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Covid-19 Update - May 5, 2022
We continue to meet in-person with a Zoom option, and while we encourage unvaccinated attendees to wear a mask, mask are optional.  Our regular meeting time is 4:30pm, at Stella's on the Square, located at 6 High Street, Bridgton ME, but we do intersperse meetings at a different time and place, so please check the calendar below for the specifics for any meeting.

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

Jessica Putnam
President 2021-2022

Picture Caption:  Citizen of the Month Honorees Recognized (l to r): Libby Blais, Sam Brown, Abby Elsaesser, Brianna Sargent and Shivani Prado.  Sabrina Lopez was absent from the event and picture.

Thursday, May 19, 2022, Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club had the extreme pleasure of honoring six Citizens of the Month, seniors from Lake Region High School, who exemplify service in school and the community. Each student, as well as their family members, friends and teachers were recognized. The celebratory breakfast was created by Rotarians Carol Rothenberg and Joanne Cohn, key members on the Club’s Youth Committee.  From the podium Carol Rotenberg did the honors of acknowledging each student.  President Jessica Lynn Putnam presented each in turn with a framed certificate and a $100 gift card. About 30 people attended the gathering held at the Bridgton Community Center. 

Due to the pandemic, this is the first celebratory event for Citizens of the Month in three years.  The six were honored all together rather than separately as they have been in years past. Honorees were Libby Blais (November), Sam Brown (December), Abby Elsaesser (January), Sabrina Lopez (February), Brianna Sargent (March), and Shivani Prado (April). 

Remarked Jessica Putnam after the event. “Congratulations to all the Citizens of the Month. What an outstanding group of young people.  For us Rotarians, it was a wonderful occasion for an in-person meetingsomething we’ve not done enough of lately.”

Rotarian Jesse Walsh is a member of the newest team making home deliveries for Harrison Food Bank. Every Tuesday morning, four teams of Rotarians and Friends of Rotary arrive at the Harrison Food Bank and pick up boxes for their 4-8 home deliveries in Norway, Oxford and South Paris.  The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is in its third year providing this service for the food bank clients, many of whom are housebound for various reasons.
 
If you would like to work with this program even on a temporary basis, contact Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.com.  All those who provide this service find it rewarding.
 
For more information about Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, check out our website at https://lakeregionrotary.com or our Facebook Page.
Rotary Club President Jessica Putnam and Speaker Mike Jewell of Kismet Rock Foundation
 
After nearly two years exclusively on Zoom, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is adapting well to the hybrid option when the majority of members are meeting in person.  “Each meeting the Hybrid Option is working better and better,” exclaimed Jessica Putnam, President for the Club.  “This past week we had three speakers, two in person and one virtual. About 12 Rotarians and guests attended the meeting in person at Stella’s on the Square.  Another six attended virtually.  We are making it work, even with slide shows and speakers both in person and virtually.  The benefit of hybrid is that members who are out of town, checking in from work, or not yet comfortable meeting with others indoors, are able to participate.  And those choosing the fellowship that in person gatherings affords are able to do that as well. We are excited that it is working so well.”
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