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Dear Hopkinton Rotarians,
It's been several months and more than several feet of snow since my last update. Let me try to catch up on these months.
-On December 2 we inducted 3 new members; Seth Greenblott sponsored by Bill Siff, Pete Afflerbach sponsored by Billy Chapin, and Ben Barton sponsored by me. I am impressed to see early on their willingness to jump right into club activities! Billy Chapin, our membership chair, is doing a great job inviting prospective members to our meetings and it's paying off!
-The Senior Holiday Luncheon at the Slusser Center was a huge success with a packed attendance and great reviews. Once again the Interact students did a fine job serving and bussing the tables. Thanks to Ken Traum, Gayle Kimball and Neal Cass for organizing the food donations, publicity and cooking! Colonial Market generously donated hams for the event.
-This year's Rotary calendar theme was our town's upcoming 250th anniversary and featured historic photographs of Contoocook and Hopkinton. The calendar looks great and feedback on it has been very positive. Thanks to Gayle Kimball, Billy Chapin and Mark Winzeler for their hard work in collecting photographs and advertisers, and coordinating it's creation along with much assistance from Heather Mitchell of the Hopkinton Historic Society and Donna Dunlap of the Hopkinton Town Library. This year's calendar was dedicated to Bruce and Cindy Salsbury for their tireless energy and hard work in planning the calendar in years past.
-Our efforts to increase our Flags Over Hopkinton contracts to 250 by Memorial Day are going quite well. Between our promotion this fall at the polls and our mass mailing to Hopkinton households we have assembled 94 new subscribers. Assuming we get a 100% renewal of our present 119 subscribers that will put us at 213. Upcoming promotion at our Candidates Forum and Town Meeting should get us to our goal! With more than a doubling of flags to put up and take down we will definitely need additional club members taking on routes. The flags flying proudly all over town should look great during this celebratory year!
-As I write this, 12 Hopkinton Interact students, along with Club advisors Pam Moskul and Emily Tam and Hopkinton Rotarians Phil Reeder and Gerry Youngman, are on an Interact Mission trip to Nicaragua. They are working on a school and community center near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. They travelled with 15 duffel bags filled with donated school supplies and dental hygiene products that will be distributed to students of the school where they are working. They also will be arranging for a number of eco stoves to be donated to the community, largely underwritten by a $1000 donation from Amigos de Honduras. The eco stove is a a safe and low emission alternative for cooking and heating indoors compared to traditional wood-fired stoves. -On February 18 Cooper Kimbal-Rhines, a HMHS Interact student, presented a refurbished laptop to Beth Sargent, representing Dial-a-Ride. If you have an old laptop sitting in your basement this is a great way to put it to good use. The Interact students, with guidance from Dave Luneau, will purge the hard drive of all personal data and prepare it to be donated.
-On May 9 Hopkinton Rotary will be participating in Hoops on Wheels, a fundraiser for Granite State Independent Living, a non-profit that promotes life with independence for seniors and people with disabilities through advocacy, information, education and support. The event is a wheelchair basketball tournament for able-bodied and disabled participants. Team members include Ken Traum, Mike Byrnes, Frank Grano, Steve Chamberlin, Seth Greenblott, Dave Luneau, Dan Feltes (our guest ringer) and myself. It should be hilarious and supports a great cause!
-My hopes for our club to become the primary host of a global grant is starting to take shape. We have received a detailed proposal from the Al Hyaat Teaching Hospital in Borama,
Somaliland for a project to improve maternal and infant care in Borama, Somaliland. We also have received interest from the Red Sea Rotary Club, located in Djibouti City, Djibouti to act as our regional partner. I will present more details to the club over the next several weeks. I've asked our board to give serious consideration to our participation in this global project. Assembling the grant and raising funds would be a major club commitment but that is what Rotarians do. Participating in a global grant was identified as a desired goal at our club visioning in the Spring of 2014 and this is our opportunity. If you agree that this is a worthwhile project to pursue please let the board know.
Hopkinton Rotary President 2014-15
Hopkinton Rotary recognized Ben Barton today with the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellowship for his exemplary contributions to the improvement of the Hopkinton and New London communities. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Barton Insurance, Ben single handedly organized and promoted the Community Benefits Golf Tournament held on October 2, 2014 at Lake Sunapee CR. The event was a tremendous success raising nearly $30,000 donated to 6 non-profit organizations in the New London and Hopkinton communities including our club. Well done Ben and a heartfelt thanks from Hopkinton Rotary.
Dear Fellow Hopkinton Rotarians,
Hopkinton Rotary has had a productive autumn. On September 27 we staged our second annual Mount Kearsarge Hill Climb (MKHC) with over 80 participants. The event was excellently chaired for a second year in a row by Irv Gordon. MKHC is the 9th of 10 races in the competitive Bike up the Mountain Point Series (BUMPS) attracting riders from throughout the Northeast. We were blessed with great weather and an excellent turnout of our membership to safely stage the event. The Feedback from the cycling participants has been uniformity positive and the plan is for the 3rd annual MKHC in 2015 with a rider goal of 120. Several cost saving changes are planned for 2015 including the elimination of event tee shirts for a savings of ~$1200, preparing the lunch ourselves for a savings of ~$625 and the handling of the timing ourselves for a savings of ~$1400. These changes should boost our event profits by over $3000!
On October 2, Ben Barton, of Barton Insurance, hosted the Community Benefit Golf Tournament at the Lake Sunapee Country Club. Ben selected 6 nonprofits in the Hopkinton and New London communities to be recipients of the proceeds from the event. Hopkinton Rotary was fortunate to be chosen as one of these recipients. The event was a tremendous success raising nearly $30,000. On October 15 Ben presented Hopkinton Rotary a check for $4800! Ben will be formally recognized and thanked at our November 12th meeting with induction into the Paul Harris Society as an honorary member.
Election Day is November 4 so make sure to do your civic duty and vote. We will have a table to sell Flags Over Hopkinton contracts in pursuit of 250 flags by Memorial Day 2015 as part of our contribution to the town's 250th Anniversary celebration.
Volunteer day for the Wood Bank is November 15 at 9AM at the Hopkinton Transfer Station. We have supported the wood bank financially now let's get out there and cut some wood!
November is Rotary Foundation month. I encourage all of us to contribute to the Foundation Annual Fund. The amount contributed is not as important as 100% club participation. The overall goal for the club is $6000. We are at Pete Powers, our Foundation Chair, will be available to answer questions regarding the various ways to make your contribution. We are honored to have Ken Grabeau, a former Rotary Foundation director, visit us and speak about the Foundation on November 5. The District Foundation dinner is November 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua at 5:30PM. If you are interested in attending you can sign up at the District website.
The proposed Somaliland Maternal Health global grant project is a great example of how we benefit from the Foundation. The district will match the money we raise dollar for dollar with district designated funds (DDF) and the Foundation will match 100% of the DDF and 50% of cash that we raise. For example: if we were to raise or contribute $10,000, the district matches with DDF increasing the total to $20,000, the Foundation then matches 100% of the DDF plus 50% of our contribution bringing the total to $35,000! We have heard from our Somaliland partners and they have provided a proposed scope of project and the hospital is now working on the actual dollars needed. It is slow going but when completed will be a great benefit to the women and children of Somaliland.
The Rotary Christmas party will be Friday, December 5 with no morning meeting on December 3. If you are interested in hosting the party please let me know!
Chris Licata, CEO of Blake's All Natural and Hopkinton resident, will be presenting our program this Wednesday, September 17. He will be discussing his four generation family business. Many of you will recognize the company name, particularly those from Concord who have been eating Blake's Turkey pies since 1929 when they first went into business. Make sure you mark it down on your calendar to come. Information on the company can be found at www.blakesallnatural.com.
Charter Hopkinton Rotary member, John Watson, was made a Paul Harris Fellow at club assembly. Foundation chair, Pete Powers and Club President Eric Schlepphorst congratulate John.
President's Letter August 2014
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The first six weeks of the Rotary year have been busy ones for Hopkinton Rotary. We ended the 2013-14 year in June with a successful golf tournament at the Concord Country Club raising over $10,000 for graduating Hopkinton High School student scholarships. We are looking forward to volunteering and participating in the upcoming Contoocook Carry Triathlon on September 6 to benefit the local Wood-for-Warmth program which we have also supported with sponsorship dollars. We are now "gearing up" for our second annual Mount Kearsarge Hill Climb bike race on September 27 hoping to build on a very successful first year! This summer we have seen significant growth of our Flags over Hopkinton program and have targeted an ambitious goal of 250 flags by 2015, the Town of Hopkinton's 250th anniversary. Following this will be the big push to finish and sell our 2015 Hopkinton Rotary calendar which will also feature the Hopkinton's 250th anniversary theme.
We are happy to welcome Laura Beaudoin, our first new member this year. Laura has a strong interest and experience in utilizing social media and we look forward to her help in instituting this communication tool in our club. If all goes well we hope to add 4 more new members this fall through the diligent work of Bill Chapin, jr. our membership chair. I would encourage each and everyone of us to simply invite a friend to a meeting. When visitors experience the positive energy of our meetings it makes joining an easy sell!
This July we had the honor of a visit from new District Governor Rich Berryman. The board met with DG Rich the Tuesday night before our Wednesday morning meeting, discussing our club goals for 2014-15. DG Rich then presented to the club the district's goals for the year emphasizing the theme of "Light up Rotary" as we strive to get the word out of the good work that we do.
The board also has also engaged in much discussion around the topic of supporting the Rotary Foundation. It is through the Foundation that truly big projects such as polio eradication can be accomplished. Hopkinton Rotary has always been very generous in our Foundation support and I am hopeful that 2014-15 will be the best ever. I would like to see every member of our club support the Foundation. Pete Powers, our Foundation chair, will be presenting regular updates on Foundation activities and where we are in our support.
I am very pleased that on August 27,at club assembly, I will be awarding my first Paul Harris recognition to John Watson. Well done John! We have a number of other members close to this distinction so hopefully John will be the first of several this year.
Thank you for all you are doing. It does make a difference. Sincerely,
Eric Schlepphorst, MD Hopkinton Rotary President
Hopkinton Rotary long term member Phil Reeder presented to the Hopkinton Rotary a description of his fascination with and creation of kinetic sculpture over the years and brought several small models for the membership to play with. He also described his recent purchase and refurbishment of a nineteenth century Congregational church in Bethlehem, NH that he has converted to open studios leased to local artists. Who would of guessed what Phil has been up to!
On August 13 Hopkinton Rotary was pleased to have Emma Woodside describe to the club her year in Romania through a series of photos and stories. It was truly an engaging and entertaining program and spoke to the power of youth exchange in developing character and confidence in our young people.