Rotary Club of Nashua West, NH


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President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Co-Chair
Foundation Co-Chair
Programs & Speakers Co-Chair
Programs & Speakers Co-Chair
Website Co-Chair
Website Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Rotaract Co-Chair
RYLA Co-Chair
RYLA Co-Chair
Literacy Co-Chair
Assist Sec/Treas
Vocational Co-Chair
Vocational Co-Chair
Community Projects Co-Chair
Community Projects Co-Chair
International Co-Chair
International Co-Chair
Ribfest Planning & Operations
Meals on Wheels Co-Chair
Special Projects Co-Chair
Fellowship Co-Chair
Auction Co-Chair
Scholarship Committee
West Side Story Co-Chair

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Welcome to our Club!

Nashua West

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 Somerset Pkwy
Nashua, NH  03063
United States
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In spite of the fact that the evening was colder than normal for this time of the year, and the Red Sox were playing in the World Series, over thirty five Rotarians braved the weather and showed up for the ceremonies.

Master of Ceremonies PDG Chris Parkinson, Chief Guest DG David Hoopes and Key Note Speaker AG Dennis McMann were brief but effective to the occasion.

The LASER audio-visual show was amazing because of Chis Malloy's superb professional work. Very pleasant surprise was David Countway's impressive End Polio Display and polio educational material.

There are other Rotarians who played key roles in the background to make this event a success. Thanks to Kim, Tony, Alan and Erle.

We concluded World Polio Day LASER show event with fellowship of Rotarians at Barley House Restaurant with warm appetizers (compliments of our DG David Hoopes) cold drinks.


Rotary International has heard from many corners that Rotary needs a faster, an improved website that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and helps you get your Rotary business done. We listened and we hope you’re as excited as we are about its clean, modern look and state-of-the art features.

The site reflects valuable input from Rotary members like you plus some new ideas we’ve developed to help you get more out of the site. The result is a website that’s organized around what you need to connect with leaders, exchange ideas, and take action in your community and around the world.

"I'm excited about the new face this will give Rotary as well as the new opportunities for Rotarians to connect with one another," says RI President Ron D. Burton.

The website is actually two sites: one for the public and one for the Rotary family. The new tells Rotary’s story in a clear and compelling way to help potential members, volunteers, and donors understand what makes Rotary unique and how they can get involved.

The member site, known as My Rotary, is where you’ll find everything you need to conduct your Rotary business. By creating an account and signing in to the site, you’ll access all the same reports and tools, and you’ll also be able to:

• Customize and share your profile

• Join or start a discussion group

• Find volunteers, partners, and donations for your projects

• View a dashboard of important links, documents, and online communities

And you don’t have to be a member to get a My Rotary account. Access to certain areas is determined by membership and role, but anyone can register. It’s one way we’re making it possible to connect with people around the world who want to make an impact through Rotary.

You’ll also notice the redesigned site has a fresh look, with new colors, typography and logo, and inspiring and inviting voice. These are part of telling Rotary’s story, an initiative to help strengthen Rotary’s image and our ability to engage the public and our members.

If you use a tablet or smartphone to access the site, you’ll see it’s designed to display on screens of different sizes, so the mobile experience is greatly improved. The desktop version of the site must be viewed on modern browsers  Internet Explorer 9 or higher, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Easier to search and navigate

Among the critical improvements for the online experience:

• Information on the site has been reorganized to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

• Navigation has been redesigned to help you find your way

– deeper menus at the top and in the footer

that show multiple levels of the site, shortcuts that connect you to common tasks based on role.

• Navigation has been redesigned to help you find your way

– deeper menus at the top and in the footer

that show multiple levels of the site, shortcuts that connect you to common tasks based on role.

• Improved search provides faster, expanded, and more relevant results and lets you narrow your search

based on content type, category, and other filters.

(Search is brand new and will improve even more as you help us “fine tune” the search engine by using the site.)

• A dedicated Document Center makes it easier to search for important resources by category and highlights popular

• Tools and applications from the Member Access Portal have been built into the new site to make it easier to carry out your Rotary tasks in one integrated, secure site. (You’ll find most MAP links under Club & District Administration.)

• Content on the site has been streamlined and written in an active, engaging voice with strong calls to action, so you can move quickly through the pages.



How West Side Story Got Its Name
Charter Members: Joel Saren, President #5, and David B. Fite

When Rotary West began we were mostly young business leaders in the Nashua community. Very quickly we all became good friends.  Our wives also became close friends.  At Rotary West events, it was like a family event without the family turmoil (LOL). 

Members and wives all participated in all the events.  We played co-ed softball games against the Old Man’s Club (Nashua Rotary).  We also played softball men vs women.  Women won.  Men had to bat opposite.  (If you were righty, you had to bat lefty.)  We had Rotary West t-shirts for all.  Even some of our kids played in the game.  I recall that Dr. Robin Guthrie, (OBGYN) played and so did his wife, Mae as well as his son.  We enjoyed each other’s company very much.  We socialized with other Rotary West members.   We even chartered a bus to take us all to the Boston Garden to see the Celtics.  Members, wives, children and friends came. 

I remember on the drive to Boston, I sat next to (Charter member) Paul Munroe.  I didn’t know Paul all that well, except that he worked for 1590 Broadcaster and WSMN radio.  During the drive Paul and I chatted about all types of things.  I asked Paul about where he was before he came to Nashua.  Paul began to reveal his background and time in Hollywood, California.

He told me that he had worked on many early TV shows: Specifically the Morey Amsterdam Show, and the Jerry Lester Show.  He shared stories about many Hollywood stars, I had only read about.  Hearing about his background was amazing and so interesting.  The bus ride ended too soon as we talked about his time in Hollywood and the people he knew, the TV shows he was involved with, and the plays and movies he collaborated on.   At some point Paul just stopped recalling those days and said, “You know Joel,” West Side Story” would be a good name for our newsletter.   So Paul should get the credit for coming up with the name “West Side Story.”  The name “West Side Story” has survived the test of time.  

Prior to the wonderful and appropriate name “West Side Story” we had experimented with other chided names.  At first we tried to tease the Nashua Rotary and their newsletter – “SMILE” so we called our first newsletter “SMIRK.”  Eventually, our Board of Directors approved the name “West Side Story.”  That’s how our West Side Story got its name.

Footnote about Paul Munroe.  Paul had his degree in engineering, but that was not readily known.  At some point he left his job at WSMN and took a job SWEEPING FLOORS at Nashua Corporation from midnight to 8am.  Paul told me that one day, one of the Nashua Corporation owners was walking the shop floor and saw fellow Rotarian Paul sweeping the floor !!!!   Mr. Carter (Nashua Rotary) asked Paul why he was there sweeping floors.  Paul said he needed a job.  Mr. Carter put Paul to work in his field of study as an engineer.

Joel Saren and David Fite

Part III, The first Board of Directors meeting, dealing with growth.

Part IV, How Spaghetti City got its name

Part V, 1976 bi-centennial celebration

Part VI, The Balls in the Mall



Our Club

The Rotary Club of Nashua West is pleased you’ve come to our website…  We welcome you to peruse our pages and get an understanding of our club’s activities and interest.

Considering Membership?

If you’re considering membership in our club, we wish to extend our welcoming hand to you.  We are looking for more generous people to help us carry out our mission of Service Above Self.  There are many in our local, regional, and international grasp that are in need of people like you to help.  Our club needs many hands to help us carry out our mission, for, many hands can do what a single hand cannot.  If you like what you see and would like to learn more about becoming part of our amazing club, please send the Membership Committee Chair an email.  The Membership Chair can be found under the list of Directors on our home page (down and to the left).  Simply click on the link and fill in the inquiry form.

Looking for a Grant?

Each year our club accepts grant requests from local non-profit institutions.  If your local non-profit is interested in applying for a grant, please get in touch with our Community Projects Committee Chair.  The Community Projects Committee Chair can be found under the list of Directors on our home page (down and to the left).  Simply click on the link and fill in the inquiry form.

Going On To School After High School and need a Scholarship?

Each year our club accepts applications for our Scholarships for those seeking Post High School educational opportunities.  If you’d like to apply for one of our Scholarship programs, please get in touch with our Scholarship Committee Chair.  The Scholarship Committee Chair can be found under the list of Directors on our home page (down and to the left).  Simply click on the link and fill in the inquiry form.


Need More Information or Wish to make a Suggestion?

If you cannot find the information you’ve come to our website to seek or want to make a suggestion on how we can improve our website, please get in touch with any of the Directors that you think might help.  If you cannot find the director you need, please get in touch with the President directly.  The President can be found under the list of Directors on our home page (down and to the left).  Simply click on the link and fill in the inquiry form.




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Upcoming Events



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