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York Harbor Inn
480 York Street
York, ME  03909
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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
Our community service team has been offering lunches to the York Covid Testing Volunteers both last week and again this week! Neighbors helping neighbors..
Check out this great story in this week's York Weekly regarding our 1st Virtual Four on the 4th race!
By Jay Pinsonnault
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at 9:45 AM

YORK, Maine — Liz Cooper, special events coordinator with the York Parks and Recreation Department, had no idea what the turnout was going to be like for the annual Four on the Fourth “virtual” road race earlier this month.

The numbers spoke for themselves.

In total, 345 people registered for the event, and more than 200 submitted times from 19 different states and as far away as Okinawa, Japan.

“This went better than I could have ever expected,” Cooper said. “The overwhelming message I received from participants was of gratitude. They were grateful this race still happened, even virtually and are optimistic for 2021′s race.”

This year’s “virtual” race was about 25% of last year’s field.

“I think one quarter of last year’s number is great,” Cooper said. “Going virtual was an early and easy decision because I know people enjoy this race and the coveted race shirt, plus I was confident the safest route was going virtual. A lot isn’t ‘normal’ this summer, but York Parks and Recreation and Rotary wanted to provide some normalcy by offering this year’s Four on the Fourth virtually.”

Chad Flickenger visited York every Fourth of July weekend when he was growing up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The annual trips didn’t stop as he got older and he would often run in the holiday race.

Flickenger, now 40 and living in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and his family participated in this year’s race.

“We went our four miles right here in our neighborhood,” said Chad’s wife, Ketti. “It was really fun. We enjoyed it. We had a hot, humid day. It was nothing to compared to be able to run near the beach versus running in Kentucky. It was a little harder, and not nearly as relaxing, I can tell you that. It was still fun, and we were happy to still be a part of it, and support it. Our kids thought it was amazing to be able to run; we were glad the virtual option was offered.”

The race, despite it being virtual, was still part of the Seacoast Road Race series.

Dan Covino, 32, of Enfield, Connecticut, was the unofficial winner in a time of 23 minutes, 43 seconds.

Today's meeting, July 24th we had our own Shawn Shambo make a presentation about  Alzheimer's Disease.  Shawn is an Occupational Therapist, who is an expert on this subject.  To learn more about Shawn and his business  Assisted Living Locators, please visit his website at portlandme.assistedlivinglocators.com.  Thanks Shawn for the super informative discussion!
May 15th ZOOM meeting was another good one! With 33 in attendance, we were introduced to the 2020 York Rotary Scholarship recipients!  They included Brianna, Lila, Chloe, and Kelly!  Thanks for joining us!  Also we heard a presentation from Kristie Rabasca and Leslie Hinz who spoke about the Town of York sponsored program called, Lawns to Lobsters.  To learn more about how you can have a beautiful yard while also preserving the waterways,  please visit their webpage on the Town of York website at https://www.yorkmaine.org/370/L2L
April 17, 2020 York Rotary's new normal of ZOOM meetings included our first outside guest speaker, Anastasia Hediger from Efficiency Maine.  This meeting included 29 members, which was a new record for ZOOM meetings.  Ms. Hediger showed us a PowerPoint presentation and introduced us to all the wonderful things they do.  The meeting went extremely well!  To learn more about what Efficiency Maine does for residents of the State of Maine, please visit www.efficiencymaine.org   Thanks Anastasia!
Today, we attempted a small "Thank You" to York's front line.  With the generosity of Anthony's Food Shop, we had 160 individually wrapped sandwiches and mini whoopee pies delivered to York Hospital, York Ambulance Association, York Police Department, York Beach Fire Department and York Village Fire Department.  Thank you for ALL YOU DO!! It takes a VILLAGE!  
On Friday March 13th York Rotary members visited York Ambulance Association and presented them with a check towards their capital campaign.  Doing good right here in our community is important to our club!  
On Friday, March 5th the Portland Symphony Orchestra woodwinds quartet performed for students at the Village Elementary School as part of the annual KinderKonzerts sponsored by the York Rotary Club. 
The York Maine Rotary Club Board of Directors has decided based on current events, to NOT hold the next 3 regular board meetings at York Harbor Inn. 
Instead they will be providing instructions to member on how to connect via ZOOM Video Conferencing for the next 3 upcoming meetings. 
NO MEETINGS AT YORK HARBOR INN March 20th, March 27th or April 3, 2020.  
  Please stay tuned for instructions on how to access ZOOM Conferencing Service.  
Thank you.   
President Scott welcomed our newest member, Jim Dupre.  Jim is a resident of York, is an avid 5th wheel camper, frequent volunteer kitchen helper at Table of Plenty, and friend of Steve J and Doug G.  Jim recently retired from Seabrook Station, but for some reason he still goes to work.  Please welcome Jim to the club and be sure to introduce yourself to Jim at next week's meeting.
Today's speaker was Chris Babbidge, a State Representative from Kennebunk.  Chris is a member of the state judiciary committee but was  here today to tell us about the upcoming state bicentennial celebration.  This is a months long celebration of our cordial separation from Massachusetts on March 15th, 1820.  There are literally dozens of events planned and town's can apply for grants to offset any commemorative events.  I've attached the handout with all of the information for your reading pleasure.   Chris emphasized to check out the website Maine200.org for the calendar of events. 
So many great things happened today!  First we welcomed new member Duncan Leith to the York Rotary Club!  Welcome aboard!  Next we had our Student of the Month, Molly- who donated her prize to to an organization in Ireland who helps rescue baby seals who are found without their mothers- Great job Molly!!! And finally, we had the York Track team back to make a presentation of what our yearly donation helps them do!  Last year, they went to Colorado!  We love helping local student achieve success!  Great job all!
Great day at the February 21, 2020 York Maine Rotary Club meeting!  Photo 1 is of our own Robert Palmer receiving his first Paul Harris Fellow award from President Scott Stevens!  Congratulations Robert, and thank you for your support to the Foundation!
In the next photo we welcomed our newest member, Shawn Shambo to the Club.  Welcome!
The last photo is of our wonderful speakers, Jim Christensen and our own Shirley Frederick who spoke about the Amenyo Foundation and their work in Ghana, West Africa.  Their mission is to facilitate cross-cultural development projects which provide opportunities for humans to express their fundamental goodness and for all participants to be both givers and receivers.  Good people doing great things in the world!  Thank you!
Great meeting Friday!  First we were introduced to our newest Student of the Month Veda.  Veda is not only an outstanding student, but is also a current Interact Student.   Veda offered that she will be sending her award to The Hunger Project.  Veda is shown here with Middle School Principal Barbara Maling, her teacher Melissa Fenelon and incoming York Rotary President Ben Lovell.  Way to go Veda!
Immediately following that presentation, we discovered that we did not have a featured speaker for the day.  Ben Lovell then asked our newest member if he'd like to tell the club a little bit about himself.  Andy Holt made his presentation to the members without skipping a beat!  He said that he is a former Navy Pilot, and then began a career at GE.  He finished his career at GE as CEO of their Wind Division.  He has been married to his wife Heather for 25 years and they have 3 children.  Welcome Andy! 
Great morning meeting today!  President Stevens presented a surprised Gail Morse with a Paul Harris +1 Fellowship Pin.  Then we heard from our scholarship recipient Erica Shea, who is a 2019 graduate of York High School, who is now attending YCCC and is studying Criminal Justice.  Sorry I missed a photo opportunity!  Then our speaker today was Katie Broder who spoke to us about the Center for Wildlife Capital Campaign currently underway.  They are under construction of a 12,000 square foot, 4.5 million dollar facility.  This new building will have a large conference/auditorium as well as classrooms.  This part of the facility will be available for rent to the public.  Opening day is expected in July 2020.  For more information please visit their website at www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org
Great meeting this morning with Bill and Holly leading us in singing Christmas Carols!  Truly the best way to get into the Christmas spirit!  Thank you BOTH!!!
Erica Waterbury, accompanied by her dad Ronald attended today's meeting.  She was awarded a scholarship from the York Rotary Club last year.  Erica provided the club with an update of her first year at Southern Maine Community College as a culinary arts student.  She currently has a 3.9 GPA, which impressed all of us!  Thank you for the update.  We LOVED hearing from you!
Last Friday, December 13th was one of our favorite meetings of the year!  The York Chamber Singers made their annual visit, and did not disappoint!  
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
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