Dominican Republic and Water Assistance

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Rotarians Craig Bean, Amy Hocking, President and Ryan Bushey are pictured here. They spoke on the “Water Trip” to the Dominican Republic at Houlton Rotary’ luncheon meeting on September 8th, 2014. More information will be available for an up and coming journey to share Rotarian’s services with those in need of good water. Craig, Amy and Ryan particularly loved their experiences in the Dominican Republic.

Bob Blanchette and his Computers and Technological Journey

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Bob shared his journey with technology recently at Houlton’s Rotarian luncheon which began during his days at WHOU. Bob had great stories and showed images of the various equipment that he has used over the years. He also had great advice about the use and protection surrounding today’s technological world. Pass word protection is extremely important considering the attacks on our privacy by savvy “pirates” (my word). Bob is not too fond of Apple products and knowing the handicaps of my computer, I can understand this viewpoint. Still Bob was careful in educating all of us on all of the choices out there and there are plenty to fit everyone’s individual needs. Everyone appreciated Bob’s enthusiasm and expertise on a subject that is near and dear to his heart.  Respectfully submitted, DH

Walking to Greenland

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Houlton Rotarian Bob Ellis, Dr. Will Richard and Houlton Rotarian Torrey Sylvester are pictured here with Will’s book “Maine to Greenland, Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast” which is published by Smithsonian Books. Dr. Richard is a research collaborator with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and holds a PhD in geography. He is also a Maine Guide. Will fascinated the Houlton Rotary on September 29th’s luncheon meeting with the story of the trail and showed wonderful photos of his journeys on the trail from Maine to Greenland, Iceland and onto Europe. A copy of the book can be purchased for $40.00 and one is available to check out at the Cary Library in Houlton.DSC_0128

Madelene’s Study in Spain

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Houlton Rotary speaker 7/28/14 – Madelene Anderson, seen here with Amy Hocking and Chris Anderson

At the July 28th meeting, the Houlton Rotary Club was privileged to receive a report from Madelene Anderson, daughter of Rotarian Chris Anderson, about her recent exchange trip to Spain. Madelene shared with the Rotarians about her six month stay in Spain and the benefit she received from this experience. She had studied Spanish for a year and a half in high school, so Spain seemed to be a logical choice for the exchange study. Upon arrival Madelene was immediately immersed in the language, living with a Spanish host family and attending school where all the lecture based classes were in Spanish. She told Rotary members how her interest in Spain turned into a passion for the country during her stay. At first the new language didn’t come easy, but after a month and a half she became conversational in Spanish. Beyond practicing a new language and learning first-hand about another culture, Madelene shared with the group how the exchange trip helped to form her as a person as she experienced being more self-sufficient, traveling by herself, and learning how to live with a family of another culture.

Rideout’s Lodge and Cabins

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Amy Hocking, Emily Brown, Jim Brown

 

Jim Brown, owner of Rideout’s since 2012 spoke to Houlton Rotary recently about his acquisition of the property and his business plan for the future. Rideout’s was founded in 1947 and Jim, along with his wife Kim and his children Emily and Parker, is the 4th owner. Jim has strong connections in the area and foresees his business continuing with the historic image of Rideout’s but with new amenities. There are 8 acres across the road that now accesses the cabins and lodge. Jim hopes to sell new cabins, built to “spec” for the new owner and move the existing camps across the road onto foundations. This would maintain the lake view and improve the buildings without remodeling the old cabins at a prohibitive cost.

BENEFITS:

BUYERS HAVE UNOBSTRUCTED LAKE VIEWS AND NEW WATERFRONT COMMON AREA – MOVE “FRONT 4” CABINS
HISTORIC RENTAL CUSTOMERS WILL STILL HAVE ACCESS TO RIDEOUT’S AS IN THE PAST
RESTAURANT OPEN YEAR ROUND
FALL/WINTER VISITORS (HUNTING/SNOWMOBILE/ICE FISHING/BIRDING/PHOTOGRAPHY, ETC)
ALL SPEND $$ LOCALLY
BEST PART: YEAR ROUND EMPLOYMENT FOR LOCALS

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR Jim?:

INVEST FUNDS INTO THE COMMON AREAS (DOCKS, BOATS, GROUNDS) TO MAKE RIDEOUT’S A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR RENTERS AND ADD VALUE FOR THE OWNERS.

CONTINUE TO PROVIDE VACATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR RIDEOUT’S GUESTS (BOATS RENTALS; DINING ROOM, ETC)
CONTINUED PRESENCE IN NORTHERN MAINE
LONGER PERIODS SPENT IN NORTHERN MAINE
GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF NEEDS IN N. MAINE
CONTINUE TO BE ADVOCATE FOR N. MAINE VIA MTA – WORK WITH NMDC & ACT

SUMMARY:

Jim says he in does not want to add this to his resume but he is a huge advocate for the County, as a member of the Maine Tourism Board he want to be heard and he wants to make a difference for the greater good of a wonderful place.

To quote Jim “LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO HAVE HOULTON PIONEER TIME’S BYLINE SAY:

“NOT THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD INTERESTED IN HOULTON, MAINE”.

Wings and Wheels

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Don’t forget this Saturday at the Houlton Airport!!wingsnwheels-1

Membership Award

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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.

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Membership work award

7810 District Governor’s Visit

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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

Aroostook Aspirations

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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 april.flagg@gmail.com or visit their website and face book page.

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