Top of the Week February 22, 2020
Top of the Week!
February 22, 2020
Rotary Teams Up with Toastmasters
Anyone looking to hone their speaking skills should check out the link below to see how Rotary and Toastmasters is teaming up to foster the next generation of leaders.
Sign Up for Rotary Service the Salvation Army
This is becoming the HOT event for Rotarians.  Slots are filled up until September, so if you want get in on the fun, contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
Volunteer for Cross Roads
A few photos from Portsmouth Rotary’s Crossroads House meal service on Wednesday, Feb. 5th.
If you want to get in on this 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.
Cooking and serving help is needed for February 29 and March 4.
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.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
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
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:
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.
Rotary Log for February 13, 2020
 Portsmouth Rotary Log for February 13, 2020
President Leo opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Al Lantinen led the song and John Rice favored us with the invocation.  Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced.
There were several announcements. Leo encouraged attendance at the Annual World Peace and Understanding Dinner, slated for February 5-9 PM, in South Portland. More info can be found on our District website. 
Trish explained her recent absence. She has been helping Peg Millar move, at least for now, to Florida. Peg, who sends us greetings, will live with or near her son in the Sunshine State. 
Barbara Miller announced a $2,200-dollar Cash Committee donation to R.W. Traip Academy’s Project Graduation. 
Joanie Dickinson gave us an Interact update. She’ll be travelling to Nepal March 15-26, a trip sponsored by the Philadelphia Rotary club. 
Paul Harris Fellow awards went to Cathy Nickerson (PHF+1) and Aileen Dugan (PHF+5.)
Snow/rain notwithstanding, we partnered with the Dover Club for a Rotary social last Tuesday.
The raffle for $43 was won by Mark Lorusso. Hopefully he’ll donate it to the Log Writers Pension Fund.
James Petersen and Linsey Hery, doing their own version of the Academy Awards, announced the Nominating Committee’s slate of officers and directors. And the envelope please…
Senior Directors- Ted Alex, Nancy Notis, Neal Ouellett
Director- John Bohenko, Barbara Miller
President- Jonathan Flagg   President Elect- Justin Finn  
Vice President- Joannie Dickinson
Treasurer- Stephen Wood  
Assistant Treasurer- Joe Bove
Secretary- Lindsey Hery  
Assistant Secretary- Caitlin Burke
Sergeant-at- Arms-John St Pierre  
Assistant Sergeant at Arms- Julia Thompson
Immediate Past President/Membership- Leo Gagnon
New Generations Director- Tristan Shanley   
Community Service Director- Betsy Scott
Club Service Director, Public Relations- Susan Gold
Rotary Foundation/International Service Director- Robert Herold
Vocational Service Director- Caitlyn Hassett
The slate was unanimously approved by a single voice vote.
Our program consisted of several individual performances by cast members of the Seacoast Repertory Theater.  It is a pleasure to know that SRT is healthier than is has been in recent memory.  In just five years, the company has increased mainstage productions from five to nine per year, a remarkable turnaround. 
Artistic directors Ben Hart and Brandon James described the multiple areas that SRT impacts the community.  From student scholarships to PAPA to Senior Repertory Theater.  The theater presents more than 300 performances yearly.
Two songs by cast members from the current production of Ragtime delighted us and showed off the remarkable talent that SRT attracts. 
The next production, A Chorus Line, was amply promoted by a passionate rendition of What I did for Love, the signature song of that production.  It made me want to see it again. And just in case you were wondering, A Chorus Line opens in March.
We’re all a little bit better off by having SRT right here in Portsmouth.
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
Photos by Sara Treacy
New Members Photos
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Mar 12, 2020
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Mar 19, 2020
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Feb 13, 2020: A Taste of Ragtime from Seacoast Repertory Theatre Actors
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