Rotary Club of Henniker

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Henniker

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Congregational Church Parish House
43 Maple Street (Route 114)
PO Box 695
Henniker, NH  03242
United States
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Former President Peter Flynn congratulates new member Michele Thomas of the Bank of New Hampshire after administering the new member oath, while membership committee chair  Lisa Hustis and sponsor Joyce Bosse welcome her to the club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
​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.
 
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Barbara French of Henniker came to speak to the club about the NH Legislature.
 
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.
Lisa Hustis was the lucky winner of the Queen of Hearts drawing!!!!!
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.
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!
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!
And now there are 30!!! Ernie Caldwell, a Chiropractor, Nutritionist and teacher was recently inducted as our 30th member!
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!!!!!
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.
 
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