Top of the Week October 9, 2019
Top of the Week!
October 9, 2019
Rotary Rocks District Conference
It was an informative and inspirational time in Portland at the annual District 7780 Conference.  The theme of the day was how we can all help Rotary grow here in the states. 
One of the highlights of the day was the Kick-Off Speech by Jeffry Cadorette, a member of Rotary International’s Board of Directors.
Young and upcoming Rotarians were highlighted and provided insightful thoughts on what will draw more young Rotarians into the club.
One such example was Jaycee Chavez Junior, a Portsmouth Scholarship recipient and a member of the UNH Rotaract Club (at left seen here at one of the day’s presentations).
Our club provided a display table highlighting some of the fundraisers we do and the charities we support.
For more photos from the event, click on the link below.
Kudos to District Governor Andy Glazier and all of the people involved in making this a wonderful and enriching event.
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.
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)
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 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:
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.
Rotary Log for October 3, 2019
Rotary Log for October 3, 2019
Crisp Fall weather greeted Rotarians as they gathered for the weekly PCC luncheon. New member Josiah Babcock welcomed lunch guests. President Leo quieted the crowd with a sharp striking of the bell.  He called the meeting to order, then led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Al Lantinen directed the group in singing America. The beautiful rendition received strong vocal support from Judy Ringer. If only all Rotarians could sing like them. John Rice offered the Invocation.
Guests (and their Rotarian host if any)
Rotarian Jodi Scholes of Vienna, Va., who is relocating to this area joined us for lunch.  Don Chick was the guest of Susan Gold, Elizabeth Burr (Jessica Parker,) Lisa Ford (Leo) and David Hindley (Jon Flagg.) Other guests included Charlie Ydoate (John Pappas,) Joann Neumann (Donna Lewallen) and Keith Wilson (Josiah Babcock.)
General announcements.
World Polio Day is October 24…Don’t forget the Friends Forever fundraiser “Pints for Peace” at Ri Ra Irish Pub this Saturday 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.…. The Communication Committee meets Thursday October 10 at 11 am…. Be aware that there is potential Rotary involvement in the Portsmouth Christmas parade Dec. 1st…. Thanks to everyone who supported the diaper drive for Crossroads House and My Breast Cancer campaign.
The Interact Club is booming at Portsmouth High according to Joanie. Some 60 students attended the last meeting and more support is needed from our club…. Past District Governor Mort Schmidt’s surgery has been delayed. Dr. Mort would love to hear from his two and four legged friends!
Don Chick and Keith Wilson are on 7-Day Notice.
The 50/50 drawing of $51 was claimed by Rotarian Bill Simpson.  Happily, he picked a match, literally skipping away with the $325 bonus.
Fines, etc.
“Fine Master Extraordinaire” Neil relieved Rotarians of every dollar he could.  Among the penalized were participants of the never-ending John Paul Jones project. Ted Alex was dinged for dozing off at a recent lunch meeting. John Lyons and a few others eared fines for killing Rotary phone etiquette rules. Nancy Notis had to pay for picking on poor PP Ben from the podium. Nice guy Bill Hurley’s table was fined, because he is so generous. A glowing Lindsey Hery earned s congratulations on her engagement. She was subsequently was fined in the name of love.
Basil was singled out for his great front-page Herald appearance.  He then received a standing ovation honoring his 50-years of hands on projects.  Yes, he really is a trained chemical engineer.
The program.
Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, was the featured speaker. He talked about the strides CCSNH has made with traditional and adult students.  The key is providing affordable, quality and accessible education for all. Working closely with schools and industry, the system has a high graduation rate. It strives to give traditional students a running start while in high school.  He talked about how society needs to get away from the “trade school” stigma that exists.  They understand that not everyone will be a doctor or detective like on TV.
Joining Gittell was Great Bay Community College President Dr. Cathryn Addy and Marketing VP Sean Clancy. They voiced their desire for the college to be an on-going resource for the state’s business community. Both educators understand that learning never stops. Further, the state’s businesses are struggling to get and keep workers. Therefore, Great Bay will continue to align with the commercial sector to excite students about the great opportunities here.
Leo ended the meeting on time. Rotarians left the session reflecting on the light heartedness of the day. A good meeting and that’s the truth.
Respectfully submitted, Nancy E. Notis
New Members Photos
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Community College System of NH
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The Business of Christmas Trees
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B Corporations
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Oct 09, 2019
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Oct 17, 2019
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Oct 21, 2019
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Oct 29, 2019
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Oct 30, 2019
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