JANUARY 14, 2015
Meeting Recap
       Greetings Rotarians!  We kicked off today’s meeting by honoring the latest recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Thanks to her generous donation of $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation, Kristin Winter attained the status of Paul Harris Fellow.  The selfless financial contributions of people like Kristin help provide the resources Rotary International needs to finance its many philanthropic endeavors.  Thank you to Kristin for your support!  Our speaker today was Pam Hemingway, the Coordinator of the Career Development program at Essex High School. The purpose of this program is to assist student in finding mentored internships and develop skills that will help them make informed career choices in the future.  For the second consecutive year, Pam has offered an internship course to Essex High School students.  The course is designed to prepare students for internship opportunities in the business community.  The course educates students about work ethics, communication skills, résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills.  Pam also works with the students as a career curriculum coach.  One of her duties as a “coach” is to evaluate the social media habits of her students and inform them whether the content on their forums will help or hinder their abilities to secure employment.  Please visit for more information about this program. 
Service Above Self Dinner
            Our annual Service Above Self Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11th at The Essex. We will once again honor selected public safety officials who have gone above and beyond the call of duty this past year as well as this year’s recipient of the “Service Above Self Award”.  A sign-up sheet is currently being circulated at the meetings.  More details concerning the exact time of the event will be provided soon.      
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
            In the spirit of Rotary, Essex CHIPS is once again hosting its annual “Day of Service” in recognition of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  Volunteer opportunities between one and four hours in length are available throughout the community that day.  Such opportunities include, staffing the Heavenly Pantry food shelf; preparation and clean-up for a community brunch; and Valentines for Vets at the Essex Teen Center.  For more information about this Day of Service and how you can get involved, please visit
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Our speaker will be announced.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet