May 2015 - Issue 11

Upcoming Events
Grants Management Seminar -Westbrook
Westbrook High School
May 09, 2015
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Grants Management Seminar - Topsham
Red Cross Chapter
May 13, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District Changeover
Camp Hinds
Jun 20, 2015
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District Foundation Spending Assembly
University of Southern Maine
Sep 19, 2015
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.


2015 District Conference
May is Youth Services month, but since I wrote about that topic last September, I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about our District Conference which just ended a couple of days ago. The Wentworth by the Sea turned out to be a fabulous venue and everyone raved about it. A District Conference is a celebration of the year and all that we have done. Its purpose is to strengthen our commitment to Rotary with fellowship, inspirational addresses, and discussions about club, district, and international activities. I believe we accomplished that goal and also provided a conference that was a truly amazing experience for all who attended. Our RI President’s Representative Young Suk "Y.S." Yoon and his wife, Seung Ja were absolutely delightful and his remarks were thoughtful and on the mark in terms of Rotary’s goals and what we should be striving to achieve. We had a service component as part of the conference. On Thursday, 10 Rotarians helped serve meals to about 150 people at the Common Table, a mission of St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Portsmouth. We also held a Red Cross blood drive at the Wentworth resulting in the collection of 15 pints of blood. Finally, we raised money for the End Polio Now campaign by riding stationary bikes and pledging money for each mile cycled. We are still totaling the pledges, but we almost met our goal of cycling completely around the district, a distance of about 470 miles. The speakers and panels for the conference were outstanding; Y.S. Soon said, "I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is one of the very best conferences I have been to." There is so much to convey about the weekend that we are going to put out a Special Edition Newsletter, just about the conference, containing pictures, videos, news coverage, and Facebook posts from this remarkable weekend - something to look for in your inbox next week. We hope those of you who were not able to be there can have a taste of what you missed.
District History Trivia
This month’s District History question
We just had our District Conference the end of April so this month, we will test your memory or you can find the answer on the District Website under District History (yearbooks). 
How many District conferences have been held in New Hampshire? Where were they held?  Were they held in any New Hampshire locations more than once?
Send your answer to me at along with your name and the name of your Rotary Club.  The answer will be in next month’s newsletter along with the name of the person(s) to give me the correct answer along with their club name.
Marie A. Williams
District Historian
Click "Read More" for the answer to last month's trivia question.
RYLA 2015
Call for registrations!
RYLA is just around the corner and that means it's time to register students NOW.
Thanks to overwhelming support throughout the district, RYLA is undergoing a major renovation this year. Don't let your students miss out on the 2015 experience! ​RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an empowering camp experience exploring the concepts of ethics, communication skills, individual leadership development, complex problem solving and so much more as a foundation for a lifetime of service and citizenship.
All registration information and forms are available on the RYLA homepage which can be reached through the "programs" tab on (Click on "youth services"). 
The deadline is May 1 but please communicate with us if you feel your club will not make that date. Email Jared Avery ( or Dru Laduke (​ and we will be glad to help you through this process.
We would love to have a representative from every club this year.
Don't let your club miss out on the incredible benefits of this program. For those clubs already engaged in an active RYLA program - THANK YOU so much for your continued support. This camp could not exist without you!​ If your club hasn't started yet, reach out today and we will show you how easy it is.
World Water Summit 7
For more information, contact Carolyn Johnson at, or click the link for REGISTRATION
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club fed approximately 50 residents at their latest Community Kettle on April 9th.  President Emma Bodwell and her husband, Chef Peter Bodwell from The Sudbury Inn in Bethel, prepared a delicious meal of Chicken Cacciatore.  Rotarians helped with serving, cleanup and spent time talking to the attendees. 
The Bridgton-Lake Region’s Interact Club is traveling in the Dominican Republic to provide humanitarian services to the people in La Romana.  Prior to their departure they held a pancake breakfast to raise money.  Pictured above left, Amanda Botros, Interact President. The group was all packed with supplies to give to schools on April 11th.
Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club
Rachel, from Bremen, a student at Coastal Christian School, spoke on “Childhood Vaccinations: Mandatory or Not?”  Her thought on mandatory vaccinations changed somewhat as she researched in preparation for her talk but feels that greater numbers of children should be vaccinated as a result of educating parents rather than mandatory government regulations.  She also discussed the results of lack of vaccinations and the importance of vaccinations for diseases such as polio, carefully tying in the 4-way test questions.
Above:  President Bob Duke and Rachel Wood, winner of the 2015 4-Way Test Speech Contest. 
Electronic Waste Collection Day Saturday, May 16th
Want to dispose of unused electronic items (anything with a board and a cord)?  The Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle is holding an Electronic Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, May 16th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Floor Magic parking lot, 45 Biscay Road, Damariscotta.
Bring your televisions, CPU’s, monitors, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, laptops, stereos, keyboards, mouse, peripherals, DVD players, cell phones, remote controls, VCR’s, projectors, digital cameras, tape players, PDA’s, speakers, telephones, two-way radios, answering machines, camcorders, CD players, electric typewriters, game systems, pagers, microwaves, etc. to Floor Magic.  Volunteers from the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club will help you unload your items.
The club requests donations from individuals for disposal of e-waste; all monies raised will go to support local programs such as academic and vocational scholarships, Skidompha, Little League, Ecumenical Food Pantry, school supplies backpack program, Karl’s Kids, and Reading Readiness program.
E-waste goods are disassembled for their raw materials which are recycled by a certified waste collection company.  No hazardous waste or refrigeration liquids will be accepted.
For further information, contact Bob Duke via email at
Oxford Hills Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills is proud to announce the 2014 Rotarian of the Year (ROY) is John Griffith.
The selection committee, made up of the last 3 year's recipients, reviewed 15 nomination papers, and made their decision and choice based on several criteria: 1) Attendance 2) Club project participation 3) Community participation both as a Rotarian and as a non Rotarian 4) Promotion of Rotary within the schools and community 5) Committee involvement and follow through and 6) Club office held, quality of work, and committees chair. Some of the quotes used as 2013 ROY Curtis Cole made the presentation: "this person has been amazing to our club all year!” Another reminded us that “this person participates in ALL club projects.” Still another said that “everything he says he will do, HE DOES!” So congratulations to John Griffith.  John is retired from serving Norway Savings Bank for many years as a loan officer.  He resides in Norway with his wife, Shelley.  For more information on Rotary, please go to
Shown in the photo left to right, President Christina Twitchell, John Griffith, and Curtis Cole.
 Portland Rotary Club
Portland Rotary Club
Rotary District 7780 Jewell Island Project
25 Year (almost!) Celebration Cruise
Jewell Island is a craggy, 221 acre state-owned public island on the distant reaches of Casco Bay. Because of its magnificent beauty, proximity to Portland and its strategic location for cruising boats, it is the most frequently visited "wild island" on the coast of Maine. And because of its popularity, by the early 1990's it was also one of the most heavily littered islands on the coast of Maine!
In 1991, under the leadership of then-District Governor Bob Patten, District 7780 partnered with the fledgling Maine Island Trail Association ("MITA") in an effort to set a new course for Jewell Island. Their goal was to clean up the island and convert visitors from "users" into "stewards" of the island. Over the course of a year, more than 120 Rotarians worked to reclaim the island, hauling away several tons of waste, clearing brush to establish walking trails and designated campsites, and transporting materials for and installing privies.
Before Bob Patten passed away this winter he suggested the possibility of holding Portland Rotary Club's inaugural centennial year meeting on Jewell Island. We thought it was a great idea. Although, holding a meeting on the island is not practical, we will have a "sunset cruise" instead. Along with the other active clubs on the project, Brunswick and Oxford Hills, we would like to invite all District 7780 Rotarians to help us kick-off our centennial celebration and pay tribute to this District project.
  • When: Thursday, July 9th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: aboard the Bay Mist, Casco Bay Lines' "floating function hall". Location and parking information here:
  • Agenda: The boat will cruise out and around Jewell Island. Doug Welch, the Executive Director of MITA will give a presentation about Jewell Island and the scope of the project. Other participants will be encouraged to add some "color" to MITA's version of the events!
  • Who: Brunswick, Oxford Hills, and Portland Rotary invite all District Rotarians, family and friends to enjoy a Casco Bay cruise.
  •  We invite members of MITA, Casco Bay entities, and others who participated in the original  project.
  •  Tickets are $40 and include the cruise, program and heavy hors d' oeuvres.  A cash bar will be available.
  • Payment and reservations must be made in advance to Portland Rotary Club. Please send a check to P.O. Box 1755, Portland, ME, 04104-1755.
Start your Rotary year off on Casco Bay and celebrate a fantastic project and great Rotarians!
Portsmouth Rotary Club
Thousands turned out in Brentwood on Saturday, April 4th, for the premier Stephen Arkell Memorial Race, created by Offish Josh Turner, community leader Curtis Grace, and the Brentwood Police Benevolent Association, to honor the police officer killed in the line of duty last May.
Net proceeds from this event, after expenses and designated contributions to a police fund and family fund, are creating a new scholarship fund of the Portsmouth Rotary Club.   Event organizers, still totaling the results, have estimated the first-year net will exceed $50,000.
The fund will provide scholarships in memory of the slain offcer, who died in the line of duty last year, at Exeter High School, where he was a strong supporter and alumnus.
Above Right:  Race organizer Josh Turner, Stephen's wife Heather Arkell, Senator Kelly Ayotte and race organizer Curtis Grace.
Update: the net fundraising has exceeded fifty thousand dollars for the new scholarship fund, with revenues and bills still coming in. 
River Valley Rotary Club
Our guest speaker 3/31 at the River Valley Rotary Club was Dave Griffiths, Fellow Rotarian and president-elect of the Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club.  Dave shared his passion for community service and literacy at the Elementary School Program in his town. They have a program where they interact with K-3 graders by being available for 45- 1 hour each week for the children to read TO THEM.
Literacy, especially for boys is declining.  Children reading instead of being read to builds confidence, feeds ego and has a long lasting touch to a young person’s life, he said.  The Rotarian's rotate weeks, the teachers picks the children and the books they will read.  This is done 1:1 for about 15 minutes.  He was addressing the local Rotary Club hoping to spark the same type of initiative in the area.  Dave is visiting Rotary Clubs throughout Maine.
Saco Bay Rotary Club
Sanford Springvale Rotary Club
Sanford Springvale Rotary recently sponsored a fund raising Pancake Breakfast for the Nasson Library in Springvale, Maine.
Part of our Pancake Crew is: left rear Linda Brown and Danielle Treadwell.  Next row: Jackie Roberts, Kim LaChance, Fred Boyle and Sandy Kendall.
Sebago Lake Rotary Club
Peter Brunette, member of the Sebago Lake Rotary Club was recognized recently for his contributions to the club. His dedication to serve the club through his volunteering at its many events, like the Ice Fishing Derby, his collaborations with Home Depot for assistance on supplies for the derby and Polar Dip and the Rotary District’s Literacy Project.
Peter has been a true example of “Service Above Self” in the Sebago Lake club.
Sebago Lakes Region Rotary Club
In a recent ballot poll by readers in the Lakes Region Weekly newspaper for the Sebago Lake area, the SLRotary Club was voted as one of the top 3 Non Profits in the region.  In a recent results issue of the paper, it was revealed that the Sebago Lake Club came in second place. This can be attributed to the success of their projects in helping the community in this area as well as their efforts to promote all that they do to help showcase the needs of the area and what they are doing to help address those needs.
York Rotary Club
Each year York Rotary partners with the Ogunquit Playhouse to help eradicate Polio.  This year the date for Polio Plus is Thursday, May 28.  A portion of all tickets sold will help eradicate Polio.  If you are available and want to see a great show while supporting Polio Plus please join us, and tell your friends. You can go to the Ogunquit Playhouse website and purchase tickets for the 8:00pm performance of “Sister Act” on May 28.
Bath Sunrise Rotary Club
Bath Sunrise Rotary is participating again in Mayfair in Bath on May 2, Saturday, the largest yard sale in Maine.  This is one of our annual fundraising events and this year we will again have lots of goodies to select from.  We will be at Library Park on the corner of Winter and Washington Streets. Hope to see everyone there!
Kittery Rotary Club
Be a hero and come to our Kittery Rotary Club sponsored charity auction, 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 7th, at The Regatta Room, Route 236, Eliot, Maine. Great food, excellent music, and terrific auction items, going for pennies on the dollar! And, we are saving a spot just for you!! Hope to see you and your friends there. 
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