November 13, 2018 Club Meeting 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
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

Rotary Hears a Message of Hope 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
World Polio Day 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Chamber/Rotary Mixer Night 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Come join the fun this Saturday, October 6, 2018 for our 28th Annual Chili Cook-off!
This event is held rain or shine!
It's Chili Time! 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott visits Ludlow Rotary Club Luncheon 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Ludlow Rotary Supporting Literacy 2018-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Duck Race Success 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
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! 
Ralph D Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
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.
District Governor 7870 Venu Rau Visits LRC 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Thank you from Ludlow Rotarians! 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
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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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!
Rotary Penny Sale in 3 days! 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

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.

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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.
Ludlow Rotary Meets 4-17-18 @ 5:30 @ DJ's 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
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
Thank you!
Tuesday, 3/27 Club Meeting at 5:15 p.m. 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
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!
27th Annual Chili Cook-off 2017-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Summer Picnic - August 29, 2017 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Changing of Gavel 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Okemo Bike Climb - CANCELLED 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Ludlow Rotary Club's 61st Annual Penny Sale 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary Membership Mixer 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Happy Birthday to Ludlow Rotary Club 2017-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Chili Cook-off 2016-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
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!
26th Annual Chili Cook-off 2016-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2016
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.
Annual Duck Race - August 20, 2016 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Tofferi
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.
Rotary Serving Humanity - Membership Jill Tofferi 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Tofferi on Jul 05, 2016
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
2016 Ludlow Rotary Club Scholars Announced Jill Tofferi 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Tofferi
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
Free Books for Toddlers: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Jill Tofferi 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

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.

Board Meetings Jill Tofferi 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
   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. 
Annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, October 10, 2016 2016-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
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!
8th Annual Okemo Bike Climb Saturday, June 25, 2016 Jill Tofferi 2016-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
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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