Top of the Week October 20, 2018
Top of the Week!
October 20, 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.
Operation Warm 9 Years Running
For the past 9 years our club has distributed new warm coats and accessories to local kids and adults in need before cold weather season.  Last week Donna Lewallen, Ramona Dow and Tiffany McKenna teamed up to unpack, sort and distribute new coats and accessories to several organizations including Families First, Salvation Army, Head Start, Seacoast Family Promise, Chase Home and Seacoast Community School.  Special thanks to Deb Grabowski for providing space at The Foundation for coat delivery and distribution.
Rotary Supports Gather’s Food Re-Purposing Program
Roughly one third of all food produced in the world each year is wasted and Gather has stepped up to reduce that waste.  Their food re-purposing program uses fresh food nearing the end of It’s shelf life to prepare 250 meals for delivery to needy seniors in our community as well as stock their Pantry Market.  Basic Needs Committee members presented a check for $2500 from our club to Deb Anthony CEO of Gather.
Shown here -John St Pierre, Gene Doherty, Deb Anthony, Ramona Dow, Sara Treacy and Bob Lewis.
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)
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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 October 11, 2018
Rotary Log for October 11, 2018
President Cleo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance which was followed by a song, Four Way Test and Invocation.  After the introduction of guests, she began a happy and proud presentation of our upcoming Rotaplast mission. 
Rotaplast International is committed to help children and families worldwide overcome the burden of physical deformities. This began, and continues, with cleft lip and palate repair but has expanded somewhat to include burn scarring.  Many professionals, Rotarians and other organizations contribute time and money.  Our club is sending 12 of our own Rotarians along with Mike Labrie to Bangladesh to help with this endeavor. They left last Sunday, October 14 and will spend two weeks helping others.  Sounds like Rotary on steroids.
Past president Ben related the history of this project which had been discussed for more than three years.  Finally, a year ago the decision was made to go forward. 
A remarkable gift from the Labrie family jump started fund raising.  The estimated cost in excess of $100,000 seemed a difficult goal.  However, a fund-raising effort began immediately.  In two weeks, donations, sparked by the Labrie family’s generosity, achieved the goal.  This is a feat of which the entire club can be proud.
The 12 club members and Mike Labrie were honored with a standing ovation and distribution of useful gifts from the club.  A very fine day for Portsmouth Rotary.  Follow their trip on
The raffle was won by John Pappas but no match.
Nancy Notis, Eddie Edwards and President Cleo
Peter Grace then introduced our first speaker, Eddie Edwards, Republican candidate for N.H. First Congressional District.  Mr. Edwards has served in the U.S. Navy as well as local and state law enforcement.  He has been a strong and lifelong advocate for Veterans affairs, criminal justice reform and early childhood education. He seeks to limit federal influence on New Hampshire’s management. He feels New Hampshire understands its own needs best.
Candidate Edwards maintains that rising health care costs are the major concern with health care. He believes that competition and the free market system could decrease these costs. He also maintains we should be free to negotiate lower drug costs. Interestingly, Edwards wants to take away free health care from members of Congress. That way congressmen and senators would quickly understand the problem first hand.
He also voiced a strong support for second amendment rights.
Ellen Labrie, Governor Sununu and Stella Scamman
Stella Scamman then introduced Governor Chris Sununu.  Like Edwards, Sununu had only just visited our club about a month ago. There were no changes in his stump speech. He feels his focus on business has and will continue to help the state grow economically. This is evidenced by our low unemployment and job growth.  Barriers to accessing treatment were tackled in his approach to the opiod crisis. Crisis centers have been moved closer to recipients, taking away the need for commutes that could take several hours.  He feels rightly proud to have formed a committee dedicated to changing this into what may be a model program.
“Don’t just throw money at something that’s not working,” Sununu says.
He was candid in his statements about affordable housing.  Local control, not state, is involved and there is a need to change attitudes at the local level.  
Respectfully submitted, Albert Lantinen
Photos by Chad Chadwick
New Members Photos
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Upcoming Events
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Oct 25, 2018
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Oct 31, 2018
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Nov 08, 2018
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