Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
The Town Club
4 Washington Street
4th Floor
Sanford, ME  04073-2712
United States
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In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
The Board of Directors is happy to announce that Lt. Railene Griffin of the Salvation Army has agreed to serve as our Rotary Club Chaplain. We have not had a chaplain in some years and we are very happy to officially have one again. Thanks, Railene!
There wasn't a dry eye in the house - these kids can really SING!
Many hands make light work, plus we had fun. It was great to help Captain Erin and Lieutenant Railene at the Salvation Army pack holiday food bags that will be distributed by our SunSetter members next Tuesday.

Wrapping party on Tuesday night for the Kiwanis/Rotary Kid's Christmas Party next week.

Kids - 1, Rotarians - 0 

So many to choose from - please pick your favorites from the Events column to the right side of the home page. Happy Rotary Holidays to you!
Our club gathered at the George Hill Cemetery on a sparkling Thursday morning to participate in the Rededication of this cemetery site.  The cemetery had nearly been destroyed by trees and brush growing into it over the years. This cemetery was rescued by Elias Thomas and a crew of volunteers who cleared up the plot. Other help/materials were generously donated by Joseph Letourneau, David Winchell, John Westcott, Paul Burrows, Tom & Owen Genest (Genest Pre-Cast), Bruce Lamb (Springvale Hardware). Randy White, Ron Rivard, ServPro of Sanford. This was one of six cemetery sites that were part of the Sanford Rotary SunSetters Club's first community service project.
Our club recently presented David Swett, owner of Shaker Pond Ice Cream with a Paul Harris Fellowship in acknowledgement of his generous donation of gallons of delicious ice cream that is sold at the Ice Cream booth during the Acton Fair.  Thank you, David, for your support of our youth fundraiser.
Many of you will remember Lonnie Hackett, who came to speak to our club in 2015 about his fledgling child health care program in Zambia called Healthy Kids/Brighter Future.  In the spring of 2016, our club (along with several other clubs) pitched in $500.00 to support a RI global grant application. (see below)  The result - an approved global grant of nearly $125,000 for the HK/BF program and 15,000 children in Zambia now receiving much needed basic health care.  This incredible morphing only happens through the Rotary Foundation. We all can take pride in our participation and support of this deserving project.  
Subject: Healthy Kids/Brighter Future Global Grant Approved and Underway
Fellow Rotarians:
Our thanks and appreciation to the 35 Rotary Clubs, 3 Rotary Districts, and  4 individual Rotarians who donated and supported the Global Grant for Healthy Kids/Brighter Future in Lusaka, Zambia. The Grant was approved by Rotary International, and payment of the first installment was made earlier this month.  The final grant amount was approximately $123,500. Attached is a recent HK/BF Newsletter showing the results of our significant support.  You should feel proud knowing that your donations to the Global Grant are contributing to the improvement of the lives of thousands of young people in Lusaka. 

Off to the subcontinent once again in February - please click on the link below or speak to Elias if you want to join the team for an incredible experience!

The MAP Project crew and volunteers showing off their artistic abilities - the result, two new USA maps at Willard and Sanford Jr. High School. Great job, Rotarians!
New members Pam Buck, Shawn Babine and Railene Griffin during their induction ceremony with their sponsors, Lawrence, Sherry and Elias. Welcome to our club!


Sanford-Springvale Rotarians having way too much fun packaging meals for 11,172 hungry people in York County on Thursday morning. All the packaged food was donated to York County Shelter Food Pantry. Diane Gerry and Elias Thomas co-chaired this terrific activity. Not sure how we will manage to return to our normal Thursday morning meetings. Big thank-you to all the guest volunteers and the York County Shelter staffers for their assistance.



Sanford Rotarians busy as bees cleaning up the Anderson Learning Center.

Bob Hardison, Neal Meltzer and Andy Orazio working on Stage 1 of Community Service Project #1 - building storage units for the Sanford Historical Society.

Mama Mia - it sure was hot that evening, but our Rotary crew kept its cool and served over 60 people!
Joel Van Tassell, Nick Merry and Guen Beaupre are pictured speaking to our Rotary Club about their recent RYLA experience at Camp Hinds in June. Our club sponsored them to attend the 4-day youth leadership camp along with Emily Cyr, who was unable to attend this meeting. It was inspirational to listen to these future leaders share their excitement and enthusiasm for the RYLA program and what they learned from having attended. 

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January 2017
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Vice President
Immediate Past President
Community Service
International Services
Club Administration
Youth Activities
Assistant Secretary
Speaker List
Kim Lachance
Jan 19, 2017
Dr. Dan Mazda, Director of SMHC Walk in Clinics
Classification Talks
Jan 26, 2017
Railene and Linda.
Jackie Roberts
Feb 02, 2017
Michael Mantonellis - Portland Sea Dogs
Lawrence Furbish
Feb 09, 2017
Jackie McDougal - Director Goodall Library
Lawrence Furbish
Feb 23, 2017
Michael McGovern
Lawrence Furbish
Mar 02, 2017
Lee Burnett - Trail Master Plan Process
Barbara Sutcliffe
Mar 09, 2017
Club Assembly
Lawrence Furbish
Mar 30, 2017
Deirdre Fleming - Writer for Portland Press Herald
Bob Hardison
Apr 13, 2017
Upcoming Events
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