Speaker Date Topic
Jessica Green, No. Program Coord, Girls on the Run Jul 24, 2019
Update on Girls on the Run - Program Funded by Youth Committee

The Youth Committee has provided support to Girls on the Run.  Jessica Green will join us to give Essex Rotary an update on the program and its impact in Essex. 

Below are excerpts from the Girls on the Run Website. 

Girls on the Run Vermont is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. When Girls on the Run Vermont was started in 1999 by Nancy Heydinger, it was with only 15 girls in Windham County. Now, we serve an annual 2,700 participants at more than 170 sites throughout the state of Vermont.

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams throughvour research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls' confidence drops about twice as much as boys'. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls' perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.

It doesn't have to be this way.

We believe that EVERY GIRL is inherently FULL OF POWER and POTENTIAL. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.


Committee Chairs, Reports on Plans & Spending Jul 31, 2019
Committee Chairs Will Summarize Commitments and Spending Budgets

To keep positive communication between Committee Chairs and membership, the Board has asked Committee Chairs to provide updates on spending, prospective projects and thoughts for 2019-2020. 

This meeting will be a lunch meeting.  Essex Rotary will experiment with an evening meeting some time later in 2019.  

Miss Vermont - Jillian Fisher Aug 07, 2019

Miss Vermont 2019 is Jillian Fisher of Burlington. Jillian is a rising senior at the University of Vermont, working towards a degree in Animal Science. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and open a mixed animal practice in Vermont.

Jillian will compete for the title of Miss America 2020.  Here is a story from the Stowe Reporter about Jillian and her plans for 2019. 

Eliza Kuchuk, Dir. Youth Engagement, Essex CHIPS Aug 14, 2019
Expansion of Essex CHIPS Mentoring Program to all EWSD Schools in 4 - 8 Grades
One of Essex Rotary's newest members, Eliza Kuchuk, is leading the Essex CHIPS initiative to expand the mentoring program.  She will describe the expansion and provide members another way to pursue our goal of Service Above Self. 
How do you make a difference? Open the doors for tomorrow's leaders by becoming a mentor today. FriendCHIPS Youth Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program that empowers students at Essex Westford School District to make healthy life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.

After successfully mentoring at Founders Memorial School and Essex Middle School for 8 years, FriendCHIPS is excited to announce that we will be expanding to all EWSD schools in 4th-8th grade. In order to succeed in this mission, we are in need of even more mentors. Mentoring is a unique opportunity as not only does it create change in youth by increasing self-esteem, resiliency, and school engagement, but it also makes a difference in the mentor's life. Be a mentor and change two lives today.
Joining us will be current mentors to share their experiences and heartwarming stories.
TBD Aug 21, 2019
No Meeting - Essex Rotary Corn Booth at CV Fair Aug 28, 2019
Sell a Lot of Corn at the Fair!!

Selling Corn at the Fair is one of the three important fund raisers of Essex Rotary. 

TBD Aug 28, 2019
TBD Sep 04, 2019
Dr. Carmelle Terbough Sep 11, 2019
Essex Lions Club and GIS & Sustainable Business

Dr. Carmelle Terbough is the 2019 President of Essex Lions Club.  She will give Essex Rotary members a summary of the work of Essex Lions.  You can follow the Essex Junction Lions Club here on Facebook

Part of the motivation for connecting with Carmelle and the Essex Junction Lions comes from our new District Governor.  In his introductory statement, he challenged Rotary Clubs to seek collaboration with others in our community who place service above self.  

Carmelle is also a geographer who works out of her home for ESRI, the company that leads the world in the use of GIS in mapping and digital platforms.  

TBD Sep 18, 2019
District Governor Richard Fox Sep 25, 2019
District Vision and Plans for 2019-20

District Governor, Richard Fox, will join Essex Rotary for lunch and discussion of the District and our focus for 2019-2020. 

TBD Oct 02, 2019
TBD Oct 09, 2019
TBD Oct 16, 2019
TBD Oct 23, 2019
Evening Meeting - Location TBD Oct 30, 2019

Essex Rotary is exploring a new meeting format - holding an evening meeting at a local venue.  The venue, location, and meeting times will be posted here when determined.  This change is designed to provide variety - and perhaps a way to give members the opportunity to socialize in a new way.  The Club hopes those who may have difficulty attending a noon lunch will find this option workable.  

TBD Nov 06, 2019
Michae McGovern, Chair of International PolioPlus Nov 13, 2019
Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus Initiative

Essex Rotary is honored to host Michael McGovern, the Chair of International PolioPlus Committee at Rotary International.  Michael resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  His impressive bio can be found here.   Dave Johnson, the Chair of Essex Rotary's Rotary Foundation efforts, hopes Michael's appearance and insights will inspire Essex Rotary to share talent, treasure and time with Rotary's international programs.  

TBD Nov 20, 2019
No Meeting - Thanksgiving Nov 27, 2019
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends
Senior Holiday Lunch Dec 04, 2019
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.

TBD Dec 04, 2019
TBD Dec 11, 2019
TBD Dec 18, 2019
No Meeting - Holiday Dec 25, 2019
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends
No Meeting - Holiday Jan 01, 2020
Essex Rotary Members Spend Time with Family and Friends