Pints for Polio 2022-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY CLUB TO HOST COMMUNITY KETTLE DINNER IN BRIDGTON ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club will host a Community Kettle at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street in Bridgton on Thursday, September 22 from 5:00-6:00 pm, or until the food runs out.  This dinner will have both a Sit Down and a Takeout option.  Rotarian and chef, Nick Orgo of MANE Catering and Stella’s on the Square, will be preparing this delicious meal with Rotary helpers. Everyone is welcome. 

Menu:  Roast Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, tossed salad and cookies for dessert.  The meal is free to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted. 

If you would like to volunteer at this community event, contact us at LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com

For more information about the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and its activities, check the website https://lakeregionrotary.com or the Facebook Page.

ROTARY CLUB TO HOST COMMUNITY KETTLE DINNER IN BRIDGTON ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Carol Madsen 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY PREPARES TO DELIVER DICTIONARIES TO 3RD GRADERS IN CASCO, NAPLES & BRIDGTON AND DOESN'T WANT TO MISS HOMESCHOOLERS.


Rotarians deliver dictionaries to 3rd graders at Stevens Brook School in 2019, the last time access to classrooms was possible.
 
Project Leader and Rotarian Erin Nelson of Norway Savings Bank-Bridgton is contacting all schools in our area with third graders for a count of how many dictionaries we will order for delivery this fall.  She reminds us, “We continue to seek homeschoolers at a third-grade level so that we can give those children dictionaries as well.  Please contact us at LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com with the number of dictionaries you are requesting.
ROTARY PREPARES TO DELIVER DICTIONARIES TO 3RD GRADERS IN CASCO, NAPLES & BRIDGTON AND DOESN'T WANT TO MISS HOMESCHOOLERS. Carol Madsen 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message - Sept. '22

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones
President 2022-23

September 2022

Recently, Nick and I spent time in Guatemala, where we met wonderful fellow Rotary members and families who unofficially adopted me as “Tía Jennifer.” On the third day, after visiting Patzún in the mountainous western highlands, we set out for Lake Atitlán, which we needed to reach by nightfall. If we took a back road we could get there faster. Locals told us it had just been repaved and assured us, “You’ll have no problem.”

At first, it was a breeze. We wound through misty-green coffee and corn fields covering the hillside like a patchwork quilt. But at a river crossing, we found a bridge washed away. The only way to continue would be to ford the river in our small bus. There were a few tense moments, but we decided to give it a try and, thankfully, we made it across safely.

This adventure reminds me of two important truths in Rotary. One, we rely on local, on-the-ground expertise to do what we do best. And two, sometimes you have to take uncomfortable chances to reach important goals.

Every day, I am honored to learn from our Rotary family. Every lesson is an opportunity to grow, and each story adds a chapter to our collective Imagine Rotary year.

RI Presidential Message - Sept. '22 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

GOLFERS WANTED FOR ROTARY’S 13TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC ON SAT., SEPT., 17TH.

There is still time to register yourself or a team for the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club 13th Annual Golf Classic on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Contact Rotary at lakeregionrotary@gmail.com or just show up at Bridgton Highlands Country Club on Saturday at 8:00 am. “This is the club’s biggest fundraiser and it's always more fun with lots of golfers” said Aaron Hagan, Rotary Club President and avid golfer himself.  

Registration and refreshments at 8:00 am and Shotgun start at 9:00 am.  This is an 18-hole scramble format with barbecue and awards following play.  A Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation, valued at $5000, will be awarded for a Hole in One.  

Rotarian Lisa Ryan, Golf Committee Chair, remarked “At $100 per player, teams and individuals should contact me.  We’ll register you.  Just reach out to LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com.” 

GOLFERS WANTED FOR ROTARY’S 13TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC ON SAT., SEPT., 17TH. 2022-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

AARON HAGAN SWORN IN AS NEW PRESIDENT

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is proud to announce the induction of Aaron Hagan as its President for the Rotary Year 2022-23.  Each July 1st around the world, local Rotary clubs, districts and worldwide affiliations swear in new officers.
AARON HAGAN SWORN IN AS NEW PRESIDENT 2022-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

WINNERS OF 23RD ANNUAL GREAT BRIDGTON DUCK RACE ANNOUNCED

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club hosted its 23rd Annual Great Bridgton Duck Race at Stevens Brook bridge on Main Street in Bridgton on July 4th.  The lucky winners were Kara Wood with first place for $500; Wells Carr with second place for $250; and Hannah Doyle (plus Hazel) for third place for $100. 

Congratulations to all the winners.  And a huge Thank You to all the Rotarians and community members and visitors who played.  A grand time was had by all.
WINNERS OF 23RD ANNUAL GREAT BRIDGTON DUCK RACE ANNOUNCED 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

RI President Jennifer Jones Introduces "Imagine Rotary"

Incoming President Jennifer Jones explains the back story to Imagine Rotary.   Take a few minutes and watch President Jones' powerful speech before the Rotary International Assembly.   It will help us all remember why we are Rotarians.  CLICK HERE to see this amazing video.
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ROTARIANS HOST 23RD ANNUAL DUCK RACE AT STEVENS BROOK ON JULY 4, 11:30AM

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is hosting its 23rd annual Great Bridgton Duck Race on Monday, July 4th at 11:30 am at the Stevens Brook bridge on Main Street, Bridgton.  Rotarians are selling tickets outside Renys Department Store on weekends, at Music on Main, at the fireworks on Sunday evening at Stevens Brook Elementary School, and the day of the race on Main Street. At $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00, Rotarians are able to raise about 30 percent of the funds needed for scholarships, community suppers, and other projects addressing the needs of veterans, children and the food insecure. Winners of the Duck Race receive prizes in the amount of $500, 1st prize; $250, 2nd prize; and $100, 3rd prize. Reach out to a Rotarian for your tickets.
ROTARIANS HOST 23RD ANNUAL DUCK RACE AT STEVENS BROOK ON JULY 4, 11:30AM 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Justin McIver Updates the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary

Justin McIver of Main Eco Homes, spoke with Bridgton-Lake Region Rotarians and Friends about working together to enhance the vibrancy of Bridgton. Examples he cited included: Music on Main, a planned Market on Main, and the revitalization of the Stevens Brook Trail. About 20 people assembled either in-person at Stella's on the Square or via Zoom.
Justin McIver Updates the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Carol Madsen 2022-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARIAN JESSE WALSH AWARDS ADULT ED SCHOLARSHIP

Rotarian Jesse Walsh presented a $500 scholarship to Sarah Rowe of Denmark as part of the 2022 Adult Education Graduation Program on Tuesday, June 14.  Sarah is looking forward to her studies at Central Maine Community College with plans to enroll in the Social Sciences Program and eventually transfer to a Bachelors Program in the future.   

We Rotarians wish you congratulations and all of the very best in your future plans, Sarah Rowe! 

This award represents one of three scholarships given out by the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club each year to students pursuing academic or vocational careers. 

ROTARIAN JESSE WALSH AWARDS ADULT ED SCHOLARSHIP Carol Madsen 2022-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY RECOGNIZES CITIZENS OF THE MONTH FROM LRHS

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.”

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ROTARY CLUB CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FOOD BANK
WITH HOME DELIVERIES

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 CONTINUES TO SUPPORT FOOD BANKWITH HOME DELIVERIES 2022-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY CLUB MAKES HYBRID WORK!

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.”
ROTARY CLUB MAKES HYBRID WORK! 2022-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Bridgton Lakes Region Rotary Club Cooks up another Successful Community Kettle

The Bridgton Lakes Region Rotary Club held its first Community Kettle for 2022 on Thursday, February 24 at the Bridgton Community Center. Chef Nick Orgo, owner of Stella’s on the Square, guided a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the Rotary Club and the Interact Club of the Lake Region High School in the preparation of a hearty combination of chili, cornbread, salad, and cookies. The delicious take-out dinner was well-received, as usual. Please look for our next Community Kettle and join us for a special gourmet meal.

Rotary Club President-Elect Aaron Hagan and LRHS Interact Club member Tyler LaFontaine giving take-out dinners to a happy drive-through customer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LRHS Interact Club members Tyler Lafontaine, Barbara Kelly and Vella Woodbury help distribute chili dinners to drive-through customers at the Community Kettle on Feb. 24.

 
Bridgton Lakes Region Rotary Club Cooks up another Successful Community Kettle 2022-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY CLUB TO HOST COMMUNITY KETTLE DINNER IN BRIDGTON FEB 24th

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club will host a Drive-Through Community Kettle at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street in Bridgton on Thursday, February 24th from 4:00-5:00 pm or until the food runs out.  Rotarian and chef, Nicholas Orgo of MANE Catering and Stella’s on the Square will be preparing this meal with Rotary helpers. Everyone is welcome.
 
Menu:  Chili and Cornbread, mixed greens salad and homemade cookies. 
The meal is free to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted. 
 
Interact Club members from Lake Region High School (young Rotarians), Rotarians and Friends of Rotary will be assisting with food preparation, serving and clean up.  If you would like to help at this community event, contact us at lakeregionrotary@gmail.com
For more information about the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and its activities, check the website https://lakeregionrotary.com or the Facebook Page. 
ROTARY CLUB TO HOST COMMUNITY KETTLE DINNER IN BRIDGTON FEB 24th Carol Madsen 2022-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARIAN HELPS RESCUE AFGHAN FAMILY

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.   
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ROTARY DONATES WINTER CLOTHING TO AREA SCHOOL

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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ROTARY DONATES THERAPEUTIC DEVICES TO AREA SCHOOL

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. 
ROTARY DONATES THERAPEUTIC DEVICES TO AREA SCHOOL Carol Madsen 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

BRIDGTON-LAKE REGION ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS GLOBAL ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP WINNER.

By: Carol Madsen, District Newsletter Editor,
Public Image Committee Member, RC of Bridgton-Lake Region
 
Each year, Rotary International awards up to 50 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of its seven peace centers. This year the candidate Cassandra Varanka, sponsored by Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, was one of these 50 winners. Chosen from some 600 applicants across the globe, Cassandra will study at the University of Queensland's (Australia) Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution starting in early 2023. This Centre is part of a global program to advance research, teaching, practical training and knowledge on issues of international relations, conflict resolution and peace-building. It offers a tailored Master's Degree in International Studies, aimed at potential world and community leaders, designed to have a practical effect on addressing international and regional conflicts.
 
Cassandra now lives and works in Washington DC, but has strong ties to New England, where she was born, finished her college studies, and where her parents still live. She is especially attached to Bridgton where her parents have a vacation home and her uncle resides. 

 
BRIDGTON-LAKE REGION ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS GLOBAL ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP WINNER. carol madsen 2021-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

LEA, ROTARY & BHS FORGING PARTNERSHIP AROUND STEVENS BROOK

 Alanna Doughty of Lakes Environmental Association and Mike Davis of the Bridgton Historical Society shared a wealth of knowledge with the 17 participants who joined the Stevens Brook Trail History Walk on Thursday, October 21st.  The entire trail is rich with history.  This walk focused on the mills from the Pondicherry Woolen Mill at the Food City site to the Smith Sash, Furniture and Coffins Factory on Smith Avenue. Participants were from Waterford, Sweden and Bridgton, along the brook and beyond.  Newcomers and folks with a history of family members working in the mills participated and shared along with the educators. 
LEA, ROTARY & BHS FORGING PARTNERSHIP AROUND STEVENS BROOK Skip Sullivan 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY TO HOST POLIO ERADICATION EVENT AT OLDE MILL TAVERN, THURS, OCT 28TH

Rotary members in the Bridgton-Lakes Region are taking action in honor of World Polio Eradication to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. $1 of every pint sold on October 28, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to Closing at the Olde Mill Tavern will be donated to Rotary’s fight to eradicate Polio. 

WHAT:           Pints for Polio
WHO:            Anyone who wants to join us for Pints for Polio
WHEN:          October 28th
WHERE:       The Olde Mill Tavern Restaurant, 56 Main St., Harrison 

ROTARY TO HOST POLIO ERADICATION EVENT AT OLDE MILL TAVERN, THURS, OCT 28TH Skip Sullivan 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Innovation Lab

Rotarians gather to witness check presentation: (l to r) Aaron Hagan, George Klauber, Carol Rothenberg, Therese Johnson, Jessica Putnam, Carol Madsen, Julie Forbes, Dave Barker and Rick Whelchel
 
Jessica Putnam Rotary President (R.) Presents Susan Jennings Ex. Dir of 4-H Foundation with Check for $10,000.
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club handed over its $10,000 match for local donations to the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab project.  On Tuesday, October 12, President Jessica Putnam from the local Rotary Club handed a check for $10,000 to Susan Jennings, Executive Director, of the 4-H Foundation at the University of Maine, the organization behind the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab & Learning Center.  This represented a pledged match for the first $10,000 raised from local citizens, nonprofits and small businesses in the lakes region. 
 
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History Walk Scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

History Walk Scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, starting at Food City parking lot in Bridgton. 

Carol Madsen, who chairs the Rotary Club’s Environmental Committee, said, “The portion of the trail and brook scheduled for cleanup is where Stevens Brook powered as many as nine mills from the late 1700’s into the 20th century.  As recently as the 1960’s, mills were located on or near Stevens Brook.  In fact, Food City is on the site of the old Pondicherry Woolen Mill.  Built in 1865, it began using steam in 1889 and employed 225 people in 1904. We're excited to be working with Alanna Doughty of Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) on both the cleanup and the History Walk. Alanna has been leading these tours for several years now and will lead the historic tour of the mill sites on Thursday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Mark your calendars."

For more information about either event, contact Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.com. You may reach Jessica Putnam, President of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, for questions about Rotary at LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com.  Website is https://lakeregionrotary.com.  Like us on Facebook too.

History Walk Scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon 2021-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY CLEANING UP ALONG STEVENS BROOK TRAIL WITH LEA

KID FRIENDLY: SCAVENGER HUNT, HEALTHY SNACKS, COSTUMES OPTIONAL. 

On Saturday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m., the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and Lake Environmental Association (LEA) will lead a cleanup of Stevens Brook Trail between Food City and Smith Avenue. There will be a scavenger hunt for children, healthy snacks and costumes are optional.  All are welcome. Rain Date: Sunday, October 17.  This cleanup activity was originally scheduled for September and cancelled due to the weather.

We’ll begin assembling at 9:30 a.m. at Food City in Bridgton and spot cars along the route. Cleanup will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please bring your own work gloves and clippers. Trash bags will be provided. Although the trail is pretty clean, it is in serious need of trimming back. For more information, contact Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.com.

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Tournament a Success

Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club had its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 18th at Bridgton Highlands Country Club. The Rotary Club would like to thank all those who made this Golf Tournament a success, including our sponsors, our golfers, our volunteers and, of course, Bridgton Highlands Country Club. 

“Everything was superlative," remarked Dr. Lisa Ryan, Committee Chair.  "We had more golfers (68) and sponsors (40) than ever before.  The weather was great for the game.  The food provided by Stella’s on the Square and the Bridgton Highlands Country Club was outstanding. And we raised the amount of money we were hoping to, $10,000. This will allow us to continue to do the kind of work in the community that we are dedicated to doing.” 

For more information about our programs and our Club in general, check out https://lakeregionrotary.com or the Facebook page.  For questions, contact President Jessica Putnam at LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com

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OPIOID CRISIS HERE IN MAINE MAY BE WORSE THAN COVID!

Chief Bob MacKenzie of the Kennebunk Police Department will speak to the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM via Zoom. He will address the Opioid Epidemic and Substance Use Disorder here in Maine.  Chief MacKenzie is a Rotarian and Chairs the Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative.  District 7780 covers southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. He recently testified in front of the United States Congress H.E.L.P. Committee on the opioid epidemic and is speaking to Rotary Clubs and others across the District with the goal of educating Rotarians and community members on the crisis.  Chief MacKenzie states “this is a public health crisis and we need to work together in our various communities to help save the lives of our sons/daughters, husband/wives, bothers/sisters etc.”    
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Upcoming Events

ROTARY CLEANING UP ALONG STEVENS BROOK TRAIL WITH LEA With SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS. 

On Saturday, September 25, at 9:30 a.m., the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and Lake Environmental Association (LEA) will lead a cleanup of Stevens Brook Trail between Food City and Smith Avenue. There will be a scavenger hunt for children.  All are welcome. Rain Date: Sunday, September 26.

We’ll begin assembling at 9:30 a.m. at Food City in Bridgton and spot cars along the route. Cleanup will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please bring your own work gloves and clippers. Trash bags will be provided. For more information, contact Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.com.

History Walk Scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, starting at Food City parking lot in Bridgton. 

Carol Madsen, who chairs the Rotary Club’s Environmental Committee, said, “The portion of the trail and brook scheduled for cleanup is where Stevens Brook powered as many as nine mills from the late 1700’s into the 20th century.  As recently as the 1960’s, mills were located on or near Stevens Brook.  In fact, Food City is on the site of the old Pondicherry Woolen Mill.  Built in 1865, it began using steam in 1889 and employed 225 people in 1904. We're excited to be working with Alanna Doughty of Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) on both the cleanup and the History Walk. Alanna has been leading these tours for several years now and will lead the historic tour of the mill sites on Thursday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Mark your calendars."

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Rotary District Governor Visits

The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club welcomed 2021-2022 District Governor Dick Hall's visit to our local club. During his remarks, DG Hall remined everyone of the importance of Rotary and the aspects of Service in our Local Communities and around the World, Social Interaction, a place to meet people and develop long lasting friendships, and a place to have FUN.
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New President Presides

Newly installed President Jessica Putnam presides over her first in-person Rotary Meeting since March 2020, on July 8, 2021.   Going forward,  the local Rotary Club will have a mixture of In-Person and Zoom Only meetings.  Meeting locations will be posted to this website.  Safety precautions for in-person meetings going forward include the requirement of masks for those members and guests not able to share their vaccination status. 
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Duck Race Winners

Lauren Richardson (lt), Duck Race Winner, with Rotarians Lisa Ryan and Merrill Rollins
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club announced the winners of the 21st Annual Great Bridgton Duck Race. Although most have yet to be reached via phone, we are pleased to feature our first-place winner, Lauren Richardson who won $500.
Duck Race Winners Carol Madsen 2021-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARIANS CONTINUE TO SELL DUCK RACE TICKETS UNTIL 11 am ON ON JULY 4TH
 

Pictured: Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary President Jessica Putnam and her daughter Landyn receive assistance from Rotarian Carmen Lone selling Duck Race Tickets at Reny's.
 
The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club will hold its 21st Annual Duck Race this 4th of July weekend at the Stevens Brook Dam just before the bridge on Main Street, Bridgton.  The exciting albeit short race is a favorite among children and adults alike. The winners receive checks for $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, and $100 for third prize.  There will be several consolation prizes as well.
ROTARIANS CONTINUE TO SELL DUCK RACE TICKETS UNTIL 11 am ON ON JULY 4TH  Carol Madsen 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARY PARTNERS WITH BRIDGTON PD TO DISTRIBUTE BIKE HELMETS


Rotarians Jessica Putnam, Dr. John Eliassen and SFC Brian Conroy, members of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, joined Patrol Officer Matthew Regis and Officer Craig Hammond from to Bridgton Police Department to collect donations for Special Olympics, a special charity of the BPD, and to promote the importance of helmet safety for children in our community.  Situated in front of Hayes True Value in Bridgton, 12 children were very happy with their shiny, brand new helmets.
ROTARY PARTNERS WITH BRIDGTON PD TO DISTRIBUTE BIKE HELMETS 2021-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

The 21st Year for Rotary's Great Bridgton Duck Race

ROTARY CLUB HOLDS GREAT BRIDGTON DUCK RACE AT STEVENS BROOK BRIDGE, MAIN ST., BRIDGTON ON JULY 4TH AT 11:30 AM
 
For the last 21 years, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club has held an annual Duck Race.  Every year but last, during the pandemic, the site of the race has been at the bridge on Main Street overlooking the Stevens Brook in downtown Bridgton. Winners receive Cash Prizes:  1st Prize is $500, 2nd Prize is $250, 3rd Prize is $100.
 
The Duck Race is one of the Rotary Club's biggest fundraisers and according to the 2021 Duck Race team leader Rotarian Aaron Hagan, from Key Bank in Bridgton, "it is so great to be back 100 percent for this event." Hagan remarked, "We'll be selling Duck Race Tickets at $5.00 each and 5 for $20.00 outside Renys and the Bridgton Farmers Market on the last two weekends in June, at the fireworks on July 3rd, and at the race site on the morning of the 4th. You can get your tickets at any of those places or from your favorite Rotarian."
 
Funds raised support the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Clubs projects with youth, seniors, veterans, food pantries, literacy and much more.
 
For more information about Rotary and its projects in the community, check out LakeRegionRotary.com website and Facebook Page or email us at LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com.
The 21st Year for Rotary's Great Bridgton Duck Race Carol Madsen 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

Susan Breau - Maine Hydrogeologist to Speak to Rotary

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021
7:30 am via ZOOM
SPEAKER:
 Susan Breau, Hydrogeologist, Maine CDC, Water Resources Team

We are pleased to announce that Susan Breau, a Maine Licensed Geologist and the Water Resources Team Leader at the Maine CDC, Drinking Water Program will be our Speaker on June 3rd at 7:30 am via Zoom.   Susan and her team provide technical assistance and administer funding programs for Maine public water systems in the areas of source protection; emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and water system security.  

During her presentation she will address these important issues:  

  • Public drinking water supply sources 
  • Drinking water rules and regulations 
  • Source protection 101 
  • Emergency preparedness, response and recovery 

Susan currently serves as chair of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) Security Committee and is on the WaterISAC Board of Managers. She was the Source Water Program Manager for Maine Rural Water Association for 15 years and served on the National Rural Water Association Peer Leadership Committee.  Susan has experience working for a large public water system and as a hydrogeologic consultant.  She has a BA in Geology from Colby College, an MS in Hydrogeology from Duke University, and is certified in mediation. 

Our speaker is eminently qualified.  The program will be very interesting.  To obtain access to the link for the program, contact George Szok at gzoksbox@gmail.com

Contact Rotarian Carol Rothenberg at scroth256@gmail.com with any questions you might like to ask Susan.

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ROTARY AND BRIDGTON’S FOOD CITY PARTNER ON VOUCHERS FOR FOOD PANTRIES

Lynne Barboza, Food City Assistant Manager, and Rotarian Carol Madsen Kick Off Voucher Program 
 
Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club member and past president Carol Madsen worked out details of the voucher program with Bridgton’s Food City Manager Jennifer Moran and Assistant Manager Lynne Barboza.  The $5.00 vouchers can be used for laundry detergent or other household cleaning supplies by food pantry patrons.  Over 200 vouchers have been distributed over the past few weeks by local pantries.  
ROTARY AND BRIDGTON’S FOOD CITY PARTNER ON VOUCHERS FOR FOOD PANTRIES Carol Madsen 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARIANS CHECK ON STATUS OF CROCUS BULBS PLANTED IN OCTOBER TO PROMOTE POLIO ERADICATION

Rotarians Amy Dugas, Julie Forbes, Lisa Ryan, Carol Madsen and Bridgton Hospital’s Director of Nursing and Patient Services Jill Rollins assembled on Thursday, April 15, at the planting site to see the crocuses' progress.  It was feared the delicate blooms would not survive the impending Nor'easter on Friday. "Only a third of the bulbs we'd planted in October had bloomed and they looked a little bedraggled" said Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club President Julie Forbes, ND.
ROTARIANS CHECK ON STATUS OF CROCUS BULBS PLANTED IN OCTOBER TO PROMOTE POLIO ERADICATION Carol Madsen 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Save The Date 2021-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help with Roadside Cleanup

Rotarian Jessica Putnam during Trash Pickup Earth Day 2018
Rotarian Jessica Putnam during Trash Pickup Earth Day 2018
 
ROTARIANS TO HELP WITH ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP IN NAPLES & BRIDGTON 
 
Rotarians will help with roadside trash pickup in Naples and Bridgton in honor of Earth Day.  On Thursday, April 22, at 9:30 am, they will assemble at the Bridgton Community Center to work on Depot Street and in Pondicherry Park.  On Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 am, they will assemble at the Lake Region High School parking lot in Naples. If you would like to join us either day, contact Rotarian Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.com
Rotarians Help with Roadside Cleanup Skip Sullivan 2021-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Third Round of Masks Distributed by Rotary in the Lakes Region

Rotarian Carol Madsen Gives 1200 Masks to LRHS’s Linda White.
 
On Wednesday, March 24th, Rotarian Carol Madsen delivered 1200 Masks to the Lake Region High School. This represented 1000 adult masks and 200 children’s face coverings donated by the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club. Linda White, LRHS's Admin Assistant, remarked, “the students return full time the week of March 29th and these masks are very much appreciated.” 
 
Third Round of Masks Distributed by Rotary in the Lakes Region Carol Madsen 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Delivers

Rotarians Carol Rothenberg and Peter Kaurup Present Adult Masks to Faylene McKeen at the Universalist Church of Norway. 
 
SECOND ROUND OF ROTARY’S MILLION MASK CHALLENGE DISTRIBUTED TO FOOD PANTRIES.
 
Rotarians Carol Rothenberg of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and Peter Kaurup of the Oxford Hills Club handing over 70 hygienically-repackaged packets of 10 masks each for distribution to patrons of the Universalist Church of Norway Food Pantry on Wednesday, March 10. Fayelene McKeen, Director of Food Pantry gratefully accepted them.  
Rotary Delivers Skip Sullivan 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates Needed Boots Skip Sullivan 2021-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Veterans

 
(L-R) Dick Bell, Marine Veteran; Stephen Lapointe, Son of Legionnaire; Rotarian Julie Forbes, Rotary Club President; Steve Smith, Post Commander, Army; Maxine Godwin, Auxiliary; and Rotarian Dick Enright, Air Force.  
 
Naples: On Friday, February 26, the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club presented a check for $520.10 to the American Legion Post #155 in Naples to support their Veterans in Need program. 
 
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ROTARIAN JESSICA PUTNAM: HAVING HER CAKE & EATING IT TOO! 

 
Jessica Putnam - Club President 2021-2022 and Daughter Landyn
 
When Jessica Putnam joined the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club three years ago, she was not a stranger to Rotary. She had had an opportunity to visit the Oxford Hills Club several times with colleagues at the Edward Jones Office in South Paris.  Jessica liked the ambiance and friendliness of the Oxford Hills Club, but wanted a Club of her own.  And with plans to open an office in Bridgton in the near future, she decided to check out the Bridgton-Lakes Region Club.  

George Klauber was the President at the time and welcomed her as a new member after several visits over as many months. Before long she was asked to Chair the Community Services Committee, under which much of the Club’s community work is planned and implemented.  A year later, Carol Madsen was President and Julie Forbes was President Elect.  In the tradition of Rotary Clubs worldwide, at mid-year a President Elect Nominee is chosen.  Jessica, a Rotarian for 1.5 years, was selected, accepted and elected.  She figured she had two years to become prepared. Little did she know, or any of us, how the world would turn with the Covid-19 pandemic.  And Jessica’s personal world changed drastically as well. 

Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club:  How did the pandemic affect your daily life? 

Jessica: In early March 2020, I had just returned from a well-deserved vacation. My first day back to work, on a Tuesday, ........

ROTARIAN JESSICA PUTNAM: HAVING HER CAKE & EATING IT TOO! Patrick Sullivan 2021-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Dictionary Project Erin Nelson 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Distributes 750 Child Masks pms 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Receives 5000 masks to distribute to Local Food Pantries Patrons Patrick Sullivan 2021-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Dr. Lisa Ryan Receives First Vaccine Dose Patrick Sullivan 2021-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Bridgton Public Library

Library accepts Rotary Club’s donation. Shown holding the check are Amy Stone – Library Director, and Aaron Hagan – Rotary member; others from Left are: Sally Dunning President of Library Trustees, and Friends of the Library Mary Hubka, Debbie Szok, Therese Johnson and Carol Bibeau. 

 
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FOOD CITY-BRIDGTON PARTNERS WITH ROTARY CLUB   Carol Madsen 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Deliver for Christmas Angel

 
Rotarians Nick Orgo and George Klauber deliver Christmas Angel gifts to Songo Locks School.
Nick coordinated this years holiday gifting project. The BLRRC donated new snow coats, snow pants, winter boots hats and gloves to the school.
Rotarians Deliver for Christmas Angel Skip Sullivan 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Dedicate Bus Stop Shelter

 
ROTARIANS DEDICATE BUS STOP SHELTER AT BRIDGTON COMMUNITY CENTER
 
Bridgton, Maine:  Rotarians from the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club assembled on Friday, December 4, to dedicate the Bus Stop Shelter at the Bridgton Community Center in the name of Rotarian Marlee Turner who passed two years ago.  The Shelter is a Rotary project inspired by Marlee and championed by Dick Enright who worked with the Lake Region Vocational Center, Construction Technology Program, which built this beautiful structure to top quality specifications as a community project.
 
President Julie Forbes welcomed the group and praised Marlee Turner as living Rotary's motto, Service Above Self.  Carmen Lone, Rotarian and Selectperson for the Town of Bridgton, accepted the turnover of the Shelter to the Town of Bridgton. Dick Enright thanked everyone for their role in this project, especially the Lake Region Vocational Center, Construction Technology students from the Classes of 2019 and 2020.  A Certificate of Appreciation has been prepared and will be formally presented post pandemic.
 
Rotary wants to thank the Lake Region Vocational Center participants and retail partners who offered discounts or made donations of product including Hancock Lumber, Hayes True Value, Home Depot, and Lowes.
 
The Regional Transportation Program, the Lakes Region Explorer Bus Company made a significant donation to the project.  This is the first shelter along the Bridgton to Portland route. The bus company will assess the value of this structure to see if other shelters would be warranted.  For more information about the bus service, check out the Town of Bridgton's website: Lakes Region Explorer 2020 Schedule & Route Updates - Town of Bridgton, Maine
 
For information about Rotary and our projects and service programs, email LakeRegionRotary@gmail.com.  Like Us on Facebook and keep uptodate on the local Rotary Club's work.
Rotarians Dedicate Bus Stop Shelter Carol Madsen 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Interact Club presents donations Cathy Sullivan 2020-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Bridgton's Community Development Director Cathy Sullivan 2020-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Community Kettle

Community Kettle - Our club hosted the dinner on 11/5/19 at the Bridgton Community Center.  Nick Orgo, Rotarian lead the team that provided a delicious meal of squash soup, turkey, ham, mashed potatos, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and cookies for dessert.  Our High School Interact Club served the meals.  
Community Kettle Cathy Sullivan 2019-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Safety Day

Our Rotary Club donated $1200 in support of Youth Safety Day. Funds were used to purchase bike helmets.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 8th Meeting Features NAHGA

Posted by Erin Nelson on Nov 08, 2018

The Bridgton Lake Region Rotary Club is hosting the first in a series of programs featuring local businesses.  Our November 8th meeting kicked us off to a great start...

Have you ever wondered what happens in the beautiful NAHGA building in downtown Bridgton?  Marney Chalmers joined us and gave a really wonderful presentation of how this business in small-town Bridgton is making a big impact in the lives of their clients. 

Out-of-this-world claims processing by down-to-earth people: at NAHGA, Stellar Service is no accident!

NAHGA is a Third Party Administrator (TPA) that is nationally recognized for processing claims with a personal touch. While they value technology, they know that automation cannot take the place of a friendly voice and a personal connection with your adjuster.

Others may say they care about every client, but at NAHGA, they demonstrate that with personal attention and timely, accurate service on every claim. 

Earning Clients'
Trust for 25 Years.

NAHGA is a family-owned company with offices in Bridgton, ME and North Conway, NH. Since their founding in 1991, they've grown to more than forty employees, and process claims for ten of the premier writers of health and accident insurance for students, sports leagues, day cares and many other organizations. They can customize a claims adjudication program for any organization, large or small, including high-deductible and self-funded plans.

BRIDGTON, MAINE LOCATION
88 MAIN STREET  |  PO BOX 189  |  04009

P. (207) 647-3108  |  F. (207) 647-4569
(800) 952-4320

https://www.nahgaclaimservices.com/

November 8th Meeting Features NAHGA Erin Nelson 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Literacy Loons!

 Children’s Librarian Samantha Zawistowski accepts donation for Literacy Loons!

The Bridgton Public Library is excited to announce a partnership with the Bridgton-Lakes Region Rotary Club in a project to help promote literacy among children in the community.

Literacy Loons! gives every Stevens Brook first grader the opportunity to receive up to $14 of free books from Bridgton Books simply by using their library cards!

This community effort is supported also by Bridgton Books, Friends of the Library, and Bear Pond Learning.

It’s always exciting to see more young faces at the library!

Samantha is flanked by George Szok and George Klauber

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ROTARY TO HOST STREETSCAPE & WASTEWATER PROJECTS TALKS Erin Nelson 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

9th Annual Golf Tournament

Our 9th annual Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, 6/9/18.
 
Proceeds benefit Youth, Seniors and Veterans.  
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Citizens of of Month

Citizens of the Month Michael Peterson and Dominic Adams were recognized at last week's meeting and also volunteered at the June 9th Golf Tournament.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Community Kettle

Our Club will prepare and serve the Community Kettle on February 8th.  Volunteers will be needed for serving and clean up.  
Community Kettle 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award - Julie Forbes

Rotarian Julianne Forbes received her sixth Paul Harris Fellow pin for contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Her contributions are directed to the Polio Plus program.  
 
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Citizen of the Month - January

Citizen of the Month, Olivia Deschenes, is recognized for displaying good citizenship and contributions to the school community.  Presenting Olivia is Linda England, Rotary Interact Advisor and Rotarian Lisa Ryan.  Congratulations Olivia!
 
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Spreading Christmas Joy!

This Christmas our Rotary Club adopted students from Songo Locks  and Steven’s Brook Elementary Schools  so they could have presents under the tree. These included clothes, winter wear and toys. 
Here is a letter from Amy Saunders at Songo Locks expressing her appreciation. 
“Songo Locks can't thank you enough for your kindness and generosity to the children and families at the holiday time. The families were grateful for the thoughtfulness and usefulness of items. It is people like you and your organization that make this community great. Please send out sincerest appreciation to all your volunteers and club members. Cheers to a New year!”
Pictured making deliveries (left to right) are George Klauber, Dave Barker, Amy Saunders and Joe Barth.
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New Playground in Bridgton

  
 
  
 
Our club completed installation of a new playground at Bridge Crossing/Dodge House School in Bridgton. This facility is a co-educational facility for students 5-14 years of age. Rotarian Sheila Rollins, Project Coordinator, advises it will provide opportunities for development of cognitive skills, problem solving, and social/emotional skills. This was partially funded through a District Grant by the Rotary Foundation.
 
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Dictionary Distribution

Over 150 dictionaries were delivered to third graders today at Stevens Brook Elementary, Songo Locks Elementary and the Dodge House School.  Rotarians who made it all happen were Erin Nelson, George Klauber, Linda England, Carol Madsen and Mike Daley.
 
  
  
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Fryeburg Fair 2017 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Community Kettle

As part of our serving the community we prepared and served an "Hawaiian" dinner on August 10, 2017.  
 
  
 
Community Kettle 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

DG Dave Underhill Visit

 
District Governor Dave Underhill was our guest on September 14th.  We were presented with a grant check to assist with the construction of a playground at Bridge Crossing.  
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