Maine’s opioid response, tribute to veterans set for November L-A Rotary Lunch Club

AUBURN – Maine Opioid Response Director Gordon Smith will be the guest speaker at the Lewiston-Rotary Lunch Club meeting Thursday, Nov. 7; Mike Albert, a businessman and Vietnam veteran, will be the guest speaker Thursday, Nov. 14.
Meetings are held at The Village Inn, 165 High St. from noon to 1 p.m.
Smith reports directly to the governor as part of the Office of Innovation and the Future. He is responsible for coordinating and directing the various aspects of Maine’s response to the opioid crisis, including prescriber education and reduction of opioid prescribing, prevention and treatment of substance use disorder and harm reduction strategies.
He previously served as executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association.
Albert will be the featured speaker during a tribute to veterans, and talk about the Woods Military Family Retreat.
He served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1970 in Vietnam. Following his service duty, at Saunders Manufacturing in Readfield. Other career highlights include Streamlight Flashlight Company, Otis Technology and private sector work serving the military, law enforcement, fire and sporting goods markets.
Retiring in 2010 to work part-time in a family owned A & A Hardware in Greene, Albert acquired ownership in 2001. Over the last seven years, he has provided volunteer work for House in the Woods Military Family Retreat. Albert also has volunteered for Ducks Unlimited for the past 15 years with the annual DU banquet.
Lunch will be available for $14. Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcome to attend. For more information, visit and or contact club President Celeste Yakawonis at 207- 713-7111.