18 March 2021
Speaker of the Day: Sharon Hobson/One Less Worry
18 March 2021
Pre-meeting Chatter! Grasshopper gift certificate winner is Deborah Fink, Congrats! It’s so enjoyable to have these early morning conversations! Lots more folks getting their vaccinations!
Buckets on the Table: Mid Coast Recovery Coalition (drop off donations to Kim at the bank in Camden –next to Hannaford- or mail to PO Box 1033, Camden 04843 – or website donation site using the donate button).
Poem for the Day: Jan Abendroth – An Irish Toast, Next Week – the rest of the story with Jan!
Sponsor Minute: 16 Bay View Hotel! 100 year old industrial building. The WB Chili challenge takes place and there is great good food and drinks! Great place to stay! Roof Top Bar, best view in town!
Rotary Minute: Sandy Cox – Rotary Float entered 18 times in Rose parade. $120K is needed and is done by volunteer Rotarians. Every New Year’s Day the float is visible and enjoyed!
Speaker of the Day: Sharon Hobson/One Less Worry
Sharon is the cofounder and exec director of One Less Worry. Sharon Thanks all of West Bay Rotary for all the donations for the organization, Thank You! OLW works with 23 partner organizations. Creative thinking was required for this Covid season in order to meet the community needs. Working with seniors, who couldn’t come into public, so volunteers were delivering the supplies to these seniors. The people they are serving has doubled and some groups were coming in as their need evolved. Schools were another challenge (14 in total), they were not meeting, so drop off sites were developed. There is a lot more delivering to community members. Had a lot of grants and community support to fund these increases. 350 miles of toilet paper this winter! This New Year has not changed. OLW has increased advocacy work, SNAP benefits only cover food, therefore a need is present here as well. A resolution was written and sent in, it passed legislation! Now we need to encourage other states to pass similar resolutions. This starts people thinking about government offerings. The 5th Anniversary is next month! They are looking for short shout out clips to share.
Short Foundation Board meeting is right after the meeting today!
Committee Reports:
Looking for committee leads for next year, looking for interested folks who want to participate. Some Big rolls to replace. Treasurer, Membership, Public Relations, Secretary…Reach out to Mark, Ken or Lisa!
Book Club: (members also include Camden Club) April  13th, Grace Metalious, Peyton Place  Contact Kristen for link! Booklist is on the website!
Community: Next Habitat Project will be in April 3rd. Let Tim Dresser know if you are interested in hanging out with some builders! (Philbrick Ave, Rockland) Come Join Us
Student Exchange will be virtual for a while.
Christmas Trees: Our vendor is scaling back and wants to know if we still want to order? They were unable to commit to our needs. Therefore: we are looking for a new vendor for trees!
Membership: Looking for an interim lead for this. A co-chair is in the wings but still need another chair!
Satellite: Contact JP for the link to attend. Meeting March 25th, 5:15 pm via zoom! Park bench painting coming up!
Next Week’s Speaker: Club Assembly