Greetings From The District Governor
By: Dick Hall
District Governor 2021-2022
AUGUST IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - On the Rotary International Calendar, August is Membership and New Club Development Month.  This is an important time to ensure all members feel connected to the club and everyone is emerging from the Covid hibernation and looking around for others in the community to welcome to Rotary. Inviting someone to join Rotary is giving them a gift which will be treasured by them for years.
The Rotary International Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Vision Statement is: 
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
This is not only the right thing to do but also provides more opportunities to invite people to join Rotary.
The Polio Corner

By: Ann Lee Hussey
District Polio Chair

Welcome to the new Rotary year! As our district wrapped up a year of celebrating the many ways that Rotarians served their communities and the world, despite challenges from the pandemic, we can also be proud of the amazing progress made this year in the fight to END POLIO.

Rotary’s support, your support, has helped to keep the number of Wild Poliovirus Cases at bay, reporting only two children crippled from polio so far this year - one child in each of the remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Two children too many.

Wild poliovirus (WPV)

•  Total global WPV1 cases in YTD 2021: 2

  Total global WPV1 cases in YTD 2020: 87

•  Total global WPV1 cases in Full Year 2020: 140

Rotarians: Call to Action
93,000 Deaths from Overdoses
Nationwide in 2020. 
By: Bob MacKenzie,
Chair, District 7780 Recovery Initiative
Bob MacKenzie, Past-President of the Kennebunk Rotary Club, Chair of the District 7780 Recovery Initiative and Chief of Police at the Kennebunk Police Department would like to schedule a time to be your speaker.  Chief MacKenzie’s passion is fighting the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder.  Prior to the pandemic Chief MacKenzie had spoken at over 35 clubs throughout the district and beyond with a call for Rotarians to save lives and be part of the solution by offering education, reducing stigma and offering training on Narcan, the drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose
Foundation News Brief
By: Dave Underhill,
District Rotary Foundation Chair,
Greetings from your Rotary Foundation team at District 7780!
Foundation Fun Fact: 33 of our 41 clubs took part in a district or global grant during 2020-2021, that’s over 75%!
First, a quick look in the rearview mirror: THANK YOU for supporting the 2020-2021 annual fund with your energy and dollars.  The numbers are still coming in, but it’s clear that our district exceeded its goals and continues to be a leader in building the capacity of OUR foundation.
District 7780 Protection Policy
Update and Review
By: Gregg Dowty,
District 7780 Protection Officer
With the new Rotary Year, now is a good time for all clubs to revisit and review the District 7780 Protection Policy. As Rotarians we are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. We also have a duty of care to protected persons we serve and with whom we interact. It is incumbent upon us to establish a culture of respect and conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with the 4-Way Test.
The District Protection Policy sets forth our individual and club responsibilities regarding our interactions. All clubs need to:
Crutches 4 Africa
A District Project Saving Lives
By: Dennis Robillard,
Crutches 4 Africa
District 7780 Chair 2021-2022
Crutches 4 Africa has been a district project since 2010 and since that time the district has sent 10 forty-foot containers overseas. We will be sending our 11th on July 31, 2021. Each item we send changes someone’s life and since the district has been involved, we have changed over 30,000 lives. We have sent more containers than any group/district in the country and for that we all should be immensely proud.
Rotary Monthly Theme - August | Rotary Club of Addison Midday
Clubs in this Months News
Bridgton-Lake Region
Damariscotta-New Castle
Oxford Hills
Portland Sunrise
Sanford-Spring Valley
So. Portland/Cape Elizabeth
If we missed yours, please know that your work is appreciated and honored, and send your story next month to:
Affinity Group News
District Affinity Group Update

Are you aware of the Affinity Groups in District 7780? Here’s a link:   We’re not sure how many are up and running, but the Paddling Group is up and Paddling. 

Here’s what the District Paddling Affinity Group is up to: 

The first paddling event of the District Paddling Affinity Group will be held on North Pond in Norway, Maine, on Saturday, August 28, from 9 am – 12 pm.  Participation will be limited to 12 paddlers due to parking constraints.  Please contact Oxford Hills Rotarian Peter Kaurup at 207-739-1148 for information and signup.  Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are welcome. 

District Calendar
RYLA Staff Training
Jul 31, 2021
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Crutches 4 Africa - Container Load
Jul 31, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RYLA Staff Dinner & Campfire
Jul 31, 2021
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
RYLA Staff Training
Aug 01, 2021
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Governor Visit-Kittery Rotary Club
Aug 03, 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Governor Visit- Bath Rotary
Aug 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Foundation Committee Zoom meeting 5:30 P
Aug 03, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Governor Visit-Oxford Hills Rotary
Aug 04, 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Governor Visit-Portsmouth Rotary Club
Aug 05, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Governor Visit-Saco Bay Sunset Rotary
Aug 05, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Governor Visit-Yarmouth Rotary
Aug 16, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Governor Visit-Brunswick Rotary
Aug 16, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
District Governor Track Meeting
Aug 16, 2021
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Governor Visit-Kennebunk Portside
Aug 17, 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Governors Visit- Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club
Aug 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Governor Visit-South Portland, Cape Elizabeth
Aug 18, 2021
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Governor Visit-South Berwick-Eliot
Aug 19, 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Governor Visit-Ogunquit Rotary
Aug 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Governor Visit-Boothbay Harbor
Aug 19, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Governors Visit - Topsham Rotary Club
Aug 23, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Governor Visit-Westbrook Gorham Rotary
Aug 24, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Governor Visit_portland Sunrise
Aug 25, 2021
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Assistant Governors Meeting
Aug 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
NEPETS Committee
Aug 28, 2021
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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