Top of the Week October 3, 2018
Top of the Week!
October 3, 2018
Crutches for Africa
Past President Bill relates the following regarding C4A:
“The next outgoing shipment for Crutches 4 Africa will be on October 6, starting at 9 AM. It will be held at our storage site at 20 Gooch St., Biddeford, ME 04005.
As you may remember the funds necessary to make this happen totaling $6,000.00 have been provided by our very own William Cash Fund and we should feel justifiably proud of this fact.
I recently assisted in driving a load of mobility devices up to the site and believe me there has been such an outpouring of support for this project. I haven’t an exact figure as to how many volunteers are needed but ‘many hands make short work’. Last year there were 8 of us from Portsmouth and perhaps 30 or 40 people total.
The job consists of packaging, packing and stuffing a 10ft x 10ft x 40ft container as full as possible. There was a good showing from interact clubs in the region which is why I’ve added Joanie to this email believing that perhaps this is a wonderful opportunity for a Portsmouth Interact project. We start at nine and we’re out by 12 or 1 feeling good about all we’ve accomplished. If you would like to volunteer your presence would be appreciated.
This is the kind of project you bring your significant other, brother or sister or mature children too for a day out helping people we will never meet but will be grateful to you for making their lives just a little bit easier. “
Please let Bill Hurley know if you would like to participate.
Invitation from District Governor John LoBosco to join us at a Special District Assembly to discuss Foundation, Membership, and International Service Opportunities and Strategies!
WHO: All Rotarians are welcome! We are hoping, in particular, for a good turnout from club Foundation, Membership, and International Service chairs. WHEN: Saturday morning, November 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
WHERE: Husson University, 340 County Road, Westbrook, Maine.
REGISTRATION: We need you to register so we know how many to expect. The venue can seat up to 135 people, so we will have a waiting list after we reach that number. Please register ASAP at the link available on the District home page or here.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Julia Phelps, former Rotary International Director and current Foundation Trustee will share insights into current happenings in Evanston regarding the Foundation. Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Greg Roche, also will join us to connect with you and explain how he can be a valuable resource for us.
8:00 - 8:30 Social (coffee and muffins)
8:30 - 9:00 Julia Phelps, "A Week in the Life of a Foundation Trustee"
9:00 - 10:30 Joint Session
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Breakouts
The first half of the morning will be a joint session with presentations on the Foundation and Membership. After a break, we will have three concurrent breakouts: Foundation, Membership, and International Service. The International Service breakout will focus on opportunities for Rotarians to travel abroad to engage in hands-on service. On the Foundation side, we will be talking about District Grants, Global Grants, Polio Plus, the Peace Scholars Program, the Annual Fund, and Major Gifts. As for Membership, we’ll be discussing strategies to achieve our Governor’s challenge to increase membership throughout the district by at least 5% this year. We will have plenty of time for questions and dialogue among the participants.
This is a great opportunity to roll-up your sleeves and connect with your colleagues from around our district to learn and share. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information, contact the event chair, Lawrence Furbish (click the link below for contact info)
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Rotary Connections is back!!!
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If you know of any of our members who may need a Rotary Connections, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson or President Ben.
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Rotary Log for September 27, 2018
Rotary Log for Meeting of September 27, 2018
Another day, another meeting, always different and yet, somehow, the same-another Rotary moment in the making.  President Cleo presided.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, song, Four-Way Test and Invocation, guests and visiting Rotarians were announced.
Guests included Linda Underhill, Rich Clyborne, Executive Director of the Gundalow Group, Christine Johnson, Shane Brewer and Patricia Novello.  Visiting Rotarians were Daniel Hussey from the Rochester club and several Rotary dignitaries. This group included Larry Marsocais, Assistant District Governor and Andy Glazier, District Governor Elect—more on those two later.  We also were honored with the presence of three Ukrainians via the Friends Forever organization. They were Taras Tymochko, Natalia Klimorg and Iryna Simonera.
Turning to announcements, Lori Gagnon (Leo’s wife) spoke about the Leadership Seacoast program and participation opportunities.  Leonard Seagren introduced the Friends Forever group.  Taras made a presentation about their efforts to learn about U.S. youth programs. They are also hoping to bring home best practices to war-torn Ukraine, there-by building up support for its challenged youth.
Next up, Jon Flagg, grand-poohbah-in-the-making, regaled us with another Rotary minute.  Fancying himself a statistician, he informed us there were 381,000 Rotary members worldwide in 1954.  Today, we number 1.2 million strong.  In 1954, Rotary had clubs in 88 countries.  Now, 200 countries are graced with Rotary’s presence. 
How many clubs in 1954 you may ask?  Well, Jon is the guy to ask—8,052.  How many now?  34,282.  As for our club, circa 1954—80 members.  Now, 158 or 160 depending upon who you ask. 
The big deal in the 1954 Rotary Log was the invitation for women to attend the annual Rotary District Conference.  This was considered significant since women were not allowed to join Rotary until 1987.  And that change in policy did not come without a fight.  It took no less than the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on May 4, 1987 that the Rotary Club could not exclude members based upon gender.  Margaret Smith was our club’s first female member.  (Joan Rice was the third-ED.) The rest is history. 
Next, Larry Marsocais and Andy Garcia presented a thank-you gift to past District Governor Dave Underhill. It was a very nice, customized Rotary Adirondack chair. The gift recognized his long service to Rotary and his impressive, very successful leadership of our District in 2017-2018.  Congratulations and thanks to Dave for a job well done!
Up next, Tom Decker won the $49 raffle.  No match.  But the raffle does not end there.  Troubled by the almost constant lack of matching tickets, our intrepid, newly-minted Rotary statistician pondered the situation. He suggested the match should be based on the first numbers of the tickets-- not the last. Think about that . . . think about that . . . really?  A sound, effective solution, no doubt, especially if one wishes to win a $25 match.
Moving on to our guest speaker, Dave Holden gave us a brief history of bus service in Portsmouth (the old Bluebird line) and introduced Michael Williams. He is the Director of Operations for Coast, our local public transportation organization.  The Virginia Tech grad held positions in public transportation organizations in Virginia and Wilmington, N.C., before coming to Portsmouth.  According to Dave, Coast transportation came into being after the population of the seacoast reached a critical mass. That made Portsmouth eligible for federal funds.  With those funds, the Coast public transportation was born. 
Coast is a non-profit, community organization that draws its board members from the local community.  In fact, apart from federal monies, the remaining funds come from the local community.  The organization offers a variety of transportation services that provide freedom of mobility to seacoast residents.  Currently, Coast provides 33,853 rides on average per month.  There are five routes in Portsmouth and 109 total stops. 
There also are programs for those that cannot ride a bus.  Programs that are essentially demand response services.  In Fiscal Year 2011, these services provided 620 rides per month.  In 2018, 1,520 rides per month have been provided to date.
Coast also operates Portsmouth Senior Transportation, which provides rides to seniors over 62 or to people with disabilities.  The service offers rides for medical appointments, shopping destinations, senior activities, volunteer jobs, etc.  One problem with the service is that eligibility is determined by Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.  For those that do not qualify, Coast has created a new program.
Starting October 1, Coast will offer rides to those in need of transportation to medical appointments via volunteer drivers.  If volunteer drivers are not available, Coast will pick up the slack and provide rides.  Volunteer diver applicants--much in need--will be given background checks and complete a brief orientation program, e.g., learn how do drive defensively. New drivers will have complete control over their volunteer time.  Applicants can apply on the website. It has a log-in page where volunteers can select and commit to needs listings.
The program has a geographic scope of a five-mile radius around Portsmouth with the exclusion of York, Maine.  Volunteers must have their own auto insurance, but Coast has an umbrella policy, if needed.  There is no fundraising—the costs are covered by federal and local funds,  local funds coming from Portsmouth’s parking fees.  Medical appointment rides are free of charge.  Other types of trips come with a modest fee--$2 to $3.  
Different mobility abilities are accommodated with Coast’s pool of vehicles.  For those needing services, requests should be made no later than 3 or 4 pm the day before.  Rides for non-emergency medical appointments should be made one week in advance. 
And that’s the way it is--until next time . . ..
Respectfully submitted, Mark Lorusso
Photos by Jim Rini
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