TACK Minutes
President-Elect, Don Pilon, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Joe Bassett with the invocation.  Conrad Welzel led the way with the 4 Way Test.
If you haven’t had a chance to join in on one of the weekly Zoom meetings, you should give it a shot.  It’s kind of fun and looks like you are playing that old game show “Hollywood Squares”.  For those of you who have no idea what I am referencing, check with your old friend “Google” and he’ll let you know what I’m talking about.
Our Treasurer, Susan Gajewski, was called upon to give a brief overview of some of the finances discussed at the recent Board meeting.  The focus was on the Rotary Foundation and a plea to get those donations in!  We have a $7,000 budget which includes a $2,500 match.  Rotarians, your help is needed to raise a minimum of $3,500 more!  Our Club has applied for a COVID District Grant and the committee won’t look favorably on us in we don’t have a good showing for our annual fund.  Board members were reminded that they normally make at least a $100 donation every year to the Rotary Foundation.
Happy Dollars and Fines were up next:
Past President Joe Moreshead gave $5 Sad Dollars for the passing of a long term employee of his, Jeff Emerson.  Jeff was part of Joe’s team for 38 years.  He was only 58.  Our condolences go out to the family.
President-Elect Don Pilon gave a Happy Dollar for the new Board.  Joe Moreshead did a fantastic job pulling things together. Don welcomed the new members to the Board.
Conrad Welzel gave $5 Happy Dollars for the “Grant Proposal” getting out in time.
Jim LaBelle preempted SAA Heather but handing over $5 for what he thinks she will call his “horrible goatee”.
Marty contributed to the cause for Brenda Pollock who joined the Zoom meeting from her car where he sun roof was visible for all to see.
Joe Bassett was happy that he was finally able to get his cut and beard removed.
Melissa Cilley was happy that as of Monday Apex Youth Connection would be opening again with limited capacity programs all of which will be held outdoors.
Brenda Pollock was happy to report that her daughter and family would be temporarily moving in with her and her husband.
Melissa Cilley wanted to make sure the group was aware of the increased fraudulent unemployment claims that were happening all around.
Heather Gendron gave a brief overview of how things were going in the banking industry and what an impact the PPP were having.
Roland Gagne briefly gave his thoughts on the current market.  Volatility is expected. He ended with, “Just relax.  This will pass.”   He mentioned he was having problems leasing office space in his newly renovated complex on Pool Street in Biddeford.
CJ Dubois-Cote mentioned that with a lot of people working from home, there may not be a big demand on leasing/renting space.
Conrad mentioned that the $5,000 COVID Grant Proposal was recently submitted and thanked the committee members for their effort in pulling it together.  The COVID-19 committee, which meets each Thursday via Zoom, is now considering the following:
            Where do we go in the future with the donations we have?
              What are the community needs?
              Have distributed $5,000 in donations thus far!
The business community in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach may be a good indicator as to where we can help.
Today’s speaker was our very own, Jim LaBelle, the Executive Director of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of commerce.  Jim has been Executive Director of the Chamber for almost 3 years now.  Jim did a presentation on the Chambers “Local Perceptions” (Generally Speaking). 
The actual power point/slide presentation was emailed to all members.  If you did not receive the power point presentation, send an email to either bdallaire@usa.net or jvillemaire@sbsavings.bank and we’ll make sure you receive a copy.