The Rotary Club of Portsmouth
Pictured above:  Joanie Dickinson with Interact club 
The club happily supported Friends Forever’s fundraiser “Pints for Peace” held at Ri Ra’s pub in downtown Portsmouth…Joanie Dickinson’s Interact Club at Portsmouth High School is booming. Some 60 students have joined…We have two new Portsmouth Rotary members, Don Chick and Keith Wilson, on Seven-Day Notice.
Pictured above left:  Aileen Dugan presenting at Rotary Rocks District Conference, and right: Co-chairs Donna LeWallen and Jen Craig, along with Leo Gagnon for Operation Warm
We sent a representative contingent to Rotary Rocks. Dennis Moulton and Aileen Dugan showcased our various service projects. One of those is an on-going effort with Cross Roads House, a local homeless shelter. The club’s involvement now in its second year under the leadership of Tiffany McKenna, consists of sending servers and cooks several times a month to help prepare the evening meals.
Another initiative is Operation Warm, which brings winter coats to those in need. Donna Lewallen and Jen Craig are co-chairs for the project which recently was granted $3,000 dollars by the Club’s Board of Directors.
Pictured above: Brian Fox presents to the club about Christmas Trees
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been selling Christmas Trees since 1972. Accordingly, we were please to welcome Brian Fox, who owns the Christmas Tree farm that has supplied the club’s product for all those 47-years. Brian presented a good-natured talk about how his trees are grown in New Brunswick, Canada.
Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire was our guest along with Great Bay Community College President Dr. Cathryn Addy. Both the system and the college have been hugely successful in meeting the needs of New Hampshire’s businesses with qualified New Hampshire residents.
Pictured above left: Jerri Anne Boggis ED of Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, and right: Theresa Tozier ED of Lydia’s House of Hope
We also heard from Jerri Anne Boggis, executive director of Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail and Theresa Tozier, executive director of Lydia’s House of Hope. Some 40 programs are available at Lydia’s, which offers transitional housing for the seacoast women and children. The Black Heritage Trail conducts walking tours and seeks to raise local consciousness of New Hampshire’s slave-owning past.