Jennifer Howe, Community Outreach Manager of the Sexual Assault and Crisis Intervention Center serving the region's 4 counties, presented an overview of the sexual ssault issue in Central Maine and the services her organization offers to victims of this crime.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, June 21, 2010 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Matt Clark served as our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, again Matt!!!!!



Harold Buzzell was our Greeter today. Thanks, Buzz!!

50/50 Tickets


Gary Hammond sold $122 for the 50/50 raffle today and Nikki Desjardins was the winner of $61. Nikki will sell tickets again on June 28th. CJ Gaunce won 10 free tickets for next week's meeting's 50/50 drawing.

World Service Cup


The donations for this month's World Service Cup will go to purchasing clothing for domestic violence victims who must leave their clothing at the hospital.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


Jim Schmidt and David Geller were fined $5 for 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


Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Dan Bickford

Sharon Corwin

Ally Karter

Deb Schmid

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


Don Plourde welcomed Dan Bickford and Pete Clark from the Seminole County (FL) Rotary Club.

Chris Gaunce introduced his son, CJ.

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


Wally Buschmann had several Happy Dollars ......1) Congratulations to Sarah for her great year as President; 2) for the Summer Solstice; 3) the ALCOM group which was with us last week. Wally shared that Tom and Trapper were most appreciative of the hospitality they received from the Club; 4) for the upcoming production of Shirley Valentine at the Waterville Opera House, the proceeds of which will go to support the summer theater camps held at WHO.

Cathy Langlais offered a Happy Dollar for Mert, who was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago and is itching to get back to the club on Monday's. She shared that he'd love a visit or a contact if anyone is going by his house during the day.

Nancy Findlan shared information about the YETE Program which the Club supported last year. Last week, the Waterville Public Schools granted students in the program 1 credit hour for their participation. This summer 8 of the kids will be interning at Barrels, Inland Hospital, and Central Maine Motors.

Mary Ann Beal was happy about the Maine Commission for Community Service, which she was recently elected Chairperson of. She noted that the Commission recently approved a strategic plan which will be focusing on, among other things, getting the word out about community service learning. Finally, she shared her happiness about the flexibility her employer, the Maine State Sherriff's Association, gives her with respect to discussing the ir organization in public forums across the state.

Lisa Simm shared her happiness about and support of the Waterville Public Schools' math and science programs, which did a great job preparing her daughter for college. Libby just completed a successful freshman year at Holy Cross and plans to continue pre-med studies when she returns in the fall.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson shared more good news about the gift that keeps on giving, namely the monthly wine that was Ken Vlodek's offering at the Spring Fling. This a gift not to be overlooked next year!

Duane Wheeler shared the good news about the Minor League the Dairy Queen sponsored this year, noting that they were the dark horse in the league but ended up winning in the championship game .

Chris Gaunce had 3 Happy Dollars ....1) for the New Dimensions team that his son played on and which lost to Dairy Queen over the week end. Also for Jeff Jolicoeur's inaugural year as coach; 2) the 15th wedding anniversary that he and Linanne just celebrates; and 3) that CJ is with him today. p>

Pete Clark had 10 Happy Dollars for 1) the hospitality that the Club has shown him over the past several weeks; 2) for Mike Roy's assistance; 3) for Duane Wheeler coming over to his new establishment to welcome him to the block; and 4) for his new venture, Pete's Pig Southern Barbeque. Pete shared that if club members come in to eat, he'll give $3.00 back to the club for each order. Thank you for your generosity, Pete! p>

Nikki Desjardins was happy to be back from her vacation to Laconia, NH. Also, she was most appreciative of the assistance she got from her Community Service Committee this year!

Sarah Sugden had 7 Happy Dollars ......1) for Jack's successful completion of 2nd Grade and that his best friends will be with him next year; 2) Jack's "gang"; 3) Jack and Matt and their Cub Scout Pack spent the week end camping on the USS Massachusetts while 4) she and Madeline went to the beach. . 5) Camp Tracy starts today and for the nostalgia she felt when she thought about the time she (and many others in the room) spent camping there in the summer; the Waterville Women's Club's Interim Division, which very recently donated $10,000 to the Waterville Public Library; and 7) a grant that the library just received from the Maine Humanities Council to create a walking tour of Waterville for kids. p>



Patti Newmen announced that the Rotary Thursday Meal Group for the Homeless Shelter is in need of an extra person for the first Thursday of the month. Anyone interested can give her a call.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson and Gene Beaupre reported on the progress of the Foundation Committee this year, noting that they want to thank everyone who participated this year and reported that as of this meeting we have about 50% participation with 38 of the 46 participants contributing $100 or more. The total raised this year-to-date is $5,000.

Nikki reminded everyone that there are still slots open for the Golf Tournament in Augut and that those interested in playing can contact her directly.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


June 28, 2010 Sarah Sugden & Don Plourde "Club Assembly & Induction of New Members"

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center (Jennifer Howe, Community Outreach Manager)

Our speaker today is Jennifer Howe, Community Outreach Manager for the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center. The Center was started in Augusta about 25 years ago and their mission is to lessen the trauma-related suffering of sexual assault and promote healing by guiding those affected by sexual violence toward survival through support, advocacy, education and community collaboration. They now serve 4 counties with 9 staff and many volunteers. A Waterville center was opened about a year ago and is located at 18 Silver St. This Center has 2-3 staff members and coverage 24-7. Sexual assault is the most underreported crime-70% not reported to the police. Sexual violence includes all types of sexual behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape and incest. Many survivors experience depression, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, withdrawal, anger, anxiety, as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). All forms of sexual violence result in high costs for businesses. Many survivors have difficulty meeting ongoing work demands, lower productivity and higher rates of absenteeism in the aftermath of an assault. The Center provides a 24 hour support line (1-800-871-7741); support groups ;and referrals to appropriate agencies and individuals in the community. Volunteers are needed. Training is provided to anyone who is interested in helping these survivors. A few ways to help would be support line advocate, hospital advocate, or office advocate. The administrative office number is 377-1010.

After Jennifer's presentation, Sarah honored 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.