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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.

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. 
Past President Russ Hilliard
Dec 14, 2016
Russ, First Hopkinton Rotary Pres. provides a "Charter Moment'' Presentation
Past Pres. Pete Powers & Pres. Dave Luneau
Jan 04, 2017
Presidential Citation workshop
Melinda Byrne
Jan 11, 2017
Forensic Genealogy
Past Pres. Gerry Youngman & Pres. Dave Luneau
Feb 15, 2017
RI Club Central workshop
Bill Chapin, Jr. & Steve Chamberlin
Mar 01, 2017
School Budget
Neal Cass & Ken Traum
Mar 08, 2017
Town Budget
Board Members
Mar 15, 2017
Club Runner Workshop
Meredith Astles
Mar 22, 2017
Rotary Social Media Workshop

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