Welcome to Ludlow, VT Rotary
Ludlow Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
DJ's Restaurant
146 Main Street (not for mail purposes)
P.O. Box 216
Ludlow, VT 05149
United States of America
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Ludlow 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.
Ludlow Rotary Club Seeking Graduating Seniors
The Ludlow Rotary Club has provided scholarships to area college and vocational students for more than 25 years.  The cost of secondary education continues to climb at a rapid pace and tough employment conditions require our young people to be more prepared than ever to compete in the marketplace. 
The past several years, we have been enabled to award $9,000 in scholarships to Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Plymouth and Cavendish youth.  We are currently seeking graduating students within our service area.
If you are a graduating senior student who resides within the towns of Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Plymouth and Cavendish we encourage you to apply to the Ludlow Rotary Club scholarship program.  Your local guidance counselor should be able to assist you with the process.
Or for more information, please contact Mary Crowley at kitcrow66@gmail.com  or call her at 802-299-5527.  
The application process will begin in May and recipients will be awarded in June at their school senior/graduation night.
Visit www.ludlowrotary.club for more information.  The Ludlow Rotary Club was chartered in 1927 and strives to promote peace throughout the world, assist with community projects and support local students furthering their education.  We meet weekly at DJ’s Restaurant in Ludlow, VT from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
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