Top of the Week June 20, 2018
Top of the Week!
Basic Needs Awards My Breast Cancer Support
An intrepid (and happy group) of Rotarians served dinner at the Salvation Army this past Tuesday.  From left to right are Tiffany McKenna, Midge Nelson, Sara Treacy, Betsy Scott, John Rice and Jennifer Craig. 
If you think you might be interested in helping out, contact Sara Treacy for upcoming dates.
Golfers Needed!
It’s not too late to sign up for the Annual Golf Tournament. Chair Peter Grace and his minions have been working hard to make this year’s event the best ever.  Click the link below to register for the event.
The event is a major fundraiser for Basic Needs Committee and promises to be full of fun and fellowship. So dust off those clubs and sign up today.
Rotary Day at the Fisher Cats - Don't Miss the Fun, Buy Your Tickets Now
Another great event that promises great times, great food and great fellowship. If interested contact Leo Gagnon.  Play ball!
Seeking Applications for our Club's Second Annual Partnership

The Basic Needs Committee is actively seeking candidates for our Club's Second Annual Partnership, which will begin in September.  Non profits meeting basic needs (food, health, shelter, or clothing) are eligible for consideration. Click on the link below for the application. The deadline for submission being July 13.  Please contact Cathy Nickerson, Lindsey Hery, Diane Lavigne, or Bob Lewis for applications or additional information.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Applications and Service Project

At the surface, RYLA is a four-day, three-night leadership program for students entering their junior year of high school. It is a chance for students to grow as leaders and people on an individual level while in a group setting at Camp Hinds. We invite you to come volunteer to Clean up Camps Hinds on Saturday June 9th at Camp Hinds in Raymond Maine 9:00AM. We use this day to prepare for running RYLA the end of June. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work alongside RYLA Staff and Alumni to build bonds in service. Please contact Phil Giordano at for a list of projects and to let him know you will be attending. 

RYLA CAMP also needs vounteer for registration and kick off on Sunday June 24th at Camp Hinds Raymond ME between 7:45 am—12:30 pm Rotarians are invited to Stay for the RYLA Kickoff and Lunch at 11:00 am at the Dining Hall. 

Lastly, Rotarians are also invited to attend the "Final Camp Fire & Camper Skits & Candle Light Ceremony, Tuesday June 26th between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the cost is $10.00.

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 June 14, 2018
Rotary Log for June 14, 2018
President Ben opened the meeting at 12:15 and promptly jabbed District Governor Dave for leading a chair scraping conspiracy.
Nancy Clayburgh led us in God Bless America.
Greeter Beth Tuttle helped everyone proclaim the Four Way test.
Senor John Rice provided a lovely Invocation.
At 12:27 President Ben brought the meeting back to order.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
  • Justin and Jim Rini brought along guests.
  • Past president James introduced his daughter Olivia who recently graduated high school and will attend Wesleyan University in the Fall.  It was noted that Olivia is considerably taller than her Dad…
  • President Ben acknowledged Peg Millar's presence at the meeting. 
Club Announcements
  • President Ben advised that we had been far behind our $19,000 General Fund budget but recently had made up the deficit.
       Ben also awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Art Oxner and Bill Hurley (+5).
  • He also announced that Bob Field is now at Webster of Rye and would appreciate visitors.
  • Leo Gagnon reminded us that Rotary’s Little League team is headed for the playoffs…Also the N.H. Fisher Cats event in Manchester is scheduled for this Sunday June 24.  If desired, Rotarians could buy a ticket for one of our Little League players. The cost is $36 dollars. Coordinate that with Leo.
  • Joanie Dickinson says that the club continues to look for a new annual non-profit partner to succeed the Ritchie MacFarland Center.
  • Peter Grace mentioned that he still seeks foursomes for this Friday’s Rotary Golf Tournament. Contact him if interested.
  • It was announced that Leadership Seacoast had 39 graduates including Rotarian Lyndsey Hery. A show of hands indicated that many of us have gone through that worthwhile program. New candidates from our club are encouraged to apply
Happy Bucks
  • There were several announcements about High School graduations including Leo Gagnon, Jon Flagg and Tricia Cummings.
  • Justin was happy with the Portsmouth High School boy’s baseball team which won the State Division II Championship.
  • Aileen Dugan was thrilled with the day’s program (Bring Back the Trades) as her son is in his third year of apprenticeship.
  • Peg Millar was happy to be back at Rotary!
  • Wayne Semprini was pleased that the Liberty Pole Celebration committee had met.
The 50/50 raffle of $72 was won by Dick Yeaton.
Aileen Dugan introduced Steve Turner of Bring Back the Trades.  Steve has owned Turner Upholstery for 30 years and business is growing.   It took him 10 years to learn the trade. Turner’s current employees are experienced, older and earn good wages.  But he is struggling to find new folks to work for him.
So, he started this campaign with a hat that says, "Bring Back the Trades." Within 30 days, Steve had sold hundreds of hats to skilled workers in 40 states through his Facebook page. They gladly paid $25 each to own one.
"Our goal is to donate a portion of (hat) sales to a scholarship program,” Steve said. “A program where individuals can gain access to the trade education of their choice and ultimately gain employment in that field. That’s vital to the growth of our nation.”
In fact, plumbers, electricians and other trades are in high demand, but their positions go unfilled.  As do positions for radiation therapists, health care workers and other technicians.
Former Rotarian Del Record spoke of the Record Family Foundation's involvement.  Many of the Records were welders so they thought it was important to support this cause.
Del emphasized that the cost of a two-year trades program is $33,000. That’s far less expensive than the $127,000 average cost of a four- year college education. Record further explained that the vast majority of scholarships given out by Portsmouth High School are for four-year colleges. Of the $355,000 awarded, most went to deserving students among the 170 college-bound graduates. Some $5,100 was awarded to five students for Trades Scholarships.
There were more impressive numbers. For example, the national drop-out rate for a college student is 40% vs 1.6% for trades students. Construction managers can make $47 dollars an hour and plumbers $26 dollars an hour. Really!? During the question and answer period Wayne Semprini wanted the name of the plumber who would work for only $26 dollars an hour.
Incredibly, Portsmouth High School has dropped its trade program. Local independent efforts are supported by the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard and Chinburg Builders.
The Record Family Foundation, a 501C non-profit, continues to work with Steve Turner to provide trades scholarships for non-college bound students. In this way, they hope to produce individuals who can support themselves and be successful in their communities.
Several Rotarians were feeling in the pink at the meeting.
The meeting was ended at 1:00PM.
Respectfully Submitted, Dutiful Scribe du Jour, Everett Eaton and Suzanne Rapozza
Photos by Jim Rini
New Members Photos
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Jun 21, 2018
Our Rotary Vocational Awards
Jun 28, 2018
Unpredictable at this writing - but fun - join the Coup!!
Jul 05, 2018
No Meeting: Time to BBQ and Remember who we all are!!
Jul 12, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Portsmouth Rotary Golf Tournament
Pease Golf Course
Jun 22, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Jun 28, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
New Member Orientation
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Jun 28, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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