Meeting 9 January 2018
Recorder — Marilyn Bedell
Next Meeting 
January 18, 2018
12 Noon
Speech Contest with KUA Students

Program - Tuesday
9 January 2018
District Governor Eric Denu was our speaker

Governor Eric  Denu began his talk with the following fable:

"One windy March day the Mayor of the town decided to take a stroll across the park. He ran into a small boy who was flying the biggest and most beautiful kite he had ever seen.

It soared high and gently across the sky that the mayor was sure it could be seen in the next city. This little town didn’t have very many things that were spectacular, so the Mayor decided to award a “key to the city” to the one responsible for such a beautiful thing.

“Who is responsible for flying this kite?” the Mayor asked.

“I am,” said the little boy holding with all his might to the beautiful big kite. He said, “I made this huge kite myself, with my own hands. I painted all of the colorful pictures on it, and I fly it!”

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“I am,” said the wind. “It is my breeze that keeps it in the air flying so big and beautiful. Unless I blow on it, it will not fly at all. I fly it!”

“Not so,” claimed the kite’s tail. “I make it sail and give it stability against the wind’s blowing gusts. Without me the kite would spin out of control and not even the boy could save it from crashing to the earth. I fly the kite!”

So, who flies the kite?

They all do, don’t they?

In the day-to-day hustle and bustle of work it easy to forget that everyone flies the kite. Without the team, the leader would never be successful. Without a good leader the team would fail. Both need each other. And each person on the team need one another as well. They all fly it!

What kite are you flying?"

This led to Eric sharing thoughts about the importance of TEAMWORK to Rotary Clubs.  He talked about how much gets done in our communities and in the world when we work together.  He shared that he learned a lot about teamwork from his  experiences in Boy Scouts.  His Rotary life has been influenced by his Dad, a Rotarian with more than 60 years of perfect attendance.  In fact, his Dad took him to visit the Middlebury Rotary Club when he was on vacation with his family from New Jersey.  Little did he know he know that at that time the would move to Middlebury and that the Rotary Club of Middlebury would be his home club in District 7850.

He spent time sharing the initiatives that have been outlined by Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  He has encouraged every Rotarian to plant a tree this year.  Eric then presented President Bill and Tree Committee member Karen Zook an evergreen sapling.  He shared Ian's passion for all the work that Rotarians do in the realm of Peace and Conflict Resolution. President Ian wants us all to support peace initiatives. President Ian has emphasized the importance of a engaged membership, and adding diversity to our clubs, and the importance of telling our Rotary stories...focus in our our public image.


He congratulated us on our efforts to strengthen Rotary in Lebanon through our consolidation efforts. Stressing the importance of taking risks. 

Prior to presenting President Bill with a theme banner, a teamwork ocean blue baseball cap, and a Hersey chocolate bar (Bill's favorite) and giving us information about the Rotary Summit at the Mount Washington Hotel that will feature President Ian Risely, Eric shared this Henry Ford quote, "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."  This was a good reminder for all of us working together to make Rotary stronger in Lebanon.


Upcoming Rotary Events:
January 11, Thursday at 12 Noon  — Rotary Speech Contest (light lunch will be served) — Students from Lebanon High School and Kimball Union Academy will face off in Round One of our District's Speech Contests.  Please consider adding this to you calendar.  We need members to judge the contest and for members to listen to the speeches.  Come support our local students as they talk to us about the 4-Way Test.
January 11, Thursday 5:30 to 7:30 PM — Rotary is hosting members of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce at an After Hours Event.  Come join local business leaders and help us showcase Rotary International.

  • Change is Weekly Meeting Schedule Change.  In February, all meeting will be on THURSDAY.  MARK YOU CALENDARS! 
This will be a one month trial.
Thursday, February 1 at 12 noon
Thursday, February 8 at 7 AM
Thursday, February 15 at 12 noon
Thursday, Feburary 23 at 7 AM
  • Karen Clements was presented with her Paul Harris plus 4 pin.  Karen thanks for supporting our Rotary Foundation!
  • At long last, Karen Zook, was presented with her Membership Certificate.
  • Service Projects - Update from Bruce Bergeron
    • Check you e-mail for a doodle to sign up to help at the Listen Community Dinners in 2018.
    • First Grade Reader forms are being distributed to parents of first graders in Lebanon.  Once we get the forms back, books will be prepared for distribution in late April or May.  Rotary Club of Lebanon encouraged to think about funding books for the Mascoma School District.
  • Club Visioning...January 20, 2017 at DHMC.  Members of both clubs will be receiving an online link for a questionnaire that the visioning team wants every member to fill out for the visioning session. Lebanon-Riverside's link is:

Upcoming Programs and Meeting Dates
  • January 18, Noon — TBD
  • Jan 23, 7 AM — Phil Bush, Lebanon Weatherize, an effort that will be coordinated through Vital Communities beginning early next year that will focus on providing energy audits at a very low $100 cost and then encouraging families to contract with local contractors who are part of the program to get work done (not usually of the "do it yourself" buttoning up type).  Some might qualify for a rebate administered through the local utility.
  • February - Date to be confirmed — Charles L. Foss, SCORE

Card Raffle -  Jim Damren pulled the Queen of Hearts!!  Congratulations!  You won the pot of money! 
   Was one won by Ken St. Onge
Bags of Rotary Stuff from Ron and Marilyn were won by Rick Dyment, Bill Secord and Eric Denu

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