November 15, 2017

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians! We kicked things off by inducting our 63rd member, David Voegele into the Club.  David has taken over as the new Executive Director at Essex CHIPS.  If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to introduce yourselves to David and to make him feel welcome. We then proceeded to recognize fellow Rotarian Kristin Winer for attaining Paul Harris Plus 2 status! Kristin achieved this distinction by donating $3,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation during her time as a Rotarian.  Thanks to the generous support of people like Kristin, the Rotary Foundation continues to finance Rotary’s good work across the globe.  The Paul Harris presentation was a perfect segue into our speakers’ presentation as their project serves as a perfect example of how money from the Foundation can help finance great things.  For the past 14 years, the Shelburne-Charlotte Rotary Club has operated the Hands to Honduras Tela program. Each year, members of this Club and several other volunteers travel to Tela, Honduras to provide much-needed aid and assistance to that impoverished part of the world. Their contributions have included the construction of a neonatal care center for new mothers, latrine systems and the refurbishment of school classrooms.  Thanks to the support of the Rotary Foundation, these Rotarians are able to continue this good work each year.  For more information about their projects, please visit:
Holiday Senior Luncehon
On December 6th, our Club will join forces with the Knights of Columbus to put on a holiday lunch at the Champlain Valley Exposition for over 200 senior citizens in the area.  Right now, we are looking for businesses and individuals to donate small items to be used in the goodie bags that we distribute to the seniors at this event. Examples of items include, but are not limited to, pens, note pads, refrigerator magnets, candy, etc . . . Please contact Lois Parmelee at for more information about this event.
Salvation Army Bell-Ringing
            Our Club has volunteered to cover Salvation Army bell-ringing shifts in front of the Essex Discount Beverage and the Price Chopper in Essex Center on December 8th and 9th.  A sign-up sheet is currently being circulated at our meetings and can now be found online.  Please sign up for a two-hour shift when you get a chance.
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
            The next opportunities to volunteer at the food shelf will be on Monday, December 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 and Thursday December 20th from 3:00 to 6:00. Please let Sharon Dettenrieder know if you are able to volunteer for either of these shifts.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  November 12, 2017 –  No meeting.  Our next meeting will be on November 29th.
Have a safe, and happy Thanksgiving!
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet