L-A Rotary Club presents awards, names Harris Fellow

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LEWISTON — Lorraine Bard, retired Lisbon School Department Secretary, was presented the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club.

The honor was given at the The Next 100 Years Year in Review and Awards Night on May 17 at the The Carriage House in Lewiston. President Monica Millhime and Paul Harris Fellowship Foundation Chairman Peter Kowalski made the presentation.

Bard has been a Rotarian since 2017 and served as chairwoman for projects for the fellowship group. Throughout the year she assisted with the Veterans Appreciation Fishing Tournament, the Balloon Festival, Fire Prevention and Dr. Seuss at Washburn School, Karaoke Night benefiting Polio Plus, the annual auction benefiting community nonprofits and the Autism Movie Event at Flagship Cinema.

Bard created and edited the club’s first Community Cookbook, which raised more than $2,000 for Alzheimer’s of Maine.

“Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objective of The Rotary Foundation,” Millhime said. “Lorraine was selected to receive this recognition because fellow L-A Rotarians believe her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.”

The fellowship was named for Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

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Accompanying Bard at the presentation was her husband, Roger, and son, Andrew.

The club also awarded six $1,000 scholarships to local Class of 2018 graduates: Julia Milks, Edward Little High School; Jillian Rombalski, Leavitt Area High School; Kaitlyn Taylor, Lewiston High School; Deja Miller, Oak Hill High School; Jordon Gregory, Poland Regional High School; and Eisa Lee, Saint Dominic Academy.

Eight Community Partner $500 awards were also presented, including: Amy and Warren Shaw, A Bend in the Road; Jennifer Cartmell, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Officer Joseph Philippon, Lewiston Police Department; Jonathan Carsley, Lisbon Music Booster; Sharon Deveau and Tahlia Chamberlain, Literacy Volunteers; Principal Andrew Bard, Washburn School; Joanne Bollinger, Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen & Empower; and Jackie Majerus-Collins, Youth Journalism International.

Lorraine Bard, left, is Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow. Standing with her are Peter Kowalski, Fellowship Foundation chairman, and club president Monica Millhime. 

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