Program Chair: Bob Schott
Sep 27, 2023
Greeter: Dan Hart
Classification Talk
Oct 04, 2023
Greeter: John Griffith
Program Chair: Warren Spencer
Oct 11, 2023
Greeter: Tina Fox
Program Chair: Chris Summers
Oct 18, 2023
Greeter: Tally Decato
Program Chair: Val Weston
Oct 25, 2023
Greeter: Curtis Cole
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Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
As we  honor our Students of the Month, we always ask if any of them still have their dictionaries we gave them back when they were in 3rd grade, and many of them still do!  We delivered dictionaries to all of the elementary schools in SAD 17.  This year, there are 211 students who will receive a dictionary. This is a project that all club members enjoy participating in by handing them out directly to the students and talking to them about Rotary and the dictionaries. One thing the kids always like to find is the longest word in the English language! A few years ago, we named the Dictionary Project in honor of Mary Lou Burns, a long time teacher and administrator in SAD 17 and a Rotarian for many years who was instrumental in starting this project. Since we started donating dictionaries back in 2004, to date we have given out 4,704! 
August Rotary Theme: Membership and New Club Development--Impact starts with our members--people like you who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change--across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
At Club meetings in communities across the globe, our people of action come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and the commitment to improving lives.
Our Mission statement: The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills is a diverse group of service-oriented men and women providing hands-on and financial support within our community and beyond.  We exemplify "Service Above Self" while encouraging high ethical standards, enjoying fellowship and promoting world understanding, peace and goodwill.
Remember our Membership Challenge!  The board has challenged each member to propose a new member during this Rotary year.  Have you proposed your member yet?? Someone invited you, now it's your turn to share Rotary!  Each one, bring one!
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Oxford Hills

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
1st Congregational Church
17 East Main Street
South Paris, ME 04281
United States of America
We are currently meeting in-person, following Covid guidelines under the direction of the Church requirements. We also have Zoom available. Please contact Tina Fox for a link if interested.
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Our weekly Club meeting for Wed 9/13/23 has been canceled to allow Club members to be at the Oxford Fair running the ticket booth and parking duties.  Oxford Fair runs Wed 9/13-Sat 9/16/23. Come support the Oxford Fair!
Ready for some Cornhole?? New location this year! It'll be held on Sun 9/3 from 11-4 at Ripley & Fletcher Ford parking lot, 80 Main Street, South Paris (next to Norway Soft Serve). (rain date 9/4)  Doubles Only. $20/team for Social Teams, $30/team for Advanced Teams.  LOTS of prizes! Fun, food & a beer garden! Special thanks to ALL our sponsors!  Proceeds to benefit our local senior citizens and Veteran's programs.  FMI contact Dave Preble 207-890-6794.
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member, Jeff Noblin.  Jeff’s classification will be Hospital Administrator.  Jeff has been a Rotarian for 20 years, and his dad was also a Rotarian.  He is the newly appointed President of Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Maine Health.  He comes from West Virginia and is currently living in Norway. His wife and 2 teenage daughters will be joining him once the school year ends.  Congratulations and welcome to OH Rotary Jeff!  
Shown L to R:, New member Jeff Noblin and sponsor, Club President George Rice performing the induction ceremony and presenting him with his badge and mug.
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member, David Knox.  David’s classification will be Fire Chief.  David is the new Chief of the Norway Fire Department.  He lives in South Paris with his wife, Liz and their 5 dogs. Congratulations and welcome to OH Rotary David!  
Shown L to R: Club President Beth Abbott performing the induction ceremony and presenting him with his badge and mug, Chief David Knox and club sponsor, Liz Knox. 
- The Oxford Hills Rotary Club was recently presented with a ‘Thank You’ note filled with signatures from Oxford Hills Middle School South Campus Students and Staff for their gift - a $1000 donation. The Oxford Hills Rotary Club recently presented a donation of $1000 to the school’s Food Pantry Program. 
Oxford Hills Middle School South Campus‘ Advisory Groups Reps, Food Pantry Program Coordinator Shauna Cummings and Principal Jessica McGreevy accept Oxford Hills Rotary Club’s financial donation to booster their school’s Food Pantry Program. This donation was presented by Oxford Hills Rotary Club President Elect Beth Abbott, Youth Services Director Tina Fox and Vocational Service Director Dan Hart.
2nd photo represents a THANK YOU presentation (left to right) by Advisory Group Reps Avery Marston and Riley Pulkkinen to Oxford Hills Rotary Club Rotarians Dan Hart, Beth Abbott and Tina Fox.
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member, Mike Carter.  Mike’s classification will be Minister.  Mike is a teacher at Poland Regional High School as well as minister of the First Congregational Church of South Paris.  He lives in South Paris with his wife, Jo-Ellen. Congratulations and welcome to OH Rotary Mike!   
Shown L to R: Sponsor Curtis Cole, new member Mike Carter and Club President George Rice performing the induction ceremony and presenting him with his badge and mug.
It's time again for our Annual Lobsters for Scholars raffle. Tickets are on sale now for $40 with only 75 sold! Winner Winner, Lobster Dinner! Who wants tickets? Message us here, contact George Rice at 207.890.3122 or contact your favorite OH Rotarian! All proceeds benefit our Scholarship Fund, as we award 7-$1,000 scholarships to Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School graduating seniors.  Drawing will be held May 31, 2023.  Thank you for your support!!
Oxford Hills Rotary Club members spent time on Sat. April 22nd for Earth Day doing roadside cleanup along Route 118 along Penneseewasee Lake in Norway.  Many interesting items were found, including a deer carcass!  Please help keep our community clean and trash free.  Rotarians are People of Action, why not join?  
Shown L to R: Becky Kaurup, Paul Thornfeldt, John Griffith, Dave and Becky Preble, Beth Abbott and photo taken by Peter Kaurup, Community Service Director.
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member, Alisha Berry.  Alisha’s classification will be Mortgage Originator. Alisha lives in South Paris with her son and they love to spend time together doing anything baseball.  Congratulations and welcome to OH Rotary Alisha!  
The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills recently participated in the 2nd Annual Bowling with the Businesses fundraiser.  All monies raised were donated to Cents for Kids, a program in the Oxford Hills School District to help fund athletic equipment and other needs for students in the area.  Our Team included Lindsay Fox, Tina Fox, Peter Kaurup and Becky Kaurup.  Even tho we didn’t place in the top 3 teams out of a total of 33 teams, our team had fun, and that’s #5 of the 4 Way Test, to Have Fun!!
Just a reminder, tickets for our 1st Chili & Chowder event are all PRESOLD, so if you're thinking of waiting till the event, it'll be too late! $12 for either a fish chowder or chili to go. Who wants tickets? For tickets, contact President Elect Beth Abbott at 207-461-2334. All proceeds go to help fund our 7-$1,000 scholarships to OHCHS graduates! Thank you for your support!
In honor of January being Vocational Service month, the Oxford Hills Rotary Club has invited guest speakers to come to our meetings and share their vocation with the members.  Each speaker is thanked and presented a framed certificate of appreciation.  Recently, Newly Retired Norway Fire Chief Dennis Yates shared his vocation and said he has worked for the Norway FD for 48 years, serving as chief for the last 13 years.  Dennis said he had used the Rotary 4 Way Test, but never knew where it had come from!
MSAD 17 Interim Superintendent Heather Manchester spoke about her extensive education background, both as a teacher and an administrator.  We’re hoping ‘interim’ gets dropped soon and she is hired as our full time Superintendent.  
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member, Leanna Bowie. Leanna’s classification will be Insurance-Marketing as she is employed at WJ Wheeler Insurance in South Paris where she is the Marketing Manager. Congratulations and welcome to OH Rotary Leanna! Shown here receiving her pin, info and Rotary mug presented by President George Rice and sponsor, Curtis Cole.
The Oxford Hills Rotary Club recently presented Joe Galletta, who is celebrating 10 years as Owner of Ripley & Fletcher Ford, with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  A Paul Harris Fellow is an award with a $1,000 donation being made to The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, and is named after the founding Rotarian, Paul Harris, in 1905, to someone who exemplifies Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”.   The award was made due to Joe’s interest and dedication to the Rotary Club by providing time for employees like Glenn Huntley and Connor Burnam to participate in club activities.  He has, over the years supported OH Rotary Club’s fundraisers by purchasing tickets for Lobsters, buying cheese wheels, and especially donating used vehicles for the Annual Auction/Yard Sale.  Joe truly epitomizes the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”.  Shown L to R: Glenn Huntley, member sponsor, Joe Galletta, newest PHF, and President George Rice.   Congratulations Joe!
Please plan to join us Thursday, 10/27/22 at Honey Badger in Oxford. Pints for Polio=$1.00 per adult beverage will be donated towards Rotary's "End Polio Now" Campaign. Please come and invite all your friends! Special thanks to Honey Badger for hosting and their willingness to do this donation!
It's time for our annual Rotary Cheese Wheel sale. Each wheel is 2 lbs of Cabot Sharp Cheese made in Cabot, Vt.   Price is $20 per wheel and can be purchased from your favorite OH Rotarian.  All proceeds go to support our Dictionary, May Day Play Day and Scholarship projects. Thanks for your support!
A special THANK YOU to Community Concepts and John Williams from Williams Broadcasting for their help hosting and recording this podcast.  You can click on the link and it will take you (hopefully!) to Community....What a Concept" site.  Then scroll down until you find the podcast titled "Rotary Club of Oxford Hills Spotlight" http://www.ccimaine.org/podcast.  You can also find the direct link on any podcast platform (Apple, Google, Spotify, etc)  Hope you enjoy it and learn a bit about Oxford Hills Rotary! (recorded 8.17.22)
To sign-up please contact Dave Preble via email at preb@roadrunner.com or text 207-890-6794.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all our sponsors!  See you at the Oxford Fair and let's play some Cornhole!!
Join us for a Rotary Cornhole Tournament to be held at the Oxford County Fair, 67 Pottle Road, Oxford, ME on Saturday, Sept. 17th, noon to 4:00.  *registration starts at 11 am *Doubles only* Advanced Teams  $30 entry fee* Social Teams $20 entry fee * Double elimination * ACA Rules of Play * Using Scoreholio app * Air Mail Contest * Over $1400 in prizes * All proceeds to benefit Senior Citizen and Veteran Programs * FMI  contact Dave Preble at 207-890-6794. 
THANK YOU to our sponsors: Edward Jones, Ameriprise Financial, Ripley & Fletcher Ford, Hannaford of Oxford, Austin Associates, Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Casino, Record Lumber, Oxford NAPA, Reid's Service Center, Norway Brewing Co., 290 Main Street, The Lake Store, Twin Town Homes, WOXO Radio.
The 2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year Recipient has been a past president, long time board member, and an active member with many of our club’s activities and community service projects. 
He is an active member of our club’s Scholarship Selection Committee and Membership Committee. He always responds and participates in all of our club’s community service activities - whether it’s to help set up and/or take down our club’s tents, preparing and serving food at the OHCHS Senior Class Picnic Day, working at our annual Auction/Yard Sale Day, and helping prep and serve with our club’s annual Lobster Drive-Thru Dinner.  
This member’s biggest role with our club’s community service projects is with the SAD 17 Grade 3 Dictionaries Project. As chair of this project, he orders dictionaries, arranges distribution and assists with dictionaries presentations, to all 3rd Graders at MSAD 17’s eight elementary schools. 
His biggest role and service with our club is that of “Club Communicator”. He has served tirelessly as our club secretary for many years. He also designs and sends out our club’s weekly Rotary Reader, taking notes at our weekly club meetings and monthly board meetings, ordering pins, mugs, certificates, and special recognition plaques for club members and community members. He also acts as our agent when filing annual reports with District 7780 and Rotary International. 
The 2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year of the Oxford Hills Rotary Club is John Griffith!!  CONGRATULATIONS! (top photo 2019 ROY Peter Kaurup, John Griffith, and 2020 ROY Dan Hart; middle pic, John with his wife, Shelley; bottom pic John with his special cake)
Oxford Hills Rotary Club is holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 8am to 2pm at Oxford Hills
Comprehensive High School, South Paris, in the bus loop. No auction this year, but there should be
some good bargains at the Yard Sale. If you’d like to bring your own table and join us, for no charge,
please do! We will have a “Fill-A-Bag Sale” for $5.00 from 1-2. BYOB (bring your own BAG). Proceeds
will benefit the many projects OH Rotary supports. FMI contact Paul Thornfeldt, 207-592-4663.
The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills was joined at their breakfast meeting recently to recognize the top 5% of the 2022 graduates of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.  Their future plans and aspirations are extremely admirable! The Club then honored Retiring Principal Ted Moccia with a Paul Harris Fellow Award to thank him for his interest, dedication and support of their Rotary Club over the years, as well as to the entire Oxford Hills community!  A Paul Harris Fellow is an award with a $1,000 donation being made to The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, and is named after the founding Rotarian, Paul Harris, in 1905, to someone who exemplifies Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”.  Congratulations Ted and best wishes on your retirement!
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