Top of the Week May 9, 2018
Top of the Week!
Rotary Supports Families First Dental Programs
Basic Needs Committee Chair, Ramona Dow and Francoise Meissner recently delivered a check to Families First for $3000 to support three essential dental programs.  Healthy Grins along with their Early Childhood Dental Clinic programs help ensure youngsters keep a bright smile and their Mobile Dental Clinic program delivers dental services to homeless and very low income individuals. Pictured above with our Rotarians are Helen Long,  grant writer (left) and Cynthia Bishop, Registered Dental Hygienist(right).
Seeking Applications for our Club's Second Annual Partnership

The Basic Needs Committee is actively seeking candidates for our Club's Second Annual Partnership, which will begin in September.  Non profits meeting basic needs (food, health, shelter, or clothing) are eligible for consideration.  Applications will be going out in late May/early June, with the deadline for submission being July 13.  Please contact Cathy Nickerson, Lindsey Hery, Diane Lavigne, or Bob Lewis for applications or additional information.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Applications and Service Project

At the surface, RYLA is a four-day, three-night leadership program for students entering their junior year of high school. It is a change for students to grow as leaders and people on an individual level while in a group setting. The deadline for studnets to apply is May 15th. Students can apply online at

We also invite you to come volunteer to Clean up Camps Hinds on Saturday June 9th at Camp Hinds in Raymond Maine 9:00AM. We use this day to prepare for running RYLA the end of June. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work alongside RYLA Staff and Alumni to build bonds in service. Please contact Phil Giordano at for a list of projects and to let him know you will be attending. 

RYLA CAMP also needs vounteer for registration and kick off on Sunday June 24th at Camp Hinds Raymond ME between 7:45 am—12:30 pm Rotarians are invited to Stay for the RYLA Kickoff and Lunch at 11:00 am at the Dining Hall. 

Lastly, Rotarians are also invited to attend the "Final Camp Fire & Camper Skits & Candle Light Ceremony, Tuesday June 26th between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the cost is $10.00.

Vocational Service Awards
Fellow Rotarians, the time is upon us to once again look out into our community and give recognition. Vocational Service is the second of Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service. Each year the Portsmouth Rotary honors 4 individuals representing 4 categories within Vocational Service:
1.  Public Service
2. Health and Human Services
3. Education
4. General Category
Please take the time over the next couple of weeks to think of the people you encounter in your daily routine that may not always get the recognition they deserve. This  is your opportunity to nominate this unsung hero and have them recognized in June with a plaque as well as a donation to the charity of their choice. As well as asking for your nominations, I invite you to sit on the committee with myself and Caitlin Burke to screen the nominations and select the most deserving in each category. Please send all nominations to Lexi Leddy by May 25th! Vocational Award nomination forms can be accessed at the link below.
Clothing Collection This Thursday
It's time to free up closet space at your house!
Please join Nancy Clayburgh and James Petersen in bringing in your clothes to Rotary this Thursday. The clothes will benefit the Echo Thrift Shop located in the Community Church of Durham
Friends in Action is the mother organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities. One such opportunity is working at the Echo Thrift Shop.
Heidi Chase who is the Executive Director of Friends in Action will be there with her big enclosed trailer and says the best items are: jackets, pants, suits, shirts, dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and even jewelry. (Pretty much anything except road race t-shirts and underwear.) Clothes from all seasons are welcome. So it is fine to unload the winter apparel too.
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 May 3, 2018
Rotary Log for May 3, 2018
Al Lantinen guided us in song and Ramona Dow led the Four-Way Test. There was a moment of silence for the late Mickey Allen, who passed suddenly on April 29th. Mickey would have been celebrating 28 years of service to rotary at Thursday’s meeting. John Rice then gave an invocation
Guest were introduced and among them was visiting Rotarian Roger Fuitz brought by Wayne Semprini. Dennis Dillon visited us from the Seacoast Rotary club. Alex Kellogg, Val Dyer, and Will Nee were also guests.
Several people were celebrating rotary anniversaries for a combined total of 136 years of service. Wayne Semprini, Madeline Warren and Kim Crisp each had one year. Robert Lewis and Jamie Thompson have put in six years. Di Lavigne owns nine years of service, while Moe Sullivan, Marie Brownell and Everett Eaton each claim 10 years. Rounding out the group are Bob Smith, 11 years, Patricia Cummings, 12 years, Nicholas Aeschliman, 29 years and Walter Liff, 30 years.
Lexi Leddy says Vocational Awards nominations are due May 25th. Peter Grace seeks sponsors for the golf tournament being held at Pease on June 22. By the way,  business card-sized adds run $150-- which you can give to Matt Randall. Yvonne Harvey is collecting prizes for the gold tournament goodie bags.
James Petersen and Nancy Clayburgh reminded us to bring our gently used clothes to this week’s meeting. The annual clothing drive benefits the Echo Thrift shop in Durham which outfits college students in need.
Bill Hurley reminded us where we can find Crutches for Africa drop-off sites. In the spirit of baseball, Joanie Dickenson thanked Donna Harvey for collecting can tabs at the Sox game.
Fines, etc.
Greeted by a chorus of “boos,” Neil Ouellett served out fines. If you have ever coached your kid’s baseball team, that’s a fine! If you have ever screamed at an umpire, that’s a fine! If you saw Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski play—fine! Attended a Spring Training game, etc., etc.
The 50/50 raffle was drawn for $55 with a $175 bonus. Rick Wallis had the lucky ticket but it was not a match.
The program.
Finally, it was time to play ball! Leo Gagnon introduced our speaker Erik Lesniak from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Erik is Fisher Cats executive director of sales. He graciously donated as a golf raffle prize, a game suite with 20 tickets and two parking passes. In addition, he offered a VIP package tour with four tickets and the chance to throw the first-pitch.
Erik sold the first Fisher Cat ticket back in 2003. His goal is to make coming to games an affordable family experience.
In support of that initiative, the Fisher Cats donate a lot of time and money to local philanthropies. The Cats have given more than $232,000 to CASA charities. In addition, the team presents 12 scholarships to high-school students every year. Some $332,000 has been donated to the scholarship program since 2007.
A unique idea that helps strengthen families by encouraging kids to read is the “Book mark” program. Each child that reads five books or more receives a book-mark with two tickets to a game. Also, the Cats’ “book-mark” program is a way of saying thanks to parents for educating their kids.
Giving back doesn’t end there. July 21st, will be Star Wars night at the stadium. The players are getting specially made uniforms with Han Solo on the front. At the conclusion, those uniforms will be auctioned to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Fisher Cats have graduated 101 players to the major-league teams. Currently, their top players are Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio.
If Erik’s talk makes you want to see a Fisher Cats game, now is your chance! Join Rotarians for the Fisher Cats game on June 24th @ 1:35PM.
Respectfully submitted, Maddie Warren
Photos by Chad  Chadwick
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May 10, 2018
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (yes Portsmouth!)
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“Gertrude Fiske American Master” now on display
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Scholarship Awards Luncheon
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State of the City (Portsmouth of Course)
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