Top of the Week March 10, 2019
Top of the Week!
March 10, 2019
Portsmouth Rotary Club Serving Dinner at Cross Roads!
Portsmouth Highschool Interact Club Serving Dinner at Salvation Army
Recovery with Hope and Dignity

Volunteers Needed!!!
As many of you know our club’s annual partnership this year is with The Cross Roads House.  There are many ways to volunteer in our community but the more immediate need is to have members help during their dinners.  
There is help needed on Wednesday, March 6.  The time goes by quickly and there is lots of fellowship and music.  
Tiffany McKenna will be at the meetings getting Rotarians signed up. Thank you for those that have volunteered already.  For those who would like to sign up please let myself or Tiffany know, and if you need a makeup, it also counts!  
You all make a difference in our community and I thank you! 
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 February 28, 2019
Rotary Log for February 28, 2019
                  President Cleo opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. A song followed, then the Four-Way Test and the invocation by John Rice. Guests were introduced and recognized.  
         Caitlin announced the next Social will be at the Atlantic Grill on March 11, 5:30-7:30.  This will be a New Member Social so come and get to know our newbies better.  And if you’re like me, it might help imprint their names as well.
         Cleo revealed that the Golf Tournament will be June 28.  Mark your calendars, work on your putting, or volunteer to help.  More to come.
         Four monthly forums entitled “Recovery with Hope and Dignity” will be sponsored by seven area Rotary clubs. The first is March 5 at Exeter High school from 6-8 PM.  The full schedule is on our website.  Admission is free and includes information about resources for those with substance abuse.  Attendees will also be educated about ways to save a life.  Governor Sununu was to open Tuesday’s forum.  
         The raffle winner was Dennis Moulton, but alas no match.
         Our speakers today represented the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  Larry Yetter and our own Maddie Warren presented the beauty and problems of winter hiking the 4,000 footers of the White Mountains.  Although the Whites are open year-round, not all trails are as easily accessible in winter.  That’s why Maddie and Larry suggest taking an AMC winter hiking seminar. In lieu of that, the duo gave us a mini course in being prepared.  Remember precautions and preparations, especially carrying the right gear, apply to all hikes in all seasons.
         Knowing the route and having a map and compass are even more important in winter than other seasons. Snow changes the appearance of the route and obscures trail markers.  I personally agree with Maddie that you shouldn’t hike a trail in winter unless you’ve hiked it in summer.  The cell phone coverage is not consistent in the Whites. Further, batteries lose charge much faster in cold so relying on technology may not be wise.  Maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration is also more important in winter as dehydration speeds hypothermia.  Maddie and Larry use insulated carriers for their water bottles and pack them with hot water.
         Gear is most important.  Note: cotton is never a good option in winter.  Synthetic fabrics do not retain water and insulate even when damp.  Wise winter climbers plan for extreme cold, since above tree line, wind becomes the major factor.  This means face protection and ski goggles.  Snowshoes (which can be rented) are a must as you may be breaking trail in fresh snow.  Both above tree line and below, some form of crampons may be needed, and hiking poles are more useful than in summer.
            When Maddie and Larry climb, someone always carries a foam pad in case of injury. This ensures that the injured party is not lying on snow and risking hypothermia.  Layering clothing allows one to shed layers when working hard and cover up as you cool down.  
         Letting people know your route and when you expect to be back is important in all seasons. Know your limits.  Daylight is short in winter so it’s best to set a turn-around time regardless of having reached your intended goal.  Though I’ve only hiked twice in winter, I remember it with great fondness and was energized by this presentation.  Be safe out there.
For more information on weather and how to hike safely please visit these websites:
New England Hiking
Summit information and descriptions, trip routes, basic trail information, directions to trail heads and a trail map with distances.
Google Search “nh 4000 footers”
New Hampshire 4000 Footers
Includes trip routes, basic trail information, distance, elevation gain and book time.
Google Search “nh 4000 footers”
New England Trail Conditions
Google Search “new England trail conditions”
Views from The Top – VFTT
Google Search “vftt”
NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS)
Google Search “nws”
Mountain Forecast
Google Search “mountain forecast”
Mt Washington Observatory
Google Search “mt washington weather”
WMNF Trail Closures and Alerts
Google Search “wmnf trail closures:
WMNF Pay Stations
Google Search “wmnf pay stations”
Respectfully submitted, Albert Lantinen
Photos by Chad Chadwick 
New Members Photos
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Now that is dancin!!
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3S Art Space
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Well it is April 1st - bring your best and compete - easy?
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Aileen Dugan State Farm
Mar 13, 2019
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Mar 21, 2019 11:00 AM
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Aileen Dugan State Farm
Mar 28, 2019
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Apr 02, 2019
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Apr 25, 2019
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May 06, 2019
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