Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Portsmouth Country Club
80 Country Club Lane
Greenland, NH 03840
United States of America
Our Club meets in person and via zoom simultaneously. Meeting zoom information will be emailed on weekly basis. Beginning on Thursday, May 4th we will be meeting at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH 03840
28th Annual Golf Tournament
Portsmouth Rotary News Briefs
GOLF tourney on June 9: Here's everything you need to know.
Salvation Army Food Service
The nightly Salvation Army soup kitchen sets up in this Emergency Disaster Services truck and parks under the lights at the back of the Middle Street Baptist Church at 18 Court St, Portsmouth. Two volunteers arrive at 4:50 pm and work inside the truck (with heaters) to put the hot food into containers to give out to diners through the window.  Dinner starts at 5:00 pm and is over at 6:00 pm. We clean up and are finished by 6:15 pm. Our Club has signed up to serve every third Wednesday of the month for the next 11 months. Please text me, Sara Treacy, at 603-661-8588 if you can sign up.  
May 17, - Janice Cassidy and Cathy Nickerson
June 21, - Judy Ringer and Sara Treacy
July 19, - John Rice and Al Lantinen
Aug 15 - April Torreiro and Cathy Nickerson
Sept 20 -  Kristin Peterson and Priscilla MacInnis
Oct 18, - Doug MacDonald and Ben Wheeler
Sign up NOW please.  For the 30th year, Portsmouth Rotary Golf Classic at The Pease Golf Club in Portsmouth, NH on Friday June 9th!
Rotary Log for May 25,2023
President-Elect Yvonne Legge presided over today’s meeting. After the Pledge, Police Chief Mark Newport led the 4-Way Test. Al Lantinen crooned “America the Beautiful.” Sara Treacy gave the invocation.
Darren and Eileen Coute were hosted by Jon Flagg.
Amber Buttermore and Asst. District Governor Melissa Lesniak were guests of Midge Nelson.
The Annual Changing of the Guard meeting is June 22.
Guests Darren and Eileen Coute presented a $12,400 check to our club on behalf of Exeter Subaru’s “Share the Love” community charity. This is the second consecutive year Portsmouth Rotary has been chosen as the local recipient. A sincere thank-you to Exeter Subaru, where Darren is the General Manager.
Marie Brownell highlighted the lengthy roster of individual and corporate sponsors for the upcoming Golf Tournament. Notable mentions included Tom Decker, donating for auction a new set of golf clubs, and Auto Fair Nissan of Stratham providing a $55,000 truck for any lucky player who snags a hole-in-one. Thanks for your indefatigable effort, Marie!
Sara Treacy introduced our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Al Lantinen. For more than 30 years Al maintained an OBGYN practice in Portsmouth. Upon his retirement in 2014, he found he finally had time to attend our Thursday meetings, so promptly joined Portsmouth Rotary. Al has been an energetic member, helping with hands-on projects and Salvation Army dinners. These are his first and second Paul Harris Fellow awards. A heartfelt round of applause followed.
Fine Meister Jon Flagg exercised his prerogative to wreak havoc on our wallets with numerous outrageous strictures. He then tried to make it up to us by offering a bit of advice: “Look up your name on Google before referring others to it.”
Apparently, Jon had not done so with a recent client prospect. As a result, the said prospect was informed by Google that a Jonathan Flagg had been arrested for taking photographs in a woman’s dressing room! Another Jonathan “Big D” Flagg was picked up for running a meth ring. Your scribe is uncertain why Jon was telling us all this. Unless, of course, he was trying to get ahead of the story and thereby shape the narrative, as they say!
Priscilla MacInnis introduced our speaker, Geno Marconi. Geno is Director of Ports and Harbors as part of the Pease Development Authority. His organization’s D/B/A name is New Hampshire Port Authority (“NHPA”).
The NHPA has numerous responsibilities for the complex of ports, harbors, and tidal rivers in and around Portsmouth. Among its activities are permitting more than 1,500 moorings, posting all non-Coast Guard navigational markings, and overseeing dredging with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The NHPA also maintains Foreign Trade Zones, manages all ports, and wharfs, and coordinates the Revolving Loan Fund for commercial fishermen. And these are only some of its wide-ranging operations.
One of its major recent projects has been the construction of the Sara Long Bridge in 2018-2019. The new bridge corrected some of the approach angles and widened the horizontal clearance. In so doing it caused some alterations to the Marine Terminal area. Modification of the Marine Wharf space is now a major project underway.
More than 50 percent of port traffic consists of fuel oil deliveries. Therefore, maintaining the port’s operational fitness is of critical importance to New Hampshire and surrounding regions.
John Pappas won the $35 raffle but had no match.
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Greulich
Photos by Don Chick
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