Heather Drinan introduces Ashley Doolittle from the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth. Their mission statement, which is longer than “Service Above Self” but has the same effect, reads:  The Dartmouth Center for Social Impact prepares students to be transformative leaders for the common good. Through community-driven experiential learning, our students cultivate their skills, scholarship and passion to develop high-impact approaches to the most pressing societal problems. Our graduates go on to lead lives of purpose personally and professionally as social innovators, direct service providers, activists, philanthropists and community researchers.
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The Zoom Room opens at 11:45 AM. Liam McCarthy begins the official meeting at noon at which point it’s best if all mikes are muted. After our opening Pledge of Allegiance and opening inspiration Liam will hand off the virtual podium to Heather Drinan.  
Tom Hall sent an email today asking that I remind club members that the annual club dues ($180) must be paid by June 25, 2020 or a late fee of $25.00 will be assessed. If dues are not received within 30 days after the beginning of the fiscal year ( July 31), the club will assume that you are withdrawing from membership of the Hanover Rotary Club. Tom noted in the email that as of today he has received dues from only 25 current members. Tom asks that you give him a call (603-643-7714) if you do not wish to remain a member. Checks should be made out to “Rotary Club of Hanover, NH” and sent to: Rotary Club of Hanover, NH; P. O. Box 381; Hanover, NH 03755. 
Liam McCarthy joined several other members in expressing condolences to Deecie Denison over the recent passing of her husband. 
Nan Carroll sought volunteers to help with traffic control during the Hanover High School Graduation Parade in Norwich on Friday. 
Ginia Allison offered a Happy Dollar to Rob Adams whose son, Charley, who was her writing partner when he was in Middle School, was graduating from Hanover High and another Happy Dollar to Kevin Wenger whose twin daughters were graduating. 
Rob Adams won the virtual raffle on May 27 and Mark Beliveau won last week. Their prize? A $10 discount when Jesse’s reopens sometime in the future and we can meet there.  
Liam McCarthy urged club members to consider making donations to the club’s Covid 19 Fund in lieu of paying for lunches at Jesse’s, which is saving members $18/week. To date we have received only $4500 in donations, not nearly the amount saved by members over the past several weeks. Here’s the link to make your donation!
Nan Carroll introduced her cousin Casey Rogers, the Director of The Ellen Fund who joined us from Montecito, CA. Casey has been engaged in philanthropic fund raising since leaving college, having worked for several non-profits that took her all over the world. Casey took over as the Director of the Ellen Fund when Ellen Degeneres’ partner approached her looking for a way to honor Ellen on her 60thBirthday by raising funds to sustain the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, an organization founded by one of Ellen’s heroes. The Ellen Foundation was the result, and for several years it has worked supporting global efforts to save endangered species particularly the gorillas in Rwanda. As part of her presentation Casey shared pictures of gorilla families in the wild, pictures of the campus in Rwanda where Dian Fossey’s research work is being continued, and informed us that we share 98% of our DNA with gorillas! She also shared some good news: as a result of the “extreme conservation” measures undertaken in Rwanda the gorilla population is recovering. Casey told us to be on the lookout for a forthcoming move on Ellen’s work and briefed us on how they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars at their annual auction… but most were not transferrable since it is unlikely that Ellen and James Corden will be available to serve as our auctioneers and Dave Matthews is probably tied up.  
Coming Attractions:
June 24 – Todd Allen introduces Jim Feinson, CEO of Gardener's Supply
July 1 – Changeover meeting, where our current President Liam McCarthy steps down and hands the gavel to incoming President Todd Allen. 
July 8 Casey Aldrich introduces her colleague Anne Sosin who oversees the Global Health Initiative at the Dickey Center who will talk to us about the work she is doing around the pandemic on campus and with partner organizations in developing countries. 
AND… we’re once again looking for speakers! My goal is to have the slate of speakers for the balance of the summer in place by the end of the month. As we’ve witnessed of late, with ZOOM we can draw speakers from across the region and across the country.
Wayne Gersen
Russell Hampton
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