11/18/05 - Lewiston Resident Receives the 2005 C
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
LEWISTON RESIDENT RECEIVES THE 2005 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FROM THE MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Freeport, ME – November 18, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, recently awarded the recipients of this year’s MEIA Members awards at the MEIA 84th Annual Meeting & Conference, which was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The Community Service Award was given to Jan Barrett of the Ware Street Inn in Lewiston.
The Community Service Award is presented to an active lodging operator member who has taken part in community activities and who has made a contribution personally, or in the name of the industry or his/her property, toward that community.
Jan Barrett opened the Ware Street Inn with her husband Mike, after she received a degree in Hospitality Management (summa cum laude) in 1997 in preparation for her second career. Prior to becoming an Innkeeper, Jan worked for Maine’s Senators Muskie and Mitchell for nearly twenty years followed by consulting and lobbying positions at the State level. Community service plays a major role in Jan’s life and she serves on the Board of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, and is a Rotary Paul Harris fellow. Jan is also a member of the Maine Innkeepers Association, the Maine Tourism Association, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, actively participates on the Maine Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council, is a USM Corporate Partner, serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Maine Community College’s Hospitality Education Program, and the Board of Directors of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, is a member of Maine Congressman Mike Michaud’s Small Business Advisory Team, and is a founding member and Past President of the Inns of Central Maine. On a lighter note, she is a founding co-Queen Mother of “The Scarlet Chapeaux,” Lewiston-Auburn’s first chapter of the Red Hat Society.
The Ware Street Inn has been voted by its guests as one of the top 15 B&Bs/Inns in North America; as the “Best Near a College or University;” and appeared in Arrington’s 2005 Book of Lists. The Inn will appear in the 2006 Book of Lists for serving the “Best Breakfast in New England.”
"Being involved in serving my community--my home town--has always been one of my passions; and watching Lewiston-Auburn prosper and knowing I'm playing a small part in that process is rewarding,” said Jan Barrett. “To be recognized by the Maine Innkeepers Association, the trade association made up of my peers across the entire State, is an incredible honor . . . and I am very grateful.”
The following five recognition awards were also presented to MEIA members:
Allied Member of the Year Award – Tim LaPlante, Prudential Northeast Properties, Camden
Hall of Fame Award – Marjie Wright, Bowdoinham
President’s Award – Ron Churchill, Bear Spring Camps, Rome
Special Service Award – Carolyn Manson, Maine Tourism Association
Innkeeper of the Year - Gus Tillman, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
“It gives the Association great pleasure to be able to recognize the achievements of our members with these awards,” said Gregory Dugal, Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association, “We are thrilled to recognize Jan Barrett for her tireless efforts she gives to her community and our State.”
About the Maine Innkeepers Association
The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.