West Bay Rotary Goal is
100% Participation
for 2017-2018 Year


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Applications Due
April 1, 2017
Oct 1, 2017
Rotary Information
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...
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...
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
District Site
Venue Map
Weekly Speaker
Congratulations to Bob Talbot & Richard Goff for completing the West Bay Rotary Red Badge Program
Bi-annually West Bay Rotary distributes funds to local non-profit organizations.
We are happy to announce the recipients of this round of contributions.
Knox County Homeless Coalition - $1,000
Steph Prim received the gift.  Thanks so much for all your support over many years. 
Currently blessed with a 90-95% success rate for sustainable independence. 
We stick with them until they reach that point.  Please stop by and see the new tiny house.
PAWS - $1,000 gift accepted by Shelly Butler
Thank you all very much for this gift.  It enables us to do our work on a daily business. 
This specific gift will allow us to expand our medical suite.  They have many kittens available for adoption.
Camp Capella - $1,500 accepted by Harvey Cheslin
Thank you for the hospitality – summer camp for Maine children with special needs. 
They open next Sunday.  This gift will allow us to accommodate kids without concern for their ability to pay. 
Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery - $500
Darren Ripley accepted the gift.  This gift will help support the coastal recovery community center. 
We are trying to fill the gap between when folks get out of recovery.  Try to help them adjust with their new life. 
Provide a safe place after they go through recovery.  Monday – Friday 4p – 8p – 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland.  All volunteer organization.
University College of Rockland - $700 Deborah Meehan accepts the gift.
This check will start one new college student to take that first college course.
Pen Bay YMCA - $1,000
Marcia Roberts – This gift allows the YMCA to pay for summer camp for those who are unable to pay.
LifeFlight - $500
Amy Root – Thank you for your loyalty.  LifeFlight sincerely appreciates your gifts and the commitment you have shown. 
Life Flight has just expanded – this gift will allow us to buy a tug which makes it easier to get the helicopter out of the hanger. 
We added a third helicopter so this will be the safest summer in Maine.
Wayfinders School $1,500
Martha Kempe
Passages – home based HS degree program for teen parents.
Graduated 19 from 8 counties.  It is very difficult to get a high school diploma when you’re trying to raise a child. 
This gift will allow us to support these students.
Penobscot Language School - $250
Joan Lemole
This gift allows us to move forward with our new culture camp by engaging them with hands on activities.  Each day they will “visit” a new country through activities.
Coastal Mountain Land Trust – $1,000
Buckets on the table are for the toilet paper project.
Community Service
Mark Coursey
Busy July planned
July 8 (rain date 7/15) – Habitat for Humanity
July 22/29 – 63 Washington Street for painting
Annual Dinner
June 29
Lincoln Erlinbach – new District Governor will be out guest.  No morning meeting that day.
Sunday, June 25
Group from WB, Camden and Beer & yachting rotarians – traveling out to Monhegan for the day.
Get on the 10:30 boat and join them.
Next Week
Downtown Camden from Karen Brace & Leamon Scott
Group of people looking to develop downtown Camden.
Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine
Holly Anderson of Lincolnville, Maine, on Beekeeping
West Bay Rotary
May 25, 2017
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity
Tia Anderson, Executive Director
Mission:  To work in cooperation with the vision & principles of Habitat for Humanity International, bringing people together to build hope, homes and community and end poverty housing in Knox County, Maine.
A lot happening with Midcoast Habitat for Humanity - Need for affordable housing continues to grow
48.3% unable to afford median home
58% unable to afford 2 bedroom rental
Habitat for Humanity is building, rehabbing & creating solutions
Every Helping Hand Builds Home
Habitat cannot do what they do without volunteers
What they do & how they do it is based on community support
Most recent project – turn over the house early in June.
The property was donated by the City of Camden.
The family lived in apartment that had issues with mold & rodents – had security issues.
We have many teams that visit from away to help to build for a week.
10-12 volunteers
Local churches house them for us.
11 groups are scheduled for this year.
Criteria for housing
Required to pay a mortgage
Families need to be making a living, but need help
They enter into the Habitat family and we ask them to stay engaged after they receive their homes.
Quality of life in general
Leads to better education, health & prosperity.
Where we were
20 years
21 houses
16 volunteer/board
2 committees
5 businesses
2 churches
Where we are:
27 years
31 homes
13 BOD
5 committees
3 staff
39 business/36 restaurants
4 churches
29 local volunteer teams
29 teams hosted
128,000 in kind donations
15 lots in land bank
1 restore – supports overhead
               40 volunteers – commit to at least one shift per week.
               1,000 donations annually
               $728k net sales
               482 tons of waste diverted
Current Projects:
Camden home & rehab in Rockland (will work on this as a winter project)
Ambitious plans for the next 2 years – they can’t work fast enough.  The need is great in the community. 
They are working on some potential collaborations with the Knox County Homeless Coalition – building homes will allow them to free up beds in the hospitality house.
Tiny Homes for Hope
Hospitality House acquired the barn – hoping to build a campus there.  The thought was to create a small community of tiny homes.  Transitional houses – better than putting folks up in hotels.  Allows families to still have access to services on campus.  192 Sq. feet.  Full bathroom, efficiency kitchen – not intended to be cooked in.  Temporary transitional housing.  Rockland is very supportive.  Looking for sponsors for individual houses – the cost is $15,000 per home.
Philbrick avenue, Rockland
This was developed by Mr. Philbrick as workforce housing – they are going to redevelop it in a similar model.  550-750 sq. foot homes.  Another exciting project on the horizon.
Looking for a regular flow of volunteers.
How many people can live in the tiny homes?
1 person or a couple.  A few could be connected with hallways that lock off if needed.
Are all communities in this area committed to affordable housing?
It is written into their plans, but not all are working on it.
What is the donation criteria for Restore?
This changes based on inventory
Is there a typical wait time for waiting housing clients?
Revolving application process, but we are looking to possibly modify for specific projects.
If applications don’t qualify for a house because of financial hardships – they get those folks some assistance.  They don’t blanket deny, we help them to move through the system to get assistance.
Do these town provide reduction in real estate taxes?
They are tax exempt – so they don’t pay taxes on the property.  Homeowners must pay taxes.  Partner families can apply by claiming poverty – and get an exemption or abatement.
Any problems with houses?  Never had a foreclosure on the homes – because we support them in difficult times.
How many folks who apply don’t get accepted?
20:1 –
Is this just families?
In recent years, it’s been single moms – individuals can absolutely apply.
Buckets on the table
Toilet paper project – until the end of June
Duck Derby
Still a couple of spots open for this weekend.
Please just show up and we will put you to work.
If you have a kayak or paddleboard that can be used – Peter will pick up and return.
George went to District Conference this weekend
Recognized in several ways
eWaste – 1 of 2 eco responsible projects for the district
Certificate of appreciation for support of End Polio Now
Averaged $100 & 100% participation - #2 in the district.
Next BOD – June 7 – Peters last meeting.
Monhegan Trip with Camden Rotary Club - Sunday, June 26 / 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rockland Rotary – Governor LePage will be speaking at Rockland Rotary next week.
Next week - Holly Edwards – Bee Keeping
  May 25  Tim Dresser
  June 1 Suzanne Scott
  June 8  Barbara Heard
  June 15  Jan Campbell
  June 22  John Tohanczyn
  June 29  George Forristall
  July 6  Etienne Perret
  July 13  Chase Lasbury
  July 20  Kim Milton
  July 27  Heidi Karod

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 Tuesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
7 AM
International Committee
Susan Dorr
4th  Tuesday 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:
  • Chase LASBURY
    June 6
  • Gary Walker
    June 14
  • Dan Bookham
    June 21
    June 24
  • Barry King
    June 26
    June 30
  • Mark Masterson
    June 13
  • Heidi Karod
    John Karod
    June 18
  • Debbi Hitchings
    Roy Hitchings
    June 22
  • Mary Sargent
    Glen Sargent
    June 22
    June 25
  • Bruce Malone
    BARBARA Malone
    June 29
Join Date:
    June 1, 1992
    25 years
  • Terry BREGY
    June 1, 1986
    31 years
  • Jessica Kent
    June 4, 2015
    2 years
  • Betsy Clemens-Saltonstall
    June 5, 2014
    3 years
  • Heidi Karod
    June 9, 2011
    6 years
    June 10, 1972
    45 years
  • John Tohanczyn
    June 18, 2015
    2 years
  • Tom Griffith
    June 21, 2012
    5 years
  • Ken Gardiner
    June 24, 2004
    13 years
  • Tom Albertson
    June 27, 2012
    5 years
  • Chase LASBURY
    June 30, 1997
    20 years
    June 30, 2004
    13 years