Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
TBD Oct 18, 2017
TBD
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Oct 25, 2017
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

The Board of Essex Rotary will report on the results of a comprehensive survey of members conducted in September.  

 

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

Phelan Fretz, Executive Director, ECHO Nov 01, 2017
ECHO and Essex
Heavenly Food Pantry including Rev. Mark Mendes Nov 08, 2017
Food Insecurity in Essex - Role of Heavenly Food Pantry & Essex Rotary

Leaders of the Heavenly Food Pantry, including Essex Rotary's very own Rev. Mark Mendes of the First Congregational Church, will update the Club on the scope of the food shelf's impact on our communities and highlight the importance of the role played by Essex Rotary members.   

Dave Johnson & Linda Gilbert Nov 15, 2017
Rotary International Foundation & Hands to Honduras Tela

Dave Johnson, Chair of the Essex Rotary's Foundation Committee, will provide background on Rotary International's Foundation.

This year, Dave has invited Linda Gilbert of the Shelburne-Charlotte Rotary Club and founder of Hands to Honduras Tela, to explain how Rotary International's Foundation has support it's work.  

Over the course of 13 years, H2HT has constructed school classrooms and latrines, medical buildings and health centers, and municipal facilities.  The H2HT humanitarian services include health brigades, educational seminars, school and athletic supplies and many other projects.  H2HT has developed many relationships along with a deep appreciation for the people and culture of Tela.

No Meeting - Thanksgiving Week Nov 22, 2017
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends
Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Nov 29, 2017
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

The Board of Essex Rotary will report on the results of a comprehensive survey of members conducted in September.  

 

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

Senior Holiday Lunch Dec 06, 2017
Serve Lunch to 200 Seniors at CVE with Knights of Columbus

For over 25 years, Essex Rotary has collaborated with the Knights of Columbus to host a holiday meal for over 200 senior citizens at the Champlain Valley Exposition.  Club members serve lunch and create gift bags for attendees.

Nickolas Stokes, EHS Choral Director Dec 13, 2017
Holiday Concert Presented by EHS Chamber Choir & Essex Rotary Annual Meeting

Essex High School Choral Director, Nick Stokes, will lead the EHS Chamber Choir in the annual holiday concert.  A terrific picture of the EHS Chamber Choir as they performed on WCAX's Across the Fence in Dec. 2015 can be found here.

Essex Rotary Annual Meeting Dec 13, 2017
Election of Officers

Elect Officers for 2018-19

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
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.