Rotary of Lebanon, NH, USA
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
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.
Chief Mello of the Lebanon PD provided an update on the status of the opioid crisis in the Upper Valley. We were reminded that the problem has intensified over the past 3-5 years, especially in the Northeast. One of his concerns is the amount of heroin being "cut" with fentanyl and other substances that has lead to an increase in the number of overdoses.  Overdoses are still happening, but the availability of Narcan (naloxone) has decreased the number of deaths from opioids.  Many more people, first responders, family members, community members, have been trained in the use of naloxone.  Naloxone is saving lives, and hopefully giving more individuals the opportunity to seek treatment.  An overdose is often a catalyst to get someone into treatment.  Though it can take multiple overdoses before someone is willing to ask for help. 
There has been $23,000,000 Federal dollars allocated for grants to combat the crisis in New Hampshire.  The states grant application will be filed in August.  At the moment interested parties are providing input into the grant process.  Money can be used for enforcement and treatment.  Setting up treatment options will take time and planning.  
Currently there are fewer than 200 treatment "beds" in the state.  Often a person must be sober 28 days prior to being eligible for a bed.  This can be a barrier to getting addicts into treatment. Chief Mello let us know that the police don't have the best tools to deal with addiction, which is a disease. One of the biggest problems is that there are not enough readily available facilities available to guide people to post arrest.  In our area, the drug dealers are often users too.
He has great concerns about the legalization of marijuana.  Unfortunately, young and old often do no perceive it to be a high risk behavior.  It is perceived as not being dangerous.  Chief Mello is very concerned that in 10 years we will regret that legalization has been so widely adopted.
Chief Mellow asked us to consider playing in the police department golf tournament at Lake More Funds raised will be used to support child health and safety initiatives: 
Child Health & Community Programs Annual Golf Tournament, July 19,2018, Lake Morey Resort, 7AM registration, 8 AM tee off.Chief Mello invited us to these two events too:
We were invited to come to:
Ice Cream with a Cop —  13 July 2019 5 PM to 7 PM
Coffee with a Cop — 24 July 2019 at The Fort 8 AM to 10 AM
JUNE 28, 2018
[Steve] When I first joined Rotary over 40 years ago, it was a much different organization, both locally and internationally.  At that time membership was limited to males, and preferably those with discretionary powers at their place of employment. That meant that the club was predominately comprised of business owners or people in the upper echelons of management, preferably the CEO, if they did not own the business outright. Rotary also observed a strict “classification” structure, meaning that there could be only two (an “active” and an “additional active”), perhaps three (a “senior active”) individuals from the same industry or profession. This was done to prevent the clubs from becoming concentrated in one business or professional grouping. Obviously Rotary had done a lot of good in the world using this structure.
But the world was changing, and soon, so, too, would Rotary International. The first major cultural change for Rotary here in the U.S. was the admission of women as members.  Rotary International actually revoked the charter of the first U.S. club to admit a woman to its ranks. The effort was futile and women now comprise a significant portion, not only of rank and file membership, but also of leadership, although it is still lacking at Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation board level.
But more changes were coming. Rotary International began to see its role in the world differently as the organization approached the 1 million member mark. It initiated audacious programs such as the 3H (standing for health, hunger, and humanity) Program. This was followed by a 1985 “declaration of war”, so to speak, against the disease of polio.  The organization called for its eradication from the world some 30 plus years ago. We now stand on the precipice of having driven this scourge from the face of the earth.
It was around this time, twenty-five or so years ago, that it was decided to form a new club within the City. The Lebanon-Riverside club was sponsored by the Lebanon club and was organized. The work that this club has done over the more than a quarter century that has passed has been immense. We are meeting this evening in a community recreation area that was proposed by this club, and through coordination with municipal officials completed.  Another of this club’s signature efforts has been providing first graders in Lebanon’s elementary schools with their own reading books. Beyond this the club has provided leadership at Rotary’s district level and beyond. For some of the reasons that we’re discussing this evening it has been decided to consolidate the two clubs so that Rotary can provide a more forceful community and international impact going forward.
Michelle Buck
Steve Christy
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July 26, Young African Leaders Program at Dartmouth.  Speakers: Steven, Jenny and Joshua
  • Steven is from Namibia. He is an ecotourism and horticulture entrepreneur and Founder of Mungongi Group. He supports communities through employment and healthy food consumption. 
  • Jenny is from Madagascar. She is an advocate for community development and women’s empowerment, and is working to address rural unemployment by selling locally made handicrafts to international markets. 
  • Joshua is from Kenya. He is an IT expert and founder of an innovative SMS platform enabling small scale rural farmers access to markets online without the internet, and to reduce exploitation by middle-men. 
  • Julie Muriuki is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Hurlingham in Nairobi, Kenya. Her club is in District 9212. Professionally, she owns a consulting firm that works with individuals, organizations and communities do design products, services and business models that meet target customer needs.
August 9, The Fells — The Fells is located in Newbury NH.  The estate was the home of John Hay who was private secretary to  President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State to Presidents McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt.  Staff from the Fells will provide a program about the historical estate and gardens.  
August 23,  Buddy Teevens – Dartmouth College Football
September 27, Maureen Thibodeau – Estate Sale Planner and Personal Home Organizer.
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