2021 Thanksgiving Dinner
Ann Bliss and Betsy Scott hit it out of the park once again! What a super 50th anniversary community Thanksgiving dinner! Their dedicated volunteer team, led by Chef Neal, functioned flawlessly. We enjoyed an invaluable donation of food and space respectively from Portsmouth Hospital and St. Nicholas Greek Church.  Inside the Jarvis Center, we assembled festive dinner bags, packaging nearly 600 meals.
The work behind the scenes is a textbook example of precision management. The coordination with Portsmouth Hospital, the chef, transport of food to the Church, carvers, packers, baggers, press releases, advertising – it just boggles the mind.
And that does not even include the coordination with delivery people who move all those meals to people’s homes.
Volunteers added rolls, fruit, pie, and flowers to individual brown bags decorated by Greenland Central School students. Volunteer drivers, many of them family teams, delivered dinners from Portsmouth to places as far away as Newton, Nottingham and Cape Neddick, Maine. And they did it offering a friendly hello along with a traditional Thanksgiving meal to many who might otherwise would have gone without.
“The Portsmouth Rotary Club served nearly 600 people,” said President Justin.  “We need to be thankful for Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Also, St. Nicholas Church for always having an open door which allows us to put on this tremendous act of kindness. Let's remember that Thanksgiving isn't just a day, but an attitude to be embraced throughout the year. I'm grateful to be your President.”
WMUR had great coverage of our huge act of kindness on its Thursday evening edition. Google it! (or just click the link below) Thanks to Jennifer Crompton who has covered a lot of what our club does.
"I really love the Rotary motto, service above self," Ken Murphy told the Portsmouth Herald.
 "The community comes together to help other people,” said Betsy Scott, co-coordinator of the event. “How good is that!?”
Well-done Club! Fifty never looked so good!
Respectfully submitted, Jon Flagg
A Christmas Tree Sale Bonus
On Saturday, Dec. 11 around 4:15 pm, while Rotary Members are selling trees and ornaments, 35 – 40 women from Voices from the Heart will join the merriment to sing Christmas Carols for about 30 – 45 minutes.  Voices from the Heart is a 200 Voiced Women’s Chorus here in Portsmouth NH.  They sing songs of peace and have brought their music all around the world, from Croatia to South Africa, to Cuba, and to Ireland and now right here in our backyard!  Bring your family, tell your friends and family to buy a tree, buy an ornament and enjoy the beautiful classic tunes of the holiday season.  
Salvation Army Update
Good News!  The Salvation Army has moved into its new Portsmouth headquarters at 272 Rockland Street (off Miller Ave.) formerly the Church of Christ Scientist. Rotary will continue to pick up the food from Edgewood Centre at 2:00pm and take it to the new facility. 4 Rotarians are needed at 4:10 pm at 272 Rockland Street to box the meals. The meals are then loaded onto a van and the van goes to St Patrick’s church parking lot on Austin Street, to hand out.  Only 2 of the 4 Rotarians are needed to go to the Austin Street parking lot to hand out the meals. Sara will announce dates each month for volunteers to sign up.
Please contact Sara Treacy at saratreacy@comcast.net or call or text to: 603-661-8588.  
Call for Zoom Hosts
The Tech Group has worked hard at making our Zoom meetings better and better. They have contributed time and effort and it gets better every week.  Last week was a good example of how we can host remote speakers at our in person meetings and still make it an immersive experience.
We have had some members step up, but need YOU to help out with our Zoom presence as well!  A few more volunteers will spread the load and help to assure this runs smoothly throughout the coming year.  Thanks, Portsmouth Rotary, for supporting the many fellow Club members who attend our meetings virtually.   Inclusion of each of our 150 family members matters so much. 
Basic Needs Grants
The Portsmouth Rotary Club’s Basic Needs Committee is currently accepting grant requests from local nonprofits to help provide for people in need in our community. We have funds allocated to support your efforts and we are ready to disburse them to qualified organizations in the very near future. Nonprofit agencies who are in need of funding to provide basic needs (food, shelter, healthcare, clothing) and are located in and/or primarily serving those in the Greater Portsmouth Area are encouraged to apply. Grants generally range in size from $500 to $2,500.
Complete the Basic Needs funding request and submit with required documentation. The application can be found at: https://www.portsmouthrotary.org/sitepage/basic-needs-committee.
There is no deadline for the application and disbursements are done on a rolling basis, however applicants are encouraged to apply quickly, as funding is currently available. Requests will be reviewed by the Basic Needs Committee monthly, and may require a video or telephone conference to seek additional information if necessary. Please feel free reach out to me with any questions at j.parker@crossroadshouse.org.