Posted by Donald Pilon on Jul 23, 2020
Good news!  The ACEs Master-Trainer program your Rotary Club has helped to fund will launch in September.  I’m grateful for your contributions.  
I want to be sure that your Club is aware applications are still open, and I hope Rotarians will submit names of community members who could be champions and trainers.  Full information below, please share with your members, and thank you again for supporting the Rotary Recovery Initiatives and funding the Master-Trainer launch.
Donors (so far!) have included the Rotary 7780 District Recovery Fund, and the Rotary Clubs of Biddeford-Saco, Dover, Exeter, Kennebunk, Portsmouth, Rochester, and York.  These contributions were matched by non-Rotary donors to fund the $60,000 in launch costs.   Thirty people will be trained in York, Strafford and Rockingham Counties.
Many thanks to all of you, and very best wishes to stay safe and healthy and improve the chances for others to do so as well.
Dave Underhill
Dear Friends of Pinetree:

I could not be more pleased to share the news that our three-year Master Trainer Initiative is moving forward! Not quite as planned prior to Covid-19, but we will not let that stop our important work - it's needed now more than ever.
Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter of ACE Interface, two of the leading voices in ACEs awareness and trauma responsiveness, will conduct intensive virtual training sessions for a cohort of 30 Master Trainers. With  support from Pinetree, these Master Trainers will reach thousands of community members. The impact of this initiative will be transformative.
Initially planned for two full days of training at the Pinetree Learning Center on September 17th and 18th, the program has been re-designed for a virtual format. To ward off "Zoom Burnout," the trainings will take place online in five-hour sessions over three days: September 17, 18, and 25th. To enhance cohort camaraderie-building, an additional two-hour orientation will take place the week prior, on September 10.

Applications and nominations are OPEN until August 10th to be considered for this rare opportunity to work directly with two of the most prominent leaders in this field. We will fill our cohort with roughly 10 participants from Rockingham, Strafford, and York counties with strong community connections in every sector, including education, health care, recovery, business, and law enforcement. You can find more information about this initiative and Master Trainer requirements here.

In the meantime, and along the lines of what leaders can do in their communities to make an impact, please enjoy this short video of Dr. Christina Bethel. This video, the second in a series of four, contains a few minutes of bonus material from our interview with Dr. Bethell for our new podcast, Community Connection. In it, she discusses the inequities in our society made stark by the realities of Covid-19. If you missed Episode One: The Power of Positive Experience, you can click here to listen to the podcast or to access the first video.

We are looking forward to seeing you and Dr. Bethell on October 9, 2020 for the Pinetree Resilience Conference, and to meeting our new Master Trainer cohort in mid- September. Knowing the work continues despite the extra hurdles of the pandemic is deeply gratifying and we can't thank you all enough for your patience and support.
Wishing you all the best,
Larry McCullough. Ed.D.
Executive Director
Pinetree Institute
PS – In case you missed it, we are now offering an interactive virtual option for participation in the 2020 Pinetree Conference! Click here for more information. And please don't forget to send us your applications and nominations for the Master Trainer program by August 10!

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