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. 
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Home Page Stories
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! 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
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
Field Trip to Rogers Farm, University of Maine
Oct 06, 2022
Katherine Garland, Horticulturist, UMaine Coop Ext.
Brian Hamor, President, My Heroes Museum
Oct 20, 2022
Brian will talk about the My Heroes Museum which recently opened in Lincoln.
RBM Rachel Peterson
Oct 27, 2022
1/4 inch Miniatures kits
Bryan Murphy
Nov 10, 2022
Old Town High School Alternative Education
Meeting Responsibilities
October 6, 2022
Door Duty
Cote, Macie
 
Door Duty
Whitmore, DJ
 
October 13, 2022
Door Duty
Walker, David
 
Door Duty
Wollstadt, David
 
October 20, 2022
Door Duty
Wilcox, Scott
 
Door Duty
Colby, Lisa
 
October 27, 2022
Door Duty
Barb, Phil
 
Door Duty
Colby, Nate
 
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