October 2020
Upcoming Events
Assistant Governor Meetings 2020-2021
Oct 28, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zone-Club & District Support and Foundation Staff
Oct 29, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
NE PETS Meeting
Oct 31, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
District Foundation Committee Meeting
Husson University
Nov 04, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grow Rotary Meeting
Nov 14, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Nominating Committee - Interview Candidates
Nov 15, 2020
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
DG Track Meeting
Nov 16, 2020
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Nov 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
President's Open Forum with Governor
Nov 19, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Interact New Generations Conference
Dover High School
Nov 21, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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June 2020
What a ride this year has been! It has raced by so quickly. To be clear, I just love that I had this opportunity to serve as your District Governor, as the steward of our District.  I love helping each of you with your “doing” your personal version of Rotary better; I love helping with individual and group (club) motivation – it is in my DNA.
Through Rotary, Pam and I have met so many people and had so many experiences we otherwise would not have experienced – we have LOVED every minute of this wonderful experience!
Pam’s and my highlights:
Club visits! Yes, yes, yes, we absolutely LOVED them!
October’s RotaryRocks! – everyone showcasing their club’s work – wow!

Helping so many of you, one on one, to improve/better your Rotary “game”!
One does not have a successful District Governor year without a LOT of help. So…
Big thanks to:
All of our District committee chairs – thank you very much!

All of our District committee members – thank you very much!

Our nine Assistant Governors – such a big help to all – thank you very much!

Our 41 Club Presidents – awesome job, all of you  – thank you very much!
And to each and everyone of you, for all the work and good you do!

District 7780 Foundation Committee Report


Lawrence Furbish, District Foundation Chair

Draft May 24, 2020


 Dollars Expended

District Grants. The District had $59,354 available for District Grants in 2019-20. It was apportioned as follows:

     $9,000 was set aside for the District International Outreach, this year in Columbia, SA

     $1,283 was set aside for administrative expenses

     $49,071 was available for District Grants initiated by clubs

Eleven clubs applied for District Grants, all were awarded. They were:

Bath - providing villagers in Cambodia with bio-sand filters to give them access to clean water ($8,300)

Boothbay Harbor - addressing food insecurity with a program of healthy eating, gardening, and creative play ($9,591)

Brunswick - building a bocce court for people with disabilities to promote physical activity and social interaction ($4,500)

Brunswick Coastal - renovate and equip a school-based food pantry as an alternative to the current backpack method of distributing food to students in need ($3,000)

Damariscotta-Newcastle - constructing an ADA-compliant walkway connecting the community green with a river nature walk ($5,350)

Kennebunk - purchasing backpacks to hold school supplies and clothing for children in need (part of a much larger program entitled, "Level the Playing Field") ($1,000)

Kennebunk Portside - working with town’s Parks & Recreation Department to purchase and install a community skating rink ($4,000)

Portland Sunrise - restore and renovate a much-used community center ($1,780)

Sanford-Springvale - upgrade a new trail by building bridges and boardwalks, adding educational interpretive nature signs, and printing maps and brochures ($2,000)

Westbrook-Gorham - build and install water filtration systems for a village in Guatemala devastated by a tsunami ($4,550)

Yarmouth - connect an upland trail section with bridges and boardwalk over a wetland ($5,000)

Brunswick Coastal was unable to carry out their grant proposal and returned the money. $2,500 of it was approved for a District Grant application from the New Voices Rotary Club for a tick education and prevention program in conjunction with RYLA and Camp Hinds.

Two clubs (Brunswick and Portland Sunrise) had not been able to spend all of their District Grant money and pursuant to Rotary Foundation rules were allowed to repurpose these funds for Covid-19 related relief.

Nothing was spent from the administrative expense line.

In April, the Committee voted to use all of our left-over DDF cash ($1,782) to contribute to a project for Safe Passages in Guatemala City to provide food relief to the families and children living in the dump. Because of Covid-19 the dump and the Safe Passages school were closed so the families were in desperate need of food and supplies.

Global Grants. At the start of the year, the District had $131,689 available as DDF credit to match Global Grants. The following amounts of DDF were used to match club cash contributions from District 7780 clubs for the following Global Grants.

     $7,714 to upgrade a maternity ward in Bulgaria (Yarmouth)

     $2,000 for an eye service center in India (Portland)

     $5,716 for an irrigation and clean water check dam in India (Sanford-Springvale)

In addition, as of May 1st DDF has been set aside for the following Global Grant applications if they are approved in Evanston:

$2,000 for a solar-powered lab in Haiti (District 7210)

$16,250 for a Covid-19 response project in Zambia (South Berwick-Eliot)

$1,100 for a clean water project in Costa Rica (District 7170)

$1,000 for a check dam in India (District 7870)

$10,000 for manpower development and training in Jordan (Biddeford-Saco)

In March, the Foundation Committee voted to transfer $26,338 of our Global Grant DDF credit to the Polio Plus Fund. (The Rotary Foundation had asked Districts who were able to do so to transfer 20% of their DDF to fight Polio - we were able to meet this request.

In May the District applied for and received a $25,000 Rotary Disaster Response Grant to be used for food insecurity exacerbated by the Covid-19 virus. The money was divided equally among the district’s 41 clubs so each club could assess the most pressing need in its own community. Clubs are required to report on their efforts by June 15.

Polio Corner
The Covid-19 will interrupt delivery of the polio vaccine, as a result many children are at risk. Much planning is ongoing by Rotary and our partners to ensure that polio campaigns will be ready and ramped up to go as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Your contributions and those from your club are needed now more than ever. Every club is asked to contribute a minimum of $1500 and to create awareness in your communities of what Rotary is doing. You and your clubs are the best public image voice for Rotary. To be a part of making history donate now at
Thank you for your continued support.
Ann Lee Hussey, PDG
District 7780 Polio Chair
Fundraising Goes Virtual
by Marty Peak Helman, District Growth Chair
District 7780 Rotarians met recently (by Zoom, naturally!) to talk about fundraising options in the age of COVID.  Generally speaking, the group agreed that:
  • Any fundraising project can be done virtually or with social distancing – it just takes creativity and maybe some downsizing. 
  • Good givers will continue to give, even in the tough times.
  • A club should think about its traditional sponsors.  If they are a restaurant or other establishment hard-hit by COVID, this is not the time to approach them.  If they are an insurance agency or utility or other organization that has not been hard-hit, by all means reach out to them.
  • It’s critical to advertise, advertise, advertise events and activities on social media and wherever possible.  People are feeling cooped up and are looking for fun things to do.
Clubs in District 7780 are currently planning exciting fundraisers:
The Bath Sunrise club is selling $10 (some higher) gift certificates from local businesses that have supported the club in the past.  The gift certificates also include “fun” things such as toilet paper.  The club has acquired a raffle wheel, and they hope to sell 200 gift certificates, with the plan to pull winners at the local farmer’s market through the summer. In addition to raising money for the club, by keeping the certificates at the $10 level, they know there’s a good chance that whoever wins the certificate will probably spend more when they redeem it, offering income to the local business that has been good to the club in the past. FMI:  Bob Reed,
Saco Bay Rotary is planning a virtual road race.  There will be an entry fee, and participants will be tracked via a GPS app.  They will have a certain number of days to complete the race.  Swag bags can be picked up at a pre-determined location.  FMI:  Jason Webber, who says that “it’s all there – except the excitement of race day.”
Raffles are still very possible, with ticket sales online rather than at community events.  Zoom bingo and Zoom trivia are also great options.
The Bridgton-Lake Region club has held a highly successful drive-by community kettle.  Club member and caterer Nicholas Orgo served barbecue – pulled pork, chicken, coleslaw/beans.  The meals were served in individual boxes and delivered to the cars in a parking lot.  Social distancing guidelines were strictly observed.   The club served 125 meals -- twice as many as they typically do at the community’s open lunch, but even so, they ran out of food! They had a suggested donation of $10 and people gave that or more – the club raised about $950, of which about $550 was profit.  FMI: Carol Madsen,
It’s possible to hold a “non-event.”  This is when invitations go out for a fancy dinner and donations asked for what would have been spent to go to the event – only you promise the donor that in this case, they don’t have to dress up and actually go! FMI: Lorraine Faherty, Damariscotta-Newcastle,  A COVID-related version of the above is to have all the speeches and charge accordingly– but do it all on Zoom without banquet or venue expenses.
Duck races are a perennial favorite.  Clubs can sell the ducks online, and do the race as always, but run it on Facebook live.  Alternatively, it’s possible to video the race and make it available afterward on the club’s media pages.
And at virtual meetings, don’t forget to:
  • Ask Rotarians to donate funds saved from meals not eaten and send to The Rotary Foundation or the local food pantry.
  • Create a VENMO or PayPal account for “happy dollars.” Alternatively, ask the sergeant to keep a running total of everyone’s happy dollars with payment to come either when return to physical meetings or as current donations to the local food bank or polio eradication.
The next Zoom meeting of the District Growth team will be Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to share ideas/best practices/concerns in this new meeting environment.
District History for June 2020
No Responses for May
There were no responses to my history requests for May. 
All the clubs in the District received the $600+ check to help out those in need in the District that are struggling because of Covid-19.  If you sent an article and/or pictures to the District newsletter about how you used your grant money, PLEASE send it to me as well for the District History.  This has been a trying time for all of us but with this grant, hopefully we have made life a little less stressful for others.  I sincerely hope this worldwide pandemic is a once in a lifetime event and that we will never experience or see anything like it ever again. STAY SAFE!
To check out the District History pages, go to then click on ABOUT US, then on District History in the drop down.  Then click on anything that is light blue and it will bring up the page.  If you click on Rotary Clubs of District 7780, the list of all 41 clubs in the district will appear.  Just click on the club name you want to look at and see what information there is about that club.
I know there is a lot more information/history out there about our District clubs – PLEASE SHARE something with me so I can share it with everyone one in the District!
Send me what you want to SHARE along with your name and your club’s name to .  It will appear in the next newsletter.  You will become part of District 7780’s History that will live on and may inspire someone else to share or take on a project in their community or around the world!  It, also, gives the “human touch” to Rotary!
Everyone, stay safe!
Marie A. Williams, PDG
District 7780 Historian
The Rotary Club of Bethel
A group of seven Rotarians met to cut and split 6-8 cords of firewood to deliver to four families in need. Thanks to Lucy Abbott, Steve Smith, Steve Wight, Scott Hynek, Bruce Powell, Craig Harris and John Poole.
Our club has been having productive meetings each Tuesday morning, 7:45-8:45 by Zoom!
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle
Pictured Above:  Bill Vaughan, Community Service Co-Chairperson and VP 2020-2021 safely handing support check to Karen Kleinkopf of Farms at the Y.
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle has donated $6,000 in April to various local groups to help in the on-going fight against food insecurity in our county. Adopted as the mission of the club’s community service committee several years ago, the need has grown exponentially since the Coronavirus pandemic.
$1,500 was given to the FARMS at the Y program which works with youth and adults to educate and promote good nutrition, facilitates increased household consumption of locally-grown produce and offers hands-on experiences for people of all ages to develop expertise in cooking and gardening and a passion for healthier living, as well as provide a place where local farmers, chefs, medical practitioners, and other community members can share their own knowledge and expertise.
$1,500 was donated to the Twin Villages Foodbank Farm. Established in 2016, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm grows vegetables using organic growing practices on three acres of land, located at Coastal Rivers’ Salt Bay Farm. ALL of the food they grow is donated to food pantries and youth programs in Lincoln County.
Healthy Lincoln County received $2,000 to support thriving, healthy communities in Lincoln County by working with local partners to improve the health and well-being of residents- from the youngest members of our communities to our seniors. HLC is a local community health non-profit agency serving all of Lincoln County, Maine.
$1,000 was donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Their distribution has increased since the Coronavirus pandemic. They have adapted their Tuesday morning distribution practices for safety-they now bring the bags out to recipients’ cars instead of having them come inside the Second Congregational Church social hall.
Charted 95 years ago, the Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle has always served our communities by donations of time, treasure and talents. Our motto is “Service Above Self.”
The Dover Rotary Club
Rotarians of Dover Rotary assist Liberty Mutual with food pick up and delivery to CAP - Community Action Partnership of Strafford County.
The Rotary Foundation, one of the highest rated and most respected Foundations in the world has responded to the Covid-19 crisis. Through its Disaster Relief Fund, over 4 million US dollars were distributed to over 170 Rotary Districts worldwide.
Rotary District 7780 which covers Eastern New Hampshire and Southern Maine received $25,000 to be divided among clubs in the district to be used to alleviate hunger and food insecurity during these uncertain times.
At this week's meeting, the Rotary Club of Dover, NH was able to share those monies to support the Summer Meals Program of the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. Combined with a generous donation from the club, this allowed us to provide $3,610.00 to provide meals to Dover and Strafford County children.
We are grateful to the support of Rotary in our community.
Many stopped and others honked as they drove by, while our Rotary Club of Dover, NH was in downtown at our annual Rotary Gardens Planting Day. Every Fall, we take out the old flowers and plants, and know that the gardens will look fabulous again in the Spring. Thank you to our Rotarians who joined us as we planted and mulched the gardens so those that live, work and play in Dover can enjoy this year. It is a project that our club looks forward to and cannot wait to see the gardens as they begin to grow. We hope that you will love the gardens as much as we do! #plantingwhilephysicaldistancing  #rotarygardens  #fabulous  #lovettegardens  #serviceaboveself
The Hampton Rotary Club
To show them how much they are appreciated for taking care of some of our community's most vulnerable residents, Hampton Rotary Club members created and delivered posters of inspiration to the staff at Genesis HealthCare in Hampton.
On Sunday, May 3rd, the Hampton Rotary Club distributed free masks to help protect our community. As cars drove through the parking lot, they were handed as many masks as they needed for themselves, family, friends and even some businesses. Many recipients gave donations to Rotary as a way to show their appreciation. Stay safe!
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