Greetings Monadnock Rotarians!
Sorry for delay in reporting on our last meeting. Our guest was Nerissa Osborne of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Bill read a passage on the process of developing new products from idea to production using the development of Velcro as an example.
Jerry had “The Hat” and spoke about canoe club adventures he shared along with Ramona in Texas.  
Announcements included the following:
  • John Goodhue reminded the Club of the importance of supporting Rotary Foundation. Our goal is to have 100% participation for gifts of $100 or more.
  • Our June 12 meeting will be held in the Dublin Community Center. This will be an opportunity for socializing and highlighting our club projects. Bob Meissner suggests that each member commit to bringing a friend to learn more about Rotary. The evening will begin at 6:00. Members are asked to BYOB for themselves and their guests. For more information, see Jim Guy or Jerry Branch.
  • The “Pass the Gavel” party is scheduled for 5:30 on June 26 at the MacDowell Dam.
Bob Meissner introduced our speaker, Nerissa Osborne. Nerissa is a resident of Harrisville and grew up in Walpole, NH. Nerissa is a member of the Keene Business Network Group and a member of the Marlborough (VT) Dance Team of Morris and Sword Dancers.
She is the Marketing Director for the Ledger-Transcript and has been working to reach out to tradesmen and other advertisers in the greater Monadnock Region. The 16 communities served by the Ledger have the potential to draw businesses from Keene and beyond to serve clients. The newspaper has added staff to enhance their media presence and marketing efforts. They have recently moved their offices at 20 Grove Street to improve communication among departments. Their overarching goals are to provide regional news and advocate for positive change. Many in the area rely upon the Ledger to stay current with local activities and news. They are part of the New England Digital Team which is a consortium of regional newspapers. The work of helping companies and organizations identify potential customers has become more sophisticated. A new publication is being offered by mail to homes in the Antrim-Bennington area which promotes local businesses. The model has been showing promise and could be applied to other smaller markets. The newspaper is printed at the Concord Monitor and distributed twice a week.
Please make an extra effort to attend the meeting on June 12 at the Community Center. Jerry and Jim are working hard to make this a rewarding evening for the Club. Special thanks to Rosemary Guy for helping prepare the food for the evening.
See you tomorrow!