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Rotary Connections is back!!!
Rotary Connections let’s our members know that their Rotary club is thinking of them. Members facing a health issue, death in the family or a life celebration, we are here!
If you know of any of our members who may need a Rotary Connections, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson or President James.
Annual Senior Holiday Celebration
The Portsmouth Rotary Annual Senior Holiday Celebration was a big hit. Entertainment included: our very own Rotations, the Portsmouth HS Instrumental Ensemble, children from the Seacoast Community School, Miss New Hampshire Caroline Carter, and of course Santa. A big Rotary thank you to event Chairs Cindi Shanley and Cindy Boyd for putting on another successful event.
(Note that due to this event there will be no regular meeting on Thursday, December 8th.)
Thanks again to all of the volunteers who helped make this year's Thanksgiving dinner such a success. See Patrica's report on the event in the log and click on the link below to see photos from this great event.
Christmas Tree Sales
Lafayette Plaza Shopping Center Parking Lot,
775 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH
Tree sales are in full swing and Rotarians are hard at work keeping the racks stocked with trees. Sales are brisk and we look forward to a record year.
Click on the link below to see more details about the sale.
Let us Know What is Happening!
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Rotary Log for December 1, 2016
by Al Lantinen
Photos by Jim Rini
As the meeting opened, President James requested a moment of silence for the passing of Rotarian Carl Brage. Carl had 30-years of perfect attendance and was long-time club secretary. Nobody since has ever kept track of attendance with the same diligence. More about that later.
James thanked Leo for the organization of our social evenings. He also read a warm thank-you letter from one of our Thanksgiving Day dinner attendees.
Aileen Dugan presented the Nominating Committee’s slate of officers for next year. Ben Wheeler becomes president and Cleo Villaflores, the president-elect. Leo Gagnon is to be vice president, Steve Wood, Treasurer. Joe Bove will assist. The rest of the slate includes Marcie Bergan, club secretary and Deb Grabowski, assistant. James Petersen is past president. Avenues of Services Chairs are Robert Lewis (Club Service), Lexi Leddy (Vocational), Diane Lavigne (Community), Bob Herold (International) and Joanie Dickinson (Youth). Directors are John Bohenko and Rick Wallis. Senior Directors are Patricia Cummings, Ted Alex and Tony Delyani. Justin Finn is Sergeant-At-Arms and Frank Firicano will assist. The slate was unanimously approved.
District Polio Plus Chair Lawrence Furbish was here to honor the club for its part in ending Polio. We achieved our highest goal yet, raising more than $71,000. Past President Bill accepted the honor on behalf of the many club members who have pitched in.
This week we host about 200 seniors at a special TUESDAY luncheon. Santa, the Rotations and lots more will be on hand. Cyndi Shanley is chairing.
Speaking of good food and fun, Priscilla thanked all who helped put out the Thanksgiving feast. We served about 100 meals and delivered another 200, actually running out of food.
Cleo announced that Christmas tree shifts are full.
Ben challenged the next unloading crew to beat the 45 minute time of the first crew. This week’s shifts can look forward to a menu of snow and cold...
Joanie encouraged all to continue to flood her with can top rings...
Marie let us know that she’s going to the National Convention June 10-14 in Atlanta. She encouraged all to join her in making the trip.
Finemaster Neil honored Carl Brage’s famous attendance enforcement. He levied a series of fines based on how many times you were called or received letters. Jon even fined himself…. I’m told that Carl would have approved.
Special Agent John Grella was our guest speaker. He took us on an “inside tour” of the Drug Enforcement Administration. With 21 divisions and 226 field offices, the DEA is enormous. It also enjoys working relationships with foreign agencies. Of the 9600 employees, more than 5,000 are special agents with investigative and interdiction powers.
Grella explained the scope of the work done by him and his colleagues. As he presented cases, it became apparent that considerable background work is not reported in the press. His efforts often requires travel to South America especially Columbia. One can only imagine the amount of work required to develop relationships with law enforcement in those countries. In addition, developing sources within drug trafficking organizations cannot be easy or safe.
It appears that bad guys are more concerned by lost revenue than lost drugs. Therefore, DEA tracks the financial side of the culture as well as the drug side. It was enlightening to discover how many discoveries are dependent on informers. Until drug demand changes, it looks like DEA will be working very hard for a long time.
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
Club Executives & Directors