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Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Peggy Belanger

           

 
 
 
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Like many other Rotary Districts, we celebrated World Understanding and Peace Day on February 23, 2021, Rotary's birthday. Our celebration this year was virtual with some great speakers - Brenda Cressy, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation; Rebecca Crall,  Area of Focus Manager for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention; and Shannon O’Rourke Kasali  a 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow and Founder and Executive Director of Books for Congo, a non-profit organization that creates libraries and promotes reading in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
Watch the celebration here: https://youtu.be/9cnathYoHNQ  
 
 
 
In January the District received Round II of the Million Mask Challenge, more than 100,000 face masks and for the first-time children’s face coverings.  Once again, all through the generosity of New England Rotarians and the Rossi Foundation, Rotarians are able to continue to distribute free protective facemasks to community groups that request them.
Rotary District 7780 has earmarked ten thousand dollars to support vaccine distribution efforts in Maine and New Hampshire, Governor Peggy Belanger announced in mid-December.
 
Maine funds will be supporting the vaccine distribution chain in partnership with Maine EMS.  New Hampshire funds will be allocated to vaccination efforts to be identified by our seven clubs in the Seacoast region.
 
Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC Director, named Paul Harris Fellow.
The Rotary 7780 District Recovery team presented a live forum: 
Rotary 7780 progress report - Community responses to ACEs
January 14 at 6:30 PM via Zoom
 
Video is now available at this link:
 
Preparatory materials (background about ACEs) at this link:
Featured speakers included Governor Peggy Belanger, District Recovery Chair Bob MacKenzie, Pinetree Institute Executive Director Larry McCullough, along with three Rotarians who have completed the initial training on ACEs awareness.  Brittany LaShier of Kennebunk, Cate Rafferty of Dover, and Moe Sullivan of Portsmouth briefed us  on the training and how they are "paying it forward" by training others in their disciplines.  Thirty people participated in the master-trainer education, which was funded by the district committee along with seven of our Clubs.  Matching funds were provided by Kennebunk Savings Bank Spotlight Fund and the Maine Community Foundation.
 
Learn more about next steps for your Rotary Club on addressing adverse childhood experiences (indexed as an ACE score, often referred to as "ACEs").  Get new information about how positive community responses can help those with childhood trauma experiences.  You are welcome to use this video for a Club program or to invite any of the panelists to speak at your Rotary Club.
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