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Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Elks Lodge (Zoom meetings until further notice - contact us if you would like to attend!)
37 4th Street
Old Town, ME 04468
United States of America
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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. 

Christmas Party!

Children of all ages enjoyed the Old Town Rotary Club's annual Christmas Party at the Elks Lodge on Thursday, December 13.  Santa and Mrs. Claus distributed presents to children of Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
 
A special treat was gingerbread cookies supplied by LaBree's Bakery, which were decorated with lots of frosting in holiday colors.
 

Stocking Stuffers

 
The week before the Christmas party, Rotarians and friends spent Thursday evening stuffing Christmas stockings to be distributed to students at Old Town Elementary School.  There were tables full of mittens, books, toys, and other gifts, and each Rotarian stuffed them into three to five stockings.
 
 
 
 
On Friday, President DJ (center) delivered the stockings to Old Town Elementary School, where they were accepted by Principal Jeanna Tuell (left).
 

Keri Denis and Don Sturgeon sample all four entries in the club's Chili Cook-Off.

 

Linda Bryant wins Old Town Rotary Chili Cook-Off by 1 vote margin

     Linda Bryant won the club's Chili Cook-Off  by a single vote at the October 4th meeting.  Rotarians were invited to prepare a batch of their favorite chile recipe, and club members received a cup from each of the four crock pots.  After sampling the four entries, club members cast their ballots and were able to take seconds of their favorite chili (and their second or third favorites as well).
In addition to Linda, chili crock pots were entered by Tamara Saarinen, Deanie Greenleaf, and DJ Whitmore.
 
     Linda's chili received one more vote than Tamara's chili, which was made with chicken and chicken sausage.  
 
     In addition to receiving bragging rights, Linda was allowed to donate the proceeds to her preferred charity, was was the club's "Birthday Bags" project.  The cook-off proceeds totaled $226, which was augmented by $223 that was donated by club members to help fill the Birthday Bags.
 
 
 
Scooping free ice cream Friday night at Riverfest.
 
Old Town Rotarians participated in the city's Riverfest celebration September 28 and 29 with several different activities.  First, on Friday night (Sept. 28), club members scooped free ice cream into several hundred cones for Riverfest participants.  Second, on Saturday morning, a team of Rotarians marched in the parade and tossed candy to children along Stillwater Avenue and Main Street.  Third, after the parade, club members served chicken barbecue, selling out early in the afternoon.  Linda Bryant organized the chicken barbecue with the assistance of a crew that gathered at the Bryant homestead Friday night to parboil the chicken.
 

Free Ice Cream on Friday night

Chicken Barbecue on Saturday

 
 
 
 
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