Houlton Farms Dairy and Mike Clark, Houlton Rotarian

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 Amy Hocking, Houlton Rotary President and Mike Clark, Past President and speaker

Mike addressed Rotary with a history of Houlton Farms Dairy which began in 1938 and continued under his father’s leadership and ownership until 1978 when Milton Lambert took over for  4 years. In 1982 Alice and Leonard Lincoln took over and are still in charge along with their sons Eric and James. Mike showed photos of the beginning facility and more current facility as well as photos of all of the new products created by Houlton Farms Dairy.

Aroostook Aspirations Initiative

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In this photo are Houlton Rotary President Amy Hocking, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s April Flagg and Kristin Wells, and Rotarian Nancy Ketch after April’s presentation at the April 13, 2015 luncheon meeting.

April had spoken to Houlton Rotary one year ago but had new information for Rotarians on Monday April13, 2015. She laid out the philosophy of Aroostook Aspirations and the mission and goals of the organization. Sponsored primarily by Ray and Sandy Gauvin, the initiative helps one student per high school in Aroostook County to obtain a college degree. The concept is to keep talent in the County and to enrich the County by keeping our youth here to work and lead their lives. Students selected for a Gauvin Scholarship are first generation college students and come from under privileged backgrounds economically. The new goal is to aid 20 students  and to increase the number each year. It is found that 97% of AAI students do earn their degrees and 75% stay in the County. Because the population of Aroostook is declining, only 16% of Aroostook’ s population have college degrees and the average earnings per household is $10,000.00 less that the average of the entire state, the Aroostook Aspiration Initiative is committed to improving these numbers. Volunteers are welcome to mentor the students. Retirees from different professions can advise and encourage students. A monthly funding plan is available or fixed donations are welcome. For more information and contact information call 760-0558, visit 754 Main Street, Presque Isle, Maine or email info@gauvinfund.org and check  the website at www.gauvinfund.org. Remember Aroostook Aspiration Initiative’s mission is to reduce outward migration, increase degree attainment and grow Aroostook County’s economy.

 

New Member Chief Joe McKenna

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DSC03179In this photo are Houlton’s Rotary President Amy Hocking, Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna and Rotarian and former Houlton Police Chief Darrell Malone. Chief Joe was inducted into Houlton’s Rotary during the meeting on April 13, 2015.

 

Youth Exchange Fund Raiser Well Supported by Community

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In the photo are Hannah Jacobs and Keagan Fitzpatrick, this year’s Houlton Rotary exchange students assisting at the Bingo fund raising event on April 9, 2015. The food concessions were a big hit as was the whole event with $4518.52 being raised towards the exchange program. Hannah will be traveling to Italy and Keagan will be going to the Netherlands. Each student will return with their “host student” to share our culture here in the United States.

 

Rotarians Practice their Bingo skills, April 6, 2015 meeting

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IMG_0131In this photo practicing their Bingo skills in preparation for the Annual Bingo evening which will take place this Thursday, April 9, 2015, are clockwise from the left,  Rotarian Julie Delano,  youth exchange student Keegan Fitzpatrick,  Rotarians Becky Day, Richard Hammond, Chris Anderson, guest Nate Bodenstab, and  Rotarian Paul Callnan.  In the background doing the calling is Rotarian Jock Gentle. The club is ready for and looking forward to Thursday’s event.

 

New Rotarian, Kelley Fitzpatrick

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20150302_130114In the photo here are Amy Hocking, Rotary club of Houlton President, Kelley Fitzpatrick, new member and Lori Weston, past president. Kelley was just accepted as a Houlton Rotarian.

 

Job-Driven National Emergency Grant

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Pictured here are Amy Hocking, Houlton Rotarian president, Ryan Pelletier, and Lance Albair of ACAP. Lance spoke about the Job Driven National Emergency Grant given to 32 states including Maine and some of its counties. Aroostook County received $1,00,000.00. JD-NEG connects dislocated workers to the workforce. If a person was unemployed for at least 27 weeks during the recession of December 2007 to January 2009 they are eligible for this program. JD-NEG pays for 50% of the training with the expectation of a full time position for the trainee. This is helpful to employers as well as to future employees. For more information, please contact ACAP at 1-800-432-7881 or email Lance at lalbair@acap-me. org.

BINGO, April 9, 2015, St. Anthony’s Hall, St. Mary’s Church, 6:30 p.m.

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7TH ANNUAL BINGO NIGHT BY HOULTON ROTARY CLUB. THE DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 P.M. FOR THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL AT ST. ANTHONY’S HALL IN HOULTON WHICH IS THE DOWNSTAIRS AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH ON MILITARY STREET. THERE WILL BE OVER $1000.00 IN CASH PRIZES AWARDED. Sponsorships are available at $100.00 each. The event chairman for the Houlton Rotary is Matthew Nightingale who can be reached at 521-3200. Checks for sponsorship can be mailed to the Houlton Rotary, P. O. Box 425, Houlton, Maine 04730 PROCEEDS WILL BE USED FOR THE ROTARY’S YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM.

NEWS: There will also be a drawing for a $50 certificate from the names of those who bring in donations for the Houlton Animal Shelter. Items that have been suggested are:

Any soap products, i.e. laundry, dish, hand, bleach

Paper products such as paper towels and copier paper

Garbage bags sized 13 # and 39#

Animal feed for cats, dogs and rabbits and Treats either canned or dry

 

SPONSORS FOR THIS EVENT ARE LISTED BELOW IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

AROOSTOOK AUTO GLASS

BANGOR SAVINGS BANK

BITHER ELECTRIC

CHESTER KEARNEY ACCOUNTING

COUNTY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

COUNTY YANKEE

DEAD RIVER COMPANY

F. A. PEABODY COMPANY

FIRST CHOICE REALTY

HOULTON WATER COMPANY

IGA FOOD STORE OF HOULTON

GARDINER HEATH CARE

JMM SERVICES

KATAHDIN TRUST COMPANY

LOUISIANA PACIFIC COMPANY

MACHAIS SAVINGS BANK

MC DONALD”S OF HOULTON

SEVERSON, HAND AND NELSON LAW FIRM

SW COLLINS BUILDING CENTER

Houlton’s Animal Shelter

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DSC_0008-1Shown here are on February 23, 2015 are Amy Hocking, President of Houlton Rotary, Heather Miller of the Houlton Animal Shelter, Kelly King of the Houlton Animal Shelter and Jane Torres, Vice President of Houlton Rotary. Heather showed a moving slide show of life at Callaghan Road’s Animal Shelter as she addressed the serious issues of running such an operation. Finances are a constant concern to keep the operation current in their fragile budget. The good news is that a generous person paid for this year’s heating costs and the building is almost paid in full. Volunteers are always in need to do any work or just play with the animals, cats or dogs and sometimes piglets! The shelter has been very successful working with southern shelters to bring up dogs for adoption. Heather gave a good solid report on her work and it is very clear that she had a strong grasp of the situation here in the County. For more information or to help, please visit the facility or call 532-2826 or stop by at 263 Callaghan Road in Houlton, between the Ludlow Road and the B Road.

The Carleton Project

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In the photo here are Amy Hocking, Houlton Rotary president, Alan Morris, president of the Carleton Project and Robyn Crone, Houlton Rotarian.

Robyn’s guest recently at Rotary was Al Morris. Al founded the Carleton Project after 20 years of teaching in public schools and seeing a need to match his vision. He opened his first private school in 1999 in the town of Presque Isle with 12 students. Today he has added 5 locations and has an enrollment of over 100 students. Al’s job is 1/3 education, 1/3 politics, 1/3 social work. He had a social worker on staff as well as educators. The Project’s mission is student success. A safe environment is created for learning to achieve the students’ goals. The schools run year round to keep the students engaged and successful and accountable. Students who could fall through the cracks are educated through exploration and habit formation to thrive. This is not a special needs facility as those needs are met elsewhere. Individuals are guided and supportive of each other through shared editing of their work to assisted learning in an alternative education format. Goals are set and students are held accountable. Al make sure that graduates have a one year plan before they graduate. 75% of the student body go onto higher education.

Al can be reached at alamo@carletonproject.com. His Houlton location is housed in the Higher Education Center on Bangor Road. For more information visit or email Al.

Department of Health and Human Services and Estela Lane

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In the photo here are Estela Lane of Adult Protective Services and Ann Torres Savage, Rotarian and DHHS employee. Estela spoke to Houlton Rotary recently about “elder abuse”. In 1981 the State of Maine’s legislature enacted legislation to protect our senior citizens. There is an intake unit available for people who suffer from abuse, neglect and or exploitation. Maine has the oldest population in the country and nearly 5500 cases are reported each year, not including unreported cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation. 70% of caregivers are family members. Estela stressed that the hot line number be used for any concerns about elderly citizens who need protection. Please call 1-800-624-8404.

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