Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham


Oct 13, 2015
Roy Mickelson-Principal-Windham Christian Academy
Qualities and problems of running a private Christian school.
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
Cathy Breen - State Senator
Legislative Report
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 17, 2015
Dec 01, 2015
Club Assembly
Club Updates and Discussion
Dec 08, 2015
No Meeting
See you at the Christmas Party!
Dec 29, 2015
No Meeting
School Vacation Week

Upcoming Events


Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.


Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center
255 Stroudwater St
Culinary Arts Dining Room
Westbrook, ME  04092
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Home Page Stories

We covered several topics this month.
  • MPTC: Deb Shangraw and Steve Rand have the lead with this District Grant project. They will coordinate volunteers for our assigned night, normally the second Friday of each month. Upcoming dates are November 13, December 11 and January 11.The Falmouth Club has the fourth Friday, but we may need to help out now and then.If you are interested, please contact Deb or Steve.
  • Christmas Trees: The city has confirmed that power issues will be addressed and we’ll be back at our usual spot this year in the parking lot. Steve will contact G&S, the folks who supplied our trees last year to place our order.
  • Charitable Giving Committee: Jason Beever has agreed to head up a committee to recommend a list of donations for the 2015-16 year.He has the list of folks who volunteered to help and will be setting up a meeting in the near future to discuss.
  • Publicity: Paul Emery has been doing a great job with publicity.We have had a short story in most of the last several issues of the American Journal.In fact, we had some additional golfers inquire and join our tournament as a result of the publicity.Great job Paul!
  • Literacy Project:We have received a large number of book donations over the past few months. Most have been cleaned and sorted, and Rotary sticker attached.Some additional books need processing and Julie Hamm will organize a session to take care of them and reach out for volunteers.If you would like to help, please contact Julie.The last item we need prior to placing the boxes is signage.Christine Johnson is working on that.
  • 90th Anniversary Celebration: Our Club turns 90 on March 8, 2016.  We are looking for volunteers to work on this committee and propose a plan to recognize this milestone. Previously, we had agreed to hold any event in the spring, after our snow birds return to the nest.  Dave Rolfe has material from the 75th  that could be used to generate ideas.  If you would like to be involved in planning, please contact Christine Johnson.

The Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of the most significant annual fundraising events for the Salvation Army.  Funds earned are used to assist the many families and individuals who request assistance at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and throughout the rest of the year. This is a time of year when their need for volunteers in the greatest.  The campaign will take place from November 14th through December 24th.
Kettles will be placed in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook and Windham.  If you would like to take a shift at a kettle at least once this season, please contact Stacey Liskey at 774-4172 or via mail at  Better yet, ask a fellow Rotarian, colleagues, family or friends to join you in sharing a shift. 
If you can make this commitment, please let our FaceBook coordinator Kate Wight and our Publicist Paul Emery know when you’ll be doing it.  Then take a picture of you (and any helpers) supporting this great cause and forward a copy to both of them.  This can help raise awareness for both the Salvation Army and for Rotary.


Human trafficking is an issue that our district has decided to address. As with all issues that Rotary chooses to get involved with, volunteers and contributions will play an important role, but the first step has to be to raise awareness of the issue. This event was created primarily to accomplish that. In addition, the silent auction and sponsorships will raise money to help support Preble Street and Voices4Freedom.


Taking action against human trafficking goes hand in hand with four of Rotary’s six areas of focus. At the root of human trafficking is the exploitation of people who are vulnerable to traffickers because of displacement by war (Peace and Conflict Resolution), lack of education (Education/Literacy), and poverty (Economic Development). Also, many trafficking victims are women and children (Child and Maternal Health).

Sheriff William L King (center) was our guest and speaker on September 29. He was joined by Westbrook's Captain Sean Lally (right).  Sheriff King spoke about the heroin epidemic in Maine, the origins of this crisis, and steps being taken to try to reverse the trend. He made it very clear that the face of addition has changed.  It is no longer the dirty junky in the bathroom or stair well, it is now often middle class Caucasian women in their twenties. How did we get to this point?
Opiates have a chemical structure similar to endorphins so opiates lock onto endorphin receptors in the human body creating an analgesic effect and exciting neurons into a euphoric state. Over time, the addict needs more and more and eventually they do not work on their own any longer. 
A commonly prescribed opiate is Oxycontin.  Since it was introduced in 1996, admissions to hospitals for opiate abuse have ramped up.  In 2000, an FDA report showed that Maine was in the top tier of states with misuse of this drug.  By 2011, Maine topped the nation in prescription drug misuse.
Aggressive enforcement to crack down on subscribers, along with special coatings on the drug to make it harder to crush and abuse have made it harder for addicts to obtain it.  Heroin has become an inexpensive alternative to feed the need, providing a clear link between heroin and the overuse of prescription opiates.  In fact, counterfeit Oxycontin, actually heroin, is found in pill form that looks like the prescription drug.  Heroin related emergency room admissions have increased dramatically since 2007.  In the past couple of years, opiate related overdose deaths have fallen slightly, while heroin related overdose deaths have risen sharply.
In the 1960s, heroin users were only about 44% white and nearly 83% were male.  In the 2010s, heroin users are 90% white and nearly 52% are women.  In the 1960s, the mean age of heroin users was about 16.5.  In the 2010s, the mean age is nearly 23.  Treatment includes methadone or suboxone protocols to replace the need for opiates, but there are not enough beds and sober houses to meet the current need.
                   The new face of addiction.
Heroin is being delivered to Maine largely via I95.  This means that most drugs coming into the state pass through York and Cumberland counties.  In nearly every news story on trafficking arrests, you will almost always see at least one out of state name included, often from New York.  The DEA has an office in Portland and has partnered with local law enforcement to track incidents and help stamp out heroin overdoses.

Platinum Sponsors ($600)
Century 21 First Choice – Richard Durgin
Desmond & Rand, PA/Stroudwater Title Services
Emerald Management Corp
Gannett Drive Dental
Saco River Dentistry, PC
Gold Sponsors ($450)
Chalmers Insurance
Mister Bagel Westbrook
Wayne Lopez DDS
O’Brion Carpet Care
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
Putting Contest Sponsor
Shaw Brothers Construction
Hole in one Contest Sponsor
Lee Dodge of Westbrook
Hole Sponsors
Allstate Insurance - Carlo Giraulo
Blake Hurley McCallum & Conley, LLC
Burns Fencing
Carr & Langille Plumbing and Heating
Cavallaro Auto Repair
Diamond Landscaping, LLC
Glidden Excavating and Paving LLC
Gorham Flag Center
Gorham Heating, Inc.
Nelson Harmon
Hillside Lumber
Honor of Bob Nunley
L.P. Appliance
MacDonald Bros Electrical
Mainely Small Engines
Morgan Dental Care
Norton Insurance
Plummer Properties
Rand Stoneworks
Keller Williams Realty - Reidman Assoc.
R.M. Davis
Dr. Ted Rogers Chiropratic & Acupunture
Henry Saunders
Bruce Saunders
Sawyer & Sawyer, P.A. Gorham
Sebago Technics
Stone Coast Mortgage
TJ Sandwich
Tyvis Realty Trust
Dan Willett
Prize Donors
AAA Northern New England
Tom & Jerry’s Car Wash
Julie Hamm
Dave Rolfe
Cavallaro Auto Repair
Casco Federal Credit Union
DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant
Jack Kivus
Desmond & Rand PA
Cliff & Pat Plummer
Other Supporters
Rotary Club of Portland
Gorham Sand & Gravel
P&C Insurance
Sunset Ridge Golf Course
Stroudwater Christian Church


Gorham Country Club was our host for the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary 21st Annual golf Classic.  Just before 12 Noon on Tuesday September 22, 2015, Golfers were provided the "rules of the road" by tournament co-chair Jack Kivus.  



After a great afternoon of play (or "a good walk spoiled" according to Mark Twain), the following list of folks prevailed on the day:


1st Place Gross - Gannett Drive Dental (Dr Jack Kivus, Victor Gaudreau, Marcel Mathieu, Tom Rowe)


1st Place Net - Chalmers Insurance (Jason Beever, Patrick Sweeney, Linda Beever, Ashley Woodcock).                                                           


2nd Place Net Andrea Todd’s Team (Andrea Todd, Jim Violette, Ed Symbol, Sue Joyce)

3rd Place Net - Bill Chadwick’s Team (Bill Chadwick, Ron Moody, Pam Moody, Channing Denton).

Longest Drive for Women – Linda Beever

Closest to pin Hole #4 – Patrick Sweeney

Putt Contest Closest to pin Rev Dr Bill Chadwick (seen here with Kate Wight who is assisted by daughter Soleil Diem Wight).


50/50 Raffle Winner - Bill Chadwick


The weather was nearly perfect for our 21st Annual Golf Classic at Gorham Country Club on Tuesday September 22.  60+ enthusiastic golfers, a record turn out,  munched on Italian sandwiches and other snacks in the goodie bag, then enjoyed a great afternoon on the course.   At the awards banquet held afterwards, winners were recognized (see related story) and 65 raffle prizes were given out.
A huge thanks to all of our hole sponsors and golfers.  We’ll have final results soon, along with a complete list of sponsors, but there is no question that the event was a huge success this year.  Great job by all on the golf committee! Special thanks to Wayne Lopez, Jack Kivus, Bill Chadwick, Steve Rand, Pat Plummer, Cliff Plummer and Julie Hamm.


Jessica Champagne and Mike Foley have announced the arrival of their baby boy Joseph Michael Foley. He and Mom are very healthy and doing great! He was born at 8:50PM weighing 7lbs 12oz and 20in long.


Congratulations Mike and Jessica!





Some of the new Rotarians being welcomed by the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club this fall.

Front Row: Patty Kenny (left) who sponsored Jeff Malloy (right) Branch Director, Casco FCU, Westbrook

Back Row: Kate Wight, Morgan Dental, Gorham; Phil Spiller Jr., JetBlue Airline Pilot who is sponsored by Henry Saunders (right).


Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club met at My Place Teen Center at 755 Main St in Westbrook on September 15. 
We enjoyed the newly completed dining area and kitchen on the lower level.  The Rotary Club of Falmouth provided the new flooring which looks great!
MPTC Director, Donna Dwyer spoke about the Herculean effort over the past 4 years to bring the building up to a high standard and renovate it to best serve the nearly 600 kids who use the center.  MPTC still needs ten thousand square feet of siding to eliminate leaking.
Following our meal, we went on a tour of the building. They have a small gym area on the lower level.  The upper level still sports the beautiful windows of this former church.  There are many nicely decorated and equipped areas for the kids to play, study, or just relax.
In the coming months, members of Westbrook/Gorham Rotary will help prepare and serve meals on the 2nd Friday and the Falmouth Rotary Club on 4th Friday of each month.  Next opportunity to volunteer is Oct 9, followed by November 13 and December 11. Deb Shangraw and Steve Rand are coordinating our efforts.

Scott Linscott, a Westbrook resident and organ recipient, was our guest and speaker on September 8.   Scott held the meeting spellbound as he told the story of how his own medical emergency at Disney World in May of 2011 when he found out his liver had failed and he had only a short time to live, resulted in a partial liver transplant from his son, and started Scott on his life’s work of encouraging people to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors either on a driver’s license or with the New England Organ Bank.
121,000 Americans are on the waiting list for an organ donation. While medications can help prolong line until a donor is found, 18 people die every day on the waiting list.  That is 6800 people a year die waiting for a donor.  Most, approximately 90,000, are waiting for a kidney.
About 6000 people receive liver transplants annually.  The liver will regenerate, so healthy donors can donate 60% of their liver and their own liver will regenerate. However, the top choice is a full liver transplant from a deceased donor.  Living donors are used only after waiting to determine if a deceased donor can be found.  This waiting can be problematic in New England, where the wait is the worst in the US, behind only California.
To register to become a donor, visit .  You can also sign up when you renew your driver’s license.
Pictured: Westbrook-Gorham President Christine Johnson (left) with Scott Linscott (Center), a speaker invited by Rotarian Pat Plummer (Right)

Lee Nelson of WCSH Channel 6 was the Master of Ceremonies at the Rotary Club of Portland Maine 100 Anniversary Gala.  The Roaring Twenties themed gala, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, was attended by over 230 people.
The Portland Club was the 177th Rotary club, chartered on September 1, 1915 under the auspices of the Boston Rotary Club. That was a difficult time to start a Rotary club with war raging in Europe and growing unease in the United States.  
A short film provided reflections from many Portland Rotarians, including past District Governor Bob Patten prior to his passing earlier this year. District Governor Sheila Rollins congratulated the club on their milestone and two Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented.  The first PHF was presented to long time Rotary member and former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court, the late Judge Vincent McKusick.  It was accepted on his behalf by a colleague from Pierce Atwood. The second PHF was presented to Westbrook’s own Enoch Barton (see related story in this Scribbler).
Portland City Manager Jon Jennings read a City Proclamation, after which Keynote Speaker Senator Angus King was introduced.  He related childhood memories of his father’s involvement with Rotary in Alexandria VA and periodically attending those meetings himself.  During his short speech, he quoted Robert F Kennedy: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Senator King has a long history with Portland Rotary and was presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award at the conclusion of his speech.
The evening concluded with dancing to the Carmine Terracciano Band.
Pictured: W-G Rotary Club President Christine Johnson with District Governor Sheila Rollins (and boa!)

Mary and Enoch Barton pictured at the Portland Rotary Club Gala on Saturday evening September 12 where Enoch was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow.   Congratulations Enoch!!

Past District Governor and South Berwick Rotary Club member Elias Thomas III was our speaker on September 1.   Elias has been active in Rotary since 1978.  His first trip to India was in January 2001.  That trip had a great impact on him and solidified his understanding of the importance of the Rotary Foundation and the Polio Plus initiative.  He has gone back to India every year since then, enduring a 14 hour non-stop flight from NY to Delhi each time.
During his first trip, he and his team were part of a country-wide effort to immunize 75M in on day. On January 22, 2001, 200M children under 5 were ultimately immunized, making headlines across the country. Local Interact Club members checked off each child as they were immunized, and “clean up” teams followed up by visiting homes to be sure all children in a community were immunized.
After a few years of immunizations, he began to feel that there was more that could be done during these trips.  For the past six years, he and his teams have built five water catchment dams to prevent flooding during heavy rains.  All are built by hand, and so far, all dams built have held up.   In 2012, he returned to the site of the first dam he helped build. The area has gone from one crop a year to three.  Where once it was brown and dry, it is green. Residents pump water to terraced fields to grow more crops.
He now leads a multi-national “Rotary Dream Team” each year.  On his most recent trip in February 2015, there were 28 participants from 6 countries.   To quote Elias, “It’s all about giving back – to the communities in which we live, as well as to the communities we may never see, but which need our support.”
If you are interested in participating in the February 2016 program, contact Elias for more information (  Departure is slated for February 12, 2016, but is dependent upon National Immunization Day as set by the Indian government (one of February 7, 14 or 21), and may leave one week earlier on February 5.

Kate Bugeau Wight was inducted into the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham on August 18, 2015.  President Christine Johnson (left) welcomes Kate (right) as a new member.
Kate originally from Berlin, NH, graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Standish with a degree in Communications, PR, and Advertising. She has had a remarkable career to date including Executive Director of Berlin NH Main Street Program – a program that brought new business into a town that lost its largest employer; moved to NC where she became Property Manager of a 192 unit property; worked for SERVPRO, at which point she became of member of Rotary in Hickory, NC; and recently moved to Cumberland where she joined Morgan Dental Care in Gorham as the Director of Communications and Marketing.
Kate is married to Jake Wight and is the mother of two beautiful girls.  Westbrook-Gorham Rotary is proud to welcome Kate to our club and looks forward to including her in all of our community activities.

We had an outstanding meeting this week with our guest District Governor Sheila Rollins.  We talked about what we do as Rotarians and why we do it.  Each club brings unique expertise and interests to Rotary.  Thank you for all that you do!
Don’t forget the Foundation spending seminar at USM on September 19. Register at the district website.  The great thing about Rotary is that we all have a say in how the Foundation dollars returned to our district are spent.
Other upcoming District initiatives include:
  • The Bridgewalk Kittery-Portsmouth in recognition of World Polio Day October 24, 8:30AM – Noon.
  • The Anti-Slavery Initiative October 30 at 1 Longfellow Square, Portland, $30.This event is being held in conjunction with the Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition and Voices 4 Freedom. Together we can end slavery.
  • District project in Argentina – Vocational training on youth mental health, an area of support not currently available in that country.
Congratulations to Steve Rand and Julie Hamm for receiving special recognition awards from Sheila. You guys are the best!
Finally, we spoke about telling “our story”.  Why did we join Rotary?  What keeps us involved? Look for Kate Wight to be contacting you about sharing “your story” on FaceBook, on our website, and in upcoming Scribblers.  We look forward to hearing from all of you.


At our meeting on August 25, Assistant District Governor Tony Wagner presented a $3500 check to Donna Dwyer, President & CEO of My Place Teen Center. This district grant is being matched by $2000 each from the Westbrook-Gorham and Falmouth clubs in support of a nutrition and mentoring program at MPTC. We are thrilled to help!

Pictured are John LaBelle (Falmouth Club), Deb Shangraw and Paul Emery (W-G Club), Roger Berube (Falmouth), Donna Dwyer, Steve Rand (W-G club) and Tony Wagner.


Phillip Allen (Center) Veterans Housing Services Coordinator and Robert (Bobby) Marcotte (Right) Housing Residential Specialist from Preble St Veterans Housing Services were our speakers on August 11.
Preble Street Veterans Housing Services is a housing stabilization program funded by the Veterans Administration. A collaborative effort between Preble Street and Pine Tree legal Assistance, VHS offers case management, housing search assistance, budget counseling, and financial assistance to eligible Veterans and Veterans’ families throughout Maine with offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland.
The Federal Government has recognized that there has been an upsurge of veterans that are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. Currently, 15 case managers from this agency engage long-term with veterans offering support various levels of support in Maine. They link vets to services such as food stamps, housing vouchers and VA services.  They provide financial assistance such as rent deposits, arrearage payments, moving and storage expenses, and arranging child care with the ultimate goal of keeping veterans in current housing or securing safe and stable housing where they can receive mail, provide an address to employers, and have access to public transportation.
As the housing specialist, Bobby acts as liaison and mediator between the case manager and landlord. He keeps abreast of housing vacancies and short wait list properties.  He is a resource to both the case management and the landlord and works to prevent evictions.
Since October 2011, VHS of Maine has assisted over 1000 veterans.   A $1.7M grant has been available annually for four years, and based upon their success, they are expecting a 3 year extension.

The object of this October 30, 2015 event is to create awareness among Rotarians and the general public of the millions of children that are held captive for commercial gain and to help Rotarians take action to protect children through programs, campaigns, and projects.

If you are in the market for a business or personal gift, please visit . They have various food basket options, as well as gifts and gadgets for home and kitchen.
A portion of each purchase can be directed to a cause of your choice, like our Rotary Club.  Just select Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club from the list of causes as you check out.  This is a great way to provide a little extra income for our club while making purchases of high-quality gifts for friends, family, clients or customers.
When you visit this site, don’t forget to enter your email address when prompted.  Each email address provided will give us an extra $1.  Please share this information with friends, family and colleagues.  The more who know about this great website, the more opportunity we have for making this an ongoing fundraising effort for our club.


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Protection Officer
Public Relations
Interact Advisor
Web Administrator
Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Road Race Chair
Executive Director


Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...