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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
 

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jan 24, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Snow has been gently falling all day and gradually covering the glare ice on the driveway.  It should be interesting navigating out to the garage tomorrow once I finally summon the fortitude to venture forth for more fuel for the woodstove.  I'm wishing I had previously purchased a pair of traction cleats for my boots.  Before the snow came you were at least aware how treacherous the footing was - with it now covered up the treachery is hidden.  But still there.  So be very careful when out and about.

I stopped in to see Paul Tuller at the hospital on Wednesday.  He was recuperating well from surgery and is hopefully back home by now.  Let's all wish him a speedy recovery.

At last week's meeting, Tonya Albee from the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club provided an update on their highly successful QUEST Program.  They have expanded the program to serve 85 youngsters during the summer months and continue to receive wide-spread attention and many expressions of appreciation from their community.  The program is meeting the educational and emotional needs of many kids who would otherwise be unsupported when out of school for the summer.  Tonya did a great job presenting the material and answering questions and we sincerely thank her for coming to speak with us.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be May Clarke, teaching principal at the Dublin Consolidated School.  May will be speaking to us on the role of the small local schools within the ConVal school system.  It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the school system and our local elementary school's place in it.  So make sure you attend the meeting and bring any questions you might have.  Sturdy Thomas has the Hat and Cassie Cleverly the Invocation.

There will be a meeting of the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee after the regular meeting on Tuesday.  It will start around 8:45 am and should be finished by 9:30 am.

I sent an e-mail to everyone a couple of weeks ago about a Club survey.  If you haven't had an opportunity to fill out the survey, please go to this link and do so:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEPETS_Survey.  Your thoughts about the Club are important.  The survey will be used by the President-elect to help prioritize efforts during his term and to ensure Rotary remains relevant and valuable to each of our Club's members.  The last day to complete the survey is January 31 so please don't wait too much longer to go on line and complete it.  The few minutes you spend will mean a great deal to our Club.

For our Rotary video of the week, a look ahead to the theme of the next RI President:

Have a wonderful week!  I'll see you on Tuesday.

Dale
2014-2015 President

Posted by Jerry Branch on Jan 20, 2015

James McEwan is posted for membership

I am happy to announce that James McEwan, a local Electrical Contractor, has applied for membership in our club. He lives just north of the Dublin/Harrisville town line and is a neighbor of members Chuck Simpson and Jerry Branch.

James served in the US Navy just out of  High School. After his service, he moved to Peterborough and received his BA degree from Franklin Pierce University. He formed Yankee Crane Service, an electrical service company, which he sold in 1990 to join UNOCAL, Thailand. He met his wife while living in Thailand and their beautiful daughter, Michelle, was born there. They moved back to Harrisville in 2000 where James started his electrical consulting business. It will be an honor to have James as a member of our club; he is known for his high level of service and honesty.

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jan 17, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Well, we may not have had much snow this year, but the low temperatures have been doing their part to ensure we don't forget it's winter.  The woodstove is getting a workout and the wood pile is rapidly shrinking.  But the days are already getting longer and spring is just around the corner.

At last week's meeting, Jeanne Gerulskis and Bill Moran from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord gave an entertaining presentation on the Center and what it offers to the community.  It seems a fascinating place and well worth the effort to visit, especially with children and young adults who might be interested in the sciences and space flight.  I'm going to place it on my list of attractions to visit in the very near future.  Many thanks to Jeanne and Bill for enduring the early rise and the long drive to speak with us - we most certainly appreciate it.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Breakfast will be available at 7:30 and the meeting will begin at approximately 7:45.  Our speaker will be Tonya Albee of the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary Club who will give us an update on their Quest program.  The Quest program some of our members participated in last year with the Peterborough Club is a direct outgrowth of the successful program initiated by the Jaffrey/Rindge Club.  This will be a great opportunity to hear how the program began and where it is likely to be headed.  We may be able to use some of the successful ideas tested in their Club to help improve and sustain the nascent effort in Peterborough.  I strongly encourage all Club members to attend and hear how this very successful program is faring in our sister Club to the south.  Bill Gurney will have the Hat and Vance Finch the Invocation.

Please keep our Club's Immediate Past President Paul Tuller in your thoughts as he goes into the hospital for knee replacement surgery on Monday.  He should be recovered enough for visitors on Tuesday so stop by and wish him well if you have a few spare moments.

Club Foundation giving continues, albeit slowly.  We are currently at 5 members contributing, for a 20% participation rate.   The Rotary Foundation does some great work around the world and in our local communities.  Please consider giving, and when you do, provide your check to John Goodhue and he will make sure it gets to the right place.

After last week's meeting, we held the first organizing meeting for the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival.  Jerry Branch and I have volunteered to Co-Chair the event.  We will be asking all Club members to help in Festival planning in some capacity and will look for full Club participation on the day the event is held (Saturday, 26 Sept 2015 at the Peterborough Community Center.)  The Committee will be meeting every two weeks for the next few months as we get the planning started.  Stay tuned for more information coming out in the next few weeks regarding Committee organization and where help is needed.

From the Rotary International Membership Committee: "Join Rotary’s Director of Membership Development, Brian King, on Wednesday 4 February, 2015 for the third installment of the Membership Matters! webinar series. This webinar, “Simple Steps to Innovate Your Club” will review various actions clubs can take immediately to adjust the format of their meetings, improve their presence within the community and foster camaraderie among club members. Brian will be joined by other Rotarians during the webinar to share examples of what they have done to innovate their clubs. Register to attend this webinar by going to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3800459002692061698."

And the District Governor, Rich Berryman, passes along the following invitation from District 7780:  "Come celebrate Rotary's birthday with Past Rotary International President Rick King. Advancing world peace has been one of Rotary's prime objectives for years. As an organization we were involved in creating the United Nations. Each year on the anniversary of Rotary's founding, we take time to remember this commitment. Past President Rick is a fabulous speaker who is not to be missed. We will also honor Rotarians from around the district. The dinner will be held at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks on Monday evening, February 23, 2015. There will be a reception with cash bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and program. Register online at http://rotary7780.org."

And now, for the Rotary video of the week, the Rotary Anthem:

Hope to see you all on Tuesday.  Stay warm.

Dale
President 2014-2015

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jan 10, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Greetings from the middle of the Polar Vortex, or whatever it is that is bringing sub-zero temperatures to our small corner of the globe.  Reminds me of my youth on the wind-swept plains of South Dakota - except then we would sometimes see windchill temperatures in the -70 degree range.  We haven't quite hit those rarified heights yet, but old man winter is trying his best ...

Last week's meeting was an Assembly during which we voted on our slate of officers for the 2015-2016 Rotary year (Rob Harris as President, Tom Ward as Secretary and Tom Warren as Treasurer) and discussed Club fundraising and service projects.  We didn't reach any firm conclusions about new efforts in either category, but the Board will discuss the comments made during the meeting and review a way forward.  We also did not settle on a Chair for the Wellness Festival Committee but will continue to look at that in the days ahead.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speakers will be Jeanne Gerulskis and Bob Moran of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.  From their website: "The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s mission is to inspire every generation to reach for the stars, through engaging, artful and entertaining activities that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science."  A link to the organization's website is: http://www.starhop.com/.  It should be a very interesting talk, so plan on attending.  Chuck Simpson has the Hat, and Tom Warren has the Invocation.

After the meeting on Tuesday, there will be an organizing meeting for the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee.  Since we don't have a Chair just yet, I will run the meeting.  If you are interested in helping make this MWF the best ever, please attend.  We will be looking at dates, venues, required tasks, committee meeting frequency, etc.  The meeting will commence around 8:45 and should last approximately 30 minutes.

On Wednesday morning at 7:30 am there will be a Club Board meeting at the Dublin General Store.

I sent an e-mail to everyone a couple of weeks ago about a Club survey.  If you haven't had an opportunity to fill out the survey, please go to this link and do so:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEPETS_Survey.  Your thoughts about the Club are important.  The survey will be used by the President-elect to help prioritize efforts during his term and to ensure Rotary remains relevant and valuable to each of our Club's members.

The District 7870 Conference will be held this year at the Marriott Sable Oaks in Portland, Maine from May 29-31.  Registration is now open for the Conference at the following link:  http://www.rotary7870.org.  If you intend going to the Conference, sign up before April 25th for a chance to have the cost for the entire weekend paid by the District.

And finally, the Rotary video for this week:

See you all on Tuesday for our first regular meeting of the new year!

Dale
2014-2015 President
 

 

Posted by Dale Gabel on Jan 03, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

Welcome to 2015!  I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday season and engaged in the full spectrum of appropriate revelry.  The snow is falling and the temperature is dropping, so we're finally fully into winter.  And the best part about that is spring is just around the corner!  Can't wait.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  This will be an Assembly meeting during which we will conduct Club business.  During this meeting we need to:

1.  Vote on the slate of Club officers for the 2015 Rotary year,
2.  Determine a Chair for the 2015 Monadnock Wellness Festival,
3.  Review current fundraising efforts and discuss potential opportunities,
4.  Review current service projects and discuss potential opportunities,
5.  Review members' proposals for Club improvements, and
6.  Take care of any additional new business.

This is an ambitious agenda for the short time available to us, so I ask that all members give these items some consideration prior to the meeting.  Also, I ask that all members attend the meeting to provide their input to our Club's course for this new calendar year.

The Rotary video for the week from Down Under:

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday at the first meeting of 2015.

Dale
President 2014-2015

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