Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 18, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Karen Chasse, Sarah Curley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Chuck Hennessey, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Fausto Pifferrer, Donald Pilon, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Conrad Welzel
Guests: Jill Eddie & Jacquie Willoughby of Bideford, England Rotary Club
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Marty led the 4-Way Test
  • Toolbox update - the Bangor Rotary Club purchased and delivered the toolbox
  • A 92 year old WWII vet in Cornish could use assistance with furnace replacement debt ($5,000 outstanding)
  • If you know of someone in the area who may be able to help, please notify Don
  • Congratulations to Sue for being chosen to serve on the District 7780 finance committee!
  • 10-15 volunteers are needed for Christmas shopping
  • We have more families than we can fund this year - please notify Karen or Heather Gendron if you can adopt a family (no reimbursement from club)
  • There are 61 children on our list 
  • Gift delivery will take place the morning of the 18th
  • Wreaths Across America - volunteers needed on Dec. 19th, 9 AM at St. Joseph's Cemetery
  • By-law revisions to be discussed after the new year
  • Nominating committee working on slate of new officers and directors (only 2 new directors needed)
Jen Fullmer - Induction
Jen spent 24 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2015. She has spent the last 4 1/2 years building Boots2Roots, a non-profit organization that assists active duty military members with the transition to living in Maine. Roland is her Rotary Club sponsor.
  • Joe M. - $5 - Heather has been doing a great job as Sergeant at Arms, he is thankful for everyone, and thankful that the toolbox donation worked out
  • Conrad - $5 - His aunt turns 97 today (same bday as Mickey Mouse)
  • Chuck - $5 - Happy to be here
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - Happy to be an honorary member and because we have so many participants today (27)
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - Please support the Ogunquit Rotary Club's $5 raffle 
  • Jacquie - $5 - Her airline ticket was finally refunded
  • Jill - $1 - Happy to be here
  • Marty - $10 - Congratulations to Sue, for learning how to fly the Union Jack, and because Jen joined the club
  • Don - $10 - Congratulations to Sue and because Jen joined the club
  • Jen - $10 - For joining the club
  • Jen - $10 - Husband is recovering well from surgery
Due to Thanksgiving, everyone has immunity from fines.
  • There are 3,041 miles between Biddeford, ME and Bideford, England
  • Bideford, England has a rocky coastline and some surfing beaches
  • Its nickname is "The Little White Town"
  • Famous for its medieval 24 arch bridge
  • The 1st colony of settlers to America left from Bideford in 1585
  • In the 17th century, it was an important trading port, exchanging English wool and pottery for American tobacco and sugar
  • The Rotary Club's in-person meetings are conducted at The Royal Hotel
  • They hold an annual Water Festival event with cardboard boat regatta
  • Due to COVID, this year they had a model cardboard boat competition, pre-recorded with a video link on social media
  • The club was founded in May, 1925 - their centenary celebration will take place in May, 2025
  • Club activities include donations to the local food bank and a "Ho Ho Ho" swim on Boxing Day 
  • The club continues to meet virtually on Zoom every week
  • Jacquie wishes us all a happy Thanksgiving (and an early Merry Christmas)
Meeting adjourned at 1:38 PM