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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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