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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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Rotary “Serving with Imagination and Hope”
Rockland Rotarians, Doug and Ferolyn Curtis, Jr., participated in decorating the 2023 Rotary float for the Rose Parade in Pasadena.  It took volunteers more than 7,000 hours to prepare and apply flowers and decorations to the float. The Rose Parade theme was “Turning the Corner” an expression of hope and resilience. “Serving with Imagination and Hope” was the Rotary float theme that highlights Rotary’s progression in their mission to educate people globally. Rotary’s float received the Princess Award for the most outstanding floral presentation among entries 35 feet and under in length.
First National Bank recently announced a $5,000 donation to the Rockland Rotary toward their All Aboard Inclusive Playground Project.
“We’re proud to support Rockland Rotary’s All Aboard Playground,” said First National Bank’s, Jake Miller. “This project will provide a universally inclusive space for our families to enjoy in the Midcoast and beyond.”
For more information on how to contribute, visit: facebook.com/RocklandRotary/
Photo Caption: (L-R): First National Bank's Jake Miller, Necole Janczura, Brooke Creamer, Monique Bearce, Shannon Young, Rockland Rotary's Tena Wallace, Susan Ware Page and First National Bank's Alicia Costa presenting a check for $5,000 towards the All Aboard Playground Project.
 
 
Rockland Rotarians were in festive humor for some holiday shenanigans and competition! Let’s see how many candy canes you can remove from a bowl using only a candy cane and no hands. Then there’s the lipstick challenge for extra points.   Finally, Rotarians were put to the test by playing “True or False”, being mindful of Rotary's 4-Way Test…Is it the Truth!! View more Holiday Party pictures in our Photo Album located on the right side of our Home Page.
Past-District Governor, Doug Curtis, Jr. gave a presentation recapping his year as District 7790 Governor.  Doug outlined his challenges, accomplishments and future plans for his International Environmental District Project with Maine and Quebec.  Our club would like to thank Doug for an outstanding year and his dedication in putting Service Above Self.  Rockland Rotary's very own cheerleader, Doris Vertz, lead the members in chanting "Hip hip hooray" to express congratulations and gratitude to Doug for a job well-done.
Rockland Rotarians jumped right into the holiday season as they decorated their float for the Festival of Lights parade. Our Rotary float was among the many festive floats that paraded up Main St. in front of cheerful onlookers that lined the parade route. It was heartwarming watching the community and families coming together to enjoy themselves and the festivities. Thank you President Tena Wallace, Eric Hebert, Mike Flanagan, Kristin Brown, Kermit Voncannon, Ferolyn Curtis, Stephanie & Jackie McLain, Andrea & Emma Curtis-Southard.
 
The members of Rockland Rotary generously donated turkeys, hams, and many bags of food to assist our local Hospitality House in Rockport with food to prepare a hot Thanksgiving meal along with extra bags of food to fill their pantry to provide additional meals.  Our president, Tena Wallace, graciously did the shopping and delivered the food items this week. 
President, Tena Wallace, assists in setting up our table for the "Best of the Best" Gala at the Samoset Resort.
 
It was a fantastic evening for Rockland Rotarians to participate in the VillageSoup "Best of the Best" in Knox Gala at the Samoset Resort.  It was a great time to meet people from our community and share what Rockland Rotary is doing to help those in need within our area and internationally.  We also had the opportunity to inform people about our "All Aboard" Inclusive Playground Project.  Rockland Rotarians pictured are Ferolyn Curtis, Gene Reil, Kermit Voncannon, Bill Gay, Kathy Barker, and interviewer Jerry Stone. Also, Jane Newcomb, Mike Flanagan, and Doug Curtis, Jr. participated.
 
 
The Rockland Rotary Club take 2nd Place as "Best of the Best" in Knox County! 
Rockland Rotary's president, Tena Wallace and her husband, Peter, graciously hosted a social gathering at their home. our Rotarians to have a chillax time to mingle and enjoy an evening of conversation, laughter, and tasty hors d' oeuvres.  Thank you, Tena and Peter, for opening up your inviting home for this time of fellowship. Visit our Photo Album on the lower right side of our Home Page for more photos.
Rockland Rotary was awarded $10,000.00 from the Rockland Rebound Committee which will go towards the installation of the "All Aboard" Inclusive Playground that will be located at MacDougal Park.  Thank you to the City of Rockland and to all the city residents who voted for this project.  We greatly appreciate your support. Receiving the award for Rockland Rotary are Emily Dillon and President Tena Wallace. 
Rockland Rotary sponsored their 1st Cornhole Tournament on a gorgeous fall day at the American Legion, Saturday, October 16, 2022. We sold delicious homemade baked items, Charlie's famous chili, cheeseburgers & hotdogs. We also had many generously donated raffle items. Thank you to all our $100 sponsors and those who donated raffle items and baked goods. All proceeds from this successful event go toward Rockland Rotary's "All Aboard" inclusive playground project.
 
Rockland Rotary sponsored their annual Marcel LaCasse Golf Tournament at the Samoset Resort. Thanks to the generous support from local sponsors, golfers, donations, and gifts in kind, we raised $28,689.96. Minus expenses, we will have approximately $14,000 to give out for local high school seniors. Top picture L-Rotarians Gene Reil (in back) and Bill Gay. Top R-Rockland Rotary's cheerleader, Doris Vertz. Bottom R-Rotarian Kathy Barker. Visit our Photo Album on the lower right side of our Home Page.
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.
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