Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club

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Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting this Thursday.  Jed Brummer has the invocation.
 
Many Rotarians in our Chapter serve in a number of other non-profit endeavors that benefit both or our towns.  Rotarians are pretty good at finding time, yet time, too, sometimes seems to evade us. The old saying, "If time has no beginning and time has no end, why are we always running out of it?" seems to be more appropriate than ever in our fast-paced world.  Our guest speaker, Paula Matthews, will focus us on some good tips as to how to better master our use of time during our Thursday meeting. With the holidays coming up, all the more timely (no pun intended)!
 
The Raffle Party and its success is something on which we can all be proud.  I anticipate that we will have a good report from the Party chair at our meeting.  Still a few loose ends to tie-up.  Look for a Letter to the Editor shortly that thanks those retailers and individuals that donated items for our silent and live auction.
 
David Tower has left for a warmer clime -- we look forward to his return in May.  Nice article on David's being honored appeared in the Ledger-Transcript this past week.  Now, is Owen looking for another roomie?
 
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  There will be NO meeting next week on Thursday, November 23rd.  Our next meeting will be at FPU on November 30th.  Wherever Rotarians travel for Thanksgiving, safe travels and best wishes for great family gatherings.
 
A dusting of snow on Monadnock's bald head this morning -- a prelude of things to come!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
Message from the President (November 14th) 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Because of Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11th), there will be no Breakfast Meeting this week on Thursday, November 9th.
 
Our Raffle Party was clearly a success as we had a "full house" at the Friday event. The monies raised will be put to good use in our two communities. 
 
Importantly, David Tower was recognized for his vision, his leadership, and his ability to positively "touch" so many people and organizations in both Jaffrey and Rindge. The words "service" and "David Tower" go hand-in-hand. Clay Hollister did a nice job of announcing David as the recipient of our 2017 Paul Harris Fellow award. 
 
To say that David was "touched" by the Club's recognition is an understatement, at best. Congratulations to David... and we ALL wish you the best in Florida as you enjoy your "Snowbird" experience. Who knows? Maybe even a hole-in-one awaits!  We look forward to your return in or around the May time-frame.
 
The Raffle Party was a positive evening... and kudos to Travis and his team for a job done well. We are almost finished wrapping things up. A shout-out to Randy Morse and Misty for their efforts, as well as ALL those on the Committee. I am particularly grateful for Bill Raymond's work relative to handling all the cash and ensuring we had everything in place.
 
To the entire Club, I am sure we will find a "home" for the funds raised, thanks to a community of people who purchased tickets in support of our annual event.  Thanks, too, to all who brought in items for both our silent auction and the live auction.  Andy and Mike, nice job, as usual!
 
I look forward to seeing everyone on November 16th at Franklin Pierce.  The holidays and the colder weather are almost upon us!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (November 7th) 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Nov 03, 2017

The Big Award

 
David Tower with his richly deserved Citizen of The Year award. His list of past and present accomplishments are absolutely amazing.
 
A Very Generous Gesture
 
 
Scott Johnson, shown here with his wife, Maria, won the $2500 Grand Prize. He generously donated his winnings back to the club.
 
 
 
 
 
November 3 2017 Raffle Party Harold Davis 2017-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Presentation


Emily Chetkowski shared her passion for Newfoundland Ponies. Emily is the Founder and Executive Director of the sanctuary at Villi Poni Farm in Jaffrey. The ponies have almost become extinct with 15 of the remaining 41 in the US on her farm. She gave a history of the breed and described her efforts to maintain and increase their numbers.

Guest

Paula Matthews was a guest. Paula will be making a presentation on Time Management and Mastery at our Nov16th meeting
 
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November 2, 2016 Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our Breakfast meeting this week is at Franklin Pierce University.  Bill Anders has the Invocation.
 
Halloween is with us and, with it, the return to the colder weather. It was nice weather while it lasted. 
 
With this first week in November comes our annual Raffle Party.  We are now over the 200 mark insofar as ticket sales are concerned.  Time for the last-minute thrust -- please bring with you unsold tickets and the money from your ticket sales to Travis this Thursday.  Kudos to Misty for a great job of posting on Facebook the many prizes.  Everyone, let's help the committee ensure that we have a VERY successful event!
 
Last, but not least, cocktails at 5:30pm... the main Raffle Party happenings begin at 6:30pm on Friday, November 3rd, at the Shattuck.
 
Thanks to those Rotarians who came out on Saturday for the Roadside cleanup. The usual motley assortment of trash was collected and blue bags dotted the roadside after the Club's effort. We even found an uncashed check!
 
Nice to see Sheila and Diane at the Jaffrey-Rindge Lion's Club Mystery Dinner even on Sunday.  The Lions Club did a nice job and the Shattuck was full. I've known their president, Jim Van Campen, for several years, and I will share with you at the Breakfast meeting our positive conversation about "service."  Don't ask me how I got all that whipped cream off of my head, though -- that's ANOTHER story.
 
We have some good speakers coming up over the next few weeks before the holidays start to impact.  Looking forward to hearing what they share with us.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
Message from the President (October 31st) 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Oct 26, 2017

October 26th Meeting

Featured Presentation

 
     Charlie Turcotte, ably assisted by his wife, Laurel McKenzie, made
a presentation on how the Blue Cross building in Chicago was increased
from 30 to 54 stories. Charlie was construction super and Laural was project manager.
 

Donation to Jaffrey War Memorial Park

 
  Ricky Lambert received a donation to help with the maintenance of Jaffrey War Memorial Park, The park is funded by private
donations
 

Guest

 
Jerry Branch of the Monadnock Club in Dublin was visiting

Our Raffle

 
  The committee hard at work
 
 For more pictures CLICK HERE
October 26, 2017 Mtg Pictures Harold Davis 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by HED on Oct 24, 2017
Conant Interact Induction Ceremony 
       
         Event at the Shattuck on October 24th.
         22 new members inducted.
         There was a special welcome at the event for Juan Lorca,
              the Rotary Exchange Student.
         Shelia Bergeron is the Rotary Advisor
         Paddy McCarthy is the CHS faculty advisor and she welcomed
             a new second faculty advisor in Jacob Ferrell.
 
                           Great looking group
 
Photo and Narrative by Jim Banghart
 
See Large Photo Here
Conant Interact Club New Member Induction HED 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University this week for our Breakfast Meeting.  Bill Driscoll has the Invocation.
 
With the Raffle Party LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, all Rotarians should ensure the last of their tickets are sold.  As I shared in my weekend email. we have some GREAT items to be raffled off and The Shattuck full of enthusiastic bidders is what we ultimately want!  Please bring with you your ticket monies on Thursday.  It is important that we have a clear understanding of "how we are doing."
 
I spent an hour on Monday visiting two places and received two donations for the Silent Auction -- Peterboro Basket and Rare Coins of New Hampshire.  You may recall Warren Mills who presented to our Club about 18 months ago on the topic of coin collecting.  He is donating a Morgan Silver Dollar that is PCGS graded and certified... and worth about $100 on the open market. A couple more gifts will be in my hands by Thursday. It's easy to ask -- just do it, as several of you already have (and thanks for doing so)!
 
Good to have Harold and Peter Davis back with us... the pictures that you see point once again to the value Harold brings with his camera, as evidenced by our pictures from last week.
 
Our semi-annual Roadside Clean-up is this coming Saturday, October 28th, rain or shine.  Meet Mike Shea at our usual place on Rt 202 at 8:30am.  We should be done within 90 minutes. Many hands make work light!
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (October 24th) 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
10/19/2017 Pictures Harold Davis 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
We will meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Club Assembly this Thursday.  Ben Wheeler has the Invocation.
 
Our semi-annual Roadside Clean-up is officially scheduled for Saturday morning, October 28th, at 8:30am -- we meet at the usual place on Rt 202. Many hands make work light -- plan on no more than 90 minutes to help clean up, and the rest of the day is then yours!
 
I am pleased to welcome Diane Fukuda to our Board of Directors.  Diane is the CEO of Microcatheter Components and IPI in Jaffrey, and she brings with her significant business acumen and enthusiasm.
 
Don't look now, but the November 3rd Raffle Party is less than three weeks away.  Please help by getting your ticket sales into Randy Morse.  What we need, besides more ticket sales, are additional raffle items! Have you done your part to help those on the committee who have been hard at work?
 
With the holidays soon before us, the Interact Club is selling their birdseed wreaths -- remember our fine feathered friends and help out our future Rotarians at the same time.
 
Frost on the pumpkin this morning -- but temps in the 70's the next day. Go figure... enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (October 17th) 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week provides a respite as we will NOT meet due to the Columbus Day holiday.  Sleep late!
 
Good to see a plethora of Rotarians at the Scarecrows on the Commons this past Saturday -- with some 180 scarecrows now positioned around the town, Stephanie Niemela's TEAM JAFFREY had a successful event.  Even the rain held off!  Thanks to all Rotarians who came down to help, whether raking, stapling, or stuffing!
 
Our semi-annual Roadside Clean-up is tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning, October 28th.  More to follow insofar as confirming that date.  Meanwhile, the Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, October 17th, at 7:30am at the Chamber of Commerce office.
 
Our Rotary Club will meet next week at Franklin Pierce University for Club Assembly (October 19th).
 
Enjoy the warm weather over the next few days... but Fall temperatures will soon arrive!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
Message from the President (October 10th) 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet Thursday at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast meeting.  Bruce Edwards has the Invocation.
 
I spent an enjoyable and educational Saturday at the Rotary Leadership Training in Lebanon this past weekend. I can see why presidents-elect are encouraged to go as well as current presidents and chapter members.  I gained some good ideas... and will share a few of them at our Breakfast meeting on Thursday, October 5th.  Stillman Rogers will be our guest speaker.  
 
One month from this date is our Raffle Party. Let's keep promoting this event until ALL tickets are sold!
 
Speaking of events, we have an opportunity to recognize one who has been helpful to our Rotary Club over the years. Carolyn Edwards, owner of Sunflowers Restaurant, is being honored with a Civic Leadership Award at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Thursday at 5:30pm.  I understand tickets are $10 apiece.  Diane and I look forward to joining many Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians as, together, we honor someone who has been supportive of Rotary efforts.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
bob
Message from the President (October 3) 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet Thursday at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast meeting.  Dave Tower has the Invocation.
 
Jon Springer, our District Governor, will be our guest speaker. The Board of Directors will meet with Jon at 8:30am immediately following the meeting.
 
As I type this around the noon hour on Tuesday, it is HOT out there. Then, again, let's enjoy this as in four more months we will be wishing for even a modicom of this warm weather. September has been a great month and we have been fortunate to not have hurricanes affecting us.
 
Everyone is encouraged to complete their sale of Raffle Party tickets. Randy Morse is looking for contributions for the Silent Auction and the LIVE auction. Please do not wait until "last minute." "Today is the tomorrow that you thought about yesterday!!"
 
The Rotary Club has made a monetary donation to Franklin Pierce University in lieu of the previously-announced gift that was made known to all at the last Club Assembly.  I am pleased that we were able even more so to recognize via our gift the celebration and Installation of the sixth president of Franklin Pierce University, Dr. Kim Mooney.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
bob
Message from the President (September 26th) 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Sep 21, 2017
Exchange Student Presentation
 
    Lexi Smith gave a terrific, professional presentation on her exchange student adventures in Croatia. The year included visits to 10 countries.
 
Visitor
 
Patty Farmer visited from the Keene Elm City Rotary Club. Shown with Shelia Bergeron
 
More pictures from the meeting - Click Here
 
Sept 21 2017 Pictures Harold Davis 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at Franklin Pierce University this week.
 
Tonya Albee has the Invocation. 
 
During our last two Club Assemblies, we have been privileged to hear from two young ladies (Nadia and Shannon) who lived in Indonesia and Brazil, respectively, as part of the Youth Exchange program.  Our third such student, Lexi Smith, will present her Croatia experience at our Thursday meeting.
 
Raffle Party is coming!  It is important that each Rotarian be selling their Raffle Party tickets NOW.  Please don't wait until the "last minute," as has often been the case in the past.  This is one of our major fundraisers to which ALL in our Club are essential to its success.  Travis Kumph assures me that the committee is hard at work and has several excellent trips/items that will be auctioned off on November 3rd!
 
Thanks to all who claimed their ice chests and water from our Fireworks Festival water sales -- my garage has breathed a sign of relief!!
 
I am pleased to share that the Club will be listed as a "Raven" sponsor for the ceremonies on Saturday, September 23rd, that recognize the installation of Dr. Kim Mooney as the sixth president of Franklin Pierce University. The Rotary relationship with Franklin Pierce has been mutually beneficial over the years, and we are pleased to be able to honor President Mooney as our way to thank her and the University that has done much to support our Club.
 
Our District Governor, Jon Springer, will be at our September 28th meeting; he will be our guest speaker, too.  The Board of Directors will meet with Jon immediately following our breakfast meeting.
 
Lastly, as have seen in the news, Houston and Florida have been ravaged by the recent hurricanes.  With Hurricane Maria headed to make landfall somewhere on the east coast, let's hope for the best.  Jose is giving New Hampshire minimal problems, as of this writing.  Almost makes you want to wish for cold weather and snow!  Again, please keep those Rotarians and their families who have been in harm's way in your thoughts and prayers. 
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
President's Message (September 19th) 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Sep 14, 2017

  Sept 14th Pictures

Presentation

   Margaret Nelson, Executive Director of thr River Center in Peterborough, gave an excellent slide prsentation on the mission of the Center. It provides community connections to people in need such as: parental support, job search help, tax and money coaching, and many other necessary services
 
Donation
 
 
   Stephanie, Executive Director of Team Jaffrey, gives a hug of appreciation for the donation she received in support of the organization's Scarecrows on the Common.
 
MORE MEETING PICTURES - CLICK HERE - 9-14-17-meeting
 
Sept 14, 2017 Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at Franklin Pierce University this week.
 
Nicole Newell has the Invocation. 
 
I trust everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday and comes back refreshed!
 
Margaret Nelson from The River Center in Peterborough will be our guest speaker.
 
Those who came to the Rotary social at Cooper’s Hill Public House this past Thursday had a good time – Owen, Travis, Gail, Diane (my wife) and I enjoyed meeting other Rotarians, eating great food, and enjoying good libations.
 
I have two red coolers in my possession from the Fireworks Festival water sales and a few cases of water still remaining.  Those who belong to the coolers will be able to retrieve the coolers after Thursday's breakfast meeting.
 
Lastly, keep our Florida and Texas Rotarians and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Both states and nearby states that are still in the path of Hurricane Irma are getting a real pounding.  Two other hurricanes dot the waterscape, but it is too early to tell their direction. Let’s hope they go out to sea… and stay there!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (September 12th) 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
There is NO meeting this week on September 7th.  Hope all had a good Labor Day three-day weekend.
 
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 14th -- we return to Franklin Pierce University for the next three plus months.
 
Please join several of our Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians and those from other Clubs on Thursday evening, September 7th, 5pm-7pm, at the Cooper’s Hill Public House in Peterborough.  Good victuals and strong waters will be available.  Be sure to wear your Rotary shirt, caps, jackets, or pin to be assured a discount.
 
I appreciate Jim Banghart covering for me during my absence last week -- it is good to be back down to 800 feet above sea level instead of 11,000 feet. (Pant-pant-pant...)
 
Remember that November 3rd and the RAFFLE PARTY are only two months away - sell those tickets!
 
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (September 5) 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

  Pictures from the Aug 31 Meeting

 
   Gail presented a check to Helene Rogers for the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Foundation to help sponsor the Annual Jaffrey-Rindge Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast. The JREF is a non-profit group that provides financial support to local school projects that are innovative, inquiry based and creative.
 
 
 
 
   Conant's Envirothon Team made a presentation about their trip to the national Envirothon competition in Maryland. This was possible after they won the state meet.
 

More meeting pictures - CLICK HERE

8/31/2017 Meeting pictures Harold Davis 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at The Shattuck this week for our breakfast meeting.  
 
Diane Fukuda has the Invocation.
 
Welcome to Juan Lorca from Santiago, Chile!  Juan is our new Exchange student and we look forward to learning from him throughout the year.
 
In my absence (I am in Colorado), Jim Banghart will preside over our meeting.  Were I there, I would thank Don Upton and his crew for helping with guest parking arrangements during Peter Russell’s daughter’s wedding.
 
Margaret Clark and her students will present their experiences with Envirothon at our meeting - should be quite interesting.
 
Please remember that we will NOT meet on September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday.  Yes, summer is over.  Our next meeting will be at Franklin Pierce on September 14th.
 
Although we won’t meet on September 7th, an opportunity for fellowship occurs that same Thursday evening.  Once again, please circle your calendar to join fellow Rotarians from area Clubs at the Cooper’s Hill Public House in Peterborough, 5-7pm.  Wear your Rotary shirt, caps, jackets, or pin to be assured a discount.
 
Dues due?  Bring your check to Bill Raymond.  If you did not receive email from Bill, please approach him at Thursday’s meeting.
 
Lastly, keep our Houston Rotarians and their families, as well as all Texans, in your thoughts and prayers.  It’s a real disaster down there.
 
Jim Banghart, thanks for covering for me.
 
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (August 29) 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Pictures from the August 24th Meeting

   
     Nadia Bhatti, one of our last year's exchange students, gave a presentation on her year in Indonesia. She introduced a lot of information on
a country most of us know little about.
 
   
    John McCarthy introduced our new exchange student from Chile. Juan Lorca is an exchange student from Santiago, Chile. He plays soccer on his school team in Chile, and hopes to be playing with the Conant team. Juan is a junior, and will turn 17 in November.
 
More pictures from this week's meeting - CLICK HERE
8/24/2017 Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at The Shattuck this week for our Club Assembly and breakfast meeting.
 
Gail Therriault has the Invocation.
 
One of the very positive things that Rotary does is the Youth Exchange program.  This week, we will learn from Interactor Nadia Bhatti about her experience in Indonesia over several months. Nadia was one of three of our students who experienced international flavor this past year.
 
I think we have all seen enough “fireworks.”  A tremendous thank you to Mike Shea for his efforts to organize the well-run Signage efforts and to ALL who repaired, distributed, and picked up several hundred signs that graced the Jaffrey landscape. Complementing those efforts were those of Gail, John, and Harold who helped to raise additional money by selling water at the Fireworks.  Of course, the water sales would not be possible without Hannaford’s – thank you, Andy Harris!
 
Circle the evening of Wednesday, September 7th, on your calendars – big social event at Cooper’s in Peterborough with several area Rotary Clubs.  5-7pm… and a discount to Rotarians wearing Club shirts, caps, jackets and/or a pin.
 
Dues due?  Bring your check to Bill Raymond.
 
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (August 22) 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by BOB on Aug 16, 2017

Sean Driscoll and a Veteran Educator's Perspective

 
   Sean Driscoll shared his experiences as an Educator.  Things sure have changed insofar as the role of a teacher from when we all went to school.  Nice introduction by dad, Bill Driscoll, who finished his intro by saying, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well-pleased."
 

A light-hearted moment...

 
Peter, Bill R, Don, and Bill D enjoy a comment made by Sean Driscoll, our breakfast speaker.
 

Water, water everywhere... and plenty to drink

 
With Harold taking the picture, John, Gail, and Bob (and Harold) are all set and up ready to sell water.  The Chamber of Commerce estimated over 20,000 attended the Fireworks Festival.
 
For seeing the picts larger and a slide show - CLICK HERE
 
8/17/2017 Meeting BOB 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at The Shattuck this week for our breakfast meeting.
 
John McCarthy has the Invocation.
 
Sean Driscoll, son of Bill Driscoll, will be our Guest Speaker on Thursday.  An educator, Sean will share his perceptions of “Public Education: A Veteran Teacher's Perspective.” 
 
A great Thursday evening last week – kudos to Don Upton, whose efforts resulted in four dozen Rotarians and spouses/significant others enjoying “The Producers,” which was preceded by an hour of fellowship, libation, and hors d’oeuvres (spelled THAT right THIS time).  A good time was had by all!
 
Fireworks this week is our primary thrust – thanks to all Rotarians who have signed up to help repair the "No Parking" signs on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm at Belletete’s, post signs on Saturday at 8:00am (meet at W.W. Cross parking lot), and pick up the signs on Sunday at 8:00am (meet at W.W. Cross parking lot).  We will be selling bottled water at the Fireworks again this year.  [NOTE:  We welcome your coolers – have one?  Bring it with you to our Thursday meeting!  We will ensure that it is returned to you in clean condition the following week.]
 
Tickets for the annual Raffle Party (November 3rd) have been distributed.  Please let your friends know of this positive opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled evening, one that helps our Rotary Club to invest all the more in our two communities.
 
Lastly, thanks to those who have given Bill Raymond their dues check.  Haven’t yet done so?  Please do!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (August 15th) 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We will meet at The Shattuck this week for our breakfast meeting.
 
Randy Morse has the Invocation.
 
We greet Val Zanchuk as our Guest Speaker on Thursday. Val is the president of Graphicast, which is a single source provider of finished components to OEMs of commercial and industrial products. Val’s topic – New Hampshire workforce development.
 
“The Producers” on Thursday evening marks Don Upton’s fellowship efforts – nearly 50 Jaffrey-Rindge /Dublin Rotarians and guests will enjoy a pre-show gathering, which is being hailed locally as one of the best Peterborough Players shows in some time. Thanks, Don -- I am sure a good time will be had by all.
 
The Jaffrey Fireworks on Saturday, August 19th, looms on the immediate horizon. The first order of business is the repair of signage from last year.  Mike Shea will update us on plans for the Wednesday, August 16th, “repair party.” Yes, the fireworks are only 11 days away.  Please mark Saturday morning, August 19th, and Sunday, August 20th, on your calendars. The Club will gain a substantial dollar ROI for, in turn, providing help with posting of “No Parking” signs. Details on the sale of bottled water AT the Fireworks will also be shared – help needed that evening.
 
Enjoy the summer – it will be autumn before we know it!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (August 8, 2017) 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Susan Emerson has the best collection of hats in southwest New Hampshire!  She did not disappoint at our last meeting. Susan, thanks for your efforts, along with those of Stephanie, Bill Anders, and Peter, to set-up and greet Club members each week.
Cat in the Hat (with apologies to Dr. Suess)! 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians David Tower and Peter Russell confer with New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan following his presentation to the Club relative to the topic of voting/balloting.  Our guest speaker is a Vice President of the Bow Rotary Club.
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Nat Pierce continues to do a great job managing our Programs, one in which great speakers have visited our Club to update us on topics of importance to our region.  We have a full slate of presentations for August.  Our list of September speakers will be published shortly.
Our Programs Chair! 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Travis provided an update on the Friday, November 3rd, Rotary Reverse Auction, which is our Club's major fundraiser. Much work to be done -- tickets will be made available shortly to Club members.
Reverse Auction is Coming! 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We return this week to The Shattuck for our breakfast meeting and will be there for the month of August.
 
Stephanie Niemela has the Invocation.
 
We greet Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan as our guest speaker. David will share how New Hampshire’s Secretary of State is responding to Washington’s request for NH voter records, as well as sharing informative insights relative to “voter fraud concerns" in the Granite State.
 
QUEST is over – well done! Kimball’s was fun – it is rumored that David Tower had two (2) big double scoop dishes of ice cream. I did, too. Kimball’s was a nice way to end QUEST 2017. Congrats to Tonya and her committee for another great job… and to all the Rotarians, Interactors, and volunteers who participated during this successful QUEST program!
 
For those who volunteered to help Owen with the “cah pahkin” on Wednesday (tomorrow) at 11:30am, be sure to wear your Rotary blue shirts.
 
I am pleased that Misty has volunteered to head up the "Student of the Month" program -- thank you, Misty, for taking on this leadership role!
 
Last, but not least, dues notices were sent out this past week.  Please help save our Treasurer a lot of time by your prompt payment.  Thanks!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (August 1st) Bob Schaumann 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
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Richard provided an informative update on his current love -- "AQUACULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY & the CHITIN ECONOMY."  Here, he displays his favorite "shrimp" T-shirt at the end of his presentation.
Richard Feldman Returns! 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
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Ellen Avery, Executive Director for the Community Volunteer Transportation Company, appreciatively receives a Rotary Club donation from Owen.
 
 
CVTC Receives Rotary Donation 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 25, 2017
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University this week. 
 
Richard Feldman will be our guest speaker.  Travis Kumph has the Invocation.
 
Our final week of QUEST is this week – it flies by, it seems. As this is being written Tuesday morning, the clouds are scheduled to part in the afternoon, assuming the weather gods cooperate. Other than QUEST graduation, we wind up the QUEST activities on Friday at Kimball’s.  If you can fit it into your schedule on Friday, a few extra hands for this excursion is always welcome to join those who have already committed!
 
That was a fine presentation last week by Shannon Bennett on her Youth Exchange experience in Brazil.   We will host Alexis (Croatia) and Nadia (Indonesia) in August and September assemblies, respectively, so that they may share pictures and perspectives of their 10-month journeys.
 
August is on our doorstep – many activities about to get underway that finds our Rotary Club engaged.
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (July 25th) Bob Schaumann 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 25, 2017
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Shannon Bennett, daughter of Rotarian Tom Bennett, shared her Youth Exchange experiences in Brazil, as well as her new-found (and growing) mastery of Portuguese!
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Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 25, 2017
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Don Upton, Fellowship chair, shared that fifty Rotarians and guests will participate in the August 10th fellowship event at the Peterborough Players.
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Paddy McCarthy gratefully accepts a check from Randy Morse to support Conant HS students who will travel to Maryland for the North American Environthon competition.
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Mary Drew of REALITY CHECK receives a Club donation from Peter Davis to support her July 15th program at Woodbound Inn, at which Mary shared with the Community how her organization impacts the local drug epidemic (prevention, treatment, recovery, and building the addiction workforce).
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Charlie Turcotte, prospective Rotarian, volunteered to help with the QUEST math class, one in which students were building bridges.  Charlie was the Construction Project Manager for the Zakim Bridge in Boston.  His arrival was timely, to say the least!
Charlie Turcotte, Master Bridge Builder Bob Schaumann 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 18, 2017
 
 
Hi Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce this week in our usual meeting room.  This time, a full breakfast.
 
Andy Harris has the Invocation.
 
Shannon Bennett, one of our three Youth Exchange students, will share her experience in Brazil at our meeting.  Shannon returned about a month ago – no moss grows under her feet since her return as she has since traveled to Colorado and has volunteered at QUEST.
 
Speaking of which, we enter our third week of QUEST – things continue to roll along in a positive fashion. Kudos to all for your efforts to date, including our Interactors and Volunteers.  Hard to believe that the trip to Kimball’s in Westford is almost here --Friday, July 28th.  
 
I am pleased that Sadie Halliday, a member of the Membership Committee, has agreed to take on the role of Chairman. I have a lot of respect for Sadie and her enthusiasm; I welcome her taking the reins from the former membership chair (me!). 
 
At Tuesday’s board meeting, I shared my president’s goals for 2017/18 – I will share these during our Club Assembly.  Because of QUEST, we will ensure a prompt 8:30am close to our meeting.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (July 18th) Bob Schaumann 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 17, 2017
 

Rotary Club Partnership

This past April a group representing 3 New Hampshire based Rotary clubs traveled to Nicaragua alongside two high school interact clubs. In addition to helping the students build houses, the Rotarians spent much of the week learning about possible long-term project opportunities in and around Chacraseca. The trip culminated with a meeting with FNEI and the León Rotary and Rotaract clubs to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a project. Addressing structural needs at each of the 13 schools in Chacraseca was identified and a needs assessment is currently underway to better understand what those needs are and the costs and resources associated with them. The Jaffrey-Rindge, Peterborough, Monadnock, and León Rotary clubs intend on seeking grant funding for the project. This will be the third joint project between FNEI, León and NH Rotary clubs. 
 
The picture below shows us meeting with the Leon Rotary.
 
Article from FNE Newsletter Jim Banghart 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 17, 2017
 
Quest on Friday, July 14th was an unusual one for Quest as we moved down to the waterfront and boat house to accommodate a "Step-Up Day" at FPU.  The teachers did a wonderful job of making the day full of challenges and fun.  The picture above shows Jon Frederick, our newest member, competing with some of the campers in one of the events, trying to stack 6 dice on a popsicle stick clinched in his mouth.  He is being helped by his wife Lyn who was volunteering for the day, while Bernie was cheering on a competing camper.
Quest on 7/14 Jim Banghart 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 11, 2017
Hi Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce this week in our usual meeting room. This will be a continental breakfast. 
 
QUEST continues to move forward and things are going well. Please check the QUEST schedule by going to our website at JRRotary.org.  If you are unavailable for your assigned “window,” please find a substitute.  Our “kids” are counting on us!  Remember that QUEST runs four days this week. As we also host QUEST campers on Friday, Rotarians scheduled for that day should meet at the Boathouse.
 
In lieu of a guest speaker for Thursday, we have a special treat for the Club, one that is not expected.  This will keep you in suspense – something that you have never seen before.  I plan to finish the meeting a bit early so that we can be ready for the QUEST campers upon their arrival.
 
As I follow in the footsteps of Jim Banghart, I realize his are big shoes to fill. Over the next several weeks, I am sitting down with Rotarians one-on-one to gain your perspectives. I am learning much. Always interesting how one learns when eyes and ears are open and one's mouth is shut!  If I haven’t yet sat down with you, I will.  In the meantime, thanks for your thoughts and ideas – things are coming together and great things will be accomplished this year as we work together for the betterment of our two communities!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (July 11th) Bob Schaumann 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 04, 2017
 
Happy Fourth of July!
 
There is no Club meeting this week because of the holiday. 
 
As we prepare for those hazy, crazy days of Summer, we also take a moment to think of what this day means – our freedom as Americans, as voiced and verbalized by those who signed our Declaration of Independence over 240 years ago.  Many Rotarians, including myself, will participate in the reading of the Declaration at the Jaffrey Meeting House. 
 
Gavel Night was a positive experience for two reasons.  Clay Hollister posthumously recognized Matt Bergeron as a Paul Harris Fellow, sharing many positive accolades of the contributions and time that Matt invested during his all-too-short tenure as a Rotarian.  Accepting the award was our Past President, Sheila Bergeron.
 
Jim Banghart, outgoing Club President, was recognized for his excellent service and leadership.  Over 40 Rotarians and spouses/significant others attended; we ate well! Thanks to Peter Russell and Jinnie for hosting Gavel night and for exemplary weather control (it didn’t rain!).
 
QUEST begins with our Day ONE on Wednesday, July 5th.  Lots of activity this first day and Tonya and her Committee have everything in place. 75 kids are depending on us for a great QUEST experience – and I know that we are up to the task.
 
The full QUEST schedule is available to Rotarians and the public by going to our website at jrrotary.org; bring your pointer over the Quest link on the ribbon below the header, and click on 2017 Mentor Schedule, the last choice of the three.  The yellow cells are associated with cancelations and you are encouraged to take one of two of those if possible.  
 
Our next Club Meeting will be Thursday, July 13th, at Franklin Pierce University at our usual meeting room.  This will be a continental breakfast.  See you then!
 
Yours in service,
 
bob
Message from the President (July 4th) Bob Schaumann 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Schaumann on Jul 04, 2017
            
Gavel Night! Bob Schaumann 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 27, 2017
Many members have asked me to post our clubs accomplishments for the year after the presentation I gave at my last meeting as President.  I would not be so bold as to describe the following as our only accomplishments, but they are what we all accomplished relative to what I thought was important starting the Rotary year last July.  They are contained in a file under the downloads link on the ribbon just below the header.
Accomplishment in 2016-17 Jim Banghart 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Remember, this week there will be no regular meeting because we will have our gavel night Thursday at 6:00 at the home of Peter and Jinnie Russell.  The most important thing to bring with you is a guest because this is our top fellowship event of the year in attendance.  Please also bring the beverage of your choice and an hors d’oeuvre of your choice.
 
Let me also remind you that Tonya has scheduled Quest training for Thursday morning in place of our regular meeting, starting at 0730 at the middle school.
 
Our next formal event will be the start of Quest on July 5th.  You have already been given your schedule of activities.  The full schedule is available to Rotarians and the public by going to our website at JRRotary.org, then bring your pointer over the Quest link on the ribbon below the header, and click on 2017 Mentor Schedule, the last choice of the 3.  The yellow cells are associated with cancelations and you are encouraged to take one of two of those if possible.  Better still, drop me or Tonya a short email or text so we can indicate that the slot has been taken. 
 
We are short on mentors for Kimball on the last day as I have been reluctant to assign anyone for the full day without their prior knowledge.  Again, let Tonya or me know if you can handle this before we have to press some “volunteers” into service as we get closer.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
June 27th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jun 22, 2017

June 22nd Meeting

 
          Jon Fredrick, Jaffrey's Town Manager, is inducted as our newest Member
 
 
              Nadia Bhatti, shown here with her mother, Brenda, just returned from an exchange year in Indonesia. Sounded like she
  had a great experience
 
 
            Andy Peterson from the Peterborough Club visited
 
 
    
June 22, 2017 Meeting Harold Davis 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 20, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week, in my last meeting as your President, we have a club assembly and I will go over what we accomplished this year, and I want to share with you some of the key take-aways from this year’s district meeting. 
 
If time permits I will give the results of the satisfaction survey on how we might make the club better for our members.  While I think it is important that you hear the results of the survey you participated in, it suggests there is no need to change, there is widespread support for the status quo.
 
Next week, there will be no regular meeting because we will have our gavel night that evening.  The Russell’s have agreed to host the event again this year.  For Gavel night, you should bring your beverage of choice, you guest of choice and an hors d’oeuvre of your choice.
 
Let me also remind you that Tonya has scheduled Quest training for Thursday morning, June 29, in place of our regular meeting, starting at 0730 at the middle school.  You should have received an email on this yesterday afternoon.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
June 20th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jun 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 Meeting

   J. B. Mack from the South West Regional Planning Commission described some of the Commission's functions. They aid local communities in our area by helping with the promoting, planning and financing of a wide range of projects from infrastructure to housing
 
 
     
June 15, 2017 Meeting Harold Davis 2017-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 13, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we have J. B. Mack from the SW Regional Planning Commission telling us what they are doing in our area.  Believe it or not, this is our last regular meeting of my term.  It has been a great experience for me as I got to know our club better and what you all do to make it work.
 
Next week we have a club assembly and will hear about the satisfaction survey on how we can make the club better for our members, I will go over what we accomplished this year, and I want to share with you some of the key take-aways from this year’s district meeting.
 
The week after, there will be no regular meeting because we will have our gavel night that evening.  The Russells have agreed to host the event again this year.
 
Don Upton has bought 30 tickets for the Peterborough Players performance on August 10.  He is selling them at the discounted group price of $30/seat on a first come, first serve basis, so pay Don at this week’s meeting to reserve your seat.
 
I mentioned at last week’s meeting that there is an opportunity to attend the July Nascar Race at the NH International Speedway for free and to help us in getting another grant for Quest all at the same time. This is the biggest event held in the state every year.  We would like to support by getting people to volunteer to help the Speedway Children’s Charity at the event on July 16th.  Anyone interested should contact Dave Tower or me.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
June 13th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 06, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
At this Thursday’s meeting, Rotarians Peter Davis, Sam LaFortune and Owen Houghton, all Board members of the Community Center of Jaffrey, will lead a discussion and seek member feedback on a variety of issues impacting the Jaffrey-Rindge school district, the potential for an addiction resource and recovery center,  perspectives on best use of  the 14 acres of the St. Pats school facility and future needs for Senior Housing, Head Start, Community Gardens, District School Offices and Recreation Department.  These topics are amongst the most relevant that we have had this year.
 
Let me also take this opportunity to remind you that the J-R School District is holding a meeting tonight from 6-7:00 at the CHS Cafeteria, looking for us all to share our thoughts on what we expect of the schools.  Ruben Duncan mentioned this at the meeting when he spoke to us at Millipore.  If you have not already participated in this Re-Vision and Re-Mission forum, this would be a chance to do so.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
June 6th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 30, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I think with all of the Memorial Day events, including a great parade in Jaffrey, you will all remember that we have no Rotary meeting this week.  We were represented in the parade by one of the four remaining WWII vets from Jaffrey, Joe Manning, who looked pretty spiffy in his naval uniform. 
 
After Tonya’s passionate discussion at last week’s meeting I know you all remember that we have kicked off the scheduling of Rotarians for Quest.  Schedule response have been light, which is great for scheduling because it means most of you are available at any time.  If not, let me know if you have any issues:
  • Dates you can’t make or dates you prefer
  • Any day of the week that doesn’t work or a day that works best
  • Any times that work best: mornings vs afternoon, full-days vs half days
  • Any activities you like or don’t like (no guarantees on this preference)
You can email or call with your inputs.
 
Owen Houghton and Peter Davis are in the process on collaborating on a talk for June 8th that will cover some of the options for what might happen with the St Pats School facilities.  The options can have a significant impact on the town of Jaffrey going forward and there is still an opportunity for us to influence the outcome.
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
May 30th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Owen Houghton on May 26, 2017
 
 
Helene Rogers dedicated this 1000 orgami crane display to deceased member Matt Bergeron at the Rotary meeting at The Shattuck on May 25.  The Roger’s 14 year old daughter Elyse was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was 24 months old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a hospital, began making origami cranes.  Her goal of making one thousand was inspired by the senbazuru legend. At her death in 1955 she had made 650.  Following her death, her classmates felt empathy and agreed to complete the rest for her.  The belief that happiness and eternal good luck makes the cranes a popular gift providing hope and happiness to children and families.  The Club requested that the display be sent with a plaque honoring Matt to Monadnock Community Hospital.
Gift to honor Matt Bergeron Owen Houghton 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 23, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will start our summer season at the Shattuck.  It will be a club assembly and include what we need to know about this year’s Quest, results of the member survey, what you should know about the Rotary Foundation, and key take away’s from the District Conference.  This is all information we need to share and you need to know.
 
If attendance and participation is good this week, we will have next week off, for the Memorial Day holiday, if not we may have a makeup session next week.
 
Don Upton asked me to remind you all of the May 29th comedy night fellowship event.  To make sure he can get the tickets we need, he will be closing ticket sales on Thursday, so bring your money if you plan to go.  The cost is only $10 per person, hardly more than a Randy Morse happy fine.
 
This is the week we kick off the scheduling of our mentors for Quest.  So let me know if you have any issues:
  • Dates you can’t make or dates you prefer
  • Any day of the week that doesn’t work or a day that works best
  • Any times that work best: mornings vs afternoon, full-days vs half days
  • Any activities you like or don’t like (no guarantees on this preference)
You can email or call with your inputs.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
May 23rd message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 17, 2017

Don Upton, our Fellowship Chairperson, on advice of Past President and Foundation Chair Clay Hollister, is scheduling a fellowship night at a performance on Monday, May 29th at the River Street Theater.  The release for the event is following and it looks interesting.  You are encouraged to bring your spouse and friends to promote the more social side of Rotary.  He will bring this up at tomorrow’s meeting but wants this to reach all of you and give you a head start on planning to attend.  Space is limited at this theater so we will need to act quickly to get seats.

 Our headliner JERRY CARUSO

Since 1993 Jerry has performed for many Boston based comedy groups as well as different comedy shows throughout New England and New York.  His unique mix of celebrity impressions, song parodies, and standup comedy has brought laughter to audiences at many different venues. In 1994, he co-founded “Comics for a Cure” with Toney Markus. From there on, Jerry put his God-given talents to good use by organizing and performing at comedy shows for non-profit organizations. And, since 1999, Caruso has been teaching comedy at three community colleges, has been acting for Murder Mystery USA (2001-present), and, has been a motivational speaker to support groups, hospitals and medical staff on “Laughter is the Best Medicine” (2002-present).

Also featuring ERIC JACKMAN

Not only a comedian, Eric is passionate about education, politics, art, history, film, and music. 6 months away from completing his Master’s degree in education to become a social studies teacher. Eric is also known for his impersonations and he has his own popular podcast, JackMan Radio.

Your host GREG BOGGIS

Greg has been the host and producer of MonadKNOCK-KNOCK since its debut in January.  Greg has been a staple of the New England comedy scene for over 20 years. In that time he has appeared on stage from rural South Carolina to coastal down east Maine. Greg has appeared in dozens of TV commercials, radio shows, print and internet ads. Greg has also appeared in such major films as The Boondock Saints, Fever Pitch and Clear History with Larry David. Greg also produces his own TV show called The Boggis Hour.

Fellowship night at River Theater Jim Banghart 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 13, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
It is with great regret that I must inform you that Peter Davis has resigned at our President Elect.  I am sorry for our club because I was looking forward to Peter’s spirit and enthusiasm, and I am sorry for Peter that his personal life can’t accommodate his time as our president.
 
We are fortunate that Bob Schaumann has agreed to step up as PE, on short notice.  The short notice is not new to our club.  Without the benefit of training that Rotary offers to incoming presidents, we should give Bob all the support we can and cut him as much slack as possible as he gets up to speed
 
This week we will be at Millipore, and remember:
  • They are expecting us at 7:00, a little earlier than normal.
  • They would like us to carpool if possible so meeting some place prior, Kimballs would be a logical choice, is suggested.
  • Beside the breakfast, they will host an optional tour of their plant after the meeting so you are welcome to stay for that if you have the time.
 
Our speaker this week is the Superintendent of Schools, Ruben Duncan.  He spoke to our club when he first came to the SAU, but he now has a message that he is trying to get out to as many people as he can.
 
Next week we will start our summer season at the Shattuck.  It will be a club assembly and include what we need to know about this year’s Quest, results of the member survey, and some of the key take away’s from the District Conference.
 
I was pleased to see our road cleanup crew on the top left corner of the Jaffrey Chamber’s Newsletter.  Thanks to Mike Shea and all who participated on “Jaffrey’s largest ever Spring Cleanup”.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
 
May 16 message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 Meeting

It was a good meeting. Perhaps the best news was when Joe Manning reported that his cancer was cured. The rest of the meeting included a new member induction, a donation to Camp Mayhew and a presentation by the members of the Conant Interact Club.

 
Misty Start presents our newest member, Nicole Newell
 
 
Tonya presents a donation to Jim Nute, Director of Camp Mathew.The Camps mission can be best explained by the following information from there web site:
     "The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best. It is the only all-boys program in the state that combines a residential summer program and school year mentoring for at-risk boys, tuition-free, through high school graduation."
 
 

All the members of the interact club gave a short presentation of their trip to Nicaragua and other activities. their advisor, Patty McCarthy listed the many, many activities that the club has been involved in the last year. The list is so long that I there isn't room on this page to list them

THERE ARE MORE PICTURES THAN USUAL - ESPECIALLY OF THE INTERACT CLUB

                      CLICK HERE

May 11 Meeting Harold Davis 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 07, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will have the Conant Interact Club giving their annual presentation. They will tell us about their year and their recent trip, their third, our first, to Nicaragua.  I can say their enthusiasm is contagious and we all need a little of it. We should give them our full support as we sponsored their club. 
 
This week we get to initiate Nicole Newell into our club.  It would be nice if we could all make the effort to give her a very cordial welcome and introduce yourself, if you haven’t already.
 
Next week we will be at Millipore.  Beside the breakfast, they will host an optional tour of their plant after the meeting so you are welcome to stay for that if you have the time.
 
Our speaker next week is the Superintendent of Schools for Jaffrey and Rindge, Ruben Duncan.  He spoke to our club when he first came to the SAU, but he now has a message that he is trying to get out to as many people as he can.
 
The week after next we will be at the Shattuck, our summer venue (for all but July)
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
May 9th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on May 04, 2017

May 4th Meeting

 
We had a great subject for photos this week. Sophia Talavera, this year's attractive and poised exchange student, described her year here and showed some pictures of her home city, Santa Cruz Bolivia. Her stay included Jaffrey and visits to far removed places. Someone described her visit well when they called it "not a year in a lifetime, but a lifetime in a year".
 
For more pictures of the meeting - CLICK HERE
May 4, 2017 Meeting Harold Davis 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 02, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will get our annual presentation from our inbound exchange student.  Sophia will tell us about her home country of Bolivia and her experience during the exchange year.
 
Randy Morse, John McCarthy, and I attended the annual district conference this past weekend.  To hear the exchange students tell about their experience brings tears to my eyes.  I wish we had more members there to see this event.  As one said, “This was not a year in a lifetime it was a lifetime in one year".
 
Next week we will have the Interact Club give their annual report. We should give them our full support as we are their sponsors.  They will tell us about their year and their recent trip, their third, our first, to Nicaragua.  I can say their enthusiasm is contagious and we all need a little of it.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
May 2nd message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 25, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week’s meeting is an assembly and we two very interesting and well done video’s showing some Rotary International efforts that are making a difference.
 
As I write this I am in Nicaragua on our club’s first international service trip.  It is going quite well.  We had a good meeting with the Leon Rotary Club on Friday afternoon where they presented some good collaborative opportunities, the ones we liked the best involving not only our club and theirs but at least one and in one case two NGO’s and possibly the clubs in Peterborough and Dublin as well.
 
The highly unlikely outcome of drawing 51 cards from a full deck without picking a winner has put us in an uncharted area.  So you all know how the raffle will work this week, the Board of Directors has decided that we will start a new raffle with a new deck and let the pot roll into it.  It avoids the situation where a weekly winner wins the pot without the need to go through the more improbable requirement of picking the correct card.  It will make our weekly drawing more interesting especially in the early weeks where the pot would be small.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
 
April 25th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Student of the Month
 
April 20, 2107
 
Student - Asher Handy
 
Year: - sophomore
 
School - Heritage Christian School
 
Parents - Dain and Heidi Handy
 
Asher Handy has been an exemplary student at Heritage Christian School for three years. He is one of four sons of Dain and Heidi Handy and resides with his family
in Royalston, Massachusetts.
Asher is a sophomore this year at Heritage Christian School and serves as an excellent role model for his younger brothers and other students at the school. His favorite subject is science, and he particularly enjoys studying anatomy and
physiology. At the school’s recent project fair, Asher presented a science display of the anatomy of a frog, including his own dissection work. He also presented a history project that focused on the Crusader siege of Jerusalem in AD 1099.
Asher is interested in a possible career in local law enforcement. He enjoys various hobbies, including playing the guitar, writing original stories, and creating models.
 
WILLIAM BROUGHTON
April Student of the Month 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 19, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
For this week’s meeting, we will be hearing from Dr. Robert Goodby on Native American History of the Monadnock Region. Most of us know Dr. Goodby from Quest where he leads the Atlatl activity with a fascinating narrative.  We will also have the student of the month award and be initiating Stephanie Niemela into our club.
 
Thursday’s also marks the start of our club’s first international service project with four members traveling to Nicaragua with a bunch of Interact Club members.
 
Friday, we will be passing out Quest yearbooks at the Middle School.  Members are encouraged to be there at 0900 to cheer the campers along.
 
On Saturday Mike Shea is holding the spring roadside cleanup as part of a wider Earth Day observance.  As usual we will meet at West Rindge Builders near the Jaffrey-Rindge town line at 0800 and deploy for there.
 
Add to what is a busy week, the Board of Directors of our club met on Tuesday as did the Quest Committee.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
April 18th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Apr 15, 2017
 A donation to the Rindge Food Bank and a presentation about Mllipore, Inc were this week's features
 
      Dick and Kathy Isakson received a donation for the Rindge Food Bank
 
 
 
   

David Poggi and Flo Caouette gave a very interesting presentation on their employer, Millipore.

Millipore is one of the largest manufacturers of filters and filter systems in the world, employing more than a thousand people at the Jaffrey plant. They are a division of the German pharmaceutical company, Merck, which is still controlled by the family who founded the company in 1668. As a family controlled company they are very image conscious and support many outreach programs. The speakers described a Curiosity Labs program for middle school students which may be possible to integrate into our Quest program.

This week's Week's slide show features some names and pictures of the relatively new faces at the meeting. This is for us old people who have a hard time remembering names.

   The slide show

April 6th Meeting Harold Davis 2017-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 11, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Please all remember that we have no meeting this week because of the Easter holiday.  Owen Houghton will be at the Cathedral of the Pines singing for their annual sunrise service and several other Rotarians will be involved with parking cars so consider that if you are looking for a different way to enjoy the holiday.
 
Mike Shea is planning the spring roadside cleanup for Saturday, April 22nd as part of a wider Earth Day observance.  As usual we will meet at West Rindge Builders near the Jaffrey-Rindge town line at 0800 and deploy for there.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
April 11 message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 10, 2017
In a fellowship event arranged by Don Upton, the Club had the opportunity to tour the Microcatheter Facility.  We were hosted for a wonderful hour long tour of their state of the art extrusion line by Diane Fukuda and her sister Karen Wirin, co-founders of the company.  After getting dressed up in our clean suites we could saw the equipment in operations.
 
Click on more to see the extrusion line in operation.
 
Visit to Microcatheter Jim Banghart 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I am on my way back from Florida as this bulletin goes out and barring any complications will be back for Thursday’s meeting featuring Millepore.  Our speakers will be David Poggi, Site Head for Jaffrey Operations and Flo Caouette, Head of External Communications and Community Engagement.  It will provide us the opportunity to know more about the largest employer in our two-town area.
 
Club members are also invited to a tour of the Microcatheter Facility after the meeting.  Our Fellowship Chair, Don Upton, has arranged for this tour, which features some state of the art manufacturing equipment and facilities.  Our host for the tour will be Diane Fukuda, who spoke to us on March 2nd and who is hosting our in-bound exchange student, Sophia, so please greet her warmly when you see her.
 
We received a note from Reality Check today announcing two local concerts that benefit Reality Check, an opportunity to take in a concert and benefit that organization.  Go to http://www.realitychecknow.org, click on events, then scroll to 4/23 & 4/30 if interested.
 
In addition to the interesting and relevant talk and tour, you will all get next week off to recover from or extend your Easter holiday, as the case warrants.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
 
April 3rd message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney addressed the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary at its breakfast meeting Thursday (3/30), expressing her joy at returning to New Hampshire and the college she so enjoyed as an undergraduate Class of 1983.  Her power point presentation of campus life and educational opportunities for individual development as well as outlook for the future was very positive. The Monadnock community benefits from numerous programs and cultural events, and the University hosts Rotary meetings and QUEST in the summer for J-R-School District middle schoolers.
 
 
Kim Mooney was the speaker at the March 30th Meeting Jim Banghart 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 27, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we will be at FPU with an encore performance by Peter Davis, as meeting chair.  Our speaker will be the new President of Franklin Pearce, Kim Mooney. As host for most meetings, as our partner for Quest, and as the Jaffrey Chamber’s Charity of the Year, I hope we can give Kim, in her capacity as President of FPU, a very warm welcome.
 
Owen asked me to pass along this message from Anna Buller, Coordinator of the After-School Care Program for 50 kids in J-R School District.  The program is looking for adult mentors to volunteer to lead a specific class each week? It would be once a week for an hour to teach a specific thing like knitting, cooking, soccer, etc? Contact Anna at Monadnock Bible Conference at 532-8321l or abuller@monadnockbible.org if interested.  I am sure she would welcome a team of a few people if you would like to team volunteer as a team.  This program aligns well with Quest in its objective and expectations for mentors.
 
This week our club also received an invitation from Mary Drew introducing a New Educational Series.  The first lecture entitled, “ON FORGIVENESS" will be held this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Jaffrey Grade School - Music Room.  The speaker, Leaf Seligman, teaches a course in forgiveness and reconciliation at Keene State College, studies Nonviolent Communication and facilitates Alternatives to Violence Project workshops at a prison in Massachusetts.  I think you would agree that we could all benefit from a little more forgiveness.
 
Our meeting next week will include a talk from Millipore and for those interested there will be an opportunity to visit the Microcatheter facility after the meeting to see their state of the art manufacturing
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
March 28 message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 21, 2017
 
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
It has been pointed out to me by more than one member that I forgot to mention that this week's meeting is at FPU. 
 
I probably should have also mentioned that this past week was a sad one as we observed the passing of one of our most dedicated members, but I was pleased with the showing of our club.  Don Upton, as fellowship chair, coordinated a club response to the families and the turnout of the membership, and the community as a whole, was overwhelming. I have never seen a bigger turn-out in this town.
 
The picture below was of Matt the last time I saw him, at the memorial service for his Uncle, Gene Spinney.  It was a good memory of a side of Matt that we didn't see often.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
 
 
Special Bulletin addition Jim Banghart 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week’s meeting will be a club assembly, the first one in a few months.  Last month’s assembly was lost to a scheduling snafu.  The meeting will be under the leadership of Peter Davis.
 
We also have been trying to meet some of the Interact members once a month and we will have Paddy McCarthy and a few of them coming this week.
 
It will be the first time in a long while where will have committee reports and members will get a chance to see what goes on behind the meetings.  The lineup is:
  • Interact: Tom Doane and Paddy McCarthy
  • Membership: Bob Schaumann
  • Fellowship: Don Upton along with the announcement of a new event
  • Fundraising: Tammy Griffin
  • Public Relations: Owen Houghton
  • International Programs: Travis Kumph
  • Student of the Month: Tom Doane
 
Next week we will be back at FPU with a long-awaited chance to hear from the new President of Franklin Pearce, Kim Mooney.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
March 21st message from the President 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Mar 16, 2017

March 16 Meeting

 

      Our speaker this week was Jon Frederick, the new Town Manager for Jaffrey. He had only been on the job for eight days, so was not in a position to discuss current town problems. Instead he told us about his background. He went to the Coast Guard Academy for three years and then went on active duty, retiring after 20 years. After that he received a Masters in public administration from the University of New Hampshire. Arriving in Jaffrey after being town manager for three small towns in Aroostook County Maine – a very challenging job.

      Jon and his family are very New Hampshire centric. He currently has an offer on a house in Jaffrey. His daughter is a mechanical engineering graduate from UNH and his son is at Norwich.They are looking forward to being back in New Hampshire 

     He is very impressive and I think a great addition to Jaffrey.

Jon Frederick, the new Town Manager for Jaffrey Harold Davis 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 14, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Please remember that this week’s meeting will be at Woodbound
 
Our speaker is Jon Frederick, the new Town Manager for Jaffrey.  We are glad to have the opportunity to meet and hear from Jon but also to give him the opportunity for him to get to know our club and hear what we have to say.
 
If you haven’t had a chance to complete the Membership Satisfaction Survey, please consider doing so soon.  We still have a few members who haven’t paid their January dues, so please do so to make things easier on our Treasurer’s.
 
Next week we will be back at FPU for a club assembly where we will be hearing committee reports so you can see what is happening at that level.  We have not had committee reports in over a year and I hope you will appreciate what is happening behind the scenes.  To make our club work, there is a lot that has to happen beyond our weekly meetings.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
March 14th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 07, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week is one I always look forward to, the week we pass out the Quest yearbooks.  It is fun to look back at the kids and remember the experiences we all shared with them.  It is what sets our club above most others and should make us all proud.
 
This week’s speaker is David Wheeler, the Executive Council member for our area.  Remember, issues you have with Donald Trump and the Federal Government are off limits for this meeting, partially because this is NH State politics but also because we only have a half hour or so the discussion.
 
If you haven’t had a chance to complete the Membership Satisfaction Survey, please consider doing so soon.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
March 7th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Mar 02, 2017
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March 2 2017 Meeting Pictures

Our speaker this week was Diane Fukuda. At the age of 65 she realized a life long dream by founding  Microcatheter Components in Jaffrey. The company extrudes high precision super small tubes with wall thicknesses less than the diameter of a human hair. They are using a specialized machine imported from Italy.

Here's a link to an excellent article on the company

    http://www.nhbr.com/November-25-2016/Jaffrey-firm-advances-microcatheter-production/

An example of the tubing
 
This weeks slide Show - CLICK HERE
02/28/2017 Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 28, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
After our week off I will be even happier to see all of your smiling faces at Thursday’s meeting. 
 
The speaker this week will be Diane Fukuda, Founder and CEO of Microcatheter.  She will tell us about her company and its exciting products and technology.  Bob Schaumann tells me she is considering becoming a member of the club so please make her feel welcome.
 
Next week our speaker is David Wheeler, the Executive Council member for our area, so you have a week to prepare for any issues you might want to bring up.  Trump issues are off limits for this meeting, partially because this is NH State politics but also because we only have a half hour or so the discussion.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
February 28th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 21, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
We had a small turnout last week for what was a great speaker, sorry so many of you missed it, apparently because of the snow.  It is good time to mention that even though Rotary no longer has an attendance requirement, we love to see as many members as possible at each meeting.  More is always better.
 
Please all be reminded that this week we have no meeting because of President’s Day.  You can think about me, as your Club President, on Thursday morning if you feel the absence of a meeting.
 
Next week we will have Diane Fukuda, Founder and CEO of Microcatheter as our speaker.  She will tell us about her company and its exciting products and technology.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Feb 21st message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Feb 16, 2017

Feb 16 2017 Meeting

Lot's of pictures this week, but without Brad's very clever commentary

Our Guests this week

This week's speaker was Len Sandler who is a professor at BU, an author, and a presenter at leadership seminars. He showed a fascinating slideshow of a couple who met in France during World War II. She was a socialite who became very active in the French resistance and was eventually captured, but survived. She met an American officer during the war, and they married right after the German surrender. He further described their move to the US and subsequent raising a family.
 
 
Sofia Telavera from Santa Cruz Bolivia. Sofia is a very attractive and pleasant young lady who is an exchange student at Conant this year:
 
 
Feb 16, 2017 Meeting pictures Harold Davis 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 14, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Valentine’s day to you all.  Despite the holiday this week, we do have a meeting.
 
By all accounts Peter Davis did great in my absence, he got the meeting cancelled without any fanfare.  There are rumors that Bernie Hampsey might have played a part in this after the Patriots win earlier in the week.  Bill Raymond is working to get last week’s speaker, Val Zanchuck back in March to tell us about Graphicast and his thoughts on the NH workforce.
 
Our speaker this week is Len Sandler, a professor at BU’s School of management who has led nearly 3,000 leadership seminars for many Fortune 500 companies.  He will talk about his 7th book, this one about a fascinating WW2 couple captured by the Germans and lived to tell their story.  You can get a copy of the book signed by him at the meeting if you are so inclined. 
 
Next week is a club assembly.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Feb 14th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 06, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I apologize that I will not be at this week’s meeting but I leave you in the able, if not better, hands of Peter Davis.
 
At this week’s meeting, we will hear from Val Zanchuck, the owner and President of Graphicast who will tell us about his company and he will also note some issues he sees with the NH workforce.  I encouraged you to google Val or the company and see some interesting material.  What fascinates me is how a high-tech company, located in Jaffrey, could be ranked as one of the top 10 employers in the state.
 
Our speaker next week is Len Sandler, a professor at BU’s School of management who has led nearly 3,000 leadership seminars for many Fortune 500 companies.  He will talk about his 7th book, this one about a fascinating WW2 couple captured by the Germans who lived to tell their story.  You can get a copy of the book signed by him at the meeting if you are so inclined. 
 
We are trying to upgrade our speakers by getting more local businesses and intellectual speakers, Val is the first of the former, and Len is the second of the later, following Fred Rogers.  Let our new speaker coordinator, Nat Peirce or any board member, know what you think.   If you have any better ideas for speakers, let us know.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Feb 7th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad White on Feb 02, 2017
 
 
0745-Call to order. 
 
Guest Speaker:  
 
 
Guests:
  • Bethany Hector-Conant High School Interact Club representative for 2017 Nicaragua trip-they are trying to raise the $2500. for building materials for house and stove.
Awards:
  • Randy Morse-Foundation Benefactor-as a result of donation to Rotary International
    • He and his wife reviewed their end of year giving and felt RI was a worthy recipient.  There research showed the .95/dollar goes to Rotary International projects with only .5/dollar spent on Admin.
Happy Fines:
  • Bernie-$5 for Patriots/Peter Davis return after TKA, new car/Patriots
  • Sheila-Interact, Pete Davis, Randy
  • Randy-forgot his pin under which to hang his new one/Meagan Wheeler (scholarship award-future leaders)
  • Peter Davis-
  • Peter Russell-Rotary in Key Largo
  • John McC.--Saturday school district deliberative session/Peter Davis
  • Tammy-Peter Davis
  • Jed-forgot my pin/Peter Davis/
  • Clay Hollister-4 feet accumulated snow on the mountain(now gone)
  • Andy Lawn-long snowmobile trip/son back in US/Patriots
  • Harold-brother/Randy/
  • Gail T.-husband/everyone in her life
  • Bob Schaumann--Interact Club
  • Tom D.--Interact
Announcements:
  • Rindge Deliberative session. Rindge resident Rotarians please come and protect Chief Todd Muilenberg.
  • Mary Drew-Reality Check-she is building her database. Please consider supporting her nonprofit in any way you can if you are concerned about the opioid epidemic and the havoc it is wreaking in our communities.
Guest Speaker:
  • Introduction:  Nathaniel Pierce--Board of Directors at Brantwood Camp.
  • Started 1904--check out the link to website.  Taken over by St. Mark's School in 1920's.  They have $11.5 million endowment and must raise ~125K/year to bridge the financial gap. St. Mark's still involved.
  • Core Values
    • Honesty
    • Loyalty
    • Good Sportsmanship
    • Cooperation
    • Unselfishness
    • Respect (self, others, environment)
  • Facilities--Boys (187) and Girls (194) Camps.  60-63 campers/session.
  • Staff--most are former campers.  ~18-20 at each camp.  
 
2/2/2017-Breakfast Meeting Brad White 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 01, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Last week saw the bio’s of Misty and Mike, which were well worth the long wait.  We found that Mike probably came further than anyone to be a member of our club and his dedication to perfection shows up in many endeavors beyond Rotary while Misty has distinguished herself in public service going well beyond what she has contributed to our club.  She has an incredible CV for her age as Brad White points out in covering last week’s meeting for the bulletin and website.
 
This week will have the Executive Director of Camp Brantwood, Kevin Mitrano to pass along his wisdom on running a summer camp.  Located in nearby Greenfield and serving needy boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15, his talk should be very relevant to our club.
 
Next week we will hear from Val Zanchuck, the owner and President of Graphicast who will tell us about his company and he will also note some issues e sees with the NH workforce.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
January 31st message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad White on Jan 26, 2017
12 hrs before heading to London President Banghart calls the meeting to order.
Jaffrey Rindge Middle School Principal Susan Shaw-Sarles, Student of the Month Mia Boyd and family, and him.
 
 
Guests:
 
Susan Sarles introducing Mia Boyd and family. Student Council for 3 years:
  •  "110%er".
  • adjective/superlative salad
  • 2 years Destination Imagination-->Global Finals.  
  • She and her sister started cookie baking business--->purchase presents for others.
  • ...
 
 
Announcements:
 
Travis K.--River House support petition.
  • Nat-speaker suggestions??
  • Feb 12--Norway Pond festival singers(featuring...you guessed it)
  • James B.
    • new members needed.  If they can fog a mirror, we want 'em.  Or something like that.
    • Joe Manning-Jaffrey Citizen of Year!!  
    • Fill out questionnaires from Mary Drew last week.
 
Happy Fines:
Sheila-Patriots, Bernie and Steelers (Condolences)
Bob S-Mia.
Kathleene-teachers
Tom D.-student of month and Joe M.
Matt B.-Joe, Patriots,..
Sam- Student of the Month
Bruce E.-wife in march, and Student of Month
John McC.-SOM, climate change(sort of)
Bernie-Patriots, Steelers, SOM
Bill R.-SOM, Patriots, Sheila B.,
Helene R.-Washinton D.C. march
Randy M.-SOM and her parents.  Bernie. Travis Kumpf-upcoming Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Chairman
Don U.-SOM and family
Joe M.-families and importance thereof
 
Biographies:
 
 
The following are markedly condensed--see biographers for details.
 
Mike Shea-(Bio delivered by Misty Start).  Born in Alaska. Father was in Navy at the time. Relocated to Pittsburgh but unlike Bernie did not become a Steeler's fan (editor's note: at least he didn't confess to it).  JGS and JRMS->Lawrence Academy-->UNH Business degree.  Current Chairman of Board and Executive VP at Belletette's,  and on Board of Trustee's at Monadnock Community Hospital.   He was very active for many years in competitive bodybuilding, coached youth sports locally for ~15 years, is a Past President of NH Lumber Association, ....and was the 4th President of JRRC.  
 
Misty Smart--delivered by Mike Shea.  Born Rockport, ME.  Worked 4 years in high school, 4-sport athlete, active in "Key Club" (Kiwanis at HS level-similar to Interact), Trekkers (outdoor-based mentoring), music and others.  Misty continues to be involved as a mentor.  In addition, despite having near 60 fewer candles on her cake than Joe Manning, she has a few more items on her CV:
 
  • 2011 B.A. from Franklin Pierce University in Political Science
    •  Tennis/Rugby/ Student Government/Interfaith Ministries at FPU.
  • Started career with nonprofit in Maine at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • 2012 moved to India and worked with large non-profit
    • not all work however as she was able to hike to base camp of Everest.
  • Currently:
    • serves on Habitat for Humanty Search Committee
    • works as Experience Director at FPU for incoming students and is working on her Master's.
    • Tackling Appalachian Trail as a "section hiker". Does anyone know her trail name???
    • Working to transition to Leadership at a nonprofit for youth.
 
***See slide show!!  Hover over each photo for full textual commentary or hit "start slideshow" to play it(some text may be cut off)!!
 
 
 
01/26/2017--Breakfast Meeting Brad White 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 24, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
We are back at FPU this week for the long-awaited biographies of Mike Shea and Misty Start.
 
It was a great weekend in New England as a result of the Patriots victory over the Steelers.  At this week’s meeting please take it easy on Bernie Hampsey, our only professed Steelers fan.  Other than his bad taste in teams, Bernie is really a great member of our club.
 
Next week will have the Executive Director of Camp Brantwood, Kevin Mitrano to pass along his wisdom on running a summer camp.  Located in nearby Greenfield and serving needy boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15, his talk should be very relevant to our club.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
January 24th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 17, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Please all remember that we have no meeting this week because of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  I am tempted to go over to FPU on Thursday and give demerits to all that show for not reading my carefully crafted weekly messages.  But then, if you are reading this, you should not benefit by this warning.
 
We are back at FPU next week and will get the long-awaited bios of Mike Shea and Misty Start.  I think this will be at least our 4th meeting with this expectation so it may be the most publicized meeting in our history.  How can any of us miss this.
 
We had a healthy Board of Directors meeting this morning in which, among other things, we had Bob Schaumann present to discuss membership.  We had two members resign at year end, Bill Janoch and Rudy Rosalez which matches the two new members we have initiated this year.  This is a very convenient time to suggest that you consider friends, neighbors or work associates for membership.  The nomination of new potential members is everyone’s responsibility.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
January 17th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jan 12, 2017

SPEAKER MEETING JAN 12 2017

This month’s speaker meeting featured an effective presentation by Jaffrey native Mary Drew, Director of Reality Check.  This new non-profit specializes in education and prevention initiatives funded by the National Drug Council.  Located in the former Shelter From The Storm house at 21 Goodnow Street in Jaffrey, the program offers drug and alcohol education. Mary’s experiences and training for this position add credibility to her dreams of bringing a recovery resource center to the area.  

She is a very impressive woman with some great goals. Jaffrey is lucky to have her.

Description is by Owen Houghton. Fewer pictures than usual because I had the wrong camera.

Link to the few pictures

SPEAKER MEETING JAN 12 2017 Harold Davis 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 10, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
After two weeks with not seeing our members together I hope you are all looking forward to our first meeting of 2017.  We will be meeting at the Wodbound Inn for the last time this season.
 
Our speaker is Mary Drew.  She is the founder of Reality Check, and will tell us about that organization.  I don’t want to steal any of Mary’s thunder but as an organization set up to help local people with drug and alcohol problems, it is an organization we should all know about if not support.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
January 10th message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 03, 2017
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year all.  I know it is a new year but if this is like prior years it will likely take me a month before I use 2017 reliability when I write dates.
 
You should all know that we have no meeting this week and will be back at Woodbound next week.  I hope the two week stretch without a meeting is not too stressful for you, I seem to be doing OK so far.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Jan 3rd message from the President Jim Banghart 2017-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 22, 2016
Officers for next year are:
 
President: Peter Davis
President Elect: Travis Kumph
Vice President: Bob Schauman
Secretary: Randy Morse
Treasurer: Bill Raymond
Immediate Past President: Jim Banghart
Sargent at Arms: Tom Bennett
Board Members:
Gail Therault
Bernie Hampsey
John McCarthy
Brad White
Club Elects next year's officers at our December 22nd meeting Jim Banghart 2016-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 20, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I am glad to be back in town and I look forward to seeing you all for what is normally one of our most festival meetings: breakfast at Woodbound ala Rudy with a seasonal atmosphere aided by the Conant Glee Club.  But we also have the election of next year’s officers and a student of the month.  Hard to believe it is the last meeting of the year.
 
I was sorry to hear about John Peard, our first Non-Rotarian Paul Harris award winners, as his obituary proudly states.  He was a good benefactor to our communities.
 
I am also sorry to hear that our PE, Peter Davis, is still recovering from his knee surgery at Good Shephard.  I have been trying to get over to see him and hope to have a better report on Peter at our meeting.  We need him to be at his best on July 1st, so I will be patient with the recovery.
 
I hope you all remember that we have no meeting next week because of Christmas and none the following week because of New Years.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Dec 20th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad White on Dec 15, 2016
The usual excellent spread put on by Rudy Rosario and his staff at The Woodbound Inn brought out the masses, early of course, on the coldest day of the year while our fearful JRRC President was basking in the sun a few latitudes south of Rindge.
-0730-->heading to the trough
Call to Order-Bill Raymond
 
Invocation
  • Helene Rodgers
 
 
Guests
  • Matt Bergeron's son Christopher
  • Guest Speaker Joe Byk
 
 
Announcements
  • Letter read by Bill Raymond from Santa
  • Jed Brummer-Tony Hague ("Mr. Shattuck") lost his home in Florida to fire.  Currently living with his son in Florida. To help account set up at TD Bank for donations.
  • Owen Houghton-free dinner tonight at United Church Jaffrey.  Sadie and the 4-H group is cooking setting up, etc.
  • Sadie Halliday-630p tonight Mary Drew and Reality Check presenting at Jaffrey Fire Dept.
 
 
Happy Fines
  • Sheila B.-new teenager in Bergeron family
  • Bernie H.-Joe Byk
  • Gail T.-husband, Matt
  • Joe Manning-Christopher Bergeron
  • Tom B.-John McCarthy--> Tom's daughter in South America
  • John McCarthy-last 6 birdseed wreaths available
  • Nat P.-Happy Holidays
  • Kathleene C.-healing service in Richmond.  Lord alive and well!
  • Tom Doane-Interact.  
  • Helene R.-Christopher B. and moving on her "fostered" cats
  • others...
 
 
Guest Speakers
  • Introduction-Bill Januch.  Met him 20+ years ago in Peterborough
  • Joe Byk-lawyer for many years.  Public Service-10+ years as Selectman in Peterborough.
    • Public Sector vs. Private Sector
    • Been on the job for 4.5 months now.
    • Trying to understand the culture of Rindge v. Peterborough.  Not better or worse. Just different.
    • Budget flat last 4 years.
    • Navigating the challenges and opportunities of the "Right to Know" law.
    • His role includes balancing the interests of the Select Board, the staff and the taxpayers.
 
***Jed Brummer asks that you check out his real passion at JIRA.
 
 
12/15/2016-Breaking the Fast Meeting Brad White 2016-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 12, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week’s meeting will again feature Bill Raymond as meeting chair.  He told me after the last meeting that, “Nobody got hurt and I didn't drool or anything.”  So, he has earned an encore.  I think you all must have been too easy on him.
 
Our speaker is Joe Byk the new Town Administrator for Rindge.  This will be an open discussion where he will tell us all what he sees as the challenges and opportunities for the town but he will also be open to suggestions on what we might like to happen.  Jaffrey residents, don’t be aloof, not only is Rindge our neighbor but we will likely get a chance like this of our own in the future and can treat this as a practice session.
 
Please, remember that the next three meetings will be at Woodbound.  Make sure you offer Rudy some kind words when you see him.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
December 13th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 09, 2016
Quest received $2500 from the New Hampshire's speedway children's charities. It was given at the palace theater in Manchester Thursday, received by Dave Tower and Bill Raymond.
 
Large Grant from NH Speedway to our Quest Program Jim Banghart 2016-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 06, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week’s meeting will feature Bill Raymond as meeting chair.  Our speaker is Roy Baldwin, Director of the Monadnock Bible Conference.  He will speak on several collaborative projects they have, some here in Jaffrey-Rindge, and one in Haiti.  I am on another charity board with Roy and have always been impressed with his willingness to serve others.  His attitude lines up with what Rotary is all about.  I am sorry I will miss this meeting.
 
There has been some confusion about next week’s meeting because it had been on our calendar to be at FPU but was moved to Woodbound just a few weeks ago, and corrected on our website just last week.  So be advised that meetings for 12/15 and 12/22 will be at Woodbound, as will our first meeting in January.
 
Ironically, as we moved the meeting from FPU, we are hoping to have Dr. Kim Mooney, FPU’s new President, as our speaker next week, pending her availability.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
December 6th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brad White on Dec 01, 2016
0744-Sheila Bergeron, immediate Past President, calls the meeting to order with a newly restored bell. Thanks to Randy Morse!
 
Guest:
 
Fred Rodgers, speaker of the day, with a big assist from Dr. Tom Bennett who ran all over campus tracking down a projector.
 
Announcements:
 
Clay Hollister- Annual Meeting of Park Theater-tonight, 5-7p at Jaffrey Women's Club
Tom Doane-grab thank you notes for auction
Randy Morse-donator list for raffle (27 JRRC members total).
The big hitters were...
  • Misty Start
  • Tom Doane
Bill Raymond-Sat at Unitarian Church Peterborough, Messiah, 7p
Owen Houghton-Roy Baldwin of Monadnock Bible Conference-presentation on after school program and Haiti Mission
Susan Emerson-FOX and Friends this AM.  Wreaths donated individually for Arlington Cemetery. 15./wreath.
 
Happy Fines:
 
  • Nat-Bill Raymond's birthday
  • Joe Manning-$$ 
  • Harold Davis-Peter Davis recovering from TKA.
  • Bill Anders-Bell restored by Randy Morse.  Tom and Misty
  • Matt Bergeron-trash pickup with Owen H. and Helen Redding CD
  • Randy Morse-Bill R birthday and newspaper photos
  • Owen Houghton-picking up trash with Matt B!  Bernie $$ for Summerhill ad.
  • T Griffin-missed meetings and Misty/Tom
  • Gail T-wonderful people, husband, Thanksgiving
  • John McCarthy-Fred Rogers, Bill R. etc.
  • Joe Manning-guy walks into a bar.....
  • Jed Brummer-Tom Bennett, Peter Davis, Helene Rodgers
  • Bruce Edwards-missed trash pickup, Lehigh with daughter and twins(butt kicked by UNH), Peter Davis
  • Bill Raymond-71 yrs young today, trash pickup,
  • Helene Rodgers-speaker for today 
  • Clay Hollister-winter upon the mountain, just not this AM
  • Bill Janoch-Bill R., Fred Rodgers,...
  • Tom Doane-Bond Wellness Center new member (Bernie Hampsey)
  • Bob Schumann-trash pickup and Peppermint Whiskey
  • Bernie Hampsey-Al Clapp 92 yo birthday yesterday.  Photo with his wife. UNH football victory.
  • Sheila Bergeron-birthdays, unsung heroes of JRRC, ...
 
Speaker:
 
Introduced by Dr. Fred Rodgers. Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce University
 
  • Schist/Gneiss/Granite-3 major rock types in our region.
  • Time Scales-Palaeozoic/Mezozoic/Caneozoic
    • Clearly he is not a "new earther".
    • Orogeny (one of his favorite words) not erogeny.
    • Mt. Monadnock probably 20, 000 ft originally.
      • Don't take your wife (husband, friends, ...) for granite,
      • Or treat her (them) like schist,
      • 'cause it's not gneiss!!
December 1, 2016-Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood Brad White 2016-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 29, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
As I sit down to write this I am in Florida and am finding the weather a bit too warm for my liking.  I hope your concerns on the weather are no worse than mine.
 
This week’s meeting will feature an encore performance by Shelia as meeting chair and an intellectual discussion on the Geology of the Monadnock Region by Helene’s husband, Mr. Fred Rodgers.  I really like this speaker and subject and regret I will not be there with you.  I have tried to encourage more intellectual topics and speakers and will miss the first one that fits my preference.
 
If you see members of the Raffle Party Committee at the meeting, pass along your appreciation for giving our club the capacity to make an increased presence in our communities that the success of the event will allow.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 29th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 21, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
As I sit down to write this I am still at a loss to know what happened to last week’s bulletin and I apologize to you all.  Perhaps that is why I only had one taker for the after meeting ClubRunner tutorial.
 
As you look through this bulletin take the time to click on the slide show from last week’s meeting.  The pictures are OK, but Brad’s subtitles are worth the read.  You shouldn’t be eating or drinking when you watch it or you might make a mess.
 
The Roadside Cleanup on Saturday went smoothly.  Mike Shea did his normal great job of organizing, it was a great day, and the 15 Rotarians and nearly 20 volunteers in total made this go quick enough for Mike to get to his tee-time.
 
I don’t think anyone will have trouble remembering that we have no meeting on Thursday this week.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take at least a moment to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.
 
Next week we have Mr. Rogers speaking.  The topic is Geology of the Monadnock Region.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 22nd message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 17, 2016
We received this email from Lauren's mother after today's meeting which I thought was nice in showing that while we have this program to honor and encourage students, it leaves a good impression about our club with the parents and teachers."
 
"Good morning, Thank you again to the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary for breakfast this morning and for honoring my daughter, Lauren. She is really a great kid and was thrilled to hear of the nomination. It was also nice to hear a little bit about what the organization does for the community this morning. I guess I was unaware about the full scope of your mission previously."
Thank you note from Lauren's mother Jim Banghart 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Roadside Cleanup moved up to start at 9:00 rather than 10:00. Jim Banghart 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Sorry all for an earlier bulletin with no content, I do not know how that happened but thank you for telling me when it does.
 
I hope you all enjoyed your week off from Rotary, I missed having a meeting.
 
This week we have a club assembly and have a sufficiently full agenda that we for us to put off the long-awaited bios of Mike Shea and Misty Start until January. 
 
At this week’s meeting:
  • We will welcome the Student of the Month, from JR Middle School.
  • We have the induction of a new member.
  • We would like to hear from you on what went well and what didn’t at the Raffle Party.
  • Bill Raymond will report on the raffle results.
  • You will have the opportunity to make nominations for next year’s officers.
 
There will be an opportunity for a tutorial on navigating ClubRunner for those who want to stay after.
 
The Roadside Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday morning and the weather looks to cooperate.  The day may start a little chilly so Mike Shea has moved the starting time back to 10:00.  We will be meeting at West Rindge Builders.  The event is as much a bonding experience as it is a service project so I hope you can make it.
 
By the way, be sure to click on the more pictures logo in blue at the bottom of the Raffle Party segment to see all the pictures from the event.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 15th message from the President 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 08, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
It was a great event on Friday, obvious even before I heard any results.  Bill Raymond reports, that it was our best raffle ever, with income well above $18,000.  Congratulations to you all, but especially Peter Davis and his committee.  I feel compelled to single out a few members who went over and above, but my better judgment prevails, fearing I might leave someone out.  Tom Doane has posted pictures from the event on our home page so you might want to go through those.
 
Clay did a wonderful job on both the selection and award to our annual service award winner, Lorna Letourneau.  The text of his message is posted on our home page as well.  What a great story on how a regular person can make such a difference and reach so many.
 
I am also glad to report that our Quest presentation to the School Board by Tom Bennett on Monday evening was awesome.  Over half of the public present were Rotarians.
 
With such a successful week, I am going to give you all this Thursday off.  We have no meeting, because of the Veteran’s Holiday. Let's all do what we can to honor our war heros on Friday.
 
In two weeks, we have a club assembly.
 
It was the greatest week for our club during my time as a member, and I am both humbled and honored to stand up as your President.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 8th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Doane on Nov 06, 2016
 
We did it again! Planning started in March, auction items and door prizes started arriving in July, tickets went out in September and on Friday 11-4 we ate, drank and raised a lot of money for Rotary. Just think we have 14 weeks before we need to start planning for next year.
 
 
Bruce I told you the trip is to France not Francestown !
 
 

PHOTOS OF THIS TERRIFIC EVENT 

 
2106 Fundraiser Tom Doane 2016-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
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 LORNA LETOURNEAU: the 2016 Service Award winner.
 
So that I do not have to keep saying “this person”, I am telling you right up front, the recipient is a lady.    And, as you will find out, quite a lady at that!
Born in the Monadnock region, she went to Keene State and set her life on the path of education.  Right from the start, she saw a need and went about filling.  Rindge needed a kindergarten and she rolled up her sleeves and started one; the first in the town. 
But more needed to be done so she moved into Rindge Memorial School and spent 22 years there as a teacher -  an outstanding teacher, loved and admired by all who worked with her and were taught by her.
Most of us would consider 22 years teaching elementary kids a career and a half! But she had grown up in a Christian family and had always had the desire to someday go on a mission.  So, in order to become better prepared for a mission should one come her way, she spent two years in Oklahoma at a Bible college.
She returned to New England and started working as a substitute teacher in the area high schools.  What caught her attention in these schools, were the kids who sat in the back, the kids who did not fit in, who had trouble with class work, socializing …kids who were on the path of dropping out or being kicked out.
She was inspired to try and do something to help these children and their families.  Her inspiration and thus her mission was to start an alternative school: A school to focus solely on the needs of such children by providing them with close academic and social attention, and a sense of order and respect and love. 
She did up a plan and with the help of a friend, took it to the NH Dept. of Education and in 1990, it was approved.  A new school was born!
From one small room and one teacher, this school now has a fine faculty and some 50 students.  It is a fully accredited non-profit HS offering small classes, lots of individual attention, and a requirement that each student have a job and work 20 hrs a week.  Daily, the Principal talks to the students about love, forgiveness, responsibility and friendship and how God is always with them. 
Today, over 700 students have attended this school with a graduation rate of 98%.  These once troubled students go on to college, and trade schools become teachers, nurses, business people, builders, electricians, well as soldiers in all branches of our military.  They do not drop out, they learn academics, they learn a work ethic and they learn to succeed. 
Many students return to visit, to tell the Principal how they are doing or what may be challenging them in their lives.  And they never leave the Principal’s office without a word of encouragement and a prayer.
What is the amazing school? It is our own Victory High School and the founder is still working as the Principal. Our Service Award winner; LORNA LETOURNEAU!
Clay Hollister   11/4/2016
 
 
Excerpt from Clay Hollister's presentation speech.
 
 
2016 Service Award winner; LORNA LETOURNEAU! 2016-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 01, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Interact has their initiation ceremony tonight from 6:00 until 8:00 at the Shattuck.  You are all encouraged to attend to show support.  Dress is jacket and tie for men.
 
I have been asked to remind you all that the District Expo is being held in Nashua on November 10th.  If you are interested in attending, you can go to the district site to get tickets which has a link from our home page.
 
I shouldn’t need to remind you that the Raffle Party on Friday night is our biggest fundraiser of the year and needs the support of all members.  We have 3 great trips in the raffle which you should play up to the extent you can.  There will be some times during the event when we need to try and quiet down the crowd and at these times I ask you to do what you can, wherever you are, to help with this effort.  We are looking for someone to take pictures at the event so let me know if you are willing so we don’t have to press our regulars into more service.
 
Todd Muilelenberg is our speaker this week.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 1st message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 25, 2016
 
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This Thursday, Travis Kumph will provide a brief outline of the proposed Rotarian Nicaragua trip that will take place this coming April. Additionally, we will hear from Rebecca Hervieux, a horticulturist living in Nicaragua and board member of Travis' organization, FNE International. Joining her will be Leysman Mendez, a Nicaraguan native and director of SosteNica, another non-profit dedicated to empowering Nicaraguans through sustainable social development. The two will discuss their various efforts regarding housing, eco-stoves, community health, education, and agriculture in rural Nicaraguan communities.  If you are interested in an international service trip this will be your best opportunity to hear about it.
 
If you have any family members or friends that might want to make the trip, you should invite them as your guest for the meeting.  The trip is open to more than just Rotarians.
 
As I explained in last week’s message and during the meeting, this Monday was World Polio Day.  Following is the link to a video put out by Rotary and the US Center for Disease Control, if you have the time and inclination.
 
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
October 25th Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you letter from Watatic Grange Jim Banghart 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 18, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
After a week off I look forward to our weekly meeting even more than normal and I look forward to seeing you all.  This week’s meeting will feature the bios of Harold Davis and Nat Peirce and a visit by our Assistant District Governor (ADG), Dale Gabel.  Give Dale a warm welcome when you see him.
 
I suspect most of you are unaware that October 24th is World Polio Day, something that resonates with all Rotarians and our efforts to eradicate this terrible disease.  The day commemorates the birth of Jonas Salk, the developer of a polio vaccine.  I encourage you all to play that up in your exchanges this week to increase awareness.
 
I mentioned before that the District Expo is being held on November 10th from 6-9PM at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. It will have some speakers on the Foundation that are claimed to be “outstanding quality”.  If you are interested, you can talk to our ADG this week and get your tickets from him.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
October 18th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 11, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Despite what appeared to be low sign-ups, our club had a good showing at the Scarecrows this past weekend.  The results of the event can’t be missed by even the most casual observer.
 
You all got an email from Travis showing the raffle prizes donated so far.  Let that be an encouragement to you all.  We are all expected to come up with something and we are just over three weeks to go.  Of course ticket sales should also be nearing completion.
 
Remember we have no meeting this week because of the Columbus Day holiday.  If you forget this and meet 4 other equally forgetful members, please take attendance and give it to Gail and you will get credit.  Just remember, you have to pay for the breakfast.
 
Next week we have the bios of Harold Davis and Nat Peirce.  Our Assistant District Governor, Dale Gabel will also be joining us.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
October 11 message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 04, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This weekend is Scarecrow weekend in Jaffrey, and we have some volunteers working the hay pit and some serving chili.  We can use additional help so let us know if you are available.  Our sponsorship for the event provided us with 15 tickets to build a scarecrow that we are trying to get to needy families.  If you know of any, let me know and we will get them the tickets.
 
Our speaker this week is Eric Poor, an accomplished journalist and author.  A short bio is available on our website but if you do an internet search on him you will be impressed by his achievements.  I am looking forward to his talk.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
October 4 message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Sep 29, 2016

   9/29/2016 Meeting

 

 Bernie Hampsey gave a warm introduction of our speaker, Jack Wozmak. Jack is currently manager of the Keene Airport after a series of many hot seat jobs. He was very positive about the economic development aspects of the airport – both by increasing air traffic and using some of the land at the airport for economic development. The airport is quite busy but there is still room for expansion on the extra land. Current examples include a restaurant and potentially, a state driver's test center.

Previously, Jack was drug czar for New Hampshire. He stressed the need for more treatment centers and long-range recovery programs. Currently when a user gets out of the emergency room, jail or detox, there is no place for him to go. He said due to economic restraints and political will that there are not enough treatment centers. This contrast with the old days when there were many options.

As a former County Commissioner, he also had a strong opinion on Maplewood, the county assisted living facility. He thought that the facility would be perfectly adequate with a few modest improvements, and that it was not necessary to spend money on a new building elsewhere.

 
 There will be a raffle!!!
 
Pictures from the September 29th Meeting Harold Davis 2016-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 27, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Since our last meeting, summer has ended and we have had our first frost.  I hope you enjoy the New England fall as much as I do.
 
As we discussed at last week’s meeting I hope you are thinking of raffle items and working at selling your raffle tickets.
 
Signups for the Scarecrow hay pit and chili serving remains light and I hope we can do more there.
 
Our speaker this week is John Wozmak, who has been on and off our speaker list for the best part of a year.  We will finally get the opportunity to hear what he has to say about drug issues in NH and other things.
 
At the district level the Rotarian lead for the 3-week Global Study Exchange to India has been chosen, but they are still looking for non-Rotarians between the ages of 25 and 40 to participated in this program.  Air-fare and accommodations are provided.  If you know of anyone, let me know.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
September 27  Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 20, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This is a good time to be putting together programs and packages that we can use at the Raffle Party, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Don Upton and Bill Raymond have some good ideas that they will share at this week’s meeting and as you listen to them, see if you can come up with comparable offerings.
 
Signups for the Scarecrow hay pit was light at last week’s meeting so check your availability for a two-and-a-half-hour stint on October 8th watching the kids put together their scarecrows.
 
This week we will hear the Bio’s of our newest member Misty Start and past President Mike Shea.  We are going to have to go a little deeper into Misty’s background than we did on our last Bio (Jo Manning) because she only has about a fourth of the timeline that Andy had to work with on Jo’s.  I am looking forward to both.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
September 20 message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
JR Rotary Team supports Monadnock Community Hospital Jim Banghart 2016-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 19, 2016
 
                           Sophia Talavera from Bolivia
 
At our September 15th meeting, John McCarthy our Youth Exchange Coordinator, introduced Sophia Talavera, our 2016-17 inbound student from the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Sophia is from a southern Bolivia.  She is currently living with Heidi and Andrew Graff and their twin daughters.  Heidi accompanied Sophia to our meeting.
JR Rotary welcomes our Inbound Exchange Student Jim Banghart 2016-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 19, 2016
 
For the clubs efforts in mounting, and then putting up and taking down the No Parking signs for the fireworks festival the club was awarded a $1,500 donation from the Jaffrey Fireworks Festival Committee at a September 14th ceremony at Silver Ranch.  Collectively the nearly 700 signs covered about 12 miles of roads around the airpark.  Shown above is club President, Jim Banghart, receiving the check from event chairperson, Cathy Furz.
JR Rotary accepts donation from the Fireworks Festival Jim Banghart 2016-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 19, 2016
 
Melanie McDonald, Executive Director of Team Jaffrey was the speaker at our September 15th meeting.  Melanie told us of all the program that Team Jaffrey is involved in, some new this year, many ongoing as yearly traditions.  She showed a video of the events they have sponsored in the last year.  She had a quiz show, and handed out tee-shits for correct answers.  Collectively these events make the downtown area a more vibrant focal point of the town.  
 
The next major event, scheduled for October 8th, is the annual "Scarecrows on the Common" where our club, with help from the Conant High School Interact Club, will work in the hay pit.
 
At the meeting the club also made a donation to Team Jaffrey to help support the Scarecrows.
Team Jaffrey Presents at the September Meeting Jim Banghart 2016-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 13, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This will be our first meeting of the academic season so we will be meeting at FPU.  Our speaker will be Melanie McDonald, and she will get us up to speed on Team Jaffrey.  Most of you know Melanie, and have heard her speak at our meetings in prior years, but this is the opportunity for us to see what is happening during our 2016-17 Rotary year.
 
Let me remind you all that Don Upton will be closing his ticket sales to the Big-E at this week’s meeting and will meet after with those who are going.
 
I hope you are all working on your Raffle Party ticket sales and, as important, I hope you are searching your homes, your neighbors, and your business affiliations for raffle prizes.  This is by far the biggest fundraiser and we only have one chance to get it right.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
September 13th message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 06, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend even though it marks the unofficial end to our summer season.  Because of the holiday we will not have a meeting this week.  I will see you all next on the 15th at FPU.
 
We received nice thank-you letters from Rick Lambert on behalf of our donation to the Jaffrey War Memorial Committee and from Dennis McMann our DG for the hospitality we extended to him. In the later Dennis said, “I also wanted to say how impressed I was with your Quest Program.”
 
Let me remind you all that Don Upton will be closing his ticket sales to the Big-E after the next meeting  and will meet with all that are going and review details of the trip, plan carpooling, etc.. I went two years ago and it was a great experience.  Besides all of the events expected at a large state fair with pavilions from all of the New England States, there was a circus, a parade and a cocktail party.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
September 6 Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Sep 01, 2016
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September 1 2016 Meeting

Walk for Alzheimer's

Michelle Jaillet, Activities Director at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, receives a donation of $300 on behalf of the Good Shepherd's team---"Shepherd's Walk"--- that will participate in the annual Alzheimer's Walk fund riser held in Keene.  The Alzheimer's Walk will be held on September 17th and is one of many walks held through out the country to raise funds for Alzheimer's research in effort to find a cure.  This disease effects many families/caregivers and is the countries most expensive disease.  The Shepherd's Walk team has a goal to raise $3500. { description by Peter Davis]
 
Thanks for the Great Breakfasts
 
Pam and the kitchen staff got a well deserved round of applause for their terrific breakfasts
 
 
Set 1 Meeting Harold Davis 2016-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 30, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
After our participation at the Fireworks Festival last week, it seems pretty slow this week.
 
Remember, your response to the Community Survey’s is due today.
 
I hope you are all working on Raffle Party ticket sales but equally important is we will need donations to support the raffle.  You don’t necessarily have to make these donations personally, just look for friends, neighbors and town organizations who might have something to offer.  The best prizes frequently have more value in the thought than in the expense, so give it some thought.
 
Rotary Day at the Eastern States Exposition "Big E" will be Friday, September 23 which is New Hampshire Day with many special events taking place at the New Hampshire Building.  It is also the 100th Anniversary of the Fair.  Discounted tickets will be available for $12. each until Sept 15 when you can pay Don Upton.  After the meeting on Thursday morning Sept 15, Don will meet with all that are going and review details of the trip, plan carpooling, etc..  Go to the Big E web site (THEBIGE.com) for a listing of all the events and contact Don for information at  DonaldUpton@msn.com.
 
This week’s meeting will be our last of the year at the Shattuck.  As our speaker, Susan Emerson will fill us in on what is happening in NH Government.
 
We have no meeting next week because of the Labor Day Holiday and will be back at FPU the following week.  Hard to believe our summer season is over.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
August 30 Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

  Biography Day

    Joe Manning and Andy Lawn exchanged bios. They had/have very impressive careers, and the presentations were excellent and humorous.
 

  Water Sales at the Fireworks Aug 27

 

 

 
  
Biography Day Harold Davis 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 22, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Putting up and taking down the no parking signs for the Fireworks Festival went smoothly thanks in large part to the outstanding organization and preparation by team lead Mike Shea with support from Belletetes.  The turnout, enthusiasm and comradery shown by the membership made me proud to be a Rotarian.
 
Water Sales also went well, thanks to the behind the scene work of our lead Matt Bergeron and the generous donation from Andy Harris and Hannaford’s. We weren’t quite sure what to expect so we were set up to sell 72 cases.  We ended up selling abut 10 cases.  Still a net of about $450.
 
Remember, your response to the Community Survey’s is due by August 30th.
 
This week’s meeting will be at the Shattuck, and will be an assembly meeting.  We will get the bios of Andy Lawn and Joe Manning.  Andy is always a hoot and Joe has a biography that could cover a lot of ground.
 
I don’t know if you all notice what an active and vibrant club we have.  As President I realize that more than ever.  I have not yet finished my second month in office but we have already completed a month of Quest, the flagship program in our district and our biggest service project of the year.  But in addition we have also had:
  • Our second, third, and fourth largest fundraisers in the Fireworks signs and water sales and the yard sale.  We have also had a half dozen meetings preparing for our largest fundraiser, the Raffle Party.
  • Three service projects: (cupcake cops, church parking, and firework signs)
  • I have presided in just 6 meetings but have passed out charitable donation in four of them.
Next week is our last week at the Shattuck.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
August 23 Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Aug 22, 2016

Aug 18 2016 Newest Member Induction

We induct our newest member - MISTY START
 
Donation to Project Sneakers
 
 
Patty Farmer, coordinator for the "Sneaker Project" thanked us for our donation.  Patty informed us that the :Sneaker Project" works with the second graders in all the Cheshire County schools, in conjunction with New Balance, to provide sneakers for the students in need.  Patty said last year they provided sneakers to 40/45 Jaffrey second graders and 60 Rindge second graders.
{I know they don't look good in blue but that's the color the projector made them}  
 
 
 
Newest Member Induction Harold Davis 2016-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Article on Quest Jim Banghart 2016-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 16, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Harold Davis has set a new high for his website coverage of last week’s meeting.  Not only did he cover our award to the Jaffrey War Memorial but he went down to the memorial and has posted a picture for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t seen it.  When reviewing his posting be sure and click on the slide show to see some candid’s from our meeting.
 
Let me remind you all that this weekend we have the Fireworks Festival where we are putting up parking signs on Saturday and taking them down on Sunday.   This is the biggest event in the area and we need to be a participant in helping to pull it off.  Contact Mike Shea if you can help. 
 
We are also selling bottle water at the event.  Talk to one of the Bergeron’s if you can help with that.  It will likely be our second biggest fundraising event of the year.  I am impressed that Andy Harris and Hannafords, has agreed to donate 72 cases of water, (1728 bottles) that should net us over $3500.  Andy has also offered to refrigerate them, provide additional ice, and deliver them to the site.  We are looking for coolers to support this endeavor.  If you have one, write you name on it and drop it off at Hannafords sometime between Thursday and Saturday or drop off at this week’s meeting.
 
Nest week’s meeting will be an assembly meeting at the Shattuck.  We will get the bios of Andy Lawn and Joe Manning.  Andy is always a hoot and Joe has a biography that could cover a lot of ground.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  Please come and give Misty a warm welcome into the club.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Aug 16 Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Aug 11, 2016
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Thanks for the donations - August 11 2016 meeting

The Jaffrey War Memorial

                            

 

Ricky Lambert from the Jaffrey War Memorial Committee thanked us for a donation to help with the upkeep of the memorial. He then discussed some of the history of the Memorial that honors the veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Project Shakespeare

                         

 

Deborah Thurber founder of Project Shakespeare came with several of her students, ranging in age from the lower grades to high school. She described the trip they took to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario Canada. Our donation helped them to attend classes and performances.

the visit was highlighted by one of her senior student’s terrific recitation of one of the soliloquies from McBeth.

 

Slideshow of additional pictures

 
Thanks for the donations - August 11 2016 meeting Harold Davis 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 08, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Even with Quest over, this has been another busy week for the club.
 
On both Saturday and Sunday, we had the yard sale.  Despite the terrible location we were given and a lot of competition we were able to make $188.  Not a large sum but a good learning experience. My complements to the Bergeron family who somehow made this happen.
 
On Monday we had Quest Graduation.  We had 17 Rotarians and many of the campers there to see an excellent video and it gave us a chance to see families and siblings, probably some future campers.  The parents I talked with were very supportive of all that we do.
 
Our night at the Peterborough Players is Thursday.  If you didn’t get tickets but want to go, check with the ticket office.  I am looking forward to a great fellowship evening.
 
Our speaker this week is Deb "Shakespeare" Thurber who will speak to us about the recent trip to Ontario Canada.  Deb will bring with her some of the fine young Thespians of Project Shakespeare.
 
Remember we are back at the Shattuck this week, let’s see if we can get everyone to show up at the right place for the first time in my term of office.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
August 9th Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 01, 2016
 
 
David Morgan, CEO, and fellow Rotarian Shelley Proux from the NH Association were at our July 28th meeting to accept our donation to that organization.  David explained to the club all of the good things they are doing for a growing list of NH citizens inflicted with a sight problems, including many infants.
 
 
Donation to the NH Association of the Blind Jim Banghart 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
As I write this message I am glad to report a successful year of Quest is behind us.  Because of the rain forecast on Friday, we had to forgo the Kimbal’s trip. But three hours of planning with help from Rudy at his Wooodbound Inn facilities and the Peterborough Movie Theater enabled the final day to conclude Quest admirably.
 
The District Governor, following an evening board meeting, a regular breakfast meeting and nearly a full day at Quest pointed out without reservation that we have a very active and functional club.
 
Signup for the District Golf Tournament is coming to an end.  We have two teams planning on participating but if other members still interested, let me know.
 
Remember we are helping our lead Owen Houghton with car parking for the First Church Fair at the Meetinghouse on Wednesday starting at 11:30. Stop in and give him some time if you can. 
 
We also have the yard sale this weekend so look through your garage and attic and see if you can donate some items and time this weekend.  Items you have for the sale can be dropped off at the home of Andy Lawn, 137 Ingles Road.  Drop off after this week’s meeting is possible or by arrangement with Andy.
 
Congratulations to Harold Davis for getting an article on our club published in the District News Letter.  It is the first time in my memory.
 
Our speaker this week is Marcie Manning.  She will give her second talk on the First Ladies of the United States.  I am sure those who heard Marcie last year will be looking forward to the sequel.
 
Remember we are back at the Shattuck this week and will be there until after the Labor Day Holiday.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
Aug 2 Message from the President 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jul 28, 2016
 
District Governor Dennis McMann's Visit
Pictured above fr l-r: Assistant District Governor Dale Gabel, Donna & District Governor Dennis McMann
 
   Dennis told us about his 10 years as a Rotarian, stressing his trips abroad to countries such as Haiti to see some of the good works that Rotary has performed.

   He described the importance of the Rotary foundation - particularly impressive is the efforts to help eradicate polio here and in many foreign countries.
   The problem plaguing all service clubs is how to get new, younger members. Current millennials don't seem to like to join any organization - not service clubs or even marriage. Some of Dennis's suggested answers were to form service clubs to work on community projects, freeform clubs or anything else that might work. In short, don't go strictly by the book.

 

This Years Exchange Students

John McCarthy introduces our Rotary Foreign Exchange Students. From left to right; Nadia Bhatti, Lexi Smith and Shannon Bennett.Nadia is going to Indonesia; Lexi to Croatia and Shannon to Brazil. They go to the host country for the school year.

 

Hanks Visit

   Hank Is a Rotary foreign exchange student from Taiwan. He was hosted by three families two years ago and stopped by to say hello. He was touring the US before going to the University in Taiwan.
Hank is pictured with Evan Bennett.
 
July 28 2016 Meeting -District Governor Visit Harold Davis 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 25, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week’s meeting is a club assembly featuring our new District Governor Dennis McMann.  I have been with Dennis at Pre-PETS in Merrimack, PETS in Framingham, the District Training Session in Keene, and the District Meeting in Portsmouth.  Dennis’s philosophy comes across to me as no-nonsense, let the clubs do what works best for them, let’s make Rotary as good as it can be, and he has a lot of passion.  Let’s all give Dennis a warm welcome and be a little light on the roasting.
 
You should all have received your semi-annual bill via club runner.  Bill has tried to make it easy on us by having one bill that combines, breakfast charges for the club, district dues and RI dues.  Let’s all try and make it easy on him by paying the invoices quickly and without harassment.
 
As we gather at the Shattuck on Thursday, we will be in our last day of Quest at FPU and only two days left of Quest for the year.  You should all be proud that we pulled it off for another year.
 
Remember this will be our last week at Franklin Pierce.
 
Next week, we will be back at the Shattuck and Marcie Manning will give her second talk on the First Ladies of the United States.  I am sure those who heard Marcie last year will be looking forward to the sequel.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
July 26th Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you note from Girls Tennis Team Jim Banghart 2016-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jul 21, 2016
 
The highlight of the meeting was a Fascinating presentation by Steve Gelhbach. Steve discussed the mystery of polio from the first epidemic in Vermont to the Sabine and Salk vaccines to the almost complete eradication in the US and most of the world.
 
Steve is an epidemiologist and Dean of The School of Public Health at U Mass.
 

 
The cupcake lady. Tonight is The Night of 1000 cupcakes and the Quest kids helped decorate them
 
 
 
Tonya reported that Quest was going great this year. Note terrific article in The Rotarian
 
 
July 21 2016 Meeting Harold Davis 2016-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 18, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
The big news for this week, if not for the year or maybe even for our club’s history, is the article about Quest in “The Rotarian”.  It is a credit to our club to have taken on such a worthwhile project and a bigger credit to have accomplished what we set out to 6 years ago.  This is a tribute to you all for it has been embraced by all of our members, and for that I thank you.  But I am not sure if we could have pulled it off without Tonya perseverance.  Thank you Tonya Albee. 
 
Harold Davis took some pictures at Gavel Night and created a portfolio.  If you click on the link at the bottom of the story you will be able to see his pictures.  If you click on any of the pictures you can walk through a slide show by then clicking on the arrows at the right or left sides of the picture.
 
Congratulations to Bill Raymond for receiving his Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire pin at last week’s meeting.
 
Our speaker this week is Steve Gehlbach.  Steve is the former Dean of the UMass School of Public Health and has written a book on American Plaques.  His talk entitled “An Epidemic in Vermont” is very relevant to us all.
 
Remember this week and next we will be at Franklin Pierce, not The Shattuck.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
July 19th Message from the President Jim Banghart 2016-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jul 14, 2016

Special Awards at the July 14th Meeting

Tonya Albee receiving a well deserved award for the outstanding work she does to make Quest such a success.
 
 
 
 
Bill Raymond receives The Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow award
 

Not an award, but a plea

 
Randy Morse uses his soap box to urge members to sell tables and obtain items for the reverse raffle - which was renamed the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Raffle Party
 
 
 
 
 
 
Awards at the July 14 Meeting Harold Davis 2016-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 12, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This is my first bulletin as your President.  I thank you for the trust you have put in me.
 
Gavel night could not have been better; the weather was great, surpassed only by the wonderful hospitality extended to us by Peter and Jinny Russell and their ideal setting. Thank you again Shelia for a wonderful job of leading our club for the past year.
 
Quest started last week and will be nearly half done by the time of this week’s meeting.  The community is embracing the program more each year with more volunteer support and words of appreciation.  We should all take pride in what I think is the best service project in our district.  There is an incredible amount of work that goes into the planning for this event and despite that it amazes me how many issues pop up that need an on the spot adjustment.  Please give Tonya and the rest of the Quest team your support and let them all know how much we appreciate their efforts.  They are the featured speakers at this week’s meeting.
 
Remember this meeting, and the next two, will be at Franklin Pierce, not The Shattuck.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
July 12th note from the President Jim Banghart 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jun 30, 2016
 
Our annual gavel night was held at the home of Peter and Jinnie Russell on June 30th.  The gavel passed from Shelia Bergeron to Jim Banghart.
 
Click her to see the pictures.  
Gavel Night Harold Davis 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 29, 2016
Bill Raymond has released the lyrics to his hit song "Farewell Shelia Bergeron Song".
 
If you learn the lyrics for the 6/30 Gavel Night, and we can persuade Bill to play it for us, you we be able to join him in a farewell to Shelia.
 
Click on Read More to see the lyrics.
 
Farewell to Outgoing President, Shelia Bergeron Jim Banghart 2016-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jun 28, 2016
 
With Quest opening in less than two weeks, Chairperson Tonya Albee described the history and accomplishments of the program.  The camp opens on July 5th.  Rotarians mentoring in the English and Math classes are encouraged to attend the training session on June 30th at JR Middle School at 10:00.
Tonya presented the history of Quest at our June 23rd Meeting Harold Davis 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Jun 28, 2016
 
The girls tennis team from Conant won the state championship for the first time after coming close in prior years.  The team featured the daughters of two Rotarians and the Rotary Exchange Student, giving the team a close connection to the club.  As with all Conant state champions, the club awarded the team $1000, with which they purchased team jackets and donated $600 to Quest.  Congratulations girls and fathers.
Club Recognizes State Champ Harold Davis 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 28, 2016
Well, Hello Everyone for the last time as President.

I think it has been a pretty good year. I think Gavel Night will be a fun time to usher out the past year and ring in the new one. I hope to see ALL of you at Peter and Ginny Russell's home Thurs. about 5:30. Be sure to bring your spouses, your favorite beverage and a finger food type dish to share.

Sincerely!!!
Sheila
 
June 28th Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Shelia finished her last meeting as President in style Harold Davis 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 23, 2016
After presenting each others Bio's to the club, Bill Raymond and Owen Houghton performed a duo take off on the John Denver, Take Me Home song.
 
 
For those of you who missed the meeting and for those of you who were there and want to practice the words to our new theme song, here they are:
 
Almost heaven, it's New Hampshire
Mount Monadnock, Contoocook River
Life is old here, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growing like the breeze
 
Country roads, take us home
To the place we belong
Jaffrey Rindge, Rotary
Mount Monadnock. Take us home, country roads
 
All our memories, gather around us
Quest and Shattuck, songs at Rotary,
Our good harmony fills the cafeteria
Misty taste of moonshine, tear drops In our eyes
 
Country roads, take us home
To the place we belong
Good friends and service
Even bios - take us home! Country Roads
 
Sheila's voice she calls us In the morning
And something reminds us of our good friends
Driving down the road we get a funny feeling
Maybe we are coming home
What a day, what a day...
 
Country roads, take us back
To the place we belong
Jaffrey Rindge Rotary
With all its good times
Feels like home - Take me home, country road
 
Hopefully the video will be released soon.
JR Rotary Theme Song Jim Banghart 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 21, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

We will have our Assembly Meeting this Thurs. at The Shattuck. We will be hearing the Biographies of Bill Raymond and Owen Houghton.

Don Upton has the invocation.

This is my last official meeting so I hope to see most of you there.
It has been a good year and I appreciate each of you for your dedication to Rotary.

Sincerely,
Sheila
June 21st message from our president Jim Banghart 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you from Project Shakespeare Jim Banghart 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 17, 2016
Alan Soney, Scholarship Chair, presented Theodore Chartrand as our 2016 Annual Scholarship winner at the June 16th meeting.  Theodore's parents Denise and James accompanied him in receiving the scholarship.
 
Club meets 2016 Annual Scholarship Recipient Jim Banghart 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2016
At our meeting of June 16th the club awarded Paddy McCarthy, advisor for the Conant Interact Club, a donation for the club’s participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program.  The program provides influential leadership training to our student club members.
 
Clubs Donation to the Rotary Youth Leaderhip Awards Jim Banghart 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2016
At our meeting on June 16th, we awarded a check in support of the Rindge Ingalls Memorial Library summer reading program.  Georgianna Connor was there to receive the award and explain the program's benefits.
 
Club announces a donation to the Ingalls Library Jim Banghart 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2016
At our meeting on June 16th we awarded a donation to the Watatic Grange for their third grade reading program of Atlases and Dictionaries. Roberta Letourneau accepted a check on behalf of Camilie Twiss and Roberta described the programs accomplishments.
 
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Rotary Award to Watatic Grange Jim Banghart 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2016
Cindee McQuire was out speaker on June 16th,  explained the affiliation of the Monadnock Community Hospital that we all love and use with the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. The move was initiatiated by MCH and was offered to many potenial affiliates. After down selection and due diligence MCH selected to be affiliated with CMC.  CMC, MCH and another affiliate, Huggins in Wolfboro, have become part of what is now Granite Health.  All are independent but affiliated.  This affiliation is part of the trend across the county to form larger groups to better profice the health care delivery system and comply with Medicare requirements and The Affordable Health Care Act.  MCH remains independent, maintain the own capital and endowment accounts and have autonomous control over their future but benefit by the services and affilitiation with CMC.
 
Cindee McQuire Talks about the affiliation between MCH and CMC Jim Banghart 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2016
Jamie Durnan was a guest of Don Upton at our meeting on June 16h.  Jammie has owned a farm in Jaffrey for the past 15 years but he has been living in Washington DC for the past 8 working for the government.  He has recently accepted a job at MIT/Lincoln Labs in Bedford, MA and is living full time in Jaffrey.  He is considering joining our club.
Jamie Durnan a guest at our June 16 Meeting Jim Banghart 2016-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 15, 2016
Hello All,

Thursday's meeting is sure to prove interesting. We will hear from Cindee McGuire about Monadnock Community Hospital's merger with Catholic Medical Center. This merger is of interest to many of us.

In addition to our speaker, we will meet our Scholarship Recipient.

Sam LaFortune has the Invocation.
 
Bill Anders has asked that we remind you all that this is the last week
to order your JRR Club embroidered polo at $23.00 for sizes
small to Xl. Just see Bill Thursday or email him at  stitches10@
myfairpoint.net with your size needed and Bill will email you back
confirming cost on sizes other than small to Xl.

Hope to see you all at the Shattuck.

Yours in service,
Sheila
June 15th message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 08, 2016
For the benefit of our club members and non-Rotarian volunteers the Quest schedule is available for all.  To view the schedule you can hover over the Quest link on the yellow ribbon above, located right below the header and 3 file links will open.  To see the schedule click on the bottom file, named 2016 Quest Schedule. 
 
2016 Quest Schedule is out Jim Banghart 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Harris on Jun 08, 2016
  (catch up Story!)
 
On February 18th our Club hosted a free Community Supper. Club members provided Lasagna and Garlic Bread, served to patrons and then cleaned up after.  Shelia Bergeron coordinated the event, which we anticipate will become an annual event.  Thank you to members who donated time and supplies to help make this event a success.
Our Club hosts free Community Supper on February 18th Andy Harris 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 07, 2016
We have been invited to attend the NH Wild baseball game on July 14th.  If you wear your Quest shirt you and your family will get in for free.
 
The game starts at 6:30 and will be at the FPU Pappas Field.
Family Baseball Night Jim Banghart 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Laconia Rotary Club is just under a week away from its 24th Annual Motorcycle Raffle!  Planning to head to Laconia Motorcycle Week?  You can find Laconia Rotary Club at our booth on Lakeside Avenue/Weirs Beach and get your ticket! We will be there from 10 AM to 9 PM from Saturday, June 11th to Sunday, June 19th (booth closes at 4 PM on the 19th).  If Bike Week isn't your thing, but you still want a ticket, you can send a check payable to Laconia Rotary Club to PO Box 503, Laconia, NH 03247-0503 or contact me.   
 
Only 3,000 tickets will be sold for $20 each, and proceeds support a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  The lucky winner will be chosen at 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 19th and you need not be present to win!  This event is sponsored in part by Heritage Harley Davidson of Concord, NH.
Laconia Bike Week Jim Banghart 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 07, 2016
Hello Everyone,

We have a very busy meeting coming up this Thurs.  District Governor Sandy will be with us. She may have a surprise for a couple members of our Club.

Jack Wozmak is our speaker and I am sure he will have good information for us.

We will also be talking about Gavel Night. Although the year has gone by quickly and I have had amazing support, I must admit, I am looking forward to June 30.

Kathleene Card has the Invocation.

See you on Thurs.
Sheila
June 7th message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 31, 2016
Hello Everyone,

Congratulations to all the Rotarian Veterans who marched in the parade yesterday. I saw Mr.Manning, Clay and Andy. I hope I didn't miss anyone. We appreciate your service and your dedication.

Please rembember we have no meeting this week because of the Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy the rest of the week and we will see everyone next week.

Always
Sheila
May 31st message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 25, 2016
Hello Everyone,

We will be meeting Thursday at Shattuck. It is Assembly so I hope to have reports from the Scholarship Committee, Fund Raising Committee and an update on Quest.

We will have Bios as well.
 
Please take a look at Bill Anders notice in this bulletin or on our website for ordering Rotary Club shirts.
 
If you have any preferences for your volunteer time at Quest, please respond to the message you received frim Jim Banghart this week.
 
Thanks go out to Brad White for covering the many activities at last week's meeting.  Read them over if you missed the meeting.

Mr. Manning has the Invocation.

Hope to see everyone there.

There is no meeting next week due to Memorial Day.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
 
Editor's note: click the "read entire message" at the bottom of the bulletin to see more, including some nice pictures by Brad
May 25th Message from our Presidents Jim Banghart 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Interact presentation trial Harold Davis 2016-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 22, 2016
 
Ladies style #202 and Men's style #205
Color Navy
See figure below for description of shirts and sizes
Both 202 & 205 will cost $23.00 each for sizes Sm. to XL
See Bill Anders for any other size quote
 
Little Stitches gave us a volume price for the embroidery
so if interested, members should order on this initial order.
Please respond even if you are not interested, to
My email Stitches 10@myfairpoint.net
 
I will need your order and check up front and hopefully have the order placed by June 13th
In time for our summer events
 
I'll bring a sample of the shirt to our next meetings so you can check the fabric.
 
Bill Anders
 
JR Rotary Club Shirts Jim Banghart 2016-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 18, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

Remember, we are back at Shattuck now (for those who couldn't make it last week).

We have a wonderful speaker this week. Paul Somero will be speaking about his work with Orphans in Guatemala. I am very anxious to hear him speak because I have a special connection with his subject. My husband and I adopted two amazing boys from Guatemala.

We hope to be presenting a few checks this week.

Hoping to have a good turnout!

Yours in Service,
Sheila
May 17th Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 17, 2016
Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Fellowship event Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
Don Upton has purchased 50 tickets to Pygmalion for $30. @   As soon as I receive your check made out to me, your tickets will be reserved.
 
A comedy by George Bernard Shaw, first presented in 1913. Pygmalion is the story of Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins who bets that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party.  You may remember the movie version, My Fair Lady.
 
We will meet at 6:00 pm for wine and cheese and enter the theatre at 7:15.  This is always a great event for Rotarians and their friends.
Fellowship Event at Peterborough Players Jim Banghart 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Help our Interact and Shelter from the Storm Jim Banghart 2016-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 10, 2016
Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone will be able to make it to our first meeting at Shattuck for the summer.

We will be hosting a group of our Interacters. I think they will tell us about their adventures in Nicaragua and , hopefully, some of the many other activities they have been involved in. Maybe they will even be able to recruit some Rotarians for their Fund a Raising walk.

Remember.... The Shattuck.

Nathaniel Pierce has the Invocation.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
5/10 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Hello Everyone,

I did it again. The week flew buy and I am late sending the bulletin.

We have a very special speaker this week. We all know and love her and she will be leaving us soon. Be sure to come to hear Franka.

We had fun at the Conference and we have good news about next year's Conference.

Peter Russell has the invocation.

See you tomorrow,
Sheila
5/4 Message fom our President Jim Banghart 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 26, 2016
Hello Everyone,

Something important has come up so I am not able to be at Rotary on Thursday. Jim will take over for me at this Assembly Meeting.
Please be prepared to commit time and energy to one or more of the fund raisers we have been talking about. We have the yard sale on Aug. 6&7, and the Festival of Fireworks 2 weeks later. We will be putting up the No Parking signs and taking them down as well as have a booth the day of the fireworks. We still have to figure out just what we will have at the booth.
 
Brad White has the Invocation. We only have one more meeting at FPU after this week.

Yours in Service
Sheila
4/26 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 20, 2016
Note from the editor:  Sorry members but I was in a place in Peru with very poor internet and was not able to get this out until I returned to Cusco, which I did a few minutes ago.
 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

What wonderful weather we are having. I have some of the Grandkids helping with the yard work trying to beat the black flies. I am glad they are on vacation

The weather brings me to the subject of this weeks speaker. Rosaly Bass will be speaking to us about organic gardening, chemicals, pesticides and the mystery of the missing bees. I hope to see all of you there.

Yours in service,
Sheila
4/19 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Please excuse this late  Bulletin . I have been a little under the weather for a couple of days and totally forgot to send the Bulletin.

We will be welcoming the Student of the Month from Victory High School. This presentation had to be rescheduled from an earlier date.

We have information to share that was presented at the district training on Sat.

See you in the morning.

Yours in service,
Sheila
4/13 note from our President 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 05, 2016
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,

We have a great speaker this Thursday. ( Thank you Don Upton) Steve Roberge will be presenting " Sugaring in New Hampshire". The program is sure to be interesting. Consider inviting a friend who would be interested.

In addition to the program, we need to discuss what our roll will be when the Festival of Fireworks. Will we be volunteers or vendors of some sort. Maybe both. Be thinking about it.

Bill Anders has the invocation.

Hope to see a great turnout.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
4/5 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 02, 2016
Project Lead Mike Shea reported a successful cleanup on Route 202.  On the morning of April 2nd thirteen Rotarians showed up for the project along with 5 of the Jaffrey-Rindge High School Interact Club members.  The crew did not quite beat the rain but they did manage to beat the cold front.  In addition to the service provided, the event is a positive social exchange for the members involved.
Route 202 Roadside Cleanup Jim Banghart 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 29, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you after a week off. This is our assembly meeting. We will have the Student of the Month from Christian Heritage School and some biographies.

Committee Chairmen, please have reports ready if you have anything to report. I'm sure we will have some news from the Quest committee.

The Invocation is taken care of.

I am sorry for those people who went looking for the meeting last week. I guess I was late reminding people there was no meeting.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
 
3/29 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 23, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I was so happy to have a sleep in day this Thurs. that I forgot to send out a reminder. There is no meeting this week. I hope Everyone has a nice Easter.

See you all next Thursday at FPU

Yours in Service,
Sheila
3/23 Message from our president Jim Banghart 2016-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 16, 2016
Hello,
I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weekend.

This is Spring Break at FPU so we will have our evening meeting at the Jaffrey Fire Station. Terry Choate will be there to give us the entire class that he gave us a sample of a couple months ago. This program is open to the public so please bring along your spouse and anyone else who might be interested.

I hope to see all of you there. The door opens at 6:00 PM and the program is at 6:30.

The Fund Raising Committee will be meeting at 6:00. Anyone who has any suggestions on fund raisers or an interest in getting involved with that committee is encouraged to join us at 6:00.

Yours in Service
Sheila
3/16 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 08, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I hope everyone is out voting today. We have a beautiful day for it.

I hope we have a good turnout this Thursday. I'm sure everyone will find our speaker, well known numismatist, Warren Mills, very interesting. Don't forget, he is willing to evaluate one coin per person. So, if you have an unusual or valuable coin, bring it along.

I hope Tom Doane is feeling better so he can join us with more information on our program on the 17th.

Jim Banghart has the invocation. We have openings for the invocation over the next couple months so I will be looking for volunteers to fill in.

Enjoy this beautiful day and get out and vote.

Yours in service,
Sheila
 
2/8 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
On March 17, 2016 the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will present "Surviving an Incident of Violence".
Lt. Terry Choate Jr, of the Jaffrey, NH Police Department will be the speaker.
Lt. Choate has done this 2 hour program for schools, businesses and organizations all throughout the United States.
The Program will be held at the Jaffrey fire station meeting room. Doors open at 6PM and the Program starts at 6:30 PM. Admission is free.
For additional information on Lt Choate’s programs go to: http://www.blue-u.com.
 
On March 17, 2016 the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will present "Surviving an Incident of Violence". 2016-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 03, 2016
 
Libby Fell, Director of Jaffrey's Clay Library told the club about the various services provided by the library at today's meeting and passed out books, bookmarks, and other information.  She described the library as a "Vibrant Democratic Meeting Place in Downtown Jaffrey", and pointed out some of the services that make it unique.  She described the library's founding in 1895 made possible by donations from Susan Clay.
Libby Fell speaks at the March 3rd Meeting Jim Banghart 2016-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 01, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I hope everyone is enjoying this nice weather.

We will be welcoming Libby Feil of the Public Library as our guest speaker.

There are a couple of things on the agenda, including finalizing plans for Terry Choate's presentation on the 17th.

See you on Thurs,
Sheila
 
March 1 note from our President Jim Banghart 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 25, 2016
 
At the Rotary meeting of February 25th, Clay Hollister the Club's Foundation Chair, recognized Brad White as our clubs newest Paul Harris Fellow.  The award is named after the founder of Rotary and is awarded to all Rotarians who have donated at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation was established in 1917 to  build peace, prevent disease, provide clean water, support maternal and child health, and promote education.  The elimination of Polio from the world is the largest of the Foundation's goals.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 23, 2016
Hello All,

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful turnout for the Community supper last Thursday. I think everything went very well. People seemed to enjoy the meal. There was plenty of food and plenty of help. There were lots of compliments from the guests and even from the regular committee. I hope we decide to make this an annual commitment.

This Thursday is the assembly so I hope to see everyone at FPU.

Owen has the Invocation.


See you Thursday,
Sheila
 
2/23 message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 22, 2016
Thanks to Sheila Bergeron and a whole host of Rotarians who gave the Steering Committee a mid-winter break with their outstanding organization, delicious home-made lasagna, and a great show of assistants for all the usual tasks for a truly community supper – 72 participants (and a free-will donation can of $72)  Clearly members of the community from all walks of life enjoy the fellowship and hearty meals and want to ensure continuity!  The support of the Jaffrey Food Pantry as an informal sponsor is also acknowledged and the Steering Committee cheers you all!
 
Preston will spear-head the next supper on March 18 and you will hear from him about how you can assist with the shepherds pie menu – Congrats to all!  CHEERS! 0wen
Thank you for the Community Supper Jim Banghart 2016-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

I hope everyone is enjoying this unseasonable weather. We really have had a mild winter so far.

Remember, there is no meeting this week because of Presidents' Day but we do have the Community Supper at the United Church Parish Hall.

Just a reminder in case you do not remember what you signed up for.
 Lasagnas:Randy, Tonya, Donna, Bruce, Brad, Jim, Matt and Sheila.

Set up and food prep: (3 PM) Gail, Tom D., Randy, Bruce and Clay.

Servers:(5 PM) Tonya, Brad, and Mr. Driscoll.

Clean up: (6 PM) Alan, Helene,Clay and Andy

We could use one or two more people on clean-up if anyone is available.

I will be at the hall around 2:30 so things can be dropped off then.
Remember to wear a Rotary shirt if you have one. If you do not have a Rotary shirt you could wear your QUEST shirt.

Enjoy your week.

Yours in service.
Sheila
2/16 Message from our President 2016-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 11, 2016
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club makes a frequent donation to Food Pantries of both Jaffrey and Rindge. The most recent donation was made at the clubs meeting on February11.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 08, 2016
Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is comfortable on this snowy day.

We have a MAJOR event coming up on Feb. 18th. We are doing the Community Supper at the Mildred Cutter Hall of the united Church. We thought it was going to be next month but it has changed. This event will need a lot of participation.  We need 12 9"x13" lasagnas. I am hoping we can get people to volunteer to make them. We already have 2 people willing to make 2 each so we need 8 volunteers to each make one. They can be made at home and brought to the hall to be heated. We will also have salad and garlic bread. We need lots of help for setting up the dining room, preparing the food,serving and clean up. I am hoping to have some Interacters there to help. We need to start at 3:00 PM for set up and food prep and others can come later for serving and clean up.

I will have sign up sheets at this Thursday's meeting. I hope everyone will try to be there.
There is no meeting on the 18th because of Presidents' Day so we really need to get this arranged.

Thank you all in advance,
Sheila
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Thank You Letter from Rindge Women's Club Jim Banghart 2016-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Thank You Letter from Santa's House Jim Banghart 2016-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 02, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

It's Nice to be back home, especially to such nice weather.

I look forward to seeing all of you at FPU. I'm sure Terry Choate , our speaker, will have plenty of information for us.

Matt Bergeron has the Invocation.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
Feb 2nd Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 27, 2016
Hello Everyone,

I am having such a nice vacation that I forgot to keep track of the days so please accept my apology for this late Bullitin.

I'm in Florida now so Andy is covering the Assembly. We are back at FPU.

Have a good meeting and I will see you next week.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
1/26 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Recognition Date:                    January 14, 2016
 
Student Name:               Brandon Areias
 
School Name:                 Jaffrey Grade School
 
Grade:                             5
 
Parents Names:              Cheryl and Bob Areias
 
Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments:
 
Brandon was nominated for recognition by three teachers.  His accomplishments and positive characteristics include:
  • Brandon is active in the JGS Student Council and has served as a class representative for three years.  This fall he heard about Santa’s House and encouraged the Student Council to raise money to help.  The initiative resulted in a donation of $240 to help families with holiday gifts.
  • Brandon takes feedback from his teachers and works hard to set goals and improve his skills.  His consistent efforts are a great example for peers. 
  • Brandon is a leader in his classroom and is mindful of the feelings of his classmates.  Despite being a very strong student, he is humble.  He never brags about his ability or acts like it comes easily to him.
  • Brandon has been a member of our school’s Destination Imagination Team for three years.  He has demonstrated tremendous growth as a team member, and has learned to organize and manage time.  He helped lead his team to the Global Finals in Tennessee last May. 
  • Brandon is an excellent role model within our school community.  He is consistently friendly, polite and kind.  We are very proud of his effort and growth in his five years at JGS.   
 
Recommended by:   Eliot Pelletier, Patricia Long, Nancy Springfield
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 20, 2016
Hello Everyone,

I am sorry this Bulletin is late. I have been on a plane all day and could not e-mail. But at least I am in Texas where the temperature is in the 60's instead of below zero like it was in Michigan.

I wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting this week because of the MLK Holiday.
Next week we return to FPU.

I just want to thank Rudy for having us at the Inn during the FPU shut down. We really enjoyed it.

Andy is covering for me next week. I'll see you .

Yours in service
Sheila
1/19 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 12, 2016
Hello Fellow Rotarians,

We will be meeting at Woodbound again this week. Hope the attendance will continue to be good. I am happy to say we will have another interesting speaker this week. State Criminalist Jennifer Paris will be speaking.

We will be inducting a new member again this week. Word of our good works must be getting out there.

Peter Davis has the invocation.

Yours in Service
Sheila
 
1/12 Note from our President Jim Banghart 2016-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
 January 20  6 PM: The CHS Interact is holding a Chicken Parm Dinner Fundraiser at JP Stephen's ! Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25. Parm salad, coffee included. The proceeds will help fund the service trip to Nicaragua as well as local Interact service projects. See Tom Doan or John McCarthy for tickets.
 
March 19 6 PM: The Interact Club is hosting  Lt. Terry Choate, jaffrey PD, who will present "How to Survive a Mass Shooting". The event will be at the Jaffrey Fire Station meeting room and admission is free.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 05, 2016
Happy New Year Rotarian Friends,

We will have our first meeting of 2016 at Woodbound Inn this Thursday.

A reminder that we will cancel if School cancels. However, if school is delayed, we will still have a meeting, at least for this week. The BOD will have an official vote next Tues. to determine if that will be the new Policy.

I think we should have a lot of Happy Fines after our long Holiday break. A good start for next years Santa's House and Operation Santa Claus donations.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you.

Donna has the invocation.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
 
1/5 Note from our President Jim Banghart 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 30, 2015
Hello All,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

I thought I should remind everyone that there is no meeting this week. We will be at Woodbound on the 7th.

Happy New Year to you all.

Sheila
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At the December 17th meeting the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club presented Ray DuVernay of Rindge's Project Santa and Kathy Batchelder of Jaffrey's Santa's House with checks that will help them complete their mission of making sure that no child is forgotten on Christmas morning.
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Rotary Student of the Month
 
Student Name:_Teresa Spingola
School Name: JRMS
Grade: 6
Parent(s) Name Chris and Jennifer Spingola
Brief Description of Student’s Accomplishments
Tessa is friendly, dependable, and humble.  She demonstrates genuine integrity on a daily basis in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, and on the playing fields (hockey and softball).  She is the type of student that makes us all wish we could take her home with us!
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Student name  Indigo Wolf
School  Rindge Memorial School
Grade 4
Parents Christina and David  Wolf
 
Indigo is very creative. She is kind and considerate to others.
Indigo is a member of the Destination Imagination Team and the Junior Inquiry Scholars.
She also is a member of the band and chorus.
Recommended by Jenifer Bell.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 28, 2015
The Laconia Rotary Club invites us to join them during the month of January for our first Indoor Golf Tournament.  Escape from the cold and snow (it's coming!) and get your foursome together to play Pebble Beach on the state-of-the-art simulators at The Golf Club at Patrick's Place.  The 4-person scramble tournament runs all month long, and you can play at your convenience by calling golf pro Dan Wilkins at 603-387-2597 to schedule your simulator time.  The cost is $160 per team, and there are some fantastic prizes available!
Laconia Rotary invitation for January Golf Tournament Jim Banghart 2015-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 17, 2015
I wanted to say thank you to the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club for honoring our daughter Teresa Spingola as December student of the month. She was excited and proud to receive the award and the gift card to the Toadstool book store. Breakfast at Woodbound was terrific! Thank you for honoring the area students and including their families as well.
 
Chris, Jennifer, Teresa, and Sophia Spingola.
 
Thank you letter from Springolas Jim Banghart 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 14, 2015
Hello Everyone,
 
We will be meeting at Woodbound. We have a lot going on this week so please try to be there. We have 2 Students of the Month, biographies, votes on changes to the by-laws, vote on the slate of Officers, new member inductions and the Conant Chorus.

Wow, I'm tired just thinking about it.

See you there.
Sheila
12/5 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Melanie Patria honored by Rindge as Citizen of the Year.
Patria has been involved in a number of volunteer projects as of late, having recently donated a painting to the Ingalls Memorial Library and to Conant High School. She helped clean up the Ingalls Memorial Library, has been a part of her school’s Chinese exchange program, coaches middle school-aged children on a traveling soccer team, and helped organize a 3K race to benefit Shelter from the Storm.
“I love teaching new skills and getting people to learn and understand things,” said Patria, in reference to her help with the soccer team and her volunteering efforts with the Rindge Recreation Center’s after-school program. “It’s fun to see kids faces light up and laugh.”
The Ledger-Transcript named Patria to the All-Area All-Star team for soccer after each of the past two seasons.
The award recipients have to be nominated for the award, with the criteria focusing on those who contribute to the betterment of the town, according to RAMS president David Drouin.
“The award recipient has strong values and has made lasting contributions to the town,” said Drouin. “Town government in a small town can do so much; it shows you what a great community we have here in Rindge.”
 
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 08, 2015
Hello, this will be our last meeting at FPU for awhile. I hope we have a good turn out.

We will be meeting at Woodbound during FPU's winter break. This is a good chance to support Fellow Rotarian, Ruddy.

Peter Davis will you please let Bernie Hampsey know he has the Invocation on Thurs.

Yours in Service,
Sheila
12/8 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 01, 2015
Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did. Lots of fun, family and food.

It will be nice to see everyone. I'm still pushing for the End Polio fund raiser. Only $10.50 per member but with Bill Gates double match it turns into $31.50. Please help us make this a 100% participation event for our club.

Mr. Driscoll has the Invocation and we will be treated to stories of Bill and Martha's trip to Africa.
I hope Martha will join us.

See you Thurs.
Sheila
12/1 Message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2015
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.

Sheila
11/17 Message from our President 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 10, 2015
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,
Sheila
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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
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 04, 2015
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.

Sheila
November 3rd message from our President Jim Banghart 2015-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 28, 2015
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
Sheila
Bulletin for Oct 28th Jim Banghart 2015-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
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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
 
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Cathedral Thank You Letter Jim Banghart 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
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.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 20, 2015
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
Sheila
 
Oct 20th note from our President Jim Banghart 2015-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 18, 2015
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.
Sheila
Referse Raffel Ticket Sales Jim Banghart 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
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
Sheila
Note from Shelia 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
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Interacters Kelsey Simoneau, Rachel Ricard,  Kole Patten, Megan Wheeler,  Kristyn Simoneau were in charge of the kids games at Scarecrows.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 06, 2015
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,
Sheila
Weekly update Oct. 6th Jim Banghart 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Doane on Sep 25, 2015
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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 0
Posted by Tom Doane on Sep 20, 2015
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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 0
Posted by Tom Doane on Sep 08, 2015
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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 0
Posted by Tom Doane on Sep 07, 2015
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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.
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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 0
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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 0
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 0
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,
Sheila
Weekly update 8/25 Jim Banghart 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
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,
Webmaster
Apology Jim Banghart 2015-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Aug 18, 2015
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
Sheila
Weekly update 9/18 Sheila Bergeron 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
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,
Sheila
Weekly Update 8/11 Sheila Bergeron 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Aug 03, 2015

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,
Sheila

Weekly Update 8/4 Jim Banghart 2015-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tonya Albee on Jul 27, 2015
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!
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Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 27, 2015

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
Sheila

Weekly Update 7/28 Jim Banghart 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 19, 2015

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,
Sheila

Weekly Update 7/20 Jim Banghart 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 13, 2015

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
Sheila

Weekly Update 7/14 Jim Banghart 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jul 05, 2015

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,
Sheila

Weekly Update 7/6 Jim Banghart 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 29, 2015

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.

Sheila

Weekly Update 6/30 Jim Banghart 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 22, 2015

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!

Sincerely,

Rotarian Lawn

Weekly Update 6/23 Jim Banghart 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 19, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 16, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 02, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 18, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 11, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on May 04, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 27, 2015

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

President

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary

Weekly Update 4/28 Jim Banghart 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 20, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 20, 2015
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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 23, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 16, 2015

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?!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 09, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 05, 2015

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

406-624-6207

Bozeman Rotary Club Thank You Note Jim Banghart 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 02, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 23, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 17, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 10, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 02, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Feb 01, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 25, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 12, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jan 04, 2015

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 15, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 17, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 09, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 05, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 04, 2014

Two words. REVERSE RAFFLE!

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 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Oct 29, 2014

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 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Oct 29, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 28, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 21, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Oct 07, 2014

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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 22, 2014

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 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Sep 17, 2014
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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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Sep 15, 2014

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 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Sep 10, 2014

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 0
Posted by Sheila Bergeron on Sep 10, 2014

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 0
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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 0
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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 0
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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 0
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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.

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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.

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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 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 08, 2014

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 0
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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.
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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.
 

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Please welcome our newest member Travis Kumph.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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