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2019-2020 Rotary Year Theme
Nov 26, 2019
All hands needed for Tree Delivery Wed Nov 27 at Noon
Dec 03, 2019 11:30 AM
On Playing Santa Claus
Dec 10, 2019
See you at the Christmas Party
Dec 17, 2019 11:30 AM
Dec 24, 2019
Merry Christmas
Dec 31, 2019
Happy New Year!!
Jan 21, 2020 11:30 AM
Jan 28, 2020 11:30 AM
Feb 04, 2020 11:30 AM
Fighting the Emerald Ash Borer
Feb 18, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Christmas Tree Delivery
Parking Lot Corner Mechanic St & William Clarke Dr
Nov 27, 2019 2:00 PM
Christmas Party 2019
Home of Judith & Ed Reidman
Dec 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tips for Charity Luncheon
Westbrook-Warren Church
Dec 13, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
Location TBD
Dec 17, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 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
Note New Date
December 17, 2019 10:00AM
WRVC Back Dining Room
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
Past Board Meeting Minutes available at:
First Publication of New Member Application
Heather Douglas, Proprietor of Farmstand Collective, has submitted an application for membership. Many of you have already met Heather as she has attended some of our recent lunch meetings and helped with tree lot set up.  She is a graduate of Husson University with degrees in Business Administration and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Southern Maine.  
Heather worked for several years at Shipyard Brewing, with increasing levels of responsibility that included Export Development, Product Management, and Marketing Director. Most recently she was Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Jobs for Maine Graduates before leaving to devote full time to her own business, a boutique design and marketing firm focused on small businesses.
Heather and her husband Greg live in Gorham. She can be found on Facebook as Heather Bartlett Douglass and also under her business name Farmstand Collective.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
On Tuesday December 3, 2019, we will welcome John Wolcott of the Rotary Club of East Greenwich RI.   John is the father of Portland Rotarian Matt Wolcott and takes on the role of Santa each year.
Please join us for this seasonal program with John, his wife, and son Matt as we learn about “Clausmanship.”
2019 Tree Sale Appeal
Trees arrive Wednesday November 27 at noon.  Extra hands are always appreciated.  Come join us for pizza from WHOP at 11:45AM prior to tree arrival.
Sales start on Black Friday where help is still needed.   Also, with a short selling season, we must work hard to move those trees over the first two weekends.
Please sign up at SignUp Genius or contact Michael Foley or Christine Johnson to sign up for a shift.
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.   Time flies and we need ideas for the first two meetings in January ASAP!  Sign up today!!
 * 1/7/2020* 3/10/2020* 5/26/2020
 * 1/14/2020* 4/14/2020* 6/2/2020
 * 2/11/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/9/2020
 * 2/25/2020 * 6/23/2020
Save these dates!
This week!! Christmas Tree Delivery -  Wednesday November 27, 2019 - Meet at the lot at 11:45AM for a quick pizza lunch. Trees scheduled to arrive at Noon.  All able hands needed.
Dirigo Kids Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser – Friday December 6, 2019. 5:30PM Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave, Portland.  $65 per person/$500 per table. Sponsorship opportunities.  Visit:
Update Rotary Annual Christmas Party - Tuesday evening December 10, 2019. 5:30PM  at the home of Judith & Ed Reidman, 7 Enchanted Lane, Westbrook, ME.  Pot luck -  bring your favorite appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert.  If you'd like to participate in a Yankee Swap, please bring a wrapped gift of value no more than $20. 
Update Festival of Trees Tips for Charity Luncheon - Friday December 13, 2019 11:30 or 12:30 - We are having our Rotary table again this year. Tickets now available.  Contact Christine Johnson or 653-0869 to reserve  your spot today.  Only 1 seat remaining at 11:30! 
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
Update 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.  Arrive by 1PM for set up. Done by about 2PM after clean up. Check in and out at the front office.  Upcoming dates include Dec 11, Jan 8 & 22 , Feb 12 & 26, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27 .  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Christine Johnson.  Special Thanksgiving week event added on Friday November 29 at FBC Westbrook, 733 Main St.  1PM, arrive by 12:30 for set up. 
Update Bundles of Love - During the Christmas season, supporters of AMG have the opportunity to provide special gifts to the boys & girls cared for in 57 child and youth development centers in 13 countries. All gifts are purchased locally, in country, by AMG staff who know the specific needs of each individual recipient, benefiting local economies.  $20 per bundle - to donate:   If you'd like to support FBC Westbrook's work in Guatemala directly, go to, Click on  button To Give Online, then select from drop down options 2019 Bundles of Love for Oratorio
Update Winter Gear Drive for Westbrook Schools – During the month of November, we’ll be collecting winter gear for kids. Hats, mittens, boots and coats for all ages.  Scarves for older kids. There is also a huge need for sweat pants in all sizes. Collected at meetings: Nov 5, 12 and 19A final date added: Dec 3
Altrusa Calendar Raffle – It’s that time of year again! Altrusa is selling chances for prizes that will be drawn every day of January 2020. $10 per chance, multiple chances to win great prizes. See Christine Johnson or Judith Reidman to purchase your entries or find the entry form here to download and print:
Ocean State Job Lots – Coats for Veterans.  Nov 7-Nov 30. Purchase a winter coat for $40 and give it back to the store for a veteran in need.  Receive a $40 gift card to use in the store on a later date. Stores are located in Falmouth, Biddeford, Sanford and Oxford.
Reading Friends -  Read weekly with 1st or 2nd graders at Gorham's Village School, 12 Robie St, Gorham. Starting immediately. From about 9-10AM on a weekday morning of your choice.  Some opportunities may be available for a later reading time. Even if you can only commit to a few weeks in the fall, winter or spring, consider joining this important work for literacy.  If interested, contact Christine Johnson.  Registration and a basic background check are required.  Go to this link to register: Reading Friends Volunteer Form Village School Gorham   for "child's name" enter Rotary Volunteer, under Teacher select "other" and enter "Reading Volunteer".
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: