Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Feb 20, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
Westbrook Economic Development
Mar 06, 2018
Children's Literature
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Gorham Village Alliance
Mar 27, 2018
Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 10, 2018
Classification Talk
Apr 17, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Mar 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Mar 06, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
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
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Next Board Meeting 
March 6, 2018 10:30AM at WRVC
All members are welcome at Board Meetings
  • Ted Angel - Birthday 2/16
  • Henry Saunders & Karen Marie Reilly - Anniversary 2/14 - 2 years
We are  meeting this week  at the American Legion Hall, 17 Dunn St, First Floor, Westbrook, ME. Dunn St is the first street west of Riverbank Park off Main St. Park in the lot or on the street.
Upcoming Opportunities
Frugal Feast  - District Event Friday February 23, 5:30PM.  Woodfords Church Portland - $25. Celebrate Rotary's 113th Anniversary and World Understanding and Peace Day. Sign up at the District website at Proceeds will benefit Rotary Peace programs.
The Locker Project - Fresh food and baked goods distribution at Westbrook High School in the cafeteria.  Two volunteer needed for each of these upcoming dates.  Approx 1-2PM each time.  Sign in at front office and go to cafeteria. Wednesdays  March 7, March 21, April 4 and  Thursday March 1.  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 get wasted. If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson.  For more information, or to donate, visit their website:
District Training Assembly - Save the date. Saturday April 7. 8:30AM York County Community College, in the brand new Pratt and Whitney Center. Sign up will be available after February 23 with detailed agenda. Here's an opportunity to network with Rotarians from across the District and attend educational sessions on a variety of topics of interest to all clubs.
Toiletries for the High School - Ongoing - Collect those tiny bottles of toiletries you are paying for during your next hotel visit and bring them home to help students in need of personal hygiene products. The HS Pantry and the HS Nurse are always looking to restock these basic supplies. You can always drop items off during the school day at the HS main office, or bring them to a meeting.
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.
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. 
Save these Dates for the Sea Dogs
We are excited to report that Westbrook-Gorham Rotary was offered the opportunity to organize fundraisers around the Westbrook and Gorham nights at the Sea Dogs’ ball park this summer. The Sea Dogs will set up a special portal for us through which tickets can be purchased.  For every ticket purchased through that portal, we will receive part of the proceeds. The board has approved a proposal from our new Community Service Chair Sarah Hutchins that will cause those proceeds to benefit specific organizations.
Gorham Night is Thursday July 12 – To benefit Just Love – An organization that works to end Human Trafficking by working with law enforcement to find safe shelter, and provide training in schools, hotels, health care facilities, and non-profit or for-profit organizations. They may help a survivor find a home, a mentor, a job, a fresh start. Help them find legal services, drug rehab, child care. They promote survivors as leaders as they bravely speak out to end that which was done to them
Westbrook Night is Wednesday August 15 – To benefit Westbrook Recovery Liaison - The Recovery Liaison Program serves Westbrook, Gorham, Buxton, and Windham. It provides free support and resources to all community members with a substance use disorder. They work within a recovery-oriented system of care to link participants to supports that recognize all pathways of recovery. Participants are people who are working towards recovery and those in early recovery.
We will work with these two organizations, as well as with other local businesses and groups to advertise these Community Nights.  Look for more information as the dates draw closer.
Our PE Continues Her Training
Our President Elect, Deb Shangraw, attended training with her President Class on Saturday February 10 at Husson College in Westbrook. This training was lead by DGE John Lobosco (pictured left). The focus of the day was to become familiar with SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound), and to start thinking about goals for the next Rotary year around membership, service projects, and Foundation.
This Pre-PETS session, held about a month ahead of the President Elect Training Seminar, is designed to encourage PEs to start planning and working with their Board in preparation for taking the reins on July 1. The 2018 theme? Be the Inspiration!
Deb Shangraw (R) with Tony Plante
of Sebago Lake Club
Judith Reidman PHF +3
Congratulations and thank you to Judith Reidman for achieving Rotary Foundation giving level of Paul Harris Fellow Plus 3. This represents lifetime giving of $4000 to our Foundation and shows a commitment to the work of Rotary.
Pres Bill Chadwick, Judith Reidman,
Foundation Chair Steve Rand
Bits & Pieces from Club Assembly
Polio Plus - We were sad to learn that Pakistan has identified two cases of wild polio virus so far in 2018, dashing hopes that the world would be polio free in 2018.
Foundation Giving & Rotary Direct – We are doing well towards our Foundation giving goal for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Thanks to all members who have donated to date.   Also, a big thanks to our 11 members who participate in Rotary Direct. Rotary Direct is a painless way to give which deducts the amount you choose monthly, quarterly or annually using a debit or credit card. If you would like to learn more, contact Steve Rand.
Tree Sales – 2017 was a truly amazing sales year. Net proceeds exceeded 2016 by over $1500.  A huge thanks to all who worked on various aspects of the sale. Special thanks to Mike Foley for creating and managing the point-of-sale tool and the on-line scheduling.
Project and volunteer hours – President Bill told us that volunteer hours to date are being compiled by project leaders to be reported via Rotary Club Central.  To qualify for this year’s Governor’s award or President’s Citation, volunteer hours and funds raised need to be reported in this database. Project leaders for large Rotary events like tree sales and golf tournament will estimate hours.  If you have worked on any project where you represented Rotary, please provide the name of that project and hours to Bill Chadwick. Also, if you worked hours that you believe the project lead is not aware of, please report that time to the project lead (Golf Tournament Ethan Johnson, Tree sales Mike Foley, House Project Judith Reidman, Literacy Project Christine Johnson).
House – Judith Reidman reported that the house foundation has been poured and to be back-filled during the week of February 12. House #47 is being constructed at the end of Declaration Dr.
Membership – The bulk of the assembly was spent on the topic of membership. President Bill Chadwick provided some guidance for member recruitment. He spoke about circles of influence – family, friends, associates and finally strangers. All provide an opportunity to share your Rotary experience, the fun we have, the projects we work on. The path to recruitment starts with building relationships.  Listen to what they have to say - what are their passions and interests. Next tell our story – invite people to participate in a project or attend a meeting. Finally, help them see how they can contribute - the value they can add, their place on the team - and ask them to join us.
Volunteer to Read With Me
If you have ever considered volunteering to work directly with students in Westbrook Schools, here is a great opportunity. Superintendent Peter Lancia is spearheading an initiative called Read With Me to pair every Kindergarten and First Grade student in Westbrook schools with a reading mentor.  Reading kick-off date during the week of March 12.  One Volunteer training meeting required at any location: 2/27 7:30AM at Canal, 3/1 Noon Congin, 3/6 6PM Canal.   Minimum commitment is 30 minutes per week for 10 weeks, on the day of the week of your choosing , reading to 1 or 2 assigned students.  Time of day to be negotiated between the volunteer and selected school (Canal, Congin or Saccarappa). Or partner with a friend and share the 10 weeks. To sign up go to:
You will also need to fill out a Volunteer Application to complete a free background check. The application can be found at: Westbrook School Dept Volunteer Application . This form can be edited to enter your information.  However, since your social security number is currently required, it is recommended that the form be printed, signed and returned to the Administrative offices at 117 Stroudwater St located next to the high school. They are open M-F 8AM to 4PM. 
Please note. This form does not have to be completed to participate in group events, like The Locker Project distributions. 
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:
*  2/13 - Megan Perry - Community Policing
               (Meet at Dunn St Legion Hall)
*  2/20 - No Meeting - School Vacation
*  2/27 - Dan Stevenson - Economic Development Director Westbrook
*  3/6   - Read Across America Day Celebration!!
*  3/13 - Peter Dewitt - Sr Communications Mgr - Idexx
*  3/20 - Gorham Village Alliance - Dan Nichols & Tom Ellsworth
*  3/27 - Danielle Rideout - Westbrook Recovery Liaison
*  4/3 -   Club Assembly
*  4/10 - Kathi Perkins - Classification Talk
*  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  - 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