John Fortier, Gary Hammond, Alice Anderman and Tony LaMarre tell us all about themselves.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, March 2nd held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Jeff Jolicoeur was our Sergeant of Arms. Great job Jeff!



Harold Buzzell welcomed us to the meeting today!

50/50 Tickets


Tina Chapman sold $62worth of 50/50 tickets. Mark Ford won $32 in the raffle and will sell tickets in next week. Gary Hammond won 10 free tickets to the next 50/50 drawing. Harold Buzzell will again be the Greeter for meeting on March 9th.

World Service Cups


The World Service cups will support the village of Los Naranjos, Honduras where Alice Anderman travelled to after the holidays. She will be returning in November and it's hoped the club will send supplies with her for the villagers in need.

What can you do?


* Be sure to join in the fellowship of the Auction on December 3 & 4 at the Bank of America. * 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


Ally had 2 Happy Dollars ... one for the Waterville Girls' Basketball Team which won the State Class B Championship on Saturday. In particular, she share that her step-daughter played up this year and did get some playing time in this win. Ally also shared that Lisa Simm's daughter Libby sang the National Anthem before the Waterville Boys' Hockey Team's run at the Eastern Championship final, which they also won. Finally, Ally was most appreciative of the assistance we'll be receiving in putting together an itinerary for the visitors from Germany later this Spring. She thanked John Fortier and Kim Lindlof for stepping up to the plate and offering their time for this project.

Mark Ford shared that his daughter Lindsay has opted for a different kind of Junior Year Abroad experience and will be undertaking a cruise around the world with 700 other college students. She is posting a blog of their activities and most recently visited Cape Town, S.A, where she and her fellow students travelled to some of the remote poor villages only a short distance from this city. On another note, Mark shared that the club is currently at $12,500 for EREY campaign and encouraged those Rotarians who have not yet done so to consider supporting this effort.

Rene Burdet shared 10 Happy Dollars, noting that in 2005 he was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently visited many physicians to determine the course of treatment. During the course of this process, he met a physician who used a regimen of integrated wellness, diet, and non-chemical approaches and is very pleased to report that as of last Thursday, he is cancer-free.

Kim Hawkes announced that she will be representing the Club at this year's Polar Bear Dip, which takes place this Saturday at the AYC. She promised that it will be a great event and encouraged everyone to attend.

Butch Merritt thanked everyone for their support and expressions of sympathy over the past several weeks for he and his family. He also shared that he and Ginny are thankful for beating the snow storm yesterday as they were returning from a good vacation break travelling to the West Coast.

David Geller had a Happy Dollar for the Club being represented in the Polar Bear Dip. He volunteered that he was asked to do it, said no, and is very happy that Kim is going to take a plunge!

Today's Program: Classification Talks from John Fortier, Gary Hammond, Alice Anderman, and Tony LaMarre. ============================================================================ Our Speaker could not make it due to the weather. Ally requested the following classification speeches.

Classification Talks

John Fortier - John is a long time member of the Waterville Club with almost 30 years of service and is also a three time Paul Harris Fellow. He has enjoyed a satisfying career with State Farm Insurance Company. He is past President of the Club, serving in '88-89. As President he had the opportunity to host the 75th Waterville Rotary anniversary celebration. John encourages the leadership opportunities with Rotary. John feels that Rotary helped him to accomplish things he may not be able to do on his own. He is a Waterville native and his father was a Waterville Rotary member. He has 3 children and has been married to Lisa for 36 years.

Gary Hammond - Gary joined the club in 1984 or '85. He was been a member for approximately 24 -25 years. Gary grew up in Greene Maine and his wife Martha grew up in Turner. They have been married for 27 years. Initially they moved to Orono where he received Engineering. Agriculture and Business degrees. They then moved to Syracuse New York where he worked for John Deere. In 1983 they came to Waterville and purchased a dealership and in 1984 purchased a dealership in Union. Their son David now works for the company and last year they purchased a dealership in Auburn. Now they have three stores. His son is preparing to take over the company. He has a 3 year old granddaughter and 3-4 weeks ago had their first grandson. He feels fortunate to have the grandchildren live ½ mile away. He loves to ski, snowmobile and boat.

Alice Anderman - Alice became a grandmother in January and her grandson's name is Ben. Her daughter Rachel and family live in Wisconsin. She joined Rotary 8 years ago and feels that this provided her with a great orientation to the community. Alice attended a one room school house in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and shared a story of attending school with Amish and Mennonite children. She attended Millerville University and became an Art teacher. She taught for a few years and then attended Lancaster Seminary and was ordained as a Minister. She was called to a Parish in Baltimore and this is where she met her husband David, also a Waterville Rotarian. David interviewed a the First Presbyterian Church in Waterville and after he accepted and moved to Waterville, Alice followed eight months later. She has obtained her Doctorate in Ministry and likes to incorporate the Arts in her Spiritual ministry and practice.

Tony LaMarre - Tony has been a Rotarian for 7-8 years. He grew up in Winslow and lives with his wife Kim and their two children. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1982 and went to Maine Maritime Academy. He played football there and learned that a life at sea was not what he wanted. He transferred to the Mechanical Engineering program at UMO. He currently owns and operates Houle's Plumbing and Heating. He had worked in the field in Portland and three years ago purchased the business.

Ally thanked the participants for sharing their classification talks.

The next meeting will be on Monday, March 9th when the speaker will be Carol L. Coffin, District 7790 Polio Plus co-chair