Rotary Club of Milford, NH

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We share this news with great sadness and a heavy heart.  The Milford Rotary Club has lost a very special member of our Rotary family.  Past President and Paul Harris Fellow Mel Reever passed away on September 13th. He leaves us with a vibrant tapestry of a life well lived - member of the Greatest Generation and U.S. Air Force veteran, avid skier and golfer, devoted family man, successful business owner,  dedicated Rotarian and, among many other accomplishments, a generous friend. Mel's gentle smile, sunny disposition and unique sense of humor will be deeply missed.  It's hard to imagine Rotary meetings without him. Let us keep Mel's family in all our thoughts and prayers. 
 
     
 
Memorial visiting hours are on Thursday, September 20th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 21st at 11:00 am in the Congregational Church of Amherst, 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Milford Rotary Club Foundation.
 
 
In Memoriam 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2018
According to team leader May Balsama, "It was a picture perfect day for a huge crowd of well into 2,000. More than last year! With the help of Allise de Smet and Al Hoyt we made it to the end with a little chili to spare. Lots of happy samplers of all ages! Al's home grown jalapeno peppers were a big hit!"
 
From the photos and emails, it looks like May and Richard Balsama, Al Hoyt, Peter Lyon, Doug Rupert, Tim Finan and the ever camera shy Allise & John S. had a great time. Of course Tim did some beer sampling - surely this was research for the Milford Pumpkin Festival Beer & Wine Tasting!!
 
Thank you May for taking the lead and organizing Milford Rotary's participation in this Henniker Rotary Club fundraising event!
 
      
 
 
Fire On The Mountain 2018 2018-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Milford Rotarians and friends "fielded" a team for the annual CIGNA 5K in Manchester. Still wondering if Dr. Joe was contemplating a switch to the "younger" SNHU team .....  Great fun for a good cause!
  
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The 2018 100 Holes Raffle Winners
 1st prize $5000 - Rocky Morelli
 2nd prize $2000 - Debhinen Watts
 3rd prize $1250 - Amherst Congregational Church
 4th prize $1000 -George Burke
 5th prize $750 - JT sold by R Bent
 6th prize $500 - Carol Brooks
 7th prize $500 - Kasey Broadhurst
 8th prize $500 - Lisa Walker
 9th prize 500 - JT sold by R Bent
10th prize 500 - Dylan Cruess
 

The Milford Rotary Club extends many thanks to all of the sponsors, volunteers, players, and raffle ticket purchasers who helped ensure the success the 24th annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day Tournament.

For the first time in 100 Holes history, the  Course Marshall and Officials had to call an end to the Tournament  before the 100th hole. A severe storm  rolled in around 6:45 pm and the course was cleared - rapidly! The monsoon like wind and rain even took out the Officials Tent. Final scoring for the tournament was based on four (4) completed rounds.

The 100 Holes Madras Plaid Jacket   - Congratulations to Christian Raudelunas on being the Madras Plaid recipient and overall low gross winner for the fourth consecutive year!
The 2018 Ted Jordan Award - Congratulations to  Dave Gendron on a fabulous day of golf. and earning this year's Ted Jordan award.
The 2018 Callaway Winner - Congratulations to Aaron Nickerson on a great day of golf  and for being the low scorer in the Callaway division.
2nd Flight Winners - Congratulations to Scott Buchanan (lowest Net score) and Tim Bates (lowest Gross score).
3rd Flight Winners - Congratulations to Geoff Bly (lowest Net score) and Kevin Broadhurst (lowest Gross score).

And for the first time in a couple of years, two ladies rocked the course - Carol Powis and Marty Thebodeau. These golfers were on their 98th hole when the sound of the Marshall's horn ended the tournament.  Congratulations ladies on a great day of golf!

CLICK HERE for a link to photos from the 2018 100 Holes Of Golf In One Day Tournament.
 
CLICK HERE to view 100 Holes photos taken by Mike Rasmussen
100 Holes Golf and Raffle Results 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU 100 Holes Sponsors! 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers and visitors who shared and loaned their photos of this moving and memorable event!
To view The Moving Wall photo albums, click on the links below - 
 

TMW - Thursday 7/19/18  Arrival  Milford   

TMW - Thursday 7/19/18 Welcoming Amherst    

TMW - Friday 7/20/18    

TMW - Saturday 7/21/18    

TMW - Sunday 7/22/18    

TMW - Monday 7/23/18  Departure  

 

If anyone would like to share a photo but does not have a Gmail or Google account to access photo uploading, then please send your picture to MilfordNHRotaryClub@gmail.com 

 

 

Photos - The Moving Wall July 2018 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
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At today's meeting, Kaity Stanton and Melissa Goerbig, from Big Brothers Big Sister of NH, joined us for what has become an annual event - The Bowling Victory Celebration. The Milford Rotary Club has supported the annual Bowling For Kids' Sake Fundraiser for many years, and, in fact, has won 10 out of the past 12 years by gathering donations and bowling! Kaity confirmed today that our team lead all of the others in both donations and bowling scores! Bowling Team co-captains, Doug Knott and Paula Telage, extended a HUGE thank you to our very generous Rotary Club members and to our team members who displayed their highly skilled bowling prowess. This annual event is always fun and a great fundraiser for BBBS of NH. This year the event raised $9839.53 and our club contributed 43% of the total. The competition this year came from four other extraordinary Rotary Clubs - Hollis-Brookline, Nashua West, Nashua, and the Souhegan Valley. As Paula noted, "This is just another example of how ROTARIANS TOTALLY ROCK!!"
 
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Schedule of Events  
 
The Moving Wall will be set up in the sports field in front of the Souhegan High School at 412 Boston Post Road, Amherst NH.
 
Thursday, July 19
7:30 a.m.: Procession featuring the NH Patriot Guard Riders escorting The     Moving Wall from Milford High School to Souhegan High School. The route - West  St, to Elm St, through The Oval, to Amherst St, then on to Main St in Amherst and Boston Post Road to Souhegan High School. All are welcome to fly their flags and greet The Moving Wall and the escort team along the route.
8 a.m.: Wall arrives at Souhegan High School
8 a.m. to Noon: Wall to be assembled by veterans and volunteers
Noon: Open visitation begins
1 p.m.: Welcoming ceremony
7:30 p.m.: Taps and night watch begins
 
Friday, July 20
Opening ceremony
5:30 p.m.: Amherst / Milford Chorus High School present patriotic songs
6 p.m.: Opening ceremony
7:30 p.m.: Taps and night watch begins
 
Saturday, July 21
2 p.m.: POW/MIA wreath laying, Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers
3 p.m.: A special presentation
3:20 p.m.: Echo Taps by Jennifer and Keith Raiche
7:30 p.m.: Taps and night watch begins
 
Sunday, July 22
3 p.m.: Closing ceremony - Veterans salute to all the fallen on The Wall and from all wars, and Final Walk
7:30 p.m.: Taps and night watch begins
 
Monday, July 23
7:30 a.m.: Wall dismantling by veterans and volunteers
 
The Moving Wall July 19 - 23, 2018 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
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Theresa Grella shared a link to some wonderful photos from the June 15th Flag Day 5K!  Below are a few to preview. Some were added to Judi Dunbar's photos available in a Clubrunner Photo Album - Click Here   And CLICK HERE for a link to Theresa's official race photo collection! Thank you Marie and Theresa Grella - "The Dynanic Duo"!
 
 
    
    
More Flag Day 5K Photos 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
The June 27th meeting was jam packed with fellowship and sisterhood as we shared heartfelt best wishes with Betsey White and Rick Boyd, celebrated The Year Of The Quinn, and heralded in a new line-up of officers and directors led by incoming President Bob Moulton. Betsey was one of the first two women inducted into the Milford Rotary Club in 1991. Over the years, she has served the Club in many capacities  including being our first female President. While we regret her retirement, the Club has proudly named Betsey an Honorary Member. Rick Boyd graciously visited the club to share his news. Due to family and business commitments that have him traveling each week, Rick, a past President, has elected to resign his Rotary membership. We will miss Rick especially at the annual swim meet! 
 
CLICK HERE for photos from the meeting. Below is a year end video created by Tim Finan and Paula Telage.
 
 
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Congratulations to May Balsama! May was named the 2018 Stan Powers Award honoree for her many contributions to the Milford Rotary Club. 
Pictured below are Past DG Pete Powers (Stan Powers' son and a member of the Hopkinton Rotary Club), May and Prez Tom Quinn. 
 
 
 
To view TLD 2018 photos from Mike R, Click Here
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Doubly great news! Milford Rotary's "challenge" donation to the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club's Puerto Rico energy project put them over the top to provide not 1 but 2 emergency solar power & water purification units to Puerto Rico. These Solar Outreach System (SOS) trailers will not only serve the people of PR in their time of need, but will be redeployed to other areas of the world as a response to future disasters when emergency power is needed. AND the best news from HBR President Julie Rowland - a couple more clubs have pledged donations, so HBR is planning to fund raise for a 3rd unit! Bravo to all of the RI District 7870 Rotary Clubs that supported the effort and to the project champions - Hollis-Brookline Rotary and Revision Energy.
 
For more information about the SOS units CLICK HERE Pictured below are Club Presidents Tom Quinn (Milford) and Julie Rowland (Hollis-Brookline).
 
Champions, Challenges & Collaboration 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2018
A special meeting organized by the club's Membership Committee was held on Wed. 5/16 at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club. Milford Rotary Day was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all the members present and the 30-or so invited guests! Bravo to Mike R, Rich P, John S, Steve D, and Prez Tom! Thank you to Olivia Hattenburg, Steve O’Connor, Hayden Rogers! These students volunteered to help out that day as well as with the prep work leading up to the luncheon. Thank you to PDG Sandy McGonagle and her husband John, incoming DG Venu Rao, and PDG Tony Gilmore for attending.  Many inspirational stories were shared in-person and by video around the question "Why Rotary?" To borrow from Steve Desmarais - Rotary provides the opportunity for effective local, regional and international group philanthropy built on a solid foundation of genuine fellowship.
 
 
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Congratulations to the Milford Rotary Club Bowling Team for once again capturing first place in this years Bowling For Kids' Sake tournament, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire. The team raised over $4,200 for this great organization. 
 
 
Bravo Rotary Bowlers! 2018-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 04, 2018
The Milford Rotary Club was honored to receive the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club's 2018 Community Hero Award. Presenting the award to President Tom Quinn were SVBGC Ex. Director Mike Goodwin and Governor Chris Sununu. Milford Rotarians attending the awards dinner were moved by the compelling stories shared by this year's Youth Of The Year candidates. Congratulations to finalists Lily Ayotte, Benjamin Lopez, and Nicole Jutras, and to the 2018 Youth Of The Year recipient Shelby Houghton. 
 
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The wild, wacky and very hard working Golf Committee kicked-off this year's march to the 100 Holes Of Golf Tournament in fine form at Giorgio's  today. We were honored to have so many visiting Rotarians and guests at today's meeting. Bravo to Connie Dionne for his help in enlisting, among others, the Lowell Rotary Club in 100 Holes ticket sales. 55 golfers are signed up already - the committee is looking for at least 10 more. Volunteer sign-up is available on Clubrunner. Sounds like new event features are on the horizon too! Oh and be sure to tell everyone that Chairman Knott has not one but two bridges to sell you...for the day of July 27th. For more information, please Click Here to visit the 100 Holes website. More photos from the kick-off meeting are posted in the Photo Albums section or Click Here
 
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Lace up your running or walking shoes for a fun and patriotic Flag Day 5K on Friday June 15, 2018 at 6::30 pm.

The 3.1 mile course will take you through scenic Amherst NH with the start and finish lines at 11 Church St by the Amherst Green. The Flag Day 5K benefits the presentation of The Moving Wall at Souhegan High School July 19-23, 2018. 

To honor our nation's Vietnam War veterans, Amherst community activist  Marie Grella  and the Milford Rotary Club are organizing  the presentation of The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Amherst on July 19 - 23, 2018.  The 5K race will be timed by Millennium Running. For more information about the Flag Day 5K please CLICK HERE.

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Posted on Jan 10, 2018
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Dani Huckabone, our outbound Rotary Exchange student, is having a great time in Argentina! Dani is an Amherst resident and senior at Souhegan High School. Here are a few photos and be sure to go to the "read more" for a message from Dani!
 
 
 
Argentina, Patagonia and more 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2018
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Once again the Milford Rotary Club will be sponsoring a ski-golf team (or two) at CASA's annual Snow Fest! Milford Swamp Rats Head Coach is looking for participants be they veterans or newbies. The festivities start Thursday night  (2/1) with a pre-ski strategy session. Paula will be bartending, hostessing and leading the cheering section. Overnight accommodations are available at Condo-Chez Chareth courtesy of Julie Chareth.  Friday February 2nd is race day!  Coach Joe reports that there will be an added feature this year - 5 PM post skiing (Friday) skating party at the Riverwalk private ice rink featuring a professional skating exhibition and ...drinks. Contact Joe for more details!
Milford Swamp Rats Head Coach Joe Raczek giving an interview in 2017
CASA NH Snow Fest is coming! 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Quinn on Dec 29, 2017
There will ne no meeting on Wednesday January 3, 2018.
Hope to see you all on January 10th.
Happy New Year!!
Just a reminder.... Tom Quinn 2017-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2017
Many thanks to all who attended and shared a scrumptious variety of dishes for the potluck cocktail party.  Raffle prizes this year were chosen in support of local businesses all of which support their communities in many ways - Giorgio's, Papa Joe's and Union Coffee in Milford; Mont Vernon General Store in downtown Mont Vernon, and The Flying Butcher in Amherst. Thank you to our roving photographers - Kerri, Tim, Tom, Greg and Bob. Photos posted under photo albums  or Click Here
 
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Pennies for Polio 2017 Janet Langdell 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 01, 2017
Maja Ledin, our inbound Rotary exchange student,  did a fantastic job today as our "guest speaker".  Maja shared stories about her family, her life in Sweden, and her desire to experience life in the U.S.A. Her three reasons for participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange were: to live in the US, to improve her English language skills, and to experience High School! From the sounds of it she definitely is experiencing American High School. Maja is a member of the Souhegan cheer leading squad, a member of the Intercact Club and a member of the Souhegan International Club. Oh.....and in addition to keeping us laughing today, she likes lobster! Bravo & Welcome Maja!
 
Maja Ledin - Guest Speaker Janet Langdell 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Halloween Meeting 2017 Janet Langdell 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 10/24/17 & Pennies For Polio Janet Langdell 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Links to External Photo Albums 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Sep 06, 2017
Hard to believe August has come and gone! Milford Rotary had great fun last month in Henniker at Fire On The Mountain! Great job by May, Richard, Ken, Tom and Peter representing the Club and presenting some mighty fine chili!We understand that Allise had a hand in the cooking too. Bravo! We also helped Peter T. celebrate two milestones - 51 years of perfect attendance and his 81st birthday! Peter's son Derek brought a contingent from the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club to join in the festivities! Great to meet and share some fellowship with Rotarians for across the border! And to top all that off, Maja Ledin arrived from Sweden. Maja is our in-bound exchange student. She will be attending Souhegan High and living with the Hessmer-Husainy family. Maja is jumping right into life in New England - she has already had her first lobster roll, cheered at her first football game, enjoyed the surf at a NE beach and more! Welcome Maja!
    
 
August Highlights! Janet Langdell 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Sturm on Aug 29, 2017
We'll be flipping pancakes and cooking sausage alongside Milford's finest Firefighters on Sunday Sept. 10th 8 Am - 12 noon! All proceeds support Milford Rotary's charitable giving and scholarship programs and the Milford Firefighters Relief Association. The Firefighters will be cooking up their excellent waffles too! Come one down for a great breakfast! 
 
49th Annual Pancake Breakfast Sheila Sturm 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Aug 10, 2017
Great showing by Team Milford NH Rotary Club @ the 25th annual Cigna 5K in Manchester!
We hear that soon-to-be-a-member Dave Hanlon is the Club's champion! Well done Dave!
Team Milford NH Rotary Club - Cigna 5K Janet Langdell 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Get your running (or walking) shoes ready! 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 12, 2017
RID 7870 DG Jon Springer visited the Milford Rotary Club on 7/12/17. Great to meet him and his "better half" Mary. The "take-away"...the numbers show it - RI and our district clubs are having a positive impact! Lots of great ideas being moved forward at the district level...stay tuned!
 
DG Jon Springer Visits MRC Janet Langdell 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Eagle Scout Project moving forward! 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 28, 2017
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As has become our Club’s tradition, Past President Chris Rogers presided over the June 28th festivities when the gavel was passed and the new officers and directors were inducted for their tours of duty. Assisting Chris were Past Presidents Mel Reever, David Sturm, Steve Desmarais, and Jay Dinkel.
 
Kudos, many thanks and rounds of applause were shared with outgoing President Ken Fordham and Immediate Past President Cynthia Dokmo for their dedicated service to the Club.
 
Upon stepping up to the podium for his first “official” speech as Club President, Tom Quinn got the “new year” off to a great start with a hilarious quip prompting a roar of laughter from the audience!
~ Past President Jay Dinkel and new President Tom Quin ~
~Perhaps the caption is "It's Mine NOW!" ~
 
MRC's 2017-2018 Board of Directors
President – Tom Quinn
President Elect – Bob Moulton
Vice President –  Janet Langdell
Immediate Past President – Ken Fordham
Secretary and Assistant Secretary – Allise de Smet and May Balsama
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer –Tim Finan and Cynthia Dokmo
Directors (continuing) – Karen Keating, Mike Ciardelli, Judi Dunbar
Directors (new) – Todd Leo, Peter Lyon, Steve Sareault
 
For more pictures, please visit the Passing The Gavel 2017 photo album – Click Here.
Passing the Gavel 2017 Janet Langdell 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
Gregg Burdett, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, attended today's meeting to share a special thank with the club. As Co-Captain and Head Cheerleader Paula Telage wrote, Gregg wanted to "praise us for our utter dominance as the BBBS Rotary Bowling Victors – once again."  The best news was that the funds raised this year helped BBBS reduce their waiting list by 100 and serve even more children in need.  Bravo to Co-Captains Doug Knott and Paula Telage, the MRC Bowling Team and all who donated, and, especially, to Big Brothers Big Sisters for the great work they do all year round!
 
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Sports Month is nearly her for the Milford Rotary Club! The 52nd annual swim meet and the 23rd annual 100 Holes of Golf fundraiser!! We fundraise to be able to do community service projects, award academic and vocational scholarships, and make grants to worthy non-profits and community initiatives! Come join us!
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Posted on Jun 05, 2017
The Milford Rotary Club celebrated the end of another Rotary year in fine fashion at Keller's Yellow Barn. Attendees included current and former Club members, family members, RID 7870 District leaders, and friends of Milford Rotary. As usual the food prepared by our Master Chefs and served by their helpers was delish!  The jokes and laughter flowed and the "Rotary fellowship" was abundant. The annual raffle was outrageously fun and, once again, the "4th Annual Bourbon Hustle" was very profitable for the Milford Rotary Club Foundation. Congratulations to Janet Langdell for being awarded the 2017 Stan Powers Award. Many thanks to our gracious hosts Rob and Christine Keller!
 
Photos of the festivities can be found under "Photo Albums" on the homepage or by Clicking Here and CLICK HERE to jump to Mike R's event photos on Flickr.
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Posted by Janet Langdell on May 18, 2017
Milford Rotary's 2017 Interscholastic Interview Competition culminated at the "Showcasing Business and Student Connections"  awards event on Thursday May 18th at the Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. The showcase featured student workforce learning presentations, the NH Scholars program and the presentation of the interview competition awards.
 
The top prizes in the Interscholastic Interview Competition this year went to Maya Flores (tied for second, Stefani Stroms (first place) and Shannon Drew (tied for second). Congratulations ladies!
 
Click Here to see the awards event brochure
 
Many thanks to the Interview Competition judges -  Rotarians Tom Grella, Judi Dunbar,  Jane Stewart, and Paul Spiess and  Michelle Pelham, Executive Director at Ledgewood Bay.

 

And many thanks to the event sponsors -

 

Interscholastic Interview Competition 2017 Janet Langdell 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 16, 2017
Just a friendly reminder...the regular 5/31 Club meeting has been canceled in lieu of the Club's annual end-of-year gathering (TL Day) to be held Friday, June 2nd @ Keller's Yellow Barn Wilton Center, NH. See the event listing or Karen Keating for more details.
No Meeting 5/31 Noontime Janet Langdell 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 09, 2017
Milford Rotary's 2017 Interscholastic Interview Competition is nearly complete! The competition will culminate at the "Showcasing Business and Student Connections"  awards event on Thursday May 18th 5:30-7:30 pm at the Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. The showcase also will feature student workforce learning presentations and the NH Scholars program.
 
The Interview Competition judges this year were -  Rotarians Tom Grella, Judi Dunbar,  Jane Stewart, and Paul Spiess and  Michelle Pelham, Executive Director at Ledgewood Bay.

 

Event sponsors are Steven A. Desmarais Construction; Contemporary Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep; BankersLife, Glenn Flessas; Edward Jones Investments, Mark Chareth; Ledgewood Bay; and Boyd & Bufford Insurance Agency, Rick Boyd.

 

Click Here to see the awards event brochure
 
 
Interscholastic Interview Competition - Update Janet Langdell 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 09, 2017

Well.....it is official…..the Milford Rotary Club is #1

At least at charity bowling and for the 10th time in 12 years!

 

Alyssa Salmon, Development & Communications Director @ BBBS, has announced the final 2017 Rotary Challenge tallies-

Milford: $4,125 raised; 1528 total pins

Nashua Rotary: $3435.00 raised; 1338 total pins

Merrimack: $646.00 raised; 1329 total pins

Nashua West: $325.00; 1281 total pins

Hollis: $725 raised; 835 pins

"Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the 2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Friday night to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH! It was a great night with so much positive energy- what a great show of support for kids in the community! Thank you everyone who participated this year by bowling, donating and fundraising- you are making a BIG difference!”  - Alyssa Salmon

(bolding and highlighting added cuz  the Milford Rotary Bowling Team and supporters earned the bragging rights!)

 

Bowling For Kids' Sake - Rotary Challenge Janet Langdell 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
A round of applause for our sponsors and supporters! 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 05, 2017
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On the eve of the Masters at Augusta National, Milford Rotarians kicked-off their march to the 23rd annual 100 Holes of Golf In One Day Tournament to be held July 28, 2017 at the Amherst Country Club. This is the Milford Rotary's largest fundraiser each year. As Co-chair Marc Chareth noted "Over 2/3rds of the $100,000 Milford Rotary donates each year to non-profits and in scholarships is raised by this event." Funds are raised primarily through the sale of raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 10 cash prizes totaling $12,500.  Event sponsorships are available and golfers interested in playing are encouraged to inquire. For more information about how you can be part of this fantastic event, please visit www.golf100holes.com
 
Pictured below is the 2017 Golf Committee. Buried in the center of this "wild and crazy" group is Alec Buchanan who has been a Golf committee member since the beginning 23 years ago.
 
Click Here for more photos from the lunch at Giorgio's.
100 Holes 2017 Kick-Off Janet Langdell 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 23, 2017
According to Coach Raczek, the Milford Rotary Club has been sending a team or two to CASA's annual Snowfest ski & golf fundraiser since at least 2003! This is one of our favorite charities. CASA-NH and their partners at Loon Mountain sure do put on a fantastic and unique event. Thank you Coach Joe Raczek and Lodging hosts Marc and Julie Chareth! Check-out the video featuring remarks from Joe and Marc.
 
CASA SnowFest 2017 Video Janet Langdell 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 21, 2017
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Here's an example of why we do what we do as Milford Rotarians.
CAST Youth Empowerment & Service (YES) team meeting on 3/20/17 - educating and empowering the kids at Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley! Word is that they also had a great visit from WMUR's Suzanne Roantree and videographer Ben.
Milford Rotary Club proudly supports CAST and SVBGC!
 
 
 
Positive Impact of Milford Rotary Fundraising Janet Langdell 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
39th Annual Senior Citizens' Chicken BBQ Janet Langdell 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Save the date - GSE Team Presentation @ Rivier in Nashua Janet Langdell 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Feb 15, 2017
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Milford Rotarians traveled over to the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club to celebrate Wild Card Wednesday with a "we'll bury 'em in the mix" performance by Stevie D and the Fabulous Five!
 
 
For more photos, check out the photo album section by CLICKING HERE.
 
 
Wild Card Wednesday Janet Langdell 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2017
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On January 20th at about 10:20 pm EST, the District 7870 Global Study Exchange (GSE) Team will take off from Logan Airport for Mysuru India.  Heading up this adventurous group is Milford Rotarian Claudine Hessmer-Husainy. Accompanying her are Sarah Marchant, Nina Giannotti, Allison Morris, and Suzanne Delaney. As an all female team, they have dubbed themselves Claudine's Angels of Peace. 
 
The team will be in India for three weeks, learning about the culture of Mysuru and the surrounding areas. Each member of the group will have the opportunity to learn about their respective professions in India. This includes city development (Sarah), international students (Nina), STEM education and innovation (Suzanne), and journalism (Allison). Mysuru (which recently changed its name from Mysore) is in the southwest of India and is known for its tourism and regal palaces. Incidentally, last year, Mysuru and Nashua officially became sister cities! That initiative was championed by State Rep. Latha Mangipudi.
 
Pictured above from the left are: Suzanne Delaney, Nina Giannotti, Sarah Marchant, Claudine, Allison Morris and Hollis/Brookline Rotary President Krishna Mangipudi
 
To follow the team on their adventures - Like them on Facebook at Claudine's Angels of Peace or follow them on Allison's travel blog at www.Allieabroad.travel.blog
 
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. GSE teams members are selected through a competitive application process. Save for the team leader, applicants cannot be Rotarians The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For three to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
RID 7870 GSE Team heading to India Janet Langdell 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Rotary unites more than a million people around the world to make a difference in their backyards and around the world. Visit the NEW Rotary website for interactive features and stories. https://www.rotary.org/
 
RI has a new website! Janet Langdell 2017-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Congratulations to Peter Ten Broeck on achieving 52 years of perfect attendance at Rotary! Here's Peter in 2017 celebrating 52 years with President Ken and in 2013 at 49 years of perfect attendance. Still looking good Peter and stylin' in those fancy pants!
 
  
Bravo Peter - 52 years and counting! Janet Langdell 2017-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Dec 05, 2016
While most of the Club's members enjoyed a festive holiday gathering at the new SVB&GC Teen Center on Sunday night, Rob Keller and his compadres enjoyed Rotary-style fellowship while selling Christmas Trees!
 
 
Rob was joined by Mark Bausha and Seth Zeigler on sales with Claudine Hessmer-Husainy doing a double shift as cashier! With 28 more trees sold Sunday night, the count is over 400. Rob shared that over half the trees were sold this past weekend - 111 on Saturday and 98 on Sunday! That means the cashbox is filling up and there are less than 300 trees to go. All proceeds from the Christmas Tree sale go towards Milford Rotary's charitable giving and scholarship programs.  For photos of the Christmas Party, CLICK HERE
 
Rotary Fellowship on Two Fronts Janet Langdell 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 09, 2016
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Welcome Rich Paiva, Greg King and Reid Birkett to the Milford Rotary Club!!
Welcome New Members! Janet Langdell 2016-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 02, 2016
Today we celebrated Mel Reever's birthday - November 2, 1925 - 91 years young! Big Mel has been a Rotarian since 1969 and was our Club's President in 1972-73. As we all know and love, Mel is never at a loss for a big smile and a quick quip, especially, when the Fine Masters come around!
 
Happy Birthday Big Mel! 91 years young! Janet Langdell 2016-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Halloween Meeting Janet Langdell 2016-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell
Our guest speaker on 10/19 was none other than the Honorable Governor Maggie Hassan.
 
 
Visit by Governor Hassan Janet Langdell 2016-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 12, 2016
Milford Rotarian and Wilton businessman, Phil Tuomala was honored recently by District 7870. Phil, affectionately known to his fellow Rotarians as "Vernal Pool", received a Paul Harris Fellow from the District. Past Club President Cynthia Dokmo made the presentation. Paul Harris Fellow recognition is among the highest honors bestowed by Rotary International.
 
Philip Tuomala honored by District 7870 Janet Langdell 2016-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 29, 2016
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Last year the 100 Holes Committee added The Madras Jacket award for the top golfer at 100 Holes. This year they instituted the 100 Holes Hall Of Fame as a way to recognize outstanding support and commitment to this event over the past 22 years and in the years to come. The first five inductees represent a wealth of inspiration and vision, community and player support, and fundraising dollars.
 
First to be recognized were the founders - Mike LaVallee and the late Ted Jordan who dreamed up this event and got the ball soaring. Fitz Fitzgerald was honored as the ONE golfer who has played in all 22 of the 100 Holes tournaments to date. Henniker Rotarian, Joe Clement, was honored for his many years of participation and for raising  loads of money each year for the event. This year Joe raised $12,800 in raffle ticket sales! As Alec Buchanan noted in 2013, Joe has been participating in the 100 Holes of Golf tournament since the beginning. As a matter of fact, he has only missed a couple of years in the event's history - and that, according to Alec, was because we forgot to call him! The Amherst Country Club was awarded Hall Of Fame status for 22 years of dedicated collaboration. As many agreed, The ACC is the only place for this event!
 
 
Pictured from left to right: Maurica Smith ACC Operations Assistant, Joe Clement, Adam LaVallee accepting on behalf of his father Mike, Fitz Fitzgerald, and Mary Jordan.
100 Holes Hall Of Fame Janet Langdell 2016-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to our 100 Holes Sponsors! Janet Langdell 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 21, 2016
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Up next for the Milford Rotary Club is the 22nd annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day tournament. On Friday July 29th, sixty-five golfers will play from dawn to dusk at the Amherst Country Club  in their quest to complete 100 holes of golf in one day and raise loads of money for the Milford Rotary Club Foundation.
 
Funds are raised through sponsorships and the sale of raffle tickets @ $20 each with 10 chances to win part of the  $12,500 cash prize pot with a top prize of $5000. Raffle tickets are available from any Milford Rotarian and there is still time to get in on the action by purchasing one or more. Each ticket includes valuable coupons like $20 off dinner at Giorgio's.
 
100 Holes golfers are treated like rock stars. They are supported throughout the day by a bevy of volunteers, are treated to lunch provided by Papa Joe's Humble Kitchen and The Flying Butcher, and are honored at a post-event banquet served by Giorgio's Ristorante.
 
Who will go home this year with the Ted Jordan award, the Callaway award and the coveted 100 Holes Madras Plaid Jacket?
Teeing up next - 100 Holes of Golf Janet Langdell 2016-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 12, 2016
The longest, continuously organized Rotary Swim Meet in the USA (if not the world)! This is not a "RINO" event, we don't just write a check! Milford Rotarians will be working this two-day event alongside a cadre of community volunteers, town staff members and swim team parents. Together we put on an awesome swim meet! Many thanks to our sponsors some of whom have been helping for decades!
 
51st Milford Rotary Swim Meet Janet Langdell 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Another gig for the Chick Magnets Janet Langdell 2016-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 04, 2016
"Delicious as always"  "This is a great event"  "Thank you all for doing this - everything is wonderful!"  "I know how much it takes to put this on - thank you to everyone!"  These are just a few of the comments shared by our guests at the 38th Annual Senior Citizens Chicken BBQ! Seniors from the Souhegan Valley, Merrimack and Nashua attended the event. Well over 280 meals were provided! Many thanks to the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club for sharing their facility space and to our sponsors! Photos of the event are posted - Click Here
 
Thank You BBQ Sponsors, Entertainers, Helpers & Guests! Janet Langdell 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Event for Interscholastic Interview Competition and more Janet Langdell 2016-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Milford Rotary Bowling Team Victorious...Again! 2016-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 13, 2016
Milford Rotary welcomed two new members to its ranks - Peter Lyon of Amherst and Tom Young of Merrimack. Lyon, a retired Amherst Police Chief, is new to Rotary and is also a newly elected Amherst Selectman. Young, a former Milford Rotarian, elected to return to our club from the Merrimack Rotary Club when his professional endeavors brought him back to Union Street. He is a paralegal with the firm of David G. Sturm, Counselors at Law PLLC. Picture below from left to right are Tom, Peter and Club President Cynthia Dokmo.
 
Welcome Tom Young & Peter Lyon! Janet Langdell 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Who was Davy Crockett - click HERE
Why do we add him to our singing? Here is the explanation from a Milford Rotary Club Round-Up newsletter dated 1986 -
 
Why Davy Crockett? Janet Langdell 2016-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 23, 2016
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The 38th annual Chicken BBQ is coming up in May! Thank you to the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club for providing the location once again! This is a great luncheon with raffles and entertainment  that Milford Rotary puts on for 300+/-  area senior citizens. It's free for the seniors and a whole lot of fun! Stay tuned for more details. An questions - please contact BBQ Co-chairs May Balsama or Paul Wydra.
 
38th Annual Senior Citizen's Chicken BBQ Janet Langdell 2016-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Stevie & The Chick Magnets with guest singers Julie and Glenn Janet Langdell 2016-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
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Just a reminder - The Annual District Training Assembly is Sat April 9th, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Keene High School and hosted by the KHS Interact Club.  Registration starts at 8:00 AM with Coffee and Pastries; Program starts at 8:45.
 
You can sign up for the District Training Assembly on the District website using this link to register - Click HERE
 
Click HERE  to view the 2016 District Training Assembly agenda
 
 
 
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The Milford Rotary Club recently welcomed Chad Zingales as its newest member. Past President and Chief Fine Mater Steve Desmarais presided over the induction ceremony and had the honor of pinning Chad.

 

 

 

 

Milford Rotary Welcomes Chad Zingales Janet Langdell 2016-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven A Desmarais on Feb 08, 2016
His classification is listed as "Plastic Injection Molding" but we all know him as a fine educator!! Thank you Bill Andrews for your good humor, positive outlook and dedication to Rotary and to your students! (click on the title to view a larger version of the photo)
A Throw Back from the 60's Steven A Desmarais 2016-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
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The "Wildcard" meeting scheduled for February 10th is shaping up to be one of our most memorable gatherings in 2016!
 
For more information, continue reading @ Read More (below)
 
 
C-SPAN - Road To The White House Tour Janet Langdell 2016-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Feb 05, 2016
Coach Joe and the Milford Rotary Swamp Rats Ski & Golf Team had a fine time at the annual CASA-NH Snowfest! This was their 13th appearance at this fun filled event. Snowfest, in its 16th year, is one of CASA’s largest annual fundraisers. To learn more about CASA-NH click here.
 
 
 
Milford Rotarians support CASA NH Janet Langdell 2016-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
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The "Wildcard" meeting scheduled for February 10th is shaping up to be one of our most memorable gatherings in 2016!
 
C-SPAN representatives, La'Shawna Saint-Preux and Vanessa Torres, will be Milford Rotary Club's featured speakers on Wed February 10th. In addition to their informative presentation, the C-SPAN bus will be on-site and available for tours.  If you plan to bring a guest or join us to make-up a Rotary meeting, please let President Cynthia know in advance.
 
"The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multi-media learning center that brings C-SPAN’s coverage of public affairs to communities nationwide and teaches students, teachers and the public how to follow Washington Your Way. Click here to watch the Bus in action! Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors are invited to learn about C-SPAN’s Campaign 2016 coverage through a campaign app which allows visitors to explore potential presidential candidates, events, and footage from the campaign trail. In addition, through interactive exhibits, students and educators will learn about the public affairs network’s programs and resources, including its in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts, and the American political process."
 
 
C-SPAN coming to Milford Rotary Janet Langdell 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
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Our fabulous Fine Masters did it again on Wednesday!! Here is a 3 minute "short" that only begins to capture the fun and fellowship shared at this week's meeting. To view full screen on YouTube click here
 
 
 
 
 
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere...Until The Fines Are Paid Janet Langdell 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Milford Rotary's annual Christmas Tree Sale got  off to a great start on Friday morning 11/27th! First purchases were made by that dynamic mother and daughter team of Joanne Laychak and Lesli Rendall! As you know Joanne is an honorary member of the club and Les is a longtime supporter of all our activities. Incidentally, Les is already making plans to bring her advisory group and other Souhegan students to help out at the Senior Citizens' BBQ in May 2016!  Click HERE for more photos from the MRC Trees 2015 album.
 
Here are some first-timers changing the netting.... and no one had their glasses! Video by Jane Lyttle 
 
Christmas Tree Sale Kick-Off! Janet Langdell 2015-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Milford Rotarians Know How To Have Fun! Janet Langdell 2015-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Oct 22, 2015
 
Honor a Veteran, and bring them to a Rotary meeting in November.  
Let's take the opportunity to thank those men and women who have gone above and beyond for us.  
Honor a Veteran Colleen Moynihan 2015-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

One of the projects Milford Rotary supported this year was the PBJ Traveling Health Clinic's 2015 mission to Jamaica.
Thank you Dr. Adele de Vera for bringing this opportunity to our attention! This group of volunteers have created a very successful win-win program for the women and children of Jamaica, for the local schools and donors who support the PBJ's effort and for the PBJ volunteers.

Here is a link to a video about PBJ's fourth successful trip! Plans are already underway for the 2016 mission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rOE8sITQw

 
 
Update on PBJ Traveling Health Clinic Janet Langdell 2015-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
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Why the pancakes served at the 47th annual Milford Rotary Pancake Breakfast of course! Pictured below, Grace liked hers so much she took some home!
 
Despite a bit of drizzle, Milford Rotarians served up over 412 breakfasts this morning.......and that ONLY counts the first time through the line at this all you can eat event. 2015 marked the 47th consecutive time that the club has put on a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Many thanks to the Infanti family for the use of their parking lot. The Infanti's have played host to this event since 1976. A shout-out of thanks as well to our cuisine consultants John Sullivan and Team Yankee Chef for their help! Many thanks as always to everyone who attended, sponsored and worked at the breakfast. All of the proceeds will go towards Milford Rotary's charitable giving and scholarship programs.
 
Co-chairs Mark F and Peter B will have further information on the fundraising totals from the sponsorships, ticket sales and donations but it is sure to be another great year. The fun and fellowship quotient was definitely over the top this year! To view some photos from the pancake breakfast CLICK HERE.
 
What's plain, blue and chocolate? Janet Langdell 2015-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
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Once again Milford Rotary is participating in Rotary International’s youth exchange program. Our inbound student, Adeola Adesiyun, arrived on September 4th. Adeola is from Lagos, Nigeria. According to Doug Rupert, her folks are both architects, she has two older brothers, one of whom lives in Canada, and she has completed Nigeria's standard 11 years of education. Adeola will be living with Julie & Matt on the farm for about 3 months, then with Shannon Chandley and Tom Silvia in Amherst.   There is an opening for a third host family from Amherst or Mont Vernon so that Adeola can attend Souhegan High – please see Doug Rupert for details.
 
The In and Out Bounds have arrived! Janet Langdell 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Aug 25, 2015
Our last breakfast meeting is Wednesday August 26th.  The September 2, 2015 meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on the Community House Lawn.  Bring family & friends for the "Burger Bar" with 35 toppings.  RSVP to Betsey Whtie by Aug 28th.
Last Breakfast Meeting - Aug 26th Colleen Moynihan 2015-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Aug 25, 2015
The September  2, 2015 club meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on the Community House lawn.  Dinner will be a "Burger Bar" with 35 toppings.  Reservations are required, so please RSVP to Betsey White by Friday, Aug 28, 2105.  The program and dinner will start @ 6:30 PM.  Bring your spouse, friends & neighbors!  Hope to see you there!
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The Rotary Club of Milford NH was well represented at the crack of dawn on the Milford Oval for Fox 25's Friday Zip Trip.
Read on for more photos and a video.
 
Fox 25 Zip Trips to the Milford Oval Janet Langdell 2015-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 30, 2015
Tomorrow - Friday July 31st - is the big day for Milford Rotary's 21st annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day Tournament. Let's hope that our 50-plus golfers and numerous volunteers get some good rest tonight! Tomorrow will be a long but fun filled day of golf, golf, and more golf! Many thanks to our generous event, hole-in-one, food & beverage, and hole sponsors!
 
And best of luck to all of the 100 Holes raffle ticket buyers!! Check back after Friday night's raffle ticket drawing to see if you won some part of the $12,500 prize money!
100 Holes of Golf in One Day - Fri 7/31/15 Janet Langdell 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Jun 25, 2015
Ten years ago - March 2005 - we broke ground on this project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary.  It's beautiful to walk through, and quite breathtaking from above.  Not often are we privileged to get such a view.
Photo taken by Andrew Ciardelli.
 
Beautiful View from Above Colleen Moynihan 2015-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 24, 2015

With Past President Chris Rogers presiding over the festivities, Milford Rotary Club's new officers and directors were inducted at the June 24th lunch meeting. Assisting Chris were past presidents Betsey White, David Sturm, Marc Chareth, Colleen Moynihan and Alec Buchanan. Once again we showed that the Milford Rotary Club is rich in colorful fellowship and goodwill.

 

 

 

MRC's 2015-2016 Board of Directors
President – Cynthia Dokmo
President Elect – Ken Fordham
Vice President – Tom Quinn

Past President - Rick Boyd

Secretary and Assistant Secretary – Colleen Moynihan and Janet Langdell

Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer – Paula Telage and Tim Finan

Directors (continuing) – Steve Desmarais, Tom Grella, Sheila Strum

Directors (new) – Rob Keller, May Balsama, Doug Knott
Sergeant-at-Arms - John Siemienowicz

 

Cynthia Dokmo, our club’s new President, added some royal humor to the event as we start the 66th year of “Service Above Self” under the Milford Rotary Club banner.


Many thanks were extended to our "new" Past President Rick Boyd for his leadership and enthusiasm. Rick received a special tee-shirt from his fan club as did his gracious wife Kathy.

 

For more pictures, please visit the 2015 Installation Photo Album

Milford Rotary Inducts New Officers and Directors Janet Langdell 2015-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Milford Rotarians put their running shoes on Janet Langdell 2015-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club recently honored and presented George Sklavounos, the owner of Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar and Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar with the prestigious Paul Harris Award for his service to their annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day fundraiser.  Year after year, George has selflessly donated his time and delicious food for the dinner at this annual event.  Event Co-chair Marc Chareth shared the following, “George has really gotten behind this event which has evolved into our Rotary Club's most important and successful fundraiser.  George and his team from Giorgio's have fed our volunteers and many hungry golfers each year for over 10 years now at our post tournament banquet.  We can't thank him enough for his continued support.”  Pictured below - 100 Holes of Golf Committee Members and Past Club Presidents, John Siemienowicz (left) and Marc Chareth (right) present George Sklavounos with his Paul Harris Award. Photo courtesy of Stan Kankowski.
 
 
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This spring, Milford Rotary welcomed two new members - Jane Stewart and Dick Cutter!
 
 
Many thanks to Allise de Smet and Tim Finan for the photos.
 
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The 2015 Interscholastic Interview Competition wrapped up on Thursday evening with a reception at Hampshire Hills. The purpose of the competition is to help prepare students for real world interviews by building confidence and skills through feedback from a panel of judges.

Pictured below, flanking the winners, are Club President Rick Boyd and Committee Chairman Mike Rasmussen, and from left to right the winners were Jillian Day (1st Place - Tie), Zandra Morris (3rd Place), Alexander "AJ" Smith (2nd Place) and Samantha Lees (1st Place - Tie). Jillian and Zandra attend Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop High School, and AJ and Samantha attend Milford High School.

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Milford Rotarians, lead by Coach Knott, raised $4875 for the Greater Nashua & Salem Big Brothers Big Sisters organization!  The 2015 Bowl For Kids’ Sake event on May 14th was a fun time of fellowship, bowling and helping a great local charity.  According to Paula Telage, the team’s head cheerleader, “We are the champions! We did it and won by a landslide!” Other Rotary clubs participating this year included Hollis/Brookline, Nashua West, Nashua and the Happy Hour Club. Although final dollar and pin numbers are pending, it looks like this was another great success for the Bigs and Littles! Below is a photo of our 2015 bowling  team and their supporters courtesy of Stan Kankowski.

 

 

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Below the infamous  "Wait....What?" photographer, Mike Rasmussen,  shares links to his photos from the 100 Holes Kick-Off event and this year's Senior BBQ.  Enjoy!
 
Click Here for photos of the 100 Holes Kick-Off Luncheon @ Giorgio's including the PHF presentation to George Sklavounos for his many years of 100 Holes and community support.
 
 
If Rotary committees need copies of any of these photos for future publicity or outreach, please contact Mike.
100 Holes Kick-Off & Senior BBQ Photos - 2015 Janet Langdell 2015-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary - 110 Years of Service Above Self Janet Langdell 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
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By Chris Davidson, Rotary Club of Newport News, Virginia 

(Downloaded 2/23/15 from the THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE DISTRICT BULLETIN February 2015)

I attended the first ever Rotary Young Professionals Summit held in Chicago on 26-27 September, which gathered 30 Rotarians under the age of 40 to discuss how Rotary can better attract and engage young professionals.

The summit was a huge success and thoroughly captured the essence of what Millennials and members of Generation Y are looking for  mentorship, friendship, opportunities, and fun. One of my Rotary mentors, past RI Vice President Anne L. Matthews, who I had worked with on district membership projects, had encouraged me to apply.

WHAT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ARE LOOKING FOR IN ROTARY Janet Langdell 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
The Milford Rotary Swamp Rats in action! Janet Langdell 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph J. Raczek on Feb 15, 2015
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We are one week past our CASA ski event, but it was such a good time that a re-cap is in order.

Guests arrived at the Chareth condo around 6 PM Thursday. This year the  Swamp Rats Team included  Dave and Sheila, Glenn F. and Shannon E., Coach Joe and head cheerleader Paige, our hosts Marc, Julie and Erica Chareth, Stan K., Julie W., President Rick,  and blender queen Paula T.

After dinner at Gypsy the pre-event strategy party got underway. for dinner. Glenn kept the tunes going with some great 80s music with Paula and especially Sheila (who else) dancing up a storm. Paula kept the blender going, and  really fun and ... and fun and fun.. what else can I say... bonding took place. Rotary fellowship doesn't get much better! Sheila and Dave got the sanity award for crashing early, while everyone else dropped off between 1 and 3 AM.

Friday morning saw the Swamp Rats Ski Team report to the base lodge just in time to make last registration. Joe was on Paige duty, so he deputized Rick Boyd to lead the golf squad. We played in an eight-some and recorded a 17 (for nine holes). Dave's extra sleep paid off as he reportedly was the star golfer. Our 17 was one stroke better than our arch enemy Rick Coveno's team  and two better than the Manchester Firefighters. The firefighters made some noise about "erasergate" or some other nonsense, but Coach Raczek, taking his cue from Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, denied everything. However,  he did admit to sticking pins in a voodoo doll around the time the other two teams were playing while he was still back at the condo with Paige.

Like the Patriots, when you have a dynasty, others take pot shots at you. President Boyd was outstanding in his first year on the Swamp Rats team, leading us to first place hardware.

As usual, a great time was had by all. Conditions were ideal, and the ski golf event supports a great cause while also providing our club with a great fellowship opportunity. Thanks again to the Chareths for hosting.

PS: NH Chronicle did a piece on the CASA event and Marc was interviewed about the  Swamp Rats' long history of participation. WMUR's NH Chronicle will feature the CASA Snowfest on Wednesday February 18th 7 pm.  Hope you can tune in! CASA - NH is a great organization helping children in need. Click HERE for more info.

Photo taken by David Pushee and downloaded from the CASA-NH Facebook page on February 9, 2015

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CASA Snowfest 2015 - update Joseph J. Raczek 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford Rotary had a great showing at the 2015 CASA Snowfest on Friday, February 6th!

Thank you to Julie Chareth for the accommodations and to Coach Joe for organizing the team. We heard Coach was multi-tasking - coaching remotely while being on Paige duty during the competition. Milford Rotarians Stan K, Dave S, Glenn F, Marc C, Julie W and Rick B were joined on the slopes by Julie and. Erica Chareth and Shannon Enoch. Great fun for a great cause. To learn more about CASA and the Snowfest, please click HERE.

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Milford Rotary welcomed its newest member at today's meeting - Paul Wydra III  (second from the right).

A Mont Vernon resident, Paul joins us with the classification of Sales Engineer.

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Welcome Paul Wydra! Janet Langdell 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Check-out this great postcard created by Milford's own Amy Conley (www.NHView.com) and on sale at the new coffee house, 42 South St in Milford, called Union Coffee Company (www.unioncoffee.co). Union Coffee Company is owned and operated by the Fimbel Brothers, Derek and Paul, from Mont Vernon. They offer a great place to gather and some excellent coffees, teas and tasty treats.

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Thank you John S. for submitting the photo!

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Posted by Janet Langdell on Jan 05, 2015

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A recent donation by the Milford Rotary Club was used towards

the purchase of a Bambini for the new outdoor ice rink in Amherst!

To read more about this project, please Click Here  

to visit the Amherst Community Foundation's website.

Rotary on ice in Amherst! Janet Langdell 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Please take: New England Rotary Member Survey - by Sat Jan. 31st

NE PETS 2015

All Rotarians in the 8 NE PETS Districts are encouraged to participate in this survey.

Your input is important to your club’s success and we invite you to participate in an anonymous short survey about your experience in Rotary and your club: what you like about our club and what you think could be improved.

To take the survey, please click on this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEPETS_Survey or type the link into your web browser.

  • We are interested in your honest opinions.   There are no right or wrong answers.
  • All responses are confidential and anonymous.   No one will be able to find out how you answered these questions. NorthEast PETS is hosting this online survey and will only provide statistical summaries in the survey reports.
  • The survey will take five to ten minutes to complete.

This survey is a tool to help your club better understand your members’ perception of Rotary, what might be done to increase member satisfaction, and determine what can be done to keep active, engaged Rotarians.

If you have any questions about this initiative, contact PDG Carolyn Johnson, 2015 NorthEast PETS Chair (cfj2@mac.com)

Thank you for all you do through Rotary – it makes a difference!

New England Rotary Member Survey Janet Langdell 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 27, 2014
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The Milford Rotary Christmas Tree Sale is up and running at the Frederick's Pastries parking lot 109 Route 101A in Amherst! We started with 700 beautiful NH grown Balsams from Colebrook NH! The 2014 "grand opening" sales team of Judy Dunbar, Franz Fritsch and Steve Sareault sold at least 7 of the beauties by 12:30 PM and after Steve shoveled out a good portion of the snow covering the trees! Rotarians will be onsite from 10 AM to 8:30 PM on weekends and 5 PM to 8:30 PM on weekdays. If you need a tree in between, Frederick's Pastries has agreed to collect your payment. ALL proceeds go to the Milford Rotary's charitable giving and scholarship programs - the more we take in, the more we can give back to the communities we serve!

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First day, first shift team with one MIA Rotarian.

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Franz in action greeting the customers.

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Yes, this is the 2014 price list!

Oh Christmas Tree! Janet Langdell 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 18, 2014
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Leave it to President Rick to find a unique and delicious raffle prize for our weekly meetings! Handmade chocolates with a Rotary wheel from Ava Marie Chocolates of Peterborough. Great regional touch as we Light Up Rotary!

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Raffle Prize with a Rotary Flare Janet Langdell 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 11, 2014
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The Milford Rotary Club was honored to announce not one but three Paul Harris Fellows at its November 12th meeting. Congratualtions to all on three very well deserved recognitions.

Pictured below: PHF Gene Madigan after being pinned by his wife Jan; PHF Cynthia Dokmo being pinned by her hubby Lew; and PHF Seth Zeigler being pinned by his wife Sharon with President Rick and Past President John doing the honors. Photos courtesy of Michelle Sampson.

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A PHF Triple Header Janet Langdell 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 17, 2014
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The Milford Rotary Club participated in the 2014 Southern NH Expo. Many thanks to May Balsama for the table top torch symbolizing the RI theme - Light Up Rotary!

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Milford Rotary @ The Southern NH EXPO Janet Langdell 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 09, 2014
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Friday, October 10, 2014 - The Milford, Souhegan and Wilton-Lyndeborough Interact Club and Milford Rotarians kicked off a weekend of fund raising at Milford's 25th annual Pumpkin Festival. The burgers, hot dogs and sausages, accompanied by some tasty veggies, were flying off the grills amidst loads of laughter and good cheer. The hallmarks of this "joint venture" are always great teamwork and camaraderie. All of the proceeds raised go towards the Interact Club's community work  and charitable donations.

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Interact, Rotary and a whole lot of pumpkins! Janet Langdell 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Sep 30, 2014
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Looks like Fitz and John enjoyed their Lunch with Paul Harris!

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Lunch with Paul Harris Janet Langdell 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alexander S. Buchanan on Sep 04, 2014
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CALLING ALL GOLFERS:

The 2014  Apple Crisp Golf Outing will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014. It will be held at the Bretwood Golf Course, 365 East Surry Road, Keene, New Hampshire (South course). The cost is $80 per golfer (in advance if possible) and includes golf, cart, steak or chicken dinner and prizes.

If you are interested in playing, make your check payable to MILFORD ROTARY CLUB for the number of players in your group. Please advise me by return email of the names in your group. You may mail the check or bring it on the 30th.  Family, friends, former Rotarians and anyone willing to pay the freight and put up with us is welcome on a first come, first serve basis.

Click HERE for the registration form, rules & directions......2014 Apple Crisp Golf Outing.                                 

Contact Alec Buchanan with any questions, or to register.

 

 

The Tradition Continues! Alexander S. Buchanan 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Sep 02, 2014
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Light Up Rotary!

You've heard the phrase and seen the  logo......Any idea what it all means? Continue to the next page to read RI President Gary C K. Huang's call to arms

Light Up Rotary! Janet Langdell 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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A commemorative stone marker was placed at the pocket-park on Main Street in Wilton. The park is located beside Nelson's Candy store. The black granite marker celebrates Milford Rotary's  donation towards the park's fence and the club's ongoing commitment to supporting community betterment initiatives in the Wilton.

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Commemorative Stone Placed in Wilton Janet Langdell 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
It's Pancake Time! Janet Langdell 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Aug 08, 2014
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As Paula wrote in an email on August 8, 2014 - "Had to fit some Rotary into my midwest road trip!"

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Rotary Travels with Paula Janet Langdell 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 30, 2014
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Milford Rotary held its two signature events during the fourth week of July  -  the 46th Annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet and the 20th Annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day Tournament.

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Around 645 swimmers representing eighteen teams raced in 86 events at Keyes Pool on July 19th and 20th. As a community service event, the annual swim meet goes far to support youth development and the summer swimming programs.

The following Friday 58 enthusiastic golfers raced around the Amherst Country Club course in pursuit of low scores and completing 100 Holes of Golf before sunset. As our premier fundraiser, 100 Holes 2014 was a great success. The committee will have final numbers in the coming weeks but rumor has it that the event will set a new record for net proceeds and that is a wonderful way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this truly unique golf tournament.

Milford Rotary Sports Week Wrap-Up Janet Langdell 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Rupert on Jul 28, 2014
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The Milford, New Hampshire and the Danli, Honduras Rotary Clubs are pleased to announce that The Rotary Foundation has approved a Global Grant which, when completed, will improve the health of 425 families – including many children -  by providing them with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education. This project will serve nine dispersed, remote communities in the rural municipality of Trojes, Honduras, located along the Nicaraguan border, about three hours northeast of Danli. The total cost of the project is $188,000, of which $138,300 was funded by Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and The Rotary Foundation. The remaining funds will be provided by a Native Energy carbon credit program.

Honduran Water & Sanitation Project receives Global Grant Douglas Rupert 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 10, 2014
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In memoriam - William Ferguson III (Years of Rotary service 1952-2014)

Milford Rotary lost a dear friend and dedicated member on June 18th with the death of William "Fergie" Ferguson. World War II veteran, "Rambling Reporter" and dedicated community volunteer, Bill lived a life of service above self.  To read more about Fergie's life and exploits, click here.

 
Bon vonage to Jenny - 2014 Inbound Rotary Exchange student
On June 10th, Phatsuda Somsuk (aka Jenny), our 2014 inbound Rotary Exchange Student,  headed to Boston for her trip home.to Pak Kret (city) Nonthaburi (province) Thailand. Jenny had a fantastic year here in the Souhegan Valley. Milford Rotary very fortunate to have such an outstanding young women participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange and we hope she will visit again. To see the photos and read the full story, click here.
 
June Induction Ceremony
Once again Past President Chris Rogers presided over the annual induction of our club's officers and directors. As Chris noted "I have done this 23 or 24 times and am honored each time I am asked (to conduct the induction ceremony)."  The atmosphere was rich in fellowship and goodwill as we start the 65th year of Service Above Self under the Milford Rotary Club banner.
 
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MRC's 2014-2015 Board of Directors
President - Rick Boyd
President Elect - Cynthia Dokmo
Vice President- Ken Fordham

Secretary and Assistant Secretary -
Colleen Moynihan and Tom Quinn
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer - 
Claudine Hessmer-Husainy and Paula Telage
Directors continuing for another year:
Carl Michaud, Michelle Sampson and Chris Nervik 
Directors inducted for new two-year terms: 
Fitz Fitzgerald,Tom Grella, and Sheila Sturm
Sergeant-at-Arms - Tim Finan 
Past President - John Siemienowicz

 

Pure Water for The World (PWW) announces October trip to Haiti

Some of the highlights of the trip include - touring PWW's training facility in Port Au Prince, traveling to rural areas to view PWW's work first-hand, visiting homes and schools where PWW is engaged, and assisting with filter installations in homes or schools. For more information, click here.

 

Guess who exchanged flags in Zurich and who got a second PHF -  Click Here for Zurich  & Click Here for #2PHF

Highlights since the last bulletin Janet Langdell 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 10, 2014
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Many thanks to Maggie Gelbwaks, Past President Julie Whitcomb's daughter, for sharing this great photo on Facebook. Maggie came across a Rotary Wheel on top of Mtount Evans (a 14,000+ foot peak) in Clear Creek County, Colorado. Do you know what this monument represents? To lean more, click here. For some additional photos including the monument's interesting base, click here.

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Mt. Evans Rotary Peace Memorial  placed there by the Rotarians of District 113 (Now D5450) in 1941 in honor of the Rotary International convention that was hosted by Denver Rotary in June 1941.

 

 

High atop Mount Evans in Colorado Janet Langdell 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 08, 2014
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On June 10th, Phatsuda Somsuk (aka Jenny), our 2014 inbound Rotary Exchange Student,  headed to Boston for her trip home to Pak Kret (city) Nonthaburi (province) Thailand. Jenny had a fantastic year here in the Souhegan Valley. In addition to the day-to-day fun, she had the opportunity to travel and see many parts of our country including a trip to California. As Cy noted, Jenny frequenlty extended a helping hand when needed to her fellow exchange students. Jenny's year abroad was enriched and facilitated by her three wonderful host families - The Spalding, Drew and Opre Families - and her "Rotary guides" Doug Rupert and Cy Thibault. MIlford Rotary very fortunate to have such an outstanding young women participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange and we hope she will visit again. For more photos click the "More..." below.


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A Fond Farewell and Come Again! Janet Langdell 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 06, 2014
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On Wednesday July 2nd, Milford Rotarian Paula Telage had the opportunity to visit the Zurich Rotary Club - the only English speaking Rotary Club in Switzerland . As pictured below, she exchanged our Milford Rotary Club banner with the incoming President of the Zurich club Flavio Calligaris-Maibach. According to Paula, the Zurich Rotarians were excited when she mentioned that we might be able to link their website to ours and post this picture. Their club website is:  Rotary - RC Zurich Belvoir International - Einstiegsseite - Distrikt 2000
 
Paula wrote "They could not have been nicer!  Aaron and I joined them for a 7pm dinner meeting at the gorgeous Belvoirpark Restaurant where we dined under crystal chandeliers and enjoyed their very warm and welcoming company.  They recently held their Run4Change fundraiser which raised 40,000 francs (about $44,000) for their international charity, the St. Jude India ChildCare Centres."
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Warm welcome at Zurich Rotary Club Janet Langdell 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
October 2014 PWW Haiti Trip announced Janet Langdell 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
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The June 25th meeting was full of recognitions and pinnings. With only five days left of his term, DG David Hoopes dropped in for lunch to make a special Paul Harris Fellow presentation to David Sturm. This is David's second Paul Harris Fellow and was presented in honor of his good work and dedication to Rotary. In addition, David was instrumental in organizing this year's district conference.

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David Sturm receives PHF Janet Langdell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 24, 2014
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Once again Past President Chris Rogers presided over the annual induction of our club's officers and directors. As Chris noted "I have done this 23 or 24 times and am honored each time I am asked (to conduct the induction ceremony)."  Assisting Chris were numerous past presidents including Alec Buchanan, Bill McNamara, Jay Dinkel, Julie Whitcomb, and Betsey White. Many thanks were extended to our "new" Past President John Siemienowicz for a job well done, to our departing Board members, and to members who have stepped up to serve again on the Board including Michelle Sampson and Past Presidents Fitz Fitzgerald and Colleen Moynihan. The atmosphere was rich in fellowship and goodwill as we start the 65th year of Service Above Self under the Milford Rotary Club banner.

MRC's 2014-2015 Board of Directors
President - Rick Boyd
President Elect - Cynthia Dokmo
Vice President- Ken Fordham
Secretary and Assistant Secretary - Colleen Moynihan and Tom Quinn
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer - Claudine Hessmer-Husainy and Paula Telage
Directors continuing for another year: Carl Michaud, Michelle Sampson and Chris Nervik 
Directors inducted for new two-year terms: Fitz Fitzgerald,Tom Grella, and Sheila Sturm
Sergeant-at-Arms - Tim Finan 
Past President - John Siemienowicz (ex-officio member)
 
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Induction of Officers and Directors for 2014-2015 Janet Langdell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club lost a dear friend and longtime member on June 18th with the passing of William Ferguson III. Bill, or "Fergie" as he was affectionately known, joined the Milford Rotary Club in 1952 at the behest of his brother-in-law William B. Rotch who was a charter member of the club. A Paul Harris Fellow, Bill was president of the club from 1960-1961. His dedication to community service is exemplified by his instrumental roles in the planning and construction of the Keyes Memorial Pool and as a founding member of the Souhegan Valley Land Trust.

Bill's official club biography starts off with this quip - "We don't know if there is any truth to the rumor that when Bill was born he asked if he could say a few words." Although he was in the insurance business for a period of time, Fergie probably will be best remembered as the cub reporter for the Milford Cabinet and Wilton Journal turned columnist, freelance writer and magazine editor. For many years he wrote and edited the club's Rotary Roundup newsletter. His moniker in the Cabinet was "Rambling Reporter". Some might say that the "rambling" part could equally describe his love of good storytelling and his passion for traveling. Certainly the Rotary Classification of "Literature and Prose" was aptly assigned.

A Massachusetts native by birth and a World War II veteran, Bill found his way to Milford in the 1940's by-way of his wife Helen's roots in our community. To borrow from one of Bill's trademark  lines - I think I heard the Lady at the Post Office say that Bill Ferguson was a Milford native even though he wasn't born or raised here.

Click here to view the full obituary.  

Click here to read an article penned by Bill that appeared in The Rotarian August 1988 pp. 46-47 entitled "What Rotary really does".

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Bill, in the stripped shirt, sharing laughs and stories with  Owen Fisk and John Bilodeau at Ted Langdell Day 1995.

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In Memoriam - William Ferguson III Janet Langdell 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 14, 2014

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In 1966 Milford Rotarians, led by John Bilodeau, organized the first annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet. This was an invitational meet combined with other fun events to celebrate the building of a new Town Pool in Milford NH.  Every year since then the Milford Rotary Club, with significant help from the Town of Milford, the Milford Recreation Department and Commission, and the Granite State Swim Association, has organized and sponsored this summertime event.

This is definitely not a “RINO” (Rotary In Name Only) event.  We don’t just write the checks to fund the swim meet. Over the two days of this swim meet, Milford Rotarians can be found on-deck timing events and handing out ribbons, flipping their famous burgers at the concession stand, parking car, selling tee shirts, and so much more.

Currently 15 to 18 teams from across New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts with 550-600 swimmers head to Milford for The Rotary every July.  Some of these are year-round teams and some are summer teams affiliated with Town recreation programs.  They come to compete against each other and against the clock. But most importantly they and their parents and fans come for the FUN that is the hallmark of the Milford Rotary Swim Meet.

Has or does your Rotary Club sponsor a swim meet? Do you know of another “Rotary Swim Meet”? If so, please send us your story! Help us learn the truth and answer the questions –  Does the Milford NH Rotary Club put on the longest continuously operated Rotary Swim Meet in the United States? In the world?

If you can help or would like to share a story or a photo, please email Rotarian Janet Langdell at MilfordRotarySwimMeet@gmail.com

Yours In Rotary Service, Janet Langdell

 

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As seen in these photos from 2013 community spirit abounds and  it is all about the kids and having fun.

 

Milford Rotary Swim Meet - Is it the Truth? Janet Langdell 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 10, 2014
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Milford Rotarians were honored to have Professor Lawrence Lessig as their guest speaker on June 11th. Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the founder of NH Rebellion.

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NH Rebellion is an organization with the straightforward objective to make big money in politics the central issue in the 2016 presidential primary by asking every presidential primary candidate to clearly answer a question - "How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington, D.C.?" The premise being that in order to make any “sensible progress” on any important policy issues, we must reform how political campaigns and elections are financed thereby shifting the focus away from the tasks of raising money to fund elections and back on the job that public officials are elected to do.

Sprinkled with humorous quips and thought-provoking facts, Lessig’s presentation and the follow-up question and answer period were very informative and entertaining. For more information about NH Rebellion please visit their website at http://www.nhrebellion.org/  or on Facebook under NH Rebellion. An expanded version of Professor Lessig’s presentation appeared on TED Talk and is posted on the NH Rebellion Speakers Bureau page at www.nhrebellion.org/speakers_bureau.

Professor Lawrence Lessig and the NH Rebellion Janet Langdell 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 05, 2014
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The 2014 Ted Langdell Day party was another smashing success and a marvelous celebration of our club's accomplishments this past year. As President John noted, with all that we did and all that we leveraged, over $300,000 in local and international support was generated by our club this year. Many thanks to our gracious hosts Rob and Christine Keller for sharing their fantastic antique barn with us.     

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Milford Rotarians know how to celebrate! Janet Langdell 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia J. Dokmo on Jun 03, 2014
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The MHS Interscholastic Interview Competition sponsored by Milford Rotary came to a close on Wednesday June 4th with a reception and awards presentation at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club. Pictured below are MHS Career Development Counselor Rich Paiva, competition winner Alexandra Hoffman, finalists Mitchell Banuskevich, Mitchell Roske and  Emily Saunders, and Cynthia Dokmo who served as the competition organizer. In the second photo below, Incoming Rotary President Rick Boyd congratulates Alexandra Hoffman.
 
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MHS Interscholastic Interview Competition Cynthia J. Dokmo 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 27, 2014
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Pledge One For Peace is the name of a new project being undertaken by the Souhegan Earlyact Club.  Instead of talking about peace they and all of the participants will be creating peace! Each participant will pledge to perform an act of peace or conflict prevention.  Each pledge will be written on a Peace Dove and pinned to the PLEDGE ONE FOR PEACE TARP.  The goal is to have GLOBAL participation from Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact and students from all over the world. To print out a copy of the Pledge One For Peace Dove along with instructions on where to send your completed Peace Dove, please click here

 

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At the May meeting of the Milford, Souhegan and Wilton-Lyndeborough Interact Club the students presented checks to a number of very worthy charities - Bridges Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, The Hope For Gus Foundation, Wilton's Open Cupboard food pantry and Doctors Without Borders. Most of the funds raised came from their hard work selling hamburgers and sausages at the Milford Pumpkin Festival. In 2013 they raised over $4000. To read more about their activities, please click here. Many thanks to the Interact Faculty Advisors - Judi Zaino, Maggie Paul, and  Nancy Tong - for their dedication to these outstanding students!

Pictured below are just some of the 70+ students who belong to the local Rotary Interact Club.

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Student Connections Janet Langdell 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 27, 2014
Regional High School Interview Competition For the past few months Milford Rotarians have been involved in this new student-centered project. To cap off the competition, a reception will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, 6:30 pm at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club. Contact Cynthia Dokmo for further details.
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Coming up on June 6th - Ted Langdell Day

Come one, come all and help celebrate Milford Rotary's 2014 success story! $35 per person, games, raffles, presentation of the Stan Powers award, and extra special Rotary fellowship.

Don't forget to get your main course selection into Karen Keating asap!

Thank you in advance to Rob and Christine Keller for use of their BIG YELLOW BARN!

To read more about Ted Langdell and Stan Powers, please click here.

Pictured at left are some of our Past Presidents enjoying TLD 2013!

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Word just in that the Flying Butcher (formerly The Amherst Meathouse) will once again be one of our 100 Holes Lunch sponsors. 

Tee & Green and other sponsorships are available. Interested in being a sponsor or know someone who might be - please contact Tom Quinn or Marc Chareth.

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Many thanks to Foodee's of Milford owner John Bowen who agreed to work with us again on Pizza for the Swim Meet. John has been integral to this production for many years and has not increased his rate for the swim meet pizzas in 4 years!

Bravo and thank you to Carl Michaud and Sheila & David Sturm for so rapidly saying YES to sponsoring the 2014 Coaches and Officials Hospitality suite at the 46th MRSM!  This is a new feature for our meet but one that is now customary at the larger swim meets.

 

News in a Flash Janet Langdell 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 27, 2014
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Wednesday May 7th was a  perfect day for a barbeque! Seniors from all over the Souhegan Valley joined Milford Rotarians for the 36th annual Senior Citizens' Chicken Barbeque. Many thanks to the Yankee Chef and Frederick's Pastries, to the wonderful musicians and vocalists from Milford High and to Lesli Rendell's team of Souhegan High freshmen who did a fantastic job serving and cleaning-up. Many thanks to Bedford Fields, The House By The Side Of The Road, Shaw's of Milford, Dunkin Donuts, and Moulton's Market for their wonderful raffle prize donations! Bravo to the event organizers Jane Lyttle and May Balsama.

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Milford Rotary was ably represented by Bob Moulton and Stan Kankowski at the Milford Pride Town Wide Clean-up Day, held Saturday, May 3rd by the Milford Improvement Team and The Benevolent #7 Masonic Lodge. Bob and Stan were assigned the area on Perry Road near the Rte. 101 Bypass. The duo picked up approximately 10 bags of trash. While not one of the most visible parts of town as Bob said, "Every little bit helps make Milford the great place it is to live". Stan wondered if time picking up trash by the side of the road was applicable to work release for any future time in the slammer. Bob opined that the warden would probably just make us chiefs of the work crew.

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Milford Rotary Club once again provided financial support to the annual Souhegan Valley Crop Walk to Fight Hunger. Organizers of this year’s event set the goal of raising $35,000, to push the cumulative total for 25 years over the $600,000 mark. According to organizer John David, it looks like the 2014 CROP Walk will raise closer to $37,000, when all pledges are turned in. To read more about this event, click here
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From Sheila Sturm, Human Rights Committee Chair - Thank you J.M. Princewell for your generous donation to Milford Rotary Club supporting our fundraiser for Lotus Pedals, a Lotus Outreach project that supplies bicycles to adolescent girls in Cambodia, helping them get to and from school safely and efficiently. Your donation helped purchase 8 of 20 bicycles. Well Done. I also want to thank Souhegan Cycleworks, and The Skin Care Studio by Kylee B Ross, for their generous donations to Milford Rotary Club supporting our fundraiser for Lotus Pedals. Their donations combined enabled the purchase of 3 of 20 bicycles. To learn more about the Lotus Pedals project, click here.

Community Connections Janet Langdell 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 27, 2014
Image Dave Gendron became Milford Rotary's newest member on May 14th. Welome Dave!
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Image On May 7th, President John Siemienowicz presented Sara Amato-Larabee and Josh Larabee with Paul Harris Fellow honors on behalf of the Milford Rotary Club. Sara and Josh have chosen to make donations from the Amato Family Fund for the last two years to the Milford Rotary Club Foundation, recognizing the positive impact of this resource in our community.
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On April 30th Assistant District Governor (ADG) and District Secretary Dennis McMann joined the club for lunch and to do some Rotary work. Dennis presided over a very special presentation to John Siemienowicz and Allise de Smet during which John received his Benefactor wings, and they both received an engraved crystal award and lapel pins recognizing their contribution as a Major Donor. John and Allise join Milford Rotarian Peter TenBroeck as a Major Donor.

For more information about the various opportunities to support Rotary International, please click here 

 

New Member and New Rotary Honorees Janet Langdell 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 27, 2014
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What do wings and crystal have to do with Rotary? The answer would be easy if you were at a recent Milford Rotary Club meeting. On April 30th Assistant District Governor (ADG) and District Secretary Dennis McMann joined the club for lunch and to do some Rotary work. Dennis presided over a very special presentation to John Siemienowicz and Allise de Smet during which John received his Benefactor wings, and they both received an engraved crystal award and lapel pins recognizing their contribution as a Major Donor. John and Allise join Milford Rotarian Peter TenBroeck as a Major Donor.

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Rotary International confers Benefactor status on those who make a provision in their estate plan for The Rotary Foundation or make an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to the Endowment Fund (formerly the Permanent Fund). Those individuals or couples whose cumulative donations to the Rotary Foundation reach US $10,000 or more are recognized as Major Donors.

For more information about the various opportunities to support Rotary International, please click here 

 

Wings and Crystal - Rotary Style Janet Langdell 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
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At the May meeting of the Milford, Souhegan and Wilton-Lyndeborough Interact Club the students presented checks to a number of charities. Pictured below are just some of the 70+ students who belong to the local Rotary Interact Club.

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Ted Langdell Day 2014 Janet Langdell 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Once again the Milford Rotary Club helped sponsor the annual Souhegan Valley Interfaith CROP Walk. This year was the 25th anniversary of the event and it looks like they will exceed their goal of raising $35,000! Bravo to all who organized, supported and participated in this great Souhegan Valley community event!

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Top photo - “Walkers Ready to Start” - Six walkers in front, showing their new Anniversary Souhegan Valley CROP Hunger Walk T-shirts. Bottom photo -“Walkers Gather for Ice Cream in Emerson Park” – Dave Boissonnault with his back turned to us, showing the logos on the back of the T-shirt, looks down at his 5-year old son, Cooper, ice cream cone in hand.

 

Souhegan Valley CROP Walk - 25th Anniversary Janet Langdell 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 14, 2014

At our May 14th meeting, Milford Rotarians welcomed a new member and congratulated a longtime member on his third Paul Harris Fellow!

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Welcome and Congratulations! Janet Langdell 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 06, 2014
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Wednesday May 7th was a delightfully sunny day and perfect for a barbeque! Seniors from all over the Souhegan Valley joined Milford Rotarians for the annual Senior Citizens' Chicken Barbeque. Rotarians grilled up their famous barbecued birds with the "very secret sauce". A well received variation this year was the delicious "homemade" side dishes prepared by our friends at Yankee Chef. Per tradition, dessert included those sinfully good brownies from Frederick's Pastries along with that ol' New England favorite - Hoodsie Cups. Lovely vocal and musical entertainment was provided by Milford High students  and Lesli Rendell's team of Souhegan High freshmen did a fantastic job serving and cleaning-up. Many thanks to Bedford Fields, The House By The Side Of The Road, Shaw's of Milford, Dunkin Donuts, and Moulton's Market for their wonderful raffle prize donations! Most importantly the seniors in attendance had a wonderful lunch and social gathering filled with Rotary style fellowship.  Bravo to the event organizers Jane Lyttle and May Balsama. More photos are available under Photo Albums on the Home Page or by clicking here.

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Sun, Fun, and Loads of Rotary Fellowship Janet Langdell 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Siemienowicz on May 06, 2014
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On May 7th, President John Siemienowicz presented Sara Amato-Larabee and Josh Larabee with Paul Harris Fellow honors on behalf of the Milford Rotary Club. Sara and Josh have chosen to make donations from the Amato Family Fund for the last two years to the Milford Rotary Club Foundation, recognizing the positive impact of this resource in our community. Look for Josh and his brother-in-law Geoff who will both be playing and participating in the Milford Rotary's 20th Annual 100 Holes of Golf Tournament.

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In the top photo, John presents Sara with her Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) at the annual Senior Citizens' Chicken Barbeque. In the bottom photo, Peter Tenbroeck, on the left, and John present Josh his PHF along with dropping off two sets of golfer tickets!

 

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Posted by Janet Langdell on May 04, 2014
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Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. In addition to conducting a number of TED Talks and authoring numerous books, Mr. Lessig was the organizer of the NH Rebellion - the 185 mile walk accross NH this past January which helped encourage voters to ask all political candidates: “How will you end this system of corruption in Washington?” Recently, he launched "a citizens' funded and crowdsourced superpac to end all superpacs" Here is a link to his blogsite http://www.lessig.org/. and the MayOne Superpac site http://mayone.us/. Please plan on attending the June 11th meeting and welcoming Mr. Lessig to the Souhegan Valley!

Featured Speaker June 11th - Lawrence Lessig Janet Langdell 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stanley J. Kankowski on May 02, 2014
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Milford Rotary was ably represented by Bob Moulton and Stan Kankowski at the Milford Pride Town Wide Clean-up Day, held Saturday, May 3rd by the Milford Improvement Team and The Benevolent #7 Masonic Lodge. Bob and Stan were assigned the area on Perry Road near the Rte. 101 Bypass. The duo picked up approximately 10 bags of trash. While not one of the most visible parts of town as Bob said, "Every little bit helps make Milford the great place it is to live". Stan wondered if time picking up trash by the side of the road was applicable to work release for any future time in the slammer. Bob opined that the warden would probably just make us chiefs of the work crew.
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Rotarians Clean-up At Milford Pride Day 2014 Stanley J. Kankowski 2014-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 29, 2014
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Pledge One For Peace is the name of a new project being undertaken by the Souhegan Earlyact Club.  The Earlyact students took their inspiration from the Make Peace wall project sponsored by the Westport (CT) Sunrise Rotary in which people of all ages as peace makers and peace builders contributed their thoughts on peace and conflict prevention. The Souhegan Earlyact students came up with the idea of engaging in peace efforts with a call to action and plan to take their project GLOBAL! 

 

The Make Peace wall, as displayed at the 3rd Annual Westport Mini-Maker Faire on April 26, 2014, was filled with ideas on how to create and foster peace and conflict prevention.

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Instead of talking about peace they and all of the participants will be creating peace! Each participant will pledge to perform an act of peace or conflict prevention.  Each pledge will be written on a Peace Dove and pinned to the PLEDGE ONE FOR PEACE TARP.  The goal is to have GLOBAL participation from Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact and students from all over the world. To print out a copy of the Pledge One For Peace Dove along with instructions on where to send your completed Peace Dove, please click here.  

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Souhegan Earlyact Club Launches Global Peace Project Janet Langdell 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 27, 2014
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From Sheila Sturm, Human Rights Committee Chair - Thank you J.M. Princewell for your generous donation to Milford Rotary Club supporting our fundraiser for Lotus Pedals, a Lotus Outreach project that supplies bicycles to adolescent girls in Cambodia, helping them get to and from school safely and efficiently. Your donation helped purchase 8 of 20 bicycles. Well Done. I also want to thank Souhegan Cycleworks, and The Skin Care Studio by Kylee B Ross, for their generous donations to Milford Rotary Club supporting our fundraiser for Lotus Pedals. Their donations combined enabled the purchase of 3 of 20 bicycles.

As noted on their website, Lotus Pedals "provides heavy terrain bicycles to rural Cambodian girls that would not otherwise be able to traverse the considerable distance to the nearest school."  For more information about Lotus Outreach click here and for more information about the Lotus Pedals project click here.

 

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Great community support for Lotus Pedals! Janet Langdell 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
50/50 Program is Teed Up! Janet Langdell 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 22, 2014
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Claudine Hessmer-Husainy received her first Paul Harris Fellow at the April 23rd meeting. During the presentation, Past President Julie Whitcomb highlighted many of Claudine's contributions as a Rotarian including for her work in founding the first EarlyAct Club in our district and her active participation in many of our international endeavors. Claudine helped organize the Milford-Lahore Peace Express trip to Pakistan in 2012 and more recently spearheaded our club's participation in The World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio. She also serves the Milford Rotary as our Assistant Treasurer. In addition to her volunteer work as a Rotarian, Claudine serves on the boards of Andy's Summer Playhouse and the Amherst PTA. To Claudine's surprise, her beloved hubby Mozammel dropped in from work in Rhode Island to participate in the PHF pinning. Bravo on a well deserved honor!

 

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Congratulations to our newest PHF! Janet Langdell 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 13, 2014
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Just a reminder that Bridges will be holding their 2014 Milford Hope event on Wednesday May 21st. The Milford Rotary Club is in the second year of a three year commitment to donate $10,000 each year to Bridges. For more information about this wonderful and unfortunately much needed community resource, please click here. To RSVP and for additional information about the event, please contact Pamela Auer at 603-889-0858 ext. 214 or development@bridgesnh.org.

 

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Bridges To Hope 2014 event Janet Langdell 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 12, 2014
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Preparations are well underway for Milford Rotary's 100 Holes of Golf in One Day Tournament. So save the date - Friday July 25th at the Amherst Country Club. 

Captain Tom Quinn is looking for Tee & Green and other sponsors. Many thanks to our Hole-in-one sponsors -

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The 100 Holes Raffle Tickets, with the great coupons, are ready for sale! Milford Rotarians should see Cynthia Dokmo to get their allotment. Paula Telage is organizing the 50/50 Program with our local non-profit partners.

Anyone interested in golfing as an individual or on a team should contact Marc Chareth or Ray Bent. As a special treat for the 20th, these guys are organizing a Pool Party & Pig Roast for our golfers. Sponsored by Edward Jones Investments, this added event will be held on Saturday July 26th.

The "volunteer" sign-up sheet for tournament day tasks will be going around soon. If you are interested in caddying, please let Tom or John know as soon as possible.

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20th Annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day! Janet Langdell 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 11, 2014
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One of the highlights at this year’s Rotary District 7870 Training Assembly on April 5th was a break-out session conducted by our local Earlyact Club.

The Souhegan Earlyact Club presented the début of their Leadership Project video. Below are some photos from the video.

Bravo to the all the Earlyact members and to their advisor Claudine Hessmer-Husainy.

A copy of the video is available on the Milford Rotary Club's Facebook page. Click here to visit the club's Facebook page then scroll down to locate the video. You'll need to click on the block arrowhead to start the video.

Unfamiliar with Earlyact? Click here to view a brief PowerPoint presentation about Earlyact

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Souhegan Earlyact Club shines at District Assembly Janet Langdell 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Siemienowicz on Apr 09, 2014
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Image  Senator Kelly Ayotte is scheduled to visit the Milford Rotary Club on Wed April 23rd as our guest speaker. Rotarians and invited guests will have an opportunity to dialogue firsthand with Senator Ayotte.
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Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 08, 2014
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The Milford Rotary Club was treated to a sweet after lunch presentation by local "chocolate and sugar" artist Doug Nelson. Doug, a third generation candy maker, owns and operates Nelson's Candies located at 65 Main Street in Wilton. Doug's daughter Janet operates a branch of Nelson's in Cornville, Maine making it four generations of Nelson candy artists since 1914.

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In addition to being a wonderful raconteur and sugar artist, Doug is an accomplished musician. To serve his musical avocation, Doug plays with his band, Sweet Tooth, and operates a music café next door to the candy shop in Wilton. Next up on  the "Locals Café" calendar is  the Rynborn Legend  BOBBY RADCLIFF. Mr Radcliff will be backed by the Skip Philbrick Blues Band  on Saturday April 26, 2014.  Doors open at 7 pm  General admission $30  Tickets can be purchased at Nelson's Candies 65 Main Street Wilton, N.H. 03086  (or by calling 603-654-5030 to reserve by credit card- note $2 charge per ticket) Tickets are limited!  House band to open - BYOB. Check them out on Facebook under Nelson's Candies.

Chocolate and Blues! Janet Langdell 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jane Lyttle on Apr 08, 2014
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On Wed May 7th the club's weekly lunch meeting once again will be  transformed into a huge Chicken BBQ where the honored guests are our area senior citizens!

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For 36 years Rotarians have been inviting seniors living in the local area to join us for a free, no reservations needed barbecue. Click here for more history about this community service event. Rotarians, assisted by Lesli Rendall's Souhegan High students and other student groups, do all of the cooking, serving and clean-up. Rotarians are asked to pay $20 for their lunch that day with the "extra" dollars helping to offset the cost of this community service event. Bring your appetite and gift of gab! The famous Rotary Chicken is delish and our guests love to chat.

 

Next up - The annual Seniors' BBQ! Jane Lyttle 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 27, 2014
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ADG and Milford Rotarian Doug Rupert and his lovely wife MaryAnn are on a tour of Australia. Along the way they took in a Rotary meeting at the Rotary Club of Melbourne. As Doug noted in a recent email this is the oldest Rotary Club in Australia. They meet in the Grand Ballroom of the majestic Windsor Hotel that is right next door to Parliament Maybe the location explains the $42  per person for lunch. Hope Doug will share some insights about their Footy Tipping fundraiser!

Pictured below are Doug, all spiffed out with his "Light Up Rotary" tie, Mary Ann Rupert. and Rotary Club of Melbourne President Keith McNeil. Click here to visit the RC of Melbourne website.

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Doug from Down Under Janet Langdell 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio Janet Langdell 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Feb 11, 2014
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Milford Rotarians and significant others were out in full force at Loon Mountain on February 7th for the 14th annual CASA Snow Fest. They fielded three teams this year and had a whole lot of fun supporting this very worthy organization.

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Pictured above are Ryan Hansen, Dave Talbot a former Milford Rotarian, Dave  Sturm, Head Rat Joe Raczek, Mark Fougere, newest member of the squad Paula Telage, Dave Hammer and Steve Desmarais. MIA at photo time were Allise de Smet, John Siemienowicz, Tina and Paige Raczek, Julie Whitcomb, Ruthie Fougere, and Marc and Julie Chareth.

Swamp Rats Always Rule! Janet Langdell 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Feb 08, 2014
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The local Interact Clubs from Milford, Souhegan and Wilton-Lyndeborough High Schools worked extra hard last October selling burgers and sausages at the 24th annual Milford Pumpkin Festival. Supported by their Rotary liasons and assisted by a passel of Milford Rotarian grillmeisters, the Interact students raised well over $4000! The Interact Club uses these funds to support a variety of community betterment projects and organizations.

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On February 6th, surrounded by members from both clubs, Rotary President John Siemienowicz presented the Big Check for $4250 to Interact Club leaders Adna Glusac, Ryane Sullivan, and Patrick and Ryan Lynch. Plans are underway already for the Rotary Interact Club concession stand at the 25th annual Milford Pumpkin Festival October 10, 11 &12.

Here's  a link to an article by Nancy Bean Foster published in the Union Leader 2/10/14 about our local Interact Club Student Rotary volunteers prepare to make donations in Milford

 

 

Pumpkin Mania pays off! Janet Langdell 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jan 07, 2014
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The January 8, 2014 meeting was bustling with new member inductions. Doug Knott, May Balsama and Paul Spiess were inducted as "new" Rotarians at the first meeting of 2014. Doug is probably the "newbiest newbie" in the group and was sponsored by Fine Master Desmarais. May has been a "friend of Rotary" for many years through her work as Director of the local chamber of commerce, business owner, community volunteer and "up and coming" real estate broker. May was sponsored by Karen Keating. Rounding out the trio was "returning" Rotarian Paul Spiess who was a Milford Rotary Club member from October 2002 through December 2009. Welcome to Doug, May and Paul!

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1st Meeting of 2014 - A membership trio! Janet Langdell 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jan 02, 2014

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Alexander "Al" Blastos

1940 - 2014

Past President and Paul Harris Fellow

Al will be remembered and beloved for many reasons

especially that twinkle in his eye and smile that would light up a room.

Our thoughts and prayers are with LeeAnn and the family.

Services: Calling hours will be on Monday, January 6th from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. The Trisagion will be held at 6:00 pm. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:45 pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 noon in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the New England Heart Institute, Office of Philanthropy, 100 McGregor Street, Manchester, NH 03103. Obituary available at Smith & Heald website.

 

In Memoriam Janet Langdell 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Dec 31, 2013
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2013 was another banner year for the Milford Rotary Club.

We welcomed Michael Brisebois, Tim Finan, Karen Keating, Steve Sareault, Rob Keller, Armand Chery, Mike Rasmussen, Paula Telage, Mike Viola and Doug Knott, and re-welcomed Ed Killam to the club. Paul Harris Fellows were presented to Dave McBee, David Hammer, Chuck Simpson (Monadnock Club), Joe Clement (Henniker Club), and Sheila Sturm.

The Club provided support and assistance to a wide variety of charitable causes and community betterment initiatives in 2013. Those donations included the following: NH Association for the Blind, Wilton-Lyndeborough Co-Op High School pitching machine, Milford High School We The People program, Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club projection equipment, SHARE Outreach Inc. capital campaign and program support, Bridges Domestic & Sexual Violence Support second year of a three year commitment, Opportunity Networks capital campaign, Watatic Grange dictionary project, Open Cupboard senior dinners program, Shelter Box for Typhoon Haiyan relief, Polio Plus and many many more.

 

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Pictured above - Milford Rotarians present a capital campaign donation to members of the SHARE Outreach Board of Directors.
 

Partnering with Pure Water for the World, Milford Rotary embarked on a Global Grant project to provide sustainable clean water and sanitation facilities along with hygiene education  to at least 140 homes (630 people) in the municipality of Trojes, El Paraiso, Honduras. This initiative is proceeding like gangbusters with support and participation from other District 7870 clubs and from clubs in New York and Montana. Without a doubt, we'll be hearing more good news about this project from Doug Rupert and the committee in 2014. For more information on Rotary's Global Grant program click here.

 

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Phatsuda Somsuk, our inbound Rotary Exchange Student from Pak Kret Thailand, arrived in August. According to Janet Spalding, Phatsuda's first "host Mom", the experience has been fantastic for everyone involved.

Maggie Zavgren our outbound Exchange Student is spending this school year in Turkey. To learn more about Maggie's adventures, here is a link to her BlogSpot.

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What would a Milford Rotary Club fundraiser or community service event be without the great help we receive from the Interact Club members? That said, what would Columbus Day weekend be without burger flipping and sausage cooking with the Interact Club during the Milford Pumpkin Festival? Great fun and super collaboration all around!

 RYLA-3c Each November the Monadnock Rotary Club organizes a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event.  Our Club once again sponsored four area students to attend the 2013 RYLA program: Jaida Silomba, Wilton-Lyndebourgh ~ Hanna Hembrow and Erin Tyrrell, Milford ~ Annie Feraco, Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club.

Together, club members and friends of Rotary, successfully put on the 35th annual Senior Citizens Chicken BBQ in May for around 300 Seniors; organized the two-day Milford Rotary Swim Meet for over 500 swimmers and the 100 Holes of Golf in One Day tournament in July; once again flipped hundreds of pancakes in September; and sold over 700 Christmas Trees before year's end. We roasted consummate Rotary Fine Master George Infanti in February and mourned his passing along with that of longtime Milford Rotarian Richard Fitzgerald Sr. (aka Papa Fitz) in 2013. In between Milford Rotarians also participated in Bowling for Kids' Sake with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, and Snow Golf at Loon for CASA of NH!

 

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From recent meetings and club assemblies, it sounds like Prez John and Prez-Elect Rick have lots in store for 2014.  So stay tuned - 2014 promises to be another great year of fun fellowship and enriching community service! FYI - January is Rotary Awareness Month, let's all help spread the word!

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Happy New Year! Janet Langdell 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 28, 2013
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The annual Christmas Tree Sale got into full swing on Black Friday! The air was crisp, the sky was blue, the fire was roaring and sales were brisk!

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Brian and Joanna from Hollis arrived to buy Tree #1 even before the chainsaw was plugged in! They own Second Avenue Consignment across Route 101A on Paul's Way. Apparently they have been eyeing our trees all week and will be back to get a second one for their home.

Tree #2 went home with Roberts family from Amherst. Upon arrival they went straight to the back of the lot to pick-out a still wrapped tree. As Mr. Roberts explained, they love the surprise of not knowing what the tree will look like until they get home. The Roberts family has been buying their Rotary trees this way for years and have never been disappointed!

 

Its beginning to look alot like........ Janet Langdell 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 24, 2013

Greetings All and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

A few quick reminders as we head into the holidays and tree sales -

Holiday Party Sunday, December 1st 5:30 - 9:00 pm @ the SHARE Center (map and directions below)

Karen Keating and Prez John need to know if people are or are not attending the holiday party and what folks attending plan to bring (appetizer, side dish or dessert) by end of Wednesday Nov. 27th. Please let them know directly or respond via the Clubrunner Invitation Accept or Decline feature.

For those who care to do a bit more shopping, on Sunday we will be collecting unwrapped presents for children (newborns to teenagers) that will be donated to the local Holiday Toy Store.

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Got any gently used or extra baseball equipment? Dr. Joe (Raczek) is helping his friend Bill collect baseball equipment for donation to kids in need in Nicaragua. As Joe wrote:

"Travelling to a developing country presents many opportunities to volunteer and assist with unmet needs. Nicaraguans, like those in many Latin countries, love baseball. However, many many many kids are too poor to be able to afford proper equipment. Bill will be returning to Nicaragua in January, and he has taken it upon himself to try to collect as much baseball equipment (mostly used gloves, but balls, bases, bats, scorebooks, and anything else) as possible and distribute it to groups in the area he’ll be volunteering.

 If you have any of the above in your garage or basement, especially gloves, that  you can contribute you can drop the items off at my office (380 Nashua St. Milford) anytime. I’ll deliver whatever I collect  to Bill and he’ll see that it gets into some happy kid’s hands in Nicaragua."

Got any empty wine bottles? If so, Stan K wants to hear from you!

Our local vintner, Stan Kankowski, is on the hunt for 400 or so more wine bottles to fill with his delicious "homebrew". So if you could, save those empties and let Stan recycle them for you.

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The annual Christmas Tree Sale begins Friday November 29th @ 10 AM!

If you haven't signed up yet to sell trees, please do so ASAP! The clubs needs everyone to help with at least three shifts including a weekend day. 800 + beautiful evergreens are piled high at Frederick's Pastries just waiting to be sold to a good home. First 100 trees sold come with a  Centennial Park commemorative ornament.

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A few quick but important reminders Janet Langdell 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 19, 2013
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In early November Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated vast parts of the Philippines. Although the news coverage has lessened, the aftermath of this horrific natural disaster remains. According to a November 22nd web posting by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 4.29 million people have been forced from their homes and 13.26 million people have been affected by Haiyan.

In response to this news and as part of Rotary International’s worldwide endeavors, Milford Rotarians stepped up to help in the global relief efforts aimed at addressing the immediate needs of Filipinos affected by this disaster. At the November 20th club meeting, President John mentioned the club's donation for one box and two donations from members for two more boxes. Hands immediately went up along with shout-outs of "I'll help" by a host of members and the total increased to four boxes in a matter of seconds.

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Wednesday November 13th was an extra special day at the Milford Rotary Club including a club history lesson and a Paul Harris Fellow presentation.

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Rotarian Chuck Simpson Honored Janet Langdell 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 29, 2013
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At the October 30th meeting, to a standing ovation from his fellow club members, Peter TenBroeck was awarded a certificate honoring his 49 years of perfect attendance!

Bravo Peter! 

 

Congratulations Peter! Janet Langdell 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 26, 2013
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So far the Fall of 2013 has been overflowing with fun and good works! Phatsuda Somsuk (aka Jenny), our 2013 Rotary Exchange Student, arrived and started her year with a flourish. We flipped pancakes and burgers around town with lots of support from the Interact Club. We honored a fellow Rotarian and longtime supporter of our 100 Holes of Golf. Prez John's powers of persuasion got us 6 website sponsors and our local RI Foundation Chairperson stripped us of a few dollars to reach the fall End Polio Now goal. Read on for photos, highlights and more fun to look forward to.

 

Milford Rotary Fall Roundup Janet Langdell 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to the leadership of Jay Dinkel, Milford Rotary has been sponsoring a Kenyan student named Harrison Marubu Mwangi since 2010.  Harrison is enrolled in the secondary education program operated by EDUCATION for All Children (EFAC). To make this sponsorship more meaningful for the Club and for Harrison, it would be great if members would drop a letter or email to Harrison from time to time. 

 

It is not too late to make the next mailbag to Kenya. The deadline for sending in correspondence for this term is November 1st. The third term ends on November 22nd for the Christmas holiday and EFAC wants to make sure your letters arrive well before the students go home. Please send letters/emails to info@educationforallchildren.org or in c/o EFAC 11 Heather Drive, Rye, NH 03870 and please let President John know of your intentions.

 

Letters to Harrison Janet Langdell 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 17, 2013
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The 2013 SHARE Holiday Program is up and running!

SHARE's Holiday Program is a decades-old tradition in the Souhegan Valley. There are many ways you can participate and celebrate the holidays by helping people in need - Adopt a family or a single adult, Donate gift cards, Donate food items to help fill the holiday food baskets or to keep the pantry shelves full, Make a financial donation, or Volunteer.

This is a great way to share the holiday spirit and help people and families in need. For more information check out the holiday section of SHARE's website at http://www.sharenh.org/share-the-holidays.html.

Milford Rotarians have been very supportive  of this program in past years and the SHARE families could really use our help this year. Please contact Cynthia Dokmo for any additional questions.

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SHARE Outreach - 2013 Holiday Program Janet Langdell 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Oct 15, 2013
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The Milford Rotary and Amherst Lions Clubs recently teamed up to help the Amherst Police Department purchase R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) equipment. The Amherst Police will offer this self-defense training program to area women of all ages in early November. Details and enrollment information may be found on the Amherst Police Department website at www.amherstnh.gov/emergency-services/police-department, or calling the Amherst Police Department at 673-4900.

For more information about the joint venture, please visit the Press Room for links to articles in the Cabinet and Amherst Citizen - Click Here.

 

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Above from left, John Siemienowicz, president of the Milford Rotary Club; Mark Reams, Amherst chief of police; Robert Flegal, president of the Amherst Lions Club; and Charlie Vars, program chairman of the Amherst Lions Club, postefor a photo after teaming up to purchase self defense equipment for the Amherst Police Department.

Milford Rotary and Amherst Lions Team up! Janet Langdell 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Sep 03, 2013
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The Milford Rotary Club welcomed its newest member on September 4th with the induction of Armand Chery. Sponsored by Rick Boyd, Armand is a certified personal trainer and the owner of Amherst Yoga and Fitness Studio. Past president Julie Whitcomb presided over the induction.

After the ceremony, Senior Finemaster Desmarais asked Armand about his thoughts on the process of becoming a Rotarian. With a sly smile and great sense of humor, Armand admitted that he would "miss the free lunches" which brought a roar of laughter from his fellow Rotarians.

One of Armand's specialties is Boot Camp Fitness - so Rotarians beware there could be a kettle ball competition in your future! Welcome Armand and for more information about Amherst Yoga, please  CLICK HERE to visit their website.

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Welcome Armand Chery Janet Langdell 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Our 2013 Rotary Youth Exchange Student has arrived – Welcome Phatsuda!

Phatsuda Somsuk is from Pak Kret (city) Nonthaburi (province) Thailand. She will be attending Milford High School and is in the 11th grade. Phatsuda will begin her stay living with the Spalding family and later in the year will have the opportunity to live with two other local families - Marty & John Miller and Cammie & Steve Opre.

In the photo below  Phatsuda, or Jenny as she is also known, was greeted bright and early Friday morning at Logan Airport by her “host brothers” David and Jimmy Spalding.   

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 Everyone was still smiling later in the day when they toured the High School!

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 Here’s a link to Wikipedia so we can all bone-up on our Pak Kret geography lessons.
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Past District Governor Tony Gilmore brought a surprise with him when he joined us for breakfast on 8/21. PDG Tony presented Dave McBee with a Paul Harris Fellow for his work as chair of the District’s New Generations committee and in helping to establish new Rotaract, Interact and Earlyact clubs in District 7870. Congratulations Dave on your second PHF and thank you for your work on behalf of Rotary.

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Thanks to the leadership of Jay Dinkel, Milford Rotary has been sponsoring a Kenyan student named Harrison Marubu Mwangi since 2010.  Harrison is enrolled in the secondary education program operated by EDUCATION for All Children.

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Some of you may recall that Nancy Van Sciver, EFAC’s founder, was a guest speaker in January 2010. EFAC believes in empowerment through education and is much more than just a scholarship program. As Nancy has stated, “EFAC combines not only scholarships but mentoring and global connections so that EFAC scholars not only are educated, but have the highest potential to hold good jobs and to become the leadership of their generation in Kenya.”

Letters to our EFAC scholar - Can you help? Janet Langdell 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Aug 13, 2013

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 As Claudine wrote upon receiving the award "I share this award with the awesome kids of the Souhegan EarlyAct club for their great work on the "Peace and Understanding" video we created for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace in the world!"

Souhegan EarlyAct Club receives District Youth Service Award Janet Langdell 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 26, 2013

The week of July 20th to 26th began with a two day swim meet and ended on a high note with the 100 Holes of Golf in One Day tournament. Both events were fun filled and tremendous successes each in their own way.

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Rotary Sports week wrap-up Janet Langdell 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 11, 2013

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Milford Rotarian Paula Telage recently traveled to Scotland on holiday with her friend Amy Bombard. Paula and Amy spent their last night in "Burns Country" enjoying the hospitality of the Rotary Club of Ayr. In the photo above, Paula is seen presenting a Milford Rotary banner to President Kevin Bell and he reciprocated with a scroll.

The tag line for the Rotary Club of Ayr is Fun & Friendship, through helping others... - sounds like a club any of us would want to visit! Here is their website http://rotaryclubofayr.org/

 

 

Did they serve Haggis? Janet Langdell 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 26, 2013
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Members of the Milford Rotary Club have organized a special “Tickets for George” initiative to honor George Infanti and his commitment to Milford Rotary’s Centennial Park.  The goal is to sell an additional 1000 raffle tickets for the club’s 100 Holes of Golf in One Day raffle. While all of the net proceeds from this raffle benefit the Milford Rotary Club Foundation, one half of the proceeds from this special initiative will go directly into a fund established in George’s name for the long-term maintenance of his beloved Centennial Park.

Each $20 raffle ticket provides an opportunity to win up to $5000 for the first place drawing with a total of $13,000 in cash prizes for the lucky 10 winners. The raffle tickets also include valuable coupons, such as, $20 off at the Copper Door restaurant!

To help kick start this time limited initiative, an anonymous donor has stepped forward and agreed to match up to $10,000 in raffle ticket sales earmarked for George’s fund through this special initiative. So, if all 1000 tickets are sold, $10,000 will automatically go towards the George D. Infanti Memorial Fund and the donor will match that amount bringing the total raised in honor of George to $20,000!

“Tickets for George” will be available from now until Thursday July 25th at these local merchants – County Stores, Milford Paint and Paper, The Yankee Chef, Stephen Marx Salon, Ciardelli Fuel Company, and Papa Joe's Humble Kitchen. Look for a “Tickets for George” booth on the Amherst Green during the July 4th Celebration.

Rotarians and volunteers are needed to help on July 4th at the “Tickets for George” booth on the Amherst Green. For more information, please contact Cynthia Dokmo.

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George Infanti loved a well told story. He loved telling stories and did that very very well! Today the story was about George.  

 

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One more story.......... Janet Langdell 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 22, 2013
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President Elect John Siemienowicz and Past President Allise de Smet have arrived at the 104th Rotary International Convention in Lisbon Portugal!

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Lisbon - A Harbour for Peace Janet Langdell 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
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The Infantis have shared a request to those of you planning to attend the memorial gathering for George Infanti on Monday June 24th 2:00 pm at Centennial Park, PLEASE WEAR RED. It was GI's favorite color. As Colleen Moynihan said "We want to make sure there's enough red in Milford for George to see us all! "

 

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The Milford Rotary Club and our hometowns lost a truly wonderful member of our communities on June 13th when George Infanti lost his valiant battle with cancer. Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Mario Infanti, Ruth Infanti, George's four children and his grandchildren, Jim Infanti, and all of George's family.

There has been an increduble outpouring of wonderful memories and accolades for George posted on Facebook and Twitter and on the local news media websites. For those of you who missed these tributes or who would like to re-visit them, here are a few links:

Amherst Patch     Milford Patch     Nashua Telegraph

The world could use more George Infanti's 

(The latter is a great piece originally written by Robert Michaelson of The Patch after our February 2013 Roast in George's honor)

A friend of Milford Rotary sent a message along in which she wrote, "This is one of the things that spurs me on to volunteer with the hope of making a difference.  It certainly applies to George - there's a hole in the world!"

"How do you want to be remembered?
 For the car you drove?
 As the guy who slid into second with his spikes up?
 The woman in the power suit who everyone feared?
 The one with the most toys?
 Or someone who cared?
 Someone who did good?
 Someone who, on the day they're gone
 people will say today...there's a hole in the world?"

 

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A memorial gathering in honor of George Infanti will be held on Monday, June 24th at 2:00 pm at Rotary Centennial Park, Milford NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of George to the Milford Rotary Club Foundation P.O. Box 618, Milford NH 03055.

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Robert "Bob" Moulton was honored as a Stan Powers Award recipient at our annual outing on June 11th. This annual award is made to one or more Milford Rotary Club members who demonstrate a level of commitment to Rotary service as exemplified by the late Stan Powers. In addition to tirelessly serving as our club's treasurer, Bob is one of our Interact Club liaisons, helped lead a trip to Nicaragua, and is always ready to lend a hand to make our club activities successful! Bravo Bob - congratulations and well done!

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Bob Moulton - Our newest Stan Powers recipient Janet Langdell 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 28, 2013

Milford Rotary's membership continues to grow! Last week we celebrated a trio of new members inducted since April 10th. Today that trio became a quartet!

Welcome Michael Brisebois! Past President Colleen Moynihan officiated the May 29th induction ceremony assisted by Mike's sponsor Rick Boyd.

Rotarian Brisebois is the Vice President of Product & Supplier Quality at Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford. Mike is well know throughout our communities, in part, through his work with the Milford Improvement Team and as an active member of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Mike serves as SVCC's chairman. Coincidentally, the SVCC chair-elect is none other than new Rotarian Karen Keating!

 

 

 

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Wait a week and the Trio becomes a Quartet! Janet Langdell 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 21, 2013

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To the applause of fellow Rotarians, Tim Finan of Milford was recently inducted as a new member of the Milford Rotary Club. Finan, a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems and longtime community volunteer, joins Karen Keating and Rob Keller as Milford Rotary’s newest members.  

Keating, a Nashua resident and member of the St. Mary’s Bank team, is well known around the Souhegan Valley through her involvement with the Milford Improvement Team and the regional chamber of commerce. Rounding out the trio is area native Robert “Rob” Keller, a UBS Financial Services vice-president and resident of Wilton Center.  

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Milford Rotary welcomes a trio of new members! Janet Langdell 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ryan Hansen on May 09, 2013
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Bridges and Rotary to Host Fundraising Cocktail Event

Milford Rotary Club Assists in Organizing First Time Event at the

Boys & Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley

 

MILFORD, NH – Bridges, a Nashua-based domestic and sexual violence support group, and the Milford Rotary Club have teamed up to organize and host an informational cocktail and fundraising reception at the Amato Theater at the Boys and Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley May 22nd, 2013 at 6:30 PM.   The event is free to attend and will feature testimonials from Bridges clients who will share their experiences of survival and of the impact of Bridges in their personal situations.  

The event will mirror a similar annual event to be held in Nashua for the seventh time on May 15th at the Crowne Plaza hotel.   This will be the first time Bridges has hosted such an event in Milford and the proceeds will be used to support the work of Bridges’ Milford office on Elm Street in Milford.  Guests will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and other treats and a cash bar will be available.

“We are very excited to bring this event to Milford and help tell Bridges story while raising money for our Milford office,” said Pam Auer, Development Director for Bridges. “Our Nashua event raised over $100,000 from over 350 guests.  The event had grown to the point where we thought we may need to find a new location to grow.  Thankfully, the Milford Rotary Club agreed to help us put on a Milford version this year.”

“The Milford Rotary Club recently made a multi-year financial commitment totaling $30,000 to build their Rosebush Endowment, but we also wanted to do something more hands-on,” said Ryan Hansen, President of the Milford Rotary Club.  “As part of our commitment, the club is working with Bridges to increase public awareness and understanding about their organization and services. Unfortunately, Bridges is a much needed community resource in our area.  If we can help Bridges to break the cycle of violence that exists, we will see a reduction in so many other areas of need that stem from an unstable or dangerous home life.”

Anyone interested in attending this free event can RSVP to Ryan Hansen at rhansen@hansenprint.com or (603) 672-7599 or to Pamela Auer at development@bridgesnh.org or (603) 889-0858 ext. 214. For more information about Bridges, please visit www.bridgesnh.org

Bridges and Rotary to Host Fundraising Cocktail Event Ryan Hansen 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Interested in taking a chance to win some cash, in getting some great coupons from local businesses, and in helping the Milford Rotary Club raise funds for its charitable giving and scholarship programs that help many local nonprofit organizations, community groups and students?

Milford Rotary’s annual raffle ticket sale begins this week and it’s a win-win-win proposition thanks to our generous ticket sponsors – the Copper Door, H2O Disposal Services, Valvoline of Milford, and Black Dawg Sealcoating!

This raffle is part of Milford Rotary’s annual 100 Holes of Golf in One Day Tournament and we are also looking for golfers and sponsors! For more information please visit www.Golf100Holes.com or contact any Milford Rotarian.

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The 100 Holes of Golf Raffle Tickets are here! Janet Langdell 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford businessman and Bedford resident, David Hammer was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow at a recent meeting of the Milford Rotary Club. This honor acknowledged Hammer’s financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation, and highlighted his contributions to the Milford Rotary Club and community service work. Named for the founder of Rotary International, the Paul Harris Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors presented by Rotary.

 

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President Ryan Hansen congratulates David Hammer as Dave's wife Audrey looks on.

David Hammer named a Paul Harris Fellow Janet Langdell 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 09, 2013

Milford Rotary welcomed another new member on April 10th - Robert "Rob" Keller.

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As pictured above, Past President Doug Rupert officiated and President Ryan Hansen, Rob's sponsor, assisted in the induction ceremony. Rob is a financial advisor with UBS. He and his family live in Wilton Center where they are restoring one of the historic homes just down the road from Andy's Summer Playhouse. Restoration seems to be in their blood - Rob and his wife Christine previously restored the Owen Fisk home on Union St in Milford. As many will recall, Owen Fisk, father of current member Richard Fisk, was a longtime Milford Rotarian. Welcome Rob!

 

Welcome Rob Keller! Janet Langdell 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 03, 2013

According to the club's electronic files, April 1st was a BIG day! It marked the 44th anniversary of Mel Reever becoming a Milford Rotarian. Soon after joining the club in 1969, Mel served as our President from 1972 to 1973. Below are some then and now photos. Big Mel still has that devilish twinkle in his eye and is always ready for a hearty laugh. Congratulations Mel and thank you for your years of service above self!

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Congratulations Mel Reever! Janet Langdell 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 19, 2013

Milford Chief of Police, Mike Viola, was inducted into the Milford Rotary Club today!! Past President Julie Whitcomb presided and Mike's sponsor Capt Chris Nervik assisted. Welcome Mike!!

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Chris got the job of pinning Mike during the induction ceremony.

Welcome new Milford Rotarian - Chief Michael Viola Janet Langdell 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Feb 24, 2013

The Milford Rotary Club held a special meeting on Wednesday February 20th to roast one of its own. More than 125 Rotarians and friends came together to honor George Infanti for his many decades of “Service Above Self”. Organized by the Ladies of Table Three (Cynthia Dokmo and Betsey White) the luncheon was a tremendous success. Best of all - it was a total surprise for George!

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Fine Master Infanti Roasted! Janet Langdell 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The Souhegan EarlyAct club is up and running in Amherst thanks to Rotarian Claudine Hessmer-Husainy. The students are working on a Peace & Diversity video project in which they explore their views on peace and will be including interviews, poetry, art and other media. Claudine has arranged for an exchange between the Souhegan EarlyActers and an EarlyAct Club in Lahore, Pakistan.

Peace and Understanding Writing Project is expanding! This is an exchange project that Claudine initiated last year as part of the Pakistan trip spearheaded by club members. In addition to a 4th grade class at Amherst’s Wilkins School, a 7th grade class at Amherst Middle School has joined the project along with about 100 students from Peshawar, Pakistan. The goal is to increase peace and understanding through the exchange of letters, videos, and messages between the students.

Claudine reports that after talking with Past DG Rick Manganello, it looks like her Peace and Understanding Writing Project could become the model for an international New Generations pilot program targeted to high school-aged students. Bravo Claudine!

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Posted by Janet Langdell on Jan 22, 2013

The Milford Rotary Club is pleased to announce the induction of two new members – Mr. Steve Sareault of Milford and Ms. Paula Telage of Nashua. On January 23rd, Past President Allise de Smet presided over the ceremony and was assisted by Rotarians Mark Fougere and Paul Grummett who sponsored the new members.  Mr. Sareault is a Project Manager with Fulcrum Associates of Amherst, and Ms. Telage is a Development Associate for Home Health and Hospice Care of Merrimack. In addition to the usual sense of fellowship there was a strong family connection in the room - both of Steve's daughters have been very activie in the local Rotary Interact Club and Paula's maiden name was Grummett! Welcome Steve and Paula!

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MRC welcomes two new members! Janet Langdell 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jan 08, 2013
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Plans are in motion for the Milford Rotary Club to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program for 2013-2014.

Maggie Zavgren of Wilton has been confirmed as our 2013 outbound RYE student. She will be heading to Turkey in September. If her name rings a bell, it might be because her sister, Sadie Rose Zavgren, was our outbound student to Thailand in 2011.

With an outbound student confirmed, the club is expected to host an inbound RYE student during the 2013-2014 year. As yet, there has been no word on who that inbound student will be nor where they hail from. In addition to celebrating Maggie’s participation, the key point right now for Milford Rotary is to be prepared to host the inbound RYE student and that includes housing.

As Marc Chareth explained “The expectation of our hosting from the District is an important priority with our outbound confirmed. A household with high school kids in the school system the student will attend is also important. Milford, Souhegan or Wilton-Lyndeborough are all options.”

As a former RYE host home participant, Jay Dinkel remarked on what a wonderful experience it was for him and his family to host an exchange student. He went on to say that having 2 or 3 host homes probably enhances the experience for the inbound student.

If anyone is interested or knows of a family interested in hosting a RYE student, please contact Doug Rupert or President-elect John Siemienowicz.

Rotary Youth Exchange in motion for 2013 Janet Langdell 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Dec 01, 2012

A special highlight of our annual holiday party came courtesy of that renaissance man Stan Kankowski. Stan's dessert offering was a replica of the Community House in the form of a gingerbread house!

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Bravo Stan and bravo to Prez Ryan who was the highbidder at $90 for this delish creation! The auction proceeds and funds raised in the evening's raffle will be donated to St Joseph Community Services Meals-on-Wheels program.

Thank you to JP Pest Services for use of their fabulous facility and to Savoir Faire for the festive decorations. Savoir Faire is a new event coordination and decor company owned by Mary Pat Burke and Paula Raymond.

Great job by our Holiday Party Committee - John S, Rick B, Sheila S, and Julie W!

Holiday Party Highlight Janet Langdell 2012-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 30, 2012

Breaking News from the Milford Rotary Tree Lot (@ Fredrick's Pastries 101A Amherst) ~ Dec 22nd & 23rd ~ All Trees are just $20!

Word on the street is that Milford Rotarians not only sell great trees, but they do a super job cutting them down too!

Chef extraordinaire, Fred Loizer planned to get rid of a tree in front of Frederick’s Pastries.  Milford Rotarians with saws in hand were hanging out in Fred’s parking lot selling Christmas Trees. Then along came a holiday shopper wanting a really big tree! For a C-note the customer got a freshly cut tree and got it delivered to their home by Steve Desmarais and Phil Tuomala.

Great way to get week 2 of Christmas Trees sales going! Bravo Fred, Steve and Phil!

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Beware of Rotarians with saws and on a mission to raise lots of money! Janet Langdell 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 22, 2012

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Milford Rotary Club's Annual Christmas Tree (and wreath & roping) Sale is in full swing at the Frederick's Pastries parking lot Rte 101A Amherst NH. Your purchase supports a real win-win endeavor! The trees are NH grown and ALL of the proceeds go to charity and scholarships.  Click here for a map to the Christmas Trees!

Dave and Donna from Nashua purchased the first tree sold within a half-hour of "officially" opening the lot! They kicked off a wave of sales on Day 1. Pictured above with Dave and Donna are Interact Club member Jimmy Spalding and Rotarian Franz Fritsch.

Thank you in advance to all of the Milford-Souhegan-Wilton/Lyndeborough Interact Club members for helping out at the tree lot!

Thank you in advance to all of our new customers and to all the folks who have made buying a Milford Rotary Christmas Tree part of their holiday traditions!

Annual Christmas Tree Sale Kicks off! Janet Langdell 2012-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Nov 06, 2012

To: Club Presidents, Club Members, Partners, and Supporters of Amigos De Honduras

From: Chris Parkinson, Chair of Amigos De Honduras and 2013 Team Leader

Date: November 2, 2012

Re: Amigos De Honduras Projects – Trip Dates set for February 2nd to the 10th

I have been a part of the Amigos De Honduras program for the past twelve years. We take great pride in the fact that over that time numerous teams of Rotarians from 29 of our clubs, have constructed 5 schools, expanded 2 schools, converted 2 buildings into schools, painted and repaired 4 schools, and have worked on a youth center. We have also repaired hospitals and constructed a Dental Clinic. Also over that period, we have had 18 medical and dental missions and have served more than 21,000 people. Finally, we have installed more than 25,000 water filters and more than 125,000 people now have pure water to drink which has greatly improved their health status.

This past year I was part of a great team of 33 Rotarians and Friends of Rotarians that ventured to Danli, Honduras (my eighth trip). This team was led by Bob Couch (his eleventh trip). The projects that this team was involved with concentrated on three main areas 1) The third phase of a school we built in Los Robles that added two more classrooms: 2) Medical Care and Dental Teams which saw more than 1500 people; and, 3) Pure Water Projects in the village of Quebrada Larga.

As we look ahead to 2013, the trip dates have been set for February 2nd to the 10th. Orientation /Informational meetings have been set for Saturday, November 10th at 10 AM in Springfield VT at the Public Library and for Tuesday November 13th at 7pm in the offices of Combined Services LLC, Two Delta Drive, Concord, NH. If you have questions or you plan on attending either of these sessions please e-mail me at cep617@comcast.net

We are in great need for funding for our projects and are requesting donations from Rotary Clubs, from Business, and from individuals. The Rotary International District 7870 Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization. Checks should be made out to “Amigos De Honduras”. Please send contributions to our Foundation Treasurer, Alan Kanegsberg.

I would very much like to thank you in advance for your support of the Amigos De Honduras program. In closing, let me share with you one of my favorite quotes from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 

Amigos De Honduras Projects – Trip Dates set for February 2013 Janet Langdell 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Sep 25, 2012

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As a recent guest speaker, Rotarian Jay Dinkel passionately talked about EDUCATION For All Children – a program through which his family and the Milford Rotary Club have sponsored two students in Kenya. EFAC believes in empowerment through education and is much more than just a scholarship program. As noted on their website, “EFAC combines not only scholarships but mentoring and global connections so that EFAC scholars not only are educated, but have the highest potential to hold good jobs and to become the leadership of their generation in Kenya.”

Jay shared two outstanding letters from EFAC scholars Joshua Angwenyi and Harrison Mourubu.

Click here to read a letter from Harrison, a second-form (Sophomore) student at the Rongai School whom Milford Rotary has sponsored. Below is a photo of Harrison.

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Click here to read a letter from Joshua, a fourth-form student that Toni and Jay have sponsored. He is also at Rongai, and about to graduate. In this letter, he summarized his four years at Rongai and what the opportunity has meant to him.

Jay asked for help from his fellow Milford Rotarians to maintain regular communication with these scholars, especially, Harrison. The students do not have regular internet access at the school but Jay has offered to forward any correspondence that members would like to share. The students greatly appreciate hearing from us. Please contact Jay Dinkel for more information.

To read more about EFAC’s mission and student accomplishments, please visit their website at EducationForAllChildren.org.

Milford Rotary’s help needed in Kenya Janet Langdell 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
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On Sunday, September 9th the pancakes were flying and delicious local maple syrup was flowing at Edgewood Plaza during the Milford Rotary Club’s 44th Annual Pancake Breakfast. With lots of enthusiastic help from our local Interact Club and from the Nashua Community College Rotaract Club, Milford Rotarians served breakfast to over 515 guests.

This annual event is one of the club’s three major fundraisers. Many thanks to the more than 200 local businesses whose donations support this event and the club’s charitable work throughout the year. As Rotarian Michelle Sampson noted - All of the proceeds from this event are poured (kinda like maple syrup) right back into the community in the form of scholarships and grants to area organizations and community betterment projects. According to co-chairman Mark Fougere, the pancake breakfast raised in the vicinity of $30,000.

Bravo to the committee led by Mark Fougere and Pete Basiliere, to all who helped make this a successful event and to Doug Rupert for the bushels of crisp local apples! 

 

Pancakes, sausage, apples and lots of good cheer! Janet Langdell 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jul 26, 2012

Friday July 27th 2012 - News alert from the Amherst Country Club, Amherst, NH –

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44 valiant golfers braved the course and some inclement weather to participate in the 18th Annual 100 Holes of Golf in a Day tournament organized by the Milford Rotary Club. And they did this all in the name of charity! The 100 Holes event is Milford Rotary’s major fundraiser each year and all of the proceeds go to support local, regional and international non-profit organizations, community betterment projects and scholarships. Many thanks to the golfers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the tournament a success! This year's Hole-in-One sponsors included:
 

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To learn more about this unique golf event where players are treated like royalty, please visit www.golf100holes.com

Golf - Rain or Shine - That's the Rotary Way! Janet Langdell 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Jun 26, 2012
With Past President Chris Rogers presiding over the festivities, Milford Rotary Club's new officers and directors were inducted at today's club meeting. Assisting Chris were numerous past presidents including our elder statesman "Big Mel" Reever. Despite some rain drops that moved the ceremony indoors from Centennial Park, the atmosphere was rich in fellowship and goodwill as we start the 63rd year of service above self under the Milford Rotary Club banner.

A rousing round of applause signaled the club's immense appreciation for Past President Bill McNamara who is retiring as Sergeant-at-Arms after many years of service. This was followed quickly by equally enthusiastic applause (and a little sigh of relief) for Jane Lyttle as she was inducted as our new Sergeant-at-Arms.

Many thanks were extended to our "new" Past President Julie Whitcomb who will be carrying forward her dedication to Rotary as an Assistant District Governor along with Past President Doug Rupert.

MRC's 2012-2013 Board of Directors
President - Ryan Hansen
President Elect - John Siemienowicz
Vice President- Rick Boyd
Secretary and Assistant Secretary - Jen Krause and Judi Dunbar
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer - Bob Moulton and Janet Spaulding
Directors - Alex LoVerme, Seth Zeigler, Walter Schnecker, Chris Rogers, 
                 and Janet Langdell
Sergeant-at-Arms - Jane Lyttle 
Past President - Julie Whitcomb (ex-officio member)

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Photos: Julie passes the gavel to Ryan and our new presidential family! Photos courtesy of Stan Kankowski.
New Officers and Directors inducted for 2012 - 2013 Janet Langdell 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Jun 17, 2012
The March/April 2012 Issue of New Hampshire HOME Magazine featured an ad by Simpson Landscape.  Our beautiful Centennial Park is featured in the ad.  Thought it was worth sharing!  How many other places have you seen photos of Centennial Park?  Hint #1 - www.milford.nh.gov
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Centennial Park, Simpson Landscape & New Hampshire HOME Magazine Colleen Moynihan 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
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At the club's annual year-end outing, Bill "Mac" McNamara was honored as our 2012 Stan Powers award winner. As Prez Julie noted, week after week and event after event, Mac tirelessly serves as our sergeant-at-arms. Bravo Mac and thank-you for all you do on behalf of our Milford Rotary Club!

Bill McNamara - our 2012 Stan Powers Award recipient Janet Langdell 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations and welcome to Jim Willis & Sheila Burnham our two newest members! Janet Langdell 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia J. Dokmo on Jun 03, 2012

This Wednesday will be the last day that a 10% bonus will be awarded to non-golfing club members who turn in their tickets and payment. So far Mel and Janet Langdell are the top ticket sellers but we all know that John and Allise are just warming up.  Sell those tickets. I have lots more for those of you who want to rack up points for your side.

Support your team.  Get out there and sell,sell, sell.

100 Holes of Golf Ticket Contest Deadline Cynthia J. Dokmo 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Julie, Michelle & Claudine presenting insights from the Milford-Lahore Peace Express trip at the District Conference June 1st Janet Langdell 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on May 29, 2012

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A Paul Harris Fellowship was presented posthumously to Mrs. Betsy Fisk wife of Milford Rotarian Dick Fisk. Betsy, a Milford native, was a “PK” – a preacher’s kid. As the daughter of Congregational minister J. Wayne Haskell, she spent a lot of time across the street from our meeting place. In addition to being a devoted mother and active community member, Betsy was a well respected member of the nursing profession. Among other positions, Betsy served as the Milford High School nurse and as a professor of nursing at Fitchburg State University.  As past president Bill Andrews mentioned in making the presentation, Dick and Betsy got Bill and Sharon interested in Rotary, and Dick sponsored Bill for membership back in 1970. Betsy was one of our club's very supportive "Rotary Anns". Dick, a second generation club member, has been a Rotarian since 1964 and served as our president in 1971-72.Thank you Dick for your donation to Rotary in honor of Betsy!

Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Mrs. Betsy Fisk Janet Langdell 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Sampling of Paul Harris Fellows standing Jennifer Krause 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Mel Reever receives his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow! Jennifer Krause 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Krause on May 22, 2012
This is Nick Hames and Susan Taylor from the Boys and Girls club, thanking us for the donation of funds to travel to San Diego for the national convention.
Thank you to the club Jennifer Krause 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Apr 26, 2012

A few months ago, Deb and Steve Puderbaugh and Joe Pratt--all from our 7870 district—visited the Milford Rotary club and spoke about their recent trip to Pakistan. The Pratts and Puderbaughs were lucky enough to take part in Polio National Immunization Days during their visit to Pakistan. While participating in multiple polio camps and in a National Polio conference, the Rotarians discussed what else they could do to eradicate polio in Pakistan and other countries worldwide.

AT THIS VERY MOMENT, Joe Pratt, a former district governor, is climbing Mt. Everest in an attempt to raise $100,000 to help eradicate polio forever. As of Wednesday April 25th, he hadn't even hit the $10,000 mark. Please consider a donation in any amount to Joe's campaign. We can't all climb Everest, but we *can* write checks!

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You can follow Joe's trek via facebook page, "Climbing Everest to End Polio:" www.facebook.com/groups/149844035126162/

You can also read more about the initiative from the brochure: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7870//html//150609//RotaryPolioBrochureHorforWeb[2].pdf

All donations of $100 or more count for credit towards the Paul Harris Award.

For more information on Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio, see www.rotary.org/endpolio or www.polioeradication.org

Climbing Everest to End Polio Janet Langdell 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Krause on Apr 03, 2012
Former three term Governor of New Hampshire and presently sitting senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen was the guest speaker at Milford Rotary on April 4th. Senator Shaheen spoke about efforts in Washington concerning national debt reduction, energy efficieny, tranportation funding, and small business development. Senator Shaheen is the only woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator.

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Senator Shaheen is presented a momento of her visit
by Milford Rotary President Julie Whitcomb.

Senator Shaheen's visit on 4/4/12 Jennifer Krause 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Mar 20, 2012
The George and Steve Show was captured on video at the March 21st club meeting and made page one of the Cabinet on 3/29/12 - above the fold too! Very nice article by Mike Cleveland. Our finemasters are the best purveyors of a good hearty laugh in the Souhegan Valley and parts beyond. They truly reflect the fellowship and camaraderie of Rotary International in general and the Milford Rotary Club in particular.

Here's the Cabinet link: http://www.cabinet.com/cabinetcabinetnews/955228-308/comedy-club.html

Here's the link to the Nashua Telegraph story and video coverage: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/954906-196/milford-rotarians-roast-their-own-all-in.html#readercomments

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Staff photo by Don Himsel

Milford Finemasters Captured! Janet Langdell 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ready for an adventure in Pakistan!!! Jennifer Krause 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Friday 2/3/2012 - This just in from Prez Julie - " So they did it again! The Loon Mountain CASA Ski/Golf event was a fabulous win for the team of Joe, Dave and Stan, who brought home the gold! Congratulations team!"

Stan sent along the "official" 2012 photo featuring  Dave, Joe, and Stan along with our honorary Swamp Rat, Rick Coveno, who completed the foursome. Rick is the husband of WMUR's anchor/reporter Amy Coveno. Known as a superb athlete and competitive ski/golfer, Rick meshed well with Coach Joe's creative approach to the sport!  According to Stan, "a better teammate couldn't have been found, especially, considering Rick bought most of the beer including the traditional "breakfast beer".

Bravo Swamp Rats! We all hope that Rick can join us for lunch - soon!

Swamp Rats are #1! Janet Langdell 2012-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Langdell on Dec 29, 2011

Come enjoy loads of fellowship around the pool and poker tables and the karaoke machine! Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by the Milford Rotary & Friends Team heading to Pakistan in February. Donations will be collected to purchase books for orphanages in Pakistan.

Why: Fellowship, fun and fundraising

When: Saturday, January 7, 2012 ~ 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Where: Glenn Flessas’s house, 47 Wentworth Drive, Bedford, N.H.

View Map · Get Directions

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Posted by Janet Langdell on Dec 29, 2011

The 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway program begins at midnight, December 14, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m., December 31, 2011. During this time frame, you may vote for one of the listed charities (including Rotary International) to increase the percentage of the miles that they receive. You may vote once per day. Membership in MileagePlus or OnePass® programs is not required to vote for your charity. Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of 25,000 miles. The donated miles will be deposited by January 31, 2012.

As of 12/24 Rotary was in third place with 9.3% of the votes. Today, Dec. 30th, Rotary is in second place with 17.6% of the votes. Your daily votes are adding up!

Here's the website where you can vote each day - http://10millioncharitymiles.com/  Look for the Rotary Wheel - your clicks and votes are one more way to support the great work done by all Rotarians worldwide.

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Businessman Steve Forbes was the Milford Rotary Club’s guest speaker on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Mr. Forbes was stumping on behalf of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Republican nomination for president. For complete coverage of Mr. Forbes's presentation, please see Nancy Bean Foster’s article in the Union Leader and Mike Cleveland’s article in the Nashua Telegraph.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111228/NEWS0605/712299999&source=RSS

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/944719-196/forbes-has-kind-words-for-perry-in.html

Photo by Michael Cleveland

Steve Forbes visits MRC Janet Langdell 2011-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Day 24 of the Milford Rotary 2011 Christmas Tree Sale started with 8 lovely trees. The other 892 trees and all of the wreaths and roping having been purchased and the money banked for the club's future charitable and scholarship projects. By 10 AM, Steve D. and Bob M. had the racks already loaded onto the trailer. So your fellow Rotarians doubled as display models to show off our wares (see photo). How many Rotarians does it take…..

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At its December 13th meeting, the Board of Directors decided on the wording of our club's new mission statement.

The members of Milford Rotary seek to excel at living our creed, “Service Above Self” while serving our local area, district and the world-at-large

Development of the mission statement is one more step in the club 's visioning and strategic planning work initiated earlier this year.

 

Milford Rotary Club Mission Statement Janet Langdell 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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900 Christmas trees, dozens of wreaths, and yards and yards of roping have arrived for the club's annual Christmas Tree Sale. Thank you so much to all who helped unload the trees over the weekend! Many thanks to Frederick's Pastries for the use of their parking lot at 109 Route 101A in Amherst, and to College Bound Movers for the delivery and unloading assist. Please see the "Oh Christmas Tree 2011" photo journal for more pictures of the team in action. Remember tree sales begin Friday November 25th! All of the proceeds are used to fund the club's charitable giving and scholarship programs.
The Christmas Trees Have Arrived! Jennifer Krause 2011-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
John Siemienowicz receives Paul Harris Award Jennifer Krause 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Alec Buchanan receives Paul Harris Award Jennifer Krause 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Johnson speaks to the club Jennifer Krause 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Newest Director Walter Schnecker Jennifer Krause 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellow! Janet Langdell 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
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A photo journal of this event has been posted. To see the photos go to the Photo Journals section on the right of your screen under the NY Life ad and click on the title "Remembering 9/11..." The ceremony was videotaped by Milford's Community Media Department and is being re-broadcast on Milford's cable channel 21 during September. Afterwards it will be posted as a streaming video on the Town of Milford website.

Remembering 9/11 & 43rd Milford Rotary Pancake Breakfast Janet Langdell 2011-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Julie Whitcomb's speech Oval Ceremony 9-11-11 Jennifer Krause 2011-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
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At a recent club meeting, Dave Trudo of New Boston, on the left, received his grand prize raffle winnings of $5000 from 100 Holes Chairman Alec Buchanan, Rotary President Julie Whitcomb and Past President David Sturm who sold the winning ticket to Mr. Trudo.  (click on the picture to enlarge it)

Big Check for the big raffle prize winner! Janet Langdell 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Krause on Jul 07, 2011

Peter TenBroeck will be leading our weekly prayer.

Rick Boyd has joined the membership committee.

Thank you to both of you for your dedication to the club. 

Updates... Jennifer Krause 2011-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Induction of Officers for 2011-2012 Jennifer Krause 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Moynihan on Jun 13, 2011

 Check out the new 100 Holes of Golf website!


  

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Here's a snapshot of the members from 1989, before Betsey White and Marilyn Kenison joined the club.

How many familiar faces can you spot in this photo? 

Milford Rotary Club - June 1989 Colleen Moynihan 2011-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Siemienowicz on May 16, 2011

WE WANT GOLFERS!

The only Amateur tournament where you'll feel like a Pro! If you like to play golf, then you'll love this tournament!  

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Posted by Janet Langdell on May 03, 2011

Despite the raindrops and overcast sky, Milford Rotarians put on a fine feast for our Senior neighbors with a lot of great help from some of our younger friends!

Boy can we barbecue chicken! Janet Langdell 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Happy Birthday Rotary International!

109 years of community service worldwide.

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On Wednesday February 26th the Milford Rotary Club will participate in the "World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio" at their regular 12 noon luncheon meeting. Members and Guests will be asked to make a voluntary donation of $1 (or more of course) to End Polio Now. The total donations will be matched 1:1 by the Club and then sent on for a 2:1 match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This amounts to a 3:1 match for all donations collected at the Milford Rotary Club meeting on February 26th! For more information contact Claudine Hessmer-Husainy.

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The Milford Rotary Club has been working with Milford’s Recreation Commission and Department of Public Works to refurbish the sign at Trentini Little League Park in East Milford. In January, Classic Signs erected the repainted and updated sign. Here are the before and after photos.

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Now a little Milford Rotary and Milford Town history……….

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Hours of time volunteered to the greater good and significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation lead to not one, not two but four Paul Harris Fellows being awarded to Milford Rotarians.  Judi Dunbar and Bob Moulton were presented with their first PHFs by President John Siemienowicz. Just before surprising Judi and Bob with this special recognition, John and Allise de Smet were honored respectively with their "plus 2" and plus 1" Paul Harris Fellows.

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For the 45th year in a row Milford Rotarians will be flipping pancakes and serving up an all you can eat breakfast from 8 AM to Noon on Sunday September 8th at the Edgewood Shopping Center in Milford. The suggested donation for breakfast is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 12.

This is one of Milford Rotary's three annual fundraising events. The principal way funds are raised is through event sponsorships by businesses and individuals. The suggested sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Platinum Club                    $500.00
  • Millennium Club                 $250.00
  • Century Club                      $100.00
  • Gold Star Club                   $  75.00
  • Silver Star Club                  $  50.00

All sponsors are honored in several ways:

  • Your name is printed on the breakfast placements served to every guest
  • Every Rotarian will know of your sponsorship
  • Your name will be included in our annual report of support from the community
  • For those who donate $250 or more, a large sign with your name will be displayed prominently at the event!

 To learn more about this opportunity or to sign-up as a Pancake Sponsor, please contact Mark Fougere or Pete Basiliere.

 

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Our annual club outing will be on Tuesday June 11th. Click HERE for the poster and details!

 

 

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The Milford Rotary Club recently made a multi-year financial commitment to Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support totaling $30,000. As part of that commitment, we also are working with Bridges to increase public awareness and understanding about their organization and services. Unfortunately, statistics show that Bridges is a much needed community resource in our area.

Bridges is a nonprofit organization that provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and harassment. They provide crisis intervention, emergency shelter, court advocacy, support groups, and education and outreach to both women and men.

Above is your invitation to the Bridges To Hope event on May 22nd at the Amato Center that will feature a 1 hour presentation about Bridges. There will be tasty treats, a cash bar, and great networking before the presentation. This is a fundraiser and there is a soft ask, but don't let that deter you from attending. We really want to get the word out as many folks in our Souhegan Valley communities are unaware of the valuable services and support provided by Bridges and many thought that the Milford office of Bridges closed last year. All donations received at the May 22nd Bridges to Hope event will stay in Milford to support the local office.

If you are able to attend and have not already been contacted by a Row Captain, please RSVP to Ryan Hansen at rhansen@hansenprint.com or (603)672-7599For more information about Bridges, please visit www.bridgesnh.org .

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Rotary International float "All the Places We Go!" during the 124th Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

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On Friday 11/23, Miss Logan Elizabeth (age 3 and very soon to be 4) stopped by the tree lot and picked out a beautiful tree with her Dad. Here's a photo they sent us of their Rotary Tree all decorated for Christmas and Santa's arrival. Love the Star! Thank you Logan and Dad Dan!

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This year the Milford Rotary Club and the local Rotary Interact Club sponsored six area students to attend the District 7870 RYLA conference organized by the Monadnock Rotary Club. The students attending from our area were Liam Rendall from Souhegan High School, Raven Gaudreau from the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club, Matthew Guyotte from Wilton Lyndeborough Cooperative High School, and from Milford High School James Spalding, Anna Thonis and Mary Beth Sareault.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program created by Rotary International as a way to encourage strong leadership in youth and to recognize promising young leaders serving their own communities and beyond. 

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RYLA participants from Wilton, Amherst and Milford (left to right)

Matthew Guyotte, Liam Rendall, Mary Beth Sareault, Anna Thonis, James Spalding, and Raven Gaudreau.

 

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Under the leadership of Milford Rotarian Claudine Hessmer-Husainy, the Souhegan EarlyAct Club has been established for elementary and middle school students ages 9 to 13. This innovative program, the first of its kind in our district, is starting in Amherst with the intention of involving other Souhegan Valley schools. The mission of EarlyAct is to promote goodwill,  understanding and peace through the active participation of its student members so that with committed citizenship and  effective leadership they may improve the quality of life of their school, local and global communities. For more information or to get involved with the Milford Rotary Club sponsored initiative, please contact Claudine. Click here to view the Souhgean EarlyAct brochure


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In September, MRC members hosted a visit by the GSE Team from the Dominican Republic.

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Pictured above during their visit to Centennial Park in downtown Milford are Team Leader
Melvin Brioso on the left with  William Acosta, Elizabeth Mateo Perez, and Carmen Feliz.


Click here and scroll to page 4
for more information about the GSE team and their visit to District 7870.

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The local Rotary Interact Club will be fundraising at the Milford Pumpkin Festival by selling delicious sausages and other good eats. Milford Rotarians will be helping "man-the-grills" while the dedicated students sell and serve. Milford Rotarians can support the Interacters by signing up to cook, and, of course, by stopping by to say hello and buying a sausage or burger or both. Interact students from the three local high schools are very supportive of our club's events and regularly help at all of our big community service and fundraising activities. 

The Rotary Interact Club concession stand will be on the corner of Middle Street and Union Square beside the Milford Town Hall on Oct 5, 6 and 7th. For any questions, please check with Julie Whitcomb or Bob Moulton. For more information about the Milford Pumpkin Festival, please visit
www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org.

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Pancakes will be flipping, syrup flowing and sausages sizzling on Sunday, September 9th at the Milford Rotary’s 44th Pancake Breakfast. This great community event is designed to raise lots of money that in turn is redistributed to support area non-profits, community betterment projects and scholarships. Funds are raised primarily through event sponsorships and we need your help!

Businesses and individuals can sponsor this event by making a donation to the Milford Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast. The suggested sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Platinum Club                    $500.00
  • Millennium Club                 $250.00
  • Century Club                     $100.00
  • Gold Star Club                   $  75.00
  • Silver Star Club                  $  50.00

Sponsors are honored in several ways:

  • Your name is printed on the breakfast placements served to every guest
  • Every Rotarian will know of your sponsorship
  • For donations of $250 or more, your name will be displayed on large signs at the entrance to the breakfast


Admission at the door for this all-you-can eat breakfast is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children (age 12 and under).

Please join us at the Edgewood Shopping Center (County Stores parking lot) 321 Nashua Street, Milford NH on Sunday September 9th 8:00 am to Noon for another fantastic Pancake Breakfast.

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Dozens of "Welcome Rotary swimmers" signs along our gateway streets, perfect weather, 18 swim teams from across New Hampshire & northern Massachusetts, 545 athletes, hundreds of family members & fans, 1478 event entries, 142 relays, average of 43% individual improvement across the teams, 390 hamburgers flipped, 230 hot dogs rolled, 40 lbs of onions chopped & fried, 76 cheese sandwiches grilled, 132 breakfast sandwiches served, 600++ vehicles parked, nearly 270 groovy tee-shirts sold ....... and it All adds up to a BOAT LOAD of FUN!

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      Our host team - the Milford Keyes Swim Team lead by head coach Molly Lai.

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BRAVO! Raymond Area Rotarian Joe Pratt, a former district governor, has reached the top of Mt. Everest!. As you'll recall, Joe was using this climb as a way to raise funds to help END POLIO NOW.  All donations of $100 or more count for credit towards the Paul Harris Award.

Here's a link to a 5/24/12 article about Joe's advenure in the Union Leader: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120524/NEWS/705249930/0/SEARCH

You can read more about Joe's trek via facebook page, "Climbing Everest to End Polio:" www.facebook.com/groups/149844035126162/

You can also read more about the initiative from the brochure: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7870//html//150609//RotaryPolioBrochureHorforWeb[2].pdf

 For more information on Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio, see www.rotary.org/endpolio or www.polioeradication.org

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The Milford Rotary Club put on a fine feast of barbecued chicken with all the fixings for area senior citizens at the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, May 2nd. Guests came from all over the Souhegan Valley including Milford, Amherst, Wilton, Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough. 

The Master Chefs of Rotary cooked up over 300 split broilers. Rotary alum Alice Wheeler was invited to share the blessing that traditionally begins the luncheon. Lesli Rendell and her team of Souhegan High students once again provided invaluable assistance manning the serving the trays, tending the beverages and pitching in wherever needed.  Due to a slightly lower than expected turnout, there were some tasty leftovers donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen.

For those of you who couldn't make it this year, have no fear there is a barbecued chicken event in your future! Chairlady Jane Lyttle and future Chairlady Judi Dunbar were overheard planning the 35th annual Senior Citizens' Chicken BBQ even before the birds were off the grill.

Bravo Jane for a fine feast and fun event!    More event photos posted under Photo Journals to the right of your screen as the 34th Seniors' BBQ                     

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An early spring this year has produced an abundance of beautiful daffodils in the park. Check out the Centennial Park Photo Journal for new photos!
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What an exciting and informative meeting awaits us when our Milford-Lahore Peace Express travelers return and share their adventures and insights with the club!

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The MRC Board of Directors voted this week to help underwrite expenses for the upcoming SHARE Outreach, Inc fundraiser. The January 28th event features a 60's style evening with The Transistors. The club's donation will cover the cost of the band. Hampshire Hills is providing the room. All of this community support will mean more proceeds going to SHARE!
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February is nearly here and that means the return of the MRC’s Swamp Rats – our Golf & Ski Team! The Swamp Rats will defend their first place title in the Snow Golf competition at the CASA Snow Fest 2012. This fundraising event for CASA will be held Feb. 3rd at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH.

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The late Bob Jackson of Amherst was a devoted Rotarian whose legacy of Service Above Self will live on through a generous donation by his cousins, Jeff and Dale Milne, establishing the Robert F. Jackson Community Improvement Fund.
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The Milford Rotary Club warmly welcomed Julia Lengvarská at the August 24th breakfast meeting. Julia is our inbound exchange student from Slovakia.  Many thanks to her host family – the Lyttles of Milford! Julia has already demonstrated her savvy diplomacy skills – after the traditioal presentation of a banner from her home club to our Prez Julie, Julia  presented our fine masters with some delicious candy from Slovakia.Talk about getting on their sweet side! Welcome Julia!

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 One of our GSE Team members, Amina Chughtai, made friends with our youngest "Honorary Rotarian" Paige April Raczek at the Memorial Day BBQ at Marc Chareth's home.

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For the 43rd (or is it 45th time??), the Milford Rotary Club will sponsor an annual swim meet here in the Granite Town. Teams from across New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts have been invited to attend . Read on for some of the history of how this all began. See you at "The Rotary" on July 16 and 17th!

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April 2 in Lebanon, NH. A day full of learning about Rotary. Institute Courses I, II, & III. The Club pays your tuition. See continuation for more info, Dave McBee to register
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Mark your calendars and save the date – the Rotary chicken barbeque is coming! To take advantage of springtime weather, your local Rotary Club is moving the 2011 Senior Citizens' Chicken Barbeque to Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 12 Noon at the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club in Milford. This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that the Milford Rotary Club has hosted this community service event to honor our older residents and neighbors from Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon, Wilton, and Lyndeborough. As always the luncheon is free to local senior citizens and no reservations are required.
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Milford Club President Doug Rupert presents the new club badges to the Souhegan Valley Rotary Club while RI President Ray Klinginsmith and RI Director Ken Grabeau look on.
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Posted by Colleen Moynihan
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 marks the 106th anniversary of Rotary International. How amazing that one man's idea could have such an impact on the world.
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Watch RI President Ray Klinginsmith ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell 23 February

Rotary International News -- 18 February 2011

RI President Ray Klinginsmith will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on 23 February during a ceremony with representatives from Rotary and Sanofi Pasteur, a leading provider of polio vaccine, in honor of Rotary's 106th anniversary and in support of a polio-free world.
Rotarians can watch the event through streaming video at http://www.nyse.com.
Representatives of the two organizations will also take part in opening bell ceremonies in four financial markets in Europe that day: Lisbon, Portugal; Amsterdam; Brussels, Belgium; and Paris. Video of the events will be streamed at www.euronext.com. That evening, the New York Stock Exchange Building will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio Now, which will be projected onto the building. Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo, a participant in Rotary's "This Close" polio awareness campaign, will attend the lighting. Other landmarks around the world will be illuminated during the week of 23 February in support of Rotary's pledge to rid the world of this crippling childhood disease.
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Congratulations to the team of Joe Raczek, Stan Kankowski, Dave Hammer, Marc Chareth & Mark Fougere for winning the CASA Ski/Golf Challenge recently held. For pictures of the event see the Photo Journal.
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RI President Ray Klinginsmith will be featured at the Gala Charter Celebration & Dinner for the Rotary Club of Souhegan Valley (Nashua) on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH.
Reservations are required and registration is available on the District 7870 website. Cocktails and fellowship begin at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. Cost is $40.00 per person. Attire is jacket & tie for gentlemen.
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Posted by Douglas A. Rupert

Since there seems to some confusion, here is the meeting schedule for the rest of February:

Wed, Feb 9 

Wed, Feb 16

Monday, Feb 21 (6:30 @ Crowne Plaza) - Charter Dinner for Rotary Club of Souhegan Valley (Nashua)

NO MEETING ON FEB 23. 

Douglas A. Rupert

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Posted by Colleen Moynihan
With the announcement that Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith will be attending the Chartering Dinner for the new Souhegan Valley Happy Hour club, it has been decided to make that event, on Monday, February 21, our meeting for that week.

Thus, there will be no meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Charter Dinner will be at the Nashua Crown Plaza, to begin at 6:30. Cost will be $40, and of course, partners are invited.

Our regular meeting on February 9 will take place, as the Valentine Social is a voluntary attendance event, but we hope all will come, with partners. We will be celebrating 20 years of Women In Rotary, with Martin Michaelis, our president 20 years ago, relating the tale of the happy quest towards that goal!!
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Make sure to be at the January 26th meeting when once again the Bowl For Kid's Sake Trophy is presented for the 5th year in a row to the Milford Rotary Club.
The true winner's of the event are the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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The Milford Rotary Club is the undefeated champion for the 5th year of the Annual Bowl for Kid's Sake Rotary Challenge.
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Valentine Dinner at the Mile Away on Monday, Feb 7th. Cash bar & light hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 PM. DInner will be served at 7:00 PM. Contact Cynthia Dokmo with any questions.
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Ryan Hansen and Chris Nervik have been working hard getting this years tree sales organized.
The schedule is on the website. Please sign up for three shifts, one shift on a weekend is required.
Contact Ryan or Chris with any questions.

Tree sales begin on Nov 26, 2010 at Frederick's Pastries in Amherst, NH.
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Posted by John Siemienowicz
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'Tis that time of year again!

Your annual opportunity to purchase Giorgio's Gift Cards has arrived!

Please plan to sign-up and pay for your gift cards at next week's MRC meeting (Wed Nov. 17th). The gift cards come in $25 and $50 amounts, and will be delivered at a subsequent club meeting. These gift cards are great presents to share with family, friends and employees during the holiday season!
Please remember – the purchase of these gift cards is the club's way of thanking the folks at Giorgio's for the wonderful 100 Holes of Golf in a Day celebration dinner and encouraging them to participate next year!

For more information please contact John Siemienowicz.
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Posted by Colleen Moynihan
The NH District Foundation dinner will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Nashua @ 5:30 PM. Reservations for the dinner are required and can be made on the district website -
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50052/Eml/10f1ca4a-7b08-475d-af70-91338597edc8.pdf
Reservations are required by October 31, 2010.
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Posted by Janet Langdell
Good food, good company and loads of laughter made for a fabulous afternoon on Wednesday October 6th when the Milford Rotary Club put on its 32nd annual Senior Citizens Chicken Barbeque. Area seniors were treated to a luncheon of the Club's "world famous" barbequed chicken with all the fixings including delicious brownies from Frederick's Pastries of Amherst. The Milford Rotary Club hosts this community service event each year to honor our older residents and neighbors from Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon, Wilton, and Lyndeborough.

The first Milford Rotary Club sponsored Senior Citizens Chicken Barbeque was held on October 3, 1979, at Rotarian Fred Macone's house in Mont Vernon, and provided meals to 165 senior citizens and 48 Rotarians in the midst of falling snow! The inclement weather didn't stop Rotarian Ralph Talarico from entertaining the guests with his accordion playing and songs like "In the Good Old Summertime" as they sat around tables set-up in Fred's driveway.

This community event quickly out grew the Macone's yard and was moved to the Keyes Memorial Park in 1981. Since that time the barbeque has been held at the Knights of Columbus Hall (now the home of SHARE Outreach Inc.) and the American Stage Festival (now the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley). Thanks to the level of community support and cooperative effort that exists in the Souhegan Valley, the Milford Rotary Club has been able to continue this tradition for over three decades.

More recently, the barbeque has been held at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley. According to Seth Zeigler, event chairperson, around 250 seniors attended this year. As Milford resident Doris Rebidue said "It was great!" and with 98 years of life experience she is well qualified to assess the event.

As the Milford Rotary Club celebrates its 60th anniversary as a service organization in the Souhegan Valley, club members remain committed to continuing this tradition of honoring our older neighbors with a luncheon. To take advantage of springtime weather, the 2011 Senior Citizens Chicken Barbeque will be held on Wednesday May 4th. As always the luncheon is free to local senior citizens and no reservations are required.
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Posted by Douglas A. Rupert
We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary with a special lunch at the Hampshire Dome on Thursday, October 21st, in conjunction with the Southern New Hampshire Expo. Lunch will be at noon, and Governor Lynch has been invited. Rotarians are urged to invite friends, partners, and prospective members. Following lunch, we will have a booth at the Expo, and need a few more Rotarians to help man it in 1-hour shifts until 7PM. Stephanie Kruy has put together a collage of brochures, posters, photos and slide shows to help us explain Rotary to our neigbors and prospective members.
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Posted by Colleen Moynihan
Rotary District 7870 is looking for young professional, non-Rotarians to be part of a team that will spend a month in Turkey (April 2011).

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCT 15, 2010!
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Milford Rotary will have a booth at the Expo Oct 21, 2010 at the Hampshire Hills Dome. Rotarians are needed to help man the booth from 2 - 7 pm. Sign up is available on the website. See Stephanie Kruy for information regarding the Expo.
http://www.southernnhexpo.com/
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Once again Milford Rotarians will be working with the Interact Club cooking italian sausage, burgers and hot dogs at the Pumpkin Festival.

Cooks are needed - must be a Milford Rotarian - please see the sign up sheet on the website.
For questions, please contact Judi Dunbar.
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The annual Senior Citizen's Chicken BBQ will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club at 12:00 noon. For information contact Seth Zeigler or Christine Janson.
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Posted by Douglas A. Rupert
Clouds didn't keep anyone away from the wonderful pancakes at County Stores Plaza, as Milford Rotarians served up thousands of pancakes to hungry patrons on Sunday, Sept 12. A great job was done by Co-Chairs Mark Fougere & Ed Killam, assisted by Dining Room Chief George Infanti and Cooking Chief Walter Schnecker. Our Interacters also did a great job on set-up & take-down. A huge thanks to all! Can't wait to see Dave McBee's pictures, which will inlcude guests that ranged from 5 days old to 101 years!
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Yogi Berra, that sage Yankee, once said "It's deja vu all over again" and many old yankees say "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" so in keeping with that spirit the MRC 2010 Apple Crisp Golf Outing and General Good Time will return to that wonderful course north of the City of Elms - Bretwood Golf Club on Tuesday October 5, 2010.
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Doug Rupert was installed today as the 62nd President of the Milford Rotary Club. Doug joins thousands of other Rotarians who take the leadership of their Rotary club on July 1, 2010. Congratulations to Doug!
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Congratulations to Dave McBee the 2010 Stan Powers Award recipient.

Alex Loverme presents Dave with one of his two lobsters.
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Officer Jay Palmer and K-9 Oryx were present at the June 2, 2010 meeting to give us a demonstration.
Milford Police K-9 Unit Colleen Moynihan 0
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Just a reminder that we go to our summer schedule starting June 16, 2010.
Rise & shine for our breakfast meetings that start @ 7:15 am.
The cook schedule for the breakfast meetings is on the website and there are plenty of open slots available. Please sign up!
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July 30th is coming quickly. Turn all raffle ticket money in to Betsey White. The work schedule is on the website for sign-up or review. Please contact John Siemienowicz with any questions.
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Posted by Alexander S. Buchanan
Alec Buchanan and Bill King are collecting raffle prizes for Ted Langdell Day. For those members who are attorneys, accountants, insurance & stock brokers, a gift certificate for golf or a restaurant would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Alec or Bill with any questions.
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TED LANGDELL DAY - June 8, 2010 Colleen Moynihan 0
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Doug Rupert is going to produce the paper club directory. Stan Kankowski & Walter Schnecker will be taking photos for the new directory. Please let Stan or Walter know if you need a new photo taken. Also, please review & update your information in Clubrunner by May 15, 2010.
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Our newest 5 club members will be giving their classification talks at the meeting. Don't miss the chance to find out all about Angela Flaherty, Cyndy Kilman, Christine Janson, Rick Lambert & Mozammel Hussainy.
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The weekly meeting on April 28th will be a Club Assembly. Topics will include the results of the club membership survey, summer meeting schedule, and the possibility of moving the Sr. BBQ to the spring. Let Doug know if you have any other issues/topics you would like covered.
April 28, 2010 Club Assembly/Table Talk Colleen Moynihan 0
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Don't forget the Interact Spaghetti Dinner Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Milford High School. Doors open @ 5:45 PM. Tickets will be available at the door - $10 each or 2/$18. Bob Suprenant promises it will be an eventful evening. Don't miss it.
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Thank all of you who sponsored Crop Walk participants Betsey, Alice and Cynthia with your generous contributions. We have raised almost $500!

To those members who weren't in attendance this week and who would like to sponsor us, please give contributions to Betsey White. Checks should be made payable to CWS/CROP WALK.

For those of you who would like to participate in the walk, please contact Cynthia and she will forward a registration form to you. The Crop Walk will take place on Sunday, May 2, rain or shine. There are two routes-one is 6.2 miles (Milford to Amherst and back again), the other, 1.8 miles (Milford only).

Twenty five percent of the proceeds will go to SHARE; all pledges go to the work of ending hunger.
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The District 7870 Conference will be held May 14-16, 2010 in Burlington, VT. Information is available on the District 7870 website, or see Stephanie Kruy if you are interested in attending.
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The District Assembly will be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Keene, NH. Contact Stephanie Kruy if you are interested in attending. It's a great event for new members and seasoned Rotarians.
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Applications for High School students attending college, and returning college students are available on the website.
They can be found under "Site Pages" on the left of the home page.
No login is required to download the applications.
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Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Mile Away Restaurant
6:00 PM Cash Bar ~ 6:30 PM Dinner
Reservation and payment by February 3, 2010
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