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Posted by Christine Johnson on Nov 18, 2014

Westbrook Interim Police Chief Janine Roberts and Interim Fire Chief Andrew Turcotte were our speakers on November 18.  Both were recently appointed upon the departure in mid-September of Westbrook’s former Public Safety Director Mike Pardue.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Nov 23, 2014

Members and Friends: Please join us at Judith and Ed Reidman's for our annual Christmas party 5:30PM  at 7 Enchanted Ln Westbrook ME.  Sign up sheets for pot luck will be available at our next two meetings. If you want to join in the fun of the Yankee Swap, please purchase and wrap an item of $10-$15 value. See you there!

Posted by Christine Johnson on Nov 04, 2014

Haiti Cardiac Alliance, with offices in Burlington VT and Haiti, is a little less than 2 years old. Owen Robinson, their Executive Director, was our guest for lunch on November 4 and shared a little about the work his organization has been doing. While this organization is separate from Gift of Life with which we are all familiar, Rotary and HCA work closely together in over 200 countries to arrange surgeries and provide support to patients.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Nov 04, 2014

Bill Chadwick introduced our speaker, David Alvarez - Director International Projects for Centro Cristino Cultural De Guatemala. David has worked with Rotary for nearly 18 years.  He is currently working on several projects in 15 villages and 1 city across Guatemala – some in very remote villages.  These projects provide a vision for the future to make them self-sustaining.

Posted by David Rolfe on Nov 01, 2014

The UN Day Interact Trip was a great success and the students were in favor of making it an annual event.  There was a full bus representing 20 Interact Cubs¸ including two Interacters from Westbrook-Gorham RC.    Attached is the video blog link that DG Lawrence Furbish put together:  http://vimeo.com/110854950

Posted by David Rolfe on Oct 28, 2014

Bruce Dyer, WHS Interact Club advisor, and two students who attended RYLA joined us for our lunch meeting on October 28.

Bruce briefly mentioned some of the many Interact activities going on this year. These included Halloween on Main Street, Child Care (Place at the Table), Salvation Army bell ringing, Festival of Trees, baking apple pies for Thanksgiving, etc. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the charter of the Westbrook club. Bruce has done a great job with this club as demonstrated by these activities.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Oct 21, 2014

Camp Susan Curtis, located on pristine Trout Lake in Stoneham ME, just celebrated its 40th year. Terri Mulks, Camp Director, just finished her fifth summer and came to share information about the camp with us.

The Susan L Curtis Foundation was established in 1971 with the mission to build individual character, self confidence and self-esteem of economically disadvantaged Maine children through provision of tuition-free, high quality educational, social, and camping experiences.  The camp opened in 1974 with programming that helps develop skills necessary to be successful in school, in higher education and in the workforce.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Oct 14, 2014

With the approval of the Board, the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham has made donations in the 2014-2015 fiscal year to the following organizations:


Walker Memorial Library – in memory of Kenneth Saunders
Shelter Box USA
Ronald MacDonald House
Meals on Wheels
Gorham Food Pantry
Westbrook Food Pantry
Good Samaritan Fuel Fund

Posted by Christine Johnson on Oct 14, 2014

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who sponsored holes and/or sponsored teams.  Net proceeds this year were about $3700. The exact amount will be available soon.  The list of those we need to acknowledge is lengthy thanks to the efforts of many in our club who secured support, including Wayne Lopez, Jack Kivus, Steve Rand, Cliff Plummer, and Pat Plummer among many others.  Without your hard work and perseverance, this event would not have been possible.

A big Rotary thanks goes out to the following:
Blake Hurley McCallum & Conley
Bruce Saunders
Carr & Langille Plumbing and Heating
Casco Federal Credit Union
Cavallaro Auto Repair
Chalmers Insurance Group
Dan Willette
Desmond & Rand P.A.
FCR Properties LLC – Richard Durgin Jr
Glidden Excavating & Paving
Gorham Flag Center
Henry Saunders
Jack Kivus DMD
Jill V & Matthew A McFarland
Judith Reidman
LP Appliance
MacDonald Brothers Electrical
Michael W. Webb
Obrion Carpet Care
P&C Insurance
Pacquin & Carroll Insurance
Patrick W. Sweeney
Plummer Properties - Clifford Plummer
R.M. Davis Inc
Saco & Biddeford Savings
Saco River Dentistry
Sebago Technics
Shaw Brothers Construction
Stone Coast Mortgage
T. Nelson Harmon
V.P. Builders
Wayne Lopez

Posted by Christine Johnson on Oct 08, 2014

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Marjorie Saunders, wife of long-time Westbrook-Gorham Rotarian Henry Saunders.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, located at 810 Main St., Westbrook. A reception will follow at the church. Burial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Woodlawn Cemetery, 380 Stroudwater St., Westbrook. Arrangements made by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland. On-line condolences may be shared at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

See more at:  http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=marjorie-higbee-saunders&pid=172780585&fhid=16699#sthash.8x2ipfRO.dpuf

Donations in her memory may be made to The Maine Medical and Tuft University Program, which trains Medical Doctors for rural medicine in Maine. The men and women in this program receive an M.D. degree from Maine Medical Center and Tufts University in four years. The mailing address is: Maine Medical Center Development Department 22 Bramhall St. Portland, Maine 04102

Posted by Christine Johnson on Oct 07, 2014

District Governor Lawrence Furbish and his wife Barbara, both members of the Sanford-Springvale Club, were guests at our meeting on October 7. District Governor Nominee Marge Barker also joined us.  Larry started with a quote from Confucius that is the inspiration for the 2014-2015 RI theme:  Light Up Rotary.  “It is better to light one small candle than curse the darkness.” Together, we can light up the world.

Larry shared the Rotary Strategic Plan which had three key objectives: Strengthen Clubs, Increase Humanitarian Service and Enhance Public Awareness of Rotary.

Posted by John Kivus on Oct 12, 2014

The day was ideal for the 20th annual Rotary Scholarship Scramble hosted at Gorham Country Club. Ten (10) teams shotgun started at 12:00 and finished around 4:30. Pre-round sandwiches were provided by hole sponsor T.J.'s Sandwich Shop and the tournament was underway. Everyone participated in the putting contest following their completion of the 9th hole.

Tournament prizes and raffle prizes were distributed during the buffet following the tournament. Many thanks to all the hole sponsors, prize donators, and Rotarian workers for their support. Treasurer Bill Gowen is tabulating the proceeds and a complete financial report will be available to members once his is done.

Dr. Wayne Lopez and his friends from Sunset Ridge Golf Course helped to make this tournament a great success. The tournament grows from year to year and with all the compliments the committee received, I'm predicting the 21st tournament will be another fun day.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Sep 30, 2014

Andrew Rueger, Casco Bay District Executive Pine Tree Council BSA, was our guest speaker for our return to the WRVC on Tuesday September 30.   The mission of Boys Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of Scout Oath and Law.  The Pine Tree Council serves about 3800 Cub Scouts, 2100 Boy Scouts, 250 Venturers, and 250 Explorers with the support of over 3000 trained adult volunteers.

Posted by Christine Johnson

The 20th Annual Rotary Classic Golf Tournament was held Tuesday September 23, 2014 at the Gorham Country Club under sunny skies.  The tournament was a great success again this year thanks to our generous sponsors and golfers.  Our club also owes a big “thank you” to co-chairs Drs Jack Kivus and Wayne Lopez.   More information to follow.

Posted by Judith Reidman on Sep 16, 2014

Speaker, Joe Pappalardo 29 year Board Member spoke to the group regarding Camp Sunshine which began 30 years ago in June. The owners of Point Sebago allowed the use of their property two weeks before Point Sebago opened and two weeks after closure.  The camp was designed to support families and their children who had life threatening illnesses.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Sep 09, 2014

Ted grew up in South Carolina on his family farm. He holds a BS in Biology with minors in Physics and Math, and also holds a Doctorate of Chiropracty.   He moved to Maine in 1981 where he opened his practice in Windham.  In 1995, he opened a second office in Greenville.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Sep 02, 2014

David Murray, a retired nurse anesthetist and long-time OLLI student and board member, shared his enthusiasm for Osher Life Long Learning Institute with us.  The program now known as OLLI, began in 1997 as Senior College.  Rabbi Harry Sky encouraged then USM President Richard Patenaude to start a program for folks 55+. Volunteers offered just four courses to start, but interest was proven to be very high when hundreds showed up to enroll and three more courses were added.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Sep 02, 2014

Member Program/Speaker Assignments have been updated through April 2015. Please check the listing on our webpage under Site Pages/Program Assignments for your assigned dates. As always, if you need assistance with identifying a program or speaker, contact Hal Thomas.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Sep 02, 2014

Chef Limoggio has invited us to return to our "winter venue" at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center on Tuesday September 30. 125 Stroudwater St Westbrook. See you there!

Posted by Christine Johnson on Aug 26, 2014

Michael D. Harmon, known to Press Herald readers as M.D. Harmon, retired assistant managing editor, editorial writer and columnist, provided his perspective on climate change. As he explained, he speaks to scientific topics in laymen’s terms.

The term global warming is still used, but the use of “climate change” has become more prevalent in recent years.  In addition, a new term has entered the discussion: climate weirding.   No one denies that there is climate change, but there has always been climate change. The debate is around what is causing that change now.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Aug 19, 2014

Donna Dwyer, Executive Director,  spoke to our club about the teen center located at 755 Main St in Westbrook.

My Place Teen Center provides a safe haven for youth, ages 10 – 18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources and hope. Their vision: All youth will have the academic, job readiness, and life skills necessary to lead independent adult lives filled with stewardship, courage, passion and joy.  The center is open afternoon hours Monday-Friday with programs that include help with homework, health & fitness, STEM programming, life skills development and creative expression.

MPTC is in the process of upgrading their kitchen and has recently received a grant from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and the Maine Sunday Telegram.  However, there is still more to do to complete improvements to this "teaching kitchen".  Donna is already working on a written proposal to be submitted to our Charitable Projects and Contribution Committee.  The committee will review and make a recommendation to the Club as a whole, so we can determine how we might be able to help.  If approved by club, Paul Emery will write a Rotary Foundation Community Grant request to add to what we can raise.

For more information about the center, visit: http://myplaceteencenter.org/   


Posted by Christine Johnson on Aug 12, 2014


Mike Koza – Regulatory Protection Advisor, Chad Thompson – Source Protection Coordinator and Sarah Plummer – Education Coordinator

Mike, Chad and Sarah each spoke to current happenings at the Portland Water District.


Posted by Christine Johnson on Aug 05, 2014

On Tuesday August 5, a small group attended our weekly meeting. Several topics were discussed, with most of the time dedicated to discussion of meeting format and  member recruitment.


Posted by Christine Johnson

Dana Humphrey, Dean of the University of Maine College of Engineering, described the current state of the engineering work force in Maine. He discussed the role of engineers in our economy, our aging workforce, demand in the STEM fields, the current production rate of engineers, and the role of research and development.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Jul 22, 2014

Peter Crichton, County Manager of Cumberland County, grew up in Mars Hill and is a former Rotarian. He has worked in municipal and county government for about 30 years and has been County Manager in Cumberland County since 1999. He shared with us some of his successes and his vision for the future.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Jul 16, 2014

The rain clouds cleared and the sun came out on Wednesday July 16, just in time for the Annual Lobster Bake, held again this year at the Saunders home on beautiful Sebago Lake.  This popular event was attended by over 50 Rotarians, family, and friends.  The crowd enjoyed a wonderful meal of lobster or steak that included delicious side dishes and desserts provided by several of the attendees.

At the end of the meal, most of the group moved indoors for the sing-a-long.  Pianist Eric Peppi led us through many old favorites from the Rotary Songbook.  Everyone had a great time singing and enjoying the view across the lake to Mount Washington.

Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to the success this year.  Special thanks to Nelson Harm, Dan Willett, and Walt Stinson.  Finally, our sincerest thanks to Henry and Marjorie Saunders who opened their lovely home to us again this year.


Posted by John Kivus on Jul 08, 2014

Roland Rancourt (Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Outdoor Recreation Instructor) gave an excellent informative talk on "Managing the bear population in Maine". Discussion ensued on the November referendum which we will all be voting on. Facts and statistics were discussed based on 40 years of scientific study by IF&W. Questions followed the talk and members added to the lively presentation.

Read more at: http://savemainesbearhunt.com/


Posted by Christine Johnson on Jul 01, 2014

Steve Rand, of Desmond Rand PA, Westbrook, was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham on July 1.

We also thanked outgoing President Patty Kenney, Branch Manager of Casco Federal Credit Union, for her service during 2013-2014.



Posted by Carolyn Watkins on Jun 24, 2014

Westbrook-Gorham Rotarian Wayne Lopez DDS spoke to us about Rotary Dental Missions. Things are at a standstill in Azerbaijan at this time due to the local government officials taking their time to provide licenses.  However, the dental clinics in Guatemala are providing care to many children and adults that need dental care.  Until recently, the only work they could do was extractions.  However, they have recently acquired a piece of portable equipment that lets them offer dental care that can save teeth.  This small, but powerful piece of equipment costs $5000.

In some villages, they use a folding table and carry all their instruments in a back pack.  In one village they set up on a front porch with no electricity, and another in a medical clinic.  Some of the children have abscessed teeth, while others have bad cavities probably due to chewing on sugar cane. They often have 50 or more families seek help. They went to Honduras to a village 50 miles out from the biggest town in the area. Rotary presence can be seen in many places in this area.  There is a bridge that makes the trip shorter, clean water and other improvements made by Rotary over the years.  A clinic with electricity would be most helpful, as would funding for more specialized dental equipment.  

Posted by Christine Johnson on Jun 17, 2014

Eric Dudley, PE, Westbrook City Engineer spoke about several projects planned or underway in Westbrook.  He had several drawings with him showing the upcoming plans.


Posted by Christine Johnson on Jun 10, 2014

Mike Foley, Westbrook City Councilor and fellow Rotarian, was our speaker at of meeting on June 10. Mike was part of a small delegation from the greater Portland area that recently traveled to sister city Archangel, Russia.   At the invitation of Archangel Vice Mayor Vladimir Garmashov, the delegation, representing the 14 communities involved in the agreement, visited during America Week and during the April 4th anniversary of the sister-city relationship.  Joining Mike on the trip was Phil Spiller Jr, son of former Mayor Phil Spiller who was instrumental in forming the sister-city relationship 25 years ago.


Posted by Carolyn Watkins on May 27, 2014

Kristina Sabasteanski, Army Vet and two- time Olympian spoke to us about Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training - VAST.

The goal of VAST is to promote lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through regular participation in a VAST array of physical activities and sports. Any and all veterans are encouraged to volunteer and enjoy some outdoor activities and a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans.

This program provides physical activity for wounded veterans to get them out in the open and strengthen their muscles.  It is a fun form of therapy.  The center of operations for VAST is at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester ME, but there is skiing and other winter sports at nearby ski slopes.  There is also horseback riding, cycling, and archery, while eliminating any barriers and getting vets active and making friends with other vets with similar problems.

The participants come from all over Maine. There are sleeping accommodations at Pineland and vets can bring family members.  The program has proven to be very successful.  


Posted by Christine Johnson on May 20, 2014

Sheila Rollins, DG Nominee 2015-2016 was our guest and speaker on May 20, 2014.   Youth Exchange, or Next Generations, is one of the Rotary five avenues of service and part of Rotary's strategic plan.  Rotary Youth programs include:

  • Interact - for kids 12-18.  This is oftern school based, but can be community based.
  • Rotaract - for your adults 18-30. Must be sponsored by a Rotary club and are often University based.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange - youth and young adults travel and live in different cultures
  • RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

Westbrook High School currently has an Interact group lead by Bruce Dyer. It has about 15 members and has been active with projects in the local community. Unfortunately, there is no current group at Gorham High School.  The only local Rotaract group is affilicated with the University of New England.

Pictured President-Elect Steve Rand and Sheila Rollins


Posted by Christine Johnson on May 06, 2014

Susan Rowen, York County Community Development Director at Big Brothers & Big Sisters joined us for our luncheon meeting on May 6, 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization with over 360 agencies across the US.  Susan’s group supports kids in York and Cumberland Counties. Since 1995, they have matched adult and high school-aged volunteers with children to foster nurturing, professionally supported, one-to-one mentor relationships.

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