||Date: November 12,2019 Issue 20
Our Next Week's Meeting: Norway and Finland
Last Week's News:
Guests and Happenings:
~ Guests: - Rosie Dibella
Winter Weather Advisory ! It is that time of year again! If the Kittery Schools are canceled or delayed then our Tuesday Meetings are canceled. You can check on.kitteryschools.com for weather cancellations ~ and give some kind thought to Club President Eric who was probably up very early making the school decision!
November is Rotary Foundation Month. This is our fall campaign to support the Fund that supports projects around the world in the 6 avenues of Rotary Service. Whether it is water and sanitation projects in countries like Guatamala or India, or community improvements in York County the Foundation ensures the projects are beneficial to their communities, sustainable by the communities,and the funds are efficiently and legitimately used. One of the worlds top rated funds for both cost and benefit, all Rotarians can be proud of the work being done with our support. Donations can be made online or through a check to "The Rotary Foundation" and given to Club Foundation Chair Brad.
Check out Charity Navigator for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and find out what it looks like to be an organization that scores 100 of 100 points for both Financial Management, and for Accountabilty & Transparency.
Donate Life: "Registering to be an organ and tissue donor is easy, costs nothing and can litally mean the difference between life and death for someone waiting. Organ and tissue donation align well with our values as Rotarians" The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club Challenge ~ that each club in the District to aim for 100% of the membership as registered donors by April 2020 (April is National Donate Life Month). For more information go to https//donatelifenewengland,org/. Register at www.RegisterMe.org.
Meeting: Safe Passage
Our guest speaker today was Rosie Dibella, Director of Development of Safe Passage. In 1999 a young teacher named Hanley Denning was in Guatamala at the end of a 2 year stint polishing up her Spanish when a friends took her to see the 35 acre Guatamala City Dump. What she saw changed her entire direction. Over 60,000 people live around the dump scavanging it for whatever they can - including children playing all day in the dump while their parents work.
Before the year was out Hanley sold all her possessions and moved to Guatamala where she started a free school for the dump children. regretably she died in a traffic accident in 2007 but by that time Safe Passage was an ongoing project ~ which as of 2019 educates over 500 children from aged 2 through 8th grade and adding a grade a year, now housed in three buildings on an expanded campus a short way from the dump. Rotary International is a Partner Orgnization with Safe Passage and our District 7780 PDG Carolyn Johnson is a board member. DG Andy and Pam had a chance to visit the Project on their trip to Guatamala a couple of years ago.
This is the 20 year anniversary of the non-profit Project which provides education, healthcare, nutrition, and social service support to the poorest, at-risk , families who live and work by the Dump.The school also provides learning opportunities for the parents and older children with a goal of helping them make a living wage away from the dump. Parents are also taught health and nutrition courses and learn to produce items they can market.Good meals for the children at the school is also part of the development process
The program's office in the US is in New Gloucester Maine, Safe Passage has been the a service project for many Rotary teams who have traveled to the school to volunteer. The school hires local teachers and healthcare personnel but relies heavily on volunteers who can come down and help at the school, or make weeklong service learning team trips, or just help sponsor the children.
More information is available at www.safepassage.org
50-50 Raffle: 50% of the pot goes for club administration and 50% goes to the
lucky individual if raffle ticket is chosen and they select the one joker hidden
in the ever decreasing deck of cards. If the joker is not drawn then the pot rolls
over to the next week.
Dave F had the right ticket this morning and the $117 Pot would really help now that he is adding a newly minted teen-age driver to his insurance;-)!
Now if he were playing poker he would be a winner with that Ace!
however, the elusive Joker was on the other side of the deck today :-(
Upcoming Programs and Events:
Nov 19 ~ Norway & Finland
Nov 26 ~ Students of the Month and Holiday Season Donations
Dec 3 ~ United Way
Dec 7 ~ Holiday Parade 3-4 PM
Dec 24 & Dec 31 ~ No meeting!
Birthdays: Nov 14 -Linda, Nov 16 ~ Dave F, Dec 5 ~ Mike
Happy/Sad Dollars on Student of the Month meetings goes to fund
our Third Grade Book Project
Happy/Sad dollars during November go toward Holiday Parade Refreshments
Dec 7, 2019 Mar 29, 2020
Do not forget to regularly check the calendar of our Web Site for long term schedules and the photo Album for updates on our Program pictures and Activity pictures.