Tim Hobbs, Maine Potato Board, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting. Tim provided the club with a short Maine Potato Board history and Board activities synopsis. Tim also addressed topics currently before the State Legislature that can have an impact on the Maine potato industry and consequently growers and handlers in The County.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has chosen Brandon Clark and Elizabeth Day as its Nov/Dec period Fort Fairfield High School Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients.

 

Elizabeth and Brandon, both seniors, were nominated for the award by the Fort Fairfield High School faculty and staff with the award recipients chosen by the club’s selection committee from amongst multiple nominees. Both recipients demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and strong citizenship traits that provide a positive role model for their peers.

At a recent Fort Fairfield Rotary Club recognition breakfast where the award recipients received achievement certificates, Elizabeth was accompanied by her mother Vickie Day, while Brandon was accompanied by his mother Sherry Clark. 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 will receive a $300 cash award.

The student award program seeks to recognize student achievement throughout the school year, across grades 9 through 12. The program selection criteria cover academics, citizenship, and personal development. The student winners were selected for the award period Nov/Dec 2011. Winners were previously selected for the Sep/Oct 2011 period and will also be selected for the periods Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr 2012. At the school-year end the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year will be chosen from amongst the eight period-award recipients.

 Front row: Bob Osterblom – FFHS Faculty Nominator, Brandon Clark, Sherry Clark – Mother

Back row: Tracy Copeland – Rotary Spirit Student Award Program Chair and Paul Towle – Rotary Club Event Host

Front row: Robyn Daigle – FFHS Faculty Nominator, Elizabeth Day, Vickie Day - Mother

Back row: Tracy Copeland – Rotary Spirit Student Award Program Chair and Paul Towle – Rotary Club Event Host

 

Kevin McCarty, Director of the Northern Maine Museum of Science, asked if anyone wanted to use their heads for C-A-N-C-E-R, and went on to explain about Aroostook County’s 6th annual Planet Head Day that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, during the 82nd “birthday” of the discovery of Pluto. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Gymnasium. This unique event celebrates space science while also serving as a fundraiser for C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer, Education and Recovery]. To do this, participants raise money to have their heads shaved and painted as planets, dwarf planets and moons.

Kevin McCarty (right), Director of the Northern Maine Museum of Science, thinks Ken Hensler's, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club Program Host, head would make a great Planet Head.

Each of the previous events has at least doubled the C-A-N-C-E-R funds raised over the previous year. Last year’s event raised more than $15,000, and the ambitious goal this year is to double that amount. For more information about participating in the event, contact Kevin McCartney at 207-768-9482 or Jeanie McGowan at 207-768-9747. Anyone wishing to help paint planets should contact McGowan.

Steve Lewis, Friends Helping Friends (FHF), Director, provided an organizational and mission overview presentation at a recent Fort Fairfield Rotary Club meeting. Steve explained that FHF is a community support organization that provides 100-120 Fort Fairfield families with monthly assistance that includes food, clothing, fuel, and utilities.

The FHF organization is supported entirely by contributions that come from local civic organizations, churches, the town, and individuals. In that respect Steve pointed out that the organization is currently housed in an open area within the Armstrong Engineering building on Presque Isle Street in Fort Fairfield.

Steve stated that due to the heavy rains experienced this year leaks had developed in the roof above where food and other donated goods are stored. Jeff Armstrong, Armstrong Engineering, graciously stepped up with funds to repair the roof that is in a building area that would not be used if FHF was not being housed there. FHF is now in the process of raising $3000, separate from monthly assistance donations, to help repay in part Armstrong Engineering for their generosity. Further information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting Steve Lewis, 207-227-9219, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In photo, Paul Towle, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club Program Host, (right) thanks Steve Lewis, Friends Helping Friends, Director, for taking time to provide an informative organizational and mission overview presentation.

 

2013 – 2014 | Fort   Fairfield Rotary Club | Assignments

Date

Chefs

Greeters

Program

Host

July 3

Tracy & Wayne

Dan & Gert

Bus Mtg.

Carl

10

Terry & Ryan

Ken & Pat

BR

 

Donna

17

Paul T & Dan

George & Steve

MB

 

Jose

24

Ken & Gert

Wayne & Mari

TD

 

Dan

31

Larry & Jose

Paul C & Gary

RS

 

Kevin

Aug 7

Steve & George

Tracy & Mike

Bus Mtg.

Carl

14

Paul C & Ryan

Dale & Terry

RS

 

Paul T

21

Mike & Larry

Effie & Kevin

TD

 

Paul C

28

Donna & Gary

Mari & Tracy

FS

 

Ken

Sept 4

Dan & Paul T

Gert & Steve

Bus Mtg.

Carl

11

Jose & Donna

Dan & Paul T

CA

 

Mike

18

Mari & Terry

Larry & Jose

Travel Draw

 

25

Effie & Kevin

Paul C & Ryan

Travel Draw

 

Oct 2

Donna & Paul T

Ken & Pat

TD

Bus Mtg.

Carl

9

Wayne & Tracy

George & Dale

Travel Draw

 

16

Gert & Dale

Gary & Terry

Travel Draw

 

 

 

19 - TRAVEL DRAW BANQUET

23

Dale & Ken

Wayne & Tracy

Thanksgiving

 

30

George & Steve

Effie & Kevin

Thanksgiving

 

Nov 6

Ken & Mike

Dan & Paul T

TH

Bus Mtg.

Carl

13

Terry & Kevin

Paul C & Ryan

Thanksgiving

 

20

Gary & Dale

Jose & Larry

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

23 - COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER

27

Paul C & Ryan

Tracy & Donna

NM

 

George

Dec 4

Pat & Jose

Gert & Steve

CP

Bus Mtg.

Carl

11

Kevin & Effie

Mari & Wayne

MH

Wayne

18

Paul T & Terry

Larry & Mike

 

Elections

Effie

25

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

2013 – 2014 | Fort   Fairfield Rotary Club | Assignments

Date

Chefs

Greeters

Program

Host

Jan 1

 

NEW YEARS DAY

8

Terry & George

Mari & Pat

Bus Mtg.

Carl

15

Tracy & Gert

Gary & Donna

FR

 

Kevin

22

Mike & Dan

Dale & Steve

 

 

Pat

29

Gary & Larry

Effie & Kevin

 

 

Dan

Feb 5

Donna & Mari

Wayne & Gert

Bus Mtg.

Carl

12

George & Ken

Larry & Dan

 

 

Gary

19

Steve & Pat

George & Jose

TD

 

Wayne

26

Wayne & Tracy

Gary & Dale

FS

 

Gert

Mar 5

Gert & Dale

Pat & Donna

Bus Mtg.

Carl

12

Paul C & Ryan

Mari & Mike

OS

 

Mari

19

Gary & Jose

Dale & Gary

FR

 

Terry

26

Dan & Mike

Ken & Ryan

CA

 

Dale

Apr 2

Larry & Wayne

Pat & George

Bus Mtg.

Carl

9

Ken & Steve

Effie & Kevin

OS

 

Mike

16

Mari & Donna

Larry & Jose

 

 

Tracy

23

Mike & Paul C

Terry & Donna

TD

 

Jose

30

Effie & Kevin

Gert & Steve

SC

 

Larry

May 7

Paul T & Mari

Wayne & Mike

Bus Mtg.

Carl

14

George & Jose

Effie & Paul T

OS

 

Effie

21

Larry & Gary

Paul C & Ryan

SC

 

Pat

28

Dale & Paul C

George & Mike

AD

 

Gert

Jun 4

Wayne & Steve

Dan & Ken

Bus Mtg.

Carl

11

Mari & Pat

Donna & Tracy

BR

 

Dale

18

Dan & Gert

Ken & Terry

AD

 

Paul T

25

Kevin & Effie

Paul T & Kevin

BR

 

Ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children in the Fort Fairfield School District who might not have coats, mittens, or other warm winter clothing, will have this year, thanks to the local Rotary Club.

Fort Fairfield High School Choral Group and Director, Mari Jo Hedman (far right)

Stephanie Beaulieu, Club Acting President, (right) presents Happy Dollars
to Sue Parks, Fort Fairfield Elementary School Principal

The club recently held its regular weekly breakfast meeting at the Fort Fairfield High School and with a high school choral group joining in the festivities and providing seasonal music, turned its Happy Dollars time into Open Your Hearts time. During this time club members usually contribute a dollar per item for the opportunity to tell about happy events that have taken place in their lives since the last meeting, with the monies typically going towards supporting club projects.

At this meeting the ante was upped a bit and very happy club members contributed over $300. The monies collected were presented to Sue Parks, Fort Fairfield Elementary School Principal, who together with the District faculty and staff will purchase and distribute the clothing items.

At a recent Fort Fairfield Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Dan Foster, Fort Fairfield Town Manager, presented a town budget process overview. Dan described the overall budget process addressing factors that typically impact the budget’s bottom line.

With many outside issues, including State revenue sharing, impacting the town’s revenue level, Dan explained that the Town Manager’s Office, the Town Council, and the town’s Economic Development Office are working together to not only hold down costs but to increase the town’s revenue base.

The new fertilizer warehousing facility currently under construction on Route 1A by Cavendish Farms as well as land sales along the town-owned rail line at McShea Siding have helped the town hold the budget line within expectations. With both aforementioned projects utilizing the approximately eight mile long rail line extension that runs from the Easton/Fort Fairfield town line to the rail depot and town’s industrial district, Dan stated that the town is working to encourage additional development along the line.

Dan sees town infrastructure projects, State revenue sharing trends, the Atlantic Custom Processor facility loss, and pending development as factors that will have significant impact on future budgets. To ensure that future budgets address community needs/concerns the town has launched a web-based suggestion box on its website at www.fortfairfield.org. Dan and the Town Council are looking forward to receiving community input via the new online suggestion box.

In a follow on to Dr. Norma Desjardins’, Clinic Director, recent presentation to the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club, Janet Kelle, Club President, presented a $1,000 check to Frank Bemis, Presque Isle Rotary Club, during the 64th Rotary Auction. The check helps the Presque Isle Rotary Club reach their $25,000 St. Apollonia Dental Clinic support goal.

The St. Apollonia Dental Clinic is a nonprofit organization which seeks to aid those most in need of dental services; particularly, the children and adolescents of Aroostook County who have no access to dental care. The primary goal will be to provide a dental home which consists of ongoing quality dental preventive and restorative services and to educate patients and their parents, guardians, or caregivers on continued dental care. The clinic seeks to reach out to the most vulnerable, dentally needy population of Aroostook County.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club has chosen Desiraie Rediker and Joshua Wortman as its inaugural Fort Fairfield High School Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients.

Desiraie, a sophomore, and Joshua, a senior, were nominated for the award by the Fort Fairfield High School faculty and staff with the award recipients chosen by the club’s selection committee from amongst multiple nominees. Both recipients demonstrate an exemplary work ethic with respect to their studies and serve as positive roll models amongst their peers.

At a recent Fort Fairfield Rotary Club recognition breakfast where the award recipients received achievement certificates, Desiraie was accompanied by parents Brett and Rebecca Tarbox, while Joshua was accompanied by parents Roland and Tammy Wortman. 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 will receive a $300 cash award.

The student award program seeks to recognize student achievement throughout the school year, across grades 9 through 12. The program selection criteria cover academics, citizenship, and personal development. The inaugural student winners were selected for the award period Sept/Oct 2011. Winners will also be selected for the periods Nov/Dec 2011, Jan/Feb 2012, and Mar/Apr 2012. At the school-year end the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year will be chosen from amongst the eight period-award recipients.

Front row: Brett Tarbox, Rebecca Tarbox, Desiraie Rediker, Janet Kelle – Rotary Club President
Back row: James Smith – FFHS Faculty Nominator, Tracy Copeland – Rotary Spirit Student Award Program Chair, Mark Jenkins – FFHS Principal, Stephanie Beaulieu – Rotary Club Event Hostess

Front row: Roland Wortman, Tammy Wortman, Joshua Wortman, Janet Kelle – Rotary Club President
Back row: Robert Helstrom – FFHS Faculty Nominator, Tracy Copeland – Rotary Spirit Student Award Program Chair, Mark Jenkins – FFHS Principal, Stephanie Beaulieu – Rotary Club Event Hostess

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, and VFW together with many other local service organizations once again came together to provide a community Thanksgiving Day dinner. A holiday tradition in Fort Fairfield for over 25 years the event provides a turkey dinner with all the fixings to Fort Fairfield senior citizens who otherwise might not have a holiday dinner to enjoy.

With turkeys provided by the Friends Helping Friends organization, Students Baking a Living doing the roasting, Harvest Market, Hillside IGA and others providing veggies and condiments, the Fort Fairfield High School Girls Basketball Team serving as hostesses and servers, seasonal music provided by Dan and Friends, and local Rotarians and KC members working together to provide the behind the scenes preparations activities, a true sense of the Thanksgiving spirit was enjoyed by all.

More than 75 citizens attended the dinner and enjoyed the fellowship and entertainment at the VFW Hall, while 96 who could not come out had dinner delivered to their homes by nine volunteer drivers. Leftover prepared dinners were donated and delivered to the Homeless Shelter of Aroostook.

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The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club hosted Frank Bemis and Gina LeBlanc-Eggert, Presque Isle Rotary Club members, along with Dr. Norma Desjardins as a guest speaker during a recent meeting.  The Presque Isle Rotary Club’s 64th Rotary Auction is November 29, 30 and December 1st and the St. Apollonia Dental Clinic is the club's 2011 Special Project recipient. Therefore, the Presque Isle Rotary Club pledged to raise at least $25,000 towards this effort to benefit many community children in The County.  Dr. Norma Desjardins, Clinic Director, provided a presentation which included the clinic vision and mission statements, the abundant need, and clinic sustainability plan.

St. Apollonia Dental Clinic is a nonprofit organization which seeks to aid those most in need of dental services; particularly, Aroostook County children and adolescents who have no access to dental care. The primary goal is to provide a dental home which consists of ongoing quality dental preventive and restorative services and to educate patients and their parents, guardians, or caregivers on continued dental care. The clinic seeks to reach out to the most vulnerable, dentally needy Aroostook County population.


Janet Kelle(left), Fort Fairfield Rotary Club President, Gina LeBlanc-Eggert, Presque Isle Rotary Club member, Dr. Norma Desjardins, Clinic Director, Frank Bemis, Presque Isle Rotary Club member.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club and FortFairfield High School are partnering in a new student achievement recognition program, the Rotary Spirit Student Award Program.

While the Rotary Club’s existing scholarship award program recognizes achievement by graduating seniors, the new Rotary Spirit Student Award Program seeks to recognize student achievement throughout the school year and across grades 9 through 12. With the expanded recognition program, faculty and staff may nominate students throughout the school year to receive more real-time recognition for their work.

The program selection criteria cover academics, citizenship, and personal development. Emphasis is placed upon working to ones potential, making significant progress in the classroom, demonstrating respect towards the student body, staff and faculty, being a positive role model to one’s peers, and volunteer efforts both within the school and the community.

The new program provides two student awards, one boy and one girl, on a bi-monthly basis, for the periods Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb, and Mar/Apr. Additionally, at the school-year end a Rotary Spirit Student of the Year is chosen from amongst the period award recipients.

During the school year, award recipients are honored at a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club breakfast where they receive a framed certificate of achievement. Their achievement is also recognized through media releases and postings on the school bulletin board and website. The Rotary Spirit Student of the Year award winner in addition to a recognition breakfast and framed certificate also receives a $300 cash award.

This year’s program is also serving as a pilot program for a similar program at the middle school level. It is envisioned that if the new program is well receive by the student body and is successful at the high school level it will be expanded to the middle school level next year, and possibly a modified version at the elementary school level the following year.

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