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Meeting Update as of January 1, 2023
We are moving away from the Hybrid Model for Meetings in favor of a mix of In-Person and Zoom Only meetings.  Prior attempts at Hybrid had left many members feeling the hybrid mix was not inclusive, and technical difficulties made the audio portion of the meeting difficult.
We will make every attempt to have the information on meetings shown below to be as accurate as possible.  In-Person Meetings will be at Stella's on the Square, and Zoom only meetings will be just that,

For an invitation to join the meeting by Zoom, please let George Szok know your desire at gszoksbox@gmail.com .

Aaron Hagan
President 2022-2023
Rotary's Citizen of the Month Honorees (l to r) Ryan Philbrook, Tristan Cormier, Jack Buelar, Kyan MacDonald, Alecssander Freitas, Sydney Mushrow, Olivia Pearson, Emily Rock and Rotary Club President Aaron Hagan. Elizabeth O'Leary was absent
 
On Friday, May 19, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club honored 9 Citizens of the Month (COM) from Lake Region High School (LRHS) at a celebratory breakfast at the Bridgton Community Center.  Each senior COM received a Certificate, a gift card and information about Rotary.  Accompanied by parents and guardians, the eight who were able to attend, each spoke briefly and enjoyed a delicious meal.
 
The Citizen of the Month award is presented to high school seniors who have provided service in the community reflective of Rotary’s Motto:  Service Above Self.
 
President Aaron Hagan introduced each student and presented the awards.  Several of the COMs had participated in Dirigo State, a week-long program offered by the American Legion to teach high school students how our state government works and to give them experience in debating issues, running for office, and setting up a model government.
 
September COM: Elizabeth O’Leary (S. Casco)
Elizabeth moved here from MA in her freshman year. She is interested in psychology and has taken dual-enrollment college courses in psychology. She is considering a career as a guidance counselor, a social worker, or a forensic psychologist. Elizabeth also enjoys writing poetry.
 
October COM: Emily Rock (Bridgton)
Emily enjoys sports and has been captain of her soccer and softball teams. She has volunteered at the Bridgton Rec Summer Camp and is head coach of the 3rd/4th-grade girls’ soccer team. This experience has helped her learn how to teach children, a skill she will put to good use when she becomes either a teacher or a coach.  She also has had hands-on experience in governance. She was part of the LRHS DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) committee and was voted into the Senate in her week at Dirigo State.
 
November COM: Kyan Macdonald (Bridgton)
Kyan has demonstrated a real commitment to making positive changes in his community. With the help of his parents, he founded Team Kyan, a nonprofit that financially supports those impacted by childhood cancer. He also helped create the Student Summit at LRHS as a means for students to have their voices heard. Finally, Kyan was a delegate at Dirigo State and got first-hand experience with the process of government.
 
December COM: Sydney Mushrow (Bridgton)
Sydney is active in concert band, jazz band, choir, and theater. She enjoys helping younger kids and volunteers in the Stevens Brook library and before COVID at the Bridgton Public Library.  She plans to study business management and fashion design in preparation to her opening her own bridal shop. She wants to help every bride find her dream dress.
 
January COM: Jack Bueler (Bridgton)
Jack comes from a big family of 8 children. He volunteers at the Bridgton Rec Program coaching basketball and helping with Halloween festivities. He hopes to become a therapist so he can help people work through their problems.
 
February COM: Ryan Philbrook (Bridgton)
Ryan volunteers at the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab and Learning Center helping kids with their projects. He plans to earn a master’s degree in automotive engineering and work for a large automotive company.  
 
March COM: Tristan Cormier (Bridgton)
Tristan is active in cross-country, and track and field. He has been active in Boy Scouts and recently became a Scout Master. He participated in Dirigo State along with other COMs.
 
April COM: Olivia Pearson (Bridgton)
Olivia enjoys sports. She is captain of the volleyball team and has received two Laker Pride awards. During the summer she volunteers and works as a lifeguard. Olivia wants to study marine biology and business in college.
 
May COM: Alecssander Freitas (Naples)
Alecssander is the senior class leader of the Law Enforcement Program at LRVC. He was a delegate in the 2022 session of the American Legion Dirigo State and went on to represent Maine at the 2022 Boys’ Nation Senate in Washington, DC. This experience inspired him to become a serious student of government and the political process. Alecssander hopes to become a U.S. senator so that he can work to improve our country.
 
Rotarians and Community Gardeners Happy with a Job Well Done (l-r) Carol Madsen, Ann Lansman, Jesse Walsh, Skip Sullivan, John Eliassen, Aaron Hagan, Surri Coyne and Dan Lansman
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club partnered with the Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program to build and fill four new garden beds at the Bridgton Community Center on Saturday, May 13.  All was accomplished in two hours with the help of hemlock timbers from the Red Mill Lumber in Casco and Super Loam from Rolfe Corporation in Bridgton, and eight determined Rotarians, one of whom manned a big blue backhoe and another who carried all the timbers in his big truck.  Project leader and President Elect John Eliassen thanked those who came out on a beautiful Saturday morning, including President Aaron Hagan, Dave Barker, Skip Sullivan, Herb Usilton, Jesse Walsh and Carol Madsen.  Master Gardners Ann Lansman and Surri Coyne brought expertise, volunteers and hay for the garden beds, not to mention delicious coffee and goodies to sustain the crew’s heavy lifting.
 
“Back in 2011, Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club members built the first beds at the Bridgton Community Center” remarked Skip Sullivan, long time Rotary Club member who on that occasion had his tractor to help create the beds and carry the loam. “It was nice to be back in a similar capacity where there are now 30 beds, farmed by many throughout the community.” Those beds managed by the Master Gardeners, help provide food for the Bridgton Food Pantry.
Voc. Ed. Carpentry students Isaac McConkey (LRHS), Oliver York, Troy Swift and Connor Kiesman (Molly Ockett School) taking a well-deserved bow with teacher Chaz Reed for their work in building Little Free Libraries.
 
Charles (Chaz) Reed, a carpentry teacher at the Vocational Education (Voc Ed) program of Lakes Region High School, is having his classes build four Little Free Libraries for the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club. The libraries are small weather-proof bookcases that will be placed in neighborhoods to enable people to share books 24/7. Each little library will be a chartered Little Free Library in a worldwide network of libraries and each one will appear on a world map. The goal is to make books available to people who have difficulty coming to a town library and to help foster a love of reading in children and teens. The books do not have to be returned; most Little Free Libraries have an equal number of people contributing and taking books.
 
The Little Free Libraries have been built at minimal cost thanks to the ingenuity of the Voc Ed students in using scrap materials and the generosity of Ace Hardware by Hayes who donated the paint to match Rotary’s blue and gold theme colors. Many students participated in this project. The students in the photo are the most recent group. All of them have taken great pride in the project, as they should. They have done a very professional job under the guidance of Chaz Reed.
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is very grateful for the enthusiastic support of LRHS and the lake region community in making good books more accessible to everyone. The Little Free Libraries will be placed in Denmark, Sweden, and Waterford. A location for the fourth library has not yet been determined. For more information, please contact Rotarian Joanne Cohn at 617-306-1956.
 
For more information about Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and other projects in the community, check out its website: https://lakeregionrotary.com or its Facebook Page.
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