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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We hope you will join us Tuesday evening March 17 for dinner at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Culinary Arts Dining Room.  Come enjoy a gourmet meal and meet and talk with members of the Westbrook Kiwanis Club. Entertainment by The Crooners, including our own Carlo Giraulo.
Time: 6:00PM.  Spouses, significant others, and guests invited.   Reservations requested by March 10.  Cost $20.
Hope to see you there!

February 23 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 24 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.

The mothers and children from Dominican Republic have arrived safely at Ronald MacDonald House in Portland.  Many wonderful people made this possible and thanks go out to all of them.
The wonderful Rotarians of DR and many others, including American Airlines, worked to obtain passports, visas, medical screening, etc to get them on the plane to Boston.  Sarah Taylor worked with the volunteers from the Rotary Club of Portland gathering warm clothing to protect the children and their mothers when they went from 90 degrees in DR to the below zero temperatures of New England.
Paul Emery from the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham, accompanied by Saul Alvarez, braved the cold and dangerous trip down and back in one of the nastiest storms Boston has seen. The Ronald MacDonald House folks waited with open arms to take them in at 3:00AM in the morning. Finally, the great people at Maine Medical and the office of Dr. Quinn found room in the schedule to care for these children.
The wonderful members of Gift of Life New England have been working hard for years to help others. They all gave of their time and energy to help these children have a chance at a full life.
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.


Gorham Town Manager David Cole and Gorham Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Hazelton were our special guests on December 16. Several years ago, our club helped build the Canoe Shed in Shaw Park. Cindy provided an update on how this facility is well used.  She also told us about other recreation department projects currently under way, and projects on her wish list that she hopes Rotary might be able to help with..


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


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