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Katie Brown - Executive Director
Mar 28, 2017
The Locker Project
No Meeting - Welcome Spring
Apr 04, 2017
See you at the Welcome Spring DInner
Karen Collins & Rev Mutima Peter
Apr 11, 2017
Intercultural Community Center
Club Assembly
Apr 25, 2017
Last Assembly of 2016-2017
Jacquie Lortie - Literacy Specialist
May 02, 2017
Gorham Village School Reading Volunteer Program
Meris Bickford - Vice President and CEO
May 09, 2017
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
Dr Bruce Dyer & Students
May 16, 2017
WHS Interact
 

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Westbrook-Gorham

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We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Culinary Arts Dining Room
125 Stroudwater St
Westbrook, ME  04092
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Thanks to Westbrook Kiwanis for organizing this essay contest and asking our club to co-sponsor. In addition, thanks to our own Deb Shangraw and Emerald Property Management for also sponsoring a prize.
 
On March 7, our board of directors voted to pursue a Global Grant for water drilling in Guatemala that will provide clean drinking water to thousands of people. The target date for this project is February 2018 with a club commitment of $1000.
On February 28, we joined with schools and other organizations in our community to celebrate Read Across America Day.  Read Across America Day, also known as Dr Seuss's birthday was March 2, and celebrations were seen around the community during that entire week.
We are pleased to report that both 10-month old Angel Abrego Quiroz and almost 13-year old Jean Carlos Vasquez were cleared to return home to Panama on their scheduled flight early on February 17, 2017. The children and their mothers had arrived in a snow storm on January 7 for life-saving heart surgery at Maine Medical Center.   With some delays due to a virus for Angel and need for exploratory surgery for Jean Carlos, the two children came through their corrective heart operations on Feb 2 and 3 with flying colors.
 
  
Angel Abrego Quiroz (L) and Jean Carlos Vasques (R)
The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club sponsored an International Project that will have a lasting impact on the health of the woman and children of Guatemala.   The project was to build twelve “ECO-STOVES” in the jungle village of Cuatro Cayos.  The women of the village cook over open fires inside of their homes.  They inhale creosote and smoke particles resulting in a 17% lung cancer mortality rate.  
The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club recently sponsored a District Grant project in Guatemala to equip Emergency First Responders with well-stocked Trauma Bags.
On February 7, Rich Cantz Senior Vice President Strategic Development of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England was our guest and speaker. Rich previously worked for United Way and for Youth Alternatives (now Opportunity Alliance). Rich was a Rotarian for about 10 years in the Portland Club and has been speaking at local clubs to tell the story of Goodwill.
Ken Hawley, President of The Transformation Project (TTP), was our guest and speaker on January 31, 2017. Ken spoke about the great work being done with young people in "lock up" at Longcreek Development Center, a youth incarceration center that has been around for about 150 years.  Kids can respond well while at the center, but struggle with transition back into the community. That's where TTP can help.
 
 
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