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 of America
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February 2019
Dr. Kim Mooney, President, FPU (or her designee)
Feb 26, 2019 7:30 AM
Update on Franklin Pierce University
Jerry Branch & Bob Vecchiotti - MRC
Mar 05, 2019 7:30 AM
MRC membership presentation
Club Assembly
Mar 12, 2019
Update from all on Fundraising event
Ed Walker, Fire Chief, Peterborough Fire & Rescue
Mar 19, 2019
Overview of today's Fire & Rescue mission in the Eastern Monadnock region
Max Mitchell, Exec Dir. Jaffrey Chamber of Commerc
Mar 26, 2019
Discussing the challenges and opportunities of a small community
Beth Ann Thelan, Harris Ctr for Conservation Ed.
Apr 02, 2019
Harris Center's Amphibian Migration - part of their Citizen Scientists Programs
Phil Gargan, Zimbabwe Rotarian
Apr 09, 2019
Share his long process of immigration and citizenship to live in Harrisville.
Club Assembly
Apr 16, 2019
Fundraising program update and other tops of Club interest
Historic Harrisville (Speaker to be confirmed)
Apr 23, 2019
Fascinating points of interest about this historic mill town and its programs
Historic Harrisville (Speaker to be confirmed)
Apr 30, 2019
The new Cheshire Mills Hydroelectric Project and the Harrisville General Store

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The Club was called to order at 7:45 
After the Pledge and National Anthem Bob Vecchiotti read the Six Criteria of Emotional Maturity
We had two guests Jay Schecter and Tom Andrew our speaker
Vance gave an update of the FACTS program with a sample portfolio. There were several volunteers to join the program
Sign up sheets were passed out to fill openings in March and April for opening words, hat story, and guest speakers
It was announced that for the next club assembly (Feb 12th) the club will discuss the pros and cons in whatever order was decided then vote after our current fundraising proposal was presented. 
Our speaker Tom Andrew, M.D. was introduced by Bob Meissner. Dr. Andrew is a forensic pathologist and the current NH State Director of Forensic Pathology. A few highlights from his presentation include:
  • NH is in the top ten states for opioid deaths
  • 3.5 times as many people die from drugs than traffic deaths
  • The leading opioid drug is fentanyl
  • Treatments are available if the misuse is caught in time
  • Narcan is often successful is reviving overdoses.
  • A major turning point in his approach was the recognition of the spiritual side
  • Heart checks and spiritual well being efforts are growing in preventing drug misuse
  • Support for church initiatives, a faith dialog, use of intergenerational mentors, scouting can begin early prevention.
On February 12 Dale has the opening words, and there is no hat story 
Bob Vecchiotti opened our meeting and announced that Jim Guy is on vacation for the next two weeks.
Vance Finch announced that the FACTS program has been requested by Dublin Consolidated School and Dublin Christian Academy. The program portfolios have been prepared but we need volunteers to do the presentations. Contact Vance for more information.
Bill Gurney announced that a few applications for RYLA have been received. Deadline for applications is February 25. Next meeting of the committee will be February 12 after the Club meeting to discuss goals for the day and member assignments for March 23.
Bob Meissner passed out printed copies of his presentation then began his slide show version on the Drug and Alcohol Misuse Awareness Run being proposed for the April 27, 2019. Bob reported
  • Bob estimated revenues for the event $6,900 and expenses/charitable donations of $6,400.
  • A $100. check has been received from one sponsor and others have made commitments.
  • A raffle would also be conducted to raise additional funds.
  • There have already been a few requests for donations from local charities.
  • Bob estimated total member time commitment of 160 hours for the planning of the event and 6 hours per member for the day of the event.
Discussion followed the presentation. Vance asked if the Club is in a position to cover any shortfall in the proceeds. Bob responded that he is confident that sponsorships, ticket sales and the raffle would cover our expense.
Bob Vecchiotti asked if cancelling the event would adversely affect our reputation. Bob and others felt the need to cancel in a timely manner due to lack of funds would be understood by the community.
Jerry Branch asked if there would be sufficient interest amongst local runners to participate in the event given that the annual race in Dublin was cancelled a few years ago due to poor participation. Bob believes there is continued interest in the greater Monadnock community for 5K races.
Bill Gurney asked if a “drop dead” date has been determined when the event would be cancelled if the Club had not raised sufficient funds to cover costs and charitable donations. At present, a date has not been set.
Dale made a motion which was seconded to call a vote on the proposal. The vote was 4 in favor, 4 opposed and 2 abstentions. Therefore, the motion failed. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that another vote would be taken on February 12 to determine the fate of the race. It was hoped that more Club members would be present for the final vote and that some additional information on finances would be available.
Respectfully submitted,
Bob Vecchiotti
Vance Finch Gave the Opening Words.
Deal Gabel gave the Hat Story about his experience in the Coast Guard when a young visitor aboard the ship he was assigned thought the engine order telegraph wheel was as a device for amusement.
  1.  The Opioid Run committee is scheduled to present an assessment to the club at the January 22nd meeting  to determine if the level of  financial support is sufficient to hold the event in the Spring of this year.
  2. Bill Gurney reports that Ryla planning is proceeding as planned.
  3. 2019 Rotary District Meeting will be held on May 3-5 in Danvers, MA.
Tony DalPra, Program Director for the Phoenix House in Dublin,  gave a compelling and relevant presentation about his battle with substance abuse as well as the needs, struggles, problems, and successes of  Phoenix House in the seemingly never ending  fight  against addiction in New Hampshire and the US.  Demand for treatment is high and resources are limited. It was a sobering talk.
For tomorrow’s meeting :
Opening Words:  Bill Gurney
Hat Story:  Pegg Monohan
Speaker Assignments for January:
Dale Gabel, Rob Harris
Speaker for tomorrow’s meeting:
Rick Van Wickler, Superintendent ,  "What is corrections, really"? - perspective of Cheshire County Dept. of Corrections Superintendent
I hope to you see you tomorrow's morning.
Jim Guy
Good Morning Rotarians,
Please note that there will not be a meeting tomorrow morning (November 20th)  because of the Thanksgiving Holiday this week.  Our next meeting, on November 27th, will be an assembly meeting where we will discuss the fundraising opportunities that have been presented to the club.
The November 13th meeting notes are as follows:
Pegg Monohan gave the opening words.
Bob Meisner gave the Hat story about how his dog was dognapped and sold by his neighbor,when Bob was living  in Costa Rica. Getting the dog back proved to be a bit awkward.
  1. As noted above the November 27th meeting will be an assembly meeting.
  2. The Rotary District Gala was held in Nashua on November 15th.  Dale Gable and I attended.
  3. It appears we have enough volunteers for the for the March 23rd RYLA event.
  4. The next Executive meeting will be at 7:30AM on November 28th at the Dublin General Store.
  5. The Christmas Party will be held at the Dublin Community Center on December 11th.
Our speakers were Shelley Goguen-Hulbert, Executive Director  & Grant Butler, Facilities Director Camp Glen Brook. Glen Brook has been in existence since 1946 and is affiliated with the Association of Waldorf Schools.  Glen Brook provides opportunities to inner city youth to experience the NH countryside by providing camping facilities and activities. The age group that generally attends the camp is 9-14 years old.  A large percentage of the food served at the camp is raised by the attendees.
For the November 27th meeting:
Opening Words – Tom Warren
Hat Story, - Jerry Branch
I hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Good Morning Rotarians.
Here are the notes for last week’s meeting.
Jim Fearnside gave the opening words.
Jim Guy gave the Hat story about the experience of attending a baseball game in Japan and how it compares to the game in the US.
  1. Bill Gurney has started the planning process for next year’s RYLA event .  He is asking for volunteers to help out on March  23rd.  Please contact Bill if you are able to assist.
  2. The rotary District Gala is this Thursday (November 15th).  Dale Gabel and I will be attending.  If anyone wishes go, there is an opportunity to carpool.  Please register on the district 7870 website https://www.rotary7870.org/ and contact Dale if you would like to carpool.
  3. The MRC Christmas party will be held on December 11th at the Dublin Community Center.
The speaker was Kevin Moody, President of the Dublin Christian Academy.  Kevin gave a presentation of the history and objectives of the Academy.  F. Nelson Blount started the academy in the 1964 after recruiting Kevin’s father from Florida to help with the Academy’s establishment.  The DCA typically recruits students from the surrounding area but does have dormitories for foreign students and students that are not able to commute.  The school has a vigorous academic program taught in a Christian environment. The majority of graduates pursue a college education.
Tuesdays meeting:
Opening Words:  Pegg Monohan
Hat Story:        Bob Meissner
Speaker:  Shelley Goguen-Hulbert, Executive Director  & Grant Butler, Facilities Director Camp Glen Brook. Topic: Look at the rich 70+ yr. history of Marlborough’s Camp Glen Brook.
See you on tomorrow!
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