Posted by Nathan Towne on Jun 20, 2018
The Rotary Club of Waterville will celebrate 100 years of serving our local and global communities at a special Centennial gala event at Thomas College on Saturday, October 6th featuring a very special keynote by renowned Paul Harris Fellow, citizen, and respected leader, the Honorable George J. Mitchell.
An evening of dinner, music, dancing, celebration and camaraderie will bring the community together to celebrate the Rotary Club of Waterville’s centennial and the Club’s impact on the world and here in the City of Waterville, including a donation of $150,000 to the development of the Waterville Riverwalk at Head of Falls. This significant donation was the first major commitment to the project, drawing attention to the opportunity and kicking off a wave of donations from community and business leaders that has made this dream into a reality for the community in 2018. Tickets available online at:
The Waterville Noontime Rotary Club has been an integral part of the City of Waterville’s history for over a century, with a commitment to service above self and the city’s betterment, working across barriers when division is easier,” said Waterville Rotary Club President Buffy Higgins. “We share a vision with Rotarians around the world; together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Our Club’s keystone investment in the Head of Falls Riverwalk Project realizes that vision perfectly. We are humbled to have the Honorable George J. Mitchell addressing our centennial gala guests, we cannot think of a better representative of Rotarian ideals.”
Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Senator Mitchell is the author of five books. His most recent books are a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life, published in May 2015 and A Path To Peace, published in November 2016.
“Our city’s valuable resource, the Kennebec River, will be enhanced through the Head of Falls Riverwalk Project, a project spearheaded by the Waterville Rotary Club members as their Centennial gift to the people of Waterville,” said President Elect Jennifer Olsen. “The planet thrives, and humans are more peaceful when they have access to water they can enjoy with others, this gift is the perfect demonstration of our Club’s appreciation and respect for the City as well an expression of our desire to partner for the next hundred years.”
The Rotary Club of Waterville Centennial Gala will be held at Thomas College in Waterville from 5:30-11:30pm on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Live music to dance by will be provided by The Hello Josephines, a delicious dinner buffet featuring a signature cocktail will delight the most scrutinizing of palates. The event is open to the public, tickets are $75 each for adults and $500 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, visit:
The Rotary Club of Waterville Centennial Gala is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Hammond Tractor Company, Central Maine Motors, Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, the City of Waterville, Inland Hospital, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, MaineGeneral Health, People’s United Bank, Ameriprise, Best Western Plus, the Waterville Opera House, LocalFirst Group, and several individual sponsors.