Welcome to Rotary Club 6460 in District 7870.
We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 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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We are now accepting applications for our Community Grants program, available to all area non-profits.  Application deadline is April 20, details of the process are outlined on the application available under download files to the right. 
A total of $25,000 will be awarded in community grants to non-profits serving the Nashua Community. The awards granted will be in the range of $2,500 - $5,000.
Two $10,000 awards will be payable at $2,500 per year; and additional scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the committee.
Applicants to the Rotary Club of Nashua Scholarship Fund must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Resident of Nashua and a senior attending any Nashua high school.
  • Plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution, including technical colleges, trade schools, or two-or four-year colleges.
  • Not an immediate family member of a member of the Rotary Club of Nashua.
  • Willing to participate in an interview. Interviews will be either in-person or virtual at the discretion of the committee.
On May 9th, Mayor Jim Donchess gave an abbreviated version of his State of the City (the full text can be found on the City’s website). Last 2 years have been challenging, but the city’s response to COVID has been strong and successful. Right now, there’s a slight uptick in cases, but the cases are less severe than previously seen, with significantly fewer hospitalizations. City budget will be proposed tomorrow night. The budget will be affected by COVID and the inflation that we’re seeing now.
On May 2nd, Scott Brown, former US Senator and US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa; known as a builder of political bridges with expertise in both the public and private sector, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding his more than 30 years of experience as a diplomat, senator, military officer, trade negotiator and bestselling author. Ambassador Brown reached the top of the New York Times Best Sellers List with his powerful memoir, Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks and Second Chances. The former Senator is a 9th generation son of the American Revolution out of Newington NH. 
On April 25th, Lisa May Swatko addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding her experiences with Special Olympics and the very positive role it has played in their family. Lisa’s son Ben, who is now 22, became involved with Special Olympics when he was 8 years old, which at that time was the youngest age allowed (now there is a program for those aged 2 through 7). Lisa chose to home-school Ben as it being the best option for him. Because of that, she actively sought out ways to expand his experiences outside of the home through organizations like Cub Scouts and Special Olympics. It was in Special Olympics that they found a strong level of understanding and acceptance. 
On April 18th, Dr. Laura Landerman-Garber addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding her project, Holiday Cards 4 our Military-NH Challenge. Laura is a mom, grandmother, and former Steelers fan, who finally saw the light and now embraces the Patriots.  She also mentioned being a former Rotary Girl of the Month back in 1973.  The challenge began in 2003 with her own family, when she gave them the “ticket to Turkey Day” challenge of writing a letter to our Heroes in the service.
On April 11th Bob Dewey, MD addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding “The Health Impact of Climate Change”. Dr. Dewey is a recently retired Interventional Cardiologist who worked at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.  He was employed there for over 30 years.  He has also been active in the American Heart Association, where he served as President and longstanding Board Member.  He is now Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action where he runs their speakers Bureau.  Bob is motivated to speak out on climate and health in order to leave his grandchildren a more livable planet.  
On April 4th, Elaine Hamel from Girls at Work, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding Girls at Work. Elaine Hamel, was introduced by Beth Covino. Beth had met Elaine years ago teaching and empowering girls in the use of power tools at Camp Spaulding.  Girlswork.org is the website for the organization.
On March 28th, Kim of President/CEO of Kim LaMontagne, LLC, Corporate Trainer, International Speaker and Author, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding creating a safe workplace culture that empowers employees to speak openly about mental health and substance misuse.
On March 21st, Nashua Fire Chief, Steve Buxton, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the Nashua Fire Department. Chief Buxton started his fire career in 1992 in Londonderry and is happy to be serving the community as the current Fire Chief. The Chief comes from a family of dedicated community members, and is a 5th generation firefighter. Other family members serve the community in education. His father also served as the Fire Chief of Nashua.
On March 14th, Carmen Acabbo from 50 Legs Charity, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding 50 Legs Charity for those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Carmen Acabbo is on the board of the 50 Legs Charity.  Her sister, Celeste, lost both legs at the finish line of the Marathon in 2015 when the bombing occurred.  She was not a runner but there supporting her sister, Carmen.  A video was shown highlighting the work of 50 Legs.  (50legs.org)  It has provided artificial legs for over 650 amputees. 
On March 7th, Mark Hastbacka, a detective with the Nashua PD from 1987 to 1997, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding Dana Lawrence. Since 1997 Mark has served in various capacities with the FBI in Miami and Boston Offices. Currently Mark is a special agent responsible for a wide New England area including Nashua. Mark had been alerted to some very sketchy allegations involving a woman whose name was (one of at least 5 aliases) Dana Lawrence.
0n February 28th, Kathy Mahoney from: St. Gianna’s Place in Hudson, NH, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding St. Gianna’s Place. Kathy met her husband Peter “in God’s time” and is active in church in Windham. Kathy was previously very active with Habitat for Humanity:
0n January 31st, Caleb Donnelly, founder of 93 North Capital, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding supporting NH'S small business owners. In 2006, Caleb became the first Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Champions to win the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Championship in 2006, in Springfield, Massachusetts, sinking 23 out of 25 free throws; his name is now inscribed in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. 
Starting next Monday (January 24) and continuing remote-only through February. 
We anticipate our first meeting back at Nashua Country Club to be Monday, March 7.
Our Zoom meetings will open at 12:00noon .... at 12:05pm our meeting will begin. We will have a hard stop by 1:00pm. You can use our current Zoom link, which is also sent to you every Friday via email.
* As a reminder, we are NOT meeting on Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents' Day.
0n January 10th, Rick Fabrizio, the Director of Communications and Public Policy for the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding technology and the introduction and expansion of broad band in New Hampshire. Rick mentioned growing up with technology in the 1980’s living in Newington, a small town with little or no broad band access.  Cable companies were hesitant to install lines because the ROI was minimal.
The club was entertained with a nice medley of Christmas classics in barbershop quartet style harmony by Houston Gallaway, Roger Menard, and Paul Belair + one; members of the Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus.  Songs included – Gloria, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Stupid joke song; Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is coming to town; as sing-alongs; We Wish you a Merry Christmas was the closing song sung by all.  
0n December 6th, Carol Lake, an American contemporary artist, who exhibits nationally and internationally, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding Modern Art Glass. Carol particularly likes 3d art, often in glass.  She prefers animal subjects and has been artist in residence in various locations.
0n November 29th, Drs. Jerrilyn Sullivan and Ernie Marino, the Planning Department Manager for the City of Nashua, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding, reducing inflammation and preventing disease and how many diseases are caused by inflammation. Surprise sources of inflammation include cosmetics, food and stress…
0n November 22nd, Matt Sullivan, the Planning Department Manager for the City of Nashua, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the long term plan the City. Matt joined the city in October of 2020. He works with the City’s development team to guide and review land use development, redevelopment, and preservation projects with the City’s master plan. Matt is a Nashua native. He serves as the vice-president for the New Hampshire Planners Association, is a member of the State’s Community Development Finance Authority’s Advisory Committee, and has a passion for housing issues, having served on a variety of housing and economic development-focused non-profit boards in his career.
0n November 15th, Julie Capozzi, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding breathwork for managing stress. Julie has been a guidance counselor, is a breathwork practitioner and reiki master, and currently teaches full time at Mount Wachusett Community College teaching psych and sociology programs.  Julie opened with gratitude and defined breathwork.  Anyone can do it, because it only requires your breath.  She talked about the energy in every cell and the tension that can be released through breathwork.
0n November 8th, Tanya McCready from Winterdance Dog Sled Tours told the story of the founding of her business with her partner, Hank DeBruin, along with his first attempt at competing in the Iditarod. Tanya told of Hank’s trials, tribulations, and his ultimate withdrawal from the race. Tanya’s story continued with Hank’s entry and completion of the Yukon Quest competition. Hank completed the Iditarod on his second attempt and the club was shown a picture of him crossing the finish line along with his team of sled dogs.
0n October 25th, Lindsay Rinaldi, Executive Director of the Nashua Community Music School, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the Nashua Community Music School. Lindsay grew up in Nashua and fell in love with music while attending the city’s public schools. She attended the University of Maine and to the Longy School of Music, and is a classically trained opera singer. 
0n October 4th, District Governor John Siemienowicz, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding his many adventures in Rotary.  John was born and grew up in Lowville, NY. After graduating from Lowville Academy and Central School, he attended SUNY Delhi for Civil Technology. He began his lifelong career in structural steel as a draftsman and connection designer and now is a significant supplier and installer of structural steel building projects. Project work includes Industrial, Commercial, Education, and Institutional buildings throughout New England and as far away as Florida & Texas. Having worked for numerous fabrication facilities in the Northeast & New England.
0n September 27th, Dr. Garth McKinney, Nashua School system superintendent, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the state of the Nashua School system.  Dr. McKinney had previous time in NH working in Merrimack, then Texas, before returning to Nashua.  He spoke and presented a very educational PowerPoint about the Nashua school system.  It included the mission statement and new goals and objectives to keep all the students, faculty and staff safe with the current pandemic.    Per the Governor of NH, Nashua students now attend in person for all schools.  Some of the efforts to keep all safe include limiting the number of volunteers, screening and testing students when appropriate and keeping all mindful of social distancing.
0n September 20th, Dr. Matthew Stanizzi, the Medical Director for BioRestore Health and oversees clinical protocols for their three locations in New England, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding Problems with the traditional medicine model. Dr. Matthew Stanizzi doubled majored in Neuroscience and Biology at Brandeis University. Received his Medical Degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2003. He currently is Board Certified in Urology.  He received training in functional Medicine through the American Academy for Anti-Aging medicine. Dr. Stanizzi works and sees patients from the Nashua location. 
0n September 13th, Vanessa Palange from NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mission: Prevent/mitigate/prepare for and respond to any hazards that impact NH.
Field Services: handles issues ‘on the ground’ and is in contact with officials and emergency management directors.
Operations: does training and exercises, works with police in the state for major events; they also have a 24/7 on-call officer; handles the State of Emergency Operation Center
0n August 23rd, Mr. Mark Threlfall owner of Super Dogs in Merrimack, NH addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding his 50 plus years of experience working with show dogs as both a handler and most recently a show judge. Mark would attend as many as 170 shows a year as a handler of show dogs for owners of these animals. Mark has worked in CT., Mass, Pennsylvania and other places along the eastern seaboard and the Midwest during his career. Among the many highlights in Mark’s career is his appearance as a judge at the famed Westminster Dog Show. Mark is a four-time judge at this prestigious 2-day show. He has traveled to Ireland, China, Taiwan, and Canada in his career.
0n August 16th, Kathy Farland, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding how “Stepping Stones” helps homeless youth in our community. Kathy Farland is a foster parent who came from the business world and saw the need to open a drop-in center for homeless youth in our community. Stepping Stones helps homeless youth, ages 25 and younger, in Nashua and surrounding towns.
On August 2nd, two guests from the Creative Union, a community centered art project conceived by one of the speakers present, Multimedia artist Elisa Hamilton and organized by the Currier Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Nashua, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the Creative Union.
On July 19th, Thomas Dougherty and Amy Bottomley, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the MicroSociety Academy Charter School (MACS).  Thomas brings his years of technical support and Amy brings years of education to the school.  Amy led the presentation.  The school is presently located at the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock building. They offer school from K-8th grade, preparing students for high school.
On July 12th, Coleen N. Heaslip from St. Joseph’s Wellness First Program, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding St. Joseph’s Wellness First Program. The program was launched earlier this year to focus on Preventive Health and Wellness for company employees.  Twenty companies have sighed on so far this year.  The program helps to control health care costs, maximize health plan benefits and create a healthy workforce.  The components of the program include care coordination, wellness events and a mobile health clinic.  There is no cost to enroll, no contract and no exclusivity with St. Joseph’s.  For further information contact Coleen at CHEASLIP@COVH.ORG.
On June 21st, Past President Charlie Hall led our program. Charlie mentioned there were 25 local non-profit organizations that requested funds to help them with their on-going efforts to help our fellow citizens.  The committee helped numerous organizations with gifts of $1500 to $3000.  Each recipient shared how the grant would be used and a little about their respective organizations.
On June 7th, Dr. Yvonne Vissing, a professor at Salem State University, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding homelessness in NH and Nashua.   Dr. Vissing is author of Out of Sight, Out of Mind – book focused on homelessness in small communities in New Hampshire.   What is homelessness?  majority of homeless people are families; no longer just a lone man or someone on skid row.  Many are working, at least part time, and many are unaccompanied minors.
On May 10th, Michael Reinke, Director of Nashua Soup Kitchen, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the Nashua Soup Kitchen. New campaign:  Spring Street Forward, which is the renovation of 35 Spring Street. Who is Nashua Soup Kitchen?  Providing food and shelter to Nashua community.  Food service began in 1981; shelter services began in 1984. Focus is emergency shelter and then help get into longer term housing.  Average stay is less than 30 days.
On April 27th, Julie Seven Sage, a high school junior, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding her entry into the Xprize Competition. Julie wants to become a physicist and increase the public’s awareness of sciences and technologies.  For her entry into the Xprize Competition, Julie designed and developed a new mask design to provide the needed comfort and safety for current Covid conditions.  The mask is see-thru to allow facial expression to be seen.  It has a squishy gasket to seal better and fit more comfortably on the face.  There are some other features to enhance voice recognition while masked.  The filter material is replaceable and can be a material of the wearer’s choice.
On April 12th, Paul Shea, executive director for Nashua’s Great American Downtown, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding Nashua’s Great American Downtown efforts. He promotes economic sustainability of downtown Nashua working with the economic development committee and chamber of commerce.   During the pandemic, he expanded his efforts to facilitate support of downtown’s economy through the CARES act and United way helping businesses get PPE and grant money.  Great American Downtown is a conduit for businesses to support each other as well.
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