Why Become A Rotarian Brenda Pollock 2022-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor Alan Casavant

Posted on Aug 24, 2022
Mayor Casavant 2019
It is truly a pleasure to welcome you to the City of Biddeford! Over the past several years, our community has witnessed a resurgence of community pride and investment in what has become known as the “Biddesance”. We are emerging from years of simply defining ourselves as a mill town into a modern, vibrant community that is proud of both its past and its present, while excitedly anticipating its future. Our citizens are passionate about the changes we are making here, and the community energy that has been discovered is what makes Biddeford a special place to live, work, and play.
With our diverse new local restaurants, shops, and our engaging artistic community, we have something to offer everyone in our growing downtown. Our once-abandoned mills are thriving again, thanks to business owners and entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to make the space their own.  Our growing partnership with the University of New England and its students is helping to bring a youthful vibrancy to the City (our median age is 35), and it is an honor to have Maine’s largest private university call Biddeford home. We are also fortunate to have such unique natural assets like our picturesque sandy beaches, the Saco River, and our diverse set of public parks available right at our fingertips.
Because we are so proud of the work we are doing here to make Biddeford better for our residents, we want to make sure information about all that we have to offer is easy for everyone to access. As part of this commitment to transparency, we have recently updated our website to ensure that we are providing the best service to our citizens that we possibly can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance if you cannot find what you are looking for.
Whether you call Biddeford home or are just stopping in for a visit, we hope you thoroughly enjoy your time here.

Mayor Alan Casavant 2022-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Earl A. Goodwin KINDNESS in the COMMUNITY 

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Earl A. Goodwin's KINDNESS in the COMMUNITY Day!  
The Rotarians of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club are honored to have spread lots of KINDNESS in the COMMUNITY DAY on December 7, 2022 and again on March 8, 2023!  Rotarians selected a KINDNESS TASK envelope and headed out into the community fulfill an ACT OF KINDNESS in the name of Earl Goodwin.
In Rotary fashion, it is no surprise that Earl choose to give back to Rotary when he passed. In lieu of flowers, he and his wife Stasia, have requested donations be made in Earl's name to the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco's Charitable Giving Fund.  Donations can be made to The Earl A. Goodwin Memorial Fund and mailed to The Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, PO Box 298, Saco, ME 04072.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Earl A. Goodwin Charitable Fund may send their contribution to the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, PO Box 298, Saco, ME 04072. Thank you. 
Earl A. Goodwin KINDNESS in the COMMUNITY Brenda Pollock 2022-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Location to Change

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Aug 17, 2022
DIZZY BIRDS Location - Meeting Location to Change
Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club to move to RUN OF THE MILL
On September 7th, the Club will be moving our weekly meetings from DIZZY BIRDS ROTISSERIE to RUN of the MILL. Thank you to Conrad, Heather M. & Heather G. for the time and effort you have put into this task. After many conversations with local restaurant owners, we are pleased to announce the Club's return to RUN of the MILL begining on Sept. 7th. 
The Club will continue to offer a Hybrid Meeting Platform. Please know, we are working on providing a better acoustic experience for in-person guests and for those on Zoom. We thank you for your patience as we all navigate through the changes our Club has endured over the past few years. 
Bring a friend to Rotary next week. There is power in numbers. 
Meeting Location to Change Brenda Pollock 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Brenda Pollock the 5th woman to lead the 102-Year-Old Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club

Brenda Pollock the 5th woman to lead the 102-Year-Old Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club

July 28, 2022

Brenda Pollack is the new president of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club. From left are: Emily Thayer, Maddison Thayer, Hunter Thayer, Brenda Pollock and David Pollock. Courtesy photo

BIDDEFORD — Brenda Pollock became president of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club on June 29. She is the fifth female president of the 102-year-old club. Helene Plourde was the organization’s first woman to lead it. Julie Villemaire was the second woman to accept the role in 2010, followed by Karen Chasse in 2012, and Lucie Kay in 2016.

Pollock’s first club meeting was held on June 13 where she presented her goals as president of the organization. Her grandson, 7-year-old Hunter Thayer, helped her lead the Pledge of Allegiance at her inaugural meeting. “My family is my inspiration,” said Pollock. “And seeing me lead this amazing group of professionals, committed to make our world a better place, will inspire them to help in our communities where we can.”

The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has made substantial contributions to the Biddeford – Saco area, including establishing the 72-acre Rotary Park on Main Street in Biddeford that offers citizens walking trails, two playgrounds, a lighted softball field, youth football field, a teen center, dog park, skate park, a boat launch, sliding hills, picnic grove with tables and grills, swimmers beach with seasonal lifeguards, sand volleyball court and a 9-hole disc golf course.

Each year, the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club actively engages in ways to help its communities. The main focuses are helping children, seniors, and veterans. In 2020, the club organized a raised bed garden project and took addressing food impoverished assistance to the next level. Ken Farley, a past president of the club and a Rotarian since 1987, leads this committee each year.

Every Christmas, Biddeford-Saco Rotarians take on Christmas gift wish lists from more than 80 children and make them come true. Adopt-A-Family is a Rotary holiday project designed to assist families who are in crisis because of unemployment, homelessness, medical issues, or other difficult circumstances, and who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to celebrate the holidays.

“Our Club brightens the Holidays for needy children,” said Heather Gendron, committee chair. “This committee organizes the list of families, manage the shopping, organize giftwrapping, and the delivery of presents. It’s a gratifying cause for Rotarians.”

Pollock outlined a budget for the 2022-23 Rotary year, that will provide scholarships for seniors, summer camp sponsorships for local youth, an essay contest with prizes for the top finalists for eighth graders from Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach schools; leadership camp grants for teens entering their sophomore year of high school; and more.

“Joe Moreshead is chair of the charitable giving committee,” Pollock said. “He and his team review applications from local citizens who sometimes, fall through the cracks for much needed assistance. That’s when Rotarians are able to step in and help.”

In addition to the many service projects these Rotarians will sponsor, one of their goals is to invite anyone who may be interested in becoming a Rotarian, to attend a meeting.

“It seems like everything is just a bit more difficult today,” Pollock said. “The fun, the fellowship, and the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process is deeply rewarding.”

For more information on the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, it’s committees, events, and meeting times, visit www.biddeford-sacorotary.org.


Brenda Pollock the 5th woman to lead the 102-Year-Old Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Brenda Pollock 2022-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/13/2022

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 13, 2022

Fellow Rotarians,

Let me begin by thanking you for entrusting me to be your President for the 2022-2023 Rotary year. It is an honorable privilege and a responsibility I accept humbly and seriously.
It is indeed a pleasure to be at the helm as we forge into our one-hundred-second year of existence as a service organization. The benchmark is set so that we expect only an upward trajectory in the years to come. I must commend the charter members who had a vision of creating a vibrant club that would act and has acted by Rotary’s standards of contributing positively to the society, and ultimately do good in the world.
I look forward to a year of fun, fellowship, and doing good in our community and around the world. This is our time. To share our talents and be a gift to our communities. What we do this year as Rotarians, will endure forever. It may not be carved in granite or marble, but in the lives and hearts of generations. This is our time.
I was honored to have my husband David, my daughter Emily, my grandchildren Maddison and Hunter, present for my inaugural meeting. My son, Billy Hanson, joined via Zoom from Los Angeles. Thank you for your constant support and encouragement. You are my inspiration.

The committees of this organization are our foundation. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to chair a committee. Set your goals high. I look forward to your innovative ideas and seeing of your many success stories. At your earliest convenience, please submit to me your schedule of events for the year. I’ll be preparing a calendar of events that will be posted on our website. By the 25th of each month, kindly communicate all committee volunteer hours to our club Secretary. As we look to apply for future Rotary grants, these hours are critical to include in the application.

Anyone interested in assuming the role of Assistant Secretary to help our club Secretary this year, please contact either Julie Villemaire or myself. We’ll be happy to discuss with you the duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary role.

Joe Moreshead, Sergeant of Arms for the day, was happy to commence fining his fellow Rotarians for any number of reasons. He reminded the group of his infamous declaration; It’s for the children. The role of Sergeant of Arms is a group effort this year, led by Jim Labelle. There is lots of fun to come from this group this year. Reminder – 50/50 Raffle will commence next week. To help with the managing of this event, we respectfully ask Rotarians who would like to participate in the weekly event, to please bring cash. From L to R are : Emily Thayer, Maddison Thayer, Hunter Thayer,
Brenda Pollock, and David Pollock.

I am excited to announce the COMMUNITY PROJECT I have selected for my year is a SPLASH PAD. More to come on this project.
We are excited to have our fellow Rotarian, Bill Paterson as guest speaker next week at our meeting. He will give us an update on the District’s Recovery Initiative Committee and discuss some of the Program Committee’s ideas for the upcoming year.

I look forward to seeing you next week. July 20th at Dizzy Bird’s Rotisserie, 65 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005 at 12:15 pm or via Zoom:
Join Rotary Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3330952382?pwd=U0VkVzZ6bW1IMzdhZmFpRHdwUG1aQT09

Choose Kindness. Brenda
Week in Review 7/13/2022 Brenda Pollock 2022-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mini-Golf for Good Tournament

Posted by Haley Thompson on Jul 11, 2022
Fellow Rotarians,
Planning has begun for our 3rd Annual Mini Golf for Good Tournament on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 at Raptor Falls, Arundel, Pirate's Cove, Old Orchard Beach, and Martel's, Saco.
We will host a special Rotary challenge on Saturday at 3pm at Raptor Falls, with an award ceremony to follow at Bentley's Saloon. Come play a friendly round with a $10.00 ante (in addition to course admission fee). Lowest score takes home 50 percent of the ante money AND the highly coveted Mini Golf for Good Championship Trophy. The other 50 percent will go to the club to support worthy causes in our community.
Want to help??
1. We are asking all club members to find two hole sponsors ($100 each) for the event. These can be your place of business, personal sponsorships or your favorite frequented establishments. Please use the attached form.
2. Volunteer to help set up and take down hole signage at the event locations. You can sign up through this google link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S7-LLJG0pOwefEI7A0bCR2MIRU2eq7svtQBsUGTebXw/edit?usp=sharing
3. Join the Mini Golf for Good Committee and help us make this event a wild success! This is a huge fundraiser for our club and allows us to support wonderful programs for youth and veterans in our community. If you are interested in joining this fun committee, please let Haley Thompson know at haley.thompson@thorntonacademy.org.
Thank you for your support!
Rotary Mini-Golf for Good Tournament Haley Thompson 2022-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Committees 22-23

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 06, 2022
Hello all,
If you have already shared your committee selection(s) with me, thank you! If you have not, please try to do so by the 18th. Thank you kindly.
Justine Bassett
Essay & Scholarship
Paulette Bonneau
Essay, Rotaract/Interact, & Vocational
Michael Burman
Rotaract/Interact & Environmental
Karen Chasse
Red Ribbon, PR, Charitable, Membership
Melissa Cilley
International & Program
Sarah Curley
Brian Dallaire
Foundation & Website/ClubRunner
Ray Demers
Vocational, Youth Officer, Raised Beds
Paul Deschambault
Foundation & Membership
CJ Cote-Dubois
Adopt A Family & Membership
Denis Elie
Scholarship & Vocational
Roland Eon
Ken Farley
Foundation & Raised Beds
Jane Foley
Adopt a Family & RAISED BEDS
Jen Fullmer
International Service & Environmental
Roland Gagne
International Service & Maple Syrup
Susan Gajewski
Adopt a Family, Foundation, & Scholarship
Heather Gendron
Adopt A Family, Scholarship,
Cynthia Giroux
Membership & Fashion Soiree
Pierre Giroux
Jim Godbout
Red Ribbon & Vocational
Marty Grohman
Program & Environmental
Charles Hennessey
Keith Jacques
Charitable Fund, Foundation, & President's Day
Shelley Kane
Tack Rotaract-Interact & Adopt A Family
Billy Kany
Sergeant-at-Arms, Awards, & President's Day
Jim LaBelle
Sergeant-at-Arms & Membership
Dana Lane
Kristen Lane
Charitable Fund
Heather MacLean
Raffle & Fashion Soiree
Phillip Mateja
Membership & Program
Sabine McElrath
Red Ribbon & Environmental
Joe Moreshead
Sergeant-at-Arms, Charitable, Scholarship, & Fashion Soiree
Steve Morin
Charitable Fuds & Raised Beds
Jessica Muise
Sergeant-at-Arms &
Mark Nahorney
Alan Nelson
Elaine Palmitessa
Bill Paterson
Red Ribbon & Program
Fausto Pifferrer
Scholarship & Fashion Soiree
Donald Pilon
Awards & Golf
Brenda Pollock
Jeremy Ray
Awards & Membership
Dan Reed
Kimberly Regoulinsky
Sergeant-at-Arms & Fashion Soiree
Kathy Shea
Morgan Stoner
Membership & Environment
Cheri Sullivan
PR & Red Ribbon & Registration
Haley Thompson
Essay & Golf
Mark Tuller
Matt Tuller
Charitable Fund, Vocation, & Raised Beds
Julie Villemaire
Awards & Adopt a Family
Conrad Welzel
PR, Raffle, Red Ribbon, Program & Raised Beds
Joe Bassett
Peggy Bean
Dr. Joe Boyle
Rotary Committees 22-23 Brenda Pollock 2022-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

No Meeting Today 7/6/2022

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jul 06, 2022
I trust you all had an enjoyable 4th of July holiday! It’s officially summertime!!!
Just a reminder, there will be NO BOARD or REGULAR MEETING tomorrow, July 6th. We will commence the new Rotary year on Wednesday, July 13th at 7:45 am for the Board MeetingIn Person at 180 Pool St, Biddeford, ME 04005 or board members may join in via Zoom
Regular meeting – July 13th at 12:15 pm - Dizzy Birds Rotisserie (65 Main St, Biddeford, ME  04005)
or join in via Zoom:
Presentation: President Brenda Pollock will give an overview of Rotary year ahead. New logo pins will be presented to Board Members & Committee Chairs.
Be Kind. Brenda
No Meeting Today 7/6/2022 Brenda Pollock 2022-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

RI President 22-23

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-
Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become
Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking
selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office
in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.
“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”
As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”
Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.
Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.
The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.
RI President 22-23 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Biddeford Saco Rotary Annual Awards

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 15, 2022
Welcome to the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s annual awards meeting.  I know some people are here to make presentations and we will get to them shortly.
At the outset I want to thank all the Rotarians who took the time to suggest some incredibly worthy candidates for these awards.  Your input to the committee was invaluable and most of this year’s winners came from your suggestions.  Unfortunately, we cannot honor all of the people you suggested, but I can assure you they were all worthy of recognition.
Stephen King once said:  “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”  Our Club has made the effort to say thank you to people or organizations that make a difference in our communities since 1988 in giving out our Private, Public and Humanitarian Awards and since 2000 in giving out our Vocational Service Award.  The awards have gone either to club members or to individuals or organizations outside the club whose acts of kindness, generosity and caring help to make our communities and the world a little better.  I have had the privilege of chairing this committee for longer than I can remember, and I know that most of our past recipients have not been people looking for recognition, and in fact, most of them would prefer to keep doing what they do away from the spotlight.  Our club, however, feels that our award recipients deserve a resounding thank you for their good works and it is our hope that by acknowledging the wonderful things these folks do we will inspire others to get involved and do great things.
The Private Sector Award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment usually in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, outside of his or her employment. An example of a past recipient would be a building contractor who works towards helping the hungry through setting up a self-supporting meal program.
In the past I have read off some of our most recent winners of this award but this year I thought I would go back to 2000 and list off some of the winners during the early 2000s.   They included:
2000  John Wasileski
2001 Carrie Shaw
2002 Alan Nelson
2003 Joe Grondin
2004 Lou Chantigny
Recipient was not able to make it on June 15 so we will give this one later.
The Public Sector Award is awarded to a citizen who, in the course of their employment or funding, serves the public with government and/or public monies. Recipients are usually employed by a government agency, hold a political office, or have their good works funded in the course of their employment. An example of a past recipient would be a state senator who has worked towards promoting the good of the community.
Read names of Past Winners
2000 Roland “Ron” Michaud
2001 Carl J. Stasio, Jr.
2002 Dick Tryon
2003 Gen. Wallace H. Nutting
2004 William Johnson
            May Sarton, a Belgian American poet once said:  “Do not deprive me of my age.  I have earned it.”  We are all getting older, it’s inevitable and certainly beats the alternative.  We live in the oldest state in the nation.  Our elderly deserve our respect and our gratitude, but so often they are an overlooked segment of our society.  While they may be getting older many of them are a hardy lot too stubborn or proud to ask for our help.
            A few years ago Saco took the step of developing Age Friendly Saco, A Community for a Lifetime.  The initiative was based on concepts developed by the World Health Organization designed to enable people of all ages to participate in community events while insuring that all people are treated with respect regardless of age.  It keeps older people connected while enabling them to remain in their homes.
            It is a highly collaborative effort involving a separate tax exempt organization, the City of Saco as well as other organizations.  Creating and then developing the programs of this organization took true vision and leadership.  Such efforts frequently fizzle without strength at the top.  Age Friendly Saco is a vibrant action organization thanks in large part to its President who has served in that role since its inception.  Her hard work has insured that a concept is now an admirable set of services and benefits for our seniors.
            For all of her hard work to support our seniors, this year’s Public Sector Award winner is Jean Saunders.
            While I was researching quotes about aging I came across this anonymous quote that I loved.  “I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, … not screaming and yelling like the passengers on his bus.”
The Humanitarian Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to further the good of humanity in the community. Past Recipients include a nurse who set up a hospice program in the area.
Read names of Past Winners
2000 Ruth Anderson
2001 James Audiffred
2002 Mary’s Walk
2003 Roland Gagne
2004 Thomas Haley
            Most of you have heard of the Heart of Biddeford.  Its mission statement says “Heart of Biddeford, powered by the strength of community involvement, fosters a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable downtown for residents, businesses and visitors.”  Started back in 2004 the HOB has worked tirelessly to promote a revitalization of Biddeford’s downtown from attracting new businesses, promoting the arts, improving the overall quality of life and working to beautify the urban core.  Mayor Casavant observed of downtown:  “This is the place to germinate the rediscovery and renaissance of Biddeford.”  As someone who has lived in this area almost my whole life I can tell you the transformation of downtown Biddeford is nothing short of miraculous.
            All of the HOB’s efforts recently culminated in the HOB receiving the prestigious Great American Main Street Award which recognizes communities for the excellence in comprehensive preservation-based commercial district revitalization.  That is National recognition.
            The HOB is a volunteer driven group with an executive director and an office manager. Its executive director is the conductor of a huge orchestra which has composed an absolutely incredible symphony.  The HOB’s leader has unbelievable enthusiasm for all that is Biddeford.  Her ability to promote the area and its arts while respecting and preserving its history and culture is inspiring. 
There is no question that the heart of the HOB is this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient, a past member of our Club, Delilah Poupore
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
Read names of Past Winners
2000  Carl Goodwin
2001 A. William Kany, Jr.
2002  Ron Gagnon
2003  Steven Foran
2004 Frank Paul
            Imagine you’re a high school student who doesn’t particularly like school a lot, doesn’t really think traditional college is for them and their goal is to graduate from high school, get a job and make some money.  Their family role models, if any, are not always positive.  They are not really sure what they want to do.  They are frequently late for school, so the concept of being on time is illusive.  They have never been taught how to shake hands or how to dress for work, and they definitely don’t like being told what to do.  Prime candidates to be good employees, maybe not.
            However, concerns about making good career choices and improving  employability are being addressed at the Center of Technology.  This year’s recipient of our Vocational Service Award helped create the COT’s  career development program from scratch which is helping students find their career pathways.  She is teaching career readiness and working to help students develop the soft skills needed to make them good employees.  This person also coordinates real job opportunities with local businesses to expose students to job and career opportunities while providing businesses with potential candidates to fill job vacancies.  This person regularly checks in with the employers and holds students accountable when they don’t show up, show up late or have other issues with their workplace. She teaches two classes at the COT which help students select a career and provide them with readiness and employability skills. Those are things many of us take for granted, but in fact they really need to be learned.
Paulette Bonneau said of this person:  “At home and in her work, she brings compassion, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, intelligence, and humor while holding our students to high expectations and accountability.”  Paulette went on to state:  “She is always willing to help her colleagues and is a true team player.  She is a true professional and I am very proud of her, not only for her contributions to make COT successful, but also for her work ethic and integrity.  She is one of the best hiring decisions I have made and truly appreciate her as one of my colleagues.”
I have heard from several people that this person has an incredible passion for helping her students succeed while always striving to make her programs better.  As parents, employers and civic leaders we all know how important such passion and drive can be.  I am very happy to give this year’s Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Vocational Service Award to Tracey Collins.
            As many of you know, back in 2007 our Club decided to honor all of the dedication and contributions of Carl and Earl Goodwin by creating an award in their honor.  In my opinion it is truly the highest honor our club can give to one of its past or present members. 
Based on the significance of the award I will take a second and share the  names of all  Past Winners:
2007 Carl and Earl Goodwin
2008 Richard Buffum
2009 David Lowe
2010 Robert Begin
2011 Roland M. Eon
2012 Roland P. Gagne
2013 Helene Plourde
2014 Julie Villemaire
2015 Jim McAllister
2016 Paul H. Deschambault
2017 Karen Chasse
2018 Jim Godbout
2019 PDG Ronald Drouin
2021 Joe Moreshead
In 2017 when I gave this award to Karen Chasse I said that if I was ever building a new Rotary Club from scratch I would recruit Karen and just add water.  If I was building a Club today I would enlist Karen and this individual knowing the rest would without question fall into place.  A relative new member, by my standards, if you look at photos from every Rotary event or every meeting this person is not only there, but this member is getting things done.  This person has done it all for the Club while also reminding us week in and week out that family is of number one importance.  This person has achieved an incredible balance in life that has enabled them to become friends with just about every person in the State of Maine.  While this person has never been the President of our Club, he has been the best friend of every President of this club since he joined the club about 6 years ago with a tireless commitment to doing whatever it takes to help others.
When this person received our Humanitarian Award I said:  ‘He provides all of this help with an incredible sense of humility and family and with a sincerity that is unsurpassed.  For his willingness to put his family, his communities and those in need ahead of all else, this year’s Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Humanitarian Award now cross that out and replace it with “this year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award” goes to Conrad Welzel.
In 1896 a young attorney from Wallingford, Vermont moved to Chicago.  He met a man named Bob Frank who demonstrated a camaraderie with local shopkeepers that impressed him and reminded him of his small town in Vermont.  That desire for the fellowship of a small town inspired him to have a meeting with 3 other men on Feb. 23, 1905 which was said the be the first Rotary meeting ever.  Of course, that man was Paul Harris who went on to create what became Rotary International.  Unfortunately, Harris suffered from poor health and passed away in 1947.  He asked that in lieu of flowers people donate to the Rotary Foundation.  Upon hearing of his death, Rotary created the Paul Harris Memorial Fund which eventually included awards given in Harris’ name.  Paul Harris Awards are arguably the highest distinction that can be given to people by Rotary.  Our Club has had a practice of recognizing deserving members and non-members for their work in and outside the Club.  Each past Paul Harris recipient has been very worthy and this year we have two more equally notable winners of the award. In no particular order:
A Rotary Club, as large and as active as ours, requires a lot of hard work to make it run smoothly.  It requires people to step up on a regular basis not only to complete hands on projects, but also to keep up with the day to day administrative demands.  It is my sense that our first Paul Harris recipient this year is an exceptionally quiet person who took a while to get comfortable with Rotary, but this person has stepped up in a big way to help keep the club running smoothly while repeatedly showing up to help out wherever needed.  Her efforts have meant a lot to Marty and to our Club, and therefore I am happy to give this year’s first Paul Harris Award to Kathy Shea.
As many of you know, as we give to the Foundation we generate credit toward Paul Harris Awards.  Many of our members are multiple Paul Harris recipients because of their Foundation giving including Brian Dallaire, Carl Goodwin, Roland Gagne and Joe Moreshead to name a few.  It is always nice to announce when the generosity of our members results in further Paul Harris recognition for them.  We have two such announcement to make.  Elaine Palmitessa and Jim Godbout.
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Biddeford Saco Rotary Awards 2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jun 15, 2022
Public Sector Award: Jean Saunders, Age Friendly Saco
Humanitarian Award: Delilah Poupore, Heart of Biddeford
Vocational Service Award: Tracey Collins
Goodwin Outstanding Service Award: Conrad Welzel
Paul Harris: Kathy Shea
Additionally, we highlighted multiple Paul Harris awards to Jim Godbout and Elaine Palmitessa.
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BS Rotary President's Awards

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jun 15, 2022
For Mary's president’s awards, we gave:
Brian Dallaire: for the Tack, the website, and all the event invites, from wherever he is in the world, 52 weeks a year.
Jim Labelle: for serving capably as Sergeant-at-Arms, keeping the mood light and fun, and involving everyone, and offending just enough
Susan Gajewski: serving as Treasurer, preparing budgets, monthly reports to the board, and managing the bank account and all Club finances professionally and capably
Brenda Pollock: attending to all our district obligations and conferences, overseeing the Essay Contest, getting us all sorted out with new Club shirts and jackets, and serving as President-Elect
Richard Guay: for tirelessly and thanklessly serving as crossing guard at Biddeford Middle School, every morning and every afternoon, rain or shine, for 22 years and counting
Rotarian of the Year: Karen Chasse. Karen ran multiple programs for the club including Red Ribbon and the Raffle, resulting in raising more than $50,000, as well as helping with communications and outreach, as “CEO Mom”. She has a can-do attitude and dives into any Club project. If Karen is involved in a project, you know it will happen, on-time and on-budget.
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Week in Review 6/8/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jun 08, 2022
What an amazing day we had for Past Presidents! Thank you to PP Keith Jacques in particular for your help pulling this successful meeting together -- it was wonderful to reconnect. Our Club has done, and continues to do, so much for the community.
Next Wednesday the 15th is Awards Day -- I'm really looking forward to it and hoping for a good turnout. Please do make a point to join us. So many in the club have gone the extra mile this year. Please come out to honor them. Members of the community that have been nominated will be in attendance as well. And you never know, you could be receiving an award yourself! 
Week in Review 6/8/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Students place flags in Biddeford cemetery

Posted on May 29, 2022
Fourth graders Jason Mbele and Mousa Al-Ghezi read a grave stone at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Thursday.

BIDDEFORD — For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and a day off from work or school celebrated with family get-togethers and other festivities. Local students learned this week that the day has a deeper meaning.

Memorial Day, a federal holiday observed the fourth Monday of May, was established originally to honor those who died in the Civil War and later became a day to honor all American veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country.

For about 30 years, Vietnam veteran Raoul Goulet has helped organize an annual event to put flags on veterans’ graves at St. Joseph’s cemetery. On Thursday morning, Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club members joined fourth graders from Biddeford Intermediate School and fifth graders from Biddeford Middle School in this year’s effort.

Raoul Goulet, right, talks about Memorial Day at St. Joseph's cemetery in Biddeford
on Thursday, while Martin Grohman listens. 

“The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club is honored to be part of this project, as we have been for many years. It reminds us all of the meaning of Memorial Day,” said Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club President Martin Grohman.

Goulet spoke to the students about his time serving as a combat photographer and discussed the importance of honoring veterans. Students were given flags after Goulet told them the proper way to place them, and they spread through the cemetery looking for veterans’ graves.

Fourth graders Jason Mbele and Mousa Al-Ghezi eagerly scouted out veterans’ graves, flags in hand. As they placed the flags, they paused for a moment to read the graves and learn who they were honoring.

“They are so excited. We did a nice presentation yesterday, so they understand why we’re here and what to do,” said teacher Lori Flynn.

On Memorial Day, a group will gather at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at the central flagpole at noon to raise the US Flag to full staff, with each grave of a veteran in the cemetery marked with a flag.

In all, 2,000 flags were provided by the City of Biddeford. The flags will be removed in late June and reused next year.

Publisher Liz Gotthelf can be reached at newsdesk@sacobaynews.com.


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Vet2Vet Maine

Posted on May 25, 2022


About the Vet to Vet Maine Program

Friendships That Can Last a Lifetime

Vet to Vet Maine is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving veterans in the state of Maine. Formed in June 2018, Vet to Vet Maine offers support, companionship, a friend who understands, and a link to services to lonely and socially isolated veterans.

Vet to Vet Maine matches veteran volunteers with other veterans who need a friend and/or mentor. The two veterans visit on a regular basis (at least twice a month), sharing stories, enjoying activities together, and developing a friendship that can last a lifetime. Trained volunteers also guide their veteran friends in applying for needed services and benefits.

For soldiers just returning from the battlefield, they provide a mentor who can help lead the way back to civilian life, a fellow soldier who has been there and understands, a friend who listens and offers a helping hand.

For the older veteran dealing with illness, aging, the loss of a spouse, or other challenges, Vet to Vet Maine’s volunteers provide companionship, a link to the greater community, assistance in obtaining well-deserved benefits and services, and a friend who shares stories.



Your Support Can Make a World of Difference

With your help, we can fulfill the values of a just society by supporting our veterans and helping ease the social isolation that too many of them face.

It costs approximately $1,000 to support one volunteer/veteran match for a year.

Your donation of any amount can make a world of difference to a veteran in need of a friend.

Veterans have pledged their lives to protect us and our loved ones. Now it’s our turn to pledge our support for them.

Listen to our video to learn more about how Vet to Vet Maine volunteers make a difference in the lives of the veterans they visit. Click HERE for video.



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The Week in Review 5/25/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 25, 2022
Our meeting this week was fun and interesting. Chef Tom made lasagna bolognese with an unusual and tasty watermelon salad as a side.
We had Judie Alessi O'Malley from Vet2Vet Maine as our speaker. Please take a second (literally, 1:58) to learn how the Vet2Vet program works. (Earlier this year our Board approved a $1000 donation from Company B to Vet2Vet Maine).
Recently, we have made a number of other high impact charitable donations as well, with the funds that you have raised from our minigolf, raffle, and syrup events:
  • $1100 from Company B to cover rent for a Navy veteran whose VA disability case is on hold (referred from Sanford Vet Center)
  • $500 to the Biddeford High School Odyssey of the Mind team to travel to their national competition
  • $400 to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy to sponsor a camper from Biddeford
  • $500 to the ArtBus program, which is a student arts program
  • $1100 to cover the cost for free breakfast and lunch for a low-income/food insecure student that attends Thornton Academy
  • $500 to My Breast Cancer Support for support services for a breast cancer patient
Happy Dollars:
  • Mike Burman -- traveling to conference in Italy
  • CJ got over Covid
  • Brian got second booster
  • Joe -- thank you to City of Biddeford employees for being so helpful
  • Bill Paterson -- $5 -- daughter Clara is 28
  • Phil -- $5 -- happy to be here
  • Conrad -- $5 -- daughter is 38
There is no meeting on Wednesday June 1. However, the board does have a brief meeting at 745AM on Zoom, we have a couple important agenda items.
Past Presidents is at Dizzy Birds on Wednesday June 8. (There is no Zoom option for this meeting. Outdoor seating will be available, weather permitting)
Don't miss our Essay Contest winners presentation, on the evening Monday June 6. Thanks to PE Brenda for all your work organizing this. Watch for an invite.
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The week in Review 5/18/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 18, 2022
We did not have a speaker at our meeting this week. It was a wonderful chance for us all to catch up. Chef Tom made chicken caesar salad. I guess he's trying to get us slimmed down for the summer 😀. It was very good.
Happy dollars:
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Jim LaBelle is happy that the grand opening of Sublime Taco and Dunn Bar was such a success
  • Carl Goodwin was fined $1 for his phone ringing (but we always love to see you Carl)
  • Mark Nahorney is happy at the success of the current production at City Theatre: On Golden Pond. There is one more weekend for this great show, get your tickets.
  • Carl notes that his brother Earl is wheelchair bound and his health is declining severely.
  • Conrad is going on a nice trip this weekend
  • Cheri $2, daughter graduated from college in 3 years
  • Brenda $5 attended district conference on our Club's behalf and brought back the Club's Foundation Banners for achieving 100% participation, Every member every year, and $100/member contribution for year 2020-2021!
Thanks to Heather Gendron & Paulette Bonneau's leadership, our four $1000 scholarships are going out shortly, to graduating seniors at all the area high schools (Biddeford High School, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Old Orchard Beach HIgh School, Thornton Academy). Thanks also to Joe Moreshead for helping out with this. We are blessed to be able to have such a successful Club and help students succeed!
The mini-golf committee is forming up. This is a fun event that raises a lot of much needed charitable dollars for our Club. It is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. It is held in early August. We sell sponsorships to area businesses for $100 to $500 per hole, and the businesses get signage on the course and mention in our promotions. If you can serve on the committee please let Marty or Karen know. We will also need people to staff the golf courses on the weekend of the event, probably the weekend of August 6-7. Then stay and play a round -- minigolf is fun!
Upcoming meetings & events:
May 25: speaker from local veterans group. Featuring Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests encouraged.

Thursday May 26 at 9AM, place Memorial Day flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Street, Biddeford. Due to construction in the cemetery, park on Marion or Bernard Street and walk in. Rain or shine.

June 1: no meeting (holiday week)

Saturday June 4: Syrup Distribution at Pension Professionals, 9AM, 180 Pool St, Biddeford (when picking up, you can also help label syrup you sold to others to be shipped)

June 8: Past Presidents. Not to be missed. All past presidents of the Club and their spouses invited.  Usually our biggest crowd of the year. Note: we don't have working emails for all Past Presidents so please be in touch with any you are in contact with and encourage them to attend.

June 15: Awards Day. We will be presenting all of our Club awards, and we have some exciting and very deserving awardees selected.

June 22: just us, no speaker. Fun, fellowship. Trivia contest. 

June 29: presidential handoff. Welcome, Brenda!

Note that we do not have a meeting on June 1 (because of the holiday week). Past Presidents, a meeting not to be missed, is June 8, and Awards is June 15 (the committee met this week and has chosen some very deserving awardees).
All meetings are at Dizzy Birds, 65 Main Street, Biddeford, at 12:15. Thank you for putting your profession to work for the good of the community!
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Week in Review 5/11/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 11, 2022
We've been having fun, interesting meetings, with a good core group turning out. We need about 17 people to break even at Dizzy Birds. It's nice if you sign up, to make it easier for me to plan the meeting (such as choosing someone to give the invocation), but it's not a must. Feel free to bring a guest. We had two great guests last week, Brad and Ramin. Chef Tom always makes something good (it's not just chicken). In fact, last week, it was Thanksgiving, which was fun. The week before that, it was fajitas. There's always plenty, and if you're in a hurry, grab a takeout box and bring lunch back to the office. 
For your calendar, here's our schedule of upcoming meetings (all at Dizzy Birds) through the month of June, as well as other events to get involved with:
  • May 18, just us, no speaker. Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests welcome
    • Saturday May 21, Raised Bed delivery & setup, 9AM -- noon
  • May 25, just us, no speaker. Chef Tom's good food, fun, happy dollars, fellowship and project updates. Guests welcome
    • Thursday May 26 at 9AM, place Memorial Day flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Street, Biddeford. Rain or shine
  • June 1, no meeting (holiday week)
    • June 5, Syrup Distribution at Pension Professionals, 9AM, 180 Pool St, Biddeford (when picking up, you can also help prepare the syrup you sold to others, to be shipped)
  • June 8, Past Presidents. Not to be missed. All past presidents of the Club invited, usually our biggest crowd of the year.
  • June 15, Awards Day. We will be presenting all of our Club awards, and we have some exciting and very deserving awardees selected.
  • June 22, just us, no speaker. (Marty on vacation, looking for guest host. Got a fun idea? Let's do it!)
  • June 29, presidential handoff. Welcome, Brenda!
Note that we do not have a meeting on June 1 (because of the holiday week). Past Presidents, a meeting not to be missed, is June 8, and Awards is June 15 (the committee met this week and has chosen some very deserving awardees). 
All meetings are at Dizzy Birds, 65 Main Street, Biddeford.
Week in Review 5/11/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 5/4/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman
We had a fun meeting last week, although turnout was a little light, and interesting speakers from the 9,300 acre Rachel Carson preserve, which makes up much of our Maine coast from Wells to Scarborough. Our presenters, USAF Veteran Tom Wall, and biologist Rachel Stern from the US Fish & Wildlife Service were interesting. One takeaway is that this is a large preserve with lots of programming for the community, including for children, and they encourage to visit and get involved -- it's a hidden gem (notwithstanding the fact that there is a picture of the preserve on the wall at Dizzy Birds -- $5 from Marty for anyone who can point it out!). We do not want a Silent Spring, except maybe from PP Joe!
This week, let's make sure to all turn out for Jen Fullmer & Team Hakim's presentation. Last fall, Jen presented on their dramatic exodus from Kabul, Afghanistan. Now this family of eleven is settled here in Biddeford. You won't want to miss this story; along with our usual good food and fellowship.
Today, we are sending $595 from Clynk proceeds to a young student, Onyango, in Kisumu, Kenya. This is an incredible amount of help for her, and will pay part of her high school tuition. C'mon now, I know we all drink four cans of seltzer water a day... please use our Rotary Clynk bags! I will have some bags & stickers at Dizzy Birds this week. 
Happy Dollars:
Sergeant at Arms Jim led a very interesting challenge, for each member to give the next line of the Star Spangled Banner, as we went around the room. If I asked you right now, could you give the first line of the second verse? I didn't think so. That'll be a dollar!!
  • Julie gave $10 for her 55th birthday -- happy birthday, Julie! Thanks for all you do for our Club, as secretary. Literally every day we have you doing something, including complex wire transfers to Ukraine, board meeting minutes, and many more items.
  • Don Pilon piled on with $1 to thank Julie and Saco Biddeford Savings Institution for their generosity. 
  • Conrad is happy and sad to say, that his Aunt, who is 98, has been admitted to hospice.
  • Bill Paterson gave $5, that his youngest daughter is graduating from UMaine. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Brian was $5 happy to be back in person. Thank you for all your help, Brian!! Good to have you back from Florida.
  • Phil Mateja (a retired athletic trainer, who has worked with many elite athletes) is $5 happy to be fine, 17 days after Covid
  • Your happy dollar here! Join us this week... Chef Tom is cooking up good stuff, and the outdoor awning will be up!
Week in Review 5/4/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Family Garden Project

Posted by Ken Farley on May 03, 2022
As we plan the final stages of  a great service project we are still in need of volunteers.  Many hands make light work and I'm asking all of you to commit to helping at least one day and hopefully more.  
We need volunteers for the following:
Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon:  Looking for a couple more volunteers to help assemble metal and wood raised garden beds for Biddeford Community Gardens at Rotary Park in Biddeford.  
Saturday, May 14th from 9 am to noon:  We need 5 more volunteers to install raised garden beds for our Family Garden project.  The plan is to have two teams of four deliver four raised garden beds each.  Additional details will be emailed the week of the event.  We will need the following tools for each team; wheel barrow, 2-3 shovels, a steel rake and a cordless screw gun. 
Saturday, May 21st from 9 am to noon:  We need 6 more volunteers to install raised garden beds for our Family Garden project.  The plan is to have two teams of four deliver four raised garden beds each. Additional details will be emailed the week of the event.  We will need the following tools for each team; wheel barrow, 2-3 shovels, a steel rake and a cordless screw gun. 
Please let me know which day(s) you can help.  Thanks a lot.
Yours in service,
Ken Farley
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Week in Review 4/27/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Apr 27, 2022
-Great speaker this week: Have you ever wondered about the Rachel Carson Preserve? It covers more than 5,000 acres and 50 miles of Maine coast. Two members of the staff will attend to tell us more about the preserve and its history and programs.
-Thanks to Paulette for running the meeting last week. I hope that some of us can sign up to provide rides for the MaineWorks program.
-This Saturday is the first volunteer opportunity for the Raised Bed Garden project. Please see story from Ken Farley with details.
-Do you plan to attend our District Conference on May 14? Brenda is attending and hopes others will join.
-Remember that we will be placing flags at St Joseph's Cemetery on West Street in Biddeford on Thursday May 26 at 9AM.
-It's time to nominate for our annual awards ceremony! Please get your nominations to Bill Kany, in the categories of . Awards Day will be June 15.
Week in Review 4/27/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Annual B_S Rotary Awards-Nominations

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 26, 2022
For longer than I can remember I have been sending out this annual solicitation for award nominees, and I have to say this may be my last, but I digress. Again it is time for the Awards Committee (whoever that may be) to get together to select worthy recipients for the Club’s public sector, private sector, humanitarian and vocational awards. Included herewith is a description of each award and a list of past recipients of each award. What the committee needs from you are suggested award recipients in each category. Please note, that in almost every instance, the awards are given to people suggested to the committee by members of our Club.
While award recipients are frequently members of our Club, they do not have to be members.  In fact,  most of the time the recipients are not members of the Club.  I would also point out that even if you do not have an idea for an award recipient for one particular category, please give us as many suggestions as you can for the other categories. We would appreciate it if you would get back to us as soon as possible with your suggestions. Awards day is scheduled for June 8, 2022 this year (a tad bit earlier than usual).  The committee does need to meet to ultimately decide on the award recipients and then the awards need to be ordered and engraved so please get your suggestions back to us by May 4.
If you have any questions regarding any of the award categories, please contact me (Bill S. Kany at 602-7381 or email me at bkany@sbsavings.bank) or the other members of the committee, Joe Moreshead, and Brian Dalliare (neither of whom actually knows they are on the committee and note there may be others but I don’t know who they are).  If we do not have any suggestions from you the committee is left to its own devices which is never good.  The alternative is to not give out one or more awards if we do not have candidates, but that is silly because there are so many worthy candidates out there.
Thanks, Bill
Here are the award descriptions.  I have also attached a list of the past recipients of each award.
The Private Sector Award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, while being privately employed or not employed by a government or community entity. An example of a past recipient would be a building contractor who works towards helping the hungry through setting up a self-supporting meal program.
The Public Sector Award is awarded to a citizen who, in the course of their employment or funding, serves the public with government and/or public monies. Recipients are usually employed by a government agency, hold a political office, or have their good works funded in the course of their employment. An example of a past recipient would be a state senator who has worked towards promoting the good of the community.
The Humanitarian Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to further the good of humanity in the community. Past Recipients include a nurse who set up a hospice program in the area.
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
Public Sector Award Nominees
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
Private Sector Award Nominees
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
 Bill Kany
Humanitarian Award Nominees
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination
Vocational Service Nominees
NAME(S)                                                                   Reason for Nomination

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Week in Review 4/20/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Apr 20, 2022
  • This is US Army veteran Ashley C (on the right) with the owner of Independence Food Truck, Melissa. 
    We donated $500 to Ashley for wilderness firefighter certification training & travel,
    and Melissa provided a free lunch!
  • Charitable Committee: Last week, we made charitable donations to a veteran to help cover the cost of a new wildland firefighter training program, and to an autism walk.
  • Program notes: We'll be at Dizzy Birds this week (as well as all through May). Our speaker this week is Margo Walsh of MaineWorks, together with John Bouchard of the Saco Bay Club on the topic of recovery friendly workplaces. Next week, we will have Rachel Stern from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, on the topic of business practices and environmental conservation.
  • Raised Bed program
We have scheduled 3 Saturdays in May as volunteer opportunities. Please be a part of one or all of these opportunities.  They are a lot of fun. 
Saturday, May 7th 9:00 am to Noon - Build 15 raised garden beds at Rotary Park for Biddeford Community Gardens 
Saturday May 14 9:00 am to Noon - Install raised garden beds.  Locations to be determined.  The plan is to have two teams of at least 4 members each install 4-5 beds.  
Saturday May 21 9:00 am to Noon - Install raised garden beds.  Locations to be determined.  The plan is to have two teams of at least 4 members each install 4-5 beds.
This Wednesday, we have a new member induction (Shelley Kane), great food and fellowship as always, and speakers on opioid recovery for Red Ribbon week, as mentioned above. PE Brenda will run the meeting while I get the Zoom experience.
Thanks for all you do for our community, and please keep reaching out to smile, help, and bring a positive attitude -- make someone's day.
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Week in Review 4/13/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Apr 18, 2022
Our club is busy and doing great work. The Raised Bed Garden project, led by Ken Farley, is going well. We have 12 applications for the 20 raised bed gardens that we have budget for. Speaking of budget, Moody's Nursery has very generously offered to provide us soil and seedlings at their cost, which will help. Please do save the date for the Saturday mornings of 5/14 & 5/21 to help deliver, set up and fill these great little gardens that help provide food security for area families in need.
Very pleased to report that the CK Burns School Ukraine Fundraiser was a great success, with students raising more than $1,000, which our Club will match. We will hold a check presentation at CK Burns on Tuesday April 26 at 1:25PM. All are welcome.
The Rotaract Club at UNE has wrapped up meetings for the year, with more than 500 volunteer hours!
Next week's speakers are John Bouchard of the Saco Bay Club, together with Margo Walsh of MaineWorks. You won't want to miss this meeting, which will be an interesting discussion of opioid recovery in Maine, what other clubs are doing, and how we can help, all part of Red Ribbon week.
Happy Dollars:
Heather Gendron: oldest daughter promoted to MRI Tech, and bought first house!
Kim: happy $10, for Whimsical ME being such a go-to resource of a store; and happy $5, drove over a pylon (not a Pilon) at Chick-Fil-A... and it wasn't the first time 😀
Jen F: Hakim's son got a great job at RW Gillespie
Conrad: had a great 11 day trip to Georgia
Karen: daughter is doing great and credits "CEO Mom"
Jim L: Diverse Anecdote (Karen's company) joined the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce!
Cheri: has been living in the area for 2 years now, found a camper site for the summer, and will do a seasonal rental for the winter, it is a real wakeup call about the lack of affordable housing
Bill P: back from Corpus Christi TX, great weather, went to air show
Melissa: son auditioned for a play with the Portland Players and was cast in a leading role
Ken has been busy with his new hobby of winemaking, sounds like time for an after hours event!
See you Wednesday at Jim's!
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Week in Review 4/6/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Apr 06, 2022
We had an excellent and interesting presentation from Amalie Sonneborn & Lily Collins from The Ecology School. There was very good Q&A and discussion. Here is a link to their website. They are growing and hiring.
Happy Dollars (the SAA issued no fines but ordered that all, without exception, must give something they are happy about):
Amalie from The Ecology School: has a new puppy
Lily from The Ecology School: almost gardening season
Melissa: great picture of grandchild
Dr. Joe: Grandson Noah is coming to visit
Mike Burman: spring is here
Jeremy Ray: gave a very generous happy $50 to be back at an in-person meeting
Jim Godbout: happy for the spirit of Courage and that we are meeting together
Cheri: $3 -- had a great visit to California, and Project Alliance Youth Summit is coming up
Joyce Valenti, happy $10, a tribute to her late husband who passed away a year ago today, and was a lifelong Rotarian who led a lifetime of Service Above Self
Marty: happy to see everybody, good food, good meeting, good speakers
CJ: happy to be back
Peggy: happy to be back
Joe Fullmer: nice to see the ducks and geese back on Peter Pond
Jen: Marty forgot to write it down
Kathy Shea: happy for the spirit of kindness and pay-it-forward that the Club exemplifies
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PDG Sergii Zavadskii of RC Kyiv

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 23, 2022
On 3/23/2022, we had a very compelling presentation from PDG Sergii Zavadskii of RC Kyiv. This was our largest Zoom meeting ever, with members of our club, and clubs all over the world, adding up to more than 100 people. We had attendees from at least six countries (USA, Ukraine, Canada, Jordan, UK, & Romania). 
There are 62 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine, eleven of them in Kyiv alone. During the presentation, Sergii, who is an executive in the chemicals business and has two sons in the military, was not in Kyiv but had taken his grandchildren to a rural, hopefully safer area in western Ukraine near Uzhgorod and zoomed in from there.
Thanks in particular to Roland Gagne and Melissa Cilley for arranging the presentation, and to Brian Dallaire for capably managing such a large meeting. 
Sergii showed this map of where clubs are vs the fighting, and attempts clubs are putting together to supply food and medicine:
Image of where Rotary Clubs are in Ukraine
Today at noon, we'll have a follow up meeting, hosted by Melissa Cilley on Zoom.
Topic: Conversation with Ukrainian teen and her grandmother who fled to Romania
Time: Mar 24, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

PS: missed yesterday's presentation from Sergii? Here's how to access the recording:
Meeting Recording temporarily on Zoom:
Access Code: ?U4Yj#^V
Alternatively Rotary Zone Representative Steve Miller posted it on YouTube for us at this link:
Here's a link to where we posted it on YouTube.
PDG Sergii Zavadskii of RC Kyiv Martin Grohman 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/23/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 23, 2022
We will be back at Dizzy Birds this week and for the foreseeable future. Please join us! We'll have good food, and a good meeting featuring a new member induction and a great speaker, Dora Zuniga of RC Tampa. This would be a great meeting to bring a guest, as well. Lunch is just $17, with everything included. Meeting starts at 12:15 and ends by one so you can get back to your day recharged with good idea sharing and good fellowship. Park in the Dizzy Birds lot or on Main St.
We've crossed the $10,000 mark in syrup sales! Thanks for all you are doing. Push to the finish line to raise money for Ukraine and our many projects!
The Red Ribbon design award contest winner, whose design will be printed on 6,000 t-shirts... has been selected! Stay tuned for the big reveal!
Event: Tuesday March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. The City of Biddeford will hold a brief ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at 2 Pool Street in Biddeford at noon. Please attend if you can.
Week in Review 3/23/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/16/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 16, 2022
Speaking of reaching out all over the world, don't miss this week's presenter, Past District Governor Sergii Zavadskii of RC Kyiv (Ukraine). Here’s a link to Sergii’s Rotary Bio:  https://rotary-if.club/en/sergii-zavadskii-gubernator-distri/
We'll use our normal Zoom link. Please do register, it is helpful to know how many are attending. We expect a large attendance including many guests from other Clubs. We recently sent $3910 to RC Oradea (Romania); I wouldn't be shocked if we elected to offer a donation to RC Kyiv. Rotary colors are already blue and yellow, so if you have some blue and yellow, wear it.
All of this very meaningful international work is made possible by our fundraising efforts, and one of our most important ones is going on right now, and there is only one more week. Surprisingly, we are way behind last year's sales. Please share your Maple Syrup fundraising page with friends far and wide!
I've been so impressed with the student participation in the Red Ribbon program. Did you know that we received more than one hundred design ideas from students? Remarkable. Red Ribbon is the nation's largest and oldest substance misuse disorder in-school program. We are really doing a lot this year, please get involved! Here's our action plan.
The Raised Bed Garden project is looking for Biddeford-Saco families in need -- thanks to a District Grant, we can supply as many as 20 Raised Bed gardens, filled with rich soil, delivered together with seeds and starts. Who do you know that we can help?
Next week, on the 30th, we'll be back in person at Dizzy Birds! We'll have a great program featuring Dora Zuniga of RC Tampa; a new member induction; a guest prospective member, and some good food & fellowship. Plan on it!
Week in Review 3/16/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/9/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 09, 2022
Zoom only, this week and next! Starting March 30, we will be back at Dizzy Birds.
Thanks for all you’re doing for Rotary. I’m incredibly gratified to tell you that on Friday, our Club wired $3,910 to RC Oradea. This money will be used for mattresses, bed sheets, clothes and food for Ukrainian refugees. If you sold minigolf sponsorships back in August, raffle tickets in December, and are selling syrup now, you made this kind of impact possible. Additionally, many Rotarians added on individual donations, including Julie Villemaire who personally paid the wire transfer fee.
The Red Ribbon project is hitting on all cylinders. Red Ribbon is a national effort. It is the largest drug prevention program in the United States. I was traveling this week on a plane to Arkansas and I saw someone else with the Red Ribbon lapel pin. Here is what we are doing right now: 
  • 6,800 T-shirts ordered. That is a Red Ribbon T Shirt for every student grades K-12 in Biddeford & Saco.
  • The shirts will feature a design from an area student. This design competition is underway. You can see the submittal guidelines here. Designs are due on the 17th (Thursday).
  • We will need help sorting the T shirts into sizes and getting them ready for distribution to each school. After we sort at Jim's facility, we will deliver to the schools the week of April 25th to coincide with planned events around substance misuse.
Now for the important part, we got to sell some syrup! Here are the latest stats, let’s get after it, we need this funding for some very good causes. Sales end in only 17 days.
  Here are the team stats:
  Here are the individual leaders: 
Thank you Roland for all your work to make this a success. Syrup will be available for pickup or shipment on June 4. This would be a good time to email all your friends with your sales link.

Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom the next two weeks. On 3/16, we have Anastasia Juma Sinawa, Children's Rescue Center, Kenya, which is a project we are currently funding. See the difference our funding is making!
And we expect a big crowd, possibly more than 100, for 3/23, because our speaker will be PDG Sergii Zavadskyi, RC Kyiv-City (Ukraine). 
Then, let’s get back in the groove of great in-person meetings, like we’re known for – remember, there are three Rotary clubs in Biddeford-Saco. We’re the fun one :)

In closing, it’s Pi Day. Back at engineering school, we had a fight song:
Secant tangent cosine sine
Kick em in the shins
Kick em in the knees
We got higher SAT’s
Week in Review 3/9/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Aid for the Ukraine

Dear Rotary friends,
Following yesterday's presentation by Dacian Coita, Roland and I discussed ways we could help as a Club.  Marty is already working on a Club donation.  Additionally, we'd like to make it easy for you to personally support Ukrainian mothers and their children who are escaping the violence.  
If you would like to help through ANY level of donation, please do so through one of the following two methods before next Tuesday, March 8th:  
1)  Venmo your donation to @Treasurer-BSRC and add "Ukraine support" when it asks you "What's if for?"
2) Drop off your check at Apex Youth Connection.  We have a donation box for donor forms in the back of the building if you come by at night or over the weekend.  Please write the check to Biddeford-Saco Rotary (NOT to Apex Youth Connection!), and add "Ukraine support" in the note.  I will gather the checks and deliver them to Sue on Tuesday.
Your donation of any amount will be combined with all other Rotary gifts and we will send them together for a powerful impact!  Please dig deep and give.  If you have seen the footage of children pulled away from their fathers, brothers, and grandfathers who they may never see again, you know how much they need us.  Just to know we care will give them strength.   Thank you!
Aid for the Ukraine 2022-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/2/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Mar 02, 2022
Haley led us in the Four Way test, and Marty gave an invocation about using our professions to improve the world.
Guests included speaker Dacian Coita and his son Hobdy of RC Oradea (Romania) and Kathi Perkins of RC Westbrook-Gorham.
We were pleased to make this meeting the first use of our new Sales Tax Exemption, which saved us about $1 per guest. Thanks to Bill Kany, Kathy Shea and Julie Villemaire for your diligence. I am told we are the first Club in Maine to receive this!
Meeting updates:
The Red Ribbon Committee is in full swing, planning for a full April of education and awareness about substance misuse disorder. Thank you to Karen Chasse and Jim Godbout in particular for your leadership, and Cheri Sullivan for all your support. Click this link for the meeting and fundraising schedule to help out. This will be one of the highest profile efforts we've had for Red Ribbon in years!
The Maple Syrup fundraiser is going well, although it would appear that the Sap Suckers have pulled into the lead, which we really can't allow. To see what team you're on and visit and share your personal fundraising page, click this link. This is real Maine maple syrup at a good price, we have unlimited availability and we ship, and we need the money for our international programs especially now, so please jump on it. 
Spring is coming, and with our raised bed gardens, we'll be able to get our hands in the dirt: we're getting underway with our program to build, deliver, fill with soil, and provide seeds and starts for up to 20 Raised Bed Gardens for area families in need. Watch for an email from Ken Farley with details on the next planning meeting. In the meantime, have a look at this great video from last year's program, made by Mike Burman's daughter Calla!
Happy dollars (thanks to Jim G for being bag-man):
SAA Jim LaBelle ponied up $20 to support the Club being back together
Bill P had $10, for heading to Tampa and for the Funsters, his hapless maple syrup team
Marty was fined $3 per guest he failed to introduce
Karen Chasse was happy to see everyone
Dr Joe is happy to be a grandfather
Joyce Valenti is happy to be back after a nice visit back to home in wine country in Windham NY
Ken had $5 in appreciation of his niece being able to bring home a healthy baby after a stressful time in the hospital
Haley was happy for Brenda's birthday
Phil Mateja had $5 for a good health checkup
Frequent host Conrad had $5 for a family visit over the weekend in a snowstorm, and $5 for all the amazing volunteering the Club is doing (hear hear!)
Brenda had $10 for the District's Indigenous People's Project, which is working on a project to benefit the Houlton Band of Maliseet (happy birthday Brenda!)
Melissa had $5 for a great meeting she had with the OLPS Childrens Rescue Center. Rotary connections around the world!
Dacian Coita gave a moving talk on all his Club is doing to help Ukrainian refugees. Stay tuned for more on this as we will be looking for ways to help, most likely by making a donation.
Week in Review 3/2/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Family Garden Project Meeting

As you may know, last year we started a new community project in partnership with Apex Youth Connection and Biddeford Community Gardens to award raised garden beds, with all necessary supplies and training at no cost to recipients in the Biddeford, Saco, OOB & Dayton communities.  We delivered 10 raised beds last year and it was a great success.  In late 2021, our club was awarded a Rotary district grant for 2022, so we are looking to do even more this year.  Although there has been some advance work done already, it is time to begin organizing our efforts for the 2022 project.  
We will have a meeting on Monday, 2/28/2022 at 4:15pm. Feel free to join if you'd like.
Here is the Zoom meeting link.  I look forward to seeing you next Monday at 4:15 pm.  
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Family Garden Project Meeting Ken Farley 2022-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU from Apex Youth Connection Melissa Cilley 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/23/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 23, 2022
Our Maple Syrup fundraiser is underway! You've been assigned to one of 5 teams, with a mix of longer term and newer Rotarians. The Funsters, Sap Suckers, Peace Keepers, Sweet Leaf, and Sticky & Sweet teams are already locked in a close sales competition, with some exceeding $1000 in sales already towards our overall goal of $5000. This is a great community program featuring real Maine syrup which will help raise money for the Club, especially our international programs, which are so needed right now. If you haven't tried before, you'll find this real Maine syrup is in high demand and easy to sell! Good luck to all the teams.
Our Red Ribbon Committee, which is our Club's largest Committee, is in full swing. The Red Ribbon program seeks to mobilize the community to encourage healthy and thriving behaviors for students, without the influences of illegal drugs and other misused substances. The month of April will be dedicated to these efforts so now is the time to get involved and help with planning. Please help out by sponsoring here, and join our planning meeting this Tuesday March 1st at 4PM here
Raised garden bed program: this year, thanks to a $2,000 District Grant and Ken Farley's leadership, we have funding to build, deliver, fill with dirt and provide seeds for up to 20 area families who could benefit from a raised bed garden. If you like to get your hands in the dirt, learn more at the kickoff meeting, this Monday at 4:15PM. Zoom here.
Happy Dollars: 
Stand-in SAA Joe M was in a good mood and decided not to fine anyone, so here's what we have for Happy Dollars (please do Venmo them in):
  • $10 from Marty, for a couple days of fun snowmobiling
  • From Bill P for the beautiful February day, 60F and sunny
  • From Conrad for family arriving to visit
  • Ken F is happy his dogsitting duties are almost over
  • Susan is happy to be in Florida with family & friends
  • Karen was happy for Ken's help in setting up a family financial gift for her new grandchild
  • Melissa is happy but Marty didn't write down why...
  • Brian is happy his niece is happy having a baby shower
We had a great presentation with PDG Marty Peak Helman, on Rotary Peace Centers. Do you know a college student who would be a fit for this remarkable opportunity?  It would be wonderful to have someone nominated by our Club. Please take a look at the presentation here and learn how to nominate a student for this graduate certificate program.
Week in Review 2/23/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Pure Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser Success!

Posted by Roland Gagne on Feb 22, 2022
Pure Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser 2022
We are now open for sell, sell. sell!  We are off to a great start almost $1,000 in the first few days.
Here are the stats:
$ 15,078 RAISED
75% raised of 20,000 Goal
Total Supporters160

Member Leaderboard

Martin Grohman
Peace Keepers
William Paterson
The Funsters
Roland Gagne
Peace Keepers
Steve Morin
Sap Suckers
Kathy Shea
The Funsters

Team Leaderboard

Peace Keepers    $4,820
Sap Suckers    $3,959
The Funsters    $2,466
Sticky and Sweet    $2,356
Sweet Leaf    $711

Member Prizes

Top Member  Marty Grohman

Paul Harris Fellow Pin

1,000 Paul Harris Fellow Recognition points will be transferred to your name.

Pure Maine Maple Syrup Fundraiser Success! Roland Gagne 2022-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Media

Posted by Daniel Reed on Feb 16, 2022
Dan Reed gave an excellent talk on gaining media presence for our activities. Dan has also been working with the District filming Rotarians with the goal to develop a promotional video. Dan also works at SCORE (if you need help growing your business, SCORE is a great resource https://www.scoremaine.org/). Thank you Dan for your great work!
Rotary Media Daniel Reed 2022-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/16/2022

Karen led the Four Way test and Phil Mateja gave a very nice invocation. Shelley Kane, a prospective new member, joined us.
Roland has volunteered to be our club participant in ESSEX Youth Exchange. Thank you Roland!
Brenda met w/ UNE Rotaract on Friday to help develop a financial wellness program for college students.
Please get involved with the Red Ribbon Committee’s T Shirt design contest. Would you like to sponsor? Find more info here.
Happy Dollars:
Bill P gives $5 for SAA Jim LaBelle’s good work. Question is, will this head off future fines? Also, Joe M will be SAA on 2/23 because Jim is travelling. This could be interesting.
Phil - $5 for his grandson’s success at BC and Duke!
Ken – had fun at sledding hill and visiting Common Roots Studio
Dan -- $5 for the how much good work we are doing in the Club
Justine – fines herself $5 for not getting Bill P his Yankee Swap gift yet (note: Marty is guilty of this too, still has Jess’s, and it’s a drink mix and it’s getting tempting)
Melissa -- $5, now offering after school programming at Saco Middle School thanks to recent gift of $1500 we made
Week in Review 2/16/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Opening Thought

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Feb 15, 2022
Here is our opening thought, prepared this week by Mark Nahorney of Biddeford City Theatre:
As we gather today we are reminded that although we have differences, we are united by our common humanity.
When we are together to move our community forward in a spirit of mutual respect and common decency we are showcasing what is best about our organization and being a human.
(Would you like to give an invocation/opening thought? Marty is always looking for volunteers).
Opening Thought Mark Nahorney 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Vaping

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 09, 2022
Speaker: Youth Vaping
Cheri Sullivan, Director of CHCC, and fellow Rotarian, invited Alissa Wigglesworth to speak on the concerning rise of vaping products in middle and high school students. Alissa is one of the Tobacco Prevention Coordinators for York County. She works for Partners for Healthier Communities at SMHC, a partner of CHCC’s Project Alliance. Alissa shared the work they are doing in schools to educate youth about the risks associated with vaping, and strategies to empower youth to make healthy decisions.  
In 2019, the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, (MIYHS), found that almost 30% of Maine high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This was a 15.3% increase from the 2017 survey. Maine’s 2021 youth survey was delayed, however, locally our schools report that vaping incidents have increased.
We wanted Rotarians to be informed about how vaping is on the rise with youth in our community. Teenagers are attracted to the flavors being offered by manufacturers and may not be as aware of the amount of nicotine they are consuming, which is highly addictive. Legislation has tried to prevent vaping flavoring and marketing towards teens, but loop-holes in the laws have led to the rise in the expansion of flavors in products not as clearly defined in legislation, specifically, disposable e-cigarette’s. 4 out of 5 kids who have used tobacco products (includes vaping), started with a flavored product.
You can help by staying informed and talking to others who may not be aware of this rising trend in teens or aware of the risks associated with vaping and nicotine exposure. Encourage businesses, communities, and schools to create smoke-free policies that include vaping to promote healthy environments. And help your legislators to get the information they need to make informed decisions to support healthy outcomes for youth.  To learn more you can go to www.mainequitlink.com, www.wearesidekicks.org , www.chccme.org , or email Alissa at awiggleswo@smhc.org.
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The Quit Link
Breathe Easy Maine
Youth Vaping Martin Grohman 2022-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/9/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 09, 2022
We have two significant projects that will be ramping up soon -- our raised bed garden project, and our maple syrup fundraiser. We have big goals on both this year!
Paulette Bonneau is meeting with students for Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) this week. We have budget to send three students (but if more students are interested, we will find the money, this is a great opportunity. In fact, Emily from Rotaract said RYLA was how she was initially introduced to Rotary.
Happy Dollars:
Cheri: $5 because Jim Godbout's crew fixed her frozen pipes
Conrad: garage door is unfrozen and now he can leave the house
Dan: pleased to have a collaboration with other local Rotaries to make videos
Dr Joe: enjoyed Rotaract meeting
Joe M: having fun, loving retirement, therefore $10 for the children!
Marty $10, thanks to Joe M for recommendation on backcountry skis, researching recreational gear is apparently Joe's full time job now
$5 from Heather MacLean so many Rotarians have been coming into the store (Whimsical ME, Main Street Saco, seriously good spot for that last minute Valentine's Day gift)
$5 Kim R, good to be back. Good to have you back Kim!
There was a cutest grandchild contest between Karen and Melissa, it was a tie, they are extremely cute!
Week in Review 2/9/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/2/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Feb 08, 2022
-Thank you to Joyce Valenti, our guest from the Windham NY club, for a wonderful invocation on the spirit of Rotary and helping others.
-Speaking of helping others, our World Community Service projects are going well. Thanks in particular to Roland and Paulette for staying involved with this. We are funding an improved kitchen in Kenya and a survey for a better water system in Uganda. The international spirit of Rotary is very important. A small but meaningful way to help is to use our Clynk bags which you can pick up at Heather's store (Whimsical ME on Main Street in Saco). Every $500 we raise sends another student to school.
-The board approved a $1500 donation to APEX Youth Connection (Melissa's very wonderful organization).
Happy Dollars
-Conrad's cholesterol is at 174. Remarkable, Conrad!
-Mike B was promoted, congratulations!
-$20 from Dr. Joe to celebrate 20 years of marriage, thanks Vicky for joining us too!
-$5 from Jim L, had a great coffee with Justine
-Cynthia Giroux thanks Karen for helping with the Esther House
-Melissa was very pleased to see the spirit of Rotary happen with a free load of firewood for Winterfest, delivered by Kristen Lane's husband. Thank you!
We had a great talk from Dr. Joe. It was a very compelling and moving story. Has Dr. Joe visited Norway 36 times, or did he fail organic chemistry 36 times? Find out at our next meeting.
Week in Review 2/2/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

OLPS CRC Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Roland Gagne on Jan 30, 2022
Dear Roland,
Thank you so much for your being so concerned about our needs. We are strong in what we are doing because of your support.
About the proposed renovation works at the OLPS CRC kitchen, I am glad to share with you some pictures showing the status of the kitchen and which areas need to be renovated and why. See the photos HERE
The kitchen area is about 12m2 (4m in length and 3m in width). This is where we prepare food for 93 children daily, it is also our store and washing area. The primary source of fuel is firewood. The kitchen does not have a separate dining area and the children use the classrooms as dining rooms during mealtimes.
Continued and prolonged use of firewood as the primary source of fuel produces smoke, which caused blockage along the chimney resulting in a backflow of smoke into the kitchen and into the main house. The kitchen’s inside wall is now black with a thick layer of soot. The roof is equally in a terrible state. Just like the wall, the inside part of the roof is also covered with a thick layer of soot and has caused serious damage to the iron sheets and timber. The roof is leaking whenever it rains and there is fear that it can crumble because the timber is rotten and weak.
The floor has cracks where dirt accumulates and this compromises the general hygiene of the kitchen and the quality of food that is prepared in the kitchen. Cracks make it challenging to clean the floor as well.
There is a small corridor behind the kitchen, which we use as the store for firewood. This is also a potential risk as dry firewood can catch fire anytime, resulting in big losses for the CRC.
To renovate the kitchen, we need to do the following: -
  1. Transitioning from firewood as the primary source of fuel to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This requires complete installation of the entire LPG infrastructure at a cost of Kshs. 350,000.00. The proposed budget as prepared by experts in this area is attached to this email. See what this looks like HERE. We took these at a Referral Hospital here in Kisumu and St. Monica Hospital also here in Kisumu 
  2. Clean the wall and repaint.
  3. Construct storage cupboards
  4. Redo the floor and lay ceramic tiles on the floor
  5. Remove the roof and replace the timber and iron sheets
  6. Repair the washing area by installing new concrete sinks,
  7. Install large windows and a new door.
The kitchen, in its current status, is a serious health and environmental hazard and puts the lives of the children and workers in danger of respiratory complications due to prolonged exposure to smoke from firewood. It is a public health concern that we have been warned by the Public Health Officers to rectify before the center is shut down. At the same time, the ministry of environment and natural resources has also directed institutions that use firewood as the primary source of fuel to seek alternative means, which are friendly to the environment. This is why we are seeking support to transition into LPG as the primary source of fuel because it is clean, efficient, and cost-effective.
By renovating the kitchen and ensuring the safety of food prepared at the kitchen, grandmothers whose children are beneficiaries of the center will not worry about the health of their grandchildren.  
I have shared the photos of the kitchen for your information.
Kind regards,
OLPS CRC Kitchen Renovation Roland Gagne 2022-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/26/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jan 26, 2022
Kathy Shea led the Four Way Test
Dan Reed provided an inspirational thought based on Simon Sinek's "Start with Why"
  • The clothing order is in. Please check with Brenda to coordinate pickup.
  • There is a board meeting Wednesday morning. Please forward items for consideration to Marty. We'll discuss meeting format, as well as any charitable requests over $500.
  • The Red Ribbon committee will be looking to put together an event around National Drug Take Back day, which is April 30. Please check with Cheri or Jim G if you'd like to get involved in this program that helps curb substance use disorder.
  • There is a Rotaract meeting and dinner this Sunday. The meeting will begin at 5PM, led by Phil Hatch of the Saco Bay club, followed by dinner at 6. It will be held in the dining commons at UNE. Please come out for this nice fellowship opportunity which is a great chance to get to know our college connections.  Contact Mike Burman or Marty for more info.
Happy dollars and fines were plentiful:
  • Jim Labelle is $10 happy that the Chamber's annual meeting went well.
  • Dan is $6 happy for the great video interviews he recorded with members on the "why" of Rotary
  • Melissa is happy that her daughter received an important social work certification
  • Julie is $20 happy to be back! Thanks for all you do Secretary Julie!
  • Bill is happy that his puppy now weighs 42 lbs - growing fast!
  • Brenda is $20 happy that her granddaughter continues to do great things with bravebees.org
  • Marty was fined for missing last week's meeting to go skiing, and Joe was fined for being at Jackson Hole skiing and showing up to the beginning of the meeting to rub it in
Our speaker was Rob Biggs from Saco Cycles. Rob has developed a great program to engage seniors, and acquired an electric bicycle to bring guests around. It's a fun way to keep the community engaged. Every trip needs a cyclist/tour guide, plus a cyclist out front to help navigate traffic. There was good discussion of how we can support the program, perhaps via connections from Rotaract and Apex. Rob says, "Saco Main Street, Age Friendly Saco and I are very excited about bringing this program to our seniors this summer. Our needs are physical volunteers to help coordinate rides and pedal the electric bike, as well as, financial support for volunteer high visibility t-shirts, safety vests and other ancillary equipment. The Michael Goulet foundation is generously going to provide helmets for our team and our clients to wear."
FMY click on the Saco Cycle album at top of Tack
Have a great week! Our speaker, on Zoom, this week is Dr. Joe and his remarkable story which you may not know. See you there!
Week in Review 1/26/2022 Martin Grohman 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/19/2022

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jan 19, 2022
1/19/2022 - Rotary Meeting – led by (and Tack notes by) PE Brenda Pollock
President-Elect Brenda Pollock welcomed Rotarians. President Grohman shared a photo from the top of Sugarloaf which Dr. Dallaire shared with all at the commencement of the meeting.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the FOUR WAY TEST was led by Dan Reed.
Karen Chasse led the invocation.
All recognized and thanked Bill Kany for his diligent work on obtaining non-profit status for the club. Going forward, the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club will no longer be required to pay Maine State sales tax which will save a great deal for the organization. Thank you, Bill Kany, for all you do!
               Rotarians: Order your free COVID tests at COVIDtests.gov
Dan Reed, WizardlyMedia.com reminded Rotarians that he scheduled a video shoot for Rotarians of this club to talk on camera about what it means to them to be a Rotarian. Please reach out to Dan if you are able to participate in this project. It will be used to promote Rotary, Rotarians, and the local and global work Rotarians provide for their respective communities.
Watch your email this week for a note from President Grohman regarding purchasing dinner/lunch from local restaurants. The effort is to help local eateries navigate this second wave of the COVID pandemic.
Karen Chasse was congratulated on the launch of her new business: Diverse Anecdote
Michael Burman reminded us all of the UNE Rotaract Meeting: Feb 06, 2022 6:00 PM  - Feb 06, 2022
UNE 3rd floor of Ripich Commons, 11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford, ME United States of America  04005
Roland Gagne updated the group on the Rotary International ongoing work. At the last meeting, the following presenters spoke of international projects Rotarians are working on:
•             HANWASH - Water Project in Haiti - Dr Robert Chagrasulis
•             Safe Passage - Current Fundraiser presented by PDG 7950 Stephen Certa
•             Erik Greven - Water project in the DR
•             "Connecting the Dots"  - Bob Gravino - District Foundation Committee
Sergeant-at-Arms – Jim LaBelle
Conrad continues his Happy $ Streak. Happy $$$’s were also shared by by Karen C. Melissa C., Dr. Dallaire, Bill P., Dan R. & Michael B.
Sergeant-at-Arms had only one fine: To all the men in the club.
Hannaford homepage
Bill Patterson introduced our Guest Speaker:  Kristine Taylor – Dietician with Hannaford food store in Biddeford. Your health and nutrition go hand in hand. Our registered dietitians are available to give free advice, in-store or online. They can help with meal ideas, food lists for your pantry and healthy eating tips for a variety of health concerns and topics. For any questions regarding Hannaford’s you can contact Kristin at: Kristine.Taylor@Hannaford.com or Dietitians & Healthy Living | Hannaford
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Week in Review 1/12/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jan 12, 2022
Justine provided an invocation.
Marty noted he was pleased to see Rotarians collaborating on local projects, such as Jen F and Justine working together on a UNE health care related project. Rotary-related or not, it is nice to see us helping each other out.
We are seeking volunteers to help staff the adult sledding hill for Biddeford's WinterFest, on Friday February 4 from 530 to 730PM. The event will be held on Adams Street next to Biddeford City Hall. If there is interest, we may convene for drinks after that.
Info about our spring Raised Bed Garden project will be coming soon -- we will need help building, delivering and filling the raised beds. Right now, we need help identifying individuals or families in need.
ADG Dennis Robillard was our guest, along with Joyce Valenti from the Windham NY club (Windham is northern New York, she's used to cold :)
Happy dollars:
Jim L is happy to see such good turnout on Zoom
Mike B is happy that his car is back from the body shop after being rear-ended on the way back from skiing; and that the virus has departed his house after hanging around for too long
Dr. Joe is happy to see Susan Gajewski, and that he has plans to visit his grandchildren
Ken Farley had a great visit to Nashville
Conrad happy for his family; including his Rotary family :)
Marty happy to see new member Phil Mateja
Jen F happy that Hakim's family, including a newborn baby, are all now here in Maine
Melissa is happy her granddaughter is doing well, and for the Rotary network which has been helping with some challenges, such as availability of testing, at APEX
Bill P is happy that Rotarian Jim G's team helped fix his furnace, brrrrr
Justine is happy to be working with Jen Fullmer on a UNE project
Brian D happy to have just booked an around-the-world cruise
Fines from S-A-A Jim L were copious, at Marty's request:
-Can see Don's dusty treadmill in his zoom background
-Mark, Marty and Dan R have work branded logos in their background
-Phil: welcome fine of a dollar
-Ken: featuring ESPN look? Tie up top, sweats off camera
-Mike B: looks professorial with books in background, guessing they're probably fake
-CJ: fined for being on and off camera
-Roland: fined for being cold in Canada
Thank you again for a good meeting. Next week we have a speaker: Kristine Taylor, nutritionist at Hannaford, with dietary Q&A, healthy new year ideas and recipes. We'll be on Zoom at 12:15, join a little early if you like.
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The week in review 1/5/2022

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jan 05, 2022
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We started the meeting with a toast to our sister club in Bideford England. The Bideford club is now coming up on their 100th anniversary. Euan and Jill Eddie from Bideford joined us by Zoom. Euan is Scottish, so there was much discussion of who is more Scottish: Euan, or Bill Paterson. Spoiler alert: it's Bill Paterson.
On the volunteering front, this coming Saturday morning we will be looking for help picking up the wreaths for recycling. That's 9-11AM on Saturday the 15th at St Joseph's. Join for part or all of the time if you can and dress warm.
We were pleased to induct Phil Mateja into the Club this week. Welcome Phil!!! We know you will do great things.
If you haven't gotten your receipts for Adopt A Family into treasurer Susan, please do so ASAP.
Please save the date for a Rotaract dinner at UNE on Sunday February 6 at six pm. I know you've always wanted to try the UNE dining hall... and this is a great chance to get all three local clubs together with this great group of students.
50/50 was won by visiting Rotarian Joyce Valenti from Windham NY (in the Catskills), who donated it back to the Club. Thank you, Joyce!
Happy Dollars:
$2: Bill Paterson, because he got a $61 flight to Tampa / St. Pete
$2: Melissa: new granddaughter Lydia Margaret
$2: Justine: happy her twins came to visit; happy they went home 😀 
$1: Conrad: happy 2022
$1: Brian D: happy 2021
10 pounds: Jill Eddie, happy new year!
Our own Dan Reed filled in capably as a last-minute speaker and detailed his new role at SCORE. SCORE provides business advising services by pairing experienced volunteer executive mentors with businesses of any type and size, and Dan is the new marketing manager. It was a very good presentation and led to several possible collaborations with Club members. Learn more about Dan's work, including free webinars for small business, here
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Rotary News and Updates for the New Year

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jan 03, 2022
Happy New Year! I'm excited for 2022, and it gives me a chance to provide some updates on goings-on at our Biddeford Saco Rotary Club:
  • We have a new member proposed, Phillip Mateja. He is sponsored by Heather Gendron. Phil is a Realtor and has volunteered with the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Knights of Columbus. He has been to a few meetings and was approved for membership by the board at our December meeting. However, I did not do a good job of "posting" or announcing his prospective membership at our last two meetings (our process for new members is attend a meeting as a guest, be placed on the agenda for board approval, followed by announcing or "posting" the proposed new member at two consecutive club meetings, then induction at a meeting). So, if you have concerns about adding Phil to our club, please contact me ASAP, otherwise he will be inducted at our meeting this Wednesday January 5 at Ricetta's at 12:15.
  • Speaking of new members, it has really been great to see you stepping up and getting so involved with our programs, and bringing new energy to our group. Volunteering and getting involved is the best way to get to know the Club, and you have been doing that. Welcome!
  • More volunteer opportunities: Wreaths Across America is seeking our help at St Joseph's Cemetery on Saturday January 15 at 9AM to pick up the wreaths we placed last month. Cold, unglamorous work -- our specialty :)
  • Before too long it will be time for our Raised Bed Gardens to be built and delivered. Look for a note from Ken Farley about that in the next couple weeks. We hope to provide as many as fifteen or twenty "gardens ready to go" for area families in need this year. The work involves building, delivering, and filling the raised beds with dirt. Again with the unglamorous work.
  • Someone who does a lot of unglamorous work for the Club but doesn't always get much mention is Brian Dallaire. Thank you Brian for setting up all the Zooms, the meeting invites, and the website.
  • Please do register for our weekly lunch if you get the chance. It helps us plan. But then we always have extra food, so don't hesitate to just show up if your plans change -- we love to see you.
  • Omicron is a wild card. We do have masks available at the restaurant, will make them more prominent, and Zoom is always an option which seems to be working fairly well. We'll be discussing this at the Board meeting Wednesday morning, so please bring your ideas and concerns to your favorite board member (listed on the left column of the website).
  • Our signature holiday program Adopt-A-Family was a great success. We helped a record number of families, a total of 97 children. So rewarding. Thank you for participating, and thanks again to Karen Chasse and Heather Gendron for coordinating. All this was made possible by our Raffle, which was a huge success, and provided us the budget to give the most we've ever given this year.
  • Speaking of thanks, here's to our nominating committee for developing a strong slate of officers for 2022 (starting in July). As we head into our 102nd year of Service Above Self, we'll be in good hands.
  • Sometimes I don't do enough to mention our international activities.  Lots of communities around the world can use our help, and Roland Gagne does an amazing job keeping us involved. 
Internationally, we have two projects underway:
  • Monday, January 3rd  (today!) at 9AM we’ll be holding a Zoom meeting with Rotarians in Uganda; a local Portland, ME environmental engineer; and two community members from Biddeford to discuss/review water project proposals received for a hydrogeological study for a community near the borders of Rwanda and DRC. Our club will be helping fund and support this project. Any Rotarians interested in joining the Zoom meeting, email Roland for the link: rotaryroland@gmail.com.  And here’s a Google Earth link to the community in Rwanda where the proposed water project is being developed:  Rwanda Water Project
  • The Children’s Rescue Center in Kisumu, Kenya is in need of support for orphaned children being cared for at the center.  We continue to engage with the center to understand the most pressing needs that we can support.  Anyone interested in joining the discussion, email Roland at rotaryroland@gmail.com.
  • Looking ahead, we have exciting programs in the works. For example, in March we'll be doing our Maple Syrup fundraiser. It was a big success last year thanks to Roland Gagne, and we have it in the works again this year, so don't buy any syrup between now and then... also, in late April, we are looking at a new event, together with the Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative, called a "Recovery Workforce Job Fair"... In May, We'll be back at St. Joseph's Cemetery, where together with students from Biddeford Schools, we place flags on veterans graves for Memorial Day... and in June we'll have our essay contest, which provides a chance for student authors to show their stuff. Lastly, coming up soon, we'll be looking for volunteers to help sort, organize and hang pictures and historical articles at the newly renovated lodge at West Brook Skating Rink. More with the unglamorous work.
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Week in Review 12/15/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Dec 15, 2021
We were pleased to confirm the following officer slate of new officers was unanimously confirmed for the upcoming year, starting in July.
(Brenda's year, in which Paulette Bonneau will be President-Elect):
Vice President - Melissa Cilley
Secretary - Julie Villemaire
Treasurer - Susan Gajewski
Director - Haley Thompson
Director - Ken Farley
Thank you again to our nominating committee for putting this great group together! Brenda, you're going to have a great year!
  • We are now up to 97 children we are helping in the Adopt A Family! Wow, Rotarians! 
  • We are holding a Yankee Swap gift swap at next week's meeting. Please bring a wrapped gift under $25, that you think your fellow Rotarians would like (gift cards are fine if you're pressed for time). If possible, shop at a member of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce. We think this will work on Zoom, too, so please participate.
  • There is no meeting on the 29th.
  • We are helping staff the Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Walmart in Biddeford on Monday the 20th. If you can cover an hour, it is really appreciated. This is one of the Salvation Army's most important fundraisers, and it's fun, too. We especially need help from 9-noon and 3-6PM. If you can spare an hour to help out, please email Bill Southwick at southwick@maine.rr.com to let him know, and wear something festive, that says Rotary on it :)
Happy Dollars:
"OK Boomer" Joe Moreshead is happy to see the Club growing. It's true, we have some great new members!
Mark Nahorney: happy that Miracle on 34th Street is doing so well, and that his daughter is visiting
Jen F: happy that she is bringing her Afghan colleague and his family to Maine!
Cynthia: happy for Adopt a Family, and all we are doing with that effort, nice to be making a difference
Don: happy to Dan Reed back
Mike Burman: happy for Zoom option
Jane: happy for Zoom as well, and to be in person next week
Kim R: happy to be in touch with her brother, and to help with Adopt a Family
Bill Kany: lives near Jeremy Ray, never saw so many Christmas lights
Conrad: happy to see 24 people today at lunch!
Melissa C: happy to be stepping up to leadership, and to help with Club activities
Sergeant at Arms Jim Labelle notes that it is good to practice gratitude, before exacting numerous fines, and setting up Rotarian Jeopardy which was really very good. The top prize went to the contestant who could identify the Rotarian whose name includes all five vowels. The correct answer is, "who is Fausto Pifferer?". A really fun quiz, Jim -- thanks for setting it up.
See you Wednesday for the Swap!
Week in Review 12/15/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Week In Review 12/8/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Dec 08, 2021
Why you didn't get a Clubrunner invite for today's meeting?
The short answer is, it's because Brian Dallaire is on vacation... in the Bahamas... no, I am not making that up. No, life is not fair.
He's the one that knows how to do the fancy stuff like a Clubrunner meeting invite.
But we are still meeting at Ricetta's today at 12:15.
They are cooking the food now and it will be a nice hot buffet.
There will be plenty so just show up. Especially if you are on the slate of new officers, or would like to be. 
The only thing on the program is to vote on that slate of incoming officers, and a couple announcements, like:
  • We'd like you to be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford at 8:30AM on Saturday to help Wreaths Across America. The reason we want you there early: we don't just put wreaths on veterans graves. We stop, we say the veteran's name, and take time to honor their service. Our job is to train visitors and other volunteers, to make sure that happens. Rain or shine, snowing sideways, we need you there.
  • Karen Chasse and Heather Gendron will have an Adopt A Family update.
  • Can you ring the bell for the Salvation Army on Monday the 20th? Well, good. Email Bill Southwick to let him know when you're available. One hour is great. Bill's at: 
  • Next week's meeting is a Yankee Swap gift exchange. That means buying a gift under $25, ideally from a local business, that you think a fellow Rotarian would like. Wrap it but don't put a name on it. Zoom people, too (you'll have to unwrap it for the camera). Then we all duke it out and try to get the gift we actually want. I hope it will be a good time of holiday fellowship, and thanks to Don Pilon for the great idea!
The Zoom link for today's meeting is here. Kathy Shea and Kim Regoulinsky will be greeters. It should be a fun meeting and I'm looking forward to it.
Yours in service,
Week In Review 12/8/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Nominations

Posted by Ken Farley on Dec 08, 2021
The nominating committee made up of Paul Deschambeault, Kathy Shea, Morgan Stoner, Kristen Lane and myself have met and agreed to make the following nominations at tomorrow's weekly meeting:
Vice President - Melissa Cilley
Secretary - Julie Villemaire
Treasurer - Susan Gajewski
Director - Haley Thompson
Director - Ken Farley
Once these nominations are made, President Marty will open the floor for nominations.  Should you wish to nominate anyone for an open position you can do so at the meeting tomorrow or by forwarding the name of a nominee to President Marty prior to the election at next week's meeting.  The election of officers is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 15th during our regular weekly meeting.
Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or President Marty.
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Week in Review 12/1/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Dec 01, 2021
Guests included Joy Valenti – Windham, NY Rotary Club & Joe McKail – Jen Fullmer’s Father

Melissa Cilley introduced our Guest speaker - John Reynolds of the Saco Food Pantry.
Saco Food Pantry Overview: Hours of Operation Monday-Friday 9:00am-10:30am and the last Tuesday of each month from 5:00pm-6:30pm
Closed Weekends, holidays and days when school is closed* or delayed for inclement weather. The pantry is open during our regular business hours during this crisis and following CDC guidelines. The all-volunteer staff have changed their procedures by meeting folks in the parking lot and bringing food out to them.
The Saco Food Pantry needs two relatively strong people for early Tuesday's pickup from the stores. 7-8:30. A couple could do it; two couples were doing it alternating weeks.  And we need a couple of volunteers for Tuesdays for packing groceries 9-10:30. Contact Lynn lsteed203@gmail.com
Thanked the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club for their contributions.
Club Updates:
• Ken Farley is leading the search for the Officer/Director Slate. We are still looking for someone to step in as VP of the club. Her/his presidency would begin in July 2024.
• Adopt A Family: The Biddeford School Department has received multiple donations of new coats recently and just received a sizeable grant for winter wear for Biddeford students K-12.  If you were assigned a Biddeford family, let's utilize these resources to save some funds on other items by letting me know what you may need, and I will see if we have them in stock or can get them.  Email Karen at: kchasse@biddefordschools.me  
  • Our totals as of now are 33 families with 83 children (33 kids sponsored by individuals/groups in our community and 50 kids sponsored by Rotary Club).  
  • Gift Delivery to Families on Monday, December 20th (choose a time that works with the families) - Call them the Friday before to confirm.
• Rotary LOGO Clothing: Posted on the website, you will see some items that have been selected to order from Brady’s Screen printing. Please watch your email for items that can be purchased with the Biddeford-Saco Rotary logo. Items should be ordered by emailing Brenda Pollock bpollock@egcu.org by 12/15/2021 and bring payment by that date. We will ask Sue to cut one check for Brady’s once all the orders have been placed. Thank you.

• Save the date- help out Wreaths Across America 12/18 9am St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Biddeford.

Next Meeting: December 8, 2021 – Guest Speaker – Don Bisson – Biddeford Food Pantry
Week in Review 12/1/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Saco Food Pantry

Posted by Melissa Cilley on Dec 01, 2021
News of the Saco Food Pantry
About the Pantry:
Location: 67 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME
Phone:   207-468-1305 (during business hours only)
Mail:   PO Box 246, Saco ME 04072
Email: meals@sacofoodpantry.org
Like Us on Facebook
Hours:   Monday – Friday 9 – 10:30 am, Last Tuesday of the month 5 – 6:30 pm
Board Members:
President: John White
Chairperson & Rec. Secretary: Toni Clark
Treasurer: Ron Bolduc
Corresponding Secretary: John Reynolds
Members: Gwen Adams, Grace Farr, Dustin Nadeau, Jodi-Marie McCarthy, Sharon McKenna Molleur, Katy Nicketakis, Sheldon Nightingale, and Shelice Wilson
Requirements for Clients:        
While the pandemic is upon us, we have dropped the requirement that clients be Saco residents (we now have approximately 30% from other towns). We estimate that we give 18 meals to each family member. Working with Age Friendly Saco, delivery is possible for folks who cannot get to the pantry.
Foods We Need Most
  • Grape Jelly
  • Instant hot oatmeal
  • Stews, Soups, Chowders
  • Pancake mix & Syrup
  • Canned Fruit & Pastas
  • Pet Foods
  • Personal hygiene products
Feeding people:
2020-21 Fiscal Year:  2,116 families, 5,579 people, (1,580 children and 784 seniors) 100,422 meals. Our numbers have gone down since the pandemic, so, we are giving out more food. In addition, we are working with Age Friendly Saco to deliver to folks who cannot get to the pantry.  Surplus has also been shared with Youth Full Maine over the past several months as we worked alongside school meal distributions.
 Pantry Workers:   Paid staff: 0 Volunteers: 50 approx.
Covid - changes
We require all volunteers and clients to follow CDC guidelines with masks and social distancing. Before the pandemic, clients came into the pantry and were taken around to select the food they needed. This cut down food waste.
Now, clients select the food they need from a list, and volunteers bring the food selected to the client’s car. The list of non-perishables can be downloaded from our website.
Goals 2022
  • Storage shed for non-perishables
  • Box truck that’s on the road more than in the shop
  • Client data computerized
  • Paint the exterior
  • In 2023 Purchase solar panels already installed (we have already raised the money through grants and memorial donations)
Pantry Food Sources:                                                                                         
We get food from many sources.
< >Good Shepherd Food Bank sells us food – roughly 6 pounds of food for each dollar.Hannaford and Shaws donate perishables that are nearing their Use-by Date.TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program from the federal government) gives us significant amounts of food every other month. We average 20,000 – 30,000 pounds of food yearly in donations through food drives (our own, those sponsored by other groups and individual donations).We pay a small annual fee to Wayside (Portland) and pick up food monthly.For items we cannot get from the above sources, we purchase in Hannaford or Shaws (occasionally Market Basket). A board member studies items on sale. Since the pandemic struck, it has not been possible to buy in bulk the way we once did.Other expenses include transportation, energy bills, maintenance, insurance, and cleaning. On average, 70% of our monthly expenditures go to food.     
Open Hands, Open Heart:
Open Hands Open Heart is an outreach program located adjacent to the Saco Food Pantry. The organization was founded by Elaine Fournier in 2008. Its mission is to provide clothing for needy children in York County.
Location: 67 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME (next door to the pantry)
Hours: Tues., Wed. and Thurs. 9:30 – 11:30 am & last Tues. of the month 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 207-286-9939(during business hours only)
Mail:   PO Box 246, Saco ME 04072
Web:   http://www.openheartsaco.org
Volunteers Needed
We are always seeking new volunteers to help from 1 or more days a week. Almost all work is done in the mornings. There are 4 main types of jobs - food pickup and storage,  perishables processed, shelves restocked,  and clients helped. If you are interested, contact Lynn (207) 494-8662 lsteed203@gmail.com and/or Sheldon snight52@gmail.com.
Ways to donate:
Please specify where donation is to be applied (Saco Food Pantry, or Open Hands, Open Heart)
< >By check – mail to Saco Food Pantry, PO Box 246, Saco, ME 04072Website – www.sacofoodpantry.org (can donate by credit card)Amazon – go to smile.amazon.com and select Saco Food Pantry for your charity. Amazon donates a portion of their profits directly to the pantrywww.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1283706There is a secure donation slot outside of the pantry.
John Reynolds:
My wife and I retired from teaching in independent schools in New York City in 2009 and moved full-time to our home in Biddeford. I taught math and computers to middle school students. We wanted to do volunteering here in Maine and took our therapy dogs to visit folks in local nursing homes.We also volunteered at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. A dear friend got us involved in the Saco Food Pantry, and I was asked to become a board member around 2015, becoming Corresponding Secretary in 2017. When Covid came along, we had to stop going to nursing homes and AWS, but happily continued with the pantry. We are also part of the Gems (Geriatric Education Mentor) program at UNE, mentoring medical students. We also play with the Village Ringers, a local bell choir.
Passcode: 1ThpIw@8

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Week in Review 11/17/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Nov 17, 2021
The Movember facial hair growing contest, which promotes awareness of mens' health issues, was won by Brenda Pollock -- no contest! Brenda will donate her $100 winnings to Bravebees.org
Amazing work the raffle this year. We sold every ticket! Karen Chasse, Conrad Welzel, and Heather Maclean deserve a ton of credit for making this important fundraiser a success!
  $500 Winners:
  • Dave Precourt sold by Carl Goodwin
  • Shop & Gather, LLC sold by Bill Kany
  • Caroline Tetirick sold by Matt Tuller
  • Wendy Letellier sold by Carl Goodwin
  • Josh Ferron sold by Steve Morin
  • Shop & Gather, LLC sold by Bill Kany
$1000 Winners:
  • Jackson Brown sold by Karen Chasse
  • Ron Giles sold by Bill Kany
$5000 Winner:
  • John Robinson sold by Marty Grohman
Rotary Foundation:
Brian Dallaire gave us a presentation on Rotary Foundation giving. It is important to give a minimum of $100 per year if you can. This money comes back to our community. You can give with your dues or directly.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Kathy Shea's sister Natalie (thank you so much Natalie for helping out at the registration desk!); PDG Peggy Belanger; and Saco Sunset member Joanne Landry. Welcome!
Happy Dollars:
Bill P zoomed in from St. Pete to say he was on the beach in the sun
Joe M successfully merged his company with Arch Global. Many congratulations Joe!
Karen C has launched a marketing communications business, Diverse Anecdote
Kim R landed a great new sponsor for her Keep It Local Maine podcast
Dr. Joe is pleased with the Oqunquit Club connection which we continue to build
Melissa is happy to add to our tribute to Jim Audiffred, who was a great supporter of APEX
Jim L is happy to be volunteering at Window Dressers
Conrad is happy that our work moving flooring for My Place Teen Center was so successful
PDG Peggy B is happy to be a guest and bring her friend Joanne Landry
Brenda gives happy $10 to win Movember and to see the American Miss Pageant do so well!
Thanks to the Ricetta's staff for throwing a couple extra pizzas in the oven due to our great meeting turnout, and thanks to you for coming! Please do register for upcoming meetings so we can get an accurate headcount. 
There is no meeting on 11/24! Happy Thanksgiving!
Week in Review 11/17/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Note of Thanks

Posted on Nov 17, 2021
To: , [bdallaire@usa.net]
From: Donna Dwyer [donna@myplaceteencenter.org]
Dear Rotary, Thank you so much for tearing up that flooring today - like Legos, I guess, and delivering it to 75 Bacon Street. That was exceptional of you to put in that sweat equity for My Place Teen Center. We are so grateful to partner with you and inspired by your community dedication. Happy Holidays, and THANK YOU, again! ~ Donna, MPTC
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BS Rotary Club Wearables

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Nov 14, 2021
Brenda has worked to develop a catalog of Rotary Logo Clothing through Brady's of Biddeford.  Several items are available for purchase.  We will be placing the order with them all at once.
Now available and place your individual orders online at http://go.rotary7780gives.org/16a793 so Brenda may make the master order. 
We would prefer to receive payment via cash, check to club or via Venmo(@Treasurer-BSRC).  This will save on the website processing fees.
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  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totalling more than $1 billion.


Mike Gibney, Commander of American Legion Post 26 and secretary of Vietnam Veterans Post 1044

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
Good Afternoon
By definition, a veteran is a person who has served in the military.
Every enlisted person takes the following oath:
"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I
will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of
the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform
Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
Did you notice, the word “until” does not appear anywhere.
I am Michael Gibney. I served 6 years and 28 days on active duty with the
 United States Air Force and an additional 3 years, 5 months and 24 days
with the Maine Air National Guard.  I spent 10 months and 4 days in South
East Asia. I had two major surgeries performed in a military hospital.  I am
a disabled veteran. My attempt today is to enlighten you about the Vietnam
Veterans of America. Ground forces were removed from Vietnam in 1973
and US involvement ended in 1975. When I entered the United States Air
Force there were approx. 2,360,000 Americans on active duty with the
various military services, as of 2019 that number was approx. 1.360,000.
In 2019 it was estimated there were 610,000 Vietnam veterans still alive.
Safe to presume that number is lower today. The veteran of today is
honored and respected. When I left active duty that was not the case.
We kept our status as a veteran a well-guarded secret. Usually, only family
members knew of our service.
Vietnam was the first war fought with a dinner audience and being narrated
by either David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite or Howard K Smith.  The news
also provided score cards identifying the number killed that day, week,
month and year to date.  Although the information presented was factual, it
was easily perceived and spun with a negative impact.  Support of the war
waned and unfortunately, the Vietnam veteran bore the blunt of that
disapproval. There were no ticker tape parades, no thank you’s, no
acknowledgement or appreciation for their service to country.  I can tell you
from personal experience, I have been spat on in uniform twice, once in a
foreign country and once here in the United States. A lot of those
veterans felt lost, thus the formation in the late 1970s of the Vietnam
Veterans of America. The Vietnam Veterans of America is the only
congressionally chartered national veterans’ service organization dedicated
to serving veterans of the Vietnam war.  Using 1975 as the end date, if an
 individual was 18 years old then, that person would be 64 years old today.
 Safe to say the youngest Vietnam veteran in at least 64 years old. I
acknowledge the Vietnam Veterans of America is a dying organization.  We
know our days are numbered but to the last person, we continue to honor
our motto “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another!”
The Vietnam Veterans of America provides support to all veterans with a
need. There used to be five chapters in Maine, today only one chapter
remains. Chapter 1044 of the Vietnam Veterans of America is housed in
the basement of the American Legion building at 508 Elm Street in
Biddeford. Currently Chapter 1044 has approx. 180 members. I have the
honor of serving as the chapter secretary since 2019.  Examples of some
past services of Chapter 1044, was to provide an honor guard at funerals
and perform a fallen warrior ceremony for the public on Memorial Day.  Due
to decreasing numbers, we had to disband the honor guard. We provide
space for fellowship to allow veterans to speak with other veterans. We
have provided and will provide heating fuel assistance to veterans in need. 
They only have to prove they are a veteran with a need and the chapter will
provide up to 100 gallons of heating fuel. We contact a company in the
servicing area and supply the fuel, we do not give money to the individual.
We have and will provide gift cards from a local supermarket to provide
groceries to a veteran in need. We have and will provide warm socks and
clothing to homeless veterans. We have two certified service officers who
will provide assistance to veterans and their spouses to navigate and file
claims for entitled benefits from the Veterans Administration. These are not
handouts but entitled benefits earned while serving on active duty.  Again,
the service we provide is to all veterans, not just the Vietnam veteran. We
receive no federal funds, no state allocations.  Monies received are through
donations and fund-raising efforts.  Prior to Covid 19 we manned donation
tables at various business throughout the area, we manned donation tables
at the Kennebunk service plaza off the turnpike.  We had public dinners
and such.  We have a trailer in front of our location on Elm Street for
donated bottles and cans which we process at a local redemption
center.  Covid has certainly put a damper on our fund raising.  Currently
we offer a dinner, salad, soup/sandwich for sale every Saturday noon to
2:00.  That along with the bottles and cans are currently our only source of
income. I am not here to ask for donations, however if you feel the desire to
 donate, we will not refuse.  My purpose today is to make you aware of our
existence and what we do.  If you have returnable cans or bottles you want
to donate, just place the bag in the trailer.  If you are looking for a meal on
Saturday, stop by between noon and 2pm.  If you know of a veteran who is
struggling, tell them about us and maybe we can steer them in the right
direction.  Again, the service we provide is for all veterans.  The Vietnam
veteran of today bears no ill will towards the recognition today’s veteran
receives, in fact we honor it!
In opening I provided my service history, how many of you thought I was
wounded in Vietnam?  I was not.  I entered the Air Force in October of
1972, after 6 weeks of basic training at Lackland AFB TX,  I was stationed
at Charleston AFS, ME.  A radar site approx. 30 miles NW of Bangor.  In
June of 1973 I suffered a serious leg injury while playing on the base
softball team requiring two major surgeries at Loring AFB. In March of 1975
I was assigned to a Tactical Unit Operations Center at Udorn RTAFB in
Thailand. Upon arrival we prepared to support the evacuation of US
personnel from Vientiane, Laos; which never happened.
Mid-April we supported Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of US
personnel from Phnom Penh, Cambodia; end of April we supported
Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of US personnel from Saigon,
South Vietnam.  In May of 1975 we supported the rescue of the SS
Mayaguez, a container ship seized by Cambodia.  Due to the involvement
of the US military stationed in Thailand with the Mayaguez rescue the
government of Thailand ordered our removal from Thailand by years end.
The rest of my tour of duty was uneventful and I returned back to the states
in January of 1976 and was assigned to HQ TACCOMAREA at Langley
AFB, VA until my discharge in October of 1978. I then became a member
of the Maine ANG at Bangor until April of 1982.  In opening, the information
I provided was factual, just with a different spin; much like the news
presented toward the Vietnam veteran during the time.  My disability was
awarded in 2017.  At the time of my discharge from active-duty veterans
were not completely briefed on their benefits.  I was not aware I could file
for disability. The VVA helped me by letting me know I was entitled
because disability is awarded for service connection, not just combat
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today and thank you for your
service to the community!!
Mike Gibney, Commander of American Legion Post 26 and secretary of Vietnam Veterans Post 1044 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

The Week in Review 11/10/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Nov 10, 2021
  • Raffle: Amazing work on the raffle -- all the tickets are sold! Drawing next week on the 17th. Don't miss this fun meeting! We'll also have a Foundation update from Dr. Dallaire but no speaker.
  • Charitable: our club has made a $500 donation to Claire Foran, an individual in need in the Saco community.
  • Next week is a big week for in-person volunteer opportunities. Monday morning at 8AM you can help out with moving flooring from XL Sports in Saco. This flooring will be donated to My Place Teen Center's new location in Biddeford. And Tuesday through Friday there are shifts at Window Dressers Community Build. Sign up here -- Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons are good opportunities. 
  • Bill Kany led a moving tribute to longtime Club member Jim Audiffred, who passed away last week. Jim was a member of the Club for almost 40 years and was well known for his good work in the community. Read his obituary here and pause to remember this dedicated Rotarian. 
  • As a result of our club's $500 donation, Don Pilon received two tickets to the Saco Festival of Trees Evening Gala and gave them to Peggy Bean. Have fun Peggy! 
Happy dollars:
Dr. Joe is happy he got a Custom "Doc" box to go on his dock!
Joe Moreshead has a happy $20, as he has successfully merged his company with Arch Global and will be retiring in 6 months!
Conrad: his Aunt is doing better and climbing stairs by herself, after breaking her hip a few months back
Marty: great community collaboration at West Brook Skating Rink this week, with electrical trades students from the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology helping install new lighting
Jess: for cool new hat she got at the new Sugar Bowl store on Washington Street in Biddeford.
Then, Sgt Jim took us back to High School. Really.
Our speaker was Mike Gibney, Commander of American Legion Post 26 and secretary of Vietnam Veterans Post 1044 (both located in Biddeford at 508 Elm Street). His speech covered the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America and his service in the United States Air Force. Returning Vietnam veterans were not treated well. Mike was personally spit on twice while in uniform. He went on to have a successful 40 year career at Motion Industries, but has remained committed to helping other veterans and making sure the experience of the Vietnam veteran is not repeated.

We also discussed doing more to work together to coordinate veteran support services in the community, including heating oil assistance, using Company B funds.
The Week in Review 11/10/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian James L. Audiffred Esq.

Posted by Brian DALLAIRE on Nov 08, 2021

James L. Audiffred Esq.


On Monday, November 8, 2021, James Lee Audiffred passed away peacefully at Gosnell House in Scarborough after a lengthy illness.


Born to Joseph and Mae Audiffred Jim was raised in Festus, Missouri one of five siblings.


Jim graduated from Southeast Missouri State College and Brooklyn Law School and was a member of the bar in Maine, Massachusetts and New York.


Jim’s passion for cooking developed at a very young age when his parents owned a restaurant. He put his skills to good use while providing comfort to many people whether through the Thanksgiving dinners at the Salvation Army, cooking Sunday brunch at the Ronald McDonald House for the individuals staying there, or as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House selling brunches for families to be catered in their homes. Jim was as adept in a fancy kitchen as he was on many of his camping and his white water rafting trips. His passion for camping was only exceeded by his love of family and his dear sweet grandchildren.


Jim was a kind, generous and thoughtful individual with a great sense of humor and was well known for his jokes. He always said when people were talking it would remind him of a joke and he usually told it. Equally he was famous for his banana breads, fudge and chocolate chip cookies.


He was a veteran and a proud longtime member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club. Extremely active in community service Jim was particularly proud to have received the Paul Harris award and the 6 Who Care award. Jim and his wife, Margo, hosted several Rotary exchange students and had the opportunity to visit them in their native countries. He and Margo loved traveling particularly to St. Martin in the Virgin Islands.


Jim was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Joe and David. He is survived by his wife, his sisters Frances Cooper and Rosalie Jackson, his son Jim (Elizabeth), his stepdaughters Michelle Snow (Tom) and Melanie Serrano (Irvin) and his grandchildren Finn, Eli, Maya, Balam and Naomi.


Services will be private. Jim will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may do so by contributing to the Ronald McDonald House, 250 Bracket Street, South Portland, Maine 04102 or the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, Maine 04074


Rotarian James L. Audiffred Esq. Brian DALLAIRE 2021-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

We Want You!  Rotary Leadership Nominations

Posted by Ken Farley on Nov 08, 2021
Our club has been in existence for 101 years and the continuity of leadership in our club has been a big reason for our longevity.  As Rotarians we are leaders in our community and in the organizations in which we work.  Each year, a committee is formed to nominate members to take on the challenging, but incredibly rewarding role of leadership in our club.   We will present our nominations to the club at a regular meeting in early December where the club will vote on the nominations.
For those of you that may not know, the succession planning for our Club President begins anew each year with the nomination committee.  The special individual who is elected Vice President will serve as Vice President beginning in July of 2022, become President-Elect in July 2023, assume the role of Club President in July of 2024 then complete their term as an immediate Past President on the Board of Directors in July of 2025.  
We are also seeking nominees for 2 Director positions.  Directors typically meet monthly to review finances, fundraisers, large charitable requests, community projects and new initiatives among other things.  
Although we have some individuals willing to continue serving as Secretary (Julie Villemaire), Treasurer (Susan Gejewski) and Assistant Treasurer (Kathy Shea) these positions are also open for nominees if you are interested.
Finally, we have an Assistant Secretary position that is open.  This is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and supports the Secretary in the many functions they perform.
As I often say, this is a Rotary Club not a Country Club - we live by the words Service Above Self.  Having served as Treasurer and President, I can tell you that the experience is extremely rewarding and all Rotarians should take advantage of the opportunity.
If you are interested in one of the positions please let me or the someone on the nominating committee (Kristen Lane, Kathy Shea, Morgan Stoner, or Paul Deschambeault) know of your interest.  Should you have any questions about any of the positions or the nominating process, please feel free to reach out to me, the nominating committee or anyone who is serving (or has served) in these positions.  We are all happy to talk with you about these positions.
Thank you for your consideration.  
Yours in service,
Ken Farley
We Want You! Rotary Leadership Nominations Ken Farley 2021-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/3/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Nov 03, 2021
Committee reports:
Raffle: We are only 7 tickets away from having sold every single one! Amazing work. Thank you Karen Chasse and the whole raffle team!
Charitable: Jim Godbout will need volunteers on the morning of Monday November 15 to help move foam flooring tiles from XL Sports in Saco to My Place Teen Center's new building in Biddeford. Please watch your email for a signup request. Many hands make light work, especially when moving foam...
Joe M has a request from Nick Blunier of Common Roots Studio to help fund his Artbus project. It does not align very well with our charitable giving guidelines. Melissa Cilley or Jess Muise will reach out to see if there's a way to mesh it with their work.
Please sign up for a shift at Window Dressers Biddeford Build if you can. Some of us are heading over after the meeting on the 17th. Here is the signup link.
UNE Rotaract (Mike Burman/Justine Bassett): Rotaract is having Ann Hussey speak about polio next week. It continues to be a busy and active club. Some Rotaract members may volunteer for the Window Dressers build. 
Program: next week our speaker is Commander Mike Gibney of American Legion Post 26, on the experience of the Vietnam Veteran.
There is no meeting on the 24th (day before Thanksgiving).
Happy dollars:
Brenda is happy for her husband David's 65th birthday; he looks 45
Ken is happy to have friends who help with construction projects. That's what the Club is for :)
Bill P is happy that Susan is back, and his family is getting a new puppy, a Burmadoodle
Roland is happy because it looks like snow in Quebec
Susan has a happy $20, good to be back, thanks to Club members for attending Chuck's wake and funeral, thanks to Roland and to Heather M for helping out at the last minute when needed... that's what the Club is for...
Cynthia is happy to be in the Club, at the $20 level!
Conrad is happy to see such great meeting attendance!
Melissa is happy to give her last dollar to Rotary!
Fines from S-A-A Jim LaBelle:
Marty was fined for getting elected to Biddeford City Council, and for driving an EV
Mark N was fined for also driving an EV (how did Heather M not also get fined for this, Jim???)
Brian D was fined for looking too happy on Zoom, in Florida, surrounded by the beach and palm trees
Conrad fined for being happy 52 weeks in a row
50/50 was won by Bill Paterson. Congrats Bill!
Our speakers were Stephanie Eklund and Kasey McDonough,  of A Home for ME (a program of Spurwink), promoting foster parenthood. There are currently 2200 children in Maine across all age ranges looking for forever homes. It is a statewide problem. There are hundreds of kids just 8 or 9 years old in the program looking for homes. Many foster families will receive a stipend.

If you can help please do -- there are ways other than fostering to help out, as well.
Save-the-Date: Wreaths Across America (led locally by Graig Morin of Brown Dog Trucking) has requested our help on Saturday December 18 at 9AM to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford.
Here is Steve Morin's invocation for the week, thank you Steve. We are always pleased to have volunteers to give the invocation/inspirational thought, and this is a good one: 
“To help yourself, help others. Whatever good you do travels a circle and returns to you many times over – but remember, life isn’t about what you get, it’s about you become”- Dennis Gaskill
Week in Review 11/3/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/27/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 27, 2021
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
-Assistant District Governor Dennis Robillard
Committee updates:
Raffle: sales are going very well. November 3 is the due date. Some members are looking for more tickets to sell. If you do exchange tickets please let Conrad know what number you exchanged so he can track it. We will do the big drawing on Nov 17! Thank you Karen Chasse for your leadership, and I think I heard Carl Goodwin had sold 33 tickets! Amazing! 
We were very pleased to induct our second new member in two weeks, Justine Bassett! Welcome Justine!
Happy Dollars:
Jane Foley, $3, one for each of the job offers her daughter, a newly certified Physical Therapist, has received!
Ken Farley: $5, for his son getting his Coast Guard Engineer's license
Fausto: $10, glad to be back, and apologies for all the "sorry I have to be in Vegas" excuses he gives to miss meetings :)
Carl: sold 33 tickets (wow)
Brian D: happy/sad -- heading to Florida, so he'll be moving to the Zoom screen for the winter
Paul D: me too, same as Brian
Jen F: $10, Hakim and his family, who she spoke about last week regarding the dramatic rescue from Kabul, are getting closer to a relocation plan
Mike B: happy to see fellow UNE colleague Justine join the club (thanks Mike for sponsoring a great new member!)
CJ: happy to be back in person!
Kim R: daughter's artwork was a big hit at Saco Pumpkin Fest; and her house is under contract for sale
Joe M: took compass navigation class at APEX and very much enjoyed it (note: this happened because Jim LaBelle put together a Chamber bike ride with APEX a few weeks back and Joe met the instructor, thanks Jim that was a cool event!) 
Brenda: her pageant winning granddaughters had a booth at Pumpkin Fest and it was very helpful. (Marty is happy there was a good reason he was stuck in traffic for an hour :)
ADG Dennis: the Saco Bay Sunset Club parked cars for OOB Taco Fest and it was a big success
Conrad, $2, happy for family to be together
Melissa, happy orienteering classes at APEX are a success
Fines from S-A-A Jim L:
Marty: $10: Forget to open the meeting with the Four Way Test! That fails the Four Way Test!!
CJ: looks too happy and tanned
Jane: too cool, drives a truck
Our speaker was Phoebe Little from Window Dressers. Window Dressers measures and makes, with volunteers, interior storm window inserts for low income households. In fact, any Biddeford/Saco resident can order them; but they are free for qualified low income people (including tenants). Oil prices are up, and there's still time to suggest people who could use a warmer apartment this winter. 
This is an exciting Rotary volunteer opportunity and if you can help with the build, which will be held at the Biddeford Church of Christ at 266 Pool Street in Biddeford from Tuesday Nov 16 to Saturday Nov 20, you can (and should!) sign up here
Closing note: PP Joe has announced a Movember moustache/facial hair challenge, to raise money for cancer treatment and men’s health issues particularly testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health: 50 BUCKS goes to the person male / female, they / them to the charity of their choice who has the best facial hair on November 17th as voted on by the club. You must be present to win (Zoom attendees included). Stick on moustaches qualify. Anything goes. Just win that vote. And word is just in that Pierre and Cynthia are matching the challenge, so it's up to $100 for the charity of your choice if you win!
Speakers this Wednesday are Stephanie Eklund and Kasey McDonough,  A Home for ME (Spurwink), and the food is pizza (Ricetta's is famous for their pizza). Looking forward to it!

Week in Review 10/27/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Help Youth with Vital Life Skills

Posted by Melissa Cilley on Oct 21, 2021
Now recruiting community members to teach vital life skills to area youth! 
Are there things that you weren't taught in high school that you wish you knew before graduating? Important knowledge is taught in classrooms every day, but there are also practical skills and life knowledge that students can miss out on. Taxes, credit cards, how to do laundry, and renting an apartment are just a few that come to mind. Typically, we learn these things from trusted adults, Google, or through fumbling along on our own.  Now, area youth can learn them through Apex.
Apex Youth Connection has launched an ongoing series of workshops around these life skills with the help of people like yourself! Zip on over to our form to see if there's a topic you might have interest in sharing. You can also contact Dave Munger, Job Readiness Program Manager, with questions or for more information. Thanks for your support!
Help Youth with Vital Life Skills Melissa Cilley 2021-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Jen Fullmer: Saving friend from Kabul airport

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 20, 2021
Talk from Jen Fullmer:
Ret USAF Colonel Jen Fullmer was part of a dramatic extraction of an Afghan military colleague Hakim from the Kabul airport in late August as US operations in Afghanistan ceased. She and other military contacts collaborated to get their former servicemate to the right gate at the right time and brought into the airport to catch a flight to Rammstein Germany. Minute by minute the circumstances changed, just hours before the last US flights left the country. We look forward to hearing more about this riveting story and how our Club can get involved and help with the relocation process for Hakim and his family.
Jen Fullmer: Saving friend from Kabul airport Martin Grohman 2021-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/20/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 20, 2021
Meeting recap:
Rotary Foundation Trustee Brenda Cressey
PDG Peggy Belanger
Kathy Shea's sister Natalie Murphy
Phil Mateja – Keller Williams – Guest of Heather Gendron
Mike Shea – Kathy Shea's son on Zoom
Happy dollars:
Carl Goodwin, $5, happy to be back (and we're happy to have you back!)
Ken Farley, $5, happy to be at Ricetta's, a familiar spot
Dr. Joe: happy to see Brenda Cressey
Peggy Belanger: happy to see Natalie Murphy!
Natalie: happy to be here and see Kathy and Peggy!
Melissa: pleased to be collaborating with Biddeford schools and Karen Chasse to help families
Conrad: today would have been his father's 95th birthday
Brenda P, $10: thankful for being a Rotarian with all these great people (and won $31 in the 50-50 and donated it to Bravebees.org)
Kim, $4, appreciates being a member
Jen, $10, appreciates the new location and being a member
Week in Review 10/20/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by Donald Pilon on Oct 19, 2021
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Meeting Venue Change

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 17, 2021
Next week and going forward is at Ricetta's in Saco. Rotarians in the know turn on Hutchins Street by the U-Haul and park in the large lot behind the restaurant, then come in through the Take Out door to our space upstairs... it's a nice spot, seems like it might even work well for Zoom - we did a test yesterday and it worked well. The food will be a buffet with several options including vegetarian and gluten-free.
Meeting Venue Change Martin Grohman 2021-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

$100 Annual Raffle 2021  THIS IS THE WEEK OF THE DRAWING!

Posted by Karen Chasse on Oct 13, 2021
Our Rotary $100 Raffle returns and kicked off October 6 with the drawing on November 17th. If you want to support charitable giving while possibly winning some easy money, comment below and we will connect with you or follow-up directly with a Biddeford-Saco Rotarian. We can accept cash, check and Venmo. With fewer Rotarians to sell this year, we need your support to keep doing our great work!
$100 Annual Raffle 2021 THIS IS THE WEEK OF THE DRAWING! Karen Chasse 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/13/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 13, 2021
Conrad talked to Earl Goodwin's wife Anastasia. Earl is struggling with some health issues. Please keep him in your thoughts.
The Rotaract Club continues to be active. District 7780 PolioPlus Chair (and polio survivor) Ann Lee Hussey will speak to Rotaract on the 27th about Rotary's polio eradication efforts.
The Program Committee added our own Brian Dallaire to the speaking program on Nov 17, on the importance of our involvement with the Rotary Foundation. This meeting will also include the raffle drawing.
Raffle tickets are selling well! Mike Burman is currently in the lead with 5 sold. Please check in with Karen Chasse and Heather MacLean if you need more tickets, and thanks for helping out with this important fundraiser!
Happy dollars:
Melissa: has a new grandbaby on the way
Mike Burman: daughter is celebrating 11th birthday, and they are going to NYC to see Hamilton
Steve Morin: brother-in-law is visiting, and the Red Sox are en fuego
Brenda: happy that her granddaughter Victoria Bombino was named New England American Miss Pageant winner, and at the celebration, Brenda was seated next to Tuskegee Airman Enoch Woodhouse.
Conrad: Wife got booster shot
Jess: attended the Maine Association of Nonprofits Executive Leadership Institute, which was very valuable, and made lasting connections
Kim: happy $10, for the Keep it Local Maine podcast, and her daughter's continued success in the Thornton Academy arts program, where she drew a great sketch of Harriet Tubman.
Joe and Mike for having matching haircuts. Was a Flowbee involved?
Karen: for being too happy
Jess: for using a poem about wooden boats as the invocation, when she also runs a successful & interesting program teaching kids to build wooden boats!
Week in Review 9/13/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Kids Free to  Grow

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 13, 2021
Our speakers were Patrice Leary-Forrey and Danielle Gray of Kids Free to Grow. This program was originally known as York County Child Abuse and Neglect Council, run by executive director Marilyn Staples, and Dr. Joe was a founding board member! As the pandemic continues, families continue to face intense stress. We've all heard recent coverage of child abuse in Maine. It is important, now more than ever, to speak up or act if you are concerned for a child. Patrice and Danielle led us through a couple of eye-opening role playing exercises and we had an excellent conversation on when and how to speak up when witnessing or suspecting child abuse, hunger or neglect. Kids Free to Grow encourages us to get involved and as individuals and Rotarians, be a resource to those around you.
Kids Free to Grow Martin Grohman 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Week In Review 10/6/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Oct 06, 2021
New member postings:
Justine Bassett (sponsored by Mike Burman)
Cynthia Giroux (sponsored by Joe Moreshead)
Stewart Smith, guest of Kim Regoulinsky
Happy Dollars:
  • Jim LaBelle is happy about the good weather
  • Steve Morin is happy about the Red Sox beating the Yankees
  • Dr. Joe gave $6 as he is going on a tour of Norway and got the booster shot
  • Bill Paterson happy about the Red Sox, he was actually at the Bucky Effing Dent game, this is so much better
  • Bill and Conrad avoided a fine for being matchy match; but not by much.... khaki chinos will getcha
  • Mark N is happy to be cast as Kris Kringle in City Theater's Miracle on 34th Street; he's not too lazy to shave, he's growing a beard for the role!
  • Brian is happy, he applied for Medicare
  • Kim is happy to have had a great coffee meeting with Brenda, and also to have guest Stewart with her
  • Brenda is happy that Kim has joined the Club, that Justine is posting, and that her husband was able to get across the border to visit family in Montreal
  • Conrad gave $5 that his aunt, who broke her hip, is trending better
  • Karen gave $3: bought a swing set, saw Steve's grandkids, her daughter got the booster shot
  • Jen Fullmer gave $5 for Zoom guilt (it's a thing)
  • Fines from S-A-A Jim
    • Any man wearing shoes with no socks was fined
      • This caught Joe (of course) but also Mark...
    • Peggy fined for being awesome
    • Brenda fined for running a good meeting last week... watch out Marty...
Speaker: Diane Cyr of Biddeford Cultural and Historical Society
Diane's remarks centered on the formation of this interesting organization and their goals. Currently located at the J. Richard Martin Community Center, the team is looking for a permanent space and is fundraising right now. It is not purely a Franco-Americain organization -- as a matter of fact they have celebrated many local heritages including that of recent Iraqi arrivals, and a celebration of Maine's first mosque, which is located in Biddeford. The group also coordinates the Biddeford Hall of Fame event each year and many remarkable local people have been celebrated. (You can see the banners on Main Street). They also have a YouTube channel called Voices of Biddeford, with several interesting talks, please subscribe. FMI:  www.biddefordculturalandheritagecenter.org 
Learn more about BCHC and plan to attend their upcoming Open House on October 23 from 9AM-noon, see details here and consider making a contribution to help this local organization and their dedicated volunteers.
Next week is our last meeting at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, before we move to Ricetta's starting the 20th. Our speaker will be Patrice Leary-Forrey, Director of Kids Free to Grow.  Kim has volunteered to bring lunch. Please wear black & orange to celebrate Biddeford Schools, and all that Paulette and her team have done for us during our 3 months meeting at BRCOT. Let's close out strong with a good meeting!
Week In Review 10/6/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/29/2021

Posted by Heather Gendron on Sep 29, 2021
Meeting was Led by Brenda Pollock (President–Elect) in Marty Grohman’s absence today.
4 Way Test: Led by Haley Thompson
Invocation: Led by Dr. Michael Burman
Pledge of Allegiance
Vice President (Paulette Bonneau) Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Visiting Rotarian – Rene Menard – Thornton Academy & Justine Bassett - UNE, a guest of Michael Burman.  
New RotarianKim Regoulinsky. Kim is Co-owner and Sales Manager for Keep It Local Maine. She was welcomed by President-elect Pollock who asked club members to ensure we support and encourage Kim in her new role as a Rotarian.
· Our Club, the Saco Bay Rotary Club, and the UNE Rotaract Club joined forces and took part in the 2021 Beach Clean Up effort happening throughout Maine on Saturday, September 25th, from 9 – 11 am at Bayview Beach in Saco. Led by Rotarian, Dr. Michael Burman, who shared over a dozen volunteers showed up and did a fabulous job cleaning up the beach.
· Public Image Committee encouraging you to visit and join the new Facebook page called Rotary District 7780, please like and share!
· Oct 6th meeting will be the $100 Raffle Kickoff, one of the clubs’ annual fundraisers, please join the meeting to get your tickets!
Sergeant At-Arms (SAA):
  •         Jim – Chamber Golf Tournament, Run with Joe Moreshead, Son home from Frorida
  •         Joe M. – Adventure Race with other Rotarians, 18th Overall, First in his age group
  •         Dr. Joe – Grandsons 8 year old birthday, Visited sister and dogs, enjoyed the dogs 😊
  •         Dr. Brian Dallaire – Saw Jim at DD, wanted to pay it forward since he didn’t buy him a coffee, Top District in the Zone for Foundation Giving !!! (congrats Foundation Chair Brian)
  •         Mellissa – Thank Dan for Video
  •         Kim – Happy Fall Dollars, love Fall and Happy Rene Menard is at the club as our guest speaker
  •         Don Pilon – Golf Tournament Cup Award Idea from Jim – Gave to Jim,
  •         Bill Kany - $20 Happy Dollars for daughter’s wedding, thankful its over, and happy he did not get selected for the jury pool again!, loves Paulette’s TA Jacket she is wearing today and should wear it all the time at BHS!
  •         Bill Paterson – Happy to be living next to the Country Club that provided to Jim for the Golf Tournament
  •         Paulette – Rene Menard’s her New boss and happy the Governor, as well as Commissioner of Education Pender Makin, visited the COT today
  •         Jim – No fines since Rene Menard was speaker and because the club was very generous today on their Happy Dollars!
50/50 Drawing: Winner is Dr. Brian Dallaire
Meeting adjourned at 1:12pm. Please attend on October 6 for the Raffle Kickoff and speaker Diane Cyr of the Biddeford Cultural & Historic Center!
Week in Review 9/29/2021 Heather Gendron 2021-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker-Rene Menard of Thornton Academy

Posted by Heather Gendron on Sep 29, 2021
Thornton Academy is an independent, private day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Thornton is co-educational and non-sectarian.
Since its founding in 1811, Thornton Academy has been a center of inspiration, innovation, and community in Saco, Maine. They prepare students for a changing world through curriculum, facilities, extra-curricular opportunities, and student support. Students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones, to try courses that challenge and intrigue them, and to take deep dives into subjects that spark curiosity. Engagement continues after-school, through many clubs, activities, community service, and athletics. At Thornton Academy, students can express individuality while discovering their future aspirations. Our school community is warm and welcoming. We are a school where students build strong relationships with dedicated teachers and student friendships that last a lifetime. Our faculty and staff recognize that each child has strengths and challenges, and takes into account the well-being of individuals at each stage of social, emotional, and intellectual development.
With students from more than 30 local towns and more than 40 countries worldwide, TA values the diversity and multiculturalism of our community. The geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of the student body creates a unique and dynamic learning environment that fosters a greater appreciation of not only our individual differences but also the values we share.
Bearing in mind today's competitive global economy, experienced college counselors work with students one-on-one in grades 9-12 to plan college and career trajectories. The Career Center supports real-world experience through internships, job shadows, and part-time work. The university partnerships offer students the opportunity to test out areas of study even before university enrollment.
As the largest independent school in Maine serving 1,600 local and international students, Thornton offers unique advantages.
  •         A comprehensive curriculum which offers more than 200 classes
  •         An emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism
  •         A broad support network of teachers, counselors, staff, and peers
  •         A wide breadth of opportunities in and beyond the classroom
  •         Bigger and better facilities to inspire students to dream big
FMI: visit the schools website at - https://www.thorntonacademy.org
Guest Speaker-Rene Menard of Thornton Academy Heather Gendron 2021-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/22/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 22, 2021
50/50 was won by Bill Paterson, who donated the $18 to the Red Ribbon Fund
Oct 24 is World Polio Day. There is the possibility of a joint Pints for Polio fundraiser with the Saco Bay Club.
Our next board meeting is Wednesday Oct 6 - please get word to Marty if you have an item to come before the board (a larger than $500 charitable request, etc).
Note: Marty will be away on Wednesday 9/29 getting a generator installed at his camp, and Pres Elect Brenda will run the meeting. Brenda is also bringing lunch. We will need volunteers to be Greeters, for the Four Way Test, Note Taker, and Invocation/Inspirational Message. Please let Marty know if you can help.
Dan Reed will bring food 10/6 and PP Don will bring food 10/13.
Those will be our last two meetings at the Center of Technology before we transition to Ricetta's on 10/20. Thank you Brenda, Dan and Don!
Program Committee: Our guest this week is TA Headmaster Rene Menard. If you have TA gear and want to make Mr. Menard feel welcome, please wear it!
Rotaract: Beach Cleanup is Saturday at Bayview Beach (as I write this, it has already happened and was a big success!).
The Charitable Committee has approved $250 to go to Recover2gether. Recover2gether will have a Recovery Softball Event this Thursday the 30th at Rotary Park, together with the Biddeford and Saco Opioid Outreach Coordinator (a program which is housed at the Biddeford Police Dept). Rotarians are welcome. Click here for more information. The Charitable Committee is also considering a bigger request that would go to provide reusable water bottles to provide for students, since drinking fountains in the schools are closed.
Happy Dollars (apologies for some omissions, and thank you for all the great news and updates):
Brian got to visit Bernice Wood
$2 from Cheri: one for her guest Morgan Bates of Project Alliance and one for Melissa's guest Biddeford City Councilor Ashanti Williams
Brenda for her granddaughter Maddison's continued success in pageants and her remarkable project bravebees.org 
Also Brian -- $10 for a great trip to Portugal, where he drank plenty of port; and also his wife had successful surgery on her toe
$10 Jen Fullmer -- as a welcome to guest speaker, Biddeford Firefighter Chris Aberle
$5 Paulette is happy that the COT school's new culinary program has been approved
$5 CJ fines herself for not being on mute while pitching some very nice real estate which several in the club were ready to buy!
$5 Matt Tuller is happy to have visited his brother in California
$5 Mark visited NC for his daughter's white coat ceremony (medical school)
$2 Melissa went to a Kansas City Chiefs game; even though they lost it was great to see her team, and pleased to have Councilor Williams as her guest
Speaker: Biddeford Firefighter Chris Aberle
Chris is seeking assistance, on behalf of the Biddeford Fire Department Relief Association, to improve and update the "Last Alarm" monument at Biddeford Central Fire Station. The Relief Association hopes to raise $75K for this project.
Chris showed some project visualizations that were prepared by drafting students at the COT. The team has been selling commemorative bricks in the display to raise money. Please visit here to help out.
The EMT program at the COT has a nice tie in with the Biddeford Fire Department. There are currently 14 students enrolled in the EMT program. 
These students can't graduate soon enough, as hiring has been tough -- at one time, there would be 35-40 applicants per job; now there are far fewer. There are some staff openings at the FD if you know anyone interested.
An excellent talk by Chris and we hope to find ways to support this project!

Week in Review 9/22/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Organize Beach Clean-up Events Across the State

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Sep 16, 2021
SACO – Rotarians from the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, the Saco Bay Rotary Club, and the UNE Rotaract Clubs, are joining forces and taking part in the 2021 Beach Clean Up effort happening throughout Maine. Along Maine’s beaches, rivers, and lakes, you’ll find Rotarians and locals taking on the task of cleaning Maine’s beautiful landscapes. Led by Rotarian, Dr. Michael Burman, the clubs are planning the local clean up event on Saturday, September 25th, from 9 – 11 am at Bayview Beach in Saco. “There are many projects that Rotary clubs have adopted to limit society’s negative effects on the planet”, Burman said. “It’s a unique opportunity for the Biddeford, Saco, and OOB clubs to work together to help our community and our environment.  We’re especially excited to pair established Rotary members with UNE’s Rotaract students, as they represent the next generation of Rotarians and community leaders.”
Located along Seaside Avenue (Rte. 9) and at the end of Bayview Road in Saco, Bayview Beach is a sandy beach that is a popular beach destination in the summer months.  In 2018, Age Friendly Saco received an AARP Challenge Grant to provide beach accessibility mats at this location in the summertime to provide ease of access to the beach for all.  In 2019, the Saco Parks and Recreation Department acquired beach wheelchairs for visitors to borrow. Anyone interested in helping with the clean-up should plan to arrive for 9am. The city of Saco is assisting with clean-up supplies.
Dick Hall, District Governor of Rotary’s District 7780 is excited to see twenty-one clubs organize various clean-up efforts in along Maine’s waterfronts. “Rotarians have always made the environment an area of focus in their respective clubs by adding the environment as our organization’s seventh area of focus, allows a direct channel to global grants, new projects, and innovations tackling this issue”, said Hall.
For upwards of 110 years, Rotary has used its vast network to create positive change for its focus areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. These six areas act as pillars, each sustaining the extensive global organization by way of focused motivation. On June 25, 2020, Rotary International announced, with unanimous support from the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors, that it will be adding a seventh area of focus: supporting the environment.
For more information on the 2021 clean up event, visit http://www.biddeford-sacorotary.org/or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BiddefordSacoRotaryClub
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Week in Review 9/15/2020

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 15, 2021
Program Committee: Next week is OOB police chief Dana Kelley, and the week after that (9/29) is TA Headmaster Rene Menard.
Charitable Committee (Joe M, Kristen L, Cheri, Jen F, Dan R): This group can quickly approve donations up to $500. The committee has a couple active donations they are considering. Still looking for more requests. There is one active request: Cheri would like to fund a recovery softball game/BBQ being put together by Recover2gether on Thursday September 30th from 7-10PM at Rotary Park (Rotarians welcome).
Rotaract: Our Club, the Saco Bay Rotary Club, and the UNE Rotaract Club are joining forces and taking part in the 2021 Beach Clean Up effort happening throughout Maine. Show up Saturday, September 25th, from 9 – 11 am at Bayview Beach in Saco. Bring gloves and good shoes and wear Rotary gear if you have it. You'll get an email invite to sign up. 
Happy Dollars:
Joe M is happy he has the $7 he owes Brenda, but Brenda is on Zoom, so he can't give it to her
Dr Joe has $6: going to Chicago for granddaughter's wedding, and the Oqunquit Club's 2 Cent Sale raised almost $6K
Mark N is happy to be back after his hip replacement, and also to be going to a White Coat ceremony for his daughter, who is going to UNC medical school. Also, City Theater has "Ghost Train" starting Oct 13, get tickets now
Don P: happy to play in a golf tournament with Doug Willette from PC Insurance, Mark Brown of State Farm, and Matt Thompson, and they won!
Karen: happy about new grandbaby boy!
Conrad: sad dollar that his aunt broke her hip, but happy to see his grandkids
Bill P: happy that he is not matchy matchy with Conrad today... although it was close
Marty: $5 happy dollars to see Dan Reed back
Paul: $2 (hopefully the last of his two dollar bills!): sister State Sen. Susan Deschambault elected to Franco-Americain Hall of Fame
Roland: happy his father is settling in at St. Andre's, happy Bill Kany is ignoring me and thinks Bill's zoom name "Billk" is oddly appropriate
Heather Gendron: happy her oldest daughter graduated from SMCC's health tech program and just got promoted to MRI Tech
Cory (guest speaker): happy to be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary
Jim G: not happy he hurt his back, but happy to be at meeting
Melissa: happy she is going to be a grandmother and will be "nana"
Brenda (on Zoom): happy Joe is going to finally pay up the $7 he owes her, she will give seven happy dollars that her daughter-in-law is a writer on the movie Hawkeye and two granddaughters are successfully competing in beauty pageants
In response, Joe hands over Brenda's $7 to the Club :)
Interesting speech this week from Cory Hutchinson, general manager of Funtown Splashtown (26 years at the park). Introduced by Jim Godbout (Rotarian Jim and his team have done a lot of the innovative plumbing work at the park). Cory talked of staffing challenges and the ups and downs of managing through a year of change, and the economics of park operations. Since rides require a minimum staffing for safety, some rides had to stay closed even when the weather's nice. Many missed the evening opening hours, but there wasn't staff to do it this year.
-Had to close in 2020
-Planned to open at 50% this year, then 100% was allowed at the last minute. Made planning difficult and lost momentum
-Normally has 550 employees in the summer, numbers were down significantly this year
-lack of J-1 Visa availability has been a problem, normally have 120 J-1 employees, only able to get 40 this year
-far fewer applications this year than normal, announced across-the-board raise, free family four pack season pass for all employees, which helped
-guest numbers were good, but had 11 rainouts in July
-The business is an area legend and is doing all it can to succeed in these difficult times. They hope to be open in the evenings more frequently next year. 
-And yes, they still play ELO's Fire on High in the Astrosphere!
We hope to see you next week! Food will be provided by Cheri, and we're looking for volunteers for the invocation and to lead the Four Way Test. We will meet at the BRCOT through 10/13, after which we will switch to Ricetta's from 10/20 onward. As always, make the most of your membership, let us know what you are working on and what you need, and stay involved!
Week in Review 9/15/2020 Martin Grohman 2021-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

Saco City Administrator Bryan Kaenrath

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 01, 2021
Saco City Administrator Bryan Kaenrath gave an interesting talk on his work. Brian is a UMaine grad and represented South Portland in the Maine Legislature for 8 years until 2014 (serving with PP Don Pilon), then became town manager in Gouldsboro ME and Northhampton NH before joining Saco two years ago. The City of Saco is seeing fast growth, and are pleased with the voter support for the largest bond issue in Saco history. His goals are to help Saco become more of a destination downtown, and expanding on existing strong growth. The City is promoting their Arts Commission to add interest to downtown, and there are several successful downtown merchants (including Whimsical ME owned by Rotarian Heather MacLean). Bryan also hopes for more civic participation, noting several council seats are unopposed.
Saco City Administrator Bryan Kaenrath Martin Grohman 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/1/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 01, 2021
This meeting was the first posting of prospective new member Kim Regoulinsky. Kim is the owner of Keep it Local Maine. We always welcome new members and guests, if you have an idea for a guest, please bring them!
The 50/50 of $13 was won by Conrad, who donated it to the Red Ribbon Fund
Food was provided by Paulette.  And the leftover cookies went to the students and volunteers at APEX Youth Connection.
Four Way test was by Jen Fullmer. This was actually Jen's first in-person meeting, having joined the Club during Zoom-only times, and then needing to be away to help with family in CT this summer. Good to see you in person Jen!
Committee Reports: 
Program Committee: upcoming September speakers (all at BRCOT, 10 Maplewood Ave, Biddeford, at Biddeford High School, plus on Zoom):
  • Funtown Splashtown (15th)
  • Chief Dana Kelley of the Old Orchard Beach Police Dept (22nd)
  • Rene Menard (headmaster of Thornton Academy) 29th
Venue committee: Exciting news! After a lot of research, many site visits and meetings and several proposals, the group, consisting of Conrad, Heather G and Heather M, has selected Ricettas in Saco as our new location. We will start there on Oct 20! We will have an excellent buffet, and good Zoom capabilities. Thank you team! We are looking forward to our new location.
Charitable Committee: Joe Moreshead has a request from the Biddeford Golf Team for support. He sent the charitable request form to fill out. We have a budget to support the community and are looking for deserving people and projects.
Rotaract: Mike Burman is working with Emily Birdsall of Rotaract at UNE. They had a good Volunteer Fair at UNE and expect to have as many as two dozen students ready to volunteer. The first project will probably be a beach cleanup, date TBD. The members would like to hold a get-together with us, possibly a dinner. There is also a possible connection to the Rotaract Club of Amman Jordan developing.
Lunch volunteers: when meeting at the Center of Technology, which we will do through October 13, we need volunteers to bring in food. You'll receive a projected number of attendees on Monday, and then you can order and bring in food, for which you'll be reimbursed. Joe M volunteered for our next meeting, which is on the 15th, and is going to bring sandwiches from Part & Parcel... which will be a major treat. Cheri Sullivan volunteered for 9/22. If you can arrange lunch on 9/29, 10/6, or 10/13 please let Marty know.
Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Labelle coordinated the Happy Dollars:
-Haley Thompson gave $5 for five-days-a-week school
-Mike Burman described how his daughter has focused on her acting career and has been cast in her first movie!
-Dr. Joe was happy to see his grandson Noah, and is pleased that the Oqunquit Club's 2 Cent Sale is going better -- please buy a raffle ticket! They are close to their $6000 goal!
-Roland gave $31 for his thirty-first anniversary with Paula!
-Ken Farley gave $2 as a thanks for all the help with the raised beds
-Jen Fullmer gave $20 as a thank you to the Marines, who helped her bring a friend out of the Kabul Airport to safety (be sure to attend our Oct. 20 meeting for a presentation from Jen, who is a retired USAF Colonel, and will share this remarkable story of veterans working together to help Afghanis)
-Conrad gave $2 as a thank you to the Venue Committee, who worked so well together
-Joe M gave a dollar as a thank you for the great meeting turnout!
-Karen gave a dollar, her stepson has a great new job
-Paul D gave $2, because he is retired and feels great to have a day with nothing on the schedule!
-Marty gave $5 as a thank you to Paulette and the BRCOT team for hosting us so well
-Cheri gave $5 as a highlight of the Naloxone anti-overdose training that is coming up. We may have this as a topic at a future meeting.
Fines: Bill Paterson and Conrad Welzel were fined for being all matchy-matchy. Get out the wallet Conrad, and hang ten Surfer Bill:
Week in Review 9/1/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/25/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Aug 25, 2021
Meeting notes:
  • Volunteers Joe Moreshead, Ken Farley, Bill Kany, and Jane Foley built 11 corrugated metal raised beds at Rotary Park on Tuesday night in 90 degree heat, while Pres. Marty was on an air-conditioned yacht eating bon-bons with the other district presidents.
  • Charitable committee co-chair Joe Moreshead would like to make the request form easier to fill out. Karen Chasse has developed a draft online version, check it out.
  • The Venue Committee (Conrad, Heather G, Heather M) have got some great "permanent home" proposals in the door. Thank you! We hope to land somewhere permanent soon (the BRCOT, where we are meeting now, is one of the options).
Happy Dollars:
  • A happy Dallaire from Dr. Brian, who got his booster shot, thanks to industry connections :)
  • Bill Paterson: glad we all dodged Hurricane Henri
  • Dr. Joe: thanks to all who are participating in the Oqunquit Club's 2 Cent Sale. It is their Club's most important fundraiser of the year. (Note from Marty: I bought 5 tickets, so whatever you do, don't buy your own tickets for this great raffle that includes cash prizes plus free lodging at expensive Ogunquit hotels, in home chef-prepared meals and dinners at five star restaurants, and lots of other great stuff. That would reduce my chances)
  • Joe M gave $10 for Rotarians stepping up to build raised beds, and for a successful event for the Esther Residence that raised $12,400 (great work Joe, Jim Godbout, Brian, and everyone who made this a success for the Esther Residence, which helps previously incarcerated women transition to stable employment and housing. It is a remarkable program)
We had a fun speaker: artist and teacher Nick Blunier of Common Roots Studio (which is located in Biddeford next to the former Wonderbar). Nick also teaches at behavioral school Sweetser in Saco, and brought us an art project to complete. Our assignment was to draw either a cheeseburger playing baseball, or a banana skydiving. Here are some of the results! 
Finally, to wrap up, a request. We need volunteers to bring lunch to upcoming meetings on Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6 & 13. If you'd like to bring in something fun and local to feed your fellow Rotarians, it would be a help.
Members of the Board: we're on Zoom, Wednesday morning at 7:45AM -- agenda items welcome.
Week in Review 8/25/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/18/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Aug 18, 2021
The Venue committee of Heather Gendron, Heather MacLean, and Conrad Welzel continue to research options for us. Spaces under consideration include Ricetta's, Ferry Beach Conference Center, and the Center of Technology (where today's meeting was held). The goal is to have a decision made at the Board meeting on 9/1. Note:none of our venue choices will be available until mid-October, due to staffing shortages and other reasons. So the venue committee has agreed that we will meet at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology through Oct 13.
The Program Committee has an excellent upcoming slate of speakers. September is focused on Saco. Next week 8/25 our guest will be Nick Blunier, Biddeford artist, of Common Roots Studio and the Art Bus. This meeting will be held at the COT and also on Zoom (the COT space works well for hybrid meetings, thanks Paulette for making it available!)
Guest: Chris Soulias, Middletown CT Rotary 
Happy dollars (apologies for any I missed!):
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Jim LaBelle: $5, glad that Bill Kany isn't here (reference Bill's Peanut Gallery musings :)
  • Dr. Joe: Please get involved with the Ogunquit clubs Two Cents Sale
  • Brian Dallaire: appointed as District Fundraising Chair for Major (>$10K) Gifts. Notes that Brenda Cressey from the District Foundation Committee has joined Ogunquit club which is great.
  • Peggy Bean: happy to find the COT and the right spot for the meeting!
  • Melissa: nice family visit from Kansas
  • Marty: got to take home leftover ice cream, good golf fundraiser, thank you to all Club members
  • Don: good golf fundraiser
  • Bill Paterson: family visited from Corpus Christi, it was hotter here than it was there
  • Holly Culloton: thanks for having me as a guest
  • Mike Burman: celebrating 17th anniversary, had a nice three-day weekend in Cancun
Guest speaker, Community Advocate-Holly Culloton "Why I Do What I Do"
  • Opened and ran Bebe's Burritos on Main Street in Biddeford, 2001-2006
  • Opened and ran LaCava Gift Shop on Water Street (where Magnus is now) after that
  • Started Biddeford's Adopt-a-Park program
  • Pursued gardening and received Master Gardener certification
  • Received funding to help develop Williams Court & Pierson's Lane gardens, together with Joyfull Harvest
    • There are 14 raised bed boxes there
  • Renting space from Biddeford Housing Authority for $1/year at Mission Hill Community Garden (large parking area on Sullivan St)
    • Supplying produce to Bon Appetit and YouthFull Maine food programs
    • Thank you to Rotarian Jim Godbout for arranging water system including rainwater catchment system at Mission Hill
    • York County Cooperative Extension and Service Works also support
    • Partnered with McArthur Library for Biddeford Gardening learning series
    • Teamed up with United Way to build 4 more boxes
  • Pierson's Lane garden hasn't been as good this year due to less community attention to it, but it has been great in the past and will be again
  • At Williams Court, the Maine Way housing program has the best box (Pres note: Marty likes to support Maine Way, this is an excellent transitional housing program)
  • Holly has built 91 total garden boxes: top that, people!
  • Thank you to Rotary, including Michael from Stoner & Co, Joe Moreshead, and many others for the support!
Week in Review 8/18/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/11/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Aug 11, 2021
We had a great ice cream meeting on Wednesday, featuring guest speakers from Sweet Cream and Garsides. They are welcome at our meetings anytime!  Unfortunately, there were some free samples left over, and I had to take them.... 
Our Mini Golf for Good event is this weekend! We have had a great response, thanks to your efforts. Come on out to play some mini-golf at Schooners, Raptor Falls, or Pirate's Cove, and say hi to your favorite Rotarian!
Next week's meeting: Please join us on Wednesday the 18th at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology with guest speaker Holly Culloton, Biddeford's 2020 Volunteer of the Year (I think Holly would win this award every year if that was possible). Holly is a big part of the reason why downtown Biddeford has flowerboxes and gardens, and was the founder of Bebe's Burritos, one of the businesses that brought back Main Street. 
We'll be in person, but Zoom works well for meetings at BRCOT too -- the Biddeford School Department is set up for this. In person, you do need to wear a mask when entering and exiting the building, but not while you're eating. We'll have sandwiches and drinks.
Week in Review 8/11/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/4/2021

Posted by Jess Muise on Aug 04, 2021
Quick Updates from Marty:
  • We were awarded a District Grant of $2000 to continue our successful Raised Bed Garden project! Thank you to Ken Farley as well as the entire Covid Committee, led by Conrad Welzel, for this success. We will hold the build next spring.
  • The Venue Committee, consisting of Heather Gendron, Heather MacLean, and Conrad Welzel, has been working hard to find a landing spot that will support lunch and a hybrid meeting. Your suggestions are welcome.
  • The Golf for Good event, set for August 14-15, is doing great with fundraising. We have now raised $8900. If you can cover a shift that weekend, we can raise even more. Also: would you please like and share the videos on our Facebook page? It’s a great way to thank and appreciate our headline sponsors. The videos were made by Dan Reed of Wizardly Media and feature Haley Thompson and her family!
  • This Wednesday’s meeting is a fun, informal Ice Cream Social at Sweet Cream in Biddeford. There will be no fee and no Powerpoint. Bring a guest!
Meeting recap (thanks to note-taker Jess Muise of Engine):
Guests: Guest Speaker Dr. Don E. Hoenig, consultant and former State Veterinarian
Invocation by Melissa Cilley including a land acknowledgement
Next week’s meeting is 8/11 @ Sweet Cream at noon, ring bell at 12:15
Pepperell Center, 40 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Fellowship, not a formal meeting – but will include Q&A with the business owners from Sweet Cream and Garsides
No lunch, but there is ice cream!
The week after that (8/18) will be at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology/hybrid meeting and feature Volunteer of the Year Holly Culloton
Announcements and updates
•            Program Committee Update - welcoming program ideas.
•            Venue committee working on a space to land. They are touring Ferry Beach Association next week
•            Mini Golf Fundraiser - 57 hole sponsors, goal is 60
o          Two new $1k sponsors
o          We need volunteers – we made 3k last year from the collection jars at the events alone - sign up sheet
o          Most of the $$ comes from Raptors and Pirates Cove, those are the target markets
•            Rotary Park Garden Bed Project cutting party Thurs Aug 5 - have enough people to handle the cutting but please come by for fellowship
•            Expect to assemble the garden beds at Rotary Park TBD pending corrugated metal materials delivery and location preparation
•            Today is the first posting for a new member approved by the board the morning: Kim Regoulinsky, owner of Keep it Local Maine
•            Michael Burman - discussing goals for the Rotaract Club please send suggestions
•            Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce had a great Chamber Fest event August 3 in Mechanics Park
Happy dollars and fines by Sergeant-at-Arms Jim LaBelle:
  • Mike Burman fined $2 for not knowing is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned (although Marty should be fined because he forgot the 4-way test banner)
  • Jim $3 for great Chamber event
  • Don for Golf event is going well
  • Conrad happy he saw some deer and they weren’t in his headlights
  • Mark N for Juston McKinney coming up on 8/14 at City Theatre
  • Brenda -- $5 for granddaughter who is competing in a regional beauty pageant
  • Jess – completed successful building project with help from her family
  • Paulette -- for great support and funding for technical education in latest state budget
  • Bill Paterson – family visited from TX
  • Bill Kany – 37th wedding anniversary
Presentation on bees
•            Our food systems rely on bees for pollination.
•            Bees are insects. Without humans insects would be fine; without insects, humans cannot survive.
•            Why do bees need a veterinarian? Bees as a food animal are regulated by the FDA.
•            What is in the smoke used when approaching a beehive? Pine needles in the smoker alert them that something is happening
•            Colony collapse disorder is likely a multifactor issue, not just RoundUp - many threats to bee populations including American Foulbrood, mites, viruses
Of note: Thank you to Paulette and her team at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology. The hybrid meeting worked well and everyone on both sides could be seen and heard with the Owl microphone and cameras, even from across the room.  And thanks to Dr. Hoenig for a very interesting presentation!
Week in Review 8/4/2021 Jess Muise 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

From the Peanut Gallery

Posted by Bill Kany on Aug 04, 2021
Supplement to August 4, 2021 Tack
Okay, so the people gallery has been fairly dormant over the last bunch of months, but when it sees or hears an injustice it must wake up and throw a few peanuts.
On August 4th, Sergeant at Arms, Jim Labelle, arguably exceeded his paltry authority (for similar actions in excess of one’s authority see Joe Biden) by declaring that since the departure of Jackson Brown Joe Moreshead is now the best looking man in the club (I believe I saw President Marty shed a tear into his mask).  First of all, I don’t recall voting on this, and secondly, if voting was employed, clearly ranked choice voting should have been used. 
Anointing Joe the McDreamy of the club creates two issues.  The first was immediate in that Paulette Bonneau needed to demo a wall so Joe could get his inflated head out of the building.  Such demolition is not cheap and the State only has so much money to go around.
The second problem is that such an announcement objectifies Joe and frankly all men in the club.  That point is not diminished in the least by the fact that the announcement was made by Jim Labelle who was clearly serving as a mouth piece for the women in the club.  We all need to remember that Joe may actually have feelings and he may actually be more than a pretty face.  Those facts are yet to be determined, but we have to leave open the possibility.  Jim clearly did not consider the fact that labelling Joe as the club hunk might temporarily boost his spirits, but as his looks quickly fade, where will he be?  Sure, Joe occasionally wears the pink (he calls them cranberry, but we all know pink when we see it) canvas pants spotted with ducks or some other form of fowl and he skips wearing socks to accentuate his ankles, but such clothing is not an invitation to ogle.  Joe is a man, he is not an animal (the Elephant Man paraphrase is merely a coincidence).  Perhaps it is time to start the #mentoomovement. 
Please remember that every time you compliment Joe’s appearance his head grows in size and his neck can only hold up so much, and the local chiropractors are only so good.  So let’s not be so free to throw around such reckless pronouncements unless one is going to consider the inner man as well.  We all deserve a recount.
From the Peanut Gallery Bill Kany 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park Raised Bed Project

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Aug 03, 2021
The BS Rotary Club is having a wood cutting party on August 5th at 30 Gooch St at 5:00PM- BYOB ( my shop ). We are cutting material to make 15 raised bed boxes. We will help assemble those boxes on Saturday at Rotary Park at a time to be determined by the Biddeford Community Garden Committee.
Bring a chop saw too if you want- – we already have two to set up. Attached is the plan for the boxes. We are making 15 of the boxes.
We hope some Rotarians can come and help.
Joe Moreshead
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
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Week in Review 7/28/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jul 28, 2021
Biddeford Saco Rotary Meeting July 28, 2021
4 way test - Matt Tuller
Pledge - Marty
Invocation - Kristen Lane
Guests: none
Marty - We have established a venue committee of Conrad Welzel, Heather Gendron & Heather MacLean. Please get your venue suggestions to this great group. Suggestions today included McArthur Library, Elks Club, and Blue Elephant’s new facility on North Street in Saco. Thank you for your patience as we find a lily pad to land on.
Marty - Next meeting, Wednesday August 4th,  is at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, 10 Maplewood Ave, Biddeford. We will have sandwiches. There is a ZOOM option. Please sign up ASAP. Masks required when entering and exiting the building.
Don - Golf fund-raiser update
           Going well with hole sponsors - could use a few more
           Sign-up sheets are out
           Dan's video ad is great;  Click here to watch:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14z82vPVtLq0NZ4KB-CRcvuQgTx3Khq47/view?usp=sharing
Brian - Please sign-up for next meeting ASAP.
Sergeant at arms -  not held this week in order to get directly to the essay contest video. Note: the Chamber is holding a mixer on Tuesday August 3rd at 5PM at Mechanics Park. Info here
Essay Contest:  Brenda
26th Annual Essay Contest
Impressed with all the young folks who participated
Next year’s event will be Wednesday June 8th at TA
All who participated in the last 2 years will be invited to attend. The participants found it very valuable to participate with our program.
Excellent Video of the contestants was shown.  
After watching the essay video - final thought from Bill Paterson - Don't pen it in - pen it out...
Meeting adjourned at 1pm
Week in Review 7/28/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/21/2021

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jul 21, 2021
Rotary Meeting Notes
July 21, 2021
Meeting Location: Thornton Academy
President Marty welcomed club members, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, 4-Way Test by Melissa Cilley, and invocation by Paulette Bonneau.
Brenda Pollock introduced visitors – Dick Hall, our District Gov., his wife Andi, and Past District Gov. Peggy Belanger.
President Marty presented Past President Don with his Rotary Chair, honoring his service to our club.
Golf for Good – Don reported that the committee is currently fundraising for hole sponsors. The locations have been confirmed (Raptor Falls, Schooners, and Pirate’s Cove). We need volunteers to be at the locations on August 14 and 15. Marty encouraged folks to volunteer to help with the fundraiser. You can sign up at this Google Sheet.
Venue search – The club is currently looking for a new venue for weekly in-person meetings. If club members know of any such spaces, please let Marty know.
Next week’s meeting – The meeting next week will be via Zoom. Brenda shared that it will be a video featuring the essay contest finalist. The theme of the essay contest was “what family means to me”. Please tune in!
Community gardens – Joe shared that he has been working with Holly Culloton to provide support for a project to build raised beds in Rotary Park. He is looking for volunteers to help build the beds on August 3 and August 7 – more details to come via email.
50/50 Drawing:
Winner is Kathy Shea!
Happy Dollars and Fines:
Jim LaBelle led the group in presenting their Happy Dollars. Some highlights were Karen, $5 for becoming a grandmother, and Jim Godbout a very generous $50 for having missed meetings. Don gave $1 for his new Rotary chair, Joe and Jim contributed for getting 10th place in the Adventure Race and having a ton of fun doing it, James Audifred who appreciated an in-person meeting, PDG Peggy Belanger for the warm welcome from our Club, Melissa Cilley $2 for APEX kids getting involved with Rotary, and lastly, DG Dick Hall as a thank you for our raised bed project that the Covid committee developed. Jim then issued fines to Joe (for wearing fancy shoes), Mark (for overpromoting the very wonderful City Theater and all their amazing upcoming shows), Susan (for overpromoting Venmo as a way to pay Happy Dollars), Haley (for having the easiest commute to today’s meeting, across the hall), Dan Reed (for having cool hair) and Brian Dallaire (for being too nice).
Marty introduced new District Gov. Dick Hall.
Dick started off his presentation sharing a video by Playing For Change – Everyday People. He said that is what Rotary is…everyday people all around the world working to make the world a better place.
Dick shared that his focus this year will be on the club – service, meetings, fun, public image, foundation and Polio, and membership.
The theme for Rotary this year is Serve to Change Lives.
Dick encouraged club members to introduce someone new to Rotary. Current Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has issued a challenge – Each one, Bring one. Worldwide Rotary membership is 1.2 million – the goal is 1.3 million by the end of Shekhar’s year.
Dick also reminded folks of the importance of Foundation participation. Some upcoming opportunities/activities to support: Pints for Polio in October and Interact’s Purple Pinky Project.
Meeting Close:
Please sign up to volunteer at Golf for Good!
Information to come on volunteering to help build the raised garden beds – stay tuned!
Next week’s meeting (the 28th) is via Zoom, the following week (8/4) will be in person at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology at Biddeford High School, featuring Dr. Don Hoenig on the crisis facing pollinators and how we can help. There will be a Zoom option for this meeting as well, and we’ll be testing some new equipment to make a better hybrid experience.
Week in Review 7/21/2021 Martin Grohman 2021-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Week in Review 7/14/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Jul 14, 2021
Biddeford Saco Rotary
7/14/21 meeting
via Zoom
Presiding: Marty Grohman, President
Pledge: Marty
4-Way Test - Nelly Rabadi
Invocation - Nasri Rabadi
Nasri and Nelly Rabadi from Amman-Cosmopolitan (Jordan) Rotary
Brian - Please use the registration link on the meeting email announcements, we need head counts - next week we are in person at TA.
Marty - District Governor Dick Hall will be at next week's meeting. Bag lunch provided @$6 please reserve your lunch by responding to the appointment email from Clubrunner
Bill Patterson - August 4th meeting, in person at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology - featuring presentation on bees & pollinators by Dr. Don Hoenig
Conrad - programming:.July 28th on Zoom. Rotary Essay Contest winners will present to us.
Don - Mini Golf event...meeting today at Chamber at 4:30 pm. Courses - Pirates Cove, Martels & Raptor Falls.
This event is the weekend of August 14-15
Need sponsors
#50 $100 hole sponsors needed
Need members at the courses to engage the public
Will collect donations again at the courses - raised over $3,000 last year
GOOGLE sheet will be sent for sign-ups
Sergeant at Arms - Paulette
Happy Dollars
  • Conrad - $5 - got to visit with his daughter and grand children
  • Karen - $5 - got engaged this past weekend
  • Dr. Joe - $5 - great speaker at Ogunquit Rotary - Don Pilon
  • Morgan - $5 - his son Vaughn's 2nd birthday
  • Roland - $1 - Paulette at the dinner at Tiqua on Monday 
  • Nasri - $20 - for all our club's hospitality
  • Don - $5 - in an attempt to buy-off all fines in the upcoming year - LOL
  • Paul - $1 - thanks to Roland, Sue & Chuck for the dinners
  • Jill Eddie - 1 pound - July 4th in the UK is Thank You Rotary Day!
  • Dennis Robillard - $ - Guest Speaker from Saco Bay Rotary - seeing relatives for the first time in a long time
  • Jess - $1 - Biddeford Art Walk 5:30 to 7:30 this Friday
  • Paulette - $5 - in honor of Fausto for his generosity
FINES by Paulette:
  • Paul - you still have a car in the yard at the COT
  • Heather McClain - not at your store when I visited...though store staff was great
  • Roland - you & Nasri staying up late talking and Paula & Nelly couldn't sleep
  • Karen - for getting engaged
  • Susan -- for telling so many stories about the giant trolls at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden  
Dennis Robillard - Crutches for Africa
The need is great and hates to see things go to waste.
Started the charity in 2004 with small shipments in cars - packed the insides with crutches.
Last shipment went to Afghanistan - as will the next.
Shipped at no cost to recipients
30k assistive devices sent from our district from 2011 - in 2019 sent 2 40' containers
Need new space to store crutches before shipping. Do we know of any space?
Monday the 19th from 6 - 8pm at 20 Gooch Street need help packing items
Greatest need - new space! Approx 1500 sf.
Next meeting at TA - 3rd meeting in our 101st year.
Meeting adjourned at 1:03 pm
Week in Review 7/14/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
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Jordanian Rotarians Visit July 11-15, 2021

Posted by Roland Gagne on Jul 02, 2021
We have 2 Jordanians visiting us from our sister club in Jordan this month. They arrive late on Saturday, July 10th and fly to NYC on Friday, July 16th. Nelly and Nasri will be staying with Roland & Paula.
We have planned the following for their visit and would love to have as many Rotarians as possible join us!  Event invitations will be sent out, so please register for which ones you would like to attend.
Sunday, July 11th
11:30am-1pm    Lunch at Freedom Cafe in Naples (Lunch at your expense)
1pm-3pm            Songo River Queen cruise. Tickets are $30/pp and are rain or shine (non-refundable).
5 pm                      BBQ dinner at Roland’s in Standish (11 Busque Blvd). Steak, lobster, steamers, hamburgers and hotdogs.  $15/pp to BS Rotary Club. BYOB
Monday, July 12th
8am                       Departure for Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor $22/pp.
                                                Lunch and shopping on your own in Boothbay Harbor - van leaves BH at 5 pm.
                7:30pm                 Dinner at TIQAs in Portland (Dinner at your expense).
Tuesday, July 13th
The Jordanians will spend the day with family.
5pm                       Potluck dinner at Susan’s in Hollis (Please bring your favorite traditional dish to share so we can show our guests a wide variety of yummy foods! BYOB, no cost for the meal. 
Wednesday, July 14th
8am                       Tour of UNE with Mike Burman 
                10am-12pm        Tour of the Biddeford Mills $20/pp.
                12pm                     Rotary Meeting (Jordanians Zooming from Pension Professionals’ Office)
2pm                       Freeport Trip with dinner on your own
Thursday, July 15th
8:30am                 Saco Train Station - Join Roland and our friends on the Downeaster for a fun day in Boston. (Train tickets, meals and venue admissions at your expense)
We need to pre-purchase tickets for the Songo River Queen cruise, BH Botanical Gardens and the Biddeford Mill tour so please let us know by Friday, July 6th if you’d like to attend any of these. 
We will also need to purchase food for the BBQ at Roland’s in Standish on 7/11 so let us know how many will be attending at $15/pp. Deadline is Thursday, 7/8 to sign up for this dinner.
If you’d like to join us at TIQA in Portland on 7/12, we need to finalize that reservation by Thursday, July 8th.
Also, by Thursday, July 8th, please let us know if you can come to the potluck dinner at Susan’s in Hollis on 7/13 and what you’ll be bringing for food. BYOB. 
Jordanian Rotarians Visit July 11-15, 2021 Roland Gagne 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Swan Song/Year in Review /Week in Review 6/30/21

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 30, 2021
The following are my humble observations related to our June 30, 2021 Biddeford Saco Rotary Club meeting held live and in person (unless you were on ZOOM) at the Run of the Mill (more on them later). 
Pledge of …………….. Allegiance:  The meeting started, as usual, with a resounding version of the Pledge of Allegiance led for the last time (we can only hope) by President Don.  The ZOOM attendees were out of sync with us so I intentionally tried to lag behind and speed up just to make them feel welcome.  I finished several seconds before Don.
Can I Hear an Amen?:  Bill Patterson, or who I like to call (at this very moment) the “Master Bill P” led us on one of his original, inspirational, soul crushing, “I wish I were Joe Bassett” prayers that lacked only a Hallelujah.  Amen my brother Billy P.
Four Way Test:  Marty “I’m starting as President tomorrow?” Grohman demonstrated his reading ability by leading us in the four way test.  Maybe it’s just me, but I find the 4 way test to be both redundant and cult-ish.
Honored Guest:  We were visited by Kim Regoulinsky, one of the owners of Keep It Local Maine.  Kim mentioned that it was her first Rotary meeting.  You always remember your first.  You’re nervous, it hurts a little and you’re glad to have it over with.  I am taking the time to mention our guest because I was proud I asked how to spell her name.
Mini-Golf:  One of Don Pilon’s many obsessions (the others include stand-up comedy and the breeding of therapy hamsters)  is mini-golf.  He has asked me to play golf with him a few times.  Of course, he usually mumbles the name of the mini-golf course to hide the fact that he does not play actual golf though he does have a tour sized bag with one rubber-headed putter in it.  Well, in any event, the mini-golf fundraiser is back and will be held on August 14-15 at the Raptor Course in Arundel, Schooner’s in Saco and Pirate’s Cove in OOB.  Don is a member at all three courses which is how he gets them to participate.  We will need to solicit hole sponsors, venue sponsors and volunteer to be at each location to beg for money, I mean ask for donations.  The next meeting of the committee will be on July 8th at 4:30 PM at the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce offices. 
Dues:  Dues are technically due on July 1, but if you are like me you will wait for the invoice.
It’s Not You, It’s Me:  I guess the Run of the Mill wants to see other people this summer so they are breaking up with us for now.  Run of the Mill, I am not sure if “our love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer are gone” (sorry Don Henley).  In any event we are going to get our freedom to see other venues this summer (I feel so dirty).  Marty is working on all of that and we may get back together with the ROTM this fall but who knows.  Please try not to drunk text the Run of the Mill at 1:00 AM if you can help it.  Run of the Mill, if you want me back you have to do better than a $14.00 wrap.
50/50:  Apparently, for a large enough investment you can get unlimited 50/50 tickets these days and Dr. Joe parlayed his investment into a win.
Mademoiselle Sergeant at Arms:  Heather “where’s the rest of my skirt” McLean then welcomed happy dollars as Sergeant at Arms.  Dr. Joe was happy about winning 50/50 and for being able to see his grandson, Noah, after a two year wait.  Steve Morin welcomed his second grandchild, Charli, who is the sister of Maverick.  I don’t make this stuff up.  Was Charli a Top Gun character as well?  Don Pilon was happy to be getting done and happy that he celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary.  Linsey Pilon did not give a happy dollar (uh?), but it was announced that Saint Linsey medals were available for sale in the Run of the Mill gift shop.  Conrad was happy he is having another 4th of July bash at his house.  Heather then fined Brenda for being adorable (I am still waiting for my “adorable” fine).  Steve Morin was fined for simply being at the meeting (Steve was just released from the witness protection program).  Paulette Bonneau got a congratulatory fine but for what we are not sure.  Marty was fined $5.00 for becoming the new president.
No announcement of a new Sergeant of Arms was made. 
Paul Harris Points:  I thanked Joe Moreshead for donating some of his accumulated Paul Harris points (like Brian did last year) to enable the Club to give out its Paul Harris awards.  The Club used to accumulate lots of Paul Harris points to be able to give out awards, but apparently RI’s (that’s Rotary International and not Rhodes Island) accounting practices have changed so the Club accumulates fewer points so club members who have hoarded more than their share of points have been good enough to share so that the Club can give out the honors.  Thanks Joe (and Brian).
More Gifts:  President Don forgot to recognize Julie Villemaire for all that she does for the Club as secretary so he made up for the oversight with a gift this week from Whimsical Me (where’s that?).  He also found some golf balls in the trunk of his car and wrapped them for me.  I do actually appreciate the gesture (or Don’s weak moment).
Swan Song:  A swan song is apparently a song of great sweetness sung by a dying swan.  Keep in mind swans are mute and allegedly only sing just before they die.  To my knowledge Don has never been accused of being mute and as for his final speech, it was not of great sweetness though it had the intrigue of a recipe for a bunt cake.  Brian has inserted Don’s entire spread sheet, I mean speech, below which was recited with the same passion and feeling as the spread sheet itself.  To acknowledge Don out a little bit, our Club did a lot in a year of significant challenges.  Don ably led us in a pandemic year of virtual meetings, almost impossible fundraising conditions and isolation that affected every one of us.  We welcomed several new members to replace those who chose to resign.  It was a year of successes at a time when we all needed them and for that we have Don to thank.  If anyone repeats what I just wrote I will deny it.
Changing of the Guard:  In the time honored tradition fit for Buckingham Palace, we then witnessed the changing of the guard which is also referred to as “guard mounting”.  Because of the image that conjures up I will not be referring to it as “guard mounting” again.  Of course, the changing of the guard is when one group of sentries relieves others on duty while wearing silly furry hats which are impossible to fight in but do make them look really tall. Changing of the guard has a different meaning when one is either really young or really old, but  I don’t think Don is quite there yet.  There were no hats (other than a Rotary golf hat) involved in the civil transition of power from Don to Marty, but there was the requisite bestowing of the new gavel from Don to Marty and the giving of the gavel plaque from Marty to Don.
Marty’s Inaugural Speech:  I am guessing Marty came up with his opening speech while he was eating lunch.  I say that because during lunch he was asked about his goals for the year and he admitted he had not given that any thought.  Did they teach you nothing at PETs?
Marty did graciously acknowledge all that the club accomplished in Don’s year and thanked the club members and Don for their hard work.  He acknowledged the great publicity we received this year, thanks to Brenda, as he held the cell phone up to make sure all the ZOOM callers could see and hear him.  His goals included making sure we can meet in a fashion that will allow hybrid meetings so people can be in person or attend by ZOOM (I was happy to explain to Paul Deschambault what ZOOM is).  He wants to continue to use ZOOM so we can have international participation at our meetings.  He wants more interaction with Rotaract and Interact.
He again explained the July meeting schedule (see above) and expressed his hope that we will be able to complete: the mini-golf fundraiser, our $100.00 raffle in late fall, our adopt-a-family program, another maple syrup fundraiser and a RV raffle in the spring.  That will be a busy schedule.  He encouraged people to look at our committee list and get involved.  Marty then asked what he was missing which elicited a bunch of responses.
Marty also announced that the Jordanians are coming for a one week visit and Roland Gagne will be hosting a BBQ for them on July 11 after which there will be a week of activities planned for our guests.  Stay tuned for more details.
Marty, we wish you the best of luck in your upcoming year.
Don’s Song:  The following is Don’s “speech”.  It has a great beat but it is tough to dance to.
All as respectfully submitted by your lowly scribe, Bill Kany.
2020-2021 Swan Song/Year in Review /Week in Review 6/30/21 Bill Kany 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Awards Meeting

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jun 23, 2021
President Don started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance which was then followed up with the invocation by Joe Bassett. VP Brenda Pollock then led the group in the Rotarian 4 Way Test.
President-Elect Marty Grohman introduced visiting guests and Rotarians.  Dennis Robillard stopped by from the Saco Bay Sunset Club.  Past President,and FIRST woman President of our Club, Helene Plourde was in attendance today with her husband John McDonough, Tricia Heidelbaugh, Roland Rousselle, Buffy Rousselle, Tyler Rousselle, Aaron Rousselle, Ann Marie Martin Rousselle and Ryan Sommer.
The 50/50 drawing ($26) was won by Joe Moreshead who quickly donated his winning proceeds back to the club! 
There was no Sergeant at Arms today as it was “Awards Day”.  Have your wallets ready for next week! Also, if you’d like to bring a little extra cash with you, we typically “pass the hat” for a collection “tip” for the waitress who served us at the few on-site meetings.  We normally do this around the holidays but seeing as we were “Zooming” then, this would be the next best time as we finish up this Rotarian year.
This is one of the easiest weeks to take the minutes for the TACK because Bill Kany happens to do all of the work!  Thanks again Bill for sharing your awesome notes!!
From the Desk of Bill Kany: 
Welcome to the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s annual awards meeting. 
At the outset I want to thank all the Rotarians who took the time to suggest some incredibly worthy candidates for these awards.  Your input to the committee was invaluable and all of this year’s winners came from your suggestions.  Unfortunately, we cannot honor all of the people you suggested, but I can assure you they were all worthy of recognition.
I firmly believe that two of the most powerful and yet under-utilized words in the English language are “thank you”.  In an effort to say thank you, each year since 1988 (except for last year) our Club has given out our Public, Private and Humanitarian awards and we have been giving out our Vocational Service Award since 2000.  The awards have gone either to club members or to individuals or organizations outside the club whose acts of kindness, generosity and caring help to make our communities and the world a little better.  I have had the privilege of chairing this committee for longer than I can remember, and I know that most of our past recipients have not been people looking for recognition, and in fact, most of them would prefer to keep doing what they do away from the spotlight.  Our club, however, feels that our award recipients deserve a resounding thank you for their good works and it is our hope that by acknowledging the wonderful things these folks do we will inspire others to get involved and do great things.
The Private Sector Award is awarded to a citizen whose good works have been performed independently of their employment usually in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, outside of his or her employment. An example of a past recipient would be a building contractor who works towards helping the hungry through setting up a self-supporting meal program.
In the past I have read off some of our most recent winners of this award but this year I thought I would go back to 1988 and list off some of the early winners.   They included:
1988  Tobie Nathanson
1989 Robert Melville
1990 A. William Kany, Jr.
1991 Myra Van Fleet
1992 Conrad Crepeau
            The singer, song writer and activist, Harry Chapin performed a song called “Mr. Tanner”.  In that song he describes a dry cleaner who is a talented singer, saying of Mr. Tanner that “music was his life it was not his livelihood, it made him feel so happy, it made him feel so good.  He sang from his heart, he sang from his soul, he did not know how well he sang, it just made him whole.”  Fortunately for all of us, many people develop talents during their lifetimes that give their lives meaning.  Some, like this year’s private ward sector winner, use their beloved talents to help others.
            This year’s private sector award winner developed a talent for sewing and knitting at a young age and has used those talents to help others for a long time.  She has helped make hundreds of quilts to provide comfort for kids at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital; she has knit hats to keep the less fortunate warm and she has collaborated with others to make dresses for young girls all over the globe for “Dress a Girl Around the World” which makes those girls safer and helps them to feel loved and better about themselves.  She also works to garner support for those efforts when she is not sewing.  Her commitment to her creative talents and using them to help others is truly an inspiration.
We are pleased to recognize those efforts by giving this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Private Sector Award to Anne Marie Martin Rousselle.
The Public Sector Award is awarded to a citizen who, in the course of their employment or funding, serves the public with government and/or public monies. Recipients are usually employed by a government agency, hold a political office, or have their good works funded in the course of their employment. An example of a past recipient would be a state senator who has worked towards promoting the good of the community.
Past Winners Include:
1988 Joan Susi
1989 Clayton Cartmill
1990 Dennis Dutremble
1991 Robert G. Dodge
1992 Debra Choroszy
            It is said that when life gives you lemons make lemonade.  Over the last year life, in the form of COVID, has certainly given us a whole lot of lemons.  Not only have thousands died from the pandemic, but it has had other impacts as well including incredible isolation, lost jobs and businesses, hunger and  a sense of hopelessness.  Some people have had the vision to not only see these problems but to come up with creative solutions designed to help as many people as possible.
            This year's Public Sector Award winner is a person with that kind of creative vision to help fight local hunger and isolation while helping local restaurants that struggled so mightily during the pandemic.  This person found local sponsors to pay restaurants to provide meals and then collaborated with volunteers and resource officers to distribute those meals to people in need of not only a meal but company as well.  Those efforts addressed so many needs at the same time including providing residents and businesses in our communities with hope.  This person took lemons and made a proverbial lemonade stand.
            In the midst of a crisis such creativity has to be applauded and encouraged, and as a result I am happy to announce that Biddeford Saco Rotary Club's Public Sector Award is given to Amelia Meier, the Assistant Director of Saco’s Parks and Rec Department.
The Humanitarian Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to further the good of humanity in the community. Past Recipients include a nurse who set up a hospice program in the area.
Past Winners Include:
1988 Richard Nason
1989 Dr. Andre Fortier
1992 Agnes Flaherty
1994 Dr. Francis J. Kleeman
1995 Donald W. Charland
            Recently the Marathon Bomber, Tsarnaev was back in the news and I again saw the film footage of the 2013  Boston Marathon bombing. The thing that struck me was when the bombs went off the instinct of most people was to run from danger, but for the first responders in the area their instinct was to run to the danger to see if they could help.  That image has always stayed with me.  This year’s Humanitarian Award winner is someone who is always willing to go where he is needed and he is always willing to work to get things done.  It seems instinctual to him as well.  I have known a lot of doers in my day, but this person not only says he is going to do things but he gets them done every time.  Furthermore, when it became clear that COVID was here to stay for an extended period of time, he stood up and directed our efforts to support our communities in such a time of need.
            He provides all of this help with an incredible sense of humility and family and with a sincerity that is unsurpassed.  For his willingness to put his family, his communities and those in need ahead of all else, this year’s Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Humanitarian Award goes to Conrad Welzel.
The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a citizen, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.
Past Winners Include:
2000  Carl Goodwin
2001 A. William Kany, Jr.
2002  Ron Gagnon
2003  Steven Foran
2004 Frank Paul
            Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, said that “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”  This year’s recipient of our Vocational Service Award is such a quiet leader who quite frankly has had an incredible career as an educator that many of us probably don’t know about. 
 Jeremy Ray said that this leader “has been a respected educator and leader in the Biddeford’s School District for over 27 years. Starting as a School Social Worker at John F. Kennedy School, she worked with children from kindergarten through high school. Anyone who knows her will tell you she has a big heart, and her compassion and ability to see behind the behavior are key elements in her success as a leader and colleague today.”
            While, by now, most of you know who I am talking about, it is hard to believe this person has been the Director of the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology for 8 years.  During that time: “She not only fixed a broken culture shepherding a team of leaders to move BRCOT towards standards-based assessments and expanded programs but she also established unprecedented collaborative relationships among other school districts, community stakeholders, state agencies and legislators, and more.”  Those added programs include upgrading the precision machining program, an Emergency Medical Technician Program, plumbing and heating, new engineering programs and the creation of Career Pathways and Student Services positions to support student success.
            At a time when technical education and a renewed commitment to our students have become so important this person has shined in providing the leadership and vision to move the COT into the 21st Century.
            This year’s Vocational Service Award goes to the Director of the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology and the newest member of Maine’s State Board of Education, Paulette Bonneau.
            Back in 2007 our Club decided to honor all of the dedication and contributions of Carl and Earl Goodwin by creating an award in their honor.  In my opinion it is truly the highest honor our club can give to one of its past or present members.  I should note that the committee’s nominee is not here, but I have decided to go ahead with the award anyway.
Based on the significance of the award I will read the names of Past Winners
2007 Carl and Earl Goodwin
2008 Richard Buffum
2009 David Lowe
2010 Robert Begin
2011 Roland M. Eon
2012 Roland P. Gagne
2013 Helene Plourde
2014 Julie Villemaire
2015 Jim McAllister
2016 Paul H. Deschambault
2017 Karen Chasse
2018 Jim Godbout
2019 PDG Ronald Drouin
If you think of the Goodwin brothers you know that they always stepped up when the Club needed them to do so.  This year’s recipient is no different having done what was needed time and time again.  A true veteran of the club, this person has been a regular Board member, was a huge part of our TV auction on air and behind the scenes, but most importantly when we needed a President with essentially no time to prepare, this person stepped up big time and took on the job.  This club member has provided a voice of reason to the club while always making us smile. His commitment to Rotary cannot be questioned, after all it’s all for the children.
This year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award winner is Joe Moreshead who had no idea about this even though he is on the Awards Committee.
Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients!!
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Essay Contest

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jun 22, 2021
Rotary club announces essay contest winners
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club announced the winners of its  26th annual Rotary Essay Contest.
Eighth-graders from five middle schools were asked to write a 500-word essay on the topic, "What the Word 'Family' Means to Me," with the faculty at the schools judging the essays.
The top three winners of the contest, placing from first to third respectively, from each school, include:
•St.James School, Biddeford: Samuel Allain, Anya-Ava Allain and Daphne Blake.
  • Saco Middle School: Yaqeen Hasan, April Price and Olivia Smart.
  • Thornton Academy Middle School, Saco: Tia Mendros, Cora Thomas and MacKenna Durkee.
  • Biddeford Middle School: Keyarrah McCurry, Eva Aranovitch and Mark Patterson.
  • Loranger Memorial Middle School, Old Orchard Beach: Jesse Rowland, Joana Massanga and Kylie Mininni.
The first-prize essay winners received $100, second-place winners, $75, and third-place winners, $50.
Watch the students read their winning essays at youtube:
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Week in Review 6/16/2021

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Jun 16, 2021
Presiding:  Don Pilon
Pledge:  Don
4-Way Test: Kristen Lane
Prayer: Marty
Guests: Brad Favreau, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Biddeford
Mayor William Doyle of Saco
Don - Next week's meeting is at Run of the Mill @12:15pm. Lunch will be $14. with $2 for 50/50 raffle. Zoom will be offered - not sure how yet. Sign email will be forthcoming...please RSVP quickly.
Bill Kany - Awards Ceremony next week - please attend and see other people get awards.
Don - Pick-up your Maple Syrup at Roland's office on Pool Street. Marty reports we will do the sale again next year.
Conrad - No covid of gardening meeting.  Covid Committee folded in charitable projects committee.
Heather - Scholarships have all been given out at the recipients awards assemblies. 
Marty - July meetings - none on the 7th...14th & 28th are Zoom...21st at Thornton Academy.
We will not be going back to Run of the Mill this summer.
Heather mentions Ferry Beach as a possible option.
Jim LaBelle - Live Business After Hours 5 pm Thursday at Attache Business Center. Dan Reed will be there and Blue Elephant will be catering.
Sergeant at Arms - Heather Maclean
Happy Dollars - 
Conrad - $5 - Nicolle Carroll says "hell" and he got see his grandkids.
Don - $1 - Happy the Mayor of Saco is here
Dan Reed - $5 - happy he is doing a project with HOB
Karen -  - sold house to daughter and all the feelings that go with that...
Jane Foley - $2 - daughter graduated
Jim LaBelle - $5 - son is out of the army and coming home
Cheri Sullivan - $5 - son graduated from USM and heading to Toronto
$1 - Jim LaBelle - back away from your computer screen
$1 - Bill Kany , for making people laugh
$1 - Bill Kany - for his comment on Heather's hair
$1 - Heather Gendron - for using the non-word idear and not idea...
Guest Speaker:  Mayor William Doyle of Saco
Conrad introduces the Mayor - elected in 2019..councilman for 4 years...lived most of his life in Saco...Thornton grad.
Two areas of concern and work - mil rate decrease and work on food insecurity program.
Areas of work as Mayor - 
Business Relief program of $10k loans with SMFA
Outdoor seating ordinance for restaurants etc...
Camp Ellis plan
Oak Point to work on new school siting
Superintendent search
Planning staff increase
Events - Saco Scoop anniversary
Sidewalk Arts Sale
Conrad - turnpike interchange change
Don - homeless issue - given the county shelter is closed
Don - noting children also couch surf
Dan asked about affordable housing for young families.
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 pm
Week in Review 6/16/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 6/9/2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on Jun 15, 2021
Welcome-President Don
Pledge of Allegiance
Four Way Test-Jim Labelle
Introduction of Guests-Guest Speaker-Mayor Allan Casavant
Announcements; Fireside Chat on 6/8/21 at President Don’s house was well attended. Thank you to all the speakers: District Governor Peggy Belanger, Bill Kany, Sue Gajewski, Brian Dallaire, Jim Godbout & Roland Gagne.  Thank you to Haley Thompson for arranging with Thornton Academy the use of the table and chairs as well as pick-up and delivery. Conrad the grill master for cooking all the food.
Maple Syrup has arrived and is ready for pick-up at Roland Gagne’s office, 180 Pool Street in Biddeford. Please contact your customers to encourage them to stop by to pick up their syrup. The Maple Syrup Fundraiser netted the club $4,000.00. Thank you Roland. Great Job!
June 23rd is our clubs Awards Ceremony. Everyone should attend. You may be a recipient of an award. It will be at Run of the Mill. Meeting will begin at 12:15pm. Lunch will be available. Cost will be $13.00PP.
Brenda Pollock reported on the Essay Contest which will be zoomed on 6/9/21.
Conrad reported on the Raised bed garden project. All gardens have been installed. One recipient gave the club a $100.00 donation as a thank you for their garden. Mike Burman’s daughter did a video of the club members and the APEX volunteers installing the gardens. It was an exceptional video by Mike’s daughter showcasing everyone’s effort with this project.
Happy Dollars; Dr. Joe, Sad Dollars- recently lost his cat $16.00. $11.00 from Brian for 100% club participation to the Rotary Foundation. Conrad $1.00 3 weeks in a row with his grandchildren having lots of fun with them. $5.00 Mike Burman for Fireside Chat. $3.00 from Sue has 3 new goats. Bill Paterson $16.00 for the loss of Dr. Joe’s cat, $5.00 for Mrs. Maisel, $3.00 23rd B Day. No Fines.
Today’s speaker is the Mayor of the City of Biddeford, Mayor Allan Casavant.
Next week the speaker will be the Mayor of Saco, Mayor Bill Doyle.
Please attend.
Don Pilon editor
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Thank You Notes Donald Pilon 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

Scoop  Event 6/20/2021

Posted by Donald Pilon on Jun 14, 2021
VOLUNTEERS needed...arrive by 9:15 Filling starts at 10:00
Email or text me at 207-318-7330 to confirm 
SACO MAIN STREET is celebrating the 3 year anniversary of 
The Saco Scoop! 
To mark the occasion, we are building the largest  banana split in Maine.  It will be 120 feet long, breaking the current record of 60 feet, held by  the City of Portland. 
Maine's Longest Banana Split
Date: Sunday, June 20
Location: Post Office Park beside the SCOOP
Time: 10-12
We expect to start "loading the Banana Boats" at 10 am...
the volunteers will work fast and as soon as the last cherry is placed, the official measurement will be taken and then the individual banana split boats will be passed out to all!
This will be a great opportunity to get out in the community again....
we are excited to share this time ( and Ice cream) with you!!
Thank you, as always
Kathie Purdy
Scoop Event 6/20/2021 Donald Pilon 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

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
Week in Review 5/26/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

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!
First In-Person Meeting 6/2/2021 Brian Dallaire 2021-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

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
Week in Review 5/12/2021 Mark Nahorney 2021-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

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 kenfarley74@gmail.com 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 resigned...net 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 coming...bike 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 - yes...how 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 ozmuseum.com.  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!  
Mary Glasglow-Oz Museum Kathy Shea 2021-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

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
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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.
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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.


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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.
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Past Presidents 2021 Brian Dallaire 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Vaccine Clinic Helpers Sign-up Karen Chasse 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:
https://go.rotary7780gives.org/6aff17. 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: www.biddeford-sacorotary.org 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 bdallaire@usa.net.  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 t2c@apexyouthconnection.org.
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://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Biddeford%20Rotary
  • 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:   http://www.mwi.gov.jo/sites/en-
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: http://www.biddeford-sacorotary.org/ or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BiddefordSacoRotaryClub

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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 www.maryswalk.org 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 https://projectfair4240-4250.org
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. https://go.rotary7780gives.org/6aff17  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. 



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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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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. 
Masks to SMHC Donald Pilon 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
Morgan Stoner Receives PHF Donald Pilon 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
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

​Contact: ameier@sacomaine.org

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.



Week in Review 1/20/2021 Brenda Pollock 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Maple Syrup Fundraiser Minutes Roland Gagne 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Tack 1/13/2021

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Jan 13, 2021
LogoDescription automatically generatedRotary Notes
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. (boots2roots.org 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
               Contact: MacKenzie@Kennebunkmaine.us
               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.
Tack 1/13/2021 Brenda Pollock 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

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
Publisher's Note Brian Dallaire 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

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 citytheater.org 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: http://www.biddeford-sacorotary.org/ 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 browndogcarriers.com/wreaths
  • 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 <cwelzel2017@gmail.com>
Julie Villemaire <JVillemaire@sbsavings.bank>
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,  https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/volunteer-today-be-a-bell-ringer/ video regarding Covid protocols.
Hope to see you at the bell ringing!!!
Contact Joe to sign up at  jmoreshe@psmp.com
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 p.m.to 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 jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank 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 katiebrownmaine@gmail.com 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
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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 hello@findingourvoices.net and cell number 207 322 6460.
On the web at:  https://findingourvoices.net 
Kindest regards,  
Patrisha McLean
Let's Talk About It on WERU
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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 rotary.org/donate.

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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_6Jz8MuaZlVS8IcDnGTkMlCkD8l3k4Hriekq8fRSDjA/edit?usp=sharing
  • 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
COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 9/30/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

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 www.Biddeford-SacoRotary.org  / www.facebook.com/BiddefordSacoRotaryClub, or for more information on Thornton Academy, visit: www.thorntonacademy.org.