Jessica Halsey and Colby Giberson were recently honored as the September/October 2018 Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients at the club’s breakfast meeting. This kicked off the RSSA program’s eighth year at the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School (FFMHS).

Each school year-quarter the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School faculty/staff provide girl and boy student nominations for the RSSA. The club’s program committee then selects recipients from amongst these identification redacted-nominee write-ups. The program’s evaluation criteria recognizes that in order to be a productive member in the community the student must be well-rounded in academics, citizenship, and personal development. Each recipient receives a recognition certificate and an iTunes gift card. 

At school year's-end the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY) is chosen from amongst the eight quarterly recipients. The SOY recieves a monetary award and their name is displayed on a perpetual plaque at FFMHS. All RSSA recipients and the SOY are recognized during the FFMHS Honors Night event. 


(left to right) Garrett Martin, FFMHS faculty nominator: Amanda Halsey, sister: Jessica Halsey: Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Lead: Jamie Selfridge, FFMHS Principal.

(left to right-front) Garrett Martin, FFMHS faculty: Miranda Giberson, sister: Colby Giberson: Sare Giberson, mother: (left to right-back) Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Lead: Jamie Selfridge, FFMHS Principal. (Not pictured- Renee Felleni, FFMHS faculty nominator.)

The club recently held an Open House function and we want to thank those who came out to visit with us and learn more about Rotary and the club. Here are the slides from the revolving presentation provided which show many of the organizations/projects supported by our generous fundraisers supporters. As you will note the club is very active in the community, region, and internationally celebrating 40 years of “Service Above Self”.

If you live or work in Fort Fairfield, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us. Currently we meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 7-8AM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Annex, 170 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. May we ask that if you would like to join us but these meeting times don’t fit into your busy schedule, please suggest a more preferable time(s) in the Comments or more privately via an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Fort Fairfield Misses — with Little Miss Fort Fairfield Addie LevesquePre-Teen Miss Fort Fairfield – Cady June StairsJunior Miss Fort Fairfield – Skye Elizabeth StridMiss Teen Fort Fairfield – Meghan Louise Schupbach and Miss Fort Fairfield – Leigha Ruth Langley

Although temps were a bit “warm” spirits were high and it was a refreshing ride for Fort Fairfield’s Maine Potato Blossom Festival (MPBF) royalty. Miss Fort Fairfield – Leigha Ruth Langley, Miss Teen Fort Fairfield – Meghan Louise Schupbach, Junior Miss Fort Fairfield – Skye Elizabeth Strid, Pre-Teen Miss Fort Fairfield – Cady June Stairs, and Little Miss Fort Fairfield Addie Levesque were greeted by smiles, cheers, and waves from friends, family, and well-wishers as the Misses’ Rotary float made its way along the MPBF parade route. Many thanks to Crown Equipment for its New Holland tractor which piloted by Rotarian George McLaughlin provided a smooth ride for the Misses. 

New bikes await raffle winners 

The club hosted the annual Bike Rodeo during the recent Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Youngsters ages 2-12 came out to receive new helmets, bike riding safety instructions from retired Officer Jim Cerrato (many thanks Jim for coming out), a chance to win a new bike, and a hot dog with all the fixin’ lunch. 

Rotarians Kevin Murchie, Carl Young, Effie Murchie, and Larry Plant are ready 

Rotarians Paul Towle, Kevin Murchie, Wayne Troicke, Larry Plant, Tracy Copeland, Carl Young with guest Karen Reynolds, and District 7810 Governor Silvana Bosca display the "WE ARE Rotary" banner. 

At a recent a meeting the club welcomed Silvana Bosca, District 7810 Governor, Rotary-year 2018-2019. Silvana, a Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada native and Rotary Club of Bathurst member, provided an upbeat presentation centered on Rotary’s 2018-2019 theme, “BE THE INSPIRATION”.

Silvana presented the club a congratulatory certificate recognizing the club’s 40 years of active service in the community. Also recognized were the many organizations and projects supported by the club. These may be visited on the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Fairfield-Rotary-Club-201228719900441/?ref=hl or select Archives  (here, or the tabs menu above). 

Silvana presents a congratulatory 40 years of community service certificate to Tracy Copeland, President. 

Tracy presents Silvana a commemorative Fort Fairfield Rotary Club tote bag. 

The club honored its Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY) Alex Sprague, and recognized Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients for the school-year 2017-2018 at the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School (FFMHS) Honors Night function. RSSA recipients recognized are Chelsea Ouellette and Malcolm Langner (Sept/Oct 2017), Hunter St. Pierre and Sam Butler (Nov/Dec 2017), Dixie Grady and Solomon Daigle (Jan/Feb 2018), and Ali White and Alex Sprague (Mar/Apr 2018).

That sweet aroma across The County is from the Vidalia onions delivered by club Rotarians and being used by our faithful Vidalia Onions’ fundraiser supporters, families, and friends. 450 twenty-five pound bags were recently delivered from Houlton to Fort Kent, Fort Fairfield to Ashland and numerous communities in between.

The club wants to give a big shout-out Thank You to our many supporters and we are looking forward to another successful year for the many local organizations supported by these fundraiser monies. 

Ali White and Alex Sprague were recently honored as Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients at a recent club meeting. Ali and Alex were nominated by the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School faculty/staff based upon their academic, citizenship, and personal development during the March/April 2018 school-year period. Ali and Alex are now eligible for consideration as the Rotary Spirit Student of the Year (SOY) recipient.

The Rotary Spirit SOY is chosen by the club’s RSSA committee from amongst the eight school-year RSSA recipients. All spirit recipients and the SOY are recognized at the school’s Honors Night program. The SOY receives a recognition certificate, a monetary award, and their name is engraved on the Rotary Spirit SOY perpetual plague that is mounted in the school’s lobby. 

Ali accepts her certificate from Wayne Troicke, club President 

Alex accepts his certificate from Wayne troicke, club President 

Ali with family and Kelly Koziol, FFMHS nominator (front right), Wayne Troicke, club President (back left) and Tracy Copeland, RSSA Committee (back right)

Alex with family and (back row) Jacquie Martin, FFMHS nominator, Tracy Copeland, RSSA Committee, and Wayne Troicke, club President 

Tammy Clavette, Sexual Assault Services, Aroostook Mental Health Center (accepting tote bag from Tracy Copelend, Vice President) was the guest speaker at a recent club meeting. Tammy noted that while there are Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in southern Maine there has not been a CAC in The County. 

So, for the last two years Tammy and others have been diligently working to open a CAC somewhere in the local area so that those requiring services will not have to drive more than an hour to access these services. These efforts have now been rewarded as facility space has been donated, and community organizations and volunteers have provided renovation materials and labor which will result in a CAC being opened in the Fort Fairfield TAMC facility (28 High Street) in the very near future.

For those who are not familiar with the CAC mission, purpose, and processes, material is presented at the following online location: http://www.cacmaine.org/

Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients Dixie Grady and Solomon Daigle were recognized at a recent club breakfast meeting. Having been nominated by the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School faculty/staff, Dixie and Solomon were selected by the club’s RSSA program committee based upon their academics, citizenship, and personal development during the school’s January/February 2018 school-year quarter. 

Dixie surrounded by family Stephen, Jennifer and Daisy with Kelly Koziol, faculty nominator (second from right), and Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Lead (far right). 

Solomon with family Tiffany, Mike, and Micah, with Kelly Koziol, faculty nominator (second from left) and Tracy Copeland, RSSA Program Lead (far right).

It’s the week before tournament and all through The County;
Visions of scoring hoops abound aplenty.
Offense will be swift,
Defense will be stiff,
Must remember to move their feet and not to reach
Or surely they’ll hear the ref’s whistle tweet.
 
Hopes are high as they wave good-bye,
Down the highway they fairly fly.
And Moms with tears held back,
Dads knowing they have to pack,
Will follow to Bangor that’s for sure
Wondering what is truly in store.
 
Life is put on hold
Thinking of the ball of gold,
No one knows for sure
What the final score,
But of one thing there is no doubt or fear,
They will play their hardest of the year.
 
Onto the court they rushed with anticipation
Happy to just be there for participation.
Up and down they ran
Hearing the cheering fan,
Under the baskets they blocked the shots
Very early they knew the three point shooter was hot.
 
Soon it is over, some lost, some won,
But most importantly, they all had fun,
New friends have been made,
Memories will never fade,
They played in Bangor at the Cross Center,
Nothing at this point could ever be better.
 
Oh; what of the gold ball for which they played?
 
Funny thing that, it grows dimmer,
Hard to remember who was the winner,
All the new friends that have been made,
And the memories that will never fade,
Live in their hearts and that best of all,
Is each hard player’s, true gold ball.
 
 

 

Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients Hunter St. Pierre and Sam Butler were recognized at a recent club breakfast meeting. Hunter and Sam were selected based upon their academics, citizenship, and personal development during the Fort Fairfield Middle High School’s November/December 2017 school-year quarter. 

Kelli Koziol - FFMHS, Nancy St. Pierre, Tracy Copeland - RSSA program, Hunter, Jon St. Pierre, Wayne Troicke - President 

Kelli Koziol - FFMHS, Sharon Butler, Mitch Butler, Avery Butler, Nicole Butler, Tracy Copeland - RSSA program, Sam, Fred Everitt, Wayne Troicke - President, Donna Everitt 

 

The club honored Chelsea Ouellette and Malcolm Langner as its September/October 2017 Rotary Spirit Student Award (RSSA) recipients at a recent breakfast meeting. The ceremonies kicked off the seventh year for the RSSA Program at Fort Fairfield Middle/High School.

Each school-year quarter the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School faculty/staff provide girl and boy student nominations for the RSSA. The club’s program committee then selects recipients from amongst these identification-redacted nominee write-ups. The program’s evaluation criteria recognizes that in order to be a productive member in the community the student must be well-rounded in academics, citizenship, and personal development. 

 

Chelsea with proud parents John and Darlene, with (back row) Jamie Selfridge, Principal, FFMHS and Tracy Copeland, RSSA Committee.

Malcolm with proud parents Rob and Tricia, with (back row) Jamie Selfridge, Principal, FFMHS and Tracy Copeland, RSSA Committee.

Rotarians, honorees, parents, and FFMHS Principal listen as Tracy describes the RSSA Program.

 

The club, together with other local service organizations, hosted the 33rd annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at the local VFW hall. Close to 200 dinners were served at the hall and/or delivered to homebound families and individuals. The Fort Fairfield High School Lady Tigers basketball team was there to help serve and put together the delivery meals.   

Early morning preps  

Most of these guys have been doing this since the begining 

Delivery desserts prepared 

All is ready 

Servers are ready

 

Lady Tigers ready to serve up meals and smiles a-plenty 

 

Delivery meals out the door

Future Rotarians already serving

 

 

....and clean-up. Thank you everyone!

 

Here are photos from the recent Cash Draw function in no particular order. Enjoy, and once again THANK YOU!

Who we are and what we are about

All is ready 

Wayne Troicke, President has a couple of announcements

Wally and The Virginians setting up

Rotarian Carl and wife staffing the check-in table

Lauren ready at the End Polio Now Purple Pinkie table

Got the ticket right here

Rotarian Paul Towle and wife check-in table second shift 

                    

Some decorations

Friends and family abound

Enjoying dinner

How about some dessert

Future Rotarian?

Lions Club preps for dinner. Thanks guys!

          

          Steak anyone?                  Or maybe Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Assistant Governor Area 1 Cliff Rhome clearly sat at the right table

FFHS National Honor Society members ready at the 50/50 table

 

Wayne presents 50/50 winnings to the FFHS NHS

 

Lauren joined by Josie at the End Polio Now Purple Pinkie table

Rotarians ready to draw winners

Rotarian Veronica updates the board

 

First, let me thank everyone who supported the club’s 31st Annual Cash Draw Fundraiser in any way. Without your dedicated support the club would not be able to reach out locally and around the world to improve life’s conditions. For information and transparency a winners listing is provided. Pictures from the evening will be posted as soon as they are processed. Once again, a big shout out THANK YOU! 

 

 

Life is pretty quiet on early morning Main Street

The calendar tells us that the first day of autumn was Friday, September 22, but the recent warm temperatures would belie this notion. However, we now know that the season has officially arrived, at least in Fort Fairfield, Maine. (See photos and descriptions.)

As you may or may not know, the club is in the middle of its 31st Annual Cash Draw Fundraiser. This is our primary fundraiser for the year so please share information with your family, friends, and those where you work. As part of the fundraiser we hold an early bird prize drawing each year with two $200 prizes being drawn. This year's early bird winners are Steve Bubar (ticket 160) and Hillside IGA (ticket 105). Congratulations to these, and we are looking forward to the prize drawings during event night October 21st. Order your ticket now and come out to enjoy the festivities and hear your winning number called! 

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club recently recognized Rotarian Carl Young for five years of dedicated service as club President during Rotary International club-years 2012 through 2017. In addition to many other initiatives during his presidency Carl introduced the club’s social media presence on the World Wide Web ( www.fortfairfieldrotary.org ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Fairfield-Rotary-Club-201228719900441/?ref=hl ) as well as Rotary wheel symbol  signs at the town’s four highway entrances. Carl is also a member of the Rotary District 7810, Project GIIVE 2017 planning team (Guatemalan Infrastructure Improvement Venture) that is bringing clean burning eco-stoves, clean privy eco-toilets, and fresh water filtration systems to Guatemalan villages. In appreciation the club presented Carl with a Rotary jacket and commemorative President’s plaque. Carl plans to continue his Rotary service working in the community and being part of the club’s international outreach. 

The club was honored and pleased to receive a visit from Rotary District 7810 Governor, Iris Sullivan, during its most recent meeting. Iris extended her well wishes to the club and its members for their community involvement and international outreach. Iris presented the club with a Rotary International 2017-2018 President Ian Riseley banner. Iris also invited Rotarians to participate in the upcoming District 7810 Annual Conference to be hosted by the Rotary Club of Chatham in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, September 22 through 24, 2017. 

District 7810 Governor, Iris Sullivan presents a Rotary International 2017-2018 President Ian Riseley banner to club Secretary, Carl Young 

Iris accepts a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club appreciation tote bag