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Club Assembly
Apr 25, 2017
Last Assembly of 2016-2017
Jacquie Lortie - Literacy Specialist
May 02, 2017
Gorham Village School Reading Volunteer Program
Meris Bickford - Vice President and CEO
May 09, 2017
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
Dr Bruce Dyer & Students
May 16, 2017
WHS Interact
Barbara Nichols - Director
May 23, 2017
Westbrook Schools Nutrition Program - Summer Program 2017
David S. Nealley- Publisher MAINE SENIORS Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
The value of seniors to Maine's economy & our community
Andrwe Turcotte - Westbrook Fire Chief
Jun 13, 2017
Update on Sister City Exchange Program
Betty Balderston- Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate
Jun 20, 2017
Elder Abuse Prevention
 

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Serving our community since 1926

Westbrook-Gorham

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Culinary Arts Dining Room
125 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME  04092
United States
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On Saturday, April 8th at the University of New England, 28 members of the Gorham High School Interact Club participated from 6:00pm until 6:00am in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
 
“Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. “
 
28 members of Gorham Interact Club at Relay for Life
with Adviser Neile Nelson (L)
On Tuesday evening April 4, 2017,  32 Rotarians, friends, and guests joined us for our Welcome Spring dinner. As usual, Chef Limoggio and the culinary students of the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center did an outstanding job of meal preparation and service.  
 
To start the evening the Westbrook High School Jazz sextet played several selections.  As the meal progressed, we conducted our program which included an award, new member inductions, a surprise, and an update on Guatemala.
 
        
During our Welcome Spring Dinner, it was fitting that we officially welcomed our two newest members - Rebecca Albert (Becky) and Donald Linscott (Scott).   Becky is Librarian of Walker Library and Scott is a professional photographer and owner of Linscott Photo. 
 
President Jason Beever (L) presented both with their membership packets.  These packets include their name badges, their Rotary lapel pin, certificate of membership, 4-way test coin, and Objects of Rotary. 
 
We are very pleased to have both of them in the club!
 
Photo by: Robin Linscott
During our Welcome Spring dinner on April 4, Past District Governor Sheila Rollins presented the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham with a Membership Development Award.  This award recognizes our club as having the highest retention rate over the past three years in District 7780.
 
We are one of only three clubs in our 40-club District to achieve this high retention rate. Presidents during these three years were Patty Kenney 2013-2014, Steve Rand 2014-2015, and Christine Johnson 2015-2016.  Congratulations to our club and a huge thank you to our loyal members!
 
PDG Sheila Rollins; Past Presidents
Christine Johnson and Steve Rand
 
Photo by: Scott Linscott
I’m a dog. My human named me after the two transplant surgeons that saved his life in May of 2012: James Pomposeli and Liz Pomfret. They replaced his diseased liver with half of his son’s liver! My job was to help him recover from his surgery. Sometimes I cuddled up and rested with him and other times I made him walk and play with me.

You know my human as Scott Linscott. Today he is an active photographer, cyclist and always on the go. He is a big advocate of organ and tissue donation and speaks of it whenever he can. It saved his life!

April is Donate Life month. It’s the perfect time to go online at www.donatelife.net to register as an organ and tissue donor. Twenty people die in the United States each day waiting for the gift of life.

It was great to have Kiwanis President and School Board Member Veronica Leigh Bates at our meeting on March 28. She introduced our speaker Katie Brown Executive Director of The Locker Project (TLP). The mission of TLP is to connect food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health, and future.

Starting as a grass roots pantry to help out at snack time at East End school in Portland, TLP now works with volunteers in 23 schools in the greater Portland area, including WHS. The pantry at WHS was started in October 2016 and it the first TLP pantry in Westbrook. Expansion to the middle school is being planned.

Fire professionals and cadets from Archangel Russia, along with local Archangel Committee member Susan McCarthy, a fire-protection specialist, and South Portland Fire Dept Lt Chris Copp joined us for lunch on March 28.

This is the fifth trip of a bi-lateral exchange between the fire and rescue services of Greater Portland / Maine Warden and Forest Services in Augusta - and the similar departments in our Greater Portland sister-city of Archangel. This particular visit is called Project Brotherhood 2017, and included a 2-hour briefing on the program that kicked off the 2017 Maine Fire Chiefs Association annual meeting at Sunday River.

Bruce Wildes, Director of the Cumberland Woodbank was our guest and speaker on March 21. The Cumberland Woodbank is an all-volunteer program that collects and processes donated hardwood logs and firewood, and provides firewood or fuel to those in need. Bruce told us that the Woodbank started in 2007 in one small trailer with no heat.  Last year, they handled over 100 cords of wood, about 85% of which was sold to generate cash to provide fuel to 35 homes around Cumberland County.
A record number of over 200 local high school students attended the 2017 District 7780 Interact Conference at Scarborough High School on Saturday March 25.  The students had a full morning of activities and break-out sessions, culminating with an inspirational talk by Travis Roy. Both Gorham and Westbrook Interact clubs were represented.
Thanks to Westbrook Kiwanis for organizing this essay contest and asking our club to co-sponsor. In addition, thanks to our own Deb Shangraw and Emerald Property Management for also sponsoring a prize.
 
On March 7, our board of directors voted to pursue a Global Grant for water drilling in Guatemala that will provide clean drinking water to thousands of people. The target date for this project is February 2018 with a club commitment of $1000.
 
 
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