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2019-2020 Rotary Year Theme
Oct 22, 2019 11:30 AM
2019 RYLA & 2019-2020 Interact Plans
Oct 29, 2019 5:30 PM
Nov 05, 2019 11:30 AM
Safe Passages - Celebrating 20 Years
Nov 12, 2019 11:30 AM
Veterans Housing Initiative
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
Dec 17, 2019 11:30 AM
Dec 24, 2019
Merry Christmas
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Upcoming Events
5th Annual Southern Maine Cornhole Invitational
Gorham Sports Center
Oct 26, 2019
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Night Out
Sebago Brewing Tasting Room
Oct 29, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Christmas Tree Delivery
Parking Lot Corner Mechanic St & William Clarke Dr
Nov 26, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Dec 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Christmas Party 2019
Home of Judith & Ed Reidman
Dec 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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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
December 10, 2019 10:00AM
Location TBD
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
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Club Assembly - October 15, 2019
President Mike opened the discussion by asking several members to speak about what they heard and learned at Rotary Rocks!  RotaryRocks was the 2019-2020 District Conference held on Saturday October 5, 2019 at the University of Southern Maine with over 200 Rotarians in attendance.
Steve Rand mentioned the key note address from Jeffry Cadorette, our Zone’s representative on the RI Board of Directors. Jeff spoke of concerns at all levels of the organization over the long-term viability of Rotary in the US and around the world.  Jeff also moderated a panel discussion with a few members of New Voices Rotary Club, our District’s newest club that was chartered this past spring. One idea that Steve took away was the suggestion to poll past members of our club – why did they leave, what can we change, would they come back with specific changes?  Comfort with the way things are can lead to a lack of “vibrancy” in a club and can limit or prevent growth.
Kathi Perkins also spoke about Jeff’s comments. She took away a call to action that includes making the club welcoming  and making sure we retain member who do agree to join us.   One idea to help with retention is assigning each new member a mentor to help them understand the club, its activities, and when those activities fall throughout the year.  Another idea is to create a calendar that can be handed out to new members.
Kathi also mentioned the tables that many clubs used to display and share their projects during Rotary Rocks. There were a lot of great ideas shared among the clubs.  Thanks to Kathi for organizing our club’s display which included information on the House Project, CLYNK for Literacy, and the Cornhole Tournament, along with a photo display highlighting other fundraisers and projects of our club.
Scott Linscott reminded us that every civic organization is experiencing a similar problem with recruiting and retaining members.  Millennials are not joining, even though studies indicate that they are lonely and might benefit from such membership. He asked us to think about how we might break through to change our culture, make sure we offer value that can be seen and shared, and can demonstrate that membership is worth the time.   Change the perception, change the culture or keep declining.
We should all ask ourselves “who can I invite next week?”  We should also recognize that membership is everyone’s job, not just the job on one or two people we call a membership committee.   If  you have ideas about actions our club can take in this area, please contact Steve Rand or Scott Linscott to keep the conversation going.
Growing Adult Education
Shelli Pride, Director of Adult Education for Westbrook and Gorham, spoke to the club on October 8, 2019.  She has been involved with adult education for 23 years, most of that time as an instructor.  She took on her current role in July when she came to us from the Windham Adult Ed program.
Adult Education currently has over 200 students in classes like ELL at the Community Center and including those studying for their High School diploma.  Students are as young as 17, and range in age up to 75.
Shelli told us that technology programs have been really taking off. They have had CDL training classes for Class B licenses needed for driving smaller trucks like heating oil delivery trucks. A course training for CDL Class A (18 wheelers) is currently running, as is one for state car inspection. They recently graduated 13 CNA students all of whom are employed or are continuing their education.  
There is an opportunity to “earn while you learn” so students can be paid while taking classes and working for an employer. And they have a job when they are done. This program has had nearly a 100% success rate.
Shelli is working to bring more programs back to Westbrook and Gorham. Expect to see some classes staring in January. These will include programs for fun things like line dancing and yoga as well as business related courses like Excel and QuickBooks.  They are also hoping to partner with the Agency on Aging to offer a caregiver program in the spring (non-professional).
If you have ideas for programs, contact Shelli at 
For more information, visit the websites:  or 
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. Sign up today!!
 * 1/7/2020* 3/10/2020* 5/26/2020
 * 1/14/2020* 3/24/2020* 6/2/2020
 * 1/28/2020* 4/14/2020* 6/9/2020
 * 2/11/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/23/2020
 * 2/25/2020  
Save these dates!
Rotary Night Out - Sebago Brewing - Tuesday Oct 29 5:30PM. 616 Main St, Gorham.   Invite your friends and colleagues to join us for a social night out at Sebago Brewing's Tasting Room.  Light appetizers.  Cash bar.
Veterans' Appreciation Lunch - Friday November 8, 2019 - Portland Rotary will be hosting its 5th Annual Veterans' Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 noon at the Seasons Event & Conference Center at the Ramada Plaza, 155 Riverside St, Portland, Maine.  Veterans free, others $25. Registration required.  For complete information, go to the Portland Rotary Club website at and on the right side, click on Veterans' Appreciation Lunch or click HERE.
Westbrook's Veterans Day Celebration - Monday November 11, 2019. Ceremonies at Riverbank Park 11AM to honor all veterans.  Celebration at American Legion Post 197, 300 Conant Street following the ceremony.
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:
Annual Christmas Party - Tuesday evening December 10, 2019. 5:30PM  at the home of Judith & Ed Reidman, 7 Enchanted Lane, Westbrook, ME. More details to follow.
Festival of Trees Tips for Charity Luncheon - Friday December 13, 2019 11:30 or 12:30 - We'll have our Rotary table again this year. Watch here for tickets to become available.
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
The Locker Project - TLP will be returning to 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 Oct 23 and 30, Nov 13, and Dec 11.  An additional date may be added in Nov and/or Dec as we get closer.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Christine Johnson.
This Week! 13th Annual Empty Bowl Meal - Friday October 25, 2019. 5-7PM at St Pius X Parish Hall, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland.  Homemade Soups by Altrusa Portland, crackers, bread, dessert, beverage.  Take your bowl home if you wish. Suggested donation $10. All proceeds benefit Project Feed, an emergency food depot located at Woodfords Church.  Project Feed is a joint project of Woodford's Congregational Church, St Pious Catholic Church and St Peter's Episcopal Church.
This Week! 5th Annual Southern Maine Cornhole Invitational - Saturday October 26, 2019. Sponsored by Gorham Business Exchange in partnership with Westbrook-Gorham Rotary -  $50 per team (2 people) through Oct 22, $60 thereafter, starting at 1PM. Gorham Sports Center, 215 Narragansett St, Gorham.   There is still time to secure Leader Board Sponsorships at $100 (see below). To register a team go to : 
This Week! Cornhole Tournament “Leader Board Sponsor” – This is an opportunity similar to a “hole sponsor” at our golf tournament - $100.  We will have screens at the tournament running a page with “Leader Board Sponsors”.  Please consider becoming a sponsor and asking others to help.  If you have ideas for either Leader Board or Tournament Sponsor, please contact Ethan Johnson or Aaron Paiton.
Final week!! Socktober Sock Drive for Westbrook Schools - It is that time of year again. Cooler/cold weather is coming and the Westbrook Community Board is sponsoring a sock drive for the Westbrook Schools. If you’d like to help, please bring items to one of these upcoming Rotary meetings: Tuesdays Oct 1, 8, 15 and 23. Socks needed for Pre-K through age 18 (children’s sizes 6-7.5 or XS up to adult sizes).  Underwear for elementary through middle school age sizes also appreciated (extra small to medium, boys and girls).
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. Collected at meetings: Nov 5, 12 and 19.
Update! 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: