WEST KENNEBUNK – Trudy Weeman grew up helping out in her community, lending a hand to make things better.
She has been involved in the annual West Kennebunk Thanksgiving potluck, the Kennebunk Fire Society dinner held in the fall, and much more.
She has helped teach hundreds of youngsters as an assistant coach with the Kennebunk Twirlers. She is president of the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Alumni Association. And she’s at the polls on Election Day, helping out there. City Clerk Merton Brown said Weeman helps register voters, assists with voting machines, processes absentee ballots and packs election materials at the end of the day.
“She has been a great elections secretary for the last six years,” Brown said. “Always willing, always helpful, always with a smile.”
She, like her sisters and other family members, including her mother Barbara, is known for pitching in to help get things done.
“She gets involved in the community she was born and raised in,” Barbara said.
Now, people from Kennebunks and beyond have the opportunity to help her through a fundraiser scheduled for August 7 at The Lunch Box on Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.
Trudy, 38, was diagnosed with uterine cancer a couple of months ago, recently started treatment and continues to work at her job at a car auction company in Gorham.
The fundraiser kicks off at 10 am with raffles for gift baskets, gift certificates, a 50-inch TV and more, Barbara said.
Brenda Spulick is hosting a bake sale, and Dawn Stevens and Kip Harley will be giving out free hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and drinks from noon to 2 pm, she said.
People are invited to bring a lawn chair and listen to the Kennebunk River Band from noon to 2 p.m.
When the conversation about a fundraiser to help with her expenses began, Trudy said she was initially hesitant.
“I didn’t expect anything,” he said. But the idea has blossomed in this West Kennebunk community and, she said, she’s grateful.
“It’s very nice. I can’t thank everyone enough,” Trudy said by phone during a break from work on a recent day.
Barbara said she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
“We have a wonderful community,” he said.