Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Mar 15, 2019
Mar 22, 2019
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Attacking Maine's Opioid Crisis
Apr 19, 2019
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Building a Lobster Restaurant Business
May 03, 2019
Casco Bay and Gulf of Maine Health
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Youth Service Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Protection Officer
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Constitution/ByLaws Chair
Fund Raising Chair
Good Cheer Co-Chair
Invocation Chair
Meeting Day Chair
Program Chair
Membership Chair
Web Administrator
Administrative Coordinator
New Mainers Initiative
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair
Friday, March 8, 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
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Portland Rotary
will meet March 08, 2019
at the Clarion Hotel
1230 Congress Street, Portland
*03/08/19 Scott Dunn, Dunn Family Maple

Scott Dunn is a fourth-generation maple syrup maker, as well as the Vice President of the Maine Maple Producers Association. Growing up in Vermont his family collected sap from trees and boiled it over an open fire to make maple syrup. Today he owns and operates Dunn Family Maple in Buxton, Maine, with his family collecting sap from about 1500 trees. Maple syrup is produced using modern technology, including reverse osmosis and a high-efficiency evaporator. Hosting several maple events each spring, Scott is able to spread his love of maple to the public by offering tours that explain the entire process and samples of their different maple products.

Scott’s presentation will cover his family history of maple production, sap collection and how they process maple sap into syrup with modern technology. The challenges associated with todays maple market and where Maine ranks in maple syrup production compared to other producing states.

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03/01/19 Thrive2027 - Co-Chairs Tony Cipollone and Katie Fullam Harris

Matt Wolcott introduced the immensely accomplished duo guest speakers, Tony Cipollone and Katie Fullam Harris, a magnificent tag team to inform and promote the motivation of the Thrive2027 Council. In Maine we boast that we enjoy the “way life should be,” but at the same time worry about our future. Fortunately, we know that worry doesn’t get you anywhere unless you act to remedy the worrisome situation. In order to further our enjoyment of the riches of living in Maine, we must preserve and expand the foundation to allow our future to flourish. We often lament that Maine is an aging state and face a rash of challenges. If we are going to pass our good fortune of enjoying the “way life should be” to our beneficiaries, we have to salvage and stimulate the basis of our way of life. 

The Gorman Foundation gathered support from some 225 of the most prestigious businesses, such as WEX, IDEXX and MEMIC. It didn’t take them long to determine that there was no need to come up with revolutionary ideas, but rather it was better to focus on nurturing the foundation that has made Maine a special place where people want to live. The counsel from the group was to support, stimulate, and embolden the state’s early childhood programs and the health of our communities. The target is to have the framework in place and progress to be evident by 2027. 

There are three prime objectives of the Thrive2027 council. The first and foremost objective is to have every child reading at grade level by the end of the third year of school. In order to achieve that goal, the next objective is to empower the community to “thrive, not just survive.” When a community is left floundering and just trying to get by, they too often overlook fundamentals, such as health and education. When more than 70% of the population is spending more than 30% of their income on housing, there’s going to be trade offs and this usually works to the disadvantage of the schools and structure of the community. When the foundation of the community is sound, it is premised that, the parenting will improve and the young population will thrive and develop the skills businesses need to expand, create and flourish. 

When our neighbors are doing well, our communities will thrive; it’s so simple to understand. We need to assure that children are capable and enticed to complete high school with skills to commensurate with the degree. Once the young adult graduates from school, they need a viable pathway to a genuine career, not just a subsistence job. If we are to achieve these common-sense goals, we need to help create an affordable platform of education. It’s not just left in the lap of the teachers and the schools. The community must step up and help the institutions by helping to mentor and assist.  

The simple take-aways from the meeting are that we have to throttle up the good programs we have in place, such as The United Way, and to ask every business to develop best practices that enrich their employees to seek sound healthcare and life choices. Furthermore, we need to give more support to local food pantries and never avoid checking on your neighbor to be sure they are okay and or if they need assistance. If we don’t put ourselves out there, we aren’t going to get there, so let’s all thrive to make every year a special year between now and 2027. 

(Photo L-R:  Matt Wolcott, Katie Fullam Harris, Tony Cipollone, and President John Curran.)

03/01/19 Bits & Pieces

President John Curran opened the meeting by welcoming 43 members and 9 guests. David Small offered us an invocation, we pledged our 'Allegiance to the American Flag' and sung a patriotic song, led by PP Bill Blount.

(Photo L-R: Breanne Lucy (Baxter), member Julie Chase, Rosalee Leonard, and President John Curran.)

Baxter Academy student, Rosalee Leonard, was honored by her principal and teacher on Friday for her exemplary choices and leadership. Her teacher, Breanne Lucy, spoke of Rosalee’s leadership roles in setting up a school-within-a-school type tutoring program where students tutor or teach other students with their coursework or even new subjects. Since this was a school run organization, Rosalee was responsible for making many of the on-the-spot decisions needed to manage the many mini-crisis, schedules, appointments, and content. Her teacher let us know that Rosalee makes great choices and helped shift the culture of the students at the school to more of an academic focus. In addition to receiving a scholarship from the club, Rosalee let us personally know that she selected the Preble Teen Center to receive her donations of $100.  

(Photo L-R: President John Curran, Dr. Peter Stickney and PP Bill Blount.)

Dr. Peter Stickney is the choral director at Deering High School and their chorus performed at our Club meeting last year. Some discussions of aging and broken pianos were discussed at the event, and Dr. Stickney ended up using our keyboard. After the event, Past President Bill Blount led an effort to help Deering High School by starting a fundraiser which raised enough funds to obtain a nicely pre-owned keyboard for the school. At Friday’s meeting, Bill presented Dr. Stickney with a check from the funds collected, to which Dr. Stickney shared his gratitude.

On a separate note, the Deering High School choral group, band and orchestra will be performing a concert soon, and all are welcome to attend. Of further interest, is that many of the members of the Deering High choral group are new Mainers, which have been a recent focus of our Club. 

While on the topic of New Mainers, President John briefly discussed the Portland Maine Immigrant Welcome Center’s Greenhouse business program, which helps new Mainers turn their entrepreneurial ideas into businesses with training, coaching and work space.  

1st VP Amy Chipman (in photo at left) spoke about the luncheon that was recently held for the furloughed Federal workers, and she discussed the out pouring of support and the donations that were raised. The event largely supported the TSA and Coast Guard Workers who were furloughed at the beginning of the year. Significant funds and food were raised for the event, and Channel 6 reporters stopped by to cover the event. The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, Portland Rotary, Hannaford, and the Italian Heritage Center all provided substantial assistance in sponsoring the luncheon. The proceeds from the event were all donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, who was instrumental in helping the families during their time of need. 

President John Curran discussed the tangential benefits from the luncheon, and member Katie Brown (in photo at right, who is with the Locker Project) spoke to the Club about how the Locker Project is helping distribute food to those in need down the coast of Maine, including Wayside, South Portland Food Cupboard, and Preble Street Resource Center. She also noted that a new Food Pantry was launched at the Old Orchard Beach Elementary School, and the next pantry is scheduled for launch in a Biddeford school. Please contact Katie Brown for more discussion on this topic:  

Matt Tassey (photo at left on the left) led the weekly raffle and prompted the speaker to select a ticket from the can. Erik Greven’s (photo at left on the right) name was selected, whereby he selected a red heart card, but it was not the Queen of Hearts. The pots grows for another week. 

President John and Fund-Raising Chair Mike Reed (in photo at right) spoke of two upcoming fund raising events for the Club: the Maine Outdoor Challenge (MOC) and the upcoming Wine Tasting. Both of these events are extremely important and we need everyone’s support in one or more of the following ways: volunteering, joining or sponsoring teams, selling raffle tickets, raising money or helping with auction items. The MOC will be hosted June 10-12th this year, and hopefully the weather will cooperate. 1st VP Amy Chipman spoke up that she had already pulled a team together for the event.  

Mike Reed and Linda Varrell have been working on setting up the wine tasting event at the Customs House on April 25th from 5:30-8:30 pm. The event will offer everyone the opportunity to sample and buy wine, plus check out the Custom House Building.   

President John asked us all to check for any red (or yellow) meal tickets that may have made their way into our pockets and traveled back to our car, business or home. If you find any, please return them to Loretta Rowe. Thank you.

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:  Gracie Johnston
Program Reporter:  Jake Bourdeau
Bits & Pieces Reporter:  Bob Martin
Registration/Greeter:  Andrew Cook
Sell Meal Tickets:  David Clough
Raffle:  Loretta Rowe

Collect Meal Tickets:  Jan Chapman
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   8 - The Clarion
Mar 15 - The Clarion
Mar 22 - The Clarion
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.