President's Message (October 12, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all had a great Columbus Day weekend.  How about those Red Sox!
 
There is no club meeting this week because of the Columbus Day holiday.  Keep in mind the following upcoming Club events/meetings:
 
  • Wednesday, 10/13 @ 8:00am = Board meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines
  • Saturday, 10/16    @ 8:00am = Roadside Cleanup (weather permitting) at West Rindge Builders
  • Thursday, 10/21    @ 7:15am = Breakfast meeting at FPU w/ guest speaker and Student of the Month presentation.
 
Wishing everyone a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
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President's Remarks (October 5, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to all Rotarians who turned out for the FPU game on Saturday.  It was a great day/event; a tough OT loss for the Ravens, but a very competitive and exciting game.  Once again, Rotarian Andy Lawn stepped up to “man the grill”!
 
The talents of Coach Gas go beyond the gridiron.  Coach Gas will deliver this Sunday's sermon at the Peterborough United Methodist Church, where Reverend Kathleene Card's congregation gathers.  The service will be online should you not be able to attend in person, and it can be viewed at https://youtu.be/U1n4ILeoqjg at 10:00am.  You are encouraged to "like" the video, so we can track Rotary visitors.
 
We will meet this Thursday, October 7th, at 7:15am, at Franklin Pierce.  Our guest speaker will be Bruce Hill, who will discuss the 250th celebration for the Town of Jaffrey.  I will not be able to attend, but former club President Jed Brummer will be more than capable of handling the duties.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs sent to the Editor by Andy Lawn...
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary at Franklin Pierce/Assumption Game
 
A hard fought game at Sodexo Field at FPU saw the Ravens lose in OT to Assumption College, 35-28, in one of the Ravens' best efforts to date.  Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians came out to support the team, and Andy Lawn's tailgate BBQ provided gastronomical delights, although a Big "W" would have made the afternoon a complete success.  Great team effort by the Ravens, Coach Gas!!!
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President's Message (September 21, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you are enjoying this nice stretch of weather we are having.  This Thursday, September 23rd, we meet at Franklin Pierce University at 7:15am.   We are fortunate to have our District Governor, John Bob Siemienowicz, as our guest speaker; I am hopeful we will have a strong turnout from membership for this meeting.  
 
A reminder that we do have a tent reserved for the FPU football game on Saturday, October 2nd; it should be a fun event, and lets show our support for the Ravens!
 
Enjoy the week, and I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday morning!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs from our Thursday, September 16th, Meeting:
 
 
We Remember.... Jean Hampsey
 
Rotarians were saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Hampsey, wife of Rotarian Bernie Hampsey.  Jean had fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease; she and Bernie were married for 61 years.  President Ben made the sad announcement of her passing at the beginning of his President's Remarks at our Thursday meeting. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 12:00 Noon in St. Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey.
 
 
Pictures from our Thursday Breakfast Meeting
 
 
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (September 14, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
First of all, I would like to thank all Rotarians (and their significant others) that were able to attend the FPU football team dinner at the Cathedral of the Pines Thursday evening.   Attendance was very strong, and I have received very positive feedback from both Russell Gaskamp and the FPU football players, as well as many Rotarians.  I would definitely rate this a successful event!
 
Our meeting this week will be a Club Assembly on Thursday, September 16th, at 7:15am, at Franklin Pierce University.
 
A reminder that our District Governor, John Bob Siemienowicz, will be at our Breakfast meeting next week on September 23rd; please do your best to be in attendance that day.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
Pictures from the Franklin Pierce Football Dinner on Thursday (Pictures courtesy of Owen Houghton)
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Dinner Honors FPU Football Team 
 
As many as 80 FPU Football Team Players and Coaches were recognized by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, September 9th, for their service to the community.  Over the years, the team - under Rotarian and Head Coach Russ Gaskamp - has participated in numerous Rotary events where manpower was needed, including recent Food Bank distributions at Hannaford's, the pre-pandemic Police/Fire/EMS dinner honoring our first responders from Jaffrey and Rindge, and other events.  Pictured above, players get in line for a meal that consisted of barbequed pork ribs and barbequed chicken, chili, baked beans, multiple salads, and tons of cookies and brownies.  No one left hungry from the dinner, which was held in the Hilltop House at the Cathedral of the Pines.
 
 
Rotarians Serve Hungry Football Players!
 
Over twenty Rotarians cooked, grilled, prepared food, served, and helped to make the event a success!  Rotarians from both ends of the serving line are shown, as they filled the plates of hungry football players.  Nearly 200 lbs. of barbequed pork ribs and barbequed chicken were consumed.  A hungry bunch!
 
 
Coach Gas Thanks the FPU Football Team and Rotary
 
Coach Gas thanks the Team for their hard work in support of various Rotary activities, as well as giving a shout out to the Rotary Club for their preparation of the dinner.  Who says a little rain stopped Rotarians?  
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President's Message (September 7, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
As we move closer to the Fall, I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.  It was good to see many of you at our weekly meeting this last Thursday.  
 
The Board of Directors will meet tomorrow morning at 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines; there is NO weekly breakfast meeting this week, given the Labor Day holiday; however, we will be hosting a dinner event for the Franklin Pierce University football team starting at 5:00pm on Thursday at the Hilltop House at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge.    Thanks to all for their volunteerism and, especially, a huge thank you to Andy Lawn for spearheading this event! 
 
A reminder to block the date for Thursday morning on 9/23 when District Governor John-Bob will be our guest speaker.   
 
I look forward to seeing our club out at full force Thursday evening; our next breakfast meeting will be Thursday, September 16th, at 7:15am at FPU.
 
Have a great afternoon/week, and enjoy this beautiful afternoon,
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
Pictures from our September 2nd meeting at Franklin Pierce University
 
 
Welcome "Home," Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club !
 
After a year and a half, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club once again met at our "home" of several years. As a nice surprise, FPU President Kim Mooney came down to our breakfast meeting and welcomed us back
 
 
Jed and Jon Do Happy Fines
 
 
Jon Frederic and Jed Brummer did the honors with Happy Fines.  Don Upton (center) had Happy Birthday sung to him on his "39th."  Meanwhile, Clay Hollister (bottom) announced he was celebrating with Caroline their 54th wedding anniversary.  Always nice to hear such good news.
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Honors FPU Football Team -- Andy Lawn Updates
 
Never one for a loss at words, our Andy Lawn updates his fellow Rotarians on progress for the September 9th Recognition Cookout for the Franklin Pierce University Football Team.  Upwards of 120 players, Rotarians, and spouses are expected at the Lawn residence to honor the Team for their several involvements at Rotary functions over the past few years.
 
 
Gotcha', Sam!!
 
We caught Sam Lafortune in a candid moment, as Harold and Peter Davis looked on.  Good to have Peter back with us after his recent visit to the hospital.
 
 
Random Shots
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (August 31, 2021)

Good afternoon, fellow Rotarians. Happy Tuesday
 
I would like to thank all of the Rotarians who made it over to Hannaford’s earlier today for the Food Bank distribution; it was busier than I expected, and many hands make for light work, thank you.  A special thanks to Coach Russell Gaskamp and his Franklin Pierce Football Team for assisting – it is much appreciated.   
 
This week, we will be meeting Thursday at Franklin Pierce University, at 7:15am.  I am looking forward to coming back home to the FPU campus.  Our big topic to cover this week is our football team recognition dinner to be held at Andy Lawn’s home on Thursday, September 9th, starting at 5:00pm.  We are expecting a large crowd that evening, so everyone’s participation and involvement would be great.  We will share details this Thursday.   
 
Enjoy the beautiful weather this afternoon, and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning at Franklin Pierce.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
Food Bank Distribution at Hannaford's
 
Thanks to the FPU Football Team and 10 Rotarians who helped!
 

          
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President's Message (August 24, 2021)

Good morning fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone safely survived Tropical Storm Henri and that you are looking forward to seeing the sun for a few days the rest of the week.   We will be meeting this Thursday, August 26th, at 7:45am, at the Woodbound Inn
 
This will be our last summer breakfast meeting at the Woodbound.  Our guest speaker will be the Executive Director/President of the Monadnock United Way, Liz Larose.  She will be providing an update on how the past 18 months have been for the United Way, given all that has taken place, and she will be highlighting some of the programs that directly serve residents in our geographic area.
 
A few dates to set aside as details come together on the following:
 
  • Tuesday, August 31st = Food Bank Distribution at Hannaford's in Rindge, 11am - 1:00pm.  Rotarian volunteers needed.
  • Thursday evening, September 9th = we will host the FPU football team for a dinner for all of their volunteer efforts the past two years, led by Head Coach Russell Gaskamp.  Rotarian Andy Lawn is greatly assisting in spearheading this event. 
  • Saturday, October 2nd = we are in process of renting tent space for a tailgating event at the FPU football game that day.  It will be similar to the event we held there two years ago, and exact details will follow. They will be playing Assumption College, with a 1:00pm game start time. 
  • Friday, October 29th = please save the date for our Annual Raffle/Fundraising Event to be held that evening at the Woodbound Inn.   Rotarians Jon Frederick and Stephanie Porter are assisting me with the preliminary details, and we will be looking to recruit some additional Rotarians to join us to plan this event and coordinate all of the details, etc.
 
Finally, we remember Rotarian Russ Robertson, who passed away on July 7th.  A "Celebration of Life" at the Robertson home in Dublin this past Saturday honored Russ's memory.
 
I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday morning... and wish you a great week,
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
         Russell Wright Robertson (1939-2021)
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President's Message (August 17, 2021)

Good morning, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope all is well. We will be meeting on Thursday, August 19th, at the Woodbound Inn at 7:45am.  The program agenda is still being finalized at this moment.   
 
As a reminder, we will be moving to Franklin Pierce University starting on Thursday, September 2nd, with a start time of 7:15am. 
 
As mentioned - due to CDC revised guidelines - the Rotary District is "strongly recommending" we return to wearing masks for inside meetings.  Based on this, the Board of Directors is "strongly recommending" we begin the mask protocol starting next week when we are moving about the breakfast meeting.  Please see the email below that was received from District Governor John Bob.
 
Enjoy your week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben 
 
 
CDC Updates Guidance on Mask Wearing for Indoor Meetings”
 
Summary:  Out of an abundance of caution we are recommending that clubs in areas which the CDC defines as having “substantial” transmission follow the new CDC guidance asking that all attending indoor meetings wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status.
 
As of 7 August this would include clubs in the following counties:
 
NH:  All Counties have substantial transmission except Sullivan County
 
VT:   Bennington County in southern VT
 
Why has CDC Updated its Guidance?
 
CDC has been tracking the seven day average case rate and percent positivity and in the past weeks they have seen significant increased activity across the country associated with the Delta variant.  At the following website you can view both the current situation (by State and County) as well as see the progression over time in a country-wide projection ( https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view ).
 
These cases have been in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.  Importantly, people who have been vaccinated generally have mild disease and are not being hospitalized.  However, vaccinated people who become infected may be a risk to uninfected people and those with compromised immune systems.  So, wearing a mask will help protect them.
 
What are NH and VT Government Guidances?  The State of NH Best Practices guidance has not changed.  While that guidance, issued in May 2021, has removed all mandates it also notes that businesses, organizations, and individuals should review the CDC guidance.
 
The State of VT removed all CoVID restrictions in June and VTOSHA guidance in June refers employers to CDC guidance as well.
 
How long will this last and should we stop our in person and hybrid meetings?  We cannot predict when this will end, but we continue to monitor the data.  We appreciate the efforts for clubs to open up again and following these face covering guidelines is an added precaution that will help you continue that practice safely.  We hope that we may see what has been seen with Delta in the UK and India, where there was a sudden drop in cases, suggesting that the virus may have “burned itself out.”
 
 
 
 
Pictures from our August 10th meeting...
 
 
Cynthia McGuire, CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital
 
With nearly eighteen months of the pandemic behind us, CEO Cynthia McGuire shared some of the challenges experience by the Monadnock Community Hospital and lessons learned.  The Delta Variant has caused a major surge in the United States, as well as world-wide.  Cynthia entertained questions from Rotarians at the end of her presentation.  She also won the 50/50 Raffle... and donated it back to the Club! 
 
 
Many Rotarians Attended the Celebration of Life of Bill Driscoll
 
Funny stories abounded and good memories were shared by friends and relatives of the late Bill Driscoll at his Celebration of Life that was held at the Meetinghouse on Thursday, August 12th.  Many Rotarians and spouses were there to remember Bill -- a Korean War Veteran, a firefighter, a town "character," haberdasher extraordinaire, and - as we best remember him - a Rotarian and Friend.
 
 
Abigail Wheeler, Recipient of $2500 Rotary Scholarship
 
Past President Jed Brummer congratulates Abigail Wheeler (center), who was selected to receive the 2021 Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Scholarship.  The award, given annually, recognizes a young adult who graduates from an area high school and who "exemplifies academic excellence and service to community."  Abigail will matriculate at James Madison University in Virginia, majoring in elementary education. Looking on proudly is Ann Wheeler, Abigail's mother.
 
 
Arriving in Style!
 
Rotarian and Jaffrey Town Manager Jon Frederick has a nice set of wheels -- two of them!  Admiring Jon's motorcycle shortly after he arrived for Thursday's Breakfast Meeting are Rotarian "wannabe" bikers Clay Hollister, Jed Brummer, and Bruce Edwards.
 
 
Cathedral of the Pines 75th Anniversary
 
Executive Director of the Cathedral of the Pines and fellow Rotarian Patricia Vargas shared insights about the 75th Anniversary of the Cathedral of the Pines that - this past weekend - featured a number of programs, speakers, and the nearly 300-foot Vietnam Wall Traveling Memorial, which was open to the public.  Greg Walsh, a member of the Board of Trustees and a fellow Rotarian, shared additional insights, including the new Cathedral of the Pines pins and commemorative medallions that were struck for the celebration.
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians Meet at Woodbound Inn in August
 
 
The Philly Photographer was at it again, taking pictures at our August 10th Breakfast Meeting.  Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians have welcomed again getting back to breakfast meetings, camaraderie and fellowship, good-natured ribbing, and interesting guest speakers.  We will meet at the Woodbound Inn until the end of August, at which time we will return (finally!!) to Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, September 2nd, with a meeting starting time at 7:15am and an ending time of 8:30am.
 
 
 
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President's Message (August 10, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you are enjoying the return to the summer weather we are enjoying after an "interesting" July.   My wife and I enjoyed a movie at the Park Theatre on Saturday evening, and we will be back. 
 
This week, we meet Thursday, August 12th, at 7:45am, at the Woodbound Inn.  The meeting will kick off promptly at 8:00am with breakfast; we have a fairly full agenda with guest speaker, Cynthia McGuire, the CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital.  We will also be recognizing our 2021 Rotary Scholarship Recipient, and we will be providing updates from the Board of Directors' meeting being held this Wednesday. 
 
Please remember that a Celebration of Life for Bill Driscoll will occur on Thursday afternoon, at 2:00pm, at the Meetinghouse in Jaffrey Center.  Bill was a long-time Rotarian, and sadly missed.
 
Have a great week, and I hope to see you all on Thursday morning.
 
Yours in Service, 
 
Ben
 
 
 
Pictures from our Thursday, August 3rd, meeting... 
 
 
 
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President's Message (August 3, 2021)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
Wishing you a great week!  The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet this week, on Thursday, August 5th, and for the remainder of August, at the Woodbound Inn.  Socializing begins at 7:45am; the meeting begins at 8:00am, with breakfast being served shortly after the eight o'clock hour.
 
Starting with our first meeting in September, we will be back home at Franklin Pierce University.  Our meeting time will start Thursday, September 2nd, at 7:15am with breakfast at 7:30am. 
 
The Board of Directors will meet next Wednesday, August 11th, at 8:00am, at the Cathedral of the Pines
 
I would like to express my appreciation to Bill Coleman (and back-up Donna Senechal) for stepping up to handle the guest speakers and invocation schedule for the upcoming year, along with Sheila Bergeron for volunteering to be our new Sargent at Arms.  Thank you very much! 
 
Don't forget -- Rotary will be helping with the First Church Fair parking on Wednesday, August 4th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm! 
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs from our July 29th meeting:
 
 
Todd Croteau, Jaffrey Superintendent of Highways and Facilities, Guest Speaker
 
Todd Croteau, Jaffrey's Superintendent of Highways and Facilities, shared how his department handled the challenges of the recent weekend rainstorm of two weeks ago, one in which nearly eight inches of rain fell on Jaffrey and surrounding areas.  Complimenting Todd and his team for their great work, Town Manager and Rotarian Jon Frederick also complemented Todd's information with that of his own. In addition, Jon filled in for vacationing Club President Ben Wheeler.
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians Socializing at our July 29th meeting
 
 
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President's Message (July 27, 2021)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's good to be meeting again in person.  Our Thursday, July 29th, meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will again be at the Woodbound Inn.  Fellowship starts at 7:45am, with our formal meeting beginning at 8:00am, at which time breakfast will be served.
 
With thunderstorms scheduled for southwest New Hampshire this evening and rain much of the morning on Wednesday, it seems we are having a VERY wet July.  Memories of nearly 8" of rain the weekend before still remain.  The Towns of Jaffrey and Rindge and their emergency services were put to the test.  Our guest speaker this Thursday is Todd Croteau, Jaffrey's Superintendent of Highways and Facilities, who will share with us how his team coped with the massive rainfall, the challenges they faced, and how damage was minimized to our roadways.  Complementing Todd's perspective, our own Jon Frederick will share additional insights.
 
Good news... after an absence of nearly 18 months, we will be heading back to Franklin Pierce University for our weekly breakfast meetings once school begins in mid-August.  Stay tuned for a date for our return.  
 
Remember August 4th -- Owen Houghton will be looking for Rotarians to help with the annual First Church parking from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
Pictures from our Thursday, July 22nd, meeting:
 
 
Elm City Rotary's Patty Farmer Receives Check from Charitable Giving
 
Patty Farmer, Elm City Rotary in Keene, receives a check from Gail Therriault, Charitable Giving Chairperson, to support that Rotary Club's Follow ME (Mover Everyday) Sneakers project. During the months of May and June, the  Elm City Rotary club delivered more than 600 pairs of New Balance sneakers to second graders at 27 schools in the Monadnock region, including grade schools in Jaffrey and Rindge. In addition, they brought frisbees and jump ropes for more than 630 third graders whom they were unable to visit last year due to pandemic-related school closures.  Their Club also gifted each school with a set of double dutch ropes!  Following the presentation, Patty was our Guest Speaker.
 
 
 
Rotary Raffle Party is Coming!
 
President Ben Wheeler updates the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on the Raffle Party that will be hosted at a new location this year, Woodbound Inn, in late October.  Let your friends know that you will have tickets shortly!
 
 
 
Karyn Wears Her Pin -- Do You?
 
Rumor has it that if you are not wearing your pin, Happy Fines will tap your wallet for a buck!
 
 
Owen Houghton is Back... and Up to His Old Tricks
 
Unbeknownst to Bernie Hampsey, Owen Houghton hams it up for the camera.  Owen reminds us of the August 4th First Church Fair and our annual participation to help with parking from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
 
 
 
The Roaming Cameraman...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (July 20, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians!   
 
We will be meeting again at the Woodbound Inn on Thursday, July 22nd, at 7:45am, with breakfast to start at 8:00am.   Patty Farmer, Jaffrey Resident and Elm City Rotary club member, will be our guest speaker. 
 
A couple of follow-ups from last week's meeting will include the following items:
  • Volunteers - parking at the First Church event, August 4 
  • Volunteers - parking at Shelter From the Storm, August 15 
  • Annual Rotary District golf outing on Friday, August 20. 
  • Club Committee assignments for members.
  • October Raffle Party
 
Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs from our Meeting on Thursday, July 15th
 
 
President Ben's First Meeting!
 
President Ben Wheeler presides over his first meeting as President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.  Twenty-One Rotarians were present to wish Ben well and congratulate him on a meeting run well.
 
 
Club Recognizes Paul Harris Fellow Kathleene Card
Rotary Foundation Chairperson Clay Hollister recognizes our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Kathleene Card, for her generosity in making a major monetary contribution to Rotary International. Kathleen would have been honored at Gavel Night
 
 
Reverend Kathleene Card's Invocation
 
Reverend Kathleene Card can always be counted on to deliver a spirited Invocation to being our meeting.
 
 
As Jed Brummer Would Say, "Breakfast! Breakfast!"
 
Greg Walsh, Bill Coleman, and Bill Raymond fill up at the Woodbound Inn Breakfast Buffet, as the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary returns to regularly scheduled breakfast meetings.  When this photographer last looked, the warming trays were pretty empty of food!
 
 
We Remember the 50/50 Raffle!
 
It was Kathleene Card's day.  Not only was she recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, she also won the first 50/50 Raffle which we have had in over a year.  Kathleene donated her winnings back to the Club.
 
 
Rotarians Chatted It Up Prior to Breakfast
 
 
 
The Calm Before The Storm
 
Bob Schaumann snapped this picture of Mt. Monadnock on his way home from Woodbound Inn. The serene view and blue skies changed two days later, as the Jaffrey-Rindge area was deluged with nearly 8" of rain, which did major damages to area roads, as well as causing considerable flooding.
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President's Message (July 13, 2021)

Good morning, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday with family and friends. 
 
The Board of Directors will be meeting on Wednesday morning at 8:00am at The Cathedral of the Pines.  We will also hold our weekly breakfast meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club at the Woodbound Inn on this Thursday, starting at 7:45am and finishing by 9:00am.  We will be utilizing the Woodbound Inn for at least our July breakfast meetings until we finalize details for August. 
 
I look forward to seeing you all in person this Thursday, and I wish you a productive week ahead.
 
Thanks,
 
Ben
 
 
Do you remember...
 
 
The Secret of Eternal Youth???
 
Former President Jed Brummer and new President Ben Wheeler discuss the merits of the Youth Elixir that Ben is holding.  Rumor has it that they found the bottle hidden in the rafters of Peter Russell's barn shortly after the Gavel Night festivities had concluded.  Well, not really.  Yet, if you think both look about ten years younger, you're right.  This picture was taken at the Raffle Party in November 2012.
 
 
Remember the Shattuck?
 
Bill Raymond, with checkbook in hand, past President Sheila Bergeron, and Owen Houghton share a laugh at a 2017 breakfast meeting at the Shattuck.
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President's Message (July 7, 2021)

Hi Rotarians,
 
Hope you had a good Fourth of July.  As this is a holiday week, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will not meet.
 
Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 15th, at 8:00am, at the Woodbound Inn (and not the Civic Center, as originally planned).  Come at 7:45am for coffee and fellowship.  We will meet at the Woodbound Inn through the month of July.   A guest speaker is planned for our next meeting. 
 
For planning purposes, the Board will meet on Wednesday, July 14th.  Site TBA.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
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President's Message (June 22, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Don’t forget Gavel Night on Thursday at 5:00pm, at the Russell’s, 4 Gilson Road, in Jaffrey.  I'd like to have all hands on deck to welcome our new President, Ben Wheeler.  The weather looks to be terrific.  Please park in the field near the barn.  For those for whom walking may present a challenge, you may park behind the house.
 
Rotarians, I want to thank you all for your help and support during this COVID year.  To say the least, it’s been different.  In-person meetings are now our future.
 
See you all on Thursday!

A Rotarian in Service, 
 
Jed
 
 
Photographs from our June 15th Meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines 
 
 
 
Mary Drew, CEO and Founder of Reality Check, Our Guest Speaker
 
Mary Drew, CEO and Founder of Reality Check, was our guest speaker at our most recent meeting.  With its mission to "Holistically reduce drug and alcohol use, addiction, and overdose, and the related social and economic costs to youth, adults, families, and businesses by providing comprehensive addiction services," this non-profit organization has seen an uptick in a demand for its services due to the pandemic.  During her presentation, Mary talked to what she is seeing regionally relative to addiction and related illnesses during what has been a trying year.
 
 
Dr. Tom Bennett Listens to Mary Drew
 
One of two dozen Rotarians present at our weekly meeting, Rotarian and physician Dr. Tom Bennett took a particular interest in Mary Drew's presentation.
 
 
Ben Wheeler Gets Ribbed
 
President-elect Ben Wheeler got some good-natured ribbing from Mary Drew during her informative presentation on the impact of COVID in towns in which Reality Check provides services.  Seems that Mary and Ben were grade school classmates.  You'll have to ask Ben why he was the subject of the ribbing!
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians Listened Intently as Mary Drew Shared the Realities of Addiction During the Pandemic.
 
Over two dozen Rotarians and guests learned what is needed and what currently is available insofar as addiction and treatment for those in need. Mary Drew painted a realistic picture that communicated the desperate need for treatment facilities for overwhelming numbers of those affected by addition in New Hampshire
 
 
Donna Senechal, Our Newest Director, Enjoys A Laugh
 
Donna Senechal, busier than ever with her successful "From Dust to Shine" company, enjoys listening to President-elect Ben Wheeler getting ribbed by Reality Check's Mary Drew.  
 
 
Our Two Newest Rotarians
 
Patricia Vargas and Karyn Andreozzi, our two newest Rotarians, were captured at the same table.
 
 
Ernie Found, Guest of David Jefferies
 
Ernie Found, a Trustee of the Cathedral of the Pines, is a potential Rotarian.  A guest of David Jefferies, Ernie also had David's new pooch, "Elsa," with him.
 
 
Bill Coleman To Be Inducted as our Newest Rotarian
 
In what will be one of his last official duties, President Jed Brummer will induct Bill Coleman, a resident of Rindge, as our newest Rotarian at the Gavel Night festivities this Thursday. Bill is a retired Director at United Healthcare. Joining Bill at his induction will be his wife, Joan.
 
 
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President's Message (June 15, 2021)

This Thursday’s meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on June 17th will be in person at the Cathedral of the Pines at 8:00am.  Our guest speaker will be Mary Drew from Reality Check, who will share insights on how the pandemic has impacted addiction, both locally and nationally.
 
Our Thursday meeting will be the last regular meeting of the 2020-2021 Rotary year before Gavel Night on Thursday, June 24th, at 5:30pm.  Gavel Night will be catered by our very own Stephanie Porter.   Wine and drinks are BYOB. 
 
As in years past, Peter and Jinnie Russell have graciously agreed to host our annual soiree.  Jinnie’s flowers will be in full bloom -- a beautiful site for a great party.  Be sure to RSVP to Bob Schaumann if you have not done so already so that we have an accurate headcount for victuals.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed

PS. Ben, I’ll bring an extra drink for you - what’s your pleasure?
 
 
 
Our Most Recent Rotary Meeting, June 10th.  Pictures by Bob Schaumann
 
 
Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, Our Guest Speaker
 
Bill Gardner, the longest-serving Secretary of State in New Hampshire and the United States, addressed the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.  In his presentation, Secretary Gardner shared how New Hampshire has maintained a steady course that has resulted in being in the Top 5 states insofar as voter turnout in the Presidential Elections, despite considerable efforts by other states and PACs to "make simpler" the process of voting. 
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians Listen Intently to Secretary of State Gardner
 

Along with two dozen Rotarians, we hosted the Town Moderators from Jaffrey (Mark Tieger), Rindge (Charlie Eicher), and Milford (Peter Basiliere), who were invited by SAU47 moderator Bob Schaumann.  Rotarian Bernie Hampsey also served as Town Moderator for Jaffrey before becoming a Superior Court Justice.  
 
 
District Governor-Elect John Bob Siemienowicz Joined Us
 
District Governor Elect John Bob Siemienowicz joined us at our Thursday meeting.  Speaking very briefly, he looks forward to working with President-elect Ben Wheeler in what he sees as a positive year for Rotary in 2021-2022.  John Bob is a member of the Milford Rotary Club.
 
 
Milford Town Moderator (and Rotarian) Peter Basiliere and Secretary of State Bill Gardner at the Schaumann's
 

Following the weekly meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, Bill met with area town and school district moderators at Bob and Diane Schaumann's home, during which time Bill shared what New Hampshire was doing to preserve our "First in the Nation" Presidential Primary, despite what other states and commonwealths have done in the past (and present) to derail the Granite State's "first" primary election.  Secretary Gardner informally met with them over coffee for two hours before heading back to Concord.   
President's Message (June 15, 2021) 2021-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 8, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, June 10th, at 8:00am, will be in person at the Cathedral of the Pines.  Our guest speaker will be Bill Gardner, New Hampshire‘s longest serving Secretary of State, and the longest serving Secretary of State in the history of the United States.
 
We will have coffee and donuts.  Please bring friends if they are interested in hearing our guest speaker, but try to give me a head's up if you plan to bring friends so that Stephanie can purchase refreshments, accordingly.
 
The Board of Directors will meet for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 9th, at the Cathedral of the Pines, at 8:00am.
 
Please put on your calendar our annual Gavel Night that will occur on Friday, June 24, at 5:00pm, at Peter and Jinnie's Russell's estate.
 
A Rotarian in service, 
 
Jed
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Bob Schaumann
 
 
Paddy McCarthy Honored by President Jed Brummer
 
Paddy McCarthy is retiring as a faculty member at Conant High School at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  Involved with the Interact Club for many years, she will be missed by students as a trusted and enthusiatic advisor.   During the afternoon meeting that was attended by faculty and students a few weeks ago, President Jed Brummer presented Paddy with a bouquet of flowers and shared reflections on Paddy's service to Rotary and to Interact.
 
 
Two New Rotarians Inducted -- Patricia and Karyn
 
by their sponsoring Rotarians Bob Schaumann and Russell Gaskamp, Patricia Vargas (second from left) and Karyn Andreozzi (second from right) are the newest Rotarians to be inducted into the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.  Presiding over the induction ceremony is President Jed Brummer.
 
 
Karyn Andreozzi Proudly Displays Her Certificate
 
Karyn Andreozzi, a senior at Franklin Pierce University, proudly displays her Certificate of Membership.  Joining the ceremony from Florida via ZOOM was her Rotarian grandmother, Paula, along with her mother and significant other from New England. 
 
 
Patricia Vargas, Executive Directer, Cathedral of the Pines, and New Rotarian
 
Patricia Vargas, the Executive Director the Cathedral of the Pines, joins Karyn Andreozzi as our two newest Rotarians.
 
 
Bill Coleman from Rindge -- Future Rotarian
 
Rindge's Bill Coleman first met Rotarians at the March Food Bank distribution at Hannaford's.  This is his second Rotary meeting, and we look forward to Bill's joining us on June 10th for his third meeting.  We may have an induction at our June 24th Gavel Night to welcome Bill to our Jaffrey-Rindge Rorary Club!
 
 
David Jeffries -- No Longer Our "Newest" Rotarian
 
Heard at our most recent meeting from David Jeffries lips, "Does this mean I am no longer the newest Rotarian?"  Absolutely, David!  We enjoy your sense of humor!
 
 
Dr. Fred Rogers, Franklin Pierce University - Our Guest Speaker
 
Hard to believe that millions of years ago that Mt. Monadnock was surrounded by other mountains, perhaps reminsicent of the Swiss Alps.  That's what Dr. Fred Rogers, Professor of Geology at Franklin Pierce University, shared in his interesting stories of what southwest New Hampshire looked like as Mother Earth's land mass was being formed.  Today's "turkey tracks" that we see on rocks when hiking up any of the trails to the summit originally were buried one to five miles BELOW the surface.  Such was the upheaval as a younger Earth was being formed.  What remains of what was once a series of mountains, now buried under the surface as a result of hundreds of millions of years of geologic formation, is this view that we all know so well:
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Enjoy Cameraderie of Once Again Getting Together
 
The smiling faces say it all.  It's good to be meeting again live and in person!
 
President's Message (June 8, 2021) 2021-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 1, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Due to the Memorial Day holiday week, there will be no meeting on Thursday of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club..  Our next meeting will be June 10th at 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines.  Our guest speaker will be New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner. 
 
It was nice to see so many Rotarians at Barbara Davis’ and Alan Clapp's memorial services. Two wonderful people to remember.
 
Thank you to all the Interactors that handed out American flags during the Memorial Day parade on Monday.
 
Please mark on your calendar June 24th.  This will be our annual Gavel Night at the Russell's at 5:00pm.  Thank you, Peter and Jinnie, for once again hosting this annual event.  More details to follow!
 
A Rotarian in-service,
 
Jed
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Bob Schaumann
 
 
Two New Rotarians Inducted -- Patricia and Karyn
 
Flanked by their sponsoring Rotarians Bob Schaumann and Russell Gaskamp, Patricia Vargas (second from left) and Karyn Andreozzi (second from right) are the newest Rotarians to be inducted into the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.  Presiding over the induction ceremony is President Jed Brummer.
 
 
Karyn Andreozzi Proudly Displays Her Certificate
 
Karyn Andreozzi, a senior at Franklin Pierce University, proudly displays her Certificate of Membership.  Joining the ceremony from Florida via ZOOM was her Rotarian grandmother, Paula, along with her mother and significant other from New England. 
 
 
Patricia Vargas, Executive Directer, Cathedral of the Pines, and New Rotarian
 
Patricia Vargas, the Executive Director the Cathedral of the Pines, joins Karyn Andreozzi as our two newest Rotarians.
 
 
Bill Coleman from Rindge -- Future Rotarian
 
Rindge's Bill Coleman first met Rotarians at the March Food Bank distribution at Hannaford's.  This is his second Rotary meeting, and we look forward to Bill's joining us on June 10th for his third meeting.  We may have an induction at our June 24th Gavel Night to welcome Bill to our Jaffrey-Rindge Rorary Club!
 
 
David Jeffries -- No Longer Our "Newest" Rotarian
 
Heard at our most recent meeting from David Jeffries lips, "Does this mean I am no longer the newest Rotarian?"  Absolutely, David!  We enjoy your sense of humor!
 
 
Dr. Fred Rogers, Franklin Pierce University - Our Guest Speaker
 
Hard to believe that millions of years ago that Mt. Monadnock was surrounded by other mountains, perhaps reminsicent of the Swiss Alps.  That's what Dr. Fred Rogers, Professor of Geology at Franklin Pierce University, shared in his interesting stories of what southwest New Hampshire looked like as Mother Earth's land mass was being formed.  Today's "turkey tracks" that we see on rocks when hiking up any of the trails to the summit originally were buried one to five miles BELOW the surface.  Such was the upheaval as a younger Earth was being formed.  What remains of what was once a series of mountains, now buried under the surface as a result of hundreds of millions of years of geologic formation, is this view that we all know so well:
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Enjoy Cameraderie of Once Again Getting Together
 
The smiling faces say it all.  It's good to be meeting again live and in person!
 
 
 
President's Message (June 1, 2021) 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 25, 2021)

 
Hello fellow Rotarians,

This week's meeting will be in person at the Cathedral of the Pines on Thursday, May 27th, at 8:00am. 
 
Lots going on this week -- our guess speaker will be Dr. Fred Rogers, Professor of Geology at Franklin Pierce University.  We will be inducting two new Rotarians -- Patricia Vargas and Karyn Andreozzi.
 
There is no meeting June 3rd due to the Memorial Day observance.  Our next meeting will be June 10th, and our speaker will be the longest serving Seecretary of State in the United States, our own Bill Gardner who will share insights on the news relative to voter law changes in the United States, impact on New Hampshire, the Windham audit, etc.
 
Thank you, Clay, and fellow Rotarians, for a record breaking RI Foundation drive.  Nearly 80% of our Rotarians participated. 
 
Please keep in mind the following dates this week for the memorial services for Barbara Davis and Alan Clapp.
  • Friday, May 28th, Jaffrey Meetinghouse, 1:00pm (Barbara Davis)
  • Saturday, May 29th, Cathedral of the Pines, 11:00am (Al Clapp)
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (May 25, 2021) 2021-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 18, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
There is no Rotary meeting this week.  Our next meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be on Thursday, May 27th, via ZOOM at 8:00am... join us for informal chat at 7:45am.
 
Our program will include Dr. Fred Rogers, Franklin Pierce University, Professor of Geology.  We will also welcome and induct our two newest Rotarians, Karyn Andreozzi and Patricia Vargas.
 
Please circle on your calendar the dates for the upcoming memorial services for our departed Rotarians or spouses, as follows:
 
         Friday, May 28th, 1:00pm -- Barbara Davis, wife of Rotarian Peter Davis
         Old Burying Grounds at the Jaffrey Meetinghouse
 
         Saturday, May 29th, 11:00am -- Rotarian Al Clapp
         Cathedral of the Pines
 
         Thursday, August 12th, 2:00pm -- Rotarian Bill Driscoll
         Old Burying Grounds at the Jaffrey Meetinghouse
 
 
Enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the grass grow!

A sunny Rotarian in service.  
 
Jed
President's Message (May 18, 2021) 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 11, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

There are two Rotary meetings this week.  The first is the Board of Directors' meeting at The Cathedral of the Pines, Wednesday, May 12th, at 8:00am.  The second is the weekly meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, May 13th, at 8:00am via ZOOM.  Chat begins at 7:45am.
 
Although we don't have a guest speaker this week, the schedule is firming up for some good informative sessions over the next month.  Dr. Fred Rogers, a professor at Franklin Pierce University, will join us on May 27th.  You'll learn about what you "see" daily - but perhaps on which we don't reflect, geologically speaking - as we drive around our southwest corner of New Hampshire.
 
After last week's meeting, I think we can conclude that we have two very competent police chiefs in both Jaffrey and Rindge. Good meeting and VERY informative.  Thanks, Chief Muilenberg and Chief Anair!
 
The Board will review the slate of proposed Board members for 2021-2022 for presentation to the Club.  Here is the proposed slate:
 
        President: Ben Wheeler
        Immediate Past President: Jed Brummer
        President Elect: VACANT
        Vice President: David Jeffries
        Treasurer: Bill Raymond
        Secretary Bob: Schaumann
        Sargent-at-Arms: VACANT
        Director 2023: Gail Therriault
        Director 2023: Sam LaFortune
        Director 2024: Russell Gaskamp
        Director 2024: Donna Senechal

    
A Rotarian in-service,
 
Jed
 
President's Message (May 11, 2021) 2021-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 4, 2021)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be on Thursday, May 6th, at 8:00am via ZOOM..
 
Our speakers on Thursday will be two Rotarians  -- our own Jaffrey Police Chief Todd Muilenberg and Rindge Police Chief Dan Anair.  They will host an open discussion on the topics of police accountability, police reform, "Defund the Police," etc., topics that have been in the news recently.  They welcome your questions on the subject of current-day policing in our neighborhoods. 
 
The Food Bank distribution at Hannaford's this morning at 11:30am is ON, rain or shine.  A good Rotary presence is always welcome. See you there!
 
Please remit your Rotary International donations as soon as possible, so I don’t have Clay on my back.
 
We want to think Rotarian Russell Gaskamp for bringing members of the Franklin Pierce University football team to help us on last Saturday’s roadside cleanup.  Gas exemplifies service above self.  Thank you, again.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (May 4, 2021) 2021-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 27, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be via ZOOM on Thursday, April 29th, at 8:00am -- chat starts at 7:45am.
 
Our Guest Speaker Thursday will be George Scollin, a former agent with the National Security Agency.  George, who spoke at the Milford Rotary in early April, shared interesting insights relative to what now is declassified information that - back then - was classified as Top Secret.  
 
Interesting silhouette style | Spy party, Secret agent party, Secret agent
George Scolin's presentation will be on:     
"The Life of a Former NSA Agent"
 
Should be fascinating and spooky!
 
 
We received a nice email from Catholic Charities (they run the Food Bank), thanking the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club for our help with the March and April food distribution at Hannaford's.   With the warmer weather coming (it's true!), they again welcome our helping out on May 4th (Tuesday) at Hannaford's.  Let's get there by 11:30am, and we should be done by 1:00pm.  Coach Gas, the FPU football team is also welcome to join us!  Great to have them with us last month!
 
Don’t forget roadside pick up this Saturday morning at 8:00am -- need all hands on deck. Mike Shea and Andy Lawn have teetimes at 9:30am. Let’s make it happen.

It was a special time for Rotarians two weeks ago when we reflected via ZOOM on our Covid experiences this past year; let’s hope we’re back to some normalcy by summer.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Message (April 27, 2021) 2021-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 20, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Breaking news!
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet in fellowship in person at the Cathedral of the Pines this Thursday, April 22nd, at 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  We will respect the wearing of masks and social distancing, and that attendees have received at least one COVID shot.  It will be BYOB, and bring your own hors d’oeuvres.  We will meet in the newly-expanded Hilltop House, which will give us plenty of space.
 
On the marquee, our guest speaker will be Caroline Krause Hollister, who will update us on the Park Theater.  I'm sure you have seen the new marquee that was installed last week!
 
Looking ahead, remember that the Jaffrey Town Meeting will be this Saturday at the Hope Fellowship Church at 9:00am - same venue as last year, i.e., in our cars.  The following Saturday, May 1st, will be the Roadside Clean-up that was postponed from last week due to the Spring snowstorm. We will meet at 8:00am at the usual place. Who will win the coveted Fireball Whiskey Award for Spring 2021?
 
Looking forward to a large turn out on Thursday and good camaraderie.
 
A Rotarian in service,  
 
Jed
 
President's Message (April 20, 2021) 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 13, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be via ZOOM at 8:00am on Thursday, April 15th.  The Rotary Board of Directors will meet at the Cathedral of the Pines at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 14th.
 
Please rememember that the Rotary Roadside Pickup will be at 8:00am this Saturday, April 17th.  We meet at West Rindge Builders on Route 202.   Please, all hands on deck so we can complete the job in one hour.  Many of us have tee times in the morning. More hands save time! 🏌️‍♂️😃
 
Thanks to all who helped with the Food Pantry distribution last week!
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (April 13, 2021) 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 6, 2021)

Good afternoon, Rotarians,

There is no meeting this Thursday because of Easter Sunday.  Our next meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be on Thursday, April 15th, at 8:00am via ZOOM. 
 
Thanks to all the Rotarians and Coach Gas with a half-dozen FPU football players who volunteered this morning at the Food Bank distribution in the Hannaford's parking lot. 
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
Rotarians at the Food Bank Distribution -- Hot Off the Presses!
 

 
Even with the masks, we can tell it's Greg, Owen, Bill, Peter, Bob, Gas, Jed, and Bruce. Missing is Sheila, who was busy distributing information to those awaiting food. Mea Culpa, Sheila, for not including our former Rotary President in the impromptu photogathering of the clan during a lull in the action at Hannaford's this morning!
 

             
President's Message (April 6, 2021) 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 30, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Our meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club is on Thursday, April 1st, via ZOOM at 8:00am.  April Fools’ Day - no joke.
 
Jon Fredrick will speak to us about Jaffrey’s present and future activities; Caroline Hollister will update us on the Park Theater.
 
Remember that the food pantry will be coming to Hannaford‘s in Rindge on Tuesday, April 6th. Our help, along with other volunteers, is welcome to set everything up for the expected 250 families, many of whom arrive well before noon distribution begins. Please let Bob Schaumann know if you can join him from 11 AM to 1 PM. Our help will be greatly appreciated.
 
No meeting next week due to the Easter holiday.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 15.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
President's Message (March 30, 2021) 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 23, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, March 25th, at 8:00am, will be via ZOOM.  Dr. Tom Bennett will lead us in a discussion on COVID-19 and update us on the latest relative to the pandemic.

As this email goes out to about 40 Rotarians, let’s try to reach out to those members who have been hesitant to join our meeting. Our fellowship is important to serve our community, locally and internationally. Please help our Rotarians who may be "technically challenged" so that they may join us on ZOOM.
 
The Food Pantry will be coming to Hannaford's in Rindge on Tuesday, April 6th.  Our help, along with other volunteers, is welcomed to set everything up for the expected 250 families, many of whom arrive well before the noon distribution begins.  Please let Bob Schaumann know if you can join him from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
 
The recent warm spring weather has put a smile on my face; let’s see a lot of smiling faces on Thursday.

A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Message (March 23, 2021) 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 16, 2021)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary via ZOOM on Thursday, March 18th, at 8:00am, will be orchestrated and conducted by President-elect Ben Wheeler.
 
Without a doubt, we all want to resume regular face-to-face meetings.  At Thursday's meeting, we will ask you to use the Chat Function to let our Secretary, Bob Schaumann, know that you are/or when you will be... fully vaccinated. 
 
Fully vaccinated is defined as "two full weeks have passed since your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.... or two weeks have passed since your single-shot of J&J vaccine."   This will help us to propose a strategy for the resumption of "safe" breakfast meetings, with a sensitivity to those younger Rotarians who may still be awaiting their vaccinations.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
President's Message (March 16, 2021) 2021-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 9, 2021)

Fellow Rotarians,

This week‘s meeting on Thursday, March 11th, via ZOOM, will bring together the most ourstanding group of Rotarians, all dedicated to service above self, to discuss how we can make a difference in our community.  Let’s be creative!
 
Last week's Food Bank distribution at Hannaford's on Wednesday saw nearly a dozen Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians volunteering to help. Nearly 250 families were beneficiaries of our distribution efforts, one in which we loaded cars that were lined up well before the planned noon distribution.  It went fast.  Thanks to all Rotarians who helped.  We even have a potential new Rotarian, too.
 
The Board of Directors meets at the Cathedral of the Pines on Wednesday, March 10th, at 8:00am.
 
ID and passcode for the Thursday ZOOM will be delivered on Wednesday -- I hope everybody can be connected.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Message (March 9, 2021) 2021-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 2, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
If you liked high winds, overnight did not disappoint.  The cold weather and frigid temperatures resulted in the cancellation of the Food Bank distribution at Hannaford's today (Tuesday) from 12 Noon to 2:00pm.
 
The Food Bank distribution has been rescheduled for Wednesday (tomorrow); same time, same place.  Thanks to several Rotarians, spouses, and Gas's FPU football team for volunteering to help out on Tuesday.   Let Bob Schaumann know of your availability for Wednesday.  
 
No meeting on Thursday, March 4th.  Our next meeting will be March 11th via ZOOM at 8:00 AM.
 
Meanwhile, the Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, March 10th, at 8:00am, at the Cathedral of the Pines.
 
The baby picture meeting was fun; let’s come up with something creative again.
 
In the meantime, let’s Spring eternal and winter be damned.
 
Yours in hibernation,
 
Jed
 
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President's Message (March 2, 2021) 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 23, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Our weekly meeting is Thursday, February 25th, at 8:00am, via ZOOM. 
 
Congratulations to our own Bernie Hampsey, recongnized by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce as its 2020 "Citizen of the Year."  In accepting the award, Bernie recognized his wife of many years, Jean, when he said, "I've been motivated, inspired. encouraged and supported by the love of my wife."  The presentation to Bernie, which includes an introduction by the 2019 receipient, Jeff Crocker, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Jaffrey-Chamber-of-Commerce-174960080741/videos/440068364000191
 
Recognized by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce was Cathy Furze, owner of Country Bridals and Formal Wear, as the Chamber's "Business of the Year," and the John Humiston American Legion Post 11 of Jaffrey, its "Non-Profit Business of the Year."  Congratulations to all!
 
Got a baby picture that hasn't see the light of day in years?   Send it to Bob Schaumann.  At Thursday's meeting, we'll display the pictures, but without an ID.  A prize goes to whoever best guesses "who is who."  
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
 

        
 
President's Message (February 23, 2021) 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 16, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
No meeting this week on Thursday, February 18th, due to the Presidents' holiday.  Our next meeting will be via ZOOM on Thursday, February 25th, at 8:00am.
 
FYI, Clay Hollister's and David Jeffries' driveways are closed today due to US Olympic luge tryouts.  Dr. Tom Bennett (Rindge luge construction contractor) has volunteered to be a race official.  Thank you all "For service above self."

A Rotarian in service,  
 
Jed
President's Message (February 16, 2021) 2021-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 9, 2021)
 

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

This week's ZOOM meeting on Thursday, February 11th, will be at 5:00pm.  Our meeting will be focused on FNE International and our efforts in Nicaragua.  Dr. Tom Bennett, John McCarthy, and Travis Kumph will introduce scholarship recipients and update us on our efforts there.
 
On a sidenote, Linda and I went to Keene to receive our first COVID-19 shots.  In the line were Owen Houghton and Amy, my friend Dick Reynells, and the Park Theatre's Steve Jackson.  John Hunt‘s wife, Linda, a RN, came out of her castle and administered the shots.  You never know into whom you might run.
 
Don’t forget the meeting's at 5 o’clock, and you’re allowed to have libation.  Just don’t spill any!
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (February 9, 2021)  2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 2, 2021)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Groundhog Day.  I would have bet that Punxsutawney Phil wouldn't come out of his burrow to see his shadow, given the snow that fell overnight along the Atlantic Seaboard.  However, he awoke this morning at 7:25am to perform his Groundhog Day duties -- and as he saw his shadow, six more weeks of winter are forecasted.  Are we surprised??
 
We meet on Thursday, February 4th, via ZOOM, at 8:00am, and we have an interesting guest speaker in Matt Cabana, a Temple resident.  His topic, as he describes it, "Mount Monadnock is the Beacon that draws people to the area and we do focus on Monadnock, but Xplore Monadnock and Xplore Real Estate, which went live on Tuesday, is really about the people, places and things that make this area so special.  We expect that when the dust settles in the next few years that we will see growth in our region, and we are committed to preserving and protecting the natural resources that make this area so unique." 
 
Listen to Matt's three-minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtBHA_ITAbs&feature=emb_logo
 
Meanwhile, be careful out there.   I don't think the snow will melt too soon!
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
President's Message (February 2, 2021) 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 26, 2021)
 

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet via ZOOM this Thursday, January 28th, at 8:00am.  ZOOM information will be sent to you tomorrow.

We will begin our meeting in our usual fashion and then have Happy Fines without monetary exchange.  Let’s be creative -- we need some levity in these tough times.  I’d like to hear your efforts in getting a date for the Covid 19 vaccine. In my case, not easy.   
 
Please remember dues are due -- please remit as soon as possible.
 
Keep smiling, stay safe, and see you all Thursday.  Cheers!
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed    
President's Message (January 26, 2021)  2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 19, 2021)

Fellow Rotarians,

Due to the MLK Day holiday, there will be no meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, January 21st.
 
Thank you to Rotarian Owen Houghton for his efforts in making the MLK Day rememberable.
 
Please check your email - Treasurer Bill Raymond has sent out dues notifications.  Please remit as soon as possible so that sergeant at arms Stephanie Porter doesn’t have to knock on your door!
 
Stay warm and healthy.  See you next week!
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
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President's Message (January 12, 2021)

Good morning, fellow Rotarians,
 
This weeks ZOOM meeting will be at 8:00am, Thursday, January 14th.  Owen will host a 20-minute preview of the Martin Luther King program.  
 
The Board of Directors will be meeting Wednesday at 8:00am in person at the Cathedral of the Pines at the Hilltop House. Board updates will be on the agenda for the Thursday morning meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.
 
Don't look now, but town and school district elections are right around the corner.  Filing for candidates for town and school district elected positions closes at the end of January in both Jaffrey and Rindge.   
 
I can’t wait for January to get be over -- I’m tired of hearing all the ads for weight loss and seeing ads for freezing critters.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
President's Message (January 12, 2021) 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 5, 2021)

Happy New Year, fellow Rotarians!
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, January 7, at 8:00am. The Board of Directors will be meeting at the Cathedral Pines' Hilltop House on Wednesday, January 13th, at 8:00am.
 
The topic for discussion at this weekly meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be how do we navigate through the New Hampshire winter amidst COVID-19.  Let’s be creative - the best idea will be submitted to Yankee Magazine.   Rotary updates will be provided, along with trinkets of club accomplishments.
 
Zoom passcodes will be announced Wednesday.

Miss you all, and I look forward to our Thursday’s meeting!
 
A Rotarian in service, 
 
Jed
President's Message (January 5, 2021) 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 15, 2020)
 

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no Rotary meeting this week.  Our next meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be via ZOOM on Thursday, January 7th, at 8:00am.
 
I want to think Rotarian Tom Bennett for orchestrating last week's ZOOM meeting, one that connected our Rotarians with FNE personnel working in Nicaragua.  Great job!  Let's hope that we can get more to contribute during this giving season. Thank you, Owen, too, for your related excellent article that will appear in the newspaper.  Well done!

My next communication will be the first week of January, so for now, Happy Holidays, joy, peace, be safe, and see you on ZOOM next year.

A Rotarian in service, 
 
Jed
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President's Message (December 8, 2020)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

May this email find you in good health and safe!
 
We have an in-person Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, December 9th, 8:00am, at the Cathedral of the Pines.
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, December 10th, at 5:00pm. 
 
The first snowfall of the season is a reminder to bring in the wood, stay warm, and drink responsibly, which means don’t spill any!
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
 
 
Our Newest Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarian -- David Jeffries
 

David Jeffries, our newest Rotarian, receives his Rotary Pin from sponsor Clay Hollister, at the Hollister residence half-way up Mt. Monadnock. This "high" honor occurred in late November.  Welcome David!
President's Message (December 8, 2020) 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 1, 2020)


Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are all saddened by the passing of our fellow Rotarian, Bill Driscoll, on Saturday, November 28th.
 
Owen Houghton reported that Bill passed away shortly after the noon hour.  Owen stopped in to visit Bill just a few minutes after his passing and noticed that he had on his red socks.  What a character!  Bill will be surely missed.  A memorial service is in the planning stages for sometime in the spring.
 
There will be no weekly Rotary meeting on Thursday, December 1st.  Our next meeting will be December 10th, at 5:00pm late afternoon, via ZOOM. The Board of Directors will meet December 9th at 8:00am ian the Cathedral of the Pines' Hilltop House.
 
Hopefully, all had a happy Thanksgiving and stayed safe. Let’s count our blessings, and remember Bill Driscoll and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
 
We remember... with fondness, respect, and sorrow at his passing.
 
President's Message (December 1, 2020) 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 24, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Enjoy family and friends, and - above all - be safe.
 
We welcomed to our club a new Rotarian, David Jeffries. David will be a great member and contributor.
 
Our next meeting will be early evening on Thursday, December 10th, at 5:30pm, via ZOOM.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
 
Jed
 
 
 
Free Turkey Clip Art for Thanksgiving
President's Message (November 24, 2020) 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 17, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,

Due to increasing numbers of active COVID-19 cases (31 in Rindge and 10 in Jaffrey), our meeting will be via ZOOM Thursday, November 19, at 8:00am.

The Membership Committee and the Board of Directors have unanimously nominated and approved David Jeffries for membership. The presentation will be made Thursday.

Our guest speaker will be Laura Christoph, PhD in Public Health and Nutrition.  She teaches at Franklin Pierce University, and her talk will be very timely.

Jack Frost greets us most mornings; let’s have warm fellowship and camaraderie via ZOOM.
 
Lastly, our thoughts and prayers are with Sam Lafortune, Stephanie Porter, Russ Gaskamp, and Bill Driscoll.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (November 17, 2020) 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 10, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no meeting this week because of Veterans Day.  Our next meeting will be 19 November in person at the VFW, Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Hopefully, all Rotarians can be present and we can do a ZOOM meeting for Peter Davis and anyone else that wants to be on ZOOM.
 
Beautiful Indian summer lately in November; colder temperatures ahead.  Our state flower is the purple lilac, just around the corner.
 
Speaker and cost of admissions will be announced soon.
 
Best wishes and happy Veterans Day,
 
Buck Sergeant Jed
 
President's Message (November 10, 2020) 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 3, 2020)

Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
Today is the most important election of our lifetimes. Vote, VOTE, VOTE!!!
 
There will be no meeting this Thursday, November 5th; I don’t want to deal with hangovers or depression.  We will take a week off.  However the Board will meet at the Cathedral of the Pines, Wednesday, November 4th, at 8:00am.  Bring your mask and coffee.

All is well in this neck of the woods; keep your distance and wear protective gear. Get ready for ski season by waxing your skis at Lahout’s, the oldest ski shop in America, located in Littleton, New Hampshire.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
P.S. Bill Driscoll and Stephanie Porter need our prayers for a speedy recovery.  If Bill Driscoll didn’t vote absentee, can someone volunteer to drive him to the polls?
 
 
Picture courtesy of President Jed Brummer
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Donates Masks to Town of Rindge
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary President Jed Brummer recently attended the Rotary District 7870 Million Mask distribution in Concord, part of a New England Rotary program to distribute some one million masks to first responders and other critical personnel in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Receiving some of these masks as part of District 7870's share is Rindge Town Administrator Sue Gravell and Rindge Police Chief (and Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarian) Dan Anair.
President's Message (November 3, 2020) 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (October 27, 2020)

Good morning, fellow Rotarians,
 
We had a successful roadside pick up, thanks to a crew of ten, two of who were non-Rotarians. With just eight Rotarians, Mike Shea is giving a heads up for the spring turn out - we need help. Thank you, Ginny Russell and Dick Reynolds.

This week's meeting will be in person at Woodbound Inn at 7:15am on October 29th; the cost of the breakfast, including tax and tip, will be $11.00.  Please bring cash or check.
 
'Tis the hunting season, and I tried to get an officer from Fish & Game; it was a longshot, and I missed.  They said, "Can’t speak until after the hunting season due to being undermanned and overworked." Still looking for a speaker, if anyone has a suggestion.
 
Don’t forget to mask up and keep social distance.  See you all Thursday, smiling and awake.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Message (October 27, 2020) 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (October 20, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As an old Yankee, I think this fall foliage season has been spectacular, and - therefore - I look forward to seeing your colorful faces on ZOOM this Thursday, October 22nd, at 7:15am.  Owen Houghton has an inspiring invocation and Bill Raymond, "The Voice," will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Several topics to discuss; bring your good thoughts, joys, and thanksgivings.
 
Remember that Saturday, October 24th, we have our rescheduled Roadside Pickup at 8:00am.  Last week, we were rained out.  Weather should be good THIS time around.  Meet at the usual place!

A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (October 20, 2020) 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (October 13, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no meeting this week, Thursday, October 15th, due to the Columbus Day or Indigenous Day holiday,
          
However, our services will be needed for Roadside Pickup on Saturday, October 17th, at 8:00am, with the 24th being a back-up date in case of rain. Mike Shea is asking for all hands on deck to make the pick up go quick and easy. Kick off is at West Ridge builders.

Rotarians thank Caroline, Clay, and Steve Jackson for inviting us to tour the almost completed Park Theatre. An outstanding achievement under difficult circumstances. Our best wishes for a quick opening.

A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
 
Photographs of the Park Theatre tour, conducted by Caroline Hollister, courtesy of Rotarian Bill Raymond

 
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President's Message (October 6, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We have the pleasure of meeting in person at the Park Theatre on Thursday, October 8th, at 8:00am.  Coffee and donuts will be made available, thanks to Stephanie Porter.  Caroline Hollister will have top billing, as she provides Rotarians and spouses a guided tour.  Don’t forget your face mask; there’s plenty of space to keep our social distance.
 
The Board Of Directors will meet this Wednesday, October 7th, at 7:30am, at the Cathedral of the Pines' Hilltop House.
 
Remember there will be no meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, October 15th, because of the Columbus Day holiday. The next meeting will be October 22nd.
 
A Rotarian in space,
 
Yours truly,
 
Jed
 
President's Message (October 6, 2020) 2020-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (September 29, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week we meet via ZOOM at 7:15am, Thursday morning, October 1st, to listen to our District Governor Steve Puderbaugh talk about the state of our district amid COVID-1.  Steve is serving during a difficult time; however, he is spearheading new initiatives such as the "Million Masks Distribution" on October 6th in Concord and the mobile food drive-in at Keene on October 8th. Steve, a veterinarian, owns and operates an animal hospital in Raymond, and he might be open to one or two critter questions. Let’s have all hands on ZOOM to welcome our district governor.

October 8th, we’re meeting in person at the Park Theatre and a tour of the almost-completed facility. Coffee and donuts will be served.  Any actors that wanna' perform their talents are welcome. Thank you, Clay and Caroline!
 
I also want to thank Jon Frederick for last week's excellent presentation on the waterfront.
 
Yours truly
 
Jed
 
 
Water, Water, Everywhere.... and coming up, plenty to drink!
 

Jaffrey Town Manager and fellow Rotarian Jon Frederick explains the history of the partnership of Jaffrey and the neighboring town of Peterborough relative to future water supplies that will benefit both towns, as well as local industry.  Jon's presentation on the waterfront at the Contoocook Lake public beach was well-received by Rotarians.  Coffee and donuts/muffins were eagerly scarfed down by hungry Rotarians and helped to fuel numerous questions about the project that were fielded by Jon.
 
President's Message (September 29, 2020) 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Remarks (September 22, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

This week's meeting will be at the Contoocook Public Beach on Thursday, September 24th, at 7:30 in the morning.  Coffee and donuts; donations accepted. 
 
Our speaker will be Jon Frederick, who will discuss Jaffrey’s water - past, present, and future.  Since we will be talking about water - at Jon’s inspiration - it is very appropriate to meet at the beach. Bring a beach chair.  Spouses are welcome.  Morning temperature will be around 50°. Thursday’s high will be 75°, so it will be a beautiful day to be on the water.
 
Contoocook Lake is at the headwaters of the Contoocook River, one of the few rivers that flows north, as most rivers flow south towards the equator.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Remarks (September 22, 2020) 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (September 15, 2020)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting on Thursday, September 17th, will be at 7:15am via ZOOM.  Up for discussion will be our future meetings - via ZOOM or in person?
 
At next week's meeting on September 24th, we will hear from one of our own, Jon Frederick, Jaffrey Town Manager, who will speak on the history of Jaffrey water, past, present, and its future.
 
Did you know that the first ski club in the United States was the Nansen Ski Club in Berlin, New Hampshire, established in 1882?
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
 
The Walk is Coming!!!!!!
September 26th and the 2020 Western NH Walk to End Alzheimer's.
 
Our committee has been working throughout the year to plan this year's event, and despite all of the adversity we are all currently experiencing, we have a great event planned.  We are thrilled to see a record number of teams signed up to participate, along with record local corporate giving! However……
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO COMPLETE THE WORK!!! To end this ravaging disease, we need your help in raising the dollars needed now more than ever for research, support, and education. Walking is so important to show your support, but it is mission-critical to have our walkers help us raise money for those impacted by Alzheimer's or another related dementia.
 
You can help by: 
  1. Asking people for their support and securing donations
  2. Giving to the event, if you're unable to join us in Walking
  3. Use Social Media as a way of letting your loved ones know how they can help your efforts!
  4. Start a Team
  5. Growing your team by recruiting more team members
 
Our group has done an outstanding job, but in all honestly, we can't finish the job without the help of the entire community.
 
Our 2019 Co-Chair, Owen Houghton, says, " The reality of the inevitable ending sustained our family to the end of her life, and we are honored to now celebrate her life with this Purple Flower tribute for all Deceased Alzheimer’s Victims: After living for 10 years in the shadow of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis,  Norma was set free from the prison of a disease without a cure.  Her family celebrated her release and recalled all the blessings of a life well-lived, hoping that someday the PURPLE FLOWER for deceased Alz victims would disappear.” Join Owen in helping us in our efforts to #ENDALZ by registering and fundraising for our 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
 
Please think about ways you could help us cross the finish line together. Thank you in advance, and together we can end Alzheimer's!
 
Sincerely your 2020 Committee,
President's Message (September 15, 2020) 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (September 8, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
No meeting this week due to the Labor Day holiday. The Board of Directors will meet Wednesday morning, September 9th, at our regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30am via ZOOM.

Rotarians, please keep in mind creative ideas for our virtual fundraiser to replace the traditional Raffle Party in November.  This could be a fundraiser that takes place in the Spring, too. 
 
Since my mind is in virtual reality these days given ZOOM and all the other technological advances, remember that the first American in space was Alan Shepard from East Derry, New Hampshire.  He was also the first human to carry a golf club to the moon.

Look forward to see y’all in space next week.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
President's Message (September 8, 2020) 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (September 1, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are meeting via ZOOM on Thursday morning, September 3rd, at 7:15am.
 
Our speaker will be Reuben Duncan, Superintendent of Schools for SAU47, who will speak about the pandemic, as well as the reinduction of students and teachers from kindergarten to high school. Think about questions you might want to ask, and let’s have a good showing.
 
Remember that the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club won’t be meeting next week because of Labor Day.
 
Since the schools are on our mind, please note that Sarah Hale from Newport, New Hampshire, was the one who wrote the song, ”Mary Had a Little Lamb."
 
Yours in service,
 
Jed
 
President's Message (September 1, 2020) 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (August 25, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no meeting this week on Thursday, August 27th.
 
There will be a ZOOM meeting the following week (Thursday, September 3rd), with Jaffrey/Rindge School District Superintendent Reuben Duncan as our guest speaker. It’ll be a good opportunity to learn about the SAU's re-opening and achieving objectives.

Hope all is well, and let’s have a good turn out on September 3rd.
 
A Rotarian,
 
Jed

P.S. Brentwood Country Club Rotary District 7870 Golf Tournament update: Ben Wheeler, Jon Frederick, Todd Muilenberg, and Jed tied for fourth place. We will have to practice to be the champions next year.
 
President's Message (August 25, 2020) 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (August 18, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Calling on all Rotarians to put on their creative thinking caps to come up with a virtual fundraiser for the club. Due to the COVID-19 virus, there will be definite needs in the community for us to support.
 
This week's meeting will be on ZOOM and starts at 7:15am on Thursday, August 20th.  A URL for the ZOOM will be sent shortly to all Rotarians. 
 
Did you know that New Hampshire was the first state to have its own constitution?
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
P.S.  Thank you, Kathleene Card, for your email - good start on initiating a virtual fundraiser.
 
 
Rotarians gathered at Monadnock Christian Ministries for our Thursday morning meeting two weeks ago.   Courtesy of Rotarian Harold Davis, here are some of the two dozen pictures that he took at https://photos.app.goo.gl/tNFX2JXxycKYQgek7
 
 
 
Thank you, Roy and Karen!
 
Kudos to both Rotarian Roy Baldwin and Karen Baldwin, without whom Camp BEST would not have taken place.  Fifty Jaffrey/Rindge Middle Schoolers enjoyed four weeks at Camp BEST that - in July 2020 - took place at Monadnock Christian Ministries, where Roy is their Executive Director.  Thank you, Roy and Karen!!!
 
 
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President's Message (July 28, 2020)

Thank you, Rotarians, for making the pilgrimage to Maplewood Nursing Home. Peter and Barbara were very grateful. Special thanks goes to Bob Schaumann, Ricky Lambert, and Ricky Cleveland for their military service. Our Sergeant at Arms, Stephanie Porter, was right there with coffee and donuts. Thanks, Steph! 
 
Not to be outdone, Susan Emerson provided colorful posters for Pete and Barbara.
 
To take advantage of beautiful summer weather, this week’s meeting of the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club will be held at the Cathedral of the Pines at 4:30pm, Thursday afternoon, July 30th. It will be a combined regular meeting and fellowship. BYOB and hors d’oeuvres, just as we did at Gavel Night.
 
Our Jaffrey/Rindge Scholarship recipient, Jillian Patria, will be recognized at our Cathedral meeting. I hope many can attend to enjoy good fellowship on what promises to be a nice Thursday afternoon.

Did you know that the State of New Hampshire was first known as North Virginia?
 
See you all soon! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
Over three dozen pictures of our June 23rd meeting that took place at the Maplewood Nursing Home, courtesy of Harold Davis, are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/WQUo48fCedzhNjZr6
 
 
Our Rotarian of the Day -- Peter Davis
 
The Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club travelled to Westmoreland to the Maplewood Nursing Home.  From inside the facility, a smiling Peter Davis was happy to see his fellow Rotarians.  Over twenty Rotarians and guests were present to extend good wishes to both Peter and his wife, Barbara.
 
 
Why Not? Let's Bring the Rotary Meeting to Peter!
 
Because of the pandemic and so that he might see his wife, Barbara, on a regular basis, Rotarian Peter Davis, at his own expense, has been a resident at the Maplewood Nursing Home for the past three months as a caregiver for Barbara.  Otherwise, were he to leave and because of the pandemic, he would not be allowed to re-enter the building.  That's Peter behind the window, along with Barbara (not visible), and many Rotarians who came to wish the married couple (60 years!!) good wishes.  We miss you, Peter!
 
 
Rotary - When You Care Enough to Send The Very Best
    (Sorry, Hallmark...)
 
The signs say it all. No further explanation necessary.  We miss you, Peter!
 
 
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President's Message (July 21, 2020)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As some may know, Rotarian Peter Davis has been in the county nursing home sequestered for the last 3+ months. Due to the strict coronas virus regulations at the nursing home, Peter’s been unable to go anywhere, not even outside. Otherwise, he can't re-enter the facility to visit with Barbara, his wife.
 
So, instead of our weekly meeting, the plan is to rendezvous that morning at the Home Depot parking lot in Keene on Thursday, July 23rd, at 9 o’clock.  From there, Rotarians will caravan with the motorcycle escort provided by Ricky Cleveland to the county nursing home to see Pete.
 
We will gather in the nursing home parking lot. Owen Houghton will have the invocation, and Ricky Lambert and Bob Schaumann will provide the honor guard. Stephanie Niemela will have Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and donuts. Peter will be inside at a designated window so he can wave at us, and we can wave back our best wishes to Barbara and Peter. My hope is to have a big turnout.
 
See you all at Home Depot, and - by the way - our State flower is the purple lilac.  The State dog is the chinook.
 
Yours in-service,
 
Jed
 
 
Photographs of our Woodbound Inn Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, July 16th, courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional pictures may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/gDkoDHWGyvSekAk49
 
 
Wren Wolterbeek Honored as "Interactor of the Year"
 
With a smiling Mark Wolterbeek (L) approving, daughter Wren Wolterbeek, a graduating senior from Conant High School, was recognized by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club as "Interactor of the Year."  In making the presentation, Rotarian Sheila Roberge (R), Rotary Advisor to the Interact Club, complimented Wren on her outstanding year as President of the 50+ member Interactor Club.  This was Wren's second year as Interact President.  Wren will be matriculating at Yale University in the Fall.  Club President Jed Brummer is in the background.
 
 
Proud Papa and Distinguished Daughter
 
Wren Wolterbeek poses with her father, Mark Wolterbeek, at the breakfast table shortly before Wren was recognized by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club as "Interactor of the Year."  Wren was the class Valedictorian, Conant High School. Class of 2020.  The Wolterbeek's live in Rindge.
 
 
Dr. Tom Bennett Dispenses a Thoughtful Perspective
 
For four months, weekly Thursday morning meetings have taken place via ZOOM, with 18-25 Rotarians coming together at 7:15AM.  Should we reinstate breakfast meetings?  When discussion took place relative to reinstating breakfast meetings on a regular basis, Rotarian Tom Bennett shared some good perspectives regarding the coronavirus, potential risks, and the value of wearing masks. "There is a concern that the virus can be carried on aerosolized particles that can remain in the air much longer than droplets."  
 
 
 
Will There Be Football At Franklin Pierce University in the Fall?
 
That was the big question, as Rotarian and FPU Head Football Coach Russ Gaskamp awaited word from the Conference.  That same day, a decision was made to reluctantly cancel all conference sports due to the pandemic.  This affects all sports at FPU, including football.  Who's holding the mic?  Our President - Jed Brummer - who, to limit excessive handling of the microphone, roamed the room to collect money.
 
 
 
What Is Stephanie Pondering? 
 
Looking studious, our masked Team Jaffrey leader and Rotarian Stephanie Porter ponders a Happy Fines comment by a fellow Rotarian.
 
 
 
Who's That?
 
If it weren't for the badge, our masked "beardless" Past President Jon Frederick might not be recognized.  Jon contributed some bucks to the pot for Happy Fines, as did many Rotarians, which helped to make up for monies not collected the past four months while ZOOM conferencing.  
 
 
President's Message (July 21, 2020) 2020-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (July 14, 2020)

Hello Rotarians!!
 
Our meeting this week on July 16th will be at the Woodbound Inn, starting at 7:15am.  Please bring your mask. Reverend Kathleene Card has the Invocation, and we can all sing America the Beautiful.
 
Owen Houghton reports that all is well at Camp BEST.
 
Did you know that New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capital in which a legislature still meets in its original chamber?
 
Other than that, stay out of the sun or the dermatologist will get you.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
What does a Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary ZOOM Meeting Look Like?
 
 
President's Message (July 14, 2020) 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (July 14, 2020)

Hello Rotarians!!
 
Our meeting this week on July 16th will be at the Woodbound Inn, starting at 7:15am.  Please bring your mask. Clay Hollister has the Invocation, and we can all sing America the Beautiful.
 
Owen Houghton reports that all is well at Camp BEST.
 
Did you know that New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capital in which a legislature still meets in its original chamber?
 
Other than that, stay out of the sun or the dermatologist will get you.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
What does a Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary ZOOM Meeting Look Like?
 
President's Message (July 14, 2020) 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 30, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
First of all, I want to congratulate Jon, Tonya, John, and Randy for their service to the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club and our two communities. It was a great Gavel Night and a good way to say thanks to them, especially President Jon, who completed a successful year as our President.
 
As the Fourth of July is on Saturday, we will not meet this Thursday.  Our next meeting will be via ZOOM on Thursday morning, July 9th, with a social quarter hour at 7:15am.  The actual business meeting will begin, as usual, at 7:30am.
 
As I look ahead, there are several opportunities for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club to have additional impact in our two towns.  Given that this is our last year of Camp BEST, opportunities exist to reach out to children at risk.  One community project that we might wish to consider would be to look at the old Crocker Junkyard on Rt. 202, and restore it as a children’s playground. 
 
For the Rotary to remain relevant, we will create achievable goals that will resonate in both Jaffrey and Rindge. I look forward to working with our Interactors, welcoming foreign exchange students, moving forward with our Nicaragua project, and pursuing the possibility of a Rotaract at Franklin Pierce University, along with other projects agreeable to my fellow Rotarians. More to follow…
 
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
 
 
Outgoing President Jon Frederick Reflects on The Past Year
 
President Jon Frederick reflects on his year as Jaffrey/Rindge 2019-2020 President, a year in which the pandemic called for a radical change in how the Club met and functioned.  Jon thanked his fellow Rotarians for all that they did and that contributed to yet another good year for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club.
 
 
Incoming President Jed Brummer Shares His Reflections
 
Incoming President Jed Brummer capitalized on the opportunity to share good words about the upcoming year, and he looks forward to a great year in 2020-2021! Within his remarks on several topics, Jed reflected his desire that we continue our commitment to youth and reach out to children in our two communities, especially now that Camp BEST is coming to an end.
 
 
Past President Jon Frederick Recognized With Rotary Plaque
 
President Jed Brummer congratulated outgoing President Jon Frederick on a great year, and presented him with a plaque that recognized Jon's good work and service as Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary President, 2019-2020. More than 30 Rotarians and their guests came to Gavel Night, this year at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge.
 
 
How Sweet It is!!
 
Jon Frederick, who enjoys Jim Beam Black, received his second bottle of libation that night, this time as a gift from President Jed Brummer.
 
 
Clay Hollister Introduces John McCarthy, Paul Harris Fellow!
 
Rotarian John McCarthy, who has been strongly involved with the Rotary Youth Exchange and the Nicaragua Project Rotary International Foundation Grant effort, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow during Gavel Night festivities.  Clay Hollister introduced John as our newest Paul Harris Fellow for his fine and detailed work that resulted in making many things happen over the years. Pinning John is fellow Paul Harris recipient Randy Morse.
 
 
Recognizing Tonya Albee, Camp Quest/BEST Chair
 
Tonya Albee has served as Chairperson of Camp BEST (formerly Camp QUEST) for ten years.  The Club recognized Tonya's contributions, which have benefitted several hundred Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School children over the years, with a beautiful engraved glass vase. 
 
 
We'll Miss You, Randy Morse!
 
Randy Morse, after seven years as a Jaffrey/Rindge Rotarian, was recognized with a Rotary Clock with engraved sentiments.  Randy will be leaving us as he heads south, along with Barbara, to new opportunities.  Randy has served the Club in a number of capacities, most recently as Membership Chair and Club Secretary.  We will miss you, Randy -- come back and see us!!
 
 
Tables are Turned on Bob!
 
On the lighter side, one of President Jon's last duties before turning over the gavel was to turn the tables on Bob Schaumann, Past President, 2017-2019.  Teamed with Jon at the recent Roadside Clean-up, Bob "trash talked" Jon during their friendly competition to see who could find the most discarded bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, a beverage known for its unique ability to make its way to the sides of roadways.  Jon presented Bob with a 20-pack container of 1-oz. Fireball bottles, which Bob is sure to enjoy when no one is looking.  "It tastes good chilled, I am told," Jon said.  A moment later, Bob presented Jon with a bottle of Jim Beam Black, noting it to be the superior libation!
 
 
President's Message (June 30, 2020) 2020-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 23, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
My final president’s message to the club.  Thank you all for your support throughout the past Rotary year.  This has been a great experience, and I appreciate the opportunity.  I look forward to our next year with President Brummer.  Good luck, Jed!
 
Gavel Night is Thursday, June 25th, 5:30pm, at the Cathedral of the Pines.  Ben Wheeler has the Ivocation.  It may not be typical to sing at this event, but I would like to hear “America the Beautiful” in person to close the Rotary year.  I miss the beautiful harmony.
 
Please bring your own refreshments and food.  We will tailgate in the parking lot.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will be inside the Hilltop House.
 
Jed’s first meeting will be July 9th.  We are off on July 2nd for Independence Day.  Details to follow on where we are meeting.
 
Again, thank you all very much for your support.  See you Thursday, and have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Thanks, Jon, for a great year as our President, 2019-2020!
           (Picture snuck in by the Bulletin Editor when Jon wasn't looking!)
 
 
 
 
President's Message (June 23, 2020) 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 16, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We tried to have an in-person meeting this week, but no restaurant is prepared to receive us as of yet.  Therefore, our club meeting on Thursday will be via Zoom at 7:15am.  Bill Raymond will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and America the Beautiful.  We will also have biography presentations from Russell Gaskamp and Greg Walsh.
 
Gavel Night is Thursday, June 25th, at 5:30pm at the Cathedral of the Pines.  We will err on the side of caution and not provide community food or drink.  Please bring your own refreshments and food.  We will tailgate in the parking lot.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will be inside the Hilltop House.
 
Following Gavel Night, our next meeting will be on July 9th.  We are off July 2nd for Independence Day.  Hopefully, we will be able to meet in person for Jed’s first meeting.
 
See you Thursday, and have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Remembering the Past... Gavel Night 2016
 
 
 
President's Message (June 16, 2020) 2020-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 9, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our next club meeting is Thursday at 7:15am on Zoom.  Gail Therriault will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  We will have a special guest appearance for America the Beautiful.  We will also have biography presentations from Kathleene Card and Roy Baldwin.
 
The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday morning at 7:30am on Zoom.  One of the issues we will be discussing is Gavel Night.  Details from our Board meeting will be shared on Thursday morning.
 
Town Meeting for Jaffrey is officially in the books.  I counted nine Rotarians in attendance.  Thank you for attending this historic event.
 
See you Thursday, and have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do we remember... Driscoll with a mustache????  
 
Gavel Night 2013
 
President's Message (June 9, 2020) 2020-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (June 2, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Welcome to June!  (Gavel Night is coming soon!) 
 
With the Governor extending our Stay at Home order by two weeks, we will meet again on Zoom on Thursday morning at 7:15am.  Clay Hollister will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Owen Houghton will sing America the Beautiful.
 
We will be joined by our scheduled guest speakers, Patty Farmer and Glenn Galloway, from the Elm City Rotary Club.  They will be speaking to us about their success in recruiting members.  I am sure the conversation will lead to how their club has handled the COVID-19 crisis.
 
Below is an email from District 7870 about a fun fundraising evening taking place this SaturdayJune 6th, at 7:30pm:
 
Hello Rotary Club Leaders,
 
We're having a little party - Why? Because we continue to do great things and we deserve to celebrate together and with the community. Here's the simple points of why you should care and buy your ticket right away! Tickets are already selling; buy yours, invite your fun loving friends, share with club members, and get ready to get down! Below you'll see the invitation and a quick step-by-step attachment that will help you succeed at the Stayin' Alive (at Home) Disco Gala. If you have any questions or comments, give us a shout! 
·  Who – 500 Donors recruited by District 7870 members
·  What – An on-line 75 minutes of Zoom music, dancing, COVID updates and just plain fun “Stayin’ Alive (at Home) Disco Gala” to raise funds for our clubs
·  When – June 6th, 7:30pm - 8:45pm
·  Where – Online (Zoom), the link to the event will be sent to you the week of the event.
·  Why – Raise money for our clubs to support local restaurants and your local heroes during this pandemic.
·  Why now/so quickly:  Our states are opening up; people are tired of Stayin’ at home. As the states are likely to be opening up more at the end of May/early June; we want to help people “Break Out” of their confinement with a celebration. 
·  How – Purchase your tickets at 7870gala.com, click "Join Us" or "Donate", put in your information and your choose your club. You share this link with friends of your Rotary, asking them to donate a minimum of $20 through the website in the name of your club.  Their reward - they get an invite to join the “Stayin’ Alive Disco Gala” event.  After the event, the money you raised is returned to you (minus Credit Card processing costs - around 3%) to buy gift certificates to local restaurants and then pass them out to your local heroes (and you make sure to get press coverage of that event).
·  Compelling points for Rotary clubs
·  The fundraiser is already planned by the District Public Image team – no planning needed by the local clubs.
·  Money raised from donations by local clubs comes back to their local club.  
·  You will have a template to use for your future fundraising (helpful if you’ve had outdoor events canceled, like many of us have), especially if there are future cycles of lockdowns because of COVID resurgence.
·  We can make this an annual event, perhaps just for Rotarians who can’t get together, for sharing fun and information.
 
Virtual Cocktail kits will be available for purchase within the week. I'll follow up this email with that and other food options. 
 
Catch the Boogie Fever,
Disco Gala Committee
(Rotarians Kevin Kelly, Sonya Deros, Frank Malinoski, Steve Puderbaugh, Ken Yie, Samantha Cassista, Bob Schaumann, Deana Arden, Sandra McGonagle, Chris Ware, Nancy Russell and not-yet Rotarian, Jon Noury-Elliard)
 
Have a great week and see you on Thursday!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
President's Message (June 2, 2020) 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 26, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
There is no meeting this week due to Memorial Day.  Our next meeting is Thursday, June 4th, most likely via Zoom.  If anything changes, I will let you know.
 
Have a great first week of the summer, and we’ll see you next Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
President's Message (May 26, 2020) 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 19, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our meeting on Thursday will once again be on Zoom, beginning at 7:15am.  This will be our last meeting in May.  We are off next week due to Memorial Day.
 
There will be no Memorial Day parade in Jaffrey this year.  However, our local veterans will be holding their usual observances at our town cemeteries and at each monument.  There will be a reading of the names of deceased veterans on the Common, followed by a raising of the national flag at noon from half mast to full staff.  Social distancing will be observed throughout the events for those who plan to attend.
 
In whatever way you observe Memorial Day this year, I ask you to please remember our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  Thank you.
 
The email with our Thursday Zoom meeting information will be sent tomorrow.  Have a great week.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do you remember.... these meetings from our past?
 
 
President's Message (May 19, 2020) 2020-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 12, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our meeting on Thursday will once again be on Zoom, beginning at 7:15am.  Jed Brummer will lead us in the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and Bill Raymond has “America the Beautiful."  Please mute your mic if you wish to recite or sing.
 
The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday morning, May 13th, at 7:30am via Zoom.
 
Bob Schaumann volunteered to research a Go Fund Me project to help our local restaurants and the needy through gift certificates.  The list of those supporting Bob is lengthy, and I thank you all for stepping up to help the cause.  More information will be forthcoming on Thursday.
 
The email with Thursday's Zoom meeting access information will be sent tomorrow.  Have a great week and see you on Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Remembering past meetings when we were face-to-face....
 
President's Message (May 12, 2020) 2020-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 5, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Cinco de Mayo, and welcome to May.  If you have given up on knowing how many days it has been since we last met at Franklin Pierce University, it's been 53 days.
 
Our meeting on Thursday will once again be on Zoom, beginning at 7:15am.  Peter Russell will lead us in the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and Owen Houghton has “America the Beautiful.”  Please mute your mic if you wish to recite or sing.
 
With the Governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order, we - hopefully - will be able to meet in person in June.  Meanwhile, hang in there, and keep tuning in on Thursday mornings.  On a bright note, we will be able to golf on Monday!
 
The Zoom email URL directions will be sent on Wednesday.  Have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do you remember these "blasts from the past"?...
 
 
President's Message (May 5, 2020) 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 28, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to Mike Shea for organizing our roadside cleanup on Saturday morning.  Thank you to everyone that participated.  Many hands make light work.
 
Our meeting on Thursday will once again be on Zoom.  We will begin at 7:15am with a social period.  Bob Schaumann will lead us in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and Bill Raymond has “America the Beautiful.”  Please mute your mic if you wish to recite or sing.
 
We have decided to forego outside speakers while meeting on Zoom.  If you have any ideas for presentations in this format, please let Russ Robertson or me know.  It wouldn’t hurt to mix it up.
 
The Zoom access information email will be sent on Wednesday.  See you on Thursday morning. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
So, what does a Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Meeting look like during the pandemic?  We move forward!!
 
President's Message (April 28, 2020) 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 21, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We re-Zoom our meetings this week. An invitation was sent by email yesterday for a 7:15am start on Thursday morning. Mike Shea will be with us to discuss ways to proceed with our Spring roadside cleanup.
 
The following is a message from our incoming District Governor:
 
The Rotary Leadership Education and Development Seminar (Rotary LEADS) that had been scheduled for April 4th has now been re-scheduled as a series of online Zoom meetings. Rotary LEADS is a rebranding of the former District Assembly by the incoming District Governor Steve Puderbaugh. 
 
We will kick off Rotary LEADS on April 25th at 8:00am with Ken Bosse giving a Leadership talk entitled See It-Be It (Creating an Obtainable Vision). Ken has gotten great reviews when speaking at other leadership events and is a Past Rotary club president.
 
Our next speaker will be Jim Marggraff. Jim is a Rotarian and a VP of Google. He will be sharing his vision of mobilizing 1 million volunteers through Volunteer Surge.
 
Our final speaker will be Carolyn Johnson, our Zone Membership Coordinator.  Her presentation is titled Grow Rotary: People, Purpose, Projects and Promotion.
 
We also plan to unveil a huge effort to do a large scale Global Grant project where we can help our medical personnel and first responders across our district as they face the Covid-19 challenge. This is an exciting and very large undertaking that will involve all of our clubs who want to take advantage of the opportunity in their own communities.
 
Pre-register for the April 25th session here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upIkc-2sqzsvzSMdj-DUmQjK04j1gXVroQ   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
See you on Thursday morning.  Have a great week.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do you remember... these pictures from our past?
 
President's Message (April 21, 2020) 2020-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 14, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all had a pleasant Easter weekend.  There is no meeting this week due to the Easter holiday.  Please stay in touch with each other throughout the off-week.
 
We received an email from District Governor Nancy Russell regarding a Volunteer Surge through Rotary.  Please go to www.tgig.org to learn more.
 
We again donated another $2,000 to our two food pantries last week.  The Fund will remain open for contributions.  Make your checks payable to Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club (please put Covid-19 Fund in the memo line) and mail to: Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, PO Box 752, Jaffrey, NH 03452.
 
Stay safe and healthy.  We’ll see you via Zoom on April 23rd.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
 
Do you remember... these pictures from our past ?
 
President's Message (April 14, 2020) 2020-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 7, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Tom Bennett gave us a very informative presentation on COVID-19 through Zoom last week.  Thank you, Tom, and thank you to all that joined our meeting.
 
We will once again hold a Zoom meeting on Thursday morning.  I will open at 7:15am, and the business portion will begin at 7:30am.  If you have not joined us for a Zoom meeting, please give it a try.  If you need technical assistance, give Bill Driscoll a call.  Meeting information will be sent through a separate email as a security precaution.
 
As of Monday, April 6th, club members contributed $4,950 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, with the club contributing $699, for a total of $5,649.  We have donated $2,000 to our two food pantries and will make more donations this week.  The Fund will remain open for contributions.  Make your checks payable to Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club (please put Covid-19 Fund in the memo line) and mail to: Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, PO Box 752, Jaffrey, NH 03452.
 
The Board of Directors will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30am through Zoom.  We will report the business conducted to the club during our Thursday meeting.
 
Hang in there, everybody.  I know this is tough, but we will get through it together.  Stay safe and healthy!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Pictures from past weekly bulletins.  Do you remember....?
 
 
 
President's Message (April 7, 2020) 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 31, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We held our first virtual meeting last week and it went so well that we are doing it again this Thursday.  This time, we are adding a twist - Tom Bennett will be giving us a presentation on COVID-19.
 
The Zoom meeting will open at 7:15 am to allow for our usual pre-meeting socializing.  The actual meeting will begin at 7:30 am.
 
As of Saturday, March 28th, 24 Rotarians contributed $4,350 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, with the club contributing $699, for a total of $5,049.  So far, we have donated $1,000 to the Jaffrey Food Pantry and $1,000 to the Rindge Food Pantry.  The Fund is still open for contributions.  Make your checks payable to Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club (please put Covid-19 Fund in the memo line) and mail to: Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, PO Box 752, Jaffrey, NH 03452
 
Thank you to those who have contributed and to those who are considering contributing.  Every little bit that we all do will help our communities get through this crisis intact.
 
See you Thursday morning.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do you remember... pictures from our Past...
 
 
 
 
President's Message (March 31, 2020) 2020-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 24, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
As you know, at least two of our next physical meetings have been cancelled.  I am scheduling a virtual meeting through Zoom and will send the invite out in a separate email.  You will be able to join the meeting either through a computer (with a camera and microphone) or by telephone. 
 
The meeting will begin at 7:30 am on Thursday, and we will follow our normal agenda.  Jed will yell breakfast, then we will move into the invocation, the pledge and “God Bless America.”  We will also have non-monetary happy fines. Give it a shot – it could be fun.
 
This year’s Foundation drive will be donating the funds to assist locally during this crisis. From Clay, “Please consider donating $100.00, but any amount will be happily accepted, and put to good use.  We would like to receive all contributions by March 28 - that is this coming weekend.   Make your checks payable to Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club (please put Covid-19 Fund in the memo line), and mail them to: Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, PO Box 752, Jaffrey, NH 03452."
 
Have a great week, and I hope to see or hear you on Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
 
Do you remember...???
 
Since we are not meeting "live," perhaps some pictures from the past may liven up your day...
 
 
 
President's Message (March 24, 2020) 2020-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

March 12th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University

Hannah Shea Honored as March "Student of the Month"
 
Student of the Month, Hannah Shea, is honored by Rotarian Sam LaFortune (R), along with a Certificate and Gift Card to a local bookstore.  With Hannah is her mom, Tammy (L), and dad, Matt.  Described by Principal Susan Shaw-Sarles (not pictured) as a role model in school for being "safe, kind, and caring," her accomplishments as a dedicated recycler and supporter of her peers merited her nomination by the Jaffrey Grade School staff.   
 
 
Project Shakespeare Receives Rotary Donation
 
Deborah Thurber, who heads Project Shakespeare, was pleased to receive a financial donation from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.  In her enthusiastic comments, Deborah acknowledged the good work of Rotary, giving special mention to Rotarian Randy Morse as someone who was instrumental in helping Project Shakespeare get started.  According to Deborah, it was Randy who helped her with the creation of a Business Plan, and for which she was most appreciative for his assistance when the theatrical organization was initially formed.
 
 
President Jon at the Lectern
 
President Jon at the lectern leads our meeting, one that actually ended a few minutes early.
 
 
John McCarthy Updates on Need for Host Family for Youth Exchange Program
 
John McCarthy asked for Rotarians' help.  The COVID-19 virus has necessitated some changes that impact our Exchange Student.  Our current Jaffrey/Rindge exchange student is returning home from Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak in that country.
 
 
Keene Elm City President Patty Farmer Visits Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary
 
No stranger to our Club, President Patty Farmer joined us at our breakfast meeting to "make up" a missed meeting.  Good to host you, Patty!
 
 
Rotarians Around The Room
 
Various announcements were shared via Happy Fines by a host of Rotarians, captured on film (or should we say digital microchip?) by our photographer, Harold Davis.
 
 
 
 
March 12th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 17, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
The COVID-19 actions taken locally are several:
  • The Town of Jaffrey postponed Town Meeting to April 18th.
  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District is closed until further notice.
  • The Governor declared a state of emergency late Friday afternoon.
  • All Jaffrey town facilities will be closed Monday.
  • The Governor just directed all schools in NH to close for at least three weeks and shift to distance learning.
 
Rotary International is recommending suspension of meetings.  District 7870 has cancelled the District Conference and is recommending we take a hard look at our meetings.
 
I have consulted our Board of Directors, and we have agreed to cancel our Thursday, March 19th, meeting at Woodbound Inn.  We will evaluate future meetings on a weekly basis.
 
As we move forward through this crisis, please protect yourselves and your community by practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other best practices being recommended by health authorities.  The Town of Jaffrey website has a page set up with information about COVID-19   https://www.townofjaffrey.com/town-manager/pages/links-information-about-covid-19.
 
Please keep in touch with your fellow Rotarians while we are apart.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional pictures may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/gpwgHyUj8s49ymCw9
 
 
President's Message (March 17, 2020) 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

IMPORTANT Announcement

Posted, Sunday, March 15th, at 3:00pm
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
The COVID-19 actions taken locally are several:
  • The Town of Jaffrey postponed Town Meeting to April 18th.
  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School District is closed until further notice.
  • The Governor declared a state of emergency late Friday afternoon.
  • All Jaffrey town facilities will be closed Monday.
  • The Governor just directed all schools in NH to close for at least three weeks and shift to distance learning.
Rotary International is recommending suspension of meetings.  District 7870 has cancelled the District Conference and is recommending we take a hard look at our meetings.
 
I have consulted our Board of Directors, and we have agreed to cancel our Thursday, March 19th, meeting at Woodbound Inn.  We will evaluate future meetings on a weekly basis.
 
As we move forward through this crisis, please protect yourselves and your community by practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other best practices being recommended by health authorities.  The Town of Jaffrey website has a page set up with information about COVID-19   https://www.townofjaffrey.com/town-manager/pages/links-information-about-covid-19.
 
Please keep in touch with your fellow Rotarians while we are apart.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
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IMPORTANT Announcement 2020-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 10, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet again on Thursday for our breakfast assembly at Franklin Pierce University at 7:15am.  Tom Bennett has the invocation.  We have a Student of the Month presentation, and we will be discussing board business.
 
The Board of Directors will meet Wednesday morning at 7:30am at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce office.
 
As a civic reminder, today is Town Election Day, so please get out and vote in your respective community.  Additionally, Jaffrey's Town Meeting is Saturday at 9:00am at the Conant High School.
 
Have a great week and see you on Thursday.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photos of the March 5th meeting at Franklin Pierce University courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional pictures may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/jZzXr2FRMVyUboXa6
 
 
President's Message (March 10, 2020) 2020-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

March 5th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University

 
Sara Anderson Honored as "Interactor of the Month"
 
 
With Sara's grandmother (L) and mother looking on proudly, Rotarian Sheila Bergeron (R) presents the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary "Interactor of the Month" to Conant High School Interactor Sara Anderson.  In the middle picture, Club President Jon Frederick presents a check to Sara to financially support the Interact Club's activities in Nicaragua.  In the bottom picture, Sara happily displays her recognition certificate and her Toadstool Gift Card. 
 
 
Promoting Peace -- Roy Baldwin
 
Now that our series of snow cancellations is over (at least for now -- we still have to get through March and April!), the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club was finally able to host our very own Rotarian Roy Baldwin, Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries, who spoke eloquently on the topic of "promoting peace."  Highlighting Rotary International’s role in promoting peace among its members and around the world, he began by engaging his Rotarian audience in an exploration of what peace meant to them.  Beyond the absence of war, definitions included relationships devoid of conflict with respectful and healthy aspects.  Roy pointed to negative peace as absence of a feeling of safety or fear of violence.  He indicated that “While peace is not devoid of conflict, it is often achieved when the conflict is healthy.  Peace starts with each of us and our ability to create safe and healthy spaces.”
 
 
David Trieb, Prospective Rotarian
 
Rotarian Jim Banghart chats with David Trieb from Rindge, who attended his second breakfast meeting and to learn more about becoming a Rotarian.  We look forward to David's again joining us for breakfast!
 
 
Rotarians About the Room
 
Harold Davis and his roving camera caught Rotarians Andy Lawn (Top) and Russell Gaskamp (Bottom) enjoying the breakfast meeting "Happy Fines" comments that were made by many.  Good, too, to have both Harold and Peter Davis back with us again!
 
 
Anyone Remember THIS Picture?
 
Yep, that's Tom Bennett being inducted as a Rotarian several years ago.  With Tom is Jed Brummer, currently our President-Elect for Rotary year 2020-2021.
 
 
 
March 5th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University 2020-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (March 3, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet again on Thursday for our breakfast meeting at Franklin Pierce at 7:15am.  Kathleene Card has the invocation.  We have Student of the Month presentations, and Roy Baldwin will be making a Rotary 301 presentation on “Promoting Peace.”  The weather forecast is favorable!
 
We had a great meeting last Thursday to discuss many issues, including our evening meetings.  Several suggestions were made to modify the format.  Stephanie, Andy Lawn, and I will work toward a proposal.  Until then, we will forego the March evening meeting and stay with morning meetings all month.
 
Have a great week and see you on Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
 
President's Message (March 3, 2020) 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 25, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet on Thursday for a breakfast assembly at Franklin Pierce University at 7:15am.  Owen Houghton has the invocation. 
 
Once again, the weather forecast is not the greatest, so please pay attention to the cancellations.  At our meeting, we will cover the Board of Directors' meeting business, and Randy Morse has Rotary specific business to share with the club. 
 
The Rotary District 7870 Conference is in Portland, Maine on May 1-3.  Interested in attending?  For more information, visit the following link: https://rotary7870.org/event/district-conference-information-1/.  We will discuss this on Thursday.
 
I am hopeful that I get to see you all on Thursday morning.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
President's Message (February 25, 2020) 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 18, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are off this week due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.  Our next meeting will be a breakfast assembly at Franklin Pierce on February 27th at 7:15am.  We will cover the Board of Directors meeting business, and Randy Morse has Rotary-specific business to share with the club.
 
The Rotary District 7870 Conference is in Portland, Maine, on May 1-3.  Interested in attending?  For more information, visit the following link: https://rotary7870.org/event/district-conference-information-1/  We will discuss this at our next meeting.
 
Have a great week, and see you next week.  As our trend lately with the weather has not been so great, watch the weather and the cancellations.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photographs of First Responders Dinner courtesy of Jon Frederick
 
President's Message (February 18, 2020) 2020-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 11, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our next meeting is a breakfast assembly at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday morning at 7:15am.  Greg Walsh has the invocation.  There is a forecast for snow and freezing rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Pay attention to the cancellations.  If school is closed, we do not have a meeting.  If there is a school delayed opening, we will meet.  I will have an email out to you no later than 6:00am if we are cancelled.
 
Rotary District 7870 teamed up to donate $25,000 to benefit the Australian Bushfire Appeal.  Our club pitched in $250 toward the effort.
 
The Board of Directors meet on Wednesday morning at 7:30am at the Chamber of Commerce.  The change is due to our Thursday evening meeting changing to a morning meeting.
 
Have a great week, and see you on Thursday morning!  Watch the weather and the cancellations.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Jon Frederick
 
President's Message (February 11, 2020) 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

First Responders Dinner, VFW, January 30th

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's First Responders Dinner a Success!
 
With Rotarians Andy Lawn and Sheila Bergeron leading the way, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club hosted what is planned to be an annual event to recognize and appreciate police, fire, and EMS personnel from the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge.  This year's event, hosted at the VFW, was attended by several dozen first responders and their families.
 
 
Monadnock Blend Entertains an Appreciative Audience
 
The Monadnock Blend demonstrated a wide repertoire of music at the First Responders Dinner.  That one gentleman not wearing a blue shirt is our own Bernie Hampsey (third from right), who was invited by the Monadnock Blend men's chorus to join them in one of the many songs that this talented group performed for an appreciative audience.  That's Rotarian Bill Raymond (fourth from left) who lends his bass voice to his male colleagues.  
 
 
First Responders Served by Franklin Pierce Football Team
 
First Responders from Rindge are served by football players from the Franklin Pierce team, who, as part of their community service efforts, were key to the dinner's success, doing everything from serving beverages to staffing the serving line.  The Conant High School Interact Club also played a huge part towards the success of the recognition dinner. 
 
 
Franklin Pierce Football Team Was A Great Help
 
The Franklin Pierce University Football Team, coached by Rotarian Russ Gaskamp, provided a lot of help to ensure the success of the First Responders Dinner.  With several players staffing the serving line, once everyone was fed, it was time for the team to sit down for a good meal.
 
 
A Good Time Was Had by All!
 
The caption says it all.  Marcie and Joe Manning, Bill Driscoll, and Bernie Hampsey enjoy a good laugh.  Meanwhile, Andy Lawn, whose idea it was in the first place for the Rotary to host the First Responders Dinner, and Sam LaFortune, discuss "next steps" for next year's planned event.
 
 
Candid Picture, Yes?
 
 
Mike and Kendra Shea, along with Ben Wheeler, were among nearly two dozen Rotarians and spouses who were present at the First Responders Dinner to thank our two towns' police, fire, and EMS personnel.
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (February 4, 2020)
 

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We resume our normal schedule with a breakfast meeting at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday morning at 7:15am.  Greg Walsh has the invocation.  We will have Interactor and Student of the Month presentations.  Joining us are fellow Rotarians Glenn Galloway and Patty Farmer to speak about the success of the Elm City Rotary Club.
 
Thank you to everyone that participated in the First Responders Appreciation dinner last week.  We had 81 people signed in for the event.  Great job to Andy Lawn and Sheila Bergeron on organizing and running the dinner.  Special thanks to the Conant Interact Club and the Franklin Pierce Football team for their help setting up and breaking down.  Many hands make light work.  Thank you to Bill Raymond’s “Monadnock Blend” for entertaining us all.
 
Have a great week and see you on Thursday morning!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photos by Jon Frederick and Bill Raymond
 
President's Message (February 4, 2020)  2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 28, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Once again, we do not have a morning meeting this week.  Our meeting is the First Responders Dinner at the Jaffrey VFW on Thursday, January 30th.  The dinner begins at 5:00 pm.  From Andy: “The Club Members should plan to show-up around 5:00pm. If they could focus on mingling and interacting with the guests, this would be great. I really want the Club to be on hand at 6:30pm to support 'The Monadnock Blend' and young Mr. Raymond. There will be opportunities to assist with clearing tables, dishes, serving and general clean-up.”  Please come and show your support for our first responders.
 
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Community Supper at the United Church of Jaffrey last week.  A big thank you goes out to Sheila Bergeron for organizing the event.  The effort award goes to Bob Schaumann for almost knocking himself out making pasta.  We will have a fundraiser to replace the range hood he dented.
 
Have you ever seen a Football Signing Day?  Now you have a chance.  Franklin Pierce Football Coach and fellow Rotarian, Russell Gaskamp, is inviting you to attend the FPU Signing Day at the Shattuck on February 5th at 6:30 pm.  The following link contains more information: www.fpuravens.com/FootballSigningDay.
 
Have a great week, and see you on Thursday evening!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Bill Raymond 
 
President's Message (January 28, 2020) 2020-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

United Church of Jaffrey -- Community Supper -- January 23rd

 
Rotary Supports January the Monthly Community Supper at the United Church of Jaffrey
 
Quite a few Rotarians came out to help with the monthly Community Supper that is held at the United Church of Jaffrey.  Over the three hours that the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club was there cooking pasta, setting things up, washing dishes, and a host of other activities, over a dozen Rotarians came down to help.  This "candid" picture shows those Rotarians that were there at the end.  Spirits were high and everyone had a good time!  Thanks to all who came down to help!
 
 
Interactors Provided Great Support
 
No fewer than a half-dozen Interactors from Conant High School came down to help at the United Church of Jaffrey Community Supper.  Serving food, baking desert (the Cannoli spread was "to die for"), setting up, or you-name-it, they did a great job!!
 
 
Rotary's Joe Manning Washed A Lot of Dishes 
 
We wonder if Joe Manning does this at home, but we didn't ask Marcie.
 
 
Dishwashers Emeritus
 
Rotarians Bruce Edwards, Andy Lawn, and Joe Manning did the brunt of the dishwashing chores.  Nearly 50 local citizens showed up at the Community Supper and enjoyed a tasty American Chop Suey dinner with salad, garlic bread, and desert.  Not a dish was dropped -- good work, guys!
 
 
Saint Sheila Bergeron??
 
Don't look now, but has Sheila Bergeron become a saint?  The metal halo surrounding her head sure suggests that this is the case! I suppose it all depends on how you look at it!  After all, we were in a CHURCH.
 
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Breakfast Meeting at Woodbound Inn, January 16th

Patricia Vargas, Cathedral of the Pines, Keynote Speaker
 
Patricia Vargas, Executive Director of the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, updated the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on the strategic directions of the Cathedral, including some of the exciting changes that are taking place.  President Jon Frederick expresses his appreciation to Patricia for her update.
 
 
Greg Walsh, Kathleene Card, and Andrew Card applaud Patricia Vargas
 
Several Rotarians are on the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral of the Pines, including Greg Walsh and Kathleen Card.  Andrew Card, although not a Trustee, nonetheless, has been very involved at the Cathedral.  Other Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians who now serve or who have recently served on the Board of Trustees include Jed Brummer, Jim Banghart, Susan Emerson, Bernie Hampsey, Bob Schaumann, and Don Upton (Trustee Emeritus).
 
 
Two Bills... and one Bill Forthcoming
 
Following a delicious Woodbound Inn breakfast, Rotarians Bill Driscoll (L) and Bill Raymond (R) compare notes about the January weather.  What's the one Bill Forthcoming?  It's actually the semi-annual Rotary dues bill that has been mailed to all Rotarians.  Please submit to Bill Raymond at your earliest convenience.
 
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President's Message (January 21, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Congratulations to Rotarian Owen Houghton on a job well done as master of ceremonies for the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the United Church of Jaffrey last evening.
 
We do not have a morning meeting this week due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The Community Supper at the United Church of Jaffrey will be on Thursday, January 23rd.  If you have signed up with Sheila, thank you.  If you can help out and have not signed up, please contact Sheila at sheilabergeron@hotmail.com .
 
Our meeting the following week is the First Responders Dinner at the Jaffrey VFW on Thursday, January 30th.  Andy Lawn has the lead; this is an “all hands on deck” evolution, as we have reported 125 attendees to our caterer.  Great job, Andy!
 
As a reminder, our winter cancellation policy is that our meetings are cancelled if school is cancelled.  If there is a two-hour delay for the schools, our meeting will be held.  For future reference, the snow day policy is on page 26 of the little black book.  In addition, if there is a cancellation, an email will be sent by 6:00am to the entire membership.
 
Have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Owen Houghton. 
 
President's Message (January 21, 2020) 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

January 8th Meeting, Emma's 321 Pub & Kitchen

President-elect Jed Brummer Presides!
 
With Rotary Club President Jon Frederick attending Town of Jaffrey Budget Committee Meetings on Thursday evenings in January in preparation for Town Meeting, President-elect Jed Brummer hosted our January 8th meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club.
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Contributes to Australia Bush Fire Relief
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club approved a special contribution to assist Rotary Clubs in Australia.  Knowing the country “is on fire” and the devastation is unfathomable to millions of homes, people, and wildlife, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary decided to come together collectively to help.  Rotary Club Treasurer William Raymond (L), with support from President-elect Jed Brummer, moved that the Club become a “second responder." The Club was encouraged to meet District Governor Nancy Russell’s challenge for every club in our District to send a donation to the National Bushfires Appeal, which is organized by all of the Rotary District Governors in Australia. 
 
 
Now THAT is a hat!
 
Known for her unique and stylish hats, our very own Susan Emerson came to our meeting well-prepared to battle the cold weather at meeting's end.  Andy Lawn, our Fellowship Chair, seems to agree!
 
 
 
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President's Message (January 14, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thanks to Jed Brummer for filling in for me at last week’s meeting.  Our next meeting is a morning meeting at The Woodbound on Thursday at 7:15am.  Alan Bartunek has the invocation.  Cathedral of the Pines Executive Director Particia Vargas will be speaking to the club about the Cathedral’s future, including planned renovations and anniversary events.
 
The Community Supper at the United Church of Jaffrey will be on Thursday, January 23rd.  Sheila Bergeron is heading up this event.  If you can help out, please let Sheila know sheilabergeron@hotmail.com
 
The First Responders Dinner at the Jaffrey VFW will be on Thursday, January 30th.  Andy Lawn has the lead, and this is an “all hands on deck” evolution.  There will be food, entertainment, and the opportunity to serve those that serve us on a daily basis.
 
Both service events give Rotarians an excellent opportunity to showcase our club to the Jaffrey and Rindge communities.
 
See you on Thursday morning!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Owen Houghton.
 
President's Message (January 14, 2020) 2020-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Presidents message of Jan 7

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a nice break and were able to enjoy the holidays.
 
Our next meeting is an Evening Assembly at Emma’s on Thursday at 5:30 pm.  Russell Gaskamp has the invocation.  Jed Brummer will be the presiding officer as I will be in a Budget Committee meeting.  We will be voting on the new slate of officers with terms beginning at the end of June.  The slate follows, with dates of expiration as applicable:
 
·        President – Jed Brummer
·        President Elect – Ben Wheeler
·        Vice President – TBD
·        Immediate Past President – Jon Frederick
·        Treasurer – Bill Raymond
·        Secretary – Bob Schaumann
·        Sargent at Arms – Stephanie Porter
·        Director – Russell Gaskamp; 2021
·        Director – Sam LaFortune; 2023
·        Director – Gail Therriault; 2023
·        Director – Peter Russell; 2021
Please show up to vote and support Jed!  Emma’s has requested we park in the lower parking lot next to the back room we are using to keep the upper lot open for dining room patrons.  If you are able to walk up the hill to the front door, then please consider parking there.  If not, park in front.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
The Board of Directors meet on Thursday morning at 7:30 am in the Chamber of Commerce.  Business from the BoD meeting will be shared at the evening assembly.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
Presidents message of Jan 7 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Dinner for First Responders

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and the Conant Interact Club will be hosting a First Responder Dinner on January 30.
 
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Presidents message for Dec 24

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are off for the next two weeks for the holidays.  Enjoy your time off and get some Thursday morning sleep.
 
Our next meeting together will be an Evening Assembly at Emma’s on Thursday, January 9th at 5:30 pm.  Jed Brummer will be the presiding officer as I will be in the midst of presentations to the Budget Committee.  Come and support Jed.
 
The next bulletin will be sent on January 7th.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Presidents message for Dec 24 2019-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

December 18th Meeting

For our last meeting of the year we were entertained by the Conant Glee Club's Christmas songs.
 
 
We are always happy to see the Rotary Exchange Student active in the school events.  Su-Mee (sp) is on the left in the picture below.
 
 
 
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President's Message of Dec 17th

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Tonya and Clay announced at our December 5th meeting that BEST Camp is heading into its 10th and final year in 2020.  Work is now under way to make the next camp the best ever.  The message from Tonya is posted our website’s home page.
 
Our next meeting is Thursday morning at 7:15 am at the Woodbound Inn.  We will have the Conant Choir performing their holiday songs for us again this year.  Bill Driscoll has the invocation.
 
District Governor Nancy Russell and her husband Wayne joined us for our evening meeting last Thursday.  We were also joined by Assistant Governor Dale Gabel.  We were in the very back room at Emma’s which turned out to be a great place for a meeting.  This will likely be our new home for our evening meetings.  We will keep you posted.
 
Jon exchanging banners with District Governor Nancy Russell, who gave an inspiring talk to the club.
 
 
The Board of Directors voted to make Al Clapp and Honorary Member of the club at our meeting on Thursday morning.  Congratulations, Al!
 
Following our meeting on Thursday, we will have the next two weeks off for the holidays.  Our next meeting will be an evening meeting on January 9th.  Enjoy the break and Happy Holidays!
 
See you Thursday morning.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
President's Message of Dec 17th Jim Banghart 2019-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Camp Best

 
Camp BEST Update (June 4, 2020)
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
After nine successful years of offering hundreds of our local middle school children the Camp BEST summer experience, it is ending. We are dissolving the Rotary Camp Best Program. To replace the program this critical year, fellow Rotarian and Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries (MCM), Roy Baldwin, has stepped up, offering to provide 50 middle school children a camp experience. This is a terrific, hard fought outcome.
 
I have always focused on the mission of helping our local kids, and this opportunity is extraordinary. Roy has had to go to great lengths to meet the State of New Hampshire safety guidelines, but for the sake of the kids, he is willing to do so. We are all grateful to him.
 
The Camp BEST Committee has approved a grant to MCM from the remaining Camp BEST funds to cover MCM's expenses and meals. This results in fifty children being able to attend this year - once again - at no cost to the families. The Middle School will provide staffing assistance, and the SAU will provide busing for the campers. The camp director will still be there assisting Roy Baldwin, too.
 
We wish Roy much success, and we hope the kids have lots of fun this summer.
 
It has been terrific being the chairperson for the first nine years. I am hopeful that this program will continue for many years into the future as I pass the baton to Roy and his capable management team.
 
Yours in service,
 
Tonya 
 
Tonya Albee, Camp BEST Chairperson
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club
 
2020 Camp Best Jim Banghart 2019-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 10, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
District Governor Nancy Russell will be visiting us at our evening meeting on Thursday, December 12th, at 5:30pm.  We are meeting at Emma’s in Rindge.  Sam LaFortune has the invocation.  We only have two meetings before the holiday break, so please come out and support our District Governor.
 
The Board of Directors meets on Thursday morning, December 12th, at 7:30am, at the Chamber of Commerce.
 
Our meeting next week is at the Woodbound Inn, and we will be entertained by the Conant High School Choir.  This is always a great event and an excellent way to usher in the holidays.
 
See you Thursday evening!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
Photographs courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
President's Message (December 10, 2019) 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce, December 5, 2019

Rotary Donates to Santa's House and Operation Santa
 
 
With Rotary Club President Jon Frederick in the background, a smiling Marilyn Griska (C) of Rindge's Operation Santa and Jan Wilkins (R) of Jaffrey's "Santa's House" had just been presented donations by Charitable Giving Chairperson Gail Therriault (not pictured).  Between these two fine organizations, many, many Jaffrey and Rindge children and their families will have a nicer Christmas.
 
 
Megan Graff Recognized as Interactor of the Month
 
To no one's surprise, Interactor Megan Graff was recognized as the "Interactor of the Month" by her peer Interactors at Conant High School.  Making the presentation to Megan (C) is Rotarian Sheila Bergeron (R).  Looking on proudly is Megan's mom, Heidi.  It was one month ago that Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians participated in Purple Pinky Day, which Megan organized.  In support of World Polio Day, over $400 was raised that - via matching grants from the Bill and Nancy Gates Foundation and other organizations - resulted in a considerably higher dollar volume being raised by Megan and her team.   
 
 
Don Upton's New Antlers
 
Not surprisingly, Don Upton - via his and Dorrie's generosity - now sport the most expensive reindeer antlers in southwestern New Hampshire.  At the recent Park Theater annual meeting, attended by several Rotarians, Don's winning bid of $200 resulted in his winning the coveted "Elliot's Antlers," while - at the same time - providing a nice donation to the ongoing Park Theater fund-raising efforts.
 
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President's Message (December 3, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Welcome back to the Rotary year.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving
 
We resume with our regular morning meeting on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:15 am at Franklin Pierce University.  Peter Russell has the invocation.  Jim Banghart will present on navigating our Club and MyRotary.org websites.  This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with the material if you are not a frequent user.
 
The most recent District 7870 newsletter is in the following link: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050052/en-ca/files/sitepage/newsletters-2019-20/newsletter-november-2019/November-2019-District-Newsletter-.pdf   Our presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow to Rob Stephenson is in the letter.
 
Our Interact Club will be at our meeting Thursday to distribute the seed wreaths we pre-ordered.  The wreaths are $20, so remember to bring your money if you made an order.  If you did not pre-order and would like one, they will have a few extras.
 
District 7870 Governor Nancy Russell will be visiting us at our December 12th evening meeting at Emma’s.  Stephanie was able to get us the back room, so we will have a quieter venue.  Mark your calendar.
 
See you Thursday morning!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
President's Message (December 3, 2019) 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 19, 2019)

 

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet this week on Thursday afternoon at the Pearly House at Franklin Pierce University for our club social.  As you come into the University's main entrance off of Rt 119, the Pearly House is the first residence on your left side.  The event begins at 4:00pm and concludes at 5:30pm.  Twenty-one Rotarians and 11 guests will be in attendance.  Thank you for RSVP’ing to Heather Ringwald.
 
During our Board of Directors meeting last Thursday, Bill Raymond gave us the final numbers for the Raffle Party. We raised a significant amount of money, which we will reinvest in our two communities per the recommendations of our Charitable Giving Committee.  Great job on ticket sales... with 233 tickets sold, and an estimated 150 people in attendance who bid on numerous trips and prizes.  
 
The Raffle Committee had a debrief of the evening’s events following our November 7th meeting.  Several suggestions were made to improve the event next year.  Planning for 2020 is under way with the search for a new venue.  The Shattuck’s ball room is under construction, and its new design will not accommodate the Raffle Party.
 
We have no meeting next week due to Thanksgiving and, in the spirit of the holiday, the next bulletin will be sent on December 3rd. Our next regular morning meeting will be December 5th at Franklin Pierce University.
 
For those going to the Pearly House, see you on Thursday afternoon.  And to all Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
Additional pictures of the November 7th Breakfast Meeting, courtesy of Harold Davis, are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/gXCaJYTnUgu6yKxe6

 
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President's Message (November 12, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Veterans Day!  Due to the holiday, there is no meeting this week.  We do have a Board of Directors meeting at 7:30am on Thursday at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce office.
 
Franklin Pierce University President Mooney and Rotarian Greg Walsh have invited us to the Pearly House for a club social on Thursday, November 21st, from 4:00 – 5:30pm.  Guests are welcome.  Please RSVP to Heather Ringwald at ringwaldh@franklinpierce.edu by November 18th.  This will be our last gathering until December 5th, so please come out with your fellow Rotarians before the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
We hope to have the final numbers from the Raffle Party at our BoD meeting on Thursday and will share this with you after that meeting.
 
Have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Additional pictures, courtesy of Harold Davis, are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/gXCaJYTnUgu6yKxe6
 
President's Message (November 12, 2019) 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 5, 2019)

 

Fellow Rotarians,

Our next meeting is 7:15 am Thursday morning at Franklin Pierce University.  Bernie Hampsey has the invocation.  FPU President Kim Mooney will be speaking to us about what has been going on at the university so far this year.

The rest of the month of November is pretty light for Rotary meetings.  There is a Board of Directors meeting on November 14th, but no club meeting due to Veterans Day.   We have an evening social on November 21st, hosted by President Mooney at the Pearly House.  Finally, there is no meeting on November 28th due to Thanksgiving.

Thank you to all the Rotarians that attended the Conant Interact Club induction ceremony on Tuesday evening.  Along with a packed house at The Shattuck, we watched 16 new members join their Club.  Congratulations to the inductees!

The Raffle Party was a great event on Friday evening.  Thank you to everyone that attended and participated in putting the event together.  We had a good crowd and a lot of fun.  The Raffle Party Committee will have a debrief meeting following our meeting on Thursday, if you are interested in giving feedback.

See you Thursday morning.

Sincerely,

Jon

Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best

 

We have twelve dozen pictures this week, courtesy of Harold Davis. Interact Installation pictures are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/dnL79T283icnJiyY6

Raffle Party pictures are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/6mBcX8LdeUD1fAT4

 

President's Message (November 5, 2019) 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Interact Induction Ceremony

Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 03, 2019
This past week we had the induction ceremony for the Conant High School Interact Club that we sponsor.  By all reports, it was a great time.  The Interact club has more members than we do, and they are very active, a credit to us, the town, and the school.  Our club photographer, Harold Davis, has posted the pictures at the link below.
 
 
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Raffle Party 2019 Jim Banghart 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

October 24th Breakfast at Franklin Pierce University
 

Jaffrey Food Pantry Accepts Rotary Annual Donation
 
Owen Houghton, Treasurer for the Jaffrey Food Pantry, accepts a monetary donation from Charitable Giving Chairperson Gail Therriault.  The Jaffrey Food Pantry provides needed food for dozens of Jaffrey-area families. 
 
 
Rindge Food Pantry Accepts Rotary Donation
 
Jennifer Marszalek (L), Committee Chairperson of the Rindge Food Pantry, and Stella van Reese-Walling, one of many Food Pantry volunteers, accept a check from Charitable Giving Chairperson Gail Therriault.  The Rindge Food Pantry provides assistance to 336 families in Rindge and in surrounding communities.  Rotary monies donated each year at this time come from the weekly Club 50-50 Raffle, with 50% of the monies raised going into the "pot" for eventual distribution to both Jaffrey and Rindge Food Pantries.
 
 
Speaking of Raffles... 
 
Jed Brummer won this week's 50-50 Raffle, and he promptly gave his winnings to Interactor Megan Graff, who then drew a card from the pack.  Lo and behold, the Queen of Hearts was selected, and Megan decided to donate the entire pot - $293 - plus the raffle winnings, to the Purple Pinkie Polio Eradication Fund-raising Drive.  Way to go, Megan!!
 
 
Interactors Enjoy Breakfast
 
Interactors -- seven of them -- joined us for breakfast on Thursday for the purpose of showing us a video on how Rotary was involved, followed by a painting of Rotarian fingers as part of the Purple Pinkie effort, designed to raise additional funds towards the world-wide eradication of Polio.  Enjoying a good meal were Siobhan, Megan Graff, Heather Gonyea, Megan Wheeler, Chelsea Dupuis and Erin Weidner. Many dollars were donated by Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians who had one of their fingers painted purple. 
 
Below, Jim Banghart and Andy Lown sport purple pinkies.  (Center) President-elect Jed Brummer, filling in for president Jon Frederick at Thursday's meeting, is about to get his pinkie "purpled" by Interactors Heather Gonyea and Siobhan.  Notice the blue surgical gloves -- those Interactors are smart.  No purple on their pinkies!!  (Bottom) Interact's Siobhan prepares to "purple" Bernie Hampsey while Gail Therriault awaits her turn.
 
 
Susan Emerson's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
 
Good to have Susan Emerson back with us, along with her superb collections of chapeaux.
 
 
Ben Wheeler Offers Happy Fines Insights
 
Ben Wheeler offers Happy Fines insights that make Happy Fines an enjoyable experience as fellowship, good stories (and a few good-natured ribbings) are shared.
 
 
Rotarians Support Lions Mystery Dinner
 
Several Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians were seen at the Jaffrey-Rindge Lions Mystery Dinner at the Shattuck on Saturday night.  Gail Therriault (not seen, but on the far right), Owen Houghton (ditto), Sheila Bergeron, and Bob Schaumann enjoyed themselves at this Lions fund-raiser.  Gail (who is quite the "ham"), Owen, and Bob were selected from the audience to participate with the regular actors.  As "A.R. Pitt," Bob (wearing the fisherman's cap) was awarded the "Best Actor" award by the Mystery Theatre group entourage.
 
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July 25th Breakfast Meeting (Shattuck)

 
CVTC Receives Charitable Giving Donation
 
 
Ellen Avery, Director of the Contoocook Volunteer Transportation Company, receives a donation from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's Charitable Giving Chair, Gail Therriault.  The Jaffrey and Rindge citizens receive the lion's share of transportation services that CVTC provides to over a dozen nearby towns in Cheshire County.
 
Randy Morse, Membership Committee Chair, Distributes Our "Membership Guide and Directory"
 
Randy enthusiastically explains the purpose of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Membership Guide and Directory, which has been in the making over the past several months.  Contributing to the manual were Bruce, Sam, and Bob, although credit to Randy as the "father" of this excellent document that contains "everything you want to know about Rotary" and, more specifically, our Club..
 
Andy Lawn Contributes Another Humorous Anecdote
 
Leave it to Randy to share a funny story when it comes time for Happy Fines!
 
Russ Gaskamp, Head Football Coach and Rotarian
 
 
Jed Brummer lightens Russ Gaskamp's wallet as Russ shares his Happy Fines story.  With football season only weeks away, Coach Gaskamp hopes to lead his team of Ravens to a winning season!
 
Owen Houghton Thanks Rotary 

Owen Houghton thanked Rotarians for their expressions of sympathy, following the recent passing of his wife, Norma.  Owen mentioned how he has since heard from many whom Norma touched when she was teaching.  A celebration of life for Norma, a retired RN certified as a Lactation Consultant, will be held on Thursday, August 1st, at 2:00pm, at the United Church of Jaffrey.  Norma was proud to be associated with the Birthing Center at Monadnock Hospital for over 30 years. She was a leader in the water birth movement and in retirement enjoyed countless encounters with mothers and offspring who benefitted from her care. 
 
Randy Draws the Winning Number
 
Randy Morse draws the winning 50/50 raffle number while a smiling Stephanie holds the ticket 'basket.'  Peter Russell, Jed Brummer, and Jim Banghart look on.
 
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President's Message (July 30, 2019)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
BEST Camp’s final week is under way, culminating on Thursday with the trip to Kimball’s.  Our next club meeting is a Breakfast Meeting at the The Shattuckbeginning at 7:15am on Thursday.  No speaker is scheduled.  Mike Shea has the invocation.
 
Mike will be requesting volunteers at our next meeting for the repair, installation and removal of roadside “No Parking” signs for the Festival of Fireworks.  We will meet for sign repair on Thursday, August 15th, at 4:00pm in Belletete’s mill works building.  Saturday, August 17th, we will meet at the WW Cross parking lot at 7:45am (pickup trucks load signs at Belletete’s at 7:30am) for sign installation.  We get to take the signs down on Sunday morning, August 18th, meeting at WW Cross at 8:00 am.  This is a great service opportunity for our club, and your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
Only a week remaining until our club social on August 8th at the Peterborough Players.  Please contact Andy Harris at aharris@hannaford.com to reserve your seats and join us for an evening at the show, “She Loves Me.”
 
I will continue to meet with the subcommittee heads following our meetings as attendance dictates.
 
Have a great week, and we’ll see you on Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis
 
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President's Message (July 23, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
At our last meeting, I presented goals for the 2019-2020 year.  They are posted on the website at Download Files/Goals for 2019-2020.
 
BEST Camp continues this week, Tuesday through Thursday. Our next club meeting is a Breakfast Meeting at The Shattuck, beginning at 7:15am on Thursday.  No speaker is scheduled.  John McCarthy has the invocation.  Randy Morse will be presenting the Club Directory.  Please note we are starting at our normal time, and I promise to have you out by 8:15am to get to Franklin Pierce.
 
Andy Harris has tickets for our club social on August 8th at the Peterborough Players.  Please contact Andy at aharris@hannaford.com to reserve your seats and join us for an evening at the show, “She Loves Me.”
 
Finally, I would like to meet briefly with the subcommittee heads under Sam LaFortune’s Youth Service Committee (Sam, Ben Wheeler, Sheila Bergeron) following our meeting on Thursday.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis
 
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July 18th Club Assembly Breakfast Meeting

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club Donates to the Rindge Ingalls Memorial Library Summer Program
 
Mary Beth McQuaid, Director of the Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge, gratefully accepts a donation for their summer program from Charitable Giving Committee Chair Gail Therriault.  In accepting the donation, Mary Beth shared details of what is a very extensive and robust summer program for Rindge children!
 
President Jon Shares His 2019-2020 Goals
 
Jon Frederick shared his five key goals for the upcoming year at our Club Assembly.  These are available to all Rotarians by going to the Files/Download area on our website and then clicking on Goals for 2019-2020.  
 
Past President Bob Recognizes PR Chair Owen Houghton
 
Owen Houghton was recognized for PR Excellence by Past President Bob.  The presentation, which would have occurred at the recent Gavel Night, was delayed as Owen was out of the area visiting Family.  The framed certificate recognized Owen for his excellence over the past two years for ensuring that the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and its activities were highly visible in local media.
 
This is the picture that made its way onto the framed recognition award that Owen received at Thursday's Club Assembly.  The picture, taken by Harold Davis, shows Owen taking a picture of Roy Baldwin at the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground equipment that was donated by the Rotary Club to the Monadnock Christian Ministries for use by children in the after school program.  
 
 
Happy Fines' Bill Driscoll Reaches for Bill Raymond's Wallet!
 

Bill Driscoll coaxes yet another dollar from Treasurer Bill Raymond during Happy Fines.  Rumor has it that Bill will have to pay a fine if he is to continue wearing those bright slacks.
 
Jed Said Something Funny!
 
President Jon shares a good laugh at something that Jed Brummer shared during Happy Fines.
 
The Queen of Hearts Remains Elusive!
 
Bob Schaumann won the 50-50 raffle as Mary Beth McQuaid pulled the winning ticket from the basket held by Stephanie Porter. Unfortunately, the Queen of Hearts - and the growing pot - remains elusive and perhaps awaits the next lucky Rotarian at the July 25th meeting.
 
 
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Rotarians and Veterans in Uniform

Rotarian veterans were joined by veteran representatives from neighboring Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, as Camp BEST campers participated in a "Salute to Veterans" at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday morning, July 16th. 
 
Rotarians Al Clapp (Army), Bill Driscoll (Army), and Joe Manning (Navy) await the call to place wreaths at the Altar of the Nation in remembrance of those who served in their respective branches and who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II and the Korean War.
 
Rotarian and Army veteran Bill Driscoll places a wreath to honor Army veterans who died in the line of duty.
 
Bill Driscoll (Front) and Bob Schaumann/Andy Card (background) share their experiences in the United States Army and Navy, respectively, with BEST Campers.
 
Enjoying the sun are Bernie Hampsey, Owen Houghton, and Gail Therriault.
 
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President's Message (July 16, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
It was great to spend time with many of you at our social following drill practice at the Cathedral of the Pines last Thursday.  I found this morning's Salute to Veterans in front of our BEST Campers to be quite stirring.
 
BEST Camp continues this week, Tuesday through Thursday.  Our next club meeting is a Breakfast Assembly at the The Shattuck, beginning at 7:00 am on Thursday, July 18th.  Stephanie Porter has the invocation.  Please note we are starting 15 minutes early to allow folks to get to BEST Camp.
 
Andy Harris has tickets for our club social on August 8th at the Peterborough Players.  Please contact Andy at aharris@hannaford.com to reserve your seats and to join us for an evening at the show, “She Hates Me.”
 
Finally, I would like to meet briefly with the subcommittee heads under Bruce Edwards’ Membership Committee following our meeting on Thursday.  See you then.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
 
 
Pictures of the "Salute to Veterans" program courtesy of Harold Davis.
Pictures of Camp BEST Week One courtesy of Harold Davis
 
 
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Andy Card Leads Pledge of Allegiance

Andy Card, former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and who also served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, led the BEST Campers in the Pledge of Allegiance during the "Salute to Veterans" program at the Cathedral of the Pines.  It's not too often that one gets to hear historical stories from those who were actually there, but over 100 BEST campers, counselors, LITs, veterans, and Rotarians heard Andy Card later this morning share what happened that fateful 911 day when America was attacked by terrorists.  Andy's message was clear:  Always remember... and... we must not let it happen again.
 
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Camp BEST -- It Begins!!

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Camp BEST began on Monday, July 8th, with over 90 kids and LITs (Leaders in Training) descending on the Franklin Pierce University campus.  New this year was the creation of a "covenant" to which BEST campers agreed to subscribe, based on their votes, with Nathaniel Peirce leading this effort.  Monday morning saw pictures being taken of the group, classes, and individuals; the afternoon had Rotarians and "Hutch" Hutchinson and his Boston University students overseeing field activities.  Camp BEST 2019 is off and running and is now in its second of four weeks!!
 
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President Jon Attends District 7870 Gavel Night

 
President Jon, along with his wife, Lynette, attended the District 7870 Gavel Night in Wallingford, Vermont, on July 1st, during which District Governor Venu Rao turned over the gavel to the incoming District Governor, Nancy Russell, from the White River Junction Rotary Club.  Jon noticed the brick that the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary contributed to mark our Club's chartering on February 24, 2003, and took a picture of it!
 
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President's Remarks (July 9, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you had a great Independence Day weekend.  It was great to see several Rotarians at the Meetinghouse for the Declaration of Independence reading on July 4th.
 
BEST Camp began on Monday and will continue this week through Thursday.  The BoD will meet on Thursday morning at the Chamber of Commerce in Jaffrey at 7:30am.  We will have a club social (no formal meeting) at the Cathedral of the Pines beginning at 5:30 pm, also on Thursday, while the drill team conducts its practice.  BYOB, if you prefer something other than beer.  Appetizers will be provided.
 
As BEST rolls on and before we resume our typical morning meeting schedule, I will be reaching out to committee heads to discuss our coming year.  I look forward to working with you all.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
 
 
Gavel Night pictures courtesy of Harold Davis at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mKmniE5ouuSpGYiN6
BEST pictures (July 8th) also courtesy of Harold Davis
 
 
 
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President's Remarks (July 2, 2019)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We do not have a meeting this week due to Independence Day.  I hope to see many of you at the Meetinghouse for the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon on Thursday.  Camp BEST begins on Monday, July 8th, at Franklin Pierce University where we will welcome close to 90 campers.  Our next club meeting will be an Evening Meeting on Thursday, July 11th, at the Shattuck, at 5:30pm.  We will hear Bill Raymond give a presentation on Rotary - the first in a series of lessons on Rotary.  The BoD will meet the morning of the 11th at 7:30am at the Chamber of Commerce.  
 
Thank you all for attending Gavel Night, and thanks to Jinnie and Peter Russell for hosting a fun event.  We were able to honor Bob Schaumann with a very rare plaque - one recognizing his two years of service as our president.  Additionally, Bob was honored as our newest Paul Harris Fellow by our RI Foundation Chair, Clay Hollister.  Thank you, Bob, for your service to our club.  Don't let us find that plaque for sale on eBay. 
 
Many thanks to Harold Davis for doing a yeoman's job of taking LOTS of pictures at Gavel Night - over eighty pictures.  Thanks, Harold!
 
Finally, Lyn and I attended the District 7870 Gavel Night at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Wallingford, VT last evening.  Approximately 150 Rotarians from Vermont and New Hampshire watched Venu Rao hand the gavel over to Nancy Russell, our District Governor for 2019-2020.  Nancy will be visiting our club on October 10th.  If you are near Wallingford, I encourage you to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse, a memorial to Rotary's founder, Paul Harris.  The Rotary wheel in front of the schoolhouse is an impressive sight.
 
I look forward to working with you all throughout the next year.  Have a great week off and Happy Independence Day!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
 
 
Gavel Night pictures courtesy of Harold Davis at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mKmniE5ouuSpGYiN6
 
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Our newest Paul Harris Fellow

Caught totally by surprise, President Bob was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by his Club members during the Gavel Night festivities.  Making the presentation is J-R Rotary Foundation Chairperson, Clay Hollister (R).
 
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Bob Recognized for His Two Years as President

In recognition of his having served two one-year terms as Club president (a "first" insofar as our Club), Bob Schaumann (L) received a handsome plaque with gavel from incoming President Jon Frederick.  In his "farewell" speech, Bob made it a point to review the many things that the Club membership had accomplished the past few years that benefitted both the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge, as well as to THANK everyone.  Bob closed his comments by saying, "It's been an honor to serve as your president."
 
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Sam LaFortune Does It Again!

Sam LaFortune's presentation of 93 empty "nip" bottles of Yukon Jack found during the recent Roadside Cleanup and given to president Bob at the May evening meeting was returned, in part, to Sam via a second certificate of excellence that recognized her hunter-killer instinct at locating these empty discarded bottles of fine libation.  Mike Shea is the other winner of a similar award of excellence, which was presented to him several months ago.  Accompanying her award from outgoing president Bob was a "better" bottle of wine for her to enjoy.  Well done, Sam!
 
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Randy Morse Receives "Golden Comma" Award

Over the past several months, the Membership Committee (Bruce, Sam, Randy, and Bob) have been hard at work.  Much of the creation of new membership materials was managed by Randy Morse, who, as the club president, is a stickler for correct punctuation.  The "Bucket o' Golden Commas" award was presented to Randy should he ever need another comma!
 
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Our New J-R Rotary President!

President Jon Frederick takes the microphone to thank everyone for coming to the Gavel Night festivities. He looks forward to the coming year!  As Jaffrey Town Manager and President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, Jon will be busy and will depend on strong support from his fellow Rotarians for a successful 2019-2020 year!
 
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Conant Basketball Team Division III State Champions!

David Springfield, Athletic Director at Conant High School, gratefully accepts a donation from Charitable Giving Chairperson Gail Therreault in recognition of the Boy's Basketball Team that won the recent New Hampshire State Division III Basketball Championship.  With Smithfield are basketball team co-captains Gavin Motuzas and Jake Drew (R).  
 
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Charitable Giving Year-end Report

Charitable Giving will have given out over ten thousand dollars this past year to area non-profits and organizations by the time the Rotary year has ended June 30th.  Gail Therriault heads up this multi-Rotarian committee that oversees funds that the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club distributes each month.
 
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Membership Committee

Randy Morse heads up the Membership Committee within Bruce Edward's Membership Programs "umbrella."   Randy has done a yeoman's job of creating new tools that will be implemented at the beginning of our new calendar year that starts July 1st.  Randy shared some of those tools and activities that will benefit the Club that include a pocket binder that has "everything a Rotarian would want to know about our Club."
 
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Our PR Chair Wins the Raffle

Owen Houghton, as PR Chair, has done a great job of ensuring that Rotary activities not only get into the Ledger-Transcript, but also appear in the District 7870 monthly newsletter.  His smiling face also tells you that he was the winner of the weekly 50/50 raffle.
 
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The last hurrah!

President Bob reflects on his last meeting as president of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, while listening to Committee Chairs give their end-of-the-year reports.  Bob turns over the reins to President-elect Jon Frederick on Gavel Night, having been the first Rotarian to serve two consecutive terms as president of our Club.
 
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Treasury Looks Good!

Bill Raymond, our Treasurer, reports that our end-of-the-year financials look good and that we are in "great shape."  Thanks, Bill, for riding herd on those dollars (and to Randy Morse, who covered for Bill while he was "down south").
 
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Student of the Month -- Sam LaFortune

One of our busier Rotarians, Sam LaFortune's efforts resulted in over a half-dozen local students in Jaffrey and Rindge being recognized for their outstanding scholarly and school-wide and community participation via our "Student of the Month" program.  Each recipient received a nice personalized certificate, a Toadstool Bookstore Gift Card, and publicity in the Ledger-Transcript, courtesy of PR Chair Owen Houghton.
 
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Interact -- Another Successful Year!

Sheila Bergeron provided a positive report on the doings of the Jaffrey-Rindge Interact Club, which numbers approximately 50 students, all of who must be "voted in" when they apply.  Wren Wolterbeek was president of this active organization and she will return in this capacity for a second year, this time as a senior.  Wren did a fabulous job (potential Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club president in 2028??).  Observing her presiding over the meeting, she could give lessons to corporations on how to involve membership IN their meetings!
 
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Nicaragua and Youth Exchange Programs

John McCarthy also wore two hats, sharing his end-of-the-year report on the Youth Exchange program, which will see Kayley Bennett, a junior at Conant High School spend 10 months in Italy.  John also returned from Nicaragua, where he, Tom Bennett, and Bob Schaumann, spent a week at meetings, site surveys, etc., as final touches are put on our Rotary Matching Grant application that is expected to be submitted in July. 
 
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Blue Ribbon Committee/Scholarship Committee Report

Ben Wheeler, our new Vice President, wore two hats when he gave his year-end report.  The Scholarship Committee presented a $2500 scholarship to Mariah Chamberlain two weeks ago; presenting the award along with Ben was Owen Houghton.  Ben then gave a wrap-up on the Blue Ribbon Committee's efforts that began in January of this year.  John McCarthy awaits his turn to speak.
 
 
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Camp BEST starts in two weeks!

As part of our Club Assembly, Tonya Albee provided the Club an up-to-date report on Camp BEST and some of the new approaches that will be seen as the camp begins its ninth year. The schedule for volunteers is found in ClubRunner by downloading it from the "Download Files."  You will find it as "2019 Camp Mentor Schedule."
 
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President's Remarks (June 25, 2019)

 
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
The last hurrah... and my last weekly bulletin as your Club president.  It can't be... two years has already gone by?????
 
A lot has happened since we met last Thursday for Breakfast at the Shattuck last week. 
 
I am very pleased to announce a variety of good news. The Board of Directors met Monday morning in a special session (we only met last Tuesday for our regular monthly BoD meeting) to discuss a $10,000 donation to the Park Theater.    It was because of the construction window that we found ourselves meeting to discuss this topic prior to the July BoD meeting.  The Board felt strongly that a donation of this magnitude is congruent with similar large donations that we have made over the past few years.  The motion was made and approved.  The check will be donated mid-July.  Our donation will be marked by a special marker (a large 30" star) embedded in the floor of the Park Theater lobby, along with stars of seven other major contributors.
 
A second piece of business was the nomination of -- and approval -- of Jed Brummer as our President-Elect for 2019-2020. 
 
A third piece of business was the approval of a small donation to the Rotary Foundation for polio eradication that supports the District's goal of 100% Club participation. 
 
Lastly, the BoD agreed to change the BoD meeting date to the second Thursday morning of each month (previously, the BoD met the third Tuesday of each month).  This allows the BoD outcomes to be shared at our monthly evening Rotary Club meeting that same date at the Shattuck.
 
Thursday's weather looks to be good for Gavel Night.  Bring your spouse or significant other to the Peter/Jinnie Russell residence, 4 Gilson Road, in Jaffrey.  Please come with a dish (appetizer, salad, or desert) to complement the hot hors d'oeuvres that will come from Woodbound Inn.  The event is BYOB.  We start at 5:30pm and should be over around 7:30pm.  Rumors that I have a 45-minute farewell speech are unfounded.  And... in case you are wondering... there is NO Breakfast meeting this Thursday.
 
It's been a wonderful two years as your president.  I'll offer a few minutes of reflections at the time I turn the gavel over to our new president, Jon Frederick.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
 
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President's Remarks (June 18, 2019)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck on Thursday morning, June 20th, at 7:15am for our Club Assembly and breakfast.  Bill Raymond has the Invocation.
 
It seems hard to believe that two years have gone by... and with Thursday's Breakfast Club Assembly, it will be my "last hurrah" as president, as Jon Frederick takes over the reins our Club one week later at Gavel Night. Jon will be a great president, and I encourage everyone to provide him your 100% support.  During our Club Assembly, I shall share my reflections, having served two one-year terms.  It has been an honor to serve.  I really mean that.
 
Committee chairs, please come to Club Assembly prepared to give your end-of-year report.  Tom Bennett, John McCarthy, and I have returned from Nicaragua and we will share our experience. Yes, I have tasted the Kool-Aid and like it, not to John's surprise.
 
The 2019 Camp BEST Schedule is posted.  Go to "Download Files" in the Clubrunner blue band at the top, and you will find the schedule listed.  It is important that, if, for any reason, a Rotarian cannot be available on any day that they are scheduled, each Rotarian is responsible for finding their substitute.  Camp BEST begins Monday, July 8th and is over on Thursday, August 1st.
 
Gavel Night is June 27th and, as everyone has known about this date for several weeks, we look forward to an early evening of fellowship, good food, libation, laughter, and fun.  4 Gilson Road in Jaffrey is the place (Peter/Jinnie Russell's house), 5:30pm through 7:30pm.  Inclement or threatening weather will find us moving to the Jaffrey Civic Center.  Should this occur, notification will be sent to everyone via email prior to the starting time to let you know of the move.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional pictures may be found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/stmkMeAiwumgz1AF7
 
 
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Donna Senechal is really cleaning up!

Good to also see Donna Senechal at our evening meeting.  Dust to Shine continues to "clean up" (pun intended), and we are glad she could break away to join us at Thursday evening's meeting at the Shattuck.
 
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Helene Rogers!

Good to see Helene Rogers at our evening meeting.  Between teaching at Franklin Pierce and helping at the Rindge Town Hall, she is one busy Rotarian!
 
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Have Flag, Will Travel!

Thanks to Gail Therriault, we had a small American Flag to which to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  President Bob, who arrived back from Nicaragua only 90 minutes before the meeting, places the Flag high for all to see.
 
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Russ Robertson, Rotarian and Surgeon

Although the Vietnam War was nearly fifty years ago, Rotarian Russ Robertson was there.  As an Army major and as a surgeon, he saw it first-hand, and shared some of his experiences - some funny and some not-so - with the Club as Thursday's presenter.  Russ has the unique experience of playing tennis with a Vietnamese Army General while surrounded by four tanks and machine gun squads.  Talk about security!!
 
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Thanks, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club!

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians enjoyed a delicious Thursday morning breakfast at the Monadnock Christian Ministries.  After the usual Club business, announcements, and Happy Fines, MCM Executive Director Roy Baldwin thanked the Club for  helping to make the playground equipment a reality. Great presentation with lots of meaning and feeling behind it -- thanks, Roy!  Good to have you as a fellow Rotarian, too!  Although the playground equipment will get plenty of use by Jaffrey students who participate in the after-school program, we sense some of the small fry who come to MCM for the plethora of summer programs starting this month will also enjoy the new playground addition.
 
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And the Winner is.....! 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
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Taking the picture of Owen taking the picture...

Harold Davis captures Owen Houghton as Owen takes a picture that will eventually find its way into the Ledger-Transcript.  Owen has done a fine job over the years of getting the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and its many accomplishments into the local press.
 
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THE Moment for which we've all been waiting!

With Charitable Giving Committee members Randy Morse (L) and Bill Driscoll (R) holding the ribbon, Roy and Gail prepare to officially "open" the playground equipment, funding for which was approved last year by the Committee.
 
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President's Remarks (June 11, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck this Thursday evening, June 13th, at 5:30pm.  Travis Kumph has the Invocation.
 
Our speaker Thursday evening is one of our very own.  Russ Robertson, a retired ENT surgeon/physician, will share his experiences in the military when he was in Vietnam, a time in which he performed surgery on military personnel injured in the line of duty.  Should be quite interesting.
 
Speaking of interesting, our contingent of several Rotarians who are down in Nicaragua are seeing much, learning lots, and have been working non-stop visiting a dozen school facilities targeted for our Matching Grant.  Many meetings have occurred and a full report will be provided to the Club at our June 20th Breakfast Meeting.
 
Our Scholarship Committee has made a determination as to the winner of this year's $2500 Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club scholarship.  The winner will be announced at the Conant High School Awards Night this Thursday.  The presentation will be made by Scholarship Chairperson Ben Wheeler or one of the Rotarians that serves on this Committee.
 
Remember Gavel Night is June 27th, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Russell's (4 Gilson Road, Jaffrey).  Circle your calendar. Andy Harris, Fellowship Chair, will have more to share shortly.
 
See you Thursday - hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis. More pictures are available at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/L6ErSUU2p1zNtyjk6
 
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President's Remarks (June 4, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Monadnock Christian Ministries for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, June 6th, at 7:15am, and will be hosted by Executive Director (and fellow Rotarian) Roy Baldwin.  Andy Harris has the Invocation.
 
This breakfast meeting will feature the "ribbon cutting" for the new playground, which will provide children enrolled in the "Launch Point" after-school program plenty of ways to burn off energy.  As you know, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club donated considerable funds for the playground equipment, and we are pleased they have been put to good use by Monadnock Christian Ministries. 
 
After breakfast, some quick club business, and Happy Fines, we will go out to the new playground for the "ribbon cutting." Rotarians will see the playground equipment set up and ready for enthusiastic kids. For entertainment, we might even see an exhibit by Bill Driscoll and Joe Manning swinging on the "Monkey Bars" (that's what they are called).  Bernie Hampsey will provide back-up support.
 
Good to see thirty Rotarians and volunteers at the BEST training on Monday (yesterday) at the Jaffrey Public Library.  Library Director Julie Perrin and her staff will be a welcome addition at Camp BEST this year, as will Marek Bennett, who educated us on the subtleties of comics and cartoons.  The picture of yours truly is because it was the only one sent to me by the library staff... along with a picture of Marek.  No picture of Marek's pooch, Greta, unfortunately.
 
Some of our Rotarians will be headed to Leon, Nicaragua, this week to meet with the Leon Rotary Club, FNE representatives, and other key personnel, as we put the final touches on our major international project that will bring potable water and sanitation facilities to a local village.  Returning Rotarians will share their experiences at our June 20th breakfast meeting at the Shattuck.
 
Gavel Night is Thursday, June 27th, at Peter and Jinnie Russell's House -- everyone should plan to bring an appetizer dish, which will be complemented by hot hors d'oeuvres from a local caterer.  Of course, spouses or significant others are warmly invited!  Let's give our President-elect Jon Frederick a good start as he begins his 2019-2020 presidency!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis and Own Houghton.  More  of Harold's pictures may be found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qJa7f9e3PJ2JQ88x9
 
BEST Training pictures courtesy of Andrea Connolly, Jaffrey Public Library Staff
 
 
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President Bob gets pointers on drawing comics

Along with twenty other Rotarians, all of us got a chance to put pencil to paper and learn how to draw a comic booklet.  Marek Bennett provides President Bob some pointers to help make his comic drawings come alive and communicate a good story.  Fresh from his return trip from England, our Club president realizes he will never become a prize cartoonist!  
 
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Marek Bennett Hosts Rotary Training Program at the Jaffrey Library

Marek Bennett, from Henniker, hosted a three-hour BEST training at the Jaffrey Library on Monday, June 3rd, that was attended by about thirty Rotarians, volunteers, and Libary personnel, all who tried their hand at becoming a comic cartoonist.  Marek Bennett teaches music and comics in New England and the world beyond, and he holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College.  As a rostered teaching artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Marek and the Jaffrey Library team will be key to our new curriculum and its execution at Camp BEST in July.  Here he points out the importance of "FAST" -- Face, Action, Scenario, and Text -- key components to a successful comic booklet.
 
 
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Pauline Herman, Youth Exchange Student from France

Pauline Herman, the Peterborough Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Student, addressed the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, sharing her experiences over the past eight months while in the United States.  Pauline returns to her native country in August.
 
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Jed Brummer is thinking golf and the Rotary District Tournament in August. 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

...the Winner!

... it's Randy Morse, as the Queen of Hearts once again evades this week's lucky Rotarian raffle winner!
 
 
...the Winner! 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Pauline Herman draws the winning number... and it belongs to... 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Gail and Kathleene prepare to ante up!

Gail Therreault and Kathleen Card, money in hand, listen intently to another Rotarian, as they prepare to share their own good news via "Happy Fines."  
 
 
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Hannah Lambert, May Student of the Month

Sam LaFortune, Student of the Month Chairperson, presents a certificate and bookstore gift certificate to Conant High School junior Hannah Lambert.  A very proud Mark Lambert, Hannah's father, looks on.  Heather Lambert, Hannah's mom, was unable to attend due to a work conflict.  Hannah was recognized for her academic excellence as well as her community involvement  and her strong support of the arts.
 
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Bruce Edwards Chats with Exchange Student from France, Pauline Herman 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Andy Harris Joins us before heading to Hannaford's 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 27, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week marks the observance of Memorial Day, formerly called "Decoration Day."  It is a day to recall, remember, respect, and realize the ultimate sacrifices made by many in numerous wars and conflicts in which these United States have been involved. Unlike Veteran's Day, in which we honor and recognize those military and former military who served and are still with us, Memorial Day should fill all of us with appreciation for what we have in the United States and for those who - in one way or another - died to help defend the principles of democracy for which this Nation stands. 
 
To many in our Rotary Club who have served, e.g., Clay Hollister, Andy Lawn, Joe Manning, Russ Robertson, and others (the list would be long) -- thank you for what you have done, and we are glad that you are with us today!
 
There is no meeting this week in observance of Memorial Day. 
 
Our next meeting on Thursday morning, June 6th, at 7:15pm, will be at Monadnock Christian Ministries, at which time we will have the official "ribbon cutting" for the new playground.
 
Please remember the important June 3rd BEST Training at the Jaffrey Library at 2:00pm.
 
In closing, I hope you find this reflective of the meaning of Memorial Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omd9_FJnerY
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Pictures courtesy of Harold Davis and Own Houghton.  More  of Harold's pictures may be found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qJa7f9e3PJ2JQ88x9
 
 
President's Message (May 27, 2019) 2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Training for Camp BEST

Posted by Jim Banghart on May 16, 2019
 
At our May 16th meeting, Dan and Hutch gave a very useful presentation that should help all volunteers in dealing with camper relationships and problems.  It should allow volunteers and campers to have a better experience at camp.  The presentation is available on the website by hovering over the Camp BEST link on the ribbon below the header and selecting the volunteer coaching document.  Clicking on that will download the presentation.  Mentors might find it useful to review this before the start of camp and consult it if an incident at camp might have been handled better.
 
 
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Jaffrey Memorial Committee Accepts Charitable Giving Donation 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Past President Jim Banghart Updates Rotarians on the BEST Scheduling Process 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (May 21, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck for our breakfast meeting on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7:15am.  Mike Shea has the Invocation.
 
Kudos to Dan Bemis and Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson for their informative presentation last week at our May 16th meeting as we prepare, once again, to host as many as 90 Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students at Camp BEST.  Again, plan on hearing from Jim Banghart early in June as he works on scheduling.
 
John McCarthy is a Rotarian who wears many hats.  Not only has he been deeply involved with the Youth Exchange Program over the years, he has similarly been involved with the Nicaraguan effort, working alongside Travis Kumph.  This year will see Kayley Bennett, a Conant sophomore and Interactor, heading off to Italy in August for a year as our Club's Youth Exchange Student.  We will certainly look forward to learning of her experience upon her return. 
 
In the meantime, our Rotary Club will be privileged on Thursday to hear Pauline Herman, the Peterborough Rotary's Exchange Student from France.  She will share her positive experiences in the United States since her arrival last August. Pauline was one of 15 Youth Exchange Students hosted by District 7870 Rotary Clubs in 2018-2019; a great group of kids!  John and I had the opportunity to hear them speak of their experiences during the recent May District Conference.
 
No Rotary meeting next week as it is the observance of Memorial Day. The following week, June 6th, finds us being hosted by the Monadnock Christian Ministries, where Roy Baldwin and his staff will greet us and feed us one of their great breakfasts. This will be followed by the "ribbon-cutting" for the new playground, funding for which the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary contributed last year.  Now that winter is over, the playground is sure to see plenty of use!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs by Owen Houghton and Harold Davis
 
 
President's Message (May 21, 2019) 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Listen -- Camp BEST Training Continues

Rotarians listen intently as "Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson provides good insights.  With nearly 90 BEST Campers only seven weeks away, the tempo of preparation by Tonya and the BEST Committee has increased as we prepare to welcome another summer of activities at Franklin Pierce.
 
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A new way to pledge allegiance!

President-elect Jon Frederick took action when it became apparent that our portable American Flag was missing.  "Hutch" Hutchinson brought up his image of the American Flag from his laptop, and Rotarians recited the Pledge of Allegiance, courtesy of a movie screen image!
 
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Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson and Dan Bemis, Keynote Presenters 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Grade Students in Jaffrey and Rindge Get Sneakers

Posted by Jim Banghart on May 15, 2019
 
The program, sponsored by Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, passed out sneakers to second grade students in the Jaffrey and Rindge public schools on May 15th.  It is run in cooperation with the Keene Elm City Rotary Club.  The intention is to get the students active.  They are asked to exercise in some fashion every day and encouraged to run in the fun run in the fall.  In addition to the sneakers, students are given a few admission to Keene Ice and free admission for the whole family to a Keene Swamp Bats baseball game where they are invited to go onto the field to show their sneakers.
2nd Grade Students in Jaffrey and Rindge Get Sneakers Jim Banghart 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Nathaniel Peirce, Keynote Speaker at Thursday

Nathaniel Peirce was our guest speaker at Thursday's evening meeting at the Shattuck, sharing insights relative to Camp BEST, covenants, and the positive modifications to the first week's activities.  Good to see Nat again!
 
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Sam LaFortune Does It Again

Not to be outdone by her performance last Spring, Sam LaFortune presented President Bob a plastic bag of ninety-one empty bottles of Yukon Jack during Happy Fines, the results of last Saturday's Roadside Clean-up that was organized by Mike Shea. Seems as if the litterers were in greater evidence this year than in years past, given the volumes of rubbish that was picked up and put into blue bags for disposal.  
 
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President's Message (May 14, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our Breakfast Meeting is held this Thursday at the Shattuck, May 16th, at 7:15am.   Sheila Bergeron has the Invocation.  Jon Frederick will preside in my absence.
 
Good meeting on Thursday evening, with Nathaniel Peirce as our speaker.  Nathaniel shared good insights on some of the positive approaches that are being taken insofar as the upcoming BEST Camp that begins in just eight weeks.  Jim Banghart will be approaching everyone sometime in June to learn Rotarians' availability to help in the mornings and/or afternoons during the four-weeks that BEST is operating (July 8th - August 2nd).  The time that you volunteer IS appreciated!
 
Jed Brummer and Jon Frederick did a nice job with the Happy Fines.  Good to see lots of laughter.  Over two dozen Rotarians were there Thursday evening and those hors d'oeuvres  went quickly!  We welcomed back Bill Raymond from down south. David Tower is next!  Good to see Al Clapp and Joe Manning with us again!
 
Please circle Monday afternoon, June 3rd, on your calendar for the 2:00pm - 5:00pm BEST training at the Jaffrey Public Library -- this is an important program, one of four that will be offered Rotarians (the first was in January, the second was this past Thursday, the third will this coming Thursday).
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photos courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional photos may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/DbwxkeoviEUKLFFs9
 
President's Message (May 14, 2019) 2019-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

"Ninety-One bottles of Yukon Jack on the Wall...."

President Bob enjoys a good laugh as he graciously accepts ninety-one empty "nip" bottles of Yukon Jack whiskey from Sam LaFortune.  Bob promised to recognize Sam in early June as it was reported that Sam enthusiastically scoured Route 202 for empty containers of this very fine blend of strong waters.  "Hmmmm... now what do I do now with this elegant gift?" muses our Club president.
 
"Ninety-One bottles of Yukon Jack on the Wall...." 2019-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Raymond Returns!

Good to see Treasurer Bill Raymond back in town following his annual Winter visit to warmer climates.  Congratulations on the weight loss -- that's what golf must do!
 
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Russ Robertson Has Returned, too!

In Springtime, the snowbirds return to Jaffrey.  Russ Robertson returned from warmer climates a couple of weeks ago, and continues to work diligently - as Programs Chair - to ensure good speakers at upcoming Rotary meetings.
 
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Principal Brett Blanchard Addresses Rotary

The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary welcomed Brett Blanchard (R), Conant High School Principal, as guest speaker at our breakfast meeting on Thursday, May 9th.  With his first school year nearly complete, Brett shared observations on his enjoyable experiences with students and staff, citing particularly his awareness of the community services of the Interact group. Rotarians had questions about recent media accounts of school changes, which the principal explained was a natural part of a culture change process that requires some time to be fully integrated into the learning environment at our high school that serves the towns of Rindge and Jaffrey.
 
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President's Message (May 7, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck for our EVENING meeting on Thursday, May 9th, at 5:30pm.  Roy Baldwin has the Invocation.
 
Nat Pierce will be our Guest Speaker. It will be good to have Nathaniel re-join us for the evening.  Plenty of hot (and cool) horsey derveys (hors d'oeuvres to those who are eloquent with French), so bring your appetite and your penchant for good fellowship.
 
I returned this weekend from our District 7870 Annual Conference in Danvers, Massachusetts.  A wonderful experience! Our Conant Interact Club's Maria Anton competed with four other students from various high schools in Vermont and New Hampshire, missing out on the first place prize by one-quarter of one percentage point.  She gave a "lights out!" presentation based on the "4-Way Test" that she presented to our Rotary Club about five or so weeks ago.  I am so proud of her!
 
 
Roadside clean-up finally occurred on Saturday -- thanks, Mike Shea, for getting this off the ground (soggy as it was)!
 
Jon Frederick and I began what will be a series of short meetings as we prepare for the transition of leadership of our Club.  Jon is going to be a GREAT president.  Gavel Night is on Thursday, June 27th, and we both thank Peter Russell and Ginny for their willingness to once again host our annual social gathering at their home.  Save the date!!
 
See you on Thursday evening for fellowship, good conversation, and an interesting speaker!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photograph of Brett Blanchard, Principal, Conant High School and Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, by Owen Houghton.
 
 
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President's Message (April 30, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, May 2nd, at 7:15am.  Our inimitable Joe Manning has the Invocation.
 
Someone once said that "the third time's the charm."  Having been rained out the past two Saturday mornings, Mike Shea welcomes all Rotarians to join us at the West Rindge Builders' parking lot on Saturday morning at 8:00am for our Spring Roadside Clean-up.  
 
Brett Blanchard, Conant High School Principal, will be our guest speaker on Thursday.  With his first school year nearly complete, Brett has some observations he will share with Rotarians, as well as sharing some of what has been instituted at Conant, and what he hopes to do in the immediate near future to enhance the learning environment at our high school that serves the towns of Rindge and Jaffrey.
 
We welcome Russ Robertson's return from his snowbird days down south... it will be good to see Russ, as well as fellow snowbirds Bill Raymond and Dave Tower, although I am unsure as to exactly when those latter two gentlemen arrive back in town.
 
Maria Anton, our Rotary "4-Way Test" winner at the District semifinals, will compete for the Grand Prize Saturday morning at the District Meeting in Danvers; she is one of four contestants vying for a very nice top prize.  I will be there over the weekend to represent our Club and look forward to the experience!  Hoping, too, to see Maria win, although it is an honor to have been chosen as one of the four semi-finalists.
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Harold Davis.  More photographs may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/9EVD2g5bfLwvJvm18
 
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President's Message (April 23, 2019)

ROADSIDE CLEANUP
 
Chatting with Mike Shea EARLY this morning, we're going to POSTPONE the Roadside Clean-up until Saturday, May 4th.
 
However, Mike is going to be at our usual  Roadside Cleanup meeting site on Rt 202 at 8:00am, and we will see if the weather will allow us to knock out a section or two. Feel free to join us. 
 
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Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There is no meeting this week due to the observance of Easter.
 
We will meet next week, May 2nd, at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting at 7:15am.
 
Due to Saturday's rains, the RESCHEDULED Roadside Cleanup will be THIS coming Saturday.  Please meet at 8:00am at the West Rindge Builders' parking lot on Route 202.  All hands are welcome!
 
A reminder to a) submit your bios/pictures for the new Member Guide, and b) drop off a check to Clay Hollister (Rotary Foundation/BEST or both -- your call).
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Harold Davis.  More photographs may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/9EVD2g5bfLwvJvm18
 
 
 
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President's Message (April 16, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday morning, April 18th, at 7:15am for our Club Assembly. Tammy Griffin has the Invocation.
 
Speaking of Invocations, Thursday evening's meeting last week at the Shattuck featured what was likely a "first" for our Club.  Our Guest Speaker, Dr. Hank Knight, a Methodist minister, and Kathleene Card, also a Methodist minister, shared together a wonderful Invocation.  Thanks to Kathleene for "engineering" what was an inspiring moment and a good introduction to an enjoyable evening.  
 
Those who came to our evening meeting laughed much, ate well, and heard an absolutely engaging story entitled "A Light in the Darkness - Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman" as presented by Keene State College's Dr. Knight, whose reflective song about Dr. Gottesman ended his presentation.  His presentation was one that struck a responsive chord in the hearts of many that night as we learned what might have been. If only...
 
Club Assembly this Thursday -- we look to committee chairs to provide updates on their committee's doings. 
 
Mike Shea will be looking for Rotarians to join him at 8:00am at the "usual place" on Rt 202 as our Club, blue bags in hand, will be participating in Roadside Cleanup this Saturday, April 20th.  
 
A reminder to a) submit your bios/pictures for the new Member Guide, and b) drop off a check to Clay Hollister (Rotary Foundation/BEST or both -- your call).
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Harold Davis.  More photographs may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/9EVD2g5bfLwvJvm18
 
 
President's Message (April 16, 2019) 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Hank Knight, Our Guest Speaker

Dr. Hank Knight, Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, provided a thought-provoking presentation on the life of Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman, a Polish physician, at Thursday's evening meeting at the Shattuck.  Rotarians learned that her research as a research physician might have helped tens of thousands worldwide who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's Disease IF ONLY her research had not been locked up for 45 years by the Soviet Union after she had been arrested and murdered. Dr. Gottesman was one of 11 million who died as a result of the Holocaust during WW II.  
 
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Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman -- A Light in the Darkness 

Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman, photographed shortly after she was arrested in 1942, and as a young woman.  Dr. Hank Knight told the story of how her research notes - released in 1987 during the fall of the Iron Curtain - unexpectedly helped an American physician who was having difficulty diagnosing his patient that same year.
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Jed Brummer Collects a Five-spot from Mike Shea 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Laughter Was Everywhere with Happy Fines 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 9, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck this Thursday evening, April 11th, at 5:30pm for our weekly meeting.  Helene Rogers has the Invocation.
 
Our guest speaker is Dr. Hank Knight, Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College.  This is one presentation that you won't want to miss!  As I shared with you before, I was privileged to learn about Hank's presentation topic and was VERY impressed. You will be, too!  Hot horsey d'oeuvres (Spellchecker is not helping on this one) will be served.
 
I am VERY pleased to announce that Maria Anton, the first of our four Interactors who competed in our Club's "Four-Way Test" contest two weeks ago, walked away as one of four finalists for the District competition that takes place at the District 7870 Annual Meeting in Danvers, MA, on May 3-5.  There were 13 high school students that competed in Henniker on Sunday -- Maria was one of only two freshmen to compete, and the only freshman to be selected as a finalist.  Bravo, Maria!!
 
See you Thursday evening!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Pictures by Harold Davis are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/znajU55xKuJesQhJ6 
President's Message (April 9, 2019) 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Russ Gaskamp, our newest Rotarian!

Good to see Russ at our meetings, even though he is active in recruiting players in his role as Head Football Coach at Franklin Pierce.  Russ and his wife, Justine, helped at the recent free Community Supper.  Fortunately, Russ was able to avoid becoming involved in the "Great Blueberry Caper," unlike Clay Hollister, John McCarthy, and Bruce Edwards.  Rumor has it that president Bob is still trying to see if those blueberry cans will ignite!
 
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Dan Anair Introduces Our Guest Speaker 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Driscoll in "Silver Bracelets"??

It almost happened.  Det. Sgt. Shawn Skahan "threatened" to put Bill Driscoll in silver bracelets.  Bill politely declined.  Maybe next time, Bill!
 
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New Hampshire State Police Det. Sgt. Shawn Skahan

Rotarians learned much about the process used when a polygraph test is administered.  Detective Sergeant Shawn Skahan, a 22-year veteran of the New Hampshire State Police, educated us on the in's and out's of the polygraph, including some humorous (but perhaps not-so-effective ways) that different cultures in the past determined the "truth" spoken by the accused. Skahan received his undergraduate degree from Franklin Pierce University and his Master's degree from Liberty University.
 
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Maria Anton -- District Finalist!

(L to R) Jennah Haney, Bailey Brewer (rear), Maria Anton (front), and Ayden Faircloth take a moment during breakfast to pose for the camera.  The four gave their "Four-Way Test" speeches, each of which lasted about five minutes.  All four did an outstanding job, and our four Rotary judges had their work cut out for them insofar as determining the winner.  When the dust had settled, Maria Anton was selected to represent our Rotary Club in the District Semi-finals in Henniker this past Sunday.  13 students from Vermont and New Hampshire competed in the District Semi-finals, and Maria was one of four finalists selected to compete in the Speech Final Competition at the District Meeting on May 4th.  Congratulations, Maria!
 
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Presentation of Certificates and Gift Cards to Interactors 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (April 2, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday morning, April 4th, at 7:15am.  Owen Houghton has the Invocation (yes, Owen's actually scheduled this time).
 
Those who were at last Thursday's meeting were treated to four Conant Interactors, each of whom gave great presentations as they competed for the opportunity to go to the District semi-finals in Henniker this coming Sunday.  Their presentation topic was the Rotary "Four-Way Test" and its applicability in today's world.  Maria Anton, who happened to be the first of the four presenters, was the winner. Maria, believe it or not, is only a freshmen, as were two of her classmates, Ayden Faircloth and Jennah Haney.   Bailey Brewer, a junior, was the only upperclassman.  Kudos to all for their great presentations -- I was so proud of them.
 
Bill Driscoll will need to be on his best behavior at our Thursday meeting.  Presenting will be New Hampshire State Police Detective Sergeant Shawn Skahan, who will present his topic of “Tales of A Polygraph Instructor.”  Bill's nefarious deeds of the past MAY just come under scrutiny.  Come and find out!
 
Next Thursday's presentation at our evening meeting at the Shattuck should be especially interesting, as Henry Knight, Director of the Keene State College's Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, will present on "A Light in the Darkness -- Dr. Lucja Frei Gottesman."  Although this doctor's name may not be one familiar to you, when I met with Henry, I was absolutely blown away by what it is he will be presenting at our meeting and the impact Dr. Gottesman MIGHT have had... if only she had not been one of millions of Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.  Be sure not to miss this one!
 
I will be in Henniker on Sunday, rooting Maria Anton on as she competes with a dozen or so other high school students for the opportunity to go to the "Four-Way Test" District final competition in Danvers on May 4th.
 
Lastly, a big thanks to Jon, Owen, Bruce, Clay, Sam, Russ (and wife, Justine - nice to meet you!), Andy Lawn, and John McCarthy for stepping up to volunteer to help at the free Community Supper last week (hope I didn't miss anyone) at the United Church of Jaffrey.  It was successful!  Thank YOU!
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photograph of Four Interactors at Breakfast by Bob Schaumann
Other pictures by Owen Houghton.
 
 
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President's Message (March 26, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet this Thursday, March 28th, for Breakfast at 7:15am at Franklin Pierce University.  Jon Frederick has the Invocation.
 
The "Four-Way Test" is well-known to Rotarians.  To our Interactors, they are also learning to embrace these important questions relative to decision-making.  For the past five weeks, I have been working with these students to help them craft their public speaking skills in preparation for competing in the "Four-Way Test" speaking competition, which culminates at our District Meeting in early May.
 
 
To this end, four students - Bailey Wanke-Brewer, Maria Anton, Ayden Faircloth, and Jenna Haney - will present their 5-7 minute speeches at our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday.  A panel of our Rotarian judges will determine who will advance to the Semi-finals in Henniker on Saturday, April 6th.  Each student will be recognized at the end of our meeting and a winner will be announced.  Come listen to how they apply the "Four-Way Test" to what is happening in our world.
 
Roadside Clean-up is coming up shortly.  Mike Shea will surely be in touch.  Who will win the "highly-coveted" Yukon Jack award this Spring?
 
Rotary is helping to staff the Community Supper team for this Thursday's American Chop Suey dinner.  If you can volunteer - even for one hour - from 4pm to 7:30pm, please let me know.  Along with Rotarians and a few Interactors, the Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick's Church will also be on hand to help out.
 
See you Thursday -- let's support our Interactors as they compete!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
First photograph by Owen Houghton.
All other photographs by Harold Davis.  Additional photographs of our most recent meeting are found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SffUWXv5fPP22uv26
 
 
President's Message (March 26, 2019) 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary MARCH Students of the Month 

Susan Shaw-Sarles, Principal of the Jaffrey Elementary School, introduced two special Students of the Month to the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians.  Chance Desrosier and Amelia Hill, accompanied by parents and grandparents, received certificates and a voucher for the Toadstool Bookstore from Club President Robert Schaumann, who complimented Chance and Amelia. “Both these exceptional students have demonstrated high involvement within their school, participating in school government and being a role model for their peers.
 
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President's Message (March 19, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet for our Breakfast Meeting at Woodbound Inn this week on Thursday, March 21st, at 7:15am.  Owen Houghton has the Invocation.
 
Great job on Thursday evening by Ben Wheeler, Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC). We had nearly two-thirds of the Club at the evening meeting, and it was nice to see many and enjoy good fellowship. Feedback from several over the past few days suggests it was a good meeting and that you liked the BRC's recommendations.  BRC members welcome your additional feedback prior to the BRC's next meeting, so don't be shy.  As president, I would like to publicly recognize Ben and the entire BRC committee for their openness, willingness to listen, their exchange of ideas, and the perspectives that they brought to the table over several meetings that occurred since early January. 
 
Our own Rotarian Roy Baldwin in our speaker for Thursday's meeting.  Fresh from his return from Haiti with the Monadnock Christian Ministries, Roy's presentation is entitled, "Bringing Servant Leadership to Life." Those who have heard Roy speak before will vouch that Roy is an eloquent speaker.
 
We have a first... two "Students of the Month" in March.. both cousins.  We will recognize them this week.
 
The Interactors are hard at work preparing their presentations for the "4-way Test" Speak-up competition.  Four of them will be at our Breakfast meeting NEXT week to  present their six-minute speech before our Rotarians and a panel of Rotarian judges. The winner will go to the district semi-finals... and, from there, one Interactor from the various Rotary Interact Clubs in our AG will compete for major cash prizes at the District Meeting in early May.   Come see what these young adults are doing!
 
Good to see several Rotarians either IN the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday or lining the streets.  Owen did the play-by-play for local cable TV and Bernie O'Hampsey was quite visible on the streets, having worked with his son, Kevin, to help make the parade a reality, along with the help of many.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
bob
 
Photographs by Harold Davis.  Additional photographs of our most recent meeting are found at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SffUWXv5fPP22uv26
Last four photographs by Own Houghton.
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Rotary Binder is Coming!

Randy Morse, member of the BRC Membership Sub-Committee, has been hard at work writing content and driving the creation of a small binder that will be given to all current Rotarians and to new Rotarians, too. Complete with pictures, bios, and other relevant information about the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, the binder will be a literal one-stop resource for all.  A similar binder was created about eight years or so ago.
 
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Andy Land and Bill Driscoll -- Happy Fines

Never at a loss for words, Andy Lawn entertains the Club with his humorous remarks during Happy Fines.   Who owns those fashionable slacks -- Bill Driscoll, of course.  This year's Jaffrey Town Meeting Report honored Bill for his civic participation with his picture on the inside front cover.  At Town Meeting on Saturday, Moderator Mark Tieger noticed Bill as a fashion plate, and he chided Bill and asked him if he would consider leaving his pants some day to the Historical Society.
 
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Mike Shea -- April Roadside Clean-up Coming!

Past Rotary President Mike Shea took a moment to remind Rotarians that the Spring Roadside Clean-up is coming in April.  Don't look now, but before we know it, it will be August and Mike will be organizing the Fireworks Festival "No Parking" signage duties.  That warm weather will be welcome!
 
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Donna Senechal Gave the Invocation

Good to see Donna Senechal -- the evening meetings, by her own admission, work well for her.  Rotarian and Reverend Kathleene Card complimented Donna on her choice of Invocation message.
 
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Begorrah and Sam LaFortune -- Celebrating Early! 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Ben Wheeler Shared the Blue Ribbon Committee Recommendations

Ben Wheeler headed up a Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) of 12 Rotarians who met several times - both as a committee - and various sub-committees that met between BRC meetings.  Ben did a nice job of presenting the Committee's recommendations at Thursday evening's meeting at The Shattuck.  Good discussion followed the recommendations.  Thanks Ben, and thanks to the BRC members -- job well done!
 
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President's Message (March 12, 2019)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck for our Thursday, March 14th, meeting, at 5:30pm.  This will be an evening meeting and our March Club Assembly.  Donna Senechal has the Invocation.
 
This will be an important meeting, one during which Ben Wheeler, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC), will share the recommendations that the BRC is proposing.  The BRC is particularly interested in listening to the feedback from our Club Rotarians that follows the Committee's recommendations. 
 
The BRC has met several times since its first meeting in early January -- the five sub-committees that are made up of BRC members have also met several times, with some having met as many as six times. Thus, a lot of time has been invested.  Come and learn what has transpired and be part of the feedback process!
 
Don't look now, but this year's Town of Jaffrey Annual Report is dedicated to our own Bill Driscoll.  With the old Jaffrey fire truck on the front cover and a young Bill Driscoll ("90 is the new 70!") on the inside cover, it's a nice honor bestowed on one of our favorite Rotarians.
 
President-elect Jon Frederick returned from the PETS that took place over three days last week -- he'll give us an update.
 
Plenty of hot hors d'oeuvres Thursday evening at the Shattuck -- see you there!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
First and fourth photographs courtesy of Owen Houghton.
Second and third photographs courtesy of Clay Hollister.
Remaining photographs courtesy of Harold Davis.
 
President's Message (March 12, 2019) 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Talk on the Oklahoma City Bombing

Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 07, 2019
 
Clay Hollister, head of the FEMA recovery efforts at the time, spoke at our March 7th meeting describing the April 19th, 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the response after the incident.
 
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Pictured above is the Federal Building after the blast.  The bombing killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others, destroyed not only the building but damaged 324 other buildings over a 16 block radius and caused $652M in damage.
 
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The memorial, with a chair for each of those killed, was mentioned at the meeting and had been seen by Owen Houghton.  Here is how it looks
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Donation to Project Shakespeare

Posted by Jim Banghart on Mar 07, 2019
 
Steven Thurber was at our meeting on March 7th to receive a donation made by the club to Project Shakespeare.
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Rotary Honors Jessica Strassburg and "Operation Can Tab"

President Bob presents a Certificate of Recognition, which included a silver "Can Tab," to Jessica Strassburg, a junior at Franklin Pierce University.  With Jessica (to Bob's immediate left) are three member of the "Operation Can Tab" crew, which has recycled several hundreds of lbs of can tabs, the money from which directly benefited the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  The certificate honored Jessica for her special efforts that started the can tab recycling project in the first place.  Thanks to Jed Brummer for coming up with the Silver Can Tab that made its way to the lower left-hand corner of the framed certificate.
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Nicaragua Efforts Move Forward!

Things move along relative to our Rotary International Matching Grant application - we're almost there.  Travis Kumph updated Rotarians on progress to date.
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It's All in the Cards!

Kathleene and Andy Card chat with Gail Therreault.  Good to see Andy again - you don't need a snowstorm, however!  You're always welcome.
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Ben Wheeler Updates Rotary on the Blue Ribbon Committee

Backed by our collection of banners from visiting Rotarians, Ben Wheeler provides a brief update on Blue Ribbon Committee happenings.  Ben will present a more in-depth review of the Committee's recommendations at our March Club Assembly, which will be Thursday evening, March 14th, at 5:30pm at the Shattuck.  Don't miss this one!
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More of the Same!

Yes, more of the same!  These will be hung at all future meetings.
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Visiting Banners Now Displayed!

At a recent Board meeting, it was lamented that the banners from visiting Rotarians were not being displayed.  No longer!
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Russell Gaskamp, FPU Football Head Coach and Rotarian

Russell Gaskamp is our newest Rotarian, having come to us as a "transfer" from the Chickasha Rotary Club in Oklahoma.  Russell is the new Franklin Pierce University Head Football Coach, taking over for recently-departed Head Football Coach and Rotarian Rashad Watson.  Welcome to New Hampsha', Russell!  Glad to have you aboard!
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Wren and Siobhan Join Us for Breakfast!

Wren and Siobhan, president and vice president, respectively, of the Conant Interact, provided us a brief update on Interact activities and, at the same time, encouraged purchase of their "houses" to support their fund-raising efforts to provide housing in the Dominican Republic.
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Misty Start is Leaving Franklin Pierce

Misty Start, a member of our Rotary Club the past few years, is leaving Franklin Pierce University for a new position in the Greater Boston area.  She will be moving closer to her job.  We wish you well, Misty, and thanks for all that you have done for our Rotary Club!  Come back and visit us!
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Randy Morse Leads Us in an Information Gathering Activity

Randy Morse, a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee sub-Membership committee, has taken on several tasks within this committee.  During our Club Assembly, he asked each Rotarian to write down their perceptions of why they are a Rotarian.  This information will be shared at the upcoming March 14th Club Assembly that begins at 5:30pm at the Shattuck.
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President's Message (March 5, 2019)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday morning, March 7th, at 7:15am.  Clay Hollister has the Invocation.
 
It was a busy Club Assembly last week -- and we welcomed Russell Gaskamp, a seven-year Rotarian and the new FPU football coach, to our breakfast meeting.  Welcome aboard, Russell!  Good to see Andy Card again, too.
 
Between Wren and Siobhan (Interactors) and the contingent of four FPU students who head up the "Operation Can Tab" efforts chaired by Jessica Strassburg, we had quite a few guests.  Randy Morse had us involved in an interesting exercise in which we wrote down - in 30 seconds - why we are Rotarians.  Randy will be sharing your responses at our key meeting at Shattuck on Thursday evening, March 14th.
 
This will be an important meeting. Ben Wheeler, who has ably chaired the Blue Ribbon Committee that has met numerous times since January, will be providing an update on the Committee's recommendations.  ALL Rotarians are urged to attend the meeting, which begins at 5:30pm at the Shattuck.  We had an 83% turnout in November at which time good comments were shared by many in our Club.  Come and learn what has since transpired and in response to your reflections shared just before Thanksgiving. Yes, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be available.
 
Clay Hollister will be our guest speaker at Thursday's Breakfast Meeting.  Clay's presentation will be on "The Oklahoma City Bombing - Response Recovery Operations."  At the time, Clay headed up the FEMA investigation that investigated the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, which killed 168 adults, including 19 children. 
 
A reminder that should it snow Wednesday into Thursday, the President's Message will have a notice ADDED to the top that - by 6:00am Thursday morning - lets Rotarians know if the meeting is cancelled.  The rule is simple: If the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District cancels classes, the Rotary meeting is cancelled.  Should there be a two hour delay, the Rotary Club WILL meet that same day.
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photographs courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional photographs from our February 28th Club Assembly may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/5EP7LXneJbwVE9XDA
 
 
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President's Message (February 26, 2019)

February 28, 6:00am --  Despite snow, Jaffrey-Rindge Schools are open. Thursday Morning Club Assembly will occur.  See you at FPU!
 
Hail Rotarians!
 
A different salutation this week as I try my best to do things differently to bypass the annual winter "funk."  Having half of our roof literally blown off in yesterday's wintry winds, I'm ready for Spring.  Then, again, aren't we all???  The first real harbinger of Spring will be Kimball's opening up in another six weeks. Time flies... but not fast enough!
 
We meet for our February Club Assembly at Franklin Pierce University at 7:15am on Thursday of this week (February 28th).   Ben Wheeler has the Invocation.
 
Committee Reports will be provided at our Club Assembly.  Interact members will also be at our meeting to provide our Club with an update on their international project. They will have little house picture/flags to sell for $5.00 each in an effort to raise money for their project.  Bring your wallets!   
 
We'll also be recognizing a Franklin Pierce student for her efforts relative to Operation Can Tab. You'll find Jessica Strassburg's story quite interesting -- her efforts to recycle can tabs has benefitted children at Shriners Hospitals for years.  We'll let her share her story with you Thursday morning.
 
Please mark your calendars for Thursday evening, March 14th.  This will be our March Club Assembly and Ben Wheeler's Blue Ribbon Committee that has met numerous times since early January will be providing an in-depth update to all Rotarians on the progress that the committee has made and its recommendations.  It's important that all Rotarians be there to provide feedback.  The March 14th meeting will be at the Shattuck from 5:30pm to 7:00pm or so... hot horsey derveys (however you spell hor d'oeuvres) will be prominent. 
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photographs by Harold Davis.  Additional photographs of our February 14th Breakfast Meeting may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/zUMxEwWnogyz9xqP9
 
President's Message (February 26, 2019) 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Friends Forever International, Guest Speakers

Rotarians were privileged to hear from not one... but three... individuals from Friends Forever International, each of whom spoke before the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club at our recent Thursday Breakfast Meeting on February 14th. Left to Right, Eleni Partakkie, Christine Robidoux, and Ballmeet Khalsa, shared their experiences while working for this non-profit organization located in Durham, NH, that empowers youth leaders to connect, strengthen, and serve communities around the world and to make the world a better place.  Eleni was the initial spokesperson and shared her experiences growing up in the divided country island of Cyprus, located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
 
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President's Message (February 19, 2019)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There is no Breakfast meeting this week because of Presidents' Day.  Our next meeting will be a Club Assembly during breakfast at 7:15am on February 28th at Franklin Pierce.
 
Good to see a dozen Rotarians at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Saturday night as Shelter from the Storm (Non-Profit of the Year), Silver Ranch Airport (Business of the Year), and Don MacIsaac (Citizen of the Year) were recognized and honored.  Our Owen Houghton was also recognized by the Chamber for his work relative to making "Jake's Van" a reality for the Monadnock Christian Ministries.  Meanwhile, Rotarians Stephanie Niemela and Sam LaFortune will be serving as Directors on the Chamber's Board this year, and Travis Kumph was recognized for his service during the past two years as president of the Chamber Board.  Can't say that our Rotarians aren't involved!

Efforts are underway with the Interactors via weekly public speaking workshops every Friday that I am privileged to host -- six Interactors are engaged as we prepare them to compete in the "Four-way test" Speakup competition. More to follow.
 
Enjoy sleeping late on Thursday morning!  
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photographs by Harold Davis.  Additional photographs of our February 14th Breakfast Meeting may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/zUMxEwWnogyz9xqP9
 
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Tonya Provides BEST Training Update

Tonya Albee provided an update and shared perceptions relative to the recent NH Department of Education morning seminar that was attended by over twenty Rotarians and volunteers in January.  An additional workshop appears to be in the works to complement that shared in the first session.
 
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Tegan Greene, Student of the Month

Tegan Green is our February "Student of the Month."  Tegan, a Fifth Grader at the Rindge Memorial School, was recognized by her principal, Kelly Marcotte, and the entire Fifth Grade Teaching Team for her "positive approach to her academics, being a great role model for others to emulate, and her willingness and eagerness to help the school in any way that she can." Congratulations, Tegan!
 
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President's Message (December 19, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at WOODBOUND Inn on Thursday, December 20th, at 7:15am, for our Breakfast Meeting.  President-elect Jon Frederick will preside.  Bernie Hampsey has the Invocation.
 
As has been our custom and to move us further into the holiday season, the Conant High School chorus, under the direction of Karie Swift, Choral Director, will sing for us during our breakfast meeting.
 
This will be our last meeting for calendar year 2018. The next two Thursdays occur during the weeks of Christmas and New Year's -- thus, no meeting either week. Our next Breakfast meeting will be January 10th at WOODBOUND Inn.  We have an exceptional thought-provoking speaker that day, along with an informative program that will immediately follow the end of our breakfast meeting.
 
Diane and I wish all of my fellow Rotarians the best of the holiday season -- whether you have celebrated Hannukah, or will be celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other seasonal observances, we hope you are all surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. The fellowship of our Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians is the present under our Schaumann Christmas tree, one that I enjoy all year 'round!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Russ Robertson
 
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Santa Claus visits Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary?

Is that Santa that we see?  That beard is becoming fuller and fuller.  President-elect Jon Frederick shares a humorous moment at last Thursday's breakfast meeting!
 
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Speaker at our December 13th Meeting

Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 13, 2018
 
Our speaker at the December 13th meeting was Ester Rhoades, Executive Director of the Greater Monadnock Youth Choir.  Their program started as the Peterborough Children’s Choir but has expanded to now include performers from 17 towns.  The group, which works with over 100 students in grades 2 through 12 on a semester basis, performs in stand alone concerts, collaborations, competitions and international travel concerts.  The highlight of the inspiring talk was an impromptu acapella short song which Ester performed on request.  Those wishing to see more about the organization can go to http://www.grandmonadnockyouthchoirs.org/. 
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Interact officers attend our December 13th meeting

Posted by Jim Banghart on Dec 13, 2018
 
Wren Wolterbeek (left), President of the Jaffrey-Rindge Interact Club, came to the December 13th meeting.  In the introduction by Shelia, she announced many of the goods efforts being undertaken by the club.  She was joined by fellow Interactor, Alyssia Maki.  While at the meeting they took the opportunity to sell bird seed Christmas wreaths, one of their many fundraising efforts.
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Rindge's Operation Santa Chairperson receives donation

Marilyn Griska, Operation Santa chairperson in Rindge, received a donation from our Charitable Giving chairperson.  Operation Santa has seen an increase in the requests for assistance this year; the money will be well-spent!
 
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District Governor Venu Rao Visits Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club

Venu Rao, our District Governor, is a member of the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club.  With 68 Rotary Clubs in his District, being a District Governor is literally a full-time job.  We were honored to host Venu at our most recent Breakfast Meeting, during which Venu spoke of the considerable impact Rotary international is making throughout the world.  Venu encouraged us to continue forward with our efforts to work with the Leon Rotary Club in Nicaragua, and he emphasized how the matching grant programs at both the District and Rotary Foundation level can result in 3.5X the monies raised by our Club.
 
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Jaffrey's Santa's House Receives Donation

Max Mitchell, Executive Director of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, and Jan Wilkins, Santa's House, were pleased to receive a donation from Gail Therriault, Charitable Giving Chairperson.  Dozens of area children will benefit by the efforts of the Santa's House committee.  Rotary is glad to help!
 
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President-elect Jon Frederick receives "Be the Inspiration" Banner 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 11, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at WOODBOUND Inn on Thursday, December 13th, for our Breakfast Meeting at 7:15am.  President-elect Jon Frederick will preside.  Peter Davis has the Invocation.
 
Our guest speaker is Esther Rhodes, Grand Monadnock Youth Choir.  As is the holiday season, holiday music is in the air.  On December 20th, also at WOODBOUND Inn, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will host the Conant High School Chorus, directed by Choral Director Karie Swift.  This is an annual event that ends our last meeting for the calendar year, and we look forward once again to the fine singing of these Conant students.
 
It was good to hear District Governor Venu Rao at our most recent meeting -- many positive comments were directed my way by Rotarians who found our DG's comments both enjoyable and positive.
 
Thanks to Gail Therriault and the Charitable Giving Committee, both the Jaffrey Santa's House and the Rindge Operation Santa chairpersons received a donation at our most recent meeting.  This will surely help to make some kids' Christmas bright!
 
Let's have a good time on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photographs courtesy of Harold Davis
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October 2018 Student of the Month Altheia (Thea) Pinkerton

Altheia ("Thea") Pinkerton is a seventh-grader at the Christian Heritage School in Rindge.  Principal William Broughton spoke highly of Thea's academic strengths and complimented her on her Christian character.  President Bob presents Thea with a certificate and a Gift Card to Toadstool Books while her parents look on, approvingly.
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President's Message (December 4, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet for breakfast at 7:15am at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, December 6th.  Bob Schaumann has the Invocation.  Our guest speaker will be our Rotary District Governor, Venu Rao.  Along with recognizing our "Student of the Month," it will be a full agenda.
 
In preparation for our Thursday meeting, the Board of Directors will meet with Venu on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce office.
 
It was absolutely great to see 35 Rotarians at our Thursday meeting at the Shattuck -- GREAT turnout, one in which good discussion and ideas were shared.  At Bill Raymond's suggestion, a "Blue Ribbon" Committee has been created and will have its first meeting on Wednesday, December 5th, at the Jaffrey Chamber office at 4:00pm.  We will share initial outcomes at Thursday's meeting.  Thanks to Clay, Kathleen, Bruce, Andy Lawn, Sheila, Sam Lafortune, Bill Driscoll, Jed, Travis, and Ben, all of whom volunteered to be members.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob 
 
Photo of Tonya Albee, courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
Photos of Raffle Party, courtesy of Harold Davis
 
 
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President's Message (November 27, 2018)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our November 29th evening meeting this Thursday will be downstairs at the Shattuck.  This will be VERY IMPORTANT meeting.  Dan Anair has the Invocation - glad he can join us!  [Note: There is no morning breakfast meeting Thursday.]
 
ALL 44 Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians are asked to attend -- especially those Rotarians whom we haven't seen for awhile due to work or family commitments.  It will be hosted at 5:30pm and will be over at 7:00pm.  This is a Club Assembly meeting; no guests -- we have some important business to discuss and it is important that ALL Rotarians be there to provide insight. 
 
PLEASE mark your calendars, plan ahead, and join your fellow Rotarians.   We will have plenty of hot hors d'oeuvres on which to munch.
 
Looking ahead as we march further into our holiday season, our December 6th meeting will host Rotary 7870 District Governor, Venu Rao -- more information to follow in the President's Message on December 4th.
 
See you Thursday at the Shattuck. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Photo of Tonya Albee, courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
Photos of Raffle Party, courtesy of Harold Davis
 
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President's Message (November 20, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Thanksgiving!  There is no Breakfast Meeting this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Safe travels to Rotarians who are traveling outside our Jaffrey-Rindge area and/or to Rotarians' families who are coming to visit your family in the Monadnock region. "From Atlantic to Pacific, the traffic is terrific...."  
 
Our November 29th evening meeting at the Shattuck will be a VERY IMPORTANT meeting.  ALL 44 Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians are asked to attend -- this especially means those Rotarians whom we haven't seen for awhile due to work or family commitments.  It will be hosted at 5:30pm and will be over at 7:00pm.  This is a Club Assembly meeting; no guests -- we have some important business to discuss and it is important that ALL Rotarians be there to provide insight.  PLEASE mark your calendars, plan ahead, and join your fellow Rotarians. 
 
By the way, the hot horsey d'oeuvres served at the Shattuck in October were delicious -- a meal in itself.  You won't leave hungry on November 29th, either. 
 
Looking ahead as we march further into our holiday season, our December 6th meeting will host Rotary 7870 District Governor, Venu Rao -- more information to follow in the President's Message on December 4th.
 
In closing, it is my wish that ALL have a great Thanksgiving with friends, family, and loved ones.  I am thankful to be able to roll up my sleeves and work aside a great group of Rotarians, both in Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary and throughout the District.
 
See you on the 29th at Shattuck. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photo of Tonya Albee, courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
Photos of Raffle Party, courtesy of Harold Davis
 
President's Message (November 20, 2018) 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 13, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
No meeting this week because of Veterans Day.  In addition, we don't meet the following week due to Thanksgiving.  Enjoy sleeping late -- a nice respite from all the work that many did to prepare for our recent successful Raffle Party.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 29th -- Club Assembly.
 
We were privileged to listen to Geoff Garfinkle, our guest speaker at our Breakfast meeting, who spoke last Thursday about the work he and his team of Recreation Therapists have done at Crotched Mountain that has allowed hundreds of autistic and physically-challenged children and adults to partake in a variety of outdoor activities.
 
Our meeting also saw the NH Association of Realtors recognize Tonya Albee with its annual "Good Neighbor" award.  Along with this came a $5,000 check for Camp Best.  Tonya was recently featured in the NH Realtor magazine in an article titled, ""Doing Well By Doing Good," in recognition of her many civic activities that benefit Jaffrey and Rindge, each of which resulted in her being selected among several excellent nominees for this prestigious "Good Neighbor" recognition.  Congratulations, again, Tonya!
 
The Rotary Board of Directors will meet Tuesday morning, November 20th, at the Chamber Office at 7:30am.
 
Don't look now, but snow may be on its way, with the possibility of our first measurable white stuff on Friday. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photo of Tonya Albee, courtesy of Owen Houghton
 
Photos of Raffle Party, courtesy of Harold Davis
 
 
President's Message (November 13, 2018) 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Tonya Albee Receives NH Realtors' "Good Neighbor Award"

Tonya Albee was honored by the New Hampshire Realtors Association with its 2018 "Good Neighbor" Award. Along with the recognition came with it a check for $5000 for the Camp BEST program, of which Tonya is the Program Chairperson.
 
Tonya Albee Receives NH Realtors' "Good Neighbor Award" 2018-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 6, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, November 8th.  Dan Anair has the Invocation.
 
Al and Nancy Clapp were honored with our annual Paul Harris Service Award on Friday at our annual Rotary Raffle Party. Clay Hollister did a stellar job with his presentation of this couple's many significant contributions. In addition, Tonya Albee was honored earlier in the week with the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award.  Nice to see these three good people so appropriately honored for exemplary civic service over many years.
 
Treasurer Bill Raymond will share the positive financial news of our Raffle Party on Thursday.  We raised a significant amount of money, all of which (less Raffle Party expenses) will be returned over the next several months via our Charitable Giving Committee to non-profit organizations and related causes in Jaffrey and Rindge.
 
A special shout out to Misty, as well as those who were able to come out on Friday morning to help out with the set-up.  This annual fund raiser has always been one of those "things-come-together-last-minute-to-ensure-success" events.  We learned much from this that can be put to use next year.  Right now, I ask everyone to "stand down" and relax, especially Misty and her committee.  Misty, simply speaking, a big THANK YOU from all of us!
 
We host Geoffrey Garfinkle, Director of Recreation Therapy at Crotched Mountain, as our guest speaker this week.  In addition, our Student of the Month for October will be recognized.  Along with Bill's financial report on the Raffle Party, it will be a busy morning.
 
See you at breakfast!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
Additional pictures of the Raffle Party, courtesy of Harold Davis, are found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/pbE3XGdMXQSVKLKLA
 
President's Message (November 6, 2018) 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Tonya Receives Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award

Tonya Albee was recognized at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Thursday with the Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award, the seventh such person to be so honored. Tonya is perhaps best known as one of the founders of the Camp Best program – formerly known as Camp Quest – which serves as many as 90 Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students each year.  In making the presentation, Civic Center Board Chair Tom Doane and Rotarian Bernie Hampsey recognized Tonya's many achievements, all of which have benefited Jaffrey, Rindge, and other communities in which Tonya previously resided. (Picture courtesy of Ledger-Transcript)
 
Tonya Receives Marion Mack Johnson Civic Leadership Award 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Three Reasons for Raffle Party Success!

Mike Shea and Ben Wheeler, our two auctioneers, share a laugh with Misty Start, Raffle Party Chair, as they review the Live Auction items -- nearly 24 of them -- prior to the beginning of the "second half" of the evening's auction festivities.   Much of the success for a great evening can be directly attributed to these three!
Three Reasons for Raffle Party Success! 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Chairperson Clay Hollister Presents Paul Harris Service Award

As he has done so nicely in previous years, Rotary Foundation Chair Clay Hollister introduced the 2018 recipient of the Paul Harris Service Award.  Clay wasted no time in sharing that for the very FIRST time in the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's history that two recipients were about to be recognized -- Al and Nancy Clapp!  What was humorous was that both were under the impression that they were there to recognize another individual whom they thought was to be the evening's honoree.  Those crafty Rotarians pulled off another one! 
 
Congratulations to Clay and the Foundation Committee on an excellent selection and to Clay for a very professional presentation that highlighted the countless endeavors in which both Nancy and Al have been engaged over the years!
 
Rotary Foundation Chairperson Clay Hollister Presents Paul Harris Service Award 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Al and Nancy Clapp Awarded Paul Harris Service Award

Al and Nancy Clapp were recognized with the Paul Harris Service Award at the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's Annual Raffle Party, which was hosted at the Shattuck in Jaffrey on Friday, November 2nd.   The long-time Jaffrey couple was recognized for their decades of service in several communities, and especially to the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge.  This picture was taken moments before the announcement was made -- little did they know what was about to befall them!   Clay Hollister emceed the presentation, which resulted in a standing round of applause (twice!) for the popular Clapp two-some.
 
A big THANK you to over 200 friends, neighbors, and citizens from both Jaffrey and Rindge who purchased tickets to the Raffle Party and participated in the celebratory event that honored Al and Nancy.
 
More Raffle Party pictures will appear in the Tuesday "President's Message" that will appear November 6th.
 
Al and Nancy Clapp Awarded Paul Harris Service Award 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (October 30, 2018)

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Sunflower's on Main Street in Jaffrey for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, November 1st, at 7:15am.  Randy Morse has the Invocation.
 
Why Sunflowers?  Not only is it a great restaurant, it is within walking distance of the Jaffrey Public Library.  Julie Perrin, Library Director, will host a tour for the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club immediately following our breakfast and a short business meeting.  Julie has made a number of significant and positive changes to the Library since she arrived on the scene in January 2017.
 
We are down to the last few days before our Rotary 2018 Raffle Party on November 2nd.  Rotarians who would like to help out - even for an hour or two on Friday during the day to help set up - are welcome.  Please let Misty know of your availability.  Be sure to bring ticket monies and tickets to our Thursday meeting so that, early on, Bill Raymond can process the checks.  It's not to late to ask your friends and neighbors to join us at the Raffle Party that kicks off when the Shattuck's doors open up at 6:30pm on Friday.
 
One of our own Rotarians -- Tonya Albee -- will be honored as the recipient of the Marion Mack Johnson Citizenship Award.  Please join us at a reception at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Thursday, November 1st, at 5:00pm, at which time Tonya will be recognized for her 40+ years of civic engagement that has benefited so many.  The award is presented annually to honor and recognize the commitment of area residents who have worked tirelessly to accomplish civic goals.
 
See you (twice!) Thursday,
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
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Auction Items

Live Auction Items
#
Item Description
Donor
Item Value
L1
VIP tour for 10-15 individuals for up to 3.5 hours of a private car museum located in Marlborough, NH.  100 cars are available for viewing with light show.
Ames Auto Museum
Priceless
L2
Spirit II Series E-310 Gas Grill, LP, 3-Burner
Belletetes, Inc.
$530
L3
Inflatable Paddle Board.  Pump, ankle strap, paddle, carrying case, and patch kit is included.
Andy Harris
$800
L4
100 Bottles of Premium Craft Beer
Hannaford of Rindge
$300
L5
Round of Golf for 4
Shattuck Golf Club
$180
L6
8 Day / 7 Night Luxury Accommodations for 2. Choice of 3 Mexican Properties. Ground transportation from the airport is included.  Airfare is not included.  The trip must be taken within two years. Contact Bruce Edwards for booking.
Bruce Edwards
$3,000
L7
Estate Planning Package with Attorney Jeffrey M. Crocker,
Upton & Hatfield, LLC
$750
L8
30 Minute Scenic Flight for 3
Silver Ranch Airpark
$139
L9
Private Movie Party for 28. Free popcorn included. Must be used by 12/31/2018
River Street Theatre
$500
L10
Gift Certificate
NH Liquor Store
$100
L11
Private Lunch for 4 with Governor Sununu at the State House
Governor Sununu
Priceless
L12
VIP Tour of WMUR.  Included Live Viewing of the Newscast and Meet & Greet.
WMUR
Priceless
L13
One Week Rental in Nyons, France.  Available dates are June 23 - Sept 6, 2019 on a first come, first serve basis. Welcome basket, cleaning, and and help with local touring.
Carol Stephens
$1,300
L14
South African Photo Safari.  6 days and 6 nights’ accommodations for 2 in a standard room at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge located in the heart of south Africa’s Zululand conservation region—one of the richest conservation regions in Africa.  Includes full board, 3 meals per day, and 2 game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles.  This must be used within 2 years from auction purchase date.  It is non-transferable and non-refundable and may not be given to any other person or organization and may not be sold in any other manner. It does not include airfare, transfers, personal beverages, side trips, or phone calls.
Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
$5,950
L15
12x16 Oil on Board Painting, York River at Cape Neddick, Maine, by Gordon France.
Fry Fine Arts
$550
L16
One Week Stay in Roomy Albuquerque, NM Townhouse that accommodates 4. Available During Balloon Festival Week October 5 - 13, 2019 (or other time).  Located near Old Town, museums, the Rio Grande State Park, and 45 Minute Drive to Santé Fe.
Lynn Estep
$2,100
L17
Autographed Book and Picture of Red Sox Legend, Rico Petrocelli.
Petrocelli Marketing
$100
L18
Photo of Former President George W. Bush and Former Chief of Staff Andrew Card. Signed by Andrew Card.
The Card Family
Priceless
L19
8x10 Oil Painting by Kendra Shea
Kendra Shea
$500
L20
Assorted Wines, including: Aviary Chardonnay 2015, Rose’ All Day, Rose’ All Day Beaujolais, Cielo Pinot Grigio 2017, Parxet Cuvee 2015, Sommavite Vino Liquoroso, Lolailo Sangria White, Bogle Zinfandel 2016, Biagio Toscana Cabernet 2014, Biagio Pinot Grigio 2017, Tabali Cabernet 2016 and Tabali Vetas Blances Chardonnay 2015
Chuck Saunders
$115
L21
4 Tickets to Manchester Monarchs vs Orlando Solar Bears November 16 at SNHU Arena
Bank of New Hampshire
$100
L22
Basket of Baked Breads and 2 Hour Baking Event at Winner's Home with Jack Byrne to Learn How to Bake Bread.
Jack Byrne
$150
L23
Snowplowing for a residential property (driveway not to exceed 100 feet in length) for the 2018-2019 winter season.  Property must be located in Jaffrey, NH.
Gordon Services
$500
L24
$1,000 Shopping Spree with a Personal Shopper at Select Bloomingdale's Locations in Southern California, including a Fairmont Hotel 2-Night Stay with Airfare for 2. Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability and hotel may be substituted for comparable or better property. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included. Contact Misty Start for complete details.
Winspire
$5,000
L25
Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway: Lower Level Tickets to Choice of a Select Regular Season MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL or PGA Event, 2-Night Weekend Stay with Airfare for 2. Game date must be on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. While every effort will be made to accommodate your first choice of game, confirmation is based on both event ticket and hotel availability. Excludes the U.S. PGA Championship, Masters, U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Green Bay Packers home games. Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included. Contact Misty Start for complete details.
Winspire
$3,500
Auction Items Jim Banghart 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction Items
S1
Gift Certificate
Atlas PyroVision Entertainment
$100
 
S2
Gift Certificate
Atlas PyroVision Entertainment
$100
 
S3
Gift Certificate
The Shattack Golf Club
$50
 
S4
Gift Certificate
The Shattack Golf Club
$50
 
S5
Women's Alpaca Cold Weather Gear
Rough Cut Farm
$135
 
S6
Certificate for 1 Standard Rate Visit
Jaffrey Computer
$80
 
S7
Custom Balsam Wreath
Coll’s Garden Center
$40
 
S8
1921 Morgan Silver Dollar Certified Mint State 64 (MS-64) by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Rare Coins of NH
$65
 
S9
Gift Certificate
Hobbs Jewelers
$100
 
S10
Gift Basket with Assorted Items
New England Everyday Goods
$115
 
S11
The Allure of Venice Book
Fry Fine Arts
$40
 
S12
Two Lives One Passion 2 Book Series
Fry Fine Arts
$80
 
S13
Gift Certificate
Verizon of Peterborough
$25
 
S14
Gift Certificate
Verizon of Peterborough
$25
 
S15
2 Day Rental for 2 for Snowshoes or Cross Country Ski Equipment
Eastern Mountain Sports
$80
 
S16
Gift Certificate
Twin Elm Farm
$50
 
S17
Floral Arrangement
Dee Burns
$50
 
S18
Waterford Posie Vase
Sam LaFortune
$75
 
S19
Assorted New Hampshire Wines
Owen Houghton
$55
 
S20
Assorted Jams and Jellies
Sheila Bergeron
$40
 
S21
14 inch pottery bowl by Laurie Gates, Los Angeles
Clay Hollister
$50
 
S22
Gift Certificate toward Repair and/or Refinishing a Non-Upholstered Piece of Furniture
Refurniture, LLC
$250
 
S23
Gift Certificate
Verizon Wireless of Rindge
$50
 
S24
Four Bottles of Select Wine
Hannaford of Rindge
$50
 
S25
One Homemade Pie to Take Home and Two Additional Homemade Pies Made to Order for Choice of Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Jarrod’s Deli and Classic Meals
$48
 
S26
Framed and signed lithograph print on paper of an original painting by listed British Artist Barry Leighton Jones.  Artwork is titled A Helping Hand from the original Emmett Kelly Circus Collection
Studio One Art, Antiques, and Coffee
$40
 
S27
Six Bottles of Select Wine
Andy Lawn
$75
 
S28
Details forthcoming.
Elite Island Resorts
TBA
 
S29
Details forthcoming.
Elite Island Resorts
TBA
 
S30
Details forthcoming.
Elite Island Resorts
TBA
 
Silent Auction Items Jim Banghart 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Raffle Items

Raffle Items
Throughout the event, the following items will be raffled off *for free* to attendees!
R1
Gift Certificate
Sandwich Master
$10
 
R2
Gift Certificate
Daffodil’s Flowers and Gifts
$25
 
R3
10 Visit Pass Card to the Northfields Activity Center
Franklin Pierce University
$45
 
R4
10 Visit Pass Card to the Northfields Activity Center
Franklin Pierce University
$45
 
R5
10 Visit Pass Card to the Northfields Activity Center
Franklin Pierce University
$45
 
R6
Gift Certificate
Candy’s Hair Salon of Jaffrey
$20
 
R7
Gift Certificate
ELL Salon of Jaffrey
$27
 
R8
Gift Certificate
Dunkin Donuts
$25
 
R9
Gift Certificate
Dunkin Donuts
$25
 
R10
Gift Certificate
Dunkin Donuts
$25
 
R11
Gift Certificate
Dunkin Donuts
$25
 
R12
Gift Certificate
The Clothesline Laundromat
$35
 
R13
Gift Certificate
The Clothesline Laundromat
$35
 
R14
Gift Certificate
The Clothesline Laundromat
$35