Posted by Nancy Danforth on Oct 12, 2022

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity is our guest speaker(s) today.


Carrie called the meeting to order at 7:30.


Carrie welcomed our three guest speakers from Habitat For Humanity and Pete Richardson. 


Ric Non Car raffle update: All the various crews were listed with their volunteers, confirmed the times right through to the end of clean up.  There are ninety two balls sold.  If we know of anyone who wants one, let Ric know.  Another winner was called from the sold $10 raffle tickets as picked by one of our guests. 


Last Farmer’s Market this saturday!  Dan and Chris will do set up, Denis will take down.


As of today, crocus planting Saturday is postponed, Jim has not yet received the bulbs. 


October 22 is the Wood 4 Good Chittenden County Rotary volunteer day.  Close to one dozen volunteers from our club have signed up. 


Richard Fox gave an update on the Halloween parade on the 30th.  He has a few gaps but we are in good shape for volunteers.  Signs will be available imminently for setting up in the community, perhaps near the leaf people (aka Stick People) in the area.  If you put one out, be sure to pick it up! Politicians are required to register for the parade so volunteers are free to check with them on the day of the event.


RaceVermont has another event on October 29,four volunteers are required.  This will be the last race of the year.


Shall we reschedule the CSH social event for November at The Public House?  Carrie will try to reschedule this for November 10.  


Rotary District 7850 of which our club belongs is seeking a district governor elect for four years from now, 2026.  


Other upcoming District 7850 events: October 29-In person Rotary Districts 7850/7870 Leadership Institute in St. Johnsbury, VT, Dan York is attending, November 12, Lyndon State College, Spring Assembly, April 1, 2023, Lyndon State College and District Party, April 28-30, Jay Peak Resort.  

District 7850 is also seeking host families for the Rotary Youth Exchange.  Our club needs to assign a coordinator who will interview families for the August to June time frame, presumably beginning in 2023.


Rene Sanchez asked the members to participate in the community survey for input to the CVSD Strategic Planning project. You can find the survey at  There is the final community forum on Monday, October 17 at Pierson Library. 


Sally Wadhams, former CSH Rotary Member opened up GMHFH presentation by thanking the club for having them.  She introduced David Mullin, CEO; Dawn Phlibert, Board member, Alison Johnson, Development Director.


David shared the mission and the purpose of HFH, building homes for families in Chittenden County who simply cannot afford the opportunity of home ownership.  Though there are HFH affiliates all over the world, there are eleven hundred in the United States and seven in Vermont.  


Though it’s been a long time, there is currently a build in Shelburne, on Irish Hill Road. This is a two family with the land having been sold to the organization well below market value. The biggest obstacle they have is land!  There are one hundred and two homes in their area, which encompasses Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Lamoille Counties. They rely solely on donations of financial monies, receiving none from the parent organization. 

Volunteers do everything for the organization.  Including, working at the three “Habitat Restore” located in Williston, Milton and Swanton.  Please consider donating by donating goods and/or shopping at these Restores.  


Dawn Philibert informed the club of the families who apply, the required “sweat equity” they have to put into the homes themselves, thereby appreciating and understanding the home. The families needs tend to be dire, families who can barely afford to make ends meet, sustain a household and educate their children.  Their gratefulness is profound.


Dave encouraged our club to sign up and do a build day, great team building! You can sign up at their website at


Jim Donovan presented the speakers with the book “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond which will be donated to the Hinesburg Carpenter Carse Library.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.