During a special “Thanksgiving” meeting, the Camden Rotary Club thanked Brimstone Consulting Group for helping with a year-long strategic planning process.

Brimstone, which works with CEOs and their leadership teams on large-scale change initiatives, has a long tradition of helping local nonprofit organizations address their challenges, set new goals, and establish processes for achieving them.

“We wondered if that corporate know-how could apply to a service club,” said Joan Phaup, the club’s immediate past president. “But we learned that Brimstone has helped many local nonprofits determine their sense of direction by applying the same key principles that work for the company’s Fortune 500 clients. A professional team from Brimstone would lead us through a process for figuring out our priorities – not telling us what we should do but giving us the tools to determine our direction.”

The process involved talking with community leaders, government officials, and club members to identify their concerns and consider how best to address them. The club is now implementing a three-year strategic framework that includes a strong focus on promoting economic and workforce development. The club’s annual speaker series on this topic is a direct result of the planning effort.

The club awarded CEO Bob Weiler with a Paul Harris Fellowship — named after Rotary International’s founder and issued in recognition of outstanding volunteer service – and presented the Brimstone team with a certificate of appreciation for facilitating meetings and guiding discussions.

The club’s “Thanksgiving” meeting included some honors for members: Don Flock, Roger Moody and Bob Baldwin received Paul Harris Fellowships for their devotion to community service and their support of the Rotary International Foundation, which funds projects all over the world.  Members also congratulated Dave Jackson, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a club member this year.

The club meets on Zoom at noon every Tuesday, and members of the public are welcome to attend. For access details, contact Stephanie French at steph.griffinsg00@gmail.com. Information about the club is available at camdenrotary.org.