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In mid- September, the State of Vermont announced that waiting lists for opioid treatment programs have been eliminated.  This accomplishment should mean addicts seeking help can get it quickly, instead of waiting for months. 

Bob Bick was at the center of the press conference that announced this accomplishment, and days after the announcement Mr. Bick penned an opinion piece published broadly in Vermont media.  Here is a link to VTDigger’s version - Opioid Treatment Programs Reach Milestone.  

The Vermont Department of Health has published a 2-page summary of services and basic data on opioid addiction.  You can read it here

Bob will talk to us about the scope of the opiate epidemic in Vermont, recent treatment gains, and any specific knowledge he has about the problem here in Essex, Jericho, and Westford. 

Mr. Bob Bick was Director of mental health and substance abuse services at Howard Center, Inc. Mr. Bick led Champlain Drug and Alcohol Services until 1994, when it merged with Howard Center. He has worked in senior positions at the Howard Center since 1994 and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. 

Bob is a licensed substance abuse counselor and serves on many state and local boards, including the board of the Vermont Care Network, the Advisory Committee of the Green Mountain Care Board and the Governor's Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet. He has a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Bob Bick, CEO, The Howard Center
Jan 17, 2018
 
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Dr. Allan Ramsay is an Essex resident with a deep and long background in primary and pallative care.  He was one of five original appointees to the newly formed Green Mountain Care Board, a 5-member board created in 2011 to begin design of some aspects of the proposed single-payer system.  The GMCB was also created to assume ultimate responsibility for the functions previously carried out the Department of Financial Regulation, including the establishment of hospital budgets, as well as authorizing the addition of capital projects or new services in those hospitals.

Dr. Ramsay's position on building a system that provides primary care for all Vermonters is described in a VTDigger story titled Time for Universal Care for All Vermonters - published in March 2017.

Bio for Dr. Ramsay:  Allan Ramsay, MD, a Fletcher Allen Health Care primary care physician who lives in Essex Junction. Ramsay has been a professor in the University of Vermont’s Department of Family Medicine since 1980 and is currently director of Fletcher Allen’s Palliative Care Service. He has been a leader in developing assurances that patients’ wishes will be honored at the end of their lives.

Dr. Allan Ramsay
Jan 24, 2018
 

Essex High School and Mount Mansfield High School students compete to move to the District Level of competition.   Again this year, Amy Jackman is coordinating Essex Rotary's involvement.   Below is information from the District's Speech Contest poster: 

Topic: Make a Difference by applying Rotary’s 4-Way Test.

Prepare & Deliver a five-minute speech which relates the relevance of this topic to teamwork and to everyday relationships.

High School Age Students Only.   Memorization not required.   Details at www.rotary7850.org

Round 1Prize $100  Local contest sponsored by local -- insert club name --- and local schools.- Contest must be held before Feb 22, 2018

Round 2Prize $150  Compete against up to ten other Round 1 Club Winners from other nearby Rotary Clubs before March 22, 2018.  

Round 3Prize $250  Compete against up to ten other Round 2 Winners at the District 7850 Assembly  around noon on  Saturday April 14, 2018  at  Lyndon State College.

Round 4Grand Prize $500  Compete against one other Round 3 Finalist around Noon on Saturday May 5, 2018 at the District 7850 Conference at Mount Washington 

$1,000 Grand Prize Winner in last year’s contest was Sophie Parker, sponsored by Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club

Essential Contest Details at www.Rotary7850.org

Rotary Speech Competition - Club Level
Jan 31, 2018
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
Jan 31, 2018
 
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Essex Rotary member Phil Murdock holds the post of head of Selective Service in Vermont.  Phil will be hosting Donald Benton, the Director of the United States Selective Service during a three day visit to Vermont (February 6 – 8, 2018).

The purpose of his visit is to inform Vermonters about the United States Selective Service System and the importance of registering all males ages 18 to 25 year. 

The Selective Service is not the Draft.  Since the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970's the United States has not had a Draft.  President Carter reactivated the Selective Service System the late 1970s. 

Since reactivation, the mission of the Selective Service is threefold:  

  • to furnish manpower to the Defense Department during a national emergency;
  • to manage alternative service for men classified as conscientious objectors; and
  • to register, with only a few exceptions, all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants residing in the United States who are ages 18 through 25. 

During his three day visit to Vermont, Director Benton will be meeting with Governor Scott, The Adjutant General, professionals in Education, and civic organizations.  He will also be addressing the media at every opportunity.

Director Benton's complete biography, as posted on the US Selective Service website can be found here and an abbreviated bio is below. 

Donald Benton was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to be the 13th Director of the U.S. Selective Service System on April 11, 2017. He was sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito at the Supreme Court on April 13, 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Director of the Selective Service System, President Trump named Benton as a Senior White House Advisor to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency. 

He is the son of a WWII Retired Naval Officer and the brother of two Vietnam combat veterans. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army under the Guaranteed Enlistment Program, later receiving an Honorable Discharge.

Benton brings over 30 years of public service experience to Selective Service. He was a Washington state senator for 20 years. He was elected Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. Benton served in the state House of Representatives for two years. 

Don Benton and his wife of 36 years, Mary, have four children.  

Full Bio (PDF)

Mr. Donald Benton, Director, US Selective Service
Feb 07, 2018
 
TBD
Feb 14, 2018
 

We will be recognizing four members of our Public Safety departments (Essex Police, Town and Village Fire Departments and Essex Rescue) as well as a member of our community who exemplifies Service Above Self.  Please RSVP.  The dinner will cost approximately $35 per person.  All community members are welcome to join Essex Rotary to honor our first responders.  The Dinner will start with a reception at 5:30 PM with dinner beginning at 6 PM.  The Awards ceremony should be concluded by 8 PM. 

Annual Service Above Self Dinner
Feb 21, 2018
 
Feb 21, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
Feb 28, 2018
 

On the evening of Monday, March 5 across Vermont the unique and remarkable tradition will again play out.  In Essex Town, voters will gather at Essex High School for a community dinner and a meeting to set the town budget.  The following day voters will go to the polls to elect citizens to serve on the Town's Selectboard.  Essex Rotary member Max Levy chairs the Town's Selectboard, the group that proposes the budget to voters.  Max will give an abbreviated (15 to 20 minute) presentation on the proposed budget before we move on to our regular Committee meetings.   

Max Levy, Chair Essex Selectboard
Feb 28, 2018
 

The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build a multi-use, four season path across the width of Vermont; following the Winooski River and Wells River valleys.  The Cross Vermont Trail will be a 90 mile path connecting towns across the state from Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River - already 30 miles are built and open to the public.

In 2017 Essex Rotary donated $1,800 to build a gate related to the trail. 

The Cross Vermont Trail Association is a formal organization of people who want to help make this trail complete. We are an incorporated non-profit, 501(c)(3), member based and volunteer driven, with two part-time staff members.

Greg Western began as CVTA Director in 2013, after working as a project coordinator on the trail since 2006. He has over 20 years of experience in the field and has previously held jobs with the Green Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Greg Western, Cross Vermont Trail Association
Mar 07, 2018
 
TBD
Mar 14, 2018
 
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With the arrival of 1st Republic Brewing Company just over a year ago, Essex finally entered the Vermont microbrew revolution.  With the opening of the tasting room and home brew supply shop on River Road, Shawn Trout and Kevin Jarvis, moved Vermont's second largest into "the game" - offering a wonderful selection of brews made on the premise.  Below is a short version of how they came to create this successful and growing business: 

1st Republic Brewing Company started when a couple friends who worked together, started home brewing together.  After doing that for years in their garage in Fairfax they decided to start distributing.  After dozens of brewfests in Vermont and having a blast brewing beer, they decided to expand their operation, so they decided to move to Essex, Vermont. Their dream was to open up a brewery and a homebrew shop, to stay close to their roots and what got them started.

1st Republic Brewing Company has opened a homebrew shop in Vermont where you can come in and buy products in store or you can order online.  Our mission is to provide all brewers, wine makers, cider makers, and mead makers in Vermont and the surrounding area with the best products.  We also offer local Vermont grains.  

On the brewing front, between 6 and 10 beer selections are poured.  

Shawn Trout, 1st Republic Brewing Company
Mar 21, 2018
 
Mar 24, 2018
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
Mar 28, 2018
 
TBD
Apr 04, 2018
 
TBD
Apr 11, 2018
 
TBD
Apr 18, 2018
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
Apr 25, 2018
 
TBD
May 02, 2018
 
TBD
May 09, 2018
 
TBD
May 16, 2018
 

Annually at a Scholarship Lunch held at The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa, Essex Rotary awards scholarships to graduating high school students Essex High School and Mount Mansfield Union High School.  Dave Barra coordinates the event for Essex Rotary.  

 

Essex Rotary Scholarship Lunch​
May 16, 2018
 
TBD
May 23, 2018
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
May 30, 2018
 
TBD
Jun 06, 2018
 

Essex Rotary Golf Tournament - In June, 33 teams (132 golfers) converge at 'The Links at Lang' to compete for prizes and recognition from their peers in what has become a very popular golfing event.  The Essex Rotary Golf Tournament is the clubs' premier fund raising event ... and for many, the start of the golfing season. 

 

Annual Essex Rotary Golf Tournament
Jun 13, 2018
 
 
TBD
Jun 20, 2018
 

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Laura Marthaler, Chair

Local Committee                                        Bill Parmelee, Chair

International Committee                         Edith Klimoski, Chair

National Projects Committee                  Peter Lyon, Chair

Scholarship Committee                            David Barra, Chair

Youth Services Committee                      Amy Jackman, Chair 

Public Relations Committee                     Lois Parmelee, Chair

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee
Jun 27, 2018