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Interact Students Pack for DR
From March 26 to April 2, Interact students from Lake Region High School, Fryeburg Academy and Telstar Regional High School will travel to La Romana, Dominican Republic with local Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region to do work at a school and playground in one of the bateys, a settlement where sugar cane cutters live.  On Sunday night, March 12th they had a packing party to load up all the supplies collected over the last months, which will be taken on the trip and distributed to the families.
Interact Students Pack for DR 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z
8th Annual Golf Tournament
8th Annual Golf Tournament 2017-02-24 05:00:00Z
Community Kettle - March 9
Our Rotary provided a delicious meal to the local community on March 9th as part of the weekly Community Kettle.
Community Kettle - March 9 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z
Tickets for Night On The Town 2017!!
2017 Night On The Town - tickets now available!  See any Rotarian.  Only 100 tickets will be sold.  Win a night at The Regency in Portland and a dinner for two at Fore Street.  2nd and 3rd place will win gift certificates for a restaurant in Bridgton!
Tickets for Night On The Town 2017!! 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z
25th Anniversary Celebration!
25th Anniversary Celebration! 2016-10-28 04:00:00Z
Fryeburg Fair Potato Booth
Join us at the Fryeburg Fair as we sell stuffed, baked potatoes alongside members of the
Fryeburg Area Rotary Club.
Fryeburg Fair Potato Booth 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z
7th Annual Duck Race
Lucky Duck!  First place prize of $500 was awarded to Trevor Hinkle at the 17th Annual Duck Race sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bridgton Lake Region. Pictured are Trevor's family who bought him a ticket. 2nd place winner received $250 and 3rd place winner received $100. 
7th Annual Duck Race 2016-07-14 04:00:00Z
2016 Changeover Dinner
Welcome President David Barker and congratulations Past President George Szok.  Emma Bodwell, Mody Botros and George Szok were awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Award at our dinner.
2016 Changeover Dinner 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z
5th Annual Golf Tournament

Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club's 5th Annual Golf Tournament - Sunday, June 8th.  8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. shotgun start. 

Lake Kezar Country Club, Lovell.  $75 per golfer includes entry into all events, 18 holes of golf, riding cart, hot dogs on course, catered BBQ meal, silent auction, gift bag, raffle prizes and awards.  This year we're excited to announce the hole in one wins a new vehicle; sponsored by Macdonald Motors of Bridgton. FMI call 803-2106.  Click on 'Events' on our website for registration forms!



5th Annual Golf Tournament 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z
Rotary At A Glance

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:

Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.

Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.

Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

Membership Snapshot

Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.

Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.

What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Polio Eradication Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rotary At A Glance 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Websites
Rotary Web Sites: Please reference these sites below to access our club's site, our Facebook page, the District website, Rotary International's website and a site where you can make up a meeting online:
Rotary Websites 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) was created to support all Rotarians’ knowledge and leadership skills and provide a platform for the future leaders of our Rotary Clubs. Each institute offers three very distinct day long courses and, in on some, Graduate courses are offered. Each of the three courses provide participants with an understanding of Rotary and its workings. Course I focuses on the Rotarian. Course II information focuses on the workings of the Club and your part in its success. Each Rotary year sessions are offered throughout New England. Classes are $75-95 depending where the class is held. Our Club covers the cost for members to attend. On October 19, Lewiston-Auburn College will host levels I, II, and at a cost of $75. The cost is inclusive of materials as well as breakfast, lunch and a break.  Registration is 7:30 with classes running from 8-3:30pm. This full day is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary and enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians from all over New England. Go to to register and to find out other opportunities offered throughout this Rotary year. Contact our District RLI Chair: Marge Barker: for more information.

RLI 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Speakers
Our speaker this week will be Jay and Loraine Spenciner.  They have recently returned from China where they spent the last seven months.  It should be a very interesting meeting as we hear about their adventures!
Upcoming Speakers Cathy Sullivan 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z
Rotary Calendar
On your table this morning there were blue calendars from the Administrative Committee.  Be sure to take one - the front side shows our Club's events and activities for September and the back side shows District and International milestones for the Rotary year.  Thanks Administrative Committee for this useful tool.
Rotary Calendar 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z
Committee Meetings
Committee Meetings Cathy Sullivan 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z
Art Auction Approaches!
We will have our 2nd Art Auction on Saturday, August 24th at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison.  Tickets are $30.00 and include food selections from local restaurants, desserts, a silent auction and a wonderful concert by the renowned Blue Willow Band.  Cash bar available.  Proceeds will benefit local food pantries and Rotary's international projects.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. 
Art Auction Approaches! Cathy Sullivan 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Ranks High with Charity Watchdogs
In an environment of increasing competition and eroding trust, nonprofits not operating their organization efficiently and transparently are feeling the heat, now more than ever, thanks to the numerous organizations rating charities. People should and do expect that when they donate, their contributions will be put to good use. Thanks to the numerous resources available online, evaluating a charity is now easier than it once was. Many services rate charities; prominent among them are the Wise Giving Alliance, the nonprofit arm of the Better Business Bureau; Charity Navigator, a North Jersey-based nonprofit that rates 5,500 of the best known U.S. charities and compiles easy-to-browse “top 10” lists in various categories;

and the American Institute of Philanthropy, which rates far fewer organizations but has been called “the pit bull of watchdogs” by the New York Times for its in-depth analyses.

The basic measure of an organization’s efficiency is how much of its contributions go directly to programs, and how much go to administrative expenses. The American Institute of Philanthropy says that a highly efficient charity should spend 75 percent on programs. Charity Navigator’s data indicates that, of the organizations it evaluates, 7 in 10 spend at least 75 percent of their budget on programs, and 9 in 10 spend 65 percent. To meet Better Business Bureau standards of accountability, 65 percent of a charity’s total expenses should go to programs, and fundraising costs should not exceed more than 35 percent of contributions. 

The Rotary Foundation Scores High!

The Rotary Foundation continues to provide financial support for a wide range of humanitarian and educational programs initiated by local clubs and districts around the world. The Foundation has earned a grade of A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy , a top rating of four stars from Charity Navigator, Charity Navigator and full accreditation from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau. Wise Giving Alliance

The Rotary Foundation focuses more than 90 percent of its spending on programs, far exceeding the threshold of 75 percent that independent charity-rating services view as a measure of high efficiency.


(Article written by Penny Jett for District 7780)



Rotary Foundation Ranks High with Charity Watchdogs Cathy Sullivan 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z
Need A Speaker?


Looking for a program speaker? Our district team members are prepared and excited about the opportunity to speak at our club and share their passion and expertise about various Rotary programs, projects, our Foundation and so much more.

Check out who is available on our new 'Rotary Speakers Bureau' site page.

Peter Johnson - District Foundation Chair


The Rotary Foundation. How it works. Why it matters. And always tailored to what your club asks to hear.
Contact Peter at

Ann Lee Hussey - Annual Giving Chair


Our Foundation, discover how easy it is to be a part of changing our world.
Contact Ann Lee at

Ted Trainer - PolioPlus Chair


PolioPlus and it's eradication, presentation delivered in any number of different ways.
Contact Ted at


Ann Lee Hussey - PolioPlus


PolioPlus and Eradication - we are not finished! For the latest updates on eradication efforts and NID travel.
Contact Ann Lee at

Dave Reid - PR Tips for Your Club


Effective PR tips to help strengthen your club.
Contact Dave at

Dennis Robillard - Crutches 4 Africa


Your club can help raise the hindered, lift men, women and children from the dust and help them on their way. Crutches 4 Africa is Rotary in action!
Contact Dennis at or 207-468-0443 

Need A Speaker? Cathy Sullivan 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z
What is RYLA?

The Rotary youth leadership awards (RYLA) conference is an intensive 4-day program for community youth leaders from across the Rotary district. It is a program for high school sophomores who have exhibited leadership in the home, school, and community.

Its objective is to help develop the leadership skills of promising young people for the long-term betterment of their home communities. Its method is to introduce the students to leadership ideas and concepts in the context of a rigorous outdoor living and leadership experience. Although this experience is within a group, which we call a LEG -- a Leadership Experience Group -- the focus is on the individual. Learning is through activities introduced by staff and facilitators, run by the students, and reflected upon with the guidance of the facilitators.

The program includes a high ropes course, a canoe challenge, intergroup leadership and team-building activities, and a variety of physical and mental initiatives. Wrapped around the activities is living in the outdoors where the responsibility is mostly placed on the individuals, under the supervision of the facilitators.

Each facilitator team is made up of two former RYLA students. Although chosen for their leadership skills and capabilities, these people also benefit from RYLA as a leadership learning experience. This is also true for the staff, which is made up of Rotarians and former RYLA students. This means that the objective is met not only by returning to our communities better leaders for the rising junior class but RYLA also returns to the community better leaders for the senior class, for the Rotary clubs, and for universities & colleges.

it’s time to start thinking about recruiting students for RYLA! We are poised to have another great year at camp but we can’t do it without your support. RYLA is one of this district’s most popular and beneficial programs. Can you think of a sophmore who would benefit from this program?  All of the required information is on the District7780 website (Programs/Youth Services/RYLA). The deadline for submissions this year is May 1, 2013. Don’t miss out!

What is RYLA? Cathy Sullivan 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z