Posted by Trina Kuykendall on Oct 21, 2018
October 18, 2018
Classification Talk, Kevin Abendroth
October 18, 2018
Buckets on the Table: Camden Area Food Pantry
Kevin Abendroth Classification Talk
Born in Philadelphia, moving to Ohio to New Jersey and eventually to Maine! Kevin enjoys soccer, swimming, track and field, and trumpet. He began as an Undergrad at Bloomsburg, moving on to East Stroudsburg earning a history and education degree. Keven currently works for Bangor Savings Bank and will be moving to a Bangor location soon! Kevin is working on a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a licensed federal mortgage lender. Kevin also enjoys hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, rock climbing (bouldering and sport climbing), chess, poker, cooking, as well as follows a number of sports teams.
Second Speaker
Becca Gildred, Knox County Homeless Coalition, is working on getting city approval for little houses, to be built on the Hospitality property , they are hoping to install 11 units by end of 2019. The coalition is actively seeking housing for 160 people and serves 500 homeless per year. Maine state housing has contacted to group and is asking them to consider a small housing footprint of which grant monies are available. Part of their rent goes into a savings account, over a couple years can be utilized for shelter. The group is focusing on affordable housing in this area.
As an update: hospitality house gave out clothing, bedding, food, 5400 meals.
As an awareness event (a National Movement), there will be a sleep out overnight called ‘One night without a home’. Teams are invited to sleep out on the Camden Village green from 6pm to 6 am on November 9th. Our homeless are a very hidden population. Habitat for Humanity will be working to renovate the a little house during the week of Oct 29th. It will take just under $10.000 to build.
Committee Reports
Foundation requests are due Oct 19th, we have received several already. These will be reviewed in November by community committee. Application is on the website.
Nov 17, Rotary Leadership Institute, this is a separate group for members to learn about leadership within rotary. There are day long seminars in the Lewiston Auburn area, 3 levels plus a graduate program, you will need to need to register, let Mary know if you are interested!
District meeting, Kim, Etienne and Mary attended and will discuss next week
Kristin: polio plus donations are made out to West Bay Charitable, give to Kim. EREY made out to club and given to Kristin.
Polio walk on Saturday in Rockland 10 am
International: meets on October 22 8am at this site
Foundation: Etienne reports of an outbreak of polio (caused by the vaccination) on a New Guinea island, 17 cases so far.
Interact: Joan, Monday 245-3pm, looking at fund raising opportunities.
Youth exchange: George, interviewing 2 students sponsored by a NH club
Fellowship Thank you to Sheila and Trina, Nov 9th at Deb Hitchings house, also celebrate Noel’s birthday!
Satellite Club
October 11th meeting of the West Bay Rotary Satellite club was well attended and included a stimulating presentation by Rebecca Gildred, Executive Director, and Eileen McGuigan, Volunteer Coordinator, of the Knox County Homeless Coalition (see photo).  We learned of many opportunities where our new satellite club can augment what the existing Rotary clubs are already doing to support this very important resource, as winter approaches.  Gildred did encourage us ALL to come out for the November 9 & 10 "Sleep Out" on the town green in Camden as a way to educate the public on true homeless needs in the Midcoast
Our next meeting is very important and special as we will be having an induction ceremony and celebration for the satellite club members.  Because 40 Paper is closed on October 25, the meeting will be held at the home of Cindy Allen, at 3 High Street in Camden.
Next Week Speaker: Molly Mulhern/The Apprenticeshop