Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club

Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club in Dublin, NH

Monadnock Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Dublin Community Church
Route 101
Dublin, NH  03444
United States
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September 2016

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Our speaker for the week of May 23, 2016, was Nicole Pease, Principal of the Dublin Community School.  Nicole is a native of Dublin and as a child attended the Dublin Community School.  After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, she was a classroom teacher for 15 years before becoming the Principal of the Dublin Community School.  She talked about some of the challenges facing the School but focused most of her talk on how the Monadnock Rotary Club could collaborate with the School for the benefit of the students at the School and both organiztions.
Some ideas that she and her staff identified included, reading with students, doing craft projects such as building bird houses, and exploring nature with Rotary Club members who have expertise in birding, gardening, etc.  Another suggestion was to conduct a joint outing at the Monadnock Rotary Club Park.
Our next meeting will be June 7, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Josh Velasquez, founder of a company that specializes in plant based cheese manufacturing.  Adam Hamilton has the Hat and Rick MacMillan has the Invocation.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016

Our speaker for the week of April 24, 2016, was Chub Whitten.  Chub, who along with his father George D. Whitten, is one of the founders of the Juniper Development Group. He has held various positions within the construction and development areas of the firm since its inception and is currently responsible for origination, leasing, construction and tenant relationships.  One of Chub's current projects is the renovation and development of the former Brookstone Property in Peterborough.  Chub described their "business model" as one which takes a building that may have had a large footprint and  through renovation convert it into a number of smaller size spaces suitable for a number of stand alone businesses, i.e. up to 30 or so employees.  One of the advantages of this approach is that if a new business "fails," or moves the impact on the community is much less than if a single large employer moves or goes out of business. 
Chub also addressed some of the critical "needs" of the region which inhibit business development.  These include the lack of skilled workers, limited access to suitable training or education and limited infrastructure capabilities, particularly high speed internet access.
Our next meeting will be  May 3, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Patricia Jones from HCS who will talk about mosquitos, ticks, etc., and the diseases they can cause.  Bill Gurney has the Invocation and Dale Gabel has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016     

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
Our speaker for the week of April 17, 2016, was Kevin Mitrano, Executive Director of the Brantwood Camp for Boys and Girls.  For more than 100 years Brantwood has provided inner-city boys the opportunity to enjoy a residential summer camping experience.  Starting in 1982, the same experience was provided for girls on a separate campus nearby.  The mission of the Camp is to provide a fun, positive camping experience for boys and girls who would not  otherwise have the opportunity or be able to afford such an experience.  In short, the goal of the Camp is to provide an environment where the Five Brantwood ideals of Honesty, Loyalty, Cooperation, Good Sportsmanship, and Unselfishness are honored by campers and staff.
Brantwood offers close supervision and support with one staff member for every ten campers.  Each year the staff includes some former campers who are eager to share their valuable experiences with the next generation of campers.  Scholarships both full and partial are available to support campers who would otherwise not be able to attend.  
Our next meeting will be April 26, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Chub Whitten who will be talking about the development of the Brookstone Property in Peterborough.Jerry Branch has the Invocation and ohn Goodhue has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016

Our speaker for the week of April 10, 2015 was our own Bob Vecchiotti.  Bob has many years of experience providing consulting services as a Business Advisor and and Executive Coach.  Bob's topic focused on "Leadership" and, in particular what qualities make a good leader and the inherent differences in the leadership styles of men and women.  In general, men tend to be more analytical, competitive, and command and control in their leadership style.  Women tend to be more collegial, inclusive and collaborative in their leadership style.  Bob cited some studies that indicated the differences are because men are predominately "left brain," while Women are "right and left brain."
While citing the inerrant "differences"  in styles between men and women, Bob said that both can be very effective leaders.
Our next meeting will be April 19, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Kevin Mitrano, Executive Director of the Brantwood Camp.  Rob Harris has the Invocation and Bill Gurney has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016    

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