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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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Rockland Rotarians volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army red kettle collection.  Thanks to all of the volunteers and to all who donated to this worthwhile community cause.
Rockland Rotarians got into the jolly Holiday Season by participating in the Festival of Lights parade, Saturday, November 27, 2021. It was a full day for many Rockland Rotarians who volunteered to decorate the Rotary float, sell Fire Pit raffle tickets for Polio+, and participated in the spectacular festival parade down Rockland's Main St., waving to the large crowd of cheerful onlookers.
Rockland Rotarians got into the jolly Holiday Season by participating in the Festival of Lights parade, Saturday, November 27, 2021. It was a full day for many Rockland Rotarians who volunteered to decorate the Rotary float, sell Fire Pit raffle tickets for Polio+, and participated in the spectacular festival parade down Rockland's Main St., waving to the large crowd of cheerful onlookers.
Rockland Rotary was pleased to present our District Governor, Doug Curtis, Jr., with a check for $5,000 to go toward his Rotary District 7790 project on "Supporting the Environment" in Maine and Quebec.
Thanks to the generous donations collected from the Rockland Rotary members, Rotarians Dave Theriault and Tena Wallace, were able to deliver $400 worth of food for a Thanksgiving meal and everyday dinners to the Knox Homeless Coalition. Included in this gift of food were 20 pounds of hamburger and chicken breasts, cereal, pasta, sauces, juices, extra veggies and the list went on.  Rockland Rotary serving to change lives by putting service about self.
Jon Moro, an artist from Camden was our speaker November 24, 2021.  He has been a sculptor for 20 years.  Jon showcased 3 incredible wooden sculptures he created featuring famous sports heroes
Rockland Rotarians volunteered to assist WindowDressers, a non-profit organization, with their community project gluing, drilling, and building window frames to insulate homes and lower fuel cost for people in our local community.  This was such a well-organized and worthwhile community project.
What a fun-filled, beautiful day for Rockland Rotary’s annual Marcel LaCasse Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Samoset Resort Friday, September 24th.  Rockland Rotary would like to thank all the generous support from the golfers, sponsors, the Samoset Resort, and volunteers, that made this fundraising event possible and such a success.  All the proceeds from this tournament goes towards scholarships for local high school seniors to assist them in furthering their education.  Rockland Rotary thanks you again for supporting this worthwhile cause. (photos of Rockland Rotarians having fun!)
Rockland Rotary hosted its 2nd annual Craft Fair and bake sale at the Ash Point Elementary School Friday, September 25th.  There were a variety of beautiful, useful, and unique handcrafted items from talented crafters to tempt those early holiday shoppers.  Rotarians sold out of their delicious homemade baked goods that were too delectable to pass up.  Thanks goes out to all the crafters, volunteers, and community shoppers for making this fun event such a success.  All the proceeds from this event go back into the community for those in need.
Rockland Rotarians put "Service Above Self" Saturday, August 28, by volunteering for West Bay Rotary's 2 annual Meals of Hope project to pack 25,000 nutritious meals for area pantries.
The First annual Paul Harris Lobster Bake was held, Saturday, August 21 at the Camden Hills State Park.  Rotary members from the West Bay, Camden, Belfast, Rockland, and Yarmouth clubs joined together for fellowship, celebration, and a fabulous meal.  Our own Doug Curtis, Jr. was on hand to share a few words about creating a District Foundation during his year District Governor. 
With great gusto, our club regrouped in person for our 2021 Change of Command dinner at the Elks Club in Rockland.  As our 2020 event did not occur due to the COVID pandemic, we enjoyed one another's company in celebration of our club's tremendous work during both 2019 and 2020.  We honored the Knox County Homeless Coalition's CEO Stephanie Primm as our 2021 Community Person of the Year.  We reached back to 2019 and honored the Salvation Army's Keith Davis as that year's Rotarian of the Year, with 2020's Rotarian of the Year went to Eric Hebert (see photo insert).  We said goodbye to current President Butch Worcester and welcomed incoming President Melissa Bellew.  Now, we press ahead for this next year of service above self to our community.
Rob Powers was presented his blue badge today after completing his red badge requirements successfully.  Welcome aboard the blue team, Rob!!!  We're thrilled to have you on board.
Rob is on the left in the photo, while on the right is Eric Hebert, Past President & Membership Chair.
Rotarian and Salvation Army Captain Keith Davis share the coveted Golden Kettle Award with President Butch Worcester on February 10. 2021.  Each year, our local Rockland Salvation Army hosts a friendly competition amongst local nonprofits to see who can generate the most funds via donations and bell ringing.  Three years running our club has claimed the prize.  Congrats to all for this worthy work!
Here's today's press release as issued by the Rockland Fire Department:
Rockland Fire & EMS, along with the City of Rockland, would like to thank our friends from the Rockland Rotary with their generous financial support.  Rockland Rotary offered to cover the cost of a new refrigerator in order for our department to store and administer the Covid-19 vaccine to first responders in Knox County.  Rotary clubs across the State of Maine were contacted by Maine Emergency Medical Services and asked if they would be willing to financially support fire and EMS departments who would be incurring costs while taking on the fast moving program.  Rockland Rotary reached out to the Rockland Fire & EMS Department and within 2 weeks they were able to provide the donation.  This is a true sign of community support and we can’t thank them enough for their contribution.  Please see the attached photo from the leadership of the Rockland Rotary (Melissa Bellew and Butch Worcester) donating the $485.00 check to Fire Chief Chris Whytock and City Manager Tom Luttrell.
As our speaker on January 13, 2021, will be Sharon Hobson of One Less Worry, please bring paper products to donate to the nonprofit (toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and such).
Welcome, Susan!
Susan is the President of Maritime Energy l Maritime Farms. After college and working for Fortune 500 Safeco Financial in Seattle, Susan decided to return home and learn the family business from her Father, John. She joined the family business in 2001 and is the third generation. Susan has been on numerous State & local boards and was inducted into the USM Hall of Fame for basketball in 2012 and the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Susan’s husband, Charlie, is a Rotarian as well and their pride & joy are their two young sons, Jack & Blake
We're continuing to meet in person now weekly at our regular location.   In working with our partners at the Rockland Elks Lodge, we strive to follow all Governor Mills' COVID/DECD guidelines for safely spaced, masked, indoor meetings.  As an alternative to in-person meetings, we provide (most weeks) a zoom option.  Contact us for future information on the zoom if you are interested at rocklandrotary6310@gmail.com.  Please stay safe!
Bobby Deetjen, Assistant Director & Director of Student Services, inspired our crew this week regarding Rockland's "new" Mid-Coast School of Technology.  Located in Rockland near Owl's Head, this innovative, hands-on, teaching school was overhauled and renovated last year.  In fact, our club has visited the school on several occasions.  Bobby's overview of the school's instruction and willingness to drive students (both high school and adult) to rapidly growing career tracks was passionate and  exciting.  We're proud to have this school in our club's home base.
Our club is always thrilled to have our friends from the Knox County Homeless Coalition's The Landing place visit.  With Steph Primm's overall leadership at KCHC, The Landing Place's leader Joseph Hufnagel (far right in the photo) and Shelter Solutions' Coordinator Benjamin Cooke (far left, with President Eric in the middle) updated our members on the development of new housing solutions in Knox County.  While emphasizing that youth homelessness is a very real issue in Knox County, both Joseph & Ben shared two new opportunities in the works:  placing youth in qualified homes for temporary housing and the creation of a series of four apartments for temporary housing.  Both are novel, national models resting right in our county.  Our club is proud to support KCHC's work.  Thank you Steph, Joseph, & Ben for creating compassionate housing models in our community.
Local Waldoboro attorney Andrew J. Zulieve, Esq, of the firm Skelton, Taintor, & Abbot, joined our club today to talk all things intellectual property law.  Andy covered trademarks, patents, and copyright, amongst other topics.  Highly skilled in this area of expertise, Andy's legal career began as a law clerk for the world renowned D.C. based intellectual property firm, Finnegan Henderson. Additionally, he was an examining attorney for the US Trademark Office and has worked for several Maine law firms. In 2011, Andy opened his law practice in Waldoboro, where he served clients in Maine, nationally and internationally, until 2019 when he joined Skelton, Tainto,r & Abbott.  Andy's flair and speaking style made a complex topic very manageable for our club.  We're grateful for your time and sharing, Andy!
Local author & historian, John Bird, joined our club this week to share a bit of detail on his recently published book "Rockland, Maine:  Rise and Renewal."  In partnership with the Rockland Historical Society & Maine Author's Publishing, John's 500+ page book presents a "broad stroke" of Rockland's amazing history.  John shared an energetic overview of the book & provided tips on how best to utilize its teachings.  John is a first cousin of Rotarian Larry Bird.
Local AFLAC representative Sheila Lowe engaged with our club this week as she described her personal journey of success.  Sharing her own stints with homelessness and challenge, Sheila persevered with the support of the Knox County Homeless Coalition's Hospitality House.  She is now a very successful business owner with a passion for helping others gain security with insurance.  
We hosted Jon Nass and Jen Smith, the CEO & the Director of Maritime Development, respectively, of the Maine Port Authority, today in Rockland.  Terrific news was shared with our club as we learned that Jen Smith now heads up a new, Rockland-based MPA office designed to spur maritime growth in midcoast Maine.  We learned of MPA's dramatic & measured growth over the past few years as Maine's abilities to export & import via water are soaring.
Joined in this photo by President Eric Hebert, our newest member, Tena Wallace, dazzled our crew with a rousing classification talk.  While Tena's love of family and our community stood out in her words, her passion for "service above self" was her theme.  Learning of Tena's childhood teachings from her grandmother in Owls Head and her early understanding that serving others mattered was a beautiful story.  Our club is most fortunate to have Tena's wisdom, financial & banking savvy, and her extraordinary commitment to others.  Welcome aboard, Tena!
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Mike Hall, owner of Hall Cemeteries
Jan 19, 2022
Funeral industry & new crematorium
Bobby Deetjen
Jan 26, 2022
Executive Director Mid-coast School of Technology
Emily Olga Dillon
Feb 02, 2022
Classification Talk & Comedy
Carroll Harper
Feb 16, 2022
Medicare-past, present and future