Rain, what rain? The only reigning was by the Maine Potato Blossom Festival’s reigning princesses as they enjoyed their ride on the club’s Princesses’ float. Certainly no spirits were dampened and smiles were plentiful as participants and spectators alike enjoyed the afternoon.

Smiles aplenty and royalty waves

Special thank you to Theriault Equipment for the tractor

New bikes waiting for their new riders

The club’s annual Bike Rodeo was held during the 2015 Maine Potato Blossom Festival. During the rodeo youngsters ages 2 through 12 are given bike safety instruction by Officer Jim Cerrato, ride the riding skills course, receive a free new helmet, are eligible to win a free new bike, get to ride with police escort down Main Street, and receive a free hotdog/French fries/soda lunch. This year’s bike winners were Trey Zetterman (ages 2-5), Kyriah Zetterman (ages 6-8), and Isaac Fox (ages 9-12).

Preparations - Rotarians Effie Murchie (by bike), Kerri Watson-Blaisdell (at table), Ryan Cormier (ball cap)

Registration and ready to ride the skills course

Bike inspections and rules of the road from Officer Jim Cerrato

Bike winners - Trey Zetterman (ages 2-5) and Kyriah Zetterman (ages 6-8)

Bike winner Isaac Fox (ages 9-12) and Main Street ride

Main Street ride and hotdog/french fries/soda lunch

More lunch

Dalton Cassidy accepts a totebag from Carl Young, President, as dad Joe and Rotarian Gary Sirois (left), program host, look on.

Dalton Cassidy, local Boy Scout, visited the club at a recent regular weekly meeting and gave a presentation concerning an Eagle Scout project. Dalton’s project involves building two dugout structures for the Fort Fairfield schools. These structures are going to be constructed in such a way as to allow them to be moved from location to location around the school’s athletic fields. Additionally, it will be possible to move them inside during winter months thus prolonging their useful life span. Dalton also spoke about other scout experiences that have helped shape him as a young man and upon which he can call throughout his life.

Wayne (left) and wife Sylvie accept a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club tote bag from club President Carl Young (right) as Floyd Rockholt looks on.

Rotary District 7810 Governor, Wayne Wornes and wife Sylvie, accompanied by Area 1 Assistant District Governor (ADG) Floyd Rockholt, recently visited the club during a regular weekly breakfast meeting. Wayne spoke about Rotary International goals, an appreciation for the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club’s community and international service, and his Rotarian experiences.

The Fort Fairfield, Maine and Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada Rotary Clubs once again recently joined together for their Combined Annual Meeting. The clubs have been enjoying this time of Rotarian fellowship for many years. Along with an evening meal enjoyed, each club and Rotary District 7810 Governor, Mike Walsh, presented member awards and recognitions. In addition to club Rotarians and spouses attending Rotary District 7810 Governor Mike Walsh and wife Francine, Governor-Elect Wayne Wornes and wife Sylvie, Governor-Nominee Ginny Joles, Area 1 Assistant District Governor (ADG) Floyd Rockholt, and Area 1 Immediate-Past ADG Nancy Fletcher also attended.

(from left) Rotarians Kerri Watson-Blaisdell and Josie Lopez, and District 7810 Governor Mike Walsh and wife Francine

(from left) District 7810 Governor-Elect Wayne Wornes and wife Sylvie , and (from right) Rotarian Larry Plant and wife Narda

(left front) Jane Towle, and (from right) Rotarian Paul Towle, unidentified, Rotarian Paul Cormier and wife Sandra

 

(far table end) Rotarian Vince Bernier and (to his right) wife Kathy, and (from front right) ADG Floyd Rockholt, Margie Brooks - Perth-Andover President, District 7810 Governor-Nomiee Ginny Joles (blue jacket)

(second from left) District 7810, Area 1, Immediate-Past ADG Nancy Fletcher, and [back center (burgundy polo)] Rotarian Tracy Copeland 

(front center and right) Rotarians Kerri Watson-Blaisdell and Josie Lopez, (back center) Becky Young (this writer's wife)

 

Bill Campbell, Program Host, (left) welcomes Jim Risner, Town Manager, Fort Fairfield and presents Jim with a club totebag.

Jim Risner, Town Manager, Fort Fairfield visited the club morning meeting. Jim spoke about his new position as Town Manager and gave an overview of his past experiences in municipal government in Culpeper, Virginia.

Claudia Stevens, Executive Director, United Way of Aroostook accepts a donation check from Carl Young, Club President. The funds will be used to support various needs throughout The County.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club’s 2014-2015 club-year is coming to a close at the end of June. To say that this has been a very successful and satisfying year would be a huge understatement.

As you may know the club holds only two fundraisers during the year, the annual Cash Draw ticket sales and event (August-October) and the Vidalia Onions sales (April-May), to support the many club-sponsored/supported activities. Both fundraisers were very successful this year thanks to you, our many faithful supporters.

May I take a minute to mention but a few of the supported activities right here in our local area? Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, Rotary Bike Rodeo (during the MPBF), Fort Fairfield Library equipment upgrades, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School: ABC golf tournament, basketball tournament, Project Graduation, “Tiger” hoops camp, graduating senior’s scholarships, Rotary Spirit Student Award program. Also, the annual Community/Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner (over 30 years now), Special Olympics, TAMC Survivor Camp, and United Way of Aroostook.

Of course this year the club, together with the PI, Caribou, Washburn, Mars Hill, Limestone, and Perth-Andover clubs, began work towards a World Service Project in Guatemala. Over the next two to three years we will be working to raise funds to provide water filtration systems, Eco-stoves, and Eco-toilets to disadvantage villages in outlying areas in Guatemala. This effort will culminate with a team of 10-12 local Rotarians traveling to Guatemala, planned for 2017, to link up with a local Guatemalan Rotary club to help the local villagers install these devices in their homes and schools. It is hoped that this will be but the first such project involving local-area Rotary clubs.

One last thing, may I invite you to join us in the aforementioned service activities? You are cordially invited to join us at our weekly meetings, Wednesdays, 7-8AM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 170 Main Street to see if what your local Rotary club is doing matches your community/international service aspirations. Oh, by-the-way, our Rotarian chefs whip up a fantastic breakfast meal.

Visit and "like" us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Fairfield-Rotary-Club/201228719900441 .

Students enjoy Rewards Day activities at the Fort Fairfield Middle High School as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Program. Each quarter classes are given student body behavior goals, e.g., 80 percent of all the students in the class will have one or less behavior incidents. If the goal is achieved the class gets to enjoy a Rewards Day afternoon which might include off-campus activities at a local university’s indoor pool or roller skating. The current quarter activities were conducted in the school’s gymnasium and included inflatables, dodgeball rings, and many other activities. The club was this quarter’s primary sponsor, donating funds to cover a significant portion of the Rewards Day activities costs.

This writer once again had the privilege and honor to represent the club at the Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 2015 graduation ceremonies. It was truly a pleasure to see the outstanding graduates and present $1,000 scholarships to the well deserving recipients Kendra Ireland and Sarah Owens.

 

Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (2014-2015)
Chris Giberson

Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) (2014-2015)
(left to right) RSSA Program Chair - Tracy Copeland, recipients - Antonio Gracia, Laura Woodman, Sarah Watt, Rotary Spirit Student of the Year – Chris Giberson, recipients - Autumn Parady, Kaley Norsworthy, Club President – Carl Young. Not available for photo, recipients - Tyler Emerson and Nathan Boulier

During the Fort Fairfield High School Honors Program for the 2014-2015 school-year, the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club had the privilege and honor to recognize its Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients and announce its Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY). Congratulations to all the recipients and Student of the Year, Chris Giberson. Chris received a recognition certificate, a monetary award, and his name engraved and picture posted on the club’s SOY perpetual plaque that is displayed at the school.

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Autumn Parady and Antonio Gracia were honored as Rotary Spirit Student Award recipients for the school-year quarter April/May 2015 at the club’s weekly meeting. Family, friends, and nominating faculty joined Autumn and Antonio as they received recognition certificates and iTunes awards for their academic achievements, citizenship, and personal development. Both, together with the six other quarterly award recipients, are now eligible to be selected as the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY). The SOY will be announced at the Fort Fairfield Middle High School Honors Night and receives a $500 cash award, has their name engraved on a perpetual plaque at the school, and has their photo posted on the plaque for the coming school year.

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(Left-to-right, front row) Claudette Babin – Project Coordinator, class members Kasidie Chapman, Marisa Clark, Kimberly Gill, Megan Kennedy, Gem Babin: (second row) Rebecca Theriault, Ashley Levesque, Kendra Ireland, Paige Worcester, Dylan Fox, Jose Garcia, Dyllan Love: (back row) Melissa Hotham, Megan Jellison, Griffin Robles, Robbie Watson, Brandon Nichols, Caleb Daigle.

Senior class members, Fort Fairfield High School (FFHS), accept a check to support Project Graduation 2015. Following graduation exercises class members will celebrate with various activities for the remainder of the day and then pull an all-nighter in a safe and sane environment. When previously asked why the class chose to have this all-night event instead of some other activity, they replied, “What better way to spend our last night as a class than to spend it together?”

My goodness! I cannot think of a better way to say thank you to our loyal Vidalia Onion Sales fundraiser supporters than to say, Thank You!!!! Once again because of your generous support the club will be able to support service projects that benefit those in our community as well as at the international level. Did you know that while your local Rotary Club is indeed a part of the Rotary International family the majority of your support funds are expended on service projects right here in Fort Fairfield and the immediate central Aroostook area? Graduating senior’s scholarships, Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, Special Olympics, Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, Library equipment, and many Fort Fairfield school system programs are but a few activities that top the club’s service programs list. So again, thank you for your generous support.

Great news, your ordered Vidalia onions are here!!! As noted in the previous post, they are available for pick up at the Old Graphics Utilities Building on Cheney Grove Road, Fort Fairfield. There will be Rotarians there to assist you Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 5:30PM -7:00PM. As they say, "Come and get 'em!!!!"

With the “sweet” Vadalia Onions having been ordered, it will soon be pick-up time. The pick-up location is again the Old Graphics Utilities Building on Cheney Grove Road, Fort Fairfield. We’ll be posting the pick-up times in the very near future as soon as we know when the farmers in Vadalia, GA are going to be harvesting these beauties. Yum, can hardly wait!

 

From left-to-right, Parent Project Coordinator Elaine Jellison, Class of 2015 members Megan Jellison, Marisa Clark, and Caleb Daigle accept club tote bags from Carl Young, Club President.

Members from the Class of 2015, Fort Fairfield High School (FFHS), joined us at our weekly meeting to present plans for the upcoming Project Graduation 2015 event. Class members Megan Jellison, Marisa Clark, and Caleb Daigle spoke about their activities at FFHS and plans for post-graduation life including their continuing education. When asked why the class chose to have this all-night event instead of some other activity, they replied, “What better way to spend our last night as a class than to spend it together?” Parent Project Coordinator Elaine Jellison spoke about Project Graduation 2015 which has some very exciting activities planned for this all-night event that include bonfire and fireworks, magic act, and laser tag to mention but a few. Rotary club members are making plans to support this activity as it is always an exciting and enjoyable time for them as well.

Jennifer Gaenzle and Ken Peters (right) are presented Fort Fairfield Rotary Club tote bags from Wayne Troicke, Rotarian and program host.

Jennifer Gaenzle and Ken Peters, Fort Fairfield Public Library, were at a recent weekly morning meeting to bring the club up to date concerning library activities. Ken spoke about facility upgrades and maintenance while Jennifer addressed computer assets, Wi-Fi access, books (hardcover and electronic) availability, programs and facilities availability, and more. For library hours and additional information please visit http://www.fortfairfield.org/departments/library.html

Lynn Turnbull (front left), Director of Education, and Camp Co-director – TAMC, Courtney Lovely (front right), Quality Manager – TAMC, Barb Turner (back left), Healthcare Recruiter - Eastern Maine Health Systems (EMHS), and Paul Barrett (back right), Manager, Change and Informatics, and Camp Co-director – TAMC, accept a Survivor Aroostook support check from Carl Young (back center), President – Fort Fairfield Rotary Club.

The Survivor Aroostook Health Careers Exploration Camp, held annually at The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC), is designed to introduce local youth to a wide variety of careers available in healthcare. Campers explore first-hand possible careers in: Radiology, Dietitian, Nursing, Physician, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Paramedic, Midwifery, Surgical Tech, Lab Tech, Mental Health, Physician Assistant, and Nurse Practitioner. Campers take part in a variety of exercises and challenges that allow them to understand what working within the healthcare industry is like. During the week campers are introduced to the various healthcare careers by way of hands-on investigation, such as learning how to suture a wound or cast a broken limb. Campers are also introduced to a number of healthcare experiences off campus as well, visiting local dental clinics and other private healthcare facilities. The camp is made possible through the continuing support of many sponsors and volunteers.