Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lebanon


Service Above Self

1st and 3rd of every month on Thursday at 12 Noon; 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 AM
Harvest Hill (behind Alice Peck Day Hospital)
10 Alice Peck Day Drive (Dwinell Room)
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States
(603) 448-0126
Our speakers from The Fells were Susan Warren, Executive Director; David Blohm, Chair of the Board of Directors; and Brick Moltz, Education Director
Each provided information about The Fells
David Blohm covered the following:
The Mission
Our mission is to welcome people of all ages to The Fells, making each visit an enriching experience with opportunities to explore and learn from our natural lakeside setting, our renowned gardens, and the historic achievements of statesman John Hay.
The Vision of The Fells is a restored and preserved Hay Family estate on Lake Sunapee that:
  • Draws people together to share interests in history, horticulture, ecology, and the protection of the lake;
  • Offers enriching educational programs and events to stimulate further the pursuit of those interests;
  • Provides access that lets visitors enjoy their Fells experience within a safe, tranquil environment and wildlife refuge.
The Fells has a staff of 7, and over 300 volunteers.
He talked about the significant role John had in shaping the United states from Lincoln through Teddy Roosevelt.
He believes Hay was the most important statesman/diplomat of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  This accomplishments as Secretary of State:
  • Open Door policy (1899) with China, the Panama Canal treaty and acquisition (1903)
  • Personal Secretary to Abraham Lincoln, Age 22
  • Assistant Secretary of State - Rutherford B Hayes
  • Secretary of State – William McKinley
  • Secretary of State – Teddy Roosevelt
  • Hay brought about more than 50 treaties
  • Friend of the Queen Victoria of England – She described him as the “the most interesting of all the Ambassadors I have known.”
  • Instrumental in establishing the US as a world leader
The historian John Taliaferro wrote –
Why give to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund?
Our District Rotary Foundation Grant for Addiction Recovery Coaches Approved!
What, specifically, will the grant money be used for?
This grant is education funding for recovery coaches to obtain certification. The money will be used to sponsor the educational program to train twelve qualified substance-abuse recovery coaches and to provide them with dedicated Chromebook notebook computers to record patient information and the related treatment-plan data to assure continuity of treatment and confidential case information. Cost per student: approximately $500. In addition we will use up to $500 to help coaches provide patients with support they may need, such as transportation, child care, clothing, and other related support services.
Focusing on International Service
Young African Leaders Institute (YALI) at Dartmouth.  Speakers: Julie, Jenny and Joshua


What is YALI (From the Dartmouth YALI web page):

For each of the past four summers (2014-2017), the Dickey Center, with multiple partner organizations across Dartmouth, hosted 25 young leaders from countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. They represented a wide range of backgrounds with an incredible array of experiences. These young leaders were among the first cohorts of the "Mandela Washington Fellowship," which is at the center of the United States government's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, 3,000 Fellows have participated in the program. Dartmouth's 100 alumni Fellows have represented 35 countries. This summer, we welcomed another cohort of 25 Fellows, hailing from 20 countries. 

YALI is a State Department-led program (overseen by the International Research & Exchanges Board—IREX) that is working to provide opportunities to "spur growth, strengthen democratic systems and enhance peace and security."  The goals of the Mandela Washington Fellowship are:

  •     build and sustain a network of young Sub-Saharan leaders
  •     strengthen ties between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States
  •     prepare Fellows for future leadership opportunities in Africa

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an incredibly selective program. The first year saw a 1% acceptance rate.  This year's program brought a total of 700 Fellows to 28 universities throughout the United States to host cohorts who participate in institutes centered on one of three topics: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.

Julie, Jenny, Rotarian Bob Gasser and Joshua

Rotarian Bill  Koppenheffer's
Classification Talk
Willy gave us a quick review of his life leading up to retirement.  He was born in Pennsylvania.  His Dad was in the Navy.  They then crisscrossed the country to various naval bases.  His first cross-country trip was at the age of 6 months.  At 18, he headed to Dartmouth and he was a philosophy major.  As his father would remind him, this degree is not highly marketable.  His father offered to put a "shingle" outside their convenience store announcing, "Philosopher In".  His early post graduate years led him to jobs as a steelworker, a cab driver, furniture mover, and keg deliverer on the Dartmouth campus. Eventually he headed back to law school, and then established his practice here in the Upper Valley.
Michelle Buck
Steve Christy
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Past President
International Service
Charities Board Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Youth Service
Youth Service
Web Master
Service Projects
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Upcoming Rotary Programs
August 23,  Buddy Teevens — Dartmouth College Football.  Bring your fellow sports lovers to this meeting.
September 6, NO MEETING...COME TO THE CLUB PICNIC ON SEPTEMBER 8th at Tim Guaraldi's Home in Newport.
September 27, Maureen Thibodeau — Estate Sale Planner and Personal Home Organizer. Why not bring a friend to hear Maureen?
October 4, District Governor Larry Vars will visit our club.
October 11,  Robert Azzi — The program is entitled "Ask a Muslim Anything"  and it is by a photojournalist and writer Robert Azzi.  He discusses and welcomes questions on Islam the geopolitics of the Middle East. Should be an interesting program, please consider bringing a guest to this meeting.
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