Portsmouth Rotary Special Meeting Notes
Meetings have returned to the regular 12:15 PM meeting time. 
In person meetings at the Portsmouth Country Club are scheduled to resume this Thursday, June 25, on a limited basis.   Please click on the link below to view the new guidelines. 
For those who do not wish to attend the meetings at the PCC, the meetings will also continue to be held by ZOOM.  The ZOOM room will be open at 12:00 am for socializing.  
Virtual Meetings by Choice
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship (plus you get a peek inside other Rotarian's houses!)
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Please join Rotary's Weekly Fellowship Meeting by ZOOM on your Computer with or without video OR join by mobile or home phone.  
1. Join on Mute and stay on Mute until you need to ask a question.
2.  Stay on MUTE for the National Anthem - except for the person called on to sing (no pressure).
3. Leave all stupid jokes to Leo and Jon - they've proven their adeptness to this task.
4.  Register a VENMO account. The Rotary Fine Master WILL be making an appearance.  No VENMO, No Problem, fines will be doubled for non-VENMO offenders.
5.  Keep the CHAT civilized.  Anything you say is recorded and stored for history... if you wouldn't publish it in a Newspaper, don't publish it in the Chat window.
6.  ENJOY and have FUN.  Rotary is all about Fellowship.  We're rapidly isolating to a point that some among us will need our fellowship for a strong boost of morale.
7. People have embarrassed themselves mightily on Zoom conferences since self-isolation started.  Google search "ZOOM Video mistakes" to learn from the mistakes of others. 
Check your email for the meeting links.
Top of the Week June 24, 2020
Top of the Week!
Doing Good in the World
Thank you for taking action and making it possible for The Rotary Foundation to do good around the world. Because of your generous service and support, we are able to make a positive impact in communities that need our help most.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make a difference. Your contributions help us fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and respond to disasters.

Help us continue Doing Good in the World for years to come by making an even bigger impact with another gift today. Thank you for your continued support of our Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation
Here are Links for Some Upcoming Rotary Events Mentioned by President Leo
Rotary Convention 
Peace Webinar Series
Take Out Polio
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.
New Scholarship Fund Honoring Dr. Clayburgh
Nancy Clayburgh whose husband Jim passed away on Friday, May 1st  would like to establish a Rotary scholarship fund in his name.
Dr. James B Clayburgh Scholarship Fund. Anyone wishing to support this fund may do so by mailing contribution to Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03802-0905.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
The York Rotary Four on the  4th Road Race this year is going virtual!  Super easy to walk or run a 4 mile course anywhere any time during that week! We are challenging other clubs to jump on our bandwagon and register to participate! As expected, majority of funds raised will go towards Covid-19, mostly local.
Use the link below to sign up.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Sara Treacy and Lexi Leddy at the food truck on a recent Tuesday night. They helped serve about 30 diners. 
Rotary participation is being limited to two people per service.  
If you would like to participate please contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Especially in these challenging times, it is time to up our communications game.
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
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Rotary Log for June 18, 2020
Rotary Log for June 18, 2020
President Leo opened the meeting and welcomed all those joining via Zoom.  Judy Ringer led the singing of “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” followed by Larry Murphy’s thoughtful invocation.
Leo thanked those who had already paid their dues and reminded others to pay as soon as possible. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 905, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Jon Flagg shared a very interesting Rotary historical moment.  He read out a resolution passed by Rotary International in October 1927.  The sentiments seem very appropriate to our times.
Edward Blaisdell, First President of Portsmouth Rotary Club
"Whereas: Politics is the science of government, and a politician, one versed in the science of government, and
Whereas: Our government is a democracy in which every citizen male or female, is a politician to some degree, and
Whereas: Every citizen, male or female, should be a politician in the true sense of the word –
Be it resolved: That it is the duty of every citizen male or female, to inform himself or herself concerning our government and its needs to the best of his or her ability –
And be it Further Resolved: That it is the duty of every citizen, male or female, to exercise the right of suffrage by going to the polls, and voting according to their information and the dictates of their conscience –
And be it Further Resolved: That the perpetuation of our government depends upon the political character of our people and the exercising of the constitutional right of voting."
Jon then discussed the results of the polling email he had sent out regarding the resumption of live meetings.  Some 107 replies were received with the following results.  Thirty-six members were comfortable with resuming live meetings on June 25th.  Fourteen members preferred July 16th and 11 voted for August 13th.  Forty-six voted to start after Labor Day.  Since some members voted twice and some perhaps not at all, Jon will send out a second poll email.
Jon has discussed the possibility of resuming Rotary socials with Caitlyn Hassett. Caitlyn has first-hand knowledge of the current COVID guidelines for restaurants.  With social distancing rules still in place, she did not think Rotary gatherings would work.  Jon threw out the idea of an open-air social at a member’s home while still following COVID guidelines.  He will send out an email and would appreciate feedback.
Our favorite fine master, Neal Ouellett, was up next.  His theme revolved around events on this date in history.  On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic as the first female passenger.  For that, he fined every woman who had flown in 2020 two dollars. 
Following this theme, fines were levied on those who had owned a VW Beetle. Work on the prototype began on this day in 1936.  Paul McCartney was born on this day in 1942.  Neal fined everyone born before (and after) that date one dollar.
He ended in1910 when the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Wa. He fined all fathers two dollars and all those who had had a father one dollar.  Jon jumped in to mentioned Edwin Blaisdell. He became Portsmouth Rotary’s first president on this date.  Jon suggested a two-dollar fine for anyone who has Blaisdell in their family name.  That includes himself as his mother’s maiden name is Blaisdell!
James Petersen introduced our fellow Rotarian, Dave Underhill. Dave is District 7780’s Global Grants Coordinator for the Rotary Foundation.  Dave gave a very informative and enlightening presentation beginning with a reminder of Rotary’s Vision Statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in our world.”
The Foundation is the engine that drives action taken by Rotarians around the world.  It’s the magic of Rotary, giving donors a say in how their donations are re-invested.  The Foundation focuses on six area. Those areas are Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education and Growing Local Economies.
Dave reminded us that Rotarians have invested more than $1.2 billion to eradicate polio.   Rotary has pledged to give $50 million a year to PolioPlus until 2021.  This amount will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Rotary helped put into a place an infrastructure for the elimination of polio. This is now proving helpful in many countries fighting the COVID pandemic.
The Rotary Foundation funds the five Rotary Peace Centers which give out 130 Fellowships a year.  So far 1,300 Peace Fellows have been trained.
Dave’s financial slides showed how contributions from members are handled. In the last fiscal year, the Rotary Foundation raised over $360 million. Roughly 91% of funds raised are redistributed, proof that the Foundation has very low overhead costs. 
Approximately, $26 million was allocated to Districts.  The District’s Annual Fund receipts are split 50/50 between the District Designated Funds and the World Fund.  Half the District Designated Funds go towards District Grants and Cultural Exchanges. The other half go to Global Grants, Peace Centers and Polio Plus. 
Global Grants begin with Club funding. As an example, if a Club (or group of Clubs) designates $10,000 for a project, the District will match that amount.  The Rotary Foundation World Fund then matches the District’s contribution. So, the total amount available to the Club would be $30,000, a 2:1 match.
Dave next explained the District 7780’s interim results for fiscal year 2019-2020.  Total District giving as of this report was $398,635.  Our Club has $20,000 Annual Fund goal.  We exceeded that by almost $5,000.  The Club’s Annual Fund giving-per- capita is higher than the District’s and considerably higher than the average club.  Dave explained that our club matches a $500 donation, helping a donor reach $1,000 and thus become a Paul Harris Society member.
The Club’s Polio Plus goal has not quite been attained.  This year’s goal is $5,000 and we are at $3,844 as of June 17th.  Dave encouraged members to donate whatever they could to reach our goal.  Explaining the many ways members can donate to the Foundation, Dave suggested that we make it our charity of choice.
Rotary has an outstanding performance as a charity, mainly because we are the engine that drives and supervises it.  For those wondering how they can help during this pandemic, Dave suggested a donation to one of the Funds. One can target specific grants and areas of focus.  Dave ended his presentation with examples of how gifts of any size make a big impact.
Barb Miller asked if the Foundation supports Rotaplast.  Rotaplast is an organization affiliated with Rotary but not funded or governed by it.
Leo commented on his recent cultural exchange visit to Colombia. He is looking into future projects that could be funded by Rotary.  The 2:1 match significantly increases the amount available for such endeavors.  Dave stressed the importance of these cultural exchanges which open doors, find Rotary partners and identify projects.
In answer to a question from Judy Ringer, Dave confirmed that Rotary can identify a donor from the member’s email address.  The District and club therefore get credit for each donation.  Janice Cassidy asked where she could find her Rotary ID number.  It can be found in ClubRunner under Member Profile.
Jon Flagg asked if the slide presentation could be put on the website.  Dave will send it to Dennis Moulton to be uploaded.
Leo announced that we raised $455 for PolioPlus in Venmo donations during last week’s meeting. Thanks to all who donated!
Frank Firicano requested clarification on the Bequest Society. Dave explained that this is when a member pledges to donate $10,000 or more to Rotary in their will.  A Benefactor pledges $1,000 or more.
John Sullivan led the members in the 4-Way Test with help from Jon Flagg who hung the Rotary banner around his neck for all to see.
Respectfully submitted, Francoise Meissner
Photos by Don Chick
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