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Rotary Club of Lebanon Member Tapped to Lead Regional District

  • Money raised by this year's July 4th all-you-can-eat pie buffet in Lebanon, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon and Lebanon-Riverside, will support efforts to eradicate polio. Jim Shibles photograph

    Money raised by this year's July 4th all-you-can-eat pie buffet in Lebanon, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon and Lebanon-Riverside, will support efforts to eradicate polio. Jim Shibles photograph

  • Pacht   <br/><br/>Jim Shibles photograph

    Pacht

    Jim Shibles photograph

  • Money raised by this year's July 4th all-you-can-eat pie buffet in Lebanon, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon and Lebanon-Riverside, will support efforts to eradicate polio. Jim Shibles photograph
  • Pacht   <br/><br/>Jim Shibles photograph

Lebanon — A longtime member of the Rotary Club of Lebanon was recently named governor of Rotary District 7850. The club has also named a new president and honored several of its members.

Bruce Pacht, of Lebanon, will serve a yearlong term as governor of the district, which includes 42 Rotary clubs in the northern half of Vermont and New Hampshire and the southern part of Quebec. Pacht has held several leadership roles with the Lebanon club, including president.

Garlan Hoskin, of Hanover Center, recently became president of the Rotary Club of Lebanon. Hoskin succeeds Jon Blodgett, of Lebanon, who served in the role for two one-year terms. Betsey Child and Jim Shibles, members of the Lebanon club, were chosen by Blodgett as Rotarians of the Year.

“These two true Rotarians have participated in most all of the events held by our club this year,” Blodgett said at a recent districtwide ceremony. “They have answered every call for service above self,” the motto of Rotary International. As public relations chair, Child provides the club with graphics and promotional support. Shibles is chair of the youth programs, such as Rotary Exchange, scholarships, a speech contest and youth leadership awards.

Last month, the club presented $1,000 scholarships to two graduating seniors, Zachary Bousquet, of Mascoma Regional High School, and Tamara Plomp, of Lebanon High School. The students were selected for their service to their communities. Bousquet plans to attend Washington County Community College in Calais, Maine, and Plomp plans to attend the University of Vermont.

Recently, the club purchased three “shelter boxes” to help with recent natural disasters in Haiti and the Philippines. Each box, funded by a $1,000 donation, is filled with 150 pounds of supplies, including a tent, blankets, water purification device, pots and pans, first-aid materials, and a self-contained cooking stove. For more information, go to www.shelterbox.org or contact the Rotary Club of Lebanon at www.rotarylebanonnh.org.

The Rotary Clubs of Lebanon and Lebanon-Riverside’s second annual pie buffet on July 4 raised $2,400 for Rotary’s PolioPlus Campaign, which works to eradicate polio around the world.