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NEXT MEETING
Monday May 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM at
Murphy's Taproom & Carriage House
393 Rt. 101, Bedford
We welcome you to join us. 
 
**Please note that we don't meet in December. We are all hands on
deck at our Annual Christmas Tree Sale!**
Murphy


Are you a graduating senior from Bedford?

 

Have you volunteered to make your community a better place to live? 

If so, apply for for a Bedford Men's Club $1,000 scholarship.

This scholarship is available to all students residing in Bedford who are in their senior year.  All high school and home schooled applicants are welcome!

Submission deadline is April 15, 2018.
 
Please contact us at scholarship@bedfordmensclub.com if you have any questions.

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The Bedford Men’s Club sponsored the EMT at the tenth annual Easter Egg Hunt Festival hosted by the Our Promise to Nicholas charitable foundation. The event was held on March 31 at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford. “Thank you so much for your donation,” OPTN board member and co-founder Heather Noyes Dainiak told BMC president Dante D’Amato. “The Men’s Club is proud to support this local event by sponsoring the on-site EMT.”


Established in 2009 as a nonprofit charitable foundation, Our Promise to Nicholas (OPTN) was founded by Chris and Heather Dainiak of Bedford after their son Nicholas was diagnosed with a rare, fatal neurological brain disease called Batten Disease. Nicholas’ parents promised him that they would work tirelessly to find a cure for this little known disease. OPTN has hosted dozens of fundraisers and events to champion the mission to cure Batten Disease. An estimated two to four children out of 100,000 in the United States are affected with this debilitating disease. This disease triggers seizures, blindness and immobility causing children to die between the ages of eight and twelve. For more information, see ourpromisetonicholas.com.



BMC president Dante D’Amato (center), and OPTN board members and co-founders Chris (left) and Heather Heather Dainiak (right), with a photo of their son, Nicholas, who lost his battle with Batten Disease in 2014.



2018 Town Council and School Board Candidate Debates
Please Remember to Vote on March 13, 7am to 7pm @ Bedford High School
The Bedford Men’s Club has been hosting live candidate forums for many years and enjoys providing an opportunity for the candidates to answer questions that are important to the voters of Bedford.  The Bedford Men's Club Town Council Forum was held February 15, 2018 and the Bedford Men's Club School Board Forum was held March 6, 2018.  Both events took place at the BCTV studios and council chambers. 

The live events were hosted by BMC President Dante D'Amato and were recorded for rebroadcast on BCTV.  Links for On-Demand viewing of these events are below.

WATCH ON-DEMAND: Bedford Men's Club Hosts 2018 Town Council Candidates Debate

Six candidates for Town Council were asked questions on various current event topics. 


Bedford Men's Club moderates the 2018 Bedford Town Council Candidates Debate
From left to right:
Phil Greazzo, Julio Nuñez, Matt Sullivan, BMC President Dante D'Amato, Melissa Stevens, Bill Duschatko, Emma Carole Paradis 

WATCH ON-DEMAND: Bedford Men's Club Hosts School Board Candidates Debate 3-6-18

Three candidates for the School Board participated, answering questions on topics that are currently of interest to students and parents.



Bedford Men's Club moderates the 2018 Bedford School Board Candidates Debate
From left to right:
Jay Nash, Cindy Chagnon, BMC President Dante D'Amato, Spencer Dias






















TechTonix
Bedford Men's Club Vice President Bob Friedburg (back right) stands with members of the Bedford Tech Tonix robotics team.


The Bedford Men’s Club is proud to support the Bedford Tech Tonix robotics team.  In 2016, the club donated funds to purchase their playing field.  In 2017, the Bedford Men's Club repeated their support with a donation that was used to buy components to construct this year's robot challenge.  

The program  was founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, who is also a Bedford resident, in order to help students learn about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning and interdisciplinary experience in the field of robotics.  It also provides an opportunity for group members to learn skills beyond STEM including marketing, fundraising, and team building.







On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Bedford’s annual Olde Towne Day took place on a beautiful early fall day. One of the most popular spots at the event was the bounce house, sponsored by the Bedford Men’s Club.

 

Dante D’Amato, BMC President, said, “The Bedford Men’s Club has enjoyed hosting the bounce house at Olde Towne Day for many years. I want to thank all of the members who’ve helped, especially Bill Burns who organized our exhibit.”

 

Olde Towne Day is an annual Bedford event that consists of fun events with local organizations, businesses, arts and craft booths, food, music, and kids activities. 

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The Bedford Men's Club members Bill Burns, President Dante D'Amato, and Tom Green, Sr.



FriendsOfAnie2017
The Bedford Men's Club sponsored the Friends of Aine 2017 Kid's Try-athlon. From left to right: Event volunteers Lauren Turner, Sue Turner (who call themselves "The Outlaws") and BMC President Dante D'Amato.
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The Bedford Men's Club sponsored the Friends of Aine 2017 Kid's Try-athlon, a Bedford event held August 13 at the town pool and Bedford High School. The event is a swim, bike and run race for all kids ages 4 to 15, no matter their athletic ability. It is an opportunity for kids to experience a race without the pressures of worrying if they can make the distances or not – designed so that everyone is triumphant! Friends of Aine co-founder Christine Phillips said, "Words aren’t enough to thank the Men's Club for your help last year. and thank you so very much for your support again this year. The Bedford Mens Club is vital to our success and we are grateful!"

The Friends of Aine is a non-profit organization who's mission is to raise funds to support bereavement programs for children, provide a place to house these services and be a grief resource center for community organizations and families. For more information, visit www.friendsofaine.com.




Bedford Men's Club Scholarship



The Bedford Men's Club provided $1,000 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors from Bedford. The scholarships are awarded to seniors who show an outstanding commitment to volunteerism and an ongoing desire to improve our community.  
2017 Scholarship Winners
2017 BMC Scholarship recipients Neelam Sandhu and Elizabeth Murray with BMC Vice President Bob Friedburg.



BMC Color BlastBMC President Dante D'Amato and BMC Secretary Bill Lange volunteered at the Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k Fun Run/Walk.
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The Bedford Men's Club volunteered to help at the Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k Fun Run/Walk water station. BMC President, Dante D'Amato said, "The race was very well organized. It was impressive to see so many dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic runners."


The PTG Color Blast 5k is a family-friendly FUN run/walk. Participants danced, twirled, ran, skipped, walked and strolled through six color stations where they were “blasted” with color. The PTG wanted to host a family friendly, community event that would be loads of fun! Proceeds from this event will help advance the mission of the PTG of supporting students, staff and families by providing enriching activities in the schools and for the community. All proceeds go back to the schools.

For more information on the Bedford Parent-Teacher Group, please visit https://bedfordptg.org/.

To visit the PTG Color Blast Facebook page, Click Here!





The Bedford Men's Club made a donation to help Bedford schools' Destination Imagination teams travel to the 2017 Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.


Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, 2,000 students from New Hampshire participate on some level. There are over 1.3 million Destination Imagination alumni around the world.

BMC President Dante D'Amato poses with students from Peter Woodbury elementary school and Ross A. Lurgio Middle School.



Stand By Me 2017The Bedford Men's Club sponsors the keynote speaker at the Ross A. Lurgio Stand By Me workshop.  

Pictured are Lugio Principal Ed Joyce (left), BMC President Dante D'Amato (right) and Stand By Me student committee members.
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The Bedford Men’s Club has provided a donation to sponsor the keynote speaker at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School’s Stand By Me workshop to be held Friday, May 19, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire University. All seventh grade students are invited and encouraged to attend. The mission of the event, which was established in 1990, is to provide teenagers and their parents with the opportunity and skills for improvement of understanding and communication, thereby building or enhancing trust and self-esteem. The speaker, Mike Weber, lives in New Hampshire and has spent the past 25 years working all over the the world helping individuals and organizations to change how they think, work better together, and have more fun doing it.

Dante D’Amato, BMC President, said, “The club has been proud to support the keynote speaker for many years. My own children attended Stand By Me, and they, along with my wife and me, learned a lot about how to navigate the teenage years.”

For more information, visit www.sau25.net/standbyme.



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The Bedford Men’s Club provided a donation to Bedford High School’s DECA club to assist with expenses for their April trip to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Caif. Twenty-nine BHS students will join more than 16,000 DECA members from six countries at the conference. “We’re grateful to the Men’s Club for their continued support for our organization. Their sponsorship helps us to promote DECA’s belief in competition and in offering awards and recognition to student members and advisors for outstanding accomplishments,” said Christina Wilczewski, BHS business teacher and DECA advisor.

Fifty BHS students attended the DECA State Career Development Conference in this year, when BHS received 56 total medals, including four team medals, and 23 top-three finishers. Students compete in business presentations, tests, and case scenarios designed to showcase their management and entrepreneurial skills. Areas of competition include accounting, retailing, management, marketing, hospitality, sports and entertainment, and more than 20 marketing and management areas. Bedford High School DECA was established in 2011, and is the largest chapter in New Hampshire at the high school level. For more information visit www.nhdeca.org and to see the conversation from this year’s conference follow #DECAICDC on Twitter.

DECA is non-profit career-tech organization for high school students who are enrolled in marketing, business, and business-related courses.  It is a curriculum-based, leadership-focused organization that offers students a chance to develop their business, entrepreneurial, and management skills as well as develop social and team-building capabilities. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition

Deca 2017The Bedford Men's Club presents a donation to the Bedford High School DECA Club to assist with their expenses to travel to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Pictured are
Christina Wilczewski, DECA Advisor (left), Dante D'Amato, BMC President (right) and DECA students.



e-Nable 2016 Donation
Pictured are Penny Demos, Bob Friedburg, Robert Kennett, and Harun.  Penny is the Occupational Therapist working with Harun, Bob is VP of the Bedford Men’s Club, and Robert is coordinating the technology to give Harun his new hand.
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The Bedford Men’s Club proudly made a donation to the Future Prosthetic Project.  The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua and e-NABLE are working to develop 3D printed prosthetic hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.  Harun, a student at Peter Woodbury School who was born without a right hand, will be the first recipient.

Here's a video of him getting a mold made in preparation for the device:
https://youtu.be/nz1kS9mUbwc

Here's another video, showing the creation of the prosthetic and The Academy for Science and Design's presentation to Harun:
https://www.facebook.com/asdnh/videos/1339104132804671/





Check out Mike Sills' Interview of BMC President, Dante D'Amato on BCTV's Community Corner.
 

 

"Belonging Means Caring"




A Message from the President:

The Bedford Men's Club has been in Bedford since 1976. Prior to that we were known as the Bedford Jaycees. The Men’s Club contributes to numerous organizations and does so by generating income through our local fund raisers such as our annual Christmas Tree Sale.

Active involvement in the BMC offers a vehicle for individuals to challenge themselves to personal growth. Through one of the many projects which the BMC organizes and runs, a person has the ability to work with others as a team, discover how to make and develop contacts and how to see projects through to their completion.
 
BMC members are not just an organization of workers, though. The BMC meets once a month and plans social events which builds friendships among our members. This also presents an opportunity for current members to introduce their friends and acquaintances to the BMC.
 
Any man who is 21 or older and lives or works in Bedford is eligible to become a member.  We encourage you to come out and meet people from all walks of life, trying to better themselves and their community.  We look forward to seeing you.
 

If your Bedford organization would like to request a donation, please contact the BMC president. He will schedule a presentation for the next mutually convenient meeting. Meetings are usually the first Monday of each month, sometimes the second Monday due to holidays, and we have no meeting in December. Your group will be asked to make a brief, five-minute presentation to the club. Youth organizations are encouraged to have the kids take part in the presentation. Handouts and promotional material are helpful.  The membership as a whole decides which programs and donation requests to fund.  



 

2018 board members

Current Officers 2017-2018 at Murphy's Tap Room & Carriage House

Bob Friedburg, Vice President
Steve Lawlor, Treasurer
Dante D'Amato, President
Tom Green, Public Relations
Bill Lange, Secretary





For more details please contact:

 Dante D'Amato via email
Click on the "Contact Us" link above
Mailing Address:
Bedford Mens Club
P.O. Box 10338
Bedford, NH 03110-0338



 




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