teams to fix up old bikes and sell them to fund programs. Kids Bike Factory student Kruze spoke of how the CBC had helped him grow and feel more comfortable in groups and around adults. Also, he is considering a career in the trades or possibly engineering because of his experience at CBC. His dad Neil attended as well so that Kruze, who is in 8th grade, could miss school to come speak to us.
 
CBC has their signature fundraising event “Applecycle” on Saturday 10/5. Reegan and Marty are riding. The length is 40 miles, fueled by cider donuts. Register at https://www.communitybike.net/applecycle2019
 
Kruze’s remarks were moving, and Fausto gave $500 from the President’s Fund to the CBC on the spot, which is entirely grant funded, as all the programs are free for kids.
The CBC may also apply to us for further support as they hope to expand the Kids Bike Factory program into more space and to accommodate more students.
 
Pictured: Neil Maynard, Kruze Maynard, Melissa Cilley
 
 
CBC Melissa Cilley Martin Grohman 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Girard on Sep 11, 2019

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

 

 

Week in Review 9/11/2019 Alicia Girard 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Update Roland Gagne 2019-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Pilon on Sep 04, 2019
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/4/2019 Donald Pilon 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Reegan Hebert on Aug 28, 2019
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. 
 
 
Week in Review 8:21:19 Reegan Hebert 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim LaBelle on Aug 21, 2019
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Week in Review 8/21/2019 Jim LaBelle 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Aug 14, 2019
 

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/

 

                                    

Saco Steam Elaine Palmitessa 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Aug 14, 2019
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.
Week in Review 8/14/2019 Elaine Palmitessa 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 31, 2019

President Fausto Pifferrer led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the 4-way test somewhat led by PP Joe Moreshead.  Paul Deschambault led us in the invocation and Vice President Don Pilon announced we had no guests.  The 50/50 was won by Jackson Brown for the second week in a row (it comes in threes!) but it was only $23 so he probably won’t get too far on buying much with those winnings.

PP Bill Kany presented Paulette Bonneau with a Paul Harris Award.  Although her attendance is not 100% - her giving nature and love for our community is.  Bill stated in his presentation that “while there are many members of our club who unfortunately neither have the time nor the commitment to do what it takes to support the efforts of our club, there are many members who quietly do what it takes event after event to make sure that what we undertake is successful.  Some of those hardworking people have schedules that simply do not allow them to come to meetings on a regular basis but when Rotary really counts they are there to support each and every event.  This recipient is one of those quiet doers who also is our invaluable connection to the Center of Technology and the programs at the COT that we support.” We are very fortunate to have someone like Paulette in our club.

Happy Dollars & Fines – SAA Heather accepted happy dollars and handed out the following fines:

·         Joe – Was thrilled the meeting boasted two more “lovelies” (as Richard J. Martin often referred to the woman of Rotary) than men.  SAA Heather quickly reminded Fossil Kany that us women are taking over and then fined Joe for his terrible leadership skills in announcing the 4-way test.

·         Ken – Climbed Mount Katahdin this past weekend and it was amazing views.

·         Julie – Happy that Karen Gendron (aka Heather Gendron and Karen Chasse) took the TACK notes the last two meetings.  It appears we tied the knot this past weekend in Mount Katahdin with Ken as our witness. President Fausto was happy we finally came out of the closet to join him.

·         President Fausto – He appeared to have a great week on Facebook, was showcasing his ginormous thighs this week thanks to the heat, and for not informing his partner that he cannot pull off the same look as himself.

·         Sarah – Should be happy that she has a new fluffy German shepherd puppy

·         Jackson – For his 50/50 winnings but more importantly, he received homemade cookies and then others in the club wondered why he was so special and why couldn’t they have cookies too.

·         Bill K – Looking a bit casual for a large bank lawyer in his golf outfit

·         Paulette – Poor Bill had to carry her Paul Harris award around for a month and be prepared to speak at a moment’s notice each week in hopes she would be able to attend a weekly meeting

·         Haley – Super cute dress that SAA Heather wanted to buy for $1 

·         Lucie – She showcased a photo in the TJ Maxx parking lot in which an SUV with the plate “KANY” was in the handicap space but half way on the grass island.  She immediately sent it to Bill and told him nice parking job and he replied, “It’s my Mom!”  Way to throw your Mom under the bus for your bad parking skills Bill!

Dates to Know/Announcements:

·         Golf for Good: August 3 and 4 – all day at Schooners, Martels and Pirates Cove.  We have 57 Hole Sponsors with RP Bell being a major sponsor at Schooners.  We currently only have 12 Rotarians out of 65 signed up to help sell 50/50 tickets!  We need to staff these sales because it is an easy way to boost this fundraiser and make easy money.  The facilities will also contribute $1 for every game played by patrons.  PLEASE HELP!!! 

·         New Menu: Next week we will have new menu options, such as burgers, chicken salad, half sandwich/half soup, etc.  You have spoken and President Fausto is listening.

·         Board Meeting: The Board Meeting this month is not on the first Wednesday.  It will be held on August 7th at 7:45am at P&C Insurance in Biddeford.  All are welcome to attend.

·         Annual Kinney Shores Black Party to support Red Ribbon Committee: Jim thanked Joe M. and Bill P. for coming out on the hottest day of the summer to help with this event which raised over $2,000 for Red Ribbon.   

·         Rotary House: Jim announced he is waiting for the final judgement from Keith prior to the teardown of the back in the near future.  The plans have been approved by the Code Enforcement Office and construction should start this Fall.  He thanked a local architect for donating her time and alerted Paulette that the COT students can continue working on the on-site house that will be moved as we work on this one.  He will look into using the COT students for plumbing and heating and look into if electrical kids can assist.

·         My Place Teen Center: Jim is also involved in this project (I’m sure you are not surprised!).  He stated that Biddeford Housing Authority will cover the majority of the renovation costs and the kitchen should be covered by the club’s $25K commitment and other local donors.  There are 30 sets of pews that will need to be removed so labor will come up as a club project but he would like to keep some for the dining room to preserve history and Fausto mentioned connecting with rental companies as they would potentially purchase them for use at events.

There was no scheduled speaker this week so we were able to leave after lunch and good conversation.

Week in Review 7/31/2019 Karen Chasse 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
 
What a beautiful afternoon at Kinney Shores on Sunday. Bill Paterson and I helped Jim Godbout’s Kinney Shores annual summer fling and fund raiser for the Red Ribbon Committee. Bill and I were tasked with running the dunk tank. I got a little wet because I was the guy fixing the bench for the kids to sit on. Bill got soaked with sweat keeping kids in line and handing them the balls to throw. Gotta say- these were some good kids- kudos to their parents. Not sure how much money got raised but , I did see a few guys walk up to Jim and hand him a check. Jim’s wife Lynne was selling T-shirts. I should have bought one they were really nice.
 
Jim’s street was closed to traffic so that ping pong tables could be set up for a tournament in the middle of the street. There were a bunch of games set up for kids as well. A ton of food including pulled pork, hot dogs, chicken, Jim’s favorite Kale salad- ( who eats that stuff besides Jim ) and a bunch of other choices. We as Rotarians and citizens owe Jim and Lynne a big thanks for opening up their home and hearts to address a problem that is the scourge of everybody’s community- the opioid problem.
 
So Jim owns a dunk tank- I say we have a meeting- bring your bathing suits and we have a dunk tank meeting- how much money could we raise at lunch dunking guys like so and so  ……..  I’ll let you fill in the blank. I know I would throw some money at that!!
 
Respectfully
Joe Moreshead
Dunk Tank Operator
 
 
Red Ribbon Committee at Kinney Shores Joe Moreshead 2019-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rocks 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Gendron on Jul 24, 2019
 
Pledge of Allegiance:            Lead by President Fausto Pifferrer
 
4 Way Test:                            Jim McAllister
 
Invocation:                               Lucie Kay 
 
President-Elect Don Pilon Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Visiting Rotarians; Andy Glazier (Rotary District Governor) and his wife Pam Gray, guest Kaitlin Tito
 
 50/50 Drawing:  Jackson Brown  $$
 
Sergeant At-Arms (SAA): Heather MacLean
Happy Dollars:  Kristen Lane’s daughter made $43 on her lemonade stand, Mark Nahorney happy about the now playing musical within a comedy, called The Drowsy Chaperone at the Biddeford City Theater, playing through August 4th, CJ Cote happy her recent surgery for her carpal tunnel was a success, Matt Simmons happy his son made the Travel Elite Baseball team this summer, Bill Kany celebrating the “good ole days” when there was no women in the club (Yup, he pays for that one!), Conrad going on vacation and Fausto so happy to visit with mom and received yet another award at the International Caters Award ceremony for being so awesome and 3 major events one weekend and was successful!
Heather Fines: Bill paid for being a “fossil” for his comment, Fausto for going on vacation and not sharing any fun photos on social media, Jim LaBelle for not helping Heather M. out at the beach when it was needed and for your phone going off during the meeting, Karen for having too much fun this weekend with her girlfriends, Conrad for not inviting Heather to yet another party he hosted, Don Pilon for being “sassy”, Kristen Lane fined for being gorgeous, Ray Demers for a perfect goatee and Marty Grohman for being last one in!
 
 
Speaker Presentation: District Governor Andy Glazier.  Starting the presentation with thanking all Rotarians for stepping up in club roles; committees, board, fundraisers, past or present.  He shared that he loves the weekly newsletters (tack) that he gets to read from our club weekly, makes him feel like he is at the meetings with us.  He continued to share that he is thoroughly impressed with this clubs enthusiasm, he feels it is the most enthusiastic clubs he has ever attended! Please consider attending “Rotary Rocks”, a one day hosted by the Rotary District 7780 Grow Rotary Team, Featuring the projects of the Rotary Clubs of Southern Maine and Coastal New Hampshire.  Open to the public, open to all current Rotarians and future Rotarians, Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9am – 4pm at the Abramson Community Education Center, USM, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME.  FMI: www.rotaryrocks.info
 
 
Week in Review 7/24/2019 Heather Gendron 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2019
 
Latest Global Grant Approval
 
For your consideration - at your next club meeting contribute a happy dollar to celebrate our latest approved Global Grant and remind your members of the good use to which their contributions are put. The small city of Petrich is located in southwestern Bulgaria, near the border with Greece. It's lone hospital has grossly inadequate and old maternal health equipment which results in many women with complicated or difficult pregnancies travel to distant cities for services. A real problem for women of limited financial means. The Grant, approved last month, will provide new and up-to-date neonatal care equipment allowing early diagnosis of possible complications and effective treatment and provide training for staff. As you know, Maternal and Child Health is one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus. The grant totals $72,273. Six District 7780 clubs contributed (Portsmouth, Saco Bay Sunset, Sanford-Springvale, South Berwick-Eliot, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, and Yarmouth), and the District put in $7,714 in DDF.  This grant is a direct consequence of the International Outreach exchange we had with Bulgaria in 2014-15. One of the Bulgarians who visited us on the exchange and hosted our team that went there is now District Governor in Bulgaria and reached out to us. It is very important that Rotarians know about how their money is being spent and this is another great example to remind them.
 
Lawrence Furbish
District 7780 Foundation Committee Chair
 
 
Rotary Foundation in Action 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Nahorney on Jul 21, 2019
 
 

President-Elect Don Pilon chaired the meeting

Paul Deschambault lead those in attendance in the Four Way Test

Joe Bassett gave the invocation

There were no guests

50/50 was a whooping $14 and won by Alicia Girard

 

Announcements:

-Don sent around a Thank You card from Thornton Academy

 

-Jim Godbout spoke about his presentation oat RYLA

 

-Don then gave an update on the Mini-Golf Tournament August 3 & 4:

            Need more sponsors

                        We have 4 $1000 sponsors

                        Need more $100 hole sponsors

            Need more volunteers for 3 hours blocks of time during the 2 days

            May not be using Aquaboggon because it is not the destination for mini-golf that Martels,             Pirates Cove and Schooner are

 

-Sweetser is seeking help with their Suicide Prevention cycle/stroll/walk on 9/8/2019 – contact Don Pilon

 

-Bill Paterson represented our club at the Governor's Opiate Summit

 

-Jim Godbout passed around the preliminary plans for the new house to be renovated/rebuilt on Main Street (with river views.) It is almost to begin.

 

 

Sargent at Arms: Heather McClean

Happy dollars and fines!

 

Presentation

United Way York County Office

Sarah Hoover & Reegan Hebert

 

Tools4School Program

            Backpacks and supplies for school children in the area

                        Plans are to distribute over 1000 backpacks with supplies

                        Has been well received in previous years

                        Donations of backpacks and supplies are made but they needed additional financial                                   assistance

                        Questions and answers

I wanted to thank you and the whole Rotary club for giving me the opportunity to speak last Wednesday. It was wonderful to meet you all and learn more about the work your Rotary club accomplishes in our community. I wanted to send over digital copies of our registration form and supply list, as well as the link below to apply for backpacks online.
 
 
Wishing you a wonderful Monday! Best,

Sarah
 
Sarah Hoover
Community Impact Project Manager
United Way of York County 
Office Ph: 207-985-3359 Fax: 207-985-3564
36 Water Street, PO Box 727
Kennebunk, Maine 04043-0727

Meeting adjourned

 

 

           

 

 

 
 
e-Tack 7/17/2019 Mark Nahorney 2019-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jul 16, 2019

Calling all Rotarians to Action!
 
August 3rd and 4th is right around the corner and we are still in need of $100 Hole Sponsors to help make our mini golf fundraiser event a success.
 
If every Rotarian would consider asking their place of business to sponsor one hole for $100, we would be very close to reaching our goal of 90 hole sponsors!
 
We are quickly running out of time!  We need to obtain these sponsors as soon as possible so that the appropriate banners with sponsor names can be created in time for the event.
 
This going to be a great event that you don't want to miss out on!  We are also in need of more volunteers to help out throughout the weekend.  Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated.  Bring your family and friends to help out.We are going to need all hands on deck to help make this fundraiser a success! 
 
There is a sign up sheet that will be circulating at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to Don Pilon, Haley Thompson, Conrad Welzel or any member of the committee and they can hook you up with a place and time.
 
There is a flyer available that you can provide to the local businesses with the information regarding the various mini golf locations.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attach it to this email but I will work with Brian to get it sent out to everyone and also have it posted to our website.  I can also email the form to you directly. Just reach out to me at jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank
Participating locations include Pirates Cove, Martel's, Schooners and Aquaboggan.
 
Thank you in advance for stepping up to help out with this event!  I have no doubt that Rotarians will pull through because that's just what we do!!
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Julie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Mini Golf Fundraiser- Hole Sponsors Needed ASAP! Julie Villemaire 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Grohman on Jul 10, 2019
 
 
Marty gave us a presentation about the West Brook Skating Rink.  Here is a story from the Journal Tribute from January 2018.
 
BIDDEFORD — West Brook Skating rink will not open this skating season, but those involved with the rink say they’re looking to opening again next year — and celebrate its centennial.
“I am very disappointed that we were unable to open the rink,” said Dave Gagnon, president, Friends of West Brook Skating Rink in a news release. “The rink depends on an army of volunteers to get it up and running and maintained throughout the season, and we simply were unable to accomplish everything we needed to do before the cold weather set in.” 
Early in December, Friends of West Brook Skating Rink asked the public’s help in preparing the rink for opening day, but Gagnon said the early snow and cold weather inhibited the rink’s volunteers from completing all improvements that were needed.
About a dozen people turned out to help mow, chop and rake cattails from the rink area at West Brook — some more than six feet high — to try and get the rink in shape during a Saturday in December. They wanted to be able to lace up their skates and glide across the ice just as Biddeford folks have been doing at West Brook Skating Rink for nearly 100 years.
“We will resume our efforts as soon as the snow and ice thaws in the spring,” said Gagnon.  “With any luck, we will continue to have support from the greater Biddeford community and will have the rink in better shape for its 100 year anniversary.”
The rink opened in 1921. The walls of the concession stand and skate rental shop — a converted house that could also use some work, volunteers say —  show old photos and old newspaper clippings of past skaters and winning hockey teams, like the 1933 West Brook Athletic Club Hockey Team. 
The Friends of West Brook Skating Rink in December  had approached Mayor Alan Casavant to see if there was anything the city could to do assist this year —  the city owns the property.
Casavant on Tuesday said there had been no money budgeted for the rink, the council had not discussed the matter and the Friends had not made a presentation to them.
He said it is his understanding that there are structural issues with the dam and that some permits the city had helped attain to make repairs about four years ago had expired and must be sought again before work can be done.
As to whether the city can help in the future, Casavant said it depends on costs and other factors.
“It is really difficult to look at future budgeting because there are so many pressing needs,” said Casavant. “It depends on the cost, what it would take, and with one rink in the city already … if the cost is going to be expensive, to expend a lot of money for that for a number of days in a year creates a problem.”
Friends of West Brook Skating Rink is looking to form a 501 (c)(3) to help raise funds for the rink’s needed improvements. Volunteers will also turn to the community again in the spring and summer months for help with clean up and construction at the rink, Gagnon said in a statement.
Gagnon said West Brook Skating Rink will celebrate its centennial year during the 2018 – 2019 season.
The rink is a community gem and we plan to keep it alive for more generations to enjoy,” said Gagnon. “I understand many will be disappointed with our decision, but I can assure you we are working hard to build a better rink.  We need volunteers and I hope many will be willing to lend us a hand in the new year.”
— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 ortwells@journaltribune.com.
 
 
 
 
 
West Brook Skating Rink Martin Grohman 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Mini Golf Fundraiser Donald Pilon 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jul 09, 2019
 
 
On behalf of the Rotary International Foundation, I would like to thank all of you that have contributed to the Annual-Share Fund.  President Joe's goal 0f $7,000 has been far exceeded!
 
This year, 57 members contributed as follows:      Annual Fund  $10,198.19; Polio Plus $1,008 for a total of $11,206.
 
This represents 145% of goal!     All time giving by our club amounts to an impressive $261,316.
 
Membership recognition for contributions break down as follows:
                                         Category                                        Number of Members
               Total Rotary Foundation Giving(TRF) of $25 or more        36
               Every Rotary Every Year (EREY) of $25 or more               36
               Sustaining Members of $100 or more                              30
               New Paul Harris Eligible (Each $1,000)                              3
 
The average TRF Giving was $157.83 and Annual Fund per Capita $143.64.
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

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. 

 

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.

 

Thank you again.

Brian Dallaire

BS Rotary Foundation Chair

 

4 Star Charity (highest Level)

 

92% of funds are spent on programs and operations

 

 
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Posted by Fausto Pifferrer on Jul 03, 2019
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
President's Inaugural Speech Fausto Pifferrer 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jul 03, 2019
 
 
Hey, I just left my position as president and now I am writing the Tack. So our new President Fausto started his day at the BOD meeting. Not to be outdone by any of his predecessors he presented all of us with our very own 3 ring binder so we can keep all things Rotary in our notebooks. I must admit it was a nice touch. Too bad there were only 4 of us at his first meeting. As a result no actions were taken.
 
Fast forward to lunch…..
 
The meeting was promptly started at 12:15. Ron Drouin insisted that we de-bell Fausto’s first bell ringing. So I got a towel from Bee, the hostess and gave it to Karen. She took the bell and stuffed it. Poor Fausto had that deer in the headlight look not knowing what happened to his bell.
 
Fausto gave his Inaugural Speech.
 
 
 
Fausto then introduced his SAG, Heather Maclean. She quickly cleaned up with happy dollars from just about the 21 people at the meeting. Joe Boyle is always happy, Bill Kany know has a legit pill pusher in his family. Dr. Erin Kany received some license or something to push pills, while young Andy Kany turned 30- man the time is flying. Jeremy Ray celebrated his 12 years of wedded bliss with a buck. Of course Fausto was happy a few times. Joe Bassett’s son Joe hiked all of the presidents while he was here visiting his dad.  Our visiting Rotarian Jim ??? from Connecticut won the 50/50 and was so happy that he donated it back to the club.  There were too many happy dollars to continue on here suffice it to say that Heather is already on track to exceed her budgeted goal and she hasn’t even started her fines yet. Nobody was safe from her ability to separate people from their dollars.
 
 
Don Pilon had a Mini Golf Fund Raiser meeting. We have 5 courses and opportunities for course sponsorship at $1,000.00, we have 3 left. We also have 90 holes with a $100.00 sponsorship level. WE have sold over 20 holes at this point.  We need all the club members to help find additional hole sponsors.
 
The event is scheduled for August 3 and 4th so we need sponsorships within the next week or so, so we have time to make signs, etc. We are going to need folks to also be at the courses in 3 hours shifts. I have already signed up for August 3rd with my wife Andrea. This is a good event for service work. This is also going to be one of our largest fund raisers of the year so we really need your commitment.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Joe Moreshead
PP
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Heather MacLean on Jun 28, 2019
 
 
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


Front Desk Duty Roster Heather MacLean 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 26, 2019
 
 
Presidential Changeover
 
THANKS JOE!
 
 
How often do we say wow, how time flies?  Well, when you hit 60 and the bulk of your life is well in the rearview mirror, time can be a blur.  That said, Joe’s year has come to an end.  He started his last meeting just like the 51 that preceded it with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4 Way Test that he led himself.  Joe Bassett provided the invocation which not only thanked Joe for his year but beseeched God to help his successor with the implication that Fausto is going to need the help.  I suspect Fausto will have all the help he needs.
 
For the final time President Elect Fausto introduced visiting Rotarians and guests including Joe Bassett, Jr., Andrea Moreshead (soon to be the former first lady of the club) and Bob Westra who is our Assistant District Governor and will continue to be during Fausto’s year.
 
Fausto did make it clear that we will be meeting on July 3rd, the tyrant. 
 
Joe then gave out his last club award, a Presidential Award to Sue Gajewski for all of her hard work as Treasurer.
 
 
 
Don Pilon then provided more of an explanation of our upcoming miniature golf fundraiser.  The event will be on August 3 and 4 and it will take place at Aquaboggan, Schooners Mini Golf and Martel’s Ice Cream.  I believe Don may be the resident pro at Martel’s. He has his own line of rubber headed putters (that is a real thing and not a sexual reference so get your heads out of the gutter).  Don is still trying to persuade Pirate’s Cove to come on board undoubtedly with the type of diplomacy associated with a jackhammer. 
 
Don will be looking for 54 hole sponsors ($100) so please keep your hands on your wallets.  RP Bell will be a venue sponsor and I am now happy to announce that Saco and Biddeford Savings will be another venue sponsor.  Wouldn’t it be nice if a huge credit union like Atlantic Federal Credit Union with all of its excess cash associated with the income taxes it does not pay could pony up and be the third venue sponsor.  Don why don’t you pay Lucie a visit and stay in the lobby until she says yes. 
 
In addition to the hole sponsors and the venue sponsors each venue will be donating $1.00 per round to Rotary on August 3 and 4.  I understand the committee may be working on some other ways to raise money during the event so stay tuned.  It will be promoted on something called social media and in the actual media as well.
 
 

Thornton Academy, founded in 1811, is a co-educational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6 through 12 in beautiful Saco, Maine.

438 Main StreetSaco, Maine 04072
 
Joe announce that he was holding in his THC stained fingers (he really said that) a check to Thornton Academy for $25,000.00 which he presented to Haley Thompson.  Again, on behalf of TA’s Capital Campaign Committee and the school, I want to thank the club and all of its members for its generous support of TA’s new athletic facilities.
 
 
Speaking of Haley Thompson she won the 50/50 and donated it back to our real Sergeant at Arms, Matt Simmons, who made a cameo appearance for Joe’s last day as president. 
 
Matt did get up as SAA and first thanked Heather for filling in for him so ably in his absence, funny his ankle bracelet barely showed.  Matt solicited happy dollars with some success including:
  • President Joe was happy his year was over.
  • Bob Westra was happy to be our ADG for another year and he was happy to present Fausto with his new president’s pin which will look sharp on his t-shirt.
  • Marty Grohman was happy to have attended the District Conference where he apparently built a mini-library for little tiny books.
  • Brian Dallaire was happy the club and its members donated over $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation, well done!
  • Ken Farley was happy that his daughter graduated from Biddeford High School and is headed to college in Canada.
  • Steve Morin was happy his daughter got her physical therapy doctorate and has a job, but first she is traveling in Scotland.
  • Mark Nahorney was still gushing over his Paul Harris Award.
  • Conrad and his wife survived a one week visit with their granddaughter.
Matt then dished out a few fines including fining Joe for his wife’s phone going off, Fausto for some Facebook post, Denis for a yawn (speaking of which is that the best you have Simmons?) Heather Gendron for holding up the line, Roland Gagne for never being here (the pot telling the kettle it is of color), Don Pilon for commenting on my age despite the fact I believe he is either old enough to be my father or at least acts like that old man who constantly yells at you to get off his lawn, and Matt fined me for something totally unjustified and not worth repeating.
 
 
Joe then spent at least two minutes on his unrehearsed swan song.  He thanked us for asking him to be president and he appreciated the comradery of the club and liked that he got to know some members better.  He also encouraged everyone to get involved in the leadership of the Club.  He thought that one of his biggest achievements was getting rid of at least one felt banner (way to aim high). 
 
Fausto then presented Joe with his presidential plague, and Rotary rocking chair with no rocking parts so it’s just a chair.  Joe and Fausto then handled the transition about as smoothly as Joe handled his agenda throughout the year. 
 
 
 
Before I jump into Fausto’s lengthy opening remarks, I do want to take a moment and thank Joe on behalf of the club.  When Bernice resigned and Fausto was not ready to step into the presidential position (look it up it is a real position), the Club was in a bind.  I volunteered to call Joe (yes I called Joe Bornstein to sue Bernice, but he would not take the case).  Joe Moreshead really did not hesitate and stepped in just before PETs and never looked back.  With no real ramp up time Joe did a great job keeping the club moving forward, encouraging people to get involved and promoting a fun (if not too politically correct from time to time) atmosphere. We clearly owe him our thanks for stepping up the way he did.
 
 
Now onto President Fausto who has already broken the mold by making his opening remarks at the same meeting at which Joe made his departing remarks.  Fausto did thank Joe for what he did for the club and for their 13 years of friendship.
 
Fausto warned us that he likes to swear, but who gives a shit.  He loves the club because he can be himself and I suspect we will be seeing more of him this year, or at least I hope so.  Fausto recognizes the good that the club does and hopes to get us out into the community more.  He would like to have more classification talks so people get to know each other better.  He hopes that he will able to do the position justice especially when it comes to the club’s 100th anniversary which is truly a big deal.
 
As Joe passed the gavel to Fausto, I could not help but thinking Fausto is a good man with a big heart who, if he can find the time, could be a really fun and effective president for our club.  Good luck Fausto.  Oh, incidentally, Fausto rang the bell adjourning the meeting but not officially ending Joe’s reign which will last until midnight on June 30.
 
 
That’s pretty much it from the peanut gallery.  I want to thank the 3 people who read the Tack each week, and I want to thank Sabine for her efforts in writing the Tack along with our other contributing writers.  I also want to thank Brian Dallaire for putting the notes in the appropriate Tack format each week and getting it out to our 3 loyal readers.
 
31 years ago, I was in my second year in Rotary at the Colonial Hut (picture a restaurant where the 7-11 is now in Biddeford) and I was asked to write the Tack every week.  Back then I dictated it (I type it now) and it was photocopied and put into this nice pre-printed color folder.  They were distributed at the meeting each week and people could not wait to read them (believe it or not I was perhaps more irreverent back then than I am now).  I still enjoy writing the Tack but doing it for the large part of a year gets a little old.  Furthermore, like newspapers, I know that my Tack readership has shrunk so I do not feel that it is worth as much of an effort  as it used to be. 
 
In any event I hope that some of you enjoyed it.  I will undoubtedly throw a peanut or two going forward, but not every week.  Just make sure that you make the effort to laugh and to make others laugh every day.  It’s good for the climate.
 
 
Week in Review 6/26/2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
 
PP MIKE CURTIN introduced visiting Rotarian JAMES AUDIFFRED who is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow from Biddeford Saco Rotary club in Maine. He was out visiting a new granddaughter in Oceanside.
 
James Visits Oceanside, CA RC 2019-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jun 19, 2019
 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

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.

Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

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
 
 
 
Paul Harris Fellows 2019 Brian Dallaire 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 19, 2019
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Awards 2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 19, 2019
 
 
Our June 19, 2019 meeting was our annual awards day meeting during which the club gets to thank some community members for their good work and the club president gets to thank some club members for their contributions to the club. 
 
I believe President Joe mentioned it was his next to his last meeting.  (Fausto, fair notice, this is my next to last Tack, but of course, he probably does not read this.)  Joe introduced PDG Ron Drouin to  lead us in the 4 Way Test.  Ron pulled it off like he had done it 3 or 3,000 times before.  The reality is that we really should have done a three way test because “Is it the truth” clearly went out the window at this meeting, but more on that later.  Joe Bassett led our invocation and he thanked our award recipients and asked God to bless them.
 
President Elect Fausto did take a shot at introducing visiting Rotarians and guests though he was less than successful.  He did introduce Beth Austin, Melissa Cilley from the Community Bicycle Center and Joe Bassett, Jr.  (there are two of them?), but he missed a visiting Rotarian from Connecticut who has now purchased a property in Maine so he will be visiting us more. Unfortunately, based  on the lack of an introduction I did not catch his name.  I can tell you his club must do the four way test different than we do because he was way off of our complex numbering system with Mark Nahorney following him like a lemming.
 
 
President Joe announced that Brenda Pollock will be having a book launch for her new book, High Heels to High Seas on June 26th as you can see below.  Let’s make every effort to support our newest author.
 
 
 
President Joe then informed us that we had a request for funding from the Saco Food Pantry.  Apparently Hannaford donates bread to the food pantry but they do not slice it.  Don’t they know that the next best thing is sliced bread?  Anyway, the Saco Food Pantry can buy a new used Ronco bread slicer for $500.00 and if they act right now Ronco will throw in a new used meat slicer as well.  The club voted to approve the request, so let them eat sliced bread!  I do believe they scored a Veg-O-Matic in the deal as well.
 
 
Elaine Palmitessa won the 50/50 drawing and donated the money back to the club.
 
 
Joe then introduced our stand-in sergeant at arms, Heather MacLean, who again solicited (perhaps not the right word) happy dollars with the following results:
  • Dr. Joe, he’s always happy
  • Bill Paterson, his daughter is visiting.
  • Connecticut visitor because he has now a place in Maine to come and stay.  He has been a Rotarian for 42 years.
  • Joe Bassett gave a happy dollar because his son and daughter arrived at 2:00 AM.  Joe these are happy dollars. 
  • CJ is happy to be heading to Bar Harbor on the nickel of her husband’s employer.
  • Julie Villemaire went to her first Red Sox game and took her first train ride and ate her first Fenway Frank but did not have her first Fenway beer.  I believe it was also the first time Julie left Maine or saw a building taller than 6 stories.  She is definitely going wild.
  • Marty Grohman closed on the 432 Elm Street, Biddeford property and put in a shameless plug for it.
  • Karen Chasse was sick and happy to have her nice warm Carl Goodwin sweatshirt.
  • Conrad is getting to visit with his granddaughter.
Heather then fined Mark Nahorney for his less than stellar performance at leading us in the 4 Way Test at the prior week’s meeting.  The critics can be cruel.  The critics raved over Jim Labelle’s rendition of the 4 Way Test but still fined him a buck. Clearly, the critics can be bought.  Despite his protests Marty was fined for having a birthday.  Heather fined Karen for butt dialing.  How does your butt know the number?  Fausto was fined for some stuff too but no one really knows for what.
 
The rest of the meeting focused on awards.  I have included my awards presentation in full below with the exception of one Paul Harris Award because that person was not there.  I do, however, have a few observations.
 
 
Week in Review 6/19/2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 17, 2019
 
 
Club Members:  This is a friendly reminder that this Wednesday (June 19) is our annual awards day during which we get to acknowledge the community contributions of people in and out of our club and President Joe gets to thank some members in the club for their efforts this year.
 
Please make every effort to attend the meeting if you can so we can thank the people who do so much to help our area or who make our club so strong.
 
Thanks Bill
 
Annual Rotary Awards Day Bill Kany 2019-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 12, 2019
 
Our June 12, 2019 meeting was our Past Presidents’ day  meeting which is always a fun meeting even with a minimalistic program as our host, Keith Jacques, called it.  More on that later.  We met outside under the awning which is always interesting because there are people eating all around you.  I feel like I am an exhibit at the zoo.  One of the other diners tried to feed Lucie so we had to put up a sign that said “Please do not feed the Past Presidents”.
 
President Joe did not even mention he only has two meetings left.  Being outside must have thrown him off his game a little.  He did introduce Mark Nahorney to lead us in the 4 way test.  Several of the diners on the perimeter appeared to join us and quite frankly did a better job than Mark who seemed to be sporting a new hairdo or perhaps a comb touched his hair for the first time in several years.  In any event, Mark clearly forgot most of his lines (there was not 4 Way Test banner out on the patio) so he had to fall back on his improv training and his first grade counting skills both of which seemed a bit rusty.
 
Joe Bassett led our invocation and he appeared to ask God to bless the Past Presidents which seemed to be a significant request given the past transgressions of some of us.
 
President Joe did introduce visiting Rotarians and guests other than our past presidents and their spouses.  Our visitors were Andy and Justine Grief visiting us from the southwest.  It was great to see them.  Andy has not changed a bit and has come out of retirement to again work with kids, this time helping kids dealing with tragedies.  You have to keep doing what you love for as long as you can.  Andy said his Rotary Club in the southwest had no Sergeant at Arms (huh, maybe Simmons is a member of that club too) and no Tack so he has to live vicariously through ours. 
 
President Joe announced that it was the birthday of the Run of the Mill hostess, Bee, Bea or B or some derivation of “B” so we violated copyright law and sang happy birthday to her.  Not sure what “B” stands for (any guesses?).
 
President Joe welcomed the past presidents and their spouses (Ken Farley did not bring a date this year probably because he brought a date last year and because of that she never wanted to see him again).  Joe thanked Keith for chairing Past President’s day (he forgot Mark Tuller’s tireless work on Keith’s committee, they met at least zero times).  He then had a moment of silence for Joe Grondin who passed away a while ago.  Joe was the President of our Club in 1964-65 and a club member since 1959.
 
President Joe then recounted his year and told of all of the things that happened under his leadership (as Joe is fond of saying). The highlights included:
  • Me recruiting Joe at the last minute to fill in as President (clearly a weak moment for me).
  • Emphasis more on community service and less on attendance (mission accomplished at least on the attendance part).
  • Supplied 1,600 back packs to the United Way.
  • Sent Roland Gagne to eastern Europe.  Of course, give it a few  years and we will probably be able to overcome the various diplomatic firestorms set off by Roland over there.
  • We packaged over 13,000 meals with the Kiwanis Club.
  • We distributed birthday bags to the local foodbanks.
  • We supported about 100 people at Christmas.
  • We contributed $25,000.00 to Thornton’s athletic complex to fund a Rotary/Red Ribbon room.
  • We have another COT house going and one in the works. 
  • We attracted some new members.
Joe failed to mention a number of other things that occurred under his leadership.
  • RI (Rotary International and not Rhodes Island) has almost eradicated polio from the face of the earth while measles made a comeback.
  • Kanye and Kim are having another baby, who regardless of the sex will be named “Wild Wild”.
  • Unemployment fell to a 60 year low.
  • The GDP rose in 2018 in the US
  • The Red Sox won the World Series and the Patriots won the Super Bowl.
  • Trump is still president.
Good work Joe.
 
Carl Goodwin won the 50/50 drawing and donated the money to the Past President’s fund which now exceeds $204,000.00.
 
Joe then introduced Past President chair Keith Jacques to no applause.  I clapped in my mind and it is the thought that counts.  Keith did fail to thank his committee members for all of their hard work but the oversight was justified.  Keith then mentioned that we would have a minimalistic program.  “Minimalistic” in the dictionary of Keith is defined as:  microscopic; non-existence; much smaller than a bread box; we didn’t want to bother, etc.
Keith indicated that the club kind of runs itself and that is because of the all of the good work that the past presidents have done to build up and nurture the Club over the last 99 years which of course attracted those begged for cheap applause that we all like to get when we are at the podium.  Keith then introduced the past presidents at the meeting starting with the earliest presidency present and working up until today.  They included:
 
Al Carigan and his wife Jackie.  Al was president in 1973-74 and has been in Rotary for more than 50 years.  Al is a Rotary fossil and a strong impetus for spinning off the Saco Bay Club.
Ron Drouin, Past District Governor and our president in 1983-84.
Jim Pastorelli, 1986-87.  Jim was president when I joined the club and I still had brown hair.  Jim is freaking 99 years old and drove to the meeting and parked in the lower parking lot. Take note Fausto!  Jim looked great and it was nice having a chance to sit with a guy who was born in 1920, the year women got the right to vote.  Jim was too young at the time to stop that.
Steve Fennell, 1990-91 and his wife Kathy.  Steve was president when Saco Bay was formed.
Dick “Captain Ahab” Legarde, 1999-2000 and his wife Janette.  During Dick’s year a delegation from our club visited our sister club in Bideford, England.  I think they spell it correctly.
Mark Tuller, 2000-2001. It was amazing to see Mark at a meeting without the Charter Oak guys.  Mark pooled money with other presidents and we helped fund the Truslow Adult Daycare Center which was located at the Kimball Health Center but has since been moved.
Keith Jacques, 2001-2002, at the time of 9/11, though 9/11 happened under Joe’s leadership.  Bideford, England came over to visit us that year despite it being a very scary time to be traveling because Bideford recognized that they needed to support us the most.
Paul Deschambault, 2004-05, the year we recited the 3 Way Test, dropping the “Is it the truth” line.  Keith pointed out we had 127% attendance in Paul’s year.  During that year if you thought about Rotary in the car it counted as a makeup.
Rollie Eon, 2005-06.
Denis Elie, 2007-08.  Denis’ deficient spending record was finally broken by Joe, but Joe didn’t have the auction funds so Denis may still have the overall spending record.
Frank Gooding, 2008-09.  I went an entire year not understanding one word Frank said.
Steve Morin, 2009-10.
Julie Villemaire,  2010-11.
Karen Chasse, 2012-13.  She made money her year because Carl sold two houses and we were encouraged to sell vital organs and contribute the money to the club.
Ken Farley, 2014-15.
Bill Kany, 2015-16 (and 2016-17, Lucie’s year).
Lucie Kay, 2016-17.  We did the offsite Rotary house that year.
Jackson Brown, 2017-18.
Of course, many of our past presidents could not make it or have passed on (which means they could not make it), but we all owe each and every one of our past presidents our thanks.  Keith and Joe have suggested that the club runs itself. In reality our past presidents have built a wonderful car but week in and week out someone has to drive the car and those drivers are our presidents.  It is not good enough to just sit in the driver’s seat looking good in the parking lot.  The car needs to be driven and the engine occasionally needs to be pushed to the proverbial red line.  It is our presidents who take us where we need to go.  I, for one, thank them all for the ride.
 
Two weeks of Tack writing left but who’s still counting?
 
 
Annual Presidents Day Bill Kany 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jun 05, 2019
WOW-WOW-WOW- 52 weeks in the flash of an eye. I can’t believe my year is over as president. I can’t thank all of you enough for making the year what it was. The greatest part of my experience was to see the depth and breadth of talent, passion and commitment from all of you.
 
Our club is amazing only because of you. I think our level of camaraderie and fellowship is why I keep coming every week. I have had more guests come up to me and say that our club is the funniest and most enjoyable they have ever been to. Somebody told me we were like a big family teasing each other, engaging in good conversations,  etc.; I really like that sentiment.
 
So again, I want to really thank all of you for everything you do for the club and the community. You do make a difference in a lot of lives of people we have interacted with. I look forward to the 2019/2020 year as we get ready to celebrate 100 years as a club. That is a lot of history.
 
Warmest Regards,
Joe
Final from President Joe Joe Moreshead 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 05, 2019
 
Our June 5, 2019 meeting began with President Joe celebrating that  he only has 3 meetings left and then insisting that it really has been fun.  I always regret when fun things are about to come to an end instead of celebrating their impending termination.  Speaking of celebrating, I only have to write the Tack for 3 more weeks at which time I am sure President Elect, Fausto, has someone lined up to take my place.  I am gladly counting the weeks.
 
Joe switched things up a little and had Joe B. lead us in the invocation after the Pledge of Allegiance.  Joe started with such a long dramatic pause I turned around to start CPR and then realized he was just looking for a little divine guidance.  Jim Labelle followed with his attempt at leading us in the Four Way Test which went fine as long as no one stood in front of the numbers.  Apparently, Jim has not yet memorized First through Fourth. 
 
Our President Elect, Fausto, again appeared and introduced James Audiffred’s guests, David and Chris Dilly who apparently invented Bud Light.  Actually, you may recall that David Dilly is a climatologist of some acclaim who spoke to our club about his opinion that we are  not experiencing man aided climate change, but instead we are in a very long climate cycle that the earth has seen before.  By analogy, Jackie Bradley Jr. is not in a batting slump, he is in a poor batting cycle that he should come out of in about 1,000 years.
 
Announcements were limited.  President Joe let us know that the Board of Directors approved Paul Deschambault changing to the Rule of 85 status.  That either means that Paul is claiming he is 85 years old or be feels like he is 85 years out or he is a combination of 65 years old and he has been in the club for at least 20 years.  James Audiffred claims he has qualified for the Rule of 105.
 
Jim McAllister won the 50/50 drawing and quietly gave the money to Jim Godbout as our Sergeant at Arms bagman.  I am sure you were as shocked as I was to notice that Jim M. did something quietly.
 
Matt Simmons was apparently kidnapped while substitute teaching and glued naked to the Noble High School’s flag pole.  He has since been covered up and they are hoping the combination of the sun and rain will dissolve the Superglue.  In the meantime, our newly designated Sergeant at Arms, Heether, Hester, Harriot or Henrietta MacLean, not to be confused with Mclean, McLean, Mayor McCheese or Mack the Knife, took the podium to find out who was happy. For the second week in a row people took pity on Heather M. and at least feigned happiness, including:
 
  • James Audiffred gave $5.00 happy dollars because his son’s wife had a baby on his son’s birthday (follow that if you can) and he was happy to have the inventors of Bud Light with him as guests.
  • Dr. Joe got a personal invite to the cliquey table.
  • Chris Dilly was happy to be here because it was too hot in Florida to which David Dilly immediately responded claiming it was a cyclical pattern in Florida and not global warming caused by greenhouse gases.  It must be fun to watch the weather in their house.
  • Joe B. was in New Bedford, Mass. for one of his granddaughter’s graduations.
  • Jim Godbout was happy that he had the opportunity to speak to 250 current high school students at a USM conference about making good choices in life.  Of course, he also put a pitch in for the trades while USM’s enrollment is declining.  See if he’ll be invited back.
  • Carl was happy to honor the brave military personnel who lost their lives during D Day 75 years ago.
  • Jeremy Ray was happy that he won Heather M’s sail cloth bag in absentia on Foundation Day and he was going to bring it back because he heard others were disappointed in not getting it but his wife heard he won it so it was gone.  Heather M. came to the rescue and gave another identical bag (I thought it was a one of a kind) to Sabine.
  • Sabine’s gave a sad dollar on her father’s birthday as her Dad passed away last year, but his gift to her enabled her to purchase a property about which she was happy.
  • Ray Demers gave 6 happy dollars for being in the Club 6 years and for his retirement from the police force after 35 years.
The fabulous Ms. Heather M. then fined Jackson for missing a meeting.  If we reverted to that old practice we would never have to do another fundraiser.  She fined President Joe for no belt.  Again, if we fined him each week for that wardrobe malfunction we would be way ahead financially.  She also fined President Joe for the company name “Precision Screw”.  I am not sure why.  She was too afraid to fine Denis Elie, but she did not hesitate to fine me for my fine wardrobe or the fact that I have spelled her name incorrectly for weeks.  I promise you that will end in 3 weeks.
 
Brian Dallaire then announced that we were $168.00 short of our $7,000 annual foundation goal.  Who the heck gave $2.00?  In any event Fausto agreed to contribute the rest to get to our goal and then others starting throwing money at Brian.  Did I mention he was dancing on a chair?  So far, 60% of the club has donated to the foundation.  Heather Gendron (did I spell that right?) in the true spirit of Rotary, apparently channeling Paul Deschambault, suggested we cheat and put in a dollar for everyone else.  Now I know why bankers have a bad reputation and she doesn’t even work at a credit union.  If you have not given and you would like to legitimately give to get us up to 100% participation you can give on line or you can give your contribution to Brian “Bubbles” Dallaire.
 
Otherwise, it was a so-called open meeting which is what a lame duck president calls a meeting when he doesn’t give a damn anymore.  I do want to make one last  pitch to have as many members attend the next two meetings as possible.  I realize I may be just beating my fingers against my keyboard but please try to attend the June 12 and 19 meetings.  On June 12 we will have Past President’s Day when we get to thank our past presidents for creating the huge coattails of a great club that President Joe got to ride on.  On June 19 our club gets to thank both people in and outside our club for their good work in helping our communities and people in need by honoring them with our annual awards.  At the same time President Joe gets to give out his club awards.  Please, please try and make both of those meetings if you can. 
Three weeks to go but who’s counting?
 
 
 
Week in Review 6/5/2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jun 03, 2019
 
 
This Wednesday, June 5th, will be the final board meeting for this Rotarian year.
 
I would like to make sure that our records are as accurate as possible. With that said, if you have not reached out to me recently, I am asking you to please send me an email (jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank) by end of business tomorrow (Tuesday) with any service hours that you have put in.  If you were part of putting the macaroni dinners together, I've got you covered there as I was also in attendance.  Heather Gendron also provided a listing on behalf of the scholarship committee.
 
Also, if you have been attending any committee meetings, outside of our normal weekly meeting,  please let me know that as well so I can make sure you get credit for a make-up.  This goes for any district meetings as well.
 
I am only aware of Marty, Peggy Bean and Fausto attending the Flags for our Veterans project.  If you were able to help out & aren't listed,  please let me know so I can log your time.
 
I will be putting the final touches on the report by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening so any updates you can provide asap would be greatly appreciated!  If you don't have access to send an email, you can send a text message to me at 207-286-5474.
 
Thank you all for everything you have done this year for the continued success of our club!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Julie

 
Rotary Service Hours and Make-Ups Julie Villemaire 2019-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Pilon on May 29, 2019
 
 
 Joe introduced Don Pilon who talked about our mini-golf fundraiser which will be this August or September. Don announced that so far Schooner mini-golf and Martel’s mini-golf have agreed to participate by donating $1.00 from each round that day to Rotary.  Don is still working on Pirates Cove in OOB where Don is apparently a member.  RP Bell has agreed to sponsor one venue for $1,000 and Don is looking for another major sponsor.  Don will also be looking for hole sponsors and volunteers to work at each venue.  Stay tuned, more to come.  I am hoping we will have a chance to put some teams in this mini-golf tournament with a team fee to go to Rotary as well.
Mini-Golf Donald Pilon 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 29, 2019
 
 
Our May 29, 2019 meeting, started like all previous meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Sabine’s rendition of the Four Way Test which President Joe seemed to surprise her with much like the Socratic method frequently used in law school.  Sabine passed, though I think she was looking to phone a friend.  Joe Bassett led us in an invocation and then we got down to business.
 
Our President Elect, Fausto, made a cameo appearance and introduced Carol Deschambault.  It must have been a big anniversary or something if Paul was bringing her out for a Rotary lunch.
 
Instead of President Joe counting his number of elapsed weeks he kind of summarized the four he has left.  He impressed upon the reasonably sized group to try and make the Past Presidents’ meeting on June 12 at which we get to thank our past leadership for building the foundation of our club.  Sabine pointed out the real significance of that meeting is that we get lobster rolls.  Joe also asked people to attend the Awards Day meeting on June 19.  For those of you who have been in hibernation for the last few years, Awards Day is when we get to thank people in and out of the Club for their good work in helping those less fortunate or otherwise making our communities better.  It is also the opportunity of the President of the Club to give out a few club awards to thank people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the club and the people we help.  So, while we will not be giving out free stuff that day (unless you are an award winner), please try and attend to help honor the people who do win awards.
 
I should also note that the loudest applause of the day came when Joe reminded us that his presidency is winding down.  I suspect in the next few weeks we may start to hear about the budget and committees for next year as we transition to President Fausto, or maybe not.
 
Carol Deschambault then drew the 50/50 and I won and gave it to stand-in Sergeant of Arms, Heather McLean who was concerned that she did not have a lot of material.  As it turns out a lot of people were happy including:
  • President Joe because he said after his last trip to his urologist “he does not have to go anymore”.  I am not sure how you can go the rest of your life without peeing.  Do you sweat a lot?  I think all creatures need to pee, but apparently not our President Joe.
  • Dr. Joe was happy to give out a distinguished Maine Humanities Award to a Cape Elizabeth sophomore last week.
  • Fausto was happy about something Dr. Joe gave him (not sure what).
  • Brian Dallaire was happy that after our Foundation Day we have raised $6,630.00 toward our $7,000.00 Foundation giving goal and more than half of our club has donated.
  • Mark Nahorney was happy that he saw Earl and he seemed to be doing well.
  • Reegan was happy that June 5th is the United Way Day of Caring and if anyone would like to help on that day from 9:00 to 3:00 you can reach out to Reegan and she will help to assign you to a project.
  • Conrad had another successful Memorial Day BBQ despite his failure to invite Heather.
  • Denis Elie was happy that his daughter Emily got her driver’s license and that he had an eco-cardiogram and they confirmed he has a heart notwithstanding rumors to the contrary.  Of course, it was suggested that his heart is cold and black, but it is there nonetheless.
  • Carl Goodwin was happy about this trip to Italy to go to his niece’s wedding.
Heather did have a few fines including fining Fausto who apparently only has to wave and he gets whatever beverage he wants delivered to him and because when the sun comes out the guns come out.  I have not seen the sun so I have no idea what she is talking about.  She fined Sabine for needing help with the 4 way test and she fined Brian for being adorable at which point I threw up in my mouth just a little.
 
The rest of the meeting focused on thanking people for donating to the Rotary Foundation.  We had a good crowd which President Joe suggested was because there was free stuff to give away (though it was technically not free because you had to donate to the Foundation to get into the drawing).  Club members brought in some nice stuff from shower heads, to small trees, to wedding magazines to gift bags.  Numbers were drawn and people could either select an item from our vast selection or steal an item already selected and the exchanges were spirited.  Heather McLean’s Whimsical Me canvas bags changed hands more than, … well it was stolen a number of times as was Morgan’s Stoner and Company sweatshirt.  Everyone (or almost everyone) seemed to have a good time and most people there seemed to have donated.  So miss a meeting and you can miss a lot including a good time.
 
Since I have the pen, I would like to echo President Joe’s appeal to have club members try and attend the meetings on June 12 and 19.  June 12 is Past Presidents’ Day.  We have had some very impressive and dedicated past presidents who have done so much to make our Club what it is.  The least we can do is show up and thank them.
 
Awards Day is our chance to use two of the most powerful words in the English language – “thank you”.  There are so many people who do great things for others and who never get recognized for their contributions.  They don’t do what they do for recognition.  Their motivations are varied but the end result is that they make our communities and/or the lives of others better.  They deserve our thanks and they deserve our presence at the meeting without a bunch of  members scooting out on them.  At the same time, Awards Day is a chance for our president to thank members of the Club who have stepped up during the year.  These awards recipients are the ones who pick of the slack for the rest of us.  Again, they deserve all of us being there to thank them for what they have done.  So, if you are one of those members of the club who finds it hard to make meetings, please make a little extra effort to be there on June 12 and 19.  You will be glad that you came.
 
 
 
Week in Review 5/29/2019 Bill Kany 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 28, 2019
 
Club Members:  So you like supporting the Rotary Foundation and you have always wanted a Precision Screw Machine t-shirt (I have one and wear it proudly) or a York County Federal Credit Union blanket (Lord only knows what goes on under those things).  Well you are in luck!  If you attend our meeting on May 29, 2019 and you donate at least $10.00 to the Rotary Foundation (we are shooting for people to donate $100.00 each to the Foundation) then you will receive a raffle ticket.  We will then draw raffle tickets and people will get to select from a table of fabulous swag donated by our members, but don't get too comfortable with that Saco and Biddeford Savings gift bag because people who have their tickets pulled after you can trade items with you.  It is a lot of fun and a great way to support the Foundation.
 
For those members who have company swag like coffee mugs, t-shirts, blankets, Thornton Academy stuff (Haley?), etc., please bring in some things so we have plenty to give away.  If you or your company do not have any swag then re-gift a gift card you have kicking around, or buy an inexpensive item or gift card and add it to the wonderful pile of items to be won by all who participate.
 
So, please attend our meeting on the 29th, bring a minimum donation of $10.00 to the Foundation and hopefully more, bring swag if you have it and plan to have fun time.
 
Thanks
Annual Club Foundation Day Yankee Auction Bill Kany 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Biddeford students place flags on veterans's graves

| May 25, 2019

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer
 

Rotarian Martin Grohman helps Biddeford Intermediate School fourth-grader Madison Colomb place a flag next to a grave site at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Friday. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Memorial Day is more than a day off from school or work, or an excuse to barbecue and eat burgers. It’s a time to pause and honor members of the armed forces who died serving our country during military service.

Pupils from Biddeford schools on Friday made recognizing veterans a priority. Through a collaboration between the American Legion, Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco and the Biddeford School District, students from Biddeford Intermediate School and Biddeford Middle School put flags on veterans’ graves at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Early Friday morning, about 15 students from the fourth and fifth grades at Biddeford Intermediate School gathered at the cemetery and discussed the meaning of Veterans Day with Rotarian Martin Grohman and local veteran Raoul Goulet who served in the army as a combat photographer.

School Counselor Kelsey Stephenson said students were selected by the school and had a discussion about Memorial Day before walking from the school to the cemetery.

Students were doled out bundles of flags and were given the task to find veterans’ graves.

 

Careful not to let the flags touch the ground, students sought out graves and placed the flags in the appropriate spots.

Fourth-grader Madison Colomb said she liked the project because it was important to remember those who had served our country and those who had died in service.

Biddeford Intermediate School fourth-grader Logan Drake places a flag at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Friday. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

Fourth-grader Logan Drake said he and his father, who is a veteran who served in the Marine Corps, had discussed the project on the ride to school that morning. He said they discussed the importance of honoring veterans and his father was proud that he was participating in the flag placing.

In total, Grohman said, about 1,800 flags were placed on veterans graves on Friday. Members of the American Legion Post 26 collect them after July 4. If the flags are in good condition, they are stored at the Legion for use the next year.

“If new flags are needed the city of Biddeford is generous enough to cover the cost,” said Grohman.

 Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be reached at 780-9015 or by email at egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

 

 

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Posted by Karen Chasse on May 22, 2019
 
 
 
Biddeford High School’s Senior Interact students visited us today and shared their plans for the future while receiving their graduation medallions. Special thanks to Ms. Shaw and Ms. Johnson for being Advisors to this great group of students in our community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Martin Grohman on May 16, 2019
 
We have two service projects for Friday May 24. 
 
 
 
The first is placing flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery on West Street. We need 6-8 dedicated Rotarians to participate from approximately 8:30 to 10:30AM to assist both placing flags and with helping students from Biddeford Intermediate & Middle schools place flags. Although the weather is often bad, this is a rain or shine event which is a lot of fun and very rewarding. You can come for all or part of the time. Contact Marty at martin.j.grohman@gmail.com or 423-8260 for more details.
 
 
 
 
 
The Heart of Biddeford also seeks two or more Rotarians for a downtown Biddeford parks cleanup from 10AM-1PM. You will be working together with students from Biddeford schools, beautifying the area of Mechanics and Shevenell and possibly other 'pocket' parks. Contact Delilah Poupore at director@heartofbiddeford.org for more information on this one. You can come for all or part of the time.
 
 
Service Projects May 24 Martin Grohman 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 15, 2019
 
 
Our May 15, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe affectionately calls it, week 47, started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Paul Deschambault’s  version of the Four Way Test and Joe Bassett regaled us with yet another off the cuff prayer.  I do enjoy setting with Joe B.  He is one funny guy.
 
Our unknown President Elect, Fausto was another no show apparently saving up his Wednesdays for his presidency so President Joe introduced former member, Tammy Ackerman, who was visiting us.
 
 
 
 Joe introduced Don Pilon who talked about our mini-golf fundraiser which will be this August or September. Don announced that so far Schooner mini-golf and Martel’s mini-golf have agreed to participate by donating $1.00 from each round that day to Rotary.  Don is still working on Pirates Cove in OOB where Don is apparently a member.  RP Bell has agreed to sponsor one venue for $1,000 and Don is looking for another major sponsor.  Don will also be looking for hole sponsors and volunteers to work at each venue.  Stay tuned, more to come.  I am hoping we will have a chance to put some teams in this mini-golf tournament with a team fee to go to Rotary as well.
 
 For the record,  Joe thanked the members of the Scholarship committee for their good work and invited anyone who wanted to attend the last round of interviews for scholarship candidates to show up that afternoon.  It is my understanding that our potential scholarship winners are incredibly impressive which perhaps means that we will have a strong next generation of leaders to keep social security going for us.
 
Joe again mentioned the Saco Bay Rotary Club’s murder mystery production called “A Pryce in Blood” which has a pirate theme.  The information related to that event was in the May 8 Tack.
 
As a reminder, Brian Dallaire announced that May 29 will be Rotary Foundation Day which can be a lot of fun.  The day is designed to encourage everyone to give to the Foundation.  For everyone who brings in a donation to the Foundation  (Brian is encouraging $100 gifts) they will receive a raffle ticket (minimum donation to get a raffle ticket will be $10.00).  We ask members of the club to bring in their company swag such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, umbrellas, you name it.  If your business does not have swag bring in a gift certificate you have laying around or go buy one to donate, but nothing too big.  We will then draw raffle tickets and each winner drawn will be able to pick an item from the table full of stuff and then they can keep that item or Yankee swap with someone who has already picked something.  It really is a fun meeting and everyone should plan on attending.
 
Visitor Tammy Ackerman drew the winning 50/50 number and it was hers, but then she donated it back so we stopped the Congressional investigation which would have cost millions and disclosed nothing.
 
 
 
Since President Joe talked non-stop for months about the May 11 Rise Against Hunger hands on event I felt I should comment on it.  It was held at the Elks Club in Saco and we got to work with a bunch of Kiwanis Club members putting together dry packets of macaroni and cheese, 1000’s of them.  We had a reasonable number of Rotarians there though I would still characterize the showing a weak.  Of course Lucie Kay showed up when we were all done.  The process included working on an assembly line putting together carefully weighed packets of dry ingredients while a former pastor preached about food insecurity, begged us for more dollar donations and told us that Maine (insert whatever state he is in) volunteers are the best volunteers in the world.  This organization has raised money and put up somewhere around 1,000,000 meals this year which are donated to local food pantries so all of the packets we put together went primarily to the Biddeford Food Pantry.  It was quite the process and not as easy as it may sound, especially if people don’t follow instructions, but it was fun and worth doing.
 
Mary Grohman announced that we will be putting flags on veterans graves in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on May 24 starting this year at 9:30 so that some Biddeford students can join us.  Please try to make it if you can.  It was also announced that the Heart of Biddeford is looking for some volunteers to do a Clifford Park clean up on May 24 from 10:00 to 1:00.  For more information contact the Heart of Biddeford. Finally, it was announced that this year’s United Way Day of Caring will be on June 5th and if you need more information about that contact Reegan Hebert.
 
 
 
Matt Simmons was MIA, again, I guess he is now a substitute teacher which means he was duct taped to the back of a classroom door somewhere covered in spit balls,  so President Joe had Heather McLean ably fill in as sergeant at arms.  A lot of people had pent up happiness after missing a week including:
  • Jeremy Ray has his heated pool open.
  • Ken was happy about the Bruins and his son’s merchant marine internship being spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • President Joe because his son, Costa’s girlfriend is about to be a doctor when she graduates from UNE’s dental school.
  • Steve Morin was happy because his daughter will receive her physical therapy doctorate this weekend as well and his wallet will start getting heavier.
  • I am sure there were many more happy dollars but I stopped listening.
Heather did fine Mark Nahorney for his new Tesla.  I saw the long extension cord in the parking lot.  He got the one without the batteries.  She fined Sabine for some Facebook pictures.  What is Facebook again?  And she fined President Joe for shutting the doors on her and Don at the beginning of the meeting.  Don I can understand.
 
 
 
Our program had to cancel so Conrad shared with us some stories about his Dad’s life after his Dad’s recent passing.  The life of Conrad’s Dad could easily be a movie or a 6 season mini-series.  His life was hard, adventurous, dangerous at times and rewarding.  I loved the fact that Conrad’s Dad would be doing something or hear a song and that would remind him at times about something that happened to him in his life, and that would inspire him to tell Conrad a story and Conrad shared some of those stories with us. 
 
His Dad was born in Ohio so he was a US citizen but he grew up in Nazi Germany and became a medic in the German army during WWII.  He was captured twice, spent 3 years in a US POW Camp in the US having survived the voyage to America at a time when German U-boats were sinking ships left and right (or port and starboard) and he spent 3 years under the Marshall plan in France before heading back to his family in Germany who thought he was dead.  He then escaped Germany (long story from season 3, but I don’t want to spoil it for you binge watchers) and headed back to the US.  He was eventually drafted into the US Army and was a medic in Korea but first married Conrad’s Mom.  In Korea he saved Dan Blocker’s (Hawse or Horse on Bonanza) life. When he got back he made up for lost time and had 5 kids in 6 years or 6 kids in 5 years, not sure (season 4, mature audiences only).  He worked in the plastics industry molding anything from things for NASA to BOSE speakers to toys for McDonalds (befriended Ronald McDonald who at the time was Willard Scott). He eventually moved to Maine, built his own house, worked at BIW and began a life of public service including helping veterans whenever he could.  At 88 he became a Brunswick folk hero for beating up a young impolite truck driver in a Hannaford parking lot.
 
The stories came fast and furious.  Conrad is understandably proud of his incredibly resilient father who survived and succeeded under conditions that would have crushed any of us.  Clearly, we now know where Conrad’s sense of family and desire to help others comes from.  Thank you for sharing Conrad.  That talk was quite special.  For most of you, you will simply have to wait for the HBO re-runs.
 
 
 
Week in Review 5/15/2019 Bill Kany 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 14, 2019
 
 
We invite you to make a contribution in any amount to the Rotary Foundation.  We have a goal to increase the rate of participation in this year's campaign. 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

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. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

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.

 

It's quite easy.  Make your checks our to the club or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page). 
 
We are currently at total contributions of $7,946 of President Joe's goal of $7,000.  So far 44 members have contributed.
 
If you are not able to make it on the 29th, please make you contributions either to me or Sue G. ASAP so they may be recorded for President Joes year.  
 
 
As an added benefit, the club will match your contributions up to $100, accelerating your achieving year-after-year total contributions towards the $1,000 mark with the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 

Thank you for your consideration.

Brian Dallaire

BS Rotary Foundation Chair

 
 
 
2019 Rotary Foundation Campaign Brian Dallaire 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 08, 2019
 
 
Conrad Welzel then introduced our speakers and of course Conrad had some spiritual connection to the ecology school because it called him to Maine in a dream 40 years ago or something like that, I was not listening.  Did Conrad even do the introduction?
In any event Drew Dumsch and Bryan Matluk from The Ecology School came in to talk to us about the new campus they are building on the old Merrill farm known as River Bend Farm off the Simpson Road in Saco.  They are in the midst of a $2.9 Million capital campaign and they have raised $1.8 Million so far.  They will be building 3 interconnected buildings that will serve as dorms and a new dining commons.  The school will be the greenest school in the country generating all of its own energy by solar on site with no combustion systems.  All water for the school will come from wells and will be circulated back into the ground through a large septic system.  The plans for the school and the site are incredibly impressive.  Some information about The Ecology School is set out below including a reference to their website.  I believe they hope to have the school open by 2020. 
 
 
 
The ecology school Bill Kany 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 08, 2019
 
 
Our May 8, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe calls it, week 46, started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Brian Dallaire slowly enunciating the Four Way Test after an extended absence and Joe Bassett led us in prayer.
 
In the midst of chaos which frequently characterizes Joe’s leadership “style”, Joe announced that there were no visitors this week other than our speakers.
 
Joe also reminded us for the 46th time that on May 11 we would be helping with Rise Against Hunger which is a hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.  Of course, if you failed to attend that event and you’re reading this now, you missed it!
 
 Joe also told us that the Scholarship committee is meeting on May 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 to conduct interviews of Biddeford High School and COT students and the committee is meeting on May 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 to interview TA and OOB students.  Both sessions will be at Bangor Savings on Main Street in Saco.  I understand the students are quite impressive so if you can make it or need more information please reach out to Heather Gendron.
 
It was reported that Roland Gagne is either in Hungary or he is hungry, I am not sure which.
 
Joe also reported the Randy Forcier tendered his resignation because of his busy work and family schedule.  Joe acknowledged all of Randy’s hard work for the club including being treasurer.  I believe there are still a few Rotary checks driving around in Randy’s car.
 
It was announced that the Saco Bay Rotary Club is continuing is magical murder mystery tour with a production called “A Pryce in Blood” which has a pirate theme.  The information related to the event is below.
 
It was also announced that the Saco Bay Sunset Rotary Club was inquiring as to whether there are any organizations who collect previously worn suits for men so that men might be able to find a suit to use on job interviews or say to work in a bank.  If anyone knows of any such effort please reach out to Bob LaPauloue at buffettbob75@gmail.com.  He either loves Jimmy Buffett or he loves the Tin Tin Buffet and does not know how to spell.
 
The Club then considered and voted on two donation requests which could have been handled at the Committee or Board level, but what the hell.  The first was to donate to a Veterans Wall that has been set up at Volk Packaging, not sure why.  We voted to donate $500 from our Company B fund to support the wall which is definitely an appropriate use of those funds.  The second request was for money to help find and restore grave sites scattered throughout Clifford Park.  Our club has supported renovation work at Clifford Park having done a hands on project there years ago and having helped fund the gate to the park.  We discussed the pros and cons of the proposal and ultimately voted not to support it.  Another proposal to give a woman $350.00 to register her car was tabled until we got more information and until I could get some information. 
 
MAY 29 will be Rotary Foundation Day which can be a lot of fun.  The day is designed to encourage everyone to give to the Foundation.  For everyone who brings in a donation to the Foundation  (Brian Dallaire is encouraging $100 gifts) they will receive a raffle ticket.  We ask members of the club to bring in their company swag such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, umbrellas, you name it.  If your business does not have swag bring in a gift certificate you have laying around or go buy one to donate, but nothing too big.  We will then draw raffle tickets and each winner drawn will be able to pick an item from the table full of stuff and then they can keep that item or Yankee swap with someone who has already picked something.  It really is a fun meeting and everyone should plan on attending.
 
Do you know the definition of lucky?  You leave the room to take a phone call and you are picked as the 50/50 winner – Jim Godbout.
 
Matt Simmons was MIA and did not let anyone know so we skipped the sergeant at arms part of the meeting.
 
 
Week in Review 5/8/2019 Bill Kany 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay
Will host its 4th annual Murder Mystery
at the PeoplesChoice Credit Union in Saco, Maine
 
Date:             Saturday, May 18th   
Time:            Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Location:     PeoplesChoice Credit Union
                        23 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 282-4156
 
All proceeds from this event go to the Rotary Club of Saco Bay Foundation that supports charitable causes in our local OOB, Biddeford and Saco communities.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the person who Guesses the Murderer as well as
Best Actor, and Best Costume.
If more than one person guesses the correct murderer, all the winning names will be put into a hat and the final winner will be drawn.
 
The story this year is entitled “A Pryce in Blood” and has a Pirate Theme.
 
The best costume contest is for everyone, not just the actors or staff; so if you’d like to try to win the prize be sure to wear your best pirate outfit for the evening.
 

Tickets are $45.00, nonrefundable, and must be prepaid by to May 15th.  If you leave a voice message, or email us, please make sure to provide your name and a phone number or email contact info in your message.

 
Sign up is available now at www.sacobayrotary.org  under upcoming events.
or Contact John at:                     Phone: (410) 953-9638
                                                email    sacobaymurdermystery@gmail.com
 
Checks should be made payable to The Saco Bay Rotary Foundation
 

Menu Selection:    The meal is a buffet with non-alcoholic beverages included. 

Beer and wine will be available for sale at the event.

 
Historically this event has sold out quickly, so please sign up today.
 
 
 
Let the Fun Begin!
 
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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
 
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Award Recipients 2019-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on May 01, 2019
 
 
Hayley Thompson led the 4 way test
Marty led the invocation. 
 
 
Guests:
 
Matthew Reback- department of public works Portland Maine
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared some results from the Board Meeting. Dr. Joe Boyle was named an honorary member of the club.  He’s being recognized for his 42 years in Rotary and for his work with the Maine Humanities Council.
 
Also, Dana Lane was made a member under the rule of 85.  
 
Joe gave the club a high level budget update that shows this fiscal year we have a shortfall of $14,000.  
 
Karen Chasse was contacted by a family interested in having their child be a part of the Rotary exchange student program.  They are also willing to host an exchange student in return.  
 
Jim Godbout reported on his site visit to St. Andre’s church, which was considered as a site to replicate the teen center model we visited in Westbrook.   Because of the degraded condition of the church and the abatement that would be necessary to transform it into a safe environment Jim considers it a better idea to be scouting for a different location.
 
Jeremy Ray discussed his recent discovery of one of his teachers having been homeless for the last few months. The high cost of rents combined with the young teacher’s student loan debts make it difficult to get by on a starting teacher’s salary.  He has asked the club to discuss ways to solve this problem.
 
The scholarship committee met. Paulette Bonneau and Heather Gendron are reviewing 15 applications. The interviews will take place on the 14th and 15th of May.
 
Joe reminded us of the meal packing volunteer Opportunity on May 11.  
 
Sergeant at arms: Heather MacLean
 
Happy dollars: Dr Joe for becoming an honorary member, Paul Deschambault because Brian is back, Kristen Lane is happy tax season is over, Jeremy is happy that there was a girls soccer scrimmage at Waterhouse Field, Brian is happy to have received a standing ovation welcome back, Marty is happy that his daughter Hannah is going to the world championship for Odyssey of the mind.
 
Fines: Lucie was fined because of her tan and her Barbie purse, Brian for his welcome, Marty for parking at the top parking lot and Susan for her curly hair.
 
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:00. 
 
 
Week in Review 5/1/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Biddeford-Saco Rotary honors essay contest winners

| April 24, 2019 from the Journal Tribune

 

The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has honored winners for its 24th annual essay contest. First-place winners, from left, are Lizzie Johnson of Loranger Middle School, Mackenzie Day of Biddeford Middle School, Marielle Rue of St. James School, Antonia Farago-Dumsch of Saco Middle School, and Jack Tripp of Thornton Academy Middle School. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SACO — “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten” A quote from the Disney Classic Lilo and Stitch was how first-place winner Lizzie Johnson started off her essay quote about “What the Word Family Means to Me.”

This was the prompt for the 24th annual Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club essay contest where eighth-grade students from Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach were asked to write a 500 word essay and were judged on the relevance to the topic, quality of composition, creativity, and grammatical and spelling accuracy. Three winners were selected from each school with the first place winners receiving a medal and $100 prize as well as being invited to read their winning essay to the Biddeford-Saco Rotarians.

“Our goal is to promote the significance of family. Families are the compass that guides us and points us in the right direction,” said Rotarian Brenda Pollock.

Rotarians enjoyed listening to the group of winners talk about why family is important to them and the different ways family has supported them. From loving moments, to sticking by their side on the darkest of days, it was clear to hear the love and passion that the students put into words as they each read the winning essays.

The first-place winners in this year’s Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Essay Contest are Mackenzie Day of Biddeford Middle School, Lizzie Johnson of Loranger Middle School, Antonia Farago-Dumsch of Saco Middle School, Marielle Rue of St. James School, and Jack Tripp of Thornton Academy Middle School.

 
 

Other students also received $75 or $50 prizes for their essays including Camryn Blatchford and Alex Nguyen of Loranger Middle School, Casey Ouellette and Ivy Turbide of Thornton Academy Middle School, Olivia Toppen and Alexyia Talarico of Saco Middle School, Madisyn Ayers and Rose-Mary Blake of St. James School, and Brittany Baumgardner and Cecelia Keller of Biddeford Middle School.

For more information about how to become involved with the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, visit www.biddeford-sacorotary.org

 

Essay Contest in the Journal Tribune Bill Kany 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Apr 24, 2019
 
Dr. Joe led the invocation. 
 
Guests:
 
Al Shinkel - Biddeford Housing Authority
Pat Boston - Hills beach association
 
Joe Moreshead reminded us of the meal packing volunteer Opportunity on May 11.
 
Don Pilon will be launching a mini golf fundraiser.
 
The scholarship committee will be meeting Tuesday, 30 April, at 3 o’clock at Bangor Savings on Main Street in Saco. 
 
Sarah Curley won the 50-50 and contributed it to the red ribbon committee.
 
 
Sergeants at arms - Sarah and Fausto
 
Happy dollars were received from Sue G. who has a new granddaughter born on Easter Day, Dr Joe is happy to be back in Maine after visiting New York City, Brenda is happy to be visiting the Teen center, Marty is happy with his new job at E2Tech, Sabine is happy to have received a new vintage rotary iron, Reegan is happy that her son’s little league merged with Saco, Fausto is happy his mom got the Jean Nate gift he sent, Jeremy is happy that the jumpstart reading program has been fully funded in August.
 
 
This week our meeting was held at Westbrook’s my teen place.  We had our lunch in their café and had a delicious gourmet meal cooked for us by their chef Christian.  Then we heard a presentation from its director, Donna Dwyer, as well as receiving a tour of the facility.
 
Donna was excited to share with us what has been accomplished in Westbrook and is being used as a model to be replicated hopefully in Biddeford by July 2020.
 
The café in which we were seated is used to feed up to 40 kids dinner every night during the week. Not only are the children fed delicious meals they are also trained to work in the kitchen and taught valuable lessons in social etiquette during their dining experience.  
 
Donna also introduced us to Christian, the chef, who used to be the chef de cuisine at Fore Street in Portland. He left that post to work at the teen center and follow something that was near and dear to his heart. We also met Mark Woodbury, who is responsible for public relations and marketing for the teen center.
 
Donna estimates that 90% of the population using the teen center has experienced some sort of trauma, hunger or poverty. The goals and philosophy of the teen center is to give these kids not only a wonderful safe space in which to spend their afternoons but also to show them on a daily basis that they are cared for and loved. The entire place is very well appointed in stark contrast to many of these kids’ home surroundings.  
 
The center also has a washer and dryer to accommodate not only laundry needed to run the place, but also for kids who are finding themselves in between permanent housing. There is a shower as well for those who need to use it.
 
The center has 10 paid staff and and relies heavily on a core of volunteers, who have participated in spending 6000 volunteer hours last year. That also partner with UNE and USM so students of those universities can work directly with the kids at the center.
 
After Donna‘s presentation and our tour of the facility, much discussion ensued as to how we can move forward with next steps to be able to bring the similar program to Biddeford.
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 4/24/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 23, 2019
 
 
Our April 17, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe calls it, week 43 started like most of Joe’s meeting with Joe leaving us guessing about the meeting agenda.  I liken him to a boxer who has been hit one too many times and he is staggering to the bell, though Joe has seemingly staggered most of the year.  Oh, now I get it.
 
When we did get back on track Heather Gendron led us in a rousing version of the 4 Way Test and Joe Bassett inspired us with prayer.
 
Our visitors for the week included Tyler Simmons. Apparently it is not penance enough that your Dad is Matt Simmons but you also get dragged to Rotary during your vacation when Mr. Mom is in charge.  We were also visited by Kathy Shea’s sister, Madeline (I think), Bob Lester ( a retired credit union guy) and our past President, Dick Lagarde who was part of the presentation.
 
Joe announced he had to leave early so he would leave the meeting in the capable hands of Conrad Welzel (week 1 for him).
 
REMEMBER NEXT WEEK’S MEETING IS AT THE MY PLACE TEEN CENTER LOCATED AT 755 MAIN STREET, WESTBROOK.  THE MEETING WILL START AT 12:15 AND IT WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CLUB TO SEE WHAT COULD BE REPLICATED IN BIDDEFORD.
 
Joe also reminded us for the 43rd time that on May 11 (that’s a Saturday) we will helping with Rise Against Hunger which is a hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
Joe also announced the Don Pilon was holding a meeting right after our meeting to discuss plans for a miniature golf tournament fund raiser.  If you want to help out see Don.  Otherwise dust off your rubber headed putters (that’s a type of golf club with a rubber coating on it), press your knickers and get ready for some golf.
 
Finally Joe reminded us that the Scholarship committee is meeting on April 30 to review applications.  For more details about the meeting and how you can help please contact Heather Gendron.
 
President Joe then thanked Conrad for his great work on programs, informed everyone that Roland now has a Romanian Rotary badge for his trip to Romania, and encouraged everyone to pull their Rotarian Magazine out of their recycling bins and look at the District 7780 article on the Opioid Crisis with pictures of Chief MacKenzie from Kennebunk and a picture of John Bouchard from the Saco Bay Club.  The article also references our Red Ribbon Committee and its efforts.  Steve Morin claims he has the Rotarian Magazine in his lobby because his customers read it, fall asleep and don’t realize how long they have been waiting to pick up their car.  Joe circulated his copy of the Rotarian Magazine which had his Chinese takeout order and a little Duck Sauce on the back of it.
 
It was announced that we might try to do a Seadogs day again.  Visiting Rotarian Bob Lester mentioned that the District is trying to put a Seadogs day together with details to follow.
 
Tyler Simmons drew the winning 50/50 ticket which was won by Kathy Shea who seemingly wins every time she attends a meeting.  It also happened to be her birthday.
 
Matt Simmons then did is sergeant at arms thing.  He asked his son to collect the fines and he declined.  Smart kid.  Matt then solicited happy $:
  • Carl Goodwin was happy that Earl is home and doing better with limited residual effects from his falls.
  • Ken Farley was happy he attended the Bruins game and they won and his son his a shipping internship this summer in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Bill Paterson was happy about the article in the Rotarian.
  • Joe B just got back from Charlotte, N.C. and he will never fly again.  I guess they still fly Boeing Max’s out of Charlotte.
  • Kathy Shea was happy to have her sister at the meeting and her sister was happy to be there which was about the time I got a little nauseous.
  • Julie V.  begged us to drink more to fill Clynk bags. Oh all right if you insist.
  • Paul Deschambault and his wife Carol went for a walk in the woods and despite the best efforts of Carol and their two dogs Paul made it out of the woods.
  • Matt was happy his son was at the meeting which was clearly punishment for something.
  • Sue G.  adopted a rescue pointer/Dalmatian mix which is really just a Dalmatian with one spot.
Matt then demonstrated his weekly level of preparation to his son by fining President Joe for still not having it down after 43 weeks (he initially forgot the 4 way test) and for his pink shirt and hospital slippers. Now I understand why President Joe had to leave early, he was due back at the hospital.  And that was really it for fines.
 
 
Week in Review 4/17/2019 Bill Kany 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 17, 2019
 
 
 
Peggy Bean then introduced our program which included past President Dick Lagarde and Don Bisson talking about the Biddeford Food Pantry which is the oldest food pantry in Maine having been founded by Rita Reilly in 1981.  Our club has regularly supported the Biddeford Food Pantry and Dick acknowledged that fact.  Dick is now retired from the world of business and municipal finance and he is volunteering at the food pantry while growing a wicked nice captain’s beard.
Don Bisson has run the food pantry for the last 11 years.  He indicated that demand is up 3% this year and people are typically given 3 weeks’ worth of food when they come in.  They serve Biddeford, Dayton and Arundel and any communities that do not have their own food pantry.
 
Don informed everyone that the Biddeford Food Pantry bought its building after raising $55,000.00 in two months in a capital campaign.  He thanked Saco and Biddeford Savings and Rick Hull for making hat happen.  Dick tried to thank Lucie as an employee of Saco and Biddeford Savings at which point I really reached for a barf bag.  He said the purchase of the building was a miracle because otherwise their rent was going to become unaffordable.
 
Dick announced the pantry’s Miracle of Sharing initiative in which local businesses can support the pantry with a payroll deduction program and a company match.  He indicated that his former employer, Prescott Metal started such a program about a year and a half ago and they have already funded 1,500 meals for the pantry which has ongoing costs like spending $2,200 monthly on food purchased from the Good Shepard Food Bank and over $600 in electric bills for their lights and refrigeration.  Don did point out that all of the workers are volunteers.
 
If your business might be interested in a payroll deduction program for the food pantry please see the information below and contact Dick.
 
The highlight of the meeting was the apparent result of a Rotarian’s consumption of a special order meal of the Run of the Mill burritos with extra black beans.  While the Rotarian tried to pass off her (no it was not Lucie … this time) gas (pun intended) as the sounds of a construction reciprocating drill the tears in my eyes indicated otherwise.  The woman could be a chemical weapon.  I should note that she was very polite and repeatedly said “excuse me” though it was frequently difficult to hear Dick and Don over the noise.  Reduced fiber might be in order. 
 
 
Biddeford Food Pantry Bill Kany 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 16, 2019
 
Good  Morning,
 
We had a great program the other week with Donna Dwyer of “My Teen Place” , https://myplaceteencenter.org/ . Everybody pretty impressed with their approach to teens. The Westbrook Rotary club has been huge supporters of My Teen Place. As a result we got an invitation to meet there and have lunch.
 
We will hold our April 24th meeting at “My Teen Place”  located at 755 Main Street, Westbrook. We will meet at 12:15. Folks may want to carpool to the meeting. We will talk more about it at our meeting tomorrow. It would be cool if we could get a school bus or something to take us up as a group.
 
Regards,
Joe
 
April 24th Meeting in Westbrook Joe Moreshead 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 10, 2019
 
 
Our April 10th meeting was held at PeoplesChoice Credit Union.  For those of you who went to Run of the Mill how long did it take you to figure out we weren’t there?  I did ask Paul Deschambault and he said mistakenly going to the Run of the Mill constitutes a makeup because it is the thought that counted.
 
While I confess that I was downstairs manning the worlds slowest elevator (I climbed up the outside of the building in less time than it would have taken me to ride the elevator) I understand that we dispensed with most meeting formalities other than the Pledge of Allegiance which they did while looking at the image of an American flag on someone’s cell phone.  Really, what’s next watching movies on a phone? 
 
I guess Joe did remember to pull the 50/50 and in an upset Peggy Bean won stopping Jackson’s winning streak at 3 weeks.
 
Joe did again mention  the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) Rise Against Hunger hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
Of course, the reason we were at PeoplesChoice is because it was our annual essay contest meeting.  A big thanks to Sue Gajewski for picking up food at Panera Bread for the meeting.  The spread was very good and with only about 20 Rotarians in attendance there was a lot left over. 
 
Elaine Palmitessa and Brenda Pollack did a great job coordinating the essay contest and running the meeting.  We the exception of some confusion related to the winners’ certificates, the event went very smoothly.
 
The essay contest has as its theme “What Family Means to Me”.  Eighth grade students from St. James, TA Middle School, Loranger Middle School, Saco Middle School and Biddeford Middle School write essays on their thoughts on family and they are judged at the school level.  The 3 winners from each school are identified and the top winners from each school get to come with their families and teachers to read their essays.  A list of all the winners is set forth below.  The top winners received $100 from the club, the second place finishers got $75.00 and the third place winners received $50.00 but far more important, each winner received a certificate signed by President Joe.  Joe made me write that.
 
My overall impressions were that the essays were very well written, very creative and well read.  With a few exceptions, I found the essays far less likely to invoke tears than essays from past years.  Themes revolved around unconditional love, no matter what ( I don’t remember that but I am so old I remember little about my youth); family means far more than a Mom, Dad and siblings and includes friends, aunts (my only aunt was a democrat, need I say more?), uncles, grandparents and boy bands (seriously).  A predominant theme throughout the essays was the fact that whoever constitutes your family has your back which is refreshing to hear from young teenagers.
 
For those who went I hope you were impressed.  For those who missed the meeting, you missed some inspiration and a reminder that we have some really good kids who will grow up to take care of us by paying excessively high taxes and perhaps having the right to put us to sleep if the law changes.
 
And the winners are:
 
Loranger Middle School
1St Place - Lizzie Johnson
2nd Place – Camryn Blatchford
3rd Place - Alex Nguyen
 
Thornton Academy Middle School
1st Place – Jack Tripp
2nd Place – Casey Ouellette
3rd Place – Ivy Turbide
 
Saco Middle School
1st Place – Antonia Farago-Dumsch
2nd Place – Olivia Toppen
3rd Place – Alexyia Talarico
 
St. James School
1st Place – Marielle Rue
2nd Place – Madisyn Ayers
3rd Place – Rose-Mary Blake
 
Biddeford Middle School
1st Place – MacKenzie Day
2nd Place – Brittany Baumgardner
3rd Place Cecelia Keller
 
 
 
Week in Review 4/10/2019 Bill Kany 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting will be next week on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them.  Please note that if you do drive please park away from the side of the building so that credit union members will have places to park.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING STARTS AT 12:00 AND NOT 12:15 to accommodate the student schedules.
 
4/10/2019 Meeting Bill Kany 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 03, 2019
 
Our April 4th meeting was an open meeting.  I cannot comment on the parking because I walked  but it is my sense that things are still tight.
After a two year absence from doing the 4 way test Julie V.  led us in the 4 way test and flawlessly counted to 4.  Paul Deschambault and the Masons led us in a prayer.  Paul is the supreme architect of prayers.
 
Fausto  introduced himself and then introduced our lone visiting Rotarian, David Fletcher who was apparently a Calais Rotarian who has moved to Scarborough and is looking for a new club. 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting will be next week on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them.  Please note that if you do drive please park away from the side of the building so that credit union members will have places to park.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING STARTS AT 12:00 AND NOT 12:15 to accommodate the student schedules.
 
Joe also mentioned the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) Rise Against Hunger hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals (Joe said 100,000 meals.  He is now competing with McDonalds) in 2-3 hours.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
We had a moment of silence of club members who had recently lost family members. Our condolences to Brenda Pollack and Conrad Welzel.
 
Fausto reminded everyone that the Scholarship Committee will be meeting soon to start reviewing applications for scholarships.
 
Lucie Kay was way too loud, and apparently she and Fausto were doing their best impression of the Mean Girls.
 
Remarkably Jackson won the 50/50 for the third week in a row.  One more and there will be an investigation.
 
Matt Simmons made an appearance and solicited happy dollars. They included:
  • President Joe being happy to be part of such a great club.  Excuse me while a yawn into my trash can. 
  • Lucie was forced to be happy so she acknowledged that she is heading out on her 4th vacation of 2019.
  • Conrad saw Earl at Seal Rock and he is getting better.
  • Conrad also shared a tribute to his Mom who was a great supporter of women.
  • Dr. Joe was happy we are doing our essay contest.
  • Our visitor was happy to tell us his family once owned Saco Island but he could not help us with the parking problem.
  • Karen Chasse was going to be on TV because Biddeford High School is getting its band back together and she is leaving on vacation to Texas.  She has more vacations than Lucie.  Karen was also happy because her daughter is a nurse at Maine Med and she is not pregnant (there is clearly something in the air at Maine Med because 9 out of 10 of the nurses are pregnant.  Is that an airborne thing?)
  • Fausto gave happy $s because Conrad’s Mom raised a good man, his daughter went to her first formal (not sure what that is) and for his very busy business. 
Matt then actually fined some people including President Joe for not following the script.  He has not been able to do it for 41 weeks so why start now?  There were 4 April birthdays, Matt, Sarah N., President Joe and Julie V.  And Fausto had to pay extra for his special meal.
 
We then discussed two major gifts both of which the Board approved at its April 3 Board meeting.The first was a $25,000 donation to Thornton Academy to help with its capital campaign for a new athletic complex.The proposal was for Red Ribbon to give $10,000 and for the club to give $15,000 from charitable funds and then one club member was going to match that $25,000 gift.President Joe also indicated that his family was donating $5,000 to the campaign.A spirited discussion about the pros and cons of this kind of gift took place including comments about the fact that the gift would help support a multi-purpose room that will be available for students and the public to pursue healthy living choices and to be educated about healthy choices which we hope will keep students engaged and less likely to fall into substance misuse.It truly was a healthy discussion and in the end the club voted to approve the gift.
 
The second major gift discussed was a $25,000 donation to the My Place Teen Center to help fund its kitchen as long as the kitchen can be used to help start a culinary arts program for local students.The gift would help get the teen center off the ground, would help the COT start a new culinary arts program in a brand new commercial kitchen and might eventually provide us with a new place to meet.Everyone was very supportive of the idea though it was acknowledged that there is a long way to go before all of that can become a reality.In the end the club unanimously endorsed the gift which would come from our vocational fund.
 
On behalf of Thornton Academy, Haley Thompson, our TA Development Director, and the entire TA Capital Campaign Committee, I want to thank the Club and the Red Ribbon Committee for their very generous gift to the Thornton Capital Campaign which will enable TA to name the large multi-purpose room in the new athletic facility for Rotary and Red Ribbon.We all know that student athletes and students involved in extra-curricular activities are more likely to stay in school and avoid other issues like drug misuse.Sports and extra-curricular activities should not be only for those who can afford them.They should be available to all students and the fact is that TA’s athletic facilities are just too small for our student body.This project will allow more students of all demographics to have a place to be physically active and engaged outside the classroom.This gift is yet another shining example of the Biddeford Saco Rotary’s Club’s commitment to our communities and our students. Again, thank you all for your support of TA’s project.
 
Finally, Karen let us know that there will be a speaker at Thornton in the morning on April 10 and in the afternoon on the same day at Biddeford High School talking about a drunk driving tragedy which is part of Red Ribbon week.If you would like to attend either session please contact Karen.
 
 
Week in Review 4/3/2019 Bill Kany 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 02, 2019
I am writing this Tack but I have no idea whether anyone will ever see it due to technical difficulties which may render it impossible for any of you to ever see it so I might as well write it like I am talking to myself. 
Joe called the meeting to order.  Huh, every week he tells us what week number it is like he can’t wait to get done.  That seems inherently inconsistent with his assertions that the job is not that hard and everyone should run for President.  While it is not the hardest thing anyone will ever do you can actually work hard at the job if you want to.
Lucie Kay did the four way test.  My God did she join Rotary last week?  It’s not that hard and she was reading it.  I swear she had to sound out each number. Oh, I forgot, English is her second language.
Joe Bassett did the prayer.  Man is he good at that or what?  It’s almost like he has been doing it his whole life.
Conrad introduced visiting Rotarians and guests including Joe Boyle who must have 200% attendance.
 
Presidential Announcements:  President Joe reminded us that we will be doing a hands on project with the Kiwanis Club on May 11 at a time and place to be announced.  Jackson indicated the project will take about 2 hours and we are putting together 10,000 meals.  Let me see if I can do the math (can you tell I was not really listening?).  If 25 Rotarians show up (doubtful) and 25 Kiwanis show up we will have 50 people.  That means we each will need to put together 200 meals in two hours or one meal every 36 seconds.  I hope we have the Barber foods assembly line to work on.
 
Jackson was able to confirm the Elks Lodge on Ocean Park Rd., Saco for Saturday, May 11 from 9-12:30 or so for the meal packing project. The actual meal packing will start around 10 and it takes about 2 hours or less to finish 10,000 meals!
They have tables there, so It should be relatively easy to set up.
I hope you can all make it.
 
I got to live auction Sabine’s book bag and David Howard’s (ask Heather McLean who he is but don’t ask Heather G) book.  Doing a live auction at our club is like doing a live auction at a funeral home.  It’s like trying to sell ice cubes to Eskimos who don’t drink.  No one bids and no one wants to make eye contact.  Well the bag and book sold for $1,000, not bad.  If you believe that I have a bridge to auction off next week.
Joe acknowledged that parking continues to be a problem and suggested that perhaps someone might want to find another place for us to meet.  I suspect we will just have to put up with the parking issues which will be compounded by the new apartments being built.  Urban planning at its best.
 
Sargent at Arms:
Matt Simmons  took to the podium with his copious notes related to fines.  I don’t have any idea how he finds the time to prepare like that before every meeting (sarcasm, yes) and I can’t imagine how he has exceeded his budget.  Has he been getting the Red Ribbon money?  I guess we are all happier than we have been in the past so he gets a lot of happy dollars each week.  Some examples include:
  • Matt being over budget (I want an audit)
  • Dr. Joe being our visitor with the best attendance (Christ, he has better attendance than 80% of the people actually in our club)
  • Sara Brouillard announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby boy.  Not sure why Sara is not listed on our website these days.
  • Peggy Bean gave a happy dollar for going to the COT and indicated that there were not that many Rotarians there.  We were supposed to meet that the COT today, but the meeting was postponed so there shouldn’t have been any Rotarians there.  What is she talking about?  Oh, Peggy was talking about our meeting at the Biddeford Middle School which probably looks a lot like the COT absent the garage doors, a house in progress and a bunch of tools.
  • Ken Farley announced that his daughter was accepted at Bishops University in Lenoxville, Quebec from which my two sons graduated.  That’s very cool.
  • I announced that Heather McLean was in a TV ad for our bank and got paid a little stipend which she donated to the club.  Nice touch Heather.
  • Julie V. apologized for not being able to get the Tack out to everyone which means most of you probably won’t be able to read this anyway so why am I typing?
  • Steve Morin will break his attendance streak when he goes on vacation next week to Texas.  I can see Steve at a dude ranch watching the tumble weeds roll by. 
  • Karen Chasse gave a shout out to Sarah Neault’s Instagram page.  I received a candy gram once.
Matt then fined Roland for parking on top of Lucie. She did look tired and a bit run down.  He also fined Lucie for putting sugar in Roland’s pants.  Those two should get a room.  Finally (and I mean finally) he fined Denis for saluting the full parking lot on March 6 by indicating that the parking lot was number one if you know what I mean.
While sitting here I happened to notice the banner hanging from the podium, “Be The Inspiration”.  Damn, that’s a lot of pressure.  I can see being AN inspiration but to be THE inspiration is a tall order.  What the hell was the RI president thinking?  Well, I guess he is the RI President so maybe he is THE inspiration.  I will settle for being inspired every now and then and call it good.
 
 
Week in Review 3/13/2019 Bill Kany 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 02, 2019


Check out the magic behind our red doors!

755 Main Street | Westbrook, ME 04092 | 207-854-2800  image001 (4) 
myplaceteencenter.org
 
WCSH 6 Who Care Agency of Distinction | United Way Partner Agency | Mainebiz’s Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year | Maine Children’s Alliance Giraffe Award |TD Beach to Beacon Charitable Recipient
 
 
The program was about the My Place Teen Center in Westbrook and their efforts to establish such a center in Biddeford as well.  We heard from Deb Shangraw who is the current president of the Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club which has been instrumental in support to the success of MPTC.  Deb serves as a consultant for MPTC and is excited about the prospect of setting up a MPTC in Biddeford.  She maintains that the loving atmosphere at the MPTC saves lives and that it is one of the most unique places on earth.  The MPTC is located in a former church which has been renovated into a shining facility with a commercial kitchen from which they serve many meals each week. 
 
We also heard from Donna Dwyer who is he President of MPTC.  She is clearly passionate about the program and would love to see a new MPTC in Biddeford in the former church located at 75 Bacon Street owned by the Biddeford Housing Authority.  She said the MPTC in Westbrook serves 40-70 kids each day from ages 10-18 with the only qualification being that they are a kid. 
 
We also heard from Guy Gagnon, a former club member and the head of the Biddeford Housing Authority.  They would like our hands on help to convert space in the former church to a new MPTC for Biddeford and Saco kids.  They would like to open it in the summer of 2020.  They will need money for the space and a new kitchen but they will also need hands on help.  Sounds like a great project.
 
Below is some additional information provided to us about My Place Teen Center.
My Place Teen Center is a southern Maine organization based in Westbrook with a second location to be opened in Biddeford, July 2020. Our mission is to provide a safe haven for middle and high school youth, ages 10-18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope.
 
Opened in 1998, we are a year round, free, out of school time, evidence-based, positive youth development program specializing in cultivating grit and alleviating hunger and trauma. We are open five hours per day, five days per week, year-round. Everything we do for the kids is free.
 
My Place Teen Center is at the forefront of some of the most crucial issues of our time.
 
  • We fight to keep kids safe from the devastation of the opioid epidemic.
  • We combat poverty and food insecurity.
  • We create real, authentic communities with kids from diverse backgrounds, teaching them how to be good citizens and good neighbors.
  • We show teens from broken homes that there is a better way to live life – with accountability, personal responsibility, and self-care.
  • We are not just raising kids, we are raising the next generation of adults, and they are headed your way. It matters who they are now, and whom they become as adults.
  • We know adverse childhood experiences and the lifelong consequences of trauma can be counterbalanced with protective factors such as increasing cognitive capacity, healthy attachment of relationships, the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors, and creating safe environments. This is our calling card.
 
MPTC Domains:
Character development, academic support, civic engagement, and life skills.
 
MPTC Differentiators:
  • Free
  • Homey, warm, inviting aesthetic
  • Nutritious, full, daily meals
  • Year-round
  • 25 hours per week
  • Teen-centric
  • Job and life preparedness
  • Focus on social emotional learning and evidence-based strategies such as instilling grit, curiosity, leadership, and self-awareness
  • Drop-in and program specific
  • Local control; local decision-making
 
In 2014, Biddeford champions and stakeholders, including the Mayor and Biddeford Housing Authority, requested discussions about how to bring our business model to Biddeford. Originally we were functioning in a consultant mode – how THEY could operate such a facility like ours, but early 2017 discussions turned to: Would WE bring our business model to Biddeford and run a second site/MPTC for them? Given that expansion was already part of our strategic plan, this was an easy leap due to the positive relationship developed with City leaders and a similar demographic and landscape between both cities. 
 
Thus, we have been working closely with Biddeford Housing Authority and Mayor Casavant regarding establishing a second site at 75 Bacon Street, Biddeford; the former St. Andre's Church. Our target opening date is July 2020. We will be located on the bottom floor - about 9,000 square feet - of the church. The former rectory houses a high school alternative education program and the convent is now senior housing.
 
 
 
My Place Teen Center in Westbrook Bill Kany 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 02, 2019
Hey Folks,
Can you believe February is over. We ended the month with a great meeting at Biddeford Middle School.  Our first order of business was to nominate and elect Haley Thompson of Thornton Academy to our board. I am really excited about her coming on the board for a 2 year term as a Director.
 
Thank you Jeremy Ray and Karen Chasse for making the meeting happen today especially after two snow days. I really want to recognize Ms. Lee the teacher and her students for putting on a fantastic lunch at the Tiger Café. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders started us off with small Caprese Salad on a tooth pick or cherry tomatoes with a leaf of fresh basil. Lunch consisted of a choice of three soups a pasta fagioli, chicken with orzo and a corn chowder. I had the chowder and then followed that up with the chicken and orzo. Both were served with homemade crackers. I passed on the garlic bread but it did look good. My favorite was the chicken with orzo. The hot bowl of soup was chuck full of chicken and orzo that had a really nice balance of herbs and spices. The students finished us off with a choice of mini cheesecakes with fresh fruit on top or a fruit cup.
 
After lunch we got to ask students questions. These 16 students that worked for us, some were servers, some were cooks, etc. were really excited to participate in the program. These students are also cooking at home for their families. All 16 Rotarians at the meeting had a really good time being there.
 
We got to meet Marty G’s 7th grade daughter who is participating in the STEM program at BMS. We also got to watch Sabine drool over all for the sewing machines that were in the class, I mean dining room. We also learned that the culinary program ends at 8th grade.
 
I was surprised to learn that the Center for Technology does not have a program for kids wanting to pursue a career in the food and hospitality industry. The reason is pretty simple, they don’t have the space or the money to build a kitchen. Jeremy Ray mentioned that they would be happy if they even had an offsite space for a kitchen.
 
This is a nice segue to bring up what I think are two great opportunities in front of us. The kind of events that don’t happen all that often. I would like to start a conversation with all of you about two initiatives that we can share in. Obviously I am still on my sugar high from the extra cheese cake I had yesterday; we should talk about helping BRCOT get a culinary program going. The other initiative we talked about Monday night at Red Ribbon Committee meeting on Monday  night was Thornton Academy’s campaign to build a new field house. Lionel Gym was designed for a school of 650 kids, TA now has over 1700 kids.
 
Our club has a rich history of supporting our communities by participating in projects that have a high level of permanency and visibility. Examples are MacArthur Library, The Truslow Center and more. Yesterday, I drove by Rotary Park and I was honored to see our sign at the entrance. It was Rotarians that were behind converting a dump into a year round playground for everybody. So let’s start those conversations about Biddeford and Thornton and do we want to be a part of it.
 
I plan on addressing these initiatives with the Board at our next meeting on March 6th before I present them to you, the membership. I ask that you keep your minds open so that we can have meaningful conversations on these issues and whether we want to get involved. As Rotarians we can be the inspiration for our community. There is no other group like us.
 
Regards,
Joe Moreshead
 
President Joe's Message for February Joe Moreshead 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Mar 30, 2019

Good morning Rotarians!

We have a terrific District Assembly planned for Saturday morning, April 6th!!

While this Assembly is highly recommended for all Club officers and committee chairs, all Rotarians are encouraged to attend. 
And, new Rotarians will have a wonderful Rotary experience, seeing what Rotary offers beyond their Club!

Our sessions include workshops for:
International Service, Global Grants, District Grants,
Rotaract, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Public Image Techniques, 
Best practices of Rotary Growth Teams,
Smart Phone Apps, Rotary Action Groups (RAGS, lol),
Non-profit 501(c)3 vs 501(c4) Considerations,
and, more, more, more...

$20 gets you breakfast, and a fun-filled Rotary experience!

Please register here, today: 
==>  https://rotary7780.org/event/district-training-assembly/

Note: pre-paying with your credit card will speed your entry into the event.
Many clubs will reimburse you after the event.

The Assembly is 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 6th.
at York County Community College
112 College Drive, Wells, ME 04090

We hope to see you there!
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!!
Andy and the Assembly Team

District Assembly Joe Moreshead 2019-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Mar 27, 2019
At the outset I want to thank Julie Villemaire for filling in so admirably in preparing the Tack for March 20.  I would love to have one or two more volunteers write the Tack for a few weeks each. It can be as brief or as long as you want it to be.
 
Have you ever put bread in the toaster and let it sit in there so long it almost sets off the smoke alarm and then when you take it out, burning your fingers in the process, you realize you have no butter so you eat it plain?  That is how dry this Tack will be.  Bonneville Salt Flats dry.
 
Our March 27th meeting was a bit of an intimate affair with light attendance.  President Joe again apologized for the parking.  I walked down so I did not contribute to the parking lot gridlock but I know people struggled to find spaces.  It is not really going to get better with improved weather coming and more and more people going out to lunch.  Carpooling may become necessary.
 
Karen Chasse led us in the 4 way test and Joe Bassett led us in a prayer.  Surprisingly both seemed to have done it before.
 
Our recently clean shaven President Joe introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.  Fausto is apparently saving himself for his Presidential year and Don Pilon was among the missing as well.  Former club member, Guy Gagnon, and Dr. Joe Boyle were introduced as a guest and visiting Rotarian, respectively. 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting with be on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them. 
 
Joe also mentioned the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals in 2-3 hours.  Bring your aprons.
President Joe also announced the creation of an ad hoc committee to review major asks for club donations and to perhaps work on a larger gift policy.  The members of the committee so far are Paul Deschambault, Don Pilon, Karen Chasse, Jackson Brown (maybe) and me.  The committee has been invited to next week’s Board meeting on April 3 at 7:45 at P&C Insurance.
 
Heather Gendron announced that the Scholarship Committee is reaching out to our area high schools and the COT to solicit applicants for our $1,000 post-secondary scholarships. The Committee will meet on April 30 at Bangor Savings from 3:00 to 5:00 to review applications and narrow the pool of applicants to the students who will then be interviewed by the Committee.  If you have any interest in helping to screed the scholarship applications please plan on attending the meeting on April 30. 
 
Ron Drouin asked if we were planning anything for our Club’s 100th anniversary next year.  Jackson indicated that he invited our sister club in Bideford, England to come over for the celebration though no celebration as yet is planned.  It was suggested that we combine a gala with a fundraiser to be held in March to raise money and celebration our 100 years in existence.  Marty Grohman learned that he would be chairing any such event as our vice president.  Good luck Marty. 
 
Jim Godbout announced that we are getting close to clearing the title on the next Rotary House to work on located on Main Street across from the COT.  Jim thought that we may have a judgment as early as next week, but the emails I have seen from Keith Jacques would indicate that we may incur a bit of a delay.  Don’t start swinging the wrecking ball just yet.  Stay tuned.
 
Matt Simmons failed to appear and I suspect he is still circling the parking lot looking for a space.  President Joe solicited happy dollars which seems to be most of the Matt Simmons show anyway.  The happy dollars included:
  • Jeremy Ray announcing that the Biddeford School Department and Dayton School Department have established a new entity that will be doing the bus transportation for the Town of Acton.  Jeremy will look good behind the wheel of an Acton bus.
  • Denis Elie completed the Mary’s Walk 5K run defeating his aunt whose Jazzy Scooter battery died.  Ken Farley, however, did beat Denis.
  • Dr. Joe was named the Foundation Chair for his new club.
  • Reegan announced that the United Way is doing a fundraiser at Arundel Ford for the United Ways’ Tools4Schools backpack project that our club has supported in the past.  If you test drive a Ford at Arundel Ford on April 5 in the afternoon Arundel Ford will donate $20.00.  It is a great cause and nice of Arundel Ford to do that but I think I would rather donate the cash or have a dentist donate $20.00 for my next root canal as opposed to dealing with a car dealership.
  • Sue Gajewski is back and thanked Jackson for filling in so admirably in her absence.
  • Conrad Welzel was happy he recited the 4 way test correctly last week.
  • Marty Grohman was happy to be on the radio for Veterans Count and that he and Jeremy will be art critics selecting art to stay in the high school. 
Jackson won the 50/50 for the second week in a row.
 
 
Week in Review 3/27/2019 Bill Kany 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Mar 20, 2019
 
Today’s Speaker was Michael A. Merrill, Program Director of Veteran Services for Volunteers of America.  The Assistant Program Director, Brian Bouthot, was also visiting with us today.
 
Over the years, Volunteers of America has established itself as "The Place to Turn" for our country's most vulnerable individuals. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.
At Volunteers of America Northern New England they serve the people of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.
Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Volunteers of America is also proud to be the largest provider of affordable housing in the country.
Willingness. Creativity. Compassion. These underlying values of our founding vision have led Volunteers of America Northern New England to serve more than 8,000 people annually in Maine.
 
Cabin in the Woods:  21 veterans and their families can finally say “we are home” as Cabin in the Woods opens its doors and offers peace of mind to residents. After serving our country, our veterans deserve more than just a thank you, they deserve a home and a community that will fight for them the way they have fought for us, and now they have just that.
Cabin in the Woods Community is the first project of its kind in the state of Maine, and the only program in Maine that will offer permanent housing for homeless male and female veterans, as well as their families.
The cabins have been built on 11 wooded acres on the grounds of Togus VA Medical Center in Chelsea, Maine and are within walking distance of services.
There are 16 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom 550-square-foot cabins, all less than 800 square feet, as well as a 700-square-foot two-bedroom cabin for office and community space.
The program has an emphasis on family reunification and employment, Cabin in the Woods will work with many local, regional, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of veterans and their families.
The $4.2 million development cost of the project will be funded primarily by Maine Housing Tax Credit Allocation. Our work continues with MaineHousing to finalize the timeline and construction documents. We have partnered with the Veterans Administration to secure a 75 year lease on the land and the Home Depot Foundation is generously funding a portion of the cabin construction costs.
The land for the Cabin in the Woods development was acquired through the Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced Use Lease Program, where the VA leases underutilized real estate to the private sector for the purpose of developing housing for homeless veterans.
If you are interested in contributing to Cabin in the Woods please contact Michael Coon at 207-373-1140. Additional information about Cabin in the Woods and our partners can be found in our Media Kit.
 
Behavioral Health
We serve individuals who are 18 years or older and who have been diagnosed with persistent mental illness or co-occurring conditions. Our programs welcome people whose behaviors have frustrated the best efforts of other care givers. We use evidence-based programming to foster new thinking, attitudes and behaviors that lead to positive personal changes, independence, maturity and self-responsibility. 
Our goal is to help break the cycle of hospitalization and homelessness and create a path to self-realization and community engagement.
A team of trained and caring staff members at each residence helps residents learn to cope with the challenges of everyday living by developing daily living skills, maintaining counseling, obtaining education regarding mental illness, improving, and learning how to manage symptoms, with an individual rehabilitation and treatment plan. For many of these individuals, it is a major step to greater independence.  
 
Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams) is a free week-long program for Maine kids. Counselors are volunteer Police Officers from across Maine. Sheriffs, Troopers and Municipal Officers all come together to mentor and encourage kids while improving their perceptions of law enforcement.
In June, 161 children from all 16 Maine counties joined forces with over 80 Law Enforcement volunteers for a week of exploration, healthy activities, outdoor recreation, and education. Campers adjust to new places and people – all while being mentored and cared for by officers of Maine law enforcement and public safety organizations.
Law enforcement professionals (current and retired) from all 16 counties in Maine spend the week 24/7 at Camp POSTCARD; Many have been Camp POSTCARD leaders for 5,10, 15, even 20 years. Their goal is to give children an experience that will enrich their lives and give them hope for the future. During this week, campers experience officers as caring and fun-loving people primarily concerned with the well-being of children.
Camp POSTCARD gives children a new perspective on what’s possible for them to achieve; the adults who are providing these many experiences and cheering them on are officers and many other caring adults. Camp POSTCARD gives children a boost to their confidence; they broaden their horizons and have the world open up to them in ways they could not imagine.
Camp POSTCARD is a long-term partnership between the Maine Sheriffs' Association and Volunteers of America Northern New England.
Qualified officers are invited to become volunteer leaders at camp. Campers are unaware that the counselors are from law enforcement until the last day.  Many of the campers come from homes where there has been negative interaction with law enforcers.
 
Senior Services
Our senior services and programs promote health and independence for the elderly. We encourage seniors to be active and healthy through a host of support services.  We are one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care.
For seniors, maintaining independence is very important.  We provide housing for seniors who want to live independent lifestyles where they can thrive and age in place. Our senior residents deserve the quality of life that they desire and our commitment to service-enriched housing offers them just that.
      Paul Hazelton House I & II : The Paul Hazelton I & II Houses, located in Saco, Maine, provides a combined 66 units of high-quality, affordable housing for low-income elderly people, with disabilities and other needs.
Bayview Heights:  Bayview Heights is located in Portland, Maine and provides 59 units of high-quality, affordable housing for low-income elderly people, with disabilities and other needs.
 
Our Rotary club donated $500.00 to help Veterans coming out of programs with moving expenses.  They were able to help 3 Veterans with our donation
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There are no municipalities helping them out.  They run off of public and private donations & grants.
 
Seeds of Hope offers a loan program for security deposits for rents.  They work very closely with Reverend Shirley.
 
Veterans in their programs are required to volunteer in the community.  There are some Veterans that volunteer for the Heart of Biddeford.  President Joe let Michael know about our upcoming community project with the Kiwanis club on May 11th.  If anyone would like to join us in this effort they are more than welcomed.
 
Donations from our Company B fund have been instrumental in helping these men and women.  The donations have helped start new lives for some and new careers for others.  Michael said they couldn’t thank our club enough for our part in helping out.
 
If you’d like more information about the wonderful organization you can visit their website at www.voanne.org.
 
 
 
 
Veteran Services for Volunteers of America Julie Villemaire 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Mar 20, 2019
 
President Joe promptly started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  In case anyone was wondering or counting the weeks under Joe’s leadership, he announced that it was the 39th week in this Rotarian year. He called upon Conrad Welzel to flawlessly lead the group in the 4 Way Test.  Joe Bassett was on deck with the invocation.  President-Elect Fausto was present prior to the meeting but went MIA when it was time to introduce visiting Rotarians and Guests.  Vice President, Don Pilon stepped up to the plate to introduce the visiting Rotarian with the best attendance in this club, Dr. Joe Boyle and also Paul Deschambault’s better half, Carole.  Jim Audiffred was pleased to introduce Pauline Van Haynes from South Africa.  Pauline was a Rotary Exchange Student many years ago and one of her host families was Jim and Margo Audiffred.  Pauline is married and has two girls.  She went onto to medical school and is an OBGYN.  Jim and his family went to Australia to visit with Pauline and her family.  Pauline was at a conference nearby and took the opportunity to step away from the conference to visit with us.
 
Rise Against Hunger Community Project:  Jackson Brown informed the members that on May 11, 2019, we will be joining forces with the local Kiwanis club at the Elks Lodge in Saco from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to put together 10,000 meals to be delivered to the local food pantries.  This is a wonderful project to bring families and friends together for a great cause. Our club made a donation of $1,250.00 to this project.
 
AD-HOC Committee for Major Giving:  Paul Deschambault and Don Pilon have agreed to co-chair this new committee.  President Joe asked that they meet soon to discuss whether or not the club should get involved.  More information to come.
 
The 50/50 pot of $27 was won by Jackson Brown.  I heard Jackson say that he wanted to give some to the SAA Matt Simmons but I’m not sure what happened to the rest.  Like so many others, it probably went to the Red Ribbon effort, another very worthy cause.
 
Sabine McElrath recently returned from a trip to Guadeloupe.  She was able to make arrangements to visit their local Rotary club and exchange the “Rotary Flag”.  This was her third time visiting Guadeloupe but only the first time she was able to attend.  She said that they meet every two weeks in person and that they skype the rest of the time.  She said they had the most beautiful table setting that she has ever seen.  The menu that was presented cost about 35 Euros ($40 US approx.) but she said the Rum Punch was well worth it!  She explained some of the projects that our club has been involved with.  She was amazed at how impressed their club was with the work we have done and continue to do.  They have two major efforts.  The first is “The Sea for Everyone”.  Sabine mentioned that they have people with handicaps that actually like to go into the water & not just look from the sideline.  One of their fundraisers is a race from France to Guadeloupe each year.  They will get some info over to us so we can see about sending some funding their way to help with this cause.  Their second initiative is to change snacks from baguettes and salty items to fruit.
 
It was time for SAA Matt Simmons to take center stage in hopes of boosting his budget with happy dollars and fines.  Jackson was one of the first members to raise his happy dollar.  He is very happy that our Treasurer Susan will be heading back from her winter travels. Jim Audiffred was happy to have Pauline visiting for a few days.  Bill Paterson was happy for his 13 year old grandson whose Dad happens to be a paramedic.  Dr. Joe was happy that he was able to make the meeting on time after thinking he would be late.  Not only was he on time but he was able to secure a premiere parking spot in the front of the building.  President Joe was happy that Dr. Pierre Giroux was the best vet in town because he just expanded his family to include a new German Shepheard puppy named Phil.  Roland Gagne gave a dollar and announced that Ron Drouin wasn’t feeling well .  Julie was happy to not only see Heather MacLean  in the Saco & Biddeford Savings newest commercial, but also Mark Nahorney.  Conrad was happy that he was able to spend some time with his two ailing parents.  Roland Gagne was also impressed with the Mark Nahorney’s use of the “Italian” language in his recent performance at City Theater.  Matt was feeling the love today so he didn’t impose too many fines.  Of course, President Joe wasn’t so lucky and was fined $3 for picking fights.  Matt then charged the following Rotarians for money owed for either meals or dues: President Joe, Sherry Norton, Alicia Girard and Peggy Bean.
 
 
 
Week in Review 3/20/2019 Julie Villemaire 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Mar 13, 2019
 
Our speaker for the day was Karen Chasse who gave her “classification talk” which could have been entitled a “classification dissertation, novel or treatise”.  My life couldn’t fill two minutes.   The entire talk is set forth below.  Karen has truly overcome a lot of challenges to accomplish what she has including having to type her talk on her phone on a treadmill at 5:00 Am next to Jackson.  Talk about challenges! Perhaps she will get up in another 10 to 20 years and tell us how her book finally ends (I don’t mean finally ends, well you know what I mean or at least I know what I mean).  Nice job Karen.
 
I will start with my personal life because it is much more entertaining and dramatic.
 
My life began in turmoil. As you’ve probably heard Trojans and Tigers didn’t mix well in the 70’s. My Dad is a TA graduate: Mom is a BHS graduate.  They divorced by the time my Mom was 20 but kudos to Jim and Lynn for their success!
 
I grew up in New York with my Dad (who was in the Air Force), stepmom, brother and sister. My mom suffered from Lupus, lived in Biddeford, and we only saw her at Christmas and summertime.  Throughout my youth, I had some of my own health issues: at four years old, I was hit by a dump truck and had to be in a full body cast for six weeks (that was not fun--for me or my parents), and I’ve had multiple surgeries on a congenital branchial cleft cyst in my neck. Otherwise, I grew up as a classic rule-following, introverted, middle child.
 
My Dad’s alcohol and drug abuse eventually led to his second divorce and at 16 I left behind my PHS Hornets’ Track and Cheerleading friends to move to Maine to live with my Mom and my Dad went to rehab. Unfortunately, six months later my very good friend died in a drinking and driving accident on New Year’s Eve.  As you’ve heard from our fun “Name that Rotarian” game last year, I met my ex-husband, his cousin, at the funeral (a sure sign it was a match made in heaven, right?). And guess what was the cherry on top? He had a one-year-old son born on his 18th birthday. But Casey taught me how to love unconditionally and is by far the best “inheritance” I will ever receive.
 
After graduation, I went on to UMF but missed my ex-husband so terribly that I moved back to Biddeford after my first year, got an apartment together, got pregnant with my son, Tyler (the best “mistake” I ever made), got married, and managed to complete an Associates from UMA. (Yes, in that order – However, I don’t recommend this life plan).
 
Two years later I lost a child, another little boy, and fortunately a year later had my daughter, Julia - my only planned child, and during her teenage years I often wondered if I was crazy for that decision. My Mom passed away shortly after that from Lupus complications at age 43.  Honestly, this was my hardest hurdle to overcome. She was, by far, the strongest and most positive individual I will ever encounter.
 
We then built a house in Dayton and I went to back to UMA to get my Bachelor’s Degree which I finally finished at age 42. Both my kids graduated from TA with Julia also attending the CNA program at COT.  Following her graduation, I filed for divorce--which you all learned in the TACK thanks to Bill Kany’s creative writing. I guess Tigers and Tigers can get on each other’s nerves after 26 years. 
 
Now, my son, Casey, is 29 and lives in Biddeford with his wife, Elizabeth. He is a foreman for a landscaping company in Kennebunkport. My son, Tyler, lives in Florida and manages the Warehouse for Titan Supply. My daughter, Julia, lives with me (and her boyfriend--who drew up the architecture plans for our rotary house!). She works at MMC and will graduate next year from USM’s Nursing Program.
 
My professional life is much more boring so hope you can stay awake through this part.
 
My first real job was Rich’s Department Store at 14 making $4.10 an hour. I hit the jackpot when, at 17, I was hired as a Switchboard Operator at $6.10 an hour thanks to Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. I bought my first junker car and my ex-husband taught me how to drive (so if you don’t like it, you can blame him). I was fortunate enough to work at SMMC, now SMHC, for 25 years moving my way up the ranks from Switchboard & Admitting to the Marketing assistant, coordinator, specialist, manager and ultimately working in Development.
 
I joined Rotary at 28 when my boss suggested in my annual review that I get involved.  Joe stopped by the office one day and I asked him about Rotary.  He invited me to a meeting and gladly sponsored me. This is where I learned the true value of giving back. Rotarians immediately involved me and back then we had a lot of family-oriented, hands-on projects so my kids were able to participate. I was on the Board of Directors for 10 years holding every position except Treasurer (which is good for the club since Business Finance was the only class I ever received a “C” grade). I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Rollie Eon for being persistent and asking me three years in a row to be President before I finally conceded. I didn’t realize it was going to be the same year my son graduated and I would be back in college but it truly was my best year in Rotary.
 
I then met Jeremy Ray through Rotary. He asked me to be on the hiring committee for a Community Outreach & Development position at the School. Long story short, he asked me to have lunch one day when he learned I was job searching. Here’s your warning - Jeremy is the most skilled negotiator I have ever encountered but, also, if you are on a hiring committee and then you need to go through the interview process, it is 10 times harder and includes a laptop, writing a plan of what you would do in three very different scenarios in 10 minutes or less, and then presenting it to a jury of your peers.
 
So, you are probably thinking mid-life crisis.  Extreme stability for 25 years and in a one-year time span I had graduated college, had a new job, got divorced, bought a new car, completely renovated my house and the kids were off to college. But, I was 42; my Mom died at 43. For me, it was a wake-up call that life is too short to not be truly happy.
 
My current job grew to include oversight of the Biddeford Education Foundation and duties for Dayton School (so technically Denis Elie is also my boss now). My next goal is to start classes this fall for a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. So it is likely I will start analyzing all of you out of habit--sorry in advance.
 
Other committees, boards, and recognitions include: Tri-Community Little League Secretary, Saco Junior Trojans Cheerleading Fundraising Chair, Girl Scout Troop 236 Leader, Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union Vice President, Northeast Credit Union Marketing Chair, SMHC Auxiliary Board, CHCC’S Project Alliance Board, United Way Campaign Committee, Rotarian of the Year, Paul Harris Fellow, and the award I am proudest of - the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award.
 
So, that’s it.  I did write this but I am guessing none of you will see it and if some of you see it you won’t read it anyway.  There I feel better.
 
 
Karen Chasse- Classification Talk Karen Chasse 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Mar 06, 2019
Hey Folks,
Can you believe February is over. We ended the month with a great meeting at Biddeford Middle School.  Our first order of business was to nominate and elect Haley Thompson of Thornton Academy to our board. I am really excited about her coming on the board for a 2 year term as a Director.
 
Thank you Jeremy Ray and Karen Chasse for making the meeting happen today especially after two snow days. I really want to recognize Ms. Lee the teacher and her students for putting on a fantastic lunch at the Tiger Café. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders started us off with small Caprese Salad on a tooth pick or cherry tomatoes with a leaf of fresh basil. Lunch consisted of a choice of three soups a pasta fagioli, chicken with orzo and a corn chowder. I had the chowder and then followed that up with the chicken and orzo. Both were served with homemade crackers. I passed on the garlic bread but it did look good. My favorite was the chicken with orzo. The hot bowl of soup was chuck full of chicken and orzo that had a really nice balance of herbs and spices. The students finished us off with a choice of mini cheesecakes with fresh fruit on top or a fruit cup.
 
After lunch we got to ask students questions. These 16 students that worked for us, some were servers, some were cooks, etc. were really excited to participate in the program. These students are also cooking at home for their families. All 16 Rotarians at the meeting had a really good time being there.
 
We got to meet Marty G’s 7th grade daughter who is participating in the STEM program at BMS. We also got to watch Sabine drool over all for the sewing machines that were in the class, I mean dining room. We also learned that the culinary program ends at 8th grade.
 
I was surprised to learn that the Center for Technology does not have a program for kids wanting to pursue a career in the food and hospitality industry. The reason is pretty simple, they don’t have the space or the money to build a kitchen. Jeremy Ray mentioned that they would be happy if they even had an offsite space for a kitchen.
 
This is a nice segue to bring up what I think are two great opportunities in front of us. The kind of events that don’t happen all that often. I would like to start a conversation with all of you about two initiatives that we can share in. Obviously I am still on my sugar high from the extra cheese cake I had yesterday; we should talk about helping BRCOT get a culinary program going. The other initiative we talked about Monday night at Red Ribbon Committee meeting on Monday  night was Thornton Academy’s campaign to build a new field house. Lionel Gym was designed for a school of 650 kids, TA now has over 1700 kids.
 
Our club has a rich history of supporting our communities by participating in projects that have a high level of permanency and visibility. Examples are MacArthur Library, The Truslow Center and more. Yesterday, I drove by Rotary Park and I was honored to see our sign at the entrance. It was Rotarians that were behind converting a dump into a year round playground for everybody. So let’s start those conversations about Biddeford and Thornton and do we want to be a part of it.
 
I plan on addressing these initiatives with the Board at our next meeting on March 6th before I present them to you, the membership. I ask that you keep your minds open so that we can have meaningful conversations on these issues and whether we want to get involved. As Rotarians we can be the inspiration for our community. There is no other group like us.
 
Regards,
Joe Moreshead
 
President Joe's Message for February 2019 Joe Moreshead 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Please note tomorrow's meeting (3/13) will be at Run of the Mill and we will reschedule our meeting at Center of Technology at a later date when we can have some students available to showcase the programs (no, not because of an expected snow day).

 

Opening Ceremonies:  President Joe “Movember will never end” Moreshead opened the meeting and asked Past President Steve “near perfect attendance” Morin to do the Four Way Test which he handled like an old pro.  Conrad “I need longer arms or glasses” Welzel then led us in an invocation which he ably read from an index card held secretly at arms’ length.
Visitors:  We were visited by past member, I think, Tim “I don’t have enough needhams because Heather M took them all” Keene and Nicki Wyman, the branch manager of Bangor Savings in Biddeford.
Presidential Announcements:  President Joe happily announced that Haley Thompson had agreed to fill the last Board vacancy but her election the week before was not effective because of a lack of a quorum.  He also announced that Marty Grohman has agreed to take on the role of vice president in the club which means he should be club president three years out.  After Pierre Giroux and Kathy Shea came in late we had an official quorum (1/3rd of the members in the club) and we were able to successfully vote in Haley and Marty.  Congratulations to them both.  This is proof that if you campaign hard and live a clean life you can get elected to higher office.
Joe also announced that Roland “where the hell is Romania” Gagne has been chosen to be part of the Rotary Cultural Exchange to Romania.  Roland summarized the trip demonstrating that as of now he knows little about where he is going or what he will be doing.
Joe also announced that the Board approved a $1,000 donation to help support the renovation of a bathroom by Jim Godbout’s company for a family with a member with a serious illness.  The Board also approved a $1,250 donation to a Kiwanis Club Rise Against Hunger initiative which will provide 10,000 meals to food pantries in the area.  There will be a hands on component to this project on May 11 when we will be asked to help deliver meals.  I do hope we are not delivering 10,000 meals that day because if there are about 25 active Rotarians and an equal number of Kiwanis that would mean 200 deliveries for each of us.  The food might get cold.
Joe announced that the club has logged about 600 service hours so far so we are getting there.  He also announced that the Board voted to approve a $1,200 donation to the Biddeford primary school and a school in Dayton so they can buy washers and dryers for kids who come to school with dirty clothes or who get dirty during the day.  I am not sure what those kids do while their clothes are in the laundry, but perhaps school rules have changed a lot since I attended.
Joe also indicated the Club and Red Ribbon are considering a donation to Thornton’s capital campaign to renovate and expand Linnell Gymnasium or as Joe calls it “Lionel Gymnasium” undoubtedly named after the train.
Joe was also so impressed with the culinary arts program at Biddeford Middle School that he thinks we should support a culinary arts addition to the Center of Technology.  I am sure we will hear more about that in the coming weeks.
Parking Problems:  Parking continues to be an issue at Run of the Mill resulting in some very creative parking jobs and also resulting in Denis “the hell with this” Elie driving into and out of the parking lot without staying.  Perhaps when all of the snow melts things will get better.
Sargent at Arms:
Matt “I spend hours each week preparing” Simmons welcomed happy dollars which included:
  • Steve Morin announcing a fundraiser to support his son-in-law called Help, Hope, Live to be held on March 30 from 7-9 at the Eagles Club in Biddeford. I think, He was also happy because his wife now gets to babysit his grandson, Maverick.  They are waiting on the arrival of their second grandson, Goose.  While many little kids love Barney or Sesame Street songs, Maverick insists on listening to the Top Gun sound track over and over again.
  • Dr. “I’m now naughty” Joe was a happy $5.00 worth including sucking up to Past District Governor Lawrence Furbish and our own President Joe.
  • Mark “I get to dress up like a priest and impress my Mom” Nahorney plugged The Light in the Piazza starting this week at Biddeford City Theatre.  The winner of 6 Tony Awards, Mark says the musical is outstanding and a must see. 
  • Conrad “Fun with Phonics” Welzel’s 5 year old granddaughter read to him on Skype or at least helped Conrad sound out the big words.
  • Roland won the 50/50 and donated the money to our Clynk program which supports two young women going to school in Kenya.
  • Tim Keene was happy for Fausto or Festus as he called him.
Matt announced a couple of anniversaries which are always cheap fines.  Alicia for one year and Elaine for 7 years.  Matt also fined past member Tim Keene or Keane for not bringing enough needhams.  He fined President Joe for not knowing the bylaws, etc.  He fined Peggy for losing her car in the parking lot.  Hey who has not done that?  He fined Julie for pouring a whole bottle of ketchup on her meal (actually the cover came off and I did not do it though I wished I did). 
Guest Speaker:  Surprisingly, our guest speaker was not someone that Conrad has known since he was a child like all of our past speakers.  Conrad introduced Past District Governor, Lawrence “I own 30 bow ties” Furbish who visited us to talk about the Rotary Foundation. Our district is a strong supporter of the Foundation and our club is an even stronger supporter.  The Foundation is one of the highest rated charities in the world and has a lot of money to support district and global grants. 
He announced that polio plus has eradicated polio from everywhere except Afghanistan and Pakistan where the terrorist factions make it impossible to treat everyone. 
He encouraged our club to send someone to the Grants Management Seminars so we can apply for grants.  If you are interested see our Foundation Chairs, Brian Dallaire and Matt Simmons, yes, Matt you are a Foundation Chair and that has nothing to do with the Rotary House.
57% of our club donates to the Foundation.  Let’s try and make it 100%.
Reminder:  Our annual essay contest meeting will be on April 10 in the function room at People’s Choice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco. Please make every effort to attend.
 
Week in Review 03/06/2019 Bill Kany 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
Steve Morin lead our club in reciting the four-way test
 
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Joe Boyle
 
 
Joe Moreshead announced that Hayley Thompson volunteered to be on the Board of Directors. Jim Godbout made a motion to accept her candidacy and Matt Simmons seconded. All in favor.  
 
Joe relayed a message from Jean Saunders of Age Friendly Saco: there will be a meeting at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall on 12 March at 4:00. Members from local Rotary clubs will meet to discuss volunteer efforts in the community.  
 
The club received a thank you note from Dennis Robillard for our contribution in buying his club 2 knee walkers. 
 
Conrad announced that the wine tasting has netted about $3340 to date with a bit more expected from ticket sales to be turned in and the beer auction last week.  
 
Jim Labelle won the 50/50 And donated it back to the club.
 
Matt - Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Dr Joe who was happy to be visiting and also to have survived being a pedestrian when Lucie Kay raced into the parking lot and almost him him and others.  Joe enjoyed his first welding class at the COT and is donating a new floor drain cover to the school, Conrad had a good visit with his granddaughter, Marty is happy to be at a meeting at his daughter’s school, Jim is happy to be having lunch with his friend Scott Descoteaux and Matt is happy to be switching careers back to education.  
 
 
Fines:
Jackson for telling on Lucie, Sabine for trying to run the meeting, and Joe for missing the nuances in pronunciation of kneeling vs nailing.  
 
Our lunch today was hosted and catered by the students at Biddeford Middle School enrolled in the Family and Consumer Sciences courses.   
 
 
Scott Descoteaux (principal Biddeford middle school) and Vicky Lee (family and consumer science teacher).
 
The middle school has about 560 students. 
 
Biddeford Middle School has developed a rigorous and unique program emphasizing mathematics and science with the integration of technology and engineering (STEM Academy).
 
Students in Vicky’s class benefit from 80-minute sessions, compared to the regular period of 40 minutes.  That gives them the time to create and cook recipes.  
 
The students were very enthusiastic not only in preparing and serving us a delicious meal, but also in answering the many questions posed by club members.  Several have noted their love of culinary arts is leading them to consider a career in the field. Many others shared how they help at home in preparing meals for their family.
 
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30
 
Week in Review 2/27/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
This weeks Meeting will be held at Biddeford Middle School.
Meeting Joe Moreshead 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
President Joe signed up for a meeting on March 12 @ 4:00PM @ OOB Town Hall with Saco Bay and Sunset Club- any and all are welcome to talk about Age Friendly initiatives.
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Posted by Joe Moreshead on Feb 20, 2019
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
We finally voted on a slate officers at last week’s meeting. One of the highlights was that Alicia G was nominated for a director’s position on the Board and she accepted. I am proud to announce that we have a slate officers for the 2019/2020 Rotary Year. The list is as follows:
 
 
President:  Fausto Pifferrer
President Elect: Don Pilon
Vice President: Martin Grohman
Treasurer: Sue Gajewski
Secretary: Julie Villemaire
Past President / Board Joe Moreshead
Directors:
Heather Gendron
Conrad Welzel
CJ Cote Dubois
Alicia Girard
Haley Thompson
 
Thank you to all, especially the folks who have stepped up to assume stewardship of our great club. We still need a Vice President though. It is my goal to have someone in the role before my term ends this summer. The strength of our club is us, it is us who determines the future of this club. Think about serving for a year, think about your commitment to service- maybe this is a way of achieving your own personal goals developing leadership skills, communication skills, building a network of friends and peers all while stewarding a great organization and getting a firsthand view of how important this club is to our local community, statewide, nationwide and global communities as well. It all starts here in the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club.
 
 
Respectfully,
Joe Moreshead
 
New Officers for 2019-2020 Joe Moreshead 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 20, 2019
 
 
Lucie Kay lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Paul Smith
Dr. James Herbert
Mitchell Brown
 
 
 
 
 
Our weekly meeting to take place at the Biddeford middle school has been rescheduled for the 27th.
 
Joe relayed a message from Jean Saunders of Age Friendly Saco: there will be a meeting at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall on 12 March at 4:00. Members from local Rotary clubs will meet to discuss volunteer efforts in the community.  
 
Mark won the 50/50.
 
Heather, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Sabine who was happy that her 5 month tenure as scribe is almost over, Dr Joe was happy to see foxes in his backyard, Conrad is looking forward to a visit from his granddaughter, Joe Bassett is happy that his great granddaughter will be performing with the traveling drama group, Roland is happy that Ron Drouin shared a website with him, Bill Kany is happy that his daughter is engaged, James Hebert is happy that he recently adopted a Maine coon cat.
 
 
 
Fines:
Don Pilon for standing Heather up, Conrad for not giving chocolates to his wife and for asking the club to expose themselves, Joe for Not being able to pronounce Alicia, and Lucie for sporting a Trump-like tan.  
 
 
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Herbert, President of UNE
 
 
 
 
Dr. Herbert spoke of his great love for the area and discovering all things Francophile, la Kermesse festival, kayaking, and local area restaurants like Yeto’s. 
 
Originally from corpus Christie Texas he came from a working family who ran a shrimp boat and was the first generation in his family to attend and graduate from college.
 
He spoke of the history of UNE as it merged three schools over the years, Westbrook Seminary, St. Francis College, and the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. It has become Maine‘s largest private university and the only medical school in the state.
 
UNE has become more than a place to get an education, but its mission is to help students transform their lives.
 
While working on the university’s strategic plan, Dr. Hebert is also focusing the school on the health of individuals and also the broader community.
 
The school has placed a new emphasis on Marine sciences and is currently ranked the number seven school in the nation in that discipline. They are working on developing a healthy aquaculture business and also researching kelp farming.
 
The school’s enrollment has grown to 14,000 students with approximately half of them pursuing a degree online.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30
Week in Review 2/20/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 13, 2019
 
 
Karen Chasse lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Boyle - invocation
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Paul Smith
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Roland Gagne has applied.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on to take place at the Biddeford middle school has tentatively been rescheduled for the 27th.  
 
Nominations were reported by Ken Farley: 
President elect: Don Pilon
Directors:  Heather Gendron and Conrad Welzel.  
There were no nominations reported for the position of vice president.
 
Conrad Welzel provided a recap of the Winetasting event. He estimated about 200 attendees and received excellent feedback about the event. The silent auction was also very successful.
 
 
 
Jackson won the 50/50.
 
Matt, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Sabine who was happy that Paulette was honored by Senator Angus King, Ken was happy to be going skiing, Jeremy was happy to have attended the Super Bowl, Fausto was happy to have Karen help him raise money for the Center for grieving children, Karen enjoyed a great weekend away, and Dr Joe had an excellent workout session with his trainer and survived. Conrad is very happy the winetasting is over!
 
 
 
Fines:
Marty for posting on Facebook that he has playing hookey.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:00. 
 
 
 
Week in Review 2/13/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Feb 13, 2019
 
 
 
Fellow Rotarians,
I erred in my earlier email listing Jim McAllister as a director. Jim is actually coming off of the board. As a result we have additional openings on our board. We need a replacement for Jim; are you interested in a two year term? We still need a Vice President, any takers? All is not lost you have a chance. According to our resident Esquire, Bill Kany, he conducted a detailed analysis of our by-laws. According to the by-laws, the president must ask for additional nominations at next week’s meeting. We can then close nominations and elect the slate as presented after closing the nominating.
Thanks,
Joe,
 
Fellow Rotarians,
The nominating committee put forth a slate of new officers for the 2019/2020 year. The slate was accepted to present to the membership for a vote at the next scheduled meeting, February 20th at Run of the Mill Public House. There were no other nominees and so nominating was closed. The slate of officers is as follows:
President:  Fausto Pifferrer
President Elect: Don Pilon
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Sue Gajewski
Secretary: Julie Villemaire
Past President / Board Joe Moreshead
Directors:
Heather Gendron
Conrad Welzel
Dennis Elie
CJ Cote Dubois
OPEN
 
Please try and make this meeting and cast your vote for our new slate of officers.
Thanks,
Joe
Slate of Candidates for 2019-2020 Joe Moreshead 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 

Due to the impending storm tomorrow, our rescheduled meeting at Biddeford Middle School will again be postponed.  The meeting on Feb 13 will be at the Run of the Mill.
 
 
Meeting Reminder 2/13/2018 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Conrad Welzel on Feb 11, 2019
 
A BIG THANK YOU to all the Rotary members who helped in any way with the Wine Tasting.
 
Thanks,
Heather & Conrad
 
 
 
Big Thank YOU! Conrad Welzel 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 06, 2019
 
 
Joe Moreshead lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Dave Howard
Melissa Cilley
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Anyone having interest, just send a Joe an email.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on 13 February was scheduled to take place at the Biddeford middle school but with the impending storm, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill instead.  
 
Joe Moreshead inducted two new members into the club; Reegan Hebert and Jim Labelle.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. All tables have been sold.  
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still looking for volunteers to help setup. 
 
The Board approved 2 $1000 requests for help with heating system upgrades.  One was for a man suffering with ALS And the other for a mom with 2 kids facing a slew of medical bills.  
 
The club also voted to fund two charitable requests; one for $150 to buy a pass to bounce zone for the child of disabled parents and the other to the Saco Bay Sunset Club to purchase 2 knee walkers for $237.98.
 
The date for our essay contest awards is 10 April.  Location to be determined.  
 
Conrad won the 50/50 and donated his share to Red Ribbon.  
 
Heather, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Roland who was happy to see Ron Drouin, Bill Kany, happy the fundraiser for Center for Greiving Children raised $350,000, Jim Labelle, happy to be a new member of the club, Brenda, happy her son and his crew are visiting.
 
Fines:
Don Pilon for missing board meeting, Joe for not going to wine tasting, Reegan, for joining the club, Brenda for being late, and Keith for the closing of Heather’s favorite restaurant.  
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:23. 
 
 
e-Tack 2/6/2018 Sabine McElrath 2019-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Conrad Welzel on Feb 01, 2019


When I spoke to your Rotary Club about our next volunteer opportunity with Habitat for Humanity, some rotarians expressed interest in knowing the date/ time of the weatherization project.  We ( Age Friendly Saco) are again teaming up with the Interact Club at Thornton Academy on Saturday, March 2nd from 9-11 in the Atrium at Thornton Academy to build window inserts for some of our low income older adults in the Saco/Biddeford/ OOB area.  We were hoping that some Rotarians might be interested in helping for this event?    We welcome any/ all assistance! Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Jean Saunders
Age Friendly Saco
(207)651-9073
Rotary Volunteers/ Habitat for Humanity Conrad Welzel 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jan 31, 2019
 
 
 
 
            I wrote this piece for the Tack two years ago before our wine tasting event. Nothing about the Maine’s Liquor Liability Law has changed (I actually checked), so if you are going to be a pourer at the wine tasting event please take a moment and read this.  The bottom line for those people who only read the first paragraph or two of newspaper articles (assuming some of you still read papers), if you serve a visibly intoxicated person and then they leave and injure someone then you, personally, and the club can be held liable under the Act.  “Visibly intoxicated” means the person you are giving a “taste” to is in a “state of intoxication” (for some of us the 51st state) and they do some perceptible act or series of acts which would lead you to believe they are drunk or have the appearance of someone clearly intoxicated (haven’t I described a large portion of our wine tasting crowd?).  So have fun, but let’s be careful out there.
 
            So picture this:  You’re standing at your wine pouring station at the Rotary Wine Tasting Event.  You’re looking sharp. You’ve memorized the sheet of your red wines and you’re killing it dispensing information about varietals, breathing and debourbage (a white wine term but what the hell do you or they know?).  It’s getting a little later in the event, you’ve opened more bottles than you care to count right now and up walks:  1) a buddy of yours, 2) a good looking guy or woman who you would like to impress, or 3) a fellow Rotarian.  The conversation goes something like this.
            Hey, how’s it going?  Great, you Rotariaaans are greaaat! Thanks, we do like having a good time.  Yeah, don’t you guys sometimes wear those funny hats and drive little cars in parades? (with that question I am hoping it is not a fellow Rotarian unless they are really new). No, I think you’re thinking of Shiners but you were close.  What can I interest you in?  I have some great red wines including a merlot, a pinot noir and two Zinfandels you can try?  Would you like to know anything about any of them, I’m a bit of a wine tool.  Oh, I don’t care, but fill me up, will ya, I’m here for quantity not quality or whatever you winos call it.
            You think, clearly a little drunk, but hell so am I and so are most people here so she’s not going to care what I pour.  I’ll pour from the fullest bottle I have so I don’t have to waste it all at the end of the night.  She’s not going to taste it anyway.  Why don’t you try this merlot, I think you’ll like it.  Here, let me rinse your glass.  Wait, there’s a sip left in there, don’t dump it yet, that’s waste.  You know there are people in Africa who don’t get to drink wine very often.  She gulps the last few drops in the glass.  There now you can rinse it. 
            So you rinse the glass and pour a taste, a couple of ounces, and hand it back to her (please note you can substitute him for her here if you want).  She looks at you in a disgusted way with her head tilted slightly to the left, she throws back her hair (if it is a guy I am not sure he would throw back his hair) and says:  Dude, I asked you to fill it up.  It takes a lot for me to really taste a wine.  So hit me again please.  At that point you’re conflicted.  You really don’t want to stand there and take crap from this person and you certainly want to send her away happy, but on the other hand this is a wine tasting not an all you can drink buffet. The angel and devil go at it on your shoulders for exactly 3 seconds and you pour some more of the $10.00 merlot in her glass.  She says, Dude you’re the best, spins, stumbles a little, a bit of the wine sloshes out of the glass onto the floor and off she goes.  And you’re left wondering.
            OK, let me put on my lawyer hat and introduce you to the Maine Liquor Liability Act.  The Act is intended to prevent intoxication-related injuries, deaths and property damage.  Let’s assume (not a big stretch) that, by definition, the person you just served is an “intoxicated individual,” and, by definition, she is “visibly intoxicated” (yes, there is a state definition for that).   The Club is a “licensee” for the wine tasting event meaning we got a liquor license for the event.  You are a “server” under the law.
            Let’s spin the facts out a little.  You may think that anyone that drunk can’t be driving.  We all know better than that.  We may all know better, but she didn’t think she was that bad and she hops behind the wheel.  Hell, she only has to go a few miles and she is certainly of the opinion that she only had a few tastes.  On the way home she drops her cell phone and as she is fishing for it between the console and her seat she goes through a stop sign, t-bones another car and the passenger of that car is seriously injured.  She has the minimum amount of liability insurance and the passenger has serious injuries with huge medical bills and what will be a permanent impairment.  Dong!  Joe Bornstein is now involved and he is looking for other sources of money to cover the passenger’s damages and increase his contingency recovery.  That’s when they find out she had just left the Rotary wine tasting event.
            Under Maine’s Liquor Liability Act the passenger is an appropriate plaintiff (incidentally our drunk wine taster cannot sue us under that Act).  Guess who the appropriate defendants are.  The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and YOU personally!  You can be held personally liable if you negligently serve liquor to a visibly intoxicated individual and the intoxication proximately causes the damages.  In this case if the woman was not drunk she would not have dropped her phone, run the stop sign and crashed into the other car.  You can also be found to be reckless because the woman was visibly intoxicated, and you gave her more wine than you should have done, and you had no idea whether the woman was driving or not.
            So the Club gets sued and you get sued.  That is absolutely horrible.  I guess the good news is that the Rotary International insurance we purchase apparently includes liquor liability coverage, or so I am told.  Second, the damages under the Act are capped at $350,000.00.  Still a very large amount of money but not infinite dollars either. The bottom line is, however, that a person got seriously injured and you and the Club contributed to that.  The Club’s reputation and yours are trashed by this incredibly unfortunate event.  The other bottom line is such an accident might be avoided by not giving into the temptation to fill glasses during a tasting event and by making sure that people who have had too much to drink have a way to get home.
            Our beer and wine events are really fun, and I don’t mean to be a “buzz kill” (unfortunate saying here), but I was asked to share the law with you.  The good news is that we have insurance and we all know that if we pour properly everyone should be able to make it home safely.  Let’s try to avoid being defendants while having a great time.
 
 
Peanut Gallery’s Musings on  Pouring Wine Bill Kany 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 30, 2019
 
 
Heather Gendron lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Jim Farr
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Anyone having interest, just send a Joe an email.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on 13 February will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch! In the event of storm-related school cancellations, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. All tables have been sold.  
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still looking for volunteers to help setup. 
 
 
 
Morgan Stoner won the 50-50 and donated the proceeds to the club.
 
Matt, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Dr Joe who donated a happy 10. He was happy that Sabine is taking notes and that his grandson visited on his 23rd birthday. Lucie is looking forward to her upcoming trip to Aruba, Karen had a great trip in Florida and wants more travel in her future. Don is happy to have sold his house in Florida Conrad is happy his house didn’t burn down. Reagan logged 67 miles running last month, and Jim far is happy to be visiting our club today. Matt is happy to be moving over to Prudential.  
 
Fines: Joe for mispronouncing our new member’s name, Roland because his daughter stole a pillow, Marty for plugging winter fest this weekend, Lucie for the upcoming merger with Atlantic credit union, Jeremy for the two hour school delay today, and Jackson for being awesome.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 12:54
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 1/30/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
TODAYS MEETING IS BACK TO RUN OF THE MILL!
 
 
Due to the weather coming in later and the uncertainty of a late start for students tomorrow, we have moved our meeting back to Run of the Mill instead of the Biddeford Middle School.  We did not want to call it at the last minute and waste food that was prepared. Therefore, the new date we will be at BMS for the Culinary students to serve us will be February 13th so please mark your calendars.
 
Thanks for understanding.
Karen
Meeting Reminder 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 23, 2019
Pierre Giroux lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Bob Wester
 
 
Joe Moreshead welcomed new Paul Harris Fellow, Heather Maclean. 
 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch! In the event of storm-related school cancellations, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There are 2 remaining tables, seating 10 people each, that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still soliciting sponsors for the $100 and $500 levels.  
 
Joe Moreshead reminded members that he deputized all of us to spend $50 each to support any need we may see in our community. He shared the story of an immigrant family in Biddeford that had only one chair in their living room for a family of 7. Sabine learned of this and found a couch and loveseat set at Threads of Hope in Sanford, purchased it and arranged for it to be picked up and delivered.  The kids were thrilled!  Joe asked if anyone wanted to contribute their $50 allowance to defray the costs and Steve Morin and Pierre Giroux volunteered.  
 
 
 
Joe Moreshead won the 50-50.
 
Fausto, Sargent at Arms:
Solicited gratitude dollars from the club:
Dr Joe is grateful that the patriots are playing in the Super Bowl, he celebrated a anniversary, and is expecting a visit from his grandson soon. Joe Moreshead was grateful that Jim Godbout was able to restore water service to his house, Cathy Shay is grateful to be going to a warm vacation spot soon, Steve Morin is celebrating a one-month-old grand baby, Sarah is happy Sabine is doing the minutes in February, Hayley is grateful her child had a successful heart surgery recently. Sarah Neault is grateful for having healthy kids, Joe Bassett was happy to be alive, Peggy being was happy to be at the meeting.
 
 
 
Our speaker was Dennis Robilliard, a fellow Rotarian from the Saco Bay club. He spoke to us of his efforts to reclaim medical mobility devices here in the US to be shipped to Africa.  Starting in 2011, they sent the first container with 5000 units of medical devices to Africa. Joe Moreshead has been instrumental in letting them store the equipment as they build up enough inventory to send. In the meantime, before a container is filled to send, Dennis has been helping many local people needing devices such as portable commodes, shower chairs, hospital bed, walkers, wheelchairs, transfer chairs, blood pressure machines, and knee walkers.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:20.
 
 
 
Week in Review 1/23/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jan 18, 2019
 
 
 
 

Everyone: Please mark your calendars for the Wine Tasting on Feb. 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Duffy's. We have a new location this year and the format will be a bit different with wine and cheese and chocolate pairings. Beer will also be available.

 

The more people who come, the more fun it will be so please pick up tickets from Heather M or Conrad and sell them to your co-workers, friends and neighbors.

 

We are hoping to have a fairly large silent auction this year and we need your help! Please consider donating a new product, item or service. Contact Heather M or Karen C with donations or questions.

 

We also need help with set up and clean up; front desk; raffle ticket sales; and we need four wine pourers for the second hour (8-9). Please let Heather M know if you are able to help.

 

And lastly...consider a sponsorship. Talk to Heather, Conrad or Karen about that!

 

Happy New Year.

 

Heather and Conrad

 
 
Annual Wine Tasting Karen Chasse 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 16, 2019
Ron Drouin lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Carol Deschambault
Beau Gaudreau
 
Joe Moreshead announced that two new members have been posted; Jim Labelle and Reegan Hebert.  
 
The board has allocated $700 to purchase sleeping bags and wool socks for the homeless in our communities of Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach.  We are working with Seeds of Hope to distribute them. 
 
The club also voted to grant $500 to help military veterans defray some of the costs of moving into permenant housing. This money will be administered through the work of Volunteers of America. 
 
Jim Godbout shared the story of a local family dealing with the health challenges of ALS. He and his crew recently installed a new boiler in the family home. 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch!
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There are 3 remaining tables, seating 10 people each, that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PM and will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still soliciting sponsors for the $100 and $500 levels.  
 
Conrad was also recognized and appreciated for bringing quality speakers to our weekly meetings!
 
Paul Deschambault won the 50-50.
 
Matt Simmons, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars:
Joe B. Is happy his wife renewed their contract for another year, Paul was happy to win the 50-50, Denis was happy to see Ron Drouin, Ron was happy to celebrate his 85th birthday and 42 years in Rotary, Matt was happy to announce he is leaving Edward Jones.
 
Fines:
Sarah Neault was fined for showing up. 
Steve Morin was fined and welcomed back. 
 
Our speaker was Deb Nelson, a health coach and author of the book, Finding Health after Cancer.  She shared with us many inspiring stories of peoples’ journeys after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. 
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
Week in Review 1/16/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jan 11, 2019
 
 
Dear Rotarians,
 
As this goes hand-in-hand with our Red Ribbon Committee focus on our local youth, I would like to have at least a handful of Rotarians attend this training.  As a community, we need all partners involved to build resilience among our youth, especially as many are affected by the opioid epidemic.  The Biddeford School Department is working on putting together an evening event on January 24 with a focus on student trauma.  Brittany Ray specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and is working with us in Biddeford to become trauma-informed but it takes more than just teachers to nurture relationships with students.  
 
This conversation is designed for principals, school committee members, state elected officials, city council, community groups, police departments, etc.  Participants will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the corresponding policy changes most needed in our schools and communities in order for students to thrive.  We know this is a quick turn around, but Brittany is in town working with Biddeford and the charge for her presentation would be zero. Please see the attached flyer, share as appropriate, and let me know if you are willing to attend.  As this is a training relevant to Red Ribbon, it will fall under a make-up/service hours meeting.
 
Sign Up Google Doc: 
 
Thank you,
Karen
 
Community ACEs Training 101 Karen Chasse 2019-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 09, 2019
Adam P. lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Karen Chasse - invocation
 
Guests:
Reegan Hebert
Jim Labelle
 
Joe Moreshead announced that he will be presenting an AED machine purchased by the club to McArthur Library this afternoon.  One AED machine has already been donated to Dyer Library in Saco.  
 
Denis Elie is heading the nominating Committee that will select the president elect, vice President elect, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, and two directors elect. 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30will take place at the Biddeford middle school.
 
Conrad Wenzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There will be six tables seating 10 people each that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
 
Dr. Joe Boyle won the 50-50 and donated the proceeds to the club.
 
Bill Kany, guest Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars:
Steve Morin Just had his first grandchild, Adam Parent is happy for his vacation, Joe Boyle is happy to be going back to the Ogunquit Rotary club, Jeremy Ray is happy to have a kitchen again, Fausto is happy his new magazine came out, Marty is happy that today is law-enforcement appreciation day, and Julie was happy to have delivered lunch to the Biddeford Police Department.
 
Fines:
Sabine was fined for suggesting we impeach Joe as club president. 
Steve Morin gave Bill Kany a Kennebunk savings bank pen.
Karen was fined for having God text her a prayer to open the meeting with.
Dr. Joe was fined for leaving the club because he was asked to take minutes at the meetings in January.
CJ Dubois-Cote was fined for parking in handicapped spot out front.
Sara Neault was fined for winning in last years raffle. 
 
Our speaker Was Jean Davidson, a physical therapist at York Hospital. She gave an informative and demonstrative segment on ergonomics and the importance of keeping people mobile and safe in the workplace. 
 
She provided us with several handouts showing exercises for people who sit at work, how to prevent repetitive strain injuries at the keyboard, as well as having us participate and follow along doing some stretching exercises.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
Week in Review 1/9/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
 
Jean Saunders, Director of Age Friendly Saco was our speaker.  
 
She shared with us some statistics about the aging population in Maine and specifically what the city of Saco is doing to care for its older residents. 
 
Some highlights of the recent accomplishments are making the Bayview beach wheelchair accessible. The Saco Bay Rotary club donated a beach wheelchair.
 
The group has also developed a handy neighbor program, providing small repair and home maintenance for seniors. In conjunction with Thornton Academy, they have worked on weatherization projects like building window inserts that can cut down on drafts.
 
To combat the social isolation frequently experienced by seniors, they hold dinner/dances two times a year and have held a wellness and vendor fair.
 
In conjunction with the Saco public works department and Interact students, they offer residents free buckets of treated sand in the winter.  
 
The group is also seeking ways to fill Gaps in transportation by developing options beyond public buses and cabs. They organize grocery trips two times a month.
 
Jean Saunders
Chair, Age-Friendly Saco
Age-Friendly Office
75 Franklin St. Room 204, Saco, ME 04072
agefriendlysaco@gmail.com
(207) 710-5029
 
http://agefriendly.community/community/age-friendly-saco/
 
 
Jean Saunders, Director of Age Friendly Saco Sabine McElrath 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 02, 2019
 
 
Jim Mcallister lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Jeremy Ray - invocation
 
Guests:
Speaker: Jean Saunders
 
Joe Moreshead announced that Bernice Woods resigned from the club and that former member Joe Grondin passed away. 
 
5 people were chosen to head the nominating Committee that will select the president elect, vice President elect, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, and two directors elect. The nominating committee will consist of Ken Farley and Denis Elise, as well as Adam Parent, Don Pilon and Kathy Shea.
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school.
 
Conrad Wenzel provided some details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PM and will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. 
 
 
 
 
 
The 50-50 drawing was won by Marty Grohman and he donated it to Red Ribbon.  
 
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Luck had a great New Year’s Day. 
Marty enjoyed a great visit in Quebec with Roland. 
Joe M. Is happy the club is still in the black during his presidency. 
Conrad happy to have celebrated a great Christmas.
Jeremy had a great Florida family vacation.
Bill P. Had a great visit with his daughter from Texas.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
Week in Review 1/2/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Dec 31, 2018
“Miss a week, miss a lot”
While I was out in Jackson Hole with my sons and best friends you Rotarians were busy working away. I missed the wrapping party that looked like fun. I missed the raffle drawing; really didn’t miss much- I didn’t win. I saw Carl Goodwin Saturday night at a make-up meeting at Pierre Giroux’s home and he said the Goodwin’s were denied a win as well. First time in a long time without a Goodwin winner. I did hear that Jim G picked up another $500 for Red Ribbon; someone donated their $500 back to the club.
 
Seriously, major kudos to Karen for pulling off a successful raffle. She is a one woman show who really cares about the club. Don’t know how you pulled it off Karen, but a big thank you to you!!!!
 
We need to recognize those folks that filled the Earl Goodwin void selling his tickets- thanks to all of you. I also want to recognize all the folks involved with the wrapping party. Thanks to Lucie K and the folks at the YCFC for supplying the space. I had a good time seeing everybody the week before at Walmart for the shopping. We made quick work of that. According to Julie it was one of the biggest turn outs for shopping by Rotarians.  Reagan was great packing the new bags that Sabine purchased. They are so much better then green trash bags.
 
Lastly, the bell ringing for Salvation Army, slots are filling up fast. We do have a few more openings. The list was emailed to everybody on Tuesday. I plan on bringing it to the meeting on the 19th at ROM.
 
Looking forward to seeing all of you at tomorrow’s meeting.
 
Regards,
Joe
Note from President Joe 12/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
 
 

I wanted to write to let everyone know that we lost a Past President, Joe Grondin. Joe has been a member of our club for 60 years. He and his brother Babe were great Rotarians in every sense of the word. They were responsible for a lot of great projects both locally and internationally. 

Now as I find my self an "old guy", these "old guys" were my inspiration back in the nineties. God grant them the peace they so deserve.

Regards,

Joe Moresehead

 

SACO - Joseph "Buster" Grondin, 91, of Saco and formerly of Biddeford, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, early Saturday morning Dec. 22, 2018.

He was born in Biddeford on June 22, 1927, the son of Oscar and Corona Bergeron Grondin. He graduated from St. Louis High School in Biddeford, in 1944 and then joined the U.S. Navy and became a radioman gunner.

When he returned from the Navy, Joe worked in his father's plumbing business, Oscar J. Grondin & Sons. With his father's encouragement, he converted an old Navy Surplus van into the "Copper Cart," a copper-colored truck filled with plumbing and heating supplies. Using a phone book as his guide, he called on potential customers, took orders, went to Boston to purchase what was ordered and he delivered items the next week. Over time, Grondin Supply Company was born and, at various times, Joe's brothers all joined in this mission. His guiding principle was superior personal service.

After retiring from Grondin Supply in 1985, he formed Grondin Associates, Inc. offering his services as a consultant. He then became an insurance agent in order to help others, offering life insurance, annuities and health insurance. In the last 20 years, Joe's concern about the high cost of prescription drugs led him to develop a program to help low-income people get help to pay for these medications.

The thread of service to others, of service above self, ran throughout his entire life. He also served on the St. Joseph and St. Louis High School Boards as well as the Diocesan School Board. He joined the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club in 1958 and became its youngest Club President in 1964. He served as Rotary District Treasurer from 1968 to 1971. Joe was also named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Grondin was a man of great faith in God and was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church. He was always active in the life of the parish and eager to talk with others about his faith and beliefs. He served on several parish councils and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Most recently, he worked with Sister Theresa Couture to help immigrants in the area.

He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Morin) Grondin on June 14, 2017, one son, Joseph Martin Grondin, and by five siblings, Sister Rita Grondin, Conrad "Babe" Grondin, Theresa Bouthot, Normand Grondin and Robert Grondin.

He is survived by three children, Patricia D. Grondin of Biddeford, Kathleen G. St. James of Saco and William J. Grondin and his wife Brenda of Durham; three grandchildren Tiffany Downing, Derek Downing and Aimee St. James; one sister Precille Beebe of Biddeford; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Joe has requested that donations be made to Sr. Theresa Couture, 409 Pool St., Biddeford, ME. 04005

Visiting Hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel, 87 James St., Saco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. Joseph will be buried next to his wife, Ruth, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford.

To view Joseph's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit www.cotefuneralhome.com

Published in Journal Tribune on Dec. 27, 2018

 

RIP PP Joe Grondin Joe Moreshead 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
 
Thank you friends for all of your efforts out on the Kettles for us...  Last year it was a blizzard and this year it was unending rain - but you still raise a great amount for the work of The Salvation Army in the Saco Bay area...  Your group raised a total of $2,119.10!   On December 5th a few of your members went out at lunch time and raised $225.18 and then on Friday 32 members raised $1,893.92.

We truly appreciate your partnership - helping us to raise funds to off-set our Christmas assistance expenses as well as year-round Social Service Program expenses.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

God bless you,

Beverly R. Smith, Major
beverly.smith@use.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach Citadel Corps Officer
2 Sixth Street
OOB, ME 04064
207 - 934 - 4381 x104

http://nne.salvationarmy.org/oldorchard
facebook.com/thesalvationarmyoob

 
 
 
Club Success with SA Kettle Drive Joe Bassett 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 18, 2018
 
 
 
100 Raffle Winners:
  • $500 -
    • Five Star Holdings sold by Don Pilon
    • Rick Hull sold by Bill Kany
    • Ron Veilleux sold by Jim Godbout (and donated back to Red Ribbon Committee)
    • Sarah Neault sold by Sarah Neault
    • Robert Lonsdale sold by Karen Chasse
    • Bernie Forcier sold by Keith Jacques
    •  
  • $1000 - 
    • Morgan Stoner sold by Morgan Stoner
    • Wendy Letellier sold by Sarah Neault
    • Kenneth Eon and Becky Washington sold by Roland Eon
    •  
  • $5000 - 
    • Todd and Melissa Johnson sold by Jim Audiffred
This was actually an easier year to sell the tickets as people were very generous but it was MUCH HARDER OVERALL as we had to spread out Earl's tickets.  Thank you to everyone who sold some of Earl's tickets and a huge shout out to the following Rotarians for going above in selling their share of theirs and Earl's: Bill Kany (26 tickets), Carl Goodwin (31 tickets), Jim Godbout (15 tickets), Jim McAllister (9 tickets), Karen Chasse (14 tickets), Keith Jacques (10 tickets), Laura Warner (9 tickets), Roland Gagne (9 tickets), and Steve Morin (11 tickets).
 
 
 
$100 Raffle Winners Karen Chasse 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Dec 17, 2018
 
 
 
Twas December 5th and all through the ‘Mart
Rotarians were shopping with nary a fart
 
Heather was positioned in the front of the store
Hoping we’d hit budget and not a dollar more
 
The families we shop for had given their lists
We needed to do well so they wouldn’t be pissed
 
Heather M in her mini and Jackson in his suit
Roomed the Walmart isles for a child’s toy flute
 
At the front of the store there was so much roar
Lucky Kristen’s daughter knew what the dots were for
 
The gifts were whisked to York County CU
Where wrapping would soon be well overdue
 
Paper and bows by the rolls were all soon there
And club members wrapped with barely a care
 
Then what did eventually come from such flow
Sabine’s blue sacks all full and ready to go
 
With a bunch of Rotary drivers, slow and thick
I knew in a moment they weren’t St. Nick
 
Slower than turtles they crossed the CU ice
As Heather yelled out their names, she wasn’t real nice
 
Go Jimmy, Go Jackson, Go Sabine and President Joe
Go Karen, Go Julie, the hell with the snow
 
To the top of Graham Street and on to Hill
Deliver those packages with joy and skill
 
Just as FedEx and UPS drivers will do
Rotarians took off from out of the blue
 
Off to houses and apartments they quickly flew
With a bag of toys and a food gift card too
 
And then in an instance they heard on the stairs
Club members lugging themselves and their wares
 
Each of the worthy families ran to their doors
Just as we arrived at their porches or floors
 
We were dressed for our work in our coats and our dresses
A little disheveled but definitely not hot messes
 
A bundle of presents lay slumped at our feet
We looked like postal workers, oh how sweet
 
But each Rotarian was filled with warmth and some cheer
As we knew an unexpected Christmas was near
 
The smiles on our faces evinced a feeling of joy
Not unlike a child opening a shiny new toy
 
The reactions they varied, some nervous, some happy
Most were overjoyed without sounding too sappy
 
Most welcomed us in while others stood in the door
All thanked us in their way, we could not ask for more
 
They knew we meant well and appreciated the hand
It is hard to think of such need in this rich land
 
The packages were delivered and  greetings exchanged
Then off we all went for a second visit, prearranged
 
They waved as we left, behind the curtain they’d peak
We helped make their Christmas, we got what we seek
 
Not gifts or material things, but something worth twice
Knowing we all did something incredibly nice
 
We all thought as we headed to our Christmas fun
Service Above Self, and a job very well done.
 
 
Happy Holidays everyone, from the peanut gallery.
 
 
 
 
 
  A Christmas poem from the peanut gallery Bill Kany 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Gift Wrapping Party Julie Villemaire 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Gajewski on Dec 03, 2018
 
 
What a wonderful way to welcome December with great friends, food and spirits. Our Rotary Christmas party on Saturday evening was so much fun!
 
Thank you to all who made the trek to Casco and brought a delicious assortment of food. I had seafood chowder and a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast! I confess, there were a few of Roland's cookies left.
 
Thank you Joe and Jim for providing the bus. What a great idea! I invited the bus driver in for some dinner but he politely declined. And we missed our fearless leader at the party. Hope you're feeling better soon Joe.
 
I loved all the Maine and New England themed gifts. Very creative! Heather did a super job coordinating the gift swap and refereeing the exchanges. It got a little exciting at the end! Thank you Heather!
 
There was one gift left at the house. It's a Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Drop Mix with two etched Maine glasses. Please let me know who left it and I'll get it to you.
 
I'm happy to be part of such a generous group of Rotarians and I hope we plan more gatherings like this soon. 
 
Thanks again for all you do.
 
Merry Christmas.
 
Susan
 
 
 
Thanks for Christmas Fellowship Susan Gajewski 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 28, 2018
4 way test: Jim G
Invocation: Joe Bassett
50/50 Drawing: $25 Jackson Brown
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Mark N – City Theater plug – A Christmas Carol November 30th – December 16th
  • Dr. Joe had a great Thanksgiving and is going to see the choir boy at the Merrill Auditorium with his wife
  • Bill P has a new beautiful grandbaby!
  • Carl Goodwin’s daughter is coming home for Christmas!
  • Jim G was happy that with the money we raised at our last meeting we fed 31 families!
 
Fines
  • Joe M for being disorganized… still
  • Sue G for not showing the “Jeep owners” love to Matt
  • Heather M – plugging her store – WHIMSICAL ME IN SACO!!!
  • Sarah C – Just because
Announcements:
  • This Saturday is our Christmas Party at Sue’s – bus leaves Saco park and ride at 4pm
  • Get raffle tickets to Karen next week OR ELSE!!
  • Don’t forget to email Julie your service hours!
  • Christmas shopping for the kids- 14 family’s (34 kids) - 12/5 No Meeting as we will be shopping at Walmart @ 5pm for Christmas – 12/11 Wrapping at York County FCU
  • Club donating $200 to no shave November campaign on behalf of our no shave November winners, Joe and Paul (personally I think Joe was the real winner – sorry Paul!)
 
Speaker:
Dave Howard – auto and magazine editor
GO BUY AND READ HIS BOOK “Chasing Phil”!!!!
 
Week in Review 11/28/2018 Sarah Curley 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Nov 21, 2018
So I would rather be lucky than good. For example last Saturday at “Stuff the Bus” I was totally aware of the N’oreaster coming and thought “this is gonna suck” .  The rain didn’t come until 10:00ish. By time my shift was done at 11:00 Paul D and his wife Carole would have to deal with the crappy weather joined by Tony Leblanc. I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the day went in the wind and rain.
 
 
I want to thank Lucie K and Dave Lapaulo from Saco Bay for pulling this off. I had a blast hanging out with Lucie and Lucie. It was cool to say “ hey Lucie” and both would respond. Of course I am talking about Lucie Kay and Lucie Hatch. Phil Hatch was there too. Phil and Lucie have been in Rotary forever. I wonder how many husband / wife couples are in Rotary? I can’t believe that CJ Cote Dubois showed up. After all, every development in town has her face plastered all over the place. Andrea and I drove through the new development right after the bridge on Route 5 in Saco and every lot had a CJ sign on it. Kathy Shea and Conrad worked the other door without the benefit of a vestibule or covered area like us. They got really wet. However, Conrad had the whole foul weather gear outfit from the boots to the waterproof pants and coat.  I watched Kathy push a cart full of canned goods across the parking lot in the rain- she looked a little washed up and still had an appointment at 11:00- that is dedication!
 
For all of those that volunteered thanks. Our little effort netted some food, cash and most of all fellowship and camaraderie. My biggest thrill was to see the reactions of the people that donated food or money. They left Market Basket feeling good- that they too had made a difference. You could see it in their face faces, their smiles, their eyes; I think it is pretty powerful medicine for the soul.
 
I guess that is one of the main reasons I belong to Rotary. I really like the positive feedback from people when we engage them. Whether it is fellow Rotarians or the people we connect with through service there is always this positive vibe happening.
 
So that is another service project in the bag for our club. I think it is safe to say that the “Stuff the Bus” project was far more successful than our beer fest. Had you been at the meeting last week and joined the 15 or so Rotarians there was a lively discussion about it. Maybe this is our last festival, maybe we combine it with the wine tasting, maybe we try and get more volunteers to help, to show up, maybe a lot of things.
 
Ken worked really hard on the fest we owe him a big thank you. I can’t point fingers because then I have 4 pointing back at me. However, I could feel and hear the frustration from folks who did work or attend the event. I hope to have a report on the fest this Wednesday at our meeting.
 
Our next project is our second largest fundraiser and will require everybody’s participation. I am talking about the $100.00 raffle. We have talked about this being Earl the Pearl’s raffle after all he would always sell 70+ tickets out of the 250 we print. We need to come together this year and sell Earl’s tickets.
 
That means that each of us will get extra thickets this year to sell. The good news is that Earl’s tickets should be an easy sell. We will need to contact those people associated with a particular ticket number and see if they will buy it aging this year. It won’t be a cold call whereas they have a history of buying a particular ticket number.
 
Karen should have tickets available this week or next. The drawing will be December 12th at Duffy’s from 5:00 to 7:00. We will serve light hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar available. The raffle drawing is also going to serve as our regular Wednesday meeting.
 
Hope to see you this Wednesday.
 
Regards,
Joe
Note from President Joe 11/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
NO MEETING THIS WEEK  December 5, 2018
Instead Christmas Shopping at Walmart 5PM
 
Meeting Brian Dallaire 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks Brian Dallaire 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Gajewski on Nov 20, 2018
 
Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope everyone stays warm and enjoys family, friends and good food this Thursday.
 
And in only 11 days, we are having our Rotary Christmas Party at my home in Casco. Thank you Haley for sending around a sign-up last week but unfortunately, I don't think the list made it to many tables because only 3 folks signed the sheet.
 
I've emailed everyone has an opportunity to sign-up. We only meet for lunch once more before our Christmas get-together and I know it's a busy time for all. Please respond to to my email and let me know #1 if you'll be attending, #2 if you'll have a guest and #3 what you'd like to contribute to our pot luck. I'll add your name to the sign up that we'll pass around again on the 28th.
 
Here are the specifics:
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Christmas Party
 
Date: Saturday, December 1st
 
Time: 5 pm until the bus drives everyone home - Joe, do we have a bus yet?
 
Place: 23 Emerald Cove Dr, Casco
 
Gift Exchange: Maine-themed gift (no more than $30) for each person attending - please ask Heather MacLean any other questions about the gift exchange 
 
Food: Please bring your favorite appetizer, entree or dessert
 
Drink: We'll serve beer and wine but feel free to bring any other alcohol you would like
 
I hope everyone is able to attend. Our last Christmas Party at Brian's house was so much fun and it's a great time to get to know your fellow Rotarians. Matt Simmons is sure to get lots of ammunition for Sergeant at arms.
 
Thank you for responding to my email and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
 
Susan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Christmas Fellowship Susan Gajewski 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Nov 20, 2018
 
 
 
Dennis Robillard and Anton Wagner  finalized a date yesterday for this event.   See Dennis' note below.   It is a tough time for volunteers.   Shipping Container #9 from our District needs to be filled with materials remaining from the last load a month of so ago.

It is a tough time with tree sales going, travel, and holiday prep.   It will take about 3 hours for just loading, this time.   Please consider coming for part or all of the event.
Even an hour would help.
 
Please pass the word to your Clubs and let either Dennis or I know if you can make it.   Saco Bay Sunset will need your help.

COLLABORATION AT WORK..   
 
Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving.

Tony and Dennis

PS   Weather date will be December 15th.
 
We are planning on filling another container on Saturday, December 8 starting at 9 AM, at 20 Gooch St., in Biddeford. I am concerned about having enough volunteers to load, being so late in the season. You and your club have been tremendous supporters of the C4A's program in the past and am asking for your continued support.
 
Could you check with your members to determine the potential interest in helping that morning and then getting back to me.
 
Please call or write with any questions.
 
Thanks
 
Dennis
 
 
Dennis Robillard
 
Crutches 4 Africa Joe Moreshead 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 14, 2018
 
4 way test: Alicia Girard
Invocation: Joe Bassett
50/50 Drawing: $18 Denis Elie
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Mark N – City Theater plug – A Christmas Carol November 30th – December 16th
  • Joe M- more shoulder movement
  • Dr. Joe – 42 years as a Rotarian!  
Fines
  • Joe M- $2 for being a “hot mess”
  • Bill K – for his little girl comment & sweater vest
  • Heather M – plugging her store – WHIMSICAL ME IN SACO!
  • Fausto – for being a gym buff but still parking in the upper lot
  • Alicia – messing up the four way test
  • Lucie- trying to play president
Announcements:
  • No meeting next week!
  • Dec 21st bell ringing all day at Walmart for the Salvation Army
  • Public sector award winner (last year) – BOB MACKENZIE!
  • Get raffle tickets to Karen in 2 weeks… or else!
  • Rotarian trip to Boston to see the Bruins?! Heather will send around a sign up sheet
  • Yankee Swap for Christmas party needs to be a “New England” theme ($30 or less)
  • 12/5 No Meeting as we will be shopping at Walmart @ 6pm for Christmas!
 
Speaker:
Chief Bob Mackenzie
 
Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative Committee
 
Training to recognize & respond to an opiate/heroin overdose – Thursday, November 15th 5-6:30pm @ 112 College Drive, Wells (not Portland …Joe)
 
 
Week in Review 11/14/2018 Sarah Curley 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 07, 2018
 
 
4 way test: Brenda Pollock
Invocation: Ken Farley
Announcements: Open Meeting
50/50 Drawing: Jeremy Ray $26
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Dennis- Dayton set record for voting
  • Brenda Pollock- Sons book launch
  • Happy $20 from Marty
  • Sabine- her road is being paved (finally!)
  • Jeremy Ray- 50/50 winnings
  • Dr. Joe – because he is always happy basically
Fines
  • All guys not participating in No Shave November
  • Everyone who didn’t vote
  • Everyone that voted and posted a picture of it online
  • Matt Simmons for thinking Lucy didn’t update us on stuff a bus
  • Jackson for “trying” to grow a beard
 
Open Meeting:
*EVERYONE BRING MONEY NEXT WEEK SO JIM CAN BUY THANKSGIVING FOR 12 FAMILIES*
  • Chief MacKenzie holding opiate training Nov 15th 5pm-6:30pm at 112 College Drive, Wells
  • December 12th $100 Raffle – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
  • Jessica Holland & Matt Early resigned
  • Requests:
    • Approved - $250 from company B to match Sarah’s daughters winter coat donation
    • Approved- $1,000 to do Biddeford girl’s hockey locker-room
    • Approved- Biddeford field hockey girls championship rings
 
 
 
Week in Review Sarah Curley 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Nov 05, 2018
 
 
"The Rotary Foundation is not [designed] to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; it we work with brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust.  But if we work upon immortal minds, it we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary ... we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity."  -- Arch C. Klumph, 1916017 President of Rotary International. 
 
 
Here is how our Global Grant has made an impact on the world!
 
Biddeford-Saco and Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Clubs
 

About two years ago, Roland Gagne, Past President of the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, was appalled by the daily onslaught of newspaper photographs and TV coverage showing the plight and suffering of so many children - refugees from the horrible and ongoing conflict in Syria. You probably remember those photographs yourself. Roland decided he could no longer be just an onlooker and that he had to do something.

He reached out and made contact with the Collateral Repair Project, a nonprofit organization that operates a community center in East Amman, Jordan. Working with Jordanian Rotarians, they put together a program to assist refugee children. The project provides school supplies, uniforms, and fees to enroll about 200 students in school. It furnishes special help to at-risk children falling behind in school and to 30 teens who have been out of the formal educational system for some time. The program also developed a child-focused literacy center with books, materials, and other technology and a special teen-leader training program to encourage mentoring of younger children.

This grant ended up being $187,301 and was the first Rotary Global Grant to assist refugees in front line situations. Ten District 7780 clubs contributed to the grant and $20,000 in District Designated Funds went toward it. So, any of you who contributed to the Annual Fund supported this grant. It is a wonderful example of the tremendous work being funded by our Foundation and how one person’s idea or concern can bring about life-changing opportunities for those in need.
 
 
 
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month Brian Dallaire 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Calling all Rotarians,
 
On 11-7-18 after the Rotary Meeting we will have a Wine Tasting Committee Meeting for about 15 minutes. 
 
Anybody interested in joining the Committee is welcome along with their ideas.
 
Thanks, Conrad
 
 
Wine Tasting Committee Conrad Welzel 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
The following, I hope, will be my last minutes for a while.  November will usher in Sarah Curley as your reporter and Sabine volunteered to take December (more on this below).  I believe Dr. Joe has January and who knows from there.  Enjoy.
 
4 Way Babble: For weeks now we have been told by Conrad that he spent tons of time lobbying in Augusta. Perhaps that is why he is such a silver tongued devil who is apparently bilingual because his introduction to the four way test was not in English.  It is a wonder the Turnpike was ever widened.
 
Earl Goodwin:  Carl Goodwin was at the meeting and updated everyone on Earl.  Unfortunately, Earl had another fall and suffered some new injuries.  He is not doing too well and will probably not be back.
 
 
 
In so many ways the success of our club can be attributed to the energy and spirit of Earl.  Our club truly owes its stellar reputation to Earl and other leaders like him who worked so hard to support our communities.  We all owe Earl our thanks and our prayers.  It is truly difficult to see our veteran leaders move out of the club, but we should never forget what they gave to our club and to each and every one of us.
 
Cool Kids Table:  Roland Gagne invaded the cool kids table and clearly the cool kids did not know what to do in his presence.  Roland don’t get too comfortable there.
 
Halloween Costumes:  Sarah Curley came to the meeting as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch.  Her costume as awesome and easily recognizable to most.  Of course, Fausto asked her if she was a St Pauli’s Girl.  Apparently they had no Dr. Seuss in Philadelphia.  Lucie Kay came as an angry credit union manager and no one really knew what Don Pilon was but it was scary.  Heather MacLean claimed she dressed as a school girl, and we’ll all go along with that even though I think she wore the same outfit the week before and the week before that.
 
 
 
President Joe: Either demonstrating his early onset dementia or his attention deficit disorder or both, Joe wowed us with his announcements.  First, he did not realize it was still October and he started growing his “Movember” beard, arguably an illegal head start on the facial hair growing contest.  Second, he had no idea regarding the dates of events in December, but I think these dates are accurate:
            December 1st will be the club Christmas party at Sue Gajewski’s in Casco.  President Joe is trying to arrange for a quote/ unquote “drunk bus” (the expression impresses our guests) to transport us to and from Casco.  Of course, Lord knows how you get home once the bus drops you off in some local parking lot but apparently that is your problem.
            December 5th we will be ringing the bell at Walmart as fill-ins for 1 and ½ hours and then that evening we will be shopping at Walmart for the families we support at Christmas.  There will be no meeting at the Run of the Mill on December 5th though I have no doubt President Joe will show up.  Our shopping will count as our meeting that day and Sabine will have no Tack to write.
            December 11th will be the wrapping day for the Christmas gifts in the evening with more details to come.
            December 12th will be the $100 raffle party at Duffey’s or as Joe calls it, “the 50/50 event”.  There will be no meeting at the Run of the Mill on December 12th The event on the 12th will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Sabine will have no Tack to write. 
            December 26th for those of you who are paying attention is the day after Christmas and my wild guess is that we are not meeting that day so Sabine will have no Tack to write.  So now I know why Sabine volunteered to write one Tack in December!
            Finally, to truly demonstrate that he is losing it, Joe struggled with closing the sliding doors behind him to a point where he needed assistance from our guest speaker.  Yikes!
 
Stuff the Bus Report:  Keeping with his confused theme Joe referred to our Stuff the Bus food drive on October 27 at the Biddeford Hannaford and Market Basket.  To my knowledge there were no buses involved, but more on that in a minute.  Joe told everyone with great glee that his shift ended before the monsoons started (way to leave your troops in the heat of the storm Captain).  Despite the bad weather, it sounded like the food drive was a success.  Lucie reported that the drive collected $550.00 and 1,500 pounds of food that went to the Saco Food Pantry and an undetermined amount of food that went to the Biddeford Food Pantry.  Apparently, the food trucks were able to park close to the collectors which helped a little.  When things got slow at Hannaford the food truck actually plowed right into the building which facilitated a greater haul since they had direct access to the food.  Lucie blamed it on the food pantry driver but the inside information is that Lucie did not understand the “Hannaford to Go” concept and thought Hannaford had a real drive through.  She now knows that is not the case though she temporarily created one.  We were also told that the cash will be donated to Bon Appetit and both our club and the Saco Bay Club will serve at one of the Bon Appetit events and donate the money. Nice job Lucie and everyone who braved the weather to help out.  Joe ultimately thanked “Sue” for all her hard work on the food drive.  I guess “Sue” is Lucie in Joe’s quickly deteriorating mind.
 
$100 Raffle:  Karen Chasse distributed the $100 raffle tickets at the meeting.  If you weren’t there Karen will undoubtedly track you down.  We all got some of the many tickets Earl used to sell.  Please make every effort to sell your tickets.  We need to keep up the tradition of selling them all to make the $100 raffle a success.  Remember, people can split tickets so they don’t have to come up with $100.  When you sell a ticket, put the person’s name on the ticket and then you sign the ticket on the “Authorized signature” line.  Most importantly, however, retain the stub and fill in all of the information legibly and give the stubs and the money to Karen.  Sell, sell, sell.  Please get the sold tickets back to Karen as soon as possible.  Earl was scary but Karen, well you know.
 
AED Devices:  Jim Godbout announced that two AED devices (Automated External Defibrillators for you non-EMTs) were donated by our club, one to MacArthur Library and one to Dyer Library.  We were able to purchase them through the Biddeford School Department at the discounted price of $1,200 each.  Those are great donations which could save an overstimulated library visitor’s life.
 
The real 50/50:  Carl won the real 50/50 and donated it to Red Ribbon.
 
Karen “Can’t Say No” Chasse: Matt Simmonds apparently had an emergency stock buy or something so he had to leave the meeting and Karen filled in as sergeant at arms (though Joe announced your humble Tack reporter as the fill in).  Karen solicited happy dollars and got the following:
  • Sabine was happy that she volunteered to write the Tack in December during which we will have one real meeting (I still swear she had inside information).
  • Bill Patterson got back from visiting Texas where he participated in Pints for Polio or at least he thinks he did.  Ken Farley has been supporting that cause for a long time.
  • Mark Nahorney happily announced that Biddeford Main Street came in third in a national contest and garnered $150,000 to help restore the City Hall clock tower.
  • Denis Elie was happy his son’s new truck was under warranty and he saw a bunch of deer on the first day of the season (he was hunting at the Gray Animal Farm) but he did shoot any…… yet.
  • Fausto was happy that he has remained calm in the face of mean girls at Saco Middle School.  Not sure why Fausto is attending Saco Middle School when he lives in Biddeford, but that is another story.  Apparently the mean girls bother him more than they bother Sophia.
  • Julie V. was happy her son-in-law was back from Japan.
  • Conrad was happy his friend, Terry Hayes was here.  I don’t know if you noticed, but Conrad was “friends” with all of our gubernatorial candidates.  He’s improving his odds of getting a cushy job in the executive branch no matter who wins.
 
Karen then started in on a few fines which was fairly impressive given the notice she was given.  In fact, she was arguably better prepared than our real sergeant.  She fined Roland for his illegal parking job, apparently there was no “no parking” sign behind the huge construction trucks so Roland parked there.  Roland there are no “no parking” signs in the middle of the Turnpike but I am guessing you are not going to park there.  She fined President Joe for getting a head start on his beard and for not knowing what the hell was going on.  She also fined Joe for thanking Sue for doing such a great job with the food drive. Of course, “Sue” would be Lucie. She fined Sarah for her awesome Cindy Lou Who costume.  She pointed out that Conrad claimed to be Alan Caron’s friend and he dropped out of the race.  She fined Sabine for her upside down name tag which Sabine said made it easier for Sabine to read.  She fined Lucie for having a Porsche as a loaner car (with New Hampshire plates I might add).  Nice job Karen.
 
 
Week in Review 10/31/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 31, 2018
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Our guest speaker was the last in the series of gubernatorial (weird word, sounds like we are electing Gomer Pyle) candidates, Terry Hayes.  Conrad got to know Terry in Augusta when she was in the legislature.  One day, she apparently felt Conrad was stressed  and she invited him in to make a puzzle.  The puzzle apparently had 20 large pieces and Conrad was more stressed when he left Terry’s office than when he went in.
 
Terry Hayes was very engaging and said that the election is like an 18 month job interview and she preferred to handle her presentation to our club like a job interview, so we asked her questions.  She is an independent and a clean elections candidate so we paid for her campaign.  She has run a very positive campaign with no negative ads. 
 
The following are some of her answers to our questions.
  • She does not support question 1. She feels our tax system needs an overhaul with the income tax going down and the sales taxes being broadened to cover more stuff. 
  • She is running for governor because Maine needs an experienced collaborative leader.  She was a guardian ad litem in the court system for years so she knows how to facilitate agreements. She said right now the executive branch is at war with the legislature and that has to stop.  We have gridlock now and it is the governor who sets the tone.
  • She admitted she had no real qualifications to be Treasurer other than the fact that she got more votes from the House and defeated an incumbent Democrat treasurer.
  • She graduated from Catherine McAuley high school and Bowdoin and got her MBA from Thomas College in 2014.  She was in the state house for 8 years after losing her first election and winning her second election by 9 votes.  She was the assistant majority leader to Emily Cain.
  • She would raise the gas tax to fix roads.
  • She would scrap the 55% education funding mandate which has never been met and she endorses a state-wide teacher contract which would standardize and raise teacher compensation.  She pointed out that a new teacher who is single with two kids qualifies for public assistance given the low starting teacher pay.
  • She would support $100,000,000.00 bonds to expand broad band service in Maine with the facilities being state owned but privately run.
  • She admitted she does not know enough about the proposal to run a power line through Maine to take a position which was refreshing.  She did say that Maine has the cheapest electricity in the northeast (who knew?) She really does not know how the power line corridor would benefit Maine.
 
As a bit of a political junky I found Terry to be a breath of fresh air.  Having said that, I am afraid that she has no chance of being elected because she has been outspent and unfortunately in many instances money wins.  While Maine may be pissed off at Governor LePage’s approach, that fact remains that unemployment is incredibly low so things are probably not bad enough to create the ground swell of support needed to “throw the bums out” and elect an independent candidate like Terry.  Who knows, she lost in her first shot at the State House, maybe she will take another shot at the Blaine House in 4 years.
 
 
 
 
Terry Hayes, gubernatorial candidate Bill Kany 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Oct 29, 2018
So I would rather be lucky than good. For example last Saturday at “Stuff the Bus” I was totally aware of the N’oreaster coming and thought “this is gonna suck” .  The rain didn’t come until 10:00ish. By time my shift was done at 11:00 Paul D and his wife Carole would have to deal with the crappy weather joined by Tony Leblanc. I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the day went in the wind and rain.
 
I want to thank Lucie K and Dave Lapaulo from Saco Bay for pulling this off. I had a blast hanging out with Lucie and Lucie. It was cool to say “ hey Lucie” and both would respond. Of course I am talking about Lucie Kay and Lucie Hatch. Phil Hatch was there too. Phil and Lucie have been in Rotary forever. I wonder how many husband / wife couples are in Rotary? I can’t believe that CJ Cote Dubois showed up. After all, every development in town has her face plastered all over the place. Andrea and I drove through the new development right after the bridge on Route 5 in Saco and every lot had a CJ sign on it. Kathy Shea and Conrad worked the other door without the benefit of a vestibule or covered area like us. They got really wet. However, Conrad had the whole foul weather gear outfit from the boots to the waterproof pants and coat.  I watched Kathy push a cart full of canned goods across the parking lot in the rain- she looked a little washed up and still had an appointment at 11:00- that is dedication!
 
For all of those that volunteered thanks. Our little effort netted some food, cash and most of all fellowship and camaraderie. My biggest thrill was to see the reactions of the people that donated food or money. They left Market Basket feeling good- that they too had made a difference. You could see it in their face faces, their smiles, their eyes; I think it is pretty powerful medicine for the soul.
 
I guess that is one of the main reasons I belong to Rotary. I really like the positive feedback from people when we engage them. Whether it is fellow Rotarians or the people we connect with through service there is always this positive vibe happening.
 
So that is another service project in the bag for our club. I think it is safe to say that the “Stuff the Bus” project was far more successful than our beer fest. Had you been at the meeting last week and joined the 15 or so Rotarians there was a lively discussion about it. Maybe this is our last festival, maybe we combine it with the wine tasting, maybe we try and get more volunteers to help, to show up, maybe a lot of things.
 
Ken worked really hard on the fest we owe him a big thank you. I can’t point fingers because then I have 4 pointing back at me. However, I could feel and hear the frustration from folks who did work or attend the event. I hope to have a report on the fest this Wednesday at our meeting.
 
Our next project is our second largest fundraiser and will require everybody’s participation. I am talking about the $100.00 raffle. We have talked about this being Earl the Pearl’s raffle after all he would always sell 70+ tickets out of the 250 we print. We need to come together this year and sell Earl’s tickets.
 
That means that each of us will get extra thickets this year to sell. The good news is that Earl’s tickets should be an easy sell. We will need to contact those people associated with a particular ticket number and see if they will buy it aging this year. It won’t be a cold call whereas they have a history of buying a particular ticket number.
 
Karen should have tickets available this week or next. The drawing will be December 12th at Duffy’s from 5:00 to 7:00. We will serve light hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar available. The raffle drawing is also going to serve as our regular Wednesday meeting.
 
Hope to see you this Wednesday.
 
Regards,
Joe
President Joe's Message 10/29/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 24, 2018
 
 
 
Conrad Welzel, who apparently went from turnpike toll taker to lobbyist in the same year (a meteoric rise), introduced Alan Caron, independent gubernatorial candidate.  Conrad first met Alan when Alan led the opposition to the widening of the Turnpike.  Of course, when I heard that I immediately stopped listening.  I would hope Mr. Caron would now concede that widening the turnpike was a good thing, but who knows?
 
            Alan Caron is an interesting individual whose self-funded campaign frankly has no chance, but that does not mean he does not have good ideas.  He believes that people who disagree should still be respectful to one another and it is hard to argue with that though I think anyone who suggests that is an idiot.
 
            Alan said his campaigning has given him a Phd in all that is Maine as he has traveled the state.  He feels that opponents need to listen to each other and have affection for one another.  I believe that is the same philosophy followed by Mike Tyson.  Actually, we can learn a great deal from our opponents, and we can like each other even if we disagree on substantive points.  The is truly a cornerstone of the legal profession.  So far Mr. Caron seems like a good guy.
 
            He grew up in Waterville in a poor family with many challenges.  He dropped out of high school.  He developed two successful businesses and has done a lot of volunteering in his life.  He feels the best way to build our economy is not to focus on the past and hope that the mills and farms will come back.  Instead, we need to look to the future and build our economy from the bottom up.  He feels we need to plan for sustainable prosperity. We need to grow new jobs and not try to steal jobs from other states.  He cited LL Bean, Poland Spring, Stonewall Kitchen and Toms of Maine as examples of companies that have grown jobs.  But he feels that the biggest job creators in Maine are the small businesses who need the incentives to create more jobs. Don’t give tax breaks and low interest loans to big businesses and hope that they create jobs, tie the incentives to job creation. 
 
Mr. Caron mentioned that 35 years ago a bunch of people moved to Maine hoping to become organic farmers.  Some succeeded and some didn’t, but they collaborated and formed the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers which is one of the more powerful groups in this state.  It started the Common Ground Fair.  Those organic farmers put Maine on the map for growing quality products which attracted national chefs to Maine.  Those chefs started Maine’s restaurant boom which has made Maine a foody destination.  That foody component of our economy has spawned 80 microbreweries.  This growth came from the bottom up.
 
Mr. Caron described himself as an incurable optimist who has the courage to promote new ideas.  He observed that the partisan system is broken because it focuses more on each party blocking the other as opposed to trying to get things done.  All of that is why he ran as an independent. 
 
While it is clear that Mr. Caron has no chance of being elected governor, we can only hope that his opponents do take the time to listen to him and learn from him because he has some great ideas which deserve our attention.
 
 

My Plan for Sustainable Prosperity

Below is the outline to my Sustainable Economy Plan for Maine. 

GROW A NEW ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP
PUT THE FULL RESOURCES OF GOVERNMENT BEHIND GROWING JOBS RATHER THAN ATTRACTING THEM
 Focus on innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers.
 Make smaller-scale manufacturing and exports a high priority.
 Build a ‘seed-to-success’ system to nurture and accelerate small business growth.
 Award no tax breaks to companies that do not create or sustain good jobs.

FIX OUR ELECTIONS
CREATE AN OPEN PRIMARY IN JUNE
 Allow all candidates and all voters to participate in one primary election, with the top two candidates going to the November election.

BUILD A TWENTY FIRST CENTURY GOVERNMENT
SHRINK STATE GOVERNMENT BY TEN PERCENT
 Flatten state management layers, introduce new technology and increase efficiency
 Reduce the size of the legislature to 100 members and restrict the number of bills that any member can submit to the number of years they have served.

FOCUS ON SCHOOLS THAT WORK
BRING PRACTICAL EDUCATION BACK INTO ALL SCHOOLS
 Increase the state’s share of education funding to 55%, with all new dollars going into the classroom.
 Expand early childhood education.

EXPAND ACCESS TO COLLEGES AND TECH TRAINING
ESTABLISH A TWO-YEAR FREE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
 Support forgivable loans that will be reduced for every year that a students stays and works in Maine

MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND AVAILABLE
PUSH FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE PRICING
 Reward consumers who save money
 Expand Medicare and Medicaid

COMMIT TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IN THIRTY YEARS
REDUCE THE FIVE BILLION DOLLARS WE EXPORT EACH YEAR TO OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
 Focus on solar and offshore wind
 Decentralize energy production
 Reinvest the savings in job creation, education and health care

BUILD TOMORROW’S INFRASTRUCTURE
SUPPORT A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR BOND FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT NEXT YEAR AND AGAIN IN FIVE YEARS

MAKE MAINE A WELCOMING STATE
CREATE A WELCOME CENTER FOR EVERYONE WHO COMES TO MAINE, FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD

 

 

 

 
 
Alan Caron, independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Kany 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 24, 2018
 
The following is my summary of the meeting on the 24th of October.  Since there were about 17 Rotarians in attendance at the meeting I am really hoping some of you will read this to learn what is happening at the club.  It was kind of nice, we each sat at our own table.  It will go without saying that we had greeters, we did the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4 Way Test and all were done well.  I should note that Don Pilon read the name of our one visiting Rotarian and did a fine job pronouncing “Slayton” because Heather had spelled it out phonetically for him.
 
Joe was Lost:  President Joe could not find his agenda (Lucie had it) and could not keep track of time apparently because of his enthralling conversation with Don Pilon so the speaker got short changed.
 
Polio Plus Guy: October is apparently Polio Plus month (who knew) and Jeff Slayton, past president of the Saco Bay Club or Jeff Slayter as Joe calls him, made a special visit to our club and Joe forgot to mention him until the end of the meeting. Let’s just assume Jeff would have given us some amazing facts about the eradication of polio and asked us to do our part to support Polio Plus.
 
 
Sound Effects:  Joe Bassett did his prayer with the accompaniment of construction noises on the second floor of the building or God farted during the prayer.  He does work in mysterious ways.
 
Random Presidential Announcement:  President Joe announced that one of our members, Nicole Carroll, gave birth to her fifth child (she now can either run a farm or have her own basketball team) named Matthew Brandon.  I guess Mom and Matt are doing fine.
 
Lucie Kay:  Lucie Kay survived her fifth root canal of the year on her remaining tooth.  She was still under the influence of valium.
 
Where have all the Rotarians Gone?:  President Joe commented on the sad showing at the beer festival by club members.  By my count there were about 20 Rotarians there out of 70 and I have no idea how many Rotarians sold tickets.  Ken Farley’s committee of one worked hard on the event, but the club’s support was woefully deficient.
 
When I graduated from college I was inducted into an honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  I wasn’t expected to do anything but I got a pin and a sash to wear at graduation which I forgot to wear.  It was a nice honor but nothing more than that.  While it is an honor to be a member of Rotary it is so much more than that.  It’s a commitment to the community and to the club.  While it would be nice to see more people at meetings, it would be even nicer to see more people get involved.  It is easy to predict who will work on projects because it is the same Rotarians all the time: Karen Chasse, Julie Villemaire, Jim Godbout, Sue Gajewski, heck you  know who does all the work, and that is simply not right.  You don’t have to do everything but you really need to do something if you want to be a Rotarian.  If you want to honor I will give you my Phi Beta Kappa pin, I’m not using it, but if you truly want to be a Rotarian please get involved.
 
 
 
Speaking of Getting Involved:  Very soon you will be receiving an envelope with some $100 raffle tickets in it.  Please sell them or buy them or both.  Our $100.00 raffle is our second largest fundraiser.  Created by Earl Goodwin, we have netted $14,000.00 each year to support our charitable giving.  Unfortunately, Earl is still recovering so we all need to step up to sell the 70-90 tickets that Earl usually sells.  Please don’t assume that the next Rotarian will pick up an extra few tickets.  Get your friends and family to split a ticket or two, sell one to your co-workers, stand outside a Gamblers Anonymous Meeting, I don’t care.  Your buyers have great odds of winning and they are supporting great causes.  I know that some of our members neither sell any tickets or buy any, but yet some of those same people ask our club to support their causes each year.  I really don’t think you want to hear what I think of that hypocrisy.  Please, let’s all do our share
 
Karen Chasse (there’s one of those names again) did announce that we should pencil in December 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Duffy’s in Old Orchard Beach for the raffle party.  That will be our meeting that day so come after work, have a drink and see if you or one of your buyers will win.  With Earl not selling all the winners this year, some of the rest of us might stand a chance.
 
 
50/50:  Dr. Joe won the 50/50 and donated his whopping $17.00 to Polio Plus and then President Joe forgot.(there was a theme to this meeting).
 
 
 
Club Christmas Party!:  It has been confirmed that the club Christmas party will be held on December 1 at Sue Gajewski’s house in Casco.  President Joe is looking into renting a bus.  So at this point start decorating your best lamp shade to wear at the party and set aside December 1 to party upta Casco.
 
Banner’s Up:  Alicia Girard and President Joe unveiled our new portable, non-felt banner that we can set up at Rotary event to trumpet what Rotary is about.  Alicia designed the banner which looks fantastic and cost the club less than $200.00.  It focuses on the theme of “Together we Connect”, a common Lego saying.  Nice work Alicia and good job Joe.
 
 
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Joe has started using the same introduction each week for Matt which is like Joe using the same prayer each week.  Let’s try and keep it fresh.  Matt claimed to be over his Irish jet lag, but I’m not sure because he had very little which could be attributed to the small crowd.
 
He did, however, collect some happy dollars.
 
  • Karen Chasse was happy because Saco and Biddeford Savings featured her as a huge community service person. 
  • Dr. Joe was happy he did not win Mega Millions …. Really?  I guess the 50/50 was enough.
  • Julie Villemaire hit 7 out of 8 green lights on the way to work.  I guess it is the little things that make her happy.  Of course, she ran the one red light and got a ticket.
  • Joe Bassett has a granddaughter singing at Radio City Music Hall.  How do you get there, practice, practice, practice.
  • Heather McLean was wearing Andrew Benintendi’s shirt which could explain why he cooled off at Fenway on the 24th, he was literally cold without his shirt.
  • Conrad Welzel purchased a rainbow wig.  I am not making this stuff up.
  • President Joe gave an announcement dollar because November is Movember when men are not supposed to shave to show their support for prostate and testicular cancer research and for mental health and suicide prevention.  Joe said the club will have a facial hair contest with the ugliest facial hair winning $100 to donate to a cause of your choosing and the best getting $100 to donate as well.  Women can participate as well but no one will be judging them, that is not allowed.
  • Lucie Kay gave the most sincere (she has no sincerity at all) happy dollar for the upcoming food drive.
  • Roland and Lucie, who have been having an on again off / again affair for years paid a dollar each so they did not have to tell their dirty little secrets.
 
I am sure Matt fined someone for something but they were not worth writing down.
 
 
 
Week in Review 10/24/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Celebration of Suds 2018 Julie Villemaire 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 17, 2018
 
These are my version of the minutes for our meeting on October 17, 2018 which took place at Run of the Mill, a fine example of a rustic brew pub in an old mill with lots of new white PVC piping protruding through the ceilings.  As Jim Godbout said, wait until they start flushing!  We’ll have the ambiance of a sewerage treatment plant.
 
Greeters:  We were greeted by Heather Gendron and Keith Jacques who is practicing for his retirement job as a Walmart greeter.  It will take him awhile to learn the job so thank goodness he has a little time.
 
Four Way Test:  Karen Chasse did an impeccable job leading us in the 4-way test.  I should note that I believe I have become a Pavlovian Rotarian.  As long as the leaders of the 4-way test say First, Second, etc. I recite the 4 way test just fine but when a leader goes rogue and says one, two, three, etc. I screw it all up and I have notices the Paul Deschambault starts to drool.  So let’s stick with First, Second, etc.  Thanks.
 
District Governor In the House:  District Governor, John Lobosco was in attendance to give our club and Jackson the RI Presidential Award for the 2017-2018 year or what I like to call the: “If your club can fog a mirror you get one of these award”.  Congrats Jackson, we’re still breathing.
 
 
 
Up Tempo Meeting:  Joe Bassett did his prayer with musical accompaniment from the restaurants PA system. I felt like I was in a Southern Baptist Church and I was waiting for Joe to break into a dance and to ask for several AMENS.  It didn’t happen ………… yet.
 
Lucie Kay:  Joe announced that Lucie Kay was having root canal to save her remaining tooth.  Apparently if you give Lucie enough valium she’ll go anywhere.
 
Stuff the Bus:  In Lucie’s valium aided absence, Joe announced that we will be doing a food drive at the Biddeford Hannaford and at Market Basket on October 27th from 9:00 to 2:00.  Sing up sheets were circulated and I am sure they will make their rounds again next week.  We are doing this in conjunction with Saco Bay,  Saco Bay will be in Saco and perhaps OOB on the same day collecting food and donations.  This is our opportunity to help out the local food pantries at a time of year when demand goes up substantially.  If you have not have a chance to sign up please do so and dress warmly on the 27th (Heather M) because it can get a little chilly out there.  This is a great chance to help the community, enjoy some fellowship and increase the visibility of Rotary.
 
Bucking Xmas Tradition:  For years we have donated gifts to families in need at Christmas and we have delivered them in the traditional black garbage bags.  Nothing says Merry Christmas like a fully stuffed Glad bag.  Sabine feels that our Christmas garbage bag tradition has to go so she displayed a white cloth draw string bag that said “Property of S. Claus, North Pole”.  I am not sure, but I think she stole it from you know who.  The Democrats are asking that the FBI investigate the matter.  In the meantime, Sabine has suggested that we use the white cloth bags for delivering our Christmas packages.  Another tradition thrown in the dumpster.
 
50/50:  Keith Jacques sold the 50/50 tickets and miraculously he won the $30.00 and donated the money to the Red Ribbon Committee.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Matt claimed to be jet lagged from his trip to Ireland where he apparently contributed to the delinquency of a minor by letting his 11 year old son drink in the local pubs until all hours.  What could possibly go wrong?  Being jet lagged, Matt claimed he was not prepared so he relied heavily on happy dollars.  I can just imagine Matt in school. He clearly did not rely on the old standards like “my dog ate my homework.”  He used things like: I was jamming with Springsteen all night last night and just didn’t get my geography homework done.”  “I stopped and pulled a man from a burning car so my senior year coloring book is not quite done yet.”  “How can you expect me to finish my senior year fun with phonics when I was campaigning for Dukakis?”  He has all the excuses and he has used them for a while.
 
In any event here are some of the happy dollars he collected.
 
  • Karen Chasse just got back from visiting her sister in Texas where everything is bigger.
  • Mark Nahorney gave a shameless plug dollar for the It’s Our Time events on Main Street in Biddeford on October 20 and encouraged people to go to the Heart of Biddeford website and Vote Your Main Street to help Biddeford win a national contest.  You can vote daily if you want.
  • Joe went to DC to celebrate his son’s 29th birthday.  D.C., really, and what 29 year old wants Mom and Dad at his 29th?  Joe’s I guess.
  • Ken Farley gave a happy dollar for the outstanding Biddeford High School Field Hockey team that beat TA in the playoffs and is moving on in its undefeated season.
  • Sue Gajewski was happy because her husband has had great success in a pancreatic cancer trial which he has been in for 3 years.  Chuck is beating the odds and we are all cheering for him.
  • District Governor John was happy to be with us and happy to give Jackson the award.
  • Ken Farley was again happy that the beer festival would soon be over.
  • I was happy to have made my first witnessed hole in hole for which I happened to win a car!  I have been playing golf since I was about 9 years old.  My grandmother taught me to play and I could not help but thinking of her almost as soon as I discovered by ball in the hole (there was a mound in from of the green so we did not see the ball go in the hole).  They say the odds of making a hole in one are about 12,500 to 1.  Based how long I have been playing I would say I was due. 
  • Matt did welcome Sara Brouillard back after an extended absence.  It was nice to have her back.
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 10/17/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2018
 
 
Dr. Joe Boyle introduced our speakers, Tom and Catherine Wilbur who I believe are from the Freeport Club.  They are friends of Joe’ he met while chairing the Rotary Youth Exchange for the District back when the district included parts of Quebec and the glaciers were still receding.
 
            Tom and Catherine came in to tell us about the efforts of the Freeport and Bethel Rotary Clubs to support the Kakamego Child Care Center and associated programs in Kakamego, Kenya located in the western part of Kenya.  They described Kakamego as having about 500,000 people but it is very rural, kind of like Banger but it has 25,000 people.  They were also impressed with the modernization efforts in Kenya thanks to Chinese investments.  They went from 15% paved roads to 65% paved road in just 10 years which is a higher percentage of paved roads than Aroostook County.  They also have high speed rail in Kenya.
 
            The Kakamega Child Care Center originated as an orphanage for children of AIDS victims.  The Freeport Rotary Club began supporting the facility in 2002 and by 2005 they had built a building that houses 48 children.  The program supports about 400 kids.
 
            The program is also promoting self-sufficiency through home based programs that provide families with seeds, fertilizer, and agricultural training.  I can only imagine how much fertilizer our club could supply them.  The children in the sponsored homes get school uniforms and books along with a mattress, blanket and a solar lamp (many areas of Kenya still do not have electricity). It costs $450.00 to sponsor a home for a year.  All of this is done in coordination with the Kakamega Rotary Club.
 
            The Bethel and Freeport Rotary Clubs have sponsored what they refer to as 26 Strong Young Women, apparently the weak ones are not worthy.   These young women receive agricultural training, along with health and entrepreneurial education.  They receive seeds and fertilizer to grow crops for their families and to sell.  Some have been successful enough to purchase pigs, chickens and even cows which traditionally are only owned by men in Kenya (so much to say, but I will hold my pen).
 
            Some of the young women were widowed and some were married but their husbands worked elsewhere to help support their families.  The program seems very successful in promoting self-sufficiency and a sense of pride and accomplishment while promoting their self-image.    The program is also providing materials to help families build homes. 
 
            The Freeport and Bethel Clubs will be pursuing a Global Grant and they are letting us know about their efforts,  The Wilbur’s were a fun and interesting couple.  I thought they were going to come to blows over who was going to do what part of the presentation, but they got the message out in the end.  The bigger message was the Rotary is clearly international, helping individuals, one person and one small farm at a time.
 
 
 
 
 
Tom and Catherine Wilbur 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Oct 24 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Conrad Welzel on Oct 10, 2018
 
Sherry Norton, our newest member.
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Member Induction Conrad Welzel 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Oct 10, 2018
12:15 Pledge of Allegience
Sue Gajewski led us in reciting 4 way test Joe Moreshead gave the invocation


President Joe Moreshead passed around a thank you letter from Thornton Academy thanking us for the saplings we donated this spring.

Ken Farley made announcement about Celebration of Suds to be held on 20 October.
- Please promote it on social media
- Set up time will start at 1:30
- Will be getting pizzas delivered from Portland Pie
- Need silent auction items still
- Will need 6 large coolers

Lucie Kay gave an update on the food drive scheduled for 27 October.
- It will be held from 9 to 2.
- Need volunteers
- Joint effort with Saco Bay Rotary Club

Joe announced that starting 1 January 2019, the 1st Wednesday meeting of each month will be held in an area school.

There is still space in the Tack fro those looking to advertise. 2 spots are available at $100 each. See Don or Brian Dallaire.

No Sargeant at Arms since Matt Simmonds is on holiday, but Joe solicited some happy dollars:

- Adam moving to new house on Friday.
- Bill Patterson heading to Corpus Christi
- Joe M. heading to DC.
- Laura Warner - son scored winning soccer goal
- Kristen Lane - daughter lost her first tooth
- Dr. Joe - had great visit with his family in Maryland.

Peggy Bean won $20 in the 50/50

New member, Sherry Norton, was inducted.

Dr. Joe introduced our guest speaker Hayden Anderson, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council.

Hayden began his presentation reminiscing about his grandfather who was a Rotarian in Amsterdam NY. He would sometimes bring young Hayden to meetings in noisy rooms much like our setting today.

The Maine Humanities Council is one of 56 councils in states and territories of the United States.

The mission of the council (as per their website) is to "use the humanities— literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries."

They do this thru various initiatives; partnerships with public libraries in 85 towns across Maine, as well as working with Adult Education programs in the state.

They support local efforts through grants. Annually the spend about $200,000 in grants; but the median grant amount is only about $1000.

They are starting a Veterans Book Group here in Biddeford. It will start November 1st and be held at the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center on South St.

The council is also evaluating how to prepare for Maine's becentenial in 2020; seeking answers to the question, "How can history inform the future of Maine?"

Meeting adjourned at 1:15.



 
Week in Review 10/10/2018 Sabine McElrath 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 03, 2018
 
 
None of the members of the Tack Committee stepped up to do the Tack in October (I have to thank Sabine for offering to still do it at the meeting) so you are stuck with me.  I will do my best to report the facts (no I have lied already).
 
Where:  The October 3 meeting was at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology so for those members who went to the Run of the Mill I am assuming you eventually noticed that there were no banners, no bell, no President and no meeting there.  The COT is really nice and we had this meeting in a large classroom with incredibly comfortable chairs (now I know what a $35,000,000 bond can buy).
 
Greeters:  We were greeted by the York County Federal CU TV star, Moriah who does a fantastic job in their TV ads about putting you more in debt or something like that.  Oh, yeah, Lucie Kay was a greeter too.
 
Recess time? Since we were in a school, the bell rang and Joe Bassett immediately got up and went out for recess.
 
Formalities:  Brian Dallaire led us in the 4 way test and Joe attempted to violate the concept of the separation of church and state by having Joe lead us in a prayer but the kids’ constitution rights were protected and we were without a prayer.
 
Earl:  It was announced that Earl Goodwin continues to recover from fall earlier this year and he will not join us until after the holidays.  That means we all need to fill the Earl’s huge shoes and step up and sell a lot more raffle tickets to insure that we continue to sell 100% of the $100 raffle tickets when we start that effort later this fall.
 
Member Changes:  Rae Smith will be leaving our club and we wish her the best.  She promised that she would continue to volunteer for events whenever she can.  Fear not, however, because YCFCU employee Sherry Norton hopes to join the club so we will have at least one good member from the CU.
 
BEER:  No, not a reference to Justice Kavanaugh, but instead the beer festival is coming right up on October 20 from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Pepperell Mill Campus.  Tell your friends, sell tickets, volunteer the night of the event, drink beer.  I drank beer in high school. I drank beer in college,  I still like beer.  A quote from the Kavanaugh hearings?  Maybe, but I believe those are the same words that 95% of people who attended college would say if asked.
 
Tickets are now $30.00.  Please sell all that you can.  Incidentally, if you missed the meeting on the 3rd you missed a very nice cat fight between Sue G. and President Joe over the signup sheet and Sue won!
 
Stuff the Bus:  We will be stuffing the bus, truck, car, plane, not sure on October 27 at Hannaford in Biddeford and probably Market Basket but there is nothing official from them yet.  More details to follow but we need to do our part to help to feed the hungry and this drive brings in a lot of food and money for the local pantries.
 
New Banner:  A new banner featuring our club and our very own Denis Elie and Jim Godbout has been ordered and will be displayed at various events.
 
Shocking:  The Board voted to fund two new defibrillators, one of which will be placed at McArthur Library and Biddeford and the other may  be placed at the Dyer Library in Saco.  People sometimes get overstimulated reading so it is a good idea to have the paddles ready.  Jeremy Ray indicated we may be able to purchase them through the schools at a discount.  This is a nice gift for our communities.
 
Presidential Appeals:  Joe indicated that while he said attendance requirements are relaxed we really should make more of an effort to attend meetings to see great programs like the one we saw on October 3.  He also announced that a number of members are in arrears on their dues for a few billing cycles and he was going to call them and see if they want to pay or if they wish to bow out of the club.  It would appear that some house cleaning may be appropriate.  Joe also thanked Matt Simmons for setting up and bringing everything over for the meeting.
 
50/50:  Brian Dallaire won, but lest you sigh too loudly take solace in the fact that it was for some reason a small pot.  Perhaps some members felt it was inappropriate to gamble in school or they are just cheap.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Matt decided to turn things down a notch (after all we were in school) and go with happy dollars instead of fines.  Lots of people were happy and here are a few:
 
  • Sue Gajewski is going to be a grandmother for the first time.
  • Dr. Joe, aka Larry, is heading to Virginia for a visit.
  • Fausto’s company has been selected to the Leading Caterers of America which is a huge distinction.  Blue Elephant Caterers will represent New England in that organization. 
  • Mark Nahorney is back from Spain.
  • Denis Elie went to the Patriots and kicked Matt’s ass in raising money as the Sergeant at Arms.
  • I believe Brian defecated himself in Las Vegas.  Brian, what happens in your pants in Vegas should stay in Vegas.
  • Brian was happy to give Denis his multiple sapphire Paul Harris Award.  Congrats Denis.
  • Candidate Grohman sucked up to the students in an election year.  Hopefully they are 18 and can vote.
  • Tammy Ackerman survived two festivals in Biddeford and is looking forward to the Maker’s Fair at the Pepperell Mill Campus on October 13, a free event at which local businesses and organizations can display their items or services.
  • Heather Mclean announced she was headed to the Patriots on the 6th and to the Bruins home opener on the 8th.  What color miniskirts go well with tailgating?
  • Jeremy Ray admitted his short comings as a single dad and was looking forward to his wife coming home.  I was wondering why his kids were in cages on his front lawn with hamster wheels and water feeders.
  • Conrad Welzel thanked the club for its support of the Programs and finally admitted he does very little.  I doubt that.
  • Jim Godbout is headed to Ireland for some golf.
  • Matt Simmons was happy for 6 years of being licensed.  I would have thought he had been driving longer than that.  He was also happy for Paulette Bonneau and all that she does and for his opportunity to teach adult education which may explain a lot about the financial literacy in our area.
  • Lucie Kay and Fausto had to mention their Ménage a Trois wine.  Let’s discuss multiple sexual partners and alcohol in school.
 
Program
 
            Last year our club helped finance the BHS Odyssey of the Mind Team when it attended the World Championships at Iowa State University.  Our program featured the coach of the team, Vicki Salo and three of the team members, Jerod, Gabe and Lucas.  All three of the young men were very well spoken, incredibly well rounded and thrilled to be a part of the team.  It was clear that they work hard as members of the team while playing sports, participating in Interact, participating in plays and taking difficult course loads.  At least one of them described going to the World championship last year as the greatest experience of his life.
 
            The team is built to problem solve and they have selected a structural problem in which they have to hold up 100’s of pounds with a balsa wood structure.  Last year their balsa wood structure held up around 800 pounds which was 10th best in the world.  They also must use their imaginations to come up with a skit for a particular theme and then they have to participate in a secret spontaneity part of the competition.  Last year they were 17th in the world competition and they are hoping to crack the top 10 this year.
 
            They gave members of the club a pipe cleaner and a poker chip and asked each member to make something with them.  I was impressed with our club’s creativity in the two minutes though Mark Nahorney’s sperm model may have been a bit over the top, but funny.
 
            Biddeford High School will host the regional and state Odyssey of the Minds this year and the top 2 teams from the state go to the World Championships at Michigan State.  BHS has qualified for the world championships for the last 4 years and hopes to make it 5 in a row.  This is a great opportunity for these kids and we should be proud that we helped them in their endeavors.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted by your lowly, and I hope temporary, scribe.
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 10/3/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 03, 2018
 
 
            Okay,  so the Peanut Gallery has been on hiatus for a while.  The Gallery has a few belated and a few current observations to share.
 
            It was heartwarming to walk into the Tin Tin Buffet with Matt Simmons like we were walking into Cheers.  Every employee there yelled “Matt” and I walked by a table with a brass plague on the back of a chair saying reserved for Matt Simmons.  I just love celebrities. 
 
            Speaking of the Tin Tin Buffet, I am betting you are wondering where the name came from.  I did some research.  Apparently, the original name was the Rin Tin Tin Buffet and it was co-owned by, you guessed it, Rin Tin Tin.  You have to invest those residuals somewhere. That name stuck for a while, but then they had a German sausage night and the co-owner mysteriously disappeared so they shortened the name to Tin Tin Buffet.  Now you know.
 
            Ken Farley has announced that he is trying to recruit a celebrity guest for the beer festival, Brett Kavanaugh.  I could only imagine that throughout the Senate hearings Justice Kavanaugh had one of those thought bubbles over his head with Homer Simpson in it sighing “BEER”.  I kept waiting for his Dr. Seuss beer rhyme to come out.
 
            One Beer, two Beers, three Beers, four
             I love my beer until I hit the floor
             Five Beers, six Beers, seven Beers, more
            That hoppy flavor I do adore.
 
Stay tuned to see whether he shows up on October 20.
 
            Now I realize that Matt Simmons’ marketing life blood is contained in the Journal Weekend addition, a newspaper hurled in our driveway, run over by 1,000’s and read by dozens.  I am wondering if the Journal really thinks that putting its paper in a baggy and then throwing it on the ground really protects it from getting wet.  Short of hermetically sealing those bags, it seems to me that all the baggies do is hold in the water long enough to completely blur Matt’s face and insure that we will be taking the wet sack directly from the driveway to the trash can.  Sorry Matt, that means I missed your article on the benefits in investing in Pokémon cards.
 
            Finally, I have a social experiment I would like to try.  At the next meeting at Run of the Mill, some members should get to the meeting early and sit at the cool kids’ table.  I want to see how they react if they can’t sit there.  I love social chaos.
 
            That’s all the peanuts to be hurled right now.  Enjoy the rest of the week.
 
 
 
Belated Observations from the Peanut Gallery Bill Kany 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Oct 01, 2018
I guess words mean things. When I said I was not going to put a lot of emphasis on meeting attendance I should have been a little more articulate in explaining my thoughts. I miss you guys. Last week we had a great meeting all 15 or so of us. Roland and Sue gave a program on their trip to Jordan; it was a great presentation. One reason to go to meetings is to talk, hang out, laugh and exchange ideas, get out of the office, get a break. I think I can easily speak for all of us when I say we are all working too damn hard, we need a break. I want our meetings to be that break.
 
 
 
 
 
I know that we don’t have the greatest venue for our meetings. I just hope that some of these hotels get built around town and have restaurants that would love to have our business. I hope to go back to Rotary’s roots. It has been suggested by a number of folks to rotate meeting places. I will bring it up to the board at our next meeting. Keep in mind that it takes work to arrange meeting places, etc. So if we pursue this avenue I will need help pulling it off. Any takers out there?
 
 
 
 
 
We have what I think is a rather important meeting this week, 10/03. I hope you can attend. First, the location is the Biddeford Center of Technology. We are going to reap the benefits of the $4000.00 we spent to send a team of kids to participate in Odyssey of the  Mind by hearing about their experience. We should show these kids that we not only support them financially but really do care about them individually and collectively. We might have some future Rotarian’s; maybe their participation in this great experience could potentially change the trajectory of their life. You can just never know the impact we can have as Rotarians.
 
 
 
 
 
At the meeting you will also be presented with a request to  support the purchase of two AED’s for McArthur Library. We need you there to hear your voice and vote.
 
 
Lucie K is going to follow up with signup sheets for “Stuff the Bus” for October 27th . She is also emailing all of you.
 
Did you buy or sell any Beer Fest tickets? Ken is looking for sales and volunteers for our October 20 Celebration of Suds.
 
 
 
 
 
The board will also be meeting that morning at Paquin & Carroll at 7:45, please feel free to join us. I hope to see a great at BRCOT.
 
 
 
 
 
Yours In Rotary,
 
 
Joe
President Joe's Message 10/1/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Sep 26, 2018
 
Jim Godbout lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
None
 
 
Joe Moreshead announced new member posting for Sherry Norton.  
 
On 17 October, District governor John LoBosco will be visiting to give Jackson Brown a Presidential citation.
 
Reminder that the Celebration of suds event will be held on 20 October. All members have been given tickets to sell and the price for the ticket will be $25 until September 30. Starting October 1 the ticket price jumps to $30.
 
Our meeting on October 3rdwill be held at The Center of Technology at the Biddeford high school. There will be a presentation on Odyssey of the mind.
 
Stuff the Truck food drive is being held on 27 October. 
 
Ray Demers’ father passed away.  Rotarians are invited to attend the wake at Hope Memorial on 27 September at 6 pm.  
 
 
 
The 50-50 drawing was won by Peggy Bean and she donated it’s Red Ribbon.  
 
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Joe M. Is offering $1000 reward for anyone finding him a skilled machinist.  
Joe B. Is happy for his new great-grandson. 
Don is happy Jackson is getting award. 
Conrad happy to have celebrated his 65th birthday and is also grateful his daughter had a fire extinguisher to put out her furnace buyer.
Luci is happy to have gone on vacation.
 
Fines: 
Jeremy for looking so sharp; Heather M. for reserving her table; Jackson for delaying deposits and Adam for finally making a meeting.  
 
 
Presentation by Roland Gagne and Sue Gajewski giving an overview of their travel to Jordan and the Collatoral Repair Project.  
 
Sue began with some of the travel highlights with many photos of fellow rotarians and their exquisite hospitality in hosting Roland and Sue! She also shared with us some of their tourist travels visiting sites like Petra and the Dead Sea.
 
Roland shared the practical points of the grant as well as some staggering numbers.  Jordan is a country with about 10 million people in it of which about 4 million are refugees from other countries. Only about 1% of refugees are resettled.  
 
He shared with us some personal stories about some of the refugee families they visited with. 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/26/2018 Sabine McElrath 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Sep 19, 2018
Joe Boyle lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
None
 
 
Joe Moreshead inducted new member Morgan Stoner.  
 
Reminder that the Celebration of suds event will be held on 20 October. All members have been given tickets to sell and the price for the ticket will be $25 until September 30.Starting October 1the ticket price jumps to $30.
 
Our meeting on October 3rdwill be held at The Center of Technology at the Biddeford high school. There will be a presentation on Odyssey of the mind.
 
Our meeting this week is a service project. Several members have gone shopping for items to prepare a birthday cake and wants these bags are packed we are donating them to local food pantry’s. There was a call for Volunteers to drive them to the pantries and Matt, Joe Moreshead, Morgan, Don and Brenda volunteered.
 
 
 
The 50-50 drawing was won by Denis Elie and he kept most of it.
 
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Denis was happy to win money; Brenda is happy her husband is returning from Amsterdam; Joe M. is sad he will not be able to ski this season because he needs shoulder surgery; Don is happy that he and Jackson won the golf tournament; Conrad is looking forward to celebrating his birthday; Karen is delighted her daughter is studying nursing.
Paulette is happy that Biddeford schools were chosen to Be the pilot site for middle school career and technical education. Also the Department of Education approved an EMT program at the school, and she was very grateful for Karen Chasse’s work on Waterhouse field.
Jeremy wanted to thank the Rotary club for donating for cross-country T-shirts for kids. Matt was happy to see Ken Farley and Keith Jacques at the meeting as well as being grateful Sabine was able to get out of her driveway given all the construction on South St.  
 
 
 
After lunch was completed the group and participated in assembling all the materials for a birthday party into gift bags. The bags will be donated to local food pantrys. This will allow people who use the food pantry to request a birthday bag for children celebrating a birthday.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1 o’clock.
Week in Review 9/19/2018 Sabine McElrath 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Gajewski on Sep 15, 2018
 
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary is walking to End Alzheimer’s today 💜 Thank you Mary, Debbie, Paulette, Kristen, Moka, Roland and Paula for walking and helping us raise $1625 for Alzheimer’s research.
 
 
 
Walk for Alzheimer’s Susan Gajewski 2018-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Sep 12, 2018
 
Luci Kay lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Paul Deschambault - invocation
 
Guests:
Cashel Stewart
Shawn Moody
Kevin Kaserman
Chuck Gajewski 
Katie Orlando
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luci Kay announced that the Stuff the Bus event will be held on 27 October. Volunteers will be at the Market Basket and Hannaford locations in Biddeford gathering donations to support local food pantries. 
 
The Alzheimer’s walk is taking place on Saturday, 15 September. As of the meeting time only four walkers have signed up. Looking for more people to attend and participate in this short walk.
 
Bernice distributed tickets to the Celebration of Suds event to be held on 20 October At the Pepperell Mill campus. Ticket prices are $25 until the end of September and then the price increases to $30.
 
Julie Villemaire spoke to the club about this year’s concentrated effort to collect better records of service hours.  Members are encouraged to report their volunteering time for various events during the year.  This information can either be emailed to Julie, or reported to her at a meeting.
 
The 50-50 drawing was won by Conrad Wenzel and donated to Red Ribbon.
 
 
Sargent at arms:
 
Collected happy dollars; Dr. Joe Is happy he made the meeting, and made an announcement about donating books to school projects. Brian Dallaire is happy to be back but suffering from jet lag. Denis Elie beat the school bus on early release day.  Fausto is celebrating his 12 year anniversary of living in Maine. Conrad is celebrating the 37th anniversary of his body work job done by Shawn Moody. 
 
Fines; Fausto didn’t order the Cuban Sandwich; Jim Godbout should have placed the field posts further apart at Waterhouse Field; Alisha for stabbing someone over a tater tot; Luci and Heather Maclean for wearing matching outfits; Dr. Joe for his Mr. Rogers sweater; Roland celebrates 20 years in Rotary; Julie 14 years.  
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Sue Gajewski gave a warm Introduction to our speaker, Shawn Moody, the republican Gubernatorial candidate.
 
Shawn spoke about the growth of his auto body business over the years. He was 17 years old in 1977 when he pulled his first building permit. Things were very different back then compared to the present. His new building under construction in South Portland cost over $60,000 just in permitting alone.
 
He attributes the success of his business to his policy of empowering his employees. He has gone so far as to structure of the company so that employees are also part owners.
 
He spoke of the primary challenges facing the state of Maine and it’s elected officials.
 
Healthcare costs – not sustainable
 
Taxes - property taxes, a primary source of educational funding,are too high.  Educational costs are very heavy on bureaucracy, not on the classroom and teachers.  He stressed the importance of giving vocational and technical programs high priority; critical to the successful future of Maine.  
 
 
 
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:25.  
 
Week in Review 9/12/2018 Sabine McElrath 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Sep 05, 2018
GUEST SPEAKER
 
 
 
Biddeford City Manager, James Bennett, was introduced by Conrad.
Conrad has a great respect for James. He’s a mover and a shaker. It is noteworthy to mention that James volunteers as a Shriner’s clown.
 
James gave $5 happy dollars in honor of his Mom.
James presented the city’s long term and short-term goals. 
Some of the projects ongoing in the city:
  • Riverwalk is out to bid
  • Parking garage where the old Maine Energy building was is being engineered now and will be out to bid in Jan/Feb with a cost of approximately $9-12M.
  • Lincoln Street reconstruction is underway, and a traffic light will be added at that intersection.
  • There is a Water/Hill/Main Street redesign underway.
  • Bid specs are being prepared for the work slated on Main Street, Adams & Lincoln Streets.
  • Working on improving the communication systems to citizens of Biddeford.
  • The police department is working on national accreditation.
Private Sector Update
  • Lincoln Mill Building has run into some delays but expecting a June 2020 completion date.
  • The former Post Office has been sold.
  • N Dam Mill building – estimated a $20m project.
Program Evaluation / Improvements
  • Fire/EMS response times
  • Evaluation of staffing levels
  • Succession planning
  • Completion of comprehensive plan
  • Police Community Service Officers
  • Implementing fees for rental inspections
  • Aging in place project
  • CALEA completion
  • Flower program
  • Downtown improvement project
  • Upgrading holiday lights
  • Revamping employee training & Development
  • Staffing diversity
There is also a large renovation project upcoming for City Hall and City Theatre. 
We thank James for his update on the many projects underway in the city. It is an exciting time for Biddeford and we look forward to hearing more about the city’s projects and progress. 
James Bennett Biddeford City Manager Julie Villemaire 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sabine McElrath on Sep 05, 2018

Bill Kany lead our club in reciting the four-way test

Joe Bassett - invocation

 

Guests:

Doug Kay

Reagan Gauthier

  

This week our club met for lunch at TinTin Buffet since our usual location was closed.  We began immediately with lunch and meeting began at 12:40. 

 

President Joe Moreshead announced that the club had approved $600 to place a advertisement in the Biddeford city theater program book. Also approved was a $1000 donation to the pillars of pride program for Biddeford school system.

 

Lucie Kay announced that the Stuff the Bus event will be held on October 20th. Volunteers will be at the Market Basket and Hannaford locations in Biddeford gathering donations to support local food pantries. 

 

The Alzheimer’s walk is taking place on Saturday, September 15th. As of the meeting time only five walkers have signed up. Looking for more people to attend and participate in this short walk.

 

Waterhouse Field inauguaral event is taking place 7th of September starting at 5 o’clock.

 

The Rotary club board has decided to combine committees of both the company B fund and the past presidents fund. Kristen Lane will head the committee.  

 

The 50-50 drawing was won by Mark Nahorney.

 

Sargent at arms:

Collected happy dollars; Heather will be spending her birthday watching the Red Sox, Joe son came in first place in a 24 hour race in the Catskills, Joe Boyle was happy the Saco police retrieved his kayak, Paul was happy his son got six tickets to have dinner at the lost kitchen, Conrad was happy he had 25 people at his party, Marty beat Chellie Pingree in a cow milking competition, and Fausto is just happy!

 

Fines; Joe had to pay because of his choice of decorated pants, Jackson was fined for using a two dollar bill, Bill Paterson and Fausto were fined for wearing the same outfit, Marty was fined for having too many signs around town. Bill Kany and Jim Godbout were fined in connection with the missing Tiger Pride sign.  

 

Sue Gajewski gave a presentation outlining our charitable giving for the period of the last 18 months from January 1, 2017 through September 4, 2018. Some of the larger recipients of our charitable giving were to fund T-shirts for red ribbon committee events at the local schools, our club’s funding for red ribbon and Rotary Foundation, scholarships and Christmas gifts for local families in need.  

 

Brenda Pollock finished our meeting by giving an extensive talk and slideshow of her years living aboard a boat.  

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:25.  

 

Week in Review 9/5/2108 Sabine McElrath 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Aug 29, 2018
President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
 
          – Four Way Test
 
Joe B – Invocation
 
President Joe’s Opening Comments:
REMINDER: Meeting WILL NOT be held at the Run Of The Mill next week because the Run of the Mill will be closed. We are meeting at the Tin Tin Buffet in  in the 5 Points Shopping Center at 420 Alfred Street in Biddeford. I had thought we would be meeting at the Quiero Café in Pepperell Square in Saco but those plans did not work out.   Please make a note of change of meeting place.
 
At the Meeting with the District Governor last week, John gave a very motivating talk. One thing that impressed me is that John allocates up to $50 for any Rotarian to give on the spot and they’ll be reimbursed. When you become President, you receive funds to allocate as you see the need. I would like to follow that same directive and invite any of you to help on the spot, in our communities, up to $50, then send me a note and I’ll reimburse you. For example, you’re at the grocery store and someone doesn’t have enough money, you can pay for it. I believe this will be a great way for us to help people in need. 
 
 
Announcements
  • We have a potential date for BEERFEST – October 19 or 20.  I’ll keep you posted when the date has been confirmed.
  • Congratulations to Bernice for her work on the backpack project and thank you to the volunteers who helped out. The high school kids received LL BEAN backpacks. It was an awesome event. Again, congratulations Bernice.   
  • We’re working on ways to keep track of our service hours.  Julie will have an update on that soon.
  • Haley is organizing the Birthday Bags. Bernice and Karen volunteered to go shopping. Bags will be ready on the 19th.
Jim M Charitable Requests
  • Request #4 – The request is for $50 to purchase a new collar for the service dog of a veteran. Paul made a motion to purchase the collar. Heather seconded.  All in favor.
  • Request #5 – Biddeford Education Department for the Pillars of Pride event. They need to raise $20,000 and this request is for $1,000.  Since the request is for more than the allotted $500 by this committee, Dr. Joe motioned we forward this request to the board for a vote. Conrad seconded.  All in favor.
  • Sue G. reminded the group she had just sent an email regarding Alzheimer’s walk. Four walkers have registered thus far. Give Sue a call if you have any questions. 
The winning 50/50 ticket was pulled by Jim M – and the winner of the $20 pot was Jim M.  That was a lucky pick!
Sargent-At-Arms Matt S.
HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Dr. Joe is giving $25 happy dollars for his 2 adopted sons from Norway who have blessed him with 6 grandchildren. 
  • Jim M turned his $20 Lucky dollars to $20 Happy Dollars.
  • Luci had 2 Happy dollars the first for the new Branch Manager at York County Federal Credit Union in Biddeford and the second for the quick response time of Ray D. Thank you Ray.
  • Paul D had a happy dollar for not having to use his cane to walk anymore.
  • Denis was happy that his wife asked if he had the concert tickets 20 minutes from home vs when they arrived to Boston.
  • Peggy was happy she was one of the three ‘not mentioning any names’ at the board meeting earlier today.
  • Sabine was happy she had lunch with Peggy. Bahahaha.
  • Bernice was happy about the volunteers who helped with back-pack project.
  • Karen was happy she went to the meeting last Wednesday to introduce Kevin and there was no meeting. It was rescheduled for Thursday – the District Meeting.
  • Fausto was happy to see Karen read her emails.
  • Jeremy was happy to see the new turf was completed and the Biddeford PD was able to locate the person responsible for stealing the sign. Thanked everyone for having this project come together so quickly.
FINES
  • President Joe – Fined $5 for not knowing the names of the people who attend.
  • Sue $2 for your addition error – 4 Rotarians 2 Friends.  And the second is for all of your Facebook photos of you drinking beer and wearing a cowboy hat.
  • Another Facebook faux pas photo fine went to Fausto. No description given.
  • Scooters are $2.00
 
Week in Review 8/29/2018 Julie Villemaire 2018-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
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
 
 
Active Biddeford Saco Paul Harris Fellows Brian Dallaire 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Forcier on Aug 16, 2018
 
 
 
Randy Forcier's annual charity fundraiser this year will support our own Rotary's Red Ribbon Efforts!
 
Thursday August 23rd from 6-9 Casablanca Cruises out of Portland.
 
Hello Newman is the Band Tickets are $40 per, all proceeds go to the Red Ribbon Committee Here is the link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cruise-for-a-cause-ride-for-red-ribbon-tickets-46620551324
 

21+ event ONLY. Boat sails at 6:00pm sharp. Suggested arrival time & boat boarding begins at 5:30pm (Tickets are non-refundable).

Come and enjoy an evening on the Casablanca! Cruise through Casco Bay, circling the islands and jamming to the music of Hello Newman, while mingling with local professionals and friends. This year all proceeds will go towards Red Ribbon Committee of Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club whose organization is working diligently to educate the local youth about making healthy decisions free of the harmful influence of misused substances.

NOTE: Please bring paper ticket with you to board the boat

NOTE: If you purchased tickets for tentative guests, be sure they arrive to board the boat with you, in person. Otherwise, they could be denied access.

NOTE: Cash bar available onboard, as well as light food/pizza.

 

ORGANIZERS JORDAN FIELDS & RANDY FORCIER

Organizer of Cruise For A Cause - Ride For Red Ribbon

Jordan Fields - MetLife Auto & Home Insurance (Portland, ME area) (207)494-8510

https://agents.metlife.com/jordan-fields/

Randy Forcier - Norcom Mortgage NMLS#322749 (Saco, ME area) (207)590-0337 

https://randyforcier.norcommortgage.com/

 

Cruising for a Cause: Ride for Red Ribbon Randy Forcier 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 15, 2018
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER
Our very own Brian Dallaire.
 
 
 
 
Brian graduated from Thornton Academy. He lost a family member to cancer at a young age, so Brian decided then to do study and have a career in cancer research.   He attended Pharmacy school at the University of Rhode Island and obtain his doctorate’s degree(Pharm.D.) at University of Cincinnati.
 
Brian began his career in cancer research  Park Davis then on to DuPont then to IDEC in San Diego.
 
Winner of a Nobel Prize in 1908, Paul Ehrlich completed successful research in the area of Chemotherapy. He proposed the first antibodies that were approved in 1986. 
In 1993 Brian was lead a small team their first successful human trail and carried on to complete all the trials that resulted to it's approval.
In 1997, they submitted their research to the FDA and received approval later that year.
RITUXAN is a $9 billion-dollar drug used around the world, number one for fighting cancer and number two for all drugs used worldwide. Combined with CHOP (classic Chemo medication) RITUXAN has cured more than fifty-thousand people per year with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
 
President Joe presented our speaker with an official Biddeford Saco ROTARY coffee mug for his presentation.  Thank you, Brian, for your informative presentation and your dedication to a career in cancer research.
 
Dr Brian K Dallaire, Classification Talk BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 15, 2018
 
 
President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
Jackson – Four Way Test
Joe B – Invocation
President Joe:
  • Asked Bernice to introduce visiting Rotarians and Guests:
    • Welcome Tyler who is here visiting with his father Matt S.
    • Heather brought her daughter Chloe to work with her today for Bring My Daughter To Work Day. 
    •            Welcome to Tyler and Chloe.
The winning 50/50 ticket was pulled by our young visitor Tyler – winner Tammy. She donated the $26 winnings to Red Ribbon.
 
Sargent-At-Arms Matt S.
HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Matt S is happy to have his son join him today.
  • Bill is happy to announce his daughter was engaged over the weekend.
  • Luci is happy about being able to talk with her friends and colleagues.
  • Dr. Joe is happy because for his birthday, his wife surprised him with a train ride in Brunswick and an overnight in a B&B. It was a most pleasant birthday.
  • Heather gave a happy dollar for her daughter Cloe, who was turning 8 in a couple weeks.  Matt S asked if she had bought her daughter a pony for her special birthday.
  • Conrad was happy for his 37th wedding anniversary and remarked the reception was held at The Hut (The Old Colonial).
  • Laurie was happy about playing golf last week.
  • Jim G. was really happy that he played golf at Pebble Beach last week.
FINES
  • President Joe – Fined for not wearing a colorful outfit this week. When asked if the rumor of him gardening naked, President Joe proudly stated, ‘Yes I do.” That was another fine.
  • Bernice was fined not being the President this year.
  • Sarah was fined for taking way too long at the hairdresser.
  • Paul, Denis and Jim M were fined for all having thinning hair and seated together at the same table.
  • On the topic of hair, Mark N was fined for going to the barber shop, walking past Matt S and not waving. That’ll be two bucks, one for not waving and the other for having enough hair to go to the barber.
  • Heather was fined a buck because she should have given a Happy Dollar for the purchase of her new house. 
  • Bill – you obviously are trying to mimic President Joe with your colorful shorts, that’s a buck.
  • Matt S asked his son Tyler to look around the room and pick out the one person who is having way too much fun. He selected Luci. Another dollar fine for that Luci!
  • Scooters are $2.00
 
 
 
REMINDER: No ROTARY Meeting next on Wednesday. The joint meeting will be held on Thursday August 23 @ 6pm at Duffy’s in OOB. 
 
Meeting Adjourned at 12:25.   
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 8/15/2018 BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 15, 2018
  • Bernice – The backpacks will be distributed on August 28 at the Second Congregational Church and Seacoast Chapel from 12-2 and 2-4.  Volunteers are still needed.  Contact Bernice if you’re able to help.
  • Randy – There are still tickets available for the Cruise for a Cause cruise. Tickets are $40 each.  There is still room for about 30 people. Mark your calendars for next Thursday, Aug. 23rd from 6 – 9:30.
  • Reminder: AUG 23 is the JOINT MEETING of the ROTARY CLUBS. It will be held at Duffy’s. Time: 6 pm social followed by the joint meeting with the District Governor. 
  • President Joe announce Kristin Lane has accepted to chair the Biddeford Saco ROTARY fund committee. We thank Kristin for taking this project on.
  • Roland announced $23,000 for the refugee program was just wire transferred to fund the program for the next three months. This money will provide for an education specialist, a staff supervisor, materials for the school, a literacy center, healthy after-school snacks and for a parent’s program. This is part of an $89,000 grant received for the refugee program. 
  • President Joe announced this is the second posting for Morgan Stoner, nominated for Biddeford Saco ROTARY club membership by Mark N.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 8/15/2018 BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Aug 08, 2018
Just another observation from where I sit.
 
So, I thought meeting number 5 was going to be sketchy. We did not have a program so I started emailing people to give classification talks. I emailed friends, authors and more; it was a short notice I know. Brian D responded to my request right away. He asked if anyone else had responded yet and I said “no”. Brian said he could easily fill 20 minutes. I thought I knew a little bit about Brian. What I did know I soon realized was just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. You can read about Brian’s presentation in the TACK from Brenda Pollock’s notes.
 
On a personal note: once again Brian, that was a really great program. Made even better to think that I know you and to also now know the contribution that you have made to mankind; I am simply amazed and honored to know you. I know you will say you were on a team however, the last time I checked when a team wins they all get the gold medal.
 
You should also know that a bunch of the members said it was one of the better programs we have had. Thanks again for everything you have done and continue to do for the club. Now with your reputation we should have plenty of volunteers for Jim G’s lobster bake when he picks a date. Some people probably don’t know that your vitae also includes Maine Lobster Cooker Extraordinaire!
President Joe's Message for Aug 2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Just another observation from where I sit.
 
So, I thought meeting number 5 was going to be sketchy. We did not have a program so I started emailing people to give classification talks. I emailed friends, authors and more; it was a short notice I know. Brian D responded to my request right away. He asked if anyone else had responded yet and I said “no”. Brian said he could easily fill 20 minutes. I thought I knew a little bit about Brian. What I did know I soon realized was just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. You can read about Brian’s presentation in the TACK from Brenda Pollock’s notes.
 
On a personal note: once again Brian, that was a really great program. Made even better to think that I know you and to also now know the contribution that you have made to mankind; I am simply amazed and honored to know you. I know you will say you were on a team however, the last time I checked when a team wins they all get the gold medal.
 
You should also know that a bunch of the members said it was one of the better programs we have had. Thanks again for everything you have done and continue to do for the club. Now with your reputation we should have plenty of volunteers for Jim G’s lobster bake when he picks a date. Some people probably don’t know that your vitae also includes Maine Lobster Cooker Extraordinaire!
President Joe's August Message Joe Moreshead 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 08, 2018
 
 
President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
PJ – Four Way Test
Joe B – Invocation
President Joe:
  • Welcomed everyone and introduced Brenda P to welcome her guest.
Brenda Pollock introduced a special guest, her granddaughter, Maddison Thayer.  Maddison was a recipient of the Charitable Contribution after she suffered an accident to her hand. 
Maddison Thayer Nine-year-old Maddison is going into fourth grade at Biddeford Intermediate School.  She has a younger brother (3 yrs. old), Hunter and “Fabulous Mom & Dad”. Maddison came today to thank the Biddeford – Saco Rotary club in person, for “your” generous donation.  On May 19th, Maddison’s left hand got caught in a running treadmill resulting in full-thickness burns to her left hand. She and her family traveled to Shriners Children Hospital up to three times per week for treatment. Her recovery is expected to be a long, up to seven years, but her wounds have closed.  She now wears a compression glove twenty-three hours a day for the next year. At Shriners, she is treated by eight top specialists.  As her way of saying thanks to everyone, Maddison made “a traditional family favorite recipe” Peanut Butter Fudge. 
 
We thank Maddison for coming in and for the treat!  Her experience has impelled her to be an advocate for treadmill safety and is requesting companies to add a release bar feature on new treadmill devices.
 
 
 
Sargent-At-Arms Matt S.
  • Maddison was asked to help by collecting the money.
HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Ken finished the Beach to Beacon 10k race
  • Wowed by Maddie, Maddie dollars were donated by Joe, Julie, Brenda, Elaine, Peggy & Conrad
  • Conrad was happy to have his children and grandchildren visit – always a treat
FINES
  • Marty – Welcome back to our club after visiting every other club. That’ll be a buck.
  • Sarah & Mark T – Happy Birthday – Pay a buck.
  • Kristen – Happy second anniversary with our club – costing you a dollar.
  • President Joe –First, fine is for the pants you stole from Kermit the Frog. The second, the TACK again. You spoke about the importance of attendance – well good job with that. Look at the attendance today. 
  • $1 for anyone who did not attend either the Kinney Shore or the After Hours events. 
  • Bill – You left out attendance in the TACK.
  • Bernice – for the coffee or lack thereof coffee
  • Julie – did I see you post bunnies on a Facebook yard sale? That’s a buck.
  • Peggy – parking up top. You look like you’re 29.  Now, now.  Mark T. paid the fine on her behalf.
  • Anyone who works at Saco Biddeford Savings – you are fined a dollar for making us all look bad with the new ad in the Courier about donating a portion of credit card funds for supporting the lunch program. 
  • Alicia – you gave my seat up to Jackson so you owe a buck.
  • Roland – we’ve had this award sitting around collecting dust for four meetings waiting for you to get back.  You owe a dusty award buck.
  • Luci – I am fining you for being transferred to the Saco branch.
  • Scooters are $2.00
 
 
Week in Review 8/8/2018 BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 08, 2018
 
 
  • President Joe announced Morgan Stoner has been nominated for membership by Mark N. This is Morgan’s first posting so he was unable to attend the meeting.  He works in post-production as a sound engineer and has a medical marijuana company.
  • Update: Earl Goodwin is doing well. He hopes to return to the club in the fall.
  • Business After Hours was a good event and thanked the Chamber and everyone who attended.
  • The Alzheimer’s Walk has now raised $700 to date.
  • Reminder: AUG 23 is the JOINT MEETING of the ROTARY CLUBS. It will be held at Duffy’s. Time
  • Bernice – The backpacks will be distributed on August 28 at the Second Congregational Church and Seacoast Chapel from 12-2 and 2-4.  Volunteers are needed.  Contact Bernice if you’re able to help.
  • Jackie sent thank you cards to the supporters of the Kinney Shores event. 
  • The ROTARY house insurance was due. $1,407 was approved for construction insurance coverage. Josh assumed ½ of the cost of the insurance. 
  • Jim M presented two requests:  A $500 donation for Maine Inside Out on Aug. 11th .  It was approved and the funds will be drawn from the Company B fund.  The second request was for City Theatre. A $600 donation to place a ½ page ad in their program book. Since this committee can only authorize up to $500, Ken made a motion to forward the request to the board for consideration. Peg seconded motion. All approved.
 
 
Announcements 8/8/2018 BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 08, 2018
 
 
Betsy Fleurent, Hotline/Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Caring Unlimited
PO Box 590, Sanford, ME  04073
207-490-3227 x102
 
Their 24 Hour Confidential Hotline is:  1.800.239.7298
 
PJ introduced our speaker.
 
Betsy is Coordinator for one of nine centers of a Maine coalition to end domestic violence. Before coming to Maine, Betsy worked as a Victim Witness Coordinator in Manchester, NH for six years and three years in Dover NH as Domestic Violence Specialist.
 
Betsy began with some by presenting startling stats:  One in three women and one in seven men are victims of domestic violence.  Their agency receives more than 300 calls per month. Some of the services the organization offers are:
 
  • 24-Hour Hotline
  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional housing
  • Legal assistance for victims
  • Obtaining parental rights
  • Assisting with divorce matters
  • Outreach services such as Support & Education Groups
 
Fifty percent of all Maine homicides are domestic violence related. This number is one of the highest in the country. 
It would not be impossible for this organization to be able to operate and meet the needs of the communities we serve if not for the organization’s volunteers. 
 
Last year, 1,500 calls came from York County alone.  245 were from Biddeford and 113 from Saco.  Their agency is the busiest agency operating in the state with the least amount of resources. 
Last year stats were:
  • 40 people spent an average of 300 nights in a shelter. 
  • 400 people came to support groups.
  • Just under 100 volunteers offered 500 hours of their time.
Two of their fund raisers include Nicole’s Run ( in honor of Nicole Oliver whose death resulted from domestic abuse ) and the Atlantic Plunge. 
There is an upcoming training session on Sept 8th to volunteer for Kids Watch and on Sept 11th for anyone interested in serving as a phone volunteer. Please contact Betsy if you are interested in attending a training session.
PJ added that the organization is working diligently within the educational system as a way to educate our youth.  President Joe added that Seeds Of Hope in Biddeford has a $50,000 loan pool to assist people transitioning to new housing.
President Joe presented our guest speaker with an official Biddeford-Saco ROTARY mug.  Thank you, Betsy, for everything you do for our communities and for taking the time to share this information with our club.
 
Betsy Fleurent, Hotline/Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Caring Unlimited BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Club History 2018-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Coming up to the 100-year anniversary of the Rotary, it is clear this organization has a long consistent history of giving back to the community and international service.  Many of the archives featuring the men and women who have made this possible may be seen in the Richard Martin room at the Community Center in Biddeford. 
In a financial report from May 1987, there was a balance of $5,875.72 with Edward D. Jones. No additional records were found prior to this.  In February 1993. the club invested $25,000 to the fund and in 1996 added another $10,000. In 1998, the fund grew to $58,290.  In October – November of 1998, there were some bequests and transferred $10,0000 from the house fund.  The money was moved to Key Financial that year.  The year-end 1998 was $105,370. 
In 1999, an investment policy was written with a goal of growth and preservation of principle.  The Past President scholarship fund committee was appointed to oversee the investment.  From 1999 – 2011, the fund dropped below $100,000 prompting a spending policy to be added.
In 2011 – the fund, $147,949, was moved to Charter Oak. Today the fund is at $208,293.52.
This year, this fund will be providing $10,600 in scholarships.
Mark read from a paper copy of The TACK Re:  Harold Boudreaux made the largest in Rotary’s history to the organization. In 2009 Company B was established. In 2010 an investment policy and spending policy was created based on CPI and a 3-year rating average. The monies are invested in Chamber Oak as of August 1st and the balance is $195,132.70.  To date, this fund has donated back $37,000 to the community. 
President Joe presented Mark with a Rotary coffee mug for his presentation. 
President Joe announced the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s Charitable Funds committee has received $8,600 from Company B and another $5,000 from the club.
President’s Fund Mark Tuller 2018-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Aug 02, 2018
 
 
 
            Okay,  Mr. President (President Joe that is) which is it?  Does attendance (like size) matter or not?  You campaigned on a platform of more service and less attendance requirements and you were unanimously elected.  Okay, in reality Bernice stepped aside, we begged you to step in, and you agreed, but we still had to vote you in.  But, you have said repeatedly that we don’t have to worry about attendance and instead you want an aggregate of 1,200 Rotary service hours out of the club.  We were all feeling warm and fuzzy about that.  Now, when I say “we” were all feeling warm and fuzzy I mean the 6 people (I doubled my earlier estimate) who read the Tack (same readership as the Journal Tribune) and the 30 or so members of the Club who come to the meetings because the rest of the club has no idea about this alleged shift in focus from attendance to service. 
 
On August 1, however, you made a point of telling the Club that when the Board met on August 1 it spent time talking about the members of the Club who have poor attendance.  Now, I realize we have to pay the RI dues for all of our members, but if the members are paying their dues and not showing up for meetings it is not a dues issue, it’s the old attendance issue.  Now, if members are not paying their dues then they should not be members of the Club at all.  So Mr. President what’s the true story, does attendance count or not?
 
Having busted the President’s hump about whether attendance is required or not, let me make a few observations.  Three weeks ago I sat across from Chuck Hennessey.  Chuck has been in the club forever but I am sure many of you do not know Chuck who was career military and then the owner of an insurance agency until he retired.  I had no idea that Chuck has lived on Little Sebago Lake for years and that he has a bunch of grandkids.  I only learned that because I went to a meeting.
 
Two weeks ago we played Rotary trivia and learned some cool things about some of our members.  We learned those things because we were at the meeting.  We also laughed a lot and got a great break from the day.
 
This week we heard all about our Past Presidents’ Fund and our Company B Fund.  We learned about those funds because we are at the meeting.  Our Club is very unique in having that kind of money available.  Other Clubs have little or no reserves to use or fall back on.  I know about the funds because I was at the meeting.
 
Furthermore, Sabine gave a great classification talk.  She was very funny and she has led a cool life.  She has done things about which I had no idea and she has started a business/ community service organization which is absolutely incredible.  She set goals at a young age and achieved them.  I would not know all of that, and I would not have enjoyed her delivery if I missed the meeting.
 
In the end it is nice to think we are not going to get drummed out of the Club for missing a few or a lot of meetings if we are otherwise contributing to the overall good done but the Club, but there are the intangible benefits of laughter and knowledge that come from showing up at a meeting every now and then.
 
Another peanut thrown from the gallery.
Observations from the Peanut Gallery 8/1/2018 Bill Kany 2018-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BRENDA POLLOCK on Aug 01, 2018
 
 
 
 
Classification Talk:
 
Sabine – her three wishes were always to move to Maine, have a Boxer and to buy a special Volvo. Although she always hoped to be an architect, she graduated with a degree in economics.  She moved to Maine and purchased The 1964 House in Biddeford and operates a B n’ B welcoming guests from around the world.
 
 
 
Sabine has been a Real Estate agent for 18 years and has purchased several homes.  She is pleased to announce the launch of her newest company Clean Slate Builders.  Their Motto is Renovate Homes; Rebuild Lives & Strengthen the Community.
Welcome Sabine!
 
 
 
Sabine McElrath BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
 
President Joe promptly rang the bell at 12:15
 
Paul D – Four Way Test
 
Joe B – Invocation
 
Sue G introduced visiting Rotarians and Guests:
                Carol Deschambault – guest (and wife) of Paul D
                Debbie Dallaire – guest (and wife) of Brian D
                Morgan Stoner – guest of Mark
 
President Joe:
  • Remarked that Mark was a Certified Public Actor.  Encouraged everyone to go see The Producers, a funny play with some amazing actors. 
  • Welcomed Hailey to our club.
  • Announced Tammy Ackerman is looking for a treasurer to serve on their board. Anyone interested in volunteering with ENGINE, please see Tammy or email them from their website: http://feedtheengine.org/
  • Attendance is at 53% for the organization. Following discussion at the Board Meeting, Julie will be creating a new form where Rotarians will be able to report their volunteer service. The goal and challenge for the club is to volunteer 1,200 hours this year.  
  • Thank you to the TACK Sponsors who have generously donated.
  • Thank you, Brian Dallaire, for managing the TACK sponsor drive.
50/50 was won by Ken F.
 
 
Announcements:
  • Business After Hours will be hosted by the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce on Thursday August 2nd from 5 – 7 at The Run Of The Mill.  P.J. announced that each guest will be offered two drink tickets, there will be a 50/50 and a business card raffle. 
  • Sue G. spoke about the Alzheimer's on September 15th.  The goal is to raise $2,000. They have collected $400 to date.  Registration is at 8am and the event will begin @ 9am.  It’s a two-mile walk and everyone is encouraged to participate. 
 
 
 
Sargent At Arms Bill Kany:
Happy Dollars:
  • Steve M. Will be vacationing in Granada this December
  • Ken F. Donated his 50/50 winnings to Red Ribbon
  • President Joe – His son who competed in a 48 – hour endurance race at Sunday River, completed a race and he and his team placed pretty well out of 50 teams.
  • Sabine – Had ten happy dollars for the ten degrees cooler her house is after a Jim G. came to do some air conditioning work.
  • Joe G. – Is heading to Pebble Beach for a vacation next week.
Fines:
  • President Joe – 1st fine for wearing melon colored pants; 2nd Rotary information missing in the TACK; 3rd – forgot details of the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk.
  • Steve M – For exposing his pipe cleaner legs.
  • Jackson – Being a Cub Scout doesn’t truly qualify as a deep dark secret.
  • Paul D – Glad you’re back fine.
  • Alissa – Fined for not having a deep dark secret.
  • Jim M – Welcome back… that’ll be a buck.
  • Mark – Fined $1 for wearing a dress and asked not to do it again.
  • Tammy – Back after a long departure – only to announce she needed a volunteer treasurer.
  • Heather – For running to work when no customers are waiting at the door.
  • Jeremy – Fined for his choice of clothing – specifically his shirt.
  • Don P. – For losing his run for Mayor resulting in Bill K’s free transfer station closing.
  • All Credit Union employees were fined $1.00
  • P.J. – for her shameless introduction of the Chamber’s Business After Hours.
  • Brian – Known as a well-traveled man, he dragged his wife with him to a Rotary meeting. Fined also for having been seen picking up a prescription when he could have made it himself.
  • Ken F- for his Merrimack Napping Pod
  • Mark Tuller – For coming back after a long absence.
  • Jim G. – was fined for a sign advertising “his” Lord Halo Boon Sauce beer in the meeting room.
Scooters - $2.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 8/1/2018 BRENDA POLLOCK 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Gajewski on Jul 25, 2018
Calling all walkers! We need you and hope you can join us on September 15th to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We’re meeting at York County FCU in Biddeford at 8 am on 9/15. We’ll car pool to York to register before 9. The ceremony begins at 9 and the 2 mile walk begins at 9:30 at the York Beach Ball Field on Railroad Ave. 
 
Please go to act.alz.org, click ‘find a walk’ at the bottom of the page and type in Biddeford Saco Rotary. You can join our team or donate to our team if you’re not able to walk with us. Our club is trying to raise $2000 for Alzheimer’s research. Invite your friends and family! It’s a fun morning. Roland usually brings donuts!
 
Please email me at biddsacotreasurer@gmail.com with questions. 
 
Thank you for supporting our club activities. 
 
Susan
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Susan Gajewski 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 25, 2018
 

Dates to Know/Announcements:

·         Business After Hours: August 2, 5-7pm at Run of the Mill.  Two drink tickets for beer or wine will be provided, along with some hors d’ouvres.  Please bring potential new Rotarians to get to know us and talk about our good work in the community. 

·         Joint Meeting with District Governor: We will have a joint meeting with Saco Bay and the Sunset Club on August 23rd, 6pm at Duffy’s.  The District Governor John Labrosco will be the speaker and will be heavy hors oeuvres and cash bar for $15 per person.

·         Red Ribbon Cruise for a Cause: Randy Forcier noted this year’s cruise of Casco Bay will support our Red Ribbon Committee.  Last year they supported Waterhouse Field donating over $3,000.  It is also August 23rd from 6:30-9:30pm.  Tickets are $40 each and includes the cruise, pizza, cash bar and the band Hello Newman.

·         Annual Kinney Shores Black Party to support Red Ribbon Committee: Jim announced they will hold this major fundraiser again on Saturday, July 28th and will need Rotarians to help starting at 1pm.  Last year we raised over $4,000 for Red Ribbon!  Bring your family and after party at Jim’s house!

·         United Way Tools for Schools: Our club donated $1600 to provide backpacks to Biddeford/Saco students in need.  The bags will be put together on August 28th from 12-4 (2 shifts).  We will need 6 volunteers and a sign-up sheet will be passed around next week.

·         Waterhouse Field Renovation Opening Night (or Tiger Field as Kany says): The club was a major sponsor of this renovation and has agreed to help with volunteers on opening night.  Please mark your calendar on Friday, September 7th.  Gates open at 5pm; game starts at 7pm so need some positions 5-7pm and some 5-9pm.  We need about 15-20 volunteers and will have donated fireworks that night too!  Volunteer jobs will consist of ticket and apparel sales, ushers for reserved seating, concessions and more.

·         Birthday Bag Service Project: Mark your calendar for the meeting of September 19th.  Linda Verville and Haley Thompson will be coordinating this project to make birthday bags for kids in need.  We will need a few volunteers to do the shopping in advance and then put the bags together at our regular Wednesday meeting on the 19th.

 

 

 

 
 
Dates to Know/Announcements 7/25/2018 Karen Chasse 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jul 18, 2018
Meeting number 2 down and a few more to go. I thought today’s meeting went pretty well. We even had Turkey on the menu. Every past president I have talked to has said they had such a good time as president of the club. I was always a little hesitant to let anybody offer up my name for the position. I can say after a few weeks in I am glad they did. Ask me in a few months how I feel, I think it will still be fun. I have always enjoyed building things and was never satisfied with the status quo; I hate maintenance of an organization, a necessary evil to a certain extent. Part of our mission statement at my company deals with our commitment to continuous improvement in our process and people. We actually measure those metrics.
 
I hope we can share the same passion and commitment to continuously improve our club as past presidents and members have. We are off to a great start- thank you! I am looking forward to sharing with all of you how many actual service hours we provide over the year- a real measure of success; not how many meetings you were at. If we have 75 members and each member gives 16 hours a year in service work, that is 1200 hours. We can do a lot in 1200 hours! Think “Earl the Pearl Goodwin” selling over 70 raffle tickets- how many hours did that take him? Jim Godbout’s beach extravaganza on the 28th, how many hours is he and all of the other volunteers putting in? I want to know, so doesn’t Julie our secretary.  I want to be able to show people what we really do. So let’s figure out a way to record those hours. The base line metric is 1200 hours- the challenge is now!
 
I had a member email me today apologizing for not having been to the last few meetings and with the intention of missing a few more; work and family sometimes can get in the way of Rotary. I told her the same message I have been telling you- let’s focus on service and not attendance. What she doesn’t realize is that I am going to ask her to put together our first in service meeting project for 09/19.
 
The project will be to make birthday parties in a bag for the shelters and food pantries. After listening today to Elaine Fournier from Open Hearts / Open Hands, she even mentioned that she gives new items as birthday gifts to children. One thing Elaine did not mention is that the building she is housed in also houses the Saco Food Pantry. Elaine’s organization is an addition that was added to the food pantry. It was built by Rotarians like Carl Goodwin and others.
 
In closing, if any of you have some kids clothes you want to finally get rid of than bring them to the meeting and I will make sure that the items get to Elaine. If you have a “crappy” bike bring that too. We can throw it in the back of my truck and deliver it to Bronwyn.
 
See you all at the meeting!
 
Regards,
Joe
President Joe's Message 7/18/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 18, 2018
 

·         Business After Hours: August 2, 5-7pm at Run of the Mill.  Two drink tickets for beer or wine will be provided, along with some hors d’ouvres.  Please bring potential new Rotarians to get to know us and talk about our good work in the community. 

·         Joint Meeting with District Governor: We will have a joint meeting with Saco Bay and the Sunset Club on August 23rd, 6pm at Duffy’s.  The District Governor John Labrosco will be the speaker and will be heavy hors oeuvres and cash bar for $15 per person.

·         Red Ribbon Cruise for a Cause: Randy Forcier noted this year’s cruise of Casco Bay will support our Red Ribbon Committee.  Last year they supported Waterhouse Field donating over $3,000.  It is also August 23rd from 6:30-9:30pm.  Tickets are $40 each and includes the cruise, pizza, cash bar and the band Hello Newman.

·         Annual Kinney Shores Black Party to support Red Ribbon Committee: Jim announced they will hold this major fundraiser again on Saturday, July 28th and will need Rotarians to help starting at 1pm.  Last year we raised over $4,000 for Red Ribbon!  Bring your family and after party at Jim’s house!

·         Budget: President Joe announced we are taking $150,000 and placing it in 3 CDs for 6, 12, and 18 months to make some money on our current funds.

·         Paul Harris Fellows: Brian Dallaire presented Lucie Kay with a Plus One (sapphire) Paul Harris pin and Chuck Hennessey with a Plus Two (sapphire) Paul Harris pin (now you see why Sue needed a ride? We’ve missed you Chuck!)

·         Thank You: President Joe announced a $50 donation to Red Ribbon given by Past President Helene Plourde in honor of the Goodwin Brothers.  He also passed around thank you notes from scholarship recipient Madison Lachance, Biddeford’s Odyssey of the Mind team and the YMCA.

 

 
 
Dates to Know/Announcements 7/18/2018 Karen Chasse 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 18, 2018
 

Elaine is a Saco Bay Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow who runs Open Hands, Open Hearts which is a free clothing store for infants to age 18.  They have been serving families since 2008 and thanked our club for our partnership with Saco Bay to build their current building.  They are open Monday through Friday from 9:30-11:30am and the last Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm. They serve local communities one child at a time.

 

Participants from all over York County register their first visit – name, address, phone, kid’s names and dates of birth but no financials are collected.  A comment section is maintained and the items they “shop for” are logged.  They accept donations of all items and sort by size, gender and season.  They also maintain a shoe department of new shoes thanks to their golf tournament fundraiser and take full advantage of clearance sales as the seasons change.  They provide some news toys for families who need birthday presents as well. 

 

To date, they have helped over 3,000 kids in York County.  Last year they gave out 11,000 items to 102 new families with 230 revisits.  Their oncome was $12,292.91 and expenses were $10,370.  If you would like to help, please consider playing in or sponsoring their Golf Scramble fundraiser on September 22 at Deep Brook Golf Course.  It includes breakfast, lunch and prizes are $25 to area restaurants.

 
 
Speaker – Elaine Fournier of Open Hands, Open Hearts Karen Chasse 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 18, 2018
 
 
 
Okay, so we have a new Rotary theme this year, “Be the Inspiration”, with what appears to be a tidal wave on an orange background.  I believe the tidal wave is actually a copy of Judy Jetsons’ hairdo.  I will return to “Be the Inspiration” in a bit but I would be remiss in not reviewing some recent Rotary themes which led up to “Be the Inspiration”.
 
                Looking back over the years we have had some interesting Rotary themes.  In my year as President it was “Be a Gift to the World”.  WTF! The RI president was clearly paid off by Amazon to come up with that one.  I have to confess that I wrapped myself up and attempted to mail myself to a supermodel’s house in an attempt to live up to the theme, but I was arrested trying to climb into the mailbox.  So much for being a good Rotarian.
 
                In 2014-15 it was “Light up Rotary”.  I think they pulled Debby Boone out of retirement to sing at the International Convention and the image was of a terrorist lighting a fuse.  Nice.
 
                Clearly the RI President in 2011-12 was a surgeon when he or she came up with “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity” or to take out your gallbladder.
 
                Then you have the RI President in 2005-06 who clearly was going to get his theme in late so he came up with the novel saying of “Service above Self.”  Uh, I’m wondering if it sounded at all familiar when he threw it out there.
 
                The RI President in 2003-04 owned a prosthetics company and came up with “Lend a Hand”.
 
                In 2001-02 the RI President fancied himself a secret agent when he used the phrase “Mankind is our Business”.  His name was Richard King and he introduced himself as “King, Richard King” and preferred his Manhattans shaken and not stirred.
 
                In 1998-99 the them was “Follow your Rotary Dream”.  A few of our members tried that and were arrested for stalking.
 
                Apparently, Mr. Rogers was RI President in 2007-08 when the theme was “Rotary Shares”.  I like the way he said that.
 
                Now you may not remember this but last year the theme was “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  They tried “Rotary Serving Inanimate Objects” but it just wouldn’t catch on.
 
                So here we are with “Be the Inspiration”.  That is daunting to say the least.  It is not “Be an Inspiration.  We have to be THE inspiration.  That is a lot of pressure and I am not sure I can do it.  Clearly, Joe is going to give it his best shot, and I have to admit a little thrill going up my leg like my good pal, Chris Matthews, but still being THE inspiration is a tall order.  We will have to wait and see if we are inspired and if we can be the inspiration.
I would have gone with a 2018-19 theme of “Attendance Doesn’t Count Anymore” below a picture of an empty chair, but no one asked me.
 
If inspiration happens the peanut gallery will be sure to let you know.
 
 
 
Observations from the Peanut Gallery: Karen Chasse 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 18, 2018
 

President Joe Moreshead led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the 4-way test led by our visiting Saco Bay Rotarian Elaine Fournier.  Famous Actor Mark Nahorney led us in the invocation. President-Elect Fausto Pifferrer introduced visiting Rotarian Haley Thompson who will be transferring from the Belleville Illinois Rotary Club and Assistant District Governor Bob Wester.  The 50/50 was won by Laura Warner. 

 

The SAA Matt Simmons made his way to the front of the room with his usual cheery disposition excited to start the fining process. 

 

Happy Dollars – SAA Matt accepted happy dollars from:

·         Laura Warner for her winnings.

·         Tim Keene announced he brought Needhams for Alicia Girard’s birthday but she didn’t seem to share them as they never made their way around the room.

·         Alicia Girard gave her happy birthday dollar before she was fined.

·         Chuck Hennessey thanks Susan Gajewski for making him drive her to a meeting.

·         Jeremy Ray was happy that his wife, Suzanne, is coming home after a week alone with the kids.

·         Rae Smith was thoroughly enjoying her vacation.

·         Karen Chasse gave a sad dollar for the theft of her wallet this morning which also meant Jeremy Ray’s school credit card would be cancelled.

·         Ray Demers was happy the crime occurred in Biddeford, not Saco.

·         Bob Wester was happy to be at our meeting as our AG.  He announced that RI is hosting a Sea Dogs Game similar to the one we just held on August 19th if we would like to attend.  It is $26 and all you can eat – see the District newsletter for more information.

·         Fausto Pifferrer was happy his deck is almost complete and he finally had his property surveyed so the fighting with the neighbors has ended.

·         Sue Gajewski loved the TACK was useful and included a President’s Message, minutes and a funny recap by Bill Kany. 

 

Fines– Then SAA Matt handed out fines to:

·         President Joe for no flag last week, a to-do list that Matt is sure his wife did for him and we are three weeks into his presidency and there haven’t been any fundraisers yet.

·         Bill Kany was fined for his wealth of “helpers” to do the TACK and calling us all the “peanut gallery”.

·         Heather MacLean for not knowing the price of things in her store and complaining that her graduation outfit was not cute.  In which Matt responded, “Why? Cause it wasn’t skin tight black?”

·         Jackson Brown for being a special guest star in a real estate commercial.  Those pearly whites are being put to good use.

·         Fausto Pifferrer for her photo of wood art.  No more needs to be said.  You don’t understand?  Become his friend on Facebook if you dare to weather the speedy photos.

·         Ray Demers for his cop cars side swiping vehicles.  Biddeford sounds better now, doesn’t it Ray?

·         Sarah Curley’s dress was confusing to Matt.  He couldn’t determine if it is was designed by SpongeBob Square Pants or Jimmy Hendrix.

·         Jim Godbout for his photo on Facebook with the kids and his balls.

 
 
Week in Review 7/18/2018 Karen Chasse 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jul 11, 2018
 
 
HI,
First, thank you all for making my first meeting great. I really am honored to hold the position. I get to follow some fantastic folks who have served as great stewards of our great club.
 
I wanted to write an article for the TACK because sitting outside on the deck for our first meeting was not really conducive to giving some words about what I would like to see us accomplish over the next 12 months.
 
Our motto this year is “ Be the Inspiration”. I will make sure to put the banner out this week. So, what are some of the goals we need to accomplish so we can “Be the Inspiration”- more meetings; not really. One of my biggest goals is to not waste your time. You are willing to give one of the most precious possessions you own, your time. I recognize that fact and will do my best to utilize your time to the fullest.
 
Seriously, as president elect everybody feels that they can give me their advice regarding what is wrong with the club and I have to agree with them on some issues. Even little ones like the check in sheet that we use to check in members every week, it was not working for everybody so it was reformatted and updated; you can thank Julie, our Secretary. People are not crazy about our meeting space, the food, the acoustics, the temperature, the number of meetings we have, etc. Until someone can come up with a better venue we will be at Run of the Mill for a while.  I secretly fantasize that a nice hotel with a great restaurant will open with a beautiful dining room, perfect for hosting meetings. A guy can dream.
 
With respect to meetings, we will still have some 50 or so. I will do my best to be there every week however, I don’t expect you to. I will be proposing a new focus on service work instead of attendance. In order to do that I will need help with a lot of ad hoc committees for the in meeting service projects I want to propose. For example, I want to make a “birthday party in a bag” geared towards children, for the local food pantries. The bags will have everything for a child to have a birthday party. It will include, cake and frosting mix, table cloths, candles, etc. My vision is that 3 to 4 people will go shopping for the items on a Wednesday meeting day instead of coming to the meeting. The following week the club will assemble the bags at lunch- that will be the “program”.
 
I plan on having at least 3 in service meetings such as the birthday bags, hygiene kits for some of the shelters, writing cards and letters to service men and women serving. Help me think of some more.
 
Another project will be field trip meetings. I have already contacted the 3 principals in the local elementary schools, just realized I did not contact St. James… I told the principals that we have 20 to 30 volunteers that would love to show up at their schools on a Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:30 to participate in a project. We could read to the kids, have lunch with them, rearrange furniture, etc. . One principal has already emailed me and is very excited about the idea.
 
We will still have a club assembly meeting the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will be a briefing on what happened at the Board meeting earlier in the day, a classification talk or two, charitable fund committee discussion and vote and any other issues that need to be dealt with.
 
In order to accomplish all of the things we want and keep people informed it is going to take communication. Bill Kany has agreed to take over the TACK this year. He has 12 volunteers who will each be responsible for the month. The TACK, Facebook and other social media will be important this year as we tackle our ambitious meeting schedule and goals. We have also added all of our past presidents to our email list so that they get the TACK and can be aware of the club happenings.
 
I have not planned any new fundraisers. If you have an idea let’s hear about. I have picked the following people for committees, if I am wrong and you are not interested please let me. My goal with most of the committees is to leave it up to the chair to recruit members. The list is as follows and is not complete:
 
TACK      Bill Kany
Charitable Giving              Jim McAllister
Scholarship         Heather G and Fausto
Front Desk           Heather M
Foundation         Brian D
Website               Brian D
Past President    Keith J
Awards  Bill Kany
Stuff the Bus       Lucie K
Alzheimer Walk  Sue G
Beer Fest             Ken F
Wine Fest            Conrad, ?
$100 raffle          Karen / Earl
Prom / Dance     Bernice
Program Chair    Conrad W
Youth Protection Officer               Chief Ray Demers
Youth Service     Paulette B
 
In closing, 2018/2019 will be a good year to be a part of Rotary; to be the inspiration for people we interact with. I know people get a chuckle when I say my prayer “ Dear Lord, you give us so much yet expect so little in return. Let us live through your example.” I am not overly religious but, I do realize how lucky I am, how fortunate I am. I have been given so much. And as a result I have a deep need to want to give back; I know you feel the same way. Isn’t that why you joined Rotary.
 
Regards,
Joe
 
 
President Joe's Agenda for the Year Joe Moreshead 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 11, 2018
 

President Joe unveiled this year’s Rotary International theme of “BE THE INSPIRATION”.  He talked about his vision of doing more service work instead of club meetings so we will be offsite a lot. With that said, READ THE TACK WEEKLY or you might be sitting at ROTM alone having lunch while we are putting together back packs somewhere else or holding a scholarship review committee meeting.  Consider yourself warned!  Please read his President message in the TACK for more information.

 

Observations from the Peanut Gallery:

                While Karen Chasse is ably reporting all of the club news that is fit to print I figured I would weigh in from time to time with some random observations.

 

 

 

                Incidentally, while I am sure Mark Nahorney knows this, the term “peanut gallery’ dates back to the vaudeville days.  The peanut gallery was typically the highest and cheapest seats that attracted the rowdiest patrons.  Those patrons typically heckled the performers and threw peanuts at them and hence the name.  Howdy Doody later adopted that name for his live kids audience though I prefer to think of myself as a heckler so I will continue to use the term in its original context.

 

                Change, few people carry any in their pockets anymore, and yes, it is inevitable.  Heraclitus (no, that is not a STD) once said: “There is nothing permanent except change.”  Maya Angelou observed: “If you don’t like something change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

 

                So, every year a new club president comes in and attempts to make changes.  For example, yesterday we had Joe’s first meeting outside on the patio at Run of the Mill.  Nothing like having a meeting outside in the midst of dozens of other restaurant patrons who don’t care too much about our cultish four way test or the pledge of allegiance to an invisible flag while they are nibbling on their fish tacos.  There’s nothing like welcoming our new Sergeant at Arms, Matt Simmons who none of us in the peanut gallery could hear so of course we could not heckle him … yet. 

 

                For those of you who missed the meeting yesterday Joe also changed up the order a bit doing the 50/50 a little earlier; he did not recite his own prayer; and he spoke before our food came.  He also announced that we are going to do some hands on projects on Wednesdays instead of lunch so remember to dress accordingly if we are going to paint a school one Wednesday.  Nothing like getting paint on your tie.  Bill, change your attitude.

 

                The fact is that change is good.  It keeps things fresh.  It keeps us guessing.  Joe emphasized that Rotary is not about attendance any more.  It is about service.  Of course, Rotary has always been about service, but for way too long it has been about attendance too.  Now it is more about service and less about whether you can make it to lunch on a particular Wednesday which should be a huge relief to about half our club.  Let’s not give up on lunch because that is where we will be able to heckle Simmons and find out what is going on with our fellow Rotarians, but let’s all try and make things more about service as well.  That is a nice change and one I hope to embrace.

 

                Sure, we will have to put up with other changes too.  A president who wears a pink shirt or alleged burgundy paints.  A president whose teeth are simply not as white as his predecessor.  If you can’t change Joe’s changes, change your attitude.

 

                Finally, I will leave you with this random thought.  The State Fire Marshall’s office determined that the fire at the sheep barn at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds was caused by an electrical issue.  Everyone knows that if you rub wool together you get static electricity.  If you have a bunch of sheep in a barn you’re going to have bolts of static electricity flying everywhere, so clearly it was an electrical issue.  We did not need the Fire Marshall’s office to make that finding.                                                               

 

Respectfully thrown by a member of the Peanut Gallery.

 

 

 

 
 
President Joe's Agenda Karen Chasse 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 11, 2018
 
 
 

President Joe Moreshead led us in the Pledge of Allegiance (with no flag as we were outside and set-up crew forgot to get it) followed by the 4-way test led by an enthusiastic Alicia Girard (again, no flag).  Conrad Welzel led us in a great invocation that he conveniently pulled out of his wallet. President-Elect Fausto Pifferrer introduced guest Morgan Stoner (and then giggled as if someone just said fart) and Rotarian guest Haley Thompson from the Belleville Illinois Rotary Club.  The 50/50 was won by Jeremy Ray who graciously donated it back to the club. 

 

 

President Joe then revealed this year’s SAA (drum Roll)… Matt Simmons – back at it again!

 

Happy Dollars – SAA Joe accepted happy dollars from:

·         Susan Gajewski was happy to be back from the Wyoming Dude Ranch vacation (I think she meant to say sad dollar) and Andy Grief told her she should go because he worked there as a young man.  She highly recommends we all go to a Dude Ranch!

·         Joe Moreshead gave $5 happy dollars for his appreciation for the board and club.

·         Brenda Pollock’s granddaughter is healing well.

·         Conrad Welzel for the 4th of July celebrations and living in America.

·         Mark Nahorney gave a shameless plug for the July 19th opening of seeing him in a dress – get your tickets now!

·         Joe Bassett for sending his family back home (feel the love?) and meeting his great granddaughter for the first time.

·         Karen Chasse for her recent birthday and peaceful vacation at Jeremy Ray’s place Downeast thanks to his donation to our Rotary Auction.

·         Bernice Wood for her son coming home for China for nine days.

 

Fines– Then SAA Matt handed out fines to:

·         Alicia Girard because she went to the happiest place on earth and didn’t give a happy dollar.

·         Joe Moreshead for not knowing who the District Governor is despite his many high and mighty dinners with the Rotary Leadership prior to taking over as President.

·         Sue Gajewski for giving Matt grief for missing the Board meeting when he isn’t even a Board member anymore.

·         Jeremy Ray for sucking up to President Joe by wearing his “Joe-inspired” shorts (visual for those not there – salmon).

·         Heather MacLean for not paying attention at meetings and missing Joe’s banana hat moment.

·         Fausto Pifferrer for going from banana hat to banana hammock and giggling during introducing the guest whose last name was Stoner.

·         Lucie Kay for directing Joe Moreshead when she could barely run the meetings when she was President.  Also for a FB post that notes YCFCU is hiring and for some reason she has a big “X” marks the spot on her chest in the photo.

·         Guest Haley Thompson for ditching her duties as President of the Belleville Illinois Rotary Club five weeks early to relocate to a job at Thornton Academy.

 
Week in Review 7/11/2018 Karen Chasse 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 11, 2018
 
 
 

 

·         Center for Grieving Children Fundraiser: Our club has two tickets to their event this evening at Vinegar Hill at 6pm.  See Joe if you are able to attend. By the time this TACK comes out, this is old news.

·         Business After Hours: August 2, 5-7pm at Run of the Mill.  Two drink tickets for beer or wine will be provided, along with some hors d’ouvres.  Please bring potential new Rotarians to get to know us and talk about our good work in the community. 

·         Joint Meeting with District Governor: We will have a joint meeting with Saco Bay and the Sunset Club on August 23rd, 6pm at Duffy’s.  The District Governor John Labrosco will be the speaker and will cost $25 per person.

·         United Way “Tools for Schools” Distribution: At the end of August, backpacks will be distributed to students in need at The White Church (date and time to come).  Due to our club’s large donation, we have been asked if we would like to help hand them                out.

·         Annual Kinney Shores Black Party to support Red Ribbon Committee: Jim announced they will hold this major fundraiser again on Saturday, July 28th and will need Rotarians to help.  Last year we raised over $4,000 for Red Ribbon!  After party at Jim’s            house!

·         Committee Assignments: They are still being worked on but it is safe to assume you will stay on the same committees as last year if you do not hear otherwise.

·         Budget: The budget is approved with $13K allocated for Charitable Giving.  There will be no major fundraising changes. If you would like a copy of the budget, please ask President Joe.

 

 
 
Announcements 7/11/2918 Karen Chasse 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jul 10, 2018
 
 
Hey fellow Rotarians,
The Center for Grieving Children is hosting an event at Vinegar Hill tomorrow night. We have free tickets available. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend. We have a limited amount of tickets available. Blue Elephant is catering, Bill Kany is "MCing", silent auction items, cash bar, etc.
From the Center of Grieving Children:
Join us on Wednesday, July 11, for the second annual Midsummer Night's Soiree Benefit Concert at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel. Featuring the Don Campbell Band, this beautiful evening of music, conversation, and community will begin at 6pm with a reception.
 
 
 
Center of Grieving Children Benefit Joe Moreshead 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jun 26, 2018
We reached our Club Goal for 2017-2018!
 
 
Thank you to all of you who made our annual Foundation Campaign such a success! 
 
President Brown's goal was to raise at least $7,000 this year and to have every member make some form of contribution, large or small.
 
For the Rotary Year 2017-2018, contributions from 62 Rotarians totaling over $7,000 achieving 125% of the goal .  Such a generous group!  These contributions have also been matched by the club to bring the total contributions to $9,450!  A record for our club on a year to year basis.  In addition, the Annual Fund reached $120 per capita.
 
50% gave more than $25, with 38% giving $100 or more.  50% of the membership have sustained giving with Every Rortarian Every Year status. All-Time Giving for our club has reached $250,026.28!
 
Six members achieved multiple Paul Harris Fellow status.  They are:
     Lucie Kay  PHF +1 sapphire stone
     James Godbout   PHF +2 sapphire stone
     Charles Hennessey PHF +2 sapphire stone
     Joe Moreshead  PHF +2 sapphire stone
     Denis Elie  PHF +3 sapphire stone
     Carl Goodwin  PHF +6 ruby stone
 
 
 
You can still make a contribution to RI directly online before June 30, 2018 for it to count further towards our tally. 
 (link is found on our website home page)
 
 
 
As an added benefit, the club matches your contributions up to $100, accelerating your achieving year-after-year total contributions towards the $1,000 mark with the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Thanks again.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Brian Dallaire
B-S Rotary Club Foundation Co-Chair
 
Annual Rotary Foundation Year End Report Brian Dallaire 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Annual Biddeford Saco Rotary Awards 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 20, 2018
 
 
For those members of the club who could not make it to the meeting on June 20, 2018 here is the transcript of the awards I presented excluding the Public Sector Award and one Paul Harris Award because those people were not at the meeting.  Thanks to the members of the club who used some form of deception to get our recipients to the meeting.
 
At the outset I want to thank all the Rotarians who took the time to suggest some incredibly worthy candidates for these awards.  Your input to the committee was invaluable and all of this year’s winners came from your suggestions. 
 
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.
 
Read names of  Past Winners
 
2014 Leo P. Menard, Jr.
2015  Leon Chick
2016 Andy Greif
2017 The Esther Residence
 
 
            Our private award winner this year is someone who has very quietly helped hundreds of people through countless acts of kindness.  Her efforts have included soliciting food items to give families food for Christmas.  She has helped feed an incredible number of families at Thanksgiving by seeking donations.  Mind you, this person is doing this without a large organization like Rotary helping her.  In 2010 this former school employee started a program called “Locker of Love” to accept donations of school supplies, snacks, clothing and hygiene products for students who needed that kind of help.  That program has provided badly needed items to 100s of Biddeford school kids over the last 8 years.
 
The person who nominated this recipient said: “Although she has given a lot, she has leveraged her heart and her compassion to facilitate others to give.  She has always given thanks to those that gave while protecting the identities of those she has given to. Her accomplishments are remarkable and have made a real difference in peoples’ lives.”
 
This individual is a shining example of the fact that one person can truly make a difference and her quiet generosity deserves our thanks.  We do so by giving this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Private Sector Award to Laurie Bruce.
 
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.
 
Read names of Past Winners
 
2014 Paul Deschambault
2015  Dennis P. Robillard
2016  James Godbout
2017 Jim McAllister
 
 
            The person who suggested this year’s humanitarian award winner wrote:  “It is one thing to have a job, a career, it is another to have a vocation and to let something be such an integral part of your life.  She feeds the hungry, clothes the unclothed and loves the unloved.” 
 
            We have all heard the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  The organization in Biddeford known as Seeds of Hope has attempted to capture that proverb and use it to help people in our area.  Their mission statement says “ Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center collaborates with our local communities and neighbors to find meaningful solutions to poverty, isolation and despair in a welcoming and compassionate environment.”  As an example, one of their recent programs is to loan people money for their rental security deposits so they can have a place to live.  It is a simple but ingenious way to get people back on their feet and help them grow their self-esteem.
 
            Organizations like Seeds of Hope do not happen by themselves.  They need leaders with vision and a commitment to the cause.  This year’s Humanitarian Award winner is the driving force behind Seeds of Hope and a person who has clearly dedicated her life to helping those who need a hand.
 
            In recognition of committing her life to help others the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club is proud to give year's Humanitarian Award to
 
Reverend Shirley Bowen
 
 
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.
 
Read names of Past Winners
 
2014 Marcel Bertrand
2015  Kenneth Crepeau
2016  Thornton Academy
2017  Biddeford City Council
 
            When I think of the vocational service award my tendency is to focus on those people or organizations who promote the trades and other vocations.  Clearly that is a narrow view of the concept of vocational service.  Vocational service is also about helping people of all ages find their vocation, to identify their passion or skill and make it a career.  That can be in the trades but it does not have to be.
 
            This year’s Vocational Service Award winner is a Transition Coordinator.  What is that you say.  I am told that a transition coordinator has the goal of creating  relevant, realistic and career ready opportunities for students.  This particular individual took that concept and in her first year turned it into a thriving support system for students.  She works with her school colleagues to identify and create a student’s desired post-secondary blueprint, by implementing individual transition activities.  She works with Thornton’s Career Center to maximize the potential of students with disabilities to network within the community and garner career-ready skills to help each student achieve their transitional goals.  In other words she is teaching them how to fish and she is helping those students to find jobs they can get excited about.  That is truly vocational service.
 
The person who suggested our winner wrote:  “she is responsible for guiding students in the realm of functional life skills.  There are no boundaries to what she incorporates in preparing special needs students for life.  She has a knack for seeing each student as an individual with their own challenges and strengths, then, applies those qualities to appropriate matches she cultivates within the community”.
 
In addition, this individual was instrumental in starting TA’s Unified Basketball team and is one of the team’s coaches.  Again, I will read this description of what has to be one of the greatest programs being offered by many high schools in Maine:  “Unified basketball is a co-ed team that combines athletes (students with developmental disabilities) with partners (students without disabilities who help sustain the flow of the games).  Together they make a great team, both on and off the court.  As an audience member, it is heartwarming to witness the pride from every player on the court.  Not to mention, the smiles beaming from the parents. [This year’s award winner] is responsible for bringing complete joy to a gym where for one hour, everyone feels like a winner.”
 
            She has only been at Thornton for a short period of time but her commitment and dedication to the students is truly inspirational and worthy of our thanks.  And while I am going to sound like I’m 100 years old, the fact is that us old folks find lots of things to complaim about young people, but the fact remains that people like this year’ Vocational Award Winner can teach us all that really caring about what we do can make a huge difference.
 
            This year’s Vocational Service Award goes to Thornton Academy’s Kristy Kendrick.
 
 
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
 
 
            When this award was created in honoring Carl and Earl Goodwin and all that they have done for the club and the community, the idea was that it would go to long term Rotarians in or out of the club who over their tenure have done a lot to make our club great while working to address the needs of our area.  There is a lot to be said for longevity but there is a lot more to be said for unlimited caring and generosity.  There is a lot more to be said for putting one’s heart and soul into everything one does to a point at which we have to wonder how does this person do it all.
 
            This year’s Goodwin Award is given to someone who has been consistently nominated for all 4 awards we give out (though I have found it hard to figure out the Public Service angle), but I suspect receiving this award will be the most meaningful to this individual.
 
            It should be no surprise that this year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award goes to Jim Godbout.
 
Paul Harris Recipients
 
Paul Harris Awards are arguably the highest distinctions that can be given to Rotarians by Rotary.  Our Club has had a practice of recognizing deserving members and non-members for their work in and outside the Club.  Each past Paul Harris recipient has been very worthy and this year we have three more equally ntable winners of the award.
 
In no particular order:
Sometimes being a good Rotarian is as much about what one does outside the Club as it is about what one does in the Club.  While this Rotarian has been a strong member of our Red Ribbon committee and a consistent volunteer, the role this person plays in our community so promotes the ideals of Rotary that it is those efforts that make this person a worthy recipient of a Paul Harris award.  Her enthusiasm and caring leadership of an organization that improves the lives of so many children is truly an inspiration.  Her every day commitment to providing healthy alternatives to kids is what Rotary and our Red Ribbon Committee are all about.
 
Based on all of that I am pleased to announce that our next Paul Harris Award goes to Bronwyn Barnett.
 
Our last Paul Harris Award is given to a consistent volunteer and a Board member of the Club.  Having said that, however, one of the things that has made our club stand out over the years has been the fact that it is a welcoming, fun group of people.  Many of our meetings are simply a chance to laugh and talk about something other than work.  There are club members who are really good at making everyone feel welcome and who are good at making people laugh.  Generosity can take many forms and this person is generous in a number of ways including sharing smiles, handshakes and quick little jabs that make our club one of those places people want to go.
 
Our last Paul Harris Award is given to a really nice guy and a sharp dresser, Matt Simmons.
 
Thanks Bill
 
 
 
 
Brian Dallaire presented the following Rotarians with Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Awards:
 
Paul Harris Fellow x 2 to Jim Godbout (sapphire stone)
Paul Harris Fellow x 2 to Joe Moreshead (sapphire stone)
Paul Harris Fellow x 3 to Denis Elie (sapphire stone)
Paul Harris Fellow x 6 to Carl Goodwin (ruby stone)
 
President Jackson also presented the following Rotarians with Service Above Self Awards:
 
Fausto – Fausto deserved the service above self-award for his dedication to the new annual fundraiser for the club with the TV auction falling through with Time Warner.  Fausto went above and beyond anyone else for that fundraiser in helping us fundraise almost as many dollars as we did with the auction. 
 
Susan Gajewski – There is no job harder in the club than the treasurer job.  Not only did Susan take on this role but she helped clean up the books to make it more streamlined for the board members and the accountant.  This is one job that doesn’t get recognized by the club and deserves a ton of credit.
 
Conrad Welzel – Not only did Conrad run another successful Wine Tasting event this year but he worked as my Guest Speaker invite list throughout the year.  This is not an easy task and we had a successful year with a lot of great guest speakers.
 
Karen Chasse – One person who has been under the radar this year but is everyone’s “Go To” person is Karen.  Without the help of Karen, our major fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was.  She is the person that everyone always turns to when they need help with something.
 
President Jackson also announced this year’s Rotarian of the Year:
 
            Joe Moreshead!
 
Joe – There was not another person in the club that deserved the Rotarian of the Year as much as Joe did.  Not only did he volunteer for many different committees at the beginning of the year but he stepped into the President role when Bernice needed someone to sub in for her this year. 
 
 
Congratulations to all of the award recipients!!
 
 
 
2018 Rotary Awards Bill Kany 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jun 20, 2018
 
 
President Jackson promptly started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by past Past President Ken Farley flawlessly leading the group in the 4 Way Test.  Joe Bassett provided the invocation.
 
President-Elect Joe Moreshead announced visiting guests; Kristy Kendrick, Shirley Bowen from Seeds of Hope, Laurie Bruce, Carol Taranko and Brent Lane (Kristen Lane’s husband)
 
Fausto thanked the club for the $500 donation that we made to the CK Burns School reading program.  He said it was an excellent program and he brought in a book for everyone to view.
 
50/50 Raffle of $24 was won by Carl Goodwin who graciously donated the funds to the Red Ribbon Committee.
 
SAA Denis Elie was up next.  He already surpassed the budget from what I heard so today’s take is all gravy!  PP Karen Chasse was happy about a recent trip to Canada and that they let her back in the US.  Brenda Pollock thanked the club for their support of her granddaughter who was in a terrible accident and had gone to the Shriners hospital. Madison is doing better and will be joining us for lunch soon! Brenda was also happy for receiving a certificate for financial counseling and happy to be back. Kristen Lane gave $5 to finally getting her cast off after breaking her ankle.  PP Ken was happy to make 2 meetings in a row.  Matt Simmons was happy that his 11 year old son was one of two 11 year olds who made the 12 year old All Stars.  Joe Bassett was happy to spend time with his grandson and Conrad Welzel was happy that his wife was retiring.  That was enough happiness for SAA Denis so he moved on to the fines.  PP Keith Jacques was fined for “running out of seats” at the recent Past Presidents luncheon.  PP Ken was fined for bringing a date to the Past Presidents luncheon.  PP Bill Kany was fined for taking the 50/50 from him and also for not fining Al C. during the Past Presidents luncheon.  Susan Gajewski was fined for making Denis feel bad about not seeing PP Paul Deschambault either.  Paulette Bonneau was fined for not putting in a Happy Dollar for school being out.  Denis paid a “departure” fine for himself and Jeremy Ray as they had to go to a contract negotiations meeting.
 
 
 
 
Week-in-Review 6/20/2018 Julie Villemaire 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Club Members:  I wanted to write and remind everyone that this Wednesday, June 20th, is our annual awards day during which we get to recognize people in our Club and in the Community for their fine work in helping others.  We give out the private, public, humanitarian and vocational service awards along with a number of Club awards including Paul Harris Fellows, the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award and Rotarian of the year, to name a few.
 
Please make every effort to attend on Wednesday if at all possible because all of our recipients deserve our applause and appreciation for all that they do.
 
Thanks and I hope to see you this Wednesday.
 
Bill
 
 
Awards Day Bill Kany 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on May 17, 2018
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Prom Silent Auction Part 3 Karen Chasse 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on May 17, 2018
 
 
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Rotarian Dr. Joe BoyleAmazon Fire HD 8 with Alexa$100.00
Voisine Home Inspection LLCFree building inspection of 2000sq or less.$325.00
Skydive New EnglandOne Tandem Skydive (see blackout dates)$209.00
Dunegrass Country ClubFoursome (no cart) GC$236.00
Fashion Floors$250 GC$250.00
Fashion Floors$250 GC$250.00
GreenfieldsVera Bradleyprint with fragrance$130.00
Portland Sea Dogs4 General Admission seats to Game of choice$36.00
Portland Sea Dogs4 General Admission seats to Game of choice$36.00
The Chef & The GardnerSEE ATTACHED??$200.00
Metta StudiesSEE ATTACHED??$30.00
Priscilla BaillargeonSonic Web-Biting Control (1 acre coverage)$100.00
Priscilla BaillargeonBrinkman Portable Tabletop Grill$65.00
Saco Sunoco Gas Station$50 GC$50.00
Saco Sunoco Gas Station$50 GC$50.00
Saco Sunoco Gas Station$50 GC$50.00
Saco Sunoco Gas Station$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Lucky Loggers Landing$50 GC$50.00
Fernleaf Bakery$20 GC$20.00
Pizza by Michael$50 GC$50.00
Taylor RentalRed Sox Sweatshirt$55.00
McKenney Photography$150 GC$150.00
McKenney Photography$150 GC$150.00
McKenney Photography$150 GC$150.00
Scamman Sod Farm500 square feet of sod$150.00
Conrad WelzelWhimsical ME $50 GC$50.00
Conrad WelzelWhimsical ME $50 GC$50.00
Kennebunkport Resort Collection$150 GC to any Tim Harrington Properties$150.00
Whimsical MEPair of bue and white mugs$84.00
Whimsical MERope Bracelet$48.00
PeoplesChoice Credit UnionCooler & Golf$125.00
Northern NE Passenger Rail Authority2 Round Trip Amtrak Downeaster Tickets$120.00
Biddeford Saco Country ClubFoursome with carts$300.00
Friend of RotaryWireless Home Security Surveillance$75.00
 
Prom Silent Auction Part 2 Karen Chasse 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on May 17, 2018
 
 
 
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS  
DonorItemValue
Dean G. Tourigny, DDS1 Cleaning, X-Ray & Exam$200.00
Maine MagazineLimited Edition "Love Maine" Sea Bag$215.00
Richard LeBlancRocking Bench$150.00
Sanweco, Inc$50 GC KFC/Taco Bell$50.00
Sanweco, Inc$50 GC KFC/Taco Bell$50.00
Sanweco, Inc$50 GC KFC/Taco Bell$50.00
Sanweco, Inc$50 GC KFC/Taco Bell$50.00
Run of the Mill$50 GC$50.00
Run of the Mill$50 GC$50.00
Portland Speed$50 GC$50.00
Dardano ConstructionRigid Wet Dry Vac$70.00
Biddeford-Saco Country ClubTwosome with a cart GC$150.00
Biddeford-Saco Country ClubFoursome with carts GC$300.00
Acapella Hair Salon$50 GC$50.00
Devoe Color Center$250 GC$250.00
Restaurant 555$100 GC$100.00
Traditions Restaurant$100 GC$100.00
Moody's Collision, Biddeford2 - $25 GCs Irving Gas$50.00
SAVVY Event Rental$50 GC$50.00
Taylor RentalSweatshirt 
Gorham Bike and SkiBicycle Tune-up (up to $50)$50.00
Gorham Bike and SkiBicycle Tune-up (up to $50)$65.00
Portland Speed$50 GC$50.00
Salt Air DesignNautical Wall Decor$38.00
F.W WebbMilwaukee Sawzall$200.00
Portland GroupMilwaukee M18 jobsite radio$235.00
Elements Coffee & BooksGift pack$100.00
Kobe Japanese Restaurant$50 GC$50.00
Kobe Japanese Restaurant$50 GC$50.00
Kobe Japanese Restaurant$50 GC$50.00
   
Rotary Prom Silent Auction Items Part 1 Karen Chasse 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on May 17, 2018
 
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS  
DonorItemValue
   
Jim GodboutPEI Vacation$2,000.00
Joe Moreshead4 Red Sox Tickets$500.00
Jeremy RayMilbridge Week Getaway on Ocean, 7/1-7/7$1,500.00
Deering LumberShed$1,000.00
Builders SupplyShed$1,000.00
Bidd Saco Club and SBSILobster Bake$1,200.00
Jim GodboutIpad cell ready, Bose head set, GoPro deluxe$1,500.00
Jim Godbout Plumbing Heating IncToto toilet and washlet seat heated, lighted, blow dry$1,500.00
 
Rotary Prom Live Auction Items Karen Chasse 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackson Brown on May 15, 2018
 
Next month on Sunday June 24th, we will be having a Rotary club outing at the Portland Seadogs.  The tickets to the game will be $26, which will include food (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ Pulled Chicken, Veggie Burgers, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Sea Dog Biscuits and bottomless fountain drinks. 
 
Feel free to invite family and friends to the game as well.  I've included the link to purchase your tickets for the game for the group outing. 
 
 
I hope to see everyone there!
 
 
Jackson


 
The Portland Seadogs Jackson Brown 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 08, 2018
Today is the Day!
 
 
Thank you to all of you who made our annual Foundation Day on April 18, 2018 such a success! 
 
To date for the Rotary Year 2017-2018, contributions from 31 Rotarians total $6,330.  Such a generous group!
 
For those of you we may have missed, there is still time and would you please consider making a contribution to this year's campaign? 
 
President Brown goal was to raise at least $7,000 this year and to have every member make some form of contribution, large or small.
 
It's quite easy.  Make your checks our to the club or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page)
 
Time is running out for this year's campaign.  Books will be closed and reported to RI on May 31, 2018!
 
As an added benefit, the club will match your contributions up to $100, accelerating your achieving year-after-year total contributions towards the $1,000 mark with the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Thanks again.
 
Your in Rotary,
Brian Dallaire
B-S Rotary Club Foundation Co-Chair
 
The Rotary Foundation Brian Dallaire 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Local Rotaries Donate to Tools4Schools Jackson Brown 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 07, 2018
 
Dear Rotarians,
 
As many of you know, each year Portland Sunrise Rotary holds its Party With a Purpose fundraiser auction for Maine Children's Cancer Program. In this our 20th year, we've set the goal of raising a record $50,000, and we'd like to invite you to be part of it.
This magnificent annual event takes place at the gorgeous DiMillo's Restaurant in downtown Portland, with sweeping views of the Portland Harbor. This year we've moved the event to May so that we can better enjoy the beautiful views.
Items in this year's live auction include a photo safari in Africa, a diamond necklace and Tag Heuer men's watch from Springer's Jewelers, catered lunch in the tower at Victoria Mansion, a week's stay in Tuscany, and more! There's also a silent auction packed with amazing jewelry, artwork, and one-of-a-kind experiences. All this with complimentary food, beer, and wine, for just $30 per person. Best of all, proceeds benefit the unequaled work of Maine Children's Cancer Program, through Portland Sunrise Rotary.
 
Please consider purchasing a ticket today at https://fundraising.mmc.org/mccp/rotarysocial.
 
I hope to see you next Wednesday May 16, 2018 @ 5:30PM.
 
Sincerely,
President Sam Heck, Portland Sunrise Rotary
 
Party & Auction for Maine Children's Cancer 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on May 03, 2018
 
 
 
At this week’s meeting the charitable fund committee presented a $500.00 request to the membership present. The request was submitted by Janice Budzik-Conley and Nancy Smith of CK Burns School. Their $2500.00 project, funded in part by CK Burns PTO at $250 and two parents that have donated a total of $1000.
 
“The 5 teachers on the team are creating an anthology of student writing to mark a milestone in their education. Each student works on a piece of writing that he/she wants to publish. After publication, students and families are invited to the big reveal and share . All of the stories are either posted or read aloud.”
 
After a little discussion Dennis Elie moved the question, there was a second and all in attendance approved. Once again, great to see everyone participate in spending the money we work hard to raise. The charitable fund has $1795.17 left in the account for this fiscal year.
 
Speaking of raising money we received a CLYNK check last week for $99.15- stay thirsty my friends
 
An update on the trees- Linda Verville reported : TA will be the new home of some of the trees and they are looking into planting some at Goosefare Brook Watershed.   
 
Hey Earl- if you are reading this we hope you are well!
 
 
News This Week Joe Moreshead 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Kany on May 02, 2018
Final appeal!
 
Dear Members:  We are approaching the deadline for suggestions for award recipients.  I know that you all know people who are worthy of receiving our Private, Public, Vocational and Humanitarian Awards.  You know people who make a difference in the lives of others and who have not been recognized for it.  Unfortunately, you are keeping the identities of those wonderful people a secret. 
 
It is not like I am asking you to sell a ticket, solicit an item or even come to a meeting.  All I am asking you to do is email me with your ideas about people who do really nice things for our communities or the world.  You can stay in your pajamas to do this.
 
Seriously, the deadline is tomorrow.  Please give this some thought, and if you have not done so, send me a suggestion or two.  And to the four club members who have given the committee some suggestions, thank you.
 
Have a great week.  Bill     kanyw@sbsavings.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
I know you are working on Prom solicitations, but believe it or not we are approaching the end of another Rotary year.  That means it is time for the Awards Committee to get together to select worthy recipients for the Club’s public sector, private sector, humanitarian and vocational awards. Included herewith is a description of each award and some past recipients of each award. What the committee needs from you are suggested award recipients in each category. I should point out that in almost every instance, the awards are given to people suggested to the committee by members of our club.
 
Please note that while award recipients are frequently members of our club, they do not have to be members.  In fact,  most of the time the recipients are not members of the club.  I would also point out that even if you do not have an idea for an award recipient for one particular category, please give us as many suggestions as you can for the other categories. We would appreciate it if you would get back to us as soon as possible with your suggestions. Awards day is tentatively scheduled for June 20, 2018. We do need to meet to ultimately decide on the award recipients and then the awards need to be ordered and engraved so please get your suggestions back to us by May 16.
 
If you have any questions regarding any of the award categories, please contact me (Bill S. Kany at 602-7381 or email me at kanyw@sbsavings.com) or the other members of the committee, Joe Moreshead, and Keith Jacques.
 
Here are the award descriptions.  I have attached a list of the past recipients of each award.
 
The Private Sector Award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, while being privately employed or not employed by a government or community entity. 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
PUBLIC SECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR, HUMANITARIAN, AND VOCATIONAL
SERVICES AWARD NOMINATIONS
 
Public Sector Award Nominees
 
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
 
 
 
Private Sector Award Nominees
 
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
 
 
 
Humanitarian Award Nominees
 
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
 
 
 
Vocational Service Nominees
 
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
 
 
 
From Bill Kany
 
 
Annual Rotary Awards Bill Kany 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Gendron on May 01, 2018
 
 
May 1 & 2 3PM
 
2018 Scholarship application review.  Come join Heather G, Joe M, Fausto  and Paulette for today's meeting at Bangor Saving Bank in Saco.  We only need 2 more volunteers to have a good review panel.
 
Paulette confirmed we have 20 applications for all 4 schools.  If we stay on track, we should be able to complete the review of all 4 schools Tuesday and not have to  meet again on Wednesday.
 
The next step will be to interview the selected candidates.
 
 
 
Scholarship Time Heather Gendron 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 23, 2018
 
 
Just thought you would like to know----
 
On April 21st, two thousand seedling trees will arrive in Freeport from the Arbor Foundation. Rotary International President Ian has challenged every Rotary Club to pant one tree per member. The tree planting is part of Rotary’s sustainable commitment to the world’s environment: “ Together, We Make a Difference”. The project came up rather quickly and we did not have time to plan on our own tree planting project. So, we reached out to the twin cities and both high schools. Thornton had a project in mind.
 
I picked up our 80 saplings on Saturday, 20 each or red maple, sugar maple, white spruce and red oak, and today delivered them to Linda Verville at Thornton Academy. Our club worked with Linda and was able to donate our trees to the Thornton Academy Ecology Club. The club plans on a tree planting project. Hopefully we can work with Linda to see if we can get some photos of the project.
 
Even better would be to get some pictures with Rotarians. I would really like to see some good shots of kids and Rotarians planting trees. I would like to use some good photos, even staged if need be, to use in a new Rotary campaign “People of Action”. I hope to introduce this campaign in our club and welcome any feedback you have. The following information is from Rotary.org
 
 
Help launch our new global ad campaign, "People of Action"
 
While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do. In fact, 35 percent of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program, including their local club. That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.” The ads are available for download at Rotary.org / brandcenter, where you’ll also find guidelines on how to use and localize each element, making it easier for clubs in any part of the world to tell their story in a consistent, compelling way. 
 
Work with local print media ad representatives to place these full-color ads in community magazines and newspapers.
 
Here’s what you need to know
Who are we trying to reach?
This campaign is for people who do not know about Rotary or why it’s relevant to them. We hope the campaign will appeal to potential members who want to make a difference in their communities, those interested in Rotary’s causes, and people looking to establish relationships with others in their communities.
 
 
Why is the campaign’s theme “People of Action”?
 
Rotarians share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see problems, we see solutions. This is our chance to show others how Rotarians see what’s possible in their communities and to highlight what we can achieve when more community leaders join Rotary.
 
 
 
Here's how you can help:
  1. Go to Rotary.org/brandcenter
Download the People of Action campaign assets
  1. Share materials with club members
Particularly advertising professionals who can help place ads locally
  1. Collaborate with your district leaders
Work with your district public image coordinator for additional guidance
  1. Use social media 
Share campaign videos and graphics on your Facebook and Twitter accounts
  1. Tell us your success stories
Email Rotary's marketing team with success stories and questions. 
 
What materials are available?
At Rotary.org/brandcenter, you’ll find videos, social media graphics, and advertisements for print and digital. Campaign guidelines are also provided to help districts and clubs localize the assets.
 
 
Who are the people/projects featured in the campaign?
 
The first ads in the campaign feature real Rotarians in Colorado and Brazil, and the stories shown were inspired by actual projects. More stories from Rotarians will be featured in upcoming ads.
 
 
Can clubs or districts modify campaign materials with pictures of their own projects?
 
Yes. Guidelines are provided at Rotary.org/brandcenter to help districts and clubs localize the campaign with photos of their own communities.
 
 
 
Is there guidance for taking photos for the ads?
Yes. Rotary.org/brandcenter has a checklist and information on how to capture photos that focus on connections and community.
 
Inspire your community in any language by posting one of these social media graphics along with an update about the work your club is doing locally. On Facebook, you can boost posts by ZIP code for less than $100 and substantially increase the number of people you reach.
 
 
 
What are some ways we can place the campaign locally?
 
Campaign placement tips are on Rotary.org/brandcenter. There are also other ways to use the materials – consider adding campaign graphics to club and district websites, posting them on social media, and displaying the ads at events. 
 
 
 
What kind of support will be provided to members who don’t know how to buy ads or secure donated space?
 
RI provides guidelines on how to develop media plans, buy ads, and secure donated ad space at Rotary.org/brandcenter. In addition, the RI marketing communications team will host a series of webinars to help club and district leaders with media planning. 
 
 
 
How does the campaign work with the existing Rotary brand positioning of “Join Leaders,” “Share Ideas,” and “Take Action”?
 
The People of Action campaign brings the Rotary brand to life by highlighting what happens when community leaders within Rotary join together, share their vision, exchange ideas about solutions, and then take action to make it a reality. 
 
 
 
Who do I contact with questions about this campaign?
 
Please send all questions regarding the People of Action campaign to pr@rotary.org.
 
Rotary's billboard ads will be available later this year. For guidance on how to buy billboard space, visit the Brand Center.
 
 
 
 
President -Elect Joe
 
Community Service Project-Tree Planting Joe Moreshead 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 23, 2018
 
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
Please make every attempt to join us for this week's free community presentation (see attached).  It is this Thursday, April 26 from 6:30-7:30pm at BHS's Little Theater (entrance near Tiger Gym).  I would ask that you talk it up with your family and friends and share the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/573911536341224/
 
RSVP needed: We will be taking the Sullivans to Traditions for dinner like we did when Tony Hoffman came to town.  We only have a limited timeframe so we have a 4:30pm reservation in which Jim has agreed to cover the cost of dinner (no alcohol).  I need to know exact numbers of who plans to attend so please email me.
 
All high school and middle school students will be given their free t-shirts and encouraged to wear them on Thursday.  
 
[On a separate note - Prom Auction items and tickets are due by Friday and we are far from goal!  Saco Bay is making us look bad on ticket sales already turning in $800 in ticket sales cash compared to our $275.  Please get your money and auction slips in so Fausto can sleep at night.]
 
My Best,
Karen
 
 
Red Ribbon Week Karen Chasse 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
 

Bruce Lawrence Ruben, 77

MANSFIELD, Mass. - Bruce Lawrence Ruben passed away peacefully on April 18, 2018, at the age of 77, after a long and courageous battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Through countless setbacks and struggles, Bruce never gave up his over-five-year struggle to beat this disease, so he could have more time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ellen Rose (Kaplan), in 2012.

Bruce is survived by his two daughters, Lori (Beth) Ruben Powers, of Mansfield, Mass.; and Sherri Ann Poirier, of Upton, Mass.; his sons-in-law, Mark Powers and Jamey Poirier; his four grandchildren, Madison and Rylie Powers, and Ryan and Jacob Poirier; his brothers, Stuart Ruben and Matthew Ruben; his sister-in-law, Sharon Ruben, wife of Stuart; his partner, Claire McCarthy; and his nieces and nephews.

Bruce was born in Belfast on Oct. 8, 1940, to Max and Gladys Ruben. He was raised in Saco, and graduated from Thornton Academy and then Boston University.

After graduating from Boston University, he moved to New York City where he met his wife, Ellen, at a dance. They married in 1968 and moved to Maine in 1971, settling in Cape Elizabeth where they raised their two girls.

Bruce worked alongside his father, running the Ruben-Biddeford Insurance Agency in Biddeford, eventually becoming president and running the agency on his own, until he retired in 2012.

He was an active member of the Biddeford-Saco community. He was a member of the Biddeford-Saco Country Club, Biddeford-Saco Rotary, Temple Etz Chaim in Biddeford and Temple Beth El in Portland. Besides golf, he enjoyed racquetball and playing poker with his friends, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

The funeral will be Friday, April 20, 2018, at Temple Beth El at 1 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at Temple Beth El Memorial Park.

Arrangements were made by Portland Jewish Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Bruce's memory to
Dana Farber, or B'nai Brith.
Rotarian Bruce Rubin 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Dallaire on Apr 16, 2018
 
Wednesday April 18, 2018 will be our annual FOUNDATION DAY.
 
So calling on all members to bring in any of your company promotional bling that we could use for the Yankee raffle.
 
And bring your checkbooks so that you may make you annual donation to the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
It should be a fun time for all.
Thank you for your consideration.
 
Your Rotary Foundation co-Chair
Brian Dallaire
Rotary International FOUNDATION DAY Brian Dallaire 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 11, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
BIDDEFORD, MAINE – April 12, 2018 - Each year the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club sponsors an annual essay contest for all eighth graders in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach schools.  This year marked the 23rd year they have held the contest based on the Rotary International theme in 1995 of “the year of the family.”  The topic of the essay is “What the Word Family Means to Me,” which focuses on the students’ views of the importance of family life, their understanding, and appreciation of differences that exist with other families. The best essays are selected by the school’s faculty of teachers based on the established criteria: relevance to the topic, quality of composition, creativity, and grammatical, spelling accuracy. 
 
“Families are the compass that guides us,” said Elaine Palmitessa, Biddeford Saco Rotarian and Essay Contest Co-Chair. “They are the inspiration to help us reach great heights and are our safe haven when we occasionally falter.  No matter how different each family may be, family is the link to our past and the bridge to our future.”
 
On April 11, the first place winners from each participating school were invited to read their essay before an assembly of Rotarians, parents, school principals and teachers.   Each was awarded a medal and a $100 prize.  Biddeford Middle School teacher Carolyn Gosselin said, “This is a powerful assignment for our students and some incredible stories and writing come from the task. Thank you for doing this project.”
 
The first place winners were: Jillian Boilard, Biddeford Middle School; Grace Sommer, Thornton Academy Middle School, Saco; Lilly Desroberts, Saco Middle School; Gabrielle Perry, Loranger Middle School, Old Orchard Beach; and Chloe Harding, St. James School, Biddeford.
 
Congratulations to the other prize winners who received $75 or $50 prizes as well: Jillian Burnell and Haillie Gosselin - Biddeford Middle School; D.J. Hodgkin and Ava Leary
- Thornton Academy Middle School, Saco; Izabela Roughton and Damian Heath - Saco Middle School; Emily Tucker and Norah Slattery - Loranger Middle School, Old Orchard Beach; and Avery Cadorette and Grace Poirier - St. James School, Biddeford.
 
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club is pleased to be part of community involvement.  If you would like more information on how to become involved with Rotary, please visit their website at www.biddeford-sacorotary.org.
 
 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club recently awarded winners for their twenty-third annual essay contest (l-r): Jillian Boilard, Biddeford Middle School; Gabrielle Perry, Loranger Middle School, Old Orchard Beach; Chloe Harding, St. James School, Biddeford; Lilly Desroberts, Saco Middle School; and Grace Sommer, Thornton Academy Middle School, Saco.
 
Rotarians Honor Student Essay Winners on Family Life Karen Chasse 2018-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Tomorrow's meeting will be the annual essay contest and will be held at Peoples Credit Union in Saco.
Meeting Reminder 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 09, 2018
 
 
Let me quote a famous Pilot, as in, Pontius- “ so it is said, so let it be written”; actually it was Yule Brenner in “The Ten Commandments”. I have written a few posts regarding charitable fund committee giving and what I would call regular club giving, i.e. scholarships, the “Y”, etc. I thought you would like an update on our giving.
 
Last week at the BOD meeting it was agreed that the club would give the “Y” $1500.00 for camperships, Camp Laughing Loon $500.00 for camperships for two local kids, TA Auction $500.00 and an additional $1100.00 for the United Way.
 
A few weeks ago the United Way presented a program on their back pack program. See the tack from a few weeks ago from 02/28 for more details. The club through the charitable fund committee agreed to fund the program with a $500.00 donation. At last week’s BOD meeting Bernice requested that we underwrite the entire program for the Biddeford Saco area. As a result the board agreed to another $1,100.00 for a total of $1600.00.
 
The money will be used to purchase 800 back packs and all of the items that go in them. They will be distributed in our two towns. We may also have an opportunity to turn our donation into a service project as well whereas, we may have the opportunity to actually help stuff the bags and distribute them to the kids. Look for more information on the project this summer. The bags are handed out at the beginning of the school year. Sounds like it could be a fun project.
 
On another subject- the community service committee is working on a project. We may have a service project in a few weeks planting trees. Our club is getting a tree for every member. It is part of a national Rotary Project; every Rotarian in the states is getting