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West Bay Rotary Goal is
100% Participation
for 2015-2016 Year

 

 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Club Services / VP Elect
Rotary Foundation
Membership
 
 
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April 1, 2017
Oct 1, 2017
 
 
 
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Rotary Information
New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 
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
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Weekly Speaker
West Bay Rotary
January 12, 2017
 
Peggy Smith from Center for Non-Violent Communication introduced Alton Lane
She met Mr. Lane when he was in the re-entry center in Belfast after being incarcerated.
He has used non-violent communication to re-frame his life.
 
Alton Lane
 
Abused from age 5-12 which made him an angry & hateful person
This caused him to shut down his emotions and he was living on the street by the time he was 12.
 
He didn’t have a supportive family life & he started using drugs & felt accepted by this group of people.  All he wanted was love and there was no emotional connection – He was taught that men don’t express emotions or say I love you.  If people got to close he created violent situations to protect himself.
 
When he was 17 years old he was going to have his first child.  Child wasn’t born yet and he hated her. His parents had changed their lives and found god and he went to them for help.  He was afraid that if he had a daughter she would become him.  His parents raised her – they don’t have a relationship.  Had a son at 18 – named after him, acts like him and he hated him.  The hate was to protect him from caring about him.  He was drinking at doing drugs every day.  At 21 -  he was in a bar and someone sucker punched him and he ran him over in the street & he felt no remorse. He felt like he had to hate everyone and really hated himself too.
 
He went to prison for running the man over.  Took 9-10 classes – after a few months he was back to his old ways and believed that he didn’t deserve happiness. – he pushed everyone away.
 
He met Rhonda – they’ve been together 11 years – has happiness.  He allowed himself to open up & feel.  Her children call him dad.  They say he’s not a bad person & they love him. 
 
Never had a license – got pulled over, went to the Maine Coast re-entry center.  He convinced himself that it wasn’t going to work.
 
While in the program he went to the non-violent communication class.  Thought Peggy was crazy.  A couple of classes in, he started to connect to his feelings and he asked Peggy if it was okay to have all of these feelings.  Connected these feelings to needs – were those needs okay? 
 
In 2009 both of his parents died.  Dad asked him not to get drunk & hurt people.  He got high and hurt himself.  He didn’t want to live – he wanted to die;  he never had the courage to pull the trigger.  Today he enjoys helping people. He couldn’t believe when his sisters told them that they were proud of him. 
 
Went to work at the jail – his sister’s boyfriend was in jail for aggravated assault against his sister.  He didn’t hurt him – he walked off.  His sister never told him that it happened.  He called his sister a couple days later – they didn’t want to tell him because they were afraid that he would have a violent reaction and they didn’t want to lose him. 
 
If we change our thought process – we can change our behavior.  He never patted himself on the back for his successes, but he feels pretty good about himself. 
 
He quit all chemicals.
 
Q&A
Is there a single thing that you want us to walk away with?
Change is possible – people can change
 
Is there anything that we can do?
Show each other love.   Learning to love people that we disagree with.  Know that there is a way to learn
 
How did you get support for yourself when you were beginning to feel your emotions?
He would talk to Peggy a lot. 
 
Was there an a-ha moment?
When his family started to reflect unconditional love.  Having the feeling of goodness that he had from being a part of the family.  The moment he realized he thought his family was awesome and he never wanted to lose them.
 
Did you go to re-hab or detox in jail?
He de-toxed at home alone.  It wasn’t nice. 
 
How did the book happen?
Only Human – Alton Lane
Originally it was just a manuscript to get the chatter out of his head. 
 
Where else are you speaking?
Maine counseling association
Riverview psychiatric
Working on getting into the schools – it’s difficult to get into the schools.
Club Assembly
John Kelly, Acadia National Park
Exchange Students, outbound to Spain (short-term) and Inbound from Thailand
 
 
 
Greeters
January
  January 5    Check Decker
  January 12  Debbi Hitchings
  January 19  Lisa Dresser
  January 26  Kristin Lindquist
 
February
  February 2  Linda Payson
  February 9  Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
  February 16  Suzanne Scott
  February 23  Ken Gardiner
 
March
  March 2  Mike Pierce
  March 9  Joan LeMole
 
 
 
 

Committee Meeting Dates, Times and Location

(For complete committee contact information check your weekly bulletin
Community Service
Mark Coursey 
mark@camdenlaw.com, 
Mark Masterson
dmmasterson@hotmail.com
2nd Wednesday held Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Area
7:30 am
 
Rotary Youth Exchange
George Forristall
george@forocean.com or
Heidi Karod 
hkarod@gmail.com
4th Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
7 AM
 
International Committee
Susan Dorr  
SusanDorr@gmail.com
4th  Wednesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
8:00 AM
 
Vocational Committee
Jim Potter 
PotterandAssoc@AOL.com
meetings held as necessary
 
Public Relations Committee
Jen Harris
jeniferharris@comcast.net
no meetings
take turns reporting meeting,
press releases 
and publishing bulletin
 
Membership Committee
Chair: Lisa Dresser
mrstkd@gmail.com
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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Please e-mail Lisa at: LSojka@fullerautomall.com

 
 

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jodie Heal
    January 6
  • Bill Hartman
    January 17
  • PENNY DUNNING
    January 17
  • Deborah Fink
    January 22
  • John Tohanczyn
    January 23
Anniversaries:
  • Bob Williams
    Suzanne Williams
    January 7
Join Date:
  • John Viehman
    January 2, 2014
    3 years
  • SHEILA DAVENPORT
    January 22, 2009
    8 years
  • Bill Hartman
    January 24, 2002
    15 years
  • Jen Harris
    January 29, 2015
    2 years
  • Tom Rodman
    January 29, 2015
    2 years