October 2019 - ISSUE 4
Upcoming Events
DG Track Mtg
Lloyd's Register SGC Engineering LLC 501 County Road Westbrook, ME 04092
Oct 30, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
Nov 02, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Day At United Nations
Nov 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
District Nominating Committee
Nov 10, 2019
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute - Lewiston, ME
University of Southern Maine
Nov 16, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
District Nominating Committee
Nov 17, 2019
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
DG Track Mtg
Nov 18, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AG Zoom Mtg
Nov 20, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NE PETS Meeting
McLane Middleton Law Center
Dec 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Finance Committee 6 PM
Husson University Southern Maine Campus
Dec 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Cool nights, crisp days, bright sunshine, vivid blue skies, apples, stunning foliage, quiet walks in the woods, squirrels packing away acorns, pumpkins, cider, and pumpkin spice everything.  It’s a beautiful time…
We hope to see you all at RotaryRocks! “A District Conference Like No Other!”, Saturday, October 5th, at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, in Portland. Come for an hour or come for the day. Bring your family, friends, and all your potential Rotarians. You and they will love it.
October is Rotary’s Economic and Community Development month. Every community has different needs and offers us different opportunities for service. Whether your area of interest is your home community or a remote village somewhere in the developing world, Rotary provides a vehicle for you to help others who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.
Together, we make amazing things happen. A sampling of the good we do:
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty for women;
  • Skills development, business training, and microloans; and,
  • Water for agriculture and improved agricultural techniques.
Question:  What new projects can you and your club do to improve your, or other, communities?
October 24th is World Polio Day.  It’s a global day to raise awareness and resources in support of the effort to immunize all children and eradicate polio. Our three goals for this day are to:
  • Learn, become better informed, and make polio a subject of conversation;
  • Share awareness of Polio and of our efforts to eradicate it; and,
  • Raise funds to support our efforts.
Question: What World Polio Day recognition events does your club have planned?
Please keep on “Thinking Outside The Box” and finding creative ways to increase the size of our Rotary footprint of goodness! And, please involve more potential Rotarians in your good work!
Thank you for all the good you do!!  Andy
Andrew Glazier
District Governor, Rotary District 7780
Call for Nominations
This year clubs in our district will have the opportunity to not only nominate a candidate for District Governor but also a representative to the Council on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation, and, for clubs in York and Oxford County, a member of the Finance Committee.
We all know how important the office of District Governor is and the Rotarian selected this year will serve as our DG in 2022-23. Speaking from personal experience, serving as your District Governor is not only an honor, it is also a distinct pleasure. You meet so many new people and have such interesting experiences. Do not be intimidated by the idea that it is too much work or too difficult. Ask any Past District Governor and I venture that they will all tell you how rewarding it was and how much fun they had. A specific "Call for Nominations" document for DG along with the club resolution recommending a candidate plus several other relevant documents with more information about serving as a DG can be found on the District website under Downloads in the folder labeled "2019 Nominating Materials." The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2019.
In addition, clubs in York and Oxford county can nominate candidates for a three-year term on the Finance Committee beginning July 1, 2020. Again, the deadline is November 1, 2019 and more information including the club resolution proposing the candidate can be found in the 2019 Nominating Materials folder.
Finally, every three years, each Rotary district selects a Past District Governor to serve a three year term on the Council on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation commencing July 1, 2020. This representative reviews and votes on changes to Rotary International’s governing documents. Once again, the deadline for club resolutions proposing candidates is November 1, 2019 and more information including a copy of the resolution form and a document on selection of a Council representative can be found in the 2019 Nominating Materials Folder.
Lawrence Furbish
District Nominating Committee Chair
Polio Plus - October 2019
24 October is WORLD POLIO DAY
World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians all over the world to raise awareness about our efforts to eradicate polio for good. In the past week news has come from the Philippines that a three-year-old girl has contracted a circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 {cVDPV2} along with a possible second case pending confirmation. No cases of wild poliovirus have been discovered and the Philippines’ polio free status is not at risk, stated Michael K. McGovern, International Polio Plus Chair.
Here is a link to the latest news about Polio around the world:
Please free to reach out to me regarding any activities your Club’s may have planned and I will let the Foundation Board know and we will do what we can to assist in the promotion of your event or fundraiser.  The need has never been greater as you will see when you click the Polio News link above. Also, I have about 40 small cans for change [$$] with “Help Us Eradicate Polio” if any Clubs out there need some.
Thank you for all you do and be well.
Jeffrey R Slaton
District 7780 Polio Plus Committee
PP of the Rotary Club of Saco Bay
International Service
The District International Service Committee is now accepting applications for this year's International Outreach to Cali, Columbia.
The deadline to submit your application is OCTOBER 14th.
The trip will be taking place end of January/beginning of February for approximately 10-12 days.
Any questions, please feel free to reach out to the committee chair, Emma Bodwell, at 207-595-1138, or  We will also be at the RotaryRocks! event on October 5th with applications and to answer any questions!
Click here to download the APPLICATION
New! Rotary Affinity Groups
We are setting up "affinity groups" for Rotarians who have common interests or hobbies.  So far, we have the groups listed below.  Let us know if you want to join one (or more) of them, or if you have an idea for a new group, by sending us a message at "Contact Us" on the district home page.
  • JAG Officers
  • Peace Corps Alumni
  • Rotary History/Technology
  • Diplomats, Foreign Service and Others Who Have Lived Abroad (including Missionaries, Teachers, Business people)
  • Paddling (SUP, Canoe, Kayak)
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Sports Cars
  • (Local) Traveling Rotarians (to support fundraisers and events at other district clubs)
  • International Traveling Rotarians (interested in visiting clubs in other countries)
  • Healthcare Workers (doctors, nurses, etc.)
District History for October 2019
No replies to September’s History Questions
Here are 4 questions from last month and their answers –
  1. What year(s) we had or will have our District 7780 Conference in the fall? What was the date(s)? Where was it held? Who was the District Governor? Was there a theme and what was it?
  • October 25-27, 1991 - Verrillo’s Conference, Portland, ME; District Governor was Robert Patten.  This was a day time conference.  No particular theme.
  • October 31-November2, 2003 – Montreal Marriott Hotel, Chateau Champlain, Montreal, Canada; District Governor Trisha Hunter.  This was a joint conference with District 7930.  First joint conference as District 7780.  No particular theme.
  • October 14-17, 2004 – MBNA Conference Facilities Northport, ME; District Governor Robert Jacobson.  No particular theme.
  • September 22-25, 2005 – The Balsams Resort, Dixville Notch, NH.  District Governor Robert Laux.  We had not had a conference here since we split from District 779.  Theme – “Onward to a New Century of Service.”
  • October 5, 2019 – October 5, 2019.Our second one day conference to be held at the Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.  District Governor Andrew Glazier.  A one day conference but our first opened to the public!  Theme “ROTARY ROCKS!”  You still have time to register! 
For October - Please share with me and the District something you learned or heard about at any District Conference that you or your club got involved in or a project that you took on as a result of attending a District Conference. 
Please send me your answers and along with your name and your club’s name to .  It will appear in the next newsletter. 
Marie A. Williams, PDG
District 7780 Historian
RotaryFest 2019
Please acknowledge our generous RotaryFest event sponsors, by supporting them when you can.  
They helped make RotaryFest a free event for all who attended. They offered their support based on hearing that RotaryFest is a team building event for all Rotarians, partners, children, and other guests in southern New Hampshire and Maine.
They are encouraging us to learn about Rotary, to consider service opportunities, and most importantly to improve the communities in which we live. This is their way of saying thanks.
The Rotary Club of Bethel
Above left: President Tim LeConey presents a check to Chasity Lake from Telstar Youth Football, to provide financial assistance to youth who would like to participate.  Above right: The Western Maine Chapter of the Maine Climate Lobby presented a fantastic program.  All their goals align with Rotary’s four-way test!

Above left: We presented scholarship assistance from our May Day 5K fund to the University of Maine 4H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, to make access to camp possible for local youth.  Above right: Rotarian Ellie Andrews presented an amazing amount of school supplies to the local elementary schools.

Above left: Staff members of Crescent Park Elementary School gather to accept Rotary’s school supply gifts. Above right: Bethel Rotary donated funds to the new Bethel Veteran Park, to honor deceased Rotarian and Veteran James Monahan. A bench has been installed to commemorate Jim’s life.
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle

Maine State Representative Chloe Maxim (shown above with President Lorraine Faherty) spoke to the Damariscotta-Newcastle Club about what it is like to be a new representative in state legislature. Her enthusiasm, even at 7 am, was overwhelming!
President Elect Roberta McLaughlin and Past President Jane Gravel helped prepare backpacks full of school supplies for children at 5 schools in AOS93.
Thirty-three Rotarians from the  Damariscotta-Newcastle Club served 501 cyclists from BikeMaine breakfast in lieu of their regular meeting on October 10th.  Volunteers even included a District AG and a president of a nearby club. Pictured above are some of the volunteers: Debby Schling, Bob Reed, Claudia Frost, Bob Duke, Roberta McLaughlin, Bob Topper, Wilt Jones, Bill Vaughan, Jane Gravel, Lorraine Faherty and David Swetland. Also shown cooking pounds and pounds of potatoes: Billy Claflin.  
The Rotary Club of Dover

Another Rotary Club of Dover - Thirsty Tuesday in the books. A fabulous evening as we gathered for friendship and fellowship. Thank you to all that joined us, including my partner in crime, Julie Lynn Hitchcock of the Portsmouth Rotary breakfast club. #thirstytuesday #friendship #fellowship 


The Rotary Club of Exeter
The annual Exeter Rotary Apple Sale fundraiser for scholarships was a great success again this year, selling out quickly due to the hard work of members, friends and the great weather!  
The Rotary Club of Hampton
Above left: Hampton Rotarians Sherry Rand and Joan Correll take a water break, at the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival.  Above right, Hampton Rotarians Don Lamprey, Penny Jett, and Michael Green organize the different beers at the Ragnar Reach The Beach beer tent.
Coming off of back to back weekends in early September for their two biggest fundraisers; first manning the beer tent for 3 days at the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, and then again the following weekend at the Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay Race, Hampton Rotarians have just a few weeks to gear up for two more upcoming fundraising events.
On October 6th, Hampton Rotarians will meet up at 6 am to help to conduct traffic and yet again man another beer tent for the Loco Races, Rockfest Half Marathon and 5k at Hampton Beach. Then the very next day, they'll hold their 20th Annual Golf Tournament at the Portsmouth Country Club (see flier below) on Monday, October 7th.
All four fundraising events will allow the Hampton Rotary Club to continue their charitable giving in their community and globally.
The Kittery Rotary After-Hours Club
The Kittery After Hours Club’s “Kittery Reads” literacy initiative continues to have a positive impact on students in the community. The club is proud to continue the program, started as a District Grant in 2016, heading in to it’s fourth year!
In what has become a start of school year tradition, members of the Kittery After Hours Club were on hand at Horace Mitchell School to greet incoming kindergarten students and their parents and present students with a new book of their very own to take home. On September 3rd & 4th kindergarten students visited the school to meet with their teachers.
Following their teacher meetings, students were excited to choose a book from a selection of titles that included “How I Became a Pirate”, “Great Big Things”, “Flotsam”, and “Chef Sheldon’s Birthday Breakfast”.
A primary goal of this program is to encourage family reading time and to support that goal a brochure was provided to the parents developed with school staff input. Members also handed out book marks with the Kittery Reads logo and the Rotary 4-Way Test on the back.
The Club thanks the Kittery Trading Post for their generous and continued support of this program.
In May, the Kittery After Hours Club’s lost charter member and dear friend Cindy Kuliga after a courageous battle with cancer.
Cindy’s infectious laughter, sharp wit, and fun-loving spirit have been greatly missed by our club. It was clear we wanted to find a very special way to memorialize this amazing woman. Cindy was known for her love of family, the beach, gardening and feeding the masses. Her favorite Rotary projects were those involving books and kids in our community. She loved visiting the school to present books to the kindergarten students, handing out books at the holiday parade, and reading to students whenever the opportunity was presented.
Working with the staff at Horace Mitchell Primary School in Kittery, the club determined that the best way to pay our respects to Cindy’s love of books and food would be to establish a bookshelf in her memory. Not just any bookshelf though, but one stocked with cookbooks donated by the club and community members in Cindy’s honor. And so we are very proud to present “Cindy’s Cookbook Shelf” now permanently installed in the library. A plaque on the top of the shelf, and a label on the front page of each book, states, “Presented to the students of Horace Mitchell Primary School by the Kittery Rotary After Hours Club in honor of Cindy Kuliga.”
The Club would like to thank Mr. Wayne Harris of Kittery for his craftsmanship in building the shelf and the help of school librarian Anne Masury for her assistance in putting the plan in to motion.
The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills
Oxford Hills Interact Advisor/Rotarian Tina Fox draws on a chalk board at the Common Ground Fair on Friday, Sept. 20.  Tina, along with new member Jen Sherbinksi, Beth Abbott and Patty Rice took fourteen Interact students to volunteer for 4 hours in the children’s area for the fair as a community service project.

The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills held a community service hands-on project working in a local cemetery to restore Veteran’s stones and do some much needed brush clearing.  They hauled 7 loads of brush off and helped restore multiple stones with help from expert Deb Carrol.
The Rotary Club of Portland

A community person's response to the Portland Rotary's Flags for Heroes- Remembering our community heroes at the September 11-17, 2019 exhibit, a display in honor of the the memory and victims of September 11, 2001:


"Last Thursday afternoon I was trailing through the crowds at the Maine Mall and was stunned by the sight of a small forest of American flags gently stirring beneath the sky light. Thinking it was a 9-11 memorial, I wandered into the center of it, joining others who were quietly walking, crouching to read the plaques, or simply standing there, enveloped in the red, white, and blue stillness. I discovered that it was the Flags for Heroes Exhibit, sponsored by the Portland Rotary. I learned that each flag represents a hero who has made a contribution to their community, including educators, therapists, medical personnel and first responders, police and firefighters, business owners - 100 names, 100 flags, 100 thank-yous to those who have given of themselves. This was a particularly moving experience for me, discovering it on the day after 9-11 and the loss that day represents. I want to thank Charlie Frair, Paul Tully, Paul Gore and all the Rotarians and volunteers who put this wonderful event together. I won’t forget it." Written by Joanna, in Tenants Harbor, Maine.



The Rotary Club of Portsmouth
September District Report
We are hoping to send a large delegation to RotaryRocks! in October. Closer to home, Basic Needs spear-headed a drive to contribute badly needed diapers, baby wipes and baby monitors to Crossroads House.
The club gave away nearly $9,000 dollars in August. Bill Hurley received a $2,500 William Cash Committee check for a Cross Roads House project to build sleeping quarter storage shelves. Another $2,500 cash grant went to Stanford Cross for the 13th Annual Black New England Conference. Ramona Dow and Cathy Nickerson got $1,000 to support “Purses for a Purpose.”
Some $2,122 of Jeremy Alex Fund money will fund a Portsmouth Music and Arts Center scholarship. And $300 from the fund goes to Operation Warm to provide winter coats for the needy. We also learned that the Rotary Foundation received $5,000 to honor Past District Governor and Club President James Labrie.
Like other clubs, we ramped up support for victims of Hurricane Dorian. Past District Governor Dave Underhill donated his Red Sox tickets which yielded $325 at auction. Not to be outdone, Eric Wienrieb, a Yankees fan, donated his tickets that commanded $130.
With better weather, we finished painting at the John Paul Jones House, a project started in the waning days of Queen Cleo’s reign.
Further afield, the club will send members to Belize next month to help a Friends Forever water project there. More Rotarians travel to India in 2020.
Above on left:  Rotary Foundation Trustee and RI Director Mike McGovern, and on right:  Dan Weeks, Director of Development for Market Energy.
Guest speakers for the period included a wide variety of civic leaders. Rotary Foundation Trustee and RI Director Mike McGovern spoke about RI’s Polio Plus effort. Mike is a past district governor and South Portland -Cape Elizabeth Club member. Portsmouth Rotary has committed to raising $5,000 for World Polio Day next month.
Retiring Music Hall EO Patricia Lynch visited…UNH President James Dean was another in a growing list of distinguished educators who have shared lunch with us.
Dan Weeks, director of development for Market Energy, painted a bleak picture of Climate Change and its negative impact on New Hampshire’s environment. The provocative program contrasted with Portsmouth Parking Director Benjamin Fletcher’s presentation. The always touchy and complex topic drew some spirited questions. And we have only just begun welcoming Presidential candidates to our podium.
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset
Chase Walker has been associated with Rotary since the 8th grade as a member of the Loranger Middle School Interact Club. When he entered Old Orchard Beach High School he joined the Interact Club and the RC of Saco Bay Sunset. He serves on the board of directors as a co-secretary of the club. 
Chase is a Paul Harris member and regularly contributes to the foundation. He was named Rotarian of the Year from the club for the 2016-17 year. He is very proud of his membership in Rotary as can be seen by his new license plate.
The Rotary Club of Wells
20th Annual Golf Tournament

The Wells Rotary Club held our 20th Annual “Chuck Cumming Memorial” Golf Tournament on Friday, September 6th.  It was the largest field of golfers we’ve had in the history of the tournament! Special thanks to our Tournament Chair Rick Coyne, Barry Wolfson and the myriad of volunteers that made the event happen! 

Pictured above on left: Team York Hospital, and on right: Team Exit Oceanside Realty with Rick and Pam Coyne.

Pictured Above:  Team 1 and Team 2 from The Maine Diner.


The Rotary Club of Yarmouth
On Sept. 9th, longtime Rotarian David Kitchen presented a Rotary pin to Yarmouth’s newest member, his daughter Sadie, who has already undertaken to serve as liaison to Yarmouth High School’s Interact Club.
The Rotary Club of Hampton
The Rotary Club of York
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