Rotary Club of Portland Maine USA

Club Executives
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Immediate Past President
Director Term End 2018
Director Term End 2018
Director Term End 2019
Director Term End 2019
Community Service Chair
International Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Protection Officer
Vision Champion
Communications-WJ Bulletin Ed
Communications-PR External
Constitution/ByLaws Chair
Fund Raising Chair
Good Cheer Chair
Invocation Chair
Meeting Day Chair
Music Committee Chair
Program Chair
Membership Chair
Web Administrator
Administrative Coordinator

The Windjammer

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine!

Portland Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME  04101
United States
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Portland Rotary Club
will meet this Friday,
April 13, 2018, 
at the
Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland
This Week at Rotary

Ford Reiche’s passion for Maine and its history stems from his family’s many generations in the state. A self-made historian, he has acquired and restored several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including houses, a railroad station, and most notably, Halfway

Rock Lighthouse—a complex, hands-on, extensively researched undertaking. Maine Preservation Association recognized the project with its 2016 Preservation Award, and the American Lighthouse Foundation presented Reiche its 2017 “Keeper of the Light” award honoring his “contribution to the preservation of America’s lighthouses and their rich tradition.” 

Perched on a barren ledge of two acres at the mouth of Casco Bay, Halfway Rock Light Station is a remote, wave-swept beacon, nearly inaccessible and totally exposed to the ravages of Mother Nature. The lighthouse’s 76-foot-tall granite tower and the attached two-story wood structure built of huge frame timbers present a striking image on the water.

Halfway Rock was a fully staffed lighthouse of the federal government from 1871 until 1976, when it was automated and essentially abandoned. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, but its deteriorating condition soon earned it recognition on lists of endangered and “doomsday” lighthouses. In 2014, it was deemed surplus federal property and auctioned. Ford Reiche, the winning bidder, acquired the light in 2015.

Reiche has devoted significant energy and resources to preserving Halfway Rock Light Station in what Lighthouse Digest has described as “a miracle restoration in Casco Bay, Maine.”

A former attorney and entrepreneur, Reiche’s background includes founding Safe Handling, a firm that reduced the cost of moving certain goods by eliminating their water so they could be shipped in a dry state to their point of use. He was named a business leader of the year in 2008 by Mainebiz.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a JD from the University of Maine School of Law, Ford lives in Freeport with his “quite patient” wife, Karen.

The meeting minutes for Portland Rotary Club's Board of Directors are posted on our website the month following their approval. From the "Home Page," click on the "Board Meeting Minutes" in the listing at the left and then the date of the minutes you would like to review. 

If you would like to mark your calendars,
we are scheduled at the following locations
through March 2018:

Apr 20 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
Apr 27 - TBD

May 04 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
May 11 - Clarion Hotel
May 18 - Clarion Hotel
May 25 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay

Jun 01 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
Jun 08 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
Jun 15 - Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
Jun 22 - Clarion Hotel
Jun 29 - TBD

Blue BOLD dates are scheduled Board meeting days.

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