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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
Welcome to West Bay Rotary

"Be a Gift to the World"

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
First Congregational Church
55 Elm Street
Mailing address is PO Box 1033
Camden, ME  04843
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Events
Weekly Speaker
West Bay Rotary
March 23, 2017
Martha Kempe, Director of Passages Program
Wayfinder Schools
Wayfinder School has a long history here in Camden.
1973 Community School was started to address the needs of students who were dropping out of high school.
The Community School helped students find work while completing their diplomas
Opportunity Farm – for young boys with precarious living situations.  Students lived/worked on the farm and went to school.
2011 – Opportunity Farm and the Community School merged – now they can serve more students.  There are 65 students in the Passages program.
The Residential program is for boys and girls who have already dropped out of school or at risk of dropping out.  We try to help these students finish high school to be able to become a productive member of the community.
Passages – started in the 90’s when a student became pregnant.  She couldn’t stay in the residential program – had to figure out another option.
Barriers to success for teen parents: child care – transportation and housing
Needed to come up with a way to break down those barriers.
We provide those students with tools including technology, transportation and child care.
Hopes that this breaks the cycle.  Diplomas help the students to become more engaged. 
Teen pregnancy rate in Maine – 4th lowest in the nation. 
When she interviews a student – they want to be good parents, they want to be there for their children. 
The organization is eligible to receive public school funding – but it doesn’t cover the costs
When you have a teen mom, she doesn’t drive, doesn’t have control over her healthcare, in some school districts a teen can’t do adult ed.  More barriers.
How do you deal with emotional issues how do you deal?
Students have to want to be there.  When they are interviewed, they usually have had gaps in their education.  Many have said that they have been bullied – some don’t have resources for self-care.  These folks have self-diagnosed with anxiety, addiction, depression.  The birth of a baby helps to reengage the students in life. School can be a very unwelcoming place – sometimes schools don’t want them there.
Students join passages from 14-20
68% of those students will graduate by age 20
We talk about home safety & budgeting
What other services are available to them? Can they get WIC, etc?
One of the roles of the teachers is to learn about the agencies in the community so that they know what resources are available to these students.  Many students have access to ASPIRE – helps a little bit with books or drivers ed – sometimes.
When they see a student who is really struggling – one student had a trailer that she and her boyfriend were fixing up.  DHSS told them it wasn’t safe for them to live in it.  Trying to get them hooked up with social services.
Bay Chamber collaboration – Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project – Students get to work with professional musicians to create a lullaby for their child and it is professionally recorded.  The 4th year of this program.
Buckets on the table for PAWS
Community Service – Habitat for Humanity project on 3/25.  Indoor painting project.  8:30a – Molyneaux Road.
eWaste – no paint recycling this year.  Maybe next year.
Duck Derby – We need more prizes that went out to the committee - doesn’t have to be only inside of the club.  We have Florida trip, jewelry and car detail.
Save the Date
Wednesday, May 17 - evening
Duck Derby Cocktail party
Paul Harris awards – Paul Harris award to Jim Potter.
Survey – please complete the survey – we just need feedback.
We need ideas for fresh new fundraisers. 
Board Meetings
First Wednesday of every month.
April 5 meeting moved to April 12.
Club Assembly – April 27 – see Peter if you want specific materials covered on Club Assembly.\
Next Week – Maine Share
Camden Shakespeare Festival
Stephen Legawiec - Artistic Director
The festival performs in the Camden amphitheater
Previously there was a professional company who managed it.
Stephen's wife grew up in Friendship Maine – volunteered at Camden Shakespeare co in high school.  After that experience she decided to become a professional actress.
When they moved to Maine they reached out to the library about performances at the library – the library was thrilled to have them there.
2013 – did a production of As You Like It.  Set it in the 1960’s – it is important to make Shakespeare meaningful & alive.  There are so many barriers to understanding regular Shakespeare. 
2014 – MidSummers Nights Dream & MacBeth (In High Mountain Hall).
We do have a rain venue – at St. Thomas’ Episcopal church
2015 – Comedy of Errors – The Tempest – Costumes handmade – one of a kind for this performance.
This year – Romeo & Juliet & Much ado About Nothing
The goal is to cast from within Maine
The company is trying to raise their awareness here in the area.  Despite being active for three years – many folks haven’t seen us or know that these performances take place.  Very interested in having a base audience of the people who live here.  They perform quite a lot – 6 performances a week for 3 weeks.
They do not cancel shows due to rain – move them to the indoor venue. 
If anyone wants to be involved – there are many things that they need help with.
Out of town actors stay at local homes – need help with ushering or costumes.  Programs & advertising sales. 
The thing that he loves about theater is that it brings people together in a way that other types of entertainment do not.  It gives people an opportunity to experience something real & alive – vs being on devices.  It is their goal to make Shakespeare acceptable.  It is important to bring the community together. 
Do you raise enough money or do you have to have fundraisers?
They do need donations. They want the organization to be an ongoing thing.  Right now they are subsisting through ticket sales and program advertising.  A regular theater does a 60/30 – 60% donated, 30% tickets – currently it’s 90% tickets.  In order to ensure longevity we will need contributions.
How many in the troop?
Each play approximately 20 actors
Outdoor schedule based on when the amphitheater is not being used for a wedding.
Dates July 25 – Aug. 13.
How do you manage tickets ahead of time?
Discounted tickets at Zoot and online.  Tickets at the door are not discounted.
Mike Moore had a dream – Help build a water system in Tanzania.  His club in Naples North would spearhead the effort.  We got the approval and the money this week from Rotary International.  Partnering with Water Missions – they do water missions and sanitary missions across the world.  $119,000 grant – our own international committee provided the $2,500 seed money.  
Community Service
Habitat for Humanity Assistance – March 25
Hospitality House work forthcoming
April 22, 2017
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ewaste, paper shredding, drug disposal, paint disposal
Formed 10-12 years ago.
Needs to be updated
If there are people who want to be part of the update.
Wellness month
Can do this in a couple of different ways – meditation or movement.
Let Peter know if you're interested in this.
Charitable Foundation
Grant application deadline April 1
Hospitality House
Giving a little more meaning to a Presidents Project – something that might be longer lasting.  Largest issue there is the ongoing leak in the roof.  Create a collaborative project to have a long lasting impact.  They are bursting at the seams – need room to grow.  We want to be able to share this project with many organizations. 
Survey going out today
Please take a moment to complete this – helps us to get a baseline of feelings about programs.
Knox County Fund, Maine Community Foundation
Bruce Cole, President of the Camden Conference
  March 2  Mike Pierce
  March 9  Joan LeMole
  March 16 Bob Talbot
  March 23  Bob Talbot
  March 30
  April 6
  April 13
  April 20
  April 27

Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location

(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
Community Service
Mark Coursey, 
Mark Masterson
2nd Wednesday held Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Area
7:30 am
Rotary Youth Exchange
George Forristall or
Heidi Karod
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
7 AM
International Committee
Susan Dorr
4th  Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
8:00 AM
Vocational Committee
Jim Potter
meetings held as necessary
Public Relations Committee
Jen Harris
no meetings
take turns reporting meeting,
press releases 
and publishing bulletin
Membership Committee
Chair: Lisa Dresser
meets as necessary
West Bay Board Meeting
West Bay Board Meeting
1st Wednesday Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Room
7AM Breakfast Available
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tom Chester
    March 4
    March 5
  • Ira Mandel
    March 7
    March 12
    March 16
  • Susan Dorr
    March 26
  • Deborah Fink
    Ray Fink
    March 16
    Tammy Komolsky
    March 26
Join Date:
    March 1, 1996
    21 years
  • Gary Walker
    March 1, 1992
    25 years
  • Susan Dorr
    March 6, 2014
    3 years
    March 9, 2006
    11 years
  • Janice Campbell
    March 11, 2010
    7 years
  • Tom Chester
    March 11, 2004
    13 years
    March 23, 2006
    11 years
  • Barbara Heard
    March 25, 2010
    7 years
    March 26, 2009
    8 years
  • Mark Coursey
    March 26, 2015
    2 years
  • Joan LeMole
    March 28, 2013
    4 years