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Happy Spring!


The long nights are over, the long days are here, along with more bird song, warmer sun and even early flowers, my brave snowdrop flowers are even blooming.


When you think of Spring, what is your first thought that comes to mind?  ONIONS!!!  Of course, ONIONS!!  If you are a Boothbay Harbor Rotarian spring means onions.  And, lucky us, Doug Harley has agreed to chair the annual Rotary Onion Sale.  So, sweet vidalia onions fresh from Georgia, USA.  You get 25 lbs for only $28.00.  I know all your family and friends missed them last year.  This year they will buy double the onions.  Call or email Doug Harley by April 26th at 207-315-6642 or   Or email the club at  These onions keep really well, I used my last onion six months after I purchased them.


What a fun meeting we had last Thursday.  We met Emily Griffin who works for a software company called “Toast”.  She is also a certified yoga instructor and a Ayurveda counselor.  She shared her passion about two very different pathways.  We got to learn about them both.


Deb Graves joined us last week too, from her room at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She is doing well and looking great.  She would love funny cards from us.  Remember, laughter is the best medicine.


Deb Graves

Room 6A15

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

75 Francis St

Boston, Ma  02115


This week we are meeting Della Hahn.  She is a junior at Boothbay Region High School who sailed on Schooner Harvey Gamage last fall in the “Semester at Sea” program.  Sure sounds like fun to me. We will also hear from the Interact Club about their Walk-a-Thon project.  Don’t miss it, it should be another fun meeting.


Good News!  The 2021 Grand Opening of the Rotary Club Barn is scheduled for Saturday April 3rd.  Wow, another sign of Spring.  Of course, if we get a snowstorm or something, we’ll move it to another Saturday.  Currently the plan is that the Rotary Barn will be open every Saturday from 8:30-11:00 am. Laurie and Debbie have been working hard organizing it.  Just wait till you see it, just gorgeous.  We love volunteers, contact if you want to help out some Saturday.  We are also accepting donations now, especially household goods, tools and collectibles.  We have room for some furniture, but we are no longer accepting books.  Call Deb Graves at 207-380-3550 to arrange a pickup or delivery.


More Good News!  Our Rotary Foundation Global Grant for funding to build toilet facilities for the community of Nakigalala, Uganda has been approved. The International Committee wrote the grant and the club pledged $2000.00.  Through the magic of Rotary the total grant will be for $50,167.00  All Rotary Grants require a local partner, not hard to do because there are over 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world.  All projects must also be self-sustaining, which the developers of this project addressed in several ways.  World wide availability of clean water and adequate sanitation is a goal of the Rotary Foundation.  We were delighted to partner with Juliet Kykunda of the Kajjjansi, Uganda Rotary Club to further this goal.  Thank you to all the local clubs, Damariscotta-Newcastle, Bath Sunrise, Brunswick, Freeport and others who also contributed to this project.  


Thank you Vic Taylor, Judi White and John Welch for attending the virtual Maine Food Convergence Conference.  They were pleased to meet other organizations working on Food Security in the state making it easier to work together to address this issue.


The Maine/Spain Rotary Exchange committee had a very fruitful meeting last week.  They are planning a visit to Marcus Packard’s Rotary Club in Reus, Spain when it is safe to travel.  Then, the Reus, Spain club will visit Boothbay Harbor.  Should be fun.  Everyone is brushing up on their Catalan, since that is the language spoken in Reus.


Hope to see you Thursday.   Irene