Welcome!
The Rotary Club of Middlebury, Vermont is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world.  The club was chartered March 1, 1927.
Middlebury

Our motto is "Service Above Self"

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Rosie's Restaurant or Middlebury Inn
886 Rt 7 South or 16 Court Square
Middlebury, VT 05753
United States of America
Guests are welcome but seating is limited so please contact us if you would like to attend. rotaryclubofmiddlebury@gmail.com
Home Page Stories
We've had some great speakers the last few weeks. Today we welcomed Lloyd Komesar of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that our town hosts every year. Lloyd spoke to us of the process of viewing and rating the film submissions that they get every year, and gave us an idea of just how much the festival has grown in the last 8 years. If you know any first or second time short or feature film maker that is looking for their chance, send them to the midd film fest site for information on submitting for MNFF9!
 
Last week we had Alex Wolff, writer for Sports Illustrated and former owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves of the Premier Basketball League. Alex talked a little bit about his career and then quizzed us on our knowledge (or maybe lackthereof) of well known or famous Vermont sport stars!
 
And finally, the week before we had Brian Carpenter, Chair of the Middlebury Selectboard with some town updates. The number one priority now for the selectboard is working with Middlebury College to come up with long term solutions for afforadable housing in Middlebury, as well as affordable and accessible childcare- two big issues that if solved, would lead to significant economic growth for our town. 
 
Thank you to our guests!
 
Alex Wolff
 
Brian Carpenter with our President Elect John and long time Rotarian, T
Rotarians Paul, Kevin, Neil, Spencer, Geoff, David, and Jim repainted the bandstand in the Green that the club constructed years ago.  Thanks to Paul and Kevin for organizing the 3-day project.  There was even some white paint left over.
For more photos, see the album.
 
DG Caroline spoke about her intentions and hopes for the coming year at the last meeting of August.  Welcoming her to the club was President Spencer.
 
President Spence welcomes Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine who spoke about the covid pandemic in Vermont over the past two years.
 
 
The Old Town Cemetery got it's third clean-up July 16 when club members, joined by volunteers from the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, friends, and neighbors, gathered to erect fallen stones and clean years of weather worn stones.
 
Helmut, Geoff, Paul, Buzz, and John are seen here at work (that's David's finger top left).  Steve and T were busy elsewhere.
 
On Wednesday, 29 June we had our annual change-over dinner, marking the end of the year and the beginning of a new chapter within our club. Our now past-President, Buzz, welcomed our new President Spence. This year's Buster Brush award went to our very own Maureen and Geoff, for their dedication to the club and the community. Buzz also presented his President's Award to Maureen and Geoff for not only their outstanding service this year, but as confidants and advice-givers to Buzz to help him lead the club in what was an outstanding presidency on his part. Thank you to Buzz, and welcome Spence! We know he will help us accomplish great things this year. 
 
While the downpour on Wednesday may have dampened our clothes, it surely did nothing to our spirits as we welcomed the recipients of our CACO grants to our final Wednesday meeting of the fiscal year. Grants were awarded to the Mary Johnson Center, Porter Hospital, Homeward Bound, WomenSafe, the Salisbury Library, the Parent Child Centre, and several other businesses that are imperative to the success of our community. Congratulations to those selected!
 
 
Here we have Rotary members Ben, Helmut, and Eric manning the grill at the Middlebury High School Project Graduation.
 
The Rotary Club is happy to provide a BBQ for the graduating class before they embark on an evening of fun and prizes. 
 
Congratulations to the class of 2022, and best wishes as you enter into the next chapter of your life!
  
If you're around the teen centre in Middlebury, stop by to check out the handy work done by some of our club members and our teen volunteers! Saturday proved to be a gorgeous day to construct some raised garden beds. 
 
Clubs members were joined by family members to honor veterans and active service personnel.  Ben and Eric prepared the float, Rebecca gathered candy, Buzz brought flags to distribute, and Neil, Liam, and T rode the float, representing all the club members who have served in the armed forces.
It was a beautiful morning and we were all glad to be back after 2 years!
 
In the photo below are Buzz, Lyn, Helmut, and Maureen with and Eric in the driver's seat.
 
For more photos, see the photo album to your right (or, if you are looking at this on your cellphone, it's probably way down at the bottom - keep scrolling!).
 
Club members continued the annual effort to make Vermont look fresh and green.  Bill, Judy, Rebecca, John B., Lyn, Rex, Buzz, and David were joined this year by four Middlebury College students hailing from Massachusetts, Guam, Maryland, and Los Angeles. 
 
Artistic Director Doug Anderson spoke to the club about the Opera Company of Middlebury and its upcoming June production of Orpheus in the Underworld. Joining him before a screen view of OCM's Candide were Lisa Mitchell, ED of Town Hall Theater and President Buzz.
 
We had a fantastic zoom meeting this morning and welcomed Martha Monty and Avery Anderson from the Vermont Council of World Affairs. The VCWA hosts public forums and offers programs that raise public awareness of the world and all the different people in it. They have a number of programs including the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, and Open World to name a few. You can visit their website to become a member or to view their current events. Thank you Martha and Avery!
 
John introduced Diana Herasim, a junior at Middlebury Union High School.  Diana is an exchange student from Ukraine and she spoke about the devastation to her family and country since the February invasion by Russian military forces.
To read more, see this Addison Independent article
https://www.addisonindependent.com/2022/03/03/exchange-student-stands-up-for-ukraine/
 
 
Today we had a speaker that perfectly exemplifies service above self. Rob Reiber, who volunteers to aid the Vermont response to the Afghan Refugee crisis came to speak to us today. What started out as a conversation one Saturday morning at the Lincoln transfer station turned into a full blown effort to volunteer with the United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an organization started in the 1980s. Among the volunteer efforts, Rob stressed the importance of educating ourselves as a community about the conditions, traditions, and people of Afghanistan as we welcome the individuals and families who have fled to the US. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact volunteer@uscrivt.org. 
 
If you would like to educate yourself on the current Afghan refugee crisis, a great place to start is the Sandglass Theatre for information on refugees and to reserve a seat for the show Babylon
 
On 19 January we welcomed Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury College, to speak at our meeting. True to form, Laurie gave us a wonderful presentation about the college's response to the Covid Pandemic, and laid out the groundwork for expectations of excellence from the students. We are truly impressed with the elegance of Laurie's navigation through these strange times, and it was a delight to have her speak. 
 
Next up, we welcomed Suzanne Johnson of Sailing Beyond Cancer, and safe to say that I don't think there were many dry eyes after her presentation! Sailing for Cancer is a non-profit organization, started after Suzanne's own diagnosis. With the help of volunteers, Sailing Beyond Cancer provides a 3-hour life changing experience out on the open waters of Lake Champlain for anyone of any age living with the disease. Please visit her website for more details, and if you know someone who could benefit from a sailing excursion to break free from the daily demands of cancer, you can nominate them here.
 
Caleb Basa, the Land & Trails Manager for the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) paid us a visit at today's meeting. In a wonderful presentation, Caleb talked about MALT's mission to conserve the natural landscape around the Middlebury area and to provide educational opportunities for people of all ages. To see what MALT is up to, check out their website for their programs, events, volunteer opportunities, and our personal favorite- the activity brochure for our youngest generation. Thanks Caleb!
 
...this is Rotary's motto. Ten days ago, the town of Mayfield, Kentucky (pop. 9,400) was destroyed by a tornado. 
 
Please think for a second- What would happen if our small town of Middlebury (pop. 8,500) was completely wiped off the map ? Our places of work, our schools, our places of worship- gone. Homes and lives destroyed. 
 
It's a horrific thought, isn't it ?
 
This is the reality that the folks of Mayfield are experiencing. We are asking you to please help us help them rebuild, and we challenge the residents of Middlebury, VT to help us reach a goal of $10,000- of which we will be matching. Please send your checks by the 31st of December to the Middlebury Rotary Club, P.O. Box 46, Middlebury, VT 05753. 
 
"As long as you are standing, give a hand to those who have fallen".
 
(photo courtest of npr.org)
 
What should the caption be for this picture ??

Our assistant club administrator, Rebecca, went to Ireland to visit family and came back without an appendix! To let him know that she was A-Ok after her surgery in Belfast, Rebecca sent a hearty thumbs up to Buzz, our club President. At this week's meeting, Buzz presented a gift to Rebecca to commemorate her experience. The canvas was passed around to the attendants of the meeting to be signed. 
 
If you have ever thought about joining Rotary, we hope this is a great incentive, besides the work we do for the community- you'll make great friends with an even greater sense of humor!
 
 
Special, SPECIAL thanks to Rick Marshall and Mike McAuliffe for generously letting the club use the Memorial Sports Center for our meeting this week, and to Executive Director Elise Shanbacker from Addison County Community Trust, who came to provide an update on ACCT's efforts to provide afforadable housing options in Addison County. 
 
Today we were delighted to welcome our guest speaker Elise Brunelle from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Between now and 2023, the VSO is embarking on the exciting process of selecting its next music director. They will also be celebrating their 84th year of public concerts, and we encourage you to look at their calendar of upcoming events. What better way to spend the cold holiday season than warming up to some beautiful music ?
 
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