Each year, the Presque Isle Rotary club hosts several service projects and participates in several other collaborative community projects.  Rotarians can be seen in local classrooms, at various community events, and in other efforts like park clean up.  In addition to that, PI Rotary participates in fundraising efforts to support our Scholarship Program and other ongoing community projects.

NEW PROJECT!!  GREAT BIG GIVE BACK
We’ve re-engineered our 73rd annual auction into the Great Big Give Back. Instead of asking local businesses to donate items that we can auction off to raise money for great local causes, we’ve reversed things. We have purchased items from local businesses for a Great Big Basket Drawing so we can raise money for great local causes. We see this fundraiser as an important way that we can give back to our businesses and individuals that make up our local economy, during a very trying time.

As part of this special fundraiser, we’re buying $5,000 in items from auction donors who have generously supported our auction in both 2018 and 2019. We’ll be packaging those items into five (5) $1,000 gift baskets that we’ll raffle off this fall. Gift baskets may include: gift cards/certificates to local shops, restaurants, local services and recreational opportunities as well as locally purchased artisan crafts, home goods, electronics, fuel oil, gas cards, and more.

Proceeds from the Great Big Give Back will support the Rotary Scholarship Fund, the United Way of Aroostook’s COVID-19 Response Fund, and the following 2021 events: the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest and the Northern Maine Fair.

YOUTH AND LITERACY PROJECTS

THESAURUS DAY

For over 15 years, Presque Isle Rotarian's have been entering 3rd grade classrooms in Presque Isle and surrounding schools to provide a free thesaurus to each student.  This provides Rotarians an opportunity to share a little bit about what we do within the community and also promote literacy efforts through a mini thesaurus lesson.   

PURPLE PINKIE PROJECT

It’s an activity that’s been done at elementary schools across the country to raise awareness for Rotary International’s polio eradication efforts. Polio has not been a problem in the U.S. for many years, but this is not the case in several developing countries. In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate polio worldwide. By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of polio worldwide. However, there are still three countries where polio is endemic—Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. To completely wipe out polio, Rotary International is raising funds and mobilizing volunteers to bring immunization projects to these areas. 

We work with schools in Presque Isle and surrounding schools -and partner with other Aroostook County Rotary Clubs and businesses- to raise money for the End Polio Now Campaign.  Students, teachers, and other participants donate at least $1 (the cost of one polio vaccine) and then we "paint" their pinkies purple. 

MAINE STUDENT BOOK AWARDS

This annual Maine-wide event encourages and expands the reading horizon of students in the fourth to eighth grades. A list of 35 to 40 books is provided in the spring of each year and schools electing to participate can purchase all or some of the books. During the fall and winter students read the books their school has acquired. The program also runs a competition with 12 selected books. Students not only read one or more of the books they also compete online periodically with other schools answering questions and challenges about the books. 
In 2019, Presque Isle Rotary Club partnered with Easton Elementary School to provide the books for the competition and they won their district competition! 
 
PRESQUE ISLE ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP
The Presque Isle Rotary Club Scholarship fund was created March 24, 1993 and has paid out more than $60,000 to high school seniors over the last 10 years. The Scholarship Fund was created in order to promote: post high school education; vocational training and education; promote, assist, and financially endow position(s) of higher education; education through “non-traditional” methods; community service through education; scholarships to universities, schools, colleges or vocational institutions; and educational activities of all kinds, all without regard to race color, creed, or gender whatsoever.

BECOME A MEMBER

Join over 80 Presque Isle Rotarians for great networking opportunities and help give back to your community! 

HELP GLOBALLY

We work with groups and organizations of all sizes to accomplish even more. We make our effort felt internationally. 

AND LOCALLY

Discover and celebrate diverse perspectives with your local community. Help starts at home.