Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
Portsmouth
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Service Credit Union
3003 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States of America
Our Club meets in person and via zoom simultaneously. Meeting zoom information will be emailed on weekly basis. Through April we will be meeting at Service Credit Union, 3003 Lafayette Road Portsmouth NH 03801
NEW 2022 Ornament - Old Ferry Landing

 

 

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Photo by Don Chick from Don Chick Photography
 
28th Annual Golf Tournament
Portsmouth Rotary Club turns 100 years old in 2023! 
 
 
Our club has accomplished so much over the last 100 years, and we have so many things to be proud of.  Now, it's time to celebrate our successes as we look forward to the next 100 years.  Above is a SAVE THE DATE for the party and a link to RSVP.  Our committee is sure it will be a night to remember.  We look forward to celebrating with you.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Jan 18, 2023- John Rice and Al Lantinen
Feb 15, - Judy Ringer and April Torrreiro
Mar 15, 
April 19, - April Torreiro
May 17, Janice Cassidy and Cathy Nickerson
June 20,
July 19,
Aug 15
Sept 20
Oct 18,
 
Please help me fill two spots/month!  Thank you.
 
 
Rotary Log for January 19,2023
 
Joanie opened the meeting with our Pledge of Allegiance. Greeter Frank Firicano led the 4-Way Test, performing admirably. But the rest of us initially voiced a ragged response. In our new digs the 4-Way Test banner is positioned low on the speaker podium. Perhaps some members missed having the “cheat sheet” provided by its prior elevated prominence? Anyway, Joanie re-started us and we finished fine.
 
 Sara Treacy delivered a thoughtful invocation, evoking the memory of MLK.  Al Lantinen roused us with “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”
 
GUEST SPEAKER
 
To accommodate our speaker, Joanie reversed the usual order of events. Priscilla MacInnis introduced Greg Squire, a Special Agent in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Working out of the Boston office, he has investigated crimes against children since 2007.
 
 
Greg explained that DHS was formed after 9/11 out of the merger of Immigration Services and Customs Services. His job title, “Special Agent,” is similar to that employed by the DEA and FBI.
 
Greg and the other Special Agents investigating crimes against children view themselves as serving a defenseless group of individuals.  In recent years the cases have become increasingly complex, prompting agents to be more “pro-active” in hunting down these criminals. With the widespread use of the internet, cyber-crimes have become more significant. Greg’s focus now is on uncovering criminal dark web activities.
 
 
Greg gave us a quick tutorial of the three levels of the internet. The first two levels are familiar to us. They include the domain names that we all use. The third level is the “Dark Web,” so-called because its use of multiple random network nodes renders each user totally anonymous.
 
The network device that accomplishes this is “The Onion Router, ”or its acronym “TOR.” The name refers to its ability to wrap each message in an encrypted and anonymized covering. Greg underscored that the Dark Web is often legally used by perfectly legitimate entities. However, its network characteristics are highly desired by nefarious actors.
 
 
Somewhat surprisingly, what Greg investigates usually does not involve the exchange of money. Rather, the “currency” is simply the exploitation of children. Another arresting fact is that most of these exploiters are males under the age of 30 years, not the “dirty old men” stereotype.
 
 
Accompanying Greg was Larry, his K-9 dog. Larry has developed an acute sense of detecting various electronic storage devices, such as hard disk drives. This skill is particularly useful when searching for such devices on a suspect’s property. A service companion as well, Larry has completed 250 hours of intensive training towards being certified. He needs just 50 more hours to complete training.
 
A large and concerning problem is the corrosive psychological toll on the Special Agents engaged in this work. This toll has resulted in high turnover of personnel.
 
 
A lengthy Q+A session followed. Many Rotarians expressed their appreciation for Greg and his peers’ important work.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Joanie announced that 54 Rotarians were attending the meeting. Good news! The bad news: only 32 had actually signed up. As a result, we ran out of food. To prevent this inconvenience from reoccurring, going forward the club will be using Sign-Up Genius to register our intended attendance. Encouraging all to attend but please be considerate and use it!
 
Cleo corrected info regarding our club’s 100th Anniversary Gala. The ticket price is $75 per person. Because the venue has a 150-person capacity, Cleo suggests early sign-ups to guarantee your spot.
 
NEW MEMBER INDUCTIONS
 
 
Barb Miller introduced Tim Sanborn. Besides attending more Rotary meetings during the last six months than many members (!), Tim is a successful businessperson and a highly active Seacoast volunteer. He served ten years on the Rye Beach Commission. “Skeeter” is currently head of Rye’s Mosquito Control Commission. Welcome aboard, Tim!
 
 
James Peterson introduced Russ Grazier, co-founder and head of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. This is the second Rotary induction for Russ, or as James ironically queried, “Russ, how many times have you joined?” During his earlier membership, Russ had to resign for a couple years due to increasing PMAC commitments. A hearty welcome back, Russ!
 
RAFFLE
 
 
Ben Wheeler was the “Man of the Hour” following his eloquent presentation of a $100, 000 check to the Portsmouth City Council. The gift recognized Portsmouth’s 400th and our club’s 100th anniversaries--both happening in 2023.
 
 So, it was only fitting that Ben won the 50/50 raffle. But eloquence was not sufficient to allow Ben to grasp that brass ring of the $625 match. Rumor has it that next week’s match will be for $2.4 million, give or take…….
 
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Greulich
Photos by Sara Treacy and Don Chick