Posted by Erik Jorgensen
President Amy Chipman opened the meeting by greeting 44 members and 2 guests on a beautiful Friday afternoon.
PP Cy Hagge recalled some recent losses in the community and led the invocation with a World War I era poem about the flower of youth. Meredith Small led us in ‘My Country Tis of Thee.’

Many members have been travelling – Dick Giles is just back from Alberta, Canada where he visited family; Christine Force has also been with her extended family in Europe. PP Ben Lowry and Erik Jorgensen met up in Montreal to watch the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.

The Club was circulating a card for Jesse Harvey, to let him know he has our support and was in our thoughts for a speedy recovery .

Justin LaMontagne provided a 'Rotary Minute' – and he spoke about inspiration and his Rotary experience. He cited a number of members who have been selfless and generous and provided him with inspiration: PP John Curran’s international work; Jesse Harvey’s difficult work in drug rehab; Roger and Liz Fagan and their work in the Dominican Republic, to name a few.

PP Larry Gross
made a pitch for new “vocational minutes,” through which he hopes to recruit people to speak briefly at meetings about their work. He also spoke about his efforts to “reform” the listing of retired folks, so retirees will still have note of their professions even after retirement. Look for that change in next year’s roster.

Jerry Angier
 (on right in photo) led the raffle, and Alan Levenson (on left in photo) came close, with the king of hearts -- but not quite close enough to win the pot of $787.

Gracie Johnston made a pitch for the Club’s Preble Street food service (4th Wednesday each month) – Rotary’s ongoing program for which volunteers are always needed.  She also announced that next Friday a new Rotary Community Service project will happen, as we assemble backpacks of materials for the students at Saccarappa Elementary School.  Be ready next week during the meeting to help with the backpacks and to send good wishes to the kids in the form of cards!

Mike Fortunato spoke about a possible “Harvest Moon Dance” at Sprague Hall in Cape Elizabeth – this is conceived as a fundraiser-fellowship event featuring square dancing.  Should be an easy event -- and fun.  Looking at a Saturday in October. He polled the members present and got some positive feedback.

Finally, Charlie Frair spoke about the “Flags for Heroes” program starting on September 11. We have 25 or more people as paid sponsors. Over $3,000 pledged for flags. The next step is to identify and sponsor honorees. He asked each Rotarian to find one non-Rotarian to sponsor a flag at $100 each. For more information, contact him: