Nov 02, 2016
Program Chair: John Griffith
Greeter:Curtis Cole
Nov 09, 2016
Students of the Month
Greeter: Mary Lou Burns
Nov 16, 2016
Program Chair: Tally Decato
Greeeter: Rachel Brown
Nov 23, 2016
Program Chair: Glenn Huntley
Greeter: Dan Allen
Nov 30, 2016
Program Chair: Trish Logan
Greeter: Beth Abbott
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Every 3rd Thursday of the month, we have 2 members volunteer to help out at the Progress Center Community Free Dinners.  It's a great way to give back to the Oxford Hills Community!
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 distribute our dictionaries  to ALL 3rd graders in SAD 17!  Always a fun project!  This year we are distributing 254!!  Special thanks to member, Mary Lou Burns, retired educator, for coordinating the details between the schools, principals, teachers and club members!
DG Marge Barker is busy making the rounds to Clubs who are making a mark for the "End Polio Now" Campaign.  She hopes to join us on Sunday, 10/23 for our Road Toll for Polio Plus.  Monday, 10/24 is World Polio Day! 
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!

May Day Play Day 2016 was a resounding success! It appeared that we had the largest turn out ever!  We gave out 200 back packs and could have used a few more. We served 200 hot dogs and used every last bit of popcorn in the bin. From 10:00 on, there were constant lines for the Moon Bounce, face painting and ropes courses. It was a great day and fun for all! 

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First Congregational Church
17 East Main Street
South Paris, ME  04281
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The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills would like to say a huge “Thank You” to Oxford Casino for their purchase of 100 tickets to our 30th Annual Lobster & Steak Fest.  The tickets were given to the 4 local nursing homes, for their residents, so they could enjoy the Fest.  And thank you to all the vendors who helped support our event, and to the Club members and the OH Community for their attendance and support, to help make this event a success!  All funds raised will help support the many projects the Club does within the local community and beyond. 

Back by popular demand, our annual Cabot Cheese Wheel Fundraiser.  Two order dates, 1 in time for Thanksgiving, 1 in time for Christmas.  How many do you want?  Contact Ron, 743-6944, Paul, 744-9383 or your favorite Rotarian FMI.

For more info or tickets, please call George Rice, 207-743-2285 or cell 207-890-3122.

Come to our Annual Charity Auction and bid on this car!  Generously donated by Bessey Motor Sales of South Paris, it's a 4-door 2000 Dodge Intrepid, auto transmission, air conditioning, cloth seats, power windows, locks, cruise control.  Auction starts 10:00 am at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, 256 Main Street,  South Paris.  Bid high, bid often!! 
Lots of items in the live auction, sofas, chairs, tables, exercise equipment, and so much more!  We also have over $2,200 worth of gift certificates and services to bid on.  Our ticket auction, starts at 9:00 with draws at 12 noon, and has over 30 items valued at $800+.  Come join us, under the tents, all proceeds support our many causes locally and internationally!  FMI call Paul @ 592-4663.

We are looking for good, clean items for our auction.  For more info, or to schedule a pickup, please contact Curtis Cole @ 461-3380 or Chris Summers @ 577-8476.




It's that time again to place your order for our annual fundraiser selling 2 lb Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese Wheels.  Each wheel is $18.00 and will be ready for delivery on December 2nd.  For more info or to place an order, please contact Paul Thornfeldt 207-744-9383 or Ron Morse 207-743-6944.

It is time once again for our annual Lottery Ticket Raffle fund raiser. Club members will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $340 worth of Maine Lottery Scratch Tickets. The possibilities are endless!  The lucky winners will be drawn at our regular morning meeting on Wednesday, November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving

The results are in and our 29th Annual Lobster & Steak Fest was a huge success. We prepared and served almost 400 dinners to our guests and we had live entertainment again this year, back by popular demand, Just Us Two. While we had some doubts about the weather and did have one thunderstorm while setting up early in the afternoon, the skies cleared, the sun came out and it was a beautiful late afternoon and early evening to enjoy a lobster or steak dinner. Thanks to every member of the club who participated, but a special thanks to George Rice and Dave Preble for doing all of the heavy cooking. They worked very hard all day ensuring that everyone had a great dinner and a great time. 

We had another very successful flea market and auction on July 11th on the grounds of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. It was a lot of work over four days - setting tents, moving items from the storage trailer, picking up items people donated, organizing things, running the auction and cleaning up - but it was a lot of fun as well. Thanks to the local boy scout for camping out Friday night guarding our "stuff", to Dan Allen for serving as auctioneer, Paul Thornfeldt for picking up many items, Chris Twitchell for running the flea market, Patty Rice for running the ticket auction and  every other member who served in some way. We also need to give a huge thanks to Bessey Motors for donating a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van and Ripley & Fletcher Ford for donating a 2009 Ford Escape for us to auction. This auction is our largest fund raising event of the year, providing over half of our annual budget. It is very gratifying to have the support of so many community members and businesses. Thank you all! 








The Oxford Hills Rotary Club

is looking for donated items for their

Annual Charity Auction

to be held on

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

at the

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

256 Main Street, South Paris, Maine

Preview: 9 AM, Auction 10 AM to finish

FMI or pickup, please call

Paul Thornfeldt at 744-9383, Curtis Cole at 461-3380

or Chris Summers at 577-8476

if you would like to donate your items to the auction.



The public is invited to setup your own tables at the auction for a

Community Yard Sale/Flea Market

on the day of the Auction from 9AM - 2PM.

A $10.00 registration fee per space will be charged.  Contact Paul Thornfeldt at 744-9383 to reserve your space.







The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills is proud to announce the 2014 Rotarian of the Year (ROY) is John Griffith.The selection committee, made up of the last 3 year's recipients, reviewed 15 nomination papers, and made their decision and choice based on several criteria: 1) Attendance 2) Club project participation 3) Community participation both as a Rotarian and as a non Rotarian 4) Promotion of Rotary within the schools and community 5) Committee involvement and follow through and 6) Club office held, quality of work, and committees chair. Some of the quotes used as 2013 ROY Curtis Cole made the presentation: "this person has been amazing to our club all year!” Another reminded us that “this person participates in ALL club projects.” Still another said that “everything he says he will do, HE DOES!” So congratulations to John Griffith.  John is retired from serving Norway Savings Bank for many years as a loan officer.  He resides in Norway with his wife, Shelley.   Shown in the photo left to right, President Christina Twitchell, John Griffith, and Curtis Cole.  Congratulations John!!




It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our long-time member, Jack Richardson.   Jack passed away on Thursday, Feb 12 at the age of 73.  He was an Oxford Hills Rotarian who served as Club President, and then Secretary for many years,  among the many other things he did for our club.  He was Rotarian of the Year in 2005.  According to the funeral notice in the paper, there will be a private memorial service for the family in the spring.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Kathy and their family during this difficult time.  Rest in Peace Jack, you will be missed by so many.







What a great way to support the Oxford Hills Community by using funds collected from our "Road Tolls" to buy food and deliver it to 4 of our local food pantries!





Shown here is Club President Christina welcoming our newest member, Joe Balchunas from Community Concepts along with his sponsor, George Rice.  Welcome Joe!





Here is a photo of our new club t-shirts, to help make us more visible on our club projects and events.  We want to help "LIght Up Rotary" with our new image!




Congratulations to outgoing President Dave Preble, and Good luck to incoming President Christina Twtichell!


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