Hungry Bear Farm

On November 9. 2021, Gene Jonas from Hungry Bear Farm joined the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club via Zoom to discuss local farming and the importance and value of local resources for food.
For more information about Hungry Bear Farm and what Gene has been up to, refer to this link:
Hungry Bear Farm Greg Robidoux 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

MAPS Counseling Services

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Bethann Clauss joined the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club meeting via Zoom to discuss the services that MAPS Counseling Services provides to the community.
To learn more about MAPS, please visit their website at
MAPS Counseling Services Greg Robidoux 2021-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

Nuttin Ordinary Tour

On October 26, 2021, the Grand Monadnock Rotary club was visited by Adam and Josh from Nuttin Ordinary which is in the same building as where the club meets. Adam gave an overview of what has been going on with the company and then we were given a tour of the Nuttin Ordinary facility by Josh and Adam.
Nuttin Ordinary Tour Greg Robidoux 2021-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

River Center

On October 12, 2021, Margaret Nelson from the River Center spoke at the Grand Monadnock Rotary meeting to discuss the current things the River Center is doing along with their extensive list of volunteers. Margaret also said the River Center is always looking for new volunteers and needs help with volunteers that can assist with tax returns.
River Center Greg Robidoux 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Afghanistan Samsortya

On September 21, 2021, Mariam Raqib from Afghanistan Samsortya join the Grand Monadnock Rotary club via Zoom to discuss how Afghans can be supported now and also how she supports needed environmental revitalization in Afghanistan. She discussed her background in Afghanistan as a young child and how and why she started this organization to help rebuild the environment with new trees and clean water.
To learn more about this program please visit:
Afghanistan Samsortya Greg Robidoux 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Join the Community Walk for Recovery

Join the Community Walk For RecoverySave The Date

Join the third annual Community Walk for Recovery, sponsored by Grand Monadnock Rotary:

  • Date: Sunday, October 17th, 1 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Walkers: register and leave Putnam Park between 1 pm and 2 pm for a 3-mile walk to Adams Park and back

  • Visit regional leaders in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for answers to your questions, referral resources, and help for you and those you love. 

  • Listen to our Keynote speaker at 3 pm.

Goals for the Community Walk For Recovery include:

  • Reframing the issue of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) as a Public Health crisis and an illness that can be overcome with treatment and support,

  • Raising funds to support regional Prevention, Treatment and Recovery programs in schools and in the communities around the area

  • Raising awareness of the Prevention, Treatment and Recovery options from regional leaders and agencies on the front lines of the SUD crisis, and

  • Destigmatizing public discussion of treatment and recovery and building public support to welcome people in recovery back into the mainstream with jobs, housing and a sense of belonging to a community that cares about them.

Come walk with us at Putnam Park! Visit the exhibits and learn about regional Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. Meet others who share your goals and celebrate the fact that people can and do recover from SUD with appropriate support and treatment. See you on 10/17!

Join the Community Walk for Recovery Greg Robidoux 2021-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
New Peterborough Library presented Tom Westheimer 2021-09-15 04:00:00Z 0 NH,Peterborough,Rotary

A Healthy Democracy is Good Business

On August 31, 2021, Brian Beihl, Deputy Director of Open Democracy, attended the Grand Monadnock Rotary club meeting to discuss how business & civic leaders can play a role in a vital democracy without being partisan, and at the same time encourage younger workers to stay, keep employees engaged at work but also engaged in the community, and make sure our election system works for everyone.   
A poster for 'A Healthy Democracy is Good Business' states, "When everyone can participate in our electoral process, and they are properly and fairly represented, our government and economy work better for all."  Civic and business leaders play a critical role in helping to defend our freedoms, and by doing so, can help keep our democracy and economy strong. 

The nonpartisan Open Democracy, founded by Dublin's Doris "Granny D" Haddock, advocates for "an equal voice for all," whether that is equalizing the voice of the voter with that of special interests, making sure voting districts are created with a fair, nonpartisan & transparent process, or by making sure that everyone has the freedom to vote. 
Brian also leads the six Open Democracy Teams around the state as they engage with local, state and federal governments on democracy issues.  He recently moved to Alton Bay, NH, but was a 35-year resident of Antrim, where he was a business and community leader for many years, and citizen of the year in 2013.  He also was a Scoutmaster, chair of the Mt Monadnock District of Scouts BSA, and served on the Daniel Webster Council, among many community roles.   
A Healthy Democracy is Good Business Greg Robidoux 2021-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Peterborough new fire station and municipal campus design

On August 24, 2021, Ed Walker, Peterborough Fire Chief, discussed the new proposed Peterborough fire station and municipal campus planned for Elm Street. 

Ed gave an overview of Peterborough Fire & Rescue history and various buildings that have been used over the years. In addition, he spoke about the EMS services it performs in Peterborough and surrounding towns. Ed discussed the plans for building a new municipal campus and how that would benefit residents and Peterborough Fire & Rescue.

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, September 1st for people to learn more about the project and to get their questions answered.
Peterborough new fire station and municipal campus design Greg Robidoux 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lionheart Classical Academy

On August 17, 2021, Barry Tanner spoke at the Rotary meeting and discussed plans for a new public charter school in Peterborough, NH named Lionheart Classical Academy. The school will begin as K-5 with plans to add an additional grade each year until becoming a K-12 school. The plan is to open the school in the fall of 2022.  The current proposed location will be 10 Sharon Road in Peterborough. Enrollment will be offered through a lottery system and is available to students in the surrounding towns.
Lionheart Classical Academy Greg Robidoux 2021-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Monadnock Community Early Learning Center

On August 10, 2021, the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club invited Louise Danforth (see picture below) from Monadnock Community Early Learning Center (MCELC) to talk about the learning center and some of the challenges during the pandemic. MCELC was selected to serve as a preschool for essential workers by the State of NH and operated during the pandemic. Louise talked about the challenges of operating a preschool during the pandemic and the protocols used to keep children and staff safe. She also talked about the challenges facing preschools now and in the future and proposed initiatives to expand early childhood education.
Louise Danforth is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Monadnock Community Early Learning Center. She also served as Executive Director of the school before becoming Program Director at Monadnock Community Hospital in the fall of 2008. 
Judy Watkins from Monadnock Community Early Learning Center was going to join us as well, but she was unable to attend due to last minute scheduling changes. Judy was appointed Executive Director of Monadnock Community Early Learning Center in 2019 and, in NH, has also worked at the Crotched Mountain Foundation and Concord Head Start.
Monadnock Community Early Learning Center Greg Robidoux 2021-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Fourth Rotary Cruz-In Event of 2021 Announced

The Grand Monadnock Rotary Club has announced it will hold the fourth Cruz-In event of the 10th year on Sunday morning, August 15th, 2021, at the Depot Square parking lot in downtown Peterborough, between 9:00 and 12:00.

The event is open to all makes and models of vintage or special interest cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles.  The event is free to attendees, and all are welcome - there is no fee to display a vehicle.  So, get your 1959 Mack Truck, 1967 Ferrari Dino 206SP, 1961 Dodge Challenger Convertible, or 1954 Mercury Convertible out of storage, wash and polish it, and get it to Cruz-In. 

The event is free for all to attend, and all special vehicles are welcome for display. 
For other information about the Cruz-in event, call John Kaufhold at 603-801-8364.
The Cruz-In will take place the third Sunday of each summer month in the Depot Square Parking lot in downtown Peterborough from 9 to 12.
This will be the third exciting Cruz-In event of the 2021 season.  
Fourth Rotary Cruz-In Event of 2021 Announced  Greg Robidoux 2021-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

First Hybrid Meeting for 2021

On August 3, 2021, the Grand Monadnock Rotary held its first hybrid meeting after a year plus of having online only meetings.  There were 18 people in attendance for the meeting which was held at MaXT Makerspace in Peterborough NH. 
Our guest speaker was John Therriault from Monadnock Beekeepers’ Association. John retired in Keene NH after a career in high tech with IBM, Lockheed Martin and Danaher.  He began to garden and noticed the lack of honeybees.  This led him to research honeybees and pollinators that in turn led to beekeeping.   He keeps bees in 5 different kinds of hives, captures swarms and removes honeybees from buildings.  He is the President of the Monadnock Beekeepers' Association and an alternate member of the Keene Conservation Commission.  John discussed pollinator protection and provided lots of great information about the importance of this and creating environments to support pollinators.
First Hybrid Meeting for 2021 Greg Robidoux 2021-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Speech Contest

Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest Offers Prize Money to High School Students

The Rotary Four Way Test offers guidance for ethical and honest relationships in our personal and professional lives. All High School students living in the Conval School District are invited to compete in the Grand Monadnock Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest with a top prize of $250! 
You must prepare your speech based on the Rotary Four Way Test, showing ALL FOUR (4) of the questions as applied to your life or a segment of society and demonstrate its impact. This is the Rotary Four Way Test:
Topics are up to you. Coaching and gathering feedback are encouraged, but students are responsible for creating and delivering their own speech. Speeches must be between 5 and 7 minutes long and will be delivered over Zoom in late April and early May.


  • First place: $250
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50

Important dates:

  • Contest Entry Registration closes: Tuesday, April 20th
  • First Zoom Round to determine top 3 speeches: Tuesday, April 27th, 7 pm
  • Top 3 Zoom speeches contest for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize: Tuesday, May 4th, 7:00 pm

Click here to download the Four Way Test Speech Contest Rules.

Click here to Register: Enter the Four Way Test Speech Contest.

Confirmation of your contest entry will be sent by email. A Zoom link to the contest and the time slot assigned for your speech will be sent approximately a week before the contest begins.
For questions about entry and the contest, contact GMRC president Harry Wolhandler <Harry(at)> 
Four Way Test Speech Contest Harry Wolhandler 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Messages to the Community from the Recovery Community

Messages to the Community
from the Recovery Community

Help share our message of hope for those in Recovery and encouragement for those seeking sobriety.
Please share this video with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and the rest!
(Video of 2020 Community Recovery Fair by Reality Check)
Messages to the Community from the Recovery Community Harry Wolhandler 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Community Walk For Recovery Harry Wolhandler 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Grand Monadnock Rotary Club Launched in Region

Grand Monadnock Rotary Club Launched in Region
There’s a new Rotary club in the region, the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club (GMRC). Rotary clubs are formed of business, professional and community leaders committed to service to our communities and our world. Their tag line, “Serving Our Towns & Our World”, underscores Rotarian’s commitment to improving conditions in the world around them, and the power of community members to help make things happen.
Grand Monadnock Rotary Club Launched in Region Harry Wolhandler 2020-07-07 04:00:00Z 0


Free Re-Usable Masks Distributed by Grand Monadnock Rotary Club
Mask Up NH - Together We Flatten The Curve!As we all know, the number of Covid-19 isn’t going away soon. We need to Mask-UP for summer.  Rotary has stepped up to make a difference.  Grand Monadnock Rotary Club has partnered with the Rotary Club of Plymouth NH and the Common Man Restaurants to distribute 3000 masks free.  The distribution will be on July 10, 3 pm - 7 pm and July 11th 10 am to 2 pm at South Meadow School in Peterborough.
GMRC Sponsors MASK UP NH Harry Wolhandler 2020-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary sponsors "Angst-The Movie"

Grand Monadnock Rotary Sponsors "Angst" - The Movie      
Angst, an lndieFlix documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety, includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.  Screened in schools and theaters around the world, the film and materials provide tools, resources and above all, hope.
Click for more info
Rotary sponsors "Angst-The Movie" Pegg Monahan 2020-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Watch Community Walk For Recovery video Harry Wolhandler 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Community Walk For Recovery - Great Success!

Posted by Harry Wolhandler
Monadnock Rotary Club hosted its first annual Community Walk for Recovery from Substance Use Disorder on October 20, 2019, from Dublin School to Historic Harrisville (3 miles).  One hundred people walked and then attended presentations about recovery. The exhibitors were Monadnock Voices for Prevention, The Doorway (Cheshire Medical Center), Phoenix House (Dublin), Monadnock Family Services, Maps Counseling Services, Reality Check, Keene Serenity Center, and Better Life Partners. 
Speakers presented information about  the  community and state  efforts  including Jay Kahn, NH State Senator; Polly Morris, PRSS-FO,  Harbor Homes,  Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi, WRJ Public Health Services District. Life stories were told by recovery advocates: Shawn Maguire, Sam Abbot, and Tom Davison.  
Financial Sponsors included: Monadnock Rotary District 7870, local Rotarians, Aldworth Manor, All Saints Church-Peterborough, anonymous donors, Rev Sandi Albom, Bar Harbor Bank, Belletetes, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Monadnock Community Hospital, Monadnock Paper Mills/Verney Foundation, Rivermead, Peterborough Rotary Club, Phoenix House, and Yankee Publishing.  Donors included the walkers and others who attended presentations. Media supporters included Monadnock Ledger Transcript, Keene Sentinel, Monadnock Radio Group and Silver Direct. This fundraiser is to provide Rotary grants to support front line organizations in the recovery and prevention community. 
Community Walk For Recovery - Great Success! Harry Wolhandler 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
MRC Community Walk For Recovery Harry Wolhandler, Event Chair 2019-09-20 04:00:00Z 0