District Governors Message August 2023
The Four-Way Test and Membership
By: DG Marion Cheney, RC of Dover
August is membership month.
We all have our Rotary journey stories. Some of us joined because a family member was a Rotarian. Others became members because their employers wanted exposure in the community.
I became a member because of the US Supreme Court ruling.
My first attempt was at a Club in the South. I was a guest speaker at this Club on two separate occasions. A member of the Club asked me to apply, and I did. My membership was denied despite the Supreme Court ruling.
A year later, Harry and I were transferred to Florida and that’s where I met Susan, President of the Rotary Club where we lived. I attended several meetings before I was invited to join. That was 33 years ago.
As Rotarians, we all have the honor to extend an invitation. Think about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion when we are growing our membership. It’s making our meetings and events where we can speak openly and honestly with each other. A place where our members feel welcome and safe.
At Rotary, we are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, allowing everyone’s voice to
be heard, and providing equitable opportunities for fellowship, service, and leadership.
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
Let the Four-Way Test be your guide to membership recruitment.
Connecting the Dots August 2023
By: Sarah MacGillivray, Secretary, and Public Image Coordinator, District Foundation Committee, RC of Bath Sunrise
New this Rotary year, we include a “Rotary Moment” that we encourage you to share at a club meeting.  If you are a Club President, seek out a newer member to read the Rotary Moment at a club meeting.  You will be surprised how impactful just a moment of information shared can make!  It is the starting dot, so please help us as we Connect the Dots and share just how much good work is done in our communities and around the world!
This month’s Rotary Moment starts at the very beginning:
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the charitable arm of Rotary International.
It’s a nonprofit supported by contributions from Rotary members and other donors who share our vision of a better world. The Foundation’s mission is to help Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian and educational programs.
District International Committee Update
By:  Emma Bodwell, DGN; Past Chair, DISC; RC of Bridgton-Lake Region
Our last International Cafe on June 17th was a success!  If you missed it - no problem - you can watch it here!!
 We featured the following presentations:
  1. Youth Exchange & Students in District 7780 with Kathi Perkins
  2. Basic Education & Literacy Global Grant in Uganda - Juliet Kyokunda (Contact me for the presentation.)
  3. Aquaponics for Youth & Leadership Global Grant in Colombia - Erika Aristi & Maria Luisa Aquilar (Contact me for the presentation.)
  4. Final Comments and Announcements!!! 
It was great to hear first hand the experiences of our Youth Exchange Students - and it is exciting to bring this to everyone's attention.  The opportunities for our youth both here in our district and around the globe are incredible and often life changing for them, and even the host families!  If you and/or your club would like more information on how to become involved - here are your resources:
Juliet Kyokunda spoke passionately about her Global Grant in Uganda.  This PowerPoint presentation is available.  Reach out to me for it and then contact Juliet.
Erika Aristi & Maria Luisa Aguilar from Medellin helped present the Aquaponics project currently in fundraising stage.  For more information feel free to reach out to me (Bridgton- Lake Region is the International sponsor for the Global Grant).  I can send you the PowerPoint presentation.
August 2023
Club News
Click HERE for news about projects and fundraisers from around our district.
Bridgton-Lake Region
South Berwick-Elliot
If we missed your club, 
please know that your work is appreciated. Please send your stories next month to:
Growth / Membership
By:  PDG Peggy Belanger, District 7780 Growth Chair, RC of Kennebunkport
Help Rotary create lasting change!!!  Solving some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems takes real commitment and vision. Rotarians believe that we share a responsibility to take action to improve our communities.
How do we, how can we achieve lasting change???
We can do this by Growing as Rotarians, Growing as individuals, and Growing as an organization/club. Rotarians need to Grow in knowledge and understanding so that we can best “recruit” new members. Growing in number of members is imperative in order for Rotary to continue doing the work we do and need to do.
Rotarians, no challenge is too big for us, and that includes our challenge to Grow Rotary!!
Your Words Matter!
By Carol Marcotte, Co-Chair District Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee, PP RC of Saco Bay Sunset 
This new Rotary year, we continue to embrace many of Rotary International initiatives. The last Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey that was sent out to District 7780 Rotary Club Presidents gleaned some important information. In the next few newsletters, those words will be shared with you.
Quote: Our Rotary world has people of all colors, all capabilities, all interests. Including them in our membership allows each of us as members to create and live the dreams we dream in and for our entire world.”
Rotary International President Gordon McInally states in his video, thatDEI is making rotary an open inclusive organization that embraces the best people, the best ideas and the best partnerships no matter where they come from.”
The next District 7780 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 4p.m.
Please join us! Email Jim Munro ( or Carol Marcotte ( Can’t attend but have a great DEI story or idea, contact us please!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Rotary 7780 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Rotary District Indigenous Partnership Committee Update
By:  Jud Knox, Team Leader RIPC, RC of York
The Rotary Indigenous Partnership Committee, (RIPC), diligently continues its efforts to build positive relationships with the Maine and New Hampshire Indigenous communities.  Current efforts are focused on a Penobscot Healing Garden in Bradley, Maine; Wabanaki Youth in Science, WaYS, program support; and enhanced cultural understanding.  
With open minds there is much for us all to learn. Opportunities vary from:
  • exploring WAY OF THE WABANAKI CANOE TRIP at of the Wabanaki
  • learning about the new KATAHDIN VISITOR CENTER on Lookout Mountain in partnership with the Wabanaki Tribes;
  • watching for KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON coming to theaters near you this Fall.
Live the Four-Way Test, join RIPC. (Jud Knox, 207-251-3210,
Been to a RI Convention? 
This may inspire you.
Rotary International Conventions offer so much.  When we saw Jeff Slaton's photos on Facebook every day before, during and after the Convention, we were intrigued.  It made us think seriously about attending one soon.  Here is the link to a sampling of Jeffrey’s photos: 
If you want to see more including, the Four Tenors from the opening ceremonies, check out Jeffrey’s Facebook Page.
District Calendar
Aug 09, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Aug 14, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Aug 17, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Aug 28, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Aug 28, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sep 11, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Foundation Committee
Sep 12, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
International Cafe
Sep 16, 2023
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Finance Committee Meeting
Sep 19, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Substance Abuse Conference
Italian Heritage Center Portland ME
Sep 21, 2023
Sep 21, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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