Old Town Rotarians enjoy dinner, camaraderie at Sarah's House

CHECK PRESENTATION--After dinner, the club presented a check  for $13,500 to Delores Landry, Executive Director of Sarah's House.  From left, Old Town Rotary Club President Doug Marchio, Sarah's House Campaign Chair Judy Collier, Delores, and Rev. James Haddix, President of the Board of Directors for Sarah's House.  In the foreground is Ian Whitmore, son of incoming President DJ Whitmore, who brought in a sack full of money (about $50) that he requested in lieu of birthday presents so he could donate it to Sarah's House.
The meal was a buffet with several salads and half a dozen pasta dishes, followed by strawberry shortcake.  All were delicious.
President Doug tried to skip the usual Happy and Sad Dollars, but the club wouldn't let him.  The resulting commentary demonstrated how much fun we have as a club and how much we enjoy each other's company.  It also raised an extra $181 for Sarah's House.
Executive Director Delores Landy gave a report on the usage of Sarah's House, and how much it has meant to the people who stay there.  This point was underlined by a very emotional presentation by Cathy and Carl Sjogren of Ashland, ME (about 2½ hours north of Bangor), who have been frequent visitors during the three years that Cathy has been battling cancer.  She said the Shogrens are planning to move to the Bangor area this summer, and Cathy will be a 20-hour-a-week assistant.

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DJ introduces his son Ian, who raised about $50 for Sarah's House in lieu of birthday presents.
Joining the Rotarians for dinner were Cathy and Carl Sjogren (left), who have been frequent visitors to Sarah's House while Cathy has been battling cancer.