Rotary Club of Lebanon-Riverside
October 2016
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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
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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!

Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.