Rotary Club of Rockland

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Meeting Address:
Rockland Elks Lodge
210 Rankin St
Rockland, ME  04841
United States
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Giving away our hard-earned money!  $1,000 to each - Meals on Wheels, AIO Food Pantry, and Knox Clinic.  
A good time was had by all at the Boston Financial Parking Fundraiser on Saturday, July 16th.  
Rockland Rotary's 2015-2016 Student at Qholaqhoe High School in Lesotho
Rockland Rotary Club approved for Two Year Pilot

Our immediate Past President has another new position. 

 There is no regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec 9 2015.  We have our Christmas Party Thursday, December 10th!
Rockland Rotary 2015 scholarship winners are: Henry Berry, Payton Billingsley, Kaylee Casas, Emily Gould, Emily Hodgdon, Rachel Johnson, Dorothy Nicewonger, Ashley Pezanowski, Alexis Pine, Emily Protheroe, Walker Ranney, Caitlin Raye, Cortney Simmons, and Jacqueline Thorbjornson!
 There is no meeting on July 1st as the Change of Command dinner is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.
On April 29, 2015, Jessie Davis, Office Manager from the Strand Theatre, presented a most interesting talk on her swim from Lincolnville to Islesboro in support of LifeFlight of Maine.

The Islesboro Crossing is an annual open water swimming fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine. 3.1 miles across the Lincolnville to Islesboro held annually in late August.

In 2013, its first year, the Islesboro Crossing welcomed 30+  participants and raised $19,500. In 2014, 50+ swimmers participated and  the crossing raised $120,000. Saturday, August 29th, 2015
at 7a.m. they  will be doing it again. LifeFlight is currently comprised of two twin  engine Agusta 109E helicopters, capable of traveling 165mph, stationed  in Bangor and Lewiston. They transport and treat1500+
patients/year --  80% hospital to trauma center and 20% on scene calls. Since its inception in 1998 LifeFlight has transported 18,000+ patients. Inspired by LifeFlight and the incredible effort it takes to provide emergency medical care to rural and remote parts of Maine, Rockland resident  Jessie Davis decided to swim to Islesboro to raise money for  LifeFlight. After discussing the details of her endeavor with the folks at the LifeFlight
Foundation, they decided to broaden the event and  invite additional swimmers to participate. Thus, the Islesboro Crossing  was born. Swim to help LifeFlight fulfill their promise to be there for  all Mainers in their time
of need. "I want to make sure LifeFlight's services are available to my family, friends, neighbors, and community  when they need it - so that somebody's worst day doesn't have to be  their last." The need for
LifeFlight's services is so great that they are currently raising money to purchase and outfit a third helicopter  and a fixed winged aircraft. To participate as a swimmer, kayaker,  volunteer or to donate to the 2015
Islesboro Crossing please visit  or call 207-230-7092
Help us reach  our $100k goal.

If you would like to hear more interesting speakers like Jessie Davis, please visit the Rockland Rotary at the Samoset Resort every Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm and enjoy a complimentary luncheon. For more information contact Doris Vertz at:
Bart Read, CI Manager at Fisher Engineering,  gave a brief review of Fisher’s operations in Rockland to the Rockland Rotary on March 25, 2015.   The talk focused on new products, brands, and how plows are made.  The slide show reviewed the manufacturing of plows from plate steel through the process of cutting, fabrication, welding, coating and assembly. 
Fisher, a division of Douglas Dynamics, LLC is releasing two new Fisher brand snow plows this season as well as a new line of SnowEx plows.  In addition to the new plows six sizes of  Steel hopper in Gas, Hydraulic and electric will be released.  These span a capacity range from 1.5 yards to 6.0 yards.  Fisher is an equal opportunity employer and continues to grow its operations in Rockland.
Rockland Rotary will return to the Samoset Resort on April 22nd for their regular meetings every Wednesday at 12:15pm to 1:15pm.  Please come for a visit and hear exceptional speakers like Bart Read.  Contact Doris Vertz at or by phone at 207-242-4370 (C) for more information.    

The following are the incoming officers:

  • President:  Doris Vertz
  • President Elect:  Diane Zollo
  • Vice President:  N. Kermit Voncannon, Jr.
  • Treasurer:  Randy Cruz
  • Secretary:  Joyce Burnham
  • Director of Club Service:  Walden Chandler
  • Director of Community Service:  Fred Newcomb
  • Director of International Service:  Blaine Curtis
  • Director of Vocational Service:  Roy Hitchings
  • Immediate Past President:  Amie Hutchison
  • Assistant Secretary:  Hillary Jackson
  • Assistant Treasurer:  Jack Grossbaum


  • Sergeant at Arms:  Eric Hebert
  • Foundation: Dave Theriault


Rev. Paul Marshall spoke to the Rockland Rotary members recounting his involvement in establishing and building a high school in Micronesia in the early 1960’s.  Rev. Marshall began his presentation with a re-cap of this earlier experience in WWII when he was a medic in the Army with the 104th Infantry Division called the Timberwolves.   Returning to Maine after the war, Rev. Marshall worked for the U.S. Forest Service, obtained a degree in Math and Science and later was contacted by a Mission Board to become a missionary in Micronesia.

At the December 3, 2014 Rockland Rotary Club meeting, Friends of Midcoast Maine Executive Director Jane Lafleur described the work of her organization and the newest program “The Community Institute”.  Lafleur presented inspiring and educational information about community planning, place-making and healthy communities and included examples of their work in Rockland, Gardiner, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Belfast.

It was a pleasure to invite Rev. Paul Marshall to speak to the Rockland Rotary members recounting his WWII memories.  It is hard to believe that Rev. Marshall is 90 years old.  He says he is going on to 100 with God’s help.  His introduction to the book he authored titled, Maine Boy Goes to War, was to tell others that they also have a story that is important for people to hear.  


This year's E-Waste collection will happen on Saturday October 4th.  Please contact Doug Curtis to volunteer!




Sunday – September 14, 2014  - 1:00 PM  


Join us for our 4th Road Rally, an afternoon of an easy country drive finding your way following route instructions, answer some questions, identifying photos, enjoy the views, maybe win a prize and join the friendly group for early cocktails and dinner at a restaurant within  25 miles from the Samoset Resort. Total rally distance is less than 75 miles.

The registration and sponsor forms are in the download files section (down on the right on the main page).



ImageWhat a fantastic meeting today!  A benefaction’s award to the Teen & Young Parent Program was accepted by Adrienne Randall.  This program addresses the needs and concerns of young parents.


Our President, Amie Hutchison, addressed the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association’s marketing strategy of pouring ice water over her head for a donation of $100 to ALS.  A challenge was made to three other members to have ice water poured over their heads for a donation.  President Bush (43) performed the same challenge for the ALS Association. 



ImageA wonderful, marvelous, inspiring and informative presentation was given by Hope Douglas and Sue Barker from the Wind over Wings sanctuary located in Dresden, Maine, at the Rockland Rotary on August 13th.   The program was designed to be humorous, interactive and inspiring.  It certainly was that and more.


Thanks to our fabulous photographer, Mike Marriner we have pictures from the fishing Derby.  Please see the Photo Album section for the pics!
We will not be holding next week's  regular meeting, May 8th. Instead, on May 8th, we will be at 5 pm at Owls Head Transportation Museum.  Rockland Rotary is co-hosting the After hours Chamber social.  This is a great opportunity to meet people in our community that are part of the chamber and introduce them to Rotary!

 ImageApril 27th 9 am - 2 pm

Medomak Valley High School

 Sponsored by Rockland Rotary and Medomak Valley National Honor Society

Donations benefit Rockland Rotary Charities

Electronic Waste Collection includes computers, printers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, dvd players, phones, etc.....

Businesses will be charged a fee.

FMI you may contact Doug Curtis, Jr. at 701-1554.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Asst. Treasurer
Vice President