Top of the Week October 24, 2018
Top of the Week!
October 24, 2018
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
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 October 18, 2018
Rotary Log for meeting of October 18, 2018
It was a cold and blustery day at the Portsmouth Country Club. Your scribe was actually glad to be inside at a Rotary meeting instead of outside on the golf course!
We were treated to some great pictures of our Rotary team’s effort to do good in Bangladesh. It is an incredible journey that our fellow Rotarians are on, and we look forward to the full story on their return. Apparently, all of them, except president-elect Leo, are either camera shy or Amish because he was the only one in the pictures.
We learned that former presidents Ben and Ted set sail again for the White Island lighthouse. Once there, they repaired a window and performed various other maintenance jobs. You don't have to be crazy to do that, but it helps.
Tons of announcements today. For starters, every first Wednesday of the month, our club will be preparing dinners at Cross Roads House. We’ll cook from 3 PM to 5 PM and serve from 5 PM to 7 PM. Sign-up sheets will be at our meetings. There are two training sessions, one on October 25 and the other on November 7, both at 5:30 PM. To sign up or if you have any questions, see Tiffany or text her at 603-380-5872. Thank you, Tiffany, for organizing this!
Speaking of volunteering, sign-up sheets will be available at next week’s meeting for tree sales. What??? Is Christmas nearly upon us?? Speaking of signing up for things, we also have sign-up sheets on the tables for Thanksgiving dinner. Make a pie or cook a turkey. My family has done this for several years. The whole experience of the Thanksgiving meal and helping others really adds a whole new flavor to the holiday. Please sign up!
Donna Llewellyn announced that Operation Warm has been a huge success. All but two winter coats for Seacoast children have been distributed! Thank you for this great service, Donna!
On a sad note, former club president and founder of the Christmas tree sales, Art Cole, passed away. President Cleo had us observe a moment of silence for Art. Your scribe had the privilege of knowing Art and he was a genuine and kind guy and a real gentleman. Our club has lost a good man. Our best to his family.
The Rotary historical moment went back to October 16, 1947 when the speaker to 62 Rotarians and guests was the Rev. John Feaster. His subject, appropriately enough was the history of baseball. Little did Rev. Feaster know that 71 years later our beloved Sox would be in the midst of an American League Championship series against the Houston Astros. He might even scratch his head about who are these Astros and what is an AL Championship series?  What would be the point with only eight AL teams.  
Kate Mitchel, director of the Clipper Farm to School program, was guest speaker. She explained that several Seacoast people became interested in connecting students with farming and local produce. Those folks applied for a $30,000 grant to start the seacoast program. They then obtained a $100,000 grant to implement the effort. It’s become a very successful program that has introduced kids to local fresh food and local farms.
The pictures she showed us were amazing. It is great to see kids getting their hands dirty and learning about everything that goes into producing farm to school food. Stuff like growing, harvesting, cooking, global food issues, composting, tapping maple trees, fishing, and a whole host of other experiences. Fresh air and dirty hands are the best therapy of all!
John Pappas won the raffle…for a second straight week. John, can you say, “Wicked big fine next week”?
Respectfully submitted, Jon Flagg
Photos by Tube Loch
New Members Photos
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Oct 25, 2018
Polis: (D) Candidate for NH Governor Molly Kelly
Nov 01, 2018
Founder of the Seacoast LGBT History Project
Nov 08, 2018
Veteran's Day !! US Navy Seals & More
Nov 15, 2018
We are going "Bully". Dress appropriately to show respect & stay tuned
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Upcoming Events
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Oct 25, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army
Oct 29, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Oct 31, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Nov 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
Nov 07, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Nov 08, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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10/11/ 2018 luncheon
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