President Kim Milton opened meeting, with Guests Isabella Benzie and former West Bay Rotarian Mark Masterson. Mark provided the Thought for the Day (quote from Leo Buscaglia) “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Buckets on the Table continue for all of May to be for the Knox County Homeless Coalition.
Our guest speaker was fellow West Bay Rotarian, Tom Peaco, the Executive Director of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, who provided the members with a status of ongoing chamber activities, despite the ongoing closed status of their offices. Meetings are held with other Chambers and businesses via Zoom, with much of the current workstaff furloughed until further notice.  Ongoing work has centered around providing updates/current information on the Chamber’s websites about local news; local business information/opening status for various local businesses; links for Covid-19 information; and the creation of Opportunity KNOX, a one-stop website for over 100 local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Jane Lafleur provided the Rotary Moment, discussing Community Service and Rotary’s role in actively supporting and participating in it.
Jim Potter provided a note to President Kim indicating that the Scholarship Committee had met and has made their decisions for this year’s Scholarship awards, with Awards Night planned for June 11th.
John Viehman and Deborah Fink reported that the UMC Matching Challenge stood at $7363 as of the meeting start time.
President Kim also reported that the Christmas Tree committee met last night and is moving forward on a number of assigned actions.
Next week’s meeting will be Club Assembly.