In October of 2007, I joined Kiwanis. My wife Kim had been a member for quite a few years and we traveled together to Kiwanis events. Interclub meetings were held regularly and we visited the other clubs frequently. It was just natural that I should join.
I have been on the Board of Directors most of the years I’ve been with the Augusta Kiwanis Club. I became Club Secretary for a 3 years and then I served as Lieutenant Governor in 2015-2016. For many years I’ve attended all District Conventions and Conferences. They have given me the knowledge to serve in leadership positions. I am pleased to be serving as President of our club this year.
I have lived in Kennebec County all of my life. I grew up in Winslow on the banks of the Kennebec River. For 20 years I was employed as manager at Mathieu’s Auto Body Shop in Waterville. Later on, I worked as an Auto and Homeowner adjuster for Allstate Insurance. This gave me the opportunity to travel and help people during their time of need. I am now retired.
I enjoy working with my hands including woodworking, building, gardening and landscaping. My daughter Renee and my 2 grandsons live nearby and my daughter Stacy lives in Vermont. My wife Kimberley and I have been married for 17 years.
In 1990, I joined Kiwanis. My sponsor was Steve Carroll of WABK where I was operations manager. As part of my job, it was required that that I join a service group. I have been a member ever since.
My favorite events include the bell ringing each year with the Salvation Army, clothing drives, the Rose Project , the TV Auction and in the old days, the annual boat trip in Boothbay Harbor. I have always been on at least 2 or 3 committees. Most recently, I have chaired the Human and Spiritual Values Committee and been active on the donations committee, the nominating committee, and the community service committee. I chaired the TV Auction with Chuck Calligan one year and it was the most profitable auction ever. We net over $30,000 that year.
I have been on the board of directors for many years. I served as President in 2008-2009 and was a Distinguished Lt. Gov. for our division 4 in 2010 and also in 2011. During my year as president we had another successful action. I attended the district conventions and made many new Kiwanis friends.
I am a graduate of Halldale High School and attended the University of Maine when it was in the Labbe building on Western Avenue. My career in broadcasting began while still in high school where I worked at WRDO. Later, my TV and radio career brought me to Wichita where I was onstage with Wolfman Jack. I introduce him to introduce Chubby Checker. Charlie Pride owned the radio station I worked at. One of the most memorable occasions I had while broadcasting remotely was while flying in a hot air balloon. I was petrified the entire time. It is surprising to know that I actually love roller coaster though. I spent 25 years in broadcasting , also for a while in Providence before returning home to Maine. For the last 15 years, I have been in sales. I currently am retired but work part time for Northern Mattress on Western Avenue.
I am an avid Red Sox and patriots fan.. I have 3 grown children and one grandson who is a sophomore at Cony High School.
I truly find Kiwanis to be a very good group and think of my fellow members as part of my extended family.