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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

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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

Lobster Festival and Raffle

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It’s that time of the year again! Wallingford Rotary’s Annual Lobster Festival and Raffle. Please join us on Sunday August 27th for a delicious afternoon of community and seafood by the shore of Elfin Lake to end the summer.

Tickets are available now for $30 each. Each ticket entitles you to your choice (in advance) of lobster or steak, with all the trimmings, beverages and dessert. Feel free to BYOB. It’s a great way to enjoy a lazy summer Sunday afternoon.

This is our Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from this Lobster Festival and the accompanying raffle go to support our programs for the children of our community. These include:

  • Wallingford’s Annual Bike Safety Day where each child is fitted with a brand new, free bicycle helmet.
  • Project Dictionary where each 3rd grader in elementary school in Wallingford and surrounding towns is given a new dictionary of their own.
  • Fishing Derby and Clinic where each child who attends the free event gets to learn about fishing and catch fish and win prizes.
  • Scholarships – The Wallingford Rotary awards several scholarships each year to our local high school students.
  • Interact Club – Wallingford Rotary sponsors and supports the Mill River HS Interact Club in its community service pursuits.
  • Youth Exchange – Wallingford Rotary hosts incoming and outgoing youth exchange students.

Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. In addition to the cash prizes which are a first prize of 2/3 of the winning pool and second prize of 1/3 of the winning pool, this year’s prizes will include:

  • Two Okemo lift tickets
  • Four tickets to a UVM Men’s Basketball home game
  • Two tickets to the Montshire Museum
  • Plymouth Cheese Gift basket
  • Gift Certificates from local businesses and restaurants
  • Gift donations from our local businesses and merchants

If you are interested in buying raffle tickets or buying tickets to the Lobster Festival please call Tammy at 802-259-3711 or email tammy.heffernan@mac.com.

Your support of our local Rotary club is very much appreciated so we can continue to put service above self for our community and its children.

Thank you,

Tammy 
Lobster Festival Chairperson

 

A Little Hungary?

Come hear our Youth Exchange student, Eszti Toth speak about her home country of Hungary and her home city of Budapest this Friday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrewsbury Library. The event is free and open to all. There will be light refreshments served. It is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening.

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We’re Proud!

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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  morgandenehy@gmail.com

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

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