District Governor's Message
By: DG Marion Cheney, Dover RC
What is Peace and a Peace Concert.
What do we mean when we speak of peace?  Is it when we feel safe and accepted in our communities.  Is it a lack of armed conflict in our community or in the world.  Or is it actually celebrating the differences between peoples and their cultures.
With such a wide spectrum of ideas regarding peace, what can we do to make peace a reality? 
I personally feel our world is in a moral crisis. Today over 70 million people are displaced because of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations.  Half of them are children, our future.
Rotary is no stranger to the Peace Initiative.  Our commitment to peace building today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our visions of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding and finding more ways for people to get involved.
Rotary creates environments where peace can happen.  They are called Rotary Peace Centers.
Situated in different parts of the world, the Rotary Peace Centers offer tailor-made curricula to train individuals devoted to peacebuilding and conflict resolution — no matter where they land.
On Saturday, February 17th District 7780 is hosting a Peace concert from 2-3:30 at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine.  Voices from throughout Maine and New Hampshire will be singing songs of peace.
The net proceeds will go to a peace endowment that helps to fund the 7 Rotary Peace Centers and Peace Scholars throughout the world.  A video of the concert will be sent to the new Peace Center opening in Istanbul.
Tickets are on sale for $25.00. Click HERE to buy tickets.
Please join us on the 17th and help support this event.
“Peace is the soil where hope takes root”. Gordon McInally RI President 23-24.
Connecting the Dots 
An Update from the Foundation Committee
By:  Sarah MacGillivray, Secretary, and Public Image Coordinator, District Foundation Committee, RC of Bath Sunrise
Happy New Year to all and hoping that everyone enjoyed the beautiful holiday season.  Of course, starting a new year always makes me reflect on the past year and the things that made an impression on me.  One of my favorite things from last year was an event that happened on World Polio Day.  I was so proud of our District’s own Brenda Cressey, member of the Ogunquit Rotary Club and Past Trustee Chair, who took part in the Focus on Polio event.  What a successful event, I know I learned a lot!  Dave Considine, the Foundation Chair of the Hampton Rotary Club, dedicated their club meeting to watching the End Polio Now event live, showing support to Brenda Cressey, but also educating all of their club members on the most up to date information on the fight against polio. Who knows what project ideas may have come from this simple idea, and the good work that will come from it?
District 7780 and the Zambia Outreach Team Help a School for the Deaf in Zambia
By Helen Goransson, Zambia Outreach Team, South Berwick-Eliot RC
As the result of the District 7780 February-March 2023 Outreach Team trip to Zambia, members of the South Berwick – Eliot Rotary Club were inspired to assist a school for the deaf.  Club members and Zambia Team leader Richard Donhauser and team member Helen Goransson joined with Ashok Surati, then President of the Rotary Club of Mosi oa Tunyua in Livingstone, Zambia, to have his club coordinate this project in country. He introduced us to this project, to his Rotary club, and to Lisa Zahra, director of the DeSanto Centre for the Deaf, who were eager for our help.
From left to right:  Ashok Surati (PP of Rotary Club of Mosi oa Tunyua in Livingstone), Lisa Zahra (Director of DeSanto Centre for the Deaf in Livingstone), and current President Lwanga of the Mosi oa Tunyua Club.
Also Introduced the 2024 Outreach Team to Poland
By:  Bill Dunn, Member, District International Service Committee, Yarmouth RC
On December 9, 2023 over 30 District and other Rotarians attended the last International Café of 2023.  DGN Emma Bodwell, host for the Cafe, started by introducing the six members of the District 7780 International Outreach Team traveling to Poland in 2024.  They include:
Gregg Dowty – Dover – Co-Team Leader
Kimberly Ann Masucci – Exeter – Co-Team Leader
Matthew Cartmell – Freeport
Nicole Curtis – Portland
NellAnn Hiatt – Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth
Carolyn Marcotte – Saco Bay Sunset
This team will be travelling to Poland in the March/April time frame.
Ghana Water Project
Walter Hughes of the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, described District #7570’s water project in Ghana.  He noted that 75% of water borne diseases can be avoided by taking common sense sanitary measures.  Their $225,000 project plans to drill 54 water wells impacting over 32,000 people.  The project also includes micro-credit loans and significant local involvement.

'Dove of Peace' by Picasso
January 2024
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A Reminder!  Midyear Luncheon and Program!
Midyear Luncheon
Sunday, January 21st
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport
Attention All Rotarians.  We will have the opportunity to gather for our District 7780 annual Midyear event, this year in the form of a luncheon, which will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine, on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost:  $35.00 Rotarians and guests; $20.00 Rotaractors.
Please plan to attend this informative and enjoyable event. For the latest information and registration, Click HERE.
RYLA Selects Kathi Perkins as the 2023 RYLA Coordinator of the Year
On November 19th, 2023, the second annual RYLA Coordinator Summit was held to discuss strategies for Rotary Clubs across District 7780 to effectively identify and recruit youth leaders in the area. Without the assistance of each club’s RYLA Coordinator, our camp would struggle to reach the volume of students that it does, and to select those that may benefit the most from the experience of RYLA.
These coordinators work tirelessly to not only find students but to emphasize the importance of providing scholarships and funding for the program. We thank each and every one of you. In the year that has passed since our inaugural Summit, there was one coordinator in particular that was deserving of special recognition for the dedication and prowess that she showed in her duties.
District Calendar
Jan. 08, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Foundation Committee
Jan. 09, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 10, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Jan. 17, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 17, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Jan. 18, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
International Cafe
Jan. 20, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Midyear Luncheon
Hilton Garden Inn
Jan. 21, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2024
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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