Top of the Week September 4, 2019
Top of the Week!
September 4, 2019
Hurricane Dorian:  A Special Message from PDG Dave Underhill
Rotary is not a first-responder: the Red Cross and many other agencies provide that critical need.  But when a storm the magnitude of this one takes place; we all ask how we can help. 
Past-RI President Barry Rassin lives in the Bahamas.  He's safe, but the islands to the north of him are devastated.  Rotary has established a donor-advised fund to help the rebuilding and recovery efforts, both in the Bahamas and (if it becomes necessary) in the southern U.S.  We can be confident the dollars are monitored and approved by Rotarians on the ground, and will not be wasted.
President Leo and I want you to have this information immediately: we'll share more at the Club meeting tomorrow.  Thank you for the many ways you serve through Rotary.  We are all connected and support each other.
Click on the link below for more information

Dave Underhill, Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
District 7780 Finance Committee Chair & Past District 7780 Governor (2017-2018)
Rotary Rocks! District Conference message from DG Andy Glazier
Hello Rotarians and future Rotarians!
Our Events Team is working at warp speed on creating a fabulous October 5th RotaryRocks! event for us:
A District Conference Like No Other! One Magnificent Day! 

Saturday, October 5th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Univ of Southern Maine, Portland.
Continuing with two of our themes this Rotary year of "Be Creative" and "Think Outside The Box", we are working at warp speed to finalize details for our "District Conference like no other!" Our event Team is confident that we are creating an experience that will excite, entertain, and motivate all, Rotarians and potential Rotarians alike!
To maximize participation (the theatre at the University of Southern Maine seats 550), we have set the event registration fee at a mere $20 for the day. This includes event participation, parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
What's unique about this high energy event? It's the ideal event for all new (and veteran) Rotarians and potential Rotarians to experience what's happening in our Rotary today. We have asked each club to please have a display table featuring the good work that your club does, be it fund raisers, service projects, or grant work. There will be another 20 display tables featuring Rotary related projects. Connect with Rotarians from other clubs - explain to them what works for you - learn from others what works for them - experience what's going on in Rotary outside of your club.
Additionally our New Voices Club Rotarians (the high energy leaders of our future) will be explaining their novel and unique (Thinking Outside The Box) approach to Rotary.
And, our Zone 24 & 32 Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette, will be our keynote speaker! Jeffry is an exciting, high energy, GrowRotary! motivational speaker with new ideas; you will love him!
=> Please register to attend today!
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and in-laws - bring all your potential Rotarians. At this price you can afford to bring 20, 30, or more!
Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Our dear friend and Portsmouth Rotarian Peg Millar is looking for some Rotarian fellowship during the week.  Since Peg is unable to drive it leaves her feeling a bit lonely and isolated.   A half hour visit can go a long way in putting a smile on Peg’s face.  We have had a small circle of our Rotarian’s visiting Peg and helping with errands but with everyone’s busy schedule it would nice to get a few more folks over to spread a little cheer Peg’s way.  Please reach out to Peg for a visit at 603-501-0910.
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
Volunteer for Cross Roads
For a 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.
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.
Or Volunteer At the Salvation Army
Another great fellowship opportunity.  Upcoming dates for dinner service at the Salvation Army are September 17, October 29 and November 25.  Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.  If you are interested, contact Sara Treacy.
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:
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 August 29, 2019
Rotary Log for August 29, 2019
President Leo is proving to be an accomplished time manager.  He called the meeting to order promptly at 12:15PM. Our cheerful greeter, PP Cleo, led us in song.  John Bohenko offered the prayer, one that perhaps he silently invokes before Council meetings and press interviews.
Red Sox-Yankees tickets were auctioned by Steve Bennett bringing $130 into the coffers. They were offered thanks to Eric Weinrieb, an apparently rabid “Pinstriper”.
This was followed by an addition to the customary introduction of guests and visiting Rotarians. Leo asked members with less than one year of tenure to stand and announce themselves. A nice touch…
Our new president had a plethora of announcements, which can be found on the club website.  Of interest are a couple of Rotary Fellowship opportunities. Rotary Rocks is happening in Portland on October 5th.  And Sunshine Boys at the Seacoast Rep from 8/28 to 9/8 has a special ticket offer for members of the club. 
Not quite ready to surrender the mike, Leo invoked personal privilege to penalize the Finemaster $5 for no apparent reason.  Finally, he noted the absence of an historical moment due to another Jon Flagg appointment in court. Many wondered- are his appearances personal or professional? One thing is certain. Members missed his dry and droll wit.
To a nice round of applause for a good guy, John St. Pierre collected the $44, 50/50 raffle prize.  No match though - buy your tickets next week for a chance at the $225 bonus!
Important Reminder
Our engaged and generous club carries out its purpose in so many ways. The Basic Needs Committee was formed to assist community members lacking in such essentials as food, clothing, shelter and health care.  This year, under the guidance of Tiffany McKenna and her committee, Crossroads House is beneficiary of our heightened attention. 
Members are asked to check out sign-up boards at the back of the room for cooking and serving shifts at the shelter. We are also requested to participate in the Diaper Drive during any of the next three meetings. How can you help? Donate diapers in sizes 3 to 6, baby wipes, and new or used baby monitors. Or bring cash or check and committee members will do the shopping for you, announced Tiffany.
The Program: Park Portsmouth
Benjamin Fletcher, Portsmouth’s Parking Director, was introduced by City Manager Bohenko.  Utilizing a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation, Fletcher outlined the wide scope of the Parking Division. It is a Special Revenue Fund within The Department of Public Works.  The city website is a resource for the interested reader to learn more than can be covered here.
We learned that the Division has responsibility for the city’s 2400 units of on- and off-street parking and two parking garages. They generate $7.5 million dollars in annual revenues.  Further, the Division oversees a wide range of other programs. These include School Crossing Guards, downtown snow and trash removal, “Signs and Lines, Fees and Fines.”  Bike lanes and the Zagster Program are also under its purview. Overheard was mostly negative chatter from several tables about the newly designated Middle Street bike lanes.
Fletcher offered a description of parking occupancy rates in Portsmouth, too complicated to cover here. A simple data point is that the goal is for 85% parking occupancy. The coveted inner-city-most spaces exceed that, and are used primarily by out of town visitors. Another factoid is that parking revenues contribute $2.4 million dollars to the general fund.
Parking was referred to as a “quintessential supply and demand model.”  City goals are sufficient supply, support safe and inviting walking environment and embrace a “Park Once” philosophy.  These are viewed as best practices in the interest of residents, visitors and especially downtown business.
Supply and demand are apparently controlled through a system of parking zones and rate schedules. They are not without complication and controversy. More central and coveted spaces cost more. Hanover Garage and outlying spaces progressively less.  The new Foundry Garage is below expected use at 30% occupancy, hence it employs pricing strategies to encourage use.  In addition, there are several free lots. Conversely, newer private lots add convenience and availability, but at a premium price.
The level of interest in a luncheon topic can often be judged by the number and passion of the follow-up questions. Today’s Q&A session was spirited, reinforcing the oversized importance of parking in the city.
Regarding follow-up questions, here is a gentle reminder.  Our club benefits greatly from the many talented and generous speakers who give of their time each week.  We won’t always agree with everything a speaker has to say. But our unique Rotary ethos is to listen respectfully.
The Q&A session has a simple guideline.  Ask one question and avoid a discourteous editorial. Most of the speakers are willing to set up a time to meet with a member who has a keen interest in a topic.
Leo brought the meeting to a close with the Four-Way Test.  Particularly pertinent to the tip: Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendship?
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
New Members Photos
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Sep 05, 2019
University of NH - Meet the New President
Sep 12, 2019
ReVision Energy - Renewable Energy
Sep 19, 2019
Lydia's House of Hope
Oct 03, 2019
Community College System of NH
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Sep 11, 2019
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Sep 12, 2019
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Sep 17, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Sep 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Cash Committee Meeting
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Sep 25, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Oct 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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