Monthly Archives: January 2017

Paul Harris Fellow Awarded

img_3950Congratulations to our own Wallingford Rotarian and Shrewsbury resident Randell Barclay on his recent Paul Harris Fellow award! The award is given to Rotarians when there is a total of $1,000 donated by them or in their name to the Rotary Foundation. Randell has succeeded in reaching this goal and we are very proud to have him awarded this distinct honor.

Randell joins the ranks of some pretty notable public figures that are also Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

A gift of US $1,000 enables The Rotary Foundation to fund projects and programs which improve and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Here are just some small examples of what The Rotary Foundation can do with US$1,000:

  • Purchase mattresses, pillows, and blankets for 100 homeless children in an orphanage in Bangladesh;
  • Establish 10 small sewing businesses to provide severely poor mothers in low-income districts of Caborca, Mexico with the ability to lead self-sufficient lives and contribute to their community;
  • Contribute carpentry tools to a vocational training workshop for 300 deaf youths in The Gambia;
  • Provide artificial limbs for 25 disabled persons in Calcutta, India;
  • Establish a tree in Jamaica that will annually produce 5,000 tree seedlings and increase family income for 700 farmers;
  • Provide materials and training in beekeeping to 40 young people in Mali;
  • Furnish all materials necessary for construction of a deep borewell in India which supplies clean drinking water to more than 300 people;
  • Purchase a cow for a war-widow in Uganda, where Civil War has shattered the economy and children have died because of lack of protein and calcium in their diets.

If you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Foundation or joining the Wallingford Rotary they meet Monday mornings at 7 a.m. for breakfast or the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner meeting at the Little Red Schoolhouse located at 96 Main Street, Wallingford, VT. For more information please email or call 802-779-0457.

We’re Proud!


Photo Credit Jacob Hannah for The New York Times

Wallingford Rotary’s Hungarian exchange student, Eszter Toth and Rotarian Nan Dubin both made the New York Times today! We’re so very proud of both of them since we love to see what our Rotarians and our exchange students are doing in the community.  In addition to all the other aspects of settling into a new country, Eszti has also decided to take on Arabic lessons while she is staying here in Wallingford. The Arabic lessons are being taught in Rutland for free in preparation for the Syrian refugees who are anticipated to arrive in Rutland.

If you are interested in participating in the lessons or want more information, you can join the free lessons at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rutland.  The lessons will be held on Monday through Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm.The dates are Jan. 2nd- Jan. 5th and Jan. 9th- Jan. 12th.  Any questions email

To read more about the New York Times article, find it here.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Wallingford Rotary!

If you are you making resolutions, and would like to make your community and your world a better place in 2017, consider joining Rotary this year.

If you are in the Wallingford, Vermont area, please come join our Wallingford Rotary, affectionately called the “Little Red Schoolhouse”. Give us a whirl by stopping by one of our meetings, 7 a.m. on Monday mornings except for the last Monday of the month, when we meet at 5:30 p.m.

Rotarians number over 1.2 million in over 200 countries and geographic areas. They work on world wide efforts, such as the eradication of polio, safe drinking water and disaster assistance and are the same folks who here in our own little community of Wallingford help sponsor Bike Safety Day and installed the beautiful fencing that graces the entrance at the Stone Meadow. The opportunities available are endless and the good you experience from helping to make our world, and our own community, a better place, are unmeasurable.

We would love to hear your ideas and have you become

a part of our community and help make 2017 a good year.

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Your Wallingford Rotarians