Speaker Date Topic
Steve Collins Sep 19, 2019
Bill of Rights Concert
Bill of Rights Concert

On Thursday, September 19, Steve Collins, 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.  Collins is the State House Reporter for the Sun Journal newspaper and Board President of Youth Journalism International. Collins will share information regarding the upcoming Bill of Rights concert in Auburn. The concert, which is the Maine premiere of this work, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the First Universalist Church in Auburn. The music, which is for a large chorus and eight-member ensemble, brings the immortal words of the first Ten Amendments of the United States Constitution to life. Wesleyan University Professor Neely Bruce, who composed the work, will be in Maine to conduct. U.S. Sen. Angus King plans to share insights on the Bill of Rights as part of the event.  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.

 

President Celeste Sep 26, 2019
Board Meeting October forecast
Board Meeting October forecast

Join us for the September 29th Rotary Board meeting at The Village Inn, Auburn from 11 a.m. until noon.  Lots of news to share and discussions addressing up-coming events!

Bethel Shields Oct 03, 2019
Churchill Memorial
Churchill Memorial

On Thursday, October 3, Past-President Bethel Shields, 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.  Born in Maine, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She received her Registered Nursing degree from Milwaukee County Hospital and her BSBA from the University of Maine at the age of 52 by attending numerous night classes.  She has been married for 62 years to Dr. Thomas Shields.  The Shields had five children and have four grandchildren. Shields was an Auburn City Councilor for six years and  the Mayor’s representative to the Auburn School Board for four years. Shields loves to read, quilt, watch sports, and do NY Times crossword puzzles. She instrumental in the development of the Balloon Festival and L/A Senior College.  Her current project is making 20 quilts for the Veteran’s Homeless Shelter in Lewiston.   She will be sharing the history of the Churchill Memorial during her presentation to Rotary.  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.

Amos S. Eno Oct 10, 2019
Land Conservation Assistance Network
Land Conservation Assistance Network

On Thursday, October 10, Amos S. Eno, 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. 

Eno, president and founder of Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN), has been changing the environmental policy and philosophical landscape for 45 years. He has challenged government, the corporate world and environmental leaders to think differently about environmental policy, conservation vs. preservation, development and land use.  Simultaneous with founding the Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) in 2000, Eno was executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation where he engineered the two largest privately held land conservation easements in the United States totaling 1.1 million acres, the Pingree Project and the Downeast Project. For 10 years, he was executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; he re-organized NFWF into a regionally managed organization to improve services. He has been director of wildlife programs at the National Audubon Society and editor of the Audubon Wildlife Reports. He served as special assistant in the Office of Endangered Species at the Department of the Interior. He served as assistant to Nathaniel P. Reed, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1974-1976, working on Alaska lands, endangered species and national wildlife refuges. Cleo Layton was his mentor.  Founder of the Resources First Group, a consulting company, Eno’s past clients included Secretary of the Department of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Resources Legacy Fund, Nature Conservancy, New England Forestry Foundation and the Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources. 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.

 

Craig Zurhorst Oct 17, 2019
Western Maine Transportation Services
Western Maine Transportation Services

On Thursday, October 17, Craig Zurhorst of Western Maine Transportation Services , will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn.   Zurhorst has been Community Relations Director for Western Maine Transportation Services since July of 2007, but he has been a public transit fan, then advocate, since his youth.  Among other things, Craig is a Cooperative Board member of the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico and is a volunteer with the Chisholm Ski Club at Rumford’s Black Mountain Ski area. Zurhorst’s  presentation will cover the work Western Maine Transportations Services is doing to create a more relevant, sustainable and regional public transit system in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, as well as Brunswick and, perhaps, even Bath and Topsham.  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 postedat www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

State Treasurer Henry Beck Oct 24, 2019
State's Cash Management
State's Cash Management

On Thursday, October 24, State Treasurer, Henry Beck, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn.   In 2018, Beck was elected by a Joint Convention of the 129th Maine Legislature to the Office of State Treasurer. Treasurer Beck's priorities include prudent cash pool management, protecting the earned benefits of Maine public workers and educators, and completing bond sales and public-private partnerships for the common good of all Maine people.  Treasurer Beck's government service began when he was elected to represent his neighborhood on the Waterville City Council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives representing parts of Waterville and Oakland during his senior year at Colby College.  In the Legislature Beck authored nearly one dozen bipartisan bills that became law on issues from pharmacy audits to infant heart screening to Maine's overdose medicine act. Beck was appointed House Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services and to serve on the 2011 Commission to Apportion Maine's Congressional Districts.  Beck attended the University of Maine School of Law and graduated on time while serving in the Legislature. As an attorney in private practice, Beck represented Mainers and businesses involved in complex business disputes, serious criminal charges, insurance matters, and tax litigation. In 2018, Beck successfully argued an appeal before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Beck also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study from the Muskie School of Public Service.  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 visit  www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

Gordon Smith Nov 07, 2019
State's Opioid Response
State's Opioid Response

On Thursday, November 7, Gordon Smith, will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn  Gordon H. Smith, Esq. was appointed by Governor Janet Mills as Director of Opioid Response in January 2019, and began work on February 4. Smith reports directly to Governor Mills as part of the Office of Innovation and the Future. He is responsible for coordinating and directing the various aspects of Maine’s response to the opioid crisis, including prescriber education and reduction of opioid prescribing, prevention and treatment of substance use disorder and harm reduction strategies. He stepped down as the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Maine Medical Association on January 3, 2019 and had served as its EVP since September 1993. He has had a relationship with MMA dating back to September 1979. He graduated from the University of Maine with the highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, in 1976. He practiced law before coming to the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981. He is a past Chairman of the American Society of State Medical Association Counsel, a nation-wide group of 140 attorneys representing medical associations. Mr. Smith has also served as Chairman of the American Medical Association/State Medical Society Litigation Center, the Maine Health Data Organization and the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. He is a former board member and chair of Quality Counts, a former board member of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership and the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Smith is a frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical legal subjects.  . 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 visit  www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

Mike Albert Nov 14, 2019
House in the Woods Military Family Retreat
House in the Woods Military Family Retreat

On Thursday, November 14, Mike Albert will be the featured guest speaker during a tribute to Veterans at the Lewiston-Rotary Lunch Club from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, 165 High Street, Auburn.  Albert served in the Air Force from1968 to 1970 serving in DaNang, Vietnam 1969 to 1970.  Following his service duty he was employed from 1972 to 1994 at Saunders Mfg. Readfield; 1994 to 2006 at Streamlight Flashlight Company; and from 2006 to 2010 at Otis Technology (Mfg. of Gun Cleaning Kits for Military, Law Enforcement and Sporting Goods.)  All of his previous private sector work serviced the Military, Law Enforcement, Fire and Sporting Goods Markets.  Albert retired in 2010 to work part-time in a family owned A & A Hardware in Greene acquiring ownership in 2001.  The last seven years he has provided volunteer work for House in the Woods Military Family Retreat.  The volunteer committee, with support from great sponsors and teams, have raised over $170,000.00 in the past three years with The House in the Woods Hero Golf Scramble.  Albert has also volunteered for Ducks Unlimited (DU) for the past 15 years with the annual DU Banquet.  Both the Golf Scramble and DU Banquet are held at Martindale Country Club.  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 visit  www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/ or contact Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.