||Date: September 27, 2022 Issue 13
Our Next Week's Meeting: 2022-2023 District Governor's Official Meeting with the Club
Last Week's News:
Guests and Happenings:
~Rotarians - None
~ Guests: - Melissa Paly, Erika Paraschiv, Keith Launchbury, Jenn Montplasiar
Club News: Kittery's 375th Birthday Party at the Kittery Community Center:
It was chilly but sunny, and the crowds came. The Traip Interact was very busy doing face painting for the event, thanks to Interact Advisor Blayne Matty for most of these pictures!
We hosted these young community supporters in our tent!
Pres. Pam and Andy braved the chill and came away
with these great face designs!
Ben Mandani has sent a report back from Thailand:
Ben is doing very well. He is getting on well at school (he has already given a self -introduction onstage to the entire school) , and has started taking regular training is Muay Thai, a traditional Thai boxing sport.
Ben and his first host family Muay Thai
Ben reports that his school is also hosting a student from Germany and another from italy
President Pam reminded everyone that next week is the official visit of the District Governor and urged everyone to come; we will also have two inductions next week.
Pam also reminded everyone of the support for serving at the Table of Plenty October 6th, 3:15-5:15 at St Raphael Church.
Erika Paraschiv joined us again this morning for her official presentation address to the club. Erika was wearing the many pins she has collected already on her trip, at this rate her jacket will be very full at the end of her stay.
Erika talked about Romania, about her home and family in the city of Ramnicu Valcea, and about the Romanian capital of Bucharest and it's history. She also showed pictures of one of her favorite ski areas (she has been skiing since she was very young) and is looking forward to snowboarding here) and one of the resorts on the Black Sea they visit - from which now you can hear bombs exploding in neighboring Ukraine. Among her favorite activities she loves to cook and she talked about a couple of Romanian foods she enjoys. She had presented Dave, as the Club Youth Exchange contact, a Romanian national dress shirt which he wore today.
Melissa Paly of Kittery Climate Action Now (KCAN) was our guest speaker this morning
Melissa talked about the many potential impacts of the current climate changes and the national and state efforts to address it. At the community level the town had established a committee to examine planning to address future impact such as the rising ocean levels and increased storms, as well as the initiatives to reduce the town's energy consumption and reliance on oil. KCAN evolved from citizens wanting to examine what actions individuals can make. They have promoted the environmental film festival, electric car promotions, composting initiatives (she reported that about 25% of the trash taken to the recycling center is compostable). Their group worked with the town to start the collection of compostable materials and the response has grown significantly
Another initiative KCAN has taken is to provide some validation for the many companies which have been extending solar energy transmission offers in the community. Some of these offers are from companies who have not built facilities yet and are waiting until they are fully sucribed before they do, KCAN has researched the companies and feels that three offer immediate supply and are local Maine entities. The savings offered by the programs is on the actual power generation cost of our energy bill, the transmission part of the bill would remain the same. The three companies are Ampion, Nautilus, and Power Market. More about the Town Climate Initiative and the community based KCAN initiatives can be found on the Internet. KCAN is www.KitteryCAN.org
Melissa signed a book to be donated in her name to the schools libraries.
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.
There was $53.00 in the pot today and Jenn was the holder of the lucky raffle ticket!
But she came up with the 8 of spades!
Come back again next week and you may get another chance! :-)
Upcoming Programs and Events:
Oct 4 ~ District Governor Official Visit
Oct 6 ~ Club Support for Table of Plenty Meals (Volunteers needed)
Oct 20 ~ Club Sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive (Volunteers needed)
Oct 25 ~ Students of the Month for September & October in the Traip Cafeteria
Birthdays: October 27 ~ Brad
Anniversarys: The date does not appear in our directory but Pauli shared that she and Tom were headed off this coming month on a 50th Anniversary trip ~ so Happy 50th Tom and Pauli!
Rotary Anniversarys: Andy and Brad both joined on October 16, Marie (and the Club) became official on October 17th (35 years back ;-) )
Happy/Sad Dollars on Student of the Month meetings goes to fund
our Third Grade Book Project
Happy/Sad dollars during September support the 3rd Grade Book project
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.