Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
No Meeeting - Christmas Week Dec 20, 2017
Essex Rotary Members Spend Holiday Time with Family and Friends
No Meeting - New Years Week Dec 27, 2017
Essex Rotary Members Spend Holiday Time with Family and Friends
TBD Jan 03, 2018
Dr. Paul Reiss Jan 10, 2018
Health Care Delivery and Financing in Vermont
Health Care Delivery and Financing in Vermont

Complexity, mystery, and frustration abounds in the current financing and delivery of health care.  A case will be made for primary care to be separated from an insurance financing model.  He will also “debunk” some of the “accepted” dogma around health care in Vermont and nationally.  

Dr. Reiss is a principal at Evergreen Family Health in Williston.  His bio from the Evergreen website follows

Dr. Reiss was the original physician at the practice in 1990.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and received a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.  Additional practice interests include: pediatrics, procedures and medical quality improvement.

Dr. Reiss holds a BS from Fordham University, completed his MD at the University of Rochester, and then a Family Medicine residency at the University of Vermont.  He is the board chair of Healthfirst, a statewide independent practice association; and the medical director of the Accountable Care Coalition of the Green Mountains. 

He is a former board member of VITL, and former president of the Vermont Academy of Family Medicine. Dr. Reiss is also the board chair for the Julian Reiss Foundation, sponsoring summer camps for New York City youth in Lake Placid, New York for over 50 years. Dr. Reiss has lived in Williston since 2006, has five children, and enjoys hiking, traveling, tennis and skiing.

Bob Bick, CEO, The Howard Center Jan 17, 2018
The Opioid Crisis in Vermont - and Implications for Essex

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.

TBD Jan 24, 2018
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee Jan 31, 2018
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Penny Pillsbury, 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

Mr. Donald Benton, Director, US Selective Service Feb 07, 2018
Selective Service in the United States
Selective Service in the United States

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)

TBD Feb 14, 2018
Annual Service Above Self Dinner Feb 21, 2018
Honoring the Service of Essex 1st Responders

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. 

Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee Feb 28, 2018
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Penny Pillsbury, 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

TBD Mar 07, 2018
TBD Mar 14, 2018
TBD Mar 21, 2018
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee Mar 28, 2018
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Penny Pillsbury, 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

TBD Apr 04, 2018
TBD Apr 11, 2018
TBD Apr 18, 2018
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee Apr 25, 2018
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Penny Pillsbury, 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

TBD May 02, 2018
TBD May 09, 2018
TBD May 16, 2018
TBD May 23, 2018
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Monthly Committee May 30, 2018
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee                                   Penny Pillsbury, 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

TBD Jun 06, 2018
Essex Rotary Golf Tournament Jun 13, 2018