Rotary Club of Belfast, Maine
96 Years
of Service to Our Community
January 2022


President's Message

President’s Message February 2022

 “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” - ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Address at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863.

On January 5, we heard from Kasey McDonough from A Family for ME.  ME as in me, myself and I, not Maine.  A Family for ME partners with Maine DHHS and Spurwink Services to raise awareness about foster parenting in Maine.  There are 2,200 children in out of home care in Maine, 500 of them need foster parents.  I have material addressing business partnerships with A Family for ME - e-mail me if you are interested.

Dr. Mark Fourre of Waldo County General Hospital spoke with us on January 12.  He spoke of the challenges facing the health care system with the Omicron surge.  WCGH is adapting but they are experiencing staffing issues.  There are currently 300 openings at Waldo County and Pen Bay hospitals.

Syrena Gatewood spoke to the membership about Food Pantry donations.  We have a goal of $4,000 to be raised.  Please send whatever you can to Belfast Rotary, PO Box 74, Belfast, ME  04915.  See below for some great news.

Mark Politte the owner of Stanley Subaru and Stanley Chevrolet Buick spoke to us about the trials and tribulations of selling automobiles during the current pandemic.  Currently, his dealerships are selling cars before they get delivered - hence his lots are empty.  There is a great demand for electronic chips as the average automobile has over 1,200 chips in it.  He also spoke of the future of electric vehicles.  Currently, he is sold out of EV trucks and there is a two year waiting period.

We held our second Club Assembly on January 26.  We heard from Dorothy Havey who spoke about the Rotary Foundation - we need some ideas about helping the community with Rotary grants.  If you have a suggestion, contact Dorothy.

We next heard from Duke Marston who spoke about Harbor Fest which will be held from August 19 to 21.  The big attraction is the Boat Building Challenge and we have several teams committed to building this year. We need all hands on deck for this operation, so please help out on that busy weekend.

We heard next from Doug Smith about e-waste.  Things are not looking good as the one company in Maine who handles electronic waste only picks up from municipal transfer stations and does not work on weekends.

Kristine Wentworth told us to contact her regarding any Rotary activities so that the Public Relations committee can prepare advertising or articles for publication.  They are currently preparing for Harbor Fest and the Golf Tournament.

 Lee Woodward and Greg Dutch talked about the Scholarship Committee’s work.  We presently hand out about $80,000 annually and will pass the one million dollar mark in total giving this year.

Rob Flood joined us after being laid up with back and hernia surgery.  He is the new chair for the Golf Fund Raiser and is planning on holding the event on June 11.  There are two sub-committees; Fund Raising and Event Management.

Syrena Gatewood spoke about the Food Cupboards, we are 64 dollars short of our $4,000 fund raising goal.  We will provide $1,500 to each of six food cupboards plus the Belfast Soup Kitchen.

Larry Theye spoke briefly about the Membership Committee - we’ve lost some members over the past year and there hasn’t been a lot of new member applications.

The Community Care Committee has sent donations to the following charities in Waldo County:

     Waldo County Humane $100

     Camp Capella $500

     Waldo County Hospice Volunteers $225

    Waldo County School Food Pantries $100 (actually the YMCA)  This donation was increased to $250 by the Board of Directors

 Dorothy Havey is working with Chip Curry on a legislative sentiment recognizing the one million dollars in scholarships that our club has provided.

Yours in Service,
Thank you to everyone who donated to help those who face
food insecurity in our community!
It's not too late to send donation checks to Jill
or go to
and make a donation online.
Golf Fund Raiser - June 11, 2022. 
Save the date and gather your crew!
Mark your calendars for August 19, 20 & 21 as we look forward to Harbor Fest 2022!
Mary Alice McLean – February 5
Ed Varney – February 6
Mary Mortier – February 10
John Carrick – February 17
Brian Beaulieu – February 20
Kevin Kelley – 1 year
Cody Keithan – 9 years
Robina Lods – 16 years
Scott Hawthorne – 25 years
Visiting Rotarians and Make-ups - December
Bruce Starrett - Marlton NJ - 3 times
Mark Politte - Ellsworth, ME
Highlights from weekly Zoom Meetings
Rotary International
Rotary International News
Nov 24, 2021 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Dec 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Waldo County YMCA Strategic Plan
Dec 08, 2021 5:00 PM
Holiday Party at the Shrine Club
Dec 15, 2021 12:00 PM
A Family for ME
Dec 29, 2021 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Jan 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Coastal Health Alliance/Waldo County General Hospital
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
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  Michelle Morrow  Mickey Sirota  
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Belfast ME 04915
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Elizabeth Sterner, Editor
Club Number 6292 
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