Top of the Week October 21, 2019
Top of the Week!
October 21, 2019
Portsmouth Holiday Parade
The Portsmouth Holiday parade is on December 7th. Join your Rotary friends and come bring your holiday cheer to the annual parade this year! 
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)
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 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:
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 October 10, 2019
Rotary Log for October 10, 2019
President Leo welcomed Rotarians and guests on a grey and blustery October day, warmed by a good meal and Rotary fellowship.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, John Rice led the members in song.  Larry Murphy gave a thoughtful invocation.
Guests Elizabeth Burr, Heath Wilson and Don Chick were introduced. All will soon join Rotary.
General announcements included a mention that Paul Famulari has been reinstated in the Club…We raised $190 last week in honor of Basil Richardson’s 50 years of hands-on projects...Leo thanked Dennis Moulton and Aileen Dugan for showcasing Portsmouth Rotary’s service projects at the Rotary Rocks District Conference in Portland.
Asking for volunteer cooks and servers, Tiffany McKenna thanked Rotarians for their continued support of Crossroads House.  Joanie Dickinson gave an update on Interact, thanking everyone for collecting can tops for veterans.
Mark Lorusso won the 50/50 raffle, pocketing $48 – sadly he didn’t have a match for the bonus of $25.
Donna Lewallen provided an overview of Operation Warm which distributes winter coats to children in need.  Donna, Jen Craig and Leo modeled coats.  Donna explained that three million coats have been distributed since the project was started by a Philadelphia Rotarian 15 years ago.   This year, the Board has approved $3000-dollars for Operation Warm.
Jon Flagg’s “Historical Minute” included several testimonies about past Christmas tree sales going all the way back to 1972 when it began.  Dan Hoefle, John Pappas, Ben Wheeler and Ted Alex regaled the assemblage with their stories.
Leo updated us on Mort Schmidt who undergoes surgery October 16th. Friendly outreach from members is much appreciated.
Personable Brian Fox, owner of a Christmas tree farm in New Brunswick, Canada, was our program speaker.  For years, Fox’s farm has supplied Christmas trees for Rotary’s biggest fundraiser. He discussed the different tree varieties, including native Balsam and the non-native Fraser.  He has cross-bred the two to combine the best characteristics of each tree.  
Cones are collected, dried and processed to obtain the seeds which are then sown in autumn, following Mother Nature’s example.  Seedlings are transplanted several times and trees mature in 11-12 years. 
Harvesting starts in early November so that trees can be delivered right after Thanksgiving.  Brian interspersed cool photos of the farm with one of a 25-pound salmon caught on the near-by world famous Miramichi River. Another pic showed his dog sprawled out upside down on the sofa looking exhausted during Christmas Eve!  That could be how some Rotarians will look after they have unloaded hundreds of trees in Portsmouth next month!!
Leo closed the meeting with all joining him in the Four-Way Test.
Respectfully submitted, Francoise Meissner
Photos by Sara Treacy
New Members Photos
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Oct 24, 2019
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Oct 31, 2019
Pease iPFAS & Clean Water
Nov 07, 2019
Home for All
Nov 14, 2019
Plymouth State University
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Upcoming Events
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Oct 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Oct 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Membership committee meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Oct 17, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Members Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm Agency
Oct 21, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army
Oct 29, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Petersen Engineering
Oct 30, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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