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In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary is encouraging members everywhere to do 100 acts of good throughout the year. Let others know by posting photos of yourself on social media, along with a brief description of the act, using the hashtag #100actsofgood.
Learn more at: http://centennial.rotary.org/en/get-caught-act-doing-good
Past District Governor Peter Johnson congratulated our club on a very successful Rotary year. As immediate past District Foundation Chair, he was pleased to report that our giving last year to the Rotary Foundation was at a multi-year high of over $8000, which includes Annual Fund as well as other giving such as Polio Plus. Our Annual Fund per capita was $273, well above the District average and the highest average for our club in memory. A huge thanks to all members who contributed and thanks to the board for providing matching funds that helped make this possible.
In addition, Peter presented President Jason Beever with his Paul Harris Society recognition. This blue PHS hanger is worn with the Pall Harris Fellow pin and signifies a commitment to give at least $1000 per year to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you Jason!!
L-R: President Jason Beever, PDG Peter Johnson,
Immediate Past President Christine Johnson
Thanks to Woody Beach, long time Rotarian and UMaine alumna, for presenting us with a District 779 cookbook circa 1958. His dad was also a long time Rotarian from the Rumford Club and this cookbook comes from his collection.
L-R: Christine Johnson President 2015-2016, Woody Beach,
Cookin' for those Rotarians was sponsored by the Westbrook Rotary Club during the District Governor year of our own Phil Stultz. As noted in the forward, his wife Orra was instrumental in the compilation of the book, collecting recipes from her fellow Rotary-Anns. The book was dedicated to then Rotary International President Clifford A Randall who is said to have been “a specialist in the culinary arts”. It is fun to note that the contents are in both English and French, as parts of Canada were included in our District at that time.
We will look forward to sharing some recipes in future Scribblers.
During our meeting on June 28, Jason introduced officers and committee chairs for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. He also expressed his enthusiasm at having this second opportunity to lead our club.
The following club members have agreed to serve in these capacities:
Christine Johnson – Immediate Past President & Club Service Chair
Bill Chadwick – President-Elect & International Service Chair
Kate Wight – Vice President & Community Service Chair
Mike Foley – Secretary
Bill Gowen – Treasurer
Carlo Giraulo – Sergeant at Arms
Judith Reidman – Vocational Service Chair
Dave Rolfe – Club Protection Office & Youth Services Chair
Paul Emery – Public Relations
Jack Kivus – Membership
Steve Rand – Rotary Foundation
Jason also advocated for our continued support of the Rotary Foundation and encouraged members to sign up for Rotary Direct. He also confirmed that our first club assembly of the new year will be August 2.
L-R: Christine Johnson holding the 2015-2016 Rotary Theme Banner,
Jason Beever holding the 2016-2017 Rotary Theme Banner
Prep work has officially begun on the Westbrook-Warren Recreation area - Phase I of a planned multi-phase project in the first major refresh of the area since 1982. The planning committee hopes to have two new full-length basketball courts, lighting, seating, and landscaping ready for presentation to the community by the middle of August - in the first step towards a larger project focusing on the ball fields, trail system, parking, security, entrances, pool area and other park features of the entire area leading along the Presumpscot to Riverbank Park.
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary has agreed to fund a bike rack, an item identified as an extra amenity by the planning committee. On July 26, we'll present our check to Maria Dorn from the City of Westbrook. Thanks to Phil Spiller for bringing this need to our attention.
The recreation area was originally established on Westbrook's 100th birthday in 1914, when SD Warren's son John built a trail from the old Warren swimming pool in the river (concrete pilings still visible in the river to this day below the current pool in the park) to Riverbank Park - also established in 1914 by John Warren to join the villages of Saccarappa and Congin and bring the city closer together.
Rotarian Owens McCullough P.E., VP Engineering and Project Development at Sebago Technics, was our speaker on June 21. Ten years in planning and involving thousands of hours of meetings and research, the new Westbrook Public Services and School Bus Center is due to open ahead of schedule in October of this year. Shown on the slide in the bottom photo are the existing building to be converted to unheated storage, the new public service garage, new school bus center, new fuel island, and new 9000 square foot sand and salt storage building.
The project includes over 22,000 square feet of fleet maintenance and administration and an indoor equipment washing area. The existing building is getting a new metal skin. There is high energy efficiency paneling in the Admin area (R30.8) and radiant heat in the maintenance area. All surface water will flow to the filtration pond, an environmentally sound design.
Owens told us “A project is only as good as the planning you put into it”. This project was a team effort: SMRT Architects, Sebago Technics, Great Falls Construction and Westbrook Public Service.
L to R –Owens McCullough, Arty LeDoux-Westbrook Public Services,
Todd Desmarais-Great Falls Construction
Todd Desmarais-Great Falls Construction
Recently, Jason Beever found a cache of Rotary material that his mom Jane Beever had saved, possibly from her time as club Secretary. Included was a metal box that contains items from Kenneth Brooks’ term as District Governor.
Kenneth Brooks was the second District Governor from the then Westbrook Rotary Club (Philip Stultz served 1958-1959). At that time, we were part of District 779 and the RI theme for that year was “Let Service Light the Way”. It was also the 75th Anniversary of Rotary.
On July 25, 1979, a brief article appeared in Le Nouvelliste, a local newspaper in Quebec that is still in print. It shows immediate PDG Louis-Phillipe Matte (L), along with Guy Reynolds (R), President of the local Rotary Club in Trois-Rivieres PQ, along with Kenneth Brooks (center). This was taken during the annual DG tour of clubs.
Later in that Rotary year, the Westbrook Club was host club for the annual District Conference held at The Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH.
Included in the program were photos of folks important to the conference, including three Westbrook Rotarians. Note the great photo of a very young Frank Emery, then club President, who is still a member of our club today!
Near the end of his term in April 1980, Kenneth and his wife Dena were guests at an event in Hampton Beach NH. One of the hosts took and sent along this photo of the couple.
On June 7, we thanked Henry Saunders for his long time support of the Rotary Foundation by recognizing him with a Paul Harris Fellow +2. In the past, Henry has funded Paul Harris Fellows for his late wife Marge Saunders and his brother Don Saunders. Henry has served in Rotary for nearly 49 years.
On June 14, we thanked Dr. Wayne Lopez for his ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation with a Paul Harris Fellow +4. Wayne has served in Rotary for over 36 years.
Mary Willson, Marketing Director Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook, was our guest and speaker on June 14. She shared floor plans and elevation drawings as she told us about this new facility under construction off Spring St.
Opening this late fall adjacent to Avita of Stroudwater will be Stroudwater Lodge, a Northbridge Senior Living Community of 95 from one bedroom studio to two bedroom units. Designed for people who enter at independent level, but allowing them to remain in their apartment and using services as needed.
This state of the art fully sprinkled building will be built to green standards and will include a full spectrum of activities for residents. While residents can prepare their own meals in their units, meals will also be offered in their dining room, with ingredients sourced locally as much as possible.
The Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham was pleased to be presented both the Governor's Citation and the Bronze Presidential Citation for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year during the District Conference this year.
Thanks to all who worked so hard this year to make these Awards a reality!!
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