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
Assistant Secretary Marcie Bergan
Senior Director Cliff Taylor
Director John Rice
Senior Director Nancy Notis
Assistant Treasurer Steve Wood
Senior Director Aileen Dugan
Assistant Sergeant at Arms Lynn McLaren


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Posted by John Rice

Happy Thanksgiving!


Reminder:  Be sure to let Deb Grabowski know of your plans to attend the Holiday Lunch for Seniors at our regularly scheduled meeting, December 4, 2014. 

Reminder:  Volunteers are needed to help set up the Christmas Tree lot at Philbrick's Fresh Market in Portsmouth.  Contact Charles Bourdages.

Reminder:  Volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army Bell in Market Square on December 19th.  Please contact Judy Ringer.


Posted by John Rice

At the November 13th meeting, Lou Ferland ably delivered the invocation in Rev. Allen's absence. (Father Allen had a previous obligation and arrived late.)


President Tricia welcomed the club’s guests, including Joan Rice.  Joan is on temporary log-editing duty and her behind-the-scenes service to the club is much appreciated.  (Thank you! Ed.)



Barry Kidd, the lead carpenter on the Puddle Dock Pond skating rink project, provided a construction update.  Over 6000 feet of board have been laid for the Rink.  Rotarians have given 250 man hours to the project and Barry thanked the Rotarians who have helped. 



Priscilla MacInnis updated the club on the Thanksgiving meal at the Jarvis Center.  Three members volunteered to fill the remaining turkey cooking slots (or volunteered their mother, in John Lyon’s case).  Turkeys will be given out at next week’s meeting with thermometers and instructions.  We still need more pies and on-site volunteers.


President-elect Bill Hurley laid out the schedule for Christmas tree sales and deliveries.  The club needs all the able-bodied volunteers they can get to unload trees and set up the trailer and lights.



Deb Grabowski asked anyone who plans to attend the Senior Christmas Lunch on December 4th to RSVP to her.  The event has become increasingly popular, and there is a waiting list for seniors this year.

Lou Ferland made the last announcement for PMAC “Behind the Business.”  PMAC will be hosting Rotarians for a private, behind-the-scenes tour on November 19th at 5:15 PM.



Tony Delyani provided a gentle reminder regarding the attendance policy.  In every six-month period, members must attend 30% of the meetings held here at the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.  We must also attend 50% of that number of meetings via attendance or make-ups. 


Shari Donnermeyer introduced the guest speaker, Valerie Rochon, the Tourism Manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.  Valerie has been with the Portsmouth Chamber for about four years.  Before that, she was with the Stowe Area Chamber of Commerce in Vermont.


Posted by John Rice

Dear Club President and Fellow Rotarian:

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID). (Please contact your club president for the document that provides specific information about the trip, including a means of registering for the program.) The material can also be accessed at our website:

Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians and clubs in your District as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.

Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 

The following summarizes the key trip information:

Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.

Date of Departure:                         Friday, February 13, 2015

Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,099.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.

Air Reservations:  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.

Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa.  We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents.  It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.

Travel Vaccines:  We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site:  to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip.  We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.


This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program.  Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks. 


If people from your club are going to join us, we suggest immediate action.  We look forward to having you or club members join us. 

We expect the same response this year.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action. 

Best regards,

Bradford R Howard

President of Howard Tours


Posted by John Rice

imageDistrict 7780 Rotarians are invited to apply to take part in a vocational/cultural exchange with Bulgaria. The team will travel to District 2482 in Bulgaria for about two weeks during the spring of 2015, probably late March - early April. We are looking for Rotarians with an interest in culture, broadly defined (history, art, literature, music, performing arts, etc.) and in learning more about Rotary in Bulgaria. Spouses and friends of Rotarians may also apply. The idea is that our team will travel there and share information about themselves and our district and learn about Bulgaria and Rotary in that country. While in Bulgaria, the team will be immersed in the local culture.  Of greatest importance is an openness and willingness to learn - through first-hand and hands-on experiences - about the rich history and culture of Bulgaria.  The team will return to District 7780 to share their experiences at our District Conference on April 24-25.   The team will also be involved with local Rotarians to explore opportunities for future service projects and partnerships. This is to be an exchange so a Bulgarian team will visit our district in May. 


A $1,500 travel allocation will provided for each participant to cover airfare and some costs while in Bulgaria. Team members will be hosted by Bulgarian Rotarians but will be expected to pay for incidental expenses. Funding for the exchange is provided by our Rotary Foundation District Grant.  This exchange is an expanded version of Group Study Exchange (GSE), providing greater opportunity for Rotarian involvement. Our purpose is to promote peace and greater understanding between cultures through sharing and learning. 


Completed applications, signed by a club president, must be received by December 15, 2014.  Interviews will be scheduled in late December or early January.  Complete your application today to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime Rotary opportunity to learn and share culture and life in Bulgaria. 


2015 Cultural Exchange Application Form



Signed, completed applications can be scanned and emailed to:


Lawrence K. Furbish
District 7780 Governor

Posted by David Underhill on Jun 06, 2014

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