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Calling all Rotarians
 
Here's your chance to start the year on a high note.
 
Remember all the hands-on projects over the years, how much fun they were, fellowship, friends, community service.
 
Well it's back! January 28th from 8 AM to noon sharp we have a project at the Portsmouth Discovery Center (Old Portsmouth Library) painting. We'll be painting the gallery area for upcoming programs. A great nonprofit that needs our help.
 
 
If interested, contact event coordinator Ted Alex.
 
 
Operation Warm / Coats for Kids Recipients Thank Rotary
 
Donna Lewallen shared a large thank you card she received from Head Start that benefited from the Warm Coat Program.  Great work Donna.
 
 
 
Interact Fundraiser
 
Contact Joanie Dickinson to get your decorated mason jar to collect those pop tops.  
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Rotary Social
January 24th, 5:30pm
Braise Restaurant (formerly Radici)
 
Contact Leo Gagnon to RSVP.
 
Rotary Golf Tournament
June 16th
Pease Golf Course
 
This year's tournament chair is Peter Grace.  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 d-moulton@comcast.net.  And please send photos!
 
 
Rotary Log for January 12, 2017
by Rich Greulich
Photos by Jim Rini
 
 
President James followed his opening gong with an Injury Report. John Bohenko begins six to eight weeks of recovery from heart surgery. Send cards to John in Room 221 at the Portsmouth Hospital. Jeff Marple is at Edgewood Center and doing better. Gene Doherty slipped on ice Christmas Day. She is recovering from her subsequent broken arm surgery.
 
 
Jen Seabrook led a decibel-enhanced singfest. Greeter Deb Anthony guided as in “The test.” John Rice delivered a thoughtful invocation that would have made Reverend Allen proud.
 
Joining us as guests were Mary Gail Sycamore (host Lindsey Hery), Madeline Warren (Cleo) and Wayne Semprini (Justin Finn).
 
Some Rotarians chose to get older this week. Birthdays were celebrated by Lynn McLaren (18 years in Rotary), Paul Careno (29), Mort Schmidt (37) and Leo St. Martin (44!).
 
Ramona Dow reiterated that the Basic Needs Committee is looking for worthy recipients of its overflowing coffers.
 
Our Board of Directors approved spending $250 to supply a large chess set to Greenland School.
 
As a reminder, members will vote next week to approve a $5,100 allocation from the Ray Jones Fund to the Portsmouth Historical Society. A matching grant will double the funds. The monies will be used to restore 12 windows at Discovery Portsmouth. As a corollary, a Rotary Hands-On Project will paint the facility’s exhibit space on January 28.
 
 
Susan Gold apprised us that the Communications Committee will be updating our website.
 
 
Chair Peter Grace announced that the 2017 Golf Event takes place at Pease on June 16.
 
 
Leo Gagnon invited members to our next Social Hour at one of Portsmouth’s newest restaurants. See you all at Braise Restaurant (located at the site of the former Radici Restaurant) on January 24 between 5:30 and 7:30!
 
President James is anxiously awaiting his upcoming Rotary NID Project trip to India. One aspect of the Project is the establishment of a school library. James is soliciting last minute donations to help buy the books. Let’s hope Customs doesn’t view his rupee exchange as some sort of money laundering scheme. Bon voyage, James!
 
Charles Bourdages won the $66 raffle. James was busy calculating how many rupees that would buy. No match ensued.
 
 
Sporting a spiffy new pair of spectacles, Dave Holden introduced our speaker. Chase Hagaman represented The Concord Coalition and explained its new Lookout Campaign. The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan organization. It is designed to educate voters and policymakers on the financial issues facing our country. The campaign moniker refers to encouraging these groups to “look out” for our fiscal future.
 
In his data-rich presentation, Mr. Hagaman made four salient points.
 
  1. Current debt levels are high. Publicly-held debt now equals 77% of GDP (highest since World War II).
  2. These debt levels will increase as automatic expenditures consume a growing share of the budget. The three big programs causing this are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Conversely, discretionary expenditures will decline from 31% of the budget in 2016 to 22% of the 2026 budget.
  3. Population aging is the largest factor causing this. The worker: beneficiary ratio is set to decline from 2.8:1 in 2016 to 2.3:1 in 2026.
  4. We can’t depend on economic growth to solve the problem. The arithmetic just doesn’t work.
It was a sobering presentation. Let’s hope our political representatives take heed.      
 
 
Respectfully submitted, Rich Greulich
 
 
 
To see photos of our new members click on the following link:
 
http://portsmouthrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/new-member-photos-welcome
 
 
Website Sponsors
 
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Jay Couture, Ex. Dir., Seacoast Mental Health
Jan 19, 2017
Challenges and Opportunities
Cliff Sinnott, Rockingham Planning Commission
Jan 26, 2017
Regional Issues of Importance
Jeffrey Hughes, Chief Strategy Officer
Feb 02, 2017
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital on the Seacoast
Our Own Valentine Day "Experts"
Feb 09, 2017
Chocolate, Quiz & Song (its only a few days away!)
Someone Sweet?
Feb 16, 2017
Valentine's Day (in the rear view mirror - recovery plan!)
 

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