Russell Hampton
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Feb 11, 2020 11:30 AM
Konbit Sante - Cap Haitien Health Cooperative
Feb 18, 2020
Feb 25, 2020 11:30 AM
Encouraging students to live & work in Westbrook
Mar 03, 2020 11:30 AM
CITE accreditation - What is the NEASC?
Mar 10, 2020 11:30 AM
Maine Audubon Conservation
Mar 17, 2020 11:30 AM
Mar 24, 2020 11:30 AM
Donate Life - Organ Donation
Mar 31, 2020 5:30 PM
Apr 21, 2020
See you at the Road Race April 20
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Rotary Night Out
WRVC Dining Room
Mar 31, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Patriot's Day Road Race 2020
Riverbank Park
Apr 20, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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  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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Coming This Week
This week we will welcome Nathan Nickerson, Executive Director of Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Parnership. You can read about the organization in this recent article from the Maine Sunday Telegram:
Winter Break Coming Up
In the lead-up to winter break, we’ve been collecting donations of healthy snack foods and easy-to-prepare meal items for WHS kids to take home for use over the vacation period. These can include peanut butter, jelly, cereal, mac and cheese, spaghetti sauce, pasta; canned ravioli, tuna, beans, soups, etc.  $20 Hannaford gift cards are also welcome.    If you’d like to help, please bring your donation THIS WEEK to our meeting.  We will deliver all donations to Perry Sutherland, WHS Social Worker during the Locker Project event on Wednesday February 12.
REMINDER that there will be no meeting next week on February 18 due to winter break. We’ll see you on February 25 when we’ll hear from Wendy Harvey, Co-Principal of Westbrook High School.
Forest Pest - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Colleen Teerling, an Entomologist with Maine Forest Service, spoke to us on February 3, 2020 about the invasive pest Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  This pest can be found all along the Atlantic seaboard from Georgia to Maine. Colder climates, like that in Maine, causes heavy mortality of the adelgid which slows down the damage.  However, this pest continues to spread in southern and coastal Maine.
The adelgid in Maine is largely found along the coast and down peninsulas.  It does not fly, relying on birds and mammals to spread. All adelgid are female, so they do not need to mate to reproduce. The population can grow pretty quickly with 2 generations being produced each year during the warmer months.
March to July is the period of fastest spread because the “crawlers” stage of their life cycle falls in that period. These are tiny specs that can cling to hair and clothes, and can be carried on vehicles.  It is best to work on hemlock only in the fall and winter seasons to avoid spread. At a more mature stage, white patches can be found on the underside of branches both at ground level and high up in trees.
There are chemical options, but these are reserved for areas at high risk for transfer. An example is the Kittery rest area off the turnpike. Pruning can be effective, especially along driveways and walking paths to help avoid transfer. Colleen suggested trimming overhanging branches and keeping bird feeders away from hemlock trees since birds are a major source of transfer. There is also a bio-control option with the Japan Beetle, but it is quite expensive so they are put out only in small numbers. It is not a practical solution for heavily populated areas.
Colleen also shared current and proposed quarantine areas. No living trees or trimmings can be moved out of these areas. Due to the continuing spread of the adelgid, the quarantine area will be extended into Knox, Waldo and Hancock counties along the coast. These are added to the current area that extends down the coast and includes all of York, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties, and much of Cumberland and Androscoggin counties.
Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club will be donating the picture book At One In a place called Maine by Lynn Plourde to the Walker Memorial Library in honor of Colleen.
For more information about the Hemlock Wolly Adelgid and other insects and diseases visit the Maine Forest Service website:
Save these dates!
Gorham Business Exchange Marketplace – Saturday March 21, 2020, USM Field House, 10AM-2PM
Rotary Night Out - Special Dinner at WRVC - Tuesday March 31, 2020 6PM.  Join us for our annual dinner planned, prepared and served by the culinary students under the guidance of Chef Charlie Limoggio.  More details soon.
Patriots Day Road Race - For area high school runners - Monday April 20. 2020 at Riverbank Park Westbrook.  Volunteers arrive to set up by 9AM. Race at 10AM with awards to follow.
Lunch with the Trades - Tuesday May 5, 2020 11:30AM.  An opportunity to meet and recognize the students who work on the Rotary house project.
Relay for Life at GHS – Sunday May 3, 2020 (tentative) – Gorham High School Interact Club will be holding a Relay for Life satellite event at GHS to benefit the American Cancer Society again this year.  Watch for more details on how you can help.
7th Annual Westbrook Strong 5K – Saturday July 18, 2020.  This race is in memory of Matthew Rairdon, a Westbrook HS Graduate and son of Councilor Gary Rairdon. Proceeds to nursing scholarships.  There is also a kids Fun Run and a Virtual Run for those who would like to make a donation. To sign up or donate go to: 7th Annual 5K Sign Up or Donate  You may also send a donation to: WS5K, PO Box 414, Westbrook ME, 04098
Run the Ridge Trail Race – Saturday October 10, 2020 9-11AM at Sunset Ridge 771 Cumberland Ave, Westbrook. $25 until summer. $30 after. To register:
Upcoming District Events
To register for any of these events, visit the Calendar on the District Website:
World Peace and Understanding Dinner – Thursday February 20 - 5:30PM Sheraton Sable Oaks
Grow Rotary Workshop – Saturday February 29 - 8:30AM-Noon Freeport Community Center.  If interested, contact Marty Helman at and provide info on topics you’d like to be addressed.
Interact New Generations Conference - Saturday Mar 21 - 8AM-2PM Dover High School Dover NH. Students $10, Rotarians $15. 
District Training Assembly – Saturday April 4 – 8:30AM-1PM
Rotary Leadership Institute – Saturday April 25 – 8AM-3:30PM York County Community College, Wells.
District Changeover – Tuesday June 30 - 5PM Camp Hinds, Raymond
District 7780 at the Sea Dogs - Friday July 24 - 6PM. Limited reserved seating - $10.  Use this link for tickets: 
Current & Upcoming Opportunities
The Locker Project - TLP will be at Westbrook High School, 125 Stroundwater St, Westbrook, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, with some exceptions due to holidays or school schedule.  Arrive by 1PM for set up. Done by about 2PM after clean up. Check in and out at the front office.  Upcoming dates include Feb 12 & 26, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27 .  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Christine Johnson.  
Junior Achievement – In Westbrook, every student in grades K-8 will have a “JA Experience” this year. Gorham is planning for the same with every student in grades 2-7.  Since this is all done by volunteers, lots of people are needed to make this happen. To learn more about JA Maine or to become a volunteer, go to:
This Week - Westbrook High School Food Pantry – Leading up to the Christmas break, the pantry was depleted and we expect the same prior to the winter break.  We will collect donations at four meetings January 21 through February 11. If you’d like to help, please bring a donation of non-perishable goods or cash. Popular items include: canned soups & stews, peanut butter & jams, canned foods with pop top lids, tuna or canned chicken in water, mac & cheese, cereal (individual boxes), healthy snacks and personal hygiene products.
2020 Guatemala Mission of FBC -  If you'd like to support FBC Westbrook's work in Guatemala, go to, Click on  button CLICK HERE TO GIVE Online, then select Fund from drop down options 2020 Guatemala Mission   Deadline to donate is March 15, 2020. 
Donate Life - Scott Linscott has been on the road visiting other Rotary Clubs in our district inviting them to join in on our District Governor's 100% Challenge. Our goal is for 100% registered organ donors in each and every club. District 7780 will then be having some fun recognizing top-achieving clubs at the district-wide training event in April. It's quick and easy it is to register at 
Next week Altrusa Doughraiser at Uno Pizzeria - Monday Feb 21-Thursday Feb 24, all day 11AM-11PM.  Just say you are eating for Altrusa and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Altrusa of Portland. You can show them a copy of the certificate at this site:
Matching Gift Rotary Year 2019-2020 - Don't forget the matching gift opportunity to secure a match for $50 donated to your favorite charity in this Rotary year.   If you recently made a donation to a charity that you would like to have matched, and have not already taken advantage of the matching opportunity, please send a note to our Treasurer Michael Foley.  Please include the name of your charity with mailing address and the date of your donation of at least $50.
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  
We are also interested in ideas for service projects in lieu of meetings, or in-meeting service projects.
The following lunch dates are available in the 2019-2020 Rotary year for YOUR program.   Sign up today!!
 * 4/7/2020* 4/28/2020* 6/2/2020
 * 4/14/2020* 5/19/2020* 6/9/2020
  * 5/26/2020* 6/23/2020
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 new 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.