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Providing both hands-on and financial support 



  • Kennebunk  and Kennebunkport Community Food Pantry
  • Town of Kennebunkport Health Council - Fuel Assistance
  • Caring Unlimited - domestic violence shelter
  • Dictionary Project for all 3rd graders
  • RSU 21 Scholarships
  • Community Connections – A Youth Mentoring Program
  • Book Bingo project for 6th graders
  • Essay project - Service Above Self for 5th graders
  • York County Shelters - Back To School Back-Pack Program
  • Day of Caring - United Way - Beachwood Park
  • KHS - RYLA

Community Connections - Community Connections youth mentoring program is off to a great start in its seventh season. Twelve mentors and twelve mentees have been meeting twice a month since September, alternating large group meetings (usually at the YMCA) with small group activities (like bowling and pizza). This year we have seven Portside Rotary mentors: Rand Gesing, Paul Rothman, Ron Karalus, Don Curry, Karen Schlegel and Valerie Schlegel, and others.

The young people are an energetic group and come from either Kennebunk Elementary School or Consolidated School.  They are selected by school guidance staff for the program.



  • Friends Forever – Northern Ireland Catholic and Protestant youth program
  • International Youth Exchange Programs
  • Vocational Group Study Exchange for young adults
  • Rotaplast – cleft lip and palate surgery teams for Central and S. America
  • Equipment for AIDS Clinic in South Africa
  • Water Pump Project in South Africa
  • Polio Plus Project
  • School furniture project in India 2011-2012
  • Scholarship project Togo Africa 2011-2012


Group Study Exchange - our club has been invovled hosting the GSE teams from other countries for the past few years.  We have enjoyed the company of "teams" from Bahamas, Sweden, and Phillipines, China and Germany.  Non-Rotarians are hosted by Rotary clubs throughout the world to share their insight and experiences of their professions and countries.  We look forward to meeting this years' GSE team spring 2013 which is from Nigeria.