And more Silent Auction goodies!

The silent auction list continues to grow! Thank you to all those businesses and individuals who have donated to date! Newly added items include:
 
~4 $25 gift certificates to the Pub donated by the Victorian Inn
~Kraftmaid bathroom vanity with granite top and undermount sink (picture below) donated by Glendenning VT Country Homes
~Quart of maple syrup donated by the Glenndennings
~Teeth Whitening Kit donated by Dr. Baasch
~(4) Green fees donated by Rutland Country Club
~(2) $50 gift certificates donated by LaValley Building Supply
~$25 gift certificate donated by Loretta’s Country Store

~Gift basket donated by the Vermont Country Store
~Gift certificate donated by the Vermont Country Store
~Twosome of Golf and Golf Cart donated by Stratton Mountain
~2 lift tickets donated by Stratton Mountain
~Roundtrip airfare for 2 donated byCape Air
~Four-pack of Men’s basketball home game tickets donated by UVM Athletics
~2 admission passes and coupon donated by Montshire Museum
~X Country Ski Lesson and Lunch for 4 donated by Adrian Eisler
~Guided Hike donated by Barry Griffith
~Split and Delivered Cord of Firewood donated by Steve Baker
~Handmade braided chair mats donated by Lois Johnstone and Kathy Detko
~Handcrafted quilt (53×43) made and donated by Ann Latucca
~Handcrafted quilt (54×53) made and donated by Lena Drzewiczewski
~Cabot Cheese Basket donated by Cabot Cheese
~Gift Certificate donated by Seacoast Repetory Theater
~Mixed case of wine donated by Taffy Hyyppa
~Gift Certificate for PYO 5 lbs of blueberries donated by Sugar Hill Berry Farm
~Pair of Lift Tickets donated by Okemo Mountain
~Pair of Lift Tickets donated by Bromley Mountain
~Photograph donated by Lowell Klock
~and so much more!

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Lobsterfest Silent Auction Update!

We at the Wallingford Rotary are simply overwhelmed by the support we are receiving for this year’s Silent Auction to be held during our Lobsterfest on Sunday, August 26th at the Wallingford Lodge at Elfin Lake. We hope that you have secured your tickets to join us for an amazing evening! This year, we will have live music, a silent auction with amazing items for bid as well as our delicious and fun lobster dinner! Tickets, if you don’t already have them are available from any Wallingford Rotarian for $30 each, your choice of either lobster or steak with all the trimmings.

Our Silent Auction list grows every day –

~Gift basket donated by the Vermont Country Store
~Gift certificate donated by the Vermont Country Store
~Twosome of Golf and Golf Cart donated by Stratton Mountain
~2 lift tickets donated by Stratton Mountain
~Roundtrip airfare for 2 donated byCape Air
~Four-pack of Men’s basketball home game tickets donated by UVM Athletics
~2 admission passes and coupon donated by Montshire Museum
~X Country Ski Lesson and Lunch for 4 donated by Adrian Eisler
~Guided Hike donated by Barry Griffith
~Split and Delivered Cord of Firewood donated by Steve Baker
~Handmade braided chair mats donated by Lois Johnstone and Kathy Detko
~Handcrafted quilt (53×43) made and donated by Ann Latucca
~Handcrafted quilt (54×53) made and donated by Lena Drzewiczewski
~Cabot Cheese Basket donated by Cabot Cheese
~Gift Certificate donated by Seacoast Repetory Theater
~Mixed case of wine donated by Taffy Hyyppa
~Gift Certificate for PYO 5 lbs of blueberries donated by Sugar Hill Berry Farm
~Pair of Lift Tickets donated by Okemo Mountain
~Pair of Lift Tickets donated by Bromley Mountain
~Photograph donated by Lowell Klock
~and so much more!

Lobster Fest and Silent Auction!

It’s that time of the year! The Wallingford Rotary’s Annual Lobster Fest is upon us. This year we will also have a silent auction and live music! Tickets are now available from any Wallingford Rotarian or you can call Tammy at 802-259-3711. The price of $30 includes your choice of lobster or steak, all the trimmings, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Our community’s consistent support of this, our largest fundraiser of the year is wonderful and very much appreciated by our club and the children that we support! In addition to our support of our MRUHS scholarships, Bike Safety Day, Fishing Clinic and Derby, Project Dictionary and Youth Exchange, this year we are also supporting our new global work with Haddassah Girl Empowerment Project in Uganda, a wonderful organization that is working to help girls and women become self-supporting, learn a skill and be free from abusive relationships. Our new Rotary member Kevin Mullin is a key participant in the project and would be happy to fill you in on the wonderful work they are doing. Lobster Bake2018

New-ness at Wallingford Rotary

Wallingford Rotary’s most recent meeting this morning, contained a lot of “newness”. It was the first meeting presided over by our new President, Nan Dubin. It was also the first meeting attended by our new District Governor Venu Rao. It was rounded out with the induction of our newest member, Taffy Hyyppa.

We are pleased to welcome Taffy and our other new member, Kevin Mullin to the Wallingford Rotary. We are excited by their enthusiasm and support of our little club and look forward to having them as a part of our “small but mighty” club.

If you are interested in attending one of our Rotary meetings to find out what the Wallingford Rotary is all about and how our mission of “service above self” may correspond with your own volunteer aspirations, please feel free to come along to one of our meetings, Monday mornings at 7 a.m. or as otherwise posted on this site or our Facebook page!

We’d love to have you!

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President Nan Dubin, DG Venu Rao and Taffy Hyyppa

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President Nan Dubin accepting banner from DG Venu Rao

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DG Venu Rao presenting certificate for Rotary Brick installed by Wallingford Rotary in honor of the dedication of outgoing president, Erika Berner

Wallingford Rotary Celebrates Bike Safety Day’s 20th Anniversary!

The Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club has been making the safety of its communities’ children a top priority for twenty years. Annually since 1998, the Wallingford Rotary sponsors the Wallingford Bike Safety Day. The annual event, held in early May, turns the lawn of the Wallingford Elementary School into a bicycle extravaganza. With financial assistance and continued volunteer support of General Electric, every child who attends the Rotary event, which is open to all area elementary children in Danby, Wallingford, Tinmouth, Shrewsbury and Clarendon, receives a brand-new bicycle helmet of their choice. The helmet is then personally fitted by our Rotary, GE and Interact volunteers to each child’s head and they are instructed in the proper way to wear the helmet for most effective protection while they ride.

 

After getting their new helmet, each child then circulates through the other stations, which include a volunteer staffed bicycle inspection/repair station, obstacle course where children learn how to properly cross railroad tracks, avoid road hazards, use hand signals and learn proper road etiquette and safety. Other stations provide fun education demonstrating how to avoid crashes and educate children in first aid/bicycle and road safety with volunteers from the Wallingford Fire Department, Wallingford Rescue Squad and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, which all participate to help educate and teach our young cyclists.

 

There is also volunteer-manned face painting and free refreshments, truly making the day a fun filled event for our littlest community members and their families.  The day culminates with the highly anticipated bicycle raffle where seven bicycles are raffled off to area children, along with other prizes and gift certificates generously donated by local merchants.

 

Bike Safety Day has grown into a loved and anticipated community event, eagerly awaited by all. This year to mark our 20th anniversary, we sponsored a 20th anniversary t-shirt logo contest in our local elementary school prior to the big day. The winning logo was created by Torrance Behrendt, a 5th grader at WES. To celebrate our 20th anniversary and Tori’s beautiful design, everyone was encouraged to bring a clean t shirt to the school and our elementary staff screened Tori’s winning logo onto shirts for everyone to enjoy and wear proudly on Bike Safety Day!

 

Long before we ever take over the elementary school lawn in early May, our bike safety chair, Rotarian Adrian Eisler and community volunteers attend an assembly at the elementary school to educate kids about bike safety and get them excited for our big day!

 

Bike Safety Day is truly a community event and would never be possible without the dedication and support of our Rotarians, Interact members and many community members – those that donated their time, their talent, new bicycles for our raffle, food for our free refreshments, and so much more! This year, we were especially grateful to welcome a newcomer to our event, Rutland Regional Medical Center which made a generous donation and contributed key chain first aid kits for all our attendees!

 

Wallingford Rotary is a small club, with fewer than 20 members, but we are a big-hearted club. As we like to say, we are “small but mighty!”

Annual Fishing Derby/Clinic

250 Brook Trout have been placed into the pond on West Hill Road, ready for the fishing!

Join the Wallingford Rotary for its annual Fishing Derby/Clinic open to all area children free of charge! The clinic starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday June 9th at the former Glendenning Pond at the end of West Hill Road in Wallingford. There will be free refreshments, a fishing clinic and prizes!

The Rotary sponsors this event each year in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of its “Let’s Go Fishing” program. Our Fish and Wildlife certified instructor will run a fishing clinic for all children.

Fishing Derby flyer 2018

Celebrating Community

On Saturday, the Wallingford Rotary celebrated community with its annual roast pork dinner. Diners were treated to delicious roast pork, homemade garlic mashed potatoes, locally sourced salad, applesauce, homemade sourdough bread with homemade pie for dessert. They were also able to see the Mill River Interact Club in action. Members of the Interact Club volunteered their evening to help prep the potatoes, serve beverages to our guests, clear and reset tables, wash and dry dishes, keep the dessert table fully stocked and lend a general air of enthusiasm and good cheer to the event.

Here are some pictures of our wonderful Interact volunteers. Wallingford Rotary extends a big thank you to all those students to who volunteered a portion of their Saturday evening to help make this community event special.