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Last Call for Vocational Award Nominees!
Thank you to those who have submitted their nominations for this year's Vocational Awards. Consider this the last call to get your nominations in by May 24th as the nominating committee will be meeting prior to our club meeting at 11am to make the final decisions. The recipients will be awarded at the June 21st meeting. Please let me know if you would like to be part of the committee.
Friendly reminder and background on what exactly the Vocational Award is:
Vocational Service is the second of Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service.
Each year the Portsmouth Rotary honors 4 individuals representing 4 categories within Vocational Service:
1.  Public Service
2. Health and Human Services
3. Education
4. General Category
Please take the time to think of the people you encounter in your daily routine that may not always get the recognition they deserve.
This  is your opportunity to nominate this unsung hero and have them recognized on June 21st with a plaque as well as a donation to the charity of their choice.
As well as asking for your nominations, I invite you to sit on the committee with myself and Caitlin Burke to screen the nominations and select the most deserving in each category.
Book Donation to Richie McFarland Center
Attached is a photo of our presentation of books to Richie McFarland Children’s Center for our bulletin. We presented 92 books.
And a Hands On Project at the Richie McFarland Center
On the Saturday preceding Mother's Day, Rotarians along with some of their children gathered at the Richie McFarland Children's Center to help spruce up the grounds.  Loam was spread and mulch beds edged and re-mulched.  A crew also took on the task of re-shingling the roof of one of the sheds on the property.
The work was greatly appreciated by the center and especially the groundskeeper.
Seeking Applications for our Club's Second Annual Partnership

The Basic Needs Committee is actively seeking candidates for our Club's Second Annual Partnership, which will begin in September.  Non profits meeting basic needs (food, health, shelter, or clothing) are eligible for consideration. Click on the link below for the application. The deadline for submission being July 13.  Please contact Cathy Nickerson, Lindsey Hery, Diane Lavigne, or Bob Lewis for applications or additional information.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Applications and Service Project

At the surface, RYLA is a four-day, three-night leadership program for students entering their junior year of high school. It is a chance for students to grow as leaders and people on an individual level while in a group setting at Camp Hinds. We invite you to come volunteer to Clean up Camps Hinds on Saturday June 9th at Camp Hinds in Raymond Maine 9:00AM. We use this day to prepare for running RYLA the end of June. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work alongside RYLA Staff and Alumni to build bonds in service. Please contact Phil Giordano at for a list of projects and to let him know you will be attending. 

RYLA CAMP also needs vounteer for registration and kick off on Sunday June 24th at Camp Hinds Raymond ME between 7:45 am—12:30 pm Rotarians are invited to Stay for the RYLA Kickoff and Lunch at 11:00 am at the Dining Hall. 

Lastly, Rotarians are also invited to attend the "Final Camp Fire & Camper Skits & Candle Light Ceremony, Tuesday June 26th between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the cost is $10.00.

Sorry We Missed You
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
Check Your Profile
The Communications Committee is asking that everyone log onto ClubRunner and check your profile to make sure it is up to date.  Change is part of life and we hope to be able to reflect those changes in our website.  Happy surfing.
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 Ben.
Let us Know What is Happening!
If you have an event or news that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians, please forward the information to Dennis Moulton for inclusion in the weekly eBulletin. My contact information is  And please send photos!