In this photo we have Scott Dionne, center with Past President Lori Weston, left and Pat Perry, Past District Governor to the right in the photo. Scott has just received an award from Pat for his successful work in membership for the Houlton Rotary this past year.
Pictured are Amy Hocking Houlton Rotary President, Francine Walsh wife of Michael Walsh Rotary District 7810 District Governor.
Mike was born in Stratford Ontario and spent his younger years there with his large family of ten. In his early years he moved to Moncton N.B. where he attended Moncton High School. After high school Mike moved into the retail business with a large international chain. After being transferred all around the Atlantic Provinces, he ended up with one of the largest stores in the country. Always enjoying investing Mike ventured to move into the world of finance when he became a broker with a large brokerage firm. He enjoyed the field so much he went out on his own in 1980 and remained in the industry until he sold his company in 2007.
Mike has been happily married to Francine Fournier-Walsh since 1978. Both Mike and Francine have done extensive volunteering in their communities. Mike has been involved with many different charities from treasurer and chairman of his parish council to chairing the N.B. March Drive for the Kidney Foundation. Mike served on the board of a high profile Charity in Moncton for many years .He was President of Moncton Headstart Recycles for 8 years. It was an organization to help socially challenged and people from the correctional system integrate into society. He also served On The Headstart Foundation Board of Directors for 5 years. This resulted in his nomination as NB Volunteer of the Year.
Mike joined Rotary in 1995 and has not looked back. He has held almost every position in his club, The Moncton West and Riverview Rotary Club. Mike was The RYLA District Chair for 3 years and New Generations District Chair for 2 years. He was honored to be named Rotarian of the Year In 2008/09.Mike has been the NB Ambassador for Shelterbox for the last 6 years. He has travelled extensively with Rotary including a friendship exchange to South Africa, and one of his most enjoyable things to do is visit Rotary clubs in different countries.
Francine was born and raised in Ste Jean De Baptiste in Northern NB. She Attended Universite de Moncton. After university she became a professional Puppeteer. She and her troupe represented Canada at the World Puppet Championships in Prague and placed second. She was with the Public Service of Canada for 30 years , the last 20 years as executive assistant to the President of an Atlantic Development agency. She sat on the board of Mapleton Teaching Kitchen for 5 years. Francine was awarded special recognition from The Government of Canada for her support of stranded passengers on 9/11.She hosted people from 5 different countries. Francine was on the organizing Committee for The World Micro Credit Conference with dignitaries from around the world. She ended up introducing Queen Sophia of Spain to other dignitaries, but that’s another story. Recently she spent 5 years on a national committee called Chez Soi / At Home. It’s goal was to help integrate people with mental illness integrate into society without using group homes.
In August of 2013 Francine became a Rotarian
Michael started his term July 1st, he was very encouraging. He discussed many things that Rotary International has done and continues to do, he encouraged all (this includes you readers) to visit www.rotary.org to find more information. Michael discussed we are l l this close to eradicating Polio, but we need to keep up the efforts. There is only one other disease that has been eradicated and that is Small pox, so it is now time for the eradication of Polio!
Michael gave a brief overview of the History of Rotary which was very interesting apparently Rotary assisted in forming the United Nations which is something I did not know about.
Michael’s logo for this year is Light up Rotary, we are a beacon of peace throughout the world so be proud! Michael was very impressed with all that our club has done and continues to do. He said that you can not drive around Houlton and not see Rotary every where. He then asked where would Houlton be with out Rotary? I thought that was a great question, we have lots of wonderful organizations in our area with many terrific individuals but for me at least it boils down to our motto Rotary is service above self and it shows not just in Houlton, or the county or our country, but across the world.
Michael also talked about having each club be a fun club, I think we do pretty good at that but we can certainly do more. If you are interested in Rotary and you really should be please visit our website, face book and ask a local Rotarian about how to become a part of something so much more. Our current president is Amy Hocking, vice president Jane Torres, secretary Deb Clark, sergeant of arms Matt Nightingale, treasurer Paul Callnan.
Written by Tammie Mulvey
Guest speaker for Houlton Rotary Club on July 7th was April Flagg with Aroostook Aspirations, pictured here left to right Amy Hocking, Rotary Club President
April Flagg, Aroostook Aspirations Executive Director
Sandy Gauvin, Aroostook Aspirations
Jane Torres, Rotary Club Vice President
April said that today at Houlton Rotary she wanted to take some time to really introduce our program and it’s many components. Because the program has so many parts, it is certainly a challenge to share everything we would like in a half hour!
What an incredible group of people the Houlton Rotary is! We were so delighted to have the chance to so speak with them. Generally, we wanted to explain the way our program works. We are not a scholarship program; we are a program that offers a scholarship as a part of the support we provide our scholars with. In addition the scholarship, we have weekend retreats with the students, SHANTE (skills, habits, assets, networking, teamwork, and education. This first event with our scholars allows them to get to know each other an our staff and review some of the expectations they will face in college. We also prepare them for our next event, a formal gala to celebrate their successes and to raise money for our program. Following the gala, Heidi’s Hope, an innovative concept involving service, will occur on October 18th. Rotary, and especial the Houlton division, is well know for it’s continued generosity both with time and financial resources. We wanted to share with the members there that we are filling a need in the County, a more educated and skilled work force, and we are offering a solution to problems that plague our region, poverty and unemployment or underemployment, and outward migration. Our program wants to fi the need, but we also want to assure that the level of need decreases over time. An educated and skilled workforce is key to that goal. Our program is working to address the underlying issues in Aroostook: poverty, unemployment, and outward migration. Our program is a long term strategic response to these challenges.
For more information please call April at 207-760-0558, or email her at email@example.com or visit their website and face book page.
At the 2014 Houlton Rotary Annual Dinner several awards were given. The top photo is of Elen Ellis, Nancy Elllis, and Jerry Wilson as Jerry presents the SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD honoring Donald “Bones” Ellis posthumously for his years of service. The next photo is of Brian Stewart receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Leigh Cummings. The third photo is of Cindy Callnan, Paul Callnan and Lori Weston. Lori presented Paul with the President’s Award for his continuing “career” as Houlton Rotary Treasurer since 1988. And last but not least Scott Dionne is also pictured receiving The Paul Harris Fellow Award from Nancy Ketch.
June 16, 2014
Pictured are: Jacquie Morse and Lori Weston
Jacquie spoke us today about a rapidly growing concern. Most of you know that autism is rapidly on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has an autistic child or an adult. Just 5 years ago the statistic was 1 in 110 children were on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. But today that number has jumped to 1 in 68 children. Of those students with ASD only 56% will graduate from high school. Currently we have 1 to 1.5 million Americans living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person with 60% of the cost in adult care alone. In 10 years time it is projected that autism will cost our nation $200 – $300 BILLION a year. According to a current Population Survey from December 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was at 14%, compared with 9% for people without a disability. Additionally, during the same period, only 21% of all adults with disabilities participated in the labor force as compared with 69% of the non-disabled population That is where we hope to change lives. Starting May 31st of 2014 Autism Love and Bee Morse Farm presents Farming 2 Shine, an up and coming farm where handicap individuals come to learn how to farm. Our goals are to provide an education into a industry that the world relies on and to teach them a vocation that they can depend on for a livelihood. We want to teach each of our Handi-Farmers that they can depend on themselves and give them the confidence, knowledge and a sense of contributing to their communities. While we have a structured curriculum planned out, everything is taught in a fun, hands on way. Each day we meet, brings a new lesson and activity like: *Learning about our tools and how to use them safely *Learning how worms help our garden by releasing worms into the garden and studying the benefits they provide. *Learning to eat from our garden and fun, healthy recipes *How do bees help our garden and across pollination
Presque Isle Rotary Club
9th Annual 3- Person Golf Scramble
to benefit the Aroostook County Chapter of Junior Achievement
Saturday, July 12, 2014
for the top
Men’s and Women’s
teams in both Gross and Net
· Hole in One Prize
· Putting Contest
· Closest to the Pin
· Longest Drive
Place: Presque Isle Country Club
Time: Shotgun start at 9AM
(Golfers must check in no later than 8AM)
Cost: $120 per team
Jennifer Flynn, 760-1176
NO HANDICAP RESTRICTIONS
Golf carts can be reserved for an additional charge at the
Presque Isle Country Club Pro-shop
Please call Barry Madore at 764-0430 no later than July 1, 2014
Jennifer Flynn, M.Ed.
Presque Isle Campus Director
33 Edgemont Drive
Presque Isle, Maine 04769
Terry W. MacDonald
Rotary District 7810
Sent to ALL members in the District
The Limestone Rotary Club hosts a golf tournament (Fund raiser) every year around the 4th of July. This year will be the 22nd annual tournament and will be on July 5th. It features cash prizes for both gross and net scores. Inside the regular tournament, we run a tournament for rotary teams with the winning team taking home a traveling trophy for the year and having their clubs name and year of winning scribed on the trophy (Bragging rights). See following for more details about the tournament.
- Four (4) person scramble (*expect limited to the first 20 teams)
- Entry fee $100 per TEAM
- Shotgun Start 8AM U.S.
- Limestone Country Club
- $10,000 Hole in one prize (* insurance currently limits to 80 golfers. If we exceed 80 golfers, we would need time to adjust the insurance fee)
- $5,000 putting contest
- Longest drive, closest to pin, 50/50 etc.
For more info, contact:
Larry Zensius 207-325-4667
Clifford Rhme 207-551-3659
Limestone Country Club 207-325-7277
P.S. Terry, this is one of the two major fundraisers the Limestone Rotary Club runs each year.
The rotary “Bragging Rights” tournament within the tournament requires NO ADDITIONAL FEES, but does require at least one rotarian on the team although, we prefer the entire team be made up of rotarians.
The Houlton Rotary is preparing for its Annual Meeting next Monday night at The Shiretown. The 2013-2014 officers have been President Lori Weston, Vice-President Amy Hockings, Secretary Deb Clark, Treasurer Paul Callnan, and Sergeant-At-Arms Jane Torres. The Board of Directors for 2013-2014 were Lori Weston, Ryan Bushey, Amy Hocking,Jane Torres, Deb Clark, Paul Callnan, Michael Clark, leigh Cummings, Tammie Mulvey, Dean Clark, Jerry Wilson, Scott Dionne and Pete Howe. Let’s show our support to this group of people and attend the dinner meeting next week and celebrate their service to Rotary. Please contact Deb Clark with your RSVP if you have not already done so. See you at Rotary!