Meeting November 2, 2017
Recorder — Marilyn Bedell
Program - November 7, 2017
Taysa' Bruno, Journey to Sobriety with Cheri Bryer, Recovery Coach at the Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program at DHMC 
Should be a very interesting program about the opiate crisis and how it impacted one individual...consider bringing a guest with you to the meeting.

November 2, 2017
District Governor Eric Denu
District Governor Eric Denu
Rotary Club of Middlebury, Vermont
District Governor Eric Denu:
  • The full text of his talk can be found near the bottom of this newsletter.
  • His wife, Janice, is in Nigeria as part of a National Immunization Day (Polio Eradication). Ann Lee Hussey, a polio survivor from Maine, who has made multiple trips to Nigeria to immunize children.  Janice made a decision to make this trip after hearing Ann Lee speak of her passion for efforts to eradicate polio.  All club in the district have made donation to help the NID team.  Our donations will provide malaria nets, and hand-powered tricycles for polio survivors in Nigeria.  The tricycles are manufactured in Nigeria.  Janice thanks us for our generosity to help the team do even more service in Nigeria.
  • Natural Disasters and how Rotary is helping.  DG Eric reminded us that we are not a relief organization but do are best work as a recovery organization. Rotary has established a donor advised fund to help support recovery efforts in regions affected by disasters.  If you want to learn more go to:
  • Our District will hold the Mount Washington Summit from May 4 to 6, 2018 at the Mount Washington Hotel.  This meeting will include participants from 5 Districts that encompass New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Quebec, and Eastern Massachusetts.  Find more information on the District 7850 Web Page  The featured speaker will be Rotary International President Ian Riseley. 
  • The Rotary International Convention will be held June 23 to 27 in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
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Brags/Happy Dollars
Marilyn Bedell — November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Please consider making a donation to the Rotary Foundation this month.  Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  A good day to make your donation if you haven't done so prior to this.  Bob Gasser has arranged for Taysa' Bruno to speak to us about her Journey to Sobriety.  Bob Gasser has indicated that she has a compelling story that we all should hear.  Please come to our Rotary meeting next Tuesday at 7 AM...a good day to bring a guest with you.
Bill Secord — Reflected on his recent trip to the Grand Canyon.  He lost two pairs of glasses on his journey into the Canyon.  If you happen to go to the Grand Canyon be on the outlook for his glasses.
Ron Bedell  — He wore a flashing light pin to help promote the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from June 23 to 27, 2018.  This will be the closest the International Convention will be to us in the near future.  Consider signing up to go.  Reduced rates for registration will increase on 15 December.  This would be great Holiday gift to give to yourself.
Richard  — Richard was a visiting Rotarian who encouraged us to support out National Parks.  He also invited us to attend the Portsmouth Jazz and Blues Concert in Portsmouth, NH this coming weekend.  The concert is free.
Bruce Pacht  — Encouraged us to support the Rotary Foundation.  He talked about his trip to the Zone Institute that concluded with a drive to be present for the birth of his grandchild, Miriam Jean.  
Jean Wulpren  — Jean has accepted a new position as the Northern Clinical Manager for Visiting Nurses.  
Ernst Oidtmann — His brother, Gustav, told Ernst that he might be eligible for a pension from Holland.  So he decided to send an application.  He was delighted to learn that he is, to his surprise, eligible for pension that also included additional payment for him to be able to take a vacation.  Life if good.
Bill Koppenheffer — Announced that this is his 20th anniversary of being a member of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, NH.
Jennifer Pettersson — Shared that she had wonderful vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Dan Affeldt  — He was in the Napa Valley for the fires.  It was a scary time.  Fire was moving at the rate of 2 football fields in a second. Profound destruction. But Rotarians were already at work feeding the firefighter covering 62 miles of fire line.  A great reminder how Rotarians can make a difference.

  • November 11th is the District Team Training Seminar and Rotary Foundation Grants Management Seminar.  All are invited to attend, and Bill Secord would love to company in his car for the trip to Lyndonville.
  • 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.
  • Charities Board - Approved two donations.  One to for a National Immunization Day (NID) team who is in Nigeria this week.  The donation will provide malaria nets and hand powered tricycles for polio survivors.  DG Eric Denu thanked us for this donation.  His wife, Janice, is on the trip, and she appreciated our support of the NID team. The other donations was for a literacy project in South Africa.
  • HELPER NEEDED>>>Looking for a volunteer to set up our Holiday Party and Yankee Swap...Let Bill know if you are willing to help with this task.
  • Listen has completed the steps need to purchase the Bridgeman's Furniture building on the Miracle Mile.  This will become their new Lebanon retail space.  Bridgeman's is now holding a going out of business sale.  

Upcoming Programs
  • Nov 7 — Taysa' Bruno, Journey to Sobriety (Should be an very interesting program. Consider inviting a guest to join you.) 
  • Nov. 14 — John Higgins, Ledyard Charter School Program
  • Dec 12 — Charles L. Foss, SCORE

Full Text of District Governor Eric Denu's Presentation to our Clubs
I am honored to be with you today. I am proud to be Speaking to my fellow Teammates in Rotary.  You all should be proud of the work you are doing in Communities!
I would like to start with a quote from Helen Keller.“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
In my talk today I want to tell you a little bit about me, and how I came to be passionate about “service of above self” through Rotary. I want to also share RI President Ian
Risely’s message and theme for this Rotary year. I will also share our Districts theme and hopefully you will see how it all ties together. I will conclude with some important dates, for events that I would like you all to consider participating in.
Now let’s get started.
I grew up in Ridgewood, NJ a very typical suburban neighborhood. I am one five children, with two older brothers and two younger sisters. Yes, the middle child, I know that explains a lot.
My first experience in service came through scouting. I joined scouting as a Cub Scout, and at an early age worked on small service projects in the community such as picking up trash around our local parks. We also, had fund raising projects, selling everything from “Date Nut” bread around the holidays, to selling magazines. I stayed with scouting all through my youth, and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Through scouting I learned about community locally, nationally, and globally. I enjoyed fellowship with my scouting buddies. I learned about leadership as I grew with the program. I also learned about “Teamwork”, how a group of scouts could do so much more together than alone.
Scouting and Rotary have a lot of similarities both organizations base their works on strong ethics, and both look to strengthen their communities with service and have a common goal of making the world a better place, by serving humanity.
My first experience with Rotary started when I was quite young. My dad is a Rotarian and has been for the last 60 years! (with perfect attendance) Dad use to take us with him to his clubs service projects, I don’t even think we knew it at the time. But my brothers and I would tag along, and help. (sort of) with dad’s Rotary service.
My first Rotary meeting that I attended was when I was about 12 years old. You see dad always went to Rotary, even when the family was on vacation. He enjoyed visiting other clubs and wanted to keep his commitment of 100% attendance. So, on one vacation to Vermont I got to go with dad to a Rotary meeting. It wasn’t that I was eager to go, the real reason was that I was bit of family “trouble maker”. (picking on my younger sisters)
So, I think my mom directed my dad to take me with him.
Little did she know then that I would become a Rotarian.
The real irony is I landed up joining the Middlebury Rotary Club, the same club I visited with dad when I was 12. So, technically I have been a Rotarian since 1989 (28 years).
But I have experienced Rotary most of my life. Dad did set a great example. ( I also perfect attendance 28 years and counting).
Our district them this year is “Teamwork” I came up with this theme which I alluded to earlier with my scouting background. But, in more recent years I have volunteered with the local high school football team. I have volunteered for the last 15 plus years as a supporter and a sideline coach. That experience of being on the sidelines year after year, watching, observing, coaching these young athletes. Has showed me how they come together each season as a TEAM. And how it takes Teamwork, to be successful in achieving that common goal. Seeing how each member plays a role on the team, and how they feed off of each other. How they support one another through the good and the bad.
I see this in Rotary as well and how Teamwork is how we get things done.
I would like to share another quote with you.
“The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team”
Phil Jackson.
RI President Ian Risely  has a theme for Rotary this year.
Rotary: Making a Difference.
Ian states “What is Rotary?”
We have all been asked that question as we go about our daily routines.
We answer that question, What is Rotary?
With our actions, by making a difference through our service!
Ian has asked us to follow his initiatives in this coming year.
One of his initiatives is Environmental Sustainability. So, he has tasked us with his tree planting initiative, he would like a tree to be planted for each Rotarian around the world by Earth Day April 22nd 2018! That would be 1.2 million trees! At least!
Another message from Ian that I share with you is his vision on Peace, he believes that through our work in Humanitarian service which include the six areas of focus this will drive us to the top of the pyramid which is Peace!
He would also like us to reach out and strengthen our membership, and broaden our membership with diversity, which includes individuals with unique skills and interests.
Lastly but perhaps, more importantly enhance rotary’s Public Image and Awareness. We need to tell our story. How Rotary is making a Difference.
It’s important that the world understands what we Rotary is, and what we do.
I have heard this from clubs and members, and perhaps you have heard it as well.
Rotary needs to change! Needs to adjust!
Answer: Rotary has changed, it has become more flexible!
Our club needs to change! Needs to adjust!
Answer: It can change. And Adjust.
We all as Rotarians need to change and adjust.
You all might have heard of this line, at a meeting, at work and not necessarily Rotary.
“We have always done it this way!”
If you are part of a Team and your Team isn’t succeeding then there needs to be change!
True! We don’t always know what the right change or adjustment will be, but we do know we need to change.
Examples:  How and when we meet as a club?
                    How we do our service projects, is this the right service project for us and the community?
How and why we do fundraisers?   Is it time for change.
Of course the “Biggest” reason or excuse why we don’t change is Fear!
Fear that the change we make will be wrong, it won’t work, that we will fail!
My fear is if we don’t change or adjust we will disappear!
It comes down to risk vs. reward.
We might need to take some risks, to make some changes. Just like on the football field sometimes you need to change the play call, as that “old” play doesn’t work anymore.
Rotary International has recognized that our organization needs to change with society.
They are adjusting, make adjustments. The rewards will be well worth it.
Rotary has come a long way in its 112 years!
I think this Henry Ford quote is fitting.
“Coming together is a beginning,
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success”
Rotary is “TEAMWORK” we work together we collaborate, we have a common goal.
We can do better as team, look around this room these are your teammates, work with them, support them, and succeed with them!
So, here’s to your team, your Rotary club! Your Success!
I want to thank each and every one of you!
Rotary: Making a Difference.
(copied from the Rotary Club of Barre's Granite Chips Newsletter)

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