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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 100 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
This past Friday was 2x's the FUN!  First, we had our Student of the Month Sam stop by, and told us that he would be making a donation towards Action Against Hunger.  
 
Then, incoming President Ben Lovell shared a story with us about running into a member who has missed a few meetings recently.  When he asked the member where he'd been, the member answered that being retired it is now very tough to get up so early on Friday mornings.  Well, Ben being the sport he is, came to the meeting in his PJ's to prove that the Friday Morning York Maine Rotary Meeting is a "come as you are" club!  
 
This past Thursday, members of the York Maine Rotary Club visited York Hospital to deliver a donation to benefit the Recovery Center. The funds from this donation were raised during our March Madness event, which York Hospital was a huge contributor to this fundraiser.  Thank you York Hospital for all the good you do!
 
This morning, we welcomed back one of our founding members- Jim Bartlett!  Welcome back dear friend!  We've missed you!
This morning, the York Maine Rotary Club met in the Cellar Pub at York Harbor Inn.  Unfortunately, it's not the best layout for photo taking!  Our speaker was Margo Walsh, who is the founder of Maine Works.  Maine Works is a program that helps people exiting recovery programs or jail sentences, and provides them with tools to help them become successfully employed.  Maine Works takes the people who are looking to work and matches them with employers who are looking for workers.  Many of the employers are in the construction industry.  To learn more about this amazing organization, visit their website at www.maineworks.us
 
Candice Simeoni, Karen Connelly and Mike Maloney made a presentation to the York Maine Rotary Club about their organization York County Elder Abuse Task Force.  To learn more about what this amazing group is doing for our community, or to find out how you can help, please visit their website at www.yceatf.org
 
On Friday, November 1st Deb McDermott was presented a Paul Harris award with thanks from the Club for her positive reporting over the years in the York Weekly for all things York Rotary Club related.  Congratulations Deb and have fun in your future endeavors!
 
Cooper, our first 2019-2010 York Middle School Student of the Month told us about how he plans to send his award to End 68 Hours of Hunger.  Cooper is shown here with principal Dr. Barbara Maling and his teacher Susan Frank.  Great job Cooper!
 
 
 
 
And we have a winner! Congratulations to lucky ticket #410 the Yurko family from Ogunquit Maine!!! Thanks to all who have made this year a huge success!
Bill Parks and his group visited the club this morning, and told us about their adventure in Guatemala where they visited a community in 2017 to help construct a home for a single mother, and also brought books to the local school children.  During their visit, they observed that the playground at the St. Augustin School was outside in the blazing sun, and needed cover.  When they came back to the States they began a fundraising campaign to raise money for a covered structure.  As a result of their efforts a covered pavilion area has been built at the school that is used as an outdoor play area for children and also a community gathering area.  Great job Habitat for Humanity!
 
 
Have you ever wondered what York Rotary is all about?  Well, here's your chance!  If you'd like to join us, please email jackiegrant3388@gmail.com to learn more!
 
Another great meeting in the books!  Today we heard from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.  He talked to us about Maine's new Real ID and he explained the State of Maine's election process.  He was a great speaker with a great sense of humor!  To learn more visit www.maine.gov/sos
 
Yep!  You're reading that correctly!  We have officially SOLD OUT of our 2019 Car with a Cause raffle tickets! 
 
Next stop~ HARVESTFEST~ October 19th, 2019 to learn who this year's winner is!  I hope it's YOU!!!
 
State Representative, Patty Hymanson who represents District 4, and is also on the Health & Human Services Committee visited us yesterday to inform us of all the good things happening at the State House.  She provided us with a list of bills that had passed during the last session, and answered questions from our members on what different bills were about.  Thank you Dr. Hymanson for a great meeting, and for all you do to help our State!
 
Abigail Smith, Executive Director of AWS of Kennebunk told the members about the history of the Animal Welfare Society and all about the wonderful things this organization does today.  To learn more, visit their website at www.animalwelfaresociety.org
 
Also, look who joined us today!  York Rotary member Kim Trafton, and her very special guest! Welcome back Kim!  We missed you!
On Friday, August 2nd, we pulled our July 2019, $500.00 Car with a Cause Early Bird Winner.
Congratulations to:
R. Hershbery, of York Maine!
Thank you for your support!  
 
We welcomed Chelsea Fitton, who is the Sr. Program & Community Engagement Manager from Friends Forever International, along with several students and staff to our meeting last Friday.  The students told us about life in Ireland, and how even in 2019 there remains a divide between Protestants and Catholics.  To learn more about this amazing organization that is bringing kids together, please visit their website at www.ff.international
 
June 21, 2019
 
Another great meeting day in the books!
 
The morning meeting started with a presentation by York High School student Ella.  Ella has a girl scouts project that she has been working on, where she is proposing to erect Little Libraries in 6 different locations throughout the Town of York.  Ella made a wonderful presentation on where the 6 locations areproposed, what is needed for each Little Library, and even provided a schematic on how they would be constructed.    We were HAPPY to provide her with a donation to support these efforts!
 
Next, we welcomed our newest member Fred Diehl.  Mr. Diehl lives right here in Town, and is the local Edward Jones representative located on Woodbridge Road.  Welcome aboard!
 
Last, but certainly not least, we welcomed our speakers, Jacob Ouellette and Josh Sawyer from the Sanford Mainers Baseball Organization.  Mr Ouellette told us about this wonderful league and the wonderful things that they do for kids in the community. In the above photo President Toni Joerres presented them with a check to support their summer youth camp program.   To learn more about this organization or to see the game schedule, please visit their website at www.sanfordmainers.com 
 
 
 
Such a fun meeting on Friday!  The very talented York Middle School Jazz Band joined us for breakfast and performed an outstanding mini concert!  These kids not only did a great job, they did it on their own. Band Director Jimi Neel had a last minute emergency and was unable to attend.   Amazing talent ~ I really wish I had thought to tape the concert so I could have posted it here. If you closed your eyes you'd never had guessed they were 12, 13 and 14 years old!!! Incredible!
Another busy meeting!! This morning started by congratulating the recipients of the York Rotary Clubs 2019 Scholarship winners.  The top photo includes Erica Waterbury, Erika Shea, Hannah Gennaro Sophia Newton, Payton Nickerson and their families.  Such an amazing group of young future leaders!
 
The next order of business was to draw the May 2019 "Car with a Cause" early bird winner.   Ms. Gennaro helped by drawing the winning ticket # 436, belonging to B. Medeiros of Center Barnstead, NH.  We will be mailing a check to him, AND will be putting his ticket back into the tub to be eligible to win again!  Congratulations!
 
Lastly, our speaker today was Jim Christiansen of the Amenyo Foundation.  Mr. Christiansen told us of all the good his organization is doing in Ghana.  To learn more about the Amenyo Foundation, please visit their website at www.amenyofoundation.org.  
 
 
 
 
I just found some photos that were sent to me from the action packed meeting on April 26th at the York Harbor Inn!  The YMS Interact Club gave us an update on this years Purple Pinky Project; the April YMS Student of the Month was recognized and we had the pleasure of the York High School Drama club sing a few tunes from their play "Oliver!"  Just more proof of all the FUN we have on Friday Mornings!!!! 
 
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