Top of the Week November 13, 2018
Top of the Week!
November 13, 2013
Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative Committee
A call to action for all Rotarians:  The Rotary District 7780 Recovery Initiative Committee in partnership with the City of Portland Public Health Division’s Overdose Prevention Project, is pleased to announce an opportunity for Rotarians in District 7780 to be trained in Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Pratt & Whitney Building Hannaford Hall on the Wells York County Community College Campus, located at 112 College Drive, Wells, ME.
This training is in response to the opiate epidemic sweeping across our country, where our Maine and New Hampshire communities are not immune.  Maine and New Hampshire saw 901 drug-induced deaths statewide in 2017.
Our communities must work together to make a difference and help fight this epidemic.  We can all potentially save a life and give hope to recovery.  Our Rotarians will learn about the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder and will be trained in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to perform first-aid, as well as how to administer Naloxone (the drug which reverses the affects of opioids).  Naloxone will be on hand to give out to those who attend.  The goal of this training is not only for life-saving purposes; it will hopefully help reduce the stigma attached to those with substance use disorder.   Please click on this link to RSVP, or email me at the email address below.
Anyone with questions or requests for additional information is urged to contact Chief Bob MacKenzie at the Kennebunk Police Department, 207-604-1339 or email
The Season Is Upon Us...
As we approach the holidays, just a little reminder that volunteers are needed for our annual holiday events.
Thanksgiving signups have started, so if you can cook a turkey, bake a pie or help on the day of the event sign up at an upcoming meeting.
As always, holiday tree sales begin right after Thanksgiving.  Sign ups are underway and, as always, every Rotarian is expected to work three shifts.  First come, first served, so make sure you show up and sign up. 
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 November 8, 2018
Rotary Log for November 8, 2018
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Maya Angelou
The presence of the Winnacunnet High School Honor Guard marked the significance of this
Veteran’s Day Remembrance. There is something grand about the presentation of the Colors,
and hair-tingling about the playing of Taps from the back of the room.
Al Lantinen led us in the National Anthem, followed by Bob Smith with the 4-Way Test. Our own
Air National Guard Lt. Col. (Ret) John Rice offered an inspirational invocation fitting for the
Among the day’s announcements was a call for Thanksgiving turkey cookers, pie bakers, and
volunteers. Please sign up!
Rotary District 7780 has a Call for Action to all Rotarians. District is offering training to help us recognize and respond to opiate/heroin overdose. The program is November 15 from 5PM to 6:30PM in the Pratt and Whitney Building, Hannaford Hall on the Wells York County Community College Campus.
Rose Labrie Exhibit.
Mike Labrie presented a wonderful overview of his grandmother Rose Labrie’s folk art. That work was to be on display last Tuesday at the Discover Portsmouth Center. A very special Rotary Fellowship Social was planned.  Grandma Labrie, not unlike the also-famous Grandma Moses, captured New England scenes in a uniquely primitive style.
The raffle.
Today’s raffle of $67 was won by Peter Weeks, who may buy his lovely wife Pat a Christmas
present this year. Jon Flagg quipped that Peter last won on this day in 1943. That turned out to be a better line than his anti-climactic historical moment about some past member also being in the Coast Guard.
The Speaker.
“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” is the motto of the Navy Seals.
Our Veteran’s Day guest today, Bo Smith, was introduced by Captain Mike Sullivan. His first gesture was to ask all of the veterans in the room to stand. We are honored to have so many among us.
Master Chief (Ret) Smith joined the Navy Seals in 1983. Of the 100 candidates in his class just 13 graduated. Perhaps this is because, true to its motto, Seal training required candidates to do 1000 push-ups on day one. Many of today’s attendees remarked that they hadn’t
done that many in their lifetimes. A brief video showed powerful images of Seals jumping from aircraft into the sea. There is a purpose behind that rigor. On a never-ending basis, Seals are called to perform the near impossible in service to their country and their fellow soldiers.
Smith concluded with a powerful message. The Navy Seals are just one of the military’s Special Operations units. All are at work for our protection every minute of every day somewhere in the world. This was something to ponder as we left a beautiful country club setting to continue our lives in blissful security. Thank you to them and thank you again to all of our Veterans and active-duty service members.
And thank you, Stanford, for another inspiring Veteran’s Day program.
Nominating Committee
Elected to Leo Gagnon’s Nominating Committee were Nancy Notis, James Peterson and yours
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
New Members Photos
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Nov 15, 2018
We are going "Bully". Dress appropriately to show respect & stay tuned
Nov 22, 2018
Give Thanks, celebrate, watch sports, meet family & friends (politics?)
Nov 29, 2018
PHA's Work Force Housing Project on Court Street (River City of course)
Dec 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Nov 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Nov 15, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Portsmouth Rotary Thanksgiving Dinner
Jarvis Center
Nov 22, 2018
11:15 AM – 2:30 PM
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern Bank
Nov 28, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Board Meeting
Service Credit Union Corporate Office
Dec 05, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
New Member Orientation
Aileen Dugan State Farm
Dec 06, 2018
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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