Top of the Week March 11, 2020
Top of the Week!
March 11, 2020
Sorry We Missed You
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
The makeup policy has changed recently, so you can use makeups beyond the former two week limit.
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.
Rotary Teams Up with Toastmasters
Anyone looking to hone their speaking skills should check out the link below to see how Rotary and Toastmasters is teaming up to foster the next generation of leaders.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Rotary dinner services at the Salvation Army is a great way to support the community and enjoy some fellowship outside of our regular meetings.
If you want get in on the fun, contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
Volunteer for Cross Roads Dinner Service
If you want to get in on another great fellowship experience, please consider volunteering for a meal service 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.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
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
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
Rotary Log for March 5, 2020
Rotary Log for March 5, 2020
The meeting was run to order in typical Rotary fashion. Greeter Judy Lotto led us with a very uplifting and inspirational prayer. Go through your day with faith, trust, love and a great attitude!
Andrea Herold brought her co-worker Melissa Lockhart.
Ed Miller, Barb’s husband, was on hand.
Soon- to-be Rotarian John Sullivan came as Justin Finn’s guest.
Nicole Clark introduced her invitee David McMahon.
Today’s speaker, Jill Gravink, was previously bumped for presidential candidates three separate times.
As a result, Fine master Neal Ouellett decided to fine speaker chair James Petersen.
Fines were also given out to anyone traveling internationally to China or Italy due to the current coronavirus epidemic. Neal called out Leo Gagnon and Jon Flagg for being math challenged at the board meeting. So, $5 dollar fines were given out to all people on the “math committee.”
Every week a representative of one of our many committees will give a “Committee minute.” Nicole Clark presented a Communication Committee update. She asked us to follow Portsmouth Rotary club on Facebook and Instagram. Nicole then shared a heart-warming Facebook review from someone who bought a Christmas tree from Vice President Jon.
There are a lot of March Rotary babies! Happy Birthday to all of them! We also congratulated people on their Rotary anniversaries for a combined 206 years of service. The 50/50 raffle was drawn for $45 with a $25 bonus. Walter Liff won, but unfortunately there was no match. Back into the pot for next week!
The program.
Neal introduced our speaker Jill Gravink, Founder and Executive Director of Northeast Passage. Northeast Passage's mission is three-fold. First, it seeks to empower people living with disabilities, both visible and invisible. Second, they attempt to define, pursue and achieve whole life health, community engagement and fulfillment through the purposeful use of sports and recreation involvement.  Finally, Northeast passage endeavors to develop and promote best practices in the fields of Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports.
Jill started NEP more than 30 years ago as a small private nonprofit. In 2000, after years of successful collaboration, NEP was approached by University of New Hampshire. The Dean of the college of Health and Human services asked if NEP was willing to merge. The goal was to develop a service branch to give students a living lab. NEP now has a staff of 20, a $2 million-dollar budget and last year worked with more than 900 clients. UNH covers 30% of the budget allowing all donations to go directly to programs.
Jill shared many heart-warming stories; one was about a client named Ed. Ed found NEP while taking his grandchildren ice skating one day and seeing them at the rink. He had a spinal injury which made many physical activities difficult. Ed regained his sense of identity through NEP as they taught him how to ride a bike. Recently, Ed cycled through the White Mountains from Crawford Notch to Franconia. Thanks to NEP, he is now able to participate in activities with his wife, an avid runner and cyclist.
NEP’s youngest client is three years old and the oldest is a 96-year-old World War II veteran. The organization has produced seven Olympians, five on the sled hockey team. In fact, NEP’s top tier sled hockey team is #1 in the country. Their mid-level team has gone undefeated this season.
The organization serves clients within a two-hour distance of Durham, but offers workshops beyond that radius.
Altogether NEP is a great organization doing amazing work in our community.
Respectfully submitted, Madeline Warren
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