Merrimack Rotary ‘Excellence in Workplace’ recipients recognized

MERRIMACK – Ten local individuals were recognized by the Rotary Club of Merrimack for demonstrating “Excellence in the Workplace.”

The event was held at a weekly Merrimack Rotary breakfast meeting at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center on Thursday, April 9.

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, was the keynote speaker.

Rose grew up in Merrimack and referred to the town as a phenomenal place to work, live and start a business.

Each awardee was presented with a certificate after a description was read of the individual’s work and why he or she was being recognized.

The recipients are:

Adam Jacobs, Highway Division manager.

Cynthia Detton, bakery manager.

Heidi Lindbloom, dental assistant.

Ilona Hammond, Merrimack High School head custodian.

Michael Minichiello, project estimator.

Paul Jackson, college development.

Rochelle Boufford, market service assistant.

Shaun O’Keefe, landscaper.

Tim Thompson, municipal development director.

Walter Hammond, school maintenance expert.

“Rotary takes pride in recognizing those who are valued in the workplace,” said Chris Christensen, program chairman.

“One of Rotary’s goals is to acknowledge all occupations, and the Excellence in the Workplace is a great way to do that.”

Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Merrimack is a volunteer organization of businesspeople and professionals supporting the community.

Merrimack Rotary projects have included the Roger Duhamel Pavilion at Watson Park, scholarships, reconstruction of Kids’ Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club, lighting at Reeds Ferry fields and more.

The club works with other clubs on international projects such as eradication of polio, Pure Water for the World and hurricane relief in Honduras.

To RSVP for a meeting or for information about membership, contact Christensen at 424-2542 or chris@, or visit