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Jason RIchie rubs elbows with Ian Riseley, RI President 17/18 at Northeast PETS in Framingham, MA.
The Bath Rotary Club was busy in February with two events. The month started with a Fill-A-Bus Food Drive on Saturday, February 4, the day before the Super Bowl, at Shaw's Supermarket. With assistance from the Bath Sunrise Rotary and the Morse Interact Club and generous donations of the bus from Bath Bus Service and 3 shopping carts full of food from Shaw's, the event collected 1840 lbs. of food and raised $375 for the Bath Area Food Bank.
The bus and table outside the front door of Shaw's.
Bob Reed, President of the Bath Sunrise Rotary organizes food on the bus.
At the food pantry unloading and storing collected items from the food drive.
Another event, organized by the Morse Interact Club, was the Lunch For Leaders sandwich drive on February 10th. With assistance from the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center's Culinary Arts program, 100 lunches were delivered to various locations downtown. Proceeds from the sandwich drive will help to fund additional students attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in June.
BRCTC Culinary Arts Students, Morse Interact Club members and Bath and Bath Sunrise Rotarians helped with sandwich preparation and delivery for the Lunch For Leaders sandwich drive to help raise funds for RYLA.
Vice President Bob Warren awarded a very deserving Brian Hatch a Paul Harris Fellow award at the December 6, 2016 meeting of the Bath Rotary Club. Brian, who has contributed to the Bath community through his career in Education and Athletics in local schools, and his service to Main Street Bath as a volunteer and Past President plus his service to the Maine Principals Association and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference as well as to the Morse Alumni Association, plus many other efforts and accomplishments. Brian's infectious enthusiasm and energy is inspiring and kudos to Bob for recognizing Brian for his efforts.
The 3rd annual 4-way 5K run/walk had 107 runners who enjoyed a beautiful autumn morning and participated in a fun event. Thank you to the presenting sponsor Mid Coast Medical Group - Bath and to the Bath Rotarians and volunteers from LifeChurch for creating a successful event.
The BRCTC Carpentry Program has completed the modular home and it is ready to be purchased and moved. Details below:
August 16, 2016 - District Governor Marge Barker visited the club and helped induct New Member Sam Lambert.
Our inbound exchange student has completed her year with us in Bath and recently participated in Morse High School's Commencement ceremony. Maine (who always wanted to visit the state that shares the spelling of her name) displayed photos of her family, school and home town of Santa Rosa, Brazil. We wish her luck and best wishes for her future back home.
The weather could not have been more perfect for our 25th annual Rotary Annual Golf Classic. Thank you to our Tournament Sponsor Bath Savings and Major Sponsors Springer's Jewelers, JHR Development, Mid Coast Hospital and First Federal Savings. Also thank you to our lunch sponsor the Marriott Residence Inn and Putting Contest sponsor Shelter Institute and all of our hole and cart sponsors and to the players who helped make the event so successful.
Rotarians from District 4945 of Argentina and Uruguay, Nestor Destefanis, Florencia Haspert, Sebastian Roma and Griselda Zeljkovich (Rotary Leader) visited with Mid Coast Hospital Staff, Lois Skillings, President and CEO (Bath Rotary), Tom Kivler, Senior Director of Behavioral Health and Steve Trockman, Director of Community Outreach (Topsham Rotary). The team shared current models for delivery of care for people with mental illness and substance abuse diseases provided in the region of Midcoast Maine. Then they toured the hospital, meeting Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jay Mullen along the way. Griselda and Florencia suited up and had an inside view of the operating rooms and surgical services area. It was an honor to meet our South American Rotary colleagues and share perspectives on how we provide important healthcare services to our communities, no matter where in the world we live. Thank you Lois Skillings and Steve Trockman and the staff of Mid Coast Hospital for their hospitality.
The 6 Morse High School Students visited the Bath Rotary Club on May 3rd. They were joined by Morse High School Guidance Counselor Leslie Trundy. Ms. Trundy is also the Morse High School Interact Club advisor as well.
2016 RYLA Students from Morse High School introduced themselves to the club at the May 3rd meeting. Leslie Trundy is pictured on the left and Bath Rotary President Caelie Smith on right.
Jake Korb, Andrew Deci, Caelie Smith and Jason Richie "let the good times roll" at the Bowl For Kids Sake event at Yankee Lanes for Big Brothers Big SIsters of Bath Brunswick. Thanks to all who donated to the team and to Jason for organizing our team and getting us set up with those awesome team polo shirts!
New Members Recognized at World Peace & Understanding Dinner
District Governor put out the call to Club Presidents to honor new (2 years or less) members who have made a contribution to their clubs. I was pleased to award 3 of our club members with the Above & Beyond award for their efforts both to the club, the community and internationally.
Rich Cromwell was present at the dinner and was recognized for his work in Cambodia at the CIO Orphanage and also for his efforts to get water filters to the outlying villages of Siem Reap.
Sawyer Boulette started our first "4-Way 5K" in 2014. It was a complete success and was even more so in 2015. This is becoming a highlight event during AutumnFest in Bath on Columbus Weekend that is a lot of fun to help with and participate in.
Runners get awesome long sleeve tee shirts and a chance at winning cash prizes. We're looking at putting on our 3rd annual 4-Way 5K this October!
Liz Wyman took over the Annual Golf Tournament last year from a long time tournament manager and did a great job with the sponsors and organizing the event.
With a graduating senior at home and navigating big changes at the bank where she works, she managed to pull off a very successful tournament.
Thanks to these new members who have gone Above and Beyond to help the Bath Rotary Club succeed in reaching its goals to improve our community both locally and globally.
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