Meeting 15 February 2018
President Suellen Griffin called the meeting to order with a full house in attendance, including guests and speech contestants with their families and teachers. Ernst Oidtmann began with the ROTARY song, and Will Koppenheffer proposed his trivia question--the answer for which was "Independence, Missouri." Nobody remembers the question.
Guests: Ed Freeman, Ian Smith (principal of Lebanon High School), Nigel Meagher, Laura Zentmaier, (member elect of the Lebanon-Riverside club), and visiting Rotarians Dick Drysdale and Wayne Warner. Family members of speech contestant students Mary Gile and Kayla Ball were also in attendance.


  • The Rotary Club of Lebanon has received approval from the City of Lebanon to hold this summer's Brew Fest on the Lebanon Green, aka Colburn Park! More details forthcoming soon.
  • The membership of the Rotary Club of Lebanon-Riverside will vote on Thursday, February 22, on whether to merge with the Rotary Club of Lebanon.

    This vote will take place at the regular morning meeting held at 7:00 a.m.

    Anyone who cannot attend this meeting and still wishes to vote must contact Club President Bill Secord by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, to receive an emailed ballot. The ballot must then be returned to Bill by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21.

Next Meeting 
February 22, 2018 
Lebanon-Riverside Votes on Merger/Consolidation with Lebanon Today

February 15, 2018
Round 2 Speech Contest 
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Randolph High School
Kimball Union Academy

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Assistant Governor Don MacMeekin opened Rotary District 7850's area speech contest and had the four contestants pick their order of speaking by lot. The speakers were Rosa Turinetti and Kayla Ball, senior Randolph Union High School students who were sponsored by Randolph's two Rotary clubs; Mary Gile, freshman from Lebanon High School; and Carlos Melgarejo, senior from Kimball Union Academy. The four speakers elucidated our Four Way Test from very different and very effective perspectives. 
The winner of the area speech contest was Carlos Melgarejo, a student attending Kimball Union from Spain. The runner-up in the contest was Mary Gile, who brought with her a family cheering section that included a well-behaved (but enthusiastic) toddler.
Speech contest winner Carlos Melgarejo
Contest winner Carlos Melgarejo (left); contest runner up Mary Gile (right)
Speech contestants (L to R) Carlos Melgarejo, Kayla Ball, Mary Gile, and Rosa Turinetti

REMINDER: All of our meeting will be on Thursdays.
MARK YOU CALENDARS!  This will be a five month trial through June 2018.
  • Thursday, February 22 at 7 AM
  • 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
  • Thursday, April

  • Both Clubs will be voting on whether or not our clubs should consolidate/merge.  dates for voting - Lebanon Riverside, February 22, 2018; Lebanon, March 1, 2018. 
  • 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
  • February 22, 2018 — Rotary Club  of Lebanon-Riverside's Consolidation/Merger Vote will happen today!
  • 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)


 Car Wash won by Bruce Pacht


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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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