West Bay Rotary Goal is
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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Posted by Jen Harris on Sep 25, 2016
September 22, 2016
Oceanside High School Scholarships
Beverly and her husband David are interested in the economic situation in Rockland.
They decided that they wanted to sharpen their focus on something that they can follow, track & achieve
Oceanside program started with 10 students and grew from there.
At first we were trying to manage the funds on their own and it didn’t work.
Our focus is to help students who go to Maine colleges and will eventually come back to this community.
Recently had an event - the Knox County Community Conversation – many ideas. Many people were from different organizations.
All agreed that they want a community that attracts and keeps young people.
The greatest strength of Knox County community – here are many adult mentors
We have a lot to offer to companies in lifestyle for employees
We see low student aspirations in the community – they cannot see what their futures have to offer
1. Focus on job opportunities
2.We need to develop scholarship and mentorship programs right in this community
3.Have existing organizations that are already doing so much in the community.
Rotary is the resource that is going to help this program
We have expanded the scholarship – Maine Community Foundation handles the administrative part of the program.
A & B students they can attend any college UMaine, community colleges, Thomas, Husson, Maine Maritime. We’ve worked out a plan that the more expensive schools offer a decreased tuition at the same level of UMaine for Worthington Scholars.
Before they receive the scholarship – they must complete a financial literacy course taught by New Ventures Maine. 3 modules – all students (and their parents) are invited to attend. Teach them how to budget for college. What will their post college debt be and how will their job help them to pay that off?
Mentor (paid by the fund) begins interacting with the students in their senior year – when they accept the scholarship; they are required to check in with her on an ongoing basis. They are expected to serve as mentors to younger students.
Our retention rate for 76 students is 100%.
Actively beginning to develop a strong alumni group.
Maine Community Foundation – Oceanside offered to every graduating senior (up to $16,000).
If you’re a senior C student – you can attend any community college or URock. Worthington Scholars will get mentoring at URock to help them get going.
Next year – expand amount that we give to Camden students. It is need and merit based. Go to Medomack Valley and the Islands – this will give us a critical mass of students who can bond and be the future community leaders.
Set up an endowment to ensure meeting the obligations in case of Dave and Beverly’s death.
GOAL - 250 student scholarship recipients
Setting up a 501C3 – that charity will cover the mentoring services for the community. They can fund it for a few years, but they are going to need community leaders to be board member and leaders of this new organization.
One of the things that the students have to do is write an essay. The change in the students from when they receive the gift to when they begin to experience school is significant.
Unity College – why isn’t unity isn’t in the mix? No one told us about Unity.
How many technical schools v. colleges – Haven’t interacted with the technical schools.
If an A or B student you can get a community college scholarship.
Posted by Jen Harris on Sep 12, 2016
September 8, 2016
District Governor Jean-Louis Joly & his wife Danielle Plante
Why we are Rotarians – why we must continue to be Rotarians.
Only great people know how to turn an occasion into a real opportunity.
We have the opportunity the serve humanity through Rotary.
We cannot fly unless we step off our perch.
President is like a music director – projects are better when we work together like an orchestra.
There are those in an orchestra there are those we cannot see – but we can always count on them to get projects done without complaint.
What instrument are each of us in the orchestra.
What role do you play in this club?
Concert is fundraising activities
Must raise the public image of rotary – very important
A better dialogue with our community is very important.
The Rotary Foundation is asking for $26.50 from each member to help to eradicate Polio.
2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta
DG goal is to have 100 members from our district
May 19-21, 2017
Saguenay - it’s quite easy to travel to from here.
Trying to have low environmental impact.
District Project to Cambodia
Eyes, medical & dental also an orphanage
Want to provide children that have aged out of the program to have an opportunity to come back and learn a trade. The money raised will support educational scholarships.
Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location
(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
2nd Wednesday held Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Area
Rotary Youth Exchange
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
meetings held as necessary
Public Relations Committee
take turns reporting meeting,
and publishing bulletin
Chair: Lisa Dresser
meets as necessary
West Bay Board Meeting
West Bay Board Meeting
1st Wednesday Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Room
7AM Breakfast Available
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Lisa DresserTim DresserSeptember 1
Tom ChesterJESSICASeptember 9
Bob RubinCheryl AyerSeptember 20
Kim MiltonMike MiltonSeptember 22
Holly CampbellJason CampbellSeptember 24
J. MICHAEL PIERCESeptember 3, 199818 years
Maria LibbySeptember 3, 20151 year
Wendy ZweckerSeptember 3, 20151 year
ARDEN YOUNGSeptember 5, 20079 years
Bruce MaloneSeptember 5, 199620 years
MIKE MOORESeptember 5, 20079 years
SALLY ANN WILLIAMSONSeptember 5, 20079 years
Bob WilliamsSeptember 12, 20106 years
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