Meeting of October 23rd

sherryauctionOnce again this week, we were treated to “this day in history” from Betsy Pohl.  This has become one of the favorite parts of the meeting.



..Happy Dollar Reminder:  It is customary to give $1.00 if your picture appears in the paper and $5.00 for a birthday or anniversary.  Other happy dollars are for happy or sad things in your life.




Our speaker today was Alex Gaeth of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters/  He has been the executive director of the mid Maine chapter since 2005.  They operate at no cost to kids ad an after school program.  They have 84 “bigs” to work with the youth.





For more info their web site is :


The auction is coming along very well.  over 300 items have been received so far and we are sure a few more will appear this Thursday.

Jim Jurczak announced the past presidents at their recent meeting donated over $300. toward the playground fund.


50/50 winner:  Roger Pomerleau ( to the playground)

Brunch Certificate:  Kim Mondenado


Monday night Lt. Gov Linda Wohl did the installation of officers at the Waterville club with a great attendance from Augusta.  Along with Linda were Dr. Alice Savage, Carolyn Perry, Kim and Paul Michaud, Bob West and Bill Tozier




Kiwanis family month is almost here


Happy Halloween everyone






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Meeting of October 16th:

carolynA good turnout this Thursday as members brought in their last minute auction slips.  Larry Fleury announced we have a few more days left, please make sure you get yours to him asap.

His phone is : 242-0540   and his email is

Nice to see Delaine back with us this week, joining Dr. Savage.

One of the best part of being past president is being able to sit at a round table.

Kim told us we are very close to our pledged goal to be a model club for the Eliminate Project.  Augusta pledged 60K to be collected by Sept 30, 2015.  We are under $2000 left to be raised.  Thanks to everyone for putting their loose change into the jars each week.  You’d be surprised how quickly that adds up.

Dick Cummings said this will be his last meeting until spring.  He is off to warmer climate for the Winter.  Of course he told us this on a day that was 73 degrees in Augusta.

The scheduled Legion of honor program was postponed two weeks because club historian Milt is under the weather.  However, both Dale Prescott and Peter Mendall will be unavailable then, so Bob West read the history of their memberships.  Then,  Roger Pomerleau , president 20 years ago when they became members, presented them with their 20 year pins and awards.

In place of the scheduled meeting, a brainstorming session on fund raising was held.  Among the suggestions to be considered were : Reviving the rose sale, golf tourney, or pancake festival.  Kim Michaud suggested a night golf tourney.  Other ideas, Klunkers for Kiwanis, having a store or chain sell cardboard signs for $1.00 donation such as the shamrocks around St. Pattys day.  A flash mob or cash mob, a car classic and a night at Margarittas.   We already have been accepted to participate in the Red Barn fund raiser, but a date has not been set yet.

Craig Nelson won the brunch certificate, while Bill Putnam took the 50/50 drawing.


We are making much progress with our annual charity auction work thanks to so many in the club that have been willing to reach out once again to our community.  We are so fortunate to serve such a generous community and we look forward to our televised auction on November 12th and 13th at 6:30 PM on Time Warner Cable Channel 9.  Please reach out to Larry who is coordinating solicitations if you need help to secure any last minute donations and thank you again for all of your hard work.We had some lively and spirited discussion about fun-draising this week.  No doubt we can look forward to celebrating additional successes in the future.  That’s just one reason why we love our club as we enjoy a diverse membership with great experience and longevity.

Yours in Kiwanis, President Bill

Past Presidents Night:

The past presidents held their annual dinner this week at the country club, with Jim Jurczak stepping down as President of the past presidents and Linda Whol elected for this year.  Otherwise, nothing important happened, except for good social company and a dinner.

Here are some random photos (the ones that can be shared)

John Stanley and Bob West are the only two members who were editors of this newsletter when it was in print form.  We used to take it to letter systems in Hallowell every other Thursday where it was set in type and then mailed to members.


Nate tries to explain why we never saw whales on the Kiwanis Boat Cruise

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