President Sarah Sugden led a Club Assembly Meeting to discuss the past year and give the committee chairs an opportunity to share updates on their activities.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, May 10, 2010 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Frank Prelgovisk served as our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, Frank!!!!!



Amanda from Heritage House was our Greeter today. Thanks, Amanda!!

50/50 Tickets


Dan Parks sold $97 for the 50/50 raffle today and was the winner of $48. Dan will sell tickets again on May 17th . Don Plourde 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


No one had a picture 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


Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Dan Bickford

Cindy Corbin

Sharon Corwin

Ally Karter

Deb Schmid

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


There were no guests or visiting Rotarians this week.

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


John Dalton was happy that his daughter, son, and daughter in law just completed their Master's Degrees.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson had a number of Happy Dollars to share....1) that her husband won the 50/50 at the Spring Fling. Unfortunately, he didn't offer to share it with her; 2) last week-end they took a walk downtown and were strolling by Cancun and were greeted by a couple of folks in wide brimmed Mexican hats. One was none other than John Fortier!p>

Paula Mitchell is happy that a proposal for a dog walking park is coming together and will be presented to the City Council this week for consideration.

Lou Smith had 20 Happy Dollars for all the neat places they visited during their trip south this winter, including national parks, wineries, breweries, chocolate factories, Colonial Williams burg and many more. Also, they played a lot of tennis. Great to have you back Lou!!

George Myers had 5 Happy Dollars .... 1) just because he's happy; 2) his daughter just got word that she has received a scholarship to the University of Dayton; 3) on May 21st at 8AM there will be a free breakfast sponsored by Kennebec Behavioral Health dealing with anger and anxiety in the workplace.

Mike McGuan had Happy and Sad Dollars. The Sad Dollar was for the recent loss of Wade Slack who was a classmate and good friend of his son Tom. Mike's Happy Dollar was for his son Tom who just graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Steve Kelleher had a couple of Happy Dollars....1) for his son Tom who returned to the US last week from 3 months performing with a group in Italy and 2) for his daughter Mary, who recently got engaged.

Janet Parkhurst had a couple of Happy Dollars ....1) for Paula Mitchell and the Humane Society wo helped her daughter through a difficult time with her dog; 2) for the Spring fling and the auction. Janet recounted a very creative technique Suzanne and her husband used to get the bidding up on their wine and cheese item.

Lisa Hallee had a Happy Dollar for the $35M that MaineGeneral recently received for their new hospital project.

Kim Hawkes had a Happy Dollar for all the great stories that were told at the Spring Fling.

David Geller had a Sad Dollar for the loss of Wade Slack, who he's known for a long time. David shared some personal memories of Wade and asked for a moment of silence in Wade's honor.

Mark Ford is happy about his daughter Lindsay's graduation from Babson this coming Friday.

Charlie Gaunce had a Happy Dollar for the great job that fellow Rotarian Paul LePage did at the Republican Convention this week end. Charlie also recounted some of the fun that they had amidst the serious business that was at hand.

Frank Prelgovisk share that he only had one graduation this week. One of his grandchildren graduated from Bowdoin. Frank also noted that Don Borman is not with us today because he's helping his son who just opened a new eating establishment in Oakland named the Thirsty Mule. The Open House is later this afternoon and evening.

Sarah had a Happy/Sad Dollar to commemorate that she only has 7 more meetings left as President. She was also most happy because of all those who are sharing today. And finally, she and Matthew had a great time at the Spring Fling on Saturday night.



Gary Hammond thanked all of the people who were involved with organizing the Spring Fling Saturday night. In particular, Gary recognized Don Plourde, Ken Vlodek, Dan Parks, Rick McKenzie, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson and her husband Jeff, Martha, Irene Plourde, Ed Oliver, and Peter Martin. He noted that the goal was to have 70 people attend and they ended up with 95. There were also 82 items auctioned off, which they were most grateful for. Preliminary estimates indicate that there was about $12,000 raised, $2300 for the Sunrise Club and $9800 for our club. Gary also expressed his appreciative to the Club for the chair that he received.

Peer Garrett shred the itinerary for the upcoming Group Study Exchange.

Thursday and Friday they will be spending time in the area discussing and visiting areas that have an environmental focus including the alewife run and a tour around China Lake. They will also be spending some time at KVCC.

Friday evening, there will be a pot luck dinner and John Fortier's.

Saturday, they will be off to Camden.

John Fortier shared the details of the event at his house on Friday and asked those who would be coming to give him a call.

Sarah asked that the committee chairs forward their reports to Cathy for distribution at the Board Meeting on Thursday.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


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: Club Assembly (Sarah Sugden, President)

Our Board meets monthly, and is in a 3 ââ'¬" 5 year strategic planning process. The Board is identifying our strengths and weaknesses as well as determining in what direction we want to go. Some themes that have emerged are:

Membership: At a multi-year low. Do we want to grow? Don Plourde requested all members to propose new members in the near future.

Attendance: We seem to have a different size crowd than at the Manor. Attendance is dwindling. Sarah invites members to email her your thoughts.

Fellowship: We come together to enjoy one another. She hopes to see more of this.

Communication: We are considering our internal methods of communication with and to our members.

Public Relations: How to get the word about our Club out and finding effective ways to do this.

Community Service: Members indicate a desire for more emphasis on this than on International Service.

Policies: Being reviewed, updated and added to on an ongoing basis.

Procedure Manuals: Set them up for events to create continuity. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact Sarah.

Youth Exchange: Anita Diaz will return home to Argentina in June. Perhaps we should do this exchange again next year.

Sarah asked the Committee Chairs to provide an update on their progress year to date and what they are currently working on. Committee Reports by Chairs:

Club Administration: Lucille Zelenkewich, chair, commented on how helpful her committee has been in providing programs for this year. Ann Beverage will chair this committee for 2010-11. Anyone with program ideas should contact Ann.

Community Service: Chair Nikki Desjardins reminded us that her committee's focus this year is on the prevention of domestic violence. The committee adopted two domestic violence shelter families at Christmas; bought Rotary tee-shirts (still available for purchase); will have bumper stickers; will soon purchase domestic violence prevention education books to be read to school children. Nikki spoke at a community domestic violence forum, describing our club's efforts on prevention. The committee donated $1500 to Hardy Girls Healthy Women to fund an education grant; and provided clothing for assault victims whose clothing is needed as evidence. The committee also donated $1500 to United Way of Mid-Maine for heating oil assistance.

Foundation Committee: Chair Suzanne Uhl-Melanson reminded us that EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) supports international programs. We are a global organization, and having more exchange programs is good. In 2011 Foundation money will for the first time become available for community programs. As of today 50% of our club is participating in EREY. The club goal is for 100% participation.

Fundraising: Chair Ed Oliver described the three fund raisers this year: The Radio Auction, The Fellowship Auction and the Golf Tournament. He pointed out that everyone is part of the fundraising, since we all support these efforts.

President Sarah will hold her final club assembly at the last June meeting. At that time the remaining committees will report on their activities.