Meeting November 14, 2017
Recorder — Marilyn Bedell
Club Dues Payments — Invoices have gone out.  Please get your payment in by mid-December.

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November 30 at Noon
No meeting Thanksgiving Week

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November 14, 2017 — John Higgins, Ledyard Charter School Program
John Higgns
John Higgins is the superintendent/executive director for Ledyard Charter School.
From the school's web page,
"Ledyard Charter School is a New Hampshire public high school of choice that re-inspires the reluctant or disengaged learner.  Established in 2009, LCS offers students an individualized, alternative educational program.  We actively engage students in a robust, personalized course of study, applying 21st century concepts, skills and dispositions to real world problems. Students who graduate from LCS earn a standard high school diploma.
School's Philosophy
We celebrate the diversity and strengths of our learning community.  We believe all students are capable of learning and will flourish in a positive environment with instruction personalized to their specific needs.
Schools Mission:
Our mission is to provide students with real life learning experiences. We focus on creating experiential learning that will prepare students well for college, the workplace, and life as successful and happy adults. The foundation of our school lies within our belief in building strong skills in the area of self-advocacy, organization, goal setting and attainment, self-determination, self-confidence, all while supporting the community. These skills are developed in the classroom as well as in the community with a school wide annual goal of 800 hours of community service."
John reviewed the challenges of funding the school.  For more information about funding see the Valley News article by clicking here
The school has formed successful partnerships with Dartmouth College, River Valley Community College, Upper Valley Educator's Institute, Geisel School of Medicine, Whaleback Mountain, Ava Gallery, CCBA, Upper Valley Haven, Mascoma Foundation, Willing Hands and the Listen Center.  These partnerships have permitted the school to provide some innovative opportunities to help educate children in non-traditional ways.
Link to the school's web page:

Brags/Happy Dollars
Bill Secord: Spoke about the joys of being president.  This morning's surprise was that Harvest Hill didn't know we would be there for breakfast...but breakfast was quickly prepared.
Karen Clement: Back from Arizona.  Salute to Veterns!
Bob Gasser: Shared a story about of the usual subjects in his New Jersey District Attorney life who was a skilled safe cracker.  Bob thought his skills could be used to open a safe that has been un-open for years in Concord.
Bruce Pacht: Was honored with a Micah Award as part of the United Valley Interfaith Project.  He was recognized for his work with the Jewish Community of the Upper Valley.
Marilyn Bedell: Gave a shout-out to Sean in the Kitchen who stepped up to the plate and made us breakfast in less than 20 minutes. An example of Service Above Self.  Job well done!
Don MacMeekin: Enjoyed his time at the District Team Training Seminar in Lyndonville.
Suellen Griffin: Saw a production of Chorus Line at Dartmouth College.  A great production.
Dean Cashman: Enjoyed a hockey game in New Jersey.
Joe Hindle: Augmented Bob's story by sharing a tale of an auto thief.
Melissa Mooney: Has been busy with many band activities.  Her daughter is trying out for other regional band experiences.  She is an accomplished musician.
Paul Boucher: Is a member of the board for the Dwinell Foundation. The Foundation just distributed close to $200,000 to local non-profits in the Upper Valley.
John Yacavone: John let us know that Steve Usle is having open heart surgery tomorrow.  Steve's address is 39 Upper Turnpike Rd., Norwich, VT 05055-9558
Phil Rentz: Spent Facetime with his one month old grandchild.  He is looking forward to their first face-to-face visit.
Michele Buck:  Enjoyed her time at the District Team Training Seminar.  She reconnected with many Rotarians she met at the Rotary Leadership Institute.
Hank Clarke: Looking forward to a visit with Rhode Island friends.  He will come back to collect tickets at Dartmouth soccer games and hockey games.
Bruce Bergeron:  Gave a shout out to the veterans in our clubs.  Spent time in Boston and reflected on being on the the oldest people in the crowds of shopper and hockey fans.
Jean Walpren:  Still on a quest to find her mother of the bride's dress.
Ken St. Onge: Had the honor of being on an Honor Flight for World War II vet on Saturday.  Sounds like it was an amazing experience.

   Bruce Pacht pulled the King of Diamonds.  The quest for the queen goes on.
 Karen Zook got the car wash.

  • Riverside Park Clean-Up on December 1, 2017 from 3 to 4 PM
  • Holiday Basket Helpers - SAVE THE DATE: 5 December 2017 at Sacred Heart Church at 7 AM
  • Special Meeting to discuss consolidating the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon and Lebanon-Riverside for Lebanon-Riverside Rotary members only...President Bill will send out a doodle to determine the best date for this meeting based on member responses.  Please try to come to the important meeting.
  • Listen Dinner...time to make meatloaf....December 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM 
  • Holiday Party & Yankee Swap...December 14, 2017 — Gather at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, Yankee Swap at 7:30. Th cost is $50 a person, that includes tip and taxes four a four course meal. Cash bar with wine and/or beer. Make check out to Rotary Club of Lebanon-Riverside, and get check to Hank Clark.  Don't forget to bring a "treasure" for the Yankee Swap.
  • Rotary Club of Lebanon's On-Line Auction now open.  Go to Auction open until December 3, 2017
  • Bill and Suellen are working on joint committee assignments.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • Club Visioning - January 20, 2017 at DHMC

Upcoming Programs
  • No Meeting Thanksgiving Week
  • November 30 — Rotary Foundation Month - Foundation Update - Marilyn Bedell
  • Dec 12 — Charles L. Foss, SCORE
  • Dec 21 — TBD
  • No Meeting the week of December 25, 2017

Rotary's 5th annual World Polio Day program was presented live at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA. Celebrities and health experts gave an update on efforts to end polio for good. To see what was here

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