May 11, 2017 Meeting of West Bay Rotary

Posted by Sarah Ruef-Lindquist on May 14, 2017
Special Olympics says "Thank You", Inbound Exchange Student "Jay" from Thailand

From Special Olympics, Ann Alley who runs special education at CHRHS, and Cody a student in Special Olympics, $1000 donated toward their new team uniforms, shared a thank-you video with participants wearing their uniforms, and showed examples of the hats, bright red jackets and pants used at a recent track event in Rockland.

Jay”, Inbound Rotary Exchange Student, from Thailand with a much longer name than “Jay”. He described what it was like to come to the US, his fears, and how joining the soccer team at CHRHS helped him make friends who he said he will never forget. He even tried skiing and liked it a lot. He cooked Thai food, and cooked with his host family, making pad thai and other native dishes. He got to go to Florida for vacation. He feels like he has grown up quite a bit and loves Maine, feels the people are kind and made him feel at home and that Maine is a beautiful place. He learned to eat lobster. He attended the Common Ground Fair and learned about organic farming and food. He even got to meet a llama, which was a first. He went to New York City, and saw Phantom of the Opera, and went sledding with his host family, and learned to like snow. He went to Toboggan Nationals, visited the Maine State House.  His favorite American food is macaroni and cheese.

Buckets on the tables are for the refugee family living in Thomaston. Duck Derby is getting close, with sign-up sheets for selling tickets at French & Brawn at the Camden National branch at the Hannaford Plaza. Volunteers are also needed for the day of the event, May 27.

Peter Berke got the club bell back from Belfast last week by attending their Wednesday lunch meeting yesterday. The Camden club has yet to recover their bell which has gone missing.

Thursday June 29 there will be no regular morning meeting but we will have our Annual Club Meeting Dinner at the Samoset. Details to follow about time and cost for social hour and dinner.

Next week we will have a different breakfast offering, so come to the meeting to see what will be available.

Next week’s speaker is Bob Talbot giving his classification talk.