Bill Bridgeo introduced our speaker, Kevin Mattson of Dirigo Capital Advisors, who provided some insights on the business and management of real estate development. He highlighted the effort to take the former MaineGeneral Hospital site in Augusta, now known as the Ballard Center, and turn it into a productive community asset.
Kevin’s presentation included overviews of important due diligence considerations, the process of risk assessment and financial modeling, and noted that the Ballard Center is 62% occupied with long-term financing in place.
Beth Crummett receives her Red Jacket from Kim Michaud
Kiwanian Beth Crummett was presented with the Kiwanis Foundation of New England Red Jacket. Beth’s support of our Foundation’s signature program, The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute is celebrated by all of us. KPTI was the first pediatric trauma center in the world to provide medical care for injured children, conduct research on pediatric trauma, and initiate injury prevention programs for families.
Official Call to Meeting
The Kiwanis Foundation of New England, Inc., annual meeting will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016, in New Owls Head, Ely Campus Center at Westfield State University in Westfield MA. Please contact secretary Kim Michaud for more information.
Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission presented an overview of the commission’s efforts to bring Arts to the Masses. The organization is over fifty years old and is made up of fifteen governor-appointed members. Their funding comes from both the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the State of Maine.
The importance of arts in Maine is reflected by the 3,262 arts-related organizations in the state and the idea that 4% of Maine businesses are a part of this creative economy.
Meghan Loubier introducing the speaker
In addition to assisting in the promotion of art-related events, programs, shows, and community groups, Maine Arts provides of number of grants to organizations and individuals across the state in support of the arts and creative enterprises; in the recent fiscal year they provided $250,000 in 53 grants to organizations.
In other club activities, President Kim Mondonendo, relayed a thank-you from the YMCA for Kiwanis’ donation to their Strong Kids program. It was noted that Kim and Paul Michaud are attending the NE District conference.
Bob West passes on a big Thank-you from Addie’s Attic for the clothing donation of last week
50/50: Caroline Perry
Senator brunch certificate: John Gregory
Last update on 19-Mar-2016
Our very own Jed Davis presented his report and inspiring photographs from his recent trip to southern South America, specifically the region of southern Chile and Argentina known as Patagonia. Their visit included the town of Ushuaia and the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. They were there during the last part of January during the southern hemisphere’s summer and they had great weather.
Debbie Violette reported that the Donations Committee distributed grants to Viles Arboretum, Bread of Life Ministries, Children’s discovery museum, Pine Tree Council of Boy Scouts, KVYMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Project Graduation, Camp Sunshine, The Childrens Center, Old Fort Western, and Addies Attic.
Members donated a car-full of clothing to Addie’s Attic to conclude a successful project managed by the Human and Spiritual Values committee.
The Playground committee is seeking ideas and volunteers for a proposed sensory station in the Augusta area. See Kim Michaud or Bob West with your suggestions.
Betsy Pohl noted that it was International Bagpipe Day; Bob West (from the Head table) won the Senator brunch certificate and Jennifer Coffin won the 50/50 drawing.
One of our guests: Jarrod Heath, Ed Heath’s grandson
Bill Tozier provides oldies but goodies background music
The club is looking for volunteers to present weekly prayers at the meetings; please contact Chair Bob West if interested.