Mary Anne Samuels and Irene Lee from the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information spoke regarding the changes in Maine's Job Bank since it began listing all jobs online in 2008.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, April 26, 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!!!!!



May Ann Beal was our Greeter today. Thanks, Mary Ann!! David Geller will be our Greeter for the May 3rd meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Tom Martin sold $106 for the 50/50 raffle today and Tony LaMarre was the winner of $56. Tony generously donated his winnings back to Rotary. Thanks, Tony!!! Tony will sell tickets on May 3rd. Mary Ann Beal 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 back packs for the L. C. Bates Museum.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


Glenn Leavitt and Mike Roy had their pictures in the paper this week and were fined accordingly.

Cell Phones


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

On Leave


Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Dan Bickford

Cindy Corbin

Sharon Corwin

Ally Karter

Deb Schnid

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


Tony Lamarre introduced his brother David from United Insurance in Pittsfield.

David Geller introduced Alicia Nichols, a fund raiser from Bangor.

Bob Croswell introduced his wife, Kim.

Nancy Gallagher introduced her husband, Mike.

Harold Buzzell introduced his wife, Peg.

Suzanne Uhl Melanson introduced Sue Guigere's husband, Leo.

Tonya Clark introduced her Mom. Lucille Zelenkewich introduced guests from the Family Violence Project, including, Lynne Daily, Robin Miller, Diedre Pomerleau, and Nan Bell.

Sue Guigere introduced our speakers from the Department of Labor, Mary Ann Samuels and Irene Lee.

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

Special Presentation

Nikki Desjardins shared that thanks to the efforts of many individuals in the Club, we have completed the effort to secure 200 back packs for the Family Violence Project. Nikki thanked the Club members involved with this project, in particular those who came early today along with their spouses, to help fill the packs and get them ready for distribution. Nan, introduced Lynn daily, who does the educational support in the schools and Robin Miller, an advocate at the shelter. On behalf of the Family Violence Project, Nan thanked the club for its efforts to address the issue of domestic violence in our community. She also reminded everyone that Rotary will be represented by Nikki at a public forum on this issue that will be held at the Home for Little Wanderers.

Happy Dollars


Ken Vlodek had several Happy Dollars ....1) Saturday evening, Sally's daughters from all over the country came to Winthrop for a 90th birthday party for her Dad at the American Legion Post. Ken shared some of the great stories that he learned about his future in-laws; 2) the Saturday before, they went to an event for the Maine Development Foundation and were seated at a table with, ironically, several Rotarians from the Augusta Club. He made a follow up visit to their next meeting, made a pitch for the Spring Fling, and fully expects there to be some representation from the Augusta Club on May 8th; 3) He learned about an Augusta Fellowship event that Sarah should have a Happy Dollar about if she could get it going in our group .. a Rotary Book Club.

Janet Parkhurst shared a "Little Black Dress" story from What Happening this week end. The question was What % of librarians are considered sexy? Sarah shared that from her observations at national meetings, the report of 20% was probably accurate.

Mary Ann Beal had a couple of Happy Dollars .... 1) She recently learned that Mainers contributed an equivalent of $981M in volunteer time in 2009; and 2) she recently became a grandmother for the 3rd time. She now has 3 granddaughters from her 3 daughters. Congratulations, Mary Ann!!!

Mike Roy is glad to be back after an 8 week hiatus. He also had an extra Happy Dollar, compliments of Bill Arnold, for Bowdoin's loss to Colby over the week end.

Lisa Hallee shared a Happy Dollar for her recent discovery of the "You now you're from Waterville if ..." link on Facebook.

George Spann shared his recent experiences on the Quarry Road Trails and shared that the project was well done. He encouraged those who haven't gone out there to do so, noting that it's great for hiking or jogging.

Sarah Sugden had $20 Happy Dollars for the pleasure of being part of the Club and coming here each week.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson had a couple of Happy Dollars for the time they spent with their grandson over the week end. She had a great time with his trains.



Ken indicated that they need a final count for the Spring Fling by the end of this week. Please give him or Don a call if last minute tickets are needed.

Sarah shared that this Saturday at Gifford's the Sunrise Club will be holding its first annual miniature golf tournament at Gifford's.

Sarah shared that the Board is developing a process for the Club to honor members for outstanding and extraordinary service above self and that we'll be getting more information on that over the next couple of months.

Suzanne shared that they are still actively seeking items for auction at the Spring Flin on the 8th. She asked that if members are going to make a donation, the Committee would be most appreciative if it could be done today. Some of the items she suggested are a pizza party, a Pie of the Month, a pool party, L.L. Bean Gift Certificates, green fees, a day at the ocean, smoked salmon, whoopee pies, homemade syrup, Sea Dog tickets, Rotary lunch tickets, and hand-tied flies. She indicated that this year we will have pre-bidding and that sheets will be available at next week's meeting. Also, some people are making individual items (knitting, wood craft, etc) and, as such she suggested they may want to suggest a minimum bid. If this is the case, she asked that the minimum bid not be 100% of full value.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


May 3, 2010 Matt O'Donnell & Ted Helberg - Fishouse Poems: Promoting the oral tradition of poetry.

May 10, 2010 Sarah Sugden, WTVL Rotary Club President - Club Assembly

May 17, 2010 Nancy Souza - South End Teen Center

May 24, 2010 Evert Fowlle, Kennebec County District Attorney - Embezzlement

May 31, 2010 Memorial Day - NO MEETING

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: The Maine Job Bank (Mary Anne Samuels and Irene Lee from the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information)

Mary Anne Samuels and Irene Lee from the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information spoke regarding the changes in Maine's Job Bank since it began listing all jobs online in 2008. Ãâ?sÃ' There is currently a 10:1 ratio of job seekers to job postings. Ãâ?sÃ' Employers can post seasonal as well as full time jobs for 5 to 90 days. Ãâ?sÃ' Current positions range from physicians to minimum wage jobs.Ãâ?sÃ'  Employers can hold mini job fairs at the Center.Ãâ?sÃ'  A broad array of other work-related programs is available on the Center's website at Ãâ?sÃ' For more information, see their downloaded presentation posted to the Club website (

After Mary Anne and Irene's presentation, Sarah honored them 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.