Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

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From District Interact Co-Chair Erin Haye -

On November 10th and 11th, 48 Interact students representing 13 schools in District 7780 headed to the Big Apple. This year UN Interact Day was held in Geneva, Switzerland instead of NYC, but the Interact Committee decided to continue offering this five-year tradition to the city and take a tour of the UN instead.  Information was shared about the importance of Rotary in the UN to the students and, for many, it was the first time touring the building and very informative. The students and chaperones also toured the Empire State Building, Times Square, and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway.  The frigid temperatures, traffic and busy streets did not discourage these 15-18 year olds.  A survey conducted indicated that 100% of the students felt safe and would highly recommend the trip when they went back to their Interact group to other students.

A Big Thank You to all of the Rotary Clubs who supported these students.  While is  was very exciting to be able to see a show, the sites of NYC and eat some yummy food - the most important part of this trip was clearly the conversations and relationships that these students created in the name of Interact.  We hope that they will continue on with the 4 Way Test in their daily lives.  The highlight of the trip for me was when we were told by a manager in a restaurant that after 7 years of working at the Hard Rock Cafe, and serving groups from around the world, these were the most well-behaved students he has ever encountered. So proud of these students and looking forward to a great turnout at the Interact Conference in the spring.

From PDG Sheila Rollins, District Rotaract Chair
I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, a new Rotaract Club will be officially welcomed into the District. The Rotaract Club of Saint Joseph’s College will be joining Rotary District 7780.  The welcome ceremony will take place at Saint Joseph’s College at 7:00 PM, room location TBA. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending to show your support, please contact me (wwwings@megalink.net or 207-956-3786) for further information. Your support and attendance will be highly appreciated.
Registration is now open for the 2018 Rotary Mount Washington Summit!
Fellow Rotarians, we look forward to being with you at this exciting and historic event!  Join over 500 Rotarians from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Quebec and Vermont, at the beautiful Mount Washington Resort on May 4-6, 2018.  Registration is now OPEN.  Here’s what you need to know:

For those of you who may have missed the 2017 World Polio Day Live Stream Event from Seattle, Washington on October 24, it was taped and you can watch it at your leisure. The link is https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day. As you probably know Roland Gagne and his wife, Paula, from the Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco, were the runner up winners of our drawing and won a trip to Seattle to be there for the event. Our district contest was a drawing with every Rotarian who donated at least $25 to Polio Plus during the first three months of the Rotary year eligible to win the trip. The trip was given by an anonymous donor in the District and this terrific idea resulted in about $8,000 more money being donated in the first quarter than in previous years. But don’t stop giving now. The true prize will go to the children of the world when polio is gone from the face of the earth.

Sadly we had one recent additional case of polio appear in Afghanistan and we are now up to 12 cases this year: 7 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. But so far, none in Nigeria. Here’s hoping that as we move closer to the end of the year, there will be no more cases. 

I’d like to remind you of the Polio Plus Society. This is a group of committed district Rotarians who have pledged to donate at least $100 per year until Polio is eradicated. You can find the application form on the District Website - click on Rotary Foundation and Grants and then on Polio Plus.

Finally, I have a 20-minute presentation on the history of polio, the nature of the disease, attempts to find a vaccine, and Rotary’s involvement leading to our commitment to eliminate the disease. If I haven’t yet visited your club, I’d love to. All you have to do is ask. (lkfurbish@mac.com, 207-490-6840)

District 7780 Recovery Initiative (our newest committee) was formed this year to assist clubs throughout the district in efforts to combat the substance use disorder and opioid epidemic that challenges all of our communities. The committee has just released information about a training session (Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose) for members of the Kennebunk Rotary Club that will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the West Kennebunk Fire Department, 80 Thompson Road, West Kennebunk. Rotarians will be trained in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to perform first-aid, to include chest compression only CPR, as well as how to administer naloxone (the drug which reverses the affects of opioids). The committee would like to offer this training to all Rotary clubs in District 7780. If your club is interested in scheduling a training session or needs more information, please contact Kennebunk Police Chief and committee chair, Bob MacKenzie, rmackenzie@kennebunkmaine.us

Are YOU Interested in a Leadership Position in our Rotary District?

Leadership in our District is an honor and a privilege. It’s a chance-of-a-lifetime for a volunteer to provide schooling and clean water to our less fortunate neighbors, to engage with our youth and senior citizens, and to generally make a difference by changing lives.  

The District Nominating Committee will meet this fall to select an outstanding Rotarian to be our District Governor in 2020-21 and also to select a Finance Committee member for a three-year position beginning next July 2018.  Might the right candidate be you?  

Check out what it takes to be considered for one of these positions by reading the Nominating Packet material on the left side of the home page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, contact Marty Helman, 2017-18 Nominating Committee Chair, martyrotary@gmail.com

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Future Events
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May 4-6, 2018
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