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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
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Rockland Elks Lodge
210 Rankin St
Rockland, ME  04841
United States of America
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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!
Our education in Rockland's food insecurity continued today with our guest, Liz Jenkins, of AIO Food Pantry.  What tremendous work is happening at AIO!  Expansion, serving over 400 families monthly for food needs, creation of a community kitchen for training, and fostering partnerships impacting our communities across the midcoast!  While Liz acts as AIO's Board President, she is clearly the heart & soul of its local food access movement.  Liz' vision of food pantries working together and not in silos has transformed the midcoast.  Our Rockland community is most fortunate to have Liz' leadership!
Our club's focus the past few weeks has centered upon food insecurity and salvaging food waste.  On August 14, 2019, we welcomed Davis Saltonstall of ScrapDogs Community Compost.  Davis motivated our club with the successes of ScrapDogs' salvage of community food waste and turning that waste into rich, usable compost. Davis and his partner, Tessa, spend tremendous amounts of time in our community teaching and demonstrating how to be mindful of food waste and how compost can support families.  We move on to more food issues in Rockland in the next week.
Benefactions is a gift of our club to our community.  Today, we honored local nonprofit Trekkers.  Trekkers creates life-altering mentorships for teens.  Joining us for today's check presentation was Kate Elmes, Trekkers' Director of Development.  Flanking Kate in the photo are Doris Vertz and Eric Hebert.
What a day of fun & vision!  We were blessed with the first visit of new District Governor Suzanne Uhl-Melanson of Waterville.  Suzanne met our board an hour before our regular meeting today and shared her vision, her expectations, and her hopes for her year of service above self.  Our crew was inspired by Suzanne's strategic thinking and zest for the position - we are motivated!  Thank you, DG Suzanne!
On July 10, The Landing Place's Shelter Solutions Coordinator, Ben Cooke, provided our club an update and overview of The Landing Place's recent efforts in elevating the plight of youth homelessness in Knox County.  Always a special charity from this club's perspective, having our Landing Place friends provide updates creates the motivation for our club to continue our financial and physical support.  Ben, Joseph, and Britta are always welcome, as is Steph Primm, the KCHC's CEO, who oversight includes The Landing Place.

Today, we honored our scholarship winners. Without a doubt, this day marks one of our happiest days. Sharing our club's hard work raising funds with deserving students heading off to college defines Rotary's mission.  We were very impressed with all the winners and know these future leaders will be back in Maine making change.

From left to right, Abe LeMole, Oceanside, Laura Boutin, Oceanside, Bea Weinand, Oceanside, Hattie Watmaugh, Medomak Valley, & Maddie White, Medomak Valley, and our very own President Eric Hebert.

Here's the press release sent to local media on Brian's honor:
Brian Harden Honored by Rockland Rotary as Community Person of the Year
July 1, 2019 (ROCKLAND, Maine) – The Rockland Rotary Club honored Brian Harden as the 2019 Community Person of the Year at its recent Change of Command ceremony on Thursday evening, June 27, 2019.   
At this ceremony and dinner, the position of Club President was transferred from outgoing President Fred Newcomb to incoming President Eric Hebert.  The Community Person of the Year is bestowed upon an individual who is not a Rotarian, yet has performed exemplary community service to his or her community.  This year’s honoree has an extraordinary record of service to his community.
Brian is a true Rockland native, born at the Knox County General Hospital in Rockland, and has lived here nearly his entire life.  Community service was instilled into Brian at young age by his parents, Fred and Inez Harden, when they brought Brian (then age 5), and his brother David to serve hungry patrons at the Maine Lobster Festival.  As a side note, Brian’s father, as a member of the Rockland Area Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees), was a moving force that brought the Lobster Festival to Rockland after its debut in Camden.
His civic work began with his appointment to Rockland’s Charter Commission in 1974.  In 1975, Brian was appointed to and chaired the City’s Bi-Centennial Commission, which planned city celebrations of America’s 200th birthday.  He was appointed the City’s Comprehensive Planning Committee, and he served as Chairman for his entire tenure on the Committee from 1993 to 2000.  While on the Comprehensive Planning Committee, he was instrumental in crafting new commercial zoning in the early 1990s to promote business development at a time when Rockland’s economy was facing significant challenges.  Under his leadership, the Committee drafted updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  That plan, on which he had a major influence, was eventually adopted in 2002, and with only a few amendments since then, is still in effect today. 
Brian’s civic duties hit a high point when he ran for City Council in 2000.  Because of his vast experience from his past civic and community work, he handily won a seat on the City Council, a seat he would win four consecutive times for a 12-year stint on the Council.  He served as Mayor for four of those twelve years.  His record was progressive, voting time and again to promote common-sense ideas to improve city services, and to promote sensible development while protecting residential neighborhoods.  His time on the Council was marked with controversy, but through it all, he led with conviction, and with a deep-seated belief that Rockland is a great place to live and work. 
Despite having leadership roles in many organizations, with the notable exception of his time on City Council, much of Brian’s work has been done behind the scenes and away from the limelight.  While others often received the accolades for many of positive changes that have occurred in Rockland, many of those changes have Brian’s fingerprints all over them. 
Rotary’s Motto is “Service Above Self,” and Brian epitomizes this ideal.  In accepting this award, Brain shared this guiding philosophy about his service to the community as follows:
“You can accomplish great things if you don’t care who gets the credit.”  A worthy recipient of this award, Rockland Rotary thanks Brian for his many years of continuing service to our community.
Learn more about Rockland Rotary at www.rocklandrotary.org.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Sharon Hobson
Oct 20, 2021
Jeff Boutaugh
Oct 27, 2021
Classification Talk
Joe Ryan
Nov 03, 2021
AIO Food Pantry/Energy Assistance
Craig Wilson
Nov 10, 2021
Impact ov COVID on MidCoast Recreation (MRC)
Etienne Perrot
Nov 17, 2021
Jon Moro (a local artist)
Nov 24, 2021