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tuned my “soft” skills—in other words, improved and enhanced the quality of my communication AND defined my passions in terms of my community and how I’d like to assist in its progress. My experience with ALDI clearly demonstrates the truth in the statements, “leadership is not a topic, it’s a lifestyle” and “the quality of your life is equal to the quality of your communication.” Participating in the ALDI program was a wise decision indeed!” -Jan Barrett, Ware Street Inn, 2005 graduate

Sign Up Now for the 2012 Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute

The 20th annual androscoggin leadership development institute, sponsored by central Maine Medical center, begins on wednesday, september 5 and end with graduation on december 13 at The chamber Breakfast. The chamber began the institute in 1992 and it has since graduated 340 local business and community members!

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The highly acclaimed institute is a ten-week program designed to improve leadership abilities. Participants focus on increasing confidence in their personal leadership strengths, improving their understanding of the community, and recognizing how to get involved. The topics covered include Personality Types: understanding individual differences, Team Building: situational leadership, Effective Communications: active listening, Clear Self Expression: presentation skills, Effective Meeting Management, Conflict Resolution: problem-solving, and Personal Vision: action planning. There are also four community issue exploration sessions.

What is ALDI?

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The institute gives participants the opportunity to develop skills that they need to become successful leaders. These leadership skills will foster professional growth, business growth, and promote a strong and flourishing community.

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“ALDI was so much more than I expected! As a person born and raised in Lewiston, I was amazed to learn as much as I did about our L/A Community. Through the months I attended ALDI and participated in community discussions, I came to realize how fortunate I am to be living in such a dynamic and changing environment. The weekly classes offered me, as a business owner, opportunity to learn valuable skills. The networking with other ALDI members and opportunity to hear from community leaders opened my eyes to so many possibilities for L/A!  ALDI, under the leadership of the Chamber and Steve Pecukonis is a valuable resource, which I would recommend unconditionally!” -Stephanie Gelinas, Sandcastle Preschool, 2007 graduate

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“The ALDI program gave me the opportunity to take a good look at my community. Our group of 18 individuals learned about current local issues. We also learned about ourselves through classroom activities and how we could each interact with others in a more effective manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in this program and the people I met in the process.” -Jennifer Willey, Canteen Service Company, 2003 graduate

“ALDI is probably the most valuable “course” I’ve ever taken. As a small business owner who is involved in my community, the ten weeks of my time invested in classes fine

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“As the instructor of this program, Steve Pecukonis reminded us that you can spend, waste or invest your time. ALDI was time well invested. This course is fun and packed with great stuff to use in everyday life. I would highly recommend ALDI to anyone.” -Jim Marston, Uncle Andy’s Digest, 2005 graduate

“I feel fortunate that my employer provided me the opportunity to participate in the 2011 ALDI program. By participating I was able to build on the leadership skills I already had, tap into new techniques, network and develop a better understanding of local issues… all within one program! I would encourage other employers to urge their employees to take advantage of ALDI, because it not only is a benefit for them, but for the overall community.” -Terri Cook, Mechanics Savings Bank, 2010 graduate The institute is run by steve Pecukonis, who has designed and run leadership programs all across the state for more than two decades. he founded his own human resource development, training and consulting firm in 1985, where he trains and consults with organizations in business and industry, government, education, healthcare and social services. steve frequently speaks at conferences, seminars, and organizations all through the northeast. when given a scale of 1-5, 95% of participants in steve’s training sessions rate him a 5 (excellent) or a 4 (very good). steve brings incredible experience to aldi, which creates firstclass learning opportunities for participants.

Who facilitates the program?

• a business person who wants to develop leadership skills to benefit their workplace or community. • a volunteer or board member of a community organization who would like to be able to better assist the organization’s development. • a community member who wants to get involved and make a difference.

Who should apply?

The fee is $575, which covers all material and meals. Participants can be sponsored by their employer, a community organization or they can apply individually. limited scholarship assistance is also available.

How much does it cost?

applications are available at The chamber office and attendance is limited to the first 20 applications received. call The chamber at 783-2249 for an application or visit The chamber website.

How can you apply?

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By: Chip Morrison

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS summer is when we celebrate androscoggin county’s most exciting time. The festival season, which brings thousands of visitors to our area, begins with the independence day celebration, Liberty Festival, and culminates with the Balloon Festival in august. in between, are two months of almost nonstop activities for a great summer of family fun in androscoggin county.

The Summer Festival Season

Liberty Festival, July 4. in addition to the state’s premier fireworks show, festival planners are thrilled to announce a jam-packed entertainment line-up, sprawling across both lewiston and auburn. The lewiston Festival stage will feature skosh, chad Porter Trio, Firewater creek, Terry & the Telstars and a selection of karaoke finalists from Fusion at the ramada inn. in auburn showcase stage, featuring a Beer garden catered by irish Twins Pub will include performances by spice weasel, Matt & the Barnburners, random Order, Kaining amy, the luke Mulholland Band, the Brookside independence allstars and cold Blue steel. The spectacular fireworks display will be the highlight of the evening, scheduled for 9:30pm. This year the auburn community concert Band will put on a special concert in Festival Plaza in auburn at 7:00 PM.

Moxie Festival, July 13-15. This year is the 30th annual Moxie Festival! This year the theme is “we’re in Moxieland”. The “spirit of the wolf” Powwow will again join the Moxie Festivities this year. saturday begins with the 5K road race followed by the Moxie Festival parade at 9am. Other activities include:  fireman’s muster, children’s games, the “Moxie chuggin’ challenge,”  the recipe contest, a host of great entertainment, concluding with the saturday night Moxie concert in the park. sunday there will be a chief worumbo androscoggin river race and the duck race on veterans Bridge. visit www.moxiefestival.com for update information.

2012 Bates Dance Festival, July-August, brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators, and students to study, perform, and create new work. The Bates dance Festival includes professional training programs and several performances. For more information visit www.bates.edu/dancefest.

Great Falls 20th Annual Balloon Festival, August 17-19, is held at the riverfront parks on both sides of the river. Ballooning activities include early morning and evening launches, moonglows, and fee-based balloon rides. This year’s entertainment features the cream of the crop of local and regional bands. we wanted to show off the quality homegrown talent that is so abundant in our area. The Balloon Festival is the premier festival in the state of Maine. For in depth information go to www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org.

These and many other activities and attractions are included in the Visitor/Relocation Guide that is available at The chamber office.

The chamber is proud to announce that in the fall of 2012 it will facilitate “The young entrepreneurs academy (yea)” in the androscoggin area. The founding sponsor of yea is Mechanic’s savings Bank. The academy is a one year program for high school youth who have dreams of starting a business. students of the academy will experience a hands on crash course in owning a business and by the end of the class, each will have created their own fully formed legal enterprise. This 33 week experience will include meeting with local business leaders, generating business ideas, designing and presenting business plans to investors, obtaining dBas, filing taxes, implementing businesses, and more.

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during the course, students will be inspired to think entrepreneurially and take risks, as well as learn real world knowledge of how business works.

in addition to the founding sponsor, The chamber is looking for other members who want to support the growth of entrepreneurship in our area by sponsoring this innovative and unique program. interested parties should call the chamber and speak with chip at 783-2249. To learn more visit yea! online at yeausa.org.

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liberty Festival, auburn & lewiston independence day observed, chamber closed Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, lost valley Moxie Festival, downtown lisbon Falls Brown Bag Seminar on leadership with Buffy dumont Know Your Chamber, 11:30am, The chamber Business After Hours, clover health care, 5-7pm Seminar on lean Management, 8:30-11:30 am at The chamber

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Brown Bag Seminar, “Know your Property” with dan dumont, noon at The chamber Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, lost valley Business After Hours, Balloon Festival, 5-7pm. Chamber Board of Directors great Falls Balloon Festival, downtown lewiston-auburn Seminar, “high impact Marketing” with John viehman of downeast Magazine, 8-10 am at The chamber Scholarship Scramble at Turner highlands country club

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labor day, chamber closed androscoggin leadership development institute begins Chamber Breakfast, 7:15 am, Martindale Business After Hours, 5-7pm, evergreen subaru Chamber Board of Directors, 7:30am

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Remember to register for Chamber events online at our website www.androscoggincounty.com!

Young Entrepreneur’s Academy 

To take yourself or your organization to the next level: www.AchieveTheSummit.com ART BOULAY, MBA, CMC

207.373.9301 ABoulay@StrategicTalentManagement.com


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Beautiful spots are being cultivated all around androscoggin county thanks to the generosity and hard work of local organizations. 2012 “spotters” include:

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allergy & asthma associates of central Maine, androscoggin home care & hospice, auburn housing authority, auburn lewiston rotary Breakfast club, austin associates Pa, cPa’s, Barker Mills arms, Bichrest Brothers, careercenter, carrier’s lawn care and landscape design, central Maine Federal credit union, city of lewiston, community credit union, Franco american war veterans, Kut em up lawn Kare, labonte’s landscaping, native Maine’ah co llc, Pathway’s inc, Pine cone chapter Oes (eastern star), refurb supplies, safe voices, schooner retirement community, sun Journal, The Baha’i community, Turner Publishing, valley view Farm, wahlcoMetroflex inc, and walMart distribution center. This season 16 graduating seniors received scholarships from The chamber. Four adults, working at chamber members received scholarships as well.

CHAMBER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 Chamber scholars are:

Edward Little High School: christopher cloutier (games & simulation art), niyati desai (electrical engineering), Jaclyn Masters (nursing), Jocelyn Murphy (Psychology) Lewiston High School: Kristen diBello (Biology), Mackenzi Masselli (Biology), Tomas smith (chemistry), Krista Thomas (radiology) Leavitt High School: Megan Plourde (Business), Tyler walton (Business) Lisbon High School: Kimberly Morse (Pre-Med Biology), angel strout (Physical Therapy assistant) Oak Hill High School: christopher Jones (computer science) Poland High School: catherine haley (exercise science) St Dominic Regional High School: sarah divello (Pharmacy), amanda Turcotte (Optometry)

2012 Adult Scholarship Recipients:

James Bradley, usM lewiston auburn college Jamie demers, sexual assault crisis center Jacqueline Kenniston, auburn school department sherry Monteith, lewiston high school

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Join Milt simon and the auburn community concert Band at Festival Plaza on Main street in auburn each week for free summer concerts. now in its 31st season, the band plays a different program of music every wednesday evening from 7:00-8:15pm. if inclement weather is forecasted, the concert will be held indoors at the hilton garden inn auburn riverwatch at great Falls Plaza. check out the pre-concert entertainment at Festival Plaza, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Performers include the Bates dance Festival young dancers workshop on July 11; chicks with sticks on July 18; the ruth Burke Trio on July 25; the shannon selig Trio on august 1; the 195th army Band Brass Quintet on august 8; and guitarist/vocalist nick racioppi on august 15.

COMMUNITY BAND CONCERTS BEGIN

For more information, call the auburn rec dept. at 333-6601, ext. 2108. Or visit www.auburncommunityband.com.

Upcoming performances:

July 4 - “An Evening of Patriotic Music” July 11 - “Let’s Dance!” July 18 - “Forgotten But Unforgettable” July 25 - “The Music of Famous Musicians” August 1 - “It’s Showtime!” August 8 - “Songs of Sensational Groups” August 15 - “Take Two!” August 22 - “Greatest Hits”

gammon landscape ribbon cutting.

Michael Malloy of skelton, Taintor & abbott took over as yPlaa chair on July 1st!

YPLAA WELCOMES NEW CHAIR

The young Professionals of the lewiston auburn area (yPlaa) works to strengthen a vibrant young professional community by promoting career, social, and community development.

To sign up for membership (it’s free!) and to view our upcoming calendar of events, visit www.yplaa.com.

some of the scholarship winners and sponsors at the June 14th chamber Breakfast.


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Norm Dickinson of TQF.US Computer Services recently completed a certificate program at rackspace.com’s cloud university. as a rackspace cloud partner, TQF.us is uniquely positioned to help growing companies of any size migrate their exchange servers, critical iT infrastructure or development environment to the cloud.

WHAT’S UP…?

The 2013 Lewiston Auburn Film Festival will be held april 5-7. For more information visit www.lafilmfestival.org.

Community Credit Union was recognized at the Maine credit union league annual convention with three 1st place awards: louise herring Philosophy in action Member service award and the desjardins youth and adult Financial education awards.  The first place awards will now be submitted to the national association competition.  

Clyde Bergemann auburn has expanded its engineering, project management and sales departments. new hires include: Project Manager Nat Salfas, applications engineer Scott Owings, designer/drafter Shauna Little, and design engineer Justin Dodd.

St. Mary’s has been honored with a 2012 “Partner for change, with distinction” award from Practice greenhealth, the national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

The People’s United community Foundation announced today that for the second quarter of 2012 it awarded $697,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the communities it serves in connecticut, Massachusetts, vermont, new york, new hampshire and Maine.

Baxter’s celsius summer ale was just named one of the “8 new Justright summer Beers” by esquire Magazine. here’s the link; http://www.esquire.com/the-side/food-and-drink/best-summer-beers2012#slide-2.

Advocates for Children welcomes the following new members to its Finance committee: Jason Chadbourne of TD Bank, Andrew Lunn of Community Credit Union, Shawn Wright of LPL Financial, and J. Otis Vance from the CMMC College of Nursing & Health Professions. Steve Lamontagne, certified public accountant at Ouellette and Associates, has joined as treasurer.

hilton garden inn® recently recognized the 138-room Hilton Garden Inn Auburn team for achieving a customer loyalty score of 84.1% in april, ranking the auburn hotel number nine in the brand of 542 hotels. Alan Roberts, vice President, Brand Performance support & sales, hilton worldwide, congratulated general Manager, Scott McKenney, and his team for this accomplishment.

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Ron Major, formerly of Major Automotive, has joined the team of Quality Care Auto in lisbon. ron has gained a reputation in the lewiston/auburn area for his ability to repair highly technical automotive electrical systems and vehicle computer problems.

Advocates for Children announces Pam Allen as their new executive director.

The Bates summer lakeside concert series begins in July, for more information visit www.bates.edu/conference/summer-lakeside-concertseries/.

Efficiency Maine has launched a Multi-Family weatherization Project to conduct comprehensive energy retrofits in small to medium-sized multifamily buildings with five or more units.

The Library Café is pleased to announce the opening of an additional dining room – doubling the seating capacity of the café!  This styled space that seats 19 may also be available to you for a private meeting.  need a place for a breakfast meeting?  we got it!

Patti Gagne successfully attended the Job Fair at Central Maine Community College.  after collecting 23 applications/resumes, and conducting phone interviews with 11 prospective employees, and in-person interviews with 4 people, Patti hired Tammy Bernier as the newest member of The Patti Gagne Agency.  Ms. Bernier is studying to obtain her Property and casualty license. 

Claude E. Mailhot graduated in June from Kaplan University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is seeking an accounting position. he can be reached at 786-3380 or claudem@megalink.net.

The Sleepy Time Motel announces that it has received a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence award, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Trip advisor, the world’s largest travel site.

St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion recently earned the prestigious 2012 Innovation Award from leadingage.

Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services is pleased to announce the expansion of their agency with the launch of l/a hearing center. 

Dr. Patricia Gosselin is currently accepting patients of all ages at their state of the art audiology suite in lewiston.  FMi, please call 782-2150.

Benefit Quilt raffle: a beautiful 4’7 x 5’ rosette quilt is being raffled to benefit The Center for Wisdom’s Women. stop by the women’s center any weekday morning to see the quilt and purchase chances.  FMi www.wisdomswomen.org and click “support us/events.”

The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club presented $10,500 in scholarships and awards to local students and community organizations in May.

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WOXO 92.7 & 100.7 • WEZR 1240 • WTME 780 & 1450

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Email Marketing • Web Site Development www.GleasonMedia.com


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at Community Credit Union in auburn Laurie Pelletier was promoted to Branch Manager and Janice Lare was promoted from card services coordinator to Branch Operations supervisor.

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St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, in lewiston, Maine recently earned the prestigious 2012 Innovation Award from leadingage. leadingage is a national association representing 5,500 nonprofit aging-services organizations.

Healthy Androscoggin has joined with Central Maine Medical Center, WMCA and St. Mary’s in a new initiative, “Breastfeeding in Business”. This partnership will promote the adoption of breastfeeding in businesses as a cultural norm, outlining the benefits to business’s customers as well as employees. contact Shanna Rogers at 795-5927 for more information on how supporting breastfeeding mothers can benefit your business, as well as be cost effective!

Laurianne Anctil, B.A, Social & Behavioral Science, July 20 soulmates workshop, 6-8p.m. everything you wanted to know about soulmates. $100 cash, cash donation, or equivalent in barter. Bring a journal. august 1 – Break the chain of Pain workshop, 6-8pm, chamber conference room, 415 lisbon st., lewiston, Me., 04240 call 782-2309 to register.

LocalEdge is currently working its 2012 sales canvass for the lewiston & auburn areas! reputation Management, social Media Management, websites, e-Mail Marketing & more. There is something for every budget! localedge – internet Marketing services Built for your Business.

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Please help support the American Red Cross United Valley provide local disaster relief through the 2012 days of disaster campaign.  For $299.47 you can cover the cost of one day’s worth of disaster relief for our community members in androscoggin, Kennebec, Oxford, Franklin, and somerset counties.  For more information, send an e-mail to Jennifer.gaylord@redcross.org.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center was honored with an “a” hospital safety scoresM by The leapfrog group. Kerry Wood was promoted to President/ceO of Community Credit Union in May upon the retirement of Donna Steckino. Jen Hogan was promoted from Marketing/Business development director to executive vice President.

Taylor Brook Animal Hospital has been voted the “Best of the Best” in the downeast dog news 2012 readers Poll. For more information about the animal hospital, go to: taylorbrookanimalhospital.com.

On July 21st Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice will hold its annual Butterfly release celebration, a unique opportunity to remember and honor loved ones by dedicating a butterfly. For more information contact Jim Bouchard at 795-9405 or james.bouchard@ahch.org.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott attorney Ronald P. Lebel will present at the day-long continuing legal education seminar “advanced Family law,” to be held on July 30 in Portland, Maine.

assistant secretary of commerce for import administration Paul Piquado and Kim Glas, assistant deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Textiles and apparel at the u.s. department of commerce recently visited Auburn Manufacturing’s Mechanic Falls headquarters to meet with management and tour the manufacturing facility.

Spiller’s now offers high quality large format color laser printing for all your Point-of-Purchase & Point-of-sale needs – displays, posters, signs, banners & more. customers will benefit from having fade resistant images with no need for lamination or accu-shield coating. spiller’s also offers full-color printing of letterhead, envelopes, flyers and business cards at very competitive prices.

Kerrie Robbins has joined the Varney Agency as the office manager, she can be reached at 784-4566 x1201.

St. Peter’s Cemetery is pleased to announce the installation of a new columbarium in its spacious chapel/mausoleum. This is a free-standing unit for the entombment of cremated human remains. The columbarium has 8 single and 12 companion, glass-front niches. The single niches are priced at $2,000 and the companions are $3,800. This includes perpetual care. half of the selling price is placed in a special fund set aside for the continued care and maintenance of the mausoleum. st. Peter’s cemetery is located at 217 switzerland road in lewiston. For more information please call Gerard Raymond at 782-8721.

hiring a military reservist or national guard member makes good business sense! attributes of guardsmen and reservists include discipline, loyalty, and leadership. Business tax credits are available for hiring an unemployed veteran. contact The Maine committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (esgr) at 430-5891 or Matt Collins at 780-3345 for further information.

The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine of central Maine Medical center has been named a bronze winner at the 29th annual healthcare advertising awards. The award, presented by healthcare Marketing report, is in recognition of the OicM’s Patient information Kit.  

Fred Hall of Redlon & Johnson with Chip Morrison before his induction into the Auburn Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame on April 29th at Lost Valley. It was the 29th annual induction ceremony put together by the group started by The Chamber in 1982.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE CHAMBER ROADSHOW?

The regional image committee has put together a 20-25 minute PowerPoint presentation dramatically showing the positive attributes of the l/a area. To date, the presentation has been given to forty groups and over 1500 people. Those groups include: major employers, schools, churches and social clubs. To schedule a presentation to your group, call chip at the chamber at 783-2249.


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not your normal Formal on May 4th broke all records, with net proceeds over $44,000 for chamber programs. Camden National Bank again stepped up to be the event sponsor and this year, 20 other chamber members stepped up to be table sponsors. They were: agren appliance, androscoggin Bank, center street dental, central Maine Medical center, central Maine Orthopaedics, champoux insurance, community credit union, environmental Projects, harriman associates, Jan Jacques Keller williams realty, Mechanics Bank (2 tables), Merrill lynch, Platz associates, Poland spring Bottling company, Procter & gamble (2 tables), roopers, skelton, Taintor & abbott, spillers, Td Bank, and usM at lac.

NOT YOUR NORMAL FORMAL BIG SUCCESS

The pictures below give some indication of the enjoyment members had on that special evening.

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2011-2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kurk Lalemand, Chair Next Level Business Coaching

Mary LaFontaine, Chair Elect Career Center

Robin Robbins, Treasurer Androscoggin Bank

Susan Stacey, Past Chair Kaplan University

Jason Agren Agren Appliance

Jan Barrett Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bob Bernier Matheson Valley

Susan Berube WGME-13

Art Boulay Strategic Talent Management

Jen Willey, Adam & Erin Dunbar

Jim & Carrie Whitmore

Nancy Cable Bates College

JoAnne Campbell Mechanics Savings Bank

Michael Cox Central Maine Orthopaedics

Doug DiVello Central Maine Healthcare Corp

Adam Dunbar Wells Fargo Advisors

Jodi Eller Procter & Gamble

Patti Gagne

Laurie Steele & Dan D'Auteuil, Jr

Monica & Jonnie Rose Clark

Patti Gagne Agency, Allstate Insurance

Stephanie Gelinas Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services

Joyce Gibson USM at LAC

Clif Greim Harriman and Associates

Kevin Healey St. Mary’s Health System

Elaine Hemenway Payroll Management Inc

Jennifer Hogan Community Credit Union

Brian & Marnie Dubois

Matt & Amanda Theberge

Matt Jancovic Oxford Networks

Paul Landry Fish Bones American Grill

Michael Malloy Skelton, Taintor & Abbott PA

Scott McKenney Hilton Garden Inn

Iman Poeraatmadja Neokraft Signs

Peter Steele Twin City Times

Peter Traill Nason Mechanical Systems Inc.

Steve Roop & Sharon Lagasse

Tom Bosse, Michelle Gosselin, Dick Albert

Photos courtesy of Twin City Times

Jennifer Willey Canteen Services


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by Toni seger, ProseWorks™ Associates

“Banking with a human face” is how ceO Kerry wood characterizes the mission of a credit union. Kerry has replaced donna steckino at the helm of the community credit union of lewiston-auburn. Kerry worked with donna for 11 of her 34 years running the credit union and will always regard her as a friend.

credit unions are a form of cooperative banking. credit unions are nonprofits, owned by their members and operated by a volunteer Board of directors. Opening a savings account at community credit union of l-a with just $25 makes you a member. credit union earnings are given back to the members in the form of favorable dividends on savings, competitive rates on loans, lower and fewer fees and better services.

community credit union offers all the products and services you would expect from a financial institution and because credit unions are financial cooperatives, members are owners who share in the credit union’s success. l-a’s community credit union keeps four trained financial counselors on staff just to serve their members. “as the economy improves, we want people to be more capable of benefiting from it,” says Kerry.

Kerry gets excited when i ask about their new wedding registry program ‘MatriMoney’ which lets wedding guests make cash gifts. The new couple gets a higher rate than other club accounts along with a “getting Married” financial guide and, if they’d like, the services of a financial counselor on how best to consolidate their finances. if you’re fond of using a christmas club to save up for holiday spending, you can open a sub account for that purpose, but you can also create a club for any purpose like taking a vacation, buying a car or going to school.

credit unions are very concerned about the financial literacy of young people. if and when this new couple has children: l-a’s community credit union offers a program for kids 9 and younger, a youth program for ages 10 through 12 and programs for teenagers that include Teen credit cards as well as Teen loans and savings. The programs offer savings incentives as well as the chance to win an annual college scholarship.

Kerry loves working with young people. she’s raising two children which means instilling financial knowledge is something she’s already committed to and she merges family with career in a whirl of multi-tasking that includes texting while doing her morning workout. One of her favorite area credit union events is the annual Financial Fitness Fair where young people play a financial reality game. Kids get to pick a job and get a salary. Then, they see what it costs to buy a car or a house while paying regular bills. at the end of the day, this lesson in life has taught them a lot about what they can and can’t afford. “schools love it because they can

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if you always liked the idea of a credit union, but felt it wasn’t convenient for your financial needs, that’s changed. credit unions are entering larger networks in order to give their members more locations and more options where and how to conduct their financial transactions whether they’re on the road, on vacation, visiting relatives or even moving out of town. Technology also plays a role in providing convenience. The l-a community credit union provides essential banking services on the internet you can conduct at home like electronic bill pay. Their outlets offer aTM’s, direct deposit and will even let you apply for a loan online. automated tellers give you information over the phone. Future projects include developing mobile banking apps. “Once you have an account, you don’t have to show up here though we’re very friendly and always like seeing our members”, says Kerry with a grin.

Kerry is excited about running a credit union because she sees ample evidence of how credit unions can help communities. “The philosophy of a credit union is to help people manage their lives better”, says Kerry. “when you see evidence it’s working, it’s all the incentive you need.”

Part of this philosophy can be seen in how seriously the credit union takes the word ‘community’. it was a beautiful spring day when i visited and the Pine street community garden was getting ready for planting season. The community garden is a recent cu project that’s been a boon for local residents with a waiting list to prove it. The garden beautifies the neighborhood, creates a sense of ownership and also provides a forum for educational opportunities from growing food to eating healthier and gaining more nutrition. also during my visit the lobby was being used for a food drive to benefit the united way’s pantry project. each year in april the credit union holds a community recycle day in honor of earth day. They accept many items for recycling including old computers, cell phones, tires and more. Many more community projects remain in the forefront of their mission.

credit unions work with all income levels. Kerry continually sees evidence of economic struggles, but she’s proud to say the l-a community credit union is strong and growing stronger. “we never shed a job during the worst of the recession and, frankly, this is a very good time to be a credit union.” Kerry is currently attending cuna Management school to obtain a ccue (certified credit union executive) designation. Part of her ccue certification process requires Kerry to develop a five year plan with clear goals set and Kerry’s goals are very clear. she intends to grow the membership and loan portfolio of her credit union and leave it in a stronger position when it’s her time to leave.

The community credit union has locations at 144 Pine street in lewiston (783-2096) and 40 stanley street in auburn (777-4547). FMi: www.communitycreditunion.com


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The chamber is proud to announce that in the fall of 2012 it will facilitate “The young entrepreneurs academy (yea)” in the androscoggin area. The founding sponsor of yea is Mechanic’s savings Bank, under the leadership of President rick vail. The academy is a one year program for high school youth who have dreams of starting a business. students of the academy will experience a hands on crash course in owning a business and by the end of the class, each will have created their own fully formed legal enterprise. This 33 week experience will include meeting with local business leaders, generating business ideas, designing and presenting business plans to investors, obtaining dBas, filing taxes, implementing businesses, and more. during the course, students will be inspired to think entrepreneurially and take risks, as well as learn real world knowledge of how business works.

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The program gets results: although the course only lasts for one year, 50% of all businesses started in the academy still run one year after graduation. additionally, 100% of all academy graduates graduate from high school on time and 99% of all graduates go to college.

The young entrepreneurs academy began in rochester, ny and has grown to chamber locations all over the nation or country. This particular chapter of the academy will be the second in the state of Maine. The largest obstacle hindering the success of the program is funding. we are currently seeking sponsors to help make this incredible opportunity available for the youth of our community. The chamber is looking for 22 commitments at the $1,000 level. This program will not only inspire the future business owners of our area, but energize the business community as a whole. we hope we can count on you to stand behind our youth and give them the support they need in becoming entrepreneurial leaders.

in addition to the founding sponsor, The chamber is looking for other members who want to support the growth of entrepreneurship in our area, interested parties should call the chamber and speak with chip at 783-2249. To learn more visit yea! online at yeausa.org

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July 2012 Newsletter