December 13, 2017

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians! We kicked off the last meeting of 2017 with the election of the Board of Directors and officers for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  Stay tuned for a formal announcement on which Rotarians emerged as the
victims . . . I mean . . . the victors of the election!  In what has become a very welcome annual tradition, we concluded the calendar year with a performance by the Essex High School Chamber Choir.  These talented young adults had the audience mesmerized by their hauntingly beautiful renditions of both holiday classics and non-holiday pieces. All told, it was an amazing way to head into the holiday season and the new year.
Essex Rotary Hockey Classic
            Preparations are about to commence for the Rotary All-Star Hockey Classic.  Each March, our Club organizes and runs this event that recognizes the top senior men and women high school hockey players in Vermont. The event itself is made up of both a men’s and women’s game that each feature the selected all-star players.  This is not only a great opportunity for these young men and women to play one last high school game, but it is our Club’s second largest fundraiser. Presently, the Hockey Committee is looking for more members to help put this event together.  If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact Committee Chair, Jeff Cabanaw at
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
            Thank you to all who have volunteered to cover shifts at the Food Shelf throughout this past year.  We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the Food Shelf by providing volunteers again in 2018.  Sharon Dettenrieder will soon be making an announcement about January and February volunteer dates.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  That’s it for 2017! Our next meeting will be on January 3, 2018. 
Have a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy new year!   We’ll see you in 2018!  
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet