Top of the Week September 18, 2019
Top of the Week!
September 18, 2019
Hurricane Dorian:  A Special Message from PDG Dave Underhill
Rotary is not a first-responder: the Red Cross and many other agencies provide that critical need.  But when a storm the magnitude of this one takes place; we all ask how we can help. 
Past-RI President Barry Rassin lives in the Bahamas.  He's safe, but the islands to the north of him are devastated.  Rotary has established a donor-advised fund to help the rebuilding and recovery efforts, both in the Bahamas and (if it becomes necessary) in the southern U.S.  We can be confident the dollars are monitored and approved by Rotarians on the ground, and will not be wasted.
Thank you for the many ways you serve through Rotary.  We are all connected and support each other.
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Dave Underhill, Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
District 7780 Finance Committee Chair & Past District 7780 Governor (2017-2018)
Rotary Rocks! District Conference message from DG Andy Glazier
Hello Rotarians and future Rotarians!
Our Events Team is working at warp speed on creating a fabulous October 5th RotaryRocks! event for us:
A District Conference Like No Other! One Magnificent Day! 

Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Univ of Southern Maine, Portland.
Continuing with two of our themes this Rotary year of "Be Creative" and "Think Outside The Box", we are working at warp speed to finalize details for our "District Conference like no other!" Our event Team is confident that we are creating an experience that will excite, entertain, and motivate all, Rotarians and potential Rotarians alike!
To maximize participation (the theatre at the University of Southern Maine seats 550), we have set the event registration fee at a mere $20 for the day. This includes event participation, parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
What's unique about this high energy event? It's the ideal event for all new (and veteran) Rotarians and potential Rotarians to experience what's happening in our Rotary today. We have asked each club to please have a display table featuring the good work that your club does, be it fund raisers, service projects, or grant work. There will be another 20 display tables featuring Rotary related projects. Connect with Rotarians from other clubs - explain to them what works for you - learn from others what works for them - experience what's going on in Rotary outside of your club.
Additionally our New Voices Club Rotarians (the high energy leaders of our future) will be explaining their novel and unique (Thinking Outside The Box) approach to Rotary.
And, our Zone 24 & 32 Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette, will be our keynote speaker! Jeffry is an exciting, high energy, GrowRotary! motivational speaker with new ideas; you will love him!
=> Please register to attend today!
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and in-laws - bring all your potential Rotarians. At this price you can afford to bring 20, 30, or more!
Basic Needs Committee Gives and Gives
The Basic Needs Committee recently presented checks to My Breast Cancer Support and Zebra Crossings.  Your Rotary donations at work!
And If You Want to Help Celebrate With Zebra Crossings...
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 September 17, 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:
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 September 12, 2019
Rotary Log for September12, 2019
Leo struck the bell and the meeting was underway. Seemingly, there was higher attendance than we’ve had for most of this lovely, albeit short, summer. With his bright baritone voice, John Rice led the gathering in “God Bless America.”  Ian O’Neil followed with a well-spoken, and appreciated, invocation.
The Prez then asked all Past-Presidents to stand. His generous testimonial to their efforts and contributions was echoed in the applause.
The assemblage was reminded that our overachieving Past-President and District Governor, Dave Underhill, is shepherding Hurricane Dorian Relief.
World Polio Day is October 24th.  Our Club’s goal is to raise $5,000 for this critical, worldwide disease-eradication mission.
Friends Forever is bringing back their Pints for Peace fundraiser on October 12th with more detailed information forthcoming.
In late October, a trip to Guatemala titled “Safe Passage” is being led by Past District Governor Carolyn Johnson. This is in support of children who, tragically and unhealthily, reside in a city dump. For more information on this and other District 7780 initiatives visit
Dennis Moulton made a pitch for Rotary Rocks, the District Conference in Portland, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Abromson Community Education Center USM, 88 Bedford Street.)  Twenty-five dollars gets attendees a chance to share ideas with clubs throughout the district.  Sign up for a wonderful fellowship opportunity- lunch and dinner to boot!
Mark your calendar for the next Rotary Social, announced intrepid club socialite Kailin. It’s September 25 from 5 to 7p.m. at the Gaslight. Any chance club humorist and barrister Jon Flagg will make an appearance at his favorite watering hole, some in attendance wondered?
The Basic Needs Committee continues The Diaper Drive for Crossroads House at next week’s meeting reminded Jessica.
Finally, Joanie, our incredibly, endurably, and dedicated Interact Club leader asked for three members to step up in support of the Portsmouth High School club. They meet on Thursday from 11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each volunteer takes one Thursday a month. Attend our meeting late, as she does; or get a make-up credit, advises Joanie.
Club gobbledygook
Nonsensical fines brought a few bucks into the coffers. The 50/50 raffle raised $39 dollars for the budget, with the same going to a thrilled Nancy Notis. Apparently, her car (?) truck(?) well…vehicle was running on fumes. Soon to rival the Mega Millions, the match next week is a potentially life-changing $300 dollars!
The Speaker
The self-described “rusty” Past-President Ben Wheeler introduced Dan Weeks, Director of Market Development for Revision Energy. Weeks and his company seek to be leaders in the transition to clean, sustainable, cost-saving energy, according to his biography. Commercial and residential solar is the enterprise.
Club members appreciate when presenters stick to the important societal or policy ramifications of a topic such as this. Less welcomed are overt pitches for a speaker’s product or service. Weeks, a well-spoken and educated advocate, did not disappoint. Utilizing a set of data points he made a methodical, reasoned case for his cause. For the good of our state and the planet there will be an essential and inevitable shift to renewable sources of energy. That was the essence of his message.
As a starting point, Weeks said that 81% of New Hampshire’s energy is non-renewable. This includes petroleum products, nuclear supply and natural gas. Only 19% is renewable: biomass, hydro, wind and solar. Biomass represents the largest part of that followed by a significant share of hydro power. Wind and Solar’s contributions are small but growing sources.
The price of electricity is very high in New Hampshire, both in dollars and indirect costs, according to Weeks. He identified the greenhouse effects of trapped CO2 attributed to the use of fossil fuel.  In the past few decades the average New Hampshire temperature has risen two degrees. If current trends continue it will be 12 degrees higher by century’s end. The state is experiencing a 70% increased volume of rainfall today compared to 1958. If these trends continue our weather will be akin to the Carolinas.
Disturbingly, he continued, we are already experiencing extreme weather events. Rising tides and flooding are readily apparent in our area. Less obvious, perhaps, are tick infestations with the concomitant loss of wildlife, as well as increased cases of bronchitis and asthma. Additionally, the loss of maples has greatly reduced New Hampshire’s maple sugar production. At one time 90 % of our states’ supply of this sweet delight was produced here, with 10% from Canada. Today, those numbers are reversed.
Is there a solution to these dire realities and projections, asked Weeks rhetorically? 
The answer, he posits, is an aggressive policy shift away from our 80-85% reliance on fossil fuels to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050. He believes this is possible with citizen advocacy and leadership from the Governor’s office and legislature. The effort can be accomplished by incentivizing and harnessing hydro power and expanding wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and solar farms.
Unfortunately, there was no time for questions after an interesting and professionally-delivered presentation. As the meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test one was left to consider what “will be good for all concerned?”
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
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