Speaker Date Topic
President Celeste Jul 18, 2019
District Governor Preparation
District Governor Preparation

President Celeste to review expectations of District Governor Suzanne Uhl-Melarson and announce committees members for the coming year!

District Governor Suzanne Uhl-Melanson Jul 25, 2019
District Aspirations
District Aspirations

– Rotary District Governor (DG) Suzanne Uhl-Melanson will be the featured guest speaker of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club on Thursday, July 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Village Inn, Auburn.  DG Uhl-Melanson joined the Waterville Rotary Club in November 1999.  After just dabbling in Rotary- showing up to meetings but not really participating, she decided to become more involved.  She joined the Board of Directors, attended her first District Conference in Quebec City and was hooked.

 

Uhl-Melanson has served as Committee Chairs for Foundation and Membership committees.  She served on the Board of Directors for her Club five times and was Club President 2012/13. She later became an Assistant Governor for three years before being asked to interview for the District Governor position.  “Rotary brings people together from all backgrounds, political positions and religious preferences for one common good: making the world a healthier, safer and more peaceful place.  It is an organization that gives to the local and global community; and a Rotarian does not have to leave their home to participate in Rotary’s Global outreach and magic.  I also have to admit that I enjoy the singing that is so prevalent in many Rotary Clubs.”  As District governor in 2019/2020, Uhl-Melanson will celebrate 20 years in Rotary with all the new friends in our District 7790.   Also, for 20 years, she has been a Financial Planner- a career move after owning a restaurant for 15 years.  As a Financial Planner she manages $70 million in investments for her clients.  She also helps her clients plan for retirement, manage their households, manage taxes and offers estate planning.

As a restaurant owner prior to a career in financial planning, Suzanne studied the culinary arts and was a renowned Chef for 15 years.  Uhl-Melanson owned a restaurant in Maine and one in Puerto Rico.  The restaurants received numerous accolades for both the food and wine offerings.  She and her husband Jeff enjoy cooking as a hobby as well as collecting wine.  When they are not at their primary home in Winslow, Maine, they are in Quebec City where they have a condo.  They love the Quebecoise culture and treasure their time in the city.  They have been visiting Quebec and the surrounding communities since 1998.  They are always looking for opportunities to practice their French.  Suzanne and Jeff enjoy all outdoor activities: especially x-country skiing in the winter and swimming and rowing in the summer.  They have one grown daughter, Heidi, son-in-law Henry and two grandchildren: Deanna age 14 and JJ age 12.  They try to spend as much time as possible with them.  As they like new adventures and travelling, they are looking forward to visiting all the Clubs in the District.

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 Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

 

 

A-L Rotary President Dave Foster Aug 01, 2019
Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs

On Thursday, August 1, Auburn – Lewiston Breakfast Club Rotary President, Dave Foster, 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.  David and his wife Tricia live in Auburn and have enjoyed raising dogs for over 30 years. Their current dog, Moose, is now 10 years old and has been a certified therapy dog for 8 years visiting hospitals, nursing homes and the youth detention center in Portland. Two years ago, they decided to raise a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB), established in 1954.  It costs $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and match a guide dog, and support the team throughout the lifetime of the dog. GEB graduates more than 170 guide dog teams every year and there is no cost to people who are blind and visually impaired. Guiding Eyes is always looking for puppy raisers.  www.guidingeyes.org  .  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.

Scott Hill Aug 08, 2019
Dojo Digital
Dojo Digital

On Thursday, August 8, Scott Hill, General Manager of Dojo Digital, 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.  Hill moved to the Lewiston/Auburn area in his early teens. He attended Edward Little High School in Auburn, HTI & MCC in Arizona.   In 2010 Hill cashed out and retired early from Pitney Bows as a service manager and took a few years to re-learn programing languages for more modern applications. A short time later, Dojo Digital was created with himself and Randall Runnels.

As online curators, Dojo Digital has searched out and partnered with industry leaders to bring you the very best technology and support for your business. Dojo Digital focuses on truly mobile-ready responsive websites, using the best development practices on a rock solid platform.  With lightning fast managed hosting, reliable email hosting, user friendly content management, email marketing, and best-in-class customer service, Dojo Digital delivers a hassle free online presence.  Dojo Digital exists to simplify your online experience, so you can focus on your brand and your customers.  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 Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.

Jennifer Marchigiani Aug 15, 2019
Maine State Rehabbing
 Maine State Rehabbing

On Thursday, August 15, Jennifer Marchigiani, of Maine State Rehabbing, 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.  According to Marchigiani, animals have always been her passion and was evident from a very early age. She spent her childhood rescuing local wildlife, anything from bees drowning in pools to snakes frightening the neighbors. Marchigiani was able to turn this dedication into a career when she was trained in birds at The Ruth Melichar Bird Center in Idaho. While in Idaho, she worked at Zoo Boise from 1996 to 1999 where her knowledge was expanded to world wildlife and native wildlife rehabilitation, including the importance of proper nutrition and animal enrichment for all animals, no matter how long they are in captivity.  Marchigiani have since moved back to her hometown of Auburn where she has acquired her Maine State Rehabbing license in 2002 and became an official 501(c)3 Non-profit in 2018. She has recently taken on insectivorous bats as her main focus of rehab and specializes in taking in all of Maine wildlife, including triaging birds for Avian Haven.  Being able to rehab and release animals is an indescribable joy and she looks forward to many more years caring for the local wildlife in the North East. 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.

Chip Morrison Aug 22, 2019
Community Endeavors
Community Endeavors

On Thursday, August 22, Chip Morrison, will be the featured guest speaker at the weekly fellowship meeting at The Village Inn, 165 High Street in Auburn.  Morrison joined the Business and Government Services team at Androscoggin Bank in August of 2015.  He also currently serves on the board of directors for six local community organizations. Prior to joining the bank, he was the interim executive director for Maine Make-A-Wish Foundation.  In June of 2015, Morrison retired as President of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, a position he held since the fall of 1995.  Before 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 Morrison 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, the 2008 Mainebiz nonprofit CEO of the year, The Chamber Ray Geiger Award, and the YPLAA Forever Young Award.

Morrison 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.

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.

Board Meeting Aug 29, 2019
September forecast
September forecast

President Celeste will share the recaps from July and August and share the forecast for September!

Matthew Richard Sep 12, 2019
Dignity Memorial Pre-Planning
Dignity Memorial Pre-Planning

Matthew Richard, a Family Service Counselor with Dignity Memorial’s The Fortin Group Funeral Homes of Lewiston & Auburn and Crosman Funeral Home of Lisbon Falls, will be the featured guest speaker for the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club’s destination location luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at 217 Turner Street, Auburn on Thursday, September 12.  Growing up in Lewiston, Matt started in funeral service when he was attending St. Dominic Regional High School and graduated from Mt. Ida College prior to completing his apprenticeship and obtaining his license in funeral service in 1996. Since 2001, Richard has been helping families pre-plan their arrangements ahead of need. “Knowing that loving people care enough to protect their loved ones from having to make  life’s most difficult decisions is why I love my job.” “It’s very satisfying when it’s done correctly and I see the grateful families.” Richard resides in Lewiston with his wife, Karen and their children Mackenzie and Dominic and two pets Spike their tripod Chihuahua  & “Kitten”  their cat.  His interests include camping with his family, hiking and cycling. Lunch is available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians please RSVP for this event by contacting Club President Celeste Yakawonis, 713.7111.  FMI on events and other club information visit www.lewistonauburnrotary.org and www.facebook.com/lewistonmainerotary/

 

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.