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Welcome to our Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
The Village Inn
165 High St
Lewiston, ME 04210
United States of America
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    What's Happening in LA Rotary?
    Our new club president for the 24-25 year, Larry Delhagen, lead his first meeting with energy, goals and inspiration.
    He acknowledged the experienced and wonderful capabilities of our members. Called upon the club to do what we can as we are able to make a difference locally and worldwide.
    Some goals for his term are:
    - Have fun
    - Don't sweat the small stuff
    - Be grateful
    - Achieve gold star recognition from our Rotary District Governor
    He concluded his inaugural meeting with an inspired quote fit for our club:
    "Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club!"
    We know Larry will do an excellent job leading us and representing through guidance and action our moto "Service Above Self".
    We all enjoyed a very special meeting on the 15th as we welcomed three new members to our club, who are pictured below along with their sponsors. From left are Peter Kowalski, sponsor; Ray Dumont, new member; Monique Roy, new member; Roger Philippon, club president; Tom MacDonald, sponsor and club treasurer; Joanie Silfen, new member; and Celeste Yakawonis, sponsor.
    Monique, the director of learning and development for Central Maine Healthcare, is actually a returning member who once served as president. Ray is the new executive director of The Public Theatre in Lewiston and a former member of the Brunswick Rotary Club. And new member Joanie Silfen is the owner of Bab's Table LLC.
    We also presented a membership certificate to Chris Martel, who had been inducted at a previous member. Another returning member to our club, Chris is the CIO/ISC at Spiller's in Lewiston.
    Welcome to all!
    Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club Treasurer Tom MacDonald, at right, presents a check to club member Joanne Bollinger, board chair of WISE Zambia (Women's Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower). WISE supports empowerment and economic independence for vulnerable children and women in Zambia through educational, economic, and agricultural initiatives. The nonprofit was born in Maine in 2004 as an outgrowth of a Habitat for Humanity project.
    The $4,500 in funds donated by the L-A Rotary Club and Rotary District 7790 will provide three young women graduates from the WISE high school program the opportunity to pursue higher education in any field they choose whether business, nursing, teaching, trades and beyond.
    WISE's education coordinator says, "In Zambia, girls have traditionally been expected to stay at home and become 'marriage material', they've been taught that challenging subjects are for boys, and they're lacking in role models." WISE challenges those assumptions by offering scholarships to girls and supporting them through their educational careers.
    Bollinger made her first trip in 2013 to WISE Zambia’s headquarters in Kaoma. She visits almost every year and has taken several small teams and individuals from the US to Kaoma and environs. Her work in support of WISE Zambia takes her around the US, as she raises visibility, funds, and friends for the cause. "The growth of our flagship program in education under the guidance of local leadership in Kaoma has been nothing short of phenomenal. From supporting 28 high school students in 2014, we now have 630 students in more than 25 schools and over 90 in colleges and other forms of tertiary education throughout Zambia,” notes Bollinger.
    More information about WISE Zambia can be found on their website at
    At our last meeting before Christmas, we continued our tradition of having a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. And this year we did it in honor of our own story reader extraordinaire Mac McPeake, who was unable to attend the meeting due to illness. Mac would have been proud of Stephanie Gelinas who did a wonderful job in reading this classic holiday poem to us. Stephanie also led a brief "Jeopardy" holiday quiz for us. And so - Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
    At our January 18 meeting, we were delighted to be joined by Rotary Assistant District Governor Bill Hunter and District Governor Tina Chapman, who was also our featured speaker. Our thanks to the wonderful staff of The Fortin Group in Auburn, who hosted our meeting and provided lunch. They have been big supporters of Rotary for a long time!
    We were pleased to meet a lot of friends old and new Saturday, December 16 as the L-A Rotary Club rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Kettle at Shaw’s in Lewiston. Folks were very generous in helping to make this Christmas a happy one for children in need. Thanks to all! In the top photo are Peter Kowalski and Larry Delhagen, and in the other photo are Jennifer Frazier, Joanne Bollinger, and Roger Philippon.
    Members of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, along with a few spouses, regaled residents of Schooner Estates in Auburn on December 14 with a rendition of popular Christmas carols. Rotarian Joanne Bollinger led the choral group again this year. From left are Tom Shields, Stephanie Gelinas, Gerry Gelinas, Phil Vampatella, Bethel Shields, Laurel Grant, Donald Grant, Joann Bollinger, and Fred Holler. 
    Several Rotarians are all smiles at the great "Pints for Polio" fundraising event held at The Pub at Baxter on October 24. This was another joint effort with our colleagues from the Auburn-Lewiston breakfast club that raised over $725.00 toward our polio eradication efforts. Clockwise from center front are Stephanie Gelinas, Todd Goodwin, Roger Theriault, Kelly Lacroix, Christine Wilson, and Jennifer Frazier. 
    Pictured here are members of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club Board of Directors for 2023-2024. Seated from left are Todd Goodwin, immediate past president; Christine Wilson, secretary; Roger Philippon, president; Tom MacDonald, treasurer; and Jennifer Frazier, vice-president. Standing from left are Roger Theriault, director; Stephanie Gelinas, scholarship chair; Larry Delhagen, membership chair; and Celeste Yackawonis, director. Missing from the photo is Peter Kowalski, Rotary Foundation chair. The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club has been serving this community since its founding in 1917. The club meets every Thursday at noon at the Village Inn Restaurant in Auburn. More information available at
    Here we see our own Phil Vampatella and Don Grant watching over the goods at the "Big Rotary Yard Sale" held on October 14 at the United Methodist Church in Auburn. Thanks to our good friends of the Auburn-Lewiston Breakfast Club for inviting us to participate in this great event!
    It was another great time at the L-A Rotary Club Food Booth at the 2023 Great Falls Balloon Festival held August 18-20. Despite a slow start Friday evening due to bad weather, we served up mountains of chicken nuggets, french fries, and onion rings on Saturday and Sunday. This is our major fundraiser, so we were pleased with the results. Thanks to all members, friends, and family members who helped out. Of course, a special shoutout to our one-and-only Don Grant, who once again this year took on this responsibility and tirelessly devoted countless hours and boundless energy to ensure its success. We salut you, Don!
    Rotary District Governor Tina Chapman of Waterville was the special guest speaker at a joint meeting held recently at Gipper’s in Auburn. Chapman is governor of Rotary District 7790, which is comprised of all clubs in Maine from Lewiston-Auburn and north and all clubs in Québec. Members attending were from the Auburn-Lewiston Rotary (breakfast club), the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary (lunch club) and the Winthrop Rotary (breakfast). These three clubs along with the Gardiner club are in Area 11 of Rotary District 7790. From left in the photo are Bill Hunter, assistant governor for Area 11; Tricia Foster, president of the A-L club; Governor Chapman; Dick Coleman, president of the Winthrop Club; and Roger Philippon, president of the L-A club. 
    We are excited to announce that Roger Philippon is our new President!   It is going to be an exciting year!
    We look forward to seeing you at the Balloon Festival in August, as we will be back with chicken fingers, fries and onion rings!!!
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    Check out some of the certificates donated for the raffle drawings at the Pints for Polio event Thursday, October 24th at Gritty's in Auburn 5:30 - 8 p.m.
    You could win...
    100 gallons of Dead River Co. heating oil; Craft beer 6-pack;
    Holiday lighted bottles; a Gift Basket; 2-$25 Gift Cards from Governor’s; $20 gift card to Panera; $20 gift card to Roy’s;
    $10 gift card to Dunkin; $15 gift card to Cabella’s; $25 gift card to Mac’s Seafood; $25 gift card to Davinci’s; a Bird Feeder; a Hand Made Blanket; homemade Apple Pies or Pumpkin Breads; $20 gift card to Ann’s Flower; $20 TD Bank gift card; $25.00 Ruby Tuesday gift card; $25.00 Grant's Bakery gift certificate; $20.00 Side by Each gift card; $10.00 Panera gift card; $2-20.00 Chick-a-Dee gift cards; or a $36.60 gift certificate 2 pies Grant’s Bakery and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!
    PINTS FOR POLIO NIGHT PLANNING...A Polio Night planning meeting held to discuss upcoming events: Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Club members, Sarah Timmermeyer and Pete Preble; Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club members, Monica & Jim Millhime and A-L Club President Dave Foster met at Gritty's to plan the night's events. Join us on Thursday, October 24th at Gritty’s from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hundreds of dollars worth of raffle items and a special Chuck-a-Duck entertainment by "Jody Boys". Gritty's is donating 50 cents for every pint sold, PLUS Stephen and Tabitha King is matching $2 to every $1 raised! A fun evening for a great cause to END POLIO NOW! The public is invited to join us...
    Welcome to our newest Rotary member, Chris Street.
    Chris joins us from his former Club in Vermont. He was a Past-President and brings a continued interest in Service Above Self with him. Chris is affiliated Salvation Army in Lewiston. Chris contacted us on Facebook inquiring about membership. Chis Martel, and Past-President Monica Millhime, connected with Chris and invited him to be our guest during a fellowship meeting. Chris Martel is his sponsor and welcome the opportunity to mentor his journey into our Club. Welcome Chris!
    Club Executives & Directors
    Immediate Past President
    Club Service
    Rotary Foundation
    Public Relations
    Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Member Birthdays:
    • John O'Malley
      July 17
    • Celeste Yakawonis
      July 22
    Join Date:
    • Bud Bower
      July 1, 1989
      35 years
    • Todd Goodwin
      July 1, 2020
      4 years
    • Thomas MacDonald
      July 6, 2006
      18 years
    • Jennifer Frazier
      July 11, 2022
      2 years
    • John O'Malley
      July 28, 1977
      47 years
    Eric Lynes
    Jul 18, 2024
    Red Cross Disaster Program Mgr.
    Lisa (Regal) Naseef
    Jul 25, 2024
    M.S. Director of Development Community Clinical Services