Kiwanis Club of Rockland Meeting Minutes, Monday, September 19, 2016

By Kiwanis Club of Rockland | Sep 23, 2016

19 September 2016

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Our meeting on Monday the 26th of September is an evening meeting at 6:00 PM. This will be Bill Batty's last meeting as president, and officers and new board members will be installed. Members are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend. A [cash bar] cocktail period will begin at 5:30 or sooner downstairs in the bar at La Bella Vita.

Our meeting was called to order today by President Bill at 12:05 PM.

We met at the Samoset Resort in the Spruce Head Room.


The pledge was led by President Bill Batty and the invocation was offered by Jim Heavey.


Madeline Pease visited today, as did prospective new member, Darcy Grotton.


INTERCLUBS: Gordon Page announced three interclubs for which we need members to attend:

  • Waterville on the 19th of September, [this interclub visit was attended by Janet Page, Brenda Batty, John Batty, and Gordon Page] 
  • Augusta on the 29th of September, departing Rockland at 10:45 AM
  • Pittsfield on the 10th of October, departing Rockland at 4:00 PM



New} Division #3 Lieutenant Governor Janet Page is pictured with the incoming officers and directors of the Waterville Club who were installed by Janet at the interclub visit on the 19th of September.

BULLETIN EDITOR: Gordon also reported that a new bulletin editor is needed for the coming year. Anyone interested should contact him, or president-designate Broo Temple.

ANNUAL MEETING FOR THE INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS AND NEW DIRECTORS: Scheduled for Monday the 26th of September. All members are encouraged to attend to support the incoming leadership and also to invite guests. This will be a dinner meeting, with a special installation program. There will be no speaker.

CLUB VACANCIES: Due to a variety of circumstances, we are still looking to fill the positions of President-elect and Vice President. Additionally, as Greg Hamlin is interested in retiring from his long service as club secretary, we are seeking interested members for consideration.

AKTION CLUB: John Batty reported that members continue to be active with community service projects.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Doc Lombardi is seeking volunteers for vacant delivery dates. Please check the portal for opportunities.

ADMINISTRATIVE: President Bill offered the following:

  • All members should check their member information on the club portal to be sure that it is accurate
  • A Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, [always the 3rd Wednesday of the month], the 21st of September
  • There is a special event scheduled by MCH to honor Lois Stackpole Alley's many years of service to the Meals On Wheels program
  • The Oceanside Key Club would benefit from more frequent visits from our Rockland Kiwanis Club
  • Today was Bill's last daytime meeting leading the club as president


Gerry Zwick was feted with a rousing rendition of the birthday song.


Gordon Page was the secret greeter, appointed by Mark Curtis due to a schedule conflict. He caught Amy Shepard and Keith Wass.


There were none.


Everyone was properly adorned.

50/50 RAFFLE:

John Batty - The Joker was not drawn.


John Batty paid missed meeting dollars which were also counted as happy for a recent trip to England, and he was happy for Darcy Grotton's presence at today's meeting; Jane Merrill was happy to be celebrating her 2nd wedding anniversary with husband Rob Merrill, happy for the new community wellness trail on the PBMC campus, and sad to be missing her Dad; Broo Temple was happy to announce the pending sale of his business, Clean Bee Laundry, happy that he will soon be club president, and happy that Darcy attended today's meeting; Jackie Harjula spoke about the recent memorial service in New York City for her son, Micahel John Dion, and how special an event it was for her to be able to witness, and she paid a happy dollar for meeting the Naked Cowboy while in NYC; Bob Brown was happy to be able to attend with Jackie the Memorial Service for her son Michael, and a mixed emotion dollar that he and Jackie walked past the very spot where a bomb exploded in downtown NYC just a few hours later; LynnTaylor was happy for Madeline's visit today, and remembered that her daughter Lyndsey attended her first Kiwanis meeting when she was 3 weeks old - Lyndsey is 20 years old now, and she paid a happy dollar for a recent Alaskan cruise; Amy Shepard was happy for Broo's advancement to president, and for her cousin Darcy's visit to the club today; EJ Sullivan was happy for the Red Sox; Jen Brown paid a happy dollar for Darcy's attendance at today's meeting; Janet paid a Calvin dollar, and a happy dollar for our guests; Gerry Zwick was happy for a recent visit to New York and a recent visit by relatives; Jim Heavey paid a missed  meeting dollar, a happy dollar for a friend's recent visit, and a sad dollar lamenting the recent bombings; Marcy Wass paid missed meeting dollars, a happy dollar for a recent trip to Schoodic Point, and a happy dollar for sitting at a table filled with past presidents; Keith Wass paid missed meeting dollars, a happy dollar for the Red Sox and the Patriots, and a happy dollar for a recent boat ride with Stan and Barbara Hanson; Doc Lombardi paid a missed meeting dollar, and a happy dollar for President Bill's year of leadership; Greg Hamlin was happy for a recent trip to Bar Harbor, and a happy dollar to have family visiting from out of town; President Bill was happy for our guests and for attending a recent Key Club meeting; Gordon Page was happy for our guests, a happy dollar to have attended a recent meeting of the Rockland Rotary Club as a guest speaker, and two sad dollars for his phone ringing during today's meeting - twice.


Our guest speaker today was Dr. Ira Mandel, director of the Knox County Recovery Coalition. Dr, Mandel's presentation was very informative, exposing the severe drug addiction problem in Knox County, and what steps are being taken to curtail the problem. His talk generated a high volume of questions from members, which resulted in a later than usual, but very productive meeting.

Dr. Ira Mandel of the Knox County Recovery Coalition received one of our Kiwanis coffee mugs from President Bill Batty following his informative presentation.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:31.

Respectfully submitted,

Gordon Page, Club Bulletin Editor

Come join us any Monday for the fun and fellowship of Kiwanis. We meet at noon for about 75 minutes; and on the last Monday of the month we meet at 6:00 PM, with a social period beginning at 5:30. Our meetings are held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport [in-season] with an alternative location during the winter months. Be sure to check in advance to confirm the meeting venue.  We'd love to see you.

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