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Westbrook Regional Vocational Center
125 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME  04092
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Marty Helman, District Foundation Chair, was our guest and speaker on October 18. Marty thanked our Club for our growing commitment to the Rotary Foundation. She also recognized our participation in a District grant with My Place Teen Center last year and our current District grant that will supply a trauma bag for Cuatro Cayos, Guatemala.
She provided a polio update. Mike McGovern believes we are now counting down to polio eradication in months rather than years.  While there have been a few new cases reported in Nigeria, a country that had been polio free for almost two years, they believe these are isolated cases and there are mechanisms in place to continue vaccinations and prevent a resurgence. The number of cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan are fewer than last year at this time, and environmental tests are free of polio.
Marty then spoke about how we might leverage ongoing work in Cuatros Cayos to develop a global grant.  Global grants with a minimum of $30,000 are much larger than district grants and have more oversight.  Global grants must be sustainable, involve knowledge transfer, source materials locally, and create a source of income that will allow for ongoing maintenance of whatever is installed.  The good news is that by partnering with other clubs in our district, in the US, or other parts of the world, and with a local Guatemalan club like Los Atomos, a single club might only need to provide $1500-$3000 to support a Global grant. Bill and Jason will be working on a plan for a Global grant during the upcoming trip in February when they will have an opportunity to make connections, identify costs and action items.
Finally, we asked Marty to sign a book to be donated to the Baxter Memorial Library.
Dr Wayne Lopez, President Jason Beever, Pres-Elect Bill Chadwick 
and District Foundation Chair Marty Helman

On Friday October 21, Paul Emery was presented with the insignia designating him Paul Harris Fellow Plus One.   Paul is currently at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House Room 104 and has appreciated the visits from his fellow Rotarian. 
Paul joined the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club in April 1998.  Over the years, he has contributed many hours to Club fundraisers, events, and projects, all in the spirit of “service above self”. Paul has been our District’s Chair for Gift of Life New England for several years, an organization that brings children with heart defects to the US for life saving surgery.  He has also been a longtime supporter of the Rotary Foundation and was approaching the PHF+1 recognition level when he became ill.  Through a donation of Foundation points to thank him for his service, we were able to move him to that next level.
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary thanks Paul for his dedication to our Club, to Rotary, to our Community and to doing good in the world.
Paul handing Gift of Life cases to John Curran
at MMC in July 21016

Bill Dunn of the Yarmouth Rotary Club was our guest and speaker on October 11. Bill was part of a team of 11 from District 7780 who traveled to Cuba in April of this year.  The trip was led by the Rotary Club of Exeter NH who were awarded a District Grant to install water filters in several communities across Cuba. Rotarians from Bridgeton, ME, Exeter, NH, Kittery, ME, South Portland Cape Elizabeth, ME and Yarmouth, ME toured the western part of Cuba for seven days in early April. 
The group was in Cuba on the 50th anniversary of Castro shutting down Rotary in that country. Rotary does not allow clubs to obtain or retain charters in countries with no freedom of assembly. While there, they could not promote Rotary, but they could answer questions.  Bill told us that the state departments of the two countries had different agendas for their trip.  The US wanted them to engage directly with and work with local people. The Cubans wanted to promote tourism.  The did a bit of both in their time there.
Each traveler packed about half of their suitcases with medical supplies where were sorted for distribution. Some of the team worked with a local plumber to install filtration systems in three communities, while others on the team visited the local hospitals to distribute the medical supplies. They found that hospitals had plenty of doctors, but had limited supplies.  The filtration systems were installed in locked rooms, with spigots outside of the rooms with Rotary signage. The first system took them 3 hours to install, the second 2 hours, and the final system took 1.5 hours.  Three additional systems were sent to other communities.
Transportation was a challenge throughout their trip. Sometimes the arranged transportation did not arrive, so alternate plans had to be made. In Cardenas, horse drawn carriages were the norm as car parts are hard to come by. In Havana, they saw many old US cars, although many of those are owned by the government.
The established tourism industry caters to Europeans and Asians who had not been banned from travel to Cuba. Their final stop was in Havana where they toured the Hemingway Museum and took in the night life. They visited the famous Tropicana night club, where Bill was pulled on stage with the dancers.  The entertainment that evening was two hours of non-stop music and elaborate costumes.
Bill Dunn (L) holding the book he signed for the Walker Library
with Christine Johnson

The first books signed by our recent speakers have been donated to the Gorham and Westbrook Libraries. Club Service Chair Christine Johnson with Walker Memorial Library Children’s Librarian Kara Reiman (T) and Baxter Memorial Library Children’s Librarian Heidi Whelan (B).

A CLYNK account has been opened for Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club Charities to raise funds for our club's charitable arm. These funds will be used for purchasing children's books that our speakers will sign for dontation to the Westbrook Warren and Gorham's Baxter Libraries.  
Please pick up your pre-taggged CLYNK bags at our next meeting. Pick up some extras for friends and family too. Bags are returned to Hannaford locations at your leisure. As funds add up, the benefiting organization receives a check.
Please help make this new fundraiser a success.

2016-2017 District Governor Marge Barker made the annual DG visit to our club on Oct 4. Marge spoke on several topics of importance to our District this year. Items she spoke about include:
Visioning – The District is in the process of visioning as a step towards developing a strategic plan. The process received very high ratings on the evaluation forms from the Westbrook session. Additional sessions are being held in Portsmouth on Nov 3 and Brunswick on Jan 17.
Polio Eradication Day Oct 24– Marge is asking that all clubs plan some event on or around that day to raise awareness about Polio and the need to raise funds to finally eradicate this disease.
100 for 100 Dinner – Nov 10. $26.50 per ticket will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.
Birthday of Rotary – Marge challenges all clubs to celebrate the 112th Birthday of Rotary in February 2017 and bring in the public.  There will be no District dinner or event.
Committee Chairs – All District Committee chairs are listed on the District website and are there to help clubs.
District Literacy Award – There are 10 criteria around literacy to achieve this award which replaces the District Governor’s award for this year.
District Conference May 19-21 – Samoset Resort Rockland. While District 7790’s conference will be held in Quebec that same weekend, we have invited 7790 Rotarians who can’t make it to Quebec to join us. There will be two service projects, one on Hurricane Island and a second food project that is still under development.
International Convention – Atlanta – 24,000 people are already signed up, about double the number that went to Brazil two years ago. There still is time to sign up for those interested.
At the end of her speech, she congratulated President Jason on being 2016-2017 President of Westbrook-Gorham Rotary and presented him with his “graduation certificate” for completion of several months of training in preparation for the current Rotary year.

At the October Board Meeting, the Board approved a proposal to donate a children's book to a local library in the name of each speaker during the upcoming year. The Club will alternate between the Walker Library in Westbrook and the Baxter Library in Gorham.
In honor of our District Governor, Marge Barker, who signed the first books, we are donating books to both libraries this first week.
President Jason Beever (L) with District Governor Marge Barker
holding the books that will be donated to Walker and Baxter Libraries
The next day, the first books signed by Marge were donated to the Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham. Westbrook librarian Kara Reiman was on vacation. Look for the Westbrook presentation next week.
Baxter Children's Librarian Heidi Whelan (R) accepts
books from Christine Johnson (L) Club Service Chair

On October 4, the Board approved a new fundraiser through Hannaford Community Cash. Participants in the program fill specially tagged CLYNK bags with returnable bottles on an ongoing basis.  Bags are returned to Hannaford locations at your leisure. As funds add up, the benefiting organization receives a check.
A CLYNK account has been opened for Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club Charities.  CLYNK has provided the initial 100 bags and tags for our use.  Please pick up yours at our next meeting. Perhaps pick up some extras for friends and family too.
Funds raised will initially be used to buy the books we donate to local libraries in the name of each speaker.  Please help make this new fundraiser a success.

President Jason and Secretary Mike were pleased to induct two new members into Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club on September 27.
Mike Sanphy is currently a Westbrook City Councilor, President of the Westbrook Historical Society, and a board member of My Place Teen Center, among other volunteer activities.  Mike was born in Portland and is a Vietnam Veteran. He started with the Westbrook Police Dept in 1968, where he served for 40 years.  In addition, he was a volunteer for a fire call company, retiring as Captain after 20 years. He also served as Westbrook's Emergency Management Agency Director for 27 years. He holds a degree from USM in Vocational Education.  He lives in Westbrook with his wife Cheryl.
Andrew Turcotte is currently Westbrook's Fire Chief and has been in Westbrook for three years.  He has been in public safety work for 20 years. He holds degrees in Paramedicine, Community Paramedicine, and Nursing. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chief's and is an active member in their EMS Section.  He has also has completed many other intensive programs and certifications in fields of paramedicine and nursing.  Andrew has been deeply involved in the Archangel Sister City relationship, participating in a Fire/EMS vocational exchange program that brought Russian firefighters for training to the Greater Portland area. He recently traveled to Russia to participate in the training there.  He lives in Windham with his wife Allison and two daughters.
We are very pleased to welcome Mike and Andrew to our club.

We are pleased to announce that the Chef and students are back for the new school year. We are looking forward to a great year and can't wait to see what they will cook up for us this week!
Dave Rolfe and Chef Limoggio share a laugh


Finally, the complete Winner's Circle of our 22nd Annual Golf Classic:

1st Place Gross: Emerald Management (Platinum Sponsor) - Kyle Shangraw, Kurt Shangraw, Neil Carroll & Reggie Grant.

1st Place NET: Team Beever - Jason Beever, Linda Beever, P Sweeney & Bill Chadwick (pictured below: Linda & Jason)

2nd Place NET: RM Davis - Matthew McFarland, B. McFarland, C. Webb & M. Webb

3rd Place NET: Chalmers Insurance Group (Gold Sponsor) - Ethan Johnson, D Willis, B Perrin and J Fox (Pictured below)

Closest to the pin: Bob Whiting
Long drive men: Justin Vincent - Saco River Dentists
Long drive women: Laurie Waschol - Biddeford Savings Bank
Putting contest: Dave Willis

Congratulations to all of the winners!!

Thanks again to our many sponsors and to the many volunteers who worked countless hours before, during and even after the event. The golf classic would not be a success without you.



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