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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. 
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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! 
 
Connor Archer, Chairman and CEO of The Courageous Steps Project joined our weekly meeting to share the history, mission and vision for the future of the organization.
 
 
We were proud to present Connor with a donation to support their initiatives!
 
 
Our club members put these lovely baskets together and delivered them to our local seniors on May Day. 
 
 
 
 
We proudly filled our Patriot's Day with service projects!
 
 
We started by building 11 raised beds for a community garden on Perkins Ave. Anyone interested in renting one for the season should contact EJ Roach.
 
 
After enjoying lunch together, we helped replace the counters, shelves and flooring in the snack shack at the Little League field.
 
 
 
What are these two up to? You can't take your eyes off either one of them. Oh, it is time to deliver food to the schools again. Thank you, angels, for seeing that there is a need and doing what you can to fix it.
 
 
 
 
2 Rotary elves delivered food this month to our schools again. Corina and Linda took a few hours out of their day to make sure that the children of OTES, Milford and Greenbush have full bellies when they are home. 
We certainly had a busy holiday season, and we're ready to get this new year started! Here's a review of the past couple weeks:
 
Lisa organized our donation to the Caring Community Cupboard's Holiday Basket Raffle.
Corina, Pat, Jane & Chuck, and Tamara brought stockings stuffed with gifts for seniors to the Marsh Island Apartments.
 
Sue accompanied Linda to deliver food and gifts to the Greenbush School for the children.
 
Nate led our Holiday game night.
 
Deanie made a delicious red velvet cake as a prize for the winner of the Cake Walk, who so kindly shared it with everyone!
 
Stan and Joe installed a ramp in Veazie to make a home more accessible for someone in need.
 
Eric Rojo, one of our newest Rotarians presented his classification.
 
Pictured: Sue & Joe Cyr, Matt Johns (Director of Development at the YMCA), Pat Cummings and Shawn Fournier (Director of Gymnastics at the YMCA). 
 
The Old Town Rotary Club presented a check of $3,000 for annual support to the Old Town Orono YMCA. Matt and Shawn spoke about the mission of the Y being for "all of us." 
 
 
Mindy Pelletier from the Center for Undergraduate Research at UMaine and Jessie, a senior who does research on phage genomics joined our meeting to share Jessie's research with us. She is a UMaine student studying Microbiology from Milford, Maine. She will be presenting again this year at the UMaine Student Symposium on April 15, 2022 at the Field House at UMaine. This was an interesting topic many of us knew very little about! The public is invited to attend this annual event which highlights the research and creative achievements of UMaine students.
 
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
John and Bernie Milligan
Jun 30, 2022
ROAD TRIP to Milligan's Landing--located in the former K of C Hall
District Governor Denis Blouin
Jul 14, 2022 6:00 PM
Parking Lot Fundraiser
Jul 21, 2022 4:30 PM
Parking cars for donations
TBD
Aug 04, 2022
TBD
Aug 11, 2022
Meeting Responsibilities
June 30, 2022
Door Duty
Whitmore, DJ
 
Door Duty
Boyd, Debra
 
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