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May 2013 U Review
May 2013

Mark Your Calendar:

Cheshire Housing Trust 2013 Homebuyers Seminars
Seminars for first-time homebuyers.
Place: Stone Arch Village Senior Housing Community Room, 835 Court St., Keene, NH
Dates: Tuesday/Thursday, May 7 & 9, 2013
and Tuesday/Thursday, June 18 & 20, 2013
Times: 5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional dates and times in September and November. Free and open to the public.
For more information or to register, call
603-357-7603, ext. 103, or email

Dublin School Memorial Mile
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Monadnock United Way.
Place: Dublin School, Dublin, NH
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM
Cost: $20 age 18 and older; $15 age 17 and under
For more information call Michelle Lange at
603-562-6998, or email
The Community Kitchen 21st Annual
Golf Tournament

Presented by Fenton Family Dealerships.
Place: Keene Country Club, Keene, NH
Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM (shotgun start)
Cost: $150 per person ($600 per foursome)
For more information or to pre-register, call Jaime Rios at Toyota/Volvo of Keene at 603-354-5017, or email
Vision 2020 3rd Annual
Healthiest Community Summit

“Ready by 21: Ensuring all youth are prepared for school, work and life.” Keynote speaker: Karen Pittman, CEO and President of the Washington DC-based Forum for Youth Investment.
Place: Monadncok Covenant Church, Rte 9, Keene, NH
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM-3:00 PM (breakfast & lunch provided)
Free and open to the public.
For more information, or to RSVP, call Kelsey Plifka at 603-354-5454, ext. 2322, or email

Monadnock Worksource 22nd Annual
Golf Tournament

Proceeds help support services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the Monadnock Region.
Place: Crotched Mountain Golf Club, Francestown, NH
Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM (shotgun start)
Cost: $125 per person (includes greens fee, cart, and lunch).
For more information, contact Wickie at
603-924-3326, ext. 201, or email
Janis at

Healthy Start 5K Benefitting the Maternal and Child Health Program at HCS
Place: HCS, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM Registration; 8:30 AM 5K Walk begins; 9:00 AM 5K run begins; 9:10 AM 1.85-mile Walk begins.
Cost: $20 (register online through June 3rd)
Free t-shirts for all participants!
For more information call Jessica Snelling at
603-352-2253, or email

Monadnock Humane Society 25th Annual
Walk for Animals

Proceeds help care for their homeless animals.
Place: Dillant-Hopkins Airport, Airport Rd., Swanzey, NH
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM Registration; 10:00 AM Event begins.
For more information, or to be a sponsor, call Tammy Flecher at 603-352-9011, ext. 116, or email
Gary Beaman Memorial Golf Tournament
Benefits The Winchester Learning Center.
Place: Oak Ridge Golf Club, West Gill Rd., Gill, MA
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM Tee Time
For more information visit

In This Issue:

Air TimeMay on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 am Wednesday, May 15th will be the New Hampshire Pro Bono.

WKBK regularly features a Monadnock United Way agency on the third Wednesday of each month.

Coming June 29th
2nd Annual UPS “Touch-a-Truck”
benefiting SCS and
Keene Community Kitchen

Join UPS for their second annual Touch-a-Truck event benefiting Southwestern Community Services and the Keene Community Kitchen. This year's event will be held at the Market Basket in Swanzey from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Admission is $3.00 for kids 16 and under, adults are FREE!


Dublin School Memorial Mile

Dublin School located in Dublin, New Hampshire will host the first annual Dublin School Memorial Mile road race, Saturday May 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome to this community wide event.

Cost to run in the race is $15.00 for ages 17 and under on race day and $20.00 for ages 18 and older on race day with a race shirt included with the entry fee. Prizes for the top finishers as well as age group awards and other surprise award categories. Live music by the Dublin School band. Please register by visiting the race website:

The official 2013 charity of the Dublin School Memorial Mile is the Monadnock United Way. A portion of the proceeds after costs will be donated to the MUW to support their cause, helping those in need throughout the Monadnock Region.

A raffle will be held after the race. Donations from the raffle will be made to One Fund Boston Inc. to assist the people who were most affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

“We are excited to involve the greater community in a healthy activity for all ages and abilities, in an area of New Hampshire known for its beauty and active, outdoor lifestyle” says race director Michelle Lange.

For more information, contact Michelle Lange at
603-562-6998 or email at

Microspec Corporation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Dublin School Memorial Mile. Microspec Corporation has a global reputation manufacturing custom medical tubing with its headquarters located in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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Wink Faulkner Named Monadnock United Way General Campaign Chair
for the 2013-2014 Campaign

William “Wink” Faulkner of Spofford has been named General Campaign Chair for the Monadnock United Way (MUW) 2013-2014 campaign. In accepting the position, Faulkner stated, “I am deeply humbled and honored to have been asked to be General Campaign Chair” Faulkner thanked and congratulated out-going General Campaign Chair, WinkBill Goodwin, for his leadership, motivation, and running a strong campaign. Faulkner continued, “I want you to feel as energized as I am about the fact that the Monadnock United Way Board, the agencies we support, and the leaders of our community recognize the need for a community-wide focus on how we address the challenges in our communities. I look forward to working with each and every one of you during the upcoming campaign. It will be hard work, but we have done it in the past and we’ll do it again. Thank you.”

Faulkner has been involved with MUW for over 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities including: Loaned Employee, Leadership Giving Solicitor, Division Chair, Team Captain, Board of Directors, and Allocations Team Member and Chair. Other volunteer roles have included: President of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and serving on the board of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Keene. Currently he owns a packaging machinery importation business.

In his spare time, Faulkner enjoys time with his family, skiing, and playing golf with his sons.

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Vision 2020 Third Annual Healthiest Community Summit

“Ready by 21: Ensuring all youth are prepared for school, work, and life”

PittmanVision 2020 will host the third annual Healthiest Community Summit featuring keynote speaker, Karen Pittman, CEO and President of the Washington, DC-based, Forum for Youth Investment. Karen will present “Ready by 21: Ensuring all youth are prepared for school, work and life.” This event is free and open to the public and will be held at Monadnock Covenant Church, Rte 9 in Keene, NH from 7:30 AM-3:00 PM on Thursday, June 6. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Karen Pittman is one of our country’s top leaders on youth issues and has served as Director of the President’s Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton Administration and helped to create the America’s Promise initiative with General Colin Powell. She is the author of three books and dozens of articles on youth issues and has been honored with national awards as well as recognized in the NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50.

Additional topics discussed at the Summit will focus on the progress our community has made on Vision 2020 goals, a celebration of the accomplishments of Vision 2020 partners, and an opportunity to learn how local schools, work sites and organizations can become more involved with the Organizational Champions program.

For more information and to RSVP, please call Kelsey Plifka, Community Health Coordinator, at
603-354-5454, ext. 2322 or email:

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Can You Describe Your Organization in Five Words or Less?

By Katie Gardella

A few months ago, I wrote an article for the U Review on “The Elevator Speech” — distilling your organization’s case for support down to a one minute speech. Today, I’d like to discuss a further distillation: the Tag Line.

Lots of organizations have very effective tag lines; short statements that illustrate the essence of what they do. The following are a few examples:

  • Amnesty International: Exposing and preventing human-rights abuses
  • World Wildlife Fund: Protecting the future of nature
  • Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live

Why is a tag line important? We live in a fast-paced world. Having a concise, meaningful tag line that illustrates the essence of what you do will likely catch the eye (and heart) of a prospective donor visiting your website, reading your annual appeal, or glancing at your e-newsletter. It also helps everyone in your organization align around who you are and what you do.

Give it a try. Set up a brainstorming session and start with your mission statement. Then, try to come up with single words that illustrate the heart of what you do. Once you have the key words, you can focus on coming up with a sentence that fleshes out the key words and/or concepts. Make sure your tag line is easy to understand, meaningful, and resonates emotionally.

Once you have the tag line, make sure it is incorporated into all of your marketing materials, website, and fundraising appeals. Also, make sure everyone in the organization (board, staff, volunteers) knows and understands the tag line.

Katie Gardella is Founder and President of Prosper Fundraising Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in major gifts, board and staff development, and development planning. Please visit for more information and free resources.

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Healthy Start 5K to Benefit the Maternal and Child Health Programs at HCS

Healthy Start 5KYou can walk, you can run, but please don’t skip the Healthy Start 5K to Benefit the Maternal and Child Health Program of Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Sponsored by Markem-Imaje. The race begins and ends at HCS’ Keene headquarters at 312 Marlboro Street.

Proceeds will help Maternal and Child Health win a $5,000 challenge grant from the Finlay Foundation!

Event Details:

  • 7:30 AM Registration/Check-In Opens
  • 8:30 AM 5K Walk begins
  • 9:00 AM 5K Run begins
  • 9:10 AM 1.85-mile Walk begins

$20 Registration online through June 3, 2013. Free t-shirts for all participants!

Register online at You can also download a printable registration form.

For more information, contact Jessica Snelling at 352-2253,

HCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Orchard School & Community Center 2013 Summer Day Camps

Orchard School Camps

The Orchard School & Community Center has announced their week-long day camps for June 24th through August 9th, 2013. Camp hours are 8:30 AM-3:00 PM (extended care is available). Day camps are available for youth ages 6 through 14. Camps include a variety of options. For a full list of camps, download their brochure here.

Also, they are offering “Stars Camps” for kids ages 2-1/2-6 years old. These joyous camps provide a delightful time with sun, sand, water play, tending and picking snack from school gardens, trekking, making forts and fairy houses in the forest. Camps include an outdoor classroom and picnics every day! Stars Camp hours are 8:30 AM-2:30 PM with extended care available before and after. Enrollment options vary from 2-5 days per week, with a minimum of 2 weeks.

For more information, email Eleanor Elbers, Camp Program Director at

The Orchard School & Community Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Several June Golf Tournaments Benefiting Monadnock United Way Agencies

The Community Kitchen’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament

This year’s event will again be held at the Keene Country Club on Monday June 3, 2013. Shotgun start at 11:00 AM. A special $1,000,000 Shoot Out will be held at 10:30 AM.

For registration and additional information, contact Jaime Rios at Toyota/Volvo of Keene at 603-354-5017, or email

Monadnock Worksource’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

On Friday, June 7, 2013, Monadnock Worksource will hold its 22nd annual golf tournament at Crotched Mountian Golf Club in Francestown, NH.

Tee-off is at 8:30 AM. Shotgun start, 4-person scramble, prizes, lunch included. Register a team of three or four players, or sign up as an individual or a couple.

Monadnock Worksource relies on the proceeds from this event to help support services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the Monadnock Region.

For more information, contact Wickie at 603-924-3326 x 201 or email Janis at

The 2013 Gary Beaman Memorial Golf Tournament Benefiting The Winchester Learning Center

This year’s tournament will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the oak Ridge Golf Club in Gill, MA. Tee time is 8:00 AM.

The 2012 charity golf tournament raised over $13,500 thanks to many contributions and much enthusiastic participation.

For more information, visit

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SCS Energy Services

Energy Services will be scheduling appointments for anyone interested in the Energy Assistance Program throughout the Spring and Summer months. If someone has a disconnection notice from their utility and did not receive Fuel Assistance in the past twelve months, they are also more than welcome to contact us to apply for the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program.

Thank you and Happy Spring!

SCS Staff

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Agency/Program Wish List

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire
Paper shredder — 352-9536, ext. 106

The Community Kitchen
Delivery drivers to deliver take-home food boxes on Thursday mornings. Depending on the route, it would take 1-2 hours. Volunteers would need their own vehicle and be able to lift about 40 pounds. — 352-3200

Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC)
Volunteer drivers for the Eastern Monadnock region — 877-428-2882, ext. 5

Horse Power Therapeutic Riding at Touchstone Farm
Looking for volunteers for Horse Power Therapeutic Riding Touchstone Farm riding program — Terri, 654-8562

Keene Day Care Center
Washable markers, balls (any kind) — 352-2129

Keene Senior Center
Gardening hand tools for vegetable garden, paper towels, paper napkins, disposable coffee cups, IT volunteer to help with computer problems — 352-5037

MAPS Counseling Services
An acoustic guitar for an adolescent client who comes from a very impoverished background 355-2244

Monadnock Adult Care Center
Sewing machine Chris, 5322427

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS)
Digital camera, someone to tune our piano, a cloth to cover the piano keys, twin-sized bed linens, towels, wash cloths, bath mat, twin-sized comforter, Nintendo Wii, jelly stretch elastic for jewelry-making 352-5093

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
Personal hygiene kits: toothbrushes, deodorant, travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, lotion, razors and shaving cream — 352-3782

Monadnock Family Services
Baby soaps & lotions, baby food, bottles and toddler cups, teething rings, toilet paper & tissues, blankets, cleaning products, hand sanitizer/antibacterial wipes, utensils, sheets, cereal bowls, sponges, family-oriented DVDs, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, baggies etc., nonperishable food — Ann Foerster, 355-3040

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center
Keurig coffee machine — Kathy, 357-6893

Phoenix House Keene Center
Bicycle(s) in good working condition, area rugs, towels, percussion
instruments — Mary, 358-4041

WishingThe River Center
Garden tools for children and adults, seeds and seedlings for our gardens

The Samaritans, Inc.
Individually packaged snacks and/or beverages, crossword and Sudoku puzzle books — 357-5510

Southwestern Community Services
Plastic sealable totes with lids (large and medium), metal dressers, metal living room furniture, metal or tile tables for kitchen & living room, metal kitchen chairs, energy efficient light bulbs, personal care items, 35-gallon trash bags, twin sheets, new pillows, bath towels — Cathy Thornton, 352-7512, ext. 4295

Winchester Learning Center
Metal Tonka trucks and wagons, large and small — 239-7347

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