Meeting 15 March 2018
3/15/18 Rotary Meeting
Recorder: Bruce Bergeron
Meeting began at noon.
  • Sue Codder – College Friend of JoAnne Lemieux visiting from out of town.
  • Cameron Ford – Executive Director of Headrest
  • Paul Sullivan – Newton MA Rotary Club
Dan Nash answered the trivia question of the day and the opportunity to try and pick the Queen of Hearts; alas, he picked the 8 of Hearts.
Angela Nelson won the Jake’s Car Wash Raffle.
Brags/Happy $/Announcements:
  • Sue Ellen Griffin: Glad to be back in Lebanon, was supposed to return from Houston on Monday, but due to storm didn’t arrive till Wednesday.
  • Jon Blodgett:  Wishing his wife a happy birthday.
  • Jane Mason:  Announced she was taking a three-month break from attending meetings as she recuperates from surgery. 
  • Hank Clarke:  Thinking of our President Bill Secord as his trip to New Mexico started off with a cancelled flight, and the replacement flight had 2 stops…. might want to think of driving next time.
  • Willie Koppenheffer:  Just returned from a Florida vacation, played a lot of golf, and bragged about one round when he had 3 birdies.
  • Rick Dyment:  Recently spent 3 hours donating platelets, which involved remaining absolutely still, which was extremely difficult because the movie he was watching got a bit emotional and he couldn’t wipe away the inevitable tear.
  • Jim Damren:  Lebanon High School boys hockey season game to a dramatic end with a playoff overtime loss to the team that eventually lost in the championship game (in overtime).  The boys had a great season. 
  • Angela Nelson:  Excited there are only 33 days before tax season ends (almost).
  • Dan Nash:  Congratulated fellow Rotarian Karen Zook for being elected to the Lebanon Council.
  • John Yacavone:  Is looking forward to volunteering at the Home Show this weekend, and passed around a sign-up sheet for others to volunteer.
  • Don MacMeekin is looking for volunteers for the Rotary Strategic Planning Committee, a sign-up sheet was passed around.
The 2018 Brewfest will held August 18th at the Lebanon Colburn Park.  The Committee is already hard at work.
March 29th, the 5th Thursday of the March – Rotary meeting will be a special event, held at 5:30 p.m. at a TBD location.  Stay tuned for details…..
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Paul Sullivan from the Newton, MA, Rotary Club – Topic – Opioid Addiction Task Force – Rotary Global Grant.
The Newton Rotary Club is sponsoring a Rotary Global Grant to fight the massive opioid crisis affecting MA.  Rotary Clubs in Belgium and Ottawa partnered with Newton and they are looking for 15 more sponsoring clubs.  The grant is currently just over $100,000, but the goal is to reach $1 Million dollars by adding more sponsoring clubs.
The Grant focuses on Education and Awareness in two areas: School (High School and College) and Community (programs held for community members).
The Opioid Crisis in America does not discriminate; it affects every race, age, religion, geography, and socio-economic group.  Currently in the US over 3,000 people are dying every 3 weeks, that’s one 9/11 every 3 weeks.  Addiction is this generation’s “Polio.”
The Lebanon Rotary Clubs have created an opioid crisis committee that will explore available Rotary grants and the feasibility of becoming a sponsoring club for Newton's global grant.
Cameron Ford – Headrest
Cameron became the new Executive Director of Headrest in April 2017.  The organization is growing by adding more beds and outreach programs.  Headrest has operated out of their Church Street location for many years but is currently adding a second location at the new APD Campus.  The original Church Street site is expanding from 10 beds to 14 beds.  The outreach programs will be based out of the APD location.  Headrest operates a Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 servicing NH/VT/ME.  They receive 8,000 calls a year.  The on-site resident program has a 25-person-long waitlist.
Cameron discussed some exciting new programs Headrest is launching this year, including Work Readiness Training, DWI School, and a Substance Abuse counseling program in conjunction with APD. 
Next Meeting 
March 22, 2018 
7 a.m.
A New Kind of American Justice
A Grafton County Drug Court Success Story

REMINDER: All of our meetings are now on Thursdays.
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7 AM
  • Thursday, March 29 will be a social meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at a place to be determined.  Friends and family welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, April 5 -- 12 noon
  • Thursday, April 12 -- 7 AM
  • Thursday, April 19 -- 12 Noon
  • Thursday, April 26, -- 7 AM

  • 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 Great American Pie Buffet on the 4th of July
    • 2018 Brew Fest will be August 18, 2018 in Colburn Park in Lebanon. 
It's not to soon to begin looking for sponsors for our Brew Fest and the Golf Tournament.
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Conference is looking for volunteer to help a the event being held at Lyndon State College from June 22 to June 24.  
 Goals of RYLA are to:
  • demonstrate Rotary’s values of service, high ethical standards, and world peace through a program validating Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
  • encourage and assist young people in responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a valuable and effective training experience;
  • foster continued & stronger leadership of youth by youth;  and
  • recognize and reward publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders
See Sue Donnelly if you want to know more about this great way to help our region grow leaders for their schools.


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