The Rotary Indigenous Partnership Committee (RIPC) has been working diligently over the last eighteen months to partner with the Indigenous Peoples of Maine and Eastern Canada. Team members with diverse expertise, experience and expectations have pooled their commitment to understanding and building meaningful and lasting relationships with the Tribal Communities in Maine.  Listening to and learning from Indigenous spokespeople has served as the foundation for relationship efforts.  Reading and research has also enhanced the Team's knowledge base.
The Committees current priorities are supporting three programs:
The well-established Wabanaki Youth Sciences (WAYS) program, an experiential education program offering youth the opportunity to learn traditional indigenous environmental practices integrated with current science approaches. The Team has a fundraising goal of $12,000 to fund 12 students for this program.
Partnering with the Houlton Maliseets on a beautifully designed Medicine Wheel Medicinal Garden. A generous grant from the Sewall Foundation will allow for the engagement of a landscape architect to update the project plans and financials. The team will begin to formulate Fundraising goals and plans soonest.  The team plans to visit the proposed site and the Houlton Rotary Club in June.
Informing District 7780 Rotarians about Indigenous partner approaches and opportunities. District Rotarians interested in joining, supporting or hearing more about the Committee's efforts are invited to contact any Committee member listed below.  For those wishing to schedule a Club presentation, contact Michele Bois-Gilbody,
Jud Knox, RC of York,
Lucy Abbott, RC of Bethel,
Brenda Pollock, RC of Biddeford-Saco,
Patricia Sprague, RC of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth,
Michele Bois-Gilbody,
Marguerite Belanger, RC of Kennebunk Portside,
Rich Campbell, RC of Portland,
George Klauber, RC of Bridgton-Lake Region,
Chris Hamilton, RC of Damariscotta-Newscastle,