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Covid-19 Update - January 6, 2022
With the latest upswing in COVID cases, the decision was made to return to Zoom Only meetings for at least the next 60 days.   We will continue to post location with our meeting notices in the Calendar shown below.
 
I thank you for your understanding.  
 
Jessica Putnam
President 2021-2022
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club jumped into the New Year 2022 with a wonderful, heart-warming presentation by Jen Fullmer, Rotarian from the Biddeford-Saco Club. She told (via Zoom) about the step-by-step process of the rescue of an Afghan family from Kabul.  She expressed the effort it took by American military in the U.S. and in Afghanistan to bring this family safely into Kabul Airport hours before the bombing and the airport closing. Jen, a retired Air Force Colonel, had met the father of this family, a Colonel with the Afghan military, during training at the War College in the U.S. 10 years ago and had stayed in touch with him.  She is now very actively involved with resettling the family in Maine. 
 
“Jen was just the first of a lineup of speakers on important topics which the Bridgton-Lake Region Club is hosting,” remarked Jessica Putnam, President of the local club. “We have a roster including a speaker Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact on human development and health challenges, the training of security dogs by Maine prisoners and the hazards of mining in Maine. We welcome those who are interested in these topics or in Rotary itself.”  
 
For more information about upcoming Rotary programs, being hosted via zoom during January, check out the website https://lakeregionrotary.com and Facebook Page.  For the zoom link, email gszoksbox@gmail.com.  If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive notification of programs and volunteer opportunities, email lakeregionrotary@gmail.com.   
Rotarians George Klauber and Aaron Hagan drop off children's winter clothing with Crooked River Elementary School Principal Steve Gagne and staff Elizabeth Shane.
 
The Rotary Club donated several therapeutic devices to help students at Bridge Crossing adapt to classroom learning.  “When Laura McCabe at Community Help reached out to the community asking for holiday support for Bridge Crossing, I jumped into action”, reported President Jessica Putnam.  “Although not as much fun for gifts as toys and even clothes, we knew it was exactly the type of need that Rotary would want to fulfill. We were so pleased to be able to help.”  Rotarians were given a tour of the rehabbed common space where students live, while the students were at their brand-new school in Bridgton. 
Rotarian Aaron Hagan, Laura McCabe of Community Help, Caroline McCarthy of Bridge Crossing, Rotarian Jessica Putnam and daughter Landyn Putnam, Rotarian George Klauber and Friend of Rotary Diane Ozuma during gift giving at Bridge Crossing in Bridgton.
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club donated 20 winter coats, 20 pairs of snow pants, 25 pairs of waterproof gloves, 15 pairs of snow boots to the Crooked River Elementary School in Casco for distribution as needed by the school to children in need.  “In the past,” said Aaron Hagan, President 2022-23 of the local Rotary Club, ”we’ve donated to the Songo Locks and Stevens Brook Elementary Schools.  This year they were set, due to the generosity of others. The newly reopened Crooked River School had needs and would share with the other schools if some needs did develop.”  Rotarians George Klauber and Aaron Hagan were pleased to hand the gifts over to Principal Steve Gagne and his team the week before Christmas. 
 
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Speakers
Bruce Taylor - Zoom Only
Jan 27, 2022 7:30 AM
Mining in Maine
Committee Report-outs - Zoom Only
Feb 03, 2022 7:30 AM
Club Assembly - Zoom Only
Feb 10, 2022 7:30 AM
Foundation Update
Homer Pence - Zoom Only
Feb 17, 2022 7:30 AM
Senior College
TBD - Zoom Only
Feb 24, 2022 7:30 AM
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