Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise

 

 

A Visit From Our District Governor

 

 

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.