Past Presidents Luncheon

Posted by Keith Jacques on Jun 02, 2021
The following PP attended the luncheon at Run of the Mill:
Al Carignan 1973-74
Richard Reny and his wife Rachel 1079-80
Steve Fennell and his wife Cathy 1990-91
Mark Tuller 2000-01
Keith Jacques 2001-02
Paul Deschambault and his wife Carole 2004-05
Rollie Eon 2005-06
Denis Elie  2007-08
Frank Gooding 2009-10
Steve Morin 2009-10
Karen Chassse 2012-13
Roland Gagne 2013-14
Jackson Brown 2017-18
Joe Moreshead 2018-19
Fausto Pifferrer 2019-20
Past Presidents Luncheon Keith Jacques 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Biddeford sixth graders to help Rotarians place flags at veterans’ graves

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 28, 2021


May 27, 2021

Sixth grade students from Biddeford Middle School will help Biddeford-Saco Rotarians place flags at veterans graves at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford on Friday, ahead of Memorial Day. In this 2019 photo, Rotarian Martin Grohman helps Biddeford Intermediate School fourth-grader Madison Colomb place a flag. Liz Gotthelf/Journal Tribune file photo

BIDDEFORD — Biddeford-Saco Rotary club President-elect Martin Grohman said the annual Rotary event which honors fallen veterans by placing flags on their graves will have a little extra help this year.

On Friday, May 28, between 8 and 10 a.m., club members will gather to place an American flag on the final resting places of veterans at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford, beginning at the West Street entrance.

“This year, the club will be joined by sixth-grade students from Biddeford Middle School who will learn firsthand, this event is a symbol of respect, a thank you, and a reminder of the price of war,” said Grohman. “Sometimes it is not the big or large things that we give to others that mean the most, but rather the small or the little things that linger long in our hearts and in our minds.”

Rotarians from the Biddeford-Saco Club will arrive at 8 a.m. and the first group of BMS students will arrive shortly after, organizers said. Each student will be taught how to properly place the flags at veterans’ graves and will be assigned an area within the large cemetery to place flags.

“There are many hundreds of veterans buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, going back generations,” Grohman said. “It is even more exceptional this year, to have the sixth-grade students from Biddeford join us for this very important mission.”

The event precedes annual Memorial Day services in Biddeford and Saco. This year’s event, which is open to the public, takes place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Mechanics Park, at the intersection of Main and Water streets in Biddeford

Biddeford sixth graders to help Rotarians place flags at veterans’ graves Martin Grohman 2021-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 5/26/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on May 26, 2021
Don Pilon, Prescient presiding
Pledge - Don
Prayer - Joe Bassett
4 Way Test - Marty
Jim Labelle introduced Jess Knowlton of Key Bank
Don - The board has voted to use $5k of Company B funds to support Honor Flight Maine with their September veterans  flight to Washington DC. The check will be presented Friday at the Memorial Day flag placement at St, Joseph's Cemetery.
Don - June 23rd at Run of the Mill will be our Awards Ceremony - more info to come.
June 8th - New Member Fireside Chat at Don's house
June 2nd - Past President's meeting - Live & Zoom at Run of the Mill. Brian will send out invites - we need a count. Dan Reed has offered to video record  the meeting. Keith will be the master of ceremonies.
Marty - Memorial Day flag placement at St. Joseph's Cemetery - arrive at 8 am. Biddeford middle school students will be assisting. Plenty of flags. Sign up is going out.
Heather - Scholarship award letters have gone out. Awards will be given at the respective awards events.
Conrad - 2 days of raised garden delivery and set-up have gone well. Aex students have been great. There are 3 more beds to deliver. Ken has been coordinating.
Sergeant at Arms - the Honorable Joe Moreshead
This is Joe's last meeting as Sergeant at Arms and he is concerned for the children as we are $250 short of our/his budget. In addition, folks are not sending their fines to the treasurer in a timely fashion. We need the money for the children...
Biddeford Saco Rotary
PO Box 298
Saco, Me  04072
Bill Patterson - $10 - for the children
Dr. Joe - $10 - the dock is in!
Melissa - ?$ - youngest child's graduation
Conrad - $10 - daughter born on this day
Don - $10 - for the board giving $ to Honor Flight Maine
Jim LaBelle - $10 - Happy Jess can join us
Karen - $10 - purchased a kayak, met a financial advisor and attending a Chamber event tomorrow.
Marty - $5 - in celebration of his wife's birthday...I will help keep Marty out of the dog house by not reporting that he gave her age.
Dan - Thank you all for Happy Dollars!
Guest Speaker
Conrad Letellier Bidderford Vietnam Vets President
Presenting on what they do to assist Vietnam era vets.
They conduct a fuel assistance program
Every Saturday they provide a full meal for a very reasonable price for vets.
Open Memorial day with a free meal for vets.
Assist vets in finding resources and benefits.
They are a phone call away for help.
They are the only Vietnam Vets organization left in the state.
Still supporting the MIA mission.
The club thanks Conrad and his organization for the work they do.
Final remarks and information:
Brian - Maple syrup will be delivered soon...pick-up at Roland's office.
Joe asked if he was still shipping out from his business?
Brian - Foundation contribution to be sent out soon to RI.
Conrad - Covid meeting to follow
Meeting adjourned at 1:04 pm
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First In-Person Meeting 6/2/2021

Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 25, 2021
The annual Past-Presidents Luncheon will be held in-person at Run of the Mill  on June 2 at 12:15PM.  22 Members have signed up to attend.
So plan to join us at Run of the Mill for lunch on the patio.
We will also have the meeting available via Zoom.
Hope to see you all there!
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Join the Bideford Club for a toast

It is our Charter celebration meeting This week - 27th May - via Zoom of course, and we thought perhaps you might like to drop in? Your club’s was one of the first letters of congratulation we received, 95 years ago! I know it’s a bit early for you, though...😊
We have a speaker, Nahla Summers, who will talk about being happy and positive,I think.
The link is below - it’s always the same, by the way, which is useful.
“See” you soon.
Meeting ID: 694 543 6937
Join the Bideford Club for a toast Brian Dallaire 2021-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 5/19/2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on May 19, 2021
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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Week in Review 5/12/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on May 12, 2021
Don Pilon, presiding
4 Way Test - Don
Pledge of Allegiance - Conrad
Prayer - Marty
Guest; Jeannie Jackson, NYC Rotary Member visiting
Don - Fireside Chat - All about Rotary, local, national and international - with new Members on 6/8 at Don's house. Presentation by Roland. Cookout & byob
Marty - Memorial Day flags at St. Joseph cemetery, Friday May 28th from 8 - 10am.
The envy will open with a presentation and a photo. Two middle school classes will join us.
Rain or shine event. Evite sign-up will be sent out.
Brian's question about one flag per grave site...Yes one flag. Brian noted his family plot has 8 vets buried there.
Don - speaking with Honor Flight Maine about a check presentation on 5/28 with TV6 present. HFM is looking to do a flight in September.
Brian - Foundation news - our club is at 100% contribution!
Ken - Raised bed project news . Good response from volunteers. They will need to bring rakes and shovels for delivery. There will be 2 & 1/2 yds of loam for each bed. Delivery is on 19th and 21st, Ken will have a dump truck to use . The 3rd date no dump truck - looking for ideas?
Wood is precut and delivered are seeds and starter plants. Volunteers will :
1. assemble the beds
2. line the beds with paper
3. load loam
45 - 60 minutes per delivery. Apex members will participate.
Bill Kany - Awards report. Deadline is Monday.
Private Sector
Public Sector
Many good nominations received
Heather Gendron - Scholarship update. Committee met and selections were made from each school. They will find out at their school awards assembly.
Conrad -- Covid Committee - meeting after this meeting.
Saco Food Pantry sign up is out, please consider.
Sergeant at Arms - the esteemed Joe Morshead
Welcomed and issued a warning to Jeannie Jackson. She gets a pass today but if she attends again she will certainly be welcomed but Joe will fine her. Joe is removed from consideration for a Rotary Humanitarian award. 
Happy Dollars:
Joe - $5 - Son Evan started an adventure race in Oregon.
Conrad - $5 - new dishwasher arriving hopefully today
Dr. Joe - $5 - 100% participation in the Foundation
Brian - $5 - asking the club to pray for Brian to get gas to drive back to Maine
Karen Chase - $10 - First vacation in yeats
Wedding of daughter
sold her house to her daughter
I moved in with my boyfriend
In the new house all appliances need to be fixed.
Don - $ 5 - Foundation contributions
Roland - $5 - Members of the Jordanian club are planning a trip in July to see us.
Jeannie - $5 - NYC club does Happy Dollars and sends it to a local not for profit. Happy she Googled local Rotary and found us
*Venmo was mentioned for donations - send to -  treasurer-bsrc
Cheri - $10 - saw parents in CA. Stopped in Ithaca NY to see my daughter. Went to her  first native american casino.
Mark - $5 - City Theater is reopening in July and will have a full 21-22 season
Announcement - June 2nd meeting will be Past President meeting - IN PERSON - on the deck at Run of the Mill.
Cheri- $1
Fausto - $1
Marty - $1 - for the amount of $$ as Sergeant of Arms last week!
Heater - $2 - Scholarship committee could have met in person
CJ - $1 - use of false Zoom background
Guest Speaker :
Jess Muise Executive Director of ENGINE
Shared powerpoint presentation
Jess asked us to remember a time you have been inspired by art in your community. Write the occasion down on paper.
Don - City Theater
Marty - building mural
Brian - Saco museum large mural
Conrad - La Kermesse
Don - BHS and Thronton jazz bands
ENGINE does:
Community development
arts education
provides workspace for artists
collaborates in sponsoring events
Art Walk sponsor
Public art display guidelines
IGNITE - turn your ideas into reality
Compass Project - boat building 
Maker Faire
$1 investment in the arts returns $8 to the local community in spending
Riverjam and Fringefest will return in some form this August
ENGINE is located at 161 Main Street - Gallery will be open in June.
Don asked what is new with the marble Block building. Jess reported that it is under contract with a buyer...soon they will know what the building might be and if renovated will be a phased approach.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 pm
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Family Garden Project

Posted by Ken Farley on May 09, 2021
As you may have heard, our club has partnered with Apex Youth Connection and Biddeford Community Gardens to grant garden boxes (including all necessary supplies to grow a great garden) to 10 recipients in the Biddeford/Saco/Dayton areas.  We have selected the 10 recipients and are now in the process of planning their delivery. 
We will need volunteers from the club to help in the delivery assembly of the garden boxes.  We have picked three days to complete the deliveries where we will attempt to deliver 3-4 boxes each day:
1.  Wednesday, May 19th starting at 3 pm until approximately 6 pm
2.  Saturday, May 22nd starting at 9 am until approximately 12 pm
3.  Wednesday, May 26th starting at 3 pm until approximately 6 pm
Please respond to me at and let me know which days you are able to help out. 
Remember, many hands make light work and this is a Rotary Club not a Country Club.  Get involved!!!
Thanks a lot and I look forward to working next to you on this fun and healthy project.
Ken Farley
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Week in Review 5/5/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on May 05, 2021
Don Pilon, President presiding
meeting began at 12:15 pm
4 Way Test - Marty
Pledge - Don
Prayer - Conrad
Guests - none
Mike Burman -  UNE Interact has been busy...classes are over but the club has been thankful for our support. They did the greeting cards for Maine VA, volunteered at the vaccine clinic in Biddeford and they are working on their charter with the Rotary District Governor.
Marty - at the FEMA vaccine clinic in Biddeford (BHS) the club had over 8 members involved taking various shifts. Paulette reported that it was a very productive time for the community and club.
Mike - he was there for the 1000th shot of J&J. FEMA members were from all over the US.
Don - Club data - 7 new members....4 of 3 new members
59 active club members
Don is going to have a fireside chat with the new members in June at his house - TBD
Marty - Flags at St Joseph's cemetery for Memorial Day on May 28th at 8:30 am. Club info and sign-up to come. There will be student participation this year and it will rain or shine.
Heather Gendron - Only 5 applications for scholarships.
Conrad - Raised beds to be placed at 10 locations in May - help will be requested.
Sergeant at Arms - Marty - filling in for Joe
Marty - $5 - for Randy's article about the club
$5 - for all of Carl Goodman's help at the Westbrook skating pond.
Matt Tulley - $5 - for being vaccinated
Dr. Joe - $5 - great call with grandson
Conrad - $5 - spend nights at hotels with his wife
Jess - $5 - happy to here
Jen - $5 - for sitting in her car and listening to all the things Marty does
Bill Paterson - $5 - family birthdays and Cinco de Mayo
Randy  - $5 - celebrate the return of his newspaper column in Saco Bay News
Jim LaBelle - $5 - More Chamber Activities ride today starting from behind TA @5:15 pm
Don Pilon - $5 - for Randy stepping up as a new member
Brian - $5 - on the island of St. John and being rested
Melissa - $5 - new staff started at Apex
Keith - $5 - not happy - "I'm a lawyer."  But happy about club activities.
Bill Kany - $5 - father would have been 90 - happy and sad.
Guest Speaker:  Kate Colby, epidemiologist to speak about ticks
Mt Holyoke grad
Emory U - global health degree
Worked at US CDC
Powerpoint presentation on Tick borne diseases in Maine 2021
14 different tick species found in Maine in spring to fall and they are moving north/east through Maine
Cautioned to do tick checks every day - use products to repeal and/or kill ticks - she reviewed how to remove ticks.
Careful ticks are not falling off in your house
For more information go to Maine CDC of UM cooperative extension
The powerpoint was shared with club members via e-mail.
Meeting adjourned at 1:12 pm
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Week in Review  4/28/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Apr 28, 2021
Don Pilon presiding
Pledge of Allegiance - Don Pilon
4 Way Test - Bill Patterson
Prayer - Jen Fullmer
Guests - none
Mike Burman - UNE Interact volunteered at the Covid vaccination site. Last week the club met with the Bideford UK club
Heather Gendron - Scholarship update...
getting the application out but so far only 4 submissions - very low. Wondering if the lower amount per grant is the problem - wne from $4k to $1K.
Don asked if we need to redo our process. Also the possible effect of remote learning. Place applications online and allow online submission?
Mark mentioned contacting area colleges financial aid offices, they are always alerting students to p[ossible aid. Also mentioned the change on amounts given the price of attending college.
Dan offered the idea of video submissions.
Roland said if we open applications to kenyan students? Don will discuss with the board.
Roland Gagne - Maple Syrup Sale reaped over $11k (estimate) - way above expectations.
Conrad Wetzel - Covid meeting today
Raised garden beds - 9 -10 families to get beds.
Food pantry sign up - tbd
Bill Patterson - Ocean Park Org. needs masks
New Member Induction - Don with Cheri Sullivan..sponsored by Bill Patterson
Sergeant at Arms:  Joe Morshead
Don was fined $? from promoting the use of paper which has been known to kill trees.
Happy Dollars:
Joe - $5 - went to his bank and made a deposit of $89 million - didn't have $89m blames the bank for the error.
Dr. Joe - $5 - cut a meeting and outside robins are nesting.
Bill - $5 - Welcome Cheri
$5 - Sheriff King to speak
Heather McClain - former member Ellen Ford gave $5 to the club
Conrad - $10 - for a lunch with 2 clollege buddies
Jess - $5 - brother had surgery
Julie - Cold hear her?? Wrote later - $20 for honest bank customers (Joe?)
Dan - $5 - 91 year old grandma had surgery
Marty - to be fined every week until he becomes president.
Conrad - no excuse for no sign up sheet
Roland - syrupy smile?
Jen - for having a prayer ready
Jess - new member
Cherie - new member
Mark - for supporting education
Guest Speaker - Sheriff Bill King
Introduced by Bill Patterson
Sheriff since 2014
Powerpoint presentation
Last August the county jail experienced a significant covid outbreak.
Since then they have become the model on how to manage a jail outbreak.
Mitigation measures still in place.
Spoke quite a bit about the difficulty in the  recruitment of officers.
Drug trafficking is still a problem in York county. Only jailing serious offerners - diverting minor offences.
Covid has been a major contribution to overdoses - isolation during the pandemic.
Cornad asked how Rotary can help...Sheriff mentioned the possible building of a walking tail - he will be in touch.
Mike Burman asked about the $40 mil coming to the county from Covid funds.
Joe asked questions regarding hiring - marijuanna use - case by case ...High school diploma - long at the academy? 5 weeks...
Joe adjourned the meeting - cause Don left early - @1:17pm
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Week in Review 4/24/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Apr 21, 2021
Don Pilon President, presiding (noted:  term ends June 30th)
Zoom meeting comes to order at 12:15 pm
Pledge of Allegiance - on Pilon
4 Way Test - Brenda Pollock
Prayer - Bill Patterson
Guests: None
The new member Jessica Muise was sponsored by Roland Gagne. Jessica is the Executive Director of Engine.
Marty - Earth Day is tomorrow and we will not have any organized thing to do but maybe something in future years. Rotary is focused on sustainability.
Marty - Volunteer day at Westbrook Skating Pond this Saturday.
Also cemetery flags for Memorial Day will be done again this year. There may be an expansion of the places. Day and time to be announced.
Conrad - Covid committee is meeting after and had met last week.
Saco Food Pantry is seeking volunteers - Jen Fullmer, who volunteers there, added information about the possible tasks and times.Sign-up sheet will be sent. She said they need help from folks on a consistent basis for tasks that most can find easy to do.
Garden Committee, Ken Farley reports that 10 raised garden boxes, 3' x 8' , have been made. Seed list done and loam secured - thanks to Rob Moody. The approach is - pre build the boxes, deliver to site then loam and seeds on another day. 
Ken will send out information and a volunteer sign-up sheet.
Don Pilon then presided over the induction of new member Jessica Muise, sponsored by Brenda Pollock.
Sergeant at Arms: the esteemed Joe Morshead...
Joe noted that though close to the budgeted amount he is to raise, we aren't there yet. He said that just $42 dollars a week, until the end of June, is all he has to raise to meet the budget for the club and the children.
Brenda - stepped right up and offered the $42 for time spent with her grandson. Also for the volunteer work of her granddaughter, Madison. Madison created the Brave Bees .org to raise support and money for the New England Shriners Hospital. She invited us to visit the website.
Brian - $2 - for the 2 newly inducted members - and that these new members significantly lowered the average age of our club. Which Brian said was a good thing.
Jill Eddie - will give us some amount $$ when she visits us in the colonies for being able to make a hairdresser appointment.
Dan Reed - ?$ - cause he was vaccinated!
Bill Paterson - $10 - for all the folks doing Zoom meetings
Brian Dallaire - $10 - for 2nd vaccination and heading off to the Virgin Islands.
Dr. Joe - $5 - grand daughter's wedding in September and Peggy is at the Zoom meeting!
Marty - $10 - the Biddeord solid waste committee has 2 new members.
Conrad - ?$ - time with grandchildren
Mark - $5 - just got back from visiting the daughter at UNC Med school and for the vaccine 2nd dose +14 days
Jen - $10 - just to join in the fun of giving!
Randy - $20 - Yeah new members!
Guest Speaker - Conrad introduces Lori Gosselin speaking on Creating Community
Powerpoint presentation on the basics of community building.
Made special mention of building community within the workplace.
Noted the importance of building not only physical communities but emotional ones as well.
Shared the 7 characteristics of community...
Outcomes of community building are always relationship building! It makes everyone part of "us."
Bill noted the Robert Putnam  book, Bowling Alone - Lori recommended his later one - the followup to Bowling Alone.
Conrad noted that Rotary is a solid community...
Brenda mentioned her granddaughter's work in Brave Bees .org in building a community.
Don adjourned the meeting at 1:13 pm

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Mary Glasglow-Oz Museum

Posted by Kathy Shea on Apr 14, 2021
OZ Museum
Mary Glasglow
Curator of the OZ Museum in Wamego, KA
This is the only OZ museum in the U.S., and she believes in the world which was created because of the wildly popular movie “The Wizard of OZ.”.
The Wizard of OZ movie was loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.  This was first book of a series of that grew to 40 books.  And now the series has grown to 80 books.
L. Frank Baum traveled often to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  When he returned, he would tell a fairy tale to his children every night.  His inspirations for the story came from his visits to the World Fair and the questions his children would ask.  This is how Emerald City was born.
In 1893, J.C. Rogers came from Spring Hill to Wamego.  He was an entrepreneur and established the first national bank in Wamego.  He too visited the Chicago World’s Fair and wanted to recreate a first-class music hall in his hometown.  So, he built the Columbian Theatre.
These two attractions, the OZ Museum and the Columbian Theatre draw 40,000 visitors annually from around the world.  Many visit in costumes and consider themselves OZies.  And many local businesses such as the OZ Winery have developed because Wamego has become a tourist town.
In May of 1970, MGM studios auctioned many of the props and wardrobe.  Some items were junked.  Screen tests, film outtakes, and songs ended up in the Pacific Ocean.  Other items were tossed into the studio trash.  A lot of history was lost, but the items that could be salvaged can be viewed at the Museum.
Brenda Pollock’s son is a movie producer and she shared with us when her son attended college, the students had to list their favorite movie, and more than half the students listed The Wizard of Oz.
The original cast of the little Munchkins have visited the museum as special guests.  The last munchkin, the Lollipop Boy, passed in May 2019 at age 98.
Their annual OZtoberFEST is held on the first weekend of October.  Highway 99 is closed for 3 blocks for this 2-day street festival of music, hot air balloon rides, Yellow Brick Road Bike Ride, and much more.  People come in costume as far as Australia to celebrate.
There is an annual firework display name “Over the Rainbow.”  And the most popular attraction may be the full-size Glenda the Good Witch, as well as, the Wicked Witch of the West.
If you are ever in the area, Mary would be happy to show you around.
Here is a video link  they can watch it at their leisure to get an overview of what is in the museum, after the presentation today.
Go to  Click on Visit, then About to access the latest virtual tour video.  We are on facebook as well, with our monthly video blogs by OZ Historian John Fricke.  Check it out!  
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Week in Review 4/14/2021

Posted by Kathy Shea on Apr 14, 2021
Meeting Opened: 12:15 PM
Pledge:  Vice-President Marty Grohman.
4 Way Test: Jim Labelle
Invocation:  Joe Mooreshead led the invocation with a YouTube video.
  • Earth Day – on April 22nd and Rotaract would love to participate but they don’t have any specific plans.  Discussion was on cleaning Clifford Park, planting a tree, and collecting cans.  Marty mentioned all members could enter into a Green Pledge Agreement which Melissa supported.  Marty will look further into this.
  • Veteran’s Flags - at St. Joseph Cemetery Friday May 28th from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.  Brenda mentioned she would like to make sure we have enough flags since we ran short last year.
  • New Members – Second posting for the following two new potential Rotarians: Jessica Muise, Executive Director of Engine sponsored by Roland Gagne and Cheri Sullivan of CHCC at UNE sponsored by Bill Patterson.
  • Fireside Chat – Don will sponsor a fireside chat for all new members in June at his house.
  • Maple Syrup Fundraiser – Brian Dallaire announced we have made over $5,000 for this fundraiser.  Good job everyone.
  • CLYNK Bags – Roland explained how this fundraiser support the educational tuition for Antoinette & Judith who attend a school in Kenya.  The cost is about 112,000 shillings which is a little over $1,000.  Contributions are very meaningful and will allow the girls to continue their education.  Roland has graciously been paying out of his own pocket when we don’t raise enough money for this cause.  Don has bags and Heather has bags at her store.  Bill mentioned neighbors are willing to take bags as well.
  • Foundations Invoice – please pay within the next two weeks.  Send Sue an email if you’re not sure if you have given yet or Brian suggested logging into Rotary International.  The goal is to get to 100% participation with preferably at least a $25 donation.
  • COVID-19 Committee – The community has been moving forward with their gardens.  There will be a COVID-19 Committee meeting after this meeting.
Sargent at Arms Joe Mooreshead
  • Bill P.’s $5 happy for the great weather at his son’s wedding.
  • Dr. Joe’s $5 happy for his cat attending the meeting, for finishing his reading for the reading retreat, and for having the cleanest everything; house, deck, boots, etc. because his wife is using their new power washer.
  • Conrad’s happy his grandchildren, his daughter, and her husband are visiting.
  • Jen’s happy Joes YouTube invocation video ended.
  • Don’s happy it’s sunny day to play golf.
  • Melissa’s happy there are little buds on the trees.
  • Randy ‘s happy he had a new bed delivered yesterday after waiting two months.
  • Brian D.’s happy it was Joe’s birthday yesterday.
  • Matt’s happy he received his first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination this week.
  • Conrad & Don are fined for besmirching Morgan Stoner’s name for his Maple Syrup.
  • Marty is fined for blowing the meeting at the beginning.
  • Don suggested Joe be fined a dollar for his birthday
  • Brian D. is fined because he needs to go to audio video school so he can learn to put up videos on time.
Meeting adjourned 1:16PM
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Week in Review 4/7/2021

Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 08, 2021

President Don Pilon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the 4-way test somewhat led by Heather Gendron.  Joe Bassett led us in the invocation and Vice President Marty Grohman was muted so we had no guests to announce.


Dates to Know/Announcements:

·        Rotaract: Mike Burman noted they do not have any plans for Earth Day – Thursday, April 22nd and we would like to participate in anything Rotaract may have planned.

·        CLYNK Bags – Help support the children attending the school in Kenya.  Let Don know if you need any bags.

·        New Members - First Posting for the following two new potential Rotarians: Jessica Muise, Executive Director of Engine, sponsored by Roland Gagne and CHCC by Bill Patterson.

·        Scholarships – Heather Gendron gave an overview of the Scholarship Program to area high schools. She gave a shout out to Paulette Bonneau for already getting the information to the school counselors ahead of schedule.

·        Maple Syrup Fundraiser – Roland Gagne reported we had sales over $11,000 (22% OVER GOAL!). The Gold Medal goes to Bill Patterson with sales of $1401 raised and Fausto at $1,388 and Joe at 1332.  Profit margin is about 47% so we generated over $5,000 net to the club.  Participation was 33 members with 141 purchases.

·        Essay Contest – Mark your calendar for this year’s event which will be held on June 9 at 6pm.


Conrad was the featured sub for SAA Joe Moreshead

Happy Dollars:

·        Bill P.– 10 happy dollars his son is getting married this Saturday.

·        Marty – He has the official district flag to hang if we ever back to in-person meetings.

·        Don – Congratulated Roland and a great job by everyone on the Maple Fundraiser.

·        Morgan – 5 happy dollars for the spring weather and being beautiful outside.


·        Everyone who has not given a Happy Dollar in the last 6 months – you must be awful to live with and should be fined – pay up!

·        Heather – That 4-way test was BAD!

·        Don – Gracious in giving CLYNK bags but you have been promosing Heather a nuch of bags to hand out and you haven’t yet delivered them?

·        Bill P. – Being so competitive in the fundraiser (but thank you!)

·        Morgan – Welcome Back!  Heard one of our members received some bad product from you (talk to Joe on that one!).

·        Jen – For stealing the show with your dogs

·        Conrad – Fined himself for sharing more than he should have (refer back to Morgan’s fine).

Meeting adjourned @ 1PM
Week in Review 4/7/2021 Karen Chasse 2021-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
The 26th ANNUAL ROTARY ESSAY CONTEST Brenda Pollock 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 07, 2021
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club awards a Scholarship of $1,000.00 for either a four (4)-year or two (2)-year degree to a Senior graduating from Biddeford High School, the Regional Center of Technology, Thornton Academy and from Old Orchard Beach High School who is planning to continue his/her technical or academic education at an accredited certificate or degree granting, post-secondary school and who is not an immediate family member of a Biddeford-Saco or Saco Bay Rotarian.
An Application form shall be completed by the candidate and submitted to his/her guidance department no later than Friday, APRIL 17th, 2021.  All applications will be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by all Guidance Departments by Monday, April 27th, at 3:00 p.m.
The Scholarship Committee will select three seniors from each school and notify the Guidance Offices of their identity by FRIDAY, MAY 3rd, 2021.  The final selection will be by personal interviews of the three Finalists done by Members of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's Scholarship Committee.
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the specific day and time for each Finalist to be interviewed, which will be either Tuesday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.  *Please note these interviews due to COVID-19 may need to be conducted via Zoom or Skype.  If we meet in person, the personal interviews for two schools will be held in the Conference Room of Bangor Savings Bank, located at 270 Main St. in Saco.
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the Scholarship Recipient by Friday, May 21st, 2021.
The Candidates will be selected based upon:
1.       Community activity and involvement;
2.       Academic Standing;
3.       Interview rating; and
4.       FINANCIAL NEED - a photocopy of EFC Determination should accompany              the application, providing the “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC).
The Scholarship Recipient shall furnish a transcript or other proof of successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary education for each year. That documentation should be mailed to:  ATTN: Sue Gajewski, Treasurer – Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, P.O. Box 298, Saco, ME  04072.   A check for the $1,000.00 scholarship awarded will then be forwarded directly to the Student at his/her home address for payment toward the Student’s second semester.
These same Guidelines also apply for the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a student who attends York County Community College as a full-time student the fall semester of 2021.
PAST PRESIDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Heather Gendron 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Command Sergeant Major  Gretchen Evans

Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 07, 2021


Conrad introduced our speaker Command Sergeant Major (RET) Gretchen Evans.  Gretchen started out by thanking us for our support of Vet2Vet Maine and noted now that many veterans have received their vaccine, they are able to get out and volunteer again which is paramount to their mental health and wellbeing. 


Gretchen served 27 years in the United States Army and endured nine (9) combat tours!  In 2006, she was the Command Sergeant Major and later became the Ambassador for Afghanistan.  She painted a picture of the moment that changed the trajectory of her life at age 46.  


“The most dangerous time for a soldier is the last 30 days before they return home.  They start counting down, known as the short-timers calendar because they lose focus they are in a dangerous place.”  On this particular day, she told us of the story about getting her troops into the bunkers during an attack. Unfortunately, a rocket landed to her right and, within moments, killed her two security-detail officers. The blast flew 105-pound Gretchen horizontally onto the top of the bunker causing a serious head injury.  She was flown to a hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma. 


On the day they woke her up, they wrote on a white board, “You are deaf.” At that moment, she realized her military career was over and didn’t have a back-up plan.  She was unsure how she would take care of herself and readjust to civilian life after 27 years in the military and nine tours of duty.  She had no landing place, no permanent address, no life beyond being a soldier.  She thought, “Who would hire a deaf veteran with a traumatic head injury and PTSD despite my prestigious military career?” 


She began Rehab and did everything she could think of to get better. She was told she would be better off learning how to read lips at age 46 than learning sign language.  She did.  She tried medications, No Barriers, swam with sharks, and more.  She has a dog named Rusty who alerts her to sounds and has been a game-changer for her adjustment to living with hearing loss.  Upon looking for a job, she was right - she couldn’t secure one.  She felt she was cast aside and decided it was time for a new passion. 


Gretchen began advocating for others whose life was altered by trauma, injury, combat, etc.  to engage in their community and continue to serve their country.  She started with veterans but expanded beyond.  She formed the team UNBROKEN and entered the world’s toughest race (still viewable on Amazon Prime).  Her mantra: Don’t let your disabilities define who you are and what you can accomplish.   


If you would like to read more, Gretchen has a book on Amazon titled Leading from the Front about the soldiers she served with and the legacy she hopes to leaves about leadership.


Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans Karen Chasse 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
Invite from Bideford England 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/31/2021

Posted by Bill Paterson on Mar 31, 2021
Rotary Meeting Minutes March 31, 2021
  • Meeting opened: 12:15 PM
  • Pledge: President Don
  • Invocation: Joe B.
  • 4 Way Test: Marty G.
  • Introduction of Guests: DG Peggy Belanger; ADG Bob Wester; Jill Eddie from Bideford UK; Marie Hoener, Speaker and VP of the UNE Rotaract Club.
  • Announcements: Facemask Distribution update…Requesting info for organizations who can use Facemasks. Let Don or Conrad know; Rotaract at UNE update (Mike B. & Marie Hoener VP UNE Rotaract.); Melissa: Apex now has an intern from UNE as a direct result of the Rotaract relationship. Maple Syrup update: Roland G.  one day left…it ends at midnight 3/31/21. Have almost doubled goal amount of $5,000. We are almost at the $10,000. mark. Good work all involved! Conrad: Covid-19 Committee to meet after meeting; DG Peggy B.  Participating in the Sanford Covid vaccination site. Loves the Garden initiative. “Great community service”! Brenda P.: The 26th Annual Essay Contest will take place again this Spring. It is open to all 8th graders in Biddeford, Saco, and OOB. Zoom event will be on June 9, 2021. $100. 1st prize, $75. 2nd prize, $50. 3rd prize.
  • President Don inducted Randy Seaver into our club as a new member. Various members congratulated Randy. He said he was honored to serve this club and be involved in the communities we serve.
       Sergeant at Arms - Joe
  • Happy $ and Fines:
  • Happy Dollars: Jill Eddie from the Bideford UK Club Happy that they can now gather outside with a max of 6; Dr. Joe: Happy he had a good dental care visit. Conrad: He saw Jim Labelle who was getting his 1st vaccine. Conrad has his 2nd shot and looking forward to family over the Holiday weekend. Brenda: Got her 2nd shot and is booking a flight to Cali to see her Grandson in person! Melissa: Got her 1st shot; Mark: 2nd vaccine and will be driving to NC to visit daughter. DG Peggy: Has been vaccinating people 2-3 days a week at the Sanford MaineHealth site; ADG Bob Wester got his 1st vaccine shot from DG Peggy!; President Don: Happy for Joe M. and wife Andrea selling some buildings in town as part of their exit/retirement strategy; Randy: Happy to become a new member and received his 1st shot last week; Dan: Having a big birthday this weekend (30 years young!)
  • FINES: Don: Mispronouncing names of members; Randy: New member fine; Peggy and Bob: $1 for the children; Roland: $5; $1 fine for those who have not purchased maple syrup; Mike B: $2. fine for kids running behind him on the screen; Susan G.: $1.; Jill: $1 pound UK.
  • Mike B. introduced our speaker Marie Hoener, VP of the UNE Rotaract Club. Marie is a Medbiology major, a sophomore, and a member of the Woman’s Soccer team. She used a PowerPoint presentation to share about what the 28 members of the UNE Rotaract have been doing. They started the club in January of 2021, so they are 3 months old with some great ideas and helpful community projects. They are on Instagram at Instagram@une.Rotaract They meet every other Tuesday at 7 PM. It has been difficult as there has been a lock-down at UNE due to a covid breakout. They begin each meeting by saying something good that has happened that day. The meetings are typically 0.5 – 1 hour long.  They have made Spring/Easter cards for Veterans at the Scarborough Veteran’s Home and have been working with Melissa at Apex Youth Connection. Upcoming goals are to engage in the Biddeford-Saco area; Work with children; Continue to make cards; Volunteer at long-term care facilities; and increase connections in local communities. Questions were asked and enthusiastically answered by Marie.
    District News
  • DG Peggy shared that there will be a District Conference on June 4th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM and on Saturday, June 5th from 9 AM – 11:30 AM. The fee is $20. and benefits the Polio Plus program. There will also be an online auction set up two weeks before the conference. All proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation.
     Public Relations
  • Adjournment: 1:19 PM.
Week in Review 3/31/2021 Bill Paterson 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Vaccine Clinic Helpers Sign-up Karen Chasse 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Past Presidents 2020 Brian Dallaire 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club: Thinking outside the box

Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club: Thinking outside the box
and serving their communities

SACO — The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has never let
the pandemic slow them down. If anything, it helped
solidify their motto — Service Above Self, according to an
organization press release.
A year ago, they were re-allocating funds and organizing a new COVID crisis sub-committee
that still today helps provide food and funding for community members with food
insecurities and other needs. Led by Conrad Welzel, he believes this committee will be
around for the foreseeable future. “If we learned anything from helping our follow citizens
during this crisis, is that when something causes a state to shut down, the needs are even
greater for the most vulnerable,” said Welzel. “This committee has learned a lot over this past
year, and we’re much better prepared to assist in the face of any other crisis.”
The old phrase, give a man a fish, resonated with the group. And so, members developed the
Family Garden Project 2021. The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, Apex Youth Connection and
Biddeford Community Gardens partnered to award a select 10 families with the necessary
materials; lumber, soil, nutrients, and seeds and starts, for a three by four foot or three by
eight foot raised garden bed to be placed at their home. The Rotarian’s goal is to help families
acquire the materials and tools they need to grow and prepare healthy food for less money.
To be eligible, families must reside in either Biddeford, Saco, Dayton, or Old Orchard Beach.
They will require an approximate 10 by 10 foot area available with lots of sunlight and have
access to an outside water source.
“For many of these families, they will need to gain permission from their landowner before
we can set up their raised garden,” said Ken Farley, the Rotarian heading up this project.
“They must also be willing to learn. Information, help, and materials are provided, but they
will be the gardeners.”
Participants can select from a list of vegetable like celery, cucumber, lettuce, onion, peppers,
radish, swiss chard, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, and spinach. Also, they can select he size of
the raised garden bed. As part of the program, Rotarians will be checking in on the gardens
from time to time and will offer recipes for the vegetables they are growing.
Melissa Cilley, executive director of Apex Youth Connection in Biddeford, said “Like Rotary,
Apex also has a focus on service and our youth and were already planning a garden project.
This collaboration, however, has taken the project to an entirely new level. Our youth can
serve side-by-side with Rotarian mentors … we are very excited to be part of this project.” For
more information on this project, email Ken.

In a year of challenges for the club, Rotarian Roland Gagne launched a new project that could
help raise money to support community projects and provide a traditional Maine treat.
Together with Rotarian, Dr. Brian Dallaire, they coordinated a new event, the Biddeford-Saco
Rotary Club’s Annual Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser. “With the pandemic, our club had to
come up with other ways to raise funds. Our in-person sponsored events were not possible so
we created an event with limited human interaction,” said Gagne. “The proceeds from this
fundraiser will allow us to continue supporting the many needs and causes within the
Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach communities.”

Maine maple syrup can be purchased on the club’s website: The fundraiser runs through the month of March
ending on Maine Maple Syrup weekend (March 27-28). The items purchased online will be
filled with Maine Maple Syrup freshly harvested this season by Dole Pond Maple Products
(organic certified), established in 1990. They are a family run bulk maple syrup producer
located in deep in the woods of Jackman. They maintain 37,000 taps on 600 acres of land
producing around 13,000 gallons of syrup each year. The items through the fundraiser will be
available for pick-up/delivery on Saturday, June 5. Anyone purchasing items will be notified
with location information or with shipping instructions.

For more information on the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and their COVID-19 subcommittee,
contact them at: or on Facebook: Rotary Club of
Courier Community
© 2021
Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club: Thinking outside the box Brenda Pollock 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/24/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Mar 24, 2021
Don Pilon Presiding
Pledge - Don
4 Way Test - Jen
Prayer - Joe
Don - Face masks are still available
500 children's too
Who needs them?
Marty - Mary's Walk
Team Rotary raised almost $900
Bill led the Ocean Park 5k walk
Joe enjoyed his time with Bill - now bff...learned a lot about Ocean Park and Chautauqua movement. Good community involvement.
Roland - Maple Syrup Fundraiser
at 144% of the goal
Bill P. in the lead with $810
Can all members make at least a token purchase
Thanks to businesses like Neil Motors
Conrad - Covid Committee meets next week
Give out masks...and we still have grant money left
Community Garden ...Channel 13 did a great piece on the initiative - great press for us and Apex (interviewed Rebecca Cote) Apex students will be building the box garden structures
Don - Sanford Rotary is involved in the vaccine distribution in Sanford(see story if you would like to help)
Roland - Josh Ellis's mom died - club connection - Don will send something to the family from us.
Brian - Question on past fruit sales vs what we are making with the syrup sale
Brenda - Spoke with Fausto about the Club's 100th anniversary events - no new date yet
Don - Induction of Randy Seaver will be next week
Sergeant at Arms - Joe
Happy Dollars
-Joe - $5 - for time spent with his new bff Bill
and $1 for being pissed off at Dish TV for the difficulty in cancelling the service
Kathy Shea - $1 - got the vaccine today
Conrad - $5 - for the garden project & silent time with the family
 Bill - $5 - for his new bff Joe
Bill Kany - $1 - pissed off that Bill Patterson has help selling his syrup
Don - $1 - Pay yours dues folks!!
Brian $5 - moderna vaccine, tooth out, maple syrup goal and something about Biddeford Internet
and an extra $5 for having two BD's on Zoom today
CJ - $1 - vice came back and a grandson visit
Brenda - $1 - binge watching Monk and a grandson  phone call
Joe thinks he is over budget - so none.
Meeting adjourned 1:20 pm
Week in Review 3/24/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Mar 24, 2021
Guest Speaker:
Mellissa introduces Maggie Norbert, social worker and  a consultant at Sweetser to speak about;
Urgent youth mental health during the pandemic
In spring 2019 Maine had the highest rate in the country, per capita, of school children with some mental health issue or already in mental health crisis @ 1 in 4.
Suicide rates are up in the 10-34 year olds, now the 2nd leading cause of death in Maine in that age group
From past major world wide events Maggie says we know a bit of what to expect in our children's lives.
Food insecurity was brought up as an underlining problem.
Mental health for all should be supported in these difficult times - discussion about resilience.
Resource offered - "Intentional living for  balanced life"
Her bio is below:
Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Maggie received her Master of Social Work from Boston College in 1992, receiving a degree focused on clinical work with a minor in Family Therapy.  She is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in Maine and New Hampshire, and she teaches at the Graduate School level for a variety of Social Work courses, but specialize in Field Work. Maggie enjoys supervising and developing clinicians as they work towards their independent licenses. Maggie has a rich background working with children and families and has collaborated in school systems throughout her career providing outpatient therapy; Individual Education Plan social work support; training; supervision and consultation. Over the last 7 years working at  Sweetser, Maggie has been a Supervisor for not only School Based Clinicians but also those working in Primary Care Offices.  Currently, she works with Sweetser providing consulting and training, utilizing her certifications in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychological First Aid. Maggie also volunteers for the FrontLine/WarmLine through the State’s Maine Responds system supporting health care workers.
In June, 2019 Maggie was recognized by the Choose to be Healthy Coalition at York Hospital, for her work in the community.  The organization’s director, Sally Manninen, noted, “Maggie is our North Star when it comes to teaching and reminding us of the importance of good mental health. She collaborates with us on many projects including providing training to schools and parents on the connection between youth mental health and substance issues. She is a relentless advocate for understanding the true harms of adolescent marijuana use on mental health. Maggie is helping change our local culture by providing Mental Health First Aid to schools and to all York Hospital staff. She serves on our Advisory Board and the Opioid Round Table. Above all, Maggie role models that relationships matter, and that we all need to take time for each other.”
Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW Mark Nahorney 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Posted by Melissa Cilley on Mar 23, 2021
Our speaker tomorrow, March 24, will be Maggie Norbert from Sweetser who will present on youth mental health during these difficult times.  Her bio is below:
Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Maggie received her Master of Social Work from Boston College in 1992, receiving a degree focused on clinical work with a minor in Family Therapy.  She is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in Maine and New Hampshire, and she teaches at the Graduate School level for a variety of Social Work courses, but specialize in Field Work. Maggie enjoys supervising and developing clinicians as they work towards their independent licenses. Maggie has a rich background working with children and families and has collaborated in school systems throughout her career providing outpatient therapy; Individual Education Plan social work support; training; supervision and consultation. Over the last 7 years working at  Sweetser, Maggie has been a Supervisor for not only School Based Clinicians but also those working in Primary Care Offices.  Currently, she works with Sweetser providing consulting and training, utilizing her certifications in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychological First Aid. Maggie also volunteers for the FrontLine/WarmLine through the State’s Maine Responds system supporting health care workers.
In June, 2019 Maggie was recognized by the Choose to be Healthy Coalition at York Hospital, for her work in the community.  The organization’s director, Sally Manninen, noted, “Maggie is our North Star when it comes to teaching and reminding us of the importance of good mental health. She collaborates with us on many projects including providing training to schools and parents on the connection between youth mental health and substance issues. She is a relentless advocate for understanding the true harms of adolescent marijuana use on mental health. Maggie is helping change our local culture by providing Mental Health First Aid to schools and to all York Hospital staff. She serves on our Advisory Board and the Opioid Round Table. Above all, Maggie role models that relationships matter, and that we all need to take time for each other.”
Margaret F. Norbert MSW, LCSW, LICSW Melissa Cilley 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser

Posted by Roland Gagne on Mar 17, 2021
Gingerbread Man, Maple Leaf and Bourbon Barrel have sold out! Thank you for your support!
If you have sales not made on the website, please send you sales sheet to Brian Dallaire at  Also please record the purchasers email.  Funds should be given to Treasurer Sue G.

Thank you for supporting the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's Annual Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will allow us to continue supporting the many needs and causes within the Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach communities.


The fundraiser runs through the month of March each year ending on Maine Maple Syrup weekend (March 27-28).  The items you purchase will be filled with Maine Maple Syrup freshly harvested this season by Dole Pond Maple Products (organic certified), located deep in the woods of Jackman, ME; where they maintain 37,000 taps on 600 acres of land producing around 13,000 gallons of syrup each year.


Your items will be available for pick up on Saturday, June 5th.  We will notify you of the location once the items are available.


Member Leaderboard for Sales (Top Five)

Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser Roland Gagne 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/17/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Mar 17, 2021
St Patricks Day
Don Pilon President presiding
Pledge of Alligence - Don
4-Way Test - Conrad
Prayer - Joe Bassett
Cheri Sullivan of Coastal Healthy Communities @UNE...possibly a member in the future
Don - Rotary District Newsletter - How many folks read it? Our club was featured in a recent edition regarding our twinning with teh Aman Jordan Rotary Club. Roland was mentioned too.
Don - Rotary House report that 24 folks attend the open house. It sold for $400k with the club realizing $25k from the sale.
Don - we have 2700 more masks to give out - asking Jim LaBelle to see if any Chamber members might need some.
Roland - Maple Syrup Fundraiser update...
Bill Patterson is WAY in the lead.
The Gingerbreadman has sold out
Questions about out of state shipping...cost, who pays, how they will be packaged. Brenda offered information on USPS prepaid small boxes @$12.95. Joe offered to help with UPS shipping from his place of business.
Marty - Mary's Walk 
$705 has been raised (target was $500) by the Rotary Team of Mike Burman, Bill Patterson, Jen Fullmer & Matt Teller
Conrad - Covid Committee 
Met Monday discussing - reaching out to Food Pantries
Mini grants of $100 each are still available - total available is $1000.
Jim mentioned the Sanford vaccine clinic is looking for volunteers
Sergeant at Arms: Joe Moreshead
Brian cues the music - I'm a Little Leprechaun song...
Happy Dollars:
Joe - $2 - got his first vaccine shot
Bill - $5 - some important male in his family ( I could hear) was born this day 15 years ago
Dr, Joe - $20 - 1st B&S Rotary meeting in 5 weeks& 45th year as a Rotarian
Conrad - $10 - Irish for 1 day a year & daughter bought a house
Karen - $5 - Happy to have her own money...???
Haley - ?$ - today's speaker is from Thornton Academy as well as Giselle Tardiff who is listening in
Joe B - $? - Scarborough Downs a great place to get a vaccine!
Melissa Cilley - ?$ - for youth presentations
Don - late meeting start
Don & Roland - using facebook to sell syrup
Marty & Fausto & Rueben because of a facebook picture
Brenda - Happy Birthday - she got a vaccine shot for her birthday!
Brian - for his looks
Bill - who mentioned the guest speaker before he should have
Haley - for inviting Giselle
Karen - for multi-tasking
Mike - for selling syrup...?
Guest Speaker:
Julia Pisani, Dayton resident Thornton Academy Student
Topic:  How Covid-19 has impacted me as a high school senior
Powerpoint presentation
Discussed have the modified learning environment affected her and her classmates. Shared her experiences and thoughts on her home life, school, church, social and extracurricular activities in a pandemic. Also spoke about the effect on her college application process.
Joe mentioned that Julia should apply for a Rotary scholarship
Brenda asked what she will study in college and where? Elementary education hopefully at Mcgill, St. Anselm or Assumption
Don asked if she was able to maintain friendships? Julia thought the silver lining was that she got to forge a closer bond with family and was grateful for little things.
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm
Week in Review 3/17/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/10/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Mar 10, 2021
Marty Grohman President Elect chaired the meeting
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marty
Prayer was offered by Joe Bassett
4-Way Test, Dan Reed
No Guests
Marty - 2nd posting of Randy Seaver as a potential member
Paul reported on the Rotary House Open House. The original building was razed and a new structure built on it's foundation. The yard was cleaned and goes right down to the river. All new inside and it is under contract for $400k. Great job by Jim Godbout and ALL involved.
Roland reported on the maple syrup fund raiser.  Leader in sales is now Bill Patterson passing Joe.
Conrad reported on the Covid-19 committee work. Mini grants are still available and there are 700 masks still to distribute.
Also the community garden is proceeding.
Marty reported on the blood drive - 35 regular blood donors and 5 power donors. Kudos to New Life Church for their work.
Marty spoke about the club's new effort with regards to Mary's Walk, a fund raiser for Maine Cancer Foundation. Check out the Rotary team's page.
Roland asked Brenda about the club's 100 anniversary celebration. Brenda reported that she thought the best dates for it would be summer of 2022. Board needs to decide.
Sergeant at arms - Joe:
Happy Dollars:
Marty $10 for those helping out at the blood drive
Brenda $10 for getting the first shot of the vaccine and getting to see her grandson.
Bill $5 - 1st vaccine
Dan $5 his parents were vaccinated
Conrad - sorry I missed his amount and item
Mark $5 for 1st vaccine and $5 for the Rotary House project
Paul $10 for the vaccine experience
Jen gave a $1 for all the folks who got their vaccine already
Joe Bassett $5 for his son arriving in Saudi Arabia for a year of deployment
Marty - for bullying Joe into giving blood but Joe couldn't because of a medication he is taking.
Roland - calling him on his comment about Brenda..??
Jim LaBelle for being in the newspaper
Joe was kind - that was all....
Guest Speaker:
Sharon Trace
Network Coordinator Biddeford Ready (since 9/2020)
United Way, Maine Community Fund and Sam Cohen Foundation supported
Gave a PowerPoint presentation on:
Community wide efforts to help the youngest members (birth to 5 years old) of our community
Purpose - 
Increase access to affordable, high quality early childcare
increase awareness of social readiness
address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)
supports social and emotional readiness besides academic
90% of brain development occurs before the age of 5
1000 school children in Biddeford are under the age of 5
ACE's issues have effected 27% of those in Biddeford under the age of 5
Childcare offerings in Biddeford have fallen with cost as a major barrier. Avg. cost of childcare is $12k a year.
Recent actions:
Covid grants to childcare providers
Helped 3 childcare providers move up the quality scale
Gave free ACE's identification training.
Meeting adjourned at 1:13 pm
Week in Review 3/10/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/3/2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on Mar 09, 2021
First posting for new member Randy Seaver. Marty Grohman sponsor. 
Roland introduced Jess Muise the new Executive Director of Engine in Biddeford. 
Apex Youth Connection introduced students who discussed Cocoa Loco a bicycle beverage cart they will use to sell refreshing drinks at various functions this Spring and Summers season throughout Biddeford and Saco to attendees.
Cocoa Loco is the entrepreneurial creation of Apex Youth Connection's Trek2Connect 9th grade cohort. 
The group decided they wanted to start a business to help pay for the activities they do through Trek2Connect.  (Trek2Connect is a mentor-based aspirations program starting with a cohort of youth in 7th grade and staying with that same cohort through high school graduation.  At this time, there are cohorts for the Classes of 2025, 2026, and 2027.) 
Last Wednesday, four members of the Cocoa Loco team presented to Club members about their roles in the business, their experiences starting it up, as well as the mentors that have helped them so far.  Included in their mentors are two Rotarians, Roland Gagne and Matt Tuller.  The youth shared their plan to take Cocoa Loco to community events like sports games and Music in the Park, as well as their availability for hire at staff appreciation events and/or other business gatherings. 
For more information on Cocoa Loco, contact Apex's Trek2Connect Program Manager, Rebecca Cote, at
At the end of the meeting the Club decided to award Cocoa Loco a grant to start up the program in the amount of $500.
Week in Review 3/3/2021 Donald Pilon 2021-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

RC/Red Cross Blood Drive

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 09, 2021
The blood drive was a big success! 35 units of whole blood, and 5 of power reds were collected.
Joe , Paulette, Mike B, Jim L, Bill P and CJ were wonderful volunteers 
Jim L and Heather M donated blood. They had to tap Jim twice,
he’s an old tree.
Paulette gave blood for the first time ever.
Joe tried to give but they rejected him.
Jenn Leech of New Life Church was wonderful and deserves our appreciation and thanks
RC/Red Cross Blood Drive Martin Grohman 2021-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

RC Project House 2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on Mar 06, 2021
24 people attended the Rotary house Open House on Saturday March 6, 2021.
The house has sold and the closing is on March 15.
Great job to Jimmy Godbout, his crew and all the in-kind work from local contractors!
RC Project House 2021 Donald Pilon 2021-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/24/2021

Posted by Jane Foley on Feb 24, 2021
Welcome – all Rotarians and Jordan Friends
Pledge of Allegiance
4 Way Test led by: Martin Grohman
Invocation by:   Joe Bassett
  • Maple Syrup Fundraiser - $1808 raised 36% of goal ($5000) Share through social media; fundraiser through end of March.  If customers need the products shipped to them they should let Rotarian know and then Rotarian will ship products out and will ask for customers to make a donation to Rotary to cover the costs.  Don encouraged all to get selling!  Several Rotarians have not sold any.  If you need any help selling contact Don Pilon and he will help.  Brenda Pollock will send out Press Release to help with this effort.  Don will pay $100 credit to top 2 Rotarians that sell the most syrup.
  • Center of Technology/Rotary House -Open house 518 Main St - March 6th 9-11AM -   Can park at the Center of Technology (COT) parking lot.  Come check out the great work done!
  • Clynk bags – help fund school in Kenya – if you need any bags please contact Don
  • Blood Drive – March 5, 2021 New Life Church – has plenty of volunteers, NEED donors! Sign up today or advertise on your social media     ttps://
  • Mary’s Walk – team of 4 – virtual walk.  If you are interested in participating connect with Marty-  Goal is to raise $500 for Maine Cancer community. $350 raised
  • COVID Committee - Community Family Garden – looking for participants – organizations or folks that are food insecure.  Contact Conrad or Ken Farley
    • Grant application to address organization needs
Dan Reed – new member, sponsored by Jim Labelle.  Don inducted & welcomed Dan into Biddeford-Saco Rotary.
SAA Happy Dollars & Fines: 
            Sad dollars – Joe $5
            Happy dollars – Conrad - $1; Don Pilon $5; Brenda Pollock $5; Marty $1; Roland Gagne $1;
                                          Jen Fullmer$5;
Fines – Conrad $1; Bill Patterson $1; Bill Kany $1; Jim Labelle $1; Mike Burman $1; Roland Gagne $1;    
               Dan Reed $1; Paulette Bonneau $1;
 Guests – Steve Dalvet – friend from Melissa Cilley teaching at Kings Academy in Jordan
Speaker Summary:  Nasir Robadi/Ibrahim Kattan – Jordan Twin Club
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to all Rotarians 116 years!
Jordan is a haven of peace in the troubled Near and Middle East.  Jordan maintains good relations with all of its neighbors.  It is about ¾ the size of PA.
Ahlan wa Sahlan - in English “welcome”  “make yourself at home”
Population 10.2 million 98% are Arabs 2% ethnic minorities         2.9 mill not citizens
 2nd poorest country in world in terms of water – shortage is worsening year by year, under the effect of population growth and global warming (other contributions chronic drought; high consumption of water by agriculture    To find out more about the National Water strategy:
Every few years they get snow in Jordan. 
Olive Tree – most important tree in Jordan 10.5 million olive trees planted in Jordan.  24,000 tons of olive oil in 2020.     Plays an important role in their food
Jordan national dish Mansaf – rice/lamb/special sauce – dry yogurt/water
Civil war in Syria has caused a mass influx of Syrian refugees - 1.2 million Syrian people have moved to Jordan mostly woman, children and elderly.   Al Zaatari Refugees camp is considered one of the largest refugee camps in the world.
Jordan diplomacy- 3 pillars:  
  • Alliance with US which provides significant militart and economic aid
  • Cooperation with Israel  signing of a peace treaty in 1994
  • Relationship with gulf countries
Very advanced health care services in the country.  They have built field hospitals to help deal with the COVID pandemic- only for COVID patients.  These field hospitals are very modern and were built in only 2 months.
Unemployment rate 23.5% with COVID
Excellent friendship between US and Jordan and our clubs!
Rotary of Amman Cosmopolitan – 6/23/1995 – only English speaking club in Jordan
20 members -7 females, 13 males
Week in Review 2/24/2021 Jane Foley 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club linking locally and internationally

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Feb 18, 2021

Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club linking locally and internationally

February 18, 2021

BIDDEFORD — Donald Pilon, president of the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club, officially signed a twinning agreement with the Cosmopolitan Rotary Club in Amman Jordan.

The two Rotary groups met via Zoom to officially join as sister clubs.

This is the second twinning outreach of this sort for the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club. The other sister club is the Rotary Club of Bideford, England.

“It’s an honor for us to connect with such a talented group in Amman,” Pilon said. “We have a great deal we can learn from one another.”

Rotary clubs around the world have a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures and foster goodwill through the global family. Establishing a twinning partnership can involve forming relationships, arranging international exchange visits and programs, and cooperatively undertake international and community service projects.

Roland Gagne represented the BSRC on a previous Rotary International Outreach mission and travelled to Amman, Jordan. “I am thrilled to witness the formation of a Sister Club relationship with the Amman Cosmopolitan Club in the middle eastern country of Jordan. This will allow us to form a long-term relationship in the promotion of international understanding, goodwill, fellowship and likely result in continued service projects between our two countries.”

Donald Pilon introduced the president of the Amman Rotary Club, Ibrahim Kattan, and the District 2452 Governor Shawkat Tadros. Maine Rotary’s 7780 District Governor Peggy Belanger was also on the Zoom call to welcome the group and commend both clubs for joining together.

“District 7780 is comprised of 41 clubs and 1,500 members throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire,” Belanger said. “Our Rotary District remained very active throughout the pandemic and I couldn’t be more proud of the way Rotarians stepped up to serve their communities through this crisis.”

Lawrence Furbish, District 7780 Foundation chair, was also present on the call celebrating this new relationship. “I am looking forward to seeing what future projects your clubs will work on and thank everyone for supporting The Rotary Foundation.”

As the 100-year-old club continues to expand their reach globally, additionally, they continue to be major contributors in their communities. Club President Donald Pilon, along with the chair of the COVID sub-committee, Conrad Welzel, recently delivered 1,000 masks to Hailee Flaherty, communications director for SMHC. These masks were donated from the Rossi Foundation of East Hampton, Connecticut, as part of round II of the Million Mask Challenge. More than 100,000 face masks were delivered to local Rotary clubs and for the first-time, children’s face coverings were also provided.

“It’s a commendable contribution and important for our communities,” said Pilon. “Local Rotary clubs contribute so much in goods, and services. This pandemic hasn’t slowed our club down at all. It added to our motivation inspiring us to expand on the services we already provide to our communities.”

“Volunteer service hours have risen by 452 hours in January alone,” said Julie Villemaire, secretary of the club. “The total service hours recorded since July 1, 2020 through January 31st, 2021 is at 2,415 hours. That truly is commendable and demonstrates Rotarians are available to help whenever and wherever possible.”

For more information on the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club, visit their website: or visit their Facebook page:

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Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club linking locally and internationally Brenda Pollock 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

DGN Peace
  Kajjansi Club District 9214 Uganda

Guests are from the Kajjansi Club District 9214
Presentation by DGN Peace
The 2021 Virtual Friendship Exchange to Kajjansi District 9214
PowerPoint presentation on Uganda with video, maps and data.
The clubs' will keep in touch and hopefully in the future visit each other.
Questions reaped information on the origination of the club in 2003 and their managing the pandemic. Their pandemic response was to quickly shut down and keep the death toll low.
Our guests then shared - Tubalamusizza=Greetings....Mwebala Nnyo=Thank You
DGN Peace   Kajjansi Club District 9214 Uganda Mark Nahorney 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/17/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Feb 17, 2021
Don opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance
The invocation was done by Joe Bassett
The 4-Way Test was led perfectly by Mark Nahorney.
Marty Grohman introduced the guests;
Randy Seaver
Marty Helman
President Pilon announced:
There will be a new member induction at next week's meeting.
Don then reported that Mike Burman and he had met with the UNE Rotaract Club. They were pleased with their interaction. The UNE club begins their meeting with Happy Thoughts. Among the involvement and activities they wish to engage in are - volunteering at Rotary APEX, making cards to send to vets at the Scarborough Vet Center and have connections with the international clubs we do - Biddeford and Jordan. 
Don then asked Marty to report on the Blood Drive. It was announced that we have a good amount of volunteers but need more power red donors.
Roland then reported on the Maple Syrup Fundraiser. Order form will be shared in the next Tack. There will be a Rotary information tag on each bottle. Our website has all the information on the sale.
Conrad mentioned that the Covid Committee will meet after this meeting.
He also reported on the garden project - a garden to table initiative with families. To provide nutritious home grown food and education on nutrition.
Conrad also reported that we will donate $500 to Saco Parks and Rec to support  their meal delivery program.
Sergeant of Arms:
Joe magnanimously pronounced a Fine Free Meeting...but all must pay last week's fines.
Happy Dollars;
Conrad - $10 - for his granddaughter visiting Randy Seaver at the meeting and that there are 2 Conrads at the meetings.
Dr Jpe - $5 - granddaughter still visiting
Bill - $5 - for the tv story on West Brook Skating rink story - shout out to Marty. The Sergeant of Arms asked when the Buxton roof would be replaced?
Mellisa $10 - for her work with children and $5 for the guests 
Don - $5 - granddaughter visit & $5 for the guests...mentioned that this might be the largest attendance at a Zoom meeting - 57.
Guests are from the Kajjansi Club District 9214
Presentation by DGN Peace
Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 pm.
Week in Review 2/17/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

RC Garden Project for the Underserved

Posted by Ken Farley on Feb 15, 2021
Would you or someone you know like a small garden to grow vegetables? The Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco has partnered with Apex Youth Connection and Biddeford Community Gardens to offer 10 residents of the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach areas an opportunity to win a free raised garden bed. We will provide all of the materials including a raised garden bed (choose between a 3'x4' or 3'x8' bed), soil, nutrients, seeds and/or starter plants and the training to grow the best garden with healthy and fresh vegetables. All you need to provide is a space for the garden (approximately 10'x10' with plenty of sun), a commitment to help install the raised bed (volunteers will help you install) and approximately 15-20 minutes per day to water, weed and harvest your garden.
Do you rent your home? No worries, get written permission from the property owner and we will be happy to consider your request. Applications will close on February 28th - click on the link on the Club's Home page  or on the link below for an application and submit to the email addresses or mailing addresses on the form.  Financial needy applicants will be considered.
RC Garden Project for the Underserved Ken Farley 2021-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

RC Home Garden Project for the Underserved

Posted by Ken Farley on Feb 10, 2021
Would you or someone you know like a small garden to grow vegetables? The Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco has partnered with APEX Youth Connection and Biddeford Community Gardens to offer 10 residents of the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach areas an opportunity to win a free raised garden bed. We will provide all of the materials including a raised garden bed (choose between a 3'x4' or 3'x8' bed), soil, nutrients, seeds and/or starter plants and the training to grow the best garden with healthy and fresh vegetables. All you need to provide is a space for the garden (approximately 10'x10' with plenty of sun), a commitment to help install the raised bed (volunteers will help you install) and approximately 15-20 minutes per day to water, weed and harvest your garden.
Do you rent your home? No worries, get written permission from the property owner and we will be happy to consider your request. Applications will close on February 28th - click on the link on the Club's Home page  or on the link below for an application and submit to the email addresses or mailing addresses on the form.
RC Home Garden Project for the Underserved Ken Farley 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mary's Walk 2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 10, 2021

Mary's Walk and the Kerrymen 5K!

This year's event will be held VIRTUALLY on Sunday, March 21. In the interest of everyone's safety, and with no way to be certain what March of 2021 will bring, the Mary's Walk Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual run and walk again for year 23. We hope you will join us as recognize that cancer has not stopped in the midst of the pandemic and the people of Maine need our help more than ever. Register to walk or run on or before January 31 and you'll receive a free long sleeve t-shirt. 

Here is the link to our Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Mary's Walk team:
Please visit for more information.
Mary's Walk 2021
Mary's Walk 2021 Martin Grohman 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rogelio Teran of RC Playa Coronado in Panama

Posted by Melissa Cilley on Feb 10, 2021
 Rogelio and his Club are the hosts of a Virtual Project Fair - Uniendo America - that will be held on February 18th - 20th, 2021.  This virtual fair allows Clubs from countries throughout Central America to post projects, recruit volunteers, and gain financial support.  Rogelio explained that Playa Coronado is in the "Pacific beaches" area of Panama and offers gorgeous, clean beaches and urban attractions.  He lives in that community.  Just outside Playa Coronado is a mountainous "district" where many of the indiginous people of the region live.  RC Playa Coronado spends much of its time and resources supporting the people of those mountain communities.  In those communities, access to education is inconsistent as is access to health care and other necessities.  RC Playa Coronado helps particularly with food distribution to these communities and has made special efforts through COVID-19.  Rogelio shared the pride of the people on the mountain; in fact, the pride of all the people in that region.  Panama is an extremely culturally and racially diverse country -- many people in Playa Cornonado are "expats," moving there from around the world and making it their home.  RC Playa Coronado is an English/Spanish-speaking Club comprised entirely of expats!  While each country in the region experiences unique challenges and opportunities, they also share many which is part of why they join one another to learn about regional Rotary projects (e.g. projects in Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica).   
If you are interested in learning more about the projects shared through the Virtual Project Fair, visit their website at
Rogelio Teran of RC Playa Coronado in Panama Melissa Cilley 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/10/2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on Feb 10, 2021
Welcome by President Don
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer of  the Day-Joe Bassett
Four Way Test-Brian Dallaire
Introduction of Guests-Marty-No Guests
Presidents Announcements; Second Posting for Membership of Dan Reed
UNE Rotaract. met online February 2/5/2021. In attendance was Emily Birdsall, UNE student coordinator and a half dozen students, Mike Burman, Biddeford Saco Rotary Member, Faculty Member and Rotaract Advisor. Phil Hatch PE of the Saco Bay Rotary Club, Tyler Stewart Rotaract Advisor and myself. The UNE Rotaract Club has been very busy electing it's executive committee and board of directors. They have 17 members as of this report. The club members are identifying projects that will have the greatest impact on children and residents in the Biddeford/Saco communities. 
 American Red Cross and The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club will be sponsoring a Blood Drive March 3, 2021 at The New Life Church, 551 Alfred Street, Biddeford across from HomeDepot. Begins at 11:45am until 6:00pm. It's best to call the American Red Cross to schedule a time. No walk-ins.
Our Club's CLYNK account supports a one room school house in Kenya. These children are dirt poor. Please make an extra effort to take your bottles and cans to the CLYNK depository in Hannaford's parking lot with the special green bags available from Whimsical Me on Main Street Saco or call me. We'll deliver you bags and cart your cans and bottles away. Biddeford and Saco only. 
Happy Dollars and Fines. Everyone enjoys listening to our happy events and occasions. Also Joe's quick wit and Heather's charming sense of humor but we have to send the money in folks. I'm guilty too. I write a check each month for $20-$40 dollars to cover this. 
 Lastly, 6 members have sold close to $1,000 of maple syrup. There are 54 members in our club. If all members sell 5 bottles we will surpass  $10,000. Please look at the order form Roland has created. It looks just like the Girl Scouts order form. If you just ask your neighbors, family, friends and children we'll surpass the Girl Scouts. And we know how many cookies they sell. Don't wait until the last minute to ask. It may be too late. If you have any questions please contact Roland. Thank you for your help.
Week in Review 2/10/2021 Donald Pilon 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Blood Drive Sign up

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 09, 2021
Here is Marty's Google sign up link for the March 3rd blood drive: 
Blood Drive Volunteering Sign up Sheet:
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns!
Thank you,
Jenna Palladino
Account Representative
American Red Cross
Blood Services - Northern New England Region
524 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
Mobile: 207-274-0371
Blood Drive Sign up Martin Grohman 2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract @ UNE

Posted by Donald Pilon on Feb 08, 2021
Hello Fellow Rotarians:
Last week was our first informal meeting with the Saco Bay Rotary Club's PE Phil Hatch, Tyler Stewart, Mike Burman from the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and Associate Professor of Psychology at UNE and myself. We had a Zoom meeting with Emily Birdsall a Sophomore at UNE and the lightning rod who has been anxious to launch a Roteract program at UNE. Already she has formed an executive committee and has accumulated a dozen members. They are continuing to recruit members and have begun to discuss projects to support the Biddeford Saco communities. Mike Burman will be a good resource for them and will be able to keep us informed of their projects as well as keeping them informed of our fundraisers. They will be a pool of volunteers for both clubs as we offer events throughout the year.  Mike, will for sure email all of them the Maple Syrup order form for their parents.
This is an opportunity to partner with the Saco Bay Rotary Club and impact the lives of these young people. 
Yours in Rotary
Rotaract @ UNE Donald Pilon 2021-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/3/2021

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Feb 06, 2021
Rotary Notes
February 3, 2021
ZOOM Meeting
Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance: President Don
4-Way Test: Conrad
Invocation: Joe B.
President Don welcomed everyone. Special guests Steve Wight and Assistant District Governor Bob Wester.   
Roland Gagne gave a brief update on the Maple Syrup project. Sales should be commencing soon. Kuddo’s to all who have worked on this project. Brian has just made the site to purchase the syrup live, so Rotarians are encouraged to test the site up. The launch is scheduled for now. If you have any questions, please reach out to Roland. 
First posting for Dan Reid new member, sponsored by Jim LaBelle.
We have a contract for main street building Jim Godbout has spearheaded. The project will close on or about March 15th. The project is a beautiful project, and we plan to hold an open house prior to closing.
The BSRC is working with Saco Bay Rotary to introduce on a new Rotaract Club with UNE. President Don mentioned a meeting to discuss setting up a new start up in conjunction with both clubs and UNE is scheduled for later in the week. The Rotaract club requires students engage in community service, so pursuing this prospective joint project could be a great addition for both clubs.
Superbowl weekend so as a reminder, please take some clynk bags to support the Kenya projects. All the funds raised through this program helps the children in Kenya. You can get some of the bags in Heather’s shop Whimsical Me. Stop by there or reach out to Don for Rotary clink bags. Thank you.
Mary’s Walk is coming up this year. If anyone wants to participate, reach out to Marty, and see if we can get a small Rotary group together to support this event. The virtual event is scheduled for March 17th.
Blood DriveMarch 3rd. Watch for links to sign up or donate coming soon. It will be held at the New Life Church from 11-5. More to come.
Heather – Sergeant of Arms: 
Happy dollars:
  • Conrad – He has been retired for one year today!
  • Bill P. – Happy that he survived the big waves of yesterday’s storm.
  • Melissa – Happy to learn about a world far away and hear our guests talk about their projects.
  • Don – happy to have a Rotaract club at UNE
  • Jen – To welcome our guests from Zambia.
  • Matt – Your father had an anniversary 28-years
  • Karen – You’re so happy and it’s noticeable
  • Brian and Don – Both need a dollar for updated TACK
  • Roland – What’s the Mr. G all about in your name? and is graphical a word? Make that $2.
Week in Review 2/3/2021 Brenda Pollock 2021-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Zambia Water Project

Melissa C. is honored to introduce today’s special guest speakers:
Dickson Ngoma, 23 years old, a student living and studying to be a math teacher in Zambia.  He is founded a clean water project in Nsefu found in Mambwe district of Eastern Province of Zambia. Since he was in secondary school he has wanted to make his water dream a reality. He was introduced to Steve Wight, a Rotarian with the Bethel Rotary Club who quickly was on board to help make his water project dream a reality. The Bethel Rotary club group and has worked on many international outreach missions and is in contact with the local Rotary Club in Zambia to help raise the funds for this well. Wells in the area are 27 – 30 meters deep. The group is looking to raise $7k for the first well and use it as a model for other community water projects. To date, they have raised $500 for the initial project.
Water and sanitation hygiene education is essential to the members of these communities. Approximately 9 households, each with about 7 family members, make up the 31 villages affected by inadequate and unsustainable clean water. They share the only water supplies found in the streams and rivers with wildlife.
Peter Mazombwe spoke of the economic benefit that the Malaila Kunda traditional ceremony has proved to be for tourism promotion. He shared that villagers can provided a role in tourism activities.  Isaac Given Njobvu also was on the call and is part of this team to help bring fresh water to the community. This one well project is critical to the entire region and will serve as a model for many others well projects in the future.
Steve Wight from the Bethel club shared the remoteness of the village. The Bethel club has been working with Dickson and his team to help bring water and sanitation to his community. They currently share their water supply with the many animals in the region. Donations can be made to the Rotary club in Bethel who coordinates fund raising efforts with the local Rotary Club.  It is a 100% pass through Rotary initiative.
To listen to a partial presentation by the group click here:   
Zambia Water Project Brenda Pollock 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

February is International Month for B-S Rotary Club Programs!

Posted by Melissa Cilley on Feb 02, 2021
As you may have noticed, the Program Committee has developed a calendar for 2020-21 that has a different theme for each month -- February's theme is International!  With the magic of Zoom, we all have a unique opportunity to learn from people across the globe who would not otherwise be able to present in person.  This email will hopefully serve as a tease to get as many members as possible to sign on for meetings, and will provide you with some additional information.
February is International Month for B-S Rotary Club Programs! Melissa Cilley 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/27/2021

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jan 27, 2021

Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance: President Don


4-Way Test: Roland


Invocation: Bill P.


President Don 

Last week we had a twining event. The Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, Amman Jordan. It will be a great opportunity for our clubs to share ideas and join with them in creating international projects in the future. 

Roland Gagne is working on building an tourism academy north of Amman, Jordan. We met with a university and signed a management contract to get this academy up and running. We are working on the funding part of this grant now. There are several clubs that have already signed on to help. The goal is $200k. Contact Roland if interested in helping on this international project. 
Don and Conrad delivered 1,000 face masks to SMMC. We still have an additional 1000 masks, and we have 200 children’s masks. Please let Conrad or Melissa know if you are aware of any group that could use any of these masks. 

Morgan Stoner and Dana each received a Paul Harris Award. Congratulations for this Rotary honor. 

Roland showed the update on the Maple Syrup project. He and Brian created a website to help with the sales. Please take a look at the site and feel free to call Roland and Brian a call if you have any questions. Start date:  March 1st. Delivery date: June 4th.  Well done Brian and Roland!!!

Conrad mentioned the meeting for COVID sub-committee. Ken Farley has taken the lead on a community garden project which will be announced shortly. Thank you also to Melissa and her staff for their assistance in this project. If you’re interested, please reach out to Conrad, Ken, or Melissa if you would like to be involved. 

Don complimented the committee members for all of the good work

Sergeant At Arms: Heather M. 

Happy Dollars:

• Dr. Joe – Happy because I was able to receive the Paul Harris +6.
• Mike – $5 for Ed Bilsky is my friend
• Bill P. - $5 for Ed as well. 
• Conrad – Very excited about the fact that he connected
• Don – $5 For all the Paul Harris Awards and the work Conrad, Ken are doing. 
• Mark – Happy for Ed to be here as well. 


• Don – Message in tack. Happy joining anniversary for another dollar
• Brian –$5- For being in Colorado skiing. 
• Bill K – For your join anniversary. And pay for Keith as well. Jan. 1stentry. 
• Dr. Joe – fined for your cute cat. 
• Whoever was playing the 80’s music. 
• Marty – for your new TESLA - $5
• Morgan - $1 for not seeing you forever. 



Week in Review 1/27/2021 Brenda Pollock 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Ed Bilsky

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jan 27, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ed Bilsky –​With the constant stream of information about COVID-19, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.Dr. Bilsky presented an evidence-based understanding of COVID-19 and its impact specifically on people with chronic pain. 

Dr. Edward Bilsky serves as the Provost at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU). He received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona in 1996. Prior to joining PNWU he had a distinguished academic career as a medical educator and scholar. He earned the rank of Professor at the University of New England COM and held leadership positions as the inaugural director of the Center of Excellence in the Neurosciences, and as Vice President for Research and Scholarship. He is an author on 85 scientific papers and given hundreds of talks nationally and international in the fields of opioid pharmacology, pain and addiction. In the role of the Chief Academic Officer at PNWU, Dr. Bilsky oversees teams who have achieved regional accreditation and are planning for new academic programs as part of the University’s strategic plan.






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Scitable by nature Education 

Be careful of people’s opinions in the news and on social media. 


Dr Ed Bilsky Brenda Pollock 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Dana Lane Achieves +2 PHF

Posted by Donald Pilon on Jan 25, 2021
Dana Lane receives his +2 Paul Harris from President Don today!
Dana Lane Achieves +2 PHF Donald Pilon 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Masks to SMHC

Conrad and I delivered 1000 facial masks to Hailee Flaherty Communication Director for SMHC today. The masks are a donation to our district from the Rossi Foundation and the East Hampton Rotary Club in Connecticut. This is the second round of masks donated to New England Rotary Clubs by the Rossi Foundation. 
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Morgan Stoner Receives PHF

President Don awarding Morgan Stoner a Paul Harris Fellow Award at his business today. Morgan said his grandfather would be proud to see him receive this Award because his grandfather was a past recipient of a Paul Harris and a longtime member of Rotary. 
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Club Twinning with RC of Amman Cosmopolitan Roland Gagne 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/20/2021

Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance: President Don


4-Way Test: Marty


Invocation: Bill P.


President Don welcomed everyone for this very special meeting. On this day, two Rotary Clubs will join as sister clubs. The Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club, Biddeford, Maine and The Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, Amman Jordan. 

Roland Gagne who traveled to Amman, Jordan on a Rotary International outreach project, introduced Rotary royalty participating in this twinningevent:

Rotary’s 7780 District Governor Peggy Belanger welcomed the group and commended both clubs for joining together. District 7780 is comprised of 41 clubs and 15 thousand members throughout southern Maine and New Hampshire. She proudly announced that this Rotary District remained very active throughout the pandemic and was honored to see them serve their communities through this crisis. 

Lawrence Furbish, District 7780 Foundation Chair, was also present on the call. He celebrates the relationship shown here today and was honored to see these two clubs, come together to work on future projects together as well as continue to support the foundation. 

Ibrahim Kattan, President of the Amman club, stated he was optimistic about the new twinning agreement and hoped this new relationship would bring these two partners together. He also is hopeful about developing tourism projects between the two clubs. 

Also in attendance was 2452 Past District Governor, Shawkat Tadros. The Rotary Club of Amman Cosmopolitan was founded 25-year ago and is to be the only English-speaking club in Jordan. This district is more than 84 years old and bridges three continents, nine countries, and four languages. 

Bashar Haddad, 2452 Assistant District Governor, was also present for the twinning ceremony.  

Lawrence Furbish presented the Paul Harris Fellowship Award to the President of the Amman Cosmopolitan Club, Ibrahim Kattan, on behalf of the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club. 

The Presidents of both clubs then participated in the signing of the Twin Club Program Agreement. 

Twin clubs are two clubs from different countries that have established strong ties and have agreed to team up to complete a special program, be it an international service project, Rotary Youth Exchange, or Friendship Exchange.

Goals are:

• To emphasize the International avenue of Rotary service and friendship
• To establish a long-term relationship with another club that will lead to complex ongoing projects
• To enhance understanding of another culture
• To further international understanding and foster goodwill

Sergeant At Arms: Joe M.

Happy Dollars:

• Brian – Was happy to see 40 Rotarians participating on this Zoom meeting. 
• Don - $10 for our new Rotary Friends from Aman and for the Paul Harris award recipients from our club.
• Jim L – Chamber Annual Meeting was scheduled for the following day via Zoom and invited anyone interested in participating, to please contact him for a link to the event. Also, they were to present the Kany Award and looked forward to hosting the annual event.
• Brenda – $10 to celebrate the first female Vice President of the U.S. and how this momentous occasion celebrates women. It is a historic moment that serves as an inspiration for young woman everywhere. 
• Conrad – Honored his father and was grateful for a peaceful transition of power at our nation’s capital. 
• Nadia – Guest from Jordan, Happy to be here to participate in this event and to see the US protecting democracy. The international vision is one that promotes peace and celebrates women. If the USA democracy is protected, it is so around the world.
• Roland – Happy thoughts of his trip to Jordan and is reminded of Susan G. attempting to get on and off her camel. 


No Fines were issued at this meeting:

Additional Comments:

• District Governor Peggy Belanger congratulated Susan Gajewski for stepping into a position on the District Finance Committee. 

Guest Speaker: Amelia Maier & Ryan Sommer – City of Saco Food Sharing Project


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Saco Parks and Recreation Department offered a free meal for senior residents in the Saco community. From March 2020 to June 2020, the group raised $15k and served more than two-thousand meals. their goal was to offer a weekly to-go meal program in partnership with local restaurants to support and highlight their business.  Meals were distributed as take-home meals at the Saco Community Center. Following social distancing recommendations, individuals were able to easily pick-up meals curbside in our parking lot.

They are also focused on seniors and homebound citizens regarding isolation. They are working on a new program that will offer home deliveries in addition to the drive through service available at the community center. They are currently seeking sponsorship. For more information or to volunteer, contact Amelia.



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Tack 1/13/2021

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jan 13, 2021
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January 13, 2021
ZOOM Meeting
Welcome: President Don
4-Way Test: Brenda
Invocation: Joe B.
Follow up on Vets Wreaths:  Pick-up wreaths at St Joseph Cemetery on Friday morning.
Million Mask Initiative: President Don received 1000 PP Masks from Rotary District,  1000 will be donated to SMHC.  Don asked members to let Conrad know if they know of any organization, nursing home, non-profit that needs masks.
Don awarded Joe M a +4 Paul Harris pin at his business.  Don has a multiple Paul Harris pin for Jim Godbout and Dana Lane to award.  Also, a new Paul Harris will be awarded to a member.
Does anyone need CLYBK bags?
Sergeant At Arms: Joe M.
Happy Dollars:
  • Dr. Joe – Was happy to step back from the camera a bit to show his fellow Rotarians his Kilt. He sported his MacQueen Kilt for the meeting and thanked his wife for her assistance. 
  • Mark N. - $5 happy dollars to mention the Westbrook Rink and sent his congratulations and gratitude to Marty for the work he does on this project. It was a pleasure to see so many enjoying ice skating outdoors.
  • Don P – Don presented the Paul Harris award to Joe and had others to present in the upcoming week. He thanked fellow Rotarians for their generosity.
  • Conrad – Happy to have the grandkids coming by again for a visit.
  • Karen – She was happy to coincidentally, be wearing MacQueen pattern slacks.
  • Jen F – Happy to announce 2 new employees for Boots to Roots. ( is an organization preparing the transitioning of active duty military members and helping them to hit the ground running in Maine)
  • Bill P. – Happy to have Dave Underwood and Officer MacKenzie join us today.
  • Don P. – Currently have a COVID outbreak at work but that didn’t stop President Don. He delivered me the Paul Harris Award disregarding the Do Not Enter signs posted on the front door. He is as the Bruce Willis of Biddeford.
  • Dave U. - $1 Rotary Royalty Fee.
  • Marty – You always want Blood from us. It wasn’t enough we gave you blood a few months ago and now you’re asking for power reds again.  
  • Matt – You know why …
  • Peggy – So great to have you back! Joe M. paid $2 for her return.
  • Roland – Where’s Kaitlin?
  • Karen, Julie V., Heather G. & Brenda – each of you were mentioned in this great article in the Courier about Biddeford – Saco Rotary Club helps 81 local children at Christmas.
  • Marty – another $2 fine just because fine.
Fines were brought to you by Hard To Port Fishing Company.
Guest Speaker: Chief Bob MacKenzie of the Recover Initiative Committee
               M. 207-604-1339
There have been 28 deaths due to substance abuse. The Options Program has recently appointed a new representative for York County. They are currently looking for office space, preferably in the Biddeford – Saco area.  Please contact Chief MacKenzie if you would like more information about their program or if you are interested to become a volunteer with the Options Program.
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Publisher's Note

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jan 08, 2021
Originally the Tack was distributed in printed form at the following meeting.  Then came ClubRunner and the ability to publish online. This version has been  known as the e-Tack as we had both forms distributed for a while.
It now has been several years since the printed version has been issued.  Therefore we will now rename the online e-Tack to plainly  "THE TACK"
Thank You
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Week in Review 1/6/2021

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jan 06, 2021
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Michael Burman, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Sarah Curley, Brian Dallaire, Paul Deschambault, CJ Dubois-Cote, Jane Foley, Jen Fullmer, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Fausto Pifferrer, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Haley led the 4-Way Test
New Year Toast to Bideford, England Club, led by Paul Deschambault
  • Two new fundraisers were discussed at board meeting:  Trailer/RV Raffle and Maple syrup sales
  • The Amman Cosmopolitan Club in Jordan asked if we would be interested in "twinning" (an informal acknowledgement of our friendly relationship)
  • The COVID subcommittee is meeting today to discuss ongoing family garden project
  • Brian Dallaire shared "blue book" member database with the Club
  • Christmas giving - 81 children received gifts on $5,000 budget
  • Budget has been $100 per child for many years - we may want to consider increasing this amount
Paul makes motion to accept
Marty seconds the motion
Approved by majority 
  • Joe Bassett - $1 - Wife said yes 59 years ago
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - His wife had a shirt made for him for Christmas in family tartan (McQueen)
  • Fausto - $1 - Reuben made him tartan pants
  • Bill Paterson - $10 - He is first generation from Scotland and enjoyed the tartan sharing
  • Conrad - $5 - Friends in England surviving lockdown
  • Jen - $5 - For no longer having to picture Joe in a kilt 
  • Brenda - $5 - Will be representing us on indigenous people project
  • Don - $5 - Paul did a good job on the toast
  • Marty - $1 - Record crowds at Westbrook Skating Rink
  • Melissa - $2 - Gift exchange was fun and family is healthy
  • Don - $1 - Weekly Presidential fine
  • Mark Nahorney - $1 - For receiving free ventilation system
  • Dr. Mike - $1 - Needs a better background
  • Bill Kany - $1 - Club money is being transferred to SBSI
  • Jen - $1 - Her husband helped her with the trivia game
  • Conrad/Bill - $1 - Trivia questions were terrible
  • Matt Tuller - $1 - For his father not attending meetings
  • Roland - $1 - For cabin and forest backgrounds
  • Heather G. - $1 - Eating during meeting
  • Fausto - $1 - Short sleeved shirt
  • Paulette - $1 - Came in late
  • Heather MacLean - $1 - Short haircut
  • Sarah C. - $1 - For attending meeting (Heather to cover)
  • His father, Mark, has been a member since 1993
  • Matt grew up hearing stories about Rotary meetings and volunteer projects and meeting people from other clubs
  • During college, he volunteered at food banks and Big Friends Little Friends
  • Matt worked as an admissions associate in Massachusetts (Cushing Academy and Hillside School)
  • He coached hockey and lacrosse and enjoys sailing, golfing, skiing, and climbing
  • Newly engaged and planning a small family wedding
  • Currently works in the family's mechanical contracting business, Atlantic Comfort Systems
  • Matt hopes to meet us all in person soon
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 1/6/21

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jan 06, 2021
Attendance: Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Paul Deschambault, CJ Dubois-Cote, Ken Farley, Donald Pilon, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
  • Melissa sent out updated timeline
  • Apex's goal is for youth to work alongside Rotary so they may learn that service is a lifelong endeavor
  • Limit the number of bed sizes and types of plant to keep things simple
  • Rob Moody would like to be involved in some way
  • Ken will be point person for Becca moving forward
  • Board approval may be needed if this project becomes an annual event
  • Press release should go out sometime in the next 2 weeks (pending application finalization)
  • There is a coat drive taking place from now until the 15th
  • Adult or children's coats can be dropped off at the police station, fire station, or BMS
  • Rotary Club may be asked in the future to encourage our communities to get vaccinated
  • About 300 masks remaining and another 500 will be received on the 12th
  • First responders have plenty of masks, so we should focus on nursing homes and community centers
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Club Meeting Minutes 12/23/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Dec 29, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Mike Burman, Brian Dallaire, Jen Fullmer, Mark Nahorney, Joe Moreshead, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Kaitlin Tito, Matt Tuller, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Conrad led the 4-Way Test
  • No meeting next week (December 30)
  • Member vote on revisions to by-laws will take place January 6th
  • If anyone needs a Clynk bag, please contact Don or Julie
  • Marty thanks everyone who participated in Wreaths Across America
  • There is a press release in the Courier this week regarding our club's Christmas program for families in need
  • COVID-19 subcommittee will meet briefly after today's club meeting
Everyone is immune from fines this week.
  • Mike Burman - $5 - Happy to be here
  • Conrad - $1 - Had a nice chat with Rob Moody, who is going to help with the family garden project
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - Enjoyed volunteering at Wreaths Across America event
  • Jen - $1 - Got to know some club members better through recent events
  • Mark - $5 - Had a great time at Wreaths Across America
  • Mark - $5 - Daughter is visiting
  • Mark - $5 - Visit to purchase tickets to see him perform with his wife
  • Don - $5 - He met Joe's son
  • Joe - $5 - For bragging about his sons
  • Matt - $5 - For his older sister's birthday
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM 
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 12/23/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Dec 28, 2020
  • Conrad spoke with Rob Moody regarding the Family Garden Project - Rob is interested in helping and has some ideas
  • One of Rob's staff members is an educator and could probably also help out
  • The gardening sub-subcommittee should look into source of seeds (maybe university system co-op?)
  • The timeline Becca put together started in December so the subgroup will set up a meeting ASAP
  • About 300 masks are left in our stockpile and it may be a good idea to source another 1,000
  • Conrad has heard from some organizations that they would welcome more donations
  • We'll plan on checking in with them after the New Year to see how they are doing
  • Two or three subcommittee members have signed up to volunteer at Saco Food Pantry on on-call basis
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Adopt-A-Family Program

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Dec 23, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Brenda Pollock, VP
Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club
M. 207-653-4358
The Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club’s Adopt-A-Family Program Makes Christmas Lists for 81 Local Children Come True
Biddeford-Saco – Every year, the 100-year-old-Rotary Club reaches out to local schools who connects them with local families with children, who may need a hand during the holiday season. It is a tradition that has been shared with these Rotarians and their families for centuries and one of the staples of this organization that continues to impact everyone involved. 
Each December, Rotary club members gather as part of the Adopt-A-Family event for an evening of shopping where committee organizers distribute the wish lists of local children in need. For those children, Christmas without gifts is their reality. Heather Gendron and Karen Chasse, co-chairs of this Rotary event, recognized there would be no opportunity for gathering as a group this year but the club was determined to find a way to make certain this event happened.
“The Rotarians really stepped up this year and our club was able to deliver Christmas presents to 81 children in the Biddeford and Saco Communities,” said Gendron. “That was the most number of requests we ever received.”  The Rotary club allocates spending $100 per child. Rotarians who participate, can choose to contribute any amount on top of that. “We partner with school faculty, community members, friends, business owners and family members to make this possible,” added Gendron.
Each of the children selected for the Adopt-A-Family program are asked to complete a Christmas wish list of clothing, toys, and other items they wished for. Then, organizers distribute the wish lists to volunteer Rotarians and other local volunteers who went to work making wishes come true. “Many of the volunteers who participate in this program, offer to sponsor these children on their own, without Rotary funds. Their generosity allowed our Rotary Club to adopt even more children,” added Gendron.
Julie Villemaire, Secretary of the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club and longtime member stated “This is one of the most heartfelt and rewarding programs that I’ve been honored to take part in with my fellow Rotarians.  Being able to help put smiles on the faces of these families, during what can often be a very difficult time of year for some, gives you this incredible feeling and truly opens your heart.”
Vice President of the club, Brenda Pollock said, “My twelve-year-old granddaughter wanted to be involved in this project. It was important to her that we purchase everything on their wish list ... and then some. It was an experience that reinforces gratitude and the importance of helping those less fortunate.”
This year, every Rotarian had to be responsible for every aspect of shopping, wrapping, and delivering on their own. Karen Chasse, co-chair of this program stated, “This year certainly is different in how we served the many families in our Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program.  We were not able to work together as a group but, that didn’t deter our Rotarians. Once the Biddeford and Saco School Departments identified families in need, we assigned them to those willing to help.” Family and friends of volunteer Rotarians who learned of the program also wanted to volunteer. “It was no surprise that the need this year was significant,” added Chasse. “We are grateful for the help of school department staff, local businesses, Rotarians, and local citizens who sponsored a family on their own so all the families identified would have smiling children on Christmas morning."
In addition to the providing children’s wishes, the Biddeford and Saco Rotary Club also delivers a $100 Hannaford food gift card to the parents/guardians. “So many people are struggling to put food on the table,” Gendron added. “The grocery gift card will help ensure these families also can enjoy a holiday dinner.”
The club budgets $5,000 each year for the Adopt-A-Family program. The gift lists received by families each year always exceed that. “It’s a tribute to the Rotarians and other volunteers who step up and graciously give generously each year,” Gendron commented. “Without them, this would not be possible.  We are fortunate that we can come together as a community to make a positive impact in the lives of so many of our community’s children this holiday season.” 
For more information on the Rotary Club of Biddeford and Saco or to learn more about the Adopt-A-Family program, visit: or visit their Facebook page at: Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco. 
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Club Meeting Minutes 12/16/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Dec 16, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Joe Boyle, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Ray Demers, Paul Deschambault, Jane Foley, Jen Fullmer, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
Guests: Dan Reed, Ian Garcia-Grant
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Brenda led the 4-Way Test
Condolences to Brian Dallaire for the passing of his father, Del Dallaire
A memorial will be held in June of 2021
  • Thank you to those who volunteered for bell ringing - event ended early due to weather but people were very generous
  • Voting on by-laws is postponed until the first meeting of January due to expected low attendance on December 23rd
  • 38 Rotarians have donated to the foundation since July
  • We are very close to our $7,000 goal (around $6,800 currently with matching)
  • Wreaths Across America event at St. Joseph's Cemetery, December 19th at 11:30 AM
  • A total of 89 children from approximately 30 families will receive gifts from our club this year
  • Most Rotarians have already picked up Hannaford gift cards and will deliver gifts on Friday
  • COVID subcommittee donated $1,000 to Youth Full Maine for their new building
  • The subcommittee also donated a garden box as a raffle item for the Saco Library's "Festival of Trees" fundraiser
  • Meals on Wheels and the Saco Food Pantry could use volunteers
  • District 7780 presented Dr. Nirav Shah with a Paul Harris award for his work on coronavirus
  •  Dr. Joe - $20 - Stepdaughter is scheduled to receive vaccine soon, 2nd grandson graduated college, and he enjoyed shopping for and wrapping gifts
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - Happy to have Wizardly Media attend meeting
  • Conrad - $5 - Enjoyed time at Walmart, nice to see new prospective members, happy that Ray Demers is in attendance
  • Don - $5 - Happy that Brenda is feeling better, grateful for Sue's hard work, and happy that Ray is here
  • Brenda - $5 - Her granddaughter Maddison joined her for bell ringing and they had a great time
  • Bill Paterson - $10 - Son graduated with MFA and puppy saw the ocean for the first time
  • Don - Exempt from fine this week
  • Everyone else is guilty of being a member of the club and must pay $1
  • District clubs and their members must strive to establish a culture of respect and conduct consistent with the 4-Way Test
  • Our thoughts, words, and actions in our interactions with fellow Rotarians, the youth with whom we work, our associates, partners and spouses, other volunteers and the community must be respectful and appropriate at all times
  • Purpose of the policy is to ensure the safety and protection of all children and youth, vulnerable persons, fellow Rotarians and volunteers with whom we interact in our Rotary activities
  • This shall include safety and protection from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or harassment and extends to all activities of Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange
  • Rotarians and volunteers should always: provide a model of good and appropriate behavior, treat others with respect, respect each other's right to privacy, be aware that behavior can be misinterpreted even when well intentioned and challenge unacceptable behavior
  • All allegations of abuse or harassment will be taken seriously and must be handled in accordance with district guidelines  
  • Each volunteer must complete an application (Appendix H) every 3 years authorizing the District or Club to conduct a background check
  • Volunteers or applicants who have admitted to, been convicted of, or are otherwise found to have engaged in sexual abuse or harassment are prohibited from working with children, youth, or any other vulnerable or protected person in a Rotary program
  • All volunteers who are participating in Rotary activities involving children, youth or other vulnerable or protected individuals will receive training regarding protection policies at a frequency determined by the District Protection Officer
  • The full "Prevention of Abuse and Harassment" document has been emailed to the Club for reference
Meeting adjourned at 1:30
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 12/9/20

  • Youth Full Maine has been operating out of Biddeford Middle School and is in need of a permanent space
  • A building has been secured (with refrigeration/freezer) but thousands of dollars are still needed
  • Estimated funding needed is $36,000, they currently have $31,000
  • They are reaching out to credit unions and have also received a sizable donation from Harbor View Lending
  • The subcommittee votes unanimously to contribute $1,000 (payable to Youth Full Maine, sent to Karen's attention)
  • Becca has put together a timeline for Rotarian and Apex duties
  • December: Reach out to property managers to gauge interest and get approval
  • January: Send out applications with February deadline
  • February: Process phone orders
  • March: Build out gardening boxes and pre-gardening class
  • April: Box/seed delivery begins
  • We should be mindful that some seeds will need to be started ahead of time
  • Harvest class in the fall - food processing and storage
  • Conrad will reach out to Rob Moody regarding his class on garden maintenance
  • Garden sub-sub-committee: Ken, Becca, Kaitlin, Conrad (Melissa alternate for Becca)
  • More volunteers are needed to fill in at differing times/days
  • Conrad and Brenda continue to communicate with Lynn at the Saco Food Pantry
  • They will ask for assistance from the entire Rotary Club as well
  • Meals On Wheels also in need of volunteers
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Club Meeting Minutes 12/9/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Dec 09, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, CJ Dubois-Cote, Jen Fullmer, Roland Gagne, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kaitlin Tito, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel 
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Marty led the 4-Way Test
  • By-law revisions have been approved by the board
  • The club will vote after they've had a chance to review them
  • Bell-ringing is this Saturday - all slots have been filled but some only have one person
  • Wreaths Across America (Dec. 19th) start time changed to 11:30 AM
  • Meeting place is near Ray's Market (West and Marion)
  • Event should take about 2 hours; please dress warm and wear a mask
  • More information is available at
  • All Christmas shopping has been assigned - 81 children from 25 families
  • Meet up with Heather Gendron sometime this week (Mon-Thurs) to pick up blue bag and Hannaford gift card
  • Melissa knows of another family who could use help - Karen to connect with them
  • If making a Rotary foundation donation, please use Venmo
  • Just over $2,000 of $7,000 goal has been received so far
  • Clynk bags are available at Whimsical ME
  • Joe Bassett - $10 - Birthday was December 1st
  • Conrad - $5 - Granddaughter is visiting for 3 days
  • Marty - $3 - Picking up his daughter on Saturday, received Christmas lists in PDF format, and in thanks to Kaitlin for taking notes
  • Don - $1 - For Joe Bassett's birthday and kind words
  • Don - $1 - Thank you to Kaitlin for note taking
  • Karen - $1 - Daughter graduates next week and has a job lined up
  • Jen - $5 - Happy to be a part of the group 
  • Don - $1 - For scheduling bell-ringing on a Saturday
  • Don - $1 - There is going to be bad weather this Saturday
  • Roland - $1 - He knows what he did
  • Kaitlin - $1 - Same reason as Roland
  • Heather - $1 - For doing a great job as substitute SAA
  • Conrad - $1 - 5 year Rotary anniversary
  • Marty - $1 - 3 year Rotary anniversary
  • Karen - $1 - Flipping between video and photo
  • Brenda - $1 - Multi-tasking
  • Marty - $1 - For not being Brian Dallaire
  • Corrected Club name on cover page
  • Board of Directors - up to 6 members now allowed
  • No need to be a member for 2 years before joining Board
  • Must be a member for 2 years for nominating committee
  • Secretary and Treasurer may now serve 4 consecutive 2 year terms (previously limited to 2 terms)
  • Sergeant at Arms may also serve on Board of Directors
  • Treasurer description has been updated to include familiarity with Quick Books
  • Participating via electronic means counts for attendance
  • Viva voce or written ballot are acceptable forms of voting
  • Rotary's areas of focus updated (there are now 7, previously 5)
  • Charitable donations over $500 should be decided at Board level
  • Funds must be deposited at a financial institution (previously "bank")
  • Proposed members not to attend any meetings during posting period
  • Votes to take place at Board before being brought to the Club
  • Indemnification clause added for insurance purposes
  • By-laws must be presented 10 days before vote on approval
  • Bill will make final revisions; vote is scheduled for December 23rd
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM
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Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed!

Hello Friends,
We have more Meals on Wheels openings available! Please see the information below and feel free to contact us if you are interested:
Drivers needed at Biddeford
Biddeford Meals on Wheels is in need of delivery drivers on Tuesday mornings from 10:00AM-12:00PM. These delivery routes would be primarily in the Biddeford/Saco area. The site is located at 189 Alfred Street in Biddeford.
Packagers needed at Portland/Westbrook (Temporary)
Portland/Westbrook Meals on Wheels is looking for two volunteers to assist with packaging food on Thursday mornings from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Please note that this is a temporary volunteer role from 12/17/20 – 1/28/21. This role does require volunteers to work in close proximity with each other in the kitchen – so for safety purposes we encourage members of the same household to contact us with their interest. The site is located at 426 Bridge Street in Westbrook.
SMAA Volunteer Services
136 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074
Also please ask if they could choose to help out to include myself or Julie on the communication so that they can be recognized for their service hours. Thanks Conrad 
Conrad Welzel <>
Julie Villemaire <>
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed! Conrad Welzel 2020-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 RC Officers

Posted on Dec 02, 2020
Incoming officers for 2021-2022 Year
  • President: Marty Grohman
  • President-Elect: Brenda Pollock
  • Vice President: Paulette Bonneau
  • Secretary: Julie Villemaire
  • Treasurer: Susan Gajewski
  • Directors (2020-2021): Roland Gagne, Kaitlin Tito
  • Directors (2021-2023): Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Conrad Welzel
  • Immediate Past President: Don Pilon
  • Assistant Secretary: Kaitlin Tito
  • Assistant Treasurer: Kathy Shea
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Club Annual Meeting Minutes 12/2/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Dec 02, 2020
Attendance: Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Paul Deschambault, CJ Dubois-Cote, Jane Foley, Jen Fullmer, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Marty Grohman, Keith Jacques, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Paul Deschambault
Haley led the 4-Way Test
  • The club by-laws have been revised and reviewed by the board
  • All members will receive a copy after Bill completes some final changes; to be voted on at next meeting
  • Thank you to everyone who paid the invoice amount for foundation giving
  • Please return the pledge form to Brian - so far he has only heard back from 3 people
  • The club goal is $7,000 to the foundation (club matches gifts up to $100)
  • Heather has emailed everyone their pairing for holiday gift swap
  • There will not be a club meeting on December 30th
  • Please let Marty know if you can participate in Wreaths Across America, December 19th at 9 AM
  • Bell ringing at Walmart is scheduled for December 12th from 9 AM to 8 PM
  • COVID-19 subcommittee's next meeting is December 9th
  • The subcommittee recently approved $500 in assistance to Jim Godbout's Hannaford gift card donations
  • The Saco food pantry could use volunteers to pick up food at Shaw's and Hannaford and drop off at pantry
  • Volunteers would help out on Thursdays between 7 - 8:30 AM (must be able to lift 40 lb. boxes)
Induction - Dr. Mike Burman, Behavioral Neuroscientist, UNE
  • Operational account remains largely unaffected by COVID restrictions
  • The charitable giving account has taken a hit due to cancellation of $100 raffle
  • The golf tournament resulted in a $9,000 profit
  • Expected income from 100th anniversary party is about $15,000
  • $2,500 in funding expected from grants
  • President: Marty Grohman
  • President-Elect: Brenda Pollock
  • Vice President: Paulette Bonneau
  • Secretary: Julie Villemaire
  • Treasurer: Susan Gajewski
  • Directors (2020-2021): Roland Gagne, Kaitlin Tito
  • Directors (2021-2023): Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Conrad Welzel
  • Immediate Past President: Don Pilon
  • Assistant Secretary: Kaitlin Tito
  • Assistant Treasurer: Kathy Shea
Brenda makes a motion to approve; seconded by Fausto
Quorum is 18 (29 members present) and a majority approves
Heather MacLean filling in as Sergeant At Arms
  • Conrad - $1 - Happy to have 2 new members
  • Don - $1 - Happy to welcome Mike Burman
  • Jen - $5 - Grateful for recent donation to Boots2Roots
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - Christmas tree is up and lit
  • Fausto - $20 - End of waiting period after wedding
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - New granddog, Mrs. Maisel
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - Welcome to Mike
  • Mark Nahorney - $1 - "Home For The Holidays" virtual concert, December 17th-27th, $20 admission
  • Julie - $10 - Welcome to Mike, Matt, and Jen (and she also survived a super glue incident)
  • Brian - $2 - Haley promptly returned her pledge form and Jim made a sizable donation to the foundation
  • Keith - $1 - As payment for Bill's by-laws presentation
  • Keith - $1 - Because Heather is happy to see him
  • Don - $1 - Just because
  • Jen and Mike - $1 - New member fee
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - For his beard
  • Brenda - $1 - For having perfect hair
  • Roland - $1 - Maxed out on Paul Harris
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM
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Annual Salvation Army Bellringing

Happy Post Thanksgiving Greetings to all,
Attached is the sign up sheet for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing to take place on December 12 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Walmart in Biddeford. There are two entrance points to the store that we will cover. The sign up sheet allows for two people to be at each entrance. However, Salvation Army is recommending one person especially if social distancing is not possible. The shifts are one hour long. If you want to participate this year the Salvation Army is requesting that you watch the attached, video regarding Covid protocols.
Hope to see you at the bell ringing!!!
Contact Joe to sign up at
Warm Regards,
Joe Moreshead
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Festival of Trees Auction is NOW LIVE!

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Nov 30, 2020

2020 Auction Benefitting the Dyer Library & Saco Museum

I just wanted to give you a heads up that our online auction is live and open for bids!
Here's where the action is:
Thank you for the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's donation of the Raised Bed Garden. 
Here is the direct link to your auction item:
Note the icons, upper right, enabling you to copy to the link to emails (feel free to share with the Club!) or post it on your Facebook or Twitter. Please share these links on your Facebook page as well as with friends, associates, and people who might be hankering for your item or might do some shopping at the auction.  Be loud and proud of your support for the Dyer Library/Saco Museum's Festival of Trees!
Bidding closes on Sunday, December 13 at 5:00. 
Thanks so much again.
Linsey Pilon
Chair, Festival of Trees Online Auction 2020
President, Board of Trustees, Dyer Library Association
Festival of Trees Auction is NOW LIVE! Susan Gajewski 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Meeting December 2

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Nov 30, 2020
Good evening fellow Rotarians!
President Don asked me to send an email out to remind everyone that this Wednesday, December 2nd, is our "Annual Meeting".  
This is the meeting where the nominating committee presents the list of candidates for the slate of officers for the 2021-2022 Rotarian year.
This is another opportunity to voice your opinion and/or propose additional candidates for office for the upcoming Rotarian year.
After the discussion is complete, the club will vote in the new slate of officers.  We need to have a quorum of 1/3 of the membership in order for the vote to be valid.
Please do your best to attend this Zoom meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 12:15 show your interest and support in electing next year's leadership team.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me at or call me at 207-602-7850 (after 11:00 a.m.). 
Thank you!
Rotary Annual Meeting December 2 Julie Villemaire 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 11/24/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 30, 2020
  • Rebecca Cote joined the call to tell us about Apex's planned activities
  • The kids will do seed starts in the spring and the 9th grade class is working on wood projects
  • Their program would dovetail nicely with the Rotary Club's gardening project
  • Smaller garden beds can be built at Apex and delivered; for larger beds it may be better to build on site
  • We should also consider whether families have space for larger beds (make different sizes available)
  • The club may also wish to partner with Holly Culloton from the community garden program for maintenance assistance
  • Ken will set something up (get feedback and report back to group)
  • Rebecca offered to put together a preliminary timeline to have project up and running by spring, to be discussed at next meeting
  • The subcommittee will possibly work on an educational event with Apex - if COVID allows
  • Jim Godbout donates Hannaford gift cards to those who don't feel comfortable asking for help or going to the food pantry
  • He could use some assistance this year - his budget is usually $1,000 - $1,500
  • Ken and Brian propose $500 to Jim for gift certificates and there are no objections
Next meeting 1pm Dec 9.
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Toobox for Vet

We were going to buy it from Harbor Freight in South Portland and have them ship it to him in Bangor. HF said we had to buy it in Bangor. Short of driving to Bangor I contacted our district governor Peggy Belanger to ask her for the president of the local Bangor club. She put me in touch with Caroline King of the Bangor Rotary Club. I called Caroline to ask her if she could buy the tool box and deliver it to this veteran. She did all of this. We sent her a check for the cost of the tool box and all is good. She and I talked afterwards and she was grateful I reached out to her. She replied this is the power of Rotary. The ability to network within the organization for situations like this and support our communities.
Service above Self
Toolbox update - the Bangor Rotary Club purchased and delivered the toolbox
     I just picked up the tool box it’s in a huge box I am going to open it up this Sunday to put some of my tools in it. So on Sunday when it is nice and flashy I’ll send you a good pick. Thank you so much.
I just got my tool box delivered to C&L aviation today. I can’t thank you guys enough for all you have done for me. This is a professional tool box for a professional aircraft mechanic. 
Best regards,
D.Ryan Neville
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Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Brenda Pollock 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/18/2020

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
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Volunteers for Biddeford Middle School food distribution Wed. 11/18

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Nov 16, 2020
For our food distribution happening at the Biddeford Middle School next Wednesday, Nov 18, we're looking for 2-3 volunteers from the span of 10:30 until 11:30 (knowing Rotarians will want to attend your weekly meeting at noon); and then to be on stand-by after the distribution to make any local home deliveries if requests come in from folks without transportation or for whom the timing doesn't work (say, 1:30-2:30). The distribution runs from 11am-1pm and the earlier group would be helping us to steer traffic or load boxes into cars during the anticipated rush at the beginning.
Rotarians can contact me at or call or text me at (207) 409-0327 if available. Details of this and the Saco distribution is attached.
Thanks for getting the word out to members if you're able to do so.
Katie Brown
Youth Full Maine
(207) 409-0327
Volunteers for Biddeford Middle School food distribution Wed. 11/18 Conrad Welzel 2020-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 11, 2020
  • Patrisha is a photojournalist who started this project as a way to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence
  • After her husband's arrest, she was surprised by how many people shared their own stories of abuse
  • The project is an exhibit of photographs captioned by the subject as well as audio recordings
  • There are also banners throughout Camden's Main St. featuring photos of survivors and the Maine Domestic Abuse Helpline number
  • People often feel very alone in these situations, but the patterns are consistent and easy to see in large numbers
  • Isolation due to COVID will likely exacerbate the problem for people who are in abusive relationships
  • Finding Our Voices is not a service organization, but points people in the right direction to get help
  • They are working on a new initiative - to inform people of the link between pet abuse and domestic abuse
  • Half of all murders in Maine are the result of a domestic abuse situation
  • Lax sentencing for domestic abusers is a problem - often no jail time or case is dismissed (especially due to COVID/crowded jails)
  • The organization would like to expand their campaign to our area next year
  • Please contact Patrisha if you would like to be involved in any way
I very much enjoyed meeting you and your Rotary Club and thank you again for the invitation.
I am excited about the assistance  that was offered to bring domestic abuse awareness to the Saco/Biddeford community in 2021.
Thank you for sharing my contact info with the group from today, and particularly the two men that said they will help me with legislators and the downtown group.
My email address is and cell number 207 322 6460.
On the web at: 
Kindest regards,  
Patrisha McLean
Let's Talk About It on WERU
GUEST: PATRISHA MCLEAN OF FINDING OUR VOICES Kaitlin Tito 2020-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/11/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 11, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Joe Boyle, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, CJ Dubois-Cote, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Conrad Welzel  
Guests: Patrisha McLean, Cynthia Giroux
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett
Conrad led the 4-Way Test
  • This is the 2nd week of posting for Mike Burman and Jen Fullmer
  • In honor of Veterans Day, Don is donating $250 to Boots2Roots and $250 to Vet2Vet Maine
  • Clynk bags are available at Heather's store
  • Please respond to email if you would like to participate in holiday gift swap - deadline is December 1st
  • Brian's pledge form should be returned whether you plan to give or not
  • It is unclear whether $100 raffle is happening - Don will contact Karen for more info
  • Nominating committee needs candidates by December 2nd
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - His brother was a veteran of Korean War
  • Marty - $5 - In honor of Veterans Day and because WGAN fundraiser was very successful
  • Conrad - $5 - In honor of his father and grandfather (both veterans)
  • Conrad - $5 - Granddaughter's homeschooling going well
  • Joe Bassett - $5 - For his son-in-law who is in the Vermont National Guard
  • Roland - $1 - His wife has dual citizenship now and they got into Canada
  • Don - $10 - For Veterans Day and everyone who served
  • Bill Paterson - $1 - In honor of our veterans
  • Roland - $5 - Looks like he's in the attic
  • Roland - $1 - For not showing us the attic
  • Brian - $5 - For being in Florida
  • Don - $1 - Meeting started late
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 11/11/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 11, 2020
  • The subcommittee will donate a raised bed as an auction item
  • Typical size - 8' x 3', soil will be included
  • A description of the item and potentially a photograph will be provided for the auction
  • Don to take a photo of the garden at Pierson's Lane/Bacon in Biddeford - to be used for reference
  • We may want to include in description that local children are participating in the project
  • Becca in charge of gardening project at Apex - will be joining next subcommittee meeting
  • Ken looked at different grant applications and put together an application for this project
  • Eligibility requirements - space for garden, sunlight, permission to place garden on property
  • Gardens will be assembled on site with assistance from recipient
  • Ken will reach out to Guy Gagnon to discuss pre-authorization from Biddeford Housing Authority
  • We may want to have a lawyer take a look at the application as well
  • Youth Full Maine has good quality cardboard sheets we can use (to keep weeds out)
  • Melissa will contact Holly Collerton (community garden organizer) for input
  • Budget is $46/per garden, with 20 initially budgeted for
  • Everyone is OK with co-branding with Apex, working name is Family Garden Project
  • The proposed budget, application, and brochure are attached for reference
  • Youth Full Maine & Age Friendly Saco are holding food distribution event next week
  • They could use volunteers - Wednesday, 11/18 from 11-1 
  • Katie will send the details to Brian, to be sent to the rest of the club
  • Brenda's last email regarding the food pantry suggested sending reminder to club - Conrad will follow up with Brian
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Week in Review 11/4/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 04, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Bill Kany, Jim LaBelle, Heather MacLean, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pillon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Abigail Smallwood, Community Planner, City of Biddeford
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett 
Bill Kany led the 4-Way Test
  • Two new members are being posted - Mike Burman and Jen Fullmer
  • Julie has Clynk bags and stickers if anyone needs them (Don picking some up for distribution)
  • 6-8 people have replied to holiday swap email
  • Please email Heather MacLean if you would like to spread some holiday cheer
  • Center For Grieving Children sent a thank you letter for our $1,000 donation
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting next week
  • The subcommittee's main project at the moment is "Victory Garden" educational program
  • Approximately 500 masks remaining - please contact Conrad if you know anyone in need
  • 100th anniversary subcommittee meeting on November 18th after club meeting
Don chose nominating committee (from hat at random) for President after Brenda.
General results: Heather MacLean, Carl Goodwin, Sarah Curley
Past President picks: Karen Chasse, Paul Deschambault
  • Conrad - $6 - Happy that the election is over and without violence
  • Dr. Joe - $1 - Son in Norway bought new home
  • Joe Bassett - $1 - Also happy the election is over
  • Brian - $1 - Agrees with Joe Bassett
  • Kathy Shea - $10 - Same
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - No more political ads
  • Don - $5 - Same
  • Kaitlin - $1 - For underrepresenting Ken's chipmunk removal achievements (he relocated a total of 28 chipmunks)
  • Brian - $2 - For being off topic
  • Don - $2 - Standard Joe M. fine
  • Bill Kany - $6 - For being rich and sassy (and commenting on election)
  • Don - $1 - Called Heather M. "Sergeant OF Arms"
  • Abigail has a background in historic preservation
  • She is originally from Charleston, West Virginia
  • Moved here in May, 2014 with then-boyfriend, now husband
  • Abigail previously worked for Westbrook's Main Street affiliation program
  • New role is managing community development block grants
  • CDBG are federal grants to support urban revitalization (recipients must be low to moderate income)
  • Funds are provided to programs such as the lead abatement initiative for older apartment buildings
  • New program will launch soon to help owners of 2-4 units make improvements to run-down buildings
  • Also involved with community programs such as Seeds of Hope, Apex Youth Connection, and Meals On Wheels
  • COVID specific funding was used on job retention for local businesses
  • They received another round recently - recipients to be determined (a survey is being conducted to assess community needs)
  • Current challenge: difficult to develop relationships with community due to COVID restrictions
Meeting adjourned at 12:51 PM
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Week in Review 11/4/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Nov 04, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Joe Boyle, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Bill Kany, Jim LaBelle, Heather MacLean, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pillon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Abigail Smallwood, Community Planner, City of Biddeford
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Joe Bassett 
Bill Kany led the 4-Way Test
  • Two new members are being posted - Mike Burman and Jen Fullmer
  • Julie has Clynk bags and stickers if anyone needs them (Don picking some up for distribution)
  • 6-8 people have replied to holiday swap email
  • Please email Heather MacLean if you would like to spread some holiday cheer
  • Center For Grieving Children sent a thank you letter for our $1,000 donation
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting next week
  • The subcommittee's main project at the moment is "Victory Garden" educational program
  • Approximately 500 masks remaining - please contact Conrad if you know anyone in need
  • 100th anniversary subcommittee meeting on November 18th after club meeting
Don chose nominating committee (from hat at random) for President after Brenda.
General results: Heather MacLean, Carl Goodwin, Sarah Curley
Past President picks: Karen Chasse, Paul Deschambault
  • Conrad - $6 - Happy that the election is over and without violence
  • Dr. Joe - $1 - Son in Norway bought new home
  • Joe Bassett - $1 - Also happy the election is over
  • Brian - $1 - Agrees with Joe Bassett
  • Kathy Shea - $10 - Same
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - No more political ads
  • Don - $5 - Same
  • Kaitlin - $1 - For underrepresenting Ken's chipmunk removal achievements (he relocated a total of 28 chipmunks)
  • Brian - $2 - For being off topic
  • Don - $2 - Standard Joe M. fine
  • Bill Kany - $6 - For being rich and sassy (and commenting on election)
  • Don - $1 - Called Heather M. "Sergeant OF Arms"
  • Abigail has a background in historic preservation
  • She is originally from Charleston, West Virginia
  • Moved here in May, 2014 with then-boyfriend, now husband
  • Abigail previously worked for Westbrook's Main Street affiliation program
  • New role is managing community development block grants
  • CDBG are federal grants to support urban revitalization (recipients must be low to moderate income)
  • Funds are provided to programs such as the lead abatement initiative for older apartment buildings
  • New program will launch soon to help owners of 2-4 units make improvements to run-down buildings
  • Also involved with community programs such as Seeds of Hope, Apex Youth Connection, and Meals On Wheels
  • COVID specific funding was used on job retention for local businesses
  • They received another round recently - recipients to be determined (a survey is being conducted to assess community needs)
  • Current challenge: difficult to develop relationships with community due to COVID restrictions
Meeting adjourned at 12:51 PM
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November is Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Nov 01, 2020

A Foundation to build on

The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and an A-plus rating from CharityWatch.

We know that the Foundation is helping Rotarians do good in the world, but it can be difficult to convey the full scope of its work. So we’ve put together some figures from the past five years — 2014-15 through 2018-19 — to tell the story of the generosity of Rotarians and the good work that the Foundation supports.

November is Rotary Foundation Month; to make a contribution, go to

As a convenience,  we have included a line item of $50 for the Foundation in your semi-annual dues statement allowing you to pay them together.  Feel free to adjust the amount!

Amounts up to $100 are matched by your club.


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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 10/28/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 29, 2020
  • The last time Don spoke with Saco Food Pantry they had sufficient funding
  • Volunteers are still needed, particularly on Friday mornings for donation pick-up
  • The sign-up spreadsheet has been simplified - please leave your name and contact information in the appropriate time slot, and Brenda will forward to her contact at the food pantry
  • Link to doc:
  • City of OOB has no immediate need but does anticipate need in the future
  • About 550 masks remaining from bulk donation
  • Don recommends holding onto them for now
  • The City of Saco administrator says that first responders, police, etc. have enough masks
  • Bon Appetit and Youth Full Maine received mask donations
  • We should plan to check in with smaller nursing homes on their mask needs
  • Don will stop by the MacArthur Home to see if they could use any
  • 3 bottles of hand sanitizer remaining - different groups stop by and pick up as needed
  • St. James School funding request is substantial ($288 x 10 months) - to be decided by board
  • Recommended size for raised beds - 3 ft x 8 ft
  • Individual (visible) gardens are recommended rather than community garden
  • Available to Saco, Biddeford, and OOB communities
  • An application should be created to determine who receives garden donations
  • Boxes, soil, seedlings to be donated to recipients
  • The subcommittee could also follow up with families to assist with maintenance 
  • Duties for next meeting: Kaitlin creating pamphlet/Ken working on application/Joe putting together budget
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Week in Review 10/28/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 28, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, CJ Dubois-Cote, Ken Farley, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Martin Grohman, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Fausto Pifferrer, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Conrad Welzel
Guests: Assistant Governor Bob Wester, Jessica Austin-Luce, Landis Gabel, Peter Dugas
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett - Invocation
Kathy Shea led the 4-Way Test
  • Thank you to Marty for running the meeting last week
  • Thank you to everyone who helped Jim Godbout with his recent project
  • 16 club members participated in some way; 2 or 3 dumpsters worth of rubbish were removed from the home and tenants are grateful
  • We are in the process of getting more Clynk bags
  • Heather Gendron will have an update on Christmas shopping a little closer to the holidays
  • Secret Santa gifts will be exchanged in lieu of holiday party
  • Please email Heather MacLean if you would like to participate
  • Gifts should be limited to $30, no gag gifts this year
  • Wreaths Across America will take place Saturday Dec. 19th - Marty will have more info soon 
  • Brenda applied for Rotary International project concerning indigenous people in northern Maine/Canada
  • Conrad receiving Presidential Volunteer Service Award this Thursday, Oct. 29th 
  • Board members will receive Bill Kany's by-law revisions sometime this week (to be discussed at next board meeting)
  • Conrad - $10 - Grateful for his house, his friends, and the Rotary club
  • Don - $1 - Shared a memory from the house clean-up
  • Melissa - $2 - Evergreen Credit Union did financial literacy program with Apex and Jim Godbout delivered an air purifier
  • Ken Farley - $2 - Relocated 2 nuisance chipmunks 
  • Bill Paterson - $5 - Grateful for the group and the work we do
  • Don - $3 - General disorganization
  • Marty - $2 - Gave Brian a hard time about the intro music and promoted Heather's store
  • Matt Tuller - $1 - Courier article
  • Mark Tuller - $1 - Same
  • Roland - $1 - For amusing Joe M.
  • Ken Farley - $1 - For causing Joe M. to order KFC 
  • Brenda - $1 - For being so nice
  • Conrad - $1 - Bad lighting
  • CCL was founded 15 years ago by a Rotarian, Marshall Saunders of the Coronado Rotary Club
  • There are currently 190,000 volunteers with the group
  • All political affiliations are represented
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby meets with national lawmakers to advocate for climate change legislation
  • MIT's Sloan School of Management has a useful tool for showing sources of energy, predictions for future energy sources, and variables that can be manipulated to model different potential outcomes
  • The Carbon Dividends Plan is a plan to tax carbon, with dividends being paid out to benefit the lower class
  • The plan has majority support across party lines
  • The UN has announced plans to impose tariffs on US product imports if we do not participate in carbon markets
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM
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Week in Review 10/21/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 21, 2020
Attendance: Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Martin Grohman, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Bill Paterson, Brenda Pollock, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Dr. Donald Hoenig
President Don could not attend - Marty welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett - Invocation
Marty led the 4-Way Test
  • Jim Godbout is leading a service project this Thursday and Friday from 9-5
  • Volunteers are needed for yard work and indoor cleaning
  • The COVID-19 Subcommittee has 8 bottles of hand sanitizer and 600 masks left
  • The subcommittee is checking in with the cities of Saco/OOB/Biddeford regarding their current needs
  • The skating rink steps are in need of repair - check FB for more info
  • Susan Gajewski applied for position on District Finance Committee
  • Congrats to Brenda for story in the Courier about Mark and Matt Tuller
  • Heather Gendron will have Christmas shopping details for us at next meeting
  • Recovery center is being established in Saco (we should consider asking Chief MacKenzie to speak at an upcoming meeting)
  • Bill - $1 - His son turns 37 today
  • Dr. Joe - $10 - Received a Paul Harris pin / Please consider purchasing Ogunquit Rotary Club raffle tickets
  • Brenda - $12 - Tomorrow is her granddaughter's 12th birthday
  • Mark & Matt Tuller - $1 each - Courier story
  • Marty - $1 - Looks like a DJ
  • Bill Kany - $1 - Language choice in email
  • Bill Paterson/Marty/Conrad - $1 - For pointing out language choice
  • Bill Kany - $1 - Furniture spotted on lawn
  • Karen - $1 - Rotary anniversary (21 years)
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - For participating in Wildlands Adventure Race
  • Mark Nahorney - $1 - Used glamour shot instead of live video
  • Dr. Hoenig is a NJ native and a current resident of Belfast and Ocean Park
  • His career spans over 40 years and focuses on promoting humane and safe animal agriculture practices
  • Everyone eats, but only 1-2% of Americans are involved in producing food
  • New England eggs are brown because whaling captains stopped at ports in Asia and brought back chickens that laid brown eggs
  • Maine used to be the leader for Northeast egg production
  • Until 10 years ago there were 4.5 million laying hens in Winthrop & Turner (now about 1 million)
  • Connecticut now has more laying hens than Maine does
  • Each hen will produce about 294 eggs per year
  • Over the past 50-100 years, increased efficiency, indoor confinement, better nutrition, and better health have led to increased egg production per hen
  • US now has the safest, most productive, and least expensive food in the world
  • 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare: free from hunger/thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease, and fear or distress (should also be free to express normal behavior)
  • Battery cages or conventional housing are very controversial - 4-5 birds per cage, no roosts, no scratch areas, and no laying boxes
  • Cage free birds are still inside but have perches and laying boxes and are free to roam and interact with other birds
  • Many retailers have pledged to only purchase cage free eggs by 2025
  • As of 2019, about 24% of hens were raised in cage free housing
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM
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Volunteer Opportunity - Saco Food Pantry

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 14, 2020
It has come to our attention that the Saco Food Pantry could use some assistance with Friday morning donation pick-ups from Shaw's and Hannaford, from 7 AM - 8 AM. 
A sign up sheet is available here:
If you are unable to view the spreadsheet but would like to sign up for a time slot, please let me know and I will add your name.
Volunteer opportunities are also available at the following times - 
The Saco Food Pantry has 4 distinct jobs during 3-time frames. 
  • The first volunteers work from 7AM to about 8AM, any day Monday through Friday. These volunteers pick up the donations from Shaw's and Hannaford's and bring them back to the pantry where they are carried inside and weighed. Some of the boxes can be heavy. 
  • Two other volunteers work 7AM to about 8AM, any day Monday through Friday processing the bakery, dairy and meat donations in preparation for the opening of the pantry.
  • Third group works from 7:30AM to about 8:30AM, any day, Monday through Friday. These volunteers process the produce donations in preparation for the opening of the pantry. 
  • The fourth group works from 9AM-10:30AM, any day Monday through Friday. This group packs groceries for clients (but do not have contact with the clients who remain outside). 
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Week in Review 10/14/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 14, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Paulette Bonneau, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, CJ Dubois-Cote, Ken Farley, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller
Guest: Roger Louiselle
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett - Invocation
Ken Farley led the 4-Way Test
  • A $500 donation was made to the Center for Grieving Children
  • Christmas shopping this year will be conducted individually
  • Heather Gendron will work with Karen to identify families in need
  • Each Rotarian will choose a family and shop/wrap/deliver on their own (team up for larger families)
  • The wine tasting will be virtual this year - Conrad forming a subcommittee
  • A volunteer is needed to spearhead Clynk (print labels and provide bags when needed)
  • Marty is working on setting up another blood drive in the spring
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting today after the club meeting
  • Roland thanked everyone who participated in the Pension Professionals event for first responders
Heather MacLean - Substitute Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Don - $1 - Happy that Heather is here to fill in as Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Jane - $2 - Brother is guest speaker
  • Mark Nahorney - $1 - Virtual event over the weekend made some money for the holiday show
  • Bill Paterson - $1 - Daughter is visiting for a week
  • Conrad - $1 - Granddaughters are visiting and virtual school is going well
  • Bill Kany - $2 - Reason unclear due to Heather's notes
  • Don - $1 - For laughing at Bill
  • Don - $1 - Board meeting started late
  • Don - $1 - Zoom link issue
  • Roland & Brian - $1 each - "Twinning" backgrounds
  • Brian - $1 - For being in FL
  • Ken - $1 - For showing up to meeting
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 10/14/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 14, 2020
  • Volunteers are needed to pick-up donations from Shaw's/Hannaford - Friday mornings from 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Brenda can cover one slot, another volunteer is needed
  • Kaitlin will create sign-up sheet and send reminder email regarding food pantry volunteer opportunities
  • Food pantries could probably use additional masks
  • If we provide masks to the Saco Food Pantry before end of month they can be included in food packages for the elderly
  • Southern Maine Agency On Aging could likely use some as well - Kaitlin to ask which location is best to deliver to
  • CJ offered to deliver 100 masks to food pantry and will coordinate with Conrad accordingly
  • Non-profit, community centers/homes might also appreciate donations
  • Don checking with Saco tax assessor to identify locations of community homes
  • Youth Full Maine would like some masks as well
  • Don contacted city administrator of Saco and has not heard back yet
  • Conrad contacted city of Biddeford and is also waiting to hear back
  • Community meal distribution program is offering a meal program for Veteran's Day (11/11) and a Thanksgiving luncheon on 11/19
  • Golden Rooster is cooking both meals and Saco Valley Credit Union is sponsoring the Veteran's Day meal
  • A sponsor is still needed for the Thanksgiving meal, either to cover the whole bill or a portion ($500 - $1000)
  • Biddeford general assistance will contact us when they need additional gift certificates
  • At the next meeting we will discuss the possibility of funding Saco and OOB food programs
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Oct 14, 2020
  • Roger has been a Rotarian since 1976 and has a perfect attendance record
  • He was the President from 1981-1982 and was an Assistant Governor for 12 years
  • Initially tried a horse show raffle - it made $2,000 the first year and lost money by the third year
  • Decided to try a car raffle - 300 tickets for $100 each, Cadillac purchased for $15,000
  • The car was raffled off at the dealership, at a beer/wine/ hors d'oeuvres party
  • Continued to hold raffle in this format with different prizes (snowmobile, satellite dish, cash prizes)
  • Now 675 tickets are sold for $110 each, with each ticket good for all you can eat/drink for 2 people
  • A 50/50 drawing was added for additional revenue
  • The profit for the current format is about $33,000
  • This year the top prize for the raffle is an RV with MSRP of $33,500
  • Roger created a video tour of the RV for social media which helped generate interest
  • 800 tickets have been printed and they hope to sell between 300-500
  • The drawing will be held on St. Patrick's Day, which allows plenty of time to sell tickets
  • Online sales are being facilitated via a third-party website (Event Brite or similar)
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Week in Review 10/7/2020

Attendance: Joe Bassett, Joe Boyle, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Keith Jacques, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Bill Paterson, Fausto Pifferrer, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Matthew Tuller, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Erin Sheehan of Lorne Wine
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with the invocation
4-Way Test led by Joe Moreshead 
  • The Pension Professionals drive through BBQ for first responders is today
  • Breakfast was packaged and delivered to the fire department, police department, and hospital
  • President Don and Conrad picked up 1,000 masks yesterday - they were donated by the East Hampton, CT Rotary Club 
  • The COVID-19 Subcommittee will decide how they will be distributed
  • A $1,000 donation was provided to the Thornton Academy food assistance program by the COVID subcommittee
  • The Saco food pantry and Bon Appetit could use volunteers
  • 100th anniversary party still on for mid-July
  • The 100th anniversary subcommittee meets this Friday at 2 PM
  • Please let Roland or Fausto know if you can host a guest at your home (10 hosts would be nice, we currently have 6 or 7)   
  • Dr. Joe - $2 - Completed all winter projects
  • Bill Kany - $10 - His daughter, Erin, got married on Saturday
  • Bill Paterson - $1 - Finished his Fender Strat
  • Dr. Dallaire - $1 - Leaving for Florida on Saturday
  • Dr. Dallaire - Additional $1 - Doctor appointment went well
  • Joe Moreshead - $1 - Enjoyed the volunteer opportunity this morning
  • Conrad - $1 - Rotary event yesterday was fun
  • Don - $1 - Received a Paul Harris Fellow award in the mail
  • Brenda - $1 - Her granddaughter is collecting tabs for the Shriner's Children's Hospital
  • Karen - $5 - Finally saw the hairdresser after 10 months and also refinanced her home
  • Melissa - Apex has Kristen Lane on board now as Treasurer
  • Bill Kany - $1 - Parking fee
  • Brenda - $1 - Promoting her granddaughter
  • Karen - $1 - Left work during school hours for ice cream
  • Don - $1 - Weekly Presidential fine
  • Don - $1 - Meeting started late
  • Matt Tuller - $1 - For being Mark's son
  • Conrad - $1 - Teacher's pet
  • Erin and her husband wanted to move to Maine since they lived in Brooklyn, but moved to Dallas, TX for five years before settling here
  • They chose Biddeford for their retail space due to the favorable economic trajectory of the neighborhood
  • Lorne Wine was featured in Bon Appetit as one of the 10 friendliest places in America to get a drink
  • Due to COVID, sales have moved online and curated packages are offered, as well as wine subscriptions
  • Retail business has grown 250% since March
  • Lorne hopes to resume spaced indoor service in November
  • Outdoor seating is currently available but weather dependent
  • They are located on Main St. in Biddeford, close to Dizzy Birds (nearest cross street is Foss)
  • Between 250-300 varieties of wine are offered, with a focus on organic and sustainable wines
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 9/30/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 30, 2020
  • Air purification units may be helpful for businesses that don't have HVAC systems with ducts
  • Jim Godbout can advise on best types of units for those who are interested
  • Update from OOB regarding gift certificates added to agenda
  • Marty donated 500 masks to Seeds of Hope and 500 to Bon Appetit
  • 10 bottles of hand sanitizer left (10 were donated to Vet 2 Vet on 9/30)
  • If anyone knows of any homeless children in Biddeford, Karen can provide gift certificates to purchase food
  • Some basic information has been acquired, but requires a professional for verification
  • The Master Gardener program at the University of Maine could be a valuable resource
  • They have instructions for growing backyard gardens (what to grow, when to grow, etc.)
  • There is the potential to partner up with Apex for an outdoor event in the spring, perhaps Earth Day
  • Apex is planning to build gardening boxes which will be donated to families in the community 
  • Kaitlin will reach out to the Master Gardener program for more information
  • Farmer's Daughter remains available as well for consultation and seeds/seedlings
  • Katie Brown joined the meeting to provide information about the program
  • They offer a monthly free farmer's market where kids can select produce for their families
  • The program is headquartered in Biddeford and very involved in Biddeford schools
  • They have transitioned to curbside delivery due to COVID and remain committed to serving the community throughout the pandemic
  • There has been an increase in need lately; senior citizens and others new to the program
  • 400 - 1,000 pre-filled boxes are donated every week
  • Outbuildings would be helpful as a place to assemble boxes more comfortably (and helps save on rent)
  • Mask donations would be appreciated
  • $500 worth of gift certificates were donated to OOB in May/an additional $500 in gift cards were purchased by OOB in August - these will be depleted by the end of the week
  • Biddeford donated theirs to the police department - Conrad will check in on their status
  • Don checking in with Saco City Manager regarding their gift card status
  • Brenda spoke with the Saco food pantry today and their numbers are going down
  • Volunteers may be needed to pick up donated items from Hannaford
Thank you,
Kaitlin Tito
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Week in Review 9/30/2020

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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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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ROTARY and Thornton Academy Alumna Support TA Student Assistance Mission

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Sep 30, 2020
Saco - Thornton Academy is one of the few “town academies” still existing in Maine. Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy precedes public education and, as a result, is an independent school serving the public education needs of students from the city of Saco and the surrounding towns of Arundel and Dayton. As an independent school, Thornton Academy does not receive any public funding to cover the costs of the free breakfast and lunch program. 
With a cost of around $300,000 a year, Thornton provides free breakfast and lunch to over 250 food insecure students through private gifts to the Headmaster’s Student Assistance Fund from alumni, friends, parents, local businesses and revenue from TA’s annual auction. With the impact of COVID-19 on our community, Thornton Academy expects the number of students applying and qualifying to participate in the program to increase.
Kaitlin Tito is a 2006 graduate of TA and co-chair of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s COVID Crisis team.  When she identified a need at TA, the committee stepped in to offer some financial assistance to assure no child is left without a meal. “The consequence of this crisis has shown us there is no one that has not been affected,” said Tito. “Students with food insecurities is a growing problem as a result of the pandemic. I’m grateful to be part of an organization helping to fill the gaps and ensure students have nutritious food.”
The Headmaster’s Student Assistance Fund also provides support for miscellaneous expenses that identified students may otherwise go without – glasses, sneakers, equipment, and access to internet service during this time of hybrid learning. The fund also supports the Backpack Program, which provides weekend nutrition for food insecure students.
“The generosity of the greater TA community plays an integral role in lifting up some of our most vulnerable students,” added Headmaster Menard.  “On behalf of those students who will benefit from your generosity, thank you to the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco for choosing to invest in our students through these programs.”
For more information on The Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco  /, or for more information on Thornton Academy, visit:
From L-R:  Conrad Welzel, Chair-COVID Committee, Biddeford Saco Rotary Club; Headmaster Rene Menard, Thornton Academy; and Kaitlin Tito, Co-Chair-COVID Committee, Biddeford Saco Rotary Club.
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Week in Review 9/23/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 23, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Bill Paterson, Donald Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Mark Tuller, Matt Tuller, Conrad Welzel  
Guest: Robert Biggs of Main Street Saco
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with the invocation
Roland led the 4-Way Test
  • Only 3 appointments remaining
  • All Power Red slots have been filled
  • Volunteers needed on September 28th, 12-5 PM
  • Jim LaBelle and Jane Foley have volunteered for a couple of hours in the afternoon
  • Roland, Sue, and Don will help out with the rest of the volunteer slots
  • A $1,000 donation is being provided to the Thornton Academy food assistance program
  • Katie Brown of YouthFull Maine will be joining the meeting next week
  • More hand sanitizer is available for distribution
  • If anyone has a non-profit in mind for sanitizer, please let the subcommittee know
  • Marty has offered 500 cloth masks to the Second Congregational Church and is hoping to donate the other 500 masks to Seeds of Hope
  • The District will also be providing us with 1,000 masks to distribute
  • A date has been set - July 13th & 14th
  • If any members are available to host families, please notify Roland or Fausto
  • We want to show our guests around while they are here - potential places to visit include Freeport, LL Bean, Kennebunkport (the President's house), Biddeford mills. Freedom Trail, etc.
  • Fausto is donating food for the event; menu will be appetizers (and cash bar)
  • Next meeting is September 25th at 2 PM - contact Roland if you'd like to attend
  • Pension Professionals is hosting an event to honor 1st responders and essential workers
  • It will be a drive through BBQ on October 7th from 6-9 | 11-1 | 4-6
  • Volunteers are needed to package and distribute food
  • Please notify Roland if you are available to help out
  • Funds raised from the auction will go to the golf tournament budget
  • Bill Paterson purchased the one-hour massage for $75
  • Joe M. climbed Mt. Katahdin - he is donating $150 to the club for everyone's unpaid fines
  • Don - $1 - Matt Tuller is at meeting today
  • Conrad - $1 - Made it through his birthday
  • Mark Tuller - $1 - Happy his son is joining club
  • Don - $1 - Meeting started late (at 12:16)
  • Roland - $1 - For 4-Way Test
Matt Tuller induction and welcome message from Don
President Don announced that a gift was made in Past President James Pastorelli's honor - $250 to the Polio Plus Program
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 
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Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 23, 2020
  • Robert was travelling 40+ weeks per year for his job when he decided to move to Maine
  • He and his family chose Saco because of the welcoming community
  • There are 10 Main Street programs in Maine and 15 affiliates
  • Some events supported by the program include the car show, artwalk, and pumpkin harvest festival
  • The light parade at Christmas last year had over 100 participants and thousands in attendance
  • Saco Scoop is owned and operated by Main Street Saco as a source of fundraising
  • The program was responsible for the flags on Main Street as well as self-watering flower displays
  • Rock and roll physical distancing signs were added for COVID awareness
  • The program has shifted to assisting small businesses with COVID changes (including helping with PPP forms and setting up outdoor dining) 
  • The light parade is cancelled this year but there will be a light display on Main Street from Beach Street to the train tracks
  • Decorative crosswalks are a possibility in the future, as well as murals and public art pieces

100th Anniversary Meeting Notes September 18, 2020

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Sep 18, 2020
100th Anniversary Planning Meeting Minutes (Zoom)
September 18, 2020 at 2pm
Attending:  Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Conrad Welzel, Don Pilon, Fausto Pifferrer, Brenda Pollock
Event Date/Timing
Dates set at River Winds for July 13/14.
100th Celebration on Tuesday evening and our Rotary meeting there on Wednesday at noon.
Proposed:  Tuesday evening meeting and Wednesday afternoon event.
We’ve already paid the $2,000 to River Winds. The facility has most of the items we need to host the event.
July 13 & 14th was selected as it is a better date to accommodate our sister club.
Hosting Dates:  July 12 – 18th, 2020
Brenda, Susan, Don, Roland, Marty, Paul, have committed to hosting. Conrad will check with Dr. Joe, Jim G. and will check his availability.
We are looking to host up to 10 couples during this week. We’ve budgeted $5,000 for hosting visiting Rotarians.
Paulette is offering the school of technology 15-passenger van for the week. Sue will look into insurance policies we may require for the week.
We discussed the following activities for our out of town guests: Freeport/LL Bean, Botanical Gardens, Rachel Carson Bird Preserve, tour of the Biddeford Mills, traditional lobster bake, possibly at Brian’s house, sailing aboard L’Attitude (Brenda’s boat), Casco Bay Ferry tour. Possibly the Freedom Trail. We will continue to explore other opportunities.
Also discussed were VIP Coach Tours to sponsors a trip. Sunset tour on sailboat out of Portland. Cruise on Long Lake. Kennebunk to view the president’s house.  Media event with our visiting guests and speaking with city officials about presenting a key to the city.
Invitations and tickets will need to be printed.  Ticket prices will remain at $25 each for the celebration. Four Rotarians have already purchased tickets.  We talked about inviting past and present district governors, officials, friends of Rotary, other clubs and dignitaries.  Special recognition for Ron Drouin, PDG.
Invitations will also be extended to Canadian Rotarians and Dignitaries.
Fausto has agreed to donate food for the event. We will have heavy appetizers all evening. There will be a cash bar.
Once the visiting guest list is confirmed, Fausto will research native foods to incorporate into our menu for the event. 
Don budgeted $25,000 income for this event with $10,000 budgeted for expenses ($5k for Gala and $5k for Visitor expenses).
We discussed a live auction versus a silent auction and the feeling is that a silent auction would be preferable. Due to the uncertainty of this pandemic, we will reopen this topic for further discussion early next year. 
Next Meeting
The next Zoom meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 25th at 2 pm. Roland will send a Zoom invitation to all interested in being on the committee.
100th Anniversary Meeting Notes September 18, 2020 Susan Gajewski 2020-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Jim Pastorelli

Posted by Bill Kany on Sep 17, 2020
Fellow Club Members:
I had intended to attend our last meeting but was prevented by technology from tuning in.  I particularly wanted to attend to share a couple of thoughts about Past President, James Pastorelli, who recently passed away.

Jim was born on August 22, 1920, the same year our club was formed.  He joined our club in 1968.  When I went to my first Rotary meeting in 1987 in a smoke filled large room at the Colonial Hut in Biddeford (where the 7-11is today) Jim was the President.  Jim was a quiet leader among a group of very loud, larger than life men (no women in Rotary then) in a club with over 120 members.  Jim clearly had the respect of the club. By the time Jim served as President he was actually retired from the automobile business.  He was the founder of Coastal VW in Saco for any of you old enough to remember that dealership which is long gone.  He lived in Kennebunk with his wife of 61 years, Vernita.

If you read Jim’s obit you would know that Jim was a World War II vet and the recipient of two Bronze Stars.  He was a true hero.  I always found Jim to be a true gentleman who enjoyed a good laugh.

My favorite memory of Jim came from the 2019 Past President’s Day when Jim drove himself to the meeting at age 98, parked in lower parking lot and walked up to the meeting.  How cool was that?  Bob Begin and I sat across from Jim, and we talked a lot about the old club days.  I was not surprised to learn that Jim lived a couple of weeks after his 100th birthday.  They simply don’t make many people like Jim any more.

It was an honor to have been in the Club with him.
Thanks for reading this.   Bill
Jim Pastorelli Bill Kany 2020-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 9/16/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 16, 2020
  • Conrad spoke with Haley and Brenda regarding feasibility
  • There are many steps to setting up our own program - joining forces with another organization would make more sense for us
  • Support programs are already out there, and children will need mentors now more than ever
  • It's also a difficult time to ask teachers for their input (they are overwhelmed with the logistics of regular school needs)
  • Organizations to keep in mind: Apex Youth Connection, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement Biddeford-Saco (Melissa will check in with JA regarding their current needs)
  • Brenda will follow up with Karen today regarding Youth Full Maine
  • Thornton Academy food assistance program could also use some help
  • They do not receive any federal funding
  • The Headmaster's Student Assistance Fund provides food assistance as well as basic needs such as coats, shoes, or Internet access
  • It costs $1,200 a year for breakfast and lunch for one student
  • There are approximately 350 students in need this year (about 270 last year)
  • The annual auction was cancelled last year, which equals $125,000 in funding
  • Kaitlin motions to donate $1,000 to Thornton Academy, seconded by Marty
  • The motion carried - Haley will pass along necessary info to the subcommittee
  • The subcommittee awaits further details from Youth Full Maine regarding their current funding and needs
  • Kaitlin to send spreadsheet to Brenda detailing the subcommittee's efforts to date 
  • Haley to send info regarding headmaster's program to Brenda for press release
  • Garden discussion will be at the top of the agenda at the next meeting (9/30/20).
  • Brenda will call the food pantry to see if they could use some of our leftover hand sanitizer; Don talking to Seeds of Hope / Conrad checking with Vet 2 Vet 
  • Conrad reaching out to OOB schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters
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Week in Review 9/16/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 16, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Sarah Curley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Keith Jacques, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Randy Morrison of Maine Behavioral Healthcare
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Moreshead led the 4-Way Test
  • Chamber of Commerce golf tournament takes place 9/17/20
  • Blood drive sign ups are going so well, the Red Cross added additional donation slots (55 total, 15 are open)
  • 1 Power Red left to fill - if all are filled, this will be the first time it's been done
  • Matt Tuller's induction will take place at next week's meeting
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting this week, after club meeting
  • A 1-hour massage with Michelle Blais will be auctioned off at next week's meeting
  • This year's Christmas party is cancelled; Secret Santa will take its place for anyone who is interested in participating 
  • Bill Paterson - $1 - Completed his guitar (a Fender Strat knockoff)
  • Keith Jacques - $1 - Joe's rendition of the 4-Way Test made him realize how low the bar is set
  • Mark Nahorney - $2 - Producing a highlights show which will be on YouTube Oct. 9, 10, 11 / Also producing a documentary on the 125th anniversary of the theater
  • Don - $1 - Happy about golf tournament tomorrow
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - Also happy about golf tournament
  • Marty - $1 - Salon Circus re-opened (they have been closed since March)
  • Conrad - $1 - 3 days until his birthday so he's not old yet
  • Roland - $1 - Zoom's private chat feature is appreciated, also the 100th anniversary subcommittee is meeting again
  • Joe M. - $1 - Going to Katahdin on Friday
  • Joe M. - $5 - For messing up the group hike meeting time
  • Don - $1 - Bell at start time was extremely loud
  • Don - $1 - Initiated the 4-Way Test out of order
  • Sarah C. - $1 - Welcome back fine
  • Conrad - $1 - For Courier article and making fun of Joe
  • Brenda - $1 - For getting article in Courier
  • Jim LaBelle - $2 - Self-promotion 
  • Sue G. - $1 - For not knowing name of king post truss in background
  • Roland - $1 - Just because
Randy Morrison is the Director of Peer Services at Maine Behavioral Healthcare since late 2015. Over this time, peer services have expanded greatly to now comprise over 50 positions. In York County, he oversees two Peer Support Centers, substance use peer recovery services within the Emergency Department at Southern Maine Health Care and their outpatient treatment service, multiple peer support specialists within MBH's case management and other services.
  • Randy has been the Director of Peer Services since 2015
  • The program assists people who are in recovery for substance abuse or in need of mental health support
  • They are located in the mill building with the large mural (York St., Biddeford)
  • The center is open to anyone who needs it, regardless of insurance status
  • Everyone who works there is also in recovery
  • COVID protocols are in place - Zoom meetings are offered, meetups outside or going for a walk also permitted
  • They are launching a youth focused program this fall that will include drop-in spaces (more details to come)
  • There has been a spike in overdose deaths since COVID began
  • It is important to create opportunities for people in the community to connect with others who understand mental health struggles
  • Low income and homeless people may experience difficulty accessing online programs
  • The center saw approximately 20-30 people per day in 2019
  • There is a pool table, and lunch and support groups are typically available 
  • Funded through State of Maine grants
  • COVID presents challenges in connecting people with mental health services (care can be delayed, which is especially difficult for people in crisis)
  • We can help people by getting the word out on the existing sources of assistance
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.
Week in Review 9/16/2020 Kaitlin Tito 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Passing of Past President Donald Pilon 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Church Kitchen Painting Brian Dallaire 2020-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Polio + Donald Pilon 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/9/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 09, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, CJ Dubois-Cote, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Bill Paterson, Fausto Pifferrer, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Haley Thompson, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
Guest: Irene Lim of Fernleaf Bakery
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with invocation
Brenda led the 4-Way Test
  • Conrad and Don are guest speakers at the Bideford, England club meeting on 9/10/20
  • July 6, 7, 13, 14 available at River Winds 
  • Most respondents to survey not comfortable resuming in-person meetings
  • Kenya Global Grant, spearheaded by Freeport club - Zoom meeting 9/10/20
  • House project - Sue wrote a check for $59,000
  • The club would like some more information regarding funding sources and projected income
  • Melissa could use some online mentors (please see email request for more information)
  • 6/10 Power Reds slots filled
  • Free COVID-19 antibody test if you donate
  • Haley will post info at Thornton Academy, Brenda & Bill will also post at their workplaces
  • All negative blood types are needed 
  • Subcommittee meeting next week, immediately following the club meeting
  • Tabled discussion regarding Youth Full Maine until we have more information about other sources of funding
  • Victory Garden project ongoing - The Farmer's Daughter in Dayton would be happy to help
  • Hand sanitizer donations are assembled and ready for distribution
  • Joe Moreshead - $3 - Bike ride last Thursday with Apex Youth Connection
  • Brenda - $6 - Her granddaughter's achievements with Brave Bees and her upcoming participation in Miss Preteen Maine
  • Conrad - $1 - Happy weekend with the grandkids
  • Conrad - $1 - Sad dollar for a former speaker's passing
  • Brian - $1 - Africa is polio-free
  • Marty - $1 - His daughter has been dropped off at school and is doing well
  • Sue - $1 - Paddle boarded 4 miles
  • Melissa - $1 - Has not found additional space yet, but can help some kids in the space they currently have
  • Kaitlin - $1 - For Zoom photo
  • Don - $1 - Usurped Joe M.'s authority
  • Don - $1 - Insulted Bill Kany
  • Marty - $1 - ?
  • Fausto - $1 - Blew off Joe for lunch
  • Family owned business - Irene, her husband, and one other employee
  • Everything baked from scratch, avoiding use of chemicals
  • Due to coronavirus, they have switched to a curbside model
  • Irene's husband developed the ordering system
  • Cakes, pies, cookies, scones, etc. are available for ordering online
  • There are many customization options for coffee which is challenging in terms of software - not currently available for curbside
  • The satellite location in South Portland closed prior to COVID/for unrelated reasons
  • PPP has been helpful as insurance company will not cover loss of use due to COVID shutdown
  • The bakery is retail-only, no wholesale, as Irene wanted it to be a neighborhood bakery 
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 9/2/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 04, 2020
  • Marty received a large shipment of washable masks if anyone is in need
  • Brenda will talk to Karen sometime this week regarding the possibility of a mentorship program
  • Conrad will check in with Haley for thoughts on implementing a program in Saco schools
  • Conrad also reaching out to Bill Paterson / Don talking to Bob Wester (to see if a similar program already exists)
  • The subcommittee will need to look into necessary steps (background check/fingerprinting?) to be cleared to work with children
  • YouthFull Maine in need of funding for additional space - Brenda suggested a $1,000 donation
  • Tabled until we have more information regarding other funding sources (discussion to be continued via email)
  • Hand sanitizer is assembled - Ken to receive 6 bottles; Conrad will distribute the rest and keep us updated on recipients
  • Kaitlin has assembled a general outline of relevant information
  • Suggested plants: corn, snap beans, lima beans, tomatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, onions, spinach, potatoes, peppers
  • Topics to cover: watering, weeding, soil composition, fertilizer, canning/storing, spacing, composting
  • The subcommittee may consider building a relationship with a local farm for community garden space and/or purchasing seedlings and other supplies
  • A "tool library" may also be helpful for families who do not currently own the necessary gardening equipment
  • Eventually, we can put together gardening kits with seeds/seedlings and a pamphlet of useful tips (with additional information available online)
  • Conrad will touch base with local farmers for their input on this project
COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 9/2/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/2/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Sep 02, 2020
Attendance: Joe Boyle, Melissa Cilley, Brian Dallaire, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Julie Villemaire, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with invocation
Marty led the 4-Way Test
Guests: District Governor Peggy Belanger and Assistant District Governor Bob Wester
  • Meetings now taking place every other week, in half hour immediately following the club meeting
  • YouthFull Maine in need of funding for additional space for food distribution
  • Rotary-branded stickers have been placed on hand sanitizer - ready for distribution
  • 15/26 appointments have been filled (3 of which are Power Reds)
  • Type A-, B-, or O (+ or -) are most desirable
  • Walk-ins are discouraged due to COVID regulations - please make an appointment
  • The event will take place September 28th, 12-5 PM at the New Life Church in Biddeford
  • Mini golf profit is between $8-9,000 (some checks are still in mailbox) - good return for an off year
  • New prospective member Matt Tuller is posted for first time today
  • Conrad is being awarded a silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award - Brenda will present the medal at the next in-person meeting
  • Survey will go out soon regarding resuming in-person meetings at Run of the Mill (Zoom meeting would still be available for those who do not wish to attend)
  • Opioid overdoses have increased during pandemic - a recovery center is being established in York County
  • 100 Year Anniversary - a Save The Date would be helpful for our overseas guests
  • Heather MacLean filling in as Sergeant at Arms
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - Visited a friend he hadn't seen in 6 months
  • Conrad - Several happy dollars - 39th wedding anniversary was same day as church painting
  • Don - $1 - Happy about Conrad's award and Marty's blood drive
  • Marty - $1 - Saw Heather M. riding her bike
  • Heather Gendron - $2 - Her daughters were born on the same day, 13 years apart
  • Don - $1 - His message in the tack was the same as last week's
  • Kaitlin - $1 - 1st Rotary anniversary on September 4th
  • Roland - $5 - Insulted Heather M.
  • Roland - $1 - For his ringtone
  • Marty - $1 - Also insulted Heather M.
  • Background - Peggy is a Registered Nurse, specializing in oncology
  • This is a time of chaos, but it can also be a time to push boundaries
  • Don points out that COVID isn't all bad - it gives us an opportunity to reach out to the most vulnerable in our community; identifying needs and offering help to those who need it most
  • The District is set to receive 100,000 free surgical masks which the AG will divvy up between the clubs
  • It is important that we continue to develop impactful, relevant relationships with each other and our community
  • Silver linings to COVID - we found a new way to stay connected and we're connecting internationally
  • The club should focus on not only building numbers, but also retaining members (and make sure we are engaging members - Making Membership Memorable)
  • The club is looking into acquiring software that will facilitate online fundraisers
  • Another upcoming initiative is DEI - Diversity/Equity/Inclusion team being assembled
Week in Review 9/2/2020 Kaitlin Tito 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Olympics Donald Pilon 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Dear Rotarians,

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.


Holger Knaack                                                                                         K.R. Ravindran

President, Rotary International                                                           Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region. Watch here.

AFRICAN REGION CERTIFIED WILD POLIO-FREE Donald Pilon 2020-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/26/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Aug 26, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Joe Boyle, Brian Dallaire, CJ Dubois-Cote, Jane Foley, Roland Gagne, Keith Jacques, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Mark Nahorney, Fausto Pifferrer, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with invocation
Roland led the 4-way test
Guest: Jill from the Bideford, England club
  • All work is completed and it looks good!
  • Church before/after photos are included in the tack
  • Brenda put together a press release and sent it out yesterday
  • Photos are also posted on the club's Facebook page
  • Mini golf: $9,988 taken in to date / $1,105 in expenses - just short of $9,000 profit
  • Marty still working on blood drive - all Power Reds slots might be filled
  • We should look into Red Cross brochures that can be put up in storefronts
  • COVID-19 subcommittee meeting new time is immediately following club meetings - beginning Sep. 2nd
  • Heather MacLean and Don Juan (Italian Greyhound) filling in as Sergeant at Arms this week
  • Dr. Joe - $10 - Ogunquit Rotary Club holding online raffle (more info available on their website - drawing is Dec. 13th)
  • Jill - $1 - Going to see youngest grandchild play cricket this weekend
  • Fausto - $1 - Downed tree didn't damage anything but power was out and people were forced to talk to each other
  • Conrad - $5 - The people at Bon Appetit were very happy with our work
  • Roland - $15 - 30-year wedding anniversary (his half)
  • Roland - $1 - Son evacuated for hurricane
  • Jill - $55 - 55th wedding anniversary is coming up (she will pay the next time she's in town)
  • Don Pilon - Church painting participation and a successful mini golf tournament
  • Brenda - $1 - Sarah and Heather MacLean enjoyed a speech she made several years ago (at All Day Buffet?)
  • Don - $1 - Crooked paintings in background
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - Scruffy beard
  • Conrad - $1 - Reason unclear
  • Keith - $5 - Happy to see him at a meeting again
  • Fausto - $1 - For attending the meeting
  • Dr. Joe - $1 - For calling Facebook "Face Page"
  • Weddings/events/live performances were first to shut down and last to re-open
  • 12 million have been laid off in the event industry so far
  • Events are a $1 billion industry in the state of Maine
  • The state is still working on guidelines for events - similar to restaurant model
  • The situation in Millinocket set things back - 60 people became ill and 1 died after attending wedding
  • The event industry encourages couples to postpone, not cancel weddings
  • Fausto has created "COVID kits" with masks, gloves, and thermometers (gloves are changed frequently)
  • Seating charts are created during typical wedding planning and are useful for contact tracing
  • There is no substitute for in-person meeting - emotion is lost on the digital platform
  • A possible solution to reduce risk of liability is to use Disney model (by entering the venue, you assume risk of illness)
  • One positive outcome of shutdown: Fausto had first summer off in 35 years
  • Weddings influence other industries in Maine - restaurants and hotels are losing revenue, too
  • There is no definitive re-open date for weddings in the state of Maine at this time
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM
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The Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco Helps Bon Appétit with Kitchen Renovations

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Aug 26, 2020


Biddeford - The Second Congregational Church, or "White Church", on Crescent Street in Biddeford leases their on-site kitchen to Bon Appétit, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve folks in the community since 1989. Every weekday, a group of devoted volunteers provide nutritious meals to those in need.

For more than thirty years, anyone with food insecurities from any area, has been welcomed to share a hot meal while building meaningful relationships with attendees and volunteers in the community.  Repairs to the kitchen facilities were essential for the organization to be permitted to continue to serve the free dinner service.

The Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco learned of the condition of the kitchen and evaluated the work that had to be completed. Quickly, a Rotary team was organized by Conrad Welzel, a Rotarian himself for more than five of years, and within a couple weeks, he had a project confirmed and scheduled. Rotarians would commit to completing the necessary repairs that would permit Bon Appétit to continue offering its free meal program from this site.  

For two consecutive weekends, Rotarians of the Biddeford-Saco club cleaned, replaced, scraped, and painted. “There was a lot of labor-intensive work that was required to get the kitchen up to code,” said Welzel. “Our club is fortunate to have several building industry professionals who are Rotarians. They not only donated their time, they also donated some of the resources required to get the kitchen to more modern-day standards.”

Bon Appétit welcomes neighbors who are dealing with food insecurity.  Prior to COVID, meals were served inside the church by a group of dedicated volunteers.  Attendees felt welcomed, and were treated to restaurant style service by devoted helpers. “It’s like a big family here,” said one of the attendees. Providing a hot meal for those with food insecurity is important. The conversations around the table and the social connections and interactions are priceless. Since COVID, the volunteer group at Bon Appétit have been able to continue to provide free hot meals, however, they are now boxed up and are collected at the door of the Bon Appetite kitchen.

Bon Appétit Community Meal Program began with a Christmas dinner put on by members of the community who were concerned for those in need making it through the holidays. The meal was held at the Riverworks restaurant on Main Street in Biddeford in 1989. However, their job didn't end there.  After seeing the needs of the community, these dedicated community members sought to provide even more meals to those in need. Within a year, the attendance for the free hot meals almost tripled in size. Meals were served five days a week. 

In September 1991, the program began looking for a new space. St Andres Parish council graciously offered the former credit union on high street as a temporary home for the kitchen. Four years later, they moved to the Fremont Club where they quickly outgrew the facility. The Second Congregational Church became their new home and volunteers continue to feed approximately 65 people every day for dinner.

The Bon Appétit Community Meal Program is offered Monday through Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. The nonprofit receives their funding from the generous donations of community friends.

For more information on The Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco  /, or to support the Bon Appétit Community Meal Program, contact: or visit their website at:

The Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco Helps Bon Appétit with Kitchen Renovations Brenda Pollock 2020-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Church Kitchen Painting Project Conrad Welzel 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
K'bunk Riverfest Donald Pilon 2020-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Covid subcommittee minutes 8/20/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Aug 20, 2020
  • Meeting in the half hour immediately following club meetings may be more convenient
  • Meetings will be held every other week, at the new time, beginning September 2nd
  • Brian will include this info on the next tack and we will update the club at the next meeting
  • OOB is returning to school on a plan that is similar to Biddeford's
  • They will attend school 4 days/week in person (with Wednesdays off)
  • Schools should be fairly well equipped to ensure students are receiving enough to eat
  • Kids are nervous about returning to school - perhaps a mentorship program would be helpful
  • We may consider partnering with the police, fire department, nurses, etc. to address their fears with facts from professionals
  • The platform would be digital (possibly partner with existing organization such as Apex Youth Connection)
  • The goal is to create a safe space for children to voice their concerns
  • Conrad will set up a meeting to include Haley, Karen, and Jeremy for additional feedback
  • Conrad checking in with Alicia regarding pricing
  • Brenda can also have stickers printed if needed
  • Priority for hand sanitizer is given to veterans' homes and elder care facilities
  • Brenda contacted Ken regarding veterans' homes - he has requested 6 bottles
  • Rotary International program with indigenous peoples in Canada built bubble greenhouses - perhaps we could do same
  • We may wish to reach out to Saco community garden organizer for guidance
  • World War II Victory Garden pamphlets may also be helpful (Brian located one and emailed to the group)
  • Kaitlin will do some gardening research and report back at the next meeting
  • Apex Youth Connection supplemental food assistance ending mid-September
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Week in Review 8/19/2020

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Aug 19, 2020
Attendance: Joe Bassett, Lawrence Boyle, Karen Chasse, Melissa Cilley, Paul Deschambault, CJ Dubois-Cote, Roland Gagne, Susan Gajewski, Heather Gendron, Martin Grohman, Bill Kany, Jim LaBelle, Kristen Lane, Heather MacLean, Joe Moreshead, Mark Nahorney, Bill Paterson, Don Pilon, Brenda Pollock, Kathy Shea, Kaitlin Tito, Conrad Welzel
President Don welcomed everyone
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe Bassett with invocation
Marty led the 4-way test
  • Monday, September 28th, 12-5 PM at the New Life Church
  • 8 people have already registered to give blood
  • 37 donors would be a good turnout
  • Power Red donors are for trauma - more shareable (negative) types desirable
  • It would be nice if we could fill all 10 Power Red slots (it's never been done before)
  • Volunteers are needed to take temperatures upon arrival and manage the snack table
  • More checks have come in and we have over $9,000 in revenue
  • Net profit is $8,181, which is within budget once all checks are received
  • The high school is willing to do 2 sheds - estimated expense is $900 per shed
  • Sheds can be sold for $1,200 each, netting us $600 for the project
  • We could potentially use one of the sheds as a prize for the $100 raffle
  • 100th anniversary at River Winds - need to set a date (will follow up on this at board meeting)
  • A lot of work was completed last Saturday and everyone is pleased with progress
  • There is still some priming to be done on one of the ducts, which may delay completion of project
  • Painting is expected to be completed either this Saturday or the next
  • Reminder that COVID Subcommittee is meeting this Thursday at 3 PM
  • Apex is creating a program to support remote learners
  • Additional space is needed - interested in Knights of Columbus space (Marty has contact info and possibly space)
  • Apex also asking for assistance with putting up a fence for a family in need
  • The family has acquired the fencing materials but manpower and possibly equipment are needed
  • Dr. Joe - $2 - His son signed a new lease
  • Conrad - $1 - Happy with church progress
  • Don - $1 - No one got hurt on Saturday
  • Melissa - $1 - Upcoming Apex/Chamber of Commerce event
  • Marty - $1 - Ribbon cutting at Wooven & Vieux
  • Kaitlin - $1 - For being quiet
  • Don - $1 - For being President
  • Jim LaBelle - $1 - Something about his daughter
  • Roland - $1 - Virtual background
  • Marty - $1 - Joe M. will give blood in exchange
  • Jane - $1 - Her son's internship is over
  • Note: Joe M.'s intro music for next week should be Springsteen (Born in the USA) 
  • Dizzy Birds started out as a backyard BBQ when Tom bought a rotisserie attachment for his grill
  • It's a family business - Tom's wife Barb is the pastry chef and social media manager 
  • Their son Connor is a chef and their middle son, Cameron, is the general manager
  • The restaurant's one-year anniversary was on St. Patrick's Day (they were closed due to COVID)
  • Offerings include sandwiches, salads, rotisserie and BBQ
  • Catering is available for weddings and special events
  • The menu changes with the season and everything is house made
  • Vegetarian options are offered and most of the sides are vegan-friendly
  • Dizzy Birds was featured on a recent episode of Maine Life (post COVID)
  • They received a $2,500 anonymous donation to provide meals to Southern Maine Healthcare workers
  • They have served over 600 meals to SMHC
  • COVID regulations have been a challenge, but patio dining and take-out are available
  • Hours: Wed - Sat 11:30-8 PM | Sun 11:30-7 PM | Closed Mon & Tues (catering still available)
Meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM
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Bethel Rotary Yard Sale Donald Pilon 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Conrad Welzel on Aug 13, 2020

Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Members, 8/9/2020


We hope you are doing well!


At the August 6, 2020 club’s COVID-19 Subcommittee meeting it was decided that the Subcommittee should send the Club a letter updating everyone about what the subcommittee has been doing. This will be short and hopefully a sweet letter.


To begin, Thank You for all your time. You are a volunteer and the Club THANKS YOU for doing what you can.


The update: The COVID-19 Subcommittee has been trying to wisely share the funds we have with appropriate organizations in need. Groups that use the additional funding for their clients, to help people truly in need, mainly kids, the elderly and our veterans. We are also doing what we can to support small businesses with unforeseen expenses brought on by this pandemic by buying locally whenever possible.


Our Rotary Club has given us $6,045 since this March to spend. 


This is what we have done so far with the funds:

  1. Sent grocery store gift cards to the cities of Saco, Biddeford, and OOB for emergency food aid

  2. Provided hand sanitizer and cloth face masks to a veterans home

  3. Allocated funding to Apex Youth Connection to address food insecurity

  4. Contributed funds to Seeds of Hope, a local resource center for the unemployed

  5. Donated to Vet 2 Vet Maine, an organization dedicated to offering companionship and services to veterans

  6. Contributed funds to the Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club in Jordan to provide emergency food aid

  7. Provided supplemental funding to a program in Saco dedicated to feeding seniors

In addition we:

  1. Organized a Club food drive

  2. Submitted a grant proposal (which we did not get) and,

  3. Just recently we received a donation of 36 16 oz hand sanitizer bottles, made locally, each of which will proudly display the Club's logo. We are planning to distribute these to local businesses.

At the last meeting we discussed what should be done with the remaining funds. All in attendance felt that an increased focus should be placed on addressing food insecurity in our communities. An idea that was discussed was writing simple how-to educational guides about small space farming and teaching children how to grow vegetables. We added this to our Rotary grant as well as a way to create long lasting influence.


When this Subcommittee started there were approximately 16 active members. Presently that number is about 7 people (and understandably so). This letter has two purposes:

  1. Updating you on what we've done to date and

  2. I am hoping to re-spark your interest in helping our Club and Subcommittee work through this crazy COVID-19 time.

We will need help in so many ways. Here are a few areas to consider:

  1. Writing training/educational materials about growing food (anyone with gardening skills?)

  2. Going to locations to distribute food

  3. Painting a food pantry kitchen (August 15th & August 22nd) and

  4. Anything in our community where Rotarians can make a positive impact

We know that as Rotarians we all want to help others and as was stated earlier we are also volunteers. The Club and Subcommittee are trying to find ways that you can make every effort you choose to volunteer for, be of value to you and those we are trying to help.


Several of you have expressed your willingness to help but have scheduling conflicts. There are many things that often can be done that help likeminded people, pull off some pretty amazing things that benefit so many.


Whatever it is that motivates you to volunteer during these times, is of interest to us. Whatever time you have to volunteer, please call us. Every little bit of time helps someone, somewhere. Please check in with us to see how you can help!




COVID-19 Subcommittee


Conrad Welzel, Subcommittee Chair

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Kaitlin Tito, Subcommittee Co-Chair

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COVID SUBCOMMITTEE STATUS 8/9/2020 Conrad Welzel 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/12/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Aug 12, 2020
Attendance:  Sue, Brian, Conrad, Paul, Joe, Roland, Heather G., Lawrence, Kristen, Bill, CJ, Mark, Kathy, Heather M., Marty, Bill K, Jim L., Don, Joe M., Kaitlin.
President Don welcomed everyone.
Pledge of Allegiance
Joe B. with invocation.
Joe M. – 4-way test
  • BLOOD DRIVE September 28th Please standby for updates ASAP. Looking for three volunteers, Sue, Marty have volunteered thus far. Please consider donating blood for this very important cause.
  • GUEST Jill Eddie, Welcome from the Bideford England Club.
  • CONGRETIONAL CHURCH Painting Project: Saturday is painting. Please try to come out and help at the congregational church. Walk around the back side of the church of the left-hand side. All supplies will be provided. We just need some manpower to help.
  • VENMO Account - @Treasurer-BSRC Please send fines, dues or happy dollars to either the VENMOE acct. with a note as to what the funds are for, or to our PO Box 298, Saco, ME 04072
  • Golf Update – Expenses $955 31  Sponsors $ 8831.33  Donation Jars Collected $1,110. Don thanked everyone for their part in making this event a success.
  • GIFT CERTIFICATES – The cards will be divided up and given to the participating mini golf sponsors to go with their thank you cards.
  • Chamber Everts – Climate change guest speaker tomorrow morning Zoom Event. Tomorrow at 5:00 two new businesses opening at 160 Main Street Biddeford.
  • BY-LAWS – A new version will be sent out to the board and will be discussed at the board meeting. Bill Kany has been working on the updates. Thank you, Bill.
  • ROTARY HATS & SHIRTS – Don suggested we place a group order will save us on shipping. Please email Don if you’re interested in ordering some Rotary.
  • Justin Chenette. – Has backed out of his race for Senator because he is running for Secretary of State.
Joe Sargent at Arms
  • Joe – $5 Happy Birthday Dollars
  • Brian – Fined for speaking out of term
  • Conrad – Happy dollars for his granddaughters visiting last weekend and for their quick wit
  • Brian D – Closed on a new boat in Naples
  •  Don – Happy about the golf tournament. It’s OVER!
  • Bill - $5 for visiting children from FL who think our weather is COLD.
  • Jill E. – She announced that her son is coming down to visit – they haven’t seen one another since Christmas.
  • Joe - $5 mini golf dollars for the event
  • Don – for president
  • Marty – For the promotion of his show
  • Brian – For promoting Marty’s show
  • Roland - $1 for your backgrounds
  • Jim L – Chamber promotions
  • Bill K – You’re here again. That’s a dollar
Meeting adjourned at 12:53
Week in Review 8/12/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Vet2Vet Maine

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Aug 11, 2020

Thank you for your support!


Dear Conrad Welzel

Vet2Vet ME’s volunteers say thank you to our awesome donors in this short video.
Your contributions are making a difference in veterans’ lives.    

Thank you.
Sue Gold

Susan Dudley Gold
Executive Director, Vet to Vet Maine

PO Box 1205
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 579-9204 (c) 

Vet2Vet Maine Conrad Welzel 2020-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 8/6/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Aug 07, 2020
  • Subcommittee attendance may be improved by holding meetings less frequently
  • A survey will be drafted by Kaitlin to evaluate members' scheduling needs
  • Conrad will distribute the survey to members with a letter
  • One option might be monthly Zoom meetings with email communication in between
  • Things will only become more complicated as schools re-open - efficiency is important
  • The next subcommittee meeting will take place on 8/20/20
  • Every teacher will receive 2 masks (high risk positions will receive shields as well)
  • New guidance states that all children 5 or older must wear masks
  • A hybrid plan is expected for high school students, K-8 planning for everyday in-person learning
  • New ventilation is being installed and student temperatures will be taken upon arrival
  • We will look into pricing for child and adult sized Rotary branded masks
  • The above information is related to Biddeford schools only - we are looking into Saco and OOB plans and procedures and will report back
  • Food insecurity is likely to continue to be an issue in the coming months
  • We may wish to prioritize food assistance over PPE, with a focus on sustainability
  • An educational program can be developed during the winter months, and seeds/plants donated in the spring
  • The subcommittee could also assist with distributing food in less mobile communities - tap into existing infrastructure
  • Paulette talking to Sandy regarding plan for fall food assistance program
  • Conrad will check in with OOB and Don will check in with Saco
  • Conrad received 36 bottles of hand sanitizer for main street businesses
  • A request for an update regarding stickers has been sent - if no response then Brenda can order some
  • Apex Youth Connection received the $500 check for food assistance
  • If any Rotary Club members have experience with gardening, Brenda will work with them to put together literature
  • The school board will have more information regarding the school year after their meeting on Tuesday
Thank you,
Provided by:
Rotary Club of
COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 8/6/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Venmo for club payments

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Aug 04, 2020
The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club now accepts Venmo! You can pay your dues, the golf fundraiser, fines & happy dollars, foundation giving or anything else you’d like to pay directly to our bank account.  
If you don’t have Venmo, please download the app and set up an account. It’s very easy. And it’s especially helpful that you can pay with your phone while we don’t meet in person. 
Please send payments to @Treasurer-BSRC and put a note with your name (if it’s not identifiable) and what you’re sending money for. I can also try to answer questions if you respond to this email. 
Thanks all and be well.
Venmo for club payments Susan Gajewski 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation



Give where the need is greatest

When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you fuel our service projects - projects that eradicate polio, promote peace, and improve developing communities.


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Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 29, 2020
Mini-Golf Brenda Pollock 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Golf for Good Fundraiser

Posted by Donald Pilon on Jul 26, 2020
To All Rotary Members;
Please give a few hours of your time to support your club so we can serve the residents of our communities affected by Covid-19. We need everyone to pitch in to make this a successful event. Please go online or contact me, Haley, Joe, Jim Labelle, Jane or Jackson to sign-up for a few hours. Have your family and friends meet you at a mini-golf facility and play a round. It's a game for all ages. Thank you.
President Don
Golf for Good Fundraiser Donald Pilon 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Covid Subcommittee 7/23/2020

Hi everyone,
Here are the minutes from yesterday's meeting:
  • Interest seems to be waning - less frequent meetings may be better attended
  • We will reach out to earlier members in effort to increase participation
  • Subcommittee business can also be conducted via email when necessary
  • Next week's meeting is cancelled due to schedule conflicts
  • Meetings to resume on August 6, 2020
  • Brian will look into suppliers for thermometers
  • If thermometers can be sourced in adequate numbers, they will be donated to 3 school districts
  • Each school district to receive 6 thermometers
  • Conrad still working on sourcing the hand sanitizer for main street small businesses
  • Alicia should have an update on the labels within the next day or two
  • Melissa provided an update on the needs of the community - food continues to be an issue
  • Culturally appropriate (halal) food not readily available at food bank
  • Apex currently spending approximately $80-100 a week on supplemental food for area families
  • Conrad proposed donating $500 to Apex to be used for purchasing halal food until the end of summer
  • Motion seconded by Kaitlin, Brian also in favor (unanimous as only 4 members in attendance)
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Covid Subcommittee 7/23/2020 Kaitlin Tito 2020-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

ACEs Master-Trainer Program

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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ACEs Master-Trainer Program Donald Pilon 2020-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/22/2020

Posted by Donald Pilon on Jul 22, 2020
Welcome-Don Pilon
Meeting called to order at 12:19pm
Pledge of Allegiance
4-Way Test-Conrad
No visiting Rotarianns or Guests
Don; The Portland Sunrise Rotary Club has invited our club to participate in a Global Grant in Abuja, Nigeria. The grant is to assist with Covid-19 response in Nigeria with the National Hospital in Abuja, the Capital of Nigeria. I've given the grant proposal to Roland to review and report back to me and the board. Also, the Global Grant contact at the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club is available to answer any of our questions.
Conrad; Covid-19 meeting Thursday @ 3:00 online
                         Sign-up sheet is online to paint the ceiling of the Second Congregational Church located on Crescent Street in Biddeford or Contact Conrad for more information
Don; Bath Rotary Club is holding it's 29th Annual golf tournament at Bath CC. September 29th. Contact Brigit Cavanaugh at, 841-3141 to play or enter a foursome.
Marty: Working with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive in September. Rotary volunteers will be needed
Sargent of Arms-Joe Morsehead
 The following had Happy Dollars and/or received Fines; Paulette, Bill Kany(actually was in attendance) Conrad(HD) Jim Godbout, Pierre', Sue G, Heather Mc, Haley, Roland & Don
Guest Speaker; Briana Campbell, owner of Time & Tide, 35 Main Street, Biddeford. Married to John originally from Brooklyn, NY. john has 20+ years in the coffee industry. Briana and her family have vacationed in Saco for many years and a few years ago Briana and John were walking around in Biddeford and Saco and were intrigued by the resurgence in the mill district. They inquired what incentives would be available to them if they were to open a business locally. They purchased a roaster to blend various kinds of coffee which is located in Mill Building 10 and have Time & Tide coffee shop on Main Street in Biddeford. Marty likes their lemon cake.
Mini-Golf for Good Fundraiser-August 8th & 9th.
We will be at; Schooners, Ocean Park Road, Saco
                        Pirates Cove, Old Orchard Beach
                        Raptor Falls, Route 1, Arundel
We need volunteers to be present at these locations and to sell 50/50 raffle tickets. Please go online and sign up for a few hours at a location Please.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:15pm
Week in Review 7/22/2020 Donald Pilon 2020-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 7/16/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jul 16, 2020
  • Of all the clubs in our district, only 9 did not apply for the grant
  • There was simply not enough money for everyone
  • We could potentially use the same application to request a grant from another foundation
  • Don suggested having a conversation with the Sam Cohen foundation regarding a small grant
  • The Tabitha King foundation may be another source of funding
  • Larger sources of funding are available outside of Maine - check with seasonal contacts as they may wish to contribute
  • There is approximately $5,000 remaining in subcommittee funding
  • We are moving forward with hand sanitizer for main street small businesses
  • Conrad will order at least 24 bottles to be distributed to Chamber of Commerce contacts
  • CJ to reach out to Alicia regarding sticker design (and someone will check with Brenda regarding pricing)
  • Messaging should be "Courtesy of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club" or similar
  • Don is working on a membership card so we can recruit new members while we distribute the sanitizer
  • All Rotary Club members are encouraged to assist with delivery
  • OOB has given out everything that was donated to them
  • They do not have any particularly urgent needs at the moment but more donations would be welcome
  • Biddeford has distributed about half of what we donated to them
  • The police department finds the gift cards useful when responding to desperate situations
  • The check for Vet 2 Vet should arrive in the near future
  • The seniors meal program in Saco has ended for the summer
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito REALTOR® | Notary Public
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Week in Review 7/16/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 15, 2020
July 15, 2020
President Don started the meeting promptly at 12:15
Ken - recited the Prayer
Jim – 4-way test
Don announced the District Governor will be joining our club for a meeting on September 2nd. We should consider making a gift to Polio Plus in his name for his visit.
Brenda Updated the club on the upcoming ZOOM event of the Essay contest. Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm.
Don announced we were not successful at getting the $5k district grant for the Covid-19 committee. They had approximately $158,000 total. Most of the clubs did submit applications and they heavily weighted NEED of the club when deciding how to award the grants. We did not score well in that area.  They did notify me to say that there may be something coming to us however it would not be for a large sum of money.
Don announced the upcoming gold tournament is confirmed with the following locations committed to participate:  Schooners, Rafter Falls & Pirates Cove. We will have a 54-hole tournament this year. This is how we feel we can raise money this year:
  • 3-$1k facility sponsors. 
  • 54-$100 sponsors
  • plus raffle tickets sales.
 We hope we can raise $10k this year. Please volunteer if you’re available for this event. We’re getting some Rotary hats to further promote the club. We will need some additional Raffle items. Red sox tickets will be great. Please let Don or Hailey know if you’re able to donate or help in any way.
Joe M. Sent out the sponsorship list from last year to the board. We will all be soliciting on behalf of this event. As you are successful at soliciting sponsors, send Joe and email and CC Susan so she can send the invoice out for sponsorship. Thank you!
Don received the Paul Harris +1 for Mark Tuller – Don will be delivering this award to Mark this week.  
Conrad - COVID 19 committee meeting tomorrow at 3pm.
Conrad - August 15 and 22nd will be the two days that we are painting the congregational church kitchen. Please sign up to help if you can help. It’s a lot of work.
Speaker today: Summer on Main Street with Heather MacLean.
Heather MacLean has a shop on Main Street in Saco and graciously shared her experience as a new business owner during this pandemic. We were treated to a video of a tour of her store. “More than 70 percent of our products are from Maine. We sell Sea Bags, made on the waterfront in Portland; Seawicks Candles, made on the waterfront in Boothbay Harbor; and pottery, jewelry, cards, wall art, specialty foods, and dog treats and toys all made in Maine. Two of our featured artists live right here in Saco and two others are from OOB and Scarborough. We love local artists”!
Heather went on to share some of the challenges she encountered being a small business owner. Having to run every aspect of the business alone is a challenge. She’s appreciative of the support shown to her from the locals. They help get her through the slow months. The pandemic hit and luckily, she had just updated her website that helped with keeping the doors open, so to speak.
Finding time for myself and my family is difficult. I love what I created here. I’ll be drawing a $25 gift card for someone who attended this meeting”.
Thank you, Heather.
Please be sure to visit or stop by her shop at 239 Main Street, Saco.
JOE – Happy Dollars
  • Dr. Joe $6 for being here today
  • Marty – for Marty and Fausto for the radio show on WGAN.
  • Fausto – Marty thank you for helping get the message out. And another for the works of taking over Ramada. My first company opened 35
  • Conrad – Because of the late night television show. Watch this BBC television show filmed in Biddeford England.
  • Don – Happy dollar for Mark Tuller’s Paul Harris award.
  • Roland – for the lake behind you.
  • DON – Three dollars. Do you have an agenda? Why are you changing the order? Stop putting me off and skipping over me. Another for saying you didn’t get an email. And a third for the crappy list you sent.
  • Heather M and Sara G for walking your dogs on the beach.
  • Fausto – for ignoring us on the beach.
  • Jane F. Nice to see you and I need a son dollar. He’s just great
  • Kristin – phone going off during the meeting.
  • NON-Voters – all give a dollar.
  • Fausto – another dollar for walking around. 
  • Brian – Fining you too for not playing the right song I sent.
Thank you everyone!
Week in Review 7/16/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Congregational Church in Biddeford Painting Project

DATE 8/15 & 22

Please sign up if you are interested. To date 12 have.  Conrad is looking for someone to lead this project.

The Covid-19 Crisis Relief  Subcommittee has found a need for a community service project that will help the Bon Appetit meals program.


It will be to paint the kitchen at the 2nd Congregational Church in Biddeford this Summer and we need volunteers  to plan out the program.. We are also asking if any one wants to take on a role of helping to manage  this project.


It will take several different days because it will need to be done in sections, first scrape and washing, then painting. Lots of area to paint but not a lot of space to do it.


Saturday’s work well for the church and a couple of hours most weekday mornings if they have enough notice. 


We encourage all club members to participate and to bring family(spouses) to help.

Brian has sent out an event invitation to gage the number of interested participants.


Thanks for you help!





Hi everyone,


I created a Google doc to sign up for re-painting the Bon Appetit kitchen at the Second Congregational Church in Biddeford.


Here is the link:


On August 13th and 14th we'll clean and scrape the old paint; August 15th and 22nd are for re-painting. 


It is a fairly large job so any assistance is greatly appreciated.


Thank you,


Kaitlin Tito

2nd Congregational Church in Biddeford Painting Project Conrad Welzel 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House

I wanted to share the letter I received for the donation the made to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. Don, for you information, one of the winning essay winners contacted me after the funds had been disbursed to the COVID committee, that she wanted to make her matching contribution to the Ronald McDonald House. Fausto and I decided we would just pay for it ourselves in her name.  
Thank you Fausto for paying $40 of the $75 donation. 😊
Cheers!  Brenda
Ronald McDonald House Brenda Pollock 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/8/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 10, 2020
Don called the meeting to order at 12:16
Joe Invocation
Mark 4 way test
Visiting Rotarians Jill visiting Rotarian
Conrad – COVID subcommittee has been on a 2-week vacation. Meeting next Thursday and remind the members who had tasks to please have them
Biddeford City Council has sent out request about how everyone is doing Melissa will update with any information.
Congregational Church Kitchen Rehab– Please call or email Conrad to volunteer to help the church clean up the kitchen.
The Rotary House in Biddeford – The contractor will begin the end of July beginning of August and they will begin the work. We will let the club know when Jim will be looking for volunteers.
Center of Technology kids are currently not working because of school being out, and the processes at school, it is hard to make this happen. We will be having a discussion with the school about building sheds again.
Marty – No update on the Blood Drive with the American Red Cross for a September date. There was discussion regarding location. Marty will be in contact with the coordinator and will be looking for Rotary volunteers to help
Joe M. – Looked at the by-laws and has made some recommendations regarding a few changes. He will send those recommended changes to
Don – Pirates Cove is the only golf course that has not gotten back to us regarding the event. He is looking to find a third course for the event. Two have confirmed. I’ll know later today. Sign up sheets will be sent out as soon as the courses are confirmed. Don will be reaching out to the major sponsors. Don and Haley are working on signage for the event.
Joe will be dividing up the list of sponsors from last year and will send them out to all of the board members. Each board member will be responsible to call at least 5 sponsors.
Sargent of Arms
Joe M. asked for Happy Dollars
Marty – Got a haircut
Conrad – Spent the weekend at a ranch house and they all still like each other.
Don – Missed the opportunity to see Joe at the cottage.
Brenda Sailing finally went out for a 4-day sail, first day it was too rough so we turned around and stayed in Cocktail Cove by Don’s home. Day 2 and 3 were foggy but day 4 was a beautifully sunny day for a sail back to Saco.
Jim – Happy because the chamber has a ribbon cutting AAA Car Detailing located at Millbrook in Saco.
Don – Our meetings are supposed to start at 12:15.
Roland – Everyone stand and praise Roland sitting there with the crown background (Statue of Liberty)
Sue G. – You didn’t bother to invite us to your party
Heather M & Julie V – That’s a dollar each for joining our meeting without video.
Jill – IPAD 2 lady from England – Wish I could fine you for your name on display.
Mark M. – Was that a “computerinturuptus” of the 4-way test? Interruption cost you a buck.
Jim – Invoice for chamber membership – nothing personalized in that envelope. Only the invoice. So, that will cost you a buck (Was hoping it would only be seen by your accounting team Jim replied)
Don – International foundation on the invoice – I got sticker shock by the invoice that was sent to the Rotarians for dues. You pay a buck for that.
Conrad – you need to let Jim G. know he owes us a fine.
Jill echoed that the COVID conversation is greatly familiar to what is happening in England. Being a holiday destination like us, we are concerned with the number of tourists arriving and bringing the virus with them.
Marty – is having a antibody test tomorrow. Reminded everyone that you can get a free test when you sign up to give blood at the upcoming Red Cross blood drive in September.
Our guest speaker today is Brian Dallaire
Rotary International finally recorded the donations made by our club to the foundation: $8,888.15 Thank you everyone who donated!
Club Runner lesson for today. Go to –
You can look at the calendar, charitable request forms and speakers. This is the public area where anyone can see what our club is doing.
There is a lot of information on the site, so I encourage you all to go see this site.
Member area in the upper right – Member login
                It is a tool that we could use to communicate with other members.
You can look up your login name.
You can change your name and your password once you’ve logged in. If you have any issues, please send Brian an email to obtain your information.
They have a dashboard page. Please take a few minutes to look at your own profile and update your information. It’s great to add a recent photo and fill in your bio information. Click EDIT if you want to change anything. Be sure to go to the bottom of the page or section and hit SAVE before logging out.
37% of us have not logged in in over a year. It is important to update your information. It is only visible to members of our club.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Brian.
Alexa chimed in with some unprovoked information – That is sure to be a fine next week.
Meeting adjourned at 1:03 pm.
Week in Review 7/8/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Giving 2019-2020

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jul 08, 2020
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for all of that contributed.
Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, ME (6294), District 7780

Members 57 Goal $7,000.00 110% AF per capita $135.53 Annual Fund  $7,725.15 Polio+ $1,163.00 $0.00 $0.00 Total Foundation Contributions $8,888.15

All Active Rotarians 52
Existing Active Rotarians 49
Sustaining Member Rotarians: 24
Percent Sustaining Members: 49.0%
1 July Members 57
Annual Fund Per Capita: $135.53
Average TRF Giving: $155.93
All-Time Giving:
In the future, there will be a line item for a $50 contribution on your twice yearly club invoice.  Of course you may increase that if you wish when you remit!
Congratulations to the following multiple Paul Harris Fellows for this year:
Sue G 1+
Mark T 1+
Joe M 3+
Roland G Beyond counting!
The Rotary Foundation Giving 2019-2020 Brian Dallaire 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Essay Contest

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 08, 2020
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Week in Review 7/1/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 03, 2020
A picture containing transport, wheelDescription automatically generatedROTARY MEETING 
June 1, 2020
Respectfully submitted by Brenda Pollock
Meeting was called to order at 12:15
President Don opened his very first meeting with a welcome to our guests over the pond; Jill and Jacquie. Thank you for joining us and we look forward to meeting you in person next year.
He spoke of his previous involvement as President of a Rotary Club in Connecticut. It was prior to 1987 when women were allowed in the club. He was always an advocate of allowing women to join.
President Don - Per Board meeting, some of the GOALS during this year:
  • Increase membership
    • Don, Jim LaBelle, and Brenda will be working on developing a document that will provide a consistent unified message.
    • We all are part of this committee. We should all be looking to invite someone to our meetings and be part of the good work of Rotary.
  • Conrad is leading up a new Speakers Committee to our club. Bill P and Alicia will be joining Conrad to help further develop our programs.
  • Joe M. will be the new Sargent of Arms. Hope you raise lots of funds for the books. Heather will be the assistant to Joe. Thank you to both.
  • Honor flight Maine – This is something we will be working on this year. Flying veterans to Washington, DC memorials is a wonderful honor for our veterans. We hope to identify individuals in our communities who can participate in Honor Flight Maine.
  • American Red Cross – looking to host a Blood Drive in our communities. We will need some volunteer assistance for this. Watch for correspondence from Marty.
  • If anyone would like to be more involved in our Rotary activities, please reach out to Don. This organization needs everyone to be part of Rotary. Regardless of how much time you have to participate, stay active.
Conrad Update
  • Meeting regularly. We’ve taken the next two-weeks off but will resume our regular Thursday 3 pm Zoom meetings on July 16th. Reach out to either Conrad or Kaitlin if you’d like to be added to the invite list. 
  • $5,500 to a variety of organizations
  • Vet to Vets in Maine made a $800 contribution from Company B. They were very happy and appreciative.
  • Wounded heroes – Will work with us on other projects.
  • Our group is reaching out in the communities to see if there are any current needs this pandemic has brought about at this time. We are cautiously holding on to some of our resources and preparing to be in a position, financially, to be able to help into 2021.
  • Second Congregational Church in Biddeford is in major kitchen renovations in order for them to be able to open up in the fall. We are in need of volunteers to help paint their kitchen. Our club will coordinate with a group of Rotarians willing to help, to assume this project. A signup sheet has been sent out. If you have any questions, see Jim G. or Conrad.  
Brenda – Essay Contest An official ZOOM event of the Essay contest will be held on July 16th at 6:30 pm. Please be watching for an email invite. Brian and Brenda will work to come up with an agenda for the meeting. Participating students, teachers and parents will also be invited to participate. Please try to attend. It will be great to have our club well represented for this 25th Anniversary of this event.
Conrad – My Teen House in Biddeford
  • Westbrook is feeding 500-700 people each week so the time they’ve been able to donate has been limited.
  • Looking for a board member from our area. My Teen Centers.
  • The mayor and a select group met to identify
  • They still need some big donors to make this project a reality.
  • Tough time to raise funds but we are still looking for someone to help.
Mini Golf Tournament
 Last year, this event raised approximately $12,000
  • Looking at August 8 & 9
  • Will be looking for hole sponsors & Event sponsors.
    • $4000 for sponsors
    • $7200 for hole sponsors
  • We need to have a commitment from this clubs members to make this event possible.
  • Our options:
    • We do not do it at all
    • Bring another club in
    • Need more participation
  • Joe will reach out to volunteers and asked all Rotarians to participate
  • Bill encouraged us to move forward. It was a great experience last year.
  • Club will move forward with the event.
Don introduced Joe M. who will serve as the Sergeant At Arms for his presidency.  
  • Brenda Hit 1st million in sales in June 2020.
  • Dr. Joe – 10 happy dollars – after 3 months of quarantine, they spent 8 days with his children and grandchildren.
  • Jim – Chamber officially opened doors today – within 40 minutes, their first walk in customer was a homeless person. It was great to be open again and to be able to reconnect with folks.
  • Bill P Happy B-day Canada – His mom was from PEI and had a happy dollar to honor her.
  • Conrad - $5 for family visiting and staying over at their home.  
  • Roland – Thank you Jacquie from across the pond for suggesting a Rotary white water rafting event to celebrate our 101st Anniversary of the club.
  • CJ – It has been such a busy market and she looked forward to taking a few days off to spend with her daughter’s family and little grandson.
  • Mark – Just returned from a road trip to N. Carolina. He and his wife brought their daughter where she will be attending college and Med School.
  • Don – Celebrated their 41st Wedding Anniversary – Joe suggested he pay $41 for his fine. Don suggested setting up a payment plan.
  • Don – 1st meeting of his Presidency began with No Pledge of Allegiance, No Grace, No 4-Way Test, …  Fined $5 for this violation.
  • Conrad – Fined because he was pacing during the Zoom call – “Stop moving Conrad, you’re making me dizzy and don’t call me Kaitlin”.
  • Brenda – For sucking up by presenting the PVSA awards. (Actually, that was a very nice gesture)
  • Heather M. – Missing the biscuits and seeing you. You’re fined.
  • Fausto –Father’s Day picture in the paper. $2
  • Kaitlin T. – Fined for doing such a great job.
  • Marty G – Fining him for inviting me on his radio show.
  • Sue G. – Zooming from her Car. We could see the UHAUL trailer behind you the entire time. Fined for UHAUL promotion.
  • Jane F – Her son is a mechanical engineering student who has been on the job at PSMP for only 2 days – doing a great job. He came to me and told me ‘Hey, my mom just called. We all have to get a COVID test’. ugh
  • Kristin – Fined for eating before grace.
  • Jim – A dollar for the beard he’s sporting.  
  • Roland – Taking a vote. Raise your hand if you think Roland looks like Fausto. Majority voted NO. No fine.
Joe M. - Thank you Don for asking me to serve as Sergeant At Arms this year. It’s for the kids!!!
President Don asked Joe M. to recite the 4-way test – Joe M deferring that duty to Dr. Joe
Meeting adjourned at 12:57
Week in Review 7/1/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA is Canceled this year

Posted on Jul 01, 2020
I am sad to announce that we have to cancel RYLA 2020 due to the pandemic. 
Attached are two letters.  The first is to Rotarians explaining the decision and to prepare for RYLA 2021. 
We are looking to expand RYLA to 192 campers from 144, as well as, open RYLA to both sophomores and juniors in high school.   The letter also announces two new RYLA co-directors that will be joining me officially for 2021.  They are both staff members with over 10 years of RYLA experience and Rotarians with our New Voices Club.   In anticipation of cost increases, we also will potentially be increasing the cost per student by $25.00 for RYLA 2021.    
The second letter is the communication that is being sent to students that have been registered this year. 
We held a virtual RYLA for our staff over the past week and I am pleased to say that our RYLA community is active and helping to create positive change in this world even in the midst of the pandemic.
The RYLA staff will be updating the website with information over the next few weeks as we book RYLA 2021.   Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Yours In Service,
Phil Giordano
RYLA 7780 Chair
Cell 207-636-6500
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Future Meetings will be via ZOOM Donald Pilon 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 6/24/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jun 24, 2020
Meeting Notes of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
June 24, 2020 - In person from Run of the Mill
President Fausto led his final meeting as President of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club. Thank you for an amazing year Fausto!
Invocation - Joe
Four Way Test – Joe M.
Sargent At Arms Heather asked for Happy Dollars and then issued fines. 😊
  • $130 was collected today for fines and Happy Dollars.
  • NOTED:  Joe M. modeled his salmon colored pants and was fined. 
  • Thank you to everyone who paid up their previous happy dollars.
  • If you still would like to make a Happy Dollar contribution, you can mail your contribution into the: The Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco, PO Box 298, Saco, ME  04072  Thank you!
Fireside Chat will be rescheduled. A notice will be sent ASAP.
  • Bring your own drinks & snacks
  • Please RSVP
  • COVID-19 Committee meeting Thursday at 3pm.
  • The committee is 17 members strong.
  • We have helped a lot of people in the local communities as well as helping refugees in Aman, Jordan. Thank you, Rotarians, for stepping up at a time when so many are in need.
  • Brian – Thanked everyone. More than $7,800 was raised for the Rotary Foundation.
  • We’ll need to get started on planning the Minatare Golf Tournament. Shooting for an August 2020 event. Rotarians – If you can help, in any way, no matter how little, please contact Don. As this is an outdoor event, we can safely plan on this fundraiser for the year. Thank you in advance to stepping up to help.
  • We will be planning a new Essay Contest event where we invite the students and their families to participate. Be looking for that in the very near future. If you would like to see the video, you can view it here.
  • The Red Ribbon Committee donated $1,000 to ACES. Adverse Childhood Experiences. They are working thought out the area and their budget for 2020 was short and they needed some help.
                My company, BLP Associates, is an authorized representative of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. (PVSA) The President's Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Established by executive order by George W. Bush, the award was established to honor volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping others through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
The award can be granted to individuals, families and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the amount of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the President's Call to Service Award (also referred to the President's Lifetime Achievement Award).[1]
Awardees receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion, and a congratulatory letter from the President depending on the award earned.
Presented with a GOLD PVSA is Fausto Pifferrer
Presented with a SILVER PVSA award is: Julie Villemaire & Susan Gajewski
Presented with a BRONZE PVSA award is: Don Pilon & Marty Grohman
Congratulations. Well deserved.
President Fausto
  • Sue – your help as treasurer is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for your hard work. Sue will be staying on as Treasurer and will work with our group remotely. We appreciate her participation.
  • Julie – does so much behind the scene. If ever I need anything, I call Julie. She keeps this club running like a well-oiled machine.
  • Everyone in this club plays a big role in the success of the organization. Thank you. I encourage you all to step up and get involved. With what’s going on in our world, there’ll be lots more people in need.
  • Jim – another behind the scenes always working for the good of others, and an unsung hero. Thank you for all you do with the houses. Financially, it is so beneficial to this club.
  • Brian – thank you for your continuous work. Haley will be joining your one-man team and give you some assistance.
  • Kaitlin – Thank you for stepping up as a new member of this club. Everywhere I go, you’re there and involved. We thank you.
  • Karen – you’re my lifeline. You and Joe M. brought me into this club. You’ve been a tremendous help to me from the get-go.
  • Conrad – you’ve been lining up all of our speakers for the past three years. And now you’re heading up one of the most active committees in the club. Thank you so much.
  • Finally, the 100th will be held on April 24th. Our invited guests from England will be notified and they did say they planned to attend. I’ll be assisting Don with this event.
Presidential Handoff  Fausto to Don
Board Meeting: July 1st via ZOOM at 7:45 am
COVID Crisis Meeting: Thursday 6/25/2020 at 3:00 via ZOOM.
Next meeting:  Wednesday July 1st at 12:15 via ZOOM.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:20pm
Respectfully submitted:  Brenda Pollock
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COVID-19 Relief Fund

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jun 19, 2020
The Rotary Club of Biddeford – Saco
In March of 2020, the Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco launched a COVID-19 Crisis Subcommittee to address the immediate needs the pandemic caused in the communities of Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach. In phase one of their response program, the committee addressed the immediate need for food and PPE supplies for the elderly, at-risk youth and for our veterans.         
In the second phase of their crisis project, the committee will continue their focus on ensuring food and PPE supplies are available to our seniors, at-risk youth, and veterans. In addition, the project will support organizations and small day cares that will be overwhelmed by an increased demand for basic needs: PPE supplies, food and other requirements or changes to their facilities as a result of executive orders.  They will also add an education initiative for children and at-risk families, that will address food insecurities by teaching small scale agriculture in the production of crops and livestock.
To volunteer, donate to the Rotary Club or for more information on the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, please email us.
To apply for crisis assistance and consideration for help with food, PPE supplies or for more information regarding the agriculture education initiative, download the  COVID  CRISIS Subcommittee Request Form.
Brenda Pollock, CCUFC
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 6/18/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jun 19, 2020
Hi everyone,
Here are the minutes from yesterday's meeting - please note the request in the "tasks" section:
  • Not available locally - Black Bear Medical is out of stock
  • It's possible that any businesses that have re-opened (or will in the near future) already have thermometers
  • An alternative to thermometers might be branded gift baskets with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, etc., to be handed out to main street businesses
  • More work is needed than initially thought
  • Entire kitchen (including cabinets) needs to be re-painted
  • Materials needed: scrapers, staging, drop cloth, paint, paint brush, and rollers
  • Jim can get staging to make it easier to paint upper levels
  • Don has determined that this will be a club project, not COVID specific
  • Anyone who has been the primary contact for a COVID-19 subcommittee grant recipient - please reach out to see how they are doing, if they have any further needs, etc. and report back to us ASAP
  • Conrad will contact Jim Labelle to request Chamber of Commerce poll regarding re-opening needs
  • Don will talk to Marty / Conrad will check with Jim Godbout regarding distillery sourced hand sanitizer
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito | REALTOR® | Notary Public
a: Coldwell Banker Realty | 120 Main St. #243 | Saco, ME
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m: 207.590.8474 | p: 207.282.5988
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 6/18/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jun 19, 2020
Hi everyone,
Here are the minutes from yesterday's meeting - please note the request in the "tasks" section:
  • Not available locally - Black Bear Medical is out of stock
  • It's possible that any businesses that have re-opened (or will in the near future) already have thermometers
  • An alternative to thermometers might be branded gift baskets with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, etc., to be handed out to main street businesses
  • More work is needed than initially thought
  • Entire kitchen (including cabinets) needs to be re-painted
  • Materials needed: scrapers, staging, drop cloth, paint, paint brush, and rollers
  • Jim can get staging to make it easier to paint upper levels
  • Don has determined that this will be a club project, not COVID specific
  • Anyone who has been the primary contact for a COVID-19 subcommittee grant recipient - please reach out to see how they are doing, if they have any further needs, etc. and report back to us ASAP
  • Conrad will contact Jim Labelle to request Chamber of Commerce poll regarding re-opening needs
  • Don will talk to Marty / Conrad will check with Jim Godbout regarding distillery sourced hand sanitizer
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito | REALTOR® | Notary Public
a: Coldwell Banker Realty | 120 Main St. #243 | Saco, ME
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m: 207.590.8474 | p: 207.282.5988
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25th Annual Essay Contest

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jun 17, 2020
Today’s Speaker 6/17/2020:
The presentation of the 25th Rotary Essay Contest video was played. The video can be viewed at:
And the winners are:
From St. James School in Biddeford, First place, Madelyn Gelinas. Second place, Matthew Gonneville and third place, Jeffrey Lafrance.
From Saco Middle School, First place Maia Gustafson, and second place, Lindsay DesRoberts.
From Thornton Academy Middle School, Julie Elie, Second, Caleb Morin and third, Rose MacWhinnie.
From Biddeford Middle School, first is Hannah Grohman, second place is Tyanna Caron and third place is Brooke Girard.
Loranger Middle School winners are, Madison Bell in first, Asher Hubert in second and Makenzie Stadig in third.
The charities the students selected to donate to are; Hospice of Southern Maine, The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Biddeford Food Pantry, The Ronald McDonald House and the Biddeford-Saco Rotary COVID-19 Crisis Project.
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Rotary Scholarships 2020

Posted by Heather Gendron on Jun 17, 2020
As a committee we only had a total of 12 applications, approx. 3 per school.  Due to COVID-19 and the small amount of applications, we decided to forgo the interview and choose the final candidates as a committee by reviewing their applications together. When choosing the final candidates we are reviewing/discussing: academics, community service/volunteerism, financial need and overall application preparedness/write up.  Each student that applied excelled academically, committed to their communities through volunteerism and have great aspirations.  We are  happy to share with the club the following scholarship award recipients are for this year fiscal year:
Biddeford High School- LillyAnne Melton-attending Michigan Technological University- a 4 year college pursuing an Engineering degree.  She has been an active Interact member, VP of Studnet Council (12 grade), Debate Team member and athlete-Cross Country, Hockey and track.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.  
Center of Technology Student-Kurtis Edgerton-attending Maine Maritime and studying Marine Engineering.  He was an Interact member his senior year, a 4 year athlete playing football, basketball and baseball.  Kurtis is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
Thornton Academy:  Christine Casvikes plans to attend Clark University.  She has been a 4 year Interact Club member as well as additional voluntaeering in the community at Saco Meals Program and a Literacy tutor; She is a National Honor Society Member.
Vernon Wells: OOB- will attend the University of Pennsylvania, He is a musician and a member of the Ocean Park Brass, volunteers at the Ocean Park Ecology School and Ocean Park Association.  He is a National Honor Society member and an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Heather Gendron and Paulette Bonneau
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Week in Review 6/17/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jun 17, 2020
Meeting Notes of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
June 17, 2020
President Fausto was out of the internet coverage therefore, President Elect Don led the meeting.
Invocation - Joe
Four Way Test – Joe M.
Assistant Sargent At Arms Conrad asked for Happy Dollars
Happy Dollars
  • Brian - Thank you all $7,800 was raised for the Rotary Foundation. 29 people donated.
  • Joe – Hailey got Evan on the cover of the TA Magazine and she just booked a fishing charter with his son.
  • Conrad – There were two young does running up and down the beach this morning.
  • Don – John Richardson who passed away gave $5 in his honor.
  • Ken – Happy with his new job with MEMIC and his son was in a car accident but came out okay and his daughter started a new job this week.
Fireside Chat on the 22nd at 1 – 2pm, 1 Davis Drive(Hills Beach), Biddeford
  • Bring your own drinks & snacks
  • Please RSVP
  • Church needs kitchen updated. Project we can all work on.
  • Our thoughts go out to Sam Anagnos from the Sunrise Rotary Club. He is currently in the hospital.
  • Planning committee met to discuss ideas for speakers.
  • COVID-19 Committee meeting tomorrow at 3pm.
  • Please keep fellow Rotarian Jim Audiffred in our thoughts as he was in the hospital recently.
  • Minatare Golf Tournament in August 2020
  • Members are welcome to participate. Please contact Don if you’d like to help out with this program.
Today's Speaker:  Essay Contest
Meeting adjourned at 12:53
Next regular meeting will be held on June 24th at The Run of the Mill Main Street, Saco
Board Meeting:  July 1st at Paquin & Carol Main Street, Biddeford 
Special Meeting: Fireside Chat Monday June 22nd from 1 – 2pm. One Davis Drive, Biddeford. Please RSVP with Brian.
Week in Review 6/17/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Foundation Accomplishment!

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jun 15, 2020
Great news.! We made our goal! 
Checks collected by Sue $1890.
Online giving of $2145.15
Club matching contributions of $2,515 which is almost exactly the $2500 that was budgeted.
Presidents Faustos contribution from his budget of $1275
A grand total of $7825.15 exceeding Fausto's goal of $7,000 for this year.
Nice job everyone. We had 29 Rotarians step up to give money to Your Foundation.
An additional $1,163 was contributed by 4 Rotarians to Polio+.
This will go a long way  towards us gaining approval for a District Grant for the Covid-10 Committee.     
As a stipulation of membership, each member pledged to make at least a $100 contribution/yr.
There is still time to make online contributions before June 30 at
Thank you again for all who contributed.
Dr Brian Dallaire
Club Foundation Chair
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. Even a $1 will help. We realize that these are difficult times, but the Foundation is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. As a result of social distancing we will be conducting this years appeal remotely.
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 to the Rotary Foundation or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page or at www,  Please designate the Annual Fund- Share so funds come back to our District. If you use this method, please let Sue G at ( know about your donation as recording on the RI system will be extremely delayed.
Please make you contributions to Sue G. by the end of April so they may be recorded for President Fausto's year.  Under current circumstances checks should be mailed our PO Box 298 in Saco, ME 04072.  Just put foundation in the memo area. 
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
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 6/11/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Jun 12, 2020
  • Sue Gold and Lynn White joined our meeting to explain the organization's purpose
  • Volunteers are trained and matched with a veteran in need of companionship
  • Volunteers also help with applying for VA benefits and referring to other appropriate programs
  • During pandemic, in-person visits are not allowed - they receive phone calls and care packs
  • An emergency fund has been created to help with unexpected bills such as furnace or car repairs
  • Gift cards are distributed in $100 increments for groceries, fuel, and medication
  • There are currently 68 veterans matched with a volunteer and 12 in process
  • Most Vet 2 Vet participants should be aware of Honor Flight (and some have attended)
  • Brenda found thermometers on Amazon for $74.99
  • Brian will contact Black Bear Medical for pricing
  • We would like to encourage other Rotary clubs to participate in this project as well (might be motivational for them, and helpful for publicity)
  • Conrad will check in with Seal Rock/Wardwell this weekend
  • Conrad and Jim Godbout are going to Biddeford Second Congregational Church on Friday to assess the scope of work needed
  • A charitable request form will be created for future donation requests - will be helpful to have paper trail for reporting/accounting
  • Status of fuel funds is unclear, Conrad to check with Sue
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito REALTOR® | Notary Public
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Week in Review 6/10/2020

Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Minutes
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Attendance:  CJ Dubois-Cote, Brian Dallaire, Fausto Pifferner, Don Pilon, Karen Chasse, Roland Gagne, Ken Farley, Kaitlin Tito, Kirsten Lane, Heather Gendron, Mark Nahormey, Conrad Welzel, Joe Moreshead, Joe Bassett, Brenda Pollack, Bill Patterson, Melissa Cilley, Marty Grohman and Jill from England
Pledge of Alligiance lead by Fausto; followed by 4 Way Test lead by Karen and Joe did the Invocation
Happy Dollars $2 Joe Moreshead; $1 Karen Chasse
Rotary Foundation donations have been met.
England visit dates are mid-May, 2021 (perhaps May 13th, 14th, 15th); Jordan and Kenya may also come – Roland will get back to club.
Fausto thanked everybody for this year.  Hard since March not seeing everyone.  Zoom should end with physical distancing; miss seeing everyone face to face.  $2,000 under budget this year.  Made money for foundation; happy that kids stepped up for Essay contest; Biddeford England has joined 2 meetings; rotarians partake in weekly meetings. Thank to Brian and Don while I was in hospital and Joe in directors seat.  Thanks to entire club during my presidency – I will hand off gavel on 6/24 and would like everyone there to see Don as he begins his year as President.  Karen has helped behind the scenes with technology/emails, etc. Julie has been getting awards together (gavel); used award money for COVID-19 and thanks to Conrad for chairing COVID-19 subcommittee ; thankful I can depend on club and support is there.  Appreciated all calls when I was in hospital.  This has been a big learning journey and opened me up more. Joe/Karen sponsors and fellowship was enjoyed the most.  Putting the flags down, Christmas are most joyous even how difficult it is to see the poverty and hope this year we go more above and beyond – another big thing was my teen center donations to TA and projects we’ve done mini golf tournament to give money out to our project and international.  So thankful to everyone.
Brenda doing awards 25th anniversary – parents taught her integrity and to work hard and to pray attributes her success to them. COVID-19 what family means – we put it together Paulette, Sue and Karen did it through video conference – Fausto will ask for help to delivery packages. Certificates have been created and awards medals part of packet and check for $100 winner $75 2nd place $50 3rd place St. James matching charity – Brenda has details on where donations were made – thanks everyone for your part to make it happen.  Videos will be made – 5 videos one of each school depending or 1 video. Thanks for support.
Fausto when will help be needed?  Friday morning to deliver packets – 3 in OOB; 3 Biddeford and 5 students in Saco.  Don will do Saco; Fausto Biddeford and Joe in OOB meet at Fausto’s at 8:30. Notify families first.  Leave packets at door. Provide your own masks and Fausto will have gloves.  Parents have signed release form. Don will send us the address list prior to picking up at Faustos –
Anything mostly thankful for this year or last year, for a rotarian that stood out – verbal pat on the back would love to hear everybody’s take. Brian thanking everyone contributing to Foundation.  Sue needs checks by Friday to send to international.
Conrad – 2 things – thank Kaitlin for jumping in with subcommittee – new to club willing to be there and anticipating what needs to be done and working with me re: agendas, etc.  2nd is Brenda with grant process was very quick and we did in 2 weeks got it out with help with Roland and others spending hours over weekend; follow up with teen center meeting with Donna this Friday to get moving again.
House in Biddeford Jim will have completed by end of Don’s year is anticipated. Still physical work needed
Helping Bon Apettite process – kitchen needs some repair work Jim and Conrad will check out for Sat. over the next few months – will need some help.
Heather – COT scholarships gone out – yes worked with guidance councilors and students got copies.
Thanks to people from Jordan great to hear their interactions.
Anyone else have anything:
Roland shared screen for a few images club sent $1,500 to Jordan for food distribution.  Showing a few photos.
Jill – was it same project?  No, it was a spinoff project that developed from COVID-19.
Dr. Joe – send in fine for being in late happy dollar classmate from dental school that is why I was late; helping her aunt celebrate 100th b-day –
Bill Patterson – haven’t reported out on district’s recovery initiative. Chief Mckenzie working behind scenes with David Underhill to explore adverse childhood program and how it impacts young people tie into red ribbon = uptick in state – issues with substances scene an increase because resources are not available due to COVID.  Club still involved.  Also, once a week volunteer at Saco Food pantry – not enough people coming in so food is given to pig  farms.
Fausto can it be delivered to them?  Instead of zoom next wed we can all deliver if people are afraid to go pick up due to COVID
Melissa – mental health seeing started in person programs yesterday; grief training already showing up also, seeing that numbers have gone down from food distribution – hearing that families don’t always like what is being offered.  Might be specific needs that food banks don’t carry. Food certificates seem to be well received. Some feedback received.
Fausto feels we are a spoiled country and folks should accept what they get.  It’s wrong.  Melissa appreciates what is being said – some cultural differences
Karen, don’t eat meat due to culture.
Brenda, thank you for an amazing year.  Made year fun in light of crazy tide we’ve gone through.
Fausto and Don will coordinate transition.  Bill and Conrad wills stay after meeting.
Potential fireside chat:  Brian still interested?  Mentioned last week and Brenda has also offered as well.  Either way we can use the beach – week of 6/24th – Monday practice social gathering/physical distancing taking a photo of Don getting gavel – have some fellowship and gathering – Ok?
Can discuss later.
Thank you everyone – Jill -Cheers peace the world over!
Meeting adjourned 12:43
Week in Review 6/10/2020 CJ Dubois-Cote 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 6/3/2020

TACK Minutes
President-Elect, Don Pilon, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Joe Bassett with the invocation.  Conrad Welzel led the way with the 4 Way Test.
If you haven’t had a chance to join in on one of the weekly Zoom meetings, you should give it a shot.  It’s kind of fun and looks like you are playing that old game show “Hollywood Squares”.  For those of you who have no idea what I am referencing, check with your old friend “Google” and he’ll let you know what I’m talking about.
Our Treasurer, Susan Gajewski, was called upon to give a brief overview of some of the finances discussed at the recent Board meeting.  The focus was on the Rotary Foundation and a plea to get those donations in!  We have a $7,000 budget which includes a $2,500 match.  Rotarians, your help is needed to raise a minimum of $3,500 more!  Our Club has applied for a COVID District Grant and the committee won’t look favorably on us in we don’t have a good showing for our annual fund.  Board members were reminded that they normally make at least a $100 donation every year to the Rotary Foundation.
Happy Dollars and Fines were up next:
Past President Joe Moreshead gave $5 Sad Dollars for the passing of a long term employee of his, Jeff Emerson.  Jeff was part of Joe’s team for 38 years.  He was only 58.  Our condolences go out to the family.
President-Elect Don Pilon gave a Happy Dollar for the new Board.  Joe Moreshead did a fantastic job pulling things together. Don welcomed the new members to the Board.
Conrad Welzel gave $5 Happy Dollars for the “Grant Proposal” getting out in time.
Jim LaBelle preempted SAA Heather but handing over $5 for what he thinks she will call his “horrible goatee”.
Marty contributed to the cause for Brenda Pollock who joined the Zoom meeting from her car where he sun roof was visible for all to see.
Joe Bassett was happy that he was finally able to get his cut and beard removed.
Melissa Cilley was happy that as of Monday Apex Youth Connection would be opening again with limited capacity programs all of which will be held outdoors.
Brenda Pollock was happy to report that her daughter and family would be temporarily moving in with her and her husband.
Melissa Cilley wanted to make sure the group was aware of the increased fraudulent unemployment claims that were happening all around.
Heather Gendron gave a brief overview of how things were going in the banking industry and what an impact the PPP were having.
Roland Gagne briefly gave his thoughts on the current market.  Volatility is expected. He ended with, “Just relax.  This will pass.”   He mentioned he was having problems leasing office space in his newly renovated complex on Pool Street in Biddeford.
CJ Dubois-Cote mentioned that with a lot of people working from home, there may not be a big demand on leasing/renting space.
Conrad mentioned that the $5,000 COVID Grant Proposal was recently submitted and thanked the committee members for their effort in pulling it together.  The COVID-19 committee, which meets each Thursday via Zoom, is now considering the following:
            Where do we go in the future with the donations we have?
              What are the community needs?
              Have distributed $5,000 in donations thus far!
The business community in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach may be a good indicator as to where we can help.
Today’s speaker was our very own, Jim LaBelle, the Executive Director of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of commerce.  Jim has been Executive Director of the Chamber for almost 3 years now.  Jim did a presentation on the Chambers “Local Perceptions” (Generally Speaking). 
The actual power point/slide presentation was emailed to all members.  If you did not receive the power point presentation, send an email to either or and we’ll make sure you receive a copy.
Week in Review 6/3/2020 Julie Villemaire 2020-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

This is Your Rotary - Special Guest Speaker IPPC Chair Michael McGovern

Dear Donald Pilon,
The Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise on behalf of you and all Rotarians of Rotary District 7780 is pleased to host the speaker series titled, This Is Your Rotary!. We are especially excited to have International PolioPlus Chair Michael McGovern as our special guest speaker on June 10, 2020. 
We do hope that you will join us on Wednesday, at 5:30pm eastern time on Zoom. Simply click on the meeting link below for this wonderful opportunity to hear a firsthand update on what's happening on the eradication frontlines. Learn more about our polio program, how it has and continues to change our world.
Maybe you think you have already heard all you need about polio but do you know what the POB is and how it operates? Who are our partners (did you know we have a new partner?) and what are their responsibilities?  What about surveillance activities - how does this system operate? What's happening during this time of Covid, how is our polio program impacted, where will it go from here? How is your contribution spent? How does Rotary's advocacy committee operate? 
Bring your club members, bring potential members, and most of all bring your curiosity and questions. Please attend this important update. In this time of online meetings and physical disconnect, it is especially important to stay up-to-date on what's happening in Rotary and to stay connected to your fellow Rotarians.
Topic: This is Your Rotary - IPPC Chair Michael McGovern
Time: Jun 10, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 988 5149 9551
By phone: +14702509358,,98851499551# US (Atlanta)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Ann Lee Hussey, PDG
This is Your Rotary - Special Guest Speaker IPPC Chair Michael McGovern Donald Pilon 2020-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 6/4/20

  • The District acknowledged receipt of completed grant request
  • Roland thought the final product was well put together
  • Due to the breadth of scope of the subcommittee's efforts, there is a decent chance of success
  • The decision is expected in July
  • Thermometers will be needed by all re-opening businesses and useful for the next 12-18 months
  • Rotary-branded thermometers would be nice (buy in bulk and affix our own branding)
  • Individual price from W.B. Mason is $120
  • The Biddeford Second Congregational Church is trying to fix up kitchen prior to inspection
  • They would like work done on Saturdays
  • Materials required: shop vac, cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning, scraping, and painting needed, particularly around duct
  • There are currently 2 community gardens in Biddeford and 1 in Saco
  • The subcommittee could attempt to duplicate in another space
  • Alternatively, gardening education could be provided; potentially wood donations for raised beds
  • Education in raising chickens also being considered
  • Program would benefit families already receiving assistance, who are interested in sustainable solutions
  • Everyone to consider potential cash mob partners/fundraising feasibility
  • Honor Flight program is on hold for the moment
  • Approximately $4,000 in available funding
  • $863 must be spent before the end of June (partially earmarked for flag)
  • Dunkin Donuts providing a free doughnut with each meal at community center
  • Several members will reach out to veteran contacts to assess community needs
  • Conrad checking with city of Biddeford / Don with Saco regarding veterans needs
  • CJ knows a veteran as well and will contact him for info
  • Conrad contacting Jim Godbout regarding Bon Appetit work
  • Don looking into ordering thermometers with other clubs for bulk discount
  • Brian talking to hospital contact regarding sourcing thermometers
  • Conrad also contacting Ken
  • Brian looking into new Zoom account
  • Conrad will talk to Wardwell and Seal Rock/Atlantic Heights
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito | REALTOR® | Notary Public
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Letter of Gratitude Fausto Pifferrer 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/28/20

Hi everyone,
Here are the notes from today's meeting:
  • No updates at this time - Marty has been attempting to reach out via email but no response
  • They may be too busy to keep up with email so he will go in person if necessary
  • Time sensitive - application is due June 1st
  • First draft is complete and has been sent to various subcommittee members for review and comment
  • Brenda will manage changes and hopefully send out revised draft by EOD tomorrow
  • Final draft scheduled for completion on Saturday
  • Melissa has a lot of experience with grant writing and has offered to look over the application as well
  • If we decided to purchase a Zoom account, the annual cost would be $149.90
  • Brian found a Facebook page called "Maine Needs" which may be a good place to find ways to help
  • We would like to invite Jim Labelle to speak at the next Rotary meeting regarding the state of the local economy
  • To be discussed next week - letting people come to us for help
  • Thermometers and PPE are significant expenses for small businesses
  • It would be nice if we could donate thermometers (with Rotary logo) to local organizations
  • We will need to look into availability, cost, sourcing, etc. to determine feasibility
  • Other expenses for re-opening include awnings for outdoor programs, hand washing stations, and individually sized products
  • Childcare providers in particular are currently struggling and can be reached via Biddeford Ready - Melissa forwarded contact info to Conrad  
Have a great weekend!
Thank you,

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/28/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 5/27/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on May 27, 2020
Biddeford – Saco Rotary Club
Meeting Notes – May 27, 2020
President Fausto called the meeting to order at 12:00
Heather G. – Four Way Test
Joe B. – Invocation
We had three people join the meeting:
  1. Dr. Samuel Kakish – Past president twice 20 years a Rotarian
  2. Ibrahim Kattan – President Elect of Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club
  3. Nasri Rabadi – Committed Rotarian & past president with the Amman Cosmopolitan Club
  4. Ghada Fanek, President of Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club
Sargent Of Arms Heather: There were several HAPPY DOLLARS at this meeting. Thank you to everyone who did take a moment to find something to be grateful for during this trying time.  Fines and Happy Dollars are to mailed to Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club – PO Box 298 – Saco, ME 04072.
All thanked Marty for his work to organize the Flags for Veterans event last Friday. Well done Marty!
No announcements today.
Ghada gave a brief overview of their Rotary Club.
25th anniversary of the club. Founded 25th of June 1995.
They have 22 members of their club.
Working on anti-drug workshop.
Planted over 100 olive trees for Arber day.
Results of the COVID-19 Pandemic in their country meant a strict curfew went into effect on March 19th. To date Jordan has:
718 confirmed cases
479 recovered
9 deaths.
Because of the full curfew and quarantine, 45% of the nation’s workforce were unable to work. For most, it was their only source of income.
60% of laborers work in the private sector and work remotely. These are some of the hardest his people who need the very basics to survive.
The Rotary Food Boxes help to support those families. The club raised $3,400 which covered the cost to prepare 102 food parcels. 
Tito’s Vodka made a $5,000 donation to this project.
Roland Gagne, Beverly Edwards, & the Biddeford Saco Rotary club donated another $1500.
Samuel thanked the club for the opportunity to speak and to share their story of this project. There were many people who had no income. With the strict curfew imposed in the country, it did keep the deaths down, but it was catastrophic to the economy and to the people of Jordan. They were very insistent on putting the Rotary label on all the boxes and giving credit to this international organization.
Samuel shared some very heartwarming stories about the need of the hardest hit people in Jordan.
Nasri spoke of Al-Awen Jordanian Society for Widows $5350 to supply sewing machines so they could make a living for themselves.
$1400k health and nutrition for children in Bani Kinanah.
$3150 Disaster response Grant for supplies to help hospitals in North Jordan.
Building a hospitality school in Jordan is the next big project. Roland is actively involved in this project. Regrettably, the crisis has limited their ability to move forward for now but they all are excited about the opportunity it will bring to their country.
Roland extended an invite to our esteemed guests to join us as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary scheduled for May 2021.
Joe Moreshead reminded everyone to please vote on a slate of officers. We are looking for 2 board members. Please have your votes in to Joe by Friday, May 29th if possible.
President Fausto reminded everyone the next Board meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2020 at 7:45 am.
Meeting adjourned at 12:55.
Respectfully submitted: Brenda Pollock
Week in Review 5/27/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 26, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Rotarians’ demand for immediate projects to support their communities, significantly more global grants than during previous years were approved, thus exhausting World Fund availability for matching global grant awards for the remainder of this Rotary year.

As Rotarians aid recovery, now more than ever, giving to Rotary’s Annual Fund is key to continuing these projects. Please use the new SHARE graphic (at left) to show Rotarians how their gifts to Annual Fund help in their community and worldwide.

To get ideas for projects in the coming year, read the comments section in the article linked below to see dozens of Rotarians discuss club project ideas that could be eligible for project funding in the future.
IMPACT FROM ANNUAL FUND GIFTS Brian Dallaire 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/21/20

Here are the notes from Thursday's meeting:
  • Marty is trading notes with the board chair
  • He has not received any details yet regarding their renovation needs (they are very busy)
  • Marty will continue to communicate with Laura and keep us posted
  • Conrad purchased 10 gift certificates worth $50 each, good for food only
  • He has set up a meeting with Biddeford City Hall
  • Gift certificates will be dropped off tomorrow morning for general assistance
  • Current balance of available funds is less than $900
  • Conrad spoke with Fausto - he has come up with approximately $2,000 in additional funds for the subcommittee
  • There is another $1,000 in potential additional funding
  • The additional funding is being re-distributed from the Past President's Lunch budget
  • Brenda suggested it would be a nice gesture to award Fausto the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Points of Light) and the subcommittee agrees
  • Brian has volunteered to complete the Grants Management Seminar
  • Brenda will send public relations copy to Brian for publication in the district newsletter
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito | REALTOR® | Notary Public
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Week in Review 5/20/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on May 20, 2020
Biddeford – Saco Rotary Club
Meeting Notes – May 20, 2020
President  Fausto called the meeting to order at 12:00
Brian – Four Way Test
Joe– Invocation
We had three guests join the meeting:
  1. Assistant Dist. Governor – Bob Wester
  2. Jill - Bideford, England
  3. Jacquie - Bideford, England
President Fausto announced there would be additional funds available for the COVID-19 sub-committee. Rather than purchasing his President’s Chair, he was donating that money to the committee. He was proposing the Past President’s meeting funds that were allocated be redirected to the committee as well. In addition, rather than use money to purchase awards this year, that was also earmarked for the COVID-19 committee work. Fausto did thank everyone who truly was worthy of awards but felt that money, given our current crisis, would be needed to help the committee and the people in need in our communities. 
Sargent Of Arms Heather requested we each donate to her budget. Heather was contributing $100 to Sargent of Arms fund and asked all Rotarians to please make a contribution, of any amount, as well.
There were several HAPPY DOLLARS at this meeting. Thank you to everyone who did take a moment to find something to be grateful for during this trying time.  
COVID-19 Crisis sub-committee
Conrad updated the group of the work the COVID-19 Crisis sub-committee doing. This week, they were able to purchase food only gift cards from Ray’s Market in Biddeford and donated 10 food cards to the city of Biddeford’s general assistance program. Conrad, Kaitlin and Brenda are currently working on a grant proposal and will be reaching out to Roland and others for assistance with the final document. The committee also made a $500 contribution to the Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club in Jordan. Roland elaborated on their efforts:
Roland spoke of an extreme need in Amman Jordan. The country of Jordan has implemented one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, forcing most people to stay indoors, grocery stores to close and many people losing their only source of income. An effort by the Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Club directed by Dr. Nasri Rabadi, assembled boxes of food for the poorest communities in Jordan. “Each box of food they deliver to these hard-hit areas can feed a family of 4 for an entire month”, said Gagne. “Their organization is doing some impressive work. I personally made a donation to the club in Jordan and shared their story with our club,” said Gagne. “They were very impressed with how quickly the Rotarians in Jordan were able to organize this effort under these conditions and donated $500 to their program”.
FLAGS at St. Joseph’s Cemetery – Biddeford
Marty asked everyone to please report to the cemetery around 7:45 for an 8 am start. He reminded everyone to wear masks to pick up the flags. Everyone will be assigned a section. He asked everyone to be available for a short briefing on proper flag placement.
Essay Contest
Brenda mentioned the Essay Contest deadline to submit the names of the winners is Friday, May 29th. She will be contacting everyone on the committee to discuss a possible ZOOM presentation. Four of the five schools have submitted the names of their winners.
Jeanne Davidson is a highly rated Physical Therapist with Your Hospital in York, Maine. She provided some much-needed information about Ergonomics - the dos and don’ts of working from home.
If you would like to receive hand outs of her presentation, please contact Brian Dallaire. 
Respectfully submitted: Brenda Pollock
Week in Review 5/20/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

 COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/14/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on May 15, 2020
Hi everyone,
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
  • $500 worth of gift cards have been purchased and mailed to OOB contact
  • As of meeting time, most of the gift certificates have been distributed to OOB families
  • Landry's appreciated the business
  • It was decided that Landry's gift cards may not be very helpful to Biddeford residents
  • Brenda contacted Ray's Market in Biddeford and something similar to gift cards for food only has been established
  • There was a suggestion of $500 in funding for Biddeford general assistance - unanimous vote in favor
  • Donations would be appreciated by Stone Soup
  • They are not currently experiencing any difficulty sourcing food items
  • There has been increased usership - they have extended their hours
  • Bon Appetit submitted request for funds to be used for carpentry, painting, and updating kitchen
  • Marty will ask if donated supplies and volunteer labor would be helpful
  • Paulette made a motion to donate $500 to Stone Soup, seconded by Marty
  • Unanimous vote in favor - Marty will send contact info to Conrad
  • Roland donated $1,000 to buy boxes of food for the needy in Jordan and requested additional funds from club
  • Each box of food that is distributed can feed a family of 4 for a month
  • There was some discussion as to whether it might be best to reserve funds for local causes
  • We hope to have more funds available in the future, and recognize that we are an international organization
  • Unanimous vote in favor of an additional $500 donation from the subcommittee
  • Brenda, Conrad, & Kaitlin will work on district grant request for additional funding
Next Meeting May 21 3PM
Thank you,
Kaitlin L. Tito REALTOR® | Notary Public
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/14/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Flag Placement at St Joseph's Cemetery

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 15, 2020
I've confirmed that Ralph Goulet will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery (on West Street, entrance across from Marion Avenue) next Friday morning the 22nd at 8AM. He will have flags for us to put out on Veterans graves. If you can dedicate an hour or two that would be great.
We'll work on some kind of social distancing protocol. All the work will be outside. (I can pretty much guarantee it will be raining, because it always does.)
Thank you!
Flag Placement at St Joseph's Cemetery Martin Grohman 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 13, 2020
Our next club meeting on June 24, 2020 will be held in person at the Run of the Mill at noon.   It will also be available as a virtual video meeting on ZOOM.   PLEASE Note that a new Zoom number will be sent to you.
I have previously sent you an email invitation with the ZOOM link.  Simply click on the link starting at NOON.  This will give you time to check your computer for connection, and to see if your camera and microphone are operating.  To avoid stray noises and feedback on the mic, it is recommended that you use an earpiece with mic.
Also at the bottom of the email, there is a link for you to register or decline and not if you  are coming in person so that we know to expect you as we need to make a reservation at ROM .
If you need any help, feel free to give me a call at 207.289.8375
Brian Dallaire
JOIN THE FIRST IN-PERSON MEETING 6/24/2020 Brian Dallaire 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

100th Year Week in Review 5/13/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020
Marty opened the meeting at 12 noon with the Pledge of Allegiance
4-way test – Mark N.
Invocation – Roland – Moment of silence
Sargent of Arms: HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Alecia for the weather
  • Brian is heading back to Maine on Sunday
  • Dr. Joe the dock is going in the river
  • Ken is happy to be here for the 100th Anniversary
  • Mark N –  Due to bad internet connect, we were unable to hear Mark.
  • Conrad – is working around the house
  • Bill – happy to see everyone and Tyler graduated from UNH
  • Marty – Held a webinar with businesses Maine Street Biddeford all supportive and hopeful about the future.
  • Brian for his backgrounds
  • Brenda for calling Marty Martin
  • Alicia – for being cute
Don Pilon joined the meeting and resumed the duties of President Elect.
  • Conrad – COVID 19 committee meets on Thursday afternoons. This week we’ll discuss the international request. We’re at the $4000 with another $2400 in the account.
  • Roland Grants – Only the district grants have a deadline of June 1st. We have to submit the application by June 1st and sign a memorandum of understanding. Brian will sit through the volunteer process.
  • David Underhill reached out to Roland to remove the DDF grant until July 1st.
  • Conrad updated that 10 bags of food to the Saco food pantry and they were appreciative regarding the donation we made.
  • Volunteers are needed at Biddeford Food Pantry.
  • Bill asked about opportunities to help the food banks.
On the 100th Anniversary of the club, Rotarians stated why they belonged to the club. 
  • Brian – Joined at the invitation of my boss in San Diego in 2000. When I was young I was impressed with the work our club did with building the bike path down the Ferry Road.
  • Brenda – Originally joined in the 90’s. Being a Rotarian gives me a bigger purpose - To do good in the community and hopefully inspire her grandchildren to become Rotarians.
  • Dr. Joe – In the 70’s he was introduced and felt it was good for his business but it was the Youth Exchange Program that moved him.
  • Marty – Enjoys giving back but especially enjoys working with the youth.
  • Alicia – Was always a Girl scout as a child and Rotary allows her to continue what she believes in: giving back.
  • Roland a Rotarian for 21 years was struck by an article of a Little girl in Mexico – The club purchased a wheelchair for her and has been hooked on international service since.
  • Bill – Felt at home at the club – love the work we do and the club is like an extended family.
  • Kaitlin –Didn’t know how to get involved in community giving and is grateful that Rotary gave her the path to get involved and help others.
  • CJ – Rotary was what she was looking for to volunteer and allowed her to make our communities better.
  • Don – A Rotarian In Connecticut in the 80’s prior to when women were allowed in the club. After his years of public service, he joined the club for fellowship and community service.
  • Ken – A Rotarian since 2006 he joined the lunch club to make a difference to help others and quickly recognized he was working with great teams of likeminded people.
  • Karen A Rotarian for about 20 years now – inability to say no most grateful value most taught her the true value of giving back and the friendships.
  • Conrad – Joined 5 years ago, and thoroughly enjoys everyone’s friendships and all of the good we do around our communities.
  • Fausto via Conrad – He’s enjoyed being president in this anniversary year. He thoroughly enjoys the fellowship and enjoys the good will.
  • Haley - A 14-year Rotarian, the club was so important because her family moved from town to town a lot due to her husband’s military career. Rotary was a way to connect in every community they lived in both personally and professionally.
Please send Happy Dollars, Fines and donations to the Foundation to:
 Biddeford – Saco Rotary Club - PO Box 298  -  Saco, Maine 04072
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/7/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on May 08, 2020
Hi everyone,
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
  • Fausto is delivering donations to the food pantry on Friday, 5/8
  • Melissa has been in touch with the city of Biddeford - gift cards would be appreciated
  • Marty is waiting to hear back from Cat Anglea (Bon Appetit)
  • Marty will contact Stone Soup as well
  • It was agreed that there will be no new business until we hear back from Stone Soup/Bon Appetit
  • We may want to reserve some funds as this issue may be ongoing for a while
  • Shaw's and Market Basket do not sell alcohol/tobacco/lottery restricted gift cards
  • Brenda suggested going to the store with allocated funds and putting together $50 baskets of staple foods
  • Food delivery could be a problem, as superintendent does not want direct contact with families in need (per state guidance)
  • Landry's in OOB can issue gift cards with alcohol/tobacco/lottery restrictions
  • Susan is issuing a new check for us to purchase the gift cards from Landry's
Have a great weekend!
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This Is Your Rotary!

Posted on May 08, 2020
The Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise is pleased to host the speaker series titled, This Is Your Rotary! on behalf of Rotary Disitrict 7780. We are excited to have RI President Mark Maloney join us as our special guest speaker on May 13, 2020. See attached.
We do hope that you can join us Wednesday at 5:30pm eastern time on Zoom. Simply click on the meeting link below for this wonderful opportunity to connect with a Rotary leader, hear an update on how Rotary is doing in this time of Covid19 and ask a question of your RI Rotary President.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 4800 9263
Or by phone: 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
If this is your first Zoom meeting please watch this short tutorial before Wednesday.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday!​​​​​​
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Biddeford Saco Rotary Officers for 2020-2021 

Posted by Joe Moreshead on May 06, 2020
Executives & Directors
Don Pilon
Martin Grohman
Vice President
Brenda Pollock
Susan Gajewski, assistant Kathy Shea
Kaitlyn Tito
Joe Moreshead
Immediate Past President
Fausto Pfiefer
Foundation Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Brian Dallaire, looking for help
Program Chair
Joseph A. Moreshead for the Nomination Committee 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Officers for 2020-2021 Joe Moreshead 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Week in Review 5/6/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Covid Letters of Thanks Fausto Pifferrer 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Maine Lockdown. Part 5

Posted by Bill Kany on May 05, 2020
Days 28-31 of the Maine Lockdown.
Four more marks in the old 2x4. Looks like I was doing some target practice with my 20 gauge shotgun in the garage and missed.
A few more rambling random thoughts…..
            I don’t know about you but I have been walking a lot during the pandemic.  I cannot really say I am walking for a purpose I guess other than exercise.  I am not walking to any place in particular because there is really nowhere to walk to.  I will note that  golf courses open this weekend at which point my walking will again have purpose which will then be to piss myself off because golf can be the most frustrating sport on earth.  How can I hit a few good shots in a row and then take a swing that Stephen Hawking would have laughed at?  While Mark Twain suggested that “golf is a good walk spoiled” I have to disagree. Golf gives my walk and my exercise purpose.  After all, I can generally walk fine, never getting too high or too low with my ability to put one foot in front of the other, but golf, well you can go from elation to frustration in seconds. So I guess I have to thank Governor Santa Mills for giving me what I wanted.
            The lockdown certainly gives me way more time to read the paper, yes the paper.  For the young people in the club a newspaper is kind of like toilet paper but it is wider, has words on it and it is only rolled up if you want to hit something with it.  Incidentally, in a pinch (pun intended) it can be used as toilet paper.  Don’t mind the ink.  I was reading a Portland Press editorial this week (I never read them, but hey, I’ve got the time) and the newspaper editor was asking everyone to buy a subscription, give a subscription as a gift or to donate to a 501(c)(3) that would in turn funnel money to the for profit newspaper.  I am guessing that last arrangement is legally questionable.  How can tax deductible donations be shifted over to a for profit company to cover payroll? 
            As for buying a subscription, perhaps they should put out a slightly better product to increase their readership.  The paper is as skinny as the former Journal Tribune and ads and obituaries take up well more than half of what is left of the paper.  Perhaps there is no news left fit to print, but I have to guess that readership will continue to decline if they simply do not provide much worth reading.  I guess it is telling when the editor of the paper has to use editorial space to beg for money.
            Our bank is doing a weekly trivia contest just to spice things up a bit.  This week the question was:  “What year did Maine become a state?”  I thought that seemed like a pretty easy question given that this is Maine’s bicentennial and most bankers can do a modicum of math, but then I realized that the pandemic has made many significant events disappear.  It was like certain big milestones never happened.
            400 years ago the Pilgrims bypassed PTown at the end of the Cape (to avoid the traffic) and settled in Plymouth.  Pilgrims actually garnered a reputation for being complete assholes though you seldom hear about that in history books.  If you think about it Pilgrims evolved into our friends from the Commonwealth, better known as “Massholes” so the historical evolution or de-evolution makes sense.
            Well I happen to know someone who has been on the Plymouth 400 Committee for 8 years.  They have been planning  huge celebrations related to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims forever.  Those celebrations have all been put on hold and may never happen.  Another fatality of the coronavirus.
            Two hundred years ago Maine kicked Massachusetts to the curb and became a state.  While our friends to the south have been buying back the state one parcel at a time for years, the fact remains that we are supposed to be celebrating our bicentennial.  It is like we never became the 23rd state in the union as a free state while the “Show Me” state, Missouri, came in a slave state, but not until 1821.  We actually share a bicentennial with Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Alabama.  And you thought you don’t learn anything reading the Tack. It would appear the bicentennial celebrations have all been shelved. 
            Finally, but perhaps the most important, is the fact that our club turns 100 years old this year.  Our club was formed 15 years after all of Rotary was founded.  The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club has a rich history of generosity which deserves to be celebrated, but I think it is fair to say that we really have no idea when we might be able to toast our 100th birthday together.  Again, it is like it never happened.
            Time to go get my haircut before I head to the golf course.  The hell with the haircut, I’m just going to play and let my freak flag fly.  Speaking of haircuts, sole proprietor barbers and stylists finally receive the right to collect unemployment and the Governor tells them they can re-open.  Guess what, if you can re-open you are no longer unemployed but unless you Go-Go Gadget Arms you will have to be a lot less than 6 feet from your customer and you will required to spend a fortune on PPE.  Barbers and stylists can’t catch a break, but the Governor needed her haircut, she was looking a little shaggy (wait she always looks a little shaggy). 
            I leave you with the fact that the owner of the Sunday River Brew Pub, Rick Savage, has decided to buck the governor and open for business.  Apparently, he is a follower of Martin Luther King, Jr. who said:  “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”  Given the fact that Mr. Savage announced his rebellion on Tucker Carlson’s Fox Channel show I am guessing Rick Savage is not a MLK aficionado, but he’s opening anyway.  Give me a craft beer or give me death!
            Stay safe and obey the laws if you want.
Days 32-33 of the Maine Lockdown.
Two more notches in what is left of that 2x4. I hoping these winds subside.
A few more rambling random thoughts from the peanut gallery…..
            I have to admit we did take a less than essential trip up to Mt. Abram on Sunday to shut off the heat and take care of a few items that “needed” addressing.  I have to admit it was nice to go anywhere outside of Saco for just a little while.  On the way up we passed Poland Regional High School.  There had to be at least 100 signs along the road in front of the school identifying the graduating seniors.  Who names their kid Pygmalion?  I have seen similar signs on lawns around Saco (without the Pigmalion).
            Imagine reading a fairly long book which like many books features a whole group of characters experiencing a series of highs and lows.  The imagine you are reading along and you can’t wait to see how things turn out for the protagonist and the other people in his or her life.  You open the book and realize the last chapter has been removed and the book simply skips to “The End”.  I am sure you would feel cheated, robbed and left to wonder how did things turn out.
            The pandemic has ripped the last chapter out of the short lives of high school and college seniors all over the world.  Nothing will be written about their endeavors on the athletic fields during the spring of their senior year because sports were cancelled.  Prom was nothing but a dress and a plastic bag and a bunch of memories lost.  Everyone is left to wonder what that featured student or faculty member would have said at seniors awards or graduation.  I guess they can throw up their mortar boards alone in their backyard, but needless to say that is not the same.
            Sure, years from now they will be able to tell their kids to cherish their last semester and all that surrounds graduation because Covid-19 stole their experiences from them.  Maybe in 2025 or 2030 class reunions will be more elaborate to make up for what they missed in 2020.  This f’ing pandemic has stolen people’s lives, livelihoods and in some instances their dignity, but for seniors in high school and college it has also robbed them of that final chapter in the first of a series of books about their lives.  I am hoping that they are around for the sequel and that perhaps the coronavirus helps to shape the theme of the next chapters in their lives.
Stay healthy and resist the urge to relax your guard.  This thing as a ways to go.
Days 34-35 of the Maine Lockdown.
Two more notches in what is now much closer to a 1x3. Do you think botox would help?
A few more rambling random thoughts from the peanut gallery…..
            Masks are becoming far more prevalent and increasingly required.  I think it is tough to look good in a mask. Sure, some people can pull it off, but if you have a beard it looks like you smooshed a possum on your face with a small hammock.  Mask accessories should  be cropping up soon, like mask piercings.  Nothing like a big bolt protruding through your mask.  Clearly, the colorful cloth masks are everywhere and Pelosi is still sporting the color coordinated silk scarves that are probably entirely ineffective, but I am sure her philosophy is that it is better to look good than it is to stay alive.  Christ, she’s lived a good life, or at least a long one. 
            I don’t really mind wearing a mask as long as people understand a few things.  First, if you have a mask on I may not recognize you.  Hell, it’s been so long since I have seen most people I may not recognize you anyway.  Second, they tend to steam up my glasses so that is another reason I may not recognize you or I may slam right into you.  Third, if you are thinking about getting into the bank robbery business now is a great time since no one is questioning the wearing of masks.  Just try to avoid ski masks with eye holes as those will set off the silent alarm every time.  Finally, with my big snozzola I am not sure how effective my masks may be so I will probably continue to stand exceptionally far away.
            Speaking of distancing, I don’t know about you, but I am getting really good at tactfully backing up as people start to approach.  Okay, maybe it is not real tactful when you put up your hand to tell people to stop as you a backing away yelling “6 feet”. 
Frankly, I have no issue with businesses opening up as long as masks and social distancing are required.  People are free to go where they want and if I don’t need to have my nails done or to get a tattoo then I don’t have to go to those places.  I am thinking that there are parts of this state which could allow businesses to open up at which point people can accept the risk of going to a business or not.  You can always drive through the parking lot, see how many out of state plates are there and then go in or keep on going.
            Speaking of businesses opening up, it was great to get back out on the golf course.  On Sunday evening I was literally the only person on the entire course.  Social distancing was not an issue though I wish I had stayed at least 6 feet from a tree or two.  The cups are set up so they are only about a ½ inch deep so you can pull your ball out with your club and avoid touching a surface that others may have touched.  Just nice to walk with a bit of a purpose for a change.
            While I know we are Vacationland, and so much of Maine’s economy revolves around tourism, I have to wonder why I see so many out of state license plates on cars.  Where the hell are they going and why are they here?  Are people really quarantining for 14 days when they come here, of course not.  They already contaminated their state so why not foul ours as well?  A friend was recently in a car accident and needed a rental.  They wanted to give him a car from New Jersey, he declined, then New York and he said nope.  He finally ended up with a  subcompact which was close to being a peddle car but it had a Maine plate.  If he was going to be passed by every car on the road be preferred to not have everyone giving him the finger as they blew by.  There will be a time when we will welcome back visitors to Maine, but let’s pull in the “Welcome” mat for just a little bit longer if we can.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
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Adverse childhood experiences predict adulthood trouble

Information about last weeks speaker from the Seacoast Sunday /
Biddeford-Saco Rotarians, thank you again for letting Larry present his organization’s ACE Master-trainer initiative to your Club this past week.  Here’s an article about it in this morning’s Seacoast Sunday /
As I said Wednesday, we are still about five thousand dollars short of the full funding that Rotary has committed.  Nobody knows more than I the many competing pressures of Covid-19 on Club resources.  I continue to believe this is relevant and vital to our longer-term community stability, and I hope your board might consider contributing to this in whatever modest way is fair and appropriate.
Thank you for all you’re doing to keep Rotary focused through these challenges,
Dave Underhill
By Hadley Barndollar

Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:34 PM

ELIOT, Maine – Across York, Strafford and eastern Rockingham
counties, approximately 13,800 school-aged children are currently
at greater risk for future health challenges, based on their ACE
Some call an ACE, or adverse childhood experience, score a
“cholesterol score” for childhood trauma. For example, people with
an ACE score of four are twice as likely to be smokers, and seven times more likely to be alcoholic. Scores of four
or more are 12 times more likely to have attempted suicide, and 10 times more likely to have injected street drugs.
For scores of six or higher, there is an almost 20-year shortening of one’s lifespan.

Though delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus emergency, the Eliot-based Pinetree Institute is set to launch
a three-year community engagement initiative on adverse childhood experiences in the fall, focusing on the three
counties covering Seacoast New Hampshire and southern Maine.

The two-state geographic area in question, says Dr. Larry McCullough, founder and executive director of the
Pinetree Institute, has approximately half a million people, with 142 schools and 63,000 students.
This means in classrooms across the region, each one will see students affected by ACEs, and some with very high
ACE scores.

“If I had a goal, it would be that every adult engaged in community work of any kind would hear about this over
the next three years, which I think is pretty realistic,” said McCullough.

The higher a child’s ACE score, the more likely they are to experience serious health issues when they become an
adult – as a result of household dysfunction, neglect or abuse during their childhood.

McCullough said the recognition of ACEs, and their life-altering impacts, changes the community conversation
from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

“There are reasons to why people do what they do,” he said.
Pinetree’s new “master trainer” initiative will include a kickoff in
September with Dr. Robert Anda and Laura Porter, co-founders of
ACE Interface, a company working to improve overall well-being
and prevent ACEs from occurring. Anda was a lead investigator in
the original ACE research study conducted by Kaiser Permanente
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention starting in
1995, while Porter is a leader of the national ACE movement and
known for her successful implementation of ACE study concepts in
Washington state.

The Pinetree Institute has a mission to “promote a sustainable sense of health, prosperity, happiness and lifesatisfaction
in individuals, families and communities.” It works to do so through educational workshops, retreats,
and strategic facilitation of community-based collaboration throughout the Seacoast New Hampshire and
southern Maine regions.

A worsening opioid and substance use epidemic in the area has become a particular area of focus for Pinetree, the
organization states, and its ACEs initiative builds on its trauma-informed care community efforts already in

McCullough said the three-year community engagement initiative will seek to “train trainers,” by identifying key
people in a community, “local community champions,” and educate them on ACEs, with the expectation that their
newfound knowledge will be the starting point of a chain reaction in their community.

“The goal is to train roughly 10 people in each county area,
and then they have the mission to go out and disseminate it
as widely as possible,” McCullough said.

He noted education, social services, law enforcement, health care, community leadership, and concerned
individuals as some of the populations they’ll be looking to reach.

The effort is funded by 12 area rotary clubs and a $25,000
Kennebunk Savings Bank Spotlight Fund grant.

McCullough said it took the United States 20 years for knowledge
of the dangers of smoking to begin to have an impact on human
behavior. It generally takes 50 years for the discovery of a medical
finding to see implementation in the whole society, he said.
“We’re at the 20-year point in ACEs,” McCullough noted. “And
opiate death rates have soared, and the suicide rate has continued to

Approximately 22% of the student population in eastern
Rockingham, Strafford and York counties has an ACE score of two or higher. These same areas have a total of 40
police departments, 142 schools and more than 820 primary care physicians who can play a part in community
education of childhood traumas, among other sectors.

“There is a temptation to think that this is another new program. And what all of the people working in the field
have emphasized is it’s really a change in mindset, a different way of thinking about things,” McCullough said.
Recognition of ACEs helps communities more deeply understand issues like the opioid crisis, incarceration,
mental health and education achievement, for example.

Many schools have begun to realize trauma can act as an obstacle for students when it comes to academic success,
so they’ve implemented robust social and emotional learning curricula
social and emotional learning curricula
curricula. Others have taken trauma-centered
trauma-centered approaches.

Currently, Pinetree Institute is looking for nominations
nominations of community members who could become “master trainers.” People
are invited to nominate themselves, coworkers, friends and others
individuals they believe to be in unique and important positions to
disseminate the information.

“The first step in addressing any of this is awareness,” McCullough
said. “The whole idea is tell everybody.”
For more information, visit
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Thanks From Saco Seniors Donald Pilon 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Check presentation picture - $1000 to Seeds of Hope Martin Grohman 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 4/30/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on May 01, 2020
Hi everyone!
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
  • A check has been mailed to Apex Youth Connection
  • Apex is hoping to re-open the kids' bike program soon
  • Susan has the information for Saco & Biddeford food pantries and will mail a check to each
  • The Saco food pantry has received 143 donations YTD, compared to 43 at this time last year
  • The senior food program at the community center costs about $500-600 per event and proceeds go to restaurant that prepared the meal
  • This week's event is sponsored by the Saco food pantry
  • Marty volunteers at Seeds of Hope on Fridays - he will confirm they received their check
  • Conrad attempted to purchase gift cards from Hannaford but they do not have tobacco/liquor/lottery restricted cards at this time
  • Marty sent updated Stone Soup contact info to Brenda (not sure if she has contacted them yet)
  • A thank you note was received from the Volunteers of America
  • "Flash mobs" might be a good idea when businesses re-open
  • We should attempt to support local businesses as much as possible
  • Concerns include logistical issues (number of people) as well as how to choose which businesses to support
  • Gift card mobs would be an acceptable way around occupancy limits, but not all businesses allow online purchase
  • Social media to be used when possible to promote our actions (such as veterans home donation)
  • We will add Chamber of Commerce's list of restaurants open for delivery to site/social media for increased visibility
  • Haley mentioned the backpack program as a potential grantee - they provide kids with necessities not covered by free breakfast & lunch
  • Don thinks it might be a good idea to sit on the last $1,000
  • The Board of Directors meeting is next week - we will hold off on any decisions until after the meeting
  • CJ will call Market Basket regarding tobacco/liquor/lottery restricted gift cards
  • Don will call Shaw's regarding tobacco/liquor/lottery restricted gift cards
  • Marty to reach out to Cat Anglea of Bon Appetit/Second Congregational Church
  • Marty also checking in with Stone Soup
  • Our meeting takes place next week at the usual time, 3 PM
  • The Courier ran a piece this week about Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club (and included a quote from Conrad!)
Thank you,
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Rotary in Action

Posted on Apr 30, 2020

Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club continues serving local communities

Members meet through Zoom.


SACO — This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club. As they learn to navigate through this crisis, meeting regularly to discuss ways to continue their spirit of giving, changed. Like many businesses and organizations, since the state shutdown, the club continues to connect weekly using the Zoom meetings platform. Club President Fausto Pifferrer stated, “Meeting every week keeps our Rotarians engaged and informed. It is important for us to continue the foundation our forefathers established and reach out during to our communities in this time of crisis”.

The club reallocated funds and organized a COVID-19 subcommittee with a mission to provide financial help to those organizations who characteristically are first line providers. Conrad Welzel, chair of the COVID-19 committee, announced $500 was allocated to Apex Youth Connection in Biddeford. The group has been distributing free Healthy and Active Care Packages to area families every Friday for the past four weeks. Items such as food, personal care products like soap and toothbrushes/toothpaste, a physical activity to help keep kids moving, and an at-home service project. “All year long, Apex Youth Connection is getting area youth ‘out there,’ connecting with their community, the outdoors, and their futures,” said Melissa Cilley, executive director of Apex. “We are still connecting remotely with our youth, but it became clear very quickly that area families needed more support — especially around weekend food needs and personal care items. We are so grateful to the Biddeford-Saco Rotary, Biddeford Walmart, and other area businesses and organizations who have helped make that support possible.” The packages will continue at least through the month of May every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Apex’s satellite location at 46 Sullivan St. in Biddeford.

“Unquestionably, providing $500 to the Biddeford food pantry and the Saco food pantry was important,” Welzel said. “They already serve our communities and the closure of some of the smaller pantries due to the pandemic, they have both seen increased traffic at their respective facilities.”

They also approved purchasing ten $50 in grocery gift cards to help local families living in Old Orchard Beach.

An additional $1,000 in funding was approved for Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford. “They support everyone who passed through their doors. They know the immediate needs of our citizens and are able to stretch every dollar donated to their organization,” Welzel said.

The club meets every Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on becoming a Rotarian, visit

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Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 4

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 28, 2020
Days 23-25 of the Maine Lockdown.
A couple of more notches in the 2x4. Hey look I can see outside.
A few more rambling random thoughts…..
This past weekend, I kid you not, I watched Snoop Dog playing in a Madden NFL 2020 tournament broadcast on ESPN.  I am totally serious.  It was sad enough that ESPN was actually analyzing a video football game between Snoop Dog and Hollywood Brown, but it was even more pathetic that I was watching it!  It was almost as bad as those old electric football games where you would set up your tiny plastic men, then turn on the vibrating table and watch them all congregate in a pile.  What I would give for one of those games right now.
I was a little late getting this to Brian.  I took the President’s advice and tried swallowing an old lava lamp to see if it would ward off the virus.  I will probably never know whether it works or not, but boy did I feel like crap for a couple of days.  Every time I turned it on I got terrible indigestion.  I may try fighting the indigestion by swallowing a few Lizol wipes.  While you can’t flush them, if the President said so I am sure it is safe to swallow them.  They’re nice in a salad.
Hey, the Governor is supposed to start unveiling her re-opening plans in the next couple of days.  This is like Christmas.  I sat on Governor Mills virtual lap and told her I wanted the golf courses to re-open along with massage parlors and Zumba studios.  I can’t wait to see what I get.  If you want, you can write to Santa Mills at the Blaine House and tell her what you want.  I’m afraid she is going to come out of the Blaine House and see her shadow and announce another month of lockdown. 
This social distancing has really magnified how not funny Saturday Night Live is now.  It is even worse without a studio audience which is told when to laugh.  How I long for the days of Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and John Bellucci. 
Catching up on some of the classics while on lockdown.  Just finished The Catcher in the Rye.  Misleading title for a really good book.  I have also watched Talladega Nights twice, another American classic that elevates NASCAR up onto the pedestal it deserves.  Will Ferrell at his best. 
Does the lockdown cause insanity?  I am going to self-diagnose and get back to you on that.  No you’re not.
Days 23-25 of the Maine Lockdown.
Three more notches in the 2x4. If you squint when you look at the 2x4 it looks a little like Richard Nixon.
A few rambling random thoughts…..
Have any of you forgotten what day it is?  I had no idea Patriots Day had come and gone or what is usually you get extra time to file your taxes day in Maine in Massachusetts.  The only significance of Patriots Day this year is no Boston Marathon and no early Red Sox game, oh and there’s a pandemic going on.
I have to say that Nancy Pelosi was styling in her silk handkerchief she wore for a facemask.  Nancy, it is more about safety than style, but she’s got a foot in the grave anyway.
I would say the blame game is on full display right now.  Trump and the republicans did not act quickly enough and the democrats criticized every step they took as being too late or too soon.  It is like when your window gets broken and all of your kids deny it and accuse the other kids.  At the end of the day the window is still broken and it is raining outside.  It just needs to be fixed no matter whose fault it is.  If you think about it we spend our entire lives trying to avoid taking tests and now all people want to do is take a test.  Go figure.
Do you think Nora O’Donnell says “breaking news”  when she breaks wind?  Everything, and I mean everything, is breaking news with that woman.
I have lots of time to read the paper now.  Do you read the obituaries?  First of all who decides on what picture to use?  Some of the pictures are from 50 years ago.  Who are they fooling?  I think people should use a picture as close to when they die as possible (or after they die) because that is the image most of us remember.  Maybe a chalk outline would be appropriate in some instances.  Obituaries also always make the decedent seem saintly.  I would love to read one that says that Mr. Smith was a dink to everyone he ever met or Mrs. Jones drank too much and could not help but be a bitch most of the time.  I’ve got some time, I am going to write mine now and be as honest as I can be while still being brief because I swear obituary fees are the only things keeping papers afloat. 
Why to people wear PPE masks while driving in their cars alone?  That’s like putting on a football helmet and sitting in the middle of the football field all by yourself.  If you say better safe than sorry I think the answer is that it is just sorry.
While I am anxious to play golf and to otherwise have a return to normalcy, we have to wonder what the new normal will be.  When will we be able to meet again as a group, in person, and when will we really be comfortable in doing so?  Will waiters and waitresses have to wear personal protection equipment for the indefinite future?  When will shopping not entail guessing on a size and color or hoping that the part will work?  Will we stay 6 feet apart forever?  How big will king size beds become? 
I think I have the same cash in my pocket that has been there for a month.  Now some of you would suggest that that is not unusual for me, and you might be right, but I would not mind circulating in some new cash inventory from time to time. 
Vincent Van Gogh once said: “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”  I’ll take a paved road right now and let the flowers come later.  Perhaps this quote from William James captures where we are the best.  He (I have no idea who he is) said: “To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.”  If we reflect on the coronavirus pandemic world we can better appreciate and perhaps even better understand the world pre and post-pandemic.
Apparently, the sale of alcohol is way up.  What else do we have to do? 
Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 4 Bill Kany 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Food Pantry Needs

Posted by CJ Dubois-Cote on Apr 23, 2020
Saco –
spoke with Toni. She said her pantry is getting people from outside of Saco now but they’ve been able to manage so far. Hannaford and Shaw’s no longer allows her to purchase case of food. She said funding is great but what her pantry is in need of most are the following items:

1. Jars of jelly
2. Complete pancake mix
3. Syrup
4. Chicken soup in the can
5. Tuna and chicken in the can
6. Hand sanitizer
7. Clorox wipes

Biddeford –
spoke with Don Bisson He said any funding allows them to purchase a lot of food. If we were to donate food items, here is what his pantry needs most:

1. Hamburger helper
2. Taco meals
3. Canned fruits and vegetables
4. Baked beans
5. White spaghetti only (they return any other pastas)
6. White rice
7. Soup and crackers
8. Canned ham, fish or chicken
9. Mac & cheese
10. Peanut butter
11. Raisins and other dried fruit
12. Cereal
Drop off at Fausto’s home:
3 Libby Drive Biddeford, ME 04005
You can leave the food in the vehicle in the driveway or on the front step.
Delivery will be on THURSDAY MAY 7th in the morning. If donating, please have it there prior to 10am on Thursday. It’s Mother’s Day weekend. It would be nice to have the food we donate available for the weekend.
Food Pantry Needs CJ Dubois-Cote 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Maine Assoc of Realtors Scholarship Donald Pilon 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Week in Review 4/22/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Subcommittee 4.23.20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Apr 17, 2020
Hi everyone!
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
  • Grant goes to the club to combat food insecurity (not COVID-19 specific)
  • Don has already made a verbal request and we are in the queue to receive a check
  • Reports will need to be furnished to document use of funds
  • Don will have conversation with Fausto regarding how we hope to use the funds
  • Melissa believes they are in good shape for the next 2 weeks
  • Long term donors have been contributing funds
  • A United Way grant was received via Tom's of Maine
  • 90 packages were distributed last week
  • 75 packages are being prepared for tomorrow
  • Brenda attempted to contact Stone Soup but phone was disconnected
  • She did speak with Toni at the Saco food pantry - money would be great but food donations are better
  • Please see Brenda's detailed email for a list of suggested food donations
  • Biddeford is requesting many of the same items as Saco, as well as toiletries and marshmallows
  • Conrad contacted Market Basket regarding 'Stuff the Bus' - waiting to hear back from Tewksbury HQ
  • Don raised the issue of consumers having less disposable income for this type of fundraiser
  • Melissa mentioned the possibility of purchasing bulk items from Sysco which can be repackaged for food pantry
  • OOB is providing gift certificates to families who request assistance
  • They are currently working with 20-30 families, providing help as needed
  • Hannaford gift certificates are preferred due to alcohol/tobacco/lottery limitations
  • The food pantry was closed due to food availability and safety concerns
  • Families have been working out transportation to grocery store on their own - no issues so far
  • $500 worth of gift certificates ($50 each) for OOB - UNANIMOUS
  • $1,000 donation to Seeds of Hope - UNANIMOUS
  • $1,500 ($500 each) for Apex and Saco and Biddeford food pantries - UNANIMOUS
  • Don to drop off 2 bottles of hand sanitizer to Saco food pantry
  • Don is also reaching out to IHOP owner regarding pancake mix
  • Brenda talking to Toni / CJ to Don Bisson about repackaging bulk food
  • Marty to contact Big Tree Hospitality regarding potential excess food
  • Next meeting is at 2 PM
  • Roland has a family member in the maple syrup industry (Saco food pantry requested syrup)
  • Paulette has a tax exempt Sam's Club card and is willing to check inventory
  • Walmart allows Apex to reserve large quantities of food - we may be able to piggyback
Thank you,
From Don:  I dropped off 3 bottles of sanitizer at the Saco Food Pantry today 
From Marty:  Kaitlin, thanks so much for these very well done minutes. I'm sorry I had to jump off before the end of the call. How did we decide to notify grantees?
From Brenda:  If I recall correctly, We’re planning on donating food. I am contacting Toni to see if they will take bulk food. If not, I will contact Melissa, and see if we can piggyback with her Walmart for the things on the Saco Pantry list.
CJ – I think if you could do the same in Biddeford with Don and let me and or Melissa know, that would be great.
Conrad will ask for the money from Fausto and Sue since he is committee chair.
Conrad, can you also give the check the $500 check to Melissa for APEX?
Marty should be the one to bring the check to Seeds of Hope.
Conrad will bring the 10 $50 gift cards to OOB.
The checks for the Saco and Biddeford food pantry, $500 each, will be made to either Walmart or Apex or Sysco. That still needs to be determined.
Sound good?
From Conrad: 
Marty, Kaitlin, Brenda, CJ,
Yes we should have discussed it yesterday. I would agree that the Rotary contact person should notify the recipient agency contact person. 
We also will need  to know who the check should be made out to and a mailing address to send/ deliver the check to. Please send that to me and I will work with Susan to get the checks. 
Thanks everyone for jumping in I was delivering food to my 96 year old Aunt. ( I think that counts as a trip
I can leave the House  for). 
Stay Healthy, Conrad
Covid-19 Subcommittee 4.23.20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Subcommittee 4/16

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Apr 17, 2020
  • Conrad and Kaitlin will work together to outline and send out an agenda prior to meetings
  • Marty would like to look into donating to Seeds of Hope
  • Melissa spoke with Good Shepherd Food Bank - they are running low on food (budget OK but pasta, rice, beans, etc. are becoming difficult to find)
  • Don is interested in purchasing $40-50 Hannaford gift cards (with alcohol/tobacco/lottery ticket limitations) to keep on hand and give out as needed 
  • It was decided that food pantry money goes further but gift cards may be useful for items like diapers 
  • Don still has some hand sanitizer which Haley suggested re-packaging into smaller bottles
  • Conrad has a conflict on the 30th at 3 so we may need to move meeting up
  • Apex is in their third week of Friday afternoon care package distribution to local families
  • 58 packages last week / 80 packages this week
  • The packages include food, a physical activity, at home service project, and personal care product
  • Personal care products include soap/washcloth, shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Parents have suggested that additional food donations would be appreciated
  • This week they are including pantry staples such as vegetables, broth, and rice
  • Program cost is about $600 per week and Melissa hopes to continue through summer
  • Apex has applied for various grants and should have decisions by Monday
  • Joe suggested a "stuff the bus" type food drive - set up outside of Market Basket and request a single item donation from each customer
  • Emergency funding ($150 proposed by CJ) considered by committee but we may be more helpful in assisting with long term sustainability
  • Conrad will send out action email if the program requires additional funding for next week 
  • Current budget is up to $5,000 without board approval ($1,000 spent so far)
  • A $500 check has been sent to Jim Godbout as partial reimbursement for his donations
  • Don met with the city of Saco regarding meals for seniors - we donated $500 to the program
  • Haley had 22 masks made for Volunteers of America. The masks have been distributed, as well as hand sanitizer.
  • Brenda communicated with Biddeford city manager, mayor, and emergency requests coordinator. They do not currently have any requests for assistance
  • Conrad has not heard back from OOB yet
  • CJ offered to contact Delilah at Heart of Biddeford to see if they know of any community needs
  • CJ also to check in with Don Bisson of Biddeford food pantry and looking into farmer co-ops for pricing
  • Brenda will reach out to Stone Soup and the Saco food pantry (general inquiry to assess needs)
  • Brian will continue to set up meetings with Marty's ID
  • Conrad will contact Lucie and Karen regarding Stuff the Bus contacts
Thank you,
Covid-19 Subcommittee 4/16 Kaitlin Tito 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 3

Day 15 of the Maine Lockdown.
One more notch in the 2x4. Starting to look like a totem pole, wait can I say totem pole?
I saw this quote this morning and thought I would share:
“Went to this restaurant call THE KITCHEN.  You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal.  I have no clue how this place is still in business.”
I am sure that if you are watching sports on TV you now know that Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters again.  The Patriots won the 2019 Super Bowl again and Tom Brady is still going to play for Tampa Bay.  It is reassuring to know that no matter how many times they replay an event the results are still the same.  I am hoping they will eventually invent a television that allows us to alter the results of events on TV.  If I had that power Big Bang Theory would still be making new episodes and the Red Sox would have won the 2019 World Series for back to back world championships.  Okay, the second one is an extreme stretch, but the Washington Nationals, come on!
On Sunday, ESPN was actually showing the 1997 National Spelling Bee.  A freakin’  spelling bee on ESPN.  Stuart Scott would be rolling over in his grave after a contestant failed to spell “Boo Yah”  correctly.
I checked out the TMZ show about the Tiger King.  The notoriety of the Tiger King is proof positive that America does not do well in lockdown, and collectively we are losing our minds.  Sure, after the fact it is easy to question whether the country should have started imposing social distancing requirements sooner, but I feel Americans resist such impositions on their freedom with all of their might and when their freedom is limited they react by starting to do things like hoarding toilet paper and watching the Tiger King.  New Hampshire is changing its license plates to “Live Free of Charmin” and Patrick Henry’s famous quote has to be changes to “Give me liberty or give me the Tiger King!” 
Hang in their Rotarians, spring reruns are coming and guess what they come out the same way.
Days 16-19 of the Maine Lockdown.
Four more notches in the 2x4. I told Holly we have carpenter ants.
I don’t know about you but my hands are as dry as Denis Elie’s sense of humor.  An armadillo would not let me pat it.  Okay, don’t ask me where I found an armadillo in Maine.  I have washed my hands and sanitized so much that there is no moisturizer on earth that will help.  I really hate that I wrote that last sentence.  What is happening to me?
While we are in lockdown don’t let it lockdown your common sense.  The following is an absolutely true story.  A woman received a call from what she thought was the Westbrook police. They told her they had arrested her grandson and she needed to bail him out. So far I can only tell you that cops don’t call anyone to have them come bail someone out, that is the arrestee’s responsibility, but I will let that part go. 
The alleged  police officer told the lady to go to Lowe’s and buy $5,000.00 worth of gift cards and then bring them to an address and they would let her grandson go.  Maybe the Westbrook police are building something.  I am surprised they didn’t ask her for a truckload of plywood.  Granny heads right over to Lowe’s with $5,000 in cash and indicates that she wants to buy $5,000.00 worth of gift cards.  Well thank God for the pandemic because that meant one of the three workers usually in a Lowe’s store was available to wait on her, and they questioned why she needed so many gift cards. I suspect that employee has since been fired.  In any event, the employee called the Westbrook police, they confirmed that they are not putting an addition on the station, and therefore it must be a scam.  No shit.  Actually I am trying to get the lady’s name because I have time on my hands and have a few home improvement projects to tackle. 
In reality there are a number of scams out there so please make sure that you and any of your elderly friends (Don Pilon be aware) do not fall victim.  We all have time to kill so why not click on the link from that Nigerian Prince or Princess?
If any of you do have elderly parents or grandparents check in on them from time to time.  I set my mother up with one of those hamster water bottles so I don’t have to go down there too often.  She refused to get in the giant exercise wheel I got her, but she likes the saw dust I spread in her living room.  I cannot imagine having a parent or a grandparent in a nursing home right now.  This is one of the few times I am happy my Dad has passed.  My father was the king of handshaking and I am afraid he would not understand that shaking hands is simply something we cannot do right now and may never do again.  What will we replace handshaking with?  Butt sniffing like dogs?  A subtle nod like our club members who used to sit at the cool table?  Greeting cards you can hand out at the end of a stick (good for the paper industry which will have to stop making toilet paper for two years since people have hoarded so much)?  Perhaps buzzing people you meet on the street with your own personal drone which constantly flies over your head?  Maybe just waving from 6-10 feet away will become the norm.  That will cut down on the spread of lots of diseases including STDs, but it will also have a dramatic impact on the world’s population if people aren’t touching each other.  I guess if we don’t wave we can always text each other when we walk by, hell people do that now so it will not be a big adjustment.
Again, thank God my Dad is not around to live through this insanity.  Take care folks and if you think you see light at the end of the tunnel it might really be a train.
Days 20-22 of the Maine Lockdown.
Three more notches in the 2x4. I think I am developing carpal tunnel syndrome from all the notching, or at least I think that’s why my wrist hurts.
I certainly hope that all of you who wanted to get a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan were able to get one.  A few fun PPP facts.  The SBA approved 1,066,000 loans with about 60% of those coming from community banks.  4,975 lenders participated.  The average size loan was $206,000.00, but 74% of the loans were for under $150,000.00.  The construction sector led the way with 13.12% of the loans which is interesting because that sector is not necessarily shut down.  The professional, scientific and technical services sector (again not shut down) received 12.65% of the loans; manufacturing 12.65% (again still operating) and health care and social assistance (clearly operating) receive 11.65% of the loans.  I certainly hope it will help, but only time will tell.
I spent part of my weekend rebuilding my daughter’s chicken coop which including wrangling 23  young chickens and one dick head rooster who is doomed to be barbecued once he is big enough.  We had to remove them from the coop so the hammering and sawing would not give them heart attacks.  We moved them into a temporary pen and the rooster immediately escaped resulting in a mad scramble to capture the little bastard.  Frankly, I would have let him go.  I am hoping that having 24 grand-chickens will be good training for grandchildren, but then again I just advocating barbecuing one of my grand-chickens so maybe I am not ready to be a grandfather yet.
Brian Dallaire circulated the Bideford, England February Club Bulletin.  Take a look at it.  They donated funds to the Seashore Trust and the Australian Bush Fire Fund (I am guessing they still think Australia is part of the British empire).  The pounds came from their Club Quiz and Frugal Lunch.  I have to know what those are.  Brian D, can you find out?    I love that fact that their weekend in Gloucester was cancelled due to a lack of interest.  Apparently Covid-19 had nothing to do with it.  I also love that fact “Jill passed around two boards”. I am imaging 1x10s six feet long for social distancing, but I am not sure.  One was for “Moirag on her Night Walk.”  I am not sure about Moirag, but if she is raising money on Night Walks then some of our members are going to have to step it up a little.  Lucie Kay, head out each evening in Hills Beach and see if you can raise a little money.  Lucie, it’s for the children.  Apparently they still donate dictionaries in England.  Perhaps we should do a fundraiser to send England some computers or money to expand their broadband so they too can look up anything they want on the web.
They were told to put the Water Festival in their diaries.  I don’t know about you but I put things in my diary that I have already done.  No wonder they lost the Revolutionary War.  Water Festival?  I am guessing that is when the water board a bunch of Kiwanis Club members.  Jill already has the boards.  They also reported the crocuses in the Heywood roundabout which made me feel so inadequate because I have not been updating you on vegetation developments here.  For those of you who care, there are millions of daffodils in bloom in the Laurel Hill cemetery, but of course that is a non-essential trip, but I won’t tell.  There I feel much better now and I will continue to keep you posted on our flora and fauna. 
Our days are currently as long as they will be in late August, but sometimes they seem much longer than that.  I look forward to passing a board or two when we meet again.
Stay safe and keep laughing.  
Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 3 Bill Kany 2020-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Foundation Appeal

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Apr 13, 2020
We are currently applying for a District Grant for the Covid-10 Committee.  We are currently doing better but only 22 members have contributed $5,755(with club match) towards our 2020 Foundation Goal of $7,000.  It will not be looked at favorably in reviewing the Grant application.  Sue needs to submit the clubs contributions by June 11.  The club will continue to match your contributions up to $100.
As a stipulation of membership, each member pledged to make at least a $100 contribution/yr.
Attached is how other clubs are  tracking and you can see we are not in good standing.
Thank you for your consideration and help.
Dr Brian Dallaire
Club Foundation Chair
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. Even a $1 will help. We realize that these are difficult times, but the Foundation is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. As a result of social distancing we will be conducting this years appeal remotely.
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 to the Rotary Foundation or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page or at www,  Please designate the Annual Fund- Share so funds come back to our District. If you use this method, please let Sue G at ( know about your donation as recording on the RI system will be extremely delayed.
Please make you contributions to Sue G. by the end of April so they may be recorded for President Fausto's year.  Under current circumstances checks should be mailed our PO Box 298 in Saco, ME 04072.  Just put foundation in the memo area. 
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
2020 Foundation Appeal Brian Dallaire 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 2

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 13, 2020
Days 8-10 of the Maine Lockdown.
Three more notches in the 2x4. Had to sister another 2x4 to the notched one to keep it in one piece.  I have  smartened up and I am now making the notches with a utility knife instead of an axe.  That should prolong the life of that side of my garage. 
With the social distancing and time spent either at my desk processing literally 100’s of SBA Payroll Protection Program Loans which is like making widgets on an assembly line, I have time to reflect on the “can you image” things in the world. 
Think back to the end of 2019 when we started hearing about the fact that the Chinese may have discovered a new virus that could be serious.  They started talking about a City named Wuhan and there were references to someone eating a bat.  Hey, China is a huge country with more people than Carter has little pills so that all seemed insignificant to us and the world.  Well fast forward about 6 months, holy crap!  Who would have believed we would be where we are today.  It is the definition of this being a small world.
As I daydream I imagine…………
A few years ago my wife gives me a gift certificate to a fortune teller and I humor her and go in for my session.  The fortune teller is an older woman with thick eyebrows, a silk wrap on her head and a dire disposition.  The room is dark with tapestries hanging over the windows so only a small amount of light leaks into what appears to be a room with book cases lining the walls.  The air smells of a combination of incense and body odor (perhaps that is me because I am a little nervous)  I ask her to predict the future and after a lecture on how that is not how this works she precedes to do just that.
She tells me that Tiger Woods, the greatest golfer on the planet, is going to fall from grace, sleep around on his smoking hot wife with a Denney’s waitress among dozens (look no letters please if you happen to be a Denney’s waitress on the weekend or some, I have no issues with Denney’s waitresses and I am sure that they are all attractive enough to pique the interest of Tiger Woods), get beaten up by is now ex-wife and his game will go to crap because of injuries.  The guy is one of the best conditioned athletes on the planet.  Gypsy Lady, you are not only a fraud, you’re insane.
She says that Tom Brady will still be playing quarterback in the NFL at age 43 but he will be playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Okay lady do you have a drinking problem.
Joe Moreshead will buy a toilet that actually washes and dries your ass when you are done.  Come on Lady, Joe is extravagant but who would ever need a toilet like that?  (Side note here, Joe has one of these toilets, but apparently he does not use the dryer.  I thought he had ass sweat, but I guess he just needs to stay of the dry cycle a little longer)
Then she tells me Mayor Don Pilon will join our Rotary Club and become president for two years in a row.  Lady that is just crazy talk on so many levels.  Our club has standards you know, but even if we let him in no one is president for two years in a row.  That’s when she mentioned something about a bald Cuban and I almost left the session.
Then she got all political on me predicting the Donald Trump would become president beating Hillary Clinton in a close election upset.  I called 911 requesting medical assistance, but during my call she went on.  She said that in 2020 Joe Biden would run for president along with about 15 other people including some old fart from Vermont, Biden would get smoked in Iowa and New Hampshire and then go on to win the Democratic nomination.  He then debates Trump who apparently runs for re-election and at the debate he challenges Trump to a pushup contest and starts by doing ten one arm pushups.  At that point I am looking for the hidden camera in the room because I am clearly being Punk’d.
Finally she tells me that in 2020 a virus which originates from a bat in China essentially shuts down the world, causing markets to tank, precipitating recessions and forcing all of us to stay home for extended periods of time.  I cry out: “Come on lady, I think you ripped my wife off when you sold her this gift certificate, you’re just making stuff up based on some movies you’ve watched!” And I leave.  What a hack.
Okay, I have weird daydreams. 
I will leave off these 3 days with this thought.  After 9/11 we finally started to recognize the contributions to society by our first responders.  You know, the people who run at a catastrophe instead of running away from it.  It is during times like these that we must acknowledge that everyone who works in our healthcare system should also be honored for putting themselves at risk to help others.  The doctors, nurses, aides and facilities people are all risking serious illness to help those who cannot help themselves.  My daughter is a pharmacist at the Togus VA Hospital.  As a clinical pharmacist she is not in a back room filing prescriptions, she is on the floor treating the patients.  She has been assigned to a team to the ICU and I worry about her every day, but I also need to thank her for doing what she does because so many take granted the risks healthcare workers take every day and especially now.  If you know a healthcare worker thank him or her just like you would thank any other first responder.  They deserve our gratitude. 
Days 11-14 of the Maine Lockdown.
Four more notches in the 2x4. My neighbor thought I was marking the heights of my three kids who are grown and have not lived at home for a while.  My neighbor is a dumbass.
Another weekend at home.  I have raked my lawn so many times it is bald.  I have started clearing underbrush in my woods and the effort is getting personal.  I swear I have cut every small tree, twig and plant in an area and I come back a little while later and there is still one solitary bastard just standing there twitching in the breeze.  At that point the hell with the snippers, I fire up my Stihl chainsaw with the 18 inch blade and I send that little twig to oblivion.  Yes, the lockdown can get to me.
Hell, I was incredibly excited to drive to Dayton (not sure I have ever said that before) to see if Gonneville’s Farm was open and it was!  Holly and I got a soft serve cone and were as happy as if we had spent a weekend in NYC having seen three Broadway shows.  Did I mention the lockdown is getting to me?
How many of you remember the episode of I Love Lucy when Lucy is working the assembly line at a candy factory and can’t keep up. For you younger members in the club “I Love Lucy” was an early black and white sitcom featuring Lucille Ball.  Oh wait, television used to just be in black and white in case you did not know that.  In any event, I have been processing SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans by the 100s and I feel like I am on an assembly line.  Every business I can think of from churches to manufacturers and everything in between is applying and getting these loans which if you do it right are not loans at all but instead are grants. 
For the churches, and for every other business for that matter, this program is pennies from heaven.  I love looking up churches on the Secretary of State’s website.  They are not in “good standing”, instead they are “legally existing”.  I fully expected more than that.  Their existence seems to transcend the law.  Shouldn’t they be divinely existing or something?
I can tell you at the end of each day processing these loan documents I feel like Fred Flintstone punching out at the end of the day of the Rockhead and Quarry as I flip Mr. Slate off on my way out the door. 
I don’t know about you, but I find myself talking to myself a lot during this lockdown.  “No you don’t, yes I do and you know it.  Seriously, I never hear you talking to me at all.  Then you’re not listening, you dink!”  I can be pretty hard on myself, I have a hard time winning an argument and I am funny as hell when there is no one around.  I am guessing Heather McLean can talk to herself for hours.  She probably has her own book club.
This PPP loan program is a wonderful thing.  It will really help a lot of businesses, but there are some businesses that are still flourishing and they are applying for the loan as well.  We all rail against socialism, but when we get a chance to feed at the free trough we wiggle our way in for our share of the feed.  That, my friends, is the American/Russian way.
            The “experts” (known in most parts of the world as peeping Toms) claim there will be a significant increase in births starting in late December and early 2021.  Hell, not much else to do.  I just hope to God no one names their kid Covid or Pandemy.  I imagine those kids will be a little shy and introverted.  They will probably stay away from crowds and many will be germaphobes.  I have no idea why I think that.
            We all have to sympathize with high school seniors.  They are missing out on their spring sports, prom, senior night and graduation.  Hell, with social distancing how many more kids will start their freshman year of college as virgins?  Seriously, they are missing out on some of the greatest days of their entire lives due to a freaking virus that started a whole world away.  It is beyond unfair. 
            Hang in there Rotarians, debate with yourself about the inequities that have been fostered upon our high school students, and try to laugh when you can.  What else do we have to do?  Oh wait, I forgot about all those kids who will be born in about 9 months.
Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 2 Bill Kany 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 4/9/20

A meeting of the COVID-19 Subcommittee was held on 4/9/20 and chaired by Conrad.
  • Masks: $3,500
  • Setting up facility in Biddeford for rescue workers: $1,500
  • Donation to OOB social worker: $300
  • Hand sanitizer: $1,000
  • Contributions have been made at Jim's expense - he is willing to accept some reimbursement
  • If for any reason equipment should fail, we are reasonably sure Good Samaritan law protects club from liability 
  • 100+ meals were served to senior citizens and shut-ins at last event
  • 150+ participants are expected at this week's event
  • Don proposes donating $500 to this program
  • Brenda seconds the motion 
  • They have enough face shields
  • Local businesses have been donating various goods/food to the staff 
  • Off site workers are not receiving as much attention as hospital staff
  • Karen believes we should prioritize helping those who have more pressing needs
  • If we do provide any donations, local small business should be looped in to benefit as well
  • Sanitizer, masks, and cleaning supplies are needed
  • Don has about a case of hand sanitizer (intended for Esther House or as needed)
  • Meals are available for any child 18 & under
  • Everyone is encouraged to participate - the school gets reimbursed
  • The school has applied for a grant for a "giving shed" - people leave extra items for others who need them
  • Food is being distributed through April vacation
  • There is also a food shed at Fairfield school in Saco
  • Conrad will check in with OOB school contacts
  • As this situation could be ongoing for several months, we will be as frugal as possible
  • Karen proposes $500 to the city of Saco, $500 for Seeds of Hope, hand sanitizer donations to veterans home, and $500 to reimburse Jim Godbout
  • Kaitlin seconds the motion and there are no objections. 
  • Brenda will draft a press release and send to Fausto and Conrad 
  • Meetings will take place weekly - Thursdays at 3 PM
COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 4/9/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 08, 2020
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club awards a Scholarship of $1,000.00 for either a four (4)-year or two (2)-year degree to a Senior graduating from Biddeford High School, the Regional Center of Technology, Thornton Academy and from Old Orchard Beach High School who is planning to continue his/her technical or academic education at an accredited certificate or degree granting, post-secondary school and who is not an immediate family member of a Biddeford-Saco or Saco Bay Rotarian.
An Application form shall be completed by the candidate and submitted to his/her guidance department no later than Monday April 27, 2020.  All applications will be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by all Guidance Departments by Monday April 27, at 2:00 p.m.
The Scholarship Committee will select three seniors from each school and notify the Guidance Offices of their identity by FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020.  The final selection will be by personal interviews of the three Finalists done by Members of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's Scholarship Committee.
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the specific day and time for each Finalist to be interviewed, which will be either Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.  *Please note these interviews due to COVID-19 may need to be conducted via Zoom or Skype.  If we meet in person, the personal interviews for two schools will be held in the Conference Room of Bangor Savings Bank, located at 270 Main St. in Saco.
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the Scholarship Recipient by Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
The Candidates will be selected based upon:
1.       Community activity and involvement;
2.       Academic Standing;
3.       Interview rating; and
4.       FINANCIAL NEED - a photocopy of EFC Determination should accompany              the application, providing the “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC).
The Scholarship Recipient shall furnish a transcript or other proof of successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary education for each year. That documentation should be mailed to:  Sue Gajewski, Treasurer – Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, P.O. Box 298, Saco, ME  04072.   A check for the $1,000.00 scholarship awarded will then be forwarded directly to the Student at his/her home address for payment toward the Student’s second semester.
These same Guidelines also apply for the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a student who attends York County Community College as a full-time student the fall semester of 2020.
A pdf Application may be downloaded by clicking link on left side of Home Page under downloads: Scholarship Application Form
PAST PRESIDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Karen Chasse 2020-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Observations from the Peanut Gallery Regarding the COVIC-19 Related Lockdown

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 05, 2020
I realize that the Peanut Gallery has been on hiatus for a while, but with all that is going on I felt that it was important to share the Gallery’s twisted view of all of this crap and particularly the lockdown imposed by the Governor for the month of April.  While some appear to perceive the lockdown as a wicked April Fool’s joke, I think most of us know that this is real.  So real, in fact, that I must issue a disclaimer.  I know that this entire coronavirus pandemic has hit some of your businesses hard so if I am poking fun at the situation it is not intended to minimize what you are going through in any way.  While we all need to keep washing our freakin’ hands we also need to laugh a little.
Day 1 of the Maine Lockdown.
I started my day by carving a notch on one of the 2x4s in the garage to mark the first day of the lockdown. I have no idea how long this will last so I might as well keep track of the days.  Of course, I do have access to a calendar, TV and the internet, but I intend to keep notching that 2x4 until this is over or I have chewed all the way through it. 
 I am out on work release each day, yes banks are an essential business along with real estate agencies, bike repair facilities and garden stores and green houses.  While I get that people need access to their money and credit, I am not sure why we really need access to pansies and can’t people fix their own bikes for a month.  Other than work release I kind of feel imprisoned.  Perhaps that is because most TV shows have had their spring finales already, heaven forbid they film more than 12 episodes of a show in any one year, or perhaps it is because I cannot go buy a car if I feel like it. 
No, I think it is just a lost sense of freedom. You know, “freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose….”  What the F, oh yeah, Joplin was a drug addict.
 I guess we all take being able to go wherever we want for granted.  Like I really need a haircut. Well, barber shops and hair salons are non-essential business along with my usual back up of dog groomers so I am getting a little shaggy.  I guess it is okay to have your cat groomed but dogs are shit out of luck.  I can tell you that when you throw nail technicians, cosmetologists, electrolysis services and laser hair removal into the mix of non-essential businesses we are not going to have to worry about social distancing because who will want to get close to a bunch of hairy mustachioed women with chipped nails. Six feet my ass, try 20.
Who the hell eats bats anyway with the possible exception of Fausto who said: “I grew up really poor Cuban in Philadelphia.  We ate anything we could get our hands on including rats and bats, and it didn’t affect me in the least.  Did I mention I grew up poor?  Did I mention I’m Cuban?’
But I digress.
Good news for many, medical marijuana dispensaries are classified as essential businesses.  So if you are out and about and driving around a little stoned and you get pulled over by the cops just tell them you’re on the way to Stoner & Company and you’ll be fine.  Just a little free legal advice.
I am worried about the Moresheads.  They are going to have to eat at home for at least a month and a half.  How barbaric! 
I understand that the Maine State Golf Association is lobbying the Governor to move golf courses into the essential business category.  Hell, the Governor said we can go for walks, so why f up a good walk by throwing in a set of golf clubs.  Frankly, if I am deprived of the ability to wear plaid in public for a month I may go mad.
I swear to God if my neighbor looks at me funny again for burning tires in my backyard I am going to fashion my shovel into a shiv.  I will get him before he gets me. Whoa, time to drink some more Purell, beer ran out on day 0 of the lockdown – poor planning on my part.
All right, back to work release.  Stay safe, stay home and laugh when you can.  I will check in later to discuss all the f’ers who have stashed away enough toilet paper to wipe every ass in China three times, and frankly that is where I would like to send them and what I would like to require them to do.
Day 2 of the Maine Lockdown.
Notched the 2x4 in the garage again.  My wife is looking at me kind of funny, but I long ago became used to that.  I have noticed that when I have a bit of down time, like this entire month of April, I tend to read things on line, or in the actual newspaper that still gets delivered in a tube next to my mailbox, that I would not usually read. Yeah, I still get a real paper.  Old school I know, but think of this.  Gilligan’s Island aired for 3 years and every day Thurston Howell, III got the Wall Street Journal claiming his paper boy had a really good arm, but the same paper boy failed to tell anyone he was throwing the paper to a customer marooned on an island in the middle of the Pacific. Of course, that is completely irrelevant, but think about it anyway.
So, as I said, I have some time to read things I usually don’t read, and I decided to read Jim Labrie’s Chamber Newsletter.  Yes, Jim I know that admission may have cut you to the core, but you’ll get over it.  In reading the newsletter I came to Jim’s Closing Thoughts in which he wrote:
            T.S. Eliot’s epic poem The Wasteland starts with: “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”  Dude was right! [Only Jim Labrie refers to T.S. Eliot as “dude”] And this April is going to be an especially cruel month.  We’re hoping that you stay well and can help other community members in need whenever possible.  Our collective health is the most important priority right now as we all continue to do what’s difficult but necessary to beat this virus.
Here’s a more inspiring thought from T.S. [Jim is clearly very close with T.S. Eliot because he gets to call him T.S. and dude]:  “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  Don’t exactly know that that means, but how great is it going to be when we can all re-engage as a community once again and rebuild our collective momentum?  We still have a challenging journey in front of us, but Spring’s eternal promise of renewal will come eventually – and with it a refreshed perspective and appreciation for what we’re all missing right now … each other!
Well said, Mr. Labrie, well said.  And with that I will head back to work release to make sure all of you have access to your stinkin’ money and credit.
Days 3-5 of the Maine Lockdown.
Starting to weaken the structural integrity of the 2x4 in my garage with three more notches.  Forgive me, but it was the weekend so I will consolidate days 3-5.
            Before I go any further (pun intended) I have to address the toilet paper shortage.  Let’s face it, while horrible in so many ways Covid-19 does not cause diarrhea in most people.  Notwithstanding that fact, when I went to the grocery store this weekend I found more unicorns in the unicorn isle than I found toilet paper in the paper goods isle.  So what the hell?  It’s like buying extra life jackets to head off on a desert safari.
            The so-called experts call it panic buying and apparently if one person panic buys then it becomes the instinct of everyone who sees that person buying to want to buy the same thing.  I would love to get my hands on that first person who headed into a Costco and bought up 5 jumbo packs (that’s 48 rolls each) of Charmin.  Why couldn’t that same bastard have panic purchased 5 huge cans of lima beans or tapioca pudding?  What the hell does one person do with 240 rolls of toilet paper?
            Let’s do some math.  Believe it or not there are toilet paper statistics and a roll of toilet paper is supposed to last the average person 4 days.  Now Jackson Brown is so full of crap his last name is Brown so we’ll assume he uses one every two days, but he is the exception and not the rule.  So 240 rolls will last the average person 960 days or a couple 480 days.  For a single person that is over two and a half years!  For a couple we are looking at about a year and a half.  I am only speculating here, but I am thinking that there will be plenty of toilet paper a month from now, so the compelling need to stock up for 2 years mystifies me.
            The average jumbo pack of toilet paper is also about the size of a shopping cart.  Where does one store 5 grocery carts in your apartment?  Frankly, so much toilet paper has been purchased I am picturing Aroostook County completely clear cut and now we are heading for the Amazon rain forest for our next round of 2 ply. 
            Are there other uses for 240 rolls of toilet paper?  Gymnasts cannot go to the gym to practice so maybe they are filling foam pits with rolls of toilet paper in their basements.  Maybe the jumbo packs make great beanbag chairs that you never, and I mean never, have to leave.  Now I understand that the Sears and Roebuck catalogues are long gone so we don’t have the same backup system we used to have, but I am guessing a lot of people still have those Encyclopedia Britannica’s on their bookshelves for decorative purposes or that old edition of Moby Dick that they will never going to read, so they’re covered in a pinch (pun intended again).  With that kind of paper reserve please leave a roll or two on the shelves for the next guy. 
The government keeps saying that we are all in this together (actually that is Saco & Biddeford Savings’ tag line so I am considering a trade mark suit) while Maine’s translator for the deaf  stretches her face in ways that were never intended for the human body (Sponge Bob Square Pants was never that distorted).  If we are all in this together please leave a couple of rolls for the next guy or invite him into your house to use the head.
April 4 and I did get my haircut.  No, I did not go to some back alley illegal barber shop or bring in my own stylist.  First, I normally go to Supercuts so I do not have my own stylist and second I don’t have a stylist.  No, Holly cut my hair.  She used to cut it all the time, but it has been a few years.  I strategically need to wait until I have not pissed her off because there is nothing worse than a spouse hovering over you with a sharp pair of scissors in her hand (remember they are so sharp you are not supposed to run with them in your hand), and your appearance for the next month or two entirely is entirely at her mercy.  Since it had been a long time since she had cut my hair I lowered my expectations to having it look like something between Sinead O’Connor and Ed Sheeran (does he own a comb?).  It actually came out quite well, and I now figure I can make it through a couple of months without my hair offending too many (but hell no one is going to see me anyway).
Finally, I noticed over the weekend a bunch of motorcycles on the road.  Frankly, I never really pay any attention to motorcycles, but I had to wonder where does one go on an essential trip on a motorcycle?  But then I realized that this whole lockdown thing has heightened my sense of freedom just a little bit more, not unlike a blind person having a far greater sense of smell or hearing.  Trains on the tracks across the river from my house seem that much closer, as I wonder where they are heading.  I find myself pondering where the few cars on the Turnpike are going and why, and yes, I wonder where the hell those Harley’s could possibly be going that is so important, followed by a sense of envy that they seem free to go where they want.  I suspect we are all craving freedom a bit these days, and perhaps one small benefit of this whole horrible nightmare may be that we won’t take our freedom so much for granted any more, but then again maybe I have just always wanted a motorcycle.
Stay healthy and stay home.
Observations from the Peanut Gallery Regarding the COVIC-19 Related Lockdown Bill Kany 2020-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Sub Committee for Coronavirus  Community Service/Projects

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Apr 01, 2020
Hope you are HEALTHY!
The Biddeford Saco Rotary Board of Directors met today 4/1/2020 (via Zoom) and discussed what we should be doing as a club to help out in our community during the 2020 Coronavirus Crisis. 

It was decided to create a small sub-committee to determine a list of projects/priorities that the club could support during this crisis. These could be in the short term immediate and /or long term and are needs now or will be most likely  needs in our Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach community. 
Once we have a list the Board or Club can decide if this is appropriate. 

Don Pilon and Haley Thompson both volunteered to join me on the Sub-committee. We are looking for a some more volunteers. We can meet using Zoom. 
Please email or call  me if you are interested  or have any ideas, or questions by this Friday morning at 10 am. 
Thanks Conrad 
Sub Committee for Coronavirus Community Service/Projects Conrad Welzel 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

In-Person Meeting Cancellations Until Further Notice

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Mar 26, 2020
These are certainly crazy and scary times with many businesses closing, folks staying home, mixed messages on the news and the uncertainty of what we can buy for food and supplies. I hope everyone is feeling okay and helping neighbors and older folks as best as they can. Be safe. 
Due to the Coronavirus and the recommendation for social distancing, we will not be meeting in-person until further notice.  We don’t know when the restaurants will be allowed to re-open or when the ban will be lifted concerning gatherings of ten or more people. I really miss all of you and miss our fun weekly gathering. 
Our 25th annual Essay Contest was to be held on April 8th will be postponed and is dependent on the school schedule and whether or not the students go back to school this spring. We haven’t made any definite plans yet. 
Our centennial celebration is postponed and will hopefully be scheduled this fall. Fausto is going to talk to Gina at the farm about their available dates and we will keep you posted. All of the Rotarians from the UK have had to cancel their travel plans to attend in May but I hope they can make it in the fall. 
Stay healthy and we hope you can enjoy this time with your families. 
I think that’s everything but if anyone has questions, please reply to this email and I’ll do what I can to get your answers.
All the best to everyone.
In-Person Meeting Cancellations Until Further Notice Susan Gajewski 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Revised District Grant Policy

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

Request for Exceptions to Grant Policy to Allow Quick Response to Covid-19

The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 virus to be a pandemic. Rotary provides several options through which Rotarians can demonstrate their care and concern for their own communities and those around the world. Below is a range of grant options available to Rotarians to address this pandemic, including two decisions that allow flexibility to current policy.

District Grants

Districts can use district grant funds to support activities like the purchase of thermometers, masks, etc. Districts can use contingency funds from an open district grant, or repurpose previously planned activities for a Covid-19 response. Regional grant officers will be ready to answer questions to help districts with this option.
As of 12 March, US$30.3 million still remains unreported in district grant funding for 2019-20, indicating districts may have a substantial amount to immediately apply to Covid-19 projects if so desired.
As districts prepare to submit new district grant applications for 2020-21, we encourage them to designate funds for a Covid-19 response.
For those districts that may have exhausted their 2019-20 district grant funds, the decision below allows them to be reimbursed for Covid-19 related expenses dated back to 15 March 2020 out of their 2020-21 district grant funding.

Global Grants

Global grants are an excellent way to respond effectively to Covid-19. For example, if your community needs medical equipment, global grants offer a way to pay for these expensive items. The Rotary Foundation is expediting any applications for these types of Covid-19-related projects. Regional grant officers can be contacted to help.
In global grants, at least 30% of the financing must come from outside of the country where the project takes place. If the Trustees agree to waive this requirement for Covid-19 projects, it would greatly expedite the speed at which these grants can be developed.

Disaster Response Fund & Grant

Rotary’s Disaster Response Grants provide a fast and effective way to respond to local disasters. Districts can apply for up to $25,000 at a time, depending upon the availability funds.
The Rotary Disaster Response Fund makes funds available through Disaster Response Grants to help districts around the world respond to disasters. The fund accepts online and offline cash contributions and DDF. While the Foundation anticipates an increase in grant requests for Covid-19, this fund remains general and contributions of both cash and DDF will be used where Rotarians stand ready to respond to the disasters they are confronting.
The Philanthropy team will coordinate an announcement on alerting the Rotary world that Rotary supports districts in their efforts to address immediate coronavirus pandemic needs using Disaster Response Grants. This story can highlight Disaster Response Grants as a flexible resource in need of support by donors to encourage giving to supply funding for disasters around the globe. Philanthropy can also circulate a Covid-19 specific email appeal to generate giving towards this general fund.
We have seen some success with this approach over the past year; however, given recent economic turbulence and donor uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, an emphasis on gifts of DDF with secondary focus on giving from individuals is prudent.
Trustees may consider allowing districts to designate that their DDF contribution to the Disaster Response Fund is to be held exclusively for Covid-19 activities. This would not apply to cash contributions because at this time our system is not configured to direct cash contributions to a separate fund, and we want to provide options Rotarians can act on immediately.

Request to transfer $1 million from World Fund to Disaster Response Fund

The executive committee is giving consideration of steps to increase options for Rotarians to utilize The Rotary Foundations grants – including district, global and disaster recovery – to support Rotary’s response to COVID-19. Unfortunately, at this time, the disaster response fund has a balance of less than $10,000.
The general secretary recommends transferring $1 million from World Fund to the Disaster Response Fund. This decision offers the following benefits:
  1. demonstrates the Foundation’s ability to be nimble and responsive;
  2. expedites the Foundation’s processing of disaster recovery funds and grant requests;
  3. will inspire districts and individuals to contribute to the disaster response fund which will increase the financial resources available.
The impact on global grants budget and other budgetary implications are hard to quantify at this time. If global grant activity mirrors what occurred in FY19, global grants would require approximately $36 million (FY19PA) of the $42 million FY19 World Fund budget. As of last week, global grant World Fund commitments were on the same trajectory as last year. Although directing $1 million from the World Fund reserved for global grants seems like a safe reduction, if global grant activity accelerates, perhaps to provide medical equipment in response to Covid-19, the Foundation may not be able to keep up with demand. However, the $1 million being considered is likely to be used for Covid-19 response in either case and the Disaster Response Fund would allow grants to be made more quickly and help secure additional contributions
Revised District Grant Policy 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 and The Rotary Foundation

Posted on Mar 26, 2020
These are trying times, both health wise and financially.  This is very evident at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, IL where personnel are not being permitted to enter the building.
Should you be able and willing to make a contribution to the Foundation at this time, Elizabeth Davis, our Rotary Annual Fund Giving Officer, has sent the following guidelines.
1. The Rotary Support Center does not have phone or contribution processing capabilities at this time.  They are only available to answer inquires via email.  Their email address is   Members should not email contributions to this email address.
2. Any contributions sent to One Rotary Center will not be processed for some time.  Additionally, our capability for accepting faxed contributions has also been placed on hold indefinitely.   We highly encourage members who would like to contribute to do so online at
3. At this time, our lockbox address, The Rotary Foundation 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL, 60693, listed on contribution forms is active.  However, should USPS discontinue service this will become an issue as well.  Again, the best place to make a contribution is online at
 I also know that some of you are using Rotary Direct to make your contribution.  Others have already made this Rotary year’s contribution. I thank you very much for having done so. If you have not yet made a contribution, please consider doing so.  In this time of worldwide crisis, our Rotary Foundation needs your help more than ever.
The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently met and made a number of decisions regarding grant options to give clubs and districts increased flexibility in dealing with the pandemic. These changes involve both District Grants  and Global Grants and allowing Rotary Disaster Response Fund grants to be used in fighting Covid-19. (See separate story for details)
Meanwhile, despite the practical problems we are all experiencing regarding meetings, we want to strongly encourage clubs to go forward with planning for a District Grant application this year. A District Grant proposal can involve a Covid-19 response. I will shortly be sending out an invitation to join our live Zoom on-line Grant Management Seminar on March 31.
Stay safe and be well.
Lawrence  Furbish
District 7780 Foundation Committee Chair
Covid-19 and The Rotary Foundation 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Words of Encouragement from District Governor Andy Glazier

Posted on Mar 26, 2020
These are crazy times.
This is seriously testing the ability of all of us to adapt and substantially restructure our lives.  
But, we can do it.  We will do it.  We will survive!
  1. Our world has changed.
    Rotary North America and Rotary throughout most of our world has now ceased all in-person meetings.  Rotary has even cancelled our flagship event of the year, our Rotary International Convention.
  2. Rotary Clubs are still functioning.
    Many of your clubs have me included on your email lists.  Thank you; it’s fascinating to read about your brainstorming sessions.  Some clubs coordinated with emails and conference calls.  Other clubs promptly ramped up to to on-line board meetings, and to on-line club meetings.  Well done.
  1. And, clubs are now doing what?
    I am amazed at the creative and innovative ideas and ways you have come up with to continue our Rotary mission of helping those who are less fortunate and those who find themselves in need. Good for you! Kudos to your club; kudos to YOU! Pat yourself on the back!

    Some clubs are focusing on checking on our elderly and our vulnerable. Others on food insecurity; still others on supporting their local businesses. It all helps; it’s all good.
  2. Share what your club is doing.
    Please share what you are and what your club is doing to help, on our District Facebook page, Rotary District 7780.
    Oh, and, please like our Facebook page. And visit it often…
  3. Zoom, and more.
    For those clubs in need of an on-line platform for meeting, our District has two Zoom Pro accounts. Each Zoom account can support one meeting at a time. Our Zoom accounts are available on a first asked first served basis. For details, please contact me,, or our District Technology Guru, Christine Johnson,

    Additionally, some members, and/or their businesses or employers, have Zoom and GoToMeeting accounts, and other on-line platforms, that they can share with Rotary. Conference calls work too.
                    THEre is
                    GOOD in
                    The World
Thank you very much,
for taking care of yourself,
and for taking care of others.
Please remember, 
We, here on earth, are one family.
Elbow bumps and love to you all,
DG Andy
Words of Encouragement from District Governor Andy Glazier 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

PDG Drouin in the News

Posted on Mar 22, 2020
Look at what appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram this past weekend. I feel a big fine coming especially since it was on the top of the front page!
PDG Drouin in the News 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Week in Review 3/11/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Charitable Funds Committee

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Mar 05, 2020
Happy March 5, 2020. I am writing to let everyone know that the Biddeford Saco Charitable Funds Committee is rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. At Wednesdays BOD meeting it was discussed to bring the committee back. Dennis Elie and I will co-chair the committee. We also have two members, our newest Rotarians- Jane Foley and Melisa Cilley- welcome! The board thought it would be a great way to get new Rotarians and give them a sense of what we do. But wait there is more, ( I love sales folks who keep using that phrase- but wait there is more ). The four of us want you to join us. If you have any interest in being on the committee just send me an email at . I will add you to the list. We plan on sending out our giving guide lines to committee members so they have a road map for giving.
It is pretty simple we have a budget that can be from $5,000 to $15,000+++ a year to use in support of our charitable requests. I’ll explain our funding sources at our first meeting. Our charitable request form can be found on our website , located in the top right hand corner of the front page. Check out the website, you can connect with other Rotarians, etc. Most folks will hear about us and get directed to the website to download the application and submit it. We will also regularly get requests from American Lung Association, Alzheimer’s, etc.- all of the big not for profits send appeals to our club.
As funds get requested, you will receive an email from the co-chairs that will have the filled out charitable application form,  ( just as an aside- you will see information, SSN’s, discharge papers, etc. This information must remain confidential ),  and any other supporting information. Read the request, do they mesh with our guidelines? Yes / No, not to worry that is what our meetings are for. If we have requests a meeting will be scheduled to follow a regular Wednesday meeting. Our regular meeting ends at 1:30 our committee will meet right after that. As co-chair I will send out a meeting agenda with a copy of all of the requests we will be discussing at least a week in advance. Our meetings usually last 10 to 15 minutes- not very long.  We only meet if we have business to vote on. On occasion there are those emergency requests where the above meeting guidelines will take too long. On those occasions the co-chairs will send out the requests and follow up with email votes, etc.
Lastly, as a committee we only have authority to grant a maximum of $500.00 per request. Any requests larger than that will go to the Board of Directors for approval. Please join the committee and see where your money is going. Don’t you know that it is better to give then receive!
Yours in Rotary,
PP’s Dennis Elie and Joe Moreshead
PS:  But wait there is more, I want to see how many people are reading the E-Tack- I have 25% discount on lift tickets at Sunday River- anybody want to go skiing?  
But wait there is more, discounts on food and beverage as well—MMMMMMMMMMM, cinnamon buns at North Peak mid morning!
Charitable Funds Committee Joe Moreshead 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Centennial Celebration Karen Chasse 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Biddeford Mill Clock Tower

Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Feb 19, 2020
Speaker Presentation:  Conrad W. introduced the speaker – Louise Merriman, Chair – Biddeford Mill Clock Tower
One for the Clock – Friends of the Historic Biddeford Mill Clock Tower
Showed  a 1940 picture of the clock tower on the mill
History - 1831- Samuel Bacheldor came here as a developer and in 1840 purchased land. In 1850 the Pepperell Mill opened.   In 1853 the Clock Tower was built.  The Clock Tower weighs 26,000 pounds without the bell.  The bell was manufactured by the Pepperell Mill. The population at that time was 4,200 people in Biddeford and Saco.  The Clock Tower chimed for over 140 years. 
In 2007, the Clock Tower is chain sawed from its belfry.  Support from Biddeford High School students, passionate citizens and organizations. 
In 2014, endangered piece of history
In 2019, Group of Volunteers came together and their goal was to restore and preserve history
On January 3, 2020 the Clock Tower was moved to the Lincoln Mill waiting for restoration.  2021 is the date of its resurrection. 
Buy A Brick: Commemorate a Mill Worker or loved one by buying a brick at the Clock Tower’s Foundation on the River walk.  4” x 8” Brick = $100    8” x 8” Brick = $250  12” x 12” Brick = $325.
Powerful Historic Icon- Built in 1853
8-sided clock tower is unique in New England
Communications center for all of Biddeford for over 140 years
Mill workers timed their lives by the Clock Tower
Alan Casavant – Mayor of Biddeford –Resurrect  Biddeford Mill Clock Tower-
“The Biddeford Mill Clock Tower is symbolic of the waves of Biddeford Mill workers who made our city what it is today.   By restoring it, we pay deep respect to this innovation and the mill workers who made this possible.”
If anyone would like to join – BIDDEFORDCLOCK.ORG
Volunteer- contact (207) 391-3091 or
The cutting down of the historic Biddeford Mill Clock was Biddeford’s union station moment.
“Together let’s right this terrible wrong”
Biddeford Mill Clock Tower Elaine Palmitessa 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/19/2020

Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Feb 19, 2020
Pledge of Allegiance:  Led by President-Elect Don Pilon
Invocation:  Joe Bassett
4 Way Test: Bill Richardson
Visiting Guests:   Joe Bassett’s Son –in- Law
Upcoming Event -Alicia Girard spoke about the tickets for the 100th Anniversary  event coming up in May. Tickets are $25.00 each.
President- Elect, Don Pilon spoke about an event on Thursday,  February 20th,  from 5 to 9 pm at the Portland Sheraton- Sable Oaks  about “World Understanding   & Peace Dinner”.  Roland Gagne will be attending.  The keynote speaker is Rachel  Davidson, Esquire.
Upcoming Speakers:   Morgan Stoner from Stoner & Company and Sterling Roop, from 2020  U.S. Census  & Bureau will be our speakers at our next Rotary meeting.
Conrad  Welzel spoke about having several 6 packs of beer left over from our last event and was looking for donations. 
Joe Moreshead – asked Conrad to keep the beer for the 100th Anniversary event that was coming up and Joe  would donate $160.00. 
50/50 Drawing -was won by Carl Goodwin – He donated the money to the Red Ribbon.
Happy Dollars and Fines – Heather MacLean accepted happy dollars and handed out the following fines.
  •  Dr. Joe- Happy that Lucy is back and happy that he had time to spend with his grandson.
  • Joe B. – Happy to have his son in law attending the Rotary meeting.   He is here from the Vermont National Guard.
  • Conrad W.- time spent with his granddaughter and read a great article in the Rotarian magazine about a future monarch. He found it very interesting.
  • Roland G. will be leaving for Aruba now that Lucy is back from her trip.
  • Lucy K. paid for having a tan.
  • Julie V. paid for working at Saco Biddeford Savings Bank
  • Bill R. paid for having a birthday
  • Sabine for having a Club Anniversary
Meeting Adjourned
Week in Review 2/19/2020 Elaine Palmitessa 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Leftover Wine Tasting Beer Auction 

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Feb 18, 2020
On the meeting of 2/19/2020, we have leftover Wine Tasting Beer to auction off.
Total Beer  Value $160 Wholesale
Or we can Auction  off each type of Beer.
Bellow I have listed the 5 different beers and their cost to Rotary.
3 Lone Pine Brightside IPA 4 pacs @ $11.50 ea.
2 Anchor Steam 6 pacs @ $10.00ea.
3 Geary London Porter 6 pacs @ $8.00 ea.
3 Nightshift Whirlpool 4 pacs @ $10.50 ea
5 Nonesuch River Blonde Golden Ale 4 pacs @ $10.00 ea.
Thanks for your help!
Leftover Wine Tasting Beer Auction Conrad Welzel 2020-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting 2020

Posted by Heather MacLean on Feb 11, 2020
Thank you to everyone who helped with the 2020 Wine Tasting. The club really pulled together and made it all work...from set up to clean up the participation was exceptional. A special thank you to Ken Farley who helped out as MC; Karen Chasse, who was efficient with the silent auction; and Fausto and Julie who sold raffle tickets like mad. We had a fun evening and the cheese and chocolates were a huge hit. Please get your ticket money in ASAP and Conrad and I will pull all the numbers together (actually Susan will) and let you know how we made out. Cheers!
With thanks,
Heather and Conrad
Wine Tasting 2020 Heather MacLean 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

From District Foundation Chair

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
Good day,
Here is an opportunity for you to give a happy dollar at your next club meeting celebrating the great ways our Foundation dollars are being spent.
In 2015 we sent a team of 6 Rotarians led by David Kitchen of the Yarmouth Rotary Club to Bulgaria on an International Outreach visit. We then hosted a team of 5 Bulgarian Rotarians here. As a result of the close relationships formed, our District and Bulgaria collaborated on a Global grant entitled "Life is Born in Petrich." It involved updating neonatal care for preterm newborns and providing equipment for prenatal treatment and monitoring for early diagnosis prevention.
The total budget of the project was $75,273. Six of our clubs (Yarmouth, South Berwick-Eliot, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth,  Sanford-Springvale, Saco Bay Sunset, and Portsmouth) provided $7,714 and it was match with $7,714 of our District Designated Funds. The project is completed and the new wing opened. David Kitchen was invited to Bulgaria to share in the celebration. The night before the opening a baby was saved because of the new equipment and a set of twins was born.
Thank every member of your club who donates to the Foundation.
Lawrence K. Furbish

District 7780 Foundation Chair
From District Foundation Chair Brian Dallaire 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Peanut Gallery’s Musings on  Pouring Wine

Posted by Bill Kany on Feb 04, 2020
            I wrote this piece for the Tack a few 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 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
World Understanding and Peace Dinner Donald Pilon 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/29/2020

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jan 29, 2020
President Fausto was MIA this week so President-Elect, Don Pilon, presided over the meeting.  He led the way with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Past President, Joe Moreshead, flawlessly led the group in the 4 Way Test and Joe Bassett provided the invocation.
PE Don was the ultimate multi-tasker today and also introduced our one visiting guest, Jane Foley, from SMHC.  Jane was a guest of the also MIA Past President, Karen Chasse. 
Not to fear, PP Joe Moreshead stepped up to the plate to stand in for PP Karen and sat with Jane Foley.
The lucky winner of the $23.00 50/50 pot went to Haley Thompson.  Haley generously donated her winnings back to the Red Ribbon fund.  Thank you Haley!
02/20/20 is the date for the Rotary World Day of Peace. This event will be held at the Sheraton in Portland.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you are interested in attending, please contact President Fausto so he can sign you up!
Marty, Don and Fausto recently attended a dinner at the Fireside Inn in Portland.  This was an introductory meeting/dinner for the incoming officers.  It was a great opportunity to meet new people and gain some new ideas.
One of the items that came into question was the term “Sargent-at-Arms (SAA).  Some people are now wondering if that term is “politically correct”.  If we don’t refer to this person as the SAA, what do we call him/her?  PE Don tossed out a few suggestions such as “Collector of Funds”, “Solicitor of Funds”, etc.  Our current SAA, Heather MacLean, stated that she was not personally adverse to the title.  It actually made her feel powerful.  This topic will most likely be brought before the Board for discussion.
Heather MacLean and Conrad Welzel did a brief update for the upcoming Wine Tasting Event which is being held on February 8th at Duffy’s.  There are still many tickets to be sold! Please do your best to sell the tickets that were provided to you.  If you haven’t received any tickets or are in need of more to sell, get in touch with Heather or Conrad and they’ll hook you right up.  We are also still in need of some silent auction items.  If you have an item, it can be dropped off at Heather’s store on Main Street in Saco, Whimsical ME.  Our club does so much for the community.  We all need to pull together to make this super fun fundraiser a huge success so we can continue with our good work in the communities we serve!
SAA was up next to boost her budget. 
Happy Dollars were received from the following Rotarians: 
Kathy Shea just for being here;
PP Joe was in awe of the power of the SAA;
Dr. Joe celebrated a wedding anniversary last week. He was also happy to serve on the committee for the nomination of the next District Governor.  He also mentioned that a fellow Rotarian was surprised that he maintained great attendance in two clubs.  He wanted to know who would want to miss showing up at our club meeting!
PP Ken Farley was happy to have won a large case at work;
Conrad Welzel only has 3 days to go! (I believe he is retiring-again😊)
Mark Nahorney was happy to announce that Biddeford Winterfest was this weekend.  He also mentioned that a couple of shows at City Theater were selling out fast so you’d want to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later. 
Julie was happy that there were no injuries & only minor damage when she was rear-ended at the red light at the Biddeford Crossing plaza. Also happy that the police officer didn’t even mention that she had provided an old, expired license & expired insurance instead of the updated versions (what a day!!)
That was enough of the happiness so Heather started doling out the fines. 
She started with PP Joe with a $5 fine for his comment about Heather not being cute and also about Rotary allowing women into the club.  Joe generously donated $20 instead because in the end it all goes to the children. 
PP Jackson Brown was fined for his upcoming trip to the Super Bowl. 
PP Denis Elie was fined a Happy Birthday dollar. 
CJ Dubois-Cote, Sara Neault, Don Pilon and Jeremy Ray were all fined an anniversary dollar. 
Jim LaBelle was fined for not investing in his attire once again.  It was suggested that he look at Jackson Brown as a role model.  He was also fined for not being able to attend the wine tasting fundraiser. 
PP Keith Jacques was fined for his comment when he entered the meeting.  The “comment” was not shared so it must have been a doozy. 
Kaitlyn Tito was fined once again for having a cute outfit.
We will soon have a representative from SMHC, Jane Foley, join our club!
Week in Review 1/29/2020  Julie Villemaire 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Nate Howell, President/CEO of SMHC.

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jan 29, 2020
Conrad Welzel introduced today’s speaker, Nate Howell, President/CEO of SMHC.
Nate joined SMHC in 2018 bringing more than 10 years of progressive executive leadership experience in national healthcare systems, most recently serving as President and CEO of North Star Health Alliance and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York. He is a graduate of Colby College and received a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. Howell has strong ties to Maine. He was born at the former Goodall Hospital in Sanford and spent many summers at the family’s vacation home in Brunswick.
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a nationally accredited, award-winning not-for-profit healthcare system offering a comprehensive array of medical care and services including: a full-service medical center in Biddeford and emergency departments in Biddeford and in Sanford. A multi-specialty physician services group, SMHC Physicians, comprised of more than 125 physicians providing comprehensive primary and specialty services; non-emergency Walk-In Care; Centers for Breast Care, Sleep Disorders and Wound and Ostomy Care; behavioral health; eldercare services and a wide range of diagnostic and rehabilitation services. SMHC has more than 20 offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro.
SMHC's mission is to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.
SMHC has the only acute behavioral health unit in York County.  That unit will be moving to Sanford for more space and will occupy the entire former Goodall Hospital building.
Maine Medical Center is currently undergoing a ½ Billion Dollar renovation.  SMHC is getting some of their business. 
Nate mentioned that they have been restructuring things which will now enable them to get out into the community more.  They want to know what the perception is of them out in the community. 
Nate Howell, President/CEO of SMHC. Julie Villemaire 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0