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Show Me Rotary

Celebrating 100 years of the Rotary Foundation

District Conference 2017


Join Rotarians and their families to celebrate Rotary Serving Humanity

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Our Speakers

Donna Neff - Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Assoc
Donna is a part of Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association. She has been working in Cuba since the 1990s and has traveled there 29 times always working on projects with other like minded people. She has a very rich history. A former teacher. The group focuses on a library project between Brunswick and Trinidad (Cuba). 
Chief Robert Mackenzie, Kennebunk Police Dept.
Chief Mackenzie has been a member of the Kennebunk Rotary Club since July of 2009. He will chair a panel discussion on opioid abuse. A timely subject given the devastation opioids have brought to communities across Maine and the entire country. 
Katie Gauthier Donnelly  
After receiving a Masters Degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, Katie was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar studying human rights in Uganda in 2009 and 2010. 
Andrew Kiezulas 
Andrew is the co-founder of and Student Recovery Liaison for the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC); a nationally certified Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP). Andrew is also founder of YPR-ME (Young People in Recovery).
Juston McKinney - Entertainment
Juston will entertain us after Saturdays dinner. Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine.  In 1997 Juston moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York.  While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Carolines on broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” Juston would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, IFC and Comedy Central. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs. For lots more on Juston, see his bio and info in the menu on the left of this page.

Our Program

Friday Day 1
12:00pm - 5:00pm       Registration
12:00pm - 1:30pm       Barbecue – Penobscot Bay Patio
                                  Opening Remarks - RI President Rep PDG Wesley “Wade” Drinkard
2:00pm-5:00pm            Service Project with District 7790
5:30pm-6:15pm            Major Donor Reception - North Haven
6:00pm-7:00pm            Cocktails - North Haven
7:00pm-7:45pm            Dinner - Knox County Ballroom
7:45pm-8:00pm            Celebration of Life
8:00pm-8:15pm            Awards
8:15pm-9:00pm            Donna Neff - Trinidad Sister City Association
Saturday Day 2
7:00am - 12:00pm       Registration
7:30am - 8:15am          Breakfast - Knox County Ballroom
8:15am - 8:45am          Reverse Raffle Drawing
8:45am - 9:00am          Rotary Trivia
9:00am - 9:30am          Break 
9:30am - 10:30am        Opioid Misuse Panel - Bay Point Ballroom
                                   Committee Chairman Chief Robert Mackenzie
11am - 12:00pm            District 7780 Business Meeting
12pm - 12:45pm            Lunch - Knox County Ballroom
                                    2nd Reverse Raffle Drawing
12:45pm - 1:00pm         Celebration of Life
1:00pm - 1:15pm           Awards
1:15pm - 1:30pm           2018 District Conference “The Summit” Presentation
                                    DGE  Dave Underhill
1:30pm - 1:45pm           Break
1:45pm - 2:15pm           Speaker - Bay Point Ballroom
                                    Katie Donnelly - Rotary Ambassador Scholar
2:15pm - 5:15pm           Free Time
5:15pm - 6:15pm           Cocktails - North Haven
6:15pm - 7:00pm           Dinner - Knox County Ballroom
7:00pm - 7:30pm           Co-Founder Recovery Oriented Campus Center - Andrew Kiezulas
7:30pm - 8:10pm           RI President Representative - PDG Wesley “Wade” Drinkard
8:10pm - 8:30pm           Break
8:30pm - 9:30pm           Comedian Juston McKinney
Sunday Day 3
7:30am - 8:30am            Breakfast - Knox County Ballroom
8:00am - 8:30am            Final Remarks - RI President Representative
                                     PDG Wesley “Wade” Drinkard
8:30am - 9:30am            Polio Fun Run/Walk
9:30am - 12:00pm         Golf at the Samoset Golf Course
  • Celebrating 100 Years of Success - The Rotary Foundation "Doing Good in the World.” 
  • Learn about opioid addiction and what can be done to fight it.  
  • Hear about future plans involving our relationship with Cuba. 
  • Serve by participating in a food insecurity or homeless shelter service project. 
  • Listen to the Four-Way Test Speech Contest finalists and vote on the winner. 
  • Laugh at New Hampshire comedian Juston McKinney. 
  • Remember District Rotarians who have recently passed away. 
  • Exercise on a walk/run to End Polio Now or play golf on the "Pebble Beach of the East.” 
  • Socialize by reconnecting with District Rotary friends and make new ones. 
  • Discover the charms and attractions of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden. 
  • Create memories that will last for years.
  • If you have never attended a District Conference before - now is the time!

Between sessions relax at the beautiful Samoset Resort

Hotel: $165.00 plus tax & tip per night