MDI Rotary Club member David Woodside, not pictured, hosted a recent meeting at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. Woodside’s company, Acadia Corp., has taken over the inn’s management and has inaugurated a new menu, similar to that of the Jordan Pond House, which the company used to manage. Bar Harbor and Mount Desert police officers and their chief, Jim Willis, also shared in the lunch. PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE JONES

Rotarians busy preparing for July 4 festivities



BAR HARBOR — This spring, local Rotarians continued to focus on service to their community, locally and nationally, trying to give back to make the world a better place.

For the MDI Rotary Club, an integral part of giving back involves the upcoming 44th Annual MDI Rotary Fourth of July Seafood Festival and Pancake Breakfast, which take place on the Bar Harbor Athletic Field. Rotarians already have begun preparing for the massive undertaking, assigning tasks, ordering food, crafting a float and soliciting volunteers months ahead of the actual project date. The event helps fund multiple scholarships and club service projects. Those projects include the Park Street Playground revitalization, Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival and Belize Wheelchair Project.

The pancake breakfast begins at 6 a.m. on July 4, but the volunteer efforts begin days before as Rotarians, their family and friends prepare the field, haul food and tables, and gather up lobsters for the events. More information and pre-ordering of tickets for both meals is available at mdiseafoodfestival.com

The club also recently celebrated a successful pancake breakfast, which was hosted by the Bar Harbor Fire Department. Money was raised to support the Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival. Club member Steven Boucher spearheaded the annual Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf Putting Against Cancer event, raising thousands of dollars for local cancer patient services and efforts.

At recent meetings, Cookie Horner and Jack Russell explained Acadia National Park’s big plans to celebrate its 100th birthday. Rotarians and guests also learned more about the Hub of Bar Harbor, a citizen-led organization looking towards the betterment of downtown Bar Harbor. Club member David Woodside hosted a meeting at the Asticou Inn. Woodside’s company, Acadia Corp., has taken over the inn’s management and has inaugurated a new menu, similar to that of the Jordan Pond House, which the company used to manage. Bar Harbor and Mount Desert police officers and their chief, Jim Willis, also shared a lunch with us.

Other meetings welcomed new members Martha Abbott and Michael Madell and celebrated the installation of new officers for Interact, MDI High School’s Rotary-sponsored service program.

To learn more about Rotary, contact Sue Kropff at [email protected] To volunteer at the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast or Seafood Festival, contact Ron Wrobel at [email protected] Upcoming speakers and more information about the club can be found at mdirotary.org.

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