Top of the Week February 15, 2019
Top of the Week!
February 15, 2019
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 Saturday, February 16 and 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 7, 2019
Rotary Log for February 7, 2019
Drizzly, cold winter weather outside was no match for sunny Rotarian dispositions inside. Former President Ben gave the invocation. I couldn't really hear it because I was standing at the door next to Peg. She was, as always, happily yapping away! It's good to have her back!
The conversation in our table centered around exactly what the phrase "is it the truth"? means. With three lawyers at the table, it was certainly an interesting discussion.  Peg wasn't the only one chatty today. President Cleo had to ring the bell twice just to get us to pipe down. Everybody wanted to talk. That's a good thing.
There were several announcements. Tiffany needs two cooks and one server at Crossroads House on Saturday the 16th. She needs three cooks and one server on March 6. It's easy. Even I can do it! The cooks need to be there from 3pm to 5pm and it is a lot of fun. The servers need to be there between five and about 630. No big commitment. No preparation time. A few laughs. And a real good feeling. Sign up now! Ten out of 10 Log writers highly recommend
If you have a make-up, please email it to Lindsey now… Speaking of makeups, your volunteer time at Crossroads House counts as a make up!
Please don't use the Rotary directory for business purposes. If you do, we will beat the hell out of you. In the alternative, you will have to have lunch with Dan Hoefle for six consecutive weeks. Take the beating!
Congratulations to Rick Riseman on getting married… Our club is getting actively involved in fighting the opioid crisis. We will be having a forum at Portsmouth high school, probably April 11. Stay tuned.
Cleo announced that several Rotarians have been actively involved in a rehab project at the John Paul Jones House. Unfortunately, there was a minor catastrophe. Former President Bill fell off a ladder while painting. It is unclear at this point whether there was negligence on anybody's part but Bill’s.  It was reported that the three lawyers present immediately jumped into action to help him. Dan Hoefle sued the John Paul Jones house, Jon Flagg sued Rotary, and Mark Larusso sued the ladder manufacturer.
 It was heartwarming to see that kind of rapid response as Bill laid there in great pain and suffering. Bill reported at the meeting that he was feeling fine. But, come to think of it, he was clearly delirious from his significant head injury and has no idea how bad off he really is.
There was a brilliant (as usual) Rotary History moment. Turns out that on February 6, 1958, the topic of our meeting was whether Portsmouth was a good candidate for creating a "colonial village." Dr. Howland of the "national trusts" from Washington, DC, was guest speaker. Fast forward to 1965 when Strawberry Bank opened its doors! And there you have it.
Marie won the raffle, but there was no match.
The program was all about the Global Aquaculture Alliance. What the heck is the GAA? Exactly what it sounds like. It's about fostering and promoting and assisting Fish farming. As the wild fish population continues to be strained, more fish farming is needed. Doing it responsibly is the trick. The GAA not only fosters that, but also takes an active social role. For example, it has eliminated employment abuses in Thailand’s shrimp industry. It helps to educate its members and the public. How many of us have gone into the grocery store and seen wild salmon and farm-raised salmon? Now we know how it's done! And we understand that an organization works with farmers to responsibly promote the industry.
Wallace Stevens was one of the original founders when the Alliance was formed in England. The entire organization, including their English executive director, has now moved to Pease. There they have grown from two employees to 48.
Lots of good questions followed, including whether farm raised fish is healthier than wild fish. For one thing, farm raised fish contain little or no mercury because the fish are consuming feed, rather than other fish.  Other wild fish tends to be the source of mercury. Salmon and shrimp are the most farmed fish because of the way that their eggs are produced. If you want to know more, look on their website. I learned a lot, but I want to stay smarter than you so I'm not gonna tell you everything I know.
Respectfully submitted, Jon Flagg
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