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


President's Message
President's Message January 2021
Happy New Year!  This time of year is always a time for reflection and for looking ahead.  We can look forward to the future with either worry and fear or with excitement for a new beginning.  This is a good time for us to think creatively about what our club wants to do over the next few months.  How are we going to raise funds for our activities?  What sorts of events can we put on that will contribute to our community?  If anyone has any ideas (even if they seem silly), please pass them on to me. 
A couple of weeks ago our District Governor Joel Philibert informed us of a statewide Rotary mission in regards to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Maine, working with Maine Emergency Management in Augusta.  Our District Governor Elect, Doug Curtis, wanted to keep the effort more local and tailored to the needs of each community.  For Belfast, he contacted the Belfast Fire Department, which is supporting the local vaccination program.  They needed a couple of iPads, which are used to scan the driver’s licenses of anyone receiving a vaccine so they can be registered in a statewide database (and reminded to get their second shot).  They were able to locate 2 refurbished iPads for $300 each.  So our club has agreed to pay for those iPads as our way of supporting the vaccination program locally.  I think that you will agree that this is an excellent use of our funds. 
We start this calendar year with an impressive slate of officers, directors, and committee chairs for the future.  Kristine Wentworth is our Vice President, so she will be President-Elect for the 2021-2022 year.  Steve Norman will be Vice President for 2021-2022.  Beth Sterner has joined the Board of Directors and will become our treasurer starting in July 2022, when Syrena will be taking on major new responsibilities for the Coastal Healthcare Alliance.  Heather Ross has taken over from Larry Theye as Program Chair.  Larry has done an outstanding job over the years finding us interesting speakers for our meetings, and Heather is jumping right in and already doing a wonderful job carrying on the tradition.  All told, our club will be in very good hands for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of committees, I’ve streamlined our committee list and removed some unnecessary or obsolete committees.  These are committees that no longer have a purpose and never actually meet.  For example, the Greeters Committee seems unnecessary since we no longer have greeters.  On the other hand, we started a PR Committee to do a better job of publicizing our club.  John Golden has put together a description of all the committees, and I will be sending that out along with the present Committee Membership list in the next week or two; please look it over and let me know if there are any corrections or if you want to join a committee.
Enjoy winter in Maine, appreciate the good things, and let’s all hope for a better year coming up.
Yours in friendship and service,
From the District Governor
Hello, Dear Rotarians
As you know we have for the first part of the district dues reduced the cost by 50%, for the portion from July to December 2020. For the coming January to June 2021, we have decided not to charge you any dues. For the clubs in Quebec, you will still be charged for the insurance fees. 
Rotary International dues must also be paid, don't forget.
Thank you and happy new year
Joel Philibert

DG 2020-2021 

District 7790



Belfast Rotary 100 Fund Brings
Christmas to 170 Needy Kids in 2020
Since 1982, the Belfast Rotary Club’s 100 Fund has helped provide Christmas to thousands of the neediest children of Waldo County.  Each year, teams of costumed Rotary Santas and elves physically delivered gifts to children in towns throughout the county.  In 2019, each of 147 children received a new winter coat, boots, a hat, mittens, flannel pajamas, a warm outfit for school, a book, and special toys each of them had requested.
Prior to this very different 2020, each of the more than 1,500 gifts needed for the project were selected and purchased by members of the 100 Fund Committee and wrapped by Rotarians and other volunteers at a Community Wrapping Party hosted by Waldo County General Hospital. 
This year, the 2020 pandemic has required a significant shift – given the public health measures that would make large gatherings for wrapping gifts impossible. So a Rotary Santa or elf reached out to each family this year by phone or in person to inform the family that they would be receiving much-needed support for each child by mail this year.  Each child receives a voucher entitling them to a new pair of winter boots from the Colburn Shoe Store on Main Street in Belfast, along with a $75 gift card from the Reny’s on Belmont Avenue in Belfast to buy children’s warm winter clothing and Christmas toys.
Community generosity was historic in this challenging year, and the Belfast Rotary Club received record financial contributions of more than $16,000 from its members, friends of Rotary, and charitable trusts. 
According to Belfast Rotary Club member Marjorie Crowley of CoastWise Realty, who has chaired the 100 Fund giving program for the past nine years, “When COVID 19 cases started surging locally in October, I feared that the Belfast Rotary 100 Fund Christmas Project would have to be put on hold for the 2020 season.  Thanks to Reny's, Colburn's Shoe Store and the generosity of Rotarians and others, 170 of the neediest children in Waldo County will find gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.
Lee Woodward of Camden Law, who spearheads the fundraising and is normally one of the Santas making personal deliveries said, To say that the 100 Fund has been a success in 2020 would be a drastic understatement, since donations were about $5,000 higher than we had conservatively budgeted for this year due to the economic impact of the pandemic. We are so grateful.”     
The names of the children are provided to the Belfast Rotary Club by Waldo Community Action Partners, which coordinates input from town offices, the City of Belfast, Waldo County schools, public health advocates, Head Start, faith-based organizations, and community members.  This is part of WCAP’s effort to assure that families throughout Waldo County who need some help during the holidays have support through the Belfast Rotary Club and other area organizations.
For more information about the Belfast Rotary 100 Fund – or to volunteer, please call Marjorie Crowley at 207-338-6005.  Folks in the Belfast area community and potential new Belfast Rotary Club members are always welcome to support this local commitment to Rotary International’s “Service Above Self” motto.
The local club was chartered in 1925.  Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels. For more information about Belfast Rotary, go to or to
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January Birthdays
Syrena Gatewood – January 11
John Golden- January 11
Marjorie Crowley – January 13
Carl Collins – January 28
Gianne Conard – January 29
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January Anniversaries
Tami Sinagra – 4 years
Sue Beemer – 5 years
Noel Evans – 8 years
Charles Courant – 22 years
The January list and links are found below.
Thank you to Larry Theye for his years of service in recruiting speakers and a warm welcome to Heather Ross who has stepped into this important role for Belfast Rotary! 
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
Jan 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Finding our Voices
Jan 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Cornerspring Montessori School
Jan 20, 2021
Club Assembly
Jan 27, 2021
Waldo County Woodshed
Feb 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Jackson Regenerational Farm
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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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Founded May 25, 1925
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