Kiwanis Meeting Minutes 8/27/12
GUESTS: Kurt Leidenroth; Lindsay Taylor; Brian Tarbox; Stan Hanson; Anna Curtis
GUEST SPEAKER: Chuck Nguyen
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Janet Page
INVOCATION: Offered by Jackie Harjula
ANNIVERSARIES: Everett Spear III – 18 years
Katie Orlando - 2 years
[neither of whom were present]
ANNOUNCEMENTS: There will be no meeting on Labor Day – Monday the 3rd of September
There will be a vote by the membership present to accept changes to the club’s By-Laws as presented - on Monday the 10th of September
The winner of the Grand Raffle will be drawn on Friday the 31st of August at Trackside Station Restaurant at 6:00 PM. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend and have some fun!
AKTION CLUB – Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the Month
OCEANSIDE EAST KEY CLUB – Will be meeting on Monday afternoons as usual when school is back in session
OCEANSIDE WEST BUILDERS CLUB – An effort is being made to find a new advisor and re-boot the club with weekly meetings anticipated on Friday afternoons
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Food Wagon – the wagon will be at the Harvest Hootenany at Camden Snow Bowl on Saturday the 8th of September. Still a few slots available for member help.
Membership – a Rockland Kiwanis Club clothing order form is available from John Batty or Katie Tarbox for anyone wishing to purchase [Rockland] Kiwanis clothing, including T-shirts; sweatshirts; or golf shirts.
Meals On Wheels – this week is OK, but there is still room for member helpers in September. It was also reported that our club raised $606 for Meals On Wheels at the special fundraiser on Monday the 20th of August.
Grand Raffle Committee – As stated above, the drawing will take place on Friday the 31st of August at 6:00 PM. Current sales at the start of this meeting is 306 tickets. PLEASE TURN IN ALL UNSOLD TICKETS TO J&B PRINTERS OR KINNEY RENTALS NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY THE 30TH FOR FULL ACCOUNTING. Otherwise, KEEP SELLING. Tickets will also be available from specific committee members on Friday for one hour prior to the drawing at Trackside at 4 Union Street in Rockland. NOTE: A number of sold tickets were turned in at this meeting during Happy/Sad Dollars and so noted below.
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION: Past Lieutenant Governor Keith Wass inducted new member Ron Wiggin. John Batty is Ron’s sponsor. Ron works at TD Bank in the Financial Services department. Originally from Rockland, he is retired from the U.S. Air Force with more than 20 years of service. During his induction, Keith read the 6 Objects of Kiwanis:http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/discover/ourvalues.aspxfor Ron and as a reminder to members. Following his induction, Ron was personally welcomed by a parade of members who came forward to greet him before the meeting continued.
SECRET GREETER: Keith Wass caught two people.
BADGES: Everyone had their badge on, including our new member Ron Wiggin.
50/50: After quite a bit of banter, our guest speaker drew the number 259604. Dan Saucier had the ticket and won back his lunch/dinner money. With only three (3) cards remaining, and with the 50/50 split being $315.50, Dan failed to draw the JOKER. There are now only two (2) cards remaining in the deck for the next meeting!
HAPPY/SAD DOLLARS: Katie Tarbox turned in 3 grand raffle tickets; was happy for the Meals On Wheels event (MOW-Event); and shared the sad news of her dog’s illness
Chris Oliver was happy for his membership in Kiwanis and for a trip to Foxboro for the recent Kenny Chesney concert
John Batty was happy for Ron Wiggin’s membership; the MOW-Event; and to have grandson Benjamin visiting with him and Oma, (Brenda)
Lynn Taylor was happy that daughter Lindsay would soon be “Sweet 16”
Jim Heavey was happy for our speaker; and made reference to his mixed emotions on the impending departure of his visiting in-laws
Keith Wass was happy for the MOW-Event; his time at OHTM Traffic Control this past weekend; for step-son Sam’s journey to college; and for turning in 4 grand raffle tickets
Marcy Wass was happy for her OHTM Traffic Control shift this past weekend; happy for EJ Sullivan and his help at OHTM; and for turning in 2 tickets
Jackie Harjula was happy for Ron Wiggin’s membership; theMOW-Event; her attendance at the Yarmouth “Finn” Sing; her 50th Class Reunion; and for turning in 7 grand raffle tickets
Dan Saucier was happy for Ron Wiggin; the MOW-Event; his stint at OHTM this weekend; Stan Hanson’s stint at OHTM; and sad for the results of tonight’s 50/50 drawing and one phone dollar fine
Margie Kinney was happy that son and Aktion Club member Kurt Leidenroth was at tonight’s meeting; and for her time at OHTM this past weekend
Doc Lombardi was happy for the MOW-Event; for Ron Wiggin; and also paid in five missed meeting dollars
Ray Comeau was happy to turn in 1 grand raffle ticket on Jane Dagley’s behalf
Barbara Hanson was happy for the MOW-Event; happy that she acquired the hand-painted wood carving of a bird which was donated to the MOW-Event door prize list by member Wayne Keiderling; happy for a boat trip in Penobscot Bay this past weekend; and she was sad, (and wanted the minutes to reflect this), that drivers on Route 73 do not take into consideration the safety of pedestrians and those trying to direct traffic outside the OHTM entrance during major events, and how she hopes OHTM can be persuaded to engage the services of KCSO to put an officer on Route 73 to direct traffic during these heavy traffic periods
Jane Thompson turned in 1 grand raffle ticket and was happy that school was beginning again
Wayne Keiderling was happy for Ron Wiggin being a fellow U. S. Air Force veteran; and for his [Wayne’s] 73rd birthday
Keith Wass came up for a second time and paid a happy dollar for Ron Wiggin; and to tell his story of one individual who purchased three grand raffle tickets from him last week– one for himself, and one each for two cherished employees
Sumner Kinney was happy for Ron Wiggin; for the positive increase in grand raffle ticket sales since last week; for his time at OHTM this past weekend; and he paid extra to regale the membership with his animated story of his interesting exchange with a member of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, [who apparently was not willing to assist in traffic control], in the middle of Route 73 while aloft on his [Sumner’] Segue
Janet Page was happy to turn in 3 grand raffle tickets on member Bobbie Knapp’s behalf; for turning in 1 grand raffle ticket of her own; for the MOW-Event; for having her grandson Lucas on an overnight Saturday; for new member Ron Wiggin; and for our guest speaker
Gordon Page was happy for turning in 6 grand raffle tickets; for new member Ron Wiggin; for the MOW-Event; and for taking in a Portland Sea Dogs game with his grandson, his son, and his son-in-law
GUEST SPEAKER: Mark Curtis introduced our guest speaker, Chuck Nguyen, who is a counselor at Medomak Valley High School. Nguyen talked about his experience as a 9-year-old “Boat Person” who escaped South Vietnam in 1980 with his family. His story reflected on what it is like to grow up in an unfamiliar culture and learning to fit in. He also spoke of his experience working in the social services departments of various organizations, including at Maine State Prison where he was in constant contact with hardened criminals. His message have provided inspiration to countless young people in their struggle to deal with bullying; diversity; and culture shock.