Speaker Date Topic
ZOOM: Jay Chikobe, Staffer @ Resonance Apr 14, 2021
Entrepreneurship Development in Africa

Jay Chikobe is an Associate who focuses on design and innovation services for Resonance.  He will share insights about his work in Africa to support the development of entrepreneurs - and creating a culture and climate that allows innovation to thrive.  As an Associate at Resonance, Jay works with Essex Rotary member Steve Schmida to promote sustainable development in emerging economies.  

Zoom: Michael Monte, CEO, Champlain Housing Trust Apr 21, 2021
Update on Susan's Place - housing at the former Baymont Inn on Susie Wilson Rd.

In 2020 Vermont allocated CARES Act funds to address the crisis of limited housing options by funding the purchase and renovation of hotel and other properties to help people without homes gain a more stable living arrangement.  The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), led by Michael Monte, purchased several properties in the Champlain Valley to create housing.  As part of this initiative, Baymont Inns & Suites in Essex Junction was converted to 68 permanent apartments for people moving out of homelessness. People started moving their apartments at this property in late 2020 and the facility was renamed Susan’s Place after a long time staffer Susan Ainsworth-Daniels who passed away earlier this year.

Michael Monte bio:  Michael is CHT's Chief Executive Officer having joined the leadership team in December 2007 and being appointed CEO in January, 2021. Michael was a founder of Burlington Community Land Trust and was a board member for Lake Champlain Housing, the two organizations that merged to form CHT. He has over 30 years of community and economic development experience. He worked at Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) from its creation and was its longest serving Director. Prior to CEDO, he was employed as Executive Director for several non-profit organizations including the King Street Youth Center. Michael is also a founder and partner of the independent community development consultant group, Burlington Associates, where he worked with Community Land Trusts around the country.

ZOOM: Essex Rotary Task Force Meetings Apr 28, 2021
Task Force Meetings to Address Essex Rotary Priorities

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Zoom: David Mullin, Green Mt. Habitat for Humanity May 05, 2021
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity: Program Update and Plans for Essex Area


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Zoom: Rob Meehan, Ex. Dir., Feeding Chittenden May 12, 2021
Update on Efforts to Address Food Insecurity in Chittenden County

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Zoom: Kevin Endres, Interact @ Milton Rotary May 19, 2021
Explain HS Interact Program with Student Leaders

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Zoom: Essex Rotary Scholarship Presentations May 26, 2021
Present 2021 Essex Rotary Scholarships, Organized by Penny Klein

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Zoom: David Voegele, Director, Essex Chips Jun 02, 2021
Update on QYD Program Expansion

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Zoom: Emily Vivyan, VT Alziheimer's Assn. Jun 09, 2021
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Zoom: Sarah Lemnah, Director, Cancer Support Group Jun 16, 2021
Role of Cancer Patient Support in the Region

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TBD Jun 23, 2021

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Essex Rotary Task Force Meetings Jun 30, 2021
Task Force Meetings to Address Essex Rotary Priorities

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TBD Jul 07, 2021

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