Milton Cone at Houlton Rotary

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DSC_0134Pictured are Amy Hocking, Milton Cone Houlton Fire Chief guest speaker of Pete Howe. Milton informed us all that it was Fire Prevention week and the importance of this week. In his experience he has found this to be the most important part of their job, to educate children and adults on preventing fires and what to do in case a fire occurs. Milton first started as a volunteer firefighter in 1976. The Houlton Fire Department currently has 30 firefighters which adds up to over 500 years experience! Milton is also the Cemetery Director and oversees the Houlton Ambulance. We are so fortunate in this area because Houlton is never looking for more firefighters people are always trying to get on the team, a big thank you to all of them! Milton also wanted to thank all the business that support the fire department. He discussed the use of smoke alarms and carbon detectors. , he said that the best ones are wired into your home with battery back up and to always check your alarms and change the battery’s as needed. 62% of homes either have no alarm or one that is not working, If you have a working alarm you have 50% less chance dying. In a “dream” world everyone would have sprinklers, you now can hook up a six sprinkler system fairly inexpensive to install but please have it done by a professional. The most often cause of home fires are: furnace, electric box, woodstove, dryers and the kitchen many of these can be reduced tremendously by having them cleaned or a having them inspected on a regular basis. One thing that can be done with your dryer is look down into the “fuzz” catcher (my term not Milton’s) and also to take the hose off and check for any back up. Also he mentioned the importance of following the manufacturer directions on all units, but especially as it gets colder on your heaters. Many people use smaller heaters in area’s that really are not safe, protect yourself and I say put on another layer of clothes instead of risking a fire. The Houlton Rotary Club would like to give a big thank you to the Houlton Fire & Ambulance, you do a great job and we appreciate it!

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”.

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.

Membership work award

Membership work award

Aroostook Aspirations

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Rotary 7-7-14

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.

Upcoming Event

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Do not forget to put this on your calendar!

Do not forget to put this on your calendar!

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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

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Presque Isle Rotary Club
9th Annual 3- Person Golf Scramble
to benefit the Aroostook County Chapter of Junior Achievement

http://pirotaryclub.org/?p=1555

https://www.facebook.com/events/259170687608469/

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cash Prizes
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

Contact Persons:

Jennifer Flynn, 760-1176
(flynnj@husson.edu )

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

Husson University

33 Edgemont Drive

Presque Isle, Maine 04769

(207)760-1176

(207)760-1193 (fax)

Terry W. MacDonald

Rotary District 7810

Attention Golfers

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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.

Cliff Rhome

Leadership

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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!

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