Rotary Club of Bellows Falls

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Vice President
Rita Hinds

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Bellows Falls

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
New England Kurn Hattin Homes
64 Mathey Rd
Mailing: P. O. Box 81, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Westminster, VT  05158
United States
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Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting at our normal time; at our normal place.  
Can't wait to hear about everyone's holidays!  See you all Thursday!

Here's to 2015
It’s 2015, it’s time to review
What we have done, now what will we do?
Last year we built fences and wheelchair ramps,
Scholarships were given and shelter meals prepared.
We sponsored a movie for the children and laughter was shared.
We met weekly for breakfast and enjoyed many talks
And sang out of tune when it reached 8:40 on the clock!
This year we have decided to sponsor a teen,
RYE gives students a new world to be seen.
In turn we will welcome a Youth Exchange girl or boy,
To share our lives, our country, our love and joy.
International projects to be worked into our agendas,
Appreciation dinner for those who support us.
So much to do, so much to look forward to.
In 2015 lets work on our numbers.
All that we have, all that we know,
New members are certain to help us grow.
Let’s remember those who have moved on and those who have passed,
Their gifts, the memories, are sure to last.
Let’s follow their desire to do great things.
It’s 2015,
Bellows Falls Rotary Club has a lot to bring!
Happy New Year Everyone!
A little silliness to bring to the new year!  

Theresa Perry, an R.N. at Baystate Medical, a long time resident of Rockingham/Bellows Falls. 
  Sorry Theresa (as soon as I figure out how to turn your picture around, I will).  No where on this application does it have an option to rotate!  I will figure it out but I wanted your photo on here.

Congratulations Keith Clark for receiving your second Paul Harris! 
I had the honor of presenting (my husband), Keith Clark with his second Paul Harris Award.  Not only does Keith make quarterly payments to the Foundation, but he does so much for the community and the club.
We all thank you for your dedication and commitment to our club.

Hello fellow Rotarians,
Just reminding you all that we are not meeting Thursday but are meeting Saturday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. at the Warming Shelter in N. Walpole, NH.  Go over the bridge from Bellows Falls into North Walpole, straight through the lights and it is the first building on the right.  We will be cleaning and prepping the warming shelter for the winter months to come.  We will then leave the shelter to head over to Parks Place for the plaque/dedication/recognition of the ramp that we put up in the chilly spring and a pizza lunch.
We look forward to a great turn out of participating Rotarians.  


It's the LOBSTER DO!!!! Fellow Rotarians, if you would like to attend, please RSVP, to Rita, no later than September 4th!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
4:00 p.m. Cocktails (BYOB)
5:00 p.m. Dinner
Cheese & Crackers
Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce
Choice of Lobster, Steak, or Chicken
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Corn on the cob
Strawberry Shortcake
Lemonade & Iced Tea (or your BYOB)
$30.00 per person
Westminster Fire House 103 Grout Avenue, Westminster, VT


A very happy birthday to our beautiful Rotarian, Rita!  
We hope you have a lovely day despite the rain!


Rotarians:  Reminder!!
This Thursday, July 24th there will NOT be a morning meeting.  Do not show up at Kurn Hattin expecting breakfast because you will have to wait a very long time.  
We WILL be meeting at 3:30 p.m., on Thursday the 24th, for a day of FUN which will count as your meeting attendance!  We will be joining, Windham County Sheriff's Department Camp Leadership Challenge cadets, Kurn Hattin students and faculty of Kurn Hattin School, at the ball field, behind the horse barn, at Kurn Hattin.  We will play a fun game of softball followed by a cookout with the students and adults.  
Kurn Hattin will be supplying the meat for the cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs).  We ask all Rotarians attending to bring a salad to share with the group.  May be close to 100 people in attendance.
You do not have to play softball!  Afterall, not everyone will be on the ball field at one time so take the time to talk one on one with the teens and enjoy their company.  
We understand work gets in the way of fun, but this is a great time to bond with future leaders and possibly (hopefully) future Rotarians!  Please make every effort to join us.

Today, after our regular meeting, many Rotarians stayed to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  The bicycle ride New England Tour de Cure comes through Bellows Falls, stopping at The Vermont Country Store for a rest and nutrition (and to shop)!  Tour de Cure is a 150 or a 550 mile bicycle ride for Diabetes Awareness.  There are riders from all over the country riding.  There are riders with some lovely British accents, etc.  Riders have a choice to do a two day versus a seven day ride to help raise awareness and make a difference in the fight to stop Diabetes.  There are riders who have family members or friends who are affected by the disease.  Then there are the Red Riders.  These are individuals who have Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes helping to support everyone with diabetes and do not let the disease take control of their lives.  They are true heroes. 
These amazing riders request PB & J sandwiches for their stop in Bellows Falls/Rockingham.  Bellows Falls Rotary Club has answered that request for the past five years.  Rotarians offered delicious homemade blueberry jam, homemade peach jam and homemade strawberry rhubarb jam.  Panera Bread in Keene, NH donated ALL of the bread!  Thank you Panera!  
Rotarians Ginger Cook and Bonnie Clark along with Rotarian Hugh Haggarty's lovely wife Betty spent time with the riders and staff/volunteers of the Tour de Cure up at The Vermont Country Store.  
Thank you to all of our sandwich makers ~ Maria, Ginger, Bonnie, Missy, Eric, Theresa,  and Ryan.  Thank you Doreen for picking up the bread at Panera!  Thank you Rotarians for the donations of peanut butter and jelly.  


Today our two newest members gave classification talks.  What fun stories.  We are so happy to have Missy Wilkins and Maria Millikin as our newest members.  They are amazing women and a great addition to the club.


Today, July 10th,  the Bellows Falls Rotary Club President, Keith Clark along with fellow Rotarians in Rotary District 7870 and Rotary District Governor, Dr. Richard Berryman presented three Bellows Falls Union High School Seniors with their scholarships. The three scholarship recipients, chosen by the Bellows Falls Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, were each presented with $2000 scholarships.  Miss Emily Dufault will be pursuing her education in nursing at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, Miss Chapin Reis will be pursuing her education in Hospitality at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and Miss Kaitlyn Burns will be pursuing her education in Psychology & Sociology at Community College of Vermont. 
Not pictured, is our $500.00 cash award & Rotary Medal winner, Taylor Pinsonault.  Taylor was chosen by the faculty at Bellows Falls Union High School in recognition of her dedication and commitment to her education. 
We wish these young ladies the best of luck and hope that they may someday become future leaders in our world and Rotary clubs. 

Pictured:  Bellows Falls Rotary Club President, Keith Clark, Miss Emily DuFault, Miss Chapin Reis, Miss Kaitlyn Burns and Rotary District Governor, Dr. Richard Berryman. 

A Reminder!!
Dinner Wednesday, July 9th at Saxtons River Inn @ 6:30 p.m. with our District Governor Richard Berryman.
It would be nice to have a great show of members for great food and even more wonderful conversation.  
I have a lot of RSVPs but have not heard from some.  
If you decide you are going to come, please send me an email @ so I can update the Inn.  

We had a wonderful visit from District Governor Rich Berryman.  We are excited to experience this year with him.  It was also great being about to visit a little with his wonderfully supportive wife Connie.  
We had a fun filled meeting and a few visitors.  More on that in a moment!

Our June 12th meeting is back to normal.  We are back at Kurn Hattin for club assembly this week.  


Thursday ~ May 1st speaker ~ Vermont Performance Lab presents Action Conversations Bellows Falls 7:30 a.m. Kurn Hattin School. If anyone is interested in attending,please ask a Rotarian you may know.


Chad Simmons is our speaker at Vermont Academy on April 17th.  
Chad will be speaking to both the Bellows Falls Rotary Club and Chester Rotary Club about Greater Falls Connection.
Greater Falls Connections is a small, dynamic community group based out of Bellows Falls and serves Windham Northeast. Their vision is to build a healthy, nurturing and supportive community. Their mission is to connect the community of Windham Northeast by inspiring and empowering people through education and collaboration to promote wellness and prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Chad Simmons is their Media Coordinator, leading community prevention efforts through social and traditional media. GFC uses media as a way to engage citizens and encourage active participation in building strong community and preventing the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Chad's background is in business management, sustainability and activism. 

We will be meeting at Vermont Academy Chiver's Center in Saxtons River on April 17th.  Same time (7:30 a.m.).  We will have a joint meeting with Chester Rotary Club.  Please let Bonnie know if you are not going to make it or even if you are going to make it so I can give Sean a close to accurate head count.
I will let you all know the speaker for this meeting soon.
*****directions to Chiver's Center******  From Bellows Falls head into Saxtons River, turn right onto Pleasant Street.  Take the second entrance for Vermont Academy.  Drive straight past the ski jump.  You will see Chiver's straight ahead.  Chiver's sits up on an embankment overlooking the ball field.

How lucky we are to have such a wonderful member in our Rotary Club.  No matter who you ask or where you are, there are only kind words spoken of our guest speaker ~ Executive Director of Kurn Hattin School ~ Tom Fahner!
Tom told us of Kurn Hattin School collaborating with Westminster Center School to give the children in our community an opportunity to learn what Kurn Hattin School has to offer.  Our children in our community are able to share in their education with children at Kurn Hattin School, meeting fellow students from all over our country; getting to know kids from a whole new "world" and giving all of the kids a chance to broaden their minds in acceptance of all children, no matter where they are from.
Tom spoke of the day program and the residential program.  Kurn Hattin School is an available choice for schools in Grafton, Putney, Westminster, Bellows Falls, etc.

It is always exciting when a great deal of our club members are able to make the meetings.  Then to have two VERY SPECIAL visitors makes it even greater. 
Guest Speakers Representing Youth Services
Nanci Leitch ~ Development/Communications Director
Kristy Smith ~ Director of Mentoring
Michelle Sacco ~ Bellows Falls Case Manager
Bill Mosley was our guest speaker at our alternate meeting place, Vermont Academy, where Mr. Mosley is an Alumn!  He shared with us his enthusiasm and love for Vermont's history.  He explores all nooks and crannies and historical societies to learn as much about Vermont as he can take in and then graciously share.    Mr. Mosley puts so much excitement into his presentations; it makes you want to hop in your car and visit the sites he has seen!
Thank you Mr. Mosley.

TOPIC:  "Windham County Placemaking & Cultual Initiative"

Tonight members of the Bellows Falls Rotary Club dined with our District Governor, David Hoopes at the Saxtons River Inn in Saxtons River.  A great evening of conversation and delicious dining and fun with wonderful friends of Rotary.  

Saturday, September 21st four of our Rotarians created a team, "Team Rotary" for the Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center fundraiser night golf tournament.  
Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center is a 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse in Windham County.  
Great job and thank you for representing the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, Eric Anderson, Ed Dinnany, Keith Clark and Tom Miller!

District Governor David Hoopes will be here Wednesday evening, September 25th for our Board Meeting.
He will then attend and speak at our morning meeting on Thursday, September 26th.  It would be great to have as many (OR ALL) members, as possible, present on Thursday the 26th of September.  I am notifying you waaaaaaay ahead of time so you can plan.  

Our speaker today was Larry Kraft, of Springfield Hospital Development Council.  Larry spoke to us about the history of Springfield Hospital and shared the excitement of Springfield Hospital's centennial birthday/anniversary.  Happy 100th Birthday Springfield Hospital.  As a fundraiser, Springfield Hospital put together this beautiful book with lovely illustrations and the history of its growth.  There is a picture of an order form.  If you want to order the form, you may be able to print the picture, fill out the form and mail it to Springfield Hospital to place your order.  It is not available online yet.  If you would like to read more about the centennial birthday/anniversary of Springfield Hospital check out their website at
Next Thursday, July 25, 2013, meeting will be held at the Westminster Armory.  The physical address is 23 Armory Lane, Westminster, VT.  Coming from Bellows Falls, turn onto Westminster Heights Road.  Take the left onto Sand Hill Road just before General Truck & Equipment.  You will see the Armory just up about 1/10th of a mile on the left.  
We will be eating breakfast with the cadets at Camp Leadership Challenge.  You are welcome to stay for a little bit to talk with the campers and instructors.  

Alyssa's spoke to our club on June 20th regarding Windham County Safe Place, a support service team comprised of local law enforcement agencies in Windham County, and DCF social workers with a goal to " improve the quality of child abuse and sexual assault investigations, and increase victim access to support through collaboration."
Directions to the Chivers Center at Vermont Academy for any new members:
From Main Street, travelling from Bellows Falls, turn right onto Pleasant Street,  going north, and take the second left onto Shepard's Road (Lane?).  Proceed up the hill and when the road bends to the right and the baseball field comes into view, you will see Chivers Center up high on the left with parking in front of the building.
Thank you Alma for the directions.
Alyssa Todd is the Executive Director & Forensic Interview Specialist for Windham County Safe Place for Children. 

Temporary change to the Home page in honor of the successes of the Bellows Falls Union High School graduating seniors and the alumni, I have made the change to the color of the home page.  It will be changed back soon.

Tonight was Class Night for Bellows Falls High School.  Club President, Eric Anderson presented three $2000 scholarships and the $500 cash award and Bellows Falls Rotary Club Medal. I will update with names as soon as I have all of them.  

June 20th Meeting will not be at Kurn Hattin.  We will let you know when we have meeting place confirmed.

What a wonderful way to start our day!  We had a great visit with our guest speaker, Felipe.  Felipe was our exchange student in 2007.  Felipe expressed the great experience Rotary Youth Exchange was for him.  He went on to tell us about his life since being our exchange student for a school year.  Felipe is now an attorney practicing aviation law!!  This is is second visit back to the States since his exchange, not just as a visitor this time but also on business.  
Later in the evening we had dinner with Felipe at MacLaomainn's in Chester!  

Ginger Cook is responsible for our guest speaker for June 6th!  Wow, she definitely will NOT disappoint with this surprise speaker!!!  You will be so delighted!  Please make every effort to attend our June 6th meeting!!!  

On Thursday May, 09th, Club President Eric, President Elect Mary E. Habig, past President Ginger Dawkins CookWilliam H Barbarow and I (Bonnie) presented 30 children from Kurn Hattin School with thesauruses and dictionaries. These children were quite excited and very appreciative.




Today, we would like to take the time to thank all of the great contributors to our Annual Penny Sale.  Rotarian Raynie Laware also needs to be thanked.  She puts in an incredible amount of time to make this fundraiser a huge success.  Hugh Haggarty is her "partner in crime" in this fundraiser, coordinating the cash raffle ticket sales.  Kudos to all of the Rotarians who provide a wonderful night of fun for our community. 


Special thanks to Bellows Falls Fire Department for hanging our banner in the square.  Penguin Mart and Shaw's for allowing us to sell raffle tickets in front of their businesses.  Cota & Cota for the printing of the programs.  Thank you to Salmon & Nostrand Attorneys at Law, Dibernardo Associates, Dr. John Leppman-Greater Falls Medical Group, Jancewicz & Son and Pieciak & Company, P.C. for cash donations.


And for all of the great prizes: Staples, Ruggles & Hunt, Vermont Country Store, Walgreens, Cota & Cota, Rockingham Dental Center, MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub, Bazin Bros., Hennessey Electric, Harlow Farm, Westminster Auto, Vermont Signature Sauces, Penguin Mart, Cornerstone Pediatrics, Greater Rockingham Services, Yvonne Boyd, Rockingham Animal Care, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, HB Energy Solutions, Greater Rock Fitness, Route 5 Shell, MOSS Answering Service, Archer Mayor, D&R & Sons Auto Repair, L.A. Burdick, Burtco, Curves, Edward Jones, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Simone's Styling Salon, Real Twist, Corinne Fine Tailoring, John T's Appliance Repair, Subway, Rita Hinds, Fit Body Bootcamp, Jim's Arcade, Alyson's Orchard , Westminster Animal Hospital, Pizza Palace, Spaulding & Madden Tax Services, Dairy Joy, Okemo Mountain, J&H Hardware, Bellows Falls Opera House, Connecticut River Transit (The Current), Connecticut River Bank, PK's Pub, Irving Oil, Sanel Auto Parts, Clark Mortenson Insurance, Real to Reel, Savings Bank of Walpole, Lisai's Corner Deli, Jennifer Washburn Photography, The Home Depot, Lisai's Market, Father's Restaurant, Community Feed Store, Walpole Vet Hospital,Greater Falls Chamber of Commerce, Jada's Restaurant, Sherwin Art Glass, Lawrence & Lober Electric, Jake's Walpole Market, Bellows Falls Country Club, Murray's Restaurant, 5 Star Beverage, Woodzels by Wetzels, Village Square Bookseller, Aubuchon Hardware, Greater Falls Travel, Morning Star Pernennials, Westminster Circle K, Costume Ladies, China Garden, Newton Business, Pinnacleview Equipment, Kasper & Associates, Sojourn's, Cheever Tire, LeStudio Gymnastics & Dance, Walpole Village Salon, Dellamano Glass, Saxtons River Inn, JD McCliment's Pub, Leader Beverage, Leslie's Restaurant, Thyme to Cook, Green Mountain Specialties, Bellows Falls Police Department, Ed Dinnany , The Richards Group Insurance, Mike Cook, Boccaccio's, The Final Cut, Sackett's Brook Sugarmakers, Cooperman Fife & Drum, Co. Dr. Vernon Temple, Hooper Golf Club, Smokin' Bowls, Joy Wah, Jiffy Mart, Basketville, Greater Falls Dentistry, Kurn Hattin Homes, Moore Law, Homestead Farms, Doreen Aldrich, Stefan Golec, H & R Block, Dr. David Heydenreich, Famous Pizza, General Truck & Equipment, Walker Farm, Rock & Hammer, River Valley Credit Union, BDR, Vermont Festivals, Rockingham Sunoco Exit 6, Emerson's Power Sports, Michael Cook, R.A.M.P., Halladay's Flowers & Harvest Barn, Achille Agway, Popolo, Dr. Timothy Johnson,Cumberland Farms, The "Oh" Zone, Hodgkins & Sons, J&W Auto Repair, Mountainside Tattoo, Elizabeth Harlow, Atty. J. Eric Anderson, Robert Kimball, CPA, Mr. G's, J & B Glass, Vermont Academy, Aumands, Steve Durand -Durand Ford Toyota and Allen Bros.



My apologies...having a hard time uploading my images....will try to fix and post soon.

Today's speaker was Kurn Hattin School's principal Scott Tabachnick. The Bellows Falls Rotary Club meets weekly at Kurn Hattin and see a little bit of the structured routines that these children experience day to day at their home away from home. We have often wondered how the program is structured. Mr. Tabachnick gave us the ins and outs of the amazing education, guidance and love their students receive every day. Thank you Scotty!Image


Thank you Keith Clark for bringing in our newest member, Christine Bullard!  Image In this picture:  President Eric Anderson, Past President, Sheriff Keith Clark and Christine Bullard.


Substitute location for our Thursday 12/13/12 meeting was at The Dish on Main.  Nice and cozy!  Great meeting!Image


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone.  

We will see you on the 29th.







On Irene Anniversary, VT Rotary Districts

Award SEVCA Grant for Long-term Recovery

Joining together to enjoy breakfast and a wonderful presentation by
Steve Puderbaugh and his lovely wife Debra.



 We have exceeded our goal! 

Exciting news from PDG Alley Boucher. 


Fellow Club Members,

Not sure if you heard the news today or not. Today marks the one year point since the last case of polio was diagnosed in India.

The fight will continue


Keith Clark
Rotary Club of Bellows Falls


District Governor Janice McElroy and her husband Jim came for breakfast on 10/27/11.


To find out what is happening in Rotary and the District be sure to read the attached newsletter.  Saturday, November 5th is the Polio Awareness Night fundraiser at the Monarchs hockey game and November 8th and 10th are the Foundation Dinners in Nashua and Ludlow-Okemo, respectively.  More information is included.

Janice H. McElroy
District Governor, 2011-12
District 7870



Rotary District 7870

District Conference is scheduled for June 1-3, 2012 at Portland Mariott at Sable Oaks. 

For those of you have attended the conferences in the past, we would be very pleased to see you attend another.  For our new members and established members who have never attended a district conference, You do NOT know what you are missing.  We have the pleasure of meeting the other Rotary Exchange Students who are sponsored by other clubs in our district.  These students are amazing young men and women who have adapted so well to our culture and are coming to their final leg of their stay with us.  You will hear stories from our very own Exchange Student, Trisna Damayante and her friends tell of their experiences while staying with their host familes and what their new families and friends and their exchange experience have come to mean to them.  You visit with new and well established club members from all around our district.  We have an optional black tie evening, enjoying the beautiful attire of all members attending. There are wonderful presentations, speeches and displays.  There is some "free" time to go shopping or to play a game of golf.  Keith is eager to get a team together to beat Past District Governor Chris Parkinson's team.  They have won a number of years in a row!! 

 We would love to see a great contingent of members sign up to give our club a great representation of the wonderful members that we have.  The following link will get you to the registration for the District Conference.  Please do not hesitate.  You will have a blast!



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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Bill Barbarow
    April 24
  • Thomas H MacPhee
    April 7
  • Rita R Hinds
    Al Hinds
    April 17
  • Doreen Aldrich
    Jim Aldrich
    April 28
Join Date:
  • Virginia "Missy" Wilkins, PHD
    April 10, 2014
    1 year
  • Christine Bullard
    April 18, 2013
    2 years
  • Larry J Lanata
    April 30, 1998
    17 years
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