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.


Pete Kellerman from the Graham Shelter

We want to thank Pete Kellerman, Senior Case Manager at the John Graham Shelter, for coming to update the Greater Vergennes Rotary members about their efforts and needs.

Pete helped us to understand how much we take for granted. Its the "simple things that make a big difference" in many of the lives they touch. Those thing that we often forget about and take for granted can have a profound affect on others.

The work they do at the Graham Shelter is not just to provide emergency or temporary housing but to provide the assistance individuals and families need to get past the difficulty's that brought them there and to succeed in life.

As far as items the shelter needs... Sheets and towels are always a need, and currently some sturdy dining table chairs would be welcomed.

We also want to extend our gratitude to the staff at the Graham Shelter for their care and concern of others. Thank You!

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World Polio Day

We want you to join us for World Polio Day on October 24. How?
Rotary will host a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and Rotary members. Watch the event live and join the conversation at:
Today, the vast majority of the world is polio-free. Nearly 80 percent of all polio cases are concentrated in just one country: Pakistan. The two other remaining polio-endemic countries – Afghanistan and Nigeria – continue to show progress. Nigeria has decreased polio cases by 87 percent and Afghanistan has recorded only 10 cases of this devastating disease.
Take Action:
• Let everyone know that you want to end polio with this badge of support .
• Share a photo of yourself making the “this close” gesture or tell us why you want to end polio with the #WorldPolioDay hashtag to join our gallery. View the gallery.
• Post your support on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to share.
• Download these tools and graphics.
• Watch the live global update on October 24. Add to you calendar.
Wiping a disease from the face of the earth is not easy, and the final push is the most challenging. With your support and your voice, we can end polio now.

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The Greater Vergennes Rotary is looking for new members!

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: ; 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.


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.