Kerri Watson-Blaisdell (left photo) and Angela Williams (right photo) accept their membership certificates from club President, Carl Young, as Assistant District Governor, Nancy Fletcher and District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan look on.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club at its October 2012 business meeting inducted two new members, Angela Williams, and Kerri Watson-Blaisdell. Induction ceremonies were conducted by Rotary District 7810 Assistant Governor, Nancy Fletcher, while Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan performed the pinning for each inductee.

Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan, makes a point during a presentation (left photo) and accepts the club's banner from club President, Carl Young.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club was honored to recently host the Rotary District 7810 Governor, Allan MacLellan and wife Wanda. Allan attended the club’s Board of Directors evening supper meeting to discuss involvement in community and international Rotary programs/projects as well as club operations.

The following morning Allan addressed the club membership at their regularly scheduled monthly business meeting. Allan stressed the importance of involvement and public relations in the community as well as supporting the Rotary Foundation (RF). Through the RF Rotary’s more than 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs worldwide, like the Fort Fairfield club, are able to be part of programs such as Polio Plus which concentrates on Polio eradication, clean water projects which supply disadvantaged towns clean water through well drilling projects, and international Youth Exchange Programs, to mention but a few.

Allan noted that this Rotary-year District 7810 is emphasizing club fellowship and membership, and was pleased to learn more about the Fort Fairfield club’s ongoing Travel Draw fundraiser, the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner for Seniors, and the Rotary Spirit Student Award Program partnership with the local high school now in its second year, to again mention but a few.

While visiting the club Allan and Wanda were overnight guests of club President Carl Young and wife Becky who also hosted the evening supper and Board of Directors meeting. For additional information concerning Fort Fairfield Rotary Club’s activities or membership please visit the club’s website www.fortfairfieldrotary.org or contact Carl Young, 472-3643.

 

 

How does one know that autumn has arrived? There’s nippiness in the morning air. The leaves begin to display their brilliant colors. But most telling is that the welcoming banners on Fort Fairfield’s Main Street lamp posts have been taken down to make room for the coming holiday’s decorations.

Have you ever asked, “Who does that?” Who puts up the banners in the spring and takes them down when autumn arrives? The answer: for over 20 years, with an assist from the town’s Public Works Department, the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has been the banners supplier and caretaker.

This year Rotarians Wayne Troicke (photo left) and Paul Cormier volunteered to ride the town’s lift early one morning to take down the banners. The banners are dried, carefully stored, and next spring, like the leaves, will reappear when again local Rotarians will ride the lift to reinstall the welcoming banners on the lamp posts.

Dr. Allen Salo (left), Associate Professor of Psychology, UMPI, and Central Aroostook Humane Society Board of Directors member is welcomed by Program Host Tracy Copeland and answers question during brief.

Allen addressed the club concerning the Humane Society's roll in the region and ongoing activities at the facility. At this time the society is in the process of upgrading necessary resources especially with respect to transportation. Allen noted that at any given time there can be as many as 200+ animals at the shelter which translates into many trips to associated facilities.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (207) 764-3441 or visiting the society’s website at www.centralaroostookhumanesociety.org.

Joyce Knorr, American Red Cross, Pine Tree Chapter, Aroostook County Branch Manager, is welcomed by Mike Bosse, Rotary Club Program Host, at a recent club meeting and makes a point during her presentation.

Joyce pointed out that the Pine Tree Chapter’s service area is geographically large and includes Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot, Washington, Hancock, Waldo, and Knox counties. Within this area there are over 300 volunteers who make it possible to deliver services to County residents and communities.

In addition to the more commonly known emergency disaster relief efforts and supplying blood products to health care facilities, the chapter also provides services to Armed Forces personnel including emergency communications, loans, and re-integration programs. Also included in the chapter’s services are health and safety education and training such as first aid, CPR, and babysitting to name but a few.

Joyce also stated that as part of the national American Red Cross organization Pine Tree Chapter volunteers also respond when an event is declared a national emergency. Even as Joyce was speaking volunteers were on their way, together with the local Emergency Relief Vehicle housed in Caribou, to support efforts associated with hurricane Isaac in Mississippi.

The two most important and needed items to keep the Pine Tree Chapter viable and supplying emergency services in the County and across the nation are volunteers and donations. Joyce may be contacted at 207-493-4620, ext. 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vince Bernier prepares the war club           Paul Towle (red shirt) arrives greenside

Local Rotarians supported the Aroostook Valley Country Club (AVCC) Tornado Recovery Scramble. The event held at AVCC was very well supported by corporate and individual sponsors with all the proceeds earmarked for course repair efforts.

In addition to a hole sponsorship provided by the Rotary Club, Rotarians Dan Ayoob, Paul Towle, Vince Bernier, and Bill Campbell each participated on an individual basis to support this community project.

Dan Ayoob (blue jacket) helps with registration             Bill Campbell tees it up

Paul goes for the distance                         Vince prepares to hole out

Bill and......                                               Dan line 'em up

Our own Rotarian Bill Campbell provided information on his latest humanitarian trip to Guatemala, Central America. Bill traveled to cities on both the Guatemalan East and West coasts describing school and health center projects, to mention but a few, undertaken by Rotary clubs from the United States and Canada as well as Rotary International. Bill stated that sanitary facilities, schools, and medical facilities remain primary needs throughout the country.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club is supporting the United Way of Aroostook through the annual MMG Charity Golf Tournament. In photo, Jeff Clark (right), MMG Tournament Chairman, accepts a support check from Carl Young, President, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club. The tournament is being held at the Aroostook Valley Country Club, September 8th, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Aroostook.

 

Steve Leitch, Managing Pro, Aroostook Valley Country Club (AVCC), (left) accepts a Tornado Relief Scramble Sponsorship check from Carl Young, President, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club. The scramble is a 3-person scramble to raise funds for the June 29th storm damage recovery and repair efforts. The event takes place August 22, 2012, 1:00pm – 7:00pm (Eastern Time). Call 1-800-980-8747 to register and visit the AVCC website (http://www.avcc.ca/home.htm) for more information.

Five Fort Fairfield pageant queens rode the Queen’s Float in the 2012 Maine Potato Blossom Festival (TM) parade. Waving to the crowds along the parade route the young ladies received continuous applause from the many parade viewers. Pictured on the float from front to back are:

Little Miss Fort Fairfield – Rachel Milliard
Pre-Teen Miss Fort Fairfield – Hannah Spinney (bench seat – left)
Junior Miss Fort Fairfield – Sarah Watt (bench seat – right)
Teen Miss Fort Fairfield – Rebecca Theriault
Miss Fort Fairfield – Aleesha Campbell

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26 very excited young people came out to ride in the annual Bike Rodeo. From ages 2 through 12 each participant received a new bike helmet, got some excellent bike riding safety tips from Officer Jim Cerrato, rode the safety training course, took a police-escorted ride down Main Street, and received a free hotdog lunch at the K of C’s hotdog stand.

In addition, three youngsters received free, new bicycles in the bike raffle. The winners were:

Age Group 2-5: Riquelle Barnes
Age Group 6-8: Chase Coiley
Age Group 9-12: Calvin Taylor

The bike rodeo is held each year in concert with the Maine Potato Blossom Festival(TM) and gives our children a time to have great fun while also learning bike safety. Click here to see more photos.

At the July monthly business meeting the club finalized the Board of Directors slate for club-year 2012-2013. The following positions were filled: President – Carl Young, Vice President – Ken Hensler, Secretary – Josefina Lopez, Treasurer – Tracy Copeland, Sergeant-at-Arms – Gary Sirois, Director – Dale Ames, Director – Dan Ayoob, Director – Paul Towle. The club is looking forward to an exciting, productive, service-year supporting community and international programs.

 

Effie Murchie, Rotary Club Program Hostess, welcomes Dr. Gregory M. Blackstone, DDS, who recently shared experiences from four dental mission trips to Guatemala over the past seven years. The dental team often travels with medical teams with remote village locations accessed only by boat, four-wheel drive vehicles, and tractors. During these trips various dental procedures are provided including fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, and necessary extractions to mention a few. Gregory also shared slides depicting several Rotary projects that have been completed/are ongoing in concert with work by an indigenous church and its pastor in 16 villages throughout Guatemala.

 

Elizabeth Day, FFHS senior graduate, recently received the Rotary Youth Merit Award from Rotary District 7810 and the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club. The Rotary Youth Merit Award program recognizes young people as the potential leaders of tomorrow's complex world and the community. Each award recipient exemplifies the Rotary ideals of service, dependability and leadership - amongst their peers and within their schools, communities and families. Elizabeth received her award certificate from Rotary Club President Stephanie Beaulieu.

These Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients are representative of many truly excellent, well-rounded Fort Fairfield High School students that club members had the pleasure of meeting during the 2011-2012 school year. As residents and community leaders we are confident that the town’s future will be in good hands as these students take their place in society and our community. Once again the club would like to offer its congratulations and best wishes.

The District 7810 Conference was hosted by the Houlton Rotary Club this weekend. Many Rotary clubs from Eastern Maine and New Brunswick, Canada enjoyed a great time of fellowship. Membership, public relations, international service, and other recognition awards were presented along with Paul Harris Fellow presentations and Rotary Youth Merit Awards. Chief Brenda Commander, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, spoke on strengthening community by strengthening families, and Donn Fendler spoke and narrated a video on “Lost on a Mountain in Maine”. Fort Fairfield Rotarian Carl Young attended. The next District Conference, 2012-2013, will be held in Moncton, NB, Canada, September 21-23, 2012.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club and local High School wrapped up its inaugural Rotary Spirit Student Award-year at the school’s annual award ceremony.

During the school year eight deserving students were selected for award-periods Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec 2011, Jan/Feb, and Mar/Apr 2012, one girl and boy for each selection period. Multiple students were nominated by the high school faculty/staff for each period and the Rotary Spirit Student Award Committee selected period-award recipients from amongst the nominees.

At a recent committee meeting the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year was selected from the eight period award recipients. The Rotary Spirit Student of the Year recipient, Melissa McKenney, was honored at the recent award ceremony and received a $300 cash award. Additionally, Melissa’s name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque to be displayed in the school’s lobby and her photo will be displayed on the plaque during the next school year.

The Rotary Spirit Student Award program promotes success in and out of the classroom. For a student to be a well-respected citizen, they must be able to balance many different life areas. They must exemplify outstanding characteristics both as a student and as a community citizen. The student must be able to handle many different student life aspects while maintaining excellence in the classroom. This award is designed to nominate and select students, across grades 9 through 12, who promote and take pride in Fort Fairfield High School (FFHS), the Town of Fort Fairfield, and in themselves.

Front row: Elizabeth Day (Nov/Dec 2011), Megan Jellison (Mar/Apr 2012), Desiraie Rediker (Sep/Oct 2011), Melissa McKenney (Rotary Spirit Student of the Year 2011/2012), Joshua Wortman (Sep/Oct 2011), Stephanie Beaulieu – Club President

Back row: Tracy Copeland – Spirit Award Committee Chair, Matthew Theriault (Jan/Feb 2012), Brandon Clark (Nov/Dec 2011), Caleb Daigle (Mar/Apr 2012)

Fort Fairfield High School and the local Rotary Club wrapped up the period-selection phase of their inaugural Rotary Spirit Student Award Program-year as the Rotary Club chose Caleb Daigle and Megan Jellison as its Mar/Apr-period Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients.

Caleb and Megan, both freshmen, were nominated for the award by the High School faculty with the award recipients chosen by the club’s selection committee from multiple nominees. Both recipients demonstrate an excellent work ethic and appetite for learning by taking advanced/elective courses and are very active in school-based citizenship programs as well as after-school personal development endeavors. Caleb and Megan are also recognized for providing strong, positive role model leadership amongst their peers.

At a Rotary Club recognition breakfast, May 23, 2012, where the award recipients received achievement certificates, Megan was accompanied by her parents and brother Wayne and Elaine, and Greg, respectively, while Caleb was accompanied by his father Mike. Each recipient’s photo will now be placed on the school bulletin board and website, and they are automatically in the running for the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year who receives a $300 cash award.

The fact that both recipients are freshmen demonstrates the student award program’s philosophy of recognizing student achievement across grades 9 through 12 throughout the school year. The program selection criteria cover academics, citizenship, and personal development. The student winners were selected for the award period Mar/Apr 2012. Winners were previously selected for the Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec 2011 and Jan/Feb 2012 periods. The Rotary Spirit Student of the Year will now be chosen from amongst the eight period-award recipients.

Front: Stephanie Beaulieu – Rotary Club President, Caleb Daigle and father Mike Daigle, Rachel Elmore – Faculty Nominator
Back: Tracy Copeland – Spirit Award Committee Chair

Front: Kerrie Alley – Co-Faculty Nominator, Stephanie Beaulieu – Rotary Club President, Megan Jellison
Back: Jarrett Martin – Co-Faculty Nominator, Tracy Copeland – Spirit Award Committee Chair, mother and father – Elaine and Wayne Jellison, respectively.

Marc Gendron, Superintendent – Fort Fairfield Schools System, briefed the club on recent/currently ongoing activities. Marc stated that AOS 99 (Alternative Organization Structure) that was formed between the Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater, and Fort Fairfield school systems in the face of State mandated reorganization requirements will now be dissolved as of June 30, 2012. At that time each school system will return to its system that was in place prior to the AOS implementation. However, the various school systems will work with each other in common areas that have been identified as being beneficial.

Marc also thanked the club for supporting the schools system in areas such as the Rotary Spirit Student Award program, Boosters Clubs, and Christmas Program to name a few.

vidalia onions

As everyone who reads this page knows, the club has been involved in its annual Vidalia Onion Sales fundraiser. Last year approximately 240 25lb. bags were bought by friends of the Rotary. This year the club set the target goal at 350 bags. Thanks to the generosity of our Rotary club friends we have exceeded the goal with over 360 bags having been bought.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club would like to give a big SHOUT-OUT and THANK YOU to our many supporters for your exceptional generosity. In addition to our many friends in the immediate area we also want to thank many new supporters from down in the Shiretown and Mars Hill areas to all the way up in the Valley.

All proceeds help the club support local/regional activities and organizations such as graduating seniors college scholarships, Aroostook Teen Leadership, FF Boy Scouts, Friends Helping Friends, Homeless Shelter, and Central Aroostook Mentoring to name but a few, and this year regional disaster recovery activities.