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


President's Message
President's Message
May 2021
Welcome to Spring (in between the snow flurries).  Spring is normally a busy time for our club, and this year has been no exception.
The planning for the Golf Tournament and Spring Fundraiser is well underway.  The tournament will be held on Saturday June 5; there are already 17 teams signed up, with more expected.  As Paul Doody said, I guess people are anxious to play golf this spring.  The decision was made not to fund raise as usual this year.  Instead, a letter was sent out to past sponsors, thanking them for their previous support (but mentioning that we’ll still accept donations).  The newspaper insert will run as usual, but instead of sponsors purchasing ads, we will thank all of our sponsors and update articles when appropriate. Thanks to all the members of the golf tournament/fundraiser committee.
The 5K Road Race committee has been busy.  The Bug Run will be held on August 14, but with changes for COVID.  The number of runners will be limited, registration will be online only, and results will be posted online only.  To maintain social distancing throughout the race, it is expected that there will be staggered starts. This brings up an interesting issue that I hadn’t considered; in order for runners not to be passing each other, faster runners should start earlier.  So registration forms will request runners’ 5K times so that they can be assigned a proper start time.  The committee also decided not to have a Kilted Canter race this year for a variety of reasons.  Thank you to Ed Varney and the members of the 5K Road Race committee. 
Planning for HarborFest is also underway.  This summer’s HarborFest will be held on August 13-15, but again with changes related to COVID.  The boat building will be done in separate small tents (rather than one large tent) to facilitate social distancing.  There will not be a Friday night gathering, but there will be an online auction.  There will be some kids’ events (touch tank, puppet show), and there will be the usual boat show, rowing regatta, and cardboard boats, plus tours of Front Street Shipyard.  The pancake breakfast is still under discussion, but many of the vendors are expected to be there.  Meanwhile, Mickey Sirota and Bob Adler have been busy talking to sponsors, and they already have commitments or actual donations of $6500 so far, with more expected (plus some in-kind donations such as plywood).   All in all, it looks like a near normal HarborFest, thanks to the work of the HarborFest committee.
My informal subcommittee of advisors and I are keeping an eye on the local COVID situation and as soon as we feel it’s safe we will start up hybrid meetings again, probably later this month.  I know we’re all anxious to see each other in three dimensions again, but let’s make sure that we do it with caution.  It’s been nearly a year since we’ve been able to be together in person, and a couple more weeks to be sure we’re all safe is worth the wait.      
I’m very grateful for all the work that these and other committees are doing.  Thanks to all of you, our club pretty much runs itself.  Have a great Spring, and I hope to see many of you on Wednesdays. 
Yours in friendship and service,

First National Bank, First National Wealth Management

Sponsor 2021 Belfast Harbor Fest


Belfast’s newest bank is the “Ship Owner” major sponsor of one of the city’s biggest and oldest continuous public events. First National Bank, located at Reny’s Plaza, and First National Wealth Management will sponsor the Maine bicentennial edition of Belfast Rotary Club’s Harbor Fest, to be held on the Belfast waterfront in mid-August. With its charitable gift of $4,000, the two First National entities will be sole sponsors of Harbor Fest’s National Boatbuilding Challenge and 5K “Bug Run” road race.

It is our pleasure to support important community events such as Harbor Fest,” said Tony C. McKim, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bancorp, parent company of both First National Bank and First National Wealth Management. “We look forward to being there in August and meeting Rotarians and members of our community. Thank you to Belfast Rotary Club for all the work you do for the Belfast Community.”

Presenting for First National Bank were First National Wealth Management’s Business Development Officer Niki Janczura, First National Bank’s Vice President and Business Development Officer Michelle Curtis, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Ed Varney, and Belfast Vice President and Bank Manager Jennifer Boynton. Accepting for Belfast Rotary were club president Richard Koralek, and Belfast Harbor Fest Sponsor Coordinator Robert Adler and Co-Coordinator Mickey Sirota.

Member Information
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Karen Sutherland - May 7

Linda Drinkwater - May 7

Lee Woodward - May 15

Patti Ann Lord - May 15

Duke Marston - May 15

Stephanie Williams - May 21
Beth Sterner - 1 year

Bob Adler - 6 years

Tiffany Nemec - 6 years

Jane Strauss - 14 years

Mark Biscone - 32 years

Lee Woodward - 40 years
Belfast Rotary - 96 years
Check out the list of speakers for May, the links are found below.
We have some open slots in June. Please forward your suggestions to Heather Ross.
Highlights from weekly Zoom Meetings
Rotary International
Rotary International News
May 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Seeds of Live Permaculture
May 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Upstream Watch
Jun 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Scholarship Committee
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Scholarship Committee
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Jun 23, 2021 5:00 PM
Annual End of Year Dinner (NO NOON MEETING)
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Rotary Foundation
Immediate 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
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