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Dave Crandall introduced our guest speaker.
SPEAKER: Benjamin Van Vliet
Ben is executive director of the Upper Valley Music Center, a community music school based in Lebanon, NH serving more than 1,000 children and adults each year. Under his leadership, UVMC has thrived as a center for participatory music making. Ben has led multiple capital campaigns, including a campaign to create a permanent home for UVMC that acquired and renovated an historic building situated in a vibrant downtown arts district. UVMC has increased its commitment to making music education accessible by more than doubling the amount of tuition assistance awarded, piloting a program to serve at-risk youth, and recognizing multiple paths to access. Because diversity leads to the best education, Ben initiated diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work with the goal to invest in the strength of a diverse learning community. 

Ben holds a M.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied violin with Elizabeth Chang and viola with Kathryn Lockwood, and a B.A. in Music from Vassar College.
Ben thanked Rotary for supporting the summer program UVMC is holding.  Ben spoke with us in “the before times” back in 2019
UVMC – NFP founded in 1995. Provide and promote best in music education and ensemble opportunities.  Serve more than 1,000 students each year by providing individual lessons, group classes, ensembles workshops and special events.  UVMC awarded more than $30,000 in tuition assistance in the past year.  Thousands of audience members through student recitals and guest artist performances.
We welcomed District Governor Mike Carrier to join us for this day of celebration.  
District Governor Mike Carrier
He reflected on Rotary International's Shakar Mehta's thoughts on service.  Menta has stated, "Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.".  He then spent time talking about other notables who have shared similar thoughts about service. Carrier believes that it is important for all of us to incorporate service into our lives. 
He shared a Chinese proverb:
"If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. 
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else."
Carrier believes that many who join Rotary are looking for lifetime happiness by serving other in our community and others around the world. Giving to others can be energizing.
He appreciated that we took time today to welcome a new member to the club, and then spent time celebrating members who were celebrating milestone anniversaries in Rotary.
Presentation of Rotary Foundation Banner
Mike Carrier presented our club the 2020/2021 Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund/Share banner for being the third highest giving club in the District.
Carrier presented the following letter to Hank Clarke:
"Let me add my congratulations to those of the Rotary Foundation in recognizing the Lebanon Rotary Club's generous support of the Rotary Foundation this past year.
The commitment of each of your members to support the Rotary Foundation, giving Rotarians around the world the kind of financial resources needed to change lives across the globe and in their communities is inspirational.
Thanks to all those who have been providing such consistent leadership to your club over the years. Building a culture of generosity, like your club has done, can make such a difference.
Grateful for all the way your club is Serving to Change Lives.
DG Mike"
Induction of returning member, Phil Bush.
Phil Bush and Mike Carrier
Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation
Ron Bedell and Phil Rentz presented Ed Friedman with his Paul Harris Fellowship.  He reached this designation awhile ago but we could not celebrate this achievement until being back together in person. Our thanks to Ed for supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Ed Friedman and Phil Rentz
Celebration of Service
We then went on to Celebrate major anniversaries for our members.  Hank Clark called Steve Whitman and Carolyn Whitman, and Garlan Hoskins were called up to the podium. Hank Clark read a letter we received from Shakar Menta in honor of Steve's 50 years of service in Rotary.
We took time to honor Garlan Hoskin for 30 years of service, and his retirement from Rotary.  Garlan shared that Steve Whitman was the person who invited him to join Rotary.
Both Steve and Garlan received Rotary logo ties from the club; and we present a few flowers to Carolyn and Heidi to thank them for all the hours Rotary took both Steve and Garlan away from other family activities. We appreciate the "family of Rotary".
Heidi and Garlan Hoskin, and Carolyn and Steve Whitman
Hank then shared that the following members were having or had milestone anniversaries over the past two year.
2021/2022 Club President
Hank Clarke
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Community Service/At large Board Memer
International Service/At Large Board Member
Youth Service
Finance Committee
Web Master
Charities Trustee
Charities Board Treasurer
Charities Trustee
Charities Trustee/Chair
Charities Trustee
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Rotary Programs
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