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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Josh Houle, Steward Partners, Global Advisory
Jul 24, 2018 7:30 AM
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Balmeet Kaur Khalsa, ED Cyprus Friendship Program
Jul 31, 2018
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Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
The storms on Monday night did little to deter our membership from attending our meeting this morning. Bob Vecchiotti introduced our guest and speaker Tim Pipp, owner of Beeze Tees located in Keene with a production plant in Marlborough. Wendy had Opening Words and Tom Warren had “The Hat” and spoke about his bird watching trip to Ontario.
 Announcements included the following:
  • Jerry reminded members to send in their checks to reserve a ticket for the Peterborough Players. See Jerry’s recent email for more details.
  • Bill read a letter from John Goodhue encouraging all club members to donate at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation to continue our tradition of 100% participation.
  • Bill also read an email from Steve Kim, President of the Peterborough Rotary that outlined volunteer opportunities for the Quest program…see dates below.
  • Appreciation was expressed for the great work Jerry and Jim did to organize our June 12 meeting. A round of applause recognized Rosemary Guy’s wonderful food for the event.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 26 at the MacDowell Dam. Please bring a dessert, salad or appetizer, as well as BYOB.
  • Bob Vecchiotti spoke about his idea to try some Rotary songs at future meetings. The consensus of the group was to move forward with Bob’s suggestion.
  • Kevin Moody has asked that we consider expanding our FACTS programs to DCA. Vance will look into using DCS materials with the DCA students.
Bob Vecchioti introduced our speaker, Tim Pipp. The company name is a curiosity to many customers and was his parents’ nickname for him. Tim had the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. He sold Pokemon cards to neighborhood kids and had other jobs. He quickly learned that he enjoyed the challenge and rewards of building businesses from scratch. Tim attended Mascenic High School and Keene State College. He ran track and was also involved in other school activities. At KSC, Tim built a press for making t-shirts and quickly realized that there was money to be made from a relatively small investment. He moved his facilities several times seeking more space for storage and production. With a loan from his parents, he continued to expand his business on a regional and nation-wide basis. By 2013, Tim had 6 employees and introduced a night shift to boost production. The following year he opened a retail/production storefront on Main Street in Keene. Two years later, Tim had 15 employees and had outgrown Main Street location. He saw this as the time to separate the retail and production sides of the business and bought a mill building in Marlborough. Currently, Beeze Tees occupies a portion of the building with 22,000 square feet leased to another company. In addition, Tim moved the retail and design side of the business to a new storefront on Main Street next to Ted’s Shoe & Sport.
Tim is now in the planning phase of a new entrepreneurial adventure. He will return to tell us about the new venture once the plans are complete.
Notes:
Please let Bill know if you will be attending and bringing guests to the Pass the Gavel meeting.
Quest Dates:

Sunday June 24         11:30am - 2pm            Registration of Campers
Monday June 25         6pm - 8pm                 Dinner/ Ice Breaker event (Campers and Rotarians)
Tuesday June 26       4pm - 6pm                  Collaboration exercise with Campers and                  Rotarians, Interact)
Wednesday June 27    6pm - 8pm                Guest Speaker- Richard Haynes (UNH Admissions)
Peterborough Rotary could use some helping hands
on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
 
   See you Tuesday afternoon!
   Bill
 
 
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
Our evening meeting and social was a great success. We had a nice representation from the local community and family members. The format was informative and highlighted the projects most important to our Club.
Rosemary Guy provided some wonderful food for the festivities. Thank you to Rosemary, Jim Guy, Jerry Branch and Bob Meissner for their efforts to make the night a success.
Announcements:
  • John Goodhue is working toward 100% club participation in the Rotary Foundation. Our goal is to have 100% participation for gifts of $100 or more.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for 5:30 on June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
For our June 19 meeting, Wendy White has Opening Words and Tom Warren has “The Hat”. Our speaker will be Tim Pipp.
See you tomorrow!
Bill
 
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
Sorry for delay in reporting on our last meeting. Our guest was Nerissa Osborne of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Bill read a passage on the process of developing new products from idea to production using the development of Velcro as an example.
Jerry had “The Hat” and spoke about canoe club adventures he shared along with Ramona in Texas.  
Announcements included the following:
  • John Goodhue reminded the Club of the importance of supporting Rotary Foundation. Our goal is to have 100% participation for gifts of $100 or more.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the Dublin Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. Bob Meissner suggests that each member commit to bringing a friend to learn more about Rotary. The evening will begin at 6:00. Members are asked to BYOB for themselves and their guests. 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.
Bob Meissner introduced our speaker, Nerissa Osborne. Nerissa is a resident of Harrisville and grew up in Walpole, NH. Nerissa is a member of the Keene Business Network Group and a member of the Marlborough (VT) Dance Team of Morris and Sword Dancers.
She is the Marketing Director for the Ledger-Transcript and has been working to reach out to tradesmen and other advertisers in the greater Monadnock Region. The 16 communities served by the Ledger have the potential to draw businesses from Keene and beyond to serve clients. The newspaper has added staff to enhance their media presence and marketing efforts. They have recently moved their offices at 20 Grove Street to improve communication among departments. Their overarching goals are to provide regional news and advocate for positive change. Many in the area rely upon the Ledger to stay current with local activities and news. They are part of the New England Digital Team which is a consortium of regional newspapers. The work of helping companies and organizations identify potential customers has become more sophisticated. A new publication is being offered by mail to homes in the Antrim-Bennington area which promotes local businesses. The model has been showing promise and could be applied to other smaller markets. The newspaper is printed at the Concord Monitor and distributed twice a week.
Please make an extra effort to attend the meeting on June 12 at the Community Center. Jerry and Jim are working hard to make this a rewarding evening for the Club. Special thanks to Rosemary Guy for helping prepare the food for the evening.
See you tomorrow!
Bill
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
 
 
 
 
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