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Are you still holding a pledge card?  Thinking about a Rotary Foundation contribution? We're proud to report that as of March 23, we have donations this year from 79 club members...that's only two members short of being over 50% of our club.  Let's smash through that barrier -- please offer a pledge of ANY amount, small or large, to show that you value the work Rotary does in our community and around the globe. If you'd like to know more about this campaign, please click here: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6644/Stories/portsmouth-supports-rotary-foundation-with-erey-pledges
 

 
 
President Trish welcomed us all to another cold and sunny day! She urged us to join Rotary beyond the Seacoast, learn new ideas and take action! Trish further reminded us that Saturday March 28 is the District Assembly. This gathering is a hands-on series of interactive sessions for all Rotarians. There are still spots for those who would like to attend and represent our club. 
Our 22nd annual Portsmouth Rotary Basic Needs Golf Tournament is June 19th at the Breakfast Hill Golf Course. Chair James Petersen is asking for volunteers. At least one position has been filled but more are still open. Reach out to James or any committee member and ensure that this year will be another success.  
 
Chief Dubois says the Citizens Police Academy starts its program on April 22, 2015.  If interested, please fill out an application right away.
President Elect Bill attended PETS training in Framingham. He comes back happy to announce how excited he is for his presidential year. Bill is proud that we are members of one of the world’s largest non-profit institutions. Of that list, Rotary ranks as the world’s 18th most effective charity.  
Jim Rini introduced our speaker, Marie Hall. Marie is Portsmouth Hospital’s Diabetes Educator. She said that diabetes is the nation’s "Silent Killer.” To combat it, Hall operates her own wellness business. It helps people make lifestyle changes and learn how to manage diabetes.
 
Marie shared some eye-opening facts about the disease. For example, there are 4,660 diabetes diagnoses in the U.S.A every day! That startling number brings the total to 86 million Americans who are affected by pre-diabetes. In fact, nearly 30 million Americans have full blown. diabetes. It cost patients $322 billion dollars a year for treatment.
 
There are two types of diabetes. Type One is insulin dependent. Type Two is nicknamed “Knife & Fork” disease.  Type Two can be treated with a proper diet, exercise and sometimes medicine.
 
Unless we act now, one in three American adults will have the disease by 2050. What can we do to prevent that? For more information go to diabetes.org/congress and visit the American Diabetes Association. 
Today's log written by Cleo Villaflores.  Photos by Bob Loch.  
 
 
 
 

 
 
Rotary Presents $3,500 to Seacoast Family Food Pantry
The basic needs committee of the Portsmouth Rotary club, and the board of directors, approved a $3,500 grant to the Summer Meals 4 Kids program of the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.  This check was presented March 19 by Portsmouth Rotarians. (L-R) Sara Treacy, Deb Anthony, Cleo Villaflores and Margie Parker.
 
 

 
 
 
District Conference April 24-26
 
in Portsmouth
 
Still time to sign up!
 
 
Rotary District Conference, Wentworth-by-the-Sea Portsmouth, April 24-26, sign up on Rotary7780.org.  Our club is a sponsor and we're the host community, so a great turnout will be important.  This is the showcase conference for Rotary, and you can see the agenda details on the district website.  www.rotary7780.org
 
Rotary Peace Scholar Courtney Matson speaking to presidents-elect, March 13 in Framingham MA
 
 
 

 
 
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!
 
 

 
 
 

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