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Lebanon-Riverside

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Dwinell Room Building E. at Harvest Hill
Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon [PO Box 5394, West Lebanon, NH 03784], NH  03766
United States
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Two very dynamic first year Geisel School of Medicine students, Nasim Azizgolshani and Louisa Chen described a  Harm Reduction Program they are working to establish at the Claremont Soup Kitchen. Both have been involved in similar programs while they were in college in California (Louisa) and NYC (Nasim). They are in the process of finding ways to fund clean syringe kits to keep addicts from using contaminated syringes; provide naloxone to be used by friends and families of opiate overdose patients; and distributes sharps containers made from heavy duty plastic laundry soap containers; identify facilities that are willing to dispose of these contatins; and educate addicts and their friends and families about overdose protocols and the prevention of blood-borne diseases.
 
They hope to open up the conversations about addiction and provide a safe space for individuals with substance abuse disorders to seek resources leading toward recovery. Their goal is to work with community partners to make sure the program is sustainable once the students leave our area. To do this, they are actively in the process of doing a needs assessment to make sure they are doing what the community needs and wants. Their goal are to prevent deaths from overdoses; limit the number of blood borne disease from be transmitted from addict to addict; help prevent secondary illnesses in this population of patients by teaching good practices; and to assure the program is sustainable.  Of course, it is also their hope that by providing support to those person dealing with substance abuse that some will be willing to consider programs that will help them with recovery.
 
 
 
 
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Work on the DailyUV began four years ago, and the platform came online two years ago. It’s a place for consumers to find out what’s happening in their neighborhood / community / town. You will not find national or international news on the site; this is the spot to find out what’s happening on a “hyperlocal” level. Bloggers write for DailyUV as do several non-profits. Some news agencies (particularly the ones who would otherwise not have much of a presence online) are partners in providing content as well.
 
DailyUV makes it very easy to share to listservs and Facebook. Features include a market channel where goods and services are sold, event marketing, a business directory with customer reviews, housing for rent and sale, and help wanted, and it is free to post. The site also serves as a platform where local businesses can be certain that their ads are being seen by local consumers. Since September, there have been 60 to 70 advertisers on the site. DailyUV is entirely funded by investors and has been since the start.
 
During the month of October, there were 20,000 unique users, and so far in January, there have been more than 52,000.
 
There are 12 staff members working out of the DailyUV office on Railroad Row in White River Junction, and another ten developers are spread out across the country.
 
The site underwent a significant overhaul last August to make it mobile-friendly, since many users access the site via smartphone or tablet. Creating an app is not a priority at this point in time, particularly since it could be a barrier to some individuals. You’ll see that the site presently loads nicely and quickly on your phone.
Having fun checking holiday baskets to make sure they are complete.
 
Rotarians at Work on the 4th of July!
 
Come join us on July 4, 2016 for our Great American Pie Buffet!
 
 
 
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
 
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