Old Town Hall Project

BOW ROTARY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!
For the Rotary year of July 2020, through June 2021, the Bow Rotary Club had planned a series of events to celebrate its 50 years of existence and service in the Bow community. 
Old Town Hall Project
Last fall, in connection with the Rotary Club’s 50th Anniversary year, we wrote about our project to update the wallpaper in the Old Town Hall.  We provided a bit of history about the OTH: that it was originally built in 1847 by the same carpenter who built the Bow Bog Meeting House, that it was used from 1847 through 1956, primarily for town meetings and the work of the selectmen. 
Old Town Hall Project Bob Couch 2021-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Potential Speaker Listing Link

Posted by Bob Couch
Member: If you have Program responsibilities for an upcoming meeting and are in need of a speaker,
the following people have acknowledged their interest in speaking to our club as of 2/3/18.
Click the link below to view the list.
 
Potential Speaker Listing Link Bob Couch 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winners

Bow Rotary's annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest was held via Zoom on March 2nd and just like every year, the Four-Way Speech Contest always warms the heart hearing what these students are passionate about and especially when putting oneself into the student's shoes. All four contestants did very well, but ultimately we arrived at our first, second and third place winners. 
 
Each contestant had to speak on a topic that was important to them and in that talk relate their points to Rotary's Four-Way Test. The speech had to be no less than five minuets and no more than seven, otherwise they were disqualified.  A time keeper held up cards with their remaining time after the 5 minute mark.  Three judges, one from Bow Rotary, one from another club and one former Rotarian judged the speeches and deliberated in a separate Zoom room.  
 
The Rotary Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
First Place Winner: BHS Senior Michelle Eweka ($500 prize)
Second Place winner: BHS Senior Jack Roberge ($300 prize)
Third Place winner: BHS Junior Ava Noce ($100 prize)
 
Michelle Eweka will go on to the Rotary District's semifinals and if she places in the top three there, she will advance to the District finals, which holds additional prize money.
Bow's three winners will give their speeches to our full club membership during our club meeting on March 19th.
 
View a Zoom video recording of the speeches HERE.
 
 
 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winners Bob Couch 2021-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

World of Rotary Webinar part II

You Are Invited to a Webinar!
The Bow Rotary Club has been heavily involved in Rotary District 7870's involvement in humanitarian projects in Honduras.  In this webinar, Bow Rotary's Chris Parkinson will cover the work Rotary has accomplished in Honduras over the past 20 years.

This is an invitation to anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and all new and prospective members in Rotary District 7870. (southern NH/VT) 
This Rotary District webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7 PM.  This is the second in a series of the World of Rotary sessions to acquaint new and prospective members about the opportunities in joining Rotary. 
 
We are encouraging anyone interested in Rotary to join us by registering on the Zoom link below. Looking forward to seeing you on February 23 at 7 PM.

Please register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
World of Rotary Webinar part II Chris Parkinson 2021-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

4-Way Test Speech Contest

Public Speakers: Apply by February 15!
Bow Rotary’s annual public speaking contest for high school students will be held on Zoom on March 2.   
Applications are due by 4 pm on Friday, February 15, so don’t delay. The top three speakers will split $900 in prize money.
The contest challenges youth to use Rotary’s 4-Way Test to analyze their decisions.
Contest details and an application form are here
Form and instructions are also available in the home page Download File section.
4-Way Test Speech Contest Bob Couch 2021-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Club Bulletins Robert Louf 2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Recipients

2020 Bow Rotary Scholarship Recipients  
Our scholarship program is based on demonstrated need and merit.  We award traditional scholarships as well as scholarships for adult learners and students attending vocational and technical schools.  Bow High students, or any student who lives in Bow or Dunbarton is eligible to apply.  This year’s combined scholarships totaled $22,500.
There were fourteen students who were selected for scholarship this year.  The students awarded these scholarships joined us for our regular Zoom meeting on January 8th.  Those in attendance were: Olivia Bynum, Bow; Katharine Cross, Dunbarton; Victoria Eweka, Bow; Dana Fahey, Bow; Lauren Goyette, Hooksett; Elizabeth Guertin, Bow; Jonathan Muise, Bow; Robert Mullen, Bow; Shannon Mullen, Bow and Emma Wilke.  
Diana Pollock, Dunbarton; Jillian Roberts, Bow; Christopher Wheeler, Bow were either working or away and unable to attend.  Matthew Ferland of Bow deferred his scholarship until the fall.  Several of the students’ parents also joined in on our Zoom meeting.
2020 Scholarship Recipients Bob Couch 2021-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Raffle Drawing

Scholarship Raffle Winners - Sadly, the annual Bow Rotary Scholarship Auction was forced to be canceled due to COVID-19.  For years, this popular auction has been the primary source of funds for our Bow Rotary Club Foundation's annual college scholarship awards.  In lieu of the auction this year, we held a cash raffle in hopes of at least raising enough money to fund a few scholarships.  The raffle had three cash prizes and the drawing was held during our December 18th meeting.  
2020 Scholarship Raffle Drawing Bob Couch 2020-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You to Greater Bow Community!!!

Thank You to Greater Bow Community!!!
A huge Thank You to our greater Bow area communities for supporting our annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale!!
We sold all but 3 of our 200 trees out in a record 10 days!!  The 3 trees remaining will be donated to Bow Welfare to give to families that can't afford a tree this year.  Without our annual auction fundraiser, this money will be a huge help in our efforts to support our youth and our community!! Thank You!!
 
Taken 12/8/2020 0900
 
Thank You to Greater Bow Community!!! Bob Couch 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Signup

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Signup
The Bow Rotary Club members will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on December 18th from 10am to 7pm at the Fort Eddy Rd Market Basket this year.  We are asking club members to use the link below to sign up for an hour's slot.  Up to two members per slot, however if you can't do a full hour, you could split an hour shift with someone.
 
Contact Gerry Carrier if you have any questions.
Betsy, Gale and Donna.  Photo by Eric Anderson
 
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Signup Bob Couch 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale

BOW ROTARY HOLIDAY TREE AND WREATH SALE
The annual Bow Rotary Christmas Tree and Wreath sale will begin the afternoon of Saturday November 28th at the Town Pond beside the Bow Community Building.  The sale will run for no longer than 2 weeks and the trees usually sell out in 10 days or so.  All 200 trees are from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and are 6’-8’ well shaped Fraser and Balsam Fir trees, which are best known for their long-lasting qualities.  There may be a few taller and shorter trees.  Wreathes are pre-decorated Balsam Firs. 
Hours: Mon-Fri  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
            Sat-Sun 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
All Trees are $45
Pre-decorated Wreathes are only $30
Unloading and Setup Crew L-R Jerry Kingwill, Matt Dodge, Jon Ruggles, Linda Bliss, Bob Couch, President Matt Gatzke, Richard Swett, Ben Kiniry, Mike Fortier and Bill Ames.  Photo by Eric Anderson
 
Members Please Sign Up Here for Tree Sale Shift Duty
 
Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale Bob Couch 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Roadside Pickup

Roadside Pickup 2020
On October 24, 2020, a masked team of Rotarians from the Bow Rotary Club tackled roadside tackled litter along Route 3A from the Concord to Hooksett town lines.  The twice annual project collected a total of 56 bags of trash.  The club maintains the busy route annually during Spring and Fall clean-ups. but was asked by NH DOT to skip this year's spring clean-0up during the earlier months of the pandemic.  Bow Rotary wishes to recognize the efforts of others in our community including the Bow High School Interact Club students, local scout troops, family groups and individuals, who have stepped up to police litter on the roads within our community.
Pictured (L-R):  Rob Werner (Committee Chair), Matt Dodge, Matt Gatzke (President), Gerry Carrier, Linda Bliss and Mike Griffin.  Other Rotarians not pictured were: Harry Judd, Eric Anderson, Michelle Fortin, Bill Ames and Tom Ives.  Photo by Eric Anderson
2020 Roadside Pickup Bob Couch 2020-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Auction Raffle

Foundation Auction Raffle
Sadly, the annual Bow Rotary Scholarship Auction was forced to be canceled due to COVID-19.  For years, this popular auction has been the primary source of funds for our Bow Rotary Club Foundation's annual college scholarship awards. In lieu of the auction this year, we are holding a cash raffle in hopes of at least raising enough money to fund a few scholarships. 
The raffle will have three cash prizes.  1st prize $1250, 2nd prize $500 and 3rd prize $250. 
The tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 more....
Foundation Auction Raffle Bob Couch 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Bow Rotary Thanks First Responders

Bow Rotary Thanks First Responders
 
The Bow Rotary Club sincerely appreciates the work and risks our first responders and essential workers perform every day
 
As part of our 50th year serving the Bow community, the club installed this new banner in Rotary Park with the permission of the town selectmen.
 
Pictured is Matt Gatzke, President 2020-21
Photo by Eric Anderson
 
Bow Rotary Thanks First Responders Bob Couch 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Auction Scholarship Raffle Bob Couch 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Car Show Canceled until May 15, 2021

NOTICE: New 2021 Car Show Date!!
 
The Bow Rotary Annual Car Show, previously scheduled for May 16th then rescheduled for August 22nd, has been cancelled for this year.  We had hoped the Governor would remove the 50 person event limit but there is no sign of that happening so we are disappointed to have to cancel.
 
The date of the 2021 Rotary Car Show has been set for May 15th 2021.
Anyone who preregistered may choose a refund or apply it towards the 2021 Car Show.
 
The 2021 Car Show information and registration forms will become available on the website early next year.
Car Show Canceled until May 15, 2021 Bob Couch 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

New Speaker Bureau

Bow Rotary has a new Speaker Bureau page to be used for program speakers when you are in need of one.  
You will find this under Custom Pages on the right side of our home page.
There is also a form to submit speakers to the Bureau listing.  
Contact Bob Couch if you have any questions or need help.
New Speaker Bureau Bob Couch 2020-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Bow Rotary Turns 50

Bow Rotary Celebrates 50 years of Service
 
For the Rotary year of July 2020, through June 2021, the Bow Rotary Club plans a series of events to celebrate its 50 years of existence and service in the Bow community.  All Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International, which covers not only the United States, but in 200 countries throughout the world with its 1.2 million members serving their respective communities in 35,000 Rotary Clubs.
 
Rotary International was started in 1905 by a Chicago attorney Paul Harris.  His idea was to bring together business professionals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships.  Over time, Rotary’s purpose evolved into world-wide  humanitarian service.  Members of the Bow Rotary Club, the US, and around the world have a long track record of addressing challenges locally and globally.
 
Bow Rotary Turns 50 Bob Couch 2020-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bow

Welcome to Bow Rotary
As a member of Rotary International, The Rotary Club of Bow is an active community and international organization that seeks opportunities to help others in our community and the world.  We put service above self, and we have a lot of fun doing so.  We are always seeking new members to actively participate in our vocational, community, international and youth activities.
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bow Bob Couch 2020-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

Eric Anderson - 2020 Citizen of the Year

Eric Anderson Presented With 2020 Citizen Of The Year
 
At the 2020 Town Meeting, Bow Rotary's Eric Anderson was presented with the annual "Citizen Of The Year" award by the Bow Men's Club. 

Eric has been a member of the Bow Rotary Club for nearly 47 years.  He is a Past President, Secretary and long-time board member, not to mention our "Chief Photographer".

Eric is an Air Force veteran, a former member of the NH House of Representatives and served on the Bow Board of Selectmen for many years.
Bow Rotary is very proud of Eric and greatly value him as one of our members.
Eric Anderson - 2020 Citizen of the Year Bob Couch 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Bow Rotary Suspends Meetings

IMPORTANT: To All Bow Rotarians and Visiting Rotarians from President David Scanlan:
 
The virus is taking hold in New Hampshire, and it looks like the cases are continuing to grow.
Hopefully, the social distancing will minimize the impact locally and state-wide.
For our members and any guest's health and safety, we are suspending our weekly meetings until we feel it is safe to continue as a result of COVID-19.
However, I would urge committees to continue to do their work by email or phone with the understanding that we still don't know how COVID-19  may affect the car show and/or summer concerts.
Bow Rotary Suspends Meetings Bob Couch 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helps at Food Donation Day

Rotarians assisted Bow Welfare with the food drive the on March 22nd for Bow residents impacted by COVID-19.  
The Rotarian volunteers were organized by Matt Gatzke.
Community needs may become more acute as time goes on and Rotary will be ready to help if at all possible. 
See "Read more" for additional photos by Eric Anderson

Matt Gatzke at the donation table
Rotary Helps at Food Donation Day Bob Couch 2020-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Mike Gula Joins Bow Rotary

L-R: President Dave Scalan, John McCauley & Mike Gula
 
Bow Rotary Club is honored to announce that Mike Gula has joined our club.  
Mike and his family reside in Bow and he is looking forward be being active in our club.
Rotary member and Mike's neighbor, John McCauley, sponsored Mike.
Mike Gula Joins Bow Rotary Bob Couch 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Forms Now Available

The Bow Rotary 2020 scholarship forms are now available on this website and at the Bow School Superintendent's office at Bow High School.  
The newly redesigned forms are now fillable PDF's that can be downloaded and completed.  
The completed forms can now also be emailed to scholarships@bowrotary.org or mailed to the SAU office per the instruction.
Applications must be received no later than 3:00 PM on April 15th.
2020 Scholarship Forms Now Available Bob Couch 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Scholarship Award Ceremony

Bow Rotary Club awards nine college scholarships at their January 3rd meeting.  
Annually a large percentage of the proceeds from the Bow Rotary Club’s Foundation Auction are presented to local students to help further their education.  This year, $22,500 dollars in scholarships were awarded to ten students to help further their education.  The 2019 scholarship were awarded at the club’s January 3rd regular meeting.  The students and their parents were invited to attend.
Photo by Eric Anderson
Pictured left to right: Rotary Club President, Dave Scanlan, 2019 scholarship recipients; Dana Fahey, Julia Landcastle, Shannon Mullen, Matthew Driscoll, Aiden Westenberg, Lauren Goyette, Miah Munro. Scholarship Committee members; Tamar Roberts, and Jeannie Richards.  
Unable to attend the presentations were Zoe Jukoski, Neeraj Naik and Elizabeth Parker.
2019 Scholarship Award Ceremony Bob Couch 2020-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

EarlyAct & Interact Sing at Havenwood

21 Rotary EarlyAct and Interact Club Students’ pay their annual visit to Havenwood Heritage Heights to sing Christmas Carols for the residents.  Also in attendance were their advisors from the Bow Rotary Club, Peter Imse, Jeannie Richards, Steve DeStefano and Betsey Patten.  The Interact Club members are Bow High School students in grades 9-12 and the Bow EarlyAct students are from grades 5-8.
 
EarlyAct & Interact Sing at Havenwood Bob Couch 2020-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Posted by Bob Couch on Nov 14, 2019
BOW ROTARY HOLIDAY TREE AND WREATH SALE
The annual Bow Rotary Christmas Tree and Wreath sale will begin on Saturday November 30th at the Town Pond beside the Bow Community Building and will run for only 2 weeks.  
All trees are from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and are 5’-8’ well-shaped Fraser and Balsam Fir trees, which are best known for their long-lasting qualities. 
Wreathes are pre-decorated Balsam Firs and again this year, our Earlyact Club and Interact Club will be selling birdseed wreathes as a fundraiser.  
 
Sale Hours:   Mon-Fri 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM / Sat-Sun 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
All Trees are $45
Pre-decorated Wreaths are only $25
Annual Christmas Tree Sale Bob Couch 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Auction Raffle Winners

Posted by Bob Couch on Nov 04, 2019
This year's Bow Rotary Auction Raffle was for cash prizes.
This year's winners were:
$1250 Jay S
$500 Dave S
$250 Bill A
 
Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all that attended and supported the raffle and auction!
 
Auction Raffle Winners Bob Couch 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

John McCauley Joins Bow Rotary

Posted by Bob Couch on Oct 11, 2019
John McCauley is the newest member to join Bow Rotary.  
John was inducted into the club on October 11th.
Welcome John!!

Photo by Eric Anderson
 
John McCauley Joins Bow Rotary Bob Couch 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Official District Governor's Visit

Posted by Bob Couch on Oct 11, 2019
Rotary District 7870 District Governor, Nancy Russell made her official club visitation to our club on October 11th.  
First photo: DG Russell presenting the RI theme banner to President Dave Scanlan during her official club visitation. 
The second photo depicts DG Russell recognizing the Bow Rotary Club with a "50 Years of Club Membership" certificate that she presented to President Dave.  
 
Photos by Eric Anderson
 
Official District Governor's Visit Bob Couch 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Auction Date Announced Bob Couch 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Major Rick Starkey Rotary Speaker

Posted by Bob Couch on Aug 09, 2019
Major Rick Starkey gave a presentation to the Bow Rotary Club on August 9th, 2019.  He provided the membership with an overview of the mission of The Salvation Army locally including the McKenna House serving the needs of the homeless, the Thrift Shop that provides clothing and household items to those in need, as well as the many programs that serve the needs of the local youth and seniors alike.
 
President Dave Scanlan presents Major Starkey with a book.
Photo by Eric Anderson
He also thanked the Club's membership for its years of ringing the bell for The Salvation Army to raise money to help purchase gifts for deserving children during the Christmas season.  
President David Scanlan thanked Major Starkey with a book in his name that will go to the Baker Free Library to help serve the literacy needs our local youth.
Major Rick Starkey Rotary Speaker Bob Couch 2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

Potential Speaker Listing

Posted on Jul 17, 2019
Member: If you have Program responsibilities for an upcoming meeting and are in need of a speaker,
the following people have acknowledged their interest in speaking to our club as of 2/3/18.
 
Retired Brigadier General Steve Curry, NH Veterans Cemetery Association/Veterans Heritage Learning Center
Present/Discuss the Veterans Heritage Learning Center project
Contact: General Steve Curry: info@nhvca.org
(603) 796-2026
 
Jennifer Goodman, Executive Director
NH Preservation Alliance
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance strengthens communities and stimulates local economies by encouraging the protection and revival of historic buildings and places.
 
Mike Pacheco, Executive Director
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
ESGR is a Department of Defense organization that was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve 
members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment
 
Rex Reitz - Family Promise of Greater Concord
 
Pamela Dube, Senior Director of Communications
Easterseals NH
We would love the opportunity to speak at an upcoming meeting to thank you for continuing to make a difference in your communities and tell you a little more about our organization and our 80-year history in the state. We know that Rotarians are committed to "encourage and foster the ideal of service". ESNH shares that mission with over 90 programs designed to help people of all ages with disabilities and special needs.
 
Sarah Castelot - Caring Companions at Easter Seals.
They offer non medical, in home care for individuals, elderly,
or with chronic or mental illness. They work very closely with folks with Alzheimer's and
are all Certified Dementia Practitioners. 
 
Karen McNamara - The Concord Crisis Center
Talk about the Center as Bow is one of the towns in their catchment area.
 
Mary Beth Walz
Her trip to Machu Picchu and remote areas of Bolivia. 
Contact info: h. 225-1968
 
Norma Milne 
Advance Care Planning volunteer
insuragy@gmail.com | 603-494-1756
 
Debbie Roy - Bowl for Kids Sake
Development and Outreach Manager Big Brothers Big Sisters
OFFICE: 603.430.1140 ext. 1001
EMAIL: droy@bbbsnh.org
 
 
Regards,
Rick Minard, 2019-20 Program Chair 
rminard@comcast.net
 
 
 
 
Potential Speaker Listing Bob Couch 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Robert Louf Presented with Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted by Bob Couch on Jun 22, 2019
Robert Louf was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Bow Rotary Club at our June 21st meeting.
The Award was presented by President Bryant Stevener for Robert's dedication to the community and his Service Above Self.
 
Photo by Eric Anderson
 
Robert Louf Presented with Paul Harris Fellow Award Bob Couch 2019-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Summer Concerts Lineup Announced

Posted on Jun 20, 2019
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The 2019 Bow Rotary FREE Summer Concert Series lineup.
All concerts, weather permitting will be held at the Bow town bandstand from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Bring your chair or blanket and share these great free concerts with your friends and neighbors.
 
DateBand
7/14/2019High Range
7/21/2019Canyon Run Band
7/28/2019Concord Coachmen
8/4/2019Bow Junction
8/11/2019Bend the Ride
8/18/2019Honest Millie
 
2019 Summer Concerts Lineup Announced Bob Couch 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Community Recognition Nite Held

Posted by Bob Couch on Jun 19, 2019
2019 Community Recognition Night was held on Friday June 14th at the Baker Free Library.
Approximately forty guests and Rotarians were in attendance for the social and ceremony whereby the Bow Rotary club awarded 16 different awards.
 
 
Photos by Eric Anderson
 
2019 Community Recognition Nite Held Bob Couch 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Car Show Flyer/Form

Posted by Bob Couch on May 20, 2019
2020 Rotary Car Show Flyer/Form Now Available
The Bow Rotary Car Show pages have been updated and the 2020 Car Show Flyer and Registration Form are now available.  

Click on the "Car Show" menu at the top of the home page.
Please visit the 2019 Winners and Sponsors page to see the 2019 results.
2020 Rotary Car Show Flyer/Form Bob Couch 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Scholarship Forms Available

Posted by Bob Couch on Feb 19, 2019
Bow Rotary Scholarship Forms Now Available
 
Our Scholarship Program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors who either attended Bow High School or who are Bow or Dunbarton students who attended other area high schools. Bow High School tuition student must be from a town/city either without a Rotary club or with a Rotary club that doesn't offer college scholarships.

Scholarships can be to attend a college or university of their choice or to attend a two year community college or technical school.  Scholarships are also available for adults learners who have decided to attend school, either to finish a degree or acquire a new degree or skills.  
 
Application instructions and forms are available on our "Grants/Scholarships" page or here.
2019 Scholarship Forms Available Bob Couch 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Four-Way Test Speech Contest Scheduled

Posted by Bob Couch on Jan 29, 2019

$1,000 for Your Thoughts

The Rotary Club of Bow will host its annual public-speaking contest for high school students at 7 pm on March 28.  To encourage robust competition, the first place winner in Bow will earn $500, second place will earn $300, and third place will earn $200.  

Contestants speak for five to seven minutes on topics of their choosing and use Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” to analyze a personal decision or course of action.   

Bow’s winner will have an opportunity to compete at the District competition in Danvers, MA, on May 4.    

Bow Rotary’s contest is open to students attending Bow High School and to residents of Bow and Dumbarton who are home schooled.   The contest will be held in the Bow Rotary Community Room at Bow’s Baker Free Library. The public is encouraged to attend.

Download Application Form here.

 
 
 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Scheduled Bob Couch 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

$20,000 in Scholarships Presented

Posted by Bob Couch on Jan 04, 2019

Bow Rotary Distributes $20,000 in Scholarships

At its regular meeting on January 4th, the Bow Rotary Club fulfilled their commitment and presented checks to seven of the eight college scholarships awarded this past spring totaling $20,000.  Each student spoke for a few minutes about what their first semester experiences of this college year had been like and how college was challenging them.
This year’s college scholarship recipients were: Emma Roberge, Samantha Perry, Alison Lambert, Miranda Benoit, Jack Tellifson, Laura Hoeker, Diana Pollock. Unable to attend was Claire Aurilio.
Pictured L-R: Dick Swett, Scholarship Chair, Emma Roberge, Samantha Perry, Alison Lambert, Miranda Benoit, Jack Tellifson, Laura Hoeker, Diana Pollock and Bryant Stevener, Club President
Photo by Eric Anderson
$20,000 in Scholarships Presented Bob Couch 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Jon Hanson & Mark LaValle Made Honorary Members

Posted by Bob Couch on Dec 28, 2018
Jon Hanson & Mark LaValle Made Honorary Members
 
Mark LaValle - Eric Anderson Photo     Jon Hanson- Eric Anderson Photo 
 
During the December Bow Rotary Board of Directors Meeting, President Bryant Stevener proposed making long time members Jonathan Hanson and Mark LaValle honorary members of the club.  Jonathan first joined the Charlestown NH Rotary Club in 1987 and later transferred to Bow in 1996.  Jon has been an active member of the Bow Rotary club for the past 22 years and is a past president.  Mark joined the Capital City Rotary Club in 1986 and later transferred to the Bow Rotary Club in 1994.  Mark has served on the board and as been an active volunteer for 24 years.
 
 
Jon Hanson & Mark LaValle Made Honorary Members Bob Couch 2018-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Early Act Raises $1,718 for Polio

Posted by Bob Couch on Dec 20, 2018
The Bow Early Act Club ran a “Pennies for Polio” fund raiser by placing donation containers throughout the Bow Middle School.  The club collected a total of $1,718.17 and donated it to the Bow Rotary Foundation, to which the Bow Rotary Club matched their $1,718.17 and donated the total of $3,440.00 to Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign.
 
 
Pictured L to R: Alden Betterley, Treasurer; Jill Harpring, V-President; Rotarian Alan Kanegsberg; Courtney McKeen, President; and Brigid England, Secretary
Early Act Raises $1,718 for Polio Bob Couch 2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

DG Venu Rao's Official Visit

Posted by Bob Couch on Dec 09, 2018
2018-19 District 7870 Governor Venu Rao, a member of the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club, presents Bow Rotary President Bryant Stevener this year's district banner
DG Venu Rao's Official Visit Bob Couch 2018-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Bow Rotary Donates $25,000 to BMS "Wildcat Habitat" Project

Posted by Bob Couch
Bow Rotary Donates $25,000 to BMS "Wildcat Habitat" Project
Located in a scenic location on the north side of the Bow Memorial School, between the building and the ball fields, the Wildcat Habitat project offers an opportunity for interacting with nature in an outdoor setting.
 
The Bow Rotary Club Foundation donated $25,000 toward the $75,000 needed for the project becoming an “Oak” level sponsor. 
 
There are two main spaces: 
2017-18 Club President Judy Goodnow and 2018-19 Club President Bryant Stevener
Photo by Eric Anderson
 
Bow Rotary Donates $25,000 to BMS "Wildcat Habitat" Project Bob Couch 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

John Lyford's Passing

Posted on Sep 01, 2018

John T. Lyford 1933-2018
Photo by Eric Anderson

Past District Governon (PDG) John Lyford passed away this past week.
John was a Bow Rotary Club Charter Member when the club was formed in 1970. John also served as the club’s first Secretary from 1970-75.
John was Club President during the Rotary years 1978-79 and served as our Rotary District 7870 Governor in 1989-90
John was a multi Paul Harris Fellow, and a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.

In December of 2012, Jon Hanson interviewed John Lyford at one of our meetings.  Here is a video of that interview.

There will be no calling hours or public funeral for John Lyford's but there will be memorial service held on Saturday, September 15th at the Old Town Hall, Bow from 1pm-3pm.
 

John Lyford's Passing Bob Couch 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner App

We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is available for download! 

The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your club and district on the go!

Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website, learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, view your meeting details and track your attendance statistics, right from your smartphone or tablet!

To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in ClubRunner in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with Android versions that are 4.0.3 better.

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Bryant Stevener, President 2018-19

Posted on Jun 29, 2018
Bryant Stevener assumed the club president's role at our annual gavel changing ceremony on June 29th.  President Judy Goodnow, had a few words about her year and then presented the gavel to Bryant.  Bryant talked about his goals for the Rotary year and thanked Judy for her service.
 
Photo by Eric Anderson
 
 
Bryant Stevener, President 2018-19 Bob Couch 2018-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Awards Night Held

Posted by Bob Couch on Jun 07, 2018
This year's annual Awards Night was held on June 7th at the Baker Free Library.  Awards were given to community members, teachers, town volunteers and employees as well as a few Rotarians.  In all, 15 awards were presented.
  
Award recipients left to right: Eric Anderson, Chen Jiang, Cassandra Rathbone, Betsey Patten, Lee Kimball, Mitch Harrington, Bill McGonagle, Kurt Gergler, Nick Watson, Harry Judd, Gerry Carrier & Gale Kennison
 
Award recipients unable to attend were Jerry Kingwill, Amy Gregoire and Colony Barrett.
See all of the award photos in the 2018 Awards Photo Album here.
 
Photos by Eric Anderson
Annual Awards Night Held Bob Couch 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Eight BHS Students Compete in Annual Rotary Speech Contest

Posted on Apr 06, 2018
The annual Bow Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest was held at the Baker Free Library on Tuesday April 3rd.  This year eight Bow High School students competed for $1,000 in prize money and a chance to compete at the Rotary District's regional semi-finals speech contest for additional money and a trip to Burlington VT for the Rotary District 7870 Final.
 
The eight students spoke on a wide range of topics they are passionate about, all of which are required to include the elements of the Rotary 4-Way Test, which asks the questions:  Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
In presentations that ranged from five to seven minutes, the students spoke to their friends, families, and a panel of Rotary judges. Alison Lambert won the contest (and a $500 prize).  Jack Rich placed second (and won $300).  Ana Milano placed third (and won $200).
Left to right: Aiden Fisher, Emma Roberge, Sonya Delorie, Jack Rich (2nd), Alison Lambert (1st), Matthew Place, Caitlin Robbins, Ana Milano (3rd)
Photo by Eric Anderson
 
 
Eight BHS Students Compete in Annual Rotary Speech Contest Bob Couch 2018-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Michelle Olivier Joins Bow Rotary

The Bow Rotary Club is happy to welcome our newest member, Michelle Olivier, to the club.  Michelle is the Branch and Business Development Manager for Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), with 16 years of banking experience, and oversees the bank’s Bow office, located at 503 South Street.  She and her husband, Josh Olivier, have two daughters, Elee (14) and Kaleah (9) and they reside in Pittsfield, NH.
Michelle is an enthusiastic community volunteer, most recently donating time to the Boys and Girls Club of Central NH and to the Friends of Forgotten Children.  She is also currently a member of the Leadership Greater Concord program. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, ballroom, social dancing and singing.
 
The club looks forward to working alongside Michelle in our many fund and friend raising projects to benefit the Bow Community, NH, the US and the world.
 
Welcome Michelle!!
Michelle Olivier Joins Bow Rotary Bob Couch 2018-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

McElroy District Scholarship Available

Posted on Feb 09, 2018
The Bow Rotary Club is pleased to announce a Henniker Rotary Club scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 Governor in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in securing a Rotary International grant of $412,000 to help southern Vermont rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene.  This scholarship is made possible due to donations from friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs throughout the District 7870.
 
McElroy District Scholarship Available Bob Couch 2018-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards Presented

Posted by Bob Couch on Jan 05, 2018
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Bow Rotary's 2017 scholarship recipients were all invited to the Rotary meeting on January 5th to receive their scholarship awards.
Steve DeStefano introduced each recipient and invited them to the podium to talk about their first semester experiences.  
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Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Posted by Bob Couch
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On December 22nd, 25 members of our Bow Rotary Club volunteered to ring the Salvation Army Bell for their annual Kettle Drive at Market Basket on Storrs Street.  The annual event started by member Bev Page has been taken over by David Gazaway since Bev's passing.
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Annual Christmas Tree Sale Great Success!

Posted on Nov 22, 2017
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The Bow Rotary Club's annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale Great Success! 
Under the great leadership of Chairman Tom Ives, the trees and wreaths sold out in just 15 days!!
 
For next year's sale, plan on it starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The hours of the sale are usually:
Mon-Fri 4:00 to 7:00
Sat & Sun 10:00 to 7:00 
The Location is beside the Bow Community Building
 
We only sell fresh cut Vermont Fraser Fir trees and decorated Wreaths.
We also sell very popular Duncraft Birdseed Wreaths.
 
Annual Christmas Tree Sale Great Success! Bob Couch 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Bow Rotary Donates $25,000 to Wildcat Habitat

Posted on Sep 24, 2017
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The Bow Rotary Club recently donated $25,000 to the efforts of the Bow Memorial School Wildcat Habitat project. The donation marks another example of how the Bow Rotary Club is committed to giving back to the community through the efforts of all members.
 
Bow Rotary Donates $25,000 to Wildcat Habitat Robert Louf 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

October 28th - Annual Foundation Auction

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The Annual Bow Rotary Foundation Auction, themed "All Hands On Deck", was held on October 28th at the Bow Community Building.
The community support and guest turnout was good as always and a great time was had by all.
A big Thank You to our Committee Co-Chairs, Noreen Christensen and Matt Gatzke!!
 
 
Also a Very Special Thank You to our Sponsors!!
 
 
October 28th - Annual Foundation Auction Bob Couch 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

2017 Recognition Night Held

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
On Thursday evening, June 1st, the Bow Rotary Club held it's annual recognition night at the Baker Free Library.  Several Avenues of Service Awards were presented to community members, Interact members and Bow Rotarians.  Dean Cascadden was the chair of this years Awards and Recognition Committee. He and other committee members, Donna Deos, Ben Kiniry, Jeff Kipperman and Linda Lorden planned a very nice event.
 
Several Rotarians also filled in as award presenters.  See the photos by Chuck Reinhardt and Harry Judd below.
 
2017 Recognition Night Held Bob Couch 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Car Show Winners Listing Gerry Carrier 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

2017 Summer Concert Series Lineup

Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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The Bow Rotary summer concert series is scheduled and ready to go this summer thanks to chair Ben Kiniry.
Checkout the following schedule of FREE Summer Concerts!
 
July 9thConcord Coachmen & Laconia Chordsmen
http://www.harmonize.com/coachmen/
July 16thJordan Tirrel-Wysocki Band
http://www.jordantwmusic.com/
July 23rdMink Hills Band
http://minkhillsband.com/
July 30thCanyon Run Band
August 6thFreese Brothers Big Band
http://www.freesebrothersbigband.com/
August 13thSouth Street Blues Band
 
 
 
2017 Summer Concert Series Lineup Bob Couch 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Speech Contest Winners Announced

Posted by Bob Couch on Apr 03, 2017
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The 2017 Four-Way-Test Speech Contest winners are as follows:
1st Place - Kailey Andrew
2nd Place - Sohani Demain
3rd Place - Sarah Jarrar
 
The contest was held at the White Rock Senior Center on March 29th at 7:00 PM.
Each speech must include the tenants of the Four-Way-Test, which is,
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to All Concerned?
Will it Build Good Will and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all Concerned?
 
The contestants were rated on how they included these tests into their topic. They were required to speak for a minimum of 5 min to a maximum of 7 min.
 
The contestants will deliver their speeches to the Bow Rotary club at an upcoming regular meeting and compete for Rotary District 7870 prizes at a regional competition in Henniker and at the Rotary District Conference..
 
Photo: L to R Paul Rizzi, Kaitley Andrew & Sohani Demain.
Photo Credit: Eric Anderson
 
Four Way Test Speech Contest Winners Announced Bob Couch 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Matt Dodge Joins Bow Rotary

Posted by Donna Deos on Aug 15, 2016
The Bow Rotary Club is proud to announce Matt Dodge has joined our club
 
Matt is a financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner® at UBS Financial Services in Concord, NH.

Matt has been a Rotarian since 2014 when he joined the Meredith Rotary Club as a way to get more involved with his hometown and give back to his community. After moving from Meredith to Concord, he looked for a club that matched Meredith's comradery, spirit, and desire to improve their community. Bow Rotary seemed a great fit and Matt is excited to add his efforts to their causes.
 
Welcome Matt!

Photo by Eric Anderson
 
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Bow Rotary Honors Paul Rizzi and Dick Swett with Service Awards

Posted on Aug 11, 2016
The Bow Rotary Club was pleased to honor two exemplary community Citizens with service awards.

A Rotary Vocational Service Award, which is given to an individual who through their work, demonstrates the Rotary ideals of fairness and helpfulness. As the former President of Merrimack County Savings Bank, Bow Rotarian Paul Rizzi.
 
A Rotary International Service Award, which is presented to an individual who has spread the spirit of Rotary internationally was awarded to Bow Rotarian Dick Swett.
 
Bow Rotary Honors Paul Rizzi and Dick Swett with Service Awards Bob Couch 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Jon Ruggles Awarded Community Service Award

Posted by Donna Deos on Aug 11, 2016
The Bow Rotary Club proudly awarded the 2016 Club Service Award to Jon Ruggles of R&T Electric.
 
This award is given to a Rotarian who has demonstrated, through action, a commitment to the goals and ideals of Rotary. Rotary International has a motto of “Service Above Self” and the Bow Club’s own motto is “We Help Others.” Jon exemplifies both.

Photo by Eric Anderson
 
Rotarian Jon Ruggles Awarded Community Service Award Donna Deos 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

David Gazaway Jr. Honored with Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted on Jul 22, 2016
On July 22nd, at the Bow Rotary Club's regular weekly meeting, President Gale Kenison honored a very surprised David Gazaway with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  David had been away on a family trip during the club's regular award evening so President Gale had to wait for his return.
 
Dave brought us the Car Show and has worked endlessly on this project to generate funds for the Club’s treasury. His love and bragging of his kids and family truly demonstrates the Four Way Test and he has supported this club behind the scenes for years. 
David Gazaway Jr. Honored with Paul Harris Fellow Award Bob Couch 2016-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

$20,000 Check Presented to Baker Free for Lower Level Renovation

Posted by Bob Couch on Apr 01, 2016
Today, the Bow Rotary Club fulfilled it's commitment of $20,000 to the Baker Free Library's Lower Level Renovation project by presenting a check for $20,000 to the Baker Free Library's Trustees, Foundation Directors and Renovation Committee members at our regular meeting.  The presentation was made by Club President Mike Griffin and accepted by Mark Levem, Baker Free Foundation Director and Chair of the Lower Level Renovation Committee.
 

Photo by Eric Anderson
 
$20,000 Check Presented to Baker Free for Lower Level Renovation Bob Couch 2016-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
2015 Bow Rotary Annual Skit Robert Couch 2015-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
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A Conversation With John Lyford

Posted by Robert Couch on Dec 09, 2012

On Friday December 7, 2012, Jonathan Hanson interviewed Charter Member, PDG John Lyford about the founding of the club and what it was like in the 1970's and 80's.

You can watch a video of this conversation here.


A Conversation With John Lyford Robert Couch 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

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The Bow Rotary Club welcomes new members throughout the year.  If you are committed to community service and interested in learning more, please email our current Club President by clicking on his or her name under Club Executives & Directors in the left sidebar.
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