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Rotary Leadership Institute Training
President-elect James Petersen reminds Rotarians interested in participaing in the RLI training being held at Wells, ME should sign up soon. On line registration is available by clicking on the following link.
Don't Forget Your Peanut Butter...
Don't forget to bring your jars of peanut butter for donation to local food pantries.
And to Buy Your Crush Can!
It is also time for Interact's annual Crush can sale. Joanie Dickinson will be collecting for their Valentine's Day fundraiser.
World Peace and Understanding Dinner
Help us to celebrate Rotary’s birthday!
Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland, Saturday, February 20th at 5:30 PM
Featuring a keynote presentation by Rotary Peace Scholar, Dr. Francesa Giovannini. We will be honoring several new members who have fully embraced the Rotary spirit and have gone “above and beyond”.
In addition we will be presenting Rotary’s most distinguished award, the “Rotary International Service Above Self Award” to two deserving Rotarians. Music will be provided by “Hobson’s Choice”, a piano, bass, and guitar trio performing light jazz, blues, and popular tunes.
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Rotary log for Meeting of February 4, 2016
by Dr. Al Lantinen
Photos by Jim Rini
President Bill opened our meeting by welcoming guests and visiting Rotarians. He invited everyone to consider attending the World Peace and Understanding Dinner in South Portland February 20. There’s a sizable Portsmouth contingent going.
Ramona started announcements by reminding all that this Thursday’s meeting is your last chance to bring in peanut butter. All of those jars will help local food pantries.
Next, Sara Treacy encouraged us to sign up for dinner shifts at the Salvation Army soup kitchen…The Valentine’s Day Orange “Crush” can sale is underway. You can pick up yours Thursday. Finally, Rotary Leadership Institute is holding classes March 19 in Wells. All are urged to consider this opportunity.
There were lots of happy dollars. It seems becoming a grandparent in contagious.
Our speaker Susan Tuveson started Cacao Chocolates in Kittery back in 2000. She operated the store for nine years before opening Acorn Kitchen. She delivered a history of chocolate and explanation as to why it makes a great Valentine’s Day gist.
Cacao was a New World product unknown in Europe until the era of explorers Columbus and Cortez. Today more than half of the stuff is grown in Africa. Back then it was consumed as a drink often mixed with cornmeal. Cornmeal was supposed to leach away its bitter taste. Sugar was not added until the concoction was brought to Europe. In Mayan culture, it was the drink of the elite. Warriors felt it brought about spiritual wisdom not to mention physical and sexual prowess. The coca bean was also used as a form of currency. It had a value similar to gold.
After Cortez returned to Spain, chocolate drinks became popular in Europe. Especially when sugar and other flavors began to be added. As it spread throughout Europe, numerous claims that chocolate benefited health increased its popularity. There actually is some truth in this. Many flavonoids in chocolate have antioxidant properties. More to the point of Valentine’s Day is the theobromine in chocolate. (This is the substance which is toxic to dogs.) Theobromine activates dopamine release which can be a stimulus to the pleasure centers of the brain.
Just one more reason to consider the gift of chocolate this Valentine’s Day!
Respectfully submitted, Dr. Al Lantinen
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