Rotary Club of Bellows Falls

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Welcome to our Club!

Bellows Falls

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
New England Kurn Hattin Homes
64 Mathey Rd
Mailing: P. O. Box 81, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Westminster, VT  05158
United States
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We will not be meeting at Kurn Hattin School on Thursday, November 19th. 
Our meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. At Saxtons River Inn

Today, our club welcomed our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Thomas Lopez.  Thomas is settling in with his new family.  We welcome Thomas to our Rotary family as well.  Thomas is living here for a school year.  He is from Belgium.  
In October we will have a presentation by Thomas about his home country.

We will wait to hear about their trip, but we Rotarians are very proud of Ed and Keith.  One incredible item off their bucket list.  
A stop at Muir Pass .  Maybe this should count for their Thursday attendance!
Do you remember what they looked like the day they entered the John Muir Trail?  Well, here you go!  
Here is the moment they came off the trail at Onion Valley!
That is not fog!  That is the smoke from the forest fire!  

What a wonderful dinner!  We had a lovely dinner at the beautiful Saxtons River Inn with District Governor Sandra McGonagle and her wonderful husband John.  Great fellowship, friendships and many laughs.

Keith and Ed are on their way. 
After a year of preparation for Keith and two years for Ed, may their adventure be fulfilling, safe and memories to last a lifetime. 
Follow their adventures at the link below.  Keith is wearing a SPOT device which will map out their hike in the next few weeks. 
Michael Moriarty from the Mono County Sheriff's Office helped transport Keith and Ed to their starting point.  I wonder if they will still be smiling when they are all done!  Clean shaven heads will be fully grown out I am sure. 
Follow the link to see where they have traveled in a day. Two amazing friends on a trip of a lifetime. 
Fellow Rotarians, keep them in your prayers!Good luck Ed and Keith.  Hike smart and hydrate!! 

Penny Sale, Saturday, May 2nd at Bellows Falls High School. 
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Sale starts at 6:00 p.m.
Hundreds of prizes to win!Yay!  It is that time of year again! 

Saturday, May 2nd is a very busy day for our Rotarians.  Some will be participating in Green Up day throughout Bellows Falls and Westminster.  Others will be participating at Kurn Hattin School, volunteering at the school's annual Spring Fling.  Some will be running the 5k in honor and memory of Tom Fahner.  Others will be preparing for the Penny Sale which will be held in the evening of May 2nd.  Some will have their hands in every one of these events!!!  We certainly hope to see you at one or ALL of these events!!!

Do not forget!  Our Rotary meeting and breakfast on April 30th will be held at Saxtons River Inn in Saxtons River.  Same time (7:30 a.m.)
Hope to see you all there.

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting at our normal time; at our normal place.  
Can't wait to hear about everyone's holidays!  See you all Thursday!

Here's to 2015
It’s 2015, it’s time to review
What we have done, now what will we do?
Last year we built fences and wheelchair ramps,
Scholarships were given and shelter meals prepared.
We sponsored a movie for the children and laughter was shared.
We met weekly for breakfast and enjoyed many talks
And sang out of tune when it reached 8:40 on the clock!
This year we have decided to sponsor a teen,
RYE gives students a new world to be seen.
In turn we will welcome a Youth Exchange girl or boy,
To share our lives, our country, our love and joy.
International projects to be worked into our agendas,
Appreciation dinner for those who support us.
So much to do, so much to look forward to.
In 2015 lets work on our numbers.
All that we have, all that we know,
New members are certain to help us grow.
Let’s remember those who have moved on and those who have passed,
Their gifts, the memories, are sure to last.
Let’s follow their desire to do great things.
It’s 2015,
Bellows Falls Rotary Club has a lot to bring!
Happy New Year Everyone!
A little silliness to bring to the new year!  

Theresa Perry, an R.N. at Baystate Medical, a long time resident of Rockingham/Bellows Falls. 
  Sorry Theresa (as soon as I figure out how to turn your picture around, I will).  No where on this application does it have an option to rotate!  I will figure it out but I wanted your photo on here.

Congratulations Keith Clark for receiving your second Paul Harris! 
I had the honor of presenting (my husband), Keith Clark with his second Paul Harris Award.  Not only does Keith make quarterly payments to the Foundation, but he does so much for the community and the club.
We all thank you for your dedication and commitment to our club.


It's the LOBSTER DO!!!! Fellow Rotarians, if you would like to attend, please RSVP, to Rita, no later than September 4th!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
4:00 p.m. Cocktails (BYOB)
5:00 p.m. Dinner
Cheese & Crackers
Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce
Choice of Lobster, Steak, or Chicken
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Corn on the cob
Strawberry Shortcake
Lemonade & Iced Tea (or your BYOB)
$30.00 per person
Westminster Fire House 103 Grout Avenue, Westminster, VT


Today, after our regular meeting, many Rotarians stayed to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  The bicycle ride New England Tour de Cure comes through Bellows Falls, stopping at The Vermont Country Store for a rest and nutrition (and to shop)!  Tour de Cure is a 150 or a 550 mile bicycle ride for Diabetes Awareness.  There are riders from all over the country riding.  There are riders with some lovely British accents, etc.  Riders have a choice to do a two day versus a seven day ride to help raise awareness and make a difference in the fight to stop Diabetes.  There are riders who have family members or friends who are affected by the disease.  Then there are the Red Riders.  These are individuals who have Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes helping to support everyone with diabetes and do not let the disease take control of their lives.  They are true heroes. 
These amazing riders request PB & J sandwiches for their stop in Bellows Falls/Rockingham.  Bellows Falls Rotary Club has answered that request for the past five years.  Rotarians offered delicious homemade blueberry jam, homemade peach jam and homemade strawberry rhubarb jam.  Panera Bread in Keene, NH donated ALL of the bread!  Thank you Panera!  
Rotarians Ginger Cook and Bonnie Clark along with Rotarian Hugh Haggarty's lovely wife Betty spent time with the riders and staff/volunteers of the Tour de Cure up at The Vermont Country Store.  
Thank you to all of our sandwich makers ~ Maria, Ginger, Bonnie, Missy, Eric, Theresa,  and Ryan.  Thank you Doreen for picking up the bread at Panera!  Thank you Rotarians for the donations of peanut butter and jelly.  


Today, July 10th,  the Bellows Falls Rotary Club President, Keith Clark along with fellow Rotarians in Rotary District 7870 and Rotary District Governor, Dr. Richard Berryman presented three Bellows Falls Union High School Seniors with their scholarships. The three scholarship recipients, chosen by the Bellows Falls Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, were each presented with $2000 scholarships.  Miss Emily Dufault will be pursuing her education in nursing at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, Miss Chapin Reis will be pursuing her education in Hospitality at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and Miss Kaitlyn Burns will be pursuing her education in Psychology & Sociology at Community College of Vermont. 
Not pictured, is our $500.00 cash award & Rotary Medal winner, Taylor Pinsonault.  Taylor was chosen by the faculty at Bellows Falls Union High School in recognition of her dedication and commitment to her education. 
We wish these young ladies the best of luck and hope that they may someday become future leaders in our world and Rotary clubs. 

Pictured:  Bellows Falls Rotary Club President, Keith Clark, Miss Emily DuFault, Miss Chapin Reis, Miss Kaitlyn Burns and Rotary District Governor, Dr. Richard Berryman. 

Saturday, September 21st four of our Rotarians created a team, "Team Rotary" for the Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center fundraiser night golf tournament.  
Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center is a 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse in Windham County.  
Great job and thank you for representing the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, Eric Anderson, Ed Dinnany, Keith Clark and Tom Miller!

Temporary change to the Home page in honor of the successes of the Bellows Falls Union High School graduating seniors and the alumni, I have made the change to the color of the home page.  It will be changed back soon.

What a wonderful way to start our day!  We had a great visit with our guest speaker, Felipe.  Felipe was our exchange student in 2007.  Felipe expressed the great experience Rotary Youth Exchange was for him.  He went on to tell us about his life since being our exchange student for a school year.  Felipe is now an attorney practicing aviation law!!  This is is second visit back to the States since his exchange, not just as a visitor this time but also on business.  
Later in the evening we had dinner with Felipe at MacLaomainn's in Chester!  

Ginger Cook is responsible for our guest speaker for June 6th!  Wow, she definitely will NOT disappoint with this surprise speaker!!!  You will be so delighted!  Please make every effort to attend our June 6th meeting!!!  


Today, we would like to take the time to thank all of the great contributors to our Annual Penny Sale.  Rotarian Raynie Laware also needs to be thanked.  She puts in an incredible amount of time to make this fundraiser a huge success.  Hugh Haggarty is her "partner in crime" in this fundraiser, coordinating the cash raffle ticket sales.  Kudos to all of the Rotarians who provide a wonderful night of fun for our community. 


Special thanks to Bellows Falls Fire Department for hanging our banner in the square.  Penguin Mart and Shaw's for allowing us to sell raffle tickets in front of their businesses.  Cota & Cota for the printing of the programs.  Thank you to Salmon & Nostrand Attorneys at Law, Dibernardo Associates, Dr. John Leppman-Greater Falls Medical Group, Jancewicz & Son and Pieciak & Company, P.C. for cash donations.


And for all of the great prizes: Staples, Ruggles & Hunt, Vermont Country Store, Walgreens, Cota & Cota, Rockingham Dental Center, MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub, Bazin Bros., Hennessey Electric, Harlow Farm, Westminster Auto, Vermont Signature Sauces, Penguin Mart, Cornerstone Pediatrics, Greater Rockingham Services, Yvonne Boyd, Rockingham Animal Care, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, HB Energy Solutions, Greater Rock Fitness, Route 5 Shell, MOSS Answering Service, Archer Mayor, D&R & Sons Auto Repair, L.A. Burdick, Burtco, Curves, Edward Jones, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Simone's Styling Salon, Real Twist, Corinne Fine Tailoring, John T's Appliance Repair, Subway, Rita Hinds, Fit Body Bootcamp, Jim's Arcade, Alyson's Orchard , Westminster Animal Hospital, Pizza Palace, Spaulding & Madden Tax Services, Dairy Joy, Okemo Mountain, J&H Hardware, Bellows Falls Opera House, Connecticut River Transit (The Current), Connecticut River Bank, PK's Pub, Irving Oil, Sanel Auto Parts, Clark Mortenson Insurance, Real to Reel, Savings Bank of Walpole, Lisai's Corner Deli, Jennifer Washburn Photography, The Home Depot, Lisai's Market, Father's Restaurant, Community Feed Store, Walpole Vet Hospital,Greater Falls Chamber of Commerce, Jada's Restaurant, Sherwin Art Glass, Lawrence & Lober Electric, Jake's Walpole Market, Bellows Falls Country Club, Murray's Restaurant, 5 Star Beverage, Woodzels by Wetzels, Village Square Bookseller, Aubuchon Hardware, Greater Falls Travel, Morning Star Pernennials, Westminster Circle K, Costume Ladies, China Garden, Newton Business, Pinnacleview Equipment, Kasper & Associates, Sojourn's, Cheever Tire, LeStudio Gymnastics & Dance, Walpole Village Salon, Dellamano Glass, Saxtons River Inn, JD McCliment's Pub, Leader Beverage, Leslie's Restaurant, Thyme to Cook, Green Mountain Specialties, Bellows Falls Police Department, Ed Dinnany , The Richards Group Insurance, Mike Cook, Boccaccio's, The Final Cut, Sackett's Brook Sugarmakers, Cooperman Fife & Drum, Co. Dr. Vernon Temple, Hooper Golf Club, Smokin' Bowls, Joy Wah, Jiffy Mart, Basketville, Greater Falls Dentistry, Kurn Hattin Homes, Moore Law, Homestead Farms, Doreen Aldrich, Stefan Golec, H & R Block, Dr. David Heydenreich, Famous Pizza, General Truck & Equipment, Walker Farm, Rock & Hammer, River Valley Credit Union, BDR, Vermont Festivals, Rockingham Sunoco Exit 6, Emerson's Power Sports, Michael Cook, R.A.M.P., Halladay's Flowers & Harvest Barn, Achille Agway, Popolo, Dr. Timothy Johnson,Cumberland Farms, The "Oh" Zone, Hodgkins & Sons, J&W Auto Repair, Mountainside Tattoo, Elizabeth Harlow, Atty. J. Eric Anderson, Robert Kimball, CPA, Mr. G's, J & B Glass, Vermont Academy, Aumands, Steve Durand -Durand Ford Toyota and Allen Bros.



My apologies...having a hard time uploading my images....will try to fix and post soon.


Fellow Club Members,

Not sure if you heard the news today or not. Today marks the one year point since the last case of polio was diagnosed in India.

The fight will continue


Keith Clark
Rotary Club of Bellows Falls
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Larry J Lanata
    May 16
  • Virginia "Missy" Wilkins, PHD
    May 21
  • Helene Champagne
    May 29
  • Bonnie Clark
    Keith Clark
    May 5
  • Keith Clark
    May 5
  • Helene Champagne
    Ted Yarnick
    May 8
Join Date:
  • Richard Govotski
    May 7, 2015
    1 year
  • Sarah Campbell
    May 7, 2015
    1 year
  • Eric Anderson
    May 13, 2010
    6 years