Top of the Week September 12, 2019
Top of the Week!
September 12, 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.
Click on the link below for more information

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!
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
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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 5, 2019
Rotary Log for September 5, 2019
President Leo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, a song and an appropriate invocation by past president Dave Underhill.  Visitors and visiting Rotarians were recognized.
Leo reminded us that the “Rotary Rocks” District Conference is October 5 in South Portland. The cost is only $25 dollars if you register by the end of September. We are further reminded that Rotarians can get a special rate at Seacoast Rep this weekend to see “Sunshine Boys.”-
The Board has approved two grants. The first is a $2,122- dollar scholarship to PMAC through the Ted Alex Fund. Operation Warm was awarded $300 dollars.  
Past president Dave Underhill made a short presentation about Rotary’s response to hurricane damage in the Bahamas and Southeast coast. Donations can be made through Rotary. One can refer to Dave’s recent email for further info. In addition, he presented two tickets for Monday night’s Red Sox-Yankee game. They were auctioned for $325 dollars with the money to be used for disaster relief.
Barbara Miller then announced five Cash Committee grants.  Craig Taylor and his son Matt were given $1,000 dollars for their ride in the Pan Mass Challenge.  Bill Hurley received $2,500 dollars to fund a Crossroads project that will build storage shelves for sleeping quarters.  Andy Chace was given funds to run the Seacoast Half Marathon. The money supports both HAVEN and Child Advocacy Centers for child abuse prevention.  
The other Cash Committee grants went to Stanford Cross, Ramona Dow and Cathy Nickerson. Stanford’s $2,500-dollar grant supports the Thirteenth Annual Black New England conference supported by the Black Heritage Trail.   Ramona and Cathy’s $1,000-dollar check goes to “Purses for a Purpose,” a United Way event.
Cathy Nickerson reminded all that, this week and next, she and Ramona will be accepting diaper donations-new, please.  If you can’t do this, they will accept cash. Baby wipes and baby monitors are also needed.
Marie Brownell says put June,19,1920 in your calendar now for the Rotary Golf Tournament. Can’t start planning too soon!
There were more Happy Dollar people then there was time to write it all down.  Glad we’re so happy!
Jon Flagg changed his history lesson into a pop quiz!! Happy my side won.
James Petersen then introduced our speaker, UNH President James Dean. President Dean proceeded with a current clear and succinct appraisal of the University, articulating strategic priorities.  The ambitious goal is to become one the country’s top 25 public universities.  In many metrics UNH already is in the Top 25. It’s rated high in sustainability and best value. UNH is also rated well in high-impact educational practices such as internship and research.
Dean listed four strategic priorities.  The first is to enhance student success and well-being by rethinking the core curriculum and increasing state-of-the-art teaching. Second is to promote academic excellence.  This will involve enlarging graduate education, supporting high-potential research programs and expanding corporate partnerships.
The third priority is to embrace New Hampshire.  He hopes to do this by collaborations that support New Hampshire’s economy and quality of life.  In this way, he wants to make New Hampshire proud of its university and have students grow up wanting to come to UNH.
The fourth and final priority is to build financial strength.  This not only means fund-raising but careful cost management, aligning budget and resources with strategic priorities.  The goal is to make UNH accessible and affordable.
It seems like these are all ambitious goals. But with approximately 26,000 Seacoast alumni, the school should receive a great deal of support.

Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
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