At the June 5, 2017 meeting a former member Dave Drasba who had a serious heart attack and subsequently a heart transplant. He spoke about the experience of meeting the family of his donor.  Then John Glowik of PrimeATC medical Marijuana talked about their facility in Peterborough and the business of medical marijuana.  http://primeatc.com/
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The Peterborough Rotary Club spent a Monday meeting on a field trip to our very own Wilder-Rotary Park.
Wilder-Rotary Park is located just off of Route 202 at the dam along the Contoocook River. Developed in 2011 by the Rotary Club and the Peterborough Public Works Department, the park is open for picnicking and fishing. 
Located on the site of the old Wilder thermometer factory, the park features picnic tables, benches, parking, and views of the river.  Rotary members Bob Hanson and David Drasba spearheaded the project with support from Eastern Mountain Sports and the Town of Peterborough.
Rotarians Visit Wilder Rotary Park 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Michael Dougas of NH DOT speaks on traffic circles Tom Westheimer 2017-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Member Classification Talks
Typical Format:
  • Where born
  • Where raised
  • Education
  • Family
  • Career(s)
  • Hobbies/passions
  • Something about me (an accomplishment or achievement that you might not know about me)
  • Advice that substantiates the 4 way test that you would give to young adults starting career.
  • Share a Rotary Moment (if applicable) -  express an emotion or insight as to what it means to be a Rotarian.
Classification Talks Tom Westheimer 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
The Peterborough Rotary Club presented six Paul Harris Fellows at an awards dinner held at the Hancock Inn in Hancock, NH.  
 
Four Rotarians were honored as Paul Harris Fellows. Rotarian Pam Brenner was recognized with a PHF +1 for her contributions to the Peterborough Club when she served as Club President and for her work with Rotary Wilder Park. Brenner has since transferred to a Club in Florida. Rotarian Bob MacDonald was honored with a PHF +2 for his continued contributions to Rotary Youth Exchange, Camp Quest, and the Pancake Breakfast.  Rotarian Bob Hanson was recognized for his work with the Peterborough Rotary Charitable Trust and Wilder Rotary Park. And Rotarian James Kelly was recognized for his contributions to the Club, specifically Camp Quest and the Charitable Trust.
 
Two community members, Harry and Cynthia Healer, were presented with Paul Harris Fellows by Camp Quest Chairman Andy Peterson, for their continued commitment to Camp Quest and for supporting youth in our community.
 
 
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Over the past 47 years, generous community support of this traditional breakfast has raised thousands of dollars to support charitable causes in our local community.  Thanks to your support, we raised over $8,000 in 2016 to support our charitable activities and contributions, including Camp Quest, Operation Santa, local food banks, and college scholarships for ConVal students.
 
We ask for your consideration of support for the April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday Breakfast being held again at ConVal High School.  Click here for more information.
 
In partnership with ConVal and our local students, we are excited to host the 2017 Breakfast at the ConVal High School Cafeteria from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
 
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On March 6, the ConVal Chorus performed at the Peterborough Rotary Club.
 
The Club was pleased to have members of both the Monadnock Rotary Club and Monadnock at Home as our guests at the meeting.
 
Led by choral director Krystal Morin, the ConVal Chorus performed a variety of selections. To hear a song, click on the link.
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On March 1, 2017, Rotarians volunteered with the Unitarian Church to help with the weekly community supper. Two crews worked to both prepare and serve the food and to clean up afterward. They have this down to a science! Fresh salad, garlic bread, pasta and homemade spaghetti sauce, and delicious desserts. 
 
It truly felt good to be able to give back to the Church and to the community. This is something that the Club will continue to participate in; please let us know if you are interested.
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The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce the initial offering of a new district wide scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 Governor in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in securing a Rotary International grant of $412,000 to help southern Vermont rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene.  This scholarship is made possible due to donations from friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs throughout the District 7870.
 
Prior to her death in 2012, Jan McElroy requested that any donations received in her memory be dedicated to establishing a scholarship fund for non-traditional students.  It will be awarded to a person who is 21 years of age or older and has completed high school or earned a G.E.D. There must be at least a three-year gap between graduating from high school and full time college attendance or a record of part-time college for three years after graduating from high school. The scholarship can be used for expenses at a four- year or a two- year college, or for another type of accredited institution, such as a technical or vocational program.  The first scholarship award will be a minimum of $1,000.
 
 
 
Janet. H. McElroy Scholarship Kim Chandler 2017-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Independent Insurance agent/broker Michelle A. Lowe was installed as the newest member of the Peterborough Rotary Club.  Owner of Lowe Health Insurance, Lowe provides services in health and life insurance coverage and retirement planning. She is located in Peterborough.
 
Interested in joining Rotary? Email us!
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Welcome to Peterborough, NH Cole Royal 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Peterborough Rotary Club kicked off the holiday season yesterday by decorating the Town House and the two downtown bridges. The Club has enjoyed putting up these festive decorations for decades.
 
Pictured are:  Norm Makechnie, Laura Gingras, Cole Royal, Bob MacDonald, Jeff Crocker, Kim Chandler, Ed Walker, Andy Peterson and John Kaufhold.
 
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An exciting adventure awaits you, as a potential Rotary exchange student or host family, you look to expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before. We invite you to explore our site, learn more about the program, and, if it's right for you, take those first steps toward one of the most amazing, memorable, adventurous years of your life.  
Applications for outbound exchanges are due October 5. 
For more information, click on this link or email Cole Royal.
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The Club is pleased to announce that local author Edie Clark will be our featured speaker on July 25, 2016.
 
Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church and the Connecticut River have gained widespread attention. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance.

For almost twenty years, she has written a popular monthly essay for Yankee. Known as Mary’s Farm, the column is rooted in the place where she lives, an old farm in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The farm, which once grew corn and flax, sheep and horses, once belonged to a woman named Mary. Edie bought the farm 12 years ago, and now grows only hay. And stories. 

Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Northeast magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Hope magazine and Reader’s Digest. She has taught workshops and lectured frequently about writing and reporting. 

She has received the New Hampshire Writers and Publishers Project’s award for Excellence in Journalism and for four years in a row, her essays have been listed in the Best American Essays. In 1998, she was named “Writer of the Year” by the City and Regional Magazine Publishers Association. She has written the text for an orchestral work entitled Monadnock Tales, a fusion of music and poetry, which had its world premiere in 2001 and continues to please audiences.

Edie has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, as well as at Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington. She has also been in residence as the Visiting Writer at the University of Northern Michigan.

Edie is the author of The Place He Made, a memoir about her husband, Paul Bolton, who died of cancer at the age of 39. Though the book takes a wide-eyed look at cancer and at death, The Place He Made is a love story, more about life than it is about death. In its review, the New York Times Book Review called The Place He Made “a triumph of the human spirit . . . sure to take its place among the best of the literature.” The book, published in hardcover by Villard, was issued in paperback by Bantam Books and translated into Korean. The book was reissued in a new edition last year.

She is also the author of The View from Mary's Farm, a collection of her essays from Yankee magazine, and Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers: Kitchen Stories from Mary's Farm, a food memoir with recipes. 

Currently, Edie is Contributing Editor for Yankee magazine. She teaches writing and has taught many workshops. For several years, she taught in the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston and now teaches at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. Edie is available for freelance assignments and speaking engagements. 
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Kim Chandler was made President of the Peterborough Rotary Club at the Change of the Gavel ceremony.  Out-going President Cole Royal presented the presidential gavel to Kim at a regular Club luncheon meeting at ConVal High School.  In her address, Kim announced many new plans for the coming Rotary year.
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The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce the third Enhanced Cruz-In event of the 2016 season on Sunday, July 10th.
This month vehicles from Sweden will be featured.  Bring your Saabs, Volvos, Koenigsegg Mascots, and Esther Hult Healeys, AB Thulinverkens, new and old.
The event will be held in Depot Square, downtown Peterborough, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon.  It is open to all makes and models of vintage or special interest cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles.  The event is free to attendees and all are welcome - there is no fee to display a vehicle.
Participating Cruzers who attend will get a chance at a $25 door prize gift certificate from Kimball's Restaurant.
There will be a 50/50 raffle where the winner gets 50% of the proceeds and the rest goes to the Rotary Club for distribution to local charities. 
Continuing on recent years' success, an Antiques Market will be held behind the Toadstool Bookshop.  Each space measures 20 x 20 ft and costs $20.  To reserve a space in the Antiques Market or for other information about the Cruz-in event, call John Kaufhold at 924-3114 or 801-8364.
The Cruz-In takes place second Sunday of each summer month in Depot Square Downtown Peterborough from 9 to 12.
July 2016 Cruz In Kim Chandler 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce that ConVal High School seniors Kate Rogers and Christina Newell are recipients of the 2016 Peterborough Rotary Club Scholarship. Both students received a $2,500 scholarship.
 
Kate Rogers is the class valedictorian. She is currently studying abroad in Belgium as part of the Rotary Student Exchange program.   Kate is a talented and gifted young woman who had many leadership roles.  She was secretary of Interact, our community service group affiliated Peterborough Rotary.  In addition to her work with Interact, Kate was active with both the Youth and Government Club, History Club, soccer (JV Captain), lacrosse, National Honor Society, and the Revolution Ethics Project.   She combined her passion for volunteering with her love of animals, and worked with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. For six years, she worked alongside young Girl Scouts to help maintain the playground garden.  Kate will attend Georgetown University and plans to study public health. Her parents, Deb Heath-Rogers and Paul Rogers of Peterborough, have missed her dearly this year but are so excited for the opportunities a year abroad has provided.
 
 
 
Christina Newell was an active member of Interact, the Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, Band, Chorus, Robotics and the National Spanish Honor Society.  During the last four years she has been a peer ambassador for a China-U.S. cultural exchange program through Spiral International. Christina has done over 80 hours of community service for the exchange program while working at their summer camp. Through internship opportunities at Monadnock Hospital, Christina has found her passion for nursing. She will continue her journey at the University of New Hampshire where she has been accepted into the Nursing program. This summer, she will complete an LNA program at Keene State College. Christina lives with her parents, Dennis and Karen, in Dublin.
 
The Peterborough Rotary Club works closely with the school district to sponsor programs like Operation Santa, Camp Quest, Teacher of the Year, Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, and scholarships. Through fundraisers such as the Pancake Breakfast and the Cruz-In, the Rotary is able to offer scholarships to ConVal seniors to support them in their post-secondary plans.
 
In choosing the recipients, the Rotary reflects on the mission statement for Rotary International:  to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional and community service. The factors considered in choosing the recipients were scholastic achievement, work and extra curricular activities, financial need and community service.
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2015 Peterborough Rotary's Pancake Breakfast Cole Royal 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Today Laura spoke highly of the Cranberry Meadow Trail. For a map of this trail and nine other trails in Peterborough, please click here.
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Led by Jim Wickham, the ConVal Jazz band will visit the club and play a program of swing, blues, ska, funk and rock classics. A graduate of UNH, this is Jim Wickham's third year conducting the ConVal Band. The student performers are section leaders in the band and are dedicated to their music.  The members of the band are:
  • Genna Weidner - Trumpet
  • Ally Boyd - Trumpet
  • Chris Heffernan - Trombone
  • Ben Heffernan - Mellophone
  • Michael Pennington - Saxophone
  • Maclane Stevens - Saxophone
  • Cassie Cutting - Saxophone
  • Beck Lorimer - Drum Set
  • Marley Sorbello - Electric Bass
  • Grace Wirein - Flute
  • Meredith Dissinger - Trombone
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Melissa Thompson, CEO of Hyndsight Vision, will visit the club to discuss her company, a producer of multipurpose live video stream and monitor systems designed for use on any vehicle as a back-up or forward facing viewing system. Melissa is an avid athlete who rows, sails, boats towing her three sons on tubes or water skis, is a horseback rider and outdoor enthusiast. Her passion for these sports has driven her in the creation of the Hyndsight product line. 
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Our August 11th Rotary meeting will be held at Peterborough's Brantwood Camp, now in its 110th year of operation. Brantwood's Executive Director Amy Willey will be the speaker. Brantwood provides a fun, positive camping experience for boys and girls--from a variety of backgrounds--who would not otherwise have had the opportunity or been able to afford such an experience.
 
*Directions: drive out Sand Hill Road (on your right after Woodman's Florist if you are traveling from Downtown) Continue on Sand Hill for 3.9 miles.  The camp will be on your left.
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On August 10th, we hosted our 2014-2015 District Governor Richard Berryman.  Richard discussed what Rotary means to him, the district's priorities for 2014-2015, and Rotary International's "Light up Rotary" campaign.
A Visit from DG Richard Berryman Roy Schlieben 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
In case you missed it, you can watch the virtual lecture (first in club history!) by Dr. Christopher Bartlett - “Coping with Climate Variability in the Pacific Islands” here: 
 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/qT_WKSoltMU
Coping with Climate Change - The View from Vanuatu Roy Schlieben 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Teacher of the Year Finalists Cole Royal 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
 
ROAD-SIDE CLEAN UP DAY
 
 
Sat. May 3rd at 9 am to 11 am the Peterborough Rotary Club will do their annual Earth Day roadside clean-up.  Rotarians, family and friends of Rotary, are welcome to join us for this community service project.   Please meet at Noone Falls parking lot at 9 am.   Dress is recommended to be with pants and shirts with work gloves.  Trash bags will be supplied by the Peterborough Rotary Club.
 
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Posted by Cole Royal on Apr 14, 2014
Speaker for Monday, April 21st, 2014 - Larry Lessig
Lawrence Lessig The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce that the speaker for their luncheon meeting on Monday April 21st will be Lawrence Lessig who is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. He's now working to reduce the corrupting influence of money in American politics and to promote the idea of campaign finance reform.  He'll be speaking on behalf of NH Rebellion, a group raising awareness of the systematic corruption of money in the American political system.
 
January 11th to 29th 2014, Lessig joined the NH Rebellion to march from the top to bottom of New Hampshire, site of the first presidential primary to bringing attention to " Campaign Finance Reform."  The March was 185 miles long from Dixville Notch (the first town to report election results) to Nashua to continue the work of Dublin native Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who walked from Los Angeles to Washington, DC over 18 months. As The New York Times wrote about him, “Mr. Lessig’s vision is at once profoundly pessimistic -- the integrity of the nation is collapsing under the best of intentions -- and deeply optimistic.  Simple legislative surgery, he says, can put the nation back on the path to greatness.”
The meeting will be Monday noon, April 21st at the Monadnock Country Club, Peterborough, NH.  Those wanting the buffet lunch must reserve ahead by calling 603-924-8000, ext. 101 and should plan to arrive by 11:45 am.  Please call by the end of the business day Friday, April 18th.  Those who just want to hear the talk free of charge don't need to reserve and should arrive between 12:15 and 12:30 pm.
 
 Go to http://tinyurl.com/pboro-lessig to see his most recent TED talk which has been viewed by over a million people.  Also see http://www.peterbororotary.org. Another resource is his website http://www.lessig.org/about/
 
 
 
 
 
New Site Pages
Upcoming Events
 
ConVal High School Cafeteria
 
Brattlebore Retreat
 
Monadnock Country Club
 
9AM to 1PM - Second Sunday of Each Month, May through September - Depot Park in Historic Downtown Peterborough, NH
 
2014 District Conference - May 23rd to 25th, 2014
Stowe Mountain Lodge - For more information and to register http://www.rotary7870.org/ On right hand side under events.
 
Site Notes
Check out the photo album for meeting photos.
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949#sthash.1RbMZylR.dpuf
Peterborough Rotary - April 15th, 2014 Cole Royal 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2014
Speaker for Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Cathy Sorenson, CEO of HSC
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services
 
Announcements
 
New Site Pages
Our website has four new site pages highlighting the four current project and upcoming events. Each of these site pages have PayPal link to donate and purchase tickets to the specific event or project. Each site page also has a Facebook share link, please help us promote and magnify our efforts.Please review the follow links below ( also you can find the links upper right side of www.peterbororotary.org under "Site Pages" heading ):
  • Camp Quest - http://campquest.peterbororotary.org
  • Pancake Breakfast - http://pancake.peterbororotary.org
  • Teacher of the Year - http://teacherofyear.peterbororotary.org
  • Thailand Glasses Project - http://glasses.peterbororotary.org
Thailand Glasses Project
We need your contribution commitment to move this project along and qualify to turn each $1.00 raised into $2.50 with matching grant. So lets move quickly to reach the goal to magnify our contributions. Tom will speak at the meeting in more detail and don't forget the new site page (http://glasses.peterbororotary.org).
 
Camp Quest
The Camp Quest put on a great fund raising event Friday, March 14th, 2014, but you help is still needed. Please visit the new site page for more information and ability to donate at http://campquest.peterbororotary.org
 
Pancake Breakfast
Pancake tickets will be distributed at today's meeting, please sell as many as possible. Team Pancake continues to do great work.
 
Teacher of the Year
Please mark you calendars and buy your tickets (event May 15th, 2014) to support the new annual Gala celebrating the teachers of ConVal School District. Information and tickets can be purchased at http://teacherofyear.peterbororotary.org
Team ToY (Teacher of Year) are still looking for sponsors for the event. Please contact Julie with ideas and connections to potential sponsors.
 
Cruz-In and Antique Market
We are almost at the beginning of Cruz-In and Antique Market season. Mark your calendars for the second Sunday of May through Septmeber:
2014 - May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, and September 14th
 
Upcoming Events
 
District Assembly (new name is Rotary Information Day) - April 5th, 2014
Keene High School
 
42nd Annual Peterborough Rotary Pancake Breakfast - April 20th, 2014
ConVal High School Cafeteria
 
2014 Peterborough Rotary Teacher of the Year Gala - May 15th, 2014
Monadnock Country Club
 
2014 District Conference - May 23rd to 25th, 2014
Stowe Mountain Lodge - For more information and to register http://www.rotary7870.org/ On right hand side under events.
 
Site Notes
Check out the photo album for meeting photos.
 
 
 
 
 
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Speaker for Monday, Febuary 10, 2014 - Steve Robbins of Helmers Publishing, Inc.
 

Steve Robbins. A true native born in Peterborough in 1952, moved to Keene five years later where his father was the owner of Derby's of Keene. His parents, Roy and Sylvia, are fondly remembered.

At age 12 Steve made his first wine. His interest in fermentation has continued to the present time. 7

Steve and his wife Mame left their jobs in 1991 and spent the next two years sailing up and down the east coast from the Bahamas to Maine. After this sabbatical they sought a farm to purchase Where they could grow market produce. In five years they found the farm property of their dreams in Westmoreland. Over time their efforts turned to raising grapes and starting a winery.

Steve worked at IDG Peterborough from 1983 to 1995, except for the two-year sailing adventure. From that time he worked at Helmers Publishing and Advanstar in downtown

Peterborough. He purchased Helmers Publishing in 2006 and continues to operate that company from its offices in Dublin. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/28e4b8bc-3064-462e-93ca-f4ccfd29e6a4#sthash.jzqZHDFO.dpuf

Steve Robbins. A true native born in Peterborough in 1952, moved to Keene five years later where his father was the owner of Derby's of Keene. His parents, Roy and Sylvia, are fondly remembered.

At age 12 Steve made his first wine. His interest in fermentation has continued to the present time. 7

Steve and his wife Mame left their jobs in 1991 and spent the next two years sailing up and down the east coast from the Bahamas to Maine. After this sabbatical they sought a farm to purchase Where they could grow market produce. In five years they found the farm property of their dreams in Westmoreland. Over time their efforts turned to raising grapes and starting a winery.

Steve worked at IDG Peterborough from 1983 to 1995, except for the two-year sailing adventure. From that time he worked at Helmers Publishing and Advanstar in downtown

Peterborough. He purchased Helmers Publishing in 2006 and continues to operate that company from its offices in Dublin. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/28e4b8bc-3064-462e-93ca-f4ccfd29e6a4#sthash.jzqZHDFO.dpuf

Steve Robbins. A true native born in Peterborough in 1952, moved to Keene five years later where his father was the owner of Derby's of Keene. His parents, Roy and Sylvia, are fondly remembered.

At age 12 Steve made his first wine. His interest in fermentation has continued to the present time. 7

Steve and his wife Mame left their jobs in 1991 and spent the next two years sailing up and down the east coast from the Bahamas to Maine. After this sabbatical they sought a farm to purchase Where they could grow market produce. In five years they found the farm property of their dreams in Westmoreland. Over time their efforts turned to raising grapes and starting a winery.

Steve worked at IDG Peterborough from 1983 to 1995, except for the two-year sailing adventure. From that time he worked at Helmers Publishing and Advanstar in downtown

Peterborough. He purchased Helmers Publishing in 2006 and continues to operate that company from its offices in Dublin. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/28e4b8bc-3064-462e-93ca-f4ccfd29e6a4#sthash.jzqZHDFO.dpuf
Announcements
 
2014 Team Pancake Planning Meeting
Wednesday, Febuary 12th, 2014, 4PM to 5PM, at Monadnock Community Hospital Conference Room 1&2
 
Meeting Notes from February 3rd, 2014
Exchange student Mateusz Czerski from Warsaw, Poland was the speaker at the Peterborough Rotary Club meeting on February 3rd.    Mateusz gave an introduction to Poland and his home town, Warsaw, as well as some thoughts of his stay in Peterborough, highlighting the unexpected aspects of American high school life.
 
Upcoming Events
 
District Assembly (Rotary Information Day) - April 5th, 2014
Keene High School
 
District Conference - May 23rd to 25th, 2014
Stowe Mountain Lodge - For more information and to register http://www.rotary7870.org. On right hand side under events.
Peterborough Rotary - February 9th, 2014 Cole Royal 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Jan 26, 2014
Speaker for Monday, January 27th, 2014 - Mark Swasey
The new Athletic Director for ConVal School DIstrict

Mark Swasey has worked in education and sports for more than 20 years. 

 

After growing up in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and graduating from Fall Mountain Regional High School, he began his career in education as a dual graduate assistant for Women’s Basketball and Academic Advising at Keene State College, where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling and Consultation.

 

After leaving Keene State, Mr. Swasey moved to South Dakota, where he met his wife Jennifer, and worked as a Middle and High School Guidance Counselor along with coaching boys and girls’ basketball.  From there, he re-entered the college coaching world where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for one year and as the head women’s basketball coach for 13 years. 

 

At three different stops as a head coach, Mr. Swasey guided his teams to record-setting seasons for wins, up to that date in each programs history: Hill City High School (16) in 1995, Norwich University (21) in 2002, Franklin Pierce University (29) in 2009. In 2009, he led the Franklin Pierce Women’s Basketball program to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, becoming the first team in the history of New Hampshire women’s college athletics, to play for a National Title. 

 

Coach Swasey has received numerous Coach of the Year honors, in both high school and college, and was a two-time National Coach of the Year finalist. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

The Swaseys have two daughters who were both born in New Hampshire, their youngest at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.  They are excited about this opportunity to become a part of the ConVal community.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/b0a7213f-43b9-4e79-88a8-1f44db19f74e#sthash.nHkdr35t.dpuf
 
Announcements
 
2014 Team Pancake Planning Meeting
Wednesday, Febuary 12th, 2014, 4-5PM, Monadnock Community Hospital Conference Rooms 1 & 2.
 
 
2013 Team Santa Summary
  • 15 Agencies Partisipated
  • 196 individuals requesting a toy item and a clothing item
  • 392 Cards requesting gifts were distributed to include:
    •    196 Toy items
    •    196 Clothing items
  • 306 Gifts Collected (78%)
  • 86 Gifts purchased by Peterborough Rotary Club (22%); of those:
    • 56 Cards were taken at poster locations and gifts not returned; gifts purchased by Rotary (14%)
    • 30 (approx) Cards were not taken at poster locations and gifts purchased by Rotary (8%)
 
Meeting Notes from January 14th, 2014
Gordon Peery provides us an insightful look back and highlighted uncoming events and programs at The Monadnock Center 
 
Upcoming Events
 
2014 Disctrict Conference - May 23rd to 25th, 2014

Registration is now open for this years District Conference at Stowe Mountain Lodge, a Luxury New England Resort in Stowe, VT.   This lodge is around 5 years old and has very spacious rooms and great activities in the area.

Go to http://www.rotary7870.org to register.  On the right hand side under events, click on District Conference 2014.  You can either register online or by mail in form.

 
 

Mark Swasey has worked in education and sports for more than 20 years. 

 

After growing up in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and graduating from Fall Mountain Regional High School, he began his career in education as a dual graduate assistant for Women’s Basketball and Academic Advising at Keene State College, where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling and Consultation.

 

After leaving Keene State, Mr. Swasey moved to South Dakota, where he met his wife Jennifer, and worked as a Middle and High School Guidance Counselor along with coaching boys and girls’ basketball.  From there, he re-entered the college coaching world where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for one year and as the head women’s basketball coach for 13 years. 

 

At three different stops as a head coach, Mr. Swasey guided his teams to record-setting seasons for wins, up to that date in each programs history: Hill City High School (16) in 1995, Norwich University (21) in 2002, Franklin Pierce University (29) in 2009. In 2009, he led the Franklin Pierce Women’s Basketball program to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, becoming the first team in the history of New Hampshire women’s college athletics, to play for a National Title. 

 

Coach Swasey has received numerous Coach of the Year honors, in both high school and college, and was a two-time National Coach of the Year finalist. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

The Swaseys have two daughters who were both born in New Hampshire, their youngest at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.  They are excited about this opportunity to become a part of the ConVal community.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/b0a7213f-43b9-4e79-88a8-1f44db19f74e#sthash.nHkdr35t.dpuf

Mark Swasey has worked in education and sports for more than 20 years. 

 

After growing up in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and graduating from Fall Mountain Regional High School, he began his career in education as a dual graduate assistant for Women’s Basketball and Academic Advising at Keene State College, where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling and Consultation.

 

After leaving Keene State, Mr. Swasey moved to South Dakota, where he met his wife Jennifer, and worked as a Middle and High School Guidance Counselor along with coaching boys and girls’ basketball.  From there, he re-entered the college coaching world where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for one year and as the head women’s basketball coach for 13 years. 

 

At three different stops as a head coach, Mr. Swasey guided his teams to record-setting seasons for wins, up to that date in each programs history: Hill City High School (16) in 1995, Norwich University (21) in 2002, Franklin Pierce University (29) in 2009. In 2009, he led the Franklin Pierce Women’s Basketball program to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, becoming the first team in the history of New Hampshire women’s college athletics, to play for a National Title. 

 

Coach Swasey has received numerous Coach of the Year honors, in both high school and college, and was a two-time National Coach of the Year finalist. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

The Swaseys have two daughters who were both born in New Hampshire, their youngest at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.  They are excited about this opportunity to become a part of the ConVal community.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/b0a7213f-43b9-4e79-88a8-1f44db19f74e#sthash.nHkdr35t.dpuf

Mark Swasey has worked in education and sports for more than 20 years. 

 

After growing up in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and graduating from Fall Mountain Regional High School, he began his career in education as a dual graduate assistant for Women’s Basketball and Academic Advising at Keene State College, where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling and Consultation.

 

After leaving Keene State, Mr. Swasey moved to South Dakota, where he met his wife Jennifer, and worked as a Middle and High School Guidance Counselor along with coaching boys and girls’ basketball.  From there, he re-entered the college coaching world where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for one year and as the head women’s basketball coach for 13 years. 

 

At three different stops as a head coach, Mr. Swasey guided his teams to record-setting seasons for wins, up to that date in each programs history: Hill City High School (16) in 1995, Norwich University (21) in 2002, Franklin Pierce University (29) in 2009. In 2009, he led the Franklin Pierce Women’s Basketball program to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, becoming the first team in the history of New Hampshire women’s college athletics, to play for a National Title. 

 

Coach Swasey has received numerous Coach of the Year honors, in both high school and college, and was a two-time National Coach of the Year finalist. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

The Swaseys have two daughters who were both born in New Hampshire, their youngest at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.  They are excited about this opportunity to become a part of the ConVal community.

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2949/Speakers/b0a7213f-43b9-4e79-88a8-1f44db19f74e#sthash.nHkdr35t.dpuf
Peterborough Rotary - January 27th, 2014 Cole Royal 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker for Monday, January 13th, 2014  - Gordon Peery
Gordon first came to the Monadnock Region in 1968, as a student at High Mowing School in Wilton. After graduating in 1971 he travelled and lived in the Berkshires for a couple of years before returning to this area.  In 1975 he went to work as a chef at the newly opened Folkway Restaurant and Coffeehouse. Eager to avoid anything resembling a career, Gordon has also worked as a landscaper, carpenter, freelance writer, and musician. In 1995 he began a 15-year stint in magazine publishing. His livelihood is currently supported by working part time as the business manager for Our Town Landscaping in Hancock, as a contra dance piano player, and as a web designer – his web site clients include the Town of Nelson, Historic Harrisville, The Harris Center, The Peterborough Community Theatre, The Historical Society of Cheshire County, and numerous artists and musicians. Most recently Gordon has been hired to launch and manage Discover Monadnock, a collaborative project of Arts Alive and The Monadnock Travel Council, to promote tourism in the Monadnock Region.
 
Gordon serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.  He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, and it is on that subject that he will be speaking to us today. During the last year this organization has undergone a name change from being the Peterborough Historical Society.  But what is happening is a lot more than a name change: Gordon will talk about the new role of this organization in our community, his vision for the future of The Monadnock Center, downtown Peterborough, and the Monadnock region, and why The Monadnock Center still remains Peterborough’s Historical Society. 
 
Announcement
 
Team Pancake Planning Meeting
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 from 4PM to 5PM at Monadnock Community Hospital Conference Room 1
 
Bylaws
The new ByLaws are now posted on our ClubRunner website. Locate them by going to www.peterbororotary.org then on the right column, locate "Links" and just below Member Resources is the link to "Rotary Bylaws".
 
Peterborough Rotary - January 11, 2014 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers for Monday, January 6th, 2014 - Lisa Murray and Molly Ferrill
Lisa Murray and her daughter Molly Ferrill were moved to spend a week doing volunteer work at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota last July, after seeing a powerful presentation about Native Americans at the Monadnock International Film Festival. They will present photos and reflections on their experience at Pine Ridge, the most poverty stricken reservation in our country, situated at the southern edge of the Badlands and home to the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. During the week, Molly and Lisa did things like build bunk beds and outhouses, and then heard talks in the evenings by members of the Oglala Lakota tribe. The volunteer week served as the beginning of a larger exploration of why so many Native Americans live in third world conditions in the midst of the United States of America, and if there is anything we can do to help.
 
Announcements
 
Bylaws
The new ByLaws are now posted on our ClubRunner website. Locate them by going to www.peterbororotary.org then on the right column, locate "Links" and just below Member Resources is the link to "Rotary Bylaws".
 
Operations Santa
Kim and Pete would like to thank every involved in helping and giving to Operations Santa 2013.
 
Happy New Year!
 
Peterborough Rotary - January 3rd, 2014 Cole Royal 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Peterborough Rotary - December 23rd, 2013 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker for Monday, December 16th, 2013 - ConVal Select Choir Holiday Performance
Krystal Morin is a recent graduate from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Krystal is in her second year of teaching music at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH. She is the current music director of Second Generation Manchester Choral Society (2GMCS) and on the faculty at the Manchester Community Music School teaching private voice and piano. She currently sings in the Manchester Choral Society and has served as both interim music director and assistant music director intern for the organization. She also sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and New Hampshire Friendship Chorus. 

Select Choir Bio
The ConVal Select Choir is an auditioned choir of 20 students. This choir performs more challenging repertoire that spans diverse time periods and styles. The select choir meets after school once a week and performs at many special events and community outreach projects throughout the year. 

Meeting Notes

December 9th, 2013: Howard Mansfield provided us a fascinating presentation on his newest published book.

Announcement

No Meeting on December 23rd & 30th, 2013… Happy Holidays! and Merry Christmas!
Peterborough Rotary - December 13th, 2013 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2013
Speaker for Monday, December 9th, 2013 - Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield is a local author who has become an authoritative author on history and architecture, considered as a whole, rather than individually.  He gets us thinking about the links between them, which may not have occurred to most of us.
He lives in Hancock with his wife, well-known writer Sy Montgomery.
His books include Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell ApartThe Bones of the EarthThe Same Ax, TwiceHogwood Steps Out; and most recently - Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of ShelterHe has written many memorable essays including Waiting (to Go Home)Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North CountryRuin: Photographs of a Vanishing America; and James Aponovich: A RetrospectiveHe has also written for every important publication around - New York Times, Washington Post, American Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Yankee.
 
Announcement

Operation Santa
  • Monday-Wednesday (12/9 to 12/11) Rotarians who are assigned locations need to pick up their gifts from the locations. They also should pick up any leftover cards as well.
  • Whatever cards come back in we will shop for during the week. Anyone interested in helping with that can contact Kim or Pete.
  • Thursday (12/12) sorting begins at 3 pm at the Community Center.
  • Friday (12/13) is agency pick up between 10 am and Noon at Community Center.
     
Peterborough Rotary - December 8th, 2013 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker for Monday, December 2nd, 2013 - Robert Harris
Rob is an instructor in the lifelong learning program at Keene State College. He has 20 plus years' experience in the energy business and for the last 10 years of his career he was a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a dual appointment in the Engineering School and the Business School. He has a Bachelor's, Master's and PhD in engineering and an MBA degree with a major in finance. In 2008. he and his wife retired to Marlborough, NH.

Announcement

Team Santa
Important Dates:
December 9-11th........................Pickup up gifts from poster locations and deliver to Peterborough Community Center
December 12th...........................Gift Sorting at Peterborough Community Center
December 13th...........................Agency Pickup at Peterborough Community Center
Peterborough Rotary - November 30th, 2013 2013-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Speaker for Monday, November 25th, 2013 - Bob Hanson "Update on the Development of Wilder-Rotary Park”
Bob grew up is Saco, Maine - where the Saco River, which starts in the White Mountains of NH meets the ocean. He spent much of my youth at the many local beaches and nearby lakes.
From a young age he was interested in science, so went to engineering school. Bob was initially a bit overwhelmed by the studies, but ended up finding metallurgy about mid-way through and loved my studies from then on.
He went to work for Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, CT in 1967 and spent the rest of my working life in the bearing business.
He got married to my home town girl friend, Laura, in April 1969. They have daughters locally.
The older daughter, Annelies, works for Marriott in Palm Desert, CA and lives in Idyllwild, 5,300 ft high in the mountains. The younger daughter, Erica, lives in Newburyport for Newburyport Development Company, which runs two restaurants. Her office overlooks a marina. Laura started FirstTracks Marketing with two others in 2009, and it continues to be very successful. 
In the late 70's they liked Connecticut, but decided they wanted to move back North, so they started looking for opportunities. In 1977 Bob joined MPB in Keene.
He also worked at their facility in Lebanon, NH for about 3 years - while there, lived in Quechee and Norwich, VT. The family really enjoyed the benefit of living near Dartmouth College, and found ourselves on the campus frequently.
They have lived mainly in Peterborough for the last 30 years. He was very active in youth soccer locally, on the Peterborough Rec Dept Board for a few years and very active in the ConVal Soccer Club. Bob even coached young children after never having seen a soccer game until the age of 40 - "you just have to know a bit more than they do."
About 1990, Timken bought MPB. They remained MPB for about 12 years, but they eventually were reorganized more along the normal Timken approach, with a separation between the engineering, sales, and factory organizations, and took the Timken name.
During Bob's career, he has spent time as metallurgist, purchasing supervisor, chief metallurgist, product development manager, product engineering manager, and chief engineer. He has worked in several markets - tractors & farm implements, ground vehicle transmissions, turbine engines, airframe control bearings, aircraft accessories, aircraft instruments, spaceflight instrumentation, and rotating anode x-ray tubes. Special efforts included unique bearing designs, nondestructive testing, special bearing materials, thin hard film and dry film lubricant coating development, and ceramic bearing development.
Over that time he made many good friends around the world. The best may have been in Switzerland where  he worked with a coating development company for many years - he grew to love Europe.
Bob had a massive stroke in December 1997, which left my right side paralyzed and couldn’t talk. He was in the hospital for 60 days. Gradually his various appendages started to work, except his right leg, which remains paralyzed today. Bernadette Stephens at Bond Wellness is working hard to improve that, however, and Bob has some hope. Bob have become interested in rowing, which he enjoyed as a kid. Bob is a member of the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club and row every week in the summer in their Adaptive Program.
Bob retired from Timken in 2009 and has been doing consulting as the Bearing Materials Group since then. Bob worked part-time at NHBB for a little over a year.
When he first joined Rotary, Dave Drasba made a presentation about a derelict area in North Peterborough near the North dam that the town wanted to develop into a park. He had created an initial plan of what the finished project might look like. Bob enjoy history and immediately became active in the project. 


Announcements

Team Santa
Important Dates:
December 9-11th........................Pickup up gifts from poster locations and deliver to Peterborough Community Center
December 12th...........................Gift Sorting at Peterborough Community Center
December 13th...........................Agency Pickup at Peterborough Community Center

Kids Ark Foundation - Online Auction
Tom Westheimer ask us to pass on a reminder that the Kids Ark Foundation Online Auction closes Sunday at 9AM EST. Many local products and services have been donated for this effort. To browse and bid on the auction items and/or donate, please go to http://auction.kidsarkfoundation.org/.

Bylaws Review
Please see previous email that included the current draft of our clubs bylaws. Please review and contact Pam with suggestion, comments, and questions.
Peterborough Rotary - November 23rd, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker for Monday, November 18th, 2013: Jim Ignazio - MFS Investment Management
A general educational talk about the investment markets.
Jim Ignazio, a VP with MFS Investment Management a global investment management firm based out of Boston.  Associate Managing Director and District Sales Manager with MFS Investment Management.  MFS is an active, global asset manager, headquartered in Boston, that created the first mutual fund back in 1924 and still operating today. Jim's talk will be a general insight and perspective on the markets and economy today.

Announcements

AIDS Memorial Quilt
The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be at ConVal High School on Monday, December 9th, 2013, it will be there from 7:45AM to 2:20PM. You are welcome to visit.

Team Santa
Important Dates:
November 19th...........................Poster Pickup at ConVal 3PM
December 9-11th........................Pickup up gifts and deliver to Peterborough Community Center
December 12th...........................Gift Sorting at Peterborough Community Center
December 13th...........................Agency Pickup at Peterborough Community Center
 
 
Peterborough Rotary - November 17th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Nov 02, 2013
Speaker for November 4th, 2013 - Pete Throop - new Director for the Office of Community Development for Town of Peterborough

Meeting Notes for October 28th, 2013
Dr. Robert Knowles gave aus a fascinating presentation on single-port thoracoscopic surgery and the tools used.

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Event Updates

Team Santa We have begun to receive applications for assistance.

Monday Morning Musing (excerpt) - October 30th, 2013
Last Thursday night (October 24th) World Polio Day was honored and celebrated in Concord, NH on the Capital Green.  Master of Ceremonies PDG Chris Parkinson, AG Dennis McMann and I all said a few words with PDG's Pete Powers, Alley Boucher, Tony Gilmore, DGE Rich Berryman, Polio Plus Chair Kim Lampert, Public Awareness Chair Venu Rao, AG David Countway, Treasurer Alan Kanegsberg and several Club Presidents all in attendance. A beautiful cold crisp evening.  You will be amazed by the exceptional pictures of the event taken by IPDG Tony Gilmore that will be on the web site and in the next District Newsletter. 
Peterborough Rotary - November 3rd, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Oct 24, 2013
Speaker for October 28th, 2013 - Dr. Robert C. Knowles
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Dr. Robert C. Knowles completed his surgical residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1997. He included two years of laboratory research at Brown University in Rhode Island investigating clinical sepsis during his residency. Upon completion of residency training he accepted a surgical teaching position in Africa in a remote hospital in Bomet, Kenya.


Meeting Notes for October 21st, 2013

Joyce Strong discussed with us healthier habits and weight reduction techniques. Image

Induction

Roy Schlieben - Please welcome Roy as our new club member. Image



Event Updates

Team Santa - Kim Chandler hosted and organized our first planning meeting on Tuesday (10/22/13) at ConVal High School. We agreed on a timeline and will be enhancing this years process with gift request tracking to help us focus our follow up leading up to gift distribution. The second benefit of the new tracking system we can see which locations provide better results thus allowing us to plan and allocate gift request by location optimally. More details to come. Please contact Kim Chandler or Pete Cross with inquiries and suggestions.

Peterborough Rotary - October 25th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Oct 18, 2013
Speaker for October 21st, 2013 - Joyce Strong - Total WellCoach - RN, BSN, CWC - The Ideal Protein Diet
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Wellness strategist, registered nurse, Certified Well Coach, Ideal Protein Certified Coach, Lic. Diabetes Free Zone Practitioner, health and fitness expert.Experienced professional uniquely qualified to provide wellness coaching by telephone or in person, to individuals and groups, in a comprehensive approach to wellness involving stress management, physical activity, nutrition, weight management, management of health risks, and life issues which impact wellness.Registered nurse, experienced in integrative and functional medicine. IV infusion nurse, administered and mixing nutritional IV infusions including Vitamin C, Myers Cocktail, Magnesium & B vitamins, Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Phospholipids for immune support. Professional Ice Hockey Coach, training students in hockey skating and agility training through Strong Dynamics Hockey, providing instruction and encouragement to thousands of youth and adult players and hockey coaches (www.strongdynamics.com). Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Certified Fitness Trainer (ISSA) and is a registered nurse licensed in MA and the New England states. Combined academic and medical background, work and life experiences, broad technical and communication skills, positive energy and passion for coaching. Uniquely qualified to help people who want to be healthy, well and fit and people who want to explore change and possibility.

Specialties 
  • Intravenous Nurse
  • Ideal Protein Specialist Certified
  • Wellcoach Licensed Diabetes Free America Practitioner
  • Wellness Strategist
  • Radiology Transcription
  • Medical Transcription
  • Ice Hockey Skating Instructor
  • Ice Hockey Coach
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Registered Nurse (MA & NH)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Fitness Trainer 

http://www.savorthesuccess.com/member/joyce-strong
http://totalwellcoach.com/ 


Announcements

Team Santa (formerly Operation Santa) first planning meeting will be held Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 3PM at Kim Chandler's office at ConVal High School. Please contact Kim at 603-924-4120 x3201 or kchandler@conval.edu with questions.

Peterborough Rotary - October 21st, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Oct 11, 2013
No Meeting on Monday, Columbus Day (October 14th, 2013)

Meeting Notes
October 7th, 2013 - Kathy Harrington, President of the Monadnock United Way and Kelly Steiner, the Collective Impact Director of the Monadnock United Way provides us a great update and insight to current Monadnock United Way ( http://www.muw.org/ ) efforts and methods.
 
MUW's report "Community Well-Being in Monadnock Region" link: http://www.muw.org/sites/default/files/NHPPC_monad_wellbeing_v5Final.pdf )was explained among many other topics, efforts, and methods. This report is considered an current and authoritative resource for local and state-wide non-profits, local governments leadership, and the interested public.
 
Kathy Harrington, President of Monadnock United

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Announcements

Monthly Rotary Board Meeting - October 17th, 2013 at noon (Peterborough Recreation Department)

Team Santa - First Planning Meeting, October 22nd, 2013 at 3PM in Kim Chandler's office at ConVal High School.

Peterborough Rotary - October 12th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Oct 05, 2013
Speaker for October 7th, 2013 - Kathy Harrington and Kelly Steiner from Monadnock United Way
"The Collective Impact Director of the Monadnock United Way"

Kathy Harrington, President of the Monadnock United Way and Kelly Steiner, the Collective Impact Director of the Monadnock United Way. Kathy Harrington has been President of the Monadnock United Way, with Headquarters in Keene, for the past three years. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past fifteen years. Before assuming her duties as President she served on the Board of Directors and has fulfilled various volunteer roles at the Monadnock United Way for the past ten years. Before her duties with the Monadnock United Way, she was the Executive Director of Stonewall Farm in Keene which is a non-profit working dairy farm and educational center. She is a member of the Elm City Rotary Club and she is a native of the Monadnock Region. 
Kelly Steiner joined the Monadnock United Way in October, 2012. The Monadnock United Way, has been in business for over 61 years, distributes about 2.3 million dollars per year to 46 different worthy organizations. Kelly Steiner, as the Collective Impact Director of the Monadnock United Way, works with the staff, volunteers, residents, organizations, community leaders and investors to develop and implement results-based strategies that focus on strengthening local assets to improve community well being. Kelly’s background has been in preventive work efforts in the substance abuse arena.

Wilder Park Update
Bob Hanson provided the following update:


Wow, the beavers are still at it.


In the last week, I have noticed the following improvements at the site:

  • Several fence plaques installed
  • Two benches are fixed to heavy stones (three more to go) – no one will steal them!!!
  • The stone bench for Paul’s corner has been installed

Still lots of work to do, but amazing progress in last three weeks.


John Kaufhold deserves lots of thanks – much of the recent effort was his.   He may even have put up the plaques on the fence sections – not sure about that.
Note: He installed the stone bench in Paul’s corner.

Note: please contact Pam if you would like to contribute and/or get a plaque.

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Meeting Notes for September 30th, 2013

Dick reported on behalf of Charitable Committee of the following recent grants:

  • $1000 - Boulder Colorado Rotary Club Foundation for disaster relief forthose persons affected by recent flood waters in Northern Colorado.
  • $1000 - Town of Peterborough for support of the construction of a kitchen atthe Community Center to serve the Peterborough area community.
  • $1000 - Windy Row for support of those Conval  and local area students withreading disabilities associated with dyslexia.
  • $250 - Southern NH Services for support of costs for a summer busing program to the ocean and other places for children from Riverview and Pineview complexes in Peterborough.
  • $750 - Brantwood Camp, Peterborough for support of scholarships for the boys and girls summer camps serving inner-city youngsters from Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey,

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Congratulations for President Pam on her recent "Award for Career Development in Memory of L. P. Cookingham
Pamela L. Brenner, Town Administrator, Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire". This award recognizes an outstanding local government administrator who has made a significant contribution to the career development of new talent in professional local government management.  Pam was selected from her 3000+ peers. Pam a a huge asset to Rotary and Town of Peterborough.

Technical Note

ClubRunner support responded to my support ticket for format problem printing the emailed e-Bulletin. This is the answer "The best method to print the bulletin is to open the bulletin in a web browser such as Google Chrome and print directly from the browser. The reason the Chrome is recommended is the print preview functions is easy to work with." So it seems they aren't supporting client based email applications for printing.

 

Peterborough Rotary - October 6th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Sep 26, 2013

Speaker for September 30th, 2013 - A Music Teacher from ConVal

 

Meeting Notes from September 20th, 2013

Tom gave a great presentation on theThailand Glasses Project.

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Barbara Miller won the Queen of Hearts Raffle - picking the queen of hearts card.

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Technical Issue Notes

1. For those of you still printing your e-Bulletins, I am aware and submitted a support ticket to ClubRunner regarding the "poor printing format" issue.

2. If you would like me to include an announcement or story in the weekly e-Bulletin, please email it to me before 4PM on Fridays. Please submit how you would like it to look (including photos).

 

Peterborough Rotary - September 27th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Sep 19, 2013
Speaker for September 23th, 2013 - Tom Westheimer - Thailand Glasses Project 

Sept 23rd program will be to present a possible cooperation in a Rotary Global Grant to expand the glasses project in cooperation with a group in Chiang Mai Thailand and Buford, South Carolina.  Tom has attended a weekend event and has met the members of the club in Thailand.  There will also be discussion on planning a club to club visit.
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Announcements

End Polio Campaign

Donate to END POLIO NOW online (Even if you have an online account with your club and at District, you still need to separately register at Rotary.org)

Every dollar you donate to POLIO PLUS project is considered towards Paul Harris Fellow.

1. Go to the RI web Page (Rotary.org)
2. Select: My Rotary.
3. Log in  (You have to separately register at Rotary.org)
4. Select:  GIVE
5. Scroll down to:  I WANT TO SUPPORT A SPECIFIC CAUSE
6. The first choice below is: POLIOPLUS FUND
7. Select: Give now.


Excerpt from Weekly Monday Muse Issues #10 (News)

Our District Golf Tournament is barely two weeks away at Manchester CC in Manchester, VT - sign up now with PDG Chris Parkinson!  The District site is also open for the Foundation dinners (November 12th in Nashua at the Crown Plaza and November 14th in Ludlow at the Jackson Gore Base Lodge).  You don't want to miss this and be sure at least several from your club attend one or both.  The presentations on the several Global Grants that a number of District Clubs are preparing will be both compelling and exciting.  Visioning is also very much alive and requests are coming in.  PDG and District Foundation Chair Rick oversees this but you can also contact myself or DGE Rich Berryman at anytime

Peterborough Rotary - September 20th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Sep 13, 2013
Speaker for September 16th, 2013 - Ann Harrison

Ann grew up in Maryland, and her family spent summers in Rockport, Mass where they had a family house. Ann had always been interested in travel and the outdoors. She started out studying Animal Science in college and ended up with a Information Science degree many years later. 
Ann has worked in Maryland, Montana, England, Australia, New Zealand and New Hampshire. she met her Australian husband in New Zealand while traveling through the Youth Hostel network. They have 2 children, and she works at the Peterborough Library part-time as a circulation librarian. Ann will give a talk about Geocaching in general and what it is like to search for caches around Peterborough. Ann has been Geocaching since February 2011 when she found her first geocache just up the road from the family house in Rockport, Mass. Geocaching is the activity of looking for containers hidden by others. Sometimes it is called "looking for Tupperware in the woods with a space-age device." She has found 196 caches to date. People hide a container (various sizes) usually in the woods and then post the geographic coordinates on a website for others to search for with their GPS. The containers usually have small trinkets/toys for trading called SWAG (Stuff We Get). Anyone can search for them. Geocaches can be hidden in cities or countryside. To have a preview look at the primary geocaching website, http://www.geocaching.com


Announcements

End Polio Campaign

Donate to END POLIO NOW online (Even if you have an online account with your club and at District, you still need to separately register at Rotary.org)

Every dollar you donate to POLIO PLUS project is considered towards Paul Harris Fellow.

1. Go to the RI web Page (Rotary.org)
2. Select: My Rotary.
3. Log in  (You have to separately register at Rotary.org)
4. Select:  GIVE
5. Scroll down to:  I WANT TO SUPPORT A SPECIFIC CAUSE
6. The first choice below is: POLIOPLUS FUND
7. Select: Give now.

Excerpt from Weekly Monday Muse Issues #9 (News)

Also this past week David Hoopes (DG) signed the interim documents to formalize the start of the re-birth of the Claremont Rotary Club of New Hampshire. 


Cruz-In - September 8th, 2013

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Meeting Notes

September 9th, 2013 - Boo Martin and Trish Twining from Touchstone Farm 
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For more information on Touchstone Farm please go to http://www.touchstone-farm.org/ 

Peterborough Rotary - September 14th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Sep 03, 2013
Speaker for September 9th, 2013 - Boo Martin and Trish Twining from Touchstone Farm 
Touchstone Farm is an equine based educational facility located on an historic farm in Temple, NH. Previously known as Horse Power and Pony Farm, the two organizations were combined under the Horse Power nonprofit organization in 2011, and renamed Touchstone Farm. The organization serves over 750 individuals annually.  We offer a variety of programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Participants come from the surrounding Monadnock communities for our therapeutic and able-bodied horsemanship programs, and from across the U.S. and internationally for our camp and Instructor Certification Programs. touchstone-farm.org


Announcements

ConVal Interact Club Mums Sale
The ConVal Interact club will be selling mums starting the weekend of September 7th. The mums cost $7.00 and come in a variety of colors red, yellow, white, and purple. We will be selling the mums on the September 7th and 8th at the Peterborough Community Center from 9am-4pm. Come on down to support your Interactors! Pre-orders can be made by emailing Owen Ellerkamp at owenellerkamp@gmail.com.

Player's Rotary Night
Time is running out... Jane Wisan from the Peterborough Players is offering Rotary members tickets to see Talley's Folly for $20 each on Tuesday, Sept. 10th - 7 pm show. They can call the box office (603-924-7585) and tell them they are members of Peterborough Rotary and have been invited at the special $20 rate on that date.

Youth Exchange Update from Bob MacDonald
Mateusz (pronounced Mah-tay'-oos-sh), our inbound exchange student from Poland, and his host mother, Sue Shute, should be attending the Club meeting next week on September 9th. His English is outstanding if you want to let him address the group.

He arrived in time for his host brother to introduce him to the soccer coach and he has been going to the team practices and was selected for the varsity.  There is a rather full schedule of varsity soccer games, including the first one versus Goffstown last evening (Tuesday, September 3rd) at the ConVal soccer field. Complete ConVal Soccer Schedule http://goo.gl/uL1XQ4

Notes


Bob MacDonald was the first and only person to correct my mistake in the last e-Bulletin regarding the date of the no meeting announcement (September not August 2nd)... unleash the Fine Master!

I received no feedback on the trial "Rotarian Analogist" section, I'll take that as a definite never mind.



Peterborough Rotary - September 4th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Aug 29, 2013
No meeting Monday, September 2nd, 2013


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Rotary District Monday (August 26th, 2013) Musing #7

The Polio Challenge, known as 'Polio 35' is proceeding well and AG David Countway of Alton Centennial has graciously offered to service and maintain the separate web site. Stay tuned for news and word from him. Another, very gracious and generous, AG has offered to match funds.  Again, stay tuned. Remember to have your Treasurer send the funds to the Polio Plus Foundation fund. 
 
Not a great many of your Clubs have sent in pieces on your projects, fund raisers or other success stories for the newsletter .  District Newsletter Editor Dennis needs your input by August 28th.  Likewise the response to my note asking for fund raiser details for Dick Rohe's study has drawn but four replies to date - I appreciate it is summer and many members are away - but this takes just a couple of minutes.  Knock it out and send it in.  This is not Nobel Prize for Literature stuff. 
 
I omitted mention, by error, of a wonderful event last week when members of some seven NH clubs took part assisting veterans at a Car Show Cruise near the NHVA Hospital. So enjoyed by the veterans and heart warming to the Rotarians. This Sunday afternoon seventeen of the twenty Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) scholars - the others arrive soon - gathered at the Okemo Mountain Sugar Shack with the Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officers (YEO's) and hosts.  Your District is one of the most active and successful in the USA; think about your club becoming involved and when you see Bob Macdonald, Jim Rumrill, Phil Ehret or Kathie Stone, thank them for their service. 


Meeting Notes

David Hoopes provided us a great update our district.
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Peter Cross asked me to post the weeks invocation.

Lord, the fellowship that gathers us today makes no judgments and asks no questions - it simply allows us to be who we are. It's here where we celebrate our similarities, and learn through our differences.    
We ask that you grant us the ability to:
Live without pretending.
Love without depending.
Listen without defending.
Speak without offending.
Amen.


Rotary Analogist

"Trial section", I need you help and submissions to feed this section in the future. I see the objective is to find interesting examples that can be analogist to Rotary efforts, events, assistance targets, missions, and guidance. I suspect this exercise might inspire new ideas which may be cultivated into meaningful contributions. Your feedback and discussion is welcomed.

The following URL is to a video introduction to the Corpus Clock. This introduction was created prior to its September 19th, 2008 debut outside the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. The analogy to Rotary I identified is the innovative modern design based on an escapement movement invent by John Harrison in 1722. I find this innovative effort to be analogist to the efforts RI efforts to innovate with the times to gain and retain members. One example come to mind the more relaxed attendance rules. And valuing and recognizing members efforts and time for Rotary events and fundraisers in addition to weekly meeting attendance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cCqGtvTA36k 

Peterborough Rotary - September 2nd, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Aug 22, 2013
Speaker for August 26th, 2013 - David Hoopes - District Governor 
David was born in New York and following a degree from Princeton University, served as a Marine combat intelligence officer in South Asia. As an international banker for the next ten years, mostly in Asia,  he joined the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur serving as their Honorary Secretary and Director for International Service (1968 to 1972). 

Remember... Executive Members, please join us Monday at 11AM to meet (at Monadnock Country Club) with our District Governor prior to our regular meeting.


Peterborough Rotary Presents $750 to Brantwood Camp
The Peterborough Rotary Club gave Brantwood Camp a donation of $750 recently at a meeting held at the camp.  Brantwood Camp, a summer camp for boys and girls, enrolls campers who are between the ages of 11 and 15 from Boston, New York City, Jersey City, Hartford, and urban areas of New Hampshire who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend summer camp.  It has been open as a boys residential camp since 1904 and in 1982 they opened Brantwood for Girls a mile away.  Each summer Brantwood serves 365 campers in an outdoor experience surrounded by the beautiful hills and woods of Peterborough and Greenfield in three 16-day terms.   Campers are recommended and sponsored by social service agencies, schools, churches, and a variety of youth organizations.   Many campers return to Brantwood as counselors and administrators.

The Peterborough Rotary Club has financially supported Brantwood for several years.  Dave Sobe, Rotary First Vice President, presented the check to Amy Willy, Brantwood Executive Director.

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Meeting Notes for August 19th, 2013

Katherine Cook, Chief Operations Officer of  Monadnock Family Services

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Peterborough Rotary - August 26th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Aug 16, 2013
Speaker for August 19th, 2013 - Katherine Cook, Chief Operations Officer of  Monadnock Family Services


Meeting Notes

Our August 12th, 2013 Meeting was held at Brantwood Camp (our annual visit). All attendee had a great time and enjoyed the great environment created and maintained by Amy Willy and her team.

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Event & Project Notes

Enhanced Cruz-In - August 2013 (photos)

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Wilder Park

We are still accepting $500 donations for the dedication plaques for the fence. Smaller donations are also being accepted. Please see some of the before and current photos of Wilder Park. Please help me thank Pam, John, David, Dennis, and every one else that have contributed for all the great work transforming this space. Please contact Pam if you would like to contribute to the Wilder Park Project.

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Announcements


Enhanced Cruz-In
The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce next months fifth Enhanced Cruz-in event of 2013 (last one for 2013) on Sunday, September 8th in Depot Square, downtown Peterborough from 9:00 to 1:00.  It is open to all makes and models of vintage or special interest cars, truck, motorcycles, and bicycles.  The event is free to attendees and all are welcome - there is no fee to display a vehicle.
In addition to the vehicle displays, an Antiques Market will be held behind the Toadstool Bookshop.  Each space measures 20 x 20 ft and costs $20.  To reserve a space in the Antiques Market or for other information about the Cruz-in event, call John Kaufhold at 924-3114 or 801-8364.
The nearby Peterborough Diner offers 2 for 1 breakfast specials to all who drive their vehicles to display at the show.  There is also a 50/50 raffle where the winner gets 50% of the proceeds and the rest goes to the Rotary Club for distribution to local charities.
For more information please contact Bob Hanson
Home/office: 603-924-2008
Cell: 603-831-1345
E-mail: hansons@pobox.com


Peterborough Players

Jane Wisan from the Peterborough Players is offering Rotary members tickets to see Talley's Folly for $20 each on Tuesday, Sept. 10th - 7 pm show. They can call the box office (924-7585) and tell them they are members of Peterborough Rotary and have been invited at the special $20 rate on that date.


Member References

Member's Speaker Responsibilities

Working Spreadsheet with Most Updated Informationhttp://goo.gl/Vlszn

Upcoming Speaker Responsibilities: 
8/19/13 Dick Chamberlain
8/26/13 Kim Chandler
9/2/13 No Meeting
9/9/2013 Jeffrey Crocker
9/16/2013 Peter  Cross
9/23/2013 David Drasba
9/30/2013 Paul Faber 
10/7/2013 Richard Fernald
10/21/2013 Patrick Foley
10/28/2013  Laura Gingras
11/4/2013 Nancy Gorr

Peterborough Rotary - August 19th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Aug 09, 2013
Speaker for August 12th, 2013 - Amy Willy of Brantwood Camp (www.brantwood.org)

Monday's Meeting (August 12th, 2013) will be held at Brantwood Camp (For GPS use: 127 Brantwood Camp Road, Greenfield, NH 03047).

Brantwood Camp, a summer camp for boys and girls, enrolls campers who are between the ages of 11 and 15 from Boston, New York City, Jersey City, Hartford, and urban areas of New Hampshire who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend summer camp.
 
Since 1904, boys have enjoyed our active, residential summer camping experience surrounded by the beautiful hills and woods of Peterborough, NH. In 1982, we opened Brantwood for Girls a mile away. Every summer, Brantwood serves 365 campers, with each camp offering three 16-day terms. Campers are recommended and sponsored by social service agencies, schools, churches, and a variety of youth organizations.


We are meeting at the Boys' Camp.
Directions:
Continue on Sand Hill Road, past East Mountain Road.
For those of you who have never been there, you will think you are lost... you are not!
There are signs on Sand Hill Road directing you to Brantwood Camp Road.
Take a left onto Brantwood Camp Road. You will pass the Girls' camp and pass the office.
The road will dead end at the Boys' Camp.
BTW: If you get to parking for Walpack Trail on Sand Hill Road, you have gone too far!


Announcements


Enhanced Cruz-In
The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce the fourth Enhanced Cruz-in event of 2013 on Sunday, August 11th in Depot Square, downtown Peterborough from 9:00 to 1:00.  It is open to all makes and models of vintage or special interest cars, truck, motorcycles, and bicycles.  The event is free to attendees and all are welcome - there is no fee to display a vehicle.
In addition to the vehicle displays, an Antiques Market will be held behind the Toadstool Bookshop.  Each space measures 20 x 20 ft and costs $20.  To reserve a space in the Antiques Market or for other information about the Cruz-in event, call John Kaufhold at 603-924-3114 or 603-801-8364.
The nearby Peterborough Diner offers 2 for 1 breakfast specials to all who drive their vehicles to display at the show.  There is also a 50/50 raffle where the winner gets 50% of the proceeds and the rest goes to the Rotary Club for distribution to local charities.
For more information please contact Bob Hanson
Home/office: 603-924-2008
Cell: 603-831-1345
E-mail: hansons@pobox.com


Peterborough Players
Jane Wisan from the Peterborough Players is offering Rotary members tickets to see Talley's Folly for $20 each on Tuesday, Sept. 10th - 7 pm show. They can call the box office (924-7585) and tell them they are members of Peterborough Rotary and have been invited at the special $20 rate on that date.


Peterborough Rotary - August 12th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Aug 02, 2013

Our speaker on August 5th, 2013

Jeremy Wilson

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Jeremy Wilson developed early ties to the mountains, forests, and lakes of the Monadnock Region during summers when he visited family in Hancock and Peterborough.

He graduated from Bowdoin College, then attended Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he earned his master’s degree. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, College of Forestry Resources in 1998.

For 11 years, he was a professor at the University of Maine where he directed research programs that advance understanding of forest stand and landscape dynamics. He taught undergraduate courses on established and emerging approaches to forest ecosystem management and a graduate course exploring issues of scale in forest ecology and management.

He and his wife Katie were married in a ceremony at the Harris Center in the early 1990s. They reside in Dublin with their four children, ages 5 – 16.

More information on The Harris Center can be obtained on website http://www.harriscenter.org or email Jeremy directly at  wilson@harriscenter.org (published on The Harris Center's Website).

 

Upcoming Events

Cruz-In - Sunday, August 11th, 2013 - Please consider volunteering to setup and cleanup this event. Also please consider enjoying this community activities.

Photos of recent Cruz-In I found posted on Internet... please send me your photos of Cruz-In (to be put in future bulletins and posted to website).

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Meeting Notes/Photos from July 29nd, 2013

We appreciate Bob Hanson for providing me the following photos of the meeting.

Pam Brenner

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Elisha Magnifico - Presentor

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Dennis Allen

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Laura Gingras

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Jeff King

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Chris Brown

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Bob MacDonald

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Peterborough Rotary - August 5th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Jul 26, 2013

Our speaker for July 29th, 2013:

 ELISHA MAGNIFICO, MA/CCC-SLP
Elisha Magnifico is a graduate of ConVal High School.  She went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology.
 
Elisha has worked for over 12 years as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including the public schools, an outpatient hospital clinic, a multidisciplinary private practice and an orphanage in the Philippines.  For the past 6 ½ years she has run her own private practice called Magnificent Kids, 70 Main Street, Suite 201, Petebrorough, NH 03458, Tel: 603-924-7722, URL: magnificentkids.com. In addition she is the Executive Director and Founder of Touchstone Farm, Touchstone Farm, 13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, NH 03084, Tel: 603-654-6308, URL: www.touchstone-farm.org.

Elisha lives in Peterborough with her husband and three children.
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Meeting Notes from July 22nd, 2013:

Please help us welcome Brendan Minnehan as our new club member. Image

David Simpson highlighted a new effort from the Heritage Commission to organize the 2014 Peterborough Founding Celebration specifically signage honoring William Diamond, drummer boy from Battles of Lexington and Concord.  A petition was passed around to to be signed to support road sign commemorating William Diamond and his connection to Peterborough.

We want to thank Christine Halvorson for her presentation on social media. Image

Christine's handouts if you didn't grab one...

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Peterborough Rotary - July 29th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Jul 18, 2013

July 22nd, 2013 Program: Christine Halvorson from Halvorson New Media, LLC.

Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media, LLC. will give a talk on how businesses and non-profits can use social media.

Website: http://www.halvorsonnewmedia.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalvorsonNewMedia

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChrisHalvorson

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Food donations...Please bring a food donation to our meeting for the Food Pantry.

25,000 people in the world die each day from hunger. One in eleven people in New Hampshire are food insecure and don't know when they will have their next meal. To illustrate how fortunate we are to have a healthy substantial lunch, and to better understand the challenges of those less fortunate who survive on only the basic staples. Fine master Jeff King felt everyone should share in this sacrifice. On theJuly 8th meeting, if you did not draw the "rice bowl" card at the and gave up your lunch last week, you are requested to bring in one item (or more) this week for our local food pantry. Would our fine master fine anyone who forgets a food product?

 

"CRUISE NIGHT" AT TILTON NH VETERANS HOME, August 8th from 4:30PM to 8PM - Volunteers Needed

THe New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH is looking for volunteers to provide transportation for Veteran to attend an event, "Cruise Night" in Tilton, NH.

Volunteers will be needed for Thursday August 8th (the rain date is Thursday August 15th ) the event is schedule from 6-8pm all though we will need volunteers here at 4:30pm to have a briefing to review their assignment’s and pair them up with staff for guidance thru out the building/grounds.

If you are interested and able to help please contact LIsa Punderson, Volunteer Coordinator of New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276, 603-527-4449. An alternative contact whom requested this request be publicized is Richard A. Berryman of District 7870 through ClubRunner Mail Service.

 

Meetings Notes for July 15th, 2013

Clay Hollister gave us a insightful talk on his experience of the Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing as the managing FEMA Director. Image

Getting the word out...

If you have an event or news you want to communicate in this weekly bulletin, please email Cole Royal with the following details before end of the day on Thursday for that upcoming weeks bulletin.

 - Your name/event sponsor

 - Event Name and Location of event of news

 - Brief summary of event or news

 - Event or news contact information

 

 

Peterborough Rotary - July 22nd, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Jul 14, 2013

 

Clay Hollister - July 15th, 2013 Presentation

Please join us on Monday's (July 15th, 2013) program. Clay Hollister (former president of the Jaffrey/Ridge Rotary) was managing director of FEMA at the time of the Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. Clay has a Powerpoint presentation.

Food donations... Please bring a food donation to our meeting for the Food Pantry.

25,000 people in the world die each day from hunger. One in eleven people in New Hampshire are food insecure and don't know when they will have their next meal. To illustrate how fortunate we are to have a healthy substantial lunch, and to better understand the challenges of those less fortunate who survive on only the basic staples, eight members at our July 8 meeting ate rice for lunch. Fine master Jeff King felt everyone should share in this sacrifice.  If you did not draw the "rice bowl" card and give up your lunch last week, you are requested to bring in one item (or more) this week for our local food pantry. Would our fine master fine anyone who forgets a food product?

The Peterborough Food Pantry is located at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street, Peterborough.  Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9-12.   We are a NH Food Bank approved agency.  We provide food for more than 300 families per month who come to us from the greater Peterborough area. No one is turned away.


Peterborough Rotary - July 15th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cole Royal on Jul 04, 2013

Welcome Pam Brenner as our new President. Thank you Dennis for all of the work, time, and effort you put forth in your extended Presidency. Welcome new board members.

 

We hope you all can Monday's Meeting and fellow Rotarian John Goodhue's presentation "Walking The Kerry Way in Ireland".

 

Peterborough Rotary - July 8th, 2013 Cole Royal 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Jun 29, 2013

Please join your Rotary friends at the Waterhouse, in Depot Square, for the annual passing for the gavel. Taking center stage for their induction will be Pam Brenner as President and her slate of officers, which include Dave Sobe as President-Elect, Cole Royal as First Vice President, Donna Hanley as Treasurer, David Drasba as Secretary, and Dick Chamberlain as Sergeant at Arms.

Please come to wish Pam well in her new role and help cheer her on to success!

 

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, July 1, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Jun 22, 2013

Sharon BaillyImagine all your life being unable to read well or understand what you had read. Would all of your accomplishments still have been accomplished? That is a coarse thought. Yet what we take for granted—what we assume flows like water from grade schools—is not easily absorbed by some children. Windy Row Learning Center, a non-profit in West Peterborough, exists to help those children and provide the specialized instruction they need. Please come hear Sharon Bailly talk about how Windy Row Learning Center helps children with dyslexia overcome their struggles.

Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund Trustees
As you may recall, the board of directors nominated and recommended Rick Hartman and Jeff Crocker as trustees to the Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund. Please attend June 24 to vote as to whether to accept those nominations. If approved by the club membership, Rick and Jeff will each serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. The board of trustees is an independent body that controls the purse strings of the charitable fund. Please attend and cast your vote.

Meeting on July 1 to be Held at the Waterhouse Restaurant
Our annual passing of the gavel event will be at a special location, the Waterhouse Restaurant at 18 Depot Square in Peterborough. The meeting time will be at the usual time, starting at noon. Please come and wish Pam Brenner well as she takes the reigns as President Pam. So that Peter Robbins can have a day off and enjoy the meeting, too, food will be supplied by the Waterhouse.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, June 24, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Jun 15, 2013

Please congratulate Peterborough Rotary’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, Jean Nannicelli!
And you can do so in person at our Monday meeting, where Jean will join us. When the announcement was first made at a ConVal assembly, the entire student body and faculty erupted in cheers. Come find out what makes Jean such a remarkable teacher.

Char ForstenSpeaking of teaching, you will also want to hear what Char Forsten has to say about teaching math. Char is one of SDE’s most sought-after math consultants and a former teaching principal at Dublin Consolidated School. It is a whole new world when it comes to math, and Char’s talk will be on the math-teaching strategies from Singapore and how they can help educators here.

 

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, June 17, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Mary McArdle – June, 2013
William James – May, 2013
Julie Thibault – May, 2013
Bill Smith – March, 2013
Kim Chandler – October, 2012
Welcome to Our Newest Members! 2013-06-10 14:07:37Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Jun 08, 2013

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Peterborough Rotary Announces Scholarship Recipients
It is with great pleasure that we recognize two outstanding ConVal  students of the 2013 graduating class: Anastasia Hautanen and Maxine Dunn.

Anastasia Hautanen plans to study business in preparation for a law degree. She attained an academic rank of 8th in her class, is a member of the National Honor Society and a three-time recipient of the Academic Character & Excellence award.

As a varsity softball captain, she was instrumental in developing “Cougar Buddies,” a mentoring program where she and her teammates read to second- and third-grade students. As Coach Coppo put it, she “leads by example,” and she is “always willing to jump in with a hands-on approach.” Other examples of that hands-on approach include working on food drives and feeding and clothing the homeless in Boston. She also likes to wash the local police cars.

Maxine Dunn is heading into the field of nursing. She has achieved an academic rank of 5th in her class of 200 students and according to one of her teachers is “relentless in her pursuit of knowledge and will work diligently … to achieve a level of accomplishment that ends only when she feels success has been achieved.”

She has not only lettered all four years in field hockey, including serving as team captain, earned high honor roll during every one of her high school years, but has also contributed to her community through the girl scouts, and  volunteering her time with the Monadnock Community Hospital, the American Cancer Society and other community activities.

Both students exemplify the Rotary ideal of “service above self,” and each will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Ana and Maxine have agreed to attend our meeting Monday, June 10, and say a few words. Please come meet these two very promising young women and wish them wells as they begin their next chapter in education.

Congratulations, Ana and Maxine!

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Mountain Shadows Ice Cream Social a Big Hit
It was cold and rainy, but the kids could not have cared less about the weather. They were there for ice cream, and judging by the smiles and the rounds for seconds, they seemed to really enjoy it. What a nice group of students!

Thanks go to Jeff King for organizing the event, along with professional ice cream scoopers and extras Chris “Vanilla” Brown, Pete “Chocolate” Cross, John “Sprinkles” Kaufhold, and Paul “Hot Fudge” Faber. And thank you Tom Westheimer, Bob Hanson, and Nils Bergstrom, who were on hand to help. A special thank you goes to Susan Mazzone, who supplied the ice cream and did both the set-up and clean-up of the event.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, June 10, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Jun 01, 2013

Keri WiederspahnArt is a discovery of something inside us that makes us human. And that makes art a good thing, lest we forget who we are. In Peterborough, we are fortunate to have the Sharon Arts Center to help us with our little discoveries. We are also fortunate to have Keri Wiederspahn, executive director of the Sharon Arts Center, to be our featured speaker. Please come to hear Keri talk about the center’s recent merger with the New Hampshire Institute of Art and how it will affect Peterborough.

Mountain Shadows Ice Cream Social
This Friday at noon we will be serving ice cream to the young Mountain Shadows students as a thank you for their help with Operation Santa. If you would like to will help, you can sign up online or speak with Jeff King.

Click here to sign up for the Mountain Shadows Ice Cream Social

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, June 3, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on May 18, 2013

Our guest speakers, Kin Schilling and Kat Radune, will talk about the Cornucopia Project. Many members know Kin, but what you may not know is that she was one of NH Magazine’s Remarkable Women of Cuisine, 2013. Please come to hear what she has to say.

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Nominations for Trustees
After careful deliberation, the board of directors has nominated Rick Hartman and Jeff Crocker as trustees to the Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund. If approved by the club membership, they will serve three-year terms, beginning July 1. The club will be asked to vote on those nominations at the June 24 meeting.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, May 20, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on May 11, 2013

Who is Old Joe Russell?

We are fortunate to be treated to another slice of local history served up by Jim Grant. His topic is “Old Joe Russell.” Jim never fails to inform and entertain us, and the insight he provides cannot be found with Google. So who is Old Joe Russell? Come to our meeting and find out!

Bowling for Rotary
Special thanks goes to Barbara Miller and her bowling team for representing Peterborough Rotary at the fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The team included Rotarians Pat Foley, Bob MacDonald, and John Kaufhold, along with exchange students John and Justin. The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund supported the event with a $500 contribution.

Charitable Trustees to be Nominated
Speaking of the Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund, the terms for two seats on the board of trustees are about to end. As per the declaration of trust, the club’s board of directors will nominate and announce two candidates at least 30 days before the club must vote. If you would like to put a name forward for consideration, let Dennis Allen or Pam Brenner know before the next board meeting, which is Thursday, May 16.

Wilder-Rotary Park Update
The park committee has been very busy, and the fence installation already is underway. Also, many of the plantings we put in last year are waking up nicely to their second spring. With each passing week, the park keeps getting better. Details for benches, tables, and historical markers are being finalized, and all should be in place by early to mid summer. Thank you, Pam Brenner, David Drasba, Bob Hanson, and John Kaufhold for all the work you have done to make Wilder-Rotary Park become a reality. And a big thank-you goes to Mike Crowe, who has helped with the fencing and benches and provided creative ideas and support.

 
Peterborough Rotary, Monday, May 13, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
First Enhanced Cruz-In Event of the Season - Sunday, May 12, 2013 Robert Hanson 2013-05-05 21:34:31Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on May 04, 2013

Phil WyzikPlease come meet Phil Wyzik, CEO of Monadnock Family Services, and hear what he has to say about his organization. As you may know, Monadnock Family Services fosters mental and emotional wellness for nearly 7,500 Monadnock community members, of all ages, each year through its programs and locations in Keene, Peterborough, Antrim, Jaffrey, Walpole, and Winchester.

 

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2013 Peterborough Rotary Teacher of the Year Award Update

Thanks to the thoughtful leadership of our scholarship committee—Rick Hartman, Shep Bartlett, and Chris Brown—the board of directors adopted a new set of guidelines for the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award, and the details follow a little later, below.

The reason for the change is to breathe new life in a program that was in danger of becoming just another Rotary program, where its meaning and importance might have been be lost. So why, you may ask, is the Teacher of the Year Award important to Peterborough Rotary? Well, it’s really all about the kids. Many of us are lucky enough to have experienced that exceptional teacher in our life whose impact was more than merely positive—it was transformative. Our hope is that if we recognize such exceptional teachers today, if we place them on a pedestal for a moment for all to see, then perhaps other teachers might see traits and teaching methods worthy of emulating, to the benefit of even more students. Simply put, there may be no more important thing we do than help the youth of our community, and that is why the Teacher of the Year Award is so important to Peterborough Rotary.

The principal points of the new program are that it will be open to all ConVal teachers, with criteria based on Rotary values, and with the stipulation that the award money be used in the classroom. Here are the details:

Peterborough Rotary Club
2013 Teacher of the Year Award

Award: $1,000 for use in the Classroom
Eligibility: All ConVal teachers

Criteria for Award

The award will be given to a teacher who:

  1. Demonstrates inspired teaching and a high level of professional excellence.
  2. Understands the needs of individual students and encourages them to develop the skills
  3. necessary to be successful.
  4. Has a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to share it with students.
  5. Demonstrates the importance of lifelong learning through his or her own intellectual growth
  6. and fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues.
  7. Participates in extracurricular and community activities, with examples.
  8. Exemplifies by personal conduct the Principles of Rotary as stated in the Four Way Test:
    • Is it the Truth?
    • Is it Fair to all concerned?
    • Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
    • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
Peterborough Rotary, Monday, May 6, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Mar 30, 2013

Pancake Breakfast Huge Success

A quick look back…
There we were a year ago, with the attendance for the pancake breakfast headed south, and having burned out nearly everyone who had ever taken charge of the event, asking the question whether, after 40 years, our primary annual fundraiser had run its course. The problem, though, was we had no good idea of how to replace it. Fortunately, Ted Renna cut through the haze and suggested creating a more permanent committee to run the event, share the burden, and eliminate the burn-out. Better still, he and Laura Gingras agreed to co-chair that committee. So far, so good—two people with considerable skills were ready to recruit a committee and heal the ills of the pancake breakfast.

As soon as they had recruited other talented members to form Team Pancake, however, word came that our old venue would not be available. Suddenly, the outlook for the pancake breakfast had taken a turn for the worse. Picture it this way: We had a dying patient (the pancake breakfast) on the surgical table, and the lights went out in the operating room. That could well have been the end, and we might have seen the loss as merely an inevitable passing.

As it turns out, that is not how Ted, Laura, and Team Pancake think. They surveyed the situation and saw an opportunity to relaunch the breakfast at a new venue—trying new ideas while keeping the best of what had been done before—and moved forward. And they succeeded.

Thanks to Team Pancake and everyone who participated, fundraising exceeded our original goal, attendance was up over the last two years, attendees loved the new venue, the operation was the smoothest in recent memory, and from all reports, everyone had a good time. Now, it looks like our patient is out of danger and on the road to a full recovery.

Thank you Team Pancake—Ted, Laura, Barbara Miller, Dick Fernald, Jeff King, Kim Chandler, Nils Bergstrom, Pam Brenner, Paul Faber, John Kaufhold, and Owen Ellerkamp—for your optimism and diligence. Thank you Peterborough Rotary members and families, potential members, and houseguests who showed up to help at the event or contributed in other ways. Thank you ConVal Interact for your help in directing guests to the cafeteria. Thank you Boy Scouts for your help with the Easter Bunny, bussing tables, and lending a hand wherever needed. Thank you to the professionals in the ConVal kitchen for your help and guidance in improving our cooking and serving skills. And thank you sponsors for your deeply appreciated support and demonstrable commitment to our community. Together, through your combined efforts, you raised nearly $15,000 that will support Peterborough Rotary’s many worthy projects, including scholarships, teacher of the year, Operation Santa, local food banks, youth exchange, and more.

I am so very proud and blessed to be associated with each of you.

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Focus on the Theatrical Arts

ImageOur community is so very lucky to have a professional theatre in the area. Luckier still that it is the Peterborough Players. Our featured speaker Monday, April 1, will be Keith Stevens, managing director of the Peterborough Players. He will provide an update on the Players’ housing initiative and discuss the upcoming season.

Please join your Rotary friends to hear what is happening at the Peterborough Players.

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Posted by Dennis Allen on Mar 16, 2013

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs. This week, Peterborough Rotary’s inbound student, Johannes (John) Brandstaetter will make his formal presentation to our club.

John has attended several of our meetings, and if you have not had a chance to get to know him, Monday will be an excellent opportunity to do so. John’s presentation will be preceded by an overview and update on our exchange program by Bob MacDonald.

Please come, and let’s ensure John has a great memory of our club to share when he returns home.

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Great news!
We have $20,225 in pledges for Wilder Rotary Park—just over our original goal. Although many contributed or helped in the fundraising, President-Elect Pam Brenner's leadership was instrumental in achieving our goal. Pam saw an opportunity, seized it, and led her team—notably, Dave Drasba, Bob Hanson, and John Kaufhold—to a clear success.

Thank you, Pam, and thank you, Dave, Bob, John, and everyone else who participated!

The countdown to our annual pancake breakfast continues.
Just two more weeks!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up on the event duty roster, be sure to touch base with Laura or Ted, and let them know you want to help.

Reminder...
Our regularly scheduled board meeting will be this Thusday, March 21, from noon to 1:30 PM at the Peterborough Recreation Department.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, March 18, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Mar 09, 2013

ImageOh boy, we are in for a treat this week…
Jim Grant is our featured speaker, and his topic is “Peterborough Then and Now.” As you know, Jim always provides an interesting program with information you won’t get anywhere else.

See you there!

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Great progress is being made with preparation for our Annual Pancake Breakfast, and Ted Renna will bring everyone up to date.

Remember, if you have not yet picked up your pancake breakfast tickets, be sure to do so at the meeting. An envelope containing ten $5 tickets was prepared for each member. You can sell or donate them as you wish. Please make your check out for $50 to “The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund.” Treasurer Donna Hanley is receiving and tracking those funds.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, March 11, 2013 Dennis Allen 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Allen on Mar 02, 2013

Phil HueberIt seems like everywhere we find mentoring programs for young people, we find a Rotarian leading the way. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire is no exception. The Executive Director, Phil Hueber, is a past-President of the Brattleboro, Vermont, Rotary Club, a Paul Harris award recipient, and a co-founder of Pure Water for the World.

As you know, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a wonderful organization helping kids who face adversity find a path to a better future. Phil loves telling their stories, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear some of them Monday, when Phil will be out featured speaker.

By the way, Phil and his wife, Judy, are no strangers to the area—they moved to Chesterfield 25 years ago, when they purchased the Chesterfield Inn. They've expanded the Inn over the years by adding guest rooms and creating a restaurant. Chesterfield Inn is now recognized as one of the finest Country Inns in New England. Phil is a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Business.

Please come meet Phil Hueber and learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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Pancake breakfast just 4 weeks away!
You will also want to attend to hear the updates from our Pancake Breakfast Committee. Ted, Laura, the other committee members and more have been busy making all the arrangements and contacting potential sponsors. The sponsorship money is beginning to roll in, and the organization effort has been outstanding. Thank you and congratulations Team Pancake!



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Posted by Robert Hanson on Apr 15, 2012

Dear Auto Enthusiasts!

 

The 2012 Peterborough Rotary Cruz-ins are underway!!! 

The Rotary club of Peterborough will once again host the shows the 2nd Sunday of each month from 9am to 1pm May - Sept..  This is a totally free event sponsored by the Peterborough Rotary Club and our supporters.  Same as last year 2 for 1 coupons for the Peterborough Diner, as well as other coupons, will be given to the driver of each vehicle on display.  Hope you can come and share a beautiful morning of fun "car talk" with fellow auto enthusiasts. 

 

New this year!!!  

The Rotary Club will sponsor an Antiques market in conjuction with the Cruz-in.  Spaces are available behind the Toadstool book store and will not be mixed in with the cars on display.

 

Click Here for some pictures of previous Cruz-In events

Peterborough Rotary Summer Cruz-In -- 2nd Sunday Each Month! Robert Hanson 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Sheila Mahon and Heather Prieto will speak on Project SEARCH at our meeting Monday, April 29. Project SEARCH in the Monadnock Region provides vocational training to individuals receiviing services from Monadnock Developmental Services. The foundation of the program is workplace immersion, and participants learn skills through a series of internships, currently hosted at Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Each participant receives individualized training and job placement support from Project SEARCH staff.

Please join your Rotary friends and learn about this worthwhile program.

 

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Christine MannDid you know that the Peterborough Food Pantry serves 300 families per month?

Please come to hear Christine Mann, President of the Peterborough Human Services Fund, provide an update on the Peterborough Food Pantry and how the fund supports it and provides emergency aid to area people in need.

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Conval Selct Choir at Rotary 2008Come hear a joyful noise, as the Conval Choir presents its annual holiday program to our club!

With the holidays upon us, and 2012 nearing its end, how fantastically fitting it is to celebrate with our community’s vocally talented youth. And with fiscal cliffs and other looming realities, how lucky we are to glimpse the innocent hope these young people have for the coming year and beyond so that we might be reminded to do all we can to keep hope alive.

How can we keep hope alive? You are already doing it—filling a 14-foot truck with clothes for Hurricane Sandy victims and allocating money to the Red Cross for Sandy assistance; fulfilling a gift card and volunteering time for Operation Santa; organizing a pancake breakfast to fund charitable activities; reclaiming a lost lot and building a public park in one of Peterborough’s most beautiful, scenic sites; supporting an active youth exchange program; sponsoring and reinvigorating the Conval Interact Club; and the list goes on.

Should we do more? Many are doing all they can already, and nothing more is expected. However, not everyone has had an opportunity to participate directly, and there are still others who would like to do more. So here are just a couple suggestions. First, consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund*, either as a general donation or as an earmark toward Wilder Rotary Park—perhaps for a section of commemorative fence or a bench, though no amount is too small to help. Second, think about joining in the last effort to finally eradicate polio by contributing (also tax-deductible) to the Rotary Foundation**.

Thank you for all you do to keep hope alive.

*To donate, make your check payable to “The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund” and give it to Treasurer Donna Hanley. To sponsor a section of commemorative fence or park bench, please see President-Elect Pan Brenner for details.

 
**You can donate to Rotary Foundation online at:
www.rotary.org/FOUNDATION

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Andy PetersonMaybe it is time-appropriate that our program this week prelude Valentine’s day. After all, the patron saint of love, St. Valentine, is also the patron saint of young people. More to the point, our program this week will present our club with a challenge based on our collective love for the young people of our community—and test our energy, as a club, to demonstrate that love by helping young people who most need help.

Andy Peterson will present the results of his fact-finding committee, which evaluated the need and feasibility to conduct a Camp Quest, similar to that of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary. The program is promising and achievable, but only with hands-on participation from all of us. Please come willing to learn and ask questions. Whether the program goes forward is entirely up to the membership, determined by the willingness of each of us to take part and help.

Frankly, some folks have suggested that our club does not have the energy to pull this off. Whether that is true, only you can say. I only ask that while you evaluate the merit of the program and your potential involvement, please consider this simple thought:
Can love be realized if not evidenced by action?



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Author, lecturer, and consultant Dr. Glen W. Swanson returns to our Peterborough Rotary Club on Monday, April 22, to discuss his revised book, Storm Clouds over Iraq. First published in January 2003—two months prior to America's invasion of Iraq—the revised and expanded version, subtitled “The Road to War: a Disturbingly Prescient Study of Misinformation and Cultural Ignorance,” was released as an eBook to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Also, in commemoration of Earth Day, and drawing on his experience as a former Earth Day USA Corporate Liaison to Fortune 500 companies, Glen will address the question: Are we conquerors or stewards of the lands in which we live?

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, April 22, 2013 (Earth Day) Dennis Allen 0
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Nicole MacStayMany of the needs of our community are often hidden—though not purposely—from our everyday view. Yet those needs exist, and while the town does its best to meet them, a little enlightenment may be in order. Come learn about the “Critical Human Service Needs Facing Our Community" from Nicole MacStay, Director of Human Services (as well as Assistant Town Administrator) for the Town of Peterborough. She will discuss her responsibilities and paint a picture of those critical needs facing our community today.

 

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Flu Precautions

Contrary to the inferences of media reports about the flu, there is no need to panic. However, a little common sense is always in order. In support of the latter, hand sanitizer will be available at a table preceding the lunch buffet at our meetings. Using the hand sanitizer before handling the serving utensils, well, just makes sense and is considerate to the folks who follow.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, January 14, 2013 Dennis Allen 0
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The pancake breakfast is next Sunday, and we have nearly met our fundraising goal! If you have not already done so, please make plans to come and join the fun of helping. Everyone has a great time at this event! Meanwhile, the last pancake committee meeting and update will be at our Monday meeting.

Our guest speaker will be Meg Williams, director of the Well School, along with Molly Fair Badrawy. Come find out what is happening at the well-known area school.

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Have you seen “All About Town,” the program hosted by Pam Brenner and Barbara Miller? You can find it at LocalLookPeterborough.com. It’s a neat series that provides a friendly look at many facets of our town. The production is handled by Bill Smith of InHaus Media, a NH web design and marketing firm also located in Peterborough. Please come to hear Bill Smith speak about that program.

Another reason to come is to recognize Dick Adler’s past contributions to Rotary. Marie Adler will join us to acknowledge that recognition.

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Welcome to 2013!
 
A great way to start our first meeting of the new year is with a discussion of scholarships for Conval students. Please come hear Judy Tomlinson, Executive Director of ConVal Community Scholarship Foundation (CVCSF), explain the role her foundation plays in the community. You might remember that CVCSF was started a few years ago by fellow Rotarian John Vance, and our charitable trust has supported CVCSF.
 
And as if that were not reason enough to attend, it has been three whole weeks since we have enjoyed the fellowship of our group—and three long weeks without one of Peter Robinson’s delicious hot meals!

See you there!

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, January 7, 2013 Dennis Allen 0
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Our nation mourns the needless and tragic loss of so many innocent children and others in Newtown, Connecticut. We are moved to find answers that replace dissonance with reason—though that reason may prove elusive. We also hope to learn how we might prevent such a nightmare from happening ever again. Only time will tell.

For now, time has yielded a cautionary tale about tragic event a few years old. It is a very personal account told by our own Donna Hanley, our featured speaker. It is a story she has shared with high schools, middle schools, and more, in hopes that other children might avoid her son’s fate. Please come to learn from Donna’s very moving story.

Just a Reminder…
Our next meeting will be in three weeks, on January 7th.

Though our current sorrow may be unavoidable, there is always reason for faith and hope. With that in mind, may the remaining holidays be joyous for you and your friends and loved ones, and may your new year be very bright, indeed.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, December 17, 2012 Dennis Allen 0
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Coming in April of 2013…

Drawing from the long tradition of the...

    Arts! Film makers!

        Directors! And producers!

                Who have made this region home…

The debut of the…

    Monadnock International
    Film Festival!

Please come Monday to hear Laina Barakat, Director of the Monadnock International Film Festival, talk about this brand new, exciting and ambitious festival coming to the Monadnock region.

Also coming soon…
Next week, December 10th, the Conval Choir will perform for us. This is always a fun holiday program. As always, you are encouraged to bring a guest to enjoy the music!

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, December 3, 2012 Dennis Allen 0
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Charlie BassKelly ClarkDoubleheader at Rotary!
We have two very special programs that you don’t want to miss. We will have AARP’s New Hampshire State Director, Kelly Clark, who will speak on Social Security and Medicare. And we will have the Honorable Charlie Bass, U.S. Representative for the New Hampshire’s second district, who will provide a legislative update and talk about issues in the congressional race. It is worth noting that Congressman Bass was a member of the Peterborough Rotary before helping found the Monadnock club, and for many years he actively participated—that is, worked in the hot kitchen—at our Easter pancake breakfasts.

To accommodate the two programs, we will conduct an abbreviated business meeting during lunch, to allow both speakers adequate time. Please arrive on time, so that we can start right away.

And yes, as we approach Election Day, many of our recent and upcoming programs contain political content. Our club has a long tradition of providing a venue for holders and seekers of major offices and for others who can contribute to our knowledge base on important issues. We make every effort to accommodate those on either side of the issues—and to always be fair to all concerned. As business and community leaders, there is no better group of people than our group of Rotarians to effectively evaluate such information—because there is no group more concerned about the welfare of our society.

Paul Schlieben Dedication for Cornucopia Community Garden Shed
On Friday, October 26, at 4:30, we will celebrate the Paul Schlieben plaque for the Cornucopia Community Garden Shed. The ceremony will be at the new community garden, next to the community center (old armory building) on Elm Street. The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Trust contributed $1,500 toward the construction of the building. Because the shed will be used as a place of learning, it is only fitting that Paul Schlieben’s name be associated with it. As all of you remember, Paul had a gift of leading people to discover their own conclusions. Many of us learned a great deal from Paul.

Paul’s children, Roy and Jess, will attend, and Roy Schlieben will say a few words.

Please come.

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, October 22, 2012 Dennis Allen 0
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Tonya AlbeeYou may recall that Rotary International gave special recognition to the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club’s Camp Quest summer camp for 75 Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students. This week, we are fortunate to have as our featured speaker one of the guiding lights of that program, Tonya Albee, who will provide details and insights as to how it came about and how it works.

Of all the things Rotarians do, those that have a positive impact on young people are surely the greatest. So please come to hear firsthand how our sister club creates just such an impact. And who knows, maybe Tonya’s talk will be a springboard for ideas for our club.

Just a reminder…
In honor of Veteran’s Day, there will be no meeting November 12th. Our next meeting will be November 19th, and President Elect Pam Brenner will preside.

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Lee NyquistPlease come hear Lee Nyquist, candidate for New Hampshire’s 9th Senate district, speak on his views of the state and the impact he hopes to have. Lee belongs to the Manchester Rotary Clun, and you might remember him from his recent visit to our club. He is currently an attorney with Shaheen & Gordon, and served as town moderator for New Boston for 20 years.

About Hurricane Sandy…
As this was written, it appeared that Sandy would not prevent our meeting. That situation could, of course, change. If Monday morning presents a need to cancel the club meeting, a notice will be sent to members via email. So please be sure to monitor your email account Monday morning. An email will be sent only if the meeting is canceled.

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Shieling ForestIn the heart of southwest New Hampshire, one of the state's most picturesque regions, are the tree covered ridges and valleys of Shieling Forest—and that’s where we will meet on Monday, October 15th (see directions, below).

The Shieling Forest was a gift to the State of New Hampshire by the late Mrs. Elizabeth Yates McGreal. Mrs. McGreal was a longtime resident of Peterborough and a nationally known writer whose concerns ranged from books, libraries and work for the blind, to forests and their proper use. In addition to her gift of 47 acres of land with buildings to the State of New Hampshire in 1980, Mrs. McGreal established a trust fund to help defray the costs of maintenance and operation of the Shieling Forest. This trust is managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Shieling Forest is operated by the Division of Forests and Lands of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), to stimulate public interest and knowledge on properly managing small private forests and related natural resources.

A.J. Dupere, Community Forester with the NH Division of Forests and Lands, will talk about the renovated Shieling Forest Visitor Center, DRED and Forests and Lands and how they all fit together.

DIRECTIONS
Please join us as Monday, October 15, at the Shieling Forest Visitor Center. Directions from downtown Peterborough are:
Head north on 202 make a right turn just past Brady's Bar & Grill onto Parmalee Drive at the first rotary make the first right onto Old Street Road, go about 200 yards and the parking lot for the Shieling Forest Visitor Center is on your left.
Click Here for a map

River Card Room Proceeds
The numbers are in, and according to Pat Foley, our take was $7,835 for this fundraiser. Thanks to everyone who supported it, and most of all, thank you, Pat, for making this event happen! The proceeds will go directly to charitable trust for help with all the programs we provide and support.

More Fun in Fundraising
It is time to begin planning our annual Pancake Breakfast, and a perfect time to get involved! Co-chairs Ted Renna and Laura Gingras are looking for a few good men and women to serve on the Pancake Breakfast Committee. As you know, the breakfast is our primary fundraiser, and its success is critical to our club’s ability to fund our scholarships, youth exchange, and other great programs.  And with Ted and Laura at the help, you can bet that it will be a fun, get-things-done kind of committee.

Want you please give them a hand in planning this important event?

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Please come to hear Annie Kuster, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, who will discuss her positions on legislative issues important to the people of New Hampshire and our country. In 2010, Annie was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire, narrowly losing by just 3,551 votes (1%) in one of the closest open-seat races in the country.

By request, her private presentation is intended solely for Rotarians and accredited members of the press.
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Current events make it impossible to ignore U.S. foreign policy. But then, that has been the case since World War II and shortly after, when President Truman appointed former Army Chief-of-Staff, General George C. Marshall, to Secretary of State. The U.S. boldly developed the European Recovery Program, better known as the “Marshall Plan,” to stabilize war-torn Europe. Arguably, some have said that George C. Marshall might have won the war and won the peace, too.

Please come hear local author and lecturer, Glen W. Swanson’s talk, “General George C. Marshall and the Greatest Generation.”

So how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
Several of you missed a fun outing at the Peterborough Players last Wednesday. We spent a beautiful evening prior to the show outside—complete with wine, cheese, and burning logs to chase away the chill. It was a great night for mingling and conversing with Rotarian friends. What a great group of folks to hang out with! Thanks go to Barbara Miller for making the event happen.
 
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This week we are delighted to have Jan Eaton, Director Of Marketing & Resident Services for Rivermead, join us to talk about the new Rivermead campus. Please come hear her update on the progress being made at one of the jewels of Peterborough.

And if you come, you may be in luck to purchase any remaining mums being sold by the Interact club. Fall is in the air, and it is a great time to stock up mums for your home. And you will be helping local Interact members raise money to travel to El Salvador to help build homes for those in need.

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ImageThere has been a great deal of discussion about jobs lately, and the just-released employment report was less than rosy. A manufacturing resurgence would surely help, and that is exactly what our featured speaker will discuss on Monday. Please come to hear David DeWitt, owner (until recently) of Time Frame, Inc., and former plant manager for Millipore, as he shares some of his insights and thoughts on manufacturing in the U.S.
 
Also, you should know that David has been a longtime supporter of our annual pancake breakfast. Although he is not a Rotarian at the moment, he has enthusiastically endorsed our efforts. I hope you will take time to thank him for his support and let him know that Peterborough Rotary just might be a good fit for him.
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Senator Andy SanbornPlease join us Monday for a legislative update from NH Senator Andy Sanborn, who represents the 9th district, to which Peterborough now belongs. He is perhaps best known for his campaign to repeal the so-called “LLC tax,” which was opposed almost universally by New Hampshire small businesses.

Born and raised in Lebanon, NH, Andy Sanborn is a 4th generation New Hampshire native. A graduate of New England College in Henniker, he focused his business degree on Finance, Economics, and Marketing. After college, Mr. Sanborn spent 15 years working in the New Hampshire Commercial Lending industry going as far back as Indian Head Bank, and he finished his corporate finance career in Chicago, overseeing a large international leasing company.

Legislative updates are a tradition at our club, so please come ready to listen and prepared with your questions!

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, August 27, 2012 Dennis Allen 0
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Tony GilmoreWe have a special program this week that you will not want to miss!

Have you ever had an occasion to ask, “Why Rotary?” Or if you want to learn more about Rotary beyond our own club, then this program is especially for you. Our special speaker, District Governor Anthony Gilmore, will join us to share his thoughts on Rotary and his vision for our district. Tony brings creativity, enthusiasm, and perhaps a spirit of entrepreneurship to our Rotary district. I am also delighted to announce that Assistant District Governor Doug Rupert will join us, too.

Just a reminder…
Don’t forget that Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary will have Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor of Public Policy, speak on “Emerging Trends in Economic Opportunity in America” on Aug 23rd. (Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meets at the Shattuck golf club at 7:30 AM.)

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Offsite Meeting
Our meeting on August 13, 2012, will be at Brantwood Camp, when we make our annual trek to visit the boys and girls camp. We will meet in The Commons dining hall of the girls camp, and hear an update on Brantwood Camp’s activities. Lunch will be served, and we will have our regular club meeting.

ImageDirections:
Heading north on Rt. 202, take a right onto Sand Hill Road (directly after Woodman’s Florist). Go 3.9 miles up Sand Hill Road and the entrance to Brantwood Camp will be on your left. Follow the signs to the girls camp and The Commons dining hall.

Our club has long supported Brantwood Camp, and over the years, some of the directors have been members of our club. Brantwood Camp is a summer camp for boys and girls, and it enrolls campers who are between the ages of 11 and 15 from Boston, New York City, Jersey City, Hartford, and urban areas of New Hampshire who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend summer camp.

Since 1904, boys have enjoyed the active, residential summer camping experience surrounded by the beautiful hills and woods of Peterborough, NH. Brantwood for Girls opened in 1982, a mile away from the boys camp. Every summer, Brantwood serves 365 campers, with each camp offering three 16-day terms. Campers are recommended and sponsored by social service agencies, schools, churches, and a variety of youth organizations.

Thanks go to John Goodhue for helping to arrange this annual off-site meeting!

Harvard Professor of Public Policy to Speak at Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary
Our good friend David Tower of Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary invites you to hear Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor of Public Policy and author of 14 books (Bowling Alone, American Grace, and more), who will be speaking at the Jaffrey-Rindge club on Aug 23rd.  His topic will be “Emerging Trends in Economic Opportunity in America,” based on research he is doing for a new book.

In the summer months, including August 23rd, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meets at the Shattuck golf club at 7:30 AM. Please join me in visiting our sister club.

St. Gaudens Curator returns to Peterborough Library September 11
Dr. Henry Duffy, Museum Curator of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, as well the home, studio, and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, returns to the Peterborough Library at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11, for Part II of the talk he began on April 24th. Emphasis will be on visual presentation of the great sculptor’s work and the site where most of it was done. This is a continuation of our library’s “Talks on Tuesdays” program, which began in spring. The collection at the Cornish site includes the contents of the home, studio and gardens, and examples of the sculptor’s monumental works—the Shaw Memorial, Admiral Farragut, Lincoln, The Puritan, Generals Logan and Sherman, Diana of the Tower, the Adams Memorial and others. A frequent lecturer on topics related to historic preservation, Dr. Duffy has been the Saint-Gaudens Curator since 1998. Van McLeod, Commissioner of New Hampshire Cultural Resources, reminds us that the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is one of our state’s greatest cultural treasures; a destination place for tourists from all over the world.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Charitable contributions to Peterborough Library Trustees will be gratefully received. For information call 924-8040

Another “Talks on Tuesdays” program coming up will be Michael York, our State Librarian, on Tuesday evening, October 2, with a talk on E-readers and new technology in New Hampshire libraries—a timely report, given public forums on plans for a new Peterborough library expected to follow.

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It is the kind of ride that none of us hope to take—to a hospital in an ambulance. But when it happens, we depend on emergency medical care to ensure we get there. That kind of care requires more than a van with stretcher and a volunteer rushing in with a stethoscope. When life is at stake, you need an emergency room on wheels with an on-duty, professionally trained medic. Peterborough now provides that level of ambulance service—and without a burden to taxpayers. Moreover, Peterborough’s ambulance is now recognized for providing cutting-edge critical care ambulance services.

How did this happen? It is a classic lemonade-from-lemons story that began when St. Joseph’s Hospital decided to close its Rockingham Ambulance service, which had been providing hospital-to-hospital transfers for Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH). With Rockingham gone, the prospects of calling and waiting on an ambulance service based in Massachusetts to take, say, critical heart-attack patients from MCH to Catholic Medical Center were less than appealing.  Through the vision of Fire Chief Joseph Lenox and his team, the guidance of Town Administrator Pam Brenner, and the foresight of the board of selectmen, our town ambulance service stepped up to the plate.

The program, which started last October, not only filled the hospital-to-hospital void left by Rockingham’s departure, it also had the side benefit of greatly improving 911-emergency ambulance response time and enhancing the level of medical service to residents.  Again, with no taxpayer burden.  

Please join your Rotary friends on Monday to hear Jeremy Bouchard, Peterborough’s new Clinical Director for Ambulance Operations, speak about the town’s new ambulance transfer program. 

You will also want to be on hand to hear from several of the rebound students in our youth exchange. Bob MacDonald, Peter Robinson, and Laura Gingras devote a lot of time and energy into making our exchange program work. Come hear for yourself what the exchange students think of the program.

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Can research universities contribute to economy?
Before you answer that question, consider the story of how we all use the Internet—chiefly, through a browser. Well, Microsoft did not invent the Internet browser. Neither did Apple. Go back in time—even before Netscape—to something called Mosaic. Mosaic was the first significant web browser to integrate images in line with text.  Before Mosaic, the Internet was not much more than a set of pipes that carried data for techies. In fact, before Mosaic, most folks had never heard of the Internet. That ability, however, to show pictures with text was the foundation of online selling. So you could say that Mosaic gave birth to the online commerce and the Internet as we know it today. And it was the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois that gave birth to Mosaic.

Want to hear other examples? Join us Monday, July 30th, to hear what John S. Swartley, MBA, PhD, has to say. Dr. Swartley is Senior Director of New Ventures at the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads a team that fosters new ventures based on Penn technologies and expertise. He has also served in similar roles at Baylor College of Medicine and Yale University. And he has been involved in more than two dozen university spin-out companies that have collectively raised nearly one billion dollars of investment capital.

His talk should be fascinating.

Getting back to the Internet…
Have you visited our club’s website? Did you know that we can upload photos, add news and other stories about club activities, access and store club documents, and even use it to sign up for club events? All that is possible, and more—if we choose to use it. Here’s the thing, though: Committee chairs and members have to contribute that content. So if you are involved with a club committee, and you have photos, news, or other information to share, please add it to the website. And don’t be intimidated if you don’t know how, because right now very few do. It is really easy, though, and there is someone who can help you. Just let me know, and Cole Royal, Tom Westheimer, or I will step you through the easy process—all you need is a web browser.

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Please come to hear Margaret Nelson, Executive Director of the River Center in Peterborough, speak on her vision for the River Center and its efforts to help provide a community safety net.

Youth Exchange Host Families Needed
Do you know a family that might like to host our inbound exchange student? If so, please let Laura Gingras know ASAP.
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A peaceful and connected world is the vision of the Mariposa Museum. And its pathway to reach that vision is through understanding and celebrating the cultures of the world. Please attend Monday, July 9th, to hear the Executive Director of the Mariposa Museum, Karla Hostetler, share her plans for this unique Peterborough resource.

As it happens, peace through service is the new Rotary International theme. What does it mean exactly? Sakuji Tanaka, president of Rotary International, purposely leaves that meaning to be defined by each individual Rotarian. However, he does say, "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways."

Or as 20th-century humanitarian Eartha White, a child of a former slave, put it as she channeled the thoughts of 18th-century theologian John Wesley:

Do all the good you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
For all the people you can,
While you can.

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As we begin a new Rotary year, I am pleased to announce the nominating committee‘s slate of club officers for 2012-2013. With the club’s approval Monday, July 2nd, the new officers will be installed at that meeting.

First, though, I would like to thank two of our current officers leaving the board of directors. Vice President Lynn Robbins and Second Vice President Peter Cross, who would have been nominated to advance to President-Elect and Vice President, respectively, have personal and professional commitments that require their attention. Lynn worked tirelessly spearheading our last two pancake breakfasts. Her get-things-done spirit and humor made the work for the rest of us easy. Pete recently led the charge on finding a new caterer. He arranged so that we could benefit from “try-outs” of potential caterers and that resulted in an excellent choice, to which we are treated each meeting.

Both Lynn and Pete, however, will take on active committee roles. Lynn had agreed to use her public relations background to work with Bob Hanson as co-chair of our public relations committee. And Pete has agreed to apply his marketing background to work with Paul Faber as co-chair of our membership committee.

Thank you, Lynn and Pete, for your outstanding service on the executive board and for all the advice and support you provided me as acting president.

The 2012-2013 Officer Slate

  • President – Dennis Allen
    o From President-Elect and acting president. Or as Tom Westheimer eloquently says in reference to President Sharon Cargill, “Dennis will stop being Sharon and start being Dennis.”

  • President-Elect – Pam Brenner
    o Pam is a strong leader who is ready to fulfill the role of president for 2013-2014. She has a great depth of knowledge of our club’s operations, and she is responsible for successfully leading our club back to fiscal health. She also had the vision to see that a tiny, forgotten piece of land could become a beautiful park—Wilder Rotary Park. Pam always demonstrates an ability to see things that others may not, and to find creative solutions when needed. She will make an excellent president.

  • 1st VP – David Sobe
    o In his role as co-chair of the membership committee, Dave has done an outstanding job of bringing in new members. And in doing so, he has acquired an understanding of how potential new members perceive our club. That experience should be exploited on the executive board level, and his gentle, respective approach with others is a mark of a great leader.

  • 2nd VP – (remains vacant for now)
    o With the above succession list in place, and given the loss of two vice presidents, the nominating board has voted to keep this position open for the moment. That will allow the involvement of the incoming officers to choose the right person.

  • Treasurer – Donna Hanley
    o As you, Donna is the comptroller at New Hampshire Ball Bearing. To say she has the background for this office is an understatement. Although her recent recovery kept her away from the club much of this past year, it didn’t keep her from helping with the pancake breakfast. And now she is back, charged up, and ready to work. Based on her enthusiasm and experience, Donna is committed to the task and will continue in Pam’s footsteps of watching the purse.

  • Secretary – Dave Drasba
    o Dave has done an exemplary job as secretary. He has also devoted many hours of his time to the development of the Wilder Rotary Park, clearly demonstrating service above self. Dave also has a quiet assertiveness that has brought strength to and helped steer our board of directors’ decisions. We are very fortunate that Dave is willing to continue as secretary.

  • Sergeant at Arms – Dick Chamberlain
    o Ever notice how our meetings are always organized and run without a hitch? That is testament to the job Dick does as sergeant at arms. Dick and his team see that our club runs smoothly, and it would be a tremendous loss to not have him in that roll. Moreover, Dick’s advice to the board is always based on fairness and a concern for others while protecting the integrity of the club.

And of course, Pat Foley will continue as Past President.

On behalf of the board of directors and nominating committee, I respectively ask for your support of the above slate.
  --Dennis Allen
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Did you know that with each breath of indoor air we inhale, we draw-in a cocktail of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds, mold and mildew spores, allergens, and dust-borne viruses and bacteria?   And the nose and mouth are not the only point of entry into our bodies—as much as 41% of viruses enter through our eyes!

Disgusting? Yes, but it is also cause for concern about the buildings in which we work and institutions we frequent. Please come hear Mark Brassard share more details on “Sick Building Syndrome.”

On a bitter-sweet note…
It is time for Sarah Rheinbay, our inbound exchange student, to head back home to her family. We are honored that she will join us for her last Monday (June 25th) in the United States. Please be on hand to hear her speak on her experiences here. Sarah has frequented our meetings during her stay, and she even pitched in to help with our pancake breakfast. Please take a moment on Monday to wish her well and let her know that she will be missed and remembered.

Some things are worth repeating….
At our last meeting we mentioned that the Jaffrey-Rindge club had received recognition from Rotary International for its QUEST summer camp program. Well, that achievement deserves more than a that mention. The Significant Achievement Award by Rotary International was presented to the Jaffrey-Rindge club at the recent district conferenced. The QUEST summer camp program is for Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students, and it was judged the best community service project in in our district (District 7870) for 2011.  Kelly Bergeron, president of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, accepted the award at the District Annual Conference in Portland Maine on June 2, 2012. According to our good friend and Jaffrey-Rindge club member, 75 youngsters signed up for this year's program, which begins on July 5th.

Of all the things Rotarians do, those that have a positive impact on young people are surely the greatest. Congratulations to all our friends at the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club!
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Please join your Rotary friends Monday, June 18, as we welcome and recognize our scholarship recipients, Cierra Zaslowe-Dude and Bailey Englert. These two young women are remarkable on many levels, so come to get to know them and wish them well in college.

We also hope to have TJ, of TJ’s Tea fame, on hand to speak about her school that teaches children English in a village school in Sri Lanka.

And we expect Assistant District Governor-Elect Doug Rupert to join us for a quick introductory hello.


Stepping up to the Plate
There are several avenues of service in Rotary. However, one is especially important: Club service. Without club service, other avenues of service could not exist. July 1st marks the beginning of a new Rotary year, and it is a good time for each of us to consider our role and involvement—our club service—in Peterborough Rotary for the upcoming year.

There are many opportunities to serve, from committee members to officers. Some require only a little of your time, some a little more, and none require more than you can offer.

Rotary is a participatory, not spectator, sport. You can keep the bench warm for only so long while others run the bases. At some point, each of us needs to step up to the plate and take a swing.

If haven’t already done so, want you step up to the plate and let me know how you would like to be involved with our club?
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It is all about the kids. That’s why we recognize a Teacher of the Year. The ability to kindle that spark for knowledge, to shape answers into questions, to distil useful facts from a glut of information, and to jigsaw complexities into simple pieces that fit together easily —those teaching talents affect kids positively and profoundly. And those applied talents deserve recognition.

At our meeting Monday, June 11, we will present our Teacher of the Year award. This year, the award will be shared by two teachers. The co-recipients will be introduced by Holly Blanchette, a 6th grade teacher at the Great Brook School, and Tim Clark, an English teacher at Conval High School.

If any day in which you can create a positive impact for young people is a good day, then our club is on a roll. On Wednesday, our club awarded scholarships to two Conval students, and on Friday, it was the ice cream social for Mountain Shadows School.

Rick Hartman and the scholarship committee—including Shep Bartlett and Chris Brown—did an outstanding job in winnowing the applications and selecting two very remarkable students, Cierra Zaslowe-Dude and Bailey Englert. You may recognize Cierra as the president of Conval Interact, and who has visited our club often. Both young ladies will join us next week (June 18th), but meanwhile, you can click here to read more.

Jeff King and his team of ice cream scoopers created a lot of happy faces as they served the Mountain Shadows School kids. You can see for yourself by checking out the photo album on the main page of our website. A special thank you goes to Susan Mazzone and Ava Marie for help with the ice cream. Click here to read more.

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Of the more than 700 community foundations nationwide, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is among the oldest and largest. And for nearly five decades, it has launched initiatives and built trusted partnerships with individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.

Please attend Monday to hear an update on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation provide by President and CEO, Richard Ober, who in 2010, he was selected as one of the state’s most influential people by Business New Hampshire Magazine.


Vote on Charitablte Trust Board of Trustees

Another important reason to attend our June 4th meeting is to vote on the new slate for the Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund board of trustees. Having waited the required time after announcing the nominations on April 30th, the club will vote on whether to accept the following members and their terms as nominated by the board of directors:

Through June 30, 2013 (1 year+)
· Rick Hartman
· Dave Sobe

Through June 30, 2014 (2 years+)
· Pat Foley
· Bob Hanson
· Peter Robinson

Through June 30, 2015 (3 years+)
· Dick Chamberlain
· Paul Faber

 So please come for an excellent program and to take part in the vote!

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Just a reminder…

There will be NO meeting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th.

Enjoy the long weekend, and please take a few moments to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our country.

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We’ve talked a lot about The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund lately. And you probably know that it is the non-profit arm of our club. On a much bigger scale is the Rotary International Foundation, which is best known for its PolioPlus program, which is closing may actually end polio in our lifetime. What you may not know, however, is there are many more facets to Rotary International Foundation, such as support for local projects.

Alice Boucher, District Rotary Foundation Chair, will join us Monday to talk about the foundation, all the good it does, how we can participate, and how the foundation can help our club.

Please come hear this interesting program, and learn how our club and the foundation can work together.


Nothing happens without a committee…
Okay, that’s not just the punch line of a joke. In our professions, throughout life, and most certainly in Rotary, we accomplish more working together than alone. For each project to which our club commits, we depend on committee—a small band of volunteers—to see it through. Too often, though, the weight of a project falls on the shoulders of just one or two members. Maybe we haven’t done a good job of asking for help. And especially for new members, maybe we haven’t done a good job describing committee assignment opportunities.

I would like to correct all that beginning with the following:
First, we need your help. Most, though not all, committee we have can use more help. The duties vary, and some require only a small amount of time or are active for a short period. Of course, we all have busy, active lives, and none of us have time to participate in everything. And everyone in our club recognizes there are phases in our life when we simply have no time to contribute. That said, I do ask you to consider joining a committee or two. If you have the time and inclination, don’t stop at two. The more you get involved, the greater the reward. Not sure where to start? Just let me know your interest and ideas.

Second, here are a few committees you might want to consider:

 · Pancake Breakfastour biggest fundraiser
 · Membershipgo boldly and seek out new members to our club
 · Public Relationslet the world know what Peterborough Rotary does
 · IT & Websitemaintain and advance our web presence
 · Holiday Decoratingdeck the townhouse & bridges with boughs of...
 · Raffle & AuctionShep’s annual fundraiser
 · Operation Santaa gift for every needy tot
 · Programs & Speakerswork with members to develop programs
 · Youth Exchangefacillitate student foreign exchange program
 · And more!

 

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Annual Raffle & Auction

This is it! You heard about, you read about it, and you talked about it. On Monday, we will hold our Annual Raffle & Auction, and you won’t want to miss it!

Laura, Shep, and all everyone on the committee have been working hard to make this a fun event for all. The Guys and Gals, in a spirited competition, have contributed several gifts, including an iPad 2! If you have not already done so, please bring a gift with a $20 minimum value. Be creative and make your gift a certificate for, say, an hour of your consulting and advice, use of your limo driver for a week, a personalized tour of little-known historic landmarks in the region, or anything useful or fun that you may be uniquely qualified to offer. This event will be great fun!

We will keep our business meeting to a minimum, so that we will have plenty of time for the raffle and auction. Laura Gingras will be auctioneer-in-chief, and Shep Barlett is in charge of the dancing entertainment. (Shep, you did hire the dancers, right?) With or without the dancers, there will be plenty of laughs, giggles, and great prizes and surprises.

And yes, this is a fundraiser, so bring your wallet. Better still, leave your wallet and bring your cash. As always, there are no expectations other than to have a good time. Spend only as much or as little as you like. There will be no pressure—only temptations of great buys, fabulous bargains, and well, maybe a thing or two from somebody’s attic that will intrigue us all.

See you there!

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Please come Monday, April 30th, to hear local historian Jim Grant speak on General Miller, one of Peterborough’s more famous residents. If you’ve never had a chance to attend a talk by Jim Grant, you will be in for a treat.

Wilder Rotary Park Planting

Be sure to sign up to help with the landscape planting at Wilder Rotary Park. The event will be Saturday morning, May 5th. The boulders have been moved and arranged, and thanks to David Drasba, nearly 100 plants will be delivered and ready to make Wilder Rotary Park their new home. The plants will expertly arranged, each awaiting some kindly Rotarian to gently open the earth for planting, maybe even tell it a story before tucking the plant into its new bed. Bring a shovel and a rake, if you have them. Or just bring your gardening gloves, and join the fun of getting down and dirty with your fellow Rotarians!  Click here to see Wilder-Rotary Park photos

Nominations for Charitable Trust Board of Trustees

The executive board of directors has nominated seven worthy and qualified members who are committed to managing The Peterborough Rotary Charitable Fund. As you know, this is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity to which our fundraising goes, and from which our charitable contributions and programs are paid.

The nominees are listed below and will be officially presented to the club on Monday, April 30th. After a notification period, as required by the Declaration of Trust, a vote will be held at our regular meeting on Monday, June 4th.

Please note that the terms are normally three years. However, because we are starting with a clean slate, and to ensure continuity of the board, the nominees are assigned to staggered terms. Also, so that the board of trustees can begin work right away, their initial terms will begin about four weeks prior to the customary July 1st start of the Rotary year.

Nominated at the Rotary Board Meeting, April 26, 2012

Through June 30, 2013 (1 year+)
·         Rick Hartman
·         Dave Sobe

Through June 30, 2014 (2 years+)
·         Pat Foley
·         Bob Hanson
·         Peter Robinson

Through June 30, 2015 (3 years+)
·         Dick Chamberlain
·         Paul Faber

 

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Heather Jasmin, Program Coordinator from Keene State College's Office of Continuing Education, joins us to discuss the College's community outreach programming.  Heather, a KSC alum, has been working with the Continuing Education office for the past seven years.  Many people do not realize that Keene State serves community members ages 5 to 95, in programs ranging from Lego Engineering to OSHA Safety to Religion and the Constitution.  Heather's presentation will highlight the college's outreach programs, paying particular attention to the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning's Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Wilder Rotary Park Successful Planting

About a dozen energized Rotarians showed arrived with shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows ready to work. And how they did work! More than 120 plants were embedded and now adorn the new park. Beautiful people, beautiful work, and a beautiful landscape and park. Like most thing in life and Rotary, it will only get better in time as our work takes root and grows.

You just gotta' see it!

Thank you to everyone who joined in, and thank you, Dave Drasba, for leading this worthwhile project!
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What is the new role of home healthcare in the nation's reforming healthcare system? Get that answer directly from a notable and local expert, Barbara Duckett, President/CEO of Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (HCS). Barbara, who happens to be a fellow Rotarian with the Monadnock club, serves on the front line of the changes in home healthcare, so please come hear her firsthand views.

Welcome to Our New Caterer!

Be sure to come Monday to enjoy our first of many lunches provided by our new caterer.

Last week the club overwhelmingly chose Roy’s as our new caterer, beginning immediately. We appreciate all the businesses who tried out. All did a great job. In the end, though, a decision had to be made. We congratulate Peter Robinson, and we look forward to many delicious lunches from Roy’s.

This may be a good time to mention that while Roy’s will prepare to normally serve only a set number of members, that can be adjusted with a week’s notice. So if an upcoming program may attract several visiting Rotarians or other invited guests, all we need to do it let Peter know about a week in advance. Something to think about as we plan our programs and special events.

Thank you to Peter Cross and everyone on the catering committee for the excellent job of leading the club through the decision process!

Roadside Cleanup in the Bag

A big thank you also goes to Dick, Norm, Nils, Bob, Terra, Rain, Jade, Rebecca, Joan, and especially John, who planned the event, for cleaning up a section of Route 202 South. (Perhaps a thank you should also go to the biggest donors—all the smokers and drinkers—for their roadside contributions of cigarette packs, ashtray dumps, beer cans, beer bottles, and an astounding number of shot bottles that made the project necessary. But I digress.) It was a beautifully warm day for the outdoor task. And despite the uninvited ticks that tried to tag along for the walk, after all the bags had been filled, tied, and left behind, there was a warm shared feeling of accomplishment.

Membership Classifications

Remember when you joined Rotary, and you were given a classification? If you don’t recall, that’s okay, just check your Rotary badge to find it. One of the reasons Rotary uses classifications is to help ensure representation from all professions. Yes, there was a time when the classification system limited to membership to only one member for each classification, but that is no longer the case.

Have you ever noticed the classifications of other members? At the next meeting, please take a closer look at the badges of members, and ask them about it. Of course, you might be surprised by what you won’t find—a florist, graphics designer, or newspaper editor, for example. Or how about a landscaper, minister, or event planner? The list goes on.

The point is this: There are many worthy and dignified occupations that may not be represented in our club.

Should it stay that way?

Let me know your thoughts.

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Our featured speaker for Monday is Paul Hardy, MD. Last week you had a brief opportunity to meet Paul when he visited our club. What you perhaps did not have a chance to learn is that Paul has been on the forefront in the research and treatment of autism. Be sure to come for this fascinating program. And since Paul is now practicing in Peterborough, be sure welcome Paul to Our Town.

Also, please be prepared to discuss and choose our new caterer! We have enjoyed a lot of good service and good food as we tried out each potential caterer. Each had its strengths, and choosing won’t be easy. So to help us chew through that tough decision, our catering committee has agreed to supply some tasty pizza.  With a successful catering choice, we can officially celebrate Monday as our last mandated-pizza lunch!

See you there!

  --Dennis
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We are delighted to have the president of Franklin Pierce University, James F. Birge, Ph.D., speak to our club on Monday. Peterborough has always felt a close connection with Franklin Pierce University—not just by its proximity, but also through one of Peterborough’s favorite citizens, Walter Peterson, who served as president of Franklin Pierce College for 20 years. This year marks the fifth anniversary for Franklin Pierce’s recognition as a university, and the 50th anniversary of its original charter. Please come to hear Dr. Birge provide an update on our local university.

Also come with a cleansed palate as we hold our last caterer try-out. This week, our meal will be provided by Nonies. The following week, the catering committee will furnish pizza, and the club will deliberate and select its new caterer.

“Sing, Sing a Song….”

Okay, it was my fault that “America the Beautiful” got off to such a rocky, uh, I mean pitchy, start last Monday. It clearly would have qualified as a YouTube moment, but thankfully everyone had their cameras and smartphones put away. To avoid a total vocal meltdown again, Vice President Lynn, who has some professional singing experience, has graciously agreed to step up to the podium Monday and lead us in “America the Beautiful.”

“Here comes Peter Cottontail….”

If Gene Autry, who made that song famous, were still alive, he would probably be planning to attend our annual pancake breakfast Sunday. If you didn’t sign up on the task sheet, but your plans have changed so that you can lend a hand, please come join your friends at New Hampshire Ball Bearing. We can use your help. If you will be on your way to or from church with no time to change out of your Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes to work the griddle or do cleanup, we hope that you can at least come enjoy the breakfast!

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you….”

Sticking with our music theme, have you had a chance to introduce yourself to our newest Rotary members, Tara Tarango and Nils Bergstrom? If not, perhaps you can do so before lunch or invite them to join your table. Remember what it was like when you were the new member? Let’s make sure that Tara and Nils feel at home, and let them know that we are honored to have them as members of our club.

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Don’t miss our program, “Civics in Action,” presented by David C. Tencza, who is a prosecuting Assistant County Attorney, based in the Nashua office. (The program promises to be so interesting that an official summons was deemed unnecessary!)

And don’t forget that our catering try-outs continue. So far, and thanks to the folks on the catering committee, we’ve had excellent food and experiences from Sunflowers, Roy’s Market, and Dublin General Store. Next we have Aesop’s and Nonies, after which the club will discuss and vote—over pizza provided by the catering committee—who will be our new caterer. You don’t want to miss these next three meetings!

Rotary District Information Day

Several Peterborough members attended our Rotary district annual assembly. Peter Cross and John Goodhue were there absorbing as much as possible, and Pete seemed particularly interested in the session on public relations.

Bob MacDonald did an excellent job presenting the youth exchange program and inviting other clubs to get involved. As many of you know, Bob devotes an extraordinary amount of time to youth exchange program. Why does he do it? Well, just hang out with Bob at a Rotary event and watch an exchange student come up and thank him, and it’s not hard to figure out—the smiles on both their faces say it all.

Speaking of youth, Jeff King brought several Peterborough Interact members to meet their counterparts from other towns. (At our club meeting, we’ll ask Jeff to give us an update on our Interacters’s reaction to the assembly.) Surely, though, they were impressed, as everyone was, by the way in which the Keene Interact Club organized the entire event and provided the lunch! Thanks to Jeff’s efforts, the Peterborough Interact Club has taken a new breath of life. The next time these young men and women visit our club, please take a couple of moments to talk with. You will be amazed.

So just what is Rotary Information Day?

For our newer members, Rotary International is divided into districts. Our district (#7870) includes 60 clubs in southern New Hampshire and southern Vermont. Each year, about this time, our district holds an assembly and provides informational sessions on topics useful to any Rotary club. You can learn more about Rotary District 7870 at:

http://www.rotary7870.org/

Peterborough Rotary, Monday, April 2 Dennis Allen 0