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Posted by Pete Powers on Sep 19, 2016
It took over a year to attain the 25 members required by Rotary International for a charter, but thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of founder Russ Hilliard, The Rotary Club of Hopkinton, NH came into being on August 1, 1996. Helping Russ in this endeavor were Special Representatives PDG John Lyford of Bow Rotary and the late Phil La Rosa of Henniker Rotary. Early on, the club met at the former Horseshoe Tavern, but later moved to the Parish House of the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton. The club was able to hire Sandy Bartlett as our caterer and she has been serving the club delicious breakfasts ever since. Our membership grew steadily over the years and we currently average 40 Rotarians.
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.
PDG Pete Powers has written some highlights of the accomplishments of Hopkinton Rotary during its first 20 years.
Posted on May 15, 2016
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!
Posted on May 15, 2016
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.
Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.