In this photo are President of Rotary Nate Bodenstab with guest speaker Rotarian Diane Hines. Hines shared her experience that she had attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 22 through June 25, 2018. Twenty-five thousand one hundred eighty-eight Rotarians from all over the world attended the convention. Hines shared her enthusiasm over her experience and the vastness of the convention.

This year’s E-Waste Day will be on September 8, 2018. Mark this on your calendar whether you are going to work for the club or bring e-waste to add to the collection.

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In this photo from York’s of Houlton are Stephanie McGary, Sabra Scott, Jamie York, Dick York and Rotarian Chris Carmichael. Carmichael hosted Jamie, Dick and Stephanie and Sabra was a guest of her mother Rotarian Meg York. Dick opened the slide show with a history of the 50 years of the business since his father purchased it from Ralph Berry when it was on Bangor Street. When Dick and his brother Jerry joined in the seventies to work with their father a new location was sited on Route 1 in Houlton. Jamie joined the business in 2005 and has brought in new ideas. Jamie has not yet found his keys! But he did want to celebrate the employees and along with the slide show asked for Rotarians to guess employee names. Winners of the game were Kyle Taylor, Torrey Sylvester, Lorie Weston and Nancy Ketch.


The District Governor of 7810 Silvana Bosca visited the Houlton Rotary Club on July 16, 2018. Bosca presented her banner with the theme of “people of action” and complemented the club on their work over 98 years. Bosca recommended that the club think now about its one hundredth celebration. She also spoke about Rotary International President Barry’s message to “Be the Inspiration”. Most people who work at service above self are inspired by someone or by an event. Bosca essentially gave the club a “pep talk” to continue to do their good work and to be grateful for what each member does and to honor the work of Rotary. Bosca is to the right of the banner in white capris and a black shirt with Rotary emblems attached and appliquéd.


In this photo are Rotarian Annette Beaton with her guest speaker Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Crandall shared the history of his career with the Sheriff’s Department in Houlton beginning with growing up in the jail. The house in the front of the jail was his family’s residence until he was nine years old since his father was the Sheriff and paid so little that housing was provided. The family moved out when a raise came and nine and one half years later Crandall returned to work in the jail. He advanced through the years to the job of Sheriff spending time in drug enforcement and dog handling. Crandall shared some statistics of the department’s work over the years. Crandall has made some changes to improve the department’s rating with programs that improve the prisoner’s lives for the time when they leave the jail. The Houlton jail has inmates that are there less than a year. Longer sentences are served elsewhere. Basic life skills such as making the bed in the morning, dressing for the day, brushing teeth and combing hair and eating well are taught as well as job skills and education. Crandall hopes to make better citizens of the inmates that serve time in the Houlton jail. Crandall will be retiring from his work in the next few months and was commended for his thirty years of service with a round of applause by the club members.


In this photo are Literacy Coach Janet Murikami of Houlton Elementary School, Superintendent and Rotarian Ellen Holliday, Rotarian and Volunteer Reader Paul Callnan, Rotarian and Club Literacy Team leader Tracy Rockwell, First Lady of Maine Ann LePage, Rotarian and Volunteer Reader Craig Bean, Department of Education Literacy Specialist LeeAnn Larsen, Rotarian and Literacy Team leader Linda Faucher, Rotarian Jane Torres and Rotarian and Literacy Team leader Otis Smith. Larsen and LePage each spoke to their efforts in advocating for literacy in Maine and shared some of their experiences. They highly complemented the Houlton Rotary Club’s work on Literacy in the area.

Coming up next Monday February 12, 2018 the Governor’s wife Ann LePage will visit the Houlton Rotary Club. Her topic will be the Read to Me program.


In this photo are Rotarian Mac Randolph with his guest speaker Tim McAfee of Pioneer Broadband. McAfee shared his view of the potential disaster the repeal of the current Net Neutrality laws would mean for consumers and small businesses like Pioneer Broadband. Terms like No Blocking, No Throttling, and No Paid Prioritization were used to describe the best parts of Net Neutrality. These would be taken away by a repeal of the current law by Congress and the FCC. Justice Scalia’s pizzeria analogy made sense of an abstract topic.  If the pizzeria does not provide delivery, who pays for the delivery and the content? A partisan issue of content versus delivery is on the table and this could affect our freedom of speech and entrepreneurship in this country. Revenue streams based on content delivery have huge potential and the price would be paid by the consumer. Briefly McAfee claims the repeal of the law would be scary for small business and bad for the consumer.


Left to right in the photo are Houlton Rotary club President Matthew Nightingale, Erica Fitzpatrick Peabody of Fitzpatrick/Peabody Farm and Rotarian Fred Grant. Peabody shared her new work on the farm and the efforts she and her father Francis are taking to improve soil quality and potato storage improvements. Peabody is married to Barrett Peabody and they have three children. Peabody has an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in plant pathology. She worked at McCain’s for a dozen years as a n agronomist before joining her father on the family farm this year.


Here are President of the Houlton Rotary Club Matthew Nightingale, Rotarian Frank Nataluk from the Salvation Army and Natatluk’s wife Melissa Lowell. Natatluk is holding forth the generous donation from the Rotary club to help with his work at Salvation Army.