Portsmouth Rotary Goes Virtual
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.
Top of the Week April 29, 2020
Top of the Week!
April 29, 2020
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.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
Cindy McKenna, Chair of the York Rotary Races sends this along…
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:
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
At this time, dinner service at the Salvation Army is ongoing as takeout only, but someone needs to prep and package the food!  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 (while maintaining appropriate social distancing), contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
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 April 23, 2020
Rotary Log for April 23, 2020
Leo called our club’s 6th virtual meeting to order, welcoming Zoom participants from the comfort of the presidential home in Stratham.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Judy Ringer sang the last verse of America the Beautiful.  Thankfully, Rotarians stayed on mute, enjoying Judy’s lovely solo. John Rice was next with an invocation urging patience and good humor despite social isolation.
Like many Rotary meetings before it, this session was not without its technical challenges.  Or as stated, high tech curve balls.  Despite it all, the warmth of Rotary fellowship prevailed. More than 40 guests and visiting Rotarians joined in. Some folks were harder to recognize, sporting longer graying hair and whiskers. 
There were clever, what to do during quarantine "ideas” shared.  Barbara Miller conducts special meal prep time with her husband. He’s becoming quite the cook. Candlelight, cocktails, dinner and dessert in a different room every night adds more variety.  Finally, the phone and TV are shut off from 6-9 p.m. 
Larry Murphy has rediscovered cribbage and Yahtzee. Plus, he has survived reading the first 100 pages of the autobiography of Mark Twain.
Deb Rourke is loving Bingo through ZOOM and craft cocktail Friday.
Aileen Dugan offered her free weight workout Discovery. Since gyms are closed, why spend big bucks on buying weights? Just go out in the yard and pick your favorite boulder. Weigh it and then label it in red, i.e., 25/50 pounds, etc. She and Frank can be seen in their yard exercising daily.
Next in the Hollywood Squares of ZOOM Rotary, Ian O’Neal.  He shared a Rotary Moment from March 14, 1967. The club was successful then in raising $4,000.  We sure have come a long way with disbursements.  Cool club then and great now.
James Petersen introduced speaker Deb Anthony, Executive Director of Gather food pantry. Gather, located on West Road in Portsmouth, is committed to ending local hunger.
The impact of COVID-19 on local restaurant and hotel workers has been significant, Deb told us. A 700-person uptick per week is huge for a small organization. Gather welcomes volunteers, Deb says, as well as cash and in-kind donations. She offered an interesting idea. Maybe plant a vegetable garden and donate the harvest? Garden for Gather.
People helping people in need, check out if you can assist.
Leo encourages Rotarians to remain involved with community service during this challenging time. There is so much each of us can do. And with that the meeting came to a close.
Ann Bliss led the 4-Way Test.
Aileen Dugan, who holds custody of the official Rotary bell, rang out the meeting. Nice being together!
Respectfully submitted, Nancy E. Notis
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