Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club

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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, 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.  
 
Dr. Hank Knight, Our Guest Speaker 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman -- A Light in the Darkness 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
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!
 
Russ Gaskamp, our newest Rotarian! 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Dan Anair Introduces Our Guest Speaker 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
It almost happened.  Det. Sgt. Shawn Skahan "threatened" to put Bill Driscoll in silver bracelets.  Bill politely declined.  Maybe next time, Bill!
 
Bill Driscoll in "Silver Bracelets"?? 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
New Hampshire State Police Det. Sgt. Shawn Skahan 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
(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!
 
Maria Anton -- District Finalist! 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Presentation of Certificates and Gift Cards to Interactors 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
President's Message (April 2, 2019) 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
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
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.
 
Rotary MARCH Students of the Month 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
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.
President's Message (March 19, 2019) 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary Binder is Coming! 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Andy Land and Bill Driscoll -- Happy Fines 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Mike Shea -- April Roadside Clean-up Coming! 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Donna Senechal Gave the Invocation 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Begorrah and Sam LaFortune -- Celebrating Early! 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Ben Wheeler Shared the Blue Ribbon Committee Recommendations 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
Talk on the Oklahoma City Bombing Jim Banghart 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Donation to Project Shakespeare Jim Banghart 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Honors Jessica Strassburg and "Operation Can Tab" 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Things move along relative to our Rotary International Matching Grant application - we're almost there.  Travis Kumph updated Rotarians on progress to date.
Nicaragua Efforts Move Forward! 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Kathleene and Andy Card chat with Gail Therreault.  Good to see Andy again - you don't need a snowstorm, however!  You're always welcome.
It's All in the Cards! 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Ben Wheeler Updates Rotary on the Blue Ribbon Committee 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Yes, more of the same!  These will be hung at all future meetings.
More of the Same! 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
At a recent Board meeting, it was lamented that the banners from visiting Rotarians were not being displayed.  No longer!
Visiting Banners Now Displayed! 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Russell Gaskamp, FPU Football Head Coach and Rotarian 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Wren and Siobhan Join Us for Breakfast! 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Misty Start is Leaving Franklin Pierce 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Randy Morse Leads Us in an Information Gathering Activity 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
 
 
President's Message (March 5, 2019) 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
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
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.
 
Friends Forever International, Guest Speakers 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
 
President's Message (February 19, 2019) 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Tonya Provides BEST Training Update 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Tegan Greene, Student of the Month 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
 
President's Message (December 19, 2018) 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Santa Claus visits Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary? 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
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/. 
Speaker at our December 13th Meeting Jim Banghart 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Interact officers attend our December 13th meeting Jim Banghart 2018-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Rindge's Operation Santa Chairperson receives donation 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
District Governor Venu Rao Visits Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Jaffrey's Santa's House Receives Donation 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
President-elect Jon Frederick receives "Be the Inspiration" Banner 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
President's Message (December 11, 2018) 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
October 2018 Student of the Month Altheia (Thea) Pinkerton 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
 
 
President's Message (December 4, 2018) 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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
 
President's Message (November 27, 2018) 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
 
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
 
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 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
 
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 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
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
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 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
 
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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Live Auction Items
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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
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
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
 
Raffle Items Jim Banghart 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Why We Need Your Support
 
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education; and grow local economies.  We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
 
The Jaffrey Rindge Rotary promotes the Rotary International mission and supports the following local organizations through funds raised at events such as our Annual Raffle Party
 
Launch Point After School Care
FNE International
BEST Summer Program
Good Shepherd Nursing Home
Conant High School Scholarship
Ingalls Memorial Library
Conant High School Interact Club
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce
Clarence DeMar Sneaker Program
Jaffrey Civic Center
Clean Water for the World
Jaffrey-Rindge Education Fund
Conant Food Pantry Lunch Program
Jaffrey and Rindge Food Pantries
Dublin Community Pre-School
Jaffrey War Memorial
Operation Santa
Project Shakespeare
Rindge Family Festival
Santa’s House
TEAM Jaffrey Scarecrow Event
…and many more!
 
If you or someone you know are interested in greater engagement with the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club through membership, volunteering, or giving, please connect with us today!
 
Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club
Bob Schaumann, President
www.jrrotary.org
 
Evening Events
 
6:30pm       Doors Open
6:30pm        Silent Auction Opens
7:00pm       Welcoming Remarks & Awards
7:30pm       Live Auction Begins
8:00pm       Cash Raffle and Prizes
8:30pm        Silent Auction Closes
We anticipate the live auction will end by 9:00pm.
 
Libations and Desserts
 
The cash bar will open at 6:30pm and remain open through the duration of the event.  A dessert arrangements and charcuterie plates will be made available on each table at the start of the event.  Coffee and tea service will be available toward the back of the room.
 
Rotary Annual Community Service Award Winner to be Announced
 
An annual highlight of this seasonal gathering is the honoring of a Citizen Leader.  Past recipients of the Annual Paul Harris Special Services Award include John Peard, Bob Van Dyke, Susan Leach, Jack Belletete, David Kemp, Marc Tieger, Lorna Letourneau, and DavidTower.
 
Cashiering and Retrieving Items
 
Live auction winners are welcome to “cash out” at any time during the event. Silent auction winners will be posted in the silent auction area by 8:45pm, and silent auction winners are then welcome to “cash out” at any time.  Raffle winners will be presented with their cash prize or item as soon as the winner is announced.
To “cash out”, please bring your winning bid slips to the cashier to pay for your items.  Cash, check, and credit card are all accepted forms of payment.  Once paid, you may retrieve your items the Silent Auction Manager and/or the Live Auction Manager by showing your receipt. If you need assistance bringing your item to your vehicle, please alert one of the managers.
 
Thank You to our Event Sponsors
 
The Jaffrey Rindge Rotary Club would like to thank our event sponsors for their generous support of this event and our local community.  Thank you for your continued support!  We would also like to thank Kelly Bergeron of First Service Title  for the generous cash donation to support this event and our community.
 
Franklin Pierce University
Red’s of Jaffrey
Monadnock Disposal Service
NBT Bank
Monadnock Community Hospital
Belletetes
Savron Graphics
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Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet for our Club Assembly at the Shattuck (downstairs) for a social evening and business this Thursday evening, October 25th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.  Dan Anair has the Invocation. [NOTE: There is no breakfast meeting at FPU this Thursday.]
 
More and more raffle items are coming in, which is good to see.  Please bring your Raffle Party checks to Stephanie Niemela.  It's important that we promote ticket sales as November 2nd is less than two weeks away.
 
Great speaker last week with Bill Edson, a former combat medic.  For those unable to join us for our most recent breakfast meeting, you missed one of the most engaging speakers we have hosted in some time.
 
Our evening meeting is a good opportunity to bring a guest, especially those who are unable due to work commitments to join us for breakfast meetings.  I look forward to meeting your guests!
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Photo of Gail and Roberta Letourneau by Owen Houghton.
Photo of Gail Therriault as Paul Harris Fellow by Harold Davis
 
 
President's Message (October 23, 2018) 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Roberta Letourneau (L) of the Watatic Grange happily accepts a check from Gail Therriault, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Charitable Giving Chairperson.  The money will be used to help cover the cost of Dictionaries/Almanacs for 110 third graders in Jaffrey and Rindge schools.  The Grange's Dr. Camilie Twiss and Roberta report that the books are well used by the local students and over many years.  Furthermore, it was shared that what we do as a Rotary Club makes a difference in their program’s success. 
 
Watatic Grange Accepts Donation from Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University this Thursday, October 18th, at 7:15am.  Andy Lawn has the Invocation.
 
If you didn't notice it, Fall is DEFINITELY in the air!  Along with Fall comes the Annual Raffle Party on November 2nd.  Yes, only two weeks away!  At today's BoD meeting, Misty Start reported that we are homing in on fifty items for both the Live and Silent Auctions, but more items are still needed.  It is not too much to ask each Rotarian to source one item, so if you haven't done so, please do!  Misty shared that we now have three Sponsors for the Raffle Party, and this is good news.
 
Bring your sold Raffle Ticket monies in and give them to Stephanie Niemela on Thursday -- please give ticket sales your highest priority (along with sourcing one item for the auction), as this is our major fundraiser.
 
Our Guest Speaker this Thursday is William Edson, whose presentation is entitled, “Lesson from a War Zone: Leading the Right Way by Creating a Genuine Human Connection.”  Certainly, the title gives one pause for reflection -- should be an interesting and educational half-hour, and we look forward to hosting William.
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (October 16, 2018) 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Randy Morse Shares His Global Volunteers Experience 2018-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As Columbus Day is a holiday, our Rotary Club will NOT meet this week.  Our next Breakfast Meeting will be on Thursday morning, 7:15am, October 18th, at FPU.
 
Per our last meeting, I have asked Misty to provide us weekly updates on ticket sales and auction items.  We have sourced some interesting new live auction items that should be appealing to those who attend the November 2nd Raffle Party.  In the meantime, please, PLEASE, ensure your Raffle Party tickets are sold... and not wait until the last minute. 
 
Thanks to several Rotarians who came out to support Team Jaffrey's "Scarecrow on the Commons" -- whether wielding a staple gun, raking hay, or directing families, it was a fun time.  Even saw a few BEST campers!  Hard to believe THAT was two months ago.
 
Remember that we have our Roadside Cleanup this Saturday, October 13th -- we meet at the usual place, i.e., West Rindge Builders' parking lot on Rt 202, at 8:00am.  As in years past, we should be done in about 90 minutes.  Who will win the "Dr. McGillicuddy's Cinnamon Whiskey" award for the Fall clean-up??
 
See you Saturday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob 
 
Pictures by Harold Davis.  More pictures may be found at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/yYPEyMcRqXCgaovA6
 
 
President's Message (October 9, 2018) 2018-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
President Bob holds up the check for $1500 that Sam Lafortune accepted, on behalf of the Rotary Club, at the Chamber of Commerce "After Hours" event this past Wednesday.  The check was in recognition of the Rotary's posting many hundreds of "Do Not Park" signs prior to the August Fireworks Festival... and taking them down the next day.  In the meantime, Sam Lafortune, who injured herself on one of those two days, continues to heal, we are pleased to report.
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Check from Fireworks Festival 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Gail shares a few thoughts on her Paul Harris Award.
 
Gail speaks! 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Patrica Vargas, Executive Director, Cathedral of the Pines 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Ben Wheeler introduces Julia Bartlett 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Therriault pins the Paul Harris Award recognition pin (with a blue sapphire stone) on his wife, as Clay, Misty, Stephanie, and president Bob look on.  Earlier in the evening, Gail introduced Paul as "you know him as 'Especially.'" (i.e., "... and especially, my husband, Paul...")
 
Paul Therriault pins the Paul Harris Award pin on his wife, Gail 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Surrounded by applauding Rotarians, Gail Therriault learns she is the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  This is Gail's second such recognition.  Congratulations Gail!
 
Gail Therriault, Paul Harris Recipient 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Emma's 321 Pub and Kitchen (Route 202 in Rindge) on Thursday at 5:30pm for our first-in-a-long-while evening meeting.  There is no breakfast meeting this Thursday.  Bill Driscoll has the Invocation.
 
Thanks to all who are inviting guests, e.g., Tonya, Ben, Misty, etc.  Please be sure to extend a warm Rotary welcome as we extend friendship to potential new Rotarians.
 
Patricia Vargas, Executive Director of the Cathedral of the Pines, has had a positive first year in her new role.  Much has been happening that is positive at this National War Memorial that was created in 1947 in memory of Lt. Sandy Sloane from Rindge, who died when his B17 bomber was shot down over Germany.  Patricia will update us on some of the happenings as the Cathedral prepares for its 75th anniversary observance in 2019.
 
In case you forgot, we will have hot hor d'oeuvres on which to munch. Cash bar. This will be a nice prelude to one of the highlights of the evening, a presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to one of our unsuspecting Rotarians.  
 
See you Thursday evening!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Pictures by Harold Davis (more Rotary pictures of our most recent meeting may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/CWMv8g5yxPLbMq8y6)
 
President's Message (September 25, 2018) 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Tonya Albee provided a great review of the July Camp BEST program, highlighting many things that went well and opportunities on which to capitalize for next year.  Several good questions were posed by Rotarians, which Tonya fielded during our Club Assembly meeting.  During her presentation, Tonya gave high marks to Dan Bemis, who worked tirelessly during his first year in his BEST role, and we look forward to his return in 2019!
 
Tonya provides a Camp BEST Overview 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Good to see Andy Lawn, one of our Past Presidents, at the past couple of Rotary meetings.  His off-the-cuff remarks during "Happy Fines" are always guaranteed to provide a humorous story!
 
Good to see Andy Lawn, Past President! 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Jed Brummer listens attentively to Tonya's presentation.  Note the Rotary pin on Jed's left lapel -- he's never without it!
 
Jed Brummer and his Rotary pin! 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Guy, president of the Monadnock Rotary Club, made good his promise to come to one of our meetings and share details of their speaker's program, one in which they make Rotarians for his Club and surrounding Rotary Clubs available to local schools to talk with students about their personal areas of expertise.  Over a dozen Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians signed up in response to Jim's presentation.
 
Monadnock Rotary "Speakers Bureau" 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Our own Rotarian, Stephanie Niemela, also serves as the Team Jaffrey Executive Director.  Here she holds up the envelope from Gail Therriault, our Charitable Giving Chairperson, which contains a Rotary contribution to the upcoming Scarecrows on the Common event, Saturday, October 6th.  As in the past, Rotarians will also volunteer at the event, which is held in front of the Town Library.
 
Team Jaffrey Executive Director Receives Charitable Giving Donation 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Jason Nero introduces Jamie Vandyke 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Ben Wheeler and Jon Frederick listen intently to our Guest Speaker 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Andy Harris had high hopes that his ticket would be drawn in the "50-50" Raffle.  However, someone else was the lucky winner ... and it was Bill Ryamondy who donated his winnings to Little Lambs, International.
Andy Harris 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Sheila Bergeron Shares a Happy Fines story 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Roy Baldwin, who also serves as the Executive Director for the Monadnock Bible Conference, delivered the Invocation at Thursday's meeting.  Not sure what was said, but it must have been funny as other Rotarians are also enjoying a good laugh!
 
Roy Baldwin Delivered the Invocation 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Bill Raymond Reminds Us Dues are Due! 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Jamie Vandyke was our Guest Speaker at Thursday's Breakfast Meeting, sharing insights about Little Lambs, International, in which he has been involved for some time.  Interesting presentation and the organization is doing some great things.
Jamie Vandyke -- Little Lambs, International 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We return to Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting this Thursday.  Roy Baldwin has the Invocation.
 
The chilly weather of the past few days reminds us that Fall is in the air... and with it, the Friday, November 2nd, Raffle Party.  With Mike Shea and Ben Wheeler hosting our live auction, it should be a fun event.  NOW is the time to be promoting ticket sales... let's not wait until "last minute."
 
Paul Somero, from Little Lambs International, will be our Guest Speaker on Thursday.  Jason Nero has arranged for Paul's presence, and we look forward to seeing both of them.
 
9/11 is a bittersweet day in the Schaumann household -- I add another year to my life's journey while, more importantly, we remember the sacrifices of many emergency personnel who lost their lives while saving others in New York City on that fateful day when the Twin Towers collapsed.  Never Forget...
 
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
 
President's Message (September 11, 2018) 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As Labor Day fell on Monday, there is NO meeting this week.
 
Our next Breakfast Meeting will be at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, September 13th, at 7:15am.
 
Please begin to invite your friends and neighbors to the Raffle Party, Friday, November 2nd, at The Shattuck.  Tickets are $50 for two people.  This is a VERY important event for the year, which - in turns - helps us to fund many of the positive initiatives that we do in our two communities.  It's a great social and fun evening!
 
Our Thursday, September 27th, meeting will be an evening meeting.  A great opportunity to invite a friend or business associate who has expressed interest in Rotary, but finds it impossible due to work commitments to participate in our regular morning meetings.  Firm information on our location for this evening meeting will be forthcoming, which will run from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  Same meeting format as our breakfast meeting... but cash bar instead of coffee to begin.  More to follow...
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (September 4, 2018) 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Raffle Party -- Coming Soon! 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Bill Raymond, our Treasurer, won the 50-50 raffle.  A skeptical Bill Driscoll double-checks Bill's ticket -- yep, a match!
 
Bill Raymond wins! 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Travis Kumph has been presenting our Nicaragua story to area Rotary Clubs to drum up support.  Meanwhile, John McCarthy updated the Club during the Club Assembly on funds raised to date that - as of your reading this - should translate to nearly $44,000 via a Rotary International approval of our matching grant request.
 
John McCarthy Updates on Nicaragua 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, August 30th.  Rashad Watson has the Invocation.
 
Now that BEST Camp is over, our attention turns to the November Raffle Party.  Tickets will be available very shortly, possibly Thursday.  As Misty shared at our Club Assembly, each Rotarian is asked to sell five tickets that will go for $50 each (admits two).
 
Bruce Hill, president of the Jaffrey Historical Society, will be our guest speaker on Thursday.  The Society has been pretty busy this year, and I think that you will find what he has to share to be interesting, including some of the historical artifacts that he will bring with him for display.
 
Jon Frederick will preside Thursday as I will be in Colorado.  I am looking forward to returning to "normalcy" in my schedule (whatever that is) in September.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
President's Message (August 28, 2018)  2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Mike Shea spearhead the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's participation in preparations for the annual Fireworks Festival, marshalling Rotarians for the repair. distribution, and collection of "Do Not Park" signs -- hundreds of them -- throughout the area.  A big shout-out to Mike for donating materials and space at Belletetes to work on signs.
 
 
Mike Shea -- Thanks! 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Sheila Bergeron and Jim Banghart, both former presidents of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, capitalized on the opportunity via Happy Fines to share personal insights.
 
Sheila Bergeron and Jim Banghart 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck for our Club Assembly on Thursday, August 23rd.  Ben Wheeler has the Invocation.
 
A special shout-out to all Rotarians who helped with Fireworks Festival signage repair, distribution, and retrieval.  It went smoothly, and we finished before the Saturday morning downpour by thirty minutes!  Special thanks to Mike Shea and Belletetes, not only for Mike's chairing this effort, but for the considerable donation of Belletete facilities, tools, metal screws, etc.
 
Two main topics for discussion at Thursday's Club Assembly include the November 2nd Raffle Party (Misty) and the Nicaragua Project (Travis and John).  We look forward to their updates.
 
A friendly reminder that dues are due... Bill Raymond already has enough on his plate, so please make his job easier by sending him your check, which covers dues and breakfasts for the next six months.  Thanks, in advance, for doing this.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Club Photos by Harold Davis
 
 
President's Remarks (August 21, 2018) 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Ken Sheldon was our Guest Speaker.  Ken's play, "Deep Water - The Death of William K. Dean," was presented three times at the Jaffrey Meeting House. Ken shared some of his thoughts relative to how the play came about.  Several Rotarians - Bill Driscoll, Bernie Hampsey, Clay Hollister, Owen Houghton, Joe Manning, John McCarthy, Bill Raymond, Peter Russell, Bob Schaumann, and Mike Shea -- had speaking parts.
 
Ken Sheldon, Guest Speaker -- The Dean Murder 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Randy Morse was the lucky winner of the 50-50 raffle, but - once again - the Queen of Hearts proves elusive!
 
Randy Morse -- the Winner! 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
That nefarious smile... the look of GUILT???  Bill Driscoll was mentioned as the possible perpetrator in the William K. Dean murder. Hmmmm... was he????
 
Bill Driscoll -- Was HE the one? 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Kin Schilling and Melissa Stephenson - NH Bee Initiative 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
"He ALWAYS wins!" is the lament that we hear no matter who wins the weekly 50-50 drawing.  This time, Owen Houghton, won the prize -- but no Queen of Hearts!  Next time...
 
"He Always Wins!" 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Several questions were asked of both Kin Schilling and Melissa Stephenson.  Tonya Albee poses one of several questions directed at Kin and Melissa.
 
Tonya Poses a Question 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck for our Breakfast meeting on Thursday, August 16th. Harold Davis, our superb photographer, has the Invocation.
 
Ken Sheldon is our Guest Speaker. Ken's theatre production about the Dean Murder is playing this week at the Meetinghouse. Ken will share his experience at putting this play together as well as acting in it. Many Rotarians will be seeing one of the three showings.  Should be an interesting presentation!
 
Mike Shea reminds us that there will be a work party at Belletetes millwork shop located at 51 Peterborough St., Jaffrey, at 4:00pm, this Wednesday.  We will be repairing signs that will be posted on Saturday morning by four teams of Rotarians (and picked up Sunday morning after the Fireworks Festival is over).  Many hands make work light - at Thursday morning's Breakfast Meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet to firm up those who raised their hands last week.  If you are unable to come Thursday, please call Mike at Belletetes to let him know of your availability.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (August 14, 2018) 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Looking somewhat jet-lagged, Bob Schaumann returned from England and thanked President-elect Jon Frederick for holding down the fort while he and Diane visited family.
 
President Bob returns! 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
The life of a police officer is never boring, but with all that has been going on recently in Rindge, we were glad Chief Dan Anair could join us at our Breakfast Meeting.
 
Dan Anair Gets a Break! 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Joe Manning Regales Us With Truro Stories 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Shattuck for our Thursday, August 9th, meeting.  We will be at the Shattuck the entire month of August. David Tower has the Invocation.
 
Another successful BEST Camp has concluded -- that collective sigh of relief that you hear is 50+ Rotarians, Interactors, and Volunteers enjoying their Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays off.  Congratulations to the entire BEST team for another job well done.
 
Our Guest Speaker this week is Kin Shilling -- I had the opportunity to hear Kin at the Peterborough Rotary meeting in July and she had a very educational message to share about bees.  You won't want to miss it.
 
This Thursday evening also finds Rotarians and guests at the Peterborough Players.  Gather at 5:30pm at the playhouse for libation (BYOB) and munchies -- all are asked to bring an appetizer.  Don Upton tells me that over thirty tickets have been sold.
 
Please circle the weekend of August 18-19 -- Mike Shea will be heading up our Club efforts to distribute "Do Not Park" signs for the weekend Fireworks Festival.  Wednesday, August 15th, will be the day that we do any repair work on signs damaged last year.  Yes, help is needed on all three dates - Wednesday for repair, Saturday morning for sign distribution, and Sunday morning for sign recovery.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (August 7, 2018) 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Following his presentation to the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club at Thursday's meeting on July 26th, Governor Sununu got to give away some money as he reads off the winning 50-50 raffle ticket winner.  Jon Frederick, President Elect, verifies the winning ticket number.
 
Governor Sununu, Guest Speaker 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Governor Sununu heaped praise on the BEST Camp program.  Here he is with Rindge Recreation's Dan Bemis with a roomful of BEST Campers and Rotarians.
 
Dan Bemis and Governor Sununu 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Joe Manning will be our Guest Speaker at the August 2nd meeting. Joe will share some memories of his having grown up in Truro, Massachusetts.
 
Our Joe Manning! 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn for our Thursday Breakfast Meeting.  Tonya Albee has the invocation.  We will return to The Shattuck for our remaining August meetings, beginning August 9th.
 
It is good to be home again, although leaving our daughter in England and her family was difficult, as many of who have adult children and/or grandchildren far from New Hampshire have similarly experienced.
 
My thanks to Jon Frederick for holding down the fort the past two weeks.  With Governor Sununu’s visit last week and with BEST Camp winding up this week, it’s been a busy month for Rotarians.
 
August finds Rotarians going to the Peterborough Players Thursday evening, August 9th – if you are planning to go and haven't already done so, please submit your $36-per-ticket check to Don Upton. 
 
Don’t look now, but the Fireworks Festival is almost on our doorstep.  Mike Shea will be looking for help on Saturday morning and Sunday morning, August 18th and 19th, to prepare, distribute, and pick-up “No parking” signs.  In case you are wondering, Rotary will not be selling bottled water at the Festival.
 
See you at BEST Camp on Wednesday and at Thursday's Breakfast meeting – Joe Manning is our keynote speaker.  He'll share stories about growing up in the small Massachusetts town of Truro.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (July 30, 2018) 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Kim Mooney, President of Franklin Pierce University, met with Governor Sununu briefly in her office before accompanying him enroute to Marcucella Hall to meet with the BEST Campers.  Here, President Kim Mooney and Governor Sununu find themselves among a plethora of BEST campers.
 
Dr. Kim Mooney and Governor Sununu 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Breakfast Meetings -- Great for "catching up" 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Memory of a Lifetime! 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Woodbound Inn's Rudy Rosalez instructs BEST campers 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
BEST Camper engages the Governor! 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Who's NOT a BEST Camper?  Must be the gentleman not wearing the red shirt and, instead, sporting a suit and tie.  Governor Sununu poses with some of the nearly 90 BEST Campers in the 2018 summer program.
 
Governor Sununu poses with BEST Campers 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Charitable Giving chairperson Gail Therriault presents a check to the Elm City Rotary's Patty Farmer as part of our support for the recent Sneaker Project that provided an estimated 100 pairs of sneakers to children in the Jaffrey and Rindge schools.
 
Charitable Giving Donation to Elm City Rotary Club  2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Russ Robertson provided an entertaining an humorous presentation about his experience in the New York City Marathon, one in which he helped to push a friend (Frank) the entire route of the marathon.  That's Russ on the far right!
 
Russ Robertson Presents A Unique NY City Marathon Story 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
History of Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Books Available 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Bill Driscoll regales our BEST nurse, Meagan, with a humorous story.  Meagan has done a great job with providing medical services for the usual BEST maladies (bee stings, cuts, etc.).  Thank you, Meagan!
 
Bill Driscoll and Nurse Meagan 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Monsieur Hampsey and Ms. Griffin share a funny moment 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Jed Brummer encourages BEST Campers to "give it all they've got" during one of the afternoon field sports activities.
 
Jed Brummer Cheers Them On! 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at the Woodbound Inn on Thursday, July 26th. Jim Banghart has the Invocation.
 
We will be hosting Governor Chris Sununu for breakfast.  Please plan to arrive by 7:00am as breakfast will be served at 7:10am.  The usual breakfast schedule during BEST will have us leaving Woodbound Inn at meeting's end at 8:15am.  The Governor will then go to Franklin Pierce, meet briefly with President Kim Mooney, and come to the Marcucella Hall lecture hall at 8:50am to address the BEST campers.
 
Don Upton reminds us that those who wish to attend the Peterborough Players big show for the year need to send him a check for $36 per ticket made out to Don Upton... and to send it to him at 1024 Mountain Rd, Jaffrey.
 
I trust things went well for the "Night of 100 Cupcakes" -- thanks to all Rotarians who became "Cupcake Cops" last Thursday.
 
Jon Frederick will have the podium while I remain overseas -- looking forward to returning to BEST during the last week. May there be no rain during BEST.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (July 24, 2018) 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Scott shares the intricacies of playing the drums while, at the same time, acquainting BEST campers with the nuances of Japanese music.
 
Drums, Drums, and More Drums 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Owen Houghton and English Scholars 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Along with Harold Davis, Russ Robertson has been taking scores of pictures -- here Harold has taken a picture of Russ who is taking a picture of BEST campers.  Former Rotarian Tom Doane has also been clicking away. Hundreds of pictures will have been taken by these three by early August, many of which will appear in the Yearbook that commemorates the 2018 BEST Camp.
 
Russ Robertson Gets Photographed 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Al Clapp, Peter Davis, and Ben Wheeler partake in an outside-of-the-classroom discussion hosted by Jim Banghart.  Week ONE BEST Campers honed their skills using the Reflex program on small computers and started work on constructing a building that would withstand high wind.
 
Jim Banghart Preps Rotarians for Math Class 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn for our July 19th Breakfast Meeting.  Gail Therriault has the Invocation.
 
Please remember that our Breakfast meeting activities will begin earlier due to BEST.  Please plan on Breakfast at 7:10am so that we can depart no later than 8:15am and head to the Franklin Pierce campus.  Our own Russ Robertson will be our keynote speaker as he shares his experience pushing a good friend in his wheelchair the entire length of the New York Marathon... that's 26 miles!
 
We begin our second week of BEST Camp this week with close to 90 Middle School students participating.  Good to see many Rotarians, volunteers, and Interactors engaged.  So far, the weather has been good.  Fingers crossed...
 
Thursday of this week (July 19th) marks the return of the "Night of 1000 Cupcakes" -- as always, the Rotary is asked to participate as the "Cupcake Cops."  This event was last hosted by the Civic Center in 2016; an estimated 1500 citizens consumed over 3000 cupcakes.  Please wear your BEST or QUEST shirts.
 
President-Elect Jon Frederick will preside over our July 19th and July 26th meetings while I am over in England with Diane, visiting our family. Governor Sununu will be with us at the July 26th meeting to address our Club. From there, he will come to Franklin Pierce and address the BEST campers.
 
The positive news above is somewhat diluted as we learned on Sunday of the weekend passing of Steve Meyers, one of this Club's Founding Members and a former Treasurer.  Steve passed away at the young age of 53, leaving his wife, Amy, his son, Edward, and his daughter, Lucy.  At this time, we have been told that there will be a private service at a later date.  Our condolences to the Meyers family on this sad occasion.  Please keep Steve's family in your thoughts and prayers.
 

Yours in Service,

bob

 

President's Message (July 17, 2019) 2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you from Camp Mayhew James Banghart 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
With his usual enthusiasm, Hutch leads BEST Campers with a rousing cheer right after the morning picture-taking session with Tom Doane and Russ Robertson. Hutch also brought with him several Boston University students who helped with Day ONE (Monday) fun games on the fields of Franklin Pierce University.
 
Hutch Leads with Much! 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Bill Anders and Sheila Bergeron take a brief pause as BEST campers receive new shirts that reflect the BEST logo -- "Best Ever Summer Time!"
 
New Shirts for BEST! 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
It begins!  The first day of Camp BEST saw over 70 Jaffrey-Rindge Students arrive at the Franklin Pierce University campus... with more expected on Tuesday. Nearly 60 Rotarians, Interactors, Middle School educators, and volunteers will be hard-at-work the next four weeks to provide our "BEST-ers" a quality learning and fun experience.
 
BEST Campers Arrive! 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We will host our Breakfast Meeting at the Woodbound Inn on Thursday, July 12th.  Diane Fukada has the Invocation. 
 
Please plan on arriving at 7:00am... as we will finish at 8:15am to ensure we arrive at Camp BEST by 8:30am.  Breakfast will be served at 7:10am, fifteen minutes earlier than usual.
 
Steve Roberge will be our guest speaker.  "The History of New Hampshire Forests" promises to be another highly educational and informative program.  Don't miss this one!
 
It begins!  BEST saw the arrival of 70+ Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School students Monday morning, with more to arrive Tuesday, i.e., those unable to arrive on Monday.  Things are in full swing and students, as part of their English program, will be interviewing Rotarians Tuesday morning as soon as the first-in-the-morning BEST meeting with ALL campers is over.  Tonya and her crew have done their usual outstanding job of preparation.
 
Let's have fun at BEST and do our usual great job of helping these kids!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (7/10/2018) 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Fourth of July!
 
There is no meeting this week due to the holiday. 
 
Our next meeting will be at The Woodbound Inn on Thursday, July 12th.  Please plan to arrive at 7:00am.  As BEST will be underway, we will end our meeting promptly at 8:15am, which will allow us time to arrive at Franklin Pierce by 8:30am, in time for the arrival or our students.
 
As part of our continuing series of highly educational speakers, Steve Roberge will be our guest speaker.  A Cheshire County Extension Forester for the UNH Cooperative Extension, Steve earned his graduate degree in Forestry from Yale University.  Come to our meeting prepared to learn more about the rich history of the New Hampshire forests that surround us!
 
As we end one Rotary year and begin another, it was good to socialize with many Rotarians and spouses/significant others who came to Gavel Night on Thursday.  Good food, good company, and a good time!  I now begin my second one-year term as Club president and look forward to the next twelve months. Jon Frederick is our 2018-2019 President Elect and will be writing these articles this time NEXT year!
 
BEST begins Monday -- hard to believe an entire year has gone by since Dave Tower and I were caught scarfing down triple scoops of ice cream at Kimball Farm in Westford. I will claim that picture was photoshopped!
 
See you at BEST on Monday, July 9th!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob 
President's Message (July 3, 2018) 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Lot of Couples at Gavel Night 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Showing his dexterity, Bob Schaumann, outgoing Club president 2017-2018, hands over the gavel to income Club president, Bob Schaumann, 2018-2019.  Bob will be serving a second one-year term.
 
Gavel Night Exchange of the Gavel  2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Two international travelers -- Andy Card and John McCarthy 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Gail Therrieault, Chairperson, Charitable Giving 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
We were pleased to host our current Assistant Governor, Dale Gabel, and our new District Governor, Venu Rao, at Gavel Night, both of whom spoke briefly with positive words about our Club.
 
Dale Gabel and Venu Rae, our AG and DG 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Randy Morse Caught by Surprise?? 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
The 2017-2018 Rotary year comes to a close at the end of June.  As is the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's custom, we will celebrate Gavel Night on Thursday, June 28th, at Peter and Jinnie Russell's home, 4 Gilsun Road, Jaffrey, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  All Rotarians and spouses/significant others are invited. Please bring a dish or desert. Woodbound Inn will provide hot hors d'oeuvres (I think I have finally learned to spell this correctly!) as they did last year to complement the delicious goodies that Rotarians bring.
 
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the rain and weather on Thursday, we have decided to move Gavel Night to the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, in Jaffrey, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  Go to the second floor.  Email was sent to all members on Wednesday evening to advise them of this change.  Other than the location, everything is still the same.    
 
There is no Breakfast meeting the morning of June 28th. Gavel Night will be our "meeting."
 
Governor Sununu's office has firmed up his schedule for BEST on July 26th.  Speaking of BEST, please, please, work with Jim Banghart for the purposes of scheduling your availability.  Many hands make work light...
 
See you at Gavel Night. 
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
Picture Credits: Harold Davis
 
 
 
 
President's Message (June 26, 2018) 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Tonya Albee Updates Us on BEST 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
The Club's newest officers (L to R) as of July 1st: Peter Russell, Director; Misty Start, Vice President, and Jon Frederick, President-Elect.  Congratulations on your election!
 
New Rotary Board Members and President-Elect 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Jaffrey and Rindge Food Pantries Receive Rotary Donation 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Banghart, Club President, 2016-2017, is recognized by Clay Hollister with the Paul Harris Award at our most recent meeting, in which Jim's strong support of Rotary over the years was cited.  Well-deserved, Jim!
 
 
Jim Banghart Honored with Paul Harris Award 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you letter from Ingalls Library Jim Banghart 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart
We received thank you letters from all of the students in Cathy Hamilton's 3rd grade class at the Florence Rideout Elementary School who used the dictionaries handout as a way to practice writhing thank you letters.  Here is an example;
 
Thank you letter from the Florence Rideout School Jim Banghart 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Jun 21, 2018
A grave social and moral challenge facing America today is the growing opportunity gap between kids from well-off backgrounds and kids from less-well-off backgrounds.  This growing gap, which affects all races, threatens to undermine the American Dream Itself.  Nationwide, compared to only a generation ago, kids from low income families live more isolated lives, with less support from their stressed-out families, from their churches, from their communities, and often even from their schools.  Their aspirations, their test scores, and even their physical and mental health bear indelible marks of social deprivation.  Through no fault of their own, these kids have much less chance to lead satisfying and productive adult lives.  For the country this outcome is economically improvident and morally indefensible.
 
The Quest Summer Camp Program, the product of a remarkable grassroots collaboration amont the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, the Jaffrey Rindge School District and Frankln Pierce University, is among the most promising effort I know anywhere in the country to address the opportunity gap.  Using latest pedagogical techniques to foster one of the oldest values of our nation – equality of opportunity – the Quest Summer Camp Program is proven to provide academic and socioemotional support to kids who need help
 
A well organized community group of dedicated adults can make a measurable difference in the lives of these kids – our kids.
 
Robert D. Putnam
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School
Author, Bowling Alone
Best Tribute Jim Banghart 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
Those Happy Fines add up -- and provide Rotarians a great opportunity to share stories of personal interest, funny happenings, family news, and a few friendly barbs.  At the same time, Happy Fines that Tom Bennett and Bill Driscoll collect go to fund our annual donations to the Jaffery Food Pantry and Rindge Food Pantry, which we will be distributing this Thursday.  Thanks to both of you for your successful cajoling of bucks from your fellow Rotarians!
 
 
Happy Fines -- Driscoll and Tom 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Juan Lorca, our Rotary Exchange Student for 2017-2018, returns to his native country of Chile this week. Juan, we all wish you well and thank you for the opportunity to know you for ten months and to learn from you. Special kudos to John McCarthy, who has headed up our Club's Youth Exchange program for several years, and has been responsible for orchestrating 101 tasks that have allowed us to meet many Exchange Students over the years.  A big THANK YOU, John!
 
Juan Lorca Returns to Chile 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Misty Start, our Raffle Party Chairperson, will be our new Vice President in 2018-2019, replacing Jon Frederick, who becomes our new President-Elect.  Congratulations to Misty and Jon!
 
Misty Start, Our New Vice President 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Kathy Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Monadnock Humane Society that serves 44 communities in southwest New Hampshire, updated Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians with her presentation on "Adapting to the Changing Face of Animal Welfare."  As an added bonus, Kathleene Card, winner of this week's 50/50 Raffle, donated her winnings to the Society.
 
Kathy Collinsworth, Monadnock Humane Society 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Villi Pony Farm Accepts Rotary Donation 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet for our Club Assembly this Thursday at The Shattuck.  John McCarthy has the Invocation.
 
Hard to believe the Rotary year is coming to a close in another ten days or so. Gavel Knight is next week (June 28th) at Peter Russell's. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or desert. BYOB, of course, unless we can raid the Russell wine cellar!  I have a few special recognition awards to give out... and I look forward to seeing everyone there for this fun-filled social.
 
BEST training occurred this morning, hosted by the four Middle School teachers with whom we will be working. Some new approaches were shared with the many Rotarians that were there for the sixty-minute program.  Good to see Al Clapp again, one of our stauch BEST supporters!
 
During those weeks in which we host a guest speaker, we present them with a nice certificate of appreciation. We also reference the annual donation that we make to the local food pantries as one means of thanking them for their presentation.  This Thursday, Charitable Giving will present checks to Kathleen Larou from the Jaffrey Food Pantry and Cynthia Childs from the Rindge Food Pantry.  Our Happy Fines is from where those monies come, so keep up the good work when Tom Bennett and Bill Driscoll come around with microphones in hand.
 
I plan to present my "President's Report" on Thursday -- looking back, it was very impressive what YOU have done over the past 12 months. 
 
See you then!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
President's Message (June 19, 2018) 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck this week for our Breakfast Meeting.  Stephanie Niemela has the Invocation.
 
Good to see Russ Robertson and Dave Tower at last week's meeting -- the snowbirds, like the swallows at Capistrano, have returned!
 
Our Rotary Club recognized Ellie Graf as the recipient of this year's Rotary Scholarship that is given to a graduating Conant High School senior.
 
We have an engaging speaker for Thursday, and there is no truth to the rumor that all Rotarians who come to Thursday's breakfast meeting get a free kitten to take home with them.  That having been said, you will enjoy a very fine presentation by Kathy Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Monadnock Humane Society. Kathy's focus will be on "Adapting to the Changing Face of Animal Welfare" -- highly educational and you will gain insights and about which you may not be aware. 
 
Looking ahead, BEST Camp is almost on our doorstep.  Please help Jim Banghart with his effort to ensure full staffinig by offering to work an afternoon or morning shift above and beyond those to which you have already committed (and I thank you for that).  This is our once-in-the-year major effort that benefits some 90 Middle School children.  Circle the calendar for June 19th; this will be a BEST training program for all Rotarians that begins at 9am at the Middle School in Jaffrey - no more than two hours.   BEST begins July 9th.
 
See you Thursday -- enjoy the nice weather we are having.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
President's Message (June 12, 2018) 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at The Shattuck this week for our Breakfast Meeting.  Stephanie Niemela has the Invocation.
 
Many of us drive past the Civic Center each week as we do our errands about town. No fewer than six Rotarians serve as Incorporators or Board Members of the Civic Center, which opened its doors 52 years ago as a result of the founding efforts of the late Marion Mack Johnson, a driving force in its creation. Our Club has pledged $2000 towards the Civic Center's $75K goal to install an elevator in this building, which is used by a variety of organizations throughout the year.  Our guest speaker is familiar to all of us -- Tom Doane, Civic Center president -- who will update us on Civic Center happenings, some of which you likely are unaware. 
 
Looking ahead, BEST training for all Rotarians has been moved up to June 19th from its original June 21st date.  Beginning at 9am at the Middle School in Jaffrey, it will be over by 11am.  Please mark your calendars. 
 
Gavel Night will be Thursday, June 28th, at Peter Russell's home. Please plan ahead to participate in what has always been an enjoyable evening of camaraderie, good food, and some humor for both Rotarians and their spouses/significant others.
 
Lastly, I am very pleased that we had a record 82% participation that raised a total of $8,315 for our Foundation/BEST.  Clay, kudos to you for managing the program, and kudos to ALL who helped to raise this enormous amount, $5,345 of which will go to Camp BEST and nearly $3,000 to Rotary Foundation.  Nice job, everyone!
 
See you Thursday.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (June 5, 2018) 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Rachel Ricard, a graduating senior this June from Conant High School, was recognized by her Guidance Counselor, Amanda Shaw, for her extraordinary work as an honors scholar, athlete, yearbook editor, Interactor, and member of the National Honor Society.  Rachel is our Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary "Student of the Month" for May 2018. She will matriculate at Virginia's Christopher Newport University to pursue a degree in education.
 
Rachel Ricard, May "Student of the Month" 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Gail Therriault, Chairperson of the Charitable Giving Committee, hands a check to (L-R) Roy Baldwin, Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries, accompanied by the Ministries' Cerah Garabedian and Anna Buller.  The donation will be used to acquire playground equipment in support of the After School Program. The new equipment is anticipated to be set up and ready for the September return to school.
 
Major Donation to Monadnock Christian Ministries 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Tom Bennett and John McCarthy (both not pictured), along with Sheila Bergeron and Bob Schaumann, reviewed scholarship applications submitted to the Interact Club at Conant.  The four Rotarians were asked to review the applications and to offer insight to the Club, which will make the final decision on the $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a senior at Graduation Ceremonies in June.
 
Interact Club to Award a Scholarship 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
President Bob welcomes Roy Baldwin as our newest Rotarian.  Emphasizing his desire to work with children, Roy's enthusiasm is welcomed, along with his considerable experience as Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries, which will host hundreds of children this summer from all parts of the country.
 
Roy Baldwin -- Our Newest Rotarian 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Reverend David Jadlocki of the First Congregational Church in Rindge was our guest speaker, and he further raised our threshold of awareness about "food insecurity" via his informative twenty-minute presentation that focused on hunger at both a national and local level.  In support of Reverend David's efforts to gain seed money for a Food Pantry at Conant High School, the "Got Lunch" program received a generous donation from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary in April.
 
"Food Insecurity," the New Reality 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet Thursday at Franklin Pierce University for our Club Assembly.  Mike Shea has the Invocation.
 
This will be an IMPORTANT meeting. For the past several months, many Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarians have been involved in communications, visitations, and planning for an international project that will favorably impact the Nicaragua town of Leon.  It will be at our Club Assembly that Travis Kumph will share the proposal for our Club's specific involvement and deliverables, answer your questions, and let you know "next steps."
 
In support of this initiative, Saturday, May 5th, finds several of our Club members heading to Guilford to attend the Grant Writing workshop.  We will be seeking matching funds to build upon the $10,000 that our Club has set aside to support our efforts with the Leon Rotary. We have already received favorable indications from District resources that our "ducks are in order."  In addition, the Monadnock, Peterborough, and Elm City (Keene) Clubs have also been meeting with Travis's team on this major initiative.  I am proud of their efforts.
 
Speaking of teams, nice job on Saturday by Mike Shea and over 15 Rotarians and guests to help clean up Route 202 as part of Earth Day.  I won't let the cat out of the bag, but we have a special "fun" award to give on Thursday to one unsuspecting Rotarian clean-up participant.  Hmmm... whom could it be?
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
President's Message (April 24, 2018) 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 19, 2018
Alexis Kulczyk was our club's April Student of the Month.  The award was announced at our April 19th meeting. The picture below shows Alexis with the award, flanked by her proud parents, Amy and Jonathan.
 
April Student of the Month Jim Banghart 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Apr 19, 2018
Our April 19th speaker was Dr. Todd Daugherty who spoke on osteoporosis and fractures, along with recommendations as to how to easily avoid them.  Todd is a Rotarian from Keene and has been supportive of Rotary since he was a Rotary Exchange Student as a high school student.  His talk struck a chord with many of those with whom I talked after the meeting who found the subject relevant and the message clear.
 
Our April 19th Speaker Jim Banghart 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Deborah Thurber, Founder and Director of Project Shakespeare, shared her reflections as to how the Rotary donation will help with sending several of the young thespians to England in August, where they have been invited by The Royal Shakespeare Company to perform at their outdoor theatre, The Dell, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Project Shakespeare Donation 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet Thursday at Franklin Pierce University.  Sheila Bergeron has the Invocation.
 
Governor Sununu's office suggests that July 26th will be the day that he will be coming to our Camp BEST breakfast meeting, according to Paul Collins, our interface in Concord.  Assuming that date is set in concrete, the Governor will address the Club Membership and then see for himself how Camp BEST operates.  For those unable to make the previous two meetings, the "QUEST" name has been changed so as to not impinge on the trademarked "Camp Quest" that is in Virginia.  
 
Thursday's guest speaker, Dr. Todd Daugherty, will share insights for Rotarians on osteoporosis and fractures, along with recommendations as to how to avoid that which occurs in many as they grow older.  Should be very educational and informative.
 
We will also recognize our Student of the Month, Alexis Kulczyk, a Fifth Grader at the Rindge Memorial School, who will be joined by her proud parents, Amy and Jonathan.
 
For those interested in our Nicaraguan project with the Leon Rotary, an important meeting will take place at Parker's Coffee House on Friday, April 20th, at 8:30am.  If participation in our international efforts interest you, please join us!
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (April 17, 2018) 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet Thursday at Franklin Pierce University.  Susan Emerson has the Invocation.
 
We welcome back Bill Janoch who, along with Kelsey Plifka, will provide an interesting presentation on how Rotarians can protect themselves from cyber threats.  Given all the "bad guys" out there who are only too willing to hack YOUR information, this should be a helpful and educational session.
 
I have been in contact with Governor Sununu's office to arrange for the Governor to come in July to our Club Breakfast meeting to address us and to see Camp BEST.  As soon as I have a firm date, we will publish this.  We are also able to raffle off a "Lunch with the Governor" for our November Raffle Party.
 
John McCarthy and I attended the District meeting in Contoocook this weekend -- met some great people, learned much, and made additional headway to support our Club efforts with the Leon Rotary in Nicaragua.
 
Last but not least, kudos to Harold Davis for all the great pictures that you are seeing on our website.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
President's Message (April 10, 2018) 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
3/29/2018 Meeting Pictures 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Gail Therriault, Chair of the Charitable Giving Committee, presents a check to Reverend David Jadlocki (Center) and Superintendent of Schools Reuben Duncan (R) in support of the Got Lunch Food Program that will provide food for Jaffrey and Rindge children who face "food insecurities."  The gift is one of two immediate major contributions that the Rotary Club is making to support critical needs in our two communities.
 
 
Nice things were said by Susan Shaw-Sarles (L), Principal of the Jaffrey Grade School, about Kaija Hendrickson, a third grader, who was honored as our "Student of the Month."  Proud parents show their approval.  Kaija is featured in the April 2nd edition of the Ledger-Transcript. Kaija will have her hair shaved off on April 6th as her way of supporting an end to cancer.
 
 
Liz LaRose (L) and Robin Eichert (R), both with Monadnock United Way, updated the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary on strategic directions of United Way that favorably impact three dozen southwestern New Hampshire communities.
 
 
 
Pictures from our March 30th Breakfast Meeting (Photos by Harold Smith) 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There is no meeting this week due to the celebration and observance of Easter/Passover. 
 
Our next meeting will be at Franklin Pierce University on April 12th.  Our very own Bill Janoch, along with Kelsey Plifka, will provide an interesting presentation on how Rotarians can protect themselves from cyber threats. 
 
The attached pictures show that we had a VERY full and productive meeting last week.  Reverend David Jadlocki, Pastor of the Rindge First Congregational Church, and Reuben Duncan, Superintendent of Schools for the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, received a check from our Charitable Giving Committee for the Got Lunch Food Pantry that will open in the Fall of 2018.  A presentation by the Monadnock United Way, and recognition of Kaija Hendrickson, as our "Student of the Month," rounded out our meeting.  
 
March Madness is over -- you have a happy president, as both Diane and I went to Villanova.  Now comes the bad news... seven months of withdrawal as basketball season takes a hiatus.  I hope to make it through...
 
Hope you all had a good Easter or Passover.  Spring is getting closer (the warm weather, that is); meanwhile, Don Upton continues to make maple syrup!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (April 3, 2018) 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday.  Misty Start has the Invocation.
 
We have a very full docket for our Thursday meeting.  Reverend David Jadlocki, Pastor of the Rindge First Congregational Church, and Reuben Duncan, Superintendent of Schools, will receive a check from our Charitable Giving Committee for the Got Lunch Food Pantry that will open in the Fall of 2018.  We also have our Student of the Month award.  We will finish up our morning with Liz Larose, Executive Director for the United Way, who will update us on some of their activities.
 
March Madness continues -- if not the weather, the basketball season!  Villanova made it to the Final Four!  In the meantime, the "pot" continues to grow and the number of cards in the deck continues to dwindle.  Will this week be the lucky winner?   
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (March 27, 2018) 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday.  Don Upton has the Invocation.
 
Seems that we are a magnet for snow this March.  Although yet another Nor'easter is coming in on Wednesday into Thursday, let's hope the snow accumulation is light.  Should the Jaffrey-Rindge School District cancel classes, our Rotary meeting will also be cancelled.  On the other hand, if they have a two-hour delayed opening, we will still meet as usual.
 
Eileen Fernandes is our guest speaker on Thursday. Her topic will focus on the Leadership Council for a healthier Monadnock - what it is and what is means for our two communities.
 
It will be our pleasure to welcome Rindge Police Chief Dan Anair to our Club as our newest Rotarian on Thursday.
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (March 20, 2018) 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce for our Breakfast Meeting this week.  Don Upton has the Invocation.
 
Our guest speakers will be Bill Janoch and Kelsey Plifka -- their topic will be "Cyber Threats -- Tips to Protect Yourself."  Should be quite interesting, especially in light of all the "bad guys" out there who would love to get into your PC or smart device to get your SS, credit cards, bank account numbers, and other information that you DON'T want them to have.
 
The weather for Thursday morning sounds "iffy" as I write this on Tuesday morning.  Please remember that if the Jaffrey-Rindge School District is closed on Thursday, our meeting is cancelled. If there is only a two-hour delay, we will meet at the usual time.  Stay-tuned to WMUR.
 
Requests to certain Rotarians to arrange for speakers for April and May have been sent out -- thanks, in advance, for arranging speakers who are informative and educational!  
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (March 6, 2018) 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
A delighted Kelly Ferro (left), the Executive Director of the Dublin Community Preschool, received a donation from our Charitable Giving Committee at our March 1st meeting. Kelly voiced her appreciation for the donation and indicated it will be put to good use!
 
 
Dr. Jacques Veilleux, a Professor at Franklin Pierce University, provided Rotarians an interesting presentation on bats in New Hampshire, with a particular emphasis on the white nose syndrome, which has estimated to have killed millions of bats and with no end in sight.  Bats are important for our ecosystem, eating as much as their own weight each day in insects.
 
 
Robert Oeser, a former Rotarian and current member of the Rindge Board of Selectmen, came to our meeting to promote "Rindge 250," the upcoming Rindge 250th Celebration that occurs this year.  The Town of Rindge kicked off a series of 2018 events for its Sestercentennial with a reading of the Town Charter on February 12th.
 
For more pictures CLICK HERE
March 1st Pictures 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce for our Breakfast Meeting this week.  Nathaniel Peirce has the Invocation.
 
Our guest speaker will be Franklin Pierce's own Dr. Jacques Velleux, who will dazzle us about something that is all around us but that we may take for granted (or not even consider).  Come to become educated on bats and the white nose fungus that is killing them.  What's the impact on the environment here in our Jaffrey-Rindge area?  Plenty!
 
Hard to believe, but in another 4-6 weeks we will be seeing the annual migration and return of Rotarian "Snow birds."  in the meantime, that sweet smell you detect in the air is coming from Don Upton's sugar shack. Yep, maple sugaring time!  Spring is surely around the corner.
 
We have a full roster of interesting speakers for March. I will be sending notifications to the Rotarians so that they might plan ahead to arrange for guest speakers in April and May. My thanks to Nathaniel Peirce, our Program Chairperson, for his "air traffic control" efforts to ensure our schedule is full, equipment is available, etc.
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
President's Message (February 27, 2018) 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School Principal, Robert Clark, offered compliments galore as he spoke highly of our February Student of the Month, Ella Weinmann, recognizing her academic achievement and strong participation in a variety of after-school clubs and extracurricular activities.
 
 
Club president Bob Schaumann presented Ella Weinmann, a 7th grader at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, a Certificate of Recognition and Gift Card to the Toadstool Bookstore, at the Club honored Ella as its February "Student of the Month."  Standing behind Ella is Jill Weinmann, one very proud mother.
Pictures from our February 15th Meeting 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As this was Presidents' Day on Monday, there is no meeting this week.  Our next Breakfast meeting will be on Thursday, March 1st, at Franklin Pierce University.
 
Bill Driscoll and Joe Manning did themselves proud at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Dinner on Friday night.  Although Bill gets his share of good-natured (and well-deserved ribbing), his acceptance speech as Chamber "Citizen of the Year" was excellent. I wish I had recorded it.  Joe's introduction of Bill resulted in lots of laughs. I can't wait until I turn 90!
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Board of Directors met on Tuesday and two major initiatives were agreed to and supported by the BoD.  Full details will be shared at our next Breakfast Meeting.  Very positive directions have been taken and additional recommendations on our international efforts will be coming down the pike shortly. Stay tuned...
 
Great pictures of a smiling Ella Weinmann, our February "Student of the Month" -- we need more Ella's!
 
In the meantime, enjoy the warm weather on Tuesday and Wednesday -- it will be snowing again before we know it!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
President's Message (February 20, 2018) 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Feb 15, 2018

Ella

 
Another picture of Ella Weinmann, our Student of the Month. Her resume is absolutely amazing!
 
Biography Sharing
 
 
 
Diane Fukuda and Jason Nero shared biographies.
 
Diane described Jason's journey from a small mid-western town {Chicago} to Minnesota to Rindge where he started a contracting business and then a successful financial advisory firm. 
 
Jason started with Diane's marriage at The Cathedral of the Pines, a successful multi-year career at Teleflex and then - at an age when most people are thinking of retiring - she has opened her own company making microcatheters, Microcatheter Components.
 
Click HERE for more pictures of the meeting.      
More Pictures from the Feb 15th Meeting Harold Davis 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are at Franklin Pierce University for our Club Assembly this Thursday.  Joe Manning has the Invocation. 
 
Despite the snow and ice, 13 hardy souls made it to our Breakfast meeting last week -- John McCarthy shared pictures of Club involvement with the Leon (Nicaragua) Rotary Club.  A good discussion on the Club's international involvement followed.
 
Lots on the Agenda for Thursday's meeting -- the Student of the Month will be recognized from the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School.  Update reports from Ben Wheeler (Scholarship Committee), Tonya Albee (QUEST), and Sadie Halliday (Membership) will also be heard.  Each month during Club Assembly, we will hear a minimum of three Committee reports.
 
Lastly, as part of our ongoing series, Jason Nero and Diane Fukada will share bios with the Club.
 
My understanding is that tickets are still available for the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce dinner this Friday at The Shattuck.  Our own Bill Driscoll is being honored as the Chamber's Citizen of the Year.

See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
President's Message (February 13, 2018) 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
 
Officers from the Conant High School Interact Club were at the February 1st meeting to accept a Rotary Club donation for their Trip to Nicaragua.  The Interact club has traveled to Nicaragua every year to help build a house for a needy family in Leon.
Interact Clubs accepts $1500 donation for Nicaragua efforts 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting this Thursday.  Peter Russell has the Invocation. 
 
As I write this, the forecast is calling for 8-12" of snow on Wednesday, ending late Wednesday evening.  Thus, if schools are cancelled on Thursday, so is our Rotary Club meeting.  If, however, there is a two-hour school delay, we will meet at the usual time, nonetheless.
 
Our Guest Speaker on Thursday is Eileen Fernandes, Director of Operations for the Center for Population Health, who has been with Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock since 2007. Her topic will be the Leadership Council for Healthier Monadnock, what it is, and what it means for our community.   

We've had two great Super Bowl games the past two years -- both nail-biters that went right down to the wire. Both Eagles and Patriots played a great game!  We fully expect to see the Patriots in Super Bowl 2019.  As we often hear, "Wait until next year!"  Thanks for a great season, Patriots!  
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (February 6, 2018) 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting this Thursday.  Peter Davis has the Invocation. 
 
Our Guest Speaker on Thursday is one of our own - John McCarthy - who, three months ago in October, traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, with Pure Water for the World (PWW).  While there, John met with the PWW project staff, visited project sites, and saw first-hand the efforts underway to address the horrific conditions in which the people of Cité Soleil's slums endure.  I think you will find the pictures from his recent journey to be quite interesting and a strong impetus for our Rotary Club to consider how we can help to collaborate with Rotary International and PWW to bring potable water to those who desperately need it. 
 
Congratulations to Travis Kumph, who - as one under 40 years old - will be recognized in March by the Business Journal of Greater Keene, Brattleboro, and Peterborough, in partnership with the Keene Young Professionals Network and the Keene Sentinel, as one of 11 emerging business leaders from the Monadnock Region.  Congratulations, too, to Bill Driscoll (he's OVER 40!), who will be honored by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce as its "Citizen of the Year" at the annual dinner/business meeting in mid-February.
 
Just a friendly reminder to ensure Bill Raymond has received your dues. 
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
President's Message (January 30, 2018) 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We return to Franklin Pierce University for our Club Assembly this Thursday.  Tom Bennett has the Invocation. 
 
It's always nice to welcome new Rotarians to our Club.  Thursday finds us officially welcoming Rashad Watson, Head Football Coach at Franklin Pierce University, as our newest Rotarian.  Great to have him onboard!  Rashad's particular interests are community service, charitable giving, and public relations, and we look forward to immersing him into those Rotary areas that most appeal to him.
 
As part of our ongoing program that allows us to learn more about our fellow Rotarians, Jon Frederick and Stephanie Niemala -- two of our newer Rotarians -- will share each other's biographies.
 
Lastly, Bill Raymond, has sent dues announcements to all Rotarians.  Please minimize Bill's workload via your prompt payment that can be handed to Bill in person or sent to the Club mailbox at Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, P.O. Box 752, Jaffrey, NH, 03452
 
See you Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
 
President's Message (January 23, 2018) 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Dottie

 

Dr. Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Keene State College was our speaker this week.She discussed the importance of Martin Luther King Day and some of her experiences dealing with diversity on the campus. Her approach stresses collaboration and discussion. She was a terrific speaker and a lively question and answer period followed.

 

Dr Ueda        

 

Owen Houghton introduces Dr. Peggie Ueda, Chair of the Jaffrey Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. She discussed the upcoming event sponsored by the Jaffrey Civic Center to honor Martin Luther King.  The January 15, 2018 ceremony will be the fourth annual for our community which enjoys a  standing room intergenerational audience.

 

More pictures are HERE
                             

1/11/2018 Meeting - 3 days before MLK Day Harold Davis 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
Dr. Dottie Morris provided a thought-provoking, highly interactive presentation to the Rotary Club on Thursday, January 11th. Her topic focused on the meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King's message as relevant to today. Dr. Morris is the Keene State College Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity.
 
 
Owen Houghton, who emceed the January 15th event, introduced Dr. Ueda and the program, which featured David C. Howse as the guest speaker.  The event was standing-room-only at the United Church of Christ.
 
 
Dr. Peggie Ueda is Chair of the Jaffrey Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee that is sponsored by the Jaffrey Civic Center.  Dr. Ueda shared insights about the January 15th ceremony, which was the fourth annual such event. 
 
 
Pictures from our January 11th Meeting at Woodbound Inn 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
First of all, thank you for the emails in support of the fine presentation given by Dr. Dottie Morris, our Keynote Speaker at last Thursday's Breakfast meeting. 
 
Monday evening, I was privileged to listen to David C. Howse, a recognized commentator on the arts and social change and TEDx Boston, speak on “Navigating Race with Truth and Dignity" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King service at the United Church in Jaffrey that was sponsored by the Jaffrey Civic Center. Our Owen Houghton was the emcee.  The presenter was excellent, the kids' choruses sang well, and the program was nicely orchestrated -- nice to see some Rotarians there, too!
 
There is no meeting this week as we honor and reflect on the efforts of Dr. King.  Our next meeting will see us returning to Franklin Pierce University on January 25th for our Club Assembly.
 
Our treasurer, Bill Raymond, has sent dues announcements to all Rotarians.  Thanks, in advance, for your prompt submission!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
President's Message (January 16th) 2018-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Welcome to our New Year!
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn on Thursday, January 11th.  Bernie Hampsey has the Invocation. 
 
My thanks to Jon Frederick, our Vice President, for covering for me at our December meeting while I was over in England.  I understand that the Conant High School Chorus did a fine job of entertaining our Rotary Club with a medley of seasonal songs.
 
We are fortunate to host Dr. Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Keene State College, who will be with us as our Keynote Speaker.  A member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet, her main foci are providing support and direction to the Executive, Academic, Student Affairs, Advancement and Finance and Planning divisions of the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.  With Dr. Martin Luther King Day's observance next Monday, Dr. Morris' presentation is timely.
 
We will return to Franklin Pierce University on January 25th.
 
Enjoy the upcoming "heat wave" that begins the day of our meeting - temps in the upper 40's to near 50.  Ahhhhhh!!!!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
Message from the President (January 9th) 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Diane and I wish you a Happy New Year!  And a cold beginning it is -- brrrrr!
 
There will be no meeting this week because of the New Year's holiday.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 11th, at Woodbound Inn.
 
Looking forward to a productive and service-oriented 2018 for our Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club!
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (January 2nd) 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no meeting this week as it is Christmas Week.  There is no meeting the following week as it will be New Year's.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 11th, at Woodbound Inn.
 
Diane and I wish you a Happy New Year! -- enjoy the snow and the cold weather!!
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (December 26th) 2017-12-26 05:00:00Z 0
A Donation
 
Margaret Nelson, Executive Director of the River Center in Peterborough, was at the meeting to receive a donation. She gave a presentation in September on the many things The River Center does for the Monadnock area. 
 
 
Jed Brummer said that Dan Anair, Rindge's police chief and last week's speaker, has submitted his application to become our newest Rotarian.
 
 
A Special Treat
 
 
Since this was our last meeting before Christmas, The Conant High Chorus joined us for carols.
 
For more pictures, CLICK HERE
December 21st Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Dec 18, 2017
 
Our Speaker
 

Dan Anair, Rindge’s new police chief, told us about his 17 years of police work leading up to his current appointment. His 17-year career included undercover work and, eventually, becoming a detective in Rindge. Much of his work involved drugs and sex crimes. He also discussed some of his future plans.

New Member

Rashad Watson, football coach at Franklin Pierce, is about to become our newest member. President Bob said that he submitted his application at the meeting.

Guest

Kathleene Card had her husband, Andy, as a guest.

 

More pictures - CLICK HERE

 

December 14th Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn this week for our Club Assembly. Don Upton has the Invocation. Jon Frederick, our Vice President, will preside as I will be overseas.
 
As we approach the end of the year and Santa's arrival, the Conant High School Chorus will once again entertain us with a medley of seasonal songs.  They will be under the leadership of Karie Swift.  
 
There will be no Rotary Breakfast meetings on December 28th and January 4th due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Our next meeting will be at Woodbound Inn on January 11th. Dr. Dottie Morris, Keene State College, will be our Guest Speaker -- a great topic, by the way!
 
Diane and I wish to express to all Rotarians and families a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, or whatever seasonal greeting is most appropriate.  A Happy New Year to ALL!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
Message from the President (December 19th) 2017-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Woodbound Inn this week for our Breakfast Meeting. This is a change in location from our Master Schedule.  Rotarians were notified of the Woodbound Inn location last week by email.  Andy Lawn has the Invocation.
 
It was nice to see both Operation Santa (Rindge) and Santa's House (Jaffrey) as recipients of our Charitable Giving efforts at our last meeting.  The need is great and with many dozens of kids in both communities benefactors of both of these fine programs, we know both organizations were grateful for their respective checks. Along with Steve Pelkey's Atlas Pyrotechnics presentation, it was a good meeting, even with Bernie Hampsey's being chided about his beloved Steelers.  We'll see how things go this week against the Patriots!
 
Daniel Anair, the new Police Chief in Rindge, will be our guest speaker at this Thursday's meeting.  A sixteen-plus year veteran with the Rindge Police Department, the new Chief will share this thoughts on his new role, his vision for the future, etc. 
 
Looking ahead to our December 21st meeting (Woodbound Inn), the Conant High School Chorus will entertain us with a medley of seasonal tunes.  We will then be off until our first meeting in January at Woodbound on January 11th.
 
Remember that Santa is checking his list and checking it twice... gonna' find out who's naughty or nice....
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
 
Message from the President (December 12th) 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Dec 07, 2017
 
This week's meeting saw the giving of two donations and a presentation about Atlas Pyrotechnics
 
Donations
 
 
Gail presents Marilyn Griska a Rotary check for "Operation Santa" in Rindge, a project that is sponsored by the Rindge Women's Club.
Marilyn indicated that they had some 70 children in need of toys and gifts in Rindge
.
 
 
Jan Wilkins and Max Mitchell receive our check for "Santa's House" in Jaffrey, a project sponsored by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.
Santa's house serves over 150 Jaffrey kids
 
Presentation
 
 
Steve Pelkey, Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment Group's CEO, described what they do each month to prepare for the many exhibitions they do each year  
 
For more pictures of the meeting and Steve's slides, CLICK HERE
 
Dec 7th Meeting Pictures Harold Davis 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University this week for our Breakfast Meeting. Helene Rogers has the Invocation.
 
With Christmas just around the corner, the Club will be making a charitable donation to both Operation Santa (Rindge) and Santa's House (Jaffrey) at our Thursday meeting.  Representatives from both organizations who were contacted this week, according to Gail, are "delighted" that they will be receiving a donation from our Club.   Despite our "better" economy, it seems the need for toys and clothing for kids this year is greater than ever.
 
Looking ahead to our December 21st meeting (Woodbound Inn), the Conant High School Chorus will entertain us with a medley of seasonal tunes.  We will then be off until our first meeting in January at Woodbound on January 11th.
 
Steve Pelkey, Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment Group's CEO, will be our guest speaker Thursday -- should be quite interesting, given all the changes that have occurred since the renewal of pyrotechnical activity (i.e., fireworks) following the 2012 cancellation.
 
I shared this last week and will share it again -- looking to "give" someone a nice gift for the holidays?  Consider the "gift" of Rotary membership.  The first step is to ASK someone!
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
Message from the President (December 5th) 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University this week for our Breakfast Meeting. Tammy Griffin has the Invocation.
 
I trust everyone had a good Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Now begins the long trek to Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa, each marked with the traditional expanding waistline.  I have yet to see a cookie I did not like!
 
Christine Selmer, Monadnock Care Center, will be our guest speaker this Thursday.  The following week finds Steve Pelkey joining us.
 
Looking to "give" someone a nice gift for the holidays?  Consider the "gift" of Rotary membership.  The first step is to ASK someone!
 
See you on Thursday!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (November 28th) 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As would be expected, there is no Breakfast Meeting this week.  I trust all will enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Wherever your travels take you, both Diane and I wish you a most enjoyable Thanksgiving, a nice respite from our busy lives!
 
The Board of Directors met today.  A more proactive effort (rather than being reactive, e.g., responding to requests) on our Club's part is encouraged so that our members might recommend organizations and causes for which our Charitable Giving Committee might look to support.  We'll share more at our next meeting on Thursday, November 30th.  As Randy Morse shared at the end of our previous meeting, "Our challenge is to determine HOW to BEST use the money that we have." 
 
Dues due?  A few people are still remiss.  Bill Raymond awaits your payment!
 
I was pleased to host three guests last week -- Paula Matthews, Rashad Watson, and Katherine Goodall.  My thanks to Jed Brummer (Membership Committee) for joining me at breakfast at our table as we had a good five-some.  With all the usual "business" that is conducted during our fellowship prior to eating breakfast, it is important that ALL Rotarians pause and take a moment to ensure our guests feel MOST welcome when you introduce yourself to them.
 
Again, may each of you have a most enjoyable Thanksgiving.  In a world that is fraught with much misery and sadness, there are still many points of positive light that do good for others in our communities, country, and overseas.  YOU are those bright spots and for which I am thankful and privileged to serve at your president.
 
Let's eat some turkey!!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (November 21st) 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Nov 16, 2017

Nov 16th Meeting

Raffle Results
 
 
Treasurer Bill Raymond presented the Raffle Results. We had a VERY successful event!  WOW!!!
 
 
Paula Matthews was our guest speaker. Her topic was how to use time more effectively
 
 
President Bob had 3 potential new Rotarians as guests. From L to R, Paula Matthews, Rashad Watson, and Katherine Goodall.
 
 
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING
NOV 16TH MEETING PICTURES Harold Davis 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting this Thursday.  Jed Brummer has the invocation.
 
Many Rotarians in our Chapter serve in a number of other non-profit endeavors that benefit both or our towns.  Rotarians are pretty good at finding time, yet time, too, sometimes seems to evade us. The old saying, "If time has no beginning and time has no end, why are we always running out of it?" seems to be more appropriate than ever in our fast-paced world.  Our guest speaker, Paula Matthews, will focus us on some good tips as to how to better master our use of time during our Thursday meeting. With the holidays coming up, all the more timely (no pun intended)!
 
The Raffle Party and its success is something on which we can all be proud.  I anticipate that we will have a good report from the Party chair at our meeting.  Still a few loose ends to tie-up.  Look for a Letter to the Editor shortly that thanks those retailers and individuals that donated items for our silent and live auction.
 
David Tower has left for a warmer clime -- we look forward to his return in May.  Nice article on David's being honored appeared in the Ledger-Transcript this past week.  Now, is Owen looking for another roomie?
 
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  There will be NO meeting next week on Thursday, November 23rd.  Our next meeting will be at FPU on November 30th.  Wherever Rotarians travel for Thanksgiving, safe travels and best wishes for great family gatherings.
 
A dusting of snow on Monadnock's bald head this morning -- a prelude of things to come!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
Message from the President (November 14th) 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
Because of Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11th), there will be no Breakfast Meeting this week on Thursday, November 9th.
 
Our Raffle Party was clearly a success as we had a "full house" at the Friday event. The monies raised will be put to good use in our two communities. 
 
Importantly, David Tower was recognized for his vision, his leadership, and his ability to positively "touch" so many people and organizations in both Jaffrey and Rindge. The words "service" and "David Tower" go hand-in-hand. Clay Hollister did a nice job of announcing David as the recipient of our 2017 Paul Harris Fellow award. 
 
To say that David was "touched" by the Club's recognition is an understatement, at best. Congratulations to David... and we ALL wish you the best in Florida as you enjoy your "Snowbird" experience. Who knows? Maybe even a hole-in-one awaits!  We look forward to your return in or around the May time-frame.
 
The Raffle Party was a positive evening... and kudos to Travis and his team for a job done well. We are almost finished wrapping things up. A shout-out to Randy Morse and Misty for their efforts, as well as ALL those on the Committee. I am particularly grateful for Bill Raymond's work relative to handling all the cash and ensuring we had everything in place.
 
To the entire Club, I am sure we will find a "home" for the funds raised, thanks to a community of people who purchased tickets in support of our annual event.  Thanks, too, to all who brought in items for both our silent auction and the live auction.  Andy and Mike, nice job, as usual!
 
I look forward to seeing everyone on November 16th at Franklin Pierce.  The holidays and the colder weather are almost upon us!
 
Yours in Service,
 
bob
 
 
Message from the President (November 7th) 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Davis on Nov 03, 2017

The Big Award

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

This Week's Presentation


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

Guest

Paula Matthews was a guest. Paula will be making a presentation on Time Management and Mastery at our Nov16th meeting
 
More pictures - CLICK HERE


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

October 26th Meeting

Featured Presentation

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

Donation to Jaffrey War Memorial Park

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

Guest

 
Jerry Branch of the Monadnock Club in Dublin was visiting

Our Raffle

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

  Sept 14th Pictures

Presentation

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

  Pictures from the Aug 31 Meeting

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

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

Pictures from the August 24th Meeting

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

Sean Driscoll and a Veteran Educator's Perspective

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

A light-hearted moment...

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

Water, water everywhere... and plenty to drink

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

Rotary Club Partnership

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

June 22nd Meeting

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

June 15, 2017 Meeting

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

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

 Our headliner JERRY CARUSO

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

Also featuring ERIC JACKMAN

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

Your host GREG BOGGIS

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

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

May 11, 2017 Meeting

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

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

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

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

                      CLICK HERE

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

May 4th Meeting

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

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

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

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

   The slide show

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

March 16 Meeting

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 16 2017 Meeting

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

Our Guests this week

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

SPEAKER MEETING JAN 12 2017

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

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

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

Link to the few pictures

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

PHOTOS OF THIS TERRIFIC EVENT 

 
2106 Fundraiser Tom Doane 2016-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
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 LORNA LETOURNEAU: the 2016 Service Award winner.
 
So that I do not have to keep saying “this person”, I am telling you right up front, the recipient is a lady.    And, as you will find out, quite a lady at that!
Born in the Monadnock region, she went to Keene State and set her life on the path of education.  Right from the start, she saw a need and went about filling.  Rindge needed a kindergarten and she rolled up her sleeves and started one; the first in the town. 
But more needed to be done so she moved into Rindge Memorial School and spent 22 years there as a teacher -  an outstanding teacher, loved and admired by all who worked with her and were taught by her.
Most of us would consider 22 years teaching elementary kids a career and a half! But she had grown up in a Christian family and had always had the desire to someday go on a mission.  So, in order to become better prepared for a mission should one come her way, she spent two years in Oklahoma at a Bible college.
She returned to New England and started working as a substitute teacher in the area high schools.  What caught her attention in these schools, were the kids who sat in the back, the kids who did not fit in, who had trouble with class work, socializing …kids who were on the path of dropping out or being kicked out.
She was inspired to try and do something to help these children and their families.  Her inspiration and thus her mission was to start an alternative school: A school to focus solely on the needs of such children by providing them with close academic and social attention, and a sense of order and respect and love. 
She did up a plan and with the help of a friend, took it to the NH Dept. of Education and in 1990, it was approved.  A new school was born!
From one small room and one teacher, this school now has a fine faculty and some 50 students.  It is a fully accredited non-profit HS offering small classes, lots of individual attention, and a requirement that each student have a job and work 20 hrs a week.  Daily, the Principal talks to the students about love, forgiveness, responsibility and friendship and how God is always with them. 
Today, over 700 students have attended this school with a graduation rate of 98%.  These once troubled students go on to college, and trade schools become teachers, nurses, business people, builders, electricians, well as soldiers in all branches of our military.  They do not drop out, they learn academics, they learn a work ethic and they learn to succeed. 
Many students return to visit, to tell the Principal how they are doing or what may be challenging them in their lives.  And they never leave the Principal’s office without a word of encouragement and a prayer.
What is the amazing school? It is our own Victory High School and the founder is still working as the Principal. Our Service Award winner; LORNA LETOURNEAU!
Clay Hollister   11/4/2016
 
 
Excerpt from Clay Hollister's presentation speech.
 
 
 2016 Service Award winner; LORNA LETOURNEAU!   2016-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Banghart on Nov 01, 2016
Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
Interact has their initiation ceremony tonight from 6:00 until 8:00 at the Shattuck.  You are all encouraged to attend to show support.  Dress is jacket and tie for men.
 
I have been asked to remind you all that the District Expo is being held in Nashua on November 10th.  If you are interested in attending, you can go to the district site to get tickets which has a link from our home page.
 
I shouldn’t need to remind you that the Raffle Party on Friday night is our biggest fundraiser of the year and needs the support of all members.  We have 3 great trips in the raffle which you should play up to the extent you can.  There will be some times during the event when we need to try and quiet down the crowd and at these times I ask you to do what you can, wherever you are, to help with this effort.  We are looking for someone to take pictures at the event so let me know if you are willing so we don’t have to press our regulars into more service.
 
Todd Muilelenberg is our speaker this week.
 
Yours in service,
Rotarian Banghart
November 1st message from the President Jim Banghart