President's Message (June 21, 2022)

Good afternoon, Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy Tuesday, and I hope all had a great Father’s Day weekend.  Thanks to those who attended our meeting last week, where we recognized our Scholarship Winner, Heather Gonyea, and where we heard from Rindge resident, Taylor Ratcliffe, and her presentation about her weekly column in the Monadnock-Ledger Transcript.  
 
We will meet at Franklin Pierce University for our weekly Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, June 23rd, at 7:15am.  However, we will be in the lower level of the cafeteria (make a right down the hallway past the coffee station) instead of going to the back room in which we usually find ourselves.  
 
Gavel Night will be at Peter and Jinnie Russell's home in Jaffrey at 4 Gilson Road on Thursday, June 30th, at 5:30pm.  After hosting Gavel Night for many years, Peter will become our new President.  As one of President Ben's last last duties, he will induct our newest Rotarian, Tom Frazier.  As always, a scrumptious feast is planned, catered by our own Stephanie Porter.  Bring your spouse or significant other.  This is a BYOB event. 
 
Have a great week, and I hope to see you all on Thursday
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
From the Photographer's camera from our last meeting...
 
 
Heather Gonyea, 2022 Scholarship Winner
 
Heather Gonyea is the recipient of this year's Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club $2500 scholarship.  Pictured here with her proud mother, Heather will attend college in the fall and plans to become an actuarial accountant upon graduation and, as she says, "hopefully, in three years."  Heather, a member of the Interactors, graduated this month from Conant High School in Jaffrey.
 
 
Taylor Ratcliffe, Columnist, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
 
Taylor has been a columnist for the town of Rindge for some time.  Her column appears weekly in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. As one who has always had a passion for writing, Taylor commented on her experiences, sharing background on how she comes up with her stories, while - at the same time - entertaining several questions from interested Rotarians.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (June 14, 2022)

Hello, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day!  I am looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning.               
 
Please see our schedule below.  
  • Thursday, June 16th - 7:45am meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines.  This is BYOB (bring your own breakfast; I do intend to pick up some Dunkin Joe and Munchkins for the group!).   Please note the start time difference.  Our guest speaker will be Taylor Ratcliffe of Rindge; she is a weekly columnist for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, and her three children will be accompanying her.  We will also have former Rotary Scholarship recipient Wren Wolterbeek attending, as well, to update us on her progress at Yale. 
  • Thursday, June 23rd – 7:15am –BACK at FPU!   Full breakfast and normal meeting!  Guest speaker TBD.  
  • Thursday, June 30th – Gavel night at Peter Russell’s house at 5:30pm!     
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (June 7, 2022)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend and had a chance to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.  It was great to see so many Rotarians at Jaffrey’s parade event on Monday.  
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet at the Cathedral of the Pines on Thursday, June 9th, at 7:45am.  This meeting will be a Club Assembly.  This is BYOB (bring your own breakfast; no food or coffee service to be provided).
 
Please see our schedule below:  
  • Wednesday, June 8th – Board of Directors Meeting at 8am at the Cathedral of the Pines.  
  • Thursday, June 16th - 7:45am meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines.   This is BYOB (bring your own breakfast; no food or coffee service to be provided).   Please note the start time difference.  Guest speaker TBD or potential Club Assembly.    
  • Thursday, June 23rd – 7:15am – BACK at FPU!   Full breakfast and normal meeting!
  • Thursday, June 30th – Gavel night at Peter Russell’s house at 5:30pm.  He will show off his new bicycle – details to follow.  Spouses and "Significant Others" are welcome, of course.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
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President's Message (May 31, 2022)
 

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thanks for all in attendance last Thursday at the Cathedral of the Pines for our weekly meeting.   Attendance was solid, and it was great to hear from both Rotarian Rudra Aryal on his trip to Nepal and visit to a local Rotary Club, and our guest speaker, Leyre López (an exchange student) from Spain – an interesting meeting that demonstrates the Rotary connections on a worldwide basis.  
 
Remember that there is no meeting this week on Thursday, June 2nd, due to Memorial Day.
 
Our upcoming schedule is as follows:
 
  • Wednesday, June 8th – Board of Directors Meeting at 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines.
  • Thursday, June 9th - 7:45am meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines.   This is BYOB (bring your own breakfast; no food or coffee service to be provided).   Please note the start time difference; guest speaker TBD.      
  • Thursday, June 16th - 7:45am meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines.   This is BYOB (bring your own breakfast; no food or coffee service to be provided).   Please note the start time difference.  Guest speaker TBD or potential Club Assembly.    
  • Thursday, June 23rd – 7:15am – BACK at FPU!   Full breakfast and normal meeting!
  • Thursday, June 30th – Gavel night at Peter Russell’s house at 5:30pm.  Spouses invited.  More details to follow.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
Pictures from Nepal and our Thursday, May 26th Meeting,
at the Cathedral of the Pines
 
 
Rotarian Rudra Aryal Visits Nepal and Local Rotary Club 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarian Rudra talked about his recent trip to Nepal and brought back many gifts to our club from his Rotary visit over there. Rudra stated the Club was very welcoming and friendly, and his overall his trip went great. 
 
 
Rudra Receives Nepal Rotary Banner
 
Rudra received a Rotary Banner from his visit to the local Rotary Club. It is customary for visiting Rotarians to exchange local Club Banners as a sign of friendship and international cooperation. Notice the more formal attire and flowers.  Should we do the same?
 
 
 
Leyre López, Exchange Student, and Guest Speaker
 
Leyre López, an exchange student from Spain who is attending Conant High School this current school year, joined us as our Guest Speaker at our most recent Club Meeting.  Pictured with Leyre is Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarian Past President Jim Banghart, current President Ben Wheeler, and Rotarian Rudra Aryal.  
 
 
President Wheeler Presents Leyre a Rotary Shirt
 
Leyre López receives a Rotary shirt from President Ben Wheeler following her presentation at Thursday's Club Meeting.
 
 
 
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President's Message (May 17, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are one day away from our first annual golf tournament and buffet dinner/auction tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Shattuck Golf Club.  We have sold out the golf field and have also maxed out capacity for the auction & buffet.   We will be downstairs at the Shattuck.
 
If you are golfing, you should be arriving by 3:30pm.  If you are coming for the social event and auction, an arrival time of 5:30pm would be good.   The weather is looking very conducive, and it should be a great evening.  Special thanks to Russell Gaskamp, Jon Frederick, and Andy Lawn for their efforts.  
 
As was discussed at our breakfast meeting last Thursday, the Interact Club is going to need two Rotarians to volunteer at the Keene Community Kitchen on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, June 7th
  • Tuesday, July 5th
  • Tuesday, August 2nd
 
Timing is approximately 4:30pm – 6:30pm in Keene; please let Sheila Bergeron know if you are able to assist.   It will be a very rewarding experience.
 
Below is an upcoming schedule of future Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary meetings/events:
  • Wednesday, 5/18 = Golf/Auction event at the Shattuck Golf Club; see details above.
  • Thursday, 5/19 = NO Club Meeting this date.
  • Thursday, 5/26 = Club meeting – location and time still TBD, as we try to find a suitable back-up venue.
  • Thursday, 6/2 = NO Club Meeting due to Memorial Day holiday.
  • Thursday, 6/9 = Club meeting – location and time still TBD, as we try to find a suitable back-up venue.
 
Enjoy the week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
Photographs from our Thursday, May 11th, meeting at Franklin Pierce University:
 
 
Happy Birthday, Andy Card!
 
Always good to have Andy Card join us.  The Card's won the 50/50 Raffle, but - as Kathleene and Andy had to go home early - they left the winning ticket with another Rotarian, with instructions to give the winnings to Karyn Andreozzi, who left Friday for her summer job.  
 
 
Dave Trieb -- Back in the Saddle
 
Good to see David Trieb back.  With David is Bill Coleman, and both were caught unawares of the photographer while President Ben updated the Club on happenings..
 
 
Tom Frazier -- Prospective Rotarian
 
Tom Frazier, whom many met the previous week when Tracie's Community Farm joined us to give a presentation on community supported agriculture, has expressed interest in becoming a Rotarian.   Tom was pleasantly surprised to receive a Rotary check to cover the cost for one "share" worth of weekly vegetables, which will result in about 15 weeks of fresh vegetables being delivered weekly to both the Jaffrey and Rindge Food Pantries during the summer months.  We look forward to seeing Tom at the next meeting!  Meanwhile, Bill Coleman gives a sly smile to the photographer.
 
 
Good Turnout for Breakfast
 
Over twenty Rotarians, not including guests, came to our Club Assembly on Thursday, which will be the last Rotary Club breakfast meeting at Franklin Pierce University until mid-June, at which time a variety of campus activities will result in the dining facilities re-opening. With the student body returning home until the Fall semester begins, the dining facilities will be closed for about five weeks.  Information on where we will meet in the interim will come from President Ben.  Stand by!
 
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President's Message (May 10, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Rotarians,
 
Enjoy the beautiful weather!  Temperatures in the 80's the latter half of this week.  Spring has sprung!
 
We meet for our weekly Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, May 12th, at 7:15am.
 
A big thank you to Don Upton and the group from Tracie’s Farms for being our guest speakers/ presenters last Thursday; a very interesting and informative meeting.  
 
We also had a great turnout on Saturday morning for the Roadside cleanup under Mike Shea's leadership.  I think we had 16+/- volunteers, which allowed us to complete our work in record time!
 
Congratulations to Rotarian Karyn Andreozzi for her front cover picture appearance on Pierce magazine.  Our mycologist is going places, and this summer will find her quite busy, as she travels around the country! 
 
Weekly Upcoming Schedule:
 
  • Wednesday, 5/11 @ 8:00am = Monthly Board of Directors Meeting at Cathedral of the Pines.
  • Wednesday, 5/18 = Club Golf Outing and Raffle/Dinner Event at the Shattuck Golf Course; golf registration starting at 3:30pm and the social event starting at 5:30pm.
  • Thursday, 5/19 - NO meeting.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs from our Thursday, May 5th, Breakfast Meeting:

 
 
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President's Message (May 3, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
A good turnout last week to hear from Keith Stevens of the Peterborough Players on their upcoming season; I am already looking forward to our club event at a play this summer!
 
We meet for our weekly Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, May 5th, at 7:15am.  Our Guest Speaker will be from Tracie's Community Farm in Fitzwilliam. You'll learn all about Community Supported Agriculture, a concept bringing together farms and members of the community to share in a mutually beneficial relationship. 
 
Roadside Clean-up this Saturday, May 7th, at 8:00am.  We meet at West Rindge Builders on Rt. 202. "Many hands make work light." Spouses and kids welcome!  Should take us around 90 minutes.
 
As a reminder that shouldn't need to be said: Please pay your breakfast dues invoice in a timely manner to make Treasurer Bill Raymond’s job easier.
 
A special thank you to Sheila Bergeron and the club volunteers for helping out with Interact’s volunteer event at Humiston Field in Jaffrey. It was a blustery three days, and I thank those that were able to assist and provide a Rotarian presence for the Interactors.
 
Upcoming Club Schedule:
  • 5/11 @ 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines = monthly BOD meeting.
  • 5/12 @ 7:15am at FPU = weekly breakfast meeting – guest speaker TBD.  
  • 5/18 @ 3:30pm = our 1st golf social event, followed by the buffet dinner & raffle fundraiser at the Shattuck Golf Club.  This will replace our weekly club meeting on May 19th
 
Enjoy the week, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning.
 
Yours in service, 
 
Rotarian Ben
 
 
 
Pictures from our Roving Photographer from our April 28th meeting:
 
 
 
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President's Message (April 26, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Rotarians,
 
We meet on Thursday morning, April 28th, 7:15am, for our Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce University.  For those Rotarians who are potential thespians (we already have singers, thank you!), you will find our guest speaker, Keith Stevens, President of the Peterborough Players, an engaging presenter.
 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week finds us helping our Interactors during their vacation week, as they are engaged in a project over at the Humiston Field.  Although several Rotarians have already volunteered to ensure an adult presence, we welcome your also helping out for a couple of hours between 9am and 1pm. Let Sheila Bergeron know your availability.  No charge for the fresh air and fellowship!
 
In case you are wondering, the Roadside Cleanup will take place NEXT Saturday, May 7th, at 8:00am, at the usual place.   We meet at Rindge Builders.  More to follow from Rotarian Mike Shea in next week's bulletin.  Who will win the coveted "Fireball Whiskey" Award for most nip bottles collected along Route 202?  We shall see!
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
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President's Message (April 19, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone had a Happy Easter with their friends and families.   Just a reminder that we will not be meeting this week due to the Easter holiday.   Our next meeting will be a breakfast meeting at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, April 28th, at 7:15am.
 
On the good news front, we have already filled up 7 of our 11 team slots for our golf outing on May 18th that will precede our dinner buffet and raffle event.   Thanks to Andy Lawn, Jon Frederick, and Russell Gaskamp for your continued efforts.  If you haven’t signed up yet with Andy, please do so! Invites are going out to other Rotary Clubs.
 
Enjoy the week! 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
Photographs from our April 14th meeting at Franklin Pierce University
 
 
Student of the Month -- Dominic Gnoza, J-R Middle School
 
Dominic Gnoza is an Eighth Grader at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and is our April "Student of the Month."   In recognizing Dominic, Rotarian Sam LaFortune praised this young man's scholarship and good citizenship, as well as his willingness to help others in his class.  A smiling mom, Jennifer Gnoza, stands proudly next to her son.
 
 
President Ben Wheeler Presents Dominic Gnoza the "Student of the Month" Certificate
 
President Ben presents the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club "Student of the Month" certificate to Dominic Gnoza.  Moments later, Sam LaFortune presented Dominic with a Gift Card from the Toadstool Bookstore.
 
 
Jon Frederick Updates Rotarians on the May Program at Shattuck
 
Things are well underway for the May 18th Golf Tournament/Raffle Dinner at the Shattuck.  Rotarian Jon Frederick updates the Club on all that will occur. Golf Teams -- only four slots remain, so sign up NOW!
 
 
John McCarthy Shares Update on Nicaragua Project
 
Over the past five to six years, Rotarian John McCarthy has invested hundreds of hours to try to bring the Club's Nicaragua project to fruition, one that would have benefitted a dozen or so schools in that country.  At our meeting last week, John reluctantly announced that - after consultation with the Rotarians in Leone, Nicaragua - and having given due consideration to the Nicaraguan government's current policies, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary will no longer pursue the RI Foundation Grant.  Following his announcement, John received many heartfelt compliments from fellow Rotarians in recognition of his hard work over the years.
 
 
 Pre-Breakfast Candid Photos
 
 
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President's Message (April 12, 2022)

 
Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope your week is off to a good start and your Easter holiday plans are coming together!  
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, April 14th, at 7:15am, for our weekly breakfast meeting.  We will be honoring our "Student of the Month" (thanks, Sam!).
 
As a reminder, the Board of Directors will meet at the Cathedral of the Pines on Wednesday, April 13th, at 8:00am.
 
Below, please find the upcoming calendar of events for our Club for the remainder of the month of April:
  • Thursday, 4/21 = NO MEETING due to Easter Holiday.    
  • Thursday, 4/28 @ 7:15am = Weekly breakfast meeting at FPU; guest speaker TBD.
 
A reminder – please save the date for our nine-hole golf outing at the Shattuck Golf Club, followed by our Buffet Dinner & Raffle Event, also at the Shattuck (downstairs lounge & veranda).  The date is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th, with the golf outing starting at 4:00pm and the dinner event to start at 6:00pm.  Rotarians Jon Frederick and Russell Gaskamp are working on finalizing the details and getting ticket sales coordinated, etc.
 
Have a great week, and I hope to see everyone on Thursday morning.
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
Photographs from our Thursday, April 7th, meeting
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (April 5, 2022)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We meet at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, April 7th, at 7:15am, for our weekly Breakfast Meeting. 
 
A highlight of our meeting will be our recognition of the Franklin Pierce University Women's Ice Hockey Team, which won the recent New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Tournament.  Join us as we honor the Women's Team and Coach David Stockdale for their outstanding season, one in which they amassed the greatest number of wins ever in their team's history!
 
March Madness is over... great games, especially the Championship Game on Monday night that saw the University of Kansas Jayhawks narrowly defeat North Carolina in a tight game that went down to the last minute.  Bob Schaumann is licking his wounds after his Villanova Wildcats lost to the Jayhawks in the Final Four.  Bob was heard to say, "Wait 'til next year."
 
Now, it's the Red Sox's turn.... Spring Training is over, and Major League Baseball is about to begin!
 
I look forward to seeing everyone Thursday morning.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA)
2022 Tournament Champions:  Franklin Pierce University Women's Ice Hockey Team
 
 
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President's Message (March 29, 2022)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
It was nice to see those in attendance last Thursday at FPU for the Cabana Falls Winery overview; it is great when we can support our local businesses! 
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, March 31st, at 7:15am, for our Club Assembly.  Among our activities, we will be recognizing a local student as "Student of the Month."  At the following week's meeting, we plan to honor and recognize the Franklin Pierce University Women's Ice Hockey team and their championship season.
 
That having been said, I hope everyone had a great weekend, and if your NCAA bracket is not busted, you are doing far better than I am.   I am sure Bob Schaumann will have his Villanova gear on full display, as Villanova has reached the Final Four.  As a side note, Xavier University is in the semi-finals of the NIT; I know, I know... I am reaching a bit here.  
 
                   
 
 
Club members Jon Frederick and Russell Gaskamp are working hard on the details for our Club “Live Auction” in mid-May; details to follow, but it will be a great event. 
 
Our upcoming schedule for meetings is below:
 
  • Breakfast meeting at FPU on Thursday, 4/7, at 7:15am.   Guest speakers will be the FPU Women’s Hockey Team (see attached photo).  Thank you Jed and Gas for lining this up.
  • Monthly Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, 4/13, at 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines.
  • Breakfast meeting at FPU on Thursday, 4/14, at 7:15am.   Guest speaker(s) – TBD.
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning – have a great week,
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
Franklin Pierce University Women's Ice Hockey Claims New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) title game against Saint Anselm, 1-0.
 
 
 
Pictures from our last meeting...
 
 
Aly Lefebvre, Cabana Falls Winery - Guest Speaker
 
Aly Lefebvre entertained Rotarians, as she enthusiastically told the story of Cabana Falls Winery, which recently opened in Jaffrey's Belletete's Plaza.  The winery produces "fun wines" with zany names, and Rotarians are invited to come down to enjoy the weekly tastings. 
 
 
Random shots taken by the Photographer
 
Not sure what happened, but the photographer's camera wasn't focusing too well in "automatic" mode.  We'll try to do better for our next meeting!
 
 
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President's Message (March 22, 2022)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start.  Again, many thanks to David Jeffries for hosting us for the St. Patrick’s Day event.  It was great to see such a good turnout, and a good time was had by all!
 
We meet for our weekly Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, March 24th, at 7:15am.  For those who are wine afficionados, our guest speakers will be Aly and Carroll Lefebvre, owners of the Cabana Falls Winery, which recently opened in Jaffrey's Belletete's Plaza.  Should be quite interesting!
 
Our upcoming schedule for meetings is below:
  • Breakfast meeting at FPU on Thursday, 3/31 at 7:15am. Guest speaker(s) - TBD
  • Breakfast meeting at FPU on Thursday, 4/7   at 7:15am. Guest speaker(s) - TBD
  • Monthly Board of Directors Meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines on Wednesday, 4/13 at 8:00am
  • Breakfast meeting at FPU on Thursday, 4/14 at 7:15am. Guest speaker(s) - TBD
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning – Spring is here!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
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President's Message (March  8, 2022)

Good afternoon, Fellow Rotarians,
 
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet at Franklin Pierce University for our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, March 10th, at 7:15am.   
 
I am most pleased to announce that our plans are to induct Stephanie Thomson and Rudra Aryal, as our newest Rotarians at our meeting this week.  Please join me in officially welcoming both Stephanie and Rudra!
 
Our guest speaker will be the Right Reverend Mark Beckwith, retired Episcopalian Bishop of Newark, NJ.  Thanks to David Jeffries for arranging for his presentation, and we look forward to it. 
 
We will have a club social on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, at Rotarian David Jeffries' home.  The event will run between 5pm and 7pm+; this will not be a club meeting but rather a time to socialize.   David lives at #617 Mountain Road in Jaffrey, NH.  It's a long driveway that is on the left as you drive down Rt 124 towards Marlborough.  This is a BYOB event and we have it catered with appetizers, etc.  
 
Based on getting a proper headcount for catering purposes, it is necessary that each Rotarian RSVP no later than 3/10 on your attendance and number of guests.   Spouses/significant others/family members are more than welcome to attend; additionally, if you know anyone that may have any interest in becoming a Rotarian, I would encourage you to bring them along, as well.   It should be a fun event in a beautiful setting. 
 
Please RSVP to one of the following by 3/10:
 
      Ben Wheeler = bwheeler@walpolebank.com
      David Jeffries = davidhjeffries@gmail.com
      Bill Raymond = w-mraymond@comcast.net
 
Being St. Patrick’s Day, please wear your green!!
 
Last but not least, today is Election Day in both Rindge and Jaffrey, and the polls will be open until 7:00pm.  Be sure to vote!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
 
The Rotary Photographer returns!  Pictures from our March 3rd meeting...
 
 
A most appropriate Invocation
 
Referencing the sad situation in the Ukraine, "Reverend" Owen Houghton's morning Invocation was particularly appropriate to begin our first meeting in many months at Franklin Pierce University.
 
 
Jon Frederick prepares the raffle tickets!
 
Hard to remember the last time we had our 50/50 Raffle.  Thanks to Jon Frederick, the tickets were available, and Rotarians - each hoping they would win - plunked down $2.00.  In the background, Mike Shea prepares to say goodbye to his two dollars, but it was David Jeffries who won this time - reportedly, his first time as a raffle winner!
 
 
Rotarians socialize around the Raffle Ticket Table
 
Tickets went fast. Always a good crowd around the table, as it is where it seems "everyone meets."
 
 
Fire Chief David Chamberlain and Town Manager Jon Frederick
 
Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain arrived, and the photographer caught David and Town Manager, Jon Frederick, together. Talking town business?
 
 
President Ben Welcomes Rotarians Back
 
With an introduction that included a reference to "No more Zooms [hopefully]," President Ben Wheeler welcomed fellow Rotarians to our first in-person Breakfast Meeting in several months at Franklin Pierce University.  It's good to be back!
 
 
John McCarthy explains School District HVAC Warrant
 
With the annual Town Election in Rindge and Jaffrey on March 8th (today!!), John McCarthy, a member of the SAU47 School Board, shared insights on the HVAC warrant article that will be voted upon by voters in both towns.  At least two Rotarians are on the Town or School District ballot as incumbents.
 
 
The Jaffrey 250th Celebration in 2023
 
Rotarians learned that organizations, companies, and citizens can sponsor a flag with their name that will line the main streets in Jaffrey, as part of the town's 250th Anniversary celebration in 2023.  Andy Lawn spoke to this, and the topic of a Rotary flag will be discussed at the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, March 9th.
 
 
Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain, Guest Speaker
 
Chief David Chamberlain provided an update on the Jaffrey Fire Department. He shared information to support the Town's warrant article for a new fire engine to replace Engine 1, which is nearing thirty years of service.  The warrant will be discussed and voted upon at Town Meeting at the Pratt Auditorium at Conant High School on Saturday, March 12th, at 9:00am.
 
 
Candid (?) shots by the photographer...
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (March 1, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope all is well.  Unfortunately, the Conant High School girl’s basketball team had their 58-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday at the State Championship game.   They should remain VERY proud of their accomplishments during their great run!
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone in person when the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club meets at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:15am.  Our guest speaker will be Jaffrey Fire Department Chief David Chamberlain.
 
Our upcoming meeting schedule is as follows:
 
  • Wednesday, 3/9 -- Board of Directors meeting at 8:00am at the Cathedral of the Pines.
  • Thursday, 3/10 -- Breakfast Meeting at FPU at 7:15am.  Guest speaker will be the the Right Reverend Mark Beckwith.
  • Thursday, 3/17 (St. Patrick’s Day!) -- Social meeting from 5-7pm at David Jeffries home; spouses and/or significant others are invited.  More details to follow.
 
Let’s pray for a quick and peaceful resolution in the Ukraine. 
 
I hope to see everyone on Thursday morning.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
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President's Message (February 22, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I think we all probably enjoyed yesterday’s sun and spring-like weather.  We still have the remainder of February and all of March, however; April doesn't mean we are out of the woods when it comes to the white stuff, either!  
 
The Conant High School girls basketball team continued its undefeated season by winning their playoff game; they play again on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at Bedford High School, and if they win again, they will play for the State Championship on Sunday at 1:00pm at Keene State College.  
 
As we celebrate the President’s Day Holiday, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will not be meeting this week.
 
Below is a list of upcoming meetings/events:
  • Thursday, March 3rd -- Breakfast Meeting at 7:15am at FPU; guest speaker TBD
  • Wednesday, March 9th -- Board of Directors meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines, 8:00am
  • Thursday, March 10th -- Breakfast meeting at 7:15am at FPU; guest speaker, the Right Reverend Mark Beckwith.
  • Thursday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) -- Cub social at David Jeffries house; details to follow on time, etc., but this will be an evening event.  
 
Enjoy the week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben 
 
President's Message (February 22, 2022) 2022-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 15, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
The sun is out, but the temperatures are still quite chilly! Hopefully, everyone enjoyed an entertaining and competitive Super Bowl.
 
Below is the meeting schedule for the next few weeks.  As I mentioned at our meeting last week, we are planning to return to Franklin Pierce University on Thursday, March 3rd, for a resumption of our weekly Breakfast Meetings.   I still need to confirm this with FPU, but - as you read this - this is the plan.  
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet this Thursday, February 17th, at 7:30am, via ZOOM.  The URL is the same as was used last week and can be found in Bob Schaumann's email sent to all Rotarians on Tuesday, February 8th.  Our guest speaker will be Susan Ashworth of Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services.  She will present an informative session on the "Meals on Wheels" program and how it assists residents in both Jaffrey and Rindge.
 
Here is the planned schedule for meetings as it currently stands:
 
  • Thursday, 2/24 – NO MEETING due to the President’s Day holiday
  • Thursday, 3/3 – Breakfast Meeting at 7:15am at FPU (to be confirmed). Guest speaker - TBD
  • Wednesday, 3/9 – Board of Directors meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines at 8:00am
  • Thursday, 3/10 – Breakfast Meeting at 7:15am at FPU (to be confirmed). Guest speaker - TBD.
Have a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
President's Message (February 15, 2022) 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 8, 2022)
 

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet this Thursday, February 10th, at 7:30am, via ZOOM.  Our Guest Speaker will be our own Jon Frederick, Jaffrey Town Manager, who will share insights of the budgeting process that has led up to the Board of Selectmen's recommended budget that will be presented for a vote at Town Meeting (Jaffrey) on Saturday, March 12th.
 
As this is "the season," consider attending the SAU47 deliberative session that will occur on Wednesday, February 9th, 6:30pm, at the Rindge Memorial School.  By attending, you will learn about the tax impact of the 2022 SAU47 School District Warrant, if approved by the voters. 
 
Below please find our meeting schedule for the remainder of February: 
 
  • Wednesday, 2/9 @ 8:00am Zoom meeting, Board of Directors
  • Thursday, 2/10 @  7:30am Zoom meeting; Jon Frederick, guest speaker.
  • Thursday, 2/17 @  7:30am Zoom meeting; guest speaker TBD.
  • Thursday, 2/24 – NO MEETING due to the Presidents' Day holiday.
 
Please be on the look-out for the ZOOM link from Bob Schaumann for our Thursday meeting, February 10th.  This will be sent to you Tuesday via email.  A separate email will also be sent to the BoD Tuesday that provides the URL for Wednesday's BoD meeting via Zoom.   
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
President's Message (February 8, 2022)  2022-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 1, 2022)
 

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone survived the snow storm on Saturday and is enjoying these frigid temperatures!  If my math is correct, only 48 days until spring; it seems hard to fathom at this point.
 
For those of us that enjoy football, the past two weekends have been filled with highly competitive and exciting games; good luck to the Bengals and Rams in the upcoming Super Bowl. 
 
Rotary International's monthly theme for February is “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution."  If any members have a potential guest speaker they would like to invite that would like to speak to this topic, this would be great.
 
The Board of Directors at our January meeting decided to stay with “Zoom” meetings through the month of February, at which point the BoD will then re-assess the situation.   Below is a schedule for this month:
 
  • Thursday, 2/3 @ 7:30am -- Club Assembly (ZOOM) unless we get a last-minute guest speaker.
  • Wednesday, 2/9 @ 8:00am -- Board of Directors Meeting (via ZOOM).
  • Thursday, 2/10 @ 7:30am Club Meeting (via ZOOM); guest speaker TBD.
  • Thursday, 2/17 @ 7:30am Club Meeting (via ZOOM); guest speaker TBD.
  • Thursday, 2/24 – NO MEETING due to President’s Day holiday.
 
Please be on the lookout for the ZOOM link from Bob Schaumann for Thursday’s meeting.  This will arrive in your emailbox on Tuesday.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
President's Message (February 1, 2022)  2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 25, 2022)

 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone is well and looking forward to spring!  For those who like snow, however, your dreams may come true, as a major Nor'easter is forecasted for Saturday! 
 
Fortunately, sunny skies are forecasted for Thursday, and the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet that day, January 27th, via ZOOM, at 7:30am.
 
Our guest speaker will be Franklin Pierce University President, Kim Mooney, with updates on the University, etc.   I hope you are able to attend. The URL was emailed to you two weeks ago, and as a reminder, our Club Secretary will send out reminder email with the URL address. 
 
Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
 
Received from Jessica Yap, President of the Conant High School Hot Wings Robotics Club
 
 
President's Message (January 25, 2022) 2022-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 11, 2022)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone is staying warm, as we battle some very frigid temperatures over the next couple of days.  
 
We will be meeting this Thursday, January 13th, at 7:30am via ZOOM.  This will be our first Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club meeting of the New Year.  Via separate email, each Rotarian received the ZOOM URL.
 
There will be no Board of Directors meeting tomorrow on Wednesday due to multiple scheduling conflicts.  An announcement as to the new date will be sent shortly to Board members. 
 
I look forward to seeing you Thursday morning via ZOOM!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
President's Message (January 11, 2022) 2022-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 4, 2022)

Happy New Year, fellow Rotarians!  
 
I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled holiday season, one spent with their extended families and friends.  
 
Due to the New Year’s Day holiday, there is NO meeting this Thursday morning.  Below is an overview of our meeting schedule for the month of January:
 
  • Board of Directors Meeting; Wednesday, 1/12/22 @ 8AM via Zoom.   NOTE – due to scheduling conflicts, this meeting MAY be cancelled or rescheduled – TBD.
  • Weekly Breakfast Meeting; Thursday, 1/13/22 @ 7:30am via Zoom w/ a guest speaker in attendance.
  • NO breakfast meeting on Thursday, 1/20/22 due to the MLK Holiday.
  • Weekly Breakfast Meeting; Thursday, 1/27/22 @ 7:30am via Zoom w/ a guest speaker in attendance.  
 
I am hopeful we can resume meeting in person again starting in February, but this will be a “fluid” situation that the Board will continue to monitor closely. 
 
Have a great week, and I am looking forward to our ZOOM Breakfast meeting on January 13th.
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
President's Message (January 4, 2022) 2022-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 28, 2021)

Happy New Year, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season!
 
With 2021 on its last legs, we usher in the New Year of 2022 with optimism for good health, peace in our world, and goodness for the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and our families.
 
 
The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet for the first time in the New Year on Thursday, January 13th, via ZOOM.
 
Happy New Year!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
President's Message (December 28, 2021) 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 21, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
Wishing EVERYONE a happy and safe holiday season.  
 
As a reminder, our next meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will be January 13th.  We will meet via ZOOM.
 
Enjoy your time off!
 
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Yours in service,
 
Ben
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President's Message (December 14, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, fellow Rotarians,
 
This week, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet on Thursday morning, December 16th, at 7:15am via ZOOM.   
 
We will have a guest speaker. Heather McKernan, Publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.  She will share some of the challenges of being a small-town newspaper in the digital age. Should be quite interesting!
 
This will be our last official meeting for calendar year 2021.   I hope you are able to attend. 
 
Enjoy the week - snow is coming, for sure!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
President's Message (December 14, 2021) 2021-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 7, 2021)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

To use the often-heard phrase, "Out of an abundance of caution," the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will continue to hunker down and not meet this week.   I am pleased that those Rotarians who tested positive for COVID after the Raffle Party are doing well. 
 
We will, however, meet on December 16th, via ZOOM.  Our guess speaker will be Heather McKernan, publisher of the Ledger-Transcript, who will share the challenges of being a small town newspaper in a digital age.

The BoD will meet on Wednesday, December 8th, at 8:00am, via ZOOM.

Bob Schaumann received the latest request for volunteers from the NH Food Bank; they indicated that the Rindge location (Hannaford's) is not scheduled to be a distribution site through to the end of March.  Should the Rindge location be scheduled in the Spring, Bob will let us know.

Hope your holiday shopping goes well!

Yours in Service,


Ben
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President's Message (November 30, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Thanksgiving holiday weekend.   As was discussed last week, we will be taking the month of December off from our weekly meetings and will revisit the pandemic situation in January.  I want to encourage those who came to the Raffle Event on October to get tested, especially if flu-like symptoms seem to be present.  
 
There will be a Board of Directors meeting next WednesdayDecember 8th, at 8:00am, via Zoom.  We will not meet at the Cathedral.
 
Enjoy the week ahead!
 
Yours in Service,
 
Ben
 
President's Message (November 30, 2021) 2021-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 23, 2021)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Safe travels!
 
On the good news front, our Raffle Event went well; we sold almost all of the 2,000 tickets (great job!!), and we raised roughly $4,500 for the Club, which given the circumstances and tight time-frames was no small feat.   Thanks, again, to the Cathedral of the Pines and Greg Walsh for hosting us; Jon Frederick and Stephanie Porter for running the event, including the Zoom feed, and to all of the Rotarians and future Rotarians that pro-actively sold their raffle tickets. 
 
On another positive front, it was also great to recognize Paddy McCarthy as a Paul Harris Fellow for all of the great community service she has provided over the years.   Congratulations, Paddy, and a big THANK YOU to Clay Hollister for putting together the fitting tribute.    
 
On the “not-so-good" news front, multiple attendees at Thursday’s raffle event have tested positive for COVID.   Based on this, the Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Rotary Club meetings through the Holiday season.
 
This will be a fluid situation that we will closely watch, but as of the moment, we will not be meeting again as a Club until early January.  We will work with Bill Coleman to reschedule speakers, new Rotarian inductions, and student recognitions for our January meeting schedule. 
 
Ending on a positive note, we DO have much for which to be thankful.  Please safely enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with those whom you love.     
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs of our Rotary Raffle Party event on Thursday, November 18th, courtesy of Greg Walsh
 
 
President's Message (November 23, 2021) 2021-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 16, 2021)

Good afternoon, Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My wife, Ann, and I got to experience our first Rotary District Conference up in Meredith, NH, this past weekend.   It was a great networking and informative event, and I would encourage all to try to attend in the future.  I will provide further feedback at one of our next weekly meetings.  
 
Some items from last week and upcoming: 
 
  • Please see the attached three photos from our own Greg Walsh at this year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony.  Don Upton, Clay Hollister and Andy Lawn were prominent figures in this year’s parade.  
  • Reminder = this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm @ The Cathedral of the Pines, there will be the CHS Interact Induction Ceremony; if you can attend for support, that is greatly appreciated!
  • Raffle Update = we are meeting at 5:30pm @ The Cathedral of the Pines on Thursday, 11/18, to hold a social meeting and our raffle drawing.   Please try to turn in all of your “sold tickets” to Jon Frederick or Stephanie Porter prior to Thursday evening.
  • Franklin Pierce University will be closed after Thanksgiving, as the students have an extended leave for the holidays until they return in January.  Updates will be provided on meeting location, etc., for December and January meetings.
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Photographs at the recent Veteran's Day ceremony on Thursday, November 11th, courtesy of Rotarian Greg Walsh:
 
 

 
President's Message (November 16, 2021) 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 9, 2021)

 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone is well.  As a reminder that because of the Veteran’s Day holiday, there will be no weekly breakfast meeting this upcoming Thursday, November 11th.  
 
Please take some time on this day to give thanks for all of our Veterans that have served our Country and provided us with a great quality of life, as well as personal and professional choices.  Many of our Rotarians are veterans, and we have all five services represented within the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club (Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marines).
 
Our upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Monthly BOD meeting on 11/10/21 @ 8am at the Cathedral of the Pines.
  • District 7870 Annual Conference in Meredith NH on 11/13 and 11/14.
  • Conant High School Interact Induction service on 11/16 @ 6:30pm at the Cathedral of the Pines.
  • The Club’s Annual Fundraising/Raffle Event on 11/18 @ 5:30pm at the Cathedral of the Pines (BYOB).
 
Please be sure to sell all of the Raffle tickets you have been given; we have good momentum going on this, but we need to make sure we move all 2,000 of these!   So far so good, and lets finish strong!  
 
Jon Frederick indicates that the Thursday evening social on November 18th at the Catherdral of the Pines will be a BYOB event, and will include an appetizer contest.  Get those recipes of your favorite appetizer out.... and let's see who shall be our winner, complete with "bragging rights."
 
Have a great week!
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
Pictures taken at our Thursday meeting, November 4th, at Franklin Pierce University, which included a presentation by the Conant High School Interactors ("Purple Pinkie Day").
 
 
 
President's Message (November 9, 2021) 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (November 2, 2021)



 

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun-filled Halloween weekend despite the weather.  The Club focus over the next two weeks is to sell out our 2,000 raffle tickets.;  If you need more, please each out pro-actively to either Jon Frederick or Stephanie Porter. 
 
This week, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will meet on Thursday, November 4th, at 7:15am at Franklin Pierce University.  It will be Purple Pinkie Day at Rotary, as we will be joined by Interactors from Conant High School.  Purple Pinkie Day is a means by which Rotary and Interactors raise funds and awareness for Rotary's polio prevention projects.  The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club will also honor and recognize the "Interactor of the Month."     
 
Below is our upcoming schedule:
  • Wednesday, 11/10 = Board of Director’s Meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines, at 8:00am. 
  • No meeting the week of 11/11 due to Veteran’s Day Holiday. 
  • District Wide Conference on Saturday & Sunday 11/13 and 11/14 @ Church Landing Resort in Meredith, NH (member optional – please reach out to me if you are interested in attending).
  • Thursday, 11/18 = weekly evening meeting at the Cathedral of the Pines, (most likely) starting at 5:30pm to select the raffle winners and enjoy a social gathering.
  
November is Rotary Foundation Month and December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday morning at FPU. Have a great week!  
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
Pictures from our Thursday, October 28th, meeting at Franklin Pierce University
 
 
 
The Quiet Before the Meeting Begins
 
 
 
And then it Begins... President Ben
 
 
 
Two Davises and A Cup of Coffee!
 
 
 
Breakfast!  Breakfast!
 
 
 
Stephanie Thompson and Rudra Aryal, our two Soon-to-be Rotarians
 
 
 
"Reverend" Owen Houghton
 
President's Message (November 2, 2021)  2021-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message (October 26, 2021)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Rotarians,
 
The weather has taken a slight change for the worse from last week; it sounds like we may see the sun again tomorrow and/or Thursday.   I hope everyone is having a productive week.
 
Below is our upcoming schedule:
 
  • Thursday, 10/28 = weekly breakfast meeting at 7:15am at FPU.
  • Thursday, 11/04 = weekly breakfast meeting at 7:15am at FPU.
  • No meeting the week of 11/11 due to Veteran’s Day Holiday. 
  • District Wide Conference on Saturday & Sunday 11/13 and 11/14 @ Church Landing Resort in Meredith, NH (member optional – please reach out to me if you are interested in attending).
 
Please coordinate with Raffle Co-Chairs Stephanie Porter and Jon Frederick on the sale of your assigned raffle tickets.  Our goal (read: expectation) is to sell all 2,000 tickets before Thursday, 11/18.   This equates to roughly 50 tickets per member; given the modest cost of each ticket, this should be easily achievable.  If you do not have your tickets yet, please pro-actively reach out to either Stephanie or Jon.   
 
Good news front: Dr. Rudra Aryal, a Physics Professor at FPU, attended last week’s meeting and has indicated a desire to join our Club!  Please reach out to introduce yourself to him; the Membership Committee will be assisting in the formal process of taking Dr. Rudra through the process. 
 
October (although it is almost over) is Economic & Community Development Month for Rotary International.
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month and December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday morning at FPU.
 
Have a great week!  
 
Yours in service,
 
Ben
 
 
From the Photographer's Desk.... Meeting of October 21st
 
 
Student of the Month, Nathan Davis
 
Student of the Month for September was Nathan Davis, an 8th Grader from the Heritage Christian School.  An avid soccer player, Nathan was recognized with positive words by his teacher, Mrs. Allen (far right), that resulted in his nomination.  Joining Nathan (third from Left) are his proud parents, brother, and sister.
 
 
Laurel McKenzie, Conant High School Robotics Team
 
Laurel McKenzie, past Chairperson of the SAU47 School Board, is now involved with the Conant High School Robotics Team.   Sharing some of the details of the Team and pictures of their fellow Robotics team members were two students who presented several PowerPoint Slides.
 
 
Raffle Tickets Are Available !
 
Raffle tickets are available!  There they are!!  See Stephanie Porter or Jon Frederick when your supply runs low.  This year's Raffle Party item will be part of our major fund-raising effort for this year.
 
 
Prospective Rotarian, Dr. Rudra Aryal
 
Joining us at our most recent meeting was Franklin Pierce University Professor Dr. Rudra Aryal, a long-time friend of President Ben Wheeler.  Rudra teaches courses in physics at FPU.  Welcome, Rudra!
 
 
Kathleene Card Has the "Magic Touch"
Greg Walsh and Kathleene Card chat before breakfast began.  Twice in the last three months, Kathleene purchased her raffle tickets and handed them to Bob Schaumann before she left for an early morning meeting, with instructions that if her ticket is the winner, to give the proceeds to a certain designee. Twice Bob held the ticket for Kathleene, and twice she won!!  The lucky recipient of the weekly pot this time:  Nathan Davis, our Student of the Month!
 
 
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President's Message (October 19, 2021)

Happy Tuesday fellow Rotarians; hopefully, you are enjoying this beautiful fall day. 
 
We will be meeting for our weekly breakfast meeting on Thursday, October 21st, at 7:15am, at Franklin Pierce University.   On tap is the Student of the Month Presentation, as well as guest speakers from Conant High School who will discuss their robotic club! 
 
I would like to thank the volunteers that came out Saturday morning for roadside cleanup; a little lighter turnout than normal, but we got the job done by 10am – many thanks to Mike Shea for spearheading this event.
 
Enjoy the week, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
 
Ben
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President's Message (October 12, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

          
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President's Message (August 24, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following the weekly meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, Bill met with area town and school district moderators at Bob and Diane Schaumann's home, during which time Bill shared what New Hampshire was doing to preserve our "First in the Nation" Presidential Primary, despite what other states and commonwealths have done in the past (and present) to derail the Granite State's "first" primary election.  Secretary Gardner informally met with them over coffee for two hours before heading back to Concord.   
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President's Message (June 8, 2021)

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

President's Message (June 1, 2021)

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

President's Message (May 25, 2021)

 
Hello fellow Rotarians,

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

President's Message (May 18, 2021)

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

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

President's Message (May 11, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

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

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

President's Message (May 4, 2021)

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

President's Message (April 27, 2021)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

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

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

President's Message (April 20, 2021)

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

President's Message (April 13, 2021)

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

President's Message (April 6, 2021)

Good afternoon, Rotarians,

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

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

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

President's Message (March 30, 2021)

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

President's Message (March 23, 2021)

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

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

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

President's Message (March 16, 2021)

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

President's Message (March 9, 2021)

Fellow Rotarians,

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

President's Message (March 2, 2021)

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

President's Message (February 23, 2021)

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

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

President's Message (February 16, 2021)

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

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

President's Message (February 9, 2021)
 

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

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

President's Message (February 2, 2021)

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

President's Message (January 26, 2021)
 

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

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

President's Message (January 19, 2021)

Fellow Rotarians,

Due to the MLK Day holiday, there will be no meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, January 21st.
 
Thank you to Rotarian Owen Houghton for his efforts in making the MLK Day rememberable.
 
Please check your email - Treasurer Bill Raymond has sent out dues notifications.  Please remit as soon as possible so that sergeant at arms Stephanie Porter doesn’t have to knock on your door!
 
Stay warm and healthy.  See you next week!
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
President's Message (January 19, 2021) 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (January 12, 2021)

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

President's Message (January 5, 2021)

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

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

President's Message (December 15, 2020)
 

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

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

A Rotarian in service, 
 
Jed
President's Message (December 15, 2020)  2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (December 8, 2020)

Hello fellow Rotarians,

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

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

President's Message (December 1, 2020)


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

President's Message (November 24, 2020)

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

President's Message (November 17, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,

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

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

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

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

President's Message (November 10, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
There will be no meeting this week because of Veterans Day.  Our next meeting will be 19 November in person at the VFW, Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Hopefully, all Rotarians can be present and we can do a ZOOM meeting for Peter Davis and anyone else that wants to be on ZOOM.
 
Beautiful Indian summer lately in November; colder temperatures ahead.  Our state flower is the purple lilac, just around the corner.
 
Speaker and cost of admissions will be announced soon.
 
Best wishes and happy Veterans Day,
 
Buck Sergeant Jed
 
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President's Message (November 3, 2020)

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

All is well in this neck of the woods; keep your distance and wear protective gear. Get ready for ski season by waxing your skis at Lahout’s, the oldest ski shop in America, located in Littleton, New Hampshire.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
P.S. Bill Driscoll and Stephanie Porter need our prayers for a speedy recovery.  If Bill Driscoll didn’t vote absentee, can someone volunteer to drive him to the polls?
 
 
Picture courtesy of President Jed Brummer
 
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Donates Masks to Town of Rindge
 
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary President Jed Brummer recently attended the Rotary District 7870 Million Mask distribution in Concord, part of a New England Rotary program to distribute some one million masks to first responders and other critical personnel in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Receiving some of these masks as part of District 7870's share is Rindge Town Administrator Sue Gravell and Rindge Police Chief (and Jaffrey-Rindge Rotarian) Dan Anair.
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President's Message (October 27, 2020)

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

This week's meeting will be in person at Woodbound Inn at 7:15am on October 29th; the cost of the breakfast, including tax and tip, will be $11.00.  Please bring cash or check.
 
'Tis the hunting season, and I tried to get an officer from Fish & Game; it was a longshot, and I missed.  They said, "Can’t speak until after the hunting season due to being undermanned and overworked." Still looking for a speaker, if anyone has a suggestion.
 
Don’t forget to mask up and keep social distance.  See you all Thursday, smiling and awake.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
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President's Message (October 20, 2020)

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

A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
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President's Message (October 13, 2020)

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

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

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

 
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President's Message (October 6, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We have the pleasure of meeting in person at the Park Theatre on Thursday, October 8th, at 8:00am.  Coffee and donuts will be made available, thanks to Stephanie Porter.  Caroline Hollister will have top billing, as she provides Rotarians and spouses a guided tour.  Don’t forget your face mask; there’s plenty of space to keep our social distance.
 
The Board Of Directors will meet this Wednesday, October 7th, at 7:30am, at the Cathedral of the Pines' Hilltop House.
 
Remember there will be no meeting of the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club on Thursday, October 15th, because of the Columbus Day holiday. The next meeting will be October 22nd.
 
A Rotarian in space,
 
Yours truly,
 
Jed
 
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President's Message (September 29, 2020)

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

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

Jaffrey Town Manager and fellow Rotarian Jon Frederick explains the history of the partnership of Jaffrey and the neighboring town of Peterborough relative to future water supplies that will benefit both towns, as well as local industry.  Jon's presentation on the waterfront at the Contoocook Lake public beach was well-received by Rotarians.  Coffee and donuts/muffins were eagerly scarfed down by hungry Rotarians and helped to fuel numerous questions about the project that were fielded by Jon.
 
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President's Remarks (September 22, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,

This week's meeting will be at the Contoocook Public Beach on Thursday, September 24th, at 7:30 in the morning.  Coffee and donuts; donations accepted. 
 
Our speaker will be Jon Frederick, who will discuss Jaffrey’s water - past, present, and future.  Since we will be talking about water - at Jon’s inspiration - it is very appropriate to meet at the beach. Bring a beach chair.  Spouses are welcome.  Morning temperature will be around 50°. Thursday’s high will be 75°, so it will be a beautiful day to be on the water.
 
Contoocook Lake is at the headwaters of the Contoocook River, one of the few rivers that flows north, as most rivers flow south towards the equator.
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
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President's Message (September 15, 2020)

Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week's meeting on Thursday, September 17th, will be at 7:15am via ZOOM.  Up for discussion will be our future meetings - via ZOOM or in person?
 
At next week's meeting on September 24th, we will hear from one of our own, Jon Frederick, Jaffrey Town Manager, who will speak on the history of Jaffrey water, past, present, and its future.
 
Did you know that the first ski club in the United States was the Nansen Ski Club in Berlin, New Hampshire, established in 1882?
 
A Rotarian in service,
 
Jed
 
 
The Walk is Coming!!!!!!
September 26th and the 2020 Western NH Walk to End Alzheimer's.
 
Our committee has been working throughout the year to plan this year's event, and despite all of the adversity we are all currently experiencing, we have a great event planned.  We are thrilled to see a record number of teams signed up to participate, along with record local corporate giving! However……
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO COMPLETE THE WORK!!! To end this ravaging disease, we need your help in raising the dollars needed now more than ever for research, support, and education. Walking is so important to show your support, but it is mission-critical to have our walkers help us raise money for those impacted by Alzheimer's or another related dementia.
 
You can help by: 
  1. Asking people for their support and securing donations
  2. Giving to the event, if you're unable to join us in Walking
  3. Use Social Media as a way of letting your loved ones know how they can help your efforts!
  4. Start a Team
  5. Growing your team by recruiting more team members
 
Our group has done an outstanding job, but in all honestly, we can't finish the job without the help of the entire community.
 
Our 2019 Co-Chair, Owen Houghton, says, " The reality of the inevitable ending sustained our family to the end of her life, and we are honored to now celebrate her life with this Purple Flower tribute for all Deceased Alzheimer’s Victims: After living for 10 years in the shadow of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis,  Norma was set free from the prison of a disease without a cure.  Her family celebrated her release and recalled all the blessings of a life well-lived, hoping that someday the PURPLE FLOWER for deceased Alz victims would disappear.” Join Owen in helping us in our efforts to #ENDALZ by registering and fundraising for our 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer's.
 
Please think about ways you could help us cross the finish line together. Thank you in advance, and together we can end Alzheimer's!
 
Sincerely your 2020 Committee,
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President's Message (September 8, 2020)

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

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

Look forward to see y’all in space next week.
 
A Rotarian in Service,
 
Jed
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President's Message (September 1, 2020)

Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are meeting via ZOOM on Thursday morning, September 3rd, at 7:15am.
 
Our speaker will be Reuben Duncan, Superintendent of Schools for SAU47, who will speak about the pandemic, as well as the reinduction of students and teachers from kindergarten to high school. Think about questions you might want to ask, and let’s have a good showing.
 
Remember that the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club won’t be meeting next week because of Labor Day.
 
Since the schools are on our mind, please note that Sarah Hale from Newport, New Hampshire, was the one who wrote the song, ”Mary Had a Little Lamb."
 
Yours in service,
 
Jed
 
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President's Message (August 25, 2020)

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

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

P.S. Brentwood Country Club Rotary District 7870 Golf Tournament update: Ben Wheeler, Jon Frederick, Todd Muilenberg, and Jed tied for fourth place. We will have to practice to be the champions next year.
 
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President's Message (August 18, 2020)

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

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

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

 
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
As some may know, Rotarian Peter Davis has been in the county nursing home sequestered for the last 3+ months. Due to the strict coronas virus regulations at the nursing home, Peter’s been unable to go anywhere, not even outside. Otherwise, he can't re-enter the facility to visit with Barbara, his wife.
 
So, instead of our weekly meeting, the plan is to rendezvous that morning at the Home Depot parking lot in Keene on Thursday, July 23rd, at 9 o’clock.  From there, Rotarians will caravan with the motorcycle escort provided by Ricky Cleveland to the county nursing home to see Pete.
 
We will gather in the nursing home parking lot. Owen Houghton will have the invocation, and Ricky Lambert and Bob Schaumann will provide the honor guard. Stephanie Niemela will have Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and donuts. Peter will be inside at a designated window so he can wave at us, and we can wave back our best wishes to Barbara and Peter. My hope is to have a big turnout.
 
See you all at Home Depot, and - by the way - our State flower is the purple lilac.  The State dog is the chinook.
 
Yours in-service,
 
Jed
 
 
Photographs of our Woodbound Inn Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, July 16th, courtesy of Harold Davis.  Additional pictures may be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/gDkoDHWGyvSekAk49
 
 
Wren Wolterbeek Honored as "Interactor of the Year"
 
With a smiling Mark Wolterbeek (L) approving, daughter Wren Wolterbeek, a graduating senior from Conant High School, was recognized by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club as "Interactor of the Year."  In making the presentation, Rotarian Sheila Roberge (R), Rotary Advisor to the Interact Club, complimented Wren on her outstanding year as President of the 50+ member Interactor Club.  This was Wren's second year as Interact President.  Wren will be matriculating at Yale University in the Fall.  Club President Jed Brummer is in the background.
 
 
Proud Papa and Distinguished Daughter
 
Wren Wolterbeek poses with her father, Mark Wolterbeek, at the breakfast table shortly before Wren was recognized by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club as "Interactor of the Year."  Wren was the class Valedictorian, Conant High School. Class of 2020.  The Wolterbeek's live in Rindge.
 
 
Dr. Tom Bennett Dispenses a Thoughtful Perspective
 
For four months, weekly Thursday morning meetings have taken place via ZOOM, with 18-25 Rotarians coming together at 7:15AM.  Should we reinstate breakfast meetings?  When discussion took place relative to reinstating breakfast meetings on a regular basis, Rotarian Tom Bennett shared some good perspectives regarding the coronavirus, potential risks, and the value of wearing masks. "There is a concern that the virus can be carried on aerosolized particles that can remain in the air much longer than droplets."  
 
 
 
Will There Be Football At Franklin Pierce University in the Fall?
 
That was the big question, as Rotarian and FPU Head Football Coach Russ Gaskamp awaited word from the Conference.  That same day, a decision was made to reluctantly cancel all conference sports due to the pandemic.  This affects all sports at FPU, including football.  Who's holding the mic?  Our President - Jed Brummer - who, to limit excessive handling of the microphone, roamed the room to collect money.
 
 
 
What Is Stephanie Pondering? 
 
Looking studious, our masked Team Jaffrey leader and Rotarian Stephanie Porter ponders a Happy Fines comment by a fellow Rotarian.
 
 
 
Who's That?
 
If it weren't for the badge, our masked "beardless" Past President Jon Frederick might not be recognized.  Jon contributed some bucks to the pot for Happy Fines, as did many Rotarians, which helped to make up for monies not collected the past four months while ZOOM conferencing.  
 
 
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President's Message (July 14, 2020)

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

Hello Rotarians!!
 
Our meeting this week on July 16th will be at the Woodbound Inn, starting at 7:15am.  Please bring your mask. Clay Hollister has the Invocation, and we can all sing America the Beautiful.
 
Owen Houghton reports that all is well at Camp BEST.
 
Did you know that New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capital in which a legislature still meets in its original chamber?
 
Other than that, stay out of the sun or the dermatologist will get you.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
What does a Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary ZOOM Meeting Look Like?
 
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President's Message (June 30, 2020)

Fellow Rotarians,
 
First of all, I want to congratulate Jon, Tonya, John, and Randy for their service to the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club and our two communities. It was a great Gavel Night and a good way to say thanks to them, especially President Jon, who completed a successful year as our President.
 
As the Fourth of July is on Saturday, we will not meet this Thursday.  Our next meeting will be via ZOOM on Thursday morning, July 9th, with a social quarter hour at 7:15am.  The actual business meeting will begin, as usual, at 7:30am.
 
As I look ahead, there are several opportunities for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club to have additional impact in our two towns.  Given that this is our last year of Camp BEST, opportunities exist to reach out to children at risk.  One community project that we might wish to consider would be to look at the old Crocker Junkyard on Rt. 202, and restore it as a children’s playground. 
 
For the Rotary to remain relevant, we will create achievable goals that will resonate in both Jaffrey and Rindge. I look forward to working with our Interactors, welcoming foreign exchange students, moving forward with our Nicaragua project, and pursuing the possibility of a Rotaract at Franklin Pierce University, along with other projects agreeable to my fellow Rotarians. More to follow…
 
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
 
Yours in Service,
 
Jed
 
 
 
 
Outgoing President Jon Frederick Reflects on The Past Year
 
President Jon Frederick reflects on his year as Jaffrey/Rindge 2019-2020 President, a year in which the pandemic called for a radical change in how the Club met and functioned.  Jon thanked his fellow Rotarians for all that they did and that contributed to yet another good year for the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club.
 
 
Incoming President Jed Brummer Shares His Reflections
 
Incoming President Jed Brummer capitalized on the opportunity to share good words about the upcoming year, and he looks forward to a great year in 2020-2021! Within his remarks on several topics, Jed reflected his desire that we continue our commitment to youth and reach out to children in our two communities, especially now that Camp BEST is coming to an end.
 
 
Past President Jon Frederick Recognized With Rotary Plaque
 
President Jed Brummer congratulated outgoing President Jon Frederick on a great year, and presented him with a plaque that recognized Jon's good work and service as Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary President, 2019-2020. More than 30 Rotarians and their guests came to Gavel Night, this year at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge.
 
 
How Sweet It is!!
 
Jon Frederick, who enjoys Jim Beam Black, received his second bottle of libation that night, this time as a gift from President Jed Brummer.
 
 
Clay Hollister Introduces John McCarthy, Paul Harris Fellow!
 
Rotarian John McCarthy, who has been strongly involved with the Rotary Youth Exchange and the Nicaragua Project Rotary International Foundation Grant effort, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow during Gavel Night festivities.  Clay Hollister introduced John as our newest Paul Harris Fellow for his fine and detailed work that resulted in making many things happen over the years. Pinning John is fellow Paul Harris recipient Randy Morse.
 
 
Recognizing Tonya Albee, Camp Quest/BEST Chair
 
Tonya Albee has served as Chairperson of Camp BEST (formerly Camp QUEST) for ten years.  The Club recognized Tonya's contributions, which have benefitted several hundred Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School children over the years, with a beautiful engraved glass vase. 
 
 
We'll Miss You, Randy Morse!
 
Randy Morse, after seven years as a Jaffrey/Rindge Rotarian, was recognized with a Rotary Clock with engraved sentiments.  Randy will be leaving us as he heads south, along with Barbara, to new opportunities.  Randy has served the Club in a number of capacities, most recently as Membership Chair and Club Secretary.  We will miss you, Randy -- come back and see us!!
 
 
Tables are Turned on Bob!
 
On the lighter side, one of President Jon's last duties before turning over the gavel was to turn the tables on Bob Schaumann, Past President, 2017-2019.  Teamed with Jon at the recent Roadside Clean-up, Bob "trash talked" Jon during their friendly competition to see who could find the most discarded bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, a beverage known for its unique ability to make its way to the sides of roadways.  Jon presented Bob with a 20-pack container of 1-oz. Fireball bottles, which Bob is sure to enjoy when no one is looking.  "It tastes good chilled, I am told," Jon said.  A moment later, Bob presented Jon with a bottle of Jim Beam Black, noting it to be the superior libation!
 
 
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President's Message (June 23, 2020)

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
My final president’s message to the club.  Thank you all for your support throughout the past Rotary year.  This has been a great experience, and I appreciate the opportunity.  I look forward to our next year with President Brummer.  Good luck, Jed!
 
Gavel Night is Thursday, June 25th, 5:30pm, at the Cathedral of the Pines.  Ben Wheeler has the Ivocation.  It may not be typical to sing at this event, but I would like to hear “America the Beautiful” in person to close the Rotary year.  I miss the beautiful harmony.
 
Please bring your own refreshments and food.  We will tailgate in the parking lot.  If the weather does not cooperate, we will be inside the Hilltop House.
 
Jed’s first meeting will be July 9th.  We are off on July 2nd for Independence Day.  Details to follow on where we are meeting.
 
Again, thank you all very much for your support.  See you Thursday, and have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Thanks, Jon, for a great year as our President, 2019-2020!
           (Picture snuck in by the Bulletin Editor when Jon wasn't looking!)
 
 
 
 
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President's Message (June 16, 2020)

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

Fellow Rotarians,
 
Our next club meeting is Thursday at 7:15am on Zoom.  Gail Therriault will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  We will have a special guest appearance for America the Beautiful.  We will also have biography presentations from Kathleene Card and Roy Baldwin.
 
The Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday morning at 7:30am on Zoom.  One of the issues we will be discussing is Gavel Night.  Details from our Board meeting will be shared on Thursday morning.
 
Town Meeting for Jaffrey is officially in the books.  I counted nine Rotarians in attendance.  Thank you for attending this historic event.
 
See you Thursday, and have a great week!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
 
Do we remember... Driscoll with a mustache????  
 
Gavel Night 2013
 
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President's Message (June 2, 2020)

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

President's Message (May 26, 2020)

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

President's Message (May 19, 2020)

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

President's Message (May 12, 2020)

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

President's Message (May 5, 2020)

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

President's Message (April 28, 2020)

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

President's Message (April 21, 2020)

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

President's Message (April 14, 2020)

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

President's Message (April 7, 2020)

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

President's Message (March 31, 2020)

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

President's Message (March 24, 2020)

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

March 12th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University

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

President's Message (March 17, 2020)

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

IMPORTANT Announcement

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

President's Message (March 10, 2020)

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

March 5th Meeting at Franklin Pierce University

 
Sara Anderson Honored as "Interactor of the Month"
 
 
With Sara's grandmother (L) and mother looking on proudly, Rotarian Sheila Bergeron (R) presents the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary "Interactor of the Month" to Conant High School Interactor Sara Anderson.  In the middle picture, Club President Jon Frederick presents a check to Sara to financially support the Interact Club's activities in Nicaragua.  In the bottom picture, Sara happily displays her recognition certificate and her Toadstool Gift Card. 
 
 
Promoting Peace -- Roy Baldwin
 
Now that our series of snow cancellations is over (at least for now -- we still have to get through March and April!), the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club was finally able to host our very own Rotarian Roy Baldwin, Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries, who spoke eloquently on the topic of "promoting peace."  Highlighting Rotary International’s role in promoting peace among its members and around the world, he began by engaging his Rotarian audience in an exploration of what peace meant to them.  Beyond the absence of war, definitions included relationships devoid of conflict with respectful and healthy aspects.  Roy pointed to negative peace as absence of a feeling of safety or fear of violence.  He indicated that “While peace is not devoid of conflict, it is often achieved when the conflict is healthy.  Peace starts with each of us and our ability to create safe and healthy spaces.”
 
 
David Trieb, Prospective Rotarian
 
Rotarian Jim Banghart chats with David Trieb from Rindge, who attended his second breakfast meeting and to learn more about becoming a Rotarian.  We look forward to David's again joining us for breakfast!
 
 
Rotarians About the Room
 
Harold Davis and his roving camera caught Rotarians Andy Lawn (Top) and Russell Gaskamp (Bottom) enjoying the breakfast meeting "Happy Fines" comments that were made by many.  Good, too, to have both Harold and Peter Davis back with us again!
 
 
Anyone Remember THIS Picture?
 
Yep, that's Tom Bennett being inducted as a Rotarian several years ago.  With Tom is Jed Brummer, currently our President-Elect for Rotary year 2020-2021.
 
 
 
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President's Message (March 3, 2020)

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

President's Message (February 25, 2020)

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

President's Message (February 18, 2020)

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

President's Message (February 11, 2020)

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

First Responders Dinner, VFW, January 30th

Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club's First Responders Dinner a Success!
 
With Rotarians Andy Lawn and Sheila Bergeron leading the way, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club hosted what is planned to be an annual event to recognize and appreciate police, fire, and EMS personnel from the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge.  This year's event, hosted at the VFW, was attended by several dozen first responders and their families.
 
 
Monadnock Blend Entertains an Appreciative Audience
 
The Monadnock Blend demonstrated a wide repertoire of music at the First Responders Dinner.  That one gentleman not wearing a blue shirt is our own Bernie Hampsey (third from right), who was invited by the Monadnock Blend men's chorus to join them in one of the many songs that this talented group performed for an appreciative audience.  That's Rotarian Bill Raymond (fourth from left) who lends his bass voice to his male colleagues.  
 
 
First Responders Served by Franklin Pierce Football Team
 
First Responders from Rindge are served by football players from the Franklin Pierce team, who, as part of their community service efforts, were key to the dinner's success, doing everything from serving beverages to staffing the serving line.  The Conant High School Interact Club also played a huge part towards the success of the recognition dinner. 
 
 
Franklin Pierce Football Team Was A Great Help
 
The Franklin Pierce University Football Team, coached by Rotarian Russ Gaskamp, provided a lot of help to ensure the success of the First Responders Dinner.  With several players staffing the serving line, once everyone was fed, it was time for the team to sit down for a good meal.
 
 
A Good Time Was Had by All!
 
The caption says it all.  Marcie and Joe Manning, Bill Driscoll, and Bernie Hampsey enjoy a good laugh.  Meanwhile, Andy Lawn, whose idea it was in the first place for the Rotary to host the First Responders Dinner, and Sam LaFortune, discuss "next steps" for next year's planned event.
 
 
Candid Picture, Yes?
 
 
Mike and Kendra Shea, along with Ben Wheeler, were among nearly two dozen Rotarians and spouses who were present at the First Responders Dinner to thank our two towns' police, fire, and EMS personnel.
 
 
 
 
First Responders Dinner, VFW, January 30th 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message (February 4, 2020)
 

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

President's Message (January 28, 2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dinner for First Responders

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

Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are off for the next two weeks for the holidays.  Enjoy your time off and get some Thursday morning sleep.
 
Our next meeting together will be an Evening Assembly at Emma’s on Thursday, January 9th at 5:30 pm.  Jed Brummer will be the presiding officer as I will be in the midst of presentations to the Budget Committee.  Come and support Jed.
 
The next bulletin will be sent on January 7th.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
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December 18th Meeting

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

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

2020 Camp Best

 
Camp BEST Update (June 4, 2020)
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
After nine successful years of offering hundreds of our local middle school children the Camp BEST summer experience, it is ending. We are dissolving the Rotary Camp Best Program. To replace the program this critical year, fellow Rotarian and Executive Director of the Monadnock Christian Ministries (MCM), Roy Baldwin, has stepped up, offering to provide 50 middle school children a camp experience. This is a terrific, hard fought outcome.
 
I have always focused on the mission of helping our local kids, and this opportunity is extraordinary. Roy has had to go to great lengths to meet the State of New Hampshire safety guidelines, but for the sake of the kids, he is willing to do so. We are all grateful to him.
 
The Camp BEST Committee has approved a grant to MCM from the remaining Camp BEST funds to cover MCM's expenses and meals. This results in fifty children being able to attend this year - once again - at no cost to the families. The Middle School will provide staffing assistance, and the SAU will provide busing for the campers. The camp director will still be there assisting Roy Baldwin, too.
 
We wish Roy much success, and we hope the kids have lots of fun this summer.
 
It has been terrific being the chairperson for the first nine years. I am hopeful that this program will continue for many years into the future as I pass the baton to Roy and his capable management team.
 
Yours in service,
 
Tonya 
 
Tonya Albee, Camp BEST Chairperson
Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club
 
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President's Message (December 10, 2019)

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

Breakfast Meeting at Franklin Pierce, December 5, 2019

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

 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Welcome back to the Rotary year.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving
 
We resume with our regular morning meeting on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:15 am at Franklin Pierce University.  Peter Russell has the invocation.  Jim Banghart will present on navigating our Club and MyRotary.org websites.  This will be a good opportunity to become familiar with the material if you are not a frequent user.
 
The most recent District 7870 newsletter is in the following link: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050052/en-ca/files/sitepage/newsletters-2019-20/newsletter-november-2019/November-2019-District-Newsletter-.pdf   Our presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow to Rob Stephenson is in the letter.
 
Our Interact Club will be at our meeting Thursday to distribute the seed wreaths we pre-ordered.  The wreaths are $20, so remember to bring your money if you made an order.  If you did not pre-order and would like one, they will have a few extras.
 
District 7870 Governor Nancy Russell will be visiting us at our December 12th evening meeting at Emma’s.  Stephanie was able to get us the back room, so we will have a quieter venue.  Mark your calendar.
 
See you Thursday morning!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jon
Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best
 
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President's Message (November 19, 2019)

 

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

 
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President's Message (November 12, 2019)

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

 

Fellow Rotarians,

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

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

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

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

See you Thursday morning.

Sincerely,

Jon

Service Above Self
One Profits Most Who Serves Best

 

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

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

 

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

2019 Interact Induction Ceremony

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

October 24th Breakfast at Franklin Pierce University
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...the Winner!

... it's Randy Morse, as the Queen of Hearts once again evades this week's lucky Rotarian raffle winner!
 
 
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Gail and Kathleene prepare to ante up!

Gail Therreault and Kathleen Card, money in hand, listen intently to another Rotarian, as they prepare to share their own good news via "Happy Fines."  
 
 
Gail and Kathleene prepare to ante up! 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Hannah Lambert, May Student of the Month

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

President's Message (May 27, 2019)

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

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

President's Message (May 21, 2019)

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

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

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

2nd Grade Students in Jaffrey and Rindge Get Sneakers

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

Nathaniel Peirce, Keynote Speaker at Thursday

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

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

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

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

Bill Raymond Returns!

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

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

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

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

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