Greetings Monadnock Rotarians

With only two days remaining until the start of the baseball season, club members were upbeat during the meeting yesterday. John Goodhue gave a summary of his childhood and career in the maritime industry for Opening Words and Dale Gable had “The Hat”. His ship was on patrol in the Bering Strait and was the first U.S. Coast Guard ship to respond on March 25, 1989 to the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound while entering the port the previous day. He described the efforts of his crew and local residents to mitigate the effects of the oil spill and the lack of response equipment available to address the damage.

Our speakers were Kristen Leach, Artistic Director and Tim Conrow, Administrative Assistant of the New Hampshire Dance Institute. NHDI has been inexistence for 32 years and has served thousands of greater Monadnock area children through its’ school programs. NHDI teachers work with students in their school buildings during the year to learn dance techniques in preparation for the annual Memorial Day event held at Keene State College. All rehearsals and more importantly, Kristin called their activities a “non-competitive sport” where children learn to work together and enjoy dance as part of their weekly schedule. All rehearsals and shows are accompanied by professional musicians with Kristin responsible for the choreography and story lines. While all families are expected to contribute financially and by volunteering, children are not turned away due to a lack of funds.


The Peterborough Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be held on April 1. On April 2, the 4 Way Test lunch will be held. Judges are needed and lunch will be provided. May 7, Monadnock Chorus will be performing during lunch.

Roadside cleanup is scheduled for the morning of May 12.

The Executive Board will meet March 28 at DGS at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome.

On April 3, the scheduled speaker will be Ken Abbott of ABTech. Vance has Opening Words and Jerry has “The Hat”. On April 10, Tom B. has Opening Words and Jim F has “The Hat” (if he has returned from the SW).

See you Tuesday!