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Brunswick Rotary Club presents Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Crooker Theatre
116 Maquoit Rd. Brunswick
 
Adults $12 ~ Seniors & students $10 ~ Family $30
 
For more information, email: midcoastmainesgottalent@comcast.net
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On Saturday October 8th during Columbus Day Open House weekend, the Growstown School was recognized by the Brunswick Rotary Club as an Historic Site.
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Brunswick Rotary honored Brunswick High School seniors JD (Jennings) Souza, Molly Gramins, and Shelby Cash for their community commitment.
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On February 24, 2015, Dennis St Pierre, a member of the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine, was presented with a merit award by our District Governor Larry Furbish, at the World Understanding and Peace Dinner in South Portland.
The guest speaker at this dinner was Rick King, International Rotary President for 2001-2002. It was absolutely fascinating hearing him tell his story about how Rotary has made a difference in his life, and in the World! The crowd was completely silent as we listened to his compelling words. It made me so proud to be a Rotarian!
 
Dennis was honored as an outstanding “new” Rotarian who has stepped up and understood what being a Rotarian is all about. Dennis has taken on significant responsibility in his short tenure, and has made a great impact to our club. His passion for helping people, his energy and his creative mind are the traits that set him apart.  Please join me in congratulating Dennis on this great honor!
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Midcoast Maine Has Got Talent - But you knew that. Now is your chance to be part of it.  On Saturday, May 9, the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine will present some of Maine's finest singing and dancing talent on the stage of the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.  To be part of the action, download an application here:

http://bit.ly/1MVfw8Q

 or get one from one of our fine sponsors. 

Or keep your inner Elvis bottled up inside and just come out for an evening of wicked good entertainment.

 

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Brunswick Rotary President Gary Torow presents a check to Ethan Minton, MCHPP Program Director
 
On Monday, December 8, 2014 the Rotary Club of Brunswick Maine presented Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program with a check for $3000 to support their Pack a Backpack program. As the MCHPP website explains, 

Every Monday morning, over a thousand students in the greater-Brunswick area arrive at school hungry. They leave school on Friday afternoon and simply don’t have enough food at home to provide the nutrition they need on the weekend. It affects their ability to concentrate. It affects their ability to learn. It affects their ability to do all the things many others take for granted. It doesn’t have to be this way. For around $5 a week, we can supply a student and their family with enough food to get through the weekend so they don’t go hungry.

The Rotary Club presentation is in addition to a $1000 check presented previously. The money was raised primarily through a Pack a Back Pack 4ME event in October. 

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The International Rotary Foundation awarded a $35,770 Global Grant to the Rotary Club of Brunswick for a project to train teachers to recognize common illnesses in Lusaka, Zambia. The local club has partnered with the  Nkwazi Rotary Club of Lusaka as well as “Healthy Kids/Brighter Future,” a local non-profit, and the N’Gombe Health Clinic, in Lusaka. This alliance will bring health screening, health education and treatment for common illnesses to 16,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable children in Zambia
 
The genesis of this project came from a visit to a Brunswick Rotary Club meeting last March from Lonnie Hackett, a Bowdoin College senior. While Lonnie was a student at Bowdoin College, he had an opportunity to travel to Zambia during summer break in 2011 to teach English and math. While there, he noticed an alarming gap in his students’ knowledge of basic health care including common and preventable childhood diseases, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.  
 
Lonnie traveled to rural Nepal in the summer of 2012 where he observed a school-based healthcare model that he believed could be modified to fit the vulnerable children in the N’Gombe district of Lusaka, where the poorest children live and attend school.  
 
During his senior year as a biochemistry major, Lonnie garnered the knowledge of any global health expert who would listen to his goal of establishing a program to train teachers as health care providers within the 50-public schools that serve children who suffer from treatable diseases. He established “Healthy Kids/ Brighter Future” to bring medical services and health education to children in need.  
 
Rotary International is one of the largest not-for-profit service organizations in the world, with approximately 1.6 million members actively participating in thousands of local clubs spread across 161 countries around the world. Rotary International Foundation contributes nearly $100 million every year toward humanitarian programs in which Rotary members participate and voluntarily raise funds.  
 
The Rotary Club of Brunswick was chartered in 1925 and currently has an active membership of 70 community leaders. They meet weekly, except on holidays, at noon on Monday in Brunswick.
 
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Kate Egan, president of the Curtis Memorial Library Board of Directors, and Brunswick Rotarian and retired US Navy Captain Charles "Chuck" Mull, stand in front of a bronze plaque marking the 130 year old library as a historic site. The Brunswick Pride and Heritage Committee of the Rotary Club of Brunswick sponsored the plaque's creation and dedication, honoring the library that began in 1883 as a single room at the town hall with a collection of 1300 books. The current library location opened in 1904 and is the 13th location honored by the Brunswick Pride and Heritage Committee. For a full listing, click on the Brunswick Pride and Hertiage link.Image
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ImageAs you can see from the photo the food drive Saturday February 23 was a HUGE success! Over a ton of food was collected for MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program as well as $310.00 in cash. Thank you to everyone who spent time at Shaw's on Saturday and to everyone who made a donation to help feed those who's plates are empty. We are Rotarians and we do make a difference!

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The Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine wishes to thank all who participated in the Second Annual Hometown Idol and helped to make it a successful event. We would especially like to thank our sponsors for the event, without whom it would not be possible. Thank you again and we'll see you next year.

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The Brunswick Rotary Club recently installed a new swing-set at the Tedford Housing – Family Shelter on Federal Street in Brunswick. “There had been a swing set there but it had to be closed a few years ago as it was deteriorating and no longer safe,” says Don Kniseley, a member of the Rotary Club and former director of Tedford Housing. “Tedford did not have funds to replace the playground equipment at this time so we received a Rotary International Foundation grant and matched it with Club funds to purchase and install the swing set.”

Craig Phillips, current Tedford Housing executive director says that this is an important new addition to their work with homeless families and children. "When families are in such a stressful situation, having safe and appropriate outdoor play space really means a lot. We very much appreciate the Brunswick Rotary Clubs thoughtfulness and hard work."

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Brunswick Rotarians spent a delightful Thursday morning on April 26 spreading mulch on the Brunswick Mall,
sprucing up the appearance of the centerpiece of our town.
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Saturday, June 11 marked the dedication of the Rotary Club of Brunswick's plaque recognizing Holbrook Wharf as a unique and historical location in the MidCoast of Maine. The Brunswick Pride Committee of the Rotary Club have been identifying and recognizing those places that make our Midcoast area special and unique since 2000, and this is the 10th location to be so honored. In the photo, President Sue Chadima (left) endures the rain during the dedication ceremonies.

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Brunswick Rotarians Connie Hartley and Carol Taylor enjoy a moment at the 19th hole of the Big Brother Big Sister golf tournament this summer.
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Lauren Kennedy and Stacia Brezinski, both seniors at Brunswick High School were honored recently by the Brunswick Rotary, for their "diligence and persistence in community service". Rotary Club representative Valerie Campbell noted that both students exemplify Rotary's commitment to service above self.
 
Brezinski was described by her guidance counselor Mike Halmo a great choice for this recognition. She is involved in the Youth Advocacy Group, Gay Straight ALliance, The Theatre project, Midcoast Chapter of the American Red Cross, to name a few.
 
Kennedy is also exemplary in her community involvement.  She volunteers at Mid Coast Hospital, the Coastal Humane Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Curtis Memorial LIbrary, and has spent countless hours working as a mentor for a an underpriveleged youth.
 
Both Students were also selected as one of 40 students to train with the Center for Preventing Hate.  As student leaders their role is to  raise awareness on how to prevent hate and violence in their school and community.
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Ashley Dufresne and Matt Stasinowsky, both seniors at Region Ten Technical High School, were recognized at Brunswick Rotary for their diligence and persistence in community service.  Valerie Campbell, shown with Dufresne and Stasinowsky, noted that both students exemplify Rotary's commitment to service above self.

Ashley Dufresne of Brunswick High School and Matt Stasinowsky from Freeport High School both find time in busy high school and work schedules to volunteer in their communities.  Dufresne, a student in the Region Ten Marketing program, volunteers at school flu clinics, has chaperoned a field trip to Boston for students with special needs, and is currently organizing a school fund raiser for Make-A-Wish foundation.  "When I see that smile on a kid's face," she explained, "that makes it all worthwhile." 

Stasinowsky studies Firefighting at Region Ten.  He recently earned firefighter status as a volunteer with the Pownal Fire Department and also helps with fundraising with the Pownal Fire Company.  Sundays, he helps clean stalls and care for horses at a local horse rescue farm. Both students plan to go on to college, Dufresne in medicine and Stasinowsky in education.  Valerie Campbell, Brunswick Rotary's Student Recognition Coordinator, awarded Dufresne and Stasinowsky with plaques recognizing their commitment to community service.

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Brunswick resident Emily Marsh spoke at our August 23, 2010 meeting about her exchange student experiences in South America.
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