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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August 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    

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
Our speaker for the week of March 21, 2016, was Steve Kim, Financial Advisor at Monadnock Financial LLC.  Steve gave an excellent summary of the current state of the world's economy and described the actions central banks have been taking the last few years to promote growth.  They have primarily done this  by keeping interests rates low.  Unfortunately, in spite of low interest rates, global growth rates have been stagnate and even declining in many countries.   In addition to setting interests rates low, Central banks have also used "quantitative easing" which is to flood the markets with liquidity (cash) to spur growth.  
Unfortunately these efforts have only been marginally effective so recently, some central banks have resorted to using "negative interest" rates to encourage banks to loan money in order to try to stimulate their economies.  In the U.S., we have continued to have low but positive growth so our Central Bank has not resorted to negative rates.  However, many countries in Europe have set negative rates in an attempt to promote growth.  The downside to negative rates is that it can not only lead to "bubbles" but it also effectively devalues a country's currency.  As a result of all of these actions, Steve indicated that "risk" in the financial markets is certainly increasing
Our next meeting will be March 29, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Suzanne Brouillette who will be talking about "bee keeping" in Slovenia.  Jim Fernside has the Invocation and Tom Warren has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
Our speaker for the week of March 14, 2016, was Ellen Avery, Executive Director of the Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC).  CVTC's motto is "Getting you from here to there . . . and back! GET, GIVE or SHARE A RIDE."  Ellen described CVTC's business model is based upon volunteer drivers. CVTC’s Volunteer Drivers provide “no-fee” transportation for people who do not have access to transportation because of age, ability, economic situation or other limiting circumstances. Trip purposes include non-emergency medical & social service appointments, as well as trips to the grocery store and the pharmacy.

Riders report that since getting rides through CVTC, they:

  • Feel less of a burden on family and friends—89%
  • Are able to remain independent—85%
  • Don't hesitate to make necessary medical or social services appointments-90%
  • Eat healthier meals-81%
  • Feel less anxious—79%
  • Are satisfied with CVTC’s services—91%

CVTC presently serves 13 towns in the Eastern Monadnock region: Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon and Temple.

CVTC's partners on the road are the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter and Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services

To schedule a ride or get more information on how to become a volunteer driver you can call toll free 1-877-428-2882 ext 3.

Our next meeting will be March 22, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be be Steve Kim from Monadnock Financial, LLC.  Jim Guy has the Invocation andJim Fernside has the Hat.


Rob Harris

President 2015-2016


Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club:
Our speaker for the week of March 7, 2016, was Jake Nonweiler Program Manager of the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship.  Jake described the mission of Hanna Grimes which is a place to learn basic and advanced business skills, become a member of a vibrant business economy, and connect with valuable business and development resources.  Hanna Grimes offers more than 150 programs each year on various topics, including marketing, financial management, social media, and leadership.
Programs fall into four main categories.  These include The Incubator which is a former carriage barn transformed into a business incubator wih programs and space that serve as the heart of the business community;  Workshops  which are 1.5 to 2 hour long sessions that teach participants how to overcome the many obstacles a business faces while trying to grow;   Coaches  who are area professionals and experts who offer fee based monthly consultation; and The Master Series  which are classes that are hands-on and cover a variety of topics.
Jake also described Hanna Grimes plans to rehab a building on Marlboro street to offer resources for manufacturing technology and innovation companies to grow and flourish in the  region.
Our next meeting will be March 15, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Ellen Avery, Executive Director of CVTC, who provide transportation services to the Monadnock Region.  Kevin McElinney has the Invocation and Rick McMillan has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club
Our speaker for the week of February 21, 2016, was Major Hank Colby who is Director of Programs for the Cheshire County Department of Corrections.  Major Colby opened his talk by stating the Agencies goal as " Our department's prime goal is the operation of a safe, humane facility that provides programs and services that afford inmates opportunities for positive change."  He went on to say that the "jail's" top priority is to "protect society by preventing escape from custody through the establishment of suitable physical and procedural safeguards".  To this end, the facility incorporates many innovative features from its architectural design, which is open, light and inviting to the respectful manner is which inmates are treated and handled.
The jail is also unique in that it provide numerous opportunities for training and treatment programs, including academic and counseling programs that offer inmates the opportunity for positive personal change.  The programs range from G.E.D./Educational Tutoring to Dog Therapy which is a program with a dog and her handler who talks about the care and training of dogs.  Major Colby indicated that many of the programs are taught by volunteers from the community including our own John Goodhue.  Major Colby concluded by issuing an open invitation to anyone who would like to take a tour of the facility.
Our next meeting will be March 1, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Roy Schlieben who will talk about the new "Makerspace" that is located in Peterborough.  Rob Harris has the hat and John Goodhue has the Invocation.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016 

Our speakers for the week of February 7, 2016, were John Sandri, Founder/Director of Farmer John's Plot and Jasen Woodworth, the Farm Manager.  After serving two years in the Peace Corps John returned to Dublin to start Farmer John's Plot.  Jason graduated from Antioch University in Keene and joined as Farm Manager.   Farmer John's Plot is a nonprofit working farm that models and promotes sustainable food networks and responsible land stewardship, providing access to fresh, local nourishment for everyone. The farm was founded in the summer of 2010 as a project to bolster the local food movement in the greater Monadnock region of South Western New Hampshire. The farm is a nonprofit working farm located in Dublin, New Hampshire, that strives to bring nutrient dense produce, grown in the community to the community. The  produce is sold through a farm stand, CSA , local grocers and schools.
In addition to running the business, Farmer John's has also established a Future Farmers Incubator.  They have established this program to provide the next step for young farmers to gain the necessary experience managing their own farm sites while receiving the necessary support to do so successfully.  This is the natural step post internship / farm hand and pre farm ownership or management of a for profit farm.  Farmers in the program are provided a farm site (or possibly more than one) where they are employed as farm site managers
Our next meeting will be February 15, 2016, at the Dublin Community Church starting at 7:30 AM.  Our speaker will be Ellen Avery, Executive Director of CVTC.  John Goodhue has the Invocation and Jamie Hamilton has the Hat.
Rob Harris
President 2015-2016 

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