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.

 

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.

Dolly’s Library

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Shown here are James Matilla, Rotarian and Board Member of United Way, Claudia Stevens, of the United Way of Aroostook and Amy Hocking, President of Houlton Rotary. Claudia educated the Houlton Rotarians about Dolly’s Imagination Library during the February 9th lunch meeting. Books are free to children under the age of 5 and Dolly Parton only expects the shipping to be covered. A child can receive a book once a month. This program is to encourage parents to read to their children and so that when they enter school their imaginations are sparked and studies have proven improved learning skills. Claudia handed out applications and is more than willing to answer any more questions. Her phone number is 764-5197 and the office is at 480 Main Street in Presque Isle.

CLA

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20141208_125204Seen in photo is Amy Hocking, Club President with Rob Moran Executive Director of Community Living Association and guest speaker of Rob Faulkner.

CLA has a long history in the Houlton community. In 1967 a small group of educators and parents of people with developmental disabilities organized a training program in a church basement, funded with money raised in the community. Initially, this private, non-profit organization was incorporated as the Southern Aroostook Association for Retarded Children (SAARC). Since 1967 CLA has grown from a small nonprofit group employing one person to the second largest employer in the town of Houlton. The number of people with developmental disabilities served by this association has also grown. The services have expanded with the needs and desires of the people they serve. Funding sources have often required many changes as is in their current state, how ever through the years the number one priority has and will always be the best interest of those they serve. Their vision and value statements are:

Visions:

Community Living Association will:

Strive to provide the best service possible to the people we serve
Be the leader in provision of developmental disability services in Northern Maine
Provide a culture that involves employees, community members, and people that
we serve in setting priority goals
Strive to educate the community about the mission of Community Living
Association
Provide a positive work environment that is conducive to retention of employees
Work with community and family members in establishing meaningful
relationships

Values: 

We believe in putting both our internal and external customers first
We believe that excellence, quality performance, and teamwork promotes
success
We believe that employees have the right to know and understand the essence of
our business and should be given opportunity to provide input
We believe in using resources efficiently
We believe that a varied, flexible, continuing staff training program has a direct
impact on quality services

The current services that are being provided by CLA are: Community Support, Supported Employment, Community Case Management, Residential homes, Assisted Living homes and Supported Living homes. They also have a training enhancement center in which they offer many trainings to there employees as well as other community members.

 

I worked for CLA for close to 10 years and I believe this organization, its employees, and of course the people they serve have been a blessing to our community and hold very high standards of how we as a society should honor and respect each human. For information visit their website at www.cla.org

 

Seen in photo is Amy Hocking, Club President with Rob Moran Executive Director of Community Living Association and guest speaker of Rob Faulkner.

CLA has a long history in the Houlton community. In 1967 a small group of educators and parents of people with developmental disabilities organized a training program in a church basement, funded with money raised in the community. Initially, this private, non-profit organization was incorporated as the Southern Aroostook Association for Retarded Children (SAARC). Since 1967 CLA has grown from a small nonprofit group employing one person to the second largest employer in the town of Houlton. The number of people with developmental disabilities served by this association has also grown. The services have expanded with the needs and desires of the people they serve. Funding sources have often required many changes as is in their current state, how ever through the years the number one priority has and will always be the best interest of those they serve. Their vision and value statements are:

Visions:

Community Living Association will:

Strive to provide the best service possible to the people we serve
Be the leader in provision of developmental disability services in Northern Maine
Provide a culture that involves employees, community members, and people that
we serve in setting priority goals
Strive to educate the community about the mission of Community Living
Association
Provide a positive work environment that is conducive to retention of employees
Work with community and family members in establishing meaningful
relationships

Values: 

We believe in putting both our internal and external customers first
We believe that excellence, quality performance, and teamwork promotes
success
We believe that employees have the right to know and understand the essence of
our business and should be given opportunity to provide input
We believe in using resources efficiently
We believe that a varied, flexible, continuing staff training program has a direct
impact on quality services

The current services that are being provided by CLA are: Community Support, Supported Employment, Community Case Management, Residential homes, Assisted Living homes and Supported Living homes. They also have a training enhancement center in which they offer many trainings to there employees as well as other community members.

 

I worked for CLA for close to 10 years and I believe this organization, its employees, and of course the people they serve have been a blessing to our community and hold very high standards of how we as a society should honor and respect each human. For information visit their website at www.cla.org

 

 

Christmas Boxes, The Northern Lighthouse, “A Safe Harbor”

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Christmas Box Donations: In a letter from The Northern Lighthouse dated November 5, 2014 an appeal was make to send donations to the Mars Hill location at P.O. Box 148, Mars Hill, Maine 04758. The Northern Lighthouse distributes Christmas Boxes which include all the fixings for a traditional Christmas dinner. Each box costs $35.00 and no donation is too small or too large. Also, names and addresses of folks in need are welcome.

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”.

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