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President Elect Bill Hurley
Vice President James Petersen
Treasurer Joe Bove
Secretary Deb Grabowski
Immediate Past President Dave Underhill
Club Service Director Benjamin Wheeler
Vocational Service Director Lou Ferland
Community Service Director Di Lavigne
International Service Director Bob Herold
New Generations Director Andy Chace
Sergeant at Arms Justin Finn
Senior Director Cliff Taylor
Director John Rice
Senior Director Nancy Notis
Assistant Treasurer Steve Wood
Assistant Secretary David Holden
Senior Director Aileen Dugan
Assistant Sergeant at Arms Lynn McLaren




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Posted by David Underhill on Sep 16, 2014

Top of the week:

This Thursday's speaker will be David Murray.   The topic: Drones.  On the heels of last Thursday's program about Snowden and the NSA, we're sweeping the horizon for thought-provoking topics.   A reminder that the following week's meeting (September 25) will be the first of our three scheduled political forums to give Rotarians a chance to learn from the Congressional candidates (and in later meetings, the candidates for Governor and Senate).


Please note that we have not redesigned our front page, changed our typeface nor sought feedback about our eBulletin's new look....yet!  But we're working on it :)    If you're interested in Club Communication, there's a meeting on Friday -- email PP Dave for further info.    In the meantime, our team of reporters and photojournalists is hard at work to capture the essence of each week's meeting for those who are not able to be there.   

Posted by David Underhill

Rotary Announcements: Top of the Week, September 9, 2014


Rotary congratulates our latest Paul Harris Fellow Bill Mortimer….read on for further details in last week’s log.


Bill Mortimer is honored by fellow Rotarians Jack Kelly and Dennis Moulton, Thursday September 4.


Puddledock/Strawbery Banke hands-on project:


The Portsmouth Rotary Board of Directors has approved our club's involvement in a hands-on project at the Strawbery Banke skating rink, Puddledock Pond.  Considering our club's long and rich history in working with Strawbery Banke, we are especially excited that we will again have the opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to this organization and our community.

With the involvement of Ted Alex and our hands-on committee, the project will include the construction of three structures necessary to support the operations of the skating rink.  While we will be calling on Rotarians to join us sometime this fall in a traditional-style hands-on day, a significant amount of work will be done off-site using volunteer carpenters and laborers prior to our Saturday effort. 

The nature of our involvement will be directly related to our commitment of both labor and financing.  Due to the size of this project, the cost strictly of the construction materials is $30,000, of which the Board of Directors has already approved $10,000.   This includes the $5,000 donation that we committed during our last fiscal year (Dave's year) and not yet distributed and $5,000 from a charitable surplus, also from our last fiscal year.

The Board of Directors is holding a special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 am) in the Foundation for Seacoast Health's Board Room, specifically to address the financing of up to the remaining $20,000 cost of this project.  We have many options available to us including various line items in our charitable budget as well as endowment funds specific to this type of project (e.g. the Ray Jones fund). The Board of Directors will decide whether or not to provide additional funding, at what level and from what source.  Certain funding recommendations require a club vote (e.g. use of the Ray Jones fund) and if so determined, the club will be notified accordingly.


Communications team:


President Tricia has asked Nancy Notis and Dave Underhill to co-chair a team effort to create a unified communication strategy and team for our club.   If you have interest, please email Dave ( indicating you wish to attend the first Rotary Communications Team meeting on Friday, September 19, 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM, at Community Campus in the Campus Board Room.


Vision Survey: If you received a paper survey at last Thursday’s meeting and did not turn it in, please get it to Aileen Dugan in the next week.   If you did not attend the meeting, you should have received an email on Monday afternoon (September 8) with a web-link so you can take the survey online.  If you do not have a web-link or if you require a printed version, please email Dave Underhill (dave@underhilladvisors) and we’ll see that you get a copy.   We are pushing for 100% participation in this survey.


Read on...lots more Rotary news follows.

Posted by Cleo Villaflores on Aug 13, 2014


Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

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