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Spread a Little Love Peanut Butter Drive Extended for One More Week
Due to the cancellation of last week's meeting, the Peanut Butter Drive has been extended for one more week.
Ramona Dow extends her thanks to everyone who has donated so far.
"Wow! What a generous Rotary Club we have! During the first week of our two week drive we have collected 53 jars ( various sizes) and $104 in cash to buy more peanut butter. Our goal of 150 jars is well within reach. Funds collected thus far will buy us an additional 40-50 jars (16 oz) so we are 2/3 of our way there!"
The collected peanut butter will be donated to Crossroads House, Seacoast Family Food Pantry, Operation Blessing, The Salvation Army, the Greenland Food Pantry and End 68 Hours of Hunger.
Rotary Service and Engagement
In 2015, Rotary International and Peace Corps formalized a service partnership to help enhance our club and district service activities locally and around the world. They are interested in hearing from Rotarians who have engaged with Peace Corps.
Click on the link below for additional information about the survey.
Cuban Cultural Exchange
Click on the link below for information about participating in an upcoming cultural exchange program in Cuba. . The team will travel to the island for about a week during the late Spring/early Summer, probably late May - early June.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28TH.
Upcoming Interact Conference
From Kevin C. Raymond, District 7780 Interact Chair
Greetings Interact Advisors:
Attached please find the information and registration forms for this year’s “Feeding the Hope” Interact/New Generations Conference. It’s going to be a good one! Please distribute the invitation and keynote bio to all your Interact members. Some items to note are below:
- Date: Saturday, March 25
- Location: Scarborough High School
- Keynote Speaker: Travis Roy (his bio is with the information/invitation)
- Registration Deadline: Please register ASAP so we can plan accordingly. March 10 is the deadline for registration and payment to be in the mail to me, as noted on registration form.
- Fee: Students and Advisors are $10. Others and Rotarians are $15.
- We are asking each attendee to bring 1 or 2 canned goods.
- As noted from the evaluations last year there will be breakout sessions in place of the panel discussion this year. We really do read themJ
Thank you and let me know if you have any questions.
Rotary Golf Tournament
Pease Golf Course
This year's tournament chair is Peter Grace. As always, it will take many volunteers to make this event a success, so contact Peter if you can help out. Looking forward to another great event.
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 James.
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 email@example.com. And please send photos!
Rotary Log for February 2, 2017
By Everett Eaton
Photos by Jim Rini
Right on time, the meeting opened at 12:15.
Judy Ringer led us in song (boy can she sing…).
Ramona Dow led us in the Four Way Test and John Rice gave the invocation.
There were almost too many visitors to remember; Dean Karamucchi, Jay Levy, Bridgit Oversen, Maddy Lauren, Brian Bernier, Stu Levenson and Dr. Mark Davis. Apologies for any misspellings or for anyone that may have been missed.
President James presented a Rotary flag from his visit at the Dhanbad, India club.
Karen Kindle and Stephen Zadravic were put on seven day notice as potential new members.
Ramona Dow of the Basic Needs committee reminded us all that the Peanut Butter Drive continues for 1 more week. Bring in your Skippy!
Bill Hurley (3), Dave Underhill ( 8 !), Cleo Villaflores and Leonard Seagren (4) all received Paul Harris Fellows.
Lindsey Hery won the 50/50 raffle taking home $62 righteous bucks. The match carries over until next week.
Jeffrey Hughes, VP and Chief Strategy Officer of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was our speaker for the day.
Jeff has 30 years’ hospital experience and is a graduate of Yale and Boston University.
WDH is a community, not-for-profit Hospital. Their specialty services include Women's and Children's services where they see growth despite flat birth rates. They also have a comprehensive cancer center.
They are also investing in behavioral services given the opioid addiction crisis.
WDH is one of the largest Seacoast employers with 2,300 employees. They are a recognized as a Magnet hospital, a designation given to the top 6% of all hospitals nationally. They provide free service for those within 250% of the poverty level.
They are also financially sound with an A Rating from Standard and Poor’s, the best in NH.
Part of their future is the partnership with Mass General Hospital of which they are now a subsidiary. MGH and Brigham and Woman's are part of the Partners Health Care System.
Joining MGH gives them several advantages including scale, expanded cancer services and to be a regional leader in clinical trials. They will expand their Gynecology-Oncology services as well.
Additionally, they have opened a primary care office at Pease as they are seeing more Portsmouth patients.
Jeff also spoke briefly of Obamacare which has resulted in 50,000 more NH people being insured. This has resulted in higher hospital profits but no decrease in prices.
Submitted by Everett Eaton
Portsmouth Rotary Charitable Division
Club Executives & Directors