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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

L-A Rotary Lunch Club to Hear Rachel Desgrosseilliers at Museum L-A on March 15

Lewiston - On Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1:00 p.m. a catered lunch will be provided by Grant’s Bakery at Museum L-A, 35 Canal Street Lewiston.  Rachel Desgrosseilliers will be the featured guest speaker at the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Lunch Club off-site luncheon meeting.  Desgrosseilliers is the Executive Director of Museum L-A of Lewiston-Auburn, has been self-employed through her photography studio “Prints by Rachel” and Gooseberry Barn which she owned with her husband Harvey for 20 years and has been in non-profit leadership for many years.  She received her BS in Accounting from New Hampshire College and her Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Desgrosseilliers was founder of the Great Falls Balloon Festival and for the past 13 years has overseen the growth of Museum L-A, a museum of work and community that has received several awards from the museum field.  Museum L-A has just recently turned the corner from the economic downturn and is moving forward with new staff, new programs, new board members and new momentum.  After updating the L-A Rotary Lunch Club on happenings and future direction for the Museum, a special behind the scenes tour will be conducted.  Members will be able to view the Kids as Curators Exhibit of the Auburn Middle and Lewiston High School Students as well as a preview of the redesign of the permanent exhibit to incorporate the many great artifacts and display pieces that were received from the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts along with the new exhibit section that is being created to showcase our great shoe industry businesses still in existence today.  Desgrosseilliers serves on many local committees and task forces, received the Chamber of Commerce Ray Geiger Award for leadership in the community; Auburn Citizen of the Year for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Community and Citizens of Auburn; Business Woman of the Year-from the Professional Business Woman’s Association; and, was inducted in the Franco Hall of Fame for the State of Maine for work done to preserve and enhance the history of Franco-Americans in Maine.  Lunch is $14 per person and guest reservations are requested by calling 713.7045.  FMI on future Rotary speakers, contact President and Program Chair, Monica Millhime, 713.7045 or email  Events and other club information are posted at and

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