Rotary Club of St. Albans, Vermont Celebrates 100 Years
 
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 dominant 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. 
One of our founding members was Greg Smith, a grandson of Vermont Governor John Smith.  The Smith family gifted in 1887 to their community the Fountain, knows as the Ladies, in St. Albans Taylor Park. It has become a centerpiece of our community.  Over 127 years the fountain fell into disrepair and the city had to decide whether the Fountain was to be saved or scrapped.  In 2014, The Rotary Club took on the challenge to save the fountain and spearhead the campaign to save the fountain. “If not us then who” was the Club’s argument, acknowledging their unique relationship with the community and fountain.
Over our 100 years of service the club has focused on supporting our close-knit community.  Over the last 30 years we have held the Rotary Home and Recreation Expo our main fund-raising effort. This event literary brings thousands of people together while generating funds to invest in and support members of the community.
 
Funds raised in the early years have supported Club Scouts, American Field Service, Rotary Scholarship Foundation, St. Albans Citizen Scholarship Foundation, Swimming Projects, Ski Bus, and UN Model Assembly. We invested in restoring the Fountain, purchasing land to expand local Hard’ack Recreation area that now hosts a ski slope, year-round pool, disc golf, playgrounds, sport fields, biking, and cross-country ski trails.   We have invested in developing a walking path around the Collins-Perley athletic center serving our High School and Community.  We have provided support to create walking and biking trails in the St. Albans Town Forest and playground projects.
 
The Club is committed to assisting those in need of shelter, food, and clothing.  We have funded a new roof for the Samaritan House/Tim’s House.  We help feed the hungry at Martha’s Kitchen (soup kitchen), and volunteer at the local food shelf and support it with food drives.  Each year the Club initiates a coat drive; over the last six years six thousand coats have provided great warmth during Vermont’s long chilly winter season. We helped purchase a van to meet the special transportation needs of residents with wheelchairs. We have supported the renovation and expansion of our local hospital Northwestern Medical Center. 
 
The Rotary Interact Club at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans has been highly active in serving the needs of the community and collaborating with the Club.  They have held blood drives, food drives and created outside areas for students to study. 
 
We support special high school educational programs such as the culinary programs at the Northwest Career and Technical Center and financial literacy programs.  St. Albans is situated on Lake Champlain.  The Club supports St. Albans Museum which conducts “Lake Lessons” a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and cultural heritage education workshop for students.
 
In celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, Rotary Club of St. Albans is committed to doing one hundred or more Random Acts of Kindness during the year. We will have a celebration with our Rotarian Family and one with the Community. This is a time to celebrate the impact that Rotary has had in our community over our history, and to thank so many individuals, businesses, and municipalities for their support. Our partnerships and relationships with various facets of our community has been overwhelming.
 
The Rotary Club welcomes you to learn more about the Club by going to our website at stalbansrotaryclub.com, or our Facebook page called:  Rotary Club of St. Albans, Vermont.
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100th Anniversary Celebration Photo Galleries

Our Club Presidents

1924 - 2024

1924-1925  

L. F. Wilson 

1926-1927

George Hogan 

1927-1928

A. N. Deringer 

1928-1929

J. Walter Wardlaw 

1929-1930

Bill Doolin 

1930-1931

George Hogan 

1931-1932

Dr. Harry Spencer 

1932-1933

Dahl Dalheimer 

1933-1934

Earl St. Clair 

1934-1935

Steve Collins 

1935-1936

Bert Jones 

1936-1937

Pete Peterson 

1937-1938

Norm Atwood 

1938-1939

Marty Hicks 

1939-1940

Bob Chenery 

1940-1941

Greg Smith 

1941-1942

John Morse 

1942-1943

John Morse

1943-1945

Kemper Peabody 

1945-1946

Kenneth Kern 

1946-1947

George Dworshak 

1947-1948

Donald Kerr 

1948-1949

Jesse Sunderland 

1949-1950

John Larry 

1950-1951

John Sawyer 

1951-1952

Dr. Walter Johnson 

1952-1953

Al Cumming 

1953-1954

Lawrence Simpson 

1954-1955

Charles E. Prince 

1955-1956

Charles Rich 

1956-1957

Henry Press 

1957-1958

Dr. C. D. Marshall 

1958-1959

Robert P. Bliss Jr. 

1959-1960

John Morris 

1960-1961

Maynard Foster 

1961-1962

Gould Susslin 

1962-1963

Edward Bayer 

1963-1964

Paul Trahan 

1964-1965

Curt Keeler 

1965-1966

Sterling C. Morris 

1966-1967

James Neal 

1967-1968

E. J. Tyler III 

1968-1969

Arnold Delaurier 

1969-1970

Robert L. Barker Jr. 

1970-1971

Charles F. Pearson 

1971-1972

Wesley F. Kidder 

1972-1973

George T. Costes 

1973-1974

Richard Hungerford 

1974-1975

G.A. “Jack” Doubleday 

1975-1976

Carl Whitehouse 

1976-1977

Richard Foster 

1977-1978

Donald Poirier 

1978-1979

Kenneth Greenfield 

1979-1980

Lawrence Bruce Jr. 

1980-1981

Joseph Lockhart 

1981-1982

David Kimel 

1982-1983

Orman Croft 

1983-1984

John Barker 

1984-1985

Steve Kidder 

1985-1986

Rod Vallee 

1986-1987

Donald Tessier Jr. 

1987-1988

Charles Hurley 

1988-1989

Mark McGinn 

1989-1990

Harold “Butch” Hebert 

1990-1991

Michael Boulerice 

1991-1992

Thomas Hungerford 

1992-1993

ADM. Warren Hamm 

1993-1994

Amy Caldwell 

1994-1995

Tim Datig 

1995-1996

Howard 

VanBenthuysen

1996-1997

Craig Wood 

1997-1998

Richard Brown 

1998-1999

Larry Dugan 

1999-2000

David Handy 

2000-2001

Jim Bianca 

2001-2002

Steven St. Marie 

2002-2003

Mike Curtis 

2003-2004

Carrie Johnson 

2004-2005

Jim Manahan 

2005-2006

Stan Beauregard 

2006-2008

Bill Nihan 

2008-2009

Kevin Manahan 

2009-2010

Jesse Bugbee 

2010-2011

Dean Pelkey 

2011-2013

Megan Manahan 

2013-2014

Thomas J. Gallagher 

2014-2016

Rene Meilleur 

2016-2017

Kristine Stell 

2017-2020

Alan Shannon 

2020-2023

Karyn Rocheleau

2023-2024
Leon Berthiaume    

Rotarian of the Year Honorees

 
1988-1989
David Kimel
1988-1989
Tim Bovat
1990-1991
ADM. Warren Hamm
1991-1992
Larry Bruce
1992-1993
Carl Whitehouse
1993-1994
Timothy Datig
1994-1995
Amy Caldwell
1995-1996
Stan Beauregard
1996-1997
Karl Zurn
1999-2000
Harold Hebert
2001-2002
Mike Curtis
2002-2003
Dave Kimel
2003-2004
Mike Curtis
2004-2005
John Newton
2005-2006
Donald Tessier
2006-2007
Cathy Guertin
2007-2008
Tom Hungerford
2011-2012
David R. Kimel
2012-2013
Lura Jacques
2013-2014
Dana Rocheleau
2014-2015
Burton A. Paquin
2015-2016
Thomas Gallagher
 

This grove established in recognition of outstanding service to our community

William G Cioffi
Kyndle Mongeon
Verne Colburn
Miss Louella Kittell
Richard V. Manahan
Sen. Francis Howrigan
Joan Wilson
Robert P. Bliss Jr.
Admiral Warren Hamm Jr.
Harold Howrigan
Robert A. Cioffi
Dr. John Carmola
Edna Chagnon
Sterling D. Weed
Dr. Walter H. Rath
Keith Campbell
J. Raymond McGinn
Edmund Steele
Richard Hungerford
Dr. Gould Susslin
Harold Hebert
David R. Kimel
Richard V. Manahan Jr.
Jim Carter
Elizabeth Casavant
Madeline Howard
Jeanne Royer
Mervin (Ken) Kaye
James Farr
James Ballard
Emerson and Suzanna Lynn
Bill and Rhonda Mercier
Michael V. Connor
Joe Halko 

Paul Harris Fellows

J. Gregory Smith
Jesse Sunderland
Arnold Delaurier
Robert P. Bliss Jr.
John Barker
George Costes
J. James Willis
Alfred Kwiatek
Donald Poirier
A. Gould Susslin
Carl Whitehouse
Donald Pierce
Glenn A. Doubleday
Orman Croft
David R. Kimel
Donald Tessier Jr.
Charles Pearson
Raymond McGinn
Homer Powell
Burton A. Paquin
Harold Montgomery
Lawrence Bruce
ADM. Warren Hamm
Mark McGuinn
Rod Vallee
Dr. Robert Barker
Charles Hurley
Edward Bayer
Richard Foster
Kenneth Greenfield
Harold R. Hebert
Richard S. Hungerford
Thomas W. Hungerford
Walter H. Johnson
Wesley F. Kidder
Stephen Kidder
John G. Kissane ESQ.
John Larry
John A. Newton
E.J. Tyler lll ESQ.
Steven J. St. Marie
John Larry
William Nihan
Kevin Manahan
David Handy
Fred Kosnitsky
Karl Zurn
Jane Zurn
Kathleen M. Guertin
Lura L. Jacques
Dean Pelkey
Carrie H. Johnson
Agnes Masson
J. Lawrence Dugan
Amy Caldwell
Edna J. Chagnon
Richard A. Brown
James Bianca
Stanley R. Beauregard
Mike Curtis
Jesse D. Bugbee
Thomas Hungerford
Burton A. Paquin
Steven D. Marshall
Megan Manahan Bliss
David DeBellis
Carl Rosenquist
Thomas Gallagher
Jill M. Berry Bowen
Stan Bradeen
Sherry Scott
Ronald J. Sunderland
Karyn Rocheleau
Trisha Woodward
Bridget Garibay
Valdemar Garibay