November 2, 2016

Meeting Recap
            Greetings Rotarians!  We started today’s meeting by inducting Kevin Decausemacker as our newest member. If you haven’t done so already, please introduce yourself to Kevin and make him feel welcome.   We then heard from Liam Kenney, a junior at Essex High School who spoke to us about his experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). He discussed how the experience gave him new perspective on leadership and the different ways of becoming a more effective leader.  Amy Jackman presented a RYLA certificate to Liam at the end of his talk.  Our speaker today was Tom Leavitt, President of Northfield Savings Bank. Tom discussed how the banking industry is changing and how his bank has remained a community bank with Vermont roots. Northfield Savings Bank is looking to add one more facility in Chittenden County which will give it a total of 14 locations in Vermont.
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.  The 2017-2018 spots for President Elect and Treasurer are currently open, so members are encouraged to run for either of those offices. Members who are elected will begin their terms on July 1, 2017. 
Senior Holiday Luncheon
            The annual Senior Holiday Luncheon 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, but you can also sign up online at:
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 9, 2016 – In addition to being the post-election hangover meeting, Peter Lyon and Michelle LeBlanc will be on hand to conduct a graduation ceremony honoring the most recent candidate from the Vermont Paws service dog program.
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