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2018-2019 Rotary Year Theme
Jun 18, 2019
See you at RotaryFest Saturday June 22
Jun 25, 2019
Jul 02, 2019 11:30 AM
Happy Independence Day!
Jul 09, 2019 11:30 AM
District 7780 Exchange Trip to Romania
Jul 16, 2019 11:30 AM
See you at the Lobster Bake!
Jul 16, 2019 5:00 PM
Saunders' Home Standish ME
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 17, 2019 12:00 PM
See you at the Golf Tournament
Oct 01, 2019
Tour current house project
Oct 15, 2019 11:30 AM
Oct 29, 2019 5:30 PM
Nov 19, 2019 11:30 AM
Brief assembly before tree lot set up
Nov 26, 2019
All hands on deck to off load trees and finalize lot setup
Dec 03, 2019 11:30 AM
On Playing Santa Claus
Dec 10, 2019
See you at the Christmas Party
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Upcoming Events
Lobster Bake 2019
Summer Home of Henry Saunders
Jul 16, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Aug 13, 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
August 13, 2019 10:00AM
at WRVC Board Room
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
Past Board Meeting Minutes available at:
No meeting this week on June 18.
See you at RotaryFest on Saturday June 22
or at our regular meeting on Tuesday June 25.
Save these dates!
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club Changeover - Tuesday June 25, 2019. Join us at our regular lunch meeting when we thank Deb Shangraw for her service this year and welcome Mike Foley.
FBC Yard Sale – Benefit Guatemala 2020, Saturday August 3, 2019. Donations accepted. Contact Scott Linscott
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 <>
25th Annual Golf Classic - Tuesday September 17, 2019. Noon.  Gorham Country Club.  93 McLellan Rd, Gorham. 
New 5th Annual Gorham Business Exchange Cornhole Invitational - Saturday October 12, 2019. $50 per team (2 people). Gorham Sports Center, 215 Narragansett St, GorhamTo register:
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
This Week!! Gorham Business Exchange 18th Annual Golf Scramble & BBQ - Friday June 21, 2019 at Gorham Country Club. 1PM shotgun start.  $90 per player. There is still time to sign up your team! To register: or contact David Willis at 839-3390.  Proceeds benefit two scholarships at Gorham High School.
This week!!  RYLA Registration Volunteers are still needed – Sunday June 23 starting at 8:30AM. Camp Hinds, Raymond. Volunteers needed to help with registration and collecting forms as students arrive. If you can  help, please contact: Phil Giordano at
The Locker Project Summer Food Distribution - Every Wednesday during the summer from June 19 through August 21.  Starting on June 19 at FBC 733 Main St Westbrook 4:00-5:30PM.  FBC will alternate weeks with other locations: June 26 at St Anthony's Parish Hall, Brown St, 6-7PM;  July 10 &  Aug 21 at Avesta 2 Walker St, 4:00-5:30PM; July 24 River St River Event, 5:00-6:30PM; August 7, Community Policing Center, 192 Brown St, time 4:00-5:30PM.  If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson. 
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: 
New Voices Rotary Club Chartered
The newest Rotary Club in District 7780 - New Voices Rotary Club - was presented their charter on Saturday June 15, 2019 at Camp Hinds in Raymond ME.  There are 33 charter members in this new club, all between the ages of 18 and 30.  All are alumni of District 7780's RYLA.  They now live in places all across the country and meet periodically via Skype.  One of the founding members is Katelyn Chapman Gendron (pictured here with Jeffry Cadorette), As a Sophmore at Westbrook High School, she was sponsored by our club to attend RYLA, 
Co-President Sam Klemarczyk, currently living in RI, welcomed all who attended. District Governor John Lobosco offered some additional words of welcome and congratulations, as did RI Director Jeffry Cadorette.  Jeffry also brought a message from RI President Barry Rassin which was recorded during the International Convention in Germany.  The Rotary world is excited at the formation of this innovative new club.  Phil Giordano, our District's RYLA Director gave the keynote address and spoke to articulating your goals and taking steps to reach them. DG Nominee Peggy Belanger and DG Nominee Designate Dick Hall also participated in the awarding of the membership certificate, pin and hats.
Following the chartering event, new club members, other District 7780 Rotarians, and guests moved to the new dining hall to re-group and fan out across the grounds to work on various projects to finalize preparations for RYLA 2019 which begins Sunday June 23.
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Members of New Voices Rotary Club of District 7780
With RI Director Jeffry Cadorette (L) and 
RYLA Director Phil Giordano (R)
Focus on Foundation - Polio Plus
On June 11, 2019, we emptied the Polio Plus cans for the last time this Rotary year.  The $50 you donated in our cans in this quarter will be matched by the club. A check for $100 will be sent to the Rotary Foundation by the end of the month, designated to polio eradication efforts.
In the 2018-2019 Rotary year, Westbrook-Gorham Rotary has donated $882 to polio eradication to date.  With this additional $100, we should end the year very close to the $1000 mark.
Thanks to all who have made donations each week in the cans.  Also thanks to those who choose to direct their Foundation giving to polio eradication. 
Woody's 90th Birthday Party
RSVP This week! You are invited to an Open House to celebrate Woody Beach’s 90th birthday at his summer home on Raymond Pond. 
When: Saturday July 6, 2019 1-4PM,
Where: 12 Dunollie Dr, Raymond, ME.
Drop by any time during the party in to wish him a Happy Birthday and enjoy Raymond Pond.
RSVP by June 22 to Kathy at 603-424-5984 or Linda at 207-272-4429
Lobster Bake 2019
The annual Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club lobster bake  will be held on Tuesday evening July 16 at 15 Long Point Rd, Standish, ME.  5-6PM Social, 6-7PM Dinner, 7PM sing-along with pianist Eric Peppe.  Family and friends are welcome and encouraged.
Price is $25 per person includes lobster or steak, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw and water. Feel free to bring an appetizer, dessert, beverage or other dish to share.  Sign up with Nelson either at an upcoming meeting or email him at
Thanks to Henry Saunders for hosting us again this year.  Also, thanks to Nelson Harmon, Dan Willett and everyone else who make this a successful event each year.
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.
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:
* 7/23/2019* 11/12/2019* 2/25/2020* 5/5/2020
* 7/30/2019* 1/7/2020* 3/10/2020* 5/12/2020
* 9/10/2019* 1/14/2020* 3/24/2020* 5/26/2020
* 10/8/2019* 1/28/2020* 4/7/2020* 6/2/2020
* 10/22/2019* 2/4/2020* 4/14/2020* 6/9/2020
* 11/5/2019* 2/11/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/23/2020