Mark your calendars for July 13, 2019 - it's going to be fun!
us at the annual awards and installation dinner, marking the end of this year
and the beginning of next. This year, it's AKA the District 5160
Year-End Tailgate Party. Everyone has a favorite sports team,
right? Tina and I are inviting all Rotarians of District 5160 to come dressed in your
favorite team’s gear (prizes for best-dressed, biggest fans of course!).
The party will
be at Woodland Community Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland, from 5:00 -
9:00pm. Come share in this fun, year-end celebration, and
"serious" Installation of our 2019-20 Club Presidents. There may even be some sports-related competition.
Bring guests, who you think you can interest in
becoming a member, to meetings. In the meantime please invite Durham business owners and/or
managers to one of our meeting.
The evening began with the cooking of hot dogs. Because it was raining the cooks could not
use the new bar-b-que, which we had contributed. Contributing to extending the roof over the
bar-b-que was mentioned. After everyone
had their fill of hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad and cookies we got
into the purpose of the meeting which was the was the presentation of
scholarship winners, the Camp Royal attendees, the Camp Venture attendees and
the Teacher of the Year. Roy Ellis
started with the scholarship winners.
The above are 15 of our 19 scholarship
winners. The 19 winners are:
Colby Del Carlo
Roy then presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Nick Wilson:
the Year Nick Wilson
Larry Bradley then presented two of our four Camp Royal attendees.
Gabe Owen and Alison
The four attendees are:
Shawn Brannan, Nichole Luce, Allison Smith and Gabriel Owen,
Spencer John was selected as an alternate.
Lastly, Mike Wacker presented Sara Nolind,
one of our two Camp Venture students.
She is the one on the right below.
The other is last year’s Camp Venture attendee, Anna King (who didn’t
get in last year’s photos).
scholarship winners and Camp Royal and Camp Venture attendee who were absent
were involve in animals at the Silver Dollar Fair.
Must Be Present to Win Drawing:
From Rotary International
Fathers turn pain into healing solutions
Rotary members destigmatize opioid recovery
Arnold R. Grahl Alyce Henson
father’s concern and fear propelled sleepless Ben Lowry, an attorney in
Portland, Maine, out into the streets one evening searching for his eldest
a year earlier, his son had been in college studying engineering when he began
using drugs, including opioids. Lowry’s family spent more than $100,000 on
treatment and recovery programs before Lowry gave his son an ultimatum: stop
using or move out. His son moved out.
hearing the wail of sirens on this cold fall night, Lowry feared the worst.
said there was an overdose nearby, and I hurried over, thinking it was my son,”
Lowry said, his voice cracking with emotion. “There was a young woman dead in
the street, probably in her 20s. It’s a very difficult thing to see, especially
when your son is living out there.”
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine and New Hampshire
recorded nearly 800 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 – a terrible toll, but a
small fraction of the 47,600 opioid deaths across the United States that year.
a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, Lowry decided to do more than just
address his own situation. He joined a group of Rotary members in the New
England area who have come together to prevent overdose deaths.
partnership with public health agencies, the District 7780 Recovery Initiative
Committee organizes seminars that educate the community on the dangers of
opioids, supports education campaigns in public schools, and raises money to
train recovery coaches who assist drug users who are trying to turn their lives
don’t know if I will be able to help my son,” Lowry says. “But if I can help
others in a similar situation, I want to.”
Robert MacKenzie, a
member of the Rotary Club of Kennebunk, Maine, and the town’s police chief, has
also been personally touched by the crisis. One of his daughters struggled with
heroin dependency and is now in recovery. But that process, he says, is a long
and uncertain one.
MacKenzie has been instrumental in organizing
District 7780’s Overdose Recognition and Response seminars. His main goal is to
reduce the stigma associated with opioid use, which, he says, can be a
significant barrier to drug users getting help. He thinks Rotarians can spread
the message that the opioid epidemic is not a criminal justice issue, but a
public health issue.
Robert MacKenzie's goal in addressing audiences is to reduce the
stigma associated with opioid use. At York County Senior College in Alfred,
Maine, he explains the use of naloxone auto-injectors to counter an overdose.
lot of people tend to shy away from the subject because they look at it as
dirty or evil and want nothing to do with it,” MacKenzie
says. “They think it doesn’t happen in their town. But guess what: It happens
in every town.”
a November seminar at York County Community College in Wells, a town 30 miles
southwest of Portland, about 70 Rotarians and community members turned out to
learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and administer naloxone to counteract
it. Dozens of the blue and purple kits, each about the size of a deck of cards,
were laid out on a table in the college’s auditorium alongside information
Brokos, a community health promotion specialist with
Portland’s Public Health Division, demonstrated how to use the kits. She
acknowledged that the fear of public rebuke can keep people from giving or
seeking help. Making the auto-injectors more available, Brokos
explained, shifts the focus to administering assistance.
is still a lot of stigma associated with naloxone even in the recovery
community,” she said. “We have to get past that and think about providing a
compassionate community response. We can certainly help break down barriers by
asking for a kit and encouraging others to do the same.”
John Bouchard's Rotary
Club of Saco Bay organized one of the seminars in their community. The
participants realized the issue touches everyone.
Bouchard, a member of the Rotary Club of Saco Bay, Maine, helped organize one
of the seminars in his community, and he attests to their ability to alter
widely held perceptions.
three-quarters of the way through the program, one of our better-known
Rotarians asked the question, ‘Why do we want to help these people?’ ” Bouchard recalls. “There was a moment of silence and
then someone at the next table shared how his neighbor’s son became dependent
on prescription pain killers after a knee surgery an d
progressed to heroin. Then someone else shared a story, and it continued on
like that. Pretty soon, we realized this touches
January 2019, in an overview of the opioid crisis, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported
that about 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription
opioids The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 2
million people in the United States had misused prescription opioids for the
first time in the past year, for a total of 11.4 million people misusing
prescription opioids nationwide.
role of language and culture
At many of the Rotary forums, people in
recovery share their story to underscore that point. Andrew Kiezulas,
a former graduate student at the University of Southern Maine who is now
working as a chemist and production manager for a company in Carlisle,
Massachusetts, has been in recovery since 2012. He became dependent on opioids
after a back injury in 2007. He helped run an on-campus residential recovery
community and has researched the impact of language on substance use.
all-star athlete, a teen following his music dream and college student
you lay out a rap sheet on the same person, with the same history, and change
the term ‘substance abuse’ to ‘person with substance use disorder,’ it makes a
big difference in how that person is treated,” Kiezulas
says. “A person labeled as an abuser will more often be referred to punitive
measures. But if they are labeled as having a disorder, they are more often
referred to treatment, they have more time with doctors, they get access to
more services, and their outcomes are significantly better.”
isn’t just, we don’t want to be called addicts, anymore,” he continued. “Stigma
is a very real thing and plays out in doctor’s offices, cop cars, etc.”
Freeman, a prevention specialist who works with the District 7780 committee,
has had his own encounters with misplaced stigma attached to opioid use. He
notes that some of his medical colleagues ask him why he wants to work with
“those people.” That attitude, he says, holds communities back from addressing
the issue compassionately, and it overlooks the complicated factors that can
lead an individual into dependency on a drug.
had one patient come to me who said she was 16, she had messed up a leg, and
they put her on oxycodone,” he recalls. “She said it was after that first pill
that she knew something had changed.”
of his patients was in her 30s and a successful junior executive, who began
using oxycodone after a dental procedure. Her dentist kept refilling the
prescription for seven weeks before he stopped. But when she quit taking it,
she suffered withdrawal symptoms that affected her ability to function. She
found out that a friend had a supply left over, and when that ran out, began
getting nonprescription pills on the street. Eventually, she realized where her
actions were heading and came to see Freeman.
she had so little drug culture embedded in her, once she got control of the
symptoms, she could begin to withdraw herself with my help,” he said. “If
someone has taken opioids every day for a month, they are going to have
withdrawal. But how they deal with that sociologically is going to depend on
The Maine program, and
Rotary members' response to the opioid crisis, will be discussed at our
international convention. Learn more about our breakout sessions.
Rotarians in New England have reached out to a number of other organizations to
support their efforts. The Rotary Club of Biddeford-Saco organized a Red Ribbon
Committee that coordinates with nearby towns to sponsor events in schools to
teach students about the dangers of prescription and nonprescription drugs.
District 7780’s committee has also been working to establish a local chapter of
Learn to Cope, a nonprofit support network that offers education, resources,
and peer support to parents and family members dealing with a loved one’s
addiction to opiates or other drugs.
MacKenzie and the Kennebunk Police Department have
partnered with a local nonprofit volunteer organization called Above Board to
establish a Recovery Coach Training Academy. Led by certified trainers, the
four-day course graduates peer mentors who are then paired with people in
recovery. In January, MacKenzie
organized a session for emergency first responders, followed by recovery coach
training for 30 community members. The first responders will use the new
coaches as a resource pool when they encounter people struggling with substance
Lowry completed the course in November. (His
trainer, Jesse Harvey, is a Portland Rotarian.) Lowry encourages others to take
don’t think it is going to happen to you until it does.
Portland, Maine, USA, Rotary member
opened my eyes to a lot of things,” he says. “I can certainly empathize with
people based on my own experiences with my son.”
says the past year of his son’s struggle with drugs has been a nightmare. “You
don’t think it is going to happen to you until it does.”
son has been robbed at knifepoint twice and overdosed three times. He recently
landed a job and moved back in with his father – although according to the
elder Lowry, he smokes marijuana with his friends.
“I don’t know if that’s recovery or not, at
least he’s not doing harder stuff,” says Lowry, who still endures sleepless
nights. “I hope his living with me and working is his first real step of
recovery. But you don’t know. All I can do is keep trying.”
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