Top of the Week January 30, 2019
Top of the Week!
January 30, 2019
And Without Further Ado…
Below is your Slate of Portsmouth Rotary Officers and Board Members for next year.
President - Leo Gagnon
President Elect - Jonathan Flagg
Vice President - Justin Finn
Immediate Past President - Cleo Villaflores
Secretary - Lindsey Hery
Assistant Secretary - Caitlin Burke
Treasurer - Steve Wood
Assistant Treasurer - Joe Bove
Club Service Director - Susan Gold
Vocational Services Director - Caitlyn Hassett
International Chair - Bob Herold
Sergeant at Arms - John St Pierre
Assistant Sergeant at Arms - Julia Thompson
Community Service Director - Betsy Scott
Directors - John Bohenko and Craig Taylor 
Senior Directors - Ted Alex, Nancy Notis, Neal Ouellette 
Congratulations to all and thank you for your service.
Rotary Service at Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
A group of intrepid volunteers served dinner at the Salvation Army this past Tuesday night.
L to R: Ted Alex, Midge Nelson, Dennis Moulton, Cindy Bishop, Aileen Dugan, Captain Bill Hurley
If you have some time to spare for some fun and fellowship, please contact Sara Treacy to help at the next scheduled serving.
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, February 6 and Saturday, February 16.  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
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
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 January 24, 2019
Rotary Log for January 24, 2019
Barb Miller was outstanding this week as both Greeter and leading us in the Rotary Four Way Test. With her usual efficiency President Cleo called us to order. Stalwart Al Lantinen led us in God Bless America. (We may have been singing in different keys with insufficient volume, but we did our best. Someone at my table said Reverend Allen would have made us sing a redo.) Sara Treacy handled invocation duties.
Neal Ouellett led us in a moment of silence in memory of Reverend Arthur Hilson. The beloved religious and community leader passed away this week. He was 82. Hilson was a Rotarian for many years, sharing invocation duties back when we had a deep bench of clergy. Walter shouted out his famous refrain when asked how he was: “To blessed to complain.”
Guests and Announcements
We welcomed Yvonne Legge’s guest Ann Bliss. Cleo put Ann’s application on 7-Day Notice. So, unless there are objections, Ms. Bliss will be introduced to our club on January 31. We also welcomed Jim Rini’s guest, Ray Tweedie.
Cleo plugged the hands-on project this weekend at the John Paul Jones house…. Filling in for Tiffany, Cleo said there remain volunteer opportunities at Crossroads House, our Basic Needs partner this year…The Bangladesh program has been scheduled for February 21st. Ted said that participants will come dressed in scrubs. (Yours truly chucked his already! Oops.)
Happy Dollars
Jessica’s daughter received a writing award. It was not a Pulitzer Prize, but close. Susan was happy for what a fabulous job President Cleo is doing. The room indicated agreement based on warm applause. Bill Powers apparently received barbs from female volunteers at Crossroads House last weekend. They kept answering all his questions with “I don’t know, my husband does all the cooking.” You will need to ask Bill why this is a happy dollar. Of course, the club operating account accepts all kinds when it comes to income. Justin Finn was grateful for the mentorship Reverend Hilson provided him when he was just a youngster.
50/50 Raffle
…And this week’s winner of the 50/50 raffle was Leonard Seagren! There was no match, but Leonard generously handed over the winnings to this week’s speaker.
The Program
Past District Governor Dave Underhill introduced our program. During his year as DG, Dave made the District Cultural Exchange program a priority. In 2018 Hampton’s Joan Correll visited Kakamega, Kenya with five other district Rotarians.
This visit focused on the programs of the Kakamega Orphans Care Center. The mission to support orphans was started at the local Quaker Friends School in 1994 by Dorothy Selebwa. In the 90’s most of the orphans needing basic help were children of parents that had died of AIDS.  A dynamic duo formed when Dorothy visited Maine and met fellow Quaker Sukie Rice of Freeport.
Soon thereafter, a significant fundraising effort resulted in the construction of the Kakamega Orphans Care Center. The Center can house and provide for 50 children. Since the 90’s many other programs have been added to provide young people care and a chance at normal development.
The Home-Based program supports 130 children in the homes of extended relatives. It provides for school fees, educational supplies, food, counseling, a mattress, blankets and towels, and a toothbrush. Solar lights were recently provided to help children read and study. (Now the students can’t use darkness as an excuse for not doing their homework.)
The High School program supports 60 children that live at their schools or nearby.
The College program supports 25 young adults that live at school.
The Strong Young Women program supports twenty-six 20-30 -year-old women in agriculture, entrepreneurship, health and family planning. A local agriculture expert provides education, seeds for crops, and fertilizer. Joan and the group witnessed the success of this program firsthand. Some families can now afford to buy a cow. The area is extremely rural, so another benefit is the camaraderie and sharing of experiences by far flung neighbors with similar challenges.
The Healthy Homes Fund, created with a Rotary grant, provides basic materials. A typical home is comprised of mud walls and a mud floor, a tin roof and outdoor latrine. Grant money pays for supplies while the grant recipient provides labor and other materials locally available such as wood. Since returning from her trip $7500 dollars has been raised through a District grant and Club donations. That’s enough to make notable improvements to fifteen homes.
There is also an opportunity to sponsor a child. Each of Joan’s three grandchildren forwent a Christmas gift to instead sponsor a child. The annual cost to support a school age child is $415 dollars per year and a college student, $1,000 dollars per year.
Co-travelers with Joan included Carol, Bridgeton; Claudia, Brunswick; Team Leader Steve, Bethel and Catherine and Tom, Freeport.
Joan is truly grateful for the opportunity to get out of her comfort zone and make change happen in a developing country.  Further, she appreciates doing so, in a safe environment thanks to the Rotary network.
Joan stressed that the Kakamega Orphans Care Center and associated programs can use our help.
Respectfully submitted, James Petersen
Photos by Sara Treacy
New Members Photos
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Feb 07, 2019
Global Agricultural Alliance
Feb 14, 2019
Well it is Valentine's Day - The Seacoast Rep - the 2019 Season
Feb 21, 2019
Rotaplast in Sylhet Bangladesh (with selfies)
Feb 28, 2019
Dean of the UNH School of Law
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