Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club

Title Author Date
11/17 Message from our President
Hello Everyone,

Isn't this a glorious day! Can't believe it is Nov. 16 th.

We have a busy schedule for Thurs. We will be doing some voting, hearing some biographies and, I hope, hearing some fund raising ideas.

For those who have not yet donated to the Polio Fund Raising Drive, this might inspire you. For every dollar we donate Bill Gates will donate two. That is a win/win. You get to feel good about what you are doing and your money is tripled.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thurs.

11/17 Message from our President 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z
Message from our President
Is everyone rested after the wonderful event night? I had a wonderful time and I hope everyone else did as well.

There is no meeting this week but we have a couple of things to think about before the next meeting. We are a very busy and generous club. To be this generous we need to come up with another fund raiser, a good fund raiser. I think we need to consider the timing of the fund raiser due to the effort involved with QUEST and, let me tell you, the Reverse Raffle does not put itself together. Please put a lot of thought into this idea and bring your ideas to the meeting next week.

The other thing I want to remind you of is the End Polio promotion. 15 people have donated the $10.50 requested by RI. We hope to have 100% participation.

Yours in service,
Message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z
Mark Teiger
Rotary Service Award 2015
Before we make this year’s Service Award, I would like to say a few words about Rotary and service.
Rotary has a motto:   It is very simple: SERVICE ABOVE SELF. Today there are 1.2 million Rotarians, in 35,000 clubs in 200 countries working in many different ways to make those three words a reality.   
There are the big impact programs like Polio Eradication, Clean Water for the World and thousands of local projects like outfitting a remote clinic in Columbia or providing emergency food to flooded village in China, sponsoring the construction of an elementary school in Australia, or running a summer camp for Middle School Children in Jaffrey, NH! You do know about Quest, yes?
 The idea is to put aside our own needs and contribute to something that is a bit bigger in its impact; something that will make a positive difference in the lives of others.  
We do a lot of that sort of work around here! Here are a few examples of volunteer groups in our two towns,   Santa’s House, Santa’s Workshop, both Woman’s Clubs, the Food Pantries, Team Jaffrey, Got Lunch, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross and CVTC drivers, our Chambers of Commerce, MCH hospital volunteers, Monadnock at Home, Build It Forward, Rindge Athletic Mens, P.O.O.R, our Police and Fire Assoc. and of course, every one of our Churches are fully involved helping our neighbors.
This room is full of people in the True Service Business!
Now it is simple fact that, community service will not earn one lasting fame or fortune! And it is also no guarantee that you will even be thanked for your efforts.                                                                         That is not what such work is all about and we know that going in.   Service to others has its own rewards. 
That is all well and good, but our Club feels that once a year, someone who labors in field of community service should be publicly thanked and honored. 
We do this through Our Rotary Service Award. It is a $1000.00 contribution to the Rotary International Foundation which we make in the recipient’s name to thank them, on behalf of us all, for their selfless and often unrecognized good work in our community.
This $1000.00 contribution is used by Rotary, primarily, for its Polio Eradication and Clean Water projects worldwide.  It is made in the recipient’s name and they are recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905.                                                          
The previous winners of the Rotary Service Award are: John Peard, Bob VanDyke, Susan Leach, Jack Belletete and David Kemp.  And they are still at it!
This year, we have another such person whose contributions are exemplary!  Previously, when I have made this award, I have tried to make the identification of the person a surprise by identifying the person through some examples of their service-before I revealed their name.
This year, we are going to do something different. We are going to have some audience participation! You will have the difficult and complex task of guessing who the recipient is and announcing it to all!
 We are going to play the game Jeopardy! The category is SUPER SERVICE!
I am going to make 7 statements that describe an attribute or activity done by this person. You all will answer in the form of a question.
 Now here is the hard part.  You are NOT to answer until the end! After these 7 statements, and only
after, then I would like you all say, in the form of a question, who you think it is!  
If you mess up, the deal is off, no prize, no glory, the recipient bursts into tears and we all go home! Are we ready?
  1. This person has served the needs of the Monadnock region with his own business since 1972. Signs of him are everywhere!
  2. This person has served as the founder and first Chair of two of our most important community service organizations. And is on more committees than you can imagine!
  3. This person has steadfastly attended to the needs of our veterans and sees that they are publicly honored twice a year.
  4. For 15 years this person, with amazing patience, respect and humor, has managed, coaxed, controlled, and coddled a large number of slightly crazed people at the same time and in one place!
  5. This person delivered the invocation in Wash. DC and told the President when to rise and to be seated!
  6. This person has been honored by three other prominent community institutions for his outstanding leadership.
  7. This person lives his faith, and honors his faith through the love and care and respect he gives to all that he does and to all of us.
Now, all together and in the form of a question the answer is? WHO IS MARC TIEGER?
G. Clay Hollister,  11/06/2015
Mark Teiger 2015-11-09 05:00:00Z
Interact Induction November 3, 2015
Tuesday evening November 2 the Conant High School Interact Club inducted 19 new members.
Interact is a service club for young people ages 12-18, sponsored by local Rotary International Clubs, who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.
CHS Interact Club was formed four years and has grown to 55 students. This represents approximately ten percent of the total population at Conant High School.
This year club members will once again be raising funds for a service trip to Nicaragua. During last year’s trip the members assisted in building a house, made cement stoves and made connections that will last a life time. The Interacters also help at Quest, tutor other students, a new program this year, assist with the Jaffrey afterschool programs and are planning several events to raise money for local charities.
Interact Induction November 3, 2015 2015-11-07 05:00:00Z
November 3rd message from our President
Hello Everyone,

Well the Reverse Raffle is almost here. It looks like we will have some tickets available at the door so please keep talking it up. If you have sold tickets be sure to bring them as well as any raffle or auction items.

I think all the Rotarians should wear their name tags so bring them home with you on Thurs.
Just think of the Happy Fines we can collect! Just kidding.

I think it was Sam Lafortune that I asked to do the Invocation this week. I know, I'm getting old.

Hope to see all of you on Thursday.

November 3rd message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-11-04 05:00:00Z
Bulletin for Oct 28th
Hello Everyone,

It was nice to see so many of you last week. I finally got to do the part of the job I have really been looking forward to, present the Student of the Month. Craig Bilodeau is a great choice to represent Conant High School.

Jason and Tom were happy with the progress on the ticket sales and hope to have even more good news this week.

For anyone who wasn't at the meeting, we are hoping to collect $10.50 from each member to support the End Polio Now goal of Rotary International. Please make your check out to JR Rotary with the word Polio in the Memo.

Remember that Road Side Cleanup is this Sat.

Yours in Service
Bulletin for Oct 28th Jim Banghart 2015-10-28 04:00:00Z
October Student of the Month
Rotary Student of the Month
Recognition Date: 10/16/2015
Student Name: Craig Bilodeau    
School Name:  Conant High School                             
Grade: 12                      
Parents Names:  Craig and Dorothy Bilodeau  
Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments: Craig Bilodeau is a student-leader on the campus of Conant High School.  He is currently the captain of the varsity soccer team and a member of student council, and he has been the captain of the basketball and baseball teams. He was the visible and vocal leader of what has been called the best pep rally at CHS in years during home coming weekend. CJ is a member of Conant CARE, a club that reads with Jaffrey Grade School 4th graders. He works for the Rindge Rec Department and coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball. CJ is a good student, a good athlete,  and a good person. As his soccer coach says, “He always has encouraging words to say to the team as a whole as well as individual players.  He works hard to include everyone on the team and treats everyone equally. He has an infectious personality that you cannot help but love. He uses his talents and abilities to better the people around him on and off the field”.  CJ has taken advantage of his opportunities at CHS and will be going on to Plymouth State College next year. 
Recommended by: Larry Pimental
October Student of the Month 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z
Cathedral Thank You Letter
Cathedral Thank You Letter Jim Banghart 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z
2016 Quest Schedule
The schedule for Quest in 2016 has been released.
Camp will start on Tuesday, July 5th and will go through Friday that week, then continue on Tuesday through Thursday for the next three weeks, and end on Friday, July 29th with the annual trip to Kimballs.
2016 Quest Schedule 2015-10-22 04:00:00Z
Oct 20th note from our President
Hello Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed having last Thurs. off. I did. We had a productive meeting of the Raffle Committee.

This week is Assembly. Any committees with something to report will be welcome to speak.
I think the Service Committee may have something they will need help with.

Jed has the invocation and we will be presenting our first Student of the Month for this school year.

Yours in Service
Oct 20th note from our President Jim Banghart 2015-10-20 04:00:00Z
Referse Raffel Ticket Sales
Fellow Rotarians,

We have only 20 days till the only BIG fund raiser of the year. Ticket sales have been very slow. We need everyone to get out there and sell ALL of their tickets. When I joined Rotary, it was my understanding that I was absolutely responsible to sell all my tickets, I took that to mean that I would buy any I couldn't sell.

Please try to sell those tickets so the committee can relax about that aspect as they work out the final details.

See you Thursday.
Referse Raffel Ticket Sales Jim Banghart 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z
Note from Shelia
Hello All,

What beautiful weather and foliage. We are so lucky to live in the Monadnock Region.

Thanks to everyone who worked at "Scarecrows". Today was the first time I made it downtown to see all the creations.

We do not have a meeting this week but we need to remember that we need to keep selling raffle tickets and working on getting items for the auctions.

 We will be hearing from Mike Shea about the Roadside Cleanup. Please be looking for info and try to be available.

See you next week
Note from Shelia 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z
Interact at Scarecrows
Interacters Kelsey Simoneau, Rachel Ricard,  Kole Patten, Megan Wheeler,  Kristyn Simoneau were in charge of the kids games at Scarecrows.
Interact at Scarecrows 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z
One of the Interact flocks is currently in the Rindge Jail. They are not bad birds they are just raising money for the CHS Interact service trip to Nicaragua.
You can bail the flock out for only $20 and send it along to visit one of you many friends in Rindge and Jaffrey.
I hope that the chief remembers to feed the birds.
FLOCKED!!!! 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z
October 5 Speaker
Dr. Stephen B. Jones joined Antioch University New England (AUNE) as president July 1, 2013. AUNE is exclusively a graduate degree granting university, enrolling some 1,000 students (two-thirds Master's and one-third doctoral), focusing on Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Education, Psychology, and Business. Dr. Jones recently secured AUNE membership in UArctic. He, in effect, is coming home to the Northland!
Prior to AUNE, Dr. Jones served as president of Urbana University for five years and as chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2004 to 2008. three years.
When a recruiter approached Dr. Jones about Alaska his answer was NO. Later that night his wife's was " Are you kidding." The no became a yes and the loving look his wife gave him on the way to the interview was "This better be good!"
During Dr. Jones stay in Alaska he did a climate study. He took temperature readings twice daily for a week. The finding were the average hi for the 7 days was well below zero and the average low was was 28 degrees below zero. His conclusion: There is no such thing as global warming.
Welcome to New Hampshire Dr. Jones
October 5 Speaker 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z
Here's Joe!
Here's Joe! 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z
Jim Banghart, Joe Manning, Gail Therriault,  Matt Bergeron, Bob Schaumann were a great help Saturday at Scarecrows. They kept the hay neat and helped build scarecrows.
Scarecrows 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z
Weekly update Oct. 6th
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

Has everyone turned on the heat or am I just a weakling? There have been some chilly mornings.

We have a really good program. I hope we have a great turn out.

How are the ticket sales going? Remember, selling ALL of our tickets is a good way to boost our profit. Please also try to come up with some really good auction ideas. This is our only big fund raiser so let's make it count!

I'm not positive but I think Tom Davis is away. We may need a stand in for Tom for the invocation. I would love to have someone volunteer so we could give Owen a break. Think about it.

Yours in service,
Weekly update Oct. 6th Jim Banghart 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z
Alzheimer's Donation 9-25
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary at its September 24, 2015 meeting presented to Ann Nunn, Administrator for the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Jaffrey, a check in the amount of $300 to support Alzheimer’s research.  Each year Good Shepherd sponsors a team to participate in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's disease which will be held in Keene on Saturday, October 3rd.  Ann explained that funds raised by this walk and other Alzheimer Walks through out the country are dedicated to research in effort to find a cure for the disease.  Ann further explained how this disease has grown and that in the United States it is estimated that 1 in 9 people will be affected by it. 
Alzheimer's Donation 9-25 Tom Doane 2015-09-25 04:00:00Z
No Labels 9-17-2015
Will Layden is a recent graduate of Clemson University and is currently working as a New Hampshire State Coordinator for No Labels in Manchester, New Hampshire. Since May, he's been helping spread the No Labels message around the Granite State, specifically focusing on community outreach events and candidate birddogging. Following the October 12th Problem Solver Convention, he will be moving to Washington DC, to head up the No Labels College Outreach program. Originally from Fairfax, VA, he's lived most of his life in Chicago, and is a die-hard Cubs fan. In his spare time he enjoys backpacking, fishing, and fantasy baseball. 

No Labels is a growing national network of liberals, conservatives and everyone in between who believes having principled and deeply held political beliefs does not require an all-or-nothing approach to governance. In fact, it is this all-or-nothing attitude that is dividing our country and leading to the crippling gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. No Labels Co-Chairs are Joe Lieberman and Jon Huntsman. 

No Labels 9-17-2015 Tom Doane 2015-09-20 04:00:00Z
Leon, Nicaragua Rotary Club Donation
In April of 2015, a group of ten Jaffrey-Rindge High School students had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua where they spent a little over a week working in the rural community of Chacraseca assisting in the construction of a house, latrine, and stove. The group traveled with Boston based non-profit FNE International (Facilitate, Network, Empower). John McCarthy, a Jaffrey resident and member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, had the opportunity to join the group alongside Travis Kumph, a Conant alumni, board member with FNEI and fellow member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary. While in country, the two were able to tour a prison where Rotarians from the Leon, Nicaragua club had started a project to raise funds for a much needed renovation. The local Rotary club focused specifically on the women' s portion of the prison that was built for 4 individuals and currently houses 34. More than 50% of the women currently in the prison have not committed any crimes and are in fact there by choice under protective custody. On Thursday September 3rd, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary presented a check for $500 to FNEI, who accepted on behalf of the Leon Rotary Club. The funds will support the prison renovations and demonstrates a strong commitment by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary to international service and establishing a long-term relationship with their fellow Rotarians in Leon. For more information about FNE International, please visit their website at www.fneinternational.org
Leon, Nicaragua Rotary Club Donation Tom Doane 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z
Youth Exchange 9-3
On September 3rd Anya Shemet and Franka Clauss were the featured speakers at the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club meeting.
Anya is a senior at CHS and has just returned from a year in Croatia. Franka is a 16 year old student from, Berlin Germany, who will be spending a year living with three families in Jaffrey and Rindge while attending Conant High School.
Anya and Franka are part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.
Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, participants help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themselves and their host country in the process. Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.
Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country
If you think that this adventure is for you please contact John McCarthy, youth exchange chairman of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club or any member of your local Rotary Club.
Youth Exchange 9-3 Tom Doane 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z
District Governor Sandra McGonagle
OUr guest speaker for August 27 was District Governor Sandra McGonagle. Sandra spoke about this year's Rotary International theme"Be a gift to the world" and her personal theme "I was here."
District Governor Sandra McGonagle Tom Doane 2015-08-31 04:00:00Z
Our Latest member is Rudy Rosalez
Please welcome our newest member Rudy Rosalez to the Jaffre-Rindge Rotary Club.  
Before moving to the Monadnock region Rudy was working  for PF Changs where he was helping to save franchises that were in trouble. Laura, his wife, was working, from home, for a divorce attorney and raising there then 7 month old son, Fionn
Rudy and Laura decided that it was time to leave the rat race and in 2013 move to Rindge to take charge of the Woodbound Inn. Rudy is the chef and has taken charge of the dining and banquet facilities while Laura runs the Inn.
Our Latest member is Rudy Rosalez Tom Doane 2015-08-31 04:00:00Z
David Tower to Receive the MMJ Civic Leadership Award
The Civic Center has selected David Tower as the 2015 Mario Mac Johnson Civic Leadership Award.  We are all encouraged to attend to recognize and support David.
Cocktails will be served starting at 5:00 and the festivities will start at 6:00.  The cost is $10.00 per person, payable in advance at the center or at the door.  Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.
Please RSVP by September 8th to either jaffreycntr@aol.com or 532-6527.
David Tower to Receive the MMJ Civic Leadership Award Jim Banghart 2015-08-30 04:00:00Z
Weekly update 8/25
Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying this nice weather. Remember what lies ahead .

We had a very informative speaker last week. I'm sorry if you missed it.

Our guest this week is District Governor Sandy. I hope we have a good turnout to welcome her.
Some of you got to meet her when she came to Quest in July.

Board of Directors Members, please remember we will be meeting with the DG at Woodbound at 5:30 on Wednesday. We will have dinner after the meeting.

Yours in service,
Weekly update 8/25 Jim Banghart 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z
Sorry if the bulletin you just received didn't have Shelia's message, the bulletin I got did not.
As you likely noticed, we changed to a new release of ClubRunner and I am still learnings how to use it.  I am resending the bulletin and hope it works. the test I sent myself did.  If your prior version had Shelia's message, I apologize for the two messages.
If you think the format for either the bulletin or our home page should be changed I am open to suggestions.
If you are having trouble using the new version of ClubRunner, as I am, then let me know and I can try and help you with that.
Jim Banghart,
Apology Jim Banghart 2015-08-19 04:00:00Z
Weekly update 9/18
Hello Everyone,

Well, it has been a busy weekend for some of our fellow Rotarians! I'll tell you more about that on Thurs.

I hope we have a great turn out at The Shattucks.I have no doubt we will all want to hear what Terry Choate has to say.  I already have questions to ask.

We will finally get to present our second scholarship.

I think we will be hearing from the Raffle Committee as well

Stay as cool as you can and I'll see you on Thurs.

Yours in Service
Weekly update 9/18 Sheila Bergeron 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z
Weekly Update 8/11
Hello Everyone,

I just got home from the QUEST graduation. What a wonderful time. We got to meet the parents of so many of the campers. Tom Bennett's daughter, Elina, put together a 10 minute slide show of this years events. She did a great job and even added music. It was nice to get one more visit with the kids. There was plenty of pizza to finish off the night.  

Remember, we are meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines at 5:30 on Thursday and have no morning meeting this week. It's sure to be a good time with refreshments, a tour and the talk by Courtney Banghart. Guests are encouraged for this fellowship activity.  Don Upton would like to know how many will be attending so please let him know by phone, or email. Hope to see a lot of you there.  I realize there is a scheduling conflict for some of our members but it just goes to show how community minded our members are. We will miss you but we understand.

Just a reminder, this is the weekend of the Festival of Fireworks. The people who signed up to put out the parking signs will meet at the Meeting House in a Jaffrey Center at 8:00 AM on Saturday. And the group taking the signs down will meet same time, same place on Sun. If you are not sure if you are on that list you can call me 532-7242 or 562-9428.

Yours in service,
Weekly Update 8/11 Sheila Bergeron 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z
Weekly Update 8/4

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone has had a chance to rest this week. QUEST was once again a great success.  Thank you all for your participation.

Remember, we are back at Shattuck this week. Ruben Duncan is our speaker, the new Superintendent of the JR School System who has replace Jim O'Neil. He is therefore a partner of ours in Quest so we should offer him a warm welcome.

We will be auctioning off 4 tickets to the Blue Grass Festival at The Cathedral on Aug. 16th. Susan Emerson donated the tickets, valued at $30 each and thought it might be a way to put a few extra dollars in our treasury. We can do all 4 at once or 2 at a time. So, bring your check books and your enthusiasm and I'll see you on Thurs.

Bob S. Has the invocation.

Yours in service,

Weekly Update 8/4 Jim Banghart 2015-08-03 04:00:00Z
Quest Graduation
The 5th Annual QUEST CAMPER GRADUATION is August 10th, 2015
Where: Spagnuolo Hall at Franklin Pierce University
When:  5-7 PM on Monday, August 10th
What:  Honor the QUEST campers and enjoy free Pizza afterwards.
We hope you can attend!
Quest Graduation Tonya Albee 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 7/28

Hello Everyone,

It's hard to believe that QUEST is in it's final week! The time flew by. Don't forget ,we have a very special speaker coming to QUEST this Tues. at 1:30. Please try to be there. We are sure all Rotarians will find it worthwhile.

Well, the Raffle Committee is hard at work and planning is well under way. You will be getting more news soon. We do not want to overwhelm everyone while QUEST  is still in session.

We will be meeting at FPU again this week.

Bill Anders has the invocation.

Yours in Service

Weekly Update 7/28 Jim Banghart 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 7/20

Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that we will be meeting at FPU this week. It will be nice for anyone going to QUEST even if you are not on the schedule. We can always use extra help.

We will finally get to hear the long awaited biographies of Jed Brummer and Thom Davis.

Committee Chairs, you will have a chance to tell us what you are up to. If anyone doesn't know what committee they are on , please check the website.

 We will be looking for people to sign up to place the signs for the fireworks on Aug. 15. Please check your schedules before the meeting.

Gail Theriault has the invocation.

Yours in service,

Weekly Update 7/20 Jim Banghart 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 7/14

Hello Everyone,

Here we are in the second week of QUEST. I think the kids are having almost as much fun as the Rotarians. This can't happen without all of you so please be sure to be there whenever you are scheduled, or even if you are not scheduled but have some free time. Also, there have been some changes in location so please check the daily schedules in Marcucella Hall to make sure you go to the right building, field or room.

I just want to remind everyone that there is no regular meeting this week. We will, however, see many of you at The Peterborough Players Thurs. night. We will meet for a social time at 5:30 and the play at 7:30. I hope everyone is looking forward to it as much as I am.

I have been asked to tell you about the NH Veterans "Cruise Night" car show on Aug. 6th at 4:00 PM. The Rain date is the 13th. The notification didn't include the location but you can get all the information atbettyarsenault@ymail.com .

Have a good week

Yours in service

Weekly Update 7/14 Jim Banghart 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 7/6

Hello Everyone,

Well QUEST is off to a running start. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces along with all the new campers. We also had a wonderful turnout of Rotarians and Interactors.

We will be meeting at Shattuck on Thurs. to present our two scholarships and welcome a new Rotarian.
This will be our last meeting at Shattuck for the month of July. Tom Bennett was able to schedule us at FPU for the next 3 meetings. Many thanks, Tom. This will be so much more convenient for those going to QUEST from the meeting.
Alan Soney has the invocation.

Looking forward to seeing all of you either at QUEST or at the meeting on Thurs.

Yours in service,

Weekly Update 7/6 Jim Banghart 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 6/30

Fellow Rotarians,

   I just want to remind everyone that there is no meeting this week due to the 4th of July. Feel free to sleep in and rest up for the first week of QUEST.
   Speaking of QUEST, Jim Banghart has worked very hard to set up the schedule so please check it out and put your times on your calendar. (The schedule can be found on the Club Runner home page under download) The Kids are counting on us.
   A big "Thank You" to Pat and Andy Lawn for hosting Gavel Night. It was a wonderful, relaxing time with plenty of food, drink and pleasant conversation in a beautiful setting. We missed those who couldn't attend but we hope the Park Theatre event was very successful.
   Our next meeting is July 9th at Shattuck but there's a good chance we'll be seeing each other at QUEST before then.
   Have a safe and happy 4th of July.


Weekly Update 6/30 Jim Banghart 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 6/23

This will be my last edition of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Bulletin which I must tell you I have quite enjoyed writing each week. Our Club has done some fantastic things over the last year. The Club’s distinguished Treasurer informed the Board of Directors today that we have distributed close to $30,000 this past year! The lion’s share went toward the many deserving projects right here in the Monadnock Community. I greatly appreciate the efforts of the Charitable Giving Committee, Quest Committee, Interact Committee and Rotary International Foundation in helping us guide where to distribute these funds. I would like to personally thank ALL of the members of our Club for their generosity and efforts in Fund raising. The Rotary District Hierarchy and the other Clubs in our District are impressed with the energy and growth of our Club. My hat goes off to the Membership Committee for an outstanding year! Many thanks to all the folks that make things happen behind the scenes. You know who you are and I respect your anonymity.

The Board of Directors works very hard at keeping our Club the best that it can be. I would like to recognize Tom Doane, Tammy Griffin and Bruce Edwards for all of their mentoring during my term as President. They have fulfilled their obligation to the Club and will be replaced by some of our newer Members. These will be big shoes to fill but I have every confidence that the integrity of our Club will stay intact. Please welcome Peter Davis, Jason Nero and John McCarthy to the Board of Directors. These are three top-shelf guys that will surely support President Sheila in the coming year.

This Thursday night is “Gavel Night” and I am hopeful for a good turnout to welcome Sheila onboard as the Incoming President. This promises to be a stellar Fellowship event and I look forward to seeing everyone’s significant others!

The next Rotary Club Meeting will be Thursday July 9th at the Shattuck. We hope to induct Travis Kumph as our newest Member pending approval of the Membership Committee. Also, we have invited the recipients of the two 2015 Rotary Scholarships [Drew Horne & Shelby Barton] to attend this meeting and accept our scholarship donation. I am sure Sheila will send out a bulletin before this Meeting with Speaker and invocation assignments.

In closing, I would really like to make it clear that I am totally appreciative of the support and guidance received by Members of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club. Many Thanks to you all!


Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 6/23 Jim Banghart 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary invited to Jim O'Neill's Retirement on June 23rd

All Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians are invited to a farewell reception for retiring superintendent James O’Neill on Tuesday, June 23 from 5:30 to 8 PM at the Monadnock Inn in Jaffrey.  This event, sponsored by the District School Board, is a social gathering to recognize Jim’s 14 years of service, and we expect to also acknowledge his significant contributions to the success of the QUEST program.  David Tower has been asked to represent us and will present a Proclamation from the Governor, with the program component of the reception expected around 6 PM.  President Andy hopes you will join in for hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Donations in lieu of gifts may be made to the James L. O’Neill Scholarship Fund for J-R students at any TD Bank location or mailed to the school district at 81 Fitzgerald DriveJaffreyNH 03452

Rotary invited to Jim O'Neill's Retirement on June 23rd Jim Banghart 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 6/16

Greetings from the United Kingdom.

Scotland is as beautiful as ever. However, the rain came down in buckets for the 4 days I was there and the thermometer barely got above 50. I took my family to Tighnabrauich for fish and chips. I’m pretty sure you will never go to this village and there is a reason they call it the “lost coast of Scotland”.

The drive to London was quite enjoyable although my wife and daughter would argue that after spending 9 hours fearing for their lives. The weather in England was about 20 degrees warmer than Scotland. There were miles and miles of plush green fields with just as many miles of ancient stone walls. The old stone architecture of the cottages and churches makes you feel like you’ve stepped back hundreds of years in time.

Just in case you were concerned about my wellbeing, I can assure you that they did not run out of golf courses or pubs!

This week’s meeting at the Shattuck is a Club Assembly. Charitable Giving has two gifts to present this week. The Board of Directors has approved a donation to the Conant High School Music Program. The second donation goes to the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce to help pay for a new projector. It seems fitting to help pay for this projector as our Club often uses it. Tonya will be speaking to the Club as we embark on the summer “Quest” program. This will be very informational to the newer members of the Club in an effort to explain our role in the program. It will also be a good refresher for the seasoned Quest veterans.

Friendly reminder that there is NOT a Rotary morning meeting on Thursday June 25th. This will be “Gavel Night” and a 6 pm evening fellowship event at 137 Ingalls Road in Jaffrey. You are encouraged to bring your significant others.

Sheila Bergeron has the invocation this week.

See you Thursday!

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 6/16 Jim Banghart 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z
2015 Quest Schedule is out

This year's schedule for Quest is available on this site accessible without the need to login.  You can find it by clicking on the Download Files icon in the yellow banner at the top or by going to Downloads near the bottom of the right hand streamer on the home page.  In both cases, the file is titled "2015 Quest schedule". Clicking on that file and bring it up and you can scan down to see the whole schedule.

If you are having problems accessing the file, contact our webmaster, Jim Banghart at j.m.banghart@gmail.com or at 532-4929.

2015 Quest Schedule is out Jim Banghart 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 6/2

I hope you are all ready for an active Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Summer. There has been a lot of behind the scenes work taking place as the Good people of our Club continue to make our Club vibrant. Clay has done a great job with the Quest/Rotary International Fund Raising Campaign. The Club has donated generously with about 70 percent making contributions. If you just haven’t had a chance to write a check, Clay will still be accepting donations at this Thursday’s Meeting.

Have you turned-in your “code of conduct” form for Quest? There are plenty of jobs for the many talented people in our Club and I hope you have expressed an interest in participating in the Quest Program. I guarantee you will find it rewarding!

Don Upton has procured a large block of seats for the July 16th Peterborough Players performance of “Outside Mulligar”. This is an Irish Romantic Comedy that promises to be entertaining. We will meet at the event at 6 pm for some quality Fellowship time prior to the 7:30showing. Tickets are specially priced at $25 each and Don will gladly accept your money.

The Charitable Giving Committee will be presenting a donation to the Destination Imagination Team this Thursday.

We presently are recruiting an energetic and talented Member of our Club to take over as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee. This is a job that is more fun than work. Write articles for the local newspapers and spread the word via social media about all the great things the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary is doing to promote Service above Self. See Sheila or myself if you are interested.

Tom Doane is presenting Laurie Kandoll of The Cathedral of The Pines as our speaker this week. Please make sure to mark your calendar, asAugust 13’2015 will be a Rotary evening event at the Cathedral of The Pines [no morning meeting]. This Dinner event will start at 5:30 pmand feature a very special guest speaker with some astounding accomplishments.

Peter Russell has the Invocation this Thursday.

Bruce Edwards will preside over the June 11th Meeting as I am heading over to the United Kingdom later this week.

See you all at the Shattuck on Thursday morning.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 6/2 Jim Banghart 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 5/19

I feel like Rip Van Winkle and am wondering where the first 5 months of 2015 has gone? Memorial Day weekend is upon us, a good time to reflect on the Men & Women who served so honorably in our Nation’s Armed Services. We have a considerable number of Veterans in our Rotary Club that I am proud to be associated with. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Today was the May Board of Directors Meeting. There was some discussion regarding Membership and Members responsibilities. I encourage every Member of the Club to approach Incoming President, Sheila Bergeron in regards to participating in the numerous committees within the Club. We all know our strengths and weaknesses. Please offer to share whatever talents you have with the Club. The Board also discussed succession as an ever revolving/evolving executive Branch of the Club. Stay tuned.

Please make sure you remember to bring your contribution to the Foundation/Quest campaign. Clay works hard on this fund drive and we should try to make his job easier. There was discussion a couple of weeks ago regarding the point that our Club does not have an International project. Well John McCarthy has decided to “take the bull by the horns” and investigate doing a potential International Project. John participated in a Rotary International Project informational seminar last weekend. The Board of Directors was all in favor of John’s initiative!

The Meeting this Thursday is a Club Assembly. I have decided to make this a Club “Vision” Meeting. This is not a forum where the President proposes his vision of where our Club is headed in the next year or 5 years. This is a chance for ALL Club Members old and new to interact in an effort to see which direction we would like to see the Club progress. Many have stated that they like our Club just the way it is but the annual survey suggests that there are folks that would like to see moderate change. Make your voice heard at this Thursday’s Meeting.

Please mark the following on your calendars [especially Chief Todd and Sadie]. There is NO Rotary Meeting next Thursday May 28.

June 4th we meet at the Shattuck and Laurie Kandoll will tell us what’s going on at the Cathedral of the Pines.

June 11th Bruce Edwards will preside over the Shattuck Meeting and Our Interact Club will tell us about their trip to Central America [not Illinois]!

June 18th Tonya Albee will be speaking at the Shattuck and provide information/instruction on the fast approaching “Quest” Camp.

June 25th NO MORNING MEETING.  This is “Gavel Night” which takes place from 6 pm to 8 pmat the Andy & Pat Lawn residence located at 137 Ingalls Road in Jaffrey. There will be catered hors d’oeuvers and you are welcome to bring whatever you choose to drink.  You are encouraged to bring your significant other to this event in which we will welcome in Sheila as our new President.  The dress code will be that clothes are required.

See you Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 5/19 Jim Banghart 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 5/12

Thursday May 14th will be our first meeting of 2015 back at ” The Shattuck”. I really enjoy our Summer venue and hope the NEW Members feel the same way. Speaking of New members, I look forward to welcoming Andy Harris into the Club on Thursday. Assistant District Governor Doug Rupert will be in attendance along with Assistant District Governor Elect Dale Gabel.

I would like to Thank Jim Banghart for posting last week’s bulletin and Past President Mike Shea for presiding over last Thursday’s meeting. It was unfortunate that I missed Emylene’s presentation of her homeland which I was looking forward too. The host parent’s fears should be put to rest after my reconnaissance mission to California. Emylene is going to love the west coast although I am 99% sure that she won’t patronize the same establishments that I found myself in! Last week was Newport Beach, CA and tonight I am headed to Berlin, NH. Quite the contrast.

Our Guest Speaker for this Thursday’s Meeting will be Melanie MacDonald of Team Jaffrey. She is going to present “Building a Brand for the Monadnock Region”.

Mike Shea has the invocation which I am sure will be totally inspirational.

Hope to see you all at The Shattuck on Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 5/12 Jim Banghart 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 5/5

This week is our last scheduled meeting at FPU, we are scheduled to move to the Shattuck for next week’s meeting.

Andy Lawn is in California this week on what he describes as a business trip, but it includes at least two rounds of golf, a deep sea fishing trip and who knows what else.  Former President Mike Shea will be our leader for this week’s meeting.

Our speaker for this week is our foreign exchange student, Emelyne Devanne who will give us an indoctrination to her native France.  As you all know, this is one of the highlights of our morning speakers, so we hope for good attendance and a warm welcome for Emelyne.

Tonya has the invocation this week.

Remember to get your Rotary Foundation and/or Quest donations in to Clay.  He will gladly accept them in person and save you the trouble of mailing them.

If you have conflicts or preferences with your participation in Quest remember to get those in to Jim Banghart if you haven’t already done so .

Weekly Update 5/5 Jim Banghart 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 4/28

The President’s Message.

I would like to take a moment to reflect on the position of President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club. My first thought is that it has been a memorable experience that I will never forget and am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. I am hopeful that other Members of our Club would consider this life enriching experience. It seems pertinent to point out the attributes that the Leader of any organization should possess. One should recognize people’s talents and delegate responsibilities accordingly, be thoughtful, humble, respectful, trusting and always appreciative of others efforts. The “4-Way Test” will be your best guide in being a Rotarian Leader.

Last week I accepted the resignation of Tom Doane from the Executive Board of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary. Please respect his decision which should be considered personal. Tom has done some fantastic work for our Club including his work on multiple committees, the photographs for the “Quest Yearbook” and an incredibly successful “Reverse Raffle” fundraising campaign. My hat goes off to Tom.

Your Incoming President for the 2015/2016 Rotary Year will be Sheila Bergeron. I am very excited for Sheila and no doubt she will be a model President. Sheila will surely be able to count on the same support that the Club has shown to me over the last 10 months. Please do not be apprehensive about approaching Sheila in offering to serve as a Committee Member.

More than one member of OUR Club has asked me this question; “Are we the Quest Club that does Rotary on the side or the Rotary Club that promotes the Quest Program?” I guess this may seem to be a fair question and my response is always the same. The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club has created and continues to maintain a Nationally recognized Community Service that few Organizations could consider tackling. Our partnership with the School District and Franklin Pierce University has helped us as Community Leaders to make a difference in the lives of 80 Middle School Students  annually that may otherwise be left behind. This project is a huge undertaking and does require “all hands on deck” for the month of July. Perhaps someday this will become a school function that Rotary helps support but for now this is Our project and I plan to support its success.

Thank You to all that helped with the Roadside Clean-up! Bruce Edwards and myself got a little carried away and extended the highway we maintain by another ½ mile. It was a good thing we did as not only did we find the usual bottle, cans and Styrofoam cups. We also found a 2 gallon paint thinner container in a drainage ditch that drains directly into the Contoocook River!

Tom Bennett has the speaker for this Thursday’s meeting. He has asked John Harris of the Monadnock Institute to speak to us.

Jeff Clark-Kevan has the invocation.

Yours in Rotary,

Andy Lawn


Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary

Weekly Update 4/28 Jim Banghart 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 4/21

Today is April 21st and another hugely successful Rotary Board of Directors Meeting took place this morning. These meetings are similar to a visit to the Dentist. Somewhat painful but the end result is worth it! I am most grateful to the Board Members dedication concerning the wellbeing of our Club.

While I point out the Board Member’s dedication, please be mindful that ALL are volunteers. I make this point as some folks were not pleased with certain committee decisions and have approached the Committee Chairperson. All Committee decisions and votes are confidential. I can assure you that the “4-Way Test” is a consideration in these decisions. As President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, you can surely approach me in regards to any Rotary Club business.

Clay is our Rotary Foundation Chairman and he will soon be passing out envelopes to kick-off our Foundation Contribution drive.

This year will be different from past years and you should be aware of this change. There will be two letters in the envelope which Clay provides to you. One letter is for a donation to the Rotary International Foundation which goes toward International Projects and is part of the Paul Harris Initiative. The other letter is for a donation that would go directly toward the “Quest” program and would keep your hard earned dollars in a Local Project. In years past, we would give $100 annually to the Foundation. I am NOT asking for anyone to contribute more than they can afford.

You can write one check to your favorite cause OR you could split your funds and write 2 checks in support of both programs. The choice is yours.

Thursday April 23rd is the Club Assembly at Franklin Pierce University. This is a meeting you will not want to miss! Bernie Hampsey will be sworn-in as the Newest Member of our Club. We will present a check for $1,000 to the “Make a Wish Foundation” in honor of the Conant Lady Orioles Championship Varsity Basketball Team. Our Club has many ties to this Team including one player that is a Club Members daughter and another player that participated in Our Quest Program. Also, we will have the fascinating biographies of the $2 Bills.[Mr. Anders and Mr. Janoch].

Saturday April 25th is Roadside Clean-up day. We will assemble at the West Rindge Builders parking lot on the Jaffrey/Rindge town line at 8 am.

Typically, we wrap-up this project before 10 am and that’s what I’m shooting for. Wear your rubber boots and rubber gloves.

Service above Self.

See you Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 4/21 Jim Banghart 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 4/21
Today is April 21st and another hugely successful Rotary Board of Directors Meeting took place this morning. These meetings are similar to a visit to the Dentist. Somewhat painful but the end result is worth it! I am most grateful to the Board Members dedication concerning the wellbeing of our Club.
While I point out the Board Member’s dedication, please be mindful that ALL are volunteers. I make this point as some folks were not pleased with certain committee decisions and have approached the Committee Chairperson. All Committee decisions and votes are confidential. I can assure you that the “4-Way Test” is a consideration in these decisions. As President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, you can surely approach me in regards to any Rotary Club business.
Clay is our Rotary Foundation Chairman and he will soon be passing out envelopes to kick-off our Foundation Contribution drive.
This year will be different from past years and you should be aware of this change. There will be two letters in the envelope which Clay provides to you. One letter is for a donation to the Rotary International Foundation which goes toward International Projects and is part of the Paul Harris Initiative. The other letter is for a donation that would go directly toward the “Quest” program and would keep your hard earned dollars in a Local Project. In years past, we would give $100 annually to the Foundation. I am NOT asking for anyone to contribute more than they can afford.
You can write one check to your favorite cause OR you could split your funds and write 2 checks in support of both programs. The choice is yours.
Thursday April 23rd is the Club Assembly at Franklin Pierce University. This is a meeting you will not want to miss! Bernie Hampsey will be sworn-in as the Newest Member of our Club. We will present a check for $1,000 to the “Make a Wish Foundation” in honor of the Conant Lady Orioles Championship Varsity Basketball Team. Our Club has many ties to this Team including one player that is a Club Members daughter and another player that participated in Our Quest Program. Also, we will have the fascinating biographies of the $2 Bills.[Mr. Anders and Mr. Janoch].
Saturday April 25th is Roadside Clean-up day. We will assemble at the West Rindge Builders parking lot on the Jaffrey/Rindge town line at 8 am.
Typically, we wrap-up this project before 10 am and that’s what I’m shooting for. Wear your rubber boots and rubber gloves.
Service above Self.
See you Thursday.
Rotarian Lawn
Weekly Update 4/21 Jim Banghart 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 3/24

Thanks to all of you that made the March 19th Dinner Meeting at JP Stephens restaurant a success! I received a lot of positive feedback from folks that were able to free their spouse’s from their “Cabin Fever”. This was mainly a social event but we were able to accomplish some very important Rotary Business. Peter Davis has been sworn-in as the newest Member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club. Welcome aboard Peter! Bill Driscoll brought Bernie Hampsey as his guest. I had to wrestle the microphone away from Bernie as he wanted my job at the podium and thought he was the speaker! A Good time was had by all.

The Membership Committee is on a roll right now as we look to swear in our third new Member in a one month span. Please give Helene Rogers a warm welcome this Thursday as she joins the ranks. The Club has many tasks ahead as we prepare for the Spring roadside clean-up and Quest will be here before you know it. We will need all hands on deck, be it new members or seasoned Rotarians.

Upcoming events include the “Quest Yearbook” distribution which will take place immediately after our Club Meeting this Thursday. The Yearbooks will be handed out at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School Cafeteria around 9:15 am and all are encouraged to attend.

Tom Doane sent out a Club Runner plea for donations for the Interact Club. Please attempt to help these students gather the items they requested to bring to Nicaragua.

May 29-31 is the Rotary District Conference at the Marriott Sable Oaks Resort in Portland, Maine. The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary delegates that will proudly represent our Club are John and Paddy McCarthy. The conference includes all the Exchange Students throughout our District which makes the McCarthy’s the perfect choice to represent us.

We will be presenting two “Student of the Month” awards at this Thursday’s meeting. Both Students are from Saint Patrick’s School and I am looking forward to recognizing them for their accomplishments. Please give a warm welcome to Julie Mason, Marie Elaine Algeo and their families.

Jed Brummer has the Speakers for this Meeting. Bill and Kathy Weibel have returned from a trip that included Africa and Cuba which they will share with us. This promises to be interesting.

Bruce Edwards has the invocation.

See you all Thursday at Franklin Pierce University.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 3/24 Jim Banghart 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 3/17

Today is Tuesday Mach 17, Happy ST Patrick’s Day to all! The day did not start out all that Happy as I had the Board of Directors huddled under the canopy of the Chamber of Commerce Office while the rain poured down. The access code had been changed but the executive branch was not included in the memo divulging the new code?!


The March 19th Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Meeting time and place has been changed.

Meeting Time 5:30 pm     Dinner Meeting

Location is” JP Stephens Restaurant” on Rte. 202 in Rindge

Dinner cost for Rotarians and prospective New Members will be paid for by the Club.

Spouses/Significant Others are welcome to attend at a cost of $25 per person which includes gratuity.

Cash Bar

Dinner choices include Shrimp & Pasta or Chicken Picatta.

This is a Club Assembly Meeting that will have an emphasis on Fellowship and celebrating the First Day of Spring.

Please contact Andy at andy.lawn@installed.net with your dinner choice and number of people attending.

The Board of Directors did actually assemble in the Chamber Conference Room after some quick thinking by Bruce Edwards.

The Good News is that the Board unanimously approved Peter Davis as our Newest Member. Also, the Board agreed to follow past years precedent in congratulating our local Championship Sports Team. The Conant High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team will be recognized at the April 23rdClub Assembly at which time we will present a check for $1,000 to the charity of the girls choosing. Tom Doane successfully completed his President Elect Training Session and is full of fresh ideas that he will share with the Club in the near future. Membership was discussed and will be the focus of the April Board Meeting.

I need a volunteer for the Invocation?

Please feel free to invite a prospective NEW member to this Thursday’s Dinner Meeting and I encourage you to bring your spouse.

I look forward to seeing you ALL on Thursday night.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 3/17 Jim Banghart 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 3/10

Today is Tuesday March 10 and I am hoping every Member of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club performed their civic duty and voted today.

I personally am heading to the polls after completing this bulletin which may be the short version. The Ledger-Transcript Tuesday edition had loads of good news on the front page. Congratulations to the Conant Girls Basketball Team on capturing the New Hampshire State Crown! Rotarian Wheeler must be very proud of his daughter Meagan and her huge contribution to this Team. Ben’s son Nathan is on the Conant Boys Basketball Team that will be competing in the semi-final match at Southern NH University tomorrownight. I plan to attend that event as it is in Manchester, my home away from home. Lastly there was great news regarding Pat & Lisa Foley in the newspaper and our thoughts continue to be with them.

I would like to recognize the “Membership Committee” and the efforts of Chairman Bob Schaumann. It is really nice to see the new faces at our recent meetings. We have some ideal candidates that promise to add to the chemistry of our Club. We may actually swear-in a New Member this Thursday pending the recommendations I receive from the Board of Directors? I hope you will all consider Bob’s Membership challenge in providing the names of 2 folks that you think would make GOOD Rotarians.

The speaker this Thursday is Deborah Thurber. She will present to the Club on the Conant High School’s  “Project Shakespeare”. I can tell you that I have been to many of these events as my youngest daughter Courtney whole heartedly loved this project. It was amazing to me how many Students actually took part in acting out the many Shakespeare plays. This has to be one of Conant’s finest arts programs.

Kevin Hampsey will provide the invocation.

Hope to see you all on Thursday to welcome our newest Member!

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 3/10 Jim Banghart 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z
Bozeman Rotary Club Thank You Note

A BIG THANKS to you and your Rotary Club for the generous pledge toward the water and sanitation project we are doing in Trojes, Honduras.

This pledge puts us very close to the club pledge goal necessary to accomplish the important project.  I plan to submit the grant request to RI soon.

I found you on the web as part of district 7870 in New Hampshire.  Right??  

Yours in Rotary,

Darrel Choate

Bozeman Rotary Club  --  Noon Club

Bozeman, Montana


Bozeman Rotary Club Thank You Note Jim Banghart 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 3/2

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary had a strong presence at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last Friday night. It only makes sense for Business and Community Leaders to be at this function but I take nothing for granted. I sat at the Rotary sponsored table with Bill Driscoll, Joe Manning and honored guests. Owen Houghton and Norm Richardson did an excellent job speaking at the podium. Our Club members are intricately woven into the fabric of what makes the Monadnock Region such a wonderful place to live. Thanks to all that attended.

I promise this will be my last reference to snowmobiling in the weekly bulletin. Bill Raymond made an announcement which he clearly did not pay enough cash for] regarding the Dublin Snowmobile event at last Thursday’s meeting. So Saturday morning, Mike Shea and I decided we would attend this event and would drive our snowmobiles to Dublin. One would think this would be a fairly simple trip but you actually have to go to Keene or Wilton to get to Dublin. We chose the Keene route and after a couple of hours discovered that we had no idea where we were going. Every time there was a fork in the trail we took it. Stone Pond and Silver Lake are nice as is Granite Lake but we found ourselves getting further from our intended destination and were running out of fuel. By 4 pm we found ourselves on top of Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard admiring the view of Mount Monadnock, our beacon home. I decided at this point that our best bet to make it back to civilization was to follow my moral compass. My compass worked like a charm and we found ourselves sitting in a Pub on Highland Lake in no time flat! There ended up being 6 guys in our group as we picked up some other lost snowmobilers from Rindge along the way. We finally arrived back in Jaffrey at 10 pm after 12 hours of hard riding. Don’t ask me how to get to Dublin?!

Our Speaker for this Thursday’s Meeting will be Chris Selmer of Monadnock Family Services. Chris is the director of the Adult Care Center.

Norm Richardson has the invocation.

It hurts me to remind you that if Conant High School is cancelled/delayed then there will be NO Rotary meeting.

See you all Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 3/2 Jim Banghart 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 2/23

We received compliments from District Governor Rich Berryman this week for results from the Rotary survey. Our District #7870 was rated #1 amongst the 6 states in which the survey was conducted. Thanks to all who responded so positively to this survey.

Bob Schaumann will be speaking at Thursday’s meeting to fill us in on what the Membership Committee has been up to. I have reviewed his committees proposals and am totally impressed with the fresh ideas they have come up with. I hope the Club Members will be onboard with the Membership Program as we look to add Leaders of our community into the fold.

This Thursday’s meeting is a Club Assembly but we will not be awarding a Student of the Month as the recipient is away on school vacation.

Don Upton will finally get his chance to enlighten us on the trials and tribulations of John McCarthy. I am sure you will all enjoy this biography. John had actually been a speaker at one of our Club meetings before he joined Rotary. He has traveled the world but I’ll let Don tell the rest of the story. John’s wife Paddy will be in attendance at this meeting. She is bringing a couple of Interact Students with her to talk with us about their upcoming trip to Nicaragua.

Make sure you add a little padding to your wallet for Thursday’s Meeting. All of these cancelled meetings have put us a bit behind in our Happy Fines Fund. I would like to get that Fund back on track as that money goes directly back to the community. Speaking of the Community, don’t forget that this Friday night is the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce “citizen of the year” event. Contact the Chamber Office for tickets.

Randy Morse has the invocation this Thursday.

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 2/23 Jim Banghart 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 2/16

Notice to members: you will see some links on this message that I don't know how they got there.  They were not visible in the message I got from Andy and were not visible in the message I posted until I hit the send button.  I have tried many ways to get them removed but have been unsuccessful.  Rather than not provide this bulletin I am sending it to you with these flaws.  My advice to you is to not click on any of the links, just take the message as it appears.   I have a trouble ticket in with club runner and hope to have this issue resolved in the next week.

Jim Banghart, webmaster

President’s Day week and I’m sure everyone went out car shopping. It was unfortunate that we did not have a Club Meeting scheduled for this week and a number of our Members have reached out to me about rethinking this for next year. It has been a strange 2015 for Rotary with all of our cancelations.

I have loads of GOOD NEWS! We have made it past the “dead of winter”. The Red Sox pitchers and catchers are reporting to training camp. I have heard positive news from Florida on the condition of Pat and Lisa Foley! I would like to send something from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club to the Foleys.

The Board of Directors met on Tuesday February 17. There was no major legislation passed but the meeting was productive as always. I had mentioned in past bulletins that I want to put more effort in recruiting new members. Bob Schaumann and his Ace Team on the Membership Committee are making plans for this recruiting. I also am anxious to make the Talent Show an annual event. Last year I had a grin on my face for a week after the Talent Show as it brought out the lighter side of our Club. The Board discussed possibly holding a “Casino Night” as a fund raiser and Fellowship event. Treasurer Raymond was going to research this endeavor.

This is a very quiet week for our Rotary Club but extremely busy for me. Saturday February 21st is the Monadnock SnoMoles annual Cookout and Poker Run. I am the Club’s Trail Administrator and am in-charge of this event which draws people from all over NH and Northern Mass. You wouldn’t think of a snowmobile club as being a non-profit but we are. Each year our little Snowmobile Club is the largest contributor in Southern NH to the Easter Seals Foundation. This is just another group of folks from the Monadnock Region doing good things for good people in need.

Stay warm and I’ll see you on February 26th.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 2/16 Jim Banghart 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 2/9

I am hopeful that you all were able to dig your way out of the 5 feet of snow we received in the last 2 weeks! Although I have not put up the “Surrender Flag” yet, I promise to never do the “Snow Dance” ever again! Even my new snowmobile doesn’t like this much snow and I’m starting to feel like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”.

We got some sad Rotary news over the weekend. Fellow Rotarian Pat Foley and his lovely wife Lisa were involved in a horrible car accident in Florida. Pat belongs to the Peterborough Rotary Club and has been a strong supporter of our Club. You would always see Pat & Lisa at our “Reverse Raffle” event. Pat was a colleague of Jason Nero’s and could often be seen playing golf with Members of our Rotary Club including myself. I hope your thoughts and prayers will be with the Foley Family in wishing the both of them a full recovery.

The Board of Directors will be meeting at 7:30 am Tuesday February 17 at the Chamber of Commerce Office. Speaking of the Chamber, don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Chamber Awards Dinner at the Shattuck Ballroom scheduled Friday February 27.

There is NO MEETING next week February 19th. We next get together on February 26th and that meeting is a Club Assembly. We have 3 Biographies being presented at this assembly, Student of the Month Presentation and reports from our Committee Chairpersons. We won’t have time to hear from all the Committees, so I am requesting that Bob Schaumann report on the Membership Committee. Don Upton report on the Fellowship Committee and John McCarthy report on the Youth Exchange.

Ben Wheeler has the Speaker for this week’s meeting and he has asked Jaffrey-Rindge School Teacher Tom Meehan to address the Club. Tom is the chief negotiator for the Teacher’s Union and he will discuss the challenges with the impending school budget and Teacher’s contract. This reminds me to Thank the dozen Rotarians that attended the Jaffrey-Rindge School Board Deliberative Session. I was proud to see so many folks come out in the frigid weather to support the “Quest” program.

Don Upton has the Invocation.

Sorry for sounding like a broken record but……delayed opening or canceled school = No Rotary Meeting.

I sincerely look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 2/9 Jim Banghart 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z
Needed support to school funding Quest

We have just learned today that the school budget reduction has the potential elimination of quest on it. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, Feb 4th, at the Pratt auditorium at 6:30 PM. We need  to show the club support of our kids and families to the board. We thought we had preempted this problem, but we were wrong. Please make every effort to attend.

Tonya, Tom, Peter, Clay, Jed, and Al Clapp

Needed support to school funding Quest Jim Banghart 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 2/2

Good News! I survived another trip to the Mountains of Maine. The snow off trail was up to my shoulders and it was -15 degrees on Sunday morning when I left Mount Katahdin. The only reason I know the snow was up to my shoulders is because 1 of my buddies lost control of his snowmobile twice on Sunday and I had to help rescue him. This resulted in my missing the first half of the greatest Super Bowl ever!!! I’m not sending that Buddy a Christmas Card and am considering a golf vacation next year in some place warm!

It was nice to see everyone back at Franklin Pierce University last week. My intention was to give the speaker as much time as possible as I knew the “pipe line” would be a hot topic. Mr. Whitbeck probably could have fielded questions for another hour as we all have concerns on both sides of the issue. I thought about this as I saw the Natural Gas advertisement during the 2nd half of the Super Bowl.

The Chamber of Commerce “Annual Meeting” is on Friday night February 27th.  There will be an Award Presentation that includes “Citizen of the Year” and the “Non-Profit Award”. Our Rotary Club received the “Non-Profit Award” last year and it is my distinguished honor to present the Award to this year’s recipient. I am hoping  for strong support from our Club Members as we pass the torch from our Club to this year’s winners.

Please contact the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce for details about this dinner event being held at “The Shattuck Ballroom”.

Tonya has the Speaker this week and she has two representatives from Monadnock Family Services doing a presentation on the “Adult Care Center”. Mary Delisle and Chris Selmer will be doing the presentation. There is no doubt that we are all advocates of being able to live our “Golden Years” in our beloved Monadnock Community. This should be very interesting and I am anxious to know what part our Rotary Club may be able to take in helping this cause?

Bill Janoch has the Invocation this week. Is it possible he will preach to us of his Credence Clear Water Revival?

No School-No Rotary.

Hope to see you all Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 2/2 Jim Banghart 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 1/26

They say folks that live in our neck of the woods are Hearty New Englanders. It looks like this week we will be tested as to just how Hearty we are?

The Blizzard of 2015 will reign down on us for the next 36 hours bringing the white gold that our part of the country counts on. This is good news for hotels, restaurants, ski areas and all the businesses that support those entities. I personally have my bags packed and am headed to Mount Katahdin for another snowmobile experience in Northern Maine. Of course I won’t be leaving on this trip until after our Club Meeting on Thursday.

For those of you that missed the January 15th meeting, I’ll give you a short recap. First of all it was a great meeting! It had been our first meeting in 2015 and everyone was excited to see each other after our extended holiday break. We elected the 2015/2016 Board of Directors and Slate of Officers. It was a Club Assembly and we recognized our “Student of the Month” which is always rewarding for more than the exceptional student. Lastly, we got a chance to recognize and sincerely show our appreciation to Club Member, Dr. Jamie Birge. Clay did the honor of presenting Jamie with the “Paul Harris Sapphire” and I must say that Clay did a fantastic job in that presentation. Jamie has been instrumental in the bond between Franklin Pierce, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, the local school system and of course the “Quest” program.

Bill Anders will present the Speaker at this week’s meeting. Our Speaker is Mr. Doug Whitbeck and he will be discussing the New Hampshire Pipeline Project with us. There is no doubt, with all the recent press that there will be plenty to learn and talk about.

William Raymond has the Invocation.

Friendly reminders:

#1 The meeting this Thursday is at Franklin Pierce University.

#2 If the Jaffrey-Rindge School District is cancelled or has a delayed opening…….The Rotary Meeting is cancelled.

Stay safe and warm!

Hope to see you all Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 1/26 Jim Banghart 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 1/12

There is a good chance we may actually reconvene the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club at Wood Bound Inn this Thursday! It seems like it’s been a while since we last met and I am looking forward to our first meeting for 2015.

The Board of Directors met this morning and put the finishing touches to next year’s Slate of Officers and Directors. I will unveil this special group of people at Thursday’s Club Assembly. Much discussion ensued regarding the responsibilities of the many Committee Chairpersons. We have been a very busy Club the first half of my term as President and I have not spent much time following our Committees. As we head into the dead of winter, I would like to touch base with the Committee Chairs. Membership is always a priority for any Club and I want to help push for a Membership campaign. I think it’s time for our Club to sponsor a meal/dinner for the folks that would really appreciate it this time of year and would like the Service Committee to start working on that endeavor. My third thought is that we work with the Fellowship Committee Chairman to have a repeat of last year’s “Talent Show”. In the event you don’t know which Committee you are on, just see me. I will gladly send you in the direction of an opportunity to serve. In an effort to allow folks to prepare, I would like to request that all Committee Chairpersons make a presentation on what their committee has going on at the February Club Assembly on February 26th.

I really do intend to present our “Top Secret” award at this Thursday’s meeting. Do you know how hard it has been for me to keep a secret for almost 1 month?!

We will witness 3 biographies at this meeting. Sheila Bergeron will present Peter Russell’s bio, Peter will present Sheila’s, and then Don Upton will present John McCarthy's.

Jim O’Neil has the invocation. In the event he is unable to attend, Sheila still owes me a prayer!

Reminder that there is NO meeting next week due to the Martin Luther King JR Holiday.

Our January 29th meeting will be at Franklin Pierce University.

Warm Wishes!

Rotarian Lawn


Weekly Update 1/12 Jim Banghart 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 1/5

Post Season’s Greetings and I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!

Now it’s time to get back to work as the pillars of our community, as Rotarians. We got a lot of positive Press in the last few weeks and I appreciate the efforts of Tom and Sheila for making that happen. The Rotary Club’s interaction with the local schools is instrumental in performing our mission to “Light up Rotary”. Hopefully our donations to “Santa’s House” and “Operation Santa” brought a smile to some little faces. More importantly, the donations to the local food pantries perhaps made someone’s life a little brighter. Thanks to all of you in showing our community what Rotarians stand for.

I went to the fire station to get a burn permit for New Year’s Eve. The Fireman that issued me the permit was our recent Paul Harris recipient, David Kemp. He could not thank me enough for the award and recognition. He was very sincere.  Ultimately, the committee that made that choice was Spot On! Every town needs more folks like Dave Kemp.

The meeting this Thursday is at Wood Bound Inn. Although the venue is slightly smaller, I like the atmosphere of the Inn and the food!

We will be bestowing a significant award to a fellow Rotarian at this meeting. I wish that I could tell you more but I am sworn to secrecy.

Sheila Bergeron will give us a Bio presentation on Peter Russell and in the event that Jim Noel is not able to provide the invocation, Sheila will also do the invocation. Sheila does not know this but she owes me a prayer!

The Board of Directors meets Tuesday January 13th at 7:30 am in the Jaffrey Chamber Office. Our #1 mission will be to approve next year’s Board of Directors and Slate of Officers. As the Club President and leader of the present Board of Directors, I can tell you that we have a dozen people that care very much about the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club’s wellbeing. Therefore, I feel that the present board will look out for the best interest of our Club when approving the new Board of Directors. I am confident in that.

Three friendly reminders:

1.       Please pay your breakfast dues promptly. That is always greatly appreciated.

2.       In the event of inclement weather. If the local schools are delayed or canceled. Rotary is canceled.

3.       The meeting next week, January 15 is once again at Wood Bound Inn.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

               Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 1/5 Jim Banghart 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 12/15

Did anyone notice what a glorious day it was on Sunday December 13th? I certainly did and was wishing I hadn’t let David Tower steal my Patriots-Dolphins tickets at the Reverse Raffle/Auction! I now have tickets to the meaningless Buffalo Bills game on December 28th and it will probably be 33 degrees and raining!

Friendly reminder that the meeting this Thursday is at Wood Bound Inn.

Jim O’Neil has round-up all sorts of folks to make this a fun-filled event! We will be presenting our Student of the Month award and then approximately 30 Students from the Conant High School Chorus will be entertaining us.

I believe that we will also be presenting a check to the Good People of Rindge for “Operation Santa”.

We held the Board of Directors Meeting this morning and the decision was unanimously made to get money to the Jaffrey and Rindge Food Pantries in this time of need. This reminds me that we owe a big Thank You to Preston Clark for donating his huge raffle winnings back to the Club!

I am very hopeful that we have a good turn-out for this Thursday’s Meeting? This will be your last chance to wish all the gang Happy Holidays before we enter the Christmas/New Year’s break! The next meeting will be on January 8’2015 at Wood Bound Inn.

Owen Houghton has the official Invocation for this Thursday’s Meeting.

See you Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 12/15 Jim Banghart 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 11/17

It has been more than 10 days since the “Reverse Raffle” and folks are still commenting on what a great time they had at the event!  I am taking this as a sign that we must have done something right. The Treasurer or his trusty assistant can provide us with the details at Thursday’s Club Assembly.

The weather was perfect for Veterans Day and I enjoyed marching with fellow Rotarians Joe Manning and Clay Hollister. One has to be amazed how Joe still fits into his Navy “cracker-jack” uniform! Bill Driscoll was on hand to cheer us on and provide emergency services if needed.

November 12  a small contingency from our club including Alan Soney and exchange student Emilyne along with Tom Doane and myself ventured to Nashua for the Rotary International Service Projects Awards. Our Club was recognized for the significant contributions we made to aid the Milford Rotary in their $100,000 Clean-Water service project in Honduras. Personally, the high-light of the evening was seeing all the exchange students in District 7870. Emilyne and another young lady named Bel from El Salvador[ that stays in Hancock] sat at our table. Both students were engaging and their stories of international travel were intriguing.

November 18 was today’s Board of Directors Meeting. We had special guests from the Club attend this meeting as we work on the sustainability of the “Quest Program”. This was the main focus of the meeting. Every person in the conference room voiced their opinion on what “Quest” means to our Club and where do we go from here? You all know that I like the SHORT VERSION. Therefore…….

Quest is alive and well for the for-seeable future thanks to the Heartfelt contributions of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and our friends!

Other business included accepting meeting minutes, committee reports, accepting a new members application and deciding where to hold the Winter Breakfast meetings while FPU is out of session.

Meeting this Thursday is at FPU and Michael George has the Invocation. The top-secret Bios will be revealed and our newest member will be sworn-in.

See you Thursday.

                                     Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 11/17 Jim Banghart 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 11/10

November 7, ’2014 should go down in the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary History as the date of one of the Finest events since the inception of our young Club! With our “all hands on deck” approach we were able to raise more money than ever before. It appears we got top dollar for our auction items and folks were impressed with the quality of what we had to offer. The Reverse Raffle Committee lead by Tom & Randy did an outstanding job! They were like Brady and Gronk for the Patriots. Then you have the unsung heroes like the Patriot’s Offensive Linemen. They do lots of work but rarely get recognized. I’m talking about Sheila, Sam, Tonya, Sadie, Susan,  Dave T., Bruce and ALL the” Bills” in our club. Please don’t be offended if I forgot your name, it was an all-out Club effort.+

Clay and I got to shake the hand of this year’s Paul Harris Rotary Service Award recipient.  You could see in Dave Kemp’s eyes how emotionally moved he was for being recognized for this distinguished award. Job well done by the Committee that made that decision.

Remember that Tuesday November 11 is Veterans Day. Take a minute to think about the men and women that made the sacrifice in order for us to live the lives we do today.

Wednesday November 12 there are a few of us heading to the District 7870 Rotary International Foundation dinner in Nashua. Tom D., Alan, Emilyne and myself will be attending. This is the Award banquet where they recognize clubs that contribute to International Projects. I mentioned at the Raffle that we were #7 out of over 60 clubs in the tri-state area in donating to the International cause.

There is NO MEETING on Thursday November 13. Please tell your computer illiterate friends.

November 18  is the Board of Directors Meeting. We have big business to discuss regarding Membership and Quest. Good stuff!

November 20 is the Club Assembly at FPU. Treasurer Bill can clue us in on the “Reverse Raffle” outcome. We have a new member to swear-in as Chief Todd of Rindge joins the fold and there is the bios of 2 club members that will have to be a surprise!

Michael George has the invocation.

I’m ready for a long winter’s nap!

Yours in Service.

                                Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 11/10 Jim Banghart 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z
Women Who Care donate $4.6K to Quest

The local giving circle, 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough, held their final meeting of 2014 at The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey. Six new members joined the organization, bringing the total membership to 92. Three local charities were nominated and chosen randomly during the meeting. The majority of members voted to fund QUEST, raising $4,600 in less than one hour. That brings the group's total donations in the last 15 months to $17,400.

Women Who Care donate $4.6K to Quest Jim Banghart 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 11/3


The main event is only 3 days away and I am anxiously anticipating the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary’s night in the spot light. Our Raffle/Auction Team has done a fantastic job assembling some top shelf door prizes and auction items. Be sure to make an effort to persuade the folks you sold tickets to too attend the event. The Celtic live music, hors d’oeuvres and glasses of libation will surely accent the evening. Tom D., Randy, Sheila and Sadie may need a hand setting-up on Friday? If you can be available, please reach out to one of them and we’ll put you to work.

Remember to wear your Rotary pin, so folks will know who to turn to if they wish to enquire about joining the club. This is not only a fund raising event. The Honorable Clay Hollister will be presenting the Paul Harris Fellowship Award to a deserving member of our community. Clay is the right man for this presentation as it is truly an Honor to be the recipient of this prestigious award.

Thursday November 6 is our Club meeting at FPU. Please bring your sold and not sold tickets to this meeting. You would be surprised at the tickets we sell the day of the Raffle. I am hopeful that we don’t have many available to sell?! Tonya will present the speaker for this meeting. He is Kevin Holfelner, the clinical coordinator for Monadnock Family Services. Kevin will be speaking to us on drug use in our community and support services provided by MFS.

John McCarthy has the invocation. Expect something inspirational!

THERE IS NO MEETING NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 13 because of the Veterans Day Holiday.

Veterans Day is Tuesday November 11.

Make sure if you know a Veteran that you thank them for their service to our country.

Service Above Self.

                                     Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 11/3 Jim Banghart 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z
Protect yourself from fraud

Bob Dens of AARP was our speaker today. Bob had a lot of information about incidents of fraud affecting seniors. He was very knowledgable  about ways to protect ourselves from fraud. We were sorry there wasn't more time for questions.

Protect yourself from fraud Sheila Bergeron 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary donates to local programs.

At this mornings meeting Gail and Andy presented checks to two local programs. 

Amy Broome was on hand to accept a check for the Candy  Buy Back program. This program goes to schools in area towns and pays $1 per pound to buy back Halloween candy. The money goes to the schools for little extras and the candy is shipped to deployed soldiers. The children all get new toothbrushes.


Sherrill Brokousky and Cam  Twiss came from the Watatic Grange to accept a check to their program which provides dictionaries to all the 3rd graders in our local schools. This program has been in place for a long time. Olive Bourque of Jaffrey handled this locally for many years.



Rotary donates to local programs. Sheila Bergeron 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 9/27

Hope you all are able to enjoy this last week of pleasant weather as we say goodbye to October and prepare to face the reality that winter is coming. I really enjoy the New England winters and am already looking forward to the holiday season.

Saturday October 25th we sent 2 fellow Rotarians to the District Membership conference in Brattleboro, VT. Tom Doane and Bob Schaumann represented our club and I am sure they will share their thoughts on the conference at tomorrow’s meeting. I appreciate them taking the time to take part in an effort that Rotary Clubs are all facing, which is recruiting and maintaining members. Our Club’s time to shine and “Light Up Rotary” will be next Friday night at the Reverse Raffle. I would encourage all members of the club to reach out to our friends attending the Raffle and ask them to consider joining our community service organization.

“Reverse Raffle” efforts are well underway and the finish line is in sight! We have 1 week to try and sell the remainder of our tickets. Please make sure you bring your unsold tickets to tomorrow’s meeting and give them to your Team Captain or Tom Doane. At this point, I hope there are very few tickets that are not sold? The club and community have provided the best auction and door prize items we have ever had! This promises to be an eventful evening accented by the live Celtic ensemble.

Bill Anders has provided the speaker for tomorrow’s meeting from AARP. There will be some valuable information presented regarding identity theft and fraud protection.

Gail will have 2 guest receiving checks that the Charitable Giving Committee has approved. One check goes to the local Grange in an effort to provide dictionaries to all the Third graders in the Jaffrey-Rindge School district. The other check is going toward a Dental program that buys back the children’s Halloween candy and ships it to our troops overseas. [Talk about re-gifting!]

Matt Bergeron has the Invocation.

Yours in Rotary.

                       Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 9/27 Jim Banghart 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 10-20

Good news! No more Roadside Clean-up responsibilities until May 2015!

Once again we had a terrific turnout for this service project and banged it out in exactly one hour. Ben Wheeler and Preston Clarke were the jackpot winners as they each found a dollar bill on the side of the road. Somehow, Alan Soney and I conned our wives into helping out? I can’t speak for Alan but trust me when I say that I paid for it later! There is a certain amount of gratification knowing that we have made the gateway to the Monadnock Region look even more pristine.

Today is Tuesday and the Board of Directors had their monthly meeting. We approved 2 charitable donations that will benefit the elementary school children of both Jaffrey and Rindge. There was much discussion about Interacts possible venture to Nicaragua. Reverse Raffle was of course a high priority. Lastly, we considered the proposals from the Membership Committee on how best to retain our current members and attract new members. I was pleased that the Board Members gave the proposals thorough, heartfelt and considerate critiques. The proposals were not accepted but that was not because there was any grievance. Basically, the Board felt there were a few more things we would like the Membership Committee to add to their proposal before adopting it into our Club. I applaud the hard work of our Membership Committee and anticipate the proposal presented in November will be unanimously accepted.

Reverse Raffle preparations are in full swing. If you feel you can help Tom Doane, Randy Morse and Sadie in any way, they would appreciate it.

Right now our biggest push is for ticket sales. We know we have about ½ of the tickets sold but since we have not gotten together for almost 2 weeks we are optimistic that ticket sales are closer to 3/4? If you have not sold your tickets, please get them to your Team Captain by Thursday. Considering the quality of this year’s Auction items, this could be our best Raffle Event ever?!

Thursday October 23 is our Club Assembly Meeting. This will be our first “Student of the Month” award ceremony for this school year. Our recipient is a Junior at Conant High School. The long awaited Bios of Sadie and Randy are also on the agenda. Tom Bennett is unable to attend and I have requested that Jed Brummer assist Bill Driscoll with Happy Fines.

Tom Doane has the Invocation.

Hope to see you all on Thursday.

 Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 10-20 Jim Banghart 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 10-6

This Saturday, October 11 is “Scarecrow’s on the Common”. While this is not specifically a Rotary event, it is an event we sponsored and is a significant Community gathering. Please show your support by spending some time in the Rotary Membership Tent with Bob Schaumann or working the hay pit for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon. I apologize for not leading the charge on this event but will be traveling with the entire Lawn Clan to my niece’s wedding in Portsmouth on Saturday.

November 15 The Monadnock Club is sponsoring the District 7870 Rotary Youth Leadership Award [RYLA] event at Sargent Camp in Hancock, NH.

November 12 is the New Hampshire District Foundation dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH. Cost is $35 per person. Presently, Tom Doane and I are attending. Please contact one of us if you would like to come along as all are welcome.

October 18 at 8 am we will assemble at West Rindge Builders for roadside clean-up. This typically takes us about an hour and a half and is great exposure for the club. Depending on the response at this Thursday’s meeting, I am willing to host a chicken barbecue later that afternoon?

October 16     NO ROTARY MEETING

Note that Jed Brummer was in Tuesday’s Ledger-Transcript and I did not see his Rotary pin? He will gladly pay the Happy Fine.

Gail has provided the speaker for this Thursday’s meeting. Evan West of NH Hunger Solutions will be presenting. You can check out their website at nhkidscount.org

Jamie Birge has the invocation.

See you Thursday!

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 10-6 Jim Banghart 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 9/22

This is a fairly quiet Rotary week and it’s been a good time to reflect on all of last week’s events.

Tuesday the Board of Directors managed to pass the revised Bi-laws. Big legislation for our little Club.

Wednesday was the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership award presentation to Caroline Hollister. This event was well attend by the Rotarians as it should have been. I feel as a Rotarian it is our duty to support the achievements of fellow community leaders.

Thursday was the club assembly and I was trying to figure out how to occupy the hour? Guess there was no use in worrying about that as the club was so engaging, we actually ran past 8:30.

The Rotary District Golf Tournament in Grantham at the Eastman Links was a fun filled afternoon. It should come as no surprise that the President and his secret service men [Bill J., Ben and Mike S.] defeated the “Senior Team” [Dave T., Jed, Bill R. & Geno]. Both Teams played well and finished in 5th & 6th place respectively.

Friday was the “BIG E” event and hope to hear all about it at Thursday’s meeting.

September 25th guest speaker will be Dick Smith from the Granite State Association of Diabetes. He is going to talk to us about a fantastic Bass Fishing Tournament they hold annually at Camp Carefree up at Merry Meeting Lake.

Tom Bennett has the Invocation and I am sure he will say something inspirational.

Look forward to seeing you all Thursday!

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 9/22 Jim Banghart 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z
Scarecrows are Coming

Melanie McDonald of Team Jaffrey was at Thurs.' meeting to accept a donation to Scarecrows on the Common. In addition to our financial contribution J-R Rotary will add muscle as volunteers man the hay pit. Bill Schauman will have a membership drive table set up as well.

Scarecrows are Coming Sheila Bergeron 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update 9/18

Once again it is another busy week for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club. Today is Tuesday September 16 and we have just concluded the Board of Directors Meeting which always precludes our monthly club assembly. The Board is challenged with a mountain of Club business and after an hour and 10 minutes I raised the surrender flag and adjourned the meeting. We made good progress, all of which is positive for our members. Speaking of members, I really want to commend the Membership Committee for their hard work in formulating a proposal in what it means to be a Member of Rotary.

Wednesday night at 5 pm at the Civic Center is the presentation of the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award. Caroline Hollister will be the recipient of this year’s award and I am hoping for a good Rotary presence to support Caroline and Clay for their support of our community. Please call Dion at the Civic Center if you plan to attend 532-6527.

Thursday as I mention,  is the Club Assembly. If you are a committee chairperson, please have your brief report ready to let the club know what you have going on. Sadie and Randy are sharing their biographies with us. The Honorable William Driscoll will lead the invocation.

Thursday afternoon, the J-R Rotary Golf contingent will head to the Eastman Links to represent our Club at the District Golf Tournament. Wish them luck!

Friday is the trip to the “Big E”. Am looking forward to next week’s meeting for a report on that event.

See you all on Thursday!

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 9/18 Jim Banghart 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z
Dan White talks about " The Roosevelt's: An Intimate History"

There was hardly enough time for our Speaker today. Dan White's talk was so interesting that he stayed after the meeting to answer questions that there wasn't enough time for during meeting time. 

Dan gave us an inside look at the latest  Ken Burns documentary  " The Roosevelt's: An  Intimate History".

Dan was in charge of  archival footage and photography for the the film  written by Jeff Ward.

the 14 hr. Film is running on PBS  from Sept 14 - Sept 21 from 8:00 PM till 10:00 PM.

Dan White talks about " The Roosevelt's: An Intimate History" Sheila Bergeron 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
Welcome Our Newest Member

President Lawn was happy to induct J-R Rotary's newest member, Jason Nero. Jason is sure to be a valued  member of our Club. Be sure to welcome Jason and thank Preston Clark for bringing Jason to us.

Welcome Our Newest Member Sheila Bergeron 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
Special Visit from Atlas

It was a special treat to welcome Steve and Barbara Pelkey of Atlas Fireworks accompanied by Kathy Furze and Cindy Burgess to our meeting.  We are always happy to see all of them but it was extra special this time as they presented us with a check for $1000 for putting up the No Parking signs for the Monadnock Festival of Fireworks.


Special Visit from Atlas Sheila Bergeron 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
Visit from the District Govenor

It was a pleasure to welcome District Governor Richard Berryman to our regular Thursday morning meeting after  he joined the BOD for a very informative and interesting meeting  Wed. evening. Information flowed both directions as Rick was anxious to hear all the news of our club as well as informing us about other Rotary news district wide as well as international.. We hope he enjoyed golfing with Pres. Andy , Jed Brummer and Doug Rupert after the meeting.

Visit from the District Govenor Sheila Bergeron 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
J R rotary' Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Clay Hollister presented our clubs newest Paul Harris Fellow at this morning's . No one was surprised when he announced Sadie Jackson.  Sadie is a Past President and a very hard working member of Rotary so her commitment to the world wide Rotary community is not surprising.

Congratulations Sadie. We're all proud to know you.

J R rotary' Newest Paul Harris Fellow Sheila Bergeron 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z
Northern Pass Project

Pat McDermott was able to give us an excellent picture of the current state of the supply of electricity to New England. Pat updated us on the Northern Pass Project.....where it stands, what it hopes to accomplish and when it will be finished. His 37 years with PSNH  gave him a good background for his work with the project. He has spoken to at least 137 groups about the project over the past 5 years and was easily able to answer our many questions.

Northern Pass Project Sheila Bergeron 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z
Teaching in Ethiopia

Eva George, daughter of Rotarian Michael George, was our speaker this morning. Eva spoke of her  two years teaching and coaching at the International School in Ethiopia . Her very interesting talk  included some of the history of the African country as well a wonderful slide show.

Eva plans to stay in the US while getting her Masters degree along with credentials to teach English as a second language.

Teaching in Ethiopia Sheila Bergeron 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z
Doubling Donations

Linda Harris was with us at our meeting to receive a donation to Shelter From the Storm. Due to a matching grant receive by Shelter From the Storm , our donation will be doubled. This same grant will also double the amount  of the revenue received from tickets to their Road Show event. 

Rotary also made a donation to Shelter Box which will also be doubled.

Doubling Donations Sheila Bergeron 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z
Monadnock Babe Ruth

Tina Carey, President of Monadnock Babe Ruth, and our own Kevin Hampsey  were on hand at Thurs, ' meeting to  receive a donation . Monadnock Babe Ruth serves teenagers in both communities.

Monadnock Babe Ruth Sheila Bergeron 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z
Red Sox Rotary Nights

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Members,

Bruce asked me to pass along this message that Rotary is sponsoring three potential nights at a ball game.  The nights are April 29th against the Rays, May 28th against the Braves and May 30 against the Rays.  If you are interested, let Bruce or any of the club officers know.  The flyer for the night can be seen by clicking on more.

Red Sox Rotary Nights Jim Banghart 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z
Sunflowers Delivers an Order of Spring
SUNFLOWERS IN JAFFREY sings a chorus for spring, with its colorful facade, fresh food and cheerful ambience — even on the cold, cold days of a winter that will not quit.
Sunflowers Delivers an Order of Spring Philip Cournoyer 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z
Superintendent Reuben Duncan

Our speaker on August 6th was  Superintendent of Schools Reuben Duncan. Superintendent  Duncan has high praises for Quest.

Superintendent Duncan's philosophy is one of collaboration between the schools and the community.

Superintendent Reuben Duncan Tom Doane
New Member

Please welcome our newest member Travis Kumph.

New Member Tom Doane
2015 Scholarship Awarded

Drew Horne is one of the two CHS students receiving a scholarship from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club this year. Drew is a member of the Conant High School Interact Club and was a driving force behind the service trip to Nicaragua this spring. Drew will be attending Brigham Young University in September.

2015 Scholarship Awarded Tom Doane
Charitable GIving

Andy Lawn presented Max Mitchell, president of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, a check for $325 towards the purchase of a new digital projector. It turns out that the Rotary Club uses the projector more than any other member.

Charitable GIving Tom Doane
Charitable Giving

Andy Lawn presented a check to Karie Swift, music teacher at CHS, to help replace the worn out drum carriers used by the marching band.


Charitable Giving Tom Doane
Team Jaffrey

Melanie McDonald, Executive Director of TEAM Jaffrey spoke before the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on May 14th. She presented updates on TEAM Jaffrey’s initiatives to support businesses and revitalize downtown and also shared an engaging power point presentation about the work of the “Monadnock Regional Branding Task-Force” on which she is a contributing member.

Team Jaffrey Tom Doane
Project Shakespeara

Andy Lawn presented a check to Steven Thurber for the Rotary's ongoing support of Project Shakespeare.

Project Shakespeara Tom Doane
Ingalls Memorial Library

The Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club presented a check for $150 to Georgianna Connor, Ingalls Memorial Library's Children's Librarian to assist with the library's Children's Summer reading program.

Ingalls Memorial Library Tom Doane
May Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month


Recognition Date:                    05/21/2015


Student Name:     Sharlene Seppala

School Name:  Conant High School                            

Grade: 12                      

Parents Names: Diane and Aaron Seppala

                                                   Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:

  1.       Conscientious, service before self, compassionate, empathic leader, and scholarly are several of a long list of positive attributes that describe Sharlene Seppala.  Sharlene has been the leader of the class of 2015. She has been the class president all four years, has been persistent in ensuring class projects get done, and tenacious in ensuring all students are involved in activities. As one teacher stated, “Her strength lies in her ability to get people involved. She thinks of ways to bring people together and building community”. As well as being the class president, Sharlene is a National Honor Society student and a volunteer at “Be Blessed” in Rindge and at the Keene soup kitchen.  Sharlene is clear in her career path choosing to continue to serve others as a nurse and will begin that phase of her life next year at Mt. Wachusett.
May Student of the Month Tom Doane
Bernie Hampsey Joins JRRC

The newest member of the JRRC is Bernard Hampsey JR. Bernie married Jean Letourneau of Jaffrey in 1960. They moved to Jaffrey in 1961 where Bernie passed the New Hampshire Bar the same year. Bernie practiced law in New Hampshire from 1961 until 1990.

Bernie has served as a Trustee for Monadnock Community Hospital, Moderator for the town of Jaffrey, and the Jaffrey-Rindge School District.

Bernie served the New Hampshire court system for 39 years as a justice and as a member of the NH Board of Probation.

Bernie retired from the NH Bar Association in 2011 after 50 years of membership.

Bernie Hampsey Joins JRRC Tom Doane
Rotary Honors the CHS Girls Basketball Team

In honor of the CHS girls basketball team's amazing season the JRRC has donated $1,000 to the charity of their choice. The team selected  The Make a Wish Foundation.

Pictured: From Left to Right:

Andy Lawn, Devin Blood – Team Manager, Madison Springfield, Ivy Chalke, Katie Chadbourne, Megan Wheeler, Assistant Coach Lisa Wilkinson, Head Coach David Springfield

Rotary Honors the CHS Girls Basketball Team Tom Doane
Andrew Card

Andrew H. Card Jr., former White House chief of staff, former Franklin Pierce trustee, and most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, announced as Franklin Pierce University's fifth president.

Andrew Card has enjoyed a distinguished career, beginning in the mid-70s when he was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. A few years later he was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. Card later served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House. He would go on to be the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation before being selected by then President-elect George W. Bush to be White House Chief of Staff, a position he held for nearly six years, making him the second longest serving chief of staff in modern history.

Andrew Card Tom Doane
Rotary Student of the Month - Mary Elaine Algeo

Rotary Student of the Month - Mary Elaine Algeo  

Recognition Date:          March 26, 2015   

Student Name:     Mary Elaine Algeo        

School Name:  St. Patrick School              

Grade: 7                        

Parents Names: Tim and Vicki Algeo                 

Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:


Mary Elaine Algeo is a person who we, teachers and her peers at St. Patrick School, are proud to know and love. Hard working and studious, her teachers describe Mary Elaine as eager to learn, reflective, and thorough in her school work. Her peers describe her as someone who is kind, generous and fun to be around. The little ones in the younger grades admire her, and look forward to any opportunity to be her ‘partner’ when the older students are asked to partner on a task or attend a school event. I have personally noted that Mary Elaine is someone who perseveres, and is willing to take on a challenge. Her science teacher stated that Mary Elaine has a natural inclination and an inquiring mind for the natural sciences, while her Humanities teacher commented that Mary Elaine is a thoughtful and conscientious writer. Mary Elaine enjoys skiing and is an avid runner.

Saint Patrick School’s banner states our belief that “education of the heart is as important as education of the mind”. Mary Elaine Algeo exemplifies these words.


Rotary Student of the Month - Mary Elaine Algeo Tom Doane
Rotary Student of the Month - Julie Mason

Rotary Student of the Month - Julie Mason             

School Name: St. Patrick School               

Grade:         7                

Parents Names:    Don and Pam Mason    

Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:

Julie Mason is a student we are all proud of at St. Patrick School. She has a strong work ethic, and applies herself with earnest whether she is doing her school work, involved in service work, or just enjoying recreational time reading, or skiing. Julie’s teachers and her peers know her to be kindhearted and patient. She has a delightful, quiet, sense of humor. According to her science and math teacher Julie is diligent in mathematics, as well as accurate and efficient in her mathematical problem solving. In the Humanities, Julie shows proclivity in reading and literary analysis. Her thoughtful and reflective nature bubbles up best in this area. I know Julie to be kindhearted, and always eager to help and support others.

Rotary Student of the Month - Julie Mason Tom Doane
New Member Peter Davis

Peter Davis, a resident of Jaffrey, has recently become a member of the Jaffrey - Rindge Rotary Club.

Peter was owned a consulting business working in the areas of economic development and agricultural administration; Economic Development Planner for the New Hampshire Southwest Planning Commission; Economic Development Director for the Town of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; Agricultural representative to the New Hampshire Water Council; Executive Director for the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts and the State Conservation Committee; Two term Cheshire County Commissioner, Cheshire County, New Hampshire; Three term Selectman for the Town of Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Peter also owned and operated 500-acre dairy farm consisting of 300 purebred Ayrshire Dairy cattle; Served as President and Executive Director of the National Ayrshire Cattle Association and as President of the National Purebred Dairy Cattle Association; Director of the Farm Credit Bank System;

Peter is a former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Captain, US Army, Ordnance Corps, Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Peter attended the University of New Hampshire, BA-Economics, Class of 1960, minor civil engineering; Peter played on football, basketball and baseball teams. Past member and president of the UNH Florida Southwest Alumni Chapter and recipient of the UNH Alumni Meritorious Award.

Peter and his wife Barbara have been married 54 years and recently returned to Jaffrey after retiring to Florida for 13 years. They  have two children who live in Florida and Georgia.


New Member Peter Davis Tom Doane
New Member Helene Rogers


I was born on April 16th, 1958, in Brooklyn and grew up in Bellerose, Queens, NY.  I attended Queens College and received my BS in Geology.  I then moved to Denver to work for Mobil Oil Corporation as a geological technician.  After two years in Denver, I moved to Iowa City where I went back to graduate school and received an MS in Geology and worked for the Iowa Geological Survey assessing abandoned coal mines in Southern Iowa.  I stayed in Iowa City and continued on for my MA in Accounting.  I met my husband Frederick Rogers (who was also studying Geology) at graduate school and when he finished his PhD in 1990 we moved to Rindge, NH, where he obtained a job as professor of Geology at Franklin Pierce University.  I worked at the public accounting firm of John Burk, CPA in Keene where I received my CPA license.   I then moved on to Joseph Little, CPA in Brattleboro, VT where I worked until 1998.  After eight years in the public accounting I decided to move into private industry and first worked for  Safety Environmental in Marlborough as the assistant controller, and then as the controller for MedCare Medical Group Inc., in Swanzy, and Crestwoods Lumber Inc., in Winchester. 

In 2004, when I adopted my daughter Elyse from China, I took time off to be with her, and was then asked in 2006 to come work as the accountant for the Town of Rindge.  In 2011 I became the Treasurer for the Town of Rindge and still hold that position.  I am also on the board for the Jaffrey Rindge Education Foundation.

Currently, I have gone back to school for my true passion, Biology!  I love hiking, roller-blading, and bike-riding.  My husband, daughter and I live in Rindge with my dog, 3 cats, 6 turtles and 3 goldfish.

New Member Helene Rogers Tom Doane
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New Member Matt McCarthy

Matthew McCarthy is a graduate of Conant High School’s Class of 1997, he studied Business at Mt. St. Mary’s College and the University of New Hampshire.

After a 15 year career in the hospitality industry, managing restaurants from Maine to Massachusetts, Matt decided to relocate back to where he grew up in the Monadnock region with his fiancé Melinda.

Now licensed as a property & casualty agent, he is looking forward to a successful career in his new field.  Matt is looking forward to continuing to be involved with the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary and the local community.

Matt enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, and loves films of any era. 

New Member Matt McCarthy Tom Doane
February 12th Speaker

Our speaker on February 12th was Deborah Thurber Director of Project Shakespeare  located in Jaffrey.

Deborah opened by telling us how thankful she is that with the support of open hearts and checkbooks this community has embraced the work of PS and celebrated the accomplishments of the PS students including the trip to Stratford, England to perform Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company's outdoor theatre The Dell.  Deborah learned much during the trip and has brought all that new knowledge and excitement home.  New programs this year include Homeschool Enrichment Classes which are now beginning its second session and One Play in One Week - A group of elementary, middle and homeschool students will rehearse and perform Little Women all in one week's time during April school break.  The summer productions are Power to Charm, a thematically linked show of scenes, speeches and songs by the younger PS Too! students and HENRY V by the mainstage students.
Deborah said that the younger students are the future of PS. 

February 12th Speaker Tom Doane
March 5 Speaker

On March 5th Chris Selmer, Director of the MFS  Adult Care Center in Jaffrey was our speaker.

The Center helps adults stay in their own homes as long as possible. Clients are in a friendly atmosphere that contributes to their mental and social wellbeing. The Center provides professional medical oversight as well as assistance for personal needs.

The services are affordable and eligible for VA benifiets  and  may be reimbursable through Medicaid  or private insurance.

March 5 Speaker Tom Doane
Donation to the Conant Interact Club to support thier trip to Nicaragua

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club is shown awarding the Conant High School Interact Club a check for $1000.  This trip will support a portion of the Interact Club's efforts to furnish materials for the house they will be building in Nicaragua this spring.  In the picture from left to right are: Tom Doane, JR- Rotary - Interact Committee Member; Austin Stacey, Interact Club President; Drew Horne, Interact Club International Trip Chair; Shelby Barden, Interact Club Spring Festival Chair; Trey Horne, Interact Club Treasurer; Andy Lawn, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club President: Paddy McCarthy, Conant High School Interact Club Advisor.

Donation to the Conant Interact Club to support thier trip to Nicaragua Jim Banghart
January Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month

Student Name:               Ethan Vitello

School Name:                 Jaffrey Grade School   Grade:  5

Parents Names:              Sarah and Jonathan Vitello

Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:

Ethan was nominated for recognition by three teachers.  His accomplishments and positive characteristics include:

  • Ethan strives to do his best work.  He is enthusiastic about school, especially science.  He loves learning and enjoys doing extra credit projects.
  • Ethan has a positive attitude.  He works well with anyone and shows leadership within small groups.
  • This fall, Ethan and several classmates organized an independent fundraiser for Free the Children.  The inspiration came from a classroom reading lesson and the desire to make a difference.
  • Ethan is always kind to others and is a good friend.  He is a friendly presence in the school and offers a warm “hello” to everyone he passes in the hall.
  • For several years, Ethan has volunteered to help with an after-school math club.  He shares his skills with younger students and helps the teacher organize games and activities.  He is an amazing math student and a wonderful assistant!

Recommended by:          Faye Hansen, Patricia Long, Teresa Sargent

January Student of the Month Tom Doane
Weekly meeting on January 8th is canceled

In keeping with our policy of following the Jaffrey-Rindge School System's inclement weather response, our meeting for January 8th is canceled.

Weekly meeting on January 8th is canceled Jim Banghart
GEM Award

Superintendent of SAU 47, James O’Neill, presented the GEM award to the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club at the School Board meeting on Monday, December 15th. The GEM award is given to those in the community who “Go the Extra Mile” for the students in our community. Superintendent O’Neill stated that the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary was deserving of the GEM award due to the many ways that they support our students including the QUEST Summer Camp Program, scholarships for students engaging in community service and Student of the Month Awards. QUEST, in its fourth year, served over 80 middle school students this summer with the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary working in partnership with the SAU and Franklin Pierce University.

GEM Award Tom Doane
December SOM

Rotary Student of the Month

Student Name:     James Hill  

School Name: Rindge Memorial                

Grade: 5                        

Parents Names:    Rachelle and Chris Hill


Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:


James is a young man with a mature sense of intuition.  While he is quiet by nature, he is exceedingly kind and aware of others around him.  James is a student with a solid work ethic, yet he still finds time to encourage others, meet the needs of classmates, and freely volunteer to help faculty and staff throughout the school.  He is truly an asset to our school community.  


December SOM Tom Doane
Kathy Batchelder

The December 11th speaker was our past president Kathy Batchelder.

Kathy is the director of the Jaffrey Rindge Extended Day Program. The program runs from 7 AM to 6 PM providing students with structure, homework help and a safe place to be while parents are at work.


Kathy Batchelder Tom Doane
Santa's House

On December 11th the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club presented a check in the amount of $400 to Kathy Batchelder for Santa's House.

Santa's House, a Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Program, provides Christmas gifts for children who might not have anything at Christmas.

The Santa's House Wrapping Party will be help Thursday December 18th starting at 9 AM at the Monadnock Unity Building
45 Knight Street, Jaffrey.




Santa's House Tom Doane
Weekly Update 12/8

To say “the weather outside is frightful” would be an understatement! The forecast for the week is not looking favorable and this would be a good time to remind all members of the Club our meeting cancelation policy. In the event the Jaffrey/Rindge Schools are cancelled or delayed, then our Rotary Club Meetings are cancelled. [ Depending on tomorrow’sforecast, I may make a command decision sooner?]

December 11 Rotary itinerary includes the presentation of our donations to “Operation Santa” and “Santa’s House”. The Board of directors approved an increase in our annual donation to these favorite charities of ours. Good news for the children and parents of our community!

Bob Schaumann is in charge of the speaker for this meeting. He has asked our Rotary Club Past President Cathy Batchelder to present the “Jaffrey-Rindge Extended Day After-School Tutoring Program”.  More Good News for our Community!

Rotary Assistant District Governor, Doug Rupert will be attending the meeting. Make sure you say hello to Doug.

If we can get Clay Holister off of the mountain, he will provide the invocation?!

Stay tuned as we receive the updated weather forecast. Hope to see you all Thursday.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 12/8 Jim Banghart
John Hoffman December 4th Speaker

On December 4th John Hoffman spoke about the County Nursing Home.


The current facility is 40 years old and will be very expensive to fix and maintain.; The estimated cost is between 18 and 22 million dollars to bring the current building up to standard.

The County is required by State Law to provide a Nursing Home facility or to pay a private organization to to care for the needy elderly.

It takes 1 hour to get a patient from Westmoreland to the hospital in Keene.

Patients are lonely, board and feel helpless in the current facility.

Greenhouse proposal:

Would provide a homelike setting with private rooms and kitchens in common areas. Not the hospital type of setting that was the old model.

The cost of running the Greenhouse model is about $200,000 less than the current facility.

The cost of building the Greenhouse would be between $18,000,000 and $22,000,000. A new facility for the cost of fixing the old one.

The current site would possibly be used as a rehab facility for the VA.

The Greenhouse is less expensive to run than the hospital model.



John Hoffman December 4th Speaker Tom Doane
Interact inducts new members

On December 2, 2014 the CHS Interact Club held its third induction of new members. This brought the Club membership to a total of 48.


The CHS Interact Club was started in 2012 and has aided in after school programs, Scare Crows on the Common, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club QUEST program and several other community service projects. The Club is planning an international service trip to Nicaragua.

The Spring Festival on Rindge Common has been successfully run by CHS Interact for the last two years.


Interact inducts new members Tom Doane
Weekly Update 12/1

I have to admit that I am a big fan of this 3 day work week! Not a whole lot of new Rotary news but would like to give a re-cap of last week’s Club Assembly.

Alexis Gallagher from the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School received Student of the Month Honors. I had breakfast with the Principal Rob Clark, Alexis and her Mom. This gave me a chance to explain that we give this award out to students at 7 different schools in a 9 month period. This means you need to be an exceptionally good student to be recognized amongst the school staff. She was a very nice girl and I anticipate she will do great things with her life.

Andy Peterson was our special guest from Peterborough’s Rotary Club. He took a few minutes to thank our Club for getting them into their own “Conval Quest Program”. Then he showed us the data they has accumulated in the Camper/Students educational and behavioral improvements. The results were remarkable! Of course we knew that as we have followed the progress of our Quest Campers and our findings were the same.

It was another proud moment for our Club as we swore in Rindge Police Chief Todd Muilenberg into the membership. Todd comes to us from Arizona and is looking forward to settling into a smaller New England Community. Fortunately, he picked the right place! Make sure you welcome Todd when you see him.

Randy Morse gave out the coveted “Reverse Raffle” special recognition Awards. We greatly appreciate those distinguished members of our Club!  I appreciate that Randy recognized these people and realize that he worked as hard as anyone to help make this event a huge success. Thank You Randy!

So with all this Good Stuff happening at our Club Assembly, there was little time remaining for the main event. The main event was meant to be the biographies of Don Upton and John McCarthy. We managed to sneak in Don’s Bio which everyone enjoyed. Unfortunately, we were not able to hear about John’s bio and perhaps we will never know who he really is?! Stay tuned as John has traveled the world and has a fascinating story to be told.

Please note on your personal calendars that the Rotary Club Meetings on December 18th, January 8th and January 15th will be at Wood Bound Inn in Rindge.

Look forward to seeing you all on December 4th at FPU.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 12/1 Jim Banghart
Todd Muilenberg

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club welcomes Rindge Chief of Police as our newest member.

Todd Muilenberg is currently serving as the newly appointed Chief of Police for the Rindge Police Department in New Hampshire. Prior to his appointment he worked for the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona for 24 years before retiring from that agency in September of 2014. While in Scottsdale he rose to the level of Lieutenant and held several assignments to include Patrol Watch Commander, Training Unit Commander, and School Resource Lieutenant. Todd is also served as the Scottsdale Police Department’s Honor Guard Commander, Mobile Field Force Commander, and the Alternate SWAT Commander.  Todd presently lives in Rindge with his wife and two youngest children. His oldest son is proudly serving as a United States Marine. He is enjoying being back in New England, the four seasons, and being part of a tightknit community with a small hometown feel.

Todd Muilenberg Tom Doane
November Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month

November 20, 2014

Student Name Alexis Gallagher

School Name: Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School



Parent(s) Name  Mr. and Mrs. Alex Gallagher


Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments


Alexis is a very thoughtful young lady who has worked for over a year now on spreading kindness and "sticking to the positives" in our school.  She is a leader of the “kindness group” by going above and beyond with writing and performing skits over the daily announcements, while maintaining excellent grades. Alexis is always kind and patient with whoever she comes in contact with and she makes a positive difference in school.  Alexis is extremely talented in both the arts and in athletics.  She has been observed on many occasions stepping out of her own comfort zone to help a student in need. I believe she represents our core values of Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. 


Recommended by:  Mrs. Bush


November Student of the Month Tom Doane
October SOM

Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Student of the Month


Recognition Date: 10/23/14

Student Name: Ashley Luhtjarv

School Name: Conant High School

Grade: 11

Parents Names: Ms. Elisha Luhtjarv and Mr. R. Alex Luhtjarv

Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:

  1. Ashley is a model of school engagement. She is currently Student Council President and president of the prom committee. She led the all-school pep rally during homecoming weekend, and was instrumental in organizing the Homecoming Dance. Ashley is a good student who has challenged herself with a rigorous course load and is still very active in co-curricular activities. For her engagement in Conant High School, both academic and co-curricular, Ashley Luhtjarv is the student of the month.

Recommended by: Larry Pimental



October SOM Tom Doane
Weekly Update 10/13

The weather looked pretty gloomy on Saturday morning October 11 and not the kind of day conducive for building “Scarecrows”. Many thanks to the hearty souls of our club that helped with the event, especially Bob Schaumann. Bob manned the Rotary Membership Tent and feels that he may have acquired some good candidates to join Rotary.

Friendly reminder that there is NO Rotary meeting this Thursday October 16.

Roadside clean-up starts at 8 am on Saturday morning October 18. We will meet at the West Rindge Builders Parking lot on Rt. 202 at the Jaffrey/Rindge Town Line. Over a dozen club members have signed-up for this project and I anticipate it will only take us about an hour to complete.

The Board of Directors meets Tuesday morning October 21 at 7:30 am, the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Office.

October 23 is the “Club Assembly” meeting at FPU, 7:15 am. We will present the “Student of the Month” at this meeting.

Tom Doane has the invocation.

We are at a critical point now for the “Reverse Raffle” and we really need all hands on deck to make our largest fund raiser a success. The R/R Raffle committee has worked hard and made huge strides in the last 10 days to make this event come together. We could still use more door prize gifts and another BIG Ticket Auction item. Make sure you sell your tickets.

Bon Voyage to the Rotarians heading to China!

Look forward to seeing the volunteers at Saturday morning’s service project.

                                Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 10/13 Jim Banghart
Apartment in France for auction at the Reverse Raffle

Bidding starts at $600 for 1 week. 


Click here https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1234658 for details of the apartment that the Club will be auctioning at the Reverse Raffle Party.

 Click here http://www.crsadmin.com/Gen/Journals/main.aspx?aid=2932   for additional photographs or click on the Apartment in France Photo Album


Please tell your friends.

Apartment in France for auction at the Reverse Raffle Tom Doane
Weekly Update 9/28

I played hooky from work yesterday and spent the day with fellow Rotarians and past presidents Mike Shea & Pat Foley of the Peterborough Club along with Rotarian want-to-be Scott Senechal [Donna’s husband]. The weather wasn’t great but playing golf at the very private Andover Country Club made for a great day.

Did you remember to sell any Reverse Raffle Tickets this week or come-up with an Auction item? The “Reverse Raffle Team” is working hard to make this the best event ever and we need to show our support. It is a very fun event and our largest fund raiser so please help out if you can.

Friendly reminder that there is NO Rotary Meeting on Thursday October 16.

October 11 is the “Scarecrows on the Common” day. We will be manning a 10 x 10 Tent promoting our Rotary Club and looking for prospective members. So, if you can spare some time that day to either help at the Tent or work the hay pit it would be greatly appreciated. Gail has the speaker for the October 9th meeting and she has invited Evan West of “NH Hunger Solutions”. Donna Senachal has the Invocation at tomorrow’s meeting which I’m sure will be spiritually moving.

Bruce Edwards has provided Fred Gehrung to be our speaker tomorrow morning. Fred is a local author and humorist. My kind of guy!

Yours in Rotary.

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 9/28 Jim Banghart
Now soliciting items for the Reverse Raffle

Our biggest fund raiser is soon approaching so it is not too early to line up raffle items and door prizes.  A spreadsheet summarizing Rotarian-Donor-Gift-Value and whether the item was for the silent or live auction or was a door prize is in our download area.  This listing is so you can return to former donors (not poach other Rotarian past donors), not have multiple Rotarians approach the same donor and give you ideas about other possible items you could have contributed.

The Reverse Raffle Committee agrees that each Club member should be responsible for obtaining at least one item for the Reverse Raffle.

Once you receive a commitment from a donor, please let me know at refurniture@comcast.net so the committee will know what we have to work with as we approach the big day.

Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions in this attached listing.

Many thanks,

Randy Morse

Now soliciting items for the Reverse Raffle Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 9/8

It’s 2 pm on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon and I’m sitting in my office in Manchester, watching the clock [which I never do]. I am anxious to head back to the Monadnock Region and enjoy the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Night at the Peterborough Players. It has been months since we had our last Fellowship event and I think that was the Talent Show? I anticipate a good time will be had by all!

On a more somber note. Please give your condolences to Ross Gauthier as his Mother passed away recently.

September 11 is our return to Franklin Pierce University. This promises to be an eventful meeting as we get a sneak preview into “The Roosevelt’s” documentary. Rotarians are encouraged to bring spouses and guest to this meeting for a small charge of $10 toward our breakfast obligation. Remember that this is also the meeting we will be swearing in our newest club member Jason Nero. We will be making a donation to “Team Jaffrey” for the Scarecrows event at this meeting. This is GOOD STUFF!

Thom Davis has the invocation.

September 16 the Board of Directors will meet at 7:30 am at the Chamber of Commerce Office in Jaffrey.

September 18 is our Club Assembly and also the date of the District Golf Tournament. I have high expectations for our clubs golf Teams!

Don Upton will have to update us on “The Big E” trip.

The combined effort of our Rotary Club and the Conant Alumni to host a golf Tournament on September 20th did not work out. Maybe we try something next year?

Look forward to seeing you all at Franklin Pierce on Thursday!


Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 9/8 Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 9/2/14

Hopefully, everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

The District Governor Rich Berryman and Assistant District Governor Doug Rupert were quite impressed with all that we have going on in our little corner of New Hampshire. If you read the District Governor’s weekly posting, then you know he had a lot of great things to say about OUR Club. He got some of the facts distorted the same way the Transcript-Ledger does but he’s a Dentist not a journalist! The venue at Wood Bound Inn was perfect for our Board of Directors Meeting and Quest slide-show presentation. Then of course you can’t go wrong with the Shattuck Banquet Hall for a weekly Rotary Meeting. I thought it would be a nice gesture to let Rich and Doug win the morning golf match? Jed was having none of that, so we sent the Governor and his Assistant back home with a severe Golf beat-down.

There is NO Rotary Meeting this Thursday.

The next Rotary event is Tuesday night, September 9th at 5:30 pm when we gather at the Peterborough Players for some Fellowship and the Patsy Kline Play.

The next Rotary Meeting will be on September 11 at 7:15 am at Franklin Pierce University. We have had very good attendance this summer and I would like to keep the momentum going. Jason Nero will be sworn-in as our newest member. Let’s give him a warm welcome!

Don Upton has a very exciting speaker coming to show us a preview of the latest Ken Burns documentary.

Thom Davis has the invocation.

Sell lot’s of “Reverse Raffle” tickets!

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Weekly Update 9/2/14 Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 8/25

Another busy week for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club.

Wednesday night August 27 is the Board of Directors Meeting at Wood Bound Inn with the District Governor Richard Berryman. He is anxious to hear about all the past and present events that are taking place with our club. Tom Doane will present the “Quest” slide show we just saw last week and Tonya will be present to let the Governor understand what a huge undertaking this project is. We will then entertain DG Berryman with dinner at Wood Bound.

Thursday is our Club meeting at the Shattuck and we will have quite a few guest. The people from Atlas will be presenting their donation for the “sign project”. The District Governor will be our speaker. The Assistant District Governor, Doug Rupert found out that Jed and I were taking the Governor to play golf after the meeting. So he will also be in attendance and plans to play golf with us at the Shattuck.

Many thanks to Fellowship Chairman Don Upton for arranging the night out at the Peterborough Players on September 9.

I believe we have around 40 people attending and I am looking forward to it. His plans for the “BIG E” are in full swing and he really needs to know soon if you would like to attend?

Tom Doane is working diligently behind the scenes to make this the best “Reverse Raffle” ever. Please let Tom know if you can help in any way as we all know this event is a lot of work and our largest fund raiser.

Well, this is a short work week for me as after entertaining the Rotary hierarchy, I am on vacation. My son Christopher comes home Thursday night and I have not seen him since April 2013. You might say I’m a little excited!

See you all on Thursday.



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Weekly Update 8/25 Jim Banghart
Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Day at the Big E

Friday, Sept 19, 2014 is New Hampshire Day at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass

We will carpool from the Mobil Station at the Intersection of Route 119 and Route 12 in Fitzwilliam, leaving at 7:30 am and drive Route 119 to Winchester, NH and then out to Route 91 and South to Exit 13 B to Route 5 and follow signs to Big E and parking lot #9.   It’s a 90 minute drive.  $10. Cash per car for parking.

Discounted tickets are $12.00 per person and if you intend to go, bring a check made out to Don Upton at this Thursday, August 28 meeting or mail asap to Don Upton, 1024 Mountain Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452.

I will purchase tickets on September 8 in order to have before we leave.

I will have advance reserved seats for our group at the 4:00 pm Circus Performance and am working on reserving a place to have dinner together for our group and the possibility of viewing the 5:30 parade from the roof of the Brooks Building (administration building).

I will pass out your tickets and answer questions about the trip after our Rotary meeting on Thursday, Sept 18. or you can email me with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to a memorable day with good friends and associates.    Don Upton 876-3626

Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Day at the Big E Donald Upton
Weekly Update 9/18

This is still a busy time for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary as we are entering the tail end of summer.

I really enjoyed the August 21st meeting with Melanie McDonald’s presentation for TEAM Jaffrey. In the 5 decades that I have lived  here the changes have been incredible. The “Half Gallon Hotel” is now the home of Rite Aid, Ed’s Texaco no longer pollutes the river and has been replaced by the War Memorial Park, the vacant mill buildings are now very nice apartments and last but not least the colorful folks that used to hang out on the bridge in town have been replaced by colorful flowers!

The “Festival of Fireworks” sign posting project was a success. Saturday morning we had about 10 people head to Swanzey and put up about 300 signs in just 2 hours. Susan, Sadie and Gail are all professionals!  Sunday morning we had about the same turnout and had all the signs in the back of my truck in 1 hour. It was pretty comical watching Mike Shea and Bruce Edwards hanging off the back of the vehicles plucking signs! Atlas Fireworks will be presenting a check to us at the August 28th Club Meeting in front of the District Governor for $1,000.   I consider this a great return for 3 hours of our time.

This Thursday’s Meeting on August 21 is a “Club Assembly”. Please have your committee reports ready if you are chairperson of any committees.

Tom Doane will be presenting a fabulous slide show for last month’s “Quest” adventures.

Jed Brummer has the invocation.

See you all on Thursday.

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Weekly Update 9/18 Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 9/11/14

I hope all found the August 7 Rotary Meeting with Pat McDermott to be informative and interesting. The “Northern Pass Project” is quite an undertaking.

Congratulations to Sadie Jackson on being our newest Paul Harris Fellow! We all greatly appreciate her efforts in the Club and you rarely see her without a smile.

Preston Clarke was not only gracious enough to bring a guest to the meeting, he also cleaned-out the Happy Fines Jack-Pot!

If you recognize my pick-up truck driving down the road with a tarp on the back, fear not. There is not a body in the back. I have the 300 signs for the Festival of Fireworks that I am trying not to spread between Jaffrey and my office in Manchester! We really are going to need some help with this project. I am riding to Swanzey tomorrow night with Steve Pelkey of Atlas Fireworks to review where these signs are going. The plan will be to meet at the Meeting House in Jaffrey Center at 7:30 am on Saturday morning August 16 and head to Swanzey to post these signs. If we could get 8-12 volunteers then this should only take a couple of hours. This is a fund raiser worth $$$$ for a small amount of time and effort. Note we have to take the signs down on Sunday as well.

September 9 is our Fellowship/road trip to the Peterborough Players. The Club has shown wonderful support in signing-up for this event! If you talk real nice to Don Upton, he may still be able to get you into this event?

August 21 will be a Club Assembly. We will hear the fascinating bios of Sadie J. and Randy Morse.  Jed has the invocation.

August 14 Norm Richardson will present Melanie McDonald to speak to us on what “Team Jaffrey” has going on. Sheila Bergeron has the invocation.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


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Weekly Update 9/11/14 Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 9/5/14

August 1 was the “Quest” big road trip to Kimball’s in Westford, MA. The day started off as usual with me going to FPU while the rest of the crew assembled at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School as instructed. Some things never change! I had an enjoyable ride down and back with Peter Russell, Alan Soney and Tom Bennett. Those 3 fellas really got me up to speed on where our Club stands regarding Quest and the “China Camp”. I am always amazed at the willingness of our Club to give so unselfishly of their valuable time and resources. If you have never been to the Kimball’s in Westford, you will want to sign-up next year! The students made us all proud with their young adult behavior. The food was what you might expect but the small ice cream which Mike Kimball donates to Quest was 8” tall. I could go on and on about the venue but if you haven’t been then you need to experience it yourself.

We have a lot of events coming up and I will try to keep this semi-organized….mark your calendars.

November 7  This is the date of the “Reverse Raffle”.  Save the date!

September 20th  Could be the first of many Rotary/Conant Alumni golf tournaments? Work in progress.

September 18th at 1pm is the Rotary annual Golf Tournament at “Eastman” in Grantham, NH. Look for the flyers and register soon.

September 9th is the trip to the Peterborough Players for some fellowship and a great show “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”. Don Upton has organized this trip and really needs some form of commitment by the August 7 meeting. This invitation has been extended to Rotarians and Friends. Cost for tickets is $25 per person if we can sign-up 25 people or more. This saves you $12 per ticket and I am sure we can get 12 couples plus the odd couple!

August 28  District Governor Richard Berryman is coming to address the club. See Bill Driscoll regarding dress code!

August 23 is Rotary Night at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. This will be another fellowship event and should be a terrific baseball game between the Manchester Fishercats and Portland Sea Dogs. Cost is $12 per ticket with $4 of every ticket purchased going toward the RI Polio Fund.

August 16  This is our chance to make a few bucks hanging signs in Swanzey for the Festival of Fireworks. Hope to have details at this Thursday’smeeting.

August 14  Peter Russell has invocation and Norm Richardson is bringing in Melanie McDonald to speak about TEAM Jaffrey.

August 7    Ben Wheeler has this week’s invocation and Randy Morse has invited Pat McDermott to speak to us about “The Northern Pass Project”. There is no doubt that this will be a very interesting topic. Feel free to bring a guest/potential member.

August 7 is also the QUEST graduation at 6 pm in the FPU Field house. Please show your support to the kids and the club.

I totally recognize the entire Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Clubs efforts in making this a stellar year for QUEST! As President of the club I sincerely Thank You for being community leaders and caring about the future of all these students.

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Weekly Update 9/5/14 Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 7/28/14

How can it be the end of July?!

Quest will be winding down this week with the BIG trip on Friday to Kimball’s! Let’s hope the weather cooperates.

Make sure you mark your calendars for the August 7 Quest Graduation ceremony. I’m sure there will be more details at this Thursday’s Club Meeting.

We have 3 Gifts to award this week.

The first donation we will mail to Shelter Box USA.

We have a donation that has matching funds going to Shelter from the Storm.

The third donation is to the Jaffrey-Rindge Babe Ruth league.

The Speaker for this meeting will be Michael George’s daughter and promises to be intriguing.

August 6 is just around the corner and those who signed-up to park cars for the First Church of Jaffrey, we thank you for representing the Club.

Rotary District 7870 will be in the lime-light Saturday night August 23 at 7:05 pm at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The baseball game is between the Manchester Fisher cats and the Minor league Red Sox Team, Portland Sea Dogs. Details are posted on the web-site.

Lastly, I want everyone to know that I will not be borrowing any clothes from Tammy for this week’s Meeting!

See you Thursday.


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Weekly Update 7/28/14 Jim Banghart
Vietnam and Korean Memorial Park

Rick Lambert accepted a donation to the privately funded Memorial Park.

Vietnam and Korean Memorial Park Sheila Bergeron
Cupcakes donation

Rotary was happy to make a donation to the Night of a Thousand Cupcakes and provide some members to serve as "Cupcake Cops".

Cupcakes donation Sheila Bergeron
Club History Available On-line

The Club History that Jim Noel and the History Committee have been working on for the past 8 months is available on line.  Club members are encouraged to read the history and to offer any corrections, additions, and especially pictures that would enhance the document.  Address your comments to Jim Noel or any committee member, give him a call, or talk to him at a club meeting.

The document can be found as a download without the need to log into the website.  The download icon is labeled in the yellow menu bar below our club banner.  If you click on that you will see a number of downloaded files but you want the one entitled "The First Ten Years of our Club".  It is just two clicks away.

Club History Available On-line Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 7/14

Many thanks to all of you that attended the July 10 Club meeting. Considering how much we have going on this summer, I was concerned about the turn-out for my first official meeting as club president? That concern was laid to rest when I saw the Shattuck Hall full of enthusiastic Rotarians. I apologize for the fact that Vicar Shea was absent and that I totally forgot about the invocation. I spent all day Sunday asking for forgiveness!

It was my belief that the Club did a fantastic job making our many guest feel welcome. Having Bob Schaumann serve as the Greeter was a nice touch and I encourage having greeters at every meeting. Hats off to the Charitable Giving Committee in approving gifts for the Civic Center and Jaffrey War Memorial. Dion and Rick were genuinely grateful and they would both make excellent members to our Club.

We as a Club are fortunate to have members like Alan Soney, Tom Bennett and John McCarthy taking part in the Student Exchange Program. This is one of our finest programs! You could see the pride beaming from Hank’s families faces as they watched the young “Taiwan Ambassador” at the podium.

Lee Bruder’s presentation of the “Hass-Hoffman Fellowship” was intriguing and informative. Sam Lafortune is in-charge of signing Lee up as a Club Member.

All indicators suggest that we may be having the BEST “Camp Quest” season ever! Thank You to ALL Rotarians for your support of the program. A special thanks to Tonya, Peter and Tom for steering the ship! Speaking of ship, my duties this week at Quest include a full day canoe trip on Thursday. For some this would be a test of manhood but not in my case. I am headed to “Pelletier’s” to purchase an electric trolling motor!

We received a very nice Thank You card from Mariah Maki, the Rotary Scholarship winner. Will share that with all of you at club assembly.

Treasurer Bill R. has sent out the bi-annual dues invoices. Please try to remit payment before August first.

The Board of Directors meets Tuesday July 15 at 7:30 on the Franklin Pierce University campus.

Reminder that there is NO MEETING on Thursday July 17. Please make an effort to help at the “Cupcake Festival” the evening of July 17. You should plan to arrive around 4:45 pm wearing your red Quest shirt. My wife and daughter [Pat & Courtney] have the “Irish Car Bomb” cupcake recipe laying on the kitchen counter. This alone should inspire you to want to attend!

I am hoping to get some Club Members to step up to the plate for our 3 fund raising opportunities starting in August and this fall? We have a chance to make a few bucks parking cars and posting signs. Please let me know if you would be willing to take charge of 1 of these functions. They tend to be more fun than work.

The next meeting is a Club Assembly on July 24 at The Shattuck. Reverend David Tower has the invocation. There is a chance we may do the bios of Tom Doane & Jim Noel? Both are men of mystery and should prove to be entertaining!

Have a great week.

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Weekly Update 7/14 Jim Banghart
American Legion Score Board

The new Rotary sign is now on the American Legion scoreboard. Pictured are Rotarians: Peter Russell, Ross Gauthier, Bruce Edwards and Tom Bennett. Legion Ball President Chris Hart.

Front row: Peyton Springfield, Connor Hart, Even Martel,Preston Kirby, William Murphy and Aaron Rich.

American Legion Score Board Tom Doane
2014 Scholarship

Mariah Maki is 2014 recipient of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club $2500 scholarship. The scholarship is presented to a CHS senior and is based on grades and community service.

Mariah was CHS senior class president  and Interact VP for 2013-2014 school year.


2014 Scholarship Tom Doane
Weekly Update 6/24/14

Alas, my last update as I remind you of Thurs at The Shattuck @ 7:15 AM. I write this as June is getting ready to go out for her "birthday dinner". My 5 months of "running around with a younger chick" are over we are now both 71.

Tonya has the invocation, to add to her QUEST schedule.

The program speaker is D J Potter, Artistic Director for Andy's Playhouse.

An email about Gavel Night on Wed. July 2 will be forthcoming.

See you Thurs.    Bruce

Weekly Update 6/24/14 Bruce Edwards
Weekly Bulletin 6/17/14

Attention: It's Club Assembly time @Shattuck on Thurs.(19th) @ 7:15 AM.

Invocation is by Bill Anders

Bios: Tammy Griffin & Alan Soney.

Club Assembly- Reports by all committee chairs.

Note: Bill Anders will bring QUEST shirts to members who need them, plus any volunteers you are responsible for. Balance of shirts will be 1st day of camp. Notify Bill if any problems.

See you Thurs AM.




Weekly Bulletin 6/17/14 Bruce Edwards
Cheng Hun Lai aka HANK

Hank joined us possibly for the last time before he heads back to China. Hank has changed from a rather shy young man to an out going member of the CHS community. Hank played on the tennis and basketball teams, but at home his favorite sport is karate, he is a black belt.

Hank's presentation included and introduction to his family and a brief tour of his homeland.


Cheng Hun Lai aka HANK Tom Doane
Travel Part 2

Earlier this year the Club gave $100 to Paddy McCarthy, Devon Blood, Brian Yaceshyn and Shannon Bennett towards their trip to China.

According the traveling teacher and students the trip was a great success. The group stayed with host families while in China and were able to visit the schools and get to know more about the Chinese culture.

Travel Part 2 Tom Doane
Travel Part 1

Once again Nadia Bhati is on the international road. Nadia will be traveling to China with the People to People youth ambassador program. Nadia has raised over $7000 towards the trip and the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club added another $110 to her fund.

Nadia will join us in the Fall with a program about her travels to China. This will be the second time that Nadia has been our guest speaker.



Travel Part 1 Tom Doane
June 12 Meeting

June 12 was a very busy day at Rotary. We had the new Interact officers as guests, all of our traveling students were there and to top it all off Doug Rupert appeared to give Bruce a token of the District's appreciation for doing a great job as president.

June 12 Meeting Tom Doane
Weekly Update 6/10/14

Welcome to our international program. We have the impact of one of Rotary's best programs.

Thurs. @ The Shattuck @ 7:10 AM

Jim Banghart has the invocation.

Presenters are:    Audie, Chayce, & Kimberly.    Italy / Greece

                           Hank.   Taiwan

                           Nadia.   China

See you Thurs.       Bruce

Weekly Update 6/10/14 Bruce Edwards
Destination Imagination Doantion

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club  presented a check to Lori Connolley for the CHS Destination Imagination Tean. Lori has been the team's coach for several years and will retire this year. The team competed in the World Finals this year and came in 35th out of 75 teams.

Destination Imagination Doantion Tom Doane
June 5th Speakers

Pamela Delahanty and Louise H. Danforth from the Monodnock Healthy Teeth to Toes program were our speakers on June 5th.

Welcome to Monadnock Healthy Teeth to Toes.   We are a public health program within the Social Services Department at Monadnock Community Hospital.  Our focus is dental health, nutritional wellness, and physical fitness for children and their families.  Monadnock Healthy Teeth to Toes (MHTTT) has four unique programs; Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Teeth to Toes, Healthy Me Afterschool, and our Dental Sealant Program; together these programs provide a continuum of dental care and overall wellness from infancy through eighth grade. 


Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Program:  Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States!  The goal of Healthy Beginnings is to educate pregnant women about the importance of dental hygiene before, during, and after pregnancy.  Women who are eligible for this program will receive free prenatal vitamins during pregnancy and after delivery; calcium supplements for nursing Moms after delivery; dental education for women, infants, older siblings, and families; Dental Care Kit containing information and products for Mom and family; and additional dental products for Mom and Baby after delivery.  Once children are in preschool they may enroll in our Healthy Teeth to Toes school-based program.


Healthy Teeth to Toes in School: Since 2003, MHTTT has offered this school-based curriculum which provides access to dental care, dental screenings, fluoride treatments, instruction on dental hygiene, and referrals to local dentists.  In 2008 we expanded our focus to include the serious issues regarding childhood obesity.  The curriculum integrates age appropriate information, from preschool through third grade, about oral health, healthy food choices, and increased physical activity.  Annually, MHTTT educates approximately 1800 children in 14 public elementary schools, two Head Start programs, and two Community Centers. 


Healthy Me Afterschool Club: In an effort to address overweight and obesity issues, a health concern that affects one out of three children in the Monadnock Region, this program provides a developmentally appropriate opportunity for children to learn the important link between physical activity and nutritional wellness.  Healthy Me is a collaborative effort among MHTTT staff, parents, teachers, school nurses, and school administrators; assisting with training, teaching tools, food preparation, and the purchase of minor supplies.  The goal is to train school staff to successfully run this program independently, which has been introduced in elementary schools and community afterschool programs. This is offered at the request of school programs.


Sealant Program: A new pilot program which provides free sealants to students who have not seen a dentist in the past 12 months. Sealants are a thin, safe, plastic coating placed on the chewing surface of teeth which can provide significant protection from dental decay or cavities.  It is especially important for children to get sealants on their second-year molars.  With parental permission, a screening will be done by our dental hygienist to determine if sealants are appropriate for a child’s teeth.  Further dental services will be reviewed per child.




Louise Danforth, Program Coordinator, oversees MHTTT and is responsible for the development, organizational logistics, referrals, and implementation of each program.  She is the community liaison, collaborating with national, state, local, school and community partners to ensure the success of the program.  A strong emphasis is placed on assistance with enrollment in NH Children’s Medicaid.  For more information, please contact: louise.danforth@mchmail.org       (603) 924-4699, ext. 1108


, Registered Dental Hygienist, affectionately known as “the Tooth Fairy’s Helper”, launched the Healthy Teeth program in 2003.  She provides preventative dental care, education, and professional guidance to children, families and the community regarding the importance of appropriate oral health, nutrition and overall wellness for children.  Please contact:   pamela.delahanty@mchmail.org       (603) 924-4673



June 5th Speakers Tom Doane
Weekly Update 6/3/14

Mark calendars for Thurs. 6/5/14 @ 7:00 AM @ Shattuck.

Invocation is a "surprise".

Our speakers are Pamela Delahanty and Louise Danforth of MCH's Healthy Teeth to Toes program.

We have some charitable gifts to distribute.

Alert! Get any schedule conflicts to Jim Banghart regarding the QUEST camp.

See you Thurs. 





Weekly Update 6/3/14 Bruce Edwards

Quest this year runs starts on 7/7 and runs 7/8, 7/9, 7/10, 7/15, 7/16, 7/17, 7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/29, 7/30, and 7/31 and then ends on 8/1 with our Day at Kimballs's Farm.

Quest Jim Banghart
Weekly Update 5/27/14

REMINDER No meeting this week due to Memorial Day!

GAVEL NIGHT is officially Wednesday July 2 @ 6:00 PM @ THE EDWARDS RESIDENCE.

See you on June 5th.


Weekly Update 5/27/14 Bruce Edwards
Weekly Date 5/13/14

Thursday at 7:15 AM @ THE SHATTUCK. 

Sheila Bergeron has the invocation. 

Come hear the state of the County from our own Conant Graduate and Jaffrey boy, Jack Wozmak. Let's give him a great Rotary welcome!!!

Kudos to Andy & Sadie for the 1st "annual" talent and fellowship night. Who knew what talents and lack there of lurk within this club. A great time was had by all. Good job.

Let's have a good turnout for Thurs. You will be glad you did.

My best!    Bruce

Weekly Date 5/13/14 Bruce Edwards
May Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month

Recognition Date: 5/8/14

Student Name: Brian Yaceshyn              

School Name:  Conant High School                                     

Grade: 12                       

Parents Names: Chris and Kerry Yaceshyn

Recommended by:           Larry Pimental

May Student of the Month Tom Doane
Weekly Update 5/6/14

REMINDER:  WE ARE AT SHATTUCK this Thurs so be there for 7:15 AM. Great Meeting.

Very appropriate that we return to the Mountain and our speaker is The Man of the Mountain (Larry Davis).

Invocation is by Jed Brummer.

We have a Student of the Month.

Keep honing your talent for the Friday Night Fellowship @ the Civic Ctr. You have a perfect stage to showcase your talent and who knows  this could QuickStart your show business career. Join us and bring a friend!!!

Have a great week.      Bruce

Weekly Update 5/6/14 Bruce Edwards
Weekly Update 4/29/14

Attention: It's a special time at FPU this Thurs. starting at 7:15 AM.

David Tower has the invocation.

Andy Lawn will present his ideas for up coming Rotary Year.

Hope everyone is practicing daily,for the "Talent Show".

See you Thurs. 


Weekly Update 4/29/14 Bruce Edwards
April Student of the Month

Student: Abigail Kilmer

School: Heritage Christian School

Grade: 8

Parents: David and Joanne Kilmer

Abigail is an Honor Roll Student and plays field hockey.

She also enjoys swimming, drawing and singing.

April Student of the Month Tom Doane
CHS students are off to China

Shannon Bennett, Devon Blood, Briam Yaceshyn and teacher Paddy McCarthy  received $100 each from the Club towards their trip to China.

The group will be tourists for the first week then live with Chinese families the second week.


CHS students are off to China Tom Doane
Weekly Update 4/15/14

Reminder, we have a date for.this Thurs @ 7:15 AM at FPU.

Club Assembly. Get an update of what's going on!

Innvocation is Tony Cassady but we will have a sub.

Student of the Month.

See you there.


Weekly Update 4/15/14 Bruce Edwards
Weekly Update 4/8/14

Mark your calendars for a great meeting at FPU this Thurs. (4/10/14) at 7:15.

The invocation will be a surprise as of this memo!!!

Sadie Jackson will introduce our Speaker, Jamie Trowbridge, President and CEO of Yankee Publishing.

You will be hearing a lot about this in the next few weeks BUT Cheers to Rotary and our Partners for the news that a 4 year old girl in India is the LAST documented case of polio in India. The World Health Organization has officially certified India as polio-free. Here is why we contribute to our Foundation.

Spring seems to have sprung. See you Thurs.


Weekly Update 4/8/14 Bruce Edwards
Disaster Relief Training

Dear Friends,


Monadnock RSVP is excited to launch our new disaster training initiative in collaboration with the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network (GMPHN)!  This opportunity offers you: free education, flexibility with the commitment and scheduling, opportunity to serve when people need the most help, and opportunities to travel to to local and national disasters.

If this is something you are interested in read more below.

Disaster Relief Training Jim Banghart
Tony Gilmore spoke on the Need for Medical Equiptment in Mongolia

 Text by Tony Gilmore

About a year and a half ago at the Rotary Northeast LINK training session, I listened to a presentation from a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from Mongolia, Batuka Baterdene, on the absence of medical equipment in rural medical clinics in his country, the least densely populated in the world. His presentation struck a chord with me and I said I’d help him with a Global Grant, but only after my District Governor year.

Batuka and I visited IMEC (International Medical Equipment Consortium) in North Andover, MA this past summer. We chose Maternal Newborn Care Pods (attached) based on the surveys of need of five rural area clinics conducted by our Mongolian partner club, Ulaanbaatar Pearce Avenue Rotary.
A winning bid on transportation has been secured from North Andover to UB (Ulaanbaatar), Peace Avenue will deliver to the final destination and will supply a medical professional to do any requisite equipment training. Peace avenue will also supply ongoing maintenance and support.

As District Governor, I rolled over $15000 DDF in support of this project - that will be doubled by The Foundation. A good start toward the $60,000 needed for this grant. We need to raise $20,000 from Districts, Clubs and Rotarians which will be matched $.50 to the dollar for a total of $30,000. That is what we are working on now. I have been presenting a video program of the need to a number of clubs. Pledges of support are what we now need to make this grant happen.

Tony Gilmore spoke on the Need for Medical Equiptment in Mongolia Tom Doane
March Student of the Month

Student:  Tia deVera

 Parents: Dr. Joseph deVera and Dr. Adele deVera

Grade 8

St. Patrick School

Recommended by: Sister Cecile

Whenever we are asked to give the name of a deserving student , my mind just sees all of our students and there are always several that just jump out of the crowd.  This year, as soon as I got the call, ONE student stood head and shoulders about the rest...there was no need to think very long.  That student is Tia deVera.  Tia is not only a top student but she is also a leader and a role model.  If we ask for volunteers, Tia’s hand goes up.  If we talk about a service idea, Tia is right there sharing her thoughts and suggestions.


When the earthquake hit Haiti, Tia decided on her own to use her own money and send financial help...since the earthquake she sends money each year on the date the earthquake occurred.


Last year, it was suggested that we help the Mary, Gate of Heaven Orphanage in Haiti.  Tia and her Mom, Dr. Adele deVera headed the project.  Moms and their kids came on Saturdays with their sewing machines and materials.  We worked with the founder of that orphanage, Sr. Claire Daneau who gave us the ages and sizes of the children.  Tia cut out most of the dresses and shorts  carefully matching prints and colors.   We sent two barrels of clothing and school supplies!


Dr. Adele deVera went to Jamaica to donate her time and her expertise for the poor children there most of whom had never seen a doctor.  Tia went with her Mom..  At first she just looked around and needed a little time to adjust and figure out what she could do.  Tia ended up registering patients as they came in and escorting them to the doctor.  She was so taken up with everything she saw that she wants to go back this summer.


Tia has it all and is deserving of being nominated St. Patrick School’s Student of the month!

We love you Tia and we know that you will be doing great things throughout your life!


March Student of the Month Tom Doane
Owen listens to the green energy speaker while counting the green.
Owen Tom Doane
Executive Director: Laina Barakat of Keene, NH was our speaker on January 30

Where Artist and Audience Are One

The Monadnock International Film Festival brings world-class film and filmmakers to New England’s beautiful Monadnock region, combining the area’s twin traditions of great art and social awareness.

The Mission of MONiff

Honoring cinema as the modern campfire, shining a light on compelling stories, international filmmakers and engaged audiences, gathered around our love of film.


The festival’s goal is to bring great movies and their film makers and actors, to the Monadnock Region. Our focus is on films that inspire as well as reinforce the beauty and power of film. We have intentionally sought out international, national, and NH made films to feature at our festival. The festival offers film screenings, two panel discussions with film makers, actors and directors, and parties on each evening of the event.

MonIFF was created through a collaboration of artists, local film makers and producers, community leaders from local non-profits, universities and colleges, social service agencies, and businesses. Our Board of Directors draws from a diverse group of individuals from throughout the Monadnock Region of NH.

The original steering committee began meeting in late 2009 to explore creating a film festival in southwestern New Hampshire, drawing from long tradition of the arts, film makers, directors and producers who have made this region their home. In June of 2011, The Monadnock International Film Festival became a non-profit and is working with Arts Alive!


This year the Festival dates areApril 10 - 12, 2014


Executive Director: Laina Barakat of Keene, NH was our speaker on January 30 Tom Doane
Hank's New Host Family

Hank and his new host parents, Denise and Chuck Greenwood of Rindge, joined us for breakfast at the Woodbound Inn on January 2.

Hank's New Host Family Tom Doane
January 2, 2014 Speakers

Our speakers on January 2 were Brian Yaceshyn and Mariah Maki President and

Vice President of the CHS Interact Club.


January 2, 2014 Speakers Tom Doane
Donna Senechal joins JRRC

 Donna Senechal was inducted into Rotary at the December 12th meeting.

 Donna owns Dust to Shine, LLC has been in business since 1999. Dust to Shine, LLC has
8 to 12 employees who all take pride in making sure that our customers are satisfied with our services.

Donna and her employees keep Woodbound Road litter free and collect food for the local food pantries.


Donna Senechal joins JRRC Tom Doane
We sang a song of Christmas

The CHS Chorus entertained us at the December 12th meeting with a selection of Christmas Carols and music of the season.


Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

We sang a song of Christmas Tom Doane
FPU Bubble Donation
At the November 7th meeting of the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club a check for $5000 was presented FPU President DR. James Birge to assist in the Bubble renovation.
FPU Bubble Donation Tom Doane
Rent an Interacter a Success
4 great kids from CHS Interact did a great job. My yard has never looked so good!   
Rent an Interacter a Success Tom Doane
New twist on Member Bios

Rotary Club of Jaffrey-Rindge

Member Biographies

R. H. Morse

November 2013


Presenting member bios at club assemblies might be better than members presenting their autobiography.  Through a selection process (described later), a club member would present a biography of another member.  This would require the two to get together for a get-to-know-you session.  The presenter would then prepare a presentation of, approximately 5 minutes, which would be given at the next club assembly.  One month between selection and presentation should give sufficient time to meet and prepare.  Perhaps two bios could be presented at a club assembly.

Some advantages of this approach could be:

·        The two members chould get to know each other better than by having casual breakfast conversations.

·        The club members (audience) should enjoy a prepared bio presentation rather than an unprepared (and potentially rambling) autobiography

·        The presentation would be about how another person perceives the member rather than how s/he perceives themself.

·        Just doing something different may, in itself, be an advantage.

Selection process

No one will want to select the person for whom they will present the bio, so the selection process will work like this.  The name of each active member will be written on a ping pong ball so the selections will be random. Two balls are randomly selected, perhaps by a guest and the two selected members will each prepare and present a bio of the other person.  It is now up to the two members to meet.  After a selection is made, the balls (names) are removed from the collection of balls. 

Member pairs will be selected two months in advance to give folks ample time to meet and prepare and to provide scheduling flexibility as required.  If a member is unable to make a presentation on the scheduled date, it is their responsibility to switch dates with the already scheduled member pair.

A “canned” presentation format should be avoided.  Each presenter can select the information s/he thinks is relevant and the style/format/entertainment value of the presentation is up to the presenter.

At the November 7th meeting, the member pairs for the first two club assembly meetings were randomly selected and scheduled.  Henceforth selected members will be shown on the club calendar and on upcoming speakers. 

If anyone has questions, please call me at 532-7422 or send me and email at refurniture@comcast.net.


New twist on Member Bios Tom Doane
2013 Rotary Service Award is Jack Belletete!

J-R Rotary Club Service Award   2013


Our Club is one of 34,000 around the world with 1.2 million members. While we all have different make-ups and different programs, we all share a common creed:  The Rotary motto: Service Above Self.

These three simple words represent the guiding Principal, of our Rotary work in the community and across the world.

For the past 3 years we have honored a member of our community who exemplifies the motto Service Above Self, through their contributions to the betterment of our citizens.

These people give of their resources, their time and talents to projects and programs that make a difference in peoples lives here and in other communities. And they give selflessly, no fan fare. They see a need; they step in to meet it.

Our service award has been given to John Peard, Bob VanDyke and Susan Leach

These three have done much to help our towns and our neighbors. And, they still do so, in a very quiet, deliberate manner. They embody Service Above Self We are lucky to have them ( Recognize)


2013 Rotary Service Award is Jack Belletete! Tom Doane
wekly update 04/18/13

Good morning,

Our next regularly scheduled meeting is a Club Assembly on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at FPU.

Invocation responsibility:  Tony Cassady

April 25, 2013

Invocation responsibility:  Allen Clapp

Speaker responsibility:  Jim Noel

Members of the Jaffrey-Rindge Destination Imagination Team will be joining us at our April 25th meeting.

 I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 18th.



wekly update 04/18/13 James O'Neill
March Student of the Month

Student Name:__­­­­­­ Molly and Wyatt Robbins


School Name: __ Saint Patrick School


Grade: _8


Parent(s) Name ______Katie Robbins and John Robbins____________

Sr. Cecile Provost (principal)



Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments _________________


We don’t know if you have ever had a set of twins being recognized at this wonderful Rotary Student of the Month Event but it is our deepest pleasure and pride to introduce you to :  Molly and Wyatt Robbins who are eighth graders at St. Patrick School in Jaffrey. 


We asked their teachers to pick the student they thought was most deserving of this honor and one teacher said Wyatt and another teacher said Molly!  What do we do with that?  Then we asked the teachers to tell us why their choice was Molly and Wyatt.  They both said they would write down their reasons and bring them to the office.  Guess what...both teachers said the same things about Wyatt and Molly.  There is no doubt that they are really twins!


Here are the faculties’ remarks:  Molly and Wyatt are the epitome of what students should be.  They are always respectful and willing to help out adults as well as fellow students.  They always put forth their best effort.  They listen carefully in class and are constantly putting in the effort needed to raise their grades.  Their work is always completed on time and is well done.  Both of them are conscientious students who are on task and turn in excellent work.  Wyatt has a delightful sense of humor and Molly’s work is always well done and beautiful in every detail.

Teachers are unanimous in saying that both Molly and Wyatt are excellent role models and a delight to have in class. 


Recommended by:  Sr. Cecile Provost, CSC--Principal

                                  Maureen Poly—Religion and Social Studies Teacher

                                 Barbara Ellis—Math and Science Teacher

                              Michele Nuttle—Language Arts and Computer Teacher
March Student of the Month Tom Doane
weekly update 3/14/13


The next regularly scheduled meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, March 14, 2013) at FPU at 7:20 a.m.

The March 14th meeting will be a Club Assembly.

Invocation responsibility:  Kelly Bergeron

Next week:

March 21, 2013 Location to be determined.  Waiting for confirmation from Sunflowers cafe since FPU is not in session.

March 21, 2013 Invocation responsibility:  Jed Brummer

March 21, 2013 Guest Speaker:  Brad Bates, headmaster at the Dublin School

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow



weekly update 3/14/13 James O'Neill
Dr. Kristen Nevious Director of the Fitzwater Center at FPU

Dr. Kristen Nevious,  Director of the  Fitzwater  Center  at FPU, was the speaker on March 7. Dr. Nevious spoke on the The Fitzwater Center's Pierce Media Group's coverage of the 2012 election.

Dr. Kristen Nevious Director of the Fitzwater Center at FPU Tom Doane
weekly update 03/07/13


Our next regularly scheduled breakfast meeting is Thursday, March 7th at FPU.

SOM:  Molly and Wyatt Robbins from Saint Patrick School

Invocation responsibility:  Tammy Griffin

Speaker responsibility:  Bill Raymond

Guest speaker:  Kristen D. Nevious, Ph.D, Director, Martin Fitzwater Center for Communication


Board of Directors meet on Tuesday, March 12th.

Jaffrey Chamber Annual Meeting:  Woodbound Inn on Wednesday, March 13th

March 14th meeting - Club Assembly:

Invocation responsibility:  Kelly Bergeron

Hopefully we will not be snowed in tomorrow and we will be able to get together as planned.  Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.



weekly update 03/07/13 James O'Neill
Jaffrey Chamber Meeting rescheduled

Good morning,

The Jaffrey Chamber has decided to postpone its annual meeting because of the impending weather conditions.

The meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th at the Woodbound Inn is rescheduled to Wednesday, March 13th same time, same place.

If you purchased tickets and are not available on the 13th or don't have someone who wishes to go in your place, you may contact the Jaffrey Chamber for a refund.

Stay tuned as to whether or not there will be a regular Rotary breakfast meeting tomorrow, Thursday, February 28th.  An ebulletin will be sent out later this afternoon if the meeting is cancelled.




Jaffrey Chamber Meeting rescheduled James O'Neill
Thursday, February 28th meeting cancelled

Good afternoon,

 After reviewing updated weather forecasts and predictions of travel conditions for tomorrow, I decided to cancel the February 28th Rotary breakfast meeting.

Stay safe and I will see you at the next meeting (Thursday, March 7th).



Thursday, February 28th meeting cancelled James O'Neill
weekly update 022813


 Our next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday, February 28th at FPU.

Invocation responsibility:  Bill Anders

Speaker responsibility:  Tony Cassady

Guest speaker:  Marie Cassady, Executive Director of TEAM Jaffrey, will be addressing the topic: "Downtown Rebound - Trends in Downtown Revitalization."

March 7th, 2013 meeting:
Location:  FPU
Invocation responsibility:  Tammy Griffin
Speaker responsibility:  Bill Raymond - Speaker Kristen Nevious, Director Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication
Student of the Month:  St. Patrick's School

 Looking forward to the Jaffrey Chamber Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 27th.  Hope to see many of you there. 





weekly update 022813 James O'Neill
New Member
On February 14th Rachel O’Leary was inducted into the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club.
New Member Tom Doane
scam email


I wish to inform you that if you receive an email soliciting funds that appears to be coming from Sam LaFortune's email please be advised that it is not valid. 

Sam's email contacts list has been comprised and a number of folks have received an email asking to assist Sam by sending money since she is stranded overseas after having the mis-fortune of being robbed.

Vivianne has personally spoken to Sam and has confirmed that it is a hoax   She is in Rindge and is doing fine other than dealing with effects of her computer being compromised.

Have a good weekend.



scam email James O'Neill
How To Flock
And then how it should be done.
How To Flock Tom Doane
New Member

On February 14th Tom Bennett was inducted into the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club.

New Member Tom Doane
How not to Flock
At a resent meeting members of the Jaffrey Rindge Interact club demonstrated how not to flocK!
How not to Flock Tom Doane
The flock is on the move!

The flock is on the move!


Who is NEXT ??

The flock is on the move! Tom Doane
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting reminder - Non-Profit Org of the Year Award


I currently have heard from 22 (including interact students) who will be attending the Jaffrey Chamber Annual Meeting and wish to be seated at the J-R Rotary tables.  Four tables have been set aside (8 guests per table) for us. 

If you haven't made reservations and intend to attend, please call 532-4549 as soon as possible and send me an email letting know that you are going (j.oneill@sau47.org) including how many guests by Sunday, February 17th  if at all possible.

Event is Wednesday, February 27th at 5:30p.m. at the Woodbound Inn.


Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting reminder - Non-Profit Org of the Year Award James O'Neill
You've been FLOCKED


Conant High School’s Interact Club, a high school extension of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, is sponsoring a flamingo flocking fundraiser. A flock of 8-12 flamingos is currently traveling from lawn to lawn within Jaffrey and Rindge. So far, the flamingos have visited the Tower and Crocker business offices, the Tieger Realty office and a local residency. When flocked, you have the option of sending the flock to another address for $20, including a personal message for $25 or renting the flock for $50 a week if you really enjoy your new lawn ornaments. Be on the lookout for these pink, plastic, trendy friends over the next few months! If you have questions or requests for the flock, please contact David Dustin at (603) 532-8131.

You've been FLOCKED Tom Doane
Janet Wilson Spoke on BNI and Networking on February 7

Janet Wilson Spoke on BNI and Networking


Janet is the Managing Director of BNI for the New Hampshire Region. She supports

32 BNI chapters with 800 members.

Janet highlighted the mistakes many of us make while networking.

Most people only network with people that they know. This is a mistake because you probably have all of

the information that they have to offer. Cast a wider net.

Do not break the 12 12 12 rule: be aware of how you look when you are 12 feet  and 12 inches away from

a person and choose you first  first 12 words carefully. People form their impression of you in the first 7

seconds that they are with you.

Before you start asking for referrals find out something about the person and what you can do for them.

Not the other way around.

At an event do not mix only with your group. Meet people that you do not know.

Janet Wilson Spoke on BNI and Networking on February 7 Tom Doane
Dr. Fay Migotsky


 On January 31 Dr Fay Migotsky spoke on the role of the  primary care


Dr. Fay Migotsky Tom Doane
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Good morning and Happy Valentine's Day,

The J-R Rotary Club has the honor of being selected to receive the 2013 Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Organization of the Year award.

This award will be presented at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at the Woodbound Inn at 5:30 p.m..

The Chamber has agreed to set aside 4 tables in anticipation that  Rotarians will want to attend, but I need to let them know if that is sufficient or not by Sunday the 24th.  Please email me at j.oneill@sau47.org to let me know if you are planning to attend and if you are bringing a guest.

The cost is $40 per person.  Please make your reservations directly with the Jaffrey Chamber but let me know (J.oneill@sau47.org) so we arrange to plan to sit together!

Thanks and I look forward to our celebrating this event together on Wednesday, February 27th at the Woodbound Inn at 5:30 p.m.





Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting James O'Neill
February Student of the Month


Rotary Student of the Month


Recognition Date: February 7, 2013  


Student Name:       Jacob Miller


School Name:        Victory High School       


Grade:         12               


Parents Names:      Michael & Arianne Miller



Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:


High Honor student with 4.0 average. 


Accepted by U.S. Air Force. 


Passed the Air Force test and qualified for 7 pages worth of jobs.


Boy Scout – working on Eagle Scout


Project:  Fix drainage problems and making a walkway to the baseball field at Rindge Rec.


Recommended by:


Lorna Letourneau and staff at Victory High School.


February Student of the Month Tom Doane
weekly update 2/14/13


The next regularly scheduled Rotary meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2013 at FPU.

This meeting will be a Club Assembly Meeting.

Invocation Responsibility:  Ben Wheeler


 No meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013 because of President's Day Holiday.

February 28th meeting:

Invocation responsibility:  William Anders

Speaker responsibility:  Tony Cassady

 Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, February 14th at FPU.  Happy Valentine's Day!





weekly update 2/14/13 James O'Neill
NEWS FLASH Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club Named Non-Profit of the year




The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce has named the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club Non-Profit of the year.


The award will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting at the Woodbound Inn on February 27. Tickets are $40 per person.

NEWS FLASH Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club Named Non-Profit of the year Tom Doane
January Student of the Month


Rotary Student of the Month

Recognition Date: January 10, 2013 
Student Name: Hannah Schlim 
School Name: Jaffrey Grade School 
Grade: Fifth Grade 
Parents Names: Monika Schlim and Eric Schlim

Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:

Hannah is an exemplary student who always approaches her schoolwork with 100% effort.  She demonstrates integrity and is motivated to do her best in all circumstances.  In the primary grades, Hannah was very quiet.  She has really grown and now participates enthusiastically in class.   

Hannah is responsible, respectful and kind.  She can work collaboratively with any peer.  Each morning, she helps younger students in a kindergarten classroom.   

Hannah has perfect attendance so far this year, and maintains a cheerful demeanor each day.  She extends her learning by participating in Chorus and Battle of the Books.  She is an all around wonderful student who demonstrates characteristics that will lead to future success.

Nominated by:       Teresa Sargent (Gr. 5 teacher)
Nancy Springfield (Gr. 4 teacher)

January Student of the Month Tom Doane