Rotary Club of Portland Maine USA

Club Executives
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Immediate Past President
Director Term End 2019
Director Term End 2019
Director Term End 2020
Director Term End 2020
Community Service Chair
International Service Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
Vocational Service Co-Chair
Youth Service Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Protection Officer
Communications-WJ Bulletin Ed
Communications-PR External
Constitution/ByLaws Chair
Fund Raising Chair
Good Cheer Co-Chair
Invocation Chair
Meeting Day Chair
Music Committee Chair
Program Chair
Membership Chair
Web Administrator
Administrative Coordinator
New Mainers Initiative
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair
Opioid Task Force Co-Chair

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Portland, Maine!

Portland Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
The Clarion Hotel
1230 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04102
United States
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The Portland Rotary Club
will meet Friday,
September 21, 2018 at the
Clarion Hotel
1230 Congress St., Portland
This Week at Rotary

Tess Chakkalakal [pronounced “Chah-KAHL-ickle”] is the Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College. She has published widely on nineteenth-century African American and American literature. She is the author of Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (Illinois, 2011) which earned the Robert K. Martin Prize for best book on American literature and “a must read” title by Choice.  

Her book, Novel Bondage, takes apart the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom, as conveyed in nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. She examines how these early novels established literary conventions for describing the domestic lives of American slaves and their search to fulfill their aspirations for personal and civic freedom. Her work also focuses on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that was written in the shadow of Bowdoin College. Prof. Chakkalakal’s writings challenge readers to reconsider the “marital work” of nineteenth-century fiction and its historical role in shaping our understanding of the literary and political meaning of marriage.

She is co-editor of Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (Georgia, 2013). Professor Chakkalakal has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Duke University, Emory University, and the Mellon Foundation. Before coming to Bowdoin in 2008, Professor Chakkalakal taught at Williams College and Bowling Green State University.

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 the end of 2018:

Sep 21 - Clarion Hotel
Sep 28 - TBD

Oct 05 - Clarion Hotel
Oct 12 - Clarion Hotel
Oct 19 - TBD
Oct 26 - Clarion Hotel

Nov 02 - Clarion Hotel
Nov 09 - TBD
Nov 16 - Clarion Hotel
              Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 30 - Clarion Hotel

Dec 07 - Clarion Hotel
Dec 14 - Clarion Hotel
Dec 21 - Clarion Hotel
             Happy New Year!

Blue BOLD dates are scheduled Board meeting days.

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