BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club recently sent out over $10,000 worth of checks to local organizations, which included the YWCA MDI, libraries, Island Housing Trust and other organizations. These new gifts are in addition to the more than $7,000 in donations that have been made in the previous six months.
“Rotary is about community leaders joining together to give back to their local community and the global community,” said President Carrie Jones. “Our club has donated well over $125,000 in the last twelve years to local organizations.”
That number doesn’t include the over $12,000 in scholarship money, support for the Park Street Playground, Mount Desert Island High School Interact Club, local book festivals or international projects and work towards the eradication of Polio.
“Most of the money that we raise and then use to support other groups is raised at the Fourth of July Seafood Festival and Pancake Breakfast, an effort that’s been headed up by Ron Wrobel, our club treasurer, year after year,” Jones said.
“Presidents change yearly, but Ron’s dedication to shepherding all the members during that fundraiser is really what’s enabled our club to help so many worthy organizations and causes. Every one of our 69 members pitches in to help make that event possible, and by working together we become better friends in both our personal and professional lives. That’s really what Rotary is supposed to be about, not just giving money, but engaging in local and international service projects and professional networking.”
The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Birch Bay Village except for the first Wednesday of each month, when Rotarians meet at 5 p.m. at a local restaurant or business. The Bar Harbor club is part of a worldwide network of more than 1.2 million Rotarians whose motto is “service above self.”
More information can be found on the club’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages or at mdirotary.org.