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This is better than grilling Justin about his match-making potential, but -- ask him -- maybe not much better:
He's got the weight of the whole world on his head,  
He's got the whole world in his hands. 
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Portsmouth Rotarians Pledge to Rotary Foundation
Annual EREY Pledge Drive Kicks off
Portsmouth Rotary’s many international service projects took center stage this week as club Foundation co-chair and international service director Bob Herold, joined by Leonard Seagren and Ted Alex, shared the work they, along with many others, have been doing beyond the Seacoast.   A full summary of their program can be found in the weekly meeting Log.
The club then kicked off its annual “EREY” pledge drive, in which all Rotarians are asked to make a donation in any amount to the Rotary Foundation’s annual SHARE fund.  
Because Rotary’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30, many members had already made a donation before this drive: if you gave an EREY amount along with your club dues in July, you’re already among the 55 members previously credited as Foundation supporters this year.  Another 22 pledges were received on Thursday, including three that qualify for Paul Harris Fellowship matches from the club (donations of $500 or more).  
This impressive response is a “Happy Birthday Rotary” message from Portsmouth Rotarians.   As Rotary International celebrates its 110th birthday, eleven club members pledged $110 each to the annual fund – as a “birthday card” to the foundation.
Did you miss the meeting?  You can be counted too!  We can get you a pledge card, or you can simply email a pledge to either Dave Underhill (dave@underhilladvisors.com) or to Bob Herold (bobherold00@yahoo.com). 
If you're not sure whether you've given this fiscal year, send an email to Dave or Bob and we'll check for you.
Here’s a summary of the pledge drive as presented to the Rotary meeting on Thursday, February 26 by foundation co-chair Dave:
All these things need to be paid for!
The way we do that is by making a donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The program is called EREY, “Every Rotarian Every Year”. 
It’s simple.  We ask every Rotary member to give SOMETHING to the Foundation’s annual fund.  Three years later, half that money is distributed for worldwide projects and the other half comes back to our district for local projects like the ones you just saw.
Last year our EREY program sent about  $12,000 to the RI annual fund…this year, a $45,000 grant came back to our Uganda/Friends Forever project.  Pretty good return!
Our club has a unique program.  You can give $500 and the club will match it with another $500, sending one thousand dollars to the Foundation, and giving you the right to name a Paul Harris Fellow.
That’s more than many of us can afford, so here’s a simple ask:
It’s Rotary’s 110th Birthday.   Send Rotary a birthday card!  
There are pledge cards on your table.  If you can, give $110.    If you can’t do that, please do what you can --- maybe the cost of a lunch, $17, or $25 or $50.   What matters is that you said  “I remember you, Rotary, thank you and Happy Birthday! ”   You’re saying you think the work Leonard and Bob and Ted are doing is important.
We have 161 club members.   As of this week, 55 of us have already made a donation or pledge.  That includes 18 board members and all those who added a Foundation gift to their dues invoice back in July.  If you’re not sure whether you’ve already given this year, see me right after the meeting and I’ll check for you.
Will you join with us in sending a birthday card to Rotary?  The birthday cards (pledge cards) are on your table.  Please give them to Bob or to me and pay the pledge by June.   You can also make an ongoing annual pledge if you’d like, and cancel it anytime in the future. 
The folks in this room know that I believe in Rotary --- I give it my time, energy and money.   When I read the news about terrorism or hatred or violence around our world, I know that I’m doing something to counter it. 
I’m investing in Peace, Understanding, kids in Columbia and Uganda and Bangladesh, teachers in Guatemala and clean water in El Salvador.  I’m proud of Rotary, and I hope you are too.   If so, please join me: send Rotary a birthday card by making a pledge to the Foundation.
Thank you!

Portsmouth Rotary Log for meeting of Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Richard Seery.
Photos by Leo Gagnon
President Trish presided over the meetingShe had some 10 birthday announcements with the most impressive being Hank Downey: 50 years in Rotary! 
Guests this week included “Dan Hopefull,” a “guest” of Neal Ouellett; Pack Knowles, guest of Tony Delyani; Al Lantinen, guest of Dave Holden; and Sara Treacy’s daughter Vivian.       
Finemaster Neal Ouellett was his usual outrageous self.
June Golf Tournament Chair James Petersen reported corporate sponsorships are rolling along.  Since inception, the Tournament has raised $122,000 for the club's Basic Needs Endowment.
The program for the day was “International Service Committee Making A Difference” The Club’s International Service Committee involvement in a variety of global, hands-on missions is extensive. And all that reflects the passion of its chair Bob Herold. A 35-year Rotarian and retired family dentist, Bob shared pictures and life changing stories from international trips. His extensive jaunts to different parts of Africa include Ethiopia and Uganda. He articulated that there were two important extra components adding to the excitement of international travel. Those components are the host club’s hospitality and the warm reception of the communities being helped.
Joining Bob in sharing stories about their international service trips were Leonard Seagren and Ted Alex.  Leonard talked of his passion for international service and his planned travels this year to Belize and Niger.   Bob explained how Rotarians engaged in raising honey bees in Uganda.  This effort became quite a success story. The business endeavor expanded marketing and distribution of honey throughout the region
Ted traveled with Rotaplast on two separate occasions.  He assisted with sterilizing operating equipment before surgery for many affected children. Their problems included cleft lip and palate surgery along with treating hands of burn victims. Most of the burns resulted from numerous, open fire cooking accidents.  Ted recently returned from Bangladesh.
There have been many other International Service projects. To name just a few, Rotarians constructed a mobile food kitchen and dental clinic. They equipped a cancer hospital ward. And they furnished books and toys for after school programs. Rotarians also built a library (named after PP Diane Foley) These projects became reality with funding from the Rotary International Foundation and Portsmouth’s Wm. Cash Committee.
A recent $45,000 Foundation Global Grant will be used to partner with Friends Forever.  The mission replicates a youth leadership model in Kampala, Uganda.  The funding provides staff and living quarters to train young leaders in Conflict Resolution & Life Skills.  Friends Forever[i] arranges a two-week trip for motivated, ethnic minority students. They will visit New England Rotary Clubs and learn methods of coping with dysfunctional cultural behavior.  The curriculum addresses understanding and implementing solutions to violent social, religious and political differences. It also helps participants build community. There is more about how you can help the Rotary Foundation elsewhere in this week’s eBulletin.  
John Bohenko won the 50/50 raffle and donated his $66 prize to the Foundation.  There was no match for the $125 pot.  

Friends Forever was founded in 1986 by Portsmouth Rotarian and YMCA director, Bob Raiche.  The MISSION is to promote trust, empathy and friendships among cultures in conflict.  For more details visit:  http://www.friendsforeverusa.org/

Respectfully submitted, Richard Seery.
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