Winthrop Area Rotary Club

At A Glance


Patrice Putman


Winthrop, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy

Active since:


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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to use the Winthrop Area Rotary, a well established and well connected organization, to help seven Winthrop area communities provide window inserts for those who struggle to heat their homes. Last year the Winthrop Area Rotary spent approximately $8,000 to provide 190 window inserts to 23 homes across multiple communities. We are a small club of about 12 members so we cannot sustain that level of funding without assistance. However, we saw such need for better heat-loss solutions that we are fully committed to expanding this service. Even before our 2022 project ended we had requests for 130 more inserts and requests continue to come in. We are committed to building at least 225 inserts this year, more if we have the needed funds. The Winthrop Area Rotary has been in existence and working to support our communities and our the world since 1948. However, 2022 was the first year we did the WindowDressers project. We had more community volunteers than we could at times accommodate including about 60 enthusiastic middle school students. We have a commitment for a space to build the inserts and the commitment of multiple volunteers including students, teachers and community volunteers of all ages to do the measuring and building.