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Androscoggin Volunteer Administrators

January 26th, 2010

Present: Wendy Russell, Dean Tsakos, Karen Stephenson, Margaret Petrarca,

Chris Adler, Trudy Hamilton, Lana Whittemore, Karen Pollard, Martha
Deschaines, Matthew Fornoff
Next Meeting: 2/23 from 8:30-10 at SeniorsPlus in Lewiston

Dealing With Difficult Volunteers

-We discussed:
-Negative volunteer behaviors
-Volunteer program self assessment
-And much more

-Do you have a volunteer in your organization that consistently
goes above and beyond? Consider nominating them for the
Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards! The deadline for submissions
is February 16th. See for
more information.
-Lana brought up the idea of putting together a comprehensive
list of Agencies and their contact information in Androscoggin county,
for the purpose of referrals. This would be a great project to work on
as a group at a future meeting.
-Representative Terry Hayes has proposed legislation that
would allow funding to go to state programs facing cuts, more
specifically those serving the mentally ill or elderly, through the use of
a voluntary sales tax. This is something we may all want to keep an
eye on. Read more about the voluntary sales tax proposal here:
-Moxie Gore Paddling Club is doing a raffle; one ticket for $10
and 3 for $25. Win a rafting trip for you and 6 friends! Email Trudy at for more information.
-SeniorsPlus is doing a fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels
called ChocoLArt on Sunday, March 21st from 2-5 pm at the Hilton
Garden Inn in Auburn. It is “a chocolate tasting event and art silent
auction, a delectable afternoon filled with the delights of chocolate,
wine and art. At this first annual SeniorsPlus fundraising event,
guests will sample a variety of chocolate-inspired dishes from the
area’s finest restaurants and chefs as they browse the collection of
art, pottery, crafts and jewelry composing the silent auction. Wine, as
well as other beverages and hors d’oeuvres will also be available.”
Tickets are $35 each. For tickets call 1-800-427-1241, mail a check
(payable to SeniorsPlus) to P.O. Box 659, Lewiston, ME 04243, or
buy online at
-This year’s Abused Women’s Advocacy Project’s Spring Walk
Against Domestic Violence is going to be Saturday, May 8th 2010.
Now is not too early to think about getting a team of friends or co-
workers together to raise money for a great cause! For more
information email Lana Whittemore at
-4-H Clubs in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, and Cumberland
counties are raising money which they plan on donating to the Red
Cross to aid the relief efforts currently going on in Haiti. They have
already partnered with the Lewiston Maineiacs and are hoping to
partner with the Red Claws and the Portland Pirates in the near
future. They will be selling tickets to the Wednesday, February 10th
Maineiacs game for $13/each, which is $1 under the regular ticket
price. At that game they will also be running Chuck A Puck (which is
similar to a 50/50 raffle). If you would like more information or would
like to purchase tickets, contact Matt at
-At the next meeting (February 23rd) we will have 2 guest
speakers, Maryalice Crofton, the Executive Director from the Maine
Commission on Community Service and Phil Crowell, Chief of Police
at the Auburn Police Department and MCCS Commissioner. This is a
perfect time to share your input on the volunteer sector in Maine and
to have a say in the direction that it goes in. Remember, if you are not
able to attend the meeting, you can forward to me any input you may
have and I will pass it along. And if you are planning on attending, try
and bring a colleague or friend who also works with volunteers. Some
questions to think about for the meeting:
What’s going on around you that impacts ability to carry out
program mission?
What trends have occurred that impact volunteer program?
What forces will influence volunteer program in the next 5
What are the strengths/weaknesses of your volunteer
What’s holding you back? Propelling you forward?
Of issues identified:
o What are the most important issues to address in the
next 5 years?
o Which are operational and which are strategic?
o Which are top 3-4 priorities?