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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
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Rockland Rotarians and spouses had a splendid time on our seafaring sunset cruise on A Morning in Maine with Captain Tyler. We had so much fun sailing on Rockland's beautiful harbor, while enjoying laughs and fellowship. See more photos in Photo Album.  
 
Rockland Rotarians had the pleasure of meeting our new District Governor, Denis Blouin, during his visit our club.  Our president, Tena Wallace, gave a comprehensive power point presentation that highlighted our goals, projects, fundraising events, and "Service Above Self" locally & globally. See more photos in Photo Album.

 

Rockland Rotarians volunteer at their hometown Lobster Festival to serve Maine "lobstah" dinners, clams, mussels, "chowda" and other native delicacies on the festival grounds overlooking our beautiful harbor. Despite the heat and humidity, we had a "wicked good" time! See more pictures in Photo Album.

Rockland Rotary holds their weekly meeting down on the festival grounds to support our community Lobster Festival. Gorgeous day for delicious Maine lobster, fun, and fellowship. See more photos in Photo Album.
Rockland Rotary was pleased to award a Benefaction Grant to Joe Ryan, Executive Director of the AIO Pantry for Food & Energy Assistance. Pictured with Joe, L-R are Eric Hebert, Benefaction Committee Member, club President, Tena Wallace, Joe, and Gene Reil, Benefaction Committee Member.  Joe was also our guest speaker today.  He shared all the remarkable ways AIO is assisting people within our community. Thank you, Joe, and the AIO Food Pantry for all your efforts in "Serving to Change Lives".
Rockland Rotary was pleased to award Benefaction Grants to 9 local, non-profit organizations to assist them in their efforts to help members of our community.  Top photos: top-Diane Sternberg from Sail, Power, & Steam, L-Amie Hutchinson from Trekkers, R-Gayle Bedigian from the Coastal Museum. Presenting grants are Eric Hebert, Benefaction Committee Member and President Ferolyn Curtis.
Bottom photos: top- Rebekah Paredes from New Hope for Women, and bottom-Tom Mullin from Herring Gut Learning Center.  Grant recipients not pictured are the AIO Food & Energy Assistance, Meals on Wheels, Pleasant River Chapel for summer Meals on Wheels, and the St. George Community for Community Cupboard. Presenting grants are Eric Hebert, Benefaction Committee Member, outgoing President, Ferolyn Curtis, and new President, Tena Wallace.
At the Change of Command, June 30th, Rockland Rotarians offered their warmest welcome to our new president, Tena Wallace, for Rotary year 2022-2023.  She received her President pin, President badge, and the club's gavel from out-going president, Ferolyn Curtis. President Tena is ready to lead us through another exciting and successful year following Rotary's Motto, Service Above Self.  This year's Presidential Rotary Theme is, "Imagine Rotary".  Here is what our new and first woman RI President, Jennifer Jones, envisions. “Imagine, a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” Rockland Rotarians, let's continue to give all our support to President Tena and to making this dream become a reality.  Let's pick up that "working stick" and make a difference in the lives of others.
Rockland Rotary was pleased to award a $1,500 scholarship to all 13 local high school senior applicants.
Seven of the recipients visited Rockland Rotary’s weekly meeting to share what college they plan on attending and focus of academic study.
 
Pictured L-R: Rockland Rotary President, Ferolyn Curtis, Scholarship Committee Co-chairs, Tena Wallace & Kathy Barker, scholarship recipients Elizabeth Swan, Cameron Bains, Anna Kingbury, Morgan Flanders, Noah Ludwig, Kylar Potter, and Jacob Carroll
 
What a fun day at the Business and Community Expo at the Samoset Resort.  It was a great opportunity to meet and network with local businesses and non-profit organizations.
Please join Rockland Rotary for a fun evening of local talent at the Family Friendly Variety Show and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. All proceeds go to Rockland Rotary's Inclusive Playground Project to be located at the MacDougal Park in Rockland.
Adults $30
Children $15
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/322497126587
Rockland Rotary Club is raising funds to help build a "universally inclusive" playground at MacDougal Park in Rockland. This playground will be built to allow easy access for children of all physical and cognitive abilities.  Rockland Rotary, P.O. Box 1811, Rockland, ME  04841
 

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Link to WABI TV Channel 5 news-aired 3-13-22
 
Rockland Rotary starts funding for inclusive playground
Ahead of their centennial celebration in 2024, the Rockland Rotary Club wants to unveil an inclusive playground.(Owen Kingsley)
Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 12:56 PM EST|Updated: 5 hours ago
 
ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) - For 98 years, Rotary Clubs have taken on different initiatives to better their communities.
 
Ahead of their centennial celebration in 2024, the Rockland Rotary Club wants to unveil an inclusive playground.
 
“One of the things as the child grows and gets older and weighs more is it’s harder for a parent to be able to physically move that child around on a playground,” said Susan Page, a member of the Rockland Rotary Club.
 
“It’s going to have rubberized surface that is flat. The playground equipment is built low to the ground so children can easily get on the equipment. It comes with safety features,” said Ferolyn Curtis, President of the Rockland Rotary Club.
 
An inclusive playground has everything that your typical playground has, but the next closest one? All the way in Lewiston. The Rotary Club says it’s their responsibility to offer kids on the Mid-coast something a little closer to home.
“I think those children that have these challenges really need to have some additional resources and to be able to have some location that can provide them the opportunity just to be a kid,” said Page.
 
They estimate the playground will cost $350,000.
 
They have a GoFundMe set up, fundraisers on the calendar, and are reaching out to local organizations for grant money.
 
“To be able to have a moment where they can forget about their daily challenges and just be a kid, I can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces,” said Page.
 
Their next big fundraiser will be their annual Bass Fishing Tournament at Damariscotta Lake on April 24th.
 
All proceed will go toward the playground.
 
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WABI TV Channel 5 Inclusive Playground Interview
Rockland Rotary's Playground Fundraising chair, Susan Ware Page and club president, Ferolyn Curtis, were interviewed by Owen Kingsley, a news reporter from WABI TV Channel 5, about our club's Centennial Inclusive Playground Project.  In celebration of Rockland Rotary's Centennial year in 2024, our club wanted to do a project for children that would fill a need in our community and the surrounding areas.  We have playgrounds in our area, but they do not meet the needs of all children and adults. Our goal is to create a playground for children of all abilities and developmental stages so they can play and interact with their peers in a safe space.
 
 
Rockland Rotary would like to thank Lexi Zable for sponsoring the "Dine for Donations" fundraiser at the Grey Owl to support our club's Inclusive Playground project.  Rockland Rotarians and guests gathered for a fun evening of fellowship.
 
Rockland Rotary would like to thank Rotarian Lexi Zable for donating a generous check in the amount of $850 collected from the "Dine for Donation" fundraiser at The Grey Owl Bar & Grill in Rockland.  She also donated another $40 in raffle ticket sales.  We would like to thank the community and rotarians who dined with us and supported this event. All proceeds will go toward Rockland Rotary’s Inclusive Playground Project. From L-R: Fred Newcomb, Centennial Chair, Lexi, Emily Dillion, Playground Committee member, and Ferolyn Curtis, President
Rockland Rotary would like to thank Rotarian Ken Grigus and his wife, Mary, for their generous donation in the amount of $1,000 to go toward Rockland Rotary’s Inclusive Playground Project.
 
Rockland Rotary would like to thank Central Maine Power for donating a generous check for $2,000 to go toward Rockland Rotary’s Inclusive Playground Project. From L to R: Rotarian Emily Dillon, Sarah Mazurek, Manager of Regional Operations for the Penobscot Bay Region, Rotary President Ferolyn Curtis, and Playground Fundraising-chair, Susan Ware Page.
Rockland Rotary is please to welcome Amie Hutchinson back as an active member.  Amie is the Executive Director of Trekkers and is a past-president of Rockland Rotary.  She marks the 11th new member to our Rotary Club this year! 
 
Rockland Rotary is please to welcome Mark Strong as its newest member.  He is the 10th new member to be inducted this Rotary year!  L-R: Eric Hebert, Membership Chair, Mark,  Bob Bird, sponsor, and Ferolyn Curtis, President.
 
Rockland Rotary is please to welcome Kristin Brown as its newest member.  She is the 9th new member to be inducted this Rotary year! Kristin is a Registered Nurse employee at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport. L-R: Eric Hebert, Membership Chair, Kristin, and Ferolyn Curtis, President and sponsor.
 
Rockland Rotary is please to welcome Gavin Elliott as its newest member!  He is the 8th new member to be inducted this Rotary year. Gavin is Branch Manager at Bangor Savings. L-R: Eric Hebert, Membership Chair, Gavin Elliott, and Ferolyn Curtis, President and sponsor.
 
 
Rockland Rotary is pleased to welcome Michael Curtis as its newest member. Michael is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in the Thomaston office and is the 7th new member inducted into our club this Rotary year. L-R: Membership Committee chair, Eric Hebert, Club President, Ferolyn Curtis and Michael Curtis.
 
The Rockland Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Pam Leach as our newest member.  Pam is the 6th newest member to be inducted into our club this Rotary year.  Her sponsor is Susan Ware Page.
 
Welcome to our newest Rockland Rotary member, Christian Smith, is a
Lieutenant for the Rockland Salvation Army.  His sponsor is Kermit VonCannon.
We welcomed in December our newest members to Rockland Rotary, John & Marci Lambert (top photo) and Emily Dillon. Congratulations! John and Marci's sponsor is Eric Hebert and Emily's sponsor is Bob Bird.
 
The Rockland Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Jeremy Daigle as a new member.  Congratulations!  Jeremy's sponsor is Butch Worcester.
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.
Rockland Rotarian and executive director of Herring Gut Coastal Science Center, Kathy Barker, along with Patrick Burnham, educational programs director, were our guest speakers today. Herring Gut Learning Center is a nonprofit educational center located on a multi-acre waterside campus at the tip of the St. George peninsula in midcoast Maine.
Our guest speaker and artist, Sue Baines, talked about her specially designed Ukrainian "Pease Dove".  All proceeds from the sales of her "Pease Dove" totes, aprons, and T-shirts will be donated to Ukraine Relief. Pictured above L-R, Adreth Rackliff, Sue Baines, Ferolyn Curtis, & Kermit Voncannon.
 
Rockland Honorary Rotarian, Jim Jenkins, gave a very interesting and informational talk about Winn Chato's Rotary Stamp Collection.
Marci Lambert gives an interesting classification talk.  It was a pleasure getting to know more about Marci.
John Lambert gives his classification talk.  He pointed out that many of the baseball stadiums he visited no longer exist. Interesting!
 
Bill Gay gave an interesting presentation about the Owls Head Community Cemetery Committee and their dedication restoring neglected area cemeteries. 
 
 
Rockland Rotarian, Kermit VonCannon, gave a very interesting and informational talk on the topic of automotive supply and electric vehicles.
 
 
Emily Dillon gave an entertaining classification talk.  Our club members and guests enjoyed learning more about one of our new rotarians.
 
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.
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