(June 25, 2014):  Members of three Rotary Clubs from District 7780 ended their Rotary year with shared fellowship, fun- and fund-raising at Portsmouth’s Leary Field as the Seacoast Mavericks posted a 9-2 victory over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide in the FCBL independent baseball League.


The evening was a benefit event sponsored by Seacoast Rotary and the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.   Grill-meisters Than Meyer (outgoing president/Seacoast) and Dave Underhill (outgoing president/Portsmouth) flipped over seven dozen burgers and dogs, as incoming Assistant Governor Midge Nelson hosted the clubs at her home across the street from Leary Field.   A contingent of ten Rotarians from Saco Bay made the trek, and kept the rivalry fun and interesting, as the party migrated to the playing field.


All three clubs have strong baseball connections.  Orchard Beach’s general manager Taylor Fisher is a member of the Saco Bay club; Seacoast is a Mavericks’ sponsor, and Portsmouth this year created a partnership with the team under which young ballplayers assist the club with its largest single fundraiser, Christmas Tree sales in November/December.


The evening was a capstone event to Rotary engagement on the Seacoast, and generated many hundreds of dollars for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry’s Summer Food 4 Kids program.  Net Rotary proceeds, including contributions from the Seacoast Mavericks’ ticket sales and 50/50 raffle, will go to benefit the Food Pantry program this summer.


“We have wanted to do a joint Portsmouth Club event for some years,” noted Meyer and Underhill.  “We were delighted with the evening and hope the tradition will continue.   Incoming presidents Matt Junkin (Seacoast) and Tricia Cummings (Portsmouth) indicated their strong support of that goal.




Seacoast Mavericks’ director of Marketing Kim Cahill prepares the Portsmouth Rotary Little League team members to take the field for the National Anthem.   Rotary manager Kevin Watt threw out the first pitch for the game.



Incoming Assistant District Governor Midge Nelson of the Seacoast Rotary Club warms up her throwing arm.



Portsmouth Rotarians Tom Decker and Barbara Miller, with their spouses, enjoy the Rotary Night at the Seacoast Mavericks.