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Posted by Jennifer Bell
on Sep 18, 2014
West Bay Rotary Club Meeting
September 18, 2014
Both Rotary Exchange students attending CHRHS gave brief presentations this am.
Hans Christian Angel is from Denmark and is sponsored by the Camden Rotary Club. Hans arrived August 12th. He is enjoying being in Camden and is taking a Hunter’s Safety course and is trying out mountain biking,
Makoto Hayashi is from Japan and is sponsored by West Bay Rotary. Makoto has been enjoying Camden as well. He is learning mountain biking, likes to ski and will join the swim team.
Today’s Speaker – Shannon Thompson spoke about her experience and life lessons learned while preparing for and participating in her 1st Iron-man Triathalon. Shannon is the daughter of Skip Thompson, who was one of the founders of West Bay Rotary.
Shannon, at age 40, decided to change her life and start exercising. She started with the Hope Triathalon in 2008, completing and doing quite well in this event of a ¼ mile swim, 13 mile bike ride and 3 mile run. The following year she completed the Maine Sport Triathalon. The Maine Sport Triathalon is a ½ mile swim, 27 mile bike ride and 6 mile run. Finding that the triathalon life suited her, she set her sights on a half Iron-Man Triathalon. She completed this event in 2010, after successfully swimming 1.2 miles, riding her bike 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles. Then, this past April, Shannon started training for the Lake Placid Iron-man Triathalon. She participated in and finished the triathalon on August 3rd, 2014. The Lake Placid Iron-Man involves swimming 2.4 miles, riding 112 miles and running 26.2 miles all under 17 hours. She described the race in some detail and not only completed it she made it on the front page of the local paper as she was smiling so much.
While training for this event was an amazing personal journey, she felt something was missing as, she stated, “I hadn’t done anything for the world”. So, she decided to use her new found love of exercise and competition to raise money for the Patrick Dempsey Center.
The Patrick Dempsey Center is located in Lewiston and provides free cancer support to families in the central Maine area. Every year there is a benefit event that raises over 1 million dollars with running and cycling races: The Dempsey Challenge. Shannon decided to get involved and will be competing in the Dempsey Challenge next week. To learn more about the Dempsey Center and Dempsey Challenge you can visit the Dempsey Challenge website at www.dempseychallenge.org/
Additionally, over the last few years, Shannon has been throwing birthday parties for herself to raise money for someone locally who is in need. This past year she raised $8000 for a local boy with a brain tumor. Great job Shannon!
David Olivas gave a mini classification talk: David has been a Rotary member for a long time. He is originally from Texas. He received a Bachelor’s of Science and then went to Dental school at University of Texas. He and his wife Julia met while in Dental school and married. They eventually came to Maine on vacation to see the leaves and fell in love with the area. In 1992 they decided to move to Maine. Shortly thereafter, they opened their dental office in Rockport.
Penny Beebeecenter, from Hospitality House, spoke briefly about the Transportation center that is working to provide transportation with volunteers and staff for the people at the Hospitality House.
Mark Masterson thanked people again for their help with the Chowder Challenge.
Sunrise Club in Union: Please bring in old issues of Rotarian magazine to donate to the Sunrise club. They hold their meetings at 7am at the Masonic hall in Union.
Don’t forget about the Rotary Leadership Institute. It will be held 10/18/2014 from 9-3pm in Lewiston. Talk with Sandy or Etienne if you are interested.
Chad Place will be giving his Classification talk next week
See Heidi Karod if you know of any students who want to go abroad next year for Rotary Youth Exchange.
Posted by Jennifer Bell
West Bay Rotary Club Meeting
September 11, 2014
WELCOME DISTRICT GOVERNOR!
Norman Angell , Quebec City Rotary Club
Norman Angell, District Governor, visited our club today for the yearly District Governor visit. D.G. Norman, and his wife Carol, are traveling the District to visit all the District Rotary clubs.
D.G. Norman discussed “Light up Rotary”, Rotary International President, Gary Huang’s theme for the year.
- Increasing Rotary’s presence in and impact on local and international communities
- Rotary is about changing other people’s lives.
- Everyone has different reasons for joining. But many have the same reason for staying, which is helping people and serving our communities.
- Doing one extra thing or having one extra person can often make the difference.
- Increasing Rotary membership and improving retention of members.
- Goal for Rotary International (RI) membership is 1.3 million world-wide. RI has had a static membership of 1.2 million for the last 10 years. Interestingly, an average of 100,000 members join every year, but we lose the same amount every year. So ask your friends, family, and neighbors to join and help retain our present members.
- Our District has a low membership. D.G. Norman proposes the following challenge for the 52 clubs in our district. During the remainder of D.G. Norman’s year, which ends July 1st, 2015, each club is challenged to recruit 5 new members and not lose any in the same time. That will increase membership by about 2000. This will bring us in line with the RI recruitment/membership goals for the 2014-2015 year.
- Polio eradication around the world.
- Three countries remain endemic with Polio, they are, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. There are a few cases that occur elsewhere but they appear to be self-limited. We need to stay vigilant to meet this very challenging goal. The last 1% is the hardest.
- Out of three Polio viruses, there only one type left. The vaccine is now much more targeted towards this singular virus.
D.G. Norman updated us on the District Project:
The District is participating in a three year water project in Nicaragua. The villages are near the border of Honduras in the Municipality of Waspam. These villages are without access to clean drinking water due to a devastating hurricane in 2007. The project involves digging wells and latrines and providing filters so every house can have clean water. Ten villages with 12,000 people will be equipped with this infrastructure. A maintenance program with be established as well.
- The first three villages are named Ulry, Bachilaya and Tusku Tara. They are part of Steve Johnson's project.
- The second phase, D.G. Norman’s, covers the villages of Sacklin, Tusku Sirpi, Wasla and Koom.
- Next year, Al Feathers will cover the villages of Saupuka, Bileaskarma and Klar.
Next District Conference: May 8 – 10th 2015 at the Le Bonne Entente, 3400 Chemin Sainte-Foy Quebec City. Please come!
Rotary Information: Terry Bregy interviewed, or “roasted”, our District Governor about his qualification to be District Governor. Aside from all the good-humored badgering, we learned that the qualifications to be District Governor are:
Be a member of good standing
Attend an International Assembly for its full duration
Be a member of one or more Rotary clubs for at least 7 years
Serve a full-term as president of a Rotary club
The club is not indebted to RI
Rotary Leadership Institute: Will be held 10/18/2014 from 9-3pm in Lewiston. Talk with Sandy or Etienne if you are interested.
Road Rally will be postponed until Saturday 9/20/2104 to allow for Rotary members to attend the Memorial Service for Jim Laurita. The Road Rally will be held at the same time and place on 9/20.
Jim Laurita’s Memorial Service: Saturday 9/13/2014 at 1pm at the Samoset Resort, Knox County Ballroom. Donations to the Jim Laurita fund can be made through this link on the Hope Elephant’s website. http://hopeelephants.org/lauritafund/. Our hearts and support go out to the Laurita family at this time.
West Bay Rotary club meeting
September 4, 2014
Troy Curtis – PenBay YMCA Executive Director
Tony gave a talk on how PenBay YMCA is working to expand to have a Rockland Harbor Branch of the YMCA.
One of the main reasons was to better serve southern Knox County. The PenBay YMCA mostly serves the Camden/Rockport area. A needs assessment and gap analysis was done suggesting that expansion would be worthwhile.
Needs Assessment Findings:
- Area is lacking child care services – only one child care provider presently in Rockland and there is no after-school programing for school aged children.
- There is a need for Health and Wellness Services in southern Knox County
Future Location: 12 Water Street, Rockland (former Amalfi Restaurant)
Projected Opening Date: November, 2014
Child Care Services, Infant and Preschool
After School Programming
Goal #1: Provide increased Child care for infants, preschool and school aged for after
school Care: 35 spots for child care and 48 spots after-school care.
Goal #2: Health and fitness services
Goal #3: Financial Solvency
Square footage – only 8200 sq ft
Child care and fitness only, no pool
Community Perception – My YMCA?
Financial Capacity of Potential Members – Medium income
Attracting New Families to Child Care Center
What could the presence of a Rockland Branch YMCA do?
Increase productivity among business community.
Create a healthier community
Increase kindergarten readiness
Enhance Property Values
Increase YMCA community impact
Buckets on the Table: for Connections – YMCA Parent/Child program for team building,
communications, cooking and play. Free to anyone in the community.
Rotary Information: Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
Sarah talked about Rotaract – Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.
Rotaract recently announced the winners of their communities around the world completion. To see a description of the winner’s projects go to: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-award-winners-celebrated-their-life-changing-projects
Roberta Walker: Asked if there are some couples interested in going on an International Rotary Exchange. This is a reciprocal exchange. May be a 2-4 week long exchange: This is still in development. If interested, contact Roberta to be part of the conversation to make this happen.
October 18, 2014 – Rotary Leadership Institute in Auburn – If interested, see Tim Dresser or Sandy Cox
Polio Walk is October 25, 2014.
Reminder - Road Rally and Cook out on September 13, 2014. To compete in the Road Rally call Barbara Heard.
Next week’s speaker: District Governor, Norman Angell
Board Meeting Next Wednesday night, 5pm at the Lord Camden Inn with the District Governor.
Chowder Challenge, 2014 – netted $3200 to $3500. Big Success! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Sztender, Hungary Duck Derby 2014 youtube link and photo.
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Clean Up & Kitchen Duty
(This will take 10-15 minutes after the meeting)
(This will take 10-15 minutes after the meeting)
September: Jenny Bell
October: Marty Martens
November: Cate Lamb
January: Kim Milton
2 - Betsy Clemens-Saltonstall
9 - Susan Dorr
16 - Lisa Dresser
23 - Penny Dunning
30 - Laura Evans
6 - George Forristall
13 - Jay Foster
20 - Ray Fink
4 - Ray Freitag
11 - Sal Garozzo
18 - Ken Gardiner