Portsmouth Rotary Special Meeting Notes
Virtual Meeting This Week
President Jon and his Minions continue to work on making live meetings happen, but we will need to meet virtually again this week.  In the interim...
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the live meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship.
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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 Jon and Justin - 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.
Top of the Week October 13, 2020
Top of the Week!
An Invitation from 3S Artspace

Marketing Manager Sara O’Reilly has reached out on behalf of 3S Artspace to invite our members to their virtual event on 10/21: "An Introduction to Culture Keepers, Culture Makers: Portsmouth Edition" She saw in our Rotary log for October 1 that we had Najee Brown speak about BLM, and thought perhaps their event could be shared as a way to keep the conversation going if people are interested!
Here are the details: -
An Introduction to Culture Keepers, Culture Makers: Portsmouth Edition
Date: Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm  
Location: Zoom.  This is a virtual event. - Free and open to the public. (Donations welcome!)
More info and to register:   Contact Sara if you have any questions about the event.
Golf Tournament News
Click on the following links to see the press release and the tournament site for the upcoming Rotary Golf Tournament. 
The tournament is being held on October 16 and sponsorships are still available. 
Virtual Fundraising
An article by PDG Marty Helman is now on the home page of the District web site, and seems worthy of sharing widely within our club.  We’ve been exploring different ways to manage virtual fundraising and there are some examples here.  
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
Yes, even in these trying times, Rotary continues to serve...
Dinner, that is, at the Salvation Army's food truck.
Rotary participation is being limited to two people per service.  
If you would like to participate please contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
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.
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.
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.
Rotary Log for October 7, 2020
Rotary Log for Thursday October 8th, 2020 via Zoom meeting
Another virtual Zoom meeting today led by President Elect Justin. Pandemic President Jon was fighting justice somewhere, but we still had 44 members present anyway. 
Al Lantinen kicked things off by singing “My country tis of thee”.
Barbara Miller joined us from Concord State House, wow—is she connected!  She also brought two guests, Diane and Sue Polidura.  John Rice’s invocation was an edited and timely version of the Prayer of St. Francis. He also disclosed that his wife Joan is having the second cancer surgery tomorrow in Boston.  We will all include her in our prayers!  Speedy recovery!
Golf Tournament raised $27,000 so far!
Who am I:
Bob Smith – is a financial advisor, lives in Portsmouth with his wife Pamela, lists jalapeno peppers as his favorite food.  What we don’t know about Bob is that he used to play drums in a Rock and Roll band as a young lad!

If you’re cross checking your mobile phone $2
If your candidate lost in the primary $2
If you have a lawn sign for your candidate $2
Ben Wheeler trash talking about golf and his team $5
Dan Hoefle cutting the ribbon at for the new accessible bathrooms at Portsmouth Discovery Center $20 (insert bathroom humor here)
History Moment:
Ian O’Neail – Mort Schmidt wrote about October which is Vocational Service Month!
Main Program:
Barb Miller introduced Sue Polidura, Republican District 21 Senate candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Martha Fuller Clark. 
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Sue came to the seacoast originally as a member of the U.S. Air Force. She has since lived in Portsmouth for more than 40 years.
She worked in companies such as Data General and Timberland Company World Headquarters.  Most recently, she was employed by several Federal Government agencies. She retired last year from  a purchasing agent position at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Sue is a self-described constitutionalist and wants to keep New Hampshire tax free.  She is endorsed by the Police Association and is not in favor of defunding the Police.  Sue is an avid local historian, especially of the Louis De Rochemont era, a subject she spoke about at Rotary a few years back. Sue gives tours of the North Cemetery.  Sue is also president of the Women’s City Club.
For more information about her campaign go to
Our meeting closed with the Four Way Test recited by Past President Ben Wheeler.
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge
Photo captures by Don Chick
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