Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
For the Summer we meet at American Legion Post #197
300 Conant Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
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
Plan to join us at our annual golf tournament which will be held Tuesday September 23, 2014. Shot gun start at noon. More details to follow shortly.
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.