May 26, 2018
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Legion state convention

Hundreds of American Legion members representing 176 posts in Maine will come to Bangor this weekend for the 93rd annual convention at the Bangor Civic Center.

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe will attend on Friday, and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Saturday.

Activities will include American Legion resolutions; meetings; award presentations for firefighter, law officer, educator and Legionnaire of the Year; and check presentations to charities and programs such as Special Olympics of Maine, Dirigo Boys State, and camps for blind and visually impaired children.

The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization in the United States, said American Legion State Adjutant Lloyd Woods, a U.S. Navy veteran who served 1965-69. The group has 23,000 members in Maine.

The keynote speaker will be Maine’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. John Libby. Officer elections will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, with installation of new officers in the evening. A dance for Legion and family members also will be held.

Bangor Region Leadership Institute

The Bangor Region Leadership Institute has given its prestigious G. Clifton Eames Award to the leader of an organization that helps women enter the work force and lead more productive lives.

Jane Searles, regional manager and microenterprise trainer for the Maine Centers for Women Work and Community, was honored at BRLI’s graduation dinner in May. The Eames award is given annually to a person who has been through the BRLI training and made a positive impact as a leader in the community.

Searles is a 2001 graduate of BRLI. She was honored not only for her work in helping women start successful businesses and careers, but also for an extensive resume of community involvement. Among the groups Searles has volunteered with are: the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Maine Women’s Fund board of directors, Noontime Kiwanis board, Penobscot Job Corps Community Relations Council, City of Bangor Economic Development Advisory Council, Spruce Run domestic violence project board, Tuesday Forum, University of Maine Women’s Resource Center Board and Children’s Miracle Network.

“It is clear from the list, that Jane’s passions encompass social and economic justice issues,” said Rebecca Hobbs, a local accountant and BRLI graduate who nominated Searles for the Eames honor.

The BRLI dinner concluded another successful year for the institute. Graduates for 2011 are: Lisa Bird, Bangor Savings Bank; Jason Brown, Days Jewelers; Mark Chambers, WBRC Architects-Engineers; Kevan Clements, Affiliated Healthcare Systems; Katherine Cormier, Penobscot Community Health Care; Edner Mae Fago, independent artist and media producer; Beth Grant, Bangor Daily News; Casey Harris, Manna Ministries Inc.; Ken Kimball, Links Website Design & Online Marketing; Randi McHugh, ABM Mechanical; David McPhail, Overhead Door Co. of Bangor; Sue Medley, Gladjean Consulting; Jeremiah Miner, KeyBank; Yury Nabokov, New England School of Communications; Roland Narofsky, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union; Kendra Overlock, Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.; Ralph Patterson, Bangor Federal Credit Union; Rebecca Perkins, University College of Bangor; Jonathan Pottle, Eaton Peabody; Shelly Reilly, Eastern Maine Development Corp.; Jodi Reynolds, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker; Joe Roberts,  University of Maine Athletic Department; Joanna Russell, TriCounty Workforce Investment Board; David Sands, WLBZ-TV 2; Travis Wallace, University of Maine Mechanical Engineering; Monica Woodside, Smart Eyecare Center; Shelby Wright, Maine Democratic Party.

BRLI is an intensive, regionally oriented leadership development program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. BRLI is designed to give potential and emerging leaders the skills, knowledge and support they need to succeed in Greater Bangor.

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