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Bridge the Gap to End Polio - 2nd Annual Bridgewalk
Join District 7780 Rotarians and friends on Saturday, October 24th in our commitment to End Polio Now.
Please give what you can: $500, $100, $50, $25 or any other amount.  
All members donating $25 or more can attend the Bridgewalk.  We’ll meet at Prescott Park.
Pledge cards are available at our club meetings during the coming few weeks.  Contact Bob Sheesley or Dave Underhill for more info.  
If you wish, you can simply make a pledge by emailing Dave (dave.underhill.nh@gmail.com) or by giving a check made out to “Rotary” to our club treasurer.  Please write “PolioPlus” in the memo line.
Trivial Matters
Also don't forget our inaugural Trivia Contest coming up on November 4. Put together your team of 8 to 10 players and join us at the Portsmouth Country Club at 6 pm.  This will be a fun and exciting event and a chance to match wits with fellow Rotarians.
The team entry fee is $200 which includes food at each table. A cash bar will also be available.  To register or for more information contact Dennis Moulton at d-moulton@comcast.net or by phone at 603-812-1745.
Thanks for Caring!
Nice Work to the Rotarians involved in the United Way's 'Day of Caring"! A special shout out to Leo Gagnon for all of his organizational skills which made this happen. President Bill Hurley shared this thank you note from Family's First.
And Thanks for Being Up to the Challenge
Our own Leeann Spees and Butch Ricci participated in this year's Pan-Mass challenge and the William Cash Committee contributed $1,000 for each rider toward the good work being done at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Well done Leeann and Butch!

Rotary Log for Meeting of October 1
by John Rice
Photos by Sara Treacy
Our incomparable songmeister Judy Ringer led us in God Bless America and Father Allen most properly blessed the food. It was a beautiful opening to the club’s “Annual Poetry Hoot” as coordinated by Dave Holden.
The club’s literary bards came out of the woodwork, giving us varied verse to ponder. Louis read a poem extoling the trials of young love. The piece was done entirely en espanol and then translated.
Bob Field, sitting at his table, read a beautiful selection about true genius in ordinary friendships. With Yogi Berra’s recent passing,
Jay Gibson couldn’t resist giving us some “Yogi-isms.” They followed a reading of Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.  It’s probably one of poetry’s most familiar works, but always wonderful to hear again.  And there was the limerick The Man from Nantucket.
Leonard Seagren entertained us with a parody of Eugene Field’s “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.” The doggerel mixes the U.S. Air Force Song (Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder) and fellow former pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s  High Flight.
Former President Trish was next, reading a poem authored by her daughter about the key to the universe.
That sparked the heretofore unprepared Father Allen to jump up. Gordon recited from memory Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat as well as an epitaph by Robert Louis Stephenson.
Sandy Tucker followed, reading a poem inspired by an Apple commercial she saw, at all times, during a Super Bowl broadcast. Dave Holden closed out the recitations by reading us the Robert Burns classic Auld Lang Syne. Gordon quickly explained to us that the translation is “For Old Times’ Sake.”
Marie Brownell, not to be outdone, recited a brief poem from her high school days. This as she walked off with the day’s $50 raffle winnings.
Announcements…Joanie Dickinson seeks speakers for her Interact group that meets at Portsmouth High. The program drew a robust 90 students two weeks ago…Barbara Miller wants us to know that Trivia Night is coming to the PCC November 4. Get your foursomes together—only one person in each group need be a Rotarian. Dave Holden reminded us to be sure to buy drinks for the other clubs….Finally the Bridge Walk happens October 24. Make your $25 contribution to eradicate polio and be there at 8:30 to register.
Respectfully submitted by John Rice


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