LEWISTON-AUBURN ROTARY AWARDS STUDENTS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 
Photo Caption:  Lisbon High School Class of 2016, Natalie Thomsen, along with Rotarian and former Lisbon Interact / Community Service Advisor, Monica Millhime, was among the local graduating seniors awarded a $1,000 Rotary Scholarship at Club’s Annual Awards Banquet on May 18.  Thomsen contributed over 1,600 hours of community service throughout high school.  Photo courtesy of Lorraine Bard.   
 
 
Lewiston – Members of the Lewiston Auburn Rotary District 7790 presented seven $1000 scholarship awards during the Club’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston on May 18.  “Every year, the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club raises thousands of dollars to donate to graduating high school seniors and worthy community organizations,” shared President, Giselle St. Amand..   “To raise these funds, we carry out several fundraising activities including an annual auction, the Balloon Festival, and more.  Thanks to our fundraising efforts, we are proud to award $10,000 to very deserving students and community organizations.”
 
President-Elect, Monique Roy welcomed the Class of 2016 graduating seniors receiving the $1000 scholarships: Jacob Charest, St. Dominic Academy; Nick Parker, Poland Regional High School; Christopher Hodgkins, Oak Hill High School; Natalie Thomsen, Lisbon High School; Zachary Brito, Lewiston High School; Julia Dillingham, Leavitt Area High School; and Emma Paradie, Edward Little High School. 
 
Community donations were awarded  to the Women’s Wisdom Center, $500 and the 21st Century Club, $2,500.   Rotarian, John Belisle, was presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award. 
 
The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club has been serving the Lewiston-Auburn community since it was chartered in 1917. A 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held April 22, 2017.   The Club’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.  The fellowship group is committed to helping local organizations and those looking to pursue a higher education.  Internationally, the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club has helped to build a library in the Philippines and has brought to fruition an International Service Project of donating funds for a truck for delivering clean water to an orphanage in Haiti.   
 
The principal motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self” and the object of the Club and all Rotary Clubs is to encourage and foster this ideal as a basis of worthy enterprise.  The Fellowship group invites speakers to address the membership Thursdays, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Lewiston.  FMI contact Rotary Program Chair, Monica Millhime, 753.9040 or email monica.millhime@maine.gov.  Visit www.lewistonauburnrotary.org; Facebook: Lewiston (ME) Rotary and Twitter: @LewAubRotary.