President Ally hits the highlights.


Rotary Meeting for Monday, March 23, 2009 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 today. Thanks, Jeff!!!


Matt Clark served as Greeter today! Thanks, Matt!!

50/50 Tickets
Scott Bullock sold $112 worth of 50/50 tickets. Sue Guigere won $56 with #0058968. Sue will sell tickets in next week. Don Plourde won 10 free tickets to the next 50/50 drawing. Marc Pitman will be our Greeter for next week's meeting on March 30

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. Chris Gaunce indicated that the box we have set aside for these items is filling up and encouraged club members to remember that it's there when they bring back the shampoos and toiletries from hotels, etc.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Cliff Hannan joined us from the Sunrise Club.

Sue Guigere introduced Belinda Harbouch who is transferring in from the Skowhegan Club due to a transfer to Waterville with Key Bank.

Happy Dollars

Nancy Gallagher is happy to be back from some time away visiting warmer climates! She and Mike left in January and are glad to be back.

Suzanne Uhl-Melanson has been on leave and is glad to be back. She shared that she will be on the program for Inland Hospital's Women's Wellness Fair and is going to be presenting information to help women gear up for financial fitness .

Sarah Sugden had 10 Happy Dollars .... $1 for Cliff Hannan who will be the Assistant to the District Governor for the next 3 years; $1 for her husband who did a great job taking care of the kids while she was gone over the week end at PETS; and $7 for the great experience at PETS, which has allowed her to think of rotary in a whole new way. Sarah shared how remarkable it is to be part of an organization of more than a million people making life better in the world. Her last $1 was for the great brainstorming that took place on the ride hoe ... be on the look out for some interesting things to happen next year!

Janet Parkhurst had a couple of Happy Dollars to share. The first was for a comment she received after telling a recruiter from the Augusta Club that she already belonged to our club ... specifically: "Are they the ones who sing??" You betcha! The second was for her housekeeper, who asked that Janet donate a day's pay to Rotary for our Honduras Project. Thanks Janet!

Seth Sherwood had 3 Canadian dollars for the 300 miles to and from St. George over the week end. Seth also wanted the group to know how easy it is to propose new members .. Simply going on line and downloading a proposal form. As we close in on the end of the Club Year, he encouraged all of those present to think of a person to nominate.

Frank Prelgovisk shared ten Happy Dollars for the Swimmer of the Year honor that his granddaughter, a freshman at Messalonskee, received over the week end. Needless to say, the whole family is very proud of her achievement. Congrats Frank!

Marc Pitman was happy for the assistance he received in putting out the card for the Women's Wellness Progam.

Kim Lindlof had a happy dollar for the anticipated assistance she asked the members present for in getting any pictures club members might have of fellow Rotarian Eric Haley, who is going to be honored by the Chamber as Professional of the Year. They are developing a slide show and any photos would be greatly appreciated!

Cliff Hannan had 2 loonies and $1, sharing that it's been great working with his fellow Rotarians getting ready for his new assignment. Cliff is looking forward to filling Chris's shoes over the next 3 years!

Bill Thompson shared that their son recently transferred to Ohio University from UMA. He also noted that he and his wife just returned from a regional Salvation Army Conference where they were recognized for achieving a 5 Year milestone for being in Waterville. The good news is that from all indications, their assignment here will be continuing.

Lucille Zelenkewich is very happy that the snowmobile season is finally over and that she's heading to Florida for 3 weeks.

Speaker Schedule

March 30, 2009 Trails Program (Mike Roy)
April 6, 2009 Karen Heck/Mike Roy
April 13, 2009 Reconnecting Maine's Children and Families with Nature (Gary Best)
April 20, 2009 Maine Community Foundation (Meredith Jones, President and CEO
April 27, 2009 Barrels Community Market (David Gulak)

Featured speaker:  President Ally Karter

The March 23, 2009 Waterville Rotary Club meeting was a Club Assembly for the third quarter of this Rotary year.  President Ally led us through recent activities and accomplishments of the quarter.


Special thanks to Marc Pitman, Don Borman, Kim Hawkes and Cathy Langlais for their efforts in guiding the bidding and voting process that led to the selection of Eric's and Heritage House as our meeting caterers.


Group Study Exchange

Raffi Der Simonian will represent our Club this spring as part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team visiting Germany.  We will, in turn, host five individuals from Germany May 20 - 23.


Youth Empowerment through Employment

YETE is well under way.  Ally reminds Club members to speak about your vocation or a key work ethic component for the YETE weekly half hour class, and/or to host an internship (paid for by the YETE program.)


Community Service Donations

Thus far we have contributed to Waterville Opera House, Keeping Mid-Maine Warm, YETE, Habitat for Humanity, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, food pantry, school supplies, and scholarships and camperships.


International Service Donations

International contributions thus far include WISE Zambia, African Orphans, Safe Passage (District project), TOGO (District Governor's project), and Polio Plus.



This is a record year, with over $15,000 raised through Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY).


Public Relations and Marketing

Our club now hosts a new, expanded website, thanks in large part to the efforts of Cathy Langlais.  Additional PR efforts include radio PSAs, a newsletter, newspaper articles and periodic media coverage of speakers.


Upcoming events

We look forward to a May 11 offsite meeting at the HathawayCenter, with facility tours preceding and/or following the meeting; Paul Harris Fellow Day on May 18; and the GSE Team from Germany May 20-23.