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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Congregational Parish House
1548 Hopkinton Road
Hopkinton, NH  03229
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Hopkinton Rotary is holding its annual Banks Cheverolet Scholarship Golf Tournament on Juy 27 at Concord Country Club. The tournament has been an annual event since 1998. All proceeds go to support scholarships for Hopkinton youth. There are two ways to sign up to play and support this event. Starting on July 13 you can sign up and pay online at: http://birdeasepro.com/BanksRotaryTourney 
or for you traditionalists a paper registration is available as well:
Hope to see you there!



Call for Nominations
During 2015, the Town’s 250th Anniversary Year, Hopkinton Rotary will recognize an outstanding citizen who
exemplifies Rotary’s motto “Service above Self.”  The Outstanding Citizen will be announced and recognized at a special Rotary function to be held in June 2015.
Nomination Criteria
The individual should live or operate a business in the Town of Hopkinton, and his/her activities should be centered in the area.  Recognition is being given for leadership and performance in several areas of community service over a period of years.  Nominations are being sought for individuals from all walks of life.
Nomination Procedure and Rules
Please submit an individual for consideration by email or mail with a short letter of explanation and recommendation about why the nominee fulfills the following criteria: 
  • Exemplifies the Rotary motto “Service above Self.”
  • Has demonstrated leadership and performance in several areas of community service over a number of years.
  • Has contributed to the general benefit of the community as a whole.
All nominations will be kept confidential.
The Award will not be given posthumously.
No member of the Hopkinton Rotary Club or seated elected official will be eligible for consideration as an Outstanding Citizen.
Please submit your nominations for Outstanding Citizen by May 15, 2015:
By mail:  Outstanding Citizen, Hopkinton Rotary, P.O. Box 243, Contoocook, NH  03229
Please feel free to address any questions to Chair Pete Powers at 746-4379 or e-mail Gayle Kimball at gaylekimballjd@gmail.com .

On March 24, 2015 Hopkinton Rotary hosted the Four Way Test Speech contest at the Hopkinton Town Library. Hopkinton Middle High School English teacher Susan McClellan  assembled six students to compete in the contest: Cydonia Hubicki, Kenneth Andrew, Caitlyn McGlashan, Evan SchindewolfDominic Repucci and Joseph Norris. Irv Gordon was the MC for the event and scoring was ably provided by Rotarians Laura Beaudoin and Mike Metcalf and Hopkinton resident Matt Cairns.  As usual, the content of all six speeches was excellent making our judges job extremely difficult. Finishing in first place was Cydonia Hubicki and second place was awarded to Joe Norris. Ms. Hubicki will compete in the district semi-finals on April 19 at the Henniker Community Center.


Hopkinton Rotary Hosts Candidate Forum

On March 1, 2015 Hopkinton Rotary hosted the Candidate Forum at the Hopkinton Town Library Community room. The event was moderated by Hopkinton Rotary President-elect James Newsom and attended by over 50 town voters. Candidates present included for selectman, incumbant George Langwasser and challenger Steve Lux, and for the two open budget committee seats Ginni Haines, Amy Bogart and Deborah Norris.  Questions for the candidates were submitted by the audience. Popular topics included attracting new businesses to town, preservation of our quality of life, propery taxes and the relationship of the town with the Hopkinton State Fair board. 


Winter, 2015
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.


Eric Schlepphorst
Hopkinton Rotary President 2014-15 



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