Rotary Club of Lebanon

P.O. Box 132 • Lebanon, NH • 03766

President Kevin Gould
The Four-Way Test
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Nov 17, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
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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

(603) 863-4298
Auction 37
Rotary activities 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Phil Rentz                  Song Leader
Jane G. Mason               Rotary Minute
Jennifer Grant              Greeter
Bruce Pacht                 Spoke
Rick Dyment                 Invocation
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Jane G. Mason               Invocation
Jean Flaherty-Wulpern       Spoke
Philip Rentz                Song Leader
Steve Christy               Greeter
Steve Whitman               Rotary Minute

Called to order by: President Kevin
Opening Song: R-O-T-A-R-Y
Patriotic Song: My Country, 'Tis of Thee.
Invocation: Jon Blodgett.
Song Leader: Steve Christy, interrupted by our pianist, Ernst. We struggled with “Advance Australia Fair” and then sang “Don’t Fence Me In” with ease.
Visiting Rotarians:
Raffle: John Y. had the answer to Willy’s volcanic question and pulled Dan’s ticket. Dan drew a heart, but it was the 2!
  • Rotary Leadership Institute, DHMC, October 15, 2016: pay the fee and submit to the club for reimbursement.
  • District 7850's Million Dollar Challenge Dinner, October 22nd at the Woodstock Inn, Station, and Brewery, North Woodstock, NH
  • November 19th is the Auction. Follow-up on your list of contacts and contact Jane Mason with details on donated auction items.  Don’t wait, do it now!
  • Interact Meeting was held October 5th at Mascoma High School. The initial sign-up was 17, but only 5 students showed up, the rest had sports events or other activities.  Steve Whitman, President Kevin, and Sue Donnelly from Riverside conducted the meeting.  Next meeting on Oct. 20th.
  • Rick bragged about making a Rotary deposit and the teller wouldn’t make change for him because he didn’t have an account with that Bank.
  • JoAnn wanted us to think about all the people in Haiti who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
  • Don can’t attend the dinner for the Australian and offered for someone to go in his place.
  • Steve W. had tickets to Macbeth to give away, which Ron M. gladly accepted.
Rotary Minute: Evan Leary was surprised with his assignment to give the Rotary Minute but came up with a good piece updating us on the Rotary initiative to eradicate polio. Nigeria has been reclassified as several cases were discovered in September 2016. Surveillance is even reaching areas in conflict.
Speaker: Michael Weins, Patent Attorney
“Trademarks in a nutshell” is how Rotary Club member Michael Weins described his presentation. Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan Mike studied at the University of Michigan, Harvard, and Loyola University. He started his practice in Lebanon in 1981 and frequently rode the Amtrak Montrealer to Washington, where the patent office was right above Union Station.  He told people that he “didn’t even need a coat”.
Mike gave simple examples of how patent law works, such as a picture he took of his office building and a picture his associate Jeffrey took.  No copy-write infringement because although both are photos of the same subject, the Authors were different. It would be a different matter if one had used the photo taken by the other without approval. Then came the example of Acorn Hill Farm, this name was used by multiple businesses because they were in different markets, one was organic produce, and one was a horse farm. And last, he gave the example of Ford, someone would not be allowed to start a car company using the name ‘Ford’ with Ford handwritten in an oval trademark, however if President Ford had started an underwear business he could have used the name ‘Ford’ because it wouldn’t be confused.
Mike closed his presentation with “Everything you need to know about Sex”. You can’t patent a color if it naturally occurs in nature, such as a rose. You would have to cross pollinate to create a unique color.
During the question and answer period, Mike’s assistant, Jeffrey Semprebon was asked if the Upper Valley was active with patent issues.  Jeff responded that Lebanon is the plasma torch capital of the world, and also the home to other high tech companies that required patents. He also mentioned that it takes 9-10 months at minimum for a patent to be approved, and 2-3 years was common.  When asked how long a patent was good for he said that it use to be 17 years from issue, and is now 20 years from date filed with frequent 1000 day extensions because of the length of time taken in the approval process.

Suellen lead the meeting in Kevin’s absence, but she was then replaced by Don MacMeekin who stepped in to carry on after Suellen had to depart.  We weren’t sure what we would do if Don had to leave . . .
Ernst led us in R O T A R Y
The Pledge of Allegiance was followed by “My Country Tis of Thee”
Our Invocation was provided by Steve Christy
Song Leader Ron Carr led us in "Ride on Old Paint"
Linda Copp steped in to cover the Secretary’s responsibilities 
Jean Flaherty-Wulpern was joined by Kerry Wulpern, who will be gainfully employed, starting Monday September 26, at DHMC.
Rob Titus from Hanover Club, a fellow traveler to Australia with the RFE group
Then on to the drawing - - Ernst had the lucky ticket [seems like such as short time since his last drawing] Anyway he drew the 8 of Diamonds to a collective sigh of all there.
Dan Nash used his  Rotary Minute to take a brief journey back to the founding of the Rotary Foundation in this its centennial year   He reminded us that at the 1917 international convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.”  In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
Ron Carr - No spoke last few weeks 
Dan Nash – reminded us about the Third Annual Wings & Wheels At LEB Airport on Saturday September 24 This week. 
Requested that Jane send out an Auction Update 
Ron Carr [2]
House Guest here for an International Orienteering Competition being held locally
Washington Post called Ron Carr about donation 
Ron Michaud – Update on Hillary.   It has been one year since the pelvis fracture; she is now getting out and doing much better
Bill Babineau - Daughter has new job, working on the TV show
“Naked and Afraid”   - no one, kindly, asked for details
Don MacMeekin bragged for Rick Dyment and a wonderful airport tour he provided for Don’s family
Steve Whitman.   Recalling A Visit to Australia via Rotary Friendship Exchange during March 2016, with Rotarians mainly from our area.
He said he had three goals [at least]
Show you a bit about Australia 
Convince to RFE a "shot"
Share through pictures and stories the fun they all had 
It was an excellent presentation, with so much more detail and images that can be shared here. .  Great Details & Pictures 
It is an excellent PPT;   maybe we can put on our web site. ?? One tidbit   shared as we looked at a field of tea plants: Green teas and black teas come from same plants.   You figure it out!   Respectfully submitted, Dan Affeldt

“Enter to Learn — Go Forth to Serve.”
— The Unofficial Motto of Rotary’s International Assembly

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