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Posted by Terri Kelsea on Sep 06, 2017
Pete Preble, President
Brian DuBois, President Elect
David Foster, Vice President
Terri Kelsea, Secretary
Norm Lamie, Treasurer
Donald Fournier, Immediate Past President
Art Chamberlain, Community Service Chair
Bart Kelsea, Foundation Chair
Mona Leavitt, Fundraising Chair
David Foster, Public Relations Chair
Brian DuBois, International Chair
 
 
 
 
Officers and Board of Directors, 2017-2018 Terri Kelsea 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2012
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I recently met with a number of Rotarians who will be responsible for communicating with you in the coming year about our new grant model under the Future Vision Plan. I recognize that we are asking the nonpilot districts to make a considerable leap of faith in the development of our Rotary Foundation for the future. It is difficult to understand and accept the changes when you do not know the details.

Why Future Vision? So that we can do more good in the world and use our resources in the best way possible. We needed to change our Foundation, as we were facing major challenges. We had to simplify. If this meant that we had to move away from some of our “feel good” activities, we were prepared to do so. Doing good was a greater priority, and when we do good, feeling good follows.

This is not somebody else’s plan. The starting point was the responses of the thousands of Rotarians who presented their views. One of the direct results is the six areas of focus. These are where Rotarians want to serve.

Almost all of the pilot districts say their Rotary is stronger because of Future Vision. They like the greater opportunity to make their own decisions with district grants. Sometimes building sustainability into global grants has been a challenge, but the pilot districts understand the importance, and our helpful staff can and do assist.

What do I ask of you? To get your district structure in place so that you are ready for 1 July 2013, and to please be patient as we make our new Foundation as effective and productive as it can possibly be. If you can wait just a little longer, you will enjoy the new opportunities.

Bill Boyd 
Foundation Trustee Chair

The Rotary Foundation Chair's Monthly Message - "With our new grant model, we can do more good in the world." 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2012
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When we talk about building membership, we all recognize that welcoming a new member into a Rotary club is only the beginning of our task. To turn a new club member into a committed Rotarian, much more is necessary – and the first step is helping that new member to get involved.

Every Rotarian in every club should know that he or she is not only needed but relied upon. Every Rotarian should have a job within the club – a role to play. After all, why are we in Rotary? We are here to make a difference. Yes, we enjoy our Rotary service, but that is not enough if we are to make Rotary a priority week after week, year after year. The knowledge that we are having an impact, that we are changing lives – that is what keeps us going, no matter what other demands may compete for our time. And this is why each one of us, however long we have been in Rotary, must always be striving to grow as Rotarians – to find new ways to help others, and to bring about all the positive change we possibly can. For this, more than anything, is what makes our Rotary service worthwhile.

Whether we are new members or old ones, each of us can find ways to become more involved in Rotary service – at the club level, the district level, and beyond. Rotarian Action Groups are a wonderful opportunity to put specific expertise or interests to work, in a way that brings Rotarians from every part of the Rotary world together for a common goal. Whether your passion is water and sanitation issues, or microcredit, or blindness prevention – whether you want to volunteer your dental skills or help organize blood drives – chances are there is a Rotarian Action Group for you. And if not, why not organize one yourself? You can learn more about Rotarian Action Groups at www.rotary.org/actiongroups.

Rotary is and always has been an organization based on its clubs. The purpose of Rotary International is not to direct its clubs, but to connect, inform, and support them. Where and how each club, and each Rotarian, chooses to serve, is ultimately the decision of each one alone. So follow your own ambition and your own vision. Open your eyes to the challenges in our world, and use the strength you have through Rotary to find ways to overcome them. Every one of us has so much potential, and can achieve so much, when we Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

Kalyan Banerjee 
President, Rotary International

The RI president’s monthly message "My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rotary!" 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Williams on Sep 20, 2011
In addition to having DG Deborah Walters speak to the club several other great events happened during the meeting. Nicole Lajoie was welcomed as our club's newest member. She was greeted within Rotary by her sponsor Dawna Hannan, DG Walters and Club President Matthew Mastrogiacomo.
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Club Secretary Terri DeFilipp was presented the Governor's Award for Outstanding Service.
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And Club President Matt presented DG Walters with a check of $1000 on behalf of the club towards the district project.
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Club Meeting of September 21, 2011 Michael Williams 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Williams on Sep 20, 2011

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On Wednesday September 21st the club was honored to have a visit from current District governor Deborah Walters, Ph.D. Her presentation included comments about this years theme.  RI President Kalyan Banerjee from India’s Theme  is: “Reach within to embrace humanity”. The following includes excerpts from her talk.

We can think of this logo as three levels that correspond to the three priorities of the RI strategic plan.  These we can express simply as: Be it.  Do it. and Tell it.

Start at the inner level, the heart of Rotary.   Be strong clubs with engaged Rotarians.  President Kalyan Banerjee asks us to think about continuity and change.  Keep doing those things in our clubs that make us strong, and be open to change in ways that will make our clubs even better.

The heart opens to the next level. Do it. Do the service that is the essence of Rotary, and..

The last level is fully open.  Tell it. Tell our Rotary story to others.  The more we share our Rotary story, the more we will inspire others to join us in our service, and the more we can do to change our communities and the world.

She then continued by explaining this year’s There are two parts to the district project, and both are part of a larger multiyear program.  The first is bringing clean water and improved sanitation to a village, and we have already submitted a global grant for that part.  The second will be building a school, working with CRCID. There are two communities that need a new school and a brief description was provided on the communities. After DG Walters has met with all the clubs in the district she will announce which community was selected by the majority of the clubs. This portion will start after we have raised the money from the clubs. Because of matching from the Rotary Foundation and CRCID, and additional contributions from other sources,  every dollar that your club contributes to this year's district project will become $5.51.  I love Rotary math were 1 plus 1 equals 5.51.

The first part of the district project is a clean water and sanitation project in the mountains of Guatemala. We have been organizing this project over the past year, and have visited the village of Chipastor twice. We travelled for hours on dirt roads to get to the village. This is in the mountains, and there is no flat land, so the houses are built along ridges. There is no water in the village. The women and children carry water up a dirt road to the village. It is a 30 minute walk each way, and they have to make three trips a day. The jugs are heavy! And this is only the small jug that the children carry. The water source is the river, down in the valley. It runs through a boulder field from a recent flood. The river is so polluted the fish have died. Just upstream the women were washing their clothes. The water does not even look clean, but I watched as a mother scooped up the water in a plastic coke bottle and gave it to her toddler to drink

They asked me to join a village meeting under a tree to talk about their water problem. The women told about their struggles to collect water, and asked for our help. The village has been working hard for several years to find a solution to their water problem. They showed their plan. They have purchased land with a spring 7 km above the village. Land has been donated for a distribution tank. They will provide the labor themselves. They just need the money for pipes, cement, bricks, etc.

An invitation from DG Walters was given to join her for a service trip to Guatemala as we partner with the people of Chipastor to fulfill their dream of clean water and sanitation.

The money the Rotary Foundation provides us for our international and our local projects, is the money we have given them three years ago.  So the more money we donate to the Rotary Foundation now, the more money we will have back from them to do projects three years from now.

We can imagine our giving as climbing a Rotary Foundation Giving Ladder. The first basic step is to make any size donation.  The next step is to be a sustaining member, where you give $100 every year.  The third rung is being a Paul Harris Fellow.  Next we have Benefactor, Bequest Society, Major Donor, and Arch Klumph Society. It is not so important how much you give, but that you get on the ladder and move up from where you are. But before I can ask you to that, I had to do it myself.  I already was a sustaining member, PHF and a benefactor. I have no pension and live frugally on income from my investments, and have no money to spare, so what could I do?  Fortunately, I am going to die someday.  So my options were to leave something to the Rotary Foundation in my will, or to give some money to the Rotary Foundation now, and then they give me the income from it for life.  So I decided to become a major donor, and not only was it painless – it turned out to be a sound financial investment for me and helps Rotary as well.

So please join me in challenging yourself to move up the ladder, and if you are not on the ladder yet – it is easy to get on the ladder with a small gift to the Rotary Foundation

Now how about that third focus – Tell it.  Just because we know that we do great work in Rotary and have fun doing it, does that mean that others know what we do?  Not so much.  I heard someone talk about Rotary – Isn't that a group of old people – and their parents?  Ouch.  But what about the people in developing countries?  What do they say about Rotary?  Well, let me tell you a story.

I was flying back from Guatemala last year, and sat next to a Mayan woman, in her colorful traditional clothing.  When the stewardess handed out the customs forms, the Mayan woman looked at the person next to her, and then looked at me, and asked me to help her fill out the form.  She gave me her passport and a little slip of paper with the address of her son she was visiting in Texas, and I filled it out.  Then I gave it to her to sign.  And she said – “No, I don't know how to sign my name.”  What should I do? I knew the immigration agents could be difficult, so I wrote her name, and then under it put signed by Deb Walters.  Then I asked her, would you like to learn to write your name? Her face lit up!  So I got out a pad of paper and a pen.  I suggested she learn her first name and last name.  She said “No, all four names”.  And they were all long names.  So I wrote them out in block letters, and she copied them.  At first she couldn't keep track of the order of the letters, and was painfully slow in drawing each letter.  But she spent the entire flight copying, and by the end she could write her name!  She turned to me and said, “Thank you so much.  No one has ever given me such a wonderful gift – knowing how to sign my name.”  I was very touched, but I was also curious.   So I asked her: “Why did you ask me to help you, with my poor Spanish, when the person sitting on your other side speaks Spanish so well?”  She smiled and pointed to my lapel, and said.  “I saw your Rotary pin, so I knew you would help.” For so many people in the developing world, they know what Rotary does.  For them, when they look for the light at the end of the tunnel, it isn't a star they see – it's the Rotary wheel.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if more people in Quebec and Maine would see the Rotary wheel and know what we do?

 This year, to help us tell our Rotary story, we will join with neighboring districts for a large public relations grant from RI.  This is another case of Rotary math, where each dollar we contribute will become $4.20.  Did I mention I love Rotary math!

I also want to extend a personal invitation to our district conference to be held on the coast of Maine, June 1-3, 2012.  We will be meeting at Point Lookout, a deluxe resort on the top of a small mountain right on the coast, between Camden and Belfast.  We have negotiated a great rate, so that this year's district conference will be affordable and family friendly.  We will have inspiring speakers, and roundtable workshops where you will share your Rotary ideas, and learn from other clubs.  I do hope you will come join us!

 

So I ask you to:  Be it!  Do It!  and Tell it!

I ask you to Reach within to Embrace Humanity!

Finally, there are many disadvantaged children and families in our communities and around the world.

At this very moment, many of them are standing at the edge of all of the light that they know....staring out into the darkness.   Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Many of them have exhausted every possible avenue of hope...

… and their only hope might be you.

If you do everything you can to have the best Rotary year you can...

...you might light the candle that will pierce their darkness.

If you do that...there may be a child or a family alive on June 30, 2012 who otherwise might not be.

I ask you to light as many candles as you can.

I ask you to reach within and embrace humanity.

District Governor Deborah Walters speaks to Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club Michael Williams 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Williams on Aug 24, 2011

United Way of Androscoggin County is teaming up with LL Bean, Walmart Distribution Center, Auburn-Lewiston Rotary and Big Lots this year to make sure that kids in our community have the school supplies they need. Backpacks will be distributed directly to all participating Lewiston and Auburn Schools, however, if you know a child in need in Androscoggin County: Auburn, Lewiston, Durham, Greene, Leeds, Lisbon, Mechanic Falls, Minot, Poland, Sabattus, Turner and Wales, call our office today 795-4000 and sign-up to receive a backpack.

 

The Auburn Lewiston Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to United Way Androscoggin for the purchase of backpacks to hold all of the school supplies the community collects.  Rotary members have also donated their time and their muscle to stuffing and distributing the backpacks to area schools.


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Matt Mastrogiacomo, Auburn Lewiston Rotary Club President presents

Joleen Bedard, United Way Androscoggin Exectutive Director with a

check for $1,000  and a brand new backpack for the United Way Backpack Project.

United Way Stuffs Backpacks For Kids Michael Williams 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri DeFilipp on Aug 13, 2011
 The District Conference hosted by the Quebec Rotary Club was well attended by dozens of Rotarians representing most of the District 7790 Clubs form Maine and Quebec Province. There were numerous events over the 3-day convention highlighted by the District Governor’s gala on Saturday evening where outgoing District Governor, Claude Martel handed over the gavel to incoming District Governor Deborah Walters. Club President Bart Kelsea was presented with the District Governor's Award and the Presidential Citation as well.

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7790 District conference Terri DeFilipp 2011-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri DeFilipp on Aug 13, 2011
 Club President, Bart Kelsea and Club Secretary, Terri DeFilipp recently attended the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans and the District 7790 conference in Quebec City. It was estimated that some 19,000 Rotarians from around the world, representing over 250 countries, attended portions of the International Convention. In addition to a bus tour of New Orleans, a riverboat dinner cruise on the Mississippi, and visits to several fine local restaurants, Terri and Bart attended several workshops and general assemblies. An International Rotary Convention is truly a remarkable experience that all Rotarians should try to attend.RI Convention

Rotary International Convention Terri DeFilipp 2011-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Williams on May 02, 2011

By Dan Nixon

Rotary International News

Even before completing his studies as a 2009-10 Ambassadorial Scholar in New Zealand, Xaver Hausner says he “wanted to give something back to Rotary International and the world in general.” Hausner, of Wurzburg, Germany, followed through in a big way. He and a friend, Oliver Macindoe, cycled more than 2,000 miles across New Zealand, raising about US$37,000 for Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge .

The cyclists completed their 54-day Journey of Hope from Cape Reinga to Bluff on 16 January.

“One of the biggest lessons from this [fundraiser] is that when you work for the good of others, people are so keen to help you,” the cyclists blogged at the end of their journey. “We can see this is one of the greatest strengths of Rotary.”

 

Sarah Perry, a 2010-11 Ambassadorial Scholar from West Virginia, USA, raised more than US$10,400 for the polio eradication campaign by running the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands in April. She got the idea while speaking to Rotary clubs in Scotland, her host country. “As I came to understand more and more about Rotary’s worldwide push to rid polio from the final four countries in the world [Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan], it struck a chord with me and I started to wonder if there was something I could do to help with some fundraising,” Perry says. In addition to giving back to Rotary for her scholarship, Perry says she ran the marathon “to ensure that polio can no longer rob children of their ability to walk, run, and play like so many other children around the world.”

 

Esha Chhabra took part in National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India in 2009 and 2010, before and during her studies as an Ambassadorial Scholar in England. Chhabra, who was born in India and grew up in California, USA, worked alongside “college students who volunteered their free time, local Rotarians who accompanied us, and young health workers who took the mission to heart,” she says of her second NID. “I saw an army of volunteers of varying colors, creeds, and nationalities march in a parade through [Delhi] in the hundreds, shouting in Hindi, ‘We must erase polio.’ ” 

 

Group Study Exchange teams also take part

During India’s NID in January, the country’s Rotarians, joined by their counterparts from Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, helped immunize 174 million children. In Veraval, Gujarat, a participating Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from District 9980 (New Zealand) reported that “the town clearly bought into the whole project, and kids were flowing into the booths for immunizations.” Participating in a NID in India also made a profound impression on Gordon Hedahl, who a led a GSE team from District 5960 (parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA) in 2010.

“After 17 years as a Rotarian, hearing about and financially supporting PolioPlus, I don’t have words to express how moving it was to be able to administer drops to those small children,” he says. “I am really looking forward to the day when we can declare that we have totally eradicated this disease.”

Push to end polio draws alumni support Michael Williams 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Williams on Nov 04, 2010
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There are as many reasons to support The Rotary Foundation as there are ways to do good in the world.

By contributing to the Foundation , you help support the Foundation's six areas of focus, which help to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. By giving US$100 a year through the Every Rotarian, Every Year  (EREY) initiative, you become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Contributions to EREY are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs.

Here are a few ways your contributions are making change possible.

5. Fighting hunger

In Romania, orphans and sick children have eggs, milk, and meat because of a Foundation grant that benefits local farmers. The farmers are able to buy everything from animal feed to packaging materials. There is one stipulation: They must donate a portion of their products to children’s hospitals, schools, and orphanages.

In Alaska, USA, the Rotary Club of Anchorage East is also fighting hunger  by distributing food to low-income families through a mobile food pantry.

Projects such as these help address the areas of focus of maternal and child health as well as economic and community development.

4. Reducing child mortality

The Rotary clubs of Jaela-Kandana, Western Province, Sri Lanka, and Madras Northwest, Tamil Nadu, India, are helping to reduce child mortality by providing improved sanitation facilities for 15 families in a small community in Sri Lanka. With a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant , the clubs have built 14 toilets, helping to prevent diarrhea and other diseases related to poor sanitation.

According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million children die of diarrhea every year, making it the second leading cause of death among children under five. Proper sanitation can reduce the rate of child mortality in many communities by up to a third. Water and sanitation is the third area of focus.

3. Promoting peace and conflict resolution

Watching civil war tear apart his homeland of Côte d'Ivoire instilled in Rotary Peace Fellow Kouame Remi Oussou a passion to resolve conflict.

He is now working for the United Nations Development Programme  in the Central African Republic, a country that weathered periodic internal fighting before a comprehensive peace accord took effect in 2007. Read more about Oussou .

Rotary Peace Fellows  are leaders in promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and conflict resolution. Help support the Rotary Peace Centers . Peace and conflict prevention/resolution is the first area of focus. Read about four Rotary Peace Fellows and their visions for peace .

2. Basic education and literacy

Education helps rebuild lives, whether it's in small rural towns or in war-torn countries. For example, a literacy project sponsored by U.S. Rotarians in conjunction with the International Reading Association (IRA) is helping Sudanese refugees rebuild their communities by equipping them to teach future generations.

The Southern Sudan Teacher Training Initiative provides refugees of the country's decades-long civil war, who are known as the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, with teacher training materials, guidance, and support to help them teach students in kindergarten through eighth grade. "People returning from refugee camps to rebuild their lives in Duk County are hungry for books and school supplies," says John Dau, a Lost Boy, humanitarian, and founder of the John Dau Foundation. Read more about the project .

1. Eradicating polio

Around the world, Rotarians are taking millions of steps in walkathons, diving into icy ocean waters, and participating in other fundraisers to help Rotary fulfill its promise to rid the world of polio. Si Burgher, of the Rotary Club of Bloomfield, Indiana, USA, raised almost $1,600 by having his shaggy eyebrows shaved.

Rotary launched its PolioPlus program  in 1985. Since then, eradicating polio has been the organization's top priority.  End Polio Now  and help fulfill its promise.


By Antoinette Tuscano 
Rotary International News -- 30 September 2010

Top five reasons to support The Rotary Foundation Michael Williams 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2010
The Future Vision Plan pilot starts 1 July. The Rotary Foundation has invested great care and considerable background work into this plan. Based on the findings of two consulting firms and the responses of 10,000 Rotarians to a comprehensive questionnaire, the Future Vision Committee and Foundation Trustees have worked hard to move forward with the Future Vision Plan.

The Rotary Foundation has been very successful over the years. Yet, as the world changes, our Foundation needs to change with it. Cooperation with other organizations is the future, and The Rotary Foundation must not fail to get on board. We need to sharpen our vision and expand our ambitions. Today people do not join organizations – they join causes. We need to take advantage of what we have learned from our polio eradication program: We need to think big.

When we received the substantial contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we could handle them easily because we had built up the administration of PolioPlus over a period of more than 20 years. But if we were to receive grants of a similar size for other programs, it is not clear that clubs and districts would be prepared to effectively manage and utilize the funding, or that the Foundation’s administration, as it stands today, could handle such gifts.

The Future Vision Plan will move more responsibility, control, and flexibility to districts and clubs to allow them to monitor their own funds. Never forget that The Rotary Foundation belongs to Rotarians. When districts and clubs take advantage of this opportunity, staff at our offices around the world will be freed to work on other issues that will further enhance the future of the Foundation.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar
Foundation Trustee Chair

 
Message from The Rotary Foundation Chair- "Using Future Vision as a window to the future" 2010-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in every decision we make, all day long. Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth, to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and to do our very best in all situations.

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future.

Of the things we think, say or do

1.Is it the TRUTH?

2.Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 
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Interested in ROTARY? Come to breakfast any Wednesday morning, 7 a.m., United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave. Auburn. You are welcome. See what we are all about! 

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Our Rotary District 7790 held our annual conference last weekend in Lewiston. We had a great turnout of local and international Rotarians. This was truly a spectacular weekend! Thank you to all who came out for the entire weekend or for one of the wonderful events.

We enjoyed a cajun Mardis-Gras meal at the Franco-AmericanHeritageCenter hosted by Paul and Rita Dube followed by entertainment upstairs in the concert hall. Rotarian Michel Kozlovsky of Cap-de-Madeleine Rotary Club in Canada treated us to his deft hands dancing over the concert piano. He graced us with several melodious arrangements.

We concluded the musical evening with the crowd-pleasing Girls of L-A who had the audience up on its feet and swaying, dancing and singing along to their upbeat music. The L-A Girls came back together for this very special encore performance. The L-A Girls are Bette Sanbourn, Bonnie Edwards, Debbie Morin, Kathy Haley, Jeannie Martin and Laurie Sidelinger.

After breakfast and morning sessions on Saturday, we welcomed our district's 25 high school Youth Exchange students who joined us for lunch and mingled with all the Rotarians. We also enjoyed a brief musical concert with two of the youths...Tobias from Austria on piano and a young lady from England on violin. Following lunch many of the group took advantage of local excursions hosted by our very own Rotarians. They had the option to hike at Thorn Crag with Adam Dow, take a walking tour of downtown including Sts Peter and Paul Basilica with Ed Plourde, take a tour of Museum L-A with Stephanie Gelinas, field shooting with Mac McPeake or golf with Phil Nadeau.

While the afternoon excursions were going on, the Youth Exchange students and their leaders set down to work painting a mural in a downtown Lewiston storefront. The mural was designed by one of the students Cara Forke who is hosted by the Quebec-East Rotary Club. When finished, the mural will hang on the store front of the former McCrory's.

We concluded our Saturday evening with the Governor's Gala in the Ballroom at the Ramada Inn. This event was certainly the highlight of the weekend! We had over 200 people in attendance including our Youth Exchange Students and the GSE Team from Reunion/Mauritius. We also had a delegation from France who came out in support of DG Sylvia Plourde. RI President John Kenney was represented by Robert Menconi and wife Monica from Florida. Represented at the event were people from 5 of the 7 continents! Now that is impressive folks!

During the weekend, the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary club hosted the Hospitality Suite for late birds to come socialize, drink and enjoy munchies. Thank you to the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Club for seeing to it that our guests had a good time.

 

If you missed this year's Conference, you can reserve the date for next year's conference which will be held in Quebec and hosted by 2010-2011 Claude Martel on June 3, 4, 5, 2011.

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Posted by Michael Williams
As of 31 March 2010, there were 1,215,495 Paul Harris Fellows in the world.

Each Paul Harris Fellow plays a key role in helping Rotary reach more people in need. A US $1,000 contribution provides:
  • Mosquito nets for 500 children in Tanzania
  • Two borewells providing clean water to 130 people in a village in India
  • Stoves for 10 needy families in Guatemala
  • Microcredit loans to help 23 women in the Philippines support their families
  • Reading books for 300 elementary school students in South Africa

How far will your contribution go?


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Posted by Michael Williams
Dear Colleagues: 

The joy of, the power of, the magic of Rotary.

In 1918 Rotarian Donald MacRae proposed a fourth Object of Rotary: "The advancement of International understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service."

The Fourth Object became the engine that drives Rotary's international service; indeed, it has become the watchword of the Rotary Foundation.

Returning to our roots, incoming RI President Ray Klinginsmith offers his presidential criteria on pages 18 to 23.  President-elect Ray's criteria are based on the four elements of the Object of Rotary (see page 2), which are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which all club, vocational, community and International activity is established. 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently did an exciting interview and the subject was the single biggest internationally coordinated public health project the world has ever known. We (Rotarians) know what that is - the "Polio Eradication Campaign".  Read the transcript ( pages 3 to 6) and learn how the project started and meet two extraordinary Rotarians (RIPP Sir Clem Renouf and Dr. John Sever).

Another extraordinary Rotarian is Bill Huntley (who passed February 2006).  His story and legacy follows on pages 14 through 17.  RIPP Bill had established a named Rotary Peace Fellowship (learn why) and his many friends (worldwide) and the UK Rotarians (RIBI) have ramped up a campaign to help  fund this important Rotary Peace Fellowship.

This is an interesting and very readable issue and will make you proud to be a Rotarian. Enjoy all of the in-depth stories in this May 2010 'Our Foundation' newsletter.

Sincerely,

Eddie Blender, Publisher, Rotary Global History Fellowship Newsletter

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ROTARY: OUR FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2010 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams
It is that time of year again.  Fun, sun and golf. Not to mention good friends and great food.  The tournament will be held on Friday, June 4th at Fox Ridge Golf Club in Auburn. Registration begins at 7:00 AM with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. We would appreciate your support again this year. The cost remains the same as last year ($80.00 per person or $320.00 per foursome). We expect the tournament to sell out quickly, so please get your registration forms in early.  Registration Form is available by clicking here or you can register online by clicking on Rotary Links Golf Classic under Events.
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Posted by Terri DeFilipp

It is early, but want to make sure that everyone has plenty of planning time so you may clear your calendars and all be in attendance for the Rotary Annual Meeting!  This is a special evening when the gavel is passed on to Bart Kelsea, our new President, and the new Officers.  Matt Mastrogiacomo has agreed to be President-elect, Chris Cyr has agreed be Vice President and many thanks to Larry Marcoux and Pete Preble for remaining in their positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  Please RSVP to Terri or click on Annual Meeting under Events to register.

Rotary Annual Meeting, June 22, 2010 Terri DeFilipp 0
Posted by Michael Williams
During early January, members were asked to complete a survey which covered many aspects of our club. The overall sentiment was that the club was doing well and proceeding down the right path. As with any survey there are always items that could be enhanced. The members of the Board have been provided with the results as well as any specific comments that were given (these comments were all anonymous). They are reviewing the results and will communicate any items that may or will require a change.

Please click here to view results of the survey.
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Dear Rotary Colleagues:

In this issue, we attempt to keep every Rotarian up to date with Rotarian responses to the recent humanitarian disaster in Haiti. There is important information from the Disaster Relief Action Group published here in order to assist Rotarians and their clubs in deciding how best to respond to this tragedy.

As one new task begins, we cannot forget about the other tasks we need to continue and complete.

From Polio Eradication to continued support for the Annual Programs Fund, Rotarians still have a job to complete.

We also report on the recent International Assembly where President-elect Ray unveiled his thoughts, emphases and theme for 2010/11 Ray Klinginsmith, has thoughtfully submitted the them – BUILDING COMMUNITIES BRIDGING CONTINENTS.

In Haiti right now and in countless community's right across our world, there is a strong need for such action in the days, weeks, months and years to come.

By supporting and promoting OUR Foundation, we can all make this happen. Please keep the faith.

Please click here to view Our Foundation newsletter for Feb 2010

In Rotary Service,

Calum Thomson
Our Foundation Editor
Rotary Club of Longniddry and District District 1020, Scotland
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Posted by Michael Williams
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As you know, this week there was a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Rotary International has had a presence in Haiti for quite some time and Haiti has been where this club has focused our International Service on. Some people have expressed how they can help. In addition to the various methods that are widely known there are two other methods which have Rotarian ties. The first is a program that has been in existence for almost ten years. That is ShelterBox. You can learn more about ShelterBox here or you can make a donation to ShelterBox here. The other way to help would be to make a donation here to Theo's Work which is the 501c3 organization that our club works with.
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Posted by Michael Williams
This week's meeting featured a classification talk by Martin Bailey. Martin is from South Paris and was a Rotarian at another club before joining our club.

Martin works for Prudential. One of the primary tasks he does is to listen. By listening to his clients and prospective clients he can help them with their financial needs regardless of the stage of life they happen to be at. Prudential offers many services and if they do not have the service a client needs then Martin will make a referral to someone who can assist. There were many questions asked by club members as well. If you are interested in discussing your financial planning feel free to contact Martin.

On Tuesday there was a major earthquake in Haiti. A news article and postings on Father Marc's blog indicate that the orphanage that our club has been assisting the last several years survived the quake. However getting supplies will be a challenge as the capital city of Port-au-Prince was severly damaged and the only road between the two locations has become impassable. For further information you can read Father Marc's Blog here.
Club Meeting of January 13, 2010 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams

Our guest speaker on Wednesday January 6th was Tony Payne, the Executive Director of Alliance for Maine's Future . The Alliance is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization whose objective is to hold legislators accountable for a healthy Maine economy through workplace education and voter action. Their affiliated political action committee works to elect candidates who will support the growth and vitality of the private sector. Tony passed out charts which showed how the Androscoggin Legislative Delegation voted on certain bills. Based on how they voted, they were given a "thumbs up" if his or her vote supported jobs and efficient government and a "thumbs down" if the vote opposed jobs and efficient government. Only 3 members of the 15 member delegation voted in a manner that showed that they supported jobs and efficient government. Tony urged us to find and support candidates (maybe even ourselves) who are pro jobs and efficient government. Tony also did a power-point presentation showing how Maine ranked among the other 49 states when it came to supporting a strong private sector and an efficient and affordable public sector. Unfortunately, Maine seemed to fall at or near the bottom in all categories. All and all, a very thought-provoking presentation.

Club Meeting of Jan 6, 2010 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams
As many of you may know, Gladys is finishing up her time as the director of the kitchen crew here at the church. Through the hard work of Ed Cormier we are able to still meet at the Methodist Church and while having similiar selections and maintaining the same price. Today's presentation was a classification speech provided by Dr. Chris Cyr. Chris is a Chiropractor and he spoke about what he does and touched on the state of healthcare. Many people can be relieved of backpain and headaches through the use of chiropractic adjustments and not just medication and surgery. If you become stiff and sore after shoveling out of this coming storm give Chris a call at Cyr Chiropractic on Center St in Auburn. There has been a good response to the membership survey that was sent out this week. If you have not received a link to the survey please contact Mike Williams.
Club Meeting of December 30 Michael Williams 0
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My fellow Rotarians:

January is the month the Romans associated with their two-headed god Janus: one head looking backward to the year that has just passed, and the other looking forward to the year ahead.

In Rotary, January is the halfway point of our year of service, and it is also a time for us all to look at both the past and the future. It is the time of year to take stock, to review the goals that we have set for ourselves, and to evaluate how well we have fulfilled those expectations. It is a time to look honestly at our progress and our challenges and to consider the steps we will need to take to complete our planned service successfully.

I am sure there is much you can be proud of achieving in the last six months. In my travels, I have already seen how much Rotarians can accomplish when they are determined to do so. You have helped bring safe, pure water to those who lacked it, provided food and shelter to those who needed it, and assisted in the educations of those who could not read or write. You have promoted the ideal of service within a context of fellowship, friendship, and high ethical standards.

Rotarians are able to make changes that will shape the course not only of the months but of the years and decades that lie ahead. This is our privilege. It is also our duty as Rotarians – as caring members of society who are in the fortunate position of being able to help those living in conditions we can barely imagine.

So there is much to be done these next months. Do not waste a moment of that most precious commodity: time.

We are all volunteers serving in a volunteer organization. None of us was compelled to become a Rotarian; each of us chose, and was chosen, to become a member. Every year, every day, each of us chooses to continue the task we have begun, and to continue to put Service Above Self. It is not always the easy path, but I know it is the right one.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the Rotary service you have given, the service you are giving, and the service I know you will continue to give in the future.

The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

John Kenny
President, Rotary International
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January is Rotary Awareness Month – a time to learn more about our organization, and a time to focus on our public image. Raising awareness of Rotary is an important part of the RI Strategic Plan: The more Rotary is known for its good work, the more good work Rotary will be able to do.

As Past RI President Robert Barth of Switzerland said, "We believe that the Rotary pin on our lapel sends a message. It says, 'You can rely on me. I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take. I am available.'"

Because of The Rotary Foundation, people around the world know that they can depend on Rotary in their time of need. It is the Foundation that allows Rotarians to say yes to calls for help, when otherwise we might be forced to say, "There is nothing we can do."

As Rotarians, you are here because you believe in Service Above Self. And as Rotarians, you know that through Rotary, you can have an impact beyond what you could ever hope to have as individuals. One person, no matter how great the talents and resources, is limited. Working alone, there is only so much that can be done. But when we work together, when we pool our resources with those of 1.2 million other Rotarians around the world – and with the resources of our Rotary Foundation – we can make a difference that will be remembered for generations. It is up to all of us.

Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Foundation Trustee Chair
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Posted by Michael Williams

This morning's meeting was a club assembly during which committee chairs made presentation to the club on their activities.  The report of the International Committee and the Membership Committee follows.  In addition, the tree cutting fundraiser held at Maine Bucket on Saturday was a success as much FUN was had and the club raised $1,614.05.  Thank you to all who participated.  There will not be a meeting on 12/23 as members will take time to enjoy the Christmas week with family.  Our next meeting is on 12/30 when Dr. Christopher Cyr will provide a classification speech on the benefits of Chiropractic care.  This should be a cracking good time. 

Club Meeting of December 16, 2009 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams
Today's meeting was supposed to feature the Edward Little Chorus. Unfortunately due to school cancellation they were not able to attend. Fortunately Bart Kelsey had a very able backup available. Bart introduced our own Larry Marcoux. In addition to being our Club Secretary, he also serves as Assitant District Governor as well as District 7790's Secretary. When Larry is not spending time on Rotary or watching his beloved NE Patriots he is the Director of Community Impact with United Way of Androscoggin County. He spoke to us today about a community plan to end homelessness in the Lewiston-Auburn area called LAASH (Lewiston-Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless) of which he is the 2010 chairman.
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Message from the chair

December 2009



This year marks my 50th as a Rotarian. I cannot recall whether, on the day I first joined a Rotary club, I gave any thought to what my involvement with Rotary might be in 2009-10. I am sure I never expected that Rotary would have become so much a part of the Estess household that it would feel to all of us like family.

I often talk about how The Rotary Foundation supports the entire family of Rotary. Rotary is like a family in so many ways...in the ways we lift each other up, help each other grow, and accomplish things together that we never could alone.

Through Rotary, with the help of our Foundation, we can take on challenges that no one else has the ability, or the inclination, or the organizational resources to tackle. We in Rotary share what we have in a way that no one else does with love, with kindness, and with simple generosity. And that is why, when I was traveling with my wife, Mary, during Rotary's centennial year, she so often said to me, "The finest people in the world must be Rotarians."

What we have both seen in the last 50 years, over and over again, has been a pure and overwhelming desire to be of assistance a desire that, thanks to the Foundation, is backed with financial and practical resources. Rotarians work to address needs that seem so large or so intractable that no one else will even try or sometimes so insignificant that no one else will bother. In our Rotary family, we rise to these challenges because we know we can with the strength of our Foundation behind us.

Glenn E. Estess Sr. Foundation Trustee Chair
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Deadline extended for this wonderful opportunity!
DISCTRICT 7790 WCS COMMITTEE is inviting you to join DG Sylvia Plourde in EXPERIENCING ECUADOR 2010

Please join Sylvia in visiting our District Project along with some past projects in Ecuador.

Experience an exciting 10-day trip that will bring you to Guayaquil, Cuenca, Salinas, Portoviejo, Cojimies and Quito one you will never forget and if you wish include hands-on activities.
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Annual Christmas Tree Cutting Event coming Dec 12 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams

Jolene Bedard, Executive Director of United Way of Androscoggin County spoke to the club. Jolene provided a brief overview of this year's campaign. Currently they are just over 70 percent of their goal. While the number of pledges at many businesses have reduced significantly the average pledge amount has increased as well. She stressed that there is still a great deal of need for assistance in our community.

Jolene also spoke briefly on the 5 impact areas that are the focus of the contribution dollars. She also mentioned a couple of new initiatives that they are working on. The first is the Food Pantry project where they are working with Corporate Partners to end hunger locally. The second is Project LAASH which is to end homelessness in Lewiston Auburn. We will hear more of this project from our own Larry Marcoux after the first of the year.

Club Meeting of 12/2 Michael Williams 0
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Posted by Michael Williams
The Trip of the Month Drawing was held and the winner of the August Trip which is a Thanksgiving Weekend in New York City was Volk Packaging Corporation. The two consolation prize winners of $100 were Elliot Mead and Pete Preble.
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Posted by Michael Williams
Today's meeting was a Club Meeting where the different committees took the opportunity to talk to the club. The Balloon Festival is this weekend and it looks like Marcel may keep the coveted trophy as he has a 50 or so lead in Duck Sales. Please take the time to update your profile information. Remember that this information can only be seen by fellow Rotarians. If you still have difficulties please email Mike Williams at mdjrwilliams@gmail.com and I will assist you.
Club Meeting of 8/19 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams
This morning the club met at Fishbones again as our regular venue is holding Vacation Bible School this week. Larry Marcoux reported that club attendance for July will be over 80%. That is very good since July typically is a down month. There were also reminders of three events that are coming up. This Saturday we are looking for volunteers to assist at Habitat for Humanity by placing stickers on products. This is from 8:30-9:30 at the ReStore (see event for location). Also on Saturday, Norm is looking for some help in putting a fresh coat of yellow paint on our Duck Booth. This group will be getting together at 8:30 at Greeley's Garage on Washington St. in Auburn. The reason for the painting of the Duck Booth is that the Great Falls Balloon Festival is 3 weeks away and we are still looking for volunteers man the booth. Don't forget to keep selling your tickets. Marcel is still in the lead, but Norm vows to pass him. (Is Tim hiding in the weeds again this year ready to pounce at the last moment)? The final volunteer opportunity is the annual Steak and Burger Dinner on August 26. See the events section to volunteer for any or all of these opportunities. They all make for great make-ups. Our speaker today was Dick Kendall who spoke on the Lewiston Auburn Youth Court. The Lewiston Auburn Youth Court is the first and only youth court in Maine and one of over 1200 Youth Courts nationally.
Club Meeting of 8/5 Michael Williams 0
Posted by Michael Williams

Today Greg Hird II was inducted into the club.  His father (Greg Sr) was given the honor of providing Greg with his Rotary pin.  Please continue to make Greg feel welcome.

Rick Whiting from the Auburn Housing Authority spoke to the club on their new project Vincent Place.  This is the project that former club member Tom Spugnardi spoke about in his classification speech earlier this year.  Vincent Place was built in 1927 and is on Main Street in New Auburn.  This large building is being renovated to create 17 (1&2 bedroom) apartments for tenants who are 55 and over.  Many of the apartments are handicap accessible and there is a new elevator being installed.  This location is also on one of the local bus routes which will assist in providing mobility for the residents.  Many local businesses have been and are involved in the project.  There has been a focus on making this a green project.  One of the larger tasks in making this green is the installation of passive solar collectors on the roof.

Club Meeting of 7/29 Michael Williams 0
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This week we met at an alternate location- Fishbones. John Hyman was kind enough to inform us that there were no cars at the church parking lot this morning! Tom Hartford did an excellent job as color guard as well. We also welcomed back Greg Hird who was reinstated to the club and heard the nomination of a new member Greg Hird II. Any guesses as to who the sponsor for the younger Hird is?
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This week we were honored to have Sylvia Plourde, this year's District Governor for District 7790, come speak to the club. We had very good attendance and Sylvia made it a point to mention how she feels so welcome every time she comes to visit our club.

The theme for 2009-2010 as chosen by RI President John Kenney is "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands". As Sylvia said, "You have been asked to participate in shaping the future of Rotary. What an incredibly empowering statement that is. It is full of hope and yes not without its challenges as we step through the threshold of a new future in Rotary". District 7790 will focus primarily on Membership and Every Rotarian Every Year for 2009-2010.

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Posted by Mike Williams
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District Governor Sylvia Plourde spoke to the club on July 8th. Part of her speech included a brief discussion regarding her District Project this year. At the close of the meeting President Terri DeFilipp presented DG Sylvia and Assistant District Governor Larry Marcoux with a check to support the project. This was the first donation made by the club for 2009-2010.
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If you have made-up a missed or upcoming Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club meeting, and would like to email your notification to our secretary, please click here.

In the subject line, please state "Make-Up". In the message area, please indicate your name, designate where you made-up, the make-up date and for what meeting date you would like it applied.
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