Rotary Club of Keene-Elm City

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Proud Organizers of the Clarence DeMar Marathon!

Keene-Elm City

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Stone Arch Village
835 Court Street
PO Box 1786
Keene, NH  03431
United States
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The Shoe Crew, consisting of 60+ Rotarians and a few non-Rotarian volunteers, is in the process of delivering over 640 pairs of sneakers and socks to 2nd Graders in 27 schools in Cheshire County.  We're delighted to be doing this but the smiles, hugs and thank yous from the children receiving sneakers is amazing! 
 
Follow "ME", a KECR program,  is giving one FREE pair of new, high-quality sneakers as part of a larger overall wellness program.  We hope that new sneakers will inspire the kids to become advocates of movement by Moving Everyday ("ME") in their own way: running, biking, swimming, jumping, etc.  We have partnered with Advocates For Healthy Youth and Healthy Monadnock 2020 to help make this program and the Kids DeMar possible. 
 
The Kids DeMar is open to all 1st-5th grades in the Monadnock Region.  The kids need to complete 25 miles of exercise over the summer and have that exercise signed off by their teacher or physical education instructor at the beginning of their year in order to complete the 1.2 miles of the DeMar which is the last Sunday of September, annually. 
 
As a result of our wellness efforts, which include providing dictionaries to 3rd graders, we have had many community organizations ask to partner with us.  In addition to sneakers and socks, we also gave free passes to the Keene Family YMCA, MoCo Arts and Cheshire Children's Museum to every 2nd grader in Cheshire County, courtesy of those organizations.
 
We love this program and hope we inspire other organizations to get involved.
 
Follow "ME" and Move Everyday!
 
 
 

 
 
 

"Cheshire Health Foundation was honored to recognize community leaders Dr. Bill Moyle, retired Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene surgeon, and Alan Stroshine, former Board Trustee and Chair, for their service to our patients and our community at a fun celebration on Saturday night."   Source: Cheshire Medical Center/ Cheshire Health Foundation website.

 
 
 

The Keene Elm City Rotary Club honored Tom "Stew" Stewart with a Paul Harris Fellow on Thursday November 20, 2014. 

 
 
 

MUW mobilized dozens of volunteers across the community to help local nonprofits through their Day of Caring efforts. Elm City Rotarians and Fuller 5th grade class members participated in the Keene Housing project.  Below are images of Keene Elm City Rotarians who helped these Fuller School students build raised community garden beds at a local housing complex.  Denise Pratt, Director of Programs and Services at Keene Housing Authority, writes:

"I would like to thank you and all the volunteers who offered up their time, energy, and muscles to help with our Day of Caring project. The community garden beds at our North and Gilsum family property now number 7, the first funded through a grant from Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY).

 

The Building Bridges Youth Program promotes leadership, academic achievement, community involvement, and healthy living. We are proud of our community partnerships and collaborations that contribute to the goals of the program."

 
 
 
 

2014 Kids DeMar Marathon will bring together many Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Kids DeMar Marathon Program had nearly double the number of children participating from the 2012 edition.  Now, 2014 promises to be even bigger and better with a goal of having at least 30 participating schools and 1000 children running.

 

Beginning in late-April 2014, the Keene Elm City Rotary Club Clarence DeMar Marathon Committee, with generous financial support from the Hoffman Family Foundation, will be inviting students in grades K-5 to register to “run” the Clarence DeMar Marathon on September 28, 2014.  Through school based-running/walking clubs, physical education programs, summer Keene Parks and Recreation activities, and the Keene Family YMCA camps students will be tracking their activity throughout the summer and then by accumulating 25 miles will earn the chance to run the last 1.2 miles of the DeMar Marathon on race day the last Sunday in September.

 

Running or walking in the DeMar Kids Marathon is free and simple. PE teachers and other school staff volunteer to coordinate this effort for their schools.  We really hope all elementary schools in our region come on board this year.

 

Students who sign up will receive a child-friendly activity log sheet to record at least 25 miles during the spring and summer leading up to the DeMar on September 28, 2014.  By completing the log and returning it when school resumes in the fall  (no later than September 12th 2014) the students will receive a free t-shirt (printed by Beeze Tees) and earn the right to walk or run the last 1.2 miles of the DeMar Marathon on race day.  Wearing their T-shirt will be their “admission ticket” to the1.2 mile run. Participants will also receive a finishers’ medal at the finish line at Keene State College.  Parents are welcome to walk or run the 1.2 miles with their youngsters, too. 

 

The DeMar Kids Marathon is a cooperative effort that brings together many Healthy Monadnock 2020 Organizational Champions including the Keene Elm City Rotary Club, the Hoffman Family Foundation, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Advocates for Healthy Youth Coalition (AFHY), Keene State College, MoCo Arts, the Keene Family YMCA, the City of Keene, and Beeze Tees.  Together these organizations hope to increase opportunities for physical activity and enhance the health and wellbeing of our region’s children.

 

Look for registration materials at your school in late-April 2014.   Homeschoolers can contact the program coordinator at kidsdemarmarathon@gmail.com for their own way to sign up.  And yes, the Super Seniors DeMar Marathon for active adults over 70 years of age will be back this year with registration beginning in May 2014!  

 

 
 
The Success By Six - Mini-Grant is now accepting applications.
 
 
 

 

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2013 DeMar Kid’s Marathon Program is in Full Swing

 

 

The 2013 Keene Elm City Rotary Club’s Kid’s DeMar Marathon will be bigger and better than with more than 700 children from 25 area elementary schools already registered. That’s almost twice as many kids compared with last year.

 

The DeMar Kid’s Marathon is a cooperative effort that brings together many Healthy Monadnock 2020 Organizational Champions including the Keene Elm City Rotary Club, the Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY) Coalition, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and the Cheshire Health Foundation, MoCo Arts, the Keene Family YMCA, the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department, and Beeze Tees.  Together these organizations hope to increase opportunities for physical activity and enhance the health and wellbeing of our region’s children.

 

Running or walking in the DeMar Kid’s Marathon is free and simple.  But, we depend on the help and enthusiasm of PE teachers and other school staff volunteers to coordinate this effort for their schools.  For 2013 all Cheshire County elementary schools were invited to participate and 25 schools are on board this year!

 

Students who have completed and turned in a signed registration are now completing their activity log for recording 25 miles during the spring and summer leading up to the DeMar on September 29, 2013.  By completing the log (kid’s can fill up more than one if they’re super active!) and returning it when school resumes in the fall (no later than September 13th 2013) the students will receive a free t-shirt and earn the right to run the last 1.2 miles of the DeMar Marathon on race day.  Wearing their T-shirt will be their “admission ticket” to the 1.2 mile run. Participants will also receive a finishers’ medal at the finish line at Keene State College and a special free gift.  Parents are welcome to run or walk the 1.2 miles with their youngsters, too. 

 

Any adult 2013 Clarence DeMar Marathon runner from outside of Cheshire County who would like their child to participate in the 2013 Kid’s DeMar program can email us at kidsdemarmarathon@gmail.com to learn how to register.  Families in Cheshire County who home school their children can also email the Kid’s DeMar to register their youngster.

 

The Kid’s DeMar is an annual event with participation expected to grow each year.  

 

 
 

 

 

The Keene Elm City Rotary Club is partnering with the Keene Senior Citizens Center to offer a no-cost opportunity for seniors over the age of 70 to participate in the 2013 Clarence DeMar Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.  Seniors who register can choose to be paired with an active senior who can help them become more active between now and the event.  Registrants will also receive a simple log sheet and will track at least 25 miles of walking or jogging.  By completing this log and returning it to the Keene Senior Center before September 13th, 2013, seniors will earn the chance to complete the last 1.2 miles of the official Clarence DeMar Marathon course on race day.  Participating seniors receive a long-sleeved t-shirt and a finishers’ medal, too!  There is no fee to participate and the program is non-competitive.  This senior program is modeled on our popular Kid’s DeMar Marathon where more than 700 school children from 25 area schools are tracking their 25 miles of activity this summer in order to finish the last 1.2 miles alongside the seniors.  Seniors must register in person at Keene Senior Center, 70 Court Street, before August 15, 2013.  Participation is limited to the first 50 registrants.  More Information by visiting the Keene Senior Center (open 8:30-4:30, weekdays), or by calling 352-5037.    

 

 
 
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention: Care for Kids and Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development Program, selected as the Beneficiary of the 2013 Clarence DeMar Marathon.
 
 
 
In celebration of Bill's 100th birthday.
 
 
 

Green Up Keene Public Service Announcement

We’re moving into spring here in New England.  As it starts to warm up, the buds on the trees start to swell, flowers begin to poke out of the ground, and small furry creatures emerge blinking into the light.   And as the piles of snow melt away, trash that has accumulated over the winter starts to come out of hiding from under the snow banks.

Keene is a beautiful City but to keep it beautiful, it needs a little help.  That’s why on Saturday, April 13th, we are having our annual Green Up Keene Day.  Since 2008, every spring we have set aside a day when we ask our community to come out and come together with the common goal of cleaning up our City.  Each year, employees from the City of Keene, local businesses, students and staff from local schools, and many other residents from all parts of the Keene community pick up trash bags, put on their gloves and help to pick up trash from our parks and neighborhoods.

On Saturday, April 13, volunteers will be set up at Railroad Square from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  If you would like to help us Green up Keene, please stop by and we will supply you with garbage bags and light refreshments.  If you or your organization would like to adopt an area to clean up on Green up Keene Day or the week leading up to it, or if you would like more details about the event, contact Eric Swope of Keene Department of Public Works at 357-9836, ext. 6504 or at eswope@ci.keene.nh.us

Help us Keep Keene beautiful.  Join us on Saturday, April 13 to clean up and Green Up Keene.


 

 
 
ImageKeene Elm City Rotarians and Keene Rotarians went to El Salvador to build houses, the week of February 21st.
 
 
 

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The DeMar Marahon Date has been set for Sunday, September 29, 2013. 

Sign up at www.ClarenceDeMar.com

 

 
 
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V2020 Champion AwardAs one of Vision 2020’s first Organizational Champions, Elm City Rotary’s wellness journey has positively impacted our members and the larger community. Using the web-based America on the Move tracking tool club members have logged more than 110 million steps in 2 years and created club challenges to motivate more activity and connect the club’s charitable giving to meetings those step goals. The club has created a permanent wellness committee, chaired by Liz Coppola. Several club members have served on the Healthiest Community Advisory Board, Vision 2020 Champions Advisory Committee, or supported Vision 2020/HEAL worksite initiatives. And this year the club partnered with other Vision 2020 Organizational Champions, Advocates for Healthy Youth and MoCo Arts, to create the annual Kid’s DeMar Marathon that energized over 360 local school children from 15 area schools to run or walk 25 miles and then complete their marathon with a 1.2 mile run September 30, 2012 the DeMar marathon.


 
 
 

A big THANK YOU to all of the Rotarians who came out to the Ashuelot River Park on 9/11 to cut trees, transplant bushes, reset cobblestones, weed, prune and more! Monadnock  United Way matched dozens of volunteers to 7 different nonprofit agencies across the region!

 

 
 
ImageAt the Feb 9th meeting of the Elm City Rotary, the club was introduced to the winner of our Demar Marathon Logo contest and scholarship.  Kevin Sherry, a KSC senior from Long Island NY was the ultimate winner of a $1,000 scholarship.  The contest started back in October with collaboration from KSC faculty with the launch of the campus wide contest annoucement.  18 students submitted 28 different logo submissions for consideration.  That group was narrowed to 4 finalists who were provided additional details of what we were looking for and each one of them submitted multiple options for us to choose from.  Kevin's submission was chosen because of his ability to capture both the element of Clarence Demar as an iconic long distance athelete as well as the flavor of our community with the silouette of Mount Monadnock, rolling hills and winding rivers, all framed by the archway to KSC's Appian Way where the marathon finishes.  We are very confident that this logo will allow us to effectively brand our event for many years to come, and be tied to an event that lives up to the high standards established by it's namesake.
 

 
 
Elm City Rotarians show their support for the community by sponsoring and participating in life saving CPR training.
 
 
 
On Thursday, December 15 the Elm City Rotary Club honored James Rousmaniere with a Paul Harris Fellow award.
 
 
 
Ann Heffernon was awared a Paul Harris Fellow at the August 25 Club meeting.
 
 
 
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Recently, the Elm City Rotary Club recognized three individuals for their outstanding service to their communities.
 
 
 
 

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Speakers

Aug 06, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
Jarvis Coffin
Monadnock Branding Initative
Sep 03, 2015
Andrew Card, President
Franklin Pierce University
 
 

Speakers

Aug 06, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
Jarvis Coffin
Monadnock Branding Initative
Sep 03, 2015
Andrew Card, President
Franklin Pierce University
 
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