President's Message


July 2022

“What a long, strange trip it's been” - Grateful Dead - Truckin'

This is my final President's Message.  I started my term with great optimism as the Covid-19 infections seemed to be subsiding.  I cast myself as the “Recovery President” with a return to Pancake Breakfasts, Santas and Elves and all of the activities that this wonderful club does. 
Following the visit from our District Governor, Doug Curtis, in August, my hopes were dashed as the Delta Variant reared its ugly head followed by the Omicron Variant.  
In July, Megan Pinette, president of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum gave us a presentation on the museum.  We also heard from Chip Curry, our State Representative.
We returned to weekly Zoom meetings in August. In lieu of a District Governor's Gift, Doug asked that we make a local charitable donation. Our club gave $1,000 to the Belfast Free Library Preschool Reading Program.
In August, we did manage to have Harbor Fest after a year's hiatus.  There was a boat building demonstration, an online Charity Auction, vendors, the Boat Gear Swap plus the every popular Cardboard Boat Race on Sunday.  Even though the activities were curtailed due to the pandemic, Harbor Fest had a wonderful return.
In September, we heard from Chip Lagerbom about Maine ships and Cape Horn.  Club members Mary Alice McLean and Donna Kelley made presentations about RSU 71 and WCAP, respectively.  Also, we resumed our Football Pool to benefit Rotary International's efforts towards Polio eradication.

In October, Congressman Jared Golden spoke to us.  Also Chris Nickerson, the owner of the Whale's Tooth Pub in Lincolnville Beach who spoke to us about his unique plan to house his workers.  We sent out a Survey to the membership in October requesting some guidance in how the membership felt about Zoom meetings and how to proceed.

Results (in brief): 

  • Hold a Holiday Party
  • Zoom was not popular
  • Missed in-person socialization, but Breakout Rooms were OK
  • Zoom singing was dumb
  • A lot of great speaker suggestions 

November saw a Marshall Wharf takeover where we had several people interested in joining Rotary come by for a beer. Even Chip Curry showed up!  John and Beverly O'Malia offered free Christmas trees to anyone making a donation to Rotary.  Lee Woodward and Marjorie Crowley kicked off this year's 100 Fund.  Once again, due to the pandemic, we provided gift cards and vouchers to families in need.  Also, an anonymous member offered 3 bottles of vintage schnapps in return for a donation to the 100 Fund.

Russell Werkman spoke to us about the Belfast YMCA in December. On December 8, we held an in-person Holiday Party at the Shrine Club and no one got sick!  Also, two words: “Marjorie's Way” - you had to be there.  The Board of Directors presented the results of the October survey (see above).

In January, Dr. Mark Fourre of Waldo County General Hospital spoke about the Coastal Health Alliance and Covid-19.  We also held a Club Assembly.

In February, Scott Boucher spoke to us about Polio Plus and Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio.  He covered some District activities dealing with Polio Plus. We also heard from Ray and Patricia Estabrook who spoke to us about the Game Loft.

Alice Seeger gave us a live video tour of Fiber Arts in March.  Mike Hurley spoke to us about housing in Belfast.

On March 12, Honorary Member, Patti Ann Lord passed away.  She was Marjorie Crowley's mother and was very active in our club.

Also in March, the club asked for donations to the Rotary Ukraine Relief Fund.  We ended up giving $3,834 to help with refugees from the war in Ukraine.

On March 30, we resumed in-person meetings at the Shrine Club and to help kick things off, our own Dorothy Havey spoke to us about the Chamber of Commerce.

April saw our kickoff to the annual Charity Fundraiser and Golf Tournament.  We heard from Karen Smith, the Director of the Penobscot Marine Museum and Colby Horne owner of Colburn Shoes.  The club contributed $1,000 to the Belfast Keep the Faith Fund to support the Penobscot McCrum workers who lost their jobs following the fire.

In May we heard from several speakers involved with Belfast's well-being. Chief Patrick Richards spoke to us about the Belfast Fire Department and the Penobscot McCrum fire.  Mary Mortier spoke to us about some City Council activities and goings-on in Belfast.  Barbara Gage spoke about the Belfast Garden Club. And finally, Keith Pooler, Superintendent of the Belfast Water District gave us some interesting statistics about Belfast's Water supplies. We also received a First Place Best of the Best award as the top Civic/Fraternal Organization.

We kicked off June with our Annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Hutchinson Center.  Lee Woodward, Greg Dutch and a host of presenters spoke of many excellent recipients of this year's scholarships. We also finished our Charity Fundraiser with a golf tournament on June 4. We raised $19,100 for the club.  Kristine Wentworth, our incoming President, gave her reclassification talk and we were shown an interesting documentary about the Robin Peace Initiative produced by Haley Norris of the Cornerspring Montessori School.

On June 29th, we held our Annual Awards Dinner.

Finally, a word of heartfelt thanks to my 'kitchen cabinet'. Kristine Wentworth, our incoming President, and Richard Koralek, our immediate Past President, served as my Executive Advisory Committee and were extremely helpful throughout the year as I met the various challenges and concerns that were presented to the club. I value their friendship and advice. Thank you all for your contributions and dedication to Rotary. I know that I’m leaving the club in good hands as Kristine take the reins to guide us through the coming year.

Our club's Annual Dinner marked our 97th year history of service to the community. A silent auction was held to raise money for our "Community Cares" program. 
Thank you all of those who contributed and bid on the auction for Community Cares, and to Dorothy Havey for conducting the auction with support from Kristine Wentworth. A wonderful array of auction items were offered, including a barbecue dinner for 4, a boat ride, handcrafted beer, handmade wooden toy and stool, and of course…horse and donkey manure for our gardeners! We are tallying the final total but looks to be over $2,400!!
New officers were installed, congratulations!
Kristine Wentworth President, Steve Norman President-Elect, Jason Trundy Vice-President, Beth Sterner Treasurer, John Golden Past President. New directors Kim Fleming and Donna Kelley were installed.
Mickey Sirota and Bob Adler were named Rotarians of the Year. Syrena Gatewood was honored with a plaque noting her years as Treasurer. John Golden received a plaque honoring his year as President.  He also received the coveted Past President Pin.
Paul Harris: Mary Carthage, Hadan Kauffmann.  [Sue Beemer and Robina Lods as well, but they were not present]. Doug Smith and Bryant Dutch received their PH+1 pins for their ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation.
Many thanks to Mary Mortier and Rollies for a great evening hosting approximately 50 attendees!

"Where the Pleats Meet the Streets"

The long-standing tradition of a 5K road race during Maine Celtic Celebration weekend continues with this year’s running of the 10th Annual Kilted Canter 5K Run/Walk.

At last week's meeting, Ed Varney circulated a sign-up sheet for the annual 5K kilted canter race on July 23rd.  There are plenty of spots to help out, especially with traffic control at the various intersections.
If you weren't at the meeting and want to help out, please contact Ed directly at
Mark your calendars for August 19 - 21
The Harbor Fest Committee has been hard at work on marketing, branding, and the volunteer schedule among a large list of tasks.
  • Friday, August 19th, the Evening by the Bay Charity Auction will be held at the United Farmer's Market. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Waldo County Technical Center
  • Featured 2022 Artist: Sandy Dolan
  • Pancake Breakfast is back! Served in the Boat House at Steamboat Landing from 7:30-10:30am on Saturday, August 20. Free pancake breakfast for the 5K runners! Sponsored by Downeast Credit Union
  • National Boat Building Challenge is on for Saturday at 11am
2022 Harbor Fest Mission Statement:

Belfast Rotary Club’s Belfast Harbor Fest offers the community a
family-friendly multi-day event that honors the maritime heritage of Maine’s midcoast, promotes the City of Belfast as an adventure destination for people of all ages and abilities, provides an economic boost for Belfast and Belfast area businesses, and enhances awareness of Belfast Rotary Club as a dynamic partner of Waldo County communities.

Rotary Bug Run 5K - August 20, 2022

Everyone is welcome to join from those looking to run a personal best to families wanting to share a healthy run/walk. 

This event is the third of five events in the RunBelfast 2022 race series held in Belfast, Maine (more at 

The series includes:  Paces for PAWS 5K - Jun 18; Rotary Kilted Canter 5K - Jul 23; Rotary Bug Run 5K - August 20; YMCA Cross Country 5K - Sep 24; Lions Ghostly Gallop - October 29. 

The RunBelfast Series is grateful for the support of the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department

Event details and schedule

When:  Saturday, August 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m. start

Where:  Parking lot at Union Street and Miller Street, Belfast, Maine

Race-day registration and Packet pick-up:  Race day between 07:30-08:15 a.m.

Fee:  $20 through August 17; $25 race day; $20 for active duty military; performance t-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who register by August 4; after that date, t-shirts are available while supplies last

Awards:  Overall female and male receive 10 lbs of live lobsters (“bugs”); then top M & F in each of 9 age groups (pre-teen thru 80+) receive medals

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Jill Goodwin – July 12
Kristine Wentworth – July 22
Dale Cross – July 26
Art Hayes – July 31
Greg Morin – 3 years in Belfast – 5 years in New York
Robin Goff – 3 years
Syrena Gatewood – 11 years
Brian Beaulieu – 19 years
Art Hayes – 18 years in Belfast – 20 years in Connecticut
Dave Crabiel – 22 years
Larry Theye – 25 years
Visiting Rotarians - June
Ken Huhn – Bangor Breakfast – twice
Charlie Schaefer – Unity
Bob Cormier – Tilton NH – twice
Doug Curtis – Rockland
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