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2018-2019 Rotary Year Theme
Apr 23, 2019 11:30 AM
Classification Talk
Apr 30, 2019 11:30 AM
Gorham High School
May 07, 2019 11:30 AM
May 14, 2019 11:30 AM
Ronald McDonald House
May 21, 2019
See you at Rotary Night Out
May 28, 2019 11:30 AM
Jun 04, 2019 11:30 AM
Jun 11, 2019 11:30 AM
Westbrook Housing
Jun 18, 2019
See you at Rotary Night Out
Jun 25, 2019
Jul 02, 2019 11:30 AM
Happy Independence Day!
Jul 16, 2019 5:00 PM
Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
See you at the Golf Tournament
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
May 07, 2019
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Jun 04, 2019
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
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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 
May 7, 2019 10:15AM at WRVC
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Save these dates!
Rotary Night Out - Our next Rotary Night out will be May 21 starting at 5:30 PM. Mister Bagel 609 Main St, Westbrook Members $10.  Cash bar. Program TBD.  
WRVC Awards Ceremony - Thursday May 23, 2019. 7PM Westbrook HIgh School Auditorium
Rotary Fest - Saturday June 22, 2019 9AM-5PM. Fort Williams Park, South Portland.  Free!! Rain location The Point, 345 Clark's Pond Pkwy, South Portland.  Please register to to make sure we have enough food and craft materials:
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club Changeover - Tuesday June 25, 2019. Join us at our regular meeting when we thank Deb Shangraw for her service this year and welcome Mike Foley.
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
Locker Project Fresh Food Distribution – In this school year, produce distributions at Westbrook High School will take place the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month with additional days as needed:  Apr 24, May 8 & 22 and June 12. Any date changes will be announced in the Scribbler.  Arrive around 12:45 PM depart by 2:15 PM, unless otherwise noted. Help lay out food on tables and interact with the kids to encourage them to take items.  Everyone is invited to bring food home with them.  If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson.  For more information, or to donate, visit their website:
This week!! Fundraiser Dance - 100th Birthday or Westbrook American Legion - Saturday April 20, 2019, 7-11PM  $20. 17 Dunn St, Westbrook.  Door prizes, appetizers, cash bar.  See Phil Spiller or other member of the Legion for tickets.
New Westbrook Community Clean Up Day - Saturday May 4, 2019, 9AM-1PM. Meet at Riverbank Park or 192 Brown St, Westbrook.  Bring closed toed shoes, water and a few friends.  The city will provide gloves, bags and safety vests. For more information 591-8145 or email  Come anytime, work for an hour or more. Teams and individuals welcome.  If you are interested in joining a Rotary team, contact Christine Johnson
Fundraising Dinnerfor the Chris Broderick Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Saturday May 4, 2019, 5-6:30PM.  $8, $4 under 12.  WRVC Dining Room.  Home cooked food, raffles. Chris Broderick taught CDL at WRVC and was a member of Rolling Thunder.  Ron Welton, CDL instructor, chooses a worthy student to receive the $500 annual scholarship. FMI-207-892-5333 or
Update Relay for Life at Gorham High School - Sunday May 5, 2019, 7AM- 7PM, GHS Track. American Cancer Society fundraiser put on by GHS Interact Club. Help them by donating at this link: GHS Interact Relay for Life - Donate Today  Or come on down to support the kids that day.
Bob Marley Fundraiser for Altrusa - Wednesday May 8, 2019, 7PM at Keeley’s Banquet Center, Warren Ave, Portland. $25 General Admission.  See Christine Johnson for tickets or purchase at:  
Purses with Purpose – Thursday June 6, 2019 ,11:30AM-2PM - $50 at Woodlands Club Falmouth, 39 Woods Rd Falmouth.  Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Portland. To donate auction items or to purchase tickets:
Maine Cancer Foundation Twilight 5K – Thursday June 6, 2019 – Sponsor Mike Foley as he runs for this fundraiser. To support on line:  Maine Cancer Foundation Twilight 5K- Support Mike Foley Maine Cancer Foundation was started in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens eager to do more for Maine in the fight against cancer. We lead a state-wide effort to foster and grow the most promising and effective cancer-fighting efforts available to the people of Maine through a combination of grant-based financial support and coalition building.
RYLA Registration Volunteers – Sunday June 23 starting at 8:30AM. Camp Hinds, Raymond. Volunteers needed to help with registration and collecting forms as students arrive. For more information contact: Phil Giordano at
Westbrook Strong 5K and Matt's Mile Kid's Fun Run - Saturday July  13, 2019. Riverbank Park. Run, sponsor or donate. This race is in memory of Matthew Rairdon who's life was tragically taken in November 2013. Proceeds benefit nursing scholarships.  For more information: 
Sad News in Our Rotary Family
On Sunday April 14, 2019, Sarah (Sally) Campbell, wife of our Assistant Governor Tony Wagner passed away unexpectedly due to a cardiac condition. She and Tony married in 1986 and brought together a family of two girls and two boys.
Visiting hours at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd, South Portland on Thursday April 18 2-4PM and Friday April 19 6-8PM. Celebration of life at St Luke's Cathedral, 143 State St, Portland on Saturday April 20 at 12PM.
Wayne Lopez Update
Bill Chadwick has reported that Wayne Lopez is doing well in Arizona. He had his surgery on Thursday April 4 and was up and about about 2 hours after surgery. He returned home from the hospital on April 9 and is gaining strength on his walks.  Those on Facebook have seen some great photos of Wayne on hikes in the desert. He says that he expects to be his "old self again".   We hope to see him back in Maine in May.
If you'd like to send good wishes, you can reach him at or drop him a line at: 6770 SR89A Unit 107, Sedona, AZ 86336
Focus on Foundation - PHF +2
Congratulations and thank you to Dave Rolfe for his continued support of our Rotary Foundation.   The Paul Harris Fellow +2 means that Dave has lifetime giving to The Rotary Foundation of over $3000.   He told us that he uses Rotary Direct via credit card each month.  As Dave said "it's easy to do!"
With Rotary Direct you can pay with credit card or a Visa branded debit card.  These payments can be monthly, quarterly or even annually.  Just $25 per quarter gives  you EREY status (Every Rotarian Every Year). $250 per quarter qualifies you for the Paul Harris Society.  If you'd like to sign up, go to:
RYLA Selections Made
We are pleased to report that the interview team has selected 11 students to attend RYLA this June at Camp Hinds in Raymond  - 8 from Gorham High School and 3 from Westbrook High School.  Students have been contacted and most have confirmed attendance as of "press time".  These Rotary Youth Leadership Awards are effectively leadership development scholarships for rising High School Juniors that cost our club $375 per student, but have a stated value of $750 thanks to volunteers and in-kind donations.
Thanks to everyone who worked on student selection this year:  Ethan Johnson, Bill Chadwick and Neile Nelson for Gorham.  Kathi Perkins, Dave Rolfe, Hal Thomas and Bruce Dyer for Westbrook.
District Activities
Rotary Fest (AKA District Conference) - Friday-Saturday June 21-22, 2019 - Fort Williams, Park Cape Elizabeth. Free!! Friday service project and cook out for volunteers. Saturday packed with fun and educational events for adults and kids, and another service project opportunity.  Rain location The Point, 345 Clark's Pond Pkwy, South Portland.  Register at


District Changeover - Tuesday June 25, 2019, 5PM at Camp Hinds, Raymond.  More details to come.

For listing of all District-wide events, visit: 

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.
Upcoming Speaker List Details
If you have an idea for a  speaker or program, please contact Christine Johnson at or Phil Spiller at .  We are also interested in ideas for periodic evening meetings, service projects in lieu of meetings, or in-meeting service projects
We are now scheduling programs for May, June and July.
Here is the list of upcoming speakers and programs:
* 4/23 - Aaron Paiton - Classification Talk
* 4/30 - Eliza Kenigsberg - Community Career Coordinator GHS
* 5/7 -  TBD
* 5/14 - Alicia Milne - Dev Director Ronald McDonald House
* 5/21 - Rotary Night Out
* 5/28 - TBD
* 6/4 -  Club Assembly
* 6/11 - Chris LaRoche - Westbrook Housing
* 6/18 - Rotary Night Out
* 6/25 - Changeover
* 7/2 - No Meeting- Happy Independence Day
* 7/9 - TBD
* 7/16 - Lobster Bake (tentative)