Rotary Club of Belfast, Maine
97 Years
of Service to Our Community
June 2022


President's Message
President's Message


And the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’

And the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich, 

And your ma is good lookin’;

So hush, little baby,

Don’ you’ cry.


Porgy and Bess [1935]. Summertime


Keep Belfast Beautiful went off without a hitch on May 7.  We spent about 90 minutes cleaning up Route One between the overpass and Lower Congress Street.  Many thanks to those who participated and especially to Bev O’Malia for putting it all together.


Although we got a late start, our Charitable Fund Raiser took off on April 20 and concluded on May 18 with $19,100 raised exceeding our goal of $12,000 and our stretch goal of $15,000.  Thank you to everyone who helped out.


On May 4, Patrick Richards, Belfast’s Fire Chief, and grandson of former Chief Jim Richards, spoke to us about what our Fire Department does.  Belfast has 26 persons in the Fire Department and 18 on the EMS Roster, with 7 full-time paramedics.  The ambulance responds to 2,500 calls per year and the Fire Department handles 325 calls annually.  Users of our Emergency Medical Services can expected to be billed for ambulance usage.  Belfast does not bill for fire services.


Chief Richards went over the recent Penobscot McCrum fire in detail.  The building was constructed in 1908 and was originally a wood frame fertilizer factory.  The building was 84,000 square feet in size.  The fire allegedly started in a shroud over the Fryolator and is believed to been started through spontaneous combustion out through the vent and breached the vent system going above the fire suppression system.  The Fire Department was putting 1,500 gallons per minute on the fire but had to reduce the flow to conserve water in the hydrant system tanks.  In the end no one was hurt and the fire was eventually put out.


On May 11, Mary Mortier spoke to us about City Council activities.  The Keep the Faith Fund has distributed $126,300 to 87 former employees of Penobscot McCrum in the form of $500 checks.  Mary spoke of block grants of $690,000 for Wight Street and Congress Street storm drains, sidewalks and other improvements.  Our tax bill is 34.35% for the City budget with the remainder going to the schools and county.  There is a proposed 1.22% increase in taxes which will probably change.  Mary then went through the budget line items.  She also mentioned that a new Police Chief has been selected.


On May 18, our President-Elect, Kristine Wentworth presided over the meeting in my absence.  (Thank you, Kristine!). Barbara Gage of the Belfast Garden Club spoke to the membership.  The Garden Club was founded in 1928 and currently has about 100 members.  They are holding a plant sale on June 4 at the Boat House at 10:00 AM.  They are accepting plant donations from local gardeners.  There are 12 public gardens that are maintained by the Garden Club in Belfast.  Their open garden series will be starting soon, check out their website (


At our May 25 meeting, Keith Pooler, the Belfast Water District Superintendent and Assistant Fire Chief spoke to us about our water. 

Did you know:

There are two wells at the Goose River Aquifer that supply 1,500 gallons/minute to Belfast? There are 39 miles of water mains in Belfast?

The Lincolnville Ave. tanks hold 3.3 Million gallons?

There are 275 fire hydrants in the city, and . . . 2,040 water services (residences and businesses)?


The Penobscot McCrum fire consumed 3.1 Million gallons of water over 4 days, 2 million of that in the first 12 hours.  Some of the water mains in the city are over 130 years old.  The Water District will be moving to 41 Wight Street by Christmas.


Regarding consumption by Nordic Aquafarms, the Aquifer has a capacity of 699 million gallons of water per year.  The city currently uses 234 million gallons per year.  Nordic Aquafarms is projected to use 262 million gallons annually leaving 192 million gallons in reserve. 


We are still looking for someone to take charge of our Speakers Program.  Heather Ross, our current Speaker Chairperson is moving on to become the Nairator publisher and we need someone to take over contacting speakers.  Please contact me at ( if you are interested. 


Yours in Service,

Rotary Golf

Team Competition

Congratulations and a big Thank You to everyone who participated in gathering sponsors for the Rotary Golf Fundraiser.  We were able to raise $19,100 in a short amount of time. The breakdown by team is:
Eagles - $2,750      Mulligans - $4,650   Aces - $5,150  Sandbaggers - $6,550
Volunteers may still be needed on June 4th. 
Please contact Ed Varney at if you can help out.
Annual Dinner
Community Cares Auction
June 29, 2022
It is time for our clubs Annual Dinner again. It will mark our 97th year history of service to the community which means we need to raise some money for our “Community Care” program which is funded with a silent auction.  The club raised more than $1,400 last year in less than 30 minutes so lets see if we can beat that this year!!!!!
The event last year had donations from home brewed beer, home baked items to horse manure, original photos of Belfast Harbor, hand crafted toys, cashmere items and pillows and gift certificates galore. 
Any donations items for auction will be GREATLY appreciated.
The items donated need to be brought to the Shrine Club that afternoon.
Thank you,
Robina M. Lods
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.

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.

Volunteers will be needed the day of the race. Watch for sign up sheets at an upcoming Rotary meeting.

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




Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation stand with the United Nations General Assembly in expressing grave concern at “the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in particular at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation.”

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary takes a proactive stance toward peacemaking by addressing the underlying causes of conflict.

We support recent UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine. This aligns with Rotary’s deep commitment to promoting peace through dialogue and conflict resolution.

We are working beside our partners in the international relief community to help provide resources to the more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the field of battle.

Rotary International Board of Directors

Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees

26 April 2022

Bob Adler – June 2
Manley Rogers – June 5
Mickey Sirota – June 8
Tiffany Nemec – June 8
Larry Theye – June 10
Sue Beemer – June 21
Beth Sterner – June 26
Steve Norman – 7 years
Ed Williams – 18 years
Reyn Ritchie – 23 years
Janet Weaver – 25 years
Visiting Rotarians - May
Sandy Cox – West Bay
Ken Huhn – Bangor Breakfast – twice
Betty Smith – Mystic CT
Bill Smith – Mystic CT
Bob Cormier – Tilton NH

Make ups
Rotary International
Rotary International News
May 18, 2022 12:00 PM
Belfast Garden Club
May 25, 2022 12:00 PM
Belfast Water District
Jun 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Scholarship Luncheon at the Hutchinson Center
Jun 08, 2022 12:00 PM
First National Bank
Jun 15, 2022 12:00 PM
Incoming President Re-classification Talk
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations Chair
Membership Chair
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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