Welcome to the Rotary Club of Presque Isle

We've been making a difference in our community for nearly 100 years, whether it's helping to raise funds for vital regional services like a local dialysis center to championing literacy through our Thesaurus Project. If you're looking to become part of an organization that has a long-term and powerful impact on the community, please join us.
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Presque Isle -  With an eye toward inspiring others to serve, by sharing the volunteerism of those who are making a difference, the Presque Isle Rotary Club is calling for the stories of Community Service Heroes.
 
Rotarians, this week, officially launched a social media campaign asking Aroostook County residents who know of someone – youth or adult – that is making a positive impact to post their stories on Facebook and tag the PI Rotary Club.  The call for Community Service Heroes is part of the Club’s recently announced Great Big Give Back initiative, which is a COVID-19 replacement project for Rotary’s annual auction. 
 
Club members are asking that hero stories be posted by the end of the day on September 24.  Facebook posts should include the individual’s name, description of community service, and a brief reflection on what makes them a real Community Service Hero.  The club will be showcasing three of the featured Community Service Heroes in a special Star-Herald newspaper insert for the Great Big Give Back in October.
PI Rotary re-engineers 73rd Auction into Great Big Give Back to support community through challenging time
 
Presque Isle – The impact of the global pandemic on our local community, especially area businesses, has prompted the Presque Isle Rotary Club to do something very different with its 73rd annual auction.  The Great Big Give Back will provide Rotarians and community members the opportunity to support local businesses and organizations as well as four great community causes.
 
Instead of the traditional solicitation of local businesses for donations that are auctioned to the highest bidder, the Presque Isle Rotary Club will buy $5,000 in items from those businesses that donated to its largest fundraiser in both 2018 and 2019.  With the purchased items, Rotarians will create five Great Big gift baskets, valued at $1,000 each. Tickets for the gift baskets will be sold for $10 each, with proceeds from the raffle going to the Rotary Scholarship Fund, the United Way of Aroostook’s COVID-19 Response Fund, and the following 2021 events: the Crown of Maine Balloon Festival and the Northern Maine Fair.
Aroostook County – Now into its 72nd year, the Presque Isle Rotary Auction continues to adjust with the changing times. The auction will now take place entirely online. Over 400 items valued at over $40, 000 have been donated by local businesses and will be auctioned off courtesy of Gregg Auctions online at www.greggauctions.com. Bidding is now open and is set to close on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 8 p.m . While the auction format may have changed, the spirit behind the auction remains the same. Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the Nordic Heritage Ski Center, Quoggy Jo Ski Center, Presque Isle Youth Hockey, and the Presque Isle Rotary Club Scholarship Fund.
 
Going Places Network announces major boost to
The PI Loop with gift of new bus, state-of-the-art technology and community challenge match
 
PRESQUE ISLE –   Community members will have a brand new metro bus to ride on with state of the art technology to track its location and connect to the outside world while on board when The PI Loop fixed bus route launches in the Star City this October. A generous gift of more than $270,000 from Presque Isle native and philanthropist Mary Smith also includes a $50,000 challenge match to the Rotary and Kiwanis Club selected 2019 community project to raise funds for installation of bus shelters.  
“The Going Places Network has been planning to address transportation needs in Presque Isle for about a year.  Thanks to Mrs. Smith's generous gift, The PI Loop will now contain state of the art technology, a metro bus that will allow for a comfortable experience for all riders, and a fixed loop service that will be rolling through the City before the snow falls,” said Jamie Chandler of ACAP, who along with LeRae Kinney of MSAD 1, co-chair the Going Places Network.
 
Aroostook County - The Presque Isle Rotary Club continued its seven decade tradition of supporting local non-profit organizations by recently dispersing funds raised during the 71st Annual Rotary Auction to their Auction Partners.
 
Last November, nearly 500 items valued at more than $50,000, donated from businesses and organizations across Aroostook County and beyond, were auctioned off live on WAGM-TV and online by Gregg Auctions.  The online component was new this year in an effort to bring the auction into the 21st Century. As technology and the way society consumes media changes, the auction needs to continue to adapt. The auction has been the organizations largest fundraiser for decades, and the goal is to keep it going.
In a sure sign that spring is finally arriving, the annual Aroostook River Fun Run will take place Saturday, May 18.  This event offers a fun opportunity for individuals and families to get outside and enjoy the Aroostook River and the area around it. 
 
            The Aroostook River Fun Run began 12 years ago as a partnership between the Presque Isle and Washburn Rotary Clubs to celebrate the tremendous resource that connects the two communities, the Aroostook River.  That collaboration grew over the years to also include the Kiwanis Club of Presque Isle, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital and the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club. The event itself also grew to include more than just the traditional river race for paddlers in canoes and kayaks, with the addition of both a bike course and a 5K run/walk option.
 
           
Aroostook organizations encourage kind acts for Jan. 5 Day of Service for Maine Citizens
 
PRESQUE ISLE – Responding to a call for statewide Day of Service for Maine Citizens on January 5, four Aroostook County civic-minded organizations are encouraging people to give back in their communities with acts of kindness. The Maine Commission for Community Service is coordinating the day at the request of Governor-elect Janet Mills, who officially takes office earlier in the week.
 
United Way of Aroostook, Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle Rotary and Presque Isle Kiwanis are hoping a Day of Service for Maine Citizens will cause people to be mindful of how their small acts of kindness can have big impacts, and also set the stage for an entire year of giving in 2019. Giving can take on many forms, but for this January 5, it’s the small things that count as far as Sherry Locke, Executive Director of United Way and past president of Presque Isle Kiwanis, is concerned.
Presque Isle Rotary Club first-ever on-line auction now live;
TV auction broadcast set for November 24
 
Aroostook County Child Advocacy Center
and six other projects to benefit from funds raised
 
Aroostook County -  A seven-decade tradition has taken a big leap into the 21st century.  For the first time ever, the Presque Isle Rotary Club has taken part of its annual auction on-line.
 
Nearly 500 items valued at more than $50,000, donated from businesses and organizations across Aroostook County and beyond, can now be viewed, and are open for bidding, on the 71st Annual Rotary Auction website at www.greggauctions.com.  In addition to the on-line component, a live Auction broadcast is planned for Saturday, November 24, between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on WAGM-TV's Fox affiliate station (channel 12 for area Spectrum Cable subscribers) and will be simultaneously webcast on wagmtv.com.
 
Members of the Presque Isle Rotary Club recently installed new Officers Board Members and Committee Chairs for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, which runs July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  Serving in leadership positions for the year are (seated, left to right): Matt Irwin, president nominee (2020-2021); Matthew Bouchard, assistant treasurer; Sue Brown, treasurer; Jason Parent, president (2018-2019); Clint Deschene, vice president/president-elect (2019-2020); Jan Lucas, secretary; and Nancy Allen, assistant secretary.
Also serving in Rotary leadership are (standing, left to right): Rachel Rice, board member; Debbie Roark, board member/scholarship committee co-chair; Sarah Ennis, board member; Martin Puckett, board member; Ben Greenlaw, board member/sergeant-at-arms; Leigh Smith, board member; Ralph McPherson, Rotary Foundation committee chair; Brett Varnum mentoring committee co-chair; Kevin McCartney, service committee chair; and Karen Gonya, public relations committee chair.
Missing from photo are: Mandy Pooler-Hall, immediate past president; Derik Smith, board member; Sharon Campbell, literacy committee chair; Gina LeBlanc-Eggert, membership committee chair; Steve St. Pierre, mentoring committee co-chair; Theresa Fowler, program committee chair; Scott Violette, scholarship committee co-chair; and Jordyn Madore, youth services committee chair.
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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
University of Maine at Presque Isle Campus Center St. John Room
181 Main Street
PO Box 641
Presque Isle, ME  04769
United States
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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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