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St. Johnsbury

Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Union Baptist Church
Route 5
St. Johnsbury, VT  05819
United States
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Internationally acclaimed speaker Dana Caspersen will be guest speaker during St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's weekly meeting Sept. 16. Caspersen is the author of "Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution," a book geared toward changing lives. She will describe methods that can be used to turn conflicts into opportunities for growth.

One of her principles is, you can't change how other people act in a conflict, and often you can't change your situation. But you can change what you do. We have all been in circumstances of conflict when we failed to "think through" the problem; we lashed out; we were rash; and we emerged from the experience with regret. The circumstance may have been in your work, family, or civic life. All areas of our lives can been enhanced by knowing how to "change the conversation."

Caspersen's Changing the Conversation has been called "an invaluable handbook [to] teach you how to transform your mind-set and move beyond the destructive cycle of attack and counterattack … to create dialogue and find lasting solutions."

Caspersen says, of the services she offers, "My clients include teachers, executives, parents, artists, small business owners, social service groups, international dance companies, arts collectives, schools, at-risk youth, municipalities and universities.
In collaboration with communities, governments and foundations in the U.S., Europe and the UK, I have designed and directed multiple large scale action dialogues on challenging topics ranging from immigration to violence. These events integrate simple physical action as an instrument to enable engaging and powerful exchange between participants."

For more information about Dana Caspersen, go to https://danacaspersen.com/

St. Johnsbury Rotary meets at Union Baptist Church, on Route 5 south of St. Johnsbury, at 12:15 p.m. A lunch will be available at the cost of $15. For those interested in only attending the program, Caspersen will be speaking at 1 p.m. Those wishing to join Rotarians for the meal need to contact St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's president, Frank Empsall, for a headcount, via his email at: frankaempsall@aim.com.

Richard Fox, the 2019-2020 governor for Rotary District 7850, was guest speaker during St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's weekly meeting Aug. 26. Fox asked members to consider "Why" they choose to become Rotarians, and emphasized the synergy that comes with being involved in the community. Synergy is his focus for District 7850, which encompasses 43 Rotary clubs in areas of Southern Québec, Northern Vermont and Northern New Hampshire. Fox stated that Rotary clubs need to be solid and strong, and pointed out that the St. Johnsbury's club needs be the Rotary Club for the Greater Good of St. Johnsbury. He encouraged members to consider why they are Rotarians, and to pass this knowledge on to others who may become future members. Fox highlighted four agreements concerning Rotary: 1.) Rotary is important to our local and global communities; 2.) Rotary needs to be in our communities after we are no longer here; 3.) Rotary Clubs are important for the impact and success of our District and Rotary International, both globally and locally; 4.) We need to grow our Rotary Clubs to ensure sustained community engagement and the long-term impart of Rotary Clubs. He also emphasized that Rotary is family-oriented, and fun!
St. Johnsbury Rotarian Jamie Milne, at left, is presented a gift from 2019-2020 Rotary District 7850 Governor Richard Fox, during St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's weekly meeting August 26. Jamie will be taking the helm as District 7850's governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Milne is presently secretary of the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club, and has also been an Assistant District Governor for 7850, representing clubs in Littleton, Lancaster, Wells River/Woodsville and St. Johnsbury.
Amanda Cochrane, executive director of Umbrella, was guest speaker during St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's weekly meeting July 8. Amanda spoke about the programs offered by Umbrella, dealing with abused women. One of the programs discussed was "Cornucopia, a culinary arts job-training program for women with barriers to employment. The 14-week program introduces women to the culinary arts through the preparation and packaging of Meals-on-Wheels for Newport area seniors. After completing the program, women are assisted with securing employment enabling them to achieve economic self-sufficiency."
Outgoing St. Johnsbury Rotary Club 2018-2019 President Jim McFaul presents the Club’s Rotarian of the Year Award to Katheryn Laferriere, during the Club’s end-of-the-year meeting June 24 at the Rotary Pavilion in St. Johnsbury. Katheryn serves the Club in many capacities, including being vice president on the Board of Directors; chairperson for the Membership Committee; an active participant in the Basketball Committee and the Relay for Life team. Katheryn lives in St. Johnsbury with her two daughters and husband Fred, owner of Mayo’s Furniture and Flooring.
Katelyn Brown, a 2019 graduate of Danville School, was presented with a St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Community Service Award on June 24 during the Club’s changeover meeting at the Rotary Pavilion in St. Johnsbury. Every year, following an application process, awards are presented to two high school seniors in the Club’s service area, who demonstrate Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Katelyn plans to attend the University of Southern Maine this fall. She is the daughter of Eric Brown of Lunenburg, and Wes and Paula Ward of Danville. She was presented the award by Martha Hill, at left, a member of the CSA Committee, and James McFaul, outgoing 2018-2019 president.
2018-2019 President James McFaul presents Rotarian Jamie Milne with a plaque of appreciation for his many years as Club Secretary. Jamie is slated to become Governor for Rotary District 7850 for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
President Jim McFaul hands over the gavel to incoming President Frank Empsall.
Vice President Katheryn Laferriere (Left) and President Jim McFaul (Right) welcome new Rotary member, Scott Campbell.
Brendan Hughes passion for St. Johnsbury shows as he updates the St. Johnsbury Rotary club on the progress of the St. Johnsbury Distillery -- schedule to open in the St. J Hardware building this spring.

     St. Johnsbury Rotary's 2019 71st Basketball Tournament!


                                View the Basketball Schedule in the "Download" section on the right of website.


Our Rotary Basketball Tournament promotes good sportsmanship among the 500-plus students from Northern Vermont and New Hampshire whose teams participate each year.  The two-week tournament is also our Club's biggest annual fundraiser.  The proceeds support sending children to summer camps.

Historically, funds from our Tournament and other funds raised by our club have supported the following St. Johnsbury Rotary Club projects:

• Summer camps for over 50 children
• Literacy and education: Our club distributes 240 dictionaries and atlases to local schoolchildren each year
• Community Service Awards to college-bound students
• Northeast Kingdom Youth Services (NEKYS)
• First Night
• Four area Red Cross Blood Drives collecting 700+ pints of blood annually
• Meals on Wheels
• Shared Heat
• The Santa Fund and many more local projects.

Walk to End Alzheimer's --
Jane Mitchell is the Vermont state coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association.  Nancy Poulos heads up the "Walk to End Alzheimer's in St. Johnsbury on September 9th.
St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's Changeover
Pres. Jim McFaul presents outgoing Pres. Susan Cherry with a President's Rotary plaque.  As president, Susan lead the club for 2 years.  The club welcomes Pres. Jim's as it's president for the coming Rotary year (July 1st to July 1st).  Pres. Jim has been outlining his thoughts and goals for the club and the club looks forward to his leadership.
St. Johnsbury Rotary Speech Contestant - Martin Kraus
Martin Kraus, St. Johnsbury Academy was the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club's contestant at the second round of the District 7850 Rotary Speech Contest hosted by the Littleton Rotary Club on March 14th.  Martin competed against contestants from the Lancaster Rotary Club (Isabella Gaetjens-Oleson)  and the Cohase Rotary Club (Bryannah Heywood).   Bryannah scored the most points and will compete in April 14th at the Rotary District Assembly.  
February 12, 2018 St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Meeting
Member Jim McFaul presents the Rotary banner from the Beirut Cedars Rotary Club in Beirut, Lebanon.  Jim recently visited the Beirut area and shared our club's banner with their club.
Past Present and our Club's current Rotary International Foundation Chair discusses the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation.  One of the Foundation's greatest benefits is that 50% of the money donated by a Rotary District returns to that district to be used by the Rotary Clubs.  Our District 7850 receives approximately $30,000 each year.  A couple of year's ago, the St. Johnsbury Club participated in a District Grant.  The grant helped to get the Rankin land (Kingdom Trails South) started.
December 18, 2017 St. Johnsbury Rotary Meeting
Member Jim McFaul talks about his recent trip to Beirut.  Jim attended the Rotary meeting of the Rotary Club Beirut Cedars.
Katheryn, Brynn and Frank enjoy a bit of humor during the meeting!

St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Visioning: Strategic Planning for the Future

Our Club recently conducted a visioning session.  Information related to the session and the results are outlined in a paper contained in the Download area.
Katy Curnyn from Summit by Morrison
Sep 23, 2019
The senior community in Whitefield, NH
Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive

Nigeria reaches crucial polio milestone

Nigeria reaches crucial polio

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International

Fighting poverty on a small scale

A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnershipEvanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years,