Posted by Carrie Fenn on Jan 06, 2021
Snowy Owl overlooking Shelburne (photo courtesy of Susan Grimes)

January 6, 2021

Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary meeting via Zoom

Chris Davis. John Dupee, Carrie Fenn, Susan Grimes, Linda Gilbert, John Hammer, Nancy Danforth, Linda Barker, Bill Deming, Denis Barton, Adam Bartsch, Rosalyn Graham, Ric Flood, John Pane, Jonathan Lowell, Jessica Brumsted, Joan Lenes, Laurie Burke, Fritz Horton, Diana Vichon

Guests: Lydia Hill, Lisa McCullough

Good morning and welcome to our first meeting of 2021!

Chris rang the bell at 7:33.

Nancy has our opening words:

“The Year in 1910”

What can be said in New Year’s rhymes 

That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,

We know the dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light

We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,

We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love. We woo. We wed, 

We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,

And that’s the burden of a year. 


Ric Flood reported fundraising letter has brought in $7795, and the car raffle plea has generated  $9320. Great effort!

School food programs still need help- get in touch with Carrie at for information.

We’ve been steadily distributed winter clothing in CVSD, the Sustainability Academy in Burlington and some adult homeless shelters. We still have some things to give out and we hope to get everything distributed by the end of the week.

Linda Gilbert has put together a list of service projects but she is looking for more ideas. Chris suggested a drive through pies for breakfast, Linda G. thought a banner in Shelburne would be a nice idea, thanking people for their donations to Rotary. 

Ric Flood is coordinating raffle prizes for a Calcutta so if people have any ideas for raffle items let him know.

The Vermont Legislature starts today. The sessions will still be on Zoom, and the public is encouraged to join in and watch the sessions. Jessica walked us through the vaccination schedule and the challenges the state is facing getting the first round of recipients vaccinated with both shots, due to vaccines not being delivered at the federal level. Broadband and childcare are big things on the legislative agenda this session, because of the pandemic. 

To see the legislative hearings go to 

Chris watched Bill Gates on Anderson Cooper’s show and was happy to hear that Rotary International is a big part of the vaccination effort across the world, given RI’s success with polio. 

Fritz reported on the success of the Shelburne bell.

Margaret Woodruff has been proposed for membership, and that proposal has been met with unanimous approval. Welcome Margaret! Chris will provide membership packets to Laurie and Margaret. 

We’re at the 6 month mark in Chris’ term as president. How would you change how we are doing things? Please share your thoughts with any of the Club’s officers for how you would make adjustments.  Chris’ email updates are really helpful and hopefully keep those who don’t come to meetings up to date on what we’re doing. 

Susan Grimes has closing words for us today

From JFK

Life is never easy

There is work to be done and obligations to be met-

Obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty. 

Happy New Year everyone!

Respectfully submitted,

Carrie Fenn