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2019-2020 Rotary Year Theme
Aug 13, 2019 11:30 AM
Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority
Aug 20, 2019 11:30 AM
Rotary Connects the World
Aug 27, 2019 11:30 AM
Sep 03, 2019
Exciting Times for University of Maine Engineering
Sep 10, 2019 11:30 AM
Portland Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Project
Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
See you at the Golf Tournament
Sep 24, 2019 11:30 AM
Protection Pollicy Training
Oct 01, 2019
Tour current house project
Oct 08, 2019 11:30 AM
Oct 15, 2019 11:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Aug 13, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Westbrook-Gorham Annual Rotary Golf Classic
Gorham Country Club
Sep 17, 2019
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Oct 08, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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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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Next Board Meeting
This week!!
August 13, 2019 10:00AM
in small back dining room
(note location change)
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
Past Board Meeting Minutes available at:
Save these dates!
District Governor Official Club Visit - Tuesday August 20, 2019, 11:30AM.  We encourage all members to come hear from our 2019-2020 District Governor Andrew Glazier of the Kittery Rotary
25th Annual Golf Classic - Tuesday September 17, 2019. Noon.  Gorham Country Club.  93 McLellan Rd, Gorham.  It's time to recruit teams and sponsors!!  Check out our new website set up just for this event:  You can sign up a team, become a sponsor or make a donation. All hands are needed to make this signature fundraiser a success and meet our stretch goal for amount raised this year.
Rotary Rocks! - Saturday October 5, 2019, 9AM-4PM. Abromson Community Center at USM, 88 Bedford St, Portland.  A one day Rotary experience featuring projects of the Rotary clubs of our District. Open to the public, all current and future Rotarians.  This event will serve as the 2019-2020 District Conference. For updates go to:
5th Annual Gorham Business Exchange Cornhole Invitational - Saturday October 26, 2019. $50 per team (2 people) through August 30, $60 thereafter, starting at 1PM. Gorham Sports Center, 215 Narragansett St, Gorham. To register:
New Westbrook's Veterans Day Celebration - Monday November 11, 2019. Ceremonies at Riverbank Park 11AM to honor all veterans.  Celebration at American Legion Post 197, 300 Conant Street following the ceremony.
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
The Locker Project Summer Food Distribution - Every Wednesday during the summer.  Remaining dates: August 14 & 28 at FBC 733 Main St Westbrook 4:00-5:30PM.  Aug 21 at Avesta 2 Walker St, Bldg #3, 4:00-5:30PM;  .  If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson. 
This week!! 3rd Annual Rotary-Kiwanis Food Drive – Saturday August 17, 2019, 10AM-2PM.  Hannford Dr at Saco Biddeford Savings. Food drive to restock High School and Middle School pantries for the new school year. To volunteer to help that day, contact Sarah Hutchins  at  Or just come on down and bring your donation. Both food and cash donations accepted.
Next Monday!! Westbrook-Gorham Night at the Seadogs - Monday August 19, 2019, 5:30-10PM.  Game time 7PM.  The Portland Sea Dogs, AA Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will host Westbrook/Gorham Community Night at the ballpark as they take on the Reading Fightin' Phils, AA Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased through this link will be donated to Rotary to benefit "Just Love" and "The Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program: Westbrook-Gorham Night at the Seadogs - W-G Rotary Fundraising Link 
Feast at the Falls: Fundraiser for Discover Downtown Westbrook - Thursday August 22, 2019 - $75. Celebrate local food and drink on Westbrook's amazing riverfront. You'll be treated to a 5-course farm-to-table meal by the chefs at Frog & Turtle, 33 Elmwood, Casa Novello, Lenny's, and Black Dinah Chocolatiers, perfectly paired with local beers. Only 72 seats available and all proceeds support Discover Downtown Westbrook's mission to make the downtown a walkable, livable, thriving destination. Sign up at:  Feast-at-the-falls-tickets on Eventbrite
Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program - Benefit WHS Food Pantry - All of August and September -  7 Hannaford Dr, Westbrook.  Stop by the Hannford in Westbrook  during August or September and purchase Hannford Helps reusable bags.  $1 from each bag will go to the Food Pantry at Westbrook High School.
New School Supply Request - The Community Policing Center at 192 Brown St has put out a call for school supplies. Requested items include: 2-pocket folders, single-subject notebooks, #2 pencils, hand-held pencil sharpeners, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, markers, kid's scissors, 10-digit calculators, pens, rulers, and kid-sized backpacks. If you can help, please bring items to our meetings on August 20 or 27,  or drop them at the Community Policing Center during their normal business hours. There are lot's of great deals during Back to School Sales at several retailers!!
Drop to Zero Challenge
The following is an excerpt from Beyond Borders, the newsletter for Zones 24 & 32 (District 7780 is a member of Zone 32). If you have ideas on how our club can increase giving to Polio Plus by 5% and raise awareness in our community about this ongoing fight to eradicate polio, please talk to one of our club's board members.  Let's make sure our Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette will be jumping from that plane next spring!!
Furniture Friends
Our guest and speaker on August 3, 2019 was Jenn McAdoo, Executive Director of Furniture friends. Furniture friends is based in Westbrook with a warehouse/showroom on Saunders Way.  They were started in the late 1990s by social workers who worked with the mentally and physically disabled, finding and moving needed furniture in the back of their cars. This model was not sustainable, and they went dormant for several years.  In 2012, they re-started in partnership with another group helping immigrants.
Clients lacking essential household furnishings such as chairs, couches, beds, bureaus, tables and lamps are referred.  Furniture Friends visits their home to assess needs. This allows them to target people who are most in need and to meet eye-to-eye to see exactly what is needed.  If a client has their own transportation they can come, select items and pick them up.  If they need assistance, Furnitures Friends has many volunteers who can help.  Volunteers come from youth groups, churches and local organizations. Their clientele includes people with disabilities, vets, people newly housed after a period of homelessness, women who have left an abusive situation and immigrants. 
In addition, they support Housing First. Housing First is an initiative with goal of moving folks into stable housing, even before they find a job, to stabilize their lives as they address other issues such as recovery, mental health or escape from abuse. Furniture is a key piece of making people feel secure under this model.
A member of the Furniture Bank Association of American, last year Furniture Friends helped 550 families, including 1600 people of which 600 were children. Furniture donated must be in good shape, especially mattresses.  They work with hotels to obtain lightly used furniture and have the ability to pick up donations using their volunteers.
If you are moving, selling, or downsizing, Furniture Friends can help. They always need couches, armchairs, dining tables & chairs, lamps, end tables, dressers and beds.  They also need volunteers to help pick-up and delivery furniture.   For more information, visit their website:
Book Fairy Pantry Project
Pam Leo, Founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project was our speaker on July 30, 2019. Pam was inspired to start this organization in the spring of 2016 when her great grandson was born. She wrote a letter to her granddaughter about the importance of reading to her child every day which turned into a poem featured on her website.
After writing the poem, she began researching family literacy programs and learned the grim statistics of illiteracy in the United States.  One in four children don’t learn to read properly, 2/3 of the 15.5M impoverished children do not have a single book in their home, the number one indicator that children will arrive at kindergarten ready to learn to read is growing up in a home with lots of books & being read to daily from birth, and 2/3 of children not reading at grade level by fourth grade will end up on welfare or in prison. 
Shortly after learning this, she heard about a local food drive being organized.  It suddenly occurred to her that it made sense to collect books as well as food, and make these books available at the pantries along with food.  BFPP now accepts donated books through boxes placed in churches, schools, day cares, doctor’s offices, and libraries. They also hold books drives periodically. Volunteers sort and clean the books and deliver them to several food pantries and WIC offices in Cumberland County.  In addition, they supply books to Early Head Start to bring on home visits.
Pam grew up in Aroostook County in a poor family that could not afford books. She did not have a children’s book in her home until she had children of her own. Her “retirement” project has become getting books from where they are no longer needed to where they are desperately needed. Pam has engaged her neighbors at Deering Pavilion to help prep the books, and she encourages everyone to take and hour a week to go into a school and read with children.
The Book Fairy Pantry Project logo and marketing materials are not copyrighted and are available to anyone who wants to start a similar program. There is currently a BFPP in Australia, with several more across the US.  There will soon be one in Africa.
To learn more about this wonderful organization and to read Pam’s poem, visit their website at:
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 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.
Volunteer at Preble St – Register as a volunteer then select as few or as many volunteer shifts as you want. These can be working in the Receiving Center accepting, sorting and stocking donations; helping prepare and/or serve breakfast, lunch or dinner; sorting or distributing food pantry items; or other activities listed on the volunteer page. For more information and to learn how to register as a volunteer:
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 or Phil Spiller 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 for YOUR program. Sign up today!!
* 10/8/2019* 11/12/2019* 2/25/2020* 5/5/2020
* 10/22/2019* 1/7/2020* 3/10/2020* 5/12/2020
 * 1/14/2020* 3/24/2020* 5/26/2020
 * 1/28/2020* 4/7/2020* 6/2/2020
 * 2/4/2020* 4/14/2020* 6/9/2020
 * 2/11/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/23/2020