Dear Fellow Rotarians,


Portsmouth Rotary has a proud tradition of showcasing speakers who expand our understanding of literature, public service, non-profits, history, and political viewpoints, authors, activists and philosophers. As we welcome guest speakers in the coming weeks, our presenters will include candidates for Governor and Congress. I feel a reminder about our weekly programing is important. We do not “embrace” any political philosophy. We welcome respectful debate and contrasting points of view.

Recently a local columnist, who had not heard a speech, chastised our club for allowing a speaker (who some may consider controversial) to present a program at our weekly meeting.  For those who might disagree with the choice of a particular speaker a quote from Evelyn Beatrice Hall, sums it up nicely: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” We are blessed to live in a nation where the freedom to express our views extends to Rotary speakers and local columnists alike.

Rotary has 1.2 million members world-wide, including hundreds of us here on the Seacoast.  Our members come from all walks of life. We work hard to improve our community, including the broader international community, through peace and understanding, constructive dialogue and community service projects.

Thank you to our Rotary Program Committee for selecting a variety of weekly speakers that broaden our horizons and engage our membership.


Nancy E. Notis

President, Portsmouth Rotary Club