Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham


Apr 28, 2015
May 12, 2015
Lunch with Vocational Students and Instructors
House Project and Voc Updates
May 19, 2015
Rebecca Albert - Director
Walker Memorial Library
Jun 02, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
Lawrence Furbish DG 2014-15 & Tony Wagner ADG
Rotary District 7780 Governor Remarks
Aug 04, 2015

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Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:30 AM
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center
125 Stroudwater St
Culinary Arts Dining Room
Westbrook, ME  04092
United States
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RYLA interviews for both Westbrook and Gorham will be conducted this week. 
Gorham: Tuesday April 28 at 9:15 AM.  Please meet at the Gorham High School guidance office at 9AM. 41 Morrill Ave, Gorham, ME.
Westbrook: Wednesday April 29 at 10AM.  Please meet at the Westbrook High School guidance office at 9:45AM.  125 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME.
If you would like to participate in the interviews and selections, please contact Hal Thomas at 318-4643 or Jason Beever at 839-3371.


Each spring, on the day observed in New England as Patriots Day, the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club sponsors a road race exclusively for high school runners. Franklin Emery initiated the race (We believe in 1948) to provide high school students their own event to coincide with the Portland Boys Club 5-miler and the Boston Marathon, each celebrating the legendary ride of Paul Revere. 2015 was the 66th running of this event.


2015 Results

Boys Team: Scarborough

Girls Team: Westbrook


Local Boys Winner: Luther Williams, Westbrook

Local Girls Winner: Halee Phelps, Westbrook


Top Boy: Jacob Terry, Scarborough

Top Girl: Halee Phelps, Westbrook


Jeff Rousselle, Sales and Marketing Manager of 24 Trauma Restore, was our guest and speaker on April 14.  24Restore is a Massachusetts-based, full service disaster restoration company specializing in restoring homes and commercial properties to their pre-loss condition.  They have experience working with angry, grieving and stressed people. They try to minimize demolition, fully document the process, and make sure restoration is done the right way.
They currently have operations in all New England states and are expanding into in NY. They remain an owner operated company, not a franchise, as a means to maintain quality control. They clean up after disasters like fire, water damage, mold, unattended death, meth labs, and biohazards. They also do reconstruction in which they use their own forces and are always interested in partnering with local contractors.  They aim to be a one stop shop for any type of loss.
This past winter, ice dams have created a lot of work. Many people don’t understand that while insurance will pay for damage done, they won’t pay for upgrades to a roof to permanently resolve the problem.   Other contamination items they have experience with include roach mitigation and skunk removal and clean up.  They have a special room in one of their Massachusetts facilities where they can clean and remove smells from clothing and fabrics.
Deb Shangraw praised Jeff and his company for their great work in properties she manages and for their strong local support of Toys for Tots and Teens.
For more information:

Westbrook Together Days will be held on May 29-30 this year. Julie Hamm and Christine Johnson are exploring opportunities for Westbrook-Gorham Rotary to participate this year.  Please contact them with your ideas, or speak with them at our next meeting. 
Westbrook Together Days is a 2-day festival that is fun for families and residents of all ages.  The event is held on Friday from 5 PM – 10 PM and all day on Saturday from 8 AM – 10 PM.  Saturday begins with a 5k run/kid’s 1/2 mile fun run and concludes with a 30 minute firework display.  This event typically attracts 15-20,000 people and this year is Westbrook’s 36th annual Together Days event.
This is a city wide event that several businesses and citizens volunteer their time and money to make it the success that it has become.  In 2010, Westbrook Together Days was awarded the Spirit of America Award for volunteerism in Maine and continues to bring pride and continuity to the community.
Find more information about WTD on FaceBook:

We are pleased to report that Mike Foley and Jessica Champagne are expecting a baby boy on September 29.  Congratulations to Mike and Jessica!

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. On April 25-28, 2015, ten students from the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center will be attending the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando Florida.  Eight of those students spoke to us briefly about their accomplishments, with several first place finishes in state competition that have qualified them to attend this prestigious event.  
The students are in the process of raising funds to support this trip:
  • April 7 - Texas Roadhouse – 600 Gallery Blvd, Scarborough.  Restaurant hours 3-10PM.  A portion of profits for meals sold that day will be donated to DECA
  • April 12 - Bottle Drive – Contact for pick up and drop off information
  • April 15 - Fashion Show - 7PM at WHS Auditorium
  • April 19 – Pancake Breakfast – 8-10AM - Eagles Club 89 Saco St, Westbrook.
 Please come out and help these accomplished students in their fundraising efforts.

Stu Simon, Development Director, and Tony Doman, President of the Board of Directors of Port Resources, were our guests and speakers on March 31.   Port Resources provides services and programs to people with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. They are dedicated to empowering people to live meaningful and fulfilled lives in their communities. They have 22 group homes around Cumberland County, including 5 in Gorham, serving about 90 people. Much of their funding has come from the state through Maine Care.  However, the state is now moving towards funding group homes only for the profoundly disabled.
Port Resources offers community outreach services, like outpatient counseling and life skills training, to about 300-400 people. They also work with people who have autism and Down’s syndrome.  In addition, they offer professional training and software development.  Their training arm offers training for CNAs and for Direct Support Providers who work in homecare.  They train both their own personnel and those of other social services organizations.  All of these offerings are a means of diversifying their services and revenue streams to support their group homes as state funding priorities change.
Port Resources is located on Gannett Dr in South Portland.   They accept donations of cash, goods and volunteer labor, including their Adopt-A-Home program.  For those wishing to donate goods, they have Our Wish List to identify needed items.    Upcoming Fundraising event: April 14, 4-9PM, Flatbread’s Pizza, Commercial St Portland.  A donation will be made for each pizza sold.
Read more about Port Resources on their website at:

Six Rotarians from Westbrook-Gorham joined approximately 170 other Rotarians at the District Assembly at York County Community College in Wells on Saturday March 28.   For large clubs, Oxford Hills had the highest percentage of attendees per capita with 13.  For small clubs, Yarmouth had the highest percentage of about one third with 5 attendees.
DGE Sheila Rollins welcomed attendees and thanked them for giving up a Saturday.  Claudia Frost of the Brunswick club offered a Rotary moment related to their Global Grant which will train teaches in Zambia to recognize common childhood illnesses so they can be treated early. John Dennen Brunswick Coastal spoke about community service and Sheila’s request that Clubs join forces with at least one other club in their ADG area to complete a service project. Finally, PDG Ann Lee Hussey provided an update on the fight against polio.  While there have been some recent setbacks, the fight goes on with particular emphasis on Pakistan where 90% of recently reported cases have occurred. With the double match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35M annually, our dollars donated can go farther than ever before.   She challenged each club to make a commitment to Polio Plus in 2015-2016.
Attendees then participated in three 40 minute break out sessions. Sessions included Global Grants, Rotary Leadership Institute, volunteer mentoring in restorative justice, youth programs, action groups, training for protection officers, the role of the club Foundation chair, and District Grants, among other topics.
After lunch, attendees were treated to a presentation on building a team by Ed Joyce, an educator who has spent the past 40 plus years helping people of all ages to allow their confidence and competence as successful learners and leaders to emerge in whatever fields they seek to pursue. Using humor and keen observations developed during his career in Boston Public Schools and subsequent consulting career, he kept the audience engaged and laughing. 
The assembly closed with DG Lawrence Furbish presenting two videos encouraging attendance at this year’s District Conference at Wentworth by the Sea. Deadline for hotel registration at the conference rate is March 31.  See the District website for more information.

On Friday March, Bob Nunley was presented with the insignia designating him Paul Harris Fellow Plus One.   Present at Gorham House for the award presentation were President Steve Rand, President-Elect Christine Johnson, and Bob’s wife Sheila. 
Bob joined the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club in September 1967, making him one of our three longest serving members.  Over the years, he has contributed many hours to fundraisers, events, and projects, all in the spirit of “service above self”.  He has also been a longtime supporter of the Rotary Foundation and was approaching the PHF+1 recognition level when he became ill.  Through a donation of Foundation points to thank him for his service, we were able to move him to that next level.
We are happy to report that both Bob and Sheila were in good spirits.  Both Bob and Sheila were quick with a joke or quip as they spoke a little about their courtship, their home in Windham, Bob’s work at Bluerock, and Rotary past.

Tom Elliman, was the guest of Bill Gowen and our speaker on March 24.  He started in Maine and returned back to his roots in 2007 after he lived and worked in Motorsports in the following cities: Oxford and Portland, ME, Loudon, NH, and Dearborn, MI.
He graduated from Lincoln Academy in Newcastle and went on to Wesleyan University.  After college and the army, Tom started at Channel 8 working as a weather reporter. He and a friend had the idea of doing a short Motorsports segment weekly. This grew into a career which ranged from working at local tracks such as Oxford Speedway, to becoming the manager and promoter of N.H. International Speedway in Loudon, all the way to the big league with Ford Motor Company in their racing division.
Tom entertained the Westbrook Gorham Rotary Club with the history of Motor Sports back to the original motor car built in Germany, through amateur racing which consisted of drivers with full time jobs who raced on their own time, through semi-professionals who worked part time at one job and part time in an expanded racing season, all the way to big time professional racers who did nothing but race.
Tom has worked at:
Greater Portland Landmarks
Republican City Committee
Marketing Consulting Services
Ford Racing
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Our St Patrick's Day dinner and social was a great success.  43 Rotarians, Kiwanians, and friends gathered for a wonderful meal and fellowship at the Regional Vocational Center Culinary Arts Dining Room.  Chef Limoggio and the students prepared and served a delicious meal. 
Special guests included Rotary District Governor Elect Sheila Rollins and her husband Merrill, District Governor Nominee Marge Barker, Assistant District Governor Elect Tony Wagner, and Westbrook Kiwanis President Dillon Knight. 
The Crooners were in fine voice. The sang several "rat pack" hits including Ain't That a Kick in the Head, Memories Are Made of This, and Summer Wind. Then they switched into St Patrick's Day mode (pictured) and lead a sing-along of favorite Irish tunes. Thanks to Carlo Giraulo, Paul Andriulli and Vincent Fiero for a fun night.

Cristal and Yeremy flew back to the Dominican Republic on Thursday March 12. Yeremy´s father picked them up at the airport and they all traveled about 50 miles west of Santo Domingo to Bani, Yeremy’s hometown. Ingri and Cristal slept there that night and continued their travel of some 100 additional miles to their hometown of Barahona on the southwest coast the next morning.
Thanks are due to GOL New England, to the medical team at MMC and to Rotary’s own Paul Emery, for these two Gifts of Life.


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service
Community Service
Rotary Foundation
Club Protection Officer
Interact Advisor
Web Administrator
Road Race Chairman
Board Executive


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