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Oct 1, 2017
Rotary Information
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...
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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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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
International Service project review with committee chair Susan Dorr, members Heidi Karod, Penny Dunning
The Window Dressers
Insulating Window Inserts
Karl Kahler
What do they do?
Manufacture interior window inserts
  • Keep Mainers warm in the winter
  • Reduce fuel bills
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Promote community volunteerism
  • Assist low income Mainers
    • Give away 22% of inserts to low income families
Managed by executive committee of the BOD
Use all volunteer labor to keep prices low
Central frame cutting operation in Rockland
Community builds located throughout Maine
                14 established locations
                5 new locations in 2017
Volume of activity growing significantly each year
2010 – 185 inserts
2011 – 1231 Inserts
2012 – 2224 Inserts
2013 – 2610 Inserts
2014 – 3425 Inserts
2015 – 5056 Inserts
2016 – 6113 Inserts
Takes 1 person hour to build an insert
They started with 26.4 days to almost 900 person days that are needed to manage the need.
FY 16/17 – revenue $116k
Supply costs - $80k
Admin expense - $164k
Grants $110k
Net loss $18k
This year – have capital expenditures are $11k.  Software enhancements & tools for installation.
How do you pay for those that are donated?
Add $$ to the cost of paying customers as well as paying customers
Life expectancy of inserts
7 years – they’ve been in business for 10 years and have only had 1 pair come back due to wear & tear and constant full time use.
Other organizations in other states?
Not like they do – greater savings, etc.
Have you thought about running a workshop?
We have considered that – long term possibilities
How do you qualify folks who are in need?
The communities know who needs help – you know when folks can’t pay when you walk into folks homes.
How can a group volunteer?
We would be happy to run a special build session for a specific organization. 
Energy efficiency savings
Between 15 – 25% of their heating bill per year.
Type of windows?
Any type of windows – it mostly for older homes
Buckets on the table for the Ripple Initiative –
Community Service – Began reviewing grant 18 requests for a total of $32,600. 
Business Expo – Next Thursday at the Samoset – need volunteers to promote Rotary
Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 13 - Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill - 7:00 a.m.
Ewaste+ Saturday, April 22 – 3 locations to display banners – please post & share flyers.  Sign up sheets are available.
March 30, 2017
Kate Cronin – Executive Director
Moved here full time in 1990 – son & daughter grew up here in Camden.
Kate has worked in non-profit sector for her full career – doing good things for Maine people and the environment.
MaineShare is looking for positive & lasting change for Maine - much like Rotary International.
Came together in the late 80’s to offer employee giving opportunities.  Founded a collaborative organization in the 1980’s. 
If you have a vision a group of friends and a lawyer who can complete your 501C3 – it isn’t easy to find all of your resources. 
Maine Association of Non-Profits
6,000 non-profits in Maine
How does someone choose where they will focus their time & dollars
11 billion dollars to the economy
Employee 1 in 6 workers
Build community & cultivate civil society
$935 million to time and talent through ME non-Profits
MaineShare Supports
Long Term solutions
Maine Share donors are funding member groups addressing root cause issues and working for sustainable solutions.
Member groups advocate for policies, program and education to:
Increase economic opportunity
Advocate for social justice & peace
Promote safety & Health
Protect Maine’s environmental health
Support education, cultural diversity and arts
MaineShare benefits business and employees
Helps establish community leadership
Increases donation choices for employees
Connects employees with the causes they care about
Offering MaineShare broadens your community impact and offering an employee giving program is a great place to start.
Economic opportunity
New Ventures Maine
Working with men & women to give them the tools to restart or start their careers.  Economic viability for Maine
Maine Women’s Fund – bolstering economic security for Maine women.
Safety & health – environmental health strategies center – helped to pass the BPA free initiatives across the country.  Been looking at toxins that are in our homes.  Currently working on the arsenic & well water initiative. 
The environment – Many of the non-profits in Maine have been working to keep the environment cleaner.  Natural Resources Council of Maine.  Maine Audubon, Sierra Club, Maine Resources Recovery Association – work with municipal resource entities about what we are doing with our waste.
Social Justice  & Peace
Maine Veterans for Peace – sharing the human impact of war
Maine Council of Churches – seeking common ground across all sectors
MaineShare member groups have important impact on the communities they serve.
Maine Farmland Trust – the states leading force in protecting farmland –preserve farm land
Chewonki uses the outdoors to educate students on Maine ecology & natural history
Genesis Community Loan Fund – gives money to other organizations
Maine organic farmers & gardeners – MOFGA
Community Financial Literacy – teaching new Mainers financial skills – new residents & refugees.
MaineShare is dedicated to choice in giving – donors designate their contributions directly to the groups and causes they care about most.
MaineShare retains 15% of contributions – remaining goes to the recipients.
Amount of money ranges from $3,000 - $12,000 each year. 
All of your dollars stay local and support progressive organizations working for Maine communities.
What is MaineShare is doing to support the fight against drug addiction?
Don’t know of any of the organizations that are addressing that today. 
Those groups that are working with young people can address that as part of their programming.
How does a non-profit get on the MaineShare list?
When our own member groups, staff and BOD decide that they are raising enough money to welcome additional groups to participate.  The organizations review the applications and vote on groups to be added.
Buckets on the table for Paws
Next week Ripple Initiative -
April 22 – Ewaste
Ron – EREY – Noel Cox & John Johanson
Songbook update – Send in ideas & suggestions for new songs. 
Heidi – Youth Exchange – 2 outbound & inbounds are doing well. 
Calendar Changes
Board meeting – April 12
Business to Business Expo – April 12
2p – 7p – need folks to staff the booth
New brochure & business cards
Next week – window dressers 
  April 6   Bob Talbot
  April 13  Leamon Scott
  April 20  Marty Martens
  April 27  Ray Fink
  May 4  Steve Dailey
  May 11 Lisa Dresser
  May 18  George Abendroth
  May 25  Tim Dresser

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
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Sandy Cox
    April 1
  • Bob Rubin
    April 13
    April 19
  • John Viehman
    April 21
  • Bob Williams
    April 25
  • Jodie Heal
    Jason Heal
    April 18
Join Date:
  • Noel Cox
    April 1, 1988
    29 years
    April 2, 1986
    31 years
  • Steve Dailey
    April 2, 1986
    31 years
  • Tim Lawson
    April 2, 2015
    2 years
  • Bob Rubin
    April 9, 2015
    2 years
  • Zachary Herrick
    April 10, 2014
    3 years
    April 16, 2009
    8 years
  • Mary Sargent
    April 26, 2012
    5 years
    April 30, 2009
    8 years