Speaker Date Topic
Peter Kowalski Nov 21, 2019
Paul Harris Fellowship

On Thursday, November 21, Rotarian, Peter Kowalski, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn,  165 High Street, Auburn.  Kowalski is the long-serving Executive Director of John F. Murphy Homes. Over nearly three decades he has worked with the board of directors, staff, stakeholders, and the surrounding communities to build an agency with the resources and expertise to be a premium provider of services to adults and children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Kowalski’s commitment to service and advancements in practices led to leadership roles with state and national organizations.  He served two terms as the president of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), a Washington, D.C.- based trade association with a membership of more than 800 agencies nationwide serving 385,000 people with disabilities.  At the state-level he served as the president of the ANCOR Maine, which merged with another organization to form the Maine Association of Community Service Providers. Kowalski is a member, and  past-president of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary and on the board at The Public Theatre.  He graduated magnum cum laude from University of Maine with a B.A. in Psychology. He lives in Turner with his wife, Gail. Together they have two grown children and one grandchild. They enjoy hiking and camping, spending time every summer in and around Maine’s Baxter State Park.  L-A Rotary meets every Thursday at The Village Inn, Auburn from noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch is available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcomed.  FMI visit for events and other club information are posted at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact PR/Marketing Chair, Monica Millhime 713.7045, millhime@myfairpoint.net or Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

Kate Dickerson Dec 05, 2019
ME Science Festival
ME Science Festival

On Thursday, December 5th, Kate Dickerson, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn. 

Dickerson is the Founder and Director of the Maine Science Festival. Prior to heading up the MSF, she worked in the energy and environmental field for more than 20 years, with positions in Providence, Rhode Island; Seattle, WA; and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine focusing on policy work. Kate is inspired daily by the work of Maine’s scientists, engineers, technologists, innovators, researchers, and students. The MSF is an independently funded program of the Maine Discovery Museum that launched its first festival in 2015.  MSF is a celebration of the national and world leading science by the Mainers who do it. The 2020 festival will be held March 18th-22nd, in Bangor, with all events (except the headliner) free of charge, thanks to their sponsors.
More than 50,000 Mainers from all over the state joined previous celebrations and learned about the national and world leading science happening daily in Maine. In addition to the festival,  MSF Pop-up events are held throughout the year in locations around the state. It's a way to remind people that science is happening every day and that these events are just a sample of what to expect at the full Maine Science Festival.  L-A Rotary meets every Thursday at The Village Inn, Auburn from noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch is available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcomed.  FMI visit for events and other club information are posted at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact PR/Marketing Chair, Monica Millhime 713.7045, millhime@myfairpoint.net or Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

 

Debra York Jan 02, 2020
An Angel’s Wing
An Angel’s Wing

On Thursday, January 2,  Debra York, the Executive Director for the non-profit, An Angel’s Wing, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn,  165 High Street, Auburn.  Based in Lewiston, An Angel’s Wing is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2017.  The mission is to assist individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) by funding rehabilitation and education, as well as, offering employment to those in recovery.  AAW will be a part of whatever it takes to assist individuals who are willing and in need of rehabilitation for Substance Use Disorder, to becoming a successful member of society.  Currently AAW is in process of developing a program to assist those children born with addictions and children going through the trauma of having one or both parents suffering from SUD.  Recently, AAW helped two children who lived in a tent at a Park and Ride with clothing, shoes, backpacks, and coats to help with school re-entry.  The Center for Disease Control reported that from 1999-2016 more than 350,000 people died from opioid overdoses.   To put that into perspective, it would be like all residents in Cumberland County dying in a 17-year time span. The problem continued to escalate in Maine in 2018.  During this time, at least one person A DAY has died of drug overdose per CBS news.   The Portland newspaper reported that drug overdoses killed a record 418 Maine people last year alone.  Not only does SUD not discriminate based on race, socio-economics, age, or location, but chances are you know or knew someone who has struggled with SUD. View the AAW website at www.anangelswing.com.  L-A Rotary meets every Thursday at The Village Inn, Auburn from noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch is available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcomed.  FMI visit for events and other club information are posted at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact PR/Marketing Chair, Monica Millhime 713.7045, millhime@myfairpoint.net or Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

Katie Lisnik Feb 06, 2020
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

Katie Lisnik is the new Executive Director of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.  Prior to joining the GAHS team, she served as the national Director of Companion Animal Public Policy at The Humane Society of the United States, focusing on raising awareness and effectiveness of pet related public policy at the federal, state and local level. During her twelve years at The HSUS, she was also the Maine State Director and national Director of Cat Protection and Policy.  A Maine native, Katie has worked at another animal shelter in Maine, as an Animal Control Officer, veterinary technician and several other animal-welfare roles.  She has a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and her Master’s of Science in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts Veterinary School.  She currently resides in Auburn with her husband and two cats and numerous foster kittens.  

 

Erin Stone Apr 09, 2020
NursingWise Elder Care
NursingWise Elder Care

On Thursday, April 9, Erin Pendexter Stone, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn,  165 High Street,. Auburn.  Stone is a registered nurse caring for Maine’s older adult, chronically ill population with a vision to create a culture where talking about dying is a shared value and end of life care honors individual’s preferences, goals and values. She is a recipient of a Pollination Project seed grant and is a certified advance care planning facilitator.  Stone is the founder of NursingWise  a tiny, nursing led non-profit.  The vision is to expand nursing visibility and presence within Maine communities. The first pilot project will provide advance care planning sessions in public venues to facilitate open, honest discussions and assist in completing advance care documents.  Stone graduated in 2000 from Central Maine Medical Center’s School of Nursing, 2003 from the University of Southern Maine with her BSN and in December 2018 from University of Maine with her MSN.  She is employed by Central Maine Medical Center and the University of Southern Maine and is the Coordinator of the New Gloucester Food Pantry.  L-A Rotary meets every Thursday at The Village Inn, Auburn from noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch is available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcomed.  FMI visit for events and other club information are posted at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact PR/Marketing Chair, Monica Millhime 713.7045, millhime@myfairpoint.net or Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.