Welcome to Ludlow, VT Rotary
Ludlow Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
DJ's Restaurant
146 Main Street (not for mail purposes)
P.O. Box 216
Ludlow, VT 05149
United States of America
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LUDLOW -- On November 7, Divided Sky Foundation invited the Ludlow Rotary Club for a delightful lunch and fellowship. Following lunch, our Rotarian, Melanie Gulde, Program Director, explained how Divided Sky came about, the need and the program. Rotarians were given a tour of the facility, which was great!
What a beautiful and serene setting inside and out! Many attending lunch recalled the previous usages of the facility including the original Hole #1 of the old Fox Run Golf Course. To fully and correctly explain this wonderful facility and program the following is from the Divided Sky web site. Divided Sky is located in Ludlow, VT - open to all. Good Luck and Thank You, Trey and dedicated staff.
"Trey Anastasio of the band Phish founded the Divided Sky Foundation. As a person in recovery, he recognizes the need for holistic services to heal and start a new and better way of living. Trey raised over one million dollars for the foundation with The Beacon Jams collective of shows during the pandemic. At The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program, we have created a program for people who want recovery. Our non-clinical model is designed to motivate and inspire without judgment. We recognize that addiction is a disease and not an absence of willpower.
At The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program, we teach our guests to make positive changes and work toward the best versions of themselves. Being in recovery means being proactive in one's life. Guests learn the importance of setting boundaries, being honest with themselves and others, and designing a healthy and stable life free from mood-altering substances. Contact us by completing our online form or calling 888.318.2499 to learn if The Divided Sky Residential Recovery Program is the right place for you or a loved one to take charge of life."  Excerpt from - Divided Sky Foundation (.com) www.dividedskyfoundation.com

Ludlow Rotary Learns about “Memory Café”
Ludlow Rotarians learned about the Black River Memory Cafe at the Nov. 14 lunch meeting at DJ's Restaurant. Memory Cafe offers a support group for caregivers and folks dealing with dementia. The group focuses on enabling both to have conversations about memory problems.
Research shows that Memory Cafes enhance the well-being of caregivers' and those suffering memory losses by providing them with an environment filled with acceptance and belonging.
The Cafe meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Ludlow Community Center.
Pictured above are Rotarians George Thomson, left, with Beth Krefski and Vicki Mastroinanni of the Memory Café, and Ludlow Rotary club president Tom Ray.
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Even Rain Can’t Stop Ludlow Rotary’s Annual Chili-Cook-Off
The heavens may have opened last Saturday in Ludlow, but even the downpour didn’t seem to faze the over 400 people who braved the weather so they could enjoy the many different varieties of chili available at the Ludlow Rotary Club’s 32nd annual Chili-Cook-Off.
And, the judges, town managers and selectboard leaders, made certain that everyone had a chance to vote (including themselves) which resulted in honoring the following chili makers:
People's Choice:
#1 Bird's Nest by Shelley Steinfeld
#2 Smokey T's Lone Star by Todd Patane
#3 Saylor Family by Chris Saylor
Honorable mention - Castle Hill Harvest - The Castle Inn
Judge’s winners:
Best in Show - Smokey T's Lone Star Chili by Todd Patane
Team Spirit - Local Yokel by Engel & Volker Real Estate
Spiciest - Reactor No 4 by Jarod A. P. Harlow
The Ludlow Rotary wishes to thank its sponsors of this year’s cook-off:
Cayenne Pepper Level Sponsors:
Cota & Cota; M&T Bank; Mary Davis Realtor & Assoc., Inc.; ServPro; Singleton’s Store; Summit Solutions; William Raveis-VT Properties
Chili Pepper Level Sponsors:
Benson Chevrolet, Inc.; Green Mountain Fireplace Specialties; Sue Starr-Adams, Realtor; Weidman Law, PLLC
Jalapeno Pepper Level Sponsors:
Huntley Financial; James Young, Law; Ludlow Insurance Agency; Open Door Vacation Rentals; Prime Lending; Ted Stryhas, Builder, Inc.; Timothy Faulkner, CPA; Wright Construction Co.
Kevin Barnes, Cook-Off Chairperson, added special thanks to the groups that offered in-kind sponsorship Including Okemo Mountain Resort, DJs, Reading Greenhouse, Wilcox Dairy, and Howard Dean Vocational School.
He added that “we’re all very grateful to those hardy folks who braved the rain so that they could enjoy the great chilis prepared for this special event”’.  Barnes indicated that he and the Rotary Club would do their best to ensure a dry 33rd annual Chili-Off in 2024.
The annual Chili-Cook-Off is one of the major fund-raising events for the club so that it can continue to provide funding and assistance to area groups and the community.
Even though it was raining, the above shows how folks braved the weather to enjoy the various styles of chili featured in the 32nd annual Ludlow Rotary Club’s Chili-Cook-Off, protected from the elements.
At our August 1, 2023, meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club was pleased welcome back Robert Fleming and Amy Carst of Malayaka House, Entebbe, Uganda. Robert’s story is amazing, how as a tourist in Uganda 18 years ago he became aware of a pregnant young woman not comprehending her pregnancy. Robert took it upon himself to keep a watchful eye and help as he may. Short story, the woman had her baby girl and abandoned it in the bathroom of the hospital. Since Robert brought her in, the police told him to take the baby as no one would want the child. The next day, Robert was given another young child by the police. You see children are dispensable in Uganda and Robert, being American, was believed to be able to care for them. Robert a single person, on vacation, did not know how to change a diaper or care for a child. He learned very quickly. Hence, his first baby girl was named Malayaka, (Angel) and the Malayaka house was “born”. Many children have been welcomed here each with their own heart-wrenching story. All are well loved, cared for and educated at the best schools and onto university if the desire is there. Malayaka House is their home, forever welcomed, and Robert is their “Uncle”.
Fifty children have been so wonderfully cared for and loved. They have an amazing sense of self and caring for each other. Robert, no longer, runs Malayaka House as it takes more than he to manage the day-to-day paperwork etc. Instead, Robert freely spends time with the children day to day, arranges for their education and welfare and focuses of public speaking and raising the funds continually needed to provide for the children.
All those years ago, perhaps 15, Rotary was introduced to Robert, his story and Malayaka House. Our club was so impressed that we wrote and received a sizable Rotary District 7870 grant to assist with the installation of solar panels for Malayaka House. We are so touched by the kindness of Robert and his staff! A few Rotarians have visited Malayaka House. If you would like to learn more about this amazingly loving place, the full story, see the children and read about all of the success of Malayaka House, please visit https://malayakahouse.com/ I promise you will not have a dry eye.
At yesterday’s meeting, I remembered and spoke to Robert’s mission. It is to provide a loving and safe home for the children left behind, meet their needs and provide the best education available for the kids. Robert would never allow “his” children, the children of Uganda, to be adopted, as they are the future of this country. He is a man of his word.
Jill A. Tofferi
Ludlow VT Rotarian
Photo: President, Tom Ray, Rotarian Brett Wright, Robert Fleming of Malayaka House, George Thomson Rotarian, Linda Thomas and Amy Carst
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It is the Rotarian's responsibility to report any make-ups to the club secretary, Barbara LeMire.  Make-ups should be reported immediately for recordkeeping purposes.
Club Assembly
Feb 27, 2024
Rotary Lunch at DJ's
Mar 05, 2024
Mar 12, 2024
No Rotary Today
Mar 19, 2024
Board Meeting @ FML
Rotary Lunch at DJ's
Mar 26, 2024
Club Assembly