Rotary Club of Lebanon

P.O. Box 132 • Lebanon, NH • 03766

President Garlan Hoskin


2014-15 RI Theme



Feb 26, 2015
Club Forum
Committees Meet
Mar 05, 2015
Cathy Schneider
Trip to Guatemala
Mar 12, 2015
Kathleen J. MacLean
River Valley Project
Mar 19, 2015
Walt Ryan
Mar 26, 2015

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)
125 Mascoma Street
Dwinell Room
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Call to Order: President Garlan Hoskin
Opening Song: ROTARY
Patriotic Song: My Country ‘Tis of Thee
Invocation: Bartolo Governanti
Song Leader: Paul Boucher
Song: Molly Malone
Visiting Rotarians: N/A
Guests: Martha Clarke, Valerie Armstrong
Raffle: No Winner (Nate Miller drew the King of Hearts, and five cards remain.)
Rotary Minute: Philip Rentz discussed the next level of the Speech Contest, which will be held at the District Meeting at Lyndon State College.
  • Garlan Hoskin presented Kevin Gould with a Paul Harris Fellow (Plus 3) Award for his efforts supporting the Rotary Foundation.
  • John Yacavone asked for a volunteer on Monday, March 2nd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to assist with outreach for the Upper Valley Smiles Program.
  • Linda Copp announced that Norm Blakely was able to dance at his granddaughter’s wedding, and he is making substantial progress in his recovery from medical issues.
  • Bruce Pacht announced that Rotary just celebrated its 110th Anniversary. Bruce reported that he recently visited the Drummondville/Malouin Club to and exchanged banners. Their club’s motto (translated into English) is “Share, Give, and Hope.”
  • Jennifer Grant’s son Eric, who is a student at the University of New Hampshire, was recently recognized for rescuing a stranded motorist. Jennifer’s daughter Emma’s boyfriend was on the front page of Thursday’s Valley News, and Windsor County Partners was featured in this month’s Kid Stuff magazine.
  • Suellen Griffin completed her Master’s Degree on February 14th.
  • Ron Michaud was on the front page of the Valley News recently.
  • Paul Boucher just returned from a trip to Europe, where his wife got to celebrate her birthday at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Business Items:
Don MacMeekin discussed a recommendation that this year’s Rotary Auction proceeds be used to support three programs administered by the Upper Valley Haven: 1) The Haven’s Healthy Cooking/Eating Program; 2) The Haven Backpack Program; and 3) The Haven’s “Chopped” Program. All three programs build nutrition skills for children and their parents.
Ernst Oidtmann suggested that the dietician group at DHMC could also be connected with the Haven to build capacity for these programs. Steve Usle suggested that an elevator speech is needed to succinctly explain what Rotary support would result in. Betsey Child noted Rotary’s successful partnership with the Haven for the club’s Valentine’s Day Dance. Jennifer Grant suggested that the Club commit to providing a percentage of proceeds rather than a fixed dollar amount.
In the interest of time, the discussion was tabled and will be further considered by the Board of Directors.
A Club Forum followed with committee meetings.

Called to order by: President Garlan Hoskin
Opening Song: ROTARY
Patriotic Song: America the Beautiful
Invocation: Westin Greene
Song Leader: Jamie Whyte   Song: Don't Fence me In
Visiting Rotarians:
Carla Skindler
Raffle: No winner (yet again!)
Betsey mentioned planning/prep meeting for District Conference at Bruce Pacht's home on 2/24 (3PM-5PM).
Bruce Pacht indicated that another guest speaker (film documentarian) will run a session at the District Conference (and he urged members to register prior to April 1 to be included in a raffle for a free weekend (post-conference) at the Snow Flake Inn. 
Betsey asked for a volunteer to help pick up Conference related printed materials in Randolph.
Garlan announced that Sue Shaw is the new Asst. District Governor.  He also indicated that Northern Stage plans to initiate various workshops that may be of interest to Rotary members (info. will follow).  Also, SPARK is initiating a Breakfast event to help fund its programs.
Rich Wallace indicates that the Valley News is launching a new supplement to the paper called "Enterprise". 
Forrest Cole bragged about his grandson, who recently signed up with the Army National Guard.
Linda Copp announced City Center Ballet's recent receipt of a substantial donation from the Byrne Foundation.
Jim Shibles and Ernst Oidtmann spoke about their recent travels to remote Maine, where they were not only challenged by below zero temperatures (leading to frostbite!) but also by the prospect of the group being visited by a notorious felon and all-around, on-the-loose, bad guy named "Butch".  A brief discussion regarding guns, and the merits of "catapults" ensued.  Jim spoke of the hundreds of deer being fed by the neighbor...all looking so healthy that Jim began to questions his long-term commitment to a vegetarian diet! 
Rotary Minute: Nate Miller spoke about the Rotary custom and practice of using the Rotarians first name, or nick-name during meetings.  Nate's excellent 1-minute presentation had everyone in support of Bill K.'s suggestion that Nate deliver the "Rotary Minute" every week!
Speaker: Steve Taylor
Steve is a former newspaper guy, and past NH Commissioner of Agriculture.  He spoke about sustainability in agriculture and changes in agriculture that he's witnessed over the years.  He mentioned that in 1962, there was an abundance in both New Hampshire and Vermont of 'hill farm' agriculture (many local smaller farms).  With the requirement (in the late 1950's) of bulk tanks, many smaller farms were 'sold off' and the prevailing way of life vanished.  This led to farm consolidation (and as many as 2/3rds of the working farms in Vermont).  This has led to the shift to a "sustainable" model, and a rediscovery of the nearby consumer, evolution of farmer's markets, and idea of buying local.
In the 2000's the focus turned to bulk commodity agriculture (dairy) which has aging practitioners and expensive start-up costs; and globalization/concentration within the marketplace.
New agriculture speaks to 'mystique' of local, and sustainability.  Today's practitioners have better marketing skills.  A reliance on science binds the communities (i.e. bulk commodity and globalization) together. 
Steve indicated that sustainability in agriculture is not new.  In 1991, he met with folks from Denmark who visited West Lebanon to learn what sustainability was all about.
The discussion then turned to fertilizer, and the post-WWII use of ammonium nitrate by farmers...and how most farmers have moved away from such methods (opting for manure being generated on the farm to enhance yields of corn).  He also spoke about "dry hay" and how we have adapted technology originally found in Europe in this area.  Steve answered numerous questions related to 'sugaring', energy's role in agriculture, technology that is replacing labor (i.e. robotics used for milking cows), the cost of tractors, etc.

Rotary vision: That it might help to establish a Golden Rule of business throughout the world.
1913-14 Russell F. Greiner (banking), Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Garlan, Mayra and Phil
Jack, Mayra and Elyse

Called to order by: Pres Garlan
Opening Song: R-O-T-A-R-Y
Patriotic Song: N/A no instrument at Jesse’s
Invocation: Phil Rentz
Song Leader: N/A     Song:
Visiting Rotarians:
Dean Cashman, Jim Damren and Sherry Calkins, all from Lebanon-Riverside
Missed name – from Hanover
Scott Osgood from Henniker
Tina O’Donnell speech coach for Marya Merriam
David Weidman from KUA accompanying Zhengqi (Jack) Zhang
Raffle: N/A
John Y needs people to sign up for Upper Valley Smiles table at Hartford Elementary on March 1-2. We must support this effort or lose our matching grant! Sign-up was passed around.
Forrest awarded maple syrup to Mary Detsch, for being one of the six people that responded on the club's Facebook account, to a comment of his. He apologized that he did not have the promised pint of maple syrup but hoped she would accept the quart he brought.
Steve Whitman and Don MacMeekin were honored with pins recognizing the fact that they had each brought a new member to the club.
Bill Babineau was recognized with a Paul Harris +1 pin that he had earned.
Jean Wulpern reminded the club of the event at the AVA Gallery Friday at 5 o’clock, followed by dinner for those who signed up at Jesse’s at 6:45
Garlan announced that David Atwood had died, at age 94.
Ron Carr noted that the clubs Facebook page is being re-examined, particularly since there are two. Use of Facebook is encouraged because this is another contact point for persons outside the club to learn about our club. Facebook can also be valuable when the club’s Facebook members share events like the auction, pie buffet etc. on their Facebook pages.
Bartolo then mentioned that LinkedIn is more widely used by business people: Garlan promptly appointed Bartolo to look into the club’s potential use of LinkedIn.
Linda Copp noted that Theo Pilette took the Grand Prize at the Boston round of the Youth American Grande Prix. He will now compete in the finals in NYC. YGAP is one of the Olympics of Ballet.
Paul Boucher admitted to a seventieth birthday, with an appropriate contribution to the Doris Mollica fund. Paul and his wife are off to Paris, as chaperones to a student group.
Rotary Minute: Marion Steiner reviewed the history of our emblem, the gear wheel.
Speaker: Speech Contest Level 2 was moderated by Phil Rentz.
The three contestants tossed coins to determine the order of presentation
Zhengqi (Jack) Zhang went first, with a speech oriented around the four-way test. He was eloquent and pointed out the role of his grandmother, father, and mother in various aspects of how the four-way test was applied in their lives, and how that influenced him.
Elyse Lindahl went next, connecting the idea of service above self with her concerns about sustainability and responsibility for the environment.
Marya Merriam explained how she used the four-way test to shape her approach to creating a town energy committee in Brookfield, Vermont.
Note that some biographical detail about each of these contestants is available on the Clubrunner website under the speaker notes.
After due deliberation, the contest judges chose Marya Merriam as the contest winner. Garlan then gave Marya a check for $150 and posed for a picture, which included Phil Rentz.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Bartolo Governanti    Rotary Minute
Dan Affeldt                  Song Leader
Ron Carr                      Spoke
Nathan Miller               Invocation
Paul Tierney                Greeter
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Bartolo Governanti    Spoke
Forrest Cole                Rotary Minute
Jane G. Mason            Greeter
Linda Copp                  Song Leader
Mary Detsch                 Invocation


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Vice President
Past President
Chair - Community Service
Chair - Vocational Service
Chair - Club Service
Chair - International Service
Chair - Rotary Foundation
Chair - Membership
Chair - Auction 2014
Chair - Club Administration
Chair - Innovation
Chair - Youth Exchange
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