May 31, 2016
Phoebe Lyttle
Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Garbage to Garden
Jun 07, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Owen's McCullough - VP Engineering Sebago Technics
New Westbrook Public Service Building
Jun 28, 2016
Change Over Ceremony
Welcome Jason Beever as President 2016-2017
Jul 12, 2016
Peter Johnson - PD Rotary Foundation Chair
Rotary Foundation - Recognition of W-G Rotary members
Jul 19, 2016
Lobster Bake
Evening Lobster Bake at Henry Saunders'
Jul 26, 2016
Mike Parker, DMD
Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
Aug 02, 2016
Aug 09, 2016
Tour of Westbrook Historical Society
Meet at Historical Society - Westbrook Community Center
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We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Summer Venue: American Legion Post 197
300 Conant St (Rt 25)
Westbrook, ME  04092
United States
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On May 26, Past-President and longtime club member Patricia Plummer presented $15,000 worth of scholarships and toolships to students of the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center at their annual awards night. The scholarships are generated from proceeds of the House Project, a partnership between the club and the school where students build houses and Westbrook-Gorham Rotary purchases the land & building materials and markets the house. This program has been in place since 1958! Congratulations to all the students and especially to those receiving awards.

Jeff and Kiersten Malloy are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Peighton Evelyn Malloy.  She was born on Mother’s day 5/8/16 weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces. 
Congratulations to the whole family!!

Congratulations to Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club member Henry Saunders.  At his first meeting after his return from Florida, via Texas, he was recognized with the prestigious Paul Harris Award.  He recently achieved PHF+2.
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Rotary Foundation. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given at subsequent $1,000 levels.
Henry has been a longtime supporter of the Rotary Foundation, honoring both his brother Don and his late wife Marjorie with Paul Harris Fellows in past years. His chief area of interest has been the eradication of polio around the world.  During the presentation, he spoke about the scourge of polio that he witnessed as a child. How it impacted friends, neighbors, and fellow students. It was even dangerous to swim at the Cornelia Warren pool, then located at the edge of the Presumpscot River.
Thanks to Henry for supporting the great work of our Foundation.  We have never been closer to the complete eradication of polio.

On May 24, President-Elect Jason Beever and Vice President Bill Chadwick signed our District Grant proposal.  The project proposes to bring sustainable health care to the roughly 800 indigenous people in the villages of the Cuatro Cayos region of Guatemala through the purchase of a Bell Portable Dental Surgery Unit and a Medical Trauma Bag complete with supplies.
This project builds on the previous work of Wayne Lopez, Bill Chadwick and many others from the Stroudwater Christian Church, and the relationships they have built with local people and organizations.  In fact, Bill was instrumental in the forming of a new Rotary Club in the area with which we propose to work, Los Ametes Rotary Club #81824, Guatemala. 
We are hopeful that our proposal will be accepted and funded for about $9800. If funded, the work will take place in February 2017.

Westbrook Fire Fighter and Paramedic, Brandon Brichetto was our guest and speaker on May 24. Brandon grew up in Prides Corner and is a graduate of Westbrook High School 2012.  He is currently a student at USM studying Therapeutic Recreation and lives in Gorham.
Brandon was referred to Camp Susan Curtis (CSC) in 2005 by a guidance counselor.  He was 10 years old, a normal age for a first referral to CSC.  He returned every year after that. He made many close friendships, including 3 girls who are like sisters and with whom he still keeps in contact regularly.
Before Brandon attended CSC, he skipped school a lot and was heading down a bad path. He recalled an exercise during which the campers were asked “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” He decided he wanted to help people. He began to focus on school and find opportunities to learn and grow in the medical field. This led to his current job and career.
L-R: Terri Mulks - Camp Director 
Brandon Brichetto- Westbrook Fire Fighter/Paramedic
Christine Johnson - W-G Rotary President
Camp Susan Curtis is located on 100 conservation acres on Trout Lake, the upper-most lake in the Kezar Lake Watershed. Students must be referred to the camp, which is focused on economically disadvantaged kids. CSC servea kids from all 16 Maine counties, using about 275 referral sources across the state. They see about 500 campers each summer, with 125-140 attending each of four 2-week sessions. The camp provides structure and skills for life in leadership and communications and costs about $1200 per camper for each 2-week session.  The great news is that kids who attend at least 4 years of camp have a 99% high school graduation rate.
Brandon has continued to stay connected to Camp Susan Curtis, returning as a staff member each year. He told us he likes to keep busy, and sure will be busy this summer balancing camp and work!

Congratulations to Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club members Dr Jack Kivus and Patricia Plummer.  They were recognized at our meeting of May 17 with the prestigious Paul Harris Award.  Jack recently achieved PHF and Pat PHF +1.
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Rotary Foundation. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given at subsequent $1,000 levels.
Thanks to both for supporting the great work of our Foundation.
(L-R) Patricia Plummer, Dr. Jack Kivus,
and Foundation Chair Steven Rand

Since November 2014, Abigail Cioffi has served as the Coordinator for the Westbrook Downtown Coalition, working with local business and other interested people to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort using the proven components of Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, and Promotion.
The Westbrook Downtown Coalition is community run to make sure all stakeholders have a voice in the process, including businesses and residents of the City. They have looked to other successful communities to provide examples for success, like Biddeford which is helping Westbrook develop a strategic plan.   Also, Montclair NJ which won the Great American Main Street national award last year. 
Strategic planning and visioning have been a focus of this group to date, since a plan is required to apply for many grants.  There are many opportunities to request funding to support their efforts including Community Development Block Grant program, National Historic Trust program through HUD and Maine Development Foundation, and Main Street Development program.  
Abigail told us that there is lot of excitement around the planning process, and people ready to go and get things done. They are now recruiting committee members.
For more information, contact Abigail Cioffi at (207) 391-2977 or Abigail@downtownwestbrook.com
(L-R) Abigail Cioffi –Westbrook Downtown Coalition Coordinator,
Philip Spiller and Christine Johnson

A huge thanks again this year to Chef Charles Limoggio and the Students of the WRVC Culinary Arts Program. Our final meal this school year was extra special with three entree options (including a carved roast), salad, and pie. We appreciate all you do and can't wait to return in the fall.  
It is disappointing to report that two students from Bonny Eagle could not be there due to the vandalism at their school.  With their school canceled, they could not attend WRVC that day.   Our thanks go out to them as well for a great year!!

Rotary Clubs across Maine are opening their doors to former State Senator Dick Woodbury for presentations on Ranked Choice Voting; what it is, and why it matters. Last year, 73,000 Mainers signed petitions to place a nonpartisan citizen initiative for Ranked Choice Voting on the November 2016 ballot. If enacted by voters this fall, Ranked Choice Voting would be used to elect Maine’s Governor, U.S. Senators, U.S Representatives, State Senators and State Representatives beginning with the 2018 election.
Senator Woodbury noted the current lack of civility among candidates, a divisiveness that carries over into governing. He believes that ranked choice voting has the potential to improve the dynamics of voting in three areas: 1) lets voters vote for their preferred candidate vs strategic voting 2) avoids having a winner win with less than majority vote and 3) lets candidates and voters focus on policies and positions rather than "viability" of the candidate.  He also believes that this could reduce negativity in campaigning and possibly lead to more candidates stepping forward.
Ranked choice voting is currently being used in cities like Oakland, Cambridge, Minneapolis and Portland ME.  If approved by Maine voters, it would be the first statewide use of this voting process.
L-R: Adam Pontius - Coalition Coordinator, Deb Shangraw
Dick Woodbury - former Maine State Senator

Joining other citizens of Westbrook, The Rotary Club of Westbrook/Gorham members were delighted to spend their Saturday morning picking up paper, plastic cubs, bottles and cans, and cigarette butts from the road sides and public places of the City of Westbrook, all in an effort to make beautiful the city they love.
Lynn Leavitt, Sustainability Coordinator – City of Westbrook,
Christine Johnson, Paul Emery, Rotary, Julie Hamm
Note Pictured: Mike Foley; Judith & Ed Reidman
Future Rotarian!??
Fun with tools
Cleaning the ditch near the High School

Congratulations to Deb Shangraw, recipient of the 2016 Highland Lake Grange Community Service Award. This award is given annually to a Westbrook resident who has positively impacted the surrounding community.
At a special meeting of the Grange on May 5, attended by family, friends, fellow Rotarians, City Officials, the Director of My Place Teen Center, and Grange members, Grange Master David Gown listed the many service organizations Deb is involved with, including the Westbrook Gorham Rotary, My Place Teen Center, and the annual Toys for Tots drive, and work on the Duck Pond Historic District Committee. David concluded with the words “She’s done a lot for the city, especially the teen center. She’s always there to help people, the award is well deserved.”

A Sunday sermon by our own Rev Bill Chadwick led to the creation of the Stroudwater Christian Church Food Pantry (SCCFP) in 2015. As Doug Horner relayed the story to us at our meeting on Tuesday May 3, Bill spoke of the need to address hunger in our immediate community.  Doug, who had been looking for an opportunity to serve, raised his hand to volunteer to lead that effort.   On their first day, about 9 months ago, they served 6 families.  This all volunteer effort is now serving 326 families, half of those from Westbrook, on a regular basis. This represents about 1000 people.
The SCCFP mission is: To do the work of Jesus feeding those in need and reducing the number of food insecure within the Greater Portland Community. Their strategic goals are: 1) Feed the hungry, 2) Treat people with dignity and respect, 3) Build it to last - sustainability and 4) Own their financial solvency outside of the church budget.
The Food Pantry is a 501c3 organization and is registered with both the Good Shepherd Food Band and Feeding America. These organizations provide significant help to their registrants. They manage the relationship with Hannaford that allows SCCFP to pick up food directly from each participating Hannaford store once a week. Hannaford provides fresh meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, along with baked goods.  However, dry goods are not included.  Our food donations this week helped fill that gap.
Out of about 1.3M people in Maine, over 200,000 lived in food insecure households in 2015.  This means they could not count on 3 meals a day. In this number are 1 in 4 children.  The volunteers of the Stroudwater Christian Food Pantry are doing their part to address those numbers.  Unlike many other food pantries, they are open twice a week: Wednesdays 12-3 and Sundays 1-3.  Registered families can come once a week on either day to pick up food quantities based on guidelines for calories and nutrition based on household size.
Thanks to all who brought in your generous donations of dry goods.  Your support is very much appreciated.
L-R: Rev Bill Chadwick, Dr Wayne Lopez, Doug Horner,
Paul Emery, Christine Johnson

Katelyn Gendron, currently with WEX, was a Westbrook-Gorham Rotary-sponsored 2003 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) participant and is a 2005 graduate of WHS.  For her, RYLA was truly a life changing experience where she learned a lot about herself, including finding her passion for helping others achieve their goals.  She was so impressed with RYLA, that she went back as a facilitator from 2004-2007.  After college in Florida, an MBA, and a career start, she returned as a facilitator in 2015 and is now on the Advisory Staff of the program.  She also volunteers with Junior Achievement.
Katelyn (right) at RLYA 2003
When preparing to speak to us, she asked herself “What is RYLA’s secret sauce?”  She identified three key components:  1) The amazing location at Camp Hinds, in the woods away from electronic devices; 2) Meeting new people from across Maine and New Hampshire, people with whom you have no history, kind of a clean slate; and 3) The caliber of those people – staff and students.
RYLA is about “doing”, but is also about “discussing”.  They tackle team challenges using a common model that looks at accomplishing a task through a good, ethical process that leads to positive relationships.   RYLA cultivates a personal growth mindset, where failure is seen as a learning opportunity.  Fundamentally, RYLA is a scholarship program in leadership training.
Our Club is proud to have sponsored Katelyn 13 years ago, and continues to be committed to sponsoring several students each year.   To qualify, students must be completing their Sophomore year of high school, complete the RYLA application, and complete an interview. Time is running short, but RYLA applications can be obtained from WHS or GHS Guidance, or by contacting the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club.
L-R: Hal Thomas W-G Rotary RYLA Selection Committee
Katelyn Gendron - RYLA 2003 & RYLA Advisory Staff
Phil Giordano - President 2015-2016 Scarborough Rotary
& District RYLA Chair
Jason Beever - W-G Rotary President-Elect &
RYLA Selection Committee

Jason Beever’s family has a long standing commitment to service through Rotary and a long history of family businesses in Gorham.  His great grandfather, Clarence E. Carll, along with his cousin Eugene C. Carll, raised corn on a farm in Buxton and had a corn canning business in Buxton and Gorham.  They also co-owned Carll’s Insurance Agency in Gorham. Clarence eventually took over the business and renamed it C. E. Carll  Agency. He later sold that business to his son-in-law Arthur D. Andrew, Jason’s grandfather.  At the untimely death of his brother Lawrence, Arthur took over L.C. Andrew Lumber Company and sold the insurance agency to Jason’s father John S. “Mike” Beever.
According to early records, Clarence joined Westbrook Rotary Club sometime prior to 1928 and was President of the club in 1937-38. Arthur joined as young man in 1934 and was President in 1942-1943.
  Clarence E. Carll                Arthur D. Andrew
     circa 1928                        circa 1934
The club program on October 9, 1984 was a celebration honoring Arthur for 50 years of perfect attendance.  Master of Ceremonies at that meeting was John Hay (Hay Funeral Home) who had achieved his 50 years of perfect attendance the year before in 1983. The two had a friendly rivalry to see who would have the most years of perfect attendance, which was eventually won by John Hay when Arthur's declining health prevented him from going to meetings.
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