Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club

Welcome to the Monadnock Rotary Club in Dublin, NH

Monadnock Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Dublin Community Church
Route 101
Dublin, NH  03444
United States
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April 2018
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Jim Hall, Board Certified Physical Therapist, CMC
Apr 24, 2018
Your back, your posture and related issues for all ages
Travis Kumph
May 01, 2018
Update on regional Rotary actions for Nicaragua
Jillian & Jon Miner, Owners Grand Monadnock Maple
May 08, 2018
Maple Syrup - Tree to Table
Tony Gilmore, Past District Governor
May 15, 2018
Pure Water for the World
Michelle Bishop, Owner/Mgr Carr's Store, Dublin
May 22, 2018
Four generations of Community in Dublin
No Monadnock Rotary Club meeting
May 29, 2018
Memorial Day Holiday break
Merissa Osborne, Account Executive
Jun 05, 2018
Monadnock Ledger Transcript - What you don't know may be in there!
Whole Monadnock Rotary Club @ Dub Hub
Jun 12, 2018 5:30 PM
Guest night / Club hospitality to Dublin/Harrisville
Tim Pipp, Owner, Manager Bees Tees, Marlborough
Jun 19, 2018
The Brees Tees Story

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Greetings Monadnock Rotarians
Meeting notes for our Club Assembly. Bill had Opening Words. There was no “Hat” or speaker today to allow more time for the assembly.
Bob Meissner and Dale gave a brief review of the recent district meeting. Jerry gave an update on the Rotary Park. He will be organizing a trail clearing day to clean up winter damage. Tom Warren noted that a tree had fallen and is blocking the driveway to the campsite. Jerry and Bill plan to remove the tree Thursday afternoon. Folks are welcome to join us about 2:30. A spring picnic is in the planning stages. Jerry also reported on membership and that applications are complete for Pegg and Harry. Pegg suggested we send an article to the Harrisville newsletter, The Thread, with information about our meetings.
Following discussion, it was agreed that we would begin preliminary planning for the annual Wellness Festival. Vance noted that the festival is associated with Monadnock Rotary in the local community and Jerry spoke about the importance of supporting local health initiatives and providing operating income for non-profits. Jim Fearnside gave a list of the key positions that need to be filled to make the event a success:
  • Exhibit Organizer
  • Sponsor Outreach
  • Advertising and Printed Materials
  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Outdoor Activity Coordinator
Jim will send an email to club members asking about their willingness to serve in one of the roles listed above. A final decision on the Festival for 2018 will be made at the May 1st club meeting.
Kevin gave an overview of the key requirements of the Youth Exchange Officer. We currently work with the Peterborough Rotary Club to support efforts at ConVal High School. While the job can be stressful, Kevin noted that the accomplishments are rewarding on a personal level. Some of the required duties include:
  • Helping with a visa and enrolling the student at ConVal
  • Interviewing “outbound” students
  • Coordinate extra-curricula activates with ConVal staff
  • Selection and orientation of “host” parents
  • Certification by the U.S Dept. of State
Kevin deserves our appreciation and respect for a job very well done over the years. There are no outbound or inbound students this coming school year. Anyone interested in organizing the program for the 2019-20 school year should speak with Jim Guy.
Dale reported that the Club has a checking account balance of $8,000. Quarterly invoices were recently sent via email and folks are encouraged to pay by check to help us avoid processing fees for credit cards.
Following the meeting, Dale gave a presentation on using the ClubRunner website.
The discussions today reminded me of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that I would like to share.
The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate,
to make some difference that you have lived, and lived well.
Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.
The Executive Board will next meet April 25 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.
On April 24, Chuck Simpson has “The Hat” and our speaker will be Jim Hall, Certified Physical Therapist, CMC. If anyone would like to offer Opening Words, please let me know.
See you Tuesday!
April 10, 2018
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians
It may have been snowing in Dublin today but the first major game of the baseball season is scheduled for tonight when the Yankees visit Fenway Park. Another sure sign of spring was the return of Jim Fearnside from the Green Valley of Arizona. Bill had Opening Words and Jim Fearnside had “The Hat”. Jim spoke about two experiences with immigrant families and how the interactions have shaped his views on the current immigration discussions. The first experience was volunteering to help a Russian family learn to use a computer and how the children quickly learned English and excelled at their local high school. The second experiences were more recent and involved families crossing the southern border and the local folks helping them survive the journey.  
Roy Baldwin, Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Center (formerly known as the Bible Conference) located at the foot of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey was our speaker. Monadnock Christian Ministries exists to inspire and equip the local church, community, and families to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through biblical teaching, excellent programming, and service.
Roy was born in Pittsburg and grew up with the hope of becoming a youth pastor. His early career was spent in the New York City boroughs working with at-risk children. He and his wife were dorm parents at Hershey School before working with Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. He moved to Jaffrey at a time when the camp was in challenging financial and leadership situations. The Camp is visited by 15,000 people each year and serves families from from New Jersey to New England. The main program is the summer camp and retreats are held through the rest of the year. Recently, the Camp partnered with SAU 47 to offer an after school program. In conjunction with the after school program, Roy has offered parenting classes with an emphasis upon fostering positive family dynamics. Roy and his staff are in the midst of strategic planning with a goal of creating a new master plan to address future programming and financial sustainability. Their fourth annual golf tournament will be held soon. More information can be found on their website: monadnockchristianministries.org.
Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.
The Executive Board will next meet April 25 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.
On April 17, we will have a club assembly.
On April 24, Bob V. has Opening Words and Chuck has “The Hat”.
See you Tuesday!

April 9, 2018

Greetings Monadnock Rotarians

Sorry for delay in sending out this update. On April 3, Vance had Opening Words and Jerry Branch had “The Hat”. Jerry spoke about his introduction to working as a geologist for a petroleum company in Indonesia. He noted his responsibility on the rig was stressful but racing about the sand dunes in the company Landrover was an enjoyable pastime.

Ken Abbott of ABTech was our speaker. Ken graduated from Wentworth Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering. He began ABTech in 1998 and recently moved his plant to Fitzwilliam. ABTech is a leader in air bearing technologies. His company purchases raw materials and adds value through design and manufacturing. He has discovered a niche market and his products have generally been application specific. In short, ABTech designs and manufactures bearings that float on compressed air. The work is very precise with tolerances of ten millionth of an inch. The company has expanded into developing software and entire machines rather than just components. As the company grew, NASA and other government related contracts were their main customers. More recently, G.E. Aviation has become a key customer with contracts for equipment related to measuring jet engine blades. The challenge facing Ken and other local manufacturers continues to be attracting talented employees willing to develop the necessary skills and commitment to a strong work ethic. Both Ken’s sons have joined the business and he is optimistic about the long term prospects for ABTech. Ken has worked with Hannah Grimes Center to develop a new leadership structure for the company which emphasizes listening skills and a stronger reliance upon relationship skills for employees and management. Being fully present when speaking with colleagues is a key factor in the successful change in leadership style.


Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.

The Executive Board will next meet April 25 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.

On April 17, we will have a club assembly.

On April 24, Bob V. has Opening Words and Chuck has “The Hat”.

See you Tuesday!


Harry Wolhandler and Pegg Monahan are proposed for Membership in Monadnock Rotary Club


They are experienced Rotarians and were active in the Elm City Club in Keene. We have enjoyed their visits to our weekly meetings and are fortunate that they want to join our club. I have shown their bio's  below:


Harry Wolhandler

It’s hard to capture 70 years of life experience in a brief bio, but here we go:

I’ve mostly retired from 35 years in marketing research and market research (there is a difference). My recent clients are primarily traditional publishers but also well-funded internet startup ventures with a need to better understand their audience. My work has focused on documenting audiences to support ad sales, exploring business opportunities for products and services, studying youth at risk and evaluating substance abuse prevention programs, and new product development in technical fields.

My current business, Accelara Research, is focused on the needs of publishers, but from 1995 through 2001 I served as VP of Research for ActivMedia Research in Peterborough, exploring the emerging business patterns of the internet. Our benchmark reports, “The Real Story Behind ‘Net Profits”, and custom research offered insight to help companies like Yahoo, AT&T, VISA, Intel and many smaller clients take advantage of the new ways of doing business. As the first researchers to study the Web as a business platform, our seminal works helped the first generation of web business navigate the unknown online waters in areas ranging from emerging online technologies to unfolding online business patterns and rapidly evolving consumer shopping patterns.

I’ve always loved studying patterns of social change and how innovative technologies become adopted. Prior to Activmedia, I was VP for Projections, Inc., a small custom research firm in Keene, NH for 15 years. Our wide-ranging practice included clients like Ray Kurzweil, who invented speech synthesis and text recognition and was designing a reading machine for the blind (later purchased and further developed by  Xerox) and wanted to know who would adopt this technology and how to put it in their hands. Other clients included Callard & Bowser, a candy company later purchased by Kraft Foods, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Byte Magazine, Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, Cheshire Medical Center (now Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene), and non-profit efforts including the launch of the Castle Center for adult day-care, helping the Monadnock Regional School District gather support for their budgets, and studying internet potential for the Town of Peterborough.

Back in the late ‘70s I was marketing director for Contemporary Systems, Inc., promoting adoption of warm-air solar space heating systems and helping develop over 100 solar-heated, super-insulated building projects. Before that, I founded Kathy Manufacturing and designed and produced women’s and children’s fashion accessories in furs and leathers. Way in the deep recesses of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s I began my career first as a hippie leather-crafter, and then as designer of Sheepskin Waterbed-Spreads with bold designs crafted in brightly-colored 2” deep shearling fur. Along the way I’ve gathered a little post-graduate study of organizational behavior and environmental management at Antioch New England, where I also taught marketing for non-profits, and an MBA in global strategy and entrepreneurship from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH.

I love innovation and change. But my biggest change was marrying Mary Margaret Monahan in 1986. We met at the founding meeting of a regional solid waste initiative comprised of 27 towns banding together to create a regional solution to our common problems. I chaired that first meeting, where Pegg nominated me to chair the district. I then nominated her to be Secretary and a member of the four-person executive committee. So we have a marriage built on solid waste, now almost 32 years ago. We have four children - Justin Howe, 48, who moved in with me when he was 14, Ann Goodrich Bazan, 44, Pegg’s first daughter, Jeanne Monahan Wolhandler, 31, our birth-daughter, and Cassandra Ericson Wolfe, 31, first our foster daughter, later our adopted daughter. Life hasn’t slowed down since.

It’s nice to be back in Rotary. Pegg and I were both members of the Keene Elm City Rotary Club until a few years ago. We both love the social service side of Rotary and look forward to being part of the Monadnock Rotary now that we’re retired.


Pegg Monahan

I am interested in personal growth opportunities, loving to learn and explore.  As a result, I drive myself a little crazy, trying to do it all. Monadnock Rotary is another opportunity for community service and the exploration of new ideas.
My focus has been on raising my family, managing human resources, participating in community service, and managing non-profit organizations:
I arrived at Keene State in 1965 from Lakeport (neighborhood of Laconia, NH) and haven’t left the Monadnock area since, reinventing myself along the way.   I have been married to husband, Harry Wolhandler for 31 years.  He and I have four children and four grandchildren. Justin is 48 married to Leneille with two children Jaxon -15 and Jillian 13. Ann is 45 is married to Kevin with two kids: Connor-8 and Amelia-5, Jeannie is 30 and with her high school sweetheart and Cassandra also 30 is married to Alex. 
We are quite the collection. Harry was raising his friend’s adopted son, Justin, (from age 15) when we were married.  I had a daughter from my first marriage, Ann, who was 12.  We have own child, Jeannie who is now 30 almost 31.  We adopted Jeannie’s friend, Cassandra, when she was 15, she is now 30.      
  • Director of Administration: RHI (administration of non-profit housing and environment consulting) in Winchendon, MA
  • Owner of Institute of Management Skills (a personal effort to start an organization that distributed management education courses)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Management/Human Resources/Labor Relations-Franklin Pierce College, Keene State College
  • Human Resource Manager -Troy Mills
  • Executive Director-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western NH
  • Executive Director-Keene Senior Center
    Community Service:
  • Keene City Council
  • Harrisville School Board
  • Cyprus Friendship Program
  • Maps Counseling Services
  • Elm City Rotary
    Retirement (since June 2017)
    I am still involved with the Senior Center working on a couple of committees and as treasurer Maps Counseling Services. I participate in a “curious-women” study group, Wednesday Academy, travel with Harry and Sassy (dog), learn new skills, and work on house projects.


Feel free to send comments to me at  jerrybranch2@gmail.com


Greetings Monadnock Rotarians

With only two days remaining until the start of the baseball season, club members were upbeat during the meeting yesterday. John Goodhue gave a summary of his childhood and career in the maritime industry for Opening Words and Dale Gable had “The Hat”. His ship was on patrol in the Bering Strait and was the first U.S. Coast Guard ship to respond on March 25, 1989 to the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound while entering the port the previous day. He described the efforts of his crew and local residents to mitigate the effects of the oil spill and the lack of response equipment available to address the damage.

Our speakers were Kristen Leach, Artistic Director and Tim Conrow, Administrative Assistant of the New Hampshire Dance Institute. NHDI has been inexistence for 32 years and has served thousands of greater Monadnock area children through its’ school programs. NHDI teachers work with students in their school buildings during the year to learn dance techniques in preparation for the annual Memorial Day event held at Keene State College. All rehearsals and more importantly, Kristin called their activities a “non-competitive sport” where children learn to work together and enjoy dance as part of their weekly schedule. All rehearsals and shows are accompanied by professional musicians with Kristin responsible for the choreography and story lines. While all families are expected to contribute financially and by volunteering, children are not turned away due to a lack of funds.


The Peterborough Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be held on April 1. On April 2, the 4 Way Test lunch will be held. Judges are needed and lunch will be provided. May 7, Monadnock Chorus will be performing during lunch.

Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.

The Executive Board will meet March 28 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.

On April 3, the scheduled speaker will be Ken Abbott of ABTech. Vance has Opening Words and Jerry has “The Hat”. On April 10, Tom B. has Opening Words and Jim F has “The Hat” (if he has returned from the SW).

See you Tuesday!


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