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Monadnock Rotary Club hosted its first annual Community Walk for Recovery from Substance Use Disorder on October 20, 2019, from Dublin School to Historic Harrisville (3 miles).  One hundred people walked and then attended presentations about recovery. The exhibitors were Monadnock Voices for Prevention, The Doorway (Cheshire Medical Center), Phoenix House (Dublin), Monadnock Family Services, Maps Counseling Services, Reality Check, Keene Serenity Center, and Better Life Partners. 
 
Speakers presented information about  the  community and state  efforts  including Jay Kahn, NH State Senator; Polly Morris, PRSS-FO,  Harbor Homes,  Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi, WRJ Public Health Services District. Life stories were told by recovery advocates: Shawn Maguire, Sam Abbot, and Tom Davison.  
 
Financial Sponsors included: Monadnock Rotary District 7870, local Rotarians, Aldworth Manor, All Saints Church-Peterborough, anonymous donors, Rev Sandi Albom, Bar Harbor Bank, Belletetes, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Monadnock Community Hospital, Monadnock Paper Mills/Verney Foundation, Rivermead, Peterborough Rotary Club, Phoenix House, and Yankee Publishing.  Donors included the walkers and others who attended presentations. Media supporters included Monadnock Ledger Transcript, Keene Sentinel, Monadnock Radio Group and Silver Direct. This fundraiser is to provide Rotary grants to support front line organizations in the recovery and prevention community. 
 
This morning's meeting format was a forum.  After June 25, 2018, we are going to meet in forum to discuss our upcoming community service/fundraising event. John Goodhue presented letters and asked people to give to the Rotary Foundation.  Our club goal is for each member contribute $100 to The Rotary Foundation.  This is the foundation that supports serious Rotary projects worldwide.  He is asking at least from a donation from each person from each person.
 
Opening words: Pegg about D-Day
Pledge and song: Dale
 
Forum: Harry read a description of the Maine Program to De-Stigmatize Opioid Recovery. Importantly, he quoted there were 47,000 overdose deaths in US in just 2017, nearly the same number 50,000+ US deaths in the entire Vietnam War. Also, the gateway drug for 80% of addicts is a doctor's prescription.
 
He described the event, as education/public awareness, described along a walking/running path from Dublin to Harrisville (possibly to Historic Harrisville Inc-HHI) with information described along the way.  Kevin suggested that we make the walk reflective of the twists and turns along the way, and a bit hard, possible a full 5 miles.  The distance from Dublin Yankee parking lot to Historic Harrisville parking lot is about 5 miles with a gathering in the large meeting room in HHI.
 
Possible major sponsors are Phoenix House, Monadnock Hospital, Sentinel, Peterbourgh Ledger-Transcript, Cheshire Hospital, VFW Marlborough, Yankee Magazine, (We also have a long list from Bob M. )
 
Possible partners include Rotary's from Peterborough (Bob McDonald), Jaffrey Rindge, Hollis Brookline (Dale), Keene Rotary, Elm City Rotary (Craig Stockwell), ConVal Interact, Keene High Interact, Monadnock Regional Interact, Keene Rotaract (Keene and Elm City group), Yankee Magazine, Historic Harrisville, Dublin Store
 
Harry asked the group if all agreed that we should go forward (Jerry, Bill Gurney, and Rick were not there). This group agreed.
 
Harry mentioned but we didn't talk about a possible small fundraiser this
summer.   
 
Date not yet unknown or nor a name for "Walk"
 
Next week's speaker is Laine Baraket, Director of Monadnock Music June 25th is Passing of the Gavel, at McDowell Dam Park.
July 9-Forum
July 16-Need speaker
July 23-Forum
July 30-Dale will provide speaker
Aug.  6- Forum
Aug. 13-Kevin will provide speaker
Aug. 20- Harry and Pegg are away
Aug. 27-Forum
 
Standing in as President for Jim Guy,  Pegg
 
Pegg Monahan
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