Rotary Club of Lebanon

P.O. Box 132 • Lebanon, NH • 03766

President Don MacMeekin

Feb 11, 2016
Richard Neugass
Osher at Dartmouth
Feb 25, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
Debbie Watrous
Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities
Upcoming Events
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lebanon

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lebanon


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Harvest Hill (behind Alice Peck Day Hospital)
10 Alice Peck Day Drive
Dwinell Room
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Called to order by: President Don
Opening Song: R-O-T-A-R-Y
Patriotic Song: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
Invocation: Steve Christy
Song Leader: Suellen Griffin            Song: Mockingbird Song
Visiting Rotarians:
Joanne Lemieux
John & Kim Wilson with Steve Christy
Don Collins with Phil Rentz
Evan ? with Marian Steiner
Raffle: Joanne picked a card which was not the queen: 15 to go
Salt hill and Board meetings next week
Steve Christy announced future speakers (See speaker list)
Kevin listed the chairs for committees 2016-2017
Auction - Marion Steiner
Mollica Fund - Forrest Cole
Community Service - Ernst Oidtmann
Vocation -  Linda Copp
International - Jane Mason
Foundation - Nate Miller
Membership - Paul Boucher
Innovation - Suellen Griffin
New Generations - Steve Whitman
Grants and Financial Operations - Don Mac Meekin 
Past President       Don Mac Meekin 
Social - Bartolo Governanti
Sargent at Arms - Rick Dyment  
Vote taken on by-law changed: passed unanimously (see below)
Vote taken on board members for next year: passed unanimously
Business After Hours on Feb 11 hosted by Bartolo at State Farm office: sponsored by Lebanon and Hanover Rotary clubs
Feb 25 second round of Speech Contest held at Dwinell Room: Hanover representatives will join us
John Y joke: Nuns run out of gas
John Y: Feels Bartolo should be fined for excessive photo exposure: found his picture on receipt from Price Chopper!!!
Bill K: Big vacation plans – cross-Canada on Via rail, visits to Seattle & Tacoma, later visiting India with friends, one of whom has been to India and Nepal often: Sanskrit scholar!
Paul Tierney: (missed the whole thing…)
Rotary Minute: Bill Babineau
Bill related conversations with a friend who went to Nepal the day before the earthquake. She pointed out that there had been 466 aftershocks since the April 15 event, at least one at 6.5. She also pointed out that nine months later, little has been done in the mountainous regions of Nepal. The urban regions have recovered fairly well, but there is a political limbo preventing doing much of anything about the mountainous regions. In addition, there has been a serious typhoon which caused further destruction, and a blockade has been set up at the India – Nepal border which is preventing supplies from reaching these areas.
Speaker: John Wilson
John Wilson is an MIT/Stanford trained specialist in aerospace guidance and control. His bio was featured in last week’s spoke.
In some circumstances, there are three basic survival questions:
1 where are we?
2 where’s the good stuff?
3 where’s the bad stuff?
John pointed out the need for knowing number one relating the story of the British fleet sailing home in 1707. In storm conditions, with little visibility, the British fleet sailed into a hazardous area: four ships were lost and approximately 1400 lives. As a result of this tragedy, the British government reacted quickly, as governments do, seven years later, please with the longitude act. While navigators had been able to determine latitude for centuries, longitude remained a mystery. Promised a large sum of money to anyone who can solve this problem. It was obvious that the central problems to determining longitude was knowing the exact time: if the exact time is known, the path of stars in the sky can be used to determine longitude. John Harrison developed a pocket chronometer which achieved the necessary accuracy.
In the 1900s, radio navigation techniques were developed first LF than VHF. Area navigation was aided by devices referred to as Decca, Gee, and Loran. In the late 1900s, satellites were launched by the Department of Defense.
Interestingly enough, this development was initiated by examination of the Sputnik satellite launched by Russia. While watching and listening to the Sputnik satellite, researchers heard specific Doppler effects as the satellite passed. They realized that the Doppler effects could be used to measure the location of the satellite. Once this was understood, further development of the concept was incorporated in the satellites launched by DOD. DOD This capability secret for many years, but when it’s capabilities were discovered, in 1983 Pres. Reagan declassified the system making it available for general usage. At that time the readings were accurate to within 100 yards.
Accuracy of GPS now is 3.4 m, with specialty equipment having accuracy up to 1 inch.
Our GPS units in use by most of us receive signals from satellites, but do not send information. Rather than satellite sends and receives information to and from specific GPS stations scattered around the world. Using information gathered from these stations, satellites can transmit accurate location information to numerous GPS receivers, such as cell phone towers, and it is from these receivers that our GPS devices get their information.
It takes information from three satellites to properly determine your position, but what access to 4 will give the best accuracy. With 4 signals, latitude, longitude, altitude, and time can be determined and this is what yields very accurate location.
Note that your GPS unit is also the speedometer you will overlap due to its accuracy.
GPS has its faults: they are jamable by inexpensive equipment. They can also be spoofed, and there are areas where they are inaccurate or simply not available. We are indeed too dependent on GPS: the old lamp system was going to be discontinued, but it is realized that this is a potential backup your GPS fails, so it still exists.
By-Law change
Article XVII Amendments
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present , provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member at least ten days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to these by-laws can be made which is not in harmony with the constitution and bylaws of RI.                                             ·
Article XVIII Paul Harris Fellows
Section 1  President, President-elect, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Club will be credited annually with one
hundred dollars toward becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. The Club will budget and set aside in a separate account five hundred dollars ($500 .00) each year for this purpose.
Section 2 -Whenever any member of the Club contributes nine hundred dollars ($900.00) toward becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, the Club will provide the final one hundred dollars ($100.00).
               Suggested revision:
Section 1  President, President-elect, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Club will be awarded 100 points annually toward
their Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).  In the event there are no points available, the Club will donate $500 to the Rotary Foundation to generate 500 points which will then be distributed to the officers  PHF account.  The Club will budget  five hundred dollars ($500 .00) or 500 points each year for this purpose. At  the  end  of  each  fiscal  year  the  Foundation  Committee  Chair  will  allocate  the  100  points  to each officer completing  their  term  of  service.   Effective  date   2/4/16.


Called to order by: President Don
Opening Song: R-O-T-A-R-Y
Patriotic Song: My Country Tis Of Thee
Invocation: Ron Carr
Song Leader: Steve Usle       Song: Home On The Range
Visiting Rotarians:
Sue Shaw
Richard Wierwell
Clarke Griffith
Denis Luttrell
Nate Malmquist
Raffle: No winner
President Don: Voting will be held next week on the slate of officers and By-Law change.
John Wilson will be the speaker next week, the topic will be GPS-development and current day use.
Thanks to all on the Social and Membership Committees for organizing and holding a successful Business After Hours with the support of the Lebanon Chamber.  Seems that a few participants are interested in attending a meeting.
Bruce: Singing Valentines flyers are on each table, treat your favorite Valentine to a song or two sung by members of the North Country Chordsman.
            February 12th the same group will be singing at the Lebanon Sr. Center as a Valentine treat.  All are welcome the cost is $3.50 for those 60 and older, $8.75 for all under 60.  Bruce needs a head count by next week.
            The Board voted in January to support this luncheon by donating 20 $10 gift cards from the Village Market to be raffled off the day of the luncheon. 
Steve U.: Bragged for Nat and the great article that was in the Valley News about the local road conditions and status of the upkeep and support.
Willie: Bragged for Bruce who was recently voted the Chordsman of the Year and his great introduction into Rotary that he presented at The Business After Hours.  He also bragged that his Dad 87, Brother 62 and Wife Ellen where all celebrating birthdays.
Paul T.:  His wife Carol and son Adam are also celebrating birthdays.
Rick D.:  Tree clearing has started at the airport and the Valley News wrote a not so negative article about it.  Local TV channel 5 also covered the story.
Kevin: started his Pre President training.
Rotary Minute: Jon shared information from an article written about the bombing in Pakistan and Polio.  The focus was that the fight is still going strong and they have 80% few case of Polio in 2014
Speaker: Sienna Craig
“Natural Disasters and Their Unnatural Consequence.  Why Nepal Matters”
Sienna a member of the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth has spent much time living in Nepal and studying the region.  She gave a brief overview of the country, history, geography, the Civil War that ended in 2001 and the current day Federal Secular Democracy they have now, the economic status etc.
She then focused on the April 25th earthquake followed by a 2nd quake on May 12th and the seismic events that took place through July.
Many volunteers from near and far have come to support the people of Nepal and to rebuild the newly reshaped landscape, and cities that now sit in new locations.
Unfortunately, many have the experience of doing this after the quack in 1984.
Dartmouth is holding programs about how to best support these efforts.  The first is Feb. 18th, Sienna will send the link to all the program information he will share it with the club.
Submitted by: Jean Flaherty-Wulpern

John Wilson
What is GPS?
John Wilson is an MIT / Stanford-trained specialist in Aerospace Guidance and Control
with over 20 years of high-tech aviation-related research and development experience.
His technical and management activities span the entire technology development process
from initial concept synthesis, hardware selection and algorithm development, through
prototype testing and refinement, to FAA certification and commercial introduction.
He is an active pilot and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. He has substantial
industrial flight test experience, both in the roles of Experimental Test Pilot and of Flight
Test Engineer. He continues to innovate, develop, and fly his latest creations from
Lebanon Municipal Airport, while working as an R&D engineer for Garmin International
out of his home office here in the Upper Valley.

Rotary vision: To achieve an international unity for the organization, making it one family of Rotarians.
We are all Rotarians. There is only one family of us....Kipling said, ‘East is East and West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meet.’ We do not recognize that in Rotary. We realize that Kipling spoke the truth when at the end of that poem he said:
For there is neither East nor West,
Border, nor breed, nor birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
Though they come from the ends of the earth.
1931-32 Sydney W. Pascall (sugar confectionery – manufacturing), Rotary Club of London, England.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Jon Blodgett                  Spoke
Kevin Gould                    Rotary Minute
Rich Wallace                   Song Leader
Suellen Griffin                 Greeter
Valerie Armstrong          Invocation
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Bruce Pacht                     Rotary Minute
Dan Affeldt                      Greeter
Jamie Whyte                   Invocation
Valerie Armstrong          Spoke
Westin Greene                Song Leader

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Chair - Community Service
Chair - Vocational Service
Chair - International Service
Chair - Rotary Foundation
Chair - Membership
Chair - Auction 2015
Chair - Innovation
Chair - Youth Exchange