Meeting Recap

Greetings fellow Rotarians!  We started the meeting off by inducting our newest member.  Sharon Dettenrieder was sponsored by Bill Parmelee and comes to us having served as a Rotarian in Oneonta, New York.  Please take the time to welcome Sharon to our Club and to make her feel welcome.   Our speaker today was Jim Folger from the Burlington Free Press.   Jim shared that this newspaper has been in existence for 186 years and that it is in the process of revamping its format.   He indicated that great efforts have been made to connect readers through social media and the internet.  Jim also mentioned that the Free Press recently made a $2.4 million investment in printer upgrades, the result of which has been a sleek and updated look to the daily paper people receive.  Jim emphasized the future of print media will remain rosy so long as papers like the Burlington Free Press continue to adapt with the times and utilize the newest forms of technology.


Essex Rotary All-Star Hockey Classic

We are still looking for several volunteers for this event that will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Presently, we are woefully understaffed at the men’s game and we could really use a few more volunteers at the banquets as well.  This is a special event for a lot of high school seniors and has raised a decent amount of money for the Club in the past few years, so it is really important that we get these slots filled. Don’t forget that these shifts can be counted as make-ups, so this is a great way for people to boost their attendance numbers!  You can sign up at: ,  or you can contact Betty Poulin at


District Conference – Bermuda Cruise

This year’s District 7850 Conference will take place on a cruise to Bermuda!  The cruise ship will depart from Boston on May 24th and arrive in Bermuda on May 26th.  After three, fun-filled days in the land of stylish shorts and favorable tax laws, the ship will commence its journey back to Boston and arrive in the Hub on May 31st.  For more information about this trip, or to view a copy of the trip’s agenda, please visit the following link:


Essex Rotary Golf Tournament

Please save the date for the 2013 Essex Rotary Golf Tournament!  This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Links at Lang Farm Golf Course. For more information about this event, please contact Golf Committee Chair, Dave Johnson at


Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  March 20, 2013 –  Matthew Johnson and Donna Thomas will be speaking about the Haiti Project.


For the complete list of upcoming speakers and general information about the Club, please go to our website at   Be sure to also check out our Club’s Facebook page!

Yours in Rotary,

Jason Ruwet