Top of the Week May 22, 2019
Top of the Week!
May 16, 2019
Fellow Rotarians, the time is upon us to once again look out into our community and give recognition.
Vocational Service is the second of Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service.
Each year the Portsmouth Rotary honors 4 individuals representing 4 categories within Vocational Service:
1.  Public Service
2. Health and Human Services
3. Education
4. General Category
Please take the time over the next couple of weeks to think of the people you encounter in your daily routine that may not always get the recognition they deserve.
This is your opportunity to nominate this unsung hero and have them recognized on June 20th with a plaque as well as a donation to the charity of their choice.
As well as asking for your nominations, you are invited to sit on the committee with Lexi Leddy and Caitlyn Hassett to screen the nominations and select the most deserving in each category.
Click the link below for the Vocational Awards Application
We look forward to hearing from you and recognizing and rewarding these special people in the near future.
Rotary Fest
Have you signed up yet for RotaryFest, our free, one-day (June 22nd), District Conference at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth? If not, better get with it. As of now, we have 111 adults and 40 children registered. Even though there is no registration fee, we need to know how many Rotarians and guests there will be in order to have enough free food and drink. Registration is a snap; click on the link on the Home Page of our District website.
We have been adding more fun and tasty items to the agenda: a Moon Bounce for kids, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and lots of free coffee in the morning. We promised you Rotary speakers and here is the tentative lineup:
  • Bob MacKenzie from the Kennebunk RC speaking on opioid use disorder to be followed by Narcan training for those who are interested.
  • A panel of younger Rotarians discussing what drew them to Rotary and how we can interest others.
  • PDG Sheila Rollins presenting on the service trip she and a group of Rotaractors took to Puerto Rico to help out with hurricane relief.
  • Our International Outreach team talking about their trip to Romania.
  • Scott Linscott of the Westbrook-Gorham RC discussing Donate Life.
  • Short presentations on some of the District and Global Grant and other International projects being carried out by a few of our Rotary clubs.
Of course, you can attend any or all of the speakers or tour the park, fly kites, listen to music, play games, or just socialize and relax. It is up to you.
We have lots more to share about this unique and fun district conference so keep your eye peeled for future emails and District newsletter articles. This will be an event you won’t want to miss.
Lawrence Furbish
RotaryFest Chair
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:

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.
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 May 16, 2019
Rotary Log for Thursday May 16th, 2019
Our greeter today was John St. Pierre. Al Lantinen led us in song, while Sara Treacy read a moving invocation.
Susan Gold (who couldn’t attend) invited Ian O’Neail, inducted as a new member today along with Larry Murphy.  Richard Lyons invited his son, Daniel Lyons, now a co-worker with him. Leo Gagnon’s visitor was his much better half, Lori Waltz-Gagnon. John Bohenko brought George Burke.
Justin Finn from the Golf Committee announced that $20,700 has been raised this year, way to go!  There are more sponsorships available, especially in the $500 category.
New Members.
Joanie Dickinson sponsored newbie Larry Murphy, a former Rotarian. Larry is very happy to be surrounded by Rotarians again. He lives in North Hampton with his wife Hilary, a top cardiac devices nurse.  You could get a true sense of his admiration for her work and achievements in that field.
Larry’s son Matthew works for the National Guard in D.C. Daughter Natalia, whom the family adopted in 1997, has a degree in Anthropology from the Roger Williams University.  Larry has volunteered for Vietnam and served in the U.S. Air Force.  We welcome him to Rotary and right on to the Communications Committee!
Kathy Berger introduced Ian O’Neail on behalf of his sponsor, Susan Gold.  Ian is a UNH graduate and works for Northwestern Mutual.  Welcome to Portsmouth Rotary!
Peter Weeks won the $25 raffle and sorry not a match.
Arts in Reach.
AIR – Arts In Reach made a presentation on their summer program for young teens called Summer Works.  Mary Jo Monusky, soon to be retired AIR Executive Director, thanked us for a $2000 grant. 
Debra Holloway, incoming E.D., showed a video about this great after school program.  The presentation featured interviews with program participants. All said they now feel more connected, engaged and social instead of different and on the sidelines.
Leo after Cleo.
Incoming president Leo Gagnon made a presentation about the future of the club.  He handed out a survey asking members to weigh-in about existing traditions like The 4-Way Test, Invocation and song.  He asked our opinion on adding more networking events as well as another fundraiser. Leo also mentioned a clean water mission and Rotaplast.  He also touched on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the club which is in 2023.  It will be here before we know it!
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge
Photos by Tube Loch
New Members Photos
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Upcoming Events
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
May 23, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Basic Needs Partner Service: Cross Roads House
Cross Roads House
May 25, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
May 29, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
Jun 05, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Basic Needs Partner Service: Cross Roads House
Cross Roads House
Jun 05, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Jun 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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C. 2019 Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905 Portsmouth NH 03801
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