Mental Health First Aid

This past Wednesday, we were thrilled to welcome Suellen Griffin from West Central Behavorial Health.  WCBH is a well known, local facility for behavioral health care.  Ms. Griffin discussed a new initiative of the state that WCBH is leading which is Mental Health First Aid. 

The program focuses on educating the public on Mental Health and warning signs for those who may require treatment of some sort.  The program also aims to bring awareness of Mental Health in order to better treat those in need and to reduce the stigma associated with receiving treatment from a Mental Health provider.

For more information visit WCBH’s website

Malayaka Project

Thanks to our speaker yesterday, Brett Wright from the Ludlow VT Rotary Club.  Mr. Wright presented us with his club’s initiative to help the Malayaka House Orphanage in Uganda build a solar panel electrical system for the orphanage which houses more than 30 Ugandan children and their “Aunties”.  The orphanage suffers greatly from an operational perspective as well as significant safety concerns, from the lack of consistent electrical power.  The Ludlow Club is looking to raise $10,000 towards the project from other clubs in the district, including Newport.  Mr. Wright was accompanied by Amy, who works to support the Malayaka House through purchasing local Ugandan coffee beans and roasting and selling them locally here in New England.   Overall, it was a great presentation and here is all the websites for additional information.

Dowsing in NH

Newport Rotary’s own Peter Martin demonstrated the skill of Dowsing to the Club back on January 2nd.  Dowsing is an ancient practice of using simple tools to locate water below the ground.   Who knew?!

Peter is an expert Dowser and not only demonstrated his talents for us but he is an active participant in the Dowsing community.  Here is a video he produced with the American Society of Dowsers


A Visit From the GO Girl!

Yesterday’s speaker was Carol Williams from Efficient Productivity Systems.  Carol highlighted 5 Tips for Productivity in 2013:

  1. Know your passion and purpose
  2. Plan the work and work the plan
  3. Map it
  4. Make a meal with the garnish
  5. Embrace technology but don’t ignore the basics

For more information on deciphering the above tips or for more details check out her website for contact information!

Did You Know: There is a Coke Machine at the top of Mt. Washington

Well neither did we until Newport’s own David McCrillis presented pictures from his recent “Presidential Traverse”.  David’s trek was made even more difficult as he did it overnight and in the dark. 

It’s a well known challenge for avid hikers from all over.  So popular it even has its own page on Wikipedia which gives great details about the hike!


Library Arts Center Director, Kate Niboli

Today’s speaker Kate spoke of the importance of shopping locally this holiday season.  The Newport community has a great variety of retail options to meet almost all of your holiday gift giving needs.

Also check out the “Gallery of Gifts” event hosted by the Library Arts Center where there are over 90 artists and a great variety of gifts featured.  Here is the link for more details!

Thanks Kate for being our speaker today!