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Crutches for Africa Transports Mobility Devices
 
On Saturday Joe Cunningham and Bill Hurley loaded up a van and transported 4 loads of mobility devices to a Biddeford staging site for the next container loading event. They delivered 50 pairs of crutches, 18 walkers, 3 wheel chairs, a couple dozen canes and a couple dozen assorted leg and arm braces. To date approximately 400 plus mobility devices have been collected.
 
 
 
 
Interact Beach Cleanup
 
Last Saturday Portsmouth Highschool Interact club volunteered to clean up local beaches. 
 
 
 
End 68 Hours of Hunger Portsmouth Program
 
The Portsmouth Program of End 68 Hours of Hunger provides a bag of nutritional, non-perishable food to feed children identified as being in need by school nurses for the time period between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday morning.  Through our club’s Basic Needs Program Ramona Dow and Nancy Clayburgh recently presented Portsmouth Program Director Jen Berry with a check for $2000 to support this outreach effort.  100% of our donation is used to purchase food.
 
 
 
United Way Community Baby Shower

Thank you Portsmouth Rotary and our CASH Committee for supporting United Way’s Community Baby Shower.  Rotarians Janis Reams, Cathy Nickerson and Ramona Dow participated in planning and hosting this event showering new moms and soon -to -be moms with gifts to get babies off to a great start in life.
 
 
 
Seeking Applications for our Club's Second Annual Partnership

The Basic Needs Committee is actively seeking candidates for our Club's Second Annual Partnership, which will begin in September.  Non profits meeting basic needs (food, health, shelter, or clothing) are eligible for consideration.  Applications will be going out in late May/early June, with the deadline for submission being July 13.  Please contact Cathy Nickerson, Lindsey Hery, Diane Lavigne, or Bob Lewis for applications or additional information.
 
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Applications and Service Project
 

At the surface, RYLA is a four-day, three-night leadership program for students entering their junior year of high school. It is a chance for students to grow as leaders and people on an individual level while in a group setting at Camp Hinds. We invite you to come volunteer to Clean up Camps Hinds on Saturday June 9th at Camp Hinds in Raymond Maine 9:00AM. We use this day to prepare for running RYLA the end of June. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work alongside RYLA Staff and Alumni to build bonds in service. Please contact Phil Giordano at Philtastic7780@gmail.com for a list of projects and to let him know you will be attending. 

RYLA CAMP also needs vounteer for registration and kick off on Sunday June 24th at Camp Hinds Raymond ME between 7:45 am—12:30 pm Rotarians are invited to Stay for the RYLA Kickoff and Lunch at 11:00 am at the Dining Hall. 

Lastly, Rotarians are also invited to attend the "Final Camp Fire & Camper Skits & Candle Light Ceremony, Tuesday June 26th between 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm the cost is $10.00.

 
Vocational Service Awards
 
Fellow Rotarians, the time is upon us to once again look out into our community and give recognition. Vocational Service is the second of Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service. Each year the Portsmouth Rotary honors 4 individuals representing 4 categories within Vocational Service:
 
1.  Public Service
2. Health and Human Services
3. Education
4. General Category
 
Please take the time over the next couple of weeks to think of the people you encounter in your daily routine that may not always get the recognition they deserve. This  is your opportunity to nominate this unsung hero and have them recognized in June with a plaque as well as a donation to the charity of their choice. As well as asking for your nominations, I invite you to sit on the committee with myself and Caitlin Burke to screen the nominations and select the most deserving in each category. Please send all nominations to Lexi Leddy by May 25th! Vocational Award nomination forms can be accessed at the link below.
 
 
Clothing Collection Happening Again This Thursday
 
It's time to free up closet space at your house!
 
Please join Nancy Clayburgh and James Petersen in bringing in your clothes to Rotary this Thursday. The clothes will benefit the Echo Thrift Shop located in the Community Church of Durham
Friends in Action is the mother organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by creating inclusive social and recreational opportunities. One such opportunity is working at the Echo Thrift Shop.
 
Heidi Chase who is the Executive Director of Friends in Action will be there with her big enclosed trailer and says the best items are: jackets, pants, suits, shirts, dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and even jewelry. (Pretty much anything except road race t-shirts and underwear.) Clothes from all seasons are welcome. So it is fine to unload the winter apparel too.
 
 
 
 
 
Sorry We Missed You
 
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
 
 
 
Check Your Profile
 
The Communications Committee is asking that everyone log onto ClubRunner and check your profile to make sure it is up to date.  Change is part of life and we hope to be able to reflect those changes in our website.  Happy surfing.
 
 
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 Ben.
 
 
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!
 
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