Top of the Week September 25, 2019
Top of the Week!
September 25, 2019
Rotary Volunteers at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Our very own rotarians helped to volunteer at the Salvation Army last week. Thank you Sara Treacy, Cindi Shanley, Jen Craig, Donna Lewallen, and Linda Browning!
Hurricane Dorian:  A Special Message from PDG Dave Underhill
Rotary is not a first-responder: the Red Cross and many other agencies provide that critical need.  But when a storm the magnitude of this one takes place; we all ask how we can help. 
Past-RI President Barry Rassin lives in the Bahamas.  He's safe, but the islands to the north of him are devastated.  Rotary has established a donor-advised fund to help the rebuilding and recovery efforts, both in the Bahamas and (if it becomes necessary) in the southern U.S.  We can be confident the dollars are monitored and approved by Rotarians on the ground, and will not be wasted.
Thank you for the many ways you serve through Rotary.  We are all connected and support each other.
Click on the link below for more information

Dave Underhill, Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
District 7780 Finance Committee Chair & Past District 7780 Governor (2017-2018)
Rotary Rocks! District Conference message from DG Andy Glazier
Hello Rotarians and future Rotarians!
Our Events Team is working at warp speed on creating a fabulous October 5th RotaryRocks! event for us:
A District Conference Like No Other! One Magnificent Day! 

Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Univ of Southern Maine, Portland.
Continuing with two of our themes this Rotary year of "Be Creative" and "Think Outside The Box", we are working at warp speed to finalize details for our "District Conference like no other!" Our event Team is confident that we are creating an experience that will excite, entertain, and motivate all, Rotarians and potential Rotarians alike!
To maximize participation (the theatre at the University of Southern Maine seats 550), we have set the event registration fee at a mere $20 for the day. This includes event participation, parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
What's unique about this high energy event? It's the ideal event for all new (and veteran) Rotarians and potential Rotarians to experience what's happening in our Rotary today. We have asked each club to please have a display table featuring the good work that your club does, be it fund raisers, service projects, or grant work. There will be another 20 display tables featuring Rotary related projects. Connect with Rotarians from other clubs - explain to them what works for you - learn from others what works for them - experience what's going on in Rotary outside of your club.
Additionally our New Voices Club Rotarians (the high energy leaders of our future) will be explaining their novel and unique (Thinking Outside The Box) approach to Rotary.
And, our Zone 24 & 32 Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette, will be our keynote speaker! Jeffry is an exciting, high energy, GrowRotary! motivational speaker with new ideas; you will love him!
=> Please register to attend today!
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and in-laws - bring all your potential Rotarians. At this price you can afford to bring 20, 30, or more!
Basic Needs Committee Gives and Gives
The Basic Needs Committee recently presented checks to My Breast Cancer Support and Zebra Crossings.  Your Rotary donations at work!
And If You Want to Help Celebrate With Zebra Crossings...
Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Our dear friend and Portsmouth Rotarian Peg Millar is looking for some Rotarian fellowship during the week.  Since Peg is unable to drive it leaves her feeling a bit lonely and isolated.   A half hour visit can go a long way in putting a smile on Peg’s face.  We have had a small circle of our Rotarian’s visiting Peg and helping with errands but with everyone’s busy schedule it would nice to get a few more folks over to spread a little cheer Peg’s way.  Please reach out to Peg for a visit at 603-501-0910.
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
Volunteer for Cross Roads
For a great fellowship experience, please consider volunteering 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.
Or Volunteer At the Salvation Army
Another great fellowship opportunity.  Upcoming dates for dinner service at the Salvation Army are September 17, October 29 and November 25.  Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.  If you are interested, contact Sara Treacy.
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:
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 September 19, 2019
Rotary Log for September 19, 2019
Dear Fellow Rotarians--Thank you President Leo for opening the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Kaitlyn Burke for the nice invocation. Yours truly had the pleasure of leading us in song for the first time. God Bless America(Head Choir Director of The Rotations Señor John Rice later commented that I even started in the right key. Yes!) --Yvonne
Craig Taylor brought his friend Dan Mearls and Donna Lewallen introduced Joann Neumann.  New member Nicole Scarneo, who is amazing at bringing a guest almost every week, showed up with Heath Wilson. Susan Gold and Ian Oneil hosted Don Chicks.  Don is a local photographer who filled out a membership application last week.  Ann Bliss was happy to have her childhood friend Judy Tully along with Judy’s husband Dan. Sue Wolf brought John and Lynn Ginny.  Patricia Dickinson was a visiting Rotarian from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Hysterical Historical Moment.
Jon Flagg finally read my email from a month ago asking him what he knew about John Odiorne. I stumbled upon his name when I was transcribing our Rotary Club’s history booklet. I noticed that he became a member in 1928 and wondered whether his family DONATED Odiorne State Park.  Jon came thru with a plethora of information.
The Odiorne family bought the land in 1663 and owned it for 282 years. It was a place for summer cottages and villas. However, in 1941 during World War II,  the land was TAKEN from them and their belongings put in a warehouse in Portsmouth. In its place was built a bunker and long-range gun that could shoot an enemy vessel from afar. 
In 1961 the property was sold for $91,000 dollars to the State of New Hampshire and designated as a State Park. The Odiorne family holds their annual reunion there and is happy to share the ownership of these 330 acres with the community. 
General Announcements.
Rotary Social is coming up on Wednesday the 25th from 5 to 7pm at The Gaslight deck…
World Polio Day is on October 24th.
Past President Cleo will head the Membership Committee. Susan Gold steps in as chair of the Communications Committee replacing Frank Firicano. Frank will, in turn, lead the 100th anniversary committee. 
Joanie Dickinson is looking for few more volunteers for the Interact Club. Thank you, Peter Weeks, for signing up on the spot. 
Ramona Dow would like to thank everyone for donating diapers, wipes and money to the Crossroads House.
Larry Murphy has organized an event called “A toast to our Troops” coming up November 10th from 1-5 p.m. There will be a silent auction, good food and other attractions. You could win two tickets to the Patriot’s Hall of Fame and a jersey signed by Gronk!
Lexi Leddy won the $65 raffle, donating it back to the club. She said she would have donated more had she won the match. 
Did you notice Nancy Notis?
President Leo tried to introduce Nancy Notis, but things got switched around. Nancy ended up taking the matter into her own hands, like you would expect an Ex- President to do. She then
 introduced us to our speaker Theresa Tozier, director of Lydia’s House of Hope. 
Lydia’s House of Hope.
Theresa spoke passionately about the organization. In 2016 after raising $450,000 dollars without Federal or State’s help, she was able to purchase a run-down, 35-room house in Rochester. Engaging the entire community in renovations that took six months, the refurbished home now offers transitional housing for seacoast women and children. 
There are more than 40 programs offered. Residents learn how to grow vegetables and prepare their own food. Those who wish to return to school can get scholarships thru St. John’s and St. Andrews, leveraging connections with Great Bay College and UNH. 
The name of the organization comes from Lydia Valdez, who died of cancer at the young age of 9.
In closing, Theresa led the Four Way Test. She liked it so much that she wanted to put a copy of it in Lydia’s House of Hope. Have a great week everyone!
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge. 
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Sep 25, 2019
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Sep 30, 2019
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Oct 08, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
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Oct 09, 2019
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Oct 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Oct 17, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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