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Rotary District Governor Lawrence Furbish with friends at Portsmouth Rotary's Annual Thunder Chicken Road Race (August 23, 2014), a major fundraiser for Portsmouth Rotary.

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Posted by Cleo Villaflores on Aug 24, 2014

Portsmouth Thunder Chicken Race

Complete race results at this link, look for your favorite Rotarian!



Photos by Jim Rini, don't miss the extensive slide show at:


The Portsmouth Rotary Club's 22nd annual 5K Thunder Chicken Road Race, held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, was a part of the “Run Portsmouth Road Race" series.  The race is held in memory of its founders, Rotarian George Pierce and in the memory of Anna M. & Erminio A. Ricci.


The Thunder Chicken 5K road race has made history, part of the local running scene for over two decades.  It has become a way to generate charitable dollars and also promote the Rotary Club of Portsmouth in the Seacoast community. 


Rotary 7780 District Governor Lawrence Furbish visited the club on August 14th, where he told members that he likes to run, bicycle and travel overseas.   DG Lawrence signed up for the road race and ran the course to support the club and the community. 

Posted by Mark Lorusso on Aug 25, 2014

Rotary Log Meeting of August 21, 2014

By Mark Lorusso

​Photos by Bob Loch: see full slideshow here:

What do you get when you cross an Athenian messenger who hailed victory over Persia with his last breath and a waffle iron?  Answer—an iconic running shoe.  Today, we learned about running and the birth of the running shoe.  What was victory to the Athenians became the brand we know as Nike today.Image

Posted by Sara Treacy on Aug 25, 2014

TOP of the WEEK ANNOUNCES your Rotary committee NEEDS and calls to action!

To be included contact Sara Treacy: 

The Basic Needs Committee is seeking donation requests from local non profit charities in the categories of food, clothing, shelter and health. Contact Chairman Bob Lewis: for an application.

SALVATION ARMY Soup Kitchen DATES FOR 2014:  Oct 29,  John Raughtigan has volunteered to be Capt on 10/29.  It's FUN & easy to serve!

Are you on Facebook?  Click below to visit our Portsmouth Rotary Club page.  "Like" us to stay up to date on club activities, events, weekly meeting photos and more!

Posted by David Underhill on Aug 19, 2014

Top of the week: Thunder Chicken blasts off at 9 am Saturday

The 22d Thunder Chicken Road Race is this Saturday August 23rd . Registration is 7:30 A.M. at Strawbery Banke/Peirce Island. The race starts at 9 A.M.


Race Director Justin Finn says we still need volunteers for water stations, pre-race registration and clean-up. According to Finn, we are on pace for reaching a goal of 300 runners.


For more information, go to to sign-up and tell family, friends to run and like us on Facebook.


There will be all kinds of cool prizes, Finn says. In addition runners will receive gifts and a swag bag, Special guest stars Shrek and of course the one and only Thunder Chicken will be there.


Basic Needs Update:

Our Portsmouth Rotary granted over $30,000 in Basic Needs funding during the last Rotary year.  These donations are evidence of our Club’s continuing commitment to community service and to improving the lives of all people in our community.  The recipients range from those who help feed the hungry, to a facility that helps shelter the homeless to providing services of a recently formed non-profit that helps those suffering from mental illness.  To find a complete list of the funds approved and donated click here:

Here are the notes from our Rotary meeting of August 14, as reported by Cleo Villaflores.   Photographs by Jim Rini.

Full slide show here:

Posted by Cleo Villaflores on Aug 13, 2014


Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

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