The Keene Elm City Rotary is a “hands on” club of approximately 60 members. Chartered January 15, 1990 as part of District 7870, The Elm City Rotary is a spin off of the long established Keene Rotary Club. Founded with the intent to do things a little differently than our father club, our broad goal is the same: Service Above Self.
We focus on the needs of underprivileged youth in our community as well as many other humanitarian grants and hands-on projects — plus organizing the Clarence DeMar Marathon!
Currently, the proceeds from the DeMar support the “Follow ME” program. Through this program, we provide brand new high quality sneakers to every second grader in Cheshire County. Last year we gave out almost 800 pair. Learn more about Follow ME.
Being a “Hands On Club” is an important part of our roots and who we are today. Projects have included International service work in El Salvador, delivering food baskets for the Keene Community Kitchen, dictionaries for every third grader in our region, roadside clean-up, numerous painting and building projects for local non-profits and many others.
We are well known for our Children’s Classic Golf Tournament which was held annually for 14 years and allowed us to donate over $142,000 to 16 different children’s programs in Cheshire County.
Known throughout district 7870 for our positive, uplifting (and early) meetings, the Keene Elm City Rotary meets Thursdays at Stone Arch Village on Court Street in Keene. Breakfast is served at 7:15 and our meeting begins at 7:30.
We look forward to making the Demar Marathon a fun and unique experience for runners, volunteers, and the community for many years to come!