Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Franklin Pierce University
Dining Area (Back Meeting room)
Rindge, NH  03461
United States
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Upcoming Events
  • Club Assembly
    Jun 21, 2018
    7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Gavel Night
    Peter & Jinnie Russell's Home
    Jun 28, 2018
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tonya Albee
Jun 21, 2018
Steve Roberge
Jul 12, 2018
The History of New Hampshire Forests
Russ Robertson
Jul 19, 2018
Behind A Wheelchair for 26.2 Miles!
Governor Chris Sununu
Jul 26, 2018
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A grave social and moral challenge facing America today is the growing opportunity gap between kids from well-off backgrounds and kids from less-well-off backgrounds.  This growing gap, which affects all races, threatens to undermine the American Dream Itself.  Nationwide, compared to only a generation ago, kids from low income families live more isolated lives, with less support from their stressed-out families, from their churches, from their communities, and often even from their schools.  Their aspirations, their test scores, and even their physical and mental health bear indelible marks of social deprivation.  Through no fault of their own, these kids have much less chance to lead satisfying and productive adult lives.  For the country this outcome is economically improvident and morally indefensible.
The Quest Summer Camp Program, the product of a remarkable grassroots collaboration amont the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, the Jaffrey Rindge School District and Frankln Pierce University, is among the most promising effort I know anywhere in the country to address the opportunity gap.  Using latest pedagogical techniques to foster one of the oldest values of our nation – equality of opportunity – the Quest Summer Camp Program is proven to provide academic and socioemotional support to kids who need help
A well organized community group of dedicated adults can make a measurable difference in the lives of these kids – our kids.
Robert D. Putnam
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School
Author, Bowling Alone
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
We meet for our Club Assembly this Thursday at The Shattuck.  John McCarthy has the Invocation.
Hard to believe the Rotary year is coming to a close in another ten days or so. Gavel Knight is next week (June 28th) at Peter Russell's. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or desert. BYOB, of course, unless we can raid the Russell wine cellar!  I have a few special recognition awards to give out... and I look forward to seeing everyone there for this fun-filled social.
BEST training occurred this morning, hosted by the four Middle School teachers with whom we will be working. Some new approaches were shared with the many Rotarians that were there for the sixty-minute program.  Good to see Al Clapp again, one of our stauch BEST supporters!
During those weeks in which we host a guest speaker, we present them with a nice certificate of appreciation. We also reference the annual donation that we make to the local food pantries as one means of thanking them for their presentation.  This Thursday, Charitable Giving will present checks to Kathleen Larou from the Jaffrey Food Pantry and Cynthia Childs from the Rindge Food Pantry.  Our Happy Fines is from where those monies come, so keep up the good work when Tom Bennett and Bill Driscoll come around with microphones in hand.
I plan to present my "President's Report" on Thursday -- looking back, it was very impressive what YOU have done over the past 12 months. 
See you then!
Yours in Service,
Kathy Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Monadnock Humane Society that serves 44 communities in southwest New Hampshire, updated Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians with her presentation on "Adapting to the Changing Face of Animal Welfare."  As an added bonus, Kathleene Card, winner of this week's 50/50 Raffle, donated her winnings to the Society.
Misty Start, our Raffle Party Chairperson, will be our new Vice President in 2018-2019, replacing Jon Frederick, who becomes our new President-Elect.  Congratulations to Misty and Jon!
Juan Lorca, our Rotary Exchange Student for 2017-2018, returns to his native country of Chile this week. Juan, we all wish you well and thank you for the opportunity to know you for ten months and to learn from you. Special kudos to John McCarthy, who has headed up our Club's Youth Exchange program for several years, and has been responsible for orchestrating 101 tasks that have allowed us to meet many Exchange Students over the years.  A big THANK YOU, John!
Those Happy Fines add up -- and provide Rotarians a great opportunity to share stories of personal interest, funny happenings, family news, and a few friendly barbs.  At the same time, Happy Fines that Tom Bennett and Bill Driscoll collect go to fund our annual donations to the Jaffery Food Pantry and Rindge Food Pantry, which we will be distributing this Thursday.  Thanks to both of you for your successful cajoling of bucks from your fellow Rotarians!
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Membership Chair
Youth Exchange Officer
Interact Chair
Service Projects
Sargent at Arms
Student of the Month
Foundation Chair