The Brunswick Rotary Club will be “Visioning” in the next couple of months. This process, sponsored by the Rotary District 7780, helps set the direction of the club and defines its priorities.

“Club visioning encourages us to assess where we’ve been,” says Club Visioning Chair Carolyn Bulliner, “ and helps us chart our future.” The process begins with an online survey that encourages the 50 club members to evaluate different areas of club service, fund-raising, public relations, leadership development and membership.

Club members will then meet with District trained facilitators on Saturday morning, February 16, to make a picture of a vibrant club three years into the future. All ideas are respected and recorded as the club builds a path for current and future members.

Many clubs in the District use the Visioning technique to improve. The Bath Sunrise Rotary Club has completed the survey and the meeting. It is now setting priorities from all the information gleaned.

Looking ahead toward Spring, the Brunswick Rotary Club will sponsor the 7th Annual Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent showcase on May 17. Local performers are encouraged to consider polishing up an act to perform at this evening of fun. Originally billed as “Hometown Idol,” the name was changed in 2015 in order to encourage performances in many different disciplines.

More information regarding Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent can be found on their Facebook page under Brunswick Rotary Club Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent. This year, organizers are looking for 20 performers in a variety of genres: musicians, dancers, poets, magicians and actors.

Brunswick Rotarians maintain several service projects on a weekly basis, monthly basis or sometimes once a year. Several of the Rotarians listen to children read at the Coffin School once a week. Reading Friends is a program supported by several area Rotary Clubs. Once a month, Brunswick Rotarians volunteer at the Harpswell Food Insecurity project behind the Harpswell Town Hall. Brunswick Rotary collaborates with many local organizations to sponsor the Brunswick Bike Rodeo and Family Safety Day.

The Brunswick Rotary Club will once again volunteer to mulch the trees on the Brunswick Mall and place flags on the veterans’ graves in the local cemeteries for Memorial Day. The Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” guides the actions of all Rotarians. This service is given locally and internationally. In the last four years, Brunswick Rotarians have traveled to Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Puerto Rico to work on projects. Incoming Rotarians are encouraged to find their passion for service and receive support from the club.

Rotary is open to all ”adult persons of good character and good personal, business or professional reputation,” according to the Brunswick Rotary bylaws. Most members find friends with the same desire to make the world a better place. Brunswick Rotary meets most Mondays at noon at The Daniel. For more information, go to:

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