Your club's board made a number of key funding commitments at its meeting on April 2.   The club directors also voted agreement in principle and substance with pending bylaws revisions, and adopted a political program policy for 2014.   Details follow.


The board supported two recommendations of the William Cash Committee, funding $2,500 to the Granite Youth Film Festival program and $2,500 (plus the already-approved $500) toward Celebration Graduation at Portsmouth High School.

A one-time $2,500 capital grant was made toward the new Friends Forever building, which recently was purchased and is opening this month in Durham.

The directors increased scholarship funding this year to a total of $32,000, reflecting $10,000 in Joseph J. Shanley scholarships plus $22,000 in Rotary Club scholarships.   The application and interview process for the scholarship  program is underway during the month of April.

Finally, the board supported our President's Project for this year, which allocates $5,000 as an immediate grant along with "hands-on" service next fall to construct the facilities at the new Strawbery Banke Museum skating rink.   Rotary will continue its long tradition of service and support at SBM, and your board is delighted to be able to launch this effort.   We'll be working out the details in the coming months, and I should note that the spirit of both the Friends Forever and SBM Skating Rink grants is that they come from the current year budget but do not preclude the possibility of further funding in a future fiscal year.   Nancy, Tricia, Bill, James and I are committed to the success of this effort.  

Thank you for the hard work that makes all of this possible!

The draft bylaws are available in the member section of the website (log-in) under club documents.   The political policy approved by the board is posted on the website as well, and may be found at this link: