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MPTC: Deb Shangraw and Steve Rand have the lead with this District Grant project. They will coordinate volunteers for our assigned night, normally the second Friday of each month. Upcoming dates are November 13, December 11 and January 11.The Falmouth Club has the fourth Friday, but we may need to help out now and then.If you are interested, please contact Deb or Steve.
Christmas Trees: The city has confirmed that power issues will be addressed and we’ll be back at our usual spot this year in the parking lot. Steve will contact G&S, the folks who supplied our trees last year to place our order.
Charitable Giving Committee: Jason Beever has agreed to head up a committee to recommend a list of donations for the 2015-16 year.He has the list of folks who volunteered to help and will be setting up a meeting in the near future to discuss.
Publicity: Paul Emery has been doing a great job with publicity.We have had a short story in most of the last several issues of the American Journal.In fact, we had some additional golfers inquire and join our tournament as a result of the publicity.Great job Paul!
Literacy Project:We have received a large number of book donations over the past few months. Most have been cleaned and sorted, and Rotary sticker attached.Some additional books need processing and Julie Hamm will organize a session to take care of them and reach out for volunteers.If you would like to help, please contact Julie.The last item we need prior to placing the boxes is signage.Christine Johnson is working on that.
90th Anniversary Celebration: Our Club turns 90 on March 8, 2016. We are looking for volunteers to work on this committee and propose a plan to recognize this milestone. Previously, we had agreed to hold any event in the spring, after our snow birds return to the nest. Dave Rolfe has material from the 75th that could be used to generate ideas. If you would like to be involved in planning, please contact Christine Johnson.
Human trafficking is an issue that our district has decided to address. As with all issues that Rotary chooses to get involved with, volunteers and contributions will play an important role, but the first step has to be to raise awareness of the issue. This event was created primarily to accomplish that. In addition, the silent auction and sponsorships will raise money to help support Preble Street and Voices4Freedom.
Taking action against human trafficking goes hand in hand with four of Rotary’s six areas of focus. At the root of human trafficking is the exploitation of people who are vulnerable to traffickers because of displacement by war (Peace and Conflict Resolution), lack of education (Education/Literacy), and poverty (Economic Development). Also, many trafficking victims are women and children (Child and Maternal Health).
Gorham Country Club was our host for the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary 21st Annual golf Classic. Just before 12 Noon on Tuesday September 22, 2015, Golfers were provided the "rules of the road" by tournament co-chair Jack Kivus.
After a great afternoon of play (or "a good walk spoiled" according to Mark Twain), the following list of folks prevailed on the day:
1st Place Gross - Gannett Drive Dental (Dr Jack Kivus, Victor Gaudreau, Marcel Mathieu, Tom Rowe)
1st Place Net - Chalmers Insurance (Jason Beever, Patrick Sweeney, Linda Beever, Ashley Woodcock).
2nd Place Net - Andrea Todd’s Team (Andrea Todd, Jim Violette, Ed Symbol, Sue Joyce)
3rd Place Net - Bill Chadwick’s Team (Bill Chadwick, Ron Moody, Pam Moody, Channing Denton).
Longest Drive for Women – Linda Beever
Closest to pin Hole #4 – Patrick Sweeney
Putt Contest Closest to pin – Rev Dr Bill Chadwick (seen here with Kate Wight who is assisted by daughter Soleil Diem Wight).
50/50 Raffle Winner - Bill Chadwick
Some of the new Rotarians being welcomed by the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club this fall.
Front Row: Patty Kenny (left) who sponsored Jeff Malloy (right) Branch Director, Casco FCU, Westbrook
Back Row: Kate Wight, Morgan Dental, Gorham; Phil Spiller Jr., JetBlue Airline Pilot who is sponsored by Henry Saunders (right).
The Bridgewalk Kittery-Portsmouth in recognition of World Polio Day October 24, 8:30AM – Noon.
The Anti-Slavery Initiative October 30 at 1 Longfellow Square, Portland, $30.This event is being held in conjunction with the Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition and Voices 4 Freedom. Together we can end slavery.
District project in Argentina – Vocational training on youth mental health, an area of support not currently available in that country.
At our meeting on August 25, Assistant District Governor Tony Wagner presented a $3500 check to Donna Dwyer, President & CEO of My Place Teen Center. This district grant is being matched by $2000 each from the Westbrook-Gorham and Falmouth clubs in support of a nutrition and mentoring program at MPTC. We are thrilled to help!
Pictured are John LaBelle (Falmouth Club), Deb Shangraw and Paul Emery (W-G Club), Roger Berube (Falmouth), Donna Dwyer, Steve Rand (W-G club) and Tony Wagner.