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Monadnock Rotary Club Wellness Festival 25 Elm St.
Sep 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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Posted by Dale Gabel on Sep 14, 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club of Dublin, NH,

This coming week is a big week for our Rotary Club.  On Tuesday, after our regular meeting, we will have the final planning meeting of the 2014 Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee.  On Friday, from 5 pm to 8 pm, we will be at the Peterborough Community Center helping to set up for the Wellness Festival.  And on Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm we will put on the Ninth Annual Monadnock Wellness Festival!  All Club members are asked to be at the Community Center no later than 8:30 am on Saturday to help with any last minute preparations.  Dave DeWitt passed out volunteer assignments for the Festival at last week's Assembly meeting, but even if you don't have a specific assignment I ask that you remain at the Festival and be available through the day to chat with exhibitors, help resolve unexpected problems, etc.  This is our major fundraising event for the year and it takes all of us to ensure its success.

There will be a regular meeting of the Club at 7:30 am on September 16, 2014, in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Dick Ernst of the Brattleboro Co-op.  We previously had a speaker from the Monadnock Co-op so this should be a good opportunity to compare and contrast the two organizations.

Hat - Tom Blodgett
Invocation - Jerry Branch

A reminder to everyone of the District Golf Tournament on September 18 at the Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, NH.  If you're interested in participating you can register in the Upcoming Events section of the District 7870 website at www.Rotary7870.org.

The District Membership Conference will be held on October 25 in Brattleboro, NH.  Register at the District 7870 website as above.

The District 7870 Rotary Foundation dinners will be held November 12 and 13 in Nashua, NH and Ludlow, VT respectively.  You can also sign up for those events at the District website as above.

Finally, a reminder that our speaker on September 23 will be the District Governor, Rich Berryman.  Please put this event on your calendar as a "must attend".  It will be important for all Club members to meet the DG and learn where he will be taking the District over the next year.

And a short video to see us out:

See you all Tuesday, Friday and Saturday!

Club President


Posted by Dale Gabel on Sep 06, 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

I hope you all had a fun Labor Day weekend!  Although the weekend signaled the effective end of the summer, it sure seems as if the summer is not completely done with us yet.  But fall is right around the corner and it won't be long before we see the beautiful colors of that wonderful season here in the great Northeast.

The Club will next meet on Tuesday, Sept 9, at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  We will not be having a speaker this week.  Instead, the meeting will be an Assembly to review preparations for our signature Wellness Festival and to receive assignments for what each of us will be doing on Saturday, Sept 20.  Rick MacMillan, the Wellness Committee Chair, will review the preparations with the able assistance of his Vice-Chair, Rob Harris.  Dave DeWitt, who is coordinating all of the volunteers, will make assignments of Club members to the various venues that need support.

The Wellness Festival will be held on Sept 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Community Center in Peterborough.  Each of us needs to help out with the Festival so it is important that everyone show up at the meeting on Tuesday to learn where help is needed.  As we used to say in the military, this will be an all hands on deck evolution, so your participation on Tuesday is very important.

Invocation - Mary Loftis

On Wednesday, Sept 10, there will be a meeting of the Club's Board at 7:30 am in the Dublin General Store.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Assembly on Tuesday.

Club President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Aug 30, 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

We had a very interesting presentation at the 26 August meeting.  Richard Whitney and Sandy Sherman of the Studios at Crescent Pond gave a talk and slide show about artists from the region.  The presentation included samples of these various artists' works, as well as slides of paintings done by Richard and Sandy.  They were very engaging guests and it was a pleasure to host them at our Club.

During the meeting we held a vote on modifying the breakfast menu to one that was more continental in nature - pastries and fruit only rather than the full hot meal we currently serve.  The original proposal was to change the menu during the months of May through October inclusive.  Reasons for proposing this change include trying to minimize the amount of excess food after each meeting given the smaller number of people who attend during the spring and summer months, as well as saving the Club some money that can be applied more profitably to service or charitable projects during the year.  The proposal was amended during discussion to include only the months of June through August, and this was passed by a majority vote.  Since our next meeting is in September, this proposal will not take effect until next June.

There is no meeting on 2 September in observation of Labor Day.  The next meeting will be 9 September and it will be an Assembly to review preparations for the Wellness Festival.  The Wellness Festival is an all-hands evolution, so please make every effort to attend the Assembly on 9 Sept to see what your role will be during the Festival.

Although there is no regular meeting next week, there will be a meeting of the Wellness Festival Committee on Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, in the Dublin Community Church at 8:00 am.  All Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend.  We're getting down to the last few weeks before the Festival and a strong push is required to ensure everything is being done that needs to be done.

For future planning purposes, everyone is reminded that the District Governor, Rich Berryman, will be visiting our Club on September 23rd.  Please mark your calendars and make sure you attend that meeting.  The DG will undoubtedly give us some info about himself and the District's priorities during his year as DG.

Finally, for the future, I'd like to use one meeting during the late fall/early winter months to have a Club-wide discussion about fund-raising events.  It would be good if we could have an event in the late winter/early spring that would provide a means for raising money that the Club can use for projects, charitable purposes, or grant contributions.  So please put on your thinking caps and consider how we might leverage our energy and talents to raise funds for more good works.  I'll get more information out to everyone once I've looked at a date to have that discussion.

Enjoy your Labor Day!


Posted by Dale Gabel on Aug 23, 2014

Dear Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

On Tuesday, 19 August we welcomed Anton Elbers who spoke about the local food movement in general and the Monadnock Food Co-op in particular.  He has had a great deal of experience producing high quality locally grown food and, as a Board member of the Co-op, has also had experience in providing oversight to an outlet that gets local produce to a wide variety of customers.  His talk was enlightening and it was a distinct pleasure having him as a speaker.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, 26 August at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  The speaker will be Richard Whitney who is with the Studios at Crescent Pond ( http://www.crescentpond.com/ ).  Richard will be speaking to us about both his artistic work and his property's designation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.  Please join the Club in welcoming Richard to our meeting.  See you on Tuesday!

Hat:  Rick MacMillan
Invocation: Amy Willey 

MRC President 2014-15


Posted by Dale Gabel on Aug 17, 2014

Club Members and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

The Club had a very full and enjoyable meeting last week.  In addition to our speaker, Keryn Bernard-Kreigl of the NH Children's Trust (which, by the way, does a lot of great work and is fully deserving of support and encouragement), our Evans-Reilly award winner, Alisha Birk, joined us for breakfast and was presented with her certificate and scholarship award.  Sue Copley spoke for a few minutes telling us all of the reasons Alisha was chosen for the award - suffice it to say that she is one busy young lady.  The picture below includes Alisha and Janet Reilly, wife of Dave Reilly after whom the award is co-named.


Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Community Church.  Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am and Club business will begin at 7:40  am or thereabouts.  The speaker will be Anton Elbers, talking about the local food movement.  Mr. Elbers is a long-time resident of Alstead, NH, and is on the Board of the Monadnock Food Co-op and the Board of Trustees of the Orchard School.

Hat:  John Goodhue
Invocation:  Rob Harris

After the regular meeting there will be a meeting of the Monadnock Wellness Festival Committee in the Community Church.

Hope you're all enjoying your summer.  See you on Tuesday!


Posted by Dale Gabel on Aug 09, 2014

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, we welcomed Seth Brenzel for a very informative presentation on the Walden School.  He also contributed to a more harmonious rendering of "America the Beautiful" than usual.  The Walden School does superb work in fostering musical creativity in young adults and is a great addition to Dublin during the spring and summer months.

On Monday, 11 August, I encourage you to join with me and the Peterborough Rotary Club for a meeting at Brantwood Camp.  The featured speaker will be our own Amy Willey and I will be presenting our annual contribution to the Camp at the meeting.  The meal will be served at noon, but getting there a little early will allow some time to mingle with Rotarians from the Peterborough Club.  Please try and attend if at all possible.  Next year we will begin the planning a bit earlier and make it a joint meeting with Peterborough Rotary.

A reminder that the Rotary Night at the Fisher Cats is August 23rd.  Tickets are $12 of which $4 is returned to Rotary for polio eradication.  If you are interested but have not yet made reservations, please visit the District 7870 web site where you can do so.

Our next regular meeting is on August 12, 2014 at 7:30 am in the Dublin Community Church.  Our speaker will be Keryn Bernard-Kreigl, Executive Director of the NH Children's Trust.  The NH Children's Trust is leading the drive in NH to eliminate child abuse and neglect.  Their website is at  http://www.nhchildrenstrust.org/ if you would like to visit it before the meeting.

Hat:  Tom Warren
Invocation:  Dave DeWitt

I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday at Brantwood Camp, and even more of you on Tuesday at the Community Church.  Enjoy your day!

Club President

Posted by Dale Gabel on Aug 02, 2014

Fellow Rotarians and Friends of the Monadnock Rotary Club,

On July 29, 2014, Dublin's Police Chief, Steve Sullivan, addressed the Club at our regular breakfast meeting.  He told us a little about himself, talked about the Dublin Police Department, and gave us his views on policing and on the law enforcement challenges facing even a small town like Dublin.  It was great to have him visit the Club and we welcome him and his family to our community.

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, we will have a regular meeting in the Dublin Community Church beginning at 7:30 am.  Our speaker will be Seth Brenzel of The Walden School.  From the school's website: "The Walden School, founded in 1972, is an acclaimed summer music school and festival offering programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. In residence on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, the school provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making."  It should be an informative program so don't miss it.

Hat:  John Goodhue
Invocation:  Jim Guy

Our Club is a contributor to the Milford Rotary Club's Clean Water Global Grant.  Recently, the Milford Club sent out a press release, which is reproduced in part below, and a photo, which is attached.  This is just one of the many worthwhile endeavors that the Monadnock Rotary Club supports.

"July 28, 2014 - The Milford, New Hampshire and the Danli, Honduras Rotary Clubs are pleased to announce that The Rotary Foundation has approved a Global Grant which, when completed, will improve the health of 425 families – including many children -  by providing them with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education. This project will serve nine dispersed, remote communities in the rural municipality of Trojes, Honduras, located along the Nicaraguan border, about three hours northeast of Danli. The total cost of the project is $188,000, of which $138,300 was funded by Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and The Rotary Foundation. The remaining funds will be provided by a Native Energy carbon credit program.

The goal of the project is to virtually eliminate water borne diarrheal disease in the communities by providing practical, simple sustainable tools, including appropriate point-of-use filtration technology, toilets; hygiene and sanitation training to individuals, teachers and communities; and on-going monitoring and follow-up.

In addition to the Milford Rotary Club, five other New Hampshire Rotary Clubs supported this project - Nashua, Nashua West, Souhegan Valley, Monadnock and Jaffrey-Rindge as well as the District Foundation Committee.  Fourteen other Rotary Clubs from Maine, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Oregon and Washington also partnered on this project."


Hope to see you all on Tuesday.



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