Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

The District Nominating Committee has chosen Marguerite “Peggy” Belanger of the Kennebunk Portside Club to serve as our District Governor in 2020-2021. Peggy is well known to many of us. In addition to serving twice as President of her club, she has served in district roles including conference chair and as coordinator of our inbound vocational technical team members from Uganda. Peggy has been a nursing professional for 45 years, specializing in public health, oncology and home health.  She has been recognized nationally as a leader in her field, and she is has been regarded as a passionate, committed and caring Rotarian since she came into Rotary in 2001. Please join with me, and my DG-track colleagues John and Andy, in welcoming Peggy to our district’s leadership team!
Yes, Hurricane Relief Funds are still needed! For those of you who would like to help, click here for more information. 

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.

Thanks to PDG Sheila Rollins, District Rotaract Chair
I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, a new Rotaract Club was officially welcomed into the District. The Rotaract Club of Saint Joseph’s College joined Rotary District 7780.  The welcome ceremony took place at Saint Joseph’s College.
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:
There were three new cases of children infected with the wild polio virus, all in Afghanistan, bringing our total for the year to 15 cases, 10 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. This is still significantly below the 33 cases at this point last year. With only a little more than a month to go before the close of this year, we can remain hopeful that we will have a 50% reduction in cases for 2017. 
However, the incidents of vaccine derived polio (cases of polio that develop when the virus in the vaccine reverts to virulence) are sharply up. Last year there were 5 cases while this year there have been 80, 10 in the Congo and 70 in Syria. According to the World Health Organization this is due to vulnerable, under-immunized populations in either remote geographical areas or where military conflict is occurring. As the End Polio fight moves toward using injections rather than the oral vaccine, these cases should drop.
Last year was a great year for Polio Plus donations in our District. Overall, individuals and clubs donated $70,462 toward End Polio Now! And 15 of our clubs donated at least $1,500 thus earning a certificate of appreciation from The Rotary Foundation. These clubs are: Boothbay Harbor, Bridgton-Lake Region, Damariscotta-Newcastle, Durham Great Bay, Exeter, Hampton, Kittery, Portland Sunrise, Portsmouth, River Valley (Greater Rumford Area), Saco Bay, Sanford-Springvale, Seacoast Portsmouth, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, and York. Congratulations! District officers will be visiting these clubs personally to present their certificates. Let’s try this year to have even more clubs eligible for this award.
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
Events & Registration
District Calendar
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Future Events
(District Conference)
May 4-6, 2018
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