Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Jan 23, 2018
Westbrook Economic Development
Jan 30, 2018
Gateway Sponsor
Feb 06, 2018
Feb 13, 2018
Community Policing in Westbrook
Feb 20, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
Mar 06, 2018
Children's Literature
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Classification Talk
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Upcoming Events
Feb 2018 Board Meeting
WRVC Board Room
Feb 06, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
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
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?
Rotary's Six Areas of Focus
   * Promoting Peace
   * Supporting Education
   * Growing Local Economies
   * Fighting Disease
   * Providing Clean Water 
   * Saving Mothers & Children
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Next Board Meeting 
February 6, 2018 10:30AM at WRVC
All members are welcome at Board Meetings


    * Pat Plummer – Birthday 1/16

Upcoming Opportunities
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.  1-2PM each time.  Wednesdays January 24, February 7, March 7, March 21, April 4.  No heavy lifting required. Help lay out food on tables and interact with the kids to encourage them to take items.  If you can help on any of these dates, please contact Christine Johnson.
FBC Westbrook Free Community Meal - Saturday January 20. Monthly, free, community dinner. Whether you are hungry for a delicious meal or hungry to get out and interact with others, they would love for you to be their guest. Yes, you can donate toward next month's meal but it's not necessary. This is not a fundraiser, it's a community connecting night with great food. They've been doing these dinners for going on 10 years. Come and bring a friend.
Altrusa Fundraiser - Saturday February 3, Spaghetti Dinner at St  Peter's Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave Portland. $10. Eat In or Take Out 5PM to 7PM. Proceeds benefit Altrusa programs.
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. 
Two Members Inducted
On January 9, 2018, we were pleased to induct two new members into the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club. Sarah Hutchins, Mortgage Loan Officer at Evergreen Credit Union, and Kathi Perkins, a long time Rotarian and retired educator who recently moved to our area, were welcomed to our club.
With Secretary Mike Foley in Hawaii, Club Service Chair Christine Johnson (R) and Club President Bill Chadwick (L) presented badges and other insignia to Sarah Hutchins and Kathi Perkins.
Westbrook Native & Passionate Volunteer
Prior to formal induction into the Club on January 9, 2018, Sarah Hutchins presented her Classification Talk to help us get to know her better. While Sarah currently lives in Gorham, she is from Westbrook where her parents still live in the house she grew up in. She graduated from Westbrook High School in the same class as fellow member Phil Spiller.
Sarah has worked since she was 11 years old when she first had a paper route. She later worked in restaurants, and then went to work for MBNA where skills learned led her into the mortgage business. She eventually formed her own business, at which time she first joined Rotary for a short time.  Sarah now works for Evergreen Credit Union at their Riverside St location where she is Mortgage Loan Officer.
Sarah reminded us that credit unions are owned by their members, unlike banks, and have been very stable financially even through economic downturns. Evergreen Credit Union is very supportive of community volunteer work. Evergreen provides a lot of community support for things like food pantries, schools, Special Olympics, adopt-a-family (at Christmas) and much more. In fact, Sarah is a regular volunteer at the Westbrook Food Pantry.
Sarah is passionate about working to drive opiates and the resulting problems out of our community. She is involved with the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program that helps people who have opiate disorder or are victims of opiate disorders. So many people of all income and social levels can be affected by this widespread problem. She hopes that Westbrook-Gorham Rotary will get involved in this fight.
To learn more about Evergreen Credit Union:
To learn more about the Westbrook Recovery Liaison Program: Westbrook-Recovery-Liaison-Program
Woodfords Family Services
Woodfords Family Services got its start 50 years ago in the basement of Woodfords Congregational Church. They started by working with five families with special needs children for whom public school was not a good fit. They now work with over 1500 families from very young children to elders. They are committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families in Maine communities.
On December 19, 2017, Kerry de Bree, Director of Development at Woodfords Family Services (WFC) explained that they provide in home support and case management for kids and adults alike. Their programs include education support and help identifying needed support services to help clients maximize their potential, lead safe and secure lives, and have positive enriching relationships. For example, they work hard at combating bullying, since folks with disabilities can be easy targets.
Woodfords works with children who are in state custody. In Maine, more than 2000 are in foster care each year. 60% of children entering foster care in Maine do so due to parental substance abuse or abuse risk factors. In the past 10 years, the number of children under age 5 in foster care has nearly doubled.
Therapeutic Foster Care is a subset of foster care cases and provides loving homes and care for children with medical, behavioral or mental health issues. A specialized type of care.
Who can be a Foster Parent?
  • Must be at least 21
  • Can be married or single
  • Can be a home owner or a renter
  • Have children or be childless
  • Can be at home or work outside the home
All types of people, of different backgrounds, from all sorts of circumstances can be a Foster Parents. The key is having a safe and loving home. Foster parents help children work towards specific goals and help coordinate a continuum of support for the child.  There is a lot of help available for foster parents through free training, mentoring programs, case workers, 24/7 on-call support, and in-home support.
Reunification with the child’s family is the primary goal of foster care. Unfortunately, less than half of children end up back with their family.
Kerry de Bree has been with Woodfords Family Services since 2007. She is responsible for fundraising efforts through federal, state and local grants, individual programs and special events. She also oversees the agency’s marketing efforts, including employee recruitment and legislative advocacy.
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 March and April.
Here is the list of upcoming speakers and programs:
*  1/16 - Ken Hawley - CEO Transformation Project - Project Update
*  1/23 - Dan Stevenson - Economic Development Director Westbrook
*  1/30 - Lynn Derocher - Convenient MD
*  2/6   - Club Assembly
*  2/13 - Megan Perry - Community Policing
               (Meet at Dunn St Legion Hall)
*  2/20 - No Meeting - School Vacation
*  2/27 - Gorham Village Alliance
*  3/6   - Read Across America Day Celebration!!
*  3/13 - Peter Dewitt - Sr Communications Mgr - Idexx
*  3/20 - Kathi Perkins - Classification Talk
*  3/27 - TBD
*  4/3 -   Club Assembly
*  4/10 - TBD
*  4/17 - No Meeting School Vacation - Road Race 4/16
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