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York

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
York Harbor Inn
480 York Street
York, ME  03909
United States
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Welcome to our Rotary Club! 

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The $500 winner for August was P. Moskal of Berkley MA. There is still time to buy your ticket and have your chance at the $500 for September and the car!

 

 
The $500 winner for July was K Burns. There is still time to buy your ticket and have your chance at the $500 for August and September and the car!
 

 
 
Several York Rotarians and Past District Governor Marty Helman at the World Peace and Understanding Dinner in South Portland. Keynote speaker and Rotary Peace Fellow, Dr. Francesca Giovannini, gave a sobering talk about the state of the world's nuclear proliferation.
 

 
Friday we welcomed two new members, and learned about the Family Business Institute from Executive Director Catherine Wygant-Fossett.
 

 

Rotarians and Interact kids cleaning up the library grounds this morning, with help from the Rec Department.

 

 

Turkey Trot 2015
Saturday November 28th
11 AM
York Village Elementary School

 

 

And the winner of York Rotary Club's "Car With A Cause" raffle for the 2015 ruby red Mustang convertible is: Bruce Bastarache! Congrats Bruce and a huge shout out to everyone that supported our raffle. You are all winners and we thank you for your support!

 

 
District Governor Sheila Rollins spoke to us Friday about the larger mission of Rotary and her plans for the coming year.
 

 
We had a good talk this morning by Mark Eves, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, about a contentious year marked, ironically, by much bipartisan collaboration. Coincidentally, there's an article in this morning's Boston Globe about the same subject.
 

 
In honor of World Polio Day, which is recognized on October 24th, Rotary District 7780 and Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH are sponsoring “Bridge the Gap to End Polio” on October 24, 2015 at 9 AM.
 
 

 

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The winner of the $500 for July is Debbie Gallagher of Cape Neddick!

 

 
MIKE MOLONEY IS ROTARY CLUB'S 2015 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
 

The Spring Hill Lodge in South Berwick was full of fans of Mike Moloney as he became the recipient of Citizen of the Year 2015 honors by the South Berwick – Eliot Rotary Club. Mike is well-known and beloved among the citizens of South Berwick and Eliot and beyond. His story is an inspirational and heart-warming one.

He immigrated to America from Ireland and became a part of the local community for the past 23 years. He met his wife Cindy while she was studying in Ireland and love brought them both back to America and his new life in Maine. In his words, “Becoming a member of the South Berwick Rotary Club in 1990 was the point at which we as a family really became integrated into the fabric of the community.” Whenever Mike and his wife served the community, his two daughters, Catie and Annie, always came along, too. From serving water at the town races, to delivering food at the lobsterfest, to helping at blood drives, to feeding senior citizens at Thanksgiving, to manning the food pantry, the Moloney family was everywhere. During the times of strife in Northern Ireland, Mike was instrumental in bringing kids from different backgrounds together through the Friends Forever program which he introduced to South Berwick, a project that was near and dear to him to promote peace and harmony. Having studied geography while in Ireland, he and his mother discovered that Geography Quiz Nights were great for raising funds and world awareness, and he brought that concept to Maine. Thanks to his expertise and talents, and the help of his family again, the Rotary Club has run a number of these quiz nights to raise funds for Rotary projects in Bangladesh, Haiti, Colombia, and other locations having great need.

 

 
 
The Four on the 4th Road Race was a big success.  Many thanks to all the runners, sponsors, Parks and Rec employees, and Rotarians for making it possible, especially Rotarian organizers Robin Cogger and Kevin Raymond.
 

 
 
Seth Blodgett, a detective with the Maine Attorney General's office, spoke to us about the various ways people take financial advantage of the elderly.
 

 
 
On Friday May 8, we heard from Dave McCarthy about the Appalachian Mountain Club.
 

 
 
Peter Van Allen, editor of MaineBiz magazine talked about Maine's business climate this morning.
 

 
Each year York Rotary partners with the Ogunquit Playhouse to help eradicate Polio.  This year the date for Polio Plus is Thursday, May 28.  A portion of all tickets sold will help eradicate Polio.  If you are available and want to see a great show while supporting Polio Plus please join us, and tell your friends. You can go to the Ogunquit Playhouse website and purchase tickets for the 8:00pm performance of “Sister Act” on May 28.
 

 
A very full meeting Friday: we recognized York Middle School Student of the Month Caroline Leal; our club was recognized by Carolyn Johnson representing District 7780 for our contributions to the international effort to eradicate polio; and we had a great talk by Elizabeth McClellan of Partners for World Health, which collects unused medical supplies and equipment and ships them to needy hospitals in other parts of the world.
 

 
Kerstin Kirchner of the Saco Bay Rotary Club spoke to us about her club's efforts to build a school in Sauka, Nigeria.
 

 
We had our annual visit from York's Superintendent of Schools Debra Dunn and Director of Finance and Operations Jim Amoroso to discuss the school budget.
 

 
 
 

The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do,

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
 
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