ImageSeptember 10, 2014 Newsletter    Image

By John Hammer

Charlotte Shelburne Rotary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room


Incoming President Richard Fox opened the meeting with the Pledge. Doris Sage gave the invocation.

Guests: Charlie Kaufman

Laura Bow – Member of Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club


September 11 – Board Meeting (7:30AM)

September 17 – Visit by District Governor, Bruce Pacht.

September 20 – Shelburne Farms Harvest Fest. Volunteer opportunity to park cars.

September 24 – Humane Society of Chittenden County

October 1 – Syndi Zook, Executive Director, Lyric Theater

November 7 – Car Raffle

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Shelburne Veterans’ Memorial – Sam Feitelberg reported that they are approaching $80,000. Bricks are on sale at the Farmers’ Market.

Shelburne Farms Harvest Fest- It’s that time again for Shelburne Farms Harvest Fest that falls this year on September 20th. Bill Root is once again organizing the parking detail. There will be three periods which need covering; 7-9AM need two to help park vendors behind the Farm Barn and two sessions, 9-12 and 12-4 when 4-5 volunteers are needed. Bill circulated a list for volunteers.

Car Raffle – Hold the date! November 7th at 6PM at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. Letters to previous raffle ticket holders go out next week. Pumpkin Raffle tickets sold for $10 each and are accumulated until 28 are in the pot at which time one $275 Raffle ticket is drawn. The Car Raffle normally raises between $9,000 and $12,000.

Paul Harris Fellows - Ric Flood, in his role as Grand Eminence presented Judy Christensen, with her second Paul Harris Fellowship pin (one sapphire). Congratulations.

Latin Dance Party – Linda Gilbert reported on a very successful Latin Dance Party last Friday. There were lots of Rotarians and people from many foreign countries.

Maker Fair – There will be a Maker Fair at Shelburne Farms during the first weekend of October. Some might remember a speaker last year on the subject. The organization, Makers Movement, is a community group seeking to get people to make rather than buy. The current focus is on building electronics.

Light The NightCharlie Kaufman, a two-time Leukemia survivor spoke on the need for supporting survivors of Leukemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers. There will be  a fund-raiser called Light the Night at which groups of people will march with balloons through Burlington Downtown from 6-7:30 on Friday September 26th. Laura Bow of the Burlington Sunrise Club challenged Charlotte-Shelburne Rotarians to form a team or teams of ten to march. Each team would be asked to raise $100 for each marcher. The moneys collected would go to develop medicines, make them more available and affordable and push legislation in support of research.

Sergeant at Arms – Evan Webster encouraged anecdotes or fines as the result of the consumption of Creamies during this past summer. There were multiple fines paid for having had Creamies.

John Hammer – Fantastic Latin Dance Party with kudos to Linda Gilbert for organizing it.

Kris Engstrom – Beautiful picture of daughter, Brita, making bows in Shelburne.

Howard Seaver – Beautiful kayak trip yesterday in a swamp.

Linda Gilbert – Thanks to all who went to and helped make the Latin Dance Party such a success.

Joan Lennes – Happy for the great weather, great for her door-to-door campaigning. Happy to report that Harrington Village opens today at 10AM.

President Richard – Looking forward to the season football opener between his alma mater, Rutgers, and Penn State.

Roz Graham – Happy to have seen so many juniors at the Latin Dance Party and is looking forward to the opening of Harrington Village.

Fritz Horton – Had a fantastic time at the Latin Dance Party. His Creamie was at the Warren Country Store. He thinks that their maple syrup Creamies are the absolute best.

Bob Sanders – Had lots of Switchbacks, no Creamies. 

Alan Hathaway – Has been absent for five weeks after having ruptured his Achilles tendon and is just back from a canal barge trip in England.

John Dupee – Happy the Latin Dance Party got along without him.

Denny Bowen – Missed last week’s meeting because he was sailing home from a cruise to the Ausable River delta.

Tod Whitaker – Happy that the rain last Saturday held off until after Farmers’ Market.

Sam Feitelberg – Daughter, Deb, has finished 30 sessions of chemo and will be returning to part time work at the UVM Davis Center.

Ric Flood – Happy for Judy Christensen and to see Charlie Kaufman here. Will be at a business meeting at the Lowe’s Hotel in South Beach Miami next week.

Carole Obuchowski – One daughter is moving to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University while the other moves to Middlebury to work at the college there.

Judy Christensen – Has a team of three for her Light the Night team already signed up. Dedicated to Thomas Sustic who was a victim of Leukemia.

Pat Sokolowski won the draw and picked the Ten of Spades to roll over the $188.50 pot.

Speaker. This meeting was Club Assembly during which a number of decisions were worked out for the Halloween Parade on October 26th. Among these where the appointment of Committee chairs:

Balloon Blowers/Candy Baggers – John Beal /Dave Jonah

Food – John Beal

Traffic Control – John Dupee

Float Judges – Judy Christensen

There was some discussion relative to crowd control. This will be covered at tomorrow’s board meeting.

Picture of Bob Sanders receiving his multiple Paul Harris pin a few weeks ago.