Rotary Club of Belfast, Maine
96 Years
of Service to Our Community
June 2021


President's Message
June 2021
This is my last monthly President’s Message, and it is a good opportunity to look back at this very unusual year.  Our club remains very strong. We end the year with 70 members; in the past 14 months we have added 6 wonderful new members.  We have an excellent slate of upcoming officers and directors, with a notable shift younger, so the club is in good hands going forward.
Club meetings have been a challenge during this COVID-19 pandemic.  We started the year having hybrid (in person and Zoom) meetings, then had to revert to Zoom-only meetings, and are now back to hybrid meetings.  We learned a lot from this, and going forward we will probably always include a Zoom option for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make it to the Shrine Club.  That gives busy members some flexibility and allows us to have visitors and speakers to our meetings from literally anywhere in the world. Also, the Board has decided to hold our Board meetings on Zoom from now on.  As our upcoming District Governor Doug Curtis has said, Zoom is here to stay, and things will never be the same (which may not be such a bad thing).  Our club should be proud of our creativity and resourcefulness, which has resulted in the Belfast Rotary Club receiving the District Governor’s Gold Citation.
COVID has understandably changed most of our usual fundraising and events, but thanks to some very creative thinking in our committees, we have done surprisingly well this year and are busy planning for next year.  We did not have a Golf Tournament last year, but we will have a (modified) Golf Tournament on June 5.  We did not have a Harbor Fest last year, but we will be having a (modified) Harbor Fest this August.  We had an extremely successful (modified) 100 Fund this year, sending out gift cards for toys and warm clothes and vouchers for boots to 170 needy children for Christmas.   We awarded over $80,000 of scholarships to deserving students who demonstrated exceptional leadership or service.  We did a very popular e-Waste project in spite of the weather and the pandemic.  Also, thanks to the amazing generosity of our members, we were able to more than double our usual donations to local food banks and soup kitchens, responding to this exceptional time of need. All in all, our club managed to creatively respond to the challenges of the pandemic. 
Because of the most recent CDC and State of Maine updates, it has been decided to hold our upcoming Annual Awards Dinner indoors at the Shrine Club on June 23rd.  Details will be coming soon.  For any unvaccinated attendees, it is strongly recommended that you wear masks; for vaccinated people, it’s up to you.  This is a big step towards returning to a more normal club experience, so please be careful and respectful of others and their comfort levels.   
As my year as president comes to an end, it has certainly been an “interesting” year.  Thanks to all of your dedication, energy, and flexibility, we end the year stronger than ever in spite of the challenges.  We have been able to contribute to the community well beyond what would be expected, making real the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.  It has been my privilege to be your president for the past year, and I’m proud to be associated with such an amazing group of people.  I thank you all for the past year.
Yours in friendship and service,
The Belfast Rotary Club charitable fundraiser and golf tournament tees off at the Northport Golf Club on Saturday, June 5. Event chairperson Paul Doody of Camden National Bank said “We had to cancel this popular event last year but I guess people are anxious to play golf this spring. We’re full up with eighteen four-person teams signed up to challenge the 2019 winning team from Penobscot McCrum Foods in Belfast.”
Despite the golf tournament’s title, the Rotary Club is not raising funds through sponsorships this year. “We realize it has been a difficult time for many businesses and organizations,” Doody said. “So we have sent our previous sponsors a letter thanking them for their past support, but are not asking for a sponsorship donation in 2021. In fact, we want to say thank you by printing an event newspaper insert with all of their names to recognize how much they have meant to us. The insert is also a good way to let people know just how much Belfast Rotary Club does for the community.”  The insert can be found in the May 28th issue of the Bangor Daily News.
The Belfast Rotary Club welcomed six new members during this pandemic year. “The Club had to move to online Zoom meetings last March,” said Club president Richard Koralek. “But in spite of not being able to see each other, our membership grew nearly 10%. That should tell you something about how successful Belfast Rotary is.” Partly as a result of this membership growth, and partly for its virtual meeting adaptation in times of pandemic, Belfast Rotary Club has just been recognized with a District 7790 (parts of Maine and Quebec) Governor's Gold Citation
The new members, all inducted in the last 14 months, are Beth Sterner of BELKIS Consulting, Ken Schweikert, retired owner of the Grasshopper Shops, Russell Werkman, Executive Director of the Waldo County YMCA, Kevin Kelley, a retired hospital administrator, Kim Fleming, Executive director of Waterfall Arts, and Hadan Kauffman, a retired science teacher. “The skills and experience these people bring to the Club and to the community are mindboggling,” Koralek said. “New members, men and women of any age, are always welcome. With nearly 70 people following the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ there’s no wonder the Club does so much for the Belfast area.”
Member Information
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Bob Adler- June 2
Manley Rogers- June 5
Mickey Sirota – June 8
Tiffany Nemec – June 8
Larry Theye – June 10
Sylvia Bray – June 13
Sue Beemer – June 21
Beth Sterner – June 26
Steve Norman – 6 years
Ed Williams – 17 years
Reyn Ritchie – 22 years
Janet Weaver – 24 years
Manley Rogers – 36 years
Visiting Rotarians - May
Bruce Starrett - Marlton, New Jersey - 2 visits
Check out the list of speakers for June. We start off the month meeting our scholarship winners at the first two meetings. 
June 23rd is our Annual Dinner and Auction - we hope to see everyone there!
Highlights from weekly Zoom Meetings
Rotary International
Rotary International News
Jun 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Scholarship Committee
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Scholarship Committee
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Jun 23, 2021 5:00 PM
Annual End of Year Dinner (NO NOON MEETING)
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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
Ken Schweikert
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Rotary Club of Belfast Maine
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Club Number 6292 
Founded May 25, 1925
Service Above Self
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