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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Thanksgiving here!   And Christmas is not far behind.
Things are shaping up nicely for all of our traditional holiday activities with the dedicated work of our committee chairs and the generous help of many volunteers.
Please be aware of the following changes to our regularly scheduled Thursday meetings:
Thursday, November 26 - No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Tuesday, December 1 - Senior Holiday Lunch and Party
Thursday, December 3 - No Meeting due to the aforementioned Senior Luncheon
Thursday, December 24 - No Meeting - Merry Christmas To All!
Thursday December 31 - No Meeting - Happy New Year!
Priscilla MacInnis is heading the Thanksgiving dinner effort again this year and is looking forward to another successful event. I can almost smell the turkeys cooking and the pies baking!  Contact Priscilla to see how you can help with this year's feast. Let's make this the best Thanksgiving dinner ever!! For more information about the dinner click on the following link.
Karen Pollard has stepped up to chair the Commercial Christmas Wreath sales this year! She and her team have set a record for sales this year, but there is still decorating to do and deliveries to be made.  Let Karen know if you can help out. There is one more day of wreath decorating:
We will be decorating the wreaths in the greenhouse of the Community Campus. They have heat and lights, and bathrooms in the main building, so we should be pretty comfortable for attaching decorations.
Decorating the wreaths can be basic or the fancy ones are more complex. Karen is  planning on taking Wednesday off from work.

Nov 25 - 10 to 2  
Right after Thanksgiving weekend, Portsmouth Rotary is holding its Senior Holiday Lunch and Party.  Cynthia Shanley forwards the following information about the day of the event:
"We are pleased to greet 150 seniors as well as Rotarians.  Please note that PCC is closed on Tuesdays so additional tables will be set up in the lounge area.  The plan is to allow our guests to dine at tables closer to the front of the dining room.  Thanks for your support!"
Click on the following link to get more information about this great event:
If you haven't signed up for Christmas Tree sales yet, what are you waiting for!  James Petersen is our Christmas Tree Chair this year and he is hoping to set a new record for sales and needs all of our help to do it. For information about the Christmas Tree sales, click on the following link:
Let us Know What is Happening!
If you have an event or news that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians, please forward the information to Dennis Moulton for inclusion in the weekly eBulletin. My contact information is d-moulton@comcast.net.  And please send photos!

Rotary Log for Meeting of November 19, 2015
by Al Lantinen
Photos by Tube Loch
President Bill opened the meeting by reminding all that there is no meeting on Thanksgiving. In fact the next meeting is TUESDAY December 1. We’ll be eating in the bar area as the dining room will be filled for the annual Senior Holiday Luncheon.
Christmas tree sales begin this weekend. There are still slots to be filled, so be sure you have signed up for your THREE.
Mr. Rotary FounDAYshun—Mort Schmidt—gave us a brief history of the aforementioned fund. It started small, until its founder, Paul Harris, passed away in 1947. More than one billion dollars has been donated since. In 1957, the Paul Harris Fellowship was started, among other things, to honor the generosity of its members.
Aileen Dugan then introduced the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow, Betsy Scott. Betsy’s tireless enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the club reflect the best of Rotary.
Jim Rini introduced our speaker, New Castle resident Bob Rais. His was a story of remarkable opportunities and the courage to act on them. It all began after World War II, when he separated from the Navy and entered Hofstra University. A varsity basketball player, Rais discovered that he was dating the same young woman as his coach. When the coach tried to pull rank, Reis wouldn’t back down and was subsequently cut from the team. He used the injustice as a catalyst to graduate in three years.
Acting on a friend’s suggestion, Rais took the Secret Service exam, was hired and assigned to New York. His main job was in the counterfeit and forgery areas. He was also assigned to meet Vice President Alvin Barkley at LaGuardia Airport and escort him up town for a speech. Barely 23, Reis found himself helping the Vice President of the United States tie his bow tie before the big dinner. He also protected the president’s daughter, Margaret Truman, who proved elusive to her secret service detail at times.
Leaving the Secret Service, Rais came back to New York where he played basketball for the New York Athletic Club. He became friendly with announcer Bob Sheppard there. Sheppard would later be immortalized as a long-time Yankee Stadium announcer. Even after he passed, Derek Jeter insisted on being introduced at the plate by Sheppard’s recorded voice.
But back to the New York Athletic Club. When Sheppard could not commit to a plumb broadcasting offer, he suggested Rais. Rais grabbed the job as the voice of St. John’s University basketball. It was Sheppard again who suggested Rais for other choice announcing positions with the Jets, Knicks and Nets. Of course this allowed him to meet players like Broadway Joe Namath, whom Rais described as a humble, nice young man. He was there at the historic Super Bowl when the Jets upset the Baltimore Colts.
And, oh, while all this was going on, Rais owned a Chevrolet dealership for 30-years.
Rais makes it sound easy to take opportunities that present themselves. There must’ve been difficult moments. However, Rais concluded with something that reminds us all of Rotary. “Thank the people who helped you,” he said. “And look for people you can help.”
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen


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