President Jackie Harjula called the meeting to order and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was sung by Marj Kinney and President Harjula. There were many guests: an Interclub from Augusta (Carolyn Perry, Alice Savage, Linda Wohl, Kim and Paul Michaud, and Bob West), New England District Governor Dave Koohy, RDHS Key Club members Cat and Kataro, and Keith Bellafleur.

Committee reports
Meals on Wheels: Carol Kelley and Robin Lee deliver tomorrow. On Jan. 19 it’s Doc Lombardi.
We received notice the Rockland library will be holding an adult spelling bee. See President Harjula if interested.
The Aktion Club committee met this morning.
The birdhouse fundraiser committee will meet tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. at Lincoln Street Center. Please bring your own lunch.
Priority 1 committee meets at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow.
The Community Outreach committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19 at around 5:30 p.m. at John and Brenda Batty’s.
The Speaker committee announced they were successful in finding a speaker for Jan. 18.
There was an Interclub yesterday via the district’s “electronic” online club. That club meets over the Internet on Sunday evenings from 8:30 to 9:30. You can log into their meetings from the New England District’s Web site.
Ways and Means committee will meet next Monday at 5 p.m. at Kinney Rentals.
Sponsored Youth: The RDHS Key Club is raising money via PTA childcare and selling concessions at sporting events. They’re sponsoring a “bring a friend to Key Club” week, and will elect next year’s officers next month. Member Kataro also had Portland Pirates tickets for sale, and was taking sponsorships for a Polar Plunge to raise money for Project Graduation.

Recognition of members
Judy Wasson was presented her permanent badge by Gov. Dave. He also gave governor pins to all members who were still wearing their new member badge. He also made a point to mention his governor’s shirts in the now famous “hibiscus–not pink!”
We presented a check for $220 to the Key Club for their help selling Christmas trees.
Birthdays: Sandy Millar and John Batty
Badges: All OK.
Secret Greeter: Another week of confusion. John Batty and Key Club member Cat both admitted to being the secret greeter.
50/50: Barbara Hanson didn’t cut the Joker.

Tom Mellor was happy for his new job tutoring, happy for the governor and the guests, happy the school board postponed a vote, and happy his son adopted a child. Sumner Kinney was sad the school board didn’t vote, happy for the governor, happy for the Interclub from Augusta, happy for Tom Mellor, happy to see “Avatar,” happy for our guests, happy for EJ Sullivan, and happy the Augusta bell (which doesn’t sound very good) was being returned. Linda Wohl was happy to be here, and happy for skiing. Gordon Page was happy for our guests, happy for the Augusta club, happy for Governor Dave, and happy for curling with Janet Page. Wayne Kiderling was happy Heather Hynd found us a speaker for next week, and happy for Keith Wass’ birthday party. Gary Monroe was sad he couldn’t stay for the speaker, happy for his new pin, and happy for a trip to FL. Kim Michaud was happy to be with us. Marj Kinney was happy for our guests, happy for the Aktion Club, and happy for “Avatar.” Jaap Vrolijk was happy his granddaughter won a gymnastics meet. Bob West was happy to be with us. Mary Bumiller was happy for Keith Wass and Jackie Harjula, and happy for a trip to Bethel. John Batty was happy for the governor, happy for his birthday, happy for the Aktion club, sad his wife was away, but happy for a week to do what he wanted. Judy Wasson was sad her cell phone rang during the meeting. Keith Wass was happy for the governor, happy for our guests, and happy for the Interclub from Augusta. Greg Hamlin was happy for our guests. Sandy Millar was happy he didn’t hurt himself working in a cramped basement. Jackie Harjula was happy for Marj Kinney, happy EJ Sullivan was back with us, happy for our guests, happy for the Aktion Club meeting, and happy for the Augusta club.

Speaker: Governor Dave Koohy spoke about our plans for a new Aktion Club.  The mission of Aktion Clubs are to provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills; to serve their community; to be integrated into society; and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.

From your Spiritual Aims committee: “Handicaps are really to be used another way to benefit yourself and others.” ~ Stevie Wonder