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Rockland

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Meeting Address:
Rockland Elks Lodge
210 Rankin St
Rockland, ME  04841
United States of America
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Hearing Oceanside High School seniors Ashley Young and Tamra Miller of JMG's local organization (Jobs for Maine's Graduates) was inspirational and motivating.  Learning from JMG leaders like Jane-Ann Reinink and Hannah Faesy was an added bonus.  Rockland Rotary supports JMG at Oceanside High School via interview practicums, resume builds, and general job/career learning.  Seeing our work in progress in young leaders like Ashley and Tamra was fulfilling.  Good luck to both 2019 graduates, and thanks to Jane-Ann and Hannah for their leadership of our youth.  Our club is proud to partner with JMG and drive high school student success with leadership and growth opportunities.
We're so proud of our very own Doug Curtis, District 7790 Governor for 2021-2022.  He was joined this week by District Governor-Elect Suzanne Uhl-Melanson of Waterville for 2020 district conference planning.  Doug - you've made us very proud in Rockland!  Hats off to you and Ferolyn for your years of service above self and community involvement.  
Maine's largest publishing house owned by Mainers visited our club today.  We welcomed Jane Karker, President of Maine Authors Publishing.  With over twenty years in the business, Jane has driven the business into strong successes.  Located in Thomaston, Jane's vision has a powerful focus on employing recent college liberal arts' graduates and crafting future leaders in the industry.  A true family operation, Jane's husband Lee, and her son, also are part of the family enterprise.  Thank you, Jane, for your vision and passion for our youth and local publishing.
Patrick O'Brien of Fiore Olive Oils & Vinegars dazzled our club with a most interesting review of the Fiore business.  Co-owned with wife Nancy, Fiore Olive Oils & Vinegars has a location in Rockland, and several throughout Maine's coastal and inland regions.  Specializing in both olive oils and balsamic vinegar, Patrick brought along several samples and thrilled the club with a primer on olive oil production.  We're honored to have Patrick & Nancy right here with us in Rockland.
Our club's charitable work has been noticed in Knox County!  We scored a 2nd Place award for best civic & fraternal organization and a 3rd Place award for best community service.  Join the Best of the Best event this evening, November 14, from 5-8p at the Samoset.
Wayne Gray visited our club and shared the history of Rockland's Wall of Fame, located at City Hall.  Our members learned of renowned Rockland residents and watched a short, compilation video produced with the Rockland Historical Society.  Maxine Elliott and Edna St. Vincent Millay were two local residents featured in the film.  We're grateful to Wayne for this educational experience.
Local author Carol Schulte amazed our club today with her scary readings from her book, Ghosts on the Coast of Maine.  Available at local midcoast booksellers and on Amazon, Carol's stories of ghosts from all over Maine were a perfect blend of fun and a bit of scary on Halloween, 2018.  Carol is pictured with Rotarian Jane Newcomb, her dear friend of many years.
Welcoming back former member Heidi Neal as our speaker was a wonderful glimpse into her successful company's rise in Maine's midcoast.  On October 24, 2018, Heidi gave us an impressive history of how her company has grown.  Specifically & importantly, Loyal Biscuit's community service work has garnered national awards and helped many local animal welfare nonprofits in our region.  We're proud of you, Heidi, and you're welcome to visit us again any time!
We enjoyed a gorgeous fall day in downtown Rockland on October 20, 2018, with fellow Rotarians from Belfast and Camden as we walked to End Polio Now!  The walk is our region's annual reminder that polio is not extinct and our fight to provide vaccinations around the world still exists today.  We had a bit of fun dressed as dinosaurs strolling about in Rockland, and were joined by District Governor Marcel Noel.  We look forward to the 2019 event!
Join our club as we host our local Rotary friends from Camden & Belfast for our annual Polio Plus Walk.  We'll meet at Rockland Public Landing and take a wonderful stroll through downtown Rockland.  Be sure & look for our very own Rockland Rotary members dressed in dinosaur costumes!  We begin at 1030a, and small donations to fight polio extinction are welcome!
The Darling Marine Center's Director Dr. Heather M. Leslie joined us October 10, 2018, for a rousing presentation on her organization's work.  An affiliate of the University of Maine,  the Darling Marine Center is an active center of marine research, education, and outreach.  Existing since 1965, the DMC brings unique strengths and opportunities to our Maine aquatics and marine culture via its waterfront laboratory and resident expertise, all nearby on the Damariscotta River.  Thank you, Dr. Leslie, for your teaching today.  Please return!
On Saturday's spectacular fall day, October 6, 2018, we gathered in the bright sun in Thomaston and hosted our annual e waste day.  We had ten or so members working from 8a - 3p and we earned approximately $2200 to support our club's pledge to help build a new industrial kitchen in St Thomas, Virgin Islands, post hurricane disaster.  We laughed, we talked of Rotary public service to community members, and we helped our environment.  Hats off to Doug & Ferolyn Curtis for organizing!!!
At today's weekly meeting on October 3, 2018, we welcomed Jan Mark, a fellow Rotarian from the Landborgen - Helsingborg Club in Sweden.  Jan gave our club a wonderful glimpse into life in Sweden, and encouraged all to visit international clubs.  He's visited 48 different clubs around the world on his tours.  Welcome to Rockland, Jan, and thanks to member Doris Vertz for inviting Jan to visit.
 
 
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