Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lebanon

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

Phone:
(603) 448-0126
 
 
 Rotary Club of Lebanon, at our recent luncheon meeting on August 10th, presented Paul Harris Fellows pins to Jamie Whyte, Rich Wallace (his second) and Steve Christy (his second).
Paul Harris organized the first Rotary Club "in fellowship and friendship" with three clients and local businessmen, Silvester Schele, Gustavus Loehr and Hiram Shorety. His initial goal was solely to create a club of professional and business men for friendship and fellowship. Soon, Harris realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose and by 1910 founded Rotary International. By 1987, women were admitted to Rotary.
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name of $1,000 US to The Rotary foundation of Rotary  International.   

Walter Hughes (Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, VA-USA)

February 12, 2017 / admin / Rotarian Spotlight

Rotary means different things to different people. For some, it means friendship and fellowship with like-minded people. For others, it means an opportunity to develop leadership and business skills. For some, it’s a way to solve a problem in a local community.

For Walter Hughes, Jr., Rotary seems to be the vehicle by which he is able to change the world. He is, in fact, the epitome of a “champion of change.” It’s no accident that he was given that exact recognition by the White House in 2013.

Over the past ten years, Walter and his teams of Rotary (and non-Rotary) volunteers have helped provide clean water to more than 300,000 people in Africa. He has successfully partnered with Rotary Clubs in 21 US states, 2 Canadian provinces, Switzerland, Ghana and South Sudan, as well as other non-profit organizations and churches, to help eradicate Guinea Worm disease in Ghana.

Walter admits he didn’t even know about the international dimension of Rotary when he joined in 2000. “I initially joined to spend time with my dad and to make friends in the Rocky Mount (VA) area,” he said.

But he quickly learned he was part of something much bigger, and through Rotary, could transform lives all around the world. He has been part of projects providing clean water, micro-flush toilets, medical equipment and school computers. But more importantly, the projects he manages have truly changed lives.

“Rotarians speak every language of the world,” said Walter.  “Rotarians impact peace and economic prosperity.  People of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds are Rotarians.  It means that we have friends all around the world who partner with me to make a difference in people’s lives.”

It’s hard to even fathom the money he has helped raise, the lives he has saved and the children he has helped educate. But those impacted aren’t just on the other side of the globe. Some are in his own hometown.

Tim Wilborne joined the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount on a Thursday, and left with Walter for Ghana the very next day. He saw firsthand how Rotary can transform the world, and today Tim serves as president of Walter’s Rotary Club. (His wife, Amber, is also a member!)

Most of us are lucky if we ever experience one “Rotary moment” that defines our purpose. Walter Hughes has had too many to count.

“I will never tire of seeing children drinking from a Rotary well,” he said.  “It is a joy to see children laughing and playing instead of being sick from disease, all because Rotary funded a well.”

 

**Walter invites anyone interested in learning more about his efforts in Ghana to join him on one of his upcoming trips. He is also willing to speak to your club, district or community to share his mission and his ministry. He can be reached at walterkhughes@gmail.com.

 

This 4th of July Pie Buffet, the Lebanon Rotary Club and Lebanon Riverside Rotary Club  provided lots more pies and we increased attendance (that is, we increased the number of tickets turned in at the door) by at least 10% to around 440 individuals, yet we still ran out of pies!

 

The goals of the event have been three:

 

1.  Raise significant funds for the global eradication of polio through Rotary's PolioPlus program.

2.  Operate a fun fundraiser in which all members of both clubs can participate.

3.  Offer a family-friendly fun event to the people of the City of Lebanon and surrounding towns to enjoy on the morning of Independence Day.
 

“The prevailing Rotary attitude in rendering service is practicality. Its aim in
performing a useful action is to be helpful and serviceable, not sentimental....
As practical idealists, we temper the fanciful flights of the dreamer with the
limitations of common sense.”
— Address to 1943 Rotary Convention, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
 
 
 
 
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Speakers
Kyle Fisher, CEO of Listen
Aug 24, 2017
Listen Expansion
Dr.Susan Mooney, President of Alice Peck Day (APD)
Aug 31, 2017
New Developments, Impact on APD with possible changes and next expansion
Chief Richard Mello, Lebanon Police Department
Sep 07, 2017
Update of the Police Department and what innovative things they are doing.
 
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