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November 11, 2019
 
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all who served our country. 
 
A Spook-tacular Halloween at the Rotary Meeting!
 
 
AN “OPERATION WARM” MOMENT – 2019
 
Operation Warm is a non profit started by a Rotarian in the Philadelphia area about 15 years ago. He had observed children without coats waiting for the school bus in the middle of winter, and decided to buy a few with his own money to hand out.  He then did some research with the school system and learned that many kids, especially in the intercities, don’t even go to school in the winter because they don’t havea coat OR in some cases don’t have a respectablecoat so prefer to be cold, ornot go to school because they are embarrassed. 
 
This is Portsmouth Rotary’s 10thyear to participate in the Program and now that non-profit in PA has sold & distributed over 3 million coats---in the beginning to Rotary clubs and now other community organizations too. We started with $1,000 in 2009, granted through the Wm Cash Committee and now we are now under the Basic Needs Committee who has advocated regularly for more funding.  This year the Board approved $3,000. A little more than $2,400 has been spent on 120 coats and we will use the additional $600 or so to buy accessories like mittens and gloves, hats, warm socks and maybe some snow pants or boots for the kids.  
 
We added one more local organization to our recipients partnership this year and that is Seacoast Pathways---the others are Head StartSC Community SchoolFamilies First, Cross RoadsThe Chase HomeSC Family Promiseand Salvation Army. See photo album at the bottom of the ebulletin for more images. 
 
 
Portsmouth Holiday Parade
 
The Portsmouth Holiday parade is on December 7th. Join your Rotary friends and come bring your holiday cheer to the annual parade this year! 
 
 
Make Peg’s Day!
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
 
Our dear friend and Portsmouth Rotarian Peg Millar is looking for some Rotarian fellowship during the week.  Since Peg is unable to drive it leaves her feeling a bit lonely and isolated.   A half hour visit can go a long way in putting a smile on Peg’s face.  We have had a small circle of our Rotarian’s visiting Peg and helping with errands but with everyone’s busy schedule it would nice to get a few more folks over to spread a little cheer Peg’s way.  Please reach out to Peg for a visit at 603-501-0910.
 
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
 
Volunteer for Cross Roads
 
For a great fellowship experience, please consider volunteering at Cross Roads House:
 
Slots are generally on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Cooks working 3-5 pm and Servers 5-7 pm.
 
If you would like to volunteer please text or call Tiffany at 603-380-5872. That way she will know when she has enough volunteers and can coordinate other dates that need to be filled.
 
Or Volunteer At the Salvation Army
 
Another great fellowship opportunity.  Upcoming dates for dinner service at the Salvation Army is November 25.  Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.  If you are interested, contact Sara Treacy.
 
 
PHA Volunteer Coordination
 
Mary Kelliher, Volunteer Coordinator at the Portsmouth Housing Authority forwarded the following:
 
“I'm reaching out regarding a recurring volunteer opportunity that has sprung at two of our resident building. We now hold a coffee hour at our Margeson building on Mondays at 10am and at Feaster on Thursdays at 10am. These are opportunities for residents to get out of their apartments and spend time in a communal space to have a treat together. We'd love to have volunteers sign up for a particular day or recurring days to bring donuts, pastries, and/or fruit (coffee is provided) if anyone would like to do so! This is an easy opportunity to also chat with our resident population, as well. Each building also has a piano, waiting for anyone with a passion for it to play during coffee hour as well!!
 
Let Mary know if anyone might be interested.
 
 
 
AmeriCorps Seeks Rotary Volunteers 
 
Mary Kelliher is the Volunteer Coordinator for AmeriCorps working out of Portsmouth Housing's Greenleaf Recreation Center with the Resident Services team which assists low-income residents, senior residents, and residents with disabilities in finding resources for different needs, such as budgeting, financial literacy, transportation, etc. Mary and AmeriCorps is seeking volunteers who would be willing to volunteer. One example of a volunteer opportunity is assisting an older female resident who lives alone in moving heavy furniture (strong people needed!) into and from a UHaul during her planned move from her Feaster apartment to Connor's Cottage. If there are any volunteers intersted in lending a hand please contact Mary at maryk@nh-pha.com
 
 
Sorry We Missed You
 
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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