Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise

 

 

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Welcome to our Club!

Portland Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Cumberland Club
116 High St
Portland, ME  04101
United States
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What Have We Been Doing?
Please note, there will be no meeting at the Cumberland Club the morning of Thursday June 1st 2017
Celebrating our Interact Club of Casco Bay High School! These students work so hard in and out of the classroom and we are so proud of them!
Come to Dimillos on February first and help us raise money for the Maine Childrens Cancer Program. Tickets are available at the door as well as on line. It is the BEST! Fabulous food and drink and an exciting auction, LIVE and SILENT!!!

Kate Quinn Finlay of Easterseals Maine visits our club

We have an Interact club!  
 
 
 
Save the date! Our 2017 Party with a Purpose in aid of the Maine Children's Cancer Program will take place Wednesday February 1st at DiMillo's Restaurant in Portland. 
Stay tuned for more details!

The 1st Annual Back Cove Sunrise 5K

Bob Gravino visited from the Ipswich MA club to present a well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship to his former clubmate Art Howe.
 
Congratulations Art!
Our speaker April 14th was Marta Lane Greenlaw from Speak Clearly Accent Reduction 
Please join us for Party with a Purpose presented by the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club to benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program.  
 
The event will take place at DiMillo's Restaurant on Wednesday, February 3rd from 5:30pm-8:30pm
 
Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres at DiMillo's Restaurant while perusing the silent auction and taking part in other surprises throughout the evening!
 
For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, please visit the Maine Children's Cancer Program website:  https://fundraising.mmc.org/mccp/rotarysocial
 
 
On December 18th, 2015, the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club was mentioned on the Port Resources website for our efforts in providing food for families in need this past holiday!  Below is the write up and a link to their website:
 
Earlier this week, the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club dropped off food for Port outreach families in need of support to make Christmas special in their homes.  Ten families will share in the bounty.  It takes a community!  Thank you Portland Sunrise Rotary Club.
This week's speaker was Kendall Hinckley, Vice President of Marketing for Garbage to Garden.  Garbage to Garden is a very innovative service available to households and businesses in the Portland area.  For a small fee, food waste is picked up weekly and a fresh, clean bucket is left in exchange.  People who want compost can actually get a bucket of compost exchanged, too!  It's a very different service and we were all very impressed and full of questions for Kendall.  If you missed the meeting, you can check out Garbage to Garden here. 
Our August 20 meeting was a rocking one!  
 
We were filled to capacity and beyond for our visit by District Governor Sheila Rollins.  Please see story below.
 
 
Ann Lee welcomed our newest member, Dana Tait, into the club and she was pinned by District Governor Sheila Rollins.
 
 
Club banners were exchanged with visiting California Rotarians.
 

 

 

This week at Rotary, our District Governor, Sheila Rollins, was our guest speaker.  Sheila had a wonderful presentation on Rotary, what the foundation does and what we can do.  It's truly amazing that a small club like ours, with the help of the district and the Rotary Foundation, can make such a huge impact on the world.  She talked about the areas of focus and led us to a better understanding of how we can help change the world.
 
Sheila was also able to pin our newest member, Dana Tait.
 
Sheila was born in Detroit Michigan. She moved to Boston in 1978 and subsequently to New Hampshire and Maine.
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Sheila has had many different jobs and careers over the last 40 years. She earned her flight instructor’s rating in 1989 and operated an introductory aviation program for women called, “Women With Wings” for three years. She worked as a freight pilot for a UPS subsidiary. Sheila loves flying and still teaches flying (in her spare time!) in Lewiston and Fryeburg, Maine.

At the tender age of 52, she went back to school and earned a Masters Degree in Mental Health and is currently a mental health counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Bethel, Maine. 
She ran for the Maine House of Representatives and still participates in local politics.
 
She joined Rotary in 2006, served as Club Interact chair for two years and as President of her Rotary club, Bridgton-Lake Region 2008-2009. She was an Assistant Governor of District 7780 for three years and is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Sheila was the Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Nigeria, 2013. In 2013-14 she was also the District’s New Generations Chair. She is the 2015-16 District Governor of District 7780.

Sheila and her husband, Merrill, who also is a Rotarian, enjoy dancing, flying, skiing, hiking, and travel. They live at Scribners Mills in Harrison, Maine, at the site of an historic water-powered sawmill with two dogs, four cats, and two goats. 

Saying goodbye to a club member is always hard and it was a bittersweet meeting today as we bid farewell to Dianne Procida.  Dianne has been a dynamic force within our club and she will be sorely missed.  Dianne is leaving us to accompany her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren to Italy where she will live for several years.  We look forward to keeping up with Dianne's exciting new adventure and hope to see her in the future!
 
Today's speaker was Morgan Callan Rogers, a writer currently living in Portland.  Morgan spoke of her life journey that led to the creation of a novel that has now been translated into four languages.  Her book, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, is a coming of age novel that takes place in Maine.  It deals with a young girl in the 1960s who grows up dealing with the mysterious disappearance of her mother and how that skews her life.  Ms. Rogers is a wonderful speaker and the club enjoyed her presentation.
 
 
 
Three interns from Environment Maine visited our club today to speak about an innovative way they are informing people about climate change.  They are visiting Mainers in their homes, talking with them and filming their stories about how their lives have been changed by our changing climate.  It was a very interesting presentation! 

 

 
 
Michael Nazemetz took over as our 2015 - 2016 president on July 2, 2015.  This is Michael's second stint as a Rotary President, having served previously as president of the South Berwick Rotary Club. Michael will definitely be a huge asset to the club and we look forward to an exciting year.
 
At the meeting we all had the pleasure of attending the induction of Lauren Kelly.  Lauren is an international recruiter and promises to be a great addition to the club. 
 
 
 
A fun time was had this week with the three remaining members of the Bulgarian exchange team.  On Thursday night they joined us at RiRas. Thanks to prospective member Lauren for bringing along her Bulgarian workmate, Simieon!  The faces of the exchange team showed delight at hearing their language. Friday morning Jim took them on a boat trip during which they saw lighthouses and seals.  After they attended the Portland Club's lunch meeting, they spent a little downtime with Sally, wandering through the Old Port and sipping espresso at Starbucks.  It was fun getting to know Bobby, Yordan and Daniel.  
Thanks to the multi-talented and amazing Kathi Adams, the plain book crate that we were going to use for the book give-away literacy project is now an amazing piece of art.  Kathi stained, lettered and decorated the crate which Christine will be delivering to the Portland Free Clinic.  The crate will be displayed in the waiting room and children will be encouraged to choose a book to keep for their own.  Please remember to be on the lookout for new and very gently used children's books that we can use to replenish the crate as the contents are depleted. 

The month of August 2014 should go down in history for our club.  Four of our twenty members, 20%!!! of our membership, received Paul Harris Fellowship Awards this month.  
 
Dave Walsh and Mary Jo Cross each received their Paul Harris plus 1 award.  This award is presented to donors who have received a previous award and given a sufficient amount over time to qualify for a second award.  
 
Ed Powell and Jim Schmidt qualified for their first Paul Harris.  A special thanks should go out to these selfless individuals who are giving others, strangers across the world, access to a better life through their gifts.
 
L to R - Ed Powell, Mary Jo Cross, Dave Walsh, Jim Schmidt
 
 
 

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Portland Sunrise Rotary
PO Box 8283
Portland, ME 04104-8283


 
 
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