Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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
May 01, 2018
Evening Celebration - 60 years of the House Project
May 08, 2018 11:30 AM
WHS Interact 2018 Update
May 15, 2018 11:30 AM
Fighting Human Trafficking in Maine
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Upcoming Events
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
Jun 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Jun 05, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
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  Fourth, Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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   * Growing Local Economies
   * Fighting Disease
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Next Board Meeting 
April 3, 2018 10:30AM at WRVC
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
  • Dick Labrecque - Birthday 3/18
  • Scott Linscott - Birthday 3/20
  • Jack Kivus - Rotary Anniversary 3/22 - 13 yrs
Upcoming Opportunities
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. Please note, we have distributed about 295 bag since we started this project, but only about 180 bags have been returned so far. Please check your drawers and closets for unused bags. 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. Next pay out date is April 1!  Thank you for your ongoing support of this fundraiser!
The Locker Project - Fresh food and baked goods distribution at Westbrook High School in the cafeteria.  Two or three volunteer needed for each of these upcoming dates.  Approx 1-2PM each time.  Sign in at front office and go to cafeteria. Wednesdays March 21 (one more volunteer needed), 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 be wasted. If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson.  For more information, or to donate, visit their website:
Cornelia’s Closet Donations – Thrift store at Westbrook Community Center - Cornelia's Closet is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-1, Tuesday evenings from 5-7, and the first Saturday of the month from 9 til noon. Some of the most needed items are: clothes, housewares, puzzles and books, jewelry, furniture, plants, and footwear. Any items they cannot use or sell are donated to Salvation Army.  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. 
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.
Upcoming District Events
There are lots of upcoming opportunities for networking, sharing, and learning with Rotarians from across our District. Sign up NOW for any of these upcoming District Events:
  • Membership Best Practices Seminar - THIS WEEK! Thursday March 22 at Cape Elizabeth Community Center  Free to all members, 6-8PM Register at Membership Seminar March 22.  We hope to see 4-5 members from each club in this local area attend to share ideas and learn from each other.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute – Saturday March 24 at York County Community College in Wells. Cost $75  - Parts I, II, III and Graduate. Register at rlinea registration  If you are interested in this Rotary Leadership training, please contact Bill Gowen about our Club paying your tuition.
  • District Training Assembly - Saturday April 7 at York County Community College in Wells. Cost $20. Club will pay fee but you must register yourself for this event. Register at: 2018 District 7780 Training Assembly  If you are having trouble registering, please contact Christine Johnson for assistance.
  • Party with a Purpose 2018 - Fundraiser of Portland Sunrise Rotary - Wednesday May 16, 5:30PM at Dimillo’s - $30 - Raising funds for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Live and silent auction. Tickets are available at the door as well as on line at
Economic & Community Development
Dan Stevenson, Westbrook’s Economic Development Director, was our speaker on February 27.  Dan comes to Westbrook with an extensive resume in economic development.  Most recently he worked in Biddeford leading the Heart of Biddeford initiative. In the upcoming year, Dan will be focusing on Westbrook’s Downtown, but other ideas are also in the works.
Dan is a fan of regional economic development, but here in Maine we are a pretty hyper-local with communities needing to invest in themselves to attract private investment. Good economic development thinks about places and spaces for the long term, just not the next 10-20 years.  Good economic development is not haphazard. There are lots of people with lots of ideas, some good, others not so much, but all ideas need to be looked at against the whole. In the end, the public sector needs to move at the speed of business to drive needed change.
Areas to address include business recruitment and expansion, and workforce development. We need to look at each sector of our economy and figure out the issues in each sector so policy can make any changes needed. Complicating matters, we have the oldest population in the US so prospecting is needed to recruit and develop an adequate workforce. As a community, we need to work together collaboratively to send a unified message to current and prospective businesses. Organizations that can help with that include Rotary, Kiwanis, Discover Downtown Westbrook, Arts & Culture and the City itself.  To measure effectiveness of programs and efforts, we need an inventory of all commercial properties in the City to establish a baseline from which we can measure growth.
Projects “in the hopper” include a façade program and parking management. A façade program considers what the downtown area looks like and creates a matching grant program to allow the City to work with business owners to improve the look of their building and frontage. Parking management is not just about what we have today, but what is likely to come.  Measure what we have, improve absorption rates (usage), then determine need. Parking garages are often proposed as a solution, but they cost roughly $20K per space to build plus ongoing maintenance, so any payback is long and they need to be subsidized.
Look for a complete renovation of Blue Note Park (aka Westbrook Commons) in the near term. Several local groups are working together to secure funding to make this area more welcoming.  A lot of people commute through Westbrook.  We want to create an attractive and vibrant environment that will encourage people to stop and patronize our local businesses.
L-R: Phil Spiller, Dan Stevenson, Pres Bill Chadwick
Community Policing in Westbrook
Megan Perry was our guest and speaker on February 13 for our meeting at Dunn St Legion Hall.  The Community Policing Coordinator is a civilian liaison between the police department and the Brown St neighborhood. Megan partners with CASA and the Recovery Liaison, as well as with Communities that Care to help identify need and connect people with services.
She talks with the police department every day to identify any follow up that may be needed. They work together to identify houses with a high number of calls, often called “disorderly houses”, and attempt to turn such situations around.  She is hands, feet and ears on the ground to help improve quality of life in the neighborhood.  Since her office is located right in the neighborhood, people come to her to talk about what is bothering them. This could be anything from concern about safety of a sidewalk to concern for a neighbor.
Megan keeps her office stocked with a variety of supplies. She has school supplies, baby kits that include power outlet covers, pill boxes that lock, gun locks, healthy snacks, books, and stuffed animals.  She also has a supply of food items provided by the food pantry.
The Community Policing Coordinator position was initially funded by a community block grant. The role has proven its value with reduced calls for service for fights, juvenile issues, disorderly houses, and even traffic issues. The position is now fully funded by the City.  The office space on Brown St is paid for by two private foundations. Chief Roberts brought this idea to Westbrook based on her experience with community policing centers in Portland.
L-R: Phil Spiller, Megan Perry, Pres Bill Chadwick,
WPD Chief Janine Roberts
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:
*  3/20 - Gorham Village Alliance - Dan Nichols & Tom Ellsworth
*  3/27 - Danielle Rideout - Westbrook Recovery Liaison
*  4/3 -   Club Assembly
*  4/10 - Idexx - Tentative
*  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  - Nancy Gallinaro - Just Love Ministry
*  5/22 - Guatemala Team Report
*  5/29 - TBD
*  6/5  -  Final Club Assembly of 2017-2018
*  6/12 - Anna Turcotte - The Black Garden
* 6/19 - 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