Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Peggy Belanger


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.

As of early autumn, Maine had 140 deaths due to COVID-19 (9/23) and there were 442 COVID deaths in NH (10/1), including 104 in Rockingham County and 13 in Strafford County where our district’s Rotary Clubs are located.

  • Opioid deaths continue through the pandemic and are rising in Maine
  • As of March 30, Maine had 127 OD’s.   As of August, NH had 200 OD’s with the highest per-capita rate occurring in Strafford County.
  • The Maine expectation for the first half of the year was the state would reach 259 OPIOID deaths, and at the end of the year at this rate Maine could exceed its 2017 overdose death rate (418).  
  • New Hampshire reports 200 overdose deaths as of August 18, with a favorable decline for the year compared to the past several years: still, citizens are dying in both states. Covid-19 is not our only health crisis.
  • We ask your help with our Mission to keep the Opioid Epidemic Front of mind. 
Forty-one clubs, forty-one teams of Rotarians working to make their home communities and the world a happier place in a challenging holiday season.  Here is a small sample of holiday projects and fundraisers from around our district: if we missed yours, please know that your work is appreciated and honored, and send your stories for the next newsletters to rotarynews7780@gmail.com
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