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Welcome to the York Rotary Club!

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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Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
 
York Rotary works in conjunction with the mission of rotary international to improve our local as well as our international communities. If you are passionate about service or just want to get involved, come join us. You will be glad you did.
 
York Rotary News
See Mama Mia at the Ogunquit Playhouse on June 1st and $10 will be donated by the Playhouse to support Rotary International's fight against Polio.
Last night we shared a great evening of fun and fellowship at our Dinner Dance. We were honored to have the visiting medical team from Uganda join us. Thanks to Tony and Russ for setting up this amazing event.
District Assembly took place yesterday morning at USM in Portland. It is an annual conference where Rotarians get to learn more about the roles that they can play in their Rotary club eg Secretary, Treasurer as well as other topics such as fund raising, grants, and public image. The York club was well-represented.
The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business. The contest is designed to introduce high school students to the Rotary principles of ethics and service, and to involve local Rotary Clubs with the youth of their communities. It also is aimed at encouraging young people to learn to express themselves well in public. In nearly every profession, the ability to express one’s thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill (Rotary 7780).
 
Congratulations to Marie Hamel, the winner of this year's York Rotary Club Four-Way Test contest!
Our Treasurer Jackie Grant enjoying herself at Rotary Leadership Institute.  It is a great way to learn more about Rotary.  You can find out more about it at Rotary Leadership Institute.
Thanks to all who participated!  You have helped a worthy cause.
 
Winners
 
March
1    Judy Moody            # 98   $100
2    Susan Horowitz     #170   $  50
3    Helen Anderson     # 41   $300
4    Martin Young         #278   $ 50
5    Michelle Cormier    #154   $ 50
6    Meghan Anderson #  42   $100
7    Scott Fiorentino     #258   $ 50
8    Emerson Baker      #164   $ 50
9    Dave Grant            #160   $100
10  Karen McElmerry    #219   $350
11  Steve Giles             #235   $ 50
12  Ken Santoro           #125   $ 50
13  Beilka Rocray          # 87   $200
14  Sharon Litvinchyk   #119  $100
15  Drew Davis            #281   $200
16  Dave Grant            #160   $ 50
17  Kim Trafton            #183   $250
18  Harry Laing            #111   $ 50
19  Somerset Stevens #166   $ 50
20  Robert Hayward Sr.# 65    $100
21  JoAnne Anderson   # 43    $100
22  Lori Simpson          # 33    $200
23  Kyle Clark               # 72    $100
24  Kathy Boston         #171   $200
25  Lisa Jones             #287    $ 50
26  Rick Mace              #186    $ 50
27  Mark Gayhart        #232    $250
28  YCSA                     #192    $100
29  Gary Santoro        #124     $ 50
30  Taylor Palmer        #188     $ 50
31  Ken Santoro          #125     $500
 
          
Fellowship with the chamber of commerce. Expo at Jeffreys Tavern 1/28/17
[From today's meeting]I was asked to speak about something meaningful to me.  There are so many things, but in honor of this club I want to talk about why this club is so meaningful to me.  Twenty years ago when Tony Mont asked me to join the York Rotary Club, I said to myself what does Rotary do.  Well, after the first few meetings, I found out that the club did a lot.  Not only did it help with community projects but also state and international.
 
All these years later, York Rotary Club is still meaningful to me.  My parents always said. "Now, don't brag - not nice."  But I think it is appropriate that sometimes we give ourselves a little pat on the back because the club is all of the members who come to the meetings, sell tickets at the beach, work at the Table of Plenty, help the food pantry, winterize homes for Habitat for Humanity, give scholarships, provided a generator for Haiti, and Rob helping to set up a cancer center in Uganda.  Yes, I am impressed by all this.  One of the most impressive things to me lately was how quickly the sign-up sheet was filled to cook a meal for a fellow Rotarian who was caring for his terminally ill wife.  Sorry, Mom and Dad - had to brag.  But I think you would agree - I am very proud to be a member of this club - for all you do and I get to meet the nicest people.
 
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Doreen McGillis of the York Land Trust shared that organization's good work with us Friday.
Today, I shared with the club my experiences participating in a district grant that sent a team of medical professionals to Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, Uganda to help them develop their recently opened cancer center.  Two shipping containers of medical supplies obtained through Partners for World Health have been sent as well.  A team from Uganda will be visiting for 3 weeks in the Spring to complete the project.
The Continuing Education Scholarships award financial support of between $300-$500 to residents of York and surrounding towns who are seeking to add new skills, obtain certifications, or pursue a degree . The 2017 recipients are: Tracy Colburn , an employee of York Hospital who is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing; Diana Pike of South Berwick, who is pursuing her BS in Business at USM; Laura Cronin and Deborah Zieber, both from Berwick, who will continue their classes in Digital and Graphic Design, Maria Morel of Cape Neddick, who is continuing her nursing studies; Joyce Amend of York, who will work toward her certification in Zentangle Meditative Drawing , and Mason Noble of Cape Neddick who will expand his coursework in Art. 
 
York Rotary funds at work providing relief in Nan Sema, Haiti.
 
We are so fortunate to have The York High School Chamber Singers each year. This morning was no exception. Thank you for sharing your talent!
Rotarians working with Habitat for Humanity Saturday building storm windows for weatherizing local homes as part of a District grant.
 
 
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The 4-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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