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