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Thanksgiving Day Volunteers Still Needed
There are still a few slots left for the Thanksgiving meal service.
People are still needed for packing the meal, delivering and, of course, cleaning up afterwards (channel your inner Felix Unger).
Click the link below to sign up.
Sign Up for Tree Sales
Don't forget to sign up for tree sales as well.
In addition to the usual tasks, this year there is also the opportunity to volunteer for deliveries (we're talking to you pick-up owners).
Click the link below to sign up.
Raise the Roof!
We are looking forward to the 2nd Annual "Rotarians Raise the Roof" build day for Habitat for Humanity. We only need a couple of volunteers to join Mark Lorusso, Kevin Shultz and our peerless president.
Here are the details:
November 21 (Saturday)
Limit of 6 volunteers to maintain social distancing.
Our build day starts at 9 am and we ask that volunteers arrive on time so that they do not miss the morning orientation and safety meeting.  We generally start cleaning up at around 3 pm, so volunteers can expect to leave by 3:30.

Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes (work boots are ideal) and dress in layers.  It can go from cold in the morning to warm in the afternoon.  Please wear clothes that you won’t mind messing up.  Volunteers should bring their own food and water.

Habitat will supply all materials, equipment and tools but if anyone would like to bring their own, they may. 
If you are interested, email Mark Lorusso at
(and if you miss this one, there will be other hands-on projects)
Virtual Fundraising
An article by PDG Marty Helman is now on the home page of the District web site, and seems worthy of sharing widely within our club.  We’ve been exploring different ways to manage virtual fundraising and there are some examples here.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Yes, even in these trying times, Rotary continues to serve...
Dinner, that is, at the Salvation Army's food truck.
Rotary participation is being limited to two people per service.  
If you would like to participate please contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
New Scholarship Fund Honoring Dr. Clayburgh
Nancy Clayburgh whose husband Jim passed away on Friday, May 1st  would like to establish a Rotary scholarship fund in his name.
Dr. James B Clayburgh Scholarship Fund. Anyone wishing to support this fund may do so by mailing contribution to Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03802-0905.
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.