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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We were full of joy and spirits last night at our annual Christmas party held at DJ's Restaurant in beautiful downtown Ludlow!
We awarded two Rotarians with SPHF awards. Barbara LeMire and Sharon Bixby were each pinned in recognition of their donations to the Rotary Foundation.
The night also included some singing, a Yankee swap and an awesome meal!
Our club meets Tuesday’s starting at 12:15 at DJ’s. We are always looking for new members. PM us for more info! As some say it’s the only time you can eat lunch at DJ’s. Our club is fun, active and always looking for local, national and international projects to help those in need.
We have been serving the communities of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt. Holly and Plymouth since 1927.
The Rotary Club hosted a “financial round table” on Dec. 6 featuring past and present members of the accounting and financial services professions. A number of ideas were offered about investing, building retirement savings, tax shelters and more. Club members Tom Harris and Mark Huntley joined Derick Karner and Jeff Graham for lunch in the Gold Room at Calcuttas Restaurant.
Financial advice from professionals like these is regulated by the SEC and other government entities. Comments were offered free and are presented here as individual opinions, unattributed to any particular source or person.
Everyone should have a financial plan and contribute regularly to a 401K, IRA or 529 plan for educational expenses. Also important is to have a will and/or trust and to E-file your taxes to avoid the IRS backlog.
Stay away from crypto currency – referred to as Crypto Bunko – and recently compared by legendary investor Jamie Diamond to “a pet rock.”
Reduce household expenses by buying bulk food (get a second freezer), cancel the cable subscription (consider Peacock, Discovery Plus, Hulu and other streaming services) and avoid variable rate loans and credit cards. “Buy stocks now when there’s blood in the streets,” one person said. Over the long term, stocks continue to outperform many other investments. Look for companies that carry low debt and pay dividends, including food and energy producers, oil companies, utilities and companies that transmit electricity. Whenever possible, move savings out of regular bank accounts and into 6-month (or longer) CDs.
The Dec. 6 meeting was Rotary’s last weekly meeting for the year. Rotary usually meets shortly after noon for lunch on Tuesdays at DJ’s Restaurant.
The 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off this past Holiday weekend was a major success.  The weather was perfect, hundreds of “taste testers” were treated to a large variety of chilis, and the many chili providers were happy with the reception of their unique brands of “real” chili.  Additionally, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) gained resources to continue providing assistance to local projects.
“It was wonderful to see all the locals and visitors enjoying the dozens of chilis,” said Kevin Barnes, co-chair of the LRC cook-off committee.  “I don’t know how many gallons of chili we went through,” he added, “but it certainly was enough to feed an army-and it was great tasting.”
Barnes noted that “every kind of chili you can imagine was offered at the cookoff from very hot, veggie, and everything in between.  It truly was a chili-lovers festival!”
As a result of the voting by the many “taste testers”, the recipients of the People’s Choice awards were:
1st - Bird's Nest by Shelli Steinfeld
2nd - West Indian Chili by Mr Darcy's
3rd - Madman Billy's by Johnny's Kitchen
Honorable Mention - Chili Factor by Prudence Williams
The judges, Fire Chief Peter Kolenda from Ludlow and Fire Chief Bob Glidden from Proctorsville, decided the following winners in these categories:
Best in Show - Chili Factor by Prudence Williams
Spiciest - Reactor #4 by Jared Harlow of Black River Mechanical
Team Spirit - The Castle Inn
LRC President Jim Rumrill expressed the clubs thanks to Okemo Mountain Resort, William Raveis Vermont Properties, Black River Produce, Wilcox Dairy, and Ludlow’s Shaw Supermarket for their contributions to making this event happen. 
The proceeds from the cook-off will be used by the LRC to continue its programs of aiding local community projects, schools and scholarships.
 Ludlow Rotary Club Hosts  31st  Annual Chili Cook-off
October 8, 2022
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) is sponsoring its 31st Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cook-off will be located at the traffic light on Depot Street.  Proceeds will benefit the Ludlow Rotary Charitable Fund to enable the LRC to continue its programs of local support.   
Over 20 entrants will be competing for the various awards offered by the cook-off.  It will be an opportunity for cook-off guests to taste a wide variety of chilis and enjoy great local cider and Vermont ice cream.  The LRC has special thanks to Okemo Mountain Resort, William Raveis Vermont Properties, Black River Produce, Wilcox Dairy, and Ludlow’s Shaw Supermarket for their contributions to making this event happen. 
Cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.  Awards also will be given to the chili entry with the most voted in the “Judges’ Choice”, “Spiciest”, and “Team Spirit” categories.  Plaques and three cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.
1st Place will receive $200.00
2nd Place will receive $100.00
3rd Place will receive $50.00
In recognition of the hard work our area fire chiefs have done in support of the community, the Judges for these awards will be Chief Peter Kolenda from Ludlow, Chief Bob Glidden from Proctorsville, and Chief Brian Buffum from Mount Holly. 
Admission to enjoy the several dozen chilis is:
$15 per person
$5 for kids 12 and under
Special family $35 for 2 adults & 2 kids
This includes sampling all the chilis plus bread, ice cream, and cider.
For more info, contact Kevin Barnes at 802-558-0479 or ludlowrotary@gmail.com.
Ludlow Rotary Learns How
Crowley Makes Cheese
At its August 9 meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary Club traveled to Healdville to tour the facilities of Crowley Cheese and learn how their cheese was produced.
Crowley Cheese began making cheese in 1824 in the Crowley farm kitchen.  In 1882 it built its factory next to the Crowley farm in Mt Holly and has been producing its fine cheeses ever since.  Recognized as a National Historic Place, it is the oldest continuously-operating cheese producer in America.
Galen Jones, President of Crowley Cheese, detailed the process by which their special version of cheddar cheese is created.  Unlike the usual process, where the bulk of the process is handled by machines, Crowley still employs its age-old process requiring the patience and attention that only direct human involvement can produce.
Crowley cheese is made according to a unique recipe. It falls in the Cheddar family, but unlike a Cheddar it doesn’t go through the cheddaring process. Instead, the production adds a rinse step that reduces the amount of whey in the cheese. This step is somewhat similar to the wash step used in Colby.  As a result, their cheddars are more moist.  Jones also noted that it takes 10 units of milk to create one of cheese. 
Picture above is Galen Jones as he explains the cheese making process to the Ludlow Rotarians as they view the actual cheese production area.
The Ludlow Rotary Club welcomes interested persons to its weekly meetings, usually held at DJs Restaurant on Tuesdays beginning at Noon.  Simply ask a Rotarian for more information or contact Kevin Barnes at 802.228.8877.
Drones -- those little remote-controlled helicopters with an all-seeing camera -- are ideal for solving the mystery of a lost hiker. But finding out what's behind a neighbor's fence or, God forbid,  your bedroom window, are off limits, according to Gene Jakominich of Ludlow, featured speaker at the Ludlow Rotary Club's July 19th meeting.
He described the capabilities of drones, detailing how the photographs taken by these flying devices were able to define details that ordinary cameras couldn’t.
A retired US Navy Operations Specialist and veteran of the First Gulf War, Jakominich says drones are useful for disaster relief. But, they must never take off from private property without permission from the property owner.  In discussing the flight management of drones, Jakominich indicated that most drone users followed basic rules as to elevation and area covered during drone operations. . 
Two factors he stressed concerned drone flight over private property.  He cited the current legal status of a drone as being similar to that of a commercial aircraft, saying, "Don't shoot it down. That's a federal crime. Call the police instead." since this would be considered the same as attacking conventional aircraft based on the current laws.
He also noted that most users will not take photos of private property without first getting the consent of the owner.
Jim Rumrill, LRC President, introduced three recently graduated students from area high schools.  All three were recent recipients of scholarship awards from the LRC.  Each of the students described their continuing plan of studies in college.
Pictured above are three students who recently graduated from high school who were awarded scholarships by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC).  They recently attended a club meeting and discussed their future education plans.  They are pictured with Jim Rumrill, the President of the LRC.  From left to right, they are Jim Rumrill, LRC President, Reid
Hychiewicz, Mackenzie Martin, and Grace Tyrrell.
It’s that time of year – when the ducks are preparing for race down the Black River in the Ralph D Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race to help a local group, this year it will be Reinbow Riding of Mt. Holly.
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) will be sponsoring the 23rd running of this traditional “athletic” event of the ducks on Saturday, August 20 when at 12 Noon the sponsored ducks will be dropped from the Depot Street bridge into the Black River to determine who the fastest duck to reach Walker Bridge is.
The ducks reaching the Walker Bridge first will be rewarding their sponsors with cash prizes of $200, 100, and 75 for the first three winners.  Keeping with tradition, the last sponsored duck to make it across the finish line will earn $25 for its sponsor-just for trying.
Naturally, in order to be one of the winners, sponsors need to rent their ducks by purchasing raffle tickets.  Tickets are available in numerous “sizes”:
$5 for a single ticket
$20 for a quack pack (5 for $20)
$50 for a corporate duck
Raffle tickets are available at Benson’s Chevrolet, Peoples United Bank and Ludlow Insurance and any Ludlow Rotarian! 
Tickets may be purchased here through paypal!
64th Ludlow Rotary Penny Sale Arrives
April 30 with Hundreds of Donated Prizes
Thanks to the donations of prizes by over 100 area businesses and individuals, the 64th annual Penny Sale, sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club, will resume on Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm in the Ludlow Elementary School’s Gymnasium. 
The Items being donated will include ski passes, cash, sweatshirts, restaurant gift cards, day or overnight summer camp packages, auto services, microwaves, bicycles, Mary Meyers stuffed animals, plants, ski sweaters, ski coats, hotel stays, a gaming computer, and many other surprising gifts. 
The raffle, normally conducted at the close of the Penny Sale, will offer the following prizes: 
1st Prize is $500
2nd Prize is $250
3rd Prize is $150
4th Prize is $100 and
5th Prize is $50
Raffle tickets are $2 for one or 3 tickets for $5.  
Raffle tickets may be purchased from LRC members, accessing the LRC’s website at www.ludlowrotary.com or by sending a check to LARCF, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149.  You do not have to be there to win one of these raffle prizes but, if you are in attendance, your award is increased by $25.
The proceeds from the Penny Sale help LRC underwrite its annual scholarship program for area graduating high school seniors planning advanced educational programs.  Through this program, LRC has awarded over $150,000 in scholarship awards during the past 20 years.  The annual scholarship awards last year totaled $9,000.
The Penny Sale is free and open to everyone.  In addition to the prizes and raffle, refreshments will be available.  For information or questions call Kim Lampert at 228-4000 or Jim Rumrill at 228-8866 or email:  ludlowrotary@gmail.com.   Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Pictured above is a scene from the Penny Sale sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club.  As indicated from the photo, it was packed full of prizes, as seen in the foreground, while Rotarian Tom Harris managed the selection of the next winning ticket.
After having been skipped for two years due to the pandemic, the 64th annual Penny Sale, sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC), returned to Ludlow in full force.
Thanks to the donation of gifts from over 100 area businesses and individuals, the Penny Sale was able to give away over $30,000 in merchandise and cash, plus award some lucky people during the raffle ticket drawings at the conclusion of the event.
The Items donated included ski passes, cash, sweatshirts, restaurant gift cards, day or overnight summer camp packages, auto services, microwaves, bicycles, Mary Meyers stuffed animals, plants, ski sweaters, ski coats, hotel stays, a gaming computer, and many other surprising gifts. 
According to Penny Sale co-chairperson, Kim Lampert, “the crowd in attendance was wonderful and large, many old-timers returning and many new faces welcomed”.
Winners in the raffle ticket drawing included:
$500 plus $25 for being in the gym Chris Granger
$250 Fletcher Memorial Library
$150 Fletcher Memorial Library
$100 Ryan Murphy
$50 Kurt Bagley
Kim expressed her thanks to the students at area schools who acted as liaisons for the LRC in delivering prizes to winners during the two rounds when the donated gifts were awarded.  They represented Ludlow, Cavendish, and Mt Holly Elementary schools as well as schools in Bradford and Newfane.
She also thanked the many members of the LRC who enabled the event to take place along with all the businesses that denoted gifts for the Penny Sale.  In particular, she thanked Cota & Cota, Benson’s Chevrolet, and Ludlow Electric for their behind the scenes efforts.
As a result of the Penny Sale, the LRC will be able to offer $9,000 in scholarships to area graduating seniors to further their educational programs.  The Penny Sale has been the primary source of funding for this scholarship program.  Over $250,000 has been awarded by the LRC in scholarships to area students since the program was initiated.
Jim Rumrill, co-chairperson of the Penny Sale, indicated that he was “extremely pleased by the community’s response to the penny sale”.  He added a reminder that the Penny Sale would be returning next year on the last Saturday in April.
Pictured here is Kim Lampert, Ludlow Rotarian, as she presents a check for $525 to Chris Granger, the winner of the top raffle ticket prize at the Penny Sale sponsored by the
Ludlow Rotary Club.
The Ludlow Rotary Club and the United Church of Ludlow are combining efforts to raise money for humanitarian relief of the besieged people of the Ukraine on Saturday, March 19 at the United Church, located at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets.
According to George Thomson, they plan to serve a lasagna dinner.  The cost will be $15 per person – or whatever generous donation the diner wishes to make.  “This is sort of an ‘Eat so others can eat’ affair to help the struggling people in Ukraine”, noted Thomson.
You can help us by donating to this relief effort by using the link below.  We would love to have you come to the dinner.  Whether you can make the dinner or not please consider a donation in support of the Ukrainian people by donating using the app below.  
Donation checks via mail are also appreciated.  Make check payable to:  LARCF, Inc. (Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc.) and mail to:  PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149.
All donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)3 organization.  
Pictured above is Anne Gardner, Recovery Plan Coordinator for Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU), and Art Randolph, President of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC), following Ms. Gardner's speech to the LRC at its recent luncheon meeting.
Ms. Gardner comments to the LRC dealt with the preliminary outline being followed by the TRSU concerning  its allocation of ARP ESSER funds. She noted that the plan was still in a preliminary form and that she was seeking input from the various community stakeholders concerning it.
Photo attached of Kim Lampert, of the Ludlow, Vermont Rotary Club and Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, Kentucky Rotary Club; photo credit Jon Lampert
Ludlow Rotary Delivers Emergency Relief Aid to Kentucky Tornado Victims
On a recent weekend with threatening storms and frigid temperatures, Ludlow Rotarian Kim Benson Lampert and her husband, Jon headed south to Elizabethtown, KY to deliver a truck and trailer loaded with goods for storm ravaged Kentuckians who had lost everything.
Lampert said, “I am overwhelmed by the support of our club and community members as well as our Rotary district.”
Donations of $1000 were received from Henniker, NH and Poultney, VT Rotary Clubs. The Concord, NH Rotary Club donated $5000. The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club donated the proceeds of $210 from their "Trivia Night" for this cause. Several other District Rotarians made personal donations to this cause as well.
Troy Caruso donated sports-related toys from his Assisting Children Today charity arm to assist with a Christmas in January celebration for children who had no Christmas this year. Numerous individuals and groups brought boxes and bags of clothing, toiletries, household supplies and other needed items to Benson's Chevrolet, Inc. and Cota Oil.
From there Rotarians and volunteers moved everything to the Lamperts where a snowmobile trailer was loaded to overflowing. At that point, George Benson, Jr. donated use of his larger 7.5’ x 7.5’ x 18’ trailer to the cause. The smaller trailer was unloaded into the larger trailer before goods that continued to pour in were added to it. Ultimately, the larger trailer was packed to the ceiling by a group of volunteers, including Jon Lampert, Ludlow Rotarians Brigid Sullivan and Barb LeMire with her husband, Doug LeMire; generous Mount Holly friends, Nancy McKeegan, Fern and Dennis Melvin who spent more than 2 hours readying the trailer for the 15 hour road trip.
The Lamperts left on Friday after work, arriving at a storage unit rented by the Elizabethtown club on mid-day Saturday. There Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, KY Rotary Club, Assistant Governor Rotary District 6710 met them to unload the almost 1,000 cubic feet of goods that ultimately filled the storage unit.
Edwards will organize work bees among her fellow KY Rotarians to sort items and deliver them to so many needy people who lost everything in the December 10, 2021 storms. She was shocked at the amount of goods sent by the Ludlow Club. “We actually had a nice variety of items,” said Kim Lampert.
The Ludlow Club is continuing to collect cash for the KY victims. Checks should be made payable to LARCF with KY Tornado written in the “For” line. They can be mailed to Ludlow Rotary, Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.
Anyone interested in learning more about joining Rotary is invited to contact Kevin Barnes, Membership Chairman at (802) 228-8877, to receive an invitation to a meeting.
Pictured below left to right, Rotarian Kim Lampert of the Ludlow Rotary Club and Kaytlin Edwards, Grayson County, KY Rotary Club.
Volunteers left to right, Fern and Dennis Melvin, Nancy McKeegan, Doug LeMire, Barbara LeMire and Jonathan Lampert. Rotarian Brigid Sullivan missing from photo.
The January 4, 2022 luncheon meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) featured the Program Director for Divided Sky Foundation, Melanie Gulde, speaking to Rotarians and guests about plans for the future drug and alcohol recovery program on Fox Lane. 
The Divided Sky Foundation, founded by Trey Anastasio, purchased the facility in Ludlow.  Anastasio of the band Phish, himself 15 years sober, launched the Divided Sky Foundation to deliver help to those affected by substance use. Vermont, his adopted home state, is a natural place to begin this chapter of his own giving back.  Divided Sky is dedicated to delivering quality care and compassionate programming to those affected by alcoholism and addiction.
Acquiring the facility site was the first step in a plan that includes building renovations and program development. The program is tentatively slated to open by the end of 2022.  Objections from neighbors have delayed the opening as planned.  
The purchase was made possible in part by funds raised in 2020 during Anastasio’s The Beacon Jams, an eight-week virtual residency presented live from New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre.  Donations were encouraged throughout the run, with fans ultimately contributing more than $1.2 million.
“Alcohol is an addiction that seems to be overlooked at times.  95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.” said Gulde.  She emphasized that addiction to alcohol is the most prevalent addiction facing our society. 
The program’s goal: to be a local asset for giving back to the community. The non-profit program plans to serve people from all income levels. Care services being planned include maintaining recovery, with plans and programs tailored to individual guests’ needs. In addition, the program plans to offer job training and workforce reintegration. Education opportunities are planned to prepare guests who need them with certification in skills and trades.
Gulde provided a tour of the facility after the formal meeting.
If you or someone you know needs help for a substance use disorder, contact SAMHSA.gov or call 800-662-HELP (4357) to find a treatment center near you.
Anyone interested in learning more about joining Rotary is invited to contact Kevin Barnes, Membership Chairman at (802) 228-8877, to receive an invitation to a meeting.
Pictured here, left to right, Melanie Gulde, Program Director, Divided Sky Foundation is being introduced to the Club by Rotarian Art Randolph, President of the Ludlow Rotary Club.

The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) is sponsoring its 30th Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cook-off will be located at the traffic light on Depot Street.  Proceeds will benefit the The Ludlow Rotary Charitable Fund to enable the LRC to continue its programs of local support.   Admission is $10.00 per person which includes chili, bread, ice cream and cider.
Chili entries are welcome from individuals, clubs, and businesses.  An entry fee of $10.00 will include a table space and sterno to keep the chili warm.  Participants are responsible for arriving between 10:30 – 10:45 the day of the cook-off.   Cash prizes will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category.  Awards will be given to the chili entry with the most voted in the “Judges’ Choice”, “Spiciest”, and “Team Spirit” categories.  Chili entrants are asked to provide four (4) gallons of chili for this event and be there to serve the chili.
Please mail your name, address and phone number along with chili entry fee of $10.00 to:  Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. PO Box 616, Ludlow, VT  05149. 
For more info, contact Kevin Barnes at 802 558 0479.
Ludlow Rotary Club recently unveiled a beautiful 15’ street clock at the corner of Main and Elm Street in honor of long time Ludlow resident and Rotarian of 60+ years Bob Kirkbride who died in March 2020 at age 93.
The street clock, made by Electric Time Company, Inc. of Medfield, Massachusetts was designed by the Club and was placed on Town of Ludlow property with the blessing of the Ludlow Village Trustees. Special thanks are extended to the Town’s Municipal Manager Scott Murphy, Ludlow’s Highway Crew, Ludlow Electric Company, Benson’s Chevrolet who stored it for us once it was shipped to Ludlow and assistance from Brett Wright and Wright Construction all who were instrumental of erecting and making sure the clock was ticking!
The dedication was held after a Ludlow Rotary luncheon on Tuesday September 14th and family members were present along with an honor guard from The American Legion Post 36 and many fellow Rotarians, neighbors and friends.    Rotarian Kimberly Lampert started the proceeding with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance then introduced the club’s present and last two presidents all who led the club while deciding on what meaningful tribute we could do in Bob’s memory.  Also recognized was Rotary Past District Governor Jon Springer of Reading who was a former Ludlow Police Chief in Ludlow and a friend of Bob’s since the 1970’s.   Brigid Sullivan, fellow Ludlow Rotarian from Belmont provided a blessing and then Rotarian Jim Rumrill said a few words about Bob as Rotarian; he was followed by Frank Heald, former Town Manager and fellow Rotarian who spoke of Bob as a Ludlow citizen and friend and how Bob always found the GIFT of TIME to help others and raise money to benefit our little town and the area. Several funny stories were told by each of course!
Sharon Bixby spoke of the process of actually getting the clock and thanked those who helped the club with the project…  Rotarians, Town Departments, Ludlow Electric, Rotarian spouses like Jon Lampert who was a great help and even a Rotarian grandson who helped plant the flowers at the base of the clock.  
Then it was time for Kevin Barnes, Ludlow Rotarian and Jon Lampert to remove the covering and unveil the lovely clock!     Applause and some tears of joy & pride followed ...  Rotarian Mary Crowley closed the dedication leading us all in one of Bob’s favorite songs- God Bless America!
It was a picturesque day to honor and memorialize a great man who Ludlow will surely miss.  As noted by Rotarian Sharon Bixby, “Bob’s ‘gift of time’, dedicated to helping others and being with those we love and care for, is perhaps his lasting memorial from which we can all benefit”.

Representatives of the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Care Center (MAHHC) addressed a recent luncheon meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club on drug overdosing and death.
Melanie Sheehan and Astrid Bradish, two key members of MAHHC’s drug recovery program, stressed the fact that ”overdose death is 100% preventable - every life matters and efforts that save lives can be done by anyone and everyone”.
Their discussion focused are the key drug overdose signs and characteristics:
  •        What is an overdose
  •        Signs of an opioid over dose
  •        How to respond to an overdose
  •        The use of CPR to restore normal breathing
  •        The use of Narcan
Narcan, technically known as naloxone, was emphasized as a means of restoring breathing to an overdosed person.  Both speakers recommended carrying Narcan especially where opioid overdosing may occur.
Melanie Sheehan is the Regional Prevention Program Manager at MAHHC and has been there for over 20 years.  Her work is focused mainly on the prevention of substance use; however, more recently she has partnered with folks in substance use treatment and recovery to help curb the rate of drug overdose death in Windsor County which has the highest death rate in Vermont.
Astrid Bradish-Hoyt is involved with long term recovery and working for the Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield.  She is the Supervisor for the Recovery Coaches in the Emergency Department of MAHHC and Manager of its Organization Grant function.  Astrid also serves as co-chair of the Substance Misuse Workgroup the hospital’s Community Health Improvement Plan.
Pictured here is Melanie Sheehan and Astrid Bradish-Hoyt as they peak to members of the Ludlow Rotary Club on opioid overdosing.
In its second face-to-face meeting since the pandemic restrictions were lifted, the Ludlow Rotary conducted its weekly meeting at ClearLake Furniture’s showroom in Ludlow.
The meeting was hosted by Brent Karner, the owner and master craftsman of ClearLake, and catered by The Cookster.
Brent was the featured speaker at the meeting, discussing his own background as well as the history and product design and creation procedures employed by ClearLake.
He began by describing his own development as a craftsman.  Brent grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He attended Tewksbury public schools, Shawsheen Regional Vocational Tech. School in 1982, and in 1985 graduated from North Bennet Street School in Boston where he learned the art of fine woodworking. After graduating from North Bennet, prior to starting ClearLake Furniture, he spent many years crafting 18th and 19th century reproductions as well as contemporary furniture for clients throughout New England.
ClearLake Furniture was created in 1992 and has offered a wide variety of individualized fine furniture since.
In discussing the impact of the Covid pandemic, Brent observed that his business actually increased – but with a twist.  The was a much greater demand for two items that dramatically increased orders:  desks and liquor and wine cabinets.
Following his presentation, Brent took the Rotarians on a tour of his showroom and shop where all the furniture was made.  He is pictured here in his shop with the beginnings of a wine cabinet.
Brent currently lives on South Hill in Ludlow with his wife, Abi, of 35 years and their two children, Thacher and Rachel.
At its recent weekly meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) paid tribute to Mary Crowley, a fellow Rotarian, on the occasion of her retirement.
Mary was the Senior Loan Officer at  the Citizens Banks for the past 11 years.  Prior to that she had functioned as a loan officer for a number of years in other agencies.
Residing in Reading, VT, Mary has an active Rotarian for 23 years.  She is fond of gardening, visiting her family and grandchildren, singing in a choir, and a dedicated Red Sox fan.
Pictured above is Art Randolph, LRC President, and Mary with a special retirement cake before them.
She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Ludlow Rotary Conducts “Change of Gavel”
As is usual for the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) at it last meeting in June, the current President handed over the leadership of the LRC to its incoming President in an annual event known as "the changing of the gavel".  In this instance, with the lifting of previous Covid-19 restrictions, the LRC decided to combine the changing of the gavel with a summer picnic to replace the Christmas program that was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The actual exchange of the gavel was done by Kevin Barnes, the out-going LRC President, presenting a gavel during the meeting and with Art Randolph, the incoming President  It also gave Art the opportunity to thank Kevin for what he had accomplished in the LRC  during the past year, awarding him a specially engraved plaque.  Pictured above are Art and Kevin during the exchange of the gavel.
An important step forward was announced at this session.  The next LRC meeting, scheduled for July 13, would be held at DJs Restaurant.  This would be the first formal meeting conducted face to face since the start of the pandemic.
The changing of the gavel process was conducted during a special summer picnic at the home of Tom Harris on Lake Rescue. 
Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, and Emily Blistein, Business Strategy Director of the organization, were featured speakers at a recent Ludlow Rotary Club meeting.  They both discussed the purpose and objectives of the “Let’s Grow Kids” project, headquartered in Burlington.
“Let’s Grow Kids” is a project whose aim is to create “a road to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by the year 2025.  As noted by Aly, the organization has an unusual objective in addition to its prime purpose.  “We want to go out of business in 2025”, exclaimed Aly, noting that they wished to succeed in creating high-quality child care by that year.
In describing the current conditions of child care services in the state, she noted these key elements that needed to be addressed:
  •        3 out of every 5 Vermont children do not have access to good child care
  •        30% of a family’s income is spent on child care
  •        Child care personnel only receive an average of $13 an hour
Aly indicated that over 30,000 Vermonters have already joined them in supporting the group’s objectives.
One major part of the program’s purpose was realized this year when the state legislature passed H.171, a bill that allocated $12.7 million to address four major child care issues:  family child care support, child care worker salaries, infrastructure improvement, and an analysis of existing child care programs in the state.
Emily Blistein spoke of the need for business and corporate support to underwrite the programs operated by “Let’s Grow Kids”.  Information on how businesses may participate in this effort may be secured by contacting her at emily@letsgrowkids.org.
More information is available at the group’s web site, https://letsgrowkids.org.
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) presented its Annual Community Service Award to Karen Trimboli at its recent meeting, held using Zoom.
In making the award, Kevin Barnes, LRC President, thanked Karen for her years of service to the community as the leader of the Ludlow Elementary School and Black River High School. He emphasized the important role she played during the Covid pandemic in providing meaningful educational opportunities to area students.
In her response to the award, Karen noted that, during the Covid crisis, students, teachers, and parents were “very resilient” in adapting to the demands of remote learning. She had high praise for parents, especially, as they “stepped up to help the kids adapt to the technical demands of the process”.
She indicated that a great deal of planning went into getting the students into a safe environment while maximizing the level of education provided through the remote learning process.
Karen noted that the major thing she missed during this process was the usual participation of local organizations like Black River Academy Museum, the American Legion, and other area groups who often assisted in helping the schools with the educational process.
During the business portion of the LRC meeting, it was decided to donate $1,000 to the non-profit charity SEWA International to purchase 2 oxygen generators for India to help with the Covid-19 crisis in the nation.
At its recent on-line meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) heard remarks by Robert Adcock, new CEO of Springfield Hospital.
Adcock noted that the hospital was “facing tremendous challenges” following its recent bankruptcy problems combined with the impact of Covid-19. Noting that the hospital has “put some of its troubles behind us”, he stressed that the organization’s ability to come out of bankruptcy was a significant step. However, like most hospitals throughout the nation, it still was dealing with the declining patient count resulting from the impact of the Covid-19 situation.
He added that, as new leader of the hospital, it was his intent to “earn back the confidence of the community”. Adcock indicated that his main focus was “to build back to case-load of the hospital to pre-Covid levels”.
With respect to the current Covid status, he said that the hospital was averaging about one case of Covid a day. He also noted that Windsor County currently has about 60% of its population with at least 1 vaccination compared to 48% of Chittenden County.
Adcock said the hospital expected to receive the new Pfizer vaccine for youngsters, 12 through 15, shortly and open clinics to administer them.
In terms of staffing, he noted that the hospital shortly will have a second general surgeon and that key staff members have stayed with the hospital. When queried about the possibility of reopening maternity care, he noted that it was not coming back in the near term.
John Predom Describes Snowshoe
Art to Ludlow Rotary Club Members
At its recent weekly meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary were pleasantly witness to the snowshoe artistry of John Predom, formerly of Ludlow now a happy resident in the North East Kingdom.
Predom described how he developed his snowshoe art, noting that it took about 4 to 6 hours, or up to six miles of walking to create his graphic art work.  He usually used his own “back field” to create the art but required a drone to take photos of it.
When asked what type of showshow he preferred, Predom said that he liked wooden shoes, as opposed to metal, and that they measured 46 inches in length and about a foot in width.
He commented that “doing straight lines was much harder than walking in circles” due to the not-so-flat nature of the land.
One Rotarian asked him if he ever made a mistake.  To this Predom admitted that he did occasionally make mistakes and that they were hard to correct since the impressions in the snow were obvious.
Predom maintains a facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SnowdogSnowshoeArt, where some of his graphic art may be seen.
Above is one of the many graphic art designs created by John Predom as taken by a drone.  Some of his work has been recently featured on WCAX.
Here is a video link to follow for more fun:  Snowshoe art
Abenaki Chief, Don Stevens, Speaks to Ludlow Rotary
Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Bank of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, spoke to members of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) during its recent weekly meeting.
During his comments, Stevens described the historical background of the Abenaki, its geographic location in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, and the influx of southern tribes from the Connecticut and Massachusetts areas.
He noted that the Abenaki have a history dating back 11,000 years in this area.  With the influx of Europeans in the 17th and 18th centuries, tribes from the Deerfield and Greylock areas of Massachusetts were forced north in Abenaki territory.
Of particular interest was the relationship between the tribes and the English and French settlers and military personnel.  According to Stevens, the British, especially their military, was very standoffish while the French tended to develop a rapport with tribal members.  For this reason, the Abenaki allied themselves with the French during the French and Indian Wars.
Stevens described the period in Vermont during the early 1930’s as a troubling one for Abenaki members.  In 1931, the Vermont Legislature enacted eugenics laws forcing “undesirable” people to be sterilized.
This highlighted the perennial problem faced by the Abenaki in terms of their identity.  Stevens noted that non-Indian cultures normally had a long history of their family and national identity.  Unfortunately, the Indians, due principally to language differences, did not as far as the European-oriented people were concerned.
Stevens was the first Vermonter to be vaccinated during the Covid crisis.  This was part of his effort to convince the Abenaki of the desirability of the vaccination to deal with Covid.
He also noted that the Abenaki language, initially with the help of the French, was being preserved.  Currently Stevens has been working with Middlebury College to provide training in the language.
Don Stevens is an award-winning leader, businessman, writer, and lecturer. He has been featured in magazines, books, TV shows, and documentaries. Don was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs by Governor Douglas in 2006 for two terms where he served as Chair. He led the fight to obtain legal recognition for the Abenaki People in Vermont. He was able to acquire tribal land for the Nulhegan Tribe which had been absent for over 200 years. He has over 26 years of experience in successfully developing Information Technology, Logistics, and Manufacturing strategies for multi-million dollar companies. He proudly served in the US Army and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Lake Rescue Milfoil Problem
Discussed at Rotary Meeting
The co-Presidents of the Lake Rescue Association (LRA), Barbara Silver and Bruce Zanca, recently spoke to a meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) to discuss the problems facing them due to Eurasian Milfoil and river sediment.
The LRA, formed in 1933 and incorporated in 1954, is, according to Silver, “facing a crisis right now”.  She was referring to the rapid build up of milfoil, a non-native, invasive  aquatic plant that can grow from 4 to 6 inches a day in full sunlight.
The milfoil invasion of Lake Rescue and Lake Pauline was “rediscovered” in the lake system in 2014 following tropical storm Irene.  It has become an on-going problem that, if not addressed, could turn the “lakes into a swamp”.
Over the years since Irene, the LRA, in conjunction with state agencies, has spent thousands of dollars to remove the milfoil from the lakes.  It was estimated that the LRA would spend about $48,000 next year on removing milfoil.
Zanca noted that they would probably never be able to totally eradicate milfoil from the lakes but would be able to reduce it to a controllable situation with constant maintenance care.  To this end the LRA is constructing a “Dash” boat that will be able to literally vacuum the milfoil from parts of the lake and its floor.
In addition to this problem, the LRA is also addressing the impact of sedimentation caused mainly by the Black River. 
One area of concern is the channel between Lake Rescue and Round Pond.  Over the years, the sediment build-up has resulted in the creation of “islands” of sediment and raised the floor of Round Pond so that the depth of the water has been severely reduced.
The LRA has about 150 members.  There are approximately 250-300 individual lake properties involved.
Pictured here is Barbara Silver, co-President of the Lake Rescue Association, as she discusses the milfoil problem in Lake Rescue during a Zoom-based meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club.
At its recent Zoom meeting, members of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) were entertained by Ted and Linda Fondulas, previous owners of Hemingway’s Restaurant in Killington as they described the history of that famous restaurant.
Linda Fondulas offered a detailed outline of how the duo created Hemingway’s.  In particular, she noted the development of usage of locally produced foods and their interest in creating a diverse menu that made the restaurant one of the 25 greatest in the nation.
In detailing his approach to cooking and creating unique menus, Ted Fondulas indicated that food preparation was the second most active career in the country.
He also took this occasion to comment on the role that the late Bob Gilmore of Ludlow played in bringing new and innovative concepts of restauranteuring to Vermont noting “he was a leader in promoting food service in Vermont”.
In response to the impact of Covid-19 on the restaurant business, Fondulas raised the question of “will people continue to eat out as often after Covid?”  He added that with so many people now preparing their meals at home instead of eating out, there may be a drop in restaurant business as a direct result of the virus.
During the business meeting, Kevin Barnes, LRC President, indicated that the club had received 1,000 face masks.  Of this total, 300 would be used in Mt Holly while another 400 would be presented to Ludlow.
“Pictured below are Linda and Ted Fondulas with Julia Child.  Child would go to Hemingway’s on her birthday during the period when she visited relatives in Woodstock.”
As part of Rotary International District 7870, which includes southern Vermont and New Hampshire, the Ludlow Rotary Club participated in an effort to fund area groups that offer important services addressing the Covid-19 outbreak in the community.
The grants are for food for Black River Good Neighbor Services, which will receive $2,100, and personal protective equipment for local first responders: $1,650 to the Ludlow Ambulance Service and $450 to the Gill Odd Fellows Home.
In the right-hand photo are, from left Ludlow Town Manager Scott Murphy, David Norton of the Ludlow Ambulance Service, Kevin Barnes of the Ludlow Rotary and John Mazurek, also of the Ambulance Service.
In the left-hand picture, at the Gill Odd Fellows Home from left are January Reichert, Gill director of nursing, Gill administrator Theresa Southworth and Ludlow Rotary’s Kevin Barnes.
Ludlow Rotary Cancels Annual Chili Cookoff
Due to Covid-19 and Seeks Donations
“For the past 19 years, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) has sponsored a Chili Cook-off regardless of the weather or other worldly problems.  But 2020 will see the first cancellation of the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We believe it is a necessary step to take to protect area residents and visitors from unnecessary exposure to the virus.”
With these words, LRC President, Kevin Barnes, announced the cancellation of an event that represented a major fund-raiser for the club in addition to the Penny Sale earlier this year.  Both of these events were major programs to raise funds for the $9,000 in scholarship funds given by the club to area high school seniors.
“We still managed to use our reserve funds to cover the scholarships this year but really need to find other source of revenue for the coming year”, added Barnes.
He indicated that the Ludlow Rotary Club would appreciate any donations people were able to make to help LRC prepare for the scholarship they will hopefully be awarding in 2021.
Such donations may be sent to the Ludlow Rotary Club, PO Box 216; Ludlow, VT  05149.  Direct online donations may be made through PayPal at www.ludlowrotary.com.    All such donations are fully tax deductible and will be acknowledged.
“We hope events will make it possible to continue the chili cook-off next year”, noted Mark Huntley, Chili Committee Chairman, “but our primary concern is the health and well-being of those who may have attended this event and the community in general”.
Susanna Gellert, Executive Artistic Director of the Weston Playhouse, was the featured speaker at the recent meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club via the Zoom app.
She described the impact of Covid-19 on the decision to cancel the current season’s production at the Weston Playhouse noting that it was difficult considering the many artists who would be affected by the decision.
In determining what the playhouse could do to provide some form of artistic performances while complying with restrictions associated with Covid-19, Gellert cited the various projects the playhouse sponsored. 
One of these projects was to commission 14 well-known playwrights to write short plays with a single actor.  The resulting works, called “One Room” concentrated on the question of what makes a home.  This series, along with several other projects, is available on the playhouse’s YouTube page,  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=weston+playhouse.
Gellert indicated that the playhouse was considering possible productions for the 2021 season.  She cautioned that such a schedule, if the situation permitted, would probably be shorter than their normal season productions.
At its recent meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) was addressed by Kelly Beerman, Conservation Director for the Ninevah Foundation, a group dedicated to the protection and conservation of Lake Ninevah in Mt Holly.
Beerman indicated that one of her primary concerns was the protection of the lake from aquatic invasive species.  She described how the foundation has created “greeters” who assist people visiting the lake and ensuring that no invasive species are allowed to enter the lake’s environment.
In describing some of the various projects she is responsible for, Beerman noted the grants used to underwrite the lake’s conservation.  She is also associated with the Farm and Wildness Foundation in a similar role.
The Ninevah Foundation is governed by a dedicated and knowledgeable staff as well as a diverse and experienced board of trustees. Our staff are well-versed in outdoor education and environmental stewardship. Many of our trustees were once campers and/or counselors at Farm & Wilderness camps, Ninevah Foundation’s affiliated partner.  As of 2018, Ninevah Foundation and Farm & Wilderness jointly share the same staff and board members as affiliated organizations.
Come join the fun!  Get your ducky today for this annual event!
Socially distanced duckies will be dropped into the river on August 15, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
One duck is just $5 bucks, a "Quack Pack" is 5 duckies for $20 and a corporate duck is $50.
Proceeds benefit community projects, scholarships and literacy just to name a few.
And the last little ducky receives $25.00!
WCAX Weather Woman Describes
Impact of Covid-19 to Ludlow Rotary
Sharon Meyer, key weather woman at WCAX-TV, was the guest speaker recently at the on-line meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club LRC).
Sharon devoted her presentation to the effect the Covid-19 crisis had on her personally and its impact on how WCAX adapted to the rigorous demands of dealing with the virus.
The meeting, held using the Zoom app, allowed members of the LRC to get a detailed picture of the changes that the station and its personnel had to make to operate.  The main change was working from home.  This required that the various reporters, weather staff, and production staff by in large work from home.
She noted that the most difficult phase of this adjustment was for production staff who needed to be “hands-on” with the various technical equipment used to produce live and recorded news and weather programs.
On a personal note, Sharon noted that she was on vacation in Mexico at the onset of the virus.  On her return to Vermont, she learned that she would have to spend 14 days in isolation, following the newly-introduced requirements of Gov. Scott.
During a Q and A session following Sharon’s presentation, Brett Wright, a LRC Rotarian, described the similar difficulties he encountered when he tried to leave the Dominican Republic.  He finally found a flight carrying American citizens back to the states only to learn that all the rental car companies had no more cars to rent due to the heavy demand created by the coronavirus crisis.
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Pictured above is Sharon Meyer, a weather woman for WCAX, during her Zoom, on-line, discussion with members of the Ludlow Rotary Club.

We are saddened by the news of our beloved Bob Kirkbride who passed away earlier this afternoon.

Bob was a devoted Rotarian of 63 years to our club. He often stayed after lunch to help clean the tables at DJ’s after our regular weekly luncheon. Bob kept our club on its toes with his general comments, happy dollar stories and weekly program music director. He had near 100% attendance .. very seldom did he miss a meeting.

He participated with all club activities and he never missed a Penny Sale!

His smiling face will be missed by many. He was a true friend to many in our town and touched our hearts dearly. We love you Bob ❤️❤️



Ludlow Rotary Raising Funds for Australian

Fire Victims – Both Human and Animal!


Given the enormity of the fires now threatening all of Australia, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) has initiated efforts to raise funds to help the Australian people and the millions of injured and dislocated animals in that country.


According to Mark Huntley, LRC President, “We will be joining Rotary International in raising funds to help the be leagued Australian people and animals begin to recover from the devastating fires currently engulfing that nation”.  He noted that the LRC’s fund raising effort would be in concert with Rotary International’s program to provide assistance, Rotary International Brush fires Appeal.


The local club will donate $2,000 to this fund split equally between humanity and wildlife rescue. All funds collected will be divided the same way.


The LRC Rotarians plan to distribute “drop-boxes” to many area stores and businesses so that additional funds will be secured for this effort.


Huntley indicated that “we suspect that everyone has been concerned about loss of life and property resulting from these fires in Australia and wants to find some way to help that nation recover and rebuild from this tremendous calamity”.  He noted that he, like many others, were particularly overcome by the plight of the animals like the koalas and kangaroos that we have become attached to.


In addition to the LRC donation and the drop-box collections, interested people may also send checks to the Ludlow Rotary Club’s tax-exempt organization.  The mailing address for such contributions is: Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. (LARCF), PO Box 216, Ludlow VT 05149.  This is a 501 (c) (3) organization so all contributions are tax-deductible.


More information on this effort may be obtained by calling 802-779-7194 or emailing LRC at kimberlylampert@bensonschevy.com.


The recent meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) featured leaders of the River Valley Technical Center (RVTC), located in Springfield, as they discussed the role and objectives of that school.
Both Scott Farr, the Superintendent/Director of RVTC and Dave Culver, its Cooperative Education Coordinator, explained how the school has created a wide variety of technical subjects aimed at helping its students select a career path or enhancing their educational background.
They noted that the school, which services a number of Windsor County high schools as well as one in New Hampshire, is dedicated to ensuring that attending students gain an in-depth view of selected technical career opportunities so they may opt for those they find rewarding.
Pictured above are Barbara Lemire, LRC Rotarian; Mark Huntley, LRC President; and Scott Farr, RVTC.
Ludlow Rotary Club Learns About Springfield Co-Op Expansion
At its recent weekly luncheon meeting, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) featured guest speaker Larry Kraft, Project Manager for the Springfield Food Co-Op's building expansion project.
Kraft described the history of the co-op and its new building expansion project.  Currently the project, located on River Street in Springfield, is seeking $870,000 to fund the enlargement of its facilities.  He noted that the purpose of this new expansion was to enhance the space used for co-op shoppers.  Among the improvements will be a café area where customers and co-op members can relax.  The project will also enable the co-op to hire more staff, provide a safer and more efficient store for shoppers and employees, and grow the co-op's economy.
Pictured above are, from left to right, Mark Huntley, LRC President, Glenn Heitsmith, LRC Rotarian, and Larry Kraft.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2019 the women of Rotary passed the gavel to President Mark Huntley.  Rotary celebrates 30  years of women this year and our club had 5 past presidents step up and rotate time in sharing the position.  Pictured here is Sharon Bixby, Jill Tofferi, Brigid Sullivan, Mark Huntley, Mary Crowley and Barbara LeMire.  Barb was the first woman inducted into the LRC 30 years ago!
Congratulations to all!
Recently the 1st grade students at Ludlow Elementary School (LES) received personalized school books from the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC).  Pictured above are members of Mrs. Lauren Seber's 1st grade class at LES as they show their new, personalized books, donated to them by LRC Rotarian, Sharon Bixby, on behalf of the club.  According to Tom Harris, a fellow LRC Rotarian, "The Ludlow Rotary Club has been providing personalized books, titled School is Fun to every first grader in our service area for about 23 years. We started buying the books around 1996 from Roy and Judy Quimby who had a booth at the Ludlow Vermont Harvest fair and have continued every year since. The Quimbys moved to Florida in 1998, and Roy has passed on, but to this day Judy still makes the books for us and we are very grateful".  The LRC has been donating these personalized books to all the 1st graders in the Ludlow, Cavendish, and Mt Holly elementary schools during this period as part of its literacy program.  In addition to this program, the LRC also provides free monthly books to young toddlers as part of its Dolly Parton Imagination Library project.
Our June 18, 2019 meeting will be held at Sam's on RTE 103 S in Ludlow.  Please make note of this.  Our scholarship graduates have been invited to join us for lunch.

At its recent luncheon meeting at DJ's Restaurant, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) heard from Jim Finger, CEO of the Regional Ambulance Service, Inc of Rutland, VT .  Finger explained the various healthcare roles his organization played in providing medical assistance to Rutland area residents. 


He devoted much of his address to the role of volunteers in manning EMS operations, noting the difficulty in getting volunteers and the impact it had on EMS service.


Finger indicated that current employment requirements made it difficult for many people who used to volunteer for EMS service to satisfy the needs of their jobs while still having time to work as volunteers.  This was a problem that was not unique to Rutland or Vermont.  Rather it is a national problem.


Pictured above are, from left to right, Barbara LaMire, LRC President; Jim Finger; and Frank Heald, Ludlow Rotarian.


LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.

For more than 20 years, Ralph Pace has been an outstanding member of the greater Ludlow community.  Many of his contributions to this community were described by the Vermont legislature in a lengthy proclamation issued on March 1, 2019 to honor Ralph’s community leadership and public service.
The proclamation spoke to a large number of Ralph’s accomplishments, a few of which are highlighted here:
  -  Served on a committee to bring the Ludlow Town Hall into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  -  Spearheaded the effort to modernize the Ludlow Town Hall’s second floor auditorium while retaining the auditorium’s historic character and charm. 
  -  Founded the Friends of Ludlow Auditorium to ensure that the auditorium, also known as the Heald Auditorium, would flourish as a popular venue for events such as movies, musicals, plays and political debates.
  -  Produced and hosted, on local cable television, over 300 episodes of a weekly news and public affairs program called “That Was the Week That Was”, a popular forum for local information and civic engagement. 
  -  Served on the Ludlow Armory Committee, which transformed the former military complex into the multipurpose Ludlow Community Center, which now hosts a cafeteria, a commercial kitchen, a gymnasium and the headquarters for Black River Good Neighbor Services and Okemo Valley TV.
  -  Served as Ludlow’s town health officer.
The Ludlow Rotary is proud to have Ralph Pace as a member, where he continues to serve as an outstanding member of our community.
The entire proclamation was read at the Ludlow Town Meeting on March 4, 2019, and at the March 5 Ludlow Rotary meeting.
For more information contact David Almond at davidkalmond44@gmail.com

Michael Halstead, the interim CEO of Springfield Hospital, addressed the latest meeting of the Ludlow Rotary club (LRC) about the current condition of the Hospital and medical center.  Referring to numerous media articles about its financial status, he noted that the financial  problems of the hospital were a national problem for many small, regional hospitals.  Michael emphasized that Springfield Hospital had financial problems but it was the intention of the facility to make all necessary changes to ensure that it had a sustainable financial future.  He cited the recent decision to eliminate the birthing clinic as an example of how the hospital is addressing the problem. He stressed that the hospital would still provide quality emergency services to pregnant women. 


He indicated that the emergency ward was being transferred to a new unit as another step in reducing costs.  Staff reductions and modest pay decreases were also part of the solution.  When asked about the future of the hospitals outlying medical and dental facilities, he said that they all represented very solvent and successful operations.  He noted that the Chester dental unit was adding "a second chair" to satisfy the demands for its services. 


Pictured here is Michael Halstead and Jim Rumrill, LRC Rotarian.


LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.




Ludlow Rotary Supports FOLA Movie Series

At its recent meeting, held at the Big Eyes Bakery in Ludlow, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) presented FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) with sponsoring support for FOLA's three movie series featuring the work of Peter Sellers. 
The series will feature "The Mouse that Roared" (April 13), "Return of the Pink Panther" (April 27). and "Being There" (May 11).  The films will be screened in the Heald Auditorium in town hall.  The movies will start at 7 PM.  The opening film on April 13 will begin with a reception at 6 PM which will feature a presentation about Sellers and his film career by Vermont film historian, Rick Winston.  Food will bne served during the reception. 
Other film sponsors include The Book Nook, Big Eyes Bakery and Marylou Scofield, Attorney at Law.  Pictured below is (from left to right) Paul Faenza, Rotarian; Brigid Sullivan, LRC President; Brigid Faenza, Rotarian (and chef); and Scott Stearns, FOLA Chairman. 
LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
At its recent Tuesday luncheon meeting at DJs Restaurant, members of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) listened to Paul Alcorn, a leader of Bridges to Community, describe the role his organization played in assisting rural communities in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic create homes and community development in areas lacking any such facilities.  He noted that, with the help of American students during the summer, they would settle in remote areas in these two countries, build homes for residents using concrete, and assist the local people in developing community projects.  In certain cases, Mr. Alcorn indicated that the group would build small mdical facilities in under-served areas.  He indicated that this was a long, labor-intense effort since the areas being served lack the resources usually associated with such projects. 
Pictured below is Suzanne Garvey, LRC Rotarian, Paul Alcorn, and Mary Crowley, LRC President.  LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
Sean Perry of the organization We R H.O.P.E., INC  talked about the increasing anxiety that people face to the point of it crippling their daily activities including their ability to thrive in society.  He founded an organization whose mission is “Preparing the people of today for the anxieties of tomorrow. “
We R H.O.P.E. is a non profit organization that brings anxiety education, coaching, trauma informed interactive services and suicide prevention to individuals and schools struggling to find affordable support options.  Sean spoke about the schools they work in to increase a student’s ability to focus on their studies and control the anxiety that plagues many students today.  He also counsels adults who suffer from extreme anxiety and other mental illnesses. 
Rotarians asked many questions and discussed bringing him to a broader local audience.  He can be contacted at sean@werhope.org

World Polio Day will come and go again as it does every year.  This year clubs in Rotary District 7870 are pledging $20.19 per member in an effort to make 2019 the first year around the world as Polio Free!
The Ludlow Rotary Club is just one of 60 clubs that comprise District 7870 and the club has always been active in Polio efforts for years now.  Ludlow Rotarians collect pennies all year long and make a club contribution annually.  In 2018 the club has collected over $50 in just pennies!  Along with pennies Rotarians pledge individual monetary contributions.
In 1988, the World Health Assembly launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to help eliminate the disease through a mass immunization campaign.  At this time Polio was in more than 125 countries; paralyzing 350,000 people every year.  In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined other health organizations; to help eradicate polio.  The Gates Foundation is committing to contributing $450 million toward eradicating polio to the end.  As of today, there are now 2 countries with this dreadful virus.  Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year since 2017 and every dollar will be matched by two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation.  Any amount of donation will help through the Gates Foundation efforts; coins or dollars.  All donations are tax deductible.  For more information please visit www.ludlowrotary.com.
This is just one of the many projects the Ludlow Rotary Club is proud to support.  The Ludlow Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at DJ’s Restaurant in downtown Ludlow from 12:15 –
Donations can be made payable to:  Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. (LARCF, Inc.) and mailed to:  PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149
Come join the fun this Saturday, October 6, 2018 for our 28th Annual Chili Cook-off!
This event is held rain or shine!
Ludlow Rotary Joins Okemo Valley Chamber in Mixer, October 22

The Ludlow Rotary Club is looking forward to celebrating  ROTARY WEEK the week of October 21- 26th.  On the evening of Monday October 22nd we are joining with the Okemo Valley Chamber in a joint Mixer to share highlights of our mission, our accomplishments and local fundraising results.     So Chamber members and friends of Ludlow Rotary  mark your calendars for  Monday Oct 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 at DJ's Restaurant.  Best selling author, Dr. Linda Thomson, considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of pediatric clinical hypnosis, will also be joining us.

Join us for light fare and a cash bar and conversation with your community neighbors. The program will begin shortly after 6 PM.  The 50/50 raffle that evening will be supporting the eradication of Polio, one of Rotary's long time commitments.

Any questions please contact Rotary President Brigid Sullivan at 259-2274.
Governor Phil Scott was the featured speaker recently at the Ludlow Rotary Club's (LRC) luncheon meeting at DJs Restaurant.  The meeting was well-attended by Rotarians and invited guests.  The Governor spoke at length about the need for continued cooperation in Vermont between the legislature and executive branches as well as the need for greater bipartisanship in the US Congress.  He noted that he had attended the funeral of the late Senator John McCain and was impressed by the message that speakers stressed on the need for greater cooperation between the major political parties.  Scott indicated that McCain's own life was an example of placing concern for the nation over political priorities.  He detailed what objectives Vermont needed to make to improve its economy and enhance its "working age" population.  In this context, he cited the need for policies that would encourage younger workers to move to the state and provide resident students with reasons to remain in the state subsequent to graduation.  LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
Despite the tremendous amounts of rain we had received just prior to the duck race the Ludlow Rotary Club held it's annual duck race on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
Selling over 600 ducks the Ludlow Elementary School PTG came out in great forces and helped on the day of the event!  Proceeds from this event will fund the LES Okemo Mountain Ski day for children.  We wish to thank our many sponsor, ticket purchasers and the LES PTG for their support! 
Our 20th Annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck race will be held in August of 2019! This fun event has become a great event for our club and benefits community organizations!
Our Annual Duck Race is set for Saturday, August 4, 2018.  This fun event will start at Depot Street Bridge at 12:00 noon with the duck drop.
Duckies will travel along the river to Walker Bridge.  Prizes awarded to the first three ducklings across the finish line and the last little duck will also receive a cash prize.  Ducks are $5.00 each or a quack pack of 5 duckies for $20.00.
This year's event will benefit the Ludlow PTG/Okemo ski season for youths.  To reserve your duck you may purchase them via mail.  Checks payable to:  LARCF, Inc. and mail to: Ludlow Rotary Club, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT  05149. 
Stop by Ludlow Insurance, Benson's Chevrolet, Fletcher Memorial Library or Sotheby's Ludlow for tickets! 
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) recently welcomed Venu Rao, the 2018-19 Governor for Rotary's District 7870, a district that covers Southern Vermont and New Hampshire.  ​The district includes over 60 local Rotary clubs.  During his address to the the club, Mr. Rao stressed the importance of making the public aware of Rotary International's goals as well as its local and regional accomplishments.  He outlined a number of ways each local club may achieve these objectives and, in the process, gain new members.  He also praised the LRC for on-going local and regional contributions.  Pictured above is Venu Rao and Jill Tofferi, LRC President.   LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
The Ludlow Rotary Club would like to send a big thank you to the businesses who so generously donated prizes to our annual Penny Sale event.  We had a full house and fun evening!
Thank you to all of our visitors who come from near and far and support our event!  We hope to see you all next year!  Remember - it's always the last Saturday of April!  The Mud Season event!
The final touches are being  made to our 62nd Penny Sale!  The program is being prepared; prizes are ready for display and new ownership!
Come join the fun on Saturday, April 28, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free!  Refreshments available throughout evening. 
The Mud Season event of Ludlow has arrived!

As many of you know, we have supported the Malayaka House; an orphange home in Uganda; for several years now through various projects and efforts.

Amy Carst, MH assistant; has recently published a book that she is proud to share and we are hoping others will consider supporting the Malayaka House with this effort.

Quoted from Amy:  My book, Expand Your Bubble, is now available for purchase on Amazon. It’s a collection of interviews from people from all walks of life, with contributions by Professor Noam Chomsky, Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, Malayaka House founder Robert Fleming, and many more. Communists, refugees, Christians, Africans, Arabs, trans people, the ultra wealthy, squatters, Atheists, best-selling authors, Buddhists, addicts, and more. 


100% of profits go to Malayaka House.



Please note the Ludlow Rotary Club will meet tonight at DJ's beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the weekly meeting.  Please use the front door for entrance to the meeting.
Join the fun with the Ludlow Rotary Club again this year for our annual Penny Sale.  We anticipate over 400 prizes for the evening and our annual cash raffle is always a big thriller!
Our Penny Sale brings people from far about!  Save the date now!  Wrap up those pennies and come see what the hype is all about!
We hope to see you all there for this MUD SEASON event!  Spread the word!
Proceeds benefit our scholarship program.  We are proud to have donated over $200,000 in scholarships to local graduates over the last few decades!
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Rotarians and guests:
We will be meeting on Tuesday EVENING, 3/27/18 at 5:15 p.m.  We will be meeting once per month in the evenings at DJ's versus a noontime meeting.  Please join us!  Any questions, contact us at ludlowrotary@gmail.com
Thank you!
Our 27th annual Chili cook-off will be held rain or shine on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in downtown Ludlow, VT (Depot Street) under the big yellow tent at the stop light!  Stop by to sample some unbelievable chili's - turn in your voting ballot and pick your favorite!  Prizes to the chili registrants!
We will also be looking for chili makers!  It's going to chili-riffic day!
$10 pp to sample chilis.  Proceeds benefit the Ludlow Area Charitable Fund Inc for local organizations/contributions which include literacy projects, 501(c)3 organizations, project graduation, National History Day, musical events and many, many more!
Welcome Club President Suzanne Garvey as our leader for 2017-18.  We wish you good luck and remember we are all here for you!
We had a great year with Tesha Buss as our club president.  We sincerely appreciate your hard work and effort!
Our annual summer picnic will be held at The Castle - rain or shine - on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  Please RSVP to Barb on or before 8-23-17.  Price will be determined by the RSVP list.  Event starts at 5:30 with cocktails (cash bar).  Eating at 6:30 p.m.   Please join us!  Family members are always welcome.
Our annual Okemo Bike Climb is coming up soon!  The Ludlow Rotary Club and Okemo Mountain Resort will once again co-host our annual Okemo Bike Climb.  The race field is limited to 250 riders with a mass start event with multiple age categories.  Our field of riders comes from all over New England to compete in this 5.8 mile grueling race from Jackson Gore to the summit of Okemo Mountain.  We are always so proud of our local racers!
Visit www.bikereg.com for more info and registration process.
In January of 1927 the Ludlow Rotary Club was chartered and we are now 90 years old!  We are celebrating all year long with our activities!  Right around the corner is our 61st Annual Penny Sale this year to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Black River High School gymnasium in Ludlow.  The Penny Sale starts at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free!
            The Penny Sale is currently one of the largest fundraisers undertaken by the Ludlow Rotary Club.  The proceeds are used for college scholarships for area high school students living in Cavendish, Ludlow, Plymouth and Mt. Holly.   In addition to the scholarships, proceeds are used for local school events and community projects such as the BRHS Project Graduation, National History Day, Cavendish/Proctorsville Greven Field, LPC-TV, Black River Valley Senior Center, Apple Blossom Cotillion, Mountainside House, Black River Academy Museum, Black River Good Neighbors, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program as well as other worthy causes.
            The prize list is long.  We expect well over 300 prizes again this year to be given away during the evening!  To name just a few of the donated prizes: bicycles, ski passes, local restaurant gift certificates, Red Sox tickets, ski clothing, home maintenance items, theatre tickets, gas cards, garden tools, maple products and the all-time favorite – cash!  Our swap table is becoming more and more popular and gives winners the opportunity to swap a prize with another winner!
            Our cash raffle of more than $1000 is always exciting.   You do not need to be present to win the cash raffle but an additional $25 will be added to the winning ticket if you are.  Rotarians will be out and about selling raffle tickets at Shaw’s in Ludlow on weekend afternoons from now until the evening of the Penny Sale.  Raffle tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
             The prizes for the Penny Sale have been donated by area businesses and the Ludlow Rotary Club is grateful for their generosity.  So mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. ~ Black River High School gymnasium in Ludlow.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be available.
            For some, this “Mud Season Event” is an annual tradition.  So if this is your first Penny Sale or your 61st, we hope to see you for this fun-filled evening.  Again, a special thank you to all the businesses for their generous donations.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Lampert at 228-4000.  Remember, admission is FREE!
            Visit our web page at www.ludlowrotary.com to see our club’s projects and events!  The Ludlow Rotary club meets weekly at DJ’s Restaurant and is celebrating 90 years of local and international service projects.
The Ludlow Rotary Club hosted a membership mixer this past week at DJ's Restaurant and was happy to see some new faces within our community.  New to the club is a business membership opening the doors for businesses within our service area to consider joining.  Up to three (3) business representatives can join under one business and enroll as a Rotary member.  We are hoping that some businesses in our area might consider this option.  Any questions can be directed to President, Tesha Buss at teshabuss@gmail.com
At its first luncheon meeting in January this year, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) celebrated its 90th birthday.  It was in January of 1927 that the club was founded.  Members of the club are pictured above just before they "dig into" a cake honoring this historic achievement.  LRC President Tesha Buss noted that "in 90 years, we've been able to do a lot to help individuals and groups in the Ludlow area as well as numerous national and international projects such as polio eradication and support for those suffering from natural disasters".  She noted that recent projects of the LRC have benefitted the Cavendish Recreation Department, the Star Lake facility in Mt Holly, and FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) in Ludlow.  Tesha added, "While we concentrate on helping others in so many different ways, we have never forgotten how to have some fun as well".  She said that additional plans are being developed by the LRC to continue the celebration of 90 years of "Service above Self", Rotary's motto during the year.  LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 pm at DJ's Restaurant.  The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may 'Serve Humanity' while enjoying the fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
The 26th Annual Ludlow Rotary Club Chili Cook-off is scheduled rain or shine for Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in beautiful downtown Ludlow at the stoplight under the big tent.  There will be over 20 chili entries this year!  $10 includes chili, bread, cider and ice cream!  Vote for your favorite!  This Annual Tradition is not to be missed!  Come see what the Ludlow Rotary Club has for service projects going on.  We are busy service organization group.  We meet weekly on Tuesday's at DJ's Restaurant at 12:15 and help local and international organizations promote peace and goodwill.  Call Glenn Heitsmith at 802-228-8666 with any questions. 
We hope to see you there!  And the Ludlow Rotary Club Appreciates Your Support!
The Annual Ralph Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race
The date is set and will held on a Saturday, August, 20, 2016.  12:00 noon is the duck drop time from the Depot Street bridge.  The finish line is Walker Bridge (near Ludlow Family Health Clinic).
Rent your duck now for $5.00 each!  Or purchase a Quack Pack ~ 5 duckies for $20.00.  Corporate sponsors available for $50.00.  Cash prizes for first three ducks to reach to the finish line first and for the last little ducky could win $25.00!
Greven Field of Proctorsville (Cavendish Recreation Department) has been selected as the beneficiary for the 2016 event.  Tickets will be available from the Cavendish Rec Department board members,  any Rotarian or stop by Peoples United Bank, Benson's Chevrolet or Ludlow Insurance Agency.  If any questions, please call Sharon Bixby at 802-228-8823.
The 2016-2017 Rotary International theme is "Rotary Serving Humanity".  The Ludlow Rotary Club is very proud to assist with needs in our local service area of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt. Holly and Plymouth.  Over the years we have built benches upon which to relax, assisted with painting at the Gill Home, as well as supported our local schools in their efforts to enhance our children's education. (among many other projects)  Most recently, our club is assisting with the beautification at Starr Lake with building tables and flower beds.  Our "Serving Humanity" does not end locally.  After 9/11 and again Sandy Hook and many tragedies in between; we have solicited from our community to join us in supporting Humanity in need and we appreciate your support!  Internationally we have written Global and District Grants alone and in partnership with other Rotary Clubs here and abroad to purchase an ambulance after the Tsunami, build a Community Center School in the Egyptian community of Odysat, and a more familiar receipient - Malayaka House - an orphanage in Uganda with whom we have a personal connection, for whom we were able to have installed Solar Energy. 
Our club is small and we are ALWAYS looking to welcome new members.  If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may "Serve Humanity" while enjoying the fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow Vermont.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library / How it Works.
Imagine if every preschool child received a book at home every month for the first five years of life.  Imagine the excitement of those children. Imagine if this 60-volume library was absolutely free. Since 2012, the Ludlow Rotary has made this a reality in its local service area. With the help of local educators, a large proportion of children resident in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Cavendish, Plymouth and parts of Reading are now registered to receive these books.  The Ludlow Rotary is absolutely delighted with the results.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a unique program that mails a new, age-appropriate book to each registered children every month from birth to age 5.  Dolly’s Imagination Library is designed to inspire the love of reading in children by spending time with family and friends sharing these wonderful stories together.  Dolly understands that reading is the key to a strong education, and that a child’s imagination is the center of his or her dreams and creativity. By combining the two, this program inspires children to dream more, learn more, care more and be more.
How do I register my child (children)? Visit the Youth section of Ludlow’s Fletcher Memorial Library, where there is a display of Imagination Library books and lots of registration cards.  Registration cards May also be obtained from the Ludlow Rotary Club, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.  The mailings begin about 6-weeks after the date of registration. (The privacy of each child is strictly honored.)
As participation in the Imagination Library increases at a cost of $25 per child, the Ludlow Rotary welcomes outside financial assistance in this important program from those that are not program beneficiaries. With research concluding that children that participate in this type of program get a real boost in their performance – doing much better in kindergarten and throughout their academic career – we think this investment in our children is more than worth the cost.
You can contribute to the Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund (LARCF), Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization, indicating “Imagination Library” in the memo section of your check, and mailing it to the Ludlow Rotary address shown.  For additional information, please contact David Almond at bethalmond@tds.net.
The Ludlow Rotary continued its long tradition of awarding scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors resident in Ludlow, Mt Holly, Plymouth and Cavendish.  The recipients were selected on the basis of the following equally-weighted criteria: scholastic achievement, financial need, realistic goals, extracurricular activities and community service.
On June 10, 2016, the $2,000 Daniel E. Kesman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Sarah Martel of Green Mountain Union High School and a resident of Cavendish. 
On the same day, scholarships were awarded to seniors graduating from Black River High School:
  • $2,000 Robert W. Kirkbride Rotary Community Service Scholarship to Morgan Collins of Mt Holly.
  • $1,000 Ralph D. Hogan Vocational Education Scholarship to Rye Greineder of Mt Holly.
  • $1,000 traditional scholarship to Sadie Koponen of Mt Holly.
  • $1,000 traditional scholarship to Earle Brown of Ludlow.
The total of scholarships awarded by the Ludlow Rotary now is nearly $200,000.    
For further information, contact David Almond, Ludlow Rotary Scholarship Chair, at bethalmond@tds.net
For information about the Ludlow Rotary and its projects, visit www.ludlowrotary.com.
On Saturday, June 25th the Ludlow Rotary Club and Okemo Mountain Resort held their annual Okemo Bike Hill Climb. 
The race fielded 65 riders from all age categories of men and women, ages 10 - 79 and Clydesdale Men 190 lbs +.  
Visit www.bikereg.com and search for the Okemo Bike Hill Climb for further info or find us on facebook!
Okemo Bike Hill Climb is a great event; we enjoy hosting and providing a BBQ for our cyclists and their guests.  An awards ceremony followed the ride with medals and a congratulatory round of applause! Our field of riders comes from all over New England to compete in this 5.8 mile grueling race from Jackson Gore Area to the summit of Okemo Mountain.  We are always so proud of our local racers! 
Ludlow Rotary wins as well; proceeds benefit our community fund used to assist with requests of support. In the past funds have supported local chapters of Cystic Fibrosis and Multiple Sclerosis; in our community we support our food shelf, youth shelter, student needs for music festivals, National History project, drug and alcohol awareness, and literacy - to name a few. 
We hope to see you next year on June 24, 2017 for our annual event!
   The Annual Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-off
  Mark your Calendars for Saturday, October 10, 2016 starting at 11:00 a.m. in beautiful downtown Ludlow at the stop light!  Admission is $10.00 per person.  Price includes chili samples, bread,                           fresh Vermont apple cider and ice cream!  Rain or shine this event will be held.  Beneficiary is yet to be determined.  Non-profit organizations within Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Plymouth and Cavendish can apply.
We are soliciting registrations for chilies!  Enter your chili specialty!  Prizes for winning chilies!  Please contact Glenn Heitsmith at 802-228-8666 for more info. 
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Come join the fun!  Get your ducky today for this annual event!
It’s getting close to that time – when we’ll all be rooting for our favorite duck!
Yes, the annual duck race sponsored by the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) will soon be racing down the Black River to reward its owners.
The LRC formally announced that the traditional Ralph D Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 20 when the ducks will be dropped into the Black River at 12 Noon from the Depot Street Bridge.  Prizes for the regular winning ducks crossing the finish line at Walker Bridge will be
  •        $200 for the first duck
  •        $100 for the second place duck
  •        $75 for the third duck AND
  •        $25 for the last duck to finish
Corporate ducks also have a winning chance; the first Corporate duck to cross the finish line will have the honor of displaying the corporate duck plaque in their business for the next year.
If you’d like to rent a duck, a single duck will cost $5.  However you can get 5 ducks for the price of 4 if you buy the QUACK pack for $20.  Corporate ducks will rent for $50 a corporate duck.
Where can you rent your ducks?
You can purchase them at Ludlow Insurance Agency, Peoples United Bank, Benson’s Chevrolet, or see any Ludlow Rotarian.  If you prefer to go online, check out the www.ludlowrotary.com.  If you’re going to pay by check, please make the check payable to LARCF (Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund).
So, you’d better hurry since there are just a limited number of ducks in the race!
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