Speakers
Program Chair: George Rice
May 22, 2024
Greeter: Jeff Noblin
OHCHS Top Students
May 29, 2024
Greeter: Ron Morse
Club Assembly
Jun 05, 2024
Greeter: Liz Knox
Program Chair: Lynne Schott
Jun 12, 2024
Greeter: David Knox
Program Chair: Bob Schott
Jun 19, 2024
Greeter: John Griffith
Changeover meeting
Jun 26, 2024
Greeter: Tina Fox
Upcoming Events
 
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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 220 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 5,184! 
The Rotary Theme for APRIL is ENVIRONMENT
Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action. They’re tackling the problem the way they always do; coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy — and planning for the future.
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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Welcome to our Club!
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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A new twist this year:  OH Rotary is partnering with Community Concepts and having a combo event-May Day Play Day and Touch a Truck!  See poster below for details.
It's time again for our Annual Lobsters for Scholars raffle. Tickets are on sale now for $45 with only 75 sold! Winner Winner, Lobster Dinner! Who wants tickets? Contact George Rice at 207.890.3122 or contact your favorite OH Rotarian! All proceeds benefit our Scholarship Fund, as we award 8-$1,000 scholarships to Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School graduating seniors. Get your tickets while they last! Thank you for your support!!
Fundraiser Calendar Winners !
Announcing daily
March
1st Brenda Marston $ 25.00
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott
 
2nd Natalie Donais $15 GC
Ticket sold by Ron Morse
 
3rd Will Schott $25 GC
Ticket sold by The Schotts
 
4th Warren Spencer $50.00
Ticket sold by Warren Spencer 
 
5th Sally Westleigh $50.00
Ticket sold by Tina Fox 
 
6th Tina Fox $75GC
Ticket sold by Tina Fox
 
7th Deb Ladner 75.00 GC 
Ticket sold by Tina Fox
 
8th Autumn Dow $25.00 GC
Ticket sold by Patty Rice
 
9th Grady Miller Pleasant Mt tickets
Ticket sold by Tina Fox 
 
10th Denise Baker $ 15.00 GC
Ticket sold by Patty Rice
 
11th Morgan Miles $25.00GC
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott 
 
12th Jason Cooper $ 25.00 GC
Ticket sold by Dave Preble
 
March 13th biggest prize yet !!!
Doug Wing $100.00 cash
Ticket sold by Curtis Cole
 
14th calendar winner
Mckenzie Witham 25.00 GC
Ticket sold by Dave Preble
 
March 15th winner
Norway Fire Department  25.00GC
Ticket sold by David Knox
 
March 16th calender winner
Penny Haslett $25.00
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott 
 
March 17th Scott Everett 25.00 GC
Ticket sold by George Rice
 
March 18th Esther Proctor 50.00 GC
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott
 
March 19th Holly Sessions 35.00GC
Ticket sold by Dave Preble 
Congratulations
 
March 20th calendar winner
Shelley Cummings $50.00
Ticket sold Tina Fox 
Thank you Shelley for the $20.00 donation back to the club !!!
 
21st March winner
Jennifer Girouard 25.00 GC
Sold by Dave Preble
 
March 22nd winner 
Sarah Glynn Little 25.00GC 
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott 
 
March 23rd calendar winner
Dan Griffith 25.00GC
Ticket sold by John Griffith
 
March 24th winner
Beth Abbott 50.00
Sold by Beth Abbott 
 
March 25th calendar winner 
Rick Cummings 25.00 GC
Ticket sold by Stan Brett
 
March 26th winner
Warren Spencer 25.00 GC
Ticket sold by Warren Spencer
 
March 27th calendar winner
Monica Hewins $ 100.00 
Ticket sold by Beth Abbott 
 
March 28th winner
Jazmyn Millett GC
Ticket sold by Mike Carter
 
March 29th calendar winner 
Deanna Meagher $50.00
Ticket sold by Tina Fox 
 
March 30th calendar winner 
Sam Small $50.00
Ticket sold by John Griffith 
 
Final calendar winner of 250.00
will be announced at the Wednesday April 3rd Rotary Club Meeting 
 
Today the final calendar winner was announced !
Terry Cole won $ 250.00
Ticket sold by Curtis Cole
Terry chose to donate $150.00 back to the club !
Congratulations and thank you !!!!!
 
Winners will be contacted about receiving their prize
The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills will be having our Wednesday January 10th morning meeting via
Zoom only...
No in person meeting.
Our Students of the Month scheduled for this week will be postponed until February 7th.
Everyone please be safe as Mother Nature creates chaos again !!
THE meeting of the Oxford Hills Rotary Club scheduled for Wednesday morning the 20th of December has been canceled.
Many people are without power, have no way to travel.
Schools will be closed again tomorrow as well.
Please stay safe. Reach out if you need help.
MERRY CHRISTMAS  !
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!  FMI contact Chair Dan Allen 207-592-4262.
 
The Oxford Hills Club spent 4 hours in the road on Sunday, 10/15/23 collecting tolls for Polio.  Members raised $1896.32 and with the Gates Foundation 2 to 1 match that becomes $5688.96 towards the efforts to eradicate polio!! 
Club President Beth Abbott recently won the 50-50 pot, by drawing the king of clubs.  Why the king?  Because Rotary IS the King of Clubs!  And she graciously donated her winnings back to the Club!  Thank you Madam President!
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!
 
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