Posted by Rosalyn Graham
Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, 7:30 a.m.
Trinity Community Room
President Erik Kolomaznik led the Rotarians in the Pledge of Allegiance and Ric Flood gave the devotional.
Guests were introduced: Sandy Welsh from South Burlington Rotary, and Odale Cress, a friend of Roz, considering becoming a Friend of Rotary.
Four Way Test:  Spoken aloud to remind Rotarians, and to inform anyone who hadn’t heard these guiding principles of Rotary.
Schedule of coming meetings:
Dec. 5, 2018
Adam Bunting, CVU Principal
Dec 12, 2018
Club Assembly
And committee meetings
Dec 19, 2018
VT National Guard Public Affairs Official
Dec 26, 2018
Programs and Projects:
Thanks to Sam Feitelberg for organizing the very successful Veterans’ Breakfast.
Happy 90th Birthday to Bill Deming.
Linda Gilbert reported on the District Assembly she attended where she accepted, on the Club’s behalf, a Certificate of Appreciation for supporting the Eradication of Polio Now campaign. She also brought back to the Club, some Different Ways to Give brochures.
Linda is keeping a log of our service projects.
At the Jan. 2 meeting there will be collection of needed items for Hands to Honduras Team to take to Tela this year. Linda will circulate a list of specific items needed, to avoid the overload of last year.
Sandy Walsh from South Burlington distributed information about the Ugly Sweater 5K Fun Run and 2.5K Walk being held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park. Information and registration:  (individuals, families including kids and dogs are welcome).
Turkey Distribution was a success with coordination by Bill Root. 23  turkeys for Charlotte, 43  turkeys for Shelburne, 75 turkeys for Hinesburg. The turkeys were picked up by the respective food shelf directors at Shelburne Market and Lantman's Market. The same process will follow for Christmas hams.
Sergeant at Arms:
John Dupee collected the Happy Fines
Bob Sanders – attended Sarasota Rotary meeting
Fritz Horton – Happy Thanksgiving
Alan Hathaway – celebrated a birthday
Bill Deming – everyone joined in singing Happy Birthday to Bill on his 90th!!
Terry Kennaugh – Happy Thanksgiving, glad to be back home, and celebrated a birthday
Gary Marcotte – his father, Norman Marcottee, is in failing health
Sam Feitelberg – the Tela PT Clinic held a marathon
Ric Flood – Happy Birthday Bill and a scoot fine, and a great comment from his guest at the Veterans’ Breakfast, 104-year-old Leonard Roberge, that the Happy Fines, now $1, were 5 cents when he was a Rotarian.
Jon Lowell – Happy birthday to Bill and he’s getting 110 miles/gallon in his new car
Jessica Brumsted – Happy birthday to Bill
Phil Denu – Happy Birthday to Bill
Erik Kolomaznik – Happy Thanksgiving and his wife’s great idea of inviting friends to their home to share a potluck meal of leftovers
Margo Casco – Happy Birthday to Bill
Susan Grimes -- in memory of her Dad who died recently – a good life and good memories
Linda Gilbert – happy
Sandy Walsh – enjoying visiting Rotary at Trinity where she attends church – happy to continue to be Assistant Governor
Diana Vachon – Happy Thanksgiving
Roz Graham – Happy she can still take notes – including Happy Fines
Richard Fox – Happy
Keith Walsh – Happy for a birthday … and for snow
John Dupee – Happy Thanksgiving.
Lucky draw:
Diana Vachon’s ticket was drawn, but she chose the wrong card and missed the $187 pot.
Panning for Gold in Vermont
Randy Archer, assisted by his wife, gave an interesting illustrated talk on the history of panning for gold in Vermont and in other parts of the country, and also his personal enthusiasm for panning as a hobby and passion.
“It’s easy to get started,” he said. “All you need is a pan and some water. And an understanding wife.”
Archer’s interest in panning for gold when he was only 3 years old, living in Alaska with his family. He got serious about panning after moving to Boulder, Colorado. He had been a very enthusiastic white water rafter, but following gall bladder surgery he was told he couldn’t lift anything more than #5 so he returned to panning for gold. He has staked claims in Colorado and Vermont.
The Vermont Gold Rush began in 1855 when some of the 11,000 Vermonters who had gone to California in the 1840s to be part of the Gold Rush there, returned and based on their skills, their knowledge of geography, their awareness of how important teamwork was to success and how teamwork was efficient in the search for wealth, began searching for gold here.
Good examples, he said, were Matthew Kennedy who found gold in California, and Alfred Byington who succeeded in bringing his wealth safely back to Vermont (sewed into a special vest which Randy had borrowed from its place at the Charlotte Historical Museum). Byington bought the land that is now known as Nordic Farm.
Archer said kids love panning, many adults love watching it, though some find it boring, and others describe it as exciting and/or crazy. He is a member of the Green Mountain Prospectors of Vermont, one of 486 members.
For more information or to contact Randy, go to