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Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
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Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
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Convention: Southern hospitality
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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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
Weekly Speaker
May 18, 2017
West Bay Rotary
Bob Talbot – Classification Talk
Joined West Bay Rotary recently – was a Rotarian in the late 90’s in Rockland
Also in 2000 in Long Meadow Massachusetts
Rockland native – moved back after lots of travels.
Bob is in Marketing &Development for Phi Builders & Architects
How did he get to this profession?
He didn’t choose his profession – it chose him.
He would consider himself an adventurer – he is always up for new experiences
Had the opportunity to be a foreign exchange student in South Africa – with a  family that he still speaks to today.
Lived in 7 states – purchased 10 homes – lots of career opportunities
Been with Phi for 5 years
Phi is a 13 year old company that started as a cabinet shop - Now the company does more general construction.
Folks come to Phi to talk about designing and/or building their homes.
They do a lot of renovation work as well.  It is an evolving world out there.  It’s his role to understand who the customer is today. 
Social media – investing more dollars into digital platforms.
Manages facebook, print and photoshoots.
Serves a client liaison
Some know them as Phi Home Designs – Many found this name confusing.  Some think they’re an interior design firm.  He wanted the name to be more clear - changed to Phi Builders & Architects.  That way folks know exactly what they do. 
Favorite/least favorite project?
Favorite - Once in a while we get smaller projects that he can just manage himself. 
Least Favorite – Sometimes projects just get off track
Born in Rockland?
Yes – born at the old Hospital – current Knox Center
Thought about interior design?  They don’t want to compete with other local interior designers, interior design will add value to the package.
What other areas are you doing projects?
General contracting – we do not want to take a job that is more than 60 minutes dive away.
From a design perspective, we can design for anyone, but it gets more difficult the further away folks are.  We can ship cabinets & furniture anywhere.
Completed the new Cellardoor project on Thompsons Point.
Business is getting pushed out a little bit because folks really want waterfront design and there isn’t a clot of waterfront available in this region.
What other commercial work have you done?
On the Water – for their real estate office.  They have done an addition, incorporated a laundry service for clients.  Working on a Montessori school plan out of the area – someone else will be the contractor.  We fluctuate between 28 – 31 employees.  They are not subcontracting projects out to other folks – they can do the work themselves.
How many employed?
Currently 30 – carpenters, laborers, architects, shop folks & 5 management level.
Buckets on the table – Refugee family from Congo
Community Service – 63 Washington – changing format from live in to day care – we are going to re-do their front porch.  Coastal Mountain Land Trust – work on some of their trail projects.  We will get some more formal plans in place as we move forward.
Duck Derby – 10 days left
Openings this weekend to sell duck derby tickets
Sign ups for the day before & day of being distributed.
EREY – Ron Hall
House keeping
Annual Dinner
June 29 – Samoset
Sharon Hobson – One less worry
Offering pads & tampons to women and teens
27,000 tampons & pads distributed
Toilet paper – 6000 rolls
Who knew that folks were struggling to meet their toilet paper needs.
Toilet paper is expensive – if you’re struggling financially, you cannot afford to do that.
SNAP & food stamp dollars cannot be used for toilet paper.
Samoset is now giving her all of their tail ends – she bundles them in half pound packets.
Monhegan Boat Trip
Leni Gronros of the Camden club and Kristen Lindquist have come up with a fun outing for our two clubs (and I believe Leni is inviting the yachting and beer Rotarians, as well)--we're going to Monhegan for the day.
Please join us on SUNDAY, JUNE 25, on the 10:30 a.m. boat from Port Clyde. (This is a correction from what I said this morning, as I forgot that the boat doesn't run at 7 a.m. on Sunday; it's the mailboat.) We will arrive on the island about an hour later, have lunch, then hike, explore, etc. until the 4:30 boat takes us home. I will try to arrange a sit-down lunch for those interested at the Island Inn--that's the big classic old inn right on the harbor, with a lovely, waterview dining room, good lobster rolls, and nice art. I will also try to arrange for us to get a tour at Monhegan Brewing Co., a small but excellent brewery on the island. (The brewery also makes really good ginger beer and root beer for kids and others who don't drink.) And I will come up with suggestions for other activities one might want to do while there--short hikes, gallery visits, visit to the small but excellent historical and art museum at the lighthouse, etc.--as well as other food options. (The pizza place out there is wonderful, for example, and also serves ice cream.)
PLEASE let me know if you're are going, so that I don't inundate everyone with follow-up emails and information. Otherwise, all you need to do is reserve your spot on the 10:30 boat for that date. Adult tickets are $38 roundtrip, and parking is $7/day, so we should carpool as much as we can. Information here: You can reserve online or call them. Then, show up by 10 a.m. (give yourself a little extra time to park; sometimes it can be busy!) to get on the boat!
Constitution Bi-Laws
Club specific constitution and set of bi-laws
In order to approve these changes, we have to have a club vote.
We are required to give you 10 days notice before vote.
Committee organizational structure document – club specific – useful guide to help guide the committees.
Next Week – Tia Anderson – Habitat for Humanity
April 27, 2017
West Bay Rotary
Club Assembly
Buckets on the Table – Last week for the Ripple Initiative
Looking for new ideas for May & June
Financial – We are in a good position financially.  Would like to make sure that all members are paid in full before the end of Peters time in office.
Had surplus in “buckets” fund – asked the club to vote on where it should go.  Club offered up:  Backpacks, Knox County Recovery Coalition & a refugee family in Thomaston.  Club voted & selected the Thomaston refugee family.
Bi-Laws Update
BOD will be updating some portions of the materials and we will send it out to members to review updates.  Are the changes substantive or procedural?  Mostly just formatting.  We have a committee organizational structure.  We are tweaking that document to ensure that it reflects our current structure.
Presidents Project
Hospitality House – Have a lot of discussions going on with the Hospitality House. 
1.Barn roof repair – Peter Burke is taking to Peter Horch about repair. 
2.Walking path – trying to schedule a date defined – will be asking for some volunteers to help out.  Likely a one day project.
3.Driveway & road repair – Looking for us to come & supervise – helping to define where the roads, driveways are.
4.Habitat for Humanity – Women’s Build – May 8.  Trailer mounted mini house.  1 of 15 houses they plan to build this year.  The idea is that they will drop 15 mini homes behind the hospitality house.
5.Trying to do a collaboration project with Rotaract to do a window dressers project either at Hospitality House or for those folks who are Hospitality House beneficiaries.
This was a fun, team effort.  Everyone dove in and took care of everything.  Great signage by Joe Ryan.  Jake Barber came out and smoothed out the areas for traffic, it was great.  The layout worked really well.  Hopefully next year we will have paint recycling.  Great PR this year – couldn’t get out without giving a donation – thanks Deb!  $4,500 raised – 8,200 pounds of paper (doubled from last year).  Spoke about earmarking $500 to donate to Rockport for recycling bins.  Community Service meeting agenda – ways we can improve the event next year.
Duck Derby
Saturday, May 27
2:00 p.m.
Please sell your tickets – still have a couple openings to sell tickets
The bridge is scheduled to be open on May 25.
We are going to drop behind the Smiling Cow
Single largest fundraiser for the year.
In conjunction with the Duck Derby – next year have a Duck Waddle 5k.
Children’s tent this year?  If someone wants to manage that we can do it.
See Heidi if you want to participate – coloring contest – kids duck pond
Jim Potter - Scholarships – 35 applications (8-10 less) this year.  Over the next 2-3 weeks the committee will review applications and make our decisions and let the school and the club know.  We invite recipients to come & talk to the club during the xmas holidays.
Lisa Dresser
Membership – Co-Chairs of the district 7790 Maine membership committee.  West Bay is considered a role model in the management of the club.  We are going to have a conversation about the direction of membership for our club May 3, 6p at Tim & Lisa’s house.  We welcome anyone to participate.
New Brochure & business cards – keep them on you so that they can discover more about us.
Leamon - Sponsorships are an important part of our fundraising - they help us offset the costs of what we do.  It also gives our sponsors an opportunity to show off what they do.  We have identified 5 major events that lend themselves to sponsorships.  Traditionally we have asked for sponsorships for each event individually.  There is now an annual sponsorship opportunity.  We have our first signature sponsor – in Rockport Automotive. 
Youth Exchange
Good news – 2 very successful outbound exchanges.  Nat Lawson in Argentina & Tora Decker Griffith in Spain.  Nat will be speaking to the Camden Rotary – it would be great if members of our club could attend Nat’s presentation.  In bound – we had Jay from Thailand.  He is having a great experience.  Army from Paraguay also having a great year.  Next year we are having no outbound/inbound/short term exchange next year.  Numbers are way down all over the nation for rotary exchange.  Challenges getting host families – challenges with the political climate.  We have a plan for how we want to reenergize youth exchange.  We need leadership from Rotary who want to stay engaged on the district level.  At the district level there is a requirement for an outbound & an inbound coordinator.  Current incumbents have been doing it for years and they are tapped out.  They need to find someone to take those two jobs – Joan from Camden has agreed to take on the role of District Chair. 
Next week after the speaker is Club Assembly Continued…
Special Olympics says "Thank You", Inbound Exchange Student "Jay" from Thailand

Camden Rockport Middle School - The Middle Matters

George Abendroth & Maria Libby presented the plan
The vote for this project has been moved from November to June 13
We want to make sure that the middle schoolers have a safe place to get a quality education.
Building a NEW school makes most sense – both financially AND academically
Valuable investment to community and in our children’s future
We have a first rate school program that should be supported by a healthy and safe facility, configured for learning in the 21st century, and that reflects our value for education!
CRMS offers premium education, but the building is FAILING around hard working students and staff
The current building is patchwork of construction built over nearly 100 years (MET built 1925; additions in 1955, 1965, 1980 and 2000)
The mechanical systems are outdated and overextended, and they will require major investment (over $10 million) and updates in very near future
The building layout is sprawling (31000 sq ft (or about 25%) too large), difficult to navigate, does not meet current standards, and wastes energy
There is no solution that is cost free
Repairs to current building is $16 million – these patches won’t address any of the environmental, safety & efficiency issues.
A NEW school will have a life cycle of 50+ years and will address all mechanical, structural, safety and environmental concerns
Yes, a new building has a higher price tag ($26 Million), however, that cost will provide the community with building that is an asset to the community, benefiting future generations.
A new school will cut operating costs and will benefit the students immeasurably
Building now takes advantage of lower interest rates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars
A NEW school is the most cost effective, long term solution and it improves the educational opportunities for our students during these important years.
Tax impact of NEW school (versus current facility) is annual increase of <$40 per $100k of property value (future cost will only grow)
A strong school system and quality infrastructure also positions our community as a more attractive retirement destination
It will add to the vitality of any community
If approved, construction would begin June 2018, with new school opening in August 2020
If you have any questions – please reach out to Maria Libby or George Abendroth?
Where will the kids go to school during the construction?
They will be able to use the current structure – but they would lose the athletic fields during that time
Why did you move the vote?  The snow bowl budget announcement may have a negative impact on this vote.  When the decision was made to shift the date, the snow bowl audit wasn’t even public yet.
Will it be LEED certified?
No – one of the concerns is that we have about LEED certification is that it costs significantly more to certify the building.
When does the Bond mature?
High School – 2022  - Only carrying $200,000 in debt for the high school because the state is offsetting the cost.  Elementary School – 2035 maturing
So much traffic on the street – will it be adjusted?
There is not a lot of receptivity from the town to change that to 2-way.
What are the plans for the gymnasium?
Will keep the high school size gymnasium – the only space where all of the students fit – to accommodate
Will have a 250 seat mini theater
If the bond passes – there will be some targeted fundraising for spaces.
What are the current plans for the tech school?
The high school will pay $600,000 per year as a result of the increase in the bond.
7 members who brought 10 guests.
Member winner – Mary Sargent
Guest winner – Andy Nestor
We give a contribution to a non-profit on their behalf
  May 25  Tim Dresser
  June 1 Suzanne Scott
  June 8  Barbara Heard
  June 15  Jan Campbell
  June 22  John Tohanczyn
  June 29  George Forristall
  July 6  Etienne Perret
  July 13  Chase Lasbury
  July 20  Kim Milton
  July 27  Heidi Karod

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 Tuesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
7 AM
International Committee
Susan Dorr
4th  Tuesday 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
Any Breakfast Suggestions, or Favorites?
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Kim Milton
    May 3
    May 4
  • Dolores Hyssong
    May 9
  • Steve Dailey
    May 17
  • Roberta Walker
    May 21
  • Ken Gardiner
    VERA Gardiner
    May 6
  • Steve Dailey
    May 6
  • Kristen Lindquist
    Paul Doiron
    May 17
Join Date:
    May 11, 2006
    11 years
  • Barry King
    May 19, 2005
    12 years
  • Ian Robertson
    May 20, 2011
    6 years
    May 24, 2001
    16 years