Paddling To End Polio

One of our local members, Rob McNamara, along with two friends, Stewart Brown and Michael Dempster are making a 300 mile canoe trip from Vergennes, Vermont to New York City by way of Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal and the Hudson River.

The main objective of this canoe voyage is to raise awareness and financial support for one of Rotary’s main goal, to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

To see more details about this endeavor see their website at http://www.paddletoendpolio.com/

Donate now to help support this effort.





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.


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Vergennes Rotary Valentines Day Dance

Saturday Feb 15th, at 7:30 at the Legion in Vergennes we will be having our annual Valentines day dance. Come join us. Tickets available at the door or in town at Classic Stitching.

Vergennes Rotary Supports Local Meals on Wheels Program

Throughout Vermont, the Meals and Wheels program serves a vital function, connecting seniors with a nourishing meal and a friendly face five times a week. The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, located in Essex Junction, administers the overall program but depends on local support to manage the scheduling, drivers and meal delivery.


In Vergennes, those local responsibilities are fulfilled by the Rotary Club of Vergennes. Rotary’s involvement started when the local coordinator moved out of town in 2002 and Rotarians Ralph Jackman and Lynn Jackson Donnelly stepped in to take on these important Meals on Wheels functions.


The use of technology now allows Lynn, her sister and Rotarian Susan Burdick and fellow realtor Danelle Birong to smoothly handle the logistics of scheduling and routing from their Century 21 office. Fellow Rotarian Tim Vincent works diligently to ensure that Meals on Wheels has the required number of drivers each day and that the routes are completed. Tim trains new drivers and arranges for substitutes when needed.


The Vergennes program also serves residents in the four neighboring communities of Ferrisburgh, Addison, Waltham and Panton. There are four routes each week day, and the number of participants ranges from 25-30. Rotary has always provided drivers for the program but it is not a requirement that a driver be a Rotarian, just a helpful, friendly visitor.


“What’s so gratifying is our clients usually don’t have a hot meal. And this may be the only company they have throughout the week,” said Lynn. “It’s not only a meal,” she continued, “It’s a safety check for our seniors.”


The Vergennes Rotary Club is proud to serve the community to provide this invaluable service. We consider Meals on Wheels to be one of our most valuable service projects and encourage other Rotary Clubs to become involved either in providing volunteer drivers, administering the local program or donating to a statewide effort.

Vergennes Rotary Club receives two Grants for Greater Vergennes Area Boys and Girls Club

Last year when the federal funding to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes was cut from $100,000 to $30,000; the Vergennes Rotary Club stepped in and began sponsoring the after school snack program for the 20 to 30 pre-teen and teenagers who attend the B&G Club program and often come hungry, depending on a nutritious snack to keep them from going away hungry. According to Executive Director, Mike Reiderer, enrollment is up in part, because teens know they will get something to eat at the club. The Vergennes Rotary Club is thrilled to be able to address this pressing and dramatic need in our community by providing money to buy healthy food for the B&G club participants. The B&G club is able to continue this important program not only because of the fundraisers that the Vergennes Rotary Club does locally but because of two grants that they received from two generous non-profit organizations. The Rotary Foundation District Grant program awarded Vergennes Rotary a $2000 grant and Vermont Catholic Charities, through the DesGoesbriand Appeal, provided a $1500 grant. Vergennes Rotary would like to publicly thank these organizations for their help and support. You, too, can get involved. Consider joining Vergennes Rotary or making a donation. Click on the donate button today and Like us on Facebook!

Vergennes Rotary Club promotes two Holiday Programs to help the Community

This holiday season the Vergennes Area Rotary Club is promoting two programs to brighten up the community with lights and action! First, we are challenging both the Vergennes home and business owners to brighten up their home and store fronts with decorations that will not only light up the city but the faces of young and old alike. Everyone in the ‘Little City’ is invited to participate in this holiday decorating contest. There will be one winner from each category chosen. Judging will be conducted Sat. December 22nd. Winners will be notified and prizes given for the best of show. The business winner will receive a $100 donation to a charity of their choice. The private residence winner will receive a $50 of Vergennes Green $. Don’t miss out on the fun. Entrants must register to enter. Simply email or call: susanburdick@c21jack.com ; 877-2134 with your name and address. Good Luck!


Their second program promotes ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. This drive is an effort to raise funds to help some of the needier families in our area enjoy a bountiful holiday dinner. Rotary Club members will be having a holiday raffle giving away 17 great gifts, including a kindle fire, the newest American girl doll, child’s John Deere tractor farm set, toy barns w/animals to name just a few! Gifts are on display at Classic Stitching on Main St. Vergennes. All the proceeds will go directly to the program. Buy some chances and support your neighbor.

Big Duck Winners 2013

Thank you to all out supporters for the Corporate "Big" Duck Race sponsors. This annual fundraiser fuels our Vergennes Rotary Scholarship Fund. With your help we were able to reach our goals.

We look forward to everyone's help next year to continue to support our youth today, for tomorrow!

VERGENNES ROTARY - BOOKED FOR BIKES

In 1998 Vergennes Rotary President Scott Gaines persuaded his club into starting a summer literacy project titled Booked for Bikes. During his past two years as club president, Rotary District 7850 had been asking clubs to create a literacy project. We didn’t have any money in our club budget but that wasn’t a problem. We started a partnership with the local Boys & Girls Club in town which had the audience we needed to kick start a kid’s summer reading program. We realized that our budgetary needs were minimal and devised a plan to get local businesses to help support our project.

Vergennes Day - Rubber Ducky Fund Raiser

Although I don't have all the statistics yet we do want to thank everyone who supported the Rotary Club of Vergennes by participating in the Rubber Ducky race.

This fund raiser helps us fund our college scholarship program. We award 6 scholarships totaling $ 4,500 each year.

Thanks again everyone and we hope to see you back here next year.

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