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Elks Lodge (or via Zoom - contact us for the link)
290 Fourth Street
Old Town, ME 04468
United States of America
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Outgoing President Keri Denis (left) welcomes incoming President Pat Cummings at the Installation Banquet on June 24 at the Old Town Elks Lodge.
 
The Rotary Club of Old Town held its annual Installation Banquet on June 24, welcoming the new President, Pat Cummings, and saying thank you to the departing President, Keri Denis.
 
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of six Paul Harris Fellowships to five deserving Rotarians, including Linda Bryant, Buggsy Bryant, Tamara Sarinen, and David Wollstadt. 
 
Keri and Linda.
 
Linda Bryant--This Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to someone who is not an officer but who is always there. Linda is the one who always sees what needs to be done in the community and then getting on e-mail or the telephone to tell us what exactly what to do, and usually how to do it.  But she doesn’t stop there. She ‘s involved in projects from start to finish.  Whether it’s school supplies for kids, May baskets for the elderly, lining up individuals who need a wheelchair ramp installed or emptying the Crossroads Ministry building and overseeing the distribution of badly needed food in the community. In short, every club needs a person to keep finding ways to make a positive impact on the community. We have Linda Bryant.
 
Keri and Buggsy.
 
Buggsy Bryant--Buggsy is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow whose desire to help others has been exemplified in the fact that he has almost never said “no” when someone asked him for help.  He has always been there for us as a club, and we’ve learned that we can truly rely on him.  Although he may be considered a sidekick to some, we would be remiss not to honor him for his individual time, effort, and contribution to this club and our communities
 
Keri pins Tamara with her Paul Harris Fellow pin.
 
Tamara Saarinen, Treasurer--Tamara is a first time Paul Harris Fellow.  Although she joined our club four years ago, she jumped right in and got to work.  She asked questions and showed great interest and enthusiasm in understanding the operations of the club as a whole, which is critical in her role.  She held one of the hardest board positions of any non-profit organization.  Not only did she show up for fundraisers and projects, she also spent a lot of time to learn a new system in order to take care of the club financially. 
 
Keri presents Dave Wollstadt with his Paul Harris Fellow pin.
 
David Wollstadt, Club Administration--Dave is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow who has been a steady presence over the years. He has contributed countless hours to the club’s fundraising and PR efforts through his work, primarily in editing and publishing the club’s annual Hunters Breakfast Newspaper, which raises several thousand dollars annually.  He has also consistently encouraged other members to participate in this effort and share the load – which the goal of many hands/light work.

Ben Smith and Robin Merchant present Keri with one of her Paul Harris Fellow awards.
 
A special highlight was the presentation of two Paul Harris Fellow awards to Keri Denis, President, 2020-2021.  This was the first time in memory that one person received two Paul Harris Fellows. The first Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded in recognition of her many achievements as club president during 1920-21. As presenter Ben Smith told the Club, Keri was being honored “for exceptional and inspiring leadership in a time of extraordinary turmoil.”  Keri’s second Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded for her efforts in spearheading the Rotary Quarter Mile drive, which brought all three Bangor-area clubs together with a goal of obtaining about $16,000 worth of quarters—enough to create a mile-long oval of quarters. The project involved close coordination and encouragement among all three clubs, in which Keri was a key player. In addition to her blood, sweat, and cheers, she also found at least $1,000 worth of quarters that she donated to the project.
 

New Board Introduced

The new board includes (from left): Keri Denis, Past President and Secretary; Stephen Russell, House Committee; Steve Johnson, Sargent at Arms; Corina Larsen, Service Projects; Macie Cote, Public Relations; Lisa Colby, Membership; David Wollstadt, Club Administration (with Becca Wollstadt, Official Greeter); Tess Greene, Vice President; and Pat Cummings, President. Not present for photo: Stan Peterson, President-Elect; Tamara Saarinen, Treasurer; and Ben Smith, Foundation. 
 
 
 
Carey Nason (right) with Old Town Rotary president Keri Denis after the June 10 meeting.
 
Carey Nason, director of Saint Andre Home, spoke to the club on June 10 about "Courage Lives," Saint Andre's program to help survivors of human trafficking and exploitation in Maine.
 
Saint Andre Home is incorporated in Biddeford, has corporate offices in Bangor, and provides residential treatment services for up to five women at a time at a home in central Maine.  Saint Andre also provides non-resident support services for more than 100 survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault annually.
 
Saint Andre Home is a private, non-profit organization founded by the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec. It has a history of providing services to vulnerable women and children for the past 81 years.
 
In Maine, a domestic violence assault is reported to law enforcement every 2 hours and 5 minutes. A report by the Maine Domestic Violence Abuse Homicide Review Panel found that 43% of homicides ion Maine were at the hands of a family member or intimate partner.
 
Outpatient and residential services help survivors 
•  heal and move beyond the cycle of violence
•  recover and receive treatment, and
•  gain economic independence with a whole-person approach to care
 
Saint Andre Home provides survivors with:
•  individual and group counseling sessions
•  life skills groups
•  case management, and
•  integrated substance use and disorder mental health counseling
 
 
Old Town Rotary Club President Keri Denis (center) joins her Bangor counterparts in creating the Rotary Quarter Mile.
 
The Old Town Rotary Club joined with the Rotary Club of Bangor and the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club to create a "Rotary Quarter Mile" in Old Town's Waterfront Park to raise funds and awareness for Polio Plus, Rotary's decades-long effort to eradicate polio.  The goal was to create a mile of quarters--an oval one-eighth mile long and eight quarters wide--which required 66,555 quarters, equal to $16,638.75.  Since the funds were matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the total amount raised for Polio Plus was $49,916.25--enough to pay for vaccination of 83,193 children.
 
 
Rotary Quarter Mile volunteers in Old Town's Waterfront Park.
 

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On Monday, April 5, the Rotary Club of Old Town purchased a ramp in Bangor in the morning on Pearl St and took it down, took the one in Milford down that we put it up a few months ago in the morning and put up the one that we bought in the afternoon on Kirkland Rd.  We were tired but happy that we were able to help the people in need.
 
Hello My Rotary Family
Most of you have heard about us helping Crossroads clear out their space so they can do some much needed repairs.  Last Saturday was unbelievable with all of the food that was given away to those who needed it.  The next few weeks will be the thrift store that we are packing up and taking it up to the Elks for the indoor yard sale.  Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 25th and Friday 26h, both days at 10, we will be packing boxes and stacking them for transport for next week.  Next week Wednesday, March 3rd and Thursday March 4th again at 10 we will be boxing and taking things to the Elks.  Friday, March 5th, and Saturday, March 6th, at 9 is the yard sale.  Those of you who can lend a hand come and see us.  We will be inside the whole time so if you are not able to please stay home.  Next week we will be using vehicles to transport items so those of you who can not be inside can do that.  
--Linda
 
 

Message from Rotary Club President Keri Denis

Crossroads Ministries needs our help.  They have to shut down to renovate parts of their building, so they need to clear out as much of the building as possible before work can be started.  Our club has offered to help, as, like us, Crossroads does so much to support our community.  
 
Round #1 will be next Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th.
 
Friday: Volunteers are needed to lug boxes of canned goods from the building to trailers.  Volunteers will be capped at 10 people, to include Linda and Bugsy, as there is not a lot of room to work in, we don't want to overwhelm the owners, and for safety reasons.  We will meet at 10 am at Crossroads Ministries.  
 
Saturday: There will be a free food distribution at the United Methodist Church parking lot in Old Town from 11 am - 3 pm to give away the boxes of canned goods.  Volunteers will meet at 10 am in the parking lot to set-up.  We will need more volunteers this day, so no cap.
 
Please contact Linda directly if you would like to volunteer for either day via phone, text, or email.  Please remember all COVID19 safety precautions will be taken both days.
 
Round #2 may happen if there is leftover canned goods from the event on Saturday.  This would consist of distributing the food to three different senior houses, on Tuesday - Thursday, Feb. 23rd-25th.  Linda will reach out for any help she needs with this.
 
Round #3 may be a yard sale to help them sell there other non-food items (clothes, tupperware, etc.).  There is no set date for this yet, but could potentially occur on Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th.  More to come on this.
 
 
 
Old Town Rotarians Linda and Bugsy Bryant packed up Valentine’s Day goodie bags for the residents of Marsh Island Apartments (senior housing facility) in Old Town, in hopes to bring joy to them on this holiday and to let them know they are not alone in this pandemic.”
 
Linda Bryant and her party of many were at it again helping those in need. Frank and Deanie Greenleaf, Chuck Veeder, Lisa Gallant, Pat Cummings and Corina Larsen delivered food to the Old Town Elementary School, Milford School and the Greenbush School which they will pass out where needed. This is something that Old Town Rotary has been doing for the past few years and will continue to do so.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Town Rotarians will be delivering Valentines Day gift bags to Old Town seniors at Marsh Island Apartments in February.
 
 
 
Rotary Clubs across Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec have collectively donated $25,000 to local fire departments to purchase necessary equipment (designated refrigeration units and iPads) to assist in their COVID19 vaccination efforts! Below is President Keri Denis of the Rotary Club of Old Town presenting some of these funds to East Millinocket Fire Department/EMS Chief Rob McGraw.
 
 
The City of Bangor is grateful to the Rotary Club of Bangor, Maine, Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast and Rotary Club of Old Town for their generous donation to the Bangor Maine Fire Department and Bangor Public Health & Community Services. This funding will help to purchase equipment needed for COVID-19 vaccinations in the community.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Old Town needs your help with our repurposed handicap ramp project to continue to provide for our communities. We are having a hard time finding used aluminum ramps that can be donated, or for sale at a reasonable price. If YOU have any leads for us, please contact Linda at 207-852-4487.
 
 
 
 
Rotary also has an assortment of chairs, steps, and other items to help people with mobility challenges.
 
 
 
 
One of the Old Town Rotary Club's projects for the 2020-21 Rotary year was to provide a washer and dryer for the Helen S. Dunn School in Greenbush.  Above, the washer and dryer were presented and installed by Rotarians Doug Marchio, D. J. Whitmore, Steve Russell, and Linda Bryant.
 
Old Town Rotarians filled stockings and the pantries for school kids, seniors and pets in our community.  Linda Bryant spearheaded the collection of toys, mittens, food and cleaning supplies. Chuck & Jane Veeder, Clarence & Linda Bryant and team members of Bryant Construction delivered # of boxes to the Greenbush School.   Pat Cummings and Linda Bryant delivered stockings made by Bernadine Robertson to residents of Marsh Island Apartments.  Gently used towels, pet pads, cleaning supplies and financial contributions were donated to the Animal Orphanage and the Bangor Humane Society. 
--Warm regards, Pat  
 
 
 
There were 22 big boxes and 15 bags of food,  essentials and cleaning supplies. They were delivered to RSU 34, Milford School and Greenbush School.  It is also called the Old Town animal Orphanage.  All mittens were made by Noella Thibeault, Linda's mom and a resident of Marsh Island, for the stockings that were delivered to the schools mentioned above
--Linda Bryant
 
 
 
 
 
If this isn't a Rotary Moment, I don't know what is...
Thank you, Dave & Sherrie Wight for delivering the meal that were packed with some of the funds the Old Town Rotary gave for the Maine Day Meal Packout planned by the UMaine Honors College students for this May.   Though the packout in Orono was cancelled due to CoVid19, you and the students found a way to coordinate and deliver meals to our area.  THANK YOU!
     --Pat Cummings
        Senior Director of Philanthropy, University of Maine Foundation
        Old Town Rotarian
 

Old Town Rotarian Sherrie Wight has written an account of the 2020 Meal Packout, accompanied by photos.  

The Vermont team, Wolfie, the Maine Team, and the Disaster Relief trailer.
 
Hi Melissa,
     We were very happy to be able to help out with retrieving the food and bringing it home to Maine. The coordination alone was quite interesting as it wasn’t just us meeting the trailer.  The people bringing the food up from Massachusetts were Wolfie (who you know as Craig) and Susan.  After some talk on the phone and a number of emails, we had come up with a general area that would be fairly easy to get into safely and they then narrowed it down and made the decision to meet at the Hampton New Hampshire Park and Ride just off exit 2 of I95 in southern New Hampshire on Saturday April 11th.   There were eight people there all together:  Susan and Wolfie from Massachusetts, a two person team from New Hampshire, two from Vermont, and Dave and I from Maine.  Amazingly even with the many hours of drive time for all of us we all managed to arrive within 20 minutes of the meeting time.  Susan and Wolfie had a pickup truck full of boxes plus a Disaster Aid enclosed trailer from Rotary filled with boxes.  When the trailer pulled in everyone masked up and put on gloves.  The boxes were marked with a VT, NH, or M so we could easily tell which went where.  We all helped load each other’s vehicles one state at a time.    
     Lauren supplied me with the contact information for Nancy Perry at Good Shepherd Food bank in Auburn and she was able to put me in touch with Lyndon Hopkins at the Hampden location.  Once he was able to insure a warehouse staff would be available, we set up a delivery time on the morning of Tuesday April 14th.   We were met by a nice young man and Dave and he, wearing masks, unloaded the 46 boxes (10,000 meals!) from our truck onto two pallets for the fork lift.  There was a variety of nutritious meals including at least Macaroni and Cheese, Red Beans and Rice, and Spanish Rice, and I think also some Oatmeal.  
     Why did we take the risk and do it?  Since the first time we met you and some of your students a few years ago at an Old Town Rotary meeting talking about the meal pack out, Dave and I were hooked.  It is true that it is a very good cause and that alone is enough of a reason.  As a police officer here in our county, Dave has seen the horrific poverty and hunger first hand all too many times.  And he was proud to be able to carry a few meals in his patrol car to give someone when he ran across a particularly trying situation.  But that fact aside, the professionalism, enthusiasm and maturity of the “kids” and their earnest desire to give back to the community and help those in need was, and still is, unbelievably amazing and inspiring to us. 
After last year when we saw the difficulty you had trying to get meals delivered to some of the farther counties, it occurred to us that the Blue Knights, of which Dave is a member, were perfectly poised to be of help with distribution as they have members in many counties throughout Maine.   The Blue Knights are an international Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club that was founded right here in Bangor Maine in 1974 and subsequently spread around the world.  As law enforcement officers, they are men and women who have dedicated their lives in service to the safety and well being of others, even at the risk of their own lives.  It was a perfect match of good intentions.  So when we suggested to the president of Blue Knights Chapter One of Bangor, Jay Durost, that our chapter assist in the deliveries for the meal pack out this year, the Knights jumped at the chance to help and were looking forward to being able to do so. 
And then of course the virus took over our lives.  When Lauren asked for help, we contacted President Jay and he was all in for us to help.  Of course things had changed as to logistics and the number of people that we could actively expose had to be severely limited.   Since Dave and I are most familiar with the process, we immediately became the obvious choice to execute this mission.  It wasn’t a hard choice….in fact it wasn’t a choice at all.   It was the only thing to do because it had to be done.  We feel so blessed and fortunate.   We have a roof over our heads and food on our table.  Others do not and in this especially trying time their struggle just to survive is magnified. 
     Your amazing students worked hard to raise the money to make the meal pack out happen.  I can’t imagine how disappointing it was for them to be forced to call it off.  But they still didn’t give up!!!   It wasn’t the meal pack out they had envisioned but they figured out a way to get some meals here at this incredibly difficult time when they are needed more than ever.  They never gave up, never stopped dreaming of what was possible.  When our young people show that kind of determination and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity, they have become our teachers.  As we go through life, we find ourselves in places and times where things can seem dire and frightening.  Many people become fearful, hunker down, and seek shelter.  Others such as your students dream of ways to help and then find a way to make those dreams come true.  Law enforcement officers such as the Blue Knights simply see people in need and a new opportunity to serve and help others…even if it risks their own lives because that is what they have always done.  This is where we found ourselves…this place, this time…and we are thrilled that you offered us the chance to help and that we were able to fill that final gap for you and all your amazing students to bring food to the people of Maine.    
Sherrie
 
Maine meals loaded for home, with Dave.
 
Dave and man from Good Shepherd unloading
 
Delivery at Good Shepherd
Nurse Jana with Rotarian President Lisa Gallant!
Old Town Rotary's 69th Annual Hunter's Breakfast was held on on Saturday, November. 1, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 AM. Rotarians served the usual Hunters Breakfast fare--ham, eggs, Golden Beauty pancakes, and home fries with or without onions--to hunters and non-hunters alike.  
 
The Old Town Rotary Club is assisting the Old Town Elementary School in implementing a pilot project to place children's books on the school buses used to take students to and from OTES.  The "Books on the Bus" program uses seat covers to hold the books, which children are allowed to read while on the bus.  The Rotary Club provided funds for OTES to purchase six seat covers at $40 each.  "Books on the Bus" started with separate programs in Topsham and Bath.  Last fall, RSU 22 started developing a similar program at the Cyr Bus operation in Hampden.
 

The Old Town Rotary Club’s annual charity auction will be held Thursday May 2nd, 2019 from 5-9 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the club's philanthropic projects and local organizations supported by OTR including Sarah's House, The Animal Orphanage, Maine’s Youth Fish & Game Association, and other Rotary charities.

The evening will start with a dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.  In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction, a variety of door prizes, and a bingo-type

card game.

 

 

The Old Town Rotary Club and members gave $1,028 to the annual Maine Day Meal Pack-Out, which equals 4,000+ meals!  Campus and community volunteers pack as many meals as they can that are then donated to local food banks, community organizations, that feed hungry, schools, etc.  The goal of the event is to contribute as many meals as possible to Maine’s food-insecure community while raising awareness about food insecurity and promoting volunteerism.  This year the Meal Pack-Out will be held on May 1st at the Memorial Gym starting at 9 am.  We hope to see you there! 
 
Pictured above from L to R:  Lisa Gallant (Rotarian and President-Elect), Sarah Marcotte (student), Dr. Melissa Ladenheim, Emma Hutchinson (student), Becca Wollstadt (Rotary friend), Pat Cummings (Rotarian)
 
 
Welcome to our newest corporate members, the Old Town/Orono YMCA!  Accepting the New Corporate/Organization Membership package is Deb Boyd, Executive Director, along with Shawn Fournier, one of the YMCA's alternates.  Presenting is the club's President - DJ Whitmore, and Foundation Chair - Ben Smith.
 
What is a corporate member you may be thinking???  Corporate/organization members are companies that want to be involved in Rotary, but not one employee necessarily has all the time they would like to commit to a service organization.  The Corporate/Organization Membership allows companies to become involved with one active member and up to three alternate members.  The active member becomes an actual Rotarian (with all rights and privileges as other active members), while the alternates do not hold voting rights, but are welcome to participate in all other activities of the club.  If the active member is unable to attend a meeting, an alternate can step in, and so forth.  All corporate members are welcome at any meeting/event/fundraiser at any time. 
 
Upcoming Events

The 4 Way Test

 
Directors
President
President-Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Past President
Vice President
Foundation Chair
Club Administration Chair
Public Relations Chair
Membership Chair
Service Projects Chair
House Committee Chair
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
 
 
 
Our Theme
Speakers
Crossroads - Classic Rock Band
Jul 29, 2021 6:30 PM
City of Old Town Concert Series in Riverfront Park
Tracy Nason Vassiliev and partners, Donut GroVe
Aug 05, 2021
Donut GroVe, vegan donut shop in Bangor, which sells donuts at the Bangor Farmers Market on Sundays
Mary Marin Taylor, Executive Director
Aug 19, 2021 6:00 PM
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Social Media
    
Meeting Responsibilities
Door Duty
July 29th
Colby, Nate
 
July 29th
Gallant, Lisa
 
 

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