Weekly Club Newsletter 2017 10 04

ROTARY CLUB OF ESSEX
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

October 4, 2017

Meeting Recap
 
            Greetings fellow Rotarians! Today we heard from fellow Rotarian, Max Levy about his recent experiences as a Red Cross volunteer in Houston, Texas.  In 2005, Max’s extended family was affected by Hurricane Irene.  Based on this very personal experience, Max realized that he wanted to do more to help those whose lives were impacted by disasters.  After extensive training, Max became an official emergency response volunteer for the Red Cross.  When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, Max was one of the first to volunteer to go down there to help.  While there, Max delivered meals and vital supplies to those who had lost everything due to flooding.  In spite of the oppressive heat and humidity, Max and his fellow volunteers worked diligently to make sure people were getting the assistance we needed.  We also heard briefly from Kevin Mazuzan, Executive Director of the regional Red Cross.  Kevin explained that 96% of the people who provide assistance through the Red Cross are volunteers like Max.  He mentioned that they are always looking for volunteers as well as financial support. Thank you to Max and his fellow Red Cross volunteers for perfectly exemplifying the motto of Service Above Self!  For more information about the Red Cross, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont
 
New President Elect
 
            It is our pleasure to announce that Dave Barra has agreed to become our new President Elect!  Dave will begin his term as Club President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year on July 1, 2018.  Thank you, Dave for agreeing to serve!
 
Corn Booth Report
 
            We are pleased to report that our Club realized a net profit of over $5,100.00 this year!  This represents an increase of 4% over last year’s figures.  Thank you again to all who volunteered and a special thank you to Ray Allaire and Mike Dimitroff for your efforts in spearheading this event!
 
Banana boxes needed
 
            Phil Murdock is looking for donations of banana boxes that will be used to cart apples to the local food shelves.  Please contact Phil or Sharon Dettenrieder if you have any boxes that you are able to secure and donate. 
 
Service Above Self Nominations
 
            We are still looking for nominations for the annual Service Above Self Award recipient. Each year, our Club recognizes an individual in our community who best exemplifies the spirit of our motto of service above self.  To date, Dave Johnson has only received one nomination, so we are hoping to get more.  Please submit your nominations along with a detailed description of why you feel your nominee is deserving to Dave Johnson at mdkiln@gmail.com
 
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
 
            The next opportunity to volunteer at the food shelf will be on October 26th. Please let Sharon Dettenrieder know if you are able to volunteer for this shift.
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  October 11, 2017 – Our speaker and program is not yet determined.
 
For the complete list of upcoming speakers and information about the Club, please go to our website at www.essexrotary.org   Be sure to also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EssexVermontRotary , on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/essexvermontrotary/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/essex_rotary
 
 
       Yours in Rotary,
 
Jason Ruwet