Top of the Week March 4, 2020
Top of the Week!
March 4, 2020
Rotary Teams Up with Toastmasters
Anyone looking to hone their speaking skills should check out the link below to see how Rotary and Toastmasters is teaming up to foster the next generation of leaders.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
The word is out; Rotary dinner services at the Salvation Army is a great way to support the community and enjoy some fellowship outside of our regular meetings.
If you want get in on the fun, contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
Volunteer for Cross Roads Dinner Service
If you want to get in on another great fellowship experience, please consider volunteering for a meal service at Cross Roads House:
Slots are generally on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Cooks working 3-5 pm and Servers 5-7 pm.
If you would like to volunteer please text or call Tiffany at 603-380-5872. That way she will know when she has enough volunteers and can coordinate other dates that need to be filled.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Our dear Peg Millar has moved (at least temporarily) to be closer to her son, but would still like to keep in touch with all of her Rotary friends.  Peg would love to receive cards or other correspondence.  Her address is:  Peg Millar, Harbor Chase, 4150 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32967.
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
PHA Volunteer Coordination
Mary Kelliher, Volunteer Coordinator at the Portsmouth Housing Authority forwarded the following:
“I'm reaching out regarding a recurring volunteer opportunity that has sprung at two of our resident building. We now hold a coffee hour at our Margeson building on Mondays at 10am and at Feaster on Thursdays at 10am. These are opportunities for residents to get out of their apartments and spend time in a communal space to have a treat together. We'd love to have volunteers sign up for a particular day or recurring days to bring donuts, pastries, and/or fruit (coffee is provided) if anyone would like to do so! This is an easy opportunity to also chat with our resident population, as well. Each building also has a piano, waiting for anyone with a passion for it to play during coffee hour as well!!
Let Mary know if anyone might be interested.
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
Sorry We Missed You
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
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.
Rotary Log for February 27, 2020

Rotary Log for February 27, 2020

Cold and windy weather didn’t stop us from attending this afternoon’s meeting. President Leo started proceedings with a song, as Past President Dan Hoefle led us in “God Bless America.” John Rice said a very brief invocation.

When the meeting resumed, fellow Rotarians introduced guests. Hampton Rotarian Karen Kulberg was on hand to hear guest speaker Haley Burns.

We welcomed two new members. John Bohenko introduced new Portsmouth City Manager Karen Conard and Past President Bill Hurley did the honors for Chris Oberg. 

Karen is a past president of the Peabody, Mass., club.

Chris, along with his business partner and best friend, purchased Infinite Imaging.  Seeking to get more involved, Chris likes to do wood working in his spare time.

Joanie Dickinson was humbled by the money she has raised so far on Go Fund Me for her upcoming Rotaplast Trip to Nepal. Joanie now has $3600 dollars while also collecting many beanie babies to bring along. 

It’s time to clean out your closets! Reduce and recycle your clothes, belts, hats scarves, even jewelry! Friends in Action, like they did last year, will be collecting during the April 2nd meeting. 

It was Bill Simpson’s lucky day!  He pulled the right ticket not once but twice, winning       $48 dollars on the 50/50 and $175 dollars more on the match!  Way to Go, Bill! 

Our guest speaker, Haley Burns, is a UNH senior and social venture entrepreneur. Haley is the winner of New Hampshire Social Ventures Innovation Challenge.  The Social Ventures Foundation’s mission is to create sustainable markets that serve the world’s most impoverished nations. Haley and her team created V’ice.  It’s essentially a snow cone but made with healthy toppings. This product will not only create jobs for the poor, but will also provide lacking nutrients and vitamins at an affordable price.

Haley and her team tested her product in Haiti.  That impoverished nation is facing a huge hunger crisis. If immediate action is not taken, some 1.2 million people will only be able eat one meal every other day.

V’ice sells now from a “V’ike,”a bicycle equipped as food cart for street distribution. The product also can be purchased in schools and houses through what is called micro franchising. V’ice shaved ice cone is most popular among kids. It comes in many fruit flavors, but most importantly provides vitamins. The V’Bar contains protein and vitamins that supplement daily nutritional needs of Haitians as identified by the Haitian Health Ministry & US AID.  The candy is made fresh, using locally grown peanuts and cornflakes.

In one year the V’ice vitamin formula has been perfected and this success has led to an office opening in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and poorest city. The five-year goal is ambitious. It is hoped that this social venture model annually provides sustainable vitamin supplementation to more than five million children and adults. There is a more immediate need, however. Social Ventures Foundation, a 501c(3) organization, seeks  donations for a facility to provide product for the many kids and adults who need it.

To learn more, visit their website at

As part of President Leo’s routine, we ended the meeting with our Four Way Test.

Respectfully submitted, Past President Cleo Villaflores

Photos by Don Chick


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