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Friday, July 05, 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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Happy Independence Day!
Portland Rotary
will NOT meet 
Friday, July 5, 2019
in Observance of the
4th of July Holiday Weekend
06/28/19 Portland Club Assembly
President John recounted that during the recent Rotary International Convention in Germany, Past District 7780 Governor, Carolyn Johnson, who was a panelist at a breakout session, shared information about the work of our club on the Opioid Epidemic .....set as an example of how strong service projects can help tackle big issues and be used to energize the club and district. (See slide at right that was displayed during the session.) There were roughly 300 Rotarians from around the world that attended the session and heard about our work. President John was one of those in attendance and spoke with multiple Rotarians in the audience, from Norway to Oklahoma, interested in implementing our model in their communities.
Treasurer Scott Blakeslee presented the fiscal year financial and budget reports to the Club. Two reports were presented: the Operating financials and the Charitable revenues and expenses. The overview showed the Club has overcome the operations deficits from the previous year. Credit for this success is because of last year's fund raising and the move to a new meeting location. Fund raising for the Veterans Luncheon, the Maine Outdoor Challenge and the Children's Hunger and Education programs were the major sources of charitable revenues. Looking ahead, the Cornhole Challenge fund raiser, scheduled for August 1st, beginning at 5 PM, at the North Yarmouth Academy ice arena, will help to continue the fund raising successes. Other fund raising ideas are in the works.
President John thanked all committee chairs who supported the club's programs and activities during his leadership term. Special appreciations were extended to the Meeting Day Committee (Chair Jennifer Frederick), and the Program Committee (Chair Matt Wolcott), for setting up and presenting 48 interesting themes at each weekly meeting. Particularly notable were the meetings where PP Ben Lowry spoke about the opioid crisis as published in The Rotarian Magazine and his dedication to being a recovery coach; the New Mainers programs were important; the Sweetheart Auction was fun and successful; and the New Members' Program was an excellent club activity. 
In the International Service Report, President John recognized the humanitarian work being done in the Dominican Republic and supporting the work in Kosovo, for the purpose of supporting hearing rehabilitation and clean water. Portland Rotary is also exploring a new partnership with a club in India, as well as applying for Global Grants in Africa and Latin America. The next Dominican Republic 3H humanitarian trip (Hearing, H2O and Hands) is scheduled for March 7-14, 2020. If you have an interest in being involved, please contact Chair Erik Greven at
The Community Service Committee is the "life blood" of Rotary, as reported by Chair Gracie Johnston (photo at right). Volunteer work with the Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition and Preble Street Resource Center are continuing, but there are urgent needs for more volunteers. The volunteer work to support the Opioid Task Force received a $5,000 Rotary District 7780 Grant. Thank you to Doreen Rockstrom, who was instrumental in completing the extensive paperwork required to apply for the District Grant. A donation of 100 units of Narcan from Kaleo Pharma in Virginia, was obtained to distribute to the 85 people who attended two community public health trainings. The purpose of the trainings was to teach the public how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to use Narcan (also known as Naloxone).
Youth Services Committee Chair Jan Chapman (photo at left) presented the progress this committee has made during the past year. Another successful North Deering Reading program is scheduled during the summer. Check with PP Laura Young for more information at Thanks to Bill Ross who is the RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership adviser. 
PP and DGN Dick Hall with Meghan Peabody reported that three students will be involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange - the students will go to France, Italy and Spain.
PP Jim Willey recognized the Club's Honorary Membership new honoree - PP Robert (Bob) Traill.
Thanks and appreciation were extended to Dave Small and PP Don Zillman for their service on the Club's Board of Directors.
Special thanks were presented to Elise Hodgkin (photo at right with President John) for the superb administrative support she provides to Portland Rotary.
President-elect Amy Chipman, incoming 2019-2020 President, thanked outgoing President John for his leadership and presented him with a Past President's Rotary Pin.
(A slide show of this program is available by clicking here or going to the following web address:
06/28/19 Bits & Pieces
President John Curran opened the annual change-over meeting and Club Assembly by welcoming 48 members, 2 guests and one visiting Rotarian. He also welcomed several snowbirds back to the North: Gus Karlsen, Alan Levenson and summer-time-Portland-Rotarian, Tom Broadaway
Gracie Johnston led us in "America the Beautiful," and we pledged our allegiance to the American Flag. PP Cyrus Hagge gave the invocation, which was a fishing-centric story about a game warden, a man with a bucket, and some real special fish.     
President John gave recognition to the many Rotarians that helped clean up Fort Williams the previous Friday at our Club Service Day. More then 10 members played arborists for the day and helped clear over an estimated $2,000 worth of overgrown vegetation. Of note, PP Dick Hall brought his chain saw, and had a blast.

PP Jack Carr introduced us to the newest member of Portland Rotary: Cole Smith of Criterium-Engineers, Freeport. Congratulations, Cole! Welcome to Portland Rotary! (Photo at right L-R: PP Jack Carr and Cole Smith.)

President John also thanked the volunteers, donors, team members, and everyone that made the Maine Outdoor Challenge (MOC) a success. Diana Grandoni (photo at left) of the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) noted that with the partnership and help of Portland Rotary, the fundraiser helped raise approximately $42,000 total, which is split between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and Portland Rotary. 

Mike Anderson led the raffle this week for a shot at over $600. President John pulled LR’s (PP Loretta Rowe), name out of the can. After asking Mike to hold the cards where she could see them (which he didn't), Loretta managed to pick the 5 of Hearts, rather than the targeted Queen of Hearts. Better luck next time, Loretta!
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
Rotary Meeting Locations

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

Jul 05 - NO MEETING - Observance Independence Day Weekend
Jul 12 - The Clarion
Jul 19 - The Clarion
Jul 26 - The Clarion

Aug 02 - The Clarion
Aug 09 - HADLOCK FIELD - Sea Dogs
Aug 16 - The Clarion
Aug 23 - The Clarion
Aug 30 - 
NO MEETING - Observance Labor Day

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: Erik Greven at:
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.