CAMDEN, Maine — During the Rotary fiscal year of July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, West Bay Rotary raised and made donations of more than $46,000 in cash and goods to the local and international communities.
Included in that amount is the cost of the playground constructed with assistance from club members at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility in Rockport. Not included is the food collected in two food drives each for the benefit of the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry and the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. Also, the club provided the town Christmas Tree to Camden for the Christmas by the Sea event.
Donations of $1,000 each were given to the towns of Rockport and Lincolnville for fuel assistance, to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry and to Window Dressers.
More than $12,000 was donated to local organizations, including: Camden Snow Bowl, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, The Rig, YMCA, Boy Scout Troop 200, Appleton Little League, The LifeFlight Foundation, Coastal Mountain Land Trust, Dunk the Junk, Knox County Teen & Young Parent Program, Help Heat Homes, Knox County Health Clinic and Methodist Conference Home for Meals on Wheels and Coastal Transportation.
The club sponsored a youth exchange student from Spain, and a local student who spent the year in Taiwan. The club also hosted young adults from France through the Group Study Exchange program of the Rotary Foundation. Two scholarships were awarded to Camden Hills Regional High School students to attend the Camden Conference.
The club’s vocational committee awarded scholarship grants from the West Bay Scholarship Fund to three CHRHS seniors and post-graduates who plan to enter vocational and technical fields. The committee also awarded grants to eight CHRHS seniors and post graduates from three private trusts where the committee administers the selection process on behalf of CHRHS.
In addition, the vocational committee, in cooperation with the Career Center in Rockland, instituted a program of mentoring adults who were between jobs. All 10 committee members worked individually with mentoring candidates to assist them in all aspects of the job search process.
Another project of the vocational committee was to work with the CHRHS Adult Education Program to hold a class each Wednesday evening during March for adults who were interested in starting businesses. The class speakers and panel discussion members were West Bay members who either own, or have owned, their own businesses.
Hands-on service included a continuation of the annual Rotary 4-Way Test reading program given to third-grade students at the Lincolnville Elementary School for the purpose of fostering a good code of ethics among children. Service to older students was provided through support and adult advisers for the Midcoast Interact Club for teenagers. Also, several club members help serve luncheon to senior citizens at the John St. United Methodist Church site.
The West Bay Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at the First Congregational Church on Route 1 in Camden. For information, call membership co-chairpersons Gary and Roberta Walker at 236-9477 or visit westbayrotaryofmaine.org.