Dear Friend of the Rotary,

It is once again time for our annual Fort Fairfield Rotary Club fundraiser. This year we would like to bring to your attention that it will be a Cash draw and not a Travel draw as in years past.

On behalf of the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club and its many supported-programs recipients, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your generous support. It is only through support from Rotary’s friends like yourself that this event can be successful and we congratulate past drawings winners. Over the years our Annual Fund Raising has allowed the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club to support Community Projects, College Scholarships, Aroostook County Youth Camps, Maine Veteran’s Projects, and support programs for the County’s needy to name but a few, as well as International Service Projects.

For the 2013 Cash Draw, prizes include 1st prize $3,000; 2nd prize $2,500; 3rd prize $2,000; 4th prize $1,000; 5th prize $500; 10 prizes of $200; 18 prizes of $100; andtwo early bird prize drawings of $200 each, from amongst all tickets that are paid by September 4, 2013. (Early bird winning tickets are returned to the paid-tickets pool for an opportunity to win additional cash prizes.)

This year’s 27th Annual fund raising event is on October 19th at the Fort Fairfield Community Center, 18 Community Center Drive in Fort Fairfield. Festivities include a social hour (5:00 p.m.), a buffet-style dinner (6:00 p.m.), and dancing to live entertainment during the cash drawings.

With only 350 tickets being sold and 35 prizes it gives our supporters a 1 in 10 chance of winning a prize, that’s great odds! You may want to join with friends or coworkers to collectively purchase tickets and share winnings. (Do not need to be present to win.)

To take part in this year’s 27th Annual Cash Draw and Social Event:

  • Purchase your ticket(s) today ($100 per ticket)
    • Each ticket allows admittance for two individuals to attend the evening events
    • All tickets must be paid in full on or before October 19, 2013.
  • Please make checks payable to – Fort Fairfield Rotary Club.
  • Contact a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club Rotarian to purchase your ticket(s)
  • Or, call 551-1495

Once again, thank you for your generous support and best of luck in the 2013 Cash Draw.

Sincerely,

Carl

                                                                 Fort Fairfield Rotary Club

 

Fort Fairfield’s reigning Misses dodged the rain drops riding in the Maine Potato Blossom Festival parade. The young ladies displayed their best royal waves as the crowds lining the parade route showed their appreciation, many calling to “the royals” by name. Pictured on the float from front to back are:

Little Miss Fort Fairfield – Emma Rae Crouse

Miss Pre-Teen Fort Fairfield – Cammi King

Junior Miss Fort Fairfield – Alyssa Poitras

Teen Miss Fort Fairfield – Marisa Clark

Miss Fort Fairfield – Janaé Elyse Libby

 

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What do you have when you have eighteen smiley-faced youngsters, brightly-colored bike helmets, three new bikes to give away, six volunteer Rotarians, and pouring rain? A Bike Rodeo of course!!!

Hoping for a break in the weather everyone gathers at the bike safety riding course on Main Street. It’s not raining but the skies are threatening. Helmets are displayed, registration begins, and alas, so does the rain. Not to worry, Rotarian Carl leads the bicycle version of follow-the-leader as the bikers and parents move up the street to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annex.

A free, properly sized, very brightly-colored bicycle helmet is provided for each youngster. Oh, did I mention the smiling faces? Officer Jim Cerrato provides bike safety instruction including proper helmet positioning, and hand signals for turns and stopping while maintaining control of one’s bicycle.

With faces aglow with anticipation, the moment all are waiting for arrives. The raffles for the three giveaway bikes are at hand. One-by-one Rotarian Kevin draws the winner’s name for each age group.

Age group 2-5, Jack Helstrom

 

Age group 6-8, Macy York

 

Age group 9-12, Alex Oakes

And what better way to end the festivities than lunch. Each rodeo participant is given a ticket for a free hotdog lunch and it’s off to the KoC Hall to enjoy hotdog, fries, and a soda. Rain, what rain? Everyone knows that it never rains on the Bike Rodeo!

A big SHOUT OUT to the parents who braved the rain to bring their youngsters out, and Rotarians Effie and Kevin Murchie, Stephanie Beaulieu, Larry Plant, Dale Ames, and Carl Young. Let’s do it again next year. J

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Fort Fairfield Rotary Cl_b: What’s missing? Of course it’s “u”.

The local club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. Rotary clubs need people from all vocations, ages and backgrounds to undertake varied and exciting projects. You are the person needed by the local club. “U” are the missing piece. Volunteering in our community, or the international community, is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  Friendship, community connection, confidence and making a positive difference are what you can expect when you work with other Rotarians. “U” are invited to attend a club meeting to learn more about our projects and community impact,

(left to right) Floyd Rockholt, District 7810, Area 1, Assistant District Governor, Pat Perry, District 7810, Governor, Carl Young, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club, President

Pat Perry, District 7810, Governor visited the club. Pat was introduced by Floyd Rockholt, District 7810, Area 1, Assistant District Governor. Pat talked about her passion the Rotary Polio Plus Program. 

Briefly, this Rotary initiative has been and is active in the effort to eliminate polio, worldwide. To this end, Rotary’s many local clubs around the world have been joined by the Bill Gates Foundation in funding vaccination efforts in one country at a time, and as of 2012 has succeeded in eliminating polio in every country around the world except Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In 2012 India was the most recent country to be removed from the list of countries reporting polio cases. The effort continues, and if you subscribe to Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, you can be part of this and other international efforts as well as numerous community service projects by visiting your local Rotary club meetings and becoming a member of a premier service organization right where you live or work. “Welcome to our club.”

 

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club was re-established after a break in service in June 1978. Not long after, in January 1982, it sponsored the Perth-Andover Rotary Club establishment. Over the years the clubs have supported each other’s service efforts both locally and internationally.

I don’t know how long the two clubs have held their annual meetings as a joint venture, alternating between venues on both sides of the border. What I do know is that this year they held their joint annual meeting at The Castle Inn, Perth-Andover, NB, Canada. The castle-like inn high on the hillside proved to be the perfect venue for social hour, dinner, and member recognitions that are part of the evening’s festivities.

Ron Cummings, President, Perth-Andover (P-A) Rotary Club welcomed its Rotarians, Rotarians from the Fort Fairfield (FF) Rotary Club, and guests in singing both county’s National Anthems, and reciting the clubs universal Rotary Grace. Dinner was served by the ever efficient Inn staff, and the sudden quietness in the conversation being an indicator, the Inn’s chef provided an excellent meal.

Ron and FF Rotary Club President, Carl Young, took turns introducing honored guests and presenting recognitions for Rotarian’s exemplary service. This article concentrates on the FF Rotary Club recognitions, leaving this task to Ron for the P-A Rotary Club.

Carl first introduced himself and wife, Becky, and then the Rotary District 7810, Area 1, outgoing Assistant District Governor (ADG), Nancy Fletcher, and incoming ADG, Floyd Rockholt, both of the Presque Isle Rotary Club. Then, 100% Attendance Award pins were presented to FF Rotarians Dale Ames, Effie Murchie, Josie Lopez, Ken Hensler, Kevin Murchie, Larry Plant, Paul Cormier, Paul Towle, Tracy Copeland, and Carl Young.

Outstanding Service recognition pins were awarded to FF Rotarians Effie Murchie, Ken Hensler, and Paul Towle. Carl noted that he wished he had a pin for all FF Rotarians as they all may be counted on to support service activities taken on by the club during the year ever mindful of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”.

Ken Hensler was recognized as the club’s Paul Harris Fellow recipient. This was Ken’s second such recognition and the citation was presented by Larry Plant, himself a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and Nancy Fletcher, ADG, took part in the pinning ceremonies.

Briefly, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition is named after Rotary’s founder, and is presented to individuals who meet the high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. This recognition is not limited to Rotarians but also may recognize citizens within the community whom local clubs feel have met these standards. Multiple-time Paul Harris Fellows, such as Ken, are recognized as they continue to contribute and meet the Paul Harris Fellow standards.

Carl then provided remarks concerning the past club-year and thanked club members and Board of Directors for their outstanding support. Also understanding that behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman; Carl thanked his wife, Becky, for her unconditional support.

Installation of club-year 2013-2014 officers took place. The FF Rotary Club officer slate was introduced and includes Kevin Murchie – Director, Paul Towle – Director, Dale Ames – Director, Gary Sirios – Sargent at Arms, Tracy Copeland – Treasurer, Stephanie Beaulieu – Secretary, Ken Hensler – Vice Presisent, and Carl Young – President.

Carl then reviewed the 2012-2013 FF Rotary Club-year accomplishments, mentioning but a few of the many.

  • Hosted the club’s annual Bike Rodeo for children ages 2 through 12, held during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Features biking riding safety instructions, riding course safe riding demonstration, new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved bike helmets for all participants, and three new bikes for free raffle winners in three age categories.
  • Supported the Aroostook Valley Country Club recovery effort following high winds storm that uprooted over 200 trees.
  • Hosted the annual free Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner for community senior citizens. Annual event for about 30 years.
  • Club meeting that is held annually at the local high school, just prior to Christmas, where through its “Happy Dollars” program the club raises funds that are administered by the elementary/middle school staff to purchase warm winter clothing for those students who may be in need.
  • During Rotary’s Literacy Month, March, supported a Maine-native author, Tim Caverly, coming to the elementary school to present readings from his books about experiences on the Allagash Waterway and providing books for the elementary school library.
  • Provided support for a Group Study Exchange Team from India with a vegetarian dinner, and supported the Presque Isle and Caribou Rotary Club’s combined vegetarian potluck dinner held at the Nordic Heritage Center.
  • Administered the club’s Rotary Spirit Student Award Program’s second successful year at the Fort Fairfield High School. A male and female outstanding student from across grades 9 through 12 are recognized for academics, citizenship, and personal development each school-year quarter and a Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY) is chosen from these quarterly recipients. This year’s quarterly recipients Hannah Holbrook, Thomas Krause, Robbie Martin, Victoria Plourde, Kyle Doody, Josh Ricker, Sarah Owens and SOY Melissa Hotham were recognized during the high school’s Honors Night program.
  • Supported, and participated in, the high school’s Project Graduation All-nighter that provides a safe and sane environment in which to celebrate high school graduation.
  • Supported high school graduating seniors with two $1000 scholarships.
  • Mentioning but a few, GREAT YEAR!

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Okay, so now that one has graduated, how does one celebrate? The obvious answer to have an AWESOME time is the Project Graduation all-nighter at Fort Fairfield High School. We went over to help chaperone and by the time daylight arrived we were tired but absolutely thrilled that we were there. Twenty-three graduates having food and fun, and generating enough energy to power the town. And oh, did I mention going home with prizes, prizes, and more prizes? Trust me, it doesn’t get any better on graduation night!!!

 
 

 

During the 2013 Fort Fairfield High School Honors Program the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club had the privilege and honor to recognize its 2012-2013 school-year Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients and announce its Rotary Spirit Student of the Year. Congratulations to all the recipients and Student of the Year, Melissa Hotham.

2012-2013 school-year Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients and Student of the Year. (front row) Hannah Holbrook, Victoria Plourde, Melissa Hotham – Student of the Year, Sarah Owens: (back row) Tracy Copeland – Rotary Spirit Student Award Committee, Thomas Krause, Robbie Watson, Kyle Doody, Josh Ricker, Carl Young – Rotary Club President.

 

Melissa accepts the perpetual Rotary Student of the Year plaque that is displayed in the Fort Fairfield High School lobby. Her name is engraved on the plaque and her photo will remain on the plaque throughout the next school year. Melissa also received a $300 award. Carl Young – Rotary Club President presents.

(left to right) Nathan Hotham, father, Barbara Hotham and Catherine Kilcollins, grandmothers, Melissa Hotham, Tracy Copeland, RSSA Chairman, Beth Hotham, mother, James Smith, nominating teacher, Amanda Hotham, sister.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent/Acting Resident Agent in Charge, Shawn Serra (left photo), stopped by a regular weekly breakfast meeting recently and provided a very informative presentation concerning ICE’s overall operations, and specifically northern Maine actions. Shawn noted that bulk cash smuggling, contraband smuggling both inbound and outbound, and document fraud are, interestingly enough, primary concerns in the area. A handout placard was provided that describes many common Immigration and Customs felonies together with methods for reporting suspicious activities. In right-hand image Shawn is shown with program host Rotarian Kevin Murchie.

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Spencer Campbell (left) and Brandon Clark hold a check presented by the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club to support the Fort Fairfield High School Class of 2013 Project Graduation. Others gathered for the presentation are: (left to right): second row: Veronica Plourde, Victoria Plourde: third row: Sydney Churchill, Kellyn McGillan, Sarah Holbrook, Camille Huffman, Erica Thompson, Mrs. Anna Watt, faculty: fourth row: Carl Young, FF Rotary Club, President, Isaac Wortman, Andrew Tuck, Collin Cassidy, River Bourgoine, Kyle Doody, Nathan Guimond, Mr. Scott Clark, coordinator.

During Project Graduation graduating seniors pull an “all-nighter” on graduation night, but instead of studying for finals they are afforded the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at the school in a safe environment. During the night activities such as a magic show, foose ball, pool, ping pong, X-box, Zumba, G-Force laser tag, gyro scope, and jousting ring are available, to name but a few. The night concludes, in the morning, with breakfast and numerous prize drawings.

Mr. Scott Clark, coordinator, (front right) and Fort Fairfield High School graduating seniors Tyler Churchill, Spencer Campbell, and Brandon Clark (back row, left to right) are thanked by Carl Young, Club President, for stopping by at a recent Rotary Club breakfast meeting to inform the membership about Project Graduation.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has selected the fourth school year-quarter Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) Program recipients. Melissa Hotham and Robbie Watson, both tenth graders at Fort Fairfield High School, were honored at a recent Rotary Club breakfast. Each recipient received a certificate recognizing their academic achievement, citizenship, and personal development during the award period March-April 2013. Melissa was accompanied by her parents Beth and Nathan Hotham, grandmothers Barbara Hotham and Catherine Kilcollins, sister Amanda Hotham, and nominating teacher James Smith, while Robbie was accompanied by his mother Cindy Watson and nominating teacher Kelly Koziol.

The RSSA Program recognizes student achievement in academics, citizenship, and personal development across grades nine through twelve. Melissa and Robbie are eligible to receive the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year award from amongst eight period recipients. The Student of the Year is recognized at a club breakfast, receives an achievement certificate, has their photo displayed on a perpetual plaque at the school for the following school year, and receives a $300 award at the school’s annual Awards Program.

(left to right) Nathan Hotham, father, Barbara Hotham and Catherine Kilcollins, grandmothers, Melissa Hotham, Tracy Copeland, RSSA Chairman, Beth Hotham, mother, James Smith, nominating teacher, Amanda Hotham, sister.

(left to right) Kelly Koziol, nominating teacher, Tracy Copeland, RSSA Chairman, Robbie Watson, Cindy Watson, mother.

 

Vidalia onions are now being enjoyed from Houlton to Madawaska!!! The club wants to thank everyone who helped make this year's fundraiser an over-the-top success. This was a record sales year! Again, THANK YOU one and all.


This is the latest on the Vidalia Onions delivery. The onions are scheduled to be delivered to the “old” Graphic Utilities building on Cheney Grove Road, Fort Fairfield late Friday. Two pick up times are now scheduled: Saturday, May 18, 8am – 12 noon, and Monday, May 20, 3pm – 6pm. In the picture the building location is shown on Cheney Grove Road which is off High Street / South Caribou Road / Rt 161. Just west of the traffic light.

We have just been advised by the Vadalia onion growers in Georgia that the onion harvest period this year is going to be delayed one, maybe two weeks. We will publish a revised pick up period schedule as soon as delivery becomes firm. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Dan Foster, longtime Town Manager, is greeted by Ken Hensler, longtime Rotarian and week's Program Host, and then takes a question from a Rotarian.

Dan Foster, Fort Fairfield Town Manager, dropped by the regularly scheduled club meeting and discussed current and future town budget considerations. Dan noted that with the current atmosphere in the state capital, budgeting at the municipal level is definitely a challenge.

Of course the primary challenge is paying for appropriate municipality-provided services and educational needs, while keeping citizens taxes at a level that not only encourages current residents to remain in Fort Fairfield but attracts others to move into the community. While there is no “silver bullet” solution that will satisfy everyone, Dan and the Town Council are working diligently to find a middle-ground solution that is appropriate given the town’s current tax base and other available funding resources.

Paul Towle, Rotarian, welcomes Nancy Chandler, Maine Public Service, who then explains ductless-heat pump systems efficiency.

Nancy Chandler, Maine Public Service, spoke at the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club weekly meeting. Nancy explained heat pump systems operation as well as recent developments that enable the systems to work efficiently in the very cold temperatures experienced during The County winters.

Additionally it was noted that heat pump systems can be integrated into existing home heating systems in such a way as to not only supply heat to the home but also provide ductless air-conditioning as well as domestic hot water needs.

Addressing the ductless heat pump systems, Nancy pointed out that there are now various incentives in place, including rebate and financing programs, which may make it attractive to home owners to install these systems as supplemental heating/cooling sources in existing and new-construction homes.

March is Rotary International’s designated Literacy Month. Rotary clubs around the world are encouraged to make literacy the local club’s focus during this month. In keeping with this charge, the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club teamed with the Fort Fairfield Elementary School (FFES) to bring Mr. Tim Caverly, noted author of Allagash Tails and Tales books, to FFES grades 3 - 5 to help encourage reading. Tim delighted the students with stories about the Allagash Waterway which included “Andy the Wayward Moose”, “Marvin the Merganser”, a “flying” pig, and an Allagash “haunting”.

Sue Towle's and John Ala's 5th grade classes are ready for an adventure

Heather Rogers' and Megan Flannigan's 4th grade classes want to hear about "Andy the Wayward Moose"

Karen Wark's and Ashley Bouchard's 3rd grade classes anticipate an Allagash "haunting"

Tim Caverly reads an adventure to the classes

Autograph signing time

 

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has selected the third school year-quarter Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) Program recipients. Sarah Owens, a tenth grader, and Thomas Krause, a ninth grader, at Fort Fairfield High School were honored at a recent Rotary Club breakfast. Each recipient received a certificate recognizing their academic achievement, citizenship, and personal development during the award period January-February 2013. Sarah was accompanied by her parents Joe and Jamie Owens, and nominating faculty member Garrett Martin. Thomas was accompanied by his parents John and Terri Krause, his brother Nick, and nominating teacher Sharon Kozura.

The RSSA Program recognizes student achievement in academics, citizenship, and personal development across grades nine through twelve. Sarah and Thomas are eligible to receive the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year award from amongst eight period recipients. The Student of the Year is recognized at a club breakfast, receives an achievement certificate, has their photo displayed on a perpetual plaque at the school for the following school year, and receives a $300 award at the school’s annual Awards Program.

Front row (left-right): Joe Owens, father, Sarah Owens, recipient, Jamie Owens, mother:
Back row (left-right): Garrett Martin, nominating faculty member, Wayne Troicke, RSSA Program presenter.

Front row (left-right): Nick Krause, brother, Thomas Krause, recipient, Terri Krause, mother
Back row (left-right): Wayne Troicke, RSSA Program presenter, John Krause, father, Sharon Kozura, nominating faculty member.
 

Kerri Watson-Blaisdell, club Program Hostess, welcomes Tim Doak, Facility Engineer, The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC), and Tim prepares to answer a question from the floor.

At a recent club breakfast meeting Tim Doak provided an informative presentation concerning TAMC’s planning for the Fort Fairfield Community Health Center complex. Tim explained that the situation is extremely complex and difficult considering that TAMC currently uses only approximately 20 per cent of the available complex space, but due to a three-phase original building and additions process has to provide facility services for the entire complex at a high annual cost.

TAMC and the Town of Fort Fairfield have been holding ongoing meetings at which various complex dispositions have been discussed. Possibilities range from converting the existing facility to another use in its current/modified configuration to demolition and converting the grounds into a community park.

Tim emphasized that TAMC is currently committed to providing a health care facility in Fort Fairfield independent from the current buildings disposition.