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Friday, January 18, 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 January 18, 2019
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1230 Congress Street, Portland
*01/18/19 Dr. Sue Miesfeldt, MMC - Cancer Care & Int'l Service in Africa

Dr. Susan Miesfeldt is a medical oncologist and Medical Director for the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at MMC. She received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Virginia and University of Michigan Schools of Medicine.

Her research focuses on cancer prevention and early detection, as well as access to care. She has received research support from the NCI, Maine Health and Human Services, MaineCancer Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and served as Principal Investigator for the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). She has participated in several state task forces and work groups related to cancer screening and prevention, and is presently serving on the State of Maine Commission to Study Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer.

Dr. Miesfeldt is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Board of Directors, New England Division, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s International Affairs Committee.

01/11/19 Kay Aikin, Introspective Systems

Kay Aikin, Chief Executive Officer of Introspective Systems, joined us to talk about the state of entrepreneurship in Maine. Aikin pointed to a number of statistics to demonstrate her point that “tech-based startups support U.S. economic growth.”

Using her own company as an example, Aikin said that tech companies pay twice the national average in salaries and have a jobs multiplier of five. “Policy makers should focus on spurring high-growth technology-based startups,” she said.

But as she noted, the challenge for Maine is that the state ranks 37th in the country for tech-based jobs. New Hampshire sits at the number one position, with Massachusetts at number two. While the state has strong assets in the Maine Technology Institute, mentors, and Maine Angels, access to capital, a strong educational base, and venture capital backed accelerators are additional components for success that are lacking in Maine, but prevalent elsewhere. Pointing to the success of Vets First Choice, a startup backed by David Shaw that recently went public, Aikin said that there was no reason that Maine could not become more of a “startup state” to take advantage of its quality of life.

Aikin reviewed the high technology aspects of Introspective’s software platform and the sophisticated array of products it offers. “We solve the hardest enterprise problems by combining complexity and artificial intelligence,” she said. Introspective Systems was awarded a several million dollar grant to help the Department of Energy with its “Internet of Things” (IoT) software which is being used to develop a microgrid to manage energy. Isle au Haut has become a laboratory for Introspective where the company is using its fractal control software to create a microgrid that will help the island produce and store its own electrical energy using supercapacitor batteries. The project is designed to replace an aging cable system that is very expensive to operate and replace. The Introspective project will make the island’s electricity 45 percent less expensive. Had Isle au Haut not elected to work with Introspective, they faced a $1.5 million cost to replace their electrical cable which would have increased their electricity cost to 80 cents per kilowatt. With the new system, which includes renewable energy, the island can eventually reduce its costs to ten cents per kilowatt.


(Photo L-R: Justin Lamontagne, Kay Aikin and President John Curran.)

01/11/19 Bits & Pieces

Kicking off the meeting, President John Curran welcomed 52 members, 1 guest and 1 visiting Rotarian. Gracie Johnston gave an impromptu invocation that was spot on. Mike Fortunato led the Pledge of Allegiance, and 1st VP Amy Chipman led us in the patriotic song, “America.”  

President John presented the Rotarian Birthdays and Anniversaries: one highlight called out was a Rotarian who has been a member for 52 years, Mark Stimson. Congratulations!! 

Visiting PDG Carolyn Johnson (photo at left) presented information on Learning Works, which is a non-profit group that helps new Mainers with learning the English language and other helpful life skills. President John and Gracie Johnston recently visited Learning Works, and learned how Rotarians can volunteer to help as tutors, offering 1.5 hours per week. Learning Works holds formal English language classes several time per week, and volunteers can provide short presentations on topics such as finding jobs, signing up for health insurance, figuring out how to enroll a child in school, etc. PDG Carolyn said that people with expertise on specific subjects could really help the people learn about various life skills while learning how to better communicate in English. If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Gracie Johnston at:

PP Loretta Rowe (photo at right) presented information on the upcoming “Sweetheart Auction,” which will be held on February 8th at the Italian Heritage Center. Loretta asks that you donate gift-worthy items, or useful services, and that you submit the DONATION FORMS in advance of the Auction/meeting, as this will help make the Auction run more smoothly. Please bring items and/or a completed donation form to a Rotary meeting before the event, and/or email Loretta with the information. (See separate article in this issue for ideas.) Please do not hesitate to contact Loretta with the donations at 883-5432 or

Charlie Frair (photo at left) noted that one of the fun parts of being part of the Veterans' Committee is the Veterans’ luncheon. This year the luncheon’s fund raising efforts doubled the previous annual fundraising effort. Charlie is looking to streamline the donation recipient process, and is requesting members submit a brief write-up of what an eligible veteran-based group does to support veteran services to be considered as a recipient for some of the proceeds from the luncheon. Club members will read the write-ups and vote on them at an upcoming meeting. Ballots will be available in mid-February with the selection occurring in March. If you are interested in providing information on a particular group for the ballot, please contact Charlie Frair:

Gracie Johnston (photo at right) noted that help is needed for preparing and serving dinner at the Preble Street Resource Center on January 23rd. Six members have already signed up, but we could use a few more. Please contact her if you can make it.:

Joe Reagan noted that volunteers may be needed for a Point in Time survey, which is completed to survey homeless people identified in our community. Gracie let us know that more information on this topic will be provided on the Rotary website. 

Gracie also reminded us of an important training event “Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose” for All District 7780 Rotarians and guests about recognizing and responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose. It will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 (snow date on February 21, 2019) from 6-7:30 pm in the Maine Medical Center Dana Auditorium, 22 Bramhall Street, in Portland.  (Parking is available on Bramhall Street or in the Maine Medical parking lot on Chadwick Street.) Space is limited to the first 100 people who register....Please RSVP by email to    FMI contact Kennebunk Police Chief Bob MacKenzie: or call 207-604-1339.

2nd VP Ellen Niewoehner shared information that on Thursday, January 24th, the Rotary ski group is planning to meet at the Gray Park and Ride at 9:00 am, and carpool to the South Ridge at Sunday River. Anyone interested, please contact Ellen at:  

Ellen then requested our speaker to pick a raffle ticket from the can for the weekly drawing. Bruce Nelson's name was selected, who picked the 4 of clubs out of the deck. The pot continues to grow, as the Queen of Hearts continues to hide in the remaining cards.   

(Photo above at left: Bruce Nelson and 2nd VP Ellen Niewoehner.)

1st VP Amy Chipman, PP Bill Blount and Gracie Johnston from the Music Committee led us in song. It was a bright and cheerful Rotary moment.

(Photo at right above – L-R: 1st VP Amy Chipman, PP Bill Blount and Gracie Johnston.)


Sweetheart Auction

Our Sweetheart Auction will be held on February 8, 2019 at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Avenue, Portland before and during our regular meeting. If you have an item(s) you would like to donate for this event, please contact Loretta Rowe ( 883-5432 or Ellen Niewoehner ( 329-1465. If you received an item as a Christmas gift that doesn’t quite suit you, donate it to this good cause. The items must be new or SLIGHTLY used. Please be sure to contact us BEFORE the day of the auction with a description and value of your items....there is multiple paperwork that must be completed to put items on the auction block and it takes time to complete it all.

Some suggestions for donations:

Themed Gift Baskets - Put a basket together with items for the theme:
    • Theater Nite (Tickets with various boxed candies)
    • Golf Anyone? (Golf glove, balls, towel, tees, cart fee, etc.)
    • Gardener’s Delite (Gardening gloves, seed packets, knee pads, etc.)
    • Personal Relaxation (Bubble bath, bath loofa, wine glass & wine, etc.)
    • Picnic basket (Plates, utensils, napkins, wine & cheese, etc. - NO ants, please)
    • Romantic evening at home (Bottle(s) of wine, 2 wine glasses, etc.)

Tickets to a sporting event
GC to local restaurants
- you dine out, ask to speak with the manager and request a Gift Certificate to support Rotary
Pub Crawl for 2(?) - Tour of the Old Port
Cruise on Casco Bay for (_?_) - If you have a boat
Coffee Brewer
Lobster Dinner for (_?_)
3-night stay at your vacation home

One of the best items we've had in previous auctions was a certificate for home-baked desserts once a month for a year. 

So put your thinking caps on and help us out. 

Don’t forget, get your item descriptions to Loretta or Ellen ASAP.
You can bring the item(s) to a Rotary meeting or to the Feb. 8th meeting.

Thank you.

Volunteer Opportunities
Following is a list of our Club's volunteer projects. If you know of other opportunities, please contact Loretta:
Project                    Who to Contact

Preble Street           4th Wednesday ea month
Resource Ctr           3:30-6:30 pm
Soup Kitchen          Contact Gracie Johnston

Game Night             3rd Tuesday ea month
Long Creek              Mike Fortunato
Youth Center 
                                  or Jim Willey


This Week's Duty Assignments

Invocation:  Russ Burleigh
Program Reporter:  Julie L'Heureux
Bits & Pieces Reporter:  Tom Talbott
Registration/Greeter:  Loretta Rowe
Sell Meal Tickets:  Patty Erickson
Raffle:  Jerry Angier

Collect Meal Tickets:  Rusty Atwood
Sgt-at-Arms:  Mike Fortunato

Rotary Meeting Locations

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

Jan 18 - The Clarion
Jan 25 - The Clarion

Feb   1 - The Clarion
Feb   8 - Italian Heritage Center
              Sweetheart/Re-gifting Auction

Feb 15 - The Clarion
Feb 22 - The Clarion

Mar   1 - The Clarion
Mar   8 - The Clarion

Mar 15 - The Clarion
Mar 22 - The Clarion
Mar 29 - The Clarion

Blue BOLD dates are scheduled Board meeting days.

Any questions, please contact Loretta at:

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.