Conversation before the bell included problems people are having with this year’s federal tax filings, such as the forms for LLCs not being completed yet because of the federal government shutdown. On the other hand, at least one club member thinks he’s getting a larger refund this year. Bruce Bergeron announced that all the beer from the Beerfest has now been “disappeared.” The IRS hasn’t been notified.


Opening bell was rung by President Michelle, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Four-Way Test.
Two lists were circulated among the tables:
Michelle sent around the latest committee assignment list for any further corrections, and Tim Guaraldi sent around the pie-baking list for people to commit to the types of pies they will be providing for Pie Day on April 6. Each member is being asked to donate two fruit and one savory pie. That commitment on the part of all club members will give us 150 pies for the PolioPlus event. Last year we served or sold a total of 240 pies, so we need to solicit donations, especially pizzas, from local restaurants and bakeries to make up the difference. Michelle volunteered to contact Cantore’s; Tim volunteered to contact Village Pizza in the downtown mall. Solicited pizzas should be half cooked and picked up the night before the event. We need volunteers to contact such places as Hannaford’s, Price Chopper, the Coop, Shaw’s, BJ’s and King Arthur Flour.
Tim announced the date and time for our next Listen food drive: Saturday morning from 9:00 to 12:00, March 9, at the Lebanon Coop. A Doodle will be sent out to the membership for volunteer signups.


Tim gave thanks for arriving safely (but late) this morning as he passed by an accident on Interstate 89 North. It held Tim up for twenty minutes. Michelle commented that she had also encountered two accidents on the same route coming in. Tim’s second brag involved a very complicated story about how his two daughters haphazardly reserved four, five, or six $200 reservations for Tim to go hiking and camping with them in the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona—in February! Anna has indicated that she is staying home.
Jim Damren narrated the story of his son’s adventures on the ice in a hockey tournament over the weekend in Massachusetts. The first phone call came Friday night: his son had taken a stick in his face and had broken off two front teeth. An emergency call to a dentist friend restored the teeth, and Jim’s son returned to the tournament—only to call on Sunday to say that he had broken his wrist. That surgery is being performed Thursday (today) by Dr. Warhold at DHMC.
Bruce Bergeron announced that our service plans for the library/homework area at Romano circle have progressed. Red River has donated three laptops and a printer for the kids to use in the library, which has also received a new coat of paint.


Rob Taylor drew the Ace of spades; Hank Clarke won the Jake’s carwash.
Upcoming Rotary Programs
  • 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.

Program - Classification Talks by Phil Rentz and Rich Wallace.

Phil Rentz
Phil began his talk with an encomium for Sue Donnelly, who guided Phil’s daughter Emma through Girl Scouts. Emma was a senior Scout with Sue’s daughter, Jackie. Phil served under Sue as the area coordinator of Girl Scout cookie sales when the local Scouts sold 2,700 cases of cookies and raised $18,000. Two years ago, Sue stayed with Emma to participate in the national Woman’s March. We will all miss Sue and her energy and enthusiasm.
Phil has worked in banking for 22 years, first with Randolph National Bank for 16 years, before it was bought by Sunapee Bank, and now with Service Credit Union. Before entering banking, Phil worked in North Dakota mapping oil field distribution with Sigma-graphics. It has taken 30 years for the industry to extract all the oil identified in that initiative. After graduating from Babson, Phil spent 10 years in computer industry with such media companies as PC World and IDG. During the heyday of such publishing giants, 1,000 people would come to a company Christmas party. While Phil worked for PC-Limited, he met Michael Dell just as Dell was starting out with the assembly of Dell computers. Phil also worked with Data General, the developers of WordPerfect, where he met Tracy Kidder, the author of The Soul of a New Machine. When Phil worked for Data General as part of its Massachusetts team, that division made $4 billion a year in its minicomputer business. Data General’s North Carolina team at the same time had to be dissolved! Data General is now part of DellEMC.
Phil moved on from the computer industry to the finance industry to work with a federal aid program for low-income companies. This program provided support for such low-come groups such as Native Americans. At one point the program helped our local Vermont Castings move from default in 1991 to a $6 million company in six years. Phil worked as a loan analyst for Randolph National Bank until 2013, when he moved to Service Credit Union just before Randolph was acquired by Sunapee. Service Credit Union now allows him to focus on commercial lending. He has started such projects as an Air Force base and supervises up to $30 million in commercial loans.
Phil’s interests include sailing and cross-country skiing. His main hobby is railroading, and he is president of the local chapter of the National Rail Road Historical Society in White River Junction. That chapter sponsored the construction of the pavilion presently protecting Engine 494 at the White River Junction depot.
Rich Wallace
Rich Wallace began his talk with a short history of newspapers in America. The first newspaper published in the British colonies was Public Accuracy in 1690. It was shut down by the authorities after the first edition! In 1783 there were 35 newspapers being published in the new nation; by 1833, there were 12,000. The Civil War demonstrated how important newspapers had become as people turned to them for news of the war and for listings of the wounded and killed throughout the conflict. The history of journalism took a new turn in 1890 as Pulitzer and Hearst battled it out for dominance in the market and yellow journalism flourished. The Spanish-American War can be said to have been instigated by this battle for circulation. For much of the twentieth century there were newspapers in almost every home in America. That dominance began to change with TV in the 1950s, and of course the Internet has since fragmented the industry. People have come to rely on short bursts of news content.Walter Paine, who was editor and publisher of The Valley News for 24 years, coined the term “Upper Valley” in the 1950s to define the newspaper’s circulation area, reaching into both New Hampshire and Vermont. Since the mid-80s, several of the affiliated newspapers being published with The Valley News have closed; presently affiliated publications include newspapers in North Hampton, Athol, Monadnock, and Concord. Newspapers continue to function as sources of information and entertainment and other services for the community. Advertising revenue pays for the journalists, but advertising revenue has declined as local small businesses have declined and the big box stores such as those on Route 12a have grown. Corporate managers don’t support local advertising the way local businesses would. And now even the big box stores are struggling; newspaper advertising from Sears, for example, disappeared in just one day.
On the other hand, The Valley News can be said to have more people accessing its services than ever—250,000 unique readers when you include its Web presence. One of the challenges besides print circulation includes the tight job market. Openings remain, for example, for home delivery drivers, who start on the road between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Recently The Valley News opened up new press facilities in Penacook, a village of Concord, at a cost of $4 million. All other aspects of putting out the daily newspaper, such as advertising, circulation, and news reporting, remain in Lebanon. Page plates are sent to the presses digitally via the Internet, and the newspapers themselves are brought by truck on I89 early each morning. This printing consolidation has now led to 12 daily newspapers being produced out of Concord and has expanded the range of available services. The digital printing operation expands revenue options to supplement advertising revenue, which dropped 35% over the past several years. Advertising had been producing 75% of the newspaper’s revenues. Even with this production centralization, the publisher still supports local events such as athlete-of-the year ceremonies in most area high schools.
The Valley News focuses on local news now more than ever. The paper realizes that people are turning to their smart phones for the NHL box scores, which sometimes won’t be in the paper because of printing deadlines. The paper relies strongly on local coaches for sports reporting, as well as on the community for news leads. The paper’s editors have always maintained membership in Lebanon Rotary in partnership with the community, and the paper continues operating as a community resource—donating to nonprofits and working with the schools. A recent letter to the editor argued that shopping on line saves on gas, so people don’t need to shop at local stores, except perhaps Kmart, etc. But the big box stores are all under corporate control and don’t advertise with The Valley News. Local businesses do advertise in the paper. The newspaper itself is a local business and needs the help of the local community. The recent changes in format with smaller page width will lead to more concise, detailed coverage of local news.
Rich ended his presentation with a brief biography. He was born and raise in Lebanon and attended Lebanon High School with Jim Damren and Bruce Bergeron. He remembers being taken to a Rotary meeting as a high school student in 1983 and being very impressed. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1987 with a business degree, when Terri Dudley hired him for The Valley News. Rich has worked on almost every job on the advertising side of the newspaper business. He’s very proud to be a Rotarian.
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Rotary District 7850's District Conference : Sherbrooke, Quebec.  May 3, 4 and 5, 2019.  The District will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Sherbrooke, the District's oldest club!  Steve Christy has brochures for the Conference.  Online registration should open at the beginning of February.
Get your Fundraising Hat On & All Hands on Deck:
  • Bruce Pacht will be sending everyone details about the Great American Pie Buffet.  Our fund raiser for the eradication of Polio.  It will be held at Lebanon High School, Saturday, 6 April 2019.  We will be partnering with the Interact Club at Lebanon High School. By partnering with our Interact Club, many fees we may have been charged by the High School will be waived! We will all need to bake sweet and savory pies (at least 3 per person), or have them donated. We all need to sell 5 tickets.  Adults $10; LHS students $8; and kids under 5 year old $5. Bruce stress that this is a great opportunity for us to come together to have fun and fellowship.  Bruce will send out information on how you can help advertise this event.
  • Bruce Bergeron announced that Golf Tournament (The Bedell Classic) Planning Meeting will be next Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 4 PM at Whitman Building, 10 Water Street.  The tournament will be May 23, 2019.  Time to start asking golfer to play, consider where you might be able to ask for sponsorships, raffle prizes are needed too.
  • Suellen Griffin talks about the planning that is underway for Brew Fest that will be on August 17, 2019.  A doodle poll will be going out to determine the date for the next meeting.
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Lebanon, NH - Board Meeting
Whitman Building - Level 2
Feb 19, 2019 5:30 PM
Rotary Club of Lebanon's Club Meeting
Feb 21, 2019
Pie Buffet Meeting
Tim Gauraldi's Nationwide Office
Feb 26, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Rotary Club of Lebanon's Club Meeting
Feb 28, 2019
Rotary Club of Lebanon's Club Meeting
Mar 07, 2019
Northeast Presidents-elect Training Seminar
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
Mar 07, 2019 2:00 PM –
Mar 09, 2019 12:30 PM
Listen Food Drive
Lebanon CoOp
Mar 09, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club of Lebanon's Club Meeting
Mar 14, 2019
Rotary Leadership Insitute (RLI) Concord
NHTI - Concord Community College
Mar 16, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Rotary Club of Lebanon, NH - Board Meeting
Whitman Building - Level 2
Mar 19, 2019 5:30 PM
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National Awards Services Inc.
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