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Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
Posted by Jen Harris on Aug 19, 2016
August 18, 2016
Stories to tell
Personal History Service
People hire Meghan to create books and audio and eventually video
Became fascinated with getting stories from people and giving them back to folks for their use, not public use.
Why folks want to write their memoirs
1.Very powerful life experiences
2.Family – folks want to pass the stories onto their grandchildren
4.Not alone – heavy life experiences and they want to share these experiences with others.
5.Go public – want to bring stories to wider audience
6.Outside the box folks
7.Those who want to capture the stories of their loved ones.
8.Some people are just overwhelmed with the amount of memories they have
9.Gain Insight – looking back on experience to gain insight
10.Connect with generations – build strong bonds and self esteem
Stories are a bridge
She’s really good at is the stories
She sits down with a client at their home – mostly listens. Challenges folks to look at their stories a little differently. After the interview(s) – she begins editing the transcript, staying true to the authors voice.
We all have stories that we have learned from – it’s how we look at our stories that makes a difference.
3 types of narratives
Ascending – family came to this country with nothing & became successful
Descending – We used to be great and then something terrible happened – downwardly mobile
Oscillating – Ups & downs but we’ve always stuck it out.
Descending and ascending are just incomplete – if you look back far enough you will find oscillating narrative.
Knowing our oscillating narrative gives us the sense of resilience.
New found passion – attending a week long film workshop.
Are you able to work with folks with dementia?
Yes – they have an easier time talking about the past – this is how they remember the story “at the time”. It is about the experience of remembering – capturing their character, values and humor.
Are there things that help?
Asking questions that are open ended. “tell me more” “explain how that happened”. She spends a fair amount of time gathering information.
Do you go through pics and create a history
Yes – pic 50 photos and go through stories
Keep a notebook on hand to capture unexpected triggered memories.
How do you figure out how to charge for this?
It depends on the project – some fit into a standard format and time. Offers free consultations. It’s not cheap. It’s time intensive.
Have you been involved in Camden Historical Society?
No – but I get asked by lots of organizations. Worked with children in schools to teach them how to interview and use tools.
Posted by Jen Harris on Aug 11, 2016
Welcome to Visitors:
- Joan Phaup (Camden Rotary)
- Tora Decker (Outbound Exchange)
- Kittiasak “Jay” Klaipong (Thailand Exchange Student)
- Nat Lawson (Outbound Exchange)
- Ruby Ianelli (Exchange student back from Argentina)
- Mariah Does-Hooke(Exchange student back from Japan)
- Jennifer McKenna (Berglind host mom)
- Michelle Smith(Ruby mother)
- John Ianelli (Ruby father)
Speaker of day: Ruby Ianelli:
Ruby left for La Plata, Argentina in August and came back recently. She provided a slideshow of her time in Argentina over the past several months. September was all about first impressions for her. She spent her time getting to know the city. She loved the beautiful buildings but was surprised by the amount of graffiti on them. She attended one of the best schools in Argentina; albeit the oldest school.
In October and November , she barely spoke Spanish but managed. She them started to focus on the language with a new intensity. She began to understand the finer points of the language from people she met in school. She noted many differences between Argentina and Maine: They ate dinner around 9:00 or 10:00 at night much later than she ate at home. She started to eat/drink customary foods; a tea that was bitter but believed to give lots of energy, a cookie that everyone ate all the time, and BBQ. The Argentinians would cook their meat over grills outside all day for the evening. She said the people had a lot of passion.
By November, she was finding her personality in the language. In December, she switched host families. It was challenging but she made it through and was grateful for the new family she was placed with. There are no real Christmas traditions there and it was hot. She watched snow falling on her computer and sang Christmas songs to feel a connection to the holiday. In Argentina, people have a nice meal and open gifts on Christmas Eve and that is it.
In January, she went with her host family to the beach four hours from the city. This was the place that her host parents met and now they go there every January for a month to celebrate. In February, she took a two week trip with 50 other Rotary Exchange students.
March and April she attended several marches to protect various things; one was for teacher rights. April was the month of celebrations. May, June, and July were about absorbing the culture, and speaking the language. She attended another Rotary sponsored trip too. Overall, she has more confidence and knows not t to be scared of what the future holds. She has great friendships there and a new perspective of the world.
When asked what she missed most while in Argentina, she replied, “sushi, family, and dogs”.
When asked what she missed most from Argentina, she replied, “dancing, the people, and the types of friendships she had”.
When asked if she attend any Rotary meetings, she replied, “Once a month, Thursday evenings with woman”.
Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location
(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
2nd Wednesday held Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Area
Rotary Youth Exchange
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
meetings held as necessary
Public Relations Committee
take turns reporting meeting,
and publishing bulletin
Chair: Lisa Dresser
meets as necessary
West Bay Board Meeting
West Bay Board Meeting
1st Wednesday Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Room
7AM Breakfast Available
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tim LawsonAugust 3
Laura EvansAugust 6
Marty MARTENSAugust 27
Jay FosterAugust 28
ETIENNE PERRETConnie PerretAugust 1
Leamon ScottSuzanne ScottAugust 4
Suzanne ScottLeamon ScottAugust 4
RON HALLPAIGEAugust 11
Barry KingMARGARETAugust 15
Mik MIKKELSENKRISAugust 21
JANE LAFLEURJOEL LafleurAugust 24
Mark MastersonAugust 1, 200412 years
Jim PotterAugust 4, 200511 years
RON HALLAugust 4, 200511 years
Debbi HitchingsAugust 9, 20124 years
Kristen LindquistAugust 18, 20115 years
Charles DeckerAugust 20, 199719 years