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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect/Charitable Foundation Chair
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Community Service
Vocational Services
Community Service
Public Relations
International Service
Youth Exchange
Vice President/Club Administration
Executive Secretary/Director

Club Committee Contacts

(check WBR Calendar for actual dates)
WBR Club Meetings
Every Thursday, starting at 7:30am
Camden Congregational Church
55 Elm Street, Camden, ME
Satellite Club Meetings
2nd and 4th Thursdays each month,
starting at 5:15pm @ Hoxbill's
5 Bayview Landing, Camden
Community Service
Mark Coursey 
2nd Tuesday held Monthly
Camden Law LLP Offices
20 Mechanic Street
7:30 am
Rotary Youth Exchange
George Forristall
Meetings per West Bay Calendar
Congregational Church Parlor
7:00 AM
International Committee
Susan Dorr  
4th Tuesday held Monthly
Congregational Church Parlor
8:00 AM
Vocational Committee
Jim Potter 
Meetings held as necessary
Public Relations Committee
Ray Fink/Deborah Fink
RFink@me.com or
Meetings as needed
Develop/issue press releases
and social media management
Membership Committee
Chair: Loriman Looke
Meets as necessary
Sponsorship Committee
Contact Leamon Scott
for Annual or Event
Sponsorship Opportunities
West Bay Board Meeting
West Bay Board Meeting
1st Wednesday Monthly
Quarry Hill Dining Room
7AM Breakfast Available
Weekly Greeters
March 12 - Richard Goff
March 19 - Suzanne Scott
March 26 - Laura Evans
April 2 - Lisa Dresser
April 9 - Jane Lafleur
April 16 - Marty Martens
April 23 - Mimi Edmunds
April 30 - Jan Abendroth
May 7 - George Forristall
May 14 - Loriman Looke
May 21 - Mike Pierce
May 28 - Noel Cox
June 4 - Chase Lasbury
June 11 - Deb Hitchings
June 18 - Kristen Lindquist
June 25 - Tim Dresser
West Bay Rotary Club of Camden, Maine
Upcoming Events
Weekly Speaker

Buckets on the Table: Backpack Program

Speaker of the Day: 3 mini classification talks today!

Marty Martins: Introducing her West Highland Terrier Emmie! Marty came to Maine in 1972 as a stripper (a Yankee stripper) with her 3 children. She is currently living in Quarry Hill Cottages and is involved in the antique world. Marty is on the QH board and is starting in hospice and is working with folks in downsizing efforts for people. Marty sponsored Ken!

Roberta Walker: A Maine native, Roberta went to high school in Belfast and began dating Gary while in high school, and after college lived in several states: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maine. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren! Roberta worked in a law firm in NJ and eventually came back to Rockport to open an insurance business for 12 years, then retirement. Her Dad was a Camden Rotarian and around 2000 she fell in love with rotary, became a member, was a rotary president and was an Assistant Governor. 56 years of marriage and she and Gary travel around the world and would like to continue traveling and serving the community. Roberta enjoys reading, golf, playing games, and social gatherings. Gary and Roberta live in Florida 7 months a year.

George Abendroth: Ken sponsored George in 2016 and is celebrating his 4th year as club secretary! George would like to highlight some of our awards, a Foundation award for Polio Now, a Gold Distinction Citation and banner for Annual Fund Giving and a District Governor Citation for achieving District Governor goals. West Bay also was the highest point achiever for District Governor goals for the state of Maine, placing second after a close race with Quebec. Suzanne will be coming down to present the award for her program in the near future!

ALERT!! Thought for the day must now be an “Original Poem” for the next 49 meetings! A $25 fine will be paid to the Foundation if you use a non-original poem. At the end of the year, the poems will be published!! Get your creative juices going!!

Committee Reports:

Community – Need 8-10 volunteers to help mulch pathways at PAWS, Saturday 18 July, 830-1130. Wheel Barrows and rakes welcome!

Induction ceremony in Yucatan for Susan Dorr, WB recognized for the water foundation project

Sept 26, Corn Hole Tournament, 12-4pm, an Amaaaaaizing Event!

MRC Yard sale will be Sat, August 29 at MRC, will be outdoors!

Next Habitat will be Aug 8th, 10 volunteers needed, 830-1230

Gary collecting historical data on WB club, please let Gary know!

Backpacks: LLBean donated 50 backpacks! Still working on how to distribute them since we don’t know what school will look like this fall! But we will be ready!

Next Week’s Speaker: Alison McKellar, Camden Fish Ladders

Speaker of the Day: Frannie Wheeler, Casa Alitas

09 July 2020
Buckets on the Table: Backpack Program
Speaker of the Day: Frannie Wheeler, Casa Alitas

A former member of West Bay Rotary, Frannie moved to Tucson, AZ and became involved with Casa Alisas, an organization that assists migrants entering the country. Casa Alitas began supplying clothing, food, a safe place to stay, and transportation to the next destination to incoming immigrant to the US.  Immigrants are divided into two groups: refugees and asylum seekers. After interviews with Border Patrol, the individuals are brought to sites that can assist them with basic needs until sponsors are found and immigration hearings are completed. The numbers of people started growing and two houses and motel rooms did not provide enough space for the people needing assistance, clothing and other donations being dropped off. A Benedictine monastery, containing 40 bedrooms, 3 stories, kitchen and a lot of community space. Up to 80-90 people step off the ICE buses with little understanding of what is going on, they are hungry, stressed and in need of the basics. The group of volunteers provides some stability and safety for the families and individuals as they arrive.  
Committee Reports:
Community – Need 8-10 volunteers to help mulch pathways at PAWS, Saturday 18 July, 830-1030.
Budget has one more week for all of us to review and will vote on at next week’s meeting
Next Week’s Speaker: Possible Classification Talks!
President Ken Gardiner opened his first Club meeting, with Sandy Cox offering the Thought for the Day: "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time" by Abraham Lincoln.
Buckets on the Table in July will be for this year's Backpack Program, which will be led again by Barbara Heard.
President Ken was the speaker this meeting, where he discussed his ideas about future meetings being of a hybrid form, given the ongoing restrictions associated with the full Club being able to meet.  It is likely that while some may be comfortable to meet again in-person, once we are allowed to do so, some may not be and so we will likely continue to hold meetings that include Zoom to allow those folks not in attendance to participate, and we are also looking into making recordings so that anyone can view the meetings at a different date/time.
President Ken asked each West Bay Rotarian, both in the parent and satellite clubs, to identify at least one person that we would like to have join us as a West Bay Rotarian, and invite them to participate in an upcoming meeting.
President Ken then discussed the background for his year's President's Project, which is associated with building coalitions and better relationships for those involved with the Midcoast Recovery Coalition.  Ken would like the Club to build on our existing relationships with the many local organizations that we are presently involved with, including Habitat for Humanity, the Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House, One Less Worry, Strive, and the various food shelters in the area. Included in Ken's goals are the creation of a financial program to help educate those within MCRC.  Our overall goal for the year and future is to help create a better atmosphere of hope and opportunity, with us mobilizing to help those in need meet the challenges ahead.
President Ken introduced his Officers and the various Committee Chairs for his Rotary year, with an opening still existing for Sergeant-at-Arms.


West Bay Rotary Goal is
100% Participation
for 2020-2021 Year

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bruce Peel
    August 4
  • Laura Evans
    August 6
  • Shelly Butler
    August 16
  • Marty Martens
    August 27
  • Jay Foster
    August 28
  • Etienne Perret
    Connie Perret
    August 1
  • Leamon Scott
    Suzanne Scott
    August 4
  • Suzanne Scott
    Leamon Scott
    August 4
  • Ron Hall
    August 11
  • Barry King
    Margaret King
    August 15
  • Mik Mikkelsen
    August 21
  • Jane Lafleur
    Joel Lafleur
    August 24
Join Date:
  • Jim Potter
    August 4, 2005
    15 years
  • Ron Hall
    August 4, 2005
    15 years
  • Cynthia Christman
    August 9, 2018
    2 years
  • Debbi Hitchings
    August 9, 2012
    8 years
  • Larry Christman
    August 9, 2018
    2 years
  • Kristen Lindquist
    August 18, 2011
    9 years
  • Etienne Perret
    August 23, 1988
    32 years
  • Rick Goff
    August 25, 2016
    4 years
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