Opening Ceremonies: President Scott Kimball called the meeting to order. Raymond Williams gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Our greeter was Bruce Fischer.
President Scott welcomed all to this special program. He acknowledged visiting Rotarians from the Ellsworth Noontime Club and the MDI/Bar Harbor Club and introduced those at the head table including Senator Collins, members of her staff, District Governor and Mrs. Lincoln Ehrlenbach, and Club Service Chair Jane Langley. He noted that we would have an abbreviated regular meeting. President Scott noted that our Happy Dollars for this quarter were going toward the purchase of a bullet-proof vest for K9 Finn of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Tony Bouchard passed the basket for any donations for that cause.
Rotary Minute: Jo Cooper spoke about how events like tonight’s program can contribute to our Rotary theme of “Making A Difference.” She noted that the group at her table this evening has brought people together to discuss commonalities and differences in a positive way.
Rotary Business: President Scott noted that there will be a Literacy training event in Waterville on August 28. Anyone interested in attending should contact Gene Pellerano. There will be a Beer Fellowship on September 2, a Purple Pinkie event on World Polio Day in October, the Blood Drive on October 24, and the Rotary Leadership Institute in Lewiston on November 7.
Program: Jane Langley introduced our senior United States Senator Susan Collins. She spoke about the struggle in Washington to come up with a solution to the health care crisis and discussed her votes on the recent initiatives in that area. The Senator noted the need to apply the principles Rotarians follow daily to the political process.
She answered several questions from those attending and responded to comments.
She also announced that she was not ready to announce what her political future might bring!
District Governor Lincoln Ehrlenbach and President Scott Kimball presented the Senator with several Rotary themed gifts.
Respectfully submitted,
Charlene Churchill