Top of the Week April 10, 2019
Top of the Week!
April 3, 2019
Save the Date!
Tie on your walking shoes and join the fight to STOP DIABETES at the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural New England Classic Walk.
  • July 13, 2019 on the Durham campus of UNH. Walker check-in at 11 am.
  • Choice of walk routes from 1 to 5 miles    (or more!)
  • Information expo and family fun at the finish
  • Registration will open soon at
  • In the meantime, more info can be found at
Volunteers are needed for advance planning and day-of-event. Contact the walk coordinator, Barbara Sehr, at to volunteer or get further information.
Volunteer for Cross Roads
We still need volunteers for Cross Roads for the following dates:

May 1 
June 5
July 3
August 7

May 25
July 20
Cooks 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 I will know when we have enough volunteers and can coordinate other dates that need to be filled.
Recovery with Hope and Dignity THIS THURSDAY IN PORTSMOUTH!!!

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:
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 April 4, 2019
Rotary Log for April 4, 2019
The bell was struck early in anticipation of Joke Day, as President Cleo welcomed us to the meeting. Al Lantinen along with new member/Greeter Ken Riley led the song and Four-Way Test respectively. John Lyons followed with a powerful invocation.
There were many guests at the meeting eagerly waiting to also tell jokes and have a laugh. Neil Ouellett introduced Cuzin’ Richard Smith and today’s speaker Frank Santorelli. Basil invited his wife Louise. Susan Gold’s guests were Ian O’Neil and Nicole Scarneo. Rosalie Baver visited us, thanks to Joe Bove.
Caitlin Burke brought Maki Pombo from Peak Business consulting in Rye. David Underhill introduced past district governor Marty Helman.
General Announcements
Tiffany McKenna announced Rotary is doing a great job volunteering at Cross Roads. We need people for shifts on May 1st and 30th. . Please see Tiffany for more info.
James Petersen announced the Reverend Allen Award committee has selected a recipient. The person will be feted in two weeks.
David Underhill invited folks to the Recover with Hope and Dignity forum Thursday, April 11th at Portsmouth High. Please see Frank Firicano if you would like to volunteer.
The William Cash Committee’s Barb Miller announced check donation grants. The first was $1,000 for the Community Baby Shower. The second went to the Piscataway Scholarship Committee. Leonard Seagren added that this money helps fund youth who are learning to sail ships. Neal and Marcy accepted Cash checks. Neal’s for the youth cycling program and Marcy’s to help underwrite a Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build project.  Four different Rotary clubs are slated to build a home for a veteran family in Dover on April 25.
The Poetry Hoot is May 2nd. There is also one week open for a guest speaker on June 6th. Please let David Holden know if you have a suggestion for that slot.
A list of Rotary anniversaries was announced totaling 166 years of service. Jen Madden is going on 7-Day Notice.
Hysterical Historical Moment
On April 4, 1968 the club hosted a comedian. Jon Flagg reminded us that there were no women members back then. The Log was written by “Just Jake” and featured jokes that emulated the patriarchal society of the time.
Today’s Program: Joke Day
Everyone wants to be a comedian and this week’s meeting was their chance to shine. A brief highlight of our brave comedians…
Our resident doctor Larry asked, “What part of the body dies last? The Pupils dilate.”
Ben Wheeler talked about the excellent financial advice he gives clients. One came in and asked how to start a small business. Ben opined, “Start a big one and wait six months.”
Tiffany queried, “Why are frogs so happy? Because they eat everything that bugs them.”
Club secretary Steven recited the poem “Smart” by Shel Silverstien.
James mistook himself as today’s guest speaker with his “bucket list” rant. He explained that some people’s list might include visiting the Great Wall of China. James decided to cut down on travel time and visit Trump’s Great Wall instead. James would also like to have three marriages someday. His first and current wife isn’t too happy about that bucket list item. 
Who knew Rotarians could be so funny?!
Our Speaker.
 Frank Santorelli acted in TV’s The Sopranos. He appeared in16 episodes, getting beaten-up in 12. Frank is now a traveling comedian and gave the room quite a few laughs. As an Italian American, he explained that fathers are the head of their households. At least until grandma moves in! There was much more to his delightfully irreverent 10-minute performance. A fitting way to top off Joke Day. Thank you to all the Rotarians who participated!  
Respectfully submitted, Madeline Warren
Photos by Matt Randall
New Members Photos
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Apr 11, 2019
Farmsteads of New England & Working with Individuals who have various Development Disabilities
Apr 18, 2019
Annual Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award!!
Apr 25, 2019
Putin and Trump, the abrogation and demise of the INF Treaty of 1986 and start of a new arms race
May 02, 2019
Poetry Hoot!!
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Upcoming Events
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Apr 10, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Apr 11, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Recovery with Hope and Dignity
Portsmouth High School
Apr 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army
Apr 16, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Apr 24, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Apr 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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