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May 27, 2014
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Westbrook Regional Vocational Center

125 Stroudwater Street
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Westbrook, ME 04092
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Posted by Christine Johnson on Apr 08, 2014

On September 27, 1957, a groundbreaking was held at the corner of Woodlawn and Libby Ave in Westbrook. This groundbreaking inaugurated more than 56 years of partnership among the City of Westbrook, the Vocational Center, and the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club.

The first house was funded by a group of local businessmen with the objective of developing a self-sustaining learning tool for the Vocational Center.  It is interesting to note the first house pre-dates the founding of the WRVC.  Over the intervening years, 44 houses have been built, with house 45 under construction now on Dale Ave in Westbrook.

Proceeds from the home sales provide funding for annual scholarships and toolships for WRVC students. Proceeds are also turned around into construction of the next house.

Posted by Michael Foley on Apr 08, 2014

Today, our Rotary International Foundation Chair, Jason Beever presented Christine Johnson with the club's latest Paul Harris Fellow+1. This is an indication that Christine has donated $2,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. Our club is honored to have members like Christine who support Rotary's Missions!

Congratulations Christine!

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Posted by Christine Johnson on Apr 01, 2014

Program April 1, 2014

Eric Dribner, Founder Echo Land Trust and Stefan Jackson, Director Presumpscot Regional Land Trust were our guests and speakers on April 1. Both trusts work in communities in the Sebago Lake watershed. It’s very important to protect this watershed because it is the source of water for the Portland Water District, some of the purest water in the country.

Land Trusts are designed to buy and protect land for future and traditional activities, although sometimes easements are obtained from landowners for protection purposes. Both groups work with local communities to identify and preserve land. Sustaining land for traditional uses preserves quality of place for the future. Most areas of Maine have a local land trust.

Posted by Christine Johnson on Mar 25, 2014

Program March 25, 2014

Risa Bridges-Hall, Development Director for the Animal Refuge League, spoke about the new facility they are planning to build. The ARL was established in 1911. The original shelter on India Street in Portland was funded by Maine Governor Percival Baxter who was an animal lover.  The location on Stroudwater St was built in 1957 and named after Governor Baxter.  It was originally situated on 73 acres of land, but later, 40 acres were sold to provide funds for the Future Fund ( http://www.futurefund.me/ ). 

Posted by Christine Johnson

Program March 18, 2014

Our Secretary Mike Foley provided a tutorial on using our website during our meeting of Tuesday March 18.  

Members, please log in and update your information or add a picture.  Read about upcoming speakers or find contact information for members of our club.  The website is a tool for you to use and enjoy.   Please contact Mike Foley or Christine Johnson if you have ideas for changes or improvements.

If you have forgotten your password, click on the link provided during login to have a new password sent to your email of record.

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Posted by Christine Johnson

Program March 4, 2014

Ashley Caswell, Events Coordinator at Camp Sunshine, was our speaker on March 4.

Camp Sunshine sits on Sebago Lake in Casco ME. Camp Sunshine has year-round programs that provide respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness.  The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.

Keller Williams sponsors and annual Suitcase Party, for which all proceeds go to Camp Sunshine (mainesuitcaseparty.com).  The party is held at the Portland Jetport.  Near the end of the night, a drawing is held and the grand prize winner and guest are wisked away to NYC for the weekend on a private jet.  For those who don't win the grand prize, there are chances to win get away weekends at local resorts with immediate departure via limousine.   Lots of fun raising money for a wonderful cause!

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Posted by Christine Johnson

Program February 25, 2014

Robert Burns, P.E. Public Works Director for Gorham and Terry Deering, Deputy Director were our guest speakers. Their operations are wide ranging from plowing and patching roads, to collecting trash and recycling, to repairing municipal vehicles, to road construction.

Posted by Christine Johnson

Program February 11, 2014

J. Scott Moody, chief executive officer, The Maine Heritage Policy Center was our guest and speaker on Tuesday February 11, 2014. He spoke about FreeMe, an economic development plan that seeks to spur business and job growth.

Posted by Christine Johnson

Program January 28, 2014

Greg Jordan, General Manager of Metro, the Greater Portland Transit District, was our guest at our Club meeting today. Greg came to Portland from Tempe AZ, which has a thriving and growing public transit system system.


 

Posted by Christine Johnson

Program January 21, 2014

Rotarian Frank Emery and his daughter Anita Emery spoke to us about the Maine Adaptive Sports Recreation program. 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (Maine Adaptive) was founded in 1982 by Dr. Omar (Chip) Crothers, a Portland-based orthopedic surgeon and Leslie B. Otten, founder of American Skiing Company. It was the first adaptive ski organization in Maine for people with physical disabilities. In 1982 Maine Adaptive was housed at Sunday River’s South Ridge Lodge with 8 participants, 2 volunteers and one part-time staff member. Today, Maine Adaptive has its own 4300 square foot slope side facility at Sunday River

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