Nikki Desjardins and Cora Clukey shared their experience this summer as participants in the The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program (RYLA) experience in the Forks.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, November 9, 2009 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Lisa Simm was our Sergeants of Arms today. Thanks, Lisa!!!!!



Erica Humphrey and Roger Woolsley served as Greeters today. Thank you guys!! Lisa Hallee will be our Greeter for the November 16th meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Nikki Desjardins sold $82 for the 50/50 raffle today and Bob Ellis was the winner of $41.00. Ed Oliver will sell tickets on November 16th. Charlie Gaunce won 10 free tickets for next meeting's 50/50 drawing on November 16th.

World Service Cup


The beneficiary of the donations for this month's World Service Cup will be the Central Asia Institute chronicled by Greg Mortensen in his book Three Cups of Tea.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


There were no fines for pictures in the paper last week and were fined.

Cell Phones


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

On Leave


Cam McKay

Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


Lucille Zelenkewich introduced Lynne Spooner, Sr. VP for Merrill Bank in Bangor.

Bill Thompson introduced his wife Stephanie.

Glenn Levitt welcomed our newest J. R. Weaver-LaMountain.

Cathy introduced Cora Clukey from Colby College and speaker on today's program.

What can you do?


* 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


Lucille had 5 Happy Dollars because she is headed to Aruba for vacation ....... where there is no snowmobiling!

Jim Julia shared a Happy Dollar for a great hunting adventure with Jerry Tipper and Mark Ford.

Ann Beverege shared that her daughter Emily will soon be graduating from Vanderbilt Law School and has secured a position with the Drummond, Woodsum, and McMahon law firm in Portland.

Kim Hawkes shared that the Kid Lover's Ball last Friday was a great success, noting that everyone had fun and all the auction items sold. Thanks to everyone who supported this event!

Lisa Hallee indicated that she is becoming a grand-aunt today as her nephew and his wife have a son being born today. Congrats, Lisa!



Dave Grenier reminded the group that we need to get Auction Slips in today or tomorrow. Dave also thanked everyone who has gotten their slips in thusfar.

Glenn Leavitt provided the Rotary minute today by sharing information about the Rotary Foundation, which was created in 1917 with an endowment established by Arch C. Klumph. The first donation was $26.50 and by 1921 it had grown to $5,000. Its forst award was to the International Society for Crippled Children which later grew into the Easter Seals. WWII hampered its growth, however, after Paul Harris' death in 1947, it began to grow and expand. Milestones include:

1950's - The establishment of the precursor to the Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.

1960's - The 60's saw significant growth of this program and the establishment of the Group Study Exchanges, and the Matching Grants Program.

1970's - Health Hunger, and Humanity Grant Program created. Existing progreams continued to prosper.

1980's - Establishment of Polio Plus and the University Teachers Grants.

Since 1917 a total of $1B has been donated and more that one million Paul Harris Fellowships have been awarded.

Glenn then discussed what the Foundation Committee is doing this year with the envelopes that were distributed several weeks ago and encouraged the membership to help us achieve 100% participation this year.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


November 16, 2009 Classification Talks

November 23, 2009 Dave Grenier and Tim Beals, Auction Update and Final Planning

November 30, 2009 Anita Diaz, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Argentina

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: The RYLA Experience (Nikki Desjardins and Cora Clukey)

Rotarian Doug Carnrick introduced today's, speakers, our own Nikki Desjardins and Cora Clukey (of Colby College), to describe their experience at RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, the weekend of September 18-20. Our Rotary Board selected them as candidates and funded their participation.

Days began between 6 and 7am. Twenty nine RYLA participants learned communications, team building and trust. 14 were from Canada and spoke French. All shared one translator, making for cumbersome conversations.

Part of the high ropes course was jumping out, while harnessed, from a 30-foot height to reach a trapeze. Cora tried this, and missed. Nikki's acrophobia was evident as she swung to and fro from 30 feet .... with her comments bleeped out!

During their white water rafting experience the translator did not join them, creating challenges in conveying rafting directions. Cora went overboard and was successfully rescued.

Lessons learned?

Nikki: A self-avowed "takeover person," she learned to be a better listener, and to listen to ALL.

Cora: Leaving two sick children at home was outside her comfort zone. She stayed in the face of adversity.

The PowerPoint presentation that Cora and Nikki developed has been posted to the club website (

After their presentation, Sarah presented Cora and Nikki with a Rotary 4-Way Test keychain as a token of appreciation and with the thanks of the Club.