Top of the Week October 31, 2018
Top of the Week!
October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween! 
Keep Up With What's Happening on the Club's Rotaplast Trip
Thanks to Michael Labrie the link below can be shared with anyone who might like to view photos of our team which will not be placed on the Rotaplast blog.   If you choose to post or publish these photos please give credit to Michael Labrie.
The official Rotaplast blog can be accessed at  Look for the Sylhet, Bangladesh headings.
The Season Is Upon Us...
As we approach the holidays, just a little reminder that volunteers are needed for our annual holiday events.
Thanksgiving signups have started, so if you can cook a turkey, bake a pie or help on the day of the event sign up at an upcoming meeting.
As always, holiday tree sales begin right after Thanksgiving.  Sign ups begin this week and, as always, every Rotarian is expected to work three shifts.  First come, first served, so make sure you show up and sign up. 
AmeriCorps Seeks Rotary Volunteers 
Mary Kelliher is the Volunteer Coordinator for AmeriCorps working out of Portsmouth Housing's Greenleaf Recreation Center with the Resident Services team which assists low-income residents, senior residents, and residents with disabilities in finding resources for different needs, such as budgeting, financial literacy, transportation, etc. Mary and AmeriCorps is seeking volunteers who would be willing to volunteer. One example of a volunteer opportunity is assisting an older female resident who lives alone in moving heavy furniture (strong people needed!) into and from a UHaul during her planned move from her Feaster apartment to Connor's Cottage. If there are any volunteers intersted in lending a hand please contact Mary at
Invitation from District Governor John LoBosco to join us at a Special District Assembly to discuss Foundation, Membership, and International Service Opportunities and Strategies!
WHO: All Rotarians are welcome! We are hoping, in particular, for a good turnout from club Foundation, Membership, and International Service chairs. WHEN: Saturday morning, November 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
WHERE: Husson University, 340 County Road, Westbrook, Maine.
REGISTRATION: We need you to register so we know how many to expect. The venue can seat up to 135 people, so we will have a waiting list after we reach that number. Please register ASAP at the link available on the District home page or here.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Julia Phelps, former Rotary International Director and current Foundation Trustee will share insights into current happenings in Evanston regarding the Foundation. Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Greg Roche, also will join us to connect with you and explain how he can be a valuable resource for us.
8:00 - 8:30 Social (coffee and muffins)
8:30 - 9:00 Julia Phelps, "A Week in the Life of a Foundation Trustee"
9:00 - 10:30 Joint Session
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Breakouts
The first half of the morning will be a joint session with presentations on the Foundation and Membership. After a break, we will have three concurrent breakouts: Foundation, Membership, and International Service. The International Service breakout will focus on opportunities for Rotarians to travel abroad to engage in hands-on service. On the Foundation side, we will be talking about District Grants, Global Grants, Polio Plus, the Peace Scholars Program, the Annual Fund, and Major Gifts. As for Membership, we’ll be discussing strategies to achieve our Governor’s challenge to increase membership throughout the district by at least 5% this year. We will have plenty of time for questions and dialogue among the participants.
This is a great opportunity to roll-up your sleeves and connect with your colleagues from around our district to learn and share. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information, contact the event chair, Lawrence Furbish (click the link below for contact info)
Sorry We Missed You
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
Check Your Profile
The Communications Committee is asking that everyone log onto ClubRunner and check your profile to make sure it is up to date.  Change is part of life and we hope to be able to reflect those changes in our website.  Happy surfing.
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Rotary Connections let’s our members know that their Rotary club is thinking of them.  Members facing a health issue, death in the family or a life celebration, we are here!  
If you know of any of our members who may need a Rotary Connections, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson or President Ben.
Let us Know What is Happening!
If you have an event or news that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians, please forward the information to Dennis Moulton for inclusion in the weekly eBulletin. My contact information is  And please send photos!
Rotary Log for October 25, 2018
Rotary Log for October 25, 2018
Today’s Greeter, Rich Greulich, warmed a crisp and windy Autumn day. Our intrepid president
Cleo brought the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. John Rice switched
his customary role to lead the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game, a tribute to our beloved
Red Sox.  The Sox had just won their first two 2018 World Series games in convincing fashion. The invocation was humbly offered by Paris.
After a tasty fall meal of roasted pork, vegetables and potatoes, Jon was first up with a
Rotary historical moment. He recalled a 1967 meeting on this date with the speaker being then-State Senator Eileen Foley. God rest her soul!
Cleo took a few moments to share a slide show and update from our Rotoplast emissaries to
Bangladesh. They have already assessed over 120 candidates for life-changing surgery and
completed 50 procedures. We all look forward to their final report at a future meeting. The team returns Saturday to a very proud Portsmouth Rotary Club!
Three important messages followed:
Tiffany announced that we will be preparing and serving dinners at Crossroads House every Wednesday evening.
Christmas tree rosters are ready now. Get your preferred spot by signing up soon.
The Thanksgiving luncheon is fast-approaching. Turkey and pie cookers, prep help, servers and cleaners are needed for the big day. Get your name on the list next week! The holiday falls on November 22nd this year…
The raffle for $57 was won by Marie Brownell. And there was a match, much to the
disappointment of the Liff table, bringing Marie an additional $375. Good things sometimes do
happen to good people.
The Program
Today we heard from Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly, who was ably
introduced by Caitlin Burke. A 10-year veteran of the New Hampshire Senate from Harrisville,
Ms. Kelly is the second of 11 siblings. A lesson learned from growing up in such a large family
is that nobody can be left behind. That belief is also the focus of her platform. To Senator Kelly, every New Hampshire citizen matters.
Ms. Kelly applied that message to three priorities of her campaign. Her top issue is the
importance of public education. She does not support school vouchers because, she feels, they would undermine public education by diverting public funds elsewhere. Additionally, she
believes that State support of higher education is weak, unnecessarily saddling graduates
with considerable student loan debt.
Jobs are a second area of importance. There is a shortage of workers in the state, yet younger
people are moving away in great numbers. Ms. Kelly calls for a partnership with business and
industry to make the state attractive to professionals and trades people. Family leave and a $15
minimum wage is on her platform.
She addressed a third concern of real urgency- health care. Ms. Kelly has long supported
The Affordable Care Act. She is a strong proponent of Medicaid expansion, which she views as critical to attacking the opiate crisis.
After answering a number of respectful questions Molly Kelly ended with her campaign pledge
to build a New Hampshire that works for every Granite Stater. The election is now less than two weeks away.
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
Photos by Sara Treacy
New Members Photos
To see photos of our new members click on the following link:
Nov 01, 2018
Founder of the Seacoast LGBT History Project
Nov 08, 2018
Veteran's Day !! US Navy Seals & More
Nov 15, 2018
We are going "Bully". Dress appropriately to show respect & stay tuned
Nov 22, 2018
Give Thanks, celebrate, watch sports, meet family & friends (politics?)
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Oct 31, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Nov 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
Nov 07, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Nov 08, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Nov 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Nov 15, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Photo Albums
10-25-2018: Molly Kelly Democratic candidate for Governor
C. 2018 Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905 Portsmouth NH 03801
eBulletin Editor: John Rice