Hands to Honduras Tela-program update

Posted by Dan York on Jun 09, 2021

The Hands to Honduras Tela Program is open to all – the mix of volunteers varies each year.  There are approximately 10 to 15% Rotarian volunteers and the remaining percentage are Vermonters and folks from other states.  All of the H2HT volunteers have a strong interest and dedication in helping the people of Honduras. Because of my Rotary connection, our projects follow the Rotary “6 areas of focus” Promoting peace; Fighting disease; Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene: Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; Growing local economies.

The Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg (Vermont) is a sponsor club, and we are in  Rotary District 7850.

Hands to Honduras Tela-program update Dan York 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

CSH Rotary Awards Scholarships

Posted by Dan York on Jun 02, 2021

Trafton Crandall introduced our speakers today, the three recipients of our scholarships: Lena Ashooh, Lena Kerest, and Chloe Landers. Each of the recipients provided an inspirational view of what they have done and what they are planning to do at their colleges or universities.

CSH Rotary Awards Scholarships Dan York 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Dedication Ceremony and Spin-a-thon

Posted on May 22, 2021
(Photo courtesy of Lee Krohn)
CSH Rotary dedicated its first Dero bike repair station in memory of George Schiavone. George was a life-long public servant, avid cyclist, and devoted Rotarian. The day started with a two hour Spin-a-Thon fundraiser hosted by the Shelburne Athletic Club. A town hall ceremony was held afterwards and former governor Jim Douglas spoke along with fellow Rotarian and state representative Jessica Brumsted, both of whom had worked with George during his lengthy tenure in the Vermont legislature. Thanks to the wide community support of this fundraiser, the club raised enough money to buy not 2, but 3 more repair stations. Here we come Charlotte and Hinesburg!
(Photo courtesy of Lee Krohn)
(Photo courtesy of Lee Krohn)
Shelburne Dedication Ceremony and Spin-a-thon Robert J. Sanders Jr. 2021-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Katherine Menson on Covid Long-Haulers

Posted by Dan York on May 19, 2021
Our guest speaker this morning was Dr. Katherine Menson. Dr. Menson is a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center, caring for patients with asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis. Within her field she specializes in endobronchial and ultrasound-guided biopsies (EBUS). She provided an excellent presentation about the current state of thinking about people with “long COVID-19" or “Long-Haulers”.
Dr. Katherine Menson on Covid Long-Haulers Dan York 2021-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

mysa Co-owner Jen Whalen

Posted by Dan York on May 12, 2021
Mysa is a lifestyle-focused boutique by women
and for women who prioritize health and wellness,
and who crave beautiful, long-lasting things for
themselves and their homes. Mysa aims to offer a
mindfully curated retail experience that cultivates
a sense of coziness and contentment for home,
body, and soul.
mysa Co-owner Jen Whalen Dan York 2021-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Incoming Secretary Nancy Danforth Dan York 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Sailing Beyond Cancer Dan York 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Spring Cleaning the Water Garden 

Posted on Apr 24, 2021
Rotarians at Work! On Saturday morning, a group of energetic Rotarians performed annual spring cleaning of the Water Garden Park at the Shelburne Town Office complex.
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Jack Mayer aka Mountain Poet

Posted by Dan York on Apr 21, 2021
Our guest speaker this morning is Jack Mayer. Throughout his career, Dr. Mayer has written short stories, poems, and essays about his years in pediatric practice and hiking The Long Trail in Vermont. He was a participant at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2003 and 2005 for fiction, and in 2008 for poetry. LIFE IN A JAR: The Irena Sendler Project is his first book of non-fiction. He recently completed his first novel, BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN.

Dr. Mayer’s collection of poetry, Poems From The Wilderness was published Nov. 2020. These poems were all composed while solo hiking or skiing in the wilderness of Vermont and New Hampshire. Mayer shares his love of the backcountry, trail-walking, camping, and the “wilderness effect,” a unique sensation of aliveness and deep connection. Though deeply personal, he hopes they will resonate with those pieces of wilderness we all carry within us, and offer respite in these challenging pandemic times.

He lives in Middlebury, Vermont

Jack Mayer aka Mountain Poet Dan York 2021-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Charlotte Crossings

Posted on Apr 14, 2021
Guest speaker, Debbie Kassabian, co-owner of Charlotte Crossings, talked about the development of her new multi-use commercial building offering office, retail, and restaurant space. Charlotte Crossings is located on Route 7, south of Ferry Road, in Charlotte.
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Spin into Spring Susan Grimes 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Charlotte Librarian Margaret Woodruff

Posted by Dan York on Apr 07, 2021

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not be but gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Charlotte Librarian Margaret Woodruff Dan York 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Dave Welch of The Clock Shop

Posted by Dan York on Mar 31, 2021
photo by Michael Clerizo at https://michaelclerizo.com/2019/01/15/i-discovered-the-clock-shop-and-its-friendly-owner-dave-welch-in-the-city-of-vergennes-video/
Our guest speaker this morning was Dave Welch, owner and operator of The Clock Shop in Vergennes. 
Dave Welch of The Clock Shop Dan York 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

The Shelburne Country Store

Posted by Dan York on Mar 24, 2021
Our guest speaker is Steve Mayfield, owner of the Shelburne Country Store and the Country Christmas Loft. He and his wife, Deb, purchased the country store in 2007. Steve provided a fascinating history of the store and its place in Shelburne history. They purchased the Christmas Loft in 2016. Steve provided some great stories and insight and answered questions.
The Shelburne Country Store Dan York 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Vermont Community Garden Network Carrie Fenn 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Saludos de Panamá

Posted on Mar 16, 2021
Susan was happy to meet Ralph, a local Rotarian in Boquete, Panama. Ralph donated several bags of coffee for our upcoming Spin-a-thon.
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New Member Laurie Burke

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Mar 10, 2021
Our newest member, Lauri Burke, gave us a classification talk this morning. She is a long time resident of Shelburne and has had many exciting adventures during her world travels
New Member Laurie Burke Carrie Fenn 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Thanks Essential Workers! 2021-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Champlain Valley School District: Proposed Budget Dan York 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Shelburne Fire and Rescue-proposed land purchase 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Club Updates and Planning Carrie Fenn 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Mentoring Coordinators Joshua Rooney and Alice Brown Carrie Fenn 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

CSH Rotary Welcomes New Member Margaret Woodruff

Posted on Feb 03, 2021

Margaret Woodruff is the newest member our club. Margaret is the Director of the Charlotte Library. She became aware of Rotary through our book donations and our work around town. Club President Chris Davis was her sponsor. Margaret has been the Director of the library for 10 years, and was the children’s librarian before that. She lives in east Charlotte with her husband, and has three grown daughters. 

CSH Rotary Welcomes New Member Margaret Woodruff 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Don Stevens, Chief, Nohegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation Carrie Fenn 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Speech Contest

The Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary Club invites high school students from its three towns to enter a speech contest. This year’s topic is: “How can you and your Rotary Club work together to improve your community and open new opportunities for you and other students?”
To find out more on what the Rotary Club does check out this Website (www.RotaryClubofCSH.org) or our Facebook page under Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary. You can also find out more about what Rotary does world-wide by visiting the district website https://rotary7850.org/ or the world-wide website at Rotary.org
The speech requires no memorization and is limited to 5 minutes. The Club’s winner will receive a cash prize of $100 and the opportunity to compete at the Rotary District 7850 contest. The District prize is $150 (for a total of $250). To register, or for more information, contact Carrie Fenn at carriebfenn@gmail.com or 802 999-1024.

Registrations are due by March 3, 2021 and the Club contest will be held by Zoom on March 10th.
Rotary Speech Contest Carrie Fenn 2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Camp Thorpe with Heather Moore Carrie Fenn 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Black Lives Matter

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jan 13, 2021

Photo courtesy of The Shelburne News

Emma Marden is our guest today. Emma is a freshman at CVU, and was the organizer of the Black Lives Matter flag raising and march at Shelburne Community School. 

Black Lives Matter Carrie Fenn 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
CSH Rotary Activities Update Carrie Fenn 2021-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Holiday Meeting Dan York 2020-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
Lunch Ladies of Shelburne 2020-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Food Shelf

Posted on Dec 16, 2020

Our speakers today are Susan Stock and Pam Brangan from the Shelburne Food Shelf.

Food insecurity and demand for the food shelf has soared during the pandemic, and more and more people continue to sign up. The community has really stepped up as well. Shelburne Farms, New Village Farms, Zen Center, home farmers have donated food. Fisher Brothers Farm donated ice cream and a freezer!! 

Shelburne Food Shelf Carrie Fenn 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Champlain Housing Trust with COO Michael Monte

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 25, 2020

Michael Monte is our speaker today. Michael is Champlain Housing Trust COO. He will be taking over as CEO when the current CEO retires. He has over 40 years community and economic development experience, and was the head of Burlington’s CEDO office for many years.

Champlain Housing Trust with COO Michael Monte Carrie Fenn 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in the Kitchen

Posted on Nov 23, 2020
This morning some of our Club members helped prepare and deliver 10 meals per child for families that receive meals at home during the Thanksgiving vacation. The Club continues to be instrumental in helping the food service teams of Charlotte Central School and the Shelburne Community School provide meals to their students during the pandemic.
Susan shows Jon and Charlie how to work in the kitchen.
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Winter Clothing Drive

CSH Rotarian and Shelburne Town Clerk Diana Vachon has two bags of winter clothing that were collected at the Shelburne Town office on Election Day. Next stop is the Wash Shed...
Charlie instructs Denis in the proper operation of a clothes dryer...
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Welcome Laurie Burke!

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 18, 2020

Membership Chair Ric inducted Laurie Burke as our newest member during this morning's Zoom meeting.

Laurie Burke is very happy to be joining our Club. Community service has always been very important to her. Her father was a Kiwanis member and he and his fellow Kiwanians built a rope tow for local kids, and that made an impression on her.

She works at the Stern Center writing and fundraising and is looking forward to helping our Club fundraise!

Laurie graduated with a BA from UVM and received her Master’s in teaching at Harvard. She lives in Shelburne with her husband and has two adult daughters. She feels she can offer Rotary a roll up the sleeves approach to work, writing for fundraising, and she finds our group to be a caring community of folks who have led really interesting lives. We are honored to have her as a member. 

Welcome Laurie Burke! Carrie Fenn 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Athletic Club with Rayne Herzog

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 18, 2020
Our speaker today is Rayne Herzog. Rayne has been in the fitness industry for 35 years. He opened his first gym at the Jelly Mill in 1998. He is currently the general manager of the Shelburne Athletic Club. He is a certified personal trainer and instructor, and the owner of Race Vermont.
Shelburne Athletic Club with Rayne Herzog Carrie Fenn 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans with Lt Col Jason Galipeau, USAF

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 11, 2020
Chris rang the bell and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Susan Grimes offered a tribute to our Veterans

Today we are here to honor those who have served our country and given their lives so that we may stand here and still live in freedom. We need to be constantly reminded of our gift of freedom and of those who gave all to make sure future generations continue to know life in a free, democratic society. 

Remembering those who have passed is only half of the task that is before us today. We must also carry their love, honor and duty forward to the future generations that will pass. Our children must now who they were, what they did and why they did it. To do anything less, will be a disservice to their sacrifice and their memories.

We remember today, Veterans Day, our veterans.

Wreath laying at the Shelburne Veterans Memorial: Sam Feitelberg, Paul Goodrich, Bud Ockert, Pete Gadhue, Jim Donaldson, and Colleen Haag.
Honoring Our Veterans with Lt Col Jason Galipeau, USAF Carrie Fenn 2020-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates Face Masks to First Responders

On Wednesday, November 11, the CSH Rotary Club received a supply of 4,000 medical face masks for distribution to local first responders and essential workers. So far the Club has delivered more than 2,000 masks to first responders and essential workers at Charlotte Fire and Rescue, Shelburne Fire and Rescue, Shelburne Police Department, Hinesburg Police Department, Hinesburg Fire and Emergency Response, and the Shelburne Food Shelf.
AEMT Cheri Schrader accepting the donation of face masks for Charlotte Rescue last week.  

We are continuing to distribute masks to schools and other the front line essential workers in the three towns served by our Club.

Here is how the face masks came to our Rotary Club...

Ted Rossi, a member of the East Hampton, CT Rotary Club and a director of the Rossi Family Foundation, is working to distribute 1 Million medical grade face masks to front line workers and first responders in New England.  Our Rotary District 7850 and District 7870 received 200,000 face masks from this program to distribute among 60 Rotary Clubs in VT and NH.   

We are pleased to help with this program and to support the people who keep us safe, answer 911 calls,  teach our children, prepare meals in the schools, and deliver food. Stay safe everyone!
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Club Business Meeting

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 04, 2020

Chris rang the bell and greeted everyone with his cheery self.

Susan shared some opening words:

A Prayer for Unity
In this century and in any century
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer, is that we learn to listen
May we listen to one another in hope and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May we listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe
And in this listening, which is boundless in its beauty 
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With a healing spirit and a divine spirit who beckons us into peace and community and creativity 
We do not ask for a perfect world, but we do ask for a better world
We ask for deep listening. 

Club Business Meeting Carrie Fenn 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Jamie Milne

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Oct 28, 2020

Rotary International District 7850

Including Areas of Southern Québec, 
Northern Vermont, and Northern New Hampshire

Jamie Milne, Rotary District 7850 Governor and a member of the St Johnsbury Rotary Club joined our Zoom meeting this morning.

Jamie Milne is one of two guests today. He is the District Governor for our Club. Rotary International’s theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities, which is also our District theme. In 2023-24, Jennifer Jones from Canada will be the Rotary International President, Jennifer will be the first woman president of Rotary International. Assistant Governor Susan Cherry will be our 2023-24 District Governor. 

District Governor Jamie Milne Carrie Fenn 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

The Charlotte News publisher Claudia Marshall

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Oct 28, 2020


Our next speaker today is Claudia Marshall. She is originally from the Detroit area, she’s worked as a morning DJ, as a news anchor and an award-winning writer. She moved to Charlotte in 2013. Claudia is the publisher of the Charlotte News. 

The Charlotte News publisher Claudia Marshall Carrie Fenn 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

The Shelburne Halloween Parade - A Rotary Tradition Continues

Posted on Oct 25, 2020
Another Halloween Parade has come and gone, and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on for you. While our Rotarians got to have a great deal of fun, we would not have been able to make this annual tradition a reality without assistance from many others in our community: Town of Shelburne, Shelburne Highway and Parks and Recreation Departments, The Shelburne Police, Fire and Rescue, Kwiniaska Golf Course, Shelburne Market, Precourt Properties and all the groups, families, and businesses that brought vehicles, floats, and themselves.

The Shelburne Halloween Parade - A Rotary Tradition Continues 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Dental Therapy in Vermont with Cheyenne Warren Carrie Fenn 2020-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

CSH Rotary Winter Coat Drive

Posted on Oct 15, 2020
Every year many of our local children find themselves without proper winter clothing to allow
them to stay warm enough to endure, let alone enjoy, a Vermont winter.
The Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary Club wants to change that.

From now through November 30, CSH Rotary is collecting new and like-new jackets, hats,
mittens, boots, and gloves in both adult and children’s sizes to distribute to the schools in
Charlotte, Shelburne, and Hinesburg.
School liaisons will provide the properly sized clothing to
children in need so they may warmly and safely enjoy a Vermont winter.
Please look in your hearts and your closets and consider donating what clothing or money you
may be able to for this effort.
To donate cash at the drop off locations, please make checks payable to “CSH Rotary Club.” This is greatly appreciated so that we can fill in gaps in the end.
Drop off locations include the Shelburne Town Offices, the Hinesburg and Charlotte Libraries,
Adirondack Audiology (Marsett Road and Route 7), and the Law Office of Richard J. Fox PLLC
(181 Falls Road in Shelburne).
For additional information, please contact charlotteshelburnerotary@gmail.com
CSH Rotary Winter Coat Drive 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Lends a Hand at School

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Oct 15, 2020
Several Rotarians have been helping the kitchen staff at the Charlotte Central and Shelburne Community schools. They're developing a variety of kitchen skills to add to their resumes! Other Rotarians are helping with meal distribution. It's a wonderful program to help keep students and teachers healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic...another example of fulfilling Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self".
Rotary Lends a Hand at School Linda Gilbert 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Charlotte Librarian Margaret Woodruff Carrie Fenn 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
October Planning Meeting Dan York 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Planning the Shelburne Halloween Parade

Posted on Oct 02, 2020

We're all wearing masks anyway, so why not have some fun with it? Join the Rotary Club of Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg for its annual Halloween Parade, on Sunday, October 25, starting at 2PM along Falls Road in Shelburne Village.

Planning the Shelburne Halloween Parade Erik Kolomaznik 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Abundant Thanks - Charlotte Garden Project 

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Oct 01, 2020
Deirdre Holmes, project coordinator, posted this note of gratitude on Front Porch Forum: "As the gardening season comes to an end, I'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who responded to my late spring request for help in the food garden at CCS. Throughout a very dry summer, generous community members each took on a week to water, weed and harvest. Starting in May, the garden has been able to make weekly donations of fresh organic produce to the Charlotte Food Shelf and/or the school meals program. Great thanks to Cecelia Wu, Jeanne Blackmore, Julia Parker-Dickerson, MaryEllen Hebert, Karen Tuning, Deborah Dodd Squires, Alice Trageser, Abby Foulk and members of the Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg Rotary Club. I could never have done it without your kind help."  Well done to ALL.
Members of the CSH Rotary Club lending a hand at the Charlotte Central School garden. Chris Davis, Susan Grimes, Carrie Fenn, Linda Gilbert, and Susanne Davis have been weeding, watering, and picking vegetables all month long in the community garden behind the school. The very fresh produce is given to the summer school meals program and to the Charlotte Food Shelf.
Abundant Thanks - Charlotte Garden Project Linda Gilbert 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Medicare and You with Sandra Anderson Carrie Fenn 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary? 2020-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Advancing Health Care Ethics with Cynthia Bruzzese

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Sep 23, 2020

Our speaker today is Cindy Bruzzese. Cindy is the executive director at the Vermont Ethics Network. She is a native Vermonter and has worked at the VEN since 2008. She works as a medical ethicist at UVM in addition to a myriad of other roles. 

Advancing Health Care Ethics with Cynthia Bruzzese Carrie Fenn 2020-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
Vermont Futures Project with Lori Smith 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work: Race Vermont’s 5K/10K/Half Marathon

Posted on Sep 12, 2020
On the foggy morning of Saturday, September 12, several masked Rotarians helped out at Race Vermont's 5K -10K- Half Marathon. We parked cars, helped racers line up in small groups 6 ft apart, started them at 10 second intervals, and helped hand out water and medals after they finished.  In this photo left to right are Club President Chris Davis, Club President Elect Susan Grimes, Nancy Danforth,  Jon Lowell, France Leblanc and Charlie Kofman. Also helping were Past President Keith Walsh, prospective member Laurie Burke, and Nancy’s wife Beth.  A great time was had and the sun came out after burning off the morning fog.
Traffic Director France guides cars into the parking area at Shelburne Orchards.
Rotarians at Work: Race Vermont’s 5K/10K/Half Marathon 2020-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Beta Technologies: eVTOL Aircraft 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Touring Meach Cove Farms

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Sep 06, 2020
On Sunday, September 6, some of the CSH Rotarians joined for a social distancing walk and a history lesson about Meach Cove Farms. President Chris Davis shared the amazing history of the Farms, the families and the beauty of this magnificent property. Just so lucky, it was a picture perfect day and enjoyed by all.
Touring Meach Cove Farms Linda Gilbert 2020-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation: Doing Good in the World

Posted on Sep 01, 2020
Rotary members have been making a difference at a time when communities need our help more than ever. We know that donors like you are people of action, and your support is changing lives where it’s needed most.

Together, we’ve funded thousands of projects around the world. We’ve provided resources for local COVID-19 health and recovery efforts in addition to other initiatives to prevent disease, and of course, our continued fight to end polio. Together, we’ve empowered others by funding sustainable solutions in communities that need clean water, hope for peace, basic education, quality care for mothers and children, or economic opportunity. No matter how large a problem may seem, thanks to you, we can work toward solutions and opportunities for people around the world.  

Last Rotary year, we raised more than $408 million for The Rotary Foundation! What we accomplish next will be possible because of your generous support.
The Rotary Foundation: Doing Good in the World 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Plotting a Garden?

Posted on Aug 28, 2020
Rotarians enjoyed an outdoor lunch at Philo Ridge Farm and discussed the Charlotte Central School garden project. CSH Rotary partnered with the Charlotte and Shelburne schools to deliver nutritious meals to students over the summer. As part of the program, Charlotte School volunteers planted a big garden, and Rotarians helped water, weed and pick vegetables.
Rotarians Plotting a Garden? Bob Sanders 2020-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Code for BTV

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Aug 26, 2020

Nick Floersch is our speaker today, from Code for BTV.


Code for BTV brings together teams of volunteer citizens and technologists to create new tools for civic oriented and social justice, social safety net and economic development, with a focus on making government work better. 

Code for BTV Carrie Fenn 2020-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Shelburne Museum with Tom Denenberg Dan York 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Day 2020

Posted by Bob Sanders on Aug 15, 2020
Club Ambassador Denis, President Chris, President-Elect Susan, and Charlie's vintage red pickup truck were on hand to welcome visitors to Shelburne Day.
Shelburne Day 2020 Bob Sanders 2020-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Charlotte Community Garden Project

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Aug 15, 2020
Members of the CSH Rotary Club are lending a hand at the Charlotte Central School garden. Chris Davis, Susan Grimes, Carrie Fenn, Linda Gilbert, and Susanne Davis have been weeding, watering, and picking vegetables all month long in the community garden behind the school. The very fresh produce is given to the summer school meals program and to the Charlotte Food Shelf.
Susan and Linda above and Carrie below are nearly submerged in a sea of sunflowers.
Charlotte Community Garden Project Linda Gilbert 2020-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Farms

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Aug 12, 2020

Megan Camp and Alec Webb of Shelburne Farms


Contented members of the SF Dairy's Brown Swiss herd

Shelburne Farms Carrie Fenn 2020-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Sugarhouse 5K/10K Race

Posted by Susan Grimes on Aug 08, 2020
Ready, Set, Go...On Saturday, August 8th, CSH Rotarians Chris Davis, John Pane, Susan Grimes, and Keith Walsh prepare to welcome racers to the Sugarhouse 5K/10K finish line. They helped with parking, setting up the water table, and encouraging mask wearing.
The Rotary team was on station from 7:15 until 9:30 and kept the water table well-stocked. Runners expressed their appreciation for the water and a "normal" race event.

Sugarhouse 5K/10K Race Susan Grimes 2020-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

CSH Rotary-Updates and Planning

Posted by Carrie Fenn

Linda Gilbert read our morning devotional from the Dalai Lama.

From birth, we rely on others, particularly our mothers. From then, each individual’s existence entirely depends on a community, because we are a social animal. Community is the source of our happiness, so we must take care of the community. So now, in modern times, the concept of humanity is one community. East, west, north, south: everyone is interdependent. The modern economy has no national boundaries. Therefore, now we need a sense of oneness of all 7 billion human beings. In the past, may problems were created because of too much emphasis on our differences, such as nationalities and religions. Now, in modern times, that thinking is out of date. We should think about humanity, about the whole world. 

CSH Rotary-Updates and Planning Carrie Fenn 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centennial Park

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Aug 01, 2020
Rotarians in Action:  Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotarians - Chris Davis, Susan Grimes, Charlie Kofman, Linda Gilbert, Dan York and his daughter Cassie, worked on Saturday, August 1, 2020, to spruce up the Rotary Centennial Park adjacent to the Shelburne Town Offices. The pond was filled with weeds and needed some tender care. After a few hours, the group left it looking pretty again with blooming water lilies and natural beauty.  
Rotary Centennial Park Linda Gilbert 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Legislative Update with Jessica Brumsted

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jul 15, 2020
Jessica Brumsted is our speaker today. She shared the work of the Vermont House during COVID, the challenges and benefits of legislating remotely and the use of COVID relief funds. 
Legislative Update with Jessica Brumsted Carrie Fenn 2020-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Dan York talks Internet Access

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jul 08, 2020
Dan York is our speaker today. He works for a global nonprofit where a portion of its network focuses on providing internet access around the world.
Dan York talks Internet Access Carrie Fenn 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

President Chris rings in the 2020-2021 Rotary Year

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jul 01, 2020
Chris shared that the theme for his term is going to be innovation and inclusivity, as we relook at everything we do in Rotary and how we do it. Rotary Clubs all over the world need to take a look at how we work in the world. Fundraising abilities are constrained, our ability to get together is constrained.
President Chris rings in the 2020-2021 Rotary Year Carrie Fenn 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard Celebration

Posted on Jun 26, 2020
Incoming President Chris Davis accepts the CSH Rotary Imperial crown and scepter from Soon-to-be Past President Keith Walsh,
Incoming Vice President Carrie Fenn, Keith, Incoming President Elect Susan Grimes, and Chris celebrated with fellow Rotarians in person and via Zoom.
Changing of the Guard Celebration Bob Sanders 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Vermont Community Garden Network

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jun 24, 2020


Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary via Zoom

Bob Sanders, Carrie Fenn, Linda Barker, Erik K. Terry, France, Linda Gilbert, Richard Fox, Charlie Kofman, Susan Grimes, John Hammer, Howard, Carole, Adam, Ric, Chris Davis, Rosalyn Graham, Keith Walsh, Denis, Jonathan, Jim Donovan, Margo Casco, Joan, Erica Webster, Bill Deming, Dan York

Keith rang the bell at 7:33.


Vermont Community Garden Network Carrie Fenn 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

H2H Donation and Service Projects Brainstorming

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jun 10, 2020


Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary via Zoom

Start of the meeting was delayed a bit due to technical issues. 

Chris Davis reported that he has started to use the organizational charts Erik developed to create committees and assign chairs. Idea is to get all active members on a committee and get the committees working. Some have suggested we don’t be too rash about jumping in to meeting as a group so we should plan to do the changing of the guard either Friday June 26 with the incoming officers or simply Weds. July 1 during our regular meeting.


H2H Donation and Service Projects Brainstorming Carrie Fenn 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Phil Denu

Posted by Bob Sanders on Jun 09, 2020
Congratulations to Phil Denu!
Phil was presented with the Paul Harris Society certificate and pin by his son, Past District Governor Eric Denu. Eric was able to make the presentation in person at Phil's home at Wake Robin. Phil is eager to get back to regular club meetings and France's scrumptious breakfast! 

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation. Rotary districts often honor new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event.

Congratulations to Phil Denu Bob Sanders 2020-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Club Business Meeting

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jun 03, 2020

June 3, 2020

Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary via Zoom

Bob Sanders, Denis Barton. Terry Kavanaugh, Richard Fox, France Le Blanc, Charlie Kofman, Erik Kolomaznik, Carole Obuchowski, Ric Flood, Jonathan Lowell, John Pane, Jessica Brumstead, Jim Donovan, Nancy Danforth , Susan Grimes, Joan Lenes, Rosalyn Graham, Margo Casco, John Hammer, Keith Walsh, Chris Davis, Dan York, Howard Seaver, Schiavones, Carrie Fenn

Keith started us off at 7:30am. 

Club Business Meeting Carrie Fenn 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

CSH Rotarians Green Up Vermont

Posted by Bob Sanders on May 30, 2020
Susan and Keith happy to Green Up in Shelburne! 
Chris, Linda, and Bob in Charlotte
CSH Rotarians Green Up Vermont Bob Sanders 2020-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Member Updates

Posted by Carrie Fenn on May 27, 2020

Fritz asked we all give a summary about what life has been like these last few months. 

Member Updates Carrie Fenn 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

John Pane Inducted and UVM Health Network update

Posted by Carrie Fenn on May 20, 2020

Ric Flood formally inducted John into our Club. John Pane said he started with Rotary when he reached out to John Hammer to offer to volunteer and John H. said he should just join our Club. He is looking forward to engaging with Rotary.

Dr. Brumstead zoomed in from his office. The UVM Health Network is made up of 4 hospitals in northern New York and three hospitals in Vermont.

John Pane Inducted and UVM Health Network update Carrie Fenn 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Hands To Honduras Tela Carrie Fenn 2020-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Town Manager

Posted by Carrie Fenn on May 06, 2020

Today’s Speaker is Lee Krohn, Town Manager of Shelburne. https://www.shelburnevt.org

Lee started off by emphasizing that this is an unusual and difficult time. The Town got involved early and cancelled all in person meetings. Town offices have created a different staffing schedule- folks with actual offices are in the office, planning and zoning folks are working from home. The goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy while slowly ramping up. Diana is providing services as the town clerk and managing her staff’s health and safety...

Shelburne Town Manager Carrie Fenn 2020-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Home Safety with AARP Vermont Carrie Fenn 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Carrie Fenn 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Staying Well with Melanie Severo Carrie Fenn 2020-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Governor Scott Calls on Vermonters

Posted on Apr 01, 2020


31 MARCH 2020

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott is calling all Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19: https://vermont.gov/volunteer.

This website directs those with medical and healthcare skills to the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and those with other needed skills to a quick registration process to sign up to help.

“I am asking every Vermonter to dig deep and find a way to give more in this incredibly challenging time,” said Governor Phil Scott. “As we prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases expected in the coming weeks, it will require each and every one of us to do our part to ease the burden on our health care system, the struggles of those less fortunate, and, ultimately, to save the lives of our friends and neighbors.”

Medical Reserve Corp Volunteers Needed to Bolster Existing Health Care Workers

Those with medical experience or other health care background and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current health care workforce.

The state’s volunteer website directs these individuals to Vermont’s MRC units, community-based groups of volunteers who can supplement local emergency, health care provider staff and public health resources. This is needed because Vermont’s existing health care workers are going above and beyond to respond to this challenge as it unfolds, and they are going to need reinforcements.

“In every health care facility in Vermont, staff have been working extraordinary hours, performing herculean tasks under great pressure and with limited resources,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “Knowing we have qualified volunteers ready to serve will help our current health care workers and strengthen Vermont’s response. We are all in this together.”

The Vermont Medical Reserve Corps is seeking these qualified and experienced volunteers:

  • Licensed and certified health care professionals;
  • People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience;
  • Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and
  • People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs.

State officials emphasize this effort is about drawing more skilled personnel, such as retirees or those not currently employed in the healthcare field, into the response and not about redirecting existing healthcare workers.

Vermont has eased licensing requirements for the purposes of aiding this emergency response. Individuals who are licensed in other states or who were previously licensed should visit the Health Department website and review the guide on emergency licensure.

Other Volunteer Workers and Donations Also Needed to Strengthen Vermont’s Response

Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can register through the state’s volunteer web portal and indicate their expertise and availability.

The State expects to draw upon many skills to meet the challenge of serving those affected by COVID-19, potentially including drivers, food service, construction, IT, security, skilled trades and more.

In addition to volunteering their time, Vermonters can also contribute to blood banks, food banks, and other emergency supply efforts. The American Red Cross of Northern New England faces a severe blood shortage and many local food banks and other community organizations are in need of support and donations of supplies. In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:

Governor Scott is calling on all Vermonters to support these critical needs. “Our state is at its best when Vermonters pull together to help each other. The coming weeks will be very difficult, but united in common purpose, we will face, fight and defeat this virus – and emerge stronger together,” he said.

Governor Scott Calls on Vermonters 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
CSH Rotary Meetings and Activities CANCELLED 2020-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Pie for Breakfast---POSTPONED

Posted on Mar 12, 2020
We must take COVID-19 precautions into consideration when hosting community events. Since there is evidence that it's clearly spreading (though not in our town yet), and there is not yet clear guidance on how to manage gatherings, we have decided to favor caution. The Pie For Breakfast event scheduled for this Saturday, 14 March, is therefore postponed.
As more information comes out and we are able to accurately evaluate the risks, we plan to schedule the event later in the spring/summer time frame. Please notify anyone whom you have invited.
Thank you for your understanding. Please stay healthy and safe.
We're very happy that Patti Casey and Tom Mackenzie will perform during Pie for Breakfast.
Pie for Breakfast---POSTPONED 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome our newest member Scott Law

Posted on Mar 11, 2020
Scott Law was inducted as our newest member by Membership Chair Ric Flood. Scott is the manager of Aubuchon Hardware in Shelburne Village.
Welcome our newest member Scott Law 2020-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
OneCare Vermont 2020-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
Professional Responsibility of Lawyers Carrie Fenn 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Vermont Women's Fund Carrie Fenn 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rokeby Museum

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Feb 19, 2020
President-elect Chris Davis with Museum Director Catherine Brooks
Rokeby Museum Carrie Fenn 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Stern Center for Language and Learning Carrie Fenn 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Champlain Valley School District budget briefing Carrie Fenn 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
CSH Rotary polo shirts coming soon! Bob Sanders 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Breaking Free From Sugar with Andrea Grayson 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Richard Fox awarded PHF+7

Posted on Jan 29, 2020
Ric presents Richard with the Paul Harris Fellow (+7) award that recognizes his continuing commitment to The Rotary Foundation.
Richard Fox awarded PHF+7 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. MIchael Kiernan on Pollinators and their Habitats Carrie Fenn 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Linda Barker receives Paul Harris Fellow award Bob Sanders 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Age Well with Tracey Shamberger Carrie Fenn 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Chris Davis awarded PHF+

Posted on Jan 15, 2020
President Keith congratulates Chris on his Paul Harris Fellowship award.
Chris Davis awarded PHF+ 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Lund Family Center with Julie Richards Carrie Fenn 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Time Revised

Posted by Bob Sanders on Jan 08, 2020
Early birds ruled the roost this morning when an overwhelming majority of members voted to revise the timing of the weekly meetings.
Effective with our next meeting on Wednesday, January 15:
  • 07:00-Breakfast Service begins
  • 07:30-Meeting Call to Order
  • 08:00-Program/Guest Speaker
  • 08:30-Meeting Adjourns
Meeting Time Revised Bob Sanders 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
District 7850 Governor Richard Fox Carrie Fenn 2019-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Birds of Ecuador with Hank Kaestner

Posted on Dec 04, 2019
Hank, an avid birdwatcher and former Director of Spice Procurement for McCormick,
gave us a photo tour of the beautiful birds of Ecuador.
Birds of Ecuador with Hank Kaestner 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome new Rotarian Denis Barton! 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
CSH Rotary Holiday Party 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotarians Dan and Don

Posted on Nov 21, 2019
Dan York is Director of Web Strategy for the Internet Society.
He was inducted on November 13. Dan lives in Shelburne.
Don Horenstein is a retired Financial Analyst and lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne.
He was inducted on November 20.
New Rotarians Dan and Don 2019-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Shelburne Food Shelf

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Nov 20, 2019
Shelburne Food Shelf representatives Susan Stock, Dana Valentine, and Betty Jean Bogue, talked about their programs to alleviate food insecurity in Shelburne.
Shelburne Food Shelf Carrie Fenn 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Phil Denu awarded Paul Harris PF+5

Posted on Nov 20, 2019
Phil Denu was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award recognizing his long and continuing commitment to The Rotary Foundation.
Recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Foundation. 
Phil has over 61 years of continuous Rotary service and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF+5). 
Phil Denu awarded Paul Harris PF+5 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

VT Air National Guard: BG Hank Harder, USAF

Posted on Nov 13, 2019
President Keith thanks Brigadier General Hank Harder for his presentation on the Vermont Air National Guard/158 Fighter Wing. Vermont's Green Mountain Boys recently received two F-35s and ultimately will have 20 of the Air Force's newest fighter.
VT Air National Guard: BG Hank Harder, USAF 2019-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
John Brumsted: Accountable Care Organization 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Tom Candon: Green Mountain Club Carrie Fenn 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Shelburne Halloween Parade Roz Graham 2019-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Oct 16, 2019
Busy meeting this morning! 
Guest Dan Parot from Jericho, VT, spoke about Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a national non-profit organization that provides beds and bedding to children without.
Club committees gave updates on the car raffle, the Charlotte tractor parade, club finances, and the upcoming Halloween Parade.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Carrie Fenn 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Charlotte Tractor Parade 2019-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
40th Annual Car Raffle 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Rev. Don Chattfield: All Souls Interfaith Gathering Carrie Fenn 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation

Posted by Diana Vachon on Oct 02, 2019
President Keith thanks GDFCF Executive Director Eric Palola and Development Advisor Monique Gilbert for their presentation about GDFCF's efforts to conserve the tropical biodiversity of Costa Rica.
Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Diana Vachon 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Light the Night

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
CSH Rotary Club Team supports the Light the Night Walk to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 'Taking Steps to End Cancer'. The Team (Charlie and Adrea Kofman, George and Linda Schiavone, Keith Walsh, Bob Sanders, John Hammer, Linda Gilbert) walked with hundreds of supporters carrying lighted lanterns on Church Street, Burlington. A magical night!
Light the Night 2019-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
September 25, 2019: Angelo Pizzagalli Bob Sanders 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Harvest Festival Parking 2019-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
September 11, 2019: Philo Ridge Farm Diana Vachon 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
September 4, 2019: Roz Graham Carrie Fenn 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
August 28, 2019: Trophy Presentation and Club Business 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
CSH Rotary Banner at the Field House Roz Graham 2019-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Golf Balls Drop in Shelburne! Bob Sanders 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0 Golf Fundraiser
August 13, 2019: Colonel Bud Ockert, US Army (Retired) Carrie Fenn 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

August 7, 2019: Imaging the World

Posted by Bob Sanders on Aug 08, 2019

Dr. Kristen K DeStigter with President Keith. Kristen is President and Co-founder of Imaging the World (ITW) and Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the Radiology Health Care Service Chief for the University of Vermont Health Network. Kristin spoke to Rotarians about her work to bring low-cost ultrasound programs into remote healthcare facilities in Uganda and other developing countries.

August 7, 2019: Imaging the World Bob Sanders 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

July 24, 2019: Susan Grimes

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Aug 01, 2019

Susan started her talk with a photo of a painting she saw on a building in Boston while she was visiting the city with her family. The painting depicts a marathoner with the question “What gets you to the finish line?” Susan considered the question- What is the drive that gets us through the day? What gives us purpose? This theme ran throughout her talk as she took us through her fascinating and lovely life. 

July 24, 2019: Susan Grimes Carrie Fenn 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
July 17, 2019: Hands-to-Honduras-Tela Carrie Fenn 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
July 10, 2019: Charlotte Recreation Bob 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary at the Shelburne Farmers Market Bob 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
June 29, 2019: Changing of the Guard Bob Sanders 2019-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
June 26, 2019: Shelburne Historical Society Carrie Fenn 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
April 10, 2019: Carrie Fenn 2019-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
April 17, 2019: H2H-Tela Update Carrie Fenn 2019-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

June 5, 2019: Rotary Scholarships awarded; Cub Scout update

Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jun 05, 2019
Trafton Crandall, Chair of the Club Scholarship Committee shown here with recipients Emma Bissonette and Josh Ashooh. Unable to attend were Katie Ash and Abigail Ferrara.
David Buley, outgoing Chair of the Charlotte-Shelburne Cub Scout Pack, shown here presenting a discussion on the Cub Scout program. Incoming Chair, Liz Carney, was unfortunately unable to attend.
June 5, 2019: Rotary Scholarships awarded; Cub Scout update Carrie Fenn 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
May 29, 2019: New member Matt Segel; UVM-MC President Dr. Leffler Carrie Fenn 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
May 22, 2019: All Aboard the Revolution Rail Roz and Carrie 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 1, 2019 Bob Sanders 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 23, 2019 Rosalyn Graham 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 16, 2019 Rosalyn Graham 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
January 9, 2019 Rosalyn Graham 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of December 19-2018 Christopher Davis 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of Dec. 12, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of December 5, 2018 John Hammer 2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 28, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of 11/7/2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of 10/31/2018 Jim Donovan 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of 10/10/2018 Jim Donovan 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 3, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 26, 2018 Jim Donovan 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of Sept. 19, 2018 Bob Sanders 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of Sept 12, 2018 Judith A. Christensen, Ph.D. 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of Sept. 5, 2018 Heather Lynch 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 22, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 15, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 8, 2018 Judith Christensen 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of 8/1/2018 Howard J Seaver 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of July 25, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of June 27, 2018 Bob Sanders 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of June 13, 2018 Judy Christensen 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of June 6, 2018 Judy Christensen 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 23, 2018 John Hammer 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 16, 2018 Judith A Christensen 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 2, 2018 Linda Gilbert 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 25, 2018 Christopher Davis 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 18, 2018 Rosalyn Graham 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 4, 2018 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 28, 2018 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 7, 2018 Adam Bartsch 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 21, 2018 Judith Christensen 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 14, 2018 Bob Sanders 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 7, 2018 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 24, 2018 Jane Osborne McKnight 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 17, 2018 Alan Bates 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 3, 2018 Judith Christensen 2018-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of December 20, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of December, 6, 2017 John Beal 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 29, 2017 Sally Wadhams 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 8, 2017 Rosalyn Graham 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 1, 2017 Judith Christensen 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 18, 2017 Irina Norrell 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 4, 2017 Judith Christensen 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 27, 2017 John Beal 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Baseball Playoffs/World Series Pool at tomorrow's meeting! Alan Bates 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 20, 2017 Alan Bates 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 6, 2017 Adam Bartsch 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 30, 2017 Heather Lynch 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
2017 GOLF BALL DROP WINNERS 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 16, 2017 John Hammer 2017-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 9, 2017 Susan Grimes 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of July 12, 2017 Rosalyn Graham 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of June 7, 2017 Jessica Brumsted 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 17, 2017 Keith Walsh 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 26, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 19, 2017 Susan Grimes 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 12, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 29, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 22, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 25, 2017 Bob Sanders 2017-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 8, 2017 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 8, 2017 Howard J Seaver 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting February 15, 2017 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
meeting February 22, 2017 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 1, 2017 Erik Kolomaznik 2017-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 18, 2017 Linda Schiavone 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 4th 2017 Rosalyn Graham 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of December 14, 2016 Erik Kolomaznik 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 30, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of November 9, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Golf Ball drop results John Beal 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
New Paul Harris 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
New Members John Beal 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 19, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 26, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of October 12, 2016 John Beal 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 21, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 28, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of September 14, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting September 7th, 2016 John Beal 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 17, 2016 Bob Sanders 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of August 3, 2016 John Beal 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of July 27, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of July 13.2016 Jane McKnight 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Newsletter for Meeting of July 6, 2016 John Hammer 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Changing of the Guard Rosalyn Graham 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of June 1, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 25, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 18, 2016 John Hammer 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 11, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of May 4, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 27, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 20, 2016 Evan Webster 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 6, 2016 Gary Marcotte 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of April 13, 2016 Gary Marcotte 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of March 30, 2016 Gary Marcotte 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 23, 2016

Posted by Linda Schiavone
President elect Judy Christensen opened the meeting by leading the Pledge,  Kris Engstrom shared a prayer in reflecting on a " Studdering start to Spring".
District Assembly : 4/2/16 in Lyndonville
No Guest this week.
April     2    Lyndon State College Training (car pool?)
April     6    Committee Meeting - Hands to Honduras
April   13    Margo Austin – Burlington HS Counselor    
April   20    Becca Lindenmeyer – Landscape design incorporating water design.
April   29-May 1   District Conference Jay Peak
Up and coming - Fritz Horton - Soaring
Conference report:
            Curling team stay over Friday night, bagpipe beginning by Steve Dates
            Richard said that if you come only one day, Saturday is best. He encouraged us
            To take this opportunity to introduce Rotary to family, bring children,
            grandchildren.  Stressed not ordinary rubber chicken banquet, discounted rooms
            and water park tickets.
Rick Flood:   Everyone is ask to turn in Names  with two weeks to go....
Allen Bates: Final Four Weekend
Even was MIA. -
Richard took his place as S O A
$137.50 in the pot
LINDA B. - Gerry's birthday  and Fire dept ladder rescue of Mother in Law
JUDY C. - Horrible feeling (Mud season) - Let it go - Happy It's spring
JOHN H. - No mud
JANE M. - Easter w/ kids
LINDA G. - Egg hunt w/ 7 Kids ( teen agers ) no Alcohol
SAM F. - Basic Training in Texas ( 1954 )
KRIS E. - Occasionally being pulled out of the mud
STEVE D. - Thanks to Lara
GEORGE S. - Thanks to Gary
RICHARD F. - CVUHS trailer and 6" of mud
ROS G. - To Kris's Studder start
Sam F. classification :
Decendent  from Lithuania 1880's and the Textile industry.
His parents were married in 1920.  His father was a doctor, after graduating from Cornell University ( 1915-17 ).  His Mom was only 13 when his dad was in college.  Sam would use his date script pad to write notes to get out of school (not the most honest Boy scout).
Sam attended Cornell University.
Sam met Gail at his first job, when he asked her for directions.  ( apparently she is still telling him where to go )
Sam married Gail 8 months later, August 12, 1954 ( she was 19)
Sam was discharged from the service in 1956
Many years working at Walter Reed Hospital as a Military occupational therapist.
Working with children and vets.  Learing many stories from vets reliving the war. With daily losses of solders lives.
Sam took a job at UVM in 1970 and successfully graduated 1100 students.
After retiring he met Colleen and Linda and became invovled in Hands to Honduras, then joined Rotary.
Sam then worked with Clarkson University.
Sam had dinner with Hillary Clinton, subsequently received a grant.
Sam and Gail are proud of their childern and their succesful careers.
We all in Rotary should be very thankful to have Sam with us.
Meeting of March 23, 2016 Linda Schiavone 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 10, 2016 Judith A. Christensen, Ph.D. 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of January 27, 2016 Barbara Comeau 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting of February 13, 2016 John Beal 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Newsletter for Meeting of March 26, 2014

Posted by Rosalyn Graham on Mar 25, 2014

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room


President Dave Jonah called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Kris Engstrom gave her usual apt devotional – including an optimistic look for spring.


Dave introduced our guest (and speaker) Joe Sinagra from Myers Containers.

He also circulated a stack of thank you notes from local worthy causes who had received donations from the club.


Coming events:

Rotary meetings

4/2 – William Young and T. J. Donovan on Vermont’s opiate emergency

4/9 – Marvin Malek, MD, President, Vermont Physicians for National Health

4/16 – Club Assembly


Club projects

4/11 – Charlotte senior Center volunteer appreciation dinner – 5 p.m. – need some more volunteers to prepare and serve dinner and clean up

4/25 – 4/27 – District Conference at Burlington Hilton

Club members are encouraged to attend and if you plan to attend (it’s free) be sure to go to the website and sign up. Even if you have already signed up to be a volunteer to help with registration or as an ambassador, you need to sign up as a participant so the hotel has the right numbers of attendees.

Elaine dates, Program Chair for the Conference reported that Richard Fox and Linda Gilbert are almost finished with the details of the program. It’s been a real team effort.


Braving the elements to help with Maple Open House

Dave expressed Shelburne Farms’ appreciation for the great work of the Rotary volunteers who directed traffic and organized parking for Saturday and Sunday last weekend. The volunteers for those two days were Bill Deming, Bob Sanders, Richard Fox, Denny Bowen, Tod Whitaker, and Doris Sage under the stalwart leadership of the Parking Czar Bill Root.

Bill, who has been organizing Rotary’s volunteer parking projects at Shelburne Farms for 12 years, expressed thanks to the volunteers who braved the cold winds to make everything run smoothly.



Ric Flood reported that all is under control for the annual bowl-a-thon, our biggest fundraiser of the year. The bowl-a-thon will be held in June at Champlain Lanes. As is the usual practice, Rotarians send letters to their friends (typically the friends who have asked them to donate to their favorite causes) … and the good news is that Ric and his office staff handle the printing of the letters. Before they can provide this valuable service, everyone needs to update their list – and Ric’s office will email those lists to everyone soon for review.

Ric pointed out the astonishing fact that last year he had lists from 19 or our more than 60 Rotary members. And we received $25,000 in donations. If everyone gave him a list, we could raise a lot more money.  It’s a challenge!! Give him names for your list!!



Lara Keenan reminded everyone of the Conversation series talk on March 26 when Fran Stoddard (well-known as host of Profiles on Vermont Public Television) interviews two well-known book illustrators.

Since you won’t receive this in time to get to the Conversation event on March 26 at 4 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, here’s a reminder that next Wednesday, April 2, at 4 at All Souls, Fran will interview nature author Marilyn Webb Neagley – it should be interesting. And it’s free.


Veteran’s Memorial

Sam Feitleberg announced that an exciting raffle will be held to raise money for the Veterans’ Memorial to be built on the Shelburne Parade Ground. Tickets in the raffle are $25 per ticket or $250 for a book of ten. And the prize will be dinner for eight at Rustic Roots on May 21. The drawing will be on May 12.


Sergeant at Arms

Richard Fox announced an exciting $46 in the pot for the person who might win the lucky draw. He then collected Happy Fines – with a focus on Signs of Spring.

Tod Whitaker – seeing robins return

Chris Davis -- just happy

Steve Dates – next week he’ll bring his laptop

Elaine Dates – she’ll remind him again

Kris Engstrom – thanks to Lara for the chance to share her love of flowers with an audience at the Pierson Library

Pat Sokolowski – thanks for the get well card – glad to be back

Bob Maynes – happy to see signs of spring

Ric Flood – to Aruba next week with his wife and daughter

Linda Schiavone – happy it is spring – soon

George Schiavone – the snow is getting soft

Lara Keenan – had 15 Girl Scouts at the library on Saturday

Denny Bowen – after last weekend’s Maple Open House – happy to report no frostbite

Trafton – a sign of spring – the returning raptors dining on a squirrel carcass on the snowbank by the road

Michael Clapp – happy

John Dupee – happy

Howard Seaver – a sign of spring – ski boots are on sale

Carole Obuchowski – robins on her yard – and their efforts to feed the birds are just making the squirrels happy

Fritz Horton – remember that next Tuesday is April Fool’s Day – when you can say anything to anyone without fear of reprisal

Bill Root – the successful parking project

Dennis Webster – Josephine Fox is close to walking (that’s a proud grandfather speaking)

Bob Sanders – thanks for the hand warmers – it was his 10th year parking cars

Doris Sage – sign of spring – there are buds on her lilac bush


Lucky draw – Chris Davis had his ticket drawn, but that was the end of his luck. Maybe next week.


Guest speaker Joe Sinagra, Sustainability Director for Myers Container Services





Myers Containers Recycling Service was founded in 1994 by Jeff Myers in Winooski as a household waste hauling service. Today it is still a family-owned business, now with three generations of Myers involved, and a tradition of community involvement including working with the Boys and Girls Club and the Cancer Society.

Their business continues to expand and evolve with a focus on stimulating economic activity and an exciting new recycling business that earned them a VEDA loan. With the addition of 12 new employees related to the new recycling business, they now have 60 employees in three locations, Colchester, Moretown and St. Johnsbury.

The focus of the new recycling center is the recycling of construction and demolition waste. They work with contractors and homeowners to plan the most efficient removal of waste from projects, accept it in a zero sort dump in front of their new building behind Rathe’s, (their building won an award as Best New Heavy Industry Building) where it is hand sorted for recycling. He pointed out that disposal of construction waste earns significant points in the LEED award system.

Much of their construction waste is wood which is typically chipped and manufactured into plywood or wood products. They also recycle asphalt, brick and concrete which are crushed and used as road base, and also recycle plastic, metal and cardboard.

One of the biggest challenge for recycling is sheetrock which, if put in a landfill, creates a strong sulphur smell as it decomposes. It was the huge amount of sheetrock damaged and dumped following the Tropical Storm Irene that caused the closing of Moretown Landfill. Recycling the sheetrock by stripping off its paper siding and crushing the remainder to make speedy-dry and fertilizer is a better solution.

Now there is only one landfill operating in the state. It is in Coventry, which presents problems of fuel, time and road damage as the big trucks haul from all over the state. And it has only 5 to 7 years capacity remaining. Joe said there are three other sites approved but not opened for landfills in the state.


Reported by Rosalyn Graham

In absence of John Hammer  

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Feb 6 News from Honduras

Posted by John Beal on Feb 05, 2014

Feb. 6 Thursday

The days go quickly as we are so busy.  We are having beautiful weather...about 85 degrees each day, sunny, light wind to move the palms.

Quick update:  volunteers arrived successfully Feb. 1 - some are staying for one week and some for two weeks.  Another group will arrive on Feb. 8.  We hope the 2nd group will have an easy and successful trip.  We always hope that all the luggage arrives.  We had a beautiful welcome dinner at Hotel Sherwood, typical Honduran meal and a special cake welcoming all the volunteers.  Sunday was a day to not work but to have fun.  Some volunteers went to Punta Sal by boat (national park) and they hiked, swam, snorkeled and had a typical lunch.  Words to describe from Kathleen (one of our new volunteers from Kentucky) "paradise, relaxing, saw monkeys, spiders, rain forest spectacular, grilled fish w/head and tail on right on the beach".  Others who preferred a different experience - we first went to visit the Hogar Materno and see a of Tela.  And then we were invited to  Dr. and Ana Garcia's home for lunch.  Dr. Garcia is a physician at the Tela Hospital and also owns a private clinic.  Ana is a teacher at Policarpo school.  Dr. Garcia and Ana and their son Roberto came to Vermont in December to visit their daughter Ana who is a scholarship student at Rice High School.  They came to our house for dinner one night and are wonderful people and very supportive and helpful for our program.  Lots of connections really help our program.  They fixed us an outdoor typical lunch prepared on their outdoor Honduran stove. 

Each day we have an 'end of the day meeting' at 5:30pm to gather and share project reports, stories and it is a time of camaraderie.  Great way to learn more.

Work:  Projects include Las Palmas school where we have worked on and off for about 5 years.  Built large double classroom with windows/doors, latrines, water systems, also a 2nd large classroom was started by the previous mayor but was not completed.  This trip volunteers have painted the entire school inside and outside.  The community has come to help - clean up the grounds, paint the security fence etc etc.  We give school supplies, some uniforms.  An unanticipated project here is in motion - replacing the tops of the children's desks.  Electricity issues will be addressed next week.  Also next week we'll have a fluoride clinic at this school.

Tres de Mayo school - 3rd year of work at this very rural mountain agricultural school.  2nd classroom completed.  Now painting the 2 classrooms interior/exterior.  Working on a drainage problem.  Renovating a 3rd building that has been unusable due to water drainage problem.  Volunteers enjoyed demolishing the roof of this 3rd building and now the process includes raising the walls etc.  Many different plans (plan A to now Plan F) have been in motion with this project.  Also happening is putting in electricity (they have some computers but no electricity).  Next week, we will have a fluoride clinic here.

Rec field/park at Colonia Sitraterco with soccer, basketball renovation.  This project includes the replacement of the very long rusted out benches - 6 rows. (volunteers will work on replacing those next week) This provides seating for kids watching basketball, having sports presentations etc.  Now there is no place to sit for events.  Also reinforce the basketball backs, get new hoops, remove vines etc around the fence - the soccer field is in pretty good shape.  We plan to have the giving of the soccer equipment/uniforms next week at this park.

Fluoride clinics:  yesterday we had the first fluoride clinic at IHNFA.  64 fluoride applications were conducted - successful.  Wonderful event - we had 4 stations set up so 4 volunteers worked with the children, other volunteers took names and ages.  Was a great day at the child care center in the heart of Tela - where we have provided many projects to help them.  We love the children there - babies to about age 7.

Next week - 4 additional fluoride clinics will be held at schools.

Next week - 5 days of Women's Health Clinics - all the preparations have been completed for this including the requested security.

You cannot imagine all of the 'behind the scenes' preparations that are going on to make all of this happen!  That is happen successfully!  Yes it goes regularly from plan A to plan Z.

We have not yet begun the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit yet at the hospital.  It is due to changes by the government.  Al, Dave and I are working diligently to feel comfortable to hopefully begin this very large project.  We had a very successful meeting with the new Mayor Mario Fuentes and are very happy with him.  We also have had a good meeting with the police.

Our relationship with the Tela American School is great. We have 10 of their juniors with us every day to act as translators and help physically with projects.  We are very happy with these students who get 'community service' credit.

BTW - Al has recovered from his bronchitis.  All is going well in Tela which we find very tranquil - we are happy to say we are very comfortable here.

Thanks to all who help Hands to Honduras-Tela to be so successful!

Hasta pronto.


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Newsletter for Meeting of October 30, 2013

Posted by John Hammer on Oct 30, 2013

October 30, 2013 Newsletter
By John Hammer
Charlotte Shelburne Rotary
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:15 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room

President Dave Jonah opened the meeting with the Pledge. Kris Engstrom gave the invocation.
Guests: Bob Bloch, Director of Bring Your Own Biz Program at Champlain College
  Peter Deng, Speaker
Quote of the Day: “I was naked and neglected – no food, nothing.” Peter Deng when describing his life before emigrating to the U.S.


November 1 – Car Raffle – Shelburne Farms Coach Barn
November 6 - Doris Sage, Stigma Foundation
November 13 – Club Assembly
November 14 – Board of Directors’ Meeting
November 20 – Boy Scouts of America will present their World War II Program
April 25-27 – 7850 District Conference, Hilton Hotel, Burlington
District 7850 Calendar: Hot Link http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Events/EventsCalendar.aspx?accountid=50051
Shelburne Halloween Parade
Dave Rice thanked all who participated. It went off without a hitch, no problems.
Car Raffle
Ric Flood reported that there were still nine non-responsive past ball holders. He feels that five are safe, but he feels uncomfortable about the other four, thus putting more pressure on ball sales. “It’s going to be tight.” Fritz requested that all door prizes be brought in today at the latest as the packages are being put together this evening. All the volunteer teams appear to be filled and ready. The set up crew needs to report at 3PM. The cocktails start at 6 with dinner at 7. Everyone should be out by 9:15.  Two pumpkin raffle tickets were drawn today with the winners being Carol Obuchowski and Virginia Simmons.
Rotary Plaques
A number of plaques recognizing Rotary support for volunteer projects have been made and will be distributed in the coming weeks.
Hands to Honduras – Tela
Linda Gilbert asked for any members who are cleaning out their storage spaces to donate luggage suitable for carrying extra materials down to Honduras during the next project trip in February. These bags would be used to carry, then will be distributed to needy families in Honduras.
Sergeant at Arms – In his battle to ensure that today’s youth get good nutrition, Richard fined anyone who did not intend to hand out healthy food on.
Howard Seaver – He lives far out and rarely sees Trick or Treaters, though his wife, Barbara buys masses of candy.

Roz Graham – Had a wonderful family reunion in Ontario. She also attended a very interesting meeting of the Vermont Attractions Industry Association in Hildene where she heard that everyone in the tourist industry had a good year last year. And, she has laid in an enormous stock of candy for Halloween.

Linda Gilbert – Paid fine as she lives in the woods and never sees Halloween Trick or Treaters.

Dave Jonah – Thanks for Dave Rice and all his crew for their great work on making the Halloween Parade such a success.

Kris Engstrom – For a great Halloween Parade.

John Hammer – Snow fine, there’s snow on the Adirondacks and Greens.

Sam Feitelberg – Celebrating his 60th year as a physical therapist. He also warned everyone to read the backside of the Affordable Care Act, as there are changes to the physical therapy coverage for rehab. Check and make sure that you will get the coverage you need.

Linda Barker – Had a blast Sunday at the Halloween Parade.  She has lots of candy at her bank.

Robert Maynes – For missing the Halloween Parade. He was in Maine babysitting.

Ric Flood – Sad fine – last Sunday was the first time in ten years that he wasn’t able to suit up to be a clown at the Halloween Parade.

Steve Dates – Happy that Teena forced Ric to stay home to get his voice recovered. He thanked all for a great Halloween Parade.

Carol Obuchowski – Great parade!

Joan Lennes – Almost ready to book a flight to Austria to see her hockey player son.

Mark Joczik – Going to Charleston this weekend.

Eric Hanley – Just spent the last weekend at duck camp where he had a fantastic time with a 25-year-old tradition. Happy to report that his two girls are active in hockey and for the first goal by Lauren.

Dennis Webster – Happy that Peter Deng found us here and for Elizabeth who doesn’t like candy.

Bob Bloch – Happy to be here again.

Fritz Horton – Happy to have Bob Bloch here. Happy that Bob is President of the Board of the Community Sailing Center. Going over to son Andy’s house because he lives in a target neighborhood where they expect to see 200 Trick or Treaters tomorrow night.

Bob Sanders – For a month in Florida

Bill Root – Lives off the Trick or Treaters’ grid

Dave Rice – Thanks to everyone for helping with the Halloween Parade and making it so successful.

Denny Bowen – Had a nice weekend in Charlotte, NC visiting his daughter, Ingrid. And, yes, he has come back much improved.

Howard Seaver – For finally seeing light in the morning when he gets up.

John Beal – Wife’s store finally opened.

Ric Flood – Paid a notoriety fine for Ric who has been recognized as the best up and coming super lawyer.

Steve Dates’ number was called and he drew the Ace of Diamonds.  Roll over the pot of $228.50.

Speaker – Peter Deng – A new U.S. citizen as of last year.

His presentation began with telling his history. He grew up and was orphaned at the age of five in East Central South Sudan. He was taken in by a relative’s family where he was abused, got little to eat and was naked. He decided early that education was the only way out. He went to school on his own and has fought for his education ever since.  He came to the U.S. in 2007, and came to the realization that he could help orphans in South Sudan go to school in 2010. He concentrates on orphans in his home state of Jonglei.


He started his Deng Opportunities Foundation (DOF) in 2010, starting with two students with a scholarship to a boarding school in Uganda. Since then he has managed to send seven in 2011. They were mostly dropouts with no hope. Now they are doing well.  Four graduated in 2013 and they have been replaced. He went home in 2012 to visit his project and his recipients called him, Dad. This brought home to him how important his work was. He has also taken care to have equality in gender because in the South Sudan women are discriminated against. Only 0.01% are educated. They are seen as property to be married off which results in a payment of cows for the bride. Now he is keeping his level at eight students.

What keeps him awake at night is the thought that, “I was naked and neglected – no food, nothing.”  And there are many children in South Sudan that need the kind of help Peter had to get out of this awful life style. Orphans are especially vulnerable because the girls are sold into marriage, thus bringing a dowry of cows. The orphan boys are seen as a liability because they go out and bring in a woman from another tribe, thus creating the need to provide cows to go out of the tribe.

Peter credited his Champlain College ‘Bring Your Own Business’ leader, Bob Bloch, with encouraging him to write his book Lost Generation, the story of his childhood and his coming to America. The book was written by Peter, edited by a Champlain student and published by Champlain College.  Profits from sale of the book go to support the work of the foundation.

Peter described his businesses, beginning with DOG Express which began with one 14-passenger bus to provide transportation in the area of Bortown in South Sudan where he grew up. He also has established a financial services business that assists people in making money transfers and also encourages them to save and invest. 

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Posted by John Beal on Sep 12, 2013
The winners of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards this year, left to right, Tyler VanDyke from Hinesburg, Graeme Waples from Hinesburg, Karen Pflaster from Charlotte and Meghan Hanley from Shelburne, all students at Champlain Valley Union High School, and Judy Christensen, a member of Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club and District Chair of the RYLA Program.
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Newsletter April 17, 2013

Posted by John Beal on Apr 21, 2013

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room

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April3, 2013 Newsletter

Posted by John Beal on Apr 02, 2013

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room

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March 27, 2013 Newsletter

Posted by John Beal on Mar 31, 2013

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 7:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room

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The Giving Season

Posted by Patricia Sokolowski on Dec 04, 2012

It may be better to give than receive, but this year you can do both!  

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November 28, 2012 Newsletter John Hammer 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - November 14, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
November 7, 2012 Newsletter John Hammer 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
October 24- World Polio Day Patricia Sokolowski 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - October 17, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - October 10, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - October 3, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - September 26, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - September 19, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Successful Golf Ball Drop

Posted by John Beal on Sep 17, 2012
The Golf Ball Drop at the Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival was a great success thanks to all the support form the community and Rotarians.

The winners are Renee Audet ticket # 2156  Closest to the pin
Linda Goodrich ticket # 160 2nd Prize
Michael Healy ticket # 395 3rd Prize
Mike Belsky ticket # 292  Furthest from the pin

Story of the day to follow. 

Thanks all!
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Judy gets Her Paul Harris Pin and Certificate

Posted by John Beal on Sep 12, 2012

 At this week's meeting, 9/12/2012, Terrell Titus presented Judy  Christensen the Paul Harris Fellow certificate and Pin, which were not available to present at the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Contrary to the news letter Judy was in attendance at the ceremony. We are happy to celebrate her worthy contribution twice. 


Judy gets Her Paul Harris Pin and Certificate John Beal 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - September 12, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - September 5, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - August 29, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Press Release Matching Grant John Beal 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Senior Center BBQ

Posted by John Beal on Aug 26, 2012
Nine Rotarians from the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club turned out on the early
evening of August 24th at the Charlotte Senior Center to help with service of
the annual BBQ for seniors of Charlotte and Shelburne. This is one of the two
annual events that our Rotary Club performs for the Charlotte Senior Center and
it is always a great deal of fun. The camaraderie of the crew brings the same
volunteers back year after year. The joy they have in serving is reflected by the
any expressions of thanks we get from the diners. We all got a real buzz from
our service.

Our members helped in the presentation and service of the food, which is
prepared and cooked by members of the community. Our Rotarians provide the
support that makes it all run smoothly and efficiently. It seems that almost every
time there is a challenge to overcome. This year’s puzzle was how to unjam a
drawer stuffed with eating utensils. Our resident (and community) locksmith, Bill
Deming, rose to the fore and with help from numerous others and managed to
free the errant utensils.

Serving this year were: Denny Bowen, Elaine Dates, Stephen Dates, Bill Deming,
Linda Gilbert, Colleen Haag, John Hammer, Dave Jonah, and Pat Sokolowski
Senior Center BBQ John Beal 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - August 22, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - August 15, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - August 8, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - August 1, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Notes - July 25, 2012 Jay Pompar 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Matching Grant Approved! John Beal 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Charlotte Senior Center Dinner

Posted by John Hammer on Apr 19, 2012

Eleven Rotarians from the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club turned out on the evening of April 20th at the Charlotte Senior Center to help with the service of the annual festive dinner in honor of volunteers for the Center.  This was one in a series of projects that the Club has performed for the Center.  It is always a joy and great fun and the members of the Center are so appreciative. The organizer of the dinner said at the end after everyone had left, “You know, we could never have done it without the Rotary,”

Normally Rotarians function as servers and cleaners-up.  While the food is catered, the Rotarians provide the important support in the distribution and final disposition of the extra foods and as well as the final clean up.

Serving the year were: Denny Bowen, David Cranmer, Elaine Dates, Stephen Dates, Bill Deming, Colleen Haag, John Hammer (Chief), Terry Kannaugh, Chuck LaClaire, Gary Marcotte, and Tod Whitaker, 

Charlotte Senior Center Dinner John Hammer 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

News from Honduras

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Mar 06, 2012
The first patients are using the Hogar!
There were 3 that stayed, then had their babies and went on home.
Now there are 9 patients!
Yeah ... it is in action now.
News from Honduras Linda Gilbert 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

La Grande

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Feb 21, 2012

Today, we went to the school – La Grande.  This is on the side of a mountain about 15 minutes away.  There are 190 students in the school.  The school operates from 7am to 12pm.  The school is well organized and the children are very respectful.  It is in a very poor neighborhood and we understand it is dangerous…the children walk from up to one half hour away.  A request was made to us for uniforms for the children whose families cannot afford to buy them.  To get there, we drove up a very steep and bumpy hill straight up to the school.  The road ended at the steel school gate with a heavy metal chain with a padlock.  A watchman came and unlocked it and took us in.  We were enchanted by the school children and the teachers.  The process was lengthy to give the uniforms….each of the children were lined up and we sorted the uniforms by the list given and sizes.  Each child received their uniform individually and thanked us.  After the teacher showed us another classroom that the community is building – they have the walls but not enough $ for a roof.  She also showed us the computer classroom they have which is really nice…they asked for more computers.  All the older children were sitting using the computers.

This afternoon we went with Pablo to give the bullet proof vests to the policia and then to the bomberos (fire department) to give them a large supply of white t-shirts that they requested.  Also…mag flashlights and walkie-talkies.  Tonight we go to the Tela Rotary meeting. 

Desks for the school Tres de Mayo – this is the school that we completed.  The rural mountain community had the sides on the school.  We completed it with a roof, floor, windows, doors, sidewalk, entrance way…got water to their latrine…painted all.  Also, they had no desks – so we have ordered 30 desks for the students and a desk for the teacher and a swivel chair.  These have to be transported from San Pedro Sula and will arrive in 10 days to the school.

Currently we are finalizing all payments for all projects, transportation and a variety of items.  Each payment usually takes us about 3 times as long as we thought it would!

Trips back and forth to Juventud, to the Hogar (not open yet but they say within a couple weeks!), to the projects.

Weather has continued to be beautiful with sun, warmth and breezes.Image

La Grande Linda Gilbert 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

News form Tela

Posted by John Beal on Feb 11, 2012


This past week was very productive – great weather, sunny every day.  Everyone had very positive attitudes and were all so devoted to the projects. 

Yesterday, 28 volunteers could not leave Vermont in time to make the Newark connection to San Pedro Sula.  The problem was late flight into Burlington Fri. night and flight crew didn’t have enough sleep time to leave.  Two volunteers did arrive Sat– one from FL flight and one from CA flight.

6 volunteers left Sat. to return to Burlington.  We miss them already! 

This week, there will be 48 volunteers to work on the projects.   

 Today it turned into today all day rain!  And big waves – one Honduran had to be saved from the water and is in grave condition.  Another person had to be pulled out too and we heard she is ok.  Too many people in the water and waves so big – not a good combination.  What happens on Sundays – is the people from the rural areas are bused in on school buses.  We counted 14 buses…filled with people!  They spend the day on the beach –all in front of the small hotels here.  And it doesn’t matter if it is raining all day – the water is water than the air.  During the week, very few people are swimming so that is the time to go in. 

Saturday, Colleen, Pam and I went with Pablo to Progreso to order the plaque for the Hogar Materno.  Progreso is about  45 min. away and is a large city.  We ordered it at an attorneys office and it will be ready by Tues. afternoon – in time for the dedication on Wed. am.  Pablo also took us to an Ace hardware where we were able to get all the last items for the Hogar Materno….mirror, waste baskets, hooks, etc etc.  We also bought a food processor to give to IHNFA – the day care center that we help.

Hasta pronto.


News form Tela John Beal 2012-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

News from Tela

Posted by John Beal on Feb 08, 2012


Update on projects:

3 de mayo Agricultural Instituto – roof is on and completed.  The interior of the classroom has been filled with sand by our volunteers and the community members – adults and children.  2 translators are assisting.  It needs to be leveled and then will be cemented.  The community comes in large numbers to help do the manual labor.  Colleen and I went to the uniform store and ordered all the uniforms for the students at this school.  They need only the shirts not the pants or skirts.  The children walk for miles to come  to school.  Adults also attend  as this school teaches a n agricultural profession.

Dental clinic – going great.  This is being held at the old Tela hospital (UMIS) that is now used for administration of the all the centro de saluds – it also has medical labs and they hold clinics there.  Yesterday Julie had 85 patients and extracted 63 teeth.   Julie is being assisted by Jose, Brittany – our 17 year old volunteer and two Tela American school translators.

Hogar Materno – interior painting is completed.  The stenciling around the windows will be done today.  The exterior is painted today also.  Great volunteer project – because we have two interior bathrooms – they feel like it is like working at ‘club med’.  The inauguration for Hogar will be next Thursday.  It looks beautiful and we will be putting in the furnishings beginning tomorrow. 

UMIS – the two rooms that we are renovating to be used for labs…scraping will be done today and painting tomorrow.  Bertil and John are working on this with one translator – Oscar.

Soccer program – we met with Roberto who heads up the rec program in Tela.  He will work with Will and our youth volunteers to organize the ‘gifting’ of the great amount of cleats, uniforms, socks, soccer balls, etc.  We also have some bats and mits for baseball.  The ceremony to give to all the teams will be Wed. 2/15 at 3:00.

One man stopped by to visit the Hogar yesterday  and look at it.  He was so touched by the building and the idea of what it means to the community – he was drawn to tears.

The weather has been great – sunny,not too hot.  All is going well.

Lois has done fine with the brace/boot.  She returns Sat. with 5 other volunteers.  30 new volunteers come on Sat.  We will total 48 next week.


News from Tela John Beal 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Tales from Honduras

Posted by Linda Gilbert on Jan 31, 2012

Hospital to meet Diana, directora – to show her the colors of interior paint for the Hogar Materno.  She was very pleased with the selections and they are a go.  Tomorrow painting will begin (interior).

Quatro de Enero – health care center – project – renovation – new roof, interior renovation to develop exam rooms, waiting area, small farmacia, admittance room, restroom, etc. etc.  We met with Dr. Alvarenga, the head nurse, assistant nurse, administrator and the community members at the center.  A very heartfelt experience from the community who came in support of the renovation that H2H-T will be doing.  Fathers, mothers, a couple youth and small children – talked about how much the health center has meant to them over the many years, and how it almost had to close about two years ago.  The community had raised enough $$ to begin a small addition.  And H2H-T is stepping in to help complete this dream that they have.  Wonderfully sincere Honduras who care so much for their community.  We all left very proud of what we will accomplish.  This center will be the site of our Women’s Health Clinic and also our Pediatrician will spend time a day here also consulting/helping the nurses.  Excellent project.

3 de Mayo – Instituto Agricultura – materials were delivered for the roof Monday afternoon and work began this morning at 6am!

UMIS – Headquarters of all of the Center de Saluds (health) in Tela – there are 16 centers.  H2H-T project is  renovation.  We met with the directora Walquiria and toured the rooms that need renovation (this is the very old Tela Hospital that is in big need of help)!  Way more than we can accomplish but we have three that we hope can be completed.  (Although this is under the Honduran govt they do not receive $$ for renovation.)  Walquiria is wonderfully organized and knows exactly what needs to be done and has also asked us for new roof for entire buildings and also electric (does anyone have an extra $100,000?).  We are looking into helping with the electric too.

Dental Clinic – will be held at UMIS – we inspected the room and there is a dental chair and lamp, sink etc.  Will work and there is a waiting area outside.  Walquiria will do the advertising for the H2H-T clinic.

Campo Elvir Day Care/Kinder center – project – build outdoor kitchen.  This is located on a steep mountain side – only can get there by 4 w drive and you need to hold on tight.  Wow is it rough.  But a beautiful community with vast views of the beautiful Tela mountains, lush bamboo, banana trees, abundant flowers…and wonderful people.  The kitchen will be a great addition.  We have worked at this site several years, building a kinder, a play area for children, latrines, slope support , etc.  Also, H2H-T will provide some play equipment for the intriguing children.

Juventud hardware to pick up the paint for the Hogar, ladders and paint supplies – ready to go!

Things are falling into place.  And the rain is currently falling so heavy that it’s not an outside evening. 

Had excellent Honduran enchiladas last eve and yummy flan made with coconut milk.

Lots of military police and new policemen – seems to be working to have things under control.

We are working very hard and by 6pm, our brains need a rest!

All is well.

Tales from Honduras Linda Gilbert 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

Tales from Honduras

Posted by John Beal on Jan 28, 2012


On Jan. 27, Al, Dave Jonah and I left Vermont driving to Newark (5 ½ hour drive).  The weather conditions were rain, slush and possible some ice.    Luckily for us, driving south it was just a lot of slush on the highway. 

This is bad news in case any of you do not know ….About an hour or so into our drive, we were contacted by cell phone with some devastating news about our family of volunteers from 2011 – the Irish-Kassel family – one of their twin 16 year old sons – Zeke Kassel – had been in a terrible accident at 8am and died.  We are all so shocked and saddened and our hearts go out to the family.   The family of five spent the 4th week last February doing multiple projects with H2H-T.  Whatever projects needed to be done, they all enthusiastically participated!  I have asked for a basket of fruit, breads, cookies, etc. to be delivered to their home from All of the Hands to Honduras volunteers.  Maybe there will be more we can do later. 

We arrived in Newark and spent the night at Dave’s mother-in-laws house in Boonton (and Ellen fixed us a yummy dinner).

Early up on Sat. Jan. 28 to the airport for a 9:00am flight.  We met Lois Knapp and Bertil Agell in Newark as they flew from BTV at 6am.  Good flight to San Pedro Sula and a very decent landing!  We met Norm at SAP as he flew in from Atlanta.  Giovanny from Cesar Mariscos met us at the airport.  Two suitcases did not make it but we were assured that they would drive them to Tela on Sunday!  We rented 2 vehicles and away we went.  Everything looked the same – beautifully green, maybe more traffic than previous year. 

Hotel Sherwood looks great – lots of new touches – new mattresses! And new pillows! And even some new towels!  Yeah for Sherwood and Pedrina.  Cesar Mariscos looks equally beautiful and fun to see how much Rodrigo has grown.  We arrived about 4pm and 5pm, 4 of the Tela Rotary came to greet us and meet about the 3 de Mayo ag instituto classroom project.  We had a very good visit and got started on the details of the project.

After they left, heavy rain came but  we were determined (and hungry) to go to the Italian pizza café just down the beach.  Walked in heavy rain through the big puddles but a yummy pizza is worth it.  Big lightning storm, winds, big thunder and more rain.

Sun. morning brought sun, swaying palm trees, Honduran tipico breakfast and delicious fruit.  Plans were to meet the Rotarians and the director of the Ag Insituto and drive to take a look at the project site.  It is about 15 minutes from hotels through some beautiful countryside on a quite bumpy road.  It will be a favorite site again as is very interesting.  The project is to complete a school classroom that was started 3 years ago.  It is about 26 ft by 20 ft and has the cement block walls up but no roof, no floor, no windows etc.  The ag instituto is for students age 6th grade and up.  70 students and they walk to the school from as far away as 3 miles. The school is a technical school and teaches students a profession in agriculture.   We believe there are many opportunities for work with this school. Tomorrow I am going to the bank to change travelers checks to pay for the materials for the roof as that is going up immediately.  We met with the community person who will put on the roof.

We also went to Las Palmas to check out the school and the latrines.  Project there will be to paint the latrine building that H2H-T built last year.

Next stop was the Hogar Materno Expectant Mother Center at the hospital.  BYW – nurses are on stike there – I think this is throughout Honduras but not sure.  So impressive and we are so pleased with the building.  We will begin painting this week after we sweep it.  It looks so good!  And no the electricity still is not connected!  More later…..

We may be go to 4 de Enero  Health Center this afternoon to check out that project.  If not today then  tomorrow!

So far, we are very comfortable here in Tela.  People are happy.  From all we speak with, we are ok here.  And it feels good to be back in tranquil Tela.

Hasta pronto!  Please email me with any questions.


Tales from Honduras John Beal 2012-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

Four of Four

Posted by John Beal on Jan 02, 2012
 The Barre Club president, Karen Lane, accepting the check for $1,000.00 for flood relief from Charlotte-Shelburne Rotarians Linda Gilbert and Colleen Haag - at the annual Barre Club Rotary Holiday Luncheon on Wed. Dec. 14, 2011
Four of Four John Beal 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Third of Four

Posted by John Beal on Jan 02, 2012
 Susan McLellan presenting the club’s check for Irene relief to the Northfield Rotary Club on 12/15/11. Northfield president is Nicole DiDomenico.
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Turkeys for the Holidays

Posted by John Beal on Dec 21, 2011
 A holiday tradition in our community

For as many as 30 years, Charlotte Shelburne Rotary has donated turkeys to ensure that local families have a traditional feast atThanksgiving and Christmas. This year that generous gift meant about 120 turkeys at Christmas to meet the needs of the families served by the Food Shelf programs in Charlotte, Shelburne and Hinesburg. Even more turkeys were donated to meet the need at Thanksgiving  Last week representatives of the Rotary Club met Shelburne Food Shelf Director Val Martel at Shelburne Supermarket to begin the annual distribution. Left to right, Charlotte Shelburne Rotary President Kris Engstrom, Val Martel, Rotary member Jim Spadaccini who has been involved with the turkey donations for the whole 30 years, and Jim Blais, Shelburne Supermarket Meat Manager. Rotary photo by Lesley Graham


Turkeys for the Holidays John Beal 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z 0