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Bristol Area Lions meeting dedicated to AI Rottner 06/20/2018

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Bristol Lions 2011 Raffle Drawing

Lion AI Rattner watches Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office draw the 
winning raffle tickets on Labor Day, 2011.

The Bristol Area Lions Club met on Monday, June 18 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Four of the five $2,500 scholarship winners with a parent or guest were dinner guests, sponsored by individual club members. 

The gathering enjoyed appetizers before the meeting. The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance, the Lions prayer and the Lions toast. Dinner was served by Deb’s Bristol Diner consisting of a tossed salad, roast pork, mashed potato and gravy, green beans, and bread followed by native strawberry shortcake on Deb’s biscuits and coffee 

After dinner the club’s parliamentarian, Bill Byrnes, paid homage to the memory of Lion AI Rottner who died on Oct. 28, 2017 at age 91 at Coves Edge Long-Term Care facility. He had been a club president, vice-president and secretary and was the Willing Workers Hall caretaker, raffle ticket chairman, flea market chairman and an active participant in all the club’s service projects and fundraising activities. Rottner set up the tables and chairs and replenished supplies before each meeting. When he was admitted to Coves Edge he was asked if he wanted to continue his membership and he replied: “Once a
Lion, always a Lion.” 

A few years later Rottner was joined at Coves Edge by his friend AI Sears. While they were both in wheelchairs sitting at a table in the dining room, Bill Byrnes came up behind them, not knowing he was there or who he was, he said: “Where Lions meet, be present Lord, and they replied in unison “Weld all our hearts in one accord. To do thy will Lord, make us strong. To help the weak and right the wrong. (The Lions Prayer.) 

Byrnes concluded by reading a note from Jeanne Rotter, who thanked the Club for their invitation to dinner and expressed her regrets for not being able to attend. She wished the best for Hannah Corson who was awarded the first AI Rottner Memorial Vocational Scholarship. 

The meeting concluded with the scholarship winners thanking the Lions and telling the club of their future plans. Logan Eckel, the winner of the Ed and Gladys Lewis Scholarship, will attend Cornell University and major in applied economics and pursue a career in business. Khloe Poland, the winner of the Ralph and Peg Hunt Scholarship, will attend Husson University, major in health science and a pre- med track and is considering a career in Radiology. Jacob Maker, the winner of the Bristol Area Lions
Foundation Scholarship, will attend Norwich University, major in history with the goal of becoming an 

officer in the United States Air Force. Hannah Corson, will major in the fire science program at Southern Maine Community College with the goal of helping younger members who join the Bristol Fire and Rescue squad. Ashly Eugley, the winner of the Pat and Doris Harrison Scholarship, was not able to attend, she will major in environmental science at Bard College. 

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584

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