Portsmouth Rotary Goes Virtual
Please note that until futher notice, our virtual meetings shall be starting at 10:30.  The ZOOM room will be open at 10:00 am for socializing.  See you in the cyberverse!
Virtual Meetings Are the New Normal (at least for now)
We may be socially distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't be social.  Join the meeting and enjoy some much needed fellowship (plus you get a peek inside other Rotarian's houses!)
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Please join Rotary's Weekly Fellowship Meeting by ZOOM on your Computer with or without video OR join by mobile or home phone.  
1. Join on Mute and stay on Mute until you need to ask a question.
2.  Stay on MUTE for the National Anthem - except for the person called on to sing (no pressure).
3. Leave all stupid jokes to Leo and Jon - they've proven their adeptness to this task.
4.  Register a VENMO account. The Rotary Fine Master WILL be making an appearance.  No VENMO, No Problem, fines will be doubled for non-VENMO offenders.
5.  Keep the CHAT civilized.  Anything you say is recorded and stored for history... if you wouldn't publish it in a Newspaper, don't publish it in the Chat window.
6.  ENJOY and have FUN.  Rotary is all about Fellowship.  We're rapidly isolating to a point that some among us will need our fellowship for a strong boost of morale.
7. People have embarrassed themselves mightily on Zoom conferences since self-isolation started.  Google search "ZOOM Video mistakes" to learn from the mistakes of others. 
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Recordings of Our Meetings Available
If you miss one of our virtual meetings, you can catch up by streaming the recording.  Just follow the link...
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Top of the Week May 13, 2020
Top of the Week!
Supporting Tricia and Edgewood
On Monday, a group of intrepid Rotarians gathered to pay tribute to our own Tricia Cummings and to the Edgewood Centre.  Their hard work and dedication have made the lives of their residents bearable in this challenging time. 
Past President Nancy Notis led the parade in her Chevy SSR followed by Ben Wheeler in his classic yellow Mustang (complete with child seats).  Members brought signs, flowers, balloons and typical good cheer to help boost the morale of Tricia and her crew.
Tricia took the time to pen the following words of thanks;
To all of my dear Rotary friends-
I truly cannot fully articulate my overwhelming gratitude for you taking the time to serenade me yesterday.  What an unbelievable surprise to be told –“they need you at the front desk” – which usually means some sort of issue – only to be met with smiling faces (you can’t hide grins underneath masks from me!), signs, flowers, fancy cars, and most of all PEOPLE! My friends and fellow Rotarians!
I so appreciate you all – those here yesterday in person, and those here in spirit.  You have no idea how much the support and well wishes truly mean.  I heard someone recently say that this is a marathon and we are on mile 4.  Well, I can honestly say that if yesterday was mile 4, I just got enough positive energy to carry me through to mile 26!
From the very bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
Yours in Rotary,
Thank you, Tricia.  You are the epitome of “Serviced Above Self”
Project: Volunteer Surge
Looking to help out in these trying times but don’t know how or where?  Check out this opportunity from the Global Impact Group.
Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.
New Scholarship Fund Honoring Dr. Clayburgh
Nancy Clayburgh whose husband Jim passed away on Friday, May 1st  would like to establish a Rotary scholarship fund in his name.
Dr. James B Clayburgh Scholarship Fund. Anyone wishing to support this fund may do so by mailing contribution to Rotary Club of Portsmouth, PO Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03802-0905.
York Rotary Virtual Road Race
Cindy McKenna, Chair of the York Rotary Races sends this along…
The York Rotary Four on the  4th Road Race this year is going virtual!  Super easy to walk or run a 4 mile course anywhere any time during that week! We are challenging other clubs to jump on our bandwagon and register to participate! As expected, majority of funds raised will go towards Covid-19, mostly local.
Use the link below to sign up.  
Keep Up to Date on the COVID-19 Pandemic
For up to date information and available resources in New Hampshire visit the State's web page:
The City of Portsmouth's website is also a great source for local COVID-19 information.
Helping Cross Roads House in These Trying Times
Some of the ways you can still help at Crossroads:
• Meal Preparation - Prepare food in your home and drop it off at the shelter. This includes both dinner entrees and bagged lunches. Whether we provide the ingredients and pans, or you do, this will help us to continue serving residents three meals a day when volunteers are unable to come into the shelter. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Kristina Siegenthaler, at,  or 603.436.2218 ext. 107, for more information.
• Donations of Food and Supplies - Donations of food items and supplies from our “Wish List” are greatly appreciated at this time. You can view our “Wish List” online at Donations can be dropped off at the shelter at any time, or you can shop our Wish List ( from the comfort of your home and have items delivered to the shelter.
• Monetary Support - Our annual “Benefit by the Sea” fundraiser has been posted to August 29, 2020. This event provides funding for nearly 30% of our shelter operating budget. Now more than ever we need your help to ensure we can continue serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are able, click the link below to make a donation today. The gift you give today will make a tremendous difference for the families and individuals who rely on Cross Roads House to make it through this difficult period.
Rotary Dinner Service the Salvation Army
Linda Browning and Al Lantinen prepared dinner boxes on 4/29 and that was the last night the Salvation Army will be in the Middle Street location. They are now serving suppers from a food truck in a State Street parking lot until further notice.
If you want get in on the fun (while maintaining appropriate social distancing), contact Sara Treacy at 603-661-8588.
Volunteers are asked to be at the kitchen at 4:15 to prepare for the dinner service.
She has moved away but you can still Make Peg’s Day!
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
Especially in these challenging times, it is time to up our communications game.
Our dear Peg Millar has moved (at least temporarily) to be closer to her son, but would still like to keep in touch with all of her Rotary friends.  Peg would love to receive cards or other correspondence.  Her address is:  Peg Millar, Harbor Chase, 4150 Indian River Blvd Vero Beach, FL 32967.
Thank you from Rotary Connections Committee
Rotary Connections is back!!!
Now more than ever 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 Connection, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson.
Last week’s log stated that the grant to the South Berwick / Elliot Club’s “Healthy Learners Program.” Was $15,000.  The grant was for $1,500.  We apologize for the error and will endeavor to do better in the future.
Rotary Log for May 14, 2020
Rotary Log for May 14, 2020
President Leo opened our virtual meeting with the Pledge.
The song was a video showing an orchestral performance of the National Anthem of Columbia. It was a nice tip of the hat to our Columbian guests who participated in the meeting. The anthem is said to be quite stirring. Your scribe could not confirm that, as a technical glitch led to a loss of the audio feed. Fortunately, the audio was restored in time for John Rice’s invocation.
President Leo recited “Covid-19 Guiding Principles.” These precepts were adapted from a missive to the faculty of Albertus Magnus College.
Eric Barr is a former Rotarian who is new to the area.
Jeremy Gould, president of the Freeport, Maine, Rotary Club and Emma Bodwell. Both Jeremy and Emma accompanied Leo on the Columbia trip (about which more later.)
Pauline (“Polly”) Dominguez and Maria Jose Uribe joined us from Columbia.
Lindsay Hery’s postponed wedding finally transpired!
Ian O’Neill and his wife are expecting a baby.
Annual dues invoices have been emailed to everyone.
Caitlin Hassett is taking applications for the Vocational Awards.
Today’s program told the story of “Columbia International Outreach 2020,” held in Columba’s capital city, Medellin, in early February. The event showcased more than 60 service projects produced by Rotary clubs throughout the country. Each project was thoroughly explained and accompanied by a proposed budget. Next, sponsoring Rotary clubs attempted to enlist additional support from fellow Rotary clubs throughout the world.  The District 7780 team included Emma Bodwell, Jeremy Gould and our own Leo.
First up was Polly Dominguez, speaking to us live from Columbia where she is a member of the Nuevo Medellin Rotary club. She described the workings of “La Cantera,” an organization providing opportunities for social re-integration of young people.
To help our understanding of La Cantera, Polly prefaced her remarks with a brief statistical sketch of Columbia’s “at-risk” population. More than 20% of the people live in poverty. Drilling down into Medellin itself, the numbers are a bit better, but the homicide rate remains too high.  This violence is mostly committed by young men.
For four years, La Cantera has enrolled more than 40 young residents of Comuna 5, a blighted neighborhood of Medellin. These folks participate in programs designed to change their life focus away from criminal activities and towards becoming productive citizens. Neighborhood cleanup projects and entrepreneurial skill development programs are integral to this work. La Cantera wants to replicate this successful activity in all neighborhoods of the city. 
Leo spoke next, describing the activities of our District 7780 Team above and beyond the regularly scheduled International Outreach event. For two weeks the Team traveled to three cities and visited 11 service projects. These efforts addressed a variety of needs, including safe water, pediatric oncology, IT technology for schools, and entrepreneurial development.
Leo highlighted two projects. One is “Safe Water in Palerma,” a rural village that has no safe water source. Potable water must be hauled in by horse and cart. The service project would provide an operable well. The second project is in Medellin. Here the purpose is to expand the social re-integration efforts of La Cantera into another neighborhood.
In closing, guest Jeremy Gould led us in the 4-Way Test.
Our meeting was a good example of how “Rotary Connects the World!”
Respectfully Submitted, Richard Greulich
Photos by Don Chick
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May 21, 2020
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Aileen Dugan State Farm Agency
May 21, 2020
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Basic Needs Committee Meeting
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Jun 10, 2020 8:00 AM -
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Communications Committee Meeting
Portsmouth Country Club
Jun 11, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Salvation Army
Jun 16, 2020
4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
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