Event Types

John Newlin is co-founder and executive director of Growing to Give, For the past few years, John has been focused on diversifying operations and expanding the use of climate-friendly methods at Scatter Good Farm, where he lives with his family. In addition, John is the board chair of Unity College, senior advisor at Re-Fridge, and a climate advocate trainer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Previously, John worked 30 years in Maine as a high school teacher, school reform coach, facilitator, and nonprofit director, including a long period with the Great Schools Partnership, and more recently as executive director of MICDL, located at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.


Theda Lyden is co-founder and farm manager of Growing to Give, a non-profit that grows organic vegetables at Scatter Good Farm in Brunswick, and donates the produce to local people facing food insecurity through partner food banks and pantries. As farm manager, Theda plans and oversees all growing and harvesting activities. A long-time resident of Greene, she is a Master Gardener and ceramic artist. Previously, Theda operated her own farmers market business, Dig it Farm, selling certified organic herbs, flowers and perennials at the Portland Farmers Market. She also worked many years as the executive chef at the award-winning Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. As a chef, Theda was instrumental in building partnerships with local farmers and growers, with an emphasis on organic and all-natural local food.

John Newlin & Theda Lyden
Mar 22, 2018

Jonathan Carsley is the music director at Lisbon High School and the director of the grade 4-5 Beginning Band at the Lisbon Community School. Previously he taught general music and chorus at both the Lisbon Community School and the Philip W. Sugg Middle School. He completed his bachelors degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music from the University of Southern Maine School of Music. He studied clarinet with Dr. Thomas Parchman, Principal Clarinetist in the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Oboe with Neil Boyer, Principal Oboist in the PSO (retired). While at USM he had the privilege of playing clarinet under the baton of Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Martin and singing in the University Chorale and Chamber Singers with Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Russell. During his undergraduate studies he auditioned for and was excepted into the Intercollegiate Band, and participated in two European Tours with the University Chamber Singers. He also worked guest conductors Anthony Maiello, Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, Doreen Rao, and Daniel Pinkham.  He attended the prestigious Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut and earned a masters degree in Music Education with a concentration in Pedagogy and Kodály. In conjunction with his degree program Carsley attended the Hartt Summer Kodály Institution where he received his Kodály Level III Certification. He is greatly indebted to his mentors Dr. John Feierabend, Victoria Lebel, Jeffrey Rhone, Dr. Edward Bolkovac, Dr. T. Clark Saunders, Dr. Dee Hanson, Dr. Kenneth Nott, and Michael Schiano.  Carsley lives in Lewiston with his wife, Dorothy, and daughter Ava. In addition to making music with his students Carsley enjoys working in his garden, cooking for friends and family, and photography. 


Jonathan Carsley
Mar 29, 2018

On Thursday, April 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Maine Community College Campus, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn , Roger Philippon will be the featured guest speaker at the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club.  A Lewiston native, Philippon, is dean of planning and public affairs at Central Maine Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Southern Maine. Long active in local civic affairs, Philippon is a former Lewiston City Councilor and Planning Board member. He served for many years as chair of the Advisory Board for the Franco-American Collection at USM/L-A College. Roger serves on the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and is a member of the Maine Public Relations Council. He and his wife, Celeste. live in Lewiston and devote much time and energy to the Community Little Theater, where Philippon also serves on the board. They are the proud parents of son Joseph, who serves as the Community Resource Officer for the Lewiston Police Department, and proud grandparents to grandsons Isaha and Jackson. The Rotary meeting will be held in the conference room TWR 405, on the fourth floor of The Tower, the newest building on the campus.  Tours of the campus will be held directly following the luncheon.   Reservations are requested for the off-site luncheon by calling 713.7045 by April 1.  FMI on future Rotary speakers, contact President and Program Chair, Monica Millhime, 713.7045 or email  Events and other club information are posted at and


Roger Philippon
Apr 05, 2018

Jennifer Cartmell joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine 2017 to serve BBBS Manager for the Androscoggin region. The mission of BBBS is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Cartmell has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees:  the American Cancer Society of Sun Valley, the Idaho State ACS, Advertising Club of Maine boards, and as development, event and media relations coordinator for many non-profits on a pro bono basis including Sagadahoc Preservation, Habitat for Humanity, Freeport Rotary, Universal Promise and Honor Flight Maine. Cartmell brings her wealth of event planning and marketing expertise to the BBBS team with a strong advertising, talent agency, TV and radio and media relations background.  She has been responsible for producing national films, TV and radio programs and commercials.  Cartmell is a former host of the Sun Valley Show, and is a freelance writer for a NY area based newspaper.  These experiences bring a strong contribution to the creative development and strategic planning end of BBBS.  She oversees management of BBBS events in the Androscoggin area. Upcoming events include Bowl For Kids’ Sake event, taking place in Lewiston May 9th, 11th and 12th, and Golf for Kids’ Sake, Monday, June 18th at Martdindale.  Since starting with BBBSMM she has doubled the number of youth served in Androscoggin.  In the role of Androscoggin Manager, she also serves as a community relations representative for BBBS of Mid-Maine building relationships with local businesses, partnering with corporate leaders and decision makers, and working closely with other non-profits to assist promote the wellbeing of Maine children facing adversity.


Jennifer Cartmell
Apr 12, 2018

Kim Finnerty  is the Director of Whiting Farm in Auburn.  She holds a B.A. in Chemistry from West Virginia University, 1996.  Agriculture became an important topic for her while she was a teacher at Edward Little High School. She created the Chemistry through Agriculture program at Edward Little High School as a way of engaging her students in their learning.  She became the director of Whiting Farm in January 2015.  Under Kim’s leadership Whiting Farm has become a working four-season farm dedicated in offering education, nutrition and enrichment for our population of diverse needs.  She is on the board of the Lewiston-Auburn Food Council and is a member of the Auburn Agriculture and Natural Resources Rezoning Committee.  In her tenure as Director of Whiting Farm she has created partnerships with many area nonprofits, truly making Whiting Farm a community farm. The farm is open year round selling Poinsettia’s, annuals, fresh produce and offering community engagement and education space.  The goal for the farm is to be a working-educational farm that is open to professionals and community members for locally grown produce, education and enjoyment. 


Kim Finnerty
Apr 19, 2018

Chip Morrison has been a member of the Business and Government Services team at Androscoggin Bank in since August of 2015. He also is conducting part-time consulting for local organizations.  Two summers ago he was the interim executive director for Maine Make-A-Wish Foundation.  In June of 2015, Chip retired as President of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, a position he held since the fall of 1995.  Prior to joining the Chamber he was City Manager of Auburn and Commissioner of the state departments of Administration and Labor.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan.  Over the course of his career Chip has won several honors including the State of Maine Public Administrator of the Year, the Ken Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation, the Auburn Citizen of the Year, the Maine Chamber Executive of the Year, and the 2008 Mainebiz nonprofit CEO of the year.  Chip is a resident of Auburn where he lives with his wife Jane.  They have two grown children, Beth and Brett, who graduated from Edward Little High School, went on to college and graduate school, and who are now in successful careers in the arts and medicine.​

Chip Morrison
Apr 26, 2018

Celeste Yakawonis has been a  self-employed Real Estate paralegal for over 30 years. She is a lifelong resident of Maine-attended Lewiston High School and the University of Maine at Orono graduating in 1974. In 2003, after joining the then Androscoggin County  Chamber of Commerce, she began to take a greater interest in the community around her. She decided that one business was not enough, and launched Gift Baskets by Celeste. Under various names this business lasted 18 years!  She then established a new business,  Party'n With Plants which hosts Garden Terrarium design classes. Currently she is a member of Central Maine Community College Foundation Board, and Treasurer / Board member of the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Extension Agency. Recently, she has joined a group at Tri County Mental Health Agency to address the issue of the opioid crisis that is facing our community, State of Maine and country.  Yakawonis was recently sponsored by Christine Wilson to re-activate her membership with the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club.  She lives in Turner with her always supportive  husband Peter, dog Bruce and six cats. She loves spending time with her grown daughters Katherine and Margaret. She loves growing plants, working out at Planet Fitness( yes really!) and taking time to enjoy life!​

Celeste Yakawonis
May 03, 2018
End of Year Celebration & Scholarship Night
May 17, 2018

Tahlia Chamberlain is a lifelong Mainer and over-the-top fan of her three large dogs and her husband, Norm. Since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1985, she has worn many hats as social worker, teacher, and program manager, and has had the privilege of working with thousands of people, from tots to teens, disabled adults and college students. In 1996, she became the first paid employee of Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin and quickly developed a passion for empowering adults through education. Twenty- two years later, the courage and tenacity of adult students and their volunteer tutors continue to inspire her.​

Tahlia Chamberlain
May 24, 2018


Jesse Harvey is a person in long-term recovery. He is a Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) and is the Founder of Journey House Sober Living. He works full time as Peer Support Coordinator for Greater Portland Health, and volunteers as Chapter Lead of Young People in Recovery- Portland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Equity Alliance and serves on numerous other boards and committees.  A decade of drug use, marked in the end by trauma, psychosis, incarceration, and extreme isolation, brought Jesse to a very dark place. After several overdoses and suicide attempts, he was involuntarily committed for a fifth time into a treatment facility in a Massachusetts state prison.  In mid-2015 Jesse was discharged to a Portland Maine recovery house, and, with the support of his peers and with opportunities for growth, he began to rebuild his life. Today Jesse is a passionate recovery advocate who seeks to improve our communities by advocating for and implementing low-cost, low-barrier, and evidence-based public health interventions.​

Eric Skillings grew up a broken kid who did not know how to deal with his emotions. He turned to alcohol at a young age after the divorce of his parents. In that bottle, he found relief from his childhood for the first time. He was in and out of jails starting at the age of 11, and when he was a young adult he was injured in a work accident and became dependent on prescribed opioids. It wasn't long before he went to prison as a direct result of his Substance Use Disorder (SUD). He was defeated by the disease but luckily found help through a 9 month rehab program in prison. Upon release he quickly became extremely involved in the Southern Maine recovery community, and today he has 3 years of recovery and co-owns and manages Journey House Sober Living's two Sanford recovery houses.​

Jesse Harvey & Eric Skillings
May 31, 2018