On Monday, September 27th, DG Mike dropped in on the Lancaster Rotary Club because PDG Larry Vars invited him to participate in an in-meeting service project and Mike wanted to share this idea throughout the District.  It was a perfect project heading into Thanksgiving (all the fixings for turkey noodle soup) and would be easy to duplicate!  For anyone who has taken part in a Rise Against Hunger meal-packing experience, this was set up just like that.  Here’s the scoop.  

Teamwork at its Best! 

As we all know, Rotary not only impacts our communities and the world, but also allows us to meet new friends to work together in various projects.  The most recent collaborative project in District 7850 involves six clubs and checks off the SEVENTH and newest area of focus:  Supporting the Environment!  Three of the clubs involved, White Mountains, North Conway, and Ossipee are located in the Mt Washington Valley and the other three, Bristol, Lincoln-Woodstock, and Bristol are located in the Western White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Members from each of the clubs have been meeting regularly to organize two major cleanup projects covering two very popular scenic areas of New Hampshire – the Kancamagus Highway and Pinkham Notch.  
Wilkins Harley-Davidson interviewed Karl Rinker who gave us a video rundown on what's going on in Barre! The Rotary Club of Barre is hosting an event called the "Barre Art Splash".
On Sunday May 16th, Members of Randolph Sunrise Rotary Club gathered to prepare packages of soup mix for the Randolph Food Shelf. Thanks to their efforts, 150 packets were prepared, each feeding 8 people for a total of 1200 meals!  The packages will be delivered to the Food Shelf on Tuesday.  
 
Thank you to all who donated and all who helped out with the project.  Special thanks to John & Leslie Holmes for their generous monetary donation. And thanks to Jennifer Jolls for making the labels for each package of soup.  
The "March for Kamp" is a community-wide walking challenge fundraiser to support Kamp Iwannahavfun organized by the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club. The goal is for each participant to commit to walking at least 31 miles in the 31 days of March. We would love to see families and local businesses all making an effort to get active and help us provide scholarship funds for local children to attend our popular summer camp. This is a great small group activity and can be done safely and socially distanced. 
 
The Rotary Clubs of Bristol, Lincoln-Woodstock, North Conway, Ossipee, Plymouth, and White Mountains invite you to join with us to brighten up our area’s most scenic highways, byways, and trailheads. The more volunteers we attract, the more impact we will have. We are looking for support from individuals, other service clubs and organizations, chambers of commerce, school groups, churches, municipalities, area businesses, and anyone who would like to join us as we Clean Up New Hampshire.
The Cohase Rotary eClub recently sponsored a pet food drive to assist pet owners facing economic challenges and to help support organizations committed to animal welfare.  The event was held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Hannaford Supermarket in Bradford, Vermont.  The response from the community was overwhelming with over 1000 pounds of pet food and supplies donated by over 200 families and individuals. 
Greetings from Honduras!  Here is a brief update on projects...after the hurricanes left many homeless and the pandemic caused many to lose their jobs we raised $2,685.00 from clubs and individuals for food.  The cost is about $10 per bag per family. .  One photo is of the staples included in the bags...not including 3 pounds of beans and 5 pounds of rice which were also added.
Congratulations to Morrisville, who have earned the Rotary Citation, and and North Conway Rotary Club, who have earned the Rotary Citation Platinum, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, these clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
I like to say to my kids, “News at 11”.  Well this is, news at 11.  You have heard me say on our calls, I have been concerned about hybrid meetings.  I attended my first hybrid meeting as a Zoom attendee --- the Randolph Sunrise Club, with Club President Sonny Holt.  Their speaker, Sarah Tuberty was excellent, her talk was based on her life with a disability and her passion for starting, the organization, Disarming Disability.  https://www.disarmingdisability.com/,  
 
 
On Friday September 25, 2020 at 11:45 am, the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club will host a special videoconference meeting featuring a talk by Rear Admiral Douglas Perry.  All are welcome!  Mark your calendars and check this space for updated details of the meeting info. 
People of Action
Despite the changes in protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our clubs continue to find many creative ways to remain active and in service in our local communities.  We are pleased and honored to share just a few of their many stories with you.