Top of the Week March 19, 2019
Top of the Week!
March 19, 2019
Basic Needs Program Gives To End 68 Hours of Hunger
The Portsmouth Program of End 68 Hours of Hunger provides a bag of nutritional, non-perishable food to feed children identified as being in need by school nurses for the time period between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday morning. Through our club’s Basic Needs Program Nancy Clayburgh and Ramona Dow recently presented Portsmouth Program Director Jen Berry with a check for $2000 to support this outreach effort.  100% of our donation is used to purchase food.
Recovery with Hope and Dignity

Volunteers Needed!!!
As many of you know our club’s annual partnership this year is with The Cross Roads House.  There are many ways to volunteer in our community but the more immediate need is to have members help during their dinners.  
There is help needed on Wednesday, March 6.  The time goes by quickly and there is lots of fellowship and music.  
Tiffany McKenna will be at the meetings getting Rotarians signed up. Thank you for those that have volunteered already.  For those who would like to sign up please let myself or Tiffany know, and if you need a makeup, it also counts!  
You all make a difference in our community and I thank you! 
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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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 March 14, 2019
Rotary Log for Thursday March 14th, 2019
Belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Not sure why we were having General Tso’s chicken for an Irish holiday, but it was delicious!
Greeter today was Francoise Meissner. Judy Ringer led us inGod Bless America,while Paris read a beautiful invocation.
Dave Holden brought Nancy Harwood.  Marcie Bergen invited Josiah Babcock. Larry Gray’s visitor was Charles Ydoate.  New member Anne Bliss brought Jennifer Minicucci and Dave Underhill hosted Nicole Scarneo.  Tom Decker’s guest was his grandson Jack, who is almost as tall as he is. Jen and John Madden were guests of John Rice. Jen should be coming into the club this week.
Neal Ouellett is looking for nominations for the Reverend Allen Award which will be presented on April 18th.
March Birthdays – Frank Firicano, Tristan Shanley, Eric Weinrieb, Katherine Berger, Marc Greer, Peter Grace and Leo Gagnon.
March Rotary Anniversaries are Leonard Seagren, Paul Lucy, John Lyons, Joanie Dickinson, Jay Gibson, Al Lantinen, Ed Mallon and John Rice. All together that amounts to 159 years of service!
President Cleo reminded us of the Club Vote next week for her Presidential Hands-On Project
Happy Dollars.
Lots of happy people at Rotary today!  Ed Mallon was happy to have reconnected with an old friend. Frank celebrated birthday fun in Ft. Myers. Nicole Scarneo was delighted for being a guest.  Anne Bliss’s dollar was to acknowledge bringing a guest (she even added another buck for a future guest.) Tom Decker was, of course, thrilled to be hosting his grandson.
Judy Loto contributed to the club in honor of a friend’s successful brain surgery. Ben Wheeler can no longer keep up with his daughter skiing and thought that was worth a dollar. Finally, there was Neal, who wasn’t happy but wanted to see Justin run across the room with the cash bucket.  There were so many happy dollars. I’m certain that I probably missed a few and for that I’m sorry L
Dave Holden won the $50 raffle prize (no match) and introduced our Speaker today.
Main Program:
Our speaker John Grimes is a teacher of Irish Dance in Dover.  He is a former River Dancecast member and has had a passion for dancing since he was 11 years old.
The kids were all amazing. They performed in “soft shoes” as well as “hard shoes.” That sounds like tap dancing, except that in Irish Dance the dancer is always trying to hide one knee behind the other (fun fact.)
Towards the end, Rosie, Lilly and their mother of Morse Family Band performed a few pieces on their violins. They simply blew us away with their choreographed dancing and instrument handling.  If Spring does come this year, you can see them play at the Portsmouth Farmers Market.
You can find more information on dance lessons at www.nhirishdance.comand on Facebook. Thank you for entertaining us!
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge
Photos by Sara Treacy
New Members Photos
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Mar 21, 2019
3S Art Space
Mar 28, 2019
Non- profit to help those raising children of drug addicted (or deceased) parents
Apr 04, 2019
Well it is April 1st - bring your best and compete - easy?
Apr 11, 2019
Farmsteads of New England & Working with Individuals who have various Development Disabilities
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Upcoming Events
Membership Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Mar 21, 2019 11:00 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Mar 28, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Apr 02, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Apr 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
May 06, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
May 16, 2019 11:00 AM
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