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Plymouth Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Common Man Inn
231 Main Street
Plymouth, NH  03264
United States of America
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Plymouth Rotarian Alex Ray gave us a report on his recent experience in the Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian.  His pictures revealed the incredible devastation and the generosity and compassion of so many.  To watch his entire presentation, please go to our Facebook Page.  (  I believe he is showing us his "hot wiring" skills in this picture!
Here are Abbey's notes on the meeting.  (Thanks, Abbey!)
  • Penny Sale:
    • Sign up this Sunday, OCTOBER 6TH at 1pm at the Common Man to set up the banners for Penny Sale
    • The tickets are here! Make sure to grab some before you leave
    • Kickoff sales are this weekend
  • Alex discussed his trip to the Bahamas to help relief efforts after the hurricane, he was working with World Central Kitchen preparing food for transport, cooking, and helped build a kitchen in Abaco which was one of the most heavily hit areas.
  • Sandwich Fair:
    • The fair is three days, and Alex was wondering if Rotary could volunteer for at least one of those
    • The shifts are 9-1 & 12-4
    • OCTOBER 12, 13, & 14TH
    • Email Paul if there is a day that you may be able to attend.
  • Paul’s daughter finished her internship and she got some recognition in the newspaper!
President Paul Brochu moderates a Club Forum and walked the Club through the highlights of last Friday's Board Meeting.  To view the entire meeting, please go to our Facebook Page.  (   
Here are Abby's notes on our meeting:
  • Club Forum
    • Squam Lake Natural Science Center is looking to have 2 members go see naturalist on the lake and see some animals OCTOBER 3rd. Please see Paul if interested.
  • Board Meeting:
    •  Future funding request: Get Dolly Parton Imagine Library Started
    • They will come & discuss
  • Interact Group: Next meeting OCTOBER 9TH @ 2:30 @ high school
  • NH Game of Chance: questions need answers before we bring recommendations – more info available by next month
  • There will be updates to bylaws – mostly for administrative changes
  • Penny Sale:
    • If there is a conflict in street ticket sales time, try and switch
    • Also may be able to sell @ different locations
    • There are some empty slots in ticket sellers
    • If you are working at 7am on weekends – get stuff the day before
    • Next week tickets will hopefully be ready
    • Set up at PRHS is on Wednesday, October 16th at 5 pm.
  • Spelling bee – all are welcome! You may observe or be an alternate
  • Rotary Leadership Institute: OCTOBER 12TH @ Dartmouth Medical Center
  • NOVEMBER 16THDistrict Assembly
  • Need to look into more ideas for an eye catching brochure
Happy Messages :)
  • Sarah’s son turned 17, and he was cast in a big role in his play!
  • Martha is being inducted into Belmont high school hall of fame this weekend.
Our Guest Speaker, Judge Gerry Boyle, holds up a cell phone as he begins his presentation on what young people need to know about the law and the consequences their behavior can have on the rest of their lives.  To see his entire presentation (and perhaps watch it with a young person you know), please go to our Facebook Page.  (
Here are Martha's minutes on the meeting:
In case you missed it, President Paul started the meeting with, what some may have considered, the Bad Joke of the Day! 40ish weeks to go...
*Ben gave an update on the Penny Sale. Mark your calendars for Saturday November 2nd for our annual event. Set up night is currently scheduled for Wednesday October 16 but this is subject to change. Steve will be sending out our solicitation sheets within the week. Keep an eye on your emails for this information. Grand prize tickets will be distributed in 2 weeks along with a schedule for street sales. If there are any days that you know you cannot sell, reach out to Ben ASAP and he will do his best to accommodate. Once the schedule is handed out, it will be your responsibility to trade days/times, if needed. Also, check the Plymouth Rotary website for supporting documentation to assist in your solicitation efforts.
*September 25th is the Granite Way Day of Giving. A sign-up sheet was passed around to participate in a grounds clean up at Whole Village from 9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided.
* The Rise Against Hunger event is this Saturday. Please show up to help if interested.
Sharon introduced our speaker of the morning, Honorable Gerald J. Boyle, BSA NE Chairman. He shared with us a condensed version of his presentation to high school students pertaining to several different topics. Please log in to our Facebook page to view the presentation in its entirety. 
Have a wonderful week! 
The "Rise Against Hunger" event is being hosted by the N. Conway Rotary Club at the River Church, 2600 E. Main Street, Center Conway.
President Paul Brochu walks us through a series of announcements and the highlights from last week's Board Meeting. To view the meeting, please go to our Facebook Page.  (
Here are Paul's notes from the meeting:
  • Dawn Lemieux of NH Audubon is requesting assistance with moving canoes and kayaks from their Paradise Point waterfront location to the storage area.  Taking place Sunday, Sep 8th at 1100 am.  Sign up sheet sent around. (Mike…there were no sign ups)
  • For those who frequent Squam Lake, a loon was sighted last Thursday, Aug 22 in Shadbush Cove, west of Point Finisterre, with fishing line wrapped around its bill and wing.  Anyone seeing this loon should contact the Loon Preservation Committee (603-473-5666) as soon as possible so that they can try to rescue the loon.
  • Abigail “Abbey” Brann, new PSU student intern with our club will be making her first visit to our regular meeting next Wednesday, Sep 4th.  Please give her a nice welcome and introduce yourself.  She is a student of Lisa Doner, club member.
  • Paul will meet with Jess Dutille, PSU Director of Community Impact at 0900 Thursday the 29th to discuss possible collaboration and partnership between PSU Students and the Plymouth Rotary Club
  • Mike Carrier has taken great initiative and drafted a Plymouth Rotary Trifold brochure which Paul sent around for comment.  Mike has distributed this electronically to our members for further comment so that we may soon go to press with this to further the community’s knowledge about our club and Rotary in general
  • Items from our last Board meeting on Aug 15:
    • After much discussion, we determined that Christmas in July only netted about $1000 this year and that it was not very popular with membership.  Therefore, the Board voted to cease the Christmas in July and solicit ideas for a summer fundraiser to begin in 2020
    • Board approved $1000 for the Education Scholarship Fund of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to support children of local families who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the Blue Heron School, nature-based Montessori early learning center
    • Discussed our Interact group and mentioned that Taylor Maine is awaiting additional information from Plymouth Regional High School Administration regarding their progress to becoming an officially-recognized PRHS club as well as any funding that may be forthcoming from PRHS.  Further discussion focused on our club supporting the Interact group in their endeavors.
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour at the new Harbor Homes' Boulder Point housing facility for vets and their families on Friday, September 6th at 11 am.  Denise suggests that we carpool!
Our own Dr. Lisa Doner,  an Associate Professor at Plymouth Sate University, shared with us results from some of her latest research on Squam Lake.  To see her full presentation, please go to our Facebook Page.  (
Here are Secretary Martha's minutes of the Meeting:
Another great meeting is in the books for our club. We were introduced to our new intern, Abby Bran. Please take the time to introduce yourself to Abby and make her feel welcomed. She will be providing a lot of support to our club in the coming weeks/months/year! We also began the morning by recognizing Peggy and presenting her with the Paul Harris Fellow pin. She joins the rest of the club, who were recognized at the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Peggy was humble in her acceptance and declined to make a speech. Well deserved, Peggy! Thank you for your continued service to rotary! 
There was a reminder that the ribbon cutting for the new Veterans' Home will take place on Friday 9/6 at 11am behind Walmart in Plymouth. All are welcomed to attend.
Saturday 9/7 is the ribbon cutting for the Blue Heron School at 11am. Ken will be attending and also welcomes anyone to attend.
Paul passed around a sign up sheet if you are interested or available this Sunday 9/8 at 11am to help Dawn and the NH Audubon Society. They will be moving kayaks from the waterfront to their storage facility and any help is appreciated. 
The 8th annual Pemi-Baker Literacy Spelling Bee will be held on October 18th. Rotary has openings on our team to be a participant. Please see Ben if you are interested in joining. It is a great evening out and is sure to be a good time! 
Our speaker this morning was our own, Dr. Lisa Doner. Lisa gave a wonderful presentation on her research project, Squam Lake Does Science. If you missed it, I encourage you to log into Facebook and watch the recorded meeting. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your project with the club.
Have a great week! 
Peggy Smith was unable to attend our Changing of the Guard in June when the entire Club was recognized by Rotary Foundation Trustee Julia Phelps for becoming Paul Harris Fellows.  Today Ken caught up with her to present her certificate and pin.
President Paul welcomed our Intern from PSU, Abby Braun.   Please introduce yourself to Abby in the coming weeks.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Club Forum
Oct 23, 2019
Iain MacLeod - Executive Director
Oct 30, 2019
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Sue Fitzgerald - Host).
Host - Kathy Kearns
Nov 06, 2019
Host - Walter Johnson
Nov 13, 2019
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bruce Wiggett
    October 2
  • Lisa Doner
    October 14
  • Steve Rand
    October 17
Join Date:
  • Glenda Toomey
    October 19, 2012
    7 years
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
RYLA Chair