August 2, 2017

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians!  Our speaker today was Danielle Williams from the Northwest Vermont United Way. Danielle spoke at length about the volunteering opportunities that are available through the United Way’s Foster Grandparent and RSVP programs.  The Foster Grandparent program gives volunteers the opportunity to work in early education settings with children who might have exceptional needs or economic disadvantages. Teachers identify between one and four children in each of their classrooms who they believe would benefit from having a one-on-one volunteer working with them.  RSVP Volunteers are connected with non-profit agencies that address specific community needs in education, income and health.  Duties of RSVP Volunteers include providing support for Meals on Wheels; transporting older adults with disabilities to and from appointments; and working in schools with children. Volunteers choose where, when, and how often they want to volunteer. Danielle pointed out that there is a significant need for United Way volunteers in our area and she encouraged all of us to consider helping out.   If you are interested in volunteering for the United Way, please e-mail Danielle at or call her at 861-7821.
Essex Rotary Corn Booth
            Thank you to the Rotarians who have already filled slots at this year’s event.  The slots are filling up nicely, however, we appear to be particularly light on the morning, afternoon and clean-up shifts on Sunday, September 3rd. We ask that every Rotarian be responsible for filling two spots. Rotarians are encouraged to fill spots with friends and family members.  You may either sign up at meetings or at the website by clicking on the following link:
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity
            Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help on its Burlington site.  They would like to fill the following slots as soon as possible: 8 on August 5th; 8 on each day of August 16th, August 18th and August 19th.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on their website at: 
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
            The next opportunities to volunteer at the food shelf will be on August 24th.  Please let Sharon Dettenrieder know if you are able to volunteer for any of those shifts.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  August 9, 2017 – President Trish Porter will be talking about her agenda for the upcoming Rotary year.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet