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 May 21:
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Top of the Week June 3, 2020
Top of the Week!
This Week's Speaker's Bio
Our speaker this week, Ann Lee Hussey, has so many accomplishments, we thought we would publish them for you.
Please click the link below to view her extensive accomplishments.
Portland Sunrise Speaker Series
Just a reminder that this afternoon, Wednesday, June 3 at 4:30pm, Portland Sunrise will host, on behalf of the district, the third speaker in the Rotary guest speaker series, "This is Your Rotary".  
Our special guest will be RI Vice President Yinka Babalola. RIVP Yinka is the current Director from Zone 22, which covers all of Africa. He will speak to us from his home in Port Harcourt, Nigeria with an update on Covid-19 on the African continent as well as current Rotary activities. There will be a Q&A following his presentation.
Please join in giving RIVP Yinka Babalola a warm District 7780 welcome on June 3, 2020 at 4:30PM (NOTE, this is one hour earlier than our previous speakers). You will find him knowledgeable, sociable and fun. 
Topic: This is Your Rotary - RIVP Yinka Babalola
Time: Jun 3, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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RIVP Olayinka ("Yinka") Babalola started his Rotary journey as a Rotaractor in 1983. A Rotarian since 1993, Yinka is a member of the Rotary club of Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt District 9141, Nigeria. He served his Club as President during the 2002-203 Rotary Year during which he won the Rotary International Global Quest Award for highest percentage net membership gain worldwide.  RID Yinka served his District as District Governor in 2011-2012 and during his year as Governor, the District raised over a $1,000,000 U.S. which contributed to the District (9140 at the time) to be one of the Top three performing Districts in the world, and was recognized as such at the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012. This led to continued growth in the District which resulted in the District being split into two Districts in July of 2017.
RI Director Yinka has served Rotary as Assistant Rotary International Coordinator, EndPolio ZoneCoordinator for English speaking Africa, the Rotary International Reach out To Africa (ROTA) Water and Sanitation Coordinator, member of the Sao Paulo 2015 International Convention Promotion Committee, Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (English speaking Africa, Zone 20A) and Endowment/Major Gift Adviser.
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 May 28, 2020
Rotary Log for May 28, 2020
President Leo led the Pledge of Allegiance and turned it over to Judy who sang the third verse of My Country Tis of Thee
John Rice’s invocation noted that deaths from Covid19 passed the 100,000 mark this Memorial Day week.
Leo then welcomed guests, notably our District Governor-Elect Peggy Balanger
and Melissa Lesniak, president of the Dover Rotary Club.
Sara Treacy made the only announcement, which was about our Salvation Army effort.  The Army has moved out of its old Middle Street address and now operates a food truck to serve meals. It is uncertain what our future role will be.
With no fine master operating today, James Petersen brought out an historical photo of his passing-on the presidency   This resulted in some laughter and perhaps a bit of queasiness.
The image superimposed a smiling James behind a bare-chested Vlad Putin.
Jon Flagg’s historical moment recalled June 1985 and the day when James Labrie was inducted as Portsmouth Rotary president. 
Coincidently, we were happy and pleased to see Ellen Labrie on board at this meeting.
Today’s program, the awarding of Rotary Scholarships, was next.  Co-chair Lindsey Hery reviewed winnowing down the list of 28 highly qualified applicants to 13 final recipients.   All interviews were done on Zoom and it was apparent that the students were quite comfortable with this approach.  All 13 received $3,000-dollar scholarships.
Lindsey virtually presented the first three recipients. Jennifer Sidhwa, fifth in her class of 232 at PHS, was strongly involved in volunteer activities and is headed to UNH.  Jenna Pole hopes to enter veterinary medicine. She also volunteered extensively while at PHS and will go to the University of Miami.  UNH-bound Ella Lucacz has a unique dual interest in art and sustainable farming.
Cleo Villaflores introduced the next group.   St. Thomas Aquinas grad Austin Phan will attend Brown University.   UNH is Emma Savage’s choice. She will major in Marine biology.  Rachel Goldberg is going to Colby College as an education major. Both young women graduated from PHS.
John St Pierre described three more recipients, all PHS grads.  Emma Katona is a National Honor Society scholar who did shopping for her neighbors during this crisis. She goes to Lesley College in the fall, majoring in art.   Adison Scully, remarkably, has already earned her real estate license. That’s a good thing since she will be a real estate finance major at The College of Charleston.   Jacob Boutin is a member of two All-State basketball championship teams. He volunteered extensively and started his own babysitting business.  He plans to enroll at Suffolk University.
Tristan Shanley profiled the final four students, all from PHS.  UNH-bound Lillian Murray started her own non-profit and was able to provide a washer/dryer for six needy families.  She hopes to become a CPA.  Kathleen McCafferty is going to North Carolina State.  She is a National Honor Society member and has had a working job since age 14.  Riley Huneke has enrolled at University of Southern Maine, where he will be exercise science major. Riley hopes to train as an EMT.  Finally, Jack Russo will head north to attend St Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
It is our loss not to be able to meet these remarkable students in person, but we congratulate and wish them well.  May their futures be adventurous and fulfilling.  We also thank the committee for their hard work and dedication.
Peggy Balanger closed the meeting for us with the 4-WayTest.
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
Photos by Don Chick
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Jun 04, 2020
Polio Eradication
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Jun 18, 2020
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Jun 25, 2020
Changing of the Guard
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