October 3, 2012 Newsletter
By David Cranmer for John Hammer

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7:15 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room


President Adam Bartsch opened the meeting with the Pledge and Ric Flood gave a moving devotional, recognizing the term “all concerned”.


  • Sonny Holt, District 7850 Governor
  • Deb Holt
  • Eric (From Middlebury)



  • October 6: Shelburne LaPlatte Nature Trail – see below
  • October 10: Robert Bloch – Champlain College speaking on a program “BYOB - Bring Your Own Business.”
  • October 17: Committee Meetings
  • October 24: Zack Clements (Sorry for previous misspellings) – a regular visitor and very popular motivational speaker.  Here is a prime opportunity to invite potential new members.
  • October 28: Shelburne Halloween Parade
  • October 31: Dan Finnegan, Vt. Air National Guard
  • November 4: Bowlathon (a Sunday afternoon 2:30-5:30).  This is always a lot of fun and is also an ideal opportunity to invite potential new members.
  • June 6:  District Governor Change of Guard at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. (Our club will play a key role in this event.)

Shelburne Trail Project

Michael Clapp announced that he had 21 persons signed up for the work on the Shelburne Nature Trail bridges on October 6. Rain or shine – dress accordingly. Will announced that Cucina Antiqua will donate pizzas as well as recyclable dinnerware. Michael said that plans are underway for a project at the Charlotte school.


Ric Flood covered the up-coming Bowlathon at Champlain Lanes by soliciting names and addresses.  His staff (Carol Polakowski) will produce tailored solicitation letters, starting next week. We need to submit the names and addresses (addresses must include a street number) as soon as possible.

Halloween Parade

Steve Dates passed around sign up sheets for parade duties – we’re still looking for clowns. Sunday 10/28, noon to 4.

Sergeant at Arms

Richard Fox raced through the room collecting happy fines. Much happiness was reported much too fast for this reporter to cover.
David Jonah’s ticket was drawn and he drew the King of Clubs.  Rollover.

Speaker – Sonny Holt, District 7850 Governor

Steve Dates introduced Sonny and he shared some of his background working for the Air Force and the Pentagon.

  • He stressed this year’s Rotary International theme of “Peace Through Service”. Peace begins with the individual. “If there is no peace in your heart; there will be no peace in the world.”
  • He shared personal stories of seeing how Rotary serves people, including giving polio vaccines in India.
  • Sonny said that all Rotarians need to put more emphasis on what Rotary does. “We know what a good club we are, so why aren’t people knocking down the doors to join us?” We need to tell our story, person by person.

The District will be spending money to help promote Rotary, including bus signs and signage at the airport, as well as Facebook pages.

  • Rotary needs to encourage more young people to join; we have seen a steady decline in membership. The District will be working on ways to recruit young members, the club will need to put them on committees – give them something to do. “People want to do service to their community.”
  • Sonny closed by reminding us of the Bermuda Family Cruise and District Conference, next May. We are participating with our neighboring district to the south.

After some Q&A, Adam closed the meeting.