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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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Home Page Stories
On May 13th, New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid, addressed the Rotary club of Nashua, regarding 50 years of covering presidential politics in New Hampshire. Joe McQuaid has been in the newspaper business for more than 50 years. Starting as an office copy boy, just like his father had to his father. Joe’s father, B.J. McQuaid, was co-founder of the New Hampshire Sunday News and later served as editor-in-chief of the Union Leader.  
On April 29nd, Nashua Fire Chief Brian Rhodes, addressed the Rotary club of Nashua, regarding the Nashua Fire Department. Born and brought up in Connecticut, Brian joined the Nashua FD in 1986, became a lieutenant in 200, a captain in 2004, Deputy Chief in 2011, Assistant Chief in 2016, and Chief in 2018. Brian started with a little trivia of his own: there are 6 fire houses in Nashua (plus the communications center), the NFD employees 180 people, and there are 38 people in the Fire Suppression Division covering our city 24 / 7 / 365.
On April 22nd, Dwight Davis, former professional basketball player, addressed the Rotary club of Nashua, regarding his life story. Dwight is a current community activist and motivation speaker.  Currently he is vice president of the retired NBA players association.  He played at University of Houston prior to playing with the Cleveland Cavs. He has followed his career with many community-related activities and organizations.  He lives with his wife and five children in the Seacoast region of NH.  He is currently involved with starting and supporting NH Senior Helpers. 
On April 15th, Kevin Flynn and Jeannie Gonyer from the St. Joseph Mobile Health Clinic, addressed a joint meeting of the Rotary club of Nashua and the Rotary Club of Nashua West, regarding the St. Joseph Mobile Health Clinic (MHC). Kevin Flynn is an employee of St. Joseph’s Hospital and in charge of the MHC.  Jean Gonyer is the program manager with a nursing background. Starting with a bit of Nashua trivia, Kevin informed us that the founder of St. Joseph hospital was the pastor at St. Aloysius Parish.  His funeral service was the only time the city of Nashua had closed in history, 1917.
0n April 8th, our own Jerilyn Sullivan and Ernie Marino, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the potential health risks in chemicals included in vaccines. Jerilyn and Ernie presented information about the content and efficacy of vaccines with the message that although the science is important, people should do their best to be informed about what they put into their bodies. 
0n April 1st, Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, Fulchino Vineyard. Al is a member of the Hollis/Brookline club which often meets at his vineyard.  Al is the 5th generation involved in wine making, he even uses his grandfather’s wine press in his processing. 
0n March 25th, Frank Edelblut, NH Commissioner of Education, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, his role of education in the state and reports to the governor. He shared his vision of education for everyone. He worked previously as an accountant and did some entrepreneurial investment in developing businesses. He received a degree from URI and Holy Cross. He and his wife have 7 children and 2 grandchildren. They live in Wilton.
0n March 11th, Vasudha Wanchoo, Managing Director of the Jhamtse Gatsal Children Community and Mark Foley, president of the US-based non-profit Jhamtse International, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. This organization provides a safe and nurturing home to children who come from situation of neglect, trauma, and abandonment in Eastern India. It is located in the Himalaya Mountains near Nepal and Bhutan.
0n March 4th, Linda Brodeur, President of Bishop Guertin High School, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, Bishop Guertin High School. Linda gave a historical overview of the school’s Mission and its origin dating back to the 1800’s in France.  Over 200 years of a “community building” thought process, the school has evolved. 
0n February 25th, Ralph Somnese, from the Nashua Historical Society, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, the Nashua Historical Society. Despite some technical difficulties, Ralph gave a fascinating “history of Nashua” especially the epoch Fires, Floods, and Hurricanes of the 1930’s. Also, Ralph talked about the mission and role of the Nashua Historical Society, which aims to preserve Nashua’s past for the future. Ralph also advised us not to touch museum exhibits if you go to Turkey, as this might lead to some very bad consequences! Thank you, Ralph, for a great presentation.
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.  
 
 
 
Speakers
Mike Shalin
May 20, 2019
"The Home Team" / Sports Journalism
Memorial Day
May 27, 2019
No Meeting
Krishna Mangipudi
Jun 03, 2019
E for All