ImageAugust 27, 2014 Newsletter  Image

By John Hammer

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary



Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room


Incoming President Richard Fox opened the meeting with the Pledge. Kris Engstrom gave the invocation.

Guests: Bill Thompson, Past District Governor and member of the Colchester and Milton Rotary Club


September 3 – Frank Bryan – Great opportunity to invite a potential new guest to visit the club.

September 5 – Latin Dance Party 7-10

September 10 – Club Assembly

September 11 – Board Meeting (7:30AM)

September 17 – Visit by District Governor, Bruce Pacht.

September 20 - Harvest Fest. Volunteer opportunity to park cars.

September 24 – Humane Society of Chittenden County

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Shelburne Veterans’ Memorial – Sam Feitelberg reported that they have raised $75,500. Bricks are on sale at the Farmers’ Market.

A Concert to End Polio – Bill Thompson spoke about his plan to mount a Concert to End Polio featuring Pietro Tagliaferri (Clarinet) and Francesco Attesti (pianoforte) on Friday, October 24th at St. Michael’s College McCarthy Arts Center. These two Italian  artists were here last year and performed a highly acclaimed concert in support of the survivors of the Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment. Bill suggested that he would like to get the Rotary Clubs in the district to help support and market the concert. When he asked the direct question as to whether the club thought it a good idea and would commit to sell a minimum of twenty tickets (as would every other club), he received a positive show of support.

Projects – Michael Clapp reported that the club’s construction crew for the Hinesburg Shed project at the Hinesburg Community School will work from 8AM until 1 PM this coming Saturday. Tools will be provided.

Pierson Library Series – The Pierson Library will hold a Technology 101 week during the second week of September. Anyone can pose a technical problem to the staff and get an answer. All one needs do is to make an appointment. There will also be a Tuesday Tea next Tuesday at 3PM to discuss Lark rise at Candleford.

Charlotte Senior Center BBQ – A thank you letter was circulated from the Charlotte Senior Center thanking Dennis Webster, Doris Sage, Chuck LaClair, Bill Deming, Bob Sanders and John Hammer for supporting their Annual BBQ on August 22nd.

Sergeant at Arms – Evan Webster encouraged members to recount memories from their past at county fairs and field days.

Dennis Webster – Late because he was taking school photos of his two grandchildren going off on their first day of school.

Trafton Crandall – Happy to see school start and he is welcoming his fourth grandchild today for a visit.

Howard Seaver – Great visit last week from oldest daughter and their child.

Chris Davis – Oldest fair memory was being asked to run to the fair whereupon they were put to work clearing the race track (his grandfather was a famous harness horse trainer and owner). Chris was happy to receive $5 afterwards to go spend on rides.

Fritz Horton –  About to take his two Philadelphia grandchildren to their first fair.

Bill Thompson – Many thanks for the very warm welcome and the enthusiastic support for the concert.

Dave Jonah – Spent a wonderful time at Lake Willoughby

Linda Gilbert – Lots of family at their house picking tomatoes.

Bill Root – Happy birthday – 39???

Roz Graham – Has great memories of fairs in Ontario where she was a 4-H’er. She gets a thrill to see present-day 4-H’ers who are suburban kids that have leased a calf and have learned to raise and show it at a fair.

Lara Keenan – Her fondest fair memories included throwing Ping-Pong balls into bowls. In third grade she won three fish that lasted for 15 years.

Ric Flood – Has to go play the Stowe Mountain golf course this afternoon.

Sam Feitelberg -  His three newly-acquired grandkids (through recent marriage) from Switzerland are going to school in South Burlington for the first time today.

John Hammer – In thanks for the Charlotte Senior Center volunteers and recognition for the doctor who cut out the skin cancer on his face yesterday.

Michael Root – Happy for each of his sailing buddies who each claim to be the single-handed reason why their boat won the race.

Denny Bowen – He liked the sack races and is thrilled to see his grandchildren off for their first day at Shelburne Community School.

Tod Whitaker – Had a wonderful time in Maine last week.

Russ Blodgett – He loved his celebration of his 60th birthday last week. He finally remembered where he was on his 20th birthday – he was at the fair. He received a fright this AM when only three chickens appeared when he opened the hen house door The fourth was slow in coming off His roost.  In a hen house, he must have over slept after a busy night. Russ still is mystified as to why he has these chickens.

Bill Root won the draw and picked the Six of Diamonds to roll over the $162.50 pot.

Speaker.  Evan Webster gave a classification talk, generally about his apparel screening business, Evan Webster, Inc. located in the Shelburne Business Park. His business started in college when he did a favor for a friend. He soon learned that there was a potential market and began his screen-printing business. When he moved to Vermont, he met and hired away Andrew, a printer, from a very large competitor in the Burlington area. He now has Andrew who is the technical person on the staff and Beverly who handles administration and individual sales. They will print anything flat in up to 6 colors.