One Person Making a Real Change

Posted by David B Gooch
On July 9 the Rotary Club of Kittery recognized an young individual who has demonstrated with grit and determination, that one individual can make a change.
Nellie Young set out over six month's ago to support a project in Peru in conjunction with her Interact trip there last spring.   She set out to assist the rehabilitation of a school.
One Person Making a Real Change David B Gooch 2024-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Second Half of the Adventure Begins!

The International Short term Rotary Youth Exchange involves two young people from different countries spending about three weeks in each other's country, hosted by their respective parents.  Monday, July 8th, Remick returned from spending three weeks in India with Akshay, his exchange "brother's" family, Akshay will now experience three weeks with Remick and his family. 
Second Half of the Adventure Begins! David B Gooch 2024-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

2024 District Conference

With the 2024 District Conference held right on our beachfront (almost) we could not miss it. Several club members caught the boat and headed to the Isle of Shoals  on June 29th to complete the 2023-2024 Rotary Year!
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Celebrating a Great 2 plus Years!

Tuesday June 25th was our Club leadership change-over day as we begin a new Rotary Year July 1st. Over two years ago Pam Gray was called upon to take the Club leadership and is finally turning that charge over to 2024-2025  Club Co-Presidents, Pauli and Brad as she takes on the new role at a District Assistant Governor. There was a Buzz of excitement in the room as her long service to the Club was recognized and celebrated!
Celebrating a Great 2 plus Years! David B Gooch 2024-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Time For Dressing!

Collecting Salad Dressings for Footprints Food Pantry! As fresh garden produce becomes available and is donated to the pantry, salad dressings are needed to complement! However Salad Dressings don't grow in gardens, they need to be donated, and once again Club President Pam has initiated a Salad Dressing drive to fill Footprints Shelves for the gardening season.
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Rotarian of the Year David B Gooch 2024-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Another Adventure Begins

 
Celebrating a birthday in style. On June 15th, after showing up at the Kittery Block Party with fellow Traip Academy Interact Club members supporting a children's activity, Remick Matty headed to Logan Airport to start a Rotary Short Term Exchange trip to India ~ all on his 16th birthday!
Another Adventure Begins Dave Gooch 2024-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Traip Interact at the Kittery Block party

June 15 was the 13th Annual Kittery Block Party and the R. W. Traip Academy was there! Once again the Rotary Club of Kittery hosted the Interact Club for the all day community party in the center of town. The Interact Club's children's activity is very much a hit with the children as reflected by donations made by grateful parents to support Interact club service projects.
Traip Interact at the Kittery Block party Dave Gooch 2024-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Shapleigh School June Student of the Month David B Gooch 2024-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Scholarship David B Gooch 2024-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Special Guest

On Tuesday June 4th the Club had a special guest as long time friend and Rotary Exchange Alumnus Michael Lombardi  attended the meeting and brought us up to date on his activities.
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Traip Normandy Trip

The R.W. Traip Academy Spring Normandy trip was a great learning experience, supported in part by the Rotary Club of Kittery.
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May Rotary Students of the Month

Tuesday, May 28, we were honored to meet the May 2024 Students of the Month, 5th Grader Gabrielle Greene from Shapleigh School, and senior Hunter Hillard for R.W. Traip Academy.
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More Feedback from our 3rd Grade book support David B Gooch 2024-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Life and Hope, Haiti Update

The Eben Ezar School in Milot, Haiti, financed by "Life and Hope Haiti", is strongly supported by individuals, schools, and Rotary Clubs throughout the seacoast area.
 
On Tuesday, May 14 the Club received an update from organizers Amy Miller and Agnes Charlesworth on the the school and the children we sponsor.
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Club's Newest Member Dave Gooch 2024-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

May  Table of Plenty Support

On Thursday May 9,2024, the Club once again joined with the R.W.Traip Interact Club in providing support for the free meals served by Kittery's Table of Plenty.
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Human Milk Bank in India Project going strong.

This month's International Cafe included a very welcome report on a Rotary International Project supported by our Club. A Human Milk bank in India funded by a Global grant we participated in two years ago is operating successfully with over 1800 women contributing todate
Human Milk Bank in India Project going strong. Dave Gooch 2024-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Coffee with the Town Manager

On our Tuesday May 7, 2024 meeting our special guest was Kendra Amaral, Kittery Town Manager. We were treated to an update on the latest town activities while enjoying coffee together supplied by Aroma Joe's ~thank you Maryna! fueled by a significant number of recent grants, the town is a busy place with many upgrades in progress.
 
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Club Social Among Art

April 30 was a Club "5th Tuesday" social hosted by the Kittery Art Association at their Art Gallery in the center of Kittery Foreside.
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Approved: Rotary Club of Kittery Foundation, Inc David Gooch 2024-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month for April

The Rotary Students of the Month for April are Seventh Grader Jaxson Amaral-Usle for Shapleigh School, introduced by Teacher Nick LaPierre; and Senior Colby Christiansen for R.W.Traip Academy, presented by Teacher Michelle Hayward.
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Where Are They Now?

At our April 16th meeting, we invited members and past members to join us  and let us know what they have been doing lately. We were delighted to have Dan Hale, who was a past club member, and Dave Fazzina, who is still an active member but has been committed to other endeavors the last couple of years, join us and share what they have been doing. Two other past members were planning on being with us, but emergent commitments prevented them doing so.
Where Are They Now? Dave Gooch 2024-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

April Skies & the Eclipse

Bernie Reim joined is for our April 2, 2024 meeting to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse and astronomy in preparation for the upcoming eclipse to occur across Maine and down through Texas on April 8th.
 
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March 2024 Students of the Month

At our meeting on March 26th, we were honored to recognize the March 2024 Students of the Month, For Shapleigh School, 8th Grader Adeline Economou, and for R.W. Traip Academy. Sophomore Olivia Sillsby.
 
Olivia Silsby, Adeline Economou
 
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NEPETS

The 2024 Northeast President-Elect Training Seminar brought together over 400 Rotarians, the majority were incoming Club presidents, and we were well represented.
 
NEPETS David B Gooch 2024-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Kittery Together

The Rotary Club of Kittery was invited to join the Kittery Rotary Afterhours Club for their 5th Thursday Social on February 29th.
Kittery Together David Gooch 2024-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

NH4UKRAINE:Individuals Making A Difference

Brian Nolen, responded to the devastation he saw in the invasion of Ukraine and knew he wanted to do something. Six trips and hundreds of of thousands of dollars of direct aide to Ukrainians later, he is planning on yet another trip into the country. 
NH4UKRAINE:Individuals Making A Difference David B Gooch 2024-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
February 2024 Students of the Month Dave Gooch 2024-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 100+ Blood Drives

Thursday February 15th, Kittery Rotary celebrated sponsoring over 100 Red Cross blood drives. The Red Cross Representatives Raymond Poulin and Jenna Palladino, and District 7780 Governor Marion Cheney joined us as we marked the milestone
 
Kittery Rotary members Marie Williams, Dave Gooch, and club president Pam Gray
 
Celebrating 100+ Blood Drives Bob Gray 2024-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Working together and having fun, for the Community! Dave Gooch 2024-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Planning the Community's Future Dave Gooch 2024-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

There are answers to addressing mental health

Mental health is a significant focus area for Rotary.  We welcomed the head of one of the major organizations in Maine to talk with us this morning as we welcomed the president and CEO of Sweetser Jayne Van Bramer, and the organization's Senor Director of Public Relations, Justin Chenette.
There are answers to addressing mental health Dave Gooch 2024-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
New Ideas, New Restaurant, Old Friends and New Dave Gooch 2024-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
January 2024 Students of the Month David B Gooch 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Project Graduation

Supporting a safe and fun celebration for the 2024  R.W.Traip graduating class, the Club donates to project Graduation.
Project Graduation David B Gooch 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Donations for 3rd Grade Classroom books David B Gooch 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Wreaths Across America

Sheila Chapman and Chris Lombardo joined us today to provide more information about the Wreaths Across America program and especially the efforts in the Kittery community. Several club members have participated in placing the wreaths the last couple of years and as the pastor of 2nd Christian Congregational UCC Church Brad has officiated for the annual event.
Wreaths Across America David B Gooch 2024-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Investing In Hope, Transforming Kids Lives

Marshwood High School Interact Club member and Rotary Club of Kittery Family member Nellie Young presented a project to fund the renovation of a school in Peru. Nellie's Interact Club is traveling to Peru at the end of February.
Investing In Hope, Transforming Kids Lives David B Gooch 2024-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

December Students of the Month

The Club was honored to host the December Students of the Month, their families, and school representatives. For December, the Shapleigh Student of the Month is Fifth Grader Michael Shapleigh; the R.W. Traip Academy Student of the Month is senior Terry Gagner.
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Briefly Business "Board"

The Rotary Club of Kittery is pleased to invite the owners of new businesses in the community to be our guests at a Club meeting and briefly introduce themselves and their business. This week we were honored to have Chloe Scala , co-owner of " Board" join us.The Board is a charcuberie restarant and wine bar at 5 Shapleigh Road.
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Student Trip to Normandy 

Traip Academy will have a group traveling to Normandy France this spring to tour the areas where the allies invaded occupied France in World War II.The group has been raising funds to ensure that the trip is open to all who want to go and has been studying the history of the battle and the area in preparation.
Student Trip to Normandy Dave Gooch 2023-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
CPR Training at the KCC December 9th Dave Gooch 2023-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

News from Romania

Our 2022-2023 Exchange student form Romania, Erika Parashiv contacted the club  this week to share scenes of holiday preparations at her home and asking for news from from  of  seaaonal activitieshere in Maine.
News from Romania Dave Gooch 2023-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Table of Plenty Support David B Gooch 2023-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Make A Wish, Maine

Our guest Speaker at our December 5th Club meeting, was Nicole Rutherford from the Maine Chapter of Make a Wish. Nicole talked about the focus of Make A Wish and what they have achieved, including some stories of the impact the program has made 
Make A Wish, Maine Dave Gooch 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Holiday Parade December  2nd

As we have for years, the Rotary Club of Kittery was waiting at the parade's end with free hot cocoa and cookies! Once again, we had very strong support from the very active Traip Interact Club. Many thanks to Aroma Joe's for the use of the thermos's, Subway for their donation of cookies, and 2nd Christian Church for the use of their kitchen to make all the cocoa.
2023 Holiday Parade December 2nd Dave Gooch 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

The Community Buoy Tree

December 5, Pam and Andy report that they have contributed a Rotary buoy to the town Buoy Tree. The "tree" is being assembled again this year next to the hardware store to raise funds for the new MainSpring Collabrative. White buoys are purchased by donors and decorated any way they wish and then hung on the tree form.
The Community Buoy Tree Dave Gooch 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating A Great Achievement!

 
 
Capping years of work, Club member Maryna completed her Doctorate this year and invited the Club to join her, her family, neighbors, business friends, and fellow academic warriors to party and celebrate with her. Sixteen years ago, as a young student, Maryna arrived in the area, She achieved her bachelors, masters, and now her doctorate while hold multiple jobs, mentoring other students, raising a family and also, being a very active Rotarian, With all the fun and celebration, Maryna also took the moment to put a large spotlight on Rotary
                               
 
Celebrating A Great Achievement! Dave Gooch 2023-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
November 2023 Students of the Month Dave Gooch 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Monthly Club Board Meeting Dave Gooch 2023-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring the Service Work of Wilma Wheeler

Posted by Dave Gooch
In a special meeting Tuesday November 14 the Rotary Club of Kittery and the Congregation of 2nd Christian Church joined to honor the Service Above Self efforts of Wilma Wheeler.
 
Kittery Rotary President Pam Gray presenting Wilma with her Paul Harris Fellowship
Honoring the Service Work of Wilma Wheeler Dave Gooch 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Eben Ezer School Dave Gooch 2023-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visit Dave Gooch 2023-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
A Busy October Saturday Bob Gray 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Kittery Community First Nonprofit Fair Bob Gray 2023-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Students of the Month, September & October 2023 Bob Gray 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Community Champion Recognition Social

Kittery Rotary Club held our Community Champion Recognition Social at Robert's Maine Grill on October 24, 2023. This year's recipients are Ernie and Lisa D'Angelo who own Kittery Ace Hardware.
 
 
 
Community Champion Recognition Social Bob Gray 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Red Cross Blood Drive Support, Oct. 19, 2023 Bob Gray 2023-10-19 04:00:00Z 0