Top of the Week October 30, 2019
Top of the Week!
October 30, 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! 
Rotary Serves at the Salvation Army
An intrepid crew did the dinner service this past Tuesday, October 29.  Dinners were served to about 30 people.
Rotarians helping out are Justin Finn, Dennis Moulton, Francois Meissner, Cindi Shanley and Sara Treacy.
A big thanks to Edgewood Center for providing the food.
If you are interested in volunteering for one of the next service nights, contact Sara Treacy.
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 24, 2019
Rotary Log for October 24, 2019
An enthusiastic Josiah Babcock greeted all Rotarians at the door of our meeting. President Leo gonged us to order. Juan Rice intoned the lead into “God Bless America.” Jen Craig offered an original poetic invocation.
There were numerous guests hosted by Rotarians. Unfortunately, your scribe was lured by a double dose of dessert treats. In his sugar high he forgot to record the guests’ names.
Future New Members
Don Chick and Gina Fulginiti have been placed on Seven Day Notice. They will be inducted next week.
Happy Dollars
Since it was World Polio Day all Happy Dollars were allocated to Polio Plus.  Leo kicked things off with a $100 donation honoring the work his wife, Lori, has done with HubSpot.
Stan Cross exhorted us to cheer on Exeter High School’s football team for which his son plays. Judy Loto celebrated her son’s final junior high soccer game.
And a BIG one: Joe Bove celebrated his recent marriage engagement!
Larry Murphy touted the upcoming “Toast to The Troops” fundraiser. It will be held Sunday afternoon, November 10, at the Exeter Town Hall. More than 60 silent auction and raffle items will be up for grabs.
Basil Richardson needs help producing an updated Club Directory.
Ann Bliss is taking down names for our various Thanksgiving Dinner assignments. These include the baking of 28 turkeys and 50 pies, along with their delivery and the cleaning up afterwards.
Justin Finn (a.k.a. “The Grinch”) gently reminded us of the mandatory three shifts requirement for the Christmas tree sales. Sign-ups commenced at today’s meeting. Unfortunately for those not in attendance, the only spots still open are reputed to be rainy days!
Past President James Petersen won the $63 raffle. His good fortune abruptly ended with a “no-match” for the bonus.
Historical Moment
In keeping with the day, Jon Flagg reported a “Polio Historical Moment.” Reading from a vintage publication he recounted the first National Immunization Day in Ethiopia. Our own Ellen Labrie was there. She was pressed into exigency service as a maternity nurse. The grateful parents named their daughter Hallelujah Patricia Ellen.
Guest Speaker: Sarah Chaffee, Green and White Council, Girl Scouts
Past President Trisha Cummings (a former Girl Scout herself) introduced our guest speaker, Sarah Chaffee.
Sarah earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNH. For 21 years she owned and operated an art gallery.  After its sale she put her talents to work with the Green and White Council of the Girl Scouts. The Council serves more than 10,000 Girl Scouts in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Sarah outlined the broad scope of current day Girl Scouting. Interests are encouraged and skills are developed in numerous fields. These include traditional outdoor activities, STEM education and environmental understanding. There is even one Troop chapter devoted to travel!
The Council actively partners with third parties to enhance the scope and depth of these activities. For example, Fidelity Investments is providing a useful structure for an “Investing” program.
As an analogue to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout Award, the highest Girl Scout award is the “Gold Award.” To earn this award, a Girl Scout must select a community issue. She then examines it, investigates its causes, proposes future courses of action and then works to accomplish these solutions.
While the Girl Scout organization comprises a fairly wide range of age groups, the largest membership resides in the K-4th grade group. Traditionally, attrition sets in as members get older. The Council is striving to keep the girls involved for at least another year on average.
The Council has been successful in increasing Girl Scout membership in our region for the past four years. This is notable because the overall child population has been declining during that period.
Responding to a question, Sarah stated that the Council is “100% committed” to ensuring the maintenance of a single sex environment. That’s the best way, they believe, in which the girls will thrive.
Respectfully submitted, Richard Greulich
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