Today's speaker was our own Marc Pitman, presenting the following PowerPoint presentation on Social Media (that's websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. for those of us who are new to this.)


Rotary Meeting for Monday, May 4, 2009 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms

Lisa Simm was our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks Lisa!!!!!


Nikki Desjardins served as Greeter today!

50/50 Tickets
Don Borman and Wally Buschmann sold $126 worth of 50/50 tickets. Jeff Jolicoeur won $63. Rick MacKenzie won 10 free tickets to the next 50/50 drawing. Doug Carnrick will be our Greeter for next week's meeting on May 11
th at the Hathaway Creative Center.

Fined for pictures in the Paper
Eric Haley had his picture in the paper this week and was fined accordingly.

Cell Phones
A $10.00 fee for cell phone ringing continues for the 2008-2009 Club year. No fines assessed today.

On Leave

World Service Cups
The World Service cups for this month will go to support the good works of Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Don Plourde introduced Betty Mills from the Sunrise Club. Welcome, Betty!!

What can you do?

* Be sure to join in the fellowship of the Auction on December 3 & 4 at the Bank of America.

* Tell Board Members what you are passionate about for community projects
* Tell the program committee about interesting speakers/topics you would like to listen to
* Be involved, join a committee
* Be active
* Be positive

Happy Dollars

Ann Beverage shared that her daughter Emily just finished her 1st year of Law School at Vanderbilt and will be serving a summer internship in Portland with the US Attorney's Office.

Lisa Simm shared that she and John just celebrated their 20th anniversary. She also noted that she still sees the person who introduced them at the hospital and is happy that this woman is a cancer survivor. Lisa also shared that her daughter Libby recently decided to attend Holy Cross next year in the Class of 2013. She indicated that they are very appreciative of the support she received from Steve Kelleher, who is a Holy Cross alumnus.

Mike Roy announced that he ponied up $4 to Bill Arnold because of 2 baseball losses this past week. Mike also shared that he's very happy about a $250.000 grant the City just received for the renovations at the Gilman Street School.

Jerry Tipper is happy to be back from 3 months in Florida.

Ken Vlodek shared that his granddaughter Brooke participated in a dance recital in NH last Thursday and Friday which they all enjoyed. Jodi, his daughter also participated as part of the Hot Mammas."

Duane Wheeler shared that they are happy in his house because his son Ben got engaged last Saturday.

Dave Whittier shared that attended his son's graduation from Northeastern last Friday and is very happy and proud of that achievement.

Peter Garrett noted that the 10th Anniversary of the Kennebec Trails group is coming up and wanted to thank everyone who has been involved with that effort! Thank you, Peter for spearheading this!

Sarah Sugden had five Happy Dollars because several things happened, just this morning, that make her feel she has the best job in Waterville. She shared how she was able to help a woman find 5 job leads on the internet; had a great talk with a former employee and current college senior who is undergoing treatment for cancer; assisted a Lawrence HS Junior with some research suggestions; sent a letter to help a Colby professor with her tenure application; and received new information on many federal grant opportunities as well as a free set of civics flash cards to assist individuals seeking citizenship.

Kim Lindlof shared that the Northeast Lab's Chamber Golf tournament will be held at Natanis on Saturday, June 1. Also, on June 5th Universal Waste will be sponsoring a pickup of laptops. Computers, and similar items from 12-2pm. Kim also shared that she received an email from Raffi who filled her in on his experience in Germany and read some excerpts from the group.



Ally reminded the group that the meeting next week will be at the Hathaway Center and that sheets are going around today to sign up for tours. Please see Marc Pitman after the meeting if you do not get a sheet and want to take a tour.

Ally shared some details regarding the itinerary for our German visitors later this month, most notably that there will be a fellowship gathering at the Fortier's on Friday, May 22nd. More information will follow. Ally thanked everyone for their assistance in the planning for this visit.

Mark Ford asked everyone to RSVP to him for the May 18 Paul Harris Fellow Meeting. He noted that the coordinating group is expecting a large turnout and that we may be relocating the meeting to the gym at the AYC. He'll be sharing more information on that next week.

Peter Garrett announced that the Hallowell Club will be having its organizational meeting on June 8th and asked the group to pass along to him the names of anyone in that area who might be candidates for nomination as future members.

Steve Kelleher shared that Patti Newmen is looking to fill a spot in the Thursday meal support for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. This would be for the third Thursday of the month. Anyone interested should contact Patti directly.

Marc Pitman shared details about parking at the Hathaway Center next week, noting that there will be space in both the old Marden's parking lot and across the street at the old KFC. Members will enter on the south side of the building and there will be people outside to guide members to the correct door.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


May 11, 2009

OFF SITE: Hathaway Center [Tours at 11:15, 11:30, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45]

May 18, 2009

Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition

May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - No Meeting

June 1, 2009

Raffi Der Simonian, Rotary GSE (Group Study Exchange) Germany Trip

June 8, 2009

Bob Froberg, "FairPoint Communications "Bringing World Class Technology from the Sea Coast to the Mountains"

June 15, 2009

Meredith Jones, President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation

June 22, 2009

Educare Presentation

June 29, 2009

Club Assembly

08-09 Board of Directors:
Ally Karter - President
Sarah Sugden - President Elect
Seth Sherwood - Vice President
Cathy Langlais - Secretary
Steve Kelleher - Assistant Secretary
Allan Rancourt - Charitable Treasurer
Don Borman - Operations Treasurer
Marc Pitman - Club Service
Mark Ford - Rotary Foundation
Eric Haley - Past President
Nancy Gallagher - Public Relations
Debbie Knox - Community Service
Ed Riggs - International Service
Reg Perry -  Fundraising
Tom Longstaff - Vocational Service

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site

Today's Program: Blogs and Social Media for Maine Businesses (Marc Pitman)


Today's speaker was our own Marc Pitman, presenting the following PowerPoint presentation on Social Media (that's websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. for those of us who are new to this.)

Please view the PowerPoint presentation following these written comments. Address any questions you may have to Marc Pitman .

Marc opened with a brief history of internet marketing, using as an example, and progressing to the growth of adding individual content (note the Mainely Brews pages) and interactivity applications.

Marc's YouTube search for "realtor 04901" shows how realtors are now using YouTube as one more tool to sell houses.

Skittles invites visitors to to view other social networks for product comments posted by their consumers.

Social networking sites are the new water cooler: it's where today's exchange of ideas and opinions are happening.

Marc recommends NOT purchasing email lists.

Creating your personal Google profile is a great starting point to using social media as a marketing and selling tool. The price is right. Keep in mind that the internet remembers. Even old comments and reviews, positive or negative, remain on the web.

Marc suggests emailing your newsletter to keep communications flowing. You'll use a double opt-in. Interested viewers will first respond to your online offer to receive the newsletter; you can then ask them to reconfirm their interest in receiving your newsletter by way of documentation of their interest.

Consider frequency carefully. Viewers like fresh content. How much time can you devote to updates?

Start a blog.

This presentation has triggered a high volume of positive comments from Rotarians to Board members. Great job, Marc!

Ally then presented Marc with a Four-Way Test Key Chain as a token of our appreciation. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 11 at the Hathaway Creative CenterCenter.