WATERVILLE — “Service above self” are the bywords of Rotary. No one exemplified this more than the late Bob Stevenson, longtime member of the Waterville Sunrise Rotary Club.

On June 22 the club hosted the 19th annual Bob Stevenson Memorial Mini-Golf Tournament at Gifford’s Ice Cream in Waterville. Through the efforts of its members and sponsors such as Modern Woodmen of America, Assistance Plus and many others, the Waterville Sunrise was able to raise $6,000 to assist Honor Flight Maine, according to a news release from the club.

In addition, the club, with help from other Rotary Clubs throughout Maine and Quebec, collected 2,007 pairs of socks. One thousand were donated to the Lighthouse with the remainder earmarked for other groups around Mid-Maine.

The other part of the Mini-Golf event is the naming of a Paul Harris Fellow in memory of Bob Stevenson. The Paul Harris fellowship is one of highest awards presented by Rotary. This year’s recipient is Rien Finch. Finch has served Waterville in many ways. He is a city councilor, co-chair of the Friends of Green Street Park, and raised the funds to provide 200 LL Bean backpacks for children in Waterville.


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