Rotarians Duane Wheeler, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson, and Nancy Gallagher presented classifcation talks at today's gathering.
Rotary Meeting for Monday, November 16, 2009 held at the Alfond Youth Center - Here is a recap in case you missed our meeting!

Sergeant at Arms


Lisa Simm was our Sergeants of Arms today. Thanks, Lisa!!!!!



Lisa Hallee served as Greeter today. Thank you Ally!! Ann Beverege will be our Greeter for the November 23rd meeting.

50/50 Tickets


Ed Oliver sold $72 for the 50/50 raffle today and Mike McGuan was the winner of $36. Ken Walsh will sell tickets on November 23rd. Charlie Gaunce, again, won 10 free tickets for next meeting's 50/50 drawing on November 23rd.

World Service Cup


The beneficiary of the donations for this month's World Service Cup will be the Central Asia Institute chronicled by Greg Mortensen in his book Three Cups of Tea.

Fined for pictures in the Paper


There were no fines for pictures in the paper last week and were fined.

Cell Phones


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

On Leave


Cam McKay

Joan Phillips-Sandy

Paul LePage

Visiting Rotarians and Guests


David Geller introduced Jeff Russell from the Bangor Rotary Club. Jeff led us in singing 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


Mike Roy - unhappy $1. Colby won last weekend.

Kim Lindlof - Thanked Bill Arnold & Nancy Gallagher for their efforts in gathering a history of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce history for inclusion in their 90th Anniversary newspaper insert coming out in the Sentinel on November 24.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson - Attended a district Rotary Foundation meeting in Waterville. Our club was first in the district for collecting over $20,000 last year. We also received a certificate recognizing that the club has committed $2,000 this year to the eradication of polio.

Sarah Sugden - She is now germ-free. Her daughter recently had an unusual surgery. She is fine now, hungry and mischievous



David Grenier announced that signup sheets for Auction night duties are available. The November 23 meeting will cover the auction. Reminder: this year's auction will take place at Central Maine Motors Chrysler store on KMD. (Thank you Charlie and Chris!)

Louise Smith reminded us to give our Rotary Foundation envelopes to Gene Beaupre. Bill Gates has pledge $355 million to Polio Plus, Rotary Internationnal has until June of2012 to raise its $200 million match.

Peter Garrett, a native Nigerian, noted that Nigeria is a world hot spot for polio because they did not take the vaccine for a few years. He is looking for opportunities to give the vaccine in Nigeria, and is seeking local volunteers to accompany him.

Upcoming speaker schedule:


November 23, 2009 Dave Grenier and Tim Beals, Auction Update and Final Planning

November 30, 2009 Anita Diaz, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Argentina

Waterville Rotary Club Web Site


Today's Program: Classification Talks (Duane Wheeler, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson, and Nancy Gallagher)

This week's program consisted of three classification talks. Wally Buschmann introduced the three speakers: Duane Wheeler, Suzanne Uhl-Melanson, and Nancy Gallagher.

Duane Wheeler is a Waterville native. He is married with five children. His wife, Lisa, is a graphic designer who founded Kids Express, an after school program at the Hall School.

Duane's parents bought the College Avenue Dairy Queen in 1963. It was a family operation, and he purchased the business in 1980. In 1992 he did major renovations to that location, and in 2005 opened a new location on Kennedy Memorial Drive. In 2008 he added Orange Julius. In the near future the corporate business name will change to DQ. Dairy Queen has a website, and he invites us to check it out. DQ is also on Facebook. Duane provided a great deal of information about the content of various types of ice cream. Lots of fat and air.

Duane loves playing tennis and watching his kids do things. He also has a new dog, a black lab.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson is in her 10th year as a Rotarian, holding a financial services classification.

She enlisted the group in guessing answers to a series of multiple choice questions about her life. She has written a wine column and a cookbook, starred in a kids cooking show, and was featured in the San Juan Star. Her extracurricular activities have included being a competitive body builder, fencing, competitive road runner, and scuba diver. Prior jobs include wine consultant, Red Cross swim instructor trainer, Amway distributor, and antique dealer.

Wine is Suzanne's passion. She was the first woman on the East Coast selling wine and spirits. She has also been a professional chef, and for the past ten years has been a money manager.

She married Jeff Melanson in 2001, after coming to Waterville in 1997. She enjoys biking, swimming, kayaking, running and skiing. She has one daughter and two grandchildren.

In 2005 Suzanne went independent. She has wonderful Rotary friendships.

Nancy Gallagher was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, and moved to Van Buren with her practice husband in order to raise their seven children in a safe, affordable environment. Her two youngest children burned down their house, beginning a chain of events which led her and her children to Waterville to begin a second life in 1972.

She graduated from college in 1983 and worked for radio station WTVL before working in the cable television industry. She joined Rotary in 1992, the same year our club had its first woman president, Joanna Dennis. She currently chairs the Rotary PR Committee.

Nancy is a former chair of the Waterville Board of Zoning Appeals, and has been on the boards of Rape Crisis and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. She currently volunteers with United Way, and has written their fundraising videos for several years.

She visited a Rotary sewing machine project in the Dominican Republic, and saw firsthand the good that our Rotary donations can do. She also learned to trust but verify when sending Rotary funds to distant lands.

She emphasized the importance of joining a Rotary committee and becoming involved in Rotary as a way to engage and enrich one's Rotary life.

In 2006 her job "left her." She announced it first at a Rotary meeting, and found Rotarians to be supportive in encouraging her and in helping her find work. In 2008 she began writing for the Sentinel. Her degree is in journalism, so she feels this is where she was meant to be all along.

After her presentation, Sarah shared appreciation of the group to our fellow Rotarians who shared with the Club.