Ludlow Rotary Club of Vermont
Club Executives & Directors
Club Service Chair
Youth Exchange/Ambassadorial
Public Relations
Web Manager
Membership Chair
Interact Chair
Literacy Chair
Membership Co-chair
Scholarship Chair
International/Twin Club
Duck Race Chair
Chili Cook-off Co-chair
Calendar Chair
Summer Picnic
Club Administration Chair
Chili Cook-off Co-chair
Penny Sale
Foundation Chair
Speakers & Programs Co-chair
Speakers & Programs Co-chair
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The Board of Directors will meet the third Thursday of each month at Fletcher Memorial Library from 12:15-1:15 p.m.  The CF board will meet immediately after.

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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The Ludlow Rotary Club welcomes you!

Ludlow Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
DJ's Restaurant
146 Main Street (not for mail purposes)
PO Box 216
Ludlow, VT  05149
United States
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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 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 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
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
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
For information about the Ludlow Rotary and its projects, visit
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 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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