Upcoming Rotary Programs
December 6. 2018 (11:30 AM) - Service Project Meeting at LISTEN - We will be "Holiday Basket Helpers".  We will meet at the Listen, 60 Hanover Street, Lebanon (the former Lebanon Store...not the new facility. Bring a food item for a potluck lunch!
December 13, Holiday Party and Famous Yankee Swap at Dowd's Inn in Lyme. Starting at 5:30 with a Yankee Swap.  No meeting at Harvest Hill on this day. 
December 20, Noon...TBD
December 27, NO Meeting...Happy Holidays  See you back at Rotary on January 3, 2018
November is Rotary Foundation Month
Fellow Rotarians,
We collected checks made out to the Rotary Foundation at the November 1, 8 and 15, 2018 meetings. 
For those that gave a check, a special drawing was held at our meeting today (November 29, 2018) to give an additional one hundred foundation points to your Rotary Foundation account..
The recipients are:
Tim Gauraldi
Ron Michaud
Jean Walpren
Rob Taylor
John Yacavone
Shaun Mulholland
Suellen Griffin
Evan Leary
Paul Tierney
Linda Copp
Ed Friedman
Dan Affeldt
Susan Donnelly
Westin Green
Jon Blodgett
Kevin Gould
Thanks to all members who are supporting our Rotary Foundation,
Garlan Hoskin,   Phillip Rentz,  Ron Bedell
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
The Foundation at work in Ghana
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
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
  The Foundation at work in Vermont
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Program - November 29, 2018
Melissa Mooney's  Classification talk - Meet Liss
Melissa is our president-elect.  She shared the she grew up locally.  She is married and has a daughter who is a senior at Lebanon High and has received a variety of scholarship opportunities from various colleges.  She is very proud of her accomplishments academically.  Her son is 15 and doing well too.
She then went on to share her vocational experiences as a nurse.
Although she started her nursing program just out of high school she won’t call it a “calling”. It just seemed to be the best option at the time.  She shared that her mother is a nurse.  Her mother always shared that as a nurse she could pursue a large variety of roles in the field of nursing.
She started her nursing career at Springfield Hospital working permanent nights, a challenging job. She was there for a year and half and then decided to become a traveling nurse.  [Travel nursing is a nursing assignment concept that developed in response to the nursing shortage. This industry supplies nurses who travel to work in temporary nursing positions, mostly in hospitals.]
As a traveler she headed to the Dallas area.  This is where she met her husband.  Once they had children they returned to the Upper Valley.  She was able to work per diem to avoid having her kids in daycare.  Once the kids started school, she was bored and made the decision to back to school to get her Master’s degree. 
Liss then accepted a position at Alice Peck Day Hospital prior to accepting her current job at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), where she accepted the position of Director Nursing Staffing Support, Patient Flow, and Nursing Management Systems. 
She works with a cadre of  emergency and intensive care nurses who help triage patients to assure they get the patients into the correct facility within the DHMC system and at correct level of care. She reminded us that patients come into the DHMC system both internally, and externally.  Arriving as planned admissions, arriving in the emergency room, and coming in to the system from outlying facilities that are either a part of DHMC or external to DHMC.  When capacity is tight, this can be a complicated process. 
In addition, she is working to develop a very flexible cadre of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed nursing assistants and medical assistants to help cover unmet staffing need across the entire DHMC network which includes DHMC hospital affiliates, group practices, and Dick’s House at Dartmouth.  Her department received over 5,000 requests each month, and on average the flex team is able to fill 40% of the vacancies.  Liss also helps areas find traveling nursing to cover long term vacancies.
Liss said that prior to joining Rotary, she only thought of Rotary as doing  Penny Sales in Springfield.  She express her gratitude to Karen Clements to introducing her to Rotary.  She enjoys our fellowship, and all of our service projects.
We all will look forward to having Liss as our Club President in 2019/2020.
Holiday/Christmas Party
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Will be at Dowd's Country Inn in Lyme starting at 5:30 PM with a cash bar, and some snacks. Dinner will start at 6:30 We will be doing a Yankee Swap at 7:30.  The goal is to leave at 9 PM.

In Yankee Swap each participant  brings a wrapped, unmarked gift (under $15) [for a couple, both bring a item for the swap] and places it in a designated area. Guests are given numbers as they arrive.

The person who receives the number 1 will pick a gift (that is not their own) from the pile and open it for all to see (or models it, reads it, or demos it). During the selection of a wrapped gift, the participant may visually inspect the gifts, pick them up and/or gently shake them.

The person who receives number 2 then chooses a gift and opens it, and then must decide whether to keep it or swap it for the first player’s gift. Each person in order then gets to select a present, open it and decide whether to keep it or swap it for any other gift someone has already opened

At the end, #1 gets to keep or swap for a gift they really want.

December 6, 2018 Listen Holiday Basket Helpers
Listen, 60 Hanover Street, Lebanon
Across the street from Sacred Heart Church
Our meeting on December 6th will be to help organize and sort through the various holiday baskets for families in need.  Our meal will be a potluck lunch. 
Note: we will be adopting two families.  We will be asked to by presents for the families.  Angela sent us an e-mail about our two families and their needs.  Angela wrote:
Hi everyone!  We have received our children's wish lists for our Listen Baskets, I have listed them below.  We are sponsoring 5 kids and 1 teen (they were out of seniors and asked if we would do a teen instead) Please let me know if you would like to help and what you would like to do.  If you would like to help, but aren't into trying to buy kids things just let me know an amount you would like to contribute and I would be happy to shop for the outstanding items on your behalf.  I am going out of town, so don't be surprised to get an out of office from me, I will still be looking at my e-mails and coordinating this.  The week of December 3rd, I will coordinate with people to pick up/meet so that we can turn in our baskets by December 10th.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a happy Thanksgiving! Thanks, Angela 
Calvin – 18 male likes Nike
Running pants – Med mens – Black/red/white
Hoodie – Med mens – Black/red/white
Long Sleeve Shirt – Med Mens – Any color
Underwear/boxers – Med Mens – Any color
T-shirts – Med Mens – Any color
Ava – 12 female like pink, arts and crafts, gymnastics, astronomy
Leggings – Size 12-14 girls – Prints, bright colors
Hooded Sweatshirt – Size 12-14 girls – Gray, black or any color
Dresses – Size 12-14 girls – Frilly, bright colors
Sneakers – Size 7 Women – Sketchers brand are preferred
Pajamas – Size 12-14 girls – Any color
Aaron – 8 male likes Spiderman, Batman, Mario, Star Wars, blue and red
Winter boots – Size 4 boys/youth – Black
Jeans, cinch waist, relaxed fit – Size 8/10 boys – Dark wash blue
Pajamas – Size 8/10 boys – Any color
Long sleeve pullover t-shirts – Size 8-10 boys, Blue
Running pants/sweatpants – Size 8/10 boys, Dark color
Ashton – 4 male likes Thomas the Train, Paw Patrol, Mario, green and blue
Sneakers – Size 10 Toddler – Any color
Jeans, cinch waist, relaxed fit – Size 4 Toddler – Any color
Pajamas – Size 4 Toddler – Any color
Long sleeve pullover t-shirts – Size 4 toddler – Any color
Boys lounge wear – Size 4 Toddler – Any color
Grant – 8 male – likes nerf guns, beyblades, baseball and blue
Bib snow pants – 10 boys – Black/dark color
Snow boots – 4 boys – Camo/dark color
Zip up hooded sweatshirt – 10 boys – Dark colors
Sweatpants – 10 boys – Dark colors
Socks and underwear – Boys 10 underwear/Boys large socks – Dark colors
Evan – 3 male – like nerf guns, beyblades, blue and green
Bib snow pants – 4T – Dark Color
Snow boots – 9 Toddler – Dark color
Sweatpants – 4T – Dark color
Zip up hooded sweatshirt – 4T – Dark color
Socks and Underwear – 4T underwear/Boys medium socks
December 8 & 9, 2018, All Aboard! THE HARTFORD, VT POLAR EXPRESS, Come and celebrate the 12th year. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of White River Jct., Vermont.
December 11, 2018, Listen Community Dinner, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Paul Tierney gave some background information about the e-mail message he sent to us about inter-club communications, and responding with aid to disaster areas.  A small group stayed at the end of the meeting to discuss his proposal.
Bruce Pacht shared a dreary poem titled November that was written by Tom Waits.  If you missed hearing the lyrics, click here to read the poem.
Happy Dollars
Hank Clarke enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday in Massachusetts.
Marilyn Bedell gave health updates on Karen Clements who is recovering from hip surgery; Sue Donnelly who is having surgery today; Donnie, our breakfast chef, how is at DHMC with a fever of unknown origin; and Sherry Calkins who is dealing with intestinal issues compounded by her cancer diagnosis.
Bruce Bergeron let us know that four Jakes stores lost power during the most recent snow storm (yikes); and on the same day a tree fell on his Jeep Wrangler.  Once the tree was removed, he was able to drive the car away (wow!).
Bill Secord shared news of the Bel Canto holiday choral program being held at the First Congregational Church on December 8th at 7:30 PM and December 9th at 4:00 PM.  It will be a celebration of the winter holiday.  $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for those under the age of 13.
Rich Wallace share that the Family Place’s 16th Annual Gingerbread Festival will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10 am – 3 pm at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT The Family Place’s Gingerbread Festival is a fun-filled, family-friendly event offering:
• Display of over 80 Gingerbread Houses
• Silent Auction: View the Auction Items!
• Gingerbread Store: handcrafts, gift items and The JewelryOs Collection
• Gingerbread Café
• Gingerbread.
Paul Tierney’s son, Ryan, was home for Thanksgiving.  While home he scanned 5,000 family photos!  Sounds like Ryan is thriving at Apple
Paul Boucher was in Arizona for the holiday enjoying temperatures in the 70s. 
Tim Gauraldi spent time in Flagstaff, AZ on an elk hunt.  He came home with 200 pounds of elk meat for his freezer. He told us his Thanksgiving dinner was at Cracker Barrel.
Our guest, Jim Damren pulled the 6 of clubs as the hunt for the Queen of Hearts continues.
 Jon Blodgett won the car wash. 
Rotary International News

Rotary recognizes UK Prime Minister Theresa May with polio champion award


Rotary honored Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, with the Polio Eradication Champion Award for her leadership and political support toward ending polio. 

Rotary International President Barry Rassin presented the prestigious award to Alistair Burt, the UK minister of state for international development and minister of state for the Middle East, at a roundtable discussion on polio eradication on 27 November in London, England.  Read more



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