Upcoming Events
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Old Town!
What do you think of when you hear the word, “Rotary?”
If you live or work in the greater Old Town area, you are likely familiar with the Rotary Club of Old Town. Because of all it does in the community, Rotary can mean many things to many individuals. But when I think of Rotary, it means family. 
The Rotary Club of Old Town is the kind of family everyone wishes they were part of. They always have the backs of their family members, supporting them through tough times and celebrating their accomplishments. This Rotary family works together to support and champion the entire community, helping out wherever there is a need.
Over the past few weeks, we:
  • Built eleven raised beds on Perkins Avenue for a community garden
  • Revamped the interior of the snack shack at the KC Little League field
  • Delivered boxes of food to elementary schools in RSU 34, Milford, and Greenbush
  • Relocated some of the eight handicap ramps we lend
  • Volunteered dozens of hours at the Caring Community Cupboard
  • Rallied around the family of a club member who recently passed
Through it all, we expressed laughter and love, expertise and strength.
This past February marked my 25th anniversary of joining the Rotary Club of Old Town. From my first visit, I felt the love. I was 29 and had moved to Maine five years earlier leaving behind a very large, very loud, very loving extended Italian family. I found a new home in Rotary. A new family with members eerily similar to my biological family. There was the joker, the listener, the hugger, the complainer, the tech guru, the “git ‘er done” person, the organizer, the task master, the clown... and so many more. When I joined, they sorely needed a talker. I fit the bill nicely.  I never would have guessed that 25 years later, I’d still be part of this amazing group.
What part do you play in your family? We always have room in ours for anyone willing to join our family and support our community. So, drop by some Thursday evening for social time at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM. We meet in the downstairs of the Elks lodge on 4th Street near the boat launch.
We’d love to grow our family to include new and diverse members, with varied backgrounds and opinions, who are of one mind when it comes to service­­—Service Above Self.
Yours in Service,

Corina Larsen

*This article was originally written for the Community Connections. 
Why Rotary?
 
Home Page Stories
Hunter’s Breakfast was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had a great turnout! Special shout-out to Macie Cote, President Elect, and the Hunter’s Breakfast Committee for planning and facilitating a great event!
Thank you to all of the community members who stopped by and shared a meal amongst one another. It was great to see you all in person again!
Additionally, thank you so much Scout Troop 76 - Old Town, ME for showing up bright and early to help serve the community. Your help not only made the set up and clean up quicker and easier but the drive thru worked well because of you. We appreciate you!
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the Old Town Rotarians who worked hard to make this event happen.
 
With Veterans Day right around the corner, it was only fitting that our guest speaker last night was Brian Hamor from My Heroes Museum in Lincoln, Maine. Thank you Brian for joining us, it was wonderful meeting you and learning about My Heroes Museum!
Pictured, is Brian Hamor as well as the Old Town Rotarians who served in the military. Thank you for your service, we honor and appreciate you every day! 🇺🇸
 
The first day of hunting season is right around the corner - October 29th! 🦌
We're excited to announce that we're bringing back a traditional sit down Hunter's Breakfast at the Old Town Elks #1287 this year! But don't worry, we're also offering drive thru service for those that prefer the convenience of taking their breakfast to-go!
We look forward to serving everyone bright and early!
This week we delivered the backpacks and school supplies as well as food to RSU 34, Milford, and Greenbush schools. It felt amazing to see their smiles and appreciation when we arrived! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, you are making a huge difference in our community. ❤️
 
 
 
 
 
 
It couldn’t have been a better day to host our Annual Golf Tournament at Hidden Meadows Golf Course! Thank you to Andrew and the staff for your partnership and support!
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all of the local businesses that sponsored holes and donated raffle prizes. The funds raised will go towards our charitable activities throughout the year. Without our community, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do! ❤️
Thank you to all the teams that participated, we hope you had fun and we can’t wait to see you on the course next year!
As always, thank you to our Rotarians and volunteers who showed up to make this event such a success! ⛳️
  
 
 
 
 
During our Rotary meeting this past Thursday, the Club took a field trip to Camp Roosevelt! 🏕🦅🌲Thank you to our fellow Rotarian, Chuck Major for hosting us. We had a great night!
 
 
Join us for our annual golf tournament! There will be plenty of fun and prizes. Proceeds will benefit Sarah’s House and other Rotary Charities throughout the year! See full picture for further details.
 
 
We are committed to helping those in our community. One of the many ways we do this is by installing ramps for anyone who finds themselves in need of one. If you see or hear of any ramps for sale or donation please let us know. Thank you so much! 😊🦽🩼
 
If you’d like to help support the children in our community this school year, please drop off backpacks and school supplies to the Old Town City Hall now to September 2nd! The Rotary Club of Old Town will bring the supplies to the RSU 34 Schools as well as Milford and Greenbush. Thank you in advance for your support!
 

Old Town Rotary raised nearly $800 dollars parking cars last Thursday during the Backstreet Boys concert to benefit the good we do in our community!

Following a beautiful evening, we enjoyed conversation and laughter over dinner at Blaze.

Thank you Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for providing us the space for our annual parking lot fundraiser!

 

 

 

We had the honor of hosting District Governor Denis Blouin at our first Rotary meeting of the new year.

District Governor Blouin travelled all the way from Sept-Îles, Quebec to join us last week. It was a pleasure having him and hearing about his vision for our district during his time in office as well as showing him around the community and visiting spots where our Club has made an impact. Thank you for inspiring us for this upcoming year!

 
 
 
 
Can you believe it?… Another year has come and gone!
On June 22nd, Old Town Rotary held their annual Installation Banquet.
Thank you Pat Cummings for leading the Old Town Rotary Club through various service projects, Club events, fundraisers, meetings, and so much more!
With the arrival of the new year, please join us in welcoming Tess Greene, 2022-2023 Old Town Rotary President!
It’s going to be a great year!
“Imagine a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” ~ Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President 2022-2023
 
 
 
 
Area 9 clubs (Rotary Club of Old Town, Rotary Club of Bangor, Maine & Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast) had fun working together on the Rotary District 7790 District project at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.
Keri Denis, John Byrne, Ken Huhn & Robin Merchant worked on trail maintenance. Chuck Veeder, Jane Veeder and Delores Landry painted a new kiosk at Gate 2.
Hirundo is a family friendly gem located on Pushaw Stream on Route 43 in Old Town.
Best of all, we had a lot of fun!
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Old Town surpassed $20,000 in charitable donations to organizations in our community this presidential year! All proceeds from our annual fundraising events such as our Auction, Golf Tournament and Hunter's Breakfast, help support our charitable activities and giving throughout the year. In 2021 we form Old Town Rotary Charities a 501(c)(3) organization to ensure donations to our club are tax-deductible.
 
At this meeting we presented donations to:
  • Old Town Public Library
  • American Red Cross of Northern New England
  • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
  • Maine Youth Fish & Game Association
  • Old Town Animal Orphanage
  • Katahdin Area Boy Scouts of America    
  • Caring Community Cupboard
 
Throughout the year we've also been able to make donations to:
  • Old Town High School Scholarships
  • Old Town-Orono YMCA
  • Sarah’s House of Maine
  • Old Town Little League
  • Higher Ground Services
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
  • Partners for Peace
  • The Courageous Steps Project
  • Girl Scouts
  • The Black Bear Exchange
  • Maine Day Meal Pack-Out
  • Camp Capella
 
Through a district grant this year we were able to help purchase a greenhouse for the Old Town High School!
 
 
This greenhouse is currently being used by the Alt Ed and Biology teachers to provide hands on learning for their students. Rumor has it - the cucumbers are already starting to come up! 
 
Meeting Information
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Old Town Elks Lodge
290 Fourth Street
Old Town, ME 04468
United States of America
We meet in person every Thursday, with the option to join virtually if you would prefer! Please contact a member for the link.
Club Officers & Directors
President
Past President
President-Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Foundation Chair
Club Administration Chair
Public Relations Chair
Membership Chair
Service Projects Chair
Speakers
Road trip to Old Town Public Safety
Dec 08, 2022
Dinner and tour of Old Town Police and Fire Department facilities
Meeting Responsibilities
December 1, 2022
Door Duty
Gallant, Lisa
 
Door Duty
Lin, Jada
 
December 8, 2022
Door Duty
Boyd, Wayne
 
Door Duty
Johnston, Steve
 
December 15, 2022
Door Duty
Major, Charles
 
Door Duty
Merchant, Robin
 
December 22, 2022
No Meeting - Doo Wop @ Collins Center
 
December 29, 2022
Door Duty
Leonard, Ralph
 
Door Duty
Ouellette, Christina
 
link