Regular Meeting on July 26th, 2016

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Bob Donnis & Jessica Doos - Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction
JoAnne LaBerge
Rotary Minute: 
Claude Hebert
George Koplinka

Meeting on July 19th, 2016

We want to thank Vergennes Police Chief (and fellow Rotarian) George Merkel for a great presentation. In light of the tragic events that have taken place around the country the Chief explained what it takes to become a police officer here. The amount of training they go through is tremendous. Thankfully we have good officers here who are conscientious and doing their job in the best way. Chief also explained that after each encounter they have the review it to make sure they all handled things properly. With this kind of attention the Vergennes Police Department is serving our community with pride.

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We have interesting speakers each week so feel free to visit us on a Tuesday morning to have a great breakfast and start your day off with a little inspiration.

Meeting on July 12th

Anne Galloway

We want to thank Anne Galloway for taking time out of her busy schedule and coming to our meeting and sharing with us how VT Digger started. Also, how does she break stories before anyone knows? Its simple really. Keep your ear to the ground. Being in the business for many years you develop contacts. Listen to everything and sift through till you see a string to pull on and then keep pulling. That's how she got wind of the recent EB-5 fraud 3 years before the proverbial $hit hit the fan. Thanks again Anne and keep up the good work.

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We have interesting speakers each week so feel free to visit us on a Tuesday morning to have a great breakfast and start your day off with a little inspiration.


Each year the Vergennes Rotary Club supports many local charities as well as local efforts to improve the greater community and the people who live here. In order for us to do that, we hold several fund raisers throughout the year. One of our biggest is our ‘Jail and Bail’ event. It is a fun event that is taking place this year on Thursday June 2nd between 11AM and 2PM on the Vergennes Green. Here is how it works. Each Rotarian will be arresting some friends, enemies, family, politicians and/or co-workers. These jail birds will receive a warrant of arrest and will need to contact their friends, family and/or co-workers in order to raise a minimum of $200 in bail money! Bail money may be collected ahead of time or during the event. If you are a lucky jailee you can direct people to the PayPal button below this article to pay toward your Bail. We will also accept checks made payable to Vergennes Rotary Club Charities.

All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to Vergennes Rotary Charities and our commitments to support: a healthy snack program for the Vergennes Boys and Girls Club, Purple Hearts Reunited and college or technical school scholarships to 6 high school graduates each year. Our club is a registered 501 C (3) charitable non-profit entity, tax ID # 55-0798733, so your donation is tax deductible.

We would love for you to join us in this fund raiser and help us make it a success. Contact a Rotarian or come to the Vergennes Green on the day of the event and you too can plead your case to our judge and enjoy lunch on us while you post your bail. If you are unable to be there, you may participate remotely.

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UVM President - Speaker on April 26th, 2016

Our speaker for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 will be UVM President Thomas Sullivan. Come and join us to learn more about Tom and UVM.


Tom Sullivan became the 26th President of the University of Vermont in July 2012. Prior to becoming President, he served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota from July 2004 and through January 2012.

He served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to full-time research and teaching. In June 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the American Bar Association Section for leadership and contributions to law school development. At the University of Minnesota Law School, he has received the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has chaired the ABA Section of Legal Education, and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation. On several occasions, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on judicial nominations to the Supreme Court, and to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on mergers. In 2015, he received the Robert J. Kutak Award from the American Bar Association for his contributions to the legal academy, the judiciary, and the Bar.

He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored eleven books and over 50 articles. He and co-author Professor Richard Frase published Proportionality Principles in American Law: Controlling Excessive Government Actions (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is the co-author, with Professors Herbert Hovencamp, Howard Shelanksi, and Christopher Leslie of Antitrust Law, Policy, and Procedure (7th ed., 2014) and co-author with Professor Jeffrey Harrison of Understanding Antitrust and Its Economic Implications (6th ed. , 2014). Most recently, he published Complex Litigation with Professors Richard Freer, Doug Floyd and Brad Clary (2nd ed., 2014). He also published Private Antitrust Actions (Little, Brown & Co., 1996) with Douglas Floyd. In 2013, he published The Arc of Due Process in American Constitutional Law with Toni Massaro by Oxford University Press.

On two occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He twice has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. During the fall semester 2002, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and in 2012 he was a visiting faculty member at New York University. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. After law school, he clerked for a federal judge, in Miami Florida, and thereafter was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Before entering Law School teaching in 1979, he was an anti-trust litigator with the New York and Washington, D.C., firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton, and Irvine. In 1984, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. Throughout his career he has continued to serve as a consultant on antitrust, complex litigation, and Federal Court matters.

Regular Meeting 3/29/2016

Have you used Front Porch Forum? Many in our community do. Well, if you would like to learn a little about FPF our meeting this week features Michael Wood-Lewis, Co-Founder & CEO of FPF.

Michael says "Hosting Front Porch Forum across Vermont for 10 years now has indeed been an interesting run" and I'm sure he will impart some of those interesting things to us.

Former NFL Player to Speak - December 8th, 2015

Our speaker on December 8th, 2015 will be Karl Swanke. He is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft and he also played college football at Boston College.

Karl’s background in sports (as an NFL Player for 7 years) and business (over 20 years of Project Management and Business Analysis work) gives him the perfect perspective on how the two are alike in many ways. He shares the best practices that have been utilized by both to make them successful.

He is currently a Heads Up Football Ambassador. They are former NFL players who give back to the sport that they love. Working with youth football leagues in their area Read more about Heads Up Football Ambassadors at

If you would like to attend our meeting please RSVP by dropping us a note from our contact page.

2015 Fishing Trip Raffle

Vergennes Rotary Fishing Raffle

Two days of salmon fishing on Lake Ontario for 4 Plus $400 cash. August 3&4 2016

Tickets are $20. Only 250 will be sold. Drawing will be held on May 30th

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Interesting Speaker

Hello everyone,

This week we have a distinguished guest visiting us.

Our speaker was born in New York City, New York on October 27, 1858. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, he was elected the youngest member of the New York General Assembly.

In the years to follow, he became a cattle rancher in the Dakota Territory and ran unsuccessfully for the New York mayorship. He served as a United States Civil Service Commissioner, President of the Police Commission of New York City, Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy, Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, Governor of New York, Vice-President and President of the United States, all by the age of 42.

He was the father of six children and the author of over thirty books. He was a big game hunter, a leading ornithologist and the founder of Boone & Crockett, the nation’s first fair hunting and conservation organization. During his Presidency, he declared some 230 million acres of national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and national monuments. He was indeed, the great conservation president.

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2015 Annual Rubber Ducky Race Fundraiser

Vergennes Day is just around the corner and Vergennes Rotary is gearing up for their annual Rubber Ducky Race. It will be held during the Vergennes Day weekend on Saturday, August 23rd. The ducks will be launched at the base of the Vergennes falls at 3:30 PM.

The proceeds from this annual fundraiser go toward supporting our youth. We sponsor the summer reading program "Booked for Bikes" and award 6 college scholarships each year. This is just a small part we play in investing in our youth, the community, and our future.

Tickets are $3.00 each, or 4 for $10.00. The First Place ticket holder will receive $250, Second Place receives $100, and Third Place receives $50.

We are also asking our business friends to help us support our kids’ educational dreams by sponsoring a Big Duck. The cost is only $50. The winner of this year’s Big Duck race will win a $250 donation to a charity of their choice.

If you would like to buy a ticket or sponsor a big duck just talk to one of the Vergennes Rotary members you know and they will be glad to help. You may also purchase your tickets (or sponor a Big Duck) right here using the "Buy Now" button below.

Tickets will also be on sale around town leading up to the race and in the park until 2PM the day of the race.

Thank you in advance for your support, it’s greatly appreciated.