Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Feb 27, 2018
Westbrook Economic Development
Mar 06, 2018
Children's Literature
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Gorham Village Alliance
Mar 27, 2018
Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 10, 2018
Classification Talk
Apr 17, 2018
Apr 24, 2018
Gateway Project
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Upcoming Events
Mar 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Mar 06, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Apr 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Apr 03, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
2018 Patriots' Day Road Race
Riverbank Park
Apr 16, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
60th Anniversary Rotary House Project at WRVC
WRVC Culinary Arts Dining Room
May 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
May 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
May 08, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
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  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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   * Supporting Education
   * Growing Local Economies
   * Fighting Disease
   * Providing Clean Water 
   * Saving Mothers & Children
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Next Board Meeting 
March 6, 2018 10:30AM at WRVC
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
  • Ted Rogers - Birthday 3/5
  • Bruce Saunders - Rotary Anniversary 3/1 - 32 yrs
  • Ted Rogers - Rotary Anniversary 3/1 - 4 yrs w-WG
  • Deb Shangraw - Rotary Anniversary 3/3 - 3 yrs
Upcoming Opportunities
The Locker Project - Fresh food and baked goods distribution at Westbrook High School in the cafeteria.  Two volunteer needed for each of these upcoming dates.  Approx 1-2PM each time.  Sign in at front office and go to cafeteria. Thursday March 1; Wednesdays  March 7, March 21, and April 4.  Help lay out food on tables and interact with the kids to encourage them to take items. You will be a welcoming presence, making sure people know they are invited to take food. Everyone is invited to bring food home with them. This a great way to de-stigmatize free food distributions, particularly in the case of fresh food that would otherwise get wasted. If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson.  For more information, or to donate, visit their website:
Westbrook Community Read Sponsorship Opportunity - This year, the community will be reading Wonder by RJ Palacio. This event was very popular last year.  Just like last year, there will be a writing contest with cash prizes for four age levels: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult.  There is an opportunity to sponsor cash prizes for any of these levels: $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third.  If your business is interested in sponsor one or more of the prizes, please contact School Board member Veronica Bates at 
Westbrook Food Pantry – Additional volunteers are needed at the Food Pantry in the Westbrook Community Center on Bridge St. If you have some free time, they could use help on Tuesdays mornings from 8:30-10 to help sort and shelve food. Volunteers are especially needed Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30PM to help clients select groceries. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or whenever you are available. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Food Pantry Director Jean Reilly at
Cornelia’s Closet Donations – Doing some early “spring cleaning”? Discovered that you have some winter clothes that no longer fit or you aren’t wearing? Donations for Cornelia’s Closet Thrift Shop at the Westbrook Community Center are gladly accepted anytime by placing them in the bin in the front hallway of the Westbook Community Center. They welcome clean, gently-used clothing, bedding, books, games, furniture, and household goods. They cannot accept electronics, such as computers or appliances. They can provide a receipt upon request. Drop off in the box anytime the Community Center is open. Or during store hours M-Tu, Th-F 9AM to 1PM.
Toiletries for the High School - Ongoing - Collect those tiny bottles of toiletries you are paying for during your next hotel visit and bring them home to help students in need of personal hygiene products. The HS Pantry and the HS Nurse are always looking to restock these basic supplies. You can always drop items off during the school day at the HS main office, or bring them to a meeting.
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.
Can Tabs for Ronald MacDonald House – Ongoing - Let’s keep collecting those can tabs over the winter months so we'll have a big donation in the spring.
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. 
Update from Guatemala
For their last couple of days working in the village, the team was on the road by 7AM. They mixed and poured concrete floors, but the work presented some challenges. The 100-pound bags of material were located about a half mile from the project site so the village men were enlisted to move the materials. With 90-degree heat and 100% humidity, it was very hot work and coconuts provided a refreshing drink.

The team got to see life in the village up close and personal. Carlo Giraulo reports that a woman he had met was grinding rice in a flat mortar and pestle to make flour for tortillas. He asked to try his hand at it. While it had looked easy, after about 15 minutes his arms were ready to fall off from the effort. It appears those Guatemalan women are very strong!
Grinding rice is hard work!
Dental work continued throughout the week with filling and pulling teeth as needed. It is sad to note that some of the patients needing extractions were young children.  As Bill Chadwick has told us from previous visits, chewing on sugar cane is common and a leading cause of tooth decay in that region.
As the team prepared to leave the village everyone came out to say goodbye. There were lots of hugs and lots of tears of happiness and sadness.
The final leg of the journey was an 8+hour bus ride that brought the team back to Guatemala City, reportedly much cooler than the jungle. The journey back was made more interesting by construction traffic, the need to pay to use gas station toilets, and armed guards at gas stations and restaurants. Fortunately, there was some great local food to be had during rest breaks.  
Back at their hostel they had a chance to relax and get ready for some tourist adventures the next day.  On their last day in Guatemala, they toured a macadamia plantation and spent some time in Antiqua among its little shops and its chocolate factory. 
Time to relax in Guatemala City
The Guatemala team which included both Rotarians and church members, poured 12 cement floors, built 15 stoves, and worked on over 200 mouths. Everyone stayed relatively safe aside from a few bumps, bruises, and bug bites. At this writing, our intrepid team is back in the USA. We thank them for a job well done.
Upcoming Speaker List Details
If you have an idea for a  speaker or program, please contact Christine Johnson at
We are now scheduling programs for May and June.
Here is the list of upcoming speakers and programs:
*  2/27 - Dan Stevenson - Economic Development Director Westbrook
*  3/6   - Read Across America Day Celebration!!
*  3/13 - Peter Dewitt - Sr Communications Mgr - Idexx
*  3/20 - Gorham Village Alliance - Dan Nichols & Tom Ellsworth
*  3/27 - Danielle Rideout - Westbrook Recovery Liaison
*  4/3 -   Club Assembly
*  4/10 - Kathi Perkins - Classification Talk
*  4/17 - No Meeting School Vacation 
               Patriot's Day Road Race 4/16
*  4/24 - Waterstone - Gateway Project
*  5/1   - No Lunch meeting. Evening Celebration.
               60th Anniversary of House Project
*  5/8 -  WHS Interact & Dr Bruce Dyer
*  5/15  - TBD
Can't make our meeting but still want to enjoy the fellowship of Rotary this week? 
Why not attend one of these other local clubs in our area:
Falmouth - Mondays 4:30PM
American Legion Post  65 Depot Rd Falmouth
Scarborough - Tuesdays 5:45PM
Cabela's 100 Cabela's Blvd Scarborough
South Portland-Cape Elizabeth - Wednesdays 6:15PM
Purpoodock Club 300 Spurwink Rd Cape Elizabeth
Portland Sunrise - Thursdays 7:15AM
Cumberland Club 116 High St Portland
Sebago Lake Rotary Club - Thursdays 12:15PM 
Pat's Pizza 844 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME 04062
Portland - Fridays 12:15PM at Holiday Inn by the Bay or Clarion
check website for current week's venue
Or Attend a meeting online at Rotary E-Club One
Rotary is about fellowship, as well as service to our community. Even if you must miss a meeting, you can remain engaged by attending Rotary-sponsored events of our club or other clubs like fundraisers, by selling Christmas Trees, by volunteering at our Golf Tournament or our Road Race, or by attending District events or training. Just let our Secretary Mike Foley know when you have participated in any of these activities at