|Portsmouth Rotary Golf Tournament||Posted||on Feb 27, 2017|
|Portsmouth Rotary Scholarship Awards||Posted||on Feb 27, 2017||
Top of the Week February 22, 2017
|Posted by Dennis Moulton||on Feb 22, 2017||
Top of the Week!
Spread a Little Love Peanut Butter Drive Extended for One More Week
Thanks to all who donated to the peanut butter drive. Looking forward to the final tally from Ramona.
Rotary Service and Engagement
In 2015, Rotary International and Peace Corps formalized a service partnership to help enhance our club and district service activities locally and around the world. They are interested in hearing from Rotarians who have engaged with Peace Corps.
Click on the link below for additional information about the survey.
Cuban Cultural Exchange
Click on the link below for information about participating in an upcoming cultural exchange program in Cuba. . The team will travel to the island for about a week during the late Spring/early Summer, probably late May - early June.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28TH.
Upcoming Interact Conference
From Kevin C. Raymond, District 7780 Interact Chair
Greetings Interact Advisors:
Attached please find the information and registration forms for this year’s “Feeding the Hope” Interact/New Generations Conference. It’s going to be a good one! Please distribute the invitation and keynote bio to all your Interact members. Some items to note are below:
Thank you and let me know if you have any questions.
Rotary Golf Tournament
Pease Golf Course
This year's tournament chair is Peter Grace. As always, it will take many volunteers to make this event a success, so contact Peter if you can help out. Looking forward to another great event.
Be forewarned, Peter will be visiting area Rotary meetings with the prestigious Portsmouth Rotary Cup to throw down the challenge to other clubs.
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 email@example.com. And please send photos!
|2016 Christmas Tree Sale||Posted||on Nov 21, 2016||
Thank you for your support of our 2016 Christmas Tree Sale!
Rotary Log for September 22, 2016
|Posted by Al Lantinen||on Sep 28, 2016||
President James rang the meeting to order and welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians. He also mentioned that we need someone to take hold of our Adopt-a-Spot project downtown. Any interested Rotarian is welcome to step up.
There were several other announcements. Leo Gagnon reminded all of our social evening at the Atlantic Grille on September 26 at 5pm. Dan Marston noted that our End Polio Bridge Walk (over the new Memorial Bridge) is October 22 at 9 a.m. Every donation will be doubled by the Gates Foundation. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s total!
Our Rotary Connections Committee is up and running. Marie Brownell of Rotary Reads says she will accept books for children all year long at our meetings. Ramona Dow explained our Basic Needs Committee and how the process works. First, make an application, which the committee reviews. That will be followed by an interview and then a presentation to the BOD. She is happily accepting new committee members.
Our speaker was introduced by Ted Alex. Donna-Lee Young Rubin is a Past District Governor from Boston and has been a long-time Rotarian. She was honored at Rotary International in Barcelona, Spain as well as receiving many other Rotary awards. In 2000, while District Governor, she began inviting the district’s clubs to begin fostering international service. One year later she went on her first Rotaplast mission. After the tragic loss of her husband, a surgeon, she was encouraged to apply for the Rotaplast CEO position. The New England native won the job after two trips to California to interview.
Rotaplast operates missions in Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Their primary focus is cleft lip and palate repair. Now Rotaplast has begun to offer some treatment of facial burns. In poor countries both of these problems are poorly handled and infants and children are shunned and ostracized. In addition, the afflictions can seriously affect speech hearing, eating and frequent upper respiratory problems.
As a physician, I am stunned by the extensive logistic and organizational planning needed to provide services. In addition the local hands-on training to make these areas more self-sufficient is remarkable.
Rotaplast is a 501(c)3 charity. It is not directly connected to Rotary and must fund itself. For those who are interested, there are multiple positions within each team that do not require a medical or nursing degree. The video and slide presentation showed the life-changing impact to both the face and spirit of patients treated by Rotaplast.
As Donna-Lee says, “What better thing to do than change a life.” I think we all can agree.
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
Rotary Log for September 15, 2016
|Posted by Richard Greulich||on Sep 21, 2016||
President James rang in our meeting. He noted this week’s 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Underscoring this remembrance, John Rice led us in singing our National Anthem. His low-pitched start enabled us to end on a high note. Greeter Bill Powers led our Test. Reverend Allen invoked blessings.
Prez James brought to our attention three Rotarians whose desire to attend has been stymied by illness. Ellen Labrie is dealing with chronic nerve pain. Jeff Marple has lower leg injuries. Betsy Scott has been suffering pain following “routine” tests. Let these valued Rotarians know they are missed!
We were graced by several guests. Unfortunately petit-fours were served for desert. Your scribe’s attention was placed on them rather than accurately recording our guests. Mea culpa!
Prez James highlighted the birthdays this week of Nancy Clayburgh (15 years of Rotary service), Doug MacDonald (11) and Rich Greulich (2).
Ted Alex announced another “Hands On" Project in Durham in the morning of October 8. All skill levels will be of use. Contact Ted for more info.
Bob Sheesley reminded us of the upcoming Bridge Walk to End Polio. The event will take place on October 22 at the Memorial Bridge. Everyone is encouraged to donate $25 or more. Please make checks payable to “Rotary” and mark the memo line “Polio Plus”.
Leonard Seagren informed us of a “Ladies Only” Polio NIF Project. It is scheduled in November in Nigeria. We offer a word of advice to those ladies planning on participating in this vitally needed service. Pay no attention to Leonard’s mistaken description of the procedure. The drops go into these precious children’s mouths, not their eyes!
Prez James delivered a shout out to those making our recent Club photo possible. Thanks go to the Seacoast Media Group, Deb Cram and Nancy Notis.
Some of us were Happy. Inspired by Joanie Dickinson, Stan Cross delivered a huge bag of popped tops. Sara Treacy celebrated Seacoast Pathways receiving its largest recorded donation. Francois Meissner lamented the last place finish of her REALTOR’s Golf Team in the recent Seacoast Board of REALTORs annual tournament. However, they received the award “the team that had the most fun.” Sounds like Francois is adept at making lemonade out of a lemon! Priscilla MacInnis thanked in advance the 25 turkey cookers for this year’s Thanksgiving Day meal.
Peter Grace introduced our newest member. Kevin Shultz is a residential real estate agent with Re/Max in Portsmouth. He has a wife and three children. Kevin expressed thankfulness for the European trip experiences his children have enjoyed through Rotary’s Exchange programs.
It is a special occasion when our club bestows a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Prez James raised the bar a notch this time by promising beforehand an especially noteworthy recipient. Marie Brownell, Mort Schmidt and Ed Mallon did the honors for this presentation. Ed elaborated on the new PHF awardee’s service deeds. He has served on the Portsmouth City Planning Board and on the Portsmouth High School Friends in Action Board. He is a “Big Brother” and serves on the Board of the Salvation Army chapter in Portsmouth. He stepped in to revamp our dwindling 5K Road Race fundraiser. He has served in numerous position in our Club.
When Justin Finn’s name was announced as our PHF award recipient, the ensuing applause was enthusiastic and continuous. In accepting the award, Justin first thanked Ed and several other people who have made a positive difference in his life.
“This Club means everything to me,” he confessed. A pin was heard dropping as he wiped a few tears away. Justin recounted his first exposure to Rotary at Portsmouth High School. He described some subsequent life difficulties, expressing appreciation for opportunities presented and help received along the way.
Your scribe has witnessed a few PHF award ceremonies. This one is in the record books.
Coincidentally, Justin’s co-worker at Secure Planning, Paul Whitcomb, won the $59 raffle. No match ensued.
Dave Holden introduced our guest speaker, fellow Club Rotarian Everett Eaton. Everett is an SVP in Commercial Lending at TD Bank. His wife, Carol, and he have two children, both of whom are engaged in mechanical engineering.
Everett and Carol undertook a decidedly non-sedentary vacation this year. They hiked from village to village across the Swiss Alps. Everett’s visual and oral description of that expedition was fascinating. At elevations of 3,000-4,000 feet their hiking was physically demanding. The trails they followed were often both narrow and steep-edged. The pictorial and video images showed the authentic BergHauses (“Mountain Houses”) in which they stayed. The Matterhorn and Eiger mountains provided majestic backgrounds for the trip pictures. The itinerary for their eight day venture was a tour de force. Thanks, Everett, for sharing it with us!
Respectfully submitted, Rich Greulich
Portsmouth Rotary 5k XC Road Race
|Posted by Dennis Moulton||on Aug 31, 2016||
Congratulations to Yuri Horwitz, the 1st place winner of the 2016 Portsmouth Rotary 5K Cross Country Race
Yuri Horwitz, who completed the race in 18.328 minutes, is from Portsmouth, NH and ran Cross Country and Track at PHS during the late 90’s. Yuri also ran in college at William and Mary and now resides in Washington D.C. with his wife and two children.
The race was held on Thursday, August 4th at the Portsmouth High School Sports Field with close to 70 runners.
All participants received a T-shirt and were invited to enjoy an informal BBQ with hot dogs & hamburgers while the race results were tabulated. An informal awards presentation was conducted by Justin Finn as soon as the results were available.
The money raised from this event has not been completely totaled but the event is estimated to net close to $8,000. The money raised will be used to continue offering scholarships and social service grants to the local community.
This year’s sponsors include:
Living Innovations, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Ricci Construction, Dos Amigos, Peterson Engineering, Granite Bank, Secure Planning Inc., Murtha Landscaping, SIS Bank, Eddy Group, McLane, Piscataqua Landscaping Co. Inc., Infinite Imaging, The Edgewood Center & State Farm (Allen Dugan).
Special thanks to the XC Race Committee: Justin Finn, co-chair, Dennis Moulton, co-chair, Aileen Dugan, Basil Richardson, Cleo Villaflores, Tristan Shanley, Lexi Manus, Julia M. Ghigliotti.
And a noteworthy ‘thank you” to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success. They are: Janice Wood. Janis Reams, Karen Pierce , Marie Brownell, Paul Whitcomb, Rich Greulich, Steve Wood, Cynthia Shanley, Janice Cassidy, Chris Simonds, Refreshment Prep, Walter Liff, Jay Gibson, Al Lantinen, Bob Herold, Lindsey Hery, Leonard Seagren.
|Upcoming Event - Thunder XC 5K||Posted||on Jun 21, 2016||
Thursday, August 4, 2016
|Officers and Directors for Rotary Year 2016-2017||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Dec 22, 2015||
Our incoming officers and directors for Rotary Year 2016-2017 have been confirmed by the membership. Below is the full slate as approved on December 17, 2015 This board will take office July 1, 2016.
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|TEST story||Posted by dave underhill||on Oct 30, 2015||
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|Polio Plus Update and Video||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Sep 21, 2015||
At Rotary last Thursday, we launched our club’s annual PolioPlus campaign. Thirty club members have already made a pledge: will you join with us?
Please give what you can: $500, $100, $50, $25 or any other amount. All members donating $25 or more can attend the Bridgewalk to End Polio on Saturday, October 24, 2015, which is World Polio Day. We’ll meet at Prescott Park, joining Rotarians from all over District 7780 in our commitment to End Polio Now.
Every dollar you donate is matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The first $1500 donated by Portsmouth Rotary members will be matched by a board-approved donation of club charitable funds as well, so you can turn your dollar into as many as six dollars by making a pledge to this campaign.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by giving a check made out to “Rotary” to our club treasurer. Please write “PolioPlus” in the memo line.
Here’s a video explaining the Bridgewalk that includes an updated on Rotary’s efforts to End Polio Now:
|Rotary Log for July 9, 2015||Posted by Doug MacDonald||on Jul 14, 2015||
Rotary Log for Meeting of July 9, 2015
by Doug MacDonald
Photos by Sara Treacy
Nervous at his first meeting? Not our new president! President Bill stepped right up to the podium and pretty much performed flawlessly. The general opening procedures just flowed along as if presided over by a veteran.
Several guests were announced, including John Pratt, Ben Wheeler’s guest and Joe Cunningham, a guest of Leonard Seagren. Karen Pollard, a visiting Rotarian from Rochester, was also in attendance.
President Bill noted that three people are on Seven-Day Notice. They are Jamie DeStefano, John Pratt and Charlotte Hubbard.
Ellen and Jim Labrie were thanked for hosting yet another new member social. Several birthdays were also recognized. They included Jamie Thompson, Ed Mallon and Pat Barber.
Tristen Shanley and Justin Finn both made announcements on the new and improved Thunder Chicken Road Race. It will now be known as the Thunder XC 5K and becomes the seacoast’s only cross-country race.
Leonard Seagren tells us that on July 21 a group of Israeli kids will begin a visit. They will stay at his home and be here for 10 days. He also encouraged us to get our boats out to Buoy 2KR by 4:00p on July 22.nd That’s where boats will gather to welcome the Tall Ships and join their parade into Portsmouth Harbor.
Steve DuBois announced that the Police Department needs volunteers for a simulated emergency training exercise. Please see Steve if you’d like to participate.
Barb Miller announced that the William Cash Committee has funds for non-profit organization projects. The application is online if you know of a worthy project that would be eligible for funding.
Andy Chase provided an update on another successful Golf Tournament. This year the tournament had 108 golfers and raised $30,135.00. That total includes funds raised at lunch, as Walter sold off two unclaimed gift certificates. The veteran auctioneer amazingly sold a gift certificate to Mombo’s for more than face value. And Gene Doherty paid well over a $100 for a 15-minute helicopter ride. Go Gene! Those funds helped push the Basic Needs endowment to approximately $140,000.00. Very impressive! Andy thanked the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it happen.
Following this, Dave (or is that David) Holden introduced our club’s own Robert Sheesley. Bob’s title is Executive Director, Legal Shield on Identity Theft. He overcame initial technical difficulties with good humor, going on to tell us about identity theft. Some of the figures are staggering. For example, the financial loss attributable to ID Theft in a recent year was $24.7 Billion. There are about 13,000,000 victims a year. ID Theft is the #1 complaint to the FTC with high levels of complaints coming from California and Florida.
Bob reviewed the various manners in which criminals perpetrate ID theft. The thefts focus on a broad spectrum of information. This includes financial, medical and criminal records. Thieves will steal driver’s license and social security information, too. Minors are especially not immune to having their identity stolen. Younger Americans often don’t know it’s happened until they are applying for college! Bob notes that should you ever fall victim, file a Fraud Alert with one of the three credit reporting agencies.
Bob urged us to be aware of what we carry in our wallets. Be careful, too, of what you throw away, who visits your home and around places where personal information is accessible.
A short question and answer period followed.
Walter Liff was the raffle winner on behalf of his table. They took home a $78.00 purse since there was no match.
Rotarians left to a sunny and warm July day. See you next week.
Respectfully submitted, Doug MacDonald
|Rotary Log for June 4, 2015||Posted||on Jun 09, 2015||
Rotary Log for June 4th by Aileen Dugan
Photos by Leo Gagnon
I was delighted to see Past District Governor Peter Johnson at the meeting today. Peter was District Governor during the year I served as President. His wife Carolyn was District Governor last year. Peter has been serving as District Foundation Chair for the past three years. Now his term is currently coming to an end. In his role as DFC, Peter came to say thank you for our support. In the past we had about one third of the membership contributing annually to the Rotary Foundation. We now have almost two-thirds. The average gift of $129 per person is up from $70 last year.
Peter spoke of his personal commitment. He explained that giving to the foundation connects him more deeply to Rotary and its mission. He also reminded us that Foundation giving stays in the District. Our Club currently has a global grant with Friends Forever for around $45,000. Congratulations to Bob Herold and his committee for raising that number.
Recognized for Paul Harris giving to the Rotary Foundation at the plus-one level were Sara Treacy, Bill Hurley, Luis Melchor and John Lyons. Gene Doherty received her Paul Harris plus three, Jay Gibson plus four and Dave Underhill plus five. Bob Herold thanked everyone for their support. He also recognized Neal Ouellett, a Paul Harris Fellow in excess of eight times! Great job, Neal!
We received a flag from the Rotary Club of Bulgaria.
Priscilla MacInnis thanked everyone for helping with the Hands-On project for the Working Dog Foundation. They replaced 10 windows, flooring, and the roof for a start and had a nice lunch together.
Len Seagren is on his way to Sao Paola, Brazil for the 2015 Rotary International Convention. He urged anyone with interest in international service to contact him. He will help you brainstorm to find opportunities. It doesn't cost as much as you think!
Andy Chace was very excited to announce the Golf Tournament has 30 more golfers than it had last year. There will be an 8 am shotgun start next Friday. Cleo Villaflores is managing the volunteers. It appears the tournament this year will be another great success thanks to more help from the new and improved Golf Committee.
Jim Rini introduced our speaker, Dr. David Heller. Dr. Heller is an emergency room doctor at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He serves as Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, also called the "Doomsday Committee."
Make no mistake, his presentation was thought provoking. He alluded to so many threats to humanity that I couldn’t possibly catalog them all here in one article! Heller asked what the worst disaster that we can think of would be. Tragedies like Titanic and the Hindenburg framed our past thinking about the scope of tragedy, he said. Then 9/11 happened and our thinking about disaster preparedness was reframed. It will never to be the same.
The Disaster Preparedness Committee assesses and prepares protocols for events that could lead to mass casualties in our area. His first example was a dirty bomb, which is a bomb laced with radioactive material dispersed when it explodes. The risk of huge casualties and containment of radioactive contamination are one aspect of emergency planning. The need to protect the staff that is delivering emergency services is another important consideration. Bioterrorism, pandemics, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters represent a risk of large loss of life. They are all included in emergency risk assessments.
The Seabrook Nuclear power plant gives us the added risk of a large radio-active industrial accident. Emergency preparedness has to anticipate an accident or disaster occurring during the summer months. Some 100,000 additional tourists are at our beaches in the summer.
The hospital itself is at risk as a facility. The physical plant has the possibility of many internal malfunctions. For starters, the structure relies on computers and therefore power and other "what ifs". These types of concerns keep Dr. Heller up at night! I don’t blame him.
Dr. Heller's wife Colleen is from New Orleans. Not surprisingly, the couple followed events surrounding Hurricane Katrina very closely. Only one hospital in New Orleans was adequately prepared. After Katrina, new recommendations came out of the Joint Commission of Hospitals. These recommendations state that hospitals should be able to be self-sufficient for 96 hours. A tertiary recommendation was that hospitals cannot be the only point of service. Alternate sites that can stock masses of antibiotics and other trauma care supplies need to identified and prepared.
How can we be prepared at the community and individual family level? Each year the team looks at potential disasters, their likelihood and the impact they would have. They consider the overall impact including loss of power and lack of computers. They also look at the need to pull doctors and nurses out of their area of specialty to help. They categorize Mass Casualties as Level One, Two and Three. Level Three is an "all hands on deck" situation. Every employee would then be required to respond to the Hospital.
HICS stands for the Hospital Incident Command System. It consists of small teams and specialty positions that facilitate an organized response to mass casualties. ICS is also utilized by the City of Portsmouth, the Police Dept., Fire Dept. and the EMS. There are liaisons designated between the teams so that response can be coordinated smoothly. Team members wear vests labelled with their position to facilitate communication and care. Portsmouth has the unique position of having all of the specialties represented on their staff. Mettags are used to identify, triage and direct the placement of incoming wounded. They use a system called NXT communications. The system summons employees through multiple communication channels in the event of an emergency.
Personal emergencies include a person with a weapon in your place of business. Another example would be a fire in your home or exposure to hazardous materials. Personal preparedness means having a family meeting place and a plan, especially if communication systems are down.
It’s all sobering food for thought. And, if nothing else, Dr. Heller’s talk made us do just that.
Respectfully submitted, Aileen Dugan
|Top of the Week June 9, 2015||Posted||on Jun 02, 2015||
Top of the week!
Remember...coming in June....
The annual Golf Tournament for the benefit of the Community's Basic Needs Endowment is scheduled on June 19. James Petersen is coordinating and volunteers are needed to help during the day of the event at the Breakfast Hill Golf Club. Even if you don't golf, come on out for a fun day! Wear your sunscreen!
Please join us for the New Member Social on June 25th as we welcome our new members & thank their sponsors. We so appreciate Jim and Ellen Labrie's hospitality as they host this annual evening at their home making it extra special. RSVP to Linda Browning.
This from the desk of District Governor Lawrence K. FurbishHappy Rotary District 7780 Day,
I am so very pleased and delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of Kittery "After-Hours" has been Chartered by Rotary International as the newest Club of District 7780! Congratulations to all of the Charter Members who worked so hard to set the tone of the club and create a strong group of like-minded individuals committed to serving their community with excellent Rotary "service above self." This would never have happened without the vision and energy of Past District Governor Jeff Pelkey and the leadership and hard work of President Joyce Verville. But when all is said and done, it was truly a group effort and everyone involved should be proud and satisfied. Creating a new Rotary Club is not easy and they came through with flying colors. And now in the words of PDG Jeff, "Let's look forward to a great charter event and continued good Rotary work!!!!"
|Rotary Log for May 28, 2015||Posted||on Jun 01, 2015||
Rotary Log for Thursday May 28th by Ben Babcock
Photos by Leo Gagnon
There were few empty seats when President Trish brought the meeting to order on Scholarship Day. Past President Diane Foley led the club in singing “My Country ‘tis of Thee.” Greeter Dr. Al Lantinen led the four way test. Reverend Allen provided the invocation and then members and guests dined on another delicious lunch.
Among the day’s attendees were several guests and visitors. Trish announced birthdays for the following Rotarians: Susan Gold, Peg Millar, Janice Cassidy, Jay Gibson, Larry Gray, Cindy Boyd, Bill Holt, Linda Browning, and Shari Donnermeyer.
Scholarship Committee Chair Donna Lewallen then took to the podium. She invited the 14 Scholarship recipients to join her. “This is the picture of success,” she noted, as the group received the first of many rousing ovations.
Donna took a moment to thank the other members of the Scholarship Committee: Marie Brownell, Bob Field, Larry Gray, Cindi Shanley and Tristan Shanley. She noted what a challenging year it was for the committee with 33 worthy applicants. Each applicant completed both a nine page application and a live interview as part of the selection process. In the end, fourteen students were selected to receive their share of the $35,000 in scholarship awards.
Donna then introduced Sarah Doucette – a recipient of a Rotary Scholarship in 2014. Sarah spoke to the club on her experiences as a first year student at Brandeis University. Her message to this year’s Scholarship recipients was “step outside of your box and your comfort zone.” She also extended her gratitude to the club for the Scholarship award that she had received.
Donna then introduced Nick Genimatas to present the first award of the afternoon. Mr Genimatas gave the Bill Genimatas Rotary Scholarship to Nancy Kallimonis. Nancy will be attending Hofstra University to pursue a degree in Psychology.
Cindi Shanley presented the next four scholarships, noting how strong the references were for each of the candidates. She presented scholarships to the following Portsmouth High School seniors:
Jack Dewsnap – accepted at Dartmouth College to pursue a degree in Engineering.
Liam McCafferty – (celebrating his 18th birthday) attending Babson College to study Entrepreneurship and Economics.
Sai Narra –accepted at Georgia Tech University to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Olivia Nossiff--attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles to study acting.
Cindi then turned the podium over to Rotarian Marie Brownell to present the next four awards. The recipients were as follows:
Gabrielle Leavitt--majoring in physics in the five year co-op program at Northeastern University. Alexander Bock—a bio chemistry major at Tufts University seeking a career in neuro-science.
Hannah Wood--attending Georgia Tech University with a focus on biomedical engineering and prosthetics.
Ivey Telle- attending UNH to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Ivey was also a previous recipient of the club’s Jeremy Alex Music Scholarship.
Donna returned to present the next award to PHS Valedictorian Colin Yost. Colin will be attending Princeton University and plans to major in chemistry and bio-engineering. Colin hopes to become a cardio-vascular surgeon.
Rotarian Tristan Shanley, accompanied by her aunts M.J. Shanley Keene and Brenda Shanley, presented the Joe Shanley Scholarships. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, have financial need, and display academic promise. The recipients of the Joe Shanley Scholarship were:
Jubilee Byfield – who will be attending UNH.
Mark Hunter – accepted at Northeastern University with a focus on electrical engineering.
Madolyn Chavez, who will attend Keene State College to pursue a degree in Psychology. (And not in teaching – as suggested in her introduction, much to the amusement of the club.)
Evan Jones, who will attend UNH to major in engineering.
President Trish led the club and attendees in another rousing ovation for this year’s scholarship winners. The accolades and accomplishments of these young men and women were truly amazing. She also took a moment to thank and congratulate the parents of this year’s winners.
The raffle drawing was for $76 and was won by Brenda Shanley. There was no match, and the winnings were graciously donated back to the club’s scholarship fund.
Respectfully submitted, Ben Babcock
|Rotary Log for May 21, 2015||Posted by Russ Grazier, Jr||on May 26, 2015||
Portsmouth Rotary Log for meeting of May 21, 2015 by Russ Grazier, photos by Leo Gagnon
We began our May 21st meeting with well wishes to Peg Millar on her birthday. Cheers Peg!
Our guest speaker was Tim Amoroso, a U.S. Army veteran with three tours in Afghanistan. Tim was introduced by Whitney Blethen who serves as volunteer coordinator at Beacon Hospice in Portsmouth. Tim is a volunteer at Beacon in the Veteran to Veteran Hospice Program. Whitney shared that one in three dying Americans is a veteran. She expressed gratitude for Tim’s volunteer hospice service. Especially since it is rare to have a young veteran involved with extensive active duty experience.
A UNH graduate with a degree in Neuroscience, Tim shared his experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a veteran with PTSD, Tim explained it is important for the community to talk about PTSD. The more people learn about PTSD, the better we can support veterans and others living with this condition.
Tim’s PTSD took a long time to diagnose. As is the case with all soldiers, his time in Afghanistan created a need for him to devalue life. That fact allowed him to function on the battlefield. This led to avoidances when he returned home, one of the symptom clusters of PTSD. Following a severe panic attack on Christmas Day of 2012, he was diagnosed with PTSD.
Tim explained that individuals with PTSD experience “cyclical time.” They often relive their trauma. They experience extreme anxiety and stress, particularly around anniversaries associated with the trauma.
Tim wants to make sure people understand the individuals with PTSD are approachable. They are rarely, he adds, like the violent portrayals of PTSD we see in Hollywood films. Tim’s goal is to help normalize the disorder, removing the stigma. He works to help others engage with individuals suffering from the effects of PTSD.
Tim believes that because everyone has experienced some level of trauma in their lives, we all have triggers. Therefore, our own experiences can help us empathize with PTSD patients.
Support groups are important. People with the disorder are not fragile and they should take pride in what they are able to overcome. Tim says, “it’s all what you make of it.” People can come out of it and grow from it.
Tim shared that his experience with PTSD has given purpose to his life. That purpose is to be a psychologist who works with fellow veterans with PTSD.
For those interested in reading up on the topic, Tim recommended the book “War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” by Edward Tick.
Respectfully submitted, Russ Grazier
|Top of the Week Reminders||Posted by John Rice||on May 19, 2015||
Congratulations to Portsmouth HS Interact Club!
Rotarian Dan Marston reports that Interact had a great turn out on Saturday with 54 young men and women from PHS, York and Dover Interact and other clubs. They did a great job and the park manager was very happy. The food and drink provided by Rotary was greatly appreciated and voraciously consumed.
Basic Needs Team delivers funding to help the community.
Last week, Rotary Basic Needs Co-Chair Ramona Dow presented a check from our club to Seacoast Community School for $1500 to help fund infant formula. Shown in the picture is Kelly Lee (left) and Deborah Stokel (right).
Remember...coming in June....
Deb Rourke discussed Market Square Day on June 13. We will have two booths and Rotarians are welcome to attend and play chess. The club will be selling chess sets and promoting its first -ever Portsmouth Rotary Club Open Chess Tournament. The event is slated for spring 2016 and is projected to be a major fund raiser for the club.
The annual Golf Tournament for the benefit of the Community's Basic Needs Endowment is scheduled on June 19. James Petersen is coordinating, and volunteers are needed to help during the day of the event at the Breakfast Hill Golf Club. Even if you don't golf, come on out for a fun day! Wear your sunscreen!
|Rotary Log for May 14, 2015||Posted by Richard Seery||on May 19, 2015||
Portsmouth Rotary Log for Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Dick Seery
Photos by Sara Treacy
Our Guest List today was highlighted by District Governor Lawrence Furbish. His sole announcement complimented the Club for its illuminating hospitality at the District Conference held at Wentworth by the Sea two weeks prior. He distinguished Mort Schmidt for his concierge services making the Club’s hospitality –“party” – room the finest all weekend.
Birthday greetings went out to Dan Hoefle (29 years in Rotary), Basil Richardson (38 years), Dale Smith (40 years) and Al Bergeron (31 years).
Mr. Finemaster himself (aka Neal Ouellett) cited Larry Gray and John Lyons only to discover their absence – Neal does not forget, folks! Other notable targets, Jim and Ellen Labrie, were fined, as they should be, for celebrating 55 years of marriage.
Happy Dollars came from Judy Ringer announcing an evening singing concert. Sheri Donnermeyer also donated. She recognized the proposed new Portsmouth Parking Garage and Nancy Clayburgh’s original song praising the new structure. The composition, blithely ignoring rhyme or melody, had the club roaring. Nancy had earlier song the song in front of City Council as they debated approval of the project.
Announcements included James Petersen’s mention of five new sponsors for the Golf Tournament. Leo Gagnon has another Rotarian Social Hour planned for the Atlantic Grille on Monday, May 18th. Finally, John Rice made one last request for Vocational Service Award nominations.
Nancy Notis next introduced our guest speaker, Sarah McDuffie, DO, Portsmouth Regional Hospital / Medical Director of Palliative Care. The title of her presentation – Have you had the Talk? “The Other Talk.” (Not to be confused with the one about birds and bees.)
Her presentation addressed the importance of communication, concerns and issues of end of life care. Personal concerns and religious traditions, amendments to your Advance Directive for Health Care and Living Will, complete “Your Exit Plan.”
Sarah explains Palliative Care as pre-hospice treatment, focusing on relieving patient anxiety based upon a person’s values. Those values govern treatment for terminal illness, decision making, and spirituality, quality v. quantity of life, independence and the family’s role. She distinguishes Palliative Care from Hospice Care, which is post-curative treatment. Socrates talked about Death being a narrow theme with a wide audience, so think about your “Exit Plan” before appearing in the obituaries. You and your loved ones will avoid stress and potential feuding when difficult decisions have to be made.
Respectfully submitted by Richard Seery.
|Rotary Log for May 7, 2015||Posted by Joanie Dickinson||on May 11, 2015||
President Trish opened the luncheon by welcoming guests and visiting Rotarians.
There were several important announcements. Dan Marston talked about the Interact Beach Clean Up happening this weekend, Saturday May 16th at Wallis Sands Beach. All Rotarians are welcome to man the tent and give out refreshments to the Interact Students. Or Rotarians are welcome to assist with clean-up.
Deb Rourke discussed Market Square Day. We will have two booths and Rotarians are welcome to attend and play chess. The club will be selling chess sets and promoting its first -ever Portsmouth Rotary Club Seacoast Open Chess Tournament. The event is slated for spring 2016 and is projected to be a major fund raiser for the club.
John Rice spoke about the Vocational Awards. There are four categories in which to make a nomination: (1.) Public Service, (2.) Education, (3.)Health and Human Service and (4.) General. The dead-line for submission is May 14. President Trish promoted the award by remembering that at her first Rotary meeting some 18 years ago, she was honored to see her mother receive a Vocational Service Award. The rest, as they say, is history. Check out the News of the Week to learn more about the history and significance of the Vocational Service Awards program.
Our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Bob Field had arranged to have a very special speaker address the club.
Since Bob was unable to be at our meeting Thursday, Jim Rini introduced our guest. Boston College professor Peter Krause, a Williams College graduate with a PhD from MIT in Political Science, is an expert in Middle East studies. His topic was ISIS, the crisis in Syria and the mess that is the Middle East.
|Rotary Log April 30, 2015||Posted by Richard Gruelich||on May 04, 2015||
President Trish opened the meeting sporting an improved microphone, newly found by our own sleuth, Leonard Seagren. Thanks, Len!
Dan Hoefle led in singing “God Bless America”, beautifully, as he always does. (We know that Past President Dan just loves this particular song. To learn more about its background, see below.) Lynn McLaren recited the 4-Way Test. Reverend Allen said grace.
Guests (and their Rotarian hosts) included: Tenny Field (Bob Field), Betsy Doolan (Lynn McLaren), Berta Tarsica (also Lynn), Caroline Snell (Diane Foley), Joe Cunningham (Leonard Seagren) and Cynthia Byrne (Linda Browning). Dave Considine (Hampton Rotary) visited us.
A highlight of the meeting was the Paul Harris Fellow award given to Bob Field. Mort Schmidt welcomed Bob and his family to the podium. Here is John Rice's introduction:
“We honor today an individual who has lived the motto of “ service above self” from an early age…This individual has served our country honorably in the armed forces during a time of war…This individual has been an active and regular member of a local church…This good citizen has served with distinction on town land use boards for decades…This person has been a faithful Rotarian for 27 years, rarely missing meetings, taking the toughest weekend shifts for Christmas Tree sales and being an invaluable and dedicated member of the club’s Scholarship Committee as well as a peerless writer for the Rotary Log.. One past president characterized this person as “someone of great warmth and humor”…This was particularly evident in the delightfully entertaining 90-year history of the club that this individual authored a few years back…This person has been married to the same wonderful and gracious spouse for almost 50 years. As a couple, they have raised their amazingly talented and gifted children to become three of the finest young adults that you could ever meet.
AND, Finally, this Rotarian would be the very first individual to question our choice for this club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow. Well, this time, Bob Field, you are over-ruled! This one’s for you! I give you our newest Paul Harris Fellow—Robert Bunting Field, Jr.”
In accepting the award, Bob was humble and grateful, saying “I never thought I would see the day. I am truly honored”. His son, Tenny, also spoke and said a nice thank you to the club on behalf of the family.
Diane Foley introduced the day’s speaker, Amy Selwyn. Through her firm, Storytegic, Amy helps companies, groups and individuals develop their unique brand marketing approach. Or as Amy would phrase it, “help people develop and tell their own brand story.”
Her talk was entitled “Brand Story Telling.” Amy defined a “brand” as the gut feeling customers get when they hear the name of a product or service. She explained that we are bombarded daily by different messages and sensations. Breaking through that clutter is the major problem in establishing a brand today. In order to capture the customer’s attention, a business must employ a marketing message infused with “Radical Differentiation.” That is, a message highlighting what is truly different and meaningful about the business.
Top of the Week Reminder
|Posted by John Rice||on May 04, 2015||
Area club activities...
The Rotary Club of Kittery is having a charity auction on Thursday, May 7th at the Regatta Room in Eliot. Tickets are available at Peoples United Bank in Kittery or at the door. More information is available at www.kitteryrotary.org.
Rotary Club of Exeter is presenting Trivial Pursuit for a Cause on Saturday, May 16th at Shooters Pub Teams will compete for prized and bragging rights. To register, visit www.exeterrotary.org
|Rotary Log for April 16, 2015||Posted by Robert Field||on Apr 20, 2015||
“GOING TO THE DOGS”
Reported by Robert B. Field Jr.
Photos by Bob Loch
In a challenge to conventional wisdom that ”dog days” emerge in August, in its often customary, defiant and impulsive manner, the Club determined that on a brilliant, sparkling April day, it would “go to the dogs” by popular demand, and reprise an earlier favorite. More is to follow by way of explanation.
We were greeted by the outstretched hand and friendly face of Marie Brownell. The meeting was promptly called to order by President Tricia at 12:15. She called on Senor Rice, who led us in a closely held version of that old club favorite, “ How Much Is That Doggy In The Window.” Mort didn’t seem to complain when the price escalated to an astronomical imaginary sum, assuming, of course, it was real and its future care would be placed with him.
The word got out that our speaker, Lt. George Joy of the Town of Barrington Police Department, and the “Working Dog Foundation a/k/a NH Police K9 Academy,” trained and handled ‘working dogs.’ Immediately a roar flooded the room in support of a minimum wage increase. We’ll deal more with George and his colleague Tim Keefe, a fellow handler and police officer from Dover, later. We were also advised that their boss, John Usher, was a real pro. He sets national standards of excellence for them and their dogs, but was unavailable to be present.
Lisa Beach then accepted her offer of Rotary Membership, and told of her motherhood and on-air radio personality past.
President Tricia welcomed to the podium a variety of Rotarians who pleaded for assistance from our membership. They filled 12 tables of 10, with a myriad of projects which really highlighted and displayed our Club’s breath of service. Among the overtures were pleas for Volunteers for our Hosting District Conference at Wentworth By-The-Sea; Vocational Award nominations; Habitat for Humanity (Women Builders); American Red Cross Blood Drive; 2015 Golf Tournament and Sponsorships; Speakers Committee Meeting; Exeter Club Trivia Challenge; and a Block Six, Happy Hour at 3S Art Space.
Donna Lewallen updated everyone on the progress being made by the Scholarship Committee to interview 18 of 33 outstanding Portsmouth High School Applicants, often forced to make early “cuts” based on family resources, knowledge of Rotary, and community service. She reported further that Rotary is the sole grantor that actually interviews candidates! We can be proud of that standard, and it encourages students to document and prepare for the “interview” protocols of the working world.
Birthday boys and girls were honored, namely, James Petersen, Carl Brage (a Rotarian since emerging from the womb,) Donna Lewallen, past president, Nancy Notis, Marie Brownell, Sue Wolf and Rick Page.
Now, to the dogs! Luis Melchor was pardoned by President Tricia from his last K-9 “conviction.” She announced that no “stuff or paraphernalia” was planted for demonstration purposes today. We were safe and the dogs, Gypsy and Grinko, were obedient and in good form before, during and after the meeting. Grinko, a male, got the call to perform. As he was being “ attacked” by Grinko, Lieutenant Joy explained the dogs were German and/or Belgian by breed, and were worth as much as $250,000, if Tier One level. Their best years are ages 6-7-8. Before then, they are puppies and undependable. They retire at age 10. (Several Rotarian were envious.)
Dogs are trained to play, but their bites are real and unwelcoming. George, bearing proper “bite sleeve” armor, was attacked multiple times. Dogs stop when “recalled”, but they are “not a machine” and a better recall than a fired bullet. They are cared for daily by their handler and live and retire with him. In response to a female member’s question, it was revealed that female dogs train better than males. The dogs are elite athletes and, accordingly, consume a high protein diet. Navy SEALs also use dogs that are highly skilled, very carefully selected and worth a great deal. The audience was thoroughly involved and asked many questions at the conclusion of the program.
As an aside, covering the event for the Portsmouth Herald were photojournalist, Deb Cram and reporter, Elizabeth Dinan. We often have very highly talented speakers, whose messages in general, I believe, should be covered and widely shared,.
John Pappas held Raffle ticket #142286, but there was no match. Too bad, but the base win was generous. The meeting was adjourned.
Our next Speaker on April 23, Kate Baker, will be informing us on the N.H. Educational Tax Credit Program.
Respectfully submitted, Reporter Bob Field
|Vocational Award Nominations Open!||Posted||on Apr 16, 2015||
Rotarians: time to nominate your deserving community member for a vocational award!
Recipients will be recognized at Rotary, and given a $500 check payable to the charity of their choice.
Nomination forms are available on our website at this link:
Deadline is May 14, 2015. Thank you!
|Rotary Log for April 9, 2015||Posted||on Apr 13, 2015||
Rotary's assembled masses dressed for the occasion.
Tie food was served.
Rotary Log for Meeting of April 9, 2015 by Mark Lorusso
Today, we welcomed back an old friend and former Rotarian, Donald Coker. More about that later. President Trish presided and began with her version of true confessions. Her parents live in the same house where she grew up in North Hampton. She is a UNH graduate who married her high school sweetheart. She has worked at the same place for 23 years. And today, she sat on the left side of the front table. This was a big change, and apparently, a disconcerting one. We feel for you Trish.
Visiting Rotarians and guests were introduced followed by Rotarian birthdays. We were reminded that the District Conference is being held in Portsmouth April 24-26 at the Wentworth by the Sea. Club members are encouraged to sign up. We want a good showing as the conference is local for the first time in a long time. Happy dollars followed as well as general announcements.
President Trish informed us that John Rice and Neal Ouellett will be co-chairing the Vocational Awards Committee. A request for new committee members was made. Next week, applications will be set out on the tables. Please take a form and identify members of our community whom you believe are deserving of recognition. The four areas of service include: Public Service, Health and Human Services, Education and General Service.
Dan Marston, co-chair of the Interact committee, informed us about a beach cleanup project. The Club will clean Wallis Sands in Rye, Saturday, May 16 between 9 and 11 am. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Leonard Seagren introduced today’s speakers. Our first guest speaker was none other than Don Coker, a former long-time member of our club. He is a past Paul Harris Fellow recipient and current Chairman of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission (PMC). Don was the long-time chairman of our Thanksgiving Day event. I’m sure many will remember Don’s dedicated and passionate service to the club and to the Portsmouth area. Many thanks.
Turning to the PMC, the Commission, a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization, hosts two annual events. The most famous is the annual Sail Portsmouth event that showcases tall ships from ports around the world. The second, and perhaps the more important, is the Sea Challenge program. Each year, the Commission sponsors at-risk children to participate in a one-week excursion on a sailing vessel. Once aboard, they learn not only how to sail, but other important lessons—more about that below.
The Sail Portsmouth event is the only annual event of its kind. The event essentially sells out every year. The PMC is proud to be America’s only maritime commission that holds an annual tall ship event . This has been the case for the past 30 years. It is Portsmouth’s longest summer event and one of its most profitable. Last summer, the 170-foot Mystic received about 14,000 visitors over a four-day period. According to Board member Bruce Addison, for every non-resident visitor that comes to see the ships, about $64 is put into city businesses’ coffers—well done.
The Sea Challenge program was the brainchild of PMC Vice Chairman, Larry Job. Annually some 20 to 30 at-risk seacoast area students, ages 14 to 17, get a rare opportunity. They are offered the chance to sail aboard a sailing vessel for one week. The accommodations are very basic and the workload significant. No electronic devices allowed! Apparently, many students exhibit electronic device withdrawal symptoms in the early days of the excursion.
Larry gave us many examples of children that took the challenge to learn to sail. The on-board experience changed many of their lives. He recalled how he was informed that it costs New Hampshire about $80,000 a year to incarcerate a person. Larry’s vision is to “right the ship” just a few degrees for these children. It can steer them away from poor choices in the future. Counselors in a 1:10 ratio accompany the students to ensure their well-being. From what we heard, success has been far beyond expectations. We wish them continued success in this worthwhile program.
To wrap up the meeting, Charlie Bourdages scored a rare back-to-back raffle win. We’ll be watching him next week for sure!
Respectfully submitted, Mark Lorusso
SAVE THE DATE: SAIL PORTSMOUTH 2015 IS JULY 22ND - 26TH
Mark your calendar! For Sail Portsmouth 2015 we are hosting the only galeón class vessel in the world sailing today, El Galeón Andalucía. She will be at the Fish Pier on Peirce Island.
Photos by Sara Treacy
For more photos, click on the album at the bottom of this eBulletin.
|Rotary Presents Check to Families First||Posted||on Apr 13, 2015||
Cindy Bishop, who heads the "Healthy Grins" program for Familes First, receives a $1,300 check
from Portsmouth Rotary's Sara Treacy. The program fosters early education on dental health.
|Can it be spring?||Posted||on Apr 10, 2015||
Rotarian Eric Weinrieb shares the first signs of spring in front of his office,
with his fellow Rotarians.
Thank you Eric!
|Jeremy Alex Chess Program in the news||Posted||on Apr 06, 2015||
The Rotary chess program of the Jeremy Alex Committee is in today's news, click here for the full story from Seacost Online / Portsmouth Herald:
|Rotary Log for April 2, 2015 Joke Day||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Apr 06, 2015||
|Thousands Support Rotary Arkell Memorial Scholarship||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Apr 04, 2015||
|Over 1,000 Registered for Saturday's Race!||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Mar 30, 2015||
This Saturday, the memorial race to honor Brentwood Officer Stephen Arkell kicks off at noon...at which time, thousands of volunteer hours will come together in tribute to the fallen officer and the community he loved.
You can still register at: http://officerarkell5k.org
Portsmouth Rotary is an important part of this event. Our club has established a scholarship fund in memory of Officer Arkell, and the net race proceeds after event expenses and designated donations to the family fund and Brentwood Police Benevolent Association will create an endowment for this purpose. The scholarship will be granted in future years to an Exeter High School student.
The race organizers are Brentwood community members, many of then officers and friends in the Brentwood Police Benevolent Association. Millenium Running is handling the timing logistics and reporting of results. Sponsors and registration fees have already built a substantial fund which will endow the memorial scholarship.
Join with fellow Rotarians on Saturday! Sign up, run or walk, using the web link above.
Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell, who died in the line of duty in 2014.
|Rotary Log for March 26, 2015||Posted by Tristan Shanley||on Mar 29, 2015||
Our guest speaker was Wendy Thompson of Higher Education Admissions. She gave us an overview of the college admission process.
A former admissions officer at Bowdoin College, Wendy asked for volunteers to participate in an exercise. The exercise took us through the selection process of college admissions. Each Rotarian held a card stating their “GPA” from 2.8-4.1.
Wendy gave examples of how a student could move up or down the ladder in the process. One example: an applicant has a 4.0 with all AP classes throughout high school. But the student forgets to change the name of the college on the cover letter. The student drops down one spot as a result.
A second example: a 2.9 GPA student is all-everything. The youngster leads the Gospel Choir, works part-time, and wants Greek Mythology as a major. This student moves up three spots.
Finally, there’s the applicant with the lowest GPA of 2.8 but has the last name Trump. That kid moves to the head of the class!
There are two important questions that admissions offices asks themselves about a potential student First, what would the student add to the school? The second, does this student have a passion for learning?
Wendy provided the club a very interactive and fun way to understand the overall admissions process.
Portsmouth Rotary inducted its newest member to the club, Dr. Albert Lantinen, proposed by Dave Holden. Welcome Al !
President Trish announced that the next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, April 1st at the Service Credit Union. The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30. All are welcome.
Next week is Joke Day and Neal Ouellett is looking for volunteer jokesters. Budding comedians are reminded that material must be tasteful and appropriate for all audiences!
Barbara Miller announced that the William Cash Committee is looking for new members. Contact Barbara if you are interested.
Meme Wheeler, Executive Director of The Chase Home, informed the club of the organization’s purpose and mission.
This week's Rotary Log by Tristan Shanley, Photos by Sara Treacy
|EREY Update||Posted||on Mar 23, 2015||
Are you still holding a pledge card? Thinking about a Rotary Foundation contribution? We're proud to report that as of March 23, we have donations this year from 79 club members...that's only two members short of being over 50% of our club. Let's smash through that barrier -- please offer a pledge of ANY amount, small or large, to show that you value the work Rotary does in our community and around the globe. If you'd like to know more about this campaign, please click here: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6644/Stories/portsmouth-supports-rotary-foundation-with-erey-pledges
|Rotary Log for March 19,. 2015||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Mar 22, 2015||
|Rotary in the News||Posted||on Mar 15, 2015||
In case you missed it: coverage of Portsmouth Rotary's new scholarship fund honoring slain officer Stephen Arkell, and coverage of our neighbors at Seacoast Rotary and their great work to buy computers at the Dondero School. Rotary makes a big difference here on the Seacoast!
|Rotary Log for March 5, 2015, updated||Posted by Russ Grazier||on Mar 09, 2015||
|Rotary Log for March 5, 2015||Posted||on Mar 09, 2015||
Weather problems have delayed the delivery of last week's Rotary Log. Solar roof impact has caused rapid melting at our production plant, and as a result the log writer and editor have had to evacuate the facility. It is believed, but not confirmed, that they are taking in vitamin-D at an undisclosed location. In the meantime, please enjoy the photographs by club photographer Jim Rini and we will resume publication of the Rotary Log next Tuesday. This photograph shows President-Elect Bill, DGE Sheila Rollins (who was our speaker last week) and President Tricia enjoying fellowship at the Portsmouth Country Club.
|Rotary Establishes Arkell Scholarship Fund||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Mar 09, 2015||
Portsmouth Rotary Establishes Officer Stephen Arkell Memorial Scholarship Fund
Brentwood Officer Stephen Arkell
In close cooperation with the Brentwood Police Benevolent Association, the Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s Charitable Division has established a new memorial scholarship fund to honor fallen Brentwood police officer Stephen Arkell.
Arkell, who died in the line of duty last year, was an alumnus and strong supporter of the Exeter High School. The new fund will underwrite a scholarship for Exeter High students.
Funding of the scholarship will begin with the net proceeds after designated donations and expenses of the April 4th, 5k run/walk race in Brentwood, which was organized by community members to honor the slain officer.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to create this new scholarship ” stated Rotary President Patricia Cummings. “Our club has a strong history of managing and granting scholarship funds, and this past year we gave $35,000 to area students.”
Race organizers Curtis Grace, Ptl. Joshua Turner and Sgt. Denny Wood have worked for months to bring the community together for next month’s race event. As of this week, over 700 runners have registered and community business sponsors are helping to build the scholarship fund. “We’re going to have a great day April 4,” said Grace. “We still have openings for anyone who would like to take part.” Race registration is online at www.officerarkell5k.org.
The administration of the new memorial fund will be guided by an advisory committee consisting of Brentwood area residents and members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club.
The Charitable Division of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth is an accredited 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law. Donations may be made through the race website or by check to Treasurer, Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03801. For more information, www.portsmouthrotary.org
|Rotary Log for February 26, 2015||Posted by Dick Seery||on Mar 02, 2015||
DID YOU GET the new District 7780 Newsletter this weekend?
DID YOU read it?
If not, click here: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50088/bulletin/View/89e1a948-ea8d-4a4c-8f1f-09c308598f00
|Portsmouth Supports Rotary Foundation with EREY pledges||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Feb 26, 2015||
Portsmouth Rotarians Pledge to Rotary Foundation
Annual EREY Pledge Drive Kicks off
Portsmouth Rotary’s many international service projects took center stage this week as club Foundation co-chair and international service director Bob Herold, joined by Leonard Seagren and Ted Alex, shared the work they, along with many others, have been doing beyond the Seacoast. A full summary of their program can be found in the weekly meeting Log.
The club then kicked off its annual “EREY” pledge drive, in which all Rotarians are asked to make a donation in any amount to the Rotary Foundation’s annual SHARE fund.
Because Rotary’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30, many members had already made a donation before this drive: if you gave an EREY amount along with your club dues in July, you’re already among the 55 members previously credited as Foundation supporters this year. Another 22 pledges were received on Thursday, including three that qualify for Paul Harris Fellowship matches from the club (donations of $500 or more).
This impressive response is a “Happy Birthday Rotary” message from Portsmouth Rotarians. As Rotary International celebrates its 110th birthday, eleven club members pledged $110 each to the annual fund – as a “birthday card” to the foundation.
Did you miss the meeting? You can be counted too! We can get you a pledge card, or you can simply email a pledge to either Dave Underhill (email@example.com) or to Bob Herold (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you're not sure whether you've given this fiscal year, send an email to Dave or Bob and we'll check for you.
Here’s a summary of the pledge drive as presented to the Rotary meeting on Thursday, February 26 by foundation co-chair Dave:
All these things need to be paid for!
The way we do that is by making a donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The program is called EREY, “Every Rotarian Every Year”.
It’s simple. We ask every Rotary member to give SOMETHING to the Foundation’s annual fund. Three years later, half that money is distributed for worldwide projects and the other half comes back to our district for local projects like the ones you just saw.
Last year our EREY program sent about $12,000 to the RI annual fund…this year, a $45,000 grant came back to our Uganda/Friends Forever project. Pretty good return!
Our club has a unique program. You can give $500 and the club will match it with another $500, sending one thousand dollars to the Foundation, and giving you the right to name a Paul Harris Fellow.
That’s more than many of us can afford, so here’s a simple ask:
It’s Rotary’s 110th Birthday. Send Rotary a birthday card!
There are pledge cards on your table. If you can, give $110. If you can’t do that, please do what you can --- maybe the cost of a lunch, $17, or $25 or $50. What matters is that you said “I remember you, Rotary, thank you and Happy Birthday! ” You’re saying you think the work Leonard and Bob and Ted are doing is important.
We have 161 club members. As of this week, 55 of us have already made a donation or pledge. That includes 18 board members and all those who added a Foundation gift to their dues invoice back in July. If you’re not sure whether you’ve already given this year, see me right after the meeting and I’ll check for you.
Will you join with us in sending a birthday card to Rotary? The birthday cards (pledge cards) are on your table. Please give them to Bob or to me and pay the pledge by June. You can also make an ongoing annual pledge if you’d like, and cancel it anytime in the future.
The folks in this room know that I believe in Rotary --- I give it my time, energy and money. When I read the news about terrorism or hatred or violence around our world, I know that I’m doing something to counter it.
I’m investing in Peace, Understanding, kids in Columbia and Uganda and Bangladesh, teachers in Guatemala and clean water in El Salvador. I’m proud of Rotary, and I hope you are too. If so, please join me: send Rotary a birthday card by making a pledge to the Foundation.
|Rotary and Mr./Ms. Peanut Deliver!||Posted by Creamy Crunchy Goober||on Feb 22, 2015||
|Portsmouth Rotary Celebrates Puddledock Pond||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 21, 2015||
|Rotary Log for February 19, 2015||Posted||on Feb 21, 2015||
Rotary Log for Meeting of February 19, 2015
Reporter: Doug Macdonald
Photographer: Bob Loch
The meeting commenced with President-Elect Bill, unplugged, taking the reins for President Tricia. Trish was out on the slopes enjoying this winter day. Following Bill’s brief introductory comments, Tristan and Cyndi Shanley led us in God Bless America. This instead of the threatened Let it Snow.
Our guests included Joe Bove’s wife, Suzanne; Basil Richardson’s wife, Louise; James Petersen’s daughter, Olivia and Dave Holden’s guest, Dr. Al Lantinen.
Bill reminded us that Rotary would have full access to the Puddle Duck Pond Skating Rink this Sunday from 4:30-6:30. Participants should bring a snack, crock-pot dish, or other food item for a pot-luck style dinner.
A call for happy dollars drew silence. Maybe that’s a sign that the constant snow and cold is taking its toll on Seacoast residents.
Jim Rini introduced our guest speakers Keryn Bernard-Kriegel and Diane Hastings. Keryn is the Executive Director of NH Children’s Trust. Diane is the Communications Director. NHCT’s mission focuses on the elimination of child abuse and neglect. Its efforts include educating and assisting families, especially early on in the parenting process. They help build social and emotional skills. And the organization helps families develop coping and problem solving skills. Finally, NHCT fosters a supportive local community.
By developing “Protective Factors” within families, NHCT leaves its members better equipped to navigate stressful periods. This becomes a key factor in reducing abuse and neglect.
The presentation highlighted high stress situations that lead to abuse and maltreatment. It presented some alarming statistics. Last year, for example, there were 140 cases of infant abuse in New Hampshire. Children under the age of one. Unfortunately, that number is likely low. It only represents cases where a parent or primary care giver was the abuser. It doesn’t account for abusers such as a relative, coach, family friend or other third party. Also alarming was the fact that 35 percent of victims are under the age of four. Further, for 80 percent of those victims, the result of the abuse is death.
Finally, the program highlighted the Purple Prevention Program. This initiative is being implemented in hospitals throughout the state, as well as through partner non-profits. It seeks to supply parents of young children with coping strategies. Central to this is eliminating the devastating damage associated with shaking babies due to their crying. In 30 percent of reported cases a death occurs. But at least in 50 percent of the cases brain damage results.
A short question and answer period followed. NHCT welcomes the support of the community. To learn more about NHCT, or opportunities to support its programs, please visit: www.nhchildrenstrust.org
Bill then recognized that the meeting was ending early, an event that he had never witnessed. That prompted one Rotarian to shout, “Long live the king!”
Walter’s raffle table, represented by Jay Gibson won the raffle, but there was no match.
Sunshine ushered in the Rotarians today, but as they left the skies again were overcast. The cooling temperature was the harbinger of snow arriving later in the day.
See you next week.
Respectfully submitted, Doug Macdonald
|Basic Needs Team Spreads the Love||Posted by Bob Lewis||on Feb 16, 2015||
|Rotary Log, February 5, 2015: Matt Simon||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Feb 09, 2015||
|Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Service Project||Posted by Sara Treacy||on Feb 09, 2015||
Rotary returns to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen this month
New schedule of service
We still have openings for you in March and beyond!
Feb 24, Tuesday- (Schedule is full for this date) - Jay Gibson, David Holden, Sara Treacy (shift leader), Dave Underhill, Luis Melchor
Mar 31, Tuesday - Aileen Dugan and Cleo Villaflores (shift leaders), Jerry and Alyson Gray NEED one more person.
April 28- Tuesday - Ramona and Jerry Dow NEED 3 more people including shift leader
June 16- Tuesday
Sept 15- Tuesday
October 27- Tuesday
Procedure: Volunteers arrive at the Salvation Army on Middle St, behind the John Paul Jones House, at 4:15 P.M. The Rotarian shift leader will have already picked up the food from Edgewood Centre and delivered it to the SA kitchen.
Volunteers set up the dining room: chairs, trays, silverware, desserts, coffee, beverages, arrange serving tables under the direction of the shift leader. Dining room opens at 5pm and closes at 6pm. Rotarians serve food and drinks to diners. One Rotarian stays in kitchen and washes trays. At 6pm all diners are gone and tables are wiped down, food put away, kitchen wiped down and we are finished by 6:15.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK! AND WE HAVE LOTS OF FUN SERVING!
|Rotary Log for January 29, 2015||Posted by Richard Greulich||on Jan 28, 2015||
Rotary Log for Meeting of January 29, 2015 By Richard Greulich
President Trish began the meeting with her usual warm welcoming comments. She noted three birthdays: Dana Levinson, Barry McArdle and Gene Bailey with 17, eight and 32 years in Rotary, respectively.
Francoise Meissner was inducted as a new member. Bill Hurley sponsored her and delivered a brief bio. Francoise was born in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. She worked in advertising in London for 10 years then at the United Nations for 10 more. She is married, raised two children and lived in Durham for the past 17 years. She is now a Portsmouth REALTOR. With her international background and husband’s German native tongue, Bill seemed close to calling Francoise a true polyglot. Apparently he thought better of it. He simply ended his intro by pronouncing her “a perfect fit” for Rotary.
With the bar thus raised sufficiently high, Francoise proceeded to vault over it with aplomb. She summed up her take on Rotary as “People Who Like People.” With that, she is happy to cast her lot with those People. She ended by drawing laughs demonstrating her newly found knowledge of the two ways to pronounce “Rotary.” There’s the British way: “Ro-Ta-Ry. ” And the American way: “Rotery.” This written report cannot do her verbal performance justice. We will leave it with “Welcome, Francoise!”
Leanne Spees introduced Dr. Ross Gittell. He is well-credentialed (B.A. Univ. of Chicago, M.B.A. UC-Berkeley, Ph.D. Harvard, Econ Professor at UNH for 20 years.) Dr. Gittell has in the past focused on economic and community development issues in New Hampshire. Now, as Chancellor of the Community College System of N. H., he has a new focus. He spoke about what the System is, its goals and the rationale for those goals. He further explained the steps the System is taking to accomplish them.
The System consists of seven local colleges and three academic centers. It offers academic degrees and certificates. It serves 27,000 students annually, 93% from New Hampshire. Of this group, more than 40% are adults over the age of 24. The System is self-governing and not a state agency. The Governor appoints its BOD. The schools are accredited and provide quality academics. It’s an education that produces transferable credits (one third of students transfer to a four-year college). A key objective is to provide education that will meet the needs of employers in Granite State communities. Dr. Gittell spends one third of his time meeting with local businesses. From these meetings he develops programs to meet their employee training needs.
The System has several goals. One is to be accessible and affordable. Another is to allow for open access. A High School diploma is all that is required for admission. “Running Start” programs allow students to take courses for college credit in high school. “Dual Enrollment” lets students have access to resources at both the community college and UNH. Tuition (low already at $6,000 per year) has actually been cut this year (unheard of).
There are important reasons to have a strong Community College system. It creates appropriate higher education for New Hampshire residents. Education that results in better economics for Granite Staters. Right now, New Hampshire ranks well in that regard. However, much of that prosperity is due to immigrants from other states. New Hampshire is starting to slip from its lofty rankings. All the more reason for higher education that is relevant to employers and students’ needs alike.
Overall, Dr. Gittell delivered a good description of the Community College System. He gave us a cogent discussion of how the System needs to and is fulfilling its service to Granite Staters. Best wishes to his efforts as we will all benefit!
Oh yes, Dr. Gittell pulled out the winning ticket for Ben Wheeler. The rumor that Ben had arranged for a chauffeured limousine to transport Dr. Gittell has not yet been confirmed. Fortunately for next week’s winner, Ben’s luck ran out and the match was unmet.
Respectfully submitted, Richard Greulich
|Rotary Log for January 15, 2015||Posted by Robert Field Jr.||on Jan 18, 2015||
Rotary Log for Meeting of January 15, 2015 by Robert B. Field, Jr.
Hola! It just sticks like Super Glue when one toils under the supervision of Senor Rice, master writer, editor, and songsmith of our Club. In fact, if one has scribe duty, just sitting in his company can be threatening. Rules! Rules! Rules! In by Monday; no more than 18 words to a sentence; and, a minimum of 500 words. He’d go broke in my business where fees are allegedly determined by weight of paper and word count. Not true, but good lore, nevertheless. I’ll probably flunk those standards, but let’s try not.
The Meeting focus was ‘teased’ last week by President Tricia as a Fellowship Meeting, ugh, more Tree Hugging in this time of international terror stress. Tricia was right in being concerned and sleepless about attendance. But I had no option. Duty called, along with many other members were happy it did. Why?
Rotary work is often accomplished with little fanfare, by many people choosing to accomplish great things in obscurity. For others, public recognition, visibility and acclaim come and are accepted more easily. And, it occurred to me during the meeting, both views are accommodated by Rotary, and, perhaps that is Rotary’s raison d’etre and foundation for domestic and international longevity, purpose and greatness.
Fellowship Meeting was our opportunity to grade ourselves for President Tricia’s First Semester. Christmas Tree sales were complete along with a myriad of other projects, and it was time to celebrate.
Arriving to a choice of select Market Basket candy, and those with like taste were assembled for seating, we found Tables jumbled with new faces. It’s all okay, and, recalcitrants were duly fined by our Fine Masters Nancy and Neil in due time. Food was as usual well prepared (the lemon cake was exceptional) and John Rice’s bold baritone voice synchronized us with a hearty “choral” rendition of “God Bless America”. He left the Marseillaise for another day. Hopefully, if we do, we will avoid the precipitating events of terror. Betsy Scott introduced her guest, Betty Edgar, our only guest, and Tricia went through a large number of birthdays. It turns out that seven Rotarians share a birthdate in January, with three on each of January 9 and 17. Even John Rice was fined by Neil when entrapped into answering a trick question in Spanish.
Following a short but informative Rotary Knowledge update by President Tricia on the Seven Steps to Rotary membership, similar to, but not to be confused with, an honorable Twelve Step program in another context. There was no mercy shown by the Fine Masters as they assessed fines on notables for errant behaviors and being ‘too notable’. Fines reached $20.00 in some instances. That hurts! One Rotarian who in a moment of confusion claimed to favor Indianapolis against the New England Patriots was mercilessly fined.
Tricia then bared her soul with some disclosers about several charitable and semi-charitable gifts approved by the Directors upon the recommendation of The Cash Fund Committee, Basic Needs, Jeremy Alex Fund, and general Budgeted Club giving. It is really astounding that as a Club we do so much. There is good reason and Bill Hurley’s report on the Christmas Tree, Commercial Wreath, and Ornament success guided by James Peterson, Janice Wood, and Janet Cassidy, respectively, generated $46,300 in net profits, when $39,000 had been forecast. The Club sold nearly $1,600 trees and all but 14 of 400 wreaths. The unsold were bundled and given to needy recipients who often regifted to those in even greater need.
Sara Tracey invited those with a Soup Kitchen bend to join her in the annual Salvation Army project. Sara must harbor a resident angel on her shoulder, for soon thereafter, her ticket was drawn as the winning raffle. Not only that, she had had a correct match. A quick $120.00 was delivered to Sara; well deserved.
Moral of the story; Fellowship Meetings can be, and are often, fun and lively, and where you find surprises about quiet, unassuming friends, who are community heroes in our midst. You know one!
Respectfully submitted by Bob Field
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
January 15, 2015
|Portsmouth Rotary & Friends Forever Receive $45,000 Grant||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Jan 12, 2015||
Portsmouth (NH) Rotary and Friends Forever receive $45,000 Grant
Launching Uganda Conflict Resolution and Leadership Training
Rotary International’s District 7780 has received a $45,000 Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to advance a new program in conflict resolution.
Portsmouth Rotary’s international service chair, Bob Herold, and Friends Forever executive director, Steve Martineau, made the joint announcement this week. The program will bring young Uganda leaders to the United States for a “train the trainer” educational program, aimed at mediation and peace building in Uganda.
The program is a partnership among the two Seacoast organizations, the Rotary Club of Kajjansi Uganda, and a non-governmental agency in Uganda, Youth Passionate Organization (YPO). Friends Forever, based in Durham NH, has been an international leader in community reconciliation programs since 1986.
Members of YPO, a non-governmental organization in Uganda whose youth leaders will be trained under the new Rotary District Grant program in partnership with Friends Forever
The year-long effort will focus on a slum area of Kampala, Uganda, where youth from different tribes and regions migrate to avoid conflict and try to find peace. The future trainers will learn, strengthen and then replicate the Friends Forever model, building relationships to further efforts of conflict resolution and peace building in Uganda. The program is built upon Friends Forever’s successful work in Northern Ireland and in the Middle East.
“Youth leaders, accompanied by a representative from the Kajjansi Rotary Club, will spend three weeks in New Hampshire and Maine developing specific skills in community organizing, leadership and conflict resolution” said Martineau. “They will then return to Uganda and work with Rotarians there to implement the program and train others to advance it.”
“Rotary will be partnered with YPO, and will be a catalyst for growing the program in Uganda” said Herold, who recently returned from meetings in Kampala. “The program includes multiple community service projects, along with music and dance that will attract citizens and deliver messages of sustainable peace.”
Literacy, health issues and tribal differences have been major stresses in Uganda, where nearly two million people have been displaced and tens of thousands of citizens have been killed over the last twenty years. Programming to re-integrate youth into their communities is scarce. The trainings provided by Friends Forever are designed to lead to community strength and leadership to address local issues without dictating a specific outcome.
The partnership ensures fiscal accountability. Rotary International administers its grants very strictly, and the Rotary Clubs involved assure financial stewardship. The Rotary Foundation’s District Global Grant allocates resources given by local Rotary members and clubs, and gives YPO and Friends Forever the money they need to train some of Uganda’s future leaders.
“We’re excited to begin!” said Martineau, who added that the trainings in New Hampshire and Maine could get underway as soon as this May.
Rotary’s District 7780 Foundation Chair Peter Johnson praised the cooperation of clubs within the district and the partnership with Friends Forever. “This grant shows how magical Rotary is: great things happen when we work together” noted Johnson. The District Designated funds within the grant, $15,000, were supplemented by a $5,000 lead donation from the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, along with supporting funds from the clubs of Bath Sunrise, Brunswick Coastal, Freeport, Portland and Sanford-Springvale. Rotary District 6490 (Eastern Illinois) added funding, and the Rotary Foundation’s World Fund doubled the total to bring the grant amount to $45,250.
“Local Rotarians should be proud that their donations to the RI Annual Fund come back into New Hampshire and Maine to do world-wide good in such a powerful way,” said Johnson. “This project is particularly gratifying, since Portsmouth Rotary was one of the founding organizations in the creation of Friends Forever, nearly thirty years ago. Rotarians really do make a difference, one person at a time, and service creates new service when we partner with Clubs and NGO’s around the world.”
For further information:
Portsmouth Rotary Club, Bob Herold, International Chair
Friends Forever, Steve Martineau, Executive Director, email@example.com
Here is a link to the complete grant document on our website:
|Rotary Funds to Birchtree Center||Posted by Bob Lewis||on Jan 12, 2015||
Basic Needs Chair Bob Lewis and Vice-Chair Ramona Dow, with School Nurse Kimberly Mihelich accepting a $2,000 check from the Portsmouth Rotary Club. Our grant will allow Birchtree to purchase essential life-saving equipment for their day school; help underwrite the cost of first aid and CPR training for Birchtree staff; and allow them to refresh their stock of over-the-counter medications, hygiene supplies, and first-aid supplies at the day school.
|Rotary Log for January 8, 2015||Posted by Tristan Shanley||on Jan 11, 2015||
Rotary Log for meeting of January 8, 2015 by Tristan Shanley
President Tricia welcomed the club to our first meeting of 2015. She announced there would be no general announcements this week to allow for additional time for our guest speaker. The club did unanimously vote to nominate Dave Underhill as a candidate for 2017 Rotary District Governor.Tricia further announced she will be hosting a fundraising committee meeting Friday, January 16th at 8am at The Edgewood Center. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the fundraising focus of 2015.
Bob Field introduced our guest speaker, Dudley Dudley, a former New Hampshire State Legislator. Dudley spear-headed the Save Our Shores movement of 1974. This was an initiative created to stop Aristotle Onassis from building the world’s largest oil refinery on Durham Point. Onassis had already made himself world famous by marrying the widowed Jackie Kennedy. But his refinery project would have a devastating impact on our environment, not to mention quality of life.
The scheme came in the midst of high inflation, a faltering economy and a severe shortage of gas and oil. The gas shortage created long lines at the pump as consumers could only purchase gas on odd or even dates. The richest man of his day, Onassis claimed his refinery would bring jobs to our state. As Dudley explained, however, few workers in New Hampshire possessed the specific skills a refinery requires. The coveted jobs would be outsourced. That was only one of a series of distortions and half-truths put out by Olympic, Ari’s company, according to Dudley.
Dudley was a rookie, first term legislator but had friends and a plan. She created House Bill 18 which stated that proposals like building an oil refinery constitute a state of emergency. As such, the legislature would have to act on it immediately and not wait until it was in session.
The oil refinery would require blasting in Rye and Hampton. A pipe connecting Durham Point to a terminal at the Isles of Shoals would run through much of the Seacoast’s pristine marsh lands. Dudley worked hard to obtain 4,000 signatures to stop it. When taped together, the petitions lined the length of Main Street in Durham. She then presented the papers to Governor Mel Thompson, who supported the refinery. Thompson basically threw her out of his office.
A Durham town meeting followed. The vote was nine to one in opposition to the refinery. On the day of legislation in Concord, the billionaire’s proposal was denied due to a zoning issue in the town of Durham. Dudley made mention of the small publication, Publik Occurrences, which first introduced her to the oil refinery proposal. She also gave nod to Nancy Sandberg and Phyllis Bennett for their contributions to the cause. The three influential women have a bench dedicated to them in Wagon Hill Park for all to admire.
Editor's note: Here is the link to a video about this controversy, if you are interested in learning more:
Log submitted by Tristan Shanley
Club photos by Sara Treacy
|Rotary Log for December 18, 2014||Posted by Jon Flagg||on Jan 04, 2015||
Log by Jon Flagg, Photos by Bob Loch
You are reading a log that took 2 years to develop. Well, not exactly, but the notes were taken at our last meeting of 2014 and the log appeared in 2015. Happy New Year!!!
Our song, led by John Rice in keeping with the fun of the Christmas season, was Jingle Bells. With her signature good will, President Trish said of our less than perfect rendition, “Not bad!”
That understatement was met with laughter and comments in the crowd. “Well, better than usual,” said one Rotarian.
“Not as bad as it could be,” added another.
“We’ve done worse,” proclaimed still another.
Birthdays included Bob Loch with 29 years in Rotary and Peter Beck with a whopping 59 years in Rotary!!...President Trish presented Kevin and his staff with our annual tip and thanked them for their wonderful service.
Past President Cliff presented a Paul Harris Fellow to our own Nancy Notis, drawing “opa” cheers (and a few "ompa" cheers as well), and a standing ovation. Nancy’s contributions to the club are legendary. It was wonderful to share this enormous honor with her husband, daughter and uncle. As Cliff said, Nancy’s actions and service have been “tangible contributions to better understandings among the peoples of the world.” Congratulations, Nancy!
We also welcomed new member Sara Smith, sponsored by Lynn McLaren. Sara is a CPA who practices with her brother and father. She lives in Kingston with her husband and two daughters. It is nice to hear that Sara felt immediately welcomed from her very first visit to our club. Welcome Sara! (And here is a free tip: if you want real power and the love and adoration of your subjects, join the Log Staff!) President Trish also recognized members who have proposed new members this past year. Good job everyone!
Former President Ray Jones came up with the idea of a Rotary ornament in 1994 as a fund raiser. As a kicker, he auctioned off the #1 ornament and out-bid everyone to get it each year! Since his death, the auction has continued and Mort has been the successful bidder each year. He then traditionally presents his purchase to Mrs. Ray Jones privately This year was different. Mrs. Jones joined us for lunch and Mort presented the ornament to her at our meeting.
Mrs. Jones recalled that the first ornament was a rendition of the John Paul Jones house (Ray’s relative?)
“Ray always said,” she told us, “‘If you want to get anything done, ask a Rotarian.’” By the way, she has kept the entire set in pristine condition. She plans to return them to the club “when I slow down”.
Newest PH Fellow Nancy was Finemaster for a day. Stella got fined for having a wreath made entirely of…wine bottle corks; former President Dave got fined for making Bill feel like “gotta keep up with Dave on the tree sales”; city manager John (who just got a $10,000 bonus from the city) was fined $5 for cancelling the Christmas parade, prompting a comment from Tony,“that’s how the city saved $10,000”. Happy Dollars were nearly the last event of the day. They included thanks for Portsmouth Hospital’s help to Rotary, a car dent fixed free and flawlessly by Bill Hurley and for all the tree shifts being over!
Donna thanked the club for buying 72 coats this year to keep kids warm through the winter! Well done all! Let’s make 2015 the best Rotary year ever! (James ended 2014 on a high note by not only winning the raffle but by winning the bonus too!!)
Respectfully submitted, Jon M. Flagg, log writer
Photographer Bob Loch from the Strawbery Banke Museum's PuddleDock Rink. Be sure to take note of the full "slide show" album link at the end of this eBulletin, a regular new feature of our updated website.
|Website Update||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 04, 2015||
Welcome to Portsmouthrotary.org 3.0, as we update the Portsmouth Rotary website.
Our club website has been converted to a new cloud server platform on Clubrunner 3.0. There's a whole new navigational look and feel, which includes new mobile displays. Most of these changes are meant to make our site friendlier to the members of our general community (as but one illustration, a pathway that explains how an organization might request funds from our club (Get Involved > Request Funds > General Information, followed by specific funds and grant commitee pages). We will be adding a lot more information about the many areas of Rotary service, to better explain "What is Rotary" to members of the public. We don't want to be the best-kept secret on the Seacoast!
If you're a member of Portsmouth Rotary, everything you used to have is here (somewhere). Please explore the new simple navigation and give us feedback. There are still articles that need to be written or updated, but for the most part the initial conversion is complete. Club documents and directories require you to log in.
There is a new "member login" button on the home page, and your user name and password are unchanged. Most club management functions are unchanged; there are, however, a few new tricks for posting articles and photos on the site which we will review with the bulletin and log editors and photographers. Speaking of which...we need volunteer writers to complete new pages for the website, so please raise your hand by contacting Rich Ryzman, John Rice or Dave Underhill. Thanks!
Mobile devices: if you view our site on a smartphone, try entering this URL and bookmarking it as your Rotary home-page, it is a mobile-friendly display. You can discontinue use of the old Clubrunner "app" which is not being supported in the future. Log in to: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6644 and then use your sign-in credentials to access the member directory and other club informaiton.
If you have ongoing problems with the website, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience and feedback!
Dave Underhill/Portsmouth Rotary Webmaster
|Sweeping up the Pine Needles||Posted by Dave Underhill||on Jan 03, 2015||
Happy New Year! As we close the book on 2014, let's take a moment to thank every Rotarian who served the community this year (that would be every Rotarian in our club). Your work and fellowship are cherished by all. Service is rewarding and Rotary service is fun too!
Here's a jingling sing-out to the members who rang Salvation Army bells in December -- hope we got them all, but if not, know your efforts are still appreciated.
|Notes from the webmasters||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 31, 2014||
Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03801. Content on this site is copyright 2015 by Rotary Club of Portsmouth, or is copyright to individual content authors and used by permission. Banner photograph courtesy Fred Pettigrew.
|Tree video story from NECN||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 23, 2014||
Congratulations ! The trees are gone, but the warmth continues. This story aired on NECN, New England Cable News, on December 23.
|Seacoast Online/Portsmouth Herald Tree Sales Coverage||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 22, 2014||
Thanks to our friends at SMG for this wonderful write-up, which was front-page top-of-fold in the Portsmouth Herald print edition Tuesday morning Dec. 23.
Photo by Deb Cram/Seacoast Online
|Message from President Tricia||Posted by Patricia Cummings||on Dec 21, 2014||
|FREE trees while they last||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 21, 2014||
Portsmouth Rotary has concluded its annual tree sale at Lafayette Plaza (Philbricks/Planet Fitness plaza) and invites the public and club members to visit, take one or more of any remaining trees, and deliver it to someone who could use a happy gift this holiday season.
The trees, and a small number of wreaths, are available until the supply runs out.
Rotary thanks everyone on the Seacoast for making this year’s tree sale such a great success. Club volunteer workers sold over fifteen hundred trees, along with hundreds of wreaths and ornaments. All net fundraising proceeds are returned to the Seacoast community through scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations.
Happy holidays to all, with gratitude from the 160 members of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.
|Website Changes||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 18, 2014||
First, a reminder that our club will not meet on Christmas Day nor on New Year's Day, so our next weekly lunch meeting is January 8, 2015. The board meeting will be the day before, Wednesday January 7.
Please excuse our electronic dust during the weeks after Christmas and New Year's. We will be constructing our new website, and there may be times the site looks "less than tidy" during the conversion process. While this change should not affect email, attendance or other functionality for our members and directors, there's a small possibility of some disruptions in these areas, so if something doesn't work for you, try again in a few hours. If there's an outage that interferes with your Rotary work (particularly the secretary), call Dave.
Once the new site is up and running, we'll be looking for committee chairs and volunteers to write fresh articles about their areas of interest. This is being coordinated by Rich Ryzman.
Webmaster/PP and former captain Dave
|Nancy Notis Receives Paul Harris Fellowship, December 18 at Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 18, 2014||
Suzanne Laurent photo courtesy of Seacoast Online
Congratulations to Past President Nancy, with great thanks for her decades of service to our community and our club!
Coverage of the presentation, Seacoast Online:
|Rotary Log for December 11, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 15, 2014||
Story by Mark Lorusso and photos by Leo Gagnon
Complete slideshow here:
As we head into the holiday season, Christmas tree sales are surging. The Puddle Dock ice rink is now operational, as well. All thanks in large part to generous donations of time and effort by several Rotarians. Not to forget the key donation made by our Club—more on that later. Ted Alex merits a special note of thanks for spearheading the project. Many thanks, Ted.
We began our meeting with a moment of silence for the Club’s recent losses of member Otto Grote and Dave Holden’s beloved wife, Rinda Hill. Otto may be remembered best as the Rotarian who set the record for the longest introductory speech. He began with his birth. Twenty minutes into his speech, then head of Rotary Information, John Hebert, stood up and paid a hefty fine. The levy covered Otto’s supposedly brief introduction. Just another one of those countless precious Rotary Club memories.
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced. They included Louise Richardson, Melanie Samson, Joan Rice and Eric Wells.
Janice Wood then proposed a list of officers and directors for the upcoming 2015-2016 club year. Following Mort Schmidt’s seconded motion to approve the proposal with a single voice vote, the motion and proposal carried unanimously. Congratulations to our incoming officers and board members!
|Countdown To Christmas/Chanukah/and tree sellout too!||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 15, 2014||
Tree sales reaching the goal! As of Wednesday morning we have about 250 trees and under 50 wreaths left on our lot! Great quality and still good inventory, but please get there soon because we want to sell-out and enjoy the holidays. We need some additional club member help for the weekend, please call or email James Petersen if you can pitch in. We're heading to a great fundraising conclusion, with a lot of fun and fellowship mixed in. Thank you for all your work to make it happen.
Facebook: are you on the Portsmouth Rotary Club Facebook page yet? Check it out. If you are, be sure to "like" the page, and "share" posts that interest you with your own Facebook friends. We used this page over the weekend to reach over three thousand people in 24 hours...it can be a powerful tool, and you are the engine to make it work.
|Officers and Directors for Rotary Year 2015-2016||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 14, 2014||
At our lunch meeting last week, as required by the bylaws, the membership approved the slate of officers and directors as presented by the nominating committee. This board will take office July 1, 2015.
Past President Tricia Cummings
President William Hurley
President Elect James Petersen
Vice President Ben Wheeler
Secretary Deb Grabowski
Assistant Sec Marci Bergan
Sergeant at Arms Justin Finn
Asst: Sergeant at Arms Cleo Villaflores
Treasurer Joe Bove
Asst: Treasurer Steve Wood
Director Aileen Dugan
Director Barbara Miller
Club Service director John Bohenko
Vocational Service director John Rice
Community Service director Diane Lavigne
International Service director Bob Herold
New Generations director Andy Chace
Senior Dir. Nancy Notis
Senior Dir. Dave Underhill
Senior Dir. Neal Ouellett
|Opening Night at Puddledock Pond, Strawbery Banke||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 11, 2014||
Friday December 12: the rink is open! Portsmouth Rotary Club donated over 250 person-hours to the construction project, and the club has contributed a total of $30,000 toward the cost of this wonderful new resource. Join us every Saturday afternoon for the Portsmouth Rotary Club FREE Public Skate, at 3:15 PM. Congratulations to Strawbery Banke Museum on the launch of this community facility.
|Email and Website Alert||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 10, 2014||
PORTSMOUTH ROTARY EMAIL ALERT
Please put email@example.com in your contact file and in your “safe senders file” in your email client(s), computers and mobile devices.
Please check your spam filters (junk filters) to see if Rotary emails may have gone there in the last two weeks or so.
Emails you should have received this week include the weekly club eBulletin at about 8:00 AM on Tuesday December 9, and various notes about tree schedules, the meeting reminder and the services for Rinda Hill and Otto Grotte.
There have been server changes at Clubrunner, our web/mail provider, which may have caused these messages to “go to spam” for some recipients.
Note from the Communications Team:
We will be converting our Rotary website to a new cloud-based server platform within Clubrunner beginning after Christmas, and continuing into January. You may experience short-term interruptions to portsmouthrotary.org because of this process, and you will see changes to the website.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dave at 603-706-3143. We expect disruptions to be minimal and we will have a new web look with more mobile features and public-facing information about Portsmouth Rotary during January. Thanks, and happy holidays to all!
|Portsmouth Rotary 2014 Holiday Ornament||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 09, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth is excited to announce the arrival of its 2014 Holiday Ornament. 21st in its series featuring historic Portsmouth landmarks, this year’s 24 carat gold-plated ornament features a lovely rendition of the new Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke. Only 850 of these limited edition ornaments have been produced. Each is numbered and presented in a felt case embossed with the Rotary emblem and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Many people banded together to build an ice skating venue that fit the museum’s historical surroundings and brought people of all ages together to enjoy this traditional New England sport. It’s truly a wonderful addition to the city of Portsmouth.
Since last year’s New Memorial Bridge ornament was a complete sell out, we were able to commission a second special edition and it will be available along with this year’s ornament. The ornaments are $17 and are available at Piscataqua Bank, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Optima Bank at Harbor Place and Pease Tradeport.
|Rotary Log: Senior Holiday Party, Dec 4, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 07, 2014||
Slideshow and photographs by Jim Rini, article by Cleo Villaflores.
The Rotary meeting was jam packed for our annual Senior Luncheon.
Rotarians Cindy Shanley and Cindy Boyd started off with “Deck the Halls” to get the festivities started.
The Portsmouth Holiday Ensemble was visiting again this year led by Steve Cirilo. The band played beautiful songs for our luncheon.
Following the band, the Seacoast Community School brought the children to sing for us some of the season’s favorites. All the kids were so adorable singing for the crowd.
A special Thank you to the Portsmouth Country Club for the amazing turkey dinner they served us and dessert. As always they did a great job!
The caroling began with “Jingle Bells” and ended with “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”
We also want to thank the Salvation Army for the wonderful gifts we gave out to our seniors.
We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!
|Top of the Week Rotary Reminders 11/6/14||Posted by John Rice||on Nov 10, 2014||
Just a reminder from Priscilla MacInnis that if you are interesting in helping with Rotary's annual Thanksgiving event cooking, serving, or delivering turkeys, please sign up next Thursday, or let her know. Remember that Thanksgiving is ONLY two weeks away!
Our next meeting's speaker will be Valerie Rochon from the Chamber. Her topic will be "Maintaining Portsmouth as a Tourist Attraction".
|Rotary Log 11/6/14||Posted by John Rice||on Nov 05, 2014||
The November 6th meeting began with an invocation by Reverend Gordon Allen. And we were honored with District Area Governor Midge Nelson's presence today.
Paper ballots were distributed to members to elect four past presidents to the Nominating Committee. Elected were Janice Wood, Ted Alex and Tony Delyani.
David "Lou" Ferland announced that "Behind the Business" would be held at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) on the 19th.
Priscilla MacInnis urged anyone interested to sign up for cooking turkeys, delivering turkeys, and helping to serve the turkey on Thanksgiving at the Jarvis Center.
James Petersen announced that "Christmas tree sign-ups were wrapping up and that the next phase of sign-ups was the 'enforcement phase'. James claimed that he had full authorization from President Tricia to use whatever resources are necessary to carry out the enforcement phase. Enforcement will begin with home visits to Rotarians who have neglected to sign up for the mandatory three shifts. Unbeknownst to Basil Richardson, James said that Basil and he would be carrying out the home visits." oooooohhhh.....editor's note
Nancy Notis who, acting as Finemaster, had fun issuing fines to the unexpecting:
Nancy thanked Tony Delyani for his good work with the candidates, but wondered why there were no democrats! She asked about Ben Wheeler's wearing Size 14 red stilettos, and charged him $5; Bob Davis was congratulated for his recent promotion and Nancy recognized Portsmouth Police Chief Steve DuBois for his appearing on NH Chronicle~charging both $5 apiece.
Shari Donnermeyer introduced our guest, Greg Kretschmar, of "Greg and The Morning Buzz" on WHEB-FM 100.3 and WGIR-FM 101.1. As part of her introduction, Shari shared that Greg was the third person she met when she came to Portsmouth, after Nancy Clayburgh and Nancy Notis, two other notable rotarians.
|Top of the Week: Rotary Election Day Special Edition, 11-4-2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 03, 2014||
Rotary votes, today and every day, for a strong Seacoast!
In this photo, basic needs committee chair Bob Lewis presents a $1,500 check to
While we have your attention....don't miss this Thursday's Rotary lunch meeting....our guest speaker is Greg of the Morning Buzz!!!!
REMINDER~ Wreath orders are due no later than Thursday's meeting.
|Puddledock Progress Posting||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 03, 2014||
With the institution of a new dress code for construction workers, Rotary Club Service Director Ben Wheeler was part of a grueling weekend of construction as Rotary helps Strawbery Banke to prepare and launch the Puddledock Pond Skating Rink. A photo Caption contest is underway for this and other pictures that follow... (is Ben's necktie caught in the nail gun? Is that Basil or is he over at the bank approving loan applications? Is Mark laughing or just horrified? ).
For a slideshow of our Rotary teams at work, click here:
|Top of the Week and Puddledock Rink Update||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 27, 2014||
Top of the week: for this week's meeting, we invited Governor Maggie Hassan and challenger Walt Havenstein to a forum at Rotary. As of this writing, Mr. Havenstein has accepted and the Governor's schedule will not permit her to attend.
Puddledock Rink update:
Rotarians led by Rotary's hands-on committee chair Ted Alex have been hard at work assembling the chiller enclosure that will soon move to Strawbery Banke and be part of the Puddledock Skating rink.
|Rotary Log for October 23, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 27, 2014||
Rotary Log for Meeting of October 23 by Ben Babcock
President Tricia Cummings presided over the meeting on a rainy and blustery day. John Rice led the club in singing “Oh Canada.” It was a touching nod to our neighbors from the north in the wake of the terror attack in Ottawa earlier this week. Past President Dave Underhill led the group in the 4 Way Test and Reverend Allen provided the invocation.
The meeting began with a humorous anecdote from President Tricia on the importance of name badges. There were two visiting Rotarians in attendance; Col. Leslie Smith of Concord and Paul West of Knoxville, TN. There were many guests as well, and not an empty seat in the house. Several birthdays were announced and prospective member David Andreesen was put on seven day notice.
Past President Diane Foley introduced the club’s newest member, Miranda Butson. Miranda has recently returned to the seacoast area after a career in the United States Air Force and Department of Defense in Washington, DC. She currently works for Cornerstone Title in Portsmouth, NH and also has a small private law practice. She looks forward to contributing to the club.
General announcements followed. There was a reminder about the walk across Memorial Bridge on Saturday the 25th. A call was put out for additional Turkey Cookers, Pie Bakers, and volunteers for Thanksgiving. Volunteers were also requested for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen on Wednesday October 29th and for the Christmas Tree sales in November and December.
|Rotary PolioPlus Bridge Walk||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 26, 2014||
Photo courtesy David Murray, ClearEyePhoto.com. Thank you for contributing your talent and services to this event!
An amazing Saturday this past weekend (October 25) as Rotarians from throughout district 7780, including many members of our club, turned out to bridge the polio gap. We marked World Polio Day by spanning the Memorial Bridge from Portsmouth to Kittery to raise money and awareness for Rotary's PolioPlus campaign. Three countries remain with endemic polio: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. When we eliminate polio there, we have done it, and we are this close!
|Rotary eBulletin October 21, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 20, 2014||
Top of the week: have you signed up for your three tree-sales shifts yet? (Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.)
These Rotarians are strung out because they forgot to sign up for shifts!
Coming Thursday: This week's program is our U.S.Senate Race political forum, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Scott Brown are the scheduled guests.
There is still time to join the PolioPlus Bridge Walk this Saturday, sign up at lunch or directly on rotary7780.org.
Construction's underway on our Strawbery Banke Puddledock project. If you want to get involved please contact Hands-on Project Chair Ted Alex.
Slide show and meeting photos in this week's eBulletin by Bob Loch, full slideshow at this link:
What happens when you turn a musician into a writer? Continue to read as we present this week's Rotary Log meeting summary from October 16...
|Rotary eBulletin October 14, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 13, 2014||
TOP OF THE WEEK:
Members last week approved the board recommendation to allocate up to $20,000 from the Ray P. Jones Fund to the Strawbery Banke Museum Puddledock Pond hands-on project. Work gets underway this week! Check in with Ted Alex if you'd like to join the team.
Strawbery Banke's Rodney Rowland and Lawrence Yerdon, thanking the club for its long-running support of the museum.
Strawbery Banke was first envisioned in a presentation to Portsmouth Rotary by Dorothy Vaughan.
Walk the Memorial Bridge October 25 to End Polio Now! Sign up this week at our meeting. For more info contact Susan Gold, visit rotary7780.org and check out this article in Monday's Seacoast Online/Portsmouth Herald:
Good news from Seacoast Pathways, your Rotary dollars at work. This new organization will open its doors next week, supported in part by a $1,000 William Cash Fund donation last year and a $3,500 Basic Needs Fund donation this year. Sara Treacy is on their board of directors:
Seacoast Pathways is OPENING on Oct. 20th. SP will be open then every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am. to 2 p.m. including holidays. The first day will be an introduction for prospective members to the program, letting them know what to expect. For the first week or so we'll have some members of Granite Pathways, the clubhouse program in Manchester, present to share their experiences and to help our new prospective members.
The program is free to members. There is a charge of $1.50 for lunch. (For those unable to pay we have a grant that will allow us to provide a voucher for the lunch).
Prospective members have to apply for membership. The primary requirements are to have a diagnosed mental illness, be under the care of a clinician, and to agree to abide by clubhouse rules.
Prospective members and their families are invited to come Monday -- or any M-W-F after that. Visitors and members can come at whatever time they want to, stay as long or short as they want. Monday we'll have a sandwich lunch and a snack bar will be open.
We're located in the North Church Parish House at 355 Spinney Road, Portsmouth. Spinney Road parallels the Rt. 1 Bypass and runs from Islington Street to Middle Road. There is a large parking lot behind the building with an entrance off of Middle Road. We meet in the Scout Room with a door from the lower parking lot leading indirectly into our room.
This week at Rotary: the Children's Museum! If you missed the meeting last Thursday, you missed our fellowship with 97 active members present, so please enjoy the Rotary Log as written by Dick Seery, with photographs by Sara Treacy.
Slideshow at this link:
|Rotary eBulletin , October 7, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 06, 2014||
Top of the week:
Club vote on board of directors' resolution to approve up to $20,000 from Ray P. Jones fund to be used on the Strawbery Banke/Puddledock Rink project.
This vote will be conducted by paper ballot this Thursday at Rotary after a quorum has been affirmed, with the results announced before the end of the meeting. Because our meeting time is extremely limited, if you have questions that were not answered last week please phone or send an email to President Tricia or any member of the board of directors. For further information on this vote please see the article in last week's eBulletin, which remains on the home page of portsmouthrotary.org (you don't even have to log in to find it, just scroll down on the home page), and refer to the supplemental information sent by email to all members last Thursday.
PolioPlus End Polio Now BridgeWalk
by Susan M. Gold
Polio is personal, particularly to Ann Lee Hussey. Many New England Rotarians are familiar with Ann Lee’s story, but for those who are new to Rotary, it’s a story that is personal to all of us. She was diagnosed with Polio when she was a toddler in 1955, a few months after the polio vaccine was distributed. Thankfully, she’s recovered since then.
Here’s where you come in: Saturday, October 25th, join us for a symbolic walk across our new Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth. Donate $30 and you be a part of BridgeWalk and proudly wear your End Polio Now t-shirt. Bring your family, your neighbors and friends. And here’s the best part: for every $25 donation contributed through Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will DOUBLE it by contributing an additional $50 donation for a total of $75!
Let’s all walk the bridge to keep children walking around the world. Let’s eradicate Polio in our lifetime!
Event details: Arrive at 8:30 A.M. on October 25th at Memorial Bridge; BridgeWalk at 9 A.M.
To make an online donation: please go to rotary7780.org
To join us for the walk: register at our weekly lunch meeting; we're taking pledges and payments and signing up a team of participants. The board of directors has already signed up, and we've raised over $2,000 to-date, which will qualify for an additional Gates Foundation match of over $4,000. Last year, our club members donated over ten thousand dollars to PolioPlus, so your pledge in any amount will make a huge difference.
Preview the event with this video:
For more information: contact Susan Gold or Dave Underhill at Portsmouth Rotary, or event chair Susan von Hemert, Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth via email at email@example.com
Tree Project Sign-Up Time!
Since there's not enough going on at our club yet, here's another sign of fall: sign-up for your Christmas Tree shift, beginning this Thursday at Rotary. VP James Petersen's the king of scheduling this year, and he'll have sign-up sheets and procedures in the back of our meeting room. All Rotarians are required to work three shifts on this project. It's part of the three-way test of a good Portsmouth Rotary Club member: pay your dues, make your attendance, and sell trees. Thank you!
Last week's Rotary meeting log follows, as reported by Dick Seery.
Photographs by Jim Rini. Full slideshow here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=6644&jid=61304
|Perspective: The Ray Jones fund and the Rink Project||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 29, 2014||
(Article by Nancy Notis and Dave Underhill, past presidents and board members)
What is the Ray Jones fund? Who was Ray, and how does the fund that bears his name relate to our skating rink project at Strawbery Banke? Let’s begin with some historical context.
Remembering Ray Jones
The late Ray Jones was an amazing man who died way too young at the age of 69 after a valiant battle with cancer. A member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club, he served as President (1983-84) and was also a Paul Harris Fellow. He was well known, outspoken, boisterous and a truly beloved member of our club.
A retired United States Navy Captain, he led a very satisfying 30 year military career which included tours of duty: on a destroyer off Korea; as commanding officer of the Submarine USS Blueback; time at the Pentagon; time at the headquarters of the US European Command in Germany; and finally in 1977 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
After his retirement, he went into business at his home in Rye as “The Clock Doctor” doing repair and renovation of antique clocks. He was a member of the Portsmouth Propeller Club and their Lobster Bake Team. He was a family man who loved music, reading and working on his computer. He was an avid fisherman who kept the freezer stocked with salmon, halibut, and bluefish, with plenty to share with friends.
He loved his Portsmouth Rotary, and if you ever have wondered who inspired the tradition of selling Christmas ornaments with Rotary Christmas trees, it was Ray Jones. Then for many years, instead of taking the #1 ornament himself he would have Walter Liff auction off the special decoration. Of course Ray would always out bid others in support of the club’s coffers and his own ornament collection. To this day PP Mort Schmidt continues the tradition of bidding on the prized ornament and then presenting it to Ray’s widow Marlene, who lives in Rye.
Shortly after Ray’s untimely death in 1999, the Portsmouth Rotary created an endowment to honor his memory with the establishment of a fund that ironically was not something Ray would have embraced in his lifetime. He didn’t like endowments that prevented use of principal dollars. Even with this, the Ray Jones Endowment Fund has generously and successfully supported community capital projects at the Seacoast Y and at Crossroads House.
On October 9th Portsmouth Rotarians will be asked to vote on monies from the Ray Jones Endowment being directed to support the hands on project at Puddle Dock Pond.
Ted Alex briefed our club on the scope of the hands-on project at the September 18 meeting. He’s already hard at work putting his teams together, and will begin to fabricate and pre-assemble three buildings that are the heart of the project during the month of October. In November, we will come together and finish the job in time for the skating season.
Why do we need the money, and where will it come from?
Portsmouth Rotary’s board of directors endorsed the project in concept, and has already allocated $10,000 firm dollars toward it. That money came from last year’s President’s Project as well as a fund-raising surplus at the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The total materials to complete the work will cost approximately $30,000. The board agreed that was a “not to exceed cap” and on September 10 the board endorsed the idea that the remaining $20,000 could come from the Ray Jones fund we maintain with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, where Rotary’s endowments are invested.
As of September, that specific fund’s balance is $88,634.40. Of this amount, $30,000 may not be touched: the remaining $58,634.40 is available for projects deemed appropriate by our Club. The board of directors unanimously approved funding up to $20,000 from this balance, and recommended it to the membership. This now requires your approval (as indicated by ¾ of the club members present at our October 9 meeting) before it could be disbursed. As a note, the fund balance increased by over $11,000 last fiscal year due to strong performance of our NHCF portfolio.
The club vote will be Thursday October 9.
Thank you for your consideration.
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of September 29, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 28, 2014||
Top of the week:
Save the date! Saturday October 25 at 9AM, for the PolioPlus walk across Living Memorial Bridge, a partnership event with Seacoast Rotary and other District 7780 clubs. We will have full details at this Thursday's meeting.
Christmas Tree Sales – Sign Ups will begin on Thursday October 9that our weekly meeting. Paper sign-up sheets will be posted on the wall in the back of the room. Each Rotarian is required to complete three shifts. Thank you!
Rotary Meeting of 09-25-14
Reported by Douglas Macdonald
Photographer Leo Gagnon
Slide show at this link:
With a commanding ring of the bell, President Tricia began the meeting. Reverend Allen provided an insightful invocation, and the meeting began with another delicious lunch.
|Rotary eBulletin for September 23, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 22, 2014||
Rotary eBulletin, September 23, 2014
Last call for vision surveys! Final deadline is a week from today. If you’re putting it off, please fill it out and return to Aileen Dugan. A weblink was sent (twice) to all members who did not attend the September 4 meeting. We need your participation…thank you.
Candidate forum this week: Representative Carol Shea-Porter and GOP candidate Frank Guinta will be our Club’s guests Thursday at Rotary. The meeting will extend to 1:30: if you must leave early, please sit in the back of the room. Come with your questions for the candidates, and please keep them short and focused. We expect a number of outside media outlets will record this forum. You can find the guidelines for this candidate forum at this link (look for the candidate forum download on the left side of the page):
Reminder: be vigilant about "phishing" attempts. Several of us received "Rotary" emails this past week that included files which, if opened, could have caused havoc on our computers. When in doubt--do not open an attachment! Make a note of how you received this eBulletin, it uses the mail system we use to communicate with club members. The source is Clubrunner, our website/support firm. The actual URL for the sender is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the reply path for club emails will be the sender (an address you should recognize from our club membership). If you ever wonder about an email being legit, please alert me to the issue by emailing email@example.com or messaging me on my mobile number which you'll find in the club directory. Also, as a general practice we don't mass-mail attachments to our members, but instead provide website links or directions so that you may log in and download or read the file in question.
Coming soon for PolioPlus: the Rotary Clubs of our district come together to walk across Living Memorial Bridge for PolioPlus on October 25. Here's a preview of this initiative:
Next: our comprehensive recap of last Thursday's meeting!
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of September 16, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 15, 2014||
Top of the week:
This Thursday's speaker will be David Murray. The topic: Drones. On the heels of last Thursday's program about Snowden and the NSA, we're sweeping the horizon for thought-provoking topics. A reminder that the following week's meeting (September 25) will be the first of our three scheduled political forums to give Rotarians a chance to learn from the Congressional candidates (and in later meetings, the candidates for Governor and Senate).
Please note that we have not redesigned our front page, changed our typeface nor sought feedback about our eBulletin's new look....yet! But we're working on it :) If you're interested in Club Communication, there's a meeting on Friday -- email PP Dave for further info. In the meantime, our team of reporters and photojournalists is hard at work to capture the essence of each week's meeting for those who are not able to be there.
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of September 2, 2014||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Sep 02, 2014||
Don't forget! Tomorrow: special barbeque meeting at PCC, celebrate Rotary and participate in updates and feedback about our club!
Photo album from last week's meeting by Leo Gagnon:
Last week's program inspired us with student video from the Granite Youth Film Festival.
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of August 25, 2014||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Aug 24, 2014||
Rotary Log Meeting of August 21, 2014
By Mark Lorusso
Photos by Bob Loch: see full slideshow here:
What do you get when you cross an Athenian messenger who hailed victory over Persia with his last breath and a waffle iron? Answer—an iconic running shoe. Today, we learned about running and the birth of the running shoe. What was victory to the Athenians became the brand we know as Nike today.
|Successful 22nd Annual Thunder Chicken Race in Portsmouth||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Aug 23, 2014||
Portsmouth Thunder Chicken Race
Complete race results at this link, look for your favorite Rotarian!
Photos by Jim Rini, don't miss the extensive slide show at:
The Portsmouth Rotary Club's 22nd annual 5K Thunder Chicken Road Race, held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, was a part of the “Run Portsmouth Road Race" series. The race is held in memory of its founders, Rotarian George Pierce and in the memory of Anna M. & Erminio A. Ricci.
The Thunder Chicken 5K road race has made history, part of the local running scene for over two decades. It has become a way to generate charitable dollars and also promote the Rotary Club of Portsmouth in the Seacoast community.
Rotary 7780 District Governor Lawrence Furbish visited the club on August 14th, where he told members that he likes to run, bicycle and travel overseas. DG Lawrence signed up for the road race and ran the course to support the club and the community.
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of August 18, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Aug 18, 2014||
Top of the week: Thunder Chicken blasts off at 9 am Saturday
The 22d Thunder Chicken Road Race is this Saturday August 23rd . Registration is 7:30 A.M. at Strawbery Banke/Peirce Island. The race starts at 9 A.M.
Race Director Justin Finn says we still need volunteers for water stations, pre-race registration and clean-up. According to Finn, we are on pace for reaching a goal of 300 runners.
For more information, go to https://www.millenniumreg.com/thunder-chicken-5k-2014 to sign-up and tell family, friends to run and like us on Facebook.
There will be all kinds of cool prizes, Finn says. In addition runners will receive gifts and a swag bag, Special guest stars Shrek and of course the one and only Thunder Chicken will be there.
Basic Needs Update:
Our Portsmouth Rotary granted over $30,000 in Basic Needs funding during the last Rotary year. These donations are evidence of our Club’s continuing commitment to community service and to improving the lives of all people in our community. The recipients range from those who help feed the hungry, to a facility that helps shelter the homeless to providing services of a recently formed non-profit that helps those suffering from mental illness. To find a complete list of the funds approved and donated click here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=6644&pid=55823&sid=130882
Here are the notes from our Rotary meeting of August 14, as reported by Cleo Villaflores. Photographs by Jim Rini.
Full slide show here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=6644&jid=60905
|Advertise with Portsmouth Rotary!||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Aug 12, 2014||
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of August 11, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Aug 10, 2014||
Top of the week:
This Thursday at Rotary: it’s a big day, with the visit of District Governor Lawrence Furbish. Please be sure join us as we give him a rousing Portsmouth welcome!
John Rice has agreed to take over log-editing duties for a while, as Jon Flagg takes a rest from the weekly grind to focus on … the weekly grind. So, John is looking for writers: if you are interested in reporting from Rotary meetings, please reach out to him: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Justin Finn is still looking for race-day volunteers Saturday morning, August 23. The fundraising portion has been very successful (see below)…but we need to execute, and that requires your help. Justinf@secureplanninginc.com.
Summary of the Thursday, August 7, 2014 meeting as reported by Stan Cross.
President Tricia thanked Bill Hurley for filling in as acting President in her absence the prior week. Guest were introduced. We saluted Rotary Birthdays, including: Mike Asselin 32 yrs, Tiffany McKenna 1yr, and Dave Underhill 20 years in Rotary. Trish gave a shout out, for all the incoming thank you cards, from the various organizations that Rotary has helped.
Peter George, was introduced as a new Rotarian by Beth Tuttle, because sponsor Dan Hoefle wasn’t in attendance. Peter is a local CPA, with a wife and 6-year-old daughter, and grew up in Merrimack, NH. He was happy to no longer be coming as a guest.
Butch Ricci gave ten happy dollars, because of riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, along with 2 other Rotarians.
Justin Finn reminded everyone, while wearing his “Thunder Chicken shirt, that the race is on 8/23, 9am at Strawbery Banke. The sponsorship goal of 10k has been exceeded: total is up to $13,375 which is outstanding! We still need runners though. Justin gave a set of 4 Patriots tickets to Walter Liff to auction off, and they went to Marie Brownell. Hope she enjoys the game!
Cleo Villaflores -asked for volunteers for the many positions along the route of the race – Please Help!
Rick Page introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Jonathan Bridges, an interventional cardiologist, who recently treated him. Rick talked about what happened - On 4/13 while driving home he had a heart attack. He thought it was just that he wasn’t feeling well, so continued to drive home, there took some water and a couple of aspirins, and went to Google to look up the symptoms of a heart attack. “Are you a man suffering from a heart attack”? popped up on his screen, and he saw the symptoms and read “don’t be the typical male by not calling 911!”
Dr Bridges started with a slide show of “what is coronary artery disease?” He talked about the functionality of the heart and how it has 3 coronary arteries on it. He talked about the causes of plaque buildup which cause the artery to burst; tobacco, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, lack of activity, stress, and even SEX! Plaque formation – once an artery is damaged through one or more of these causes, it allows plaque to build until it bursts open. He said that “malpractice attorneys don’t have to worry about this because they have no hearts!” which sent a roar of laughter from the group. Clots occur after the burst, one has only 90 min before heart cells die. Treatments include catheterization, stents, and some require surgery. Surgery is by-pass, which actually by-passes the damaged artery, restoring blood flow. He also mentioned heart attacks are much easier to detect in men than in women.
50/50 raffle, for $74 dollars, was won by Neil Ouellett, and no -- he didn’t have a match! See you next week!
|Rotary eBulletin week of August 4, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Aug 04, 2014||
Rotary eBulletin for the week of August 4, 2014
Great pictures from the Thursday (July 31) meeting, shot by photo editor Jim Rini, and they clearly are worth thousands of words.
Few actual words, however. President Tricia was on vacation. Past President Dave continues his mysterious exile on an island in the Northumberland Strait. Writers seem to be in short supply. President-Elect Bill took charge of the meeting, the Club, and the reporting of the meeting, and apparently quashed any effort to allow Rotary’s free press to function. By all reports he did a fabulous job and a great time was had by all.
There's more! Please keep reading....
|Top of the Week||Posted by Sara Treacy||on Aug 04, 2014||
TOP of the WEEK ANNOUNCES your Rotary committee NEEDS and calls to action!
To be included contact Sara Treacy: email@example.com or 603-661-85
Thunder Chicken Road Race coming up on August 23rd. Contact Justin Finn for details. We need volunteers!!!
The Basic Needs Committee is seeking donation requests from local non profit charities in the categories of food, clothing, shelter and health. Contact Chairman Bob Lewis: Bob.Lewis46@comcast.net for an application.
SALVATION ARMY Soup Kitchen DATES FOR 2014: Oct 29, John Raughtigan has volunteered to be Capt on 10/29. It's FUN & easy to serve!
Are you on Facebook? Click below to visit our Portsmouth Rotary Club page. "Like" us to stay up to date on club activities, events, weekly meeting photos and more!
|Rotary Log: Meeting of July 24, 2014||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Jul 30, 2014||
It was an action- packed meeting last week! Rotary Reporter Mark Lorusso has the details, which follow. Hope to see you at noon today for our end-July sendoff.
|Portsmouth Rotary Digest for the week of July 21, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Jul 21, 2014||
(Portsmouth Rotary News Center Anchor Dude with big voice): For decades, newspapers assigned reporters to cover the news. Recently there’s a new internet trend, “aggregation”, which (allegedly) involves laying off all the reporters and instead compiling tweets, posts, administration spin and internet rumors to approximate the actual reporting of the event. We take you now to our reporter-aggregator-editor in an undisclosed international bureau, who was not at last Thursday’s meeting and therefore can report on it with both fake authority and true ambiguity.
(Editor): President Tricia opened the meeting, probably by ringing the bell. John Rice led us in song, greeter Bob Sheesley proved a quick study by kicking off the four-way test, and the Rev. Gordon provided the invocation. Lunch followed. Folks ate and enjoyed it. That’s why we call this a digest.
(News Center): Isn’t this reporting crisp and compelling?
(Editor): You’ve got that right, NC. How about a check on the weather?
(NC): Sorry, that’s not in the database. It might have been nice, or might have rained. Back to you.
(Editor): Dues are due, said President Tricia. EREY donations would be greatly appreciated. Cleo Villaflores has agreed to develop website sales, much to the delight of the board, which counts on these advertising dollars to keep the dues at their amazingly low level of $125/year (with a $25 late fee if you don’t get them in by August 1, friendly reminder!)
(NC:) Have we heard anything final about the golf tourney?
(Editor): The board report last week gave tentative numbers, and tournament director Andy Chace is expected to appear this Thursday with a final report. It was a huge success.
(NC:) You know, this second hand news thing is bizarre. I wish our club would go back to a roster of real reporters writing a weekly log.
(Editor:) Put it in the upcoming survey. PP Aileen and the Vision Committee are planning a survey of members, another way to add your voice to the club’s direction. We’re also collecting volunteers to work on the log, so talk with P-Tricia if you’d like to raise your hand and be a reporter/editor.
(NC:) You seem to be weaving factoids about the meeting into a fabric built on administration spin.
(Editor): You can find more on Twitter @PortsmouthRotary. Or maybe not, I think we lost the password to that. Maybe Facebook.
(NC:) Any more about the meeting?
(Editor): Of course. Rick Page is collecting sign-ups for the August 23 Road Race, we need a lot of volunteer support to make this a great success.
Leonard Seagren announced that Friends Forever visitors are on the Seacoast this week, and also told the club we expect to welcome a Maine Doctor next Thursday. She is kayaking to Guatemala, and will stop in Portsmouth.
(NC:) And now, for the program summary.
(Editor): Jim Rini introduced the speaker – Marilyn Kelley, wife of Jack Kelley, who became an author later in life after reading a Danielle Steele novel and thinking “I can do that.” She ended up writing a non-fiction account of the family’s move to Brazil, and Jack’s involvement with a very shady international character.
Since I wasn’t at the meeting I have poached the following Amazon synopsis of the book:
In the early '70's, Jack and Marilyn Kelley move with their four teenage daughters from Greenwich, Connecticut to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, desperate to save their marriage and escape the toxic corporate culture of New York. They become partners with a charming international entrepreneur/US undercover agent. When the seemingly lucrative businesses fail to produce income, the Kelleys discover their partner has another side he has neglected to reveal, and they are thrust into a life they couldn't have imagined. A group of colorful characters fueled by greed, corruption and cafezinho befriend the Kelleys, and Jack finds himself in Belem, a border town on the Amazon River, banding with thieves and murderers to pursue his partner and retrieve his plane and his investment.
… it sounded fascinating and in a nutshell - we are lucky the family made it out alive and that Jack is here in Portsmouth. The other good news is that the family needed the bonding experience and got all of that. She was completely lovely and the story is quite remarkable.
(NC:) What is “cafezinho”?
(E:) Might be an internet typo for espresso with whipped milk added.
(NC:) How can we top such a wonderful program?
(Editor:) Glad you asked! This Thursday’s speaker will be Carly Fiorina, former head of HP, who will speak on the topic “Unlocking Potential”.
(NC:) Wow, this new club President is really off to a great start with wonderful programs! She must be a true wizard, a leader in the tradition of Carly Fiorina.
(Editor:) Crank down the administration spin, there, news-meister, or the members may revolt and demand a free and uncensored press. That could make the board meetings a lot longer too.
(NC:) Ten-four, internet aggregator. Maybe this week we’ll have a real reporter at the meeting and you can just link to their coverage. Who knows, we might start a trend. Anything else we need to mention?
(Editor:) Ramona won the raffle – the amount was either $65 or $55 or something like that, I can’t make out whether that’s the money she won or my score for the first nine holes that day. Pretty sure there was no bonus, so that number must be going up fast. If we had real facts, I’d give them to you.
(NC:) See you Thursday!
(Editor:) Well, maybe not. Depends on whether I can break free from this rigorous schedule in exile. Since the Red Sox beat the Jays last night 14-1, I've been able to relax just a little. Always wondered what past presidents do....now I'm beginning to develop a sense of it.
(All photos in this digest by Bob Loch except for the following).
|Portsmouth Rotary "New Year" Board Update||Posted by Patricia Cummings||on Jul 14, 2014||
We’re off and running in our new Rotary year! Your board met on July 9, to act on a lot of good news. Most impressively, the club raised nearly $26,000 in the Endowment Golf Tournament, thanks to the extraordinary work of Andy Chace and his great committee. That money, when the final tally is complete, will be sent to our club’s NHCF Basic Needs Endowment, boosting the capital in that fund from $95,000 to over $120,000. Nice job!
In related news, the board approved two basic-needs committee recommendations: we sent $3,500 to Seacoast Pathways, a new mental health “clubhouse format” support organization, and we granted $1,000 to the Seacoast Community School.
Justin Finn and the Thunder Chicken team are getting close to the starting line of our first big event in this new Rotary Year – that race kicks off at 9:00 AM Saturday, August 23. We’ll need many of you to turn out and help with race logistics, and we’re counting on great participation from club members and community volunteers to make it a success.
Thanks for all your hard work and service to Portsmouth Rotary,
|Seacoast Mavericks help Rotary end the year in style!||Posted by David Underhill||on Jul 07, 2014||
(June 25, 2014): Members of three Rotary Clubs from District 7780 ended their Rotary year with shared fellowship, fun- and fund-raising at Portsmouth’s Leary Field as the Seacoast Mavericks posted a 9-2 victory over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide in the FCBL independent baseball League.
|As President Dave Underhill passes the gavel, 4 local charities receive funds.||Posted by Sara Treacy||on Jun 25, 2014||
It’s never too late in the year for the Portsmouth Rotary Club to make donations! Just as President Dave Underhill’s term is ending, four local organizations have received funds for their special projects. Catholic Share assists individuals and families, without regard to race or religious affiliation, with payments for housing, utilities, vehicle repairs, medical expenses and clothing; Common Table is another recipient and they provide a free lunch every Thursday, to whomever shows up at St. John’s Parish Hall on Bow St; the Portsmouth High School will now have First Aid/Trauma Bags for the classrooms, a campaign led by nurse Barbara. Lastly, Families First “Healthy Grins” program is using their Rotary grant to support oral health education and dental care for children. The children look forward to the visit of dental hygienist Cynthia Bishop to their classrooms each year, in part because they know they will receive a bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss or flosser and a pencil.
The Portsmouth Rotary Club continues its “Service Above Self” mission with 100% of net funds raised going back to local charities. The Portsmouth Rotary Club was chartered in 1923 and leads fundraisers throughout the year to support worthwhile charities that make a positive difference in people’s lives. For more information about Portsmouth Rotary visit www.portsmouthrotary.org
|Rotary Log: June 5 and 19, 2014 (the past, the future...and Shakespeare||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Jun 24, 2014||
|Rotary Honors Paul Harris Fellows||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 05, 2014||
On June 5, the Club honored the work of Sara Treacy by making her a Paul Harris Fellow. Sara heads our public relations committee, she is a past board member, organizes the Salvation Army Soup kitchen service projects and is one of our club photographers. And that's just the beginning: she's highly respected as a local Realtor and has been spearheading efforts to increase public awareness and resources in the field of mental health. As Past President Diane Foley said when presenting the award on behalf of the Foundation Committee, Sara "does all this with a smile, dignity and grace." We salute her and honor her Rotary Service Above Self.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is like love -- it grows when it is shared.
The club also recognized four members who have attained new Paul Harris Fellow status by virtue of their club service and their contributions to the Rotary Foundation: Leo St. Martin, Richard Seery, Stella Scamman and James Petersen. Many of our members donate to the Foundation at a $100/year "EREY-sustaining member" rate, and over time these contributions add up to make a real difference in the world! On behalf of the Rotary Foundation, thank you for your support. A reminder to our members that there's still time to make an EREY or PHF contribution this Rotary year -- just get a check to treasurer Joe Bove or to foundation chair Bob Herold. As a reminder, any donation turned in with your dues invoice will be credited to the next Rotary year (2014-15) which begins on July 1.
|Rotary Goals 2013-14 presentation||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 04, 2014||
Fellow Rotarians, here is the presentation that Tricia and I made about our Club's goal-setting process and achievements during the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Unfortunately, ClubRunner does not allow a file this large to be uploaded, so I have posted the file on my own website at this link: after you click the link and it goes to the site page, click on the PDF file to open.
Thaks for all you've done to make these things happen!
|Rotary Log: May 15, 2014 (foreign exchange students)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Jun 04, 2014|
|Rotary donates over $11,000 to eight organizations||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 03, 2014||
Wednesday, June 4, 2014: The board of directors approved the following donations from Portsmouth Rotary.
Basic Needs Funds:
$3,500 to Seacoast Family Food Pantry, support for Summer Meals 4 Kids Program (formerly known as Operation Bag Lunch)
$1,280 to Families First Health and Support Center, for dental clinics
$1,000 to Fair Tide (Kittery) to support their transitional housing program.
$1,500 to Seacoast Mental Health Center, to support emergency mental health services for walk-in patients.
$1,000 to the Portsmouth School Nursing department, to purchase tote bags for first aid and trauma supplies for each classroom in the school system.
Jeremy Alex Fund:
$1,724 for music scholarship at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC)
$775 to the Student2Student Mentor program at Portsmouth High School
$500 to the scholarship program of Leadership Seacoast
Total funding approved: $11,279
Big thanks to the hard work of Rotarians this year, and those who have come before us to create endowments to serve our community.
|Bylaws amendment approved May 29, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on May 30, 2014||
The comprehensive amendment to the bylaws was approved by vote of the membership on May 29, 2014. A final dated copy is now in the documents section of the website in a folder labeled "bylaws". Log into the club website and select "view club documents".
|Paul Harris Home restoration project||Posted by David Underhill||on May 07, 2014||
A group of Rotarians is working to restore Paul Harris' historic home on the south side of Chicago, and has established a foundation to preserve this piece of Rotary's history. If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit their website and consider a personal contribution to help.
|Rotary Log: May 1, 2014 (the Waldorf School)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on May 07, 2014||
|Portsmouth Rotary Board Update, May 7, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on May 06, 2014||
Your directors took a number of actions today, to build our Club and serve our community. Here is a summary.
|Rotary Log: April 17, 2014 (Olympian)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Apr 21, 2014||
|Hands-on project at Pease Softball fields||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 18, 2014||
|Rotary Logs: April 3, 2014 (starting a business) and April 10, 2014 (opera)||Posted by Joanie Dickinson||on Apr 15, 2014||
|Where does our money go?||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 06, 2014||
This Rotary year, our Club has already raised over $150,000 for non-profit projects and causes, and we're not done yet! Here's how this money is allocated by your board of directors.
Want to know more? Ask a director, come to a board meeting, sit on one of our funding committees -- engage Rotary, we change lives!
|Rotary Log: March 27, 2014 (Rotary Foundation)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Apr 02, 2014||
|Updates from the board of directors meeting April 2||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 01, 2014||
Your club's board made a number of key funding commitments at its meeting on April 2. The club directors also voted agreement in principle and substance with pending bylaws revisions, and adopted a political program policy for 2014. Details follow.
|Rotary Log: March 20, 2014 (Interact)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Mar 25, 2014||
|Rotary Log (Friends Forever-amazing)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Mar 10, 2014||
|Jeremy Alex fund at work!||Posted by David Underhill||on Mar 08, 2014||
Rotary's chess set programs bring the joy of the game to fourth-grade students on the Seacoast .
Coverage from Seacoast Online:
|Notes from the Board of Directors, March 5, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Mar 05, 2014||
Here’s a summary of key actions by your club’s board of directors on March 5, 2014:
The board approved a William Cash Fund recommendation to grant $5,301.72 for the materials costs to create new dugouts at the Pease softball fields. This is a club hands-on project under Ted Alex and Basil Richardson’s direction, and contributes to an effort of the Portsmouth Girls Softball league and Eagle Scout candidate Hayden Diemer. The new dugouts will honor long-time coach Tony Rahn, who passed away last July after decades of service as a phys-ed teacher in Portsmouth and Newington. Portsmouth Rotary also acknowledges the generous contribution of Ricci Lumber, which is giving us their actual cost price for all materials. The hands-on project date is Saturday April 26, and we hope for and expect a great turnout for club members to support this Rotary effort.
We approved a $1,200 request from the basic needs committee to fund the egg and cheese program at the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.
We also donated $250 toward a district Interact and New Generations conference on March 29. On March 20, our meeting topic will be youth programs in Rotary, and our guest will be district-governor-nominee Sheila Rollins who chairs that committee for district 7780.
The board and past presidents have received a draft of the proposed bylaws revisions, and will hold a meeting on March 18 at 7:30 at the Community Campus. If any member of our club wants a copy or wishes to attend the meeting, please see President Dave.
The board updated and confirmed a guidelines document for the Finance Committee. The updated guidelines may be found in the “Finance Committee” folder of club documents, accessible by member log-in on our website.
|Rotary Log: February 27, 2014 (social media)||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Mar 03, 2014||
|Basic Needs Food Drive, It Matters||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 22, 2014||
Portsmouth Rotarians pitched in on Saturday February 22 to gather food and money that replenishes the depleted food pantry at the Salvation Army.
|Auction success||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 21, 2014||
Congratulations and special thanks to our auction committee for a successful night February 20!
Great party, clearly the prime social event of our winter season, and delicious! Preliminary numbers indicate we should exceed our budget goal for fundraising, and we owe that to the hard work of Joanie Dickinson, Janis Reams, Karen McCormack, Deb Rourke, Susan LaBrie and many other committee members and helpers, including volunteers from our Interact Club. Thank you all!
|Rotary Log: February 13, 2014 (Magic!)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Feb 17, 2014||
|Rotary Log: February 6, 2014||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Feb 13, 2014||
|Paralympic Sled Hockey, sneak preview||Posted by C. Stanford Cross||on Feb 13, 2014||
Rotarians: coming up on April 17, Taylor Chace will be our speaker at Rotary. But there's a great opportunity to preview his journey, coming up on February 24, 10PM on NHPTV (PBS). They have a special about the U.S. Sled Hockey team at the Paralympic Games, and Taylor is featured in the program. Plan ahead! Watch the show, and get ready to meet Taylor at our club when the snow (it is rumored) will have melted.
Video preview here as well:
|Rotary Log: January 23, 2014 (Membership)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 31, 2014||
|Where does our Rotary money come from? Where does it go? A mid-year snapshot.||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 21, 2014||
Club members are always welcome at our board meetings, we publish the minutes in the member section of the website, and these minutes include our monthly financial statements. Here's a summary of our Club’s charitable-division finances at the middle of this Rotary year in plain English.
|Rotary Log: January 16, 2014 (A Day in the Life of a Newspaper Editor)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 20, 2014|
|Rotary Log: January 9, 2014 (Rye Public Library)||Posted by Cleo Villaflores||on Jan 13, 2014||
|Rotary Log: 2013 leftovers and wrap up||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 06, 2014||
|Rotary Log: December 19, 2013 (Merry Christmas)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Dec 25, 2013||
|Officers and Directors 2014-2015||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 18, 2013||
At the annual meeting of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth December 12, 2013, the club duly elected next year's slate of officers and directors for the Rotary year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
Click here for President-Elect Tricia's complete board: when the screen comes up with the current board, click the "next year" button to the right of date at the top of the page.
|Rotary Log: December 12, 2013 (Health Care)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Dec 17, 2013||
|Rotary Log: Special Double Issue of Comets, Thanksgiving 2013 and Christmas||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Dec 04, 2013||
|"Thanksgiving Comes Before Christmas!"||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 28, 2013||
“Thanksgiving comes before Christmas.” (Priscilla MacInnis).
You bet it did! Dozens and dozens of Rotarians baked, roasted, carved, cooked, conveyed, cajoled and collaborated to serve over three hundred turkey dinners to the Seacoast Thanksgiving Day.
The Portsmouth Rotary Club’s annual feast warmed over twice as many homes and hearts this year, thanks to our volunteers. From the early organizational planning by Priscilla and her team, including the marketing energies of Leo Gagnon and Bob Lewis, it was clear we’d be seeing a significant increase in the requests for turkey dinners. But the finale was a delightful surprise, even to those who thought they knew how great the interest would be.
It’s always a guess at the end: how many folks would show up at the Jarvis Center? The delivery count, meals requested, had gone over two hundred meals. Would that signal a similar increase in the Thanksgiving day turnout, or was it a shift from the gathering to the individual homes?
|Philippines Typhoon Relief Update 11-18-2014||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 17, 2013||
Since I reported to you on this issue last week, we've learned of a great initiative that is now being coordinated through our Rotary District 7780.
This effort is pooling funds from Rotarians and clubs around the district to send ShelterBoxes directly to the Philippines. You can find more information about ShelterBox in the article that follows. But here's the simple headline:
Portsmouth Rotary's directors have approved sending $3,000 to this fund immediately, from our International Service budget. This will provide three ShelterBox units immediately, where they are sorely needed.
Individual Rotarians can help too. You don't need to fund a whole ShelterBox: just send your contribution in any amount made payable to Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club Foundation. Mark "ShelterBox Philippines in the comment line of the check, and mail your check to:
Past District Governor Marty Helman, 88 Appalachee Road, Boothbay Harbor ME 04538.
Thank you! For more info, please keep reading…..
|Rotary Log: November 7, 2013 (Archeology Matters)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Nov 11, 2013||
|Rotary Log: October 31, 2013 (Great Bay)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Nov 03, 2013||
|Rotary Log: October 24, 2013 (FDR's final journey)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Oct 28, 2013|
|Rotary Log: October 17, 2013 (Polio Plus)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Oct 23, 2013||
|Join Us for BEHIND the BUSINESS on October 16th||Posted by David Ferland||on Oct 10, 2013||
Our Vocational Service Committee is pleased to announce our next "BEHIND the BUSINESS" event to our membership.
Stella Scamman is welcoming us to Scamman Farm on Wednesday, October 16th @ 5:00pm.
69 Portsmouth Ave ~ Route 108
Stratham NH. 03885
The NH Commissioner of Agriculture will be joining us. Her name is Lorraine Stuart Merrill.
Please RSVP by e-mail at DavidFerlandK9@gmail.com or call 603-765-0571 to let Lou know you are attending and with how many.
"BEHIND the BUSINESS" serves as a means for members to strengthen professional relationships and to better know our capabilities for individual and community problem solving.
Promote vocation in a fun and social way.
Opportunity for Rotarians to learn about each other’s professions and businesses.
Increase fellowship and social networking.
Provide an opportunity to members for a ‘make-up’ meeting.
|Rotary Log: October 1, 2013 (Discover Portsmouth)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Oct 08, 2013||
|Rotary Log: September 12, 2013 (nobody does anything about it...)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Sep 18, 2013||
|Rotary Log: September 5, 2013 (Master Storyteller)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Sep 09, 2013||
|Rotary Log: August 29, 2013 (Survey says...)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Sep 02, 2013||
|International Service Travel Opportunity||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Aug 27, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay has received a district grant to explore the possibility of implementing a literacy project similar to the Guatemala Literacy Project to encourage children to improve their literacy skills in Sauka, Nigeria. Kerstin Kirchner, member of the Rotary Club of Saco Bay, will lead a team of 5-7 Rotarians of the District 7780 from November 6 to November 18, 2013 to Nigeria.
Saco Bay is looking for other interested Rotarians to join us on the trip. During the stay, the Rotarians will meet with Rotarians of the Rotary Club Abuja Metro, local community leaders, and teachers to determine the interest of the community of implementing a literacy project and building the essential foundation for applying for a Global Grant.
Three components will make your trip worthwhile:
o Literacy activities
o Rotary activities with local clubs
o Cultural immersion
We sincerely hope that you decide to join in this once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Rotary Club of Saco Bay.
If you like to be part of the team or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (207)807-0367.
|Rotary Log: August 22, 2013 (Portsmouth Zoning)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Aug 25, 2013||
|Rotary Log: August 15, 2013 (China)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Aug 18, 2013|
|Rotary Log: August 8, 2013 (Bridge Lights)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Aug 12, 2013||
|Rotary Log: July 25, 2013 (Our Rotary Club)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Jul 31, 2013||
|Join us for BEHIND the BUSINESS on August 4th||Posted by David Ferland||on Jul 30, 2013||
Our Vocational Service Committee is pleased to announce our third "BEHIND the BUSINESS" event to our membership.
Special Instructions - RSVP Please
Rotarians: a reminder that you need to sign up Thursday for Beyond the Business at Prescott Park this weekend.....Rotarians and their families can visit behind the scenes, meet the actors and theater team, and then enjoy the performance of Annie at the park Sunday, August 4, starting at 5:30 PM. Please bring a $10 per person donation to Prescott Park to cover the performance and a chair that will be reserved for you. For further information, see Vocational Service chair Lou Ferland or email him (email@example.com).
|Rotary Log: July 17, 2013 (Film Festival)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Jul 22, 2013||
|Rotary Log: July 11, 2013 (Play Ball!)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Jul 16, 2013||
|Committee News: Five Year Plan/Visioning||Posted by Diane Lavigne||on Jul 16, 2013||
CLICK HERE for information on the District website.
Our Five Year Plan/Visioning Committee meets once a month to review the goals of our club and evaluate our progress in meeting those goals.
CLICK HERE for information on our Portsmouth Rotary website. (You must log into ClubRunner)
Friday, July 19th @ 7:30am
The Edgewood Center
928 South Street
New members are welcome!
|Committee News: William Cash||Posted by Neal Ouellett||on Jul 16, 2013||
The Committee met on June 20th and considered three requests. Two went to the Board of Directors for funding and were approved. (See Below)
New Committee members always welcome. We meet the third Thursday of the month at 8 AM at the Community Campus, but only when there are requests to consider.
|Rotary Log: June 26, 2013 (Changing of the Guard)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jul 10, 2013||
|Thursday is Baseball Day at Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by David Underhill||on Jul 09, 2013||
Our guest this week is Mike Daboul, President of Seacoast Mavericks. Portsmouth is fortunate to now have its own Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) team playing at Leary Field. We'll learn how the community supports its baseball.
Wear a baseball cap and win a swell prize. Any team, any league, any vintage, from your own vintage PHS cap to a Cooperstown original. Bonus prizes for Boston Braves or any other no-longer-team caps.
|Thunder Chicken Road Race Volunteers Needed||Posted by Rick Page||on Jul 09, 2013||
The upcoming Annual Thunder Chicken 5K Road Race will take place on August 1, 2013 at Strawbery Banke. For our next meeting on July 11th we will have sign-up sheets present for the following:
- Road Race Registration Tent for road race participants to sign-up for race registration from 3:30PM to 5:30PM
- Road Race Course Safety Monitors to sign-up and meet at Strawbery Banke at 5:00PM (entails standing on a corner course with flag directing runners and traffic)
- Road Race Water Stations - 2 Water Stations Captains for 2 locations and volunteers to fill water cups at 5:PM
- Road Race Finish Line Volunteers to meet at Strawberry Banke at 5:00PM
We would like to see as many Rotarians volunteer as possible to make this year's event a huge success!
I know members have e-mailed me in the past for sign-up! I will sign you up prior to our meeting this week. Please provide your contact phone information and what sign-up sheet you would like to participate as a volunteer.
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!
|Changing of the Guard||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Jul 02, 2013||
|District Co-Sponsored Rotaplast Mission to Retalheleu, Guatemala||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Jul 02, 2013||
|Rotary Log: June 20, 2013 (Uganda and bees)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jun 26, 2013|
|2013 Club Photo||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Jun 24, 2013||
Photo Credit: Deb Cram
CLICK HERE for Seacoastonline.com article
|Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed||Posted by Sara Treacy||on Jun 24, 2013||
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen needs people to serve on the following nights. No food prep needed. Please let Jayne Ferguson at SA know if you're interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 6, 7, 16, 29, 30
Sept 3, 4, 30
Portsmouth Rotary Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Dates:
Our next scheduled Rotary Salvation Army Soup Kitchen dates are: Sept 17th (need a team leader) and Oct 22nd w/Aileen Dugan as team leader. See the events set up for the September and October Salvation Army Soup Kitchen dates and 'Register' to volunteer.
|Rotary Log: June 13, 2013||Posted by Joanie Dickinson||on Jun 17, 2013|
|Rotary Log: June 6, 2013 (Vocational Awards)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Jun 12, 2013|
|2013 Scholarship Award Recipients||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Jun 03, 2013||
Congratulations to our 2013 award recipients!
CLICK HERE for the Seacoastonline.com article about this annual program.
Erin Lent (University of South Carolina)
Chloe Lesieur (Northeastern University)
Ethan Pirie (University of New Hampshire)
Graham Pirie (University of New Hampshire)
Emily Fregeau (Quinnipiac University)
Eliza McLeod (University of Missouri)
Alison Hiatt (Boston College)
Amanda Spiller (Bowdoin College)
Hillary Bui (Simmons College)
Conor Wood (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Sam Lichenstein (American University)
Shanley Scholarship: Lauren Larson (Colby Sawyer College)
Genimatas Scholarship: Christoper Beauchemin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
|Foundation Committee Report||Posted by Robert Herold||on Jun 03, 2013||
Congratulations to the club for reaching our Foundation giving goal in our budget this year of $13,000!
The Foundation Committee along with the Board of Directors has budgeted an increase of $2,000 to next year's giving to the Foundation. These increases include $1,000 additional for our club program of using matching money for Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition, $500 increased funding for PolioPlus (we are this close!), and $500 in additional budgeted Every Rotary Every Year (EREY) giving. Please consider making a donation (see dues invoices) to this program.
The Foundation Committee is in the process of drawing up a policy to submit to the Board of Directors on the use of Recognition Points for PHFs and how our club recognizes the different ways PHF are obtained. If you have an opinion or ideas on these subjects please get in touch with a member of your Foundation Committee.
Bob Herold, Foundation Chair
|Join us for BEHIND the BUSINESS on June 19th||Posted by David Ferland||on Jun 03, 2013||
Our Vocational Service Committee is pleased to announce our second "BEHIND the BUSINESS" event to our membership.
Portsmouth Rotarian, Bill Hurley, is welcoming us to Infinite Imaging on Wednesday, June 19th @ 5:30pm.
"BEHIND the BUSINESS" serves as a means for members to strengthen professional relationships and to better know our capabilities for individual and community problem solving.
Promote vocation in a fun and social way.
Opportunity for Rotarians to learn about each other’s professions and businesses.
Increase fellowship and social networking.
Provide an opportunity to members for a ‘make-up’ meeting.
|Rotary Log: May 16, 2013 (Bob Herold)||Posted by Andy Chace||on May 21, 2013||
|Cathy Herold Named District 7780 Spouse of the Year||Posted by David Underhill||on May 20, 2013||
Congratulations to Cathy Herold! Cathy was awarded District Spouse of the Year at the District Conference in Boothbay Harbor this past weekend. Cathy was recognized for her international service in Uganda and Ethiopia.
|Rotary Log: May 9, 2013 (cyber security)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on May 13, 2013|
|Rotary Log: Bonus Issue from Celts to Health Care||Posted by Richard Seery||on May 08, 2013||
|New Rotary Year budgets, goals, committees approved by board of directors||Posted by David Underhill||on May 08, 2013||
The board of directors for the new Rotary year (2013-2014) has reviewed and adopted the finance committee's recommended operating and charitable division budgets. These documents can be found by logging into the website and clicking "view club documents", then looking in the folder named "Rotary Year 2013-2014". The board also approved goals and committee assignments for the new year, which you can also find in that folder. Please see me, or any board member, with questions or comments about our ambitious plans for the new Rotary year.
Thanks for your efforts to support our Club!
PE Dave, May 9, 2013
|Respond Now! Rotary Vocational Awards …. Call for Nominations!||Posted by David Ferland||on May 06, 2013||
Do you know someone who is worthy of a Rotary Vocational Award?
CLICK HERE for an application.
These annual awards are given to recognize FOUR individuals who practice high ethical standards in the workplace and exhibit vocational excellence, contributing to the quality of life here in the seacoast area.
|Golf Tournament - Last Call for Early Bird Pricing||Posted by Benjamin Wheeler||on Apr 29, 2013||
This year marks our 20th Annual Portsmouth Rotary Golf Tournament.
Register and pay by May 1st for Early Bird pricing of only $125.
Visit our event page for registration forms and sponsorship information:
|Rotary Log: April 18, 2013 (Lighting the Bridge)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Apr 21, 2013||
|Rotary Log: April 11, 2013 (youth adventure therapy)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Apr 11, 2013||
|Rotary Log: April 4, 2013 (what a joke)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Apr 08, 2013||
|Rotary Log: March 28, 2013 (Project Search and Happy Birthday)||Posted by Joanie Dickinson||on Mar 31, 2013|
|Five Honored as Paul Harris Fellows||Posted by David Underhill||on Mar 30, 2013||
Portsmouth Rotary Club honored five of its finest by designating them to be Paul Harris Fellows during its ninetieth anniversary Gala Saturday night, March 30.
The club recognized the outstanding contributions to Portsmouth made by City Manager John Bohenko, the club service contributions of Marie Brownell and Linda Browning, and the leadership in recent years of past presidents Tony Delyani and Diane Foley. They were saluted by the membership, and congratulated by family and friends, many of whose attendance was a surprise to the honorees.
|Rotary Log: March 27, 2013 (annual poetry hoot)||Posted by Beth Wheland||on Mar 25, 2013||
|Rotary Log: March 14, 2013 (Peter's big adventure)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Mar 19, 2013||
|90th Anniversary Celebration - Last Call for RSVPs||Posted by Janice Wood||on Mar 18, 2013||
Join us in celebrating Portsmouth Rotary's 90th Anniversary with cocktails, dinner and dancing!
Saturday, March 30th 6pm - 11pm at The Jarvis Center.
|Rotary Log: March 7, 2013 (Dick Holt and the River)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Mar 09, 2013||
|Rotary Log: February 28,2013 (Brian Gottlieb)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Mar 04, 2013||
|Portsmouth Rotary Marks Rotary's 108th Anniversary with Food Drive||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Feb 25, 2013||
Clubs throughout District 7780 marked Rotary's 108th anniversary on February 23rd by holding food drives and 'stuff a bus' events at local markets.
|Rotary Log: February 14, 2013 (Lindt Chocolate and Valentine's Day)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Feb 18, 2013|
|OUR Foundation Committee||Posted by Robert Herold||on Feb 18, 2013|
|Thank you Friends of Rotary!||Posted by Nancy Notis||on Jan 24, 2013||
Rotary Club of Portsmouth
PO Box 905
Portsmouth, NH 03802-0905
January 25, 2013
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth I would like to publicly thank our generous Seacoast community for supporting us in our recent fundraiser. Our club’s annual Christmas tree sale was a huge success, raising over $36,000 for Rotary initiatives. More trees, wreathes, and ornaments were sold during the month of December 2012, than in recent years. Your ongoing patronage of our fundraisers makes it possible for The Rotary Club of Portsmouth to donate, to many non-profits and to fund scholarships for deserving youth.
This past holiday season marked the 40th year Rotarians, their families and friends provided volunteer help for this effort. Rotarian Art Cole led the charge that first year and now president-elect and tree committee chair, Dave Underhill and his team are credited with the continued success of this fundraiser.
Thank you Friends of Rotary we truly could not have done it without you.
Nancy E. Notis
Rotary Club of Portsmouth, NH
|Rotary Log: January 10, 2013 (private eye)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 23, 2013||
|Rotary Log: December 20.2012 (Portsmouth Police History)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Jan 09, 2013||
|Trees in the rear-view mirror||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 05, 2013||
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
But now our trees are out of reach...it may be time to seek a beach.
|Rotary Log: November 29, 2012 (Rotaplast)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Dec 19, 2012||
|Rotary Log November 2012 (Oh Christmas Tree)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Nov 25, 2012|
|Rotary Log: November 1, 2012 (Politics in NH)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Nov 06, 2012||
|Thanksgiving Dinner is just around the corner!||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 05, 2012||
Portsmouth Rotary is about to host our 41st annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. For information on how to attend, how to request meals, and how to volunteer, please
|Rotary Log: October 25, 2012 (Congressional Candidate 2)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Oct 28, 2012||
|Rotary Log: October 18, 2012 (Governor Candidate 2)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Oct 20, 2012||
|Rotary Log: October 11, 2012 (Medicaid)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Oct 15, 2012||
|Chief Maloney Room Dedicated at Greenland PD||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 12, 2012||
Portsmouth Rotary members, supported by club fundraising, helped to lead the completion of the officers' patrol room at the Greenland Police Department which was dedicated on Friday October 12 by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.
Nancy Notis, president of the Rotary Club, said the club decided to assist in creating the new patrol room because of the group’s long-lasting belief in “service above self.” Notis said that belief went along with Maloney’s legacy, something she said should be known as the “ultimate service above self.”
For full coverage of the dedication event:
Courtesy: Rich Beachesne photo, Seacoast Online/Portsmouth Herald
|Rotary Log: October 4, 2012 (Congress Candidate)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Oct 09, 2012||
|Rotary Log: September 27, 2012 (Governor candidate)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Sep 30, 2012|
|Rotary Log: September 20, 2012 (Wentworths in Portsmouth)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Sep 23, 2012|
|Rotary Log: September 13, 2012 (the Arts)||Posted by Joan Dickinson||on Sep 17, 2012||
|Mistletoe Missive #2, September 17||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 16, 2012||
They're on the way!
Our primary orders for trees, wreaths and ornaments have all been placed. In addition to working with the suppliers who have served us well for decades, this year we have placed an additional order and are pleased to report we will have some New Hampshire-grown trees on our lot this December! New, fancier ribbons have been ordered for our wreaths as well, and the publicity team's at work finalizing plans for our public launch of the project.
|Rotary Log: September 6, 2012 (District Governor)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Sep 15, 2012||
|Rotary Log: August 30, 2012 (YMCA)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Sep 10, 2012|
|Mistletoe Missive -- September 10, 2012||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 09, 2012||
Weekly update for Portsmouth Rotary members
2012 Christmas Tree and Wreath Project
|Rotary Program Speakers, Free Speech and Mutual Respect||Posted by Nancy Notis||on Aug 28, 2012||
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Portsmouth Rotary has a proud tradition of showcasing speakers who expand our understanding of literature, public service, non-profits, history, and political viewpoints, authors, activists and philosophers. As we welcome guest speakers in the coming weeks, our presenters will include candidates for Governor and Congress. I feel a reminder about our weekly programing is important. We do not “embrace” any political philosophy. We welcome respectful debate and contrasting points of view.
Recently a local columnist, who had not heard a speech, chastised our club for allowing a speaker (who some may consider controversial) to present a program at our weekly meeting. For those who might disagree with the choice of a particular speaker a quote from Evelyn Beatrice Hall, sums it up nicely: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” We are blessed to live in a nation where the freedom to express our views extends to Rotary speakers and local columnists alike.
Rotary has 1.2 million members world-wide, including hundreds of us here on the Seacoast. Our members come from all walks of life. We work hard to improve our community, including the broader international community, through peace and understanding, constructive dialogue and community service projects.
Thank you to our Rotary Program Committee for selecting a variety of weekly speakers that broaden our horizons and engage our membership.
Nancy E. Notis
President, Portsmouth Rotary Club
|Rotary Log: August 16, 2012 (Burying Ground)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Aug 26, 2012|
|Rotary Log: August 2, 2012 (the big climb)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Aug 08, 2012||
|Thunder Chicken Road Race Marks Milestone||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Jul 30, 2012||
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Thunder Chicken 5K Roace Race. Read this article from seacoastonline.com for the history of this favorite Portsmouth Rotary event.
|Rotary Log: July 26, 2012 (Language Immersion Project)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Jul 30, 2012|
|Rotary Log: July 19. 2012 (water for Haiti)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jul 28, 2012||
|Rotary Log: July 12, 2012 (national affairs)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jul 15, 2012|
|Rotary Log: June 28, 2012 (change of the guard)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Jul 12, 2012|
|Rotary log: June 21, 2012 (State of the Courts)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jun 25, 2012|
|Rotary Dues - your investment in our club and RI||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 18, 2012||
You received your Portsmouth Rotary dues invoice in the mail recently. Here's what you need to know about where that money goes, and how we're working to keep the cost of the club low for all concerned.
|Rotary Log: June 7, 2012 (Fisher Cats)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Jun 13, 2012|
|Rotary Log: June 14, 2012 (vocational awards)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jun 12, 2012||
|Credit Cards come to Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 12, 2012||
We're pleased to report that the finance committee and board have approved the club's credit card project. Many of you saw this being tested last week: the new system runs on a simple iPad or iPhone. The club has acquired an iPad for this purpose, so beginning this week you'll be able to charge your lunch and Rotary dues and donations directly to your major credit or debit card. Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover are all accepted.
A couple of requests:
Please be patient with us as we learn the system. It's easy to run, but we're all volunteers. Glitches can happen. Tell us and we'll get it fixed.
For the first couple of weeks, we will only use the system to charge (1) lunches at $17 and (2) your club dues once they have been invoiced. We'll also have our terminal available at the Golf Tourney for any charges related to that event, and we expect it will greatly improve our customer service at Christmas tree sales in the fall.
Please do not ask for "cash back" or raffle money from the credit card. We're paying a fee on every transaction, which is absorbed by the club's operating budget. We can't pay fees for incremental cash, and we're not equipped to do the fund transfers and accounting for the raffle, so bring a pocket full of bills for that please!
We hope you'll enjoy the new convenience. Let us know if there's anything we can do to make it easy for you.
|Rotary Log: May 31, 2012 (Strawbery Banke)||Posted by Joan Dickinson||on Jun 05, 2012||
|Rotary Log: May 17, 2012 (NH Charitable Fund)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on May 20, 2012|
|Where we donate money||Posted by William Hurley||on May 15, 2012||
The club donations committee reported last week on the club's recent distribution of over $11,000 to area organizations and needs. To learn more and see the report including the full list of amounts given: CLICK HERE
|Rotary Log: May 10, 2012||Posted by Beth Wheland||on May 15, 2012||
|Rotary Log: May 3, 2012 (exchange student)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on May 07, 2012||
|Portsmouth and Seacoast Clubs Welcome GSE Team from Germany||Posted by Ann Kelly||on May 02, 2012||
By Ann Kelly
Additional thanks to our Rotarians who hosted dinners, helped organize activities, and participated in vocational meetings:
The team also visited City Hall, lunched on scenic Bow Street overlooking the harbor and tugboats, shopped the outlets in Kittery, and exchanged backgrounds and ideas during their respective vocational day.
Highlights from the vocational day included: open house tours of Rye’s waterfront homes on the market; the soup-to-nuts operations required to deliver the daily news — from reporting and photography assignments, to layout, to going to press with The Portsmouth Herald’s new, gigantic, warehouse-contained press that prints 1.2 million newspapers every week; banking operations at Piscataqua Savings Bank; and a tour of a manufacturing facility in Somersworth.
On behalf of the German team, Kinka sent me the following email: “We would like to say a heart-felt thank you! You made our stay unforgettable and wonderful. We enjoyed every day and we are grateful to meet so many kind people!”
The team left Portsmouth on May 2 and will spend the remainder of their trip with clubs along the Maine coastline. They will return to Germany on May 20, after attending the District Conference.
|Call for Airshow Volunteers June 30 & July 1||Posted by C. Stanford Cross||on May 02, 2012||
The Boston-Portsmouth Air Show is coming again this year, featuring the Blue Angels!!! Once again, the Portsmouth Rotary Club is operating the Beer Garden. In return, the Club will received 10% of net profits.
We need volunteers to work on both days. The tent will be open on both days of the show, June 30 and July 1, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. We will need 3-5 volunteers from 8:00 – 10:00. Thereafter, we need a full staff of 12 volunteers at all times.
All volunteers will be required to sign up online in advance. If you are not pre-registered, you will not be able to participate! Volunteers do not need to be Rotary members, so if you have friends or family who would like to participate, and are over the age of 18, they may sign up as well.
In order to volunteer, you MUST be pre-registered in advance. In order to pre-register, please go to:
Click on the “volunteers/exhibitors” tab
Click on “volunteer resources”
Click on the “concessions tab”
Click on the “concessions volunteer application”
At “organization/group”, be sure to use the drop down and click on “Portsmouth Rotary”
Complete the required info and submit the application.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to call:
Priscilla MacInnis @ 603-918-6802 or Stanford Cross @ 603-231-2799
Please consider signing up for this great event!
|Rotary Log: april 26, 2012 (Baseball)||Posted by Andy Chace||on Apr 30, 2012||
|Celebrate the Club Auction....again!||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 23, 2012||
Special Kudos to the entire auction team, led by Joanie Dickinson and Amy Colbert and backed by the wonderful volunteers from the Portsmouth High School Interact Club as well as many members of Portsmouth Rotary!
Whether you missed it or were a part, re-live the night through this slide show from club photographer Robert "Tube" Loch:
CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOW
A full auction report will be available in time for the board meeting next week. Thank you Rotarians and Interactors for making it successful!
|Dr. John H. Randall||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 23, 2012||
Portsmouth Rotarians mourn the passing of long-time club member Dr. John H. Randall of Wakefield. John passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 17, according to this brief notice in Foster's:
A spokesperson at the Purdy Funeral Service in Dover confirmed his passing and said that there will be no public funeral. The family is making arrangements for his burial in Staten Island, New York at a later date. For further information (when it is available), please contact of the Purdy Funeral Service:
John joined Portsmouth Rotary in 1984, with the classification psychiatrist. An extremely loyal Rotarian, club members will recall his strong attendance and his perpetual seat at the table to the right of the podium at PCC (except on the couple of occasions last fall when the media swarm tried to land in John's lap, at which time he made quite clear the line between press freedom and personal liberty). We miss his smile and his quiet, thoughtful conversation and presence.
|Rotary Log: April 12, 2012 (Governor Lynch)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Apr 17, 2012||
|Rotary Reminders||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 12, 2012||
IF YOU GO TO ROTARY ON THURSDAY NOON, APRIL 19, YOU WILL BE LONELY. Our meeting is an evening meeting, 6PM, at Portsmouth Country Club, and it's our annual club auction! We look forward to seeing you there. As for whether you can find a burger in the bar at noon, you're on your own...but knowing how efficient our friends at PCC are, it wouldn't surprise us a bit.
VOCATIONAL AWARD nominations are now being accepted by the committee. You can find the committee timeline for this, as well as downloadable forms to submit your nomination. It couldn't be easier: just CLICK HERE
|Rotary Log: April 5, 2012 (joke day)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Apr 10, 2012||
|Rotary Log: March 29, 2012 (Rotary Today)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Apr 03, 2012||
|Rotary Log: March 22, 2012 (Port Authority)||Posted by Ann Kelly||on Mar 25, 2012||
|Joke Day is Coming Soon!||Posted by Neal Ouellett||on Mar 25, 2012||
When I was young I used to pray for a bike, then I realized that God doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and prayed for forgiveness.
The Annual Joke Show is on April 5th. Please dust off your favorite joke, one-liner, quip, Knock-Knock joke or riddle. 30 seconds or less per Joke Teller please. No extended lists or Readers Digest excerpts. The idea is a fast pace! If you are one of those people who say “I can’t tell a joke”, please tell one just the same. The groaners are even funnier.
|Rotary Log: March 15, 2012||Posted by Brian Gallagher||on Mar 19, 2012||
Photos by Bob Loch:
CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOW
|Rotary Log: March 8, 2012 (Poetry Hoot)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Mar 13, 2012||
|Welcome Club Secretary Deb!||Posted by David Underhill||on Mar 11, 2012||
The board of directors last week named Deb Grabowski our new club secretary, replacing Lisa Mills who did the job with exceptional grace and dedication but had to step down because of a job change that has her commuting to Manchester each day. Deb is now being ably assisted by Rotarian Dave Holden, whse poetic skills will soon be matched by his acumen for posting makeups and answering arcane questions about the attendance rules. Thanks to both of them for stepping up and offering their time in these challenging roles.
|Attention Committee Heads!||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 27, 2012||
If you head a Rotary committee, or if you're an "avenues" director (Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service or New Directions) in either the current or coming Rotary year, this message is for you!
|GSE team coming to Portsmouth: help requested please?||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 27, 2012||
The Rotary Group Study Exchange team from Germany will arrive in Portsmouth around April 28, and be with us through May 1. Midge Nelson of the Seacoast morning club is heading up the volunteer coordination for housing: we need local host space for five visitors.
If you can help serve on the planning committee and perhaps offer housing, please contact Midge: email@example.com, 603-498-6909.
|Rotary Log: February 23, 2012 (Gary Speer)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Feb 27, 2012||
Log by Aileen Dugan
Photos by Leo Gagnon
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM
|Rotary Log: February 16, 2012 (Big Band)||Posted by Joan Dickinson||on Feb 19, 2012||
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
Log by Joanie Dickinson, Photos by Bob Loch
|Scan up and be counted!||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 16, 2012||
The new attendance system goes on-line for our February 23 meeting. Here's what you need to know.
|Rotary Log: February 9, 2012 (Civics in Action)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Feb 12, 2012||
|eBulletin Club Updates, Wednesday February 8||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 07, 2012|
|February 2, 2012: Rotary Log (City Water)||Posted by Beth Wheland||on Feb 06, 2012||
|Past President Ted Alex on Rotaplast Mission||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Feb 05, 2012||
Past President Ted is currently on a Rotaplast mission in Bangladesh. Use the link below to follow the team's work via its blog.
|Portsmouth Rotary Funds Milk Program for 300 families||Posted by Catherine Edison||on Feb 01, 2012|
|Rotary log: January 26, 2012 (Portsmouth's Public TV)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Jan 31, 2012|
|Rotary eBulletin Special Groundhog's Day Preview Edition||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 31, 2012|
|Jeremy Alex Fund in the news||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 23, 2012||
Rotary's Gift of Chess Sets aims to promote good decisions.
|Rotary Log: January 19, 2012 (Michele Albion)||Posted by Andrew Chace||on Jan 22, 2012||
Photos: Robert Loch
Log: Andrew Chace
|Rotary Log: January 12, 2012 (Ben Porter)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Jan 16, 2012|
|Rotary Log: January 5, 2012 (Jonathan Martin)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 08, 2012||
|Rotary Log: December 15, 2011 (Professor Smith)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Dec 28, 2011||
|A Portsmouth Rotary Christmas Carol||Posted by Ace Moose||on Dec 20, 2011||
Special Holiday Edition of the weekly eBulletin
December 21, 2011
Written by: Ace AnonyMoose
|Rotary Celebrates Holidays with annual Seniors' Luncheon at PCC||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 18, 2011||
Thanks to the hard work of Deb Grabowski and the volunteer team, a great time was had by all!
|Holiday Greetings to all Portsmouth Rotarians!||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 18, 2011||
REMINDER: BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS, OUR NEXT ROTARY MEETING IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 5TH!
A big thank-you to every Rotarian volunteer for making our tree sales successful. 1500 trees were sold-out as of Saturday. The final numbers will be tabulated in January, but a preliminary estimate indicates we should be close to our record-setting fundraising of last year. Without snow!
We celebrated the delivery of coats under "Operation Warm" to Crossroads House and Salvation Army last Thursday. A full report on that meeting wll be included in the log we will distribute a week from today by email.
On Thursday December 15, 2011, in accordance with the bylaws, Portsmouth Rotary elected its new slate of directors to serve effective July 1, 2012.
Immediate Past President: Anthony Delyani
President: Nancy Notis
President-Elect: David Underhill
Vice President: Patricia Cummings
Treasurer: Joseph Bove
Assistant Treasurer: Ryan Bishop
Secretary: Lisa Mills
Assistant Secretary: Debra Grabowski
Sergeant-at-Arms: Stephen Kniaz
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Catherine Edison
Directors: David Ferland (Vocational Service); Robert Herold (International Service); William Hurley (New Generations); Steven Parkinson, Stella Scamman, Maureen Sullivan (Club Service), Benjamin Wheeler (Community Service).
Senior Directors: Jamie DeStefano, Robert Ricci Jr., Janice Wood
|Rotarians attend Citizen Police Academy||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 12, 2011||
Three Portsmouth Rotary members, Luis Melchor, Donna Lewallen and Peter Grace, are joined by Rotarian and police chief Lou Ferland at the graduation ceremony. For more about the Citizen Police Academy, see this story published on seacoastonline.com: CLICK HERE
|Home-stretch on tree sale project!||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 12, 2011||
Last weekend our volunteers sold about 400 trees to local customers, taking our project solidly "into the black" as a major fundraiser. As of yesterday (Monday) morning, we were down to our final 250 trees and 30 wreaths on the lot. We hope to sell-out sometime this coming weekend, but of course that depends on customer traffic and weather. Monitor your email if you're scheduled during the final days of the project and we'll have an update for you at Thursday's Rotary meeting, which is our final one of the calendar year.
For public information on our sales, hours and prices, please click the tab on the home page of portsmouthrotary.org titled "Christmas Tree Sales Public Info.
Rotary Club member-volunteers: for the schedule and other logistical information, you must be logged into the website. Then click on the tab on the home page titled "Christmas Tree Sales Member Info".
The master schedule for staffing the tree-lot is available in the "Downloads" box on that page.
|Pease n'Carrots Food Drive||Posted by David Underhill||on Dec 07, 2011||
Food collection is underway all over the Pease Tradeport campus, and also at Portsmouth Country Club. It's the fourth annual Pease 'n Carrots Holiday Food Drive, for individuals and families in need.
Through New Year's Eve, you can place non-perishable items in carts donated by Philbrick's Fresh Market, which you'll find at: Paddy's, Redhook, Great Bay CC, and lobbies of numerous Tradeport businesses too. To help or learn more, call 603-766-1955 and ask for Mark or Ryan Sullivan.
There will be a cart at Portsmouth Country Club as well, so bring your food donation to the Rotary meeting on December 15. Thank you!
Donated food goes to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and Cross Roads House, and the event is coordinated by Seacoast Asset Management, Two International Group, and CP Property Management.
|December 1, 2011: Rotary Log (Ron Paul)||Posted by Ann Kelly||on Dec 02, 2011||
|Thanksgiving Dinner -- a few thousand words||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 26, 2011||
(Each picture is worth a thousand....and the 200+ dinners served tell the rest of the story. Thanks to all volunteers!
|November 17, 2011: Rotary Log (Professor Lessig)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Nov 21, 2011||
|Rotary Log: November 10, 2011 (Waterville Valley)||Posted by Brian Gallagher||on Nov 10, 2011|
|It's Poinsettia Time!||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Nov 09, 2011||
Please order your plant at Thursday's meeting (Nov 17th) or contact Basil Richardson to order by phone.
These plants will brighten up any home or office!
Red or White Poinsettia or Colorful Cyclamen ~ $25 ea.
(Please bring check when you pick up your plant at our weekly meeting on December 1st.)
All proceeds benefit Portsmouth Rotary's charitable allocations and donations.
Find Basil or one of his helpers before he finds you!
Questions or to order by phone:
|Rotary Day at United Nations, November 5, 2011||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 06, 2011||
Rotary-UN Day, New York
Did you know Rotarians helped to draft the UN Charter? Rotary's major initiatives of focus include disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and peaceful conflict resolution....these are aligned with the UN millenium development goals. Learn more about how Rotary is changing the world, one person at a time, and how we are making a difference with our efforts here in Portsmouth.
|Thanksgiving is coming!||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 06, 2011||
Reminder, we need YOU to help prepare and serve food at Rotary's annual Thanksgiving day event.
Please contact Aileen Dugan, Betsy Scott or Frank Nappo to volunteer. Thank you!
|Portsmouth Rotary News Notes, November 1||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 31, 2011||
CHRISTMAS TREE SIGNUPS UNDERWAY!
Photo: Snokist Tree Farm, Woodstock New Brunswick, July 2011, crew with "trimming rig" behind tractor tapers and shapes the trees we'll be selling
|October 20, 2011: Rotary Log (John Clayton)||Posted by Joanie Dickinson||on Oct 24, 2011||
|October 13, 2011: Rotary Log (Presidential candidate Huntsman)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Oct 17, 2011||
|October 6, 2011: Portsmouth Rotary (Discover Portsmouth)||Posted by Beth Wheland||on Oct 09, 2011|
|September 29, 2011: Secretary of State Bill Gardner||Posted by David Underhill||on Oct 03, 2011||
Our guest speaker last Thursday was NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner. In the absence of a log writer, we turn gratefully to our friends in the Fourth Estate to summarize his talk. Courtesy: seacoastonline.com.
Gardner vows to protect N.H.'s first-in-the-nation primary
GREENLAND — N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he will do “whatever it takes” to preserve the state’s first-in-the-nation primary status, a tradition that has long represented “the little guy” in presidential politics.
Gardner spoke at length about the Granite State tradition to members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club over lunch Thursday afternoon at the Portsmouth Country Club.
Responding to a question from the audience, Gardner said the primary is “never about the money,” but is “about giving the little guy a chance in this process.”
|September 22, 2011: Rotary Log (exchange student)||Posted by Andrew Chace||on Sep 27, 2011|
|September 15, 2011:Rotary Log (Gov. Roemer)||Posted by Mark Lorusso||on Sep 20, 2011||
|Web Contest Winner||Posted by David Underhill||on Sep 08, 2011||
Congratulations to past-president Diane Foley, winner of our website scavenger hunt! She scored over sixteen points out of a possible twenty on what all agree was a very challenging quiz. Past-president Mort Schmidt claimed an "assist" on the goal: nothing in the rules prevents collaboration and research! Nice work Diane, enjoy the Rays-Sox game on the 18th.
For the quiz answers, and how to find each answer on our website, read on.
|August 25, 2011: Rotary Log (Rev. Helmick)||Posted by Douglas MacDonald||on Aug 29, 2011|
|New video highlights Rotary's crucial support of Friends Forever!||Posted by Ann Kelly||on Aug 29, 2011||
The Portsmouth Rotary Club has been a key supporter of the Friends Forever non-profit since the organization started in 1986. Friends Forever was founded by Rotarian Bob Raiche, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in June 2011. It has been recommended as a model youth peace program by Rotary International, and in 2004, Friends Forever and the Portsmouth Rotary Club received the "Project of the Century" award from Rotary District 7780.
For more on Rotary's strong involvement with Friends Forever (including sparkling on-air performances from our very own Neal Ouellett and Leonard Seagren), check out this new Friends Forever VIDEO (CLICK HERE).
Postscript: We’ve since heard that WMUR and two of Boston’s big guns (WBC and FOX25) are in a three-way battle, duking it out to lure Neal to their anchor desk for a second career in broadcast TV. Calls to Neal’s office to verify are not being returned.
|Give Hope-Give a Hand International Service Opportunity||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Aug 25, 2011||
Give Hope-Give a Hand provides functional prosthetic hands at no cost to the recipient. Any Rotary club can step forward and help in this effort by funding these hands at $50 each.
For more information view:
Training sessions have been scheduled. Participants will learn how to fit a recipient with the hand, or help in promoting the project to clubs who have not yet identified an international project. A volunteer trip is planned to the Dominican Republic early next year to deliver and fit the hands.
The trainings are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Sep 27, 4-7 pm
Location TBD (Possibly at New England Rehabilitation)
Thursday, Sep 29, 1:30-5:30 pm
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Please register for the training no later than September 13 indicating the date of your choice by contacting John Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-662-6357.
The training is offered by the Rotary Clubs of Casco Bay Sunrise and Portland.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Ilse Yanis, PP
District Chair - International Service
|Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Aug 18, 2011||
Rotary International News -- 15 August 2011
In response to the humanitarian crisis in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, which will support recovery projects in the affected areas.
The worst drought in 60 years has gripped the Horn of Africa, leading to acute famine in parts of Somalia, where hundreds of thousands of people are now fleeing to Ethiopia and Kenya for aid. More than 10 million people are affected in the drought-stricken countries, including 3.7 million who are at risk of starvation.
For more information please see the full announcement:
|August 18, 2011: Rotary Log (Congressman Guinta)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Aug 17, 2011||
|Rotary Log, August 11, 2011: Maritime Portsmouth and The Sawtelle Collection||Posted by Ann Kelly||on Aug 10, 2011||
Log by Ann Kelly
Photos by Sara Treacy: for slide show, CLICK HERE
Our second meeting at the Portsmouth Country Club was a terrific follow-up to last week’s highly enjoyable run out of the gate at our new venue with District Governor, Gary Speers. Today’s agenda featured a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (great pipes, everyone... keep up the voice lessons, it’s paying off!)…a bevy of Happy Bucks… several announcements from Prez Tony and a few fellow Rotarians… applause for our visiting guests… a joke that fell flat (sorry, Tony, but you know we still admire you, right?)… and an informative presentation on our town’s maritime history from guest speaker, Dennis Robinson.
|August 4, 2011: District Governor||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Aug 07, 2011||
|Rotary Log July 21, 2011 (Louis Salome)||Posted by Richard Seery||on Jul 25, 2011||
Log by Dick Seery
Photos by Leo Gagon
|Rotary Log July 14, 2011: Mitt Romney||Posted by Cassandra Wolf||on Jul 18, 2011||
Log by Cassandra Wolf
Photos by Sara Treacy
Mitt Romney was our speaker at our Rotary meeting on Thursday, July 14th.
He helped us raise $275 by auctioning off his highly sought after signature.
|Do you see a purple hippo right now ???||Posted by David Underhill||on Jul 11, 2011||
Close your eyes....do you see a purple hippo?
That's the power of imagination....and that's also the power of the Portsmouth Rotary website!
Note from the webmaster: I thought I'd take this "off week" bulletin space to thank the many of you who have already signed up for new website sponsorships this Rotary year. There's still time....just pay your Rotary dues invoice and include the website fee. You'll get an ad on our homepage, on internal pages and in this bulletin....which is being emailed to about 200 fellow Rotarians every week. As individuals, most of us support the people and companies who support things we believe in, and that includes Portsmouth Rotary.
As for the purple hippo...I was kidding, he's not really purple, but he's enjoying a working vacation.
|Rotary Log, Holiday Week||Posted by David Underhill||on Jul 05, 2011||
Reminder: no meeting on Thursday (July 7), next meeting is Thursday July 14 at Redhook.
Relive the fun of last week's Changing of the Guard meeting.
Be sure to note the album has two pages, don't miss (re)living the entire experience!
|The Rotarian - Digital Edition||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Jun 30, 2011||
The Rotarian is now available in a digital edition. If you would like the digital magazine instead of the print edition have your most recent issue available and use the following link to update your subscription.
|Charity Tourney Nets $30,000 for New Food, Shelter Endowment||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 29, 2011|
|Changing of the Guard||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 27, 2011||
DO NOT MISS THIS AMAZING CEREMONY!
Pomp, circumstance, pageantry, honor, dignity, nostalgia, roasting and the four-way test.
At Redhook: Thursday, 12:15. Bid President Diane adieu. Bid President Tony welcome.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss....we WON'T get fooled again! (Roger Daltrey).
(The photo is the Change of the Guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden)
(The poem that follows is about Buckingham Palace, but we didn't have a photo of that.
We're very sensitive about photo rights here at Portsmouth Rotary Web Publishing division)
(If you don't buy that....just wait until Thursday's meeting!)
|Charity Golf Tournament Funds Endowment for Food, Shelter, Human Needs||Posted by David Underhill||on Jun 23, 2011||
Dozens of hardy golfers braved drizzle and mulligans to raise tens of thousands of dollars for a fund that will benefit food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and housing in the Greater Portsmouth Area. The event was hosted at the Pease Golf Course.
The annual tournament, a long tradition of Portsmouth Rotary, featured a shotgun start in a four-person scramble format, with Rotary members and guests from many clubs around the Seacoast.
|Rotary Log: June 16, 2011 (Rotaplast)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jun 19, 2011||
Log Writer Jon Flagg
Photos by Jim Rini
Slide show CLICK HERE
|Rotary Log: June 9, 2011 (vocational and service awards)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Jun 13, 2011||
Log Writer Steve Mailhot
Slide show CLICK HERE
Photos by Sara Treacy
|Letter From Tony Delyani, Incoming President||Posted by Anthony Delyani||on Jun 09, 2011|
|Rotary Log: June 2, 2011 (Pakistan)||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Jun 07, 2011||
Rotary Log June 2, 2011
Aileen Dugan, writer
Photos by Jim Rini
Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Although it was clear from the crowd gathered that many Rotarians were otherwise occupied, the group that assembled was a lively one with many announcements and guests to introduce. The first news I received was that our speaker, from the Boston Red Sox, was stuck at the airport and unable to make the meeting as our scheduled speaker. With that in mind, I tried to include more of the highlights of announcements from Club members...
|Portsmouth Rotarian in Hong Kong||Posted by Mark Sullivan||on Jun 05, 2011||
Mark Sullivan writes about his visit to Rotary Club of New Territories, District 3450, representing Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia.
I had a great time at this Rotary Club meeting in Hong Kong last week (see photo attached) and they all seemed to greatly enjoy having a visitor from the good ol’ US of A present them with our Rotary Club’s flag/pennant, especially so soon after Dr. Vito Lee led his GSE team to
Since I was there to establish a Hong Kong-based company, I will be visiting there on a regular basis, which they were very excited to hear. I hope to substantially deepen our relationship with this Rotary Club, which boasts 100% Paul Harris Fellows. (I was so glad I happen to be a PHF myself.)
|News notes from President Diane||Posted by David Underhill||on May 30, 2011||
The first meeting at our NEW venue will be Thursday, August 4th, when our weekly lunch moves to the Portsmouth Country Club.
Good news -- for the eighth straight year, dues are NOT going up...still a bargain at $125 for the year.
Dues are payable by July 1.
|Rotary Log May 26, 2011 (Scholarships)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on May 30, 2011||
Photos by Jim Rini
For slide show, CLICK HERE
|New ClubRunner Mobile App||Posted by David Underhill||on May 30, 2011||
We just tested the new ClubRunner iPhone/iPad mobile app. It's great....you download the app from the Apple store and use your Rotary ClubRunner log-in. Then you get access to the stories on the website and, more importantly, to the member directory. If you're running this on iPhone, it can look up and call your fellow Rotarian. I am running it on iPad and it's quick and easy to use. Another feature is the club locator: if you have your device GPS (location) enabled, it will tell you all the Rotary clubs nearby and their meeting times. Excellent for travel.
The software gurus are going to release Blackberry and Android versions in the near future.
For more information:
|Rotary Log: May 12, 2011 (Dwight Davis)||Posted by Veronica Longwell||on May 16, 2011||
Written by: Ronni Longwell
Photos by: Sara Treacy
For a slide show: CLICK HERE
|GSE Hong Kong, Mongolia delegates visit Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on May 10, 2011|
|Rotary Log: May 5, 2011 (Group Study Exchange)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on May 09, 2011||
Rotary Log – May 5, 2011
By: Jonathan M. Flagg
For a slide show: CLICK HERE
Photos by Jim Rini
|Seacoast, Portsmouth Clubs Partner in Community Service||Posted by David Underhill||on May 02, 2011||
Portsmouth Rotary and Seacoast Rotary joined hands and forces April 30, 2011 for a hands-on cleanup project at Peirce Island.
Photos by Lisa Mills and Diane Foley
Article courtesy seacoastonline.com
|Rotary Log: April 28, 2011 (Gunstock)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on May 02, 2011||
|More International....||Posted by Diane Foley||on May 01, 2011||
Portsmouth Rotary Club- Group Study Exchange from Hong Kong –The Portsmouth Rotary and Seacoast Rotary Clubs will host the 2011 GSE Healthcare Team from Hong Kong from May 2nd through May 6th, 2011. The two Rotary Clubs organized host families, activities and professional vocation opportunities for an exchange of information. Host families opened up their homes, and a myriad of Seacoast Healthcare Facilities afforded opportunities to our visitors for a first hand information share with colleagues, doctors and medical staff coupled with facility tours.. Rotary Club organizers Luis Melchor, Midge Nelson and the rest of the GSE Committee members spent many months planning this wonderful experience for our Hong Kong guests.
In the early 1960s, the Rotary International Trustees began considering programs for non-Rotarians that would promote international goodwill and understanding. One plan was for small groups of young business and professional men and women to travel from one Rotary district to a district in another country. In the nearly five decades since, more than 70,000 young men and women have traveled the globe as part of Group Study Exchange teams.
Portsmouth Rotary Club presentation- Thursday at 12 noon at the RedHook Brewery, 25 Corporate Drive- Meeting will run to 1:30-
Seacoast Rotary Club- 7:30 am at the Gaslight Restaurant, 65 Market Street. Please allow for a longer meeting than usual
|Portsmouth Photos, May 2, 2011||Posted by David Underhill||on May 01, 2011||
We're lucky to live in such a pretty place!
|Peirce Island Hands-On April 30||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Apr 30, 2011||
|April 21, 2011: Rotary Log (International Day)||Posted by Cassandra Wolf||on Apr 22, 2011||
Log writer: Cassandra Wolf
Photos: Dave Underhill
Slideshow: CLICK HERE
Update: after the meeting, Bob Herold reported that $243 was donated by Rotarians and visitors...that's two large beehives and a start toward another. Bob sends his thanks and gratitude to everyone for the Club's ongoing support of the Uganda Bee Project.
|International Day at Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 20, 2011||
Leonard Seagren and Waheed Mansur "made up" at our Redhook meeting via live Skype from Pakistan.
|April 14, 2011: Rotary Log (Currier Museum)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Apr 18, 2011||
Slide show: CLICK HERE
Photos by Sara Treacy
|District Conference May 12-14||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 18, 2011||
We invite you to the District 7780 Conference at the Marriott Sable Oaks in So. Portland this year.
Our conference begins with the 2010-2011 4-Way Test Speak-off on Thursday, May 12 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. There is no admission fee.
The top winner(s) will also join us on Saturday morning at the district conference (May 14th) to present their speeches to the attendees.
Reserve your room for Thursday evening at the Marriott Sable Oaks to be rested and energized for the Service Projects which begin bright and early at 7:30AM Friday, May 13. For more details on the
to the Conference Opening Ceremonies at Noon Friday.
An annual treat not to be missed is the Conference Hospitality Suite hosted by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and PDG Mort Schmidt. Conference is the time to meet new friends and renew old friendships as
we unwind from the day's activities at the close of the Conference each evening. Fellowship is a key reason for attending a District Conference!
Don't forget to book your tee times for Thursday and Sunday. Call (207) 775-6257 for a tee time at special hotel guest rates. The website is www.sableoaks.com.
We look forward to celebrating the 2010-2011 Rotary year with you!
Yours in Rotary service,
John Griffith, Conference Co-chairRich Emerson, Conference Co-chair
|Pictures worth a thousand words each!||Posted by David Underhill||on Apr 11, 2011||
REMINDER: Back to our regular meeting spot at Redhook this Thursday.
Here are some scenes from our wonderful Club Auction, April 7. Photos: Jim Rini
|Rotary Log: March 31 (Joke Day)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Mar 31, 2011||
By: Jonathan M. Flagg
Photos by Jim Rini
|March 24, 2011: Rotary Log (President Elect Tony)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Mar 27, 2011||
Story by Jon Flagg
Photos by Ken Roberts
For a slideshow, CLICK HERE
|March 17, 2011: Portsmouth Rotary Log (Renewable Energy)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Mar 21, 2011||
Log by Jon Flagg
Photos by Ken Roberts
|Rotary Around the World||Posted by Diane Foley||on Mar 20, 2011||
The tragic disaster in Japan still unfolds and globally Rotarians are uniting and identifying short term and long term assistance and aid in this catastrophically torn country.. We will update our Portsmouth Rotary website with the latest news on how to help. In the jungles of Guatemala, Dr. Larry Gray and his Rotoplast team from District 7780 perform cleft lip and palate surgery. In the Seacoast, the Portsmouth Rotary is busy finishing up all the details of our fourth quarter fundraising geared this year to food and housing for the vulnerable. Building Communities- Bridging Continents....
|District 7780 GSE Team Blog||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Mar 13, 2011||
Rotary District 7780's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team is currently traveling to Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, and mainland China. This group is comprised of health professionals excited to learn about the health care industry in Asia. Follow their blog for updates and photos: GSE 7780 Hong Kong.
|Establishment of the Rotary Japan and Pacific Islands Disaster Recovery Fund||Posted by Jamie DeStefano||on Mar 13, 2011||
|Rotary Donates to the Pease Greeters||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Mar 13, 2011||
Portsmouth Rotary Club is pleased to partner with the Pease Greeters in donating $2,500.00 to their soldier's care package program.
|March 10, 2011: Rotary Log (Poetry Hoot)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Mar 13, 2011|
|March 3, 2011: Rotary Log (cosmetic surgery)||Posted by Beth Wheland||on Mar 05, 2011||
|CHANGE..||Posted by Diane Foley||on Mar 04, 2011||
Ides of March
As we approach the Ides of March, we all look forward to change. The snow will melt; the Snowbirds start to rejoin our ranks; there are thoughts of daffodils blooming and warm spring air. From the President on down, we start to think about the changing of the guard and our upcoming Rotary year. This week President-elect Tony will be attending PETS, President-elect Training Seminar to prepare himself to be your new leader. I will be reviewing my checklist to fulfill as many of the Club Goals for this year as I possibly can. Come one, come all to our Visioning meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 am at Community Campus to make these changes and our Club- Bigger, Better, Bolder....
|Committee Reviewing Meeting Locations for Portsmouth Rotary||Posted by Neal Ouellett||on Feb 28, 2011||
All Portsmouth Rotary Club members are invited to the first meeting of a new committee which is researching potential meeting venues for our club. The committee, chaired by Neal Ouellett, will meet on Wednesday March 9, 8:30 A.M. at the Community Campus.
Please come to the meeting prepared to discuss and set criteria for consideration of a venue, as well as specific ideas about places the committee will want to check out. For further information, you may contact Neal: email@example.com.
|Printed directory available||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 27, 2011||
Did you pick up your personalized, hot-off-the-presses club directory yet? Limited edition,going fast. Don't pass the table without grabbing your copy Thursday.
|PolioPlus Progress||Posted by Diane Foley||on Feb 26, 2011||
In Portsmouth- our Rotary Club, along with other clubs in our District, participated in this exciting week long event with a full page ad in the Seacoast Media Newspapers and the Portland Press Herald. We were honored to highlight the week with a special visit from our District Governor, Ann Lee Hussey, Ann Lee was recently in Nigeria and brought us up to date on her trip, her insights and the knowledge we are .......just this close!
|Warm Coats for Kids!||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Feb 24, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth and One Sky Community services, an organization that supports those with developmental issues have teamed up with Operation Warm to provide winter coats to New Hampshire Children with Disabilities.
|Unprecedented Week.....||Posted by Diane Foley||on Feb 23, 2011||
Since most of us have been Rotarians, there has never been such a colossal, worldwide display of recognition to Rotary in its efforts to eradicate Polio and embrace World Peace as we've seen this week. In our District, International President, Ray Klinginsmith, arrived Monday in Portland ME. There was an informal cocktail reception at the Eastland Hotel; then a street gathering of celebration while President Ray said a few words, followed by the spectacular lumination of the Portland Museum. On Tuesday, the World Peace and Understanding Dinner was sold out. Wednesday, DG Ann Lee accompanied President Ray to NYC where he rang the bell at the close of the NYSE. From Portsmouth NH to Singapore- bells ring, buildings light. Happy 106 anniversary, Rotary..
|February 24, 2011: Just this close!||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 23, 2011||
Portsmouth Rotary renews its commitment to Polio Plus: eradicating polio around the world.
|February 17, 2011: Rotary Log (Literacy in Pakistan)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Feb 21, 2011||
The first signs of warm weather and spring were upon us as Portsmouth Rotarians came together in good numbers last Thursday. Members who missed the previous meeting bought 50-50 tickets in quantity, unaware that their hope for a profitable ‘match’ were dashed by Cathy Edison winning the big pot last week.
After guest speaker Rachel Williams led us in the 4-Way Test, Rev. Allen brought us together us with a blessing, and then oddly, no opening song (perhaps not to overshadow the somewhat lackluster performances from the Grammy Awards the previous Sunday).
(Log by Steve Mailhot and photos by Dave Underhill, click here for slide show )
|Update from President Diane||Posted by Diane Foley||on Feb 15, 2011||
February 20th to the 24th earmarks Rotary's and The Gates Foundation END POLIO NOW campaign globally. The Portsmouth Rotary, along with other clubs in our District, will be participating in this exciting event with a full page ad and 8 page insert in Seacoast Newspapers and the Portland Press Herald. Many cities will be celebrating with billboards and luminaries. We are very honored to highlight the week with a special visit from our District Governor, Ann Hussey, on February 24. Ann was recently in Nigeria and will bring us up to date on her trip, her insights and the knowledge we are .......just this close! Please be sure to attend that special meeting,and bring a friend.
|February 10, 2011 : Rotary Log (Club Vision)||Posted by Debra Grabowski||on Feb 14, 2011||
Written by: Deb Grabowski
Photos by Jim Rini
For slide show, CLICK HERE
|February 3, 2011: Rotary Log||Posted by David Underhill||on Feb 02, 2011||
ClubRunner communication system at Portsmouth Rotary
SLIDE SHOW photos by Sara Treacy
|January 27, 2011: GBCC||Posted by Aileen Dugan||on Jan 31, 2011||
Photos by Ken Roberts
Guest speaker: Will Arvelo, President, Great Bay Community College
|January 20, 2011: Rotary Log (EFAC)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 24, 2011||
Nancy's presentation included a video of student Paul M that was unfortunately hard to hear at the meeting.
<Is this the first video posting on our new website? Believe it may well be>
|Club Vision 2011||Posted by . Lynn-Del||on Jan 24, 2011||
Just imagine what Portsmouth Rotary will be like in 2016, and beyond?
The Club Vision 2011 program kicked off with a work session at the Portsmouth Library Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 A.M.
For more information LOG IN to see the "Club Vision" site page on our website: CLICK HERE
Photos of the work session: CLICK HERE
Next step -- your involvement in the Club Assembly, February 10, to advance the process. Be a part of our Rotary future!
|Rotary Announces 2010 Holiday Ornament||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Jan 18, 2011|
|Portsmouth Rotarians serve turkey dinner to hundreds of needy residents||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Jan 17, 2011|
|January 13, 2011: Rotary Log (NHICC)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 16, 2011||
|Rotoplast in Lima Peru||Posted by Ted Alex||on Jan 16, 2011||
From Ted Alex in Lima, Peru
|World Peace and Understanding dinner, February 22 in South Portland||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 10, 2011||
Exciting News! RI's president is the keynote speaker at the February 22 World Peace and Understanding dinner, to be held at the Wyndham Hotel in South Portland.
Register today and get this event on your calendar: NO tickets will be available at the door, and the deadline to register is February 12.
TO REGISTER: CLICK HERE
FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE
|Rotary Log: January 6, 2010 (Krempels Foundation)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Jan 10, 2011||
Photographer: Ken Roberts
|Officers and directors elected for 2011-2012||Posted by David Underhill||on Jan 07, 2011||
At the Club Assembly on December 16, 2010, the members of Portsmouth Rotary unanimously elected the new slate of officers and directors for the Rotary year that begins in July, 2011
|December 16, 2010:Rotary Log (annual meeting)||Posted by Steve Mailhot||on Jan 05, 2011||
Photographer: Sara Treacy
Awards and salutes for Rotary service.
Election of 2011-2012 officers and directors.
|Polar Bear Swim press coverage||Posted||on Jan 01, 2011|
|December 2, 2010: Rotary Log (Paul Lindsey)||Posted by Debra Grabowski||on Dec 01, 2010||
Five new members inducted into Portsmouth Rotary.
Bill Schuler named Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Lindsey, speaker, about his law enforcement experiences and novels.
|Jeremy Alex Fund Donates Chess Sets to Little Harbour School (2010)||Posted by Lisa A. Mills||on Nov 30, 2010||
Pawns for a purpose: Man donates chess sets to help Portsmouth students 'find the right road'
BY Roni Reino
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
PORTSMOUTH — "Checkmate! He's got checkmate!"
|November 18, 2010: Rotary Log (Schweitzer Fellowship)||Posted by Jonathan Flagg||on Nov 17, 2010||
|November 11, 2010: Rotary Log||Posted by David Underhill||on Nov 11, 2010||
Veterans' Day, guest speaker Louise Richardson
|Rotary Log for November 20, 2014: Visioning update||Posted by David Underhill||
Rotary Log by Ben Babcock
Photos by Jim Rini, complete slide show here:
President Tricia Cummings presided over today’s meeting and brought the club to attention with a resounding ring of the bell. Judy Ringer led the club in singing “God Bless America”. Jim Rini led the four way test and Rev. Gordon Allen provided the invocation.
Five guests joined the club at today’s meeting. President Trish announced birthdays: Fred Pettigrew with 29 years in Rotary and the Rev. Allen with 37 years in Rotary. Perfect attendance awards followed and several Rotarians were honored- Walter Liff with 12 years perfect attendance, Luis Melchor with 27, Jim Rini with 28, Guy Buesing with 28 and Carl Brage with 29.
President Trish was happy to inform the club that five potential new members had been approved by the board at their most recent meeting. Sarah Youngclause Smith and Albee Sampson were put on 7 day notice.
Fine Master Neil Ouellett took to the podium to levy fines. He doled out several Thanksgiving themed assessments and ended by fining all Rotarians who were happy to be in the club. The buckets were quickly filled.
Happy Dollars followed. Several Rotarians expressed their gratitude for not being in or around Buffalo, New York given the exceptional amount of snow that had recently fallen there.
|Rotary Log special post-Thanksgiving edition||Posted by David Underhill||
The turkeys flew faster than the power lines!
BIG Rotary thanks to our team leader Priscilla and to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for sponsoring this wonderful event again in 2014.
View a slideshow of our Thanksgiving feast at this link: photos by Jim Rini.
Read coverage of the Rotary Thanksgiving here:
Thank you to every Rotarian and helper!
|Rotary Polio Immunization Trip to India Announced - February 13-24, 2015||Posted by John Rice||
Dear Club President and Fellow Rotarian:
The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID). (Please contact your club president for the document that provides specific information about the trip, including a means of registering for the program.) The material can also be accessed at our website: www.HowardTours.net
Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians and clubs in your District as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.
Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India. In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries. We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally. Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities. This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time.
The following summarizes the key trip information:
Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events. This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.
Date of Departure: Friday, February 13, 2015
Date of Return: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy: $2,099. This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees. However, it does include hotels, transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.
Air Reservations: Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase. Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.
Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa. We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents. It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.
Travel Vaccines: We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip. We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.
This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis. To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document. Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program. Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks.
If people from your club are going to join us, we suggest immediate action. We look forward to having you or club members join us.
We expect the same response this year. If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action.
Bradford R Howard
President of Howard Tours
|Rotary Travel Program to Bulgaria||Posted by John Rice||
District 7780 Rotarians are invited to apply to take part in a vocational/cultural exchange with Bulgaria. The team will travel to District 2482 in Bulgaria for about two weeks during the spring of 2015, probably late March - early April. We are looking for Rotarians with an interest in culture, broadly defined (history, art, literature, music, performing arts, etc.) and in learning more about Rotary in Bulgaria. Spouses and friends of Rotarians may also apply. The idea is that our team will travel there and share information about themselves and our district and learn about Bulgaria and Rotary in that country. While in Bulgaria, the team will be immersed in the local culture. Of greatest importance is an openness and willingness to learn - through first-hand and hands-on experiences - about the rich history and culture of Bulgaria. The team will return to District 7780 to share their experiences at our District Conference on April 24-25. The team will also be involved with local Rotarians to explore opportunities for future service projects and partnerships. This is to be an exchange so a Bulgarian team will visit our district in May.
A $1,500 travel allocation will provided for each participant to cover airfare and some costs while in Bulgaria. Team members will be hosted by Bulgarian Rotarians but will be expected to pay for incidental expenses. Funding for the exchange is provided by our Rotary Foundation District Grant. This exchange is an expanded version of Group Study Exchange (GSE), providing greater opportunity for Rotarian involvement. Our purpose is to promote peace and greater understanding between cultures through sharing and learning.
Completed applications, signed by a club president, must be received by December 15, 2014. Interviews will be scheduled in late December or early January. Complete your application today to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime Rotary opportunity to learn and share culture and life in Bulgaria.
Signed, completed applications can be scanned and emailed to:
Lawrence K. Furbish
|Top of the week Rotary Reminders November 17, 2014||Posted by John Rice||
A reminder from Lou Ferland that this Wednesday, November 19, is Behind the Business tour at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center at 5:15.
Priscilla MacInnis reminds us that they still need more pies and volunteers for our Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Jarvis Center. Please sign up at this week's meeting.
Deb Grabowski asked anyone who plans to attend the Senior Christmas Lunch on December 4th to RSVP to her. The event has become increasingly popular, and there is a waiting list for seniors this year.
With the two Rotary trips announced for 2015, President Tricia wants to let club members know that the William Cash Committee has provided funds for Rotarian travel.
|Rotary Log November 13, 2014 (Valerie Rochon)||Posted by John Rice||
At the November 13th meeting, Lou Ferland ably delivered the invocation in Rev. Allen's absence. (Father Allen had a previous obligation and arrived late.)
President Tricia welcomed the club’s guests, including Joan Rice. Joan is on temporary log-editing duty and her behind-the-scenes service to the club is much appreciated. (Thank you! Ed.)
Barry Kidd, the lead carpenter on the Puddle Dock Pond skating rink project, provided a construction update. Over 6000 feet of board have been laid for the Rink. Rotarians have given 250 man hours to the project and Barry thanked the Rotarians who have helped.
Priscilla MacInnis updated the club on the Thanksgiving meal at the Jarvis Center. Three members volunteered to fill the remaining turkey cooking slots (or volunteered their mother, in John Lyon’s case). Turkeys will be given out at next week’s meeting with thermometers and instructions. We still need more pies and on-site volunteers.
President-elect Bill Hurley laid out the schedule for Christmas tree sales and deliveries. The club needs all the able-bodied volunteers they can get to unload trees and set up the trailer and lights.
Deb Grabowski asked anyone who plans to attend the Senior Christmas Lunch on December 4th to RSVP to her. The event has become increasingly popular, and there is a waiting list for seniors this year.
Lou Ferland made the last announcement for PMAC “Behind the Business.” PMAC will be hosting Rotarians for a private, behind-the-scenes tour on November 19th at 5:15 PM.
Tony Delyani provided a gentle reminder regarding the attendance policy. In every six-month period, members must attend 30% of the meetings held here at the Rotary Club of Portsmouth. We must also attend 50% of that number of meetings via attendance or make-ups.
Shari Donnermeyer introduced the guest speaker, Valerie Rochon, the Tourism Manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Valerie has been with the Portsmouth Chamber for about four years. Before that, she was with the Stowe Area Chamber of Commerce in Vermont.
|Rotary Log October 30, 2014||Posted by John Rice||
The meeting began with a moment of silence for the passing of iconic Boston Mayor Tom Menino. John Rice then led the club in a chorus of “This Land is Your Land.” The song was to acknowledge upcoming state-wide and national elections.
Leonard Seagren introduced new member Coast Guard Chief Boatswains Mate David Andreesen.
David is officer-in-charge of the Portsmouth Harbor Coast Guard station. He is a 15-year resident of Kittery. David mentioned that he has visited Rotary clubs across the United States. He feels that the New England chapter and our club in particular take action seriously.
|Rotary eBulletin for the week of September 9, 2014||Posted by David Underhill||
Rotary Announcements: Top of the Week, September 9, 2014
Rotary congratulates our latest Paul Harris Fellow Bill Mortimer….read on for further details in last week’s log.
Bill Mortimer is honored by fellow Rotarians Jack Kelly and Dennis Moulton, Thursday September 4.
Puddledock/Strawbery Banke hands-on project:
The Portsmouth Rotary Board of Directors has approved our club's involvement in a hands-on project at the Strawbery Banke skating rink, Puddledock Pond. Considering our club's long and rich history in working with Strawbery Banke, we are especially excited that we will again have the opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to this organization and our community.
With the involvement of Ted Alex and our hands-on committee, the project will include the construction of three structures necessary to support the operations of the skating rink. While we will be calling on Rotarians to join us sometime this fall in a traditional-style hands-on day, a significant amount of work will be done off-site using volunteer carpenters and laborers prior to our Saturday effort.
The nature of our involvement will be directly related to our commitment of both labor and financing. Due to the size of this project, the cost strictly of the construction materials is $30,000, of which the Board of Directors has already approved $10,000. This includes the $5,000 donation that we committed during our last fiscal year (Dave's year) and not yet distributed and $5,000 from a charitable surplus, also from our last fiscal year.
The Board of Directors is holding a special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 am) in the Foundation for Seacoast Health's Board Room, specifically to address the financing of up to the remaining $20,000 cost of this project. We have many options available to us including various line items in our charitable budget as well as endowment funds specific to this type of project (e.g. the Ray Jones fund). The Board of Directors will decide whether or not to provide additional funding, at what level and from what source. Certain funding recommendations require a club vote (e.g. use of the Ray Jones fund) and if so determined, the club will be notified accordingly.
President Tricia has asked Nancy Notis and Dave Underhill to co-chair a team effort to create a unified communication strategy and team for our club. If you have interest, please email Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating you wish to attend the first Rotary Communications Team meeting on Friday, September 19, 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM, at Community Campus in the Campus Board Room.
Vision Survey: If you received a paper survey at last Thursday’s meeting and did not turn it in, please get it to Aileen Dugan in the next week. If you did not attend the meeting, you should have received an email on Monday afternoon (September 8) with a web-link so you can take the survey online. If you do not have a web-link or if you require a printed version, please email Dave Underhill (dave@underhilladvisors) and we’ll see that you get a copy. We are pushing for 100% participation in this survey.
Read on...lots more Rotary news follows.
|Portsmouth Rotary Club receives President's Citation||Posted by David Underhill||
Rotary International president Ron Burton and District 7780 Governor Carolyn Johnson this weekend honored the 155 members of our club with a Presidential Citation. Portsmouth was among ten clubs in our thirty-nine club district to be honored for major achievements in membership growth, humanitarian service and improving Rotary's fellowship and networks. Even as Rotary Clubs in the US have struggled to maintain their membership against declines and demographic challenges, the Rotary Club of Portsmouth has increased its membership from 146 active members on July 1, 2013 to 155 members as of this date.
|Rotary International Honors Portsmouth member Ellen Labrie||Posted by David Underhill||
District 7780 governor Carolyn Johnson presented Ellen Labrie with a lifetime service award from Rotary International at the district's conference on May 17. Governor Carolyn's comments follow.
|Seniors Holiday Party December 5||Posted by David Underhill||
ANNUAL SENIOR HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
12:00 PM DECEMBER 5, 2013
At the Portsmouth Country Club
80 Country Club Lane, Greenland
Call 422-8200 Ext. 10 by December 2nd to RSVP
For Portsmouth residents only: if you require transportation please call Mark Wentworth Senior Transportation at 431-8677 or 570-7791 by December 2nd.
For more information: CLICK HERE
|Portsmouth Rotary Club Celebrating 90 Years of Community Service||Posted by Nancy Notis||
The Portsmouth Rotary Club was chartered in 1923, when 25 men met at the Rockingham Hotel, signed the necessary paper work to establish a “new” club, and became its charter members. On March 28, 1923, Rotary International designated the Portsmouth Club as #1391, granted it membership and bestowed upon it all rights and privileges.
Today’s Rotarians, both men and women are business and civic leaders in all walks of life that share one common goal: Service Above Self. Portsmouth Rotarians have led fundraisers throughout the years to support worthwhile charities that make a positive difference in people’s lives not only in New Hampshire but around the world. Proudly, this club has generated millions of dollars that have been selflessly donated for the greater good.
Local non-profits receive: basic needs (food, clothing, shelter); a wide variety of community building grants; area students receive scholarships; and valuable “hands on” projects. Around the world, Rotary works to eradicate polio and to promote literacy, clean water, maternal and child health and peace through conflict resolution.
Today we the Portsmouth Rotary Club are vibrant organization of volunteers, consisting of close to 200 members and remain the largest club in District #7780.
|Club Elects officers and directors for 2013-2014||Posted by Ted Alex||
Rotary Club of Portsmouth elects new officers and board for the 2013-2014 Rotary Year
At its annual meeting on December 13, 2012, the membership of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth unanimously approved the slate of officers and directors for the upcoming Rotary year, as presented by the nominating committee. The following directors will serve one-year terms beginning July 1, 2013:
Immediate Past President: Nancy Notis
President: Dave Underhill
President-elect: Tricia Cummings
Vice president: Bill Hurley
Secretary: Deb Grabowski
Treasurer: Joe Bove
Assistant Secretary: David Holden
Assistant Treasurer: Ryan Bishop
Sergeant at Arms: John St. Pierre
Assistant Sergeant at Arms: Diane Lavigne
Director (Club Service): Mo Sullivan
Director (Vocational Service): "Lou" Ferland
Director (Community Service): Ben Wheeler
Director (International Service): Bob Herold
Director (New Generations): Andy Chace
Director: Steve Parkinson
Director: Stella Scamman
Senior Director: Aileen Dugan
Senior Director: Butch Ricci
Senior Director: Janice Wood
|Harvest for Hunger food drive Friday October 26||Posted by David Underhill||
$1000 MATCH NEEDED AT HARVEST FOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth is holding its annual Harvest for Hunger Food Drive again this year at Philbrick’s Fresh Market Plaza on Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH on Friday, October 26th from 8 am to 7 pm. Each year, Rotarians collect over 1000 pounds of food and cash donations and distribute all proceeds to the Salvation Army, Cross Roads House and The Seacoast Family Food Pantry. The club will also be matching cash donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000.
Over the course of the past year, the Salvation Army has provided over 21,000 meals and Crossroads House has provided over 18,000 meals to shelter families and individuals. The Seacoast Family Food Pantry donates to over 150 families each year.
The community is encouraged to donate cash, checks, canned food and nonperishables, as well as hygiene products. People are encouraged to please check the dates on canned goods.
Rotary Club of Portsmouth
Media Contact: Catherine Edison, 603-422-8223, email@example.com
Portsmouth Rotary Club, PO Box 905 Portsmouth, NH 03801
|Mistletoe Missive||Posted by Patricia Cummings|
|Rotary Log: March 1, 2012 (Detective Jones)||Posted by Richard Seery||
|Rotary Log: November 3, 2011 (Friends Forever)||Posted by Richard Seery||
|October 27, 2011: Rotary Log (Dr. Cooper)||Posted by Cassandra Wolf|
|Rotary Log June 23, 2011 (James Pindell)||Posted by Beth Wheland||