Rotary Log for April 22, 2021
Our pandemic President opened this Earth Day meeting with the notion that we are the most down-to-earth club in the Rotary world. As usual, the Pledge was a cacophonous Zoom audio.
Don Chick’s talented hen pecked out a serviceable America the Beautiful. Judy will not soon be replaced.
And John Rice evoked a heavenly spirit of truth and justice following the Minneapolis verdict. An avid hiker, John also suggested that the grandeur of New Hampshire’s mountains is an apt preserver of soul and peace in challenging times.
*Contact Jon or Nancy Notis to join a rejuvenated marketing/media committee.
* Jon expressed annoyance at Steve Wood’s ability to recruit 12 new cashiers. Seems the Prez only got one taker to help his club zoom techies.
*Caitlyn Hassett continues to look for Vocational Awards nominees to be submitted by May 15.
*The Exeter Rotary Club is selling tickets to a wine raffle- $100 dollars each for a chance at a $1000 wine value. No cheap stuff, according to the fundraisers.
Meet a Rotarian
Today’s featured interviewee was Caitlin Burke. We learned that Ms. Burke is a new mother with a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. She is in her second year as a member of the Board of Directors. Owing to Lindsey’s maternity leave, Caitlin, the Assistant Secretary, has been bumped up to Acting Secretary. No “act” there; she is doing a terrific job. Outside of Rotary, Caitlin is a commercial real estate broker. Thank you for your service to Rotary, Caitlin!
The speaker- no head in the clouds
Priscilla introduced Donna Dunn, Interim Director of the Mount Washington Observatory ( An indication of the interest in today’s program was the engagement with Dunn before the opening bell was rung.
The Mount Washington Observatory (or Obs for those in the know) is a non-profit organization. It advances the understanding of the natural systems that create the world’s weather and climate. Underwriting the mission are a host of paid members, sponsors, donors, grants, and contracts.
The work of the Observatory includes maintenance of a manned weather station atop Mount Washington, data collection, daily ongoing human observation, educational programming, product testing, and more.
Some fun facts:
-Mt Washington observers recorded the world’s second highest wind speed on April 12, 1934: a stunning 231 mile per hour.
-The average annual wind speed is 35 MPH.
-Average daily temperature: a cold 28 degrees.
-There is fog atop the mountain an average of 220 days a year.
-The maximum annual snowfall was 566 inches.
It is remarkable that, despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to prevent it, the station is staffed year-round. An intrepid team of six observers is on the Summit 24-7. The team, supported by nine office staffers in North Conway, records temperature, wind, barometric pressure, and precipitation on an hourly basis.
The human element to observations includes visibility, precipitation, and cloud types, as well as data verification. Despite daunting weather conditions, ongoing equipment maintenance, not the least of which is de-icing, is a constant challenge. Ascending and descending the mountain is also a frequent contest with the elements.
It was fascinating to learn that the Mt. Washington Observatory has been a weather beacon in the sky since 1932. The “Obs” continues its important work of documenting climate change, forecasting weather, testing equipment, and protecting air travelers and recreational enthusiasts.
A well-received presentation concluded with an equally engaging question and answer period.
Respectfully submitted, Neal Ouellett
Photo captures by Don Chick