Rindge Chamber announces Business Leaders and Nonprofit of the Year

  • Dana and Becky Ryll are the Rindge Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders of the Year. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/20/2019 11:54:11 AM

The Rindge Chamber of Commerce named Dana and Becky Ryll of Rindge as their Business Leaders of the Year, and the Pumpkin Organization of Rindge as their Nonprofit of the Year for 2019.

Chamber President Lynda Hunt said this year, the Business Leaders were chosen not by the chamber board, but by past seven Business Leader recipients.

Dana Ryll owns and operates Old Glory Guns and Ammo in Greenville, and Becky Ryll is a mortgage agent for TD Bank, and together they operate Fieldstone Farm in Rindge, where they sell beef, eggs and maple syrup.

“They definitely have a full plate,” Hunt said. 

Dana Ryll said it was “flattering, humbling and completely unexpected” when he learned he and his wife had been nominated by other business leaders. 

Dana Ryll recently relocated his shop from its previous location in Mason, building a new and much larger store on Route 31/Fitchburg Road in Greenville earlier this year. The new location, with roadside visibility, has led to a business boom, he said Monday.

“We moved less than two miles, but we get new people every day, people who never knew we existed in our previous location,” Ryll said. 

His wife, Becky Ryll, works as a mortgage agent, a role she’s had for more than 30 years, and is an active community volunteer. 

“She’s the one everyone knows,” Dana Ryll said. “We can’t go anywhere without running into someone who recognizes her.”

In addition to recognizing the Rylls, the Chamber is also for the first time recognizing a Nonprofit of the Year. It’s first recipient of the honor is the Pumpkin Organization of Rindge, or P.O.O.R.

P.O.O.R. began in 1989, and is Rindge’s longest-running nonprofit organization, Hunt said. It was started by Peter Anderson and Carl Little, who organized a giant pumpkin weigh-off during the Woman’s Club Harvest Fair in Rindge. It became a tradition, and eventually, formed into P.O.O.R., and was used to fundraise for local charities and nonprofits. 

Despite the name of the organization, the pumpkin weigh-off competition has fallen to the way-side, and currently, the organization holds a monthly meat raffle on the first Saturday of the month from October through April. The proceeds benefit the Rindge Food Pantry, Got Lunch, Operation Santa, the Rindge Recreation Department, the library and the Rindge welfare office. 

The Rindge Chamber plans to hold its Annual Gala to present the awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Hidden Hills Banquet Facility. In addition to its leadership awards, the Chamber also anticipates presenting community donations to the Monadnock 4-H Robotics Club and the Rindge Food Pantry. 

There will be dinner provided, dancing, and live music by the Tom Foolery Band, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through a Rindge Chamber board member or e-mail info@rindgechamber.org. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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