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YMCA recognizes community leaders at Hall of Fame celebration

December 4, 2015

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston held its inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration and Annual Meeting Dec. 3 at Martindale Country Club. The event offered reflections on the organization’s past, present and future, including the YMCA’s potential projects on Stetson Road in Auburn and Bates Mill #5 in Lewiston.

Steven Wallace, CEO of the YMCA, said, “Tonight’s Hall of Fame honorees reflect the Y’s best-of-the-best in servant leadership. In honoring them, not only do we reflect on our organization’s past 148 years of service, but reaffirm our commitment to the future with both a new YMCA and a 93-acre Outdoor Learning & Education Center.”   

More than 150 people turned out to recognize the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees: Col. James G. Bouchles, U.S. Army (Ret.); Pauline Bourgoin; Richard Kendall and Malcolm Philbrook.

Attendees were treated to live music from Three Point Jazz Trio and video testimonials from those closest to the honorees, as well as highlights of the YMCA’s impact serving the Greater Androscoggin communities.

Family members reacted with emotion to the recognition of their loved ones.

Sharon Bergeron said of her father, Malcolm Philbrook, “He really cares about people and about the future. He’s been a wonderful role model for everyone.”

Philbrook was recognized for his leadership of the YMCA’s investment program, helping to establish the first YMCA endowment in the region, and his role in founding Maine Hoop Camp in 1971.

A YMCA member since 1947, Pauline Bourgoin of Auburn was honored for her 65 years of teaching swim lessons to area children.

A Message of Congratulations from Congressman Bruce Poliquin:

Col. James Bouchles and Richard Kendall, who passed in 2015 and 2013, respectively, were recognized posthumously. A businessman and former co-owner of Gee & Bee Sports, Bouchles served 27 years on the Y board of directors, where he took a leadership role in fundraising. Kendall served two terms as president of the Y board and was recognized as Auburn’s Citizen of the Year in 1986.

Framed citations were presented to each of the inductees by John Emerson, YMCA board president and chairman, and Elizabeth Shea, Hall of Fame Committee chair and board member.

Emerson also recognized the evening’s sponsors, Central Maine Medical Center and Mechanics Savings Bank, as well as the YMCA’s other leadership-level partners, Center Street Dental, JCW NAPA Distributors, Emerson Chevrolet and United Way of Androscoggin County.

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