Posted by Nancy Danforth on Oct 19, 2022
At today's weekly meeting, we were joined by our Rotary District 7850 Governor, Caroline Earle, who shared with us her three initiatives for her year-long term. These initiatives include infrastructure to support club burnout, membership development, and coordinated social media campaigns.
Thank you so much to Caroline for taking the time to join us!

District Governor Caroline Earle is our guest today.


Dan York called the meeting to order at 7:30.


Dan introduced our District Governor Caroline Earle who is our guest speaker today.


Peter Richardson and Annette Labombard are visitors today.


Dan advised the last Shelburne Farmer’s Market was this past weekend!  Thanks to all the volunteers, Dave Obuchowski, coordinator, and Ric Flood for storage. The club agreed we ought to provide this service to non profits again next summer.


Ric reported on the outcomes of the Non Car raffle this past friday night by thanking all the volunteers of the club who made it possible.  $909 was raised from raffle ticket sales and  $9400 net was raised.   Ric announced he is retiring from being the primary ball seller in 2023 but this overwhelming task can be done by a committee.  He will continue to mail out letters and provide the Master of Ceremonies duties. 


Dan shared other events: 


Meach Farm tree planting today at noon with Chris Davis, 12-4.


Wood 4 Good is this saturday: bring boots, gloves and hearing protection.  


Gadue’s Coat Drive: Bins are out at the following locations and these are the volunteers: Hinesburg Library: Amanda Vincent; Charlotte Library: Kara Cooley; Shelburne Town Hall: Linda Barker; Shelburne Athletic Club: Bob Glover; Methodist Church: Gerry Lawrence.  


The next RaceVermont event is October 29 in Shelburne.  Carrie and Keith have volunteered and we need two more.


Dan is attending the Rotary District Leadership and Foundation Training event on October 29th at St. Johnsbury Academy. 


October 30 is the Halloween Parade and Richard provided an update: There are still food service openings, the club is providing nineteen volunteers so far. and fourteen floats have registered. 


OnNovember 10 our club will host a social event at the Hinesburg Public House.


Let Carrie Fenn know if you have items to donate to the Champlain Valley School District request for items needed for families transitioning out of homelessness.  


Denis collected the happy fines.


Jessica introduced Caroline, our District Governor!  Caroline is a member of the Barre (VT) Rotary Club and was president of that club 2017-2018.  She is a partner in the law firm of Erle & Freeman in Montpelier. 


Caroline shared her travels this fall visiting all the clubs in her District.  Unfortunately, she loves to read Stephen King and has an overactive imagination!

She developed three initiatives and expects to be held accountable by the members. 


#1. Infrastructure: support of the club to avoid burnout.  Many Presidents quit Rotary after serving and she hopes to minimize that. She shared the following tools to help: A. “Club Health Checkup.” B. Untapped resources within the District. C. Her initiatives.


#2. Membership development.  Rotary International  has reported declining membership,without membership, the organization could dissolve three to five years.  Tools: A. Rotary’s Action Plans.  B. New member engagement campaign.  New members are receiving emails from the District to attempt to engage new members.  Creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.   C. Eric Denu is the chair of the  District Membership Committee and is engaging members in this area.


#3.   Coordinated Social Campaign for the District.  A. Social Media Consultant was hired to assist the District in this area. A Club representative from each club will be named, Amanda Vincent for CSH Rotary.  B. And be aware of District initiatives.  


Caroline provided some of these helpful tools to Dan and Carrie if we are interested in reading.  


Dan presented Caroline. with the book “Kids Story-50 Children and Young People Who Shook Up The World” by Sarah Walsh which will be donated to the Charlotte Library.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.