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...5th Thursday, Check Home Page
Harvest Hill (behind Alice Peck Day Hospital)
10 Alice Peck Day Drive (Dwinell Room)
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States of America
(603) 448-0126

Sue Kessler, Development Manager from Northern Stage

Sue Kessler

From the Northern Stage web page: 'Sue Kessler comes to the Upper Valley from Chicago, where she has enjoyed a diverse career in the creative arts, from strategic planning and operations management to audience outreach and community engagement. She helped articulate the reimagining of Chicago’s Navy Pier as a new cultural arts district, curating all manners of arts programming – free and open to the public. The Executive Director and co-founder of the theatre for young audiences enterprise, Hamlet’s House, Sue has written several live theatre “epic-sodes” for Hamlet the dog and his friends. An avid marathoner, she parlays her passion for running into significant fundraising efforts on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and she is currently serving as a St. Jude Hero Ambassador, empowering other runners to similar achievement. Sue received her B.S. in Theatre from the School of Speech at Northwestern University and is honored to have the chance to serve the inspired and inspiring family of Northern Stage"

We learned that Northern Stage moved to its new White River Junction home, The Barrette Center for the Arts, in 2015 after a successful 18 month capital campaign to make it possible to move from the Briggs Opera House to the new Center. The theater seats 240 patrions.  If is a thrust theater. In theatre, a thrust stage (also known as a platform stage or open stage) is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end.

We learned that Northern Stage is a League of Resident Theatre (LORT). LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 75 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT Theatres collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined

Sue Shared info about the joys and challenges of producing live theater.  She talked about the costs of obtaining rights to various productions (e.g. $40,000 for Matilda); and maintaining and supporting positive relations with the three unions that allow them to have Broadway caliber talent (Actors Equity, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists).  She described the leadership team at Northern Stage as being crazy and dynamic.

The current production is Venus Rising.  Playwright Marisa Smith, the creative mind behind 2016’s hit Mad Love, is back with a hilarious and deeply perceptive story of aging gracefully – or sometimes not so gracefully – and how we try to care for one another in the face of life’s challenges.

The Gift of Adoption

Our Club welcomed staff and volunteers from Gift of Adoption to our meeting. Volunteer Board Member Lori Key shared information about their organization.

Lori Key

Gift of Adoption of New Hampshire serves families in New Hampshire, as well as families in our neighboring states of Vermont and Maine. The chapter is currently seeking leaders throughout the state to get involved as chapter leaders and help the chapter grow and reach more families.

Board members are responsible for building awareness and raising funds for this rapidly growing, energetic, national, nonprofit dedicated to putting adoption in reach for the millions of children world-wide without a family.  Gift of Adoption inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents – giving children without families permanent homes and the chance to thrive.

Our Mission

Our mission is to fill the void that separates child from family – through adoption assistance grants that give vulnerable children a permanent home and the chance to thrive.

We learned that of the 25% of individuals consider adoption; of the 25%, 79% express concerns about all of the obstacles the make adoption hard (regulations, finances and a variety of other issues; Thus only about 2% are successful in making an adoption domestic or international.

This group works with accredited adoption agencies and attorneys nationwide to help support individuals working toward adoption. Their goal is to get 500 kids adopted annually nationwide. Last year the organization helped 365 children and their adoptive parents.

Since the chapter was established they have help 34 children. Their goal is to assist up to 10 children a year. To-date they have given adoption grants totaling $132,600.

One-hundred percent of the money they raise goes to help with adoptions.  We were reminded that you don't have to adopt a child to help give a child a future. They invited us to their next fund raiser on March 29, 2019 at the Enfield Shaker Museum from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.  The theme of the gathering is Toast a Gift of Family. This event will include a wine tasting and silent auction. For more information go to giftofadoption.org/nhwine  There major corporate sponsor is Three Tomatoes. They thanked Three Tomatoes for their support.

During the question and answer period, Ron Michaud told us about a variety of adoptions that have changed the lives of the children who where adopted her in Lebanon.

Pictures of other members of the team:


Shannon Buskey, a GOA-NH board member

             Linda Boucher, GOA-NH  Board Chair              


Rotary District 7850's

Speech Contest Round 1

Our contestants for Round 1 came from Lebanon High School and Mascoma High School

From the Rotary District 7850 web Page: 

District 7850's Speech Contest purpose is to help youth, community and Rotarians to understand, encourage and foster the principles and values of Rotary.
Principles like the Service Above Selfthe 4-Way Test*; and the annual theme of Rotary International are used for speech topics. 
Today we had 6 students participate in Round 1 of the District's speech contest. Five students were from Lebanon High School and one was from Mascoma.

The winner of today's contest was Lena Sucklow. 
The runner up was Clara Smyrski.
As the winner, Lena will receive at a minimum, $100, and moves on  to Round 2, which will be held with Students chosen by Hanover and Randolph.  The Prize for Round 2 is $150.  Then there will be two more rounds with prizes of $250 and $500.  The top student will receive in total $1,000.
A day of service in pictures
Listen Holiday Basket Helpers and
A Celebration of our RLYArains 
(Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipients
from Lebanon High school) 
Organizing Gift Bags
Breaking Down Boxes
Eating Lunch
Celebrating our RYLArians and Interactors
Learning About Listen
Michelle Buck
Steve Christy
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Past President
International Service
Sergeant at Arms
Youth Service
Web Master
Service Projects
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Upcoming Rotary Programs
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7 AM Classification Talks Phil Rentz and Rich Wallace
  • Thursday, February 21 at 12 Noon - Club Forum
  • Thursday, February 28, at 7 AM - Physical Therapist - Talking to us about exercise.
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12 Noon - Nanci Clarke will update us on the status of the Zienziele program in Tanzania
  • March 14 , 2019, 7 AM - Steven Yannuzzi, Bridget  Aliaga, Community Health Improvement -The Use of Narcan in the Community
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 Round 2 of the District Speech Contest with our winner, and the winners from Randolph and Hanover.
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