Rotary Club of Lebanon-Riverside
October 2016
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Dwinell Room Building E. at Harvest Hill
Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon [PO Box 5394, West Lebanon, NH 03784], NH  03766
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Program, September 5, 2016:  Dan Caloras, MD and Sam Kong — Medical Mission to Cambodia
    Sam Kong and Dan Caloras
Dan, family medical doctor from Charlestown, NH, and 20 year Rotary member from the Rotary Club of Charlestown, NH, is putting together a medical mission trip to Cambodia December 10-19.  He was joined by Sam Kong, who grew up in Cambodia and has been encouraging Dan to do this trip.  Dan and Sam have been in touch with Rotary President from Phnom Penh to plan a service trip to remote villages. 
Currently he has identified a medical team including a dentist, office nurse, home health nurse, NP, PA, and several other nurses and are actively recruiting more members.   A Cambodian Rotaract Club, about 10 other people in Cambodia, will also be joining team to go from village to village to provide basic care and assess for future needs.  
He has received many medical supplies from AmeriCares and needs to purchase an additional $5K in medications.  His Rotary Club has a 501c3, and would appreciate monetary or medical donations.  Let him know if you are interested in joining the trip.

Program August 30, 2016
Mary Margaret Sloan
Mary Margaret, Executive Director of Positive Tracks explained that this organization helps youth turn sweat into civic action.  They do this by partnering and funding; educating and sparking youth to be engaged projects; advocating and supporting; and mentoring and celebrating outcomes.
The Positive Tracks Charity Partner Program plugs into charitable athletic events to help youth participants sweat for good for several carefully selected charity partners. Through hands on learning, they teach kids the personal and global value of getting active and giving back. In addition to helping youth build teams and community and develop essential leadership skills and healthy life-style habits, we double every dollar raised by ages 23 and under. Positive Tracks Youth Challenge Grants awarded to Charity Partners not only incentivize young people to get active and give back, but they also help charities build youth engagement platforms through our turn-key program.

Program August 16, 2016:
Jame Vera, Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health
Our speaker this morning was New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, Mr. James Vara. 
Mr. Vara is originally from New Jersey.  He relocated to New London, New Hampshire with his wife and children.  He has worked for 12 years as a Grafton Country prosecutor, and as Senior Assistant Attorney General for 7 years.
The focus of his talk was on the changing addiction/substance abuse problem in New Hampshire and across the United States.  We have moved from oxycodone being the primary drug of choice to heroin with the addition of fentanyl.  He anticipates that methamphetamine will soon be a larger part of our landscape too.  Other drugs are apt to infiltrate our region too.
He shared that 50% of people know an opioid user.  He stressed that we must remind ourselves that addition is a disease and deserves the best we can offer in treatment. 
Since 1/1/16 $23 million has been put toward substance abuse, and more funds are needed.  One of his concerns is that a new problem will confront society, for example Zeka, and we will lose our opportunity to commit the funds needed to address opioid abuse.
He stressed the following as recommendations:
  1. Community action to ensure creation of infrastructure to help with prevention, treatment and recovery.
  2. Work force initiatives.
  3. Needle exchange.
  4. Website for substance abuse that is easy to navigate and helps individuals find the resource they need to begin navigating the issues related to addiction and substance abuse.
Here is press release that was distributed when he was introduced to NH as the Governor’s advisor:
CONCORD – As part of her efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and help save lives, Governor Maggie Hassan announced that she has named James Vara of New London as the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health.
"Substance misuse, particularly the heroin and opioid crisis, is devastating families, communities and businesses across the state, and we all must work together every single day on a comprehensive approach to combat this crisis and help save lives," Governor Hassan said. "The Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health is an important part of those efforts, and I am proud to announce that I have named James Vara to fill the position."
"As the head of the Drug Prosecution Unit at the Department of Justice, James has led the State's prosecution efforts in drug cases, represented the Attorney General on the Drug Task Force, co-chaired the Opioid Task Force and helped develop the bipartisan legislation that I signed earlier this year to crack down on fentanyl," Governor Hassan said. "He is well respected across the state by substance misuse and behavioral health advocates and the law enforcement community, and I thank him for his commitment to taking on this incredibly important responsibility.

Rotarians at Work on the 4th of July!

Come join us on July 4, 2016 for our Great American Pie Buffet!

Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
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Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
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ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...