Rotarians improve lives

BAR HARBOR — It was a celebration for local Rotarians as July 24 marked one year since the last polio case in Nigeria. The country is one of the three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world and the last in Africa. The other two polio-endemic countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since 1985, Rotary International, with the help of local Rotary clubs such as the one in Bar Harbor, has fought to eradicate polio by immunizing the world’s children against the devastating illness. The MDI Bar Harbor Club has donated thousands of dollars to the cause. More locally, Rotarians continue in their quest for service above self this month with both individual projects and community projects.

Club president Sue Kropff, as one of the Bar Harbor YBs, participated in yet another successful luminary event in honor of her friend Carol Dyer who lost her battle to cancer in 2001. Since the project began, the women have raised over $75,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Rotarian Jeff Miller adventured in the White Mountains to raise money for Livestrong at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, and club secretary Nancy Corliss is working tirelessly for her Fill A Boat Against Cancer fundraiser, which occurs Sept. 20. The two-hour cruise is a labor of love for Corliss, who organized the event to help her daughter-in-law and cancer survivor, Trish Corliss.

The club also continues to support the Park Street Playground Project and the Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival’s October debut. The festival will bring 40 authors to schools and public events for two days, Oct. 9 and 10. More information can be found at

The club raised an all-time high of $37,000 at its July Fourth Pancake Breakfast and Seafood Festival. The money that the club nets supports local charities and projects. Its MDI High School Interact Club continues to raise money for its trip to United Nations Day in New York. For more information, contact Grace Drennan at [email protected].

Rotary meetings occur the last three Wednesdays of the month at noon at Birch Bay Village. All are invited to attend. Speakers for August include Vicky Fernald and the Backpack Program (Aug. 12), Ellen Dohmen and her new book (Aug. 19) and Ashley Johnson of Downeast Horizons (Aug. 26). On Sept. 2, there will be an evening meeting at the Bluenose Inn.

Contact Sue Kropff at [email protected] or look for the club on Facebook or at


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