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


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Vocational Services
Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Public Relations
Vice President
Executive Director/Secretary
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Applications Due
Oct 1, 2017
April 1, 2018
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
July 13, 2017
Buckets on the table – Backpack program
Member info sheets – please complete
Joel LaFleur, MD – Maine Medical Center
Electronic Medical Records – Pen Bay Medical Center
Joel was a practicing surgeon for about 25 years – Became interested in this field – sees his job as a liaison between information folks & physicians.
Got a masters degree in biomedical information – concerned with healthcare & computers work together.  EMR is just one part of that.
Parent corporation is the parent corporation
13 members & 4 affiliates
Largest employer in the state
Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital merged as Coastal Healthcare Alliance in December 2015
The company EPIC kept a low profile until recently.  
It is a privately held company. Single largest EMR vendor in the country. 
Started by going to the largest healthcare systems.  
They have exhausted the US market and are expanding into foreign markets – UAE and Netherlands. 
Value of having an EMR – allows for us to share medical records fairly easily.
1 Patient 1 Record
We all share the same chart – only one copy of your medication list, diagnosis, etc.
Security & privacy protections – anytime you open a record there is an electronic tag that indicates who has been on your chart. 
There are protections around certain types of files.
MyChart Patient Portal
Your records are available to you and the clinicians.  You can see lab, pathology and imaging results.  Considering putting physician notes in MyChart.  You can send messages to your providers through MyChart.  Encourage everyone to get a MyChart account – it is very useful.
As a patient can you opt out of sharing between doctors?
Outside of the system yes – you can ask for a record of everyone who has accessed your account. 
What’s the responsibility of the patient to update their info?
One of Joel’s pet peeves – a lot of practices still ask you to fill out forms.  We all have a responsibility to make sure that the information is correct.  You have a right to see all of that info.  If there is incorrect info on the chart it is important to get it updated.
MaineHeatlh Cardiologists are currently in a different EMR – will be transitioned into MyChart in the upcoming years.  Imaging uses a different system, but they interface electronically.  We don’t have the time, money & people to do all of this work done at one time.  It is a work on progress.
How does being a surgeon provide you with the skills to do this work?  Other physicians respect physicians more so than they respect folks with computer science degrees.  We understand each other.
Rick Tasker – Newest member of our club
Committee Reports
Bob – Boats Homes & Harbors
1 month left until the event.  We need 48 people to fulfill the volunteer needs for this event.  Please sign up or recruit your friends. 
International Rotary Convention – House of Friendship at National Meeting.  Highlighting the stove project in the House of Friendship.  Pat Manley from Masons on a Mission is interested in participating.  Meeting in Toronto in June.  Details to follow.
Community Service
63 Washington Street
2 day project – need more people to sign up.
Had a great turnout & good time building on the tiny house.
July 22 & July 29
Had a great meeting/training with window dressers.
Will need folks for the build
Bike Event
Sunday, July 23 – breakfast
Sign up – we will be putting breakfast together and selling breakfast that day.
Between 4a – 8a
Monday, July 17 at the Seadog – 5p – coordinating meeting
Beer Garden – need two more people for the afternoon shift.  Will piggyback on Mary’s meeting for planning.
Next week - Michael Aimes – Maine Ocean School
July 6, 2017
Buckets on the table – backpack program
Barbara Heard reported on the program - We ask LL Bean to donate backpacks – members of the club donate to the buckets or buy items.
They go to students who need the backpacks and the supplies.
What kind of stuff are we filling them with
Pens, pencils, 3-ring binders, calculators, pencil boxes, erasers
Tora Decker Griffith
Youth Exchange Spain

Last year she went to spain for 10.5 months
Aranda De Duero
30,000 people
Very dry dessert climate
Capital of Ribera Del Duero wine region – lots of vineyards in the region
Every single town has a central plaza – the plazas are filled with kids. 
Houses in Spain are usually very tiny.  Tora was fortunate to live in large beautiful home.
Had to take public transportation in Spain – first time taking public transportation. 
3 large rotary districts in Spain
70% of the exchange students she met were Americans.  She was a little disappointed since she wanted to meet folks from other countries. 
Agreed to participate in a 5K because she didn’t recognize the word for 5k.  Had to Google it and couldn’t believe she agreed to do this race.  The first 1,000 finishers got a bottle of wine.
Took a trip Bourkos – well known city in Spain. 
Cathedral is very old – had several different rooms and each room was designed by a different artist.
School – Junior & Senior years are different.  Huge test at the end of the year for Spanish students that decides whether they can go to college.  The school was bi-lingual, but she took all courses in Spanish.
Holiday Season
The winter holidays include Christmas, NY and the day of Kings.  They celebrate Christmas only because Americans too.  Co-workers give each other pig legs.  Came home from school and there was a leg in the kitchen.  They cost anywhere from 50-300 euro.  Giving & receiving legs – they last all year.
Live action Nativity – people in costume just standing still in costume.  Very cold.
How did you do in the all Spanish speaking classes?
For a little while it was difficult – but it got easier.
Pat Manley – Stove Project in Guatemala
Masons on a Mission
Goal to build efficient, clean building cook stoves.
Work with local folks in Guatemala – Ishey came to Maine for her first vacation ever.
Thanks so much for welcoming us to talk about the stove project.
Want to say thank you on behalf of the lives that it is changing.
Most of the women cook with open fires – smoke is in the kitchen – causes eye & respiratory problems.
Decrease the amount of wood that you have to use. 
Help the women to have more free time – with an open fire, it takes longer to good your food.  It brings the family together.
They provide leadership training & literacy skills.
Thanks so much for your support of the program.
Peter Burke –
Recognize some folks
Susan Dorr & Jen Harris
Paul Harris Award – to Kristen Lindquist for all the work she does to keep the organization in good finances.

Boats & Harbors – sign ups are now available.
Mark Coursey
3 sheets being distributed
Habitat on Saturday
8a – noon
2 forest road in Warren
Next Monday, July 10 – window dressers – 4p
20 mechanic street
Training for measuring
Approximately 90 minute training
63 Washington Street
Painting – July 22 & 23
Sunday, July 23 – Beer garden
Lobster Ride – Bicycle coalition
Next weeks speaker
Joel LaFleur – Electronic Medical Records
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.
  July 6  Etienne Perret
  July 13  Chase Lasbury
  July 20  Rick Tasker
  July 27  Heidi Karod

Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location

(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
Community Service
Mark Coursey, 
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: Joan Lemole
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:
  • Terry BREGY
    July 9
  • Suzanne Scott
    July 10
  • Ken Gardiner
    July 13
  • Bruce Malone
    July 15
  • Gary Walker
    Roberta Walker
    July 4
  • Roberta Walker
    Gary Walker
    July 4
  • Chase LASBURY
    Nan Lasbury
    July 12
  • John Tohanczyn
    Christine Alberi
    July 12
Join Date:
  • Bruce Bergen
    July 12, 2012
    5 years