Top of the Week February 26, 2020
Top of the Week!
February 26, 2020
Rotary Teams Up with Toastmasters
Anyone looking to hone their speaking skills should check out the link below to see how Rotary and Toastmasters is teaming up to foster the next generation of leaders.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Another fun night at the SA.
L to R: Ian Oneail, Dave McMahon, Nicole Clark, Al Lantinen, Sara Treacy,  Denise Sassaman.
If you want get in on the fun, contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
Volunteer for Cross Roads Dinner Service
If you want to get in on a great fellowship experience, please consider volunteering for a meal service at Cross Roads House:
Slots are generally on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Cooks working 3-5 pm and Servers 5-7 pm.
Cooking and serving help is needed for February 29 and March 4.
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.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Our dear Peg Millar has moved (at least temporarily) to be closer to her son, but would still like to keep in touch with all of her Rotary friends.  Peg would love to receive cards or other correspondence.  Her address is:  Peg Millar, Harbor Chase, 4150 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32967.
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
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.
District Corner
A new feature this week.  Sharing news from the District that may be of interest to you.
District Growth Team e-Seminar
Interested in attracting a more diverse membership to your meeting but not sure how begin?  A conference call to learn more about club opportunities is fast approaching! Join your District Growth Team this Saturday, Feb 29, Leap Day, at 10:00 am by conference call to learn the latest strategies on diversity and growth recommended by Rotary International, as well as updates on what clubs in our district are doing to engage corporate/organizational members and reach out to new constituencies. We'll talk about Satellite Clubs, and how they strengthen our traditional clubs, and about our now-being-formed e-club.  Be there!
The focus is on YOU and YOUR club! 
Call in:  10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29.
Zoom info:
To join online:
Or, to phone in:   646-558-8656     meeting ID:  820 925 2012
Join your District Growth Team! Remember, the call is free but the information is priceless!
Rotary Log for February 20, 2020
Rotary Log for February 20, 2020
A sunny, brisk winter's day set the stage for the well-attended luncheon.  The newly renovated PCC is more welcoming than ever. A smiling PP Ben Wheeler greeted members and visitors. President Leo called the meeting to order, then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Al Lantinen directed the group in song. Ann Bliss offered the invocation.  
John Sullivan and Cleo Villaflores
Guests included Matt Mowers, guest of Barbara Miller and John Sullivan, guest of Cleo Villaflores. Also, Karene Wallis (Rick’s bride) and Lara Dubois, invitee of Priscilla MacInnis. Other guests and hosts were Haley Burns and Judith Salisbury (James Petersen) as well as Claudette Barker and Frank Nappo (Aileen Dugan).
Happy Birthday wishes were extended to a long list of February celebrants. Even the founding fathers of our club were acknowledged.  Food connoisseur Justin Finn offered up one single/lit cupcake for all to enjoy.  Special anniversary honors were bestowed on those celebrating Rotary membership milestones.  A whopping 220 years of service to be proud of.
General announcements included a call to attend the upcoming District Training Assembly, New Generations (Interact) event and the March 19th Poetry Hoot. Also plugged were Portsmouth Listens and volunteer opportunities at Crossroads.
Josiah Babcock reminded members that the Communication Committee is updating the club website. He asked for everyone’s support as committee members reach out to confirm info.
Karen Conard and Chris Oberg are on 7-day Notice.
The week’s 50/50 drawing of $53 was claimed by Rotarian Larry Murphy. With no match, the $150 bonus rolls over.
The Executive Director of Pinetree Institute, Dr. Larry McCullough, was the keynote.  Larry has been actively involved with our club.  A member of our regional steering committee, tackling substance use disorder. Larry was introduced by PP David Underhill. His message: ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) education is a life changer.
To be specific, what happens through stages of life is influenced by experiences that precede them. These experiences also influence health over one’s life span.  In helping folks, we need to focus on “what’s happened to you” versus “what’s wrong with you.” The ACEs methodology is powerful.  ACEs education can lead to reductions in substance misuse, suicides and many other health challenges.
Our club donated $10,000 in seed money to support a master-trainer program. Regional partners are close to the $20,000 mark in contributions. In the Spring, this initiative will educate almost 900 people on ACEs and trauma-informed care. The program’s effort will clearly show that community engaged folks can make a difference. They can change the future.
President Leo ended the meeting on time. In my humble opinion, probably this was one of the best programs ever.  Rotary in motion!!!
Respectfully submitted, Nancy E. Notis
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