Our speaker on 11 August 2015 was Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos.  He spoke about the highly competitive Master’s degree program in Security Studies he completed in December 2013. The program was fully sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and included his travel, meals, lodging, books and a laptop. Five hundred people applied to the program, 30 were accepted and only 21 in Chris’s group completed the program. Chris called it a “most rewarding experience.”  His fellow participants were from all aspects of law enforcement including 3 fire chiefs, Homeland Security officers, Secret Service agents, and air marshals. Chris is aware of only 4 other people from NH who have completed the program.
 
Chris took so much away from the program, but most valuable to him was the networking, research, and a greater understanding of local and international terrorist networks. He will be using this knowledge to teach a course in Homeland Security issues at Plymouth State this fall. He tells us we would be amazed at what is stopped in this country every day before it happens. He is concerned about smaller groups and “lone wolf” terrorists. Chris thinks a lot about the use of social media by people who use it as a powerful tool for “bad things.” He is concerned about balancing personal freedoms with security.
 
Chris currently sits on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee in the State of NH.  
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At the club's annual change-over meeting, officers for 2010-2011 were handed the reins of leadership, and three new members were accepted into the club. In the picture to the left, outgoing president Monte Clinton presents incoming president Dean Cashman with his presidential pin. Other awards presented this evening included Paul Harris fellowships to Christopher Christopoulos, Ed Warren, and Mike Harris. Incoming District Governor Nominee Marilyn Bedell received the "Paul Harris Award - 9th Level," an outstanding accomplishment in service to Rotary International's Foundation activities.
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In a collaborative effort, the Rotary Club of Lebanon-Riverside, the Rotary Club of Lebanon, and Listen Community Services have installed an automatic electronic defibrillator at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon.  The AED was purchased for the Listen community dinner guests and others in the community that use the church for community activities. In the photo to the left Assistant Fire Chief Libbey and Lieutenant Kevin Follensbee speak to members of the two Lebanon Rotary Clubs and demonstrate how to use the defibrillator.

Our thanks to Chris Christopoulos, Lebanon Fire Chief and Lebanon-Riverside Rotary Club member, for arranging the installation of the unit and to Father William at Sacred Heart for help with the placement of the unit.
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