October 7, 2015

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians! Our speaker today was Robert M. Tremblay, author of the recently released book, “Twenty Seconds – A True Account of Survival and Hope”.  In this book, Mr. Tremblay recounts what he describes as a near death experience and the manner in which it forever altered his life and outlook on the world around him. His belief is that each and every individual is more remarkable than we are all led to believe and that through the power of love and positive thinking, we are all capable of amazing things that can defy the limitations of modern medicine.  Mr. Tremblay explained that greater good can be achieved through what he refers to as “team humanity” or the collective efforts of groups of individuals to make positive differences in our world and daily lives.  For more information about Mr. Tremblay and his book, please visit his website at:
Essex Rotary Annual Elections
            Please be advised that our Club will be holding elections for our various board positions in December of this year.  Anyone who is interested in serving on the board is encouraged to announce his or her candidacy for a position.  Stay tuned for more announcements about this election.
Essex Rotary Service Above Self Award
            Our Club is currently accepting nominations for the annual “Service Above Self Award” that will be presented at our upcoming Service Above Self Dinner in February. Rotarians are encouraged to nominate individuals who best exemplify our motto of “service above self” in their daily lives as candidates for this award.  The selected individual will also be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow with a $1,000.00 donation to the Rotary Foundation being made by our Club in his or her name.  Please submit your nominations to Dave Johnson at before November 4, 2015
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf and Apple Picking
            The next opportunity to volunteer at the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf is Thursday, October 22nd.  Please contact Sharon Dettenrieder if you would like to volunteer for this shift or at future shifts. There will also be an opportunity for Rotarians to pick apples that will be donated to the Food Shelf.  The apple picking will take place at Chapin Orchards on Wednesday, October 21st immediately after our Rotary meeting.  We are also looking for banana boxes in which to store the apples for delivery to the Food Shelf the next day.  Please contact Phil Murdock with any questions about this event.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Our speaker will be Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor of the Vermont state college system.
For the complete list of upcoming speakers and information about the Club, please go to our website at   Be sure to also visit us on Facebook at
       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet