Kennebunk Portside Rotary Club is proud to be a part of Rotary International, a humanitarian service organization with 1.2 million members of more than 129,000 Rotary clubs in 161 countries. The men and women in our club are business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and resources to help others in our local communities and throughout the world. Membership in Rotary provides the opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others.
The Kennebunk Portside Rotary Club was chartered in 1990. We are a medium sized and very active club varying in size from 35 - 50 members. We have a great representation of people who live or work primarily in the communities of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Our meetings are on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at 32 North Street, Village Fire Station, Kennebunkport, with plenty of public parking. We get along very well and have a good time at those meetings and at our club events and fundraisers.
In the past ten years we have been actively involved in a wide variety of local and international service projects. Our current community service projects include:
- Community Connections: a youth mentoring program
- Educational grants program for teachers in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel schools
- Career Day Speakers at KHS
- Coastal Cleanup Day for an area beach
- Food Pantry Contributions
On an international level we have been extremely active. We support the Group Study Exchange program which sends teams of young professionals to other countries to study those economies and cultures. In recent years we hosted teams from both Africa and Turkey and also sent outgoing teams to those countries.
This is followed by a student exchange, as the students they met from the Kennebunk area visit Antrum in Northern Ireland.
We amost recently were awarded a "Simplified Grant" from our District to benefit MSAD 71 Emergency Communications Fund.
We provide both financial and voluntary support to Rotaplast, a Rotary-initiated project that sends medical missions to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on children in South and Central America. Berri Kramer, a member of our club served as a photojournalist on a recent mission to Bolivia.
If you would like to know more about our club, please explore this Web site or contact us.
For additional information, you can contact Owen Conway, our current President, or Karen Schlegel, our Past President at (207) 229-8927.