Portsmouth Rotary Goes Virtual
Please note that until futher notice, our virtual meetings shall be starting at 10:30.  The ZOOM room will be open at 10:15 am for socializing.  See you in the cyberverse!
Virtual Meetings Are the New Normal (at least for now)
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship (plus you get a peek inside other Rotarian's houses!)
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Please join Rotary's Weekly Fellowship Meeting by ZOOM on your Computer with or without video OR join by mobile or home phone.  
1. Join on Mute and stay on Mute until you need to ask a question.
2.  Stay on MUTE for the National Anthem - except for the person called on to sing (no pressure).
3. Leave all stupid jokes to Leo and Jon - they've proven their adeptness to this task.
4.  Register a VENMO account. The Rotary Fine Master WILL be making an appearance.  No VENMO, No Problem, fines will be doubled for non-VENMO offenders.
5.  Keep the CHAT civilized.  Anything you say is recorded and stored for history... if you wouldn't publish it in a Newspaper, don't publish it in the Chat window.
6.  ENJOY and have FUN.  Rotary is all about Fellowship.  We're rapidly isolating to a point that some among us will need our fellowship for a strong boost of morale.
7. People have embarrassed themselves mightily on Zoom conferences since self-isolation started.  Google search "ZOOM Video mistakes" to learn from the mistakes of others. 
Check your email for the meeting links.
Recordings of Our Meetings Available
If you miss one of our virtual meetings, you can catch up by streaming the recording.  Just follow the link...
Recording of June 11 Portsmouth Rotary Zoom Meeting
Password: 1U?BSe4*
Top of the Week June 17, 2020
Top of the Week!
Doing Good in the World
Thank you for taking action and making it possible for The Rotary Foundation to do good around the world. Because of your generous service and support, we are able to make a positive impact in communities that need our help most.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make a difference. Your contributions help us fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and respond to disasters.

Help us continue Doing Good in the World for years to come by making an even bigger impact with another gift today. Thank you for your continued support of our Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation
Here are Links for Some Upcoming Rotary Events Mentioned by President Leo
Rotary Convention 
Peace Webinar Series
Take Out Polio
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.
New Scholarship Fund Honoring Dr. Clayburgh
Nancy Clayburgh whose husband Jim passed away on Friday, May 1st  would like to establish a Rotary scholarship fund in his name.
Dr. James B Clayburgh Scholarship Fund. Anyone wishing to support this fund may do so by mailing contribution to Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03802-0905.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
The York Rotary Four on the  4th Road Race this year is going virtual!  Super easy to walk or run a 4 mile course anywhere any time during that week! We are challenging other clubs to jump on our bandwagon and register to participate! As expected, majority of funds raised will go towards Covid-19, mostly local.
Use the link below to sign up.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Sara Treacy and Lexi Leddy at the food truck Tuesday night. They helped serve about 30 diners. 
Rotary participation is being limited to two people per service.  
If you would like to participate please contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Especially in these challenging times, it is time to up our communications game.
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
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Rotary Log for June 11, 2020
Rotary Log for Thursday June 11th, 2020
Day 76 of “Stay at home” order from NH Governor Sununu
Yet another Zoom meeting, a good enough reason to take a shower!
Al Lantinen led us in song and John Rice gave the invocation, asking for protection as the Seacoast slowly reopens.  This coming Monday the “Stay at Home order” expires and is replaced with a “Safe at home” Advisory.  Restaurants are allowed to sit people inside as of Monday at 50% capacity.  We are in contact with The Portsmouth Country Club, discussing our options for in-person club meetings.  President Leo will be sending out a survey soon seeking your opinion.
  • “Take-out Polio” – on Facebook there will be a link posted where you can donate to End Polio.
  • Julia Phelps, who ended her tenure as the Rotary Foundation Trustee, is the speaker in a new Webinar series.
  • Cash Committee Chair Barbara Miller announced a grant to “Raise the Roof.”
  • Jon Flagg – self-described as “Damn Near Emperor” -- used his historical moment to remind us of the Changing of the Guard” June 25th.  Rotary’s first Changing of the Guard came back in 1924 and was followed by dinner at the President’s house. Leo graciously offered lobsters and steak. Invitation to follow!
June Corona Birthdays:
  • Conard, Karen Jun 03
  • Villaflores, Cleo Jun 03
  • Moulton, Dennis Jun 05
  • Tabor, John Jun 05
  • Sullivan, Moe Jun 08
  • Seery, CLU, ChFC, Dick Jun 09
  • Dugan, Aileen Jun 10
  • Chick, Don Jun 11
  • Lucy, Paul Jun 16
  • Oneail, Ian Jun 20
  • Cummings, Patricia Jun 23
  • Zadravec, Stephen Jun 23
  • Semprini, Wayne Jun 28
  • Taylor, Cliff Jun 28
Main Program: Annual Vocational Awards
Caitlyn Hassett hosted this year’s program. There are four categories of Vocational Service Award: General, Educational, Health and Public Service.  Each Recipient receives an engraved plaque and $500 towards their charity of choice.
City Manager Karen Conard nominated Stephanie Seacord, Portsmouth Public Information Officer. Stephanie has worked for 76 straight days, creating and updating a daily Advisory Bulletin for Covid 19.  The publication has been adopted and implemented by many other cities in the area.
Steve Zadravec nominated Nancy Royce, a school Administrator. She constantly supports students living in poverty, ensuring they receive college opportunities, transportation and other help.  She is donating her $500 to the Opportunities Fund. Nancy created this effort and has raised $10 thousand dollars. The fund underwrites lunch for needy students.
Trish Cummings nominated her colleague, Miriam Pelletier, Director of Nursing Services at Edgewood. Trish said that Miriam goes above and beyond in her duties. She makes sure that all in her care are safe from Covid19, a disease which can fatally affects older people in long term care facilities.
Lindsay Reid (notice the new married last name J)  nominated Michelle Meyer. Ms Myer, Eliot’s new state representative, created a Facebook page called “Eliot Strong” to help the town’s older population. The page has produced local efforts like hanging door tags with encouraging words of “there is a neighbor nearby ready to help you.” It also created the “Eliot Strong Mask Bank.”
Our meeting closed with former president Ben Wheeler reciting the Four Way Test. We all recited it from the Memory with a little help from Google!
Respectfully submitted, Yvonne Legge
Photos by Don Chick

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Jun 18, 2020
Foundation Giving
Jun 25, 2020
Changing of the Guard
Jul 02, 2020
4rth of July Holiday
Jul 09, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Jul 08, 2020 8:00 AM -
Jul 29, 2021 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Jul 09, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite Imaging
Aug 12, 2020 8:00 AM -
Sep 02, 2021 9:00 AM
Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Aug 13, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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