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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Home Page Stories

Penny Sale, Saturday, May 2nd at Bellows Falls High School. 
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Sale starts at 6:00 p.m.
Hundreds of prizes to win!Yay!  It is that time of year again! 

Saturday, May 2nd is a very busy day for our Rotarians.  Some will be participating in Green Up day throughout Bellows Falls and Westminster.  Others will be participating at Kurn Hattin School, volunteering at the school's annual Spring Fling.  Some will be running the 5k in honor and memory of Tom Fahner.  Others will be preparing for the Penny Sale which will be held in the evening of May 2nd.  Some will have their hands in every one of these events!!!  We certainly hope to see you at one or ALL of these events!!!

Do not forget!  Our Rotary meeting and breakfast on April 30th will be held at Saxtons River Inn in Saxtons River.  Same time (7:30 a.m.)
Hope to see you all there.

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"


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Keith Clark
    June 10
  • Hugh C. Haggerty
    June 13
  • Nancy Wettach
    June 17
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Keith Clark
    June 10
  • Richard Govotski
    Kathleen Govotski
    June 6
  • David J Maysilles
    June 9
  • Sean Brennan
    June 19