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Club News
 
 
On June 28th, Dan Simco was inducted as our new President by outgoing District Governor Steve Heiser.  Thanks and recognition were given to outgoing club President Steve Rader for his year of service during a challenging year.  While DG Heiser was in town,  he took the opportunity to present a certificate to Rader in honor of our 100th anniversary in 2020.  It was a very festive and delicious event thanks to Kelli Richardson and Nancy Gobperud.
 
The Arch is up!  As part of our 100 year anniversary celebration, Rotary of Portsmouth is partnering with the Friends of Greenlawn to replace the large metal entry arch at the cemetery entrance. This is significant since the Greenlawn Cemetery was in existence when our club was created.  The arch has been missing for years.  This project is funded in part from the the Rotary Game Night event held in 2019.  Come on August 2nd and see it first hand at the Greenlawn Cemetery at our meeting on site.
 
 

 
Fireworks at the stadium!  Rotary of Portsmouth is happy to donate $1,000 to help make the Sunday, July 4, 2021 event a reality in cooperation with Friends of Portsmouth .  Fireworks đź’Ą begin at 10PM. 
 
While we are not meeting right now, our Rotary Board has met twice via Zoom and recently voted to offer $300 toward an international project jointly funded by district clubs to further access to fresh water for a community in Africa.  In Malawi, 40% of the existing hand pumps are non-functional at any given time. In addition to these broken pumps, research shows another 14,000 communities have water systems that are non-functional during the peak dry season month of October. This creates havoc for fulfilling Rotary’s Climate Resilient Initiative with regards to community development and sustainable farming to enhance economic development. To help fix this tragedy, Ohio Rotary Clubs in districts 6670 and 6690 and planning to partner with the Bwaila Rotary Clubs in Lilongwe, Malawi on a safe water program serving an estimated 20,000 people. Governor level leadership support is found with the Ohio Rotary districts as well as Malawi. The host club will be in Ohio district 6690 with the international club in Lilongwe.
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