Portsmouth Rotary Goes Virtual
Please note that until futher notice, our virtual meetings shall be starting at 10:30.  The ZOOM room will be open at 10:00 am for socializing.  See you in the cyberverse!
Virtual Meetings Are the New Normal (at least for now)
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship (plus you get a peek inside other Rotarian's houses!)
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Please join Rotary's Weekly Fellowship Meeting by ZOOM on your Computer with or without video OR join by mobile or home phone.  
1. Join on Mute and stay on Mute until you need to ask a question.
2.  Stay on MUTE for the National Anthem - except for the person called on to sing (no pressure).
3. Leave all stupid jokes to Leo and Jon - they've proven their adeptness to this task.
4.  Register a VENMO account. The Rotary Fine Master WILL be making an appearance.  No VENMO, No Problem, fines will be doubled for non-VENMO offenders.
5.  Keep the CHAT civilized.  Anything you say is recorded and stored for history... if you wouldn't publish it in a Newspaper, don't publish it in the Chat window.
6.  ENJOY and have FUN.  Rotary is all about Fellowship.  We're rapidly isolating to a point that some among us will need our fellowship for a strong boost of morale.
7. People have embarrassed themselves mightily on Zoom conferences since self-isolation started.  Google search "ZOOM Video mistakes" to learn from the mistakes of others. 
Check your email for the meeting links.
Recordings of Our Meetings Available
If you miss one of our virtual meetings, you can catch up by streaming the recording.  Just follow the link...
Top of the Week May 5, 2020
Top of the Week!
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
Cindy McKenna, Chair of the York Rotary Races sends this along…
The York Rotary Four on the  4th Road Race this year is going virtual!  Super easy to walk or run a 4 mile course anywhere any time during that week! We are challenging other clubs to jump on our bandwagon and register to participate! As expected, majority of funds raised will go towards Covid-19, mostly local.
Use the link below to sign up.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
At this time, dinner service at the Salvation Army is ongoing as takeout only, but someone needs to prep and package the food!  Rotary dinner services at the Salvation Army is a great way to support the community and enjoy some fellowship outside of our regular meetings.
If you want get in on the fun (while maintaining appropriate social distancing), contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Especially in these challenging times, it is time to up our communications game.
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
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Rotary Log for April 30, 2020
Rotary Log for April 30, 2020
President-Elect Jon Flagg started the meeting sharply at 12:15pm.  He wore a tie because he wanted us to know he is presidential.  John Rice led us in prayer and Judy Ringer sang the “My Country, ‘Tis of
Jon proceeded to outline how much planning he and President Leo do to produce our virtual meeting. 
But pictorial evidence reveals they were enjoying cigars, Clorox and adult beverages--at a social distance of course!  
Leo is in discussions with the Portsmouth country Club about reopening. More to come on this, as the state and business are looking at a new normal.
One of our favorite clever quarantine moments so far is that of our amazing secretary, Lindsey Hery. Lindsey and her fiancé Jeremy were to be married last Saturday. Due to the virus, however, they had to postpone their dream wedding.  Lindsey told us that on what was supposed to have been the Big Day, she and Jeremy went on a hike. When she returned, her family surprised them with the meal they would have had from the Cliff House.
There was more.  Lindsey’s adorable niece, Eloise, was there, dressed as a flower girl.  Her brother in-law sang a song and toasted the happy couple!   The next day, Tristan, Lexi, Cleo, Julia and Caitlin arrived to do a driveway with balloons, donuts and mimosas. And, yes, social distance was strictly observed.  
Such a beautiful story.
On a funnier note, a 93-year- old Portsmouth resident posted a sign on her window indicating that she needed more beer. 
Leo and Jon took the opportunity to spread some cheer and build community goodwill by delivering cases of Coors Light. 
New Club Historian Ian O’Neail continues to do a fine job. The history moment today reminded us of the club’s strong ties to the sea.  Club officers back in the day had much more of a naval flair to their titles!  These monikers changed over time, of course, but let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Leo would have been known as Skipper in the 1950’s and Captain in the 1960’s.  Our Vice President would have been the First Mate in the 50’s and Executive officer is the 60’s.
President-Elect was the Quartermaster and later called the Yeoman.  The Treasurer was the Purser. Our Secretary would have been Boss ’n in the 60’s. My favorite is the Board of Directors were Pilots in the 50’s only to be renamed Command Staff in the 60’s.  Should we go back to those titles?
As we all learn a new way to do life, our club has also had to adapt.  While we don’t meet in person, that did not stop fine master Neal Ouellett from sending out virtual fines.  A funky backdrop on a Zoom video will earn a fine. Anyone watching basketball re-runs gets fined. And, since hygiene has not been a top priority to many of us, that is also a fine. 
The list went on, but the best part was the virtual fellowship and paying fines through Venmo. 
For those of you that want to send fines or happy dollars, please do so via Venmo @Portsmouth-Rotary.  Please indicate what the money is for to help Steve Wood and Joe Bove with accounting. 
Today’s Speaker was Scott Linscott.  Some of you may know Scott, as he is a member of the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club. Scott is a very active Rotarian with a passion for helping others. His life was saved (and changed forever) in 2012. It was then he received a gift of half his son’s liver through rare liver transplant surgery in Burlington, Massachusetts. He is now a frequent presenter for Donate Life New England, encouraging people to register as organ donors.
Scott’s story begins in 2011 when doctors diagnosed that his liver was useless. He needed a transplant to save his life.  Most people think alcohol is the prime cause of liver disease. But actually, the leading causes are acetaminophen overdose, prescription medications abuse, herbal supplements. Other causes include hepatitis, other viruses, toxins, autoimmune disease, cancer, diseases of the veins in the liver and metabolic disease, NASH.
Scott had been obese for years. As a result, his body created fatty liver tissue that led to a failing liver.  Many people in this country die every day waiting for a transplant. Scott knew undergoing a transplant was not a guarantee, but a miracle happened. One of his sons was a suitable donor. The young man decided to save his father’s life, donating 60% of his liver in 2012.  That year, there were only 246 living liver donations in the U.S
Hospitalized for 186 days, Scott felt like he had been given a second chance and wanted to push himself physically.  He registered for a 10-mile bike ride race.  As he reached the last mile, his legs became heavy and the road seemed never ending. With the last steep hill approaching, he thought of giving up. That’s when Scott felt a nudge from behind. His son in-law had jumped off his bike and was pushing Scott up to the finish line. 
Scott’s story is just one of many.  His real message today was to encourage everyone to have conversations with family about registering as an organ donor. He emphasized that your help can save lives. Today in the United States there are currently 124,000 men, women and children waiting for a lifesaving transplant. If you wish to learn more about registering and have questions, please visit or
Frank Firicano closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted, Cleo Villaflores
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