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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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Continuing its program of literacy training, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) recently delivered custom-printed books to members of the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES).
George Thomson, a LRC Rotarian (and former CTES Principal), presented the selected books to first-grade CTES class and read the book to them, each book personalized with the student’s name.
He described the book, “School is Fun”, thusly, “In the book, the teacher is doing a special theme on raccoons, and she is going to show the kids a real raccoon in a cage after their study, however, the raccoon has gotten out and the student is the one who finds the raccoon and saves the day with the surprise visit.
The student’s, pictured above with George Thomson, reactions to the new book included comments such as “Hey, we have a Zoey (not real name) in our classroom”, “Oh my gosh I have a sister with that name….” and "Those are my grandparents.”
Thomson noted that the kids were delighted with the books and when given to them at the end of the presentation, they searched through the script looking for the personalization. "Can we take these home?” The teacher thanked me for hyping the kids up so much. She said it was going to take some time to get them focused on math!
Similar programs sponsored by LRC are conducted in other service areas of the club.
In Mt Holly, Brigid Sullivan is delivering books to students at the Mt Holly Elementary School. The same program is offered in Ludlow where Sharon Bixby presents books to the Ludlow Elementary School.
This LRC program’s purpose is to provide young readers with books on a periodic basis to foster an interest in reading and enhance literacy capabilities of young students. The club has been sponsoring this program for over 27 years. “And, based on the success of it, we have no plans to discontinue it”, proffered Thomson.
Continuing its program of literacy training, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) recently delivered custom-printed books to members of the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES).
George Thomson, a LRC Rotarian (and former CTES Principal), presented the selected books to first-grade CTES class and read the book to them, each book personalized with the student’s name.
He described the book, “School is Fun”, thusly, “In the book, the teacher is doing a special theme on raccoons and she is going to show the kids a real raccoon in a cage after their study, however, the raccoon has gotten out and the student is the one who finds the raccoon and saves the day with the surprise visit.
The student’s, pictured above with George Thomson, reactions to the new book included comments such as “Hey, we have a Zoey (not real name) in our classroom”, “Oh my gosh I have a sister with that name….” and "Those are my grandparents.”
Thomson noted that the kids were delighted with the books and when given to them at the end of the presentation, they searched through the script looking for the personalization. "Can we take these home?” The teacher thanked me for hyping the kids up so much. She said it was going to take some time to get them focused on math!
Similar programs sponsored by LRC are conducted in other service areas of the club.
In Mt Holly, Brigid Sullivan is delivering books to students at the Mt Holly Elementary School. The same program is offered in Ludlow where Sharon Bixby presents books to the Ludlow Elementary School.
This LRC program’s purpose is to provide young readers with books on a periodic basis to foster an interest in reading and enhance literacy capabilities of young students. The club has been sponsoring this program for over 27 years. “And, based on the success of it, we have no plans to discontinue it”, proffered Thomson.
Rotarians learned about local efforts to help children impacted by the war in Ukraine, at the May 7 luncheon at DJ’s Restaurant.
 
Past Rotary District Governor J.B. Siemienowicz, second from right, spearheaded a multi-pronged program that raised $225,000 for backpacks and books about survival skills for children in Dnipro, folk musical instruments for kids in Zaporizhzhya and sleeping bags for more than 80 children in Kharkiv.
 
Ludlow Rotary Club President-Elect George Thomson, left, stands beside Ukrainian-born Sophia Sushailo, now a U.S. citizen. At right, Charlene Lovett is the president of the
 
Claremont-Sugar River Rotary Club in New Hampshire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ludlow Rotary Collecting Eclipse Glasses for S.American Children
 
The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) has announced that it will be collecting the special glasses used to observe the recent solar eclipse. 
 
According to Kim Lampert, LRC Treasurer, these glasses will provide children in South America and elsewhere as a valuable tool for students, and people in general, to use during the October 2024 annular eclipse which will occur in Latin America.
 
The glasses may be dropped off at three convenient locations in Ludlow which will include:
·        Benson's Chevrolet, Inc. 25 Pond St
·        M&T Bank 213 Main St and
·        Fletcher Memorial Library 88 Main Street
 
People unable to drop them off at these locations may also use the LRC’s Penny Sale on Saturday, April 27 at the Ludlow Gymnasium starting at 6 PM.
 
Members of the LRC will collect glasses through April 30.  For additional information, contact Kim at 802-228-4000.
Since 2012, the Ludlow Rotary has made the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program a reality in Mt Holly, Ludlow, Plymouth and Cavendish. With the help of local educators, a large proportion of children resident in our area are now registered to receive these books. At the Ludlow Rotary, we have a passion to make sure our kids have every opportunity to succeed.
 
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. Dolly was inspired to start this program by her father’s inability to read and write.
 
The unique Dolly Parton Imagination Library program mails a new, age-appropriate book into the homes of children every month. Dolly’s Imagination Library is designed to inspire the love of reading in children by spending time with family and friends sharing these wonderful books 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.
 
An easy way to register your pre-school child or children for this program is to visit the children’s’ section of Ludlow’s Fletcher Memorial Library, where there is a display of Imagination Library books and lots of registration cards. Registration cards can also be obtained from the Ludlow Rotary, PO Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149. The privacy of the children is strictly honored.
 
The signature book of the Imagination Library, “The Little Engine That Could”, is recognized by most parents. The books are addressed and mailed directly to the children, much to their delight. The mailings start about six weeks after the date of registration.
 
Researchers have concluded 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.
 
As participation in the Imagination Library increases, the Ludlow Rotary welcomes outside financial assistance in this important work from those that are not immediate members of the families that benefit. The books each child receives cost about $25 per year. You can contribute to the Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, 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 above. So far, the most frequent contributors are grandparents whose grandchildren live out of area. 
 
For additional information, please contact Tom Harris at thomas.harris@wellsfargoadvisors.com. Further information about the Ludlow Rotary, its projects and membership opportunities is available at www.ludlowrotary.com.
Emma Wright, the new Director of the Ludlow Farmers Market (LFM), spoke to a recent meeting of the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) discussing the changes made to the market’s location, date of operation, and organization.
 
Wright, formerly of Idaho where she was involved in farmer’s markets, indicated that the return of the LFM will feature a new location, new date of operation, and reduced rates for vendors for the entire season.
 
Previously, the market had been located on the lawn in front of Okemo Mountain School.  Wright felt that this was not the best location, believing it was not in the center of the village.  A new site is now being considered which may require the approval of the Ludlow Board of Trustees.  But she indicated that the location would be in the center of the village to make it available to more walk-in customers.
 
As for the date and time of the market, which previously was on a Friday afternoon, Wright said the new market will operate on Sunday morning to allow greater foot traffic access to it.
 
The cost of vendors to participate for the market season will be lowered from that previously charged.  Previous vendor charges were in the $400-450 range; the new rates will not exceed $150.
 
A new policy will be implemented requiring all products sold at the market to be Vermont-grown or Vermont-made.
 
Wright indicated that the new Board of Directors for LFM has been extremely supportive of all these changes.  She added that, as the new Director, she would be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the market.  Previously, Board members frequently had to serve this function due to the lack of a manager.
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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.
 
 
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