Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

Wrap a Smile’s Terry Hodskins of the Wells Club was recently honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship at Portsmouth Rotary. Terry founded “Wrap A Smile” 17 years ago.  She is stepping down after coordinating the delivery of over twenty-four thousand quilts to children, primarily in connection with worldwide Rotaplast missions. Ann Demeranville of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club is taking over the coordination of the Wrap a Smile program. For more about Terry's work and this wonderful program, visit the Wrap-A-Smile page http://rotary7780.org/SitePage/wrap-a-smile
This month, I am very happy to bring you good news. As of May 22, (the latest figure I have access to) there have been no new cases of wild polio virus in Afghanistan. The total there remains at 7. Only one case has been reported in Pakistan in March. In 2017, we ended the year with 22 cases of wild polio virus in two countries (14 in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan), while in 2016, we had 35 cases in three countries (12 in Afghanistan, 19 in Pakistan, and 4 in Nigeria.) We are definitely making progress.
Again this year, Rotary clubs in District 7780 have come through spectacularly in their support of the End Polio Now campaign. The cumulative club Polio Plus giving goals this year were $53,072 and, as of May 26, actual contributions were $53,633.58.
They came-they gathered and they planted!
Members of Rotary District 7780 (Mid-Coast, Western & Southern Maine and Coastal New Hampshire) have successfully completed the installation of over 2500 sapling trees throughout the New England District.  The trees were purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska and shipped to Freeport, Maine mid-April, just in time for “Arbor Day.”  Each of the 40 clubs in the district worked within their local communities to find the best areas to plant the trees yielding the greatest benefit. Red Maple, Sugar Maple, White Spruce and Red Oak were the varieties chosen. Several clubs in the district also partnered with local Girl and Boy Scout Troops, Interact Clubs, Nursing Homes, Schools and Organic Farms and Nurseries to ensure the best start for the saplings. “This was a wonderful project for our district to take part in,” stated Michele Bois-Gilbody, district coordinator for the project, “our clubs were energized and so excited to be involved in planting these trees-it was truly a gratifying experience.” The world is certainly a more beautiful place because of the efforts in District 7780 and in the words of Warren Buffett; “We are sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree.”
These shoes are made for walking - in this case, walking into a much better life because of the work of the Kakamega Orphan Care Center. District 7780's Cultural Exchange Team traveled this spring to Kakamega, Kenya to learn more about the work being done at the center and to explore the needs of the KOCC in terms of sustainability.  A powerpoint presentation with information the team gathered is available here.
25 clubs (listed below) from District 7780 were awarded the Pyramid of Peace Governor's Award at the District Conference Summit recently held at Mount Washington Resort. Club presidents were asked to record information about their service projects (numbers of projects, total volunteer hours, total cash contributions, total of donated goods and services) in order for us to have more details on the amount of service project work that occurs and the impact that it has. The results are impressive. 
District 7780 Total Impact
Cash Funding of Service Projects - $940,972
In-Kind Funding - $957,176
Number of volunteers - 4,743
Volunteer Hours - 34,531
Bath, Bath Sunrise, Bethel, Biddeford-Saco, Bridgton-Lake Region, Brunswick, Brunswick Coastal, Durham Great Bay, Freeport, Fryeburg Area, Hampton, Kennebunk Portside, Kittery After-Hours, Oxford Hills, Portland, Portsmouth, Saco Bay, Sanford-Springvale, Sebago Lake, South Berwick-Eliot, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Topsham Expresso, Wells, Westbrook-Gorham, York
(Honorable mentions were given to clubs that participated, but did not meet the award criteria for this year.)
The winner of this year's 4-Way Test Speech Contest is Oscar Hennin, pictured above speaking to Rotarians attending the District Training Assembly on Saturday. He is a freshman at Morse High School in Bath, and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bath. Oscar said his prize money of $750 goes towards his driver license and a summer course at Southern Maine Community College. Congratulations, Oscar!
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Events & Registration
District Calendar
View the full District Calendar for committee meetings, club events and much more.
Future Events
Mid-Year Dinner
Monday evening, January 28, 2019
PETS Training
Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9, 2019
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