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Upcoming Events
February Board Meetings
Maine Energy Systems Offices
Feb 03, 2015 5:00 PM
March Board Meetings
To Be Determined
Mar 03, 2015 5:00 PM
8th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event
White Cap Lodge at Sunday River
Mar 28, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
A Country Breakfast
Ordway Hall at Gould Academy
Mar 29, 2015
7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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March 2015 Wine & Beer Tasting Flyer
Spring 2015 Country Breakfast Flyer
Visioning Wall Sheets
Rotary Video by Katie Driscoll
Rotary Foundation Contribution Form
Rotary Online Meeting Make-ups
Executives & Directors
Vice President
Foundation Chair
Bulletin Editor
Michele Cole
Russell Hampton

wh-286          Reminder that this Tues Feb 3 with Steve Wight and Greeter  *** need help - Bob can't make it ***

                                                                  TOPIC:  Amy Scott and BANC                      


********* REMINDER *********  Please forward make-ups to Scott Hynek or Michele Cole.



Feb 3 = Prog Chair Steve Wight with Greeter Bob Laux

Feb 10 = CLUB ASSEMBLY with Greeter Jim Mann

Feb 17 = Prog Chair Kathy Ruby with Greeter Rene McGrew

Feb 24 = Prog Chair Steve Smith with Greeter Dave Murphy

Pres Ellie Andrews, Pres-Elect Kevin Finley, David Murphy, Rick Whitney, Kathy Ruby, Bud Kulig and SaA Scott Hynek
As the Blizzard of 2015 rolls across the state of Maine, diehard members of the Bethel Club venture out for their Tuesday morning meeting on January 27th


Wine & Beer Tasting Flyer



Country Breakfast Flyer

GUESTS: Lu Tuggle (Finley)

MEMBERS WE MISSED: Blair, Dennis, Hart, Mann, Murphy, Ruby

Updates from Club Assembly …


* Sat March 28 = Wine and Beer Tasting Event

* Sun March 29 = Country Breakfast

* Tue March 31 = 5th Tuesday Social Meeting

* Sat June 13 = Fruit Kabob Booth for the Moose Festival

Letters will be going out soon to beneficiaries.


The Committee brainstormed on projects and is researching how to partner with Mahoosuc Kids.  Bob will present a Foundation program in the near future and EREY remains a project.


Will continue posts on FaceBook and promote the upcoming events.


Perhaps the social on March 31 could also be “Invite a Friend.”  Noon meetings will soon be an open forum topic.


New members are completing their Youth Protection applications and Interact meets twice a month.

Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16  2015-16: Be a Gift to the World​


RI President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."

ImageThank you Bob Laux for bringing this to our attention.


World Understanding & Peace Dinner 2015

(Click thru here to reach the District website and see "Mark Your Calendar" for more information and for online  registration)

Portland Marriott Sables Oaks

Feb 23, 5:30 – 9:30 pm


Northeast PETS Training 2015

(Click thru here to reach the District website and see "Mark Your Calendar" for more information and for online registration)

Framingham Sheraton

Mar 12 – 14, 2015


District Assembly 2015

(Click thru here to reach the District website and see "Mark Your Calendar" for more information and for online registration)

York Community College

Mar 28, 8 am – 2 pm


District Conference 2015

(Click thru here to reach the District website and see "Mark Your Calendar" for more information and for online registration)

Wentworth by the Sea

Apr 24 – 26, 2015

As a link with pictures: PPH Story

Excerpted from the Portland Press Herald, Posted December 26

Cape Elizabeth town manager puts global spin on service

Mike McGovern travels the world to promote the Rotary's effort to eradicate poliomyelitis.

By Kelley Bouchard Staff Writer | @KelleyBouchard | 207-791-6328

CAPE ELIZABETH — A year ago, Mike McGovern heard Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, speak in Budapest, Hungary.

This month, McGovern met Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, in Geneva.

McGovern, who has been town manager here for nearly three decades, chatted with Chan during a meeting of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Major partners in the initiative include Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. McGovern was there as chairman of The Rotary Foundation’s International PolioPlus Committee.

“Ban Ki-moon told us that 1 billion people in the world don’t have a toilet in their home,” McGovern recalled. “Margaret Chan is the person in charge of controlling Ebola in the world. The issues we face in Cape Elizabeth are important, but when you encounter people like that, it puts everything in perspective.”

Since 2006, McGovern has traveled thousands of miles across the United States and to more than 20 other countries promoting Rotary’s signature campaign against poliomyelitis, a highly infectious disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis and sometimes death in a matter of hours. The U.S. has been polio-free for more than three decades because of effective vaccines, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since Rotary started promoting polio vaccination in 1979, the number of polio cases reported worldwide each year has dropped from more than 350,000 to fewer than 350, mostly in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. McGovern heads a fundraising program that spent $128.9 million in 2013-14 with a goal to wipe out polio by the end of 2015.

In November alone, McGovern’s itinerant humanitarian efforts took him to the United Nations in New York City; Cleveland, Tennessee; Alexandria, Virginia; Marrakesh, Morocco; and Manila, Philippines, where he spent Thanksgiving week. As a result of his globe-trotting, McGovern has friends in every state and on every continent, which isn’t necessarily unusual in the Rotary, which has 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide.

McGovern’s commitment, however, is uncommon.

“Mike is what I would call an exemplary Rotarian,” said Lawrence Furbish, district governor of 40 Rotary clubs in southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Furbish, 69, is a retired nonpartisan researcher for the Connecticut Legislature.

“Making a commitment to serve in Rotary leadership is like a full-time job,” Furbish said. “A very enjoyable job, but it’s still a lot of work. For a guy from a little town in Maine, Mike has had an outstanding Rotary career.”


McGovern, 58, doesn’t talk much about his Rotary work, so few people know about it. He considers it his “hobby,” which is a good thing, because that’s how he spends all of his vacation and professional development time. He schedules travel around holidays and weekends to limit his time away from work, but he still had to take 11 unpaid days this year. And while Rotary pays for his travel and hotel costs, he covers everything else.

“I enjoy meeting lots of diverse people,” McGovern said. “You make friends in your local Rotary, then across the state, then across the nation and now across the world. I get emails every day from people I know all over the world. I’m getting Christmas greetings from every continent.”

McGovern, who grew up in Portland, downplays any fun he might have on Rotary trips, saying that he spends most of his time in meetings. Still, he does get to see some tourist attractions, including kangaroos in Australia and the markets in Marrakesh.

And he enjoys seeing various community health and economic development projects funded by Rotary. In November, he visited a tree-planting, erosion-control project in Morocco, as well as an orphanage, a maternity hospital and a day care center in the Philippines.

“I was brought up to do whatever we could to help other folks,” McGovern said. “I can see how the different projects are making a difference in the lives of so many people.”

McGovern, who is single, can do what he does for Rotary largely because his bosses on the Town Council allow it. McGovern said he’s fortunate to be able to leave municipal duties in the capable hands of other municipal employees and town councilors. Councilors note that, as town manager, McGovern is basically always on the job. So even when he’s in another time zone, he’s only a phone call or email away.

“I can call him on his cell and I don’t know whether he’s in Cape Elizabeth or Shanghai,” said Councilor Katharine Ray, a fellow Rotarian. “It’s pretty exciting work that he’s doing and we appreciate the commitment he’s making.”

Councilor Caitlin Jordan agrees. “What he does helps so many people,” Jordan said. “We’re lucky to have someone in our community who does that kind of work.”


Managing municipal operations from a distance once in a while usually isn’t complicated. Major questions that faced town residents this year ranged from how to develop the town center to how to quiet a raucous rooster on Farm Hill Road.

Sometimes, being away isn’t easy. McGovern was devastated when his friend, Herbert Dennison, a former public works director, died last month after being struck by a vehicle in an accident at the town’s solid-waste transfer station. McGovern was in the Philippines. Dennison was one of the town officials who hired McGovern after he graduated from the University of Maine.

“Everything about it was awful,” McGovern said. Throughout the crisis, he was in regular contact with other town officials, who were handling the town’s response in his absence.

McGovern’s commitment to fighting polio started when he joined the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth in 1986. The year before, he had been promoted from assistant town manager. A fellow club member asked him to donate $1,000 to the polio campaign.

“At the time, I was making about $25,000 a year, so that was a lot of money,” McGovern said. He made the donation anyway.

McGovern expects his travel demands to lessen in July, when he will no longer be vice chairman of The Rotary Foundation’s board of trustees. He’ll serve on the board until July 2016. In the meantime, it’s the goal of the International PolioPlus Committee to eradicate polio by the end of 2015.

McGovern believes it can happen. He’s in the fight for the long haul. He views the Philippines as an example for the rest of the world. The island nation hasn’t had a reported case of polio since 1993.

“I’ll still be working on polio until it gets done,” McGovern said. “It was a thrill last month to stand in the spot in the Philippines where the first vaccine drops were given by Rotary in 1979. If we can do it in the Philippines, why can’t we do it everywhere?”








And a good time was held at our Social Meeting at The Sudbury Inn ...


 Rotarian Walter Hatch cracking eggs for the Country Breakfast 2012!

RIVER VALLEY: Tuesday, Hope Assoc, 7:30 am, Rumford

OXFORD HILLS: Wednesday 7:30 am, First Congo Church, So Paris

BRIDGTON-LAKE REGION: Thurs. 7:15 am, Bridgton Alliance Church

FRYEBURG: Tues. 7:30 am,  St  Eliz-Ann Seton Catholic Church

NO. CONWAY, NH: Thurs. 7:15 am, Red Jacket Mtn View Resort

WHITE MT.: Thurs. 7:30 am, Town & Country Motor Inn, Shelburne, NH


The Bethel Rotary Club introduces the email address

We welcome those folks to contact us via this email address to learn more about our Club and on how to become a member.

Our mailing address is
Rotary Club of Bethel, Maine
PO Box 471
Bethel ME 04217

Of the things we think, say or do ...

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Rotary International President – Gary C.K. Huang
7780 District Governor – Lawrence Furbish
Assistant District Governor – Beth Abbott (Oxford Hills)  


President: Ellie Andrews

President-Elect: Kevin Finley

Vice President: Robin Zinchuk

Treasurer: Pat Roma

Secretary: Michele Varuolo Cole

Sargeant-at-Arms: Scott Hynek

Service Committee Chair: Mike Steven, Ass't Bruce Powell

Membership Committee Chair: Ian Blair

Foundation Committee Chair: Kathy Thrall, Ass't Steve Wight

Public Image Committee Chair: Vacant

New Generations Committee Chair: Dan Hart, Ass't David Fraher

Past President: Rene McGrew