Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien was inducted into the town’s chapter of the Rotary at the weekly meeting of the club Tuesday, November 3rd. Therrien accepted her Rotary pin, demonstrating a commitment to "service above self." The town official’s membership was sponsored by Wayne Peters, program coordinator for the group. The club was also visited that night by Wayne Wornes, governor of the Machias club’s district, and his wife Sylvie. The Rotary is an international civic group organized into smaller districts; within Machias’ district are 40 "very successful" clubs, 10 of which are in the U.S., Wornes explained. Machias’ district is one of the smallest in the global organization, with around 1,200 members spread across what is one of the largest districts geographically.
 
The visit was part of a regional tour by Wornes, who shared that a program designed to connect Rotary clubs through online webinars would be operative next year. He also announced an exciting project meant to spark more interaction between clubs within their district and to encourage Rotarians’ interest in conferences and Rotary leadership by bringing training and local discussion within a reasonable distance of the clubs. Wornes lamented that the Rotary doesn’t get enough nominations at the district level for governors, and not for lack of suitable candidates. In order to be eligible for governorship, one must be a chapter president for two years, at which time a club can nominate its president. After a nomination is accepted, it is a three-year process before a candidate can become a District Governor.
 
The District Governor brought with him a speech by "Ravi" Ravindran, president of the Rotary International, an inspired appeal to members to "be a gift to the world," which is also the organization’s theme for 2015. Being a Rotarian is not just about the giving of money and resources, but giving of yourself, Ravi said, illustrating the Rotary International’s appreciation of "the difference between a handout and an outstretched hand."
 
 
 Pictured from left to right: Rick Rogers, Wayne Peters, Christina Therrien, Wayne Wornes, and Machias Rotary Club President Paul Gaddis