Portsmouth Rotary Goes Virtual
Please note that until futher notice, our virtual meetings shall be starting at 10:30.  The ZOOM room will be open at 10:15 am for socializing.  See you in the cyberverse!
Virtual Meetings Are the New Normal (at least for now)
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship (plus you get a peek inside other Rotarian's houses!)
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Please join Rotary's Weekly Fellowship Meeting by ZOOM on your Computer with or without video OR join by mobile or home phone.  
1. Join on Mute and stay on Mute until you need to ask a question.
2.  Stay on MUTE for the National Anthem - except for the person called on to sing (no pressure).
3. Leave all stupid jokes to Leo and Jon - they've proven their adeptness to this task.
4.  Register a VENMO account. The Rotary Fine Master WILL be making an appearance.  No VENMO, No Problem, fines will be doubled for non-VENMO offenders.
5.  Keep the CHAT civilized.  Anything you say is recorded and stored for history... if you wouldn't publish it in a Newspaper, don't publish it in the Chat window.
6.  ENJOY and have FUN.  Rotary is all about Fellowship.  We're rapidly isolating to a point that some among us will need our fellowship for a strong boost of morale.
7. People have embarrassed themselves mightily on Zoom conferences since self-isolation started.  Google search "ZOOM Video mistakes" to learn from the mistakes of others. 
Check your email for the meeting links.
Recordings of Our Meetings Available
If you miss one of our virtual meetings, you can catch up by streaming the recording.  Just follow the link...
Meeting Recording for June 4:
Top of the Week June 10, 2020
Top of the Week!
Doing Good in the World
Thank you for taking action and making it possible for The Rotary Foundation to do good around the world. Because of your generous service and support, we are able to make a positive impact in communities that need our help most.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make a difference. Your contributions help us fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and respond to disasters.

Help us continue Doing Good in the World for years to come by making an even bigger impact with another gift today. Thank you for your continued support of our Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.
New Scholarship Fund Honoring Dr. Clayburgh
Nancy Clayburgh whose husband Jim passed away on Friday, May 1st  would like to establish a Rotary scholarship fund in his name.
Dr. James B Clayburgh Scholarship Fund. Anyone wishing to support this fund may do so by mailing contribution to Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03802-0905.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
Cindy McKenna, Chair of the York Rotary Races sends this along…
The York Rotary Four on the  4th Road Race this year is going virtual!  Super easy to walk or run a 4 mile course anywhere any time during that week! We are challenging other clubs to jump on our bandwagon and register to participate! As expected, majority of funds raised will go towards Covid-19, mostly local.
Use the link below to sign up.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Dinner services continue from a food truck and Rotary is keeping an open eye on how we can help.
For more information please contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Especially in these challenging times, it is time to up our communications game.
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
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Rotary Log for June 4, 2020
Rotary Log for June 4, 2020
President Leo called the meeting to order promptly at 10:30 with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Despite this troubling time, nobody was seen kneeling.
Judy Ringer once again graced us with her beautiful A Capella voice. 
John Rice invoked the Heavenly Father and all present for help dealing with the complexity of the past week.  The prayer called for a spirit of kindness, peace, and understanding.
The prayer segued nicely into Leo’s reading of a Mission for all Rotarians in the difficult time of Covid19, calling for leadership, trust, compassion, and kindness.  Yesterday was President Leo’s last Board meeting of the Rotary year.  President-elect Jon Flagg and others offered words and “chats” of praise at the end of that meeting.  Flagg referred to him as our first Zoom President.  Very nicely done, Leo!
Tiffany reminded us that it has been a long time since we have been able to help with food service at Crossroads House.  This will change as of June 6th, for which Tiffany made a plea for help with home-prepared meals for delivery to the shelter.  Going forward, Rotarians will be preparing 50, four-course meals once a month.  Please call Tiffany at 603-380-5872 to help.
Sara Treacy continued the theme of providing food to people in need. She announced that beginning June 16th the club will be assisting the Salvation Army with service from a food truck in downtown Portsmouth.  Only two Rotarians are needed each time.  Leo quipped that Sara will be our entry into the Great Food Truck Race.  She has already won that race, in the estimation of many, with her long-standing and enthusiastic support of Crossroads’ residents.
Today’s Speaker- Ann Lee Hussey
The always well-spoken Dave Underhill gave a warm welcome to Ann Lee Hussey. Ann Lee is Past-President and member of the Portland Sunrise Club, and Past-District 7780 Governor.   Many of us have heard Ann Lee’s personal and passionate description of Rotary’s efforts and world-wide partnerships to eradicate polio.  In the mid-twentieth century, thousands of children contracted polio in the worst epidemic to ravage New England up to that time.  Boston hospitals were overwhelmed. 
“Many died and some were spared,” Ann Lee said. “I was one of the fortunate ones, despite residual damage to both legs.”
Ann Lee recounted the uplifting story of a kind woman, a Mrs. Woodbury. It seems Mrs. Woodbury read a newspaper report on Ann Lee’s polio hospitalization.  They became pen pals. In every encouraging note, Mrs. Woodbury included two dollars.
“It was a great example of the best of New England’s art of giving and receiving,” Ann Lee said.
It was also a life-long memory and motivation for Ann Lee’s work in polio eradication.  She has participated in 30 National Immunization Days and devoted herself tirelessly to education and fund-raising campaigns. Ann Lee has also served on a wide range of local, national, and international committees.
This day, our speaker gave us an update on the polio eradication effort.  Unfortunately, the immunization work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria is on hold. This reflects the need to protect workers and slow the spread of the virus in those countries.
Ann Lee compared polio to Covid19.  The disease is similarly spread from one host to another.  Both have silent transmitters and require isolation.  Fear and anxiety are hallmarks of both polio and Covid19.
The polio vaccination effort may be on hold, but the work of teams on the ground continues unabated. However, their mission has been repurposed: stop the spread of the new pandemic.  Polio teams are in a unique position to do this.  They relate to and have the trust of the local population.  Surveillance teams are already in place.  For example, centers which had been answering tens of thousands of polio calls in Pakistan, now respond to corona virus queries.
Ann Lee returned to the concept of a polio-free world to end her presentation.  She reminded us of the $1.2 billion dollars raised by Rotarians and leveraged in partnerships such as with the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation.   We were asked to be proud of the 1000 immunizations per day in 125 countries that have happened through Rotary’s support. We should further take pride in the knowledge that the wild poliovirus strain is down to two countries. 
This well-received talk ended with the strong insistence that the crucial work toward a polio-free world will be resumed,
“Please walk the path with me,” Ann Lee said, invoking the words of Dr. Albert Sabin, creator of the oral polio vaccine. Several members did just that immediately, making donations to Rotary’s Venmo account.
After a quick reminder of the Sunrise Club’s Speaker’s Series, detailed on these pages, Kaitlin brought the session to a close with the Four-Way Test.
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
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