Cate Bennett's dedication to her community is truly inspiring. Despite her young age, she has shown remarkable initiative in identifying and addressing the needs of her community. The establishment of a dog park not only provides a safe environment for dogs to play but also promotes community bonding among residents who share a love for animals.
Additionally, Cate's advocacy for a crosswalk to access a nature path and reading trail demonstrates her commitment to ensuring the safety and accessibility of community resources for all residents. Her efforts highlight the importance of addressing community needs and working towards solutions that benefit everyone.
The support from the Town of Enosburgh and organizations like the Rotary Club of St. Albans underscores the significance of collaboration in community development. By coming together, individuals like Cate can make a meaningful and lasting impact on their communities.
The donation of $500 from The Rotary Club of St. Albans towards the purchase of outdoor dog park equipment further demonstrates the commitment of organizations to support community initiatives.
Rotary Donor Chair Valdemar Garibay stated, “We commend Cate for her hard work and dedication in spearheading this project of bringing in a dog park, which will encourage community, and the dogs will have a nice place to play and exercise.”
This donation will contribute to the successful establishment of the dog park, which will serve residents of Enosburgh and surrounding areas.
Cate's leadership and dedication to community engagement exemplify the values of Rotary, which prioritize service above self. Her passion and determination serve as an inspiration to others, reminding us that age is not a barrier to creating positive change in the world.
The anticipated opening of the dog park in spring or summer 2024 will provide a welcoming space for residents to come together, enjoy outdoor activities, and strengthen community bonds. Cate's vision and perseverance have undoubtedly made a significant difference in enriching the lives of those in her community.
Cate is continuing to raise funds to reach her goal.  If you would like to assist with a donation, contact Margo Longway at
To learn more about the Rotary Club of St. Albans, visit our website at or connect with us on our Facebook page, "Rotary Club of St. Albans, Vermont."
From Left to Right:  Rotarian Bridget Garibay, Project Initiator and Champion Cate Bennett, Rotary President Leon Berthiaume, Enosburgh Recreation Director Margo Longway, and Rotary Donor Chair Valdemar Garibay. 
Photo taken at the future Dog Park site on April 10, 2024.  Photo Taken by:  Katherine Bennett.