Rotary Club of Lebanon

P.O. Box 132 • Lebanon, NH • 03766

President Don MacMeekin


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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)
125 Mascoma Street
Dwinell Room
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Meeting called to order by President Don!
Opening Song R-O-T-A-R-Y
Ernst led us with Oh Beautiful for our patriotic song
Garlan provided the invocation.
Song: Steve W. took us through “Yankee Doodle”
There were no visiting Rotarians and no guests at lunch.
Forrest gave Bill the correct answer to a National Parks question, so he got to draw the ticket. John Y. had the right ticket but did not get the right card!
Rotary Minute: Bruce highlighted 10 of Rick King’s 20 reasons to join Rotary. (All 20 listed below)
Jean gave us an update on the upcoming auction. Group is already meeting and auction will be September 19 at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon. Looking to have a theme this year and involve local businesses. Online auction will end one week prior to live/silent auction evening. They are in need of committee chairs for the auction. Please contact Jean if you can help.
Ron C. thanked Carla for the photos of Changeover night and announced he has volunteered to chair the Ice-Out fundraising committee: looking for 2 volunteers to start planning.
Don announced that the Salt Hill makeup will be Monday July 13 and next board meeting will be Tuesday July 14 at the Heater Road offices. Also committee meetings will count as an attendance makeup. Please get list of who attends committee meetings to Bill K. as soon as possible after meeting.
Bill B.’s daughter is currently the location coordinator for the new show “Zoo” which premiered last Tuesday. Watch the credits!
Carla will be gone for 6-7 weeks to South Africa. Also she is serving as the grand marshal in the 4th of July parade: the price of owning a convertible…
Garlan did not have to sit at head table but was able to squeeze in at the best table at the meeting, the one in the back!
Ron C. noticed his automated assignment system gave most of this week’s tasks to last year’s officers.
Paul T. celebrated 36th wedding anniversary.
Pau B. celebrated 45th wedding anniversary.
Steve W. celebrated 51st wedding anniversary.
Bill K. celebrated 30th wedding anniversary.
Today was Don’s birthday. We sang “Happy Birthday” to him.
Forrest’s pet cow Midnight had a calf, although he has not seen it yet.
Club Forum:
Dan announced he needed everyone to take a look at the 4th of July pie sale worksheet
Don gave a special thanks to those who have helped him transition in the office of the president.
We are down 6 members (Jim, Betsey, Nick, Martha, Kathryn, Dennis) have left. We are looking to add a net of 10 members during this Rotary year.
Don is looking for someone to head up the Duck Run Fundraiser in the spring.
Don is looking to do more service projects during the year. He is scheduling a business after hours with the Lebanon Chamber for January and the innovation committee is looking at ways to help with attendance for people who cannot always make the Thursday lunch.
Rich Wallace
20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary?
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic
human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why
Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is
business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section
of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians
help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth
and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful
people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning
how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better
community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of
any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one
informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting
provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social
activities are fun. The service is fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in
public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the
opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary
International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club.
Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in
194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own
community and in the world community.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a
Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has
found assistance through Rotary.
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide
diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies,
and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education,
and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions,
Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people
who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange
programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse
involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and
the development of family values.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and
development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to
teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor,
lawyer, teacher, etc.
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s
ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture,
race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in
Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every
background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work
with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions,
art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and
most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers,
professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the
earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important
but it is important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret
policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and
women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its
product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and
international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian:
the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that
comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly
“He profits most who serves best.”
Richard D. King
Rotary International President 2001-02

“There is nothing intangible about Rotary: It is reality itself. To give is to receive; to lose oneself is to find oneself; to be happy is to serve. These are old truths...for the individual...and the mass, whether application be in the exchange of goods, toil, knowledge, or love.”
— The Meaning of Rotary, THE ROTARIAN, November 1921

Note that after Rich Wallace asked for a sub to do the Spoke, 3 people actually wrote up a Spoke: Bruce Pacht, Garlan Hoskin and Ron Carr!
Therefore you are presented with what is probably the most accurate Spoke you will ever see!
Bruce's inimitable prose was provided wherever possible...
What a vibrant club!  Two committees were meeting before the regular meeting got underway.  At 10:45, the joint Lebanon/Lebanon-Riverside “PIE on the 4th of July” committee got underway, and at 11:00, the Innovation committee met.
Called to order by: Nearly-past President Garlan
In the absence of Dr. PianoMan, Garlan led us in a capella renditions of R-O-T-A-R-Y and The US National Anthem, reminding us why we usually sing America the Beautiful, or America instead.
Invocation: Westin Greene
Lunch:  great tomato soup, rice, chicken a la king, BBQ chicken, spinach, other stuff and the usual salads.  One must be fast to escape with a bite of dessert in our club . . .
Song Leader: Mary Detsch   Song: This Land is Your Land (A Capella, great job Mary! Altho a child’s song was played to help guide us…)
Visiting Rotarians:
Raffle: Phil Rentz, no joy but lots of sympathy… (yeah, sure)
  1. Garlan read a letter from Mascoma high school thanking us for $1000 scholarship
  2. Next Thursday, June 25, no meeting: changeover at Hotel Coolidge. 6 PM, cash bar, 6:45 PM, dinner. Make checks out to Hotel Coolidge otherwise cash at the door. Evans Hale, the new director of Opera North, will be the entertainment.
  3. Don MacMeekin gave an update on the auction: Jean Wulpern and committee have met 4-5 times and preparations. New this year will be sponsors and vendors: vendors may have booth/space for a fee of $500. It is time to start solicitations! Steve Usle will mentor (not “chair”) the solicitation committee. Beneficiary will be Upper Valley Haven: Healthy Eating program (helps kids understand balanced meals): Chopped (food preparation program which teaches how to prepare and serve to other teams): Backpack program, which is a backpack of food for balanced meals over the weekend.
  4. Dan Affeldt – Pie sale: posters are available, please take some to post. (Also available as download on the club site) Sign up for assignments: set up serving cleanup etc. Linda Copp will take your $30 to buy pies if you can’t make pies. Deliver pies to Jake’s on July 1-3, or Senior Ctr., Friday night or early Saturday morning. Delivery prior to Saturday morning is much preferred so that plenty of time is available to cut and serve pie slices. Note also that Mascoma Savings Bank has donated $300 to pie sale.
Westin will distribute the current list of pie sign-ups to refresh memories and obtain commitments from those not signed up.
  1. Lebanon Rotary Board voted to send $150 toward newest-club-in-the-district Randolph Sunrise’s Rotary bell.
  1. Steve Usle bragged that his son is in David Mamet’s Oleanna being presented at the Community Theater of Woodstock, and another location that your scribe missed. Also bragged that he has “walked the walk” and installed a heat pump and solar in his house. Expects a seven year return on investment.
  2. Rick Dyment bragged that he found a previously unknown cousin in Canada, and found that their great-grandfathers were brothers! As a result he found information about a grandfather and great-grandfather’s burial plot and Prince Edward Island (I think this is what I heard).
  3. Garlan bragged that his great, great, great grandfather was a bugler at Valley Forge.
  4. Mike Weins informed us that he has reached a 76, and therefore mentioned a check to the foundation is appropriate. He further bragged that he was at Three Tomatoes with Ron Paul yesterday: that is Ron Michaud and Paul Tierney… Had a couple glasses of wine followed by a pitcher of (something else), but still able to walk home. (I’d brag about that too)
Rotary Minute: Kevin Gould – Rotary Foundation figures: our club has donated $9300 to polio plus this year. The entire district has donated $171,000. Every Rotarian Every Year program has donated $270,000 over the years. We have 30 PHFs in the current membership. Our club also has two members of the Bequest Society: this is earned by a donation of at least $10,000 in a person’s will, and 4 Benefactors (any amount in your will).
Speaker: John Higgins, Executive Director, Ledyard Charter School (
This is the end of John’s inaugural year.
The Ledyard Charter School has about 40 students, who dropped out of regular high school. Five graduated this year from LCS: two more may complete the work this summer. The graduates have various plans: one will join the Marines, one is going to River Valley community college, another to nursing at Plymouth State, and another is a $3200 scholarship for the Nashua college auto repair shop. One student hopes to go to the Thompson school at University of New Hampshire: however, he is currently doing and should work, and is the sole support for his family.
Funding for the charter school consists of $5400 per student from the state. There is no city support. By comparison, Lebanon spends $16,000 per student. Lebanon special ed students can cost $23,500. All area schools accept the LCS curriculum.
LCS provides oatmeal and yogurt in the morning for breakfast, and a crockpot meal for lunch. Teachers often participate in the food preparation. There is also a backpack program on Fridays to provide students with weekend food. Staff is like family.
LCS is developing partnerships with other institutions. A very successful program this year partnered a Dartmouth professor’s poetry class (Dr Ivy Schweitzer) with LCS. In the first semester the class was held, including Dartmouth students, at an LCS classroom. Dartmouth students were partnered with LCS students. In the second semester the classes were often held at Dartmouth. LCS students that originally said they were not interested in poetry and would certainly not present, did present at the end of the second semester. In fact, 15 LCS students presented, including four that were videotaped because they could not make the presentation.
Another partnership was with Whaleback ski area, where students volunteered various services at the area, and then in most cases had their first experience with winter sports. Kids that initially fell down frequently were skiing like pros at the end.
Next year, LCS plans to repeat the Dartmouth program, and will back program. There will also be additional work assignments, of foods class, and farm to table classes.
Is it worthwhile?  When a parent tells him that their child has attended more classes in the Charter School than in their previous 16 years of schooling, the answer is a profound YES.
John passed around yearbooks, printed by Whitman Communications! Rotary helped support two of the food programs.
Other development efforts:  “Standing right in front of one!”  (Volunteer). We love volunteers – one comes in 2 days a week to talk about laws and teenagers; how to talk with police.
In closing, John mentioned that given the obvious financial situation of LCS, the schools use any kind of help they can get.
Submitted by: Bruce Pacht, Garlan Hoskin and Ron Carr

Please contact Ron Carr with vacation plans so that assignments can be
planned accordingly
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Garlan Hoskin                        Greeter
Ron Carr                                Spoke
Lorraine Morrison                 Song Leader
Mary Detsch                          Rotary Minute
Steve Whitman                     Invocation
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Bruce Pacht                           Invocation
Garlan Hoskin                        Song Leader
Jamie Whyte                          Spoke
Lorraine Morrison                 Greeter
Steve Whitman                     Rotary Minute


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