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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  
 
July 1 marks the beginning of our new Rotary Year and the celebration of our Rotary Foundation’s Centennial Celebration.  Will you join us?  There is so much we can do to celebrate.  For starters, perhaps on October 22 your Club will consider reaching out into the community to celebrate Polio eradication.  Over the last two years we have held a Polio Walk in Portsmouth.  Maybe you too can hold a bridge walk, or community breakfast with other service minded folks, or introduce the “Purple Pinky” project to a local grade school.  The opportunities are endless.  Please consider making a difference in your area and tell the public what we are doing to eradicate Polio.
 
Past District Governor Sheila Rollins has introduced the theme of collaboration and we hope to continue this effort. Who are we?  Well, let me first introduce myself.  My name is Marjorie (Marge) Barker.  I joined the South Portland Cape Elizabeth Club in November of 2005. 
 
Prior to serving as Club President 2011-2012, I had the good fortune to travel twice to Honduras to work with youth from Cape Elizabeth High School and fellow club Rotarians to work on a water project. I traveled to Ethiopia on a National Immunization Day trip and delivered polio vaccinations.  After serving as President, I participated in the Friendship Exchange to New Orleans in 2013 and traveled to Guatemala with other Rotarians as part of a service project in 2013. Recently, I joined fellow Rotarians in Cuba.  What an experience. From 2012-2015 I served as an Assistant Governor. 
 
I am a retired banker.  I have the good fortune to compliment my Rotary passion with SCORE as a certified mentor.  SCORE offers the nation’s largest, network of free, expert business mentors. SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on knowledge and expertise to entrepreneurs in your community.
 
I am a widow with two grown children and six grandchildren and have lived in Portland, Maine since 1988. 

Okay, enough about me. Our Presidents have received top notch training over the past year.  Our Assistant Governors are at your disposal.  We also have a team of leaders specialized in every facet of our District.  

They are:

Marty Helman: Boothbay Harbor Rotary - Foundation Chair

Lawrence Furbish: Sanford-Springvale Rotary - Finance Chair

Bowen Depke: Portland Rotary - Public Image Chair

Elias Thomas: Sanford-Springvale Rotary - Membership Co-Chair                                        

Dan Fitzpatrick: Rochester Rotary - Membership Co-Chair

Frank Helman: Boothbay Harbor - By Laws Chair

Larry Marsolais: Hampton Rotary - Youth Services Chair

Gary Speers: Damariscotta Newcastle Rotary - Nominations Committee Chair

Dick Hall: Portland Rotary - Visioning Chair

Brad Jett: Hampton Rotary - District Conference Chair

Contact information can be found in the District’s Directory or on the District’s website.  I feel so fortunate to be working with each of these leaders.  They are here for you.  Reach out to them. 

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.  So celebrate all the work the Foundation has done over the last 100 years.  But remember, none of it could have been done without leaders like you.  Enjoy your year.