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We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Congregational Parish House
1548 Hopkinton Road
Hopkinton, NH  03229
United States
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Come join us at the Mt Kearsarge Hill Climb.  A challenging yet very fun bike event. Proceeds benefit the Club's good works in our local community.
More information and register at http://www.mtkearsargehillclimb.com/

Hopkinton Rotary celebrates its Twentieth Charter Anniversary during 2016. The Club's official charter date is August 1, 1996.  Bow and Henniker Rotary Clubs were the sponsoring clubs.  Russell Hilliard was the first President and founding members of the Club include active members David Feller, Sandra Heino, Harry Meinzer, Linda Morris, Peter Powers, Anthony Walker and honorary member Jack Porter.


One Good Deed for Sandy

On Friday, May 13th, it was a super surprised Sandy Bartlett who was handed the keys to a shiny black car at the Bow Rotary's weekly meeting by Hopkinton Rotary President James Newsom and Bow Rotary President Mike Griffin.   Bow Rotarians organized the donation of a much-needed refurbished car for Sandy, to replace her blue Toyota which has put on a lot of miles driving to weekly breakfast meetings in both Bow and Hopkinton.  Hopkinton joined Bow in making repairs for the car and putting on new tires - good for another 18 years of traveling to breakfast Sandy!
Sandy Bartlett has been making sure that Hopkinton Rotarians enjoy a good breakfast on Wednesday mornings for more than 18 years.  And she's been catering breakfast at the Bow Club for almost as long.  Here's to another 18 years Sandy!
District Governor Sandra McGonagle presented Connie Powers with a Paul Harris Award at the District Conference Awards Banquest.  Connie is well known to Rotarians throughout District 7870.  When her husband Pete Powers was District Governor, Connie attended every one his visits to the Clubs.  Pete has served in just about every capacity, and Connie has been his best supporter, and a welcome addition to many a Rotary conference and event in her own right.  Congratulations Connie on your well-deserved recognition for all your contributions to Rotary. 
Sep 21, 2016
Mark F. Kendall
Senior Vice President of YBP Library Services

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