Rotary Log for July 28, 2022
 
Rotarians gathered at PCC on a beautiful summer day. Sun shining brightly, flowers blooming brilliantly, golfers having a grand time. Nice to see smiles again, instead of masks.
 
 
President Joanie called the meeting to order, then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Greeter Steve Polhemus directed the 4-Way Test. Al Lantinen conducted us in singing America. John Rice offered the invocation, thankful for Rotary fellowship, and camaraderie. Plus, the inspiration in the game of life that Coach Santos provides. May the little guy with a big heart always prevail.
 
Guests included: Portsmouth Police Chief Mark Newport and Great Bay College President Dr. Cheryl Lesser, guests of Rotarian Karen Conard. UNH Associate Athletic Marketing Director and Play-By-Play announcer Mike Murphy was Stella Scamman’s guest.
 
General announcements covered: Crutches 4 Africa, on Saturday, August 20th, will need extra bodies to help load mobility devices headed for Nigeria. The Old Orchard building does not have a forklift. If you can lend a hand, text District Chair Dennis Robillard at 207-468-0443.
 
 
Operation Warm—has a mission to provide "warmth confidence" through basic needs. Super Rotarian’s Sara Treacy and Betsy Scott are leading our club’s participation. We are collecting new winter coats and athletic shoes. More details to follow.
 
Joanie happily brought back the tradition of sharing club member birthdays and anniversaries. Can you believe Tube Loch has been a Rotarian for 37 years? I didn’t think he was that old.
 
Joanie announced a new Portsmouth Rotary tradition. When the green light is flashing, it will be time for MAD Money. A time for Rotarians to humbly share their most embarrassing, annoying, or dumbest escapades. Or those of their Rotary friends. 
 
 
Dr. Susan Krolewski, sponsored by Dr. Larry Gray, was officially inducted as a new Rotarian. A Portsmouth primary care physician, she is a New Castle resident and mother of three. Welcome Susan!
 
UNH Alumnus Stella Scamman introduced our guest speaker, new UNH Head Football Coach Rick Santos. Santos succeeded legendary UNH Coach Sean McDonnell who retired after 23 years.
 
 
Santos was a record setting Wildcat quarterback from 2004-2007. He still holds UNH marks in all-time pass attempts, completions and passing yards.
 
 
An impressive, enthusiastic speaker, he made it clear UNH is not a football factory. The coach believes that participation in football is a chance to learn life skills. He uses the game to prepare UNH students for the future by staying grounded, focused, and working hard. Still, Coach Santos cultivates a fun environment with a foundation of trust.
 
 
Rick Santos embodies all that is UNH Football. His inspirational presentation testifies to the fact that UNH Football is in excellent hands! His is a real success story. Good son, great husband, and father. A star quarterback earning the UNH head coach position. A great mentor and friend to students!
 
 
For the second week in a row, Priscilla MacInnis claimed the week’s 50/50 drawing—this time totaling $20. With no match, the $100 bonus will roll over. Can she pull off a three-pete? Stay tuned.
 
Joanie ended the meeting. We only wish more Rotarians had been in attendance…Zoom is always available. Looking forward to vacationers and lucky travelers returning. We miss you!
 
GO Wildcats!!!!!
 
Respectfully submitted, Nancy E. Notis
Photos by Dennis Moulton
 
 
 
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