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The Four Way Test
Of the things we think, say, or do:
  First, Is it the truth?
  Second, Is it fair to all concerned?
  Third, Will it build goodwill & better friendships?   
  Fourth, Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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Milestones for January 2020
      * Pat Plummer - 1/16
    Rotary Anniversaries
      * Becky Albert – 1/3 – 3 years
Locker Project Update
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary continues to support The Locker Project distributions in Westbrook.  In partnership with Westbrook Kiwanis and other community members, we provide volunteers to help sort and set up the donated food, help students and staff make their selections, and clean up at the end of the event.  All in about an hour each time.
Most events take place two Wednesdays a month in the WHS cafeteria at dismissal time.  In addition, we are fortunate to be able to secure and support periodic community events when school is not in session.  The most recent event was held on Monday December 30th at Westbrook Community Center in the midst of a snow storm!
Our next event is this week on Wednesday January 8 at WHS, followed by another on January 29. 
Rotary at the Rose Parade
Our Sargant-at-Arms Carlo Giraulo and his wife Jane recently attended the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.  They had fabulous grand-stand seats on Colorado Ave near several TV broadcasters and had the opportunity to see the floats up close after the parade.  This included the float entered by Rotary International with the theme Hope Connects the World .
Carlo noted that there was “some awesome artistry and engineering that was put into the floats for the Tournament of Roses. Keep in mind EVERY part is covered in natural flora. From beans to coconut, from roses to Lilies and tree bark.”
To see more photos and read about the activities of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee:
Christmas Gifts for the Libraries
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary donated two books each to Walker Library in Westbrook and to Baxter Library in Gorham in celebration of the holiday season. 
“Frieda Makes a Difference” is a picture book published by the United Nations about a young girl named Frieda who embarks on a wonderful adventure to bring about positive change in the world.  “Cyrus Field’s Big Dream” is by local author Mary Morton Cowan.  It is a STEM non-fiction book for middle grade readers about one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: laying a transatlantic telegraph cable to create instant communication between two continents.
Pictured here are children’s librarians Jeff Knox and Deb Tanguay from Baxter Library holding the donated books.
Festival of Trees
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary was proud to support the Festival of Trees again for Christmas 2019.  The Interact Clubs at both Westbrook and Gorham High Schools decorated trees, while club members and friends attended the Tips for Charity Luncheon at the Westbrook Warren Church.
The theme of the Gorham Interact's tree was Building Awareness One Tree at a Time honoring people who have fought or are fighting cancer.   Westbrook Interact's tree honors the school colors Blue & White.
Rotary’s table at the luncheon raised over $525 - our largest total yet!  Thank you to all who helped with your “tip”.   Proceeds are being donated to the Westbrook Food Pantry.
Available Program Dates
If you have an idea for a  speaker or program, look for a sign-up sheet and an upcoming meeting or contact Christine Johnson at  
We are also interested in ideas for service projects in lieu of meetings, or in-meeting service projects.
The following lunch dates are available in the 2019-2020 Rotary year for YOUR program.   Sign up today!!
 * 1/14/2020* 4/14/2020* 6/2/2020
 * 2/25/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/9/2020
 * 3/24/2020* 5/19/2020* 6/23/2020
  * 5/26/2020 
Save these dates!
Rotary Night Out - Special Dinner at WRVC - Tuesday March 31, 2020 6PM.  Join us for our annual dinner planned, prepared and served by the culinary students under the guidance of Chef Charlie Limoggio.  More details soon.
Patriots Day Road Race - For area high school runners - Monday April 20. 2020 at Riverbank Park Westbrook.  Volunteers arrive to set up by 9AM. Race at 10AM with awards to follow.
Lunch with the Trades - Tuesday May 5, 2020 11:30AM.  An opportunity to meet and recognize the students who work on the Rotary house project.
Upcoming District Events
To register for any of these events, visit the Calendar on the District Website:
Mid-Year Leadership Dinner - Monday January 27- 5PM Fireside Inn, 81 Riverside St, Portland – This meeting is also designated a "special business meeting" under the bylaws.  All clubs are invited to send one or more voting.
World Peace and Understanding Dinner – Thursday February 20 - 5:30PM Sheraton Sable Oaks
Grow Rotary Workshop – Saturday February 29 - 8:30AM-Noon Freeport Community Center.  If interested, contact Marty Helman at and provide info on topics you’d like to be addressed.
Interact New Generations Conference - Saturday Mar 21 - 8AM-2PM Dover High School Dover NH. Students $10, Rotarians $15. 
District Training Assembly – Saturday April 4 – 8:30AM-1PM
Rotary Leadership Institute – Saturday April 25 – 8AM-3:30PM York County Community College, Wells.
District Changeover – Tuesday June 30 - 5PM Camp Hinds, Raymond
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
The Locker Project - TLP will be at Westbrook High School, 125 Stroundwater St, Westbrook, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, with some exceptions due to holidays or school schedule.  Arrive by 1PM for set up. Done by about 2PM after clean up. Check in and out at the front office.  Upcoming dates include Jan 8 & 29 , Feb 12 & 26, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27 .  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Christine Johnson.  
2020 Guatemala Mission of FBC -  If you'd like to support FBC Westbrook's work in Guatemala, go to, Click on  button CLICK HERE TO GIVE Online, then select Fund from drop down options 2020 Guatemala Mission
Matching Gift Rotary Year 2019-2020 - Don't forget the matching gift opportunity to secure a match for $50 donated to your favorite charity in this Rotary year.   If you recently made a donation to a charity that you would like to have matched, and have not already taken advantage of the matching opportunity, please send a note to our Treasurer Michael Foley.  Please include the name of your charity with mailing address and the date of your donation of at least $50.
Ongoing Opportunities
Children's Books for Pantries - We continue to supply new and gently used children's books to food pantries about every two weeks. We have been fortunate to obtain a regular supply of used books from Goodwill Buy the Pound.  We also periodically obtain new books from a couple of sources at little cost. However, the need is always greater than the supply.  If you, a family member, friend or colleague have children or grandchildren who have outgrown their books, we'd love to have them to share with children who will love them.   All ages from babies to young teens. We can also always use large print books for older readers. Bring to any club meeting or contact Christine Johnson for pick up. 
Can Tabs for Ronald McDonald House - Thank you for continuing to collect can tabs. It's and easy way to help a wonderful organization! Just keep a small plastic bag or small jar in your kitchen, on the counter or in a drawer.  As you go to toss your returnable can into your CLYNK bag, simply twist off the tab first. 
CLYNK for Literacy - Ongoing -  Don't forget to keep filling those bags to help fund the new children's books we ask our speakers to sign for the Baxter and Walker Libraries. Extra bags are always available at our meetings.  If you have been working on filling a bag for a very long time (6 months or more), please consider returning it and starting a new one.  Thank you for your ongoing support of this fundraiser!
Donate to our Club's Charity through Amazon Smile – Ongoing - If you order items from, even if not very often, you can help Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club Charities.  Go to Search for our Charity and select it. You may need to login to your Amazon account before being able to finalize your selection.   Then, when you shop (always starting from a portion of every purchase will be donated to our charity.