October 26, 2016

Meeting Recap
            Greetings Rotarians!  We started things off with summaries from all of the charitable committees on their year-to-date activities. The literacy committee is looking into various local, national and international literacy projects and is in the process of narrowing down which ones it would like to support. The international committee has applied for a $1,000.00 matching grant from the District to support Sharon Dettenreider’s upcoming humanitarian trip to Jamaica. The local committee has donated $100.00 to the Essex Historical Society and $500.00 to each of the three food shelves in our community.  The national committee has earmarked $2,500.00 to assist Blue Star Mothers in training therapy dogs.  The youth committee reported that they have donated $350.00 to Essex CHIPS for their healthy snack program and $250.00 to the Green Mountain Girl Scout council.  We concluded the meeting with a presentation on the Essex Rotary Survey results.  Please visit the following link if you are interested in reading the survey summary that was presented at the meeting: 
Annual Meeting
            Our Club’s Annual Meeting will be held on December 14th. At that time we will be holding our annual election for board of director positions.  Any and all members are encouraged to run!
Apple Picking for the Food Shelf
            Thank you to all of the Rotarians who braved the cold to pick apples for the food shelf this afternoon. A special thank you goes out to Phil Murdock for putting this together and for graciously allowing our members to pick apples at Chapin Orchard.
Senior Holiday Luncheon
            The annual Senior Holiday Luncheon that is scheduled for December 7th.  We are looking for items to be donated for the goodie bags that we will be delivering to the seniors at this event. Please contact Trish Porter if you are interested in assisting with this project or if you have any goodie bag items you are able to donate. 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
            Our Club has committed to fill bell ringing slots for the Salvation Army on Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th. A sign- up sheet will be available at future meetings.            
Heavenly Food Pantry Shifts
            The next opportunities to volunteer at the Heavenly Food Pantry will be on Thursday, November 17th and on Thursday, December 15th.  Please contact Sharon Dettenrieder if you would like to sign up for shifts.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  November 2, 2016 – Our speaker will be Tom Leavitt, President of Northfield Savings Bank. He will be discussing his bank’s agenda for the Essex area.
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