September 2019 - ISSUE 3
Upcoming Events
Zone Conference
Sep 17, 2019 8:00 AM –
Sep 21, 2019 12:00 PM
DG Track Mtg
Sep 23, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AG Zoom Mtg
Portland area - venue to be confirmed
Sep 25, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Finance Committee 6 PM
Husson University Southern Maine Campus
Sep 30, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
McLane Middleton Law Center
Oct 05, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Rocks!
Abromson Community Education Center
Oct 05, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District Growth Team
Oct 07, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute, Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Oct 12, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
President Elect Training
Husson College
Oct 17, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Track Mtg
Oct 21, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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It’s September!?!  Wait!  Wait!  Where did summer go!?!
September is Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy Month.  More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  That’s 17% of our world’s adult population.
Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.  We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
Many of our clubs are involved in education and literacy support efforts, locally and globally.  Thank you for your contributions.
Some of you have mentioned to me that you will be sharing your club’s education and literacy work as part of your club’s display table at our RotaryRocks! event.  Wonderful!
Our RotaryRocks! event, a “District Conference Like No Other”, hosted by our GrowRotary! team, is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, at the Abromson Center, on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. 
Don’t miss this outstanding event – it’s ideal for recruiting and engaging new Rotarians.  See you there!
Registration is only $25, if you register and pay during September (it will be $30 in October and at the door). 
And…  for every $100 you, your business, or your club donates to help sponsor this event, we will provide you with an admission fee comp for a new (less than one year) or potential Rotarian!  E.g. for a $1000 donation, you will receive ten comped admissions.  Yes, Rotaractors and Interactors are potential Rotarians.
Did you miss the “Official Governor’s Presentation” to your club?  Or, good grief, lol, want to enjoy it again?
Here’s a link:
I am so happy that you are a Rotarian!

Thank you!  Thank you for all 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
District 7780 Foundation Committee Report
Lawrence Furbish, District Foundation Chair
Final Report August 25, 2019
Dollars Expended
District Grants. The District had $52,620 available for District Grants in 2018-19. It was apportioned as follows:
  • $9,000 was set aside for the District International Outreach, this year in Romania
  • $5,000 was set aside for a project in Kenya resulting from last year’s International Outreach
  • $1,578 was set aside for administrative expenses
  • $37,042 was available for District Grants initiated by clubs
Eight clubs applied for District Grants, all were awarded. They were:
  • Boothbay Harbor - $5,000 for playground equipment for pre-K and 2nd graders
  • Brunswick - $4,496 for laptop computers for a teen center
  • Dover - $5,000 for a playground expansion for at-risk children
  • Kennebunk Portside - $1,692 for two park benches in Dock Square, Kennebunkport
  • Portland - $5,000 for recovery coach training and community outreach for substance disorders
  • Saco Bay - $2,180 for a beach walker and wheelchair to provide access for persons with disabilities
  • Saco Bay Sunset - $400 for purchase and use of a world map template at a middle school
  • Yarmouth - $4,500 for a sustainable prosthetic hands project in Kosovo
After the $28,268 was allocated to the eight clubs, $8,774 was left as unallocated DDF. The committee later voted to provide $3,660 to support the Rotaract service project to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief, which left $5,114 still unspent.
From the administrative expense line, $669.92 was spent on the Grants Management Seminars, leaving $908.08 unspent. All of the Kenya money and $8,769.14 of the International Outreach money was spent. Kennebunk Portside returned $308 and Saco Bay returned $185.47 in unspent money from their District Grants. This left $6,746.41 in unspent DDF which was returned to the Rotary Foundation to be credited to our DDF account for matching Global Grants. Final reports on the eight District Grants were all turned in on time.
Polio Plus - September 2019
       Polio Learning Center, September 2019: 
Here is a link to some updates as of August 2019:
In summary there are more Polio cases this year than last year, so your donations have never been more important. Thank you…
Jeffrey R. Slaton / Polio Plus Coordinator
Rotary Club of Saco Bay
District 7780
Have a safe and prosperous month.
District 7780
RYLA 2020
30th Annual RYLA in District 7780
Sunday, June 28, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Make Connections – Build Community
It is not too early to start planning for our 30th Annual RYLA – Leadership Camp.   This year every club will have printed brochures, posters, and postcards to help promote with your school systems.   On October 5th you will be able to pick them up at Rotary Rocks at USM in Portland.
Import information and timeline
  • September 2019 updated with applications and information for Leadership Camp 2020.
  • October 5th – Pick up Marketing Material for RYLA 2020
  • October 2019 – Contact High Schools and drop off marketing material and discuss your application process.
  • January 2, 2020 RYLA Leadership Application process opens.
  • Applications due back to Rotary Clubs – Monday Feb 24th for Maine High School and Monday March 2nd for NH High Schools – the Monday after February Vacation.
  • March 22, 2020 – All final campers are picked and notified of being accepted to RYLA 2020.Rotary Club must use online registration form and register their students for RYLA 2020.
  • April 1, 2020 – Welcome Packages are mailed to students.
  • May 15, 2020 – Medical and other registration paperwork is due back from students.
  • June 1, 2020 – Rotary Club RYLA coordinator should check in with participants to ensure they are all set for camp.
  • Sunday June 28, 2020 – 30th Annual RYLA begins.
How to help – Sign up today
  • RYLA 2020 Registration Help Sunday June 28th at Camp Hinds – See district calendar for registration
  • RYLA 2020 – Rotary Night at Camp Hinds – Tuesday June 30, 2020 – Camp Hinds 6:00 into the evening – See District Calendar for Registration
  • Hinds Service Project – Saturday June 20, 2020 – Help clean Camp Hinds and prepare for RYLA 2020 – See District Calendar for Registration.
If you need help fundraising for RYLA or more information, please contact Phil Giordano at
District 7780 Recovery Initiative
Pictured above:  Hampton Rotarian Karen Kulberg, founder of Realtors for Recovery
PORTSMOUTH -- Realtors and Rotarians are teaming up to help address the state’s opioid crisis with an event to benefit four Seacoast programs dedicated to addiction treatment and recovery.
The event is Sharing Hope, which will be held on Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 3S ArtSpace, 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH.
With a $50 per person contribution, this fundraiser will benefit SOS Recovery Community Center in Dover, Hope on Haven Hill in Rochester, Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth-based Step Up Parents.
SOS Recovery, Hope on Haven Hill, and Safe Harbor provide on-site programs for opioid addiction treatment and recovery, while Step Up Parents is a program that offers financial assistance to grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children of loved ones struggling with substance use disorders.
The real estate professionals involved in the fundraiser come from the Seacoast Board of Realtors, while the Rotarians are part of District 7780, which includes Rotary Clubs in Maine and southern New Hampshire.
They are being pulled together by Karen Kulberg, regional sales director for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group and the 2018 president of the Seacoast Board of Realtors, in her creation of Realtors for Recovery (
Crutches 4 Africa
District 7780 and Crutches 4 Africa (C4A) has been collecting mobility devices (MD’S) since 2009 and sent our first 40’ container in May of 2011 and have continued to send a 40’ container every year since 2011. 
Our ninth container was loaded on May 11, 2019 and arrived in Gambia the second week of July 2019.
The next highest total of containers sent by a district is 3 Through the years many many Rotarians and friends have helped in the collection, processing and shipping of these nine containers. My guess is at least 1000 people have assisted in our efforts throughout the years.
A few years ago, Jim Schmidt of the RC of Portland Sunrise was in Uganda with his wife doing a distribution themselves as the founder of C4A Dave Talbot was recovering from severe medical issues and was not able to go on the trip. I received the following text on Mother’s Day, and it is copied and pasted just as it was sent.
Good morning Dennis

I'm in Uganda distributing that load of MD's that shipped out of ME last Nov.  at least I believe that is where the MD's came from. 

During our first distribution yesterday I thought often of you and the very valuable service you provide to C4A.  We arrived at this community center distribution location late afternoon where we found probably 75+ people waiting.  Many many disabled children and adults.  The need was more than I had ever seen before.  We had twenty WC's and could have used at least twice as many.  The children and adult crawlers were the most sad to see.  I tell you Dennis it made me almost weep to see these sick and disabled people.  Again particularly the children.  The work you do is needed so much that I just wanted to make sure you knew what great service it is to the world of disabled people in Africa.  

We also gave out many crutches and walkers but the WC's I think make greatest difference for those that are most severely disabled. 

Today is Sunday so unable to distribute.  We begin visiting refugee camps tomorrow.  Will be here until May 18.  It feels weird to be here without Dave but he has I think taught us well.  We miss him. 

If u would like to hear more about the trip here we could meet for lunch or coffee after I get back.  mostly just wanted you to know how much the work you do for C4A does to improve lives of disabled people.  You prob know all this already but after yesterday felt compelled to get in touch and to say thank you. 
Rotary Connects the World???
Are you interested in combining a week’s vacation with making a difference?   Join the D7780 Service trip to Guatemala the week of Oct 26 through Nov 2.   A group of Rotarians (family and friends) will travel to Guatemala to volunteer at Safe Passage, a school serving children and families who live in the Guatemala City dump neighborhood. The children attending this school currently don’t have a play area, so this new space is quite an improvement for their education experience.  In addition to play equipment, and a soccer field, the space will include an outdoor classroom and garden space. 
Rotarians will build a playground for the primary school children in the space adjacent to the existing school. No special skills are needed, though we welcome those handy with construction skills!   In addition to building the playground, we’ll beautify the space - painting walls (murals) and installing benches and planting gardens. Something for everyone!
Exact itinerary will depend on the number of participants.  Plans are to spend 3 or 4 days working on the playground. During that time, we’ll stay in Antigua, a lovely colonial town full of history and culture. Another three days will be spent touring to other parts of the country - including taking part in the Kite Festival in Sumpango for Day of the Dead (Nov 1.) The group will travel to Lake Atitlan where we will visit other projects supported by local Rotarians.
Cost of the trip is estimated to be $1000 (includes hotels, meals, & ground transportation) plus your plane fare. For more information and to sign up for the trip, contact Carolyn Johnson (RC Yarmouth)
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 September 2019
No replies to August’s History Questions
There are 4 questions from last month and their answers –
1.  How many clubs have been chartered in District 7780 in the last 5 years?
Three (3)
2.  What are their names and charter dates?
Rotary Club of Kittery After Hours – Chartered June 4, 2015
Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset – Chartered March 1, 2016
New Voices – Chartered June 15, 2019
3.  Who were the sponsor(s)?
Rotary Club of Kittery After Hours – Co-sponsored by the Rotary club of Kittery & the Rotary Club of South Berwick-Eliot
Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset – Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Biddeford Saco & the Rotary Club of Saco Bay
District 7780 Rotary Club of New Voices in New Hampshire – Co-sponsored by District 7780 & the Rotary Club of Scarborough
4.  What District(s) were they in when they were chartered?
All 3 clubs were in District 7780 when they were chartered
For September tell me –
1.  What year(s) we had or will have our District 7780 Conference in the fall?
2.  Where it was or will they be held?
3.  Who was the District Governor?
4.  What was the theme?
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
The Bethel Rotary recently had their "official" visit from DG Andy Glazier, along with spouse and fellow Rotarian, Pam Gray.
Above left:  The “welcome mat” at our club social where we welcomed our new District Governor and his wife

Above right:  Hosts for our Governor’s event, Rotarian Antje Schaefer and her husband Hans Peter.

Club President Tim LeConey with Governor Andy Glazier and his wife Pam.
Above left: Rotarian Jim Mann offers a presentation on his efforts to coordinate purchases of Maine mineral collections for the soon-to-be-opening Maine Mineral and Gem Museum.

Above right:  Rotarian Tim Roberts presented on the history of women in Rotary. Our club Inducted our first woman member in 1988, less than a year after the Supreme Court ruling to open the doors of Rotary membership to women. Today, women constitute 1/3 of our membership, 11 of 33 active members.
The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle
Above left:  Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotarians and Lions held their annual golf tournament on July 27th at Wawenock Golf Club, Walpole...with a shotgun start and teams of four, although no one won the 2019 Jeep hole-in-one contest, everyone had a fun day and raised lots of money to support our clubs' community projects.  
Above right:  Matthew Graff, new Executive Director of Skidompha Library in Damariscotta and Skidompha Board Chairperson Rotary PP Karen Filler happily accepting our $1,500 check in support of Ready to Read program.  Matthew was also the program, enlightening us about the future of community libraries.
Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Foundation Chairperson Marianne Pinkham and President Lorraine Faherty with AG Bob Reed.  Bob was there to present a check from the District 7780 Grant Committee...thank you!
Pictured above:  As part of our community service, the Damariscotta-Newcastle club participated in the Central Lincoln County Y (one of our organization members) with their Back to School Bash.  Parents and elementary school children learned about community resources such as our Karl's Kids Sports assistance program, medical/dental resources, healthy foods, Smokey the Bear, emergency services, etc. Our club also helped with traffic control/ spite of the torrential rain that afternoon.
The Rotary Club of Dover
Above left:  Congratulations to Rotarian, Bob LaPointe as he received a Paul Harris Fellow +4 Award as he was recognized for his contribution made in his name to the Rotary Foundation. #rotarian #rotaryclubofdover #serviceaboveself
Above right:  At last week’s 5th Wednesday Rotary evening meeting we were able to honor our Rotarians who received their Paul Harris Fellow + awards. Congratulations  to Kevin Raymond with a PHF+7, Marion Cheney with a PHF+5, R David Drucker with PHF+1, and Peter Widmark with PHF+5.  Your contributions to the Rotary Foundation is felt by so many locally and all over the world.  #paulharrisfellowplusawards #rotaryfoundation #serviceaboveself

Hearing from Michelle, Kelsey & Ashlyn About their recent experience at RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program in Raymond, ME. They spoke about being put on teams that allowed them to participate in activities that would make them think and respond based on their leadership skills.  With their participation came in opportunity of growth for them as individuals and working together with others that they may not have known prior to attending RYLA. Each year the Rotary Club of Dover sponsors 3-5 local high school students to attend this program. Many enjoy and learn leadership skills that they decide to return as Program youth counselors.  #ryla #creatingleaders #serviceaboveself


The Rotary Club of Exeter
Pictured above:  Mark Pendleton and President Tressa Bickford
The Exeter Rotary Club continues to support the water filtration systems in Cuba that were installed by the club in April 2016, by annually donating $500 for replacement water filters and bulbs. Current District Governor Andy Glazier and wife Pam Gray were members of this trip. As a gift to Andy & Pam, the club made an additional donation of $250 in their names.  
On July 23rd, the Exeter Rotary Club's annual Giving Event of all the monies raised by various fundraisers was well-attended and held at the new Bungalow Club in Exeter.  Numerous, local non-profit organizations were recognized for their good works and supported with financial gifts that totaled $7,500 from the Exeter Rotary Club. This is the highlight and end-of-year event for our president Kathy Flygare, who worked hard to achieve this great success along with many others during her year as president for the club.
The Rotary Club of Exeter
The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside
For the past 27 years,the Kennebunk Portside Rotary Club has been adopting ducks throughout the summer to race in the river between Lower Village and Dock Square. This is the club’s major fundraiser each year, which funds donations to many thing such as Rotary Park at Beachwood, COS, 5th grade essay contest, scholarships, Caring Unlimited, and much more.
This year’s Grand Prize winner was Ed Stone of Kennebunk. Ed had the choice of $1,000 or a scooter from Guay’s Sunoco. 
The event would not have been a success without out sponsors.
Kennebunk Portside Rotary would like to thank it’s sponsors. Kennebunk Savings Bank was our lead sponsor once again this year.
Gold Sponsor - Northeast Credit Union
Silver Sponsors - HB Provisions, Karen Schlegel RE/MAX,Jim Godbout Plumbing and Heating, Spang Builders and D O’Roak Heating LLC.
Bronze Sponsors - Bradbury’s,J&M Lighting Design, JP Unlimited, Nauticos, Rand Associates,Ted and Liz Baker, Norway Savings Bank, Duffy’s,Ki Leffler Coldwell Banker, Fontenot Motel, David Reid Accounting, Money Watch Advisors and CL Design & Landscape LLC.
The Rotary Club of Ogunquit

at Ogunquit’s 21st Annual Capriccio Kite Festival!
“Oh, oh, oh!” 300 kites lovingly assembled by Ogunquit Rotary Club members are awaiting decorators and flying enthusiasts to help them take to the sky for the 21st Annual Capriccio Kite Festival on Saturday morning, September 7th, between 9 AM – 2 PM!
Free and open to the public, the event begins at 9 AM on Ogunquit’s main beach. Kids are encouraged to bring their parents for a delightful morning of creating one-of-a-kind kite flying experiences. In addition to showcasing the 300(!) hand-designed kites, the event also features homemade treats, prizes, a musical performance by Capriccio Music Festival favorite Andy Happel and the chance to see the fancy flyers launched by the pros from KONE (Kites Over New England,) the Nor’Easters, kite flyers from Maine, and the AKA (American Kitefliers Association.) All morning the excitement builds for high noon, when all the kites take to the air (mass ascension!)
In addition to the Ogunquit Rotary Club, this colorful and fun-filled morning is made possible through the generosity of Cricket’s Corner, Kennebunk Savings Bank and That Place in Ogunquit.
For more information, please contact event organizer Tracy Smith at (207) 646-2261 or via email at  Proceeds from donations raised at the event will go to support the Ogunquit Rotary Club’s annual fund for Polio eradication.
Capriccio Kite Festival Schedule:
  • 9AM – Kite Decorating Begins
  • 10-11:30AM – Andy Happel Performance
  • Noontime – Mass Ascension (All kites take to the sky)
  • 12:30PM Onward—Prizes Awarded
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth
Our club closed out President Cleo’s term with a rousing Cleopatra-themed send off. It was replete with attentive slave girls, err, women and burly male slaves to tote in (and out) a remarkable wooden carrier. Emperor Leo took over as the Rotations sang “Queen C,” an original adaptation of Steve Martin’s SNL parody “King Tut.”
The following day, her last hurrah, Cleo was everywhere at the Breakfast Hill Country Club. Her yeoman’s effort was critical to the success of the annual golf tournament, one of our major fundraisers.
We are continuing our partnership with Cross Roads House and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen this year. Volunteers prepare meals at both places…Some of our Rotarians will be going to Belize in September as part of Rotary’s “Eco-Challenge” there. Leonard Seagren donated 30-acres to Friends Forever in that country…New Rotarian Larry Harvey is coordinating an event for Veteran Families that happens on Veterans Day, November 10.
There was a slew of charitable donations. The BOD approved $1500 for My Breast Cancer Support and another $1,000 to Zebra Crossings. And $500 went to Wrap-A-Smile, an organization that provides hand-made post-surgical quilts. We also gave $500 to the Seacoast Science Center, supporting its marine mammal program.
A Jeremy Alex Fund Scholarship went to young Kai DiMuzio. The money allows Kai to take private lessons on the upright bass at PMAC. To thank us, Kai performed a duet with PMAC Director Russ Grazier.
Our annual Vocational Awards program recognized four deserving individuals in each of Rotary’s Four Avenues of Service. Receiving a plaque and $500 to the charity of his choice was Brian Sullivan, Director of Services at the Portsmouth Senior Center.
Other recipients were Kaitlyn Rowe, a Child Protective Services worker and Lori Parsons, long-time early childhood lead teacher at the Seacoast Community School. Also recognized was Gloria Fichter, founder of Seacoast Santa. Lexi Leddy and Kaitlin Hassett co-chaired this year’s Vocational Awards effort. 
Pictured above on left:  Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.  Pictured above on right: 14th Rector, Kathleen Giles of St. Paul's School
Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld spoke. Gov. Weld is the lone Republican challenger to President Trump this primary season. His remarks were well received. Another memorable program for the period was a visit from the 14th Rector at St. Paul’s School in Concord, Kathleen “Kathy” Giles. The Portland, Maine, native is that institution’s first female Rector (the school’s term for principal.)
The River Valley Rotary Club
The guest speakers at the River Valley Rotary Club Fellowship Luncheon on Monday , July 28th, held at HOPE Association were Andy Glazier, District Governor 7780, and Assistant District Governor, Chris Summers. Eddie Paterson was the Rotarian of the Day who introduced them.

They spoke about all the good things happening in Rotary and the importance of continued support for all programs the organization supports.

Left to right:  Assistant Governor Chris Summers, Fellow Rotarian Eddie Paterson, and 7780 District Governor Andrew Glazier
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset
They may be a small club, but they are a powerful club. The little club that could and did! The Rotary Club of Saco Bay Sunset had a clothing drive for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. Their goal was to collect 8000 lbs. of clothing, sheets, shoes, curtains, etc. On Saturday, August 17th, club members helped load the Epilepsy Foundation truck with over 250 bags of items, AND the total was, drum roll please, 5219 lbs!!  Although shy of their 8000 lbs. goal, that isn’t going to stop this club from doing it again next year! It was a win-win situation for everyone. “Your donations to the Epilepsy Foundation are sold to Savers. 100% of the profit from the sale of your donated items (clothing, household items, etc.) supports the Epilepsy Foundation New England in our mission to assist individuals and families suffering from Epilepsy and seizure disorders. To see a full list of acceptable items please visit their website at” (this is information from their website) AND it saves the landfills from filling up. This is one little club that can and does!  To ask how you too can participate for next year’s drive, contact 2019-2020 Club President Leo Menard at 207-229-7525.
The Rotary Club of Sebago Lake
The Rotary Club of Westbrook Gorham
When District Governor Andy visited the Rotary Club of Westbrook Gorham on August 20, 2019, he awarded seven Paul Harris Fellows to new or advancing members.   
Pictured L-R: President Michael Foley, PHF+1; Foundation Chair Steve Rand, PHF+2; Bruce Saunders, PHF+2, Immediate Past President Deb Shangraw, PHF+3; Woody Beach, PHF+4; Wayne Lopez, PHF+7;  DG Andy Glazier.  Not pictured: Al Juniewicz, PHF.   
Most of these folks use Rotary Direct, an easy way to give! A huge thanks to these member for their ongoing commitment to our Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Wells
The Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham
The Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham’s 25th Annual Rotary Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday September 17, 2019 at Gorham Country Club in Gorham Maine. Check-in begins at 11AM. Shotgun start at Noon.
This is one of only two annual major fundraisers of our club. Proceeds will benefit local high school and vocational school scholarship programs, as well as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and other local community programs in the Town of Gorham and the City of Westbrook.
To register a team, sponsor a hole or make a donation, please visit our new tournament website at: 
This new website is powered by Event Caddy, an online application designed to make administering golf tournaments easier. This is one of several available applications, chosen this year to meet the needs of our tournament. Check out the site and let us know if you have questions about how this type of application might help your club with your own golf tournament fundraiser.
The Rotary Club of Exeter
Exeter Rotarians will be in downtown Exeter at the Exeter Bandstand on Friday, September 20th from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM selling apples, apple pies, apple crisps and cider. This is a long-time standing, annual, signature Fundraiser, known as “Dollars for Scholars,” by the Exeter Rotary Club. 100% of the proceeds fund scholarships for Exeter High School, Seacoast School of Technology and Exeter Adult Education students.
The Exeter High School Interact Club members also participate to offer the various, tasty apple treats for you to purchase. 
Plan ahead to get your purchases and make a special trip by the Exeter Bandstand sometime during the day on Friday, September 20th, to stock up on your apple needs and make a difference in a young person’s education at the same time.
The Rotary Club of Rochester
District 7780 Recovery Initiative
The Rotary Club of Hampton
The Rotary Club of York
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Everyone’s Phone Number at Your Fingertips . . . and Much More!
Have you done the easy ClubRunner download yet?
How would you like to have not only your own Rotary Club members contact information but also the entire District at your fingertips? You can and so much more by downloading the new and improved ClubRunner Mobile App. You can also access club and district leadership, stories and events all with just a few clicks. Connecting to them is as easy as clicking on the phone number or email address.
You can download it on the AppStore or GooglePlay and be on your way in minutes. Now would also be a good time to make sure that your profile is current, and if you do not have a picture saved, or your birthday listed, considering updating your information now!
Reach out and collaborate with other like minded Rotarians from around our district and be the People of Action that your are!

- Click to: Download on iTunes App Store (free)

- Click to: Download on Android App Store (free)