Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham


Sep 08, 2015
Scott Linscott - Organ Transplant Recipient
His Life & Transplant Story
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!
Sep 29, 2015
Sheriff William L. King Jr- York County
The growing heroin trafficking problem entering our state.
Oct 06, 2015

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Presumpscot Scribbler
Aug 30, 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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We had an outstanding meeting this week with our guest District Governor Sheila Rollins.  We talked about what we do as Rotarians and why we do it.  Each club brings unique expertise and interests to Rotary.  Thank you for all that you do!
Don’t forget the Foundation spending seminar at USM on September 19. Register at the district website.  The great thing about Rotary is that we all have a say in how the Foundation dollars returned to our district are spent.
Other upcoming District initiatives include:
  • 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.
Congratulations to Steve Rand and Julie Hamm for receiving special recognition awards from Sheila. You guys are the best!
Finally, we spoke about telling “our story”.  Why did we join Rotary?  What keeps us involved? Look for Kate Wight to be contacting you about sharing “your story” on FaceBook, on our website, and in upcoming Scribblers.  We look forward to hearing from all of you.


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.


We have had great success so far, but time is running out.  Get your teams registered today for our Annual Golf Classic!
Brochures are available with details on costs and sponsorship opportunities.  Pick some up at our next meeting!
Where: Gorham Country Club   
           93 Mclellan Rd Gorham ME
When: Tuesday September 22  12PM Shotgun start.
Questions?  Contact Co-Chairs Drs Jack Kivus, Wayne Lopez or Bill Chadwick
Let's make this our best year ever!

Phillip Allen (Center) Veterans Housing Services Coordinator and Robert (Bobby) Marcotte (Right) Housing Residential Specialist from Preble St Veterans Housing Services were our speakers on August 11.
Preble Street Veterans Housing Services is a housing stabilization program funded by the Veterans Administration. A collaborative effort between Preble Street and Pine Tree legal Assistance, VHS offers case management, housing search assistance, budget counseling, and financial assistance to eligible Veterans and Veterans’ families throughout Maine with offices in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland.
The Federal Government has recognized that there has been an upsurge of veterans that are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. Currently, 15 case managers from this agency engage long-term with veterans offering support various levels of support in Maine. They link vets to services such as food stamps, housing vouchers and VA services.  They provide financial assistance such as rent deposits, arrearage payments, moving and storage expenses, and arranging child care with the ultimate goal of keeping veterans in current housing or securing safe and stable housing where they can receive mail, provide an address to employers, and have access to public transportation.
As the housing specialist, Bobby acts as liaison and mediator between the case manager and landlord. He keeps abreast of housing vacancies and short wait list properties.  He is a resource to both the case management and the landlord and works to prevent evictions.
Since October 2011, VHS of Maine has assisted over 1000 veterans.   A $1.7M grant has been available annually for four years, and based upon their success, they are expecting a 3 year extension.

The object of this October 30, 2015 event is to create awareness among Rotarians and the general public of the millions of children that are held captive for commercial gain and to help Rotarians take action to protect children through programs, campaigns, and projects.

We were pleased to recognize the following members this week:
  • Henry Saunders (left) - 31 years of perfect attendance
  • Ted Rogers (second from right) - 33 years of perfect attendance
  • Mike Foley (not pictured) - New member sponsor
  • Steve Rand and Jack Kivus - New Past President Badges

Come join the celebration for our guests from Youth Passionate Organization (YPO), who will be visiting District 7780 at the end of this month.  Friends Forever is planning a great leadership development, community development program for them that will supplement FF and YPO’s peace and understanding programs and outreach. Their visit is possible as a result of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, as well as a lot of effort by many clubs, Friends Forever, and especially Portsmouth Rotary and Kajjansi Rotary (Uganda).
This family event will be great fun!  A perfect time to invite a non-Rotarian friend so they can really see what Rotary does!

We are happy to publicize this event that benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. Pre-Register by August 12 to get a great rate of $20.

Mike Foley gave a user-friendly lesson to club members on the ins and outs of using the Club Website, including a guided tours into the different links, how to sign in as a member,  link to past bulletins, find District information, and using the membership directory.
Don’t forget.  From our website , you can quickly look at upcoming Speakers and programs, Upcoming Events, and read past Bulletins. You can also find links to minutes of past board meetings and Photo Albums.  Finally, members can find out what date they have been assigned to secure a program by looking under Site Pages and the Program Assignment links.
Once a member signs in using the email address at which they receive our Scribbler, they have access to update their contact information, upload a photo and find contact information for fellow club members. They can also track their attendance and check your billing account balance.

We were pleased to recognize the advancement of several club members as Multiple Paul Harris Fellows.   
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in Chicago in 1905. The Paul Harris Fellow presentation was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for contributions to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. Each level represents a contribution of $1000 towards the Foundation and its programs that provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations, and shelter for millions of persons.  The Rotary foundation and our Club are grateful for their support.
Paul Harris Plus 1: Bruce Saunders, Dave Rolfe, and Cliff Plummer. Previously recognized, Steve Rand.
Paul Harris Plus 2: Jason Beever and Christine Johnson
We also thanked Cliff and Pat Plummer for their hard work in reading applications and selecting our WRVC scholarship recipients again this spring.    Finally, we thanked Owens McCullough for chairing our annual road race and agreeing to chair again next year.

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.


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.



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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