Service Above Self
Plymouth Rotary Club


Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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Meeting Options
by Maffei, Sara

Life gets busy, and sometimes things don't go as planned, we've all been there. Don't let your weekly Rotary meetings

We are all busy with work, family and other commitments, so sometimes it is just not possible to make our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting. In an effort to help everyone meet their 100% attendance goal, a list has been provided below of local meetings with alternate days and times that may be convenient should life intervene Wednesday morning at 7am.  Please remember to obtain a Visiting Rotarian card in order to ensure credit for the meeting.


Rotary Day Time Location
Bristol Thur.
Noon Cheerful Garden Restaurant
Wed. 6pm Harts Turkey Farm
Laconia Thur. Noon Belknap Mill
Laconia Tues. 7am Water Street Cafe
Lin-Wood Wed. 7am Woodstock Station
Tilton Wed. 12:15p Lochmere Country Club
Belmont Wed. 5:30p Lakes Region Casino


Not only is it convenient to attend alternate meetings, its great to get out and meeting other members of our Rotarian family!
Plymouth Rotary Club helps launch the “Friends of the Pemi”
by Kearns, Kathleen


Photo by Dr. Barbara Robinson


       The Plymouth Rotary Club recently joined forces with a long list of over forty community partners in a concerted effort to clean up Livermore Falls and the Pemigewasset River. At the collective urging of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), the NH Fish and Game Department, the towns of Plymouth, Campton and Holderness and their Police Departments, Conservation Commissions and Historical Societies, Plymouth State University and the Holderness School, and many other municipal, academic, business and service organizations, the Plymouth Rotary has taken the lead by launching the “Friends of the Pemi” – Livermore Falls Chapter. The vision of the “Friends of the Pemi” is to protect the environment along the Pemi River corridor while turning Livermore Falls and the surrounding towns’ shoreline areas into safe, attractive destinations for recreational use to be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

       Recently, Plymouth State University hosted a kick-off event to bolster community interest in the Friends of the Pemi, and well over 150 community members attended to express their enthusiasm for the project.  Next, in order to keep the level of interest and momentum high, the Plymouth Rotary will host a Friends of the Pemi Clean-Up Day on Saturday morning, August 3rd and the public is invited to participate. Beginning at 8:00 am, the group will gather and start clean-up at the Campton Beach/Mill area; later at 9:30 am, clean-up of the Livermore Falls/Holderness beach will take place; followed by clean-up of the Holderness Conservation Land and “South Beach” area in Plymouth beginning at 10:30 am. The Friends volunteers will re-convene at noon at the Plymouth Rotary amphitheater on Green Street in Plymouth (next to the Court House) for a wrap-up session.

       The Plymouth Rotary Club is seeking grant funding that will help defray the cost of materials for signage, gravel and grading, a guard house for an attendant, a kiosk, picnic tables and grills for the Livermore Falls area. The Rotary District 7850 just announced that the Plymouth Rotary has been awarded a $4,000 District Grant to begin the project. A grant of this type requires there be matching funds of $4,000 from the community-at-large.  The Holderness Conservation Commission has stepped up to the plate with a lead matching gift of $300; Larry T. Spencer, one of the Holderness Conservation Commissioners said, “The Commission appreciates the role that the Plymouth Rotary Club has taken upon itself to increase the value of the Pemi River to the towns that lie on its river banks.”  Individuals and businesses may also send a tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check made out to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, with a memo notating that the donation is designated for the Friends of the Pemi project, in care of the Plymouth Rotary, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire  03264.

       The mission of the Friends of the Pemi is to:  raise awareness about the Pemi River as a natural resource; create a management plan for continued stewardship of the river and surrounding environment; recognize the historical and archeological significance of Livermore Falls; benefit a diverse local population through economic and community development; and showcase Livermore Falls as a family-friendly community asset. The members of the Plymouth Rotary agreed to organize this project because the Club has always had a vested interest in the Pemi River. Several years ago, the Plymouth Rotarians raised funds and offered their manpower to build the Rotary Amphitheatre on Green Street (next to the Plymouth Court House).

       The Plymouth Rotary is also looking into the idea of holding an outreach charrette in the fall to obtain further community input on the issues that need to be addressed at Livermore Falls and along the Pemi River corridor. It is the hope of the Plymouth Rotarians that this project will lead to a state park designation at Livermore Falls and that the planned improvements along the River will encourage better water quality, environmental protection of the river watershed, and responsible behavior for those who enjoy the river and shoreline for a myriad of recreational opportunities.  For more information about how you might help with this project, or to join the Friends of the Pemi as a member, please contact us at  Also, find us on Facebook at: Friends of the Pemi – Livermore Falls Chapter.

Plymouth Rotarian Receives Highest Award from Meredith Rotarian
by Kearns, Kathleen


Bonnie Hunt with Scott and Ellen King

       Scott King, a long-time Plymouth Rotarian from Holderness, was recently honored by Meredith Rotarian Bonnie Hunt when she named Scott a Paul Harris Fellow, one the highest honors that Rotary International offers its members. Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and Harris spent much of his life trying to discover what makes people “do good” for others. Harris’s philosophy was that every worthy action and good deed must pass Rotary’s Four-Way Test by asking:  1) Is it the truth?  2)  Is it fair to all concerned?  3) Will it build good will and better friendships?  4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

       Bonnie Hunt and her fellow Rotarians from Meredith joined the Plymouth Club for breakfast at the Common Man with the idea of surprising Scott King with the Paul Harris Award since Scott’s life and actions have demonstrated the very best of Paul Harris’s dedication to “doing good.” Bonnie said, “I want to give a special shout-out to someone who is always there with a smile and a big hug for me…, and for his ‘we-can-get-it done attitude’… that gets whatever ‘it’ is done.” Bonnie went on to describe Scott’s long list of accomplishments -- all of which meet and exceed the Four-Way Test -- such as his work on the Rotary Riverfront Amphitheater, his extensive service and assistance to veterans, and special projects he has spearheaded such as the Wounded Warriors Program on Little Squam, the Holderness War Memorial, and the Holderness Historical Society Building.

       Scott’s love of his country and dedication to service goes all the way back to high school when he successfully lobbied to have the American Flag flown 24/7! He has decorated many funeral homes to honor veterans who served in the Tenth Mountain Division, so that when their family members arrived for a viewing, the home was proudly dressed to honor their loved one for their ultimate sacrifice to our country. As one of Scott’s fellow Rotarians said, “He is one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back. He helps anyone in need…you want this guy in your foxhole. His is an example of how we should all behave – caring, concerned and compassionate.”

       Bonnie summed it up, “For my part, Scott’s the guy who gave me a rose – that doesn’t die – when he showed me the stone he had engraved for my daughter and then built a beautiful spot in a stone wall [in her memory]…for which I have no way to repay him – except to honor him through Rotary, and through the Rotary Foundation with the Paul Harris Award. Of all the people I know in Rotary, Scott King exemplifies “Service Above Self” – in all walks of his life; and he epitomizes the spirit and intent of the highest award that Rotary has to bestow.”

       Thanks to Bonnie Hunt, the members of the Plymouth and Meredith Rotary Clubs enjoyed the camaraderie of the morning, and then collectively stood and applauded Scott King for his dedication to humanity and the Greater Plymouth community-at-large. The clubs are planning another get-together to exchange ideas and consider the possibility of a joint community service project in the future.

2012-2013 Scholarship Winners Update the Plymouth Rotary
by Kearns, Kathleen


     In 2012-2013, the Plymouth Rotary awarded nine scholarships to local area students as they began their first year at a college or trade school. At a recent Rotary meeting, the group returned to update the club on their first semester’s academic progress and report on their extra-curricular activities. Pictured here includes:  Rotarian Peggy Smith, Kassandra Cote, Colton Hyde, Hannah Kuehl, Hans Weber, Alicia Barney, Brittany Silva, Adrienne Campbell, Kayla Sullivan and Rotarians Doug Willet and Waneta Forbes. Absent from the photo is scholarship winner Nathan Fannion.

Plymouth 250th Merchandise update
by Thorne, Sharon

For everyone who ordered t-shirts at the 250th Celebration, they are here!

Please call Sharon Thorne at 603-236-6455  for pickup.  

Plymouth Rotary Receives Allstate Foundation Award

The Plymouth Rotary Club recently received a $1,000 “Good Hands in the Community” Grant from the Allstate Foundation on behalf of the club’s treasurer, Sharon Thorne, a local Allstate Agent in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The Allstate Foundation is dedicatedto rewarding their agents for the good work they do in their communities, and offers several grant initiatives to support the charitable organizations served by Allstate volunteers such as Sharon. 






      Since 1952, Allstate has invested more than $275 million in funding to communities across the country in order to address key social issues. Their grant making priorities fall into three categories: Safe and Vital Communities, Economic Empowerment and Tolerance, and Inclusion and Diversity. Allstate’s signature program is the Teen Safe Driving Program which encourages teens to motivate their peers to be smart drivers and considerate passengers in order to reduce the number of teens annually involved in car crashes.

      The Plymouth Rotary is especially proud to accept this grant earmarked for the club’s own community service initiatives. For years, Plymouth Rotarians have been the force behind such projects as the Rotary Amphitheater on Green Street, the Christmas Parade, and the Skatepark of Plymouth. The Plymouth Rotary Club annually awards scholarships to local deserving students graduating from Plymouth High School. In addition, Plymouth Rotarians have contributed their financial support and/or hands-on service to such organizations as Bridge House, CADY, Circle Program, Honduras Hope, Pemi-Baker Literacy, Pemi Youth Center, and the Wounded Warrior Project, among many others. The mission of Rotary International, and the 34,000 Rotary Clubs and 1.2 million Rotarians around the world is the shared mission of “Service Above Self.”

      Rotary meets for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am at the Common Man Inn and Spa.  Those who share an interest in community service and would like to find out more about the Plymouth Rotary are invited to attend; or may call (603) 744-0661 with their questions. 

Skatepark of Plymouth has Plymouth Rotary and Alex Ray Support
by Kearns, Kathleen


        Ever since the early days of its construction, the Skatepark of Plymouth has had financial support from the Plymouth Rotary Club and its Foundation. Since 2011, the Plymouth Rotary has donated $7,000 to the cause -- realizing that the Skatepark is a great addition to our community and a healthy outlet for the energies of our local youth. Not only does this project make Plymouth a better place to live, but it offers visitors a destination and another great reason to travel to our area.

       Now, in the fourth year of Skatepark development, Michael Currier is seeking further support from community businesses to complete the project, and Alex Ray has stepped up, once again, as a community leader. Currier is applying to the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) for tax credits to complete the construction of the Skatepark. If his application is approved, local businesses or individuals may choose to have their taxes directed to the Skatepark to support its completion. Alex Ray, Founder and President of the Common Man Family, has promised to purchase an immediate $25,000 in tax credits. Upon reaching the goal of $100,000 in sold or committed credits, the Common Man plans to match dollar for dollar the next $35,000 in sold or committed credits -- effectively bringing Alex Ray’s contribution to $60,000.

       The hope is that Alex Ray’s lead gift will inspire other businesses to direct their tax dollars back to the community through similar tax credit purchases. Michael Currier is seeking pledges now as he completes his application to the CDFA. To make a pledge or learn more about this idea, please contact Currier at:

Plymouth Rotary holds 62nd Annual Penny Sale
by Kearns, Kathleen

    Plymouth Rotary is gearing up for its 62nd Annual Penny Sale on Saturday, November 3, 2012 -- at 7:00 p.m. at Plymouth Regional High School. The event draws over 500 fans and friends from all around the state who look forward to this evening of games of chance, several grand prize raffles, food, and music. This fun-filled family event is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Laconia Eye & Laser Center, and New Hampshire Electric Co-op.


     Hundreds of local businesses donate assorted prizes for the event. The prizes awarded range from the sublime to the ridiculous and often include such things as dining gift certificates, vaccinations for pets, ski passes, a kitchen sink and even dental work! Each item becomes part of a list of 50 prizes which are raffled off individually to the people who hold raffle tickets for that list. Tickets may be purchased for 50 cents, thus the name “Penny Sale”. Five rounds of lists of 50 prizes are offered, with the last round containing prizes worth $50 each or more. Tension is high in the Plymouth High School gymnasium as tickets are drawn and the lucky winners are determined.


     Four grand prizes will also be awarded to the lucky ticket holders of the grand prize raffle drawing. Prizes include $500 cash donated by Community Guaranty Savings Bank; 100 gallons of fuel oil donated by Dead River Company; and a $200 shopping spree offered by Hannaford.


     Fun is the order of business throughout the evening, as Rotarians sell “lucky” tickets to their favorite customers and folks in the audience heckle their hosts. And there are always surprises, too. Last year, many turkeys were given away as additional prizes to lucky ticket holders – ensuring a great dinner or Thanksgiving feast for the recipients. You can bet that the Rotarians will have some tricks up their sleeves this year, too, with a live DJ providing musical entertainment throughout the evening and food for sale out in the hall.


     The Penny Sale is Rotary’s way of helping local students prepare for the challenges that lay ahead as they approach further education after high school. The Plymouth Rotarians annually offer scholarships to assist deserving students as they seek out traditional 4-year colleges, vocational/technical training, or return to school after work experiences. Last year, 9 students received scholarships totaling $9,000.00.

     Rotarians urge their friends and neighbors to set aside the time to enjoy a fun evening supporting a great cause. Come as a family, come as a group, or just come; it’s guaranteed to be the best show in town.



Bridge House and Plymouth Rotary Join Forces: Community Family Fun Fair and Duck Stampede
by Kearns, Kathleen

Duck Stampede        A chance to share some fun with the family and the entire community will be the order of the day as the Bridge House Shelter and the Plymouth Rotary join forces to collaborate on the upcoming Community Family Fun Fair and Duck Stampede.

        Come on Saturday, July 14, from noon to 5:00 p.m.
, to the Rotary amphitheater at Riverside Park, on Green Street, Plymouth along the Pemigewasset River. It will be crowded with families, friends, and neighbors who will enjoy 20 or more special events, food, pony rides, games, music, and amusements including those from Frank Jones’ Unique Entertainment. DJ Tim Keith will officiate as master of ceremonies.


        This will be the 7th year of the Bridge House Community Family Fun Fair, and Cathy Bentwood, Bridge House Director, is thrilled to join her efforts with the energies of the Plymouth Rotarian’s. This year’s event promises to be the best ever with the proceeds from the Rotary’s annual Duck Stampede benefiting the Bridge House initiatives to end homelessness and support local veterans.

        Around 4:00 p.m., the Plymouth Rotary’s 4th Annual Duck Stampede will feature some 2,000 rubber duckies or more being dropped off the Doug DiCenzo Memorial Bridge from a bucket loader into the Pemigewasset River. Each rubber duck will be marked with a number linked to a numbered raffle ticket and every individual who has “adopted a duck” -- by purchasing a raffle ticket -- will hope that his or her duck will be the first to cross the finish line at the Amphitheater. The Grand Prize winner will be the person who owns the fastest duck. That lucky individual will go home with a first prize of $1,000! The second prize duck owner will win a boat rental from Squam Lakes Resort (a $300 value) and the third prize duck owner will win a golf outing for four with cart from Owl’s Nest Golf Resort. A fleet of kayaks and Rotarians in waders will be spotting the ducks as they race down the Pemi into a shoot that will take the yellow quackers over the finish line.

        The Duck Stampede event prizes are sponsored by Cross Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Northway Bank, Squam Lakes Camp Resort, The Common Man and Owl’s Nest Golf Resort. Afternoon weather permitting, the REMAX balloon will be tethered for children and adults to enjoy a ride in a hot air balloon beginning at 6:00 p.m.

        The Fun Fair has a $1 entry fee per person. In addition, Plymouth Rotarians are selling raffle tickets at $5 per duck or $20 for 5 ducks. Tickets may be purchased from your favorite Rotarian or at various retail locations on Main Street. Also, be sure to visit the Plymouth Rotary website: to purchase books of tickets on-line or to find out more information about the event as details develop. If you or your business would like to help support the event, please consider a sponsorship of one of the day’s activities. You support will help make a difference in the life of a veteran or homeless individual or family.