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Change of Plan
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Katie Sherman - Executive Director
Gorham Business Exchange
Sep 20, 2016
No Meeting - Golf Classic
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Oct 11, 2016
Bill Dunn - Yarmouth Rotary
District Cuba Mission April 2016
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Marty Helman - District Foundation Chair
Our District Grant and Beyond
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We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center
125 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME  04092
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Tarlan Ahmadov, Program Manager of Refugee & Immigration Services and Language Partners, a program of Catholic Charities Maine (CCM), was our speaker on August 23.  Dick Lebrecque introduced Tarlan who was born in Azerbaijan, at that time part of the Soviet Union. Prior to his immigration to the US, he graduated from Baku University with a Masters Degree in History and Social Sciences.  Tarlan worked in Education in Baku, and later joined the non-profit sector, combined with consulting business to the Consulate of Azerbaijan in Tehran, Iran. Tarlan has worked in different capacities with local and international NGOs, such as IFES and Social Research Center, and speaks several languages fluently. He joined CCM in November 2003 as a volunteer and was hired as a Resettlement Case Manager the following year.
Tarlan spoke to us about the current world refugee situation.  In 2015, 65.3M people left their homes, with most from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Only 21.3M of those were accepted as refugees by United Nations definition. A refugee is defined as a person who is unable to return to their own country because of well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
In 2015, 10M people were “stateless”, meaning they were staying in refugee camps and not considered residents of any country. In that same year, the United States accepted 70,000 refugees who had been in the vetting process for 3-5 years. Of those, 442 settled in Maine.  The projection for 2016 is 85,000, with about 525 likely to settle in Maine.  Most refugees who enter the US settle in California, Texas, New York and Arizona, where infrastructure is in place to handle higher numbers.
Thanks to Mike Foley, with some small assistance from Christine Johnson, for cleaning out and reorganizing our storage close at WRVC last week.  We found several item of interest that we’ll be presenting to the Westbrook Historical Society, including these badges and attendance insignia from the past.
Note the two different styles of badges, with hangers representing perfect attendance achievement. Assuming there was an owner of the badge on the left, he had 34 years of perfect attendance at the time this badge was returned to the Club.  If you think you know who that was, let us know so we can include that information with the donation. Also, please share information about the 5 year stars pictured and the older 100% bars shown at right.  
Finally, note the background is a sheet of membership cards found in a box of Secretary's records. Membership cards are a practice that has fallen out of use by many clubs, including ours. However, a Google search indicates that RI membership cards are still in use around the world.

The Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham will hold its 22nd Annual Rotary Classic Golf Tournament at the Gorham Country Club on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The 18-hole four ball scramble will begin with a Shotgun Start at 12:00 noon.   All hands are needed to make this fundraiser a big success. 
Your Golf Committee is hard at work.  They need your help prior to the event in the following areas:
  • Provide or solicit Raffle Prizes
  • Encourage friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances to come play golf
  • Solicit Hole Sponsorships
  • Encourage other sponsorships:  Gold, Platinum, goody bag, etc
To help with these action items, brochures for the event are available electronically on our web site (under Homepage Download Files)  or can be emailed to you.  A few hard copies will be available at meetings.
Present at the Committee Meeting August 16:
Cliff Plummer, Judith Reidman, Kate Wight, Jack Kivus, Steve Rand
During the event we will need help with:
  • Set up of canopy, signage, and registration area
  • Packing goody bags and placing on carts
  • Check-in/Registration
  • Collecting payments
  • Oversight of putting contest
  • Selling Raffle tickets
  • Drawing raffle tickets and compiling results
  • Oversight of hole in one for Truck prize
  • Oversight of hole in one for Harley Davidson prize
  • Posting all the fun we are having on FaceBook
  • Clean up, as needed.
This is quickly becoming our biggest fundraiser.  We hope to see you all there!

As promised, here are a few recipes from Cookin’ for those ROTARIANS (circa 1959).  In honor of canning season, we are starting with pickle and relish recipes.  Note that the convention of the time was to credit each cook as “Mrs”. Sometimes her given name was also included - sometimes not.

The Westbrook Historical Society was the setting for our meeting of August 9.   Thanks to Mike Sanphy, new Rotarian and President of the Westbrook Historical Society, Tom Clarke - Treasurer, and Diane Dyer - Director, for hosting our meeting. The Historical Society is strong thanks to members and volunteers like Mike, Tom, Diane, and Martha Brackett - Secretary.
L-R: Mike Sanphy, Tom Clarke, Martha Brackett
Absent: Diane Dyer
The Westbrook Historical Society was founded in 1975 at a time when many communities across the United States were considering how to best preserve their own history as we approached our country’s bicentennial. The Society was originally housed at the old High School (now elderly housing), and later on the second floor at the Dunn St Legion Hall. They now occupy ground floor space at the Westbrook Community Center, making them handicap accessible.
In recognition of our 90 years, Westbrook-Gorham Rotary has donated several items to our growing collection at the Historical Society.  Thanks to President Jason Beever who has donated many items from his late mother Jane Beever’s collection.   These include a box of items from the time of Ken Brook’s time as District Governor, programs, club directories, song books, and Jane’s PHF certificate and medallion.
L-R: Jason Beever and Mike Sanphy
The Westbrook Historical Society has a large collection of our newsletters from across the years, but there are large gaps in the record.  If you have any Reveille’s or Scribblers in your collection, please consider donating them to the Historical Society.  Also, if you know any former Rotarians or family members who may have material in their family, please let them know of our efforts to acquire Westbrook-Gorham Rotary related material of all kinds for preservation.
Some of the Rotary collection at the Society
Finally, we now have a small collection of Rotary pins, patches, and insignia. We are interested in collecting more to create a nice display we can donate and present to the Historical Society.  If you have any theme pins, district pins, interact pins, programs pins (like polio plus, rotaplast, RAG, Gift of Life, etc), or other insignia that you no longer wear, please bring them to a meeting.

We are very pleased to announce that the current Rotary House at 47 Dale Ave is now under contract.  The buyer is purchasing the house along with the final lot next door.
Judith Reidman, along with Pat and Cliff Plummer, are working the punch list items to ready the house for closing.  As in the past, they will put out a request to the club for help when it is ready for the final clean up. 
Here are some pictures of our latest project.  A great job by the students of the Westbrook Regional Vocation Center.

On Sunday August 8, a beautiful summer day, a celebration was held to honor two young men who lost their lives too soon: Trey Arsenault & DJ Bruenig.  DJ's brother Derrick began a fund to help Trey's family. So many generous people gave so much, that he donated a portions of those funds to help rehab the basketball courts at the Cornelia Warrant Sports Complex where Trey loved to play.  Sadly, Derrick lost his brother to a tragic accident in February of this year. Trey and DJ were best friends and so the renovation of the courts now honors both young men.
The City and many local groups like Kiwanis and Rotary have also provided support for this project. The courts are now paved.  Soon, drainage work will be completed along with the addition of lights, landscaping and amenities like a bike rack and fencing.   We expect that there will be opportunities for some hands-on work by volunteer groups to finish this wonderful community project.
We were pleased the District Governor Marge Barker joined a few Westbrook-Gorham Rotarians at this celebration.

Rich Emerson - CPA Managing Partner & Tax Specialist with Purdy Powers and Company - reviewed our new 501c3 entity with the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club, outlining new procedures and bookkeeping requirements. The purpose of adding a 501c3 entity is to facilitate donations to Rotary Club service and charitable projects as possible tax deductible items for the individual donor.
The Club remains a 501c4, a membership organization. Dues will continue to be paid to the Club. Westbrook-Gorham Club Charities is our new 501c3 entity that will also include the current Rotary House account. 
L to R: Bill Gowen – Treasurer, Rich Emerson – Tax Accountant,
Jason Beever - President

The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club has donated funds to the City of Westbook to install a new bike rack during the renovations of the Cornelia Warren Basketball Courts. The courts are adjacent to the former Warren Library property and are part of a larger recreation complex.  
This project began as a small fundraiser in the wake of tragedy and has blossomed into a major $150,000 overhaul of public recreational space in Westbrook.  Our $300 check for the bike rack was presented to Maria Dorn by Phil Spiller at our July 26 meeting. Thanks to Phil Spiller for bringing this need to our attention. 
Note that while the courts remain under construction, there will be dedication ceremony held on the afternoon of Sunday August 7 (time to be announced). These court renovations are being undertaken in memory of Treyjon Arsenault, a young WHS grad who was murdered in Portland in July 2015. 

Dr. Mike Parker is a retired dentist, former Gorham Planning Board Member, and current President of PRLT, a non-profit conservation organization founded in 1986. The goal of Presumpscot River Land Trust is to conserve land for the public good and promote conservation of land with public access for low impact recreation. They focus on conserving and protecting outstanding lands in Gorham, Gray, Sebago, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham to preserve the character of the Presumpscot River watershed for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Added to the list of land for Maine’s future have been: Randall Orchards, Gumbo Gun power Mills, Land neat the new Great Falls Elementary School, Mill Brook Preserve, and others. Also, PRLT has collaborated with Sebago To The Sea Trail Project.
Pictured: Mike Parker (L) with Wayne Lopez

Re-published here is an article by Mike McGovern from Beyond Borders, a Zones 24 & 32 publication (http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077). 

The weather in Standish at beautiful Sebago Lake was perfect on Tuesday July 19.  About 50 Westbrook-Gorham Rotarians and friends enjoyed lobster or steak at our annual lobster bake, followed by a Rotary sing-along.  Warren the Moose was also there enjoying the festivities!
Thanks are due to many people: to Henry Saunders for hosting us again this year; to Nelson Harmon for organizing and securing the lobsters; to Dan Willett, Walt Stinson, and Mike Foley for cooking up a great feast; to Pat & Cliff Plummer for elbow grease, utensils, and supplies; to all members who helped prepare the site and/or brought a dish or dessert to share.
A very successful team effort. Thank you for making this a great event of food and fellowship.
Let's do it again next year!!

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.

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,
Dan Willett
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

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