Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club

Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club in Dublin, NH

Monadnock Rotary Club

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We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Dublin Community Church
Route 101
Dublin, NH  03444
United States
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September 2015

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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!    
 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


Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

The rain is just starting to ping off the porch roof as I begin to write.  The lawn is freshly mowed, and the smell of cut grass is on the breeze.  It's a beautiful evening in New Hampshire.

At last week's meeting, we had a full docket beginning with the presentation of a check to the winner of our Evans-Reilly Scholarship, Cole Wohle.  In the following photo, Cole is the tall, good-looking young man in the middle (in case you had trouble picking him out.)  His parents were both be present for the award and it was a pleasure recognizing Cole's achievements.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.


Next, our intrepid exchange student Bel gave a short summary of her time in the U.S. (sponsored by our Rotary Club.)  Bel returns to Ecuador in July, but hopefully you'll all get one more opportunity to wish her well at the Gavel Night BBQ next Tuesday.  We've really enjoyed sponsoring her, and also wish her all the best in the future.


And finally, our speaker was Lorraine Walker who gave us a great deal of information on the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I.  It turns out that the local connection to the sinking was the presence onboard the Lusitania of a brother and sister from nearby Peterborough.  Percy and Elizabeth Seccombe were on their way to England to enlist in Red Cross work (Elizabeth was a nurse.)  Both perished when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine - their bodies were recovered and returned to Peterborough where both were buried.  It was a fascinating talk, with visual aids as seen in the photo, and we do thank Lorraine very much for her presentation.


There will be no regular Club meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Instead, we will be having a (Change of) Gavel Night BBQ at the Edward MacDowell Lake picnic pavilion that evening (June 30) from 5 to 8 pm.  All Club members are strongly encouraged to attend and to bring family and friends.  All are welcome.  I just ask that you sign up in the events section of Clubrunner so we have an idea how many are going to be there.  If you don't know how to sign up for an event in Clubrunner, just send me an email instead at dggabel@mail.com and I will be happy to sign you and all of your guests up.  This is the final event of the 2014-2015 Rotary Year, so please do come and help celebrate the end of one Rotary Year and the beginning or another.

I want to thank all Club members for stepping up and making the annual Foundation contribution drive a success.  The Club achieved 100% participation!  Congratulations to all Club members!  And congratulations to our Foundation Chair, John Goodhue, for persuading, cajoling, and following up aggressively.  There aren't many Clubs that can boast of full participation, but Monadnock is one that can.  Well done to all!  Our contributions will continue to support worthwhile projects both here and abroad.

The next meeting of the Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee will be on July 14 after the regular Club meeting.  Beginning with that meeting, the Committee will start meeting weekly.

Here is the Rotary video for the week:

This is my final newsletter as President of the Club.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President, and I would like to thank you all for helping to make my year enjoyable and fulfilling.  I'm going to be taking on an Assistant District Governor position beginning on 1 July, and my own Club will be one of the 6 Clubs I'll be responsible for.  But that won't have any impact on my participation in our Club's meetings and events, and I'll still be on our Club's Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.  So although I will no longer be President of the Club, I'll continue to be very actively involved.

Thank you for allowing me to be your President.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday evening at the Gavel Night BBQ.

(A special thank you to my wife Shelley for proofreading the newsletters I drafted over the past year.  She caught many errors, omissions and bloopers and I'm grateful for her willingness to help.)

President 2014-2015



Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

I had an interesting couple of days in Finland last week.  A beautiful country, with very friendly people, but the 24 hours of daylight per day in the summer can be a bit unsettling.  However, the green growing things over there seem to like it just fine.

The speaker at last week's meeting was Helfried Zrzavy, Technology Director at ConVal High School.  Helfried gave a talk on Technology and Security - Jim Guy sent all Club members a copy of the presentation during the week.  If you didn't happen to receive it, please let me know and I'll forward another copy to you.  Many thanks to Mr. Zrzavy for taking time from his busy schedule to provide information on this most important topic.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Lorraine Walker, a local story teller who will speak to the Club about the local connection to the sinking of the Lusitania.  We look forward to her talk.  Tom Blodgett has the Hat and Chuck Simpson has the Invocation.

There will be a Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee meeting on Tuesday immediately after the regular meeting.

Our exchange student, Bel, will be joining us for the meeting on Tuesday to give us her thoughts on the time she has spent with us here in the United States.  We will also be presenting the award to the Evans-Reilly winner, Cole Wohle.  Cole was selected for his extensive volunteering with the Francestown Rookie Baseball team and Francestown Fire Dept. Explorers, his commitment to the ConVal Football team, and his overall service record at school and in the community.  Congratulations to Cole, and many thanks to the Evan-Reilly Award Committee for their hard work in selecting this year's award winner from a pool of outstanding candidates!

Gavel Night is on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from 5 - 8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Reservoir in Peterborough.  All are welcome.  Bring family members and guests.  Also, bring a salad/dessert and beverages.  Sign up in the Event Section of Clubrunner or send me an email and I'll sign you up.  Sign up now so we can get a count of how many are coming.

The ConVal Quest program is just around the corner.  The following is a note from the Peterborough Rotary Club:

"We would like you to invite Rotarians to join us at 2015 Camp Quest. Below notes the day's activities. Please follow this link to sign-up in the shared spreadsheet. If you are not comfortable inputting your time, please email me your preference, I can enter for you.

For orientation Sunday June 28th Noon-2pm

For Rotary Night with Campers Monday June 29th 7:00-8:45 pm (Join for dinner at 6pm)

For Chief Walker’s Fire Safety Seminar Tuesday June 30th 5:00-6:00 pm

For Richard Haynes talk on College Admission Tips Wednesday July 1st at 7:00-8:45pm (Join for dinner at 6pm)

For Collaboration program (James Kelly) Thursday July 2nd 5;00-6:00pm
We appreciate your support and participation!"

If you need more information or help signing up, contact Cole Royal, President of the Peterborough Rotary Club, at www.peterbororotary.org.
And now, the Rotary video for the week:
Tuesday looks to be a jam-packed, fun meeting.  I'll see you all there.
2014-2015 President


Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Another beautiful weekend in New Hampshire.  It doesn't get much better.

At last week's meeting we had two of our local elected officials speak to us about the state budget, legislation moving through Concord, and the functioning of the Legislature in general.  Frank Sterling and Dick Ames were very enlightening and we're grateful they could take time from their busy schedules to visit with our Club.  Our best wishes to them both as they work to help govern New Hampshire.



Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Helfried ZrZavy, Technology Director at ConVal High School.  Mr. Zrzavy will be speaking on the subject of Technology and Security.  This talk will undoubtedly have many things of interest for all of us as we navigate our increasingly connected and on-line world.  There are many dangers out there (just ask OPM) and Mr. Zrzavy is probably aware of all of them and may have tips we can use to protect ourselves and our privacy.  Please make every effort to attend to hear this important speaker.  Sue Copley has the Hat and Kevin McElhinney the Invocation.

At the next meeting the Club will vote on the disposition of Happy Dollars that have accumulated over the year.  The amount is nearly $700 and in the past, this money has been donated to the Rotary Foundation.  The Club vote will be to see if that is what we should do with the money this year, or if it should remain in the Club's general revenues for local purposes.

Gavel Night will be held on June 30, 2015, from 5-8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Lake picnic pavilion.  Club members are asked to bring a salad/dessert and their own drinks.  The Club will provide items to BBQ.  Bring friends and family, and especially bring potential Club members.  This will be the event at which the gavel will pass to Rob Harris, President-elect for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year.  You don't want to miss this fun event.  Sign up at the event link in Clubrunner, or send me an email and I'll sign you up (let me know who is coming with you.)

The Rotary video for the week:

Have a great Rotary week. 

2014-2015 President



Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

It has been a beautiful weekend, and the best thing about it was I finished all the mowing before the weekend arrived.  So, other than an errant rabbit in the vegetable garden that needed to be dealt with, it was very relaxing and a lot of fun.

The Club's energetic Foundation Chair, John Goodhue, has been working day and night to get commitments from Club members to contribute to the Rotary Foundation.  He now has commitments from all but 3 Club members and continues to aggressively solicit those Club members to give.  If you haven't contributed to the Foundation yet this year, please consider doing so within the next week or so.  All contributions must be in to Rotary International by 30 June to count for Club recognition.  Many thanks to John for all his hard work in getting so many of the Club to contribute, and thank you to all of our caring Club members for furthering the good works of Rotary around the world!  We can easily achieve Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) recognition for 2014-2015; we just need those other 3 members to contribute a small amount to the Foundation.

Our speaker at last week's meeting was Howard Mansfield, a local author who was rescheduled from a canceled December meeting.  Howard discussed concepts from his latest book and made us all think a little differently about our dwellings.  Many thanks to Howard for gracing our Club's meeting with his presence, and our best wishes to him for continued success in his chosen fields of endeavor.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speakers will be Dick Ames and Frank Sterling, two New Hampshire state legislators.  They will be talking to us about legislative happenings in Concord from both Republican and Democrat perspectives.  It's certain to be a lively and illuminating discussion, so make every effort to attend.  You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear from two of our elected representatives to the state government.

There will be a meeting of the Club's Board on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

Gavel night is June 30, 2015, from 5 to 8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Dam/Lake/Reservoir.  All those attending are asked to register on Clubrunner so we know how many to plan for.  If you don't know how to register on Clubrunner, let me know who all will be coming and I'll register you.  Bring family, friends, a salad/desert, and your favorite beverage.  The Club will provide the barbeque fixings.  Don't miss this long-awaited end-of-the-Rotary-Year get together.  It will feature good food, good company, and a very short program.  Come one, come all!

The minutes for the last Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee meeting on June 2 are now posted on the MWF page in Clubrunner.

And finally, the Rotary video of the week:

See you all at the Church on Tuesday.

2014-2015 President



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