Rotary Club of Saco Bay

Rotary Club of Saco Bay

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Virtual ZOOM meeting
United States of America
For the safety of all involved, our club meets weekly via ZOOM.
Upcoming Events

I am so excited to be sharing this "Opportunity" with all of you and your Club Rotarians.  Together, as People of Action, we have a unique project that will impact 1000's of people in our communities.


Please consider completing the Mask Request Form by tomorrow evening, 9/25/20, 5:00pm and forwarding to AG Bob Wester @


I also want to again invite you to join us at the unprecedented event on Oct. 6th, Portland City Hall, 4:00p, as we exemplify to our communities who we are as Rotarians.


Thank You for your interest and desire to support this project,

DG Peggy

From Rotary International Web site
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.


Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on 22 January that their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication, will continue. Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.

In a video address at the 2020 Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, Bill Gates told incoming district governors that the partnership with Rotary needs to continue.

“The Gates Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Rotary has been vital to fighting polio,” Gates said. “That’s why we’re extending our funding match, so every dollar that Rotary raises is met with two more.”

He added, “I believe that together, we can make eradication a reality.”

The funding will support polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, technical assistance, and operational support for immunization activities.

The partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation has yielded $2 billion, and Rotarians have given countless volunteer hours to fight polio since Rotary started its PolioPlus program in 1985.

Be a part of the fight to end polio and have your donation matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit to learn more and donate.

In district news:
Pictured left to right:  Ann Demeranville and Terry Hodskins Fullam
Terry Hodskins Fullam, accompanied by Cathy and Lee Hansen of the Wells club, visited the Boothbay Harbor Club in June 2019 to present a generous donation to Wrap-A-Smile.
When Terry first started this project of providing comfort quilts to children undergoing cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, the BBH club was an early contributor.  As Terry told the story, BBH had no quilters in their club, but offered funds which were used for early set-up costs and a fabric buying spree for her quilting group. Wrap-A-Smile now belongs to our whole district but is managed by Ann Demeranville of the BBH club, with the BBH Rotary clubhouse being a community resource for Quiltathons as well as packing parties to prepare quilts for shipping. 
As Terry presented the check to Wrap-A-Smile, the same amount that BBH had contributed 18 years ago, she jokingly stated "here's your money back."  She also presented Ann with a quilt she had made, her second one (ever) for the project.  
Lee Hansen then spoke about the passion that the Wells club has felt for this project over the years, and ended by presenting a stack of quilts made by quilters from southern Maine.
I am pleased to share with you that our Nominating Committee today nominated Dick Hall of The Rotary Club of Portland to be our District Governor in 2021-22.  Dick first joined Rotary in 1984, when he followed his grandfather and father by joining The Rotary Club of Worcester, MA.  Dick's father (age 96) and his uncle (age 86) are still members of that club.  Dick's father served as Governor of District 7910 in 1987-88.  Dick's sister and his daughter are Rotarians in our district's Westbrook-Gorham and Portland Sunrise clubs.
Keep an eye out for our District Newsletter in December.  I'll formally announce Dick's nomination in that newsletter (as our Bylaws require) and I'll share some of Dick's extensive Rotary resume at that time.
For now, please join me in congratulating Dick on his nomination and thank him for his willingness to serve.
With my best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families,
John LoBosco
District Governor, 2018-19
Rotary District 7780
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay has a new Clynk fund raiser. We will deliver Clynk bags to you, and pick them up when full. All you need to do is to toss in your used returnable bottles. You can get bags for your picnics, ball games, camps, business, homes or anywhere you have empty bottles. If you would like 1, 2 or 25 bags, please let us know. Your help will be appreciated not only by the Rotary, but also by the many local and international causes that the Rotary helps. Thank you.
October 2020
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.