MAY 20, 2015

Meeting Recap

     Greetings Rotarians! Today we held our annual Scholarship Luncheon in honor of the recipients of this year’s Essex Rotary scholarships and the Carolyn Barra Scholarship.  The Essex Rotary scholarships are donated to six students from Mount Mansfield Union, Essex High School and the Center for Technology in Essex who demonstrate high ethical standards and apply the ideal of “Service Above Self” in their community and personal lives.  This year’s recipients were Molly Larson and Jesse Naumann from Mount Mansfield Union; Erin Johnson and Steven Maloney from Essex High School; and Sarah Ferland and William Harris from the Center for Technology.  Each student was given a scholarship of $1,000.00.  We also awarded the Carolyn Barra Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 in recognition of a student who excels academically, is involved in the performing arts and is active in community service. Carolyn Barra was an Essex High School student who was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition for which there is no cure. Carolyn passed away in 2002 during her senior year in high school and the scholarship was created in her memory. Essex High School senior, Giselle Glaspie was this year’s recipient of the Carolyn Barra Scholarship.  Congratulations to all seven of these young adults on their achievements and for being selected as scholarship recipients!
Essex Eats Out
            Our Club has stepped up to assist with the coordination and staffing of the Essex Eats Out meal that will be held on June 5th at the First Congregational Church. If you would like to either bring food or volunteer to work at this event, please go to and click “Volunteer” at the top of the page; click the green check-mark on the next screen; click FCCEJ on the page that lists the locations; enter your e-mail address; and select the item you wish to donate and deliver.  All donations should be delivered to the church by 5:00pm on June 5th.  Please contact Sharon Dettenrieder for more information about this event.
Food Pantry Volunteers
            Sharon Dettenrieder is looking for volunteers to assist at the Heavenly Pantry Foodshelf on the fourth Thursday of each month from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  The dates for which volunteers are needed are May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd and August 27th. Please contact Sharon if you are able to help out.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – We will be holding our monthly charitable committee meetings.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet