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Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award
There has been a terrific response to the Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award at the major donor level. We can all be grateful for that since this generosity has allowed the fund to surpass $12,500 in pledges, the minimum reasonable amount necessary for establishing a new fund.
Since the fund is now officially a "going concern" please consider making your contribution, if you have not already done so.
Please mail your contribution to Portsmouth Rotary Club, PO Box 905, Portsmouth, NH 03802. Please write Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award in the memo line. Or if more convenient you can pay the cashier when you come to Rotary.
Thank you in advance for helping to remember Reverend Allen in this way and for being part of a new tradition in our club - the Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award.
Chase Home for Children Hands-on Project
What better nonprofit to help than the Chase Home for Children. Recently the Chase Home was granted money from the Cash Committee for refinishing wood floors on the 3rd floor. Part of the grant was for our committee to help demo the areas before the floors are finished. We thought May 13th would work from 8-noon I have a dumpster being donated by Shipyard waste.
Example of floor to be refinished.
We have a long history with the Chase Home; our committee has done trail clean ups a couple of times, ornamental grass planting at the entrance and we replaced their flag pole. A few years back we also built solar panels for the home. Part of this recent Cash Committee money is to have a tune up on the panels. President James was instrumental in getting us the components back when we built the panels and has volunteered his crew this time to help with the tune up.
I hope you'll help on this project, please contact Ted Alex.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And please send photos!
Rotary Log for April 20, 2017
By Suzanne Rapoza
Photos by: Tube Loch
President James brought the meeting to order as Al Lantinen led us in song. Greeter, Gene Doherty, then directed the Four Way test. Sara Treacy gave a lovely invocation.
Guests to this week’s meeting included Kevin Schultz’s two daughters Courtney and Elizabeth. Also Matt Randall, who has applied for membership.
Club announcements. James thanked Craig Taylor for assisting the club with iCloud picture storage and Tiffany McKenna for helping Peg get to Braintree. Bob Sheesley spoke on behalf of Golf Tournament Chair Peter Grace. He reminded us that a quarter page ad in the program is just $150 dollars. Please speak with Peter upon his return from “riding on his hog” with any questions or interest.
James said that Nancy Clayburgh has a few events coming up in the near future. May 6th is the Kent LePage Greenhouse effort--details are to come. May 11th will see a clothing drive…
Marie Brownell’s scholarship committee has begun interviewing area senior high school students. Out of 10 kids they met with on one day, seven mentioned the chess program!
Speaking of which, Ted says the chess program is hosting a tournament May 4th at the Portsmouth Middle School.
Joanie Dickinson invited us to participate in the Wallis Sands beach clean-up day with the Interact Club May 11th. May will be a busy month!
A new member. Chad Chadwick, sponsored by Ed Mallon, was introduced as our newest member. Chad spent 28 years in the Army. He finds that throughout his life he lives by “Duty, Honor, Country.” While Rotary uses different words, the meaning is similar, Chad finds. He looks forward to being a faithful Rotarian.
Paul Harris Award presentation. Jay Gibson and his merry group approached the podium to present Walter Liff with Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Jay said some very kind things about Walter. We learned about his extraordinary fellowship, artistic talents and community service. It was incredible to hear about and see the many metal sculptures and custom weather vanes that Walter has crafted. What an amazing talent! His work has been recognized nationally and some of his art is permanently on display at the White House. His devotion to community service in a very quiet and unassuming way is inspirational.
By the way, it was Walter’s idea to create the “bonus match,” which has increased ticket sales. We also got the inside scoop on how the “Gambler’s Anonymous” table pool their tickets. What a great way to combine fellowship and fun! Thank you, Walter, for your many contributions and service!
Guest speakers. Our guest speakers this week were Tom Gauthier who works for community relations at CHaD and Nick Vailas, CEO BASC/NASC. Tom showed the club a great video which showcased the East/West N.H. All-Star football game, a huge fundraising event for CHaD. Since its inception, the East/West game has raised $1.3 million dollars. Some 2500 fans gather for the love of football and the love of children. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to Kristen’s Gift Endowment Fund for children, fighting cancer at CHaD.
Nick Vailas, a former football coach and father of a former talented UNH QB, explained his inspiration for creating the game. Two close friends lost children to cancer, losing everything financially caring for them in the process. Since then, the East/West game is providing money that helps families meet these expenses. This year’s goal is $300,000.
The game does not just raise money for this important cause. It also teaches student athletes about philanthropy. Last year, the players alone raised $70,000. This year’s contest is June 30 at St. Anselm College football field. All are welcome to attend!
Happy Dollars did not make an appearance during this week’s action packed meeting. However, Walter (who else!?) won the raffle. The table walked away with $55 but did not match the number for the $75 bonus. Better luck next week!
Respectfully submitted, Suzanne Rapoza
Portsmouth Rotary Charitable Division
Service Credit Union Corporate OfficeMay 03, 2017
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Golf Tournament Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country ClubMay 04, 2017
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
First Annual Jeremy Alex Fund Chess Tournament
Portsmouth Middle School CafeMay 04, 2017
3:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Hands On Project - Kent LaPage Greenhouse
Portsmouth Middle SchoolMay 06, 2017 10:00 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite ImagingMay 10, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country ClubMay 11, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Executives & Directors