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Kiwanis News 9-19

September 19, 2001 - MILO

September 19, 2001




Three Rivers Kiwanis meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 at Angie’s Restaurant. Visitors are always welcome.

Three Rivers Kiwanis extends to the families of all those lost in the tragedies in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania our deepest sympathy. Love always comforts, even in terribly sad times like these, and we ask God to bless all who are suffering.


(This is the second in a series of thumbnail sketches of organizations in Milo and Brownville, showing the impact each has on our lives.)


All too often we take for granted the organizations in our area that enrich our lives. One of these is the Ayuda Club of Milo, which does much good work without our being aware of the extent of it.

The Ayuda Club budgets and raises money for the following donations, which represent nearly 100% of the money the club raises:

Funds are provided for Togus Veterans Hospital, for the Milo Public Library, for a Hugh O’Brien student, for Adopt-a-Teacher at Milo Elementary (two teachers at present), for the Alzheimer’s Association, for CARE, for Community improvement (we purchase Christmas wreaths for the town), for Community Welfare (we give to the Kiwanis Secret Santa project), for the Three Rivers Ambulance Service, for the Floral Fund, from which flowers are sent to members and families when ill or bereaved, and this year we have added the Town Hall Arts Center Fund to our list. We also donate to the Maine Federation President’s project, the GFWC Education Loan fund, and to the Federation’s Hugh O’Brien Fund.

Current projects include the annual Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 6, at the Milo Town Hall dining room from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Only fall and winter clothing will be accepted at this time. We look forward to having a very special day and hope the weather cooperates.

All club women are expected to cook at least two things for the food table, or donate the usual sum of money.

Our regular meetings will resume on Wednesday, October 10. A 12:00 noon luncheon will be served by the Program Committee, and our program will be a presentation by Amanda Smith, the HOBY delegate whom we sponsored. We are happy that she can be with us and hope all members will attend. Joyce Bailey will be our hostess.

“Ayuda” means “I serve,” and that is what we are all about.

God bless each of you and all of the victims of last week’s disaster.

Merna Dunham, President


The Pleasant River Walk Committee will be offering a shuttle service on Saturday, 9/29/01. Shuttle vehicles will be available at Davis Field in Brownville Jct. from 8:30 to 10:30 AM and from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Leave your car at Davis Field and we will shuttle you back to the beginning of the trail near the playground in Brownville. Then you can walk 2.7 miles back to your vehicle in Brownville Jct. along the Pleasant River. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and allow two to three hours to enjoy the trail. Call Bob Hamlin at 965-2311 for more information.


by Lois Trask

Twenty members and Key Clubbers Eli Ladd and Peter Bissell attended the Sept. 12th meeting.

Membership Chair Eben DeWitt conducted an induction ceremony for new member Aline Blanchard. Welcome, Aline, and thank you for the help you have given the club already!

Lorraine Schinck presented the club with more than 50 pairs of mittens knitted by her aunt, Brenda Royal Stimpson, to be distributed by the Secret Santa Project Committee. Thank you very much, Mrs. Stimpson!

Club members gave $29.00 with sadness and sympathy for the families of victims of the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and plane hijacking tragedies. Frank Cochrane gave an additional $7.00 from his can redemption project.

President Chris reminded all club members that dues need to be paid by September 25, so that International dues may be mailed by October 1st.

The annual installation of club officers will be held September 26 at 5:30 at the Lone Pine Restaurant in Brownville. RSVP to Lois ASAP.


October 3......Speaker from the Domestic Violence Task Force

October 10.....Business meeting

October 17.....Key Club President and Vice-President


by Bill Sawtell

Since she joined Kiwanis, Lorraine Schinck has done everything requested of her and more--especially at auction time. Born December 5, 1946, in Brunswick, Lorraine still has fond memories of swimming in the ocean there.

Her father, Rosaire, better known as “Blackie,” was a veteran soldier and later a heavy equipment operator and a scaler. Her mother, Laura (Royal), was primarily a housewife, although she worked for a time at the IGA.

L:orraine left Brunswick and came to Milo at the age of nine, attending Milo schools and graduating from Milo High School in 1966, attributing her ability to graduate to Ed Treworgy and his patience with her during a trying situation. While in high school, she especially enjoyed studying U.S. history.

Following graduation, Lorraine went to New Hampshire to work for the Artuses, before joining the Women’s Army Corps, where she served for three years as a member of the medical corps of Walter Reed Hospital with an administrative MOS. She noted that during the time she served at Walter Reed, racial problems were even more pressing than the Vietnam War that was going on at the time.

Returning home, she worked for Dexter Shoe for three years, then attended barber school in Lewiston in 1973, going on to open Lorraine’s Barber Shop, first behind the Milo House of Pizza, then moving to Park Street, her present location.

In 1977 Lorraine joined the ambulance service and was one of the very first in the region to become an EMT.

A member of the Catholic Church, she has sung in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served as a eucharistic minister. Lorraine enjoys berry picking and sewing. When she joined Kiwanis, she saw an opportunity to put what she earned back into the community. “What happens next may be determined by what happens in the current crisis,” she notes. Lorraine has volunteered to help the VA in Bangor on her off days.


by Trish Hayes

The September 13, 2001, Key Club meeting had 30 members in attendance. The membership elected the following Directors: Freshman, Lindsay Small; Sophomore, Vanessa Hartin; Junior, Amanda Smith; Senior, Lacey Russell. The first Board meeting will be held Monday, September 17. Members also brainstormed fund-raising ideas to add to the ideas presented at the September 6 meeting and decided to use fundraisers to support community service projects. There is a lot of enthusiasm for community service this year and we are looking forward to a busy schedule. Key Club and Kiwanis have been invited to have a float in the Homecoming Parade September 22. On September 23 the Key Club officers will travel to Greenville with Mrs. Hayes for an officers’ training session led by their Lieutenant Governor Haley Roberts. We will keep you posted as plans are finalized for the installation.


We are all emotionally drained from watching the tragedies in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania unfold. Sadness, sympathy, fear, and anger have kept us in turmoil for more than a week now, and it is time for us to come to grips with this new reality in our world.

We are on the brink of military action, the scope of which we do not yet know. The economy will soon be geared for war, and sacrifices will be demanded of us. We will face even more terrible forms of terrorism. But in the midst of all the terror and threats to our existence as a country we must work hard to make life as normal as we can for our children, so that our values and our caring for others will become their values and their caring. Only by doing that can we be sure that the best of our culture survives whatever happens to us and our country.

We must be effective models for our children, not allowing our fears to make us intolerant nor our tears to make us weak. Our kindness to others must inspire our children to follow our example. Our strength and determination must inspire them to stand firm and remain courageous. As in all our past wars, our children will be the ones to face the enemy and they will mature as warriors in great battles for freedom. We must therefore make sure that the values they fight for are of the highest and that the country they return to is one in which they can raise their own children safely and in freedom.

We see around us terrorism we have not previously labeled as such: drive-by shootings; random killings in schools, in offices, on the street; road rage; beatings and arson related to race or religion; armed robberies; assaults. We see the sexual exploitation of children; the exploitation of children as markets for illegal drugs; the financial exploitation of the elderly; the abuse of the mentally and economically disadvantaged. We see what greed has done to widen the gap between the rich and the poor. We see the horrors of domestic abuse of children and spouses.

We think of what happened September 11 as horrific, and it is. We have never experienced such hate expressed in so terrible a way. Yet as we read daily about mass shootings or about deaths from domestic abuse, or about any of the other tragedies that fill our newspapers, we must think of the tens of thousands of ordinary people whose lives are taken each year in these ways. We must change our perception of these deaths and treat them as seriously as we are treating the September 11 tragedies, for our country is as much at risk of destruction from within as it is from destruction from without.

We all decry the violence, horror, and promiscuous sex on television and in electronic games because we know they harm our children; yet we tolerate it. We all watch our legislators opening their sessions with prayer; yet we accept that our children cannot do the same thing. Church and state could not be any closer connected than they are during a prayer for God’s help in a legislative session; yet we cannot teach our school children the Ten Commandments, upon which most of our laws and moral values are based.

We have a long way to go to shield our society from self-destruction, and the longer we wait to change the way we help our children to mature, the more we risk losing it all. There are powerful forces attempting to destroy us from outside. Allowing the negative forces within our own culture to weaken us further will only hasten our destruction as a country.

Let us not be disheartened. We are a resourceful, determined people when we focus on worthwhile goals. Service organizations like Kiwanis are already working for positive changes, especially those which help children.

We can save our country; We will save our country with God’s help and our own wisdom and determination and sacrifice.


“The ultimate measure of people is not where they stand in moments of comfort and

convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge.” .............Martin Luther King, Jr.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.
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