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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
Welcome to West Bay Rotary

"Be a Gift to the World"

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
First Congregational Church
55 Elm Street
Mailing address is PO Box 1033
Camden, ME  04843
United States
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West Bay Rotary - February 2, 2017
Immigrants & Farmworkers in Downeast Maine
Mano en Mano
Ian Yaffe – Director
Founded in 2005 in Milbridge, ME
Goals from Mano en Mano's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan:
  1. Support immigration in Downeast Maine.

  2. Ensure access to language services and increase affordable housing.

  3. Increase educational and economic opportunity.

  4. Foster community leadership, social justice, and equity.

  5. Build organizational and financial capacity to achieve Mano en Mano’s goals

Communities Served

Mano en Mano serves the communities of Milbridge and greater Washington County including this residential population of former migrant farmworkers and their families.

​Seasonally - workers enter the community to do the following agricultural work.

Seafood processing
83% latino
4% white
4% Native American
2% Asian
Consider this community to be their permanent home.
45% from Mexico
43% from the US
$15-25,000 – household income bracket – live at or below the poverty line.
Has been solid economic growth in the last 5 years
Starting in the early 1990’s the town of Milbridge experienced a rapid influx of migrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. For many families, a lack of available and affordable housing limits one's ability to put down roots in the area. Mano en Mano worked to build Hand in Hand Apartments to address this need.
Provide access to essential services
Job search
Medical services
Referrals to other organizations – food pantries, etc.
Do not provide direct assistance beyond the housing assistance.
We match folks with the systems & services that exist.
2 barriers – language barriers & cultural barrier
Access to essential services was not enough on its own
Voice in the community
Community Workshops
Voting rights
Men's health
Largest program
Maine Department of Ed
Migrant education statewide
300 migrant children statewide
Provide support & instructional services
Increases significantly in the summer – during the blueberry harvest
Some national data on the role immigrants in the community – there wasn’t anything specific to rural Maine.  They partnered with Colby to design & develop and econ impact study – collected over 255 data points from over 80 households.  Colby is crunching the data
Direct & econ impact & direct jobs supported.
How do you multiply this data out to some representative samples.
1.5 million in direct & indirect econ activity
There isn’t a solution to the workforce issue in Maine
Maine is not a destination state from people moving within the US
Immigrants may be the only answer for rural Maine
Important piece of our economic strategy.
Are there groups around here that you help?
Some of the blueberry workers here in the Midcoast
Also work with the state on the migrant education – have to be under 22
There’s no easy transition from a temporary visa to a more permanent status
Has the move toward mechanical harvesting
Piece rate went up recently – increased pay because hand crews in very difficult terrain.
Don’t have the opportunity to gather as many boxes
550-750 here for the blueberry harvest
How many new immigrants are you seeing per year?
A couple of families per year – not something where there is a lot of fluctuation in/out
Finding a way to help people transition into housing is pretty difficult
What are the families telling you?
What’s the attraction? How can we leverage
Economic opportunity – not just Mexico
Like that it’s a small town, its safe, schools good & the community is welcoming and there are services available.  There is an anchor employer – seafood processing
How much integration is there with the community?
Schools are 25-30% latino
How did the community respond to the influx in immigrants?
The town was pretty proactive about it.  The community needed to figure out how to communicate with each other.  A lot of benefit for the community to having stable population.  Overall it has been a pretty welcoming community.
Buckets on the table
Ken will decide who the money goes to
We need parking assistance
Chili – 7 chili vendors – would like 1 more
Upstairs at Seadog
Sponsorships – could use 2-3 more
$50 or $100
West Bay Rotary
January 26, 2017
Scott Boucher - Bangor Rotary
Polio Plus / Rotary Foundation
Chair of Polio Plus charged with sharing info about the work of rotarians against polio
In 1985 Rotary launched Polio Plus – an initiative to immunize children
$1.5 billion toward a polio free world
2.5 children immunized
Currently Polio is endemic in 3 countries Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan
Follow “End Polio Now” on Facebook for updates
It was considered impossible for India to be Polio Free – it has been 6 years since there was a case in India.
2016 - 35 cases
2015 – 74 cases
2014 – 359 cases
2013 – 416 cases
Change in the vaccination – focuses on types 1 & 3
The World Health Organization believes that Polio can be eradicated in the next 12 months.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports through matching gifts
Dollars matched 2 for 1 – your $25 gift is matched with $50 from Bill & Melinda Gates
October 24 – World Polio Day
Purple Pinkie Project
When a child is immunized in a developing country they get their pinkie painted purple to indicate that they received an immunization.
Miles to end Polio
50% match of dollars donated
Our district paid $25,000 then matched by Bill & Melinda + match for Miles end our donation became $112,000.
Rotary Direct
Rotarian Magazine – ID # is at the top of your mailing label
Can also give to education, clean water, etc.
Foundation for Rotary is celebrating its 100 anniversary
$26.50 founding donation – it would be great if all rotarians would donate $26.50 to the foundation for the anniversary
Feb 9 – Old Town
Mike McGovern, Chair for Polio Plus World Wide
Travels in Iceland with Dan Bookham
  February 2  Linda Payson
  February 9  Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
  February 16  Suzanne Scott
  February 23  Richard Groff
  March 2  Mike Pierce
  March 9  Joan LeMole

Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location

(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
Community Service
Mark Coursey, 
Mark Masterson
2nd Wednesday held Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Area
7:30 am
Rotary Youth Exchange
George Forristall or
Heidi Karod
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
7 AM
International Committee
Susan Dorr
4th  Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
8:00 AM
Vocational Committee
Jim Potter
meetings held as necessary
Public Relations Committee
Jen Harris
no meetings
take turns reporting meeting,
press releases 
and publishing bulletin
Membership Committee
Chair: Lisa Dresser
meets as necessary
West Bay Board Meeting
West Bay Board Meeting
1st Wednesday Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Room
7AM Breakfast Available
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Heidi Karod
    February 3
  • Leamon Scott
    February 3
  • Bob Stiehler
    February 14
  • Ray Fink
    February 18
  • Kristen Lindquist
    February 20
  • George Abendroth
    February 18
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  • Ray Fink
    February 1, 2013
    4 years
  • Lisa Dresser
    February 2, 2012
    5 years
  • Deborah Fink
    February 18, 2015
    2 years
  • George Abendroth
    February 18, 2016
    1 year
  • Jodie Heal
    February 18, 2016
    1 year
  • Ira Mandel
    February 22, 2012
    5 years
  • Laura Evans
    February 27, 1997
    20 years
    February 28, 2003
    14 years