Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham


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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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District 7780 District Assembly - Saturday March 28, 2015  - York County Community College, Wells ME
I am a Rotarian but not an officer or a committee chair, why should I attend District Assembly ?
       One key to a successful and growing Rotary club is informed and enthusiastic members. Attending Rotary meetings above the club level exposes you to knowledge about Rotary that will motivate you and your club will become stronger and more effective. You will also expand your personal and business network to Rotarians from across the district and you will enhance your personal leadership skills.
What is District Assembly ?
               In view of the annual turnover of Rotary leadership and members each year, special effort is required to provide club leaders with appropriate instruction for the tasks they will assume. The annual district assembly is the major leadership training event in each Rotary district of the world.

The workshops offer motivation, inspiration, Rotary information and new ideas for club officers, directors and key committee chairmen of each club. Some of the most experienced district leaders conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects. The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to make their club more effective and interesting.
If you would like to attend District Assembly for Rotary District 7780, let Steve Rand know by our next meeting on March 24 so the club can organize payment.  Also, please register at the District website by the registration deadline which is Wednesday March 25.  

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.

Angela is an Alaska native, born and raised in Juneau. She worked at the Alaska Public Offices Commission while attending the University of Alaska Southeast and later, after participating in a student exchange program, she transferred to Binghamton University.  She worked for the City of Binghamton NY as Project Officer, Deputy City Clerk, and finally City Clerk.  She is a graduate of Binghamton University with BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law.
Angela joined the City of Westbrook in December 2014.  She has great respect for history and the history of government, and appreciates Westbrook’s concern for historical preservation. In fact, one area of focus for her this year will be records preservation and retention.  In her short time in Westbrook, she has seen a strong concern for people in Maine and appreciates the great city/town clerk network we have here.
Peter Milholland, Citizen Stewards Coordinator for Friends of Casco Bay, joined us on March 3. Peter has long experience volunteering with environmental groups and joined the staff of Friends of Casco Bay in 1995. 
Friends of Casco Bay was started 25 years ago by folks who lived in the area around Casco Bay. They were spurred on by a 1989 report which described the poor health of the Bay due to things like oil discharge and sewage.  At the time, there was no group to place focus on the ongoing health of the Bay or to advocate for the changes needed.  The first employee was Joe Payne, the Bay Keeper, who retired earlier this year. While the Bay Keeper holds the official title, trained citizen volunteers are critical to the organization’s mission.
In 1993, Friends of Casco Bay was certified to train volunteers based on EPA standards so that data can be used by Federal and State Agencies in making decision and setting policies.  They train citizen scientists to perform water testing: pH, clarity, temperature, among other factors.  Over the years, they have been able to refine the sampling process to become more efficient and effective in the data gathering.  These volunteers are also trained so they can be effective advocates for the Bay, for example, in the area of nitrogen pollution mitigation and prevention.
Gift of Life, a Rotary sponsored organization and an international project of the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club, brought two children from the Republica Dominica to Maine on February 9 for heart operations.  We had the pleasure of meeting them on February 24.
Guests at our meeting were the two children, Cristal Espinosa and Yeremy Berroa, and their mothers, Ingri Beltre and Valentina Mateo. Accompanying them was Sarah Taylor and her niece Abby. Sarah is a member of the Gift of Life, and serves as a friend and interpreter, as the children and their mothers only speak Spanish. Sarah was instrumental in coordinating with members of the Rotary Club of Portland which worked with our club in obtaining warm clothing and boots as well as assisting in doctor and lab appointments.
Gorham Interim Police Chief Chris Sanborn and Patrol Officer Ted Hatch were our special guests and speakers at our February 24th meeting.   Chief Sanborn provided an overview of the Gorham Police Department and his career.  Officer Hatch spoke about the many programs that the department supports in the community, including: VIPS, TRIAD, SNAP, and Yellow Dot.
Chief Sanborn has been with the Gorham Police Department for over 25 years, the last 10 as Lieutenant.  In that time, he has been acting chief on four occasions and has been Interim Chief since November 2014.
The Gorham Police Department celebrated 50 years as a full time police force last year.  To serve their community of about 16,000 residents, they currently have 23 sworn officers, 2 staff members, and 1 part time animal control officer.  They receive dispatches through Cumberland County dispatch center and handled over 13,000 calls last year. Two of their officers are partnered with the school department as School Resource Officers. Ten of the 23 are patrol officers.
February 23rd marked an important date, the 110th anniversary of Rotary International. On that day in 1905, Rotary founder Paul Harris formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Since then, Rotary has continued its commitment to service by providing clean water, improving maternal health, awarding scholarships, fighting diseases, and improving lives around the world.
This year, also marked the 30th anniversary of the PolioPlus program. Since the fight to end polio began, 2 billion children have been immunized, 10 million children have been saved from lifelong paralysis and 125 countries have been declared polio-free.
In honor of this anniversary, all proceeds from our lunch meeting on Tuesday February 24th will be donated to the PolioPlus program. The Board will confirm the amount at our next meeting.   Thanks to all who attended.


Heidi Tucker, Project Director at Westbrook Communities that Care was our speaker on February 3. WCTC has been around since 2011.  It is committed to reducing teen alcohol and drug use and in supporting positive youth development. Working with a recent Drug Free Communities Support Program grant is just part of what WCTC does. It brings together community members and partner organizations that work together to support youth in Westbrook to help them grow up healthy and safe. It works to strengthen the net of support for our young people by bringing people together to focus on one issue at a time, starting with youth substance abuse.

Bill Hertzel, Director of Operations for Pika Energy in Westbrook, was our guest and speaker on January 20. Pika Energy designs, manufactures and sells small wind turbines for residential use.  Their goal is to provide attractive, reliable, and cost effective renewable energy for homes.  They currently employ 10 at Bradley Dr in the industrial park between Saco and Spring Streets.
Their customers are both on and off the electric grid. The turbines can be connected to batteries to store energy produced.  The turbines provide 1.6kwh, about half that needed for an average home. They can be used in conjunction with solar panels to provide enough energy to fully power a home. Pika sells their turbines through dealer-installers who put together packages appropriate for each customer. They continue to grow, with installations currently in 17 US States and in Chile.

Hannah Smith, a senior at WHS and the president of the Interact club, traveled to New York with Hannah Farr and about 50 other high school kids representing District 7780 for Rotary UN Day in October.  Hannah F. was unable to join us due to bronchitis, but she sent along her regrets and her thanks for an incredible experience.  They met people from all over the country and a few from around the world.

Hannah S. learned about Rotary UN Day from a friend in Connecticut who attended in 2013.  With support from Mr Dyer, she and Hannah F. were able to take advantage of this opportunity to participate with others from the District.


Jason Beever, our Foundation Chair, spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation, Every Rotarian Every year, and Rotary Direct, an easy means of contributing to the Foundation on a recurring basis.

The Foundation manages several funds:  the Annual Share Fund, which is used to fund District and Global projects sponsored by Rotary clubs around the world; the Endowment Fund, from which a portion of earnings are used to support grants and programs; the PolioPlus Fund, which supports Rotary’s work to achieve a polio-free world; and funds to support specific causes like promoting world peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, growing local economies and saving mothers and children.

Jason, with assistance from Mike Foley, showed us how easy it is to give on line and to set up recurring donations through Rotary Direct.  Steve Rand then shared some exciting news.  Between now and June 30, the Club will match up to $100 for anyone who donates to the Rotary Foundation.   In addition, to encourage participation in Rotary Direct, the easiest way to give on a recurring basis, the Club will contribute an additional $25 for those who sign up for Rotary Direct. These matches will be made in the member’s name and count in progress toward the Paul Harris Society.


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


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