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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!
Thanks to all who participated! You have helped a worthy cause.
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
[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.
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.
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!
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,
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...