AUGUST 13, 2014


Meeting Recap

       Greetings Rotarians!  We kicked off today’s meeting with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to Bill Parmelee!  Thanks in part to the generous financial support of Rotarians like Bill, the Rotary Foundation is a thriving entity that allows Rotary to do good work across the globe. Thank you for your efforts, Bill!  Our speaker today was Denise Smith, the Executive Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.  This entity is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to cleaning the waters of northern Lake Champlain.  Northern Lake Champlain is currently beset by high levels of phosphorus due in large part to storm water run-off.  This in turn has led to unacceptably high levels of blue green algae in the lake’s bays and around its shorelines which adversely affect its entire eco-system. By working with citizens, communities and businesses in northwestern Vermont to reduce land-use pollution, this organization hopes to reduce the runoff of phosphorus into Lake Champlain which will make it healthier for wildlife and people alike.  For more information about the Friend of Northern Lake Champlain, please visit its website at
Corn Booth
            The Essex Rotary Corn Booth is just around the corner!  If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for shifts at  Plenty of volunteer shifts are still available! Corn Dollars are now available for purchase as well.  For $20.00, you will be given 10 Corn Dollars (each of which may be redeemed for one ear of corn during the fair).  All Rotarians are encouraged to purchase Corn Dollars as a way of generating our seed money for this event.  They are also great to hand out to employees, co-workers, friends and family members as a means of enticing them to visit the Corn Booth and learn more about Rotary!
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Regularly scheduled meeting.
For the complete list of upcoming speakers and general information about the Club, please go to our website at   Be sure to also visit us on Facebook at
       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet