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Skip Krehling Will Be Missed
Last week’s Rotary meeting was all about saying goodbye to one dear friend and welcoming back others.
We started off the meeting with a moment of silence for Skip Kreahling, who died last week. Skip was a long-time member of the club and served as our club president in 2007-08. He was also active at the District level, serving as Assistant Governor, as a member of the District Finance Committee, and as District Treasurer. He will be missed.
During the meeting, members reminisced about Skip: He was one of the “Three Amigos” who started the “make an offer” area at the Annual Auction, and could haggle like crazy over a few dollars. He and Sue started the book program by which we honor speakers by giving a book in their name to the Memorial Library. He traveled with Vic Taylor and Foster Stroup to the Gulf to do rebuilding after Katrina. He was an incredible woodworker and made beautiful cribbage boards for the Community Center as well as ice-cream scoops for our silent auctions. He repaired numerous things for the auction, always with an eye to perfection. He rebuilt a birdhouse for Mike Pollard so beautifully that Mike and Penny decided it was too good for the birds and now they keep it inside.
When he and Sue moved to the region from Pennsylvania and bought their property on Linekin Bay (from a relative of Bob Jacobson), they hired Neil Ames to tear down the summer cottage on the property and build their year-round home. Instead, the Rotary club moved the old cottage to Camp Knickerbocker, where it is now the arts and crafts lodge. In the end, Camp K got a building; the Rotary club got a project, and Skip got a tax deduction. As Sue liked to say: “Our house IS a Rotary project.”
Friends of Thai Daughters
We also welcomed our speakers from Friends of Thai Daughters back to the Clubhouse.
Jane McBride and Patty Zinkowski, the co-founders and inspiration behind Friends of Thai Daughters, first visited the club in 2006. At that time they brought with them several “daughters,” Thai girls in danger of being trafficked who, through the support of the Friends program, were instead safely in high school and facing bright futures. That first generation of girls are now educated women, living in Thailand and beyond. On this trip, Jane and Patty were joined by Dao, a young “daughter” who is interning as sous chef this summer at Topside Inn, and Jenny Flamenhoff, who is working with the program to help build a new “Sunflower House” for the girls.
They generously thanked us for our support and invited us to join Friends of Thai Daughters on Saturday, July 31, for their “Sweet Sixteen” party. Check it out and register:
Don’t know what to wear now that we’re getting out and about more? We are ordering tee shirts for our Barn workers (Rotarian and non-) and polo shirts for all who want them. They are available in short and long sleeves, men’s and women’s cuts, and in various colors. The price is $30, slightly more for larger sizes. Contact Marty Helman to choose your color and style and order your shirt.
Boothbay Region Health Center
This coming Thursday we will hear from Boothbay Region Health Center. Andy Zuber, PA and Primary Care Provider, Kandace Zuber, RN and Practice Manager, and Whitney Tranchemontagne, FNP and Primary Care Provider, will provide an update on the center. They will also be answering your questions about the opportunities and challenges of providing independent local primary care for year-round residents, seasonal residents, employees, and visitors to the Boothbay Region. Please join us!