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On September 20, under sunny skies, 55 golfers teed off for a great afternoon of golf during our 22nd Annual Golf Classic. This was the best turn-out in memory, with 14 teams representing a cross section of local businesses.
Congratulations to the Emerald Management team of Reggie Grant, Neil Carroll, Kyle Shangraw and Kurt Shangraw who won 1st place with lowest gross score. Also, congratulations to President Jason Beever and wife Linda whose team won 1st place with lowest net score.
Participants had opportunities to win hole-in-one prizes on several par 3 holes, including a truck, a Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, and a flat screen TV, among other items. Sadly, we were not able to give away any of these great prizes. Maybe next year!! Thanks to Lee Dodge of Westbrook for sponsoring the truck and Back In Motion Physical Therapy of Gorham for sponsoring the other hole prizes.
A huge thanks to our Platinum Sponsors: Century 21 First Choice, Desmond & Rand PA/Stroudwater Title Services and Emerald Management Corp. Big thanks are also due to our Gold sponsors and all the wonderful folks who sponsored holes this year. Most sponsors were listed in the program (see picture below). A complete list will be shared on our web page and FaceBook page when it is available.
For pictures from the day, see the Photo Album link on our home page: 22nd Annual Golf Classic 2016 (http://westbrookgorhamrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/22nd-annual-golf-classic-2016 )
Katie Sherman, the new Executive Director of the Gorham Business Exchange, was our guest and speaker on September 13. Katie grew up on August, graduating from Cony High School and UMA. She moved to southern Maine in 2009 and is currently Operations Manager at Knight Property Services.
The Gorham Business Exchange's mission is to be an advocate for local businesses to enhance the community in which we live. They are a non-profit organization serving the Gorham, Maine area and will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2017. They periodically hold after-hours events and are hoping to make the organization more family friendly while expanding their community base.
Pictured at a recent GBE after-hours event at Smiling Hill Farm
Top: Katie Sherman, Dtr Gorham Business Exchange
Bottom: Kate Wight, VP W-G Rotary
We are pleased to report that our club has been awarded a $2400 District Grant towards our project in Cuatro Cayos Guatemala. This money, along with our match of $1000, will fund a trauma bag unit along with training on how to use it. Assistant District Gov Tony Wagner (L) presents the District Grant check to Pres Elect Bill Chadwick, President Jason Beever and Foundation Chair Steve Rand (L to R).
In addition, during the Board meeting of August 30, Bill told us about eco stoves that can be constructed in Guatemalan homes. These stoves are made from about $60 work of materials and help vent cooking smoke, providing a healthier home environment for women and children. The board voted to approve $360 to build 6 stoves during the February trip.
Thanks to Rev Bill who wrote the grant proposal and who has done so much legwork on the ground in Guatemala. More and greater projects to come!!
Woody was born in Canada, but moved to Maine in 1940. He graduated from Deering High School in 1947 and from the University of Maine with a degree in General Engineering. He worked in the paper industry for his entire career. He started in paper manufacturing in Lee MA, later worked in sales, and finally in consulting on ways to make better paper. In 1991, he and his late wife Virginia, purchased a home on Raymond Pond where he currently lives.
Woody’s has history with Rotary, as his father was a member in Rumford ME. Over the years, Woody has been a member of several Rotary clubs. First in Lee MA, then in Hartford City IN, later in Raleigh NC, and finally Westbrook-Gorham.
Ethan grew up in Buxton. He graduated from Westbrook High School and holds a degree in Business from USM. He has been in the insurance industry for 14 years, focusing on commercial insurance. He likes his work because he helps people. His parents and grandparents were a great influence in his life. Specifically, his grandfather who encouraged him to do a good deed every day.
Ethan lives in Gorham with his wife Maria and their two children, Mia 5 and Robbie 9 months.
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