Top of the Week November 17 2019
Top of the Week!
November 17, 2019
Portsmouth Highschool Interact Club "Trick or Treating" for Canned Goods
Most kids on haloween night might find themselves going door to door asking for candy. However, for Portsmouth Highschool Interact Club students went trick or treating for canned goods. These canned goods will be donated to a local family in need. Great job Portsmouth Highschool Interact club! 
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.
Here is a picture of Bill Simpson working at the Cross Roads house dinner. 
Operation Warm is a non profit started by a Rotarian in the Philadelphia area about 15 years ago. He had observed children without coats waiting for the school bus in the middle of winter, and decided to buy a few with his own money to hand out.  He then did some research with the school system and learned that many kids, especially in the intercities, don’t even go to school in the winter because they don’t havea coat OR in some cases don’t have a respectablecoat so prefer to be cold, ornot go to school because they are embarrassed. 
This is Portsmouth Rotary’s 10thyear to participate in the Program and now that non-profit in PA has sold & distributed over 3 million coats---in the beginning to Rotary clubs and now other community organizations too. We started with $1,000 in 2009, granted through the Wm Cash Committee and now we are now under the Basic Needs Committee who has advocated regularly for more funding.  This year the Board approved $3,000. A little more than $2,400 has been spent on 120 coats and we will use the additional $600 or so to buy accessories like mittens and gloves, hats, warm socks and maybe some snow pants or boots for the kids.  
We added one more local organization to our recipients partnership this year and that is Seacoast Pathways---the others are Head StartSC Community SchoolFamilies First, Cross RoadsThe Chase HomeSC Family Promiseand Salvation Army. See photo album at the bottom of the ebulletin for more images. 
Portsmouth Holiday Parade
The Portsmouth Holiday parade is on December 7th. Join your Rotary friends and come bring your holiday cheer to the annual parade this year! 
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
Or Volunteer At the Salvation Army
Another great fellowship opportunity.  Upcoming dates for dinner service at the Salvation Army is 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
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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 November 7, 2019
Rotary Log for November 7, 2019
President Leo opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance, song and invocation.  Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced.  Leo said that Portsmouth Rotary will have a float in the city’s Christmas Parade. Volunteers are welcome to participate as well as walk in the parade.
Justin Finn thanked everyone who signed up for Christmas tree shifts….Marie Brownell reminded us about the golf tournament committee meeting….Joanie Dickenson announced her appreciation for those who signed up to assist the Interact group at their weekly meeting and Salvation Army suppers…We were reminded that more Thanksgiving turkey cookers are needed as well as kitchen help and clean up.
There were more announcements. Barbara Miller says the Cash committee is here to help fund projects with which individuals are involved….Bill Hurley needs volunteers to help pack a container with Crutches for Africa November 23….Josiah Babcock issued an open invitation for anyone to attend the Communication committee November 14 at 11 AM here.
Jonathan Flagg, in his Historical Moment, discussed the different Rotary Christmas ornaments through the years.  As this is the 25th anniversary of its inception, he called for unique and special suggestions for this year’s commemorative design.  Several ideas pit forth are, in fact, serious and pretty good.
Priscilla then introduced “Capt. Dan,” who with his troop of skier and snowboarders, has volunteered, unasked, at the last five Thanksgiving dinners.  He apologized that their schedule would not allow them to participate this year.  However, he rightly praised our efforts in the community and admitted that he knew very little about Rotary until five years ago.  He says he’s carried our message of community involvement with him since.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Tom Decker at $25.
Ramona Dow then introduced Lauren Wool of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast.  She graciously thanked us for our support, especially for their “Baby Shower” event and “Purses for a Purpose.”  She then enumerated the agency’s focus on areas of greatest need.  Two prominent ones are educational “K-ready Readers” and homelessness “Home for All” coalition.
Page Farmer, executive director of Home for All, then discussed the challenges her organization faces and the steps being taken to meet them.  Although the paucity of affordable housing is well known, the extent of the problem is daunting.  It was shocking to hear that approximately 800 students in Strafford and Rockingham counties experienced homelessness during a school year. 
Because there can be many causes for homelessness, solutions may involve several agencies with attendant fragmentation and repetition. The coalition is attempting to streamline the process, so clients aren’t filling out and signing multiple identical forms.  Education in the community is also paramount.  Home for All hopes to engage owners and landlords in allotting space for families with housing vouchers.  Understand that the waiting period to receive a voucher is one to three years!  
Important to the education of owners and landlords is making them aware of the services some agencies can provide. Between 500 and 700 evictions occur each year.  The coalition is working on identifying strategies for early intervention and preventing evictions.  
With current shelters routinely running at maximum capacity, this is a program we can all get behind.
Respectfully submitted, Albert Lantinen
New Members Photos
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Nov 21, 2019
Northeast Passage
Nov 28, 2019
Dec 05, 2019
History of the Music Hall
Dec 12, 2019
Chase Home
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Aileen Dugan State Farm Agency
Nov 08, 2019
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Nov 13, 2019
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Portsmouth Country Club
Nov 14, 2019
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Nov 18, 2019
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Nov 21, 2019
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Nov 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
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