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


President's Message
Well, I’ve completed my first month in office, only 11 months to go! July, so far, has been pretty wet, but not too hot. Let’s hope for good weather for our 14th Annual Harbor Fest August 14 & 15.
Welcome to our newest member, Robert Flood. In July, we said good-bye to a few members who no longer wish to be Rotarians.
On July 7, Megan Pinette gave a talk on the Belfast Museum and Historical Society’s activities. On July 14 had an interesting talk from Lane Sturtevant on the National Popular Vote Compact to insure that every vote counts for presidential candidates counts. On July 21, Chip Curry spoke on his activities with the State Legislature. On July 28, Kevin Kelley gave his Classification Talk on his naval and medical administration careers.
Etienne Perret, of the Camden West Bay Club visited the club on July 28. He spoke about a Lobster Bake he is sponsoring on August 21 for Paul Harris Fellows. $35 gets 1 1/4 lb. lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, Corn on the Cob and a drink. This is not a fund-raising event but a social gathering for like-minded Rotarians. It will be held at the picnic shelter at Camden Hills State Park. Attendance is limited to 60 vaccinated Rotarians and their guests. Contact: Etienne Perret 207-236-9696 office, 207-632-4057 mobile or
Harbor Fest - We really really need Boat Builders for the National Boat Building Challenge. Please talk to friends and relatives with carpentry skills and encourage their participation. A $100 fee gets them a 12 foot skiff.
We also need volunteers to help out on August 14 and 15. Contact Duke Marston at if you can help out.
Also, Ed Varney still looking for help on the 5K Bug Run for August 14. Look for a sign-up sheet circulating at our Wednesday meetings.
Sue Beemer has put together a wonderful online auction site. Contact her at if you have something you’d like to donate. The auction will take place from 9:00AM on August 13 until 9:00 PM on August 15. The Auction website is Please bid early and often as this auction supports the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry.
This year, Harbor Fest will not be as large as in previous years, as some activities had to be curtailed or eliminated due to Covid-19. There will be a Pancake Breakfast, a 5K Bug Run, musical entertainment and, of course, the National Boat Building Challenge will be returning. There will be Food Trucks and various vendors. Children Activities include Corn Hole, Lifesize Jenga, a Plinko game, Mask Making, a Bubble Station and a Touch Tank. Jason Trundy is putting together a Touch-A-Truck exhibit with Covid-19 protocols. We’re hoping to have another Marine Swap, as well.
Coming up in August, we will have a visit from our new District Governor, Doug Curtis on August 4. On August 11, we will have a Club Assembly with reports from the chairs of various committees.
Yours in Service,
Editors Note:  John was interviewed on Good Morning Belfast. You can watch the interview on Vimeo:
"Last Light of Day" 
Joanne Parent
Harbor Fest
“Belfast Harbor Fest is back with its Maine Bicentennial edition,” said the Rotary Club’s long-time event chairperson Duke Marston. “There have been some changes after a pandemic year. Instead of a big tent, we’ll have smaller pavilions for each of the National Boatbuilding Challenge teams, and we’re setting up for public safety with no bounce house this year. Harbor Fest is a celebration for Belfast and anyone who is here during the event. Rotary thinks everyone will have a very good time.”
Beginning Friday the 13th and running through Sunday, the “Evening By the Bay” auction will go online at to benefit the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry. The auction features restaurant and experiential gift certificates, and artwork including Joanne Parent’s “Last Light of Day,” an original oil painting chosen as the Harbor Fest’s graphic this year, featuring the image of a schooner on Belfast Harbor.
Saturday is anchored by the National Boatbuilding Challenge sponsored by First National Bank, pairs of builders racing the clock and each other to finish and race 12-foot skiffs built from scratch in less than four hours. Their efforts follow the 5K “Bug Run” race (sponsored by First National Wealth Management) ending at the Boathouse and the blueberry pancake breakfast (sponsored by Nordic Aquafarms). They share time and space with free Front Street Shipyard tours and demonstrations, Come Boating!’s harbor rowing regatta, music at the Steamboat Landing gazebo, food trucks and children’s activities, and a Classic Boat Show along the Harborwalk.
Belfast Harbor Fest concludes Sunday morning with the Cardboard Boat Race (sponsored by Front Street Shipyard), complete with the always popular “Best Sinking” award, followed by a lobster bake to benefit Waldo County Habitat for Humanity.
The Rotary Club’s Marston thanked the event’s dozens of sponsors, exhibitors, vendors and boatbuilding participants, including major sponsors:
First National Bank, First National Wealth Management, City of Belfast,
Front Street Shipyard, Nordic Aquafarms, Downeast Credit Union,
United Farmers Market, Viking Lumber, Blueberry Broadcasting,
Stanley Chevrolet Buick, Robbins Lumber Company, Joanne Parent and
the Maine Bicentennial Commission.
For more information about Harbor Fest, go to:
Member Information
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Cody Keithan - August 8th

Bryant Dutch - August 23rd

Doug Smith - August 26th
Mary Alice McLean - 2 years

Larry Bjorklund - 14 years

Sharron Walsh - 18 years

Michelle Morrow - 23 years

Bryant Dutch - 60 years!!

Visiting Rotarians - July
Del Hickey - Aiken SC - 3 times

Etienne Perret - West Bay
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Sue diRosario    Marjorie Crowley    Brian Beaulieu    Joe Slocum    Duke Marston    
John O’Malia    Beverly O’Malia    David Wight    Sherrie Wight    Linda Payson    
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