Belfast Rotary Club welcomed six new members during this pandemic year. “The club had to move to online Zoom meetings last March,” club president Richard Koralek said. “But in spite of not being able to see each other, our membership grew nearly 10%. That should tell you something about how successful Belfast Rotary is.”

Partly as a result of this membership growth, and partly for its virtual meeting adaptation during the pandemic, Belfast Rotary Club has just been recognized with a District 7790 (parts of Maine and Quebec) Governor's Gold Citation.

The new members, all inducted in the last 14 months, are Beth Sterner of Belkis Consulting; Ken Schweikert, retired owner of the Grasshopper Shops; Russell Werkman, executive director of the Waldo County YMCA; Kevin Kelley, a retired hospital administrator; Kim Fleming, executive director of Waterfall Arts; and Hadan Kauffman, a retired science teacher.

Koralek said new members, “men and women of any age, are always welcome.”

Belfast Rotary Club, founded in 1925, has nearly 70 members who meet in person or by Zoom each Wednesday at noon. John Golden of Belfast will replace Koralek as club president at the annual dinner in late June.