President Patricia Cummings
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

Link to: 


Subscribe to our newsletter mailing list.

Click here to sign up!



Rotary members donate thousands of service hours every year to community projects including the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM

Portsmouth Country Club

80 Country Club Lane
Second Floor
Greenland, NH 03840
United States

  Venue Map

  Duty Roster

  Club Bulletin

  District Site

Posted by Sara Treacy on Jul 22, 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 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 David Underhill on Jul 08, 2014

(June 25, 2014):  Members of three Rotary Clubs from District 7780 ended their Rotary year with shared fellowship, fun- and fund-raising at Portsmouth’s Leary Field as the Seacoast Mavericks posted a 9-2 victory over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide in the FCBL independent baseball League.

Posted by Sara Treacy on Jun 26, 2014

ImageIt’s never too late in the year for the Portsmouth Rotary Club to make donations! Just as President Dave Underhill’s term is ending, four local organizations have received funds for their special projects. Catholic Share assists individuals and families, without regard to race or religious affiliation, with payments for housing, utilities, vehicle repairs, medical expenses and clothing; Common Table is another recipient and they provide a free lunch every Thursday, to whomever shows up at St. John’s Parish Hall on Bow St; the Portsmouth High School will now have First Aid/Trauma Bags for the classrooms, a campaign led by nurse Barbara. Lastly, Families First “Healthy Grins” program is using their Rotary grant to support oral health education and dental care for children.  The children look forward to the visit of dental hygienist Cynthia Bishop to their classrooms each year, in part because they know they will receive a bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss or flosser and a pencil.

The Portsmouth Rotary Club continues its “Service Above Self” mission with 100% of net funds raised going back to local charities. The Portsmouth Rotary Club was chartered in 1923 and leads fundraisers throughout the year to support worthwhile charities that make a positive difference in people’s lives.  For more information about Portsmouth Rotary visit


Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

On June 5, the Club honored the work of Sara Treacy by making her a Paul Harris Fellow.  Sara heads our public relations committee, she is a past board member, organizes the Salvation Army Soup kitchen service projects and is one of our club photographers.   And that's just the beginning: she's highly respected as a local Realtor and has been spearheading efforts to increase public awareness and resources in the field of mental health.   As Past President Diane Foley said when presenting the award on behalf of the Foundation Committee, Sara "does all this with a smile, dignity and grace."  We salute her and honor her Rotary Service Above Self.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is like love -- it grows when it is shared.  

The club also recognized four members who have attained new Paul Harris Fellow status by virtue of their club service and their contributions to the Rotary Foundation: Leo St. Martin, Richard Seery, Stella Scamman and James Petersen.  Many of our members donate to the Foundation at a $100/year "EREY-sustaining member" rate, and over time these contributions add up to make a real difference in the world!  On behalf of the Rotary Foundation, thank you for your support.  A reminder to our members that there's still time to make an EREY or PHF contribution this Rotary year -- just get a check to treasurer Joe Bove or to foundation chair Bob Herold.   As a reminder, any donation turned in with your dues invoice will be credited to the next Rotary year (2014-15) which begins on July 1.

Posted by David Underhill on Jun 05, 2014

Fellow Rotarians, here is the presentation that Tricia and I made about our Club's goal-setting process and achievements during the 2013-2014 Rotary year.   Unfortunately, ClubRunner does not allow a file this large to be uploaded, so I have posted the file on my own website at this link: after you click the link and it goes to the site page, click on the PDF file to open.

Thaks for all you've done to make these things happen!


Posted by David Underhill on Jun 04, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014:  The board of directors approved the following donations from Portsmouth Rotary.

Basic Needs Funds:

$3,500 to Seacoast Family Food Pantry, support for Summer Meals 4 Kids Program (formerly known as Operation Bag Lunch)

$1,280 to Families First Health and Support Center, for dental clinics

$1,000 to Fair Tide (Kittery) to support their transitional housing program.

$1,500 to Seacoast Mental Health Center, to support emergency mental health services for walk-in patients.

$1,000 to the Portsmouth School Nursing department, to purchase tote bags for first aid and trauma supplies for each classroom in the school system.

Jeremy Alex Fund:

$1,724 for music scholarship at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC)

Additional grants:

$775 to the Student2Student Mentor program at Portsmouth High School

$500 to the scholarship program of Leadership Seacoast

Total funding approved: $11,279

Big thanks to the hard work of Rotarians this year, and those who have come before us to create endowments to serve our community.

Posted by David Underhill on May 31, 2014

The comprehensive amendment to the bylaws was approved by vote of the membership on May 29, 2014.  A final dated copy is now in the documents section of the website in a folder labeled "bylaws".  Log into the club website and select "view club documents".  

Posted by Maureen Sullivan on Aug 12, 2013

Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

Portsmouth Rotary Club, Box 905, Portsmouth NH 03801.  Content on this site is copyright 2014 by Portsmouth Rotary Club or is copyright to individual content authors and used by permission.  Banner photograph courtesy Fred Pettigrew. 


 June 22, 2013: Photo Courtesy Deb Cram, Seacoast Online

Website Sponsors
Jul 24, 2014
Unlocking Potential
Jul 31, 2014
The Shipyard Prison
Aug 07, 2014
Heart Attack!!
Aug 14, 2014
Tourism in Portsmouth
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Granite Film Youth Festival Video
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
Edward Snowden and Julien Allange: Patriots or Traitors?
Sep 18, 2014
View entire list...
Website Sponsors
Powered By Subgurim( Maps ASP.NET