Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Paul Deschambault, Ken Farley, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
 
Guest: Delilah Poupore of Heart of Biddeford
 
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with the invocation
4-Way Test led by Brian Dallaire
 
Announcements:
 
MISCELLANEOUS
  • A Rotarian from Connecticut purchased a million masks and will be distributing them to clubs in 6 states (we will receive 1,000)
  • $1400 in dues have not been paid yet - please pay if you haven't already
  • The Blood Drive was very successful, with 52/55 slots filled and all Power Reds filled
  • The New Life church was a great partner for this event 
  • Pension Professionals' drive through BBQ has enough volunteers for lunch and dinner, but could use some more help for breakfast 
  • Heather is still working on forming the Christmas party subcommittee
FINES AND HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Joe M. - $1 - He and Jim LaBelle survived a hike 
  • Jim LaBelle - $5 - Climbed the highest point in York County (Hosac Mountain)
  • Dr. Joe - $10 - Missed 4 meetings and is happy to be back
  • Karen - $1 - Is divorce-debt free
  • Conrad - $1 - The sunrise at the beach in the morning
  • Marty - $5 - Successful blood drive (and has the Venmo app now)
  • Mark Nahorney - $1 - For being last one in to the meeting
  • Don Pilon - $1 - For being President
  • Matt Tuller - $1 - Welcome to the club!
SPEAKER: DELILAH POUPORE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HEART OF BIDDEFORD
  • Despite COVID challenges, 6 new businesses have opened downtown since March
  • Heart of Biddeford's focus is preservation-based development
  • Mills are a historic part of our local economy and an important part of our revitalization
  • Although the region is primarily French-Canadian, at one point 26 different countries were represented in the mills
  • Recent growth has been in the form of more young people moving into the area, and more housing being created
  • The cancellation of the music in the park event is one example of the effect COVID has had on our community
  • Halloween info will be available in the next week - a drive through event is being planned
  • Construction on the Lincoln Mill continues to move forward, and is scheduled to be open for residential use by end of year
  • Local businesses continue to adapt to the ongoing pandemic
 
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM
 
 
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