Rotary Log for May 6, 2021
President Jon opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  For our song, we were treated to a number from the new Broadway musical Hadestown performed by PMAC’s Kylie Hampshire. Kylie is this year’s recipient of the Jeremy Alex music scholarship. 
Introducing Kylie, Russ Grazier, PMAC CEO, noted he was the last live speaker at Rotary back in March 2020. A fitting bookend before in-person meetings resume next week.  
John Rice’s invocation provided words of encouragement of our Rotary “service before self” promise.
As previously mentioned, we go “LIVE” next week. But--take heart-- there will also be a Zoom version as well, thanks to the work and diligence of several dedicated Rotarians. So, join us--live or Zooming.
Our Board has continued the work of giving back to the community through several grants.  The Child Advocacy Center gets $1000 dollars that will provide refreshments for their clients. Friends in Action receives $2500 dollars.  An $8,000 dollar award will help the Piscataqua Maritime Commission give short and week-long training and leadership development for young adults. 
A new project is the Community Garden. It provides garden space for residents who have none.  This initiative will likely create a hands-on project for Rotarians to help with set up.  Funding sign-off for $5300 dollars is pending State approval of 501c3 status.
It should be noted that Lindsey’s son, John, attended his first Rotary meeting.  However, he seemed to begin crying when seeing how our president spells his name.
On an international note, Bob Herold has started a fund to assist a sister Rotary club in India. The monies will help underwrite the cost of medical equipment in a dialysis unit there.
Vocational Service Award nominees are still being accepted.
Happy dollars turned into a celebration of Nurse’s Day as members honored the RNs in their life.  Well done!
Our featured speaker was a last-minute scratch due to a family emergency.  Next week, however, we can look forward to a presentation by Gov. Sununu to start our in-person meetings off in style!
Respectfully submitted, Albert Lantinen
Photo captures by Don Chick