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This Week's Speakers: LifeFlight Foundation Executive Director, Kate O’Halloran, and LifeFlight of Maine Chief Operating Officer, Bill Cyr
imageLifeFlight is Maine’s only air medical service and a nonprofit. They bring swift ICU level medical care directly to a patient, wherever they may be. LifeFlight of Maine is celebrating 25 years of safely transporting more than 35, 000 patients across Maine.
Bill Cyr became involved in EMS in high school and received his EMT certification at age 16. He knew he wanted to remain in transport medicine imageand nursing school was the path to that goal. He was hired by UMass LifeFlight in Worcester, and 10 years later joined Boston Medflight, worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming the Chief Operations Manager. In 2018 he moved to Denver, to help reorganize and expand the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neo/Peds transport program as the chief flight nurse/program director. He would be named as COO of LIfeFlight in May 2021. Cyr  sits on the Board  for the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association and has a master’s degree in healthcare management and informatics from the University of Massachusetts.
Kate O’Halloran grew up in Waterville, attended Brown University, earning a dual degree in economics and organizational behavior & management while imageplaying varsity ice hockey. She earned her MBA from Babson, becoming the associate director of The Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and enrolled in a Ph.D program for educational leadership at Boston College. Returning to Maine in 2003, she served as the associate director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College, the director of major and planned gifts for MaineGeneral Health, and the director of Development and Alumni Connections at Carrabassett Valley Academy.  She also spent three years as the vice president of the Rolfson Group, where she worked with clients across the nonprofit sector.  Currently she serves as a corporator for Kennebec Savings Bank and on the Board of the Maine Association of Non-Profits. She was appointed the executive director of the LifeFlight Foundation in September 2020.
Community & Fellowship - From Locker to Salvage
A cheerful crowd was on hand at our March social event at Salvage BBQ, fresh from volunteering at The Locker Project, filling bags with food and other items for those in need. At the social, we celebrated the birthday of Larry Gross, and toasted Patty Byers, a Paul Harris Fellow +8. Next month, April 20th, we'll repeat the process with another round at The Locker Project from 3:30-5p, before having some fun at another social -location TBD!
From Maine Mud to the Plains of Africa!
We have 18 donated items for our Mud Auction, including a great day of Casco Bay fishing with Jake Bourdeau. We need a lot more, so be looking around your house, garage, basement, for unique items you no longer use, but others might love. Deadline for donations is April 7th. Online auction April 8-15!
Now for the big news!  Thanks to Portland Sunrise Satellite Club Member Art Howe, we will have two South African Photo Safari Tour packages based at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe, South Africa, up for bid at the Mud Sale Auction! Click for Tour Website
Many details go with this, but here's the quick synopsis.
•  The Safari for 2 is valued at $5,950: 6 Days/6 Nights, with 2 Open Land Rover trips each day, lodging and 3 meals a day. It does not include airfare or transfers.
•  The minimum bid is $3,000.
•   45% of the gross bid goes to Portland Rotary, 50% to Zulu Nyala Reserve, and 5% to the Trout Unlimited Howham Fund (a 501c3), to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. (The math = $3,000 bid earns our club $1,350)
•  The highest bid over $3,000 gets the trip, and the second trip can be purchased for the same amount.
•  The winner has 2 years to use the trip. If one person buys both to make it a family foursome, adults and children, fine. If we have two winners, they can travel on separate dates.
HOW TO SUBMIT an item for the auction. Please provide the following:
1. One good photo
2. Written description, including condition if used
3. Value - This is your best estimate on a fair market price. Research if 
     necessary to come up with the appropriate value.
4. Minimum Bid - If you donate an item that comes with some expense to you
   in money or time, the minimum bid assures a fair price is paid.
5. Fulfillment - Pick One
    a. Small, manageable items - 
        Bring it to a club meeting, we will store it and deliver it to winner
    b. Large, heavy, bulky item - you agree to deliver to winner
    c. Large, heavy, bulky item - you request the winner pick up at your home
Email this information with the photo to Dick Hall.
Speaker Schedule
March 31 - Ron Joseph, Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs, and Hermits: Memoirs of a Wildlife Biologist
Brenda Cressey, the District's Foundation Fund Development Chair, officially recognized members of Portland's PolioPlus Society at a club meeting on November 11, 2022. Members of the Society understand that as long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. They've committed to donate $100 or more each year and pledge to do so until polio is completely eradicated.
1st Annual Bridge the Gap to End Polio a Great Success!
Wearing bright red End Polio Now tee-shirts and hoodies and carrying banners, seventy Rotarians with friends and family lined the Casco Bay Bridge from Portland to South Portland on Thursday, October 20th to raise awareness of Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Our first annual Bridge the Gap to End Polio bridge walk ended at the Sea Dog Brewery, for a Pints for Polio fundraiser.
We were joined by District Governor Claudia Frost and members of the Rotary Clubs of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Bath-Sunrise, Freeport, Ogunquit, Westbrook-Gorham, Falmouth, and Brunswick.  
It was an afternoon of raising awareness and funds for PolioPlus, and a time for fun and fellowship for the eight community Rotary Clubs. By all accounts, our first annual Bridge Walk was a big success!
Portland Rotary is HYBRID! You can still catch our meetings online, or you can join us IN PERSON for a live meeting at
 Portland's Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME 04102
(off Congress Street near behind Shaw's Market)
As always, we meet every Friday at 12:15 PM! 
Due to ongoing uncertainty about who can attend each week
it is currently necessary to RSVP before Wednesday for the Friday noon meeting.  Please contact the club at
(you can use the "contact us" form below too)
To sign up and purchase your lunch ($20) or
to receive an invitation to attend online.
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Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave
Portland, ME 04102
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