President Jackie Harjula called the meeting to order and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Batty Jr. offered the invocation.

Committee reports
The New England District Mid Winter Conference is March 5 to March 7 in Wooster, Mass. The deadline for sign up is Feb. 11. See President Harjula for more information.
Greg Hamlin found out to his dismay that all “Events” had been deleted from the club portal. If you had an event listed, it will need to be re-added.
There were free Life Flight calendars available to attendees.
Today was the collection for Baby Oh Baby, and every week is the collection for AIO.
Meals On Wheels: Sandy Millar and a friend will deliver tomorrow. Next week is Robin Lee and Carol Kelley. The rest of January is all set.
There will be an Aktion Club committee meeting on 01/11/10 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Conference Home. Local human services providers have been invited to attend.
Some time this week there will be a new member orientation at 4:45 p.m. at Rockland’s historic downtown clean-aired train station.
Ways and Means will have a birdhouse meeting on Jan. 12 at 11:45 a.m. at the Lincoln St. Center.

Recognition of members
Birthdays: Jaap Vrolijk was “officially” recognized this week, as was Keith Wass.
Badges: All OK.
Secret Greeter: In what was probably the longest secret greeter report ever, it was finally decided that Greg Hamlin was in fact the greeter. He caught no one.
50/50: Donna Tocarz donated her lunch winnings back to the club.

Sumner Kinney was happy for his new vest, happy to promote advertising buttons on the club portal, and reminded everyone to pay their dues. Wayne Kiderling was happy for a safe trip. Robin Lee is sad she doesn’t have e-mail. Judy Wasson was happy for a trip to IN, but sad a flight got canceled. Jim Heavey was happy he got to sleep in his own bed over Christmas. Tom Luttrell was sad he couldn’t stay for the speaker, and happy his son shoveled the driveway. Dan Saucier was happy for Keith Wass’ birthday, and happy the Patriots were in the playoffs. Sandy Millar was happy his son was visiting. Jane Dagley was sad she couldn’t stay for the speaker. Gordon Page was happy for his grandson, and happy for Twitter. Ray Comeau was sad his wife broke her arm, but happy it was healing well. Keith Wass was happy Gordon Page lent him Rubber Soul. Robin Lee was happy her son was visiting. Jackie Harjula was happy for Jim Heavey, sad a friend passed away, and happy for all the time off from the recent snow.

Speaker: Our speaker was Sarah Welley from the hospice program of Kno-Wal-Lin. She told us that Maine was 46th in the nation for utilization of hospice, and how a new hospice house was in the planning.

From your Spiritual Aims committee: “Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.”