Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham


Aug 04, 2015
Aug 11, 2015
Robert Marcroft - Housing Resource Specialist
Preble Street Veterans Housing Services
Aug 18, 2015
Kate Wight - Morgan Dental Care
Classification Talk - Marketing
Sep 15, 2015
My Place Teen Center
MPTC - Meet at 755 Main St Westbrook
Sep 22, 2015
No Meeting - Golf Tournament
See you at the Golf Tournament!
Oct 06, 2015

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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Summer Venue - Late May to Late Sept
American Legion Hall
300 Conant St
Westbrook, ME  04092
United States
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Come on out and support our Rotarian friends in Scarborough.  This looks to be a fun family event.  No dog required!

In memory of longtime member Robert B. Nunley, who passed away June 28th of this year, our club has donated $100 to Windham Hill United Church of Christ for the Columbarium Construction Project. 
We thank Bob for nearly 48 years of service.  He will be missed.


As part of a new RI program instituted recently, a special Rotary pin was presented to Paul Emery for sponsoring new member Deb Shangraw.



We thanked long-time member T. Nelson Harmon for his outstanding efforts in organizing the annual Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club Lobster cookout.


Also, at a recent meeting, we recognized Hal Thomas for 31 years of perfect attendance, and counting!


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.

We are pleased to announce that, in partnership with Falmouth Rotary Club, we have secured a District Grant for $3500. Together, Westbrook and Falmouth Rotary Clubs will augment My Place Teen Center’s new Culinary / Wellness program.
Partnering provides an opportunity to invest our time, money and energy wisely.  Improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and breaking the cycle of poverty for families in our immediate area is an initiative we can get excited about.  MPTC is an organization serving the greater Portland community in a way that truly changes lives by serving at risk youth ages 10 to 18 with a unique after school program.
Our project, adding to My Place Teen Center’s Culinary / Wellness program, includes four related initiatives:
1. Provide qualified speakers on the topic of wellness from our clubs, as well as wellness and nutrition experts in our community, for after-meal presentations and discussions at My Place Teen Center on a monthly basis. We will actively engage with the young people served by my place teen center helping to bring the best teaching on wellness topics to these kids.
2. In addition to wellness and nutritional topics, members will speak about their own careers at some of the monthly after-meal presentations. They will describe the nature of their work, steps to attaining the appropriate job skills, and related career opportunities. In this way our Rotary clubs will augment MPTC’s program by providing additional insight into non-foodservice career paths.
3. Volunteer our time once monthly (at a minimum), in conjunction with the above 2 initiatives, as volunteers at MPTC’s upgraded kitchen and dining room facility. We will support the new Food service / wellness initiative by assisting as needed in the preparation tasks alongside MPTC’s members and staff. This would be prior to the after-meal discussion thus providing better opportunity to connect with the young people we will be serving.
4. Our club and district monies will be used to provide a year’s worth of food nutritional food (dairy, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit) and kitchen staples (cleaning products, paper products etc) critical to both a commercial kitchen environment and healthy eating. The focus of this MPTC program necessitates these healthier foods and commercial kitchen supplies. Donated food, while appreciated, is often processed and of lesser nutritional quality. The grant money requested, $3500, plus $2000 from each club, totaling $7500 will insure that this specific food will be available throughout this first critical year.

Taking a well deserved break from their many community activities and charitable projects, Rotarians of the Westbrook Gorham Rotary moved their weekly meeting to the Saunders' summer residence on the west shore of Lake Sebago where Henry Saunders once again played host to the Annual Rotary Lobster Cookout.
Arrangements and coordination for the event were handled by veteran Rotarians Nelson Harmon and Dan Willette. Lobsters were cooked by the experienced team of Walter and Ellen Stinson, assisted by many other talented Rotarians. Steaks were cooked this year by  the affable Rev Bill Chadwick.
Following the cookout, Rotarians and guests retired to the living room of Henry’s summer home for a song fest led by a local pianist.

On Sunday July 12, a memorial service in celebration of the life of Robert Byron Nunley (Bob) was held at the historic Windham Hill United Church of Christ in Windham ME.  Bob was a nearly 48 year member of Westbrook-Gorham Rotary.  His quick wit, mischievous smile, and commitment to our Club will be greatly missed. Several members of Westbrook-Gorham Rotary were in attendance at the service and greeted the family at a reception in Fellowship Hall after the service.
Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Windham Hill UCCC 140 Windham Center Rd, Windham 04062 for the Columbarium Construction Project.  For those who are not familiar with this term, a columbarium is a place with niches for placement of cinerary urns (cremated remains).


Deborah Shangraw was formally inducted into the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club on July 7, 2015. Here she is shown receiving her certificate and other credentials from 2015-16 President Christine Johnson

Deb is the owner-manager of Emerald Management located on Main Street in Westbrook. Her company, which she founded 20 years ago in 1995, successfully manages over 400 property units, including residential apartments and condos. She also consults with condominium boards to manage their properties. Her early career was focused on subsidized housing across northern New England, and she uses the skills and knowledge learned then in managing her properties today.

Deb, who is the proud mother of two and a prospective grandmother, is heavily involved in the community. She volunteers with Maine Toys for Tots and Teens each year with the Maine Real Estate Manager’s Association. She is an ardent supporter of My Place Teen Center, as well as active in her church and with other groups. The Gorham-Rotary is proud to welcome Deborah to our club and looks forward to including her in all of our community activities.


Outgoing President Stephen Rand of the Gorham-Westbrook Rotary handed over the gavel to incoming President Christine Johnson with best wishes for the 2015-2016 year.
President Christine Johnson is (Front row center) is joined by her team for the coming year. Christine is joined on her right by Community Service Chair- Julie Hamm and on her left by Vocational Service Chair- Judith Reidman. Behind Christine from left to right: Public Relations - Paul Emery; Club Protection Officer & Interact Advisor - Dave Rolfe; President Elect - Jason Beever; Treasurer - Bill Gowen; Secretary & Web Administrator - Mike Foley;  Membership & Golf Tournament Co-Chair – Dr. Jack Kivus;  Immediate Past President & Rotary Foundation - Steve Rand; and International Service & Vice President – Rev. Bill Chadwick.
Not shown are Road Race Chairman - Owens McCullough;  and Golf Tournament Co-Chair - Wayne Lopez

What: Annual Golf Tournament
Where: Gorham Country Club   
           93 Mclellan Rd Gorham ME
When: Tuesday September 22  12PM Shotgun start.
How can you help?  Recruit!!  Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell you colleagues. Organize a team. Ask local businesses to sponsor a hole. Sponsor a hole for your business.
Brochures are now available with details on costs and sponsorship opportunities.
Questions?  Contact Co-Chairs Drs Jack Kivus, Wayne Lopez or Bill Chadwick

On June 23, the program speakers were Westbrook High School rising seniors from our Interact Club, Letta Oeur (incoming President) and Natalia Merrill.  Both are scheduled to participate in the District trip to the United Nations this fall, along with one other member. Letta is interested in the field of early childhood education and Natalie is interested in some field in the area of medicine.
Their reason for joining Interact was the satisfaction of doing things which make others feel good. Plus “…Who can say no to Bruce Dyer?…”
They are a fairly small group of about 15 members, with various and conflicting time schedules. Therefore they tend to do several small projects and activities, rather than larger scaled ones.
A sampling of these projects:
Big Brother/ Big Sister
Baby sitting teachers’ kids for Parent-Teacher conferences
Panel for 8th graders about decision making
Leaf raking services
Fun nights at the Community Center
They are currently organizing and looking forward to next year’s activities. They represented the Interact club very well and ably fielded many questions. 
One project suggestion for them was for them to help us re-establish an Interact Club at Gorham H.S. Their input could greatly help as a student-to-student promotion and source of peer advice.
As thanks for coming to speak with us, our Club will be making a donation in their name to the Polio Plus campaign.

Thanks again to all of our generous restaurant sponsors who supported our Westbrook Together Days book drive. Your support is very important to us and to our community:
Frog & Turtle Gastro Pub
Casa Novello
River's Edge Deli
Dunkin Donuts
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Pizza Time Westbrook
Mr Bagel Westbrook
Dancing Elephant
Congratulations to our book donor winners.  Thank you for helping us collect books to benefit local children:
Kelsey Gillespie  
Marissa Bates 
Tim Mason 
Elizabeth Richards
Bob Ashley 
Jason Bailey
Veronica Bates 
Marilyn Brofree
Cheryl Gillespie
Lee Mainit
Pat Bernard
Tim Mason
Joan Boulie
Patty Kenney
Dick Lebrecque
Steve Rand

The 2015 Changeover dinner was held at Camp Hinds in Raymond. The afternoon opened with tours of the new RYLA facilities and courses. A “ribbon cutting” was held to open the now officially named RYLA Ridge and Avery Trail. We are proud that these designations recognize the contributions of many clubs and the district in outfitting the area for a variety of team building and outdoor personal experience activities. Avery Trail has been named for Jared Avery, current District 7780 RYLA Executive Director and member of RC Scarborough.  This well-deserved honor recognizes of all of his efforts to make these upgrades happen.  Starting as a participant, this year is his 16th year with RYLA.
Events continued at the “fire pit” with the official changeover ceremonies. All Presidents and Presidents-Elect were called to the front, where the Presidents were thanked for their service this year. Mike McGovern, RI Trustee, performed an impromptu swearing in for the Presidents-Elect. He then conducted the official swearing in of Sheila Rollins, asking her to affirm her commitment to our District for 2015-2016. After recognizing all past, current and future District Governors, the group enjoyed a cookout and fellowship.


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


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