Posted on Aug 03, 2022
The Physical Therapy Center in Tela was launched in 2007 by a group of Rotarians and other volunteers under the inspirational leadership of Sam Feitelberg. In addition to physical therapy, the Center provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, and special education services.

Club Meeting & Sam Feitelberg speaking of Honduras & physical therapy Center


Carrie called the meeting to order at 7:30. 


Casino Night is this Sunday!  Carrie had sent an email to all volunteers to arrive around 4:15. 


Shelburne Day is August 20 and all hands on deck to work both the CSH Rotary Tent selling Golf Ball Drop tickets and assist in the Hands to Honduras tent selling corn.  Linda G. is putting together the corn crop. Volunteers ought to be there at 8:00 to set up and take down and cleanup will also be needed. 


The Golf Ball Drop donations are up to about $1,000. The balls are $10 a piece or ten for $95.  


COTS back pack stuffing is August 12 13th. Right now there are an adequate number of volunteers. 


Denis collected the happy fines.


Sam created a photo journal to accompany his presentation on recent developments of the Physical Therapy facility in Tela.  


The Center has been in existence now for fourteen years; Jon Hammer was our President at the time.  Linda and Al Gilbert, Colleen Haag and Sam were the originators of the idea and the Center.  Physical therapy for pediatrics and geriatrics are very strong at the facility along with speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and special education. 

Many volunteers have been involved over the years along with a strong representation from The University of Vermont’s Physical Education program.  The volunteers collect supplies needed during the year and other volunteers make the trip to bring the supplies, volunteer at the Center and learn along the way. This center serves a ninety mile radius. 


During the past couple years of the pandemic, the center was turned over to the hospital for over flow.  The center is now back open and coming back to full staffing, hopefully.   


Since the center opened in 2007, they have assisted close to four thousand children and adults with physical therapy and other services.  The support of the club and others helps them purchase supplies, underwrite education for the staff and provide proper training. Their goal was always to develop community involvement in this center, develop leadership and continue to provide financial support.


Linda Gilbert shared a few stories about Sam and the amazing work he has done in Tela!


The meeting adjourned at 8:30