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802-309-0693
 
Chartered on October 8, 1924, the Rotary Club of St. Albans, Vermont is proud to be located in a very picturesque and rural part of the US.   Our Club has been a dominate force in the area meeting challenges with enthusiasm, creativity, fun and energy.   Our Rotary roots run deep with Paul Harris forging his connection with Vermont at age of three.  He grew up in the care of his paternal grandparents in Wallingford, VT.  He attended the University of Vermont before further pursuing his education at Princeton and the University of Iowa. 
 
Susan A. Cherry, District 7850
St. Johnsbury Rotary Club
 
Our Club welcomed DG Susan Cherry to our meeting on February 6, 2024. The District Governor has been visiting all the member clubs. She noted that our Rotary District is one of the few international Rotary Districts.  We comprise twenty-five clubs in Vermont, eleven in New Hampshire and four in Quebec and two that span the US and Canada Border. Every Club is unique as to when meetings are held, how they fund raise and activities they sponsor. She encouraged as many members as possible to attend the district conference in April to meet and have conversations with other Rotarians.
 
Media Contact: Leon Berthiaume
802-309-0693
 
The Rotary Club of St. Albans held it first Speech Contest, open to area high school students on February 7th.  This was the first round of the annual Rotary District Speech Contest.  We had three participants in our contest that included Aydin Naylor and Kyrell Anderson from BFA Fairfax and Rachel Ledoux from BFA St. Albans. 
 
The Speech Contest Topic was "How can we increase hope for our schools?” Students were asked to prepare and deliver a five-minute speech which relates this topic to their life, school, and Rotary values.
 
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As part of The Rotary Club of Saint Albans 100 Year Celebration, we are participating in a district wide speech contest!  This great opportunity allows for Franklin County High School students to show off their presentation skills and compete for prizes.
Tuesday, January 9th, Rotary members had a chance to learn more about CVOEO and the services it provides in our region. Jess Graff the Director of the CVOEO program Franklin Grand Isle Community Action, and our Rotary member provided a tour of the operations they house on site. 
 
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St. Albans, Vermont, January 5th, 2024.  The Rotary Club of St. Albans announced their first “Service Above Self” Scholarship for 2024.  The new scholarship is aimed at students passionate about volunteering and community service. This reflects the Rotary Club's overall mission of "Service Above Self".
 
The scholarship is open to current Franklin County high school seniors. The Club will award two $1,000 scholarships to the most deserving applicants.
 

On Tuesday January 2, 2024, Commander, Homer Wetherby and Deputy Commander Danny Collins of the Franklin County Vermont Honor Detail were featured at the meeting.  

 

They provided an overview of the organization's history and the continuing emphasis on recruitment for more individuals to serve in this Honor.  

 

ST. ALBANS — Dave “DJ” Noel was honored with the St. Albans Rotary Club’s 2023 Citizen of the Year award this past Tuesday, Dec. 12, for his decades of service as Santa Claus.

The annual award – now in its 30th year – honors local people for their dedication and impact on those living in Franklin County in order to highlight community service. Rotarian Tom Hungerford said DJ’s Christmas career has brought smiles to an untold number of children thanks to his work donning the red suit and delivering well-practiced “Ho, ho, hos” during the holidays.

Arleigh is actively involved with St. Albans For the Future, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. “It is an initiative built upon past revitalization efforts, devotion, and a willingness to improve the quality of life in downtown St. Albans.  Arleigh  provided an overview of the organization and its history.  She provided the past initiatives that the City has taken to bring people to the downtown. There is significant planning for the crowd that will join us in April for the eclipse of the sun.
 
 
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The Rotary Club of St. Albans and the BFA St. Albans Rotary Interact Club will join together again this year to collect 1,000 coats to serve those in need in our community. Over the last five years, Rotary has collected and shared more than 5000 warm coats.  We invite you to share your warmth with others.
 
 
“World Polio Day is annually observed on October 24. This day commemorates global efforts toward a polio-free future, as well as the selfless sacrifices of those working on the frontline of the battle to eradicate polio from every corner of the world. Polio is contagious due to the ease with which the poliovirus spreads. Although the virus is now exceedingly rare because of modern interventions, it can impair the brain regions that govern respiration, resulting in death. Polio, which has no recognized therapy, can only be avoided through vaccination.”
Join the Rotary Club of St. Albans to ensure that our neighbors have access to healthy foods this holiday season. 
 
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Rotary Club of St. Albans invites the community to participate in a food drive to support NorthWest Family Foods, a vital lifeline for people facing hunger in our area. Located at 5 Lemnah Drive in St. Albans, NorthWest Family Foods provides services to people throughout Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Rotary Club had Liz Gamache and Steve Berbeco of the United Way speak at their recent meeting on the various resources that support our communities.
 
Steve stated: “The Mental Health Initiative, a program of United Way of Northwest Vermont, leverages the efforts of about two hundred volunteers to help solve problems in the mental health system of care. Together we are strengthening access to services and care for our communities by increasing access to Mental Health First Aid, creating therapy pods in schools, distributing a mental health toolkit for employers to support their staff, and more. For more information and to get involved: https://unitedwaynwvt.org/community-impact/special-initiatives/mental-health-initiative/
 
 
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ST ALBANS VT – The Rotary Club of St. Albans has a long history of supporting mental health in our community, which is reflected in their recent contribution to support suicide prevention education. The Club donated $2,000 to the Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation – a nonprofit organization – which will be hosting an upcoming ASIST Training workshop.
 
Valdemar Garibay, Rotary Donor Chair, mentioned, “I want to thank fellow Rotarian Alex Lehning for his work in helping others and for bringing this request to our attention.  This is a very important subject and most definitely a topic that we would like to provide support.  This training provides an opportunity to help people in need.”