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 of America
(603) 448-0126
Robert Azzi
Our Speaker this morning was photojournalist, columnist, public speaker, and education consultant, Robert Azzi.  We had an open dialogue about Islam.  Azzi encouraged us to ask any questions we might have about Islam.  Questions were asked about the evolution of the Islam faith, the role of women in Islam, the current political situation from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the rest of the Middle East, and India. He shared that like in Christianity,  where we have a broad range of types of Christianity (Methodist, Catholic, Fundamentalists, Baptist, Episcopal, etc.) there are many denominations of the Islamic faith too. 

In November, Azzi  will be recognized as a First Amendment Honoree.
District Governor Larry Vars
District Governor Larry Vars
Our program today was District Governor Larry Vars, a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster, NH, USA.  Governor Larry spoke about the importance RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, President Barry is asking Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”  Governor Larry's believes that if we can find our own Rotary Passion, we can Be the Inspiration.  
District Governor Larry Vars presented Co-president Michelle Buck a theme scarf, and left a theme tie for Co-President  Steve Christy.
Maureen Thibodeau 
Estate Sale Planner and Personal Home Organizer
Maureen is from Acworth, NH.  She has been an organizer since her childhood.  She relayed stories of organizing her mother's pantry by sorting canned goods alphabetically.  She found it fun as a child to clean and organize her home...she considered this a play time activity.
She then reviewed how she evolved into a personal home/office organizer and estate sale planner. She believes she was born with a cleaning and organizing gene.
She described that after her brother had a motorcycle crash, she used her skills to help her brother leverage his limited resources to keep his apartment and help him with various financial issues.  She then helped her family prepare for the estate sale following her father's death.
A friend in Connecticut encouraged her to consider using her organizational skills as her profession.  
Maureen gave us tips for dealing with clutter.  She believes when you manage clutter you can decrease your stress, improve your health and keep you from injury, make the resale of your home more successful, and even earn some money along the way.
Downsizing helps you get rid of stuff you really don't need or want. You can begin downsizing at any age. You start by developing a plan/strategy for every room or space in your home or on your property. She gave us a sheet that can help you determine is an item is a "must have', something that your strongly like, something you can do without, or something you dislike or don't care about. This then leads to determining what is trash/rubbish, what should be donated and what you might want to resell or give away.
She suggests that you actually schedule time on your calendar to devote to this work.  It may be easier to start small, and tackle one area at a time.
Developer Byron Hathorne joined us to talk about all of the commercial activity going on in downtown White River Junction.  We discovered why we can’t easily find a parking space in downtown WRJ anymore!!
Our speake, Byron Hathorn. 
Byron grew up on a farm in Hartford, VT, and remembers well as a child going into downtown White River Junction in its “hay days” during the ‘50’s and early ‘60’s.  He became friends with David Briggs when they were both 4 years old.  He and David joke about the “overnight success” that down town WRJ has become which actually took 40 years. 
Byron recalled David’s parents, Fred and Bonnie Briggs, who owned a clothing store and sporting goods store in the down town.  He recounted David’s return to WRJ and his trials and travails after purchasing the Coolidge Hotel.  He also cited people such as Mike Davidson, who prefers to repurpose older existing buildings, and Bill Bittinger, who has done several important downtown projects. 
He noted the changes that have occurred within the downtown.  Among them the resurgence of restaurants, apartment buildings, the Center for Cartoon Studies, his two new (he purchased the Railroad Station in 1995) projects – a multi-purpose office building and a new assisted living facility adjacent to the new Northern Stage complex.
He reported that the town hopes to build a parking garage on land that it owns adjacent to the old KofC hall and Northern Stage. 
(Editor’s note:  he didn’t touch on the new court house, nor the two new bridges – one the connector between WRJ and West Lebanon, the DEW project on Bill Josler’s former property, and the new building that LISTEN developed, all of which greatly enhance that entry point to downtown.)
Michelle Buck
Steve Christy
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Upcoming Rotary Programs
October 25 Rotary Foundation Month starts 1 November.  At our meeting we will view The Final Inch.  
Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for Polio was developed in the United States, the Polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Into India’s impoverished neighborhoods, The Final Inch follows the massive – and yet highly personalized - mission to eradicate Polio from the planet. One of history’s most feared diseases, now largely forgotten, Polio has become a disease of the world’s poor.
November 1, The speaker will be Rob Gurwitt whose company is Story Kitchen Creative, a spinoff from DailyUV.  Rob and a co-worker would talk about the power of good storytelling for businesses and organizations.  It’s a new-ish slant on marketing.
November 8,  Addiction Recovery District Grant Update Betsy Coble
November 15, Marcos Stafne, the Executive Director at the Montshire Museum of Science
December 6. 2018 - Service Project Meeting at LISTEN - We will be "Holiday Basket Helper"
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