Club of Belfast, Maine
97 Years of Service to our Community
August 2022
President's Message


August 2022

Imagine Rotary! 

“The Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and make the most of their club experiences. During her year, Jones will focus on four presidential initiatives that Imagine Rotary: advancing our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); creating a welcoming club experience; empowering girls; and expanding our reach.” - Presidential Initiatives 

I feel that our club is well in alignment with the Initiatives that Jennifer Jones has set forth. Our Membership already has a diverse gender split, with 42% female members. We’re working to further diversify our club’s classifications to align with our local community, and you’ve elected me as the President! While I am not the first female President, I am the Youngest Female President of the Belfast Rotary Club. I am thankful to you, my fellow Rotarians, for entrusting me to lead the club for the next Rotary Year. I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve and I look forward to learning many new things through my service. I am appreciative of the club members who have offered to help and be available to guide me as I navigate this coming year. I feel well supported. I’d like to specifically thank our immediate past President, John Golden, for the countless hours and beers we’ve enjoyed over the past year while I was ramping up for this role. Your insight and friendship are invaluable, thank you! 

July was fun, and a bit hectic at times while we shifted the way our program committee works. We were able to bring a program to the club each week, but it was a bit touch and go. Thankfully we now have the Vice President, Jason Trundy, leading the charge with support from club members helping to fill the calendar. The idea is that one person takes a month to line up four guest speakers. This will help us ensure a variety of programs and to share the workload of lining up speakers. Please let Jason know if you are able to take a month on, we would greatly appreciate it! 

July’s programs: 

July 6 - Deirdre Good shared her classification talk. 

July 13 - Peter Garrett and William Fergusson discussed the Citizens Climate Lobby as it relates to the 4 way test. 

July 20 - Kristine Wentworth shared her club goals for 2022-2023.

July 27 - Guy Hamlin introduced the club to a new Internship Program that is being developed at the Belfast Area High School.  

Upcoming FUN: 

  • Belfast Street Party - Monday August 1st, Rotary will have an informational booth, stop in and say hello! 

  • Harbor Fest is right around the corner, we will learn more at our lunch on August 3rd. 

  • Club Assembly - August 17th - let’s make this fun! 24% of our membership have been with us for less than 5 years, how can we best use this meeting to engage our newer members? Reach out to me if you have ideas and can help me out here! 

  • District Governor, Denis Blouin, Ing. M.Sc., is visiting August 24th

Yours in service & friendship, 

Kristine Wentworth 

"Where the Pleats Meet the Streets"

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

Despite temperatures approaching 90 degrees and humidity brutally high at 8:30 a.m., more than 100 people showed up to break more than a sweat and burn a ton of calories in the annual “Kilted Canter” 5-kilometer road race on Saturday, July 23. Check out the article in the Village Soup!
Thank you Ed Varney for your coordination and leadership of this successful event and see below for details on the next event, the Bug Run on Aug 20th!
Get ready for Harbor Fest!
August 19 - 21
Less than three weeks from now we celebrate our 15th annual Belfast Harbor Fest. This is a major Rotary project and we need your help. Please come to the meeting Wednesday to learn how you can best help the club and the community for an hour or two From August 19-21. Incidentally, you will also be treated to a lobster roll or prime rib sandwich to thank you all for the success of our Spring Golf Fundraiser.
We still need a couple of teams for the boatbuilding challenge and as always we accept more entries into the fun and crazy Cardboard Boat races Sunday morning.
Thanks to the committee for their long hours of planning. We should see the results soon, so please decide to be a part of this Belfast Rotary tradition.
  • 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

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. 

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

Kevin Kelley – August 3
Cody Keithan – August 8
Bryant Dutch – August 23
Doug Smith – August 26
Mary Alice McLean – 3 years
Larry Bjorklund – 15 years
Sharron Walsh – 19 years
Michelle Morrow – 24 years
Bryant Dutch – 61 years  (Yeah Bryant!!!)
Visiting Rotarians - July
Peter Garrett – Waterville
Bob Fergusson – Waterville
Ken Huhn – Bangor Breakfast
Rotary International
Rotary International News
Aug 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Belfast Harbor Fest
Aug 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Muzzy Ridge Concerts
Aug 24, 2022 12:00 PM
District 7790 District Governor
Sep 07, 2022 12:00 PM
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