ImageJune 11, 2014 Newsletter    Image

By John Hammer

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary



Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room


President Dave opened the meeting with the Pledge. Kris Engstrom gave the invocation.

Guests: Bill Fairbanks, former biology professor at Cuesta Collage in Oso, CA. He set out from San Luis Obispo, CA on 7/2/2009 to walk across the U.S. He is a non-Rotarian who wants to get a sense of service clubs in the U.S. He is nearing the end of his trip that will be to Dedham, MA. His wife follows him and stays in hotels/motels along the route, picking him up at night and dropping him off the next morning where he left off the previous day.


Mid-June – Volunteer work in repairing a second (and shorter) bridge at the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge in the next few weeks during the week. The Hinesburg garden shed project is underway with the folks in Hinesburg laying the foundation.

June 12 – Board Meeting.

June 18 – Jan DeMers – Champlain Valley Office of Opportunity.

June 25 – NO MEETING

June 26 – Changing of the Guard at the Trinity Church Parish Hall.

July 28 or 29 – Camp Ta KumTa Breakfast

Week of July 27-Aug 2 – Volunteer at Charlotte Frogbit eradication project.

August 22 – Volunteer support to the Charlotte Senior Center Annual BBQ

District 7850 Calendar: Hot Link


Bowlathon –So far $14K has been raised. There were 7 lanes occupied and the food was great. Everyone who attended had a great tie. Ric’s work was recognized by generous applause from the members.

Changing of the Guard – Scheduled for June 26th starting at 6PM at the Trinity Church Parish House. It is anticipated that there will be prime rib, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a vegetarian option (TBD).  Beer and wine as well as soft drinks will be available. A sign-up sheet was and will be circulated. Members are asked to bring desserts to share. Flowers by Kris and a few persons will be required to set up.

Projects – Michael Clapp reported, “No more current news.”

Rotary Foundation Drive – Pat Sokolowski will continue her mini-drive for the next two weeks with matching of donations for the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. Limit this time is $100.

Sergeant at Arms –Richard Fox brought up the fact that President Dave has entered his lame duck period. Thereafter a number of members paid happy fines to recognize Dave’s good work and leadership. Richard is looking for anyone interested in serving as Sergeant at Arms, please contact Richard.

Ric Flood – For having Ed Cafferty here for induction in a few minutes. Last Saturday, he was riding his bike and came up to a person from Philadelphia on his bike with a 78 lbs. pack on his back. He was on his way to Quebec City and thence on a three-week ride around the Gaspé Peninsula. He is 62 and the brother of Jim Carey. Ric is 69 years old today. He also gave a dollar in hopes of bringing back the Rotary golf trophy from Essex.

Terrill Titus – Spent a great weekend at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe.

Evan Webster – Got engaged over the weekend at a picnic on Thomson’s Point.

Judy Christianson – She is happy to report that she and President Dave had selected four outstanding candidates for this year’s RYLA next week. Three were from CVU and one from the Vermont Commons School. This year the transfer of the leadership will move to the youths themselves.

Howard Seaver – Had a wonderful week at his 50th college reunion last weekend. He was surprised to see friends that he hadn’t seen in years. Some were unrecognizable so he was very happy for nametags, though the first name was always larger while the family names were almost unreadable. He and all the others spent their time lifting the tags up so they could see them.

President Dave – For Bill Fairbank’s visit.

Bill Fairbanks – For the wonderful hospitality. He noted that he was happy to be walking because he felt that cycling was too dangerous.

Roz Graham – Will be going away on vacation next week.

Adam Bartsch – Asked President Dave what he had learned in the last twelve months and he didn’t know.

Russ Blodgett – Happy Birthday Ric.

Linda Gilbert – Fifty cents in tribute for Dave’s leadership and fifty cents for the four Tela Hondurans in town – three from the Família Garcia who are here for the graduation of their daughter from Rice and Pablo Erazo, one of the fixers in the Tela mayor’s office.

John Beal – The Garcias who helped put in his dock over the weekend.

Fritz Horton won the draw and picked the Queen of Diamonds to roll over the $55 pot.

Membership Induction – Ric was happy to induct Ed Cafferty of Charlotte as a new member.  Ed thanked Ric for sponsoring him. He teaches Criminal Justice at Champlain College with a specialty in crime associated with the heroin epidemic. He does part time work for the Vermont State Police, is running for Sheriff of Chittenden County and is writing a book.