Top of the Week June 13, 2018
Top of the Week!
Basic Needs Awards My Breast Cancer Support
Through our Basic Needs Grant Funding our board recently awarded $1500 to My Breast Cancer Support.  My Breast Cancer Support provides financial and emotional support to breast cancer patients in the Greater Seacoast area on their individual paths to wellness and healing.  Ramona Dow presented the check to  Jennifer King, Executive Assistant (left), and Jennie Halstead, Executive Director MY BCS.
Golfers Needed!
It’s not too late to sign up for the Annual Golf Tournament. Chair Peter Grace and his minions have been working hard to make this year’s event the best ever.  Click the link below to register for the event.
The event is a major fundraiser for Basic Needs Committee and promises to be full of fun and fellowship. So dust off those clubs and sign up today.
Rotary Day at the Fisher Cats - Don't Miss the Fun, Buy Your Tickets Now
Another great event that promises great times, great food and great fellowship. If interested contact Leo Gagnon.  Play ball!
Seeking Applications for our Club's Second Annual Partnership

The Basic Needs Committee is actively seeking candidates for our Club's Second Annual Partnership, which will begin in September.  Non profits meeting basic needs (food, health, shelter, or clothing) are eligible for consideration. Click on the link below for the application. The deadline for submission being July 13.  Please contact Cathy Nickerson, Lindsey Hery, Diane Lavigne, or Bob Lewis for applications or additional information.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Applications and Service Project

At the surface, RYLA is a four-day, three-night leadership program for students entering their junior year of high school. It is a chance for students to grow as leaders and people on an individual level while in a group setting at Camp Hinds. We invite you to come volunteer to Clean up Camps Hinds on Saturday June 9th at Camp Hinds in Raymond Maine 9:00AM. We use this day to prepare for running RYLA the end of June. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work alongside RYLA Staff and Alumni to build bonds in service. Please contact Phil Giordano at for a list of projects and to let him know you will be attending. 

RYLA CAMP also needs vounteer for registration and kick off on Sunday June 24th at Camp Hinds Raymond ME between 7:45 am—12:30 pm Rotarians are invited to Stay for the RYLA Kickoff and Lunch at 11:00 am at the Dining Hall. 

Lastly, Rotarians are also invited to attend the "Final Camp Fire & Camper Skits & Candle Light Ceremony, Tuesday June 26th between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the cost is $10.00.

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 June 7, 2018
Rotary Log June 7, 2018
By Neal Ouellett
Photos by Sara Treacy
Our Greeter today was Julia Gigliotti, who also led the Four-Way Test.
Songmeister Al Lantinen, a member of our own Rotations, kicked off the Patriotic Song.  And John Rice, once again, offered a very nice invocation. 
President Ben noted that yesterday was his last Board meeting as our fearless leader. And what a great year he has had!  Ben couldn’t resist telling a story about which we are all sworn to double- Rotary secrecy.  He drove the coastal route back to his office to reminisce about the meeting and his big year.  His phone rang.  It was Rye Elementary School notifying him that his daughter had contracted a common pest requiring a gallon of antidote, and a number of small combs.  He and his wife were up half the night delousing the house (and no doubt scratching).  Nice story, Ben!
Following that, lots of happy and unhappy Rotarians coughed up a few bucks in the effort to balance Ben’s operational budget.
Leo reminds us that June 24th is Portsmouth Rotary Day at the Fisher Cats afternoon game.  Thirty-six dollars per person gets you a ticket, a rally towel and a 90-minute all-you-can-eat buffet.  Sound like Justin Finn’s kind of event!
Colleen Westcott told us about the Taste of the Coast on June 14th at 530 at Abenaqui Country Club. Sponsored by the Hampton and Exeter Chambers, this event features dozens of tastings from the area’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries.
Craig Taylor graciously accepted $1,000 toward the $4,800 he must raise for the Pan Mass Challenge.  The 192-mile cycling test of endurance is a major fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A great many people we know have benefited from that wonderful organization.
A $1,000 grant to the Cape Town, South Africa Rotary Club was accepted by Yvonne Legge, a member of Voices from the Heart. The monies will help Yvonne accompany the singers on their upcoming trip.  The funds will also coincide with Voices’ concerts in Cape Town, and their support of music programs for underprivileged children.
Additionally, the Cash Committee supported this year’s Basic Needs Committee recipient Richie McFarland Children’s Center. The help came in the form of with a hands-on project led by Ted Alex, and a donation of more than $5,000.  Ramona Dow, the Basic Needs Chair, said that this project, with 15 Rotarian Volunteers, exceeded her wildest dreams.  It was great fun, too!
The raffle.
Fifty-nine dollars was taken home by Pete George.
Guest Speaker Nancy Euchner.
Deb Anthony introduced our presenter, Nancy Euchner. As principle of AgeQuest, Ms. Euchner is well-known for her work with the elderly and their families.  Nancy is involved in an exciting new venture, the Seacoast Village.  The “Village” concept originated in Beacon Hill, Boston, as a means of helping seniors to “age in place.” At its most basic level, a Village is a community of seniors supporting each other as they grow older in their own homes.
There are some core principles:
  • Seniors will help each other
  • Meaningful social connections will be made
  • Each member of the Village with have a credible plan
  • Outside resources and agencies will be enlisted for things volunteers cannot do.
The Seacoast Village remains in the research and development stage.  The Forming Group envisions a non-profit organization with a Director and Volunteer Coordinator supporting as many as 200 Seacoast New Hampshire residents.   The program will need upwards of 150 volunteers.  Transportation and social connections are two of the greatest identified needs.
Volunteer teams are in the development phase.  They include: Administration and Finance, Community Outreach, Fundraising and Development, Volunteer Recruitment, and Program/Events.
Nancy told us that, “You are all Village people.” To which many replied with a tepid “Y-M-C-A”…
Read more about this promising new concept at
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
New Members Photos
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Jun 14, 2018
Bring Back the Trades
Jun 21, 2018
Our Rotary Vocational Awards
Jun 28, 2018
Unpredictable at this writing - but fun - join the Coup!!
Jul 05, 2018
No Meeting: Time to BBQ and Remember who we all are!!
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
Jun 06, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Jun 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Jun 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Jun 14, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army
Jun 19, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Portsmouth Rotary Golf Tournament
Pease Golf Course
Jun 22, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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June 7, 2018: Nancy Euchner The Village Concept for the Aging Population
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