Leila Musacchio, Director of Advertising at Mainbiz presented on the Mainebiz organization and the success it has achieved since its in ception in bringing Maine businesses together through business-to-business networking.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, April 12, 2010 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Elery Keane served as our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, Elery!!!!!



Suzanne Uhl-Melanson was our Greeter today. Thanks, Suzanne!! Mary Ann Beal will be our Greeter for the April 26th meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Don Borman sold $94 for the 50/50 raffle today and Tom Martin was the winner of $47 Kim will sell tickets on April 5th . Tom also won 10 free tickets for next meeting's 50/50 drawing.

World Service Cup


The donations for this month's World Service Cup will go for books to be included in the Domestic Violence Back Pack Project.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


No Rotarians had their pictures in the paper this week.

Cell Phones


A $10.00 fee for cell phone ringing continues for the 2009-2010 Club year. No fines assessed today.

On Leave


Cam McKay

Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


David Geller introduced J.R. Weaver-LaMountain who is with the Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation.

Sue Guigere introduced Kara Bradway from Care and Comfort and Leila Mussaccio from Mainebiz, today's speaker.

Chris Gaunce introduced Chris Bilodeau, a former Rotarian who recently returned to the area.

Seth Sherwood introduced Jay Violette, a colleague from TD Bank.

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


Ken Vlodek shared that he's very happy because he got engaged over the week end. Congrats, Ken!

Marc Pitman had 10 Happy Dollars for a number of good things including 1) He just started his new job as Campaign Manager for Peter Mills and 2) he just got back from a week of doinf fund-raising training in Kansas and San Antonio.

Tom Martin is happy about the week end dance recital he attended at Miss Laurie's Dance Studio. He also announced that he will be running for the District 25 House seat on the Republican primary ballot.

Lisa Hallee reported that the Spring Soiree that was held on Saturday to benefit HealthReach Hospice raise over $24,000. She shared that the Camelot production was wonderful. She added that she also attended her niece's dance recital at Miss Laurie's over the week end and enjoyed it very much!

Diane Bryan shared that the Opera House opened Camelot this week end and thanked MaineGeneral for their most generous support. Needless to say, she didn't go to work today.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson reported that the problem with beavers that she shared a couple of weeks ago has been resolved, which made her very happy.

Dan Parks was very happy about the arrival of their 2nd grandchild over the week end.

Doug Legg had 5 Happy Dollars ..... 1) for his recent trip to the Frozen 4 in Detroit 2) happy that a team from Hockey East won and glad to be out of Detroit; 3) for his new granddaughter, Martha Jean, who is now up to 7 lbs. after being born 8 weeks premature; 4) for his daughter Catherine, who is due to deliver on Mother's Day; and 5) there's only one April 15!

Nikki had 2 Happy Dollars ; 1) Congratulations to Megan Williams and her staff at Hardy Girls Healthy Women who have done well this week; and 2) She will be representing Rotary at a public forum on Domestic Violence on 4/28.

Dave Grenier is happy about just celebrating his 16th year with TD Bank and shared that he will be moving over to Kennebec Savings Bank on Monday to undertake a new role. He's sad about leaving his good friends at TD Bank, but very happy about the challenges of this new position. Congratulations, Dave!!

Nancy Gallagher is glad to be back after being away for 3 months.

Chris Gaunce shared that the 4/26 meeting will be a great opportunity for a hands on fellowship project in support of Nikki's back pack project. The task is to put together 200 back packs in 30 minutes using the assembly line technique that was so successful several years ago when we put together pencil cases for kindergarteners. We will convene at 11:30 on the 26th and Chris encouraged everyone to invite their spouses to come and help out.

Jim Schmidt shared that while he recently stopped piloting aircraft, he is very happy that his grandchildren are developing an interest in flying. Jim shared the flying achievements of several of them who are at varying stages in the process.

Sarah had 3 Happy Dollars to share today .... 1) they found the lost Easter Egg! Her nephew came over to the house last week and was successful in his search; 2) On Saturday, she and Matthew had their 12th Anniversary; and 3) that this is National Library Week and shared that there are more libraries in the US than there are McDonald's. Sarah took a few moments to share the value a library brings to a community.



Next week there will be no meeting because of Patriot's Day.

Ken Vlodek shared that we've sold only 65 tickets for the May 8th Spring Fling to date. He encouraged those wanting to attend to contact him, Suzanne, or Kim Lindlof for tickets

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson shared some ideas for donations to the auction. Items such as greens fees, gift baskets, dinner at your home, airplane rides etc. have done well in the past. She also encouraged members who cannot attend to put something into the auction.

Nikki reminded the group abouth the Waterville Downtown Cleanup that will occur on the 17th at 10AM at Castonguay Square. This is a great opportunity for us to show off our Rotary T-shirts!

Seth will be having a brief meeting of his in-coming Board after we adjourn today.

Tom Longstaff shared 2 upcoming events on Wednesday of this week:


Take Back The Night will occur on Castonguay Square at 7PM


There will be a presentation an unveiling of the plans for the riverfront development project.

In response to a question, Sarah confirmed that the Rotary Happy Hour is continuing on Thursday evenings at the Pub from 5:15 to 6:45 for those members interested in a weekly fellowship event.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


April 19, 2010 Patriot's Day-NO MEETING

April 26, 2010 Mary Ann Samuels / Maine's Job Bank Career Center

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site



Today's Program: An Overview of Mainebiz (Leila Musacchio, Advertising Director, Mainebiz)

Mainebiz Advertising Director Leila Musacchio outlined the function of Mainebiz, a statewide Business-to-Business print weekly. Please see her downloaded presentation that is posted to the Club website (http://www.clubrunner.ca/waterville ).

After Leila's presentation, Sarah presented her with a certificate noting that 6 children will receive polio vaccinations in her name as a token of appreciation and with the thanks and best wishes of the Club.