Rotary Club of Portsmouth NH
Portsmouth
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.
Portsmouth Country Club
80 Country Club Lane
Greenland, NH 03840
United States of America
Our Club meets in person at the Portsmouth Country Club and via zoom simultaneously. Meeting zoom information will be emailed on weekly basis.
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Portsmouth Rotary is auctioning off a Green Monster Package for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game on 7/26/24. This awesome Green Monster Package includes four (4) front row Green Monster Seats and includes a personalized message on the right field scoreboard.
 
To bid, scan the QR Code below or visit: https://www.32auctions.com/greenmonsterseats 
 
 
Portsmouth Rotary Club is raising funds for a trip to India in September 2024, in conjunction with Rotaplast to perform cleft palate surgery. During our 10-day trip, 100 children will receive life changing surgery.
 

 

Limited edition Portsmouth-opoly games are STILL AVAILABLE

Thank you for supporting our biggest annual fundraising event ~ Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Ornaments, & Portsmouth-opoly games with All PROCEEDS being donated back into our community. 

Purchase Portsmouth-opoly online, $50.00 (shipping included) OR available to pick up in person, $35.00

Pick up Location:
State Farm, Aileen Dugan
93 Middle Street, Monday-Friday 
         9:00am to 5:00pm
 
Click image below to purchase Portsmouth-opoly online!

 

Top of the Week!
Portsmouth Rotary News Briefs
 
 
President Yvonne wants YOU
 
... to have a little FUN and raise some money!
 
 
To those who were able to attend last week's amazing and humbling meeting, our club was able to donate over $40,000 in scholarships to outstanding recipients of Portsmouth High School. How, you may ask were we able to provide such significant resources to these deserving students? Christmas tree sales and our GOLF TOURNAMENT! As some may remember, and for those of you who don't, this year we are honoring Marie Brownell by hosting the tournament in her name. 
 
Please see the link below to register to play, donate or sponsor this fun event the supports our local community while honoring a dedicated Rotarian who donated $25,000 to Rotary in her 16 years of service.
 
 
We look forward to seeing you all there! Please feel free to reach out to Katie Fleisher or myself to help sign you up or for any questions regarding the tournament. 
 
 
A Message from Our District Governor
 
It’s a District Celebration on the Isles of Shoals.
June 29th, 2024
 
This year’s celebration will be hosted by the Isles of Shoals Conference Center on Star Island.
 
The Ferry leaves Portsmouth at 8:50 AM.  Please arrive by 8:15 AM. The one hour narrated trip is just the beginning of a 7-hour adventure. You will arrive on the island at 9:50. Grab a hot beverage and treat and head up to the meeting room.
 
The welcome, roll call, and business meeting will start promptly at 10.
 
RI President’s Rep and Zone 28 & 32 International Director, Drew Kessler, will give the keynote followed by Gregg Dowty who will give an update on the Outreach travel to Poland.
 
Our Foundation Forum participants, Marty Helman, Mike McGovern, Drew Kessler and Facilitator Dave Underhill will be giving updates regarding the Share Forever Challenge.
 
You will have the opportunity to take 3 minutes to showcase your club’s accomplishments and how your club “Created Hope in the World”.
 
Participants will have some free time in the afternoon before the changeover to take a tour of the island, swim, kayak, play tennis, corn hole, or chill and enjoy the scenery.
 
Children are welcome and there are lots of activities to keep them busy, from exploring the island, basketball, arts barn, or the marine center.  There are lots of activities for all ages.
 
Thomas Laighton will depart the island at 2:50PM.  There will be entertainment, snacks and a cash bar on the return to the mainland.
 
Cost is $45,00 per person and that includes: round trip transportation to Star Island, Welcome Reception, Lunch Buffet (Dietary options will be available), all activities and tours, speakers, and snacks on the return trip.
 
$35.00 kids 4-12 and $0 under 4
 
Registration will open soon.
 
Lots of overnight options are available in Portsmouth.  I would encourage you to book hotel accommodations soon  Portsmouth is a very popular destination.
 
 
To view the flyer along with the itinerary Click HERE
 
 

Salvation Army Food Service
 
The nightly Salvation Army soup kitchen sets up in this Emergency Disaster Services truck and parks under the lights at the back of the Middle Street Baptist Church at 18 Court St, Portsmouth. Two volunteers arrive at 4:50 pm and work inside the truck (with heaters) to put the hot food into containers to give out to diners through the window.  Dinner starts at 5:00 pm and is over at 6:00 pm. We clean up and are finished by 6:15 pm. Our Club has signed up to serve every third Wednesday of the month for the next 11 months. Please text me, Sara Treacy, at 603-661-8588 if you can sign up.  
 
 
June 19 - Dianne Brindisi and husband Rob
July 17 - Chad and Darlene Chadwick
August 21 - Kristen Petersen and ONE MORE VOLUNTEER
September 18 - NEED VOLUNTEERS
October 16 - NEED VOLUNTEERS
 
Please contact Sara Treacy if interested in participating for future dates & Thanks!
 
 
President Yvonne opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-Way Test.
 
 
Past president Joanie led us all in a rousing Happy Birthday to Yvonne-whereupon an official birthday cake appeared with all 47 candles. There was enough for everyone, too.
 
Charlie Bourdages presented a timely and uplifting invocation cheering our students and parents for their efforts.
 
The meeting then turned to one of the highlights of our year, the awarding of scholarships. The day when our hard work selling Christmas trees and supporting the Golf Tourney brings us back to our community service above self.
 
 
Lindsey Reid, Caitlin Burke, Tristan Shanley, Nancy Clayburgh, and others did all the challenging work to bring these awards to completion. Three scholarships came from the Shanley Fund and one from the Jim Clayburgh Fund. The 17 recipients chosen to receive $3,000-dollar grants are also from the last group to have their high school years turned upside down by Covid. It didn’t seem to have held them back.
 
 
To list all their individual accomplishments makes my head swim. Beside academic excellence these 17 young men and women pursued many varied interests and opportunities. To name a few:  athletics, music (both performance and production), dance, myriad volunteer interests, peer tutoring.
 
 
And there’s even more they did. Our recipients were involved with computers, agriculture, education, and acting as advocates for children suffering from cancer. They took every opportunity to expand their world and serve the community. 
 
 
If the future holds anything like their high school years, we will all have been proud to be a part of it. Kudos should go to their families for their encouragement and support. Here is the list:
 
Hannah Hudson              Berwick Academy
Edan Murphy                   Phillips Exeter Academy
Cade Murphy                   St Thomas Aquinas
Amy Kindstedt                 Home School
Zac Amend                      PHS
Gwen Brams                   PHS
Lucas Drakatos               PHS
Margaux Freer                 PHS
Zoe Gouin                       PHS
Madelyn Herrholz            PHS
Sydney Moreau               PHS
Elvis Myles                      PHS
Abigail Nersesian            PHS
Kaitlyn Pataki                  PHS
Sawyer Schmitt               PHS
Julia Syphers                   PHS
Amelia Tabit                    PHS
 
We got an update of our Golf Tournament sponsors. Afterwards, Club Treasurer Steve Wood encouraged everyone to attend this week’s meeting to hear about the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and how our funds there work for us here.  
 
Ashley Madden won the 50/50, but there was no match. She donated her winnings back to the club.
 
Respectfully submitted, Al Lantinen
Photos by Don Chick