Community, Vocational and International Service Activities

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Rotary Bookshelf Program

The Rotary Bookshelf Program is a community service program whereby each Rotarian, during his/her birthday month, receives a reminder letter describing the program and requesting a donation of $50.00 to be sent to a library of his/her choice for the express purpose of purchasing new library books felt to benefit the community as a whole.

Community Reinvestment

Rotary’s “service above self” includes making charitable contributions to support local programs and to benefit people in our community. The Community Reinvestment Committee receives and reviews and approves local requests for funding throughout the year.

Jane's Kids

A basic wardrobe is provided for needy school children who are referred to the Club by school or social service officials.
You may contact the Jane's Kids program at


Community Service Projects
  • ADOPT A HIGHWAY - The club cleans up trash on a two mile stretch of Route 9 near Otter Brook Dam as part of the national highway cleanup program.
  • FISHING DERBY - The club puts on a free Kids Fishing Derby in May at Robin Hood Pond to promote quality time between parents and children and drug free healthy activities.
  • BANNER PROGRAM - The club manages the 30 - four seasonal sponsor banner program in downtown Keene.
  • SENIOR APPRECIATION DAY - The club coordinates activities with seniors one day each October to show appreciation.
Success By Six

Success By 6 encourages and facilitates community collaborations and partnerships to ensure that our young children are born healthy, remain healthy, nurtured and ready to successfully enter school by age 6.

Members of both the Keene Rotary Club and Elm City Rotary Club serve on Success By 6 and commit funds to promote activities that are aimed to further the mission and vision in Keene and the surrounding area. We work with ChildFirst, Cheshire Smiles, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, schools, day care providers and others who provide care and services for children up to the age of 6.  Our Family Resource Guide is available on this website.

You may contact the Success by Six program at


Interact / Student Rotarians

Interact is the youth portion of Rotary. Our local Interact Club is made up of just under 100 students in grades 10, 11, and 12. The 12th graders are called Student Rotarians and participate in some weekly Rotary meetings. An adult Rotarian serves as advisor to Interact. Meetings are normally held at the high school either immediately after school or at night on the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of July and August.

Student Loan Program

The purpose of the Educational Loan Committee is to assist junior and senior undergraduate college students by providing interest free loans that must be repaid after graduation. The Committee solicits applications, screens the applications for eligibility, and selects the students who are to receive the loans. Eligible students are those who are graduates of Keene High School, Monadnock Regional High School, or Thayer High School and who are legal residents of the areas served by those schools. Loans are available only to full-time college juniors and seniors who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate college degree program. Loans are in the maximum amount of $2,500 annually depending upon the availability of funds.

Student Exchange Program

The Student Exchange Committee is responsible for the recruitment of outbound high school students, the placement of inbound students in families and Keene High School and the general well-being of both inbound and outbound students during their year-long exchanges.

Group Study Exchange

Group Study Exchange Committee helps to organize and host a group of people who come to the States, or assist a group locally to go to another country for a month.  The exchange group members are hosted by 3-5 Rotary Clubs, where they visit and learn about the host communities.  The guests receive tours of local businesses and civic organizations and spend time matched with professionals in their same field of expertise.

Paul Harris Fellowship Community Recognition

This committee researches individuals inside our club and in the region for recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow for the Community Service. The nominee is researched and a decision is made by the committee for a formal presentation.

International Project

The Keene Rotary Club and Elm City Rotary Club have a joint commitment to provide international opportunities and aid to children.  Working with the Interact Clubs of Keene High School and Monadnock High School, our membership annually travels to remote areas to build new homes, water systems, deliver clothing and supplies, and provide hope to children & families in rural El Salvador and Nicaragua.