Rotary Club of Saco Bay
Rotary Club of Saco Bay

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Saco Island
110 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
United States of America
Upcoming Events

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We are pleased to be involved with the Special Olympics Maine Lobster Dip 2022 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Come one come all to join or to just show your support. You can click on the link to Join the team or Donate to the team.  Be well...
Saco Bay Rotary is on the move again.
The new meeting location is Saco Island - located at 110 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072. For those who may need directions for the meeting or parking, please watch the enclosed video. Yes, it is now part of our ever-expanding YouTube channel, and in the coming months, more content will certainly be added.

Pints for Polio

Saco Bay Rotary is joining forces with a locally-owned brewery to raise funds for Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio from the planet.
Along with Funky Bow Brewery, the club is sponsoring a Pints for Polio fellowship event on Friday, October 15, from 5-8 p.m.
pints-for-polio.png Funky Bow Brewery has agreed to donate $1 per pint sold to Rotary International for their efforts to eliminate polio around the world.
Rotarians from Saco Bay Rotary will be at the brewery on Friday to promote this issue, and they ask for your support and help.
"The venue is great, and we hope a lot of people will be able to join us for food, fun, and the fellowship," said Jeff Slaton, the Fellowship Chair for Saco bay Rotary.  
Then, as almost an afterthought, he added, "the beer's pretty good too."
Funky Bow Brewery, located at 21 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman, is a family-friendly, pet-friendly, outdoor venue.  There are many activities (cornhole, pickleball, disc golf, etc.) and several food options available for those who attend.  Be sure to bring your family, friends, dogs, and lawn chairs, and parking is available at the event.

Greetings District Rotarians,


I am writing to inform you of a very important Rotary Mission in regards to Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Maine.  For the past several weeks, we have been working with the State of Maine EMS, in Augusta, and our neighboring Rotary Districts 7790 and 7810 DG's and DGN's.


Please join me in Thanking PRID (Past RI Director) Dan Mooers, South Portland-Cape Elizabeth RC, for requesting that our District Leadership consider doing what we do best, supporting vaccine initiatives.  PRID Dan, thru his contacts in Augusta and Maine,  learned of the need by the State of ME EMS, for iPads and refrigerators.  The iPads for registration consistency, efficiency, and security and the refrigerators for single storage of the vaccines.

We have been tasked to support the EMS agencies, certified by the State for Covid-19 distribution, utilizing the RC's of those local EMS's, to provide financial support for them to purchase the necessary equipment.  These EMS agencies will initially be vaccinating 1st Responders.


Our District Finance Committee approved $10K ($7K for ME/$3K for NH), as did our neighboring Districts, to support our local RC's in financing the needed iPads and refrigerators.  We may not be able to cover all the cost, but will do what we can.  

 DGE Richard Hall and I are coordinating this effort for our District.

Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions or concerns.


As important, is that the ME Emergency Management is looking for volunteers to help with their vaccine efforts.  While they primarily need medical personnel, they will more than likely be needing other volunteers, in a hands-on capacity, as they roll-out the larger scale vaccination clinics.


To volunteer, Rotarians may go to the following website :

FYI, I have registered at this website as an RN.  It took me about 20mins. to complete as I did not have all the information they requested at my fingertips.  Medical & Nursing Personnel, To expedite the registration process, have in hand your license #, licensing/certification dates, and employer/supervisor contact information.

Non-medical volunteers are to also register at this website.

Also, another way to volunteer is to register with your local hospital Covid-19 Response Team as a "vaccinator" or volunteer.  This took me only a few minutes to apply.


 Our preparedness to help in any way was clearly expressed to Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the ME CDC.  He acknowledged that communities "trust and respect Rotary" and why he feels confident that we will be able to help in many capacities, including working with our communities to educate and increase utilization of the vaccines.

DGE Dick Hall and I will inform you of requested volunteer opportunities.


Truly, and Without a Doubt, "Rotary Opens Opportunities"

Peggy Belanger

DG 2020 - 2021/D7780

From Rotary International Web site
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.


Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on 22 January that their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication, will continue. Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.

In a video address at the 2020 Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, Bill Gates told incoming district governors that the partnership with Rotary needs to continue.

“The Gates Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Rotary has been vital to fighting polio,” Gates said. “That’s why we’re extending our funding match, so every dollar that Rotary raises is met with two more.”

He added, “I believe that together, we can make eradication a reality.”

The funding will support polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, technical assistance, and operational support for immunization activities.

The partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation has yielded $2 billion, and Rotarians have given countless volunteer hours to fight polio since Rotary started its PolioPlus program in 1985.

Be a part of the fight to end polio and have your donation matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit to learn more and donate.

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
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.
January 2022
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.