Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
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Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.
Portsmouth Country Club
80 Country Club Lane
Greenland, NH 03840
United States of America
Our Club meets in person at the Portsmouth Country Club and via zoom simultaneously. Meeting zoom information will be emailed on weekly basis.
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Krempels Center Barbecue Volunteers Needed
Bria Day is working with Ashley Healy, Director of Development at the David Krempels Brain Injury Center, to put on a BBQ there Wednesday, August 14th. Volunteers are needed.  Here are the specifics:
  • Location: Community Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH (front lawn)
  • Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 (rain or shine)
  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • # of volunteers needed: 10
  • Responsibilities: Set up of tables, food, work the grill (bring a grill and/or we will rent one), monitor lawn games, clean up
KBIC Staff must help members with staying hydrated, lawn games, food, etc. so volunteers to help cook and set up/cleanup would be appreciated.  If you are interested, please contact Bria at
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.  
July 17 - Chad and Darlene Chadwick
August 21 - Kristen Petersen and Dianne Brindisi
September 18 - Ramona Dow and Jerry Dionne
October 16 - Ben Wheeler and Doug MacDonald
Please contact Sara Treacy if interested in participating for future dates & Thanks!
As we knew it would, the first meeting of new President Midge Nelson’s year went off without a hitch. After guiding us through the Pledge, Peter Muccia directed the Four Way Test.
Barb Miller’s invocation called for dedication to trust, ethics and fellowship.
Instead of a song we were entertained by PMAC Jazz Camp students performing with just three days’ practice. The 11-member ensemble played enthusiastically. At least one band person, PHS Sophomore Valere Logan-Barre, owns a full PMAC scholarship. A Jeremy Alex Music Scholarship that is.
There were numerous guests and visiting Rotarians, here in part for the Vocational Awards program.
Don Chick noted that volunteers are needed at the Community Campus for the Krempel’s Center cookout on August 14 from 11-3 p.m. Bria is organizing this event.
Midge very kindly thanked me and the Rotations for our rendition of “Like A Rainbow” at Yvonne’s Changing of the Guard. Here I’d inject that outgoing Dover Rotary President Kathy Fink’s musical direction helped the group sing in harmony for the first time. Yay!
Next Midge introduced the new Board of Directors. In brief, Ian O’Neail is our president-elect and Peter Muccia is Vice President. We are blessed with a strong compliment of good leaders. You can find the entire roster on the club’s web page.
Caitlyn Hassett was MC for today’s program, the Annual Vocational Awards, celebrating one of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service. For the record, those avenues are Club Service, Community Service, Youth Service, International Service and Vocational Service.
The nominating committee of Lexi Leddy, Mark Lorusso, Norm Olsen, and Ted Alex sifted through a robust field of nominations. Ultimately, they selected honorees in each of the four vocational service categories: Public Service, Education, Health and Human Services and a General category.
These folks, who truly walk the walk and talk the talk, received a plaque and $500 dollars to donate to their favorite charity.
Don Chick presented the General Category Award to Elaine Menard, president of the Rochester Fellowship Kitchen. She’s been involved with this group for about 12 years. The RFK has teams of volunteers who serve as many as 100 meals four nights a week.
The organization often provides more than 20,000 meals a year. Elaine dedicates herself to the cause while being a full-time educator and mom to three children.
“I am honored to accept this award,” she said, “on behalf of all the volunteers who work so hard.”
Elaine’s cash award will go to, obviously, the RFK.
Gabe Weinrieb, Eric’s son and former PHS student, introduced the Education category winner, Heather Wheeler. Ms. Wheeler is an environmental science teacher at PHS. She was nominated by Eric and Ben Wheeler, who is no relation to Heather.
“She’s kind, friendly and a great listener,” Gabe said. “I never wanted to miss her class. Her passion for teaching inspires others.”
“That’s one of the kindest things anyone has ever said about me,” Heather said. “It’s the students working effort that makes everything bloom. I couldn’t feel more honored.”
Heather revived the PHS school garden and greenhouse prompting students of all ages to get involved with environmental science. Her holistic style of teaching engaged students, capturing their imaginations with a challenging curriculum.
Heather’s classroom is always filled with little chicks chirping and bees buzzing, as they help revive the PHS garden. Her check will be donated to Footprints.
Portsmouth Public Works Director Peter Rice (no relation to the Log Writer) presented the Public Service Award to Mike Sullivan.
The nominee of James Petersen and Karen Conard, Mike has been with public works since 1986. He began his career on the back of a sanitation truck and now drives one as well as most of the city’s equipment. City residents have acknowledged his hard work and friendliness.
Mike is also a huge fan of the city’s dogs and greets them with a milk bone. If for some reason a canine misses his stop, Mike leaves a bone on the cover of the can.
“Mike will do pretty much anything you ask him to do,” Peter Rice said. “He has a positive attitude towards everyone, and dogs love him. It’s nice to acknowledge someone who works as hard as he does.”
Mike’s check goes to Gather.
Finally, Caitlyn herself presented the Health and Human Services Award to Bill and Diana DaGiau of Annie’s Angels. They were nominated by the late Marie Brownell, who was passionate about this organization. Its mission is to help New Hampshire families struggling with life threatening disease, illness, or disability.
Since 2007, Annie’s Angels has been connecting neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend and business to business, raising more than $5.5 million dollars. They have filled some 8,848 requests as of this writing with folks already contributing more than 4,000 volunteer hours annually.
“It’s a good thing I did know I was going to talk,” said Bill DaGiau, brushing away tears. “Marie loved being a ‘light in the darkness.’ She’s helped us for 17 years. It’s an honor to keep Marie’s passion alive.”
The organization has never said no to a family who meets their mission and needs help. Not surprisingly, Bill and Diana are giving their check to Annie’s Angels.
And thus ended an excellent program. Norm Olsen will assume Caitlyn’s leadership spot next year.
No Log would be complete without naming our 50-50 raffle winner, who was Conrad. The incurable Buckeye fan donated his $20-dollar prize back to the club as happy dollars. And there being no match, the $250 bonus rolls over.
EXTRA POINT—Say, do you need to spice up your creative life? Consider joining our merry band of Log writers or the Blessings Corps. It’s as easy as sending me, Juan Arroz, an email at and we’ll do the rest!
Respectfully submitted, Juan Arroz
Photos by Don Chic
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