The meeting was called to order by President Jackie Harjula. Dan Saucier gave the invocation. Jackie Harjula provided a Martin Luther King quote in honor of Mr. King’s birthday. Our guests were our speakers Max and Harper Gardiner.

There will be a Ways and Means Committee meeting Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. at Kinney Rentals. And there will be a Special Olympics Committee meeting Jan. 25 at 5 p.m., also at Kinney Rentals. The Community Services Committee will schedule a meeting at a later date. The board will meet Jan. 20 at 7:30 a.m. at Mid Coast Federal Credit Union. The Aktion Club will meet on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Conference Home. The Birdhouse Bonanza project committee will hold their next meeting at the Lincoln Street Center at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Greg Hamlin reminded everyone that they do not have to wait until the end of the month to complete and send their committee reports to him.

Everyone had their badges on. Brenda Batty was the secret greeter, but she didn’t catch anyone. Dan Saucier had the lucky number but didn’t cut the joker. He shared the dinner cost winnings with Keith Wass because it was originally Keith’s ticket.

Margie Kinney was sad for the death of Gordon Page’s mother. John Batty was sad because his camera battery was dead and happy for the Birdhouse Bonanza project. Brenda Batty was sad for Gordon Page. Dan Saucier was happy for a trip to Boston with Keith Wass and the Celtics game they got to attend. Wayne Keiderling was sad for Gordon Page. Jackie Harjula was sad for Gordon Page, and sad for the terrible problems in Haiti, and happy that Lt. Gov. Dave Koohey was seeing what Kiwanis could do to help there. Keith Wass was happy for the trip to see the Celtics and sad that they lost. And he was happy that both his parents were doing well and still living in the house he grew up in.

Heather Hynd introduced speakers Max and his son Harper Gardiner. They spoke about their experiences in Ghana. Max has been helping his brother establish a business there. The business is a for-profit business of supplying batteries and recharging them. Batteries are the only source of power for most of the people there. It is hoped that the business will be able to employ some of the people there. He told us many interesting things about working and living there. Harper told us that his interest is music and that the music he loves best originated in Africa. He was happy to be able to visit and play some music with the Africans.

Jackie Harjula adjourned the meeting at 1:15 p.m.