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.”  
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