Satellite Club Morning Meeting
In 2014, the Presque Isle Rotary Club added a satellite club to offer our current and new members another option to attend a meeting. The meeting takes place Thursday morning at 7 AM at Governor's Restaurant in Presque Isle. Stop by to attend a meeting and learn more about Rotary.
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The Presque Isle Rotary Club is gearing up for the 68th Annual Rotary Auction. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE because, this year, the Auction will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2015, and is projected to raise approximately $50,000 for local charitable organizations. And be sure to check out the latest details about this year's event on our Auction webpage.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club was pleased to honor eight individuals during its Paul Harris Recognition Evening, held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Center for Innovative Learning. Honorees for the evening included Luther J. “Jim” Bubar, Jr., Dr. Donald Cassidy, Jr., Gregg Collins, Christopher Condon, Nancy Fletcher, Larry LaPlante, Charles Violette, and Dottie Wheeler.
Presque Isle Rotary Club members were in attendance at this year's District Conference, which took place in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Sept. 11-13. Keynote speaker for this year's conference was Mike K. McGovern, past Vice Chair of the Rotary Foundation and current Chairman of the International Polio Plus Committee, is a member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, and has traveled extensively for the eradication of polio.
Pictured above with McGovern (center) are, from left, Presque Isle Rotary Club President Frank Bemis, District Governor Elect Ginny Joles, Presque Isle Rotary Club Treasurer and Assistant District Governor Floyd Rockholt, and Presque Isle Rotary Club President Elect Gina LeBlanc-Eggert.
Also during the conference, the Presque Isle club received a District Governor's Citation for the work it has done during its past two Rotary Auctions to raise thousands of dollars in funds for two Special Projects, the Aroostook House of Comfort and the Presque Isle Community Center. Above, Presque Isle Rotary Club President Frank Bemis receives the citation from Mike Walsh, Director Shelter Box Canada Board and Past District Governor.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club recently honored Ed and Barbara Hews with Paul Harris Fellow awards, one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary. The couple, who have been married for (70) years, received their awards for a lifetime of service to their community and their many contributions to the club.
Pausing for a photo after the recognition presentation are, from left, front row, past Presque Isle Rotary Club President Mike MacPherson; Debi Hews; Jane Lockhart; Paul Harris Award recipients Ed and Barbara Hews, and Presque Isle Rotary Club President Elect Gina LeBlanc-Eggert; back row, Mark Hews; Jay Lockhart; and Suzanne and Ray Hews (son of Ed Hews and also a past President of the Presque Isle Rotary Club).
During its July 6 meeting, the Presque Isle Rotary Club installed new officers and set its board of directors for 2015-2016. The Club was also pleased to host Wayne Wornes, the new District Governor for Rotary District 7810, and his wife Sylvie Wornes during the meeting. Pictured are, from left, front row: Wayne Wornes, Jennifer Flynn, Secretary; outgoing President Scott Violette; incoming President Frank Bemis; President Elect Gina LeBlanc-Eggert; Amanda Hall, 2nd Vice President, and daughter Brooke; and Sylvie Wornes; back row: District Governor Elect Ginny Joles; Floyd Rockholt, Treasurer and Assistant District Governor; board members Rachel Rice, Leigh Smith and Derik Smith; Adam Bither, Sergeant at Arms; board member Jason Parent; Tony Phillips, Assistant Treasurer; board member Matt Irwin; and Theresa Fowler, Assistant Secretary. Not pictured were board members Sharon Campbell, Rick Duncan, Sue Bernard, and Toby Plummer.
Below, Outgoing Presque Isle Rotary Club President Scott Violette congratulates incoming Presque Isle Rotary Club President Frank Bemis as he begins his term for 2015-2016. Behind them is a banner with the theme Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran has chosen for 2015-2016: Be a Gift to the World. Ravindran is urging Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
Presque Isle Rotary Club members teamed up to clean up Downing Park in Presque Isle. Members raked, weeded, and mulched the gardens along the bike path between State Street and Academy Street over the last few weeks.
Pictured are, from left, front row: Don Samiya, Martin Puckett, Brooklyn Hall, and Abigail Eggert; back row: Floyd Rockholt, Lori Samiya, Mandy Pooler-Hall, and Gina LeBlanc-Eggert.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is pleased to welcome two new members--Jordyn Madore, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative Internship Coordinator (pictured above, at right, with Past President Sharon Campbell) and Clint Deschene, SAD1 Assistant Superintendent for Business (pictured below, at right, with President Scott Violette.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club invites you to register for the 2015 Aroostook River Fun Run! The race will be held on Saturday May 16th, with a 10:00 am start time. Registration 8-9:30 a.m. at Washburn’s Thomas Brewer Park. Award Ceremony and BBQ Lunch to follow at the conclusion of the race at the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club. A link to the Registration Form can be found under "Home Page Download Files" on right side of this page.
Josefina (Josie) Lopez, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club member, recently traveled to Guatemala, Central America, to take part in a Rotary World Service Project (WSP). Lopez joined fellow Rotarians from Duluth, Minnesota, in building a multipurpose room and sports court at the La Curvina School in Monterrico, Guatemala. The Rotarians also provided the local population with over 450 toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, a portion of which were donated by local dentist, and Presque Isle Rotarian, Dr. Donald Cassidy.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is in the planning phase for the 68th Annual Rotary Auction, to raise funds for local charities and non-profit organizations. This year, the Auction will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2015.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club wrapped up its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction on a high note, raising more than $410,000 during the three-night event and surpassing its $25,000 fundraising goal for its special project—by more than $300,000.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club recently inducted its newest member—Jan Lucas, event coordinator at the Hampton Inn in Presque Isle, during its regular meeting on Dec. 15. Pictured are, from left, Past President Jane Towle, Lucas, and President Scott Violette.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is proud to announce that its 67th Annual TV and Radio Auction is officially underway! To get details on all the action--including our live stream, a PDF of our auction booklet, recipient videos, and information about our Special Project and Art Auction--please click the Auction link at the top of the page or click here.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club recently inducted its newest member—Daryl Boucher, TAMC Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services, during its regular meeting on Dec. 1. Pictured are, from left, Past President Joy Barresi Saucier, Boucher, and President Scott Violette.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club held its 9th annual Thesaurus Project, this year donating nearly 200 age-appropriate thesauruses to 3rd grade students in Ashland, Easton, Mapleton, and Presque Isle. The Club started this project as a way to promote literacy efforts and to raise awareness of Rotary in the local community.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club recently inducted its newest member—Jason House, a commercial lender with TD Bank, during its regular meeting on Nov. 17. Pictured are, from left, Past President Mike Kelley, House, and President Scott Violette.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is pleased to welcome two new members—Chris Dare, a local pastor (pictured above with Past President Mike MacPherson and President Scott Violette) and Paul Howlett, a local clergyman (pictured below with 2nd Vice President Gina LeBlanc-Eggert and Past President Floyd Rockholt).
Presque Isle Rotary Club prepares for its charity event of the year—67th Presque Isle Rotary Club Auction
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is gearing up for its 67th annual Radio and TV Auction, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, and broadcast live from the Northeastland Hotel. Co-Chairs Frank Bemis and Gina LeBlanc-Eggert and more than 100 Presque Isle Rotarians are hard at work preparing for this year’s auction, which will benefit eight non-profit organizations in the region, as well as raise funds for this year’s special project, the Presque Isle Community Center.
With the help of the Rotary Clubs in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Limestone and Washburn, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Presque Isle Rotary Club are declaring their 3rd annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project celebration—which spread throughout central Aroostook County and was held between Oct. 18 and 25—a big success. All activities helped to raise awareness of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Combined efforts among the clubs helped to raise an estimated $2,600 for that global effort.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club is pleased to welcome five new members: Dr. Larry Feinstein, University of Maine at Presque Isle Assistant Professor of Biology; Dennis Koch, UMPI Director of Residence Life; Ben Greenlaw, Principal of Presque Isle High School; Mark White, PIHS Athletic Director (White, Greenlaw, Koch and Feinstein are pictured above with President Scott Violette); and Shawn Berube, of the local Social Security Administration office (pictured below with 2nd Vice President Gina Eggert-Leblanc and Past President Tony Sullivan).