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CSH Rotary Club
PO BOX 156
Shelburne, VT 05482
Welcome to our club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church
5171 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, VT 05482
United States of America
Our club is meeting via Zoom until further notice.
Featured Stories

Our speakers today are Susan Stock and Pam Brangan from the Shelburne Food Shelf.

Food insecurity and demand for the food shelf has soared during the pandemic, and more and more people continue to sign up. The community has really stepped up as well. Shelburne Farms, New Village Farms, Zen Center, home farmers have donated food. Fisher Brothers Farm donated ice cream and a freezer!! 
https://www.shelburnefoodshelf.org

 

Michael Monte is our speaker today. Michael is Champlain Housing Trust COO. He will be taking over as CEO when the current CEO retires. He has over 40 years community and economic development experience, and was the head of Burlington’s CEDO office for many years.

Our speaker today is Rayne Herzog. Rayne has been in the fitness industry for 35 years. He opened his first gym at the Jelly Mill in 1998. He is currently the general manager of the Shelburne Athletic Club. He is a certified personal trainer and instructor, and the owner of Race Vermont.

Membership Chair Ric inducted Laurie Burke as our newest member during this morning's Zoom meeting.

Laurie Burke is very happy to be joining our Club. Community service has always been very important to her. Her father was a Kiwanis member and he and his fellow Kiwanians built a rope tow for local kids, and that made an impression on her.

She works at the Stern Center writing and fundraising and is looking forward to helping our Club fundraise!

Laurie graduated with a BA from UVM and received her Master’s in teaching at Harvard. She lives in Shelburne with her husband and has two adult daughters. She feels she can offer Rotary a roll up the sleeves approach to work, writing for fundraising, and she finds our group to be a caring community of folks who have led really interesting lives. We are honored to have her as a member. 

 
This morning some of our Club members helped prepare and deliver 10 meals per child for families that receive meals at home during the Thanksgiving vacation. The Club continues to be instrumental in helping the food service teams of Charlotte Central School and the Shelburne Community School provide meals to their students during the pandemic.
Susan shows Jon and Charlie how to work in the kitchen.
CSH Rotarian and Shelburne Town Clerk Diana Vachon has two bags of winter clothing that were collected at the Shelburne Town office on Election Day. Next stop is the Wash Shed...
 
Charlie instructs Denis in the proper operation of a clothes dryer...
On Wednesday, November 11, the CSH Rotary Club received a supply of 4,000 medical face masks for distribution to local first responders and essential workers. So far the Club has delivered more than 2,000 masks to first responders and essential workers at Charlotte Fire and Rescue, Shelburne Fire and Rescue, Shelburne Police Department, Hinesburg Police Department, Hinesburg Fire and Emergency Response, and the Shelburne Food Shelf.
 
AEMT Cheri Schrader accepting the donation of face masks for Charlotte Rescue last week.  

We are continuing to distribute masks to schools and other the front line essential workers in the three towns served by our Club.

Here is how the face masks came to our Rotary Club...

Ted Rossi, a member of the East Hampton, CT Rotary Club and a director of the Rossi Family Foundation, is working to distribute 1 Million medical grade face masks to front line workers and first responders in New England.  Our Rotary District 7850 and District 7870 received 200,000 face masks from this program to distribute among 60 Rotary Clubs in VT and NH.   

We are pleased to help with this program and to support the people who keep us safe, answer 911 calls,  teach our children, prepare meals in the schools, and deliver food. Stay safe everyone!
 
Chris rang the bell and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Susan Grimes offered a tribute to our Veterans

Today we are here to honor those who have served our country and given their lives so that we may stand here and still live in freedom. We need to be constantly reminded of our gift of freedom and of those who gave all to make sure future generations continue to know life in a free, democratic society. 

Remembering those who have passed is only half of the task that is before us today. We must also carry their love, honor and duty forward to the future generations that will pass. Our children must now who they were, what they did and why they did it. To do anything less, will be a disservice to their sacrifice and their memories.

We remember today, Veterans Day, our veterans.

Wreath laying at the Shelburne Veterans Memorial: Sam Feitelberg, Paul Goodrich, Bud Ockert, Pete Gadhue, Jim Donaldson, and Colleen Haag.

Chris rang the bell and greeted everyone with his cheery self.

Susan shared some opening words:

A Prayer for Unity
In this century and in any century
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer, is that we learn to listen
May we listen to one another in hope and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May we listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe
And in this listening, which is boundless in its beauty 
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With a healing spirit and a divine spirit who beckons us into peace and community and creativity 
We do not ask for a perfect world, but we do ask for a better world
We ask for deep listening. 

 

Our next speaker today is Claudia Marshall. She is originally from the Detroit area, she’s worked as a morning DJ, as a news anchor and an award-winning writer. She moved to Charlotte in 2013. Claudia is the publisher of the Charlotte News. 

Rotary International District 7850

Including Areas of Southern Québec, 
Northern Vermont, and Northern New Hampshire

Jamie Milne, Rotary District 7850 Governor and a member of the St Johnsbury Rotary Club joined our Zoom meeting this morning.

Jamie Milne is one of two guests today. He is the District Governor for our Club. Rotary International’s theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities, which is also our District theme. In 2023-24, Jennifer Jones from Canada will be the Rotary International President, Jennifer will be the first woman president of Rotary International. Assistant Governor Susan Cherry will be our 2023-24 District Governor. 

Another Halloween Parade has come and gone, and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on for you. While our Rotarians got to have a great deal of fun, we would not have been able to make this annual tradition a reality without assistance from many others in our community: Town of Shelburne, Shelburne Highway and Parks and Recreation Departments, The Shelburne Police, Fire and Rescue, Kwiniaska Golf Course, Shelburne Market, Precourt Properties and all the groups, families, and businesses that brought vehicles, floats, and themselves.

Every year many of our local children find themselves without proper winter clothing to allow
them to stay warm enough to endure, let alone enjoy, a Vermont winter.
The Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary Club wants to change that.

From now through November 30, CSH Rotary is collecting new and like-new jackets, hats,
mittens, boots, and gloves in both adult and children’s sizes to distribute to the schools in
Charlotte, Shelburne, and Hinesburg.
 
School liaisons will provide the properly sized clothing to
children in need so they may warmly and safely enjoy a Vermont winter.
 
Please look in your hearts and your closets and consider donating what clothing or money you
may be able to for this effort.
 
To donate cash at the drop off locations, please make checks payable to “CSH Rotary Club.” This is greatly appreciated so that we can fill in gaps in the end.
 
Drop off locations include the Shelburne Town Offices, the Hinesburg and Charlotte Libraries,
Adirondack Audiology (Marsett Road and Route 7), and the Law Office of Richard J. Fox PLLC
(181 Falls Road in Shelburne).
For additional information, please contact charlotteshelburnerotary@gmail.com
 
 
Several Rotarians have been helping the kitchen staff at the Charlotte Central and Shelburne Community schools. They're developing a variety of kitchen skills to add to their resumes! Other Rotarians are helping with meal distribution. It's a wonderful program to help keep students and teachers healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic...another example of fulfilling Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self".
 
 
Deirdre Holmes, project coordinator, posted this note of gratitude on Front Porch Forum: "As the gardening season comes to an end, I'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who responded to my late spring request for help in the food garden at CCS. Throughout a very dry summer, generous community members each took on a week to water, weed and harvest. Starting in May, the garden has been able to make weekly donations of fresh organic produce to the Charlotte Food Shelf and/or the school meals program. Great thanks to Cecelia Wu, Jeanne Blackmore, Julia Parker-Dickerson, MaryEllen Hebert, Karen Tuning, Deborah Dodd Squires, Alice Trageser, Abby Foulk and members of the Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg Rotary Club. I could never have done it without your kind help."  Well done to ALL.
 
Members of the CSH Rotary Club lending a hand at the Charlotte Central School garden. Chris Davis, Susan Grimes, Carrie Fenn, Linda Gilbert, and Susanne Davis have been weeding, watering, and picking vegetables all month long in the community garden behind the school. The very fresh produce is given to the summer school meals program and to the Charlotte Food Shelf.

Our speaker today is Cindy Bruzzese. Cindy is the executive director at the Vermont Ethics Network. She is a native Vermonter and has worked at the VEN since 2008. She works as a medical ethicist at UVM in addition to a myriad of other roles. 

 
On the foggy morning of Saturday, September 12, several masked Rotarians helped out at Race Vermont's 5K -10K- Half Marathon. We parked cars, helped racers line up in small groups 6 ft apart, started them at 10 second intervals, and helped hand out water and medals after they finished.  In this photo left to right are Club President Chris Davis, Club President Elect Susan Grimes, Nancy Danforth,  Jon Lowell, France Leblanc and Charlie Kofman. Also helping were Past President Keith Walsh, prospective member Laurie Burke, and Nancy’s wife Beth.  A great time was had and the sun came out after burning off the morning fog.
 
 
Traffic Director France guides cars into the parking area at Shelburne Orchards.
On Sunday, September 6, some of the CSH Rotarians joined for a social distancing walk and a history lesson about Meach Cove Farms. President Chris Davis shared the amazing history of the Farms, the families and the beauty of this magnificent property. Just so lucky, it was a picture perfect day and enjoyed by all.
 
Rotary members have been making a difference at a time when communities need our help more than ever. We know that donors like you are people of action, and your support is changing lives where it’s needed most.

Together, we’ve funded thousands of projects around the world. We’ve provided resources for local COVID-19 health and recovery efforts in addition to other initiatives to prevent disease, and of course, our continued fight to end polio. Together, we’ve empowered others by funding sustainable solutions in communities that need clean water, hope for peace, basic education, quality care for mothers and children, or economic opportunity. No matter how large a problem may seem, thanks to you, we can work toward solutions and opportunities for people around the world.  

Last Rotary year, we raised more than $408 million for The Rotary Foundation! What we accomplish next will be possible because of your generous support.
Rotarians enjoyed an outdoor lunch at Philo Ridge Farm and discussed the Charlotte Central School garden project. CSH Rotary partnered with the Charlotte and Shelburne schools to deliver nutritious meals to students over the summer. As part of the program, Charlotte School volunteers planted a big garden, and Rotarians helped water, weed and pick vegetables.
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Heather Moore
Jan 20, 2021
Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe
Jan 27, 2021
The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation
Club Assembly
Feb 10, 2021
Activities Update and Planning
Upcoming Events
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