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

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
Upcoming Events
Weekly Speaker
West Bay Rotary
September 28, 2017
Club Assembly
Buckets on the Table – Rockport, TX Rotary support
Make Checks Payable Rockport Rotary Club Foundation
Budget 2018 – approved
Sandy – World Polio Day
October 24 – Bill & Melinda Gates will be hosting an online forum on – information about Polio Day
Polio Walk – Saturday, October 21
9 a.m.
We will take the train from City Point to Brooks
Sign ups for the walk & the ride will be provided in the upcoming weeks.
George Abendroth
Strategic Plan – Did a strategic plan around 2011-2012
If anyone has a copy of that plan, please forward to George.
Membership Data Updates – We have local, district & Rotary International Goals.  We didn’t have a very successful go around on updating information.  We need to get Club Runner up-to-date.  We are trying to get information current – the info doesn’t get shared anywhere except RI & west Bay.
Event Reporting – Gathering information for events.  We need to capture the details of events/activities for the club.  Did we raise $$ -Did we spend $$
Website – Please provide detailed updates to George.  Updated upcoming speaker section – will try to keep that updated.  Charitable Foundation form has been updated for the spring. 
Committee Pages – We encourage all committee areas to provide details for their sections.
Interact – George is now the advisor to Interact from West Bay.  12 in the group – trying to recruit new members.  9 Interact students that are interested in participating in the polio walk.  Planning a Safe Passage Guatemala trip.  Currently involved in the Window Dressers project. 
Charitable Foundation – Mary Sargent & Kim Milton
We have $9,000 available to give – we have two applications so far – we have plenty of money to distribute.  October 1 is the deadline.
International Convention Booth – Etienne – no update on the convention booth.  Sent in the application, we will find out if they accept later.
Rotary Direct – EREY for the Polio fundraising. 
Visit – donate section.  Make one time or quarterly or monthly updates.  Automatic deductions are available.
Presidents Project
Peter Burke – still has $2,600 left from the Presidents Project - $300 to Susan’s Yucatan Project. $500 to Midcoast Recovery Coalition.  $500 One Less Worry.  With balance of $1,300 to the Hospitality House. Would like to hold the money and use it to focus on a project that we are working on. 
The club will be recognizing Joe & Ginny Ryan and Stuart & Marianne Smith for their contributions.
Hospitality House – Thursday, October 5 – New client moving in – may need another person to assist with move in.
Youth Exchange – We send a student & that country sends a student back.  If you know of any students that want to do this or if any members want to help out, please see George.
Mark Coursey
Mark has electronically archived the financial materials – We are looking for all paper information.
PAWS puppy path – sign up sheet next week
Jim Potter – Entrepreneurship
Kicked off 17th annual class last night – runs through October 16
Next Week’s Speaker - Bob Flight - Lyman Morse
September 14, 2017
West Bay Rotary Meeting
Committee chairs – If you have an event that you would like to share with the club, please send event details to George so he can add them to calendar.
Buckets on the table for Rockport, TX Rotary
Peter Berke
Strange Things that Have Happened to Me
Grew up in garment & textile business
As a kid Peter packed boxes, inspected fabrics, etc.  The job wasn't a good fit for Peter so he transitioned into a business that rented tropical plants to trade shows.
Sometimes this business was challenging because of teamsters – in NYC the teamsters were asking for $1,500 to back his small truck up to the convention center.
Peter connected to a guy through his father - after several phone calls, this guy gets Peter into the convention center without the $1,500.
A couple of months later he gets a call from the FBI/DA doing an investigation on the teamsters.
He follows the FBI to the meatpacking district – they want him to testify against the teamsters in front of a grand jury. 
He was nervous about his safety – the FBI offered to provide protection or a wire he declined.
4-6 years later he went back to the family business.  He oversaw 17 “sweatshops” in NY & in the Caribbean.  In NY – he traveled around to all the factories.  He was working with a Korean factory and they messed up a project so they were not going to get paid. They wanted their money.  They called his house and threatened his family.  He went to his father about it – his father asked the factory owners to come into the showroom.  Father meets with them and they continue to threaten Peters family - but Peter's father didn't seem to care.  His father negotiates a decrease in the rate of pay.  The rumor around the shop was that Peters father had discounted him so they should be careful because who knows what the father would do to them.
He traveled to Columbia and it was dominated by drug cartels.  He travels to this area and everyone is armed.  He goes to the factories – he inspects the work.  You go to these factories and it seems like a very small operation.  It was all set up as a laundering situation for the cocaine industry. After the tour – they take him up to a room – he found that his father had bounced a $50,000 check.  They wanted him to call his father on the phone.  Father is out of town – out of reach.  The Colombians tell him that they need the $50,000 and he’s not allowed to go home.  They tell him that they are going to lock him in his hotel room until they get paid.  Once he returned to the hotel room - he could arrange for a payment within 24 hours.  After 24 hours, he received a call that they had received the money so he could go.  His flight was cancelled – he had to fly to Cali instead – he arrived at night drove past cars on fire. 
He started painting houses in college - that’s how he ended up here in the business.
In the late 90’s his father was bought out by his partner – it was a forced buy out and the rug was kind of pulled out from under him.
He was most afraid when he was in Columbia because he wasn’t sure that he was going to come home.
We have been invited to the AIO food pantry get together – 9/24
Rotary Club of Bangor has invited us to their Century of Service events on Friday, October 13.
Welcome into membership Bruce Peel
Committee reports
Mary Sargent – Foundation application is on the website. 
October 1 is the deadline for application for donation requests. 
If you know of any organization that is looking for a gift let them know. 
If they received in the spring – they are not eligible until next spring.
Sandy Cox – October 21 – Rotary Walk in Belfast more details to come. 
Our goal is to raise $2,000 for each club.  There will be a cost to participate – for polio.
Mark Coursey
Meeting on Wednesday
On October 7 & 14 – will be working on the PAWS puppy trail.
Ron Hall EREY
Rodney Lynch, Barry King & Peter Berke
After you’ve accumulated $1,000 you are eligible to be awarded with a Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations Suzanne Scott for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow
Susan Dorr - International Committee
Grant was submitted to the Rotary District for 4 more water fountains in the Yucatan.  Grants awarded – money held up because of another club in the District
Found out that the money finally went through.
October 31 – Susan, Peter and Heidi Karod will be traveling to the Yucatan to visit the locations. Heidi will spend some time at the school.
Next Week - Rick Tasker – Classification Talk
   Sept 7    Mary Sargent
   Sept 14  Barbara Heard
   Sept 21  Robert Williams
   Sept 28  George Forristall
   Oct 5     Dolores Hyssong
   Oct 12   Tom Griffith
   Oct 19   Lisa Dresser
   Oct 26   Kristin Lindquist
   Nov 2    Ray Fink
   Nov 9    Suzanne Scott
   Nov 16  Laura Evans
   Nov 30  Peter Berke

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:
  • Mark Masterson
    October 1
    October 13
  • George Abendroth
    October 15
  • Bob Talbot
    October 17
    October 24
  • Noel Cox
    October 31
  • Bob Stiehler
    Stephanie Stiehler
    October 3
    Patty Berke
    October 9
Join Date:
  • Dolores Hyssong
    October 1, 2001
    16 years
  • Leamon Scott
    October 1, 2015
    2 years
  • Suzanne Scott
    October 1, 2015
    2 years
  • Dan Bookham
    October 11, 2012
    5 years
  • Sandy Cox
    October 15, 1976
    41 years
  • Charles Berry
    October 21, 2010
    7 years