Top of the Week May 30 2019
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May 30, 2019
Rotary Fest
Have you signed up yet for RotaryFest, our free, one-day (June 22nd), District Conference at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth? If not, better get with it.  Even though there is no registration fee, we need to know how many Rotarians and guests there will be in order to have enough free food and drink. Registration is a snap; click on the link on the Home Page of our District website.
We have been adding more fun and tasty items to the agenda: a Moon Bounce for kids, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and lots of free coffee in the morning. We promised you Rotary speakers and here is the tentative lineup:
  • Bob MacKenzie from the Kennebunk RC speaking on opioid use disorder to be followed by Narcan training for those who are interested.
  • A panel of younger Rotarians discussing what drew them to Rotary and how we can interest others.
  • PDG Sheila Rollins presenting on the service trip she and a group of Rotaractors took to Puerto Rico to help out with hurricane relief.
  • Our International Outreach team talking about their trip to Romania.
  • Scott Linscott of the Westbrook-Gorham RC discussing Donate Life.
  • Short presentations on some of the District and Global Grant and other International projects being carried out by a few of our Rotary clubs.
Of course, you can attend any or all of the speakers or tour the park, fly kites, listen to music, play games, or just socialize and relax. It is up to you.
We have lots more to share about this unique and fun district conference so keep your eye peeled for future emails and District newsletter articles. This will be an event you won’t want to miss.
Lawrence Furbish
RotaryFest Chair
Save the Date!
Tie on your walking shoes and join the fight to STOP DIABETES at the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural New England Classic Walk.
  • July 13, 2019 on the Durham campus of UNH. Walker check-in at 11 am.
  • Choice of walk routes from 1 to 5 miles    (or more!)
  • Information expo and family fun at the finish
  • Registration will open soon at
  • In the meantime, more info can be found at
Volunteers are needed for advance planning and day-of-event. Contact the walk coordinator, Barbara Sehr, at to volunteer or get further information.
Volunteer for Cross Roads
Upcoming dates for meal service at Cross Roads House:

June 5
July 3
August 7

July 20
Cooks 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 I will know when we have enough volunteers and can coordinate other dates that need to be filled.
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
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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 May 23, 2019
Rotary Log for May 24, 2019
Recipients and their families packed the dining room for the Rotary Scholarship Committee’s annual program. President Cleo opened the meeting promptly at 12:15 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Past President Ben Wheeler was chorus leader in God Bless America and Janice Cassidy directed the Four- Way Test. Senor John Rice gave the Invocation.
Due to a full agenda, Cleo brought the meeting back to order early.
We sang Happy Birthday to Peg Millar and Susan Gove. Among our guests were Attorney Ken Murphy, Norm Olson and the Babcock Family.
Committee Chair Cindy Shanley announced that the 13 scholarship recipients would each receive $3000.The monies are mostly funded by Christmas Tree sales as well as the Genimatas and Joseph Shanley Scholarships. As 2018 Scholarship Recipient Mark Lovern notes, “In our house, Christmas doesn’t start until the Rotary Christmas tree trailer is up."
Mark, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, made a couple of brief opening remarks.Noting his first year in school has been amazing, he challenged the 2019 recipients to be open minded. He asked the students to be aware of diversity and those with different points of view.
Recipients boasted an impressive list of accomplishments. Isabelle Marin, bound for Colby College, was among the tops in her class and worked extensively with the homeless.
Renee Brown, headed to Brandeis University as a linguistics major, already speaks several languages.
Dayton University will welcome Chloe Lozan. A National Honor Society member and student athlete award recipient, Chloe will major in International Business.She has been deeply moved by the crisis in Venezuela and hopes to use her major to benefit others.
Leah Bauer will attend University of Vermont.She currently studies ballet and will be a nursing major.
Future American University freshman Maya Bailey was on the PHS swim Team and a National Honor Society member.
Nick Shultz started his own business, played three sports and volunteered for many organizations. He credits a strong family for his success as he heads off to Penn State University.
Emily Locandero, soon to be a nursing major at Penn, was also a scholar athlete and National Honor Society member.At 13, she ran a marathon to raise money to dig wells in Africa.
Zoe Dumais was a student council member and will major in Dietetics and Psychology at University of Vermont.
Another National Honor Society member, Jessica Simanjuntak, was accepted at six college, but ultimately chose Brown University. She was also a student council member as well as a student tutor.
Described as “compassionate leader” by one of her teachers, Isabelle Romero is attending Lipscomb University.
Hunter Winsor works at Portsmouth Toyota, selling a remarkable 75 cars to date.Well -spoken and confident, Hunter has enrolled at Emmanuel College majoring in Business Administration.
Another National Honor Society and Student Council Member and varsity athlete, Claire Hoag is going to be a Secondary Education major at Gordon College.
Student Athlete Matthew Lovern currently holds a part time job.He has been accepted into West Virginia University’s Honors Aerospace Engineering program.
As the meeting closed, several Rotarians noted that these students give us reason to hope for the future.
Postscript---This is my last Scribe du Jour submission.Over the years, I did not attempt to be accurate but rather strived to editorialize, provide comedic value and offer " fake news".
Respectfully submitted, Everett Eaton
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