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11/18/05 - Rome Resident Receives the 2005 Presi

1/25/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 ROME RESIDENT RECEIVES THE 2005 PRESIDENT’S 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 President’s Award was given to Ron Churchill of Bear Spring Camps in Rome, Maine. The President Award is given to the outgoing President. Ron Churchill owns and operates Bear Spring Camps with his wife of twenty years. Established in1910, the American plan resort sits on Great Pond in Rome, Maine. Churchill has served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Innkeepers Association for ten years. In his position as President of the Association, Ron led the Board in promoting the Association and assisting the Executive Director with day-to-day decision-making. Churchill attended University of Southern Maine. Currently Churchill is chairing the Human Resources Committee for MEIA. “It was thrilling to be able to serve as President for this Association, which is so active with its members,” said Ron Churchill. “These are top quality businesses, and we are thrilled to be recognized by our professional peers.” 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 Special Service Award – Carolyn Manson, Maine Tourism Association Community Service Award – Jan Barrett, Ware Street Inn, Lewiston 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 have been honored to have Ron Churchill serve our board as President and appreciate his continued time and efforts given to our association, now in the role as Chairman of the Board.” 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. ###

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