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Welcome to our Club!
South Berwick-Eliot

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Berwick Academy
Academy Street
Cafeteria Building
South Berwick, ME 03908
United States of America
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Past District Governor Claudia Frost visited our club at the end of August to present President Tom Harmon with a Rotary Citation our club earned for meeting almost all of its 2022-23 goals for service to our community and beyond.  Only a handful of clubs in the district earned this Citation for excellence.  Congratulations to our hard-working, fun-loving club and president!
 Rotarian Robin Wheeler (right) presents a check for over $8000 to Sydney Mosher, one of the co-founders of Camp Kita in Maine.
 
Rotarians and Their Neighbors Raise Funds for Camp Kita
 
When one of our club meeting speakers talked to the members of the South Berwick – Eliot Rotary Club this past year, Rotarian Robin Wheeler, who had a friend whose band, Under Cover, wanted to donate an evening of dance music towards a Rotary fundraiser for a good cause, decided that this was the cause we should all support.  The speaker, Isaiah Mosher, was one of the co-founders of Camp Kita, a summer camp for young survivors of suicide of a loved one, which has been offering one-week overnight camping experiences free of charge for the past 10 years.  Rotarian Erica Place had heard about this worthwhile program and their plans to soon establish a permanent camp in Alton, ME to be able to increase services to the community, so she invited the Camp’s co-founders to inspire the club members to help.  And that is just what happened.  A dance was held at the Regatta Room in Eliot in April and the band was hot and the town members there were on the dance floor all night long!  Robin and Erica organized a silent auction and there was a 50/50 raffle.  When all the donations were accounted for, the South Berwick – Eliot Rotary Club was able to present a check for over $8000 to Camp Kita at their club meeting on July 13th.   Other major sponsors of the event were Pelkey Funeral Home and Kennebunk Savings Bank where Erica is a branch manager.   Sydney Mosher was on hand to receive the check and updated the club on Camp Kita.
 
Sydney and her siblings, survivors themselves, have 75 campers coming this year (there is a huge waiting list).  Camp is free of charge to the campers and this year they are renting a camp in Belgrade, Maine.  They are in the process of building their “forever home” in Acton, where they hope to offer more camperships, programs for adults (currently the age range is 8-17) and other groups.  Camp consists of the normal summer camp activities plus peer group therapy each day, mentoring, crisis management, sessions about living with grief in more productive ways, and is staffed by mental health and other professionals along with camp counselors and staff.  For now it is a one-week-long camp experience once per summer.  Once they have the place of their own, they will be able to service many more people of all ages.  To her knowledge, this is the only camp of this kind in the country and there is a great need for it.  Campers come from Maine, New Hampshire and beyond.  Many return each year until they age out.  However, they can return after they turn 21 if they wish to be counselors.  By the way, did you know that KITA means "listens" in Abenaki?
 
We are so happy to have helped this invaluable program and are thankful for all the community members and sponsors who supported this effort. 
 
 
 
We are delighted to welcome Eliot citizen and civic activist Jocelyne Gregg.  Come join our Club along with Jocelyne - she's a fascinating lady and the rest of the group is a lot of fun, too.
 
This year we decided to do our electronics recycling fundraiser by joining forces with the Marshwood Education Foundation, which is a grass roots parents and educators organization that provides mini-grants to educators for projects that teachers would love to see happen at their schools.  By sharing the work and the publicity we Rotarians were able to get to know better the parents in town who are extremely involved in their schools, as well as the teachers who helped out on the project, too.  Using an electronics recycling company, friends and neighbors from around town brought their unwanted electronics and electrical devices and paid a fee for our helping them get these recycled, and our organizations, in turn, split the earnings from that Saturday morning.  The funds we received will go towards our scholarship fund.  We also had available our Rotary pamphlet and information cards for those who might be interested in joining us.  We are always eager to have folks join us!  

 
Club members Richard Donhauser and Helen Goransson were part of a delegation of 7 Rotarians from the district to visit Zambia during February and March to investigate potential future projects we can get involved in, as well as to see the results of the global grant "Healthy Learners" which we helped make happen and which is now a nationally-accepted program in Zambia.  What a memorable experience and we expect some exciting initiatives will arise from this experience.  They also got to enjoy the game preserve in Chobe, Botswana and the magnificent Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia.  Richard was the team leader and he did an admirable job!
 
 
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBER, ERICA PLACE, FROM THE ELIOT BRANCH OF KENNEBUNK SAVINGS BANK (Pictured here with our Membership Chair, Stan Shapleigh)
 
Rotarian Mike Lassel delivers masks to the South Berwick Fire and Rescue Department.  Pictured are Firefighter Cam McLean, Fire Chief Joe Rousselle, and Rotarian Mike.  The Rotary District distributed thousands of masks, including the South Berwick - Eliot Rotary Club which has provided 3000 masks during this last campaign.  Well done, Rotarians!
 
Meals for Crossroads House Residents
 
Thanks to Rotary District providing funds to our club to do something worthwhile for our community during these trying times, we passed along ours to our Marshwood High Interact Club who continued to meet this summer to provide meals to residents of Crossroads House in Portsmouth, NH.  At least twice during the summer the group worked together to make sandwiches and deliver them to Portsmouth.  Rotarians and Interact-ers are certainly people of action who help others, and by the looks of these photos they do it happily!
 
We are delighted to have Mary Onken and Amy Miller join our jolly group of do-gooders.  Mary is a retired school teacher and national official of track and field, and Amy is a writer and major community volunteer and also an active booster for the Life and Hope school project in Haiti.  Both have already shown their true colors in volunteerism even in our club's activities.  WE ARE SO GLAD TO WELCOME THEM!
 
South Berwick artist Lena Ugren has joined the South Berwick - Eliot Rotary Club and we are delighted to welcome her energy and enthusiasm to our group.  President Richard Donhauser showered her with Rotary Club shirts, hat, and new member items.    We look forward to working together with you, Lena, for the good of our community and the world projects we undertake.  WELCOME!
 
 
 
Winners of the 2019 Geography Quiz Night:  Bondgarden Team with the help of Interact Club (Jay Whitesell, Cam Oberg, Karen Grant, Doug Grant)
 
More details and photos to come, but rumor has it that we made well over $6000 for the Global Grant in Zambia to bring health services to local schools, promoting healthy families and lives for that country.
 
Great job, everyone!
The South Berwick - Eliot Rotary Club is proud to welcome another Interact Club.   Our successful and active Interact Club at Marshwood High School, led this year by enthusiastic advisors Grace Jacobs and Carolyn Maugher and a team of hard-working officers, has provided community and global service in many ways and we are so proud of them.  This year, Berwick Academy in South Berwick chartered its service club to join the ranks of the Rotary Interact clubs.  Advisor Jen Onken and a group of approximately 100 students are out and about serving the community and helping in global projects all year long.  Now they are also benefiting from the support of our Rotary club to broaden their experiences, including taking part in the Interact United Nations trip and sending students this coming June to the next session for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp in Raymond, Maine.
 
Pictured below, from left to right, Rotary Interact Club liaison and past president Skip Cousens, co-presidents Greta Lincoln and Robin Orr, and current club president Richard Donhauser, presenting their charter to Berwick Academy.
 
 
OUR INTERACT CLUBS VISIT THE BIG APPLE
 
Our Rotary district organized a trip for Interact club members to travel to NYC to visit the United Nations, take in a Broadway show, see some sights, and get to know one another over a couple of days in early November.  Our two Interact clubs, Marshwood and newly chartered Berwick Academy, sent a total of 8 students, and President Richard Donhauser was one of the lucky chaperones!  Based on their heartfelt thank you notes, everyone had a fabulous time and came away with new ideas and new friends.
 
BRANDON ELSEMORE JOINS THE CLUB
 
We officially welcomed our newest member, Brandon Elsemore.  He is a realtor, parent, civic-minded and creative, and he has already helped the club on a few of our projects.  We are thankful for members like Brandon!
 
In August we were delighted to welcome members of the late David Burke's family.  David was a beloved Rotarian in our club and we miss him dearly.  His family, Tracey Hovan and his two children Riley and Kayla Burke, presented a donation of $1000 to the club with the message, "Thank you for all the work you do.  Dave was a very proud member.  Please use these funds in any way you see fit."  Knowing how inspired David was by the young people in our Marshwood Interact club and the enthusiasm with which he supported their endeavors, our board voted to use the donation to fund RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) students attending that leadership camp next summer.   This past June, our club supported 3 students who benefited from this multi-day leadership experience which has always been life-transforming for those who attend.  Thank you, Tracey, Riley and Kayla.  We appreciate your generosity!
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Membership Chairman
Past President
Rotary Foundation Chair
Community Fundraising
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Interact Advisor
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Club Protection Officer
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Captain At Arms