Rotary Club of Saco Bay

Rotary Club of Saco Bay

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Duffy's Tavern & Grill
168 Saco Ave
Old Orchard Beach, ME  04064
United States
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In Memoriam : Earlene "Kitty" Ahlquist Chadbourne

Earlene "Kitty" Ahlquist Chadbourne - age: 70
(April 08, 1949 to May 17, 2019 )
Resident of Cumberland, Maine

Visitation Information:
A wake will be held Friday, May 24th from 4-7pm at Dennett-Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 13 Portland Road, Buxton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25th at 11am at the North Saco Congregational Church, 133 Heath Road, Saco with a graveside service at the South Gorham Cemetery on the Burnham Road after the funeral. After the graveside service, a reception for family and friends will be held at Dennett-Craig & Pate.

The family would like to thank the phenomenal caregivers at Home Instead and Northern Light Hospice for their compassioned care for Kitty.

She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Earlene “Kitty” Ahlquist Chadbourne died May 17, 2019, at her home in Cumberland, Maine, after a courageous battle with ALS.
She was born April 8, 1949, the daughter of Earle and Winonah (Bowley) Ahlquist. She grew up in Scarborough and attended the University of Maine at Gorham, where she met Roland Cote. After marrying in 1968, they resided in Sanford and Alfred and raised two sons, Guy and Adam Cote. They were divorced in 1985.

In 1988 she married Theodore “Ted” Chadbourne of Bethel. They were the love of each other’s lives and remained married for over 30 years until the time of her death.

Petite and feminine, Kitty exhibited a deep religious faith and inner strength that guided her through the many adversities in her life. She delighted in a plaque given to her by Guy that quoted Shakespeare: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” It was an apt saying for Kitty, who retained an optimism and loving spirit despite the early loss of her mother, a life-threatening accident, a fatal illness, and many other challenges.

A poet, writer, historian, and artist, Kitty authored a poetry chapbook, the “Pearl Collection,” contributed historic articles for “Scarborough at 350” and “Saco Churches,” and wrote “A Child’s Life 90 Years Ago: Recollections from 1923 to 1946, Scarborough Maine,” based on her interviews with her aunt, Florence Ahlquist Link, and her father, Earle Ahlquist, and published in April 2019.

In 1990 Kitty suffered a serious bicycle accident, which resulted in brain injuries. She retaught herself skills she had lost as a result of the injuries and recorded her experiences in her book, “Parenting Myself: Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury,” published in 2009. During this time, she returned to college and graduated cum laude from Vermont College.

From an early age, Kitty devoted herself to community and church activities, volunteering many hours each week to charitable work and individual acts of kindness. The list of organizations benefiting from her talents and generosity include: Stonecroft’s Christian Women’s Club, Maine Poets Society (served as president), Chadbourne Family Association (president), Maine Nordmenn—Sons of Norway Chapter, Piscataquas Pioneers (president), Saco Bay Rotary (charter member and Paul Harris Fellow), and Dyer Library (board member). She held a number of posts with the Elizabeth Wadsworth, Daughters of the American Revolution—as Regent, State Curator, American History Chairman, State Chaplain, and as a speaker. She also served as Registrar of her local DAR chapter, the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter of Greater Portland.

Kitty’s charitable efforts were well-known, but two of her “projects” were particularly notable. In 1998 she worked with Saco Bay Rotary to sponsor the son of her son’s (Adam) Army interpreter in Bosnia to study at Thornton Academy and later at the University of Maine as a Mitchell Scholar. He later went on and to create a successful web business with offices in both Maine and Bosnia. Additionally, Kitty spent over a dozen years working with DAR to ship homemade cookies to U.S. servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was a kind soul who cared for many.

Her parents predeceased her as did her brother, Philip Ahlquist. Kitty is survived by her husband of 30 years, Ted; her sons, Guy Cote and his wife, Julie, and Adam Cote and his wife, Paulina; her stepmother, Betty Ahlquist; four step-daughters, Deborah (David), Tania, Dori (Russ), and Teri; one stepson, Todd (Kathy) Posey; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Oren Ahlquist and a sister, Lorraine Ahlquist; an uncle, Edward Ahlquist, and many cousins.


From Sheila Rollins, District 7780 Rotaract Chair 2016-2019, Rotary District Governor 2015-16
On behalf of the University of New Hampshire and St. Joseph’s College Rotaract Clubs, thank you, District 7780 for making the Rotaract trip to Puerto Rico possible.  I’m happy to report that we made our goal of $10,000.00.  I would like to acknowledge the 20 Rotary Clubs and one Interact Club that have made a donation including Dover, Kittery, Kittery After Hours, Portsmouth Interact, Portsmouth, Kennebunk Portside, Rochester, Exeter, Bethel, Bridgton, South Portland Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook Gorham, Brunswick, York, Portland Sunrise, Ogunquit, Hampton, Durham, Oxford Hills, and Fryeburg. I would also like to thank the 26 individuals that made personal donation through the “gofundme” site. If your club is interested in hearing about the Puerto Rico trip on our return, we would be thrilled to share the experience. There will be two trips March 10-17th and May 12-18th.  
I am pleased to share with you that our Nominating Committee today nominated Dick Hall of The Rotary Club of Portland to be our District Governor in 2021-22.  Dick first joined Rotary in 1984, when he followed his grandfather and father by joining The Rotary Club of Worcester, MA.  Dick's father (age 96) and his uncle (age 86) are still members of that club.  Dick's father served as Governor of District 7910 in 1987-88.  Dick's sister and his daughter are Rotarians in our district's Westbrook-Gorham and Portland Sunrise clubs.
Keep an eye out for our District Newsletter in December.  I'll formally announce Dick's nomination in that newsletter (as our Bylaws require) and I'll share some of Dick's extensive Rotary resume at that time.
For now, please join me in congratulating Dick on his nomination and thank him for his willingness to serve.
With my best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families,
John LoBosco
District Governor, 2018-19
Rotary District 7780

First Annual Duck Pluck

The First Annual Duck Pluck took place on Sunday 9/30 at Saco Sport and Fitness.  We want to thank everyone that Sponsored, Sold and Adopted some ducks.  We were short of our goal, but at least we have room to grow for next year.  Over 3000 Ducks were adopted.  The winners of the pluck are:
 $   500JoelBassett
 $   250KimBarrett
 $   250LisaBoissonneault
 $     25Phil & LucieHatch
 $     25KimberlyRegoulinsky
 $     25LindaMorin
 $     25Dan Maniery
 $     25BrianPalermo
 $     25Peter & JanineCary
 $     25JenniferSirois & Family
 $     25Joann
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay has a new Clynk fund raiser. We will deliver Clynk bags to you, and pick them up when full. All you need to do is to toss in your used returnable bottles. You can get bags for your picnics, ball games, camps, business, homes or anywhere you have empty bottles. If you would like 1, 2 or 25 bags, please let us know. Your help will be appreciated not only by the Rotary, but also by the many local and international causes that the Rotary helps. Thank you.
June 2019
It is the mission of our club to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthwile enterprise; to encourage and foster the development of aquaintenance as an opportunity for service; to encourage the highest ethical standards in business and professions; to recognize the worthiness of all occupations as a means to serve society; to apply the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace through world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service above self.