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Big Checks Delivered to Local Charities!
Seacoast Family Food Pantry
Shown with Ramona Dow is Deb Anthony, Executive Director of SFFP. Our club supports the Summer Meals 4 Kids program that serves hunger-related challenges faced by children during the hiatus of school lunch programs.
Shown with Ramona Dow and Bob Lewis is Mary Oplinger, Executive Director of Fair Tide. Fair Tide serves the homeless population and helps them secure affordable transitional shelter. Funds will be used for maintenance and repair of their housing units.
Friends Forever Community Service Project
Friends Forever founded by our club 30 years ago, is hosting a group of 10 teenagers from Israel this July. The group is looking for a community service project for Thursday, July 21 that concludes by 4 pm.
FF has found that community service is a valuable tool for peace and conflict resolution training for the teens. The work they do here gives them a solid model for projects when they return home. If you have an idea or need for a project, please contact James Petersen. email@example.com
Rotary Thunder 5K Road Race Call for Volunteers
Our faithful committee led by Co-chairs Justin Finn and Dennis Moulton is working diligently on preparations for the upcoming cross country race to be held on Thursday, August 4 starting at 6:15 pm. In order to make this event an even greater success than last year we are seeking volunteers to help with course timing (I'm talking to you Walter), flagging, event set-up, refreshments, and all of the other sundry duties needed to make this a memorable event.
Please consider setting aside the evening to come out and help and to cheer the participants on. If you are interested in helping out, contact Dennis Moulton (email below).
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 June 16, 2016
by Al Lantinen
Photos by Tube Loch
President Bill Hurley opened the meeting and welcomed our guests for the day. Portsmouth Rotary was awarded a District Governor's Citation for our increase in membership and exceeding our Foundation Goal. Kudos to all!
Justin Finn called out for volunteers for the Annual Road Race Aug 4.
Leo Gagnon announced a “save the date” of July 23 for an evening cruise on the Thomas Leighton in Portsmouth.
Andy Chase thanked his Golf Tournament team and listed the generous sponsors who make our work possible.
Linda Browning introduced our newest member, Ashley Bush, a local psychotherapist and talented singer. Ashley is Portsmouth Women’s Chorus alumna, which later morphed into Portsmouth Pro Musica. Both myself and John Rice belong to that group.
Luis Melchor introduced Jen Seabrooke whose first contact with Rotary was at our Christmas tree sale years ago. Jen is a full-time real estate broker. Welcome to both of you!
Mort Schmidt then gave us a brief history of the Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Imagine starting with $26.50 and ending up now with millions! Our latest Paul Harris Fellowship award recipient was introduced by David Holden. A non-Rotarian, Cliff Sinnott has been the executive director of the Regional Planning Commission since 1985.
Sinnott’s tireless work with 26 communities and their attendant town managers, selectmen, and committees has furthered the progress in our area. One can imagine the complexity of this work when you consider the effort required for projects in a single community. He is also currently chair of the high-profile Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission. Cliff Sinnott truly represents the service we as Rotarians can admire.
Stella Scamman then introduced our speaker, John Doan, Chairman of the Stratham 300 year Centennial Celebration. Doan stepped in as speaker at the last minute when a special vote in Concord pulled away the politician that was scheduled to speak. He did just fine on a moment’s notice.
Stratham was incorporated as a town in 1716 and, interestingly, was the 6th town to be incorporated in New Hampshire. (Dover was the first) At that time the population was 40 families. He took us through the first jobs of the committee including a commissioning a history of Stratham from 1900 to present. In 1925 Captain Thomas Wiggin donated land to the town that now is call Stratham Hill park. It was specified that all citizens have free use of the park. The Stratham fair will be held there this week and the centennial celebration will be a prime focus. So join in the celebration and see you at Stratham Hill Park!
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
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