Matt O'Donnell, editor of the Bowdoin College Alumni magazine, told Rotarians about From the Fishouse, an online audio poetry archive.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, May 3, 2010 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Lisa Simm served as our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, Lisa!!!!!



David Geller was our Greeter today. Thanks, David!! Tonya Clark will be our Greeter for the May 10th meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Don Plourde sold $116 for the 50/50 raffle today and John Fortier was the winner of $58. John will sell tickets on May 10th . Ken Vlodek 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


Diane Bryan had her picture in the paper this week and was 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


George Myers introduced Lisa Soucie, Director of the High Hopes Clubhouse.

Butch Merritt introduced Jeff Russell from the Bangor Rotary Club.

Patti Newmen introduced Scott Farrell from the Boy Scouts of America.

Kim Lindlof introduced Matt O'Donnell and Ted Helberg, our speakers today

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


Steve Kelleher had a couple of Happy Dollarsâââ?s¬Ã'¦. 1) His son, Stephen who completed an Ironman competition (2.5 mi swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26 mile run) in Utah over the week end and 2) his daughter, Erin, who participated in a 200 mile relay run from Quincy, MA to Provincetown with 6 other nurses from Children's Hospital in Boston.

John Fortier was happy about his winnings and donated it back to Rotary. Thanks, John!!

Erica Humphrey shared the great results from her recent visit to Duke for her annual ophthalmologic assessment.

Diane Bryan also had a couple of Happy Dollars âââ?s¬Ã'¦.. 1) for the $2M grant that the Opera House received last week from the Harold Alfond Foundation for renovations and expansion of their facilities; and 2) for the good news Chris received last week regarding the approval of the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. This will be the first offshore wind energy project in the US and Chris is the lead engineer. Congratulations, guys!

Peter Garrett had several Happy Dollars as well âââ?s¬Ã'¦.1) For a recent trip to England without experiencing volcanic ash; 2) he Annual Meeting of the Kennebec Trails which will be held in the REM Center on May 11. Dr. Bob Hottentot will be the guest speaker, sharing some of hikes outdoor and mountaineering experiences in New Zealand; 3) This is national Water Week, which he has a vested interest in; and 4) for the Group Study Exchange which will occur in 2 weeks. Peter indicated that they are in need of one more family to serve as guest hosts for a visitor and asked anyone interested in serving in this capacity to get in touch with him after the meeting or during the next week.

Gary Hammond reported that he recently got back from 3 weeks Florida. Martha is still there finishing up some projects and will be home later this week. Gary also was most grateful to the following Rotarians for their hard work on the Spring Fling which will be held next Saturday night at Jim Julia's: Ken Vlodek, Don Plourde, Rick MacKenzie, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson, Jim Julia, and Dan Parks..



The following Committees were scheduled to meet after adjournment: International Service, Vocational Service, and Golf Tournament Committees..

Ken reminded the group that the Spring Fling will happen this Saturday at Jim Julia's starting at 5:00PM. Happy hour will occur from 5-6 followed by dinner from 6-7. The auction will occur immediately following dinner.

Suzanne indicated that the pre-bid list is on each table and that if an individual wants to do this, they need to put their name at the top of the page and the amount they are offering for a particular item. She shared the various items that are going to be auctioned off and was very excited about this event..

Upcoming speaker schedule:


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 âââ?s¬" NO MEETING

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: From the Fishouse (Matt O'Donnell and Ted Helberg)

.Matt O'Donnell, editor of the Bowdoin College Alumni magazine, told Rotarians about From the Fishouse, an online audio poetry archive. Matt mails recorders to young, published, emerging poets around the world to record their poetry for listening on From the Fishouse. The Fishouse takes its name from Matt's writing cabin, which is a fishouse now situated in his back yard. Founded in 2004 by Waterville area native Matt O'Donnell, From the Fishouse is an IRS-registered non-profit that promotes the oral tradition of poetry. The organization's free online audio archive showcases emerging poets reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. Its mission is to use online technology and other media to provide the public with greater access to the voices of emerging poets, and to provide an educational resource to students and teachers of contemporary poetry. For more information, see their downloaded presentation posted to the Club website ( .

After Matt and Ted's presentation, Seth 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.