Incoming President Sarah Sugden Addressed the Club Membership, outlining her plan for the upcoming year
Rotary Meeting for Monday, July 13, 2009 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Matt Clark was our Sergeant of Arms today. Thanks, Matt!!!!!



Boyd Mattson served as Greeter today. Next week's greeter for the June 22 meeting will be Elery Keene.

50/50 Tickets


Barbara Haines sold $80 worth of 50/50 tickets. Duane Wheeler won $40 and the 10 free tickets to the next 50/50 drawing. Way to go Duane!

Fined for pictures in the Paper


Duane Wheeler, Charlie Gaunce, and Scott Bullock's pictures were in the paper last week and they were fined accordingly.


Cell Phones


A $10.00 fee for cell phone ringing continues for the 2008-2009 Club year. No fines assessed today.

On Leave


Cynthia Corbin.

World Service Cups


The World Service cups for this month will go to support the Community Gardens planted near the North Street recreational fields.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


Ken Vlodek introduced Jeff Russell from the Bangor Club.

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


Jerry Tipper shared that his daughter Ellen is currently performing at the Midnight Blues Club. He also announced that on July 23rd the Mid-Maine Global Forum will have its Annual Dinner and the keynote speaker will be Richard Vietor, a political economist from Harvard who will be discussing world wide economic issues in developing nations.

Marc Pittman shared that Tin Sample will be at the Inland Hospital's Men's Health Fair tomorrow at 4:00PM.

Nikki Desjardins shared a couple of encounters she had over the past week with current participants in YETE and with an individual who she spoke with earlier this year at Lawrence High School during a career counseling presentation. She noted how great it feels to know that you've made a positive impact on a kid's life and the direction they are taking.

Sarah Sugden was happy about a lecture and tour she took over the week end at the Colby Art Museum as part of its 50th Anniversary. She also shared that she has a friend at Thorndike Press who she just learned was a Rotary Youth Scholar.

Cam McKay was happy about the great day it was yesterday ….. and that he wasn't working!

Rotary Minute


Cam McKay shared a Rotary Minute, noting that there is a way to donate an amount per month to the campaign to end polio through your cell phone. By entering Text 90999, a cell phone user can set up an amount each month to be billed to their cell phone account. Interested members should feel free to get in touch with him for more information on this.



There were no announcements.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


July 20, 2009 Qiam Amiry will speak on an Afghan Scholars Foundation he is involved with.

July 27, 2009 FairPoint Communications (Bob Froberg)

August 3, 2009 Classification Talks

August 10, 2009 Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro

August 17, 2009 Lauren Shaw, Water for Cambodia

August 24, 2009 TBA

August 31, 2009 TBA

2009-10 Board of Directors:


President Sarah Sugden

President-elect Seth Sherwood

Vice President Don Plourde

Immediate Past President Ally Karter

Secretary Cathy Langlais

Assistant Secretary Steve Kelleher

Treasurer-Charitable Allan Rancourt

Treasurer-Operations Don Borman

Fund Raising Ed Oliver

Club Administration Lucille Zelenkewich

Rotary Foundation Suzanne Uhl-Melanson

International Service Chris Gaunce

Vocational Services Tom Longstaff

Public Relations Nancy Gallagher

Community Service Nicky Desjardins

At-Large Peter Garrett

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: Club Assembly: Incoming President Sarah Sugden

The July 13 Rotary meeting was a club assembly, led by President Sarah Sugden, who gave her "I Have a Dream" speech, in which she outlined her goals for this Rotary year.

Public Relations

Focus groups in other areas indicate most people don't know what Rotary clubs do. Is it the same in our community? Rotary isn't a secret organization. Challenge: how do we share information about what we do? How do we share information within and beyond our club? We've done many projects, and it's important to know what we've done for almost 100 years.

Vocational Service

President Sarah hopes we all use the Four Way Test in our lives and our businesses. Where is Rotary in your 9 to 5? Find opportunities to share the Four Way Test with young persons, to shape them and touch young lives. Show that we live the Four Way Test of Rotary.


We will continue to have meaningful, engaging programs. We should feel disappointed if we miss one.

Fund Raising

Our recent efforts have been considerable. We don't have many fund-raising projects, so it is critical to ability to help our community that we participate and support these projects.


President Sarah invites all members to propose a new member. We are no longer the largest club in the district. In order to broaden our impact we need more members. We will also work on retention.

International Service

President Sarah loves Rotary because we can work on a global effort. Rotary is poised to influence global change, thanks to its flexibility as an NGO. World peace IS achievable. Rotary also responds effectively to world disasters. She saw when Rotary helped after Hurricane Katrina how important this organization is. Regarding the eradication of polio worldwide, we're almost there. Four nations remain with active polio virus. We pledged $2,500 towards the Gates Foundation Challenge Grant for Polio Plus. She is relieved to know that her child will never get polio, and wants parents the world over to have this same knowledge. Water is a critical issue. We take it for granted.


Rotary International asks all to give as you are able to EREY. Whatever you can give will be appreciated. After three years our donations return to our club for use.

Community Service

As a public librarian President Sarah has opportunities to see a variety of local needs. Tonight a child in our community will go to sleep hungry. Families are losing homes and jobs, which will alter their future family paths. She wants to do some "get hands dirty" efforts locally.

How can we spread world peace locally? By moving toward the prevention of domestic violence. She saw an example of abuse at a high school event, and hopes we as a club make a zero tolerance effort on this issue in our club and in our community. Peace begins in our homes. Domestic violence prevention begins at birth.

Rotary committee chairs will present their goals and progress over this Rotary year. Please sign up for one or more committee.