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Keene Elm City

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Stone Arch Village
835 Court Street
PO Box 1786
Keene, NH  03431
United States of America
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Do you know about Keene Elm City Rotary and Greater Keene Rotaract Club's Thanksgiving in July project?  We have teamed up to combat food insecurity for kids in our region who during the school year get free and reduced priced breakfast and lunch at school, for example, but don't have enough to eat while school is not in session. These kids are identified by the The Community Kitchen, and boxes are loaded up and given to their families.
KECR and Keene Rotaract collected more than a half ton of food donations and over $889 so far.  The past week culminated in a terrific night at the Keene Swampbats where we collected food and contributions to give to The Community Kitchen. 
We will continue to collect funds during the year to reduce food insecurity for children and families in our region. No child should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Here is a link to make a donation on our Partners at the Table Crowdrise site.

KECR Rotarian Ted McGreer and local chef/restaurateur Luca Paris have also jumped in to lend their help with this super-fun video aimed at raising awareness and more funds to combat this terrible social issue. Check out their next installment of What's Next with Ted and Luca in support of Thanksgiving in July. Please share to bring greater support and awareness! Click here for the video!

Follow ME (Move Everyday) sneaker deliveries made the news. 
WMUR was with us on Winchester school sneaker delivery day.  Watch us talk about the importance of Moving Everyday and then fitting the Winchester 2nd graders with sneakers.   Check out the video 
Our club recently recognized the efforts of five individuals pursuing higher education by awarding them with financial support. KECR started the scholarship program based at the NH Charitable Foundation in the early 2000's.
Applications for the scholarships are accepted in early spring and each successful awardee must embody the Rotary ideal of "service above self". 
The following is an excerpt from the Scholarship Fund description and criteria.
2018 was another great year for educating 2nd graders of Cheshire County about the importance of incorporating physical activity into their daily lives.
The Follow Me (Move Everyday) and Sneaker project continues to thrive and grow. This year KECR collaborated with composer Peter Siegel and NH Dance Institute instructor Kristen Leach to develop a song, dance and music video produced by Katie Day and 710 Main Productions and demonstrated by NHDI dancers.
The video is upbeat, fun and has a lot of meaningful messages! View the video here!
KECR TV has launched a new You Tube program describing our Move Everday Sneaker Project and the incredible impact it has on our region's 2nd graders! Check it out here!
Thank you to Phil Hueber our show's producer and director and panel participants Susan Newcomer, Ted McGreer, Denise Thomas and Rudy Fedrizzi. 
We are pleased to publish Episode 5 of the Keene Elm City Rotary Show featuring Ann Henderson, Alan Stroshine and Sara Pelkey. The 30 minute show describes the annual trip to El Salvador where the club has an ongoing partnership with the Noroeste Rotary Club in San Salvador. The purpose of the trip each year is to build housing and sanitation projects and improve the lives of El Salvador citizens.

KECR recently recognized the efforts of Steve Gilbert, columnist for the Keene Sentinel newspaper with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Rudy Fedrizzi presented Gilbert with the award citing his many contributions to the Greater Keene community. Rudy and other members commented on Steve's remarkable ability to capture the essence of a person, program or place with his unique writing style.  Keene Sentinel Executive Editor Paul Miller participated in the recognition ceremony along with Steve's wife and one of his two daughters. 
Please enjoy The KECR Show Episode 3: Polio Eradication Program.
Hosted by Kemal Atkins with guests Allen Mendelson and Dr. Bob Englund discussing Rotary's Polio Eradication efforts.
This show will be airing on Cheshire TV, Facebook and on our permanent page on this website at

We are very excited to announce that the Keene Elm City Rotary Television Show has been launched. Episode 1 is a 30 minute program, “What is Rotary”. Cheryl Belair, Alan Stroshine and Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart discuss how Rotary was founded, Rotary International programs including Polio Plus and several impactful programs by our Club including the DeMar marathon, Jamaica Wheelchair and Second Grade Sneaker programs.

Imbedded in the video are drone video shots of last year’s DeMar, amazing how clear and well composed the shots are! Shows the race and our beautiful community in an entirely new light. 

We will be producing a 30 minute program each month and each will focus on a specific club project or initiative. The January program will discuss the Club’s Scholarship Program, supported by a six figure endowment. And the February program will be focussed on the Rotary International Polio Plus Program that is very close to complete eradication - only a handful of very isolated cases exist.

A big thank you to the folks at Cheshire TV and members Phil Hueber and Dan White.

The program may be viewed on Cheshire TV or via You Tube

The Shoe Crew, consisting of 60+ Rotarians and a few non-Rotarian volunteers, is in the process of delivering over 640 pairs of sneakers and socks to 2nd Graders in 27 schools in Cheshire County.  We're delighted to be doing this but the smiles, hugs and thank yous from the children receiving sneakers is amazing! 
Follow "ME", a KECR program,  is giving one FREE pair of new, high-quality sneakers as part of a larger overall wellness program.  We hope that new sneakers will inspire the kids to become advocates of movement by Moving Everyday ("ME") in their own way: running, biking, swimming, jumping, etc.  We have partnered with Advocates For Healthy Youth and Healthy Monadnock 2020 to help make this program and the Kids DeMar possible. 
The Kids DeMar is open to all 1st-5th grades in the Monadnock Region.  The kids need to complete 25 miles of exercise over the summer and have that exercise signed off by their teacher or physical education instructor at the beginning of their year in order to complete the 1.2 miles of the DeMar which is the last Sunday of September, annually. 
As a result of our wellness efforts, which include providing dictionaries to 3rd graders, we have had many community organizations ask to partner with us.  In addition to sneakers and socks, we also gave free passes to the Keene Family YMCA, MoCo Arts and Cheshire Children's Museum to every 2nd grader in Cheshire County, courtesy of those organizations.
We love this program and hope we inspire other organizations to get involved.
Follow "ME" and Move Everyday!
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