Rotary Club of Saco Bay

      "Service Above Self"

 

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Mission

It is the mission of our club to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthwile enterprise; to encourage and foster the development of aquaintenance as an opportunity for service; to encourage the highest ethical standards in business and professions; to recognize the worthiness of all occupations as a means to serve society; to apply the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace through world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service above self.
 
 

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Saco Bay

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Jimmy The Greek's Restaurant
215 Saco Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME  04064
United States
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Events

The Rotary Club of Saco Bay met on June 25th for the last meeting under the direction of our President Chris Jacques.
Chris started off his last official meeting with one of his favorite quotes: “It is Better to Light a Single Candle than to sit and curse the dark!” Confucius
Some of the highlights of the past year were the Governor’s Award for 2014-2015 – we were one of 15 clubs in the District to earn this distinction. We hosted 8 meetings that honored our “Student of the month” winners. In all 24 were honored.
Our biggest event was the 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 15th.
Some of the organizations that have benefitted from our group this year were Bon Appetite, Crutches for Africa, RC of Abuja Metro – Nigeria, RYLA, The Beach Wheelchair District Grant for Old Orchard Beach which enables folks to get onto the sand and down to the water. Also Rotaract – UNE, Interact – Thornton Academy and Old Orchard Beach and Eyes for the Needy. Over 28 groups were touched through our club.
The “Rookie of the Year for 2014-2015” was given to Jason Webber. Jason is a fairly new member who has become a highlight as Sargent @ Arms. He is active with Interact and worked hard on the District Grant to get a beach accessible wheelchair in partnership with the Town of Old Orchard Beach. Jason loves sports but we have had to overlook the fact that he is a NY Rangers fan. Jason is a coach and also involved in “Bike Maine”.  Jason’s wife and two kids were there when he received the award….. Definitely a family man who we are glad to have as a part of Rotary.
The Jack Gesemyer Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Israel Collins. He has been a member for a little over two years and has participated in virtually all events. Israel has been a steady and humble contributor who ALWAYS wears Rotary logo wear. He is passionate about youth, Interact and growing our membership; Israel was recognized by the District as a “Best New Rotarian”.  We were proud to have him represent us as the Club & District Representative - Exchange to Bulgaria.
 

 
Israel Collins a member of the Rotary Club of Saco Bay recently went on a Rotary cultural exchange to Bulgaria with 5 other members of Rotary District 7780. Below is his report on his trip.
 
The Bulgarian Cultural Exchange visited Bulgaria in early April.  During the thirteen days the team visited Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Bansko, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo, Russe, Varna and Belchik, before returning to Sofia. We made presentations to ten clubs and met for meals with others. We had numerous conversations regarding possible joint service projects and RI Grant venture opportunities.  Among the numerous projects the Bulgarian Clubs have invested in is the installation of one or more public spring water fountains. They have tapped into the natural underground resource and are providing everyone in the community a free and clean water source.  We discussed possible service projects that included: working to establish Headstart programs, creating an anti-childhood obesity project, training the disadvantaged Roma minority to work in service-related industries, and replacing inadequate and unsanitary bathroom facilities in elementary schools, to name a few. That is just the beginning of the numerous projects that we discussed with our gracious hosts.
 
Our Team was treated with utmost hospitality and a generous welcome throughout our tour from the Host Families, Rotary Clubs, Rotoractors, and Interactors. We made many heartfelt connections with our hosts and the host families, who arranged a full blitz of sight-seeing excursions (and there are a plethora of fascinating historical sites to see), as well as beautiful bucolic countryside between the cities.  The highlight of our trip was an evening Easter dinner with District Governor, Ilario Astinov, and his lovely parents.  It was such an enjoyable and charming evening.  We can’t overstate the importance of the impact that our District’s cultural exchanges have on our participants.  The connections that are formed directly result in the design and implementation of real projects and grants that greatly impact so many lives. This process will continue when the reciprocal team arrives from Bulgaria on June 2nd. Please make an effort to meet their team and invest a few hours in creating your own relationship with fellow Rotarians.
 

 
 
Well worth the effort. When organizations work together within their own avenues and with other groups, things certainly do happen. Old Orchard Beach now has a wheelchair that can bring people across the beach and down to the water. It started with a request and turned into a quest. Our own Jason Webber, Director of the OOB Recreation Dept., spearheaded the effort. He worked at the district level, our club and with others to make this happen. After the grants were written and all the paperwork was done, folks can now enjoy our beach up close and real. The wheelchair was given to the town at a Town Council meeting and was greatly appreciated. It is opportunities like this where we can assist and partner with our communities to make a difference in people's lives.
 

 
 
Equal access of education is a basic right for everyone in our communities. Children have the chance to achieve their dreams. Children want to be nurses, technicians, teachers, or farmers when we ask them what they desire to be when they are adults. Basic education is the best investment towards learning essential lifetime skills. It unleashes the potential in children and improves their likelihood of building a healthy and fair society. 
 
Member of our club traveled in April to Nigeria to evaluate the situation in Sauka, after the RC Abuja Metro had broken ground for a new school building in February. Both were pleasantly surprised to see an almost finished school building with six classrooms, a library, a room for the administrator, and a health room. The school building got a roof just before the rain season (see photo). This project requires almost additional $80,000 to complete the school building, furnish the classrooms, provide textbooks, equip the health room, and provide a new borehole as well as a sanitation block for the school. The Global Grant proposal assumes that the RC Abuja Metro will contribute $5,000 while the RC Saco Bay has raised $9,000 until now. Our hope is that more clubs in our District will join us in the chance to change young lives. 
 
Contact Kerstin with any questions you may have at kerstinrotary@gmail.com or call 207-807-0367. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 
 

 
 
 
Scot Arthur and Brian Robillard
 
If you are civic-minded and genuinely concerned about others less fortunate than yourself you should consider becoming a Rotarian. We meet weekly on Thursday morning at 7:30 AM at Jimmy The Greek's Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach. In addition to the fellowship we enjoy during breakfast, we have programs about community activities, international topics, Rotary's Five Avenues of Service or a topic of particular timely interest.
 
As a member of the Rotary Club of our Club. You just might find the experience "life changing," while determining "what's in it for me!" While "Service Above Self" is our motto and most important feature of Rotary International, we also work together in fellowship as we develop great camaraderie. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mailing address: Rotary Club of Saco Bay, PO Box 778, Saco, ME 04072