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.  The club was chartered March 1, 1927.
Middlebury

Our motto is "Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m.
Rosie's Restaurant
886 Rt 7 South
Middlebury, VT 05753
United States of America
We encourage guests to come to our meetings! We have a few different meeting locations, so please feel free to contact us through our facebook page or email us at rotaryclubofmiddlebury@gmail.com.
Home Page Stories
On Wednesday, the Middlebury Rotary club gathered for our annual change over dinner. This is a celebration of the past year, and a preparation for the upcoming year as we welcome our new President, Paul. Pictured is '23-'24's immediate past president Spence, the '23-'24 President John.
 
 
John with Sem, our Rotary Exchange student. Sem read the club a note from his mother, and he told us all about his trip out to the West Coast.
 
New President Paul with member Dennis and past District Governor, Eric. 
On Wednesday, we welcomed two new members: Jennifer, sponsored by Jason, our Community Service Projects leader; and Elise, sponsored by Max. Jennifer has already been to several meetings and at least one service project, and Elise joins us as a way to follow in her father's footsteps, who was a Rotarian during World War II. We are so happy to have them join our club and cannot wait to see their potential. Welcome, Jennifer & Elise!
 
Middlebury Rotary club marches in the Parade every year, after a busy weekend of putting up flags for the first time since November. We look forward to this celebration every year! Thanks to all who have served our country, past present and future. 
 
The trees we planted in 2018 at the Rec Park are in full bloom.  Visible in the background is a portion of the playground we built in 2021.
 
Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, spoke to the club May 8.
His son is a student at Middlebury College and his daughter will be a freshman at MC next fall. 
We may be seeing more of Sec Tebbetts in the years to come.
Birders will recognize Anson as the host of a weekly birding program called For the Birds on WDEV radio in Waterbury.
 
 
5 volunteers = 10 bags
 
A mighty crew of members and friend cleaned the Frog Hollow parking lot and the area beneath and along side the Cross Street bridge.  A most satisfying morning topped with coffee at Otter Creek Bakery.
 
From left to right: Paul, David, Lyn, Bill, and Sarah.
 
 
The Dutch family of Rotary exchange student Sem are visiting Middlebury.  Welcoming them to a club meeting were (left to right) Nancy, Liz, Grace (mother), Evie (father), Sem, Heather, and Ben.
 
Every year our club participates in the Rotary District Speech Contest for high school students.  The purpose of the contest is to help youth, community and Rotarians to understand, encourage and foster the principles and values of Rotary.
 
The first round, at the club level, was held January 24.  Two students from Middlebury Union High School, Maggie Morter and Cora Bliven, participated with the assistance of MUHS faculty member Tara Martin.  Maggie was chosen to advance to the next round.
 
The finals will be held at District 7850's annual conference Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT.  The winner will receive $1,750 and the runner up will receive $1,500.
 
Our congratulations to both students.
 
Pictured are (left to right) President John, Maggie, Tara, Cora, and Youth events co-ordinator Jason.
 
 
for further information about the speech contest, see:
https://rotary7850.org/sitepage/speech-contest
 
Our annual gathering of Christmas trees had great timing this year.  A day before the snow fell.
With help from Casella (thank you, Dennis), Monument Farms (thank you, Pete), and MUHS students (thank you, Coach Malcolm), we cleaned up the town.
 
Members of the MUHS football and soccer teams gave us many helpful hands, including our Rotary exchange student from Holland, Sem.  Thank you fellows!
 
As the holiday season comes to a close, we want to extend a huge thanks to Rosie's Restaurant, and our server Shyla, for the great service, food, and welcoming environment. 
 
We also inducted a new Paul Harris Fellow at our annual holiday gathering: our club secretary Sylvie. We were also thankful to have Celeste, the Major Gifts Officer for Rotary Foundation, attend our holiday party as a guest to recognize past-District Governor Eric for his dedication to the foundation. What a great way to end the year!
 
President John and Nancy welcomed our newest member, Larry Jones.  Larry transferred his membership from another club so we know he'll hit the ground running.  Welcome to Service!
 
Open Door Clinic's new exam van, which makes it possible for a patient to meet privately with a doctor, came to Rosie's so that we could see what our $9,000 grant helped fund.  Executive Director Heidi Sulis and outreach RN Julia Doucet were delighted to show it off.  It looks super and so glad we could help bring this to Addison County.
 
 
On behalf of the club, President John thanked Shyla who has served us so patiently at Rosies this past year.
Ric and Abi spoke to our club this morning about HomeShareVT, a program that allows two or more people to share a home for mutual benefit. This wonderful program is at its core a way for people to help each other out, with each homeshare being tailored to the unique needs and interests of the people involved. To learn more about HomeShare VT, visit their website. 
 
Sem, who is a Rotary exchange student attending Middlebury Union Highschool, got to join the Salisbury Fire Department for blacked out interior search and rescue training. Photo credit to Ben Slater and Middlebury Union Highschool.
 
 
 
Richard Fox of the RC of Charlotte-Shelburne RC spoke to the club about the Rotary Foundation.  Fun fact: There's a marker on Rt 100 in Stowe noting the discovery of the first infantile paralysis case, poliomyelitis, in the US in 1894.
 
Middlebury Rotary is Thankful for all who helped out last Friday packing snack bags for students all over Addison County to take home over this week's break from school. Happy Thanksgiving from our Rotary family to yours! 🦃🥧
 
The club held its annual Foundation Dinner under the guidance of Foundation chair and PDG Eric at the Waybury Inn.
 
We now have 33 Paul Harris recipients in our club.  We have generous members who, since the club was organized in 1927, have contributed $434,000 to the Foundation.  DG Susan Cherry thanked the club for achieving $25 minimum gift and $100 average gift of the entire club to this year's Foundation.  We also have 2 Benefactors, 1 member of the Bequest Society, and 3 Major Donors.
 
Guests included DG Susan Cherry, PDG Jamie Milne, and his guest Katheryn.
 
Below are President John and DG Susan at the podium.  For additional photos taken by Paul, see the 2023 Foundation Dinner photo album.
 
At this morning's Friendship Breakfast, we were delighted to welcome Stefan Simrock visiting Middlebury from his home town in southern France.  Stefan presented President John with his Provence club flag.
 
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