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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Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
 
Our speaker for the week of January 31, 2016, was Brian Wallace who is the Executive Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.  For 50 years the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College has been a gathering place for artists, students, patrons, educators, scholars, and friends. The gallery has hosted excellent exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists and designers, originated a broad range of innovative education and public programs, and fostered diverse connections across disciplines, communities, and generations.
 
Brian was appointed Executive Director in June, 2015.  His talk focused on the "state of the Gallery."  His essential task is to re-engineer the Gallery to make it more inviting and open and more appealing to both students and the general public.
 
  
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Brian's priorities for the Gallery include reviewing the permanent collection in order to sort out the pieces, make available to the viewing publci the 150 photographs from their Andy Warhol collection, create a history of all of the art colonies in the Monadnock region, and make the Gallery more inviting and accessible to the public.
 
I would encourage everyone to visit the Gallery the next time you are in Keene.
 
Our next meeting will be February 9, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be "Farmer John" who will describe his work introducing "gardening" to Conval students.  John Goodhue has the Invocation and Sue Copley has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 
 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
 
Our speaker for the week of January 24, 2016, was Beth Bradford.  Beth is an an international child protection consultant who has combined her love of travel and children into a career focused on creating policies that get children out of institutionalized care and into family care.  She has worked with organizations like UNICEF and Save the Children.   Beth's first international experience in helping children came in 1994 when she moved to Romania to help locals work out different policies and procedures to help children get out of institutions and back with families.  Beth's biggest concern, however, is having to see children who are in poverty and institutionalized.  
 
 
Beth said that I feel like I’m a part of real change throughout the world. “We are entering an exciting time for children. I feel as though children, now more than ever, are on the global agenda.  Moreover, even though the plight of children in poverty stricken parts of the world are severe, we also need to focus on "neglected" children here in our Country.
 
Our next meeting will be February 2, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Brian Wallace, Executive Director of the Thorne-Sagendorph art gallery on Keene State's Campus.  Cathy Sorenson has the Invocation and Jim Guy has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 
 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
 
Our speaker for the week of January 17, 2016, was our own Tom Warren.  Tom, who is recognized as an expert in Ornithology, showed photographs and talked about the various owl's that might visit the Northeastern United States as well as other areas.  Owl's are predators and play a significant role in controlling pests such as mice, chipmunks, etc.  The most common owl that we might see in the Monadnock Region is the Barred owl.  It gets its' name from the brown "streaks" on its' body which look like bars on a window. Tom said that February is a good time to look for owls as it coincides with their nesting season.
 
  
 
Tom dispelled some myths about owls stating that their eyesight is about equivalent to a  humans.  However, they can change focus must faster than a human  He also told us that their hearing is very acute and because their ears are asymmetrical, they can use the very minute timing difference in when sound waves reach their ears to locate mice and other animals even when they are covered with snow.
  
Tom's talk was not only informative but give us all an appreciation for these magnificent birds.  Tom concluded by saying he would be willing to go for a guided "bird" walk if interested.  
 
I would encourage everyone to keep a lookout for these birds.
 
Our next meeting will be January 26, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Beth Bradford who will talking about International Child Advocacy.  Rob Harris has the Invocation and Bill Gurney has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
 
Our speaker for the week of January 11, 2016, was Dr. Melanie Adams, Asst. Professor of PE, Keene State College.  Melanie is the author of many publications on the healthful benefits of "moving" and exercise.  She helped to dispel some "myths" regarding the amount of activity needed to obtain healthy benefits.  For example, she stated that you don't have to be a "world class jogger" to obtain the benefits of moving.  Just going for a walk with your dog every day can also have significant health benefits.
 
  
 
To "bring home" the lessons she was talking about, she had each of us do a simple "squat" test by crossing our legs and squatting down to the floor and then try to get back up again.  Fortunately, I got down to the floor without hurting myself but getting back up was a total lost cause!!
 
Following her talk, one of my New Year's resolutions is to get more physically active even if it is only talking a walk!!
 
Our next meeting will be January 19, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be our own Tom Warren who will talk about "OWLs."  Rob Harris has the Invocation and Bill Gurney has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
  
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
As I write this I can't believe how bright, sunny and warm it is!! Is is really December?
 
Our speaker for the week of November 29, 2015, was Chris Mann, President of the Peterborough Human Services Fund.  The "Fund" operates the Peterborough Food Pantry and is also a NH Food Bank approved agency.  Chris shared with us some disturbing facts including that one in seven people in NH are food insecure and don't know where their next meal is coming from.  In our area, The Food Pantry provides food for approximately 300 families per month who come from the 13 towns in the greater Peterborough region.  The "Fund" operates with an all volunteer staff and board and their support comes entirely from donations and grants.  94% of donations go directly to accomplishing their mission.
 
 
 
The Food Pantry participates in "The Hungry Students Program" which supplies healthy snacks and emergency vacation food to social workers nurses and teachers in the eleven Conval schools.  They in turn help feed children who are hungry at school and food insecure at home.  The "Fund" welcomes monetary donations in any amount throughout the year.
 
Our next meeting will be December 8, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be our own Travis Kumpf.  John Goodhue has the Invocation and Kevin McElhinney has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016    
 
 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Our speaker for the week of November 15, 2015, was Wayne Thomas, Commander, Cheney-Armstrong Post #5 of the American Legion.  Wayne gave a very interesting talk about the activities of Post #5 and reminded us of the debt we all owe to our veterans.  In particular, Post #5 supports veterans in our area but also such programs as Boys State, Girls State, and the American Legion Award to the Outstanding Eight grade boy and girl, the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Monadnock Squadron, and Oratorical in the Schools.  The Post also created a Remembrance Walkway at the Memorial Gates located between the Peterborough Historical Society and the Peterborough Town House.  The Post hangs seasonal wreaths throughout the year and also helps the children of veterans who are suffering hardships including giving children of veterans and deceased veterans scholarships.  In closing, Wayne reminded us all to remember our veterans service and their service to our Nation.
 
There is no meeting Tuesday, November 24, 2015, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Our next meeting will be December 1, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Chris Mann.  Vance Finch has the Invocation and Cassie Cleverly has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Our speaker for the week of November 8, 2015, was Tyler Hogan.  Tyler talked about how his studies/work at Harvard Business School led him and his partner to research small companies that they might "invest in" or acquire, as entrepreneurs, with the objective of growing the company while gaining experience.  Tyler describer the process they used to identify, screen and evaluate potential prospects which resulted in their screening literally hundreds of potential companies.  In all, this process took more than one year to finally identify the company they pursued.
 
 
Ultimately, they selected Pure Flow which is a local company and Tyler moved to Peterborough.  Pure Flow manufactures and sells water purification systems that produce extremely "pure" water which is used in hospitals and companies who have a need for "super clean" water.
 
Our next meeting will be November 17, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church  starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speakers will be Wayne and Dee Thomas who will talk about veterans and the American Legion.  Paul Tuller has the Invocation and Jerry Branch has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016  
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Our speaker for the week of November 1, 2015, was Eldon Munson, who is the Project Manager for Scott-Farrar during construction of the new Scott-Farrar Home for senior's.  The original Scott-Farrar Home has roots that go back to the incorporation of the Peterborough Home for the Aged in 1909.  With the passage of time, however, the Board of Trustees of the Home realized that the existing structure was no longer adequate for today's senior's needs.  Accordingly, they decided to build a new "Home" on the existing site that would meet the evolving expectations of today's senior's and their families.  Eldon presented photographs and schematics of the new building, which is under construction, and is expected to be completed by Fall 2016.  The new "Home" will offer independent living apartments, assisted living apartments and The Gardens, a separate and secure neighborhood specifically designed for people with Alzheimer's and other memory challenges. Eldon also discussed some of the unexpected challenges they have encountered during construction including having to "tussle" with some very hard New Hampshire granite during excavation for the building.
 
Our next meeting will be November 10, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM. Our speaker will be Tyler Hogan who will talk about he and his partner's experience researching small businesses to purchase.  Jerry Branch has the Invocation and Tom Blodgett has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 20115-2016 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
As I write this I am amazed at how much color there still is when I look out to Mt. Monadnock given that it is so late in October.  This has certainly been a "terrific" fall in the Monadnock Region.
 
Our speaker for the week of October 25, 2015, was our oun Chuck Simpson.  Chuck described the Rotary Park project he did for the Milton Rotary Club.  Chuck's design incorporated many unique features that not only resulted in a beautiful park for the town but really invites people to visit and spend some time in the Park.  One of the unique features was the incorporation of an arch modeled on the arch that Chuck did for the Keene Ashuelot River Park.  One of the other features was the inclusion of "seating" areas since the Park is located across the street from an elementary school.  Parents naturally congregate in the Park when they come to pick up their kid,s when school lets out, and they even linger as the kids run around and work off energy.
 
 
 
The center of the Park recreates the Rotary Wheel and includes bricks that contain sponsor and friends names.
 
I would encourage everyone to stop by the Park the next time you are in Milton.
 
Our next meeting will be November 3, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Eldon Munson from Scott-Farrar at Peterborough who will be presenting a talk on their new facility.  Chuck Simpson has the Invocation and Wendy White has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
As I write this bulletin it is a typical, gray, rainy, late fall day.  Fortunately, I have a good fire going in the wood stove and there is still a lot of color left in the leaves in the woods.
 
Our speaker for the week of October 18, 2015, was T. Stephens  the author of the novel Dante's Cypher.  "T. Stephens" the author's pen name, talked about his experiences growing up and how they impacted his life and development as an author.  In particular, he emphasized the importance of "taking charge" of one's own life and the need for persistence.  All told, a total of 15 years passed from his initial ideas for the book to when it was finally published.  He also described his commitment to helping others as illustrated by his being a "Big Brother" for many years.
 
 
The author indicated that the story in "Dante's Cypher" is not only a mystery but is quite "chilling."  Just the thing to read as we approach Halloween!
 
Our next meeting will be October 27, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Chuck Simpson will be  our speaker talking about landscape design for a Rotary Park.  Kevin McElhinney has the Invocation and Mary Loftis has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Our speaker for the week of September 27, 2015, was Sandra McGonagle our District Governor.  Sandy, who is a retired educator/consultant with 35 years in education in NH schools, described how she always kept a Treasure Chest on her desk with ideas on slips of paper that the children could use to get ideas for writing stories.  For her talk to us, she pulled mementos from the Treasure Chest that reflected significant events in her life that illustrated the mission and purpose of what it means to be a "Rotarian."
 
 
 
She encouraged all of us to focus on what we can do to help others by quoting Rotary International's President K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran who said:
 
"This is our time.  It will not come again.  Let us grasp it."
 
Our next meeting will be October 6, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Margaret Nelson, Executive Director of the River Center in Peterborough, NH.  Cathy Sorenson has the Invocation and Bob Vecchiotti has the Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016.
 
      
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Our speaker for the week of September 20, 2015, was our own Paul Tuller.  Paul described the techniques used in traditional Japanese building practices and his training to become proficient in these methods.  He then shared with us how he obtained the "pieces and parts" used to construct a small Japanese house that was originally built by Japanese craftsman as part of an exhibit in Brattleboro, VT, in the late 1980's.  Recently, Paul has been in the process of re-constructing the house on his property.
 
                                          
 
 
Paul's plans are to eventually make the house available for people to visit in order to learn more about traditional Japanese home construction.
 
Our next meeting will be September 29, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be our District Governor, Sandra McGonagle.  Tom Blodgett has the Invocation.  There will be not Hat.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 
 
 

 
 
 
I am happy to announce that Jamie Hamilton has been proposed for membership. Any comments can be sent to Rob Harris or Jerry Branch. Her bio follows:
 
The Reverend Jamie Lynn Hamilton
Rector, All Saints’ Church, Peterborough, NH, October, 2014-present.
Associate Dean of Students, overseeing student health and welfare and Instructor   of Religion and Philosophy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH (1995-2014).
 
Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, New York (1985).
 
As a priest and as a teacher, The Rev. Jamie Lynn Hamilton engages with parishioners, parents, and students of all ages as they discover their questions, their creativity, and their faith. She enjoys creating community through everyone’s enthusiasm for life and learning.
 
For almost twenty years, Jamie taught courses in religion and philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy, and in 2012 she became the Associate Dean of Students, who oversaw student health and welfare by working closely with the school’s doctors, nurses and psychologists. In 2005, she was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, working with a project regarding "Religious Life in Nonsectarian, Multi-Religious Educational Settings." Ordained in the Episcopal Church since 1991, she was the Priest-in-Charge of the summer chapel, Emmanuel, in Dublin, New Hampshire from 1996-2011.
 
Currently, Jamie is Rector of All Saints’ Parish in Peterborough, NH.
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
What a glorious Labor Day weekend!  I hope everyone is outside enjoying the terrific weather.
 
Our speaker last week was Jarvis Coffin who is not only the proprietor of the Hancock Inn but a volunteer on the task force which is developing a "Branding" concept for the Monadnock Region.  His presentation was not only about "what is a Brand?" but why the Monadnock Region needs a brand and also how the Branding Task force is in the process of developing a brand for the Monadnock region which would capture the uniqueness of the region and the many strengths it has to offer.  While the work of the Task Force is not complete, he gave several examples of concepts that are under consideration.
 
 
 
 
 
There will NOT be a meeting on September 8, 2015 due to the Labor Day holiday.  Our next meeting will be an assembly meeting on September 15 at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  The focus will be on preparations for the Wellness Festival.  Everyone should please try to attend since the date of the Wellness Festival is quickly approaching.
 
There is no Hat.  Mary Loftis has the Invocation.
 
See you on September 15th.
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
September is almost here!  Where has the summer gone?  Unfortunately, I still have a long list of summer projects to do so let's hope we have a long and warm fall season.
 
Our speakers last week were Denise Thomas and Nancy Griffen from the Monadnock Community Hospital.  Their presentation was about the Bond Wellness Center at the hospital.  The Bond center is a fabulous facility that is dedicated not only to rehabilitation, after surgery, but is focused on "wellness" through exercise.  The Center has a complete array of exercise equipment and also provides a number of exercise classes as well as individual coaching.  I encourage anyone who is interested to stop by and visit the Center.
 
Our next meeting will be September 1, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  our speaker will be Jarvus Coffin who will tell us about“The Monadnock Regional Branding Task Force," which is a group of volunteers representing various Monadnock organizations and businesses whose mission is to promote the Monadnock Region as q great place to live, work and do business.
 
Jim Fernside has the Invocation and Dale Gabel has the Hat.
 
There will be a meeting of the Wellness Festival Committee right after the Rotary Meeting.
 
See you on Tuesday
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
As I write this my eight year old Granddaughter is running around and still going strong at 8:00 PM!  I am in complete agreement wih the sage that said "An abundance of energy is wasted on the young."                                                      
 
 Our speaker last week was Sam Hawkes.  Sam presentation was on his cross country bicycle tour which took him from the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, CA to the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.  Sam kept us all totally engaged, not only with his pictures but with descriptions and stories of his experiences in bicycling across America.  Sam is not only a "hero" but an inspiration to all of us whose 65th birthday is past tense
 
 
Our next meeting will be August 25, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speakers will be Denise Thomas and Nany Griffin who will tell us about the Bond Wellness Center of Monadnock Community Hospital.
 
Bill Gurney has the Invocation and VAnce Finch has the hat.
 
There will be a meeting of the Wellness Festival Committee right after the Rotary Meeting.
 
See you on Tuesday
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016     
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
As I write this, a good old fashion summer storm is taking place with blowing and raining.  The rain is welcome although we could do without all of the polytechnics!    
 
 
 
 
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 Our speaker last week was Rich Berryman, DDS.  Rich has practiced dentistry for more than 30 years and he is also our districts PDG.  The presentations focus was on the importance of proper dental hygiene and the impact good dental health has on our total health.  Rich dispelled several dental "myths" and provided a lot of practical advice for better dental health.  He also provided everyone with a dental "kit" which included a new toothbrush!     
 
Our next meeting will be August 18, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Sam Hawkes and his topic is on  his experiences riding his bicycle across the country.  I am sure that Sam will have some interesting stories to tell and some great pictures to show us.
 
Sue Copley has the Invocation and Tom Warren has the hat.
 
There will be a meeting of the Wellness Festival Committee right after the Rotary Meeting.
 
See you on Tuesday
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016     
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
 
Finally my garden is in full bloom.  The zucchini is abundant, the new potatoes are in, but unfortunately, the tomatoes are still "thinking about things."  
 
Our speaker last week was Marjorie Droppa, PhD, who is the Project Director for Impact Monadnock's Early Childhood Development Initiative.  Impact Monadnock is a local non-profit organization focused on using a Collective Impact approach to achieve meaningful and sustainable change in the Monadnock Region.  Marj presented some of the results from a detailed study of this Region that showed the Region is lagging behind other parts of New Hampshire in Early Childhood Development, which includes the ages from birth to 5 years, and thus is a focus for the Impact Monadnock initiative.  For more information or to share ideas, Marj can be reached at marj@muw.org.
 
Our next meeting will be August 4, 2015, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be myself and the topic will be "What Is The Electric Grid and Why Should We Care."  Given the impact on the Grid of the shutdown of Vermont "Yankee" and of the proposed "Northern Pass" line, please come to ask a lot of questions.
 
Tom Warren has the Invocation and Bill Gurney has the Hat.
 
There will me a meeting of the Wellness Festival right after the Rotary Meeting.
 
See you on Tuesday
 
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016
 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club.
 
Real summer finally returned with hot July days and warm nights.  These days reminded me of the times when I was a kid, standing in one of my grandfather's corn fields, listening to the "pop" and "cackle" of the corn growing while hundreds of lighting bugs lit up the air.  Hopefully, we will soon be able to get fresh picked sweet corn at our local farmer's markets.
 
Our speaker at last week's meeting was Jessica Gelter, Executive Director of Arts Alive!  Arts Alive's mission is to" Advance Arts & Culture in the Monadnock Regon."  Jessica described how important the Arts are to the region not only from a quality of life perspective but also because of the significant economic impact the arts have on the Region.  She authored a nice article in the Keene Sentinel "Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards" supplement which appeared last week.  Many thanks to Jessica for attending our club's meeting and we look forward to hearing from her again in the future.
 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7:30 AM in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Majorie Droppa, PhD, Project Director for Impact Monadnock.  She will be talking to us about a new Collective Impact initiative focusing on early childhood development in the Monadnock Region.  
 
There will be a meeting of the Club's Board on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 7:30 AM in the Dublin General Store.
 
See you all on Tuesday,
 
Rob Harris
 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 
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