Posted by Nancy Danforth on Jul 14, 2021
Elizabeth Bluemle was our guest speaker this morning. Owner of The Flying Pig Bookstore, Elizabeth talked about the evolution of her bookstore, from crazy idea to its first home in Charlotte to its current location in Shelburne Village and surviving the pandemic. Rotarians Susan and Jim thank Elizabeth for her inspiring presentation.
Our new meeting room at the Shelburne Methodist Church is well suited for in-person and virtual attendance
 Ric presented Sam with a Paul Harris +3 recognition award. 

July14 Minutes

Elizabeth Bluemle, Owner of The Flying Pig Bookstore. 

Susan called the meeting to order at 7:32

Linda Gilbert provided the opening words. 

Susan announced that this year is the club’s 50th (fiftieth) anniversary!   Ideas were discussed regarding commemorating the event, perhaps in September or October.  A picnic at Philo Ridge Farm was one idea along with inviting past presidents. 

Roz Graham gave an update about the Farmers Market and thanked the Rotary volunteers, stressing any week we can help would be great. 

Sam Feitelberg reported the Farmer’s Market provided many visitors to the memorial Saturday along with some donations and questions. 

Ric Flood presented Sam with a Paul Harris award, Plus Three Pin!!  Ric noted Sam was a long time benefactor. 

Susan announced the golf ball drop is on Saturday September 18 at 10:00 am.  The committee is working on the details.  A press release and event will be available soon. 

Linda Gilbert reported the weeding group is on a break. May weed and pick later in the summer. 

Linda also gave an update about Tela and Hands to Honduras.  The 50- to 70 age group is now receiving vaccines.  Air conditioning and updated shower stalls have been installed at the maternity. She is hoping a small group will be able to go in February 2022.

Carrie Fenn reported bus riders are now needed 8:30-10:30 at Shelburne School, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Chris Davis shared that bike station order is in.  Susan said Lee Krohn would like to put one on the parade ground.  

Denis Barton collected the happy fines. 

Elizabeth Bluemle was introduced by Jim Donovan.

Elizabeth thanked the club for all they do in the community.  She shared the history of the bookstore, opening 25 years ago. They moved to the current spot in the village of Shelburne in 2006 because they needed a larger spot.  Elizabeth spoke about weathering COVID and all the changes they had to make.  They’ve been very cautious while reopening for safety concerns for staff and particularly all the children who come into the store. Patrons can walk up to “the window” and browse books in their car.  Elizabeth answered questions, mentioning they give back 10% to their customers, and the struggle with Amazon as well as all the libraries, who are their community partners!  “Shelf Awareness”  “Sneak Peak” “Indie Next” are all newsletters she sends to her patrons.   

Jim Donovan presented Elizabeth with “Wild About Books” by Judy Sierra.  The book will be donated to the Shelburne Library in her name. 

Closing by Nancy Danforth. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30