Rotary Club of Middlebury    Vermont USA

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Club officers for 2016-2017
President
President elect
Vice president
Secretary
Treasurer
Community service committee
Club committee
International committee
Membership
Fundraising
Charitable assessment committee
Past President
Youth services committee
 
2017 Rotary Sponsors
      Diamond Level
 
 
 
 
 
     Platinum Level
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Harold T.       Smith     Memorial    Foundation
 
 
 
 
        Gold Level
 
   
 
           
 
 
 
 
                     
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         
 
 
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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
 

Welcome!

The Rotary Club of Middlebury, Vermont is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world.

Middlebury

Our motto is "Service Above Self"

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Rosie's Restaurant
886 Route 7 South
Middlebury, VT  05753
United States
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Home Page Stories
The Rotary Club of Middlebury is pleased to announce the results of our 2016/2017 Fundraising and Grant Awards year.  Our President for the year, Ben Fuller, oversaw a robust and productive fundraising effort that included our popular holiday Flag Project, the Buster Brush Golf Tournament, the Maple Run Breakfast as well as our 9th annual Spring Online Auction.
 
At the annual Gala Dinner on May 19, at the culmination of Rotary Week, the club was proud to distribute over $60,000 in Grants to local organizations including HOPE, Elderly Services, MREMS, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Open Door Clinic and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. These and more than 20 other organizations were beneficiaries of the hard work and unselfish dedication of the 54 members of the Club.
 
As we begin our new Rotary Year under the direction of President Tom Telling, we are looking forward to another great year supporting the good works of our local non-profits as well as our many member supported service projects.
 
We are also excited to announce our first annual Fall Festival to be held on Sunday, September 24th on the lawn behind the Mahaney Arts Center.
 
The Rotary Club of Middlebury thanks all of their supporters last year who helped our Club achieve its goals.
 
 
 
Rotarians Maureen and Karl help at the 2017 Chilie Festival on Main Street.
Harold Strassner received the club's 2017 Stephen Freeman Award in recognition of his distinctive life and community service, exemplifying Rotary goals and values.  Presenting the award were President Ben and PDG T.
 
Blue skies gave all the teams a perfect day to play the Ralph Myhre golf course.  The team representing the College won the club's annual Buster Brush golf tournament.  Taking top honors were (left to right) Russ, Neil, Brad, and Bill.
 
Our own Kevin, Bev, Neil and Kathy jointly received the 2017 Buster Brush Community Service Award.  Presenting their plaques were Liz and Eric.
 
 
 
Rob was welcomed into club membership March 29 by Past District Governor T and President Ben.
 
The Club rose to the challenge at the 9th Annual Middlebury Chili Festival held March 11 on a cold afternoon.  We brought awareness to Rotary and all we do for the community.  Plus our recipe won the Best Kitchen Sink award.  Congratulations to all the club members who brought Rotary front and center! 
 
 
 
Anna Buteau and Emma Pope McCright of Middlebury Union High School will participate in the 2017-2018 Rotary International Youth Exchange program.  Emma will attend high school in Iceland and Anna will attend high school in Spain. 
 
Club member Heather is the co-ordinator of their exchanges and will oversee the hosting by our club of two foreign students next year.
 
Congratulations and best of luck to Anna and Emma!
 
Warren gave fellow club members a try at blacksmithing recently at the Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 
       Thank you, Warren!
 
 
 
District Governor Jay Palomino and club president Ben officially welcomed Middlebury's first Interact Club with 8 charter members from Middlebury Union High School.  Congratulations!  We look forward to serving our local and international communities together.
 
Rotarians pitched in to refurbish the benches on the Town Green and to give the gazebo (constructed by the club many years ago) a fresh coat of paint.  Jobs well done!
 
   For more pictures of the Gala Week service projects, see the Photo Album in the lower right corner of this home page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Geoff, on behalf of the whole club, received the District Governor's award for the most outstanding club of the District 7850.
 
We shared it with the Barre (VT) Club - but we each received an engraved bowl!
 
Advising Geoff on how to use the bowl are Eric and Ben.
 
 
 
 
Our club's gift to the Town of Middlebury's new municipal building went toward the furnishing of a conference room just off the main public meeting space.  An open house will be held Friday, April 29, from 3-5 pm.
 
President Geoff, Past-President Tim and Membership Chairman Scott present a check for $10,000 to Kathleen Ramsay, Middlebury Town Manager for finishes in the new small conference room at the new town hall. Our member John Dale of Breadloaf Construction designed the building and we are pleased to provide assistance.
 
Last week 7 members attended a district meeting in Lebanon, NH. Our club received two awards. The first was in recognition of 100% participation in the Polio Plus efforts. We contributed at least $100/member in 2014-2015. Our second award was for achieving the highest membership growth in District 7850 last year. Former President Tim is shown accepting the award (second from left).
 
 
Judy, Geoff, David, Eric, Warren, and photographer Scott told folks about Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio.  They met visitors from Wales, Australia, China, and even Colchester, Vt.
 
 
 
At the Chamber's Annual Meeting held October 1, club president Geoff Conrad received the award in recognition of the club's efforts to eradicate polio internationally plus the work locally to support youth sport programs, student exchanges, ACTR, Homeward Bound, and Elderly Services, among other projects.
 
 
 
From L to R: Tim Hollander, past president, Eric Denu, Rotary District Governor-Elect, Geoff Conrad, president; Sue Hoxie, president, Addison County Chamber, Paul Ralston, winner of the 2015 Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award, Megan Brady and Holmes Jacobs of Two Brothers Tavern, winners of the 2015 Business of the Year Award.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Club assembly
Aug 23, 2017
To discuss the business of the club
Whytnee Bush, Vt Attorney General's Office
Aug 30, 2017
Consumer Assistance Program, Small Business Initiative, & Cyber Programs
Club Assembly
Sep 06, 2017
Visit of the District Governor (welcome Eric!)
Jeanne Montross, HOPE
Sep 13, 2017
Hudson Tiford
Sep 20, 2017
Gale Hurd
Sep 27, 2017
 

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