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President Elect Bill Hurley
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Sergeant at Arms Justin Finn
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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 David Underhill on Aug 11, 2014

Top of the week:


This Thursday at Rotary: it’s a big day, with the visit of District Governor Lawrence Furbish.   Please be sure join us as we give him a rousing Portsmouth welcome!


John Rice has agreed to take over log-editing duties for a while, as Jon Flagg takes a rest from the weekly grind to focus on … the weekly grind.   So, John is looking for writers: if you are interested in reporting from Rotary meetings, please reach out to him:  Thank you.


Justin Finn is still looking for race-day volunteers Saturday morning, August 23.  The fundraising portion has been very successful (see below)…but we need to execute, and that requires your help.


Summary of the Thursday, August 7, 2014 meeting as reported by Stan Cross.


President Tricia thanked Bill Hurley for filling in as acting President in her absence the prior week.  Guest were introduced.  We saluted Rotary Birthdays, including: Mike Asselin 32 yrs, Tiffany McKenna 1yr, and Dave Underhill 20 years in Rotary.   Trish gave a shout out, for all the incoming thank you cards, from the various organizations that Rotary has helped.


Peter George, was introduced as a new Rotarian by Beth Tuttle, because sponsor Dan Hoefle wasn’t in attendance.  Peter is a local CPA, with a wife and 6-year-old daughter, and grew up in Merrimack, NH.  He was happy to no longer be coming as a guest.


Butch Ricci gave ten happy dollars, because of riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, along with 2 other Rotarians.




Justin Finn reminded everyone, while wearing his “Thunder Chicken shirt, that the race is on 8/23, 9am at Strawbery Banke.  The sponsorship goal of 10k has been exceeded: total is up to $13,375 which is outstanding!   We still need runners though.  Justin gave a set of 4 Patriots tickets to Walter Liff to auction off, and they went to Marie Brownell.  Hope she enjoys the game!


Cleo Villaflores -asked for volunteers for the many positions along the route of the race – Please Help! 


Rick Page introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Jonathan Bridges, an interventional cardiologist, who recently treated him.  Rick talked about what happened - On 4/13 while driving home he had a heart attack.  He thought it was just that he wasn’t feeling well, so continued to drive home, there took some water and a couple of aspirins, and went to Google to look up the symptoms of a heart attack.  “Are you a man suffering from a heart attack”?  popped up on his screen, and he saw the symptoms and read “don’t be the typical male by not calling 911!” 


Dr Bridges started with a slide show of “what is coronary artery disease?”  He talked about the functionality of the heart and how it has 3 coronary arteries on it.  He talked about the causes of plaque buildup which cause the artery to burst; tobacco, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, lack of activity, stress, and even SEX!   Plaque formation – once an artery is damaged through one or more of these causes, it allows plaque to build until it bursts open.  He said that “malpractice attorneys don’t have to worry about this because they have no hearts!”  which sent a roar of laughter from the group.  Clots occur after the burst, one has only 90 min before heart cells die.  Treatments include catheterization, stents, and some require surgery.  Surgery is by-pass, which actually by-passes the damaged artery, restoring blood flow.   He also mentioned heart attacks are much easier to detect in men than in women. 


50/50 raffle, for $74 dollars, was won by Neil Ouellett, and no -- he didn’t have a match!  See you next week!

Posted by Sara Treacy on Aug 05, 2014

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

To be included contact Sara Treacy: or 603-661-85

Thunder Chicken Road Race coming up on August 23rd.  Contact Justin Finn for details. We need volunteers!!!

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 05, 2014

Rotary eBulletin for the week of August 4, 2014


Great pictures from the Thursday (July 31) meeting, shot by photo editor Jim Rini, and they clearly are worth thousands of words.

Few actual words, however.   President Tricia was on vacation.   Past President Dave continues his mysterious exile on an island in the Northumberland Strait.  Writers seem to be in short supply.   President-Elect Bill took charge of the meeting, the Club, and the reporting of the meeting, and apparently quashed any effort to allow Rotary’s free press to function.  By all reports he did a fabulous job and a great time was had by all.


There's more!   Please keep reading....


Posted by Mark Lorusso on Jul 31, 2014

It was an action- packed meeting last week!  Rotary Reporter Mark Lorusso has the details, which follow.  Hope to see you at noon today for our end-July sendoff.

Posted by David Underhill on Jul 22, 2014

(Portsmouth Rotary News Center Anchor Dude with big voice): For decades, newspapers assigned reporters to cover the news.  Recently there’s a new internet trend, “aggregation”, which (allegedly) involves laying off all the reporters and instead compiling tweets, posts, administration spin and internet rumors to approximate the actual reporting of the event.  We take you now to our reporter-aggregator-editor in an undisclosed international bureau, who was not at last Thursday’s meeting and therefore can report on it with both fake authority and true ambiguity.


(Editor): President Tricia opened the meeting, probably by ringing the bell.  John Rice led us in song, greeter Bob Sheesley proved a quick study by kicking off the four-way test, and the Rev. Gordon provided the invocation.   Lunch followed.  Folks ate and enjoyed it.  That’s why we call this a digest.


(News Center): Isn’t this reporting crisp and compelling?


(Editor): You’ve got that right, NC.  How about a check on the weather?


(NC): Sorry, that’s not in the database. It might have been nice, or might have rained.   Back to you.


(Editor): Dues are due, said President Tricia.  EREY donations would be greatly appreciated.    Cleo Villaflores has agreed to develop website sales, much to the delight of the board, which counts on these advertising dollars to keep the dues at their amazingly low level of $125/year (with a $25 late fee if you don’t get them in by August 1, friendly reminder!)


(NC:) Have we heard anything final about the golf tourney?


(Editor): The board report last week gave tentative numbers, and tournament director Andy Chace is expected to appear this Thursday with a final report.  It was a huge success.


(NC:) You know, this second hand news thing is bizarre.  I wish our club would go back to a roster of real reporters writing a weekly log.


(Editor:) Put it in the upcoming survey.  PP Aileen and the Vision Committee are planning a survey of members, another way to add your voice to the club’s direction.   We’re also collecting volunteers to work on the log, so talk with P-Tricia if you’d like to raise your hand and be a reporter/editor. 


(NC:) You seem to be weaving factoids about the meeting into a fabric built on administration spin.


(Editor): You can find more on Twitter @PortsmouthRotary.   Or maybe not, I think we lost the password to that.  Maybe Facebook.


(NC:) Any more about the meeting?


(Editor): Of course.  Rick Page is collecting sign-ups for the August 23 Road Race, we need a lot of volunteer support to make this a great success.  




Leonard Seagren announced that Friends Forever visitors are on the Seacoast this week, and also told the club we expect to welcome a Maine Doctor next Thursday.  She is kayaking to Guatemala, and will stop in Portsmouth. 




(NC:) And now, for the program summary.


(Editor):  Jim Rini introduced the speaker – Marilyn Kelley, wife of Jack Kelley, who   became an author later in life after reading a Danielle Steele novel and thinking “I can do that.”  She ended up writing a non-fiction account of the family’s move to Brazil, and Jack’s involvement with a very shady international character. 


Since I wasn’t at the meeting I have poached the following Amazon synopsis of the book:


In the early '70's, Jack and Marilyn Kelley move with their four teenage daughters from Greenwich, Connecticut to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, desperate to save their marriage and escape the toxic corporate culture of New York. They become partners with a charming international entrepreneur/US undercover agent. When the seemingly lucrative businesses fail to produce income, the Kelleys discover their partner has another side he has neglected to reveal, and they are thrust into a life they couldn't have imagined. A group of colorful characters fueled by greed, corruption and cafezinho befriend the Kelleys, and Jack finds himself in Belem, a border town on the Amazon River, banding with thieves and murderers to pursue his partner and retrieve his plane and his investment.


… it sounded fascinating and in a nutshell  - we are lucky the family made it out alive and that Jack is here in Portsmouth.  The other good news is that the family needed the bonding experience and got all of that.  She was completely lovely and the story is quite remarkable.


(NC:) What is “cafezinho”?

(E:) Might be an internet typo for espresso with whipped milk added.


(NC:) How can we top such a wonderful program?


(Editor:) Glad you asked!  This Thursday’s speaker will be Carly Fiorina, former head of HP, who will speak on the topic “Unlocking Potential”.  


(NC:) Wow, this new club President is really off to a great start with wonderful programs!  She must be a true wizard, a leader in the tradition of Carly Fiorina.


(Editor:) Crank down the administration spin, there, news-meister, or the members may revolt and demand a free and uncensored press.   That could make the board meetings a lot longer too.


(NC:) Ten-four, internet aggregator.   Maybe this week we’ll have a real reporter at the meeting and you can just link to their coverage.   Who knows, we might start a trend.   Anything else we need to mention?


(Editor:) Ramona won the raffle – the amount was either $65 or $55 or something like that, I can’t make out whether that’s the money she won or my score for the first nine holes that day.     Pretty sure there was no bonus, so that number must be going up fast.  If we had real facts, I’d give them to you.




(NC:) See you Thursday!  

(Editor:) Well, maybe not.  Depends on whether I can break free from this rigorous schedule in exile.  Since the Red Sox beat the Jays last night 14-1, I've been able to relax just a little.   Always wondered what past presidents I'm beginning to develop a sense of it.

(All photos in this digest by Bob Loch except for the following).




Posted by Patricia Cummings on Jul 15, 2014

We’re off and running in our new Rotary year!  Your board met on July 9, to act on a lot of good news.   Most impressively, the club raised nearly $26,000 in the Endowment Golf Tournament, thanks to the extraordinary work of Andy Chace and his great committee.   That money, when the final tally is complete, will be sent to our club’s NHCF Basic Needs Endowment, boosting the capital in that fund from $95,000 to over $120,000.   Nice job!


In related news, the board approved two basic-needs committee recommendations: we sent $3,500 to Seacoast Pathways, a new mental health “clubhouse format” support organization, and we granted $1,000 to the Seacoast Community School.


Justin Finn and the Thunder Chicken team are getting close to the starting line of our first big event in this new Rotary Year – that race kicks off at 9:00 AM Saturday, August 23.   We’ll need many of you to turn out and help with race logistics, and we’re counting on great participation from club members and community volunteers to make it a success.


Thanks for all your hard work and service to Portsmouth Rotary,


President Tricia


Posted by Cleo Villaflores on Aug 13, 2014


Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

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