Posted by Bob Sanders on Jun 27, 2018
Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary Club
June 27, 2018 Meeting Notes
by Bob Sanders
President Erik opened the meeting at 0730 and led the pledge of allegiance.
Ric asked for a moment of silence in memory of Larry Williams.
• Today’s guest/speaker is Peter Lenes, professional hockey player and son of member Joan
• Upcoming meetings and events
• 7/4-No meeting. Happy 4th of July!
• 7/11-Larry Vars, incoming District Governor of Rotary District 7850.
• 7/17-Board meeting
• 7/18-Changing of the Guard party, 6 PM at Fisher Brothers Farm in Shelburne
• 7/23-Susan Grimes re Lund Center
• 8/11-Rotary Family and Friends Night with the Vermont Lake Monsters (info and tickets at
• 8/18-Golf Ball Drop and Shelburne Day
• George and Linda Schiavone are looking for members to help with and assume responsibility
for scheduling guest speakers.
• Ric gave a well-deserved shout-out to Fritz for his leadership behind the scenes of the Car
Raffle. Fritz expertly organized, coordinated, and directed all event logistics. Thanks also
went to Gary’s friend Annette for leading dishwashing operations.
Happy Fine Highlights:
• SAA Chris Davis energetically collected happy fines.
• Linda was happy for Ric and the Car Raffle.
• Bob Manchester is happy for his All-Star Baseball playing grandson.
• Howard found his bike in the basement.
• Erik is happy to visit other Rotary Clubs and learn about joint projects.
• Judy was happy for a great RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) weekend and Pete.
• Ric happily visited NYC and saw Hamilton with wife Tina and daughter and future son-in-law.
• Sam is happy to have his granddaughter visiting.
• Newest member Carrie Fenn is happy to be a member.
• Keith Walsh had the 50-50 ticket but couldn’t find the joker.
Today’s program:
• George introduced today’s speaker, Pete Lenes.
• Pete, son of Joan Lenes, grew up in Shelburne and attended CVU and UVM.
• Even though his parents had no association with hockey, Pete started playing as a 5 year old
with youth hockey teams at Leddy Park. He played on travel teams during his first 2 years at
CVU. He then went to Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, to improve his academic and hockey
credentials. He did both and spent a season in the USA junior league playing in North
Dakota. He then went back to CVU to graduate. Pete always wanted to play in the Hockey
East Conference and soon after UVM joined Hockey East, he was recruited by UVM with a
handshake. He played 4 years for Coach Sneddon.
• Since 2009, Pete has played professional hockey in the US, Denmark and Austria. His
favorite location in the US was Ontario, CA, and his least favorite was Wheeling, WV. He’s
suffered several hockey related injuries during his career. For the past couple of years he’s
been playing in Kitzbuhel, Austria and wishes he had learned the German language when he
was a kid. The team has 11 different nationalities. In the off season, Pete and several other
UVM players run youth hockey camps.
• When asked what changed most during his hockey career, Pete answered that the biggest
change has to do with coaching styles and player-coach relationships. Today, there is more
transparency and open communication between players and coaches.
• Erik presented a book in Pete’s name to be donated to the Shelburne Library.
Erik adjourned the meeting at 0830.