Inclusive Playground

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.
Inclusive Playground N. Kermit Voncannon, Jr. 2022-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

New Members

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.
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Public Relations & Networking

 
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.
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WindowDressers Community Project

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.
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Marcel LaCasse Memorial Golf Tournament

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!)
 
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Club Supports Rockland Fire Department

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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.
Club Supports Rockland Fire Department Melissa Bellew 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Join Us Weekly!

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!
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Local Tech School Leader Visits

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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.
Local Tech School Leader Visits Melissa Bellew 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Landing Place Friends Visit

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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.
Landing Place Friends Visit Melissa Bellew 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0