Top of the Week April 17, 2019
Top of the Week!
April 17, 2019
Rotary at Cross Roads Dinner
Save the Date!
Tie on your walking shoes and join the fight to STOP DIABETES at the American Diabetes Association’s inaugural New England Classic Walk.
  • July 13, 2019 on the Durham campus of UNH. Walker check-in at 11 am.
  • Choice of walk routes from 1 to 5 miles    (or more!)
  • Information expo and family fun at the finish
  • Registration will open soon at
  • In the meantime, more info can be found at
Volunteers are needed for advance planning and day-of-event. Contact the walk coordinator, Barbara Sehr, at to volunteer or get further information.
Volunteer for Cross Roads
We still need volunteers for Cross Roads for the following dates:

May 1 
June 5
July 3
August 7

May 25
July 20
Cooks 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 I will know when we have enough volunteers and can coordinate other dates that need to be filled.
Recovery with Hope and Dignity IN PORTSMOUTH!!!

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 April 11, 2019
Rotary Log for April 11, 2019
This is the kind of day we have been waiting all winter for! Beautiful, warm, sunny April 11. Almost as nice as the Rotarians inside.

Lots of guests today. Lots of announcements. 
Former president Dave plugged the upcoming ACE conference. On Friday May 3, the Pinetree Institute of Eliot is holding a daylong event on trauma informed care. It all happens here at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center.  The two key-note speakers are Dr. Robert Anda and Ms. Laura Porter, who helped pioneer and advance ACE study. For those who do continuing ed, the conference offers CEs. 
The event is mainly targeted at social workers, medical and treatment professionals. However, it is also designed to raise ACE awareness among community leaders. Awareness that can lead to better treatment and social outcomes. Dave is planning on attending himself.
 “I’m very interested in hearing these two speakers,” he explained. “And learning more about childhood indices that ‘forecast’ vulnerability to depression, suicide, addiction and other health challenges.” 
We have a Rotary discount.  Any member of District 7780 Rotary can register for the event at a fee of $150.  Enter the word “rotary” when you sign up.
Habitat for Humanity is building a home for a Dover veteran family on April 25 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Seacoast, Portsmouth and Hampton Rotary clubs are assisting
The Interact club would love to have Rotarians help them at their Wallis Sands beach cleanup May 11 from 9 AM to 11 AM. I am in! How about you? Show the Interact kids that Rotary cares about them.

No humor in today’s historical moment. The Rotary
Loghad a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King on this date, April 11, in 1968. Dr. King had been assassinated just after our Rotary meeting the week before, April 4, 1968. Here is the tribute that our club gave to Dr. King in the Log for April 11, 1968:
Almighty God, we remember before thee thy faithful servant Martin Luther King. Grant him, we pray thee, that peace and love he sought for all of God's children, even unto his death and beyond. In this hour of America's shame and sorrow, guide us in a deeper dedication of our lives to the mission of justice and dignity for all mankind, that there may be peace at home and in the farthest reaches of the world. So may thy will be done through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Turning to a much brighter topic, we welcomed the smiling face of new member Jen Madden. Jen is from Rye, married for 22 years, has three kids and owns her own residential brokerage firm. Most importantly, she has one of the Flagg golden retriever puppies from 10 years ago! Jen is very active over at the high school and will be a huge addition to our club! Welcome, Jen!

Ben Wheeler did not win the raffle today, despite having cornered the market with approximately 5000 tickets.

There were multiple happy dollars for birthdays, anniversaries of coming home from Basic Training, kid’s accomplishments and a bunch of other good stuff.


The program.

Our speaker was Deborah DeScenza on the subject of “Autism and Farmsteads of New England, Inc.” Everyone knows someone, or some family, touched by autism. One in 59 people in this country is somewhere on the spectrum. 
“If you know one person with autism,” Deborah began, “you know one person with autism, because every single person is different.”
 Indeed, her own son has autism and that sparked her motivation to start a farm where people with autism could live and work.
Farmstead has two farms, one currently operating in Hillsboro, and one being developed in Epping. People on the spectrum typically love animals and relate well to them. At the farmstead they can have residential, vocational and recreational opportunities. Ages of their clients are typically 21 to 63 years old. 
This is another one of those organizations that I wouldn't know anything about if it were not for Rotary. Excellent program!
Respectfully submitted, Jon Flagg
Photos by Craig Taylor
New Members Photos
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Apr 18, 2019
Annual Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award!!
Apr 25, 2019
Putin and Trump, the abrogation and demise of the INF Treaty of 1986 and start of a new arms race
May 02, 2019
Poetry Hoot!!
May 09, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Apr 24, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Apr 25, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
May 01, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Basic Needs Partner Service: Cross Roads House
Cross Roads House
May 01, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
May 06, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
May 08, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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