Top of the Week May 1, 2019
Top of the Week!
May 1, 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. As of now, we have 111 adults and 40 children registered. 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
Presidential Project at the John Paul Jones House
In March President Cleo presented her Presidential Project and with your unanimous support we are now ready to move forward.  The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has informed us that they also approved our request and will be sending the funds.  
What is next?? We will have an enormous “hands on” project starting Friday, May 3 at the John Paul Jones House.  We will also have Saturday May 4, be another day to finish up or as a rain date.  This is a day of fellowship and we need your help!  We are looking for as many Rotarians as possible to help with clean up, pressure washing, scraping, painting, etc.  We will have jobs for everyone!  We also need a couple of portable grills so we can have lunch for everyone.  For those interested in learning about the history there will also be tours of the John Paul Jones House.
We will need you to bring gloves, rakes, shovels, painting/work clothes, paint brushes and pain scrapers.  we will have water and coffee.  The project start time is 8:30 am to 4 pm. FELLOWSHIP and jobs for everyone! 
We will have teams in different areas and ask you to RSVP so we can plan ahead. 
Crutches 4 Africa
There will be a loading party on Saturday, May 11, at 9 AM at the Biddeford site (30 Gooch St. Biddeford, Maine).  Anyone available to help load is invited to participate in this fellowship event. In the past there have been about 10 Rotarians helping out, but it would be wonderful if we could get 15+ to participate.
Anyone who wants to chip in should contact Bill Hurley or Leo Gagnon.
Thank you in advance for your involvement.
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
We still need volunteers for Cross Roads for the following dates:

May 1 
June 5
July 3
August 7

May 25
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
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 April 25, 2019
Rotary Log for April 25, 2019
Today we ventured into the world of Dr. Strangelove.  Except in this version of the story, nobody has tried to push the nuke button—yet. Before we get to this week’s enthralling presentation, a few preliminaries.
President Cleo was on a one-week family sabbatical so VP Leo stepped up to the plate.  Greeter par excellence Paris commenced the Four-Way Test. Al Lantinen led us with a hearty rendition of America the Beautifuland John Rice gave the Invocation.
We had a long list of visiting guests—one to be exact. But, since VP Leo did not forward the guest list, the name is lost to history.  C’est dommage!
Turning to announcements, President Cleo’s President’s Project is renovation work at the John Paul Jones House. The place is in disrepair and in need of some Rotary TLC. Rotary volunteers will paint the fence, an interior floor and perform some general yard work Friday, May 3, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.  We’ll have a cookout at noon.  Saturday, May 4, is reserved as an alternate rain date or as a follow-up day to finish any work left unfinished on Friday.  More volunteers are needed and will be most welcome.  Please participate, if you can.
Fittingly, Walter Liff—whose past contributions to Rotary are countless--has been made an honorary member of the club. As such, he may join us as a guest anytime he pleases. Bill Hurley reminds all about the Crutches for Africa initiative.  A loading event takes place May 11 starting at 9 am in Biddeford.  Volunteers are needed and welcome.
The Rotary Fest District Conference in Portland, June 22, runs from 9 am to 5:30 pm.  All are welcome and the event is free.  There will be hands-on projects and family activities along with the usual conference matters. 
Sarah Treacy needs more volunteers for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen on April 30.  Paul Lucy and Al Lantinen are on board.  John Rice needs more Log writers.  Anyone interested in memorializing the club’s history, come on down!
Lastly, Dave Holden plugged the upcoming Poetry Hoot.  Surprise guest Basil Richardson will participate—the rumor is he will be speaking in plain English—a first!
Cathy Berger won the $52 raffle.  There was no match.
Moving on to the main event, Stella Scamman introduced Professor Ken Strauss who holds numerous degrees in history. He is in the process of finishing a second book on--you guessed it—history.  Professor Strauss made a scholarly presentation about the history of nuclear proliferation. He touched on the many global attempts via treaties to thwart and contain expansion of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
The year was 1987. Mikhail Gorbachev was into his second year as the third General Secretary of the Soviet Union. He had been elected after cold war stalwart, Leonid Brezhnev, died three years earlier. President Reagan and Gorbachev got off to a rocky start, but Gorbachev saw the writing on the wall and Reagan’s resolve. Perestroika was about to see the light of day.  
Just before the fall of the Berlin wall, Reagan and Gorbachev negotiated the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The agreement eliminated nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 km.  This led to the removal of approximately 2000 missiles, primarily in Europe.  For his part, Reagan gave up on the missile defense system known colloquially as the Star Wars initiative.  The treaty proved more symbolic than factual. Still, Europeans felt protected from the weapons and began to rely on the two super powers to bring global stability. 
The tale is a sober one. The cold war ran from 1945 to 1987. In that time, new types of nuclear weapons were developed--the hydrogen bomb the most lethal of the bunch. The US took the lead over the Soviets.  Not to be outdone, the Soviets focused on space and launched Sputnik I. 
 Behind in the space race, the US focused its efforts on developing a massive nuclear arsenal and the Triad nuclear delivery options.  This led to the notion of MAD—mutually assured destruction, which provided the psychological framework for restraint and deterrence.  The 1970’s brought the emergence of ICBMs and the development of the first intermediate nuclear forces.  Dr. Strangelove was on the collective minds of the world.  It was in this time that nuclear ban treaties came into being.
Growing US nuclear power and the expanding danger of neighbor, China, spurred Russian paranoia. As a result, the Soviets entered the first of several nuclear nonproliferation treaties, SALT I in 1970.  President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were the primary authors of the first treaty.  This was followed by SALT II in 1979, START I in 1991 and START II in 2011.  
For those of us old enough to remember, bomb shelters in school were a real thing. Air raid drills became something practiced annually.  The SALT and START treaties changed that—at least for the time being!
All the players in this nuclear drama, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Presidents Clinton and Bush II, kept the peace and treaties intact.  Despite all the areas of conflict, from the Balkans, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to the Middle East, detent ruled supreme, the treaties prevailed.  Fast forward to 2018 and the emergence of a new train of thought—an arms race as a form of security.
The INF Treaty requires periodic renewals.  The last was due at the end of 2018, but President Trump decided not to renew. His reasoning was that other countries, other than Russia, now have these weapons. Why shouldn’t the US have them, too?  Russian President Putin followed suit and also decided not to renew. Another rationale for not renewing is that these are missiles, not nukes. 
But the missing adjunct to this rationale is that missiles can be armed with nuclear warheads. Missiles plus nuclear warheads equals proliferation.  Surprise, surprise—the arms race is on!  China, India, Pakistan, the U.K., France, North Korea. Iran? Israel (we know you have them!) Saudi Arabia? [Enter country name here.]  
Professor Strauss weighed in with his personal opinions.  He disagrees with most of Trump’s policies regarding weapons proliferation.  He disagrees with all of Putin’s policies.  Fissures of instability are growing around the globe.  Poland, Hungary, Georgia, Moldova, the Arctic, etc. Stay tuned—we are in for a very bumpy geopolitical ride.  Professor Strauss is hoping 2020 will bring much needed realignment.  We’ll see. 
Respectfully submitted, Mark Lorusso
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