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 13, 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:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
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 May 7, 2020
Rotary Log for May 7, 2020
The first mid-morning Rotary meeting was virtually rung to order at 10:30AM.
Al Lantinen brightened the start of everyone’s day with a song about smiling.
John Rice led an invocation remembering the life of Dr. Jim Clayburgh, Nancy Clayburgh’s husband. Jim was a frequent visitor and friend to Rotary. A scholarship fund in his name will be managed by Rotary. More to come.
Leo then shared some COVID-19 virtual leaning principals distributed by the “Association of Leadership Programs”. In short, the message was we can and will continue our mission virtually. The reading also reminded us to stay compassionate during these times.
The Zoom meeting was then turned to Caitlin Hassett who shared Vocational Award applications are due May 21st. We are looking for nominees for each of the four vocational categories: Education, Health & Human Services, Public Service, and General. 
Nominees should be non-Rotarians that go above and beyond to help their community. Caitlin sent out an email with an attached application.
The mike was then given to Joe Bove who shared news of a scholarship foundation set up in Jim Clayburgh’s name. Please reach out to Joe for information on where to mail checks.
In other news… the board, on behalf of International Giving, authorized a $15,000 grant to the South Berwick / Elliot Club’s “Healthy Learners Program.” Due to the current crisis, this grant is going towards ventilators for Zambia. It allows our club to keep international outreach moving forward.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day upcoming on Sunday, Jon Flagg gave a woman centered historical moment. The first Rotary club community project was in 1905 when Rotary was founded. The effort was to construct a comfort station for women in downtown Chicago.
Back in the day, public restrooms were typically only in saloons. Women, unaccompanied by men, were not allowed in saloons. So Rotary created comfort stations out in the streets. Saloons did not like this. It took business away from men coming in for a drink and relieving themselves.
Also, in 1978 a California Rotary club admitted three women. At the time, women were still not able to join Rotary. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1987 Rotary decided that clubs could invite women to join. And there is your Mother’s Day-focused Rotary historical moment.
Jon Flagg stated he’s been spending a lot of time during quarantine watching movies. So, Rotarians then took a fun couple of minutes to share what movies they have recently watched.
Sara Treacy suggested “Red Joan.”
Larry Murphy, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Françoise Meissner, “The Darjeeling Limited,” directed by Wes Anderson.
John Tabor, “Marx Brothers: A Day at the Races.”
Sandy Tucker, a local documentary called “Food Fight.” This is a film about the fight of Market Basket employees to get their ousted beloved leader, Arthur Demoulas, reinstated.
Today’s Speaker: Tina Sawtelle
Cathy Nickerson introduced our speaker, Tina Sawtelle, incoming Music Hall Executive Director. Tina is currently Music Hall CFO, but she becomes executive director July 1, 2020.
Tina’s interest in the arts began at an early age. Growing up on a rural horse farm near Greenville, Maine, she learned to play bass guitar. While no longer performing, it was her interest in music and attending UNH that brought her to the seacoast. She’s lived here ever since.
The Music Hall temporarily closed in March due to Coronavirus. But the organization is actively working on many strategies to withstand the pandemic. They will be able to survive. For starters, the organization received a PPP Loan through the CARES act. This has allowed them to maintain their team of 28 full-time staff. Unfortunately, all part-time staff had to be laid off. These people worked their shows, which aren’t happening right now.
While the Music Hall is closed, much-needed construction projects progress quickly. The replacement of an ancient HVAC system is one of those projects.
Reopening Plans
The Music Hall has been successful in rescheduling shows. Artists are eager to get back to performing and are being rebooked for the next 12 months. Local businesses benefit a lot from foot traffic to shows. Annually, The Music Hall contributes approximately $9 million to the local economy. Revenue comes from shows and visitor related spending at restaurants, parking and local shopping.
Leadership and staff are actively working on developing new safety protocols for both patrons and artists. They await more guidance from the Governor this week. In the meantime, The Music Hall remains focused on offering a range of summer programming (following all new rules.) The theater contemplates hosting more local, less known artists to allow for social distancing in the big theater. Unfortunately for today’s environment, big names attract large crowds and out of state visitors.
Tina also plans to work with curatorial staff, leadership team and the board to strengthen and add new kinds of programming. The goal is to stimulate greater use by patrons and meet demographic wishes. She wants to bring in new artists to attract a younger demographic as well. But she remains cognizant of keeping the classical and jazz acts for regular patrons.
Tina wishes to forge new partnership and grow existing ones within the community. This, she hopes, will continue to bring high quality programming to Portsmouth. The Music Hall already has key partnerships with Ogunquit Playhouse, New Hampshire Radio, and UNH among others.
A big way The Music Hall gains funding is through corporate sponsors. Sponsorships allow businesses to be recognized and thanked for their contributions. Most of their sponsors are local restaurants. Tina understands a lot of restaurants will need to back out of corporate sponsorship during these times. The best thing The Music Hall can do to help corporate sponsors is to safely reopen. She awaits new protocols and social distancing guidance to do just that.
Some Music Hall events we can still look forward to
The annual “Fill the Hall” in collaboration with Gather on the Last Saturday in June- June 27th from 9AM-3PM. This event feeds over 700 kids over the course of the summer. Other events include:
Kevin Nealon- July 31
Whose Live Anyways? - August 26th
They Might Be Giants- September 9
Lewis Black- September 11
29th Annual Kitchen Tour- September 27
Justin Willman- September 27
White Christmas November 25- December 13 in partnership with Ogunquit Playhouse.
Peter Grace led us out of the virtual meeting with the 4 Way Test.
Respectfully submitted, Madeline Warren
Photos by Don Chick

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