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Our guest speaker this morning was David Diezel of NEC. It is always nice to hear updates about the college and particularly about their students.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Dec 18, 2016
Once again members of the club braved the cold weather to sing carols around town and to the residents of Rush Square to celebrate the Christmas season.
With another chili fest in the books, our coffers look a lot better. Because of the proceeds of this event, we're able to give scholarships to local students, grants to individuals and organization in local, regional and international communities, so we thank ALL of the participants in this process. Without slighting anyone, we especially thank the Chili Fest Committee and Pat's Peak for all they did to make this event a success. Over 1200 people attended and for a change, we didn't get rain. Please check out our Facebook pages for the wonderful pictures taken by member Evan Thompson.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Aug 15, 2016
Many of our chili makers attended the pre-chili meeting to hear about the rules, logistics and to possibly become a lucky raffle winner. Chips and salsa, cookies and water and soda were offered. Teams were then entered into a drawing so they could pick their favorite spot to present their chili and receive their official buckets.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on May 04, 2016
Once again our auctioneer Carolyn did a fabulous job of holding our annual Spring auction. In one hour we reached our goal and laughed a lot!! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Henniker resident Pattie Hayes recently spoke to the Club about her business, Care Compass Senior Services and is a Senior Care Specialist, facilitating options for people who are aging or who have family members who are aging. Most people don't know where or how to begin to navigate through the process of Senior Care and she provides one on one assistance.
An annual event for the Henniker Rotary Club is to hang wreathes in on lamp posts in the center of Henniker. Hopefully this helps get everyone in the holiday spirit, even if we don't have snow yet.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Oct 15, 2015
Hillsboro-Deering Principal Jim O'Rourke was our guest speaker to tell us about the high school and their programs. As a result of his attending, the club will be having a regular breakfast meeting at the Hillsboro-Deering High School and hosted by the DECA members on November 19th. Any guests wishing to join us should call Joyce Bosse at 464-3053.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Oct 21, 2015
We were pleased to have more guests than Rotarians at today's meeting. They were invited to hear Dr. Thomas Andrew, the State's Medical Examiner speak about the rise of opioid deaths in NH.
Posted on Oct 21, 2015
State of NH Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew spoke to the club regarding the epidemic of deaths resulting from the use of opioids, especially fentanyl and heroin. So far in 2015 there have been 258 drug-related deaths, with 82% caused by opiates and 84% of those from heroin and fentanyl or a combination of those two drugs. While pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is expensive, mobile labs manufacturing fentanyl that can be 200 times more potent than heroin pump that powder in the drug pipeline. Dr Andrew's presentation was both eye-opening and frightening.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Oct 21, 2015
This morning was Catherine Constanzo's last day with the Henniker Rotary Club. Ruth presented her with a "Service Above Self" pin and we wished her good luck in her future endeavors. Catherine will be in the area for a few more weeks and promised to visit us when she returns to visit her parents.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Oct 07, 2015
Rep. Barbara French of Henniker came to speak to the club about the NH Legislature.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Sep 30, 2015
Lisa introduced Val Blachley, retired special ed. teacher, who, with several other educators, has founded a non-profit called Children Helping Children, which engages classroom teachers and other adults in mentoring kids in starting and completing philanthropic projects in their schools to benefit other children.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Oct 07, 2015
Lisa Hustis was the lucky winner of the Queen of Hearts drawing!!!!!
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Sep 16, 2015
Rep Jim McConnell (R-Swanzey) recently visited our club to talk about the Kinder Morgan pipeline and MBTE. As a NH Representative he has been working hard to try to get our Federal elected officials to see how the negatives far outweigh the positives in allowing the pipeline to be built, and has been trying to get the State to understand the consequences of the now overturned Federal mandate to add MTBE to gasoline. He is shown here with President Ruth Zax presenting him with a 2015-2016 Rotary International pin.
Posted on Sep 02, 2015
We were pleased to have District Governor Sandra McGonagle and "First Gentleman" John attend our weekly meeting. The Governor gave us a very personal and moving speech. The night before the Board held it's monthly meeting with a pot luck supper at the home of Mary Krotzer. In addition to guests Sandy and John, members Chris Trovato and Heather Alexonis joined the meeting. It was noted that President Ruth got an "A+" on her President's planning guide that was submitted to the District!! Yeah, Ruth, but no one was surprised at her thoroughness!
Posted by Joyce
Another Chilifest has come and gone, with wonderful reviews!! Although the weather around us seemed to have kept the crowds down, more than 1000 people enjoyed good chili, good music, classic cars, the Kids Zone, vendors of all sorts, good food (bbq, ice cream, shortcake, ices, hamburgers and hot dogs) and most of all friendship!. Many people say that they come just to see people they only run into once a year. Many people commented on how much they loved the new logistics by having the event outside and being able to go inside to sit and chat (and have a beverage). As always, we couldn't do this event without everyone who has helped us, including but not limited to, our Sponsors, contributors, vendors, caterers, Rotarians and their families and friends, the many, many volunteers and of course the chili makers!!! Hope to see you all next year!
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Jul 29, 2015
And now there are 30!!! Ernie Caldwell, a Chiropractor, Nutritionist and teacher was recently inducted as our 30th member!
Posted by Joyce Bosse
I've been remiss in updating this page, but last month we welcomed another new member. Chris Trovato returned to Henniker this Spring as the Town Administrator and joined us after visiting for several weeks. Welcome, Chris!!!!!
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Jun 17, 2015
June's always a busy month for donations, and today was no exception. Student Jason Reid got his scholarship check for the 4-way test speech contest, Deb Dow received a grant for the weekend food program at the Henniker Community School, Ruth Zax accepted a check on behalf of Camp Spaulding, and Dennie and Bill Dyer accepted a check for 1/2 of a Shelter Box.
Posted by Joyce Bosse on Jun 17, 2015
President Peter Flynn inducted new member Nancy Annis while her sponsor, Cathy Dias, looked on.
Posted on Jun 03, 2015
The Henniker Rotary Club presented scholarships in the amount of $8000.00 to John Stark and Hillsboro-Deering High School Seniors during their respective awards ceremonies on June 2 and 4th. Catherine Costanzo and Carol Rosenbleeth Ericson presented at John Stark and Catherine and Joyce Bosse at Hillsboro-Deering. We've invited each recipient and family members to attend a breakfast meeting to pick up their checks. #greattimeofyear!
Posted by Joyce Bosse on May 15, 2015
Several Henniker Rotary Club members were on hand to help the Henniker Music Committee with their preview of the Henniker Summer Concert series. The evening was definitely a success and nearly 100 people enjoyed a concert by Will Ogmundson before partaking of coffee and sweets provided by the Rotar.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...