Speaker Date Topic
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.