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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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York Rotary News
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!!!! 
At this mornings York Maine Rotary Club meeting, we had the pleasure of meeting YMS Student of the Month Gunner Sullivan.  Mr. Sullivan was joined by his teacher Samantha Pagano,  Dr. Barbara Maling, and President Joerres where he explained why he chose to donate his award to the York Community Food Pantry at YCSA.  Great job Gunner! 
Did you know?  The York Maine Rotary Club was founded on April 2, 1982~ which was 37 years ago?  It began with 17 Charter Members, and was split off from the Ogunquit Rotary Club.  If you attended this morning's meeting, you would have learned these facts (and many others) like I did thanks to the wonderful presentation by our own Tony Mont.  Thanks Tony!
 
Nancy Breen of the Hilton-Winn Farm visited our meeting this morning.  She introduced us to all the wonderful things this local organization does.  To learn more please visit their website at www.hilton-winnfarm.org.  
 
 
 
Great meeting yesterday where we heard all about the Layman Way Recovery Center, located in Alfred Maine.  Above is speaker Kathy Slattery, who is the District Attorney for York County with club president Toni Joerres.    To learn more about this important program please visit their website at https://www.yorkcountymaine.gov/recovery
 
MARCH MADNESS~ We held the final drawing on Friday, March 29th at noontime at York Hospital.  Here is the complete list of this year's winners~   
 
3/1    Jud Knox                        #390       $150
3/2   Diana Flynn                   #222        $100
3/3   Roland Gagne               #025        $ 50
3/4   Holly Sargent                #341         $300
3/5    Mary Ellen Jendzejec # 276        $ 50
3/6    Larissa Combe             #299         $ 50
3/7    Sarah George               #002         $ 50
3/8   Holly Sargent               #342          $ 50
3/9   Jon James                     #282          $100
3/10 Sue Ball                         #024          $300
3/11 Jean Kolak                    #082          $ 50
3/12 Carol Salacain              #164           $ 50
3/13 Marie Aimo                  #119            $200
3/14 Sharon  Litvinchyk     # 57             $100
3/15  Pat Murray                  #129            $150
3/16  Jason Rombali           #315             $ 50
3/17  Susan Duncan            #225            $250
3/18  Adam Hansen           # 43              $ 50
3/19  Dylan Prince             #170              $ 50
3/20  Becky Brink              #186             $100
3/21   Lewis Stowe             #303             $100
3/22  Gail Deroche            #254             $200  
3/23  Amy Richburg         #194              $100
3/24  Thomas Simpson   #190              $200
3/25  Karen Ashley           # 69               $ 50
3/26  Jackie Grant           #109              $ 50
3/27  Laurie Knox           #247               $250
3/28  Karen Ashley         # 69               $100
3/29  Corinne Grant       #294              $ 50
3/30  Kelly Frederick     #224              $100
3/31  Kevin Beatty          #392              $500
 
And there it is!  Congratulations to all winners and THANK YOU to all who participated.  Special thank you to York Hospital and Ruby's Restaurant.  We had FUN and hope you did too! 
      
Funds benefit York Community Food Pantry and York Hospital Recovery Center. 
Darcie Folsom, Assistant Director spoke to the club this morning about the organization she is involved with called Alteristic.  "No one has to do everything....everyone has to do something.  What's your Green Dot?"  To learn more, visit their website at www.alteristic.org
 
 
Student of the Month Hayden, visited the club this morning with his family, his teacher Ellen Rothwell and Principal Barbara Maling.  He explained why he chose to have the club send his $100 award to  Southern New Hampshire ASPCA.  Great job Hayden! 
Busy Friday~ the winners list continued to GROW!  Here's the winners through today's meeting:
 
3/1    Jud Knox                        #390       $150
3/2   Diana Flynn                   #222        $100
3/3   Roland Gagne               #025        $ 50
3/4   Holly Sargent                #341         $300
3/5    Mary Ellen Jendzejec # 276        $ 50
3/6    Larissa Combe             #299         $ 50
3/7    Sarah George               #002         $ 50
3/8   Holly Sargent               #342          $ 50
3/9   Jon James                     #282          $100
3/10 Sue Ball                         #024          $300
3/11 Jean Kolak                    #082          $ 50
3/12 Carol Salacain              #164           $ 50
3/13 Marie Aimo                  #119            $200
3/14 Sharon  Litvinchyk     # 57             $100
3/15  Pat Murray                  #129            $150
3/16  Jason Rombali           #315             $ 50
3/17  Susan Duncan            #225            $250
3/18  Adam Hansen           # 43              $ 50
3/19  Dylan Prince             #170              $ 50
3/20  Becky Brink              #186             $100
3/21   Lewis Stowe             #303             $100
3/22  Gail Deroche            #254             $200  
      
Congratulations to all the winners and check out this website next week to see who wins through the end of the month.  Due to us NOT having a meeting next Friday, the final drawing will be held at York Hospital on Friday, March 29th.  We will publish the final winners list as soon as we can... Stay Tuned!
As a recipient of the Student of the Month Award, York Middle School Student CJ was awarded $100 to donate to her favorite charity.  Here is a photo of CJ explaining why she chose to support YCSA with her donation at yesterday's meeting.    Thank you CJ!  You are a special young lady!
Yesterday was quite a busy meeting!  Here's a photo of President Joerres, presenting  Tegan Kurzynowski, Programs & Community Engagement Coordinator of Friends Forever with a check towards their mission.  To learn more about Friends Forever, visit their website at https://www.ff.international 
Our speaker this week was Tony Cameron, Director of Marketing & Communications with the Maine Tourism Association.  We were reminded how tourism benefits every corner of our State.  Great guy and great organization!    To learn more visit their website at https://www.mainetourism.com
This past Friday's meeting included a presentation from the Maine State Treasurer, Henry Beck.  He told the members about how the State of Maine ends up with unclaimed property, and how the State attempts to contact Maine Residents about their property.   The biggest surprise was that 3 members have money owed to them!  To find out if you are on the list, visit www.maineunclaimedproperty.gov 
We are READY!  Members now have our 2019 March Madness Calendars, and we are ready to sell!  Calendars cost $25 each, and if you win, you will win at LEAST $50!  Funds are to benefit the York Community Food Pantry and the York Hospital Recovery Center.  See  your favorite York Maine Rotary member to purchase one today!  
 
It was a busy Friday morning at the York Rotary Club meeting~ Members of the State Champion York High School track team along with Coach Hutch attended the meeting and were presented with a check from President Joerres.  This donation has become a tradition, and is from funds raised at our annual Turkey Trot.  In addition, we had Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau speak to us about Identity Theft and how members can protect themselves.  Busy, yet fun filled meeting! 
 
 
On Friday, January 25, 2019 Club President Joerres presented a check to York Community Service Association for $4,000 for the Food Pantry, and an additional $4,000 for local fuel assistance.  We are so lucky to have this hardworking organization in our community!  Want to help? Please visit https://www.ycsame.org/
Congratulations to Matteo, the January 2019 Student of the Month from York Middle School.  As the Student of the Month winner, Matteo  explained to the club members why he chose the charity "American Diabetes Association".  Great job Matteo!
Congratulations to Cary, the November 2018 Student of the Month from York Middle School.  As the Student of the Month winner, Cary explained to the club members why she chose the charity "Partners in Development" .
Message from the St. Stephen-Milltown Rotary
 
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
On Monday Todd and Sandra Gregory, Maria Kulcher and Rick Rogers (Rick joined the Calais Club to help them focus and grow - but he will always be our past secretary, past president and past district governor) were part of the 20 or so people who celebrated the BARR project as developed by the Rotary Clubs of York (President Dr. Marilyn McLaughlin-Murray), Calais (President Charlie McAlpin) and St. Stephen-Milltown (President Todd Gregory).
 
The room was full of passion as Marilyn spoke on how and why (education got her out of Jamaica, into medical school and to where she is now) she started this project and how Calais was a perfect fit (they were already on the BARR map - this TRF Global Grant was 2 1/2 years in the making) for her goal of education for EVERY child. St. Stephen-Milltown is also the perfect fit since we, as an international, i.e. foreign to the USA, country club can be the necessary conduit for The Rotary Foundation Global Grant - no St. Stephen-Milltown, no grant, no program - simple.
 
BARR stands for  Building Assets - Reducing Risks and is a program that provides materials, facilitators, counselors, survey results, and in school coordinators that teach teachers how to effectively teach the student as a whole individual - and it works - tracking results have already shown that.
 
You can all be properly proud, as St. Stephen-Milltown Rotarians, to be part of this process.
 
Cheers,
 
Maria
 
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