Meeting September 21, 2017
Recorder: Marilyn Bedell
Our next club meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 AM (07h00)
Program September 26 — Janet Carroll, RN, DHMC Speaking on speak on the different opiates (Heroin, fentenil, carfentanil)  and their impact on those taking the drug and the new protocols that are being developed  to deal with those coming into the Emergency Department. 

September 21, 2017 - Classification Talks
Bartolo Governanti (AKA Coach G)
Bartollo was born in 1969.  The son or Tony and Bunny (she was born on Easter).  His father is deceased but his mother still operates a lamp and antique store in Meredith, New Hampshire.  He has two brothers.
Bartollo is married to Shirley, and she is his office manager.  Shirley has two grown children who are getting married in 2018. Shirley loves horses.
Bartollo love water sports and golf.
He owns a State Farm Office in Lebanon. Prior to State Farm he was a lacrosse coach. His love of the game from playing lacrosse at the New Hampton School, and then at Seneca College. After graduation he stayed on as an assistant lacrosse coach. From here he moved on to the Maine Maritime Academy, then Washington College near Washington, DC, then Elmira College in NY, then it was on to Dartmouth, then Merrimack College, then to Avon Old Farm (an all boys school) in Connecticut, then back to New Hampton.  A highlight of his lacrosse career was winning a national title while he was at Washington College in 1998.
After a year at New Hampton, he decided it was time to change careers, and he came to the Upper Valley with State Farm Insurance.
His club sponsor was Don McMeekin.  He enjoys Rotary because of its non-political, nondenominational stance. He stated another strength of Rotary is that it is a group of both men and women.
Of course, his presentation was filled with humor and very lighthearted.  It was hard to capture this in this short review of his career.
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Youth Service
Charities Board President
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Russell Hampton

Karen Zook

Karen Zook was born in Columbus, Ohio. Her parents are Jim and Barb. Jim is a commercial banker and Barb is an elementary school teacher. Her sister, Lisa, is an expert in international health.

Karen is a Dartmouth College graduate, class of 2006. She thought she would major in archaeology, but she quickly discovered she did not have the spacial reasoning skill for this profession.  She graduated with a degree in Latin and Greek.  She spent some time in England and Italy.

After graduation, she took a position teaching Latin to kids in the Northeast Kingdom, but only did this for one year, as some of her students siblings were older than she was.

She headed to Philadelphia, then on to grad school in Connecticut, and she will complete her doctorate this semester.  So if she is looking tired, this is the reason.  She told us what her dissertation was focused on, but you recorders only captured something about comparative studies.  Karen did say her father continues to ask her, "so what are you going to do with this advanced degree?"

She moved to the Upper Valley with her best friend and his wife, who have kids she seems to adore.

With them she has opened a crafts store on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon called Scratch. Besides selling craft supplies, there are spaces in the store where customers can use sewing machines, a loom and other equipment to make their crafts.  

Her store has a big green bird at its entry point on the mall.

She is an avid knitter.

Susan Donnelly was her sponsor.

Again, your recorder wishes she could have captured some the of the humor that make Karen's talk so special.


  • Brew Fest - Will be happening on September 30th.  At the moment 7 breweries and two food vendors (Salt Hill and Taps and Tacos) have signed on to support the event.  Some of the breweries are unable to send staff to help, but they are providing beer which will be served by Rotarians from both clubs.  A sign-up sheet for servers was circulated.  You must be on that list if you want to help serve beer.  There are specific rules that must be followed if you are serving.  For example, you cannot drink any alcoholic beverage while you are serving or coming up on deck to serve. Wrist bands will be used to identify those who will be tasting. If they bring a designated driver, they will have a red wristband, and will only be charged $10 instead of $25.  Water will be provided for the designated drivers.  Only folks over the age of 21 will be allowed on site, and they will be identified with green arm bands.  If you aren't going to the Rotary Leadership Institute if is hoped that you will come and help with the event  There are a wide variety of jobs to be done beside being a server of beer. A more detailed list of jobs will be circulated soon.  Please sign up if you can.  Today, September 21, 2017, there was a full page ad in the Valley News. More ads will be published next week.  Radio ads for next week are in the works. Suellen thanked Bruce Bergeron for all of his help getting breweries to provide beer for the event. Ernst Oidtmann's practice contributed $450 to the Brewfest...thanks Ernst! Please try to sell some tickets to the event. They can be ordered on-line too. If you have a facebook account, please share the link to Brewfest from our Club's Facebook page.
  • Tree planting project, planting one tree per member in Lebanon and West Lebanon...both clubs working on plans to make this happen.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute happening at DHMC on 30 September.  ​​​​
  • The Chamber of Commerce Wings and Wheels event will be held at the Lebanon Airport on 23 September.  Rob Taylor is looking for volunteer.  If you volunteer you will get free entry and lunch. Shifts will be 11 AM to 1 PM and 1 PM to 3 PM.  
  • Windsor County Partners Annual Luncheon is next Wednesday.  One free ticket is available for a Rotarian who would like to attend.  Let Bill Secord know if you are interested in doing this.
  • On 23 September from 9 AM to Noon, the River Conservancy is doing a Mascoma River Clean-up.  If you want to help, report to Ernst Oidtmann, MD's office.  Is office is next to Bond Auto, and across the river from Longacres Nursery.
  • Ernst Oidtmann took time to thank his club for letting him provide songs for members to sing over the years he has been a member. He enjoyed learning the history of songs, and then sharing them with the club. He truly appreciated the history of singing in Rotary and in particular at meetings of the Rotary Club of Lebanon. He shared a few stories about singing at Rotary Club of Lebanon meetings. He is sad that this era of song is coming to an end.

Brag and Happy Dollars
No Brags or Happy Dollars Today

Card Raffle won by Rob Taylor who pulled the ace of spade...the search for the queen of hearts goes on.
Car Wash won by Bill Babineau

Upcoming Programs
  • October 10 — Oregon Friendship Exchange Team
  • Oct 24 — AAA Travel will talk about Hot Hot spots for travel this winter  
  • Nov. 14 — John Higgins, Ledyard Charter School Program
  • Dec 12 — Charles L. Foss, SCORE
Others in the wings are
  • Upper Valley Music Center,
  • Valley Vista 
  • Safe driving Courses  

Rotary launches a new strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace

What do we mean when we talk about peace? Is it possible to measure peacefulness? What conditions foster peace, and how can Rotary help create them?

Rotary is addressing those questions and forming a strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace, a leader in the study of peace and conflict.

The institute has pioneered a conceptual framework for positive peace, which identifies and measures the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. They include, for example, a sound business environment, a well-functioning government, and the free flow of information.

Through this partnership, Rotary will work with the institute to create:

  • An online learning platform, with webinars and interactive tools, that Rotary members and Rotary Peace Fellows can use to build on their expertise. It will teach them how to apply new peacebuilding methods and mobilize communities to address the issues behind conflicts.
  • Positive peace workshops, funded by global grants and hosted by Rotary clubs around the world, to provide training in the framework of positive peace. The goal is to foster community-based projects in peace and conflict resolution that are both practical and meaningful.

This partnership will enable Rotary members, peace fellows, and others to design and execute stronger peace projects and promote peace more broadly, which is crucial to meeting our humanitarian objectives in every community

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