May 18, 2016

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians!  Today we held our annual scholarship luncheon where we granted scholarships of $1,000.00 to each of six area high school students who have demonstrated their commitment to service above self throughout their high school careers.  The recipients from Essex High School were Nipunike Coe and Jacob Bleau. The Center for Technology recipients were Christina Bhandari and Nick Jewett.  Scholarships were also awarded to Brooks Moreau and Lydia Stricker from Mount Mansfield Union High School. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the Carolyn Barra Memorial Scholarship to Ethan Benton.  This $3,000.00 scholarship is annually awarded to a student who excels academically and has demonstrated a commitment to both service and the performing arts.  Congratulations to all of today’s scholarship recipients for their well-deserved awards!  A special thank you goes out to Dave Barra and his Scholarship Committee for putting this event together and for coordinating the scholarship awards with the students and their respective schools.
2016 Essex Rotary Golf Tournament
            We are still in dire need of more hole and cart sponsors! Please inform the golf committee if you happen to know of any other businesses in the area that are not on the current list of sponsors to contact. Brochures to hand to potential sponsors are available at the meetings.  A sign-up sheet is also being passed around for volunteers at this event. If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to sign up for a shift. 
Memorial Service for Marjorie Faunce
            As many of you have already heard, Marjorie Faunce, the wife of long time Essex Rotarian Norm Faunce recently passed away.  A memorial service for Majorie will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 21st at the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Essex.
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
            We are always looking for Rotarians who are willing to volunteer for shifts at the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf in Essex Junction.  The next volunteering opportunities will be on May 26th, June 23rd and July 28th.  Please let Sharon Dettenrieder know if you are interested in signing up for any of these shifts.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  May 25, 2016 – We will be holding our monthly charitable committee meetings.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet