Speaker Date Topic
Donna Strickler Sep 24, 2018
Somerset/Kennebec CASTLE (Coalition Against Sex and Labor Trafficking and Exploitation)
Somerset/Kennebec CASTLE (Coalition Against Sex and Labor Trafficking and Exploitation)

Donna Strickler has been the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center for over 23 years and has served in many capacities relating to sexual violence prevention and intervention, she brought the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program to Maine and participated in legislation to ensure victims received the victim centered approach of forensic medical exams offered through this program, which is now considered best practice throughout the state.  Donna has also participated in many local and national board, organizations and collaborative's relating to violence prevention, including chairing the Kennebec & Somerset Counties Sex & Labor Trafficking task force, Coalition Against Sex Trafficking & Labor Exploitation (C.A.S.T.L.E) She led the formation of the Children's Advocacy Center Program of Kennebec & Somerset Counties, which became the first accredited center in the state, this program provides comprehensive forensic interviews, wrap around free support services and a true multi-disciplinary team approach for child victims of sexual abuse and their families. 

Rotary: People of Action Oct 01, 2018
GALA Details/Committee Meetings
The Party of the Century Oct 06, 2018
Centennial Gala
NO MEETING - Columbus Day Oct 08, 2018
Recover from Gala
Steve Kahl Oct 15, 2018
The Economics of Solar Power
The Economics of Solar Power

Steve is Associate Professor of Science at Thomas College.  He is the host of Power for the People on WERU-FM, a call-in energy radio show and he writes the monthly Sustainability Minute which is distributed by Thomas College, SMMC, and WERU-FM.  He speaks regularly around the state on energy and environmental issues

As founding director of both the Senator George Mitchell Center for Environmental Research at UMaine and the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University, Steve was a research scientist and program director for many years.  He has been awarded more than $26 million in grants and contracts at UMaine and PSU and at the various non-profits for which he has served on boards or as executive director.   Steve was the director of the US EPA acid rain research program in the northeast United States from 1983 to 2011 and continues to participate in this research, which is now run by one of his former graduate students at UMaine.

Steve’s areas of expertise are energy policy and technology, water resources, and environmental science.  He teaches the environmental, sustainability, and geology courses at Thomas.  He has a BA in Zoology, MS in Geology, and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine.

Randy Cross Oct 22, 2018
Maine Bear Biologist
State Senator Eric Brakey Oct 29, 2018
Experiences in the Maine Senate
Experiences in the Maine Senate

Senator Eric Brakey represents the people of Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls in the Maine State Senate. A libertarian Republican, Eric Brakey was first elected to office at the age of 26, which made him the youngest State Senator in Maine and America.

Recently, the Bangor Daily News called Senator Brakey as "one of the Legislature's most absolute gun-rights supporters" for championing Maine's Constitutional Carry law, passed in 2015, which allows all law-abiding people in Maine to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

As Senate Chairman for the Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Brakey is also known as leader on issues of welfare reform, healthcare freedom and medical cannabis.


Rotary: People of Action Nov 05, 2018
November is Foundation Month!/Committee Meetings
NO MEETING - Veterans Day Nov 12, 2018
Bev Uhlenhake, Bangor Rotary Club Nov 19, 2018
Rotary Puerto Rico Water Project
Joseph Edwards Nov 26, 2018
Alliance for Maine
Alliance for Maine

Joe Edwards is a graduate of MIT and the Yale Law School who served as Maine’s Insurance Superintendent from 1987-1991.  He was instrumental in reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system and since his departure from state government has administered a number of self-insurance trusts in Maine as well as consulted nationally on insurance legislation.

He is a member of the Maine Bar, the President of the Alliance for Maine, and holds the CPCU, CLU, CEBS, and ChFC professional designations.  He has lived in Readfield, Maine for over 30 years.

Rotary: People of Action Dec 03, 2018
Club Assembly - review of first half of our year
Shannon Haines Dec 10, 2018
Downtown Arts Center
Downtown Arts Center

Shannon Haines was hired as the president and CEO of Waterville Creates! in October of 2016. From 2012 to 2016, Shannon served as the executive director of the Maine Film Center and as the director of the Maine International Film Festival from 2002 to 2017. Shannon was the executive director of Waterville Main Street from March of 2003 through October of 2012, during which time she oversaw $1 million in downtown revitalization grant programs, the creation of Common Street Arts and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market, and numerous community events such as Kringleville and Harvest Fest. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Japanese from Middlebury College. In 2008, she was named in Maine Biz’s “Next List” of top 10 individuals shaping the Maine economy and was presented with the Ken Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation. She was presented with the Downtown Visionary award by the Maine Downtown Center in 2012.


Earl Smith, Author Dec 17, 2018
"Water Village" - the History of Waterville
"Water Village" - the History of Waterville

A native of Waterville, Earl Smith graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in journalism in 1962 when he began a 40 year career at Colby where he served in numerous administrative capacities including Dean of Students, Dean of the College, Secretary of the Corporation and as assistant to three Colby presidents.

He retired in 2002 and continues to serve as the college historian. His public service includes elected terms on the Waterville City Council and the Board of Education, and as a Representative to the Maine Legislature. He served as member and chair of the board of Mid-Maine Medical Center and the Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation, and as a Governor of the Colby Art Museum. 

He has received the Marriner Distinguished Service Award at Colby, the Bernard King Award at KVCC, and the Human Rights Award from the Elijah Lovejoy Society in St. Louis.

Smith has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, and is the author of six books including Mayflower Hill, a history of Colby College, and With the Help of Friends, a history of the Colby Art Museum. His novels include The Dam Committee, a comic Maine murder-mystery, and its sequel, More Dam Trouble. His most recent novel, Head of Falls (North Country Press, 2016) is a work of historical fiction, set in the Maine city of Waterville in the mid-1950s. Water Village, a history of Waterville, is his latest work.



NO MEETING - Christmas Eve Day Dec 24, 2018
NO MEETING - New Year's Eve Dec 31, 2018
Rotary: People of Action Jan 07, 2019
PR/Marketing with Nate/Committee Meetings
NO MEETING: Martin Luther King Breakfast Jan 14, 2019
Rotary: People of Action Feb 05, 2019
International Services with Alice/Committee Meetings
Miranda Phelps, Psy.D. Feb 11, 2019
School for Social Work in Haiti
NO MEETING - President's Day Feb 18, 2019
Rotary: People of Action Mar 04, 2019
Early Literacy with Tina/Committee Meetings