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!
Club Assembly April 17, 2018 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
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:
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 10, 2018 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

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!


Meeting Notes April 3, 2018 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Branch on Apr 04, 2018

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



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!


March 27, 2018 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians
We had a full house for our meeting on March 20. Bob Meissner recited a poem from memory and Bill had “The Hat” and spoke about a hiking trip with a group of eighth graders that was ill-planned and almost led to his being fired.
Our speaker was Kathy Harrington, Executive Director of the Monadnock Humane Society. She was joined by a new member of her executive team, Rianna Hutchinson. Kathy has served as Executive Director of several important non-profit organizations in the Monadnock Region including Stonewall Farm and the Monadnock United Way. Kathy offered a history of the organization which began as a human service organization in 1874 and served both animals and children. As human services organizations began to develop, the main issue became animal neglect caused by overpopulation. Nationwide, 20,000,000 animals were euthanized each year. Over the years, the number has declined to about 1,000,000 per year.
Monadnock serves the needs of 1,400 animals per year. They provide adoption services, kennel boarding, daycare, medical and financial help, chips for pets, puppy school and as an emergency shelter. Monadnock has become a “destination shelter” for animals from the South and Puerto Rico. The Board is in the midst of a new strategic plan and the Society recently opened a satellite office in Depot Square.
Steve Kim joined us and noted that 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.
Chuck Simpson has again agreed to organize our roadside cleanup scheduled for the morning of May 12.
On March 27, the scheduled speakers will be Jennifer Marshall and Kristen Leach from N.H. Dance Institute. John Goodhue has Opening Words and Dale Gable has “The Hat”. On April 3, Vance has Opening Words and Jerry has “The Hat”.
See you Tuesday!
March 20, 2018 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
March 12, 2018
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians:
Weather forecasts are warning of blizzard conditions tomorrow morning so please check the WMUR website to determine if ConVal is in session before heading to the church. On March 6, Rick read one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite poems, Invictus written by William E. Henley. Rob Harris had “The Hat” and spoke about his experiences as a teaching fellow at Case Western Reserve University.
 Guests included Roy Baldwin, Executive Director of Monadnock Christian Ministries. Francis May of Dublin. Harry Wolhandler and Pegg Monahan of Harrisville were also in attendance. I am pleased to report that Harry and Pegg have decided to become members of our Club. Welcome aboard!
Our speaker was Steve Reinhart of Rindge. Steve is the Founder and Chief Optimist of Optimism Plus, LLC. Steve gave an inspiring presentation about the importance of not being influenced by negative, pessimistic energy. And, the importance of not reacting or responding to negativity. He gave us worksheets and had us engage in activities to recognize our positive attributes.
Steve stressed the following:
  • Set aspirations in the present time
  • We are what we think
  • We are what we say
  • When meeting someone, find something positive to say about them
  • Strive to make people feel good about themselves
  • For more information, Steve can be reached at:
During announcements, we discussed the lack of students enrolled in the RYLA event scheduled for March 24. It was the sense of the meeting that we cancel RYLA and consider holding the event in early fall.
On March 13, the scheduled speaker will be Kathy Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Monadnock Humane Society . Jamie Hamilton has Opening Words and Adam Hamilton has “The Hat”. On March 20, Jim Guy has Opening Words and Bill has “The Hat”.
We received an email from Travis Krumph. Travis sends his regards to club members and reported that he has applied for a $35,000 Rotary district grant to upgrade school facilities in Nicaragua. More information from Travis will be forthcoming.
On March 9, I met with Nicole Peas of DCS. We discussed the Rotary park payments to the Harris Center, a trip to the Park being planned for the late spring and the birdhouse project to be scheduled in May before the birds need a new home. Nicole agreed to attend an upcoming Rotary meeting to give an update on the school and get feedback on future collaborations. We also spoke about opportunities to read with the children and to organize afternoon board game time. I’ll have a full report at our next meeting.
See you Tuesday!
Meeting Update 3.12.18 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians: 
We had a busy meeting on Tuesday, February 27. Bob Meissner read a poem by Roger Housdon for Opening Words and Kevin had “The Hat” and spoke about taking a ride on a nuclear submarine commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.
 Becky Sakallarion was our speaker. Becky lived in Greece for several years and has returned to work with refugees arriving from Syria and other countries. She offered a brief history of the recent migration beginning in 2015 with the Syrian civil war escalation. The original waves of refugees were members of the Syrian professional class and were welcomed by European countries. As the war progressed, less educated migrants placed greater stress on available services and countries began restricting entry. Refugees found themselves unable to move beyond Greece—a country already facing financial difficulties. As a result, migrants found themselves living in crowded refugee camps during the winter with only tents for shelter. By 2016, 365,000 people had arrived in Greece most through the island of Lesbos…a 4 mile journey from Turkey over open water. Many people drowned during the journey.
The European Union paid Turkey 3.5 billion Euros to establish camps and discourage people from moving to Greece. People smuggling is big business and before long the number of immigrants reaching Greek soil increased. Currently, there are 40 camps in Greece housing 65,000 refugees. Greece has delegated supervision of the camps to international NGOs. Becky is currently raising funds to return to Greece with clothing and other necessary supplies. She has also been interviewing women to compile their “life stories”. Generally, men have been given the opportunity to serve as spokespersons for the migrants and little attention has been paid to women and their roles in organizing their journeys and keeping their families together in difficult times.                                                  
On March 6, the scheduled speaker will be Steve Reinhart. We will also have a brief discussion about the future of RYLA originally scheduled for March 24 but the number of students is not sufficient to move forward with the event. Rick has Opening Words and Rob has “The Hat”. On March 13, Jamie Hamilton has Opening Words and Adam Hamilton has “The Hat”.
During our Executive Committee meeting on February 28, we discussed future committee assignments. We established March 3 as the “drop dead” for students wishing to attend RYLA. Two members have anonymously offered to make donations to Brantwood Camp through the Monadnock Rotary Club. Dale offered a motion to donate $200 to the camp when the checks have been deposited in our account.
May 12 was selected as the possible date for our roadside clean-up project. Bill will contact Chuck Simpson to learn of his interest in participating. We also discussed our process for selecting speakers and noted the great job Bob Meissner has done in helping identify speakers. Bob has agreed to continue to help organize speakers for us and will work with the designated “speaker seekers”.
See you Tuesday!
Minutes 2.27.18 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
February 25, 2018
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians
We had a busy meeting on Tuesday. Guests included Pegg Monahan and Harry Wolhandler from Harrisville. We had an informative meeting last Tuesday. Bill offered Opening Words and Tom Warren gave an overview about bank employee compensation as his Hat presentation.
Nate Morison was our speaker. Nate recently purchased Vicuna Chocolates in Peterborough from Neely Cowen. Nate’s family has a long history in the area and Nate is a recent graduate of ConVal High School. He was drawn to Vicuna because high quality chocolate is part of the local food revival, preparing the chocolate using “direct trade” ingredients is challenging and the procedures established by Neely were shared with him. Nate explained the difference between a chocolatier and a chocolate maker. Nate, a chocolate maker produces the chocolate with raw materials from scratch. The entire process requires 60-70 hours.
On February 27, Bob M. has Opening Words and Kevin has “The Hat”. The scheduled speaker will be Becky Sakellarion. We will also have a brief discussion on our upcoming RYLA event scheduled for March 24. Looking forward to March 6, Rick has Opening words and Rob has “The Hat”.
See you Tuesday!
February 20 Meeting 2018-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
February 17, 2018
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day before another storm drops some snow tomorrow. We had an informative meeting last Tuesday. Dublin resident Paul Cooper was our guest and came to hear our speaker’s presentation on elder law. He had heard about our meeting from the article submitted to The Advocate by Bob Meissner. Wendy offered Opening Words and the Hat time was used to discuss a suggestion offered during our last Club Assembly to give our speakers locally sourced maple syrup rather than the traditional box of chocolates. A container was selected and ten weeks of syrup have been ordered.
A discussion was held regarding waiving RYLA fees for local Interact students. The sense of the meeting was to offer to split the cost with our Peterborough cousins.
Susan R. Abert, Esq. was our speaker. She is a member of the Norton & Albert, P.C. law firm located in Keene. She has chosen to devote her professional practice to elderly law. Her topics covered estate planning, changes in trust law and, guardianships. Ms. Abert gave a review of the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act that went into law on January 1, 2018. Greater authority now rests with people designated to make decisions on an elderly person’s behalf. Power of Attorney documents drawn up prior to the new year are still in effect but it is important to consult with your attorney to ensure your wishes will be honored. She noted the importance of making decisions clear for people (Agents) designated to help the elderly. Susan also highlighted the Uniform Fiduciary Act that will allow a person’s assigned agent to alter beneficiaries in one’s will. Ms. Albert also recommended establishing a bank account so your agent is able to draw funds for after death expenses such as funerals.
On February 20, Bob V.has Opening Words and Chuck Simpson has “The Hat”. Our speaker is scheduled to be Nate Morison.
On February 27, Bob M. has Opening Words and Kevin has “The Hat”. The scheduled speaker will be Becky Sakellarion.
See you Tuesday!
February 13, 2018 2018-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
January 16, 2018
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
A small but hearty group was present for our meeting today. Jim Guy had Opening Words and Bill spoke about a conversation several years ago with an acquaintance that had committed serious crimes and spent time in prison. Our scheduled speaker was not available due to influenza which gave us additional time for socializing. Mr. Reinhart has offered to speak at a later date.
On January 23, John Goodhue has Opening Words and Dale has “The Hat. Speaker seekers for January 16, 23 and 30 are Bob M., Chuck S. and Bob V. Wendy and Tom Warren have speaker responsibilities for February 6-20. A discussion was held during the meeting regarding upcoming speakers. Bob Meissner has recruited a number of upcoming speakers and has updated our web page.
Upcoming speakers include (check our ClubRunner website for more details):
  • Kathy Collingsworth of the Monadnock Humane Society on January 23.
  • Steve Ryder of True North Networks on January 30.
Announcements included:
  • On January 18, all are invited to a joint social at the Waterhouse Restaurant. This is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from Jaffrey-Rindge and Peterborough.
  • Please consider supporting our Rotary Foundation goal of $100 per member. See John Goodhue for more details.
  • Save the Date: Our traditional gavel party site at MacDowell Dam has been reserved for the evening of June 26.
  • The Executive Committee will meet on January 31 at DGS at 7:30 a.m.
  • RYLA is scheduled for March 24 at Dublin School
  • Notes of appreciation were received from all organizations receiving Wellness donations.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for March 3, 2018. See Bill for details.
See you Tuesday!
January 16, 2018 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
Sorry for delay in getting these meeting notes to you.
Looks like we have some weather headed our way. There is a chance we will not meet tomorrow as the forecast calls for snow beginning about 5 a.m. and continuing through the day. As usual, if ConVal closes for the day, we will not hold our meeting. Snow cancelations are posted on WMUR. Weather permitting; we will follow an informal agenda for the meeting. There will not be a speaker and extra time will be provided for conversation and socializing.
On December 5th, Kevin had “The Hat” and spoke about attending his first Patriots game. When he was 11, his uncle, a season ticket holder gave Kevin his ticket. His father drove him to the game and bought a ticket on the opposite side of the stadium. A fire started under the wooden bleachers near his father and spectators were told to move onto the field. Kevin ended up on the Cleveland Browns bench and had the opportunity to talk with the players.
Margaret Gurney was our Speaker and discussed her role as Editor of the Dublin Advocate. Mary Loftis and Ramona Brown were also in attendance and are part of the newsletter team of writers and editors. The Advocate was started by John Nelson in 1999. Rotarians Rick MacMillan and Matt Wagner have also served as editor over the years.
Margaret explained how the monthly articles are selected and the steps leading to publication of the issues. The newsletter is supported by the Town and advertising revenue from local businesses. Margaret believes that a local newsletter should emphasize positive activities and avoid taking sides on political issues. Circulation is 800 printed copies and the newsletters are posted to the town website. Suggestions for articles are always welcome.
Our annual holiday dinner is scheduled for December 19 and will be held at the Dublin Community Center. Guests, friends, former club members are welcome to join us for this event. The format will be different this year. Dinner will not be served but there will be plenty of hearty appetizers (BYOB). Festivities will begin at 5:30 with our meeting commencing at 6:00. The Wellness Committee will present their monetary awards to local non-profits and folks are welcome to linger afterwards. Please RSVP to Deadline for reservations is our December 12th meeting.
December 5, 2017 Meeting Bill Gurney 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
November 28, 2017
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
It was nice to get back together after the Thanksgiving break. Bob Vecchiotti offered Opening Words. In lieu of a Hat Story, Bill read a brief passage regarding a Mt. Monadnock hike taken by Henry Thoreau.
Announcements included:
  • Jerry and Dale spoke about the district expo in Nashua
  • John Goodhue asked us to consider a Rotary Foundation donation of $100 before the end of year
  • There was a nice article about Tom Warren in the Ledger (see attached)
  • RYLA will be held on March 24 at Dublin School – Volunteers are needed
  • Vance offered information on the artist program with DCS
Jim Guy introduced our speaker, Sarah Bauhan. Sarah grew up in Peterborough and Dublin. She now manages Bauhan Publishing, started by Bill Bauhan in the late 1950s. Ms. Bauhan is also a professional musician and recently released a new album entitled Elmwood Station. Patronage for artists has changed dramatically from individual wealthy benefactors to corporations and government subsidies. Sarah offered an overview of how the publishing business has evolved in response to technology innovation, mergers by publishing companies and She also explained how musicians have changed their business models in response to similar conditions. For more information about Sarah, her website is:
For December 5, Bob Meissner has Opening Words and Kevin has “The Hat.” Rob Harris will introduce our speaker, Margaret Gurney. She will give a presentation about managing a small town newsletter.
Our annual holiday dinner is scheduled for December 19 and will be held at the Dublin Community Center. Guests, friends, former club members are welcome to join us for this event. The format will be different this year. Dinner will not be served but there will be plenty of hearty appetizers (BYOB). Festivities will begin at 5:30 with our meeting commencing at 6:00. The Wellness Committee will present their monetary awards to local non-profits and folks are welcome to linger afterwards. Please RSVP to Deadline for reservations is our December 5th meeting.
The Executive Committee held a brief meeting. Agenda items included:
  • A review of our budget YTD
  • The Committee decided to move ahead with another birdhouse project at DCS
  • We discussed brush clearing at the Rotary Park and helping to cover costs of curriculum planning for the Park
  • Planning for holiday party
November 28, 2017 Meeting Bill Gurney 2017-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
The first coating of snow greeted us this morning. Tom Warren read a passage provided by Wendy White to begin our meeting. Tom reported that Wendy is feeling better and hopes to return to our meetings in the near future. Tom also had “The Hat” and spoke about how a friendship with a junior high school classmate led to his interest in the natural world.
Following announcements, we had the pleasure of presenting Jim Fearnside with a Paul Harris Fellowship. The honor is in recognition of his many years of service as a Rotarian and for his outstanding leadership in organizing our Wellness Festival this year.
Adam Hamilton introduced our speaker Danya Landis. Ms. Landis and Rebecca Hamilton formed Machina Arts to encourage and organize art events in the Keene area. Their company is based at Hannah Grimes. Danya has a background in metal sculpturing and interior or spatial design.  They currently host a Friday afternoon social gathering at the “Hive” at Hannah Grimes which is open to the public and gives local artists a venue to share their work.
Their goals include:
  • Retaining young professionals in the area by offering cultural events.
  • Organize healthy and interesting events that attract the post-college crowd, as well as older residents.
  • Provide affordable space for emerging artists to share and sell their works.
Machina Arts longer term goals include the development of a gallery/venue space with bar and bistro. The company website is
There is no meeting scheduled for next week in observance of Thanksgiving.
For November 28, Bob Vecchiotti has Opening Words and Chuck Simpson has “The Hat.” Tom Warren will also conclude a presentation begun at the meeting yesterday. Speaker Seekers for November 28, December 5 and December 12 are Rob H., Rick M. and Kevin M. Jim Guy has a possible speaker – Nancy Jackson, a Dublin resident and professional facilitator. Please see Jim if you are responsible for that date. Jerry will talk about options to purchase clothing and hats with our Monadnock Rotary logo…just in time for the holidays!
Our annual holiday dinner is scheduled for December 19 and will be held at the Dublin Community Center. Guests, friends, former club members are welcome to join us for this event. There will not be a morning meeting on that date. More information will be forthcoming next week.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov 14, 2017 Meeting Bill Gurney 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Copley, 2016-2017 President on Jan 20, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of Monadnock Rotary,
Thank you all for your participation at last Wednesday's Post Holiday Dinner Celebration!  It was such an uplifting evening, with a delicious catered meal prepared and served by Lou Ann Poor (with the able assistance of Chuck Simpson) and the opportunity to chat with Rotarians and guests throughout the evening.  We appreciate Rotarian Rev. Jamie Hamilton and her All Saint's parish for letting Rotary use its lovely Reynolds Hall with its soft lighting and even a welcoming log fire in the fireplace as the setting for our special evening.
      Past President Rob Harris shared a very moving poem for the Opening Words, and Dale Gabel led the Flag Salute.  Then the room burst forth with an amazing rendition of 'America the Beautiful' led by Raylynmor Opera's Director Ben Robinson, assisted by the active Rotarian supporter Ramona Branch (wife of our Jerry Branch), and Peterborough Rotary's Andy Peterson.  It was a "Wow!" beginning to a truly wonderful evening. 
     The program included the introduction of Monadnock Rotary's Executive Board, followed by Membership Chair Jerry Branch honoring retired Rotarian John Vance and his induction of our newest club member Bob Meissner (please see the accompanying photo, courtesy of Romona Branch, of Bob's wife pinning Bob with his Rotary new membership pin).  We also welcomed three month old Charlotte, the daughter of Travis Kumph and his lovely wife.
      Dale Gabel, chair of the 2016 Monadnock Wellness Festival, then introduced the representatives of the many community non-profits that each received a check from the MWF's largesse -- with each person taking a few minutes to share a brief description of their organization and its latest initiatives to support local children and families in need.  President Sue Copley ended the evening with a poem by a Nobel Prize Laureate.  Bill Gurney and others stayed on to help Lou Ann and Chuck with the clean-up.  An inspiring and very enjoyable evening for sure!!
      The Tuesday, Jan. 17th breakfast meeting will feature guests Esther Rhoades and Maria Belva presenting on the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs for motivated, high ability singers -- and the incredible experiences these choristers have, including touring Europe when they reach the high school level choir! 
      John Goodhue will give the Opening Words, and Sue Copley will share a brief story about her first job -- what was it, and what did she learn from this experience? 
      Mary Loftis  will give us an up-date on RYLA, and we will circulate a sign up sheet for opportunities to "do your part" at upcoming Rotary meetings! 
      With gratitude,
                   Sue Copley,  2016-2017 President
By request, here is what I read Wed. evening from the Words of Peace: Selections From the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
      "We live in hope because we believe, like St. Paul, that love never dies...  
      "We must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world.  And I want to declare emphatically: Such a world is possible.  To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice.  Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists.  To sow we must open our hands."
              -- Adolfo Perez  Esquivel (1980 winner)
      ""Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates.  Let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther King, Jr., to have been correct when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.  Let the efforts of us all prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold..."
              -- Nelson Mandela (1993 winner)
Monadnock Rotary Celebratory Dinner! Sue Copley, 2016-2017 President 2017-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Copley on Dec 30, 2016
Dear Members and Friends of Monadnock Rotary,
On December 27th our club had a special treat: Emily Garland, a recent ConVal graduate who is now a student at Endicott College, shared her work with children and families in refugee camps in northern Greece.  This was not a travelogue, but rather a glimpse into the life of a young woman's decision to do something very concrete to make this world a better place.  Emily's talk included photos of the endless rows of temporary tents housing refugees, unaccompanied minors as well as families from many different countries who fled because of war, famine, violence, and losing their homes to bombings.  She also introduced us to numerous refugee friends who were helping with the NGO projects to improve the sanitation and overall health and nutrition of those in the camps.  When she returned to the U.S. in the fall, Emily continued to volunteer to support refugee families in Boston one day a week -- and she leaves on January 10th for further learning and service projects in various refugee camps in different parts of Greece.  She is a young woman of tremendous courage and compassion, and I think we were all incredibly inspired by her talk and what is perhaps evolving into her life work.
At this December 27th meeting Jim Guy gave the Opening Words, a wonderful poem by author Don Miguel Ruiz (on the basis of Jim's Invocation, I subsequently ordered Ruiz's book, "The Four Agreements").  Tom Warren shared a terrific 'hat story' about how how his father, grandfather, and middle school science teacher influenced his life.  And I think we will all remember Tom's 'ice cream cone' story!
      January 11th 5 - 8 pm is our annual supper at Reynolds Hall to celebrate the success of the fall's Monadnock Wellness Festival, and to present checks to the local non-profits with whom our club shares the financial success of the 2016 MWF, skilfully chaired by Dale Gabel.  The evening event is also a special time to enjoy the company of club members, friends, potential new members, and representatives of the invited non-profits who will each briefly describe their organization's mission, programs, and services.   So...
          1.  Please invite potential new members to be your guests at this celebratory supper party.
          2.  Go on clubrunner (or email Dale Gabel) with the names of your attendees -- your name, the name of your spouse/partner, the names of your other guests.  This is really important as a firm number is needed in order to have the appropriate amount of food, tables, etc.
          3.  Please bring something to contribute to the "drinks table" to be shared with those present.
          4.  As Rotarians, please try to "spread out" among the tables so that we can all meet guests and help host.  We don't want "some tables of Rotarians and some tables of guests"!
          5.  Come and enjoy stimulating conversations, delicious appetizers, and a special buffet dinner, all prepared by Lou-Ann Poor with the able assistance of Chuck Simpson; it will be a worthwhile and fun event!!
And please Remember:
      o  Tuesday, Jan. 10th:  No Club meeting
      o Tuesday, Jan. 17th -- YES!!  Monadnock Rotary will meet for its usual hot breakfast (with thanks to The Dublin General Store) and a meeting featuring a presentation by the Directors of The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, Maria Belva and Esther Rhoads.  
          John Goodhue will share Opening Words, and Chuck Simpson will tell us a "Hat Story."   Chuck will be the first club member to start our Winter/Spring theme for hat stories:  What was your first paid job? (not necessarily full-time)  What was it, where was it, what did you actually do, and -- most importantly -- what were the "lessons learned" that have remained with you?  Of course you actually have the option of choosing from any one of your first paid jobs, since the rest of  us will probably not know whether it was actually 'the first' or not!
See you at the January 11th, 5 - 8 pm, Post Holiday Monadnock Rotary party at Reynolds Hall! 
With gratitude,
        Sue Copley, 2016-2017 President
Dec. 27th Monadnock Rotary Mtg with Guest Speaker Emily Garland Sue Copley 2016-12-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Copley, President on Dec 05, 2016
Dear Rotarians,
      With your President still "on the mend" [see photo!] after a hiking injury, I'm very grateful that your President-Elect (who has chaired/ facilitated hundreds of meetings in his professional life!) Bill Gurney was willing to lead last Tuesday's November 29th meeting! 
     As you know, we were very pleased to host Gil Morris, a teacher at the Applied Technology Center at our local ConVal High School.  Our other speaker was Noah Bell, a ConVal Senior who has been very involved with Mr. Morris' Engineering classes through the high school's Extended Learning Opportunity program.  Noah has built and is in the process of refining a model of Tesla’s Coil -- quite a challenge!
      Gil Morris worked as a software engineer before changing careers and becoming a teacher.  At the Nov. 29th meeting, Gil described his engineering classes and some of the impressive projects his students have completed. He also discussed “Running Start” and the opportunity his students have to take his classes for college credit from the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
      At this 11/29 meeting, Kevin McElhinney gave the Opening Words, traveling over the early morning icy roads from Brattleboro to be with us!  Travis Kumpf shared a "hat story" about his first trip overseas, helping build homes for families in Peru.  This experience has led to a life-long interest in helping to develop sustainable communities; since that life-altering trip to Peru, Travis has continued to travel on service trips.  Over time he became a sought-after leader for such trips, including this spring's Conant/ConVal Rotary Interact service work trip to a Central American rural village.  
Thank you, Kevin and Travis, for your inspired start to a very interesting meeting!
     At this Tuesday's meeting on December 6th, we welcome Suzanne Margarit, the Link Program Coordinator for the NH Children's Cancer Lifeline.  Suzanne is a teacher in Goffstown (quite a journey on an early Tuesday morning!) and has been involved with the CCL for two and a half years.  We look forward to learning more about this organization and its support for families who are dealing with terribly difficult situations with very ill children.
     Also please welcome Lisa Koziell-Betz, the Program Coordinator at the Peterborough Recreation Department.  Lisa is a wonderful person who has been deeply involved with providing a plethora of meaningful and enjoyable activities for area residents.  She is also the mother of Ryan, a star graduate of ConVal High School, and his younger sister Morgan whom I knew when she was a student at Peterborough Elementary School -- and who taught me and so many others a great deal about friendship, courage, and living life to the fullest each and every day that we are granted on this good earth.
     At this Dec. 6th meeting, Vance Finch will offer the Opening Words, and Adam Hamilton will share a "hat story" about a person, event, or experience that influenced his interest in in public service and social justice.  These stories shared by our Rotarian friends help inspire us all to continue working hard to make  our local, national, and global communities a better place for every person -- and helping to make "Service Above Self" more than just the words that we recite at the end of each meeting.
Dec. 6th, 2016, Monadnock Rotary mtg Sue Copley, President 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Copley on Nov 14, 2016

Roger Swain, TV's "Mr. Victory Garden"

   On Tuesday, November 15th, Monadnock Rotary welcomed Roger Swain, the master gardener and local celebrity who once hosted over 500 programs of public television's "Victory Garden."  He is still a very fit and active gentleman who continues to present and consult all over the country, including speaking to the more than 600 gardeners at Florida's DisneyLand!  Since it's late in the gardening year, rather than talking about plants and planting, Roger talked about the crucial hand tools that every gardener should own.  Each tool needs to be selected for its premium quality (good ones last for many years!) and be a good fit for the user.  He noted that as we get taller each generation, the handles on inexpensive versions of tools continue to get shorter -- and thus cause a multitude of back problems among their owners. 
   Roger also described how before winter sets in, it is important to prepare your tools for storage, and even gave a demonstration on how to sharpen your spade!  Numerous Rotarians asked questions while also expressing appreciation for Roger so generously sharing his immense expertise and decades of experiences growing 'back yard' vegetables.   Roger noted that during WWII, a huge percentage of Americans grew most of their own veggies, and now a much smaller percentage do so -- and their gardens are much smaller in size.  His hope and dream is for many more Americans to grow their own food -- which provides healthier nutrition and promotes excellent fitness!  Thank you, Roger Swain, for reminding us of the importance and value of having high quality hand tools and the importance of growing our own veggies!
Roger Swain, "Mr. Victory Garden" Talks Tools Sue Copley 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Copley on Nov 07, 2016
 Ben Conant, Sports Editor, Writer, & Photographer
On November 8th, 2016, our Monadnock Rotary Club hosted Ben Conant, the Sports Editor and Photographer for the Monadnock Ledger Transcript newspaper.  Ben showed a sampling of his excellent action photos of special moments in team competitions representing numerous sports in the many area schools.  He also described growing up in Peterborough, attending and graduating from Keene State College, and then working at the Concord (NH) Monitor newspaper for a number of years before returning to his hometown in Peterborough.  He mentioned that he was fortunate that he could remember so many players' names and 'stats,' and enjoyed following them through their high school sports careers.  He highlighted various teams that have excelled in the last year or so, and described the excitement generated by local teams that host hundreds of spectators for each game.  Rotarians complimented Ben on his lively writing and his huge outpouring of articles that demonstrate a genuine understanding of so many varied boys' and girls' sports.  When asked, Rotarians shared how they value job applicants (in a variety of businesses) who have competed in high school and even college sports.  They mentioned that these experiences support teen-agers' ability to collaborate and help develop a strong work ethic and 'willingness to learn' that are keys to success in most adult work situations.  It was also heartening to hear that a local high school graduate has returned to this area to a job which he truly enjoys.  Thank you, Ben, for sharing your love of sports!
Ben Conant, Sports Journalist, visits Monadnock Rotary! Sue Copley 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0