Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Apr 05, 2019
Apr 12, 2019
Attacking Maine's Opioid Crisis
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 26, 2019
Building a Lobster Restaurant Business
May 03, 2019
Casco Bay and Gulf of Maine Health
May 10, 2019
Development Along Downtown Waterfront
May 17, 2019
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New Mainers Initiative
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair
Friday, March 29, 2019
Welcome to the
Rotary Club of Portland, Maine!
Portland Rotary
Service Above Self
We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
The Clarion Hotel
1230 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04102
United States of America
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will meet March 29, 2019
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1230 Congress Street, Portland
*03/29/19 Charles Roscoe, Schools for Syrian Refugees

Charlie Roscoe was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1944. He graduated from Bowdoin College and Northeastern University Graduate School of Public Accounting. As a Certified Public Accountant, he worked for Coopers and Lybrand in Boston and Portland, Maine and Berry Dunn and McNeil (BDMP) in Portland. At BDMP, he was the second managing partner, succeeding Burchard Dunn, one of the Firm’s founders. Charlie retired from public accounting in 2005.

Throughout his auditing career, and until the present time, he has served his community in many ways, including: 

Schools for Refugees, Inc., Co-founder and President
Maine Community Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Maine Handicapped Skiing (Maine Adaptive Sports), Co-founder
Preble Street Resource Center, Treasurer of the Board of Directors 
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Board of Advisors
Maine Seniors Golf Association, Secretary
Portland Country Club, President of the Board of Directors
YMCA of Portland, Board of Directors
Maine International Trade Center, Board of Directors
Piper Shores Retirement Community, Treasurer of the Board of Directors 
Yarmouth, Maine Planning Board
Maine Health, Corporator
Breakwater School, Board of Directors 

Charlie and his wife, Susan, live in Portland, Maine and enjoy boating, golf and world travel. They frequently visit Uganda to oversee the St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School located in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, which is administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

03/22/19 Geoff Iacuessa, Portland Sea Dogs President

Justin Lamontagne introduced his good friend Geoff Iacuessa. Justin met Geoff when he was an intern at the Sea Dogs. Geoff began his career with the team as an intern, also, in 2001 and was later hired as Director of Group Sales. He was promoted to President & General Manager of the Portland Sea Dogs on September 10, 2018. He said it was a combination of hard work and luck. When someone left the company, Geoff volunteered to do extra and just kept adding experience to build his career.

Geoff told us that when he was looking for an intern position, his advisors told him “The next bad thing I hear about the Sea Dogs will be the first one.” Geoff says he always felt the advisor was right. Minor league ball is interesting because the Red Sox makes all the player decisions and the Sea Dogs are responsible for providing good training, taking care of the players, promotions and the business side of things.

Dan Burke, the original owner, brought the team to Portland in 1994. Dan made all his decisions based on what was best for the players, the community and the staff. Geoff says this is not the case for all teams in the minors. The Sea Dogs are at the lower end of ticket prices and at the top in attendance. Dan Burke and now the present owners, wanted to make it a good family experience, which families can afford. When they are making decisions on promotions, there is an important criterion....they never want to create an awkward moment between parent and child.

The Sea Dogs have an excellent relationship with the city and the community. They are very happy with the excellent Portland facility and want to be an excellent tenant for the city. In Portland, any player who wants to live with a family has that opportunity, and most players do so. This is very rare across the minor league cities. It’s a great opportunity for the players, as well as the families. Geoff has seen several families/players where the relationship lasts many years longer than the player’s stay in town.

The Sea Dogs try to create a great experience for all who attend, even those who are not baseball fans. Some come for the game....some for the food....some to see Slugger....and some for the fireworks. People enjoy the stunts on the field. Some even come to watch baseball. Most importantly, they leave with a smile on their face.

Weather is the biggest challenge. There are 71 home opportunities to make money on attendance, concessions and souvenirs. Every time weather interferes, it’s more difficult to make it all work. Geoff says you just have to accept the weather and respond in the best way possible.

We are lucky to have Geoff and are definitely lucky to have the Sea Dogs in Portland.








(Photo L-R:  2nd VP Ellen Niewoehner, Geoff Iacuessa and Justin Lamontagne.)

03/22/19 Bits & Pieces

(Reporter’s remarks: We’ve grown accustomed to gaining a sense of our meetings by way of the Bits and Pieces in each edition of the Windjammer. When KERCK KELSEY, a former member who moved up from Boston and then on to Freeport, first mentioned having a column that covered the differences of the members and life’s goings on in general, I didn’t give it much thought. Kerck was somewhat of a gregarious person who would meander from table to table at the Portland Club and gather personal tid bits that gave spice to the newsletter. One thing I’m certain about, we like one another and consider fellowship to be the lynch pin that keeps us connected. This writer, for one, thinks the spice is nice and it wouldn’t hurt to have more than just a recitation of the commonalities of the meeting. As I sat with Matt Tassey, Bob Clark, Bob Martin and David Clough at last Fridays meeting, I realized how much I enjoy the fellowship and how varied and fascinating the group is. Despite enjoying the company of Bob Clark for over a couple of decades, I never knew how involved he is with the clam festival and the stories he can tell. When Matt get’s into his travels to his place in NH, it’s as every bit interesting, and learning why the Martins love to visit Boston. Of course if you  want to get Maine’s political pulse, there’s no better source than David Clough. Each of us has something worth saying. Appreciate it as the sharing of fellowship that adds spice. Consequently, as you pick up interesting life tidbits related to our members, share it with the B&P’s reporter.)

Like the New England Patriots, we’ve got depth and when a player goes down, another star rises and shines. President John Curran and First Vice President Amy Chipman were unable to attend the meeting, so we called upon Second VP Ellen Niewoehner (photo at left) to conduct the meeting. Ellen has been with the Club long enough to know it’s not rocket science, but it does require attention to assure that the meeting goes on with the customary aplomb. It didn’t take her long to find and gong the recently-restored bell and call the meeting to order. Our invocation duties befell to Paul Tully, who weaved the seasonal solstice and the message of Rotary. Tom Nickerson followed Paul and directed our “Pledge Of Allegiance” to the flag. Next was an inspired rendition of “America The Beautiful” led by Gracie Johnston, sans keyboard.  

It was with poignant sadness that Mike Fortunato (photo at right) reported one of our own heroes of the Greatest Generation, Airman Earle Leavitt, age 97, had succumbed to a brief illness and will join the pantheon of great ones who put their lives on the line to keep our world safe and free from tyranny. Mike, a passionate aficionado of history, told us how Earle, as a wandering late teen found his way into the U.S. Air Force and was serving in Hawaii.

What Earle (photo at left) never expected was that his most memorable call to duty was going to be in his skivvies, when the Japanese bombed Hickam Air Force Base and Pearl Harbor, drawing the U. S. into World War II. The days of the wanderer were obliterated by the horrors of war and Earle became a focused young man as he survived the battles. He took advantage of one of America’s greatest ideas, the G. I. Bill, after returning home. Earle went on to law school and parlayed his education into a rewarding career in the insurance industry where he retired as president of the consortium that protected Maine’s medical professionals. In essence, he was always serving to protect others and was the natural personification of a Rotarian. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

After having our lunch, Second Vice President Ellen Niewoehner reconvened the meeting by welcoming 36 club members, and 2 guests.

The winter months, along with the years, takes a toll on us mortals. Fortunately, we have wonderful medicines and good health practitioners to keep us moving and on the mend. We learned that gentleman PP Jim Willey was recovering from pneumonia and while he is on the upswing and gaining strength, he would love to hear from his Rotary friends. Joining Jim in sick bay is The Maestro, PP Russ Burleigh, who was afflicted with benign positional vertigo, as reported by PP Bill Blount. According to Bill, Russ Burleigh’s disorientation was so profound that the medical practitioners decided that hospitalization was necessary. The cliché that bad things come in threes won out and we learned that another of the Greatest Generation, Leatherneck PP Bob Trail was also recovering from pneumonia. So....let’s keep our mates in our healing thoughts, prayers, and notes of well wishes.

Bill Blount (photo at left) has been instrumental in getting Portland Rotary and the Portland Sea Dogs together. Consequently, it was appropriate that, as song leader, he got us to think spring baseball and blast out lively “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” to prepare us for our guest speaker.

Our club has been assigned the third Wednesday of every month to serve dinner to the indigent guests of the Preble Street Resource Center. Gracie Johnston (photo at right) has been leading the team assisting the staff at Preble Street, but she is in need of more hands on deck. If you can carve out some time, 3 to about 6 p.m., please join us in serving our needy neighbors. For more information, contact Gracie at:

Every month Dave Putnam (photo at left), Mike Fortunato, PP Jim Willey and others visit the youth at the Cedar Unit at Long Creek Youth Development Center to show them that they aren’t forgotten and forsaken. The group of Rotarians sits and listens to the young men and delights them with various foods that are uncommon during their time away from the free population. For more information, contact Mike ( or Jim (

Once a month a group of Rotarians, accompanied by students at USM School of Law, take an hour to meet with the youngsters at Lyseth School and read aloud to them. All who participate have a fun time, so please see if you can help out as we put CHE into action. Contact Jan Chapman at:  or  Megan Peabody at:

Few would argue with DNE / PPDick Hall being called a Rotarian’s Rotarian. It was with ebullient joy that Dick introduced two Rotarians who were becoming PHFs for the second time. Paul Tully and Tom Nickerson both moved on to being awarded a new PHF pin, adding a blue stone,  that we all know as a sapphire. The stone is a befitting token of the precious gift that ‘Service Above Self’ represents. Congratulations to Paul and Tom! (Photo at right L-R: Tom Nickerson, DGN/PP Dick Hall, and Paul Tully.)

The weekly raffle, led by David Clough, was up to $300, and the speaker pulled PP Bowen Depke’s name out of the bucket. Though he tried, Bowen was unable to find the Queen of Hearts and pulled the King of the pot continues to grow.

Rotarians In the News
Our Club has had a lot of exposure and programs on our support to help in the battle against Opioid use and addictions. Recently, the Today show did an exposé on this subject and the deadly use of Fentanyl. The storyline included an interview with Bob Fowler, representing Milestone Recovery and how we taking action here in Maine. To watch the short coverage of this story, go to: 
Volunteer Opportunities

Following is a list of our Club's volunteer projects. If you know of other opportunities, please contact Loretta:

Who to Contact
Preble Street
Resource Center
Soup Kitchen
4th Wednesday ea month
3:30-6:30 pm
Contact Gracie Johnston
Game Night
Long Creek
Youth Center
3rd Tuesday ea month
Mike Fortunato
or Jim Willey
This Week's Duty Assignments
Invocation:  Cyrus Hagge
Program Reporter:  Ben Lowry
Bits & Pieces Reporter:  Alan Nye
Registration/Greeter:  Loretta Rowe
Sell Meal Tickets:  Jennifer Frederick
Raffle:  Larry Gross

Collect Meal Tickets:  Brian McDonough
Sgt-at-Arms:  Mike Fortunato
Rotary Meeting Locations

If you would like to mark your calendars,
we are scheduled at the following locations
June 2019:

Mar 29 - The Clarion

Apr    5 - The Clarion
Apr  12 - TBD
Apr  19 - The Clarion
Apr  26 - TBD

May   3 - TBD
May 10 - The Clarion
May 17 - The Clarion
May 24 - The Clarion
May 31 - The Clarion

Jun   7 - The Clarion
Jun 14 - The Clarion
Jun 21 - The Clarion
Jun 28 - The Clarion

Blue BOLD dates are scheduled Board meeting days.

Any questions, please contact Loretta at:

Ongoing Item Donations Needed
The following items are needed on an on-going basis. Please feel free to bring them to a meeting where we will collect and distribute them to the appropriate projects.
Crutches4Africa - Crutches, canes, folding walkers and wheelchairs to be shipped to Africa. Contact: Roger Fagan,
Toiletries for the Shelters - Collect those tiny bottles of toiletries you are paying for during your next hotel visit and bring them home for members of our society who find themselves staying at a shelter and in need of personal hygiene products.