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Portsmouth Rotary Visits IMEC
Above is a photo of the group that visited the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC) in North Andover, MA on April 12, 2017.
Back row is Dr. Glen Crawford, Mary Pat and Jay Gibson, James Petersen, Ann and Tom Decker, Donna Lewallen, Marty Helman Front row is Dr. Sue Crawford and Tricia Cummings.
We are standing in front of the medical supply suites that are close to ready for shipment to Tanzania. The project received a Rotary International grant and Tom and Ann Decker were major contributors to that grant along with the Crawfords.
The Crawfords are Portsmouth based doctors who have been providing both medical expertise and support to IMEC, as well as city hospital in Tanzania for decades. They were very generous with their time in giving us a tour of the 200,000 square foot IMEC headquarters in N. Andover.
Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award
There has been a terrific response to the Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award at the major donor level. We can all be grateful for that since this generosity has allowed the fund to surpass $12,500 in pledges, the minimum reasonable amount necessary for establishing a new fund.
Since the fund is now officially a "going concern" please consider making your contribution, if you have not already done so.
Please mail your contribution to Portsmouth Rotary Club, PO Box 905, Portsmouth, NH 03802. Please write Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award in the memo line. Or if more convenient you can pay the cashier when you come to Rotary.
Thank you in advance for helping to remember Reverend Allen in this way and for being part of a new tradition in our club - the Gordon Allen Humanitarian Award.
Chase Home for Children Hands-on Project
What better nonprofit to help than the Chase Home for Children. Recently the Chase Home was granted money from the Cash Committee for refinishing wood floors on the 3rd floor. Part of the grant was for our committee to help demo the areas before the floors are finished. We thought May 13th would work from 8-noon I have a dumpster being donated by Shipyard waste.
Example of floor to be refinished.
We have a long history with the Chase Home; our committee has done trail clean ups a couple of times, ornamental grass planting at the entrance and we replaced their flag pole. A few years back we also built solar panels for the home. Part of this recent Cash Committee money is to have a tune up on the panels. President James was instrumental in getting us the components back when we built the panels and has volunteered his crew this time to help with the tune up.
I hope you'll help on this project, please contact Ted Alex.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And please send photos!
Rotary Log for the meeting of April 13, 2017
By Everett Eaton
Photos by Sara Treacy
President James opened the meeting right at 12:15. John Rice did the song, Cuzin’ the Four-Way test and Lindsey said the Invocation.
There were several guests. Aileen Duggan introduced her daughter Katrina and Brian Bernier.
Ramona Dow announced Jessica Parker (wasn't she in Sex and the City?) and Peter Fraze (he wasn't).
Others (with their Rotarian host in parenthesis) were Bob Marchewka (Neal Ouellett); Brian Carter and Wayne Semprini (Justin Finn). Brian and Wayne are both on seven-day notice.
There were several birthdays including Bob Herold (37 years in Rotary!), Steve Wood (34) and Cuzin Richard (11).
President James observed that Gladys Shaines is still in the directory but hasn't attended a Rotary meeting for more than 10 years. (Glad I'm not in charge of keeping that updated.) Anyway, James called Gladys to learn all this and, by the way, she is just fine.
Also, Chad Chadwick is on seven day notice.
There was no program this week as your scribe's speaker, Dave O'Brien, a baseball announcer with NESN and ESPN, cancelled. O'Brien had to call a Red Sox make-up game scheduled for 2 p.m. at Fenway. President James took his unscheduled opportunity to have a Fellowship Day. He also made numerous announcements and presentations. Here is a recap.
Long time Rotarian Peg Millar has made a sizable donation to a Braintree non- profit and was hoping to get a ride down there to present it. Contact James for details.
James said that the Reverend Gordon Allen Fund was off to a great start with fourteen, $1000 donations.
Last weekend's District Assembly was attended by Steve Wood, Aileen Dugan, Leo Bergeron, James and Dave Underhill, Cleo and Ben Wheeler. There was considerable side talk about who drove whose car and who wouldn’t ride back with whom. But as they say, “What happens at Assembly stays at Assembly.”
James presented Bob Herold, Ted Alex and Leonard Seagren with Polio Watches from India to recognize their International Service.
Mort Schmidt made a short presentation about the Andrew Jarvis fund and its origins some 33 years ago. Andy Jarvis was a former Rotarian and a self- made man. Andy believed the “streets of Portsmouth were lined with gold.” But, he began as a penniless Greek immigrant who didn’t even speak English. He settled in Portsmouth after a brief stint in New Jersey, worked hard and became wildly successful. He was quietly behind many philanthropic endeavors. He eventually became the owner of Jarvis’s restaurant which is now Rudi’s. A short toast was made to celebrate his recent birthday. That was the only string that Andy attached to the money he gave our club years ago. And we have toasted him ever since.
Coming events include;
May 6th- “Hands on” Kent Lepage project
May 11- a clothing drive for the Eco Thrift shop in Durham
May 18--District Conference will be at the Samoset in Maine. Dave Underhill urged us to make reservations now while discount room rates are available.
Tom Decker attended IMEC in North Andover, Mass. This is a project that some Rotarians have donated $10,000. The monies will go to recalibrate and refurbish medical equipment which will be sent to Africa. Just another example of the good work done by our generous Rotarians every day.
Marie Brownell, Jamie DeStefano and Aileen Dugan were all recognized for donating more that $1000 to Rotary and were given Paul Harris pins.
There were too many happy bucks to be counted. Seems like people just wanted to celebrate the Spring Weather!
Neal Ouellett won the 50/50 raffle worth $70.
Next Week's Program is Tom Gauthier from Dartmouth Hitchcock.
For the first time in recent memory, the meeting adjourned early at 1:05PM.
Respectfully submitted, Everett Eaton, scribe for the week.
Portsmouth Rotary Charitable Division
Cash Committee Meeting
Eastern BankApr 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Service Credit Union Corporate OfficeMay 03, 2017
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Golf Tournament Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country ClubMay 04, 2017
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
First Annual Jeremy Alex Fund Chess Tournament
Portsmouth Middle School CafeMay 04, 2017
3:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Hands On Project - Kent LaPage Greenhouse
Portsmouth Middle SchoolMay 06, 2017 10:00 AM
Basic Needs Committee Meeting
Infinite ImagingMay 10, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Club Executives & Directors