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Rockland

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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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!
Henry Beck, Maine's State Treasurer, made his stop in Rockland this week.  His educational presentation covered topics such as cash management, unclaimed property, and directorships.  This annual visit from our State Treasurer always astounds members with new information and details.  Big thanks, Treasurer Beck!
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.
 
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.  
 
 
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