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


President's Message
President's Message
“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” – Doug Larson
On April 1, 1957, BBC’s broadcasting network aired a three-minute video segment, which showed farmers “harvesting” a rare delicacy from a grove of trees: spaghetti. Remarkably, the segment was so believable that hundreds of viewers called in demanding to know how to grow their own “spaghetti trees.”
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” – Mark Twain
Keep Belfast Beautiful is scheduled for May 7 (Rain Date: May 8) according to Beverly O'Malia.  The Board of Directors moved that our participation in the Keep Belfast Beautiful program will fulfill the District's Earth Day requirement that each club do something in support of the environment.
In March, we received a Certificate of Appreciation for Rotary International for our contribution to End Polio Now.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.
On March 2, Alice Seeger gave us a Zoom tour of Belfast FiberArts.  She explained that there are 30 artists who provide product for Belfast FiberArts.  Belfast FiberArts offers instruction in working with fiber, be it stitching, weaving or spinning yarn.  Alice also works with the Penobscot Marine Museum on how fabric was stitched in the 1800’s.
On March 9 Mike Hurley spoke to us about the future of Belfast.  Everyone is moving to Maine.  Real Estate sales are up 26%.  The average real estate sale in Belfast is $300,000.  Unfortunately this means that people of lesser means cannot afford to live in Belfast.  The city is working to rezone multifamily units to make housing more affordable.  Mike asked for our support for the city’s efforts.
On March 16, we had a moment of silence to mark the passing of Honorary Member Patti Ann Lord.  Patti Ann was one of the first six women to join the Belfast Rotary club in 1987.  She served as president in 1998-1999.  She served as a song leader, chaired the pancake breakfast twice, and was instrumental in starting our focus on helping the local food pantries.
Our speaker on March 16 was Peter Garrett.  Peter, a fellow Rotarian from Waterville spoke to us about applying the Four Way Test to election funding.  He gave several examples of special interests influencing politicians.  In Maine’s recent Senate race, 90% of contributions to both candidates came from outside the state.
Chris Gardner of CG Bikes spoke to us regarding Off-Road or Mountain Biking on March 23.  He described how the St. George Land Trust built the Thomaston Forest Bike Trail and how Belfast is putting a Bike Trail in at the Four Seasons Recreational Area.
If you haven’t heard the news, we’re back at the Shrine Club.  Starting March 30, the club returned to hybrid meetings so you can join us for lunch at the Shrine Club or on Zoom.
Speaking of March 30, Dorothy Havey gave us an update on the Chamber of Commerce activities.  Did you know . . . that there are job postings on the Chamber website? That there is a weekly newsletter to over 1,000 people? Staffed by only two full time employees plus a bunch of volunteers?  There are 414 members in Waldo, Hancock, Lincoln, Knox, Cumberland and Penobscot counties.
Mary Mortier gave us an update on the Penobscot McCrum fire and the Keep the Faith Fund supporting the McCrum workers.
Following our successful campaign to contribute to the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund to support the Ukraine Refugee crisis ($3,000+), we are now asking your support for the Belfast Keep the Faith Fund to support the workers displaced by the Penobscot McCrum fire.  Click on this link to contribute:
Yours in Service,
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Food Pantry Drive:
John Golden and Syrena Gatewood present a check to Caryn Converse for the Greater Bay Area Ministerium Food Cupboard.
Syrena Gatewood, Jason Trundy, Patricia Estabrook, Ray Estabrook and John Golden are pictured as Rotary presents a check to the Game Loft for food programs.
Mark your calendars for August 19, 20 & 21 as we look forward to Harborfest
The HarborFest Committee has been hard at work on marketing, branding, and the volunteer schedule among a large list of tasks. They have secured the donation of an indoor space for the Friday evening gala courtesy of Paul Naron.
Boat Building Revitalization - National Boat Building, as it has been historically, is able to be replicated for another year including family build / tiers of participation.
Raingutter Regatta - Katahdin Area Council for Cub Scouts are on board to help with this.
Mission Statement for the 2022 Harborfest:

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.
Michelle Morrow – April 7
Sally Miles – April 17
Jeff O’Roak – April 21
Jason Trundy – April 28
Robyn Goff – April 29
Gianne Conard – 3 years
Kristine Wentworth – 3 years
Duke Marston – 17 years
Paul Doody – 20 years
Mary Mortier – 22 years
Visiting Rotarians and Make-ups - March
AJ Sheridan – Prescott Sun AZ
Peter Garrett – Waterville
Sandy Cox – West Bay
Bruce Starrett - Marlton NJ - 2 times
Make ups
Mickey Sirota – St Simon’s Island GA
MAY 7, 2022 9:00AM
It is time for the annual Belfast roadside cleanup project sponsored by the City of Belfast and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Rotary always has a good turnout for this project and this year it will be our Earth Day project for the Rotary District as well.  
The exact meeting place is to be determined but we will meet at 9:00 am to get supplies for the pickup - bags, gloves,  t-shirts, etc.
Please wear sturdy, waterproof boots  and having your own work gloves is advisable.  The City will provide T-shirts for all workers and there will be a barbeque lunch at the parking lot beside Front Street Pub at 11:00am for all volunteers.  
If you have not already signed up, please call or text Bev O'Malia at 517 256 4675 or email at  She needs names, cell phone numbers and T-shirt sizes for all participants.
It is a fun event and usually takes less than two hours.  Bring your spouse, friends, neighbors and teen children.  
Thank you in advance for volunteering to keep our town the beautiful place we all enjoy.
Bev O'Malia
Drug Take Back and Paper Shredding
April 30th at the Belfast Public Works garage location on Crocker Road 
from 10 am to 2 pm
Highlights from weekly Zoom Meetings
Rotary International
Rotary International News
Apr 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Veteran's Benefits
Apr 13, 2022 12:00 PM
PMM Activities
Apr 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Colburn Shoe Store
May 04, 2022 12:00 PM
Belfast Fire and Ambulance
May 18, 2022 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
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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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Club Number 6292 
Founded May 25, 1925
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