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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
Gary Colello, Bridgton's Director of Recreation, will speak to the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 am.  This will be an in-person meeting only at Stella’s on the Square, 6 High Street, Bridgton.  He will talk about the Rec Department: past, present and future.

Hired in 2013, Gary has run the ever-expanding Recreation Program for the Town of Bridgton since then.  He has a Master's in Education with a specialization in programming in sports and fitness. He moved his family to the lakes region nearly 10 years ago from Laconia NH and has become a well-known and respected member of the broader community.  In 2020 he received the “Dr. Bill Eckart” Young Professional Award from the Maine Recreation & Parks Association, a note of respect from his professional peers.
 
Coffee Only. No Charge. All are welcome. 
CASSANDRA VARANKA
ROTARY PEACE FELLOW
TOPIC:  WHAT I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS! 
Thursday, January 19, 7:30 am - ZOOM ONLY
For the Zoom link, contact gszoksbox@gmail.com.


Cassandra was one of 50 international winners out of 600 applicants. She has chosen to pursue her masters work at the University of Queensland in Australia, one of seven Rotary peace centers throughout the world. Cassandra was nominated by our club and in turn by Rotary District 7780, comprising 41 clubs in southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire.
This prestigious award is part of a global program to advance research, teaching, practical training and knowledge on issues of international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It offers a tailored Master's Degree in International Studies for potential world and community leaders, designed to have a practical effect on addressing international and regional conflicts. More about this program at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships.

 

Rotarians Deliver Winter Gear to Crooked River Elementary School (l-r) Rotarian George Klauber; Elizabeth Shane, Academic Leader; and Rotarian Lisa Ryan. 
 

On Thursday and Friday, December 15 and 16, Rotarians from Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club delivered needed winter outer garments to Crooked River Elementary School in Casco, Songo Locks School in Naples and Stevens Brook School in Bridgton.  Requests were for winter coats, boots, gloves and hats. Earlier in December, needed winter coats were delivered to Harrison Elementary School. Several items were also made available to those in need through Crosswalk Outreach in Naples.  

President Aaron Hagan remarked, “The club covers the communities of Bridgton, Denmark, Harrison, Naples and Sweden so whenever we can help students from any of those communities, we are happy to do so. Members of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and our Friends always generously contribute for this worthy cause. Thank you, all, again this year for helping us help the schools distribute winter clothes on an as-needed basis. Our Club wishes all those in the Lakes Region a very happy Holiday Season.”  

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