Meeting Recap

Greetings fellow Rotarians!  Our speaker today was Ed Fitzgerald, Director of Marketing and Sales for Vermont Rail System.   This entity, otherwise known as VRS, is comprised of five (5) regional railroads that have been consolidated into one rail system.  This short line system currently provides passenger and freight services throughout all of Vermont and parts of New York and New Hampshire.  In recognition of its success, VRS was named the 2012 short line rail system of the year by Rail Age magazine.  Mr. Fitzgerald explained the importance of short line rail systems to our economy and he discussed how they provide more economical and energy efficient means of transporting freight across the region than trucking or other types of transportation.  For more information about VRS, please visit its website at:

Golf Tournament


The golf tournament is now less than a month away!  Heather Lemon reported that the push for more sponsors has been successful as the committee received several new sponsorship checks in the past week.  It’s not too late, however, to secure even more sponsors.  If you haven’t done so already, please contact the sponsor that was assigned to you or any other businesses that might have an interest in sponsorship. As we have mentioned before, this is our biggest fundraiser, so every sponsorship dollar helps!  

District Changeover

The District 7850 Changeover event is scheduled for Thursday evening on June 6th at the Shelburne Coach Barn in Shelburne, Vermont.  The incoming District Governor and the new board will be introduced at this event. This will also serve as an opportunity to say thanks to outgoing District Governor, Sonny Holt for all of his hard work during the 2012-2013 Rotary year.   If you are interested in attending, please visit the following link for details:

Essex Rotary Changeover Dinner


This year’s changeover dinner will coincide with our Club’s Family Day.  This event will be held at Chapin Orchards on Saturday, June 29th starting at 4:00pm.  You are encouraged to bring your family members to not only enjoy an evening at the orchard, but to witness the changeover and participate in the annual auction.  More details about this event will follow in upcoming weeks. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  May 22, 2013 – We will be holding our annual scholarship luncheon in honor of this year’s recipients of Essex Rotary Scholarships and the Carolyn Barra Scholarship.

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