Our guest speaker for this past Monday September 10 was John Rogers, Director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy is located in Vassalboro Me. Through out the United States there are 648 Academy’s, with one in Maine. All Law enforcement are trained together. The cost for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy is about half of most other states, one reason for that is they do not pay the instructors, the students become the teachers. The Flagship training is 4.5 months and is broken into three categories first is the Education which covers the laws, second hands on: driving, shooting, fingerprints etc. third is scenario based: putting it all together. They do go through a lot of stress training which helps prevent less injuries and deaths. They learn how to be a leader, many officers in Maine are out their on their own and need to know how to take the lead. So if you want to be in Law Enforcement how difficult or easy is it to get in the door? Harder than most would think, in the most recently graduated class 94 had applied and 61 were accepted. During the training it is typical to loose 5 – 10% for various reasons. Maine is the only state that you can loose your Certification for Conduct, most states you must be convicted of a Felony. Maine has very high standards for its Law Enforcement Agents. The most common areas seen in Maine for Agents to loose their certification is for Domestic Violence and Alcohol use like OUI.
In the photo left to right: John Slipp, Rotary District 7810 Literacy Chair and Otis Smith, Houlton Rotary Literacy Chair.
On August 8th, John Slipp, Rotary District 7810 Literacy Chair, visited the Houlton Club to promote Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Educators continue to emphasize that reading with your preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school. But just recently, we’ve learned that a child simply living in a house with books readily at hand will be more prepared for a life of learning than a child with no books at home. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ensures that in areas that adopt the program, no preschool child is without books. The program mails its participants a new book every month from birth to the their fifth birthday. Houlton Rotary is looking closely at how this program can fit into our community and surrounding areas. Otis Smith, Houlton Rotary’s Literacy Chair, is also looking at other avenues for promoting literacy in our community. Under his guidance the club will donate funds to Cary Library to support summer reading programs for over 100 youth participants.
Pictured from left are Houlton Little League Board Member Joe Porter, Board Member and Rotarian, Ben Drew, Houlton Rotary President, John Tribou, and Board Member Cheryl Gentle.
On July 27th, 2009 the Houlton Rotary welcomed three board members of the Houlton Little League. Rotarian, Ben Drew, spoke about the Field of Dreams project and their great success in making this project reality for local youth.
It was Rotary Balloon night at the McGill’s Community Band concert in Houlton on July 9th, 2009. We had a great turn-out from Rotarians and were able to introduce our new Short-Term Youth Exchange Students for 2009 .
Take a look at the video created by Rotarian, Andy Mooers!