Rotary Club of Belfast, Maine
95 Years
of Service to Our Community
February 2021


President's Message
President's Message February 2021
Welcome to mid-winter in Maine!   We’re slowly beginning to see things brightening up. Not only are our days getting longer, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic.  People are starting to get vaccinated, and there is hope that we may be able to return to a semi-normal life in the not-too-distant future.  One of the things that helps us all get through these trying times is the support and fellowship that we receive from each other as Rotarians.  Those of us who attend our weekly Zoom meetings see each other’s faces and get to visit and share, almost like we would if we were meeting face to face at the Shrine Club.  If you’re not attending our Zoom meetings, know that you’re part of our family, so please reach out if you need anything (or just to say “hi”).    
Our Club is very fortunate that we are continuing to attract new members.   While many Rotary clubs are losing members, we are gaining members.  We have inducted 2 new members this Fall and there is another new member application pending.  This is a testament to the strength of our club and the attractiveness of what we do as a club.  Our newer members make a strong contribution to our group, and we welcome them warmly. 
As you know, our club makes donations every Fall to 7 local food pantries, totaling $10,500.  I’m sure you’ve seen articles in the news recently about the tremendous demands on the area food pantries.  The number of Mainers struggling to feed their families and turning to food pantries for help is rising to new heights as coronavirus cases spike and the state faces its worst loss of jobs in any recession in 50 years.  The need for nutritious food for local families in Waldo County is increasing,  and the local food pantries are desperate for support. The board had a discussion about this at the January board meeting and decided that we should make additional donations now (ideally another $10,500) to respond to the extreme need due to the pandemic.  The Club can come up with about half of that amount, but we need your donations to meet our goal.  The goal was for our membership to raise about $7500, with the Club providing the rest from various accounts.  As of the writing of this, we have raised over $10,000!  There are still a couple of weeks to go in this Food Pantry Drive.  For those of you who have already donated, thank you very much for your generosity.  If you have not yet donated and want to, please send a check (made out to Belfast Rotary) to Jill Goodwin at 116 Union Street, Belfast 04915, and mention “Food Pantry Drive” in the memo field.  Thanks to all of you, we may be able to donate even more than $1,500 per food pantry without depleting our club accounts as much as we had planned.  I am personally blown away by the generosity of our members, and I know our community is very grateful for what the Belfast Rotary Club does for people in need. 
Please stay safe, keep in touch, and enjoy the snow!
Yours in friendship and service,
The Belfast Rotary Club has partnered with the Belfast Fire & Ambulance Department to financially support their efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for our larger community.  As part of the Maine EMS vaccination plan, Belfast Ambulance needed two iPads to support the vaccination program in the weeks and months ahead. The iPads are used to scan information from recipients' drivers licenses to register the vaccination on a statewide database.
When local Rotarians saw that the Belfast Fire & Ambulance Department had an immediate and unfunded local need, we decided to support them with a gift from our Rotary club.  

On Monday, January 11th, President of Belfast Rotary Richard Koralek presented a check to Fire Chief Jim Richards to cover the cost of the iPads in a brief outside ceremony at the Belfast Fire Department.  Belfast City Council member Mary Mortier was also present.  Belfast Rotary is proud to be able to help our community in this time of need. 
Member Information
Be sure to join us on February 17th when John Golden will share some tips on updating your member information!
You may have noticed that there is information regarding your personal commitments, etc. at the end of each newsletter addition. This information is pulled automatically from the member area of our website.  In order for this information to be accurate please log into the website and update your member information including contact information, a photo of yourself, your commitments, etc. Thank you for your help in keeping everything up to date. 
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February Birthdays
Mary Alice McLean – February 2
Ed Varney – February 6
Mary Mortier – February 10
John Carrick – February 17
Brian Beaulieu – February 20
Sam Overlock – February 22
Noel Evans – February 24
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February Anniversaries
Cody Keithan – 8 years
Robina Lods – 15 years
Scott Hawthorne – 24 years
The February list and links are found below.
Public Relations Committee
We are now on Linkedin and our number of followers on Facebook continues to climb!    To access these pages follow the links found below.
Highlights from weekly Zoom Meetings
Rotary International
Rotary International News
Feb 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Jackson Regenerational Farm
Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Feb 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Belfast Rotary Website
Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Mar 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby
Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Paul Harris Fellows
Trevor Burton Evans    Teresa Crosby    Mark Riposta     Russell G. Whitcomb    
Wilma Moses    Jill Goodwin    Larry Quinn    John Desco    Alfred G. Bruce    
Charles L. Tyer    Lee Woodward    Mark A. Biscone    Palmer Pearson    Andrew Kuby  Bruce W. Starrett    Darrell O’ Leary   John P. Potter    M. Page Worth    Paul L. Hazard  Manley Rogers    Bill Abbott    Charles Bunnell    Ed Varney    Larry Fogle    Ron Nadeau  Bryant Dutch    John Hawthorne    Patricia Lord    Richard Page    F. Frederick Romanow  Alton Kenney    Ken Lindell    Charles Brown    Paul Luttrell    David Crabiel    
Scott Hawthorne    Larry Theye    Forrest Warren    Arthur A. Hayes    Sara Hayes    
Greg Dutch    Jim Patterson    Reyn Ritchie    Fred Whaley    Mary Mortier    Paul Doody  Bob Bray    Art House    George Jennings    Steve Malmberg    Frank Morong    Su Wood  Sylvia Bray    Laura Lombard    Doug Smith    Sharron Walsh    Georgia Randall    
John Carrick    Saxon Moreau    Richard Warren    Lois Dutch    Kelley Hawthorne    
Andrea Walker    Janet Weaver    Syrena Gatewood    Ron Kennedy    Valery Hansen    
Sue diRosario    Marjorie Crowley    Brian Beaulieu    Joe Slocum    Duke Marston    
John O’Malia    Beverly O’Malia    David Wight    Sherrie Wight    Linda Payson    
Carl Chadwick    Charles Courant    Dale Cross    Dorothy Havey    Stephanie Feist    
John Golden    Candice Hutchison    Jane Strauss    Phil Carthage    Richard Koralek
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Rotary Club of Belfast Maine
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Club Number 6292 
Founded May 25, 1925
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