Top of the Week May 3, 2017
Top of the Week!
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
Attention Rotarians.
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.
Greetings From A Former Portsmouth Rotarian
Rotarian, Gene Doherty, recently visited with former Portsmouth Rotarian, Alta Ellis, while in California. Alta is doing well and is living near her daughter, Claudia, in Burbank, CA.
Alta says hello to her many long-time Portsmouth Rotarian friends and sends her good wishes. 
If you would like to contact Alta, her phone number is (818) 729-1779 or drop her a line in care of her daughter, Claudia Ellis, 902 North Reese Place, Burbank, CA 91506. She would enjoy hearing from you.
District Conference Registration is Still Open
Good news for procrastinators. The registration deadline for the District Conference has been extended to May 11. Click on the link below to access the conference webpage.
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  And please send photos!
Rotary Log for April 27, 2017
Rotary Log for April 27, 2017
By Al Lantinen
Photos by Tube Loch
President James opened the meeting with a moment of silence to respect the tragic death of Casey Savage, 9. Casey was a victim of a car crash last week in Connecticut.  His mother and grandmother are part of our extended family at the Portsmouth Country Club. Steve Wood led the 4-way test and John Rice provided a thoughtful invocation.  The Star Spangled Banner seemed to go off well with no one fracturing their throat.
Our many guests were welcomed, and birthdays of Diane Foley and Kevin Shultz acknowledged.  A warm thanks to Tiffany McKenna and Marcie Bergan for escorting Peg Millar to Braintree, Mass. Peg presented a donation to the Braintree Scholarship Program.  
Rotary Vocational Awards are just around the corner.  The deadline for nomination submissions is May 25. We all need to start considering those whom we believe represent service above self.   
Nancy Clayburgh reminded us of a clothing drive coming up May 11. The effort benefits Durham’s Echo Thrift Shop and ultimately Friends in Action. Friends is a group that creates social and recreational opportunities for the developmentally disabled.  We can bring our gently used clothing to the meeting. Nancy also notes the hands on project at PMS on May 6 which will be planting a garden at the front of the old building. All volunteers are welcome.
On a side note, the Portsmouth city newsletter recently cited our Chess Tournament at PMS on May 4. The story gives credit to Portsmouth Rotary support.  Good job, Ted!
Also, here’s a reminder from Joanie. The Interact group will welcome volunteers to the Wallis Sands cleanup on May 13, a Saturday, not the 11th.
There were many happy dollars today but we should take note of one from Holly Sargent of the York Rotary.  Ogunquit Playhouse will donate $10 dollars to support End Polio Now for every ticket sold to “Mama Mia” June 1.  York Rotary is hosting a reception that night, so have fun and support Rotary International at the same time!
Our speaker for the day was Dave O’Brien, NESN play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox.  He had previously been the voice of Red Sox radio on WEEI for nine years.  His appraisal of the Red Sox is enthusiastic and positive.  The level of talent is high and with star pitcher Chris Sale, the team will be going places. Still, O’Brien was asked why the Sox don’t give Sale any run support. His answer is that the ace works too fast. He throws off Sox hitters, who usually have a longer time in the field.
O’Brien’s most popular player? Big Poppy, of course. Not just for his clutch hitting, but for his outgoing, infectious personality. Poppy, by the way, may be heading for the broadcast booth.
It was interesting to hear O’Brien’s assessment of the Sox’ clubhouse atmosphere. He thinks it’s just fine, thank you very much. And he warns us about ill-informed talk show hosts who make comments without ever being in the locker room (or charter jet.)  There was some discussion about the right and wrong way of throwing at a batter. O’Brien does not condone it, but as long as the culture exists, an unspoken protocol will continue.
Dave O’Brien is a true gentleman and a great speaker. His lifelong involvement in sports certainly makes his play-by-play worth listening to.
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
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May 04, 2017
Protecting our Watersheds and Promoting a Business Oriented Salt Reduction Program - Win Win
May 11, 2017
Principal, Phillips Exeter Academy
May 18, 2017
Scholarship Awards - more later
May 25, 2017
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