Speaker Date Topic
LUNCH: Svc. Above Self 1st Responder Recognition Mar 06, 2024 12:10 PM
MEETING @ Holy Family: Service Above Self: Part #2: Area First Responders Are Recognized


LUNCH: TBD Mar 20, 2024 12:10 PM


LUNCH: Ellen Yount, VP & P. Area Lead @ MSI Apr 03, 2024 12:10 PM
Update on Ukraine with Focus on Reconstruction and Recovery

Ellen Yount will join us to provide insight into the latest issues associated with the reconstruction and recovery efforts associated with Ukraine.  Given her extensive international work experience (see below), Ms. Yount is uniquely qualified and informed to help us make sense of this complicated and fraught situation. 



Ellen Yount has served in a variety of senior leadership positions at MSI for more than a decade. She is currently based in Warsaw, Poland, focused on Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery efforts and regional donor-funded activities.

During her 25+ year career in international development, she has focused on governance, strategic communications, capacity building and gender. She has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the developing world, living in former Yugoslavia for nearly six years. She served as the country director for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Serbia and Croatia during a historic period that ushered in democratic changes. Ellen returned to the U.S. to work as USAID’s chief spokesperson and director of media relations and subsequently as the Agency’s press director in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the intervention in Afghanistan and the Iraq war. For 13 years, she served as a senior advisor to the Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau at USAID.

Previously, Ellen served as former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s Press Secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives and later as his director of communications in Harrisburg. She is a Board member of the Vermont Council of World Affairs; a global Ambassador for RefuSHE; a member of the Board of Trustees at Allegheny College; and the President and Founder of the One Connected Village Foundation, which invests in girls’ and women’s programs in East Africa and Vermont. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

LUNCH: Committee Readouts / Fund Raising Update Apr 17, 2024 12:10 PM
Review of Past Work and Future Plans of Essex Rotary Committees


LUNCH: TBD May 01, 2024 12:10 PM


Liam Redmond, DESI - Student Entrepreneur May 08, 2024
(TENTATIVE) Insight into Creation of DESI, College Student Transportation Ride Share System

Liam will be return to Essex in early May.  No date has been confirmed yet - efforts will be made to book Liam for May/June 2024 or August 2024.  

Liam Redmond is a student at the University of Notre Dame after graduating from Essex High School a short 3 years ago.  He is the founder of venture capital funded DESI, an online business that connects college students seeking to travel across the nation with other students going in the same direction. 

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Social Gathering @ Black Flannel - Golf Kick-Off May 15, 2024 12:10 PM
Annual Golf Tournament "Motivational" Kick-Off along with Social Gathering

In addition to our regular quarterly social gathering, Chris Kasper (Chair) and his Golf Tournament Committee will "charge up" the Club to get ready for the June 12th Golf Tournament scheduled to kick-off at the Links at Lang Farm.  This Golf Tournament hosts 130 golfers who help us raise over $25,000 - making this one day event our largest fund raiser.  We are sure that Dave Johnson, the Golf Chair Emeriti will have a hand in this motivational moment!!  

LUNCH: Annual Essex Rotary Scholarship Awards Jun 05, 2024 12:10 PM
Students from Essex HS, Mt. Mansfield HS, and Essex Center for Technology Are Awarded


Annual Essex Rotary Golf Tournament Jun 12, 2024 12:10 PM
Major Essex Rotary Fund Raiser

Annually Essex Rotary raises about 50,000 through three major fund raisers: 

Change Over Gathering - Location TBD Jun 19, 2024 12:10 PM
Rotary Leadership Changes at the End of the Year