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The community-focused brewery, NU Brewery (pronounced “New”), founded by President Chris Ventimiglia (left in photo) of Freeport and CEO Russell Voss (right in photo) of New Gloucester, is located at 437 Lewiston Road in the beautiful rural community of New Gloucester, Maine.
Nu Brewery is a quality driven brewery with a mission to craft innovative beers. Taking an individualistic approach to brewing, Chris and Russell have a vision to innovate the end-to-end brewing process towards scalable, sustainable beers that their customers can enjoy in the tasting room, at their favorite eatery, or at home.
Nu Brewery’s Craft American Light Lager....the flagship in the line-up of beers (at right).... will be produced for wholesale and retail in cans, kegs, and crowlers.
Their tasting room is a “teaching tasting room.” It’s about letting people know what they’re drinking, teaching them what is actually put into their beer and that raises the value of what they’re drinking. Tours of the production room are offered when the tasting room is open.
The two men have been friends for 20 years, and they came up with the idea for the brewery four years ago. The process towards completion has been slow, but with an outpouring of community support, they are now sharing the brewery with their neighbors. Visit their tasting room and see for yourself. For more information, go to:
District Governor Andy Glazier will be visiting our Club this Friday. Andy has been a Rotarian in his heart since he started hanging around the Rotary Club of Kittery in 1991. After accompanying his significant other of twenty-nine years to more Club, District and RI functions than he can count, he finally became a legitimate dues-paying member in 2012.
Professionally, Andy has served as an active and reserve officer in the Army Corps of Engineers and has a successful career managing building construction, as Glazier Builders, Ltd.
Two of Andy’s significant “Rotary ‘aha’ moments” were a 2013 District trip to Guatemala and a 2016 District trip to Cuba, where he and Pam experienced beautiful people living in extreme poverty – families who, in spite of their dire circumstances, exuded determination, cheerfulness and optimism. These were very grounding, value-restructuring experiences. Andy urges all Rotarians to take advantage of Rotary opportunities to travel to and participate in service projects in developing nations.
Pam and Andy have three adult sons and three grandchildren, dispersed about the country, which provides a perfect excuse to travel.
Amy Barnes Chipman joined the Portland Rotary Club 17 years ago. Her father had been a member of the Club. Her mother told her “anybody who is anybody is a member of the Portland Rotary Club”! From the time she attended her first meeting, she was “hooked,” recalling how everyone was so warm and welcoming.
Her first year, she and Dick Giles led the drive for the St. Vincent De Paul’s Thanksgiving Dinner and was amazed at how many hands went up when asked who could volunteer.
After that, she was the ongoing Foundation Chair, where her knowledge and enthusiasm re-introduced the Foundation to our members. She was instrumental in educating everyone on how half the money contributed to the Foundation comes back to the District for projects here in our community; as well as the benefits through partnering with other Clubs, where we can also get very large global grants. Our members’ contributions set the bar for other Clubs…..we put Portland on the map!
She loves the “spinoff” activities of bonding with members through the tennis league and the ski group. She hopes to be spending more time with Club members throughout this year on service projects and socials, sharing in the wonderful fellowship we have to offer.
She is honored and excited to lead our Club into the new Rotary year.
Join us this Friday for the 2019-20 Inauguration of incoming Club President, Amy B. Chipman. 

Please join us this Friday for an action-packed and engaging Club Assembly at the Clarion Hotel. It will include updates on our many service activities, an overview of our club’s financial health, a report on Membership, and a look back at our collective accomplishments & highlights over the Rotary Year.
We will also have an opportunity to thank President John for his countless efforts for a job well done during 2018-29!

Please invite a potential new member to attend, as this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about our active club.
In lieu of our regular Club meeting, we will have a Club Service Day at Fort Williams, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Ft. Williams Park,  RAIN OR SHINE. We will still do the work, even if RotaryFest on Saturday is moved inside. Right now it looks like we might have a light shower or two. You might want to bring a rain jacket, just to be prepared.

Please arrive at NOON for lunch, or 12:45 PM, for instructions and assignments.
Meet at the PICNIC SHELTER on your right, across the road from the main flagpole on the hill. 

Dress in long sleeve shirts, long pants and work shoes. Terrain will be hilly in some places. Bring a hat, sunscreen and bug spray of your choice. There is a some poison ivy that will be marked off and identified.

Please bring your own LABELED: Work gloves, hand snips, clippers, pruning shears, lawn or leaf rake, pole saw, string trimmer or weed wacker (gas only), pruning saw, and other items suitable for trimming, cutting and hauling debris into piles.

For those of you QUALIFIED, we could use a few more chain saws for tree work. We require that you bring all appropriate safety equipment for this work. SAFETY FIRST!

Please contact TONY WAGNER (below) directly, if you have any questions. 

On behalf of the DG John Lobosco and the RotaryFest Committee, I thank you for participating.

Tony Wagner
Rotary Club of South Portland/Cape Elizabeth
Rocco Risbara (left) of Risbara Bros., and Dan Bacon (right), Project Manager of Gorrill Palmer Planning.
The Downs is a new and exciting mixed-use development in Scarborough, Maine. Located in the heart of the community, The Downs surrounds the historic Scarborough Downs harness racing track and will become home to a modern town center with supporting residential and commercial elements. The 500-acre mixed-use development will create numerous recreational opportunities and will include walking paths throughout 500 acres of preserved green space. Tree-lined streets will connect the planned community, which will seamlessly balance recreation, retail, residential, and commercial development. Together, all elements will create the premier place to live, work and play. The Downs development will bring new-found vitality to the center of town and launch Scarborough forward into its next chapter. Phase I broke ground in October 2018.
Pools, ice rinks, indoor and outdoor fields, a community meeting space – just a few of the possibilities coming to Scarborough’s newest athletic complex. Edge Sports Group, a company that specializes in recreational and athletic projects, has signed an agreement to be The Down’s first non-residential development. ESG is conducting a feasibility study to determine what amenities will be included within the Scarborough facility. Construction will begin this summer and the complex will open in Spring of 2021. If you’d like to weigh in on what you’d like to see at The Downs athletic complex, visit
Phase II is in process and advancing……for up-to-date information, visit:
Heather Davis joined the LearningWorks team in September 2016. Prior to LearningWorks, she was the executive director of The Telling Room, a community writing center in Portland, for five years. Heather earned a BA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, where she studied philosophy, literature, and the history of math and science. She earned an MA from Goddard College, where she designed an individualized program that combined coursework on youth development, arts education, and creative writing with a practicum as a writing teacher at TRUCE, the Harlem Children’s Zone’s after school arts and education program. Heather relocated to Portland, Maine in 2008 from Austin, TX, where she co-founded a youth writing center called Austin Bat Cave and served as the senior grant writer for Creative Action, a nonprofit arts education organization.
She is a member of the Institute for Civic Leadership’s Upsilon class, where alongside peers from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, she studied a facilitative leadership model designed to foster deep collaboration in the workplace. Her professional accomplishments have been recognized by a St. John’s College Award of Merit, which is given to outstanding alumni in recognition of their achievements within their chosen field; the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which presented a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award to Young Writers & Leaders, a literary arts program for refugee and immigrant youth that she designed and launched at The Telling Room; and the 2018 Metamorphosis Visionary Leader Award.
She is a 2019 Maine Network Partners Fellow. Heather lives in Portland with her husband Matt and two children.
Deb Nelson loves a good story. While studying the relationship surrounding cancer, nutrition, and lifestyle choices, she discovered a treasure trove of inspirational stories. She set out on an adventure to capture some of these stories. Thanks to the people she met and the information they shared, Deb changed the course of her own story and is now an integrative nutrition health coach. She is energized by speaking to groups and sharing information about healthy living and supporting her clients as they reach their health goals. She can be contacted at:
This Friday's Portland Rotary meeting is being organized and conducted by the new members of our Club. Come to learn more about them and join in on the fun!
Steve DiMillo has been working with the family business of DiMillo’s Restaurant since age 8….starting out washing dishes and working virtually every department prior to assuming the current position as Manager. While he oversees all aspects of the restaurant, his emphasis is on customer service and he’s committed to providing an enjoyable dining experience anytime a customer steps on board the floating restaurant.
He is active in the community, serving on various boards and committees, including the board of the Maine Restaurant Association. A 1978 graduate of Deering High School, he resides in Portland with his wife, Marge. Their son, Steven and daughter, Chelsea have joined the family team.
When he’s not at the restaurant, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, skiing, riding his motorcycle and boating with family and friends.
On Friday, we will have two Co-Directors of Portland Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) speak at our club meeting: Brittney La Shier (on left) and Lizzy Handschy (on right).
In 2017, opiate overdoses tragically took the lives of more than one person a week in Portland, and more than one person a day in Maine. We believe those deaths are preventable and that Mainers deserve innovative and effective solutions to the Opioid crisis.
Opening an Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) in Portland would be a powerful step toward significantly reducing these tragic deaths. In an OPS, trained medical professionals care directly for individuals as they use pre-obtained drugs, ensuring that the individuals use sterile supplies, and in the case of an overdose, are quickly revived with the overdose-reversal drug, Naloxone.
Operating in dozens of cities around the world, overdose prevention sites offer an affordable, effective, scientifically proven way to keep everyone in our communities safe, alive and cared for. It’s time to stop pushing people with substance use disorders out onto the streets and into the shadows. Isolation compounds addiction. Care enables recovery. Portland OPS is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives at the epicenter of Maine’s overdose epidemic, by establishing a municipally sanctioned OPS in Portland.
The Portland City Council Health and Human Services & Public Safety Committee will begin a discussion about overdose prevention sites at their May 14th meeting, at 5:30PM in City Hall.

Luke Holden grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a third-generation lobsterman who started learning the trade at age 13. After attending Georgetown University and beginning an investment banking career on Wall Street, Luke was remiss to find that every lobster roll available in New York was overpriced, drowning in mayo, and diluted with celery. He craved a real Maine-style roll and simply couldn’t find one.

Luke saw an opportunity to bring a casual seafood spot, like the homegrown lobster shacks of his childhood, to New York’s culinary landscape. In 2009, Luke decided to harness his passion for excellent seafood and his family’s 40-plus years in the Maine lobster industry to open the first Luke’s Lobster in the East Village with his dad Jeff, a lobster processor, and Ben Conniff. To keep up with demand, Luke and partners opened Luke’s Lobster’s own seafood processing facility in 2012. The complete vertical integration ensures every lobster served at Luke’s is handled with care and kept pristine.

Today, Luke spends the majority of the year in Maine, where he maintains relationships with lobstermen and oversees production at Luke’s Lobster’s processing facility. He also sits on the board of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, the Island Institute, and the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op, which he helped found. Luke’s donates a portion of its proceeds to The Ocean Foundation and the Island Institute, helping preserve Maine’s fishing communities and the sustainability of our oceans. Over the years, Luke has also been included on the Forbes’ 30 under 30, Inc's 30 under 30, Zagat’s 30 under 30, and Crain’s 40 under 40.

Zoe Sahloul is a passionate advocate for inclusion and social integration of Arabs and other Muslims living in Maine. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Zoe immigrated to Canada in 1992 to escape the civil war and to find peace and safety. She is the founder and president of the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO), a group whose mission is to help ease the integration of Arab immigrants into American society and bridge the gaps between cultures.

In addition to serving as a board member for several organizations, Zoe currently partners with a variety of groups including 'Through These Doors,' Westbrook Police Department, Westbrook Community Center, 'Portland Empowered,' and Westbrook School Department to support marginalized Arab communities. Zoe is also focused on creating avenues for new Arab immigrants to engage in their communities by establishing collaborative connections to create more opportunities in the workforce. She is a strong and passionate advocate for women’s rights and justice, children’s rights and protection, education, and a leading voice for immigrant social integration and racial equity in Maine. Zoe also served as the founding board chair of the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition.

Zoe will be focusing her talk at Portland Rotary on the work of NEAOO and their efforts to support New Mainers.

Gordon Smith was appointed by Governor Janet Mills as the first Director of Opioid Response in January of this year (2019). Previous to this position, Gordon had been with the Maine Medical Association in a variety of positions for 39 years, the last 25 years serving as Executive Vice President. He is a native of Winthrop, Maine and a graduate of Winthrop High School, the University of Maine and Boston College Law School. He and his wife reside in East Winthrop and are the proud parents of two adult daughters and two grandsons. While at the Maine Medical Association, Gordon held a number of Board positions including the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Maine Health Data Organization, The Area Agencies on Aging and Maine Quality Counts. He also was very active in a number of national medical organizations including chairing the Litigation Center and the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He is the recipient of several awards and honors including the American Medical Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Medical Society Executives.
Vanessa Pike left her riveting insurance career in 2010 to begin a position in tourism. For 8 years, as the Membership Director at Visit Portland (greater Portland’s Convention & Visitors Bureau), she supported local hospitality & tourism businesses and promoted the destination to tourists. In keeping that theme, she now promotes Portland as a destination to tourists arriving via boat.

Fore Points Marina is a 150-slip marina presently under construction on the eastern waterfront of Portland. With slip demand greater than supply, the marina fills a void in Casco Bay for local and transient boats of all sizes. Slips range from 25 to 545 feet and the marina is being built with the latest and most advanced technology available. This is the first phase of Portland Foreside development - 10 acres of land that is being transformed to mixed-use buildings and public green space along the waterfront.


Charlie Roscoe was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1944. He graduated from Bowdoin College and Northeastern University Graduate School of Public Accounting. As a Certified Public Accountant, he worked for Coopers and Lybrand in Boston and Portland, Maine and Berry Dunn and McNeil (BDMP) in Portland. At BDMP, he was the second managing partner, succeeding Burchard Dunn, one of the Firm’s founders. Charlie retired from public accounting in 2005.

Throughout his auditing career, and until the present time, he has served his community in many ways, including: 

Schools for Refugees, Inc., Co-founder and President
Maine Community Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Maine Handicapped Skiing (Maine Adaptive Sports), Co-founder
Preble Street Resource Center, Treasurer of the Board of Directors 
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Board of Advisors
Maine Seniors Golf Association, Secretary
Portland Country Club, President of the Board of Directors
YMCA of Portland, Board of Directors
Maine International Trade Center, Board of Directors
Piper Shores Retirement Community, Treasurer of the Board of Directors 
Yarmouth, Maine Planning Board
Maine Health, Corporator
Breakwater School, Board of Directors 

Charlie and his wife, Susan, live in Portland, Maine and enjoy boating, golf and world travel. They frequently visit Uganda to oversee the St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School located in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, which is administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Geoff Iacuessa was promoted to President & General Manager of the Portland Sea Dogs on September 10, 2018, after serving eight years as the Executive Vice President & General Manager. The 2019 season will be Geoff’s 20th season with the organization. He began his career with the team as an intern in 2001 and was hired as Director of Group Sales prior to the 2002 season. In 2004 Geoff became the Director of Sales and Promotions and after the 2006 season, Geoff was promoted to Assistant General Manager for Sales and Promotions.

Geoff was honored as the 2015 Eastern League Executive of the Year. In 2011 he was named to the Portland Press Herald’s “40 under 40” list, recognizing 40 local business leaders under the age of 40. Geoff is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in sport management. In addition to his work with the Sea Dogs, Geoff serves on the PeoplesChoice Credit Union Board of Directors, the Maine Children’s Cancer Program Board of Directors, and the Portland Community Chamber’s Economic Development & City Affairs Committee.

Geoff lives in South Portland with his wife, Kristie and son, Hudson.

How immigration policy affects Maine’s economy.

Beth Stickney directs the Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC), dedicated to providing information, education and advocacy on immigration and related issues from and for the business and economic perspective. Beth is an attorney who has specialized in immigration law and related policy for more than thirty years. Prior to MeBIC, she was the founding executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), Maine’s only statewide nonprofit provider of immigration and related legal aid.  Beth has also worked on human rights and refugee and asylum issues in Central America and Europe, and is co-author of the leading legal treatise on how immigration laws impact families, Immigration Law and the Family (Thomson Reuters). 

Scott Dunn is a fourth-generation maple syrup maker, as well as the Vice President of the Maine Maple Producers Association. Growing up in Vermont his family collected sap from trees and boiled it over an open fire to make maple syrup. Today he owns and operates Dunn Family Maple in Buxton, Maine, with his family collecting sap from about 1500 trees. Maple syrup is produced using modern technology, including reverse osmosis and a high-efficiency evaporator. Hosting several maple events each spring, Scott is able to spread his love of maple to the public by offering tours that explain the entire process and samples of their different maple products.

Scott’s presentation will cover his family history of maple production, sap collection and how they process maple sap into syrup with modern technology. The challenges associated with todays maple market and where Maine ranks in maple syrup production compared to other producing states.

For more information, go to:

Tony Cipollone is President and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation, a Portland-based private foundation dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Maine. He joined the foundation in 2011 and since then has helped advance a range of new investment strategies aimed at improving results for children, youth and families. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Civic Sites and Initiatives at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he worked in senior leadership for over 20 years and helped develop and lead numerous initiatives related to education, community redevelopment and policy advocacy, including Casey’s national KIDS COUNT project. Tony received his doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education


Katie Fullam Harris serves as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Accountable Care Strategy for MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health care system. She works with policymakers and employers to shape and respond to public policy and market changes; she leads the System’s efforts to develop new system initiatives that support MaineHealth’s accountable care goals; and she is presently helping to lead a system-wide effort to respond to the opioid epidemic. Prior to joining MaineHealth, Katie was the Director of Government Relations for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. She has also served as a program director for the Maine Development Foundation and as Assistant to the Commissioner for the Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

Katie currently serves on the Boards of the Maine Community Foundation, the Alfond Scholarship Foundation, and the Edward Daveis Benevolent Trust. She also volunteers for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, the American Heart Association in Maine, and Rippleffect.

A native of Maine, Katie has an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine and a BA from Columbia University. She is an active runner and outdoor sports enthusiast, and she and her husband live in Cumberland with their 2 dogs.

Carol Colton and her husband lived and worked in Massachusetts for 38 years. After raising their family, moved to Portland 12 years ago and love everything about Portland and Maine. Carol retired 6 years ago from a 35+ year career in insurance as a personal account manager, and loved the opportunity it gave her to interact with, and provide service to, her clients. Coming from a family that was always active in community service (including her Dad, a life long Rotarian), after retiring, she was looking for a way to give back to the community. Hearing about the growing movement for seniors to age in place, and knowing Maine has a large percentage of seniors, Carol was thrilled to be part of the steering committee to develop Portland Area Villages, an initiative to help neighbors age safely and securely in their homes. As a Vice president of Operations and Treasurer, she spreads her passion for this program wherever she can. Carol also serves on the Board of Directors of Back Cove Neighborhood Association and coordinates Shoveling for Seniors in Back Cove.

The mission of Portland Area Villages is to support, educate, and empower seniors in the greater Portland area who wish to remain living in their own homes as long as possible, allowing them to maintain active, social, safe, and independent lives. This will be accomplished with a multi-faceted approach which will include volunteers who will provide services to members, establishing a vetted network of professional providers from which members may draw, providing a comprehensive list of established community services available to members, and enabling social connections and activities for members and volunteers.

Jean Yarbrough is Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences, with teaching responsibilities in political philosophy and American political thought at Bowdoin College. She has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, first in 1983-84, when she was named a Bicentennial Fellow and again in 2005-2006, under a “We the People” initiative. She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (Kansas, 1998), has edited The Essential Jefferson (Hackett, 2006) and, her most recent book, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, (University Press of Kansas, 2012) won the Richard E. Neustadt Award for 2013 (awarded annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on the Presidency). 

Ms. Yarbrough is the author of numerous articles and essays in American political thought and public policy, as well as other topics in political philosophy. She serves on the editorial boards of The Review of Politics and Polity, and is a past-President of the New England Political Science Association.

A graduate of Cedar Crest College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Our speaker/program this week will be Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Carolyn joined the PSO staff in August 2008, after participating in the year-long Orchestra Management Fellowship Program through the League of American Orchestras, where she served as the Orchestra Manager of the Aspen Music Festival Concert Orchestra and worked with symphonies in North Carolina, Spokane, and Baltimore. Carolyn received her bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra.

Don Perkins has served as the President/CEO for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) since 1995. Don works with GMRI's staff, board, and external partners to drive GMRI's evolution as a strategic science, education, and community institution that serves the Gulf of Maine bioregion and to scale GMRI's impact beyond. Since 2013, Don has served as the Executive Director of the Harte Charitable Foundation developing their investments in the stewardship and sustainable development of the Gulf of Mexico. Don is dedicated to building creative, strategic organizations, traditional or virtual, that contribute to solving intractable problems and creating new opportunities in marine conservation, STEM literacy, and common property governance and management.

Don is active in the marine policy arena on multiple levels. He currently serves on the board of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation and recently co-chaired the Governors Ocean Energy Task Force. He was co-founder of Friends of Casco Bay and the Maine Marine Research Coalition. He previously served on the boards of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System, Maine Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council, and Maine Legislature’s Task Force on the Development of Aquaculture. Reflecting his broader interest in governance, Don currently serves on the board of MMG Insurance.

Don brings an unusual mix of corporate and non-profit experience to GMRI. Prior to joining GMRI, Don instructed at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, directed the Marine Conservation Corps in California, served as a financial advisor to Native American tribes, advised The Health Foundation on its Latin American initiatives, and managed the operations of Binax, Inc., which provided diagnostic tests and tools for infectious diseases.

Don was born in Waterville, Maine and has lived in a variety of Maine's coastal and inland communities, as well as overseas in Israel and Brazil. Don holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Don’s greatest sources of pleasure are his family, sailing along the coast of Maine, and an early morning run or swim.

Bob MacKenzie is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, currently serving as Chief of Police with the Kennebunk Police Department. Chief MacKenzie began his law enforcement career in 1988 with them and rose through the ranks, being promoted to Chief of Police in 2008.

Chief MacKenzie is a graduate of the 243rd FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice through Husson University. He is the producer of the “Point of No Return,” a 30-minute movie which depicts the consequences of underage drinking and has been shown in 34 states. Chief MacKenzie is a Past-President of the Kennebunk Rotary Club, in which he has served for the past eleven years and is the Chair of the Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative.

The Chief will be making a return visit to the Portland Club to report on a broader effort with clubs across Southern Maine to tackle opioid addiction and offer ideas on how Rotary can be part of the solution.

Dr. Susan Miesfeldt is a medical oncologist and Medical Director for the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at MMC. She received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Virginia and University of Michigan Schools of Medicine.

Her research focuses on cancer prevention and early detection, as well as access to care. She has received research support from the NCI, Maine Health and Human Services, MaineCancer Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and served as Principal Investigator for the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). She has participated in several state task forces and work groups related to cancer screening and prevention, and is presently serving on the State of Maine Commission to Study Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer.

Dr. Miesfeldt is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Board of Directors, New England Division, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s International Affairs Committee.

Kay Aikin graduated from Pennsylvania State University with one of the first sustainability engineering degrees in the country. She has spent her career as an energy engineer, architectural designer, and business development executive. Kay’s expertise involves reconciling diverse needs requirements, engineering feasibility, and budgetary limitations to ensure that every project is both cost-effective and sustainable. She has spent the last 4 years with her Introspective Systems co-founder Dr. Caryl Johnson studying the application of complex system design in relation to the integration of Distributed Energy Resources into the electrical grid. Kay’s engineering focus has been on electrical grid and Iot applications for xGraph as an expansion of her experience in sustainable technologies. She helped design the xGraph computing platform as the first Autonomic Computing System used to distribute intelligence to the edge of the Internet of Things. 

Before Introspective Systems she had 25 years as an owner and executive in the construction industry, running design/build construction companies, managing multi-million dollar sales forces, and consulting on business and market development issues. She has also given back to the industry by working as a Regional Vice President of the Pennsylvania Home Builders Association, helping to shape responses to industry and community concerns. As a sales manager for Shulte Homes, a large nation-wide modular homebuilder, she helped spearhead the move from small starter homes to larger custom homes.

Please join us this Friday for an action-packed and engaging Club Assembly at the Clarion Hotel. It will include updates on our many service activities, an overview of our club’s financial health, a report on Membership, and a look back at our collective accomplishments & highlights during the first half of this Rotary Year.

Please invite a potential new member to join you, as this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about our active club.

Amy Schram has been with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2011 and serves as Manager of Community Relations. Her focus is to foster the business to consumer relationship and educate the public at large on Scams, Fraud, & Identity Theft issues, Cybersecurity concerns, and all BBB programs and services. She delivers close to 200 programs each year, speaking to thousands of business and community members throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

John Wolcott (Matt's father) is a retired Systems Engineer and president of Systemetrics, Inc., a software development firm. Since his retirement, he has been a school bus driver in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, however, he dons the red suit and morphs into the jolly old elf from the North Pole, with whom you may be familiar.

A 38-year veteran of Clausmanship, he will introduce us all to the original Saint Nicklaus and follow the legend that has led to our modern-day Santa.

John is also president of his Rotary Club in Greenwich, Rhode Island, its first “re-cycled” president.


The Deering High School Choral musical family will be presenting a holiday program for us this Friday. At Deering, the young people are committed to a high-quality choral program.

The vocal ensemble performs repertoire that is both stylistically varied and of high musical quality. Students are aware that being a member of the Deering Chorus is different from being in any other class. During rehearsals, students are asked to concentrate on greater refinement of previously acquired choral skills. These skills include diction, articulation, dynamics, octavo reading and producing a beautiful tone. Emphasis on part singing and sight reading are also part of this group. A great deal of time is spent on vocal and musical techniques, as well as performance standards. 

Many of the students who become involved in the choral program remain for their entire high school careers, primarily because being in a choral group is like being part of an extended family, as there is a special bond that is created among people who make music together. 

A select group of students from DHS's chorus, under the direction of Dr. Peter Stickney, will be performing selections that celebrate the diversity of the holiday season. In between songs, we’ll provide some narrative that relates to the context of each selection. Please be sure to join us!

Originally from Burundi, Alain Nahimana is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. Previously, he served as the Coordinator for the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC).

Alain brings his experience with community organizing and coalition building to foster collaboration, build partnernships, and advance the agenda for immigrant integration.

Kathleen Summers-Grice is the founder of Eaton River Strategies, a full-service public affairs and consulting company offering clients strategic guidance on corporate and political initiatives since 2006. Ms. Summers has over 30 years of experiences in politics and public affairs in New England.

As founder of Eaton River Strategies, Ms. Summers-Grice has developed and implemented strategic grassroots campaigns, earned media initiatives and grasstops engagement in every New England state, for clients such as Verizon, Pfizer, AARP, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.  

Nationally, she has also helped clients such as AARP develop cutting edge engagement programs. Her work in designing and implementing AARP’s 2016 voter engagement campaign, “Take a Stand”, made her a finalist for Campaigns and Elections Reed Award for the best public affairs campaign that year.

Before founding Eaton River Strategies, Ms. Summers served as the New England Representative for the United States Department of Labor. Sworn into this position in 2003, she acted as Secretary Chao’s Regional Representative, serving as the primary liaison between the Department of Labor and elected officials, stakeholder groups, and state labor officials. She has also been at the center of Republican politics as the Deputy Political Director for Fred Thompson’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and a consultant on numerous gubernatorial, congressional and senatorial campaigns.  

In 2005 she was tapped by the International Republican Institute to provide political training to elected officials in Morocco as part of their Democracy in Training Program. In 2012 she was recognized by Campaigns and Elections as one of their top 500 including being one of the top political operatives in New England.

Kathleen graduated from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in American History in 1987 and with a master’s degree in American History in 1989. She is from Upton, Massachusetts and now lives in Cumberland, Maine with her husband Roy.

Friday, November 9, 2018
Portland Rotary will host a 4th Annual
Special Veterans' Appreciation Lunch
at the Holiday Inn By-the-Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland 
Join us in honoring the men and women
who have served our country.
Please arrive early - check in begins 11:30 a.m.
Program will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Our special guest speakers will be
Major General John W. Libby, Retired
Military Historian, Captain Jonathan D. Bratten
All veterans are our guests and their meals are complimentary.
The cost for all other attendees is $25.
Please pay at the and checks only.
Required pre-registrations - SOLD OUT!

L. Sandy Maisel is the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, past chair of the Department of Government (for 20 years), and founding director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College, where he has taught since 1971. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books (several in multiple editions), including most recently Trumping Ethical Norms: Teachers, Preachers, Pollsters and the Media Respond to Donald Trump and American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction and Evaluating Campaign Quality: Can the Electoral Process Be Improved? 

From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary chronicled Maisel’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress from Maine. His published articles have appeared in many political science journals and anthologies, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Maisel has served as president of the New England Political Science Association, twice a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association, and chair of the APSA’s research sections that focus on Political Organizations and Parties and on Legislative Studies. He has twice been awarded Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer grants, has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia, at Harvard University, and at Stanford University. 

Maisel and his wife, Patrice Franko, who is the Grossman Professor of Economics, Professor of Global Studies and current director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby, live in Rome, ME.

As the founder of Vitalius Real Estate Group and Designated Broker, Brit Vitalius has been representing buyers and sellers of multi-unit investments since 2004. He established the firm in 2011 to provide a full complement of residential, multi-family and commercial brokerage services to clients.

An active member of the community, Brit is a yearly presenter at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association’s Annual Forecast Conference for the multi-unit sector, and he is a leader and advocate in the landlord community. Brit is in his fourth term as President of the Southern Maine Landlord Association, a group which seeks to keep landlords up-to-date on important issues, trends and regulations. In the wake of the 2015 Noyes Street Fire, Brit became an active participant in multi-unit fire safety issues, and he was asked to serve on Portland’s Fire Safety Task Force. He is also a member of the Board of Maine Listings and personally owns and manages multi-unit investments in Portland and Yarmouth.

Our Rotary District Governor John LoBosco joined the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 2005 and served as its President in 2010-11. He served on the club’s board for six years and as an Assistant Governor in the Portland area from 2013-2016. 

He enjoys working with clubs on long-term planning. His favorite Rotary event every year is the Rotary Christmas tree and wreath sale at Mill Creek Park in South Portland. 

John is an attorney at Unum Life Insurance Company of America in Portland. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center. 

John resides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Sue (an adoption social worker). 

Tara Jenkins is responsible for the team that defines and implements the key experiences and practices that will attract employees to IDEXX and keep them highly engaged and retained. Her team drives the employee engagement strategy, the strategic talent planning process, the employee value proposition, corporate social responsibility, talent planning & assessment, the IDEXX performance experience, the IDEXX competency framework, innovative talent product development and deployment using business product management methodologies, talent analytics, and employee marketing and communications. 

Prior to joining IDEXX, Tara worked in all areas of the HR discipline with increasing levels of leadership responsibility. After graduating from Cornell University with an Industrial and Labor Relations degree, Tara began her career in a large investment management company, The Capital Group Companies, based in California. Over the past 20 years she has worked in a variety of industries, including head of HR at one of the largest regional law firms in the Northeast US and at a national environmental engineering firm. While at IDEXX over the past five years she has been a Senior HR Business Partner, the leader of Total Rewards and Communications, and the HR leader for the international business, working in the Netherlands.   She received her master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership while working at IDEXX. 

Jennifer Crosby is the marketing and sales coordinator at the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communications degree from The University of Southern Maine, and currently lives in Portland, ME. Jennifer volunteers and serves as Vice President on the Board of directors for The Theater Project a non-profit community theater in Brunswick, ME. In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and her miniature dachshund Chihuahua, Willow. 
Catherine Menyhart, M.Ed., has worked in international education and intercultural training and coaching for over 15 years. She is the founder of Making Space LLC and devoted to supporting intercultural development and mindful leadership practices in leaders, educators, and learners of all ages, so that they may become catalysts for positive change in their organizations and communities. Previously, as the Manager of Training and Development at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Catherine managed learning and development programs for 900+ worldwide employees, specializing in intercultural communication and leadership in the workplace. She has also worked as the Resident Coordinator of the CIEE Study Center in Dakar, Senegal. She holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine and taught French at Casco Bay High School, an Expeditionary Learning School in Portland, Maine. She received her B.A. in International Relations and French from Grand Valley State University. She is an IDI Qualified Administrator and Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership.

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.

Mark Roberts is a Senior Fire Investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and an Accelerant Detection K9 handler. 

The mission of the Office of State Fire Marshal is to prevent loss of life and property for those that live, work and visit in the State of Maine. Their goal is to protect against the devastation of fire, explosions and life safety hazards with integrity and fairness through fire prevention, public education, planning, research, investigation and enforcement of enacted laws and rules. 

As an agency, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for determining the cause of fires statewide and the investigation of arsons, explosions and fatalities. Mark has been with the office since 2008 and worked as a patrol officer in both Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth prior to that.He and his canine partner, four-year old Deacon, are one of only two K9 teams in the state and have worked together for two years. Deacon is a second career dog, having been acquired from a service dog agency in Michigan.

Mark will be addressing Maine’s Arson K-9 Program.


After suffering severe injuries in a motor vehicle accident in 1990, both Catherine and her husband Glenn fell victims to modern medicines’ pharmaceutical trap. She and her husband began their journey with medical cannabis in 2002 to help Glenn eliminate about 9 different drugs he had been prescribed over the years for his injuries. Glenn became an official patient in 2009 under the care of Dr. Sulak. Catherine became his caregiver. Seeing the amazing results that cannabis provided him and their ability to produce such a great medicine, together in 2010 they started HomeGrown HealthCare, Apothecary and Learning Center now located in Winthrop, Maine. As caregivers, they are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with folks suffering from a variety of ailments, including Chronic Pain, Cancer, PTSD and Addiction Recovery. They have been featured in the documentary The Science vs The Stigma in 2011 and on the Kimball & Keyser Report (A Caregivers Path) 7/31/13, Weediquette / S2 EP6 (Reefer Rehab) 9/23/16, TODAY’s “Undercovered” series (Can marijuana help wean addicts off heroin and other opiates?) 5/18/17, and most recently in Season 2 of The Sacred Plant (Healing Secrets Examined) 7/18.

In 2011 Catherine joined the board of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM) Trade Association as the Director of Education and in 2015, she became the President of the Board, helping to shape legislation and communication with the overseeing State Departments and Municipalities. She volunteers many hours in the community and at the State House testifying for the medical cannabis program. With the help of many others, they created the largest East Coast Medical Industry Trade Show that has run for the last 7 years. She also sits on the Board of Advisers for New England Cannabis Network (NECANN). Catherine has been educating others with classes and workshops through a variety of industry shows, town hall meetings, fairs and the University of Maine at Augusta (Klahr Center) with MMCM and now at their Learning Center in Winthrop Maine. Enabling people to learn the laws, patient/caregiver rights, business rules, cultivation and preparation of cannabis for better health and natural wellness. Catherine most recently was instrumental in the crafting and recent passing of LD 1539 and LD 238. These two bills will help improve Maine’s Medical Cannabis program, creating a new legitimacy for the businesses within the program.

Tim Cowan received his Masters of Science in Public Health in 1994, with a focus in epidemiology. Since then, he has been an analyst and/or administrator for multiple program evaluation and quality improvement projects. Tim has been the Director of the Health Index Initiative at MaineHealth since July 2010. Through the Health Index, MaineHealth prioritizes the community health issues toward which system resources are allocated. Tim oversees activities to analyze data and disseminate information about opportunities for most effectively addressing the priority health issues, as well as to provide feedback on the collective impact being made by the many organizations involved. Decreasing Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction is one of the seven current Health Index priorities.

Our annual visit to Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs, will take place this Friday. Since this ball team came to town 26 years ago, we have had a summer meeting almost every year at Hadlock. We are always warmly welcomed and have a wonderful outing in the picnic area of the ball park (past the first-base side of the park).   
We are sure to have a couple of the players share their experiences of what it's like to work and play for a minor league baseball team.
Bring a friend…prospective member…your children...your parents/grandparents...or extended family…smell the fresh-cut grass...enjoy the sunshine...and some time away from the daily grind. Go Sea Dogs!
The food is ball-park fare, so leave your diets at home for one day.
(Directions to meeting site at the ballpark: Go to the main gate and signs or ushers will direct you to the meeting site....the picnic area is on the right side of the field down the first-base line.)

Dr. Judith Jones has a B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She began her career in International Relations and worked for the US Agency for International Development and the State Department. Following her passion for education, Judith switched careers and became program analyst for the NJ Department of Education when community colleges were initiated and teachers colleges were transformed into liberal arts programs. While living in Washington DC, she became involved with the emerging “Six School Complex” and documented this innovative public school choice program in her 1987 book, Six School Complex: A Successful Innovation in Washington, D.C.’s Public Schools. This led to a dozen years of working with the DC Public School system in a variety of facility planning, education planning, and policy positions.

She became involved with the early efforts to create “public autonomous schools” in DC, leading to the passage of enabling legislation for public charter schools by the DC Council in 1994 and by Congress in 1995. As co-founder of FOCUS, she worked with founders, authorizers, and others to develop a high-quality charter school movement in DC, now serving 44% of all public school children.

In 1998, Judith’s personal focus shifted to the state of Maine, where she and her husband Bill retired. At the time, Maine was one of the 10 states without an enabling charter school law. Judith quickly joined MACS, which was working to bring charter schools to Maine. Judith led the group in formalizing their efforts as a non-profit corporation in June of 2000 and in persisting to convince Maine legislators to enact enabling charter school legislation in June 2011. In Judith’s words…

“Access to good education is an avenue out of poverty, but the existing American system denies this access to many children.  It gives school districts almost complete control over taxpayer dollars and resources. Personal experience has persuaded me that better education outcomes will come only with basic structural changes, including allowing parents to choose schools that meet the needs of their children, with the money following the child, not the political winds of the day.”

Joining us from Colorado, Ryan Vachon will speak about “concrete ways for overcoming doubt and increasing professional resilience.” As an accomplished scientist, author, climber, and film producer, Ryan, has travelled to Greenland, Alaska, the Andes and the Himalayas researching the changing climate. His work has been broadcast on the National Geographic, History, Discovery, CNN, and BBC channels to name a few and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Currently Ryan is the executive director of a film production company and teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder when he’s not professionally climbing.

A century ago, The Great War was approaching its climax, with the Western Front battered by German forces seeking to take Paris. Dug in along miles of trenches, the American Expeditionary Force, led by American General John J. Pershing and French Marshall Ferdinand Foch, was determined to repel this advance. The fate of France, and its Allies, hung in the balance.

The month of July, 1918, would prove to be a critical turning point in World War I, albeit costly in terms of lives lost. July 18 marked the beginning of that turning point as A.E.F. Forces went “over the top” early that morning at Soissons and by the time the month was over, the German advance had been successfully blunted. Paris was safe and in three months time, an armistice would be signed and the doughboys could begin coming back from “over there.”

Many, however, did not come back. We, in Rotary, know of one local lad in particular - Harold T. Andrews - whose memory lives on via the memorial square, and flagpole, that bears our imprint. Others fell as well, 67 from Portland whose names are listed on a plaque in front of City Hall. One of the fallen was an Army officer born in Gorham, a 1912 graduate of Portland High and of West Point, Class of 1917, who led his men “over the top” on July 18, and remained behind - never to return to his home, or to his wife of nine months. A small piece of him did return, however, and in a most unusual way - and eventually made an equally unusual journey than the one that brought it home to Portland.

Portland Rotarian Rusty Atwood will identify the officer, offer “the rest of the story,” and, by extension, pay homage to many others whose service and sacrifice during “the war to end all wars” has faded into history. For those among us who travel Baxter Boulevard with any regularity, they are with us still.

(Special thanks to Past Presidents Bowen Depke and Jim Willey, along with other Rotarians whose efforts during our Centennial Celebration prompted Rusty’s interest in bringing this story to a wider audience.)

Allan Brown has been working directly with Maine companies to help them manage workplace injuries for over 26 years, providing rehabilitation services on site at several of Maine's largest employers. He utilizes traditional clinical tools along with ergonomics to address the causes of injuries and to enhance recovery, a model that has created a paradigm shift in work injury management not only in the State of Maine but also in other parts of the country. The model drastically reduced the severity of injuries and often, with ergonomic interventions, eliminated the causation.
Allan has ben published on the model in The Comprehensive Guide to Work Injury Management (1995) by Susan Isernhagen, as well as in a number of other professional publications throughout the country. He has presented nationally on the topics of ergonomics and on-site care. His professional affiliations include having served on the Medical Advisory Board of Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. and as Chair of the Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists in the State of Maine.
State university, earning a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation. He slao has a bachelor's deree in physical therapy from Howard University, and continued his ergonomics training at the University of Michigan.

Jesse Harvey will be our speaker at Portland Rotary this week. He is a person in long term recovery from Substance Use Disorder. He works as Peer Support Coordinator for Greater Portland Health, volunteers as Chapter Lead of Young People in Recovery-Portland, and serves on Portland’s Overdose Prevention Task Force, as well as on the Boards of Directors of Health Equity Alliance and NAMI-Portland.

Jesse is an advocate for low-cost, low-barrier, and evidence-based public health interventions, and he has helped to educate healthcare providers, the media, law enforcement, and others in Maine on the value of recovery-ready communities. Jesse is most passionate about recovery houses and overdose prevention sites, and is the Founder of Journey House Sober Living and Portland OPS.

Jesse is a Master’s student at Muskie. In his spare time he likes to walk around Portland and eat Ethiopian food.

Michael Dubyak is Chairman of WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. From 1986 to 2013, Dubyak held executive management positions, including the last 15 years as President and CEO.  His career at WEX spanned the Company’s nine years of venture capital ownership, five subsequent ownership changes and ultimately its Initial Public Offering in 2005. Dubyak has chronicled the story of the founding of WEX, initially known as Wright Express, in his book, The Road to Wexcellence, published by Amazon Digital.

Dubyak’s leadership and vision was instrumental in forming the strategy, infrastructure, and operating philosophy under which the Company continues to excel today. He guided a technological transformation of WEX, developed new market strategies and instituted aggressive growth and market leadership goals. Under Dubyak’s direction, WEX became a publicly traded organization in 2005 with an approximate market cap of $700 million. WEX’s current market cap is $8.13 billion.

Dubyak currently co-chairs FocusMaine, an economic initiative with a mission to create significant job growth across Maine. He has also chaired Educate Maine, a K-16-focused education attainment organization, was Chairman of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors, served on the board of the United Way of Greater Portland, the Executive Board of the Maine Chamber of Governor’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, the New England Advisory Council of the Boston Federal Reserve, the Center for Grieving Children Board of Directors and co-chaired its Capital Campaign.

Mike has a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University.  An avid world traveler, hiker, biker and kayaker, Mike and his wife, Denise, have navigated the Colorado River in a wooden dory, hiked 7 days to Machu Pichu, navigated the Antarctica and the Arctic on an ice cutter, and hiked over 75 miles in New Zealand, Patagonia, Ireland, and Bhutan.

Dr. Chuck Radis is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of New England and a rheumatologist (a doctor who specializes in immune system disorders) with an interest in Public Health issues since his years as a public health doctor for the Casco Bay Islands in the 1980’s. He is a board member of Consumers for Affordable Health Care and a member of several state committees developing bills to protect consumers from undisclosed insurance practices. After 25 years in private practice locally at Rheumatology Associates, he now provides rheumatologic services Down East through the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

After completing an internal medicine residency at Brighton Medical Center, Dr. Radis provided primary care to the six year-round islands of Casco Bay. He saw first-hand how critical access to health care is to the health of island families. During his time practicing in Casco Bay, Dr. Radis averaged more than 150 house calls each year and provided free or reduced fee service to islanders without health insurance. As a private practitioner, he provided health insurance to his employees and believes that universal health coverage is a basic right. “Mainers need to take back control of their health care system. We need to develop a system which can negotiate and control the cost of prescriptions and reduce administrative costs. A single-payer system can provide quality health care for all. No one should be left behind.”

He is the founder of the Maine-African Partnership for Social Justice which provides health education programs in South Sudan as well as scholarships to African immigrants at Portland High School.  

Dr. Radis was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2016 Democratic primary for the District 27 (Portland) Senate seat.

Our program this Friday will focus on Maine’s response to the #MeToo movement, the founding of #Maine Can Do, an online resource for employers, managers, investors, board members and workers who have suffered or witnessed workplace sexual harassment. Our speakers will be the founders of this groundbreaking program.

Betsy Peters (above photo) is a business consultant who also launched the first website in the ski industry, conducted a live webcast from the top of K2, developed a program that got 400,000 women in menopause off of pharmaceuticals, and was recognized at the Obama White House for her web-based educational program. Her experience includes serving as an entrepreneur in residence at Maine Technology Institute. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Freeport where she has been a member of the school board.


Melanie Sachs (photo left) is the Executive Director at SARSSM: Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and her experience includes working as the former Executive Director of Freeport Community Services. A cum laude graduate of Bates, she holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Freeport where she is Vice-Chair of the Freeport Town Council and a member of Freeport Rotary Club. In her spare time, she serves as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and an Odyssey of the Mind coach.

Stephanie Brock (photo left), is the General Manager of Red Thread Portland, a company that provides furniture, technology, and architectural systems for innovative workplaces. She also teaches Heated Vinyasa Yoga.  She’s from the other Portland where she graduated from high school and studied at Portland State University. Stephanie loves running, craft beers, yoga and spending time with her daughter. She lives in South Portland.

Greg Williams is the Director of Waste Solutions at Agri-Cycle. He joined Agri-Cycle in 2014 with diverse experience in the organics industry, including sales, consultation, business development, and operations. While completing a Master’s in Community Planning & Development at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, he researched the feasibility of implementing a curbside organics program in Greater Portland. He received an award for the idea from ecomaine in 2008, and presented the idea to the Portland City Council in 2009. Williams also successfully started and managed a commercial composting business in conjunction with the City of Portland before joining Agri-Cycle.

Agri-Cycle collects organic waste and converts it to clean energy and fertilizer, providing clean, renewable energy to the grid in Maine and throughout the region. This process keeps organic waste out of landfills, reduces harmful greenhouse gases, and powers homes and farms.

Laura Freid has pursued a career in higher education and the arts, and made this the focus of her work in journalism and film as well.

As CEO and Executive Director of Silkroad for the past decade, Freid initiated the organization’s ongoing multi-year affiliation with Harvard University, established a five-year partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, and created the first joint venture with the Harvard Business School.

During her tenure, Silkroad spearheaded a yearlong, citywide celebration of the arts in Chicago; focused on the arts and passion-driven learning in work with middle schools, educators and teaching artists across America; and brought together artists and business leaders to influence the emerging field of cultural entrepreneurship. She also served as executive producer of the internationally-acclaimed feature documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Prior to joining Silkroad, Freid was executive vice president for public affairs and university relations at Brown University. A magazine journalist and editor, she served as publisher of Harvard magazine and publisher and editor of Bostonia magazine. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, as well as an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Caron is the President of MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health system serving southern, western and central Maine, as well as Carroll County, New Hampshire. Prior to assuming his current position in 2000, Mr. Caron was Executive Vice President and Treasurer at MaineHealth and Vice President and Treasurer at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He previously was a Partner with Ernst & Young and headed their East Region healthcare consulting practice based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Masters degree in Accounting from Northeastern University and his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bill is active in the Greater Portland community. For many years he served as a member of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Chamber boards of directors while holding several officer positions with the Portland Community Chamber, including the position of Board President.  

Bill has also been active with the United Way of Greater Portland – serving as the Annual Campaign Chair in both 2005 and 2015.  He has served on the People’s United Bank Advisory Board, the Hospice of Southern Maine Board of Trustees, and the board of the Maine Hospital Association.  Bill has been recognized as a Hall of Fame Laureate by Junior Achievement and was recognized by the United Way of Greater Portland as its 2009 Legacy Award winner.  Bill resides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Susan and they have two children.

As the Sam L. Cohen Refugee and Human Rights Clinical Professor, Anna Welch oversees Maine Law’s Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and teaches the Immigration Law seminar. She serves as a clinical professor and supervising attorney, as a classroom teacher, and as an advisor to students who are interested in immigration law and human rights.

Professor Welch previously served as a Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she taught and supervised students within Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

A Maine native, Professor Welch graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied journalism and Spanish. She then went to the Washington College of Law at American University. She graduated summa cum laude, order of the coif, and then went to Peru for a year, beginning in August of 2005, as a Fulbright Scholar. In Lima, Professor Welch worked with a non-profit organization to establish a public water management system in Chosica, one of the shantytowns known in the city as “pueblos jovenes.”

Professor Welch practiced at the law firm Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, from 2006 to 2010. She was head of the firm’s Immigration & Global Migration Group. She also served as a volunteer lawyer for the non-profit Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) in Portland. Professor Welch was instrumental in helping to expand ILAP’s roster of pro bono lawyers for asylum cases. In 2008 she earned ILAP’s “Attorney of the Year” honor. During her time at Verrill Dana, Professor Welch taught immigration law at Maine Law, as an adjunct professor. She also helped supervise student attorneys at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. In 2010, Professor Welch spent time in Nairobi, Kenya, where she served as a refugee protection officer at RefugePoint (formerly Mapendo International).

Our Speaker for this Friday is Paul Brown, Lead Physical Therapist for Back In Motion Physical Therapy, South Portland. He will discuss the subject – Importance of Physical Therapy for the Management of Arthritis.

In 1986 Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. Since that year he has held positions as a Physical Therapist in a hospital, in medical services companies and as the Lead Physical Therapist for Back In Motion in South Portland.

During the years from 1986 until the present Paul has taken continuing education courses in therapeutic approach to the major parts of the body such as the spine, shoulder, lower extremity pain and the nervous system. He is an expert in rehabilitation exercise.

Since the year 2000 Paul has provided valuable volunteer service first to the Beach-to-Beacon Race as an Organizing Committee member. Beginning in 2013, he has also been a Hydration Station Captain at Miles 14, 16 and 22 for the annual BAA Boston Marathon. In that position he has been responsible for overseeing from 52 to 84 volunteers in the setup and delivery of hydration fluids.

Maine Life takes viewers on an exploration of Maine, the state’s most interesting places, off-the-beaten-path discoveries, introduces us to fascinating locals and the stories hardworking Maine people tell.   Host Erin Ovalle highlights all the things that make Maine a special place to live and work.  

Erin is a former morning news anchor on Portland TV stations WGME and WMTW.  She grew up vacationing in Maine and like so many, fell in love with the state. Erin worked in broadcasting in New Hampshire, Illinois, Michigan and Florida, before returning back to be the morning anchor here in Maine.  When not traveling the state, Erin enjoys volunteering in her community, spending time outside with her pup, Baxter, and checking out the many delicious restaurants Maine has to offer.

“I spent a lot of my career covering the news of the day behind the desk but missing the personal stories and people actually shaping Maine and our economy,” says Erin. “Maine Life is not only taking on personal and authentic stories but we’re also engaging with new and existing audiences both on air and online, giving viewers the chance to engage on their terms.”

Now in its third season, Maine Life can be seen Sunday mornings at 11:30am on Channel 6 in Portland and Channel 2 in Bangor.  Past episodes are available online at .

There’s more to the Maine Life and Erin Ovalle story – how she got the idea and what are some of the most interesting episodes to date – as we will hear this Friday.

Founded in 1994, the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting, strengthening and empowering family-owned businesses throughout Maine.  We strive to be a comprehensive resource for family business owners, executives, and employees. With the support and input of our members, associate partners, and sponsors, we continue to grow and welcome new participants who are availing themselves of our over 40 programs, educational opportunities, and events—more than 1,000 people in the past year alone!
Catherine joined the IFOB in 2014 as its executive director.  Prior to joining, she was the executive director of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce where she oversaw the 50th Anniversary of Windjammer Days, developed the Claw Down Lobster Bite Competition, and annually produced the region’s definitive travel guide.  She is a graduate of the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Executive Leadership Institute. 

Jennifer Nemi is a member of the third generation of a family-owned printing business, Franklin Printing in Farmington, Maine.  Her grandfather Joseph Nemi started the company in the late 1960’s by purchasing the Livermore Falls Advertiser and Franklin Journal.  In the late 70’s, early 80’s Joe’s two sons came on board, Greg and Dick. The business expanded throughout the 70’s and 80’s by continually increasing its commercial printing sales. In 1986, at the urging requests of his sons, Joe decided to sell the newspaper business and focus solely on commercial printing. Over the years Franklin Printing has continued to grow and reinvest its profits into the most advanced equipment in technology. In 2008 it moved into the digital printing business adding another market segment to the mix. Today their services range from offset printing to wide format and they are one of the top 24 finalists for the Maine Family Business Awards.

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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.

What do rock ’n roll superstar Bruce Springsteen and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett have in common?  They love to play their ukuleles!  It seems as if more and more people - young, old, and in-between - are picking up a ukulele nowadays.  But why is that?  What is the attraction of a ukulele?

Lee Urban plays ukulele and believes passionately in the power of the ukulele to do lots of things besides making cheerful music.  As Lee will describe in his presentation, the ukulele is used by music therapists in hospitals to address children’s physical, emotional, and social needs.  A song played on a ukulele can bring back memories to those living with Alzheimer’s.  Learning to play a ukulele can enhance social skills in children and peace of mind in adults.  

Best of all, a ukulele is fun and easy to play. Anyone can learn to play a song or two in just a few minutes.  Immediately following his presentation, Lee will demonstrate a 10-minute ukulele les-son with any Rotarian who’d like to experience the joys of a ukulele.  No prior musical experience needed.  No need to know anything about music.  No need even to have a ukulele be-cause Lee will have several to share.  All you need is the desire to have some fun.

In the winter of 1966 a New England family moved from Bermuda to Castine, from green grass to deep snow and cold wind off Penobscot Bay.  One member of the family arrived to become Commandant of Midshipmen.  Another memberwas an 8th-grade boy whose life was changed forevermore by that move.

Bill Brennan, who left Castine in the 1970s for college and a career, returned in 2010 to become the fourteenth president of the Academy (which includes a commission as Rear Admiral in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service). 

Dr. Brennan holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine, an M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine.  

His professional career includes senior legislative staff for then-Congressman John R. (Jock) McKernan, Jr.; commissioner of Marine Resources for Governor McKernan; consulting for private and public sector clients in natural resource, energy and environmental areas; administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. 

Maine Maritime Academy is a state college founded in 1941 for the purpose of perpetuating Maine’s seafaring tradition and contributing to the nation’s wellbeing. Maine Maritime has since grown to over 1,000 students, become co-educational, expanded its academic programs, and is widely recognized as one of the best public colleges in America and one of best-value educations available.  Its enviable job placement rate is over 90% within 90 days of graduation.  

What is the future vision for Maine Maritime?  How will it get there?  Learn more about these questions and others this Friday.

Julie Mulkern, Executive Director – Julie grew up in Penobscot County where snow was plentiful and outdoor play was the norm. Her favorite winter memories include bombing down a hill with her sister and cousins on a toboggan. Julie has dedicated her entire career to creating and growing programs that promote the health and well-being of Maine families. Julie joined WinterKids in 2008 as the Development Director, and became the Executive Director in 2011. Before working for WinterKids, Julie was Manager of Development & Volunteer Resources at Spring Harbor Hospital, a psychiatric facility in the MaineHealth system. She has also developed volunteer and philanthropy programs for Community Counseling Center, Case Management for Youth, and the American Cancer Society. Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College and has certifications in philanthropy from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy & the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Public Health Association and serves on the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Committee and the Maine CDC Physical Activity & Nutrition Workgroup. She is an alumna of the Upsilon Class of the Institute for Civic Leadership. Julie was born and raised in northern Maine, and now lives in Gorham with her husband, Ric and winter kids, Johnny and Ben. They enjoy all the Maine outdoors has to offer, in all seasons!

We are having a unique and unprecedented program this Friday, March 23, at the Holiday Inn.  Five exceptional Maine organizations that serve Maine Veterans will be presenting their work and asking for your support. 

Two of these organizations will be receiving a $1000 gift from the Portland Rotary Club and the members will decide which two.  Each organization will be represented by one of our Rotary members who will speak on their behalf.  When all five presentations are complete each member will receive a ballot to vote for the    two groups they want to see receive one of the gifts.

The five groups nominated by our members this year that will be represented at the meeting are:

     • The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope, nominated by Roxane Cole

     • Healing Through Horses, nominated by Annie Messinger

     • K9’s On The Front Line, nominated by Mike Robinson

     • Honor Flight Maine, nominated by Bob Traill

     • Veterans Count/Easterseals Military and Veterans Services, nominated by Joe Reagan.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting and have your vote count.

(Reschedule from previous weather-canceled date.)
Martha Peak Helman has been a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Rotary Peace Centers/Major Gifts Initiative Committee for the past two years; this year she serves as vice chair of The Foundation’s Peace/Major Gifts Initiative.

Marty has been selected to be a Training Leader at the 2018 International Assembly; she served as Trainer for the Governors-nominee at the Zone 24-32 Institute (2013 and 2017), for the Zone Rotary Future Leaders (2016), as well as for D-7780 Governors-elect (2015-16 and 2019-20). She has been a President’s representative (2016); she frequently facilitates at the Rotary Leadership Institute (since 2009) and Northeast PETS (since 2013). She started and continues to edit the Zone 24-32 monthly newsletter (2013-present). Marty currently serves as District 7780’s Foundation Chair (2015-18); she was a “Peace Through Service” District Governor in 2012-13.

She and her husband Frank are multiple Major Donors and Bequest Society members, and through the corporate support of the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation, they are Arch Klumph Society members. Marty and Frank are members of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club in District 7780, which they joined in 2003.
Marty graduated from Connecticut College cum laude and holds her master’s in teaching (secondary) from Pace University. In her professional career, she has been both a writer and an editor; she has put that experience to good stead in her Rotary work, authoring “Rewriting the Future,” about a literacy support organization in Guatemala, and most recently, editing “String of Pearls,” a book about and fundraiser for the Rotary Peace Centers.

Thanks to the 20 of you who responded to last week’s request for reactions to the Board’s suggestions for Program, Song, and Political content of the Club meetings.  Several of you expressed the desire to discuss these matters at the Friday, February 23rd meeting before reaching final decisions.  We will put this at the top of our agenda for that meeting.  All comments are welcome, but I will try to report on the consensus of the 60 messages I received in answer to our two requests for comment.   After discussion on each item, we can take an informal consensus of the Club.  If there is a close division of opinion, we may decide to put the issue to a formal vote at a later meeting.

Before the meeting I would welcome any motions that you would like to be considered by the Club.  That should speed our consideration of matters and sharpen our discussion of them.  E-message those motions to me.

Here are the Provisions of our Club Constitution and By-Laws that relate to the topics.  Amendments of By-Laws require a two-thirds vote.


Article 13 Section 1 “Proper Subjects.  The merits of any public question involving the general welfare of the community, the nation, and the world are of concern to the members of this club and shall be proper subjects of fair and informed study and discussion at a club meeting for the enlightenment of its members in forming their individual opinions.  However, this club shall not express an opinion on any pending controversial public measure.

Section 2. No Endorsements.  “This club shall not endorse or recommend any candidate for public office and shall not discuss at any club meeting the merits or demerits of any such candidate.”

Section 3(a)   Non-Political “Resolutions and Opinions.  This club shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions, and shall not take action dealing with world affairs or international policies of a political nature.”

Article XII  Duties of the Committees

(d) Invocation Committee  “This committee provides the invocation or opening blessing at each weekly meeting of the Club.

(f) Music Committee  “This committee is responsible for providing music, a piano player and a song leader each week.  Details and schedule will be given to the Club Administrative Coordinator and/or newsletter editor for inclusion in the Club newsletter (Windjammer).  This committee will plan musical programs throughout the year.”

Let me know if you have any questions.  I hope that we are coming to closure on these important issues.

Reade Brower began his publishing career in Rockland, Maine with a coupon book for downtown merchants. The coupon book became The Free Press, a fixture in mid-coast Maine for 30 years, and Brower’s publishing business grew to include Target Marketing, the Sunshine travel guides, and a number of publications for various chambers of commerce along the coast. The failures of other entrepreneurs expanded his portfolio as he acquired Village Soup and Courier Publications, and took over Alliance Press in Brunswick when they couldn’t pay his invoices. To make the numbers work with the printing press in Brunswick, he successfully approached the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald to outsource their newspaper printing. In 2015, when he sat down to negotiate a new printing contract for the Portland Press Herald, then-owner Donald Sussman proposed an offer for Brower to take over all of Maine Today Media’s assets.

Since his purchase of Maine Today Media, Brower acquired the Sun Media Group, publisher of Lewiston’s Sun Journal and a dozen weekly newspapers in southern and western Maine, and the Rutland Herald, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, along with affiliated print and online publications of the Herald Association in Vermont.

In a November 26, 2017 article, Murray Carpenter of the New York Times described Brower as “an unassuming figure for a media mogul.” Media watchers don’t find Brower’s hold on the newspaper industry in Maine and Vermont in the same vein as a Jeff Bezos or Rupert Murdoch. “I don’t feel at all powerful,” Brower told the Times. “My job is to create a sustainable business model that keeps people who want to be working in this industry working. And to have enough money coming in to pay the bills and make a profit so it’s a viable business.”

Asked by Downeast Magazine whether he had a five-year or a ten-year plan for his conglomerate,  Brower responded, “I have a 10-minute plan.”

Susan Axelrod is the Managing Editor of Old Port and Ageless Maine magazines and a writer for both Maine Magazine and Maine Home + Design, all imprints of the Maine Media Collective. She also blogs with her husband Ted, a photographer, at Spoon & Shutter.

Susan’s background includes editor positions at the Portland Press Herald, and the North Jersey Media Group where she was Food Editor of the Bergen Herald. She is also the founding editor of the blog Eater Maine, which has been absorbed by Vox Media. Susan describes her work as telling the “stories that highlight the astonishing diversity of this city and state.”

A frequent traveler around the state, she enjoys meeting fascinating people and learning about everything from sustainable seafood to design thinking. Before becoming a writer and editor she was a chef and owner of a busy restaurant and catering business. 

Susan lives in an 1840 farmhouse at Rainbow Farm in Yarmouth where she and her husband write about food, living in Maine, and travel.

Melissa Sweet says she’s “been making art ever since I could hold a crayon, scissors, Etch-A–Sketch, and coloring book.” Her work is extraordinary. 

Melissa has illustrated over 100 books as well as many toys, puzzles, games for eeBoo. Her work has been in magazines, on greeting cards and as drawings on her living room walls.

She has written four books: Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated book; Tupelo Rides the Rails; Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, a Sibert Award winner (for informational books) and a NCTE Orbis Pictus winner (for nonfiction); her most recent book, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, was a New York Times Best Seller and garnered an NCTE Orbis Pictus award.

Melissa has illustrated three books by author Jen Bryant: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos WilliamsThe Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, both garnered Caldecott Honors. A Splash of Red: The Art of Horace Pippin, was a Sibert Award and Orbis Pictus Award winner.

Melissa lives in Portland and Rockport.

Bob MacKenzie is a 29-year veteran of law enforcement, currently serving as Chief of Police with the Kennebunk Police Department. Chief MacKenzie began his law enforcement career in 1988 with them and rose through the ranks, being promoted to Chief of Police in 2008.

Chief MacKenzie is a graduate of the 243rd FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice through Husson University. Chief MacKenzie is the producer of the “Point of No Return,” a 30-minute movie which depicts the consequences of underage drinking and has been shown in 34 states. Chief MacKenzie is a Past-President of the Kennebunk Rotary Club in which he has served for the past ten years and is the Chair of the Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative.

Last July (2017) one of our members (Charlie Frair) and a former member (Megan Devlin) hiked the 100-mile wilderness trail, one of the most difficult sections of the Appalachian Trail in Northern Maine. They will be sharing some of their adventures on this hike at our next meeting.

Megan Devlin, who is about to graduate from UNE and become a Dental Hygienist, and Charlie Frair, both love the outdoors, camping and hiking and had been planning this hike for more than a year. They will be sharing a few pictures they took along the way, some of the gear they carried and introducing you to some of the people they met along the way.

Charlie has been on variety of hikes in various parts of the world, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and yet has said that this was the most challenging hike he has ever taken. Megan is an accomplished hiker and camper in her own right. Both are looking forward to sharing this adventure with the club.

We are fortunate to have Peter Van Allen as our speaker this week. Since becoming Editor of Mainebiz in April 2014, Peter has racked up thousands of miles traveling around Maine, visiting scores of businesses, and talking with hundreds of business people in all corners of our large, diverse state. What stories he could tell about those places, people and the things they are doing. This Friday we will hear about the view of Maine from a business editor’s desk.

Peter has spent the past 29 years writing and editing newspapers and magazines. Prior to joining Mainebiz, he was with the Philadelphia Business Journal for 15 years. Previous to that, he was both editor and reporter for such publications as Vanguard, American Banker, the (Gary, Ind.) Post Tribune, the (Camden, NJ) Courier Post, as well as writing for the NewYork Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. An avid waterman who has gotten to know many of the Casco Bay islands by sea kayak and standup paddle board – he also likes to sail, surf and row – it is no surprise that he has also contributed to Rower’s Digest, Rowing News, and Liquid Salt. 

Peter graduated in 1988 from Goddard College with a BA in non-fiction writing. He and his family reside in Yarmouth. Peter said of the decade before moving to Maine in 2014: “My family and I have been lucky enough to spend our vacations in Midcoast Maine. My younger daughter summed up our love of Maine this way, ‘It was one week of vacation and 51 weeks of waiting.’” After experiencing record snowstorms and memorably frigid temperatures in recent years, we expect the Van Allen family understands how winters imbue us with hardiness while spending many weeks waiting for summer weather.

Kay Mann is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Maine Green Power Program, an offering of Maines Public Utilities Commission that allows energy users a way to purchase renewable energy. Most people believe the only way to take advantage of the benefits of renewable, or clean, energy is to install their own wind turbine or solar array. For many, this is not possible.

The Green Power program offers options for residential and commercial energy users. The program is managed by 3Degrees Inc., a business that provides a wide variety of comprehensive clean energy services to organizations, utilities, and individuals to help them transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Kay is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, and lives in Brunswick.

The current General Manager for Spectra at the Cross Insurance Arena, formerly known as the Cumberland County Civic Center, is Matt Herpich. Matt was born in upstate New York, and graduated from Canandaigua Academy, then went on to receive his AS in Sports and Tourism Management from FLCC before graduating with his BS in Sports and Entertainment Management from USC. 

Throughout Matt’s career he has held many different roles with Spectra (formerly known as Global Spectrum) a management company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. He began as an intern during his junior year at South Carolina, in the marketing department at the Colonial Life Arena, which lead to full-time employment during his final year at USC as the box office coordinator for the same venue.  Upon completion of his degree, Matt moved to Aiken, SC, a satellite University in the USC system, where he began as the events and Operations Manager and finished as the General Manager. Matt moved on to manage the Wolstein Center, a 14,000-seat venue and 10,000-sq. foot conference center at Cleveland State University. Matt was one of four Spectra managers presented to the Board of Trustees, of the CCRC during the transition in early 2015 – ultimately chosen to run the newly-renovated Portland venue – he relocated in March of 2015.

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is a food, venue and sponsorship management company that has over 400 accounts in the US and Canada. In the northeast region, Spectra manages the CIC in Bangor, the LMA and Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA, the Mullins Center at UMASS Amherst, as well as venues in CT, RI, NJ, NY and PA. Spectra was brought in to manage the Cross Insurance Arena, when the Trustees and the County decided that after renovation, it was time to go from an in-house operation to an operation with regional, national and international resources. Spectra’s original term of the contract was three years, plus an additional two-year option for a term date of March 8th, 2020. However, with the introduction/purchase of a hockey team by Comcast Spectacor, the Spectra agreement has been extended to March 9th, 2025, with additional years at the option of both parties.

Matt and his wife, Rachel, (a New Jersey native) have settled on Pine Street in Portland’s west end. They enjoy the wonderful food scene here, finding many “go to” spots within walking distance of the arena and their home.  

Derek Langhauser was named President of the Maine Community College System (MCCS) on March 8, 2016, after having served as Interim President since February 2015.

President Langhauser has served as a senior member of the MCCS leadership team for over 20 years, becoming General Counsel of the seven-college system in 1994.

A nationally recognized expert in higher education law, President Langhauser has served as president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, as an advisor to the Ford Foundation Initiative on Academic Freedom, and as chair of The Journal of College and University Law Board of Editors (The University of Notre Dame).

Since becoming MCCS President, he has secured new legislative and philanthropic support for the state’s community colleges; entered into new contracts with all six of the MCCS collective bargaining units; advanced the System’s strategic focus on student success; and been instrumental in the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Committee to ensure greater collaboration with the University of Maine System.

As MCCS General Counsel, President Langhauser oversaw student, employee, and corporate legal affairs, emergency management, statutory and regulatory compliance, and risk management.  He also oversaw the development and implementation of MCCS policies, procedures, and legislation. In 2013, he served as the System’s Acting Director of Human Resources.

In addition to his work with the MCCS, President Langhauser has served as constitutional law counsel to former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and as a legal compliance advisor to Maine Maritime Academy.  He has taught for over a decade for the Williams College Maritime Studies Program.

President Langhauser is a 1984 graduate of Bates College and received his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1987.  He is a member of both the Council and Executive Committee of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

He resides in Cumberland Foreside with his wife and daughter.

Jennifer Hutchins became the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) in July 2016, where she leads a member network of more than 900 charitable nonprofits and 150 private partners. 

Prior to joining MANP, Jennifer was Executive Director of Creative Portland, where she led the City of Portland’s efforts to strengthen the creative economy. She is a co-author on the seminal 2004 report published by the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service on Maine’s Creative Economy conducted for Governor Jon Baldacci. She was the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the USM Muskie School for nine years and Marketing Director at Portland Stage Company from 1995-2000. Her career got its start at organizations in Washington D.C. and abroad before returning to Maine and deciding it was the best place for her to make a difference. 

She holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the USM Muskie School and lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Portland Rotary will host a
Special Veterans'
Appreciation Lunch
at the Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Ave., Portland 
Join us in honoring the men and women
who have served our country.
Please arrive early - check in begins 11:30 a.m.
Program will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Our keynote speaker is
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.
All veterans are our guests and their meals are complimentary.
The cost for all other attendees is $20.
Please pay at the and checks only.
Required pre-registrations.

James D. Herbert, Ph.D., serves as the University of New England’s sixth president. He assumed the position on July 1, 2017, immediately following the 11-year tenure of Danielle N. Ripich.

Dr. Herbert arrived at UNE via Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he had served most recently as executive vice provost and dean of the Graduate College. Before that, he had held a variety of administrative positions at Drexel, including interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, head of the Department of Psychology, interim head of the Department of Biology, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, director of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, and president of the University Faculty.

Dr. Herbert’s educational background is in psychology; he holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include cognitive behavior therapy — including newer mindfulness and psychological acceptance-based models of behavior therapy, anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, remote Internet-based treatment, and the promotion of evidence-based practice in mental health.

He is known internationally for his publications on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health, having authored more than 170 scholarly works on these and other topics. His 2011 book “Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy” has been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who called it “a most beneficial and powerful method for ensuring a healthy mind and heart.” Dr. Herbert is a fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health.

Abdullahi Ali is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Community Services. Born in Somalia, raised in Kenya, he resettled in Maine in 2009 after spending much of his youth in a refugee camp. While in Kenya, he studied sociology at the University of Nairobi, and worked with humanitarian and development agencies in the country. He has been regularly involved in programs and income-generating activities for vulnerable communities, as well as in peace education, women’s empowerment, and skills development. He has also worked for Catholic Charities of Maine and Community Counseling Services.

Abdullahi studied Social Science at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine, and earned a Master of Science degree in Justice Studies from Southern New Hampshire University. In the past six years Abdullahi has worked with survivors of torture and individuals and families with mental illness in Portland, Maine. 

He currently lives in Westbrook, and is a member of Portland Rotary.

In 1990, Nancy Markowitz became the Director of the first family mediation program in Maine. She mediated and trained mediators through the University of Southern Maine and Volunteers of America for over 25 years. She retired in 2015 and now works full time without pay for “Welcoming the Stranger,” a volunteer program that provides mentors for people seeking asylum. Her advice for others: find your passion and never stop giving to others. 
William "Bro" Adams is a senior fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bro was the tenth chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 2014 to 2017.  Shortly after arriving at NEH, he launched an agency-wide initiative titled The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square.  The initiative seeks to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to the life of the nation during a time of unprecedented domestic and global challenges.

Under the rubric of The Common Good, NEH launched a number of new grant lines, including the Public Scholar Program, Common Heritage, Dialogues on the Experience of War, Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants, Humanities Connections, NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, Open Book, Creating Humanities Communities, and Humanities Access Grants. During his tenure at NEH, Bro also sought to deepen the engagement of the agency with community colleges and veterans groups and causes.

Prior to joining NEH, he served as president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014. He also served as president of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania from 1995–2000. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Bro earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a PhD from the history of consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford and to serve as vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University. Mr. Adams's formal education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. In each of his professional roles, Bro has demonstrated a deep commitment to the humanities and to the liberal arts.

Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, joined NAI The Dunham Group in 2011 and was named Partner in 2016. He has worked in commercial real estate since 2006 and has successfully brokered transactions in all sectors of commercial real estate, specializing in industrial, office and investment properties. 

In 2013, he was named the Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year. In 2015 he earned the prestigious CCIM accreditation, an international membership comprised of the world’s top commercial real estate professionals. In 2017 he earned the Society of Industrial & Office Realtor’s (SIOR) designation becoming only the 5th broker in the state of Maine to carry both CCIM & SIOR honors. Annually, Justin is the author of NAI The Dunham Group’s Greater Portland Industrial Market Survey, a comprehensive study and inventory of the local industrial market.

Today, Justin is active in several Greater Portland philanthropic and professional organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors as President-Elect, the Rotary Club of Portland, Town & Country Federal Credit Union and the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. Justin is also an active member of MEREDA and the CCIM New England chapter. 

He has a degree from the University of Rochester (BA ‘02) and an advanced degree from Boston University (MS ‘04).

In his free time, Justin enjoys staying active and healthy. He is an avid water skier, snow skier, hiker, rock climber and plays organized softball. He lives in Portland with his wife, Marycelina, their children Katherine and William and their dog, Fenway.

Carol Coultas, Business Editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has been a journalist for over 30 years, with much of her experience focused on reporting and editing about Maine businesses. She started her career as a part-time writer/receptionist at a small weekly paper in Billerica, MA, following a stint as a Vista volunteer. She met her husband when they both worked at the Lowell Sun. They spent their first year of marriage teaching English in Mexico.

Carol worked at the Lewiston Sun Journal for 22 years, first as a reporter, then as Managing Editor for nine years. She was Managing Editor of Mainebiz for a number of years before moving to the Press Herald. She has a special interest in reporting on banking and manufacturing and projects under her supervision have won numerous awards. She has hosted a wide variety of recognition programs sponsored by the newspapers for which she worked, as well as a number of panels providing in-depth insight in a range of topics.

A graduate of UMASS-Amherst, Carol and her husband live in Harpswell and have two children, one a journalist in New York City and the other is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Duke University. When she’s not working, she likes to bake pies.

Erik Jorgensen, a member of Portland Rotary, also sits in the Maine Legislature representing Maine House District 41, which includes Deering Center and some of the Portland neighborhoods near USM. Elected to the Legislature in 2012, he has served on the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, the legislative body responsible for developing and overseeing the state budget. He has been particularly focused on working to make sure that urban issues, especially Portland’s unique needs, are not forgotten in Augusta.

Erik’s professional career includes more than 25 years working in Maine educational and cultural organizations. He served as director of the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick for ten years, and from 1999-2012 worked for the Maine Humanities Council where he served as the Executive Director for five and a half of those. When the Legislature is not in session, he works on various consulting assignments.

Erik earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, and an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received the Henry Brooks Public Service Fellowship.

He has served on a number of boards and community groups, at the local, state-wide and national levels, including over 20 years as an active member of Rotary. He has served on the board of directors of the Maine Center for Economic Policy; the board of Good Will-Hinckley, and two charitable foundations. A former chair of the MPBN Community Advisory Board, his activities outside of Maine has included the board of the Project on Civic Reflection, a Chicago-based program that uses literature and history to help provide insight into civic and community issues; and, the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Erik has lived in Greater Portland since the 1980’s, and been a Deering neighborhood resident since 2000, along with his wife, Tamara Risser, and their son, Will, a student in the Portland Public schools.

Philip Walsh is the Executive Director of Maine Initiatives, a public, community-based foundation advancing social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine through informed, intentional and collective philanthropy. 

Since 1993, Maine Initiatives has made over $3.5 million in grants to grassroots and community-based organizations in Maine. Under Phil Walsh’s leadership, Maine Initiatives is pursuing a radically-participatory approach to community philanthropy, one that seeks to go beyond money. Phil’s talk will focus on how Maine Initiatives understands and approaches the issues of justice and equity in Maine, the role of private philanthropy, and the importance of both individual and collective action.

Phil’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative community development approaches, with a specific focus on initiatives that engage diverse stakeholders; identify the community’s human, financial, and social assets; and leverage those assets for social change.

Prior to coming to Maine with his family in 2011, Phil worked for 15 years in Latin America: as a program officer with the Inter-American Foundation, director of the Mexico Program at The Synergos Institute, and leader of Mercy Corps’ civil society strengthening program in Central America.

Phil is a graduate of James Madison University and earned a masters degree from Georgetown University. He lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, three daughters, and a brood of chickens. He serves on the board of directors of the Maine Philanthropy Center and is the co-chair of the Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative. He is also an active supporter of Maine Adaptive and the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England.

David D. Pearce, recently retired career diplomat in the U.S. State Department will discuss "Thirty-five Years in the U.S. Diplomatic Service: Rules to Live By."
Mr. Pearce was born in Portland, Maine, the son of Mary Jean and Duane Pearce, a highly-respected former member of our club, who passed away in 2014. 
David has lived and worked in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for ten years as a journalist and 35 years as a diplomat, including service as U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Algeria. He is a graduate of Cheverus High School, Bowdoin College and the Ohio State University School of Journalism. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982, he worked as a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, the Rome Daily American in Italy and United Press International in Brussels, Lisbon and Beirut. He moved on to the Washington Post, as copy editor on both the foreign and metro desks and was a writer-editor for National Geographic.
Mr. Pearce has served in prominent and distinguished diplomatic positions in many countries, to include:
  • Vice Consul and Political Officer in Riyadh
  • Watch Officer in the State Department Operations Center
  • Country Desk Officer in Greece
  • Political Section Chief, U.S. Embassy in Kuwait
  • Liaison Officer with the Kuwaiti Government-in-exile, Saudi Arabia
  • Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Consul General in Dubai
  • Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Damascus
  • Director of the State Deparment's Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran/Iraq)
  • Served with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad
  • Mission Chief/Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem
  • Minister Counselor for Political Affairs U.S. Embassy in Rome.
President George W. Bush nominated him to be the ambassador to Algeria in 2008 and he became the Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. After serving as the Deputy U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was nominated by President Obama to become Ambassador to Greece from 2013-16.
David is married to Leyla Baroody of Beirut, Lebanon, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Now based in Maine, they expect to divide their time between California and Maine. David has written a book on diplomacy and the media, entitled: "Wary Partners: Diplomats and the Media." He wants to continue to write and pursue life-long interests in drawing and painting. As a self-taught artist, he has been painting actively since 2008....his medium being watercolor. To observe some of his beautiful work, visit his website:

Michael Smith, Development Director at Camp Sunshine, will be speaking at Friday’s lunch. He will provide an overview of their mission and current initiatives....detailing how Rotarians can be supportive. He will also be highlighting the upcoming “Suitcase Party” <>.  

After graduating from Falmouth High School, Mike pursued his ambition to own a restaurant by attending Johnson & Wales University and later purchasing a Maine-based Pat's Pizza franchise. He operated the location in the Lakes Region area for 11 years before changing careers and accepting a position at Camp Sunshine. As the organization’s first Director of Special Events, he incorporated out-of-the-box thinking with extreme attention to detail to produce successful festivals and events throughout the Northeast. Today, as the Camp’s Development Director, Michael is most proud of the team he has put together and their continued success in the highly competitive non-profit sector.

Bob Fowler became the Executive Director of the Milestone Foundation in 2014.

The opioid epidemic in Maine is worsening, with daily deaths being reported in the newspapers. Fortunately, the Milestone Foundation is at the forefront of the battle with critical programs for those at risk at their Portland and Old Orchard sites. Milestone operates Maine’s only specialized substance use disorder emergency shelter. Their Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team is who the police departments call first, as profiled by the Portland Press Herald (

The mission of the Milestone Foundation is to provide the best quality of services to empower individuals with substance use and behavioral health disorders to attain stability, dignity, recovery and an enhanced quality of life. The organization offers emergency shelter, medically managed detoxification, and long-term treatment in Portland and Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Their detox program is staffed by nurses and CNAs 24/7 and is overseen by a physician.

Bob has over 25 years of experience in behavioral health treatment and administration. He earned his MSW degree from the University at Albany. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, with a concentration in Financial Management, from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. Bob’s professional experience includes various clinical positions, directing a mobile crisis team, and leading a number of nonprofit behavioral health programs throughout the northeast. He served on the Treatment Task Force of the Maine Opiate Collaborative, and was appointed to the Maine legislature’s Task Force to Address the Opiate Crisis in the State. Bob believes that Milestone serves a critical need in the community by providing compassionate, competent care to individuals experiencing homelessness and addiction, and he feels honored to work with Milestone’s staff and clients.

This discussion is not to be missed. The opioid crisis affects every Portland neighborhood and resident, and Bob is perhaps Maine’s leading authority on what is happening, what the future holds, and what we can do to help.

In his spare time, Bob is a guitar player, a master gardener, a beekeeper, and an adjunct professor at USM. 

At this Friday's meeting, our presenter will be our own Honorary Member, Dr. Elizabeth Fagan, SLP.D. Liz is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a background in K-12 education and audiology. Published research was about cognition and autism spectrum disorder. Lectures have been related to language, auditory processing, literacy, and the neuroscience of brain plasticity. Her current areas of focus are Auditory Processing, Memory, Cognition, Brain Plasticity, and Brain Injury. Liz is a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist in Maine, but additionally practices Audiology in the Dominican Republic and in a few months, Kosovo.  

Pam Leo is an early literacy activist, the author of Connection Parenting, the forthcoming children’s book, “Please Read To Me,” and writes the ‘Recipes For Reading’ column in the local Parent and Family paper.

Pam has worked with parents and children for over forty years in the roles of family child care provider, parent educator, childbirth educator, and birth doula. Pam has worked with parents in the workplace, teen parents programs, parents in rehab, and parents in prison. Pam’s enduring love of children’s books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents are combined in her new role as the founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project.

Pam Leo is a member of Kindred’s International Editorial Advisory Board and a member of the board of directors for Kindred’s parent nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living.

The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots early literacy project whose mission is: “No child with no books.” Upon discovering the unbelievable statistic that 2/3 of the 15.5 million children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have even one book to call their own, Pam felt compelled to do something about it. 

The number one indicator that children will arrive at school ready to learn to read is growing up with books in their homes and being read to daily from birth. Pam’s focus is providing a pipeline of books for families living in challenged conditions.

To learn more about this project, go to their website or click on the following link:


Our annual visit to Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs, will take place this Friday. Since this ball team came to town 24 years ago, we have had a summer meeting almost every year at Hadlock. We are always warmly welcomed and have a wonderful outing in the picnic area of the ball park.   
We are sure to have a couple of the players share their experiences of what it's like to work and play for a minor league baseball team.
Bring a friend…prospective member…your children...your parents/grandparents...or extended family…smell the fresh-cut grass...enjoy the sunshine...and some time away from the daily grind.
The food is ball-park fare, so leave your diets at home for one day.
Directions to meeting site at the ballpark: Go to the main gate and signs or ushers will direct you to the meeting site....the picnic area is down the first base line.
Go Sea Dogs!

Longtime MEMIC Group executive Michael Bourque will take the helm of the Portland-based workers’ compensation insurance provider when its current chief executive retires later this year. Bourque, a former newspaper reporter from Maine who has worked at MEMIC for 22 years, is senior vice president of external affairs. He will replace retiring President and CEO John Leonard, a founding leader of the company.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America and an accredited Workers’ Compensation Professional (WCP) as recognized by AMCOMP. He is also a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine program. In 2004, he was named winner of the Edward L. Bernays Award, the top honor from the Maine Public Relations Council for career achievement in public relations. He has been named winner of the 2016 Community Leadership Award by DayOne. 

Before joining MEMIC, Mike was senior editor for the American Association of Community Colleges, based in Washington, DC. Previously, he spent five years as a journalist, working for daily newspapers in Maine and Alaska. He won writing awards from the Maine Press Association during his stint at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine. 

Mike serves on numerous boards and committees. He is the chair of the 2016 United Way of Greater Portland’s Campaign Committee and the immediate past chair of the Board of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is immediate past-chair of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and the Southern Maine Community College Foundation. He is a former chair of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Chamber. He has served as president of the Maine Public Relations Council, and Youth and Family Outreach, a social service agency that provides low cost childcare. He is a former member of the Communications Committee of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds and an industry planning committee for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).


Dave Underhill is a media and business consultant in Portsmouth NH, Past President of the Portsmouth NH Rotary Club (2013-2014) and of the Brattleboro VT Rotary Club (District 7870, 1989-1990).  

His broadcasting and publishing career started in Boston (WGBH, WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV). He and his wife Linda met while working at WBZ, and later moved to Vermont, where they owned and operated community-service radio stations WKVT AM & FM from 1983-1994. After joining the Brattleboro Rotary Club in 1984, he served on the board, as club Secretary and club President, then chaired the club’s Gateway Foundation. In 1994, he was part of a pilot team that traveled to El Salvador to develop clean-water projects. 

Dave’s Rotary service was interrupted when his career took him to Tribune Company in Chicago as a senior executive in broadcasting, cable and internet publishing. He and Linda returned to New England, settling in Portsmouth in 2006; their son and daughter-in-law live in nearby Raymond NH. 

Dave has chaired Portsmouth Rotary’s Interact, Finance and Foundation committees, as well as the board of directors. He is a member of Rotary’s Bequest Society and a Major Donor member of the Paul Harris Society. 

In addition to his Rotary service, he does non-profit fundraising work and serves as a volunteer small-business mentor for SCORE.

Dave was born in upstate New York, and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) and Boston University, with a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film. When he’s not immersed in Rotary, you may find him with his chef’s hat on, or perhaps driving golf balls into the boulders and trees of New Hampshire, Maine or Prince Edward Island.



Bruce Robert Coffin retired from the Portland, Maine police department as a detective sergeant with almost thirty years of experience in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Bruce also had four years of experience with the counter-terrorism group of the FBI, where he earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

What do you do with all of that experience and exposure to crime? Well, you write crime novels. Bruce’s first novel, “Among the Shadows,” was hailed by critics, with Paul Doiron, author of “Widowmaker,” calling it the “best debut I’ve read in ages.” The novel is the first of a series featuring the character John Byron, with the second installment, “Beneath the Depths,” is due to be released on August 8. Bruce’s short story, “Fool Proof,” was named one of the twenty best mystery stories published in North American during 2015, and is included in Houghton Miflin Harcourt’s Best American Mystery Stories, 2016.

Bruce is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime New England, and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and is a regular contributor to the Maine Crime Writers blog. He lives and writes in Maine.

Mike Vail became the President of Hannaford Supermarkets in 2015 and is responsible for all company operations, including strategy, financial performance, product assortment, pricing, customer service, marketing and people. In his role, he serves as a member of the Delhaize America Leadership Team.

Mr. Vail has more than 30 years of experience in retail, beginning his career at Hannaford as a high school student in Maine. Since, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility and scope.

Prior to leading Hannaford, Mr. Vail served as chief merchant and supply chain officer for Delhaize America, responsible for the delivery of  best-in-class supply chain and merchandising, developing private brand strategies and managing national vendor relationships. He previously held leadership roles, including President, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Chief Diversity Officer, and Vice President at Sweetbay (previously Kash ‘n Karry), a Florida-based Delhaize America supermarket retailer.

Mr. Vail began his professional career at Hannaford as a retail management trainee in 1985, going on to become a Store Manager, District Operations Manager, Category Manager and Director of Deli Merchandising.

Mr. Vail currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Portland; as an ambassador for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine; as member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the University of Tampa School of Entrepreneurship; and on the Leadership Committee of “Let’s Go!”

Mr. Vail earned his BS degree from Colby College. He currently resides in Maine with his wife. He has three grown girls.

Charlie Therrien is the president of Mercy Hospital and also serves as a Senior Vice President of Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS).

Charlie has 37 years of health care experience, working in both physician practice and the hospital environment. Before being appointed President of Mercy Hospital in November of 2016, Charlie served as president and CEO of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH).

Before coming to MCMH, Charlie served as president and CEO of Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut. While with Sharon Hospital, Charlie acted as director of Business Development, Vice President of Operations, and Chief Operating Officer before accepting the position of CEO in September of 2005.

Prior to entering hospital administration, from 1993-1999, he gained extensive experience in physician practice management, including leading a 120-physician enterprise and PHO at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut.

Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Quantitative Methods from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

He is currently the Chair Elect for the Maine Hospital Association and a Cabinet Member for the United Way of Greater Portland. Charlie lives in Kennebunk with his wife Ellen.

Our scheduled speaker for June 23 was Dr. Danielle Ripich, the retiring President of the University of New England. Dr. Ripich regrets that a change in her schedule results in her not being able to speak to Portland Rotary. Dr. Jeanne Hey, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, UNE, will join us instead.

Jeanne Hey, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of New England

Jeanne Hey earned a B.A. in international relations and Spanish from Bucknell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of international politics, comparative foreign policy, the developing world, Latin America, and small states. She was a faculty member in Miami University’s (Ohio) department of political science and program in international studies from 1992-2011, serving as the director of international studies for nine years. She also served as interim dean of Miami University’s Middletown campus in 2009-10. She lives in Saco, ME, with her husband Thomas Klak and their two sons.

Tom Rainey joined the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) as the Director in 2016 as the result of a nationwide search. He has wasted no time in propelling MCED forward as the key resource to Maine’s entrepreneurial community.

Prior to MCED, Tom was President of Rainey & Associates; a consultancy specialized in planning and implementing innovation-based development initiatives. Mr. Rainey brings 25 years of experience in building and managing successful business incubators and accelerators for start-up companies in seven states. Mr. Rainey’s experience in rural business development, international trade, aerospace, defense and life sciences combined with a broad national and international business network provides unique capabilities.

Since 1990, Mr. Rainey has been involved in a number of pioneering Defense Adjustment programs, including the decommissioning of a military port in a rural area of California, launching new export assistance programs through the World Trade Center he managed in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and serving as Director of Business Development for the Defense Adjustment Program in St. Louis in 1993. In 1998 Mr. Rainey was recruited by the State of Florida and Kennedy Space Center to establish a network of six NASA-funded incubators to assist laid-off aerospace workers in the wake of the Challenger disaster. From 2001-2012 Mr. Rainey developed a biotechnology strategy for New Hampshire; plans for a Health Care Institute for Wisconsin; and award-winning incubators at the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Northern Arizona University, and the BioInspire accelerator in Phoenix. Mr. Rainey developed business accelerator plans for the cities of Goodyear and Sierra Vista, two rural communities in Arizona affected by major defense industry downsizing.

Mr. Rainey holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University, Sweden; a Graduate Degree in Social Sciences, from the University of Stockholm, Sweden; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dmitry Bam is an associate professor at Maine Law where he writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, professional responsibility, employment law, and the judiciary. He is recognized as a scholar and media commentator on judicial ethics, judicial selection, and constitutional interpretation.

From 2005 to 2009, Professor Bam practiced with the law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Jones Day. His practice focused on employment law, securities law, and appellate litigation. His extensive pro bono work has ranged from ensuring indigent civil litigants the right to counsel in Colorado to litigating cases involving discrimination claims and constitutional issues. From 2009 to 2011, Professor Bam served as a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and taught at Stanford Law School.


Professor Bam graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University and earned a law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. He served as Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and on the editorial board of the Stanford Technology and Law Review. He clerked with the Honorable Barry G. Silverman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. James H. Page was appointed Chancellor by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees in March 2012 to lead their repositioning of the University System to meet Maine’s 21st century higher education needs.

Prior to becoming Chancellor, Dr. Page was principal and CEO of the James W. Sewall Company, a national consulting organization founded in 1880 and headquartered in Old Town, Maine, specializing in forestry, natural resources, civil and spatial engineering.

Page is the first University of Maine System Chancellor to be born in Maine or to have been educated at one of the System’s universities. He was born and raised in Caribou, and obtained his BA in History from the University of Maine at Ft. Kent. Subsequently he completed Master’s work in the philosophy of physics from St. Andrews University, Scotland, and obtained his Ph.D. in the philosophical foundations of mathematics from MIT. He taught at several universities before joining the private sector and has served on a number of Boards in the public, private, and NGO sectors.

Chancellor Page lives in Old Town with his family.

Stuart Kestenbaum is the Interim President of the Maine College of Art. Previously, he served as the director of the Haystack, a crafts school in Deer Isle, Maine, where he established innovative programs for 27 years that combined craft, writing, and new technologies. Prior to that he worked at the Maine Arts Commission and the Children’s Museum of Maine. He remains active in the field of craft as an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance. He is also Maine’s fifth poet laureate, a five-year post created by Maine’s Legislature in 1995, which he was awarded in March of 2016.

He is the author of four collections of poems: Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), as well as a collection of essays entitled "The View From Here" (Brynmorgen Press). He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and Northeast Corridor and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac

Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser said, “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Ambassador Laurence Pope is a retired American diplomat and is the author of several books, including François de Callieres: A Political Life (2010), a biography of the first proponent of professional diplomacy. He was previously the U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 1993 to 1996.

In the wake of the tragic murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens during a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned to Ambassador Pope to serve as Washington’s man in Tripoli, an appointment that did not require Senate confirmation.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton nominated Pope as ambassador to Kuwait, but his nomination was derailed by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-North Carolina), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) and other conservative Republicans because Gen. Zinni had criticized their support of Ahmed Chalabi, an Iraqi politician opposed to dictator Saddam Hussein. According to Pope, Helms’s aide Danielle Pletka told him he would not even get a hearing unless he agreed to testify on his advice to Zinni regarding Chalabi. Pope retired from the State Department on October 2, 2000, after 31 years of service rather than expose his confidential advice.

Two years later, during the ramp-up to the U.S. War on Iraq, Chalabi was responsible for supplying the George W. Bush administration much of the false information alleging that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Ambassador Laurence Pope served in the foreign service and diplomatic corps for thirty-one years, in one the most important, and difficult, regions in the world – the Middle East, as well as North Africa, and did so during some of more challenging periods of contemporary history. 

He is considered a top expert in the region. After retirement, he served for several months as the Staff Director in Jerusalem for the International Committee on Middle East Peace, led by former Senator George Mitchell, and after 9/11, he was appointed Senior Advisor for Arab Affairs to the United Nations.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, Pope also had advanced studies at Princeton University and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of State Senior Seminar, a Senior Fellow at the Armed Forces Staff College. He speaks Arabic and French, and resides in Portland, with his wife Betsy. Laurence Pope is the eldest son of Major Everett P. Pope, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his conspicuous courage at Pelelieu.

Please join us this Friday for another lively and engaging Club Assembly at the Holiday Inn By-the-Bay. It will include updates on our service and fundraising activities, a check-in on our Club Vision, and some surprises along the way.
Please invite a potential new member to join you, as this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about our active and fun club.

Lucas St. Clair was born and raised into a subsistence living family in the North Woods of Maine, with no running water or electricity for most of his childhood. He left that lifestyle to attend a boarding school in the Western Mountains of Maine and went on to study abroad, pursuing a Culinary Arts degree at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Lucas worked in the beginning of his career in the restaurant and wine industry in New York City, Maine, and Seattle, WA. 

In 2011, Lucas took over his family’s operating foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). EPI owns 125,000 acres of timberland in Northern and central Maine that they have been purchasing since 1998. They have been managing the land and adding infrastructure for recreation over the last several years. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Barack Obama accepted the gift of 89,000 acres of land from EPI and created the newest unit of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Aug 24th, 2016. Lucas and EPI continue to play a role in the development of the region and enhancing the community’s ability to capitalize on the newly realized asset.   

Beyond the restaurant industry and land conservation, Lucas has a strong interest in outdoor pursuits. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail, paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, taken a NOLS semester in Patagonia and has climbed peaks in Alaska, Washington, Peru, Chile and Argentina. He has also worked as a fly fishing guide and helped Eddie Bauer with designing fishing apparel. He has had the great fortune to fish in some of the most beautiful waters in the world.

Lucas lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and two children. 

Owen McCarthy loves to solve problems, find a challenge, and help people. He is President of MedRhythms, a firm he co-founded, and serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the University of Maine Board of Visitors. MedRhythms is a software as a system (SAAS) based digital medicine solution that personalizes recovery by leveraging neuroscience, machine learning, music, biomarker sensing, and other therapies to aid patients suffering from neurologic injury or disease.

Owen has built a career positioned to tackle challenging world problems, in hopes to positively influence many lives. He has experience in water treatment, additive manufacturing, tissue regeneration, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is the co-founder of the UMaine Business Challenge, an annual business competition in partnership with the Maine Business School and the Foster Center for Student Innovation. He served as a member of the initial program team that created the plans for the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies.

Mr. McCarthy is a native of Patten, Maine, where he graduated from Katahdin High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in biological engineering at the University of Maine in Orono, where he was also student body president, and CEO of the UMO student government association. He started his career as a technical sales representative in the paper and water treatment chemistry business, and then returned to school at Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA.

He and his wife Holly, a Doctor of Optometry at the Maine Eye Center, live in Cape Elizabeth.

As President and CEO of Dead River Company, Deanna Sherman oversees one of the largest energy companies in Northern New England. Founded in 1909, Dead River Company is family-owned with over 1000 employees serving customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts. Ms. Sherman joined the company in 1986 and has worked in leadership roles, including District Manager, Region Manager and Vice President of the Energy Division. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, majoring in Government/Public Policy and French. After attaining her first management position at Dead River Company, Sherman returned to the classroom and received her MBA at the University of Southern Maine.  

Ms. Sherman is active in the community through her present and past Board involvement with United Way of Greater Portland, Educate Maine, Junior Achievement of Maine, the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the University of Southern Maine Foundation.

Jon Jennings was appointed City Manager of Portland in July, 2015, after serving as assistant city manager for the city of South Portland for two years. The city manager’s position, along with the city clerk and city attorney, are appointed by the City Council. The city manager appoints and manages all other city department heads.

As the chief administrative officer of the city, the manager’s primary responsibilities include providing and maintaining the essential city services through the efficient and effective management and operation of the city under the direction of the mayor and City Council. The city manager executes the policy direction set by the Mayor and City Council through the management of 13 city departments and approximately 1,400 employees. Responsibilities include preparing and administering the annual budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring, supervising, evaluating and disciplining personnel, developing and administering city policies and procedures, and ensuring citizen complaints are resolved.

Jon’s background is diverse. His government experience includes serving as a senior advisor for the Clinton White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, managing Sen. John Kerry’s political operations in Massachusetts. In 2004, he failed in his bid for Indiana’s 8th District congressional seat as a conservative Democrat, losing to incumbent Rep. John Hostettler. As an entrepreneur, he was president and co-owner of the Portland Red Claws, a general partner of the Thompson’s Point Development company, and a partner in the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt store in Maine Mall.

He attended Indiana University where he was a student manager for the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, and while still in school, was hired by the Indiana Pacers as a scout and video coordinator. His career in basketball culminated in 2010 when he was named as the first NBA D-League Executive of the Year. Jennings has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Attorney General Janet Trafton Mills grew up in Farmington, Maine. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law, where she was an editor of the Maine Law Review.

Ms. Mills was an Assistant Attorney General from 1976 to 1980, when she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, a position to which she was re-elected three times, with the distinction of being the first woman District Attorney in New England.

From 1995 through 2008, Ms. Mills practiced law in Skowhegan with her brother, S. Peter Mills, in the firm Wright and Mills, P.A.. Ms. Mills was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, representing the towns of Farmington and Industry. In 2008 she was elected by the legislature to be Maine’s 55th Attorney General, the first woman Attorney General in Maine.

In December 2012, after a change in party control in the legislature, Ms. Mills was again elected Attorney General, and 2014, re-elected to her second consecutive term. The Attorney General is Maine’s chief law enforcement officer and represents the state in legal matters ranging from child support enforcement, civil rights and consumer protection to the prosecution of homicides, felony drug cases and major frauds. The Attorney General is also a member of the Baxter Park Authority, overseeing the 209,000 wilderness acres of the Baxter State Park. She serves on the Criminal Law, Substance Abuse and the Energy & Environment Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General, and was recently appointed Co-Chair of the NAAG Tobacco Committee. 

In years past, Ms. Mills co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby and was an active member of a number of organizations, including the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation Board. Ms. Mills was married for 29 years to Stanley Kuklinski, who passed away in September 2014. She lives in Farmington and has five stepdaughters and three grandsons.

Steve Hewins graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in history. In 1982 he started Hewins Travel out of his Munjoy Hill apartment, eventually growing it to the largest travel agency in the state. In 2007 he sold the business to AAA Northern New England and became its Vice President of Branch Operations. Steve left AAA in 2013 to become the Executive Director of Portland Downtown, a business improvement district that incorporates most of the city center, and in 2016 he was selected as President and CEO of the Maine Restaurant and the Maine Innkeepers Associations.

Steve lives in South Portland with his wife Kathy. His daughter Kia is a Junior at the University of Maine, and his outside interests including skiing, golf, reading. and, of course, traveling.

Steve's presentation will be about "Making the Case for a World Class Convention Center in Downtown Portland."

Paul Drinan is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Friends of Fort Gorges (FoFoGo). Paul will be presenting a program on Friday to highlight the group's mission, trajectory, status and ways to engage with the restoration of Fort Gorges in Portland harbor. Their mission statement: "Friends of Fort Gorges is committed to the restoration and preservation of Fort Gorges and ensuring access to facilitate its educational and cultural potential. We believe in partnering with our community to fulfill this vision."
The City and the Friends of Fort Gorges have partnered to restore this historic structure and to reduce hazards at the Fort, ensuring that the Fort remains a vital public space for generations to come. The restoration will be broken into roughly three phases: a Hazard Mitigation Phase, a Preservation Phase, and a Restoration and Improvement Phase.

Work on the Hazard Mitigation phase started last October with the repair of a stairway that leads to the second story roof of the Fort. This spring, the Army Corps of Engineers will commence with their portion of the project to install a series of railings and gates throughout the fort to increase safety for the many casual visitors to the Fort. Through making these repairs, the City hopes to bring the structure up to a standard where organized groups will be able to utilize the Fort for historical tours, musical and theater performances, and other public events.

The second phase, the Preservation phase, consists of evaluation and strengthening the structure so that the Fort will be a safer place to visit and remain open to the public for years to come. Right now, when the Fort is not closed, visitors may visit the historic structure and explore it at their own risk. Funding for the Preservation phase will be provided by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Friends of Fort Gorges.

Following the completion of phase two, the City of Portland and Friends of Fort Gorges will commence a more comprehensive Restoration and Improvement phase that will involve public input on future uses and activities at the Fort, which will guide the direction of the restoration work and potential future amenities such as an improved pier, restored indoor spaces, and restrooms.

Dajuan Eubanks is the President of the Maine Red Claws – a NBA Development Team affiliated with the Boston Celtics and owned by Maine Basketball LLC. 

He joined the organization in its inception in 2009 as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. Before joining the team, Dajuan worked in the experiential marketing industry for 13+ years with several leading agencies. During this time his role and responsibilities varied from project management to client services to business development and sales, where he worked with a variety of Fortune 100 clients across the country. Dajuan is a former player and Goodwill Ambassador of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, where he performed extensively around the world with the organization, entertaining thousands of fans. 

He is also a co-founder of Blue Wave Basketball – a non-profit youth basketball development program for boys and girls grades K-12 established in Portland in 2011 – and a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine and Portland Community Chamber.  A graduate of Rice University with a B.A. in Business Management, he grew up in Alabama and Texas, and has resided in Portland, Maine with his daughters since 2005.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999. Closer to home, here in Maine, there has been a 265% increase in deaths from prescription opioid overdose in men, and a 400% increase in deaths in women since 1999. Maine has the distinction of leading the nation in the highest rate of prescriptions for long-acting opioids.

These and other statistics have been shared by Gordon H. Smith, Esq., Executive Vice President of Maine Medical Association, as he travels the state meeting with health care providers to explain the opioid law changes that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Mr. Smith is a Maine native, graduating from the University of Maine with highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School, Magna Cum Laude, in 1976. He practiced law privately before coming to the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981. He is a past Chairman of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel and the AMA/State Medical Society Litigation Center. Mr. Smith has also served as Chair of the Maine Health Data Organization and of the Executive Committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He is also a former Chair of the Board of Quality Counts, a regional quality improvement collaborative and a former board member of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He is a current board member of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. In 2016, he was named by Maine Magazine as one of fifty Mainers influencing public policy and events in the state.

In 2015 Mr. Smith received the President’s Award from the Maine Public Health Association for “exemplary service and commitment to the practice and profession of public health in the State of Maine.” In 2016, he received the President’s Award from the Maine Primary Care Association for “dedication to improving the quality, accessibility and value of health care in Maine.” A frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical legal subjects, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993 and has had a relationship with the Association dating back to September 1979.

Please join us this Friday for another lively and engaging Club assembly at the Clarion Hotel. It will include updates on our service and fundraising activities, a check in on our club vision led by 1st VP Don Zillman on the eve of his “Presidents-Elect Training,” aka PETS, and some surprises along the way.

In addition, Liz Fagan will provide more context to the importance of our CHE efforts from her perspective as a speech-language pathologist. She will address “The 30-Million Word Gap” which affects language, vocabulary and brain development needed for literacy development.

Welcoming immigrant children from around the globe, the Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus helps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship and harmony that Pihcintu provides.

The power of survival eases, but never erases, the memory of unthinkable atrocities, physical danger and personal tragedy. Portland, Maine, an ever-expanding international resettlement community, was fertile ground to bring together children from diverse backgrounds to sing as one. Con Fullam, award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, combined his passion for music with a deep concern for the effect of world issues on children - creating "The Chorus" with the help of countless supporting souls from all walks of life. This unique chorus of young women from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam, British West Indies, and Zambia, along with children whose families have been here for generations, have formed a powerful and permanent bond. Through the healing power of music, these vulnerable, yet brave, young women have learned to trust, hope and laugh again. The children and their music are transformative. Being in their presence is a life-enhancing experience and they touch the hearts of all who hear them!

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Xavier Botana has been Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools since July 1, 2016. The Portland Board of Public Education selected him after conducting a nationwide search that drew more than 40 applicants. In choosing Mr. Botana, the board cited his credentials and his work as an innovative school leader in such key areas as parent engagement, budget development and curriculum alignment.
In his seven months leading the Portland Public Schools, Mr. Botana has spearheaded a successful update of the district’s Comprehensive Plan; worked with school and city officials, families and the community to draft a transformative proposal for critical renovations at four elementary schools; and aided in the process of developing a new family partnership policy for the district.
Mr. Botana, 53, was born in Cuba during the Castro regime. His family’s experience immigrating to the United States from Cuba motivated his work in education. Growing up bilingual in Spanish, he began his educational career as an ESL teacher and worked his way up to leadership roles.
Prior to coming to Portland, Mr. Botana served as Associate Superintendent of the Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana for six years. He held a variety of educational positions before that time, including serving as Chief Academic Officer for the Portland, Oregon, public schools and working as an administrator and teacher in the Chicago area.
Mr. Botana holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and has completed doctoral program coursework. He frequently can be found interacting with Portland Public Schools students, staff and families, and he attends many school and community events. He sees being superintendent of Maine’s largest and most diverse school district as an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of children.

He has found Portland to be a very welcoming community where he can make a permanent home with his wife and son.


Since Steve and Kate Shaffer launched Black Dinah Chocolatiers from Isle au Haut in 2007, their hand-crafted truffles and gourmet confections have earned a raft of national awards for their flavor and artistry, as well as their sustainable and socially-responsible sourcing.

The company, named for a rocky outcropping near their island home, has been featured in magazines like "Martha Stewart Living and Gourmet." Kate Shaffer has been named one of the nation’s top chocolatiers.

The idea of making gourmet truffles on a wind-swept island off the coast of Maine was just random enough to be appealing in 2007, when Kate started studying chocolate. The idea of opening a funky, slightly urbane café in which to sell them at the edge of a quiet island forest was even more random—and therefore even more appealing. With Steve’s talent at business and creative problem solving and Kate’s gift with food and presentation, it sounded like just the business for them.

Two decades in kitchens from California to Maine has taught Kate lots about food and farms and the power of locally supported agriculture and small business. Mostly it’s taught her that things just taste better when they’re fresher....and Steve has learned that he’s happiest working and thinking in smaller communities.

In June of 2015, the Shaffers moved chocolate production from a 500-square-foot barn on Isle au Haut into a 4,255-square-foot space in Westbrook. While still connected to Isle au Haut, the move to Westbrook has brought 'Black Dinah' truffles, and other goodies, right to the doorstep of greater Portland.  

So “close your eyes, take a bite, and share a taste that’s sweet as Maine.”

Abraham Lincoln came of age during a time of great economic transformation which emphasized initiative, risk, and ambition rather than family, tradition, or stability. Lincoln clearly embraced the possibilities this new economic order brought with it. He left his family home to find his own way, eventually becoming what historians call a “self-made man.” His early life shaped the political philosophy which later guided his actions in the White House. In this presentation, engaging Lincoln family letters provide a unique look into the complexities of antebellum America and Lincoln's basic Whig philosophy, simply by exploring one timeless question: What does Honest Abe do when his step-brother hits him up for a loan?
Erin I. Bishop, PhD is a Museum Consultant with nearly 20 year’s experience in Museum Education, Exhibits and Interpretive Programming and specializing in interpretative development, educational programming, historic research, and commemorative event planning. From 2005-2009 she served as the Director of Education for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. In this position, she established the Education Division for the new museum, facilitated school tours (approximately 97,000 students per year), led teacher education workshops, organized special events and public programs, developed exhibits, and created teaching materials for classroom educators. More recently she served as the Director of Maine Archives and Museums, a state-wide professional association for Maine’s collecting institutions. Her current projects include coordinating the Town of Falmouth’s Tercentennial Commemoration taking place in 2018. She obtained her MA in history as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at University College Dublin, Ireland, where she went on to receive her PhD. Dr. Bishop is the author of two books and numerous articles.

Ben Waxman is a Portland native, third-generation textile worker, and co-founder of Portland, Maine based company American Roots (AR). Founded in 2015 and successfully launched in the fall of 2015, American Roots is a 100% American made textile and apparel company that specializes in direct retail and business to business sales.

Ben left a 16-year career in American politics and organized labor with the national AFL-CIO in 2013 to begin the process of launching a company that would create good paying jobs in his home town. Ben, along with his fiance, Whitney Reynolds, had the idea to provide good jobs and to make a high-quality clothing product made with 100% American-made materials and to keep it at an affordable price.

With an extensive national network of business, labor, and political organizations, Ben has been able to create a significant sales base. With a focus on sales, workforce development, and significant public relations background, Ben along with the American Roots team, has worked tirelessly to expand the American Roots name in its first year.

Ben is a Portland, Maine native, who attended Portland High School and some college time. Ben was inspired by his mother, Dory Waxman of Old Port Wool and his father Dan to pursue building American Roots and continuing a family tradition of textiles. He is an avid fly fisherman, Red Sox fan and family man.

Whitney left a twenty-year career in the hospitality industry in the spring of 2015 to join Ben in the launching of AR. With a background in finance, customer service and management, Whitney made the adjustment to manufacturing with a set of solid workforce skills. She has a primary focus as the Chief Financial Officer, as well as oversight on production, R&D, product line, vendor relations, and staff development. Whitney is originally from Rochester, New York, and graduated from Fordham University. She is an outdoors enthusiast and used to ski competitively.

American Roots had over 10,000 individual units sold in year one with estimated sales in 2017 of 25,000 units to customers across the country. Ben continues to work to broaden the AR brand and network through his personal connections and targeted marketing tactics along with some affinity marketing models.

Ben and Whitney reside in Westbrook, Maine and are expecting their first child in March.


With temperatures, and snow, falling across the region, what better time to conjure up images of soft summer breezes on a sunny afternoon, the crack of the bat and the story of a baseball 'Hall of Famer,' whose legacy has been creatively captured by a local composer and faculty member at the University of Southern Maine.   

Daniel Sonenberg is a composer, performer and educator living in Portland, Maine. He is best known as the composer of The Summer King, a two-act opera on the life of Negro League baseball great Josh Gibson. With the support of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the opera received its concert world premier at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in a concert presented by Portland Ovations and co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine. The opera has been in development for over ten years with the Brooklyn-based company American Opera Projects. In February, 2016, Pittsburgh Opera announced that it would present the staged World Premier of a revised Summer King in five performances at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center, beginning on April 29, 2017.

For the past several years, Mr. Sonenberg has divided his creative energy between works of concert music and recording and producing albums of his original rock music. In each domain, Mr. Sonenberg has allowed his involvement in the other to infiltrate his music making. His Machine Shop (2015) for marimba and recorded electric guitar was commissioned by the Utah-based percussionist Lynn Vartan, with the support of the Maine Arts Commission and premiered at the University of Southern Maine in April, 2015.  

Since 2013, Mr. Sonenberg has released new rock music each year. His band Lovers of Fiction released a debut E.P. The Bear in 2013 and a full-length album, Long Overdue in 2015. In between those two efforts, and immediately following the premier of his opera, Dan released a solo album, Peaks Island Ferry, for which he played all of the instruments. He was the principal mixer and recording engineer on all of the albums as well.

Dan is an Associate Professor of Music and Resident Composer at the University of Southern Maine, where he has taught since 2004. He is willing to admit that as a native New Yorker and he grew up as a Yankee fan. Ironically, his arrival at USM was followed quickly by a Red Sox World Series championship - more baseball history and perhaps a future opera?


Gregory W. Powell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Dexter Enterprises, Inc., a wealth management firm owned by the Alfond family and is Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, the largest charitable foundation in Maine.

Since childhood, Powell has personally known Harold Alfond, the founder of Dexter Shoe Company, as a family friend and philanthropist. Working together, Powell and Alfond, created Dexter Enterprises, Inc. in 1996 to manage the Alfond family’s investments, philanthropy and business affairs and to administer the Foundation’s charitable projects in Maine and other states. For over a decade Alfond and Powell worked closely to build the wealth management business of Dexter Enterprises and to design and award charitable grants for education, health care and youth development in Maine and elsewhere. Alfond and Powell deployed Alfond’s business philosophy and acumen to develop a model of philanthropic grant making, emphasizing entrepreneurial solutions, creativity, community engagement and partnership. In 2005, Alfond selected Powell to succeed him as Chairman of the Foundation. At his death in 2007, Alfond ensured that his philanthropy would live on by donating all of his wealth to the Foundation. 

In almost ten years since Alfond’s passing, under Powell’s leadership, Dexter Enterprises has built and managed a fourteen-company investment platform providing access to high quality investment funds world wide. 

During the same period, the Foundation has become the largest foundation in the State of Maine, awarding grants of over $270 million, with an annual grant-awarding budget at $37 million in 2016.

Before founding Dexter Enterprises, Inc., Powell practiced law in Maine for 15 years, concentrating his practice on trial law. Prior to private practice, he served as a clerk to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He is a 1977 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wesleyan University and a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Maine Law Review. Powell was named to Maine magazine’s 2014 list of “50 People Who Have Made a Difference in Maine in Deep and Lasting Ways.”

Greg lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Amy. They have two grown daughters, Molly and Catherine.

For more information on the Harold Alfond Foundation, visit:

John Gallagher is director of Maine State Housing Authority, a position he’s held since his appointment by Governor Paul LePage in fall 2012. Previously, John served as Executive Director of Westbrook Housing Authority for more than 12 years, President of Westbrook Development Corporation, as a Program Manager for the Development Department at MaineHousing, and as a residential real estate agent for more than 20 years.

John is currently a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Advisory Council.

He served on the boards of the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors, Residential Initiatives for Maine, the Southern Maine Affordable Rental Housing Coalition, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, Avesta Housing, the Genesis Foundation, and the New England Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. 

The mission of MaineHousing is to assist Maine people to obtain and maintain decent, safe, affordable housing and services suitable to their unique housing needs. For more information, go to their web site at

This coming Friday, the final Friday Rotary meeting of 2016, a program in tribute to the holiday season will be presented. Christmas StoryTeller, Russ Burleigh, will be joined by Kathy Grammer as they sing, talk and play piano in a program they’re calling “The Bells of Christmas.” 

Russ has been storytelling for the past 25 years. He got his start when he wrote and recorded stories about Christmas carols and traditions for the radio. That led to his developing Christmas StoryCards which are greeting cards that contain the history and origin of whatever subject was depicted on the front of the card. His cards have been sold at the Smithsonian Museum Shops and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at L. L. Bean, Toronto’s largest department store, Bronner’s Christmas World in Michigan and many other stores around the country. For several years, while running his printing business, he used to ship between 10,000 and 15,000 custom-designed StoryCards to a radio station in Massachusetts. 

StoryTelling began as a result of the success of the cards. Russ does these “gigs” every December from four to eight times, visiting various Rotary Clubs in the district, Kiwanis clubs, churches, retirement homes, etc. 

Friday's message is concerned with providing details about the history and origin of Christmas music that contains “bells.” You will hear about “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and several more, including a few surprises, not to mention a number of invitations to the members to join in on the singing.

You will definitely enjoy this program and come away feeling an extra helping of the Christmas spirit! 

Who knew? "The first group of Muslims arrived in Maine almost 100 years ago," said Reza Jalali in an interview on MPBN last August. They were following a long tradition of New Mainers originating from distant lands in search of a better life. 
Reza, an Iranian of Kurdish descent, came to the U.S. more than three decades ago, after the Iranian revolution, and eventually made his way to Maine as a political refugee. A writer, educator and Muslim scholar, Reza is recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in "Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans" and this year was named as one of Maine’s 50 leaders by Maine magazine.
As a member of Amnesty International USA Board of Directors, Reza has led delegations to different refugee camps in Turkey and Bosnia. He has participated in numerous United Nations-sponsored international conferences. In 1992, he visited the White House as part of a national delegation to discuss the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq.  
Reza wrote the Foreword to "New Mainers," a book on immigrant’s experiences in Maine. His first children's book, "Moon Watchers," has received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Book. His collection of short stories, "Homesick Mosque," was published in November 2013. His play, "The Poets and the Assassin," which is about women in Iran and Islam, was published in 2015
Reza has been included in "50 In 52 Journey," a national project to name “Americans who are problem-solvers, idea-generators in their communities, in their cities, and in their states and are moving America forward.”
Reza has taught at the Bangor Theological Seminary and the University of Southern Maine. He has been featured in the National Public Radio’s nationally-acclaimed "The Moth Radio Hour." He is the co-curator of the Maine Historical Society’s "400 Years of New Mainer." 
Reza currently coordinates the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at USM and advises Muslim students at Bowdoin College.
Christmas came early for 15 men in the Dominican Republic. This week’s program features Dean Rock and John Curran, who will talk about “3-D Printed Prosthetic Hands: A Look Into How These Devices are Made and the Impact for Patients."
Portland Rotary’s John Curran knew what he wanted – more realistic prosthetics for people in the Dominican Republic who were missing a hand or arm – but he needed someone with the knowhow and technology to make the vision a reality. That someone, Dean Rock, who is retired and lives in Cumberland, owns a 3-D printer and is part of a global group of volunteers (e-NABLE) who literally “print prosthetics.”
e-NABLE describes itself as a global network of “passionate volunteers” who are using 3-D printing to “Give The World A Helping Hand.”
There were challenges along the way, such as getting accurate measurements and making designs specific to the user’s purpose, which John and Dean can describe more fully this Friday.
Dean accompanied the Rotary team that went to the Dominican Republic in October and fitted 15 men with their new prosthetics. He said in a 'Forecaster' article this past August, “What I’m really looking forward to with this trip is the look on one man’s face of the difference this will make in his life. That will be my reward.”
Sounds simple. Looks easy. But, wait, as we will learn this Friday, there’s more to the story.

This week's Club Assembly meeting will feature some lively table discussions - facilitated by new members - and designed to help grow our sense of fellowship in an expanding club. If you're a part of a Mentoring Duo, this might be a great opportunity to introduce your partner around the lunch table to those s/he hasn't met yet and have some fun!
Bill Green is a Bangor native. A life-long Mainer, he was educated in Bangor schools and the University of Maine. As a college freshman he worked as a cameraman at WLBZ2 on Eddie Driscoll’s “My Backyard” and “Dialing for Dollars” shows. Bill recalls, "The first night I worked, March 17, 1972, I was asked to stay late and run camera for the news. As they played the opening music, and the camera light came on, I remember thinking, I'm going to do this until I'm 65."
Bill debuted as a sportscaster on WLBZ2 in 1975. He moved to Portland in 1981 where he anchored weekend sports statewide on WCSH6 and WLBZ2. During this period, Bill began to flourish as a feature reporter and developed an expertise in recreation and the outdoors.
In 1993, Bill came off the anchor desk to produce feature stories and documentaries, including 10 documentaries on Maine and the environment under the banner "Color Me Green," in addition to his weekly features, "Green Outdoors" and "My Hometown." He launched an original series, "Bill Green's Maine" in 2000 and as of last year had done 336 half-hours. 
Bill Green’s Maine” won the Regional Emmy in 2016 as 'Outstanding Magazine Program' in New England. It was also judged the Most Popular TV Program in Maine by the readers of Down East Magazine. It was Bill’s second Emmy in as many years.  In 2015, he also won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his feature reporting.
He is an inductee into the 'Maine Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame' and the 'Maine Sports Hall of Fame' and this November 30, he will be inducted into the 'New England Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.'
Bill is a registered Maine Guide, the Senior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland, and the assistant Freshman Baseball Coach at Greely High School. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Cumberland. They have two grown children.

This Thursday, Portland Rotary will host a
special Veterans' Appreciation Lunch
at the Italian Heritage Center. 
Join us in honoring the men and women
who have served our country.
Please arrive around 11:30 a.m. to be properly signed in....ceremonies will begin at 12:00 p.m.
Our keynote speaker is U.S. Senator Susan Collins.
All veterans are our guests and their meals are complimentary.
The cost for all other attendees is $20....please pay at the and checks only.
Required pre-registrations - EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Governor Paul LePage will be Portland Rotary Club’s speaker this Friday. He requested to speak to our club “to educate business and civic organizations about the impacts the referendum questions could have on the Maine economy.”

Governor LePage has spent most of his life tackling one challenge after another, the kinds of challenges that defeat most people.

The oldest son of eighteen children in an impoverished, dysfunctional family, he left home at the age of eleven to escape domestic violence and lived on the streets of Lewiston for two years, making a meager living shining shoes.

At age thirteen, two families jointly “adopted” Governor LePage. Eddy and Pauline Collins kept him busy washing dishes at the Theriault’s Cafe. Bruce and Joan Myrick kept him busy hauling boxes. Bruce was a Pepsi-Cola truck driver. Later the Governor worked at the Antoine Rubber Company and at a meat packing company.

While attending Husson, he supported himself as a short order cook and bartender, while making time to be the editor of the college newspaper.

Getting into Husson presented a challenge in itself. Governor LePage was brought up speaking French. With the help of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s first husband, Peter, he was able to take an admissions exam in French to demonstrate his strong comprehension abilities and earn admittance.

In college, Governor LePage excelled academically and graduated with a BS in Business Administration in Finance/Accounting. He then went on to earn an advanced college degree – an MBA from the University of Maine.

Governor LePage will be speaking about Maine Question 2, An Act to Establish The Fund to Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education and Maine Question 4, An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage.

We need a headcount for the hotel. Please email Elise by 4 PM today/Wednesday, if you wish to attend and the number of guests you will be bringing. Email at:
L. Sandy Maisel is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government, past chair of the Department of Government (for 20 years), and founding director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College, where he has taught since 1971. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books (several in multiple editions) including "American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction" and "Evaluating Campaign Quality: Can the Electoral Process Be Improved?" 

"From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary" chronicled Maisel’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress from Maine. His published articles have appeared in many political science journals and anthologies, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Legislative Studies Quarterly. Maisel has served as president of the New England Political Science Association, twice a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association, and chair of the APSA’s research sections that focus on Political Organizations and Parties and on Legislative Studies. He has twice been awarded Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer grants (to The Philippines in 1998 and to Brazil in 2012, has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia, at Harvard University, and at Stanford University. 

Maisel and his wife, Patrice Franko, who is the Grossman Professor of Economics and professor of global studies at Colby, live in Rome, ME.

“What Lies Ahead for the Short-Handed Supreme Court”

Only two groups of people at the U.S. Supreme Court – justices and their law clerks – have insiders’ knowledge of how the Court chooses which cases to hear and what opinions to issue on those cases after oral arguments.  Dick Fallon has that perspective as a law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., from 1981-1982.

Dick joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1982, was promoted to full professor in 1987, and is currently the Ralph S. Tyler, Jr., professor of constitutional law.  He has written extensively about U.S. constitutional law and federal courts law, and he ranks 9th on a list of the 20 most-cited constitutional and public law faculty in the United States (2010-2014).

Dick is a two-time winner of the Harvard Law School’s Sacks-Freund Award (2001 and 2006), which is voted annually by the School’s graduating class to honor excellence in teaching.  Comments from former students include: “[H]e does a great job of explaining difficult and complex topics” and “If you get a chance to take a class of his while at the College, do it! You won't regret it!”

An Augusta native and graduate of Cony High School, Dick attended Yale University (History, 1975) and Yale Law School (1980).  He served as press secretary to then-Congressman Bill Cohen from 1974-1975 (Nixon impeachment years) and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, B.A., 1977).

When he wants to escape to Maine, Dick and his family heads to their seasonal home in Bar Harbor.


Kevin Hancock is the President of Hancock Lumber Company. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores and three sawmills that are led by 475 employees. The company also grows trees on 12,000 acres of timberland in Southern Maine.

Hancock Lumber is a multi-year recipient of the ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ award. The company is also a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, and the MITC ‘Exporter of the Year’ award. 

Kevin is a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association as well as the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees. Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat For Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Boy Scouts of America ‘Distinguished Citizen’ Award, and Timber Processing Magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ Award. Kevin also spent 20 years coaching middle school basketball for the Lake Region school district.

Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. He is also a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2015, Kevin published a book about his experiences with the Oglala Sioux Tribe titled, "Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse." The book won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, the 2016 Independent Authors Network Award and the 2016 New York Book Festival Award.  

Kevin is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community such as Pine Ridge—through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.

Dana Totman became the President and CEO of Avesta Housing in 2000. Mr. Totman was the Deputy Director of Maine State Housing from 1994 to 2000 and was employed by Coastal Economic Development Corporation, where he was the Executive Director from 1984 to 1994.

Dana's career has focused on nonprofit and government management and leadership, specializing in leading organizations through significant change. Mr. Totman has a BA in Public Management from the University of Maine and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He attended Duke University's Government Leadership Program and participated in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
His current and past community service includes the United Way of Greater Portland (Board), Seventy Five State Street (Board), the Maine Winter Sports Center (Board), Maine Real Estate and Development Association (Board) Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (Board Vice Chair), Brunswick Planning Board, Federal HomeLoan Bank Advisory Council, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (Chairman), Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (Chairman), Northern New England Housing Investment Fund (Board), Bath Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), Maine Community Action Association (President), and Midcoast Health Services (Board).
Tae Chong is a business advisor with CEI’s StartSmart Program. StartSmart is a nationally recognized economic development program that assists immigrants and refugees start and manage their businesses. Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine. He has worked with this population as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and now as a business advisor. He has also held leadership positions as co-chair of the refugee advisory council for the State of Maine’s DHHS Department, as a board member of the NAACP, LULAC, and Asian American Heritage Foundation and as board member of the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Social Work. Currently, Tae is serving on Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services advisory board and as a board member of the Friends of Portland Adult Ed. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.
This Friday's Rotary Club meeting will be hosted at the Portland Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (BGCSM).

Since its founding in 1909, BGCSM’s mission has been to enable young people, especially those who need the Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Bob Clark and a team of staff and volunteers will share a series of “Boys & Girls Club minutes” (in the spirit of Portland Rotary) to reflect how the past, present and future come together at 5 Boys & Girls Club sites in Southern Maine, to serve 2,850 members and put them on the pathway to reaching their full potential.

At this Friday’s Club Assembly, Portland Rotarians and their guests will receive an update on the progress made on the club’s strategic plan following last year’s visioning session. President Laura and Committee Chairs will present their current initiatives including the following:

   •  Literacy Public Service Announcement video the Youth Services Committee funded through the United Way of Greater Portland

   •  CHE projects in the Youth Services area

   •  Special outreach efforts to diversify the club

   •  Increased public relations focus

   •  Special campaigns for Portland Rotary’s charitable endowment fund and 100th anniversary of Rotary Foundation

This is a great opportunity to bring guests to learn more about Portland Rotary!
Margo Walsh founded MaineWorks in 2011 to provide jobs and stability to people who are in recovery from substance abuse, have previous felonies, or are facing other barriers to employment. While attending substance abuse recovery meetings at Cumberland County Jail’s Pre-Release Center, Margo saw that inmates planning for their releases were struggling to find jobs.

Around the same time, she attended a talk in Portland by attorney F. Lee Bailey about the need to provide employment for felons. With a professional background in recruiting, she thought that if companies wouldn’t hire felons, she would. “I was motivated by the needs of my family and what I saw as an incredible opportunity to help change and build lives for people who were ready to work hard and support themselves,” Margo says. “I would say the operative and guiding principle of this company is empathy.”

Construction companies hire MaineWorks to provide workers for projects across the state. It’s a for-profit company, but it also has a social mission. One of her proudest success stories is the recent hiring of one of the company’s first-year temporary employee as crew leader for MaineWorks’s new Property Services Division. In March, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Margo with the Small Business Person of the Year award for Maine.

Chase A. Hagaman is the New England Regional Director of The Concord Coalition. Concord is a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps to raise public awareness about the need for responsible fiscal policies that protect our children and future generations.

Chase, a resident of New Hampshire, works with community leaders, student groups, business organizations, Concord volunteers, and elected officials across New England and upstate New York. He organizes public education events, performs media outreach and engages volunteers.

He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar. He received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida. Mr. Hagaman’s work with law firms, the court system and state and municipal agencies helped shape his passion for public policy. He invests his personal time in his community, including coaching for a high school rowing program.

Chase joined Concord to champion the mission of its founders, the late Senators Warren Rudman and Paul Tsongas. As part of the next generation of leaders, he has become an ardent advocate for lasting reform who works to bridge generational gaps as he brings awareness to fiscal issues.


Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has served the City of Portland since 1997, when he began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer. Chief Sauschuck was appointed Chief of Police in January 2012. He leads a team of highly-trained, professional men and women committed to the department's core values of leadership, integrity and service.

After graduating from high school, Sauschuck joined the U.S. Marines where he was sent to Camp Pendleton, San Mateo, California. During his five-year tenure, he served as Corporal, then Sergeant with the Marine Security Guards in San Salvador, El Salvador and Moscow, Russia. After four years as a reserve police officer with the Old Orchard Beach Police Department, Sauschuck joined the Portland Police Department, where he worked in a variety of specialties, including eh crisis intervention team, special reaction team and as a field training officer. He was also a special agent and supervisor assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, investigating and suppressing illegal narcotic activity in Cumberland County.

In March 2011, Lieutenant Sauschuck was selected as the department's Assistant Chief, where he served as Chief James Craig's second in command and directly oversaw criminal investigations, uniformed operations and emergency communications. Upon Chief Craig's departure in August 2011, Sauschuck led the Police Department as Acting Police Chief, overseeing a department of more than two hundred employees and an annual budget of $13.4 million. He was selected as the department's permanent Chief in January of 2012.

In addition to his public service in municipal government in Portland, Mike serves on several boards including the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, Milestone Board, United Way of Greater Portland Community-Wide Goal Setting Committee, Maine Opiate Collaborative, Greater Portland Addiction Collaborative, Portland Mayor’s Substance Use Disorder Committee and is an active supporter of Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Trauma Intervention Program.

Over the past decade, Sauschuck has received a number of awards for his commitment to the department, including the "Sergeant Michael J. Wallace Award," the "Enrique Camarena Memorial Award" from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the "Heroes With a Heart Award."

Chief Sauschuck was born in Port Jervis, New York, but moved to Madrid, Maine in the third grade and has been in Maine ever since. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Maine in 1998 and is a graduate of the FBI's 251st National Academy for Law Enforcement Leaders class. He is married to Portland Police Detective Mary Sauschuck.

We have asked the Chief to provide his perspective of the recent demonstration in Portland and similar demonstrations in other cities that have included negative views of police officers, and violence against police officers. In addition, we have asked for his suggestions of how our community can ensure that additional demonstrations are managed in a peaceful and civil manner. Other topics may include the challenge of opioid trafficking and how policing has changed since he joined the force.

Marjorie (Marge) Barker joined Rotary in November of 2005. She is Past President of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Club, served three years as Assistant Governor and two years as past District Rotary Leadership Institute Chair. Marge has been on the faculty of RLI since 2013. She currently serves on several District Committees. Marge is a Paul Harris recipient and a member of the Bequest Society. Prior to serving as Club President, Marge traveled twice to Honduras to work with youth from Cape Elizabeth High School and Rotarians from her club on a water project. She has helped deliver polio vaccinations to the much-needed areas of Ethiopia.

After serving as President, Marge participated in the Friendship Exchange to New Orleans in 2013 and traveled to Guatemala with other Rotarians as part of a service project in 2013. She retired from TD Bank as a Vice President in January 2014 where she had been for over 25 years. She started her career with Junior Achievement as a banker when she was 12. 

Marge has been a SCORE-certified mentor since early 2015. SCORE offers the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on knowledge and expertise to entrepreneurs in your community.

She is the Past President of a non-profit organization she started – Friends of Kayanet Education Center, where she helped build a preschool in Kesses, Kenya. 

Marge received both a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with honors (2011) and MBA (Dec 2013) from Husson University.   

She is a widow with two grown children and six grandchildren and has lived in Maine since 1988.

In October 2015, the province of Nova Scotia chose Bay Ferries Limited to operate the summer ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Bay Ferries had previously operated the ferry service between the two ports from 2006 through 2009. Ferry service on THE CAT offers the fastest way to travel between the two cities. The CAT is a 349-foot catamaran which travels about 40 mph and makes the journey to Nova Scotia in 5 and a half hours. The CAT passed in sea trials in late May and began the service in mid-June. Ferry service is expected to run through late September.

Bay Ferries Limited was formed in 1997 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northumberland Ferries Limited. The companies of Northumberland Ferries were founded on the principles of safety, efficiency, quality, community and innovation. Bay Ferries has been involved in the delivery of ferry services in other locations, including Interprovincial Ferry Service in Atlantic Canada, Florida and the Bahamas, Rochester, New York, Toronto, Trinidad and Tobago.
The CAT has the capacity to carry approximately 700 passengers and 280 vehicles. Onboard amenities include a room to view movies, a children’s play area, a café with coffee and tea service, a cafeteria and a lounge the offers a selection of local wines and craft beer choices.
Don Cormier, who is the Vice President of Operations and Safety Management for Bay Ferries Limited, will present to our club. Don joined Northumberland/Bay Ferries Limited in 1997 as the General Manager responsible for the Bay of Fundy ferry operations. He is focused on upholding and improving the company’s tradition of safe and reliable marine transportation services.
Don was educated in New Brunswick, earned a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1982 and obtained his MBA in 1986. He believes in community service and has been involved with Junior Achievement, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, transportation and tourism organizations, and youth sports. Don lives with his wife Elaine and his children, Genevieve and Sebastien in Stratford, Prince Edward Island.
We look forward to welcoming Don Cormier to Portland Rotary and hearing about the return of The CAT service to our city.

Our annual visit to Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs, will take place this Friday. Since this ball team came to town 23 years ago, we have had a summer meeting every year at Hadlock. We are always warmly welcomed and have a wonderful outing in the picnic area of the ball park. Our host will be Bill Blount.  
The food is ball-park fare, so leave your diets at home for one day.
We are sure to have a couple of the players who will share their experiences of what it's like to work and play for a minor league baseball team.
Bring a friend…prospective member…your children...your parents/grandparents...or extended family…smell the fresh-cut grass...enjoy the sunshine...and some time away from the daily grind.
Directions to meeting site at the ballpark: Go to the main gate and signs or ushers will direct you to the meeting site....the picnic area is down the first base line.
Go Sea Dogs!
George A. Smith of Mount Vernon has done a lot of things in his life, from writing comprehensive plans for rural Maine towns to managing statewide referendum campaigns. He served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) for 18 years, growing the membership from 4,000 to 14,000 and making it one of the state’s most influential organizations.
George left SAM at the end of 2010 to write full-time. He writes an outdoor news blog posted on his website and the website of the Bangor Daily News, cited by the Maine Press Association in 2014 as the state’s best sports blog. He has written a weekly editorial column published in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel for 25 years, columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine since 1977, and special columns for the newsletters of various Maine organizations and magazines.
In 2014 Islandport Press in Yarmouth published A Life Lived Outdoors, a book of George’s favorite columns about home, camp, family, faith, travel, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. In May of this year, Down East Books published a book that George wrote about Maine Sporting Camps. You can access much of George’s writing on his website:
George and his wife Linda, a recently retired first grade teacher, have written a weekly travel column for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel for 5 years, focused on Maine inns, restaurants, events and activities. Sometime soon, Islandport Press will publish George and Linda’s Maine travel book featuring their favorite inns and restaurants.
For 13 years, George hosted, with his friend Harry Vanderweide, a unique television talk show called "Wildfire," focused on hunting, fishing, conservation and environmental issues. "Wildfire" returned to the air this year, co-hosted by James Cote and George.
Smith was part of the management team that successfully defended Maine’s moose hunt in a 1983 referendum, and managed a successful campaign in 1992 that placed the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the Maine Constitution and protected its revenues. He also led a successful campaign in 2004 to defeat an animal rights referendum that sought to end Maine’s bear hunt. He also worked on many political campaigns and served on the staff of Congressman David Emery for 8 years.
Among his many ideas, Smith conceived the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, funded by an instant lottery game that has provided over $18 million for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation programs in Maine.
George served 5 years on the Winthrop Town Council, three terms as Mount Vernon Selectman, one term as Kennebec County Commissioner, seven years on the Mount Vernon Planning Board, and 36 years as a Trustee of the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library.

He is a Winthrop, Maine native, a graduate of the University of Maine, and has lived in Mount Vernon for 37 years. He and his wife, Linda, have three children and three grandchildren.
Caroline Koelker became Managing Director for 'PORTopera' last fall. In this role she is responsible for implementing all aspects of the opera company’s productions, outreach, and fundraising.

Koelker most recently served as event coordinator and development manager for Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where she earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance. A native of Maine, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Maine in Orono. Koelker is a resident of Westbrook and is a member of The Choral Art Society and Vox Nova.

Board President Ann Elderkin cited Koelker’s in-depth knowledge of opera and fundraising experience as part of the reason for appointing her. “This position requires a great deal of organization, planning, communication and of course, a love of opera. Caroline has all of this, plus energy and enthusiasm.”

Stephen Lord has been chosen by Opera News as one of the "25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera" and is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works. For his debut with San Francisco Opera, conducting Rigoletto, one critic observed, "He partnered his singers perfectly and gave everything its proper weight - he was master of the score's details and the orchestra played superbly for him."

He made his debut with PORTopera conducting Lucia di Lammermoor in 2003, then returned in 2005 for Carmen, 2011 for Daughter of the Regiment, 2014 for Rigoletto and 2015 for Tosca. He will conduct Carmen this upcoming July 27 and 29.

He is currently music director for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and formerly was music director of Boston Lyric Opera. He was recently named artistic director of opera studies at New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year.

In 2015-16 he was re-engaged by English National Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and a concert for Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. His 2013-14 engagements included the Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), the Canadian Opera Company, a gala concert with the San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Juilliard School opera program.

Stephen Lord made his New York City Opera debut in 2004. Other career highlights included appearances at Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, Virginia, the Canadian Opera, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Pacific, Cleveland Opera and Arizona Opera. He has also been a guest with the Boston Pops.
Tessy Seward is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Maine Inside Out. She grew up in Downeast Maine, with a childhood love for theater, and now has been creating and teaching theater as a force for social change for almost 20 years. Her work includes therapeutic theater workshops for resettled teens in Baton Rouge after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Portland-based projects at Learning Works, the Preble Street Teen Center and Portland High School, and Maine Inside Out workshops at Maine Department of Corrections’ Women’s Reentry Center and Long Creek Youth Development Center. Tessy studied with Theater of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, with training in group facilitation, expressive arts therapy, multi-cultural counseling, non-violent communication, and crisis intervention, and a B.A. in English from Williams College.
Maine Inside Out is a nonprofit arts organization based in Portland, Maine. MIO artists facilitate theater workshops in correctional facilities with incarcerated youth, and continue that work in the community with youth returning home after incarceration. In the past five years, MIO has worked with more than 60 young men and women incarcerated at Maine’s juvenile correctional facility, Long Creek Youth Development Center, to create and share multiple original works of theater with more than 5,000 audience members around the state. MIO also offers weekly "outside" groups in Biddeford, Lewiston, and Portland to provide mentoring, transitional employment, peer support and creative community engagement opportunities for reintegrating youth.
Laura Young, the 103rd president of the Portland Rotary Club, will give her inaugural speech this Friday titled, “Why Rotary.”
Laura was born in San Diego, California to “the two greatest parents ever.” Her dad was in the Navy at the time and, today, her mom is notably an avid reader of our Windjammer newsletter. Laura’s childhood was spent in Norfolk, Virginia and she appreciated the experience of being bussed into inner city schools during the integration efforts of the 70s and 80s. Her family moved to Laconia, New Hampshire for her senior year of high school and she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Laura caught the political bug during a junior year semester at American University in Washington, D.C. after hearing Senator Joe Biden speak. She worked on his presidential campaign in New Hampshire during the summer and decided to return to the nation’s capital upon graduating.
In 1989, she landed her first “dream job” working in Senator George Mitchell’s Majority Leader’s office in the Capitol Building.  From there she moved to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raising funds to elect Democratic Senators which allowed her to attend the Convention and three Super Bowl games. In 1995 she moved back to New England and landed her third “dream job” as a fundraising consultant to nonprofit organizations throughout New England, raised two wonderful daughters Katie and Megan, and joined the Maine Community Foundation as vice president of philanthropy in 2005.
In 2007, Alan Cartwright recruited Laura to speak to the Portland Rotary Club and she has been an active member ever since, serving as a board member, chair of the Windjammer, chair of Member Orientation and chair of Youth Services. Laura has also served as a Trustee of her alma mater Bates College, board member of the Center for Grieving Children, currently on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Portland and enjoys her Monday Rotary tennis league.
Laura is honored to be the president of the Portland Rotary Club and is looking forward to another great year!
This Friday, President Bowen will wrap up our remarkable 100 years. Well, he will go over the last year in which we celebrated Portland Rotary’s Centennial year! There will be a multi-media presentation, a theatrical trailer, clowns, balloons and gifts. Ok, some of that last statement won’t pass 'The Four Way Test.' Be sure to attend and join in our FINAL centennial celebration.
Mark Bessire has been the Director of the Portland Museum of Art since March, 2009. Previously, he was Director of the Bates 
College Museum of Art in Lewiston. He moved to Bates from the Maine College of Art in Portland, where he was the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Mark has earned a strong reputation for organizing unique exhibits that have increased participation in the Portland Museum of Art, and were supportive of cross-disciplinary studies at Bates and MECA.
Bessire holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a M.A. in art history from Hunter College, and a B.A. from New York University. He was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art and a Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania. He has published widely including three books with MIT Press, has organized numerous traveling exhibitions, is active in local, community, and national public art programs, lectures on museum studies, and has participated on national art juries. Bessire is a founding board member of the non-profit Africa Schoolhouse, which is dedicated to building schools in rural Africa.
Danielle Conway has become the seventh dean and the first African American to lead Maine’s public law school since its founding in 1962. She joined Maine Law from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law. She has earned a reputation as a leading expert in public procurement law, entrepreneurship, and as an advocate for minorities and Indigenous people. She teaches in the areas of Intellectual Property Law, Internet Law and Policy, and Government Contract Law. She is a prolific writer, and has taught and lectured throughout the world.
Dean Conway is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University, Howard University School of Law, and earned her LL.M. degree from the George Washington University School of Law. She was the Godfrey Visiting Scholar at Maine Law in 2008.
A strong supporter of public education, Dean Conway is praised by colleagues for her ability to motivate and inspire, and her fearlessness in tackling the toughest social and economic challenges. She has more than 20 years of active and reserve duty service with the U.S. Army, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel.
This week our Club will have an historic group photograph taken on the front steps at Portland City Hall. If it rains, the photo will be taken inside the front entry. We'd like to see as many of our members turn out for this historic photo opportunity.
YOU can leave your mark in the Rotary record books and YOUR face will go down in history!
Earle Shettleworth, Jr. was drawn to history as the result of watching the destruction of Portland’s Union Station in 1961. A year later, he joined the Sills Committee, which created the Greater Portland Landmarks in 1964. In 1971, Governor Curtis appointed him to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, he became its architectural historian in 1973, and director in 1976. Upon his retirement, he was the longest actively serving State Historic Preservation Officer in the nation. There isn’t a state or regional historical commission on which he has not served or led. Though he has retired from the state government, he remains the state historian.
(Photo: Bob Martin, Earle Shettleworth, and President Bowen.)
Earle’s passion for Maine history is unbounded. A few years ago in preparation for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, he visited and documented every Civil War monument he knew about in Maine. From York to Aroostook, there were 148 in all for him to photograph and copy inscriptions. He told the Portland Press Herald, “to me, that was just such a wonderful opportunity to focus, and at the same time to visually review Maine as a whole from a historical and architectural standpoint.” His retirement did not pass unnoticed. Thomas Johnson, chair of the state preservation commission and director of the Victoria Mansion called the announcement “seismic. It’s a major event in preservation and cultural circles.”
Earle will discuss the Great Fire of Portland that occurred on July 4, 1866. While only two people perished in the blaze, it leveled 1,800 buildings and made 10,000 people homeless. It was the greatest fire ever seen in an American city—the Great Chicago Fire was five years later.
A Portland native, Earle graduated from Deering High School in 1966, earned a B.A. in Art History from Colby College in 1970, an M.A. in Architectural History from Boston University in 1979, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate (L.H.D.) by Bowdoin College in 2008.
Glenn Cummings is the 13th President of the University of Southern Maine. A native Mainer, Glenn represented Portland in the Maine House of Representatives for eight years, eventually being elected as Majority Leader, and then Speaker of the House. He also served in President Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, where he focused on efforts to improve adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.
Glenn is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, earned a Master Degree in Teaching from Brown University, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Glenn will share the progress USM is making with its financial challenges, and its efforts to evolve into a Metropolitan University.
Dana joined the Maine International Trade Center in January 2014 to open and run the newly-formed Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO). As Director, Dana works with MITC, Invest in Maine and other partners to develop trade and investment opportunities for Maine businesses in North Atlantic markets, including Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Eastern Canada. Additionally, Dana is a leader with the Arctic Council, the North Atlantic Ocean Cluster Alliance, and other Arctic and North Atlantic-related organizations, to represent Maine’s interests, and to ensure that the state is included in important discussions regarding North Atlantic resources, sustainable development and emerging trade routes.
Dana will share the significance of the upcoming Arctic Council meeting to be held in Portland this October. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the gathering of senior leaders from Council Members Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. High-level representatives will also attend from Observer states, which include China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the U.K.
Prior to rejoining MITC, Dana served as Director of International Business for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, managing their international program and Shanghai Office; she was Executive Director of the Forum on Democracy & Trade from 2009-2011, Vermont Director of International Trade, and Director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership from 2005-2009. In her early career, she worked as a regional director for the Maine International Trade Center, and as an International Project Manager for the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology. She also worked in the private sector as an international business development consultant.
Dana holds a B.A. in International Studies, with a minor in International Business and emphasis on Chinese language and culture from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. She completed 2 years of study at World College West (now Presidio World College in San Francisco) in the International Service and Development Program.
Dana lives on Orr’s Island with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Eileen Eagan is Associate Professor of History in the Department of History & Political Science at the University of Southern Maine. A native of Buffalo, NY, she earned her B.A. from D’Youville College, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. She joined USM in 1987. Her research and teaching interests focus on urban history, public art, and historical representation, as well as 20th Century history. She has published research on interpretations of women’s history in public sculpture, Irish women’s immigration to Maine, and other topics.
Eileen is the cofounder of the Portland Women’s History trail, a collaborative effort involving USM, Maine College of Art (MECA), Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine Historical Society. The goal of the project is to help tell the story of women’s history in Portland by guiding explorers through the area, from the statue in honor of Portlander Lillian Stevens, president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in the early twentieth century, located in the lobby of the Portland Public Library, to the statue of Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympics gold medal winner in the women’s marathon, located outside the Thomas Memorial Public Library in Cape Elizabeth.
While the work of the History trail is significant enough, Eileen has led the creation of a website ( and a smartphone app (Apple or Android App store) to make the stories more accessible. Eileen will share with us some of the stories we don’t know about Portland, and the growth of the project.
This week we will have our final club assembly for our centennial year. We will focus on our two biggest efforts. Our 5th annual Maine Outdoor Challenge (MOC) will be presented by Cyrus. As you know this event is our biggest fundraiser (outside of this year’s Centennial Gala) and provides the bulk of money for our international and local projects. In addition to being a unique, fun “competition,” there is a great lobster bake to top off the MOC and to celebrate the beginning of summer. As our club's largest fundraiser, it is imperative that all members help in some area. Whether that is finding teams, auction items, or volunteering, this is your opportunity to put service above self.

We will also hear this week about several of our service projects. How is the money we raised spent? We will largely focus on our long-term 3H project: our Dominican Republic (DR) project for Hearing, Hands and H2O. We'll hear from members of this year’s team on their most recent efforts in the DR. We'll also hear from the Community Service and Youth Service committees on where the most recent grant monies have been allocated.

Be sure to attend this week, it will be a report on the core of why you joined Portland Rotary: to give back.
Clayton S. Rose, Ph.D., is the fifteenth president of Bowdoin College. He assumed the position on July 1, 2015, having been elected by a unanimous vote of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees in January 2015, following an eight-month international search. 
Clayton previously served as a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where he taught and wrote on the responsibilities of leadership, managerial values and ethics, and the role of business in society. His courses at HBS included, among others, an elective course exploring business engagement with society’s larger problems (Reimagining Capitalism), a required course on ethics (Leadership and Corporate Responsibility) and an elective titled "The Moral Leader." He was also engaged administratively at HBS, dealing with issues of community values and standards and the school’s honor code, and was part of a faculty group advising on improving the experience of women faculty and students. He was recognized at HBS for innovation in teaching and for service to the community.
Originally from San Rafael, California, Clayton earned his undergraduate degree (1980) and M.B.A. (1981) at the University of Chicago. In 2003, following a highly successful 20-year leadership and management career in finance, he enrolled in the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania to study issues of race in America, earning his master’s degree in 2005 and his Ph.D. with distinction in 2007.
Andrew Rudalevige was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in the Boston suburbs, where he learned to love the ocean, the T, and, at great cost to his emotional stability, the Red Sox. He went to Watertown High School and then to the University of Chicago. After graduation he worked in the Massachusetts State Senate and on political campaigns, spending a term himself on the Watertown Town Council, before going back to do graduate work in political science at Harvard University. 

Receiving his PhD in 2000, he taught at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2012 he joined the faculty of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he is Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government. 

Andy was a fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in 2004-05. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the director of Dickinson's humanities study abroad program in London and Norwich, England, and as a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia. In fall 2011 he taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the University of Lyon, France. 

His current research & writing projects address questions of policy implementation and the president's ability to direct it. Book projects on various aspects of the president's role as "chief executive," as well as the presidency of Ronald Reagan, are in progress.
Andy is a prolific writer, and some of his work can be found on the Monkey Cage blog on The Washington Post website.

Michael Romy Greer is the current Executive Director at Portland Ballet and previously General Manager at Sino-European Recycling Resources in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Michael spent the early part of his life at some of the world's most prestigious dance institutions. Graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy as a dance major. Michael also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet school, and The Royal Ballet School in London, England. Upon completing his training, Michael continued on to dance professionally with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah, for six seasons under the direction of Jonas Kage. During this time with the company, he danced many soloist roles.

After retiring from performing, Michael went on to complete a degree in economics with a focus in industrial organization as an Arturo Schomburg Scholar at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He also received an opportunity to continue his economics studies at Stanford University, but chose to gain experience in international business in India as a Gilman Scholar (US State Department). Michael continued to work with companies in both India and China over a nine-year span, managing teams and operations at several multinational corporations. 

Michael will give a brief overview of his time spent in mainland China and some of his personal perspectives on doing business and investing in the region. In particular, the relationship between cultural expectations, regulations, real estate, and the stock market. While Michael is not by any means a China scholar, his eight years living and working in the region allow a unique perspective on the country. 

Steve Rowe, of Portland, is the fifth President of the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide nonprofit that helps people invest their charitable resources in the future of Maine through its 1,600 funds and $427 million in assets. Last year, the foundation awarded $25.5 million in grants and scholarships.
Prior to joining MCF, Steve was the President of the Endowment for Health in New Hampshire. His previous work includes serving as counsel at Verrill Dana, LLP, and he was Attorney General for Maine from 2001 to 2009. Steve served in the Maine Legislature from 1992 to 2000, and was elected Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives for 1999 to 2000.
Steve was an officer in the US Army, after graduation from West Point. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Utah Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from the Maine School of Law.
Our presenter at Rotary this week will be Mary Allen Lindemann, co-owner/Community Builder of Coffee By Design (CBD); a Maine owned and operated specialty coffee roastery/retailer, which she co-founded with her partner, Alan Spear, in Portland, Maine in 1994. Committed to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time, CBD has five coffeehouses and a micro roastery, which provides customers with craft-roasted coffee. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community – both here in Maine, as well as around the world at origins where they buy their coffee.
CBD has received numerous awards for community work, business practices and quality coffee. The international restaurant review site,, recognized CBD as one of the top ten coolest coffee shops in the U.S. and the company was noted as one of the reasons Travel and Leisure selected Portland, Maine as #8 on their recent "Best Coffee Cities in America" list.
Ms. Lindemann’s title of "community builder" illustrates the many hats she wears at the company. She is dedicated to ensuring that Coffee By Design stays true to its Maine roots and maintains its commitment to giving back to the local and international communities from which Coffee By Design is intimately connected. Part of her job is to make sure the company continues to be a “good corporate citizen” while making social change happen in a unique and meaningful way.
Her involvement in the community includes being a founding member of Portland Buy Local, the Maine Women’s Fund’s Women Standing Together and Portland’s First Friday Artwalk. Most recently, Mary Allen’s focus is on asylum seekers and immigration rights for those new to the United States and settled in Maine. With regards to coffee, Mary Allen believes “it's an honor to represent the many farmers we buy from by serving you a great cup of coffee.” She is actively involved with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and hopes that the work she does on a daily basis at Coffee By Design and in the community makes a difference now and in the years to come. For her work, she has received the Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community’s “Women Making a Difference" Award, the Southern Region Champion, Maine Women’s Fund’s Tribute to Women in Industry Award and Portland Buy Local’s Essential Founders Award.  Last year, she and Alan were selected as the SBA’s Small Business Persons of the Year for the State of Maine and Mary Allen was honored by the State of Maine with a Legislative Sentiment for public service in April 2015.
Mary Allen is proud to work with her partner and husband, Alan, and loves being Mom to Alina. 
Our presenter this Friday will be Yellow Light Breen, President & CEO, Maine Development Foundation (MDF).
Yellow’s passion is promoting economic and educational opportunity for all Mainers regardless of geography or background. He became CEO of the Maine Development Foundation in August 2015, where he develops strategic direction, integration, and partnerships across MDF’s mission and programs. The MDF is a non-partisan organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine; stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues. Yellow is a sought-after public speaker with a diverse background in business, public policy, and law. He spent twelve years as an executive with Bangor Savings Bank, overseeing strategic planning, marketing, online banking, community development, and charitable activities. Prior, he was a senior official at the Maine Department of Education and an advisor to Independent Governor Angus King. Yellow was born and raised in rural, central Maine, a product of Maine public schools, and earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. He has been an active volunteer in many education and economic development efforts, including the boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Educate Maine. He previously served on the MDF Board and chaired Realize Maine, an ongoing initiative to attract, retain, and support young professionals.
Yellow lives in Holden and loves to hike, swim, and ski with his wife and children.
Our speaker/program this Friday will be Ethan Strimling, Mayor of Portland, Maine. Mr. Strimling is the second popularly-elected mayor for the City in nearly nine decades. Mayor Strimling was elected November 3, 2015 and was inaugurated for a four-year term on December 7, 2015. Mayor Strimling is the second full-time mayor for the city following changes to the City Charter approved by the voters in November 2010. Prior to these changes, the city’s mayor was elected by and chosen from among the nine-member City Council for a one-year term. 

As the city’s top elected official, the mayor provides community leadership and develops policies to guide the city by setting strategic goals and priorities for the city with the council. He also represents the city’s interests in Augusta and Washington D.C., where he advocates for the city, its residents, and businesses. Mr. Strimling also served in the State Senate for six years representing Portland as Chair of the Labor and Criminal Justice Committees, while also serving on Taxation. He also Chaired Maine’s Homeland Security Task Force.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Mr. Strimling spent 19 years as the CEO of LearningWorks, a not-for-profit company providing learning opportunities for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families. Additionally, Mr. Strimling spent 8 years as a Political Analyst for the local NBC and CBS affiliates, as well as writing a column for the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Bangor Daily News.
Before working at LearningWorks, Mr. Strimling ran Treasurer Dale McCormick’s campaign for US Congress and he worked on legislative policy for Maine Congressman Tom Andrews. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and he attended the Juilliard School as a Theater Student.
Ethan has been a resident of Maine since 1987. He married Mary Beeaker in 2004.

On Friday, March 4, 12:00-1:30 pm Portland Rotary Club's meeting will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, ME.
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) will host the meeting!

The mighty Kotzschmar Organ, in its 103rd year, is a national icon and is an integral part of the cultural history of Portland. Portland’s municipal organist, Ray Cornils, assisted by FOKO docents, will give a demonstration and offer tours of the newly-renovated Kotzschmar Organ. Tours will start at 1:20 and last between 10-20 minutes to go through the organ. Yes! You can actually walk inside the windchest of the organ!

We hope you will join us!

Since May 15, 2012, Bill Williamson has been Maine State President for Bank of America. A native who has called Maine home for most of his life, Williamson has been with the company since joining a predecessor institution in 1981.

As state president, Williamson helps integrate Bank of America business lines throughout Maine, allowing the company to reach more individuals, families and businesses while deepening relationships with existing customers. He also oversees corporate social responsibility activities including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism.

In addition to his responsibilities as state president, Williamson is a senior client manager in Bank of America’s Global Commercial Bank. In that capacity, he serves a diverse group of public and private companies in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Williamson, a Colby College alumnus, resides in Falmouth with his wife and the youngest of his three daughters. He is active in the community, having served on the boards of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Susan Curtis Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

As the leader of Pierce Atwood’s Government Relations practice, Andrea provides governmental relations services in Maine and in Washington, DC with Maine's Congressional delegation. Her practice includes lobbying, government contracts, and strategic positioning of organizations to achieve desired outcomes. Her advocacy focus includes issues in economic development, workforce development, and real estate. 

Andrea is adept at building coalitions and developing effective stakeholder relations. She operates in a manner that enhances the credibility and reputation of her clients. Her sensible and proactive approach is refreshing and empowering in the complex and sometimes perplexing public policy arena. Committed to creating a strong and vibrant state of Maine, Andrea enjoys working with clients and as a volunteer to strengthen Maine's economy. 

Andrea has developed strong and personal relationships with countless policy makers, business people, and association leaders during her lifetime in Maine. She has served on nonprofit boards including the Susan L. Curtis Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. She and her husband, Scott, hope that their four children always feel they have an opportunity to live and work in Maine.

Hildy Ginsberg is the Executive Director of Market Development for the March of Dimes in Maine. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and after graduation from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, joined AmeriCorps to work for YSOP, a youth service organization housed in Friends Seminary in New York City. She was previously the Executive Director of the Portland YMCA and spent 16 years working for the Y, also in New York and Connecticut. Hildy lives in Scarborough with her husband, Adam, and two children, Mia and Henry. She is committed to positively impacting youth development and education, and serves on the boards of Friends School of Portland and Camp Ketcha.
Hildy will be joined in her presentation by Eileen Delaney, Director of Maternity at Mid Coast Hospital and March of Dimes board member, and Aubrey Martin, March of Dimes Family Teams Specialist and Family Ambassador.

Michael Romy Greer is the current Executive Director at Portland Ballet and previously General Manager at Sino-European Recycling Resources in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Michael spent the early part of his life at some of the world's most prestigious dance institutions. Graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy as a dance major. Michael also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet school, and The Royal Ballet School in London, England. Upon completing his training, Michael continued on to dance professionally with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah, for six seasons under the direction of Jonas Kage. During this time with the company, he danced many soloist roles.

After retiring from performing, Michael went on to complete a degree in economics with a focus in industrial organization as an Arturo Schomburg Scholar at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He also received an opportunity to continue his economics studies at Stanford University, but chose to gain experience in international business in India as a Gilman Scholar (US State Department). Michael continued to work with companies in both India and China over a nine-year span, managing teams and operations at several multinational corporations. 

Michael will give a brief overview of his time spent in mainland China and some of his personal perspectives on doing business and investing in the region. In particular, the relationship between cultural expectations, regulations, real estate, and the stock market. While Michael is not by any means a China scholar, his eight years living and working in the region allow a unique perspective on the country. 

Ann Lee Hussey of South Berwick, Maine has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work. Over the past several years she has actively participated in 26 volunteer NID (National Immunization Days) teams organizing and leading the last 23 teams herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see westerners – Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar, as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations themselves to help communicate the need for eradication. 

She has shared her story and passion hundreds of times at numerous Zone Institutes, District Conferences, PETS and Foundation events, carrying the message of PolioPlus around the Rotary world and beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight. She is determined that no child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself, a polio survivor, has been through. Her concern for polio survivors includes working to ensure mobility and dignity for those who survived the disease, but did not have access to the kinds of surgeries and treatments that she was able to receive. And has led many RI grants to this end.

Ann Lee has put a face on the subject of polio eradication, winning hearts and minds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. Being a polio survivo, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her fight to eradicate polio. 

But for all the immunizations Ann Lee has herself made possible through NIDs, she considers fundraising and public awareness her most critical accomplishments. Ann Lee’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World and the Rotary Service Above Self Award and most recently was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people’s lives and making a better future around the globe. She was also honored at the Maine State Senate chamber for her remarkable achievements.

Outside Rotary, Ann Lee currently serves as a trustee of York Hospital for a third term and previously on the board of Port Resources, an organization that supports developmentally challenged adults in Portland, Maine. 

Ann Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise in Maine and served District 7780 as Governor in 2010-2011. Previously she served on the Reach Out to Africa Initiative, as Zone 32 Coordinator for Health and Hunger and as a member of the RI Rotarian Action Groups Committee. Ann Lee has also served as Presidents’ Representative at several district conferences.

Ann Lee currently serves as Adviser to the International PolioPlus Committee for 2015-2016 and Chairs the Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group. For 2015-2016 she also serves as her district’s Major Gifts officer and remains a member of the District Visioning Team, having introduced the Visioning program to her district during her governor year. 

Ann Lee and her husband are Rotary Foundation Major Donors. She is a Veterinary Technician who with her Rotarian husband, Michael Nazemetz, DVM, own Village Veterinary Clinic in Rollinsford, NH. They reside in South Berwick, Maine.


The Club has been very busy with numerous projects, events and strategic planning. The strength of Portland Rotary has always been, and will always be, its engaged membership. This Friday, we will hear updates on what we have accomplished and what is planned moving forward.

The club completed it’s initial Visioning 5 years ago. We started Re-Visioning earlier this Rotary year and with the input of over 20 members, laid the foundation for our next Vision. This Friday will be the opportunity for all members to have their input and opine on the existing foundational work. Please be sure to come and help lay the groundwork for our next 100 years.

This is a great opportunity to invite guests. They will receive an overview of our activities locally and internationally.....across a variety of avenues of service.

There couldn’t be a better advertisement for joining our club!!

Please make every effort to attend.

Phil Coupe is a managing partner and co-founder of ReVision Energy, a certified B Corp, as well as the largest solar energy company in northern New England. Since 2003, the company has installed more than 5,000 solar energy systems in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as part of its long-term mission to transition the region from a fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable renewable energy-based economy.
In addition to its core energy-related mission, Phil and his business partners believe that the company should be utilized as a powerful force for positive social change and thus pursued B Corp certification to more strongly signal that intention to its 100+ employees and the broader public.
Prior to leading the startup of ReVision Energy’s Portland branch in 2006, Phil was co-founder & director of corporate philanthropy at DrinkMore Water in Washington, DC. The company, which ultra-purifies municipal water to create a lower-cost alternative to bottled spring water, twice made the Inc.500 list of fastest-growing companies in America and received numerous awards for its commitment to serving disadvantaged children and for its environmental initiatives....the company’s offices are 100% powered by renewable energy.
Phil was involved in the startup of two other successful businesses during his 12 years in Washington, and served as a board member of the Community Volunteer Council for 5 years. In 1999 he became a Big Brother and continues to work with his original match. He also serves on the boards of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and Envision Maine, and is chair of Maine Audubon's Corporate Partner Program.
He lives in southern Maine with his wife and three young children.

Michael Norton is Director of External Communications and Community Relations for Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough. He has been with Hannaford for 10 years and worked early in his career as a daily newspaper journalist.

As a founding partner of the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine, Hannaford has been involved in efforts to relieve food insecurity for decades. In recent years this effort has become bigger and more sophisticated. Hannaford stores have doubled the volume of fresh food donated directly from its stores to local affiliates of Good Shepherd. In addition, the stores have funded Cooking Matters – a collaborative of Good Shepherd, SNAP education and Healthy Maine partnerships – that reaches both families and young people with learning about how to prepare nutritious foods affordably. The challenges of hunger relief are solvable and critical to unlocking the potential of Maine's next generation.

Mr. Norton lives in Yarmouth with his wife, Tori, two boys, and an over-eager dog.

As is our club custom, this week will be a special holiday program brought to us by our Music Committee.
We will have 7 people from the Choral Art Society joining us:
Robert Russell, Director
Dawn Anderson
Andrea Graichen
Stuart Bailey
Jim Bucknam
Patrick Martin
Peter Plumb

It's sure to be a delightful program that will put us in the holiday spirit. You won't want to miss it!

This week’s program “Tips of the Trade” features four of our own Portland Rotarians sharing from their wealth of experience that could be of help to any of us. Their task is to share with us some tips that might be helpful the next time we need to buy or use a product or service from their respective industries....buying or selling a house or building, paying for insurance, paying or filing for worker’s compensation, or filing your taxes.
Come hear from the experts!!!

Jerry Angier - Insurance
Ron Bennett - CPA
Jack Carr - Engineering, Structural
John Marr – Insurance - Worker’s Comp

When Lonnie Hackett graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin college in 2014, he knew he would be spending the next few years of his life establishing a model of health care for poor children in the emerging democracy of Zambia. Lonnie founded Healthy Kids/Brighter Future and gathered a supportive board of directors. He then took his plan to the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine and received a standing ovation, as well as a promise of a Global Grant. Lonnie's clear vision for school-based health care for vulnerable children became a reality as a local healthcare clinic and other Zambian healthcare workers trained classroom teachers to recognize and treat common childhood illnesses. A Global Grant for $35,770 was approved in October of 2014. In one year, 90 teachers have been trained and close to 12,000 poor children have been evaluated and/or treated. The program is sustainable and has received the attention of the Zambian Ministry of Health.

It is the time to begin this program in another compound in Lusaka, using all the lessons of the first program and continuing Lonnie's dream of healthcare for all children.


Mark McAuliffe, MSM, has a varied business background ranging from Navy Shipbuilding to numerous healthcare related leadership positions.
He received a B.A. in economics and administrative science from Colby College in 1979, and a Masters Degree in management from the Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.
Mark worked at Bath Iron Works from 1981-1994, rising to Vice President of Planning and Materials where he was responsible for all procurement, warehousing and delivery of materials as well as all construction scheduling and manpower planning for Navy Cruiser and Destroyer contracts at the yard. He managed a staff of more than 800 employees. 
He then became managing partner at Orthopaedic Associates from 1994-2006 helping the practice grow significantly and led the expansion of the outpatient surgery center adding two additional outpatient operating rooms as well as purchasing of an MRI for the practice.
From 2006-2008 Mark was Chief Clinical Operations officer at Martin’s Point Healthcare. In 2008 he, along with four other partners opened Apothecary by Design pharmacy on Marginal Way in Portland. In six years the business has grown to more than 85 employees and opened a second location on 141 Preble Street in Portland in 2013. Sales in 2015 are estimated to be approximately $160,000,000. The business has won several awards, including "Portland Business of the Year" in 2014, the "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest growing private businesses in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, the "Governor’s Award for Business Excellence" in 2015 and "Best Places to Work in Maine" in 2014 and 2015.

Active in many local and professional organizations, Mark is past president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 he received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the Chamber and Portland community. He is also a trustee of the Tilton School. He has also served on the board of directors of the Maine Health Management Coalition and served on the Bayside Trail capital campaign committee.

In 1919 Portland Rotary donated $3,500 to create a monument and flagpole paying tribute to Harold Andrews, the first soldier killed in WWI from Maine. The monument is in Andrews Square, right next to the Butler School on Pine Street in the West End. We have been working with the Harold Andrews American Legion Post and the City of Portland to have it refurbished in time for this Veterans' Day. It looks great!


This Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans' Day and we have a special Rotary breakfast meeting planned for members, guests and veterans. After the breakfast program, we will walk/ride up to re-dedicate the monument and then on to the parade at 10:30 a.m. 

Senator Angus King will be our featured speaker!

Help support our Veterans this Veterans' Day!

  Thank you.


The Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC), 675 Westbrook Street, South Portland, is committed to creating and providing opportunity for success through personal growth in a safe and secure environment.

LCYDC houses both male and female clients. Originally called the Boys Training Center, it was established in 1853 by an Act of the Legislature. After careful investigation by a legislative committee appointed to select a site, a farm was purchased in South Portland for $9,000. The training center was established for the education and rehabilitation of youthful male offenders. In 1976, the Stevens School was closed, and the juvenile females were transferred to the (renamed) Maine Youth Center.

Recently renamed again as Long Creek Youth Development Center, it continues to redefine many of its program functions to enable a total multi-disciplined team approach in working with those committed and held within the facility. Long Creek Youth Development Center functions as a total educational rehabilitative resource within the state-wide correctional setting. In this area, the Center provides care, custody and security for its residents, holds for court evaluations/diagnostic services, education, physical education and recreation through the A.R. Gould School, volunteer services, social services, worship services, as well as medical services to its juvenile offender population.

Chris Joyce was promoted to lead the MaineFab factory of Texas Instruments, South Portland in April 2012.
With more than 35 years in the semiconductor industry, Chris has held a number of development and engineering roles with Texas Instruments, Fairchild and National Semiconductor. Most recently, Chris served as the Engineering Manager for the Process Development group in Maine. In this role, his group supported technology developments, qualifications and transfers, contributing significant revenue growth for the company.
His education comes from the University of Maine, BS Engineering Physics; USM, MS Electrical Engineering - Courses; and MIT, Sloan School of Management, Technical Professional Management Series
Chris and his wife, Becky, live in Yarmouth. They have 3 children, all married and 4 grandsons.
Chris enjoys the four seasons of Maine and participates in sailing, skiing, ice hockey and biking.
Michael O’Reilly is a Senior Vice President and Southern Maine Team Lead for Commercial Banking and Business Banking at Bangor Savings Bank in Portland. Previous to his current position, he worked in Commercial Banking and handled the Bank’s largest commercial borrowers with a specialty in commercial real estate and construction lending including tax credit deals. He has been in commercial lending for 25+ years. Mike attended the University of Maine and helps with Alumni events in Southern Maine. He's a former treasurer of the National Kidney Foundation of Maine and CAFÉ (Choices Are For Everyone).
Mike currently serves as the Board President of Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA), having previously run their Membership & Marketing Committee, as well as serving on their Executive Committee. MEREDA is a nonprofit whose members banded together in 1985 to present the views of the state’s real estate industry to lawmakers in Augusta. Today, MEREDA’s more than 280 member firms are primarily from the commercial real estate industry and employ thousands of Maine citizens and drive a huge percentage of Maine’s economic activity. The organization aims to promote fair and responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout Maine. Additional information about MEREDA is available at
In addition, Mike volunteers his time with youth sports, including travel soccer, travel softball, and hockey in Scarborough.

Dr. St. Germain was appointed Director of MMCRI and VP for Research at Maine Medical Center in 2009. He received a B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1972 and subsequently attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he received the M.D. degree in 1976. He completed his clinical training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1980, and subsequently served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).

In 1981, he undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School where he trained with Dr. Valerie Anne Galton and Dr. Robert Adler. He was appointed to the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 1984.

Dr. St. Germain’s research program has centered on investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in the metabolism and action of thyroid hormones, with a particular focus on the developmental and neurological effects of these native compounds. In this regard, Dr. St. Germain and his colleagues have developed and are studying a number of transgenic mouse lines with altered expression of the deiodinase enzymes, which regulate thyroid hormone levels during fetal and neonatal life. 

In addition to his research efforts, Dr. St. Germain was actively involved in teaching and organizing several basic science and clinical courses at Dartmouth Medical School, and was the Director of the Dartmouth Community Medical School public education initiative.  He is a former and current ad hoc member of the NIH Endocrinology Study Section, and maintains a consultative practice in general endocrinology with an emphasis on evaluating patients with thyroid disorders.

Dr. St. Germain served as Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School from 2001 – 2003 and was a member of the DHMC Board of Governors from 2008 – 2009.  He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award from Dartmouth Medical School in 2003 for “contributions to our missions of excellence in scholarship, clinical care, education and service” and was awarded the Clinical Sciences Teaching Award from the Dartmouth Medical School Class of 2005.

Since being recruited to Maine Medical Center, Dr. St. Germain has overseen an expansion of research activities across the organization, including the institution of novel programs to support and foster translational and clinical research programs that are benefiting the patients of Maine and strengthening the academic stature and the national visibility of the institution.

​Kaighn Smith, Jr. leads Drummond Woodsum’s nationwide Indian Law Practice Group. He has represented Indian nations and their enterprises for over 25 years and has gained a national reputation for his work. A litigator, his cases focus on jurisdiction and sovereignty disputes, labor and employment relations, complex transactional disputes, environmental matters, and fishing and water rights. He represents clients in the federal, tribal, and state courts and before federal administrative agencies across the country. In 2011, he published the leading treatise, Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country, with the Native American Rights Fund. Since 2012, he has served as associate reporter (with Professors Matthew L.M. Fletcher and Wenona Singel) on the Restatement of American Indian Law for the American Law Institute. He is listed in 'Best Lawyers in America' for the category of Native American Law.

Kaighn clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice Louis Scolnik at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He has served as Adjunct Professor of American Indian Law at the University of Maine School of Law.

The Club has been very busy with numerous projects, events and strategic planning. The strength of Portland Rotary has always been, and will always be, its engaged membership. This Friday, we will hear updates on what we have accomplished and what is planned moving forward.

This is a great opportunity to invite guests. They will receive an overview of our activities locally and internationally.....across a variety of avenues of service.

There couldn’t be a better advertisement for joining our club!!

Please make every effort to attend.

Liz Cotter Schlax
President & CEO, United Way of Greater Portland

Liz assumed leadership of United Way of Greater Portland in January 2015. As President & CEO, she guides United Way’s strategies that achieve community change in the areas of education, financial stability, and health to improve people’s lives.
Liz started her United Way career at United Way of Dane County (Madison, WI) in 1998 after working for four years in other nonprofit organizations including KaBOOM!, Up with People, and the Partnership for National Service/Points of Light Foundation. She served as Campaign Director in Dane County until December 2000, when she left to pursue graduate studies.

Upon completion of her master’s degree, Liz joined the management training program at Deere & Company, more commonly known as John Deere. During her six years with John Deere, Liz became a trained Examiner for the Iowa affiliate of Baldrige National Quality Program, while she served in marketing and strategic planning roles in Moline, IL; Cary, NC; Zweibruecken, Germany; and Johnston, IA.

Liz returned to United Way in Des Moines, IA in January, 2009 and until December of 2014, led United Way of Central Iowa’s Advancement Division, which included corporate engagement, grants, individual engagement, and marketing staff.

Liz grew up in Waterville, Maine, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. She serves on the Board of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce.
Liz and her husband, Michael, live in Yarmouth and have two school-aged daughters.
Dr. Paul Berkner is the Director of Health Services at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a co-founder of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative in 2009.  
Dr. Berkner received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. He practiced with Middlebury Pediatric Medicine in Middlebury, Vermont before coming to Colby.
Dr. Berkner specializes in pediatrics and formed the Maine Concussion Management Institute (MCMI) along with Joseph Atkins, Ph.D, a psychologist and Dean of Students at Colby and William Heinz, M.D., a medical orthopedist with OA Associates for Orthopedics in Portland. 
The mission of MCMI is:
To improve the safety of Maine’s youth by increasing awareness, promoting advocacy, and standardizing the management of activity-related concussions.
MCMI works with schools – their administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, nurses, parents, and athletes (along with the medical community) to reduce the real and lasting dangers of traumatic brain injury. This work is done through education, outreach and advocacy. They succeed with input from multiple disciplines and interested parties, including an involved and active board of directors.
As time moved forward, and with the support of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby, so did MCMI. This growing organization – allied with and based at Colby – went on to earn the trust and participation of more than 100 Maine high schools and middle schools. MCMI continues to educate coaches, athletic trainers, trained local doctors and school nurses on the risk and signs of concussions.
Secondary schools in greater Portland who participate in MCMI include: Deering, Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Gorham, Greely, NYA, Waynflete, Scarborough and South Portland.
Presently, MCMI is collaborating with the Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation hospitals on groundbreaking new concussion research.
Our featured speaker this Friday at Portland Rotary will be Brian Corcoran.
Brian Corcoran, is the President and Founder of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, an agency focused on property partnership, naming rights and multi-media sales and other strategic consulting. Active Shamrock clients include NASCAR, NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX (home of F1, Summer X-Games, MotoGP and more), Professional Bowling Association (PBA), World Series of Poker, America East Conference, Red Bull Air Race, Maine Sports Commission, TD Beach to Beacon and Beech Ridge Speedway. Corcoran is also a Partner in Portland Media Group, which will premier their 1st TV show, Greenlight Maine, on September 12th on WCSH6 & WLBZ2.
Corcoran’s past positions include, Executive Vice President of Fenway Sports Group, Managing Director of Corporate Marketing for NASCAR as well as Vice President, Team, League & Venue Services for SFX Sports, Director of Sponsorship Development for Host Communications and Athletic Marketing & Tickets Manager at Eastern Kentucky University.
During his storied career, he has secured corporate partnerships that include the largest US sports sponsorship in history with $750MM entitlement of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (now Sprint). Corcoran also has pioneered mutually rewarding deals with Fortune 500 brands including, but not limited to: Allstate, Barbasol, Bass Pro Shops, DIRECTV, Domino’s Pizza, DraftKings, Enterprise, GEICO, Gillette, Goodyear, Gulfstream, NAPA, National Guard, Nationwide, Office Depot, US Army, SONY, Tissot and Wheaties.
Corcoran has a Master’s in Sports Management and BS in Exercise Science from Eastern Kentucky University, where he's also competed in track and field as a middle-distance runner. He is happily married to wife, Melissa Smith, CEO of WEX, Inc., and newborn son, Baxter Corcoran.
A Saco native, Lynn started her hospitality career in 1988 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, a 2,000 room, 200,000 square-foot convention center property, where she spent 14 years. In 2001, she returned home to Maine with her husband Chris, a lieutenant at the Portland Fire Department, and their two daughters, Grace and Faith. It was then that she joined the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). 
During her early years at the bureau, Lynn was the Membership, Advertising, and Special Events Manager before being promoted to Director of Tourism Marketing. Her previous management role at the CVB prepared her for many of the strategies necessary to lead the organization, including: development and management of the CVB brand identity; drafting and implementing the national and international tourism marketing plans; oversight of the Cruise Portland Maine Consortium; as well as the Greater Portland CVB Visitor Information Centers.  
As President and CEO, Lynn continues to foster the relationships she has cultivated locally, throughout the U.S, and abroad over the past decade. Her rapport with tourism professionals around the world is resulting in a growing interest in Greater Portland as a visitor destination. 
Lynn’s commitment and dedication to the CVB members, the organization, and the region is best captured in her own words: “I have a true passion for the hospitality industry and this organization. I enjoy working with the staff, board, and members of the community to continue to grow both the organization and our destination.” Walking the talk, Lynn and her family embrace Greater Portland and all of Maine as a year-round destination, enjoying hiking, skiing, camping, and dining out together.
Lynn is an Executive Committee member of the Maine Sports Commission, the Maine Motorcoach Network, and Cruise Portland Maine. Lynn is also the regional representative for the Maine Office of Tourism’s Regional Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Mayor’s Economic Development Work Plan Committee; the Growing Portland Marine Economy Work Group; Portland’s Economic Scorecard Committee, and the Sustainable Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee. Beyond all this, Lynn is also on the USM Hospitality Advisory Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Directors for the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce.
Liz Hall from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be our speaker this Friday.
Liz grew up in central Vermont, mountain biking around the Green Mountain National Forest almost every day of the summer. She was a Rotary Exchange Student from 2003-2004 in Normandie, France, and still touts this experience as being one of the most formative of her life. After graduating from George Washington University in 2008 and working in Washington, D.C., the years thereafter, she moved to Portland in late 2012, and began working for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine in January 2013.

Liz took charge of the Coalition's event and development programs in January 2014, and loves working as the event director for the Great Maine Bike Swaps in Orono and Portland, the Maine Women's Ride in Freeport, and the Maine Lobster Ride in Rockland. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Coalition's week-long BikeMaine ride, taking place September 12-19, 2015.

What she loves most about bicycling is the community-building and economic impact this beloved pastime has on Maine's towns and cities. She will present to the Portland Rotary Club on the economic benefits of bicycling, as well as the upcoming BikeMaine ride, which infused over $395,000 into Maine's economy in 2014!
This week at Rotary, our District Governor, Sheila Rollins, will be our guest speaker/program.
Sheila was born in Detroit Michigan. She moved to Boston in 1978 and subsequently to New Hampshire and Maine.

Sheila has had many different jobs and careers over the last 40 years. She earned her flight instructor’s rating in 1989 and operated an introductory aviation program for women called, “Women With Wings” for three years. She worked as a freight pilot for a UPS subsidiary. Sheila loves flying and still teaches flying (in her spare time!) in Lewiston and Fryeburg, Maine.

At the tender age of 52, she went back to school and earned a Masters Degree in Mental Health and is currently a mental health counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Bethel, Maine. 
She ran for the Maine House of Representatives and still participates in local politics.
She joined Rotary in 2006, served as Club Interact chair for two years and as President of her Rotary club, Bridgton-Lake Region 2008-2009. She was an Assistant Governor of District 7780 for three years and is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Sheila was the Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Nigeria, 2013. In 2013-14 she was also the District’s New Generations Chair. She is the 2015-16 District Governor of District 7780.

Sheila and her husband, Merrill, who also is a Rotarian, enjoy dancing, flying, skiing, hiking, and travel. They live at Scribners Mills in Harrison, Maine, at the site of an historic water-powered sawmill with two dogs, four cats, and two goats. 

ImageThis week we meet at Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs. Since this ball team came to town 22 years ago, we have had a summer meeting every year at Hadlock, all except one. Join us and ask Bill Blount why we go there and why we missed one year at the ball field, if you’re interested. 

The home runs and double plays will be provided by the Franks and Burgers; stolen bases by the Ice-Cream sandwiches, aka Sea Biscuits; and the cheers by Club Members. Bring a friend…prospective member…your children...your parents/grandparents...or extended family…smell the fresh-cut in the sunshine...and enjoy some time away from the daily grind.

Speaking to us will be pitcher, Mike McCarthy (link and first baseman David Chester (link, sharing their experiences of what it's like to work and play for a minor league baseball team.

Directions to meeting site at the ballpark: Go to the main gate and signs or ushers will direct you to the meeting site....the picnic area down the first base line. Go Sea Dogs!

Jess Knox founded Olympico Strategies in July of 2012. Olympico helps companies and organizations create movements, embrace change, and drive innovative processes and solutions. They do this with a system-wide, cross-disciplinary, and relational approach to growth, change and performance. Along with private sector clients, Jess utilizes his diverse background in grassroots community building, government service, legal training and private sector consulting, to build transformational events, initiatives, and programs for public organizations of all kinds.

Since 2013, Jess has assisted Blackstone Accelerates Growth build a movement of intentional communities of innovation across Maine with more than 125 events and more than 6,500 collisions between people, ideas and resources. He also founded Maine’s largest event for innovators and entrepreneurs, Maine Startup & Create Week, that annually brings more than 3000 people from 21 states to Portland, Maine. Beyond helping grow another initiative, StartupPortland, Jess writes a blog for the Bangor Daily News, called Disruptive Growth, focusing on telling the stories of Maine entrepreneurs and innovators.

In 2009, Jess served as a member of the Obama Administration where he was appointed to the Small Business Administration to serve as the Associate Administrator for Field Operations. He managed more than 1000 employees in 119 locations, in every state and US territory, or about half all of the Agency’s employees. During his tenure at the SBA, he also led a ground-breaking effort to re-engineer the Agency’s employee performance system. He built an innovative program that involved and empowered the Agency’s frontline career employees and managers to drive a more informed and sophisticated performance system focused on recruiting, retaining and developing the best employees in the Federal space. By focusing on the end user and the Agency’s ability to deliver tangible on-the-ground value to small business owners, detailed and measurable metrics were developed for the first time in the Agency’s history to properly measure its office’s impact for taxpayers across the country.

Prior to his time in the Federal Government, Jess ran his own grassroots political consulting firm. In that capacity, Jess worked on ballot initiatives and candidate campaigns in more than 30 states.

He has a law degree from the University Maine School of Law. Prior to law school, Jess pursued a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Organization Management from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, and received a Bachelors Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Erik K. Hayward is Vice President at Libra Foundation, a major private philanthropic grant-making institution headquartered in Maine whose grants exceed $175 million. Mr. Hayward started at Libra Foundation as a Financial Assistant in 2004. His primary responsibilities include financial and managerial oversight of the Foundation's investment in Pineland Farms, a diverse business and agricultural campus in New Gloucester, Maine. Pineland Farms consists of 5,000 acres devoted to extensive agricultural operations, including 300 acres of vegetable and berry production, an award-winning dairy herd, a world-class equestrian center, and several hundred acres of forage crops.

Erik serves as a Director of Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc., an innovative company with annual sales of $45 million, supplying Maine-grown refrigerated mashed and cut potatoes to an extensive national customer list. In addition to potatoes, the company produces 850,000 pounds of award-winning cheese, making it the largest producer of cheese in Maine.

He is President and Treasurer of Libra Future Fund, which awards grants to Maine-based business startups. He co-directs the 'Summer in Maine' internship program, which gathers over two hundred undergraduate interns annually from various Maine employers and recruits them to Maine with numerous social and professional opportunities. Mr. Hayward is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of The Park Danforth, a nonprofit senior living facility located in Portland, Maine, and he serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.

Erik graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in economics from Yale University where he was a four-year member of the Yale Varsity Sailing Team. He is currently a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, having passed the Level I exam in December 2013 and the Level II exam in June 2014.

He serves as the Yale Alumni Schools Committee Director for Southern Maine, coordinating candidate interviews on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Portland Yacht Club, where he serves on the Finance Committee and is an active competitor in the J24 racing fleet.

Erik is married to Carrie A. Duley and resides in Falmouth, Maine.

This Friday, we have the pleasure of welcoming Herb Adams who will paint for us a picture of Portland a century ago.

Herb’s interest and love of Maine history began in a one-room school house in Norway, Maine, and was nurtured by his father, a lumberman and his mother, a schoolteacher.  On a visit to the big city of Portland as a 10-year old, Herb and his mother met with Governor Percival Baxter in his penthouse office on the top floor of the Trelawney Building, in Longfellow Square. It was “a most critical experience” and Herb knew that from then on he would devote his life to the study of history, and that he would dedicate himself to a career of public service.

Since settling in Portland many years ago, Herb has fed his appetite for public service with terms on the Portland School Committee, Portland Friends of the Parks Commission, Parkside Neighborhood Association and eight terms as a member of the Maine House of Representatives from Portland’s District 119.

A noted historian, particularly of his adopted hometown but also of the entire state of Maine, Herb remains an active member of the Maine Historical Society and much sought-after speaker at many public occasions, no doubt inspiring other young budding historians to study and to appreciate the “City by the Sea” and the greater landscapes of Maine. He has written about the history of the Portland Park System and contributed to numerous other publications focusing on Maine history.

We are pleased to have Herb Adams speak to us about 1915, the birth-year of Rotary in Portland, Maine.


The 102nd president of Portland Rotary will take the podium this coming Friday, July 17, 2015: Bowen T. Depke.
Bowen was born and raised in Illinois, where he also completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. After working for the largest bank and largest consulting companies in the world (in Chicago, NYC and London) he decided to get off the corporate track. His wife Claire, and kids Alexander, Genevieve and William moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2003 and never looked back. Bowen joined Rotary in 2005 for the same reason you probably did: to give back to the community. His “Service Above Self” was ingrained in him from his late father, who was a small businessman, politician and also started several Lions Clubs.

Our Jewell Island cruise on Casco Bay is set for Thursday evening, July 9, 2015. (There will be no regular club meeting on July 10th.) Bring your family, a friend or three for a fun cruise with light refreshments. A balmy evening and beautiful sunset is guaranteed. For more details, click on the "Jewell Island Cruise" name at left. See club secretary, Loretta Rowe for your ticket reservations:  RESERVATION DEADLINE: JUNE 26TH.


President Kris will provide us with a brief wrap-up to his time spent at the Rotary helm.

(Photos: President Kris at left; Dee Mystify and Casino Ed at right.)

ImageAfter which, we will have two soon-to-be well-known casino experts, Casino Ed and Dee Mystify, visit us. They have recently completed filming a consumer education course that will be available on the internet titled "Casino Fun 101: How to go to a casino, have a great time and not lose your shirt.”

Some of the topics aimed at ensuring people get the most for their entertainment dollar are "How casinos work, how to learn casino games, and how to manage your money." Our speakers' goal is to make it possible for anyone to go into any casino, anywhere in the world, and have a great, lose, or draw.

Ed and Dee will be presenting several short segments of their workshop they believe everyone will enjoy and find entertaining, whether or not you ever go to a casino. Segments include: The Reality of Gambling; Albert Einstein’s Thoughts on Roulette; The Four Types of Players You’ll Meet In A Casino; The Three Most Common Mistakes People Make; and more.  

Any resemblance to any current Portland Rotarians is purely coincidental.

ImageOur speaker this Friday is Eliot Cutler; someone with whom everyone is Maine is familiar. An attorney and entrepreneur, and two-time candidate for Governor, Eliot has accepted the responsibility of creating a new professional graduate school at the University of Maine that will include Maine School of Law, graduate business school programs, and other university offerings. The Alfond Foundation has provided a grant to support the initial planning and organizational work. Eliot will discuss this effort and its significance to the state.

Eliot was born and raised in Bangor. He graduated from Harvard College, and earned his J.D. at Georgetown University. He began his career working for Senator Edmund Muskie. He and his wife live in Cape Elizabeth.


ImageMs. Gordon co-founded Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc. (MMQCI) in 2000 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc. Ms. Gordon was senior technologist at the Maine Medical Center and then Research Associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Ms. Gordon’s scientific expertise is in molecular genetic testing and molecular cloning technology. She developed the technical protocols for production and manufacturing the nucleic acid constructs in MMQCI’s products. She is co-inventor on two patents. Ms. Gordon is treasurer of the AACC, Industry Division and a member of the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee for 2006. She received her B.S. in Medical Technology (Suma Cum Laude) from the University of Vermont. She pursued graduate studies in Applied Immunology and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Maine.

ImageCorson “Corky” Ellis is our speaker this Friday, and will share with us his experiences in building an internationally-known software firm in Portland that almost no one in Maine knows about, but whose products are sought out by major global manufacturers. Corky’s firm writes the software drivers that provide instructions to robots at Harley-Davidson, General Electric, Rockwell, and virtually every auto manufacturer.

Corky Ellis is Chairman and Founder of Kepware Technologies. Corky founded the company in Maine in 1995, after moving from New Jersey to Maine in search of a new home to raise his family. He found that Maine perfectly suites its state slogan, "The Way Life Should Be." Today, Kepware is located in historic downtown Portland, employs almost 100 people, and is the world leader in developing communications solutions for the Automation industry.

Corky's main focus is on Kepware's long-term success through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Outside of Kepware, Corky is deeply involved in statewide efforts to encourage economic growth through a focus on secondary and high school education, and in environmental issues throughout the state. He is Vice Chair of the Maine Small Enterprise Growth Fund, and a board member of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, an organization that combines scientific research on the health of the Gulf of Maine and middle school education on marine science. He has also recently helped start the Robotics Institute of Maine, an organization that encourages and funds high school and middle school robotics teams at schools in Maine. Corky believes that education is critical to the health of Maine's economy—and the nation's—and works hard to spread this message. He also invests heavily in the University of Maine, providing scholarships and aid to engineering students, many of whom he hires upon graduation.

Corky graduated from Amherst College and received an M.D.B.P. degree from Columbia University.

ImageThe role international trade plays in Maine’s economy is sometimes underrated, or misunderstood. Maine’s geographical position is proving to be more and more of an attraction to both European and Asian exporters. In 2013, the Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) was created to increase trade and investment between the state and North Atlantic region markets beyond the $400 million of products currently sold to Northern Europe and Nordic countries. Our speaker this week, Janine Bisaillon-Cary, President of the Maine International Trade Center, will discuss this effort, and others designed to increase the flow of global trade in and out of Maine.

Janine was appointed by Governor John Baldacci and assumed her duties as Director of International Trade for the State of Maine in 2006.

In addition to leading MITC and consulting with Maine’s internationally active industries, Ms. Bisaillon-Cary serves on the boards of the Maine Port Authority, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Trade Cooperation Committee, the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Council, and the Eastern Trade Council. Prior to her present position, Ms. Bisaillon-Cary was Vice President of Maine International Trade Center for six years and Vice President of Resource Trading Company of Portland, Maine.

Ms. Bisaillon-Cary has worked for over 25 years in international markets, including the seafood export and consumer goods import markets. Her work has focused mostly on Western Europe and parts of Latin America and Asia. She holds a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; a Certificate of French History and Literature from the Sorbonne University, and a Global Leaders Executive Education Certificate from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. She is conversant in French and Italian.

ImageOur speaker this week is Edie King, State Director for Senator Angus King. She will share with us what it’s like working for Maine’s Independent Senator in a fractured Congress. She will be accompanied by Dan Reardon, former CEO of Bass Shoe, who works as a Constituent Service Representative for the Senator.

Edie Smith grew up in Winthrop Maine and is a graduate of Bowdoin College. She has served as State Director for U.S. Senator Angus King since December 2012, after serving as Field Director for his statewide campaign to fill Senator Olympia Snowe’s seat. Responsibilities include management of three U.S. Senate offices (Scarborough, Augusta and Presque Isle); management of all duties of 17 employees; consistent communication with the Senator’s D.C. office, including with Senator King, Chief of Staff Kay Rand, and media, policy and scheduling teams; traveling throughout Maine; staffing the Senator when he is in Maine; representing the Senator at meetings and events as his surrogate.

Previous to working full time for Angus King, Edie owned Maine Directions, Inc., a political and public relations consulting firm, specializing in the management of candidate and referendum campaigns, coalition building, grassroots networking, legislative monitoring and lobbying, trade association management, market research (focus groups and polling), PAC management, public relations, media relations and marketing. Through her 30-year tenure with Maine Directions, Edie would often go full time with organizations or with specific projects. She worked for seven years as Executive Director of Eaton Peabody Consulting Group. She is, in her own words, a “professional political junkie.”

ImageHackers, government agents listening to phone calls and reading emails, search engines that record our internet browsing, all part of our digital landscape. What does it mean? How do we cope and protect our individual freedom? Dr. Glenn Wilson will be with us on Friday to talk about hacking and cyber security. Bring your recording devices.

Dr. Wilson is the founding Director of USM’s Research Computing Group initiative, which is designed to create opportunities for students, in collaboration with faculty, to become engaged in research, development, and creative activities in the areas of information, communications, technology, and engineering. “Information and Innovation provides an interdisciplinary platform for students and faculty that links USM’s intellectual resources with external needs.”

An Associate Research Professor in the Department of Technology, Dr. Wilson teaches courses in computer hardware, computer networking, and network security. His experience includes education, outreach, research, development, and commercialization initiatives with IBM, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Department of Labor, UNUM, IDEXX, Wright Express, Tilson Technologies, Quantrix, and many other companies, as well as Government and Military entities. Over the years, Dr. Wilson’s students have created new, high-technology companies and have made significant contributions to the computer science and technology workforce in Maine.

Most recently, Dr. Wilson has been involved in three major undertakings relating to the computer science and technology workforce and economic development in Maine. These include the Computer Science and Information Technology Statewide Initiative, which seeks to double the number of CS and IT students over the next four years; the establishment of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC); and a first-of-a-kind, collaborative degree in Information Technology that is designed from the outset by Business and Industry, Central Maine, Southern Maine, and York County Community Colleges and the University of Southern Maine.

Dr. Wilson's time is currently being utilized as the Director of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster, where they have recently completed the construction of Maine's first cyber security testing laboratory and is working with local and national collaborators to develop cyber security training for small businesses, military, and government personnel.

ImageAmber Lambke is President of the Somerset Grist Mill, LLC and its Maine Grains label. She is also Executive Director of the Maine Grain Alliance, a nonprofit geared toward preserving grain traditions from earth to hearth.

Amber is a driving force behind Maine’s sustainable foods movement. She is also helping to bring economic vitality back to Skowhegan, Maine by reviving the region’s centuries-old artisan grain cultivating and processing industry.

In 2009, Amber and artisan brick oven baker Michael Scholz purchased Skowhegan’s old county jail and transformed it into a gristmill, entrepreneurial hub, and community gathering space.

The new space, which began operations in 2012, is now home to the largest mill in Maine using the traditional stone milling process. Working with local farmers, the Somerset Grist Mill processes all-natural and certified organic whole grains and oats on an Austrian stone mill and sells them under the Maine Grains label to retail locations throughout the Northeast, as well as award-winning restaurants and bakeries including the Standard Baking Co. in Portland, Maine and the Gramercy Tavern in New York City.

The former jail is also home to three start-up enterprises and a 21-member, year-round farmers’ market. Amber has worked with the farmers’ market to quadruple its number of vendors and increase sales by more than 400 percent. She also helped launch “The Pickup,” a highly successful, community supported agriculture (CSA) program that supports more than 40 farmers and food producers in the Skowhegan area.

Amber is co-founder of the Kneading Conference, a Maine Grain Alliance event that attracts attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and has spawned other grain and artisan bread celebrations throughout the country. She is also active with Main Street Skowhegan, is a Skowhegan Farmers’ Market board member, chairs the Western Mountains Committee of the Maine Community Foundation, and is advisor to the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences.

ImageGraham Shimmield, Executive Director and President of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, will be our speaker on May 1st. He has enjoyed a fascinating career in ocean exploration. His topic will be: "Tiny Giants of the Ocean."

Graham graduated from the University of Durham in 1981 with a degree in Geology, and received a Ph.D. in Marine Geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1985. He was appointed to a tenured faculty position as Lecturer in Chemical Oceanography in 1984, and promoted to Reader in 1995. In 1996, he was appointed Director of Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) at the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory on the north coast of Scotland, a post he held for 12 years. During this period, he helped create the new University of the Highlands and Islands, chairing the research program.

From 1995-8 he served on the international scientific steering committee of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, and several major UK and European science programs, Whilst at SAMS, he developed the Northern Seas program, establishing the institution’s reputation in Arctic oceanography, and was a member of the UK International Polar Year Committee. He was also Chairman of the European Census of Marine Life Program, the regional contribution to the international CoML program, from 2004-8.

Graham has served on many strategic European national and international committees, including the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Strategy Board. He has been President and vice-president of the European Federation of Marine Science and Technology Societies (EFMS) and has had significant involvement in marine biotechnology as the Managing Director of the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology, and Chairman of the Board of GlycoMar Ltd, a small biotech start-up. Currently, Graham is a Chairman of the joint industry Scientific Advisory Board examining the challenges of decommissioning oil and gas installation in the North Sea.

In 2000, Graham was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1998), and the Society of Biology (1999). He has published over 65 scientific peer-reviewed articles.

Since arriving in Maine, Graham has been serving on the boards of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, Maine Space Grant and Maine Sea Grant, as well as advisory boards for Maine Maritime Academy and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. In February 2013 he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. In November 2011, Graham was named by MaineBiz as one of ten “Nexters” helping to shape the future of Maine’s economy. In December 2014, Graham was the recipient of the Society for Underwater Technology President’s Award in recognition of his contributions to oceanography. He was unable to receive the award in person since at the time of the ceremony, he was 3,000 meters below the surface of the ocean, engaged in research.

ImagePioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser, Robert AG Monks, has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues.

He is the author of Corporate Governance (with Nell Minow), Power & Accountability (with Nell Minow), Watching the Watchers, The New Global Investors, The Emperor's Nightingale, Corpocracy and Corporate Valuation (with Alexandra Lajoux).

Mr. Monks is an expert on retirement and pension plans and was appointed director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. Mr. Monks served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system.

Mr. Monks was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), now the leading corporate governance-consulting firm. He also founded Lens Governance Advisers and co-founded The Corporate Library (now Governance Metrics International). He is a shareholder in and advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company.

Mr. Monks was a featured part of the documentary film, The Corporation, and was the subject of the biography, A Traitor to His Class by Hilary Rosenberg. He and his wife live in Cape Elizabeth.

ImageOur speaker this week will be Joy Jewett Johnson. She is a “Mainer” from Bucksport and Founder and Executive Director of 'Embrace A Vet.' Joy graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Sociology and has worked in the social services field most of her adult life. Her affinity for our military veterans grew from being the daughter of a Navy pilot, and later, being married to a career naval officer who was on active duty for 36 years. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, as well as other grass roots organizations providing services to military members, both at home and abroad. While living in Italy, she formed an organization titled "REACH" (Ready, Eager And Caring Hands), where military service members volunteered their time at orphanages, drug rehabilitation facilities and a halfway house for juvenile offenders.

At one time, there were 22 recorded veteran suicides per day and Maine was having one of the highest veteran populations per capita, so there was work to be done. In 2011 'Embrace A Vet' was founded. Since that time, an incredible cadre of volunteers have come forth to help achieve the mission of providing services to Maine Veterans with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and/or Post Traumatic Brain Injury (PTBI) and to their families.

'Embrace A Vet' is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 to provide direct and supportive services to Maine Veterans living with symptoms of PTS(d) and/or traumatic injury. They offer two unique programs: Residential Healing and Wellness Retreats, where they introduce participants to alternative healing modalities and the 'Paws for Peace' dog program, where they assist veterans in locating, purchasing and training suitable dogs to become full-service dogs. Currently they are developing a third program for caregivers and family members of veterans. All three of these programs are without cost to the participants. Funds are raised through public and private donations. (

ImageChristopher R. Sauer is a Co-Founder of Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC (ORPC) and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since 2006. ORPC is an international industry-leading developer of technology and projects that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents. A professional manager, energy entrepreneur, and strategic development consultant, Chris has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, engineering, construction, project development, marketing, financing, and startup company formation in the electricity, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. He has held senior management positions with two major U.S. corporations and led three startup energy/environmental technology companies. Involved in the energy transaction business since 1977, Chris has played an instrumental role in the development of more than $2 billion in energy assets and companies. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and a lifetime Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

ImageOur program this Friday will be presented by Don Perkins, Executive Director of Gulf of Maine Research. Don has served as the President/CEO of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) since 1995. He works with GMRI's staff, board, and external partners to drive GMRI's evolution as a strategic science, education, community institution that serves the Gulf of Maine bioregion and to scale GMRI's impact beyond. Don is dedicated to building creative, strategic organizations, traditional or virtual, that contribute to solving intractable problems and creating new opportunities in marine conservation, science literacy, and common property governance and management.

Don has been active in the marine policy arena on multiple levels. He currently serves on the board of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation and recently co-chaired the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force. He was co-founder of Friends of Casco Bay and the Maine Marine Research Coalition. He previously served on the boards of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System, Maine Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council, and Maine Legislatures Task Force on the Development of Aquaculture. Reflecting his broader interest in governance, Don currently serves on the board of MMG Insurance and the advisory board of Tilson Technology Management.

Don brings an unusual mix of corporate and non-profit experience to GMRI. Prior to joining GMRI, Don instructed at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, directed the Marine Conservation Corps in California, served as a financial advisor to Native American tribes, advised The Health Foundation on its Latin American initiatives, and managed the operations of Binax, Inc.

Don was born in Waterville, Maine and has lived in a variety of Maine's coastal and inland communities (as well as in Israel and Brazil). He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Don’s greatest sources of pleasure are his family, sailing along the coast of Maine, and an early morning swim or run.

Watch Don's TEDxDirigo talk, Century 21.0: The Ocean Century.

The Club has been very busy with numerous projects, events and strategic planning. The strength of Portland Rotary has always been, and will always be, its engaged membership. This Friday, we will hear from several committee chairs, as they update us on what we have accomplished and what they have planned moving forward.

This is as great opportunity to invite guests. In one meeting, they will receive an overview of our activities locally and internationally.....across a variety of avenues of service.

There couldn’t be a better advertisement for joining our club!!

We will have a few special guests joining us as well, so please make every effort to attend.

Our speaker/program for this Friday is Hilary Bassett, Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks (GPL). For over 40 years, GPL has worked to promote the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes, and to encourage high-quality new architecture that enhances the livability and economic vitality of greater Portland, Maine. GPL is proud to provide leadership and advocacy, present educational publications, events and programs, and act as steward of the Portland Observatory (1807) for future generations. We are a privately supported nonprofit offering a wide range of resources, as well as a number of ways for you to get involved with the special community of people who care about the architecture of greater Portland.

Hilary has served as chief administrator and advocate for GPL since September 2000. Prior to joining GPL, she helped raise $1.3 million to restore the Portland Observatory, served on the development staff at Bowdoin College, and was an art museum administrator in Michigan and Indiana. Her passion for architecture, now focused on Portland, began in her home town of Louisville, KY, which has wonderful 19th-century buildings and Olmsted-designed parks. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University.

Hilary's topic will be "50 Years of Preserving 250 Years of Portland History."

ImagePatrick Woodcock, Director of the Maine Governor's Energy Office (GEO), will be our featured speaker/program this Friday. 

The mission of the GEO is to create effective public and private partnerships that advance Maine's energy security, economic development, and environmental health.

They are responsible for planning and coordinating state energy policy and serves as the primary energy policy advisor to the Governor. As the designated State Energy Office, the GEO is charged with providing leadership in the development of public and private partnerships that achieve clean, reliable, affordable, efficient, sustainable, indigenous and renewable energy resources. It is the responsibility of the GEO to work in conjunction with other departments of State government, the Legislature, and private and nonprofit sectors to advance and optimize Maine's energy security, economic development and environmental health. Maine's energy objectives are supported in part through GEO oversight and administration of the U.S. State Energy Program (SEP) funds and priorities.

Peter has held the position of Director since January 2013. Prior to that time, he worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, he held the position as senior advisor to the Senator on energy and environmental issues, and was one of the lead congressional staffers that authored the overhaul of fuel economy standards in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. In addition, Peter was the primary advisor on Senator Snowe’s energy agenda on the Senate Finance Committee. Peter attended Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

ImageOur program this week will be presented by Peter Van Allen, Editor of MaineBiz.

We are fortunate to get Peter on dry ground, as he reports to spending 200 days a year on the water, either in a rowing shell, kayak, sailboat, surfboard, or stand-up paddle boat. When he’s not paddling around, he has spent the past 25 years writing and editing newspapers and magazines. Prior to joining Mainebiz in May 2014, Peter was with the Philadelphia Business Journal 15 years. Previous to that, he was both editor and reporter for such publications as Vanguard, American Banker, the (Gary, Ind.) Post Tribune, the (Camden, NJ) Courier Post, as well as reporting and writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the NY Times.  No surprise, he has also contributed to Rower’s Digest, Rowing News, and Liquid Salt. Peter graduated in 1988 from Goddard College, with a BA in Non-fiction writing. Upon moving to Maine, Peter and his family took up residence in Yarmouth. Says Peter,  "For the past decade, my family and I have been lucky enough to spend our vacations in Midcoast Maine. My younger daughter summed up our love of Maine this way: 'It was one week of vacation and 51 weeks of waiting.'"   For our sake, we hope he can deal with the snow and ice.

The Rotary Club of Portland will be "on the road" this Friday, February 27, 2015. We will be meeting at the Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Avenue. The Portland Stage Company was founded as the Profile Theater in 1974 as a touring company. They made Portland their permanent home in 1976 and changed their name to Portland Stage Company in 1978. One of the first productions of the Profile Theater was "Hair."  

We will first hear from Anita Stewart, Artistic and Executive Director and from Carmen-Marie Mandley, Literary and Education Manager. Following their presentations we will be led on a back stage tour by General Manager, Megan Doane.

Following the tour we will finish in their main stage area where we will have the business part of our meeting.

Carmen is an education artist, actor, playwright, producer, and artisan. She is a long-time company member with Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts,the founder and artistic director of the Nickel Shakespeare Girls (National award-winning female Shakespeare troupe), founding Artistic Director of Bare Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, (where she also served as education director for the Raleigh Little Theatre), as well as being a produced playwright and published poet. She is grateful and thrilled to begin her journey as Education and Literary Manager at Portland Stage

ImageAnita Stewart is one of the few professional theater designers in the United States serving in a leadership role at a regional theater. As Executive & Artistic Director, Stewart is responsible for keeping Portland Stage’s mission and vision in focus, both onstage and off. During her tenure at Portland Stage, Stewart has made a commitment to combining the best local talent with exceptional artists from around the country to create productions of the highest quality. Stewart’s passion and commitment for education is evidenced by Portland Stage’s ever expanding K-12 Education and Artistic Development & Dialogue programs. She uses the process of theater to create K-12 age-appropriate education programs that support the Common Core Standards and help to create our critical thinkers of the next generation.

Portland Stage’s Artistic Development & Dialogue programs, created under Stewart’s tenure, are specifically designed programs to nurture developing young artists and cultivate the skills of seasoned artists. Stewart remains keenly interested in promoting and cultivating audience involvement in the theatrical process and the artist connection to community programs. As an integral member of the national arts community, Stewart also finds time to participate in granting panels for organizations across the country including: Maine Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Theater Communications Group and Alpert Awards.

Starting this week, the current production will be "The Whipping Man". In the last days of the Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier returns to find only two former slaves in the shambles of the mansion they all called home. As the three men cautiously begin celebrating Passover, secrets come to light that batter their trust and force them to come to terms with their past, present, and future. 



L to R- Brooks Brantley (John), Ray Anthony Thomas (Simon), and Tom White (Caleb). 

Our program at Portland Rotary this Friday will three persons from the Portland Ballet, Eugenia O'Brien, Jennifer Jones and Melissa Lin. 

ImageEugenia L. O'Brien – Artistic / Executive Director, Founder of Portland Ballet (PBC), is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance and she was their 2012 distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She has performed with Movement Laboratory, Concert Dance Company, Boston Dance Theater, and represented the U.S. at the International Academy of Dance, Portugal. She completed the Academic Classical Ballet course with Egon Bischoff at the International Ballet School in Jackson, MS and attended the 2006 Balletto Internazionale Americano-Adriatico Teacher’s Seminar in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. She promotes education through dance establishing CORPS (a performing arts partnership for high school credit), City Dance (dance instructors teaching in the public schools), Dance Discovery Days (performances at the schools), and Youth Concerts (schools come to the theater to see dance). She continues to serve as the Artistic and Executive Director for both the Portland School of Ballet and the Portland Ballet Company – and is assisting in the Executive Director search for her exit in June.

ImageJennifer Jones came to PBC in 2010 after four seasons as a Principal Dancer with The Northwest Florida Ballet. Previous to dancing in Florida, she danced as a Soloist with Montgomery Ballet, and an Apprentice with Dance Connecticut (formerly Hartford Ballet). Her repertoire includes both classical and contemporary works (from Kitri in Don Quixote to Tiger Lilly in Alice in Wonderland) with Portland Ballet credits which include Katrina in the 2011 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Giselle in Giselle, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in PBC’s 2014 The Victorian Nutcracker. She will be Portland Ballet’s Titania in their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April.   

ImageMelissa Lin's passion for leadership and civic duty began with her love for community service growing up. Melissa currently serves as Board President of the Portland Ballet. By day, Melissa is a senior healthcare consultant at Stroudwater Associates and travels to hospitals nationally to help them find new solutions that address the complexities of healthcare delivery. Prior to the Portland Ballet, she served as the Board Vice President and Sponsorship Chair for the Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine, and has participated with Lift360 in both their Young Emerging Leaders program and Leadership Intensive program. In her remaining spare time, Melissa loves to cook and eat food, is an avid photographer, and performs Chinese folk dance in her spare time.

ImageThis week we will be hearing from one of our own members, The Honorable Erik C. Jorgensen, who is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives. Erik will offer a preview of many of the issues to be taken up by the legislature in the coming session, especially the ambitious budget proposal put forth by Governor LePage. 

Erik is a returning member of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, the legislature's budget-writing committee. He has also served on the Commission to Study Transparency, Costs and Accountability of Health Care System Financing.

Erik has 25 years of experience as an administrator in Maine's educational and cultural sector. Since joining the Legislature, he has been working in that field as a consultant, and continues to serve on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Prior to his election in 2012, he served as the executive director of the Maine Humanities Council, a statewide educational organization and Maine's affiliate of the federal National Endowment for the Humanities. He also spent a decade as director of the Brunswick-based Pejepscot Historical Society.

Erik has overseen local history and cultural projects in schools, libraries, museums and other organizations across the state. He believes that cultural understanding is a critical underpinning of successful public policy.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, where he was a Henry Brooks fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.

Erik and his wife, Tamarra Risser, live in Portland's Deering neighborhood, along with their son, Will, a student in the Portland public schools. His district includes Deering Center and surrounding neighborhoods.

ImageOur Rotary meeting this Friday welcomes the Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood as our speaker. Bob is the Executive Director of The BTS Center, successor to Bangor Theological Seminary, which closed its degree programs in June 2013. The BTS Center is a non-profit entity providing professional development programs for clergy and laity, with offices at 97 India Street in Portland.

The BTS Center is a think tank that sponsors educational events, projects, and research inquiries in the fields of religion, practical theology, and ministry. Through thought leadership and vocational development initiatives, The BTS Center equips and supports clergy and laity for theologically grounded, effective leadership in 21st-century communities of faith and practice.

Dr. Grove-Markwood served for 25 years as the pastor of the Presque Isle Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (1987 – 2012). He was named the 11th President of Bangor Theological Seminary, July 1, 2012 (after a year as interim), and led the seminary through an historic transition. He has an extensive history with the seminary, having received both M. Div. (1982) and D. Min. (2003) degrees from the institution, served as the director of admissions from January 1985 to June 1987, and was a member of its board of trustees for five years (2006-2011).

Dr. Grove-Markwood is an honorary member and a past president of the Presque Isle Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and chaired the Rotary District 7810 World Community Service committee. He is also a graduate of Oberlin College (OH) and received a master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University (OH). Bob is married to Susan Grove-Markwood. They love living in the India Street neighborhood close to The Center’s offices. 

Community Engagement and Public Higher Education - Dr. Theo Kalikow, President Emerita and Acting Vice Chancellor at USM.

ImageA native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Dr. Kalikow received her A.B. in Chemistry from Wellesley College in 1962. She attended graduate school in the Boston area, receiving the Sc.M. in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970, and the Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University in 1974.

In 1968-69 she began teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where she attained the rank of Professor and served as Department Chair and faculty union president.

In 1981 Dr. Kalikow became the Interim Assistant to the President at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and during 1983-84 she served as an American Council on Education Fellow at Brown University.

From 1984 to 1987 she was Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, and in 1987 she moved to Plymouth State College (N.H.), where she served as Dean of the College (with one year as Interim President) until 1994.

In 1994 Dr. Kalikow was named President of the University of Maine at Farmington. In eighteen years of leadership at the 2,000-student University campus, President Kalikow became known statewide as a model for establishing outstanding campus-community relations, leading several successful campaigns that advanced UMF's ties to the region.

In 2012 Dr. Kalikow was named President of the University of Southern Maine and recently decided it was time for her to move into a new role in her final year of service to the University of Maine System. Known for her straight talk, sense of humor and candor, Dr. Kalikow has picked up the reins USM...Maine's second largest university.

The University of Maine System was established in 1968 as the state's largest educational enterprise. It has an annual enrollment of nearly 40,000 students and serves over 500,000 individuals through educational and cultural offerings. It features seven universities - some with multiple campuses - located across the state, as well as eight College outreach centers, a law school, an additional 31 course sites and Cooperative Extension.

ImageOur presenter/program at Rotary this week will be Michael F. Brennan, M.A., MSW, LCSW; Mayor of the City of Portland.

Michael F. Brennan is the first popularly-elected Mayor for the City of Portland in nearly nine decades. As the city’s top elected official, Brennan has initiated several initiatives designed to encourage economic development and job creation as well as support and strengthen the city’s diverse neighborhoods. He represents the city interests in Augusta and Washington DC where he advocates for the city, its residents and businesses.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Brennan worked as a Policy Associate with the Cutler Institute of Child and Family Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, specializing in education and health. Before joining the Cutler Institute, Brennan worked as the Director of Community Initiatives at United Way of Greater Portland, as well as for the Coastal Economic Development Corporation, and as the executive director of the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Venture.  Brennan has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England.

In addition to working at the Muskie School, Michael served as a State Senator in the Maine Legislature representing Portland, Falmouth and Westbrook.  Brennan was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and was elected Senate Majority Leader in 2004.  Prior to being a State Senator, he was elected to the House of Representatives for four terms between 1992 and 2000 representing Portland.  During his tenure, Brennan was involved with several groundbreaking pieces of legislation including the laptop program to provide every Maine student with a computer, efforts to reduce the negative impacts of No Child Left Behind, and programs to expand healthcare access to all Mainers, a model used by other states and the nation in adopting universal healthcare.

Brennan has been a proud and active resident of the City of Portland for more than three decades. He lives in the Back Cove neighborhood with his wife.

ImageOn Friday, Dr. Dora Ann Mills, Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of New England, will be our featured speaker. Dr. Mills is a Maine native who was raised in Farmington, graduated from Mt. Blue High School, Bowdoin College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Internship and Residency Program, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a board-certified pediatrician who practiced as a hospitalist in Los Angeles (two years) and in a pediatric practice in her hometown of Farmington (four years). She also practiced medicine in several rural international locations, including Tanzania and Nepal.

For nearly 15 years, from 1996-2011, she served as Maine's State Health Officer, for the administrations of Governors Angus S. King and John E. Baldacci. As the Director of the Maine CDC (formerly Bureau of Health), she led Maine's public health agency of 400 employees and $120 million budget. Some of her priorities included: lowering Maine's tobacco addiction and obesity rates; addressing environmental health concerns such as mercury in fish and commercial products; improving health equity; developing a statewide public health infrastructure; creating Healthy Maine 2010 and other state health planning initiatives; working on health care reform to increase access to care, improve quality of health care, and reduce costs; addressing chronic diseases with comprehensive and coordinated strategies; controlling outbreaks and epidemics, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic; leading the agency through several strategic planning processes and reorganizations to improve management, including using LEAN tools; leading the public health response to several emergencies such as major floods, a mass poisoning with arsenic, suspicious anthrax packages after 9/11/01, a major mercury spill, and the 1998 ice storm; and reducing Maine's teen pregnancy, infant and maternal mortality rates through a comprehensive approach to family planning and education. As part of her work she routinely and regularly wrote and delivered testimony before the Maine Legislature on numerous topics. She also developed non-legislative policy on a variety of issues.

Dr. Mills' work has been well recognized. Among her awards are: the 2007 American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service; the 2003 National Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Award for tobacco work in Maine; the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for her work addressing the 2009 H1N1 pandemic by distributing vaccines through Maine's schools; the 2010 McCormack Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers for her national leadership during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic; the 2004 University of New England Deborah Morton Award; the highest awards by the Maine Public Health Association, the Maine Medical Association, and the Maine Development Foundation; and a 2011 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine Augusta.

Our program this week will be presented by Liz Helitzer, Executive Director, and David Greenham, Program Director, of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC). The HHRC uses the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides to combat prejudice and discrimination in Maine and beyond. From their home base at The Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine in Augusta, the HHRC provides programming and exhibits for schools, community groups and the general public that encourages individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their ethical and moral responsibilities in our modern world.

ImageHelitzer began her time at the HHRC in January of 2012 as the office manager and an educator. In August of 2014 she was thrilled to be named Executive Director. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of The Theater at Monmouth where she also served as educational coordinator and company manager. Liz has performed and been the educational coordinator for several theaters throughout the United States. She has taught Holocaust workshops and guest taught theater and music workshops for over 10 years. Liz is an Alfred Lerner Fellow and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University.


David Greenham is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta. He has worked as a consultant with the HHRC since 2012 and joined the staff in the spring of 2013. David spent 14 years as the Producing Artistic Director of The Theater at Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. His first involvement in the HHRC was when he produced and acted in a professional production of The Diary of Anne Frank in the Michael Klahr Center in 2010.