June 21, 2018 Meeting

Michelle Buck and Steve Christy, the incoming co-presidents, both gave classification talks as an introduction to our upcoming Rotary year and our first year as an officially combined club.

Changeover Meeting
Riverside Park
June 28, 2018
6:00 p.m.



Beginning shortly after July 1, the invoices for dues will be sent out to all members. Dues will be $50 a month and will include the price for all meals—breakfast and lunch. If this process will present a problem for you, please contact Suellen Griffin or Bill Secord as soon as possible.
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.


Jean Wulpern held the winning ticket (again) but choose the wrong card.
Garlan Hoskin won the car wash (sitting directly beside Jean as she drew his number).


  • Fourth of July 2018—Great American Pie Buffet at the Lebanon Senior Center. The sign-up sheet for type of pies is being circulated.
  • All members to supply two sweet and one savory pie. Or a member can give the club a check for $45.00, and the pie committee will have the pies made or purchased;
  • Each member is to sell or buy five tickets ($8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old).
  • We are close to having 100% of our membership donating to The Foundation this year. If you haven't donated yet, please donate any amount ($26.50 being the amount of the first donation made by Paul Harris). Use this link Click on the Blue "Annual Fund" box.
  • The ClubRunner webpages for our two clubs will be consolidated on June 30: we will have one presence on the Web! Our member list for the 2018-19 Rotary year needs to be finalized by that date for RI.

Classification talks

Each of our two incoming co-presidents gave classification talks about their life journeys.
Michelle Buck began by revealing that she grew up on Buck Hill Road in Buckfield, Maine, on Buck Farm. Michelle alluded to, but did not expand upon, the exploits of the legendary Colonel Jonathan Buck, who settled Bucksport and Buckfield Farm in 1763. Colonel Buck is alleged to have burned his mistress for being a witch, and she in turn is alleged to have promised to return and seek vengeance on the town. It is believed to be her foot and leg that appears on his tombstone, reappearing each time it has been replaced. Don’t tangle with President Michelle!
Michelle has a 30-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old son. Michelle lives in Goshen, New Hampshire, which is a hike to get to her job as director of nursing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, but which is much closer to DHMC than her home in Littleton (where she lived until 2014) or her fiancées home in Keene. She will start working for her doctorate in the fall through an online program that requires two weeks on campus each semester along with the online course work. Her degree will be in healthcare leadership rather than one of three other nursing doctoral programs—population health, nursing research, or nursing practice.
Michelle sort of backed into nursing. She originally wanted to enter teaching; but as she was about to enter college, her two sisters, who were already in nursing, sat Michelle down and told her that in fact she was going to enter a nursing program. Their reasoning? A member of the family who was a teacher had just been let go of his teaching position as school budgets were shrinking and teaching jobs were hard to find. The irony, Michele said, is that a nursing surplus is projected for the year 2030. Michelle graduated from college with a nursing degree in 1996.
In response to a question from her audience, Michelle noted that one of the biggest issues facing nursing today is assaults on nurses. In the past, assaults would take place, but they were infrequent and related to patient confusion. Now, on the other hand, changes in our culture have given rise to angry people taking out their frustrations on nurses.
Steve Christy cheered up the meeting by noting that he had brought his obituary with him in order not to forget anything for his talk. The last time he had given a classification speech was in the 1970s!  Steve was born in Georgia in 1949 in his mother’s mother’s home [no typo]. He has three brothers and a sister. Steve’s father was a minister in the Southern Presbyterian Church, and the family moved to a new church every five years—from Georgia, to Kentucky, to Louisiana, etc.
When he was sixteen years old, Steve took a summer job working on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. He worked on that job for eight summers and one winter. On Thanksgiving Day in 1971 there was two feet of snow on the ground. Steve admits to thinking “Why am I here?” (Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Georgia anymore.) Bill Hubbard from Etna led the railway track crew, and Steve lived with his boss Niels, who introduce Steve to his future wife in 1973.
In the summer of 1973, in preparation for the responsibilities of married life, Steve sent out letters of job application to numerous banks, only to receive no response at all—presumably being a steam locomotive engineer did not quite fit the job specs for a banker. Steve had to admit to his future wife’s relatives that he was unemployed. Then, just a few days before the wedding, he started as a teller at Mascoma Savings Bank.
To get experience “at the other side of the table,” Steve worked for five years for John Yacavone in John’s medical billing firm; but in the fall of 1986, John sold the business. Bill Malloy at Mascoma asked Steve if he was interested in coming back, and in 1986 Steve returned to Mascoma. In 1990 he was elected president of the bank and remained in that position for twenty-seven years.
Under Steve’s direction, Mascoma Savings Bank grew from a bank with $230 million in assets and four offices to a firm with $1.5 billion in assets and twenty-eight offices in two states. The biggest changes that Steve experienced in the banking industry over those years were in technology and banking regulations. He also lived through two financial calamities—the real estate recession of the late 80s and early 90s and the Great Recession of 2008. During the recession he saw the larger banks get into difficulty and saw them dump  smaller businesses. He guided Mascoma through that crisis and would become frustrated when he heard on the news that banks were “not lending.” At the time Mascoma had $700 million in assets and made $400 million in loans!
In 1985 Steve helped build upon the brainchild of Rubin Cole to use the accumulated value of directors’ stock in a local commercial bank, the National Bank of Lebanon, to set up a charitable trust named the Mascoma Bank Foundation.  Mascoma gives a portion of its yearly income to the foundation, which now has a value of $2.5 million. In another move to support the local economy and local communities, Mascoma Savings Bank under Steve’s leadership established a community development entity that uses new market tax credits for projects in blighted neighborhoods in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. These projects wouldn’t occur without the tax credits.
Our club is in the good hands of two remarkable leaders for the coming Rotary year.
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