All Hail the New Chief, Rick Snow!
Incoming President Rick Snow
This Thursday marks a first in the 95 year history of Portland Rotary
Yes, the July 1st evening meeting will celebrate Rick Snow's
first as our fearless leader....but, more importantly, it will mark the beginning of a new trend within our club, a trend of trying new things and being at the cutting edge of change.
After all, has a Rotary meeting EVER been held at an Indoor Karting facility??
President Rick is fresh off his trip to Montreal for the Rotary International convention and will begin his year at 100mph, or so it would seem to any of us daring enough to strap on a helmet and hit the track.
, 100mph seems tame after the furious pace of his
life since he
grew up in southern Maine, the son of esteemed Portland Rotarian David Snow.
After graduating from Greely High in 1978, Rick joined the US Navy and after a few years in Portland and then Washington was appointed to the US Naval Academy, by the Secretary of the Navy where he matriculated in 1985.
After graduation he
reported to the USS Raleigh as the Communications officer.
He became the Machinery/ Boiler officer and then the Main Propulsion Assistant.
While on the Raleigh he
completed one Mediterranean cruise and two Persian Gulf cruises.
He then reported to Bath, Maine and was assigned as the ASW officer of the USS Monterey CG-61, where he completed his second Mediterranean deployment and was then transferred and became the Tactical Advisor to the Royal Saudi Navy.
He left the active Navy in 1993 and joined the reserves, becoming a financial advisor in Stamford, CT for Merrill Lynch, moving back to Maine in 1994.
He was recruited by Morgan Stanley in 2001 and worked there until there was a downsizing in November of 2002.
He remained in the Naval Reserves and retired as a Commander in 2003.
started Maine Indoor Karting in January of 2003 with his
wife, Lori, and they have operated the business in Scarborough ever since.
lives in Yarmouth with Lori and their three children, Alexander 7, Nathaniel 7, and Mira 5.
Rick has been an active and enthusiastic member in the Portland Rotary Club since he was introduced in 2005.
As we can see from his
initial club meeting set for this Thursday, Rick
will not be the stereotypical president.
The wide smile and bellowing, self-effacing laughter of our now past -president will certainly warm our hearts as we look toward a new Rotary year with incoming President Rick Snow.
Monday, Current/Future/Almost President Rick Snow just returned from Montreal, Canada where he attended the Rotary International Convention, in preparation for the year ahead.
Rick reports that one of Rotary's newest clubs was just formed in Palestine.
In addition he
also reported that only two countries in the world still have polio present in its population, representing approximately 1,000 people.
All while President Bill "formally" hands-off the Rotary baton to Rick Snow.
Bill Ross reported that the Rotary Youth Leader Award (R.Y.L.A) student of the year, Eric
, is off to Camp Hines to experience a week of outdoor leadership training.
Rotary is proud to be able to support Eric
efforts - good luck and have a blast, Eric!