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March 2019
Welcome to the Hudson Litchfield Rotary Club!

Welcome! Join Us in Service to Our

Hudson-Litchfield Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road
Hudson, NH  03051
United States
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We thanked our sponsors and speakers on Tuesday March 5, with a reception held at the Thompson Center at Presentation of Mary Academy. Over the past 2 years, our club has benefited from the donations made by businesses and individuals who donated to sponsor our major fundraisers, the Spring Forward Trail Run and the Pancake Breakfast. With their help, we gave out scholarships and donated to several local charities. We also had some really interesting & inspiring speakers. Our Appreciation evening thanked them all for helping the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary continue its mission of "Service Above Self." In attendance in addition to our sponsors and speakers were Rotary District Governor Venu Rao, and Area Governor Maureen Mooney.
Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Celebrates 47th Anniversary of Charter
At its regular meeting on Thursday December 20, 2018,  members of the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club celebrated the 47th Anniversary of “Charter Day” for the Hudson Rotary Club. Chartered on December 17, 1971, the Hudson Club subsequently expanded in 1986 to become the current Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club. The Club was honored to have two guests who were instrumental in the establishment the Club's establishment in 1971, Peter Dolloff and Jack Atkinson.
Peter Dolloff was a Charter Member of the Hudson Rotary.  At the time, he served as Superintendent of Schools for Hudson.  He spoke about the other Charter Members, their businesses, and the early history of the Club.  In the early years, the club rotated (harking back to the origin of the name “Rotary”) among several locations. That tradition continued, with a change of venues every couple of years. Peter remembered the types of service projects the Rotary supported in those early years, such as the development of Merrifield Park, working to eliminate Polio through the Rotary “Polio Plus” program, painting the Hills House, working to eradicate hunger, providing scholarships to graduating seniors, and support for the Salvation Army.  The latter three continue to this day to be supported by the Club.
Early fundraisers included a Carnival, yard sales, Bingo at the Kiwanis Hall, and a Tennis Tournament which was held for 7 or 8 years. Peter also shared stories of episodes of fellowship at various functions and stories of visits to other clubs. Peter served two terms as President, 1993-1994 and again in 1998-1999.
Jack Atkinson was President of the Nashua Rotary at the time and was given a challenge by Mr. Ed Fitch (known as “Mister Rotary”) at the District level to help establish three new clubs: Hudson, Nashua-West, and Merrimack.  Jack got a service project going to spark interest in potential members.  They selected high school students who participated in a “Junior Achievement” style business and helped support them. Jack noted with pride how successful and business-like the students were.  
Jack served as sponsor of the Hudson Club at its Charter Night Dinner on February 17, 1972 in Nashua, where the Charter was presented by the District Governor to the first President of Hudson Rotary, John R. Sarris.  As per the program of that night, Jack provided the Closing Address to the Charter Night Dinner.
The current members of Hudson-Litchfield Rotary warmly welcomed their guests and appreciated their comments on the origin and early history of the Club.
Current Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club President Jack Madden (center) presents Jack Atkinson (left) and Peter Dolloff (right) with a Rotary challenge coin to remind them of their visit and the Club they were instrumental in forming.
Not to rush the season, but it's time for this year's Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club's Christmas ornament to go on sale! We even reordered a few of the 2017 ornaments to meet demand. This is the second in the Hudson-Litchfield Heritage Series which will feature a different local landmark or place of interest each year. The ornaments are in color, on fine porcelain with a red ribbon hanger included. Ornaments are $15 each, and proceeds fund H-L Rotary Club charitable donations in our community and scholarships for Alvirne and Campbell graduating seniors. The 2018 ornament features the wooden soldiers in Library Park/Town Common, while the 2017 ornament features the circus wagon from Benson's Wild Animal Farm. To order, send a message via Facebook ( We'll also be selling ornaments at the Santa Claus photo op in the Elephant Barn at Benson Park in Hudson, NH on December 8, 1-3 PM.
The 2018 Ornaments:
2017 Ornaments:

Governor Chris Sununu designated the week of October 22-28 as Rotary International Week to honor and recognize the work of  Rotarians in New Hampshire. Rotary District 7870 Governor Venu Rao noted “Hundreds of Rotarians in both [Vermont and New Hampshire] have had a lasting impact in their respective communities in 2017-2018, contributing over $2 million into the towns and cities in which they serve. Rao called on the District's Rotary Clubs to hold celebratory meetings and to invite local elected officials to a meeting so that they could see the impact their local Club has on their community first hand.
The Hudson-Litchfield Rotary held its special weekly meeting in the evening at the Rodgers Memorial Library on Thursday October 25. Club members were joined by several local elected officials and one Fire Chief, Litchfield Fire Chief Frank Fraitzl. President Jack Madden gave a presentation which highlighted the Hudson-Litchfield Club's history, fundraisers, and the Club's contributions to the community both through donations and volunteer hours.
About the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club, President Madden said, "We are a small, but mighty club. Each year we donate almost 450 hours of service, $5000 in scholarships for graduating seniors at Alvirne and Campbell High Schools, and money or in kind donations to several local charities including Anne Marie House, Humane Society for Greater Nashua, Make-a-Wish New Hampshire, Friends of Benson Park, St. John XXIII food pantry and Christmas Adopt a Family, and Salvation Army bell-ringing."  "This year," Madden went on to say, "the Club also donated to an international project, the Kisumu Kenya Safe Water Project for individual household water purification."  
On display at the gathering was a copy of Governor Sununu's Proclamation, the Club's charter, a list of Charter Members, friendship banners old and current, and other memorabilia. Also on display was this year's Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Christmas Ornament which features the wooden soldiers in Library Park.
After the presentation, the members and their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and lots of conversation. The elected officials learned about the Hudson-Litchfield Rotary Club, and the club members learned more about our lawmakers and the issues facing State and Local government.
Photo captions:
In the first photo, State Senator Sharon Carson and State Representative Kimberly Rice pause for a photo.
In the second photo Rotarian Scott Desroches talks to Representative Russell Ober (foreground), while Representative Andrew Renzullo talks to Rotarian Rick French.
The third photo show the display of documents related to Hudson-Litchfield Rotary and Rotary International Week.
Our Pancake Breakfast on August 11 and 12, 8 AM - 11:30 AM, $6, is MORE than a breakfast! You will also be treated to a student art show with art from the elementary through high schools of Hudson & Litchfield on display. Vote for your favorites. AND, our 2018 Christmas ornaments go on sale ($15). We even have some 2017 ornaments for sale should you need to catch up on the series.
The Hudson Litchfield Rotary held its 3rd Annual Spring Forward  5K/10K Trail Run on June 3rd, and once again we had great weather, happy runners and lots of fun. Our 5k female winner was Ashley Johnson (27:33). The male 5k winner was Morgan Francis (25:20). The male 10k winner was Rich Hillman (42:39), and the female 10k winner was Tammy Hardy (49:37). We had 64 runners and everyone seemed to have a great time, including our volunteers. Thanks to everyone who made this race possible - our Rotarians, sponsors, Hudson Police, Hills House, Alvirne High School, and the runners!! 
Runners, get your running shoes ready. Hudson Litchfield Rotary announces that registration is now live for our Third Annual Spring Forward 5k/10k Trail Run to be held on June 3, 2018 on the grounds of the Hills House and Alvirne Tree Farm in Hudson, NH! Here's the link to register and get more Race managed by TI Event Services.
Jeff Nelson, Executive Director of Liberty House in Manchester, was our speaker at our regular meeting April 5. Liberty House, a transitional home for Veterans provides transportation to work and counseling to the 10 Veterans in residence, plus providing a food and supplies pantry for 120 Veterans each week. Their pantry needs food and donations are always appreciated. Please visit their website, or their Facebook page for more information on how you can help. In the photo: President-elect Jack Madden hands Jeff Nelson two checks and some of the food the Club donated (a shout out to the Sparkling River Condominiums residents who also donated food).

Join Us!        June 03, 2018

Spring Forward 5k/10k Rotary Trail Run!

Location: Hills House, 211 Derry Road, Hudson, NH

On site registration starts 8 AM; race starts 9 AM.

Parking: Across Derry Road behind the Alvirne High School

Online registration and more info: 


Run by TI Events Services

Sponsored by the Hudson Litchfield Rotary Club







Our Sponsors
Sister Mary Rosa, Principal, Presentation of Mary
Apr 04, 2019 7:30 AM
Presentation of Mary Academy
Vincent Bono, President, BSRC
Apr 11, 2019 7:30 AM
Boston Surface Railroad Company
Debby Roy, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Apr 18, 2019 7:30 AM
Rotary Challenge - Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Rick Manganello, Rotary District 7870 Grants Coor.
May 02, 2019 7:30 AM
Applying for an Managing District Grants
Kathleen Connerty, Sr. Loan Officer
May 09, 2019 7:30 AM
Pinnacle Mortgage Corporation
Paul Zografos, Anytime Fitness
May 30, 2019 7:30 AM
AnyTime Fitness, Hudson NH