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Welcome to Rotary Club 6460 in District 7870.

Nashua

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Nashua Country Club
25 Fairway Street
(mail to: P O Box 401, Nashua, NH 03061)
Nashua, NH  03061-5130
United States of America
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ROTARY CLUB OF NASHUA ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
 
A TOTAL OF $25,000 WILL BE GIVEN IN SCHOLARSHIPS
 
The total scholarship money will be divided into two $10,000 awards (payable at $2,500.00 per year over four years) and an additional $5,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the committee.
0n February 11th, Alderman-At-Large Candidates Fred Teeboom and Ben Clemons, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, their plans and position on issues effecting Nashua. Tracy Hall did an excellent job moderating the “debate” and keeping the candidates on point. The presentation was a great juxtaposition of two candidates with very different perspectives on the community; Fred focused on the need to remain fiscally prudent and Ben focused on the need to invest in community improvements; both made excellent points.
0n February 4th, Fritz Weatherbee, Newspaper and television reporter of great renown in the state, and a ninth generation New Hampsherite, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, growing up in New Hampshire. Fritz was born at SNHMC when it was known as Memorial Hospital.  After being born in 1936, he grew up in Milford and his first memories were of World War II starting at Pearl Harbor.  He finds it hard to believe he is the age he is and does not feel his age.
On January 28th, PJ Lajeunesse, Regional Sales Manager at 603 Brewery, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the 603 Brewery. PJ has been with 603 for one year.  He studied music and business in college and has worked with a record label as a tour manager as well as in the restaurant and bar business over the years. He lives with his wife in Amherst NH and they are expecting their first child this year.
On December 10th, Jared Barbosa, founder and CEO of the International Soccer Club, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the International Soccer Club. Jared is a graduate of Salem State University, and received his Masters from Rivier, where he’s currently enrolled in a certificate program for education administration. He currently works as a guidance counselor at Fairgrounds Middle School.
On December 10th, our own Larry Hersh and Adrian Levesque, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the progress of recent International Projects. Larry Hersh updated all of us on two Mexican projects.  An update for the Guatemalan Nursing/MidWife training project was given by Adrian Levesque. 
On December 3rd, Tim McMahon Jr., Vice President of the Souhegan Valley Rotary Club, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, using the power of social media in positive ways. Tim is the owner of MCM Social Media and a wrestling coach at Merrimack High School. Tim, his wife, and two kids live in Merrimack, NH. Besides helping clients with their social media, Tim wanted to do more. His goal is to teach children and adults to use the power of social media in positive ways.
On November 26th, Amy Joy Teas and our own Frank Teas, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, their personal journey learning their infant son has Sotos syndrome. Soon after young Frankie’s birth, they felt something wasn’t right, it took many doctor appointments to get an accurate diagnosis, most physicians haven’t seen a case of the syndrome, it is reported to occur in 1 in 10,000 to 14,000 births and some experts feel it may be closer to 1 in 5,000.  The disorder is characterized by the individual’s distinctive facial appearance, typically a long, narrow face, a high forehead and a small pointed chin, some have a narrow mouth palate.  Affected children tend to grow quickly and are much larger than their peers, but their growth levels off and they are in the normal range as an adult.
On November 19th, Joy Peterson, Lifestyle Consultant/Marketing & Sales for At Home by Hunt, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, Home By Hunt. At Home By Hunt is an option for healthy, active 62+ adults who want to have a long term care plan in place for tomorrow.
Bill Barry introduced our first speaker, Democratic candidate for Governor former state senator Molly Kelly. Ms. Kelly discussed her plans for expanded state funding for all levels of education, expanded health care and a New Hampshire that works for everyone, not just a few.  Ms. Kelly grew up in a family of 11 children and was focused on, “if one of us was going to succeed, we all had to succeed”.  She was critical of the Sununu administration’s stance on school “vouchers” and how the Trump administration agenda has crept into New Hampshire.
 
Frank Teas introduced Governor Chris Sununu.  He noted how his administration has cut the “red tape” to allow for more opportunity for all New Hampshire residents.  He touted how he does not have a school “voucher” program but has created educational choices for low income families.  He talked about how unemployment in New Hampshire is at an all-time low and the lowest in the United States.  He also noted that full-day kindergarten was approved under his administration.
Kevin Halloran introduced the candidates and reviewed the rules of the discussion today.  Each candidate has 15 minutes to review their positions and strengths.  These presentations will be followed by questions from the Rotarians in the audience. Steve Negron was introduced by George Eftimiou.  Steve is a retired Air Force officer.  A TCU university graduate in 1993.  He was a DOD program manager working with Lockheed Martin.  Annie Kuster was introduced by Bill Barry.  Annie is in her 3rd term representing NH  in Washington in Congress.  She was first elected in 2012.  She has been working to try to make Congress productive.  She is an attorney who previously worked in adoption law.
On October 15th, Kelly Ayotte, former US Senator from NH, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the commission on preparedness to biological attack and defense. Senator Ayotte is a former Attorney General for NH.  Her topic today is on a commission on preparedness to biological attack and defense.  She earned her law degree from Villanova.  As Senator, she championed the fight against the opioid epidemic.
On September 24th, James Donchess the Mayor of Nashua, since 2015, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the State of the City. A former Eli from Yale, lawyer and fellow Rotarian, Mayor Donchess is enjoying his second time as Mayor of Nashua. Tim Cummings was also introduced as Nashua’s Economic Director to support the discussion. Mayor Donchess listed a number of actions and improvements, planned and underway, to continue to make Nashua a better place to live.
On September 17th, President & CEO Doug Barry (our fellow Rotarian), and volunteer Charlie Franks, both from the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. Doug opened up the talk by noting that in the organization was founded in 1900 by M. Jennie Kendall, the first female sheriff in NH. In 1930, local businessman Roscoe Proctor donated six acres to the Humane Society making Proctor Cemetery the first pet cemetery in New Hampshire. 3,000 animals are buried there and there is room for approximately 500 more.
On August 27th, John Burkitt, from Gate City Bike Co-op, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, “Let’s Put People on Bikes” and the “Gate City Bike Co-op”. While working for Hewlett-Packard, he travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and Africa before his retirement in 2005. John returned to cycling in 2000, mostly utilitarian biking such as commuting, grocery shopping and cycle touring. In 2009, he attended the United Bicycle Institute in Oregon to become a certified bicycle technician and in 2010, working out a friend’s basement, he began rescuing and repairing discarded and unwanted bicycles and giving them away through groups like the Nashua Soup Kitchen and the Boys and Girls Club. Between 2010 and 2017, his organization Let’s Put People on Bikes delivered about 600 bikes throughout the Nashua area. In 2017, John teamed up with Donald Pare to start Gate City Bike Co-op.
On August 13th, Scott Slattery from Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. Scott is the Executive Director of the local agency which was started in 1994, it is part of Habitat for Humanity international which started in 1976, President Jimmy Carter has been a support and volunteer since the organizations inception, overall they are in 50 states and 70 countries. 
 
On August 6th, Liz Barbour addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, cooking and gardening. Liz lives in Hollis NH. She is a cooking instructor, author, gardener, and working chef. Liz has developed a variety of programs on cooking and gardening. Incorporating healthy ingredients with easy techniques and practical cooking skills focusing on fresh foods. She speaks to a variety of wellness groups, assisted living facilities and libraries to share her knowledge.  
On July 30th, Fr. Kyrillos Gobran from St. Mary & archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the former St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church located on Chandler Street. The original Catholic church was built in 1896, it sat empty for 15 years after the Manchester Diocese closed the parish church.  The Coptic Orthodox purchased the property in in 2008, it is one of 13 member churches in New England, their membership has grown from the initial 75 families to over 200 families today.
On July 23rd, Thom Walters addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, “how to live a calmer, more satisfying life”.  Thom is a published author, speaker and coach whose goal is to teach at least 1 million people how to begin and maintain a daily meditation habit. As he explains it, the surest way to global peace, is for each of us to truly understand who we are and why we do what we do, and meditation is the perfect tool for that purpose.
On July 16th, Heather Henline, Publisher of the Nashua Telegraph and Club Member, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the Nashua Telegraph and its parent company Ogden Newspapers.
Ogden Newspapers has been in business for 150 years.  They have acquired six new papers this year and own 50 daily newspapers from Hawaii across the Continental United States.
Our speakers today are presenting on behalf of the Ella House.  There are tours of this historic Nashua residence operating from August 2nd-31st, 6 days a week.  Tickets can be found online at HHHC.org and proceeds will go to benefit the Community Hospice House.  This summer, celebrated interior designers will transform the stunning and historic Beaux Arts Classical Style Frank E. Anderson House, built in 1906, into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and creativity.
Leon Barry, our 2018 Rotarian of the Year. 
Jack Law spoke about Leon’s virtues including:
If you are ever to have just one friend, this person is the one to have.
He is quietly philanthropic. 
He is non-political, yet speaks his mind.
There were a total of 32 grant applications with requests for $120,000 in total. 11 organizations received a total of $24,500. Jebb C. thanked the 15-member committee who made their task a lot easier. Great work everyone!
On June 11th, the Rotary Club of Nashua presented our Annual Scholarships. Michael Aquino and Jane Marquis led the program, recognizing the Committee Members and thanking the Board for allocating a little extra money this year, and giving a brief overview of the 5 scholarships that were awarded. Several past recipients sent letters and/or came back to give us an update on their progress through school. Jane and Mike then introduced the winners of this year’s scholarships.
On May 21st, Rick Manganello addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, “10 Lessons for 10 Years of Rotary”.  Lessons learned since starting his District involvement since 2006.  Rick spoke about the 549 existing active and past District Governors (Maroon jackets) as being “cheerleaders” for the 35,600 Rotary clubs worldwide.  From his perspective - Members are the ones that really make things happen.
On May 21st, Larry Hersh addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, Nashua Rotary International Projects in Mexico. Larry presented two Rotary International Projects that the Nashua Rotary is coordinating.  Improving the lives of Mexican children is the target of the projects.  Five percent of all Mexican children have neurological disorders.  Two thirds of the children live below the poverty level.  There are business partners in Mexico – one a retired Mexican neurological pediatrician who has discovered a number of unique medical applications. The second project is the hydroponic growing facility.  Sales of the produce on is a source of income for the local people.
The Rotary Club of Nashua is now a participant in Amazon SMILE. AmazonSmile is a way to shop that offers the same shopping experience as Amazon.com, but every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com helps support a charity of your choice. To date, Amazon has donated over $46 million. To take advantage of this offer—and to ensure that your shopping throughout the year benefits your favorite charitable organization—just start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. You can use your existing Amazon.com account, but you need to login to Smile.Amazon.com in order for your purchases to count toward our fundraising.
 
 
 
Speakers
Ralph Sommese
Feb 25, 2019
Nashua Historical Society
Linda Brodeur
Mar 04, 2019
Bishop Guertin
Mark Foley & Vasudha
Mar 11, 2019
Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community