Top of the Week November 8, 2018
Top of the Week!
October 31, 2018
Thank you to the group who volunteered at the Salvation Army on October 29th! 
Left to right Paul Lucy, Al Lantinen, Sara Treacy, Caitlin Burke, Rick Wallis
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
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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 November 1, 2018
Rotary Log for November 1st, 2018
Our greeter today was Stanford Cross, always smiling. Al Lantinen led us in song: God Bless America. John Rice gave the invocation, asking for guidance in the upcoming November 6 election.
Leo Gagnon brought his wife Lori Waltz-Gagnon, new director of Leadership Seacoast. Ben Wheeler sat like a good son in between his mother Donna and father Craig. John Flagg hosted Jaimee Ruccollo.  Also in attendance Lawrence Furbish – District Foundation Chair, acknowledging unfortunate new polio outbreaks this year in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Lawrence presented a certificate of appreciation to past president Ben. The club raised more than $90,000 for Polio Plus during his term.
Our crew returned from Bangladesh Saturday, October 27.  It’s good to have them all back safe and sound.  Jon Flagg returned the “president elect” plaque which he stole from Leo, while Leo was over there.
Sara Treacy reminded us to sign up for the Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot. Seacoast Pathways is one of the beneficiaries of the race this year.  The race celebrates its 10th year. I plan on running it, do you? Here is the link, calories burned equal one slice of Thanksgiving Pie!
Speaking of pie…Betsy Stein is looking for more pie makers and turkey cookers.  I guilt tripped myself for a pumpkin pie. Let’s hope it’s edible.
Barbara Miller announced that the next Rotary Social is November 13th at Discover Portsmouth – where Rose Labrie has her art exhibition
Joanie Dickinson thanked everyone who helped with the Soup Kitchen
Jon tried to present his “historical moment” but wasn’t sure if it was from November 7, 1967 or 1968.  Over the roar of laughs I’m not sure what the moment was …
Fines and Happy Dollars.
Neil Ouellett fined anybody in the room who was breathing. He was fined eight dollars himself at the end of the meeting by President Cleo. A record amount of fine money was raised today.
Susan Gold shared her experience marching in the Portsmouth Halloween parade. She went as a zombie, dancing to Thriller with 100 other like-minded, good-looking locals. Her makeup was amazing!
Bill Simpson won the raffle at $44. Maybe if he got a match, he would have paid for our fines today, but no such luck.
The Speaker.
Lindsay Hery introduced our Speaker – Tom Kaufhold, Executive Director of the Seacoast LGBT History Project. 
The Project collects historical documents and artifacts pertaining to the Seacoast’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Some of these items include posters, buttons, pins, newspaper clippings and even a matchbox from a gay bar. It was a huge challenge to organize and categorize all of this “stuff,” but Tom came up with brilliant solution. He color-coded items utilizing the Rainbow Flag--
Red --Arts and Culture
Green --Commerce
There is rich history here. Portsmouth has been home to private LGBT clubs over the years. South Church was the first church to perform same sex marriage. Last year, Rochester’s Gerri Cannon was the first transgender woman to be elected to a New Hampshire school board.  This year she is on the ballot as a state representative.  In 2019 there will be an exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising. 
Thank you, Tom, for sharing this important part of Seacoast history. 
"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another."--Ellen Page
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge
Photos by Matthew Randall
New Members Photos
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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?)
Nov 29, 2018
PHA's Work Force Housing Project on Court Street (River City of course)
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Portsmouth Country Club
Nov 08, 2018
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Nov 14, 2018
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Nov 15, 2018
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Nov 28, 2018
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Dec 05, 2018
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Dec 06, 2018
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