Canine visit at Rotary

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In this photo from left to right, Chris Sullivan and his guest Jerry Hammond and Dorsta, Amy Hocking and Jerry’s replacement Tom Horten  of CB Canine Unit

 

Jerry and Dorsta are retiring soon, and Tom will be taking his place with a new canine. The cost of training an officer and canine is 28,000 which to some may seem like a lot but the amount of seized property in just one search can pay for that quickly. They train for both narcotics and explosives, though not at the same time. Jerry and Dorsta gave us a presentation with Dorsta finding 4 hidden packages which had small amounts of paraphernalia in them. the came in the room with Jerry leading, when Dorsta got a sniff of narcotics she stopped and then smelled around and sat a close as possible to the package. Then she would receive her pay which is a rolled up towel that they play together with for a few moments. Then off to the next one and she found each one with out any hesitation. We were shown slides of many seizures and it is absolutely amazing how many drugs are found yet we still have such a problem. The narcotics that are found eventually get incinerated and the other possessions like cars, campers, trucks anything that is being used to transport or store the drugs in become government property which then goes to public auction where anyone can purchase it.  on occasion Jerry had to spend time in Arizona which is very different than our borders here in Houlton, we can get frustrated at times with waiting a few minutes or on a rare occasion hours but if you are in Arizona you plan on at least a six hour wait if not overnight. The gates close at midnight so you would either leave or wait until they open the next morning. It was asked about the dangers to them when they are off duty, while in Arizona they had to stay 3 hours away from the border so if they had to be to work at 5 am, they had to leave before 2 am and then work their 8 hours and drive 3 more hours back. Jerry told a story of a fellow worker that had gone to Mexico for something and stopped into a bar and saw Jerry and Dorsta’s picture on the wall wanted dead or alive 10,000.00. It was a very interesting talk and demonstration, we wish you well Jerry and Dorsta on your retirement and that will be together as Jerry is adopting Dorsta. Respectfully submitted by Tammie Mulvey

 

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

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June 16, 2014

Pictured are: Jacquie Morse and Lori Weston June 16, 2014
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

First Wind

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DSC_0001First photo is our newest member Paul Gentle with Club President Lori Weston. Paul has been an active member of the community for years with the Elks Club, Shriners, American Legion post 47 and of course the Linneus Sno Sports Inc. So what better place to continue to serve our wonderful community then Rotary. We are excited to have him join our club! Paul enjoys camping, volunteer catering, Hound Guard and organizing events. He is ready to give us his time and talent.DSC_0004

The Houlton Rotary Club hosted Matt Kearns, VP Business Development for First Wind, as the guest speaker of the day. The Houlton Rotary meets every Monday noon and hears from speakers representing topics of interest to the area. Mr. Kearns summarized the history of First Wind as a national, private energy- producing firm that began operating its first wind farm in Mars Hill, Maine in 2007. Since then, First Wind has grown to include wind farms and solar energy sites in four eastern states, three western states, and Hawaii.
First Wind’s newest project is Oakfield Wind in Oakfield, Maine, approximately 15 miles from Houlton. Oakfield Wind is designed for 48, 3MW turbines and is will bring 300 jobs to the area during construction. First Wind and its partners expect to employ up to twelve operational employees connected to Oakfield Wind. This site is expected to generate power equivalent to what would power 50,000 homes.
Mr. Kearns concluded his presentation by taking questions from the audience. Many of the questions centered around Maine’s power connections to the New England power grid, NB Power, and the efforts to keep local power at competitive rates. Mr. Kearns invited more local input and may be reached at mkearns@firstwind.com

Student Recognition Lunch 2014

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May 19th was our Annual Student Recognition luncheon for local students. Houlton Rotary Clubs awards a school each year for their outstanding community service, this years recipients were the students shown here from East Grand School, with their  principal Dawn Matthews.

This years guest speaker was our very own Margaret York Scott, with a guest of her own Rebecca Waite. Both speakers were very inspirational and encouraging. They spoke on believing in yourself and perseverance, that at times you may think you are headed in one direction and then you are taken down another and that it is ok to know where you are planning on going or not either way it takes a lot of hard work and determination! Right now most of the students are probably thinking I cant wait to get out of this town, there is nothing to do here…right? Well that may be true in some senses, but you can take these two ladies advice when they “went away” but found them self back here, you make the life you have by choices and again a lot of hard work. Some may go away and only come back to visit and be content with that and it is perfectly fine, how ever there will be some coming back or maybe never leaving that can make an extremely wonderful life for themselves right here in the County. There are more options here than what many may see up front, but with a little creativity and searching you find the “hidden” treasures that we have here at home.

Rotary Bingo

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Rotary Meeting 03/31/2014 we played Bingo, practicing up for our annual fundraising event that took place the following  Thursday. Everyone had a great time and are now much more familiar with how to play and the rules.

Tim Horton’s Camp Day Program

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Lori Weston Rotary President, Dave Rowe guest speaker of Steve Bither

Lori Weston Rotary President, Dave Rowe guest speaker of Steve Bither

Dave spoke to us today about the Tim Horton’s Camp Day program, with great passion. It is clear that this is a great program, as Dave says its not one of those programs that just say they do ….. they really do it!! There are six camps through out Canada and the United States, with camping year around.

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was established in 1974 by Ron Joyce, Co-Founder of the Tim Horton’s chain, to honour Tim Horton’s love for children and his desire to help those less fortunate. The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.

Making a Difference in Your Community

Research shows that children growing up in an economically disadvantaged home are at an increased risk of a wide range of negative outcomes that can impact a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. For these children, access to the types of opportunities that develop lifelong skills that help them grow into positive, contributing members of their communities are often lacking. A Foundation camp experience exposes economically disadvantaged children to new growth opportunities and challenges with the goal being each participant leaving camp a more caring, responsible and motivated person.

While at camp we ask our campers to tell us how camp has made them feel. Below are some of their responses which show how, together we are making a true difference in the lives of children in all of our communities.

” Because of camp…I am not afraid to be myself.”

– THCF Camper Mattie

“Because of camp…I am more respectful, talkative, and a better leader. I’m also more confident in myself and others. I am so glad I got the experience to go to camp.”

– THCF Camper Carolyn

“Because of camp…I’ve learned to accept people’s differences.”

– THCF Camper Nastassja

“Because of camp…I feel strong, powerful, and less scared.”

– THCF Camper Zylana

“Because of camp…I faced my fears.”

– THCF Camper Sierra

So now that we have read what it can do to make a difference, what can we do? Well the easiest thing is to go buy a cup of Coffee on Wednesday June 4th. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to send children to a camp. You may think what can one cup of coffee do (or you could get more than one -hint, hint)?

This is what One Cup of Coffee Can Do:

Thanks to the generous support of Tim Horton’s Restaurant Owners and their loyal guests, Camp Day 2013 was a huge success, raising an incredible $11.8 million for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. The funds raised on Camp Day will positively impact over 16,000 economically disadvantaged who attend camp with the Foundation in 2013.

All children who attend one of the Foundation’s six camps are selected from within the communities where Tim Horton’s Restaurants are located. Tim Horton’s Restaurant Owners work closely with local youth organizations and schools to select children, between the ages of nine and 12, to attend a 10-day summer camp session or seven day winter camp session. And this is where our local Dave Rowe comes into play, well besides loving Tim Herten’s coffee, he is the local coordinator that selects the two children from the Houlton area to be able to attend one these great camps. Dave says that if you are looking for him and he is not at his office he will be at his other office aka Tim Horton’s.

 

Maine Bear Hunt Referendum at Houlton Rotary

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Houlton Rotary  guest speakers for Monday March 17, 2014 Al Cowperthwathite, Northern Maine Woods Don Kleiner, Executive Director Maine Guides Association Dale & Eleanor Goodman, North County Lodge

Houlton Rotary guest speakers for Monday March 17, 2014
Al Cowperthwathite, Northern Maine Woods
Don Kleiner, Executive Director Maine Guides Association
Dale & Eleanor Goodman, North County Lodge

Don and Al both spoke on the impact that the upcoming Bear Hunt referendum would have on the wildlife, community, and the economy. Houlton Rotary Club does not take a political stand on this issue. They warned us about some of the advertising that will be used to emotionally impact voters, and to please look past the ads and do your research. They not only spoke on the financial impact to Maine’s economy but also on the potential danger to allowing the bear population to grow even more than it currently is. For more information please contact either Al Cowperthwaite at Northern Maine Woods, or Don at Maine Guides Association. Both are willing are to come and speak to anyone.

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