COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/28/20

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

 
COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/28/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Week in Review 5/27/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

IMPACT FROM ANNUAL FUND GIFTS

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

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

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

Biddeford Saco Rotary Election 2020-2021

Posted by Joe Moreshead on May 26, 2020
One last bit of business for Fausto is to finalize the BOD election. Please post in the Tack and send out an email blast. I am going to recommend to the BOD the following nominations:
Brenda Pollock Vice President ( will follow Marty G )
Joe Moreshead Board of Directors, 2 years
?????????????? Board of Directors, 2 years
 
Members- please nominate your favorite folks for a role on the Board. We need one more Board member. Please send me an email, yes, you can nominate yourself, for apposition on the Board. The role is for two years.
 
If I do not get any more nominations between now and our Board meeting on June 3rd, then I will ask the Board to close nominations and elect the slate as proposed. I look forward to hearing from the memebership.
 
Thanks,
Joe Moreshead
PP Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Election 2020-2021 Joe Moreshead 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/21/20

Here are the notes from Thursday's meeting:
 
BON APPETIT
  • Marty is trading notes with the board chair
  • He has not received any details yet regarding their renovation needs (they are very busy)
  • Marty will continue to communicate with Laura and keep us posted
RAY'S MARKET
  • Conrad purchased 10 gift certificates worth $50 each, good for food only
  • He has set up a meeting with Biddeford City Hall
  • Gift certificates will be dropped off tomorrow morning for general assistance
OTHER BUSINESS
  • Current balance of available funds is less than $900
  • Conrad spoke with Fausto - he has come up with approximately $2,000 in additional funds for the subcommittee
  • There is another $1,000 in potential additional funding
  • The additional funding is being re-distributed from the Past President's Lunch budget
  • Brenda suggested it would be a nice gesture to award Fausto the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Points of Light) and the subcommittee agrees
  • Brian has volunteered to complete the Grants Management Seminar
  • Brenda will send public relations copy to Brian for publication in the district newsletter
Thank you,
 
 
 
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/21/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 5/20/2020

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

 COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/14/20

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

Flag Placement at St Joseph's Cemetery

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 15, 2020
 
 
I've confirmed that Ralph Goulet will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery (on West Street, entrance across from Marion Avenue) next Friday morning the 22nd at 8AM. He will have flags for us to put out on Veterans graves. If you can dedicate an hour or two that would be great.
 
 
We'll work on some kind of social distancing protocol. All the work will be outside. (I can pretty much guarantee it will be raining, because it always does.)
 
Thank you!
 
Marty
423-8260
 
Flag Placement at St Joseph's Cemetery Martin Grohman 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

JOIN THE VIDEO ZOOM MEETING 6/3/2020

Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 13, 2020
 
 
Meetings will be held up to 45 minutes in length.
 
Our next club meeting on June 3, 2020 will again be held as a virtual video meeting on ZOOM. Meeting will be most likely held this way through May.  
 
I have previously sent you an email invitation with the ZOOM link.  Simply click on the link starting at NOON.  This will give you time to check your computer for connection, and to see if your camera and microphone are operating.  To avoid stray noises and feedback on the mic, it is recommended that you use an earpiece with mic.
 
Also at the bottom of the email, there is a link for you to register or decline so that we know to expect you.
 
If you need any help, feel free to give me a call at 207.289.8375
 
Thanks
Brian Dallaire
 
JOIN THE VIDEO ZOOM MEETING 6/3/2020 Brian Dallaire 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

100th Year Week in Review 5/13/2020

Posted by Brenda Pollock on May 13, 2020
MINUTES OF THE 100th-ANNIVERSARY of the BIDDEFORD SACO ROTARY CLUB
May 13, 2020
 
Marty opened the meeting at 12 noon with the Pledge of Allegiance
4-way test – Mark N.
Invocation – Roland – Moment of silence
Sargent of Arms: HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Alecia for the weather
  • Brian is heading back to Maine on Sunday
  • Dr. Joe the dock is going in the river
  • Ken is happy to be here for the 100th Anniversary
  • Mark N –  Due to bad internet connect, we were unable to hear Mark.
  • Conrad – is working around the house
  • Bill – happy to see everyone and Tyler graduated from UNH
  • Marty – Held a webinar with businesses Maine Street Biddeford all supportive and hopeful about the future.
FINES
  • Brian for his backgrounds
  • Brenda for calling Marty Martin
  • Alicia – for being cute
 
Don Pilon joined the meeting and resumed the duties of President Elect.
Announcements: 
  • Conrad – COVID 19 committee meets on Thursday afternoons. This week we’ll discuss the international request. We’re at the $4000 with another $2400 in the account.
  • Roland Grants – Only the district grants have a deadline of June 1st. We have to submit the application by June 1st and sign a memorandum of understanding. Brian will sit through the volunteer process.
  • David Underhill reached out to Roland to remove the DDF grant until July 1st.
  • Conrad updated that 10 bags of food to the Saco food pantry and they were appreciative regarding the donation we made.
  • Volunteers are needed at Biddeford Food Pantry.
  • Bill asked about opportunities to help the food banks.
 
On the 100th Anniversary of the club, Rotarians stated why they belonged to the club. 
  • Brian – Joined at the invitation of my boss in San Diego in 2000. When I was young I was impressed with the work our club did with building the bike path down the Ferry Road.
  • Brenda – Originally joined in the 90’s. Being a Rotarian gives me a bigger purpose - To do good in the community and hopefully inspire her grandchildren to become Rotarians.
  • Dr. Joe – In the 70’s he was introduced and felt it was good for his business but it was the Youth Exchange Program that moved him.
  • Marty – Enjoys giving back but especially enjoys working with the youth.
  • Alicia – Was always a Girl scout as a child and Rotary allows her to continue what she believes in: giving back.
  • Roland a Rotarian for 21 years was struck by an article of a Little girl in Mexico – The club purchased a wheelchair for her and has been hooked on international service since.
  • Bill – Felt at home at the club – love the work we do and the club is like an extended family.
  • Kaitlin –Didn’t know how to get involved in community giving and is grateful that Rotary gave her the path to get involved and help others.
  • CJ – Rotary was what she was looking for to volunteer and allowed her to make our communities better.
  • Don – A Rotarian In Connecticut in the 80’s prior to when women were allowed in the club. After his years of public service, he joined the club for fellowship and community service.
  • Ken – A Rotarian since 2006 he joined the lunch club to make a difference to help others and quickly recognized he was working with great teams of likeminded people.
  • Karen A Rotarian for about 20 years now – inability to say no most grateful value most taught her the true value of giving back and the friendships.
  • Conrad – Joined 5 years ago, and thoroughly enjoys everyone’s friendships and all of the good we do around our communities.
  • Fausto via Conrad – He’s enjoyed being president in this anniversary year. He thoroughly enjoys the fellowship and enjoys the good will.
  • Haley - A 14-year Rotarian, the club was so important because her family moved from town to town a lot due to her husband’s military career. Rotary was a way to connect in every community they lived in both personally and professionally.
 
Please send Happy Dollars, Fines and donations to the Foundation to:
 Biddeford – Saco Rotary Club - PO Box 298  -  Saco, Maine 04072
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
100th Year Week in Review 5/13/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/7/20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on May 08, 2020
Hi everyone,
 
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
 
MISC
  • Fausto is delivering donations to the food pantry on Friday, 5/8
  • Melissa has been in touch with the city of Biddeford - gift cards would be appreciated
  • Marty is waiting to hear back from Cat Anglea (Bon Appetit)
  • Marty will contact Stone Soup as well
  • It was agreed that there will be no new business until we hear back from Stone Soup/Bon Appetit
  • We may want to reserve some funds as this issue may be ongoing for a while
 
GIFT CARDS
  • Shaw's and Market Basket do not sell alcohol/tobacco/lottery restricted gift cards
  • Brenda suggested going to the store with allocated funds and putting together $50 baskets of staple foods
  • Food delivery could be a problem, as superintendent does not want direct contact with families in need (per state guidance)
  • Landry's in OOB can issue gift cards with alcohol/tobacco/lottery restrictions
  • Susan is issuing a new check for us to purchase the gift cards from Landry's
 
Have a great weekend!
 
 
 
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 5/7/20 Kaitlin Tito 2020-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA is postponed to Labor Day weekend

Posted on May 08, 2020
 
 
 
          All – this email is part of a series of emails that I routinely send to club presidents.  In consideration of these challenging times, this email is being sent to all members of our District.
 
 
Our Covid-19 situation precludes us from holding our annual June Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp. Currently, our RYLA Leadership Team is hoping to hold a smaller, condensed version of camp on Labor Day weekend. 
 
The attached letter from Sam Klemarczyk gives an excellent inside look into the thought processes of and a sample of some of  the planning taking place by our RYLA Leadership Team.
 
We are blessed in our District to have such a strong RYLA program, a program that has had such an amazing and positive influence on so many. Our RYLA Leadership Team, Sam, Emily Rumble, and Phil Giordano, and their entire staff, are absolutely superb.
 
Thank you RYLA leaders and staff!
Andy  ;-)
 
 
RYLA is postponed to Labor Day weekend 2020-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

This Is Your Rotary!

Posted on May 08, 2020
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise is pleased to host the speaker series titled, This Is Your Rotary! on behalf of Rotary Disitrict 7780. We are excited to have RI President Mark Maloney join us as our special guest speaker on May 13, 2020. See attached.
 
We do hope that you can join us Wednesday at 5:30pm eastern time on Zoom. Simply click on the meeting link below for this wonderful opportunity to connect with a Rotary leader, hear an update on how Rotary is doing in this time of Covid19 and ask a question of your RI Rotary President.
 
Join Zoom Meeting:
 
Meeting ID: 916 4800 9263
Or by phone: 877 853 5257 US Toll-free
 
If this is your first Zoom meeting please watch this short tutorial before Wednesday.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday!​​​​​​
 
 
 
 
 
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Week in Review 5/6/2020 Brenda Pollock 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Covid Letters of Thanks Fausto Pifferrer 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Maine Lockdown. Part 5

Posted by Bill Kany on May 05, 2020
 
 
 
Days 28-31 of the Maine Lockdown.
 
Four more marks in the old 2x4. Looks like I was doing some target practice with my 20 gauge shotgun in the garage and missed.
 
A few more rambling random thoughts…..
 
            I don’t know about you but I have been walking a lot during the pandemic.  I cannot really say I am walking for a purpose I guess other than exercise.  I am not walking to any place in particular because there is really nowhere to walk to.  I will note that  golf courses open this weekend at which point my walking will again have purpose which will then be to piss myself off because golf can be the most frustrating sport on earth.  How can I hit a few good shots in a row and then take a swing that Stephen Hawking would have laughed at?  While Mark Twain suggested that “golf is a good walk spoiled” I have to disagree. Golf gives my walk and my exercise purpose.  After all, I can generally walk fine, never getting too high or too low with my ability to put one foot in front of the other, but golf, well you can go from elation to frustration in seconds. So I guess I have to thank Governor Santa Mills for giving me what I wanted.
 
            The lockdown certainly gives me way more time to read the paper, yes the paper.  For the young people in the club a newspaper is kind of like toilet paper but it is wider, has words on it and it is only rolled up if you want to hit something with it.  Incidentally, in a pinch (pun intended) it can be used as toilet paper.  Don’t mind the ink.  I was reading a Portland Press editorial this week (I never read them, but hey, I’ve got the time) and the newspaper editor was asking everyone to buy a subscription, give a subscription as a gift or to donate to a 501(c)(3) that would in turn funnel money to the for profit newspaper.  I am guessing that last arrangement is legally questionable.  How can tax deductible donations be shifted over to a for profit company to cover payroll? 
 
            As for buying a subscription, perhaps they should put out a slightly better product to increase their readership.  The paper is as skinny as the former Journal Tribune and ads and obituaries take up well more than half of what is left of the paper.  Perhaps there is no news left fit to print, but I have to guess that readership will continue to decline if they simply do not provide much worth reading.  I guess it is telling when the editor of the paper has to use editorial space to beg for money.
 
            Our bank is doing a weekly trivia contest just to spice things up a bit.  This week the question was:  “What year did Maine become a state?”  I thought that seemed like a pretty easy question given that this is Maine’s bicentennial and most bankers can do a modicum of math, but then I realized that the pandemic has made many significant events disappear.  It was like certain big milestones never happened.
 
            400 years ago the Pilgrims bypassed PTown at the end of the Cape (to avoid the traffic) and settled in Plymouth.  Pilgrims actually garnered a reputation for being complete assholes though you seldom hear about that in history books.  If you think about it Pilgrims evolved into our friends from the Commonwealth, better known as “Massholes” so the historical evolution or de-evolution makes sense.
 
            Well I happen to know someone who has been on the Plymouth 400 Committee for 8 years.  They have been planning  huge celebrations related to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims forever.  Those celebrations have all been put on hold and may never happen.  Another fatality of the coronavirus.
 
            Two hundred years ago Maine kicked Massachusetts to the curb and became a state.  While our friends to the south have been buying back the state one parcel at a time for years, the fact remains that we are supposed to be celebrating our bicentennial.  It is like we never became the 23rd state in the union as a free state while the “Show Me” state, Missouri, came in a slave state, but not until 1821.  We actually share a bicentennial with Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Alabama.  And you thought you don’t learn anything reading the Tack. It would appear the bicentennial celebrations have all been shelved. 
 
            Finally, but perhaps the most important, is the fact that our club turns 100 years old this year.  Our club was formed 15 years after all of Rotary was founded.  The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club has a rich history of generosity which deserves to be celebrated, but I think it is fair to say that we really have no idea when we might be able to toast our 100th birthday together.  Again, it is like it never happened.
 
            Time to go get my haircut before I head to the golf course.  The hell with the haircut, I’m just going to play and let my freak flag fly.  Speaking of haircuts, sole proprietor barbers and stylists finally receive the right to collect unemployment and the Governor tells them they can re-open.  Guess what, if you can re-open you are no longer unemployed but unless you Go-Go Gadget Arms you will have to be a lot less than 6 feet from your customer and you will required to spend a fortune on PPE.  Barbers and stylists can’t catch a break, but the Governor needed her haircut, she was looking a little shaggy (wait she always looks a little shaggy). 
 
            I leave you with the fact that the owner of the Sunday River Brew Pub, Rick Savage, has decided to buck the governor and open for business.  Apparently, he is a follower of Martin Luther King, Jr. who said:  “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”  Given the fact that Mr. Savage announced his rebellion on Tucker Carlson’s Fox Channel show I am guessing Rick Savage is not a MLK aficionado, but he’s opening anyway.  Give me a craft beer or give me death!
 
            Stay safe and obey the laws if you want.
 
 
 
 
 
Days 32-33 of the Maine Lockdown.
 
Two more notches in what is left of that 2x4. I hoping these winds subside.
 
A few more rambling random thoughts from the peanut gallery…..
 
            I have to admit we did take a less than essential trip up to Mt. Abram on Sunday to shut off the heat and take care of a few items that “needed” addressing.  I have to admit it was nice to go anywhere outside of Saco for just a little while.  On the way up we passed Poland Regional High School.  There had to be at least 100 signs along the road in front of the school identifying the graduating seniors.  Who names their kid Pygmalion?  I have seen similar signs on lawns around Saco (without the Pigmalion).
 
            Imagine reading a fairly long book which like many books features a whole group of characters experiencing a series of highs and lows.  The imagine you are reading along and you can’t wait to see how things turn out for the protagonist and the other people in his or her life.  You open the book and realize the last chapter has been removed and the book simply skips to “The End”.  I am sure you would feel cheated, robbed and left to wonder how did things turn out.
 
            The pandemic has ripped the last chapter out of the short lives of high school and college seniors all over the world.  Nothing will be written about their endeavors on the athletic fields during the spring of their senior year because sports were cancelled.  Prom was nothing but a dress and a plastic bag and a bunch of memories lost.  Everyone is left to wonder what that featured student or faculty member would have said at seniors awards or graduation.  I guess they can throw up their mortar boards alone in their backyard, but needless to say that is not the same.
 
            Sure, years from now they will be able to tell their kids to cherish their last semester and all that surrounds graduation because Covid-19 stole their experiences from them.  Maybe in 2025 or 2030 class reunions will be more elaborate to make up for what they missed in 2020.  This f’ing pandemic has stolen people’s lives, livelihoods and in some instances their dignity, but for seniors in high school and college it has also robbed them of that final chapter in the first of a series of books about their lives.  I am hoping that they are around for the sequel and that perhaps the coronavirus helps to shape the theme of the next chapters in their lives.
 
Stay healthy and resist the urge to relax your guard.  This thing as a ways to go.
 
 
 
 
 
Days 34-35 of the Maine Lockdown.
 
Two more notches in what is now much closer to a 1x3. Do you think botox would help?
 
A few more rambling random thoughts from the peanut gallery…..
 
            Masks are becoming far more prevalent and increasingly required.  I think it is tough to look good in a mask. Sure, some people can pull it off, but if you have a beard it looks like you smooshed a possum on your face with a small hammock.  Mask accessories should  be cropping up soon, like mask piercings.  Nothing like a big bolt protruding through your mask.  Clearly, the colorful cloth masks are everywhere and Pelosi is still sporting the color coordinated silk scarves that are probably entirely ineffective, but I am sure her philosophy is that it is better to look good than it is to stay alive.  Christ, she’s lived a good life, or at least a long one. 
 
            I don’t really mind wearing a mask as long as people understand a few things.  First, if you have a mask on I may not recognize you.  Hell, it’s been so long since I have seen most people I may not recognize you anyway.  Second, they tend to steam up my glasses so that is another reason I may not recognize you or I may slam right into you.  Third, if you are thinking about getting into the bank robbery business now is a great time since no one is questioning the wearing of masks.  Just try to avoid ski masks with eye holes as those will set off the silent alarm every time.  Finally, with my big snozzola I am not sure how effective my masks may be so I will probably continue to stand exceptionally far away.
 
            Speaking of distancing, I don’t know about you, but I am getting really good at tactfully backing up as people start to approach.  Okay, maybe it is not real tactful when you put up your hand to tell people to stop as you a backing away yelling “6 feet”. 
 
Frankly, I have no issue with businesses opening up as long as masks and social distancing are required.  People are free to go where they want and if I don’t need to have my nails done or to get a tattoo then I don’t have to go to those places.  I am thinking that there are parts of this state which could allow businesses to open up at which point people can accept the risk of going to a business or not.  You can always drive through the parking lot, see how many out of state plates are there and then go in or keep on going.
 
            Speaking of businesses opening up, it was great to get back out on the golf course.  On Sunday evening I was literally the only person on the entire course.  Social distancing was not an issue though I wish I had stayed at least 6 feet from a tree or two.  The cups are set up so they are only about a ½ inch deep so you can pull your ball out with your club and avoid touching a surface that others may have touched.  Just nice to walk with a bit of a purpose for a change.
 
            While I know we are Vacationland, and so much of Maine’s economy revolves around tourism, I have to wonder why I see so many out of state license plates on cars.  Where the hell are they going and why are they here?  Are people really quarantining for 14 days when they come here, of course not.  They already contaminated their state so why not foul ours as well?  A friend was recently in a car accident and needed a rental.  They wanted to give him a car from New Jersey, he declined, then New York and he said nope.  He finally ended up with a  subcompact which was close to being a peddle car but it had a Maine plate.  If he was going to be passed by every car on the road be preferred to not have everyone giving him the finger as they blew by.  There will be a time when we will welcome back visitors to Maine, but let’s pull in the “Welcome” mat for just a little bit longer if we can.
 
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
 
           
 
 
Maine Lockdown. Part 5 Bill Kany 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Adverse childhood experiences predict adulthood trouble

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

Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:34 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The first step in addressing any of this is awareness,” McCullough
said. “The whole idea is tell everybody.”
 
 
For more information, visit https://pinetreeinstitute.org/masterhttps://
pinetreeinstitute.org/masterhttps://
 
 
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COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 4/30/20

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

Posted on Apr 30, 2020
BIDDEFORD-SACO-OOB COURIER
 
Posted 
 

Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club continues serving local communities

Members meet through Zoom.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 4

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

Food Pantry Needs

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

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

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

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

Covid-19 Subcommittee 4.23.20

Posted by Kaitlin Tito on Apr 17, 2020
 
 
 
Minutes:
 
Hi everyone!
 
Here are the notes from yesterday's meeting:
 
GRANT PROPOSAL
  • Grant goes to the club to combat food insecurity (not COVID-19 specific)
  • Don has already made a verbal request and we are in the queue to receive a check
  • Reports will need to be furnished to document use of funds
  • Don will have conversation with Fausto regarding how we hope to use the funds
APEX UPDATE
  • Melissa believes they are in good shape for the next 2 weeks
  • Long term donors have been contributing funds
  • A United Way grant was received via Tom's of Maine
  • 90 packages were distributed last week
  • 75 packages are being prepared for tomorrow
FOOD BANK UPDATE
  • Brenda attempted to contact Stone Soup but phone was disconnected
  • She did speak with Toni at the Saco food pantry - money would be great but food donations are better
  • Please see Brenda's detailed email for a list of suggested food donations
  • Biddeford is requesting many of the same items as Saco, as well as toiletries and marshmallows
  • Conrad contacted Market Basket regarding 'Stuff the Bus' - waiting to hear back from Tewksbury HQ
  • Don raised the issue of consumers having less disposable income for this type of fundraiser
  • Melissa mentioned the possibility of purchasing bulk items from Sysco which can be repackaged for food pantry
CITY OF OOB
  • OOB is providing gift certificates to families who request assistance
  • They are currently working with 20-30 families, providing help as needed
  • Hannaford gift certificates are preferred due to alcohol/tobacco/lottery limitations
  • The food pantry was closed due to food availability and safety concerns
  • Families have been working out transportation to grocery store on their own - no issues so far
VOTING RESULTS
  • $500 worth of gift certificates ($50 each) for OOB - UNANIMOUS
  • $1,000 donation to Seeds of Hope - UNANIMOUS
  • $1,500 ($500 each) for Apex and Saco and Biddeford food pantries - UNANIMOUS
TASKS
  • Don to drop off 2 bottles of hand sanitizer to Saco food pantry
  • Don is also reaching out to IHOP owner regarding pancake mix
  • Brenda talking to Toni / CJ to Don Bisson about repackaging bulk food
  • Marty to contact Big Tree Hospitality regarding potential excess food
MISC
  • Next meeting is at 2 PM
  • Roland has a family member in the maple syrup industry (Saco food pantry requested syrup)
  • Paulette has a tax exempt Sam's Club card and is willing to check inventory
  • Walmart allows Apex to reserve large quantities of food - we may be able to piggyback
Thank you,
 
Kaitlin
 
 
Responses:
 
From Don:  I dropped off 3 bottles of sanitizer at the Saco Food Pantry today 
 
From Marty:  Kaitlin, thanks so much for these very well done minutes. I'm sorry I had to jump off before the end of the call. How did we decide to notify grantees?
 
From Brenda:  If I recall correctly, We’re planning on donating food. I am contacting Toni to see if they will take bulk food. If not, I will contact Melissa, and see if we can piggyback with her Walmart for the things on the Saco Pantry list.
 
CJ – I think if you could do the same in Biddeford with Don and let me and or Melissa know, that would be great.
 
Conrad will ask for the money from Fausto and Sue since he is committee chair.
Conrad, can you also give the check the $500 check to Melissa for APEX?
Marty should be the one to bring the check to Seeds of Hope.
Conrad will bring the 10 $50 gift cards to OOB.
 
The checks for the Saco and Biddeford food pantry, $500 each, will be made to either Walmart or Apex or Sysco. That still needs to be determined.
 
Sound good?
 
 
From Conrad: 
Marty, Kaitlin, Brenda, CJ,
Yes we should have discussed it yesterday. I would agree that the Rotary contact person should notify the recipient agency contact person. 
We also will need  to know who the check should be made out to and a mailing address to send/ deliver the check to. Please send that to me and I will work with Susan to get the checks. 
Thanks everyone for jumping in I was delivering food to my 96 year old Aunt. ( I think that counts as a trip
I can leave the House  for). 
Stay Healthy, Conrad
 
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Covid-19 Subcommittee 4/16

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

Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 3

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

2020 Foundation Appeal

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Apr 13, 2020
 
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We invite you to make a contribution in any amount to the Rotary Foundation.  We have a goal to increase the rate of participation in this year's campaign. Even a $1 will help. We realize that these are difficult times, but the Foundation is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. As a result of social distancing we will be conducting this years appeal remotely.
 
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.
 
It's quite easy.  Make your checks to the Rotary Foundation or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page or at www,https://my.rotary.org/en/donate).  Please designate the Annual Fund- Share so funds come back to our District. If you use this method, please let Sue G at (biddsacotreasurer@gmail.com) know about your donation as recording on the RI system will be extremely delayed.
 
Please make you contributions to Sue G. by the end of April so they may be recorded for President Fausto's year.  Under current circumstances checks should be mailed our PO Box 298 in Saco, ME 04072.  Just put foundation in the memo area. 
 
 
As an added benefit, the club will match your contributions up to $100, accelerating your achieving year-after-year total contributions towards the $1,000 mark with the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 
Thank you for your consideration.
Brian Dallaire
BS Rotary Foundation Chair
2020 Foundation Appeal Brian Dallaire 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Comments from the Peanut Gallery Part 2

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

COVID-19 Subcommittee Notes - 4/9/20

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

PAST PRESIDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Posted by Karen Chasse on Apr 08, 2020
GUIDELINES FOR BIDDEFORD - SACO ROTARY CLUB
PAST PRESIDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
 
 
ELIGIBILITY
 
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.
 
SELECTION PROCESS
 
An Application form shall be completed by the candidate and submitted to his/her guidance department no later than Monday April 27, 2020.  All applications will be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by all Guidance Departments by Monday April 27, at 2:00 p.m.
 
The Scholarship Committee will select three seniors from each school and notify the Guidance Offices of their identity by FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020.  The final selection will be by personal interviews of the three Finalists done by Members of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's Scholarship Committee.
 
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the specific day and time for each Finalist to be interviewed, which will be either Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.  *Please note these interviews due to COVID-19 may need to be conducted via Zoom or Skype.  If we meet in person, the personal interviews for two schools will be held in the Conference Room of Bangor Savings Bank, located at 270 Main St. in Saco.
 
The Guidance Offices will be notified of the Scholarship Recipient by Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
 
SELECTION CRITERIA
 
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).
 
CONDITION OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
 
The Scholarship Recipient shall furnish a transcript or other proof of successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary education for each year. That documentation should be mailed to:  Sue Gajewski, Treasurer – Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, P.O. Box 298, Saco, ME  04072.   A check for the $1,000.00 scholarship awarded will then be forwarded directly to the Student at his/her home address for payment toward the Student’s second semester.
 
These same Guidelines also apply for the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a student who attends York County Community College as a full-time student the fall semester of 2020.
 
A pdf Application may be downloaded by clicking link on left side of Home Page under downloads: Scholarship Application Form
 
PAST PRESIDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Karen Chasse 2020-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

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

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

Sub Committee for Coronavirus  Community Service/Projects

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

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

Don Pilon and Haley Thompson both volunteered to join me on the Sub-committee. We are looking for a some more volunteers. We can meet using Zoom. 
Please email or call  me if you are interested  or have any ideas, or questions by this Friday morning at 10 am. 
 
Thanks Conrad 
831-5832
 
 
Sub Committee for Coronavirus Community Service/Projects Conrad Welzel 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

In-Person Meeting Cancellations Until Further Notice

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

Revised District Grant Policy

Posted on Mar 26, 2020
 
 

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

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

District Grants

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

Global Grants

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

Disaster Response Fund & Grant

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

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

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

Covid-19 and The Rotary Foundation

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

Words of Encouragement from District Governor Andy Glazier

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

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

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

PDG Drouin in the News

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

Charitable Funds Committee

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

Biddeford Mill Clock Tower

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

Week in Review 2/19/2020

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

Leftover Wine Tasting Beer Auction 

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

Wine Tasting 2020

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

From District Foundation Chair

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

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

Peanut Gallery’s Musings on  Pouring Wine

Posted by Bill Kany on Feb 04, 2020
 
 
 
 
            I wrote this piece for the Tack a few years ago before our wine tasting event. Nothing about the Maine’s Liquor Liability Law has changed (I actually checked), so if you are going to be a pourer at the wine tasting event please take a moment and read this.  The bottom line for those people who only read the first paragraph or two of newspaper articles (assuming some of you still read papers), if you serve a visibly intoxicated person and then they leave and injure someone then you, personally, and the club can be held liable under the Act.  “Visibly intoxicated” means the person you are giving a “taste” to is in a “state of intoxication” (for some of us the 51st state) and they do some perceptible act or series of acts which would lead you to believe they are drunk or have the appearance of someone clearly intoxicated (haven’t I described a large portion of our wine tasting crowd?).  So have fun, but let’s be careful out there.
 
            So picture this:  You’re standing at your wine pouring station at the Rotary Wine Tasting Event.  You’re looking sharp. You’ve memorized the sheet of your red wines and you’re killing it dispensing information about varietals, breathing and debourbage (a white wine term but what the hell do you or they know?).  It’s getting a little later in the event, you’ve opened more bottles than you care to count right now and up walks:  1) a buddy of yours, 2) a good looking guy or woman who you would like to impress, or 3) a fellow Rotarian.  The conversation goes something like this.
            Hey, how’s it going?  Great, you Rotariaaans are greaaat! Thanks, we do like having a good time.  Yeah, don’t you guys sometimes wear those funny hats and drive little cars in parades? (with that question I am hoping it is not a fellow Rotarian unless they are really new). No, I think you’re thinking of Shiners but you were close.  What can I interest you in?  I have some great red wines including a merlot, a pinot noir and two Zinfandels you can try?  Would you like to know anything about any of them, I’m a bit of a wine tool.  Oh, I don’t care, but fill me up, will ya, I’m here for quantity not quality or whatever you winos call it.
            You think, clearly a little drunk, but hell so am I and so are most people here so she’s not going to care what I pour.  I’ll pour from the fullest bottle I have so I don’t have to waste it all at the end of the night.  She’s not going to taste it anyway.  Why don’t you try this merlot, I think you’ll like it.  Here, let me rinse your glass.  Wait, there’s a sip left in there, don’t dump it yet, that’s waste.  You know there are people in Africa who don’t get to drink wine very often.  She gulps the last few drops in the glass.  There now you can rinse it. 
            So you rinse the glass and pour a taste, a couple of ounces, and hand it back to her (please note you can substitute him for her here if you want).  She looks at you in a disgusted way with her head tilted slightly to the left, she throws back her hair (if it is a guy I am not sure he would throw back his hair) and says:  Dude, I asked you to fill it up.  It takes a lot for me to really taste a wine.  So hit me again please.  At that point you’re conflicted.  You really don’t want to stand there and take crap from this person and you certainly want to send her away happy, but on the other hand this is a wine tasting not an all you can drink buffet. The angel and devil go at it on your shoulders for exactly 3 seconds and you pour some more of the $10.00 merlot in her glass.  She says, Dude you’re the best, spins, stumbles a little, a bit of the wine sloshes out of the glass onto the floor and off she goes.  And you’re left wondering.
            OK, let me put on my lawyer hat and introduce you to the Maine Liquor Liability Act.  The Act is intended to prevent intoxication-related injuries, deaths and property damage.  Let’s assume (not a big stretch) that, by definition, the person you just served is an “intoxicated individual,” and, by definition, she is “visibly intoxicated” (yes, there is a state definition for that).   The Club is a “licensee” for the wine tasting event meaning we got a liquor license for the event.  You are a “server” under the law.
            Let’s spin the facts out a little.  You may think that anyone that drunk can’t be driving.  We all know better than that.  We may all know better, but she didn’t think she was that bad and she hops behind the wheel.  Hell, she only has to go a few miles and she is certainly of the opinion that she only had a few tastes.  On the way home she drops her cell phone and as she is fishing for it between the console and her seat she goes through a stop sign, t-bones another car and the passenger of that car is seriously injured.  She has the minimum amount of liability insurance and the passenger has serious injuries with huge medical bills and what will be a permanent impairment.  Dong!  Joe Bornstein is now involved and he is looking for other sources of money to cover the passenger’s damages and increase his contingency recovery.  That’s when they find out she had just left the Rotary wine tasting event.
            Under Maine’s Liquor Liability Act the passenger is an appropriate plaintiff (incidentally our drunk wine taster cannot sue us under that Act).  Guess who the appropriate defendants are.  The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and YOU personally!  You can be held personally liable if you negligently serve liquor to a visibly intoxicated individual and the intoxication proximately causes the damages.  In this case if the woman was not drunk she would not have dropped her phone, run the stop sign and crashed into the other car.  You can also be found to be reckless because the woman was visibly intoxicated, and you gave her more wine than you should have done, and you had no idea whether the woman was driving or not.
            So the Club gets sued and you get sued.  That is absolutely horrible.  I guess the good news is that the Rotary International insurance we purchase apparently includes liquor liability coverage, or so I am told.  Second, the damages under the Act are capped at $350,000.00.  Still a very large amount of money but not infinite dollars either. The bottom line is, however, that a person got seriously injured and you and the Club contributed to that.  The Club’s reputation and yours are trashed by this incredibly unfortunate event.  The other bottom line is such an accident might be avoided by not giving into the temptation to fill glasses during a tasting event and by making sure that people who have had too much to drink have a way to get home.
            Our beer and wine events are really fun, and I don’t mean to be a “buzz kill” (unfortunate saying here), but I was asked to share the law with you.  The good news is that we have insurance and we all know that if we pour properly everyone should be able to make it home safely.  Let’s try to avoid being defendants while having a great time.
 
 
Peanut Gallery’s Musings on Pouring Wine Bill Kany 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Week in Review 1/29/2020
 

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

Nate Howell, President/CEO of SMHC.

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

Goodwill

Posted on Jan 22, 2020

 

 

Goodwill Northern New England is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates jobs, delivers needed services for people with diverse challenges, uses environmentally friendly products and processes – all while earning revenue to pay for and expand innovative workforce services in all three states.  Goodwill NNE operates retail stores, health care and cleaning services which help fund the innovative workforce programs that empower individuals and families to find personal stability through work. Our mission is to enable persons with diverse challenges to achieve personal stability and community engagement.

Headquartered in Gorham, Maine, Goodwill NNE has a three state service area comprised of Maine, New Hampshire and nine northern counties in Vermont.

An autonomous 501 (c) (3) organization, governed by a volunteer local board of directors with members from throughout our three state region of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Goodwill NNE is a member of Goodwill Industries International (GII), which is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. There are 165 community-based Goodwill organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Each Goodwill organization is independent and autonomous, managed by local staff and a local Board of Directors.

 
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Week in Review 1/22/2020

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Jan 22, 2020
Rotary Meeting of January 22, 2020 @Run of the Mill
 
Presiding was Don Pilon, President Elect
 
Joe Bassett produced the prayer
 
Joe Moreshead led the 4-way Test
 
Guests:
 
Jane Foley from SMHC who wished to join the club
Renee Hewitt 
Chrissy of Key Bank
 
50/50 won by Jeremy Ray
 
Wine Tasting announcements:
February 8th at Duffy's in OOB
Sell Tickets!!!
Need more Volunteers
Need more auction items
 
Marty spoke about attending the District meeting at the Fireside restaurant with Don and Fausto
 
Marty also said the Westbrook Skating rink is up and running and needs volunteers
 
Sargent at Arms - Heather McClean
Jim Godbout is happy with a new grand daughter
Jeremy Ray was happy but I could not hear???
Joe Bassett - a birthday and an anniversary - 50+ years...wow
Conrad Wextal has 7 days till he retires....AGAIN...next week he will tell us where he will work next
And Ken Farley went snowshoeing
Fines were paid by Caitlyn, Ken and Joe Moreshead
 
Presentation:
Michelle Disotto of Goodwill 
 
 
Meeting Adjourned at 1:12 pm
 
Week in Review 1/22/2020 Mark Nahorney 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/15/2020

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jan 15, 2020
Miss a meeting miss a lot- last week we had the pleasure of having Jim G’s wife Lynne and his son John and daughter -in-law Vero and baby in the oven. Last night Jim became a grandfather to little Annabelle - sorry Jim and Lynn if I got it wrong.
 
Last week’s meeting was pretty good even though it had political overtones. I was told before and during my reign with the crown by a few well-meaning Rotarians that we don’t do political shit so I was surprised that Ross LaJeunesse was the program speaker for the day. Check Roger out at, https://www.rossformaine.com/ . I liked this guy; will he be able to beat Sarah G and then my girl Sue. Time will tell; I wish him good luck. He is running for the right reasons; his heart is into it. The other option is that this guy is a masochist and is just looking to get beat up. He knows what he is getting into- he has the guts to jump into something where he knows 50% of the people probably don’t like him and don’t even know him. Oh- the state of affairs today. Let me quote a King, as in Rodney- “Can’t we all just get along? “
 
So, the web we weave- turns out that Ross is Jim Godbout’s wife Lynn’s first cousin. Lynn brought Pam Cardin to meeting also as well as the 2 ½ kids mentioned above. Morgan Stoner brought his wife and the other guest was ?????
 
Heather did her Sargent at Arms thing fining a number of people and collecting a boatload of happy dollars- I think she might be over budget. I got fined because she thought I might have missed my dog while he was away at school. Bill Kany the bully got fined, yeah bully, he made fun of me and my dog. I think he got fined for being besties with Keith Jaques but not willing to acknowledge it. Jim L showed up in a nice however, very wrinkled shirt. Jim, your young, hip- Joe Biden “C’mon man!” Can’t remember who else got fined- maybe Conrad for having a party and not inviting Heather.
 
Conrad and Heather announced the Wine Tasting for February 8th at Duffy’s- sell your tickets- if you get lucky you might meet Dan the bartender who is winning on Jeopardy- tonight is night 4
 
Jeremy Ray got up and spoke of his experience over the last few days speaking with principals and other administrators. Of course, when you see someone after the holidays you always ask- “so, how were your holidays”, suffice it to say that anybody reading this probably had pretty decent holidays with family, friends, food, etc. That isn’t the case for some of our local kids. Jeremy recounted the stories he had heard. Kids were talking about how dad got arrested or mom OD’d on Christmas eve or their family got broken up or if “I cleaned my room more Dad wouldn’t have left mom”. Ross’s comments included talking about him saying we need to do more; we can do more. Jeremy echoed, quoted Ross’s remarks.
 
As a result, Jeremy wants to hit this problem head on. He is not really sure what he is going to do except to somehow have a place open during February and April breaks so kids can go there, have food, have counselling, a safe space, etc. He thinks he can do a February program for around $6,000.00.
 
Rotarians are not going to sit idlily by and quickly sprang into action. Jim Godbout motioned to spend $1,000.00 from Red Ribbon, Fasuto committed $1,500.00 of his President’s Fund and other folks stepped up.
 
The investment committee met after the regular meeting so I hung around to meet with Kristen Lane, Dennis Elie, Todd from Charter Oaks Capital Management, and – I am sorry- I can’t remember who the other person was. Todd reported out on the two funds we have with the recommendation to stay the course.
 
The Company B Fund has a balance as of Jan 13,2020 of $ 213,747.92. We started this fund on Nov 28, 2010 with a $150,000.00 beginning balance. We have also withdrawn a total $36,850.00 since the plan’s inception. The CBF’s mission is to provide financial aid to local needs with an emphasis on military / veteran’s needs.
 
The Past Presidents Fund has a balance as of Jan 13,2020 of $ 218,307.76. We started this fund on July 20, 2011 with a $147,948.66 beginning balance. We have also withdrawn a total $16,369.00 since the plan’s inception. The PPF’s mission is to provide scholarships.
 
And another take on the Jan 22 Medeting.
 
Don Pilon started the meeting promptly at 12:15, Joe B did the invocation while I did the 4 Way Test. Marty Grohmam introduced Jane Foley and Reny (Jackson I hoped I spelled it correctly). We had another guest who was supposed to meet Alicia – where are you Alicia??? Heather, I hope you made note of that fact. Marty wasn’t around last week because he was in South Korea on an education mission represent Lee Academy. While there Marty visited a local Rotary Club. He said that there were at least six clubs just in the town he was in; of course, the town had 3.5 million people. Marty brought back the club’s flags. He enjoyed the meeting, the singing and fellow ship.
 
You read above about Jim’s granddaughter. Jeremey was ecstatic- he should be- he won the 50/50. He also announced that as of last week’s wanting to “do something”, he received enough money to fund both the February and April programs that he wants to do. I applaud him for his efforts and those members of the of the club that stepped up.
 
Heather was on the mark today not collecting Happy Dollars but, happy ten’s and fives and maybe even a twenty. Jeremy donated back his winnings; Joe B got another year on his contract to Mrs. B- this will mark 58 years together- pretty amazing. You know Jim G was happy, Conrad was happy for Jim and the money just continued to flow. Fines followed, Catlin Tito for fashion, Ken Farley for fashion – I should have taken notes- sorry. I also was not planning on writing this so you get what you pay for. Honestly, I am writing because I want to do more for the club too!
 
Today’s program was about Goodwill and the great work that they do. Our Goodwill is part of Goodwill of Maine, NH and Vermont. Check them out at https://goodwillnne.org/ . They do more than you think. It was kind of cool to hear that Goodwill actually started in Boston in 1909 serving the immigrant Irish population. It is a good story how they have grown from their small beginnings in Boston.
 
The meeting adjourned at 1:15
 
 
 
Week in Review 1/15/2020 Joe Moreshead 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Ross LaJeunesse

 
Democratic candidate for Senate Ross LaJeunesse spoke to our club today about his plans to move Maine forward.
 
 
 
 
Ross LaJeunesse Karen Chasse 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians on the Street

Posted by Helene Plourde on Jan 14, 2020
 
“ I had the pleasure of visiting Whimsical ME” a great gift store owned by Rotarian Heather McLean.  It’s located on Main St in Saco right next to Agren’s.  What a wonderful shop with all kinds of unique items.  Wish I’d gone before Christmas!  But thankfully there’s so many other holidays & special occasions coming up.  But why wait til then.  Treat yourself.   I highly recommend Whimsical ME!”
 
Helene Plourde
PP
 
Rotarians on the Street Helene Plourde 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians on the Street

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jan 14, 2020
 
So, you know you can take a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. The other day I was picking up lunch at Part & Parcel on Alfred Street, https://www.partandparcelme.com/ ,  for my wife Andrea who was convalescing at home from some surgery. While I was  waiting for her lunch to be made a women came in and spoke to Ally, the owner of P&P. The women introduced herself to Ally and said that she ran a local store ( didn’t catch the name ) and that her partner had cancer and needed to go to Dana Farber for treatment at the end of the month. The women needed hotel accommodations in Boston during the treatment. This women decided to go door to door, business to business and explain her situation and ask for financial help. Of course I was eavesdropping on the conversation a that point.
 
Ally reached in her pocket and pulled out all of the cash she had and handed it to the women and said “this is all I have, good luck”. As the women started to leave I stopped her and said, “I was listening in on your conversation and I can help”. I gave her our Rotary website address, told her where to find the charitable request form, gave her my name and email address, she wrote this all down----- radio silence. I wish I knew her. I told her our Rotary Club is all about helping people particularly ins situations like this.
 
Isn’t it a shame that we want to help but some people just don’t see it. I always think about this story that Angus King use to tell. It was about being from the government and being there to help. The story went something like this: There was this massive flood coming form unrelenting rain and people were being evacuated. The police went door to door to tell people to evacuate. This one guy refused. He told the police that he was a righteous man, live by the Lord’s law, went to church—God was going to take care of him. A few hours later the rain waters had risen to his first floor windows and now the firemen were in boats telling people to leave. When they came to this guy’s house he was hanging out the second floor window. They told him he must leave. He gave them the same story about being righteous, followed the commandments, God would protect him. so the firemen moved on.
 
Later that day the flood waters had reached the second floor and now a helicopter came by and saw this man hanging onto his chimney on the roof. They told him to grab the line they threw and they would lift him to safety. He refused while reciting psalm and biblical passages- he was not leaving. The helicopter had no choice but to leave.
 
Sad to say the flood waters continued to rise and the man was washed away and drowned. When he got to heaven he was pissed that he was dead. When he finally met God he asked WTF- why did I die- I lived by your rules, went to church every Sunday, tithed 10% of my gross, you were supposed to protect me at which point God interrupted him and said “ I sent you the police, a boat and then a helicopter.”
 
Past President 
Joe
 
 
Rotarians on the Street Joe Moreshead 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Wine tasting:

 
 
 
 
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 7-9 PM
Cheese and chocolate pairings throughout the evening and craft beer will also be available.
Duffy's, 168 Saco Ave., OOB
$30 per ticket
 
Tickets are available at Whimsical ME, 239 Main St. in Saco and from Rotary Club members.
 
Thank you!
 
Heather
 
Follow up 1/25/2020
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
The 2020 Wine Tasting is less than 2 weeks away and we are hoping everyone is busy selling tickets. It would be great if we could all sell at least 6!
 
We have attached the sign up sheet so that you all know what you are doing the night of the event. We have an opening for front desk from 6:45 until 8 and two openings for front desk from 8-9. We also need pourers for Table 3 for the 8-9 hour; and someone to help Heather set up and keep organized the silent auction table...ideally from 6:40 or so until 8 PM.
 
We could use all the help we can get on clean up. It's pretty simple at Duffy's, but if you are going to be there until the end, please think about staying an extra 30 minutes to help us put everything back together. It might not take that long!
 
We are hoping to get a few more donations for the Silent Auction. This tends to raise several thousand dollars and it's for the children! We are looking for new items that you bought and realized you don't need, or new items that you purchase for this purpose, or services or goods that your own business can provide. We do hope people will continue to be generous with these donations and we thank you.
 
See you all soon and thank you for all that you do.
 
Heather and Conrad
 
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Annual Toast to Sister Club

Posted by Karen Chasse on Jan 08, 2020
 
A toast at today’s lunch to our sister club In Bideford, England. We look forward to seeing many of you at our club’s 100th anniversary dance and silent auction in May.
Cheers!
 
 
Annual Toast to Sister Club Karen Chasse 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Bell Ringing

 
 
Don't forget the annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army will be on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Biddeford Walmart.  Below is the sign up list.
 
 
 
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Annual Christmas Party

Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 12, 2019
 
 
Fun was had by all who attended the annual Christmas Party on December 12 at Don Pilon's Home.  Food and a good old Yankee swap filled the festivities. 
Go to our home page to see the full album of photos.
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Jake Holmes

Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 11, 2019
Jake Holmes was our speaker.  He was an absolutely phenomenal speaker- articulate and FUN!
 
 
 
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A Christmas poem from the peanut gallery.

Posted by Bill Kany on Dec 10, 2019
 
Twas December 5th and all through the ‘Mart
Rotarians were shopping with nary a fart
 
Heather was positioned in the front of the store
Hoping we’d hit budget and not a dollar more
 
The families we shop for had given their lists
We needed to do well so they wouldn’t be pissed
 
Heather M in her mini and Jackson in his suit
Roomed the Walmart isles for a child’s toy flute
 
At the front of the store there was so much roar
Lucky Kristen’s daughter knew what the dots were for
 
The gifts were whisked to York County CU
Where wrapping would soon be well overdue
 
Paper and bows by the rolls were all soon there
And club members wrapped with barely a care
 
Then what did eventually come from such flow
Sabine’s blue sacks all full and ready to go
 
With a bunch of Rotary drivers, slow and thick
I knew in a moment they weren’t St. Nick
 
Slower than turtles they crossed the CU ice
As Heather yelled out their names, she wasn’t real nice
 
Go Jimmy, Go Jackson, Go Sabine and President Joe
Go Karen, Go Julie, the hell with the snow
 
To the top of Graham Street and on to Hill
Deliver those packages with joy and skill
 
Just as FedEx and UPS drivers will do
Rotarians took off from out of the blue
 
Off to houses and apartments they quickly flew
With a bag of toys and a food gift card too
 
And then in an instance they heard on the stairs
Club members lugging themselves and their wares
 
Each of the worthy families ran to their doors
Just as we arrived at their porches or floors
 
We were dressed for our work in our coats and our dresses
A little disheveled but definitely not hot messes
 
A bundle of presents lay slumped at our feet
We looked like postal workers, oh how sweet
 
But each Rotarian was filled with warmth and some cheer
As we knew an unexpected Christmas was near
 
The smiles on our faces evinced a feeling of joy
Not unlike a child opening a shiny new toy
 
The reactions they varied, some nervous, some happy
Most were overjoyed without sounding too sappy
 
Most welcomed us in while others stood in the door
All thanked us in their way, we could not ask for more
 
They knew we meant well and appreciated the hand
It is hard to think of such need in this rich land
 
The packages were delivered and  greetings exchanged
Then off we all went for a second visit, prearranged
 
They waved as we left, behind the curtain they’d peak
We helped make their Christmas, we got what we seek
 
Not gifts or material things, but something worth twice
Knowing we all did something incredibly nice
 
We all thought as we headed to our Christmas fun
Service Above Self, and a job very well done.
 
 
Happy Holidays everyone, from the peanut gallery.
 
 
 
 
Christmas Lights
 
 
 
 
 
A Christmas poem from the peanut gallery. Bill Kany 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club collects food for 79 families in need

 

The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club did a little something extra special this year for Thanksgiving. Rotary President Fausto Pifferrer asked each member to fill a grocery bag with nonperishable food items that families use at Thanksgiving. Those donations yielded more than 30 shopping bags, each filled with a variety of food items that were donated to the Biddeford Food Pantry.

Don Bisson, who has worked as the volunteer manager with the organization for the past 11 years, said those donations helped out 79 local families who came in to the pantry for assistance for their Thanksgiving Day meal.

“The Biddeford Food Pantry serves approximately 600 families in our area,” Bisson said. “When an organization like the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club makes a donation of this size, at a time when sharing a family meal is so important, and the need is so great, it truly is a blessing.”

Pifferrer said, “Our Rotary Club is involved in so many projects, behind the scenes, supporting them financially and by volunteering hundreds of hours each year to create lasting change in our communities. A donation of one bag of groceries so local families can partake in a Thanksgiving meal is something each of us could do easily. It’s projects like these that have a far-reaching impact on families, that we as Rotarians should be most proud of.”

 

From Portland Press Herald Dec 9, 2019

 
 
Rotary Club collects food for 79 families in need 2019-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to this year's $100 Raffle Winners:

Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 05, 2019

 

 

 

$5,000 GRAND PRIZE: Michelle Blais sold by Don Pilon

$1,000 PRIZES: Roberge Construction sold by Carl Goodwin; Chris Boisvert sold by Carl Goodwin; and Jim Wiley and Debbie Hubbard sold by Brenda Pollock

$500 PRIZES: Melissa Johnson sold by Jim Audiffred; Suzanne Austin sold by Keith Jacques; Carole Deschambault sold by Paul Deschambault; Michelle Morin sold by Steve Morin; Chuck Gajewski sold by Susan Gajewski; and Varah Wells sold by Carol Goodwin.

 
Subsequently the ticket sold by Jim Audiffred, Todd Johnson from Lewiston won $500.00.  When Jim called him to tell him that he had won $500.00, he asked me what our club did.  He told him about our house projects, charitable funding and our other activities.  Todd told Jim he was donating the $500.00 back to the club.  His office address is 134 Main Street 5th Floor Lewiston, ME 04240.  Jim thinks it would be cool if as many of the members would send him a thank you note. 
 
Congratulations to this year's $100 Raffle Winners: Karen Chasse 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Shopping a Success!

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Dec 04, 2019

 

 

Well the shopping is a wrap! Two hours shopping for 42 kids! The only snafu was when the cash register did a hard stop and rebooted after about 20 bags filled with clothes and toys had been scanned. So much fun the first time, they had to be all emptied and rescanned!

Thanks to all my fellow Rotarians and special friends who came out to support this fun effort. If you missed tonight but want to help, next Tuesday at 5 pm we will be at Saco Biddeford savings bank at Biddeford Crossing hosting a wrapping party! Paper, tape, bows and gift tags will be provided; just bring your wrapping skills!

Holiday Shopping a Success! Sabine McElrath 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

PM MEETING

 
On December 4 we will be meeting only in the evening for the Raffle party at Duffy's
 
 
 
PM MEETING 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Service Hours Needed

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Dec 03, 2019
 
 
I hope everyone had a great day & didn't have too much trouble with part I of this latest winter wonderland!
 
The next board meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 4th.  I need to updated the board on the amount of service hours worked by each Rotarian.  I didn't received many updates last time so I'm hoping that we can blow the past updates out of the water this time around.
 
Every little bit you do counts so PLEASE update me with your hours for the month of November.  This includes any District events/meetings you have been a part of.
 
You can send a quick email to me at jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank or Villemaire@maine.rr.com or send me a text to 207-286-5474.
 
I need this info no later than early tomorrow afternoon. 
 
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!
 
Thank you for all that you do!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Julie
 
 
 
Rotary Service Hours Needed Julie Villemaire 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

REMINDERS - Christmas Events

Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 02, 2019
 
Dear Rotarians,
 
A few reminders as we have a BUSY few weeks ahead so please take the time to read this:
  • Tuesday, December 10th
    • Christmas wrapping at 5pm at SBSI in Biddeford.  We have A LOT of gifts to wrap so please come and help if you can!!
  • Thursday, December 12th
    • Rotarian Christmas Party at 5pm at Don Pilon's House, Glenhaven Circle in Saco.  Sign up to bring a dish with Susan Gajewski.
  • Thursday, December 19th
    • Delivery of Gifts at 8am at SBSI in Biddeford. 
Thanks, and Happy Holidays!
Karen
 
 
 
 
REMINDERS - Christmas Events Karen Chasse 2019-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/13/2019

Posted by Haley Thompson on Nov 13, 2019
 
 
 
President - Elect, Don Pilon, called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe Moreshead gave the invocation and Conrad Welzel led his fellow Rotarians in the 4-Way Test. There were no guests. Jeremy Ray won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated his $18 winnings back to the club.
 
Announcements:
Don Pilon reported that Sue Gajewski will not continue her service as Club Treasurer next year. Don is looking for a replacement and would like to find someone who is willing to train with Sue over the next several months. Bill Kany thought it might be fun for Don to be the first Rotarian ever to serve as BOTH President and Treasurer in the same year…
 
Heather Gendron shared important information about the Christmas Family program. Shopping for the families will take place on Tuesday, December 3 at 5pm at the Biddeford Wal-Mart. Club members will also meet on Tuesday, December 10 to wrap gifts at the SBSI Biddeford Branch. Delivery to the families will take place on Thursday, December 19, with gift pick up taking place again at the SBSI Biddeford Branch. Heather will have a sign-up sheet at our next club meeting.
 
Karen Chasse passed out raffle tickets at the start of the meeting. There is a quick turn around this year – please sell all your tickets prior to Wednesday, December 4, the day of the drawing. The event will be held at Duffy’s from 5-7pm.
 
Heather MacLean announced that the Rotary Christmas Party will be held on December 12 at 5pm at Don Pilon’s House (16 Glenn Haven Circle West). There will be an “America” themed gift exchange – one gift per attendee and a $30 or less gift limit. Sue Gajewski sent around a potluck sign up.
 
Happy Dollars:
 
Dr. Joe was happy to report that the Ogunquit Rotary Club bought a $100 raffle ticket. He was also fined for being late…
Bill Patterson was happy that his granddaughter turned 1!
Conrad Welzel was happy that he spent 3 days with his granddaughters and had a great time.
Karen Chasse was happy that her dog is healing from a torn ACL and lives another day!
Marty Grohman was happy that they allowed him to order lunch even though he was late.
 
Fines:
Heather Gendron was fined for apparently honking at and picking up attractive men walking down Main St. (Bill Kany).
Joe Moreshead was fined for talking to Heather Gendron when he was supposed to be paying attention.
Jim Godbout was fined for his being away on a fabulous trip.
Keith Jacques was fined for complaining about it being cold – put a coat on Keith.
Karen Chasse was fined for having the cutest outfit!
Joe Moreshead was fined for being the best dressed man of the day – he fined himself an extra dollar.
 
 
 
Week in Review 11/13/2019 Haley Thompson 2019-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Living Innovations – Saco

Posted by Haley Thompson on Nov 13, 2019
 
Speaker:
 
Conrad Welzel introduced Dan Darigan from Living Innovations – Saco. For 23 years Living Innovations has partnered with thousands of families in New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead good lives at home and in their communities with innovative programming and services.
 
 

A MISSION & VALUES DRIVEN ORGANIZATION

Living Innovations provides support to people of all ages and abilities to have a good life at home and in the community.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IS FIRST
We believe each person is valuable and will put individuals at the center of all we do.

HONOR ALL SUPPORT PROVIDERS
Our direct support providers are the key to our success.

STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES
We believe that by including all people, communities become stronger.

UNCOMPROMISING HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
We embrace the highest standards of ethics in all of our relationships, services and business practices.

NEVER GIVE UP
We will work creatively to support lives, building on people’s strengths.

OPTIMISTIC AND CHEERFUL
We will be positive, pleasant and hopeful.

GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION
We will find new and better ways to serve people, and grow our organization.

TEAMWORK
We will work well with others in the interest of the individuals and families we support.

 

 

 

Living Innovations – Saco Haley Thompson 2019-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Christmas Party

Posted by Heather MacLean on Nov 10, 2019
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
The Christmas party at Don Pilon's is quickly approaching. The theme this year is 'Merica. This has a wide interpretation and can mean anything to do with America. For example:
 
1) Presents made in America
2) Presents that represent America: baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet
3) Presents that represent something that YOU love about our country
 
It's really up to you and I hope you all have fun with the theme.
 
Presents should be $35 or under. (I do happen to have a few excellent selections fitting our theme and price range at Whimsical ME, 239 Main St. in Saco.)
 
Remember: please bring one present per person in your party.
 
See you all on Dec. 12.
 
Blessings,
 
Heather M
 
 
 
 
Annual Christmas Party Heather MacLean 2019-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Annual $100 Raffle

Posted by Karen Chasse on Oct 29, 2019
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
The $100 Raffle night has been set for Wednesday, December 4th, 5-7pm at Duffy's in Old Orchard Beach.  It will take the place of our regular club meeting for that week so please mark your calendar and attend if you can.    This only leaves you TWO WEEKS to sell them before the event!  Please consider this  as my plea to start asking your family and friends now (and collect the money while they are in a Turkey coma).  
 
The $100 Raffle tickets were distributed at this Wednesday's meeting.  For those who weren't in attendance, please email me or text me ASAP so we can arrange a drop-off/pick-up.  We only have two weeks to sell the tickets as the drawing is on Wednesday, December 4th at 5pm at Duffy's in OOB (no noontime meeting that day).
 
I have extra tickets if you need any and will have a more accurate count at next week's meeting in which I will start having anxiety for those not yet sold.  Also, I need ticket #173 and I must've accidentally placed it in someone's envelope.  Can you look and let me know if you have it?
 
 
The club's expectation is that every Rotarian will sell (or buy) at least one ticket.  I guarantee you all have at least one friend, co-worker, or stranger you can split a ticket with so please make an effort to support our club. We use these funds to support Charitable requests and we cannot do all that we do without this fundraiser.
 
 
Thank you,
Karen and Kaitlin
Co-Chairs
 
 
 
Annual $100 Raffle Karen Chasse 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Saco Fire Dept Chief

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Oct 23, 2019
 
 
 
 
Chief – John Duross & Lieutenant Karl Finley
 
Chief Duross
  • October is fire prevention month. The catalyst for fire prevention week came from The Great Chicago fire on October 9, 1871 that killed approximately 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city and left more than 100,000 residents homeless.
  • in 2017 – 1.3 million fires in the U.S. causing 3,400 deaths and a loss of $23 billion.
  • In general, 30% of all fires begin at home from heating, cooking & smoking related problems.
  • Saco Fire Department works with the Planning & Development Departments to set standards for multi-unit inspection programs, fire safety & code compliance overview. 
  • The Knox Box program, allowing the Fire Department to gain access quickly, is growing in the city.
  • Residential sprinklers are not required in Maine. Fires that start in homes with an installed sprinkler system, are out 97% of the time before the fire department arrives.  Approximately $4,000 to install in a new home. 
Lt. Finley
  • Responsible for Public Education
    • School Programs K-3rd grades
    • Bike & Helmet  Safety
    • Life Jackets & Boating Safety
    • CPR Classes
  • Upcoming Event May 2, 2020 – Join Us To Sound The Alarm – A tri-county Community Event in conjunction with the American Red Cross. It’s part of a national push to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services during our Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.
  • Sponsor a Ride to School in a Fire Truck contest for kids.
  • Their current smoke house is 30-years old. They’re looking into replacing it.
  • Recommended homeowners keep bedroom doors closed at night. Should a fire occur, it holds the smoke back.
President Elect Don presented Chief Duross with a Rotary coffee mug. 
 
 
Saco Fire Dept Chief Brenda Pollock 2019-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/16/2019

Posted by Brenda Pollock on Oct 16, 2019
 
President Elect Don rang the bell at 12:17
 Mark N. – Four Way Test
Joe – Invocation
Conrad introduced visiting Rotarians and Guests:
               Kim Veilleux – guest of Alicia Girard
President Elect Don:
  • Don announced President Fausto had a last minute appointment he had to attend and was unable to be at today’s meeting.
  • Asked Jim for update on the Rotary House:
    • The house at 518 Main Street, Biddeford will be a 4-bedroom, 3 bath home. Demo crews will be on site soon. Mobile Design Studios in Biddeford, comped most of the work for this project. Plans of the home circulated.
 
50/50 $23 was won by Sarah Curley. She donated it to Red Ribbon.
 
Announcements:
  • Sue G. Reminded members of DINE TO DONATE FUNDRAISING NIGHT Thursday, October 24th, from 5-8pm.  15% of the money raised during these 3 hours will come back to the club. Still looking for volunteers to help from 5-6 and 6-7 time slot.
  • Bill – Kennebunk Club announced a new support groups for families dealing with addiction. Held at the Seven Mile Church in Kennebunk on Tuesdays beginning on October 29th from 6:00 – 7:30.
Sargent At Arms Heather
Happy Dollars:
  • Joe played Sargent At Arms last week and collected a lot of money.
  • Ken was happy about celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving.
  • Bill was happy about having Turducken.
  • Conrad was happy about babysitting his grandchildren for four days.
  • Joe was happy to announce his 3rd great-grandchild.
Fines:
  • President Elect Don– for starting the meeting 2 minutes late.
  • Keith – Happy Birthday fine.
  • Joe M. – Anniversary fine.
  • Karen – 19th Rotary Anniversary.
  • Heather – fined herself.
  • Joe and Paul D both received parking fines.
  • Stoner – Welcome back fine.
  • Sarah C – fined for being beautiful.
 
Meeting Adjourned. 1:30
 
 
Week in Review 10/16/2019 Brenda Pollock 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Dine to Donate fundraiser

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Oct 15, 2019
Don't forget! This Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm is our fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in Scarborough. Whether you dine-in, order take-out or buy a gift card between 5 and 8 pm, the Biddeford Saco Rotary will get 15% of your purchase donated back to us from Texas Roadhouse when you show the attached flyer. Good food, friends and raising money for charitable giving - it’s a trifecta!
 
Thanks to all the raffle/information table volunteers:
 
5 to 6 pm: Fausto and Morgan 
6 to 7 pm: Joe B and Paulette
7 to 8 pm: Susan and Roland
 
Fausto will bring copies of the flyer to the meeting tomorrow or you can show the attached flyer on your phone. It’s that simple! Please join us tomorrow night and let’s raise a bunch of money for our charitable giving. 
 
Thank you!
 
Susan
 


 
 
 

 

 

 

Dine to Donate fundraiser Susan Gajewski 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

CLUBRUNNER MOBILE

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Oct 08, 2019
 
 
Everyone’s Phone Number at Your Fingertips
Have you done the easy ClubRunner download yet?
 
How would you like to have not only your own Rotary Club members contact information but also the entire District at your fingertips? You can and so much more by downloading the new and improved ClubRunner Mobile App. You can also access club and district leadership, stories and events all with just a few clicks. Connecting to them is as easy as clicking on the phone number or email address.You can download it on the AppStore or GooglePlay and be on your way in minutes. Now would also be a good time to make sure that your profile is current, and if you do not have a picture saved, or your birthday listed, considering updating your information now! Reach out and collaborate with other like minded Rotarians from around our district and be the People of Action that your are!
 
 

Click to: Download on iTunes App Store (free) 

Click to: Download on Android App Store (free)

 
 
CLUBRUNNER MOBILE Brian Dallaire 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/02/2019

Posted by Alicia Girard on Oct 02, 2019
 

Our visiting rotarian this week was Peggy Belanger who will be our District Governor for 2020-2021

Peggy Belanger pulled the 50/50 ticket and the winner was…Peggy Bean!

 

Happy dollars started with Dr Joe giving a happy dollar for getting a prime parking spot out front.

Joe M gave a sad dollar for the Journal Tribune paper announcing it will be closing down. A sad day to see a paper that has had such a long run close its doors.

Kathy gave a happy dollar simply for just having a good day! She was also grateful to be in such a great group of rotarians.

Brian gave a happy dollar because he is gearing up to drive down to Naples for the winter

Visitor Peggy gave a happy dollar for having the chance to attend one of our meetings. She also reminded everyone that October is breast cancer awareness month so reminder to all the ladies to get checked.

Peggy Bean gave all of her 50/50 winnings back to the club, assuring us she will not starve without it!

 

Fines!
Jim Labelle got fined for allegedly dissing Heather’s outfit last week. Although he doesn’t seem to remember what he said

Joe got fined because he offered to do this weeks prayer, then dashed out of the room to visit some friends in the restaurant and completely missed the whole prayer.

Fausto got fined for being the cutest man of the day

And lastly Julie got fined for messing up last weeks tack.

 

Some housekeeping notes:

Our 100th anniversary celebration will be May 14-17 at Riverwinds Farm & Estate. If anyone is interested in a tour of the facilities reach out to Fausto and he can set something up.

We are also going to be making that Saturday’s party into a fundraiser, selling tickets and tables to help raise money for the lub.

Sue told the club October 24th we will have a fundraiser going at Texas Roadhouse, all people have to do is print off (or show on their phone) the flyer that is posted on our facebook page and 15% of peoples bill will go towards rotary. With that being said we need some volunteers from 5-8 on that day to help with a table we will have set up outside selling 50/50 tickets and telling people about our club. Run of the mill will also be doing a similar fundraiser for us in November with more details to come.

 

 

 

October 5th is Rotary Rocks event for anyone interested in going.

 

The presentation today was a little jumbled…since 2 out of the 3 members signed up to talk today didn’t show, I’m sure they will have a fine waiting for them when they get back.

The one who did show is our newest member Kaitlyn Tito. She told us about her history of growing up in Maine, then moving to LA, and then returning to Maine about a year ago. She is a real estate agent fo Coldwell Banker and loves being able to help people during a huge decision of buying a house. We learned how Coldwell uses different technologies to find the best houses and she did a lot of research regarding their standards and picked Coldwell because of their high standards of Ethics, which was also a reason why she choose to join Rotary.

 

After her presentation, Conrad spoke to fill in the spots of those who didn’t show. His presentation I think was just as interesting as everyone thought it would be. I think my favorite part was learning his nickname used to be Radical Rad. Or maybe the backstory between him and Jim Goodbout in the parking lot of a burger king? That sounds like it could be a whole presentation in itself. Conrad is such a people person, and over the years he has learned how small the world truly is with people from his past overlapping into the people from today. Growing up as a German Italian in Boston and both illegal and legally running in the Boston Marathon he has a lot of stories to tell. He wrapped it up with the joy and confidence rotary has brought him in helping him become a better speaker, and the happiness of giving back to the community.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:15

 
 
Week in Review 10/02/2019 Alicia Girard 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary World Polio Day

 
 
 

 
Polio
Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
 
 
PolioPlus
For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
 
Rotary members have contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $8 billion to the effort.
 
 
Polio Today
With our partners, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to just 33 cases caused by the wild virus in 2018. Only two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases and create lasting impact in other areas of public health.
 
 
Challenges
Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance. Afghanistan and Pakistan face unique challenges, including political insecurity, highly mobile populations, difficult terrain, and, in some instances, logistical barriers. With sufficient resources, the commitment of national governments, and innovations that improve access to remote areas, we are optimistic that we can eliminate polio.
 
 
Ensuring Success
Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year. These funds provide much-needed operational support, medical workers, laboratory equipment, and educational materials. Governments, corporations, and private donors all play a crucial role in funding.
 
 
Rotary in Action
More than 1 million Rotary members have donated their time and money to eradicate polio, and every year, hundreds of member’s work with health workers to vaccinate children in countries affected by polio. Rotary members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute informational materials for people in areas that are isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. They also mobilize to recruit fellow volunteers, assist in transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
 
 
Celebrity Support
Rotary has a growing list of public figures and celebrities who support our fight against polio, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; actor and wrestling superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action-movie star Jackie Chan; actor Donald Sutherland; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angélique Kidjo, and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help Rotary educate the public about the disease and the fight to end polio for good.  
 
 
 
 
Rotary World Polio Day 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/25/2019

 
 
 
TACK
September 25, 2019
Respectfully submitted by Julie Villemaire
 
President Fausto was MIA so today’s meeting was presided over by President-Elect, Don Pilon.  Don started the meeting at approximately 12:17 p.m.  Apparently, the presidential gavel was also MIA.  It sounded like Don was using a piece of cutlery to ring the bell.   Joe Bassett was called upon once again to provide a moving invocation and Jackson Brown showed the crowd that he knew what he was doing when he flawlessly led the 4 Way Test with a strong air of confidence.
 
Vice President, Marty Grohman, introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.  We were pleased to have Past District Governor, Dave Underhill, and Jim Far (?-Not sure of his last name-I couldn’t hear very well.) from Kiwanis join us today. 
 
The 50/50 Drawing was won by Karen Chasse.  The pot reached $22 today!
 
Announcements: 
 
Conrad announced that Classification Talks will start next week.  Due to the fact that he had zero volunteers, Conrad put everyone’s name into a “baggie” and he pulled 3 out.  The lucky winners, or “presenters” for next week, which is actually tomorrow 10/02, are: Kaitlin Tito, Bill Kany and Paul Deschambault.  Unfortunately, Paul announced that he will be absent for the next 3 weeks so Conrad had to go back to the baggie.  Heather Gendron was the lucky winner this time.  Don’t forget to thank Paul, Heather!  Each of the presenters will have 10 minutes to talk about themselves or whatever topic they choose.  Although the purpose of these classification talks is for the other members of the club to get to know you a little bit better.  Just keep in mind that someone, probably not me, will be taking notes for publication so you want to keep it family friendly!
 
Don forgot to call on SAA Heather MacLean so that cost him dearly.
Happy Dollars were collected for:
Dr. Joe Boyle gave $5 for 5 days of bliss during a solo stay at the Samoset, where he had an incredible room with an excellent view while his 3 step daughters were visiting his wife.
PP Joe Moreshead was happy for a Sea Bag at Whimsical ME that Andrea likes.
Brian & his wife Debby are celebrating their 15 year wedding anniversary.
Mark Nahorney & his wife Valerie celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary at the opera.
Julie & her husband Dan are celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary.
Jim LaBelle was happy to be the Greeter today.
PP Karen Chasse gave a “poor Don” dollar for enduring spending time with her ex-husband while he power washed Don’s house. She also donated back a portion of her 50/50 winnings.
Past DG Dave Underhill was happy for his “past” title & happy to give away money as the Global Grant Coordinator. Watch out Lucie Kay, Dave is Roland’s new BFF!
PP Roland is happy for Past DG Dave Underhill & future Global Grant opportunities
Conrad was happy for having a great Birthday weekend and of course a party. 
PP Ken Farley was happy he survived “Homecoming Weekend” at Maine Maritime.
 
Fines were collected for:
Happy Birthday Jim Godbout!
PP Julie for 15 year anniversary in Rotary
Mark Nahorney for 4 year anniversary in Rotary
Jim LaBelle was hit up for something but I was only able to write his name down before SAA Heather was on to the next victim L I’m sure it was a doozy!
PP Keith Jacques and Brenda Pollock were the recipients of the “cute outfit” designation club.  SAA Heather named both a male and female recipient because she wanted to be fair to all concerned.
Bill Kany was fined for his “look of horror” when Conrad drew his name from the baggie for the official round one of Classification talks.
PP Roland was fined for SAA Heather not knowing why he had a “buffalo” in the back of his car.  I’m not sure if I heard that one right but it sounds like something Roland would be carrying around with him.
 
Our speaker today was the CEO & Founder of Our Lady of Perpetual Support for People Living with Aids and Orphans (OLPS), Sister Anastasia, also a Rotarian.  PP Roland introduced Sister Anastasia. We have done a lot of projects in Kenya & formed a wonderful partnership since the early 2000.  Office equipment for her NGO, education sponsorship for orphaned children, support for post- election violence in her community, Microlending program supporting HIV + individuals and our current educational sponsorship of two young girls, Judith and Antoinette.
 
Sister Anastasia said her Tribe wanted to thank Roland and our Club. We have built a strong relationship that was started in Faith and is also built on Trust.  In 2001, their priority was having a means to communicate to make their working environment easier. Our club helped provide funding to purchase a computer, printer and fax machine.
 
Sister Anastasia mentioned that there were many “vulnerable kids”.  These were high school age kids who were unable to attend school because they couldn’t afford it. We were able to send enough money to support 10 students.  One of the students is now working in Chicago. Juliana was born with HIV and is now residing in Boston. She is a champion for kids living with HIV.  Another student, Brian, is a land surveyor. One student went into politics. Another student is working with people with HIV & TB & helps with organizing fundraisers.
 
2007 was the year of the Microlending Project.  They received $10k from our Club and another $10k from the District.  This program empowered the Women & some men.  The men received support from the women.  This program allowed the women to have some independence so they did not have to rely on the men for everything.  They were able to buy medicine.  Sister Anastasia said, “No one beats you because you are able to live on your own.”  “Dependency Syndrome”, which used to be, is no longer there.  High school is expensive but they were able to go to the bank and borrow money. 
 
Sister Anastasia’s Tribe still honors the Bible in that “man is head of the house” but there is a big difference from then and now.
 
December, 2007, election for President was a very tough time. Accepting defeat was not easy.  More violence was created because of this.  People died.  It was hard for people to go out.
They started a camp & encouraged other people to join. Our club was able to send some money to help support and feed some of these people.  Some were also able to attend school.
 
Sister Anastasia said, “HIV/Aids is the leprosy of my time.” She said it was now harder to contract the disease due to “Prevention Positive”.  If I’m positive, I’m not going to spread it.  Their bishop is on board with promoting the use of condoms.
 
Sister Anastasia is good at identifying the needs but finance is not her thing.  She works with another person who is very good with money and puts it where it needs to go.
 
Two of the students mentioned above, Judith and Antoinette, wanted to send their Thanks and appreciation for the support of our Club.  They are very grateful and said, “You have made us what we are today!” 
Note:  The money that we raise with the CLYNK program goes to help support the education for Judith and Antoinette, so drink up and put your empty bottles in the green CLYNK bags earmarked for our Rotary club!
 
If you’d like to learn more about Sister Anastasia and OLPS please visit their website at www.olpskenya.org or you could tap into the knowledge and experience of our own Past President, Roland Gagne.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/25/2019 Julie Villemaire 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Note From The Publisher

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Sep 19, 2019
 
 
 
To all Tack note takers,
 
As a favor since I am remotely compiling the tack, please shoot me an e-mail once you have taken the notes.  That way I will know who to anticipate sending me the typed up version later on.
 
Please submit your Tack notes to Brian Dallaire at bdallaire@usa.net and with copy to Julie Villemaire at Jvillemaire@maine.rr.com, no later than the Tuesday AM before the next meeting.
 
Thanks
Brian
 
 
Note From The Publisher Brian Dallaire 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/18/2019

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 18, 2019
Conrad conducted the 4 way test, and Joe Bassett gave the invocation.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Phil Smith, Saco Bay
Guests: Todd & Rocco from Charter Oak Financial
 
Don Pilon won the 50-50 and donated it to Red Ribbon
 
Phil from the Saco Bay Rotary would like us all to enter their club’s Duck Pluck raffle
 
Happy dollars:
  • Joe Bassett is happy to be here
  • Julie is happy for the cool weather
  • Sabine is happy to demolish things, and likes working on the house
  • Don P is happy to have received a $1000 check from Pirates Cove (good job Don)
 
Happy fines from Sgt at Arms Heather M:
  • Conrad, for his birthday and for not making any mistakes in the 4-way test
  • Lucie fined for her birthday, and again for swearing at President Pifferer (something we all want to do, so it was worth it)
  • Stoner (not present) fined for having a baby
  • Alicia fined for calling Jeremy “Jerry” which she promptly did again, so it didn’t work
  • Reegan fined for looking nice today
  • Conrad fined for his hunt & peck "button masher" typing style while texting
 
President’s report:
 
-Investment committee meeting follows lunch
-Fausto has worked out a proposed deal with Run of the Mill to donate a portion of Tuesday sales to fund a free community Thanksgiving meal
-Jim G reports that a portion of the project house is demolished (thanks Sabine) and foundation work is beginning. Watch for an email with more volunteer opportunities.
-As the year shapes up, our big projects are the raffle with the $100 tickets, the wine tasting, and the 100th anniversary visit from the Bideford, England club (likely held in May 2020)
-There will be an important speaker next week 9/25 which you should not miss, Sister Anastasia from Kenya. Arranged by Roland. We have been funding her work for many years and it will be a nice chance to see the impact of our efforts. Don’t miss it.
-In sad news, Harold Boudreau (Company B Fund) passed away.
 
Speaker updates from Conrad:
-There will be classification talks on Oct 2 & Oct 30. We need 2-3 Rotarians to volunteer to speak at each. 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/18/2019 Martin Grohman 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

CBC Melissa Cilley

Posted by Martin Grohman on Sep 18, 2019
Guest speaker:
Melissa Cilley from the Community Bicycle Center located at 45 Granite Street in Biddeford gave a talk. The CBC provides mentorship and growth opportunities to more than 700 kids from Biddeford and Saco. Melissa has been the interim Executive Director since last November.
 
The CBC will be changing their name and logo, and will hold a launch party for their rebranding effort on 10/24 at 5PM at Banded Brewing. All are welcome. Please plan to attend.
 
A signature effort of the CBC is the Kids Bike Factory in which the kids in the program work in teams to fix up old bikes and sell them to fund programs. Kids Bike Factory student Kruze spoke of how the CBC had helped him grow and feel more comfortable in groups and around adults. Also, he is considering a career in the trades or possibly engineering because of his experience at CBC. His dad Neil attended as well so that Kruze, who is in 8th grade, could miss school to come speak to us.
 
CBC has their signature fundraising event “Applecycle” on Saturday 10/5. Reegan and Marty are riding. The length is 40 miles, fueled by cider donuts. Register at https://www.communitybike.net/applecycle2019
 
Kruze’s remarks were moving, and Fausto gave $500 from the President’s Fund to the CBC on the spot, which is entirely grant funded, as all the programs are free for kids.
The CBC may also apply to us for further support as they hope to expand the Kids Bike Factory program into more space and to accommodate more students.
 
Pictured: Neil Maynard, Kruze Maynard, Melissa Cilley
 
 
CBC Melissa Cilley Martin Grohman 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/11/2019

Posted by Alicia Girard on Sep 11, 2019

Bell rang at 12:15

Pledge of Allegiance

Susan lead our banner-less 4 way test

Paul lead the prayer

 

Don Pilon announced the handful of guests that attended including a Rotarian from Smokey Hill Colorado; Bev Edwards. Most guests were brought from Roland, Bonita Pothier, Nyles Edwards, Jim Farr, Michelle, and one guess of Heather Grendron; Josh Precourt.

 

Heather started up with the happy dollars and Jerry was first to talk about new changes coming from the Biddeford School Department and the three pillars the schools are sticking to, 1. They will not be a “one size fits all” and will cater to each students needs 2. They will continue to educate themselves and the community about serving the whole child, keeping in mind things like trauma and substance abuse and the direct relation these things have with the child. 3. They will support all learners, those who struggle as well as those who excel will be taught in a way that fits them best.

 

On a less serious note, Roland gave what he called a “kiss up dollar” for a raffle he had won and walked away with a product from Whimsical ME, probably hoping he can cash that in as a token when he gets fined in the future.

 

Visiting Rotarian Bonnie gave a happy dollar, happy to be surrounded by rotarians again.

 

Regan gave the last happy dollar excited that her new season about to kick off!

 

Plenty of fines, as always!

 

Peggy and Mark both paid $1 for having birthdays

 

Fausto paid $1 for having the shortest presidents message which was the inspiring presidential words of “Have a great day!”

 

Roland paid $1 for his outfit in the picture posted on facebook which Heather stated was “probably culturally appropriate but still need to pay”

 

Karen paid $1 for being the cutest dressed for the day

 

Joe paid a very questionable $1, something about his inappropriate language that had him and heather both sharing shifty eyes so who knows what he said, he stated it was for telling Kaitlyn she looked nice, but Heather quickly argued no no it wasn’t that….

 

Bill Patterson paid $1 for winning the 50/50

 

Ken paid $1 for being the last one to arrive

 

Although Fausto didn’t get fined this week, he got a warning that if he has to sit by himself with all his friends one more time heather will have no choice but to fine him.

 

Some general housekeeping notes from Fausto:

-Rotary Rocks will be held on October 5th for anyone wanting to attend

-The Rotary investment committee meeting will be on September 18th

-Please send Julie any service hours still floating around

-A church program called “In a Pinch” is looking for toiletries. It was suggested that rotarians pick up 2-3 extra toiletries next time they go shopping (Shampoo, deodorant, soap, etc) and bring it to meetings for a hopefully continuous flow of donations from the club

-Jim briefly updated us on the progress of the Biddeford rotary house, he let us know the demo permit has been approved and they will start tearing down the back end of the house

-Still more detail to come, but this year will be the 100th year anniversary of our club and the Bideford, England Club who will come visit, as well as Rotary’s Bi-Centennial Year. So brainstorming for an amazing party soon will happen!

 

After lunch we had a great presentation via video chat thanks to Roland. We got to listen to Amanda talk about all the great work Rotary is helping with in Jordan. The grants we have given to help has helped them improve the much needed youth program which impacts 2500 youths. The grant has allowed for them to hire 75 staff members as well as train them to be the best fit. She told us about their “All Star Program” which focuses on vocational trainings to help prepare them for the future, but also makes sure they are educated in English, literature, and basic IT skills. It is always great to hear about how what we are doing is truly making a difference and making the world a better place.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:15

 

 

Week in Review 9/11/2019 Alicia Girard 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Update Roland Gagne 2019-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 9/4/2019

Posted by Donald Pilon on Sep 04, 2019
 
President Elect Don Pilon presided at the meeting in the absence of President Fausto
 
The bell rang at 12:15pm
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer: Larry Boyle
4 Way Test: Lucie Kay
 
Visiting Guests: Marty Grohman introduced our guest and announced our meeting location and time of each meeting. Jeremy Ray's daughter Kennedy Ray
 
50/50 Raffle: Karen Chasse(winner) $24.00
 
Happy Dollars: Numerous happy people/many happy dollars.
 
Prior to the commencement of lunch Conrad Welzel announced there would be no guest speaker but we would be playing the game "Who Is It". instead.
After lunch Conrad explained the objective of "Who Is It" and each table would be a team. The team with the most points at the end of the game was the winner.
Everyone was given a piece of paper and was asked to put their name at the top and write one unusual thing about themselves.(and the answer if it was a multiple choice or true false question) Conrad collected all the papers and added additional names to the bottom of each paper. For example; Of the following 3 people which one is younger than Bill Kany? Ken Farley, Roland Gagne or Keith Jacques? Of course Bill struggled accepting the fact this person is younger than him but he did include the correct answer.
 
It was a good game with lots of laughs. Thanks Conrad.
 
Meeting adjourned 1:15pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 9/4/2019 Donald Pilon 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8:21:19

Posted by Reegan Hebert on Aug 28, 2019
Rotary Tack Notes 8/27/19 from Reegan Hebert
 
Visiting Rotarians- Chris Soulias, visiting from Middletown, CT.
Jackson Brown wins the 50/50
Sargent in Arms, Heather M., begins with happy dollars:
Brian is going to fine himself because of no lobster bake, Jeremy is happy because school is open!, Brenda is happy that Madison’s last doctor visit went well and she has full mobility of her hand and started school today.  Jim is happy to be leaving for vacation tomorrow.
 
Heather M. Then moves on to fines:
President Fausto is fined for boxers or briefs, Mark is fined $2for being away on vacation and enjoying anchovies.  Gross!  Brian is fined for his gracious lead in the 4-way test, Alicia is fined for having a birthday recently in which she argues was over a month ago!, Brian is also fined for being away for so long and Heather shares that she is never able to pay a fine again because she has adopted a very sick German Shepard and the vet bills are costly.  Brenda is also fined. 
 
President Fausto moves on to housekeeping related topics:
Conrad shares that moving forward we will begin to share classifications one time per month.  Someone will be reaching out to individuals to schedule these presentations at least one time per month to help us all get to know each other.  Fausto took the lead by volunteering to do his during todays meeting.
 
Wine Tasting- save the date for February 8th.  We will host at Duffy’s again and the event will run similar to how it did this year.  There will be an auction as well.
 
Julie would like members to share volunteer hours as soon as possible for the board meeting next week.  Email your hours to Julie!
 
Jim provided updates on the next Rotary House project.  Saco River has signed off and we have obtained certification of no Asepsis.  Plan to begin demolition soon. 
 
President Fausto shared that there is a board meeting next week on Wednesday morning and all are able to attend.  He also shared that Karen Chasse is doing well since her recent surgery and is back to work part time.
 
My Place Teen Center is hosting a high end dinner fundraiser at their location in Westbrook.  60 people can attend at $1000 per ticket. 
 
United Way of York County has toiletries to donate to organizations that need them.  Reegan will make sure Biddeford School Dept and Seeds of Hope in Biddeford get these resources. 
 
Fausto shared his compelling story of how he ended up in Maine and a leader in the catering industry. 
 
 
Week in Review 8:21:19 Reegan Hebert 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/21/2019

Posted by Jim LaBelle on Aug 21, 2019
 
 
President Fausto opened the meeting with the customary Pledge of Allegiance. Jackson Brown was so good at leading the 4-way test the prior week that Fausto called on him to do the honors this week and he crushed all four of them once again.
 
Joe provided us with a heartfelt invocation.  Two guests attended: Conrad's granddaughter Whitney, who wore a striped shirt that was similar to her grandpa's (planned ahead of time?), and Paul, a visiting Rotarian from the Saco Bay Sunset Club. 
 
Kaitlyn Tito is a potential new member that Jackson is sponsoring.  It was noted that this meeting represented her second posting. If any Rotarian has any comments/objections to the posting they need to reach out to President Fausto as soon as possible.  If there aren’t any objections the next step in the process is the “Induction Ceremony”. 
 
We were disarmed by the lack of a Sargent at Arms, as both Heather and Heather's designee Sarah were absent (possible self-fine next week?), so Fausto asked who was happy, eliciting the following:
 
* Joe Moreshead was thankful about the successful auction item redemption of a lobster bake with Jim Godbout... he was impressed with Jim's wine selections and had nice things to say about everyone's contributions, especially his own.
 
* Mark Nahorney was happy about his successful singing tour of the Netherlands with wife Valerie. The group performed 5 concerts, saw fantastic sites, and met many people including the Dutch and people from Holland too. It was helpful for Mark that this wasn't a country our President wants to buy currently. 
 
* Jim LaBelle was happy to invite all fellow Rotarians to the Chamber of Commerce's annual appreciation event on Thursday, 8/22 at Mechanics Park in Biddeford. 
 
* Haley Thompson recently celebrated both her 15th wedding anniversary as well as the birthdays of her sons aged 8 and 10 - a big August.
 
* Bill Patterson was proud to announce that his daughter got married last weekend - a storm passed through just minutes before the event, which was fitting since his daughter married a meteorologist.
 
* Dr. Joe was thankful to be back after a 5-week absence due to what we inferred was excessive demands on his gracious hosting by summer guests.
 
* Fausto shared that Sophia turned 13 recently - the teenager years are marked by grace and gratitude so he should have no problems going forward.
 
* Bill Kany enjoyed working the mini-golf fundraiser with Dr. Joe, and also announced that he recently celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary.
 
* Not to be outdone, Conrad was happy to trump the others by sharing that he recently celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary.
 
* Jeremy was happy that his kids are heading back to school and that daycare bills are a thing of the past. 
 
* In addition to winning the 50/50, Morgan Stoner announced that he (well, his wife technically) recently had a baby boy, with a name that makes it likely this child will be famous one day: Vaughan Banks Stoner!
 
* I believe another guy was happy too but I couldn't keep up with all the excitement. 
 
The only fine levied was Fausto who gave himself a blanket fine for all past, present and future transgressions on his Facebook account. 
 
Our guest speaker was Maine State Treasurer Henry Beck.  It was an engaging presentation, with Henry detailing the many responsibilities of his office, including cash management, board participation, trust fund account management, and inviting bond rating flunkies from New York to Maine to be wined and dined on microbrews and lobster rolls so as to maintain our strong credit rating.  The state's cash reserves are strong, as are monthly yields on balances in the 2.4% annualized return range.  Some of the state's demographic challenges were mentioned, though it was noted that York County and Biddeford in particular are bucking the trend.  Henry concluded by reminding everyone about Unclaimed Property that the state is more than happy to return to rightful owners. Marty Grohman indicated that he's got about $25 he's been working to retrieve for a while, good cash for future club fines potentially if he can navigate his claim successfully.  Overall, it was an interesting presentation - the club thanked Henry and welcomed him to Biddeford as a recently arrived resident living now in the Pepperell Mill.
 
Meeting adjourned by Fausto.
 
 
 
Week in Review 8/21/2019 Jim LaBelle 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Saco Steam

Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Aug 14, 2019
 

Speaker Presentation:  Conrad W. Introduced the speaker-  Tracy, Mike & Matt  from the Saco Steam – which stands for Saco Alliance for Science -Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Focusing on K through 8

 

Spoke about the History of Saco:

21% of Saco residents are >18

31% Free Reduced Lunch

53 English as 2nd  Language

17.2 % Use special services

 

Funding:

15th out of 18th in neighboring counties

 

Mission Success: 1st 2 years

3 Parts

  1. Advocate for schools and resources
  2.  
  3. Connect community resources to schools
  4.  
  5. Fundraise money and provide direct grants
  6.  

 

Successes:

  1. Advocated for budget
  2.  
  3. Connected aquaponics experts to SMS (Saco Middle School) project based learning team
  4.  
  5. Raised $17,000 -Provided $10,000 in grants.
  6.  

 

1st Grant :

        Distributed to CK Burns school $2,500 for Robotic Program

Other Grants:

       Let’s Go Code-                     Grade 1 & 2

        Engineering-                        Grades 3-5 

        Ecology-                                Grade 6

        Maine Learning Field Trip  Grades 6-8

        Mapping- (Camp Ellis)        Grade 7

 

Sponsors:

        Jim Godbout, Paquin & Carroll Insurance,  Saco Biddeford Savings Bank, Peoples Choice Credit Union, etc.

 

Press:

        Courier, Tribune & WMTW

 

Matching Grant Opportunity:

         Music & Coding Wall at Saco Middle School – Incorporate in cell phones or other technology, Code in Windchimes.  In fences with metal of all different sizes.  We have ½ the money to fund this project. 

         Funding Levels- Founders Circle $5,000 a year and Innovators Corner $2,500 a year. 

 

         501 C Status

         A Teacher Initiative Project  

 

Saco Steam Open for Grants !!!!

         Teacher Applications will close November 15.  Grants Awarded in the Spring

         To apply:   https://www.sacosteam.org/grant-application/

 

                                    

Saco Steam Elaine Palmitessa 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 8/14/2019

Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Aug 14, 2019
Date: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
 
Pledge of Allegiance:  Lead by President Fausto Pifferrer
 
President Fausto requested  a moment of silence in the honor of Bill Kany who recently passed
 
4 Way Test:  Jackson Brown
 
Invocation:  Joe Bassett
 
 
 
President-Elect Don Pilon:  informed  us that there were -No visiting Rotarians & Guests
 
50/50 Drawing:  Won by Peggy Bean.  Peggy donated $17.00 to the Red Ribbon
 
Sergeant at-Arms- Heather MacLean-
                                ** Happy Dollars:
      
                                     Joe B. – Had a wonderful weekend.
                                         
                                     Ron D.- Happy that he felt well enough to be with us. 
                            
                                     Paul D.- Donated $5.00.  Excited for this weekend -- he will be attending his 50th Class Reunion.
 
                                     President Fausto- Had a stressful weekend.  He is happy it is over.
 
                                ** Fines:
 
                                     Joe M.- Fined for taking his wife out on a date – Brought Andrea to Rotary- ( She does not like the Rotary) .  At Bill K. funeral he bumped his head so he was fined for not paying attention.
                              
                                     Sara B.-Fined because her birthday is this month.
 
                                     President Fausto- For exercising and building up his muscles. 
 
                                     Julie V.- Paid $1.00 for several missing badges at today’s meeting.
 
Announcements:
 
Golf for Good Event:  President- Elect Don Pilon spoke about the Golf for Good Fundraiser held on August 3 & 4th, at Schooners, Martels and Pirates Cove.  A very successful event.  Raised $9,200.00.  He thanked all the Committee members, Sponsors and Volunteers for their help in making the event successful.
 
Charitable Fund:  Denis E. Spoke about the individual in need of $700  to be able to maintain his rent.  The request was approved and money was distributed.  Two other requests that were approved.
  1. Backpacks- Over 1,000 backpacks were distributed to needy  students in the area.  (2)  Day Camp – Approved to donate $500 to.
 
Sweetser: In need of volunteers for grilling for an event on September 8th – Cycle or Stroll for Suicide Prevention.  Anyone interested, please call Sara at (207) 294-4482 or email stowle@sweetser.org
 
St. Andre’s-My Place Teen Center: Jim G. who is involved in this project expressed that there is going to be a lot of work available to be done in the very near future.  This will be a club project.
 
Get Well Card: President Fausto announced that Karen C. is recovering very well after her surgery.  A Get Well Card is being circulated for Rotary members to sign and send good wishes her way.
 
New Menu:  This week, we had a few new menu options – half sandwich/half soup, two hot dogs with fries, etc.
Week in Review 8/14/2019 Elaine Palmitessa 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/31/2019

Posted by Karen Chasse on Jul 31, 2019

President Fausto Pifferrer led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the 4-way test somewhat led by PP Joe Moreshead.  Paul Deschambault led us in the invocation and Vice President Don Pilon announced we had no guests.  The 50/50 was won by Jackson Brown for the second week in a row (it comes in threes!) but it was only $23 so he probably won’t get too far on buying much with those winnings.

PP Bill Kany presented Paulette Bonneau with a Paul Harris Award.  Although her attendance is not 100% - her giving nature and love for our community is.  Bill stated in his presentation that “while there are many members of our club who unfortunately neither have the time nor the commitment to do what it takes to support the efforts of our club, there are many members who quietly do what it takes event after event to make sure that what we undertake is successful.  Some of those hardworking people have schedules that simply do not allow them to come to meetings on a regular basis but when Rotary really counts they are there to support each and every event.  This recipient is one of those quiet doers who also is our invaluable connection to the Center of Technology and the programs at the COT that we support.” We are very fortunate to have someone like Paulette in our club.

Happy Dollars & Fines – SAA Heather accepted happy dollars and handed out the following fines:

·         Joe – Was thrilled the meeting boasted two more “lovelies” (as Richard J. Martin often referred to the woman of Rotary) than men.  SAA Heather quickly reminded Fossil Kany that us women are taking over and then fined Joe for his terrible leadership skills in announcing the 4-way test.

·         Ken – Climbed Mount Katahdin this past weekend and it was amazing views.

·         Julie – Happy that Karen Gendron (aka Heather Gendron and Karen Chasse) took the TACK notes the last two meetings.  It appears we tied the knot this past weekend in Mount Katahdin with Ken as our witness. President Fausto was happy we finally came out of the closet to join him.

·         President Fausto – He appeared to have a great week on Facebook, was showcasing his ginormous thighs this week thanks to the heat, and for not informing his partner that he cannot pull off the same look as himself.

·         Sarah – Should be happy that she has a new fluffy German shepherd puppy

·         Jackson – For his 50/50 winnings but more importantly, he received homemade cookies and then others in the club wondered why he was so special and why couldn’t they have cookies too.

·         Bill K – Looking a bit casual for a large bank lawyer in his golf outfit

·         Paulette – Poor Bill had to carry her Paul Harris award around for a month and be prepared to speak at a moment’s notice each week in hopes she would be able to attend a weekly meeting

·         Haley – Super cute dress that SAA Heather wanted to buy for $1 

·         Lucie – She showcased a photo in the TJ Maxx parking lot in which an SUV with the plate “KANY” was in the handicap space but half way on the grass island.  She immediately sent it to Bill and told him nice parking job and he replied, “It’s my Mom!”  Way to throw your Mom under the bus for your bad parking skills Bill!

Dates to Know/Announcements:

·         Golf for Good: August 3 and 4 – all day at Schooners, Martels and Pirates Cove.  We have 57 Hole Sponsors with RP Bell being a major sponsor at Schooners.  We currently only have 12 Rotarians out of 65 signed up to help sell 50/50 tickets!  We need to staff these sales because it is an easy way to boost this fundraiser and make easy money.  The facilities will also contribute $1 for every game played by patrons.  PLEASE HELP!!! 

·         New Menu: Next week we will have new menu options, such as burgers, chicken salad, half sandwich/half soup, etc.  You have spoken and President Fausto is listening.

·         Board Meeting: The Board Meeting this month is not on the first Wednesday.  It will be held on August 7th at 7:45am at P&C Insurance in Biddeford.  All are welcome to attend.

·         Annual Kinney Shores Black Party to support Red Ribbon Committee: Jim thanked Joe M. and Bill P. for coming out on the hottest day of the summer to help with this event which raised over $2,000 for Red Ribbon.   

·         Rotary House: Jim announced he is waiting for the final judgement from Keith prior to the teardown of the back in the near future.  The plans have been approved by the Code Enforcement Office and construction should start this Fall.  He thanked a local architect for donating her time and alerted Paulette that the COT students can continue working on the on-site house that will be moved as we work on this one.  He will look into using the COT students for plumbing and heating and look into if electrical kids can assist.

·         My Place Teen Center: Jim is also involved in this project (I’m sure you are not surprised!).  He stated that Biddeford Housing Authority will cover the majority of the renovation costs and the kitchen should be covered by the club’s $25K commitment and other local donors.  There are 30 sets of pews that will need to be removed so labor will come up as a club project but he would like to keep some for the dining room to preserve history and Fausto mentioned connecting with rental companies as they would potentially purchase them for use at events.

There was no scheduled speaker this week so we were able to leave after lunch and good conversation.

Week in Review 7/31/2019 Karen Chasse 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Red Ribbon Committee at Kinney Shores

 
What a beautiful afternoon at Kinney Shores on Sunday. Bill Paterson and I helped Jim Godbout’s Kinney Shores annual summer fling and fund raiser for the Red Ribbon Committee. Bill and I were tasked with running the dunk tank. I got a little wet because I was the guy fixing the bench for the kids to sit on. Bill got soaked with sweat keeping kids in line and handing them the balls to throw. Gotta say- these were some good kids- kudos to their parents. Not sure how much money got raised but , I did see a few guys walk up to Jim and hand him a check. Jim’s wife Lynne was selling T-shirts. I should have bought one they were really nice.
 
Jim’s street was closed to traffic so that ping pong tables could be set up for a tournament in the middle of the street. There were a bunch of games set up for kids as well. A ton of food including pulled pork, hot dogs, chicken, Jim’s favorite Kale salad- ( who eats that stuff besides Jim ) and a bunch of other choices. We as Rotarians and citizens owe Jim and Lynne a big thanks for opening up their home and hearts to address a problem that is the scourge of everybody’s community- the opioid problem.
 
So Jim owns a dunk tank- I say we have a meeting- bring your bathing suits and we have a dunk tank meeting- how much money could we raise at lunch dunking guys like so and so  ……..  I’ll let you fill in the blank. I know I would throw some money at that!!
 
Respectfully
Joe Moreshead
Dunk Tank Operator
 
 
Red Ribbon Committee at Kinney Shores Joe Moreshead 2019-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Week in Review 7/24/2019

Posted by Heather Gendron on Jul 24, 2019
 
Pledge of Allegiance:            Lead by President Fausto Pifferrer
 
4 Way Test:                            Jim McAllister
 
Invocation:                               Lucie Kay 
 
President-Elect Don Pilon Introduces Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Visiting Rotarians; Andy Glazier (Rotary District Governor) and his wife Pam Gray, guest Kaitlin Tito
 
 50/50 Drawing:  Jackson Brown  $$
 
Sergeant At-Arms (SAA): Heather MacLean
Happy Dollars:  Kristen Lane’s daughter made $43 on her lemonade stand, Mark Nahorney happy about the now playing musical within a comedy, called The Drowsy Chaperone at the Biddeford City Theater, playing through August 4th, CJ Cote happy her recent surgery for her carpal tunnel was a success, Matt Simmons happy his son made the Travel Elite Baseball team this summer, Bill Kany celebrating the “good ole days” when there was no women in the club (Yup, he pays for that one!), Conrad going on vacation and Fausto so happy to visit with mom and received yet another award at the International Caters Award ceremony for being so awesome and 3 major events one weekend and was successful!
Heather Fines: Bill paid for being a “fossil” for his comment, Fausto for going on vacation and not sharing any fun photos on social media, Jim LaBelle for not helping Heather M. out at the beach when it was needed and for your phone going off during the meeting, Karen for having too much fun this weekend with her girlfriends, Conrad for not inviting Heather to yet another party he hosted, Don Pilon for being “sassy”, Kristen Lane fined for being gorgeous, Ray Demers for a perfect goatee and Marty Grohman for being last one in!
 
 
Speaker Presentation: District Governor Andy Glazier.  Starting the presentation with thanking all Rotarians for stepping up in club roles; committees, board, fundraisers, past or present.  He shared that he loves the weekly newsletters (tack) that he gets to read from our club weekly, makes him feel like he is at the meetings with us.  He continued to share that he is thoroughly impressed with this clubs enthusiasm, he feels it is the most enthusiastic clubs he has ever attended! Please consider attending “Rotary Rocks”, a one day hosted by the Rotary District 7780 Grow Rotary Team, Featuring the projects of the Rotary Clubs of Southern Maine and Coastal New Hampshire.  Open to the public, open to all current Rotarians and future Rotarians, Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9am – 4pm at the Abramson Community Education Center, USM, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME.  FMI: www.rotaryrocks.info
 
 
Week in Review 7/24/2019 Heather Gendron 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation in Action

Posted on Jul 24, 2019
 
Latest Global Grant Approval
 
For your consideration - at your next club meeting contribute a happy dollar to celebrate our latest approved Global Grant and remind your members of the good use to which their contributions are put. The small city of Petrich is located in southwestern Bulgaria, near the border with Greece. It's lone hospital has grossly inadequate and old maternal health equipment which results in many women with complicated or difficult pregnancies travel to distant cities for services. A real problem for women of limited financial means. The Grant, approved last month, will provide new and up-to-date neonatal care equipment allowing early diagnosis of possible complications and effective treatment and provide training for staff. As you know, Maternal and Child Health is one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus. The grant totals $72,273. Six District 7780 clubs contributed (Portsmouth, Saco Bay Sunset, Sanford-Springvale, South Berwick-Eliot, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, and Yarmouth), and the District put in $7,714 in DDF.  This grant is a direct consequence of the International Outreach exchange we had with Bulgaria in 2014-15. One of the Bulgarians who visited us on the exchange and hosted our team that went there is now District Governor in Bulgaria and reached out to us. It is very important that Rotarians know about how their money is being spent and this is another great example to remind them.
 
Lawrence Furbish
District 7780 Foundation Committee Chair
 
 
Rotary Foundation in Action 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

e-Tack 7/17/2019

Posted by Mark Nahorney on Jul 21, 2019
 
 

President-Elect Don Pilon chaired the meeting

Paul Deschambault lead those in attendance in the Four Way Test

Joe Bassett gave the invocation

There were no guests

50/50 was a whooping $14 and won by Alicia Girard

 

Announcements:

-Don sent around a Thank You card from Thornton Academy

 

-Jim Godbout spoke about his presentation oat RYLA

 

-Don then gave an update on the Mini-Golf Tournament August 3 & 4:

            Need more sponsors

                        We have 4 $1000 sponsors

                        Need more $100 hole sponsors

            Need more volunteers for 3 hours blocks of time during the 2 days

            May not be using Aquaboggon because it is not the destination for mini-golf that Martels,             Pirates Cove and Schooner are

 

-Sweetser is seeking help with their Suicide Prevention cycle/stroll/walk on 9/8/2019 – contact Don Pilon

 

-Bill Paterson represented our club at the Governor's Opiate Summit

 

-Jim Godbout passed around the preliminary plans for the new house to be renovated/rebuilt on Main Street (with river views.) It is almost to begin.

 

 

Sargent at Arms: Heather McClean

Happy dollars and fines!

 

Presentation

United Way York County Office

Sarah Hoover & Reegan Hebert

 

Tools4School Program

            Backpacks and supplies for school children in the area

                        Plans are to distribute over 1000 backpacks with supplies

                        Has been well received in previous years

                        Donations of backpacks and supplies are made but they needed additional financial                                   assistance

                        Questions and answers

I wanted to thank you and the whole Rotary club for giving me the opportunity to speak last Wednesday. It was wonderful to meet you all and learn more about the work your Rotary club accomplishes in our community. I wanted to send over digital copies of our registration form and supply list, as well as the link below to apply for backpacks online.
 
 
Wishing you a wonderful Monday! Best,

Sarah
 
Sarah Hoover
Community Impact Project Manager
United Way of York County 
Office Ph: 207-985-3359 Fax: 207-985-3564
36 Water Street, PO Box 727
Kennebunk, Maine 04043-0727

Meeting adjourned

 

 

           

 

 

 
 
e-Tack 7/17/2019 Mark Nahorney 2019-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mini Golf Fundraiser- Hole Sponsors Needed ASAP!

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jul 16, 2019

Calling all Rotarians to Action!
 
August 3rd and 4th is right around the corner and we are still in need of $100 Hole Sponsors to help make our mini golf fundraiser event a success.
 
If every Rotarian would consider asking their place of business to sponsor one hole for $100, we would be very close to reaching our goal of 90 hole sponsors!
 
We are quickly running out of time!  We need to obtain these sponsors as soon as possible so that the appropriate banners with sponsor names can be created in time for the event.
 
This going to be a great event that you don't want to miss out on!  We are also in need of more volunteers to help out throughout the weekend.  Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated.  Bring your family and friends to help out.We are going to need all hands on deck to help make this fundraiser a success! 
 
There is a sign up sheet that will be circulating at the meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to Don Pilon, Haley Thompson, Conrad Welzel or any member of the committee and they can hook you up with a place and time.
 
There is a flyer available that you can provide to the local businesses with the information regarding the various mini golf locations.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attach it to this email but I will work with Brian to get it sent out to everyone and also have it posted to our website.  I can also email the form to you directly. Just reach out to me at jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank
Participating locations include Pirates Cove, Martel's, Schooners and Aquaboggan.
 
Thank you in advance for stepping up to help out with this event!  I have no doubt that Rotarians will pull through because that's just what we do!!
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Julie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Mini Golf Fundraiser- Hole Sponsors Needed ASAP! Julie Villemaire 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

West Brook Skating Rink

Posted by Martin Grohman on Jul 10, 2019
 
 
Marty gave us a presentation about the West Brook Skating Rink.  Here is a story from the Journal Tribute from January 2018.
 
BIDDEFORD — West Brook Skating rink will not open this skating season, but those involved with the rink say they’re looking to opening again next year — and celebrate its centennial.
“I am very disappointed that we were unable to open the rink,” said Dave Gagnon, president, Friends of West Brook Skating Rink in a news release. “The rink depends on an army of volunteers to get it up and running and maintained throughout the season, and we simply were unable to accomplish everything we needed to do before the cold weather set in.” 
Early in December, Friends of West Brook Skating Rink asked the public’s help in preparing the rink for opening day, but Gagnon said the early snow and cold weather inhibited the rink’s volunteers from completing all improvements that were needed.
About a dozen people turned out to help mow, chop and rake cattails from the rink area at West Brook — some more than six feet high — to try and get the rink in shape during a Saturday in December. They wanted to be able to lace up their skates and glide across the ice just as Biddeford folks have been doing at West Brook Skating Rink for nearly 100 years.
“We will resume our efforts as soon as the snow and ice thaws in the spring,” said Gagnon.  “With any luck, we will continue to have support from the greater Biddeford community and will have the rink in better shape for its 100 year anniversary.”
The rink opened in 1921. The walls of the concession stand and skate rental shop — a converted house that could also use some work, volunteers say —  show old photos and old newspaper clippings of past skaters and winning hockey teams, like the 1933 West Brook Athletic Club Hockey Team. 
The Friends of West Brook Skating Rink in December  had approached Mayor Alan Casavant to see if there was anything the city could to do assist this year —  the city owns the property.
Casavant on Tuesday said there had been no money budgeted for the rink, the council had not discussed the matter and the Friends had not made a presentation to them.
He said it is his understanding that there are structural issues with the dam and that some permits the city had helped attain to make repairs about four years ago had expired and must be sought again before work can be done.
As to whether the city can help in the future, Casavant said it depends on costs and other factors.
“It is really difficult to look at future budgeting because there are so many pressing needs,” said Casavant. “It depends on the cost, what it would take, and with one rink in the city already … if the cost is going to be expensive, to expend a lot of money for that for a number of days in a year creates a problem.”
Friends of West Brook Skating Rink is looking to form a 501 (c)(3) to help raise funds for the rink’s needed improvements. Volunteers will also turn to the community again in the spring and summer months for help with clean up and construction at the rink, Gagnon said in a statement.
Gagnon said West Brook Skating Rink will celebrate its centennial year during the 2018 – 2019 season.
The rink is a community gem and we plan to keep it alive for more generations to enjoy,” said Gagnon. “I understand many will be disappointed with our decision, but I can assure you we are working hard to build a better rink.  We need volunteers and I hope many will be willing to lend us a hand in the new year.”
— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 ortwells@journaltribune.com.
 
 
 
 
 
West Brook Skating Rink Martin Grohman 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Mini Golf Fundraiser Donald Pilon 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 RI Foundation Campaign

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jul 09, 2019
 
 
On behalf of the Rotary International Foundation, I would like to thank all of you that have contributed to the Annual-Share Fund.  President Joe's goal 0f $7,000 has been far exceeded!
 
This year, 57 members contributed as follows:      Annual Fund  $10,198.19; Polio Plus $1,008 for a total of $11,206.
 
This represents 145% of goal!     All time giving by our club amounts to an impressive $261,316.
 
Membership recognition for contributions break down as follows:
                                         Category                                        Number of Members
               Total Rotary Foundation Giving(TRF) of $25 or more        36
               Every Rotary Every Year (EREY) of $25 or more               36
               Sustaining Members of $100 or more                              30
               New Paul Harris Eligible (Each $1,000)                              3
 
The average TRF Giving was $157.83 and Annual Fund per Capita $143.64.
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. 

 

Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

 

Thank you again.

Brian Dallaire

BS Rotary Foundation Chair

 

4 Star Charity (highest Level)

 

92% of funds are spent on programs and operations

 

 
2018-2019 RI Foundation Campaign Brian Dallaire 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Update May 2019 Roland Gagne 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

President's Inaugural Speech

Posted by Fausto Pifferrer on Jul 03, 2019
 
 
 
 
Don’t let this suit throw you off – I’m still the same fun Fausto – but I am doing an experiment to see if you will give me the same respect as Mr. Kany if I dress like him. 
 
I have come a long way from growing up in a very poor neighborhood.  I learned really quick that you can beg, borrow or steal—or work really hard—to succeed in life.  For this Rotary year, I am pulling from my experience and have settled on the tactic of borrowing from the many wise Presidents before me to ensure success.  Of course, this does not rule out the need to beg on occasion so I hope you will all indulge me when it comes to that.
 
To kick-off my year, I will emulate Past President Roland Gagne by giving you all a glimpse into what it is like to have me as your new President.  Then suddenly in August, I will disappear and my fellow Leadership will reign over you in my absence.  No, I am not going to another country like Roland opted to do but rather making dreams come true for 10 lucky couples – five of whom, according to divorce statistics, may look back and regret this August. 
 
From Ken, I am going to see if he would like to join me in keeping the speedo alive.  No?  Well, it was worth the ask.  Do you remember Ken videotaping every meeting?  Yet, none of us have ever seen them so we are all wondering if he forget to press play? 
 
From Bill, I will borrow the key to the bank so I don’t have to keep going to Lucie for loans.  I know you’re all surprised I’m switching sides.  I’d like to take a moment just to thank Bill for kicking-off my award-winning with my cherished Paul Harris Fellow.  Since that confident boost, I have managed to reinforce my office wall with 25 plaques.  I hope one day to have the medallion to go with the award.
 
From Lucie, I will borrow the enthusiasm and strong desire to be in the community working on projects.  As much as Jackson and I (Jackson more…) appreciated her free entertainment of UNE college girls undressing on the way back to our cars from the Fireside Chat, I will opt for more appropriate behavior my year.  In all honestly, one of the things I admire most about Lucie is her ability to laugh at herself.  I plan to continue that legacy.
 
From Jackson, I won’t need to borrow anything because it is obvious we are both cursed with the same attractive qualities that catapulted our success.  Comparative to the magic of Mary Poppins when the messy bedroom suddenly becomes tidy, I believe you will all magically want to plan and participate in the many service projects about to unfold.
 
From Joe, I will borrow the focus on service hours over meeting attendance.  As a small business owner, I know work has to come first in order to be able to serve Rotary so if you can’t make a Wednesday meeting—serve!  Yes, we get a lot out of the fellowship and forming of friendships while we talk at lunchtime but we get even more when we gather for service projects.  Read the Tack and emails.  Be aware of projects coming up and give an hour or two.  Bring your family and friends. Just get involved and keep track of your service hours.  This is far more important to me and the club than breaking bread together.
 
And, yes, I have some ideas of my own.  After all, I am not like anyone else in this club, right? 
  • One Wednesday a month I would like to get out of our normal routine of meeting here and get out in the community—have our meeting at a nursing home, the schools (obviously not in the winter months), UNE, a local non-profit or business, etc.  Embrace the bag lunch if we need to and learn about the things happening in our community first-hand instead of through a speaker preaching at us. 
  • Another Wednesday a month, I would like to go “old school” and feature Classification Talks.  Some of my favorite meetings have been when we learn about our fellow Rotarians and the road that led them to where they are today.  Keep in mind this is not meant to be a crash course in fearful public speaking but rather giving a snapshot into things you are comfortable sharing – where you grew up, how many siblings tortured you along the way, did you go on to trade school or somehow graduate college despite the partying, do you have a family and work that keep you busy outside of our weekly meetings, etc. 
  • I’d like to take a look at how we can increase impact on some of the money we spend.  For example, we spend $7,000 on one day for Christmas gifts.  It’s a nice thing to do and it feels great that day but I’d like to do some follow-up and see how we can continue to help these families in need.
  • During my year there is also the 100th year anniversary of our club and the Bideford, England Club will come visit, as well as Rotary’s Bi-Centennial Year.  If I know anything, it is how to put on a hell of a good party so let’s make this year one to remember!   #BiddefordSacoRotary2020
 
I also want to increase membership and awareness of our good work in the community.  I’d like to bring back Fireside chats and mentors so new Rotarians feel engaged and involved but we also need to prove that service organizations are not dead yet!  It is important to expose the younger generation to the selfless feeling volunteering can provide them—through family-friendly service projects, working with the schools on projects or strengthening our connection with Interact and Rotaract students. 
 
I’m keeping committee assignments as they’ve been the last two years unless you speak up (thanks Conrad, Heather, Bill and more).  If you’re not sure what committees you’re on, just assume all of them.  No really, if you want to be involved, just speak up or stay after a club meeting when they gather and be part of it.  Anyone can jump in and be on any committee they want—PLEASE JUST SERVE!
 
In closing, my ultimate goal is to BE IMPACTFUL!  Rotary has most definitely had an impact on my life—through friendships I’ve made and service we’ve done together.  I want each of us to walk away from my year as President feeling like we made a significant impact on individuals, our community and the world.  We will all be better for reaching that goal together. 
Thank you for entrusting me as your next President.
 
 
President's Inaugural Speech Fausto Pifferrer 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 7/3/2019

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jul 03, 2019
 
 
Hey, I just left my position as president and now I am writing the Tack. So our new President Fausto started his day at the BOD meeting. Not to be outdone by any of his predecessors he presented all of us with our very own 3 ring binder so we can keep all things Rotary in our notebooks. I must admit it was a nice touch. Too bad there were only 4 of us at his first meeting. As a result no actions were taken.
 
Fast forward to lunch…..
 
The meeting was promptly started at 12:15. Ron Drouin insisted that we de-bell Fausto’s first bell ringing. So I got a towel from Bee, the hostess and gave it to Karen. She took the bell and stuffed it. Poor Fausto had that deer in the headlight look not knowing what happened to his bell.
 
Fausto gave his Inaugural Speech.
 
 
 
Fausto then introduced his SAG, Heather Maclean. She quickly cleaned up with happy dollars from just about the 21 people at the meeting. Joe Boyle is always happy, Bill Kany know has a legit pill pusher in his family. Dr. Erin Kany received some license or something to push pills, while young Andy Kany turned 30- man the time is flying. Jeremy Ray celebrated his 12 years of wedded bliss with a buck. Of course Fausto was happy a few times. Joe Bassett’s son Joe hiked all of the presidents while he was here visiting his dad.  Our visiting Rotarian Jim ??? from Connecticut won the 50/50 and was so happy that he donated it back to the club.  There were too many happy dollars to continue on here suffice it to say that Heather is already on track to exceed her budgeted goal and she hasn’t even started her fines yet. Nobody was safe from her ability to separate people from their dollars.
 
 
Don Pilon had a Mini Golf Fund Raiser meeting. We have 5 courses and opportunities for course sponsorship at $1,000.00, we have 3 left. We also have 90 holes with a $100.00 sponsorship level. WE have sold over 20 holes at this point.  We need all the club members to help find additional hole sponsors.
 
The event is scheduled for August 3 and 4th so we need sponsorships within the next week or so, so we have time to make signs, etc. We are going to need folks to also be at the courses in 3 hours shifts. I have already signed up for August 3rd with my wife Andrea. This is a good event for service work. This is also going to be one of our largest fund raisers of the year so we really need your commitment.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Joe Moreshead
PP
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 7/3/2019 Joe Moreshead 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 Tack and web Advertising available

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jul 01, 2019
Ads space is available in the Tack & eTack newsletters.  Also included is ad placement on the website.  Rates are $100 for 1 year. Please contact the webmaster, Brian Dallaire for more info.
 
Thanks!  Our goal is to have 7 to fund the expense for ClubRunner.
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Front Desk Duty Roster

Posted by Heather MacLean on Jun 28, 2019
 
 
March 4: Heather M and Kathy Shea
March 11: Heather M and Jim L
March 18: Heather M and Haley Thompson
March 25: Heather M and Conrad
 
 
April 1: Joe B and Morgan

Front Desk Duty Roster Heather MacLean 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 6/26/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 26, 2019
 
 
Presidential Changeover
 
THANKS JOE!
 
 
How often do we say wow, how time flies?  Well, when you hit 60 and the bulk of your life is well in the rearview mirror, time can be a blur.  That said, Joe’s year has come to an end.  He started his last meeting just like the 51 that preceded it with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4 Way Test that he led himself.  Joe Bassett provided the invocation which not only thanked Joe for his year but beseeched God to help his successor with the implication that Fausto is going to need the help.  I suspect Fausto will have all the help he needs.
 
For the final time President Elect Fausto introduced visiting Rotarians and guests including Joe Bassett, Jr., Andrea Moreshead (soon to be the former first lady of the club) and Bob Westra who is our Assistant District Governor and will continue to be during Fausto’s year.
 
Fausto did make it clear that we will be meeting on July 3rd, the tyrant. 
 
Joe then gave out his last club award, a Presidential Award to Sue Gajewski for all of her hard work as Treasurer.
 
 
 
Don Pilon then provided more of an explanation of our upcoming miniature golf fundraiser.  The event will be on August 3 and 4 and it will take place at Aquaboggan, Schooners Mini Golf and Martel’s Ice Cream.  I believe Don may be the resident pro at Martel’s. He has his own line of rubber headed putters (that is a real thing and not a sexual reference so get your heads out of the gutter).  Don is still trying to persuade Pirate’s Cove to come on board undoubtedly with the type of diplomacy associated with a jackhammer. 
 
Don will be looking for 54 hole sponsors ($100) so please keep your hands on your wallets.  RP Bell will be a venue sponsor and I am now happy to announce that Saco and Biddeford Savings will be another venue sponsor.  Wouldn’t it be nice if a huge credit union like Atlantic Federal Credit Union with all of its excess cash associated with the income taxes it does not pay could pony up and be the third venue sponsor.  Don why don’t you pay Lucie a visit and stay in the lobby until she says yes. 
 
In addition to the hole sponsors and the venue sponsors each venue will be donating $1.00 per round to Rotary on August 3 and 4.  I understand the committee may be working on some other ways to raise money during the event so stay tuned.  It will be promoted on something called social media and in the actual media as well.
 
 

Thornton Academy, founded in 1811, is a co-educational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6 through 12 in beautiful Saco, Maine.

438 Main StreetSaco, Maine 04072
 
Joe announce that he was holding in his THC stained fingers (he really said that) a check to Thornton Academy for $25,000.00 which he presented to Haley Thompson.  Again, on behalf of TA’s Capital Campaign Committee and the school, I want to thank the club and all of its members for its generous support of TA’s new athletic facilities.
 
 
Speaking of Haley Thompson she won the 50/50 and donated it back to our real Sergeant at Arms, Matt Simmons, who made a cameo appearance for Joe’s last day as president. 
 
Matt did get up as SAA and first thanked Heather for filling in for him so ably in his absence, funny his ankle bracelet barely showed.  Matt solicited happy dollars with some success including:
  • President Joe was happy his year was over.
  • Bob Westra was happy to be our ADG for another year and he was happy to present Fausto with his new president’s pin which will look sharp on his t-shirt.
  • Marty Grohman was happy to have attended the District Conference where he apparently built a mini-library for little tiny books.
  • Brian Dallaire was happy the club and its members donated over $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation, well done!
  • Ken Farley was happy that his daughter graduated from Biddeford High School and is headed to college in Canada.
  • Steve Morin was happy his daughter got her physical therapy doctorate and has a job, but first she is traveling in Scotland.
  • Mark Nahorney was still gushing over his Paul Harris Award.
  • Conrad and his wife survived a one week visit with their granddaughter.
Matt then dished out a few fines including fining Joe for his wife’s phone going off, Fausto for some Facebook post, Denis for a yawn (speaking of which is that the best you have Simmons?) Heather Gendron for holding up the line, Roland Gagne for never being here (the pot telling the kettle it is of color), Don Pilon for commenting on my age despite the fact I believe he is either old enough to be my father or at least acts like that old man who constantly yells at you to get off his lawn, and Matt fined me for something totally unjustified and not worth repeating.
 
 
Joe then spent at least two minutes on his unrehearsed swan song.  He thanked us for asking him to be president and he appreciated the comradery of the club and liked that he got to know some members better.  He also encouraged everyone to get involved in the leadership of the Club.  He thought that one of his biggest achievements was getting rid of at least one felt banner (way to aim high). 
 
Fausto then presented Joe with his presidential plague, and Rotary rocking chair with no rocking parts so it’s just a chair.  Joe and Fausto then handled the transition about as smoothly as Joe handled his agenda throughout the year. 
 
 
 
Before I jump into Fausto’s lengthy opening remarks, I do want to take a moment and thank Joe on behalf of the club.  When Bernice resigned and Fausto was not ready to step into the presidential position (look it up it is a real position), the Club was in a bind.  I volunteered to call Joe (yes I called Joe Bornstein to sue Bernice, but he would not take the case).  Joe Moreshead really did not hesitate and stepped in just before PETs and never looked back.  With no real ramp up time Joe did a great job keeping the club moving forward, encouraging people to get involved and promoting a fun (if not too politically correct from time to time) atmosphere. We clearly owe him our thanks for stepping up the way he did.
 
 
Now onto President Fausto who has already broken the mold by making his opening remarks at the same meeting at which Joe made his departing remarks.  Fausto did thank Joe for what he did for the club and for their 13 years of friendship.
 
Fausto warned us that he likes to swear, but who gives a shit.  He loves the club because he can be himself and I suspect we will be seeing more of him this year, or at least I hope so.  Fausto recognizes the good that the club does and hopes to get us out into the community more.  He would like to have more classification talks so people get to know each other better.  He hopes that he will able to do the position justice especially when it comes to the club’s 100th anniversary which is truly a big deal.
 
As Joe passed the gavel to Fausto, I could not help but thinking Fausto is a good man with a big heart who, if he can find the time, could be a really fun and effective president for our club.  Good luck Fausto.  Oh, incidentally, Fausto rang the bell adjourning the meeting but not officially ending Joe’s reign which will last until midnight on June 30.
 
 
That’s pretty much it from the peanut gallery.  I want to thank the 3 people who read the Tack each week, and I want to thank Sabine for her efforts in writing the Tack along with our other contributing writers.  I also want to thank Brian Dallaire for putting the notes in the appropriate Tack format each week and getting it out to our 3 loyal readers.
 
31 years ago, I was in my second year in Rotary at the Colonial Hut (picture a restaurant where the 7-11 is now in Biddeford) and I was asked to write the Tack every week.  Back then I dictated it (I type it now) and it was photocopied and put into this nice pre-printed color folder.  They were distributed at the meeting each week and people could not wait to read them (believe it or not I was perhaps more irreverent back then than I am now).  I still enjoy writing the Tack but doing it for the large part of a year gets a little old.  Furthermore, like newspapers, I know that my Tack readership has shrunk so I do not feel that it is worth as much of an effort  as it used to be. 
 
In any event I hope that some of you enjoyed it.  I will undoubtedly throw a peanut or two going forward, but not every week.  Just make sure that you make the effort to laugh and to make others laugh every day.  It’s good for the climate.
 
 
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James Visits Oceanside, CA RC

 
 
 
 
PP MIKE CURTIN introduced visiting Rotarian JAMES AUDIFFRED who is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow from Biddeford Saco Rotary club in Maine. He was out visiting a new granddaughter in Oceanside.
 
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Paul Harris Fellows 2019

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Jun 19, 2019
 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities.

Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to anyone who contributes (or in whose name is contributed, using Foundation recognition points) a gift of $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Annual Fund, the Polio Plus Fund, or an approved global grant.  
 
 
 
Each year the club awards Paul Harris Fellows to a few club members who have made significant contributions of effort by donating $1,000 points in their names.
 
This years meritorious Paul Harris Fellow are awarded to Mark Nahorney and Bill Paterson.
 
 
 
Each recipient is presented with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin.
 

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

 

 
Thanks for all you do.
 
Brian Dallaire
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Foundation Chair
 
 
 
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Rotary Awards 2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 19, 2019
 
 
First, thanks to all the club members who did show up for the meeting and stayed.  It was a very crowded room and an even more crowded parking lot (Keith Jacques didn’t even come in because he could not find a place to park and Haley Thompson parked at the train station).  Clearly, the good crowd and the warm applause after each award made the recipients feel appreciated.  Second, thank you again for all of your thoughtful nominations (except one of Heather’s which will never fly). 
 
Finally, thanks to all of the people who fibbed to get our recipients there.  The winner of our Private Sector Award, past club member, Tammy Ackerman, thought she was the speaker for the day and even brought her laptop and set up the projector and screen (never play poker with Conrad).  The Public Sector award winner, Martha Jacques from Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center, thought she was speaking (thank you Karen, you liar).  I called Elaine Fournier, our Humanitarian Award winner, and told her we were giving Open Hands Open Heart an award and she thought we were giving them money and I did little to dissuade that impression (hell, it comes natural to me, I’m a lawyer).  Finally, Jeremy Ray received the Vocational Service Award and Jeremy came and stayed with his young son (no daycare) because Karen told  him Martha was getting an award.  Oh my God, the truth!
 
 
Tammy was surprised.  Martha was very appreciative and indicated that when she graduated from high school one of her goals was to receive a Rotary Service Above Self Award because I think her grandfather was a long time Rotarian.  We were happy to make that goal come true though in reality Martha herself made it come true.  Elaine was thankful but made sure to thank her volunteers who prefer to stay well out of the limelight.  Finally, Jeremy thanked us and invited everyone to come and check out the improvements being made at the COT.
 
I also had the privilege and honor to give Ron Drouin the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award which was a bit difficult for me and chocked me up.  Ron is a true gentleman who has done so much for Rotary and our club.  His work as District Governor was tireless and Ron truly deserves our respect and our incredible appreciation for all that he has done. 
 
We also gave Paul Harris Awards to Mark Nahorney and Bill Paterson.  Both work hard for our club and are very deserving.
 
President Joe then gave out his Presidential Awards to Heather MacLean for consistently working check in every week, filling in as sergeant at arms and for the wine tasting event to just name a few of her contributions to the club.  Joe also gave a Presidential Award to Karen Chasse.  Trust me, Karen is like an iceberg.  You only see the tip of what she does for the club.  Because Joe had Julie order the awards he got flowers for Julie instead of a plaque. Joe, did it every dawn on you that I was ordering awards too?  Joe then thanked Heather for helping him pick out tokens of his appreciation for each of his Board members which was a classy gesture.  Finally, Joe named Conrad as Rotarian of the Year.  While it is absolutely true that Conrad did a great job coordinating programs (he was either related to, sleeping with or worked with most of them), the fact is that Conrad is the consummate hardworking, can do, volunteer who makes our club what it is and we all owe Conrad a huge thank you.  Rotarian of the Year was well-deserved recognition for all that Conrad does.
 
 
 
 
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR- Conrad W
 
 
 
Again, thank you all for helping make awards day a success including getting all but one of our recipients to the meeting.  As I stated earlier, below is my awards presentation, though I have to chuckle because I suspect the only people who read the Tack are the people who were at the meeting anyway.
 
Each year we give out our Public, Private, Humanitarian and Vocational Service awards 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.  Year in and year out I can assure you that most of our recipients have not been people looking for recognition, and in fact, most of them would prefer to keep doing what they do outside of the limelight.  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.
 
 
PRIVATE SECTOR AWARD
 
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.
 Past Winners
2014 Leo P. Menard, Jr.
2015  Leon Chick
2016 Andy Greif
2017 The Esther Residence
2018 Laurie Bruce
 
                The revitalization of a downtown is not inevitable.  It only occurs if a number of factors come together to create a new pride and a renewed energy.  In the case of Biddeford we had the removal of MERC, the acquisition and development of the mills, a renewed commitment to City Theater and a number of other factors that led to vast improvements to the downtown. In the midst of all of that were the Heart of Biddeford and Engine, serving as catalysts to all of the change.  Whether it was raising money to encourage downtown improvements or sponsoring increased pride in the revitalization efforts or promoting and cultivating a new interest in the creative community which is itself helping to revitalize downtown Biddeford, the Heart of Biddeford and Engine were and are at the core of a transformation.  Those efforts were not accidental and instead came through the vision and commitment of a number of individuals  led in large part by this year’s private sector award winner.
This individual is a shining example of someone with the vision to see how creating collaborations and funneling varying degrees of energy can truly be transformative.  We are pleased to recognize those efforts by giving this year's Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Private Sector Award to Tammy Ackerman.
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD
 
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
 
2014 Carlton D. Pendleton
2015  Michael Tremblay
2016  Alan Casavant
2017 Bill Paterson
2018 Chief Robert MacKenzie
 
                It is so easy to focus our attention on student athletes, outstanding academic students who are off to prestigious post-secondary schools, or young people whose community efforts help to improve the lives of others.  By doing so it is also easy to forget the students who struggle for a variety of reasons including homelessness, abusive families substance misuse or bullying to name a few. The fact is that all students deserve our attention, support and encouragement to enable them to achieve what they want in this world.
 
                This year's Public Sector Award winner is a person who strives every day to make a huge difference in the lives of students who have significant real life challenges.  The person who nominated this person stated: “She helps these students build resilience and cope with significant issues no child should have to overcome – homelessness, anxiety, mental illness and more.” However, the words of the students are a better tribute:
[She] is probably the most genuine person I have ever met.  No one at the Alternative Pathways Center will tell you differently.  Her heart is so full of love for each and everyone one of us.”
“If it wasn’t for [her] I wouldn’t be graduating.”
 
“[She] really cares about her students like no other teacher I have had in the past. She is one of the major factors why I enjoy coming to school. She always makes sure we are okay and it feels really good. I’m going to miss her so much when I graduate!”
 
The results of such caring and thoughtful efforts can be measured.  School attendance of students in Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center increased 27% to an almost 89% rate this year.  Students who previously dropped out have come back to school.  The person who nominated this recipient said that she does all of this without reward, but I suspect that every student who stays in school and graduates is her reward.
 
                That fact is that we desperately need more such inspirational mentors and educators and this year’s Public Sector Award winner is a shining example of what caring and dedication can do. This year's deserving recipient of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club's Public Sector Award is the Director of Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Center, Martha Jacques.
 
 
 
HUMANITARIAN AWARD
 
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
2014 Paul Deschambault
2015  Dennis P. Robillard
2016  James Godbout
2017 Jim McAllister
2018 Reverend Shirley Bowen
 
                It is fairly common to hear:  “But what can I do, I am only one person and the need is so immense.”  Well, thank goodness not all people feel that way and thank goodness for people like this year’s Humanitarian Award winner who clearly knows that one person can make a difference.  The reality is that many of the world’s problems are huge, but if we all take the position that problems are too big so why even bother, we will never start to address those problems little by little.
 
                This year’s honoree is an individual who recognized a significant need in our communities and decided to do something about it.  She saw that many children simply don’t have the clothing they need for living in Maine.  She started by working with the Saco Food Pantry to distribute clothing and now, with the help of the local Rotary Clubs, her organization has its own home adjacent to the Saco Food Pantry.  The organization is Open Hands Open Heart and it was the vision of and sustained by the efforts of this year’s winner whose can do attitude is helping cloth infants through teenagers in York County.  She is living evidence that one person can make a huge difference.
 
                In recognition of her vision and leadership for and her dedication to Open Hands Open Heart the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club is proud to give year's Humanitarian Award to Elaine Fournier.
 
 
 
 
                                                VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD
 
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
2014 Marcel Bertrand
2015  Kenneth Crepeau
2016  Thornton Academy
2017  Biddeford City Council
2018 Kristy Kendrick
 
I think we can all agree that the need for vocational education is as great as it has ever been.  The demand for the trades is growing yearly and it finally seems that secondary schools are recognizing that the pursuit of four year post-secondary degrees is not for everyone.  All we need to do is look at the exploding student debt associated with sometimes questionable educations while the demand for good paying skilled jobs is ever increasing, and we all know that technical education is simply becoming more and more important. 
 
                While we can all agree with those facts, vocational programs and opportunities for our students have to come from the people in a position to both recognize the need and to do something to address the need.  They have to find the money and they have to be willing to be creative and not just accept the status quo.
 
                Getting permission to allow students to work on our off campus Rotary house was not a given. In fact, convincing the City Council to convey the house to our Club was not a given.  While we can all agree that the Main Street Rotary house was a huge success, it took people with clout to make that happen and at least one person had to stick his neck out to make all the pieces come together.
 
                This year’s vocational award recipient is someone who time and time again has demonstrated an uncharacteristic willingness to think creatively to make things happen with the vocational curriculum or even in doing such things as figuring out how to fund significant improvements to Waterhouse Field.  He is the kind of leader we must thank because he does not just see a need, he also tries to figure out how to address it.
                This year’s Vocational Service Award goes to Biddeford School Superintendent, Jeremy Ray.
 
 
 
 
 
GOODWIN OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
 
                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.
 
Read names of Past Winners
2014 Julie Villemaire
2015 Jim McAllister
2016 Paul H. Deschambault
2017 Karen Chasse
2018 Jim Godbout
 
                Sometimes it is difficult to admit when you have screwed up, but in this case it is easy.  As many of you know I have been the Chair of the Awards Committee for a long time, long before the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award was created.  In all that time there was an individual in this club who truly should have received this award probably right after Carl and Earl.  This club member is someone who has lived Rotary every day of this person’s existence and has poured his heart and soul into Rotary and all that it stands for.  This person is the Rotarians Rotarian who has led with conviction and grace for a very long time. 
                It is with my deepest apologies that this has been so long in coming, and it is my humble honor to give this year’s Goodwin Outstanding Service Award to Past District Governor Ronald Drouin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Awards 2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 6/19/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 19, 2019
 
 
Our June 19, 2019 meeting was our annual awards day meeting during which the club gets to thank some community members for their good work and the club president gets to thank some club members for their contributions to the club. 
 
I believe President Joe mentioned it was his next to his last meeting.  (Fausto, fair notice, this is my next to last Tack, but of course, he probably does not read this.)  Joe introduced PDG Ron Drouin to  lead us in the 4 Way Test.  Ron pulled it off like he had done it 3 or 3,000 times before.  The reality is that we really should have done a three way test because “Is it the truth” clearly went out the window at this meeting, but more on that later.  Joe Bassett led our invocation and he thanked our award recipients and asked God to bless them.
 
President Elect Fausto did take a shot at introducing visiting Rotarians and guests though he was less than successful.  He did introduce Beth Austin, Melissa Cilley from the Community Bicycle Center and Joe Bassett, Jr.  (there are two of them?), but he missed a visiting Rotarian from Connecticut who has now purchased a property in Maine so he will be visiting us more. Unfortunately, based  on the lack of an introduction I did not catch his name.  I can tell you his club must do the four way test different than we do because he was way off of our complex numbering system with Mark Nahorney following him like a lemming.
 
 
President Joe announced that Brenda Pollock will be having a book launch for her new book, High Heels to High Seas on June 26th as you can see below.  Let’s make every effort to support our newest author.
 
 
 
President Joe then informed us that we had a request for funding from the Saco Food Pantry.  Apparently Hannaford donates bread to the food pantry but they do not slice it.  Don’t they know that the next best thing is sliced bread?  Anyway, the Saco Food Pantry can buy a new used Ronco bread slicer for $500.00 and if they act right now Ronco will throw in a new used meat slicer as well.  The club voted to approve the request, so let them eat sliced bread!  I do believe they scored a Veg-O-Matic in the deal as well.
 
 
Elaine Palmitessa won the 50/50 drawing and donated the money back to the club.
 
 
Joe then introduced our stand-in sergeant at arms, Heather MacLean, who again solicited (perhaps not the right word) happy dollars with the following results:
  • Dr. Joe, he’s always happy
  • Bill Paterson, his daughter is visiting.
  • Connecticut visitor because he has now a place in Maine to come and stay.  He has been a Rotarian for 42 years.
  • Joe Bassett gave a happy dollar because his son and daughter arrived at 2:00 AM.  Joe these are happy dollars. 
  • CJ is happy to be heading to Bar Harbor on the nickel of her husband’s employer.
  • Julie Villemaire went to her first Red Sox game and took her first train ride and ate her first Fenway Frank but did not have her first Fenway beer.  I believe it was also the first time Julie left Maine or saw a building taller than 6 stories.  She is definitely going wild.
  • Marty Grohman closed on the 432 Elm Street, Biddeford property and put in a shameless plug for it.
  • Karen Chasse was sick and happy to have her nice warm Carl Goodwin sweatshirt.
  • Conrad is getting to visit with his granddaughter.
Heather then fined Mark Nahorney for his less than stellar performance at leading us in the 4 Way Test at the prior week’s meeting.  The critics can be cruel.  The critics raved over Jim Labelle’s rendition of the 4 Way Test but still fined him a buck. Clearly, the critics can be bought.  Despite his protests Marty was fined for having a birthday.  Heather fined Karen for butt dialing.  How does your butt know the number?  Fausto was fined for some stuff too but no one really knows for what.
 
The rest of the meeting focused on awards.  I have included my awards presentation in full below with the exception of one Paul Harris Award because that person was not there.  I do, however, have a few observations.
 
 
Week in Review 6/19/2019 Bill Kany 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Rotary Awards Day

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 17, 2019
 
 
Club Members:  This is a friendly reminder that this Wednesday (June 19) is our annual awards day during which we get to acknowledge the community contributions of people in and out of our club and President Joe gets to thank some members in the club for their efforts this year.
 
Please make every effort to attend the meeting if you can so we can thank the people who do so much to help our area or who make our club so strong.
 
Thanks Bill
 
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Annual Presidents Day 

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 12, 2019
 
Our June 12, 2019 meeting was our Past Presidents’ day  meeting which is always a fun meeting even with a minimalistic program as our host, Keith Jacques, called it.  More on that later.  We met outside under the awning which is always interesting because there are people eating all around you.  I feel like I am an exhibit at the zoo.  One of the other diners tried to feed Lucie so we had to put up a sign that said “Please do not feed the Past Presidents”.
 
President Joe did not even mention he only has two meetings left.  Being outside must have thrown him off his game a little.  He did introduce Mark Nahorney to lead us in the 4 way test.  Several of the diners on the perimeter appeared to join us and quite frankly did a better job than Mark who seemed to be sporting a new hairdo or perhaps a comb touched his hair for the first time in several years.  In any event, Mark clearly forgot most of his lines (there was not 4 Way Test banner out on the patio) so he had to fall back on his improv training and his first grade counting skills both of which seemed a bit rusty.
 
Joe Bassett led our invocation and he appeared to ask God to bless the Past Presidents which seemed to be a significant request given the past transgressions of some of us.
 
President Joe did introduce visiting Rotarians and guests other than our past presidents and their spouses.  Our visitors were Andy and Justine Grief visiting us from the southwest.  It was great to see them.  Andy has not changed a bit and has come out of retirement to again work with kids, this time helping kids dealing with tragedies.  You have to keep doing what you love for as long as you can.  Andy said his Rotary Club in the southwest had no Sergeant at Arms (huh, maybe Simmons is a member of that club too) and no Tack so he has to live vicariously through ours. 
 
President Joe announced that it was the birthday of the Run of the Mill hostess, Bee, Bea or B or some derivation of “B” so we violated copyright law and sang happy birthday to her.  Not sure what “B” stands for (any guesses?).
 
President Joe welcomed the past presidents and their spouses (Ken Farley did not bring a date this year probably because he brought a date last year and because of that she never wanted to see him again).  Joe thanked Keith for chairing Past President’s day (he forgot Mark Tuller’s tireless work on Keith’s committee, they met at least zero times).  He then had a moment of silence for Joe Grondin who passed away a while ago.  Joe was the President of our Club in 1964-65 and a club member since 1959.
 
President Joe then recounted his year and told of all of the things that happened under his leadership (as Joe is fond of saying). The highlights included:
  • Me recruiting Joe at the last minute to fill in as President (clearly a weak moment for me).
  • Emphasis more on community service and less on attendance (mission accomplished at least on the attendance part).
  • Supplied 1,600 back packs to the United Way.
  • Sent Roland Gagne to eastern Europe.  Of course, give it a few  years and we will probably be able to overcome the various diplomatic firestorms set off by Roland over there.
  • We packaged over 13,000 meals with the Kiwanis Club.
  • We distributed birthday bags to the local foodbanks.
  • We supported about 100 people at Christmas.
  • We contributed $25,000.00 to Thornton’s athletic complex to fund a Rotary/Red Ribbon room.
  • We have another COT house going and one in the works. 
  • We attracted some new members.
Joe failed to mention a number of other things that occurred under his leadership.
  • RI (Rotary International and not Rhodes Island) has almost eradicated polio from the face of the earth while measles made a comeback.
  • Kanye and Kim are having another baby, who regardless of the sex will be named “Wild Wild”.
  • Unemployment fell to a 60 year low.
  • The GDP rose in 2018 in the US
  • The Red Sox won the World Series and the Patriots won the Super Bowl.
  • Trump is still president.
Good work Joe.
 
Carl Goodwin won the 50/50 drawing and donated the money to the Past President’s fund which now exceeds $204,000.00.
 
Joe then introduced Past President chair Keith Jacques to no applause.  I clapped in my mind and it is the thought that counts.  Keith did fail to thank his committee members for all of their hard work but the oversight was justified.  Keith then mentioned that we would have a minimalistic program.  “Minimalistic” in the dictionary of Keith is defined as:  microscopic; non-existence; much smaller than a bread box; we didn’t want to bother, etc.
Keith indicated that the club kind of runs itself and that is because of the all of the good work that the past presidents have done to build up and nurture the Club over the last 99 years which of course attracted those begged for cheap applause that we all like to get when we are at the podium.  Keith then introduced the past presidents at the meeting starting with the earliest presidency present and working up until today.  They included:
 
Al Carigan and his wife Jackie.  Al was president in 1973-74 and has been in Rotary for more than 50 years.  Al is a Rotary fossil and a strong impetus for spinning off the Saco Bay Club.
Ron Drouin, Past District Governor and our president in 1983-84.
Jim Pastorelli, 1986-87.  Jim was president when I joined the club and I still had brown hair.  Jim is freaking 99 years old and drove to the meeting and parked in the lower parking lot. Take note Fausto!  Jim looked great and it was nice having a chance to sit with a guy who was born in 1920, the year women got the right to vote.  Jim was too young at the time to stop that.
Steve Fennell, 1990-91 and his wife Kathy.  Steve was president when Saco Bay was formed.
Dick “Captain Ahab” Legarde, 1999-2000 and his wife Janette.  During Dick’s year a delegation from our club visited our sister club in Bideford, England.  I think they spell it correctly.
Mark Tuller, 2000-2001. It was amazing to see Mark at a meeting without the Charter Oak guys.  Mark pooled money with other presidents and we helped fund the Truslow Adult Daycare Center which was located at the Kimball Health Center but has since been moved.
Keith Jacques, 2001-2002, at the time of 9/11, though 9/11 happened under Joe’s leadership.  Bideford, England came over to visit us that year despite it being a very scary time to be traveling because Bideford recognized that they needed to support us the most.
Paul Deschambault, 2004-05, the year we recited the 3 Way Test, dropping the “Is it the truth” line.  Keith pointed out we had 127% attendance in Paul’s year.  During that year if you thought about Rotary in the car it counted as a makeup.
Rollie Eon, 2005-06.
Denis Elie, 2007-08.  Denis’ deficient spending record was finally broken by Joe, but Joe didn’t have the auction funds so Denis may still have the overall spending record.
Frank Gooding, 2008-09.  I went an entire year not understanding one word Frank said.
Steve Morin, 2009-10.
Julie Villemaire,  2010-11.
Karen Chasse, 2012-13.  She made money her year because Carl sold two houses and we were encouraged to sell vital organs and contribute the money to the club.
Ken Farley, 2014-15.
Bill Kany, 2015-16 (and 2016-17, Lucie’s year).
Lucie Kay, 2016-17.  We did the offsite Rotary house that year.
Jackson Brown, 2017-18.
Of course, many of our past presidents could not make it or have passed on (which means they could not make it), but we all owe each and every one of our past presidents our thanks.  Keith and Joe have suggested that the club runs itself. In reality our past presidents have built a wonderful car but week in and week out someone has to drive the car and those drivers are our presidents.  It is not good enough to just sit in the driver’s seat looking good in the parking lot.  The car needs to be driven and the engine occasionally needs to be pushed to the proverbial red line.  It is our presidents who take us where we need to go.  I, for one, thank them all for the ride.
 
Two weeks of Tack writing left but who’s still counting?
 
 
Annual Presidents Day Bill Kany 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Final from President Joe

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Jun 05, 2019
WOW-WOW-WOW- 52 weeks in the flash of an eye. I can’t believe my year is over as president. I can’t thank all of you enough for making the year what it was. The greatest part of my experience was to see the depth and breadth of talent, passion and commitment from all of you.
 
Our club is amazing only because of you. I think our level of camaraderie and fellowship is why I keep coming every week. I have had more guests come up to me and say that our club is the funniest and most enjoyable they have ever been to. Somebody told me we were like a big family teasing each other, engaging in good conversations,  etc.; I really like that sentiment.
 
So again, I want to really thank all of you for everything you do for the club and the community. You do make a difference in a lot of lives of people we have interacted with. I look forward to the 2019/2020 year as we get ready to celebrate 100 years as a club. That is a lot of history.
 
Warmest Regards,
Joe
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Week in Review 6/5/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Jun 05, 2019
 
Our June 5, 2019 meeting began with President Joe celebrating that  he only has 3 meetings left and then insisting that it really has been fun.  I always regret when fun things are about to come to an end instead of celebrating their impending termination.  Speaking of celebrating, I only have to write the Tack for 3 more weeks at which time I am sure President Elect, Fausto, has someone lined up to take my place.  I am gladly counting the weeks.
 
Joe switched things up a little and had Joe B. lead us in the invocation after the Pledge of Allegiance.  Joe started with such a long dramatic pause I turned around to start CPR and then realized he was just looking for a little divine guidance.  Jim Labelle followed with his attempt at leading us in the Four Way Test which went fine as long as no one stood in front of the numbers.  Apparently, Jim has not yet memorized First through Fourth. 
 
Our President Elect, Fausto, again appeared and introduced James Audiffred’s guests, David and Chris Dilly who apparently invented Bud Light.  Actually, you may recall that David Dilly is a climatologist of some acclaim who spoke to our club about his opinion that we are  not experiencing man aided climate change, but instead we are in a very long climate cycle that the earth has seen before.  By analogy, Jackie Bradley Jr. is not in a batting slump, he is in a poor batting cycle that he should come out of in about 1,000 years.
 
Announcements were limited.  President Joe let us know that the Board of Directors approved Paul Deschambault changing to the Rule of 85 status.  That either means that Paul is claiming he is 85 years old or be feels like he is 85 years out or he is a combination of 65 years old and he has been in the club for at least 20 years.  James Audiffred claims he has qualified for the Rule of 105.
 
Jim McAllister won the 50/50 drawing and quietly gave the money to Jim Godbout as our Sergeant at Arms bagman.  I am sure you were as shocked as I was to notice that Jim M. did something quietly.
 
Matt Simmons was apparently kidnapped while substitute teaching and glued naked to the Noble High School’s flag pole.  He has since been covered up and they are hoping the combination of the sun and rain will dissolve the Superglue.  In the meantime, our newly designated Sergeant at Arms, Heether, Hester, Harriot or Henrietta MacLean, not to be confused with Mclean, McLean, Mayor McCheese or Mack the Knife, took the podium to find out who was happy. For the second week in a row people took pity on Heather M. and at least feigned happiness, including:
 
  • James Audiffred gave $5.00 happy dollars because his son’s wife had a baby on his son’s birthday (follow that if you can) and he was happy to have the inventors of Bud Light with him as guests.
  • Dr. Joe got a personal invite to the cliquey table.
  • Chris Dilly was happy to be here because it was too hot in Florida to which David Dilly immediately responded claiming it was a cyclical pattern in Florida and not global warming caused by greenhouse gases.  It must be fun to watch the weather in their house.
  • Joe B. was in New Bedford, Mass. for one of his granddaughter’s graduations.
  • Jim Godbout was happy that he had the opportunity to speak to 250 current high school students at a USM conference about making good choices in life.  Of course, he also put a pitch in for the trades while USM’s enrollment is declining.  See if he’ll be invited back.
  • Carl was happy to honor the brave military personnel who lost their lives during D Day 75 years ago.
  • Jeremy Ray was happy that he won Heather M’s sail cloth bag in absentia on Foundation Day and he was going to bring it back because he heard others were disappointed in not getting it but his wife heard he won it so it was gone.  Heather M. came to the rescue and gave another identical bag (I thought it was a one of a kind) to Sabine.
  • Sabine’s gave a sad dollar on her father’s birthday as her Dad passed away last year, but his gift to her enabled her to purchase a property about which she was happy.
  • Ray Demers gave 6 happy dollars for being in the Club 6 years and for his retirement from the police force after 35 years.
The fabulous Ms. Heather M. then fined Jackson for missing a meeting.  If we reverted to that old practice we would never have to do another fundraiser.  She fined President Joe for no belt.  Again, if we fined him each week for that wardrobe malfunction we would be way ahead financially.  She also fined President Joe for the company name “Precision Screw”.  I am not sure why.  She was too afraid to fine Denis Elie, but she did not hesitate to fine me for my fine wardrobe or the fact that I have spelled her name incorrectly for weeks.  I promise you that will end in 3 weeks.
 
Brian Dallaire then announced that we were $168.00 short of our $7,000 annual foundation goal.  Who the heck gave $2.00?  In any event Fausto agreed to contribute the rest to get to our goal and then others starting throwing money at Brian.  Did I mention he was dancing on a chair?  So far, 60% of the club has donated to the foundation.  Heather Gendron (did I spell that right?) in the true spirit of Rotary, apparently channeling Paul Deschambault, suggested we cheat and put in a dollar for everyone else.  Now I know why bankers have a bad reputation and she doesn’t even work at a credit union.  If you have not given and you would like to legitimately give to get us up to 100% participation you can give on line or you can give your contribution to Brian “Bubbles” Dallaire.
 
Otherwise, it was a so-called open meeting which is what a lame duck president calls a meeting when he doesn’t give a damn anymore.  I do want to make one last  pitch to have as many members attend the next two meetings as possible.  I realize I may be just beating my fingers against my keyboard but please try to attend the June 12 and 19 meetings.  On June 12 we will have Past President’s Day when we get to thank our past presidents for creating the huge coattails of a great club that President Joe got to ride on.  On June 19 our club gets to thank both people in and outside our club for their good work in helping our communities and people in need by honoring them with our annual awards.  At the same time President Joe gets to give out his club awards.  Please, please try and make both of those meetings if you can. 
Three weeks to go but who’s counting?
 
 
 
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Rotary Service Hours and Make-Ups

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Jun 03, 2019
 
 
This Wednesday, June 5th, will be the final board meeting for this Rotarian year.
 
I would like to make sure that our records are as accurate as possible. With that said, if you have not reached out to me recently, I am asking you to please send me an email (jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank) by end of business tomorrow (Tuesday) with any service hours that you have put in.  If you were part of putting the macaroni dinners together, I've got you covered there as I was also in attendance.  Heather Gendron also provided a listing on behalf of the scholarship committee.
 
Also, if you have been attending any committee meetings, outside of our normal weekly meeting,  please let me know that as well so I can make sure you get credit for a make-up.  This goes for any district meetings as well.
 
I am only aware of Marty, Peggy Bean and Fausto attending the Flags for our Veterans project.  If you were able to help out & aren't listed,  please let me know so I can log your time.
 
I will be putting the final touches on the report by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening so any updates you can provide asap would be greatly appreciated!  If you don't have access to send an email, you can send a text message to me at 207-286-5474.
 
Thank you all for everything you have done this year for the continued success of our club!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Julie

 
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Mini-Golf

Posted by Donald Pilon on May 29, 2019
 
 
 Joe introduced Don Pilon who talked about our mini-golf fundraiser which will be this August or September. Don announced that so far Schooner mini-golf and Martel’s mini-golf have agreed to participate by donating $1.00 from each round that day to Rotary.  Don is still working on Pirates Cove in OOB where Don is apparently a member.  RP Bell has agreed to sponsor one venue for $1,000 and Don is looking for another major sponsor.  Don will also be looking for hole sponsors and volunteers to work at each venue.  Stay tuned, more to come.  I am hoping we will have a chance to put some teams in this mini-golf tournament with a team fee to go to Rotary as well.
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Week in Review 5/29/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on May 29, 2019
 
 
Our May 29, 2019 meeting, started like all previous meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Sabine’s rendition of the Four Way Test which President Joe seemed to surprise her with much like the Socratic method frequently used in law school.  Sabine passed, though I think she was looking to phone a friend.  Joe Bassett led us in an invocation and then we got down to business.
 
Our President Elect, Fausto, made a cameo appearance and introduced Carol Deschambault.  It must have been a big anniversary or something if Paul was bringing her out for a Rotary lunch.
 
Instead of President Joe counting his number of elapsed weeks he kind of summarized the four he has left.  He impressed upon the reasonably sized group to try and make the Past Presidents’ meeting on June 12 at which we get to thank our past leadership for building the foundation of our club.  Sabine pointed out the real significance of that meeting is that we get lobster rolls.  Joe also asked people to attend the Awards Day meeting on June 19.  For those of you who have been in hibernation for the last few years, Awards Day is when we get to thank people in and out of the Club for their good work in helping those less fortunate or otherwise making our communities better.  It is also the opportunity of the President of the Club to give out a few club awards to thank people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the club and the people we help.  So, while we will not be giving out free stuff that day (unless you are an award winner), please try and attend to help honor the people who do win awards.
 
I should also note that the loudest applause of the day came when Joe reminded us that his presidency is winding down.  I suspect in the next few weeks we may start to hear about the budget and committees for next year as we transition to President Fausto, or maybe not.
 
Carol Deschambault then drew the 50/50 and I won and gave it to stand-in Sergeant of Arms, Heather McLean who was concerned that she did not have a lot of material.  As it turns out a lot of people were happy including:
  • President Joe because he said after his last trip to his urologist “he does not have to go anymore”.  I am not sure how you can go the rest of your life without peeing.  Do you sweat a lot?  I think all creatures need to pee, but apparently not our President Joe.
  • Dr. Joe was happy to give out a distinguished Maine Humanities Award to a Cape Elizabeth sophomore last week.
  • Fausto was happy about something Dr. Joe gave him (not sure what).
  • Brian Dallaire was happy that after our Foundation Day we have raised $6,630.00 toward our $7,000.00 Foundation giving goal and more than half of our club has donated.
  • Mark Nahorney was happy that he saw Earl and he seemed to be doing well.
  • Reegan was happy that June 5th is the United Way Day of Caring and if anyone would like to help on that day from 9:00 to 3:00 you can reach out to Reegan and she will help to assign you to a project.
  • Conrad had another successful Memorial Day BBQ despite his failure to invite Heather.
  • Denis Elie was happy that his daughter Emily got her driver’s license and that he had an eco-cardiogram and they confirmed he has a heart notwithstanding rumors to the contrary.  Of course, it was suggested that his heart is cold and black, but it is there nonetheless.
  • Carl Goodwin was happy about this trip to Italy to go to his niece’s wedding.
Heather did have a few fines including fining Fausto who apparently only has to wave and he gets whatever beverage he wants delivered to him and because when the sun comes out the guns come out.  I have not seen the sun so I have no idea what she is talking about.  She fined Sabine for needing help with the 4 way test and she fined Brian for being adorable at which point I threw up in my mouth just a little.
 
The rest of the meeting focused on thanking people for donating to the Rotary Foundation.  We had a good crowd which President Joe suggested was because there was free stuff to give away (though it was technically not free because you had to donate to the Foundation to get into the drawing).  Club members brought in some nice stuff from shower heads, to small trees, to wedding magazines to gift bags.  Numbers were drawn and people could either select an item from our vast selection or steal an item already selected and the exchanges were spirited.  Heather McLean’s Whimsical Me canvas bags changed hands more than, … well it was stolen a number of times as was Morgan’s Stoner and Company sweatshirt.  Everyone (or almost everyone) seemed to have a good time and most people there seemed to have donated.  So miss a meeting and you can miss a lot including a good time.
 
Since I have the pen, I would like to echo President Joe’s appeal to have club members try and attend the meetings on June 12 and 19.  June 12 is Past Presidents’ Day.  We have had some very impressive and dedicated past presidents who have done so much to make our Club what it is.  The least we can do is show up and thank them.
 
Awards Day is our chance to use two of the most powerful words in the English language – “thank you”.  There are so many people who do great things for others and who never get recognized for their contributions.  They don’t do what they do for recognition.  Their motivations are varied but the end result is that they make our communities and/or the lives of others better.  They deserve our thanks and they deserve our presence at the meeting without a bunch of  members scooting out on them.  At the same time, Awards Day is a chance for our president to thank members of the Club who have stepped up during the year.  These awards recipients are the ones who pick of the slack for the rest of us.  Again, they deserve all of us being there to thank them for what they have done.  So, if you are one of those members of the club who finds it hard to make meetings, please make a little extra effort to be there on June 12 and 19.  You will be glad that you came.
 
 
 
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Annual Club Foundation Day Yankee Auction

Posted by Bill Kany on May 28, 2019
 
Club Members:  So you like supporting the Rotary Foundation and you have always wanted a Precision Screw Machine t-shirt (I have one and wear it proudly) or a York County Federal Credit Union blanket (Lord only knows what goes on under those things).  Well you are in luck!  If you attend our meeting on May 29, 2019 and you donate at least $10.00 to the Rotary Foundation (we are shooting for people to donate $100.00 each to the Foundation) then you will receive a raffle ticket.  We will then draw raffle tickets and people will get to select from a table of fabulous swag donated by our members, but don't get too comfortable with that Saco and Biddeford Savings gift bag because people who have their tickets pulled after you can trade items with you.  It is a lot of fun and a great way to support the Foundation.
 
For those members who have company swag like coffee mugs, t-shirts, blankets, Thornton Academy stuff (Haley?), etc., please bring in some things so we have plenty to give away.  If you or your company do not have any swag then re-gift a gift card you have kicking around, or buy an inexpensive item or gift card and add it to the wonderful pile of items to be won by all who participate.
 
So, please attend our meeting on the 29th, bring a minimum donation of $10.00 to the Foundation and hopefully more, bring swag if you have it and plan to have fun time.
 
Thanks
Annual Club Foundation Day Yankee Auction Bill Kany 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Students honor veterans in Biddeford

Biddeford students place flags on veterans's graves

| May 25, 2019

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer
 

Rotarian Martin Grohman helps Biddeford Intermediate School fourth-grader Madison Colomb place a flag next to a grave site at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Friday. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — Memorial Day is more than a day off from school or work, or an excuse to barbecue and eat burgers. It’s a time to pause and honor members of the armed forces who died serving our country during military service.

Pupils from Biddeford schools on Friday made recognizing veterans a priority. Through a collaboration between the American Legion, Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco and the Biddeford School District, students from Biddeford Intermediate School and Biddeford Middle School put flags on veterans’ graves at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Early Friday morning, about 15 students from the fourth and fifth grades at Biddeford Intermediate School gathered at the cemetery and discussed the meaning of Veterans Day with Rotarian Martin Grohman and local veteran Raoul Goulet who served in the army as a combat photographer.

School Counselor Kelsey Stephenson said students were selected by the school and had a discussion about Memorial Day before walking from the school to the cemetery.

Students were doled out bundles of flags and were given the task to find veterans’ graves.

 

Careful not to let the flags touch the ground, students sought out graves and placed the flags in the appropriate spots.

Fourth-grader Madison Colomb said she liked the project because it was important to remember those who had served our country and those who had died in service.

Biddeford Intermediate School fourth-grader Logan Drake places a flag at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on Friday. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

Fourth-grader Logan Drake said he and his father, who is a veteran who served in the Marine Corps, had discussed the project on the ride to school that morning. He said they discussed the importance of honoring veterans and his father was proud that he was participating in the flag placing.

In total, Grohman said, about 1,800 flags were placed on veterans graves on Friday. Members of the American Legion Post 26 collect them after July 4. If the flags are in good condition, they are stored at the Legion for use the next year.

“If new flags are needed the city of Biddeford is generous enough to cover the cost,” said Grohman.

 Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be reached at 780-9015 or by email at egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

 

 

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BHS Interact

Posted by Karen Chasse on May 22, 2019
 
 
 
Biddeford High School’s Senior Interact students visited us today and shared their plans for the future while receiving their graduation medallions. Special thanks to Ms. Shaw and Ms. Johnson for being Advisors to this great group of students in our community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Service Projects May 24

Posted by Martin Grohman on May 16, 2019
 
We have two service projects for Friday May 24. 
 
 
 
The first is placing flags on veterans graves at St. Joseph's Cemetery on West Street. We need 6-8 dedicated Rotarians to participate from approximately 8:30 to 10:30AM to assist both placing flags and with helping students from Biddeford Intermediate & Middle schools place flags. Although the weather is often bad, this is a rain or shine event which is a lot of fun and very rewarding. You can come for all or part of the time. Contact Marty at martin.j.grohman@gmail.com or 423-8260 for more details.
 
 
 
 
 
The Heart of Biddeford also seeks two or more Rotarians for a downtown Biddeford parks cleanup from 10AM-1PM. You will be working together with students from Biddeford schools, beautifying the area of Mechanics and Shevenell and possibly other 'pocket' parks. Contact Delilah Poupore at director@heartofbiddeford.org for more information on this one. You can come for all or part of the time.
 
 
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Week in Review 5/15/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on May 15, 2019
 
 
Our May 15, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe affectionately calls it, week 47, started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Paul Deschambault’s  version of the Four Way Test and Joe Bassett regaled us with yet another off the cuff prayer.  I do enjoy setting with Joe B.  He is one funny guy.
 
Our unknown President Elect, Fausto was another no show apparently saving up his Wednesdays for his presidency so President Joe introduced former member, Tammy Ackerman, who was visiting us.
 
 
 
 Joe introduced Don Pilon who talked about our mini-golf fundraiser which will be this August or September. Don announced that so far Schooner mini-golf and Martel’s mini-golf have agreed to participate by donating $1.00 from each round that day to Rotary.  Don is still working on Pirates Cove in OOB where Don is apparently a member.  RP Bell has agreed to sponsor one venue for $1,000 and Don is looking for another major sponsor.  Don will also be looking for hole sponsors and volunteers to work at each venue.  Stay tuned, more to come.  I am hoping we will have a chance to put some teams in this mini-golf tournament with a team fee to go to Rotary as well.
 
 For the record,  Joe thanked the members of the Scholarship committee for their good work and invited anyone who wanted to attend the last round of interviews for scholarship candidates to show up that afternoon.  It is my understanding that our potential scholarship winners are incredibly impressive which perhaps means that we will have a strong next generation of leaders to keep social security going for us.
 
Joe again mentioned the Saco Bay Rotary Club’s murder mystery production called “A Pryce in Blood” which has a pirate theme.  The information related to that event was in the May 8 Tack.
 
As a reminder, Brian Dallaire announced that May 29 will be Rotary Foundation Day which can be a lot of fun.  The day is designed to encourage everyone to give to the Foundation.  For everyone who brings in a donation to the Foundation  (Brian is encouraging $100 gifts) they will receive a raffle ticket (minimum donation to get a raffle ticket will be $10.00).  We ask members of the club to bring in their company swag such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, umbrellas, you name it.  If your business does not have swag bring in a gift certificate you have laying around or go buy one to donate, but nothing too big.  We will then draw raffle tickets and each winner drawn will be able to pick an item from the table full of stuff and then they can keep that item or Yankee swap with someone who has already picked something.  It really is a fun meeting and everyone should plan on attending.
 
Visitor Tammy Ackerman drew the winning 50/50 number and it was hers, but then she donated it back so we stopped the Congressional investigation which would have cost millions and disclosed nothing.
 
 
 
Since President Joe talked non-stop for months about the May 11 Rise Against Hunger hands on event I felt I should comment on it.  It was held at the Elks Club in Saco and we got to work with a bunch of Kiwanis Club members putting together dry packets of macaroni and cheese, 1000’s of them.  We had a reasonable number of Rotarians there though I would still characterize the showing a weak.  Of course Lucie Kay showed up when we were all done.  The process included working on an assembly line putting together carefully weighed packets of dry ingredients while a former pastor preached about food insecurity, begged us for more dollar donations and told us that Maine (insert whatever state he is in) volunteers are the best volunteers in the world.  This organization has raised money and put up somewhere around 1,000,000 meals this year which are donated to local food pantries so all of the packets we put together went primarily to the Biddeford Food Pantry.  It was quite the process and not as easy as it may sound, especially if people don’t follow instructions, but it was fun and worth doing.
 
Mary Grohman announced that we will be putting flags on veterans graves in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford on May 24 starting this year at 9:30 so that some Biddeford students can join us.  Please try to make it if you can.  It was also announced that the Heart of Biddeford is looking for some volunteers to do a Clifford Park clean up on May 24 from 10:00 to 1:00.  For more information contact the Heart of Biddeford. Finally, it was announced that this year’s United Way Day of Caring will be on June 5th and if you need more information about that contact Reegan Hebert.
 
 
 
Matt Simmons was MIA, again, I guess he is now a substitute teacher which means he was duct taped to the back of a classroom door somewhere covered in spit balls,  so President Joe had Heather McLean ably fill in as sergeant at arms.  A lot of people had pent up happiness after missing a week including:
  • Jeremy Ray has his heated pool open.
  • Ken was happy about the Bruins and his son’s merchant marine internship being spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • President Joe because his son, Costa’s girlfriend is about to be a doctor when she graduates from UNE’s dental school.
  • Steve Morin was happy because his daughter will receive her physical therapy doctorate this weekend as well and his wallet will start getting heavier.
  • I am sure there were many more happy dollars but I stopped listening.
Heather did fine Mark Nahorney for his new Tesla.  I saw the long extension cord in the parking lot.  He got the one without the batteries.  She fined Sabine for some Facebook pictures.  What is Facebook again?  And she fined President Joe for shutting the doors on her and Don at the beginning of the meeting.  Don I can understand.
 
 
 
Our program had to cancel so Conrad shared with us some stories about his Dad’s life after his Dad’s recent passing.  The life of Conrad’s Dad could easily be a movie or a 6 season mini-series.  His life was hard, adventurous, dangerous at times and rewarding.  I loved the fact that Conrad’s Dad would be doing something or hear a song and that would remind him at times about something that happened to him in his life, and that would inspire him to tell Conrad a story and Conrad shared some of those stories with us. 
 
His Dad was born in Ohio so he was a US citizen but he grew up in Nazi Germany and became a medic in the German army during WWII.  He was captured twice, spent 3 years in a US POW Camp in the US having survived the voyage to America at a time when German U-boats were sinking ships left and right (or port and starboard) and he spent 3 years under the Marshall plan in France before heading back to his family in Germany who thought he was dead.  He then escaped Germany (long story from season 3, but I don’t want to spoil it for you binge watchers) and headed back to the US.  He was eventually drafted into the US Army and was a medic in Korea but first married Conrad’s Mom.  In Korea he saved Dan Blocker’s (Hawse or Horse on Bonanza) life. When he got back he made up for lost time and had 5 kids in 6 years or 6 kids in 5 years, not sure (season 4, mature audiences only).  He worked in the plastics industry molding anything from things for NASA to BOSE speakers to toys for McDonalds (befriended Ronald McDonald who at the time was Willard Scott). He eventually moved to Maine, built his own house, worked at BIW and began a life of public service including helping veterans whenever he could.  At 88 he became a Brunswick folk hero for beating up a young impolite truck driver in a Hannaford parking lot.
 
The stories came fast and furious.  Conrad is understandably proud of his incredibly resilient father who survived and succeeded under conditions that would have crushed any of us.  Clearly, we now know where Conrad’s sense of family and desire to help others comes from.  Thank you for sharing Conrad.  That talk was quite special.  For most of you, you will simply have to wait for the HBO re-runs.
 
 
 
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2019 Rotary Foundation Campaign

Posted by Brian Dallaire on May 14, 2019
 
 
We invite you to make a contribution in any amount to the Rotary Foundation.  We have a goal to increase the rate of participation in this year's campaign. 
 

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.

 

It's quite easy.  Make your checks our to the club or even better yet, you may contribute on line directly on the RI website.  (link is found on our website home page). 
 
We are currently at total contributions of $7,946 of President Joe's goal of $7,000.  So far 44 members have contributed.
 
If you are not able to make it on the 29th, please make you contributions either to me or Sue G. ASAP so they may be recorded for President Joes year.  
 
 
As an added benefit, the club will match your contributions up to $100, accelerating your achieving year-after-year total contributions towards the $1,000 mark with the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 

Thank you for your consideration.

Brian Dallaire

BS Rotary Foundation Chair

 
 
 
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The ecology school

Posted by Bill Kany on May 08, 2019
 
 
Conrad Welzel then introduced our speakers and of course Conrad had some spiritual connection to the ecology school because it called him to Maine in a dream 40 years ago or something like that, I was not listening.  Did Conrad even do the introduction?
In any event Drew Dumsch and Bryan Matluk from The Ecology School came in to talk to us about the new campus they are building on the old Merrill farm known as River Bend Farm off the Simpson Road in Saco.  They are in the midst of a $2.9 Million capital campaign and they have raised $1.8 Million so far.  They will be building 3 interconnected buildings that will serve as dorms and a new dining commons.  The school will be the greenest school in the country generating all of its own energy by solar on site with no combustion systems.  All water for the school will come from wells and will be circulated back into the ground through a large septic system.  The plans for the school and the site are incredibly impressive.  Some information about The Ecology School is set out below including a reference to their website.  I believe they hope to have the school open by 2020. 
 
 
 
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Week in Review 5/8/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on May 08, 2019
 
 
Our May 8, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe calls it, week 46, started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Brian Dallaire slowly enunciating the Four Way Test after an extended absence and Joe Bassett led us in prayer.
 
In the midst of chaos which frequently characterizes Joe’s leadership “style”, Joe announced that there were no visitors this week other than our speakers.
 
Joe also reminded us for the 46th time that on May 11 we would be helping with Rise Against Hunger which is a hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.  Of course, if you failed to attend that event and you’re reading this now, you missed it!
 
 Joe also told us that the Scholarship committee is meeting on May 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 to conduct interviews of Biddeford High School and COT students and the committee is meeting on May 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 to interview TA and OOB students.  Both sessions will be at Bangor Savings on Main Street in Saco.  I understand the students are quite impressive so if you can make it or need more information please reach out to Heather Gendron.
 
It was reported that Roland Gagne is either in Hungary or he is hungry, I am not sure which.
 
Joe also reported the Randy Forcier tendered his resignation because of his busy work and family schedule.  Joe acknowledged all of Randy’s hard work for the club including being treasurer.  I believe there are still a few Rotary checks driving around in Randy’s car.
 
It was announced that the Saco Bay Rotary Club is continuing is magical murder mystery tour with a production called “A Pryce in Blood” which has a pirate theme.  The information related to the event is below.
 
It was also announced that the Saco Bay Sunset Rotary Club was inquiring as to whether there are any organizations who collect previously worn suits for men so that men might be able to find a suit to use on job interviews or say to work in a bank.  If anyone knows of any such effort please reach out to Bob LaPauloue at buffettbob75@gmail.com.  He either loves Jimmy Buffett or he loves the Tin Tin Buffet and does not know how to spell.
 
The Club then considered and voted on two donation requests which could have been handled at the Committee or Board level, but what the hell.  The first was to donate to a Veterans Wall that has been set up at Volk Packaging, not sure why.  We voted to donate $500 from our Company B fund to support the wall which is definitely an appropriate use of those funds.  The second request was for money to help find and restore grave sites scattered throughout Clifford Park.  Our club has supported renovation work at Clifford Park having done a hands on project there years ago and having helped fund the gate to the park.  We discussed the pros and cons of the proposal and ultimately voted not to support it.  Another proposal to give a woman $350.00 to register her car was tabled until we got more information and until I could get some information. 
 
MAY 29 will be Rotary Foundation Day which can be a lot of fun.  The day is designed to encourage everyone to give to the Foundation.  For everyone who brings in a donation to the Foundation  (Brian Dallaire is encouraging $100 gifts) they will receive a raffle ticket.  We ask members of the club to bring in their company swag such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, umbrellas, you name it.  If your business does not have swag bring in a gift certificate you have laying around or go buy one to donate, but nothing too big.  We will then draw raffle tickets and each winner drawn will be able to pick an item from the table full of stuff and then they can keep that item or Yankee swap with someone who has already picked something.  It really is a fun meeting and everyone should plan on attending.
 
Do you know the definition of lucky?  You leave the room to take a phone call and you are picked as the 50/50 winner – Jim Godbout.
 
Matt Simmons was MIA and did not let anyone know so we skipped the sergeant at arms part of the meeting.
 
 
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4th annual Murder Mystery

 
 
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay
Will host its 4th annual Murder Mystery
at the PeoplesChoice Credit Union in Saco, Maine
 
Date:             Saturday, May 18th   
Time:            Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Location:     PeoplesChoice Credit Union
                        23 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 282-4156
 
All proceeds from this event go to the Rotary Club of Saco Bay Foundation that supports charitable causes in our local OOB, Biddeford and Saco communities.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the person who Guesses the Murderer as well as
Best Actor, and Best Costume.
If more than one person guesses the correct murderer, all the winning names will be put into a hat and the final winner will be drawn.
 
The story this year is entitled “A Pryce in Blood” and has a Pirate Theme.
 
The best costume contest is for everyone, not just the actors or staff; so if you’d like to try to win the prize be sure to wear your best pirate outfit for the evening.
 

Tickets are $45.00, nonrefundable, and must be prepaid by to May 15th.  If you leave a voice message, or email us, please make sure to provide your name and a phone number or email contact info in your message.

 
Sign up is available now at www.sacobayrotary.org  under upcoming events.
or Contact John at:                     Phone: (410) 953-9638
                                                email    sacobaymurdermystery@gmail.com
 
Checks should be made payable to The Saco Bay Rotary Foundation
 

Menu Selection:    The meal is a buffet with non-alcoholic beverages included. 

Beer and wine will be available for sale at the event.

 
Historically this event has sold out quickly, so please sign up today.
 
 
 
Let the Fun Begin!
 
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Biddeford Saco Rotary Award Recipients

 
 
PAST RECIPIENTS
Private Sector:
1988 Tobie Nathanson
1989 Robert Melville
1990 A. William Kany, Jr.
1991 Myra Van Fleet
1992 Conrad Crepeau
1993 Dennis Flaherty
1994 David Lowe
1995 Robert Provencher
1996 Andy Michaud
1997 Edward Caron
1998 Ester Emmons
1999 Rene Fredette
2000 John Wasileski
2001 Carrie Shaw
2002 Alan Nelson
2003 Joe Grondin
2004 Lou Chantigny
2005 Curtis & Sonya Gerry
2006 Wayne A. Sherman
2007 Kevin Savage
2008 Robert H. Begin
2009 Roland Eon
2010 Robert Nichols
2011 William Douglas Sanford
2012 John Andrews
2013 Paul Remmes
2014 Leo P. Menard, Jr.
2015  Leon Chick
2016 Andy Greif
2017 The Esther Residence
2018 Laurie Bruce
2019 Tammy Ackerman
 
Public Sector:
1988 Joan Susi
1989 Clayton Cartmill
1990 Dennis Dutremble
1991 Robert G.Dodge
1992 Debra Choroszy
1993 Ellen Dunton
1994 Bryce Milne
1995 Dr. Thomas H. Reynolds
1996 Rebecca Dyer
1997 Donna Dion
1998 Tom Lizotte
1999 William Soucy
2000 Roland “Ron” Michaud
2001 Carl J. Stasio, Jr.
2002 Dick Tryon
2003 Gen. Wallace H. Nutting
2004 William Johnson
2005 Mark Johnston
2006 Renee S. O’Neil
2007 Sherry Sabo
2008 Eric Cote
2009 Carl Walsh
2010 Senator Barry Hobbins
2011 Chief John Duross
2012 Jerry Lapierre
2013 Roger Beaupre
2014 Carlton D. Pendleton
2015  Michael Tremblay
2016  Alan Casavant
2017 Bill Paterson
2018 Robert F. MacKenzie
2019 Martha Jacques
 
Humanitarian:
1988 Richard Nason
1989 Dr. Andre Fortier
1990
1991
1992 Agnes Flaherty
1993
1994 Dr. Francis J. Kleeman
1995 Donald W. Charland
1996 Rita Riley, Dick Lagarde
1997 David Beattie
1998 Roger Coulombe
1999 Tony Gatti
2000 Ruth Anderson
2001 James Audiffred
2002 Mary’s Walk
2003 Roland Gagne
2004 Thomas Haley
2005 Leon Tranchemontagne
2006 Father Reynald Labarre
2007 David & Carolyn Flood
2008 Andy Greif
2009 Burton Howe
2010 Julie Villemaire
2011 Rick LaChance
2012 David Lowe
2013 Phillip Dennison
2014 Paul Deschambault
2015  Dennis P. Robillard
2016  James Godbout
2017 Jim McAllister
2018 Reverend Shirley Brown
2019 Elaine Fournier
 
Vocational Service Award:
2000 Carl Goodwin
2001 A. William Kany, Jr.
2002 Ron Gagnon
2003 Steven Foran
2004 Frank Paul
2005 Wayne Hapgood
2006 Dr. John Fitzsimmons
2007 Arthur R. Willey
2008 James McAllister
2009 James Godbout
2010 Denis Elie
2011 Mark Boissonneault
2012 Officer Jeffrey A. Cook
2013 Joseph Moreshead
2014 Marcel Bertrand
2015  Kenneth Crepeau
2016  Thornton Academy
2017  Biddeford City Council
2018  Kristy Kendrick
2019 Jeremy Ray
 
Goodwin Outstanding Service Award
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 James Godbout
2019 Ronald Drouin
 
 
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Week in Review 5/1/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on May 01, 2019
 
 
Hayley Thompson led the 4 way test
Marty led the invocation. 
 
 
Guests:
 
Matthew Reback- department of public works Portland Maine
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared some results from the Board Meeting. Dr. Joe Boyle was named an honorary member of the club.  He’s being recognized for his 42 years in Rotary and for his work with the Maine Humanities Council.
 
Also, Dana Lane was made a member under the rule of 85.  
 
Joe gave the club a high level budget update that shows this fiscal year we have a shortfall of $14,000.  
 
Karen Chasse was contacted by a family interested in having their child be a part of the Rotary exchange student program.  They are also willing to host an exchange student in return.  
 
Jim Godbout reported on his site visit to St. Andre’s church, which was considered as a site to replicate the teen center model we visited in Westbrook.   Because of the degraded condition of the church and the abatement that would be necessary to transform it into a safe environment Jim considers it a better idea to be scouting for a different location.
 
Jeremy Ray discussed his recent discovery of one of his teachers having been homeless for the last few months. The high cost of rents combined with the young teacher’s student loan debts make it difficult to get by on a starting teacher’s salary.  He has asked the club to discuss ways to solve this problem.
 
The scholarship committee met. Paulette Bonneau and Heather Gendron are reviewing 15 applications. The interviews will take place on the 14th and 15th of May.
 
Joe reminded us of the meal packing volunteer Opportunity on May 11.  
 
Sergeant at arms: Heather MacLean
 
Happy dollars: Dr Joe for becoming an honorary member, Paul Deschambault because Brian is back, Kristen Lane is happy tax season is over, Jeremy is happy that there was a girls soccer scrimmage at Waterhouse Field, Brian is happy to have received a standing ovation welcome back, Marty is happy that his daughter Hannah is going to the world championship for Odyssey of the mind.
 
Fines: Lucie was fined because of her tan and her Barbie purse, Brian for his welcome, Marty for parking at the top parking lot and Susan for her curly hair.
 
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:00. 
 
 
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Essay Contest in the Journal Tribune

Biddeford-Saco Rotary honors essay contest winners

| April 24, 2019 from the Journal Tribune

 

The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club has honored winners for its 24th annual essay contest. First-place winners, from left, are Lizzie Johnson of Loranger Middle School, Mackenzie Day of Biddeford Middle School, Marielle Rue of St. James School, Antonia Farago-Dumsch of Saco Middle School, and Jack Tripp of Thornton Academy Middle School. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SACO — “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten” A quote from the Disney Classic Lilo and Stitch was how first-place winner Lizzie Johnson started off her essay quote about “What the Word Family Means to Me.”

This was the prompt for the 24th annual Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club essay contest where eighth-grade students from Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach were asked to write a 500 word essay and were judged on the relevance to the topic, quality of composition, creativity, and grammatical and spelling accuracy. Three winners were selected from each school with the first place winners receiving a medal and $100 prize as well as being invited to read their winning essay to the Biddeford-Saco Rotarians.

“Our goal is to promote the significance of family. Families are the compass that guides us and points us in the right direction,” said Rotarian Brenda Pollock.

Rotarians enjoyed listening to the group of winners talk about why family is important to them and the different ways family has supported them. From loving moments, to sticking by their side on the darkest of days, it was clear to hear the love and passion that the students put into words as they each read the winning essays.

The first-place winners in this year’s Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club Essay Contest are Mackenzie Day of Biddeford Middle School, Lizzie Johnson of Loranger Middle School, Antonia Farago-Dumsch of Saco Middle School, Marielle Rue of St. James School, and Jack Tripp of Thornton Academy Middle School.

 
 

Other students also received $75 or $50 prizes for their essays including Camryn Blatchford and Alex Nguyen of Loranger Middle School, Casey Ouellette and Ivy Turbide of Thornton Academy Middle School, Olivia Toppen and Alexyia Talarico of Saco Middle School, Madisyn Ayers and Rose-Mary Blake of St. James School, and Brittany Baumgardner and Cecelia Keller of Biddeford Middle School.

For more information about how to become involved with the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, visit www.biddeford-sacorotary.org

 

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Week in Review 4/24/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Apr 24, 2019
 
Dr. Joe led the invocation. 
 
Guests:
 
Al Shinkel - Biddeford Housing Authority
Pat Boston - Hills beach association
 
Joe Moreshead reminded us of the meal packing volunteer Opportunity on May 11.
 
Don Pilon will be launching a mini golf fundraiser.
 
The scholarship committee will be meeting Tuesday, 30 April, at 3 o’clock at Bangor Savings on Main Street in Saco. 
 
Sarah Curley won the 50-50 and contributed it to the red ribbon committee.
 
 
Sergeants at arms - Sarah and Fausto
 
Happy dollars were received from Sue G. who has a new granddaughter born on Easter Day, Dr Joe is happy to be back in Maine after visiting New York City, Brenda is happy to be visiting the Teen center, Marty is happy with his new job at E2Tech, Sabine is happy to have received a new vintage rotary iron, Reegan is happy that her son’s little league merged with Saco, Fausto is happy his mom got the Jean Nate gift he sent, Jeremy is happy that the jumpstart reading program has been fully funded in August.
 
 
This week our meeting was held at Westbrook’s my teen place.  We had our lunch in their café and had a delicious gourmet meal cooked for us by their chef Christian.  Then we heard a presentation from its director, Donna Dwyer, as well as receiving a tour of the facility.
 
Donna was excited to share with us what has been accomplished in Westbrook and is being used as a model to be replicated hopefully in Biddeford by July 2020.
 
The café in which we were seated is used to feed up to 40 kids dinner every night during the week. Not only are the children fed delicious meals they are also trained to work in the kitchen and taught valuable lessons in social etiquette during their dining experience.  
 
Donna also introduced us to Christian, the chef, who used to be the chef de cuisine at Fore Street in Portland. He left that post to work at the teen center and follow something that was near and dear to his heart. We also met Mark Woodbury, who is responsible for public relations and marketing for the teen center.
 
Donna estimates that 90% of the population using the teen center has experienced some sort of trauma, hunger or poverty. The goals and philosophy of the teen center is to give these kids not only a wonderful safe space in which to spend their afternoons but also to show them on a daily basis that they are cared for and loved. The entire place is very well appointed in stark contrast to many of these kids’ home surroundings.  
 
The center also has a washer and dryer to accommodate not only laundry needed to run the place, but also for kids who are finding themselves in between permanent housing. There is a shower as well for those who need to use it.
 
The center has 10 paid staff and and relies heavily on a core of volunteers, who have participated in spending 6000 volunteer hours last year. That also partner with UNE and USM so students of those universities can work directly with the kids at the center.
 
After Donna‘s presentation and our tour of the facility, much discussion ensued as to how we can move forward with next steps to be able to bring the similar program to Biddeford.
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
 
 
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Week in Review 4/17/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 23, 2019
 
 
Our April 17, 2019 meeting, or as President Joe calls it, week 43 started like most of Joe’s meeting with Joe leaving us guessing about the meeting agenda.  I liken him to a boxer who has been hit one too many times and he is staggering to the bell, though Joe has seemingly staggered most of the year.  Oh, now I get it.
 
When we did get back on track Heather Gendron led us in a rousing version of the 4 Way Test and Joe Bassett inspired us with prayer.
 
Our visitors for the week included Tyler Simmons. Apparently it is not penance enough that your Dad is Matt Simmons but you also get dragged to Rotary during your vacation when Mr. Mom is in charge.  We were also visited by Kathy Shea’s sister, Madeline (I think), Bob Lester ( a retired credit union guy) and our past President, Dick Lagarde who was part of the presentation.
 
Joe announced he had to leave early so he would leave the meeting in the capable hands of Conrad Welzel (week 1 for him).
 
REMEMBER NEXT WEEK’S MEETING IS AT THE MY PLACE TEEN CENTER LOCATED AT 755 MAIN STREET, WESTBROOK.  THE MEETING WILL START AT 12:15 AND IT WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CLUB TO SEE WHAT COULD BE REPLICATED IN BIDDEFORD.
 
Joe also reminded us for the 43rd time that on May 11 (that’s a Saturday) we will helping with Rise Against Hunger which is a hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
Joe also announced the Don Pilon was holding a meeting right after our meeting to discuss plans for a miniature golf tournament fund raiser.  If you want to help out see Don.  Otherwise dust off your rubber headed putters (that’s a type of golf club with a rubber coating on it), press your knickers and get ready for some golf.
 
Finally Joe reminded us that the Scholarship committee is meeting on April 30 to review applications.  For more details about the meeting and how you can help please contact Heather Gendron.
 
President Joe then thanked Conrad for his great work on programs, informed everyone that Roland now has a Romanian Rotary badge for his trip to Romania, and encouraged everyone to pull their Rotarian Magazine out of their recycling bins and look at the District 7780 article on the Opioid Crisis with pictures of Chief MacKenzie from Kennebunk and a picture of John Bouchard from the Saco Bay Club.  The article also references our Red Ribbon Committee and its efforts.  Steve Morin claims he has the Rotarian Magazine in his lobby because his customers read it, fall asleep and don’t realize how long they have been waiting to pick up their car.  Joe circulated his copy of the Rotarian Magazine which had his Chinese takeout order and a little Duck Sauce on the back of it.
 
It was announced that we might try to do a Seadogs day again.  Visiting Rotarian Bob Lester mentioned that the District is trying to put a Seadogs day together with details to follow.
 
Tyler Simmons drew the winning 50/50 ticket which was won by Kathy Shea who seemingly wins every time she attends a meeting.  It also happened to be her birthday.
 
Matt Simmons then did is sergeant at arms thing.  He asked his son to collect the fines and he declined.  Smart kid.  Matt then solicited happy $:
  • Carl Goodwin was happy that Earl is home and doing better with limited residual effects from his falls.
  • Ken Farley was happy he attended the Bruins game and they won and his son his a shipping internship this summer in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Bill Paterson was happy about the article in the Rotarian.
  • Joe B just got back from Charlotte, N.C. and he will never fly again.  I guess they still fly Boeing Max’s out of Charlotte.
  • Kathy Shea was happy to have her sister at the meeting and her sister was happy to be there which was about the time I got a little nauseous.
  • Julie V.  begged us to drink more to fill Clynk bags. Oh all right if you insist.
  • Paul Deschambault and his wife Carol went for a walk in the woods and despite the best efforts of Carol and their two dogs Paul made it out of the woods.
  • Matt was happy his son was at the meeting which was clearly punishment for something.
  • Sue G.  adopted a rescue pointer/Dalmatian mix which is really just a Dalmatian with one spot.
Matt then demonstrated his weekly level of preparation to his son by fining President Joe for still not having it down after 43 weeks (he initially forgot the 4 way test) and for his pink shirt and hospital slippers. Now I understand why President Joe had to leave early, he was due back at the hospital.  And that was really it for fines.
 
 
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Biddeford Food Pantry

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 17, 2019
 
 
 
Peggy Bean then introduced our program which included past President Dick Lagarde and Don Bisson talking about the Biddeford Food Pantry which is the oldest food pantry in Maine having been founded by Rita Reilly in 1981.  Our club has regularly supported the Biddeford Food Pantry and Dick acknowledged that fact.  Dick is now retired from the world of business and municipal finance and he is volunteering at the food pantry while growing a wicked nice captain’s beard.
Don Bisson has run the food pantry for the last 11 years.  He indicated that demand is up 3% this year and people are typically given 3 weeks’ worth of food when they come in.  They serve Biddeford, Dayton and Arundel and any communities that do not have their own food pantry.
 
Don informed everyone that the Biddeford Food Pantry bought its building after raising $55,000.00 in two months in a capital campaign.  He thanked Saco and Biddeford Savings and Rick Hull for making hat happen.  Dick tried to thank Lucie as an employee of Saco and Biddeford Savings at which point I really reached for a barf bag.  He said the purchase of the building was a miracle because otherwise their rent was going to become unaffordable.
 
Dick announced the pantry’s Miracle of Sharing initiative in which local businesses can support the pantry with a payroll deduction program and a company match.  He indicated that his former employer, Prescott Metal started such a program about a year and a half ago and they have already funded 1,500 meals for the pantry which has ongoing costs like spending $2,200 monthly on food purchased from the Good Shepard Food Bank and over $600 in electric bills for their lights and refrigeration.  Don did point out that all of the workers are volunteers.
 
If your business might be interested in a payroll deduction program for the food pantry please see the information below and contact Dick.
 
The highlight of the meeting was the apparent result of a Rotarian’s consumption of a special order meal of the Run of the Mill burritos with extra black beans.  While the Rotarian tried to pass off her (no it was not Lucie … this time) gas (pun intended) as the sounds of a construction reciprocating drill the tears in my eyes indicated otherwise.  The woman could be a chemical weapon.  I should note that she was very polite and repeatedly said “excuse me” though it was frequently difficult to hear Dick and Don over the noise.  Reduced fiber might be in order. 
 
 
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April 24th Meeting in Westbrook

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 16, 2019
 
Good  Morning,
 
We had a great program the other week with Donna Dwyer of “My Teen Place” , https://myplaceteencenter.org/ . Everybody pretty impressed with their approach to teens. The Westbrook Rotary club has been huge supporters of My Teen Place. As a result we got an invitation to meet there and have lunch.
 
We will hold our April 24th meeting at “My Teen Place”  located at 755 Main Street, Westbrook. We will meet at 12:15. Folks may want to carpool to the meeting. We will talk more about it at our meeting tomorrow. It would be cool if we could get a school bus or something to take us up as a group.
 
Regards,
Joe
 
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Week in Review 4/10/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 10, 2019
 
 
Our April 10th meeting was held at PeoplesChoice Credit Union.  For those of you who went to Run of the Mill how long did it take you to figure out we weren’t there?  I did ask Paul Deschambault and he said mistakenly going to the Run of the Mill constitutes a makeup because it is the thought that counted.
 
While I confess that I was downstairs manning the worlds slowest elevator (I climbed up the outside of the building in less time than it would have taken me to ride the elevator) I understand that we dispensed with most meeting formalities other than the Pledge of Allegiance which they did while looking at the image of an American flag on someone’s cell phone.  Really, what’s next watching movies on a phone? 
 
I guess Joe did remember to pull the 50/50 and in an upset Peggy Bean won stopping Jackson’s winning streak at 3 weeks.
 
Joe did again mention  the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) Rise Against Hunger hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
Of course, the reason we were at PeoplesChoice is because it was our annual essay contest meeting.  A big thanks to Sue Gajewski for picking up food at Panera Bread for the meeting.  The spread was very good and with only about 20 Rotarians in attendance there was a lot left over. 
 
Elaine Palmitessa and Brenda Pollack did a great job coordinating the essay contest and running the meeting.  We the exception of some confusion related to the winners’ certificates, the event went very smoothly.
 
The essay contest has as its theme “What Family Means to Me”.  Eighth grade students from St. James, TA Middle School, Loranger Middle School, Saco Middle School and Biddeford Middle School write essays on their thoughts on family and they are judged at the school level.  The 3 winners from each school are identified and the top winners from each school get to come with their families and teachers to read their essays.  A list of all the winners is set forth below.  The top winners received $100 from the club, the second place finishers got $75.00 and the third place winners received $50.00 but far more important, each winner received a certificate signed by President Joe.  Joe made me write that.
 
My overall impressions were that the essays were very well written, very creative and well read.  With a few exceptions, I found the essays far less likely to invoke tears than essays from past years.  Themes revolved around unconditional love, no matter what ( I don’t remember that but I am so old I remember little about my youth); family means far more than a Mom, Dad and siblings and includes friends, aunts (my only aunt was a democrat, need I say more?), uncles, grandparents and boy bands (seriously).  A predominant theme throughout the essays was the fact that whoever constitutes your family has your back which is refreshing to hear from young teenagers.
 
For those who went I hope you were impressed.  For those who missed the meeting, you missed some inspiration and a reminder that we have some really good kids who will grow up to take care of us by paying excessively high taxes and perhaps having the right to put us to sleep if the law changes.
 
And the winners are:
 
Loranger Middle School
1St Place - Lizzie Johnson
2nd Place – Camryn Blatchford
3rd Place - Alex Nguyen
 
Thornton Academy Middle School
1st Place – Jack Tripp
2nd Place – Casey Ouellette
3rd Place – Ivy Turbide
 
Saco Middle School
1st Place – Antonia Farago-Dumsch
2nd Place – Olivia Toppen
3rd Place – Alexyia Talarico
 
St. James School
1st Place – Marielle Rue
2nd Place – Madisyn Ayers
3rd Place – Rose-Mary Blake
 
Biddeford Middle School
1st Place – MacKenzie Day
2nd Place – Brittany Baumgardner
3rd Place Cecelia Keller
 
 
 
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4/10/2019 Meeting

 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting will be next week on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them.  Please note that if you do drive please park away from the side of the building so that credit union members will have places to park.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING STARTS AT 12:00 AND NOT 12:15 to accommodate the student schedules.
 
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Week in Review 4/3/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 03, 2019
 
Our April 4th meeting was an open meeting.  I cannot comment on the parking because I walked  but it is my sense that things are still tight.
After a two year absence from doing the 4 way test Julie V.  led us in the 4 way test and flawlessly counted to 4.  Paul Deschambault and the Masons led us in a prayer.  Paul is the supreme architect of prayers.
 
Fausto  introduced himself and then introduced our lone visiting Rotarian, David Fletcher who was apparently a Calais Rotarian who has moved to Scarborough and is looking for a new club. 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting will be next week on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them.  Please note that if you do drive please park away from the side of the building so that credit union members will have places to park.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEETING STARTS AT 12:00 AND NOT 12:15 to accommodate the student schedules.
 
Joe also mentioned the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) Rise Against Hunger hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals (Joe said 100,000 meals.  He is now competing with McDonalds) in 2-3 hours.  The event will be at the Saco Elks Club on the Ocean Park Road starting at 9:00.
 
We had a moment of silence of club members who had recently lost family members. Our condolences to Brenda Pollack and Conrad Welzel.
 
Fausto reminded everyone that the Scholarship Committee will be meeting soon to start reviewing applications for scholarships.
 
Lucie Kay was way too loud, and apparently she and Fausto were doing their best impression of the Mean Girls.
 
Remarkably Jackson won the 50/50 for the third week in a row.  One more and there will be an investigation.
 
Matt Simmons made an appearance and solicited happy dollars. They included:
  • President Joe being happy to be part of such a great club.  Excuse me while a yawn into my trash can. 
  • Lucie was forced to be happy so she acknowledged that she is heading out on her 4th vacation of 2019.
  • Conrad saw Earl at Seal Rock and he is getting better.
  • Conrad also shared a tribute to his Mom who was a great supporter of women.
  • Dr. Joe was happy we are doing our essay contest.
  • Our visitor was happy to tell us his family once owned Saco Island but he could not help us with the parking problem.
  • Karen Chasse was going to be on TV because Biddeford High School is getting its band back together and she is leaving on vacation to Texas.  She has more vacations than Lucie.  Karen was also happy because her daughter is a nurse at Maine Med and she is not pregnant (there is clearly something in the air at Maine Med because 9 out of 10 of the nurses are pregnant.  Is that an airborne thing?)
  • Fausto gave happy $s because Conrad’s Mom raised a good man, his daughter went to her first formal (not sure what that is) and for his very busy business. 
Matt then actually fined some people including President Joe for not following the script.  He has not been able to do it for 41 weeks so why start now?  There were 4 April birthdays, Matt, Sarah N., President Joe and Julie V.  And Fausto had to pay extra for his special meal.
 
We then discussed two major gifts both of which the Board approved at its April 3 Board meeting.The first was a $25,000 donation to Thornton Academy to help with its capital campaign for a new athletic complex.The proposal was for Red Ribbon to give $10,000 and for the club to give $15,000 from charitable funds and then one club member was going to match that $25,000 gift.President Joe also indicated that his family was donating $5,000 to the campaign.A spirited discussion about the pros and cons of this kind of gift took place including comments about the fact that the gift would help support a multi-purpose room that will be available for students and the public to pursue healthy living choices and to be educated about healthy choices which we hope will keep students engaged and less likely to fall into substance misuse.It truly was a healthy discussion and in the end the club voted to approve the gift.
 
The second major gift discussed was a $25,000 donation to the My Place Teen Center to help fund its kitchen as long as the kitchen can be used to help start a culinary arts program for local students.The gift would help get the teen center off the ground, would help the COT start a new culinary arts program in a brand new commercial kitchen and might eventually provide us with a new place to meet.Everyone was very supportive of the idea though it was acknowledged that there is a long way to go before all of that can become a reality.In the end the club unanimously endorsed the gift which would come from our vocational fund.
 
On behalf of Thornton Academy, Haley Thompson, our TA Development Director, and the entire TA Capital Campaign Committee, I want to thank the Club and the Red Ribbon Committee for their very generous gift to the Thornton Capital Campaign which will enable TA to name the large multi-purpose room in the new athletic facility for Rotary and Red Ribbon.We all know that student athletes and students involved in extra-curricular activities are more likely to stay in school and avoid other issues like drug misuse.Sports and extra-curricular activities should not be only for those who can afford them.They should be available to all students and the fact is that TA’s athletic facilities are just too small for our student body.This project will allow more students of all demographics to have a place to be physically active and engaged outside the classroom.This gift is yet another shining example of the Biddeford Saco Rotary’s Club’s commitment to our communities and our students. Again, thank you all for your support of TA’s project.
 
Finally, Karen let us know that there will be a speaker at Thornton in the morning on April 10 and in the afternoon on the same day at Biddeford High School talking about a drunk driving tragedy which is part of Red Ribbon week.If you would like to attend either session please contact Karen.
 
 
Week in Review 4/3/2019 Bill Kany 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/13/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 02, 2019
I am writing this Tack but I have no idea whether anyone will ever see it due to technical difficulties which may render it impossible for any of you to ever see it so I might as well write it like I am talking to myself. 
Joe called the meeting to order.  Huh, every week he tells us what week number it is like he can’t wait to get done.  That seems inherently inconsistent with his assertions that the job is not that hard and everyone should run for President.  While it is not the hardest thing anyone will ever do you can actually work hard at the job if you want to.
Lucie Kay did the four way test.  My God did she join Rotary last week?  It’s not that hard and she was reading it.  I swear she had to sound out each number. Oh, I forgot, English is her second language.
Joe Bassett did the prayer.  Man is he good at that or what?  It’s almost like he has been doing it his whole life.
Conrad introduced visiting Rotarians and guests including Joe Boyle who must have 200% attendance.
 
Presidential Announcements:  President Joe reminded us that we will be doing a hands on project with the Kiwanis Club on May 11 at a time and place to be announced.  Jackson indicated the project will take about 2 hours and we are putting together 10,000 meals.  Let me see if I can do the math (can you tell I was not really listening?).  If 25 Rotarians show up (doubtful) and 25 Kiwanis show up we will have 50 people.  That means we each will need to put together 200 meals in two hours or one meal every 36 seconds.  I hope we have the Barber foods assembly line to work on.
 
Jackson was able to confirm the Elks Lodge on Ocean Park Rd., Saco for Saturday, May 11 from 9-12:30 or so for the meal packing project. The actual meal packing will start around 10 and it takes about 2 hours or less to finish 10,000 meals!
They have tables there, so It should be relatively easy to set up.
I hope you can all make it.
 
I got to live auction Sabine’s book bag and David Howard’s (ask Heather McLean who he is but don’t ask Heather G) book.  Doing a live auction at our club is like doing a live auction at a funeral home.  It’s like trying to sell ice cubes to Eskimos who don’t drink.  No one bids and no one wants to make eye contact.  Well the bag and book sold for $1,000, not bad.  If you believe that I have a bridge to auction off next week.
Joe acknowledged that parking continues to be a problem and suggested that perhaps someone might want to find another place for us to meet.  I suspect we will just have to put up with the parking issues which will be compounded by the new apartments being built.  Urban planning at its best.
 
Sargent at Arms:
Matt Simmons  took to the podium with his copious notes related to fines.  I don’t have any idea how he finds the time to prepare like that before every meeting (sarcasm, yes) and I can’t imagine how he has exceeded his budget.  Has he been getting the Red Ribbon money?  I guess we are all happier than we have been in the past so he gets a lot of happy dollars each week.  Some examples include:
  • Matt being over budget (I want an audit)
  • Dr. Joe being our visitor with the best attendance (Christ, he has better attendance than 80% of the people actually in our club)
  • Sara Brouillard announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby boy.  Not sure why Sara is not listed on our website these days.
  • Peggy Bean gave a happy dollar for going to the COT and indicated that there were not that many Rotarians there.  We were supposed to meet that the COT today, but the meeting was postponed so there shouldn’t have been any Rotarians there.  What is she talking about?  Oh, Peggy was talking about our meeting at the Biddeford Middle School which probably looks a lot like the COT absent the garage doors, a house in progress and a bunch of tools.
  • Ken Farley announced that his daughter was accepted at Bishops University in Lenoxville, Quebec from which my two sons graduated.  That’s very cool.
  • I announced that Heather McLean was in a TV ad for our bank and got paid a little stipend which she donated to the club.  Nice touch Heather.
  • Julie V. apologized for not being able to get the Tack out to everyone which means most of you probably won’t be able to read this anyway so why am I typing?
  • Steve Morin will break his attendance streak when he goes on vacation next week to Texas.  I can see Steve at a dude ranch watching the tumble weeds roll by. 
  • Karen Chasse gave a shout out to Sarah Neault’s Instagram page.  I received a candy gram once.
Matt then fined Roland for parking on top of Lucie. She did look tired and a bit run down.  He also fined Lucie for putting sugar in Roland’s pants.  Those two should get a room.  Finally (and I mean finally) he fined Denis for saluting the full parking lot on March 6 by indicating that the parking lot was number one if you know what I mean.
While sitting here I happened to notice the banner hanging from the podium, “Be The Inspiration”.  Damn, that’s a lot of pressure.  I can see being AN inspiration but to be THE inspiration is a tall order.  What the hell was the RI president thinking?  Well, I guess he is the RI President so maybe he is THE inspiration.  I will settle for being inspired every now and then and call it good.
 
 
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My Place Teen Center in Westbrook

Posted by Bill Kany on Apr 02, 2019


Check out the magic behind our red doors!

755 Main Street | Westbrook, ME 04092 | 207-854-2800  image001 (4) 
myplaceteencenter.org
 
WCSH 6 Who Care Agency of Distinction | United Way Partner Agency | Mainebiz’s Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year | Maine Children’s Alliance Giraffe Award |TD Beach to Beacon Charitable Recipient
 
 
The program was about the My Place Teen Center in Westbrook and their efforts to establish such a center in Biddeford as well.  We heard from Deb Shangraw who is the current president of the Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club which has been instrumental in support to the success of MPTC.  Deb serves as a consultant for MPTC and is excited about the prospect of setting up a MPTC in Biddeford.  She maintains that the loving atmosphere at the MPTC saves lives and that it is one of the most unique places on earth.  The MPTC is located in a former church which has been renovated into a shining facility with a commercial kitchen from which they serve many meals each week. 
 
We also heard from Donna Dwyer who is he President of MPTC.  She is clearly passionate about the program and would love to see a new MPTC in Biddeford in the former church located at 75 Bacon Street owned by the Biddeford Housing Authority.  She said the MPTC in Westbrook serves 40-70 kids each day from ages 10-18 with the only qualification being that they are a kid. 
 
We also heard from Guy Gagnon, a former club member and the head of the Biddeford Housing Authority.  They would like our hands on help to convert space in the former church to a new MPTC for Biddeford and Saco kids.  They would like to open it in the summer of 2020.  They will need money for the space and a new kitchen but they will also need hands on help.  Sounds like a great project.
 
Below is some additional information provided to us about My Place Teen Center.
My Place Teen Center is a southern Maine organization based in Westbrook with a second location to be opened in Biddeford, July 2020. Our mission is to provide a safe haven for middle and high school youth, ages 10-18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope.
 
Opened in 1998, we are a year round, free, out of school time, evidence-based, positive youth development program specializing in cultivating grit and alleviating hunger and trauma. We are open five hours per day, five days per week, year-round. Everything we do for the kids is free.
 
My Place Teen Center is at the forefront of some of the most crucial issues of our time.
 
  • We fight to keep kids safe from the devastation of the opioid epidemic.
  • We combat poverty and food insecurity.
  • We create real, authentic communities with kids from diverse backgrounds, teaching them how to be good citizens and good neighbors.
  • We show teens from broken homes that there is a better way to live life – with accountability, personal responsibility, and self-care.
  • We are not just raising kids, we are raising the next generation of adults, and they are headed your way. It matters who they are now, and whom they become as adults.
  • We know adverse childhood experiences and the lifelong consequences of trauma can be counterbalanced with protective factors such as increasing cognitive capacity, healthy attachment of relationships, the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors, and creating safe environments. This is our calling card.
 
MPTC Domains:
Character development, academic support, civic engagement, and life skills.
 
MPTC Differentiators:
  • Free
  • Homey, warm, inviting aesthetic
  • Nutritious, full, daily meals
  • Year-round
  • 25 hours per week
  • Teen-centric
  • Job and life preparedness
  • Focus on social emotional learning and evidence-based strategies such as instilling grit, curiosity, leadership, and self-awareness
  • Drop-in and program specific
  • Local control; local decision-making
 
In 2014, Biddeford champions and stakeholders, including the Mayor and Biddeford Housing Authority, requested discussions about how to bring our business model to Biddeford. Originally we were functioning in a consultant mode – how THEY could operate such a facility like ours, but early 2017 discussions turned to: Would WE bring our business model to Biddeford and run a second site/MPTC for them? Given that expansion was already part of our strategic plan, this was an easy leap due to the positive relationship developed with City leaders and a similar demographic and landscape between both cities. 
 
Thus, we have been working closely with Biddeford Housing Authority and Mayor Casavant regarding establishing a second site at 75 Bacon Street, Biddeford; the former St. Andre's Church. Our target opening date is July 2020. We will be located on the bottom floor - about 9,000 square feet - of the church. The former rectory houses a high school alternative education program and the convent is now senior housing.
 
 
 
My Place Teen Center in Westbrook Bill Kany 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

President Joe's Message for February

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Apr 02, 2019
Hey Folks,
Can you believe February is over. We ended the month with a great meeting at Biddeford Middle School.  Our first order of business was to nominate and elect Haley Thompson of Thornton Academy to our board. I am really excited about her coming on the board for a 2 year term as a Director.
 
Thank you Jeremy Ray and Karen Chasse for making the meeting happen today especially after two snow days. I really want to recognize Ms. Lee the teacher and her students for putting on a fantastic lunch at the Tiger Café. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders started us off with small Caprese Salad on a tooth pick or cherry tomatoes with a leaf of fresh basil. Lunch consisted of a choice of three soups a pasta fagioli, chicken with orzo and a corn chowder. I had the chowder and then followed that up with the chicken and orzo. Both were served with homemade crackers. I passed on the garlic bread but it did look good. My favorite was the chicken with orzo. The hot bowl of soup was chuck full of chicken and orzo that had a really nice balance of herbs and spices. The students finished us off with a choice of mini cheesecakes with fresh fruit on top or a fruit cup.
 
After lunch we got to ask students questions. These 16 students that worked for us, some were servers, some were cooks, etc. were really excited to participate in the program. These students are also cooking at home for their families. All 16 Rotarians at the meeting had a really good time being there.
 
We got to meet Marty G’s 7th grade daughter who is participating in the STEM program at BMS. We also got to watch Sabine drool over all for the sewing machines that were in the class, I mean dining room. We also learned that the culinary program ends at 8th grade.
 
I was surprised to learn that the Center for Technology does not have a program for kids wanting to pursue a career in the food and hospitality industry. The reason is pretty simple, they don’t have the space or the money to build a kitchen. Jeremy Ray mentioned that they would be happy if they even had an offsite space for a kitchen.
 
This is a nice segue to bring up what I think are two great opportunities in front of us. The kind of events that don’t happen all that often. I would like to start a conversation with all of you about two initiatives that we can share in. Obviously I am still on my sugar high from the extra cheese cake I had yesterday; we should talk about helping BRCOT get a culinary program going. The other initiative we talked about Monday night at Red Ribbon Committee meeting on Monday  night was Thornton Academy’s campaign to build a new field house. Lionel Gym was designed for a school of 650 kids, TA now has over 1700 kids.
 
Our club has a rich history of supporting our communities by participating in projects that have a high level of permanency and visibility. Examples are MacArthur Library, The Truslow Center and more. Yesterday, I drove by Rotary Park and I was honored to see our sign at the entrance. It was Rotarians that were behind converting a dump into a year round playground for everybody. So let’s start those conversations about Biddeford and Thornton and do we want to be a part of it.
 
I plan on addressing these initiatives with the Board at our next meeting on March 6th before I present them to you, the membership. I ask that you keep your minds open so that we can have meaningful conversations on these issues and whether we want to get involved. As Rotarians we can be the inspiration for our community. There is no other group like us.
 
Regards,
Joe Moreshead
 
President Joe's Message for February Joe Moreshead 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

District Assembly

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Mar 30, 2019

Good morning Rotarians!

We have a terrific District Assembly planned for Saturday morning, April 6th!!

While this Assembly is highly recommended for all Club officers and committee chairs, all Rotarians are encouraged to attend. 
And, new Rotarians will have a wonderful Rotary experience, seeing what Rotary offers beyond their Club!

Our sessions include workshops for:
International Service, Global Grants, District Grants,
Rotaract, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Public Image Techniques, 
Best practices of Rotary Growth Teams,
Smart Phone Apps, Rotary Action Groups (RAGS, lol),
Non-profit 501(c)3 vs 501(c4) Considerations,
and, more, more, more...

$20 gets you breakfast, and a fun-filled Rotary experience!

Please register here, today: 
==>  https://rotary7780.org/event/district-training-assembly/

Note: pre-paying with your credit card will speed your entry into the event.
Many clubs will reimburse you after the event.

The Assembly is 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 6th.
at York County Community College
112 College Drive, Wells, ME 04090

We hope to see you there!
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!!
Andy and the Assembly Team

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Week in Review 3/27/2019

Posted by Bill Kany on Mar 27, 2019
At the outset I want to thank Julie Villemaire for filling in so admirably in preparing the Tack for March 20.  I would love to have one or two more volunteers write the Tack for a few weeks each. It can be as brief or as long as you want it to be.
 
Have you ever put bread in the toaster and let it sit in there so long it almost sets off the smoke alarm and then when you take it out, burning your fingers in the process, you realize you have no butter so you eat it plain?  That is how dry this Tack will be.  Bonneville Salt Flats dry.
 
Our March 27th meeting was a bit of an intimate affair with light attendance.  President Joe again apologized for the parking.  I walked down so I did not contribute to the parking lot gridlock but I know people struggled to find spaces.  It is not really going to get better with improved weather coming and more and more people going out to lunch.  Carpooling may become necessary.
 
Karen Chasse led us in the 4 way test and Joe Bassett led us in a prayer.  Surprisingly both seemed to have done it before.
 
Our recently clean shaven President Joe introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.  Fausto is apparently saving himself for his Presidential year and Don Pilon was among the missing as well.  Former club member, Guy Gagnon, and Dr. Joe Boyle were introduced as a guest and visiting Rotarian, respectively. 
 
Joe reminded us that our essay contest meeting with be on April 10 at PeoplesChoice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.  If you can carpool to that meeting please do so as there is limited parking.  It is always a great meeting when we get to hear the essays of the various middle school winning writers who will share their views on what family means to them. 
 
Joe also mentioned the May 11 (that’s a Saturday) hands on event during which we will help to put together 10,000 meals in 2-3 hours.  Bring your aprons.
President Joe also announced the creation of an ad hoc committee to review major asks for club donations and to perhaps work on a larger gift policy.  The members of the committee so far are Paul Deschambault, Don Pilon, Karen Chasse, Jackson Brown (maybe) and me.  The committee has been invited to next week’s Board meeting on April 3 at 7:45 at P&C Insurance.
 
Heather Gendron announced that the Scholarship Committee is reaching out to our area high schools and the COT to solicit applicants for our $1,000 post-secondary scholarships. The Committee will meet on April 30 at Bangor Savings from 3:00 to 5:00 to review applications and narrow the pool of applicants to the students who will then be interviewed by the Committee.  If you have any interest in helping to screed the scholarship applications please plan on attending the meeting on April 30. 
 
Ron Drouin asked if we were planning anything for our Club’s 100th anniversary next year.  Jackson indicated that he invited our sister club in Bideford, England to come over for the celebration though no celebration as yet is planned.  It was suggested that we combine a gala with a fundraiser to be held in March to raise money and celebration our 100 years in existence.  Marty Grohman learned that he would be chairing any such event as our vice president.  Good luck Marty. 
 
Jim Godbout announced that we are getting close to clearing the title on the next Rotary House to work on located on Main Street across from the COT.  Jim thought that we may have a judgment as early as next week, but the emails I have seen from Keith Jacques would indicate that we may incur a bit of a delay.  Don’t start swinging the wrecking ball just yet.  Stay tuned.
 
Matt Simmons failed to appear and I suspect he is still circling the parking lot looking for a space.  President Joe solicited happy dollars which seems to be most of the Matt Simmons show anyway.  The happy dollars included:
  • Jeremy Ray announcing that the Biddeford School Department and Dayton School Department have established a new entity that will be doing the bus transportation for the Town of Acton.  Jeremy will look good behind the wheel of an Acton bus.
  • Denis Elie completed the Mary’s Walk 5K run defeating his aunt whose Jazzy Scooter battery died.  Ken Farley, however, did beat Denis.
  • Dr. Joe was named the Foundation Chair for his new club.
  • Reegan announced that the United Way is doing a fundraiser at Arundel Ford for the United Ways’ Tools4Schools backpack project that our club has supported in the past.  If you test drive a Ford at Arundel Ford on April 5 in the afternoon Arundel Ford will donate $20.00.  It is a great cause and nice of Arundel Ford to do that but I think I would rather donate the cash or have a dentist donate $20.00 for my next root canal as opposed to dealing with a car dealership.
  • Sue Gajewski is back and thanked Jackson for filling in so admirably in her absence.
  • Conrad Welzel was happy he recited the 4 way test correctly last week.
  • Marty Grohman was happy to be on the radio for Veterans Count and that he and Jeremy will be art critics selecting art to stay in the high school. 
Jackson won the 50/50 for the second week in a row.
 
 
Week in Review 3/27/2019 Bill Kany 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Veteran Services for Volunteers of America

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Mar 20, 2019
 
Today’s Speaker was Michael A. Merrill, Program Director of Veteran Services for Volunteers of America.  The Assistant Program Director, Brian Bouthot, was also visiting with us today.
 
Over the years, Volunteers of America has established itself as "The Place to Turn" for our country's most vulnerable individuals. Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.
At Volunteers of America Northern New England they serve the people of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.
Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Volunteers of America is also proud to be the largest provider of affordable housing in the country.
Willingness. Creativity. Compassion. These underlying values of our founding vision have led Volunteers of America Northern New England to serve more than 8,000 people annually in Maine.
 
Cabin in the Woods:  21 veterans and their families can finally say “we are home” as Cabin in the Woods opens its doors and offers peace of mind to residents. After serving our country, our veterans deserve more than just a thank you, they deserve a home and a community that will fight for them the way they have fought for us, and now they have just that.
Cabin in the Woods Community is the first project of its kind in the state of Maine, and the only program in Maine that will offer permanent housing for homeless male and female veterans, as well as their families.
The cabins have been built on 11 wooded acres on the grounds of Togus VA Medical Center in Chelsea, Maine and are within walking distance of services.
There are 16 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom 550-square-foot cabins, all less than 800 square feet, as well as a 700-square-foot two-bedroom cabin for office and community space.
The program has an emphasis on family reunification and employment, Cabin in the Woods will work with many local, regional, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of veterans and their families.
The $4.2 million development cost of the project will be funded primarily by Maine Housing Tax Credit Allocation. Our work continues with MaineHousing to finalize the timeline and construction documents. We have partnered with the Veterans Administration to secure a 75 year lease on the land and the Home Depot Foundation is generously funding a portion of the cabin construction costs.
The land for the Cabin in the Woods development was acquired through the Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced Use Lease Program, where the VA leases underutilized real estate to the private sector for the purpose of developing housing for homeless veterans.
If you are interested in contributing to Cabin in the Woods please contact Michael Coon at 207-373-1140. Additional information about Cabin in the Woods and our partners can be found in our Media Kit.
 
Behavioral Health
We serve individuals who are 18 years or older and who have been diagnosed with persistent mental illness or co-occurring conditions. Our programs welcome people whose behaviors have frustrated the best efforts of other care givers. We use evidence-based programming to foster new thinking, attitudes and behaviors that lead to positive personal changes, independence, maturity and self-responsibility. 
Our goal is to help break the cycle of hospitalization and homelessness and create a path to self-realization and community engagement.
A team of trained and caring staff members at each residence helps residents learn to cope with the challenges of everyday living by developing daily living skills, maintaining counseling, obtaining education regarding mental illness, improving, and learning how to manage symptoms, with an individual rehabilitation and treatment plan. For many of these individuals, it is a major step to greater independence.  
 
Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams) is a free week-long program for Maine kids. Counselors are volunteer Police Officers from across Maine. Sheriffs, Troopers and Municipal Officers all come together to mentor and encourage kids while improving their perceptions of law enforcement.
In June, 161 children from all 16 Maine counties joined forces with over 80 Law Enforcement volunteers for a week of exploration, healthy activities, outdoor recreation, and education. Campers adjust to new places and people – all while being mentored and cared for by officers of Maine law enforcement and public safety organizations.
Law enforcement professionals (current and retired) from all 16 counties in Maine spend the week 24/7 at Camp POSTCARD; Many have been Camp POSTCARD leaders for 5,10, 15, even 20 years. Their goal is to give children an experience that will enrich their lives and give them hope for the future. During this week, campers experience officers as caring and fun-loving people primarily concerned with the well-being of children.
Camp POSTCARD gives children a new perspective on what’s possible for them to achieve; the adults who are providing these many experiences and cheering them on are officers and many other caring adults. Camp POSTCARD gives children a boost to their confidence; they broaden their horizons and have the world open up to them in ways they could not imagine.
Camp POSTCARD is a long-term partnership between the Maine Sheriffs' Association and Volunteers of America Northern New England.
Qualified officers are invited to become volunteer leaders at camp. Campers are unaware that the counselors are from law enforcement until the last day.  Many of the campers come from homes where there has been negative interaction with law enforcers.
 
Senior Services
Our senior services and programs promote health and independence for the elderly. We encourage seniors to be active and healthy through a host of support services.  We are one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for seniors and a major provider of professional long-term care.
For seniors, maintaining independence is very important.  We provide housing for seniors who want to live independent lifestyles where they can thrive and age in place. Our senior residents deserve the quality of life that they desire and our commitment to service-enriched housing offers them just that.
      Paul Hazelton House I & II : The Paul Hazelton I & II Houses, located in Saco, Maine, provides a combined 66 units of high-quality, affordable housing for low-income elderly people, with disabilities and other needs.
Bayview Heights:  Bayview Heights is located in Portland, Maine and provides 59 units of high-quality, affordable housing for low-income elderly people, with disabilities and other needs.
 
Our Rotary club donated $500.00 to help Veterans coming out of programs with moving expenses.  They were able to help 3 Veterans with our donation
.
There are no municipalities helping them out.  They run off of public and private donations & grants.
 
Seeds of Hope offers a loan program for security deposits for rents.  They work very closely with Reverend Shirley.
 
Veterans in their programs are required to volunteer in the community.  There are some Veterans that volunteer for the Heart of Biddeford.  President Joe let Michael know about our upcoming community project with the Kiwanis club on May 11th.  If anyone would like to join us in this effort they are more than welcomed.
 
Donations from our Company B fund have been instrumental in helping these men and women.  The donations have helped start new lives for some and new careers for others.  Michael said they couldn’t thank our club enough for our part in helping out.
 
If you’d like more information about the wonderful organization you can visit their website at www.voanne.org.
 
 
 
 
Veteran Services for Volunteers of America Julie Villemaire 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 3/20/2019

Posted by Julie Villemaire on Mar 20, 2019
 
President Joe promptly started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  In case anyone was wondering or counting the weeks under Joe’s leadership, he announced that it was the 39th week in this Rotarian year. He called upon Conrad Welzel to flawlessly lead the group in the 4 Way Test.  Joe Bassett was on deck with the invocation.  President-Elect Fausto was present prior to the meeting but went MIA when it was time to introduce visiting Rotarians and Guests.  Vice President, Don Pilon stepped up to the plate to introduce the visiting Rotarian with the best attendance in this club, Dr. Joe Boyle and also Paul Deschambault’s better half, Carole.  Jim Audiffred was pleased to introduce Pauline Van Haynes from South Africa.  Pauline was a Rotary Exchange Student many years ago and one of her host families was Jim and Margo Audiffred.  Pauline is married and has two girls.  She went onto to medical school and is an OBGYN.  Jim and his family went to Australia to visit with Pauline and her family.  Pauline was at a conference nearby and took the opportunity to step away from the conference to visit with us.
 
Rise Against Hunger Community Project:  Jackson Brown informed the members that on May 11, 2019, we will be joining forces with the local Kiwanis club at the Elks Lodge in Saco from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to put together 10,000 meals to be delivered to the local food pantries.  This is a wonderful project to bring families and friends together for a great cause. Our club made a donation of $1,250.00 to this project.
 
AD-HOC Committee for Major Giving:  Paul Deschambault and Don Pilon have agreed to co-chair this new committee.  President Joe asked that they meet soon to discuss whether or not the club should get involved.  More information to come.
 
The 50/50 pot of $27 was won by Jackson Brown.  I heard Jackson say that he wanted to give some to the SAA Matt Simmons but I’m not sure what happened to the rest.  Like so many others, it probably went to the Red Ribbon effort, another very worthy cause.
 
Sabine McElrath recently returned from a trip to Guadeloupe.  She was able to make arrangements to visit their local Rotary club and exchange the “Rotary Flag”.  This was her third time visiting Guadeloupe but only the first time she was able to attend.  She said that they meet every two weeks in person and that they skype the rest of the time.  She said they had the most beautiful table setting that she has ever seen.  The menu that was presented cost about 35 Euros ($40 US approx.) but she said the Rum Punch was well worth it!  She explained some of the projects that our club has been involved with.  She was amazed at how impressed their club was with the work we have done and continue to do.  They have two major efforts.  The first is “The Sea for Everyone”.  Sabine mentioned that they have people with handicaps that actually like to go into the water & not just look from the sideline.  One of their fundraisers is a race from France to Guadeloupe each year.  They will get some info over to us so we can see about sending some funding their way to help with this cause.  Their second initiative is to change snacks from baguettes and salty items to fruit.
 
It was time for SAA Matt Simmons to take center stage in hopes of boosting his budget with happy dollars and fines.  Jackson was one of the first members to raise his happy dollar.  He is very happy that our Treasurer Susan will be heading back from her winter travels. Jim Audiffred was happy to have Pauline visiting for a few days.  Bill Paterson was happy for his 13 year old grandson whose Dad happens to be a paramedic.  Dr. Joe was happy that he was able to make the meeting on time after thinking he would be late.  Not only was he on time but he was able to secure a premiere parking spot in the front of the building.  President Joe was happy that Dr. Pierre Giroux was the best vet in town because he just expanded his family to include a new German Shepheard puppy named Phil.  Roland Gagne gave a dollar and announced that Ron Drouin wasn’t feeling well .  Julie was happy to not only see Heather MacLean  in the Saco & Biddeford Savings newest commercial, but also Mark Nahorney.  Conrad was happy that he was able to spend some time with his two ailing parents.  Roland Gagne was also impressed with the Mark Nahorney’s use of the “Italian” language in his recent performance at City Theater.  Matt was feeling the love today so he didn’t impose too many fines.  Of course, President Joe wasn’t so lucky and was fined $3 for picking fights.  Matt then charged the following Rotarians for money owed for either meals or dues: President Joe, Sherry Norton, Alicia Girard and Peggy Bean.
 
 
 
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Karen Chasse- Classification Talk

Posted by Karen Chasse on Mar 13, 2019
 
Our speaker for the day was Karen Chasse who gave her “classification talk” which could have been entitled a “classification dissertation, novel or treatise”.  My life couldn’t fill two minutes.   The entire talk is set forth below.  Karen has truly overcome a lot of challenges to accomplish what she has including having to type her talk on her phone on a treadmill at 5:00 Am next to Jackson.  Talk about challenges! Perhaps she will get up in another 10 to 20 years and tell us how her book finally ends (I don’t mean finally ends, well you know what I mean or at least I know what I mean).  Nice job Karen.
 
I will start with my personal life because it is much more entertaining and dramatic.
 
My life began in turmoil. As you’ve probably heard Trojans and Tigers didn’t mix well in the 70’s. My Dad is a TA graduate: Mom is a BHS graduate.  They divorced by the time my Mom was 20 but kudos to Jim and Lynn for their success!
 
I grew up in New York with my Dad (who was in the Air Force), stepmom, brother and sister. My mom suffered from Lupus, lived in Biddeford, and we only saw her at Christmas and summertime.  Throughout my youth, I had some of my own health issues: at four years old, I was hit by a dump truck and had to be in a full body cast for six weeks (that was not fun--for me or my parents), and I’ve had multiple surgeries on a congenital branchial cleft cyst in my neck. Otherwise, I grew up as a classic rule-following, introverted, middle child.
 
My Dad’s alcohol and drug abuse eventually led to his second divorce and at 16 I left behind my PHS Hornets’ Track and Cheerleading friends to move to Maine to live with my Mom and my Dad went to rehab. Unfortunately, six months later my very good friend died in a drinking and driving accident on New Year’s Eve.  As you’ve heard from our fun “Name that Rotarian” game last year, I met my ex-husband, his cousin, at the funeral (a sure sign it was a match made in heaven, right?). And guess what was the cherry on top? He had a one-year-old son born on his 18th birthday. But Casey taught me how to love unconditionally and is by far the best “inheritance” I will ever receive.
 
After graduation, I went on to UMF but missed my ex-husband so terribly that I moved back to Biddeford after my first year, got an apartment together, got pregnant with my son, Tyler (the best “mistake” I ever made), got married, and managed to complete an Associates from UMA. (Yes, in that order – However, I don’t recommend this life plan).
 
Two years later I lost a child, another little boy, and fortunately a year later had my daughter, Julia - my only planned child, and during her teenage years I often wondered if I was crazy for that decision. My Mom passed away shortly after that from Lupus complications at age 43.  Honestly, this was my hardest hurdle to overcome. She was, by far, the strongest and most positive individual I will ever encounter.
 
We then built a house in Dayton and I went to back to UMA to get my Bachelor’s Degree which I finally finished at age 42. Both my kids graduated from TA with Julia also attending the CNA program at COT.  Following her graduation, I filed for divorce--which you all learned in the TACK thanks to Bill Kany’s creative writing. I guess Tigers and Tigers can get on each other’s nerves after 26 years. 
 
Now, my son, Casey, is 29 and lives in Biddeford with his wife, Elizabeth. He is a foreman for a landscaping company in Kennebunkport. My son, Tyler, lives in Florida and manages the Warehouse for Titan Supply. My daughter, Julia, lives with me (and her boyfriend--who drew up the architecture plans for our rotary house!). She works at MMC and will graduate next year from USM’s Nursing Program.
 
My professional life is much more boring so hope you can stay awake through this part.
 
My first real job was Rich’s Department Store at 14 making $4.10 an hour. I hit the jackpot when, at 17, I was hired as a Switchboard Operator at $6.10 an hour thanks to Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. I bought my first junker car and my ex-husband taught me how to drive (so if you don’t like it, you can blame him). I was fortunate enough to work at SMMC, now SMHC, for 25 years moving my way up the ranks from Switchboard & Admitting to the Marketing assistant, coordinator, specialist, manager and ultimately working in Development.
 
I joined Rotary at 28 when my boss suggested in my annual review that I get involved.  Joe stopped by the office one day and I asked him about Rotary.  He invited me to a meeting and gladly sponsored me. This is where I learned the true value of giving back. Rotarians immediately involved me and back then we had a lot of family-oriented, hands-on projects so my kids were able to participate. I was on the Board of Directors for 10 years holding every position except Treasurer (which is good for the club since Business Finance was the only class I ever received a “C” grade). I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Rollie Eon for being persistent and asking me three years in a row to be President before I finally conceded. I didn’t realize it was going to be the same year my son graduated and I would be back in college but it truly was my best year in Rotary.
 
I then met Jeremy Ray through Rotary. He asked me to be on the hiring committee for a Community Outreach & Development position at the School. Long story short, he asked me to have lunch one day when he learned I was job searching. Here’s your warning - Jeremy is the most skilled negotiator I have ever encountered but, also, if you are on a hiring committee and then you need to go through the interview process, it is 10 times harder and includes a laptop, writing a plan of what you would do in three very different scenarios in 10 minutes or less, and then presenting it to a jury of your peers.
 
So, you are probably thinking mid-life crisis.  Extreme stability for 25 years and in a one-year time span I had graduated college, had a new job, got divorced, bought a new car, completely renovated my house and the kids were off to college. But, I was 42; my Mom died at 43. For me, it was a wake-up call that life is too short to not be truly happy.
 
My current job grew to include oversight of the Biddeford Education Foundation and duties for Dayton School (so technically Denis Elie is also my boss now). My next goal is to start classes this fall for a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. So it is likely I will start analyzing all of you out of habit--sorry in advance.
 
Other committees, boards, and recognitions include: Tri-Community Little League Secretary, Saco Junior Trojans Cheerleading Fundraising Chair, Girl Scout Troop 236 Leader, Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union Vice President, Northeast Credit Union Marketing Chair, SMHC Auxiliary Board, CHCC’S Project Alliance Board, United Way Campaign Committee, Rotarian of the Year, Paul Harris Fellow, and the award I am proudest of - the Goodwin Outstanding Service Award.
 
So, that’s it.  I did write this but I am guessing none of you will see it and if some of you see it you won’t read it anyway.  There I feel better.
 
 
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President Joe's Message for February 2019

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Mar 06, 2019
Hey Folks,
Can you believe February is over. We ended the month with a great meeting at Biddeford Middle School.  Our first order of business was to nominate and elect Haley Thompson of Thornton Academy to our board. I am really excited about her coming on the board for a 2 year term as a Director.
 
Thank you Jeremy Ray and Karen Chasse for making the meeting happen today especially after two snow days. I really want to recognize Ms. Lee the teacher and her students for putting on a fantastic lunch at the Tiger Café. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders started us off with small Caprese Salad on a tooth pick or cherry tomatoes with a leaf of fresh basil. Lunch consisted of a choice of three soups a pasta fagioli, chicken with orzo and a corn chowder. I had the chowder and then followed that up with the chicken and orzo. Both were served with homemade crackers. I passed on the garlic bread but it did look good. My favorite was the chicken with orzo. The hot bowl of soup was chuck full of chicken and orzo that had a really nice balance of herbs and spices. The students finished us off with a choice of mini cheesecakes with fresh fruit on top or a fruit cup.
 
After lunch we got to ask students questions. These 16 students that worked for us, some were servers, some were cooks, etc. were really excited to participate in the program. These students are also cooking at home for their families. All 16 Rotarians at the meeting had a really good time being there.
 
We got to meet Marty G’s 7th grade daughter who is participating in the STEM program at BMS. We also got to watch Sabine drool over all for the sewing machines that were in the class, I mean dining room. We also learned that the culinary program ends at 8th grade.
 
I was surprised to learn that the Center for Technology does not have a program for kids wanting to pursue a career in the food and hospitality industry. The reason is pretty simple, they don’t have the space or the money to build a kitchen. Jeremy Ray mentioned that they would be happy if they even had an offsite space for a kitchen.
 
This is a nice segue to bring up what I think are two great opportunities in front of us. The kind of events that don’t happen all that often. I would like to start a conversation with all of you about two initiatives that we can share in. Obviously I am still on my sugar high from the extra cheese cake I had yesterday; we should talk about helping BRCOT get a culinary program going. The other initiative we talked about Monday night at Red Ribbon Committee meeting on Monday  night was Thornton Academy’s campaign to build a new field house. Lionel Gym was designed for a school of 650 kids, TA now has over 1700 kids.
 
Our club has a rich history of supporting our communities by participating in projects that have a high level of permanency and visibility. Examples are MacArthur Library, The Truslow Center and more. Yesterday, I drove by Rotary Park and I was honored to see our sign at the entrance. It was Rotarians that were behind converting a dump into a year round playground for everybody. So let’s start those conversations about Biddeford and Thornton and do we want to be a part of it.
 
I plan on addressing these initiatives with the Board at our next meeting on March 6th before I present them to you, the membership. I ask that you keep your minds open so that we can have meaningful conversations on these issues and whether we want to get involved. As Rotarians we can be the inspiration for our community. There is no other group like us.
 
Regards,
Joe Moreshead
 
President Joe's Message for February 2019 Joe Moreshead 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 03/06/2019

Please note tomorrow's meeting (3/13) will be at Run of the Mill and we will reschedule our meeting at Center of Technology at a later date when we can have some students available to showcase the programs (no, not because of an expected snow day).

 

Opening Ceremonies:  President Joe “Movember will never end” Moreshead opened the meeting and asked Past President Steve “near perfect attendance” Morin to do the Four Way Test which he handled like an old pro.  Conrad “I need longer arms or glasses” Welzel then led us in an invocation which he ably read from an index card held secretly at arms’ length.
Visitors:  We were visited by past member, I think, Tim “I don’t have enough needhams because Heather M took them all” Keene and Nicki Wyman, the branch manager of Bangor Savings in Biddeford.
Presidential Announcements:  President Joe happily announced that Haley Thompson had agreed to fill the last Board vacancy but her election the week before was not effective because of a lack of a quorum.  He also announced that Marty Grohman has agreed to take on the role of vice president in the club which means he should be club president three years out.  After Pierre Giroux and Kathy Shea came in late we had an official quorum (1/3rd of the members in the club) and we were able to successfully vote in Haley and Marty.  Congratulations to them both.  This is proof that if you campaign hard and live a clean life you can get elected to higher office.
Joe also announced that Roland “where the hell is Romania” Gagne has been chosen to be part of the Rotary Cultural Exchange to Romania.  Roland summarized the trip demonstrating that as of now he knows little about where he is going or what he will be doing.
Joe also announced that the Board approved a $1,000 donation to help support the renovation of a bathroom by Jim Godbout’s company for a family with a member with a serious illness.  The Board also approved a $1,250 donation to a Kiwanis Club Rise Against Hunger initiative which will provide 10,000 meals to food pantries in the area.  There will be a hands on component to this project on May 11 when we will be asked to help deliver meals.  I do hope we are not delivering 10,000 meals that day because if there are about 25 active Rotarians and an equal number of Kiwanis that would mean 200 deliveries for each of us.  The food might get cold.
Joe announced that the club has logged about 600 service hours so far so we are getting there.  He also announced that the Board voted to approve a $1,200 donation to the Biddeford primary school and a school in Dayton so they can buy washers and dryers for kids who come to school with dirty clothes or who get dirty during the day.  I am not sure what those kids do while their clothes are in the laundry, but perhaps school rules have changed a lot since I attended.
Joe also indicated the Club and Red Ribbon are considering a donation to Thornton’s capital campaign to renovate and expand Linnell Gymnasium or as Joe calls it “Lionel Gymnasium” undoubtedly named after the train.
Joe was also so impressed with the culinary arts program at Biddeford Middle School that he thinks we should support a culinary arts addition to the Center of Technology.  I am sure we will hear more about that in the coming weeks.
Parking Problems:  Parking continues to be an issue at Run of the Mill resulting in some very creative parking jobs and also resulting in Denis “the hell with this” Elie driving into and out of the parking lot without staying.  Perhaps when all of the snow melts things will get better.
Sargent at Arms:
Matt “I spend hours each week preparing” Simmons welcomed happy dollars which included:
  • Steve Morin announcing a fundraiser to support his son-in-law called Help, Hope, Live to be held on March 30 from 7-9 at the Eagles Club in Biddeford. I think, He was also happy because his wife now gets to babysit his grandson, Maverick.  They are waiting on the arrival of their second grandson, Goose.  While many little kids love Barney or Sesame Street songs, Maverick insists on listening to the Top Gun sound track over and over again.
  • Dr. “I’m now naughty” Joe was a happy $5.00 worth including sucking up to Past District Governor Lawrence Furbish and our own President Joe.
  • Mark “I get to dress up like a priest and impress my Mom” Nahorney plugged The Light in the Piazza starting this week at Biddeford City Theatre.  The winner of 6 Tony Awards, Mark says the musical is outstanding and a must see. 
  • Conrad “Fun with Phonics” Welzel’s 5 year old granddaughter read to him on Skype or at least helped Conrad sound out the big words.
  • Roland won the 50/50 and donated the money to our Clynk program which supports two young women going to school in Kenya.
  • Tim Keene was happy for Fausto or Festus as he called him.
Matt announced a couple of anniversaries which are always cheap fines.  Alicia for one year and Elaine for 7 years.  Matt also fined past member Tim Keene or Keane for not bringing enough needhams.  He fined President Joe for not knowing the bylaws, etc.  He fined Peggy for losing her car in the parking lot.  Hey who has not done that?  He fined Julie for pouring a whole bottle of ketchup on her meal (actually the cover came off and I did not do it though I wished I did). 
Guest Speaker:  Surprisingly, our guest speaker was not someone that Conrad has known since he was a child like all of our past speakers.  Conrad introduced Past District Governor, Lawrence “I own 30 bow ties” Furbish who visited us to talk about the Rotary Foundation. Our district is a strong supporter of the Foundation and our club is an even stronger supporter.  The Foundation is one of the highest rated charities in the world and has a lot of money to support district and global grants. 
He announced that polio plus has eradicated polio from everywhere except Afghanistan and Pakistan where the terrorist factions make it impossible to treat everyone. 
He encouraged our club to send someone to the Grants Management Seminars so we can apply for grants.  If you are interested see our Foundation Chairs, Brian Dallaire and Matt Simmons, yes, Matt you are a Foundation Chair and that has nothing to do with the Rotary House.
57% of our club donates to the Foundation.  Let’s try and make it 100%.
Reminder:  Our annual essay contest meeting will be on April 10 in the function room at People’s Choice Credit Union on the Industrial Park Road in Saco. Please make every effort to attend.
 
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Week in Review 2/27/2019

 
 
Steve Morin lead our club in reciting the four-way test
 
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Joe Boyle
 
 
Joe Moreshead announced that Hayley Thompson volunteered to be on the Board of Directors. Jim Godbout made a motion to accept her candidacy and Matt Simmons seconded. All in favor.  
 
Joe relayed a message from Jean Saunders of Age Friendly Saco: there will be a meeting at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall on 12 March at 4:00. Members from local Rotary clubs will meet to discuss volunteer efforts in the community.  
 
The club received a thank you note from Dennis Robillard for our contribution in buying his club 2 knee walkers. 
 
Conrad announced that the wine tasting has netted about $3340 to date with a bit more expected from ticket sales to be turned in and the beer auction last week.  
 
Jim Labelle won the 50/50 And donated it back to the club.
 
Matt - Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Dr Joe who was happy to be visiting and also to have survived being a pedestrian when Lucie Kay raced into the parking lot and almost him him and others.  Joe enjoyed his first welding class at the COT and is donating a new floor drain cover to the school, Conrad had a good visit with his granddaughter, Marty is happy to be at a meeting at his daughter’s school, Jim is happy to be having lunch with his friend Scott Descoteaux and Matt is happy to be switching careers back to education.  
 
 
Fines:
Jackson for telling on Lucie, Sabine for trying to run the meeting, and Joe for missing the nuances in pronunciation of kneeling vs nailing.  
 
Our lunch today was hosted and catered by the students at Biddeford Middle School enrolled in the Family and Consumer Sciences courses.   
 
 
Scott Descoteaux (principal Biddeford middle school) and Vicky Lee (family and consumer science teacher).
 
The middle school has about 560 students. 
 
Biddeford Middle School has developed a rigorous and unique program emphasizing mathematics and science with the integration of technology and engineering (STEM Academy).
 
Students in Vicky’s class benefit from 80-minute sessions, compared to the regular period of 40 minutes.  That gives them the time to create and cook recipes.  
 
The students were very enthusiastic not only in preparing and serving us a delicious meal, but also in answering the many questions posed by club members.  Several have noted their love of culinary arts is leading them to consider a career in the field. Many others shared how they help at home in preparing meals for their family.
 
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30
 
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Meeting

 
 
 
This weeks Meeting will be held at Biddeford Middle School.
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Age Friendly Saco

 
 
 
President Joe signed up for a meeting on March 12 @ 4:00PM @ OOB Town Hall with Saco Bay and Sunset Club- any and all are welcome to talk about Age Friendly initiatives.
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New Officers for 2019-2020

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Feb 20, 2019
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
We finally voted on a slate officers at last week’s meeting. One of the highlights was that Alicia G was nominated for a director’s position on the Board and she accepted. I am proud to announce that we have a slate officers for the 2019/2020 Rotary Year. The list is as follows:
 
 
President:  Fausto Pifferrer
President Elect: Don Pilon
Vice President: Martin Grohman
Treasurer: Sue Gajewski
Secretary: Julie Villemaire
Past President / Board Joe Moreshead
Directors:
Heather Gendron
Conrad Welzel
CJ Cote Dubois
Alicia Girard
Haley Thompson
 
Thank you to all, especially the folks who have stepped up to assume stewardship of our great club. We still need a Vice President though. It is my goal to have someone in the role before my term ends this summer. The strength of our club is us, it is us who determines the future of this club. Think about serving for a year, think about your commitment to service- maybe this is a way of achieving your own personal goals developing leadership skills, communication skills, building a network of friends and peers all while stewarding a great organization and getting a firsthand view of how important this club is to our local community, statewide, nationwide and global communities as well. It all starts here in the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club.
 
 
Respectfully,
Joe Moreshead
 
New Officers for 2019-2020 Joe Moreshead 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 2/20/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 20, 2019
 
 
Lucie Kay lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Paul Smith
Dr. James Herbert
Mitchell Brown
 
 
 
 
 
Our weekly meeting to take place at the Biddeford middle school has been rescheduled for the 27th.
 
Joe relayed a message from Jean Saunders of Age Friendly Saco: there will be a meeting at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall on 12 March at 4:00. Members from local Rotary clubs will meet to discuss volunteer efforts in the community.  
 
Mark won the 50/50.
 
Heather, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Sabine who was happy that her 5 month tenure as scribe is almost over, Dr Joe was happy to see foxes in his backyard, Conrad is looking forward to a visit from his granddaughter, Joe Bassett is happy that his great granddaughter will be performing with the traveling drama group, Roland is happy that Ron Drouin shared a website with him, Bill Kany is happy that his daughter is engaged, James Hebert is happy that he recently adopted a Maine coon cat.
 
 
 
Fines:
Don Pilon for standing Heather up, Conrad for not giving chocolates to his wife and for asking the club to expose themselves, Joe for Not being able to pronounce Alicia, and Lucie for sporting a Trump-like tan.  
 
 
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Herbert, President of UNE
 
 
 
 
Dr. Herbert spoke of his great love for the area and discovering all things Francophile, la Kermesse festival, kayaking, and local area restaurants like Yeto’s. 
 
Originally from corpus Christie Texas he came from a working family who ran a shrimp boat and was the first generation in his family to attend and graduate from college.
 
He spoke of the history of UNE as it merged three schools over the years, Westbrook Seminary, St. Francis College, and the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. It has become Maine‘s largest private university and the only medical school in the state.
 
UNE has become more than a place to get an education, but its mission is to help students transform their lives.
 
While working on the university’s strategic plan, Dr. Hebert is also focusing the school on the health of individuals and also the broader community.
 
The school has placed a new emphasis on Marine sciences and is currently ranked the number seven school in the nation in that discipline. They are working on developing a healthy aquaculture business and also researching kelp farming.
 
The school’s enrollment has grown to 14,000 students with approximately half of them pursuing a degree online.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:30
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Week in Review 2/13/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 13, 2019
 
 
Karen Chasse lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Boyle - invocation
 
Guests:
Visiting Rotarian- Paul Smith
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Roland Gagne has applied.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on to take place at the Biddeford middle school has tentatively been rescheduled for the 27th.  
 
Nominations were reported by Ken Farley: 
President elect: Don Pilon
Directors:  Heather Gendron and Conrad Welzel.  
There were no nominations reported for the position of vice president.
 
Conrad Welzel provided a recap of the Winetasting event. He estimated about 200 attendees and received excellent feedback about the event. The silent auction was also very successful.
 
 
 
Jackson won the 50/50.
 
Matt, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Sabine who was happy that Paulette was honored by Senator Angus King, Ken was happy to be going skiing, Jeremy was happy to have attended the Super Bowl, Fausto was happy to have Karen help him raise money for the Center for grieving children, Karen enjoyed a great weekend away, and Dr Joe had an excellent workout session with his trainer and survived. Conrad is very happy the winetasting is over!
 
 
 
Fines:
Marty for posting on Facebook that he has playing hookey.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:00. 
 
 
 
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Slate of Candidates for 2019-2020

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Feb 13, 2019
 
 
 
Fellow Rotarians,
I erred in my earlier email listing Jim McAllister as a director. Jim is actually coming off of the board. As a result we have additional openings on our board. We need a replacement for Jim; are you interested in a two year term? We still need a Vice President, any takers? All is not lost you have a chance. According to our resident Esquire, Bill Kany, he conducted a detailed analysis of our by-laws. According to the by-laws, the president must ask for additional nominations at next week’s meeting. We can then close nominations and elect the slate as presented after closing the nominating.
Thanks,
Joe,
 
Fellow Rotarians,
The nominating committee put forth a slate of new officers for the 2019/2020 year. The slate was accepted to present to the membership for a vote at the next scheduled meeting, February 20th at Run of the Mill Public House. There were no other nominees and so nominating was closed. The slate of officers is as follows:
President:  Fausto Pifferrer
President Elect: Don Pilon
Vice President: open
Treasurer: Sue Gajewski
Secretary: Julie Villemaire
Past President / Board Joe Moreshead
Directors:
Heather Gendron
Conrad Welzel
Dennis Elie
CJ Cote Dubois
OPEN
 
Please try and make this meeting and cast your vote for our new slate of officers.
Thanks,
Joe
Slate of Candidates for 2019-2020 Joe Moreshead 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Reminder 2/13/2018

 
 
 

Due to the impending storm tomorrow, our rescheduled meeting at Biddeford Middle School will again be postponed.  The meeting on Feb 13 will be at the Run of the Mill.
 
 
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Big Thank YOU!

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Feb 11, 2019
 
A BIG THANK YOU to all the Rotary members who helped in any way with the Wine Tasting.
 
Thanks,
Heather & Conrad
 
 
 
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e-Tack 2/6/2018

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Feb 06, 2019
 
 
Joe Moreshead lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Dave Howard
Melissa Cilley
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Anyone having interest, just send a Joe an email.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on 13 February was scheduled to take place at the Biddeford middle school but with the impending storm, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill instead.  
 
Joe Moreshead inducted two new members into the club; Reegan Hebert and Jim Labelle.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. All tables have been sold.  
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still looking for volunteers to help setup. 
 
The Board approved 2 $1000 requests for help with heating system upgrades.  One was for a man suffering with ALS And the other for a mom with 2 kids facing a slew of medical bills.  
 
The club also voted to fund two charitable requests; one for $150 to buy a pass to bounce zone for the child of disabled parents and the other to the Saco Bay Sunset Club to purchase 2 knee walkers for $237.98.
 
The date for our essay contest awards is 10 April.  Location to be determined.  
 
Conrad won the 50/50 and donated his share to Red Ribbon.  
 
Heather, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Roland who was happy to see Ron Drouin, Bill Kany, happy the fundraiser for Center for Greiving Children raised $350,000, Jim Labelle, happy to be a new member of the club, Brenda, happy her son and his crew are visiting.
 
Fines:
Don Pilon for missing board meeting, Joe for not going to wine tasting, Reegan, for joining the club, Brenda for being late, and Keith for the closing of Heather’s favorite restaurant.  
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:23. 
 
 
e-Tack 2/6/2018 Sabine McElrath 2019-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Volunteers/ Habitat for Humanity

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Feb 01, 2019


When I spoke to your Rotary Club about our next volunteer opportunity with Habitat for Humanity, some rotarians expressed interest in knowing the date/ time of the weatherization project.  We ( Age Friendly Saco) are again teaming up with the Interact Club at Thornton Academy on Saturday, March 2nd from 9-11 in the Atrium at Thornton Academy to build window inserts for some of our low income older adults in the Saco/Biddeford/ OOB area.  We were hoping that some Rotarians might be interested in helping for this event?    We welcome any/ all assistance! Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Jean Saunders
Age Friendly Saco
(207)651-9073
Rotary Volunteers/ Habitat for Humanity Conrad Welzel 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Peanut Gallery’s Musings on  Pouring Wine

Posted by Bill Kany on Jan 31, 2019
 
 
 
 
            I wrote this piece for the Tack two years ago before our wine tasting event. Nothing about the Maine’s Liquor Liability Law has changed (I actually checked), so if you are going to be a pourer at the wine tasting event please take a moment and read this.  The bottom line for those people who only read the first paragraph or two of newspaper articles (assuming some of you still read papers), if you serve a visibly intoxicated person and then they leave and injure someone then you, personally, and the club can be held liable under the Act.  “Visibly intoxicated” means the person you are giving a “taste” to is in a “state of intoxication” (for some of us the 51st state) and they do some perceptible act or series of acts which would lead you to believe they are drunk or have the appearance of someone clearly intoxicated (haven’t I described a large portion of our wine tasting crowd?).  So have fun, but let’s be careful out there.
 
            So picture this:  You’re standing at your wine pouring station at the Rotary Wine Tasting Event.  You’re looking sharp. You’ve memorized the sheet of your red wines and you’re killing it dispensing information about varietals, breathing and debourbage (a white wine term but what the hell do you or they know?).  It’s getting a little later in the event, you’ve opened more bottles than you care to count right now and up walks:  1) a buddy of yours, 2) a good looking guy or woman who you would like to impress, or 3) a fellow Rotarian.  The conversation goes something like this.
            Hey, how’s it going?  Great, you Rotariaaans are greaaat! Thanks, we do like having a good time.  Yeah, don’t you guys sometimes wear those funny hats and drive little cars in parades? (with that question I am hoping it is not a fellow Rotarian unless they are really new). No, I think you’re thinking of Shiners but you were close.  What can I interest you in?  I have some great red wines including a merlot, a pinot noir and two Zinfandels you can try?  Would you like to know anything about any of them, I’m a bit of a wine tool.  Oh, I don’t care, but fill me up, will ya, I’m here for quantity not quality or whatever you winos call it.
            You think, clearly a little drunk, but hell so am I and so are most people here so she’s not going to care what I pour.  I’ll pour from the fullest bottle I have so I don’t have to waste it all at the end of the night.  She’s not going to taste it anyway.  Why don’t you try this merlot, I think you’ll like it.  Here, let me rinse your glass.  Wait, there’s a sip left in there, don’t dump it yet, that’s waste.  You know there are people in Africa who don’t get to drink wine very often.  She gulps the last few drops in the glass.  There now you can rinse it. 
            So you rinse the glass and pour a taste, a couple of ounces, and hand it back to her (please note you can substitute him for her here if you want).  She looks at you in a disgusted way with her head tilted slightly to the left, she throws back her hair (if it is a guy I am not sure he would throw back his hair) and says:  Dude, I asked you to fill it up.  It takes a lot for me to really taste a wine.  So hit me again please.  At that point you’re conflicted.  You really don’t want to stand there and take crap from this person and you certainly want to send her away happy, but on the other hand this is a wine tasting not an all you can drink buffet. The angel and devil go at it on your shoulders for exactly 3 seconds and you pour some more of the $10.00 merlot in her glass.  She says, Dude you’re the best, spins, stumbles a little, a bit of the wine sloshes out of the glass onto the floor and off she goes.  And you’re left wondering.
            OK, let me put on my lawyer hat and introduce you to the Maine Liquor Liability Act.  The Act is intended to prevent intoxication-related injuries, deaths and property damage.  Let’s assume (not a big stretch) that, by definition, the person you just served is an “intoxicated individual,” and, by definition, she is “visibly intoxicated” (yes, there is a state definition for that).   The Club is a “licensee” for the wine tasting event meaning we got a liquor license for the event.  You are a “server” under the law.
            Let’s spin the facts out a little.  You may think that anyone that drunk can’t be driving.  We all know better than that.  We may all know better, but she didn’t think she was that bad and she hops behind the wheel.  Hell, she only has to go a few miles and she is certainly of the opinion that she only had a few tastes.  On the way home she drops her cell phone and as she is fishing for it between the console and her seat she goes through a stop sign, t-bones another car and the passenger of that car is seriously injured.  She has the minimum amount of liability insurance and the passenger has serious injuries with huge medical bills and what will be a permanent impairment.  Dong!  Joe Bornstein is now involved and he is looking for other sources of money to cover the passenger’s damages and increase his contingency recovery.  That’s when they find out she had just left the Rotary wine tasting event.
            Under Maine’s Liquor Liability Act the passenger is an appropriate plaintiff (incidentally our drunk wine taster cannot sue us under that Act).  Guess who the appropriate defendants are.  The Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and YOU personally!  You can be held personally liable if you negligently serve liquor to a visibly intoxicated individual and the intoxication proximately causes the damages.  In this case if the woman was not drunk she would not have dropped her phone, run the stop sign and crashed into the other car.  You can also be found to be reckless because the woman was visibly intoxicated, and you gave her more wine than you should have done, and you had no idea whether the woman was driving or not.
            So the Club gets sued and you get sued.  That is absolutely horrible.  I guess the good news is that the Rotary International insurance we purchase apparently includes liquor liability coverage, or so I am told.  Second, the damages under the Act are capped at $350,000.00.  Still a very large amount of money but not infinite dollars either. The bottom line is, however, that a person got seriously injured and you and the Club contributed to that.  The Club’s reputation and yours are trashed by this incredibly unfortunate event.  The other bottom line is such an accident might be avoided by not giving into the temptation to fill glasses during a tasting event and by making sure that people who have had too much to drink have a way to get home.
            Our beer and wine events are really fun, and I don’t mean to be a “buzz kill” (unfortunate saying here), but I was asked to share the law with you.  The good news is that we have insurance and we all know that if we pour properly everyone should be able to make it home safely.  Let’s try to avoid being defendants while having a great time.
 
 
Peanut Gallery’s Musings on  Pouring Wine Bill Kany 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/30/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 30, 2019
 
 
Heather Gendron lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Jim Farr
 
 
Joe Moreshead shared an opportunity with the club.  There is an upcoming trip to Romania in May as part of Rotary’s cultural exchange program.  Anyone having interest, just send a Joe an email.  
 
 
Our weekly meeting on 13 February will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch! In the event of storm-related school cancellations, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. All tables have been sold.  
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still looking for volunteers to help setup. 
 
 
 
Morgan Stoner won the 50-50 and donated the proceeds to the club.
 
Matt, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars came from Dr Joe who donated a happy 10. He was happy that Sabine is taking notes and that his grandson visited on his 23rd birthday. Lucie is looking forward to her upcoming trip to Aruba, Karen had a great trip in Florida and wants more travel in her future. Don is happy to have sold his house in Florida Conrad is happy his house didn’t burn down. Reagan logged 67 miles running last month, and Jim far is happy to be visiting our club today. Matt is happy to be moving over to Prudential.  
 
Fines: Joe for mispronouncing our new member’s name, Roland because his daughter stole a pillow, Marty for plugging winter fest this weekend, Lucie for the upcoming merger with Atlantic credit union, Jeremy for the two hour school delay today, and Jackson for being awesome.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 12:54
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Reminder

TODAYS MEETING IS BACK TO RUN OF THE MILL!
 
 
Due to the weather coming in later and the uncertainty of a late start for students tomorrow, we have moved our meeting back to Run of the Mill instead of the Biddeford Middle School.  We did not want to call it at the last minute and waste food that was prepared. Therefore, the new date we will be at BMS for the Culinary students to serve us will be February 13th so please mark your calendars.
 
Thanks for understanding.
Karen
Meeting Reminder 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/23/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 23, 2019
Pierre Giroux lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Bob Wester
 
 
Joe Moreshead welcomed new Paul Harris Fellow, Heather Maclean. 
 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch! In the event of storm-related school cancellations, the meeting will be held at Run of the Mill.  
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There are 2 remaining tables, seating 10 people each, that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings,  thanks to The Cheese Iron and Haven’s Candy, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still soliciting sponsors for the $100 and $500 levels.  
 
Joe Moreshead reminded members that he deputized all of us to spend $50 each to support any need we may see in our community. He shared the story of an immigrant family in Biddeford that had only one chair in their living room for a family of 7. Sabine learned of this and found a couch and loveseat set at Threads of Hope in Sanford, purchased it and arranged for it to be picked up and delivered.  The kids were thrilled!  Joe asked if anyone wanted to contribute their $50 allowance to defray the costs and Steve Morin and Pierre Giroux volunteered.  
 
 
 
Joe Moreshead won the 50-50.
 
Fausto, Sargent at Arms:
Solicited gratitude dollars from the club:
Dr Joe is grateful that the patriots are playing in the Super Bowl, he celebrated a anniversary, and is expecting a visit from his grandson soon. Joe Moreshead was grateful that Jim Godbout was able to restore water service to his house, Cathy Shay is grateful to be going to a warm vacation spot soon, Steve Morin is celebrating a one-month-old grand baby, Sarah is happy Sabine is doing the minutes in February, Hayley is grateful her child had a successful heart surgery recently. Sarah Neault is grateful for having healthy kids, Joe Bassett was happy to be alive, Peggy being was happy to be at the meeting.
 
 
 
Our speaker was Dennis Robilliard, a fellow Rotarian from the Saco Bay club. He spoke to us of his efforts to reclaim medical mobility devices here in the US to be shipped to Africa.  Starting in 2011, they sent the first container with 5000 units of medical devices to Africa. Joe Moreshead has been instrumental in letting them store the equipment as they build up enough inventory to send. In the meantime, before a container is filled to send, Dennis has been helping many local people needing devices such as portable commodes, shower chairs, hospital bed, walkers, wheelchairs, transfer chairs, blood pressure machines, and knee walkers.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:20.
 
 
 
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Annual Wine Tasting

Posted by Karen Chasse on Jan 18, 2019
 
 
 
 

Everyone: Please mark your calendars for the Wine Tasting on Feb. 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Duffy's. We have a new location this year and the format will be a bit different with wine and cheese and chocolate pairings. Beer will also be available.

 

The more people who come, the more fun it will be so please pick up tickets from Heather M or Conrad and sell them to your co-workers, friends and neighbors.

 

We are hoping to have a fairly large silent auction this year and we need your help! Please consider donating a new product, item or service. Contact Heather M or Karen C with donations or questions.

 

We also need help with set up and clean up; front desk; raffle ticket sales; and we need four wine pourers for the second hour (8-9). Please let Heather M know if you are able to help.

 

And lastly...consider a sponsorship. Talk to Heather, Conrad or Karen about that!

 

Happy New Year.

 

Heather and Conrad

 
 
Annual Wine Tasting Karen Chasse 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/16/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 16, 2019
Ron Drouin lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Joe Bassett - invocation
 
Guests:
Carol Deschambault
Beau Gaudreau
 
Joe Moreshead announced that two new members have been posted; Jim Labelle and Reegan Hebert.  
 
The board has allocated $700 to purchase sleeping bags and wool socks for the homeless in our communities of Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach.  We are working with Seeds of Hope to distribute them. 
 
The club also voted to grant $500 to help military veterans defray some of the costs of moving into permenant housing. This money will be administered through the work of Volunteers of America. 
 
Jim Godbout shared the story of a local family dealing with the health challenges of ALS. He and his crew recently installed a new boiler in the family home. 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school and the students in the culinary program will be feeding us lunch!
 
Conrad Welzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There are 3 remaining tables, seating 10 people each, that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PM and will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
We are still soliciting sponsors for the $100 and $500 levels.  
 
Conrad was also recognized and appreciated for bringing quality speakers to our weekly meetings!
 
Paul Deschambault won the 50-50.
 
Matt Simmons, Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars:
Joe B. Is happy his wife renewed their contract for another year, Paul was happy to win the 50-50, Denis was happy to see Ron Drouin, Ron was happy to celebrate his 85th birthday and 42 years in Rotary, Matt was happy to announce he is leaving Edward Jones.
 
Fines:
Sarah Neault was fined for showing up. 
Steve Morin was fined and welcomed back. 
 
Our speaker was Deb Nelson, a health coach and author of the book, Finding Health after Cancer.  She shared with us many inspiring stories of peoples’ journeys after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. 
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
Week in Review 1/16/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Community ACEs Training 101 

Posted by Karen Chasse on Jan 11, 2019
 
 
Dear Rotarians,
 
As this goes hand-in-hand with our Red Ribbon Committee focus on our local youth, I would like to have at least a handful of Rotarians attend this training.  As a community, we need all partners involved to build resilience among our youth, especially as many are affected by the opioid epidemic.  The Biddeford School Department is working on putting together an evening event on January 24 with a focus on student trauma.  Brittany Ray specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and is working with us in Biddeford to become trauma-informed but it takes more than just teachers to nurture relationships with students.  
 
This conversation is designed for principals, school committee members, state elected officials, city council, community groups, police departments, etc.  Participants will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the corresponding policy changes most needed in our schools and communities in order for students to thrive.  We know this is a quick turn around, but Brittany is in town working with Biddeford and the charge for her presentation would be zero. Please see the attached flyer, share as appropriate, and let me know if you are willing to attend.  As this is a training relevant to Red Ribbon, it will fall under a make-up/service hours meeting.
 
Sign Up Google Doc: 
 
Thank you,
Karen
 
Community ACEs Training 101 Karen Chasse 2019-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/9/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 09, 2019
Adam P. lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Karen Chasse - invocation
 
Guests:
Reegan Hebert
Jim Labelle
 
Joe Moreshead announced that he will be presenting an AED machine purchased by the club to McArthur Library this afternoon.  One AED machine has already been donated to Dyer Library in Saco.  
 
Denis Elie is heading the nominating Committee that will select the president elect, vice President elect, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, and two directors elect. 
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30will take place at the Biddeford middle school.
 
Conrad Wenzel provided more details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table. There will be six tables seating 10 people each that are available for $350 apiece.
The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PMand will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. Any silent auction items can be dropped off at Joe’s shop or if they are small items they could be brought to the meeting and given to Heather.
 
Dr. Joe Boyle won the 50-50 and donated the proceeds to the club.
 
Bill Kany, guest Sargent at Arms:
Happy dollars:
Steve Morin Just had his first grandchild, Adam Parent is happy for his vacation, Joe Boyle is happy to be going back to the Ogunquit Rotary club, Jeremy Ray is happy to have a kitchen again, Fausto is happy his new magazine came out, Marty is happy that today is law-enforcement appreciation day, and Julie was happy to have delivered lunch to the Biddeford Police Department.
 
Fines:
Sabine was fined for suggesting we impeach Joe as club president. 
Steve Morin gave Bill Kany a Kennebunk savings bank pen.
Karen was fined for having God text her a prayer to open the meeting with.
Dr. Joe was fined for leaving the club because he was asked to take minutes at the meetings in January.
CJ Dubois-Cote was fined for parking in handicapped spot out front.
Sara Neault was fined for winning in last years raffle. 
 
Our speaker Was Jean Davidson, a physical therapist at York Hospital. She gave an informative and demonstrative segment on ergonomics and the importance of keeping people mobile and safe in the workplace. 
 
She provided us with several handouts showing exercises for people who sit at work, how to prevent repetitive strain injuries at the keyboard, as well as having us participate and follow along doing some stretching exercises.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
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Jean Saunders, Director of Age Friendly Saco

 
Jean Saunders, Director of Age Friendly Saco was our speaker.  
 
She shared with us some statistics about the aging population in Maine and specifically what the city of Saco is doing to care for its older residents. 
 
Some highlights of the recent accomplishments are making the Bayview beach wheelchair accessible. The Saco Bay Rotary club donated a beach wheelchair.
 
The group has also developed a handy neighbor program, providing small repair and home maintenance for seniors. In conjunction with Thornton Academy, they have worked on weatherization projects like building window inserts that can cut down on drafts.
 
To combat the social isolation frequently experienced by seniors, they hold dinner/dances two times a year and have held a wellness and vendor fair.
 
In conjunction with the Saco public works department and Interact students, they offer residents free buckets of treated sand in the winter.  
 
The group is also seeking ways to fill Gaps in transportation by developing options beyond public buses and cabs. They organize grocery trips two times a month.
 
Jean Saunders
Chair, Age-Friendly Saco
Age-Friendly Office
75 Franklin St. Room 204, Saco, ME 04072
agefriendlysaco@gmail.com
(207) 710-5029
 
http://agefriendly.community/community/age-friendly-saco/
 
 
Jean Saunders, Director of Age Friendly Saco Sabine McElrath 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 1/2/2019

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Jan 02, 2019
 
 
Jim Mcallister lead our club in reciting the four-way test
Jeremy Ray - invocation
 
Guests:
Speaker: Jean Saunders
 
Joe Moreshead announced that Bernice Woods resigned from the club and that former member Joe Grondin passed away. 
 
5 people were chosen to head the nominating Committee that will select the president elect, vice President elect, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, and two directors elect. The nominating committee will consist of Ken Farley and Denis Elise, as well as Adam Parent, Don Pilon and Kathy Shea.
 
Our weekly meeting on January 30 will take place at the Biddeford middle school.
 
Conrad Wenzel provided some details about our wine tasting event that will be held on February 9 at Duffys in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets will be $25. The event will take place from 7 PM to 9 PM and will also include chocolate and cheese pairings, along with a silent auction. 
 
 
 
 
 
The 50-50 drawing was won by Marty Grohman and he donated it to Red Ribbon.  
 
Sargent at arms:
Collected happy dollars; 
Luck had a great New Year’s Day. 
Marty enjoyed a great visit in Quebec with Roland. 
Joe M. Is happy the club is still in the black during his presidency. 
Conrad happy to have celebrated a great Christmas.
Jeremy had a great Florida family vacation.
Bill P. Had a great visit with his daughter from Texas.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 1:25.
 
 
Week in Review 1/2/2019 Sabine McElrath 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Note from President Joe 12/2018

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Dec 31, 2018
“Miss a week, miss a lot”
While I was out in Jackson Hole with my sons and best friends you Rotarians were busy working away. I missed the wrapping party that looked like fun. I missed the raffle drawing; really didn’t miss much- I didn’t win. I saw Carl Goodwin Saturday night at a make-up meeting at Pierre Giroux’s home and he said the Goodwin’s were denied a win as well. First time in a long time without a Goodwin winner. I did hear that Jim G picked up another $500 for Red Ribbon; someone donated their $500 back to the club.
 
Seriously, major kudos to Karen for pulling off a successful raffle. She is a one woman show who really cares about the club. Don’t know how you pulled it off Karen, but a big thank you to you!!!!
 
We need to recognize those folks that filled the Earl Goodwin void selling his tickets- thanks to all of you. I also want to recognize all the folks involved with the wrapping party. Thanks to Lucie K and the folks at the YCFC for supplying the space. I had a good time seeing everybody the week before at Walmart for the shopping. We made quick work of that. According to Julie it was one of the biggest turn outs for shopping by Rotarians.  Reagan was great packing the new bags that Sabine purchased. They are so much better then green trash bags.
 
Lastly, the bell ringing for Salvation Army, slots are filling up fast. We do have a few more openings. The list was emailed to everybody on Tuesday. I plan on bringing it to the meeting on the 19th at ROM.
 
Looking forward to seeing all of you at tomorrow’s meeting.
 
Regards,
Joe
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RIP PP Joe Grondin

 
 

I wanted to write to let everyone know that we lost a Past President, Joe Grondin. Joe has been a member of our club for 60 years. He and his brother Babe were great Rotarians in every sense of the word. They were responsible for a lot of great projects both locally and internationally. 

Now as I find my self an "old guy", these "old guys" were my inspiration back in the nineties. God grant them the peace they so deserve.

Regards,

Joe Moresehead

 

SACO - Joseph "Buster" Grondin, 91, of Saco and formerly of Biddeford, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, early Saturday morning Dec. 22, 2018.

He was born in Biddeford on June 22, 1927, the son of Oscar and Corona Bergeron Grondin. He graduated from St. Louis High School in Biddeford, in 1944 and then joined the U.S. Navy and became a radioman gunner.

When he returned from the Navy, Joe worked in his father's plumbing business, Oscar J. Grondin & Sons. With his father's encouragement, he converted an old Navy Surplus van into the "Copper Cart," a copper-colored truck filled with plumbing and heating supplies. Using a phone book as his guide, he called on potential customers, took orders, went to Boston to purchase what was ordered and he delivered items the next week. Over time, Grondin Supply Company was born and, at various times, Joe's brothers all joined in this mission. His guiding principle was superior personal service.

After retiring from Grondin Supply in 1985, he formed Grondin Associates, Inc. offering his services as a consultant. He then became an insurance agent in order to help others, offering life insurance, annuities and health insurance. In the last 20 years, Joe's concern about the high cost of prescription drugs led him to develop a program to help low-income people get help to pay for these medications.

The thread of service to others, of service above self, ran throughout his entire life. He also served on the St. Joseph and St. Louis High School Boards as well as the Diocesan School Board. He joined the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club in 1958 and became its youngest Club President in 1964. He served as Rotary District Treasurer from 1968 to 1971. Joe was also named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Grondin was a man of great faith in God and was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church. He was always active in the life of the parish and eager to talk with others about his faith and beliefs. He served on several parish councils and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Most recently, he worked with Sister Theresa Couture to help immigrants in the area.

He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Morin) Grondin on June 14, 2017, one son, Joseph Martin Grondin, and by five siblings, Sister Rita Grondin, Conrad "Babe" Grondin, Theresa Bouthot, Normand Grondin and Robert Grondin.

He is survived by three children, Patricia D. Grondin of Biddeford, Kathleen G. St. James of Saco and William J. Grondin and his wife Brenda of Durham; three grandchildren Tiffany Downing, Derek Downing and Aimee St. James; one sister Precille Beebe of Biddeford; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Joe has requested that donations be made to Sr. Theresa Couture, 409 Pool St., Biddeford, ME. 04005

Visiting Hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel, 87 James St., Saco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. Joseph will be buried next to his wife, Ruth, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford.

To view Joseph's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit www.cotefuneralhome.com

Published in Journal Tribune on Dec. 27, 2018

 

RIP PP Joe Grondin Joe Moreshead 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

Club Success with SA Kettle Drive

 
Thank you friends for all of your efforts out on the Kettles for us...  Last year it was a blizzard and this year it was unending rain - but you still raise a great amount for the work of The Salvation Army in the Saco Bay area...  Your group raised a total of $2,119.10!   On December 5th a few of your members went out at lunch time and raised $225.18 and then on Friday 32 members raised $1,893.92.

We truly appreciate your partnership - helping us to raise funds to off-set our Christmas assistance expenses as well as year-round Social Service Program expenses.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

God bless you,

Beverly R. Smith, Major
beverly.smith@use.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach Citadel Corps Officer
2 Sixth Street
OOB, ME 04064
207 - 934 - 4381 x104

http://nne.salvationarmy.org/oldorchard
facebook.com/thesalvationarmyoob

 
 
 
Club Success with SA Kettle Drive Joe Bassett 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

$100 Raffle Winners

Posted by Karen Chasse on Dec 18, 2018
 
 
 
100 Raffle Winners:
  • $500 -
    • Five Star Holdings sold by Don Pilon
    • Rick Hull sold by Bill Kany
    • Ron Veilleux sold by Jim Godbout (and donated back to Red Ribbon Committee)
    • Sarah Neault sold by Sarah Neault
    • Robert Lonsdale sold by Karen Chasse
    • Bernie Forcier sold by Keith Jacques
    •  
  • $1000 - 
    • Morgan Stoner sold by Morgan Stoner
    • Wendy Letellier sold by Sarah Neault
    • Kenneth Eon and Becky Washington sold by Roland Eon
    •  
  • $5000 - 
    • Todd and Melissa Johnson sold by Jim Audiffred
This was actually an easier year to sell the tickets as people were very generous but it was MUCH HARDER OVERALL as we had to spread out Earl's tickets.  Thank you to everyone who sold some of Earl's tickets and a huge shout out to the following Rotarians for going above in selling their share of theirs and Earl's: Bill Kany (26 tickets), Carl Goodwin (31 tickets), Jim Godbout (15 tickets), Jim McAllister (9 tickets), Karen Chasse (14 tickets), Keith Jacques (10 tickets), Laura Warner (9 tickets), Roland Gagne (9 tickets), and Steve Morin (11 tickets).
 
 
 
$100 Raffle Winners Karen Chasse 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

 
A Christmas poem from the peanut gallery

Posted by Bill Kany on Dec 17, 2018
 
 
 
Twas December 5th and all through the ‘Mart
Rotarians were shopping with nary a fart
 
Heather was positioned in the front of the store
Hoping we’d hit budget and not a dollar more
 
The families we shop for had given their lists
We needed to do well so they wouldn’t be pissed
 
Heather M in her mini and Jackson in his suit
Roomed the Walmart isles for a child’s toy flute
 
At the front of the store there was so much roar
Lucky Kristen’s daughter knew what the dots were for
 
The gifts were whisked to York County CU
Where wrapping would soon be well overdue
 
Paper and bows by the rolls were all soon there
And club members wrapped with barely a care
 
Then what did eventually come from such flow
Sabine’s blue sacks all full and ready to go
 
With a bunch of Rotary drivers, slow and thick
I knew in a moment they weren’t St. Nick
 
Slower than turtles they crossed the CU ice
As Heather yelled out their names, she wasn’t real nice
 
Go Jimmy, Go Jackson, Go Sabine and President Joe
Go Karen, Go Julie, the hell with the snow
 
To the top of Graham Street and on to Hill
Deliver those packages with joy and skill
 
Just as FedEx and UPS drivers will do
Rotarians took off from out of the blue
 
Off to houses and apartments they quickly flew
With a bag of toys and a food gift card too
 
And then in an instance they heard on the stairs
Club members lugging themselves and their wares
 
Each of the worthy families ran to their doors
Just as we arrived at their porches or floors
 
We were dressed for our work in our coats and our dresses
A little disheveled but definitely not hot messes
 
A bundle of presents lay slumped at our feet
We looked like postal workers, oh how sweet
 
But each Rotarian was filled with warmth and some cheer
As we knew an unexpected Christmas was near
 
The smiles on our faces evinced a feeling of joy
Not unlike a child opening a shiny new toy
 
The reactions they varied, some nervous, some happy
Most were overjoyed without sounding too sappy
 
Most welcomed us in while others stood in the door
All thanked us in their way, we could not ask for more
 
They knew we meant well and appreciated the hand
It is hard to think of such need in this rich land
 
The packages were delivered and  greetings exchanged
Then off we all went for a second visit, prearranged
 
They waved as we left, behind the curtain they’d peak
We helped make their Christmas, we got what we seek
 
Not gifts or material things, but something worth twice
Knowing we all did something incredibly nice
 
We all thought as we headed to our Christmas fun
Service Above Self, and a job very well done.
 
 
Happy Holidays everyone, from the peanut gallery.
 
 
 
 
 
  A Christmas poem from the peanut gallery Bill Kany 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Gift Wrapping Party Julie Villemaire 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks for Christmas Fellowship

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Dec 03, 2018
 
 
What a wonderful way to welcome December with great friends, food and spirits. Our Rotary Christmas party on Saturday evening was so much fun!
 
Thank you to all who made the trek to Casco and brought a delicious assortment of food. I had seafood chowder and a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast! I confess, there were a few of Roland's cookies left.
 
Thank you Joe and Jim for providing the bus. What a great idea! I invited the bus driver in for some dinner but he politely declined. And we missed our fearless leader at the party. Hope you're feeling better soon Joe.
 
I loved all the Maine and New England themed gifts. Very creative! Heather did a super job coordinating the gift swap and refereeing the exchanges. It got a little exciting at the end! Thank you Heather!
 
There was one gift left at the house. It's a Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Drop Mix with two etched Maine glasses. Please let me know who left it and I'll get it to you.
 
I'm happy to be part of such a generous group of Rotarians and I hope we plan more gatherings like this soon. 
 
Thanks again for all you do.
 
Merry Christmas.
 
Susan
 
 
 
Thanks for Christmas Fellowship Susan Gajewski 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/28/2018

Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 28, 2018
4 way test: Jim G
Invocation: Joe Bassett
50/50 Drawing: $25 Jackson Brown
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Mark N – City Theater plug – A Christmas Carol November 30th – December 16th
  • Dr. Joe had a great Thanksgiving and is going to see the choir boy at the Merrill Auditorium with his wife
  • Bill P has a new beautiful grandbaby!
  • Carl Goodwin’s daughter is coming home for Christmas!
  • Jim G was happy that with the money we raised at our last meeting we fed 31 families!
 
Fines
  • Joe M for being disorganized… still
  • Sue G for not showing the “Jeep owners” love to Matt
  • Heather M – plugging her store – WHIMSICAL ME IN SACO!!!
  • Sarah C – Just because
Announcements:
  • This Saturday is our Christmas Party at Sue’s – bus leaves Saco park and ride at 4pm
  • Get raffle tickets to Karen next week OR ELSE!!
  • Don’t forget to email Julie your service hours!
  • Christmas shopping for the kids- 14 family’s (34 kids) - 12/5 No Meeting as we will be shopping at Walmart @ 5pm for Christmas – 12/11 Wrapping at York County FCU
  • Club donating $200 to no shave November campaign on behalf of our no shave November winners, Joe and Paul (personally I think Joe was the real winner – sorry Paul!)
 
Speaker:
Dave Howard – auto and magazine editor
GO BUY AND READ HIS BOOK “Chasing Phil”!!!!
 
Week in Review 11/28/2018 Sarah Curley 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Note from President Joe 11/2018

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Nov 21, 2018
So I would rather be lucky than good. For example last Saturday at “Stuff the Bus” I was totally aware of the N’oreaster coming and thought “this is gonna suck” .  The rain didn’t come until 10:00ish. By time my shift was done at 11:00 Paul D and his wife Carole would have to deal with the crappy weather joined by Tony Leblanc. I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the day went in the wind and rain.
 
 
I want to thank Lucie K and Dave Lapaulo from Saco Bay for pulling this off. I had a blast hanging out with Lucie and Lucie. It was cool to say “ hey Lucie” and both would respond. Of course I am talking about Lucie Kay and Lucie Hatch. Phil Hatch was there too. Phil and Lucie have been in Rotary forever. I wonder how many husband / wife couples are in Rotary? I can’t believe that CJ Cote Dubois showed up. After all, every development in town has her face plastered all over the place. Andrea and I drove through the new development right after the bridge on Route 5 in Saco and every lot had a CJ sign on it. Kathy Shea and Conrad worked the other door without the benefit of a vestibule or covered area like us. They got really wet. However, Conrad had the whole foul weather gear outfit from the boots to the waterproof pants and coat.  I watched Kathy push a cart full of canned goods across the parking lot in the rain- she looked a little washed up and still had an appointment at 11:00- that is dedication!
 
For all of those that volunteered thanks. Our little effort netted some food, cash and most of all fellowship and camaraderie. My biggest thrill was to see the reactions of the people that donated food or money. They left Market Basket feeling good- that they too had made a difference. You could see it in their face faces, their smiles, their eyes; I think it is pretty powerful medicine for the soul.
 
I guess that is one of the main reasons I belong to Rotary. I really like the positive feedback from people when we engage them. Whether it is fellow Rotarians or the people we connect with through service there is always this positive vibe happening.
 
So that is another service project in the bag for our club. I think it is safe to say that the “Stuff the Bus” project was far more successful than our beer fest. Had you been at the meeting last week and joined the 15 or so Rotarians there was a lively discussion about it. Maybe this is our last festival, maybe we combine it with the wine tasting, maybe we try and get more volunteers to help, to show up, maybe a lot of things.
 
Ken worked really hard on the fest we owe him a big thank you. I can’t point fingers because then I have 4 pointing back at me. However, I could feel and hear the frustration from folks who did work or attend the event. I hope to have a report on the fest this Wednesday at our meeting.
 
Our next project is our second largest fundraiser and will require everybody’s participation. I am talking about the $100.00 raffle. We have talked about this being Earl the Pearl’s raffle after all he would always sell 70+ tickets out of the 250 we print. We need to come together this year and sell Earl’s tickets.
 
That means that each of us will get extra thickets this year to sell. The good news is that Earl’s tickets should be an easy sell. We will need to contact those people associated with a particular ticket number and see if they will buy it aging this year. It won’t be a cold call whereas they have a history of buying a particular ticket number.
 
Karen should have tickets available this week or next. The drawing will be December 12th at Duffy’s from 5:00 to 7:00. We will serve light hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar available. The raffle drawing is also going to serve as our regular Wednesday meeting.
 
Hope to see you this Wednesday.
 
Regards,
Joe
Note from President Joe 11/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting

 
 
NO MEETING THIS WEEK  December 5, 2018
Instead Christmas Shopping at Walmart 5PM
 
Meeting Brian Dallaire 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks Brian Dallaire 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Fellowship

Posted by Susan Gajewski on Nov 20, 2018
 
Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope everyone stays warm and enjoys family, friends and good food this Thursday.
 
And in only 11 days, we are having our Rotary Christmas Party at my home in Casco. Thank you Haley for sending around a sign-up last week but unfortunately, I don't think the list made it to many tables because only 3 folks signed the sheet.
 
I've emailed everyone has an opportunity to sign-up. We only meet for lunch once more before our Christmas get-together and I know it's a busy time for all. Please respond to to my email and let me know #1 if you'll be attending, #2 if you'll have a guest and #3 what you'd like to contribute to our pot luck. I'll add your name to the sign up that we'll pass around again on the 28th.
 
Here are the specifics:
 
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club Christmas Party
 
Date: Saturday, December 1st
 
Time: 5 pm until the bus drives everyone home - Joe, do we have a bus yet?
 
Place: 23 Emerald Cove Dr, Casco
 
Gift Exchange: Maine-themed gift (no more than $30) for each person attending - please ask Heather MacLean any other questions about the gift exchange 
 
Food: Please bring your favorite appetizer, entree or dessert
 
Drink: We'll serve beer and wine but feel free to bring any other alcohol you would like
 
I hope everyone is able to attend. Our last Christmas Party at Brian's house was so much fun and it's a great time to get to know your fellow Rotarians. Matt Simmons is sure to get lots of ammunition for Sergeant at arms.
 
Thank you for responding to my email and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
 
Susan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Christmas Fellowship Susan Gajewski 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

 Crutches 4 Africa

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Nov 20, 2018
 
 
 
Dennis Robillard and Anton Wagner  finalized a date yesterday for this event.   See Dennis' note below.   It is a tough time for volunteers.   Shipping Container #9 from our District needs to be filled with materials remaining from the last load a month of so ago.

It is a tough time with tree sales going, travel, and holiday prep.   It will take about 3 hours for just loading, this time.   Please consider coming for part or all of the event.
Even an hour would help.
 
Please pass the word to your Clubs and let either Dennis or I know if you can make it.   Saco Bay Sunset will need your help.

COLLABORATION AT WORK..   
 
Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving.

Tony and Dennis

PS   Weather date will be December 15th.
 
We are planning on filling another container on Saturday, December 8 starting at 9 AM, at 20 Gooch St., in Biddeford. I am concerned about having enough volunteers to load, being so late in the season. You and your club have been tremendous supporters of the C4A's program in the past and am asking for your continued support.
 
Could you check with your members to determine the potential interest in helping that morning and then getting back to me.
 
Please call or write with any questions.
 
Thanks
 
Dennis
 
 
Dennis Robillard
 
Crutches 4 Africa Joe Moreshead 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 11/14/2018

Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 14, 2018
 
4 way test: Alicia Girard
Invocation: Joe Bassett
50/50 Drawing: $18 Denis Elie
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Mark N – City Theater plug – A Christmas Carol November 30th – December 16th
  • Joe M- more shoulder movement
  • Dr. Joe – 42 years as a Rotarian!  
Fines
  • Joe M- $2 for being a “hot mess”
  • Bill K – for his little girl comment & sweater vest
  • Heather M – plugging her store – WHIMSICAL ME IN SACO!
  • Fausto – for being a gym buff but still parking in the upper lot
  • Alicia – messing up the four way test
  • Lucie- trying to play president
Announcements:
  • No meeting next week!
  • Dec 21st bell ringing all day at Walmart for the Salvation Army
  • Public sector award winner (last year) – BOB MACKENZIE!
  • Get raffle tickets to Karen in 2 weeks… or else!
  • Rotarian trip to Boston to see the Bruins?! Heather will send around a sign up sheet
  • Yankee Swap for Christmas party needs to be a “New England” theme ($30 or less)
  • 12/5 No Meeting as we will be shopping at Walmart @ 6pm for Christmas!
 
Speaker:
Chief Bob Mackenzie
 
Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative Committee
 
Training to recognize & respond to an opiate/heroin overdose – Thursday, November 15th 5-6:30pm @ 112 College Drive, Wells (not Portland …Joe)
 
 
Week in Review 11/14/2018 Sarah Curley 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Week in Review

Posted by Sarah Curley on Nov 07, 2018
 
 
4 way test: Brenda Pollock
Invocation: Ken Farley
Announcements: Open Meeting
50/50 Drawing: Jeremy Ray $26
Sergeant At-Arms:
Happy Dollars
  • Dennis- Dayton set record for voting
  • Brenda Pollock- Sons book launch
  • Happy $20 from Marty
  • Sabine- her road is being paved (finally!)
  • Jeremy Ray- 50/50 winnings
  • Dr. Joe – because he is always happy basically
Fines
  • All guys not participating in No Shave November
  • Everyone who didn’t vote
  • Everyone that voted and posted a picture of it online
  • Matt Simmons for thinking Lucy didn’t update us on stuff a bus
  • Jackson for “trying” to grow a beard
 
Open Meeting:
*EVERYONE BRING MONEY NEXT WEEK SO JIM CAN BUY THANKSGIVING FOR 12 FAMILIES*
  • Chief MacKenzie holding opiate training Nov 15th 5pm-6:30pm at 112 College Drive, Wells
  • December 12th $100 Raffle – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
  • Jessica Holland & Matt Early resigned
  • Requests:
    • Approved - $250 from company B to match Sarah’s daughters winter coat donation
    • Approved- $1,000 to do Biddeford girl’s hockey locker-room
    • Approved- Biddeford field hockey girls championship rings
 
 
 
Week in Review Sarah Curley 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Brian Dallaire on Nov 05, 2018
 
 
"The Rotary Foundation is not [designed] to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; it we work with brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust.  But if we work upon immortal minds, it we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary ... we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity."  -- Arch C. Klumph, 1916017 President of Rotary International. 
 
 
Here is how our Global Grant has made an impact on the world!
 
Biddeford-Saco and Amman Cosmopolitan Rotary Clubs
 

About two years ago, Roland Gagne, Past President of the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, was appalled by the daily onslaught of newspaper photographs and TV coverage showing the plight and suffering of so many children - refugees from the horrible and ongoing conflict in Syria. You probably remember those photographs yourself. Roland decided he could no longer be just an onlooker and that he had to do something.

He reached out and made contact with the Collateral Repair Project, a nonprofit organization that operates a community center in East Amman, Jordan. Working with Jordanian Rotarians, they put together a program to assist refugee children. The project provides school supplies, uniforms, and fees to enroll about 200 students in school. It furnishes special help to at-risk children falling behind in school and to 30 teens who have been out of the formal educational system for some time. The program also developed a child-focused literacy center with books, materials, and other technology and a special teen-leader training program to encourage mentoring of younger children.

This grant ended up being $187,301 and was the first Rotary Global Grant to assist refugees in front line situations. Ten District 7780 clubs contributed to the grant and $20,000 in District Designated Funds went toward it. So, any of you who contributed to the Annual Fund supported this grant. It is a wonderful example of the tremendous work being funded by our Foundation and how one person’s idea or concern can bring about life-changing opportunities for those in need.
 
 
 
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month Brian Dallaire 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting Committee

 
 
 
Calling all Rotarians,
 
On 11-7-18 after the Rotary Meeting we will have a Wine Tasting Committee Meeting for about 15 minutes. 
 
Anybody interested in joining the Committee is welcome along with their ideas.
 
Thanks, Conrad
 
 
Wine Tasting Committee Conrad Welzel 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/31/2018

 
The following, I hope, will be my last minutes for a while.  November will usher in Sarah Curley as your reporter and Sabine volunteered to take December (more on this below).  I believe Dr. Joe has January and who knows from there.  Enjoy.
 
4 Way Babble: For weeks now we have been told by Conrad that he spent tons of time lobbying in Augusta. Perhaps that is why he is such a silver tongued devil who is apparently bilingual because his introduction to the four way test was not in English.  It is a wonder the Turnpike was ever widened.
 
Earl Goodwin:  Carl Goodwin was at the meeting and updated everyone on Earl.  Unfortunately, Earl had another fall and suffered some new injuries.  He is not doing too well and will probably not be back.
 
 
 
In so many ways the success of our club can be attributed to the energy and spirit of Earl.  Our club truly owes its stellar reputation to Earl and other leaders like him who worked so hard to support our communities.  We all owe Earl our thanks and our prayers.  It is truly difficult to see our veteran leaders move out of the club, but we should never forget what they gave to our club and to each and every one of us.
 
Cool Kids Table:  Roland Gagne invaded the cool kids table and clearly the cool kids did not know what to do in his presence.  Roland don’t get too comfortable there.
 
Halloween Costumes:  Sarah Curley came to the meeting as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch.  Her costume as awesome and easily recognizable to most.  Of course, Fausto asked her if she was a St Pauli’s Girl.  Apparently they had no Dr. Seuss in Philadelphia.  Lucie Kay came as an angry credit union manager and no one really knew what Don Pilon was but it was scary.  Heather MacLean claimed she dressed as a school girl, and we’ll all go along with that even though I think she wore the same outfit the week before and the week before that.
 
 
 
President Joe: Either demonstrating his early onset dementia or his attention deficit disorder or both, Joe wowed us with his announcements.  First, he did not realize it was still October and he started growing his “Movember” beard, arguably an illegal head start on the facial hair growing contest.  Second, he had no idea regarding the dates of events in December, but I think these dates are accurate:
            December 1st will be the club Christmas party at Sue Gajewski’s in Casco.  President Joe is trying to arrange for a quote/ unquote “drunk bus” (the expression impresses our guests) to transport us to and from Casco.  Of course, Lord knows how you get home once the bus drops you off in some local parking lot but apparently that is your problem.
            December 5th we will be ringing the bell at Walmart as fill-ins for 1 and ½ hours and then that evening we will be shopping at Walmart for the families we support at Christmas.  There will be no meeting at the Run of the Mill on December 5th though I have no doubt President Joe will show up.  Our shopping will count as our meeting that day and Sabine will have no Tack to write.
            December 11th will be the wrapping day for the Christmas gifts in the evening with more details to come.
            December 12th will be the $100 raffle party at Duffey’s or as Joe calls it, “the 50/50 event”.  There will be no meeting at the Run of the Mill on December 12th The event on the 12th will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Sabine will have no Tack to write. 
            December 26th for those of you who are paying attention is the day after Christmas and my wild guess is that we are not meeting that day so Sabine will have no Tack to write.  So now I know why Sabine volunteered to write one Tack in December!
            Finally, to truly demonstrate that he is losing it, Joe struggled with closing the sliding doors behind him to a point where he needed assistance from our guest speaker.  Yikes!
 
Stuff the Bus Report:  Keeping with his confused theme Joe referred to our Stuff the Bus food drive on October 27 at the Biddeford Hannaford and Market Basket.  To my knowledge there were no buses involved, but more on that in a minute.  Joe told everyone with great glee that his shift ended before the monsoons started (way to leave your troops in the heat of the storm Captain).  Despite the bad weather, it sounded like the food drive was a success.  Lucie reported that the drive collected $550.00 and 1,500 pounds of food that went to the Saco Food Pantry and an undetermined amount of food that went to the Biddeford Food Pantry.  Apparently, the food trucks were able to park close to the collectors which helped a little.  When things got slow at Hannaford the food truck actually plowed right into the building which facilitated a greater haul since they had direct access to the food.  Lucie blamed it on the food pantry driver but the inside information is that Lucie did not understand the “Hannaford to Go” concept and thought Hannaford had a real drive through.  She now knows that is not the case though she temporarily created one.  We were also told that the cash will be donated to Bon Appetit and both our club and the Saco Bay Club will serve at one of the Bon Appetit events and donate the money. Nice job Lucie and everyone who braved the weather to help out.  Joe ultimately thanked “Sue” for all her hard work on the food drive.  I guess “Sue” is Lucie in Joe’s quickly deteriorating mind.
 
$100 Raffle:  Karen Chasse distributed the $100 raffle tickets at the meeting.  If you weren’t there Karen will undoubtedly track you down.  We all got some of the many tickets Earl used to sell.  Please make every effort to sell your tickets.  We need to keep up the tradition of selling them all to make the $100 raffle a success.  Remember, people can split tickets so they don’t have to come up with $100.  When you sell a ticket, put the person’s name on the ticket and then you sign the ticket on the “Authorized signature” line.  Most importantly, however, retain the stub and fill in all of the information legibly and give the stubs and the money to Karen.  Sell, sell, sell.  Please get the sold tickets back to Karen as soon as possible.  Earl was scary but Karen, well you know.
 
AED Devices:  Jim Godbout announced that two AED devices (Automated External Defibrillators for you non-EMTs) were donated by our club, one to MacArthur Library and one to Dyer Library.  We were able to purchase them through the Biddeford School Department at the discounted price of $1,200 each.  Those are great donations which could save an overstimulated library visitor’s life.
 
The real 50/50:  Carl won the real 50/50 and donated it to Red Ribbon.
 
Karen “Can’t Say No” Chasse: Matt Simmonds apparently had an emergency stock buy or something so he had to leave the meeting and Karen filled in as sergeant at arms (though Joe announced your humble Tack reporter as the fill in).  Karen solicited happy dollars and got the following:
  • Sabine was happy that she volunteered to write the Tack in December during which we will have one real meeting (I still swear she had inside information).
  • Bill Patterson got back from visiting Texas where he participated in Pints for Polio or at least he thinks he did.  Ken Farley has been supporting that cause for a long time.
  • Mark Nahorney happily announced that Biddeford Main Street came in third in a national contest and garnered $150,000 to help restore the City Hall clock tower.
  • Denis Elie was happy his son’s new truck was under warranty and he saw a bunch of deer on the first day of the season (he was hunting at the Gray Animal Farm) but he did shoot any…… yet.
  • Fausto was happy that he has remained calm in the face of mean girls at Saco Middle School.  Not sure why Fausto is attending Saco Middle School when he lives in Biddeford, but that is another story.  Apparently the mean girls bother him more than they bother Sophia.
  • Julie V. was happy her son-in-law was back from Japan.
  • Conrad was happy his friend, Terry Hayes was here.  I don’t know if you noticed, but Conrad was “friends” with all of our gubernatorial candidates.  He’s improving his odds of getting a cushy job in the executive branch no matter who wins.
 
Karen then started in on a few fines which was fairly impressive given the notice she was given.  In fact, she was arguably better prepared than our real sergeant.  She fined Roland for his illegal parking job, apparently there was no “no parking” sign behind the huge construction trucks so Roland parked there.  Roland there are no “no parking” signs in the middle of the Turnpike but I am guessing you are not going to park there.  She fined President Joe for getting a head start on his beard and for not knowing what the hell was going on.  She also fined Joe for thanking Sue for doing such a great job with the food drive. Of course, “Sue” would be Lucie. She fined Sarah for her awesome Cindy Lou Who costume.  She pointed out that Conrad claimed to be Alan Caron’s friend and he dropped out of the race.  She fined Sabine for her upside down name tag which Sabine said made it easier for Sabine to read.  She fined Lucie for having a Porsche as a loaner car (with New Hampshire plates I might add).  Nice job Karen.
 
 
Week in Review 10/31/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Terry Hayes, gubernatorial candidate

Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 31, 2018
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Our guest speaker was the last in the series of gubernatorial (weird word, sounds like we are electing Gomer Pyle) candidates, Terry Hayes.  Conrad got to know Terry in Augusta when she was in the legislature.  One day, she apparently felt Conrad was stressed  and she invited him in to make a puzzle.  The puzzle apparently had 20 large pieces and Conrad was more stressed when he left Terry’s office than when he went in.
 
Terry Hayes was very engaging and said that the election is like an 18 month job interview and she preferred to handle her presentation to our club like a job interview, so we asked her questions.  She is an independent and a clean elections candidate so we paid for her campaign.  She has run a very positive campaign with no negative ads. 
 
The following are some of her answers to our questions.
  • She does not support question 1. She feels our tax system needs an overhaul with the income tax going down and the sales taxes being broadened to cover more stuff. 
  • She is running for governor because Maine needs an experienced collaborative leader.  She was a guardian ad litem in the court system for years so she knows how to facilitate agreements. She said right now the executive branch is at war with the legislature and that has to stop.  We have gridlock now and it is the governor who sets the tone.
  • She admitted she had no real qualifications to be Treasurer other than the fact that she got more votes from the House and defeated an incumbent Democrat treasurer.
  • She graduated from Catherine McAuley high school and Bowdoin and got her MBA from Thomas College in 2014.  She was in the state house for 8 years after losing her first election and winning her second election by 9 votes.  She was the assistant majority leader to Emily Cain.
  • She would raise the gas tax to fix roads.
  • She would scrap the 55% education funding mandate which has never been met and she endorses a state-wide teacher contract which would standardize and raise teacher compensation.  She pointed out that a new teacher who is single with two kids qualifies for public assistance given the low starting teacher pay.
  • She would support $100,000,000.00 bonds to expand broad band service in Maine with the facilities being state owned but privately run.
  • She admitted she does not know enough about the proposal to run a power line through Maine to take a position which was refreshing.  She did say that Maine has the cheapest electricity in the northeast (who knew?) She really does not know how the power line corridor would benefit Maine.
 
As a bit of a political junky I found Terry to be a breath of fresh air.  Having said that, I am afraid that she has no chance of being elected because she has been outspent and unfortunately in many instances money wins.  While Maine may be pissed off at Governor LePage’s approach, that fact remains that unemployment is incredibly low so things are probably not bad enough to create the ground swell of support needed to “throw the bums out” and elect an independent candidate like Terry.  Who knows, she lost in her first shot at the State House, maybe she will take another shot at the Blaine House in 4 years.
 
 
 
 
Terry Hayes, gubernatorial candidate Bill Kany 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

President Joe's Message 10/29/2018

Posted by Joe Moreshead on Oct 29, 2018
So I would rather be lucky than good. For example last Saturday at “Stuff the Bus” I was totally aware of the N’oreaster coming and thought “this is gonna suck” .  The rain didn’t come until 10:00ish. By time my shift was done at 11:00 Paul D and his wife Carole would have to deal with the crappy weather joined by Tony Leblanc. I can’t wait to hear how the rest of the day went in the wind and rain.
 
I want to thank Lucie K and Dave Lapaulo from Saco Bay for pulling this off. I had a blast hanging out with Lucie and Lucie. It was cool to say “ hey Lucie” and both would respond. Of course I am talking about Lucie Kay and Lucie Hatch. Phil Hatch was there too. Phil and Lucie have been in Rotary forever. I wonder how many husband / wife couples are in Rotary? I can’t believe that CJ Cote Dubois showed up. After all, every development in town has her face plastered all over the place. Andrea and I drove through the new development right after the bridge on Route 5 in Saco and every lot had a CJ sign on it. Kathy Shea and Conrad worked the other door without the benefit of a vestibule or covered area like us. They got really wet. However, Conrad had the whole foul weather gear outfit from the boots to the waterproof pants and coat.  I watched Kathy push a cart full of canned goods across the parking lot in the rain- she looked a little washed up and still had an appointment at 11:00- that is dedication!
 
For all of those that volunteered thanks. Our little effort netted some food, cash and most of all fellowship and camaraderie. My biggest thrill was to see the reactions of the people that donated food or money. They left Market Basket feeling good- that they too had made a difference. You could see it in their face faces, their smiles, their eyes; I think it is pretty powerful medicine for the soul.
 
I guess that is one of the main reasons I belong to Rotary. I really like the positive feedback from people when we engage them. Whether it is fellow Rotarians or the people we connect with through service there is always this positive vibe happening.
 
So that is another service project in the bag for our club. I think it is safe to say that the “Stuff the Bus” project was far more successful than our beer fest. Had you been at the meeting last week and joined the 15 or so Rotarians there was a lively discussion about it. Maybe this is our last festival, maybe we combine it with the wine tasting, maybe we try and get more volunteers to help, to show up, maybe a lot of things.
 
Ken worked really hard on the fest we owe him a big thank you. I can’t point fingers because then I have 4 pointing back at me. However, I could feel and hear the frustration from folks who did work or attend the event. I hope to have a report on the fest this Wednesday at our meeting.
 
Our next project is our second largest fundraiser and will require everybody’s participation. I am talking about the $100.00 raffle. We have talked about this being Earl the Pearl’s raffle after all he would always sell 70+ tickets out of the 250 we print. We need to come together this year and sell Earl’s tickets.
 
That means that each of us will get extra thickets this year to sell. The good news is that Earl’s tickets should be an easy sell. We will need to contact those people associated with a particular ticket number and see if they will buy it aging this year. It won’t be a cold call whereas they have a history of buying a particular ticket number.
 
Karen should have tickets available this week or next. The drawing will be December 12th at Duffy’s from 5:00 to 7:00. We will serve light hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar available. The raffle drawing is also going to serve as our regular Wednesday meeting.
 
Hope to see you this Wednesday.
 
Regards,
Joe
President Joe's Message 10/29/2018 Joe Moreshead 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Alan Caron, independent gubernatorial candidate

Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 24, 2018
 
 
 
Conrad Welzel, who apparently went from turnpike toll taker to lobbyist in the same year (a meteoric rise), introduced Alan Caron, independent gubernatorial candidate.  Conrad first met Alan when Alan led the opposition to the widening of the Turnpike.  Of course, when I heard that I immediately stopped listening.  I would hope Mr. Caron would now concede that widening the turnpike was a good thing, but who knows?
 
            Alan Caron is an interesting individual whose self-funded campaign frankly has no chance, but that does not mean he does not have good ideas.  He believes that people who disagree should still be respectful to one another and it is hard to argue with that though I think anyone who suggests that is an idiot.
 
            Alan said his campaigning has given him a Phd in all that is Maine as he has traveled the state.  He feels that opponents need to listen to each other and have affection for one another.  I believe that is the same philosophy followed by Mike Tyson.  Actually, we can learn a great deal from our opponents, and we can like each other even if we disagree on substantive points.  The is truly a cornerstone of the legal profession.  So far Mr. Caron seems like a good guy.
 
            He grew up in Waterville in a poor family with many challenges.  He dropped out of high school.  He developed two successful businesses and has done a lot of volunteering in his life.  He feels the best way to build our economy is not to focus on the past and hope that the mills and farms will come back.  Instead, we need to look to the future and build our economy from the bottom up.  He feels we need to plan for sustainable prosperity. We need to grow new jobs and not try to steal jobs from other states.  He cited LL Bean, Poland Spring, Stonewall Kitchen and Toms of Maine as examples of companies that have grown jobs.  But he feels that the biggest job creators in Maine are the small businesses who need the incentives to create more jobs. Don’t give tax breaks and low interest loans to big businesses and hope that they create jobs, tie the incentives to job creation. 
 
Mr. Caron mentioned that 35 years ago a bunch of people moved to Maine hoping to become organic farmers.  Some succeeded and some didn’t, but they collaborated and formed the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers which is one of the more powerful groups in this state.  It started the Common Ground Fair.  Those organic farmers put Maine on the map for growing quality products which attracted national chefs to Maine.  Those chefs started Maine’s restaurant boom which has made Maine a foody destination.  That foody component of our economy has spawned 80 microbreweries.  This growth came from the bottom up.
 
Mr. Caron described himself as an incurable optimist who has the courage to promote new ideas.  He observed that the partisan system is broken because it focuses more on each party blocking the other as opposed to trying to get things done.  All of that is why he ran as an independent. 
 
While it is clear that Mr. Caron has no chance of being elected governor, we can only hope that his opponents do take the time to listen to him and learn from him because he has some great ideas which deserve our attention.
 
 

My Plan for Sustainable Prosperity

Below is the outline to my Sustainable Economy Plan for Maine. 

GROW A NEW ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP
PUT THE FULL RESOURCES OF GOVERNMENT BEHIND GROWING JOBS RATHER THAN ATTRACTING THEM
 Focus on innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers.
 Make smaller-scale manufacturing and exports a high priority.
 Build a ‘seed-to-success’ system to nurture and accelerate small business growth.
 Award no tax breaks to companies that do not create or sustain good jobs.

FIX OUR ELECTIONS
CREATE AN OPEN PRIMARY IN JUNE
 Allow all candidates and all voters to participate in one primary election, with the top two candidates going to the November election.

BUILD A TWENTY FIRST CENTURY GOVERNMENT
SHRINK STATE GOVERNMENT BY TEN PERCENT
 Flatten state management layers, introduce new technology and increase efficiency
 Reduce the size of the legislature to 100 members and restrict the number of bills that any member can submit to the number of years they have served.

FOCUS ON SCHOOLS THAT WORK
BRING PRACTICAL EDUCATION BACK INTO ALL SCHOOLS
 Increase the state’s share of education funding to 55%, with all new dollars going into the classroom.
 Expand early childhood education.

EXPAND ACCESS TO COLLEGES AND TECH TRAINING
ESTABLISH A TWO-YEAR FREE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
 Support forgivable loans that will be reduced for every year that a students stays and works in Maine

MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND AVAILABLE
PUSH FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE PRICING
 Reward consumers who save money
 Expand Medicare and Medicaid

COMMIT TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IN THIRTY YEARS
REDUCE THE FIVE BILLION DOLLARS WE EXPORT EACH YEAR TO OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
 Focus on solar and offshore wind
 Decentralize energy production
 Reinvest the savings in job creation, education and health care

BUILD TOMORROW’S INFRASTRUCTURE
SUPPORT A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR BOND FOR BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT NEXT YEAR AND AGAIN IN FIVE YEARS

MAKE MAINE A WELCOMING STATE
CREATE A WELCOME CENTER FOR EVERYONE WHO COMES TO MAINE, FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD

 

 

 

 
 
Alan Caron, independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Kany 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/24/2018

Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 24, 2018
 
The following is my summary of the meeting on the 24th of October.  Since there were about 17 Rotarians in attendance at the meeting I am really hoping some of you will read this to learn what is happening at the club.  It was kind of nice, we each sat at our own table.  It will go without saying that we had greeters, we did the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4 Way Test and all were done well.  I should note that Don Pilon read the name of our one visiting Rotarian and did a fine job pronouncing “Slayton” because Heather had spelled it out phonetically for him.
 
Joe was Lost:  President Joe could not find his agenda (Lucie had it) and could not keep track of time apparently because of his enthralling conversation with Don Pilon so the speaker got short changed.
 
Polio Plus Guy: October is apparently Polio Plus month (who knew) and Jeff Slayton, past president of the Saco Bay Club or Jeff Slayter as Joe calls him, made a special visit to our club and Joe forgot to mention him until the end of the meeting. Let’s just assume Jeff would have given us some amazing facts about the eradication of polio and asked us to do our part to support Polio Plus.
 
 
Sound Effects:  Joe Bassett did his prayer with the accompaniment of construction noises on the second floor of the building or God farted during the prayer.  He does work in mysterious ways.
 
Random Presidential Announcement:  President Joe announced that one of our members, Nicole Carroll, gave birth to her fifth child (she now can either run a farm or have her own basketball team) named Matthew Brandon.  I guess Mom and Matt are doing fine.
 
Lucie Kay:  Lucie Kay survived her fifth root canal of the year on her remaining tooth.  She was still under the influence of valium.
 
Where have all the Rotarians Gone?:  President Joe commented on the sad showing at the beer festival by club members.  By my count there were about 20 Rotarians there out of 70 and I have no idea how many Rotarians sold tickets.  Ken Farley’s committee of one worked hard on the event, but the club’s support was woefully deficient.
 
When I graduated from college I was inducted into an honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  I wasn’t expected to do anything but I got a pin and a sash to wear at graduation which I forgot to wear.  It was a nice honor but nothing more than that.  While it is an honor to be a member of Rotary it is so much more than that.  It’s a commitment to the community and to the club.  While it would be nice to see more people at meetings, it would be even nicer to see more people get involved.  It is easy to predict who will work on projects because it is the same Rotarians all the time: Karen Chasse, Julie Villemaire, Jim Godbout, Sue Gajewski, heck you  know who does all the work, and that is simply not right.  You don’t have to do everything but you really need to do something if you want to be a Rotarian.  If you want to honor I will give you my Phi Beta Kappa pin, I’m not using it, but if you truly want to be a Rotarian please get involved.
 
 
 
Speaking of Getting Involved:  Very soon you will be receiving an envelope with some $100 raffle tickets in it.  Please sell them or buy them or both.  Our $100.00 raffle is our second largest fundraiser.  Created by Earl Goodwin, we have netted $14,000.00 each year to support our charitable giving.  Unfortunately, Earl is still recovering so we all need to step up to sell the 70-90 tickets that Earl usually sells.  Please don’t assume that the next Rotarian will pick up an extra few tickets.  Get your friends and family to split a ticket or two, sell one to your co-workers, stand outside a Gamblers Anonymous Meeting, I don’t care.  Your buyers have great odds of winning and they are supporting great causes.  I know that some of our members neither sell any tickets or buy any, but yet some of those same people ask our club to support their causes each year.  I really don’t think you want to hear what I think of that hypocrisy.  Please, let’s all do our share
 
Karen Chasse (there’s one of those names again) did announce that we should pencil in December 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Duffy’s in Old Orchard Beach for the raffle party.  That will be our meeting that day so come after work, have a drink and see if you or one of your buyers will win.  With Earl not selling all the winners this year, some of the rest of us might stand a chance.
 
 
50/50:  Dr. Joe won the 50/50 and donated his whopping $17.00 to Polio Plus and then President Joe forgot.(there was a theme to this meeting).
 
 
 
Club Christmas Party!:  It has been confirmed that the club Christmas party will be held on December 1 at Sue Gajewski’s house in Casco.  President Joe is looking into renting a bus.  So at this point start decorating your best lamp shade to wear at the party and set aside December 1 to party upta Casco.
 
Banner’s Up:  Alicia Girard and President Joe unveiled our new portable, non-felt banner that we can set up at Rotary event to trumpet what Rotary is about.  Alicia designed the banner which looks fantastic and cost the club less than $200.00.  It focuses on the theme of “Together we Connect”, a common Lego saying.  Nice work Alicia and good job Joe.
 
 
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Joe has started using the same introduction each week for Matt which is like Joe using the same prayer each week.  Let’s try and keep it fresh.  Matt claimed to be over his Irish jet lag, but I’m not sure because he had very little which could be attributed to the small crowd.
 
He did, however, collect some happy dollars.
 
  • Karen Chasse was happy because Saco and Biddeford Savings featured her as a huge community service person. 
  • Dr. Joe was happy he did not win Mega Millions …. Really?  I guess the 50/50 was enough.
  • Julie Villemaire hit 7 out of 8 green lights on the way to work.  I guess it is the little things that make her happy.  Of course, she ran the one red light and got a ticket.
  • Joe Bassett has a granddaughter singing at Radio City Music Hall.  How do you get there, practice, practice, practice.
  • Heather McLean was wearing Andrew Benintendi’s shirt which could explain why he cooled off at Fenway on the 24th, he was literally cold without his shirt.
  • Conrad Welzel purchased a rainbow wig.  I am not making this stuff up.
  • President Joe gave an announcement dollar because November is Movember when men are not supposed to shave to show their support for prostate and testicular cancer research and for mental health and suicide prevention.  Joe said the club will have a facial hair contest with the ugliest facial hair winning $100 to donate to a cause of your choosing and the best getting $100 to donate as well.  Women can participate as well but no one will be judging them, that is not allowed.
  • Lucie Kay gave the most sincere (she has no sincerity at all) happy dollar for the upcoming food drive.
  • Roland and Lucie, who have been having an on again off / again affair for years paid a dollar each so they did not have to tell their dirty little secrets.
 
I am sure Matt fined someone for something but they were not worth writing down.
 
 
 
Week in Review 10/24/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Celebration of Suds 2018 Julie Villemaire 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/17/2018

Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 17, 2018
 
These are my version of the minutes for our meeting on October 17, 2018 which took place at Run of the Mill, a fine example of a rustic brew pub in an old mill with lots of new white PVC piping protruding through the ceilings.  As Jim Godbout said, wait until they start flushing!  We’ll have the ambiance of a sewerage treatment plant.
 
Greeters:  We were greeted by Heather Gendron and Keith Jacques who is practicing for his retirement job as a Walmart greeter.  It will take him awhile to learn the job so thank goodness he has a little time.
 
Four Way Test:  Karen Chasse did an impeccable job leading us in the 4-way test.  I should note that I believe I have become a Pavlovian Rotarian.  As long as the leaders of the 4-way test say First, Second, etc. I recite the 4 way test just fine but when a leader goes rogue and says one, two, three, etc. I screw it all up and I have notices the Paul Deschambault starts to drool.  So let’s stick with First, Second, etc.  Thanks.
 
District Governor In the House:  District Governor, John Lobosco was in attendance to give our club and Jackson the RI Presidential Award for the 2017-2018 year or what I like to call the: “If your club can fog a mirror you get one of these award”.  Congrats Jackson, we’re still breathing.
 
 
 
Up Tempo Meeting:  Joe Bassett did his prayer with musical accompaniment from the restaurants PA system. I felt like I was in a Southern Baptist Church and I was waiting for Joe to break into a dance and to ask for several AMENS.  It didn’t happen ………… yet.
 
Lucie Kay:  Joe announced that Lucie Kay was having root canal to save her remaining tooth.  Apparently if you give Lucie enough valium she’ll go anywhere.
 
Stuff the Bus:  In Lucie’s valium aided absence, Joe announced that we will be doing a food drive at the Biddeford Hannaford and at Market Basket on October 27th from 9:00 to 2:00.  Sing up sheets were circulated and I am sure they will make their rounds again next week.  We are doing this in conjunction with Saco Bay,  Saco Bay will be in Saco and perhaps OOB on the same day collecting food and donations.  This is our opportunity to help out the local food pantries at a time of year when demand goes up substantially.  If you have not have a chance to sign up please do so and dress warmly on the 27th (Heather M) because it can get a little chilly out there.  This is a great chance to help the community, enjoy some fellowship and increase the visibility of Rotary.
 
Bucking Xmas Tradition:  For years we have donated gifts to families in need at Christmas and we have delivered them in the traditional black garbage bags.  Nothing says Merry Christmas like a fully stuffed Glad bag.  Sabine feels that our Christmas garbage bag tradition has to go so she displayed a white cloth draw string bag that said “Property of S. Claus, North Pole”.  I am not sure, but I think she stole it from you know who.  The Democrats are asking that the FBI investigate the matter.  In the meantime, Sabine has suggested that we use the white cloth bags for delivering our Christmas packages.  Another tradition thrown in the dumpster.
 
50/50:  Keith Jacques sold the 50/50 tickets and miraculously he won the $30.00 and donated the money to the Red Ribbon Committee.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Matt claimed to be jet lagged from his trip to Ireland where he apparently contributed to the delinquency of a minor by letting his 11 year old son drink in the local pubs until all hours.  What could possibly go wrong?  Being jet lagged, Matt claimed he was not prepared so he relied heavily on happy dollars.  I can just imagine Matt in school. He clearly did not rely on the old standards like “my dog ate my homework.”  He used things like: I was jamming with Springsteen all night last night and just didn’t get my geography homework done.”  “I stopped and pulled a man from a burning car so my senior year coloring book is not quite done yet.”  “How can you expect me to finish my senior year fun with phonics when I was campaigning for Dukakis?”  He has all the excuses and he has used them for a while.
 
In any event here are some of the happy dollars he collected.
 
  • Karen Chasse just got back from visiting her sister in Texas where everything is bigger.
  • Mark Nahorney gave a shameless plug dollar for the It’s Our Time events on Main Street in Biddeford on October 20 and encouraged people to go to the Heart of Biddeford website and Vote Your Main Street to help Biddeford win a national contest.  You can vote daily if you want.
  • Joe went to DC to celebrate his son’s 29th birthday.  D.C., really, and what 29 year old wants Mom and Dad at his 29th?  Joe’s I guess.
  • Ken Farley gave a happy dollar for the outstanding Biddeford High School Field Hockey team that beat TA in the playoffs and is moving on in its undefeated season.
  • Sue Gajewski was happy because her husband has had great success in a pancreatic cancer trial which he has been in for 3 years.  Chuck is beating the odds and we are all cheering for him.
  • District Governor John was happy to be with us and happy to give Jackson the award.
  • Ken Farley was again happy that the beer festival would soon be over.
  • I was happy to have made my first witnessed hole in hole for which I happened to win a car!  I have been playing golf since I was about 9 years old.  My grandmother taught me to play and I could not help but thinking of her almost as soon as I discovered by ball in the hole (there was a mound in from of the green so we did not see the ball go in the hole).  They say the odds of making a hole in one are about 12,500 to 1.  Based how long I have been playing I would say I was due. 
  • Matt did welcome Sara Brouillard back after an extended absence.  It was nice to have her back.
 
 
 
 
 
Week in Review 10/17/2018 Bill Kany 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Tom and Catherine Wilbur

Posted on Oct 17, 2018
 
 
Dr. Joe Boyle introduced our speakers, Tom and Catherine Wilbur who I believe are from the Freeport Club.  They are friends of Joe’ he met while chairing the Rotary Youth Exchange for the District back when the district included parts of Quebec and the glaciers were still receding.
 
            Tom and Catherine came in to tell us about the efforts of the Freeport and Bethel Rotary Clubs to support the Kakamego Child Care Center and associated programs in Kakamego, Kenya located in the western part of Kenya.  They described Kakamego as having about 500,000 people but it is very rural, kind of like Banger but it has 25,000 people.  They were also impressed with the modernization efforts in Kenya thanks to Chinese investments.  They went from 15% paved roads to 65% paved road in just 10 years which is a higher percentage of paved roads than Aroostook County.  They also have high speed rail in Kenya.
 
            The Kakamega Child Care Center originated as an orphanage for children of AIDS victims.  The Freeport Rotary Club began supporting the facility in 2002 and by 2005 they had built a building that houses 48 children.  The program supports about 400 kids.
 
            The program is also promoting self-sufficiency through home based programs that provide families with seeds, fertilizer, and agricultural training.  I can only imagine how much fertilizer our club could supply them.  The children in the sponsored homes get school uniforms and books along with a mattress, blanket and a solar lamp (many areas of Kenya still do not have electricity). It costs $450.00 to sponsor a home for a year.  All of this is done in coordination with the Kakamega Rotary Club.
 
            The Bethel and Freeport Rotary Clubs have sponsored what they refer to as 26 Strong Young Women, apparently the weak ones are not worthy.   These young women receive agricultural training, along with health and entrepreneurial education.  They receive seeds and fertilizer to grow crops for their families and to sell.  Some have been successful enough to purchase pigs, chickens and even cows which traditionally are only owned by men in Kenya (so much to say, but I will hold my pen).
 
            Some of the young women were widowed and some were married but their husbands worked elsewhere to help support their families.  The program seems very successful in promoting self-sufficiency and a sense of pride and accomplishment while promoting their self-image.    The program is also providing materials to help families build homes. 
 
            The Freeport and Bethel Clubs will be pursuing a Global Grant and they are letting us know about their efforts,  The Wilbur’s were a fun and interesting couple.  I thought they were going to come to blows over who was going to do what part of the presentation, but they got the message out in the end.  The bigger message was the Rotary is clearly international, helping individuals, one person and one small farm at a time.
 
 
 
 
 
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New Member Induction

Posted by Conrad Welzel on Oct 10, 2018
 
Sherry Norton, our newest member.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Week in Review 10/10/2018

Posted by Sabine McElrath on Oct 10, 2018
12:15 Pledge of Allegience
Sue Gajewski led us in reciting 4 way test Joe Moreshead gave the invocation


President Joe Moreshead passed around a thank you letter from Thornton Academy thanking us for the saplings we donated this spring.

Ken Farley made announcement about Celebration of Suds to be held on 20 October.
- Please promote it on social media
- Set up time will start at 1:30
- Will be getting pizzas delivered from Portland Pie
- Need silent auction items still
- Will need 6 large coolers

Lucie Kay gave an update on the food drive scheduled for 27 October.
- It will be held from 9 to 2.
- Need volunteers
- Joint effort with Saco Bay Rotary Club

Joe announced that starting 1 January 2019, the 1st Wednesday meeting of each month will be held in an area school.

There is still space in the Tack fro those looking to advertise. 2 spots are available at $100 each. See Don or Brian Dallaire.

No Sargeant at Arms since Matt Simmonds is on holiday, but Joe solicited some happy dollars:

- Adam moving to new house on Friday.
- Bill Patterson heading to Corpus Christi
- Joe M. heading to DC.
- Laura Warner - son scored winning soccer goal
- Kristen Lane - daughter lost her first tooth
- Dr. Joe - had great visit with his family in Maryland.

Peggy Bean won $20 in the 50/50

New member, Sherry Norton, was inducted.

Dr. Joe introduced our guest speaker Hayden Anderson, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council.

Hayden began his presentation reminiscing about his grandfather who was a Rotarian in Amsterdam NY. He would sometimes bring young Hayden to meetings in noisy rooms much like our setting today.

The Maine Humanities Council is one of 56 councils in states and territories of the United States.

The mission of the council (as per their website) is to "use the humanities— literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries."

They do this thru various initiatives; partnerships with public libraries in 85 towns across Maine, as well as working with Adult Education programs in the state.

They support local efforts through grants. Annually the spend about $200,000 in grants; but the median grant amount is only about $1000.

They are starting a Veterans Book Group here in Biddeford. It will start November 1st and be held at the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center on South St.

The council is also evaluating how to prepare for Maine's becentenial in 2020; seeking answers to the question, "How can history inform the future of Maine?"

Meeting adjourned at 1:15.



 
Week in Review 10/10/2018 Sabine McElrath 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Week in Review 10/3/2018

Posted by Bill Kany on Oct 03, 2018
 
 
None of the members of the Tack Committee stepped up to do the Tack in October (I have to thank Sabine for offering to still do it at the meeting) so you are stuck with me.  I will do my best to report the facts (no I have lied already).
 
Where:  The October 3 meeting was at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology so for those members who went to the Run of the Mill I am assuming you eventually noticed that there were no banners, no bell, no President and no meeting there.  The COT is really nice and we had this meeting in a large classroom with incredibly comfortable chairs (now I know what a $35,000,000 bond can buy).
 
Greeters:  We were greeted by the York County Federal CU TV star, Moriah who does a fantastic job in their TV ads about putting you more in debt or something like that.  Oh, yeah, Lucie Kay was a greeter too.
 
Recess time? Since we were in a school, the bell rang and Joe Bassett immediately got up and went out for recess.
 
Formalities:  Brian Dallaire led us in the 4 way test and Joe attempted to violate the concept of the separation of church and state by having Joe lead us in a prayer but the kids’ constitution rights were protected and we were without a prayer.
 
Earl:  It was announced that Earl Goodwin continues to recover from fall earlier this year and he will not join us until after the holidays.  That means we all need to fill the Earl’s huge shoes and step up and sell a lot more raffle tickets to insure that we continue to sell 100% of the $100 raffle tickets when we start that effort later this fall.
 
Member Changes:  Rae Smith will be leaving our club and we wish her the best.  She promised that she would continue to volunteer for events whenever she can.  Fear not, however, because YCFCU employee Sherry Norton hopes to join the club so we will have at least one good member from the CU.
 
BEER:  No, not a reference to Justice Kavanaugh, but instead the beer festival is coming right up on October 20 from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Pepperell Mill Campus.  Tell your friends, sell tickets, volunteer the night of the event, drink beer.  I drank beer in high school. I drank beer in college,  I still like beer.  A quote from the Kavanaugh hearings?  Maybe, but I believe those are the same words that 95% of people who attended college would say if asked.
 
Tickets are now $30.00.  Please sell all that you can.  Incidentally, if you missed the meeting on the 3rd you missed a very nice cat fight between Sue G. and President Joe over the signup sheet and Sue won!
 
Stuff the Bus:  We will be stuffing the bus, truck, car, plane, not sure on October 27 at Hannaford in Biddeford and probably Market Basket but there is nothing official from them yet.  More details to follow but we need to do our part to help to feed the hungry and this drive brings in a lot of food and money for the local pantries.
 
New Banner:  A new banner featuring our club and our very own Denis Elie and Jim Godbout has been ordered and will be displayed at various events.
 
Shocking:  The Board voted to fund two new defibrillators, one of which will be placed at McArthur Library and Biddeford and the other may  be placed at the Dyer Library in Saco.  People sometimes get overstimulated reading so it is a good idea to have the paddles ready.  Jeremy Ray indicated we may be able to purchase them through the schools at a discount.  This is a nice gift for our communities.
 
Presidential Appeals:  Joe indicated that while he said attendance requirements are relaxed we really should make more of an effort to attend meetings to see great programs like the one we saw on October 3.  He also announced that a number of members are in arrears on their dues for a few billing cycles and he was going to call them and see if they want to pay or if they wish to bow out of the club.  It would appear that some house cleaning may be appropriate.  Joe also thanked Matt Simmons for setting up and bringing everything over for the meeting.
 
50/50:  Brian Dallaire won, but lest you sigh too loudly take solace in the fact that it was for some reason a small pot.  Perhaps some members felt it was inappropriate to gamble in school or they are just cheap.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Matt decided to turn things down a notch (after all we were in school) and go with happy dollars instead of fines.  Lots of people were happy and here are a few:
 
  • Sue Gajewski is going to be a grandmother for the first time.
  • Dr. Joe, aka Larry, is heading to Virginia for a visit.
  • Fausto’s company has been selected to the Leading Caterers of America which is a huge distinction.  Blue Elephant Caterers will represent New England in that