April 5, 2017

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians!  We kicked things off today with a surprise presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship.  In recognition of his years of service to our community, fellow Rotarian Mark Mendes was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship that was sponsored by a number of anonymous individuals. Congratulations to Mark on an honor well-deserved!  Today’s meeting marked the formal kick-off of the push for the Essex Rotary Golf Tournament. The ceremonies began with a figurative passing of the torch from the hockey committee to the golf committee as Damon Clark used a hockey stick to pass a golf ball to Dave Johnson.  In the midst of his many golf jokes (a couple of which were actually funny), Dave pointed out that the key to the success of this event is for all of our members to solicit as many hole and cart sponsors as we can.  As illustrated by his request for Rotarians to each put $1.00 in a hat, the act of simply asking will often times lead to positive results. This is our Club’s largest fundraiser and we are able to support a number of very worthwhile charitable endeavors from the money we raise from this event. For that reason, we really do need the support of every Rotarian in making sure this event continues to be a huge success. The meeting concluded with the annual putting contest which was won by Kristin Fitzgerald.  Kristin’s skills on the green earned her a freshly baked apple pie from The Essex!
Area Rotary Events
            The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club will be hosting a Calcutta on Friday, April 7th at The Essex and the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club will be hosting its own Calcutta on Friday, May 12th at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.  Please visit the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club website at:  for more information about their event and the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club website for information about their event.
Essex High School Community Service Dinner
            Our Club will once again help put on the Essex High School Community Service Dinner on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  This event will recognize several Essex High School seniors for their service to the community. Thank you to the 12 Rotarians who have volunteered to help at this event and thank you to Amy Jackman for spearheading our Club’s involvement with it.
Heavenly Food Pantry Shifts
            Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer at the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf on April 27th. The next opportunities to volunteer will be May 25th and June 22nd.  Please contact Sharon Dettenrieder if you would like to sign up for shifts.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  April 12, 2017 – Our speakers will be Lindsay Going-Swaim and Sue Minter who will be discussing “Partners in Adventure”.  For more information about this organization, please visit its website at:
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet