Sanford, ME – On Saturday, U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks at the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary gala. At the event, Senator Collins, an honorary Rotarian, received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club President, Elias Thomas.
“Whenever I visit Rotary Clubs throughout Maine, I always am impressed by the many ways Rotarians place ‘service above self,’” said Senator Collins. “Through countless endeavors, both locally and internationally, to uphold that motto, the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club demonstrates why I am so proud to be an honorary Rotarian.”
“The motto of Rotary is ‘service above self.’ Each and every day, we strive to serve our communities, regardless if they are the ones in which we live or if they are communities on the other side of the world, we may never visit,” said Elias Thomas, Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club President. “Senator Collins embodies this motto and has served not only her community of Bangor, but the State of Maine and the nation for more than a quarter of a century. We are so very pleased and honored that the Senator was able to join Sanford-Springvale Rotarians, as we celebrated our century of service!”
During the event, Senator Collins presented a copy of the statement she submitted to the Congressional Record in recognition of the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary.
Founded in 1923, the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a nonprofit, non-political civic organization, and global network of 1.4 million members who volunteer their time and talents to further the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” The club’s philanthropic efforts include raising more than $200,000 for annual scholarships given to graduating high school students, assisting with local food, clothing, and housing projects, and international efforts to expand drinking water availability.