Posted by Donald Pilon on May 19, 2021
WELCOME-PRESIDENT DON
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE-DON
PRAYER- JOE BASSETT
4 WAY TEST-HALEY
 
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS-NONE (DELAYED INTRODUCING OUR SPEAKERS UNTIL THEIR PRESENTATION)
 
ANNOUNCEMENT-CONRAD AND KEN FARLEY ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERS ABOUT THE RAISED BED GARDENS TO BE INSTALLED TODAY. THE 3 RAISED BED GARDEN INSTALLATIONS ARE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS; 167 CLEAVES STREET IN BIDDEFORD. 1 FORTUNES ROCKS BEACH ROAD IN BIDDEFORD (DONATION TO THE DYER LIBRARY/SACO MUSEUM FESTIVAL OF TREES ONLINE AUCTION IN DECEMBER 2020), 20 FOX FARM ROAD IN BIDDEFORD. PLENTY OF ROTARIANS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM APEX WERE ON HAND TO INSTALL ALL THREE RAISED BED GARDENS. A GOOD START TO A GOOD PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF OUR COMMUNITIES.
 
MARTY REMINDED EVERYONE TO GATHER AT SAINT JOSEPH’S CEMETERY MAY 28TH FROM 8:00-10:00AM TO PLACE AMERCIAN FLAGS ON THE GRAVESITES OF OUR VETERAN’S. THE CEMETERY IS ON THE CORNER OF WEST STREET AND GRANITE STREET NEXT TO RAY’S MARKET. PLEASE PARK ON MARION AVE., OFF OF WEST STREET AND WALK INTO THE CEMETERY.
 
NEW MEMBERS’ FIRESIDE CHAT JUNE 8TH FROM 6:00PM TO 8:00PM AT PRESIDENT DON’S HOUSE AT, 16 GLENHAVEN CIRCLE WEST IN SACO. (FERRY ROAD ONTO GLENHAVEN CIRCLE BEAR TO THE RIGHT). LOOK FOR THE BLUE & YELLOW BALLOONS ON THE RIGHT. WE INVITE ALL NEW MEMBERS TO ATTEND FOR FELLOWSHIP AND LISTEN TO BILL KANY TALK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BIDDEFORD SACO ROTARY CLUB. OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR PEGGY BELANGER EXPLAIN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DISTRICT 7780 AND ROTARY INERNATIONAL. ROLAND GAGNE WILL DISCUSS HOW HE BECAME INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL ROTARY GRANT AND JIM GODBOUT WILL DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS. DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED. PLEASE BRING YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE AND A SALAD OR DESSERT. PLEASE RSVP BRIAN BY JUNE 4TH .
 
 
HAPPY DOLLARS
 
BRIAN DALLAIRE MADE IT BACK FROM FLORIDA WITHOUT RUNNING OUT OF GAS. FOUND GAS ALL THE WAY HOME $1.00. DR. JOE HAPPY TO BE WITH HIS SISTER WHO CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY AT AGE 92. CONRAD $5.00. Mike BURMAN $5.00 UNE GRADUATION WAS SUCCESSFUL AND OVER. BILL KANY HAS A NEW CAMERA AT THE BANK (WE CAN SEE HIM CLEARLY NOW) $5.00. KEITH $1.00 FOR T-SHIRTS. JOE BASSETT SPECIAL FAVORITE GRANDDAUTHER GRADUATED FROM MANHATTEN COLLEGE RECENTLY.
 
                                                                 
 
FINES
 
MIKE BURMAN A DOLLAR FOR NO GUEST INTRODUCTIONS. HALEY AND BRIAN A DOLLAR EACH. JESS A DOLLAR FOR NO PERSONAL EMAIL OTHER THAN THE ENGINE EMAIL ACCOUNT. BRENDA $5.00 CANADIAN/MACHINE? MARTY GROHMAN NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT HIMSELF IN THE PAPER. CONRAD AND KEN FOR THE CONFUSION OVER WHEN AND WHERE WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE GARDEN PARTY RAISED BEDS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. $2.00/EACH. IN SPITE OF THE CONFUSION A GREAT START AND CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS WORKED ON THIS PROJECT. THANK YOU ALL!
 
 
Speakers were from Saco STEAM: Dr. Mike Burman (club member), Tony Palleschi and Christina Michaud.
 
About Saco STEAM
 
The Saco Alliance for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (Saco STEAM) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation designed to support K-8 education in Saco, Maine.  
 
It was founded when a small group of parents and other interested Saco residents started noticing each other repeatedly at school board and city council budget meetings.  As we realized that Saco Schools lacked the strong public advocacy foundation seen in our neighboring communities, informal conversations become formal meetings. We went full speed ahead and SacoSTEAM was born.  
With a passion for supporting our kids and their teachers, Saco STEAM has a three part mission.  
  • First, we want to serve as public advocates for educational resources in Saco.  This is why you’ll see us in front of the School Board and City Council at budget time.  You’ll also see our letters to the editor and other forms of advocacy.
  • Second, we want to raise educational standards and practices (outcomes) in Saco.  We believe K-8 education in Saco can, and should, be among the best in Maine. We want our students well-prepared for Thornton Academy and to thrive as future leaders and citizens.  
  • Third, we want to build connections between the educational community and the rest of Saco.  A healthy community requires healthy schools. We believe that education works best when it meets community needs.  We also know that community engagement with the amazing things our kids and teachers are doing is key for building support for our schools.  
Our primary activity is distributing grants to fund teacher-initiated projects.  Sometimes the school budget just isn’t enough. A teacher may have an initiative that just doesn’t fit into the normal system.  Innovative, small scale or high-risk projects can sometimes fall through the cracks. This is where we step in. Raising funds from the community, we will fund small to medium sized teacher-initiated projects that are likely to have an impact on STEAM education in Saco K-8 schools.  
 
 
Adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Don Pilon, Editor
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