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Posted by Dale Gabel on Jun 27, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

The rain is just starting to ping off the porch roof as I begin to write.  The lawn is freshly mowed, and the smell of cut grass is on the breeze.  It's a beautiful evening in New Hampshire.

At last week's meeting, we had a full docket beginning with the presentation of a check to the winner of our Evans-Reilly Scholarship, Cole Wohle.  In the following photo, Cole is the tall, good-looking young man in the middle (in case you had trouble picking him out.)  His parents were both be present for the award and it was a pleasure recognizing Cole's achievements.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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Next, our intrepid exchange student Bel gave a short summary of her time in the U.S. (sponsored by our Rotary Club.)  Bel returns to Ecuador in July, but hopefully you'll all get one more opportunity to wish her well at the Gavel Night BBQ next Tuesday.  We've really enjoyed sponsoring her, and also wish her all the best in the future.

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And finally, our speaker was Lorraine Walker who gave us a great deal of information on the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I.  It turns out that the local connection to the sinking was the presence onboard the Lusitania of a brother and sister from nearby Peterborough.  Percy and Elizabeth Seccombe were on their way to England to enlist in Red Cross work (Elizabeth was a nurse.)  Both perished when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine - their bodies were recovered and returned to Peterborough where both were buried.  It was a fascinating talk, with visual aids as seen in the photo, and we do thank Lorraine very much for her presentation.

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There will be no regular Club meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Instead, we will be having a (Change of) Gavel Night BBQ at the Edward MacDowell Lake picnic pavilion that evening (June 30) from 5 to 8 pm.  All Club members are strongly encouraged to attend and to bring family and friends.  All are welcome.  I just ask that you sign up in the events section of Clubrunner so we have an idea how many are going to be there.  If you don't know how to sign up for an event in Clubrunner, just send me an email instead at dggabel@mail.com and I will be happy to sign you and all of your guests up.  This is the final event of the 2014-2015 Rotary Year, so please do come and help celebrate the end of one Rotary Year and the beginning or another.

I want to thank all Club members for stepping up and making the annual Foundation contribution drive a success.  The Club achieved 100% participation!  Congratulations to all Club members!  And congratulations to our Foundation Chair, John Goodhue, for persuading, cajoling, and following up aggressively.  There aren't many Clubs that can boast of full participation, but Monadnock is one that can.  Well done to all!  Our contributions will continue to support worthwhile projects both here and abroad.

The next meeting of the Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee will be on July 14 after the regular Club meeting.  Beginning with that meeting, the Committee will start meeting weekly.

Here is the Rotary video for the week:

This is my final newsletter as President of the Club.  It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President, and I would like to thank you all for helping to make my year enjoyable and fulfilling.  I'm going to be taking on an Assistant District Governor position beginning on 1 July, and my own Club will be one of the 6 Clubs I'll be responsible for.  But that won't have any impact on my participation in our Club's meetings and events, and I'll still be on our Club's Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.  So although I will no longer be President of the Club, I'll continue to be very actively involved.

Thank you for allowing me to be your President.  I look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday evening at the Gavel Night BBQ.

(A special thank you to my wife Shelley for proofreading the newsletters I drafted over the past year.  She caught many errors, omissions and bloopers and I'm grateful for her willingness to help.)

Dale
President 2014-2015
 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jun 20, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

I had an interesting couple of days in Finland last week.  A beautiful country, with very friendly people, but the 24 hours of daylight per day in the summer can be a bit unsettling.  However, the green growing things over there seem to like it just fine.

The speaker at last week's meeting was Helfried Zrzavy, Technology Director at ConVal High School.  Helfried gave a talk on Technology and Security - Jim Guy sent all Club members a copy of the presentation during the week.  If you didn't happen to receive it, please let me know and I'll forward another copy to you.  Many thanks to Mr. Zrzavy for taking time from his busy schedule to provide information on this most important topic.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Lorraine Walker, a local story teller who will speak to the Club about the local connection to the sinking of the Lusitania.  We look forward to her talk.  Tom Blodgett has the Hat and Chuck Simpson has the Invocation.

There will be a Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee meeting on Tuesday immediately after the regular meeting.

Our exchange student, Bel, will be joining us for the meeting on Tuesday to give us her thoughts on the time she has spent with us here in the United States.  We will also be presenting the award to the Evans-Reilly winner, Cole Wohle.  Cole was selected for his extensive volunteering with the Francestown Rookie Baseball team and Francestown Fire Dept. Explorers, his commitment to the ConVal Football team, and his overall service record at school and in the community.  Congratulations to Cole, and many thanks to the Evan-Reilly Award Committee for their hard work in selecting this year's award winner from a pool of outstanding candidates!

Gavel Night is on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from 5 - 8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Reservoir in Peterborough.  All are welcome.  Bring family members and guests.  Also, bring a salad/dessert and beverages.  Sign up in the Event Section of Clubrunner or send me an email and I'll sign you up.  Sign up now so we can get a count of how many are coming.

The ConVal Quest program is just around the corner.  The following is a note from the Peterborough Rotary Club:

"We would like you to invite Rotarians to join us at 2015 Camp Quest. Below notes the day's activities. Please follow this link to sign-up in the shared spreadsheet. If you are not comfortable inputting your time, please email me your preference, I can enter for you.
 

For orientation Sunday June 28th Noon-2pm

For Rotary Night with Campers Monday June 29th 7:00-8:45 pm (Join for dinner at 6pm)

For Chief Walker’s Fire Safety Seminar Tuesday June 30th 5:00-6:00 pm

For Richard Haynes talk on College Admission Tips Wednesday July 1st at 7:00-8:45pm (Join for dinner at 6pm)

For Collaboration program (James Kelly) Thursday July 2nd 5;00-6:00pm
 
We appreciate your support and participation!"

If you need more information or help signing up, contact Cole Royal, President of the Peterborough Rotary Club, at www.peterbororotary.org.
 
And now, the Rotary video for the week:
 
 
Tuesday looks to be a jam-packed, fun meeting.  I'll see you all there.
 
Dale
2014-2015 President
Posted by Dale Gabel on Jun 13, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Another beautiful weekend in New Hampshire.  It doesn't get much better.

At last week's meeting we had two of our local elected officials speak to us about the state budget, legislation moving through Concord, and the functioning of the Legislature in general.  Frank Sterling and Dick Ames were very enlightening and we're grateful they could take time from their busy schedules to visit with our Club.  Our best wishes to them both as they work to help govern New Hampshire.

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Helfried ZrZavy, Technology Director at ConVal High School.  Mr. Zrzavy will be speaking on the subject of Technology and Security.  This talk will undoubtedly have many things of interest for all of us as we navigate our increasingly connected and on-line world.  There are many dangers out there (just ask OPM) and Mr. Zrzavy is probably aware of all of them and may have tips we can use to protect ourselves and our privacy.  Please make every effort to attend to hear this important speaker.  Sue Copley has the Hat and Kevin McElhinney the Invocation.

At the next meeting the Club will vote on the disposition of Happy Dollars that have accumulated over the year.  The amount is nearly $700 and in the past, this money has been donated to the Rotary Foundation.  The Club vote will be to see if that is what we should do with the money this year, or if it should remain in the Club's general revenues for local purposes.

Gavel Night will be held on June 30, 2015, from 5-8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Lake picnic pavilion.  Club members are asked to bring a salad/dessert and their own drinks.  The Club will provide items to BBQ.  Bring friends and family, and especially bring potential Club members.  This will be the event at which the gavel will pass to Rob Harris, President-elect for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year.  You don't want to miss this fun event.  Sign up at the event link in Clubrunner, or send me an email and I'll sign you up (let me know who is coming with you.)

The Rotary video for the week:

Have a great Rotary week. 

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jun 07, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

It has been a beautiful weekend, and the best thing about it was I finished all the mowing before the weekend arrived.  So, other than an errant rabbit in the vegetable garden that needed to be dealt with, it was very relaxing and a lot of fun.

The Club's energetic Foundation Chair, John Goodhue, has been working day and night to get commitments from Club members to contribute to the Rotary Foundation.  He now has commitments from all but 3 Club members and continues to aggressively solicit those Club members to give.  If you haven't contributed to the Foundation yet this year, please consider doing so within the next week or so.  All contributions must be in to Rotary International by 30 June to count for Club recognition.  Many thanks to John for all his hard work in getting so many of the Club to contribute, and thank you to all of our caring Club members for furthering the good works of Rotary around the world!  We can easily achieve Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) recognition for 2014-2015; we just need those other 3 members to contribute a small amount to the Foundation.

Our speaker at last week's meeting was Howard Mansfield, a local author who was rescheduled from a canceled December meeting.  Howard discussed concepts from his latest book and made us all think a little differently about our dwellings.  Many thanks to Howard for gracing our Club's meeting with his presence, and our best wishes to him for continued success in his chosen fields of endeavor.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speakers will be Dick Ames and Frank Sterling, two New Hampshire state legislators.  They will be talking to us about legislative happenings in Concord from both Republican and Democrat perspectives.  It's certain to be a lively and illuminating discussion, so make every effort to attend.  You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear from two of our elected representatives to the state government.

There will be a meeting of the Club's Board on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

Gavel night is June 30, 2015, from 5 to 8 pm at the Edward MacDowell Dam/Lake/Reservoir.  All those attending are asked to register on Clubrunner so we know how many to plan for.  If you don't know how to register on Clubrunner, let me know who all will be coming and I'll register you.  Bring family, friends, a salad/desert, and your favorite beverage.  The Club will provide the barbeque fixings.  Don't miss this long-awaited end-of-the-Rotary-Year get together.  It will feature good food, good company, and a very short program.  Come one, come all!

The minutes for the last Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee meeting on June 2 are now posted on the MWF page in Clubrunner.

And finally, the Rotary video of the week:

See you all at the Church on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on May 31, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

My apologies for putting out this newsletter a day late, but I just returned from the District Conference in Portland, Maine and, between the dining and camaraderie, had little time for editorial efforts.  Rick MacMillan did a wonderful job on Friday briefing our Wellness Festival to the assembled Rotarians, and our Club even won a District-wide award for best Club website!  I'll bring the award to our next meeting for everyone's edification.  It was a great couple of days with a large crowd of dedicated Rotarians.  If you have never attended a District Conference, I'd recommend you give it serious consideration one of these years.

Our international exchange student, Bel, gave a great presentation to the Conference on her time here in the U.S. with her host families. Before she returns to Ecuador, we'll schedule Bel into an upcoming meeting to share with our Club her observations and thoughts on how the past year has gone.

At our last meeting on the 19th, Chris Flynn spoke about SCORE.  Although I was out of town for that meeting, reports from Club members indicate it was a well-received presentation.

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Many thanks to Chris for sharing his insights with the Club.

The Club's next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Howard Mansfield, a local author who was originally scheduled to speak with us in December.  Howard will be talking to us about his recent book "Dwelling in Possibility".  We very much look forward to finally being able to welcome Howard to the Club.  Let's have a good turn out to show our appreciation for his willingness to reschedule.  Tom Warren has the Hat and Adam Hamilton has the Invocation.

Time is running out to get your Foundation contribution in for this Rotary year.  We are nearly at 100% participation with just a few more members to contribute.  Please remember the good work the Foundation does around the world and contribute at whatever level you can to ensure those good works can continue.

There will be a meeting of the Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee on Tuesday immediately after the regular Club meeting.

Gavel Night will be on June 30 at the MacDowell Reservoir in Peterborough.  Please block it off on your calendars now.  It will be in the early evening (I'll pass the exact times as soon as I have them).  The Club will provide the BBQ; each attending member is asked to bring salad/dessert, and beverage of choice.  Bring friends and family as well - it is meant to be a fun evening celebrating another successful Rotary year.

On June 5, Andy Peterson will be hosting an evening social at his house to celebrate last year's ConVal Quest program and to begin getting ready for this year's program.  All members of the Club are invited to attend.  It is at 63 Pine St. in Peterborough and will be held from 7-9 pm.

And here is the weekly Rotary video:

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.  We've had good turnout recently.  Well done to all for raising the attendance percentage.  Keep up the great work!

Dale
2014-2015 President
 

Posted by Dale Gabel on May 23, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Just a very short bulletin this week to remind everyone that there will be no Club meeting on May 26, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

To make sure Rotary is on your minds this week even in the absence of a Club meeting, the weekly Rotary video is about the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

And speaking of conventions, Rick MacMillan, our international student Bel, and I will be attending the District 7870 Conference the weekend of 29-31 May in Portland, Maine.  Rick will be giving a presentation on our Monadnock Wellness Festival and I'll be there to cheer him on.

Have a great Memorial Day - watch a parade and enjoy a barbecue!  And we'll see you all next month.

Dale
2014-2015 President

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on May 16, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Last week we had an outstanding speaker for our regular meeting on Tuesday.  Forrest Cook, a retired banker and author, talked about his book, and in particular, the Financial Crisis of 2008 - its genesis and the likelihood of it recurring given the recent reinstatement of some of the practices that played a big role in the Crisis.

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It was an entertaining and enlightening presentation and we thank Forrest and his wife June for joining us for the meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Chris Flynn, a retired banker speaking about SCORE.  From the website www.score.org, "SCORE is volunteer business people helping small business people solve business problems."  We look forward to welcoming Chris to our Club and hearing his remarks on this important organization.  Tom Ward has the Hat and Rick MacMillan the Invocation.

Our Foundation Chair, John Goodhue, reports that we currently have only eight more Foundation contributions to go to achieve Every Rotarian/Every Year and Sustaining Member recognition.  The time is short to receive those contributions though - all need to be at the Rotary Foundation by June 30 which is only six weeks away.  I strongly encourage everyone to support the Rotary Foundation and to do so before the end of this Rotary year.  And good job, John!  Keep up the great work.

A hold the date reminder that Gavel Night will take place on June 30 at Edward MacDowell Dam/Lake/Reservoir just to the west of Peterborough.  We will meet in the large pavilion and the Club will provide grilled meats.  Members are encouraged to bring salads, desserts and drinks.  It should be another wonderful evening of Rotary fellowship - please plan on being there.

I would like to formally welcome Cathy Sorenson back to our Club.  We won't be doing another induction ceremony since she hasn't been away all that long.  But when you get the opportunity, please make sure you let her know how happy we are to have her back.

And now, the Rotary video of the week:

I will not be able to make the next meeting but Rob Harris is hoping to see you all on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on May 09, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Happy Mother's Day!  A hearty salute to all mothers, everywhere.  Where would we be without them?

At last week's meeting, we were certainly fortunate to have Peter and Edie Tuttle join us.  Peter spoke about the genesis of his most recent book, "The Porch of Common Prayer," and read a selection from it.  He also gave us a peek into a writer's work day and how a book transitions from thought to print.  Many thanks to Peter for his entertaining and enlightening presentation.  A photo of Peter reading from his book follows:

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Forrest Cook, an author and retired banker, who will talk about his recent book "Money, Murder and Madness: A Banking Life."  From the Amazon.com web site: "Money, Murder, and Madness: A Banking Life is not just another book about the financial crisis. Forrest Cook avoids impenetrable financial jargon and takes the reader on a refreshingly different look on why the crisis happened and who were the government officials responsible.  He explains why the conventional reporting is misleading or wrong. Cook makes a convincing case that the Clinton and Bush administrations and members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, pursued an extreme affordable housing agenda that led to the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."  It should be an interesting presentation, so don't miss the meeting.  Paul Tuller has the Hat and Tom Blodgett has the Invocation.

There will be a Monadnock Wellness Committee meeting immediately after the regular Club meeting on Tuesday.

The Club's Board will meet on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

And finally, the Rotary video of the week:

I hope you're enjoying the wonderful spring weather - I know I am.  See you all on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on May 02, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

We had a beautiful spring day for our annual Route 101 clean-up this morning.  14 members of the Club (Jerry Branch, Jim Guy, Paul Tuller, Cassie Cleverly, Dale Gabel, James McEwan, Bill Gurney, Rob Harris, John Goodhue, Jim Fearnside, Adam Hamilton, Vance Finch, Chuck Simpson and Rick MacMillan), and one helper (Charlotte), collected 37 bags worth of roadside trash in approximately 2 hours.  Here are a couple of pictures of the event:

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A good time was had by all.  Many thanks to those who turned out.  Travelers along 101 now have a cleaner view of the road than was previously the case.

At last week's meeting, Sean Ryan of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce gave a good talk on some of the challenges facing the region.  Many thanks to Sean for speaking to us and our best wishes as he restructures the Chamber to better serve the community.  A picture of Sean follows:

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We also inducted Bob Vecchiotti as a member of the Monadnock Rotary Club.  Welcome aboard Bob!

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be local poet and author, Peter Tuttle. Peter will be talking about his new book, "The Porch of Common Prayer - A Meditation Upon Happiness".  Don't miss this meeting and the opportunity to hear Peter's views.  Jim Guy has the Hat and Bill Gurney the Invocation.

Adam Hamilton passes along the following invitation:  "I’d like to invite our Rotary Club to the next Business support meeting, details are below. I think this panel may interest the group. The more our club is informed on what is going on in the region the better.

May 8, 7:30 am, Monadnock Community Hospital, Parmalee Room 5.

As the Region looks to bring new business to the area, potential businesses are checking for competitive energy costs, and infrastructure to accommodate a solid economy.  An energy panel featuring Usource energy advisors, ENH (Provider Power) and Eversource will be featured on May 8, 2015. Titled “New Hampshire’s Energy Crisis: Cause and Effect and Strategies”, the panel will feature Maureen Callahan, energy advisor for Usource, LLC.  Usource is an energy services company that provides customized energy management and procurement services to commercial, industrial, and institutional customers.  Lucie Remillard, business development manager for ENH, will discuss the circumstances causing New Hampshire’s dramatically rising energy costs and, most importantly, strategies to address this critical challenge. In addition, Eversource will share the latest ideas for reducing energy consumption through the NHSaves program.  For more information, contact Sean Ryan at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce."

John Goodhue notes that we currently have 12 contributors to the Rotary Foundation with only 2 more months to contribute for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  Please see John for assistance in getting your contribution in before the year ends on June 30.  If our Club is to attain Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) and Sustaining Member recognition, we need each Club member giving at least $100 to the Foundation before June 30.  Please make your contribution soon.

Finally, our video for the week.

Enjoy the spring!  See you all on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Apr 25, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Just a short newsletter this evening.  Spring finally seems to be here for good (except for the odd snow flurry and freezing night) so there will be no more weather updates from this point forward.

Last week we had an interesting presentation by Leonard Matczynski, Director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.  The Center's Playing for Peace program sounds like a unique way to bring folks together who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get to know each other.  There is a summer concert series which you might be interested in attending.  Details are on the Center's website at (http://applehill.org/).  Many thanks to Mr. Matczynski for joining us and giving such a thoughtful presentation.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Center, next door to the Church.  The speaker will be Sean Ryan, Executive Director of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.  Please plan on attending so you can find out what the Peterborough Chamber is up to these days.  John Goodhue has the Hat and Jerry Branch the Invocation.

There will be a Monadnock Wellness Committee meeting immediately after the Club meeting on Tuesday.

This next Saturday, May 2, is our Roadside Clean-Up Day.  We will meet at Carr's Store at the intersection of Route 101 and Route 137 at 8:00 am and clean up both sides of 101 from that intersection east to Union St.  The rain date for the clean-up is the following Saturday, May 9.  We need a big turn out of Club members to ensure the clean-up goes quickly, so put it on your calendars and plan on showing up.  Fun is usually had by all and we do a great turn for the community in prettying up Route 101 for springtime in Dublin.

And now for the weekly Rotary video:

Hope to see you all on Tuesday at the Community Center.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Apr 18, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

It is so nice to see growing things out in the yard!  It's not as nice to see all of the clean-up that needs to be done after the winter, but I would rather have the clean-up than more winter.

We had a very enjoyable meeting last week with Joyce Carrol of the Cornucopia Project as our guest speaker.  The Project is doing a lot of good work for the community and Joyce is a compelling speaker.  The Cornucopia Project will also be an element of our Wellness Festival this year for the first time and we're very much looking forward to working with them.  Best wishes to Joyce and the other members of the Cornucopia Project and many thanks to her for spending some time with us.  In the picture below, Joyce is in the middle:

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Leonard Matczynski, Director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. From the Center's web site:  "Founded in 1971 and situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire, Apple Hill is a unique center of chamber music performance and education. Led by Director Leonard Matczynski and the Apple Hill String Quartet, the only resident string quartet in the state of New Hampshire, Apple Hill is one of the few centers in the country that has a home campus, resident musicians, educational programs for aspiring musicians, and Playing for Peace, an outreach program that focuses on social change through chamber music."  This should be an outstanding presentation, so please make every effort to attend.  Mary Loftis has the Invocation and Vance Finch has the Hat.

A reminder that the roadside clean-up on route 101 will be May 2.  It looks like all of the snow will definitely be melted by then, so plan on coming out to help out.

Our Rotary video for the week:

We had a great turnout last week - thank you all for being there.  See you on Tuesday.

Dale
2014 - 2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Apr 11, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Well, I surely hope that the inch or two of snow we had this past week was winter's very last showing before spring temperatures and weather settle in for good.  And I thought Phil only predicted 6 more weeks of winter - he was a bit on the optimistic side of it.

Our meeting last week was an assembly meeting at which we conducted Club business.  Chuck Simpson provided information on the spring roadside clean-up scheduled for May 2; Jerry Branch gave a membership update and announced the Membership Challenge for this year - whoever brings in the most members between now and 1 Dec will receive two tickets to the Colonial Theater, an Ava Maria chocolate basket and a gift certificate for a fine dining establishment in Keene, all to be awarded at the Christmas Party in December; I showed a Foundation video and gave a report on Foundation giving to date; Tom Warren gave a Treasurer's report; a slideshow highlighting aspects of the upcoming District Conference was presented; and I read a letter from the ConVal Dollars for Scholars Program thanking the Club for our contribution to their program this year.  We got quite a bit accomplished and it is always gratifying to see such enthusiasm from Club members in dealing with the business of the Club.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 7:30 a.m. in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Joyce Carrol of the Cornucopia Project.  The Cornucopia Project will be manning the kitchen at the Peterborough Community Center during our Wellness Festival in the Fall and it should be interesting hearing what else they are involved in throughout the area.  Be sure to come to the meeting and invite a guest who might be interested in becoming a member.  The Membership Challenge prize is out there waiting for whoever can do that most effectively.  Cassie Cleverly has the Hat and Amy Willey has the Invocation.

There will be a meeting of the Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee after the regular meeting on Tuesday.  Subcommittee chairs are encouraged to attend.

The Club had a good showing at the District Assembly earlier today (Saturday.)  Rob Harris, Jerry Branch, Chuck Simpson, Bob Vecchiotti and I attended the various sessions on membership, grants, Interact management, President Elect training and Assistant Governor training.  A lot of good information was presented and it was enjoyable talking with Rotarians from other Clubs and the District.  It is definitely something all members should attend.

Finally, the Rotary video for the week:

Our attendance at meetings has been slipping to around 40-50% most weeks.  I know folks are busy and many are out of town for periods of time, but we should be able to have a better attendance percentage than that.  Do try and make the meetings if at all possible.

See you on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Apr 04, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Happy Easter to all!  I hope you find all the eggs the Easter Bunny has no doubt hidden around your house and garden.

At last week's meeting, MaryBeth Hallinan of the Two Rivers Hospice/Palliative Choir gave a very interesting presentation on the Choir and the effects it seeks to achieve.  After explaining how the organization is set up and what it does, she had the whole Club join in singing to a volunteer "patient".

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It was a full audience participation event and provided a unique perspective on the Choir and how it affects those who are visited by it.  MaryBeth was energized and energizing and we thank her sincerely for spending some time with us.  And best wishes to her and the Choir - their efforts bring comfort to many.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  This will be an Assembly meeting so there will be no outside speaker.  Rob Harris has the Invocation, there will not be a Hat.

There will be a Board meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

The District Assembly is on April 11 at Keene High School.  Sign up on the District 7870 website if you will be attending.  Club officers for this year and next should plan on attending.

Our spring roadside clean-up of Route 101 will be on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Chuck Simpson will provide additional details at the Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

At present, 10 of 25 members of the Club have contributed to the Rotary Foundation at or above the Sustaining Member level ($100).  To achieve Every Rotarian, Every Year recognition as we have in the past, that 40% participation level needs to increase to 100% by June 30.  See John Goodhue with your contribution or contribute online at Rotary.org.  As you can see in the following video, your contributions do a lot of good throughout the world.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.  I hope to see you all at the Assembly on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Jerry Branch on Mar 29, 2015

I am happy to announce that Bob Vecchiotti has been proposed for membership in Monadnock Rotary Club. Many of you know Bob and I have included a brief bio below for those who have not had the pleasure of meeting him.

Bob Vecchiotti

 

 

 

Bob Vecchiotti is a business psychologist who is a trusted advisor and coach in companies large and small. Corporate executives and business owners like his insights and practical recommendations. He writes a monthly business column for the Keene Sentinel.

 

He was a member of the Clayton Rotary Club, Clayton, Missouri and past president of the West St. Louis County Rotary Club, St. Louis, Missouri.

Born in New York City he settled in the Monadnock Region via St. Louis eight years ago. He relaxes by cooking his favorite recipes and reading biographies.

For a more complete look at Bob's accomplishments and publications, you can click on the link:

www.linkedin.com/pub/bob-vecchiotti/6/7a6/a74/
 


 

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Mar 28, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Greetings in this last week of March.  Winter continues making its presence felt, although not nearly at the intensity of earlier in the year.  At this point it seems to be doing nothing more than adding marginal input to mud season.  I'm sure it will be over with at some point.

At the regular meeting last week, Bill Gurney spoke about the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, of which he is currently the Executive Director.  He was joined by Dan Henderson, Corporate Relations Officer at Keene State College.  They gave a very entertaining and informative talk about efforts to better connect the area's workforce with advanced manufacturing opportunities.  It would appear that the opportunities are legion but perhaps not well known and certainly not fully taken advantage of.  It was great having both gentlemen speak to us and we appreciate their doing so.  Following are a couple of photos of their presentation to the Club.

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be MaryBeth Hallinan, Founding Director of Two Rivers Hospice/Palliative Choir.  Igor Bella has the Hat and Dave DeWitt the Invocation.  Come and share in the fellowship:

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One of the newest members of our Club, Adam Hamilton, was recently recognized as the 2015 young business leader of the year at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce annual dinner celebration.  Congratulations Adam!

The District Training Assembly is on April 11, 2015, at the Keene High School and the District Conference is May 29-31 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in Portland, Maine.  Sign up for both at the District 7870 web site.

There will be a Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee meeting right after the regular meeting on Tuesday.  All subcommittee chairs are encouraged to attend or, if you can't attend, please have someone from the subcommittee there to provide a planning update.  Subcommittee member information is available on Clubrunner.

And finally, this week's Rotary video:

Please do your best to attend all scheduled meetings - it's a very important part of being a Rotarian.  Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

 

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Mar 21, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Our speaker last week was Ben Robinson, artistic Director of the Raylynmor Opera, who talked about the opera in general and the upcoming performance of The Magic Flute at the Colonial Theater in Keene.  He spoke about opera as a unique art form, and about opera as a business.  We wish him and the Raylynmor Opera great success in their May production.

Last Tuesday we also had a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee.  Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the Club's website in the Wellness Festival page.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be our own Bill Gurney who will be talking about the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.  Let's have a good turnout to show our appreciation for a fellow Rotarian.  Mary Loftis has the Hat, Jim Guy has the invocation.

We currently have 9 Club members who have made their Rotary Foundation contributions for this year.  That translates to 38% which is good, but it's not yet 100%.  We need to reach 100% by 30 June so please get your contributions to John Goodhue soon so he can get them entered for you, or make your donation online and you will be automatically credited.

The District Training Assembly is on April 11 at the Keene High School.  Register at rotary7870.org if you would like to attend.  Club officers, and prospective officers, should attend if at all possible.

A Rotary video for the week:

That's it for this edition of the Monadnock Rotary Club bulletin.  Please make time to attend Club meetings.  Attendance has been somewhat low the past few weeks.  Being active in the Club is important to the Rotary experience.

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Mar 14, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

We had a very pleasant visit with May Clark last Tuesday during our regular Club meeting.  May is the Principal of the Dublin Consolidated School and provided us with a good picture of what it is like to run a school these days.  She also gave her perspective on a couple of school-related warrant articles that were on the ballot during the elections that day.  May is retiring later this year and we wish her all the best in the future.  We also sincerely thank her for taking the time from her busy schedule to speak with us.

Our next Club meeting is on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Ben Robinson, artistic director of the Raylynmor Opera.  He will be talking to us about "The Magic Flute" which will be performed at the Colonial Theater in Keene on May 9 of this year.  You opera buffs will not want to miss this meeting and the opportunity to hear from Ben.  Sue Copley has the Invocation, Rick MacMillan the Hat.

There will be a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee after the Club meeting on Tuesday.

The Route 101 clean-up for this spring has been scheduled for 2 May with 9 May as the rain date.  We'll get more information out as the day approaches.

A reminder that the District Training Assembly is on April 11 in Keene.  Sign up on the District 7870 web site.  I strongly encourage everyone to go if you can fit it into your schedule.

The Club's President-Elect, Rob Harris, completed his President-Elect training this past week and is gearing up for his year as Club President!  If you're interested in the training a prospective Club President receives prior to taking on the role, it's fresh in Rob's mind and available for the asking.

Rotary Night at the Ballpark will be on July 18 this year.  The Fisher Cats will host Rotarians for a ball game and contribute $4 of each $12 ticket to the PolioPlus campaign.  The Cats will be playing the Portland SeaDogs that evening.  More details will follow on ticket purchases.  Put the date on your long-term planning calendar.

And now for the weekly Rotary video:

Please try to attend the meeting on Tuesday.  See you all there.

Dale
President 2014-2015


 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Mar 07, 2015

Fellow Rotarians and friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Don't forget to spring ahead tonight.  It's the surest sign yet that spring is nearly here.  The chipmunks are beginning to stir around the house as well, but so far they seem to be somewhat puzzled about getting down through all the snow to ground level.  So the ones I see outside the door are running back and forth on top of the snow banks and trying hard to find a way under the deck.  It was all so easy last summer, they seem to be saying, but for some reason the usual paths aren't there this year.  The cats certainly enjoy watching their discomfiture.

At last week's meeting, Jerry Branch and other members of the Club spoke about their Rotary experiences and the value they receive from being members of Rotary.  It was a nice change of pace and very interesting listening to the views of others on their Rotary experiences.  Many thanks to Jerry, and the other members of the Club, for sharing their perspectives.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be May Clark, teaching principal of the Dublin Elementary School, who will be speaking to us on the role of the school in our community.  Mary Loftis has the Hat and Wendy White the Invocation.  Please plan on being there to give May a warm welcome to our Club.

There will be a meeting of the Club's Board on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

The District 7870 Training Assembly is on April 11, 2015, at the Keene High School.  Register for the event at the District 7870 web site (http://www.rotary7870.org).

According to John Goodhue, we now have 8 members (or 32%) of our Club who have contributed to the Foundation.  We need to have the other 68% contribute before June 30 to achieve EREY and Sustaining Member recognition.  Please contact John with your contribution or with questions on how to contribute.

The Rotary video of the week (these folks are doing fantastic work under some appalling conditions):

Hope to see you all on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Feb 28, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

It has been good to see the sun over the past week to dispel some of the gloominess occasioned by a month or more of cloudy skies and snow.  The process of melting all of the the snow we've had this year has finally begun, but there is a long way to go.  I'm sure it will all be gone before next winter arrives...

At our meeting last week Lisa Foote gave a very interesting presentation on the early days of the town of Dublin. I for one was unaware that Dublin originally included the area currently occupied by Harrisville.  It was a fascinating talk, and Lisa provided copies of maps laying out the original lots in the town.  Our thanks to her for taking the time to give our Club a window into the past.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  We will not have an outside speaker this week.  Jerry Branch, our Club's Membership Chair, will speak to us on the topic of membership and new member orientation.  This will be a great meeting for all new members to attend, and also a wonderful opportunity to invite any potential prospective members to learn more about Rotary and the benefits of Rotary membership.  Rob Harris has the Hat and Sturdy Thomas has the Invocation.  Please make every effort to attend - we haven't seen some of you in quite a while.

John Goodhue, the Club's Foundation Chair, reports that we currently have 8 of 24 members who have given to the Rotary Foundation, for a 33% participation rate.  We're gradually inching our way to 100% participation, but there are only 4 months left in which contributions need to be made to count toward the Club's Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) and Sustaining Member recognition.  So see John soon to make your  Foundation contribution.

There will be a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee after the regular Club meeting on Tuesday.

For the Rotary video this week, a short oral history on how Rotary became involved in polio eradication:

See you all at the meeting on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Feb 21, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Spring is nearly here!  I know that's hard to believe, but it's true.  It won't be long before we're all out there with our blue bags, picking up litter along 101 between Dublin and Peterborough.  Something to look forward to for sure.  In the meantime, the snow continues falling and piling up.  The way things are going, we may not be able to see the litter for unmelted snow.  Time will no doubt tell.

At last week's meeting (thankfully not snowed out for a change) Paul Tuller gave a superb video presentation on the work of potter Susan Bliss.  It was extraordinarily interesting listening to Susan talk about what provides the inspiration for her art and how she executes the pieces.  Paul also showcased one of his many talents in successfully capturing a video history of Susan and editing it into a captivating performance.  It was a great presentation and we thank Paul (and indirectly Susan Bliss) for bringing it to our Club.  We also presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to Rick MacMillan (for his leadership over the past two years of the Wellness Festival), Jerry Branch (for his commitment to membership as our Membership Chair) and John Goodhue (his fifth award, for his long service to Rotary and to our Club as the Foundation Chair.)  And we welcomed James McEwan as our Club's newest member.  It was a very busy, and satisfying, meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Lisa Foote, Dublin's Archivist, who will speak on the topic of the early history of the town of Dublin.  I for one am looking forward to learning more about the early days of this wonderful little town that I call home.  Please make every effort to attend and give Lisa a warm Rotary welcome.  Vance Finch has the Hat, and I have the Invocation.

The second meeting of the 2015 MWF Committee was held last week.  Minutes of all the meetings can be found at the following link: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=2945&pid=101261 .  I encourage everyone in the Club to read the minutes and stay current on the planning efforts.  Your thoughts about how to make the Festival ever more successful are very welcome.  For those interested in reviewing the photos taken at the last Wellness Festival (and the RYLA event in November), all have been posted on the Club's website in photo albums.

If anyone has information regarding the sign-on name and password for the Club's Facebook account, could you please let me know what it is.

The final in our reverse series on Rotary efforts in Detroit:

LaunchDETROIT Episode 1 from Rotary International on Vimeo.

It's a great video and a great series that highlights the good the Rotarians can do in a community.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 24th.  Think spring!

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Feb 14, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

It's been a wintery few weeks.  At this writing the snow is falling once again.  Snow piles are making it difficult to see oncoming traffic at driveways and parking lot entrances, and Boston is contemplating dumping excess snow in the harbor because piling it up has become increasingly difficult.  Our meeting last week was canceled once again due to weather, but I am hopeful this week will be different.  If the forecast plays out, there should be enough time on Monday for everyone to dig out and allow the meeting on Tuesday to take place.  Ever hopeful.

That next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Past President Paul Tuller, recently recovered from knee surgery and reasonably ambulatory.  Paul will be showing a video presentation featuring the work of potter Susan Bliss.  Paul does a great job of presenting interesting topics so don't miss this one.  And I know you'll all want to be there after three weeks of canceled meetings to enjoy the friendly camaraderie of our Club.  Jerry Branch will have the Hat and Tom Ward the Invocation.

There will be a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival committee immediately after the Club Meeting on Tuesday.

We seem stuck at 4 out of 24 Foundation contributors from the Club during this Rotary year.  That is only 17% and our goal, as it is every year, is 100%.  We have a ways to go.  Please consider making a Foundation contribution soon.  You can either make the contribution on line, or give a check to John Goodhue who will make sure it is sent to the right place.  Foundation contributions do a lot of good locally and internationally, so please consider supporting the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary video of the week, working backwards from last week's:

See you all on Tuesday.  Stay warm and take it easy when moving the snow.

Dale
2014-2015 President

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Feb 07, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Winter has certainly been having a negative impact on our meeting frequency.  Last week's meeting had to be canceled after the big Monday snowfall, just as the meeting the week before had been snowed out.  Hopefully there will not be a repeat this week, even though the forecast does call for some snow on Sunday and Monday.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speakers will be Robin Kenney and Deborah Watrous of the NH Humanities Council.  According to their web site, "...the NH Humanities Council has been connecting people to culture, history, places, ideas and one another" for nearly four decades.  If you're interested in doing a bit of pre-meeting preparation, the NH Humanities Council web site can be found here  http://www.nhhc.org/index.php.  Dave DeWitt has the Hat and John Goodhue has the invocation.

There will be a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee immediately after the Club meeting on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Club's Board at 7:30 am at the Dublin General Store.

District 7870 has two big events coming up in the not too distant future.  First is the District Training Assembly on April 11 in Keene.  After that is the District Conference on May 29-31 in Portland, Maine.  All Club members are encouraged to attend either or both events.  More info, and registration details, can be found on the District web site  http://www.rotary7870.org/.

The Raymond Area Rotary Club is sponsoring a leadership seminar on Feb 27.  A full day of leadership speakers is planned.  The keynote will be given by Dan Linskey who was the ground commander at the Boston Marathon bombings and headed up the ensuing manhunt.  Chief Linskey's presentation is called Responding to Terror: Life Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing.  If you're interested in attending the leadership seminar, register with the Raymond Area Rotary Club at http://raymondarearotary.org.

And finally, the Rotary video of the week:

I hope we don't get snowed out on Tuesday and further hope that I see you all then.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jan 31, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

I trust that you have all been able to dig out from the snowstorm last week.  Although we didn't get as much snow as predicted, it was a significant storm and caused us to cancel the meeting last week.  We will look for an opportunity to reschedule May Clark to speak to us at another meeting in the not too distant future.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be MaryBeth Hallinan, Founding Director of Two Rivers Hospice/Palliative Choir.  Jim Guy has the Hat and Bill Gurney the Invocation.  Come one, come all to share in the fellowship.

Tonight is the final night for completing the Rotary Club survey that I have mentioned numerous times in past emails and newsletters.  If you have not done so yet, please go to this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEPETS_Survey) and fill out the survey.  It will take you very little time to provide some invaluable information.

The next meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee will be on Feb 10 after the regular Club meeting.

The Rotary video of the week:

 
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Dale
2014-2015 President
 

 

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