Speaker Date Topic
Julia Phelps, Trustee of Rotary Foundation Nov 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Understanding the Impact of the Rotary Foundation
Understanding the Impact of the Rotary Foundation

The Essex Rotary Club's Foundation Chair, Dave Johnson, has outdone himself.  This year he has invited Julia Phelps to offer insights into the Foundation from the vantage point of a long-time Rotary member and now Trustee of the Rotary International Foundation.  

Biography - Julia D. Phelps, Ed.D.

Trustee, The Rotary Foundation

2017 - 2020

Julia joined the Rotary Club of Amesbury, MA in 1997 and served as president of the club in 2001-02.  She was very active in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program and hosted several Ambassadorial Scholars.  After serving as president, she was asked to train incoming presidents at NE Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS).  Julia served as a host counselor for a Youth Exchange.

She has served in several positions at the district level.  She worked on RYLA, served as Inbound Chair for Ambassadorial Scholars and was District Governor of District 7930 in 2007-2008.  She was the District’s Annual Giving Chair and the Chair for NE PETS.  Julia became District 7930’s Foundation Chair in July 2009 and led the district through the Future Vision Pilot.  She shared Future Vision insights at the New Orleans, Louisiana and Lisbon, Portugal International Conventions.

Julia has served as a Presidents Representative and the Rotary Foundation Alumni Chair (RFAC) for Zone 32.  Julia prepared governors-elect on the Foundation’s new grant model at the International Assembly in 2012 and 2013.  She served as International Director from 2014 – 2016 and in 2016 - 2017 was a member of the Operations Review Committee.  In 2017, Julia was appointed as a Trustee of our Rotary Foundation and is currently serving on the Foundation’s Stewardship Committee and Executive Committee. She’s also a member of RI’s Membership Committee and the Trustee Liaison to the Leadership Development and Training Committee.

Julia is the recipient of the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.  Steve McKenzie, her husband, and Julia are Majors Donors and charter members of the Bequest Society.  She is also a Paul Harris Society member. 

She’s retired from the Massachusetts Department of Education where she served as the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction.  She and Steve, live in Greenland, New Hampshire, USA.  Steve is the proud father of two children, Melissa and Stephen.  Steve and Julia are also the grandparents to Peyton, Zeth, River, Finn and Nate.  All of their family members are Paul Harris Fellows.



No Meeting - Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 21, 2018
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends
Monthly Essex Rotary Committee Meetings Nov 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Monthly Committee Meetings Where Members Review Program Options and Funding Requests

Standing Committees of Rotary Club of Essex

Literacy Committee 

Local Committee  

International Committee 

National Projects Committee 

Scholarship Committee 

Youth Services Committee   

Public Relations Committee  

Senior Holiday Lunch Dec 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Serve Lunch to 200 Seniors at CVE with Knights of Columbus

For over 25 years, Essex Rotary has collaborated with the Knights of Columbus to host a holiday meal for over 200 senior citizens at the Champlain Valley Exposition.  Club members serve lunch and create gift bags for attendees.

Essex High School Chamber Choir Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Holiday Concert Presented by EHS Chamber Choir & Essex Rotary Annual Meeting

Essex High School Choral Director will lead the EHS Chamber Choir in the annual holiday concert.  A picture of the EHS Chamber Choir can be found here.

Essex Rotary Annual Meeting Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Election of Officers
Mark Redmond, Spectrum Ex. Dir. & Story Teller Dec 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Insights about Spectrum & Related Stories

Mark Redmond works with homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults and has been doing so since 1981.  Presently executive director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services in Burlington.  He lives in nearby Essex with his wife Marybeth and son Liam.  He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications, and is a frequent story teller at The Moth.  His book, “The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Love and Compassion,” was published by Paulist Press, and his podcast, “So Shines a Good Deed,” was launched in January 2016.

No Meeting - Holiday Dec 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends
No Meeting - Holiday Jan 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends