Meeting 22 February 2018

The brags and laments ranged all over the mudscape this morning. Hockey was the most referenced topic. Our two high school coaches hoped for a strong finish to their seasons, although Coach Damren reported that half of his team has been affected by the flu. Bruce Bergeron wondered if anyone besides himself had stayed up to watch the US women’s hockey team win the gold in a match with Canada. Sue Donnelly hadn’t stayed up, but she had been celebrating all morning. Steve Langley touted two upcoming concerts at Dartmouth, including the ever-popular Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble. Tim Guaraldi sported a tan gained in the Caribbean, while paying for his plug urging everyone to buy travel insurance. (Ron Bedell had earlier read us a terrifying email from a district Rotarian who had suffered through a medical emergency in Indonesia.) Hank and Carole Clarke monitored the gate for two Dartmouth hockey games over the weekend—both matches won by the Big Green. Ken St. Onge reported that his mother was holding on in her battle with cancer. Bill Babineau had to cancel a planned ski trip with a friend to Colorado because of a lack of snow, but he’s making up for it with a trip south for golf. Will Koppenheffer, on the other hand, crowed that his golf handicap and his bowling handicap had finally arrived at the same number. Ron Michaud introduced his guest for today’s meeting—our new city manager, Shaun Mulholland. Ernst Oidtmann made sure that everyone was aware of the great showing of the Netherlands in the Olympics, and Paul Boucher apologized to Dean Cashman for having gone to the wrong venue for a scheduled membership meeting with Dean. Paul had waited for Dean at Maplefields instead of the designated Jakes’ Coffee Company. Bruce Bergeron correctly noted that Paul’s fine should have been a lot more than one dollar.

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Our members voted on our merger/consolidation with the Rotary Club of Lebanon to day.  We have 22 members.  16 members either voted online or at the meeting.  14 members voted to merge, and 2 were opposed.  6 members did not vote.  Outcome, our membership is in favor of moving forward with plans to merge/consolidate.
Next week, the Rotary Club of Lebanon will have their vote on merger/consolidation. Their vote will determine if we will proceed with plans to come together as one Rotary Club of Lebanon.

Next Meeting 
March 1, 2018 
12 Noon
Rotary Club of Lebanon will vote on consolidation/merger 

REMINDER: All of our meeting will be on Thursdays.
MARK YOU CALENDARS!  This will be a five month trial through June 2018.
  • Thursday, March 1, at 12 noon
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 AM
  • Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7 AM
  • Thursday, March 29 will be a social meeting time and place to be determined.
  • Thursday, April 5 12 noon
  • Thursday, April 13 7 AM

  • Rotary Leadership Institute, Concord, NH on March 3, 2018. NH Technical Institute.  More info about RLI and to register at  Our District will reimburse (you should pay and then ask for reimbursement) your registration fee.  Governor Eric just asks that you come back and tell our club about RLI. You must register by February 22, 2018. 
  • First Grade Readers have arrived.  A date for delivery of the books to Lebanon 1st Graders will be set for late April or early May. 
  • Save these Dates! All hands on deck!
    • 2018 Golf Tournament will be May 23 or 24, 2018 [Golf Committee to finalize date soon]
    • 2018 Brew Fest will be August 18, 2018

Upcoming Programs and Meeting Dates
  • March 1, 2018 — Rotary Club of Lebanon will vote on consolidation/merger 
  • March 8, 2018 — A New Kind of American Justice — A Grafton County Drug Court Success Story
  • March 15, 2018 — Heidi Healman - Heidi Heilman is a Rotarian and Founder of EdventiHeidi has worked in the youth substance abuse prevention field for over 25 years. Her experience in drug policy, prevention and treatment has helped advance the mission of several noteworthy service organizations working to address youth risk and promote healthy development.  Heidi led the founding and continues to serve as President of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance, a non-profit educational and advocacy organization serving to protect the health and well-being of youth through sound public health policy. We may have an opportunity to be part of a Rotary Global Grant that is being spearheaded by Heidi.
  • March ?, 2018 — Charles L. Foss, SCORE (Charles has asked to be rescheduled)

Willy Koppenheffer pulled the Ace of Clubs, the hunt for the Queen of Hearts continues.
 Car Wash won by Hank Clarke

Club flexibility

From Rotary International: "Research and our members' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.

The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs more flexibility than they've ever had. The changes in policy affect when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.

5 ways to use the new flexibility

It's up to your club to decide how — and if — you want to use the new options. Start by reviewing the updated Standard Rotary Club Constitution to see which guidelines are flexible. Once you've decided what changes would benefit your club, edit your club bylaws to reflect them, and try them out. If you decide they aren't working, try something else.

Here are some examples of how your club can apply the new flexible options:

  1. Change your meeting schedule. Your club can vary its meeting days, times, and frequency. For example, you could hold a traditional meeting on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss business and service projects and get together socially on the last Friday of the month. You just need to meet at least twice a month.
  2. Vary your meeting format. Your club can meet in person, online, or a combination, including letting some members attend in-person meetings through the Internet.
  3. Relax attendance requirements. Your club can ease attendance requirements and encourage members to participate in other ways, such as taking a leadership role, updating the club website regularly, running a meeting a few times a year, or planning an event. If your club is dynamic and offers a good experience for members, attendance won't be a problem.
  4. Offer multiple membership types. Your club could offer family memberships to those who want to bring their families, junior memberships to young professionals with leadership potential, or corporate memberships to people whose employers want to be represented in the club. Each type of membership can have its own policies on dues, attendance, and service expectations. Rotary will count these people in your club membership and will consider them active members if they pay RI dues.
  5. Invite Rotaractors to be members of your club. You can invite Rotaractors to join your club while remaining members of their Rotaract clubs. If your club chooses to, it can make special accommodations for these members, such as relaxed attendance requirements or reduced fees, as long as they are reflected in the club bylaws."



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Applicants must apply to their districts by 31 May. Districts need to submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.  


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