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Pres. Andy: The Durham Community Church is spearheading a literacy project called Oyster River Community Reads.  So far, it is partnered with the Durham, Lee and Madbury libraries to launch in January and continue through April.  The chairman of the club's Literacy Committee, Steve, and John and I will attend a meeting later this week to learn more about how we can become involved ... Durham is having its annual tree-lighting ceremony on Dec 2nd from 6 to 8 PM.  Ric, Tom T and I will man our table.  Should be good for visibility and we may sell some bird seed wreaths ... On Dec 10th, we will be selling bird seed wreaths outside of Market Basket in Lee from 9 AM to 3 PM.  We'll circulate a signup sheet for two-hours blocks of time at next week's meeting ... We think the Big Bean in Newmarket will sell the wreaths for us as well and our Newmarket HS Interact liaison will contact that club to see if they would like to sell wreaths again this year ... Will is not here so we'll put off further discussion of July 4th Celebration.
 
Bill:  Christmas turkey delivery to Cornucopia, Lee Community Church and Newmarket Food Pantry will take place on two dates in mid-December (we'll need help at Cornucopia).  So far, we've collected $1,160.  Please remember to bring a check to one of the next two meetings; from the Charitable Account, we'll match the amount collected from members up to the total needed ... Wreaths Across America is a project to lay wreaths at the graves of our fallen in each of the nation's federal cemeteries.  In our case, that will be Boscawen on Dec 16th at 10 AM.  We'll work out carpool arrangements at our next meeting.
 
Tom B: There's a handicapped ramp needed.  One of our VFW folks mentioned that their chapter had a portable ramp that could probably do the job.  Tom B will take a look and see if one still needs to be built.
 
John:  Noted that there are on-line courses now available from RI for many of our leadership positions.  Those affected should check them out.
 
Breakfast and Prayer
Dec 6     Mark
Dec 13   Ashley
Dec 20   Richard S
Dec 27   No meeting.
 
 
   

Announcements

President Andy: We're still hoping to get an Oyster River chapter End 68 Hours of Hunger representative to one of our meetings to receive our $500 donation ... UNH Rotaract's food collection project for End 68 Hours was very successful.  Many thanks to Frank R and Heather, and Ric who joined me in the collection tour of neighborhoods in Durham, Madbury and Dover ... We're working to define all the tasks that need to be managed like the breakfast scheduling ... The Nominating Committee headed up by President-elect Tom B will be reporting out a slate of candidates which we can vote on before the end of December.
 
Bill: We're working to provide 25 turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets at St Thomas More food pantry by Nov 20th.  We'll be providing some 200 turkeys for Christmas food baskets to Cornucopia and the Lee Church.  We're budgeted for half the cost; we'll start passing the hat for the other half next week.
 
Steve: District is loading up another container of crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs on Saturday, Nov 18th at the Saco warehouse bound for Africa under the Crutches4Africa program.  They always need help.  See Bill, Ric or me for directions.
 
Heather: The new ClubRunner website is up.  I'll send everyone an email with their login information.  I think you'll like it.  It's a work in progress and your suggestions for improvement are welcome.
 
Ric: We've cancelled two meetings in the weeks ahead: Nov 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving, and Dec 27th due to Christmas.

Program

Mark Blumenthal spoke about a new approach to dealing with poverty.  Currently, poverty is dealt with by governments through transfer payments or NGOs.  What is missing is private enterprise.  Startups begin with an innovative idea, move into a proof of concept stage, and then scale up production.  The problem today is venture capitalists want to see revenue before they commit.  This is a particular problem for companies launching a social venture to address poverty in a climate where Federal cutbacks to national and international programs which address poverty are in motion.
 
See http://SocialVentureFoundation.org  for an upcoming summit where businesses which are trying innovative ways to lift the poor are being recognized with awards, and investments in their work facilitated.
 
Breakfast and Prayer
Nov 15     Jud
Nov 22     No meeting
Nov 29     Tom T
Dec 9       Mark
 
Megabucks: $211                                                                                      Editor: Ric
 
 
Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?