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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Speakers
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
Bob Schaumann, Jaffrey-Rindge RC
Jul 10, 2018 7:30 AM
Multiple RC grant writing for Nicaragua projects
Josh Houle, Steward Partners, Global Advisory
Jul 24, 2018 7:30 AM
Timely Social Security insights
 
 

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Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
It was a pleasure to welcome Wendy back to the club this morning. She introduced our guest and speaker for the meeting, Michelle Bishop. Michelle is Manager of Carr’s Store located at the intersection of Routes 101 & 202 in Dublin. Jim Guy began the meeting with a quote from Albert Camus about truth and liberty.
A club discussion was held regarding possible community service opportunities. Suggestions included an energy saving project for local families, working with a neighboring club and other good ideas. Pegg spoke about the possibility of identifying a project that positively affects a wide range of age groups. A few minutes will be set aside on June 5 to continue the discussion.
Announcements included the following:
  • On June 5, we need a volunteer for Opening Words. Jerry Branch has “The Hat”. Our speaker will be Merissa Osborne. John Goodhue will give us an update on Rotary Foundation.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the evening at the Dublin Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. Bob Meissner suggested that each member commit to bringing a friend to learn more about Rotary. The evening will begin at 6:00. Members are asked to bring appetizers and BYOB. For more information, see Jim Guy or Jerry Branch.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for 5:30 on June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
  • The Club will not meet on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Bob Vecchiotti will offer some ideas for new meeting songs with Rotary themes.
Wendy White introduced our speaker, Michelle Branch. Michelle has been Manager of Carr’s Store which is a part of Cheshire Oil for 12 years. Michelle’s family members have been residents of Dublin for six generations. Her great-grandfather built the home she lives in today and she recalled spending summers in the community as a young child.
Michelle’s grandfather was the Dublin Postmaster and also worked at Worcester’s Garage in the village. Michelle recalled working summers with her grandmother catering dinners in Dublin and housekeeping for large homes. The experiences led her to a career which includes hospice care, catering, house caretaking and retail management.  
Michelle moved permanently to Dublin in 2000 and began working at Carr’s Store with Yummy, Diddy and Cles. In 2007, Cles and Diddy retired and Michelle became the bookkeeper and helped manage the store. Upon Yummy’s retirement, she became the store manager.
Michelle enjoys her work which offers ample opportunity to interact with family and friends. They still pump gas for shoppers unable to do so themselves and staff work hard to offer customers a place to meet friends and keep informed about local activities. She does her best to hire local folks to staff the store and offers local businesses an opportunity to advertise on their business card board.
See you on June 5!!
Bill
 
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
We welcomed Tony Gilmore to our meeting. Tony is a member of the Capital City Sunrise Club and was our speaker today.  Jamie Hamilton had Opening Words. She spoke about her friendship with her local librarian and how the relationship fostered her life-long love of books and reading.
A club discussion was held regarding the 2018 Wellness Festival. Jim Fearnside recounted a meeting he and Bill had with one of our sponsors. The sponsor will not be able to offer the same level of financial support as in prior years. A motion was made to cancel the Wellness Festival next fall and explore other options for community service including the possibility of identifying new funding streams for the Festival in 2019. The motion carried and further discussion will be held to determine our next steps as a club.
Announcements included the following:
  • On May 22, Jim Guy has Opening Words and Bill has “The Hat”.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the evening at the Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. This is a great opportunity to invite prospective members and friends. The evening will begin at 6:00. Members are asked to bring appetizers and BYOB. For more information, see Jim Guy or Jerry Branch.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for 5:30 on June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
  • The Club will not meet on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
Bob Meissner introduced our speaker, Tony Gilmore. Tony has been a Rotarian for many years. He has combined his background in photo journalism with a deep commitment to addressing the needs of people in Honduras and Haiti for potable water and sanitation.  Tony and his colleagues have made many trips to the region and have supported the work of Pure Water for the World which offers communities and families a safe and inexpensive way to filter their drinking water. The need is great with families still losing children to water-born diseases. Tony reported that most families in the area do not name their children until two years of age in response to the likelihood that disease will kill the children as infants. Through films, Tony illustrated the difficult living conditions that include garbage strewn neighborhoods and humans sharing their water supply with domestic animals. Deforestation has led to flooding during the rainy season which pollutes community drinking water with human and animal waste.
Pure Water for the World is based in Haiti and produces filters using sand and a cement container. The filters are effective and rely upon a culture of healthy bacteria growing in the sand to filter out the toxins. New more easily transported filters are coming on the market making them more accessible for remote rural areas. Families and communities must make a small financial commitment and agree to regular maintenance of the filters to ensure sustainability. The cost of a filter is about $7.00 which is the equivalent of a week’s pay for most folks. Along with the filters, emphasis is placed upon the use of latrines for sanitation and improving the understanding of personal hygiene. Larger projects addressing villages and schools are underway and progress is being monitored with indicators such as infant mortality and work days lost by parents having to stay home with sick children.
Vance Finch has visited the Honduran villages during a Rotary trip and can share her experiences with the region and people. Tony will be sending out information on how Rotarians may contribute to his work. Their website is https://purewaterfortheworld.org/.
See you Tuesday!
Bill
Our May 15th meeting will be held at the Dublin Community Center. The Church is not available due to the rummage sale on Saturday.
 
 
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians
On May 8, Rick had Opening Words. He read a quote written by a relative that is included in a new biography of U.S. Grant written by Ron Chernow. Our guests this morning were Margaret Gurney and our speaker, Jillian Miner of Monadnock Maple Farm, LLC. Rob Harris had “The Hat” and spoke about a lesson learned as a youngster in his grandfather’s garden. After discovering that Rob had weeded only the front of the garden, his grandfather told him there are two ways to do a job—the right way and the wrong way. Since that day, Rob has had the opportunity to repeat those words of wisdom to his own child and grandchild in his garden.
Announcements included the following:
  • On May 15, Jamie Hamilton has Opening Words.
  • We will not have “The Hat” and will use the time to reach a decision about the Wellness Festival.
  • Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12. Invite your friends…it’s a great way to introduce folks to the Club.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the evening at the Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. This is another great opportunity to invite prospective members and friends. Light snacks will be provided and beverages are BYOB. Jerry Branch and Jim Guy agreed to serve as co-chairs for the event.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
  • Folks interested in purchasing Monadnock Rotary clothing should see Jerry.
  • The Club will not meet on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
     
Bob Meissner introduced our speaker, Jillian Miner. Jill and her husband, Jonathan Miner founded Monadnock Maple Farm in 2011. They began by selling sap to local syrup producers until their sugar house was built. Their farm has about 1,000 trees. Jill noted that in the 1940’s, NH farmers sold 500,000 gallons of syrup. Today, only about 125,000 gallons are produced in the state. Jon and Jill are first generation maple producers and have slowly added products and new methods to the production system. They use a vacuum system to collect the sap which is easier for the tree and prevents bacteria from entering the trunk. Once the syrup is collected, reverse osmosis reduces the amount to water in the sap which makes the boiling process more efficient. They use an oil fired burner to heat the evaporation pans which also makes the process more efficient.
They usually begin making syrup about Valentine’s Day. Conditions this year were good for sap production with cold nights and an adequate snow cover which promote the flow of sap from the roots to the crown of the tree. The tapping of the trees can be time consuming as new tap holes are drilled each year and the 12 miles of tubing must be checked and repaired. The addition of a new filter system and bottling equipment have made the production more efficient. At the end of the season, the tubing must be washed thoroughly with clean water and the taps removed to protect the health of the tree.
Jill and Jon plan to expand their product line in the next few years to include other agricultural products.
I’ll send out a quick email later this week with more details about the roadside cleanup project scheduled for Saturday morning.
Bill
 
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians:
On May 1, Jim Guy had Opening Words. We welcomed old friend and Dublin resident Travis Krumph as our speaker for the meeting. Kevin had “the Hat” and spoke about his first career as a radio announcer and news reporter. He recalled the veteran reporters who had mentored him at the start of his career.
Announcements included the following:
  • On May 8, Rick has Opening Words and Rob has the “Hat”.
  • Our May 8 meeting will be held at the Dublin Community Center due to preparations for the spring rummage sale at the Church.
  • Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12. Invite your friends…it’s a great way to introduce folks to the Club.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the evening at the Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. This is another great opportunity to invite prospective members and friends. Light snacks will be provided and beverages are BYOB. Jerry Branch and Jim Guy agreed to serve as co-chairs for the event.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
  • Adam Hamilton has submitted his resignation from the club. We thanked him for his service to the community.
  • The Club will not meet on May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
     
Bob Meissner introduced our speaker, Travis Krumph. Travis has continued his work in Chacaresca, Nicaragua and has been working with FNE International and preparing an International Education Grant to build homes, schools and renovations to the local jails. He will be leading 8-10 day trips to support building projects and to give Rotarians a better understanding of the local culture and the needs of the people. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with an average income of $2.00/day . The need is great and the country is relatively safe and easily reached from the U.S.A.
The cost of building a home is $2,900. A pavilion for the women’s prison has been built to help ease the shortage of space. Most incarcerated women are in prison voluntarily to escape domestic abuse. A kitchen has been built at the men’s prison where food has not been available for prisoners who have had to rely upon handouts from guards and local folks. Focus going forward will be on improving educational opportunities. Latrines are a priority to improve sanitation on the school campus. Doors and windows are also needed to keep out the dust during the dry season. A key to the success of their programs has been involvement with local Rotary clubs in Nicaragua.
The grant is in the final stages of preparation and Travis will meet with local clubs to inform them and seek donations. To date, the J-R Club has committed $10,000 to the project.
See you Tuesday!
Bill
 
 
 
 
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